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15 Books Coming Out in 2015 I Really Think You Should Read / B.I.R.T.Y.S.R. Volume 20

19 Jan


15 Books Coming Out in 2015It’s time for this month’s Books I Really Think You Should Read (B.I.R.T.Y.S.R)! Like it is every January, this month’s theme is books coming out this year, and let me just say that there are a lot of them. I actually had to change this post from being 10 books to 15. They all look too good. :) Not surprisingly, this list is made up entirely of fantasy, mystery, historical fiction, magical realism, and mythology books (I’m so not a realistic fiction person! :) ), but I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that appeals to you, whether it’s a magic-filled fractured fairy tale or haunted historical mansion mystery. Let’s get reading, shall we?

*The release dates listed for these books may change, so it’s probably a good idea to check their Goodreads pages (links below) for the most recent info. 
The Last Ever After1>> The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani  / Release Date: July 21

Teehee. There’s no way the third School for Good and Evil would not be on this list. I mean, really, I’ve actually included this series on the B.I.R.T.Y.S.R. feature 6+ times. (It is chocolate cookies and cream ice cream all the way though. :) ) The summary and cover of the third book haven’t been released yet, but I’m sure they will live up to the standards of the previous books.

Silver in The Blood2>> Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George / Release Date: July 7

Oh. My. Gumdrops. Look at that amazing cover! And not only that, but look at the author! Yes, it is the oh-so amazing Jessica Day George (AKA: the author of the oh-so amazing books, Princess in the Silver Woods and Tuesdays in the Castle.) Her new book, Silver in the Blood, is about two society girls from New York City in 1890 who travel to Romania to learn more about their family’s (magical shape-shifting!) roots. Sounds cool, right? Now, all we have to do is wait until July. Anyone have a time machine?

Princess in Disguise3>> Princess in Disguise by E.D. Baker / Release Date: March 31

E.D. Baker has always been one of my favorite authors, so you can imagine how happy I was to discover that there would be a fourth book coming out in The Wide Awake Princess series, (which I previously thought was going to be a trilogy.) The fourth installment in the series follows the adventures of Annie and Liam, who are planning (SPOILER WARNING! READ AT YOUR OWN RISK!) their wedding, but a series of mishaps causes the event to be ruined. To save their special event, the two embark on a dangerous journey filled with magic, fairy godmothers, and all sorts of fairytale fun.

Thor's Serpants4>> Thor’s Serpents by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr / Release Date: March 1

I never actually got to review Loki’s Wolves on here (which I think just means that I should read the first two books again) but let me just say that the first two books are fantastic. They’re very Percy Jackson-esque, but revolve around Norse mythology. I prefer the second book more than the first, despite the fact that it ended on a cliffhanger (Evil cliffhangers. You ruin all my attempts of reading the end of the book first,) hence my excitement for the third story. March couldn’t come sooner!

The Sword of Summer5>> The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan / Release Date: Oct. 6

Yay! More Norse mythology for everyone! I’m a big fan of Rick Riordan’s other series, Percy Jackson and The Kane Chronicles, so I’m very excited for his new book to come out (only three days before my b-day. :) ) The summary sounds quite interesting: Magnus Chase, a teen from the streets of Boston, discovers a dangerous secret from his mysterious uncle: The Norse gods are real, and the doomsday, Ragnarok, is coming. And Magnus is the only one who can stop it. Sounds ominous, right? In other news, Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes  is coming out in August – hopefully it will be able to satisfy me until October.

Of Enemies and Endings6>> Of Enemies and Endings by Shelby Bach / Release Date: June 30

I adore the Ever Afters series by Shelby Bach. A fractured fairy tale taking place in modern times with plenty of magic and cool characters? Yes, please! I am having very mixed feelings about this book though: on one hand, I’m so excited to find out what happens next after that cliffhanger in book three (see my opinion on cliffhangers above), but on the other, I don’t want the series to end! Either way, it does sound like this book is going to be the best one yet! Oh, and let’s also all take a minute to acknowledge this gorgeous cover. It’s definitely my favorite of this entire post. I mean, just look at it! It’s so different than the others in the series, but still fits in the style of the first three books. I need this on my bookshelf! :)

Princess Academy #37>> The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale / Release Date: March 3

Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy has always been one of my favorite books (it first came out 10 years ago – who knew?), so I was oh-so happy to discover that she was coming out with a third installment in the series. The premise sounds quite fun, although I don’t remember much about the story, (I’m sure a rereading is in my future!) Oh well! I can’t wait to read this fabulous author’s next book.

Grounded8>> Grounded: The Adventures of Rapunzel by Megan Morrison / Release Date: April 28

While I was browsing Goodreads for books to add to this list, I came upon Grounded by Megan Morrison. The cover instantly interested me, (Hair! Lots of hair!) so I did a bit of investigating. It centers around a spoiled girl named Rapunzel (which I guessed…from all the hair) who has everything she wants, until one day, when a thief named Jack breaks into her tower. The two venture into the world outside her hidden home, and then, of course, magical adventure follows. Sounds like a fun read! And it’s a debut! And it has a fun cover! Hooray!

