FRIDAY STARS – Your Weekly Must Knows 09/23/16

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Life:

This last week was filled with soccer games, volunteering in my oldest son’s Kindergarten class, my youngest son getting sick and the daily struggle to try and hurry up the processors so we can close on our new house before the end of the month.  The highlight of my last week was definitely volunteering in my oldest son’s classroom.  Kindergarten is such a fun age!  They want to learn, work on projects and are so adorable to be around.  And you know what…….when I started college years ago I honestly thought that I wanted to be a Kindergarten or 1st grade teacher.  It’s what I had dreamed about.  But after taking classes in that field, it just didn’t feel right.   So I dabbled in psychology, which wasn’t a fit either, and ended up landing in Business.  In that first class, I just knew that this was where I was supposed to be.  I was beyond passionate about my classes, and the next few years flew by way too fast.  But a part of me has still thought about teaching, even though I knew that’s not what I wanted to do.  So I’m beyond ecstatic now, because I get to be a part of teaching, but for only a few hours a week.  I’m so thankful for this opportunity, and I’m definitely looking forward to every Wednesday morning for the rest of this school year! ♥

In case you aren’t familiar with our Friday Star Posts, we like to take a look at what’s happened around here in the last week, what’s coming up that we are excited about and anything else that we may have to share!

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the darkestEnter to win The Artists Trilogy (Sins & Needles, Shooting Scars and Bold Tricks) by Karina Halle (ebook). Enter → HERE.
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Just Finished and Loved:

anna and the french kiss stephanie perkinsAnna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie PerkinsChelsea’s Review

5 Stars! I loved it. I devoured it. I longed for it when I put it down, and I picked it back up to re-read my favorite parts (turns out? There were a lot of favorite parts) even after I’d finished

Anna can’t wait for her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a good job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s not too thrilled when her father unexpectedly ships her off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Etienne St. Clair, the perfect boy. The only problem? He’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her crush back home. Will a year of romantic near-misses end in the French kiss Anna awaits?

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1 Star:
Unnatural Deeds by Cyn Balog → Anna’s Review

 

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Reading Next:

six of crows leigh bardugo Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…  A convict with a thirst for revenge.  A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.  A runaway with a privileged past.  A spy known as the Wraith.  A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.  A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.  Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

 

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the-demon-in-the-wood-leigh-bardugoBefore he ruled Ravka, before he was the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy with an extraordinary gift. In this prequel story to the New York Times-bestselling Grisha Trilogy, Leigh Bardugo takes us into Ravka’s mysterious past, when Grisha lived as fugitives and the Darkling took his first steps on the path to power. Discover new territory in the Grishaverse, as well as two chapters from the soon-to-be-released Six of Crows.

 

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Upcoming Releases:

stealing snow danielle paigeStealing Snow (Stealing Snow #1) by Danielle Paige (Releases 9/27)
Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she’s not crazy and doesn’t belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.  Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn’t what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid–her true home–with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she’s sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she’s destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything . . . including Snow’s return to the world she once knew.  This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero.

 

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bright-smoke-cold-fire-rosamund-hodgeBright Smoke, Cold Fire (Untitled #1) by Rosamund Hodge (Releases 9/27)
When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.  The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou, share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on the Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.  Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding the Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.  Mahyanai Runajo only wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.  Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .

 

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crooked kingdom leigh bardugoCrooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo (Releases 9/27)
The sequel will be here!  In the first book, Six of Crows, Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…  A convict with a thirst for revenge.  A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.  A runaway with a privileged past.  A spy known as the Wraith.  A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.  A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.  Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

 

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Check out the rest of our list of upcoming releases that we can’t wait for → HERE

 

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2 Comments

  1. So sorry to hear that your youngest was sick. I hope he’s feeling a lot better now. Also, hooray it’s almost time for you to move! I hope it all goes super smoothly for you and that you all can settle in quickly. WOOT!! 😀
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    • Aw, thank you! He had a rough few days with croup, but now he’s running around like his energetic self again! =D I can’t wait, I can’t wait, I can’t wait! Soooo close, and yes, fingers crossed our move goes smoothly, I hope! 🙂

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