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Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Anticipated Releases

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019.

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June 25th, 2019
Call it What you Want by Brigid Kemmerer

September 17th, 2019
The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu

October 1st, 2019
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

October 8th, 2019
Sanctuary Highway by Ellen Hopkins

October 8th, 2019
The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

October 15th, 2019
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

November 5th, 2019
The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

November 5th, 2019
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

November 5th, 2019
The Toll by Neal Shusterman

November 26th, 2019
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

These are the ten books I’m most excited about in the second half of  2019. BUT! There are so many more that I am anticipating. Check out the full list here! Let me know which books  you’re looking forward to in the comments!

Keep on  reading lovelies, Amanda

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Amanda's Adventures · Everything & Anything · Top Ten Tuesday

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Anticipated New Releases

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Most anticipated new released for the first half of 2019

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Vortex Visions by Elise Kova

The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco

Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare

How to Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

I could go on and on with this list, but these are just a few. To see all the new releases of 2019 that I’m looking forward to click here. What books are coming out in 2019 that you’re excited for? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Day Six – Anticipated New Releases

Happy Blogmas day six! Today we’re here to talk about our most anticipated releases for the upcoming year. There are tons of good sequels that are coming out in 2019.

The Wicked King by Holly Black

Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco

Deathcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

How to Make Friends With the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Finale by Stephanie Garber

Under Currents by Nora Roberts

The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts

Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

Let us know what new releases you’re looking forward to next year! We’re always looking for new books to add to our lists.

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Allegiant – Veronica Roth

Summary:
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered-fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world pass the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature-and of herself-while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Review:
I just finished Allegiant and I’m still wiping the tears off my face. I can’t believe some of the things that happened. I really enjoyed watching these characters grow up and change as their lives changed. I really really liked Allegiant, but I’d have to say that Divergent is still my favorite. But there were so many things I liked about this book. One thing that made it a different experience was that it was told from both Tris’s and Four’s perspective. This was something I really liked because we could see more into Four’s head and know him better. Something else I made note of in the story that I liked was that even though Four and Tris are in a serious relationship, the things that go on between them are always kept appropriate for the younger readers. I thought that was nice. Allegiant was full of action and surprises and suspense. There were so many twists and turns, things I didn’t see coming. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved almost every page. I definitely think one of the twists could have been avoided and things written differently. But I’m not Veronica Roth, and she must have written it this way for a reason. Another thing I really liked about Allegiant was that it had so many good quotes. This is definitely going to be a series I read again and highlight next time.
Now, to the characters. Christina plays a bigger part in this book than she did in the two previous. I really enjoyed reading about so much of her. She’s spunky and funny and similar to a couple of my friends actually. She supports Tris so much in this book. The two had their ups and downs and worked through them. Christina becomes Tris’s go to person, after Four of course. Next is Peter. He doesn’t play a huge part in this story. But we still get to see him grow into an even more terrible person. He only does whats best for him. But at the end of the book I kind of seriously admire him. He knows that he’s an awful person, and makes the executive decision to do something about it. He gives himself a chance to start over. and I thought that was deserving of my respect.
I loved Caleb in the first book and hated him in the second. In Allegiant he tried to make things better. He put forth the effort. Not a lot of effort, but it was there. And in the end I forgave him just like Tris did. Caleb did quite a few stupid things, that he eventually came to deeply regret. Things that he was willing to give his life to make up for. At the end of Allegiant, I don’t hate Caleb, but I’m also not his biggest fan.
Four is the love of my life. But not really, because he and Tris are too perfect for each other for anyone to mess with that. In Allegiant, we get to read part of the book from Four’s perspective, which I loved because we got to know how he thinks and way more about him. He does something kind of dumb in the beginning of the book that Tris ends up forgiving him for. Four has a really hard time excepting his flaws and insecurities which is the only thing I don’t like about him. He’s way too hard on himself, mostly for things that he has no control over. Tris makes Four a better person, as well as the other way around. I love the relationship between these two so much. One thing I love is that unlike most other couples they actually talk to each other. They fix their problems. They get to the root of whats going wrong and make it better. And they survive as a couple because of this. They are just perfect for each other.
And now, we talk about Tris. Tris has gone through so much in these three books. She’s dealt with way more than any normal person could handle. She’s so strong. And I loved reading about her growing into a better person. She has a lot of people do many different tests on her. And she’s genuinely interested in learning about herself, which I think is awesome. She tries her best to understand herself as well as others. Tris really becomes the best possible version of herself, she’s very selfless. She puts herself in hard situations in place of people that really don’t deserve it. She knows exactly what she needs to change to become the person she aspires to be which is something not many people can do. “Then I thought of how strong I have become, how secure I feel with the person I am now, and how all along the way he has told me that I am brave, I am respected, I am loved and worth loving.”
I had a really hard time putting this book down once I picked it up. I bought it after dinner last night, read about a third of it before I fell asleep. Then I had to work this morning, and all I talked about all day long was how badly I just wanted to read my book. Allegiant was a thrilling, suspenseful, heartbreaking end to a very well loved trilogy. There were thing’s I never expected to happen and things that made me cry like a baby. As a whole, I really enjoyed reading Allegiant and being part of this story. Although I don’t agree with all of the writing choices made, I think it was a good end to the trilogy and I look forward to whatever else Veronica Roth writes.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.