Story Thieves9>> Story Thieves by James Riley / Release Date: Jan. 20

I loved James Riley’s Half Upon A Time trilogy, so I’ve been looking forward to the release of this book for awhile. (It comes out tomorrow!) Everything sounds very appealing: the story revolves around a young boy named Owen, who dreams of becoming a hero in his own book series. The dream becomes a reality though, when he sees his classmate Bethany climbing out of a library book. Turns out Bethany is half-fictional character, and she’s been traveling throughout different stories to find her father. Together the two embark on a magical journey through the fictional world…but it doesn’t turn out exactly as planned. Now, if only I could travel into my favorite book…

Palace of Lies10>> Palace of Lies by Margaret Peterson Haddix / Release Date: April 7

I’m a bit late to the whole Just Ella series, (the first book was published 1999 – wow!) since I just read the two books a few months ago, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy them! I fell in love with the way the writing flowed together and really enjoyed how Margaret Peterson Haddix weaved the first two stories together. After I finished the books, my sister mentioned that the third one was coming out in April. After a quick Goodreads search, I was able to learn more about the third installment: Palace of Lies, which is told from the point of view of Princess Desmia, who was a secondary character in Palace of Mirrors. I’m very excited to find out what happens next in the story, and will definitely be purchasing it once it’s out.

Graceful11>> Graceful by Wendy Mass / Release Date: April 28

Wendy Mass is a great author! She’s written some amazing books like Pi in the Sky and The Candymakers, but my all time favorite series of hers is the Willow Falls series. The books are the perfect mix of fantasy, whimsy, mystery, and humor so you can imagine my disappointment when I heard that The Last Present was going to be the last book in the series. Luckily, it turns out I was wrong! The fifth book, Graceful, is coming out in April (so many books are coming out in April!) and by the looks of the cover, (Pizza!) it’s going to be a great read.

The Disappearance of Emily H. 12>> The Disappearance of Emily H. by Barrie Summy / Release Date: May 12

A disappearance. Lying. Secrets. Mysteries. Memories. Supernatural powers. What does The Disappearance of Emily H. not have? Barrie Summy is a great mystery author (She wrote the I So Don’t Do…series, which is one of my favorite “main character can see/communicate with ghosts” series) so I’m sure it will have loads of suspense and wonder. Let’s just hope it doesn’t end on a cliffhanger.

The Island of Dr. Libris 13>> The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein / Release Date: March 24

Chris Grabenstein’s Mr. Lemoncello’s Library was a very fun book – a great blend of mystery and puzzles with lots of book trivia thrown in. His next book, The Island of Dr. Libris, seems just as interesting, but with its own personal twist. Even the summary sounds exciting: Billy is spending the summer on Dr. Libris’s island, where he is busy exploring the Dr’s lakeside cabin. There, he discovers a shelf of books that seem to come to life. But that’s impossible, isn’t it? Anything is possible Billy, anything.

Serafina and the Black Coat14>> Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty / Release Date: July 14

Serafina and her father have lived secretly in the basement of the Biltmore Estate for as long she can remember. She’s never disobeyed her father and also never had any reason to leave the safety of the estate’s basement. When the children of the estate begin to disappear however, Serafina must find the courage to venture into the nearby forest in order to save them, piecing together the puzzle one piece at a time. Doesn’t this book sound amazing? It combines all my favorite genres: fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. What could be better? (I mean, it might be, if you added a purple panda…)

Pirate's Code 15>> Pirate’s Code (Hook’s Revenge #2) by Heidi Schulz / Release Date: September 15

Technically I haven’t read the first Hook’s Revenge book yet…but it’s in my bedroom, sitting on top of my pile of books, and I have no idea why I wouldn’t love it. I mean, a Neverland-themed book from the point of view of Captain Hook’s daughter, who is a former society girl turned pirate? Just my cup of tea! (Or, as I prefer to call it, my scoop of ice cream.) The second book sounds quite good too, and I’m sure I’ll be counting down the days until it’s released.

What books are you looking forward to in 2015?

Lulu :)

American Girl Release Thoughts

28 Aug

Hi! Yesterday was American Girl’s latest release, and they came out with lots of cute outfits, and accessories! Yay! Anyways, here are my thoughts about the new things…

The Polar Bear PJs

Isn’t the pattern on these so cute? The dark and light blue look nice together, and the boots just top it all off!

Coconut Fun Outfit

Yay! They brought back the Coconut Fun Outfit! I have to say that I probably like this one better than the original because of the navy top and leggings.

Frosty Fair Isle and Jacket Outfit

Although I don’t like cold weather, I LOVE this cold weather outfit! The soft colors are nice, and those shoes are adorable, but I could most likely live without having American Girl put their logo on the gloves.

Sparkle Party Dress

Now this I really like! The skirt has a fun shape, and I love the detail on the shoulder. I would probably get rid of the tights, but otherwise it’s a pretty solid outfit.

Brocade Holiday Dress

This is a pretty dress, but I’m not really in love with the color. I’m all for the shoes though:)

Sparkle Sequin Outfit 

I’m simply speechless! This probably has to be my favorite MyAGDoll outfit of the release.

Bitty babyThe New Bitty Baby Line

The new dolls are adorable! I’m glad that AG expanded their line, and redid a lot of the accessories, but I’ll still miss some old favorites.

Twinkle Party Dress

This isn’t my favorite party dress of all time, but the deep red is a nice shade, and the details make this a perfect outfit for the holidays.

Snowy Dream PJs

Ooh! I love that periwinkle color, along with the pink accents and patterns.

Nature Cutie Set

I love that hat! (I have one in the same style, and it happens to be pretty awesome;)) The whole outfit overall though looks cozy and would work as a great winter outfit, (although, I would probably end up snagging the fabric on something pretty quickly.)

Prima Ballerina Outfit

Oh cuteness! What else is there to say?

Purple Posies Outfit

How adorable! This is such a fun fall outfit, but I still would rather see it in person before I would buy it online.

Dotty Coat Set

This has to be one of my favorite Bitty Baby Outfits ever! I love the details, and accessories…so basically I love the whole thing!

Fair Isle Skirt Set

Why do all of the Fall/Winter Bitty Twin outfits have to be so cute? The colors in this are very fun for the upcoming season, and the headband is just too adorable not to love!

The Spa Chair

Isn’t this adorable? I love all the accessories…but not the fact that it costs more than an actual doll.

Gymnastics Set

After the success of the McKenna gymnastics set, I was happy to see that AG came out with a new one that even has a cheaper price!

Snow Much Fun Set

What can I say? That snowman is pretty awesome

All of these images belong to AG


American Girl’s New Release!

27 Jun

Hi guys! Today is a super awesome day because it was my last day of school, and there was a new American Girl Release! (It has to be one of the best ones in a while) Below are my thoughts on some of the new items!

The New My American Girl Dolls

Aren’t these dolls really cute? I love their hairstyles and I bet they will pretty popular.

Saige’s Tunic Outfit and Accessories

There has been some talk about this outfit when it was spotted in an American Girl ad, and I have to say I really like it. The tunic is a great color, the shoes are adorable, and the basic pants will match with lots of items. Also, the accessories are really cute:)

 The Floral Sweater and Skirt Outfit

This is a perfect back to school outfit! The colors are great, and the patterns are great, because they’re easy to match and accessorize.

The School Days Outfit

This is cute, but it isn’t my favorite. The colors look great together, and the shoes are awesome, but it’s still not the best outfit of the release, although maybe once I see it in person I will like it better.

The Tropical Bloom Outfit

This outfit is so coordinated. The accessories add to the outfit, and the colors and style of the clothes look perfect for a casual day. It’s personally not really my style, but I’m sure others will like it.

The Purple Peacock Pajamas

I am in love with these pajamas. :) The pattern is so cute, and the colors are my favorites! I will definitely get this outfit!

Talent Show Set

This is so ADORABLE!!!! The colors and designs are so bold and fun, plus the whole outfit is just so playfully cute!

2 in 1 Track Outfit

This is such a cute version of American Girl’s previous track outfit. The colors are bright and cheerful, and will look great on most dolls.

The Basketball Outfit

Another great outfit! It looks cute on the doll, and the sneakers will work well with other outfits.

The Witch Costume

For the last of the My American Girl Outfits I’m going to talk about, I decided to use the Witch costume, which has to be one of their cutest halloween costumes in a while. All the pieces are great, plus the broom makes an adorable final touch.

The Butterfly Tunic and Dress

I. am. at. a. loss. for. words. These are just so cute!

The Garden Play Outfit and Rainbow Plaid Outfit

I really like these two outfits, and their colors and pieces. They’re perfect for back to school, but the patterns can work for spring too.

The Campus Snack Cart

This has to be one of my favorite things out of the whole release. I really want it!!! I mean, it’s just so cute. :)

School Locker Set

This is so awesome! It makes it so easy to store your doll’s stuff, and the color combo is very pretty.

The Science Set and School Backpack Set

I laughed at first when I saw the backpack set because it has a copy of the match book my school uses. Anyways, both sets are super adorable, and I would use the pieces really often.

Doll Hairstyles

These pieces were such a great idea! They can really add to an outfit, and make it so easy to do different styles.

Delicious Breakfast set

This. is. adorable.

All of these pictures are form American Girl. :) 


My Top Eight Super Summer Releases!

18 Jun

Hey! Since I can’t wait for summer, I decided to do a post about my top ten eight summer book releases!

The Treasure of Way Down Deep by Ruth White, (Publication Date-August 27th)

A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland, (Publication Date-July 9th)

Moxie and The Art Of Rule Breaking By Erin Dionne, (Publication Date-July 11)

Confectionately Yours #4: Something New

Something New by Lisa Papademetriou, (Publication Date-July 30th)

The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer, (Publication Date-August 6th)

The Show Must Go On by Kate Klise, (Publication Date-September 10….Does that count as summer?)

The Sound of Your Voice, Only Really Far Away by Frances O’Roark Dowell, (Publication Date-August 27th)

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library By Chris Grabenstein, (Publication Date-June 25th)