FRIDAY STARS – Your Weekly Must Knows 10/28/16

FRIDAY STARS – Your Weekly Must Knows 10/28/16

Life:

I am happy to say that we are officially done with soccer for the season!  This last weekend was the final tournament which was Halloween themed.  It was hilarious watching them play in their costumes.  My son’s team dressed up as the ghosts in Pac-Man and the coaches wore huge Pac-Man colored cardboard costumes.  Not only did they win first place for best team costume but they also won first place in the tournament, woot!  It started at 9am, didn’t finish till after 3pm and they played 7 games.  I thought that was a little crazy for 5-6 year olds but I’m sports clueless (unless it has to do with snowboarding, surfing or wakeboarding) so I guess that’s the norm?  I’m so excited that we have free Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons woohoo!  Well, that is until the next sport starts…… ♥

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!

♥ Enjoy!

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Just Finished and Loved:

still-life-with-tornado-a-s-kingStill Life with Tornado by A.S King Anna’s Review

4.5 Stars! I would say that I was pleasantly surprised, except it would be a lie : A.S. King is so constantly good at dealing with somewhat common issues. Her stories are just my kind of weird and manage to hit me all the same. Of course I recommend.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah can’t draw. This is a problem, because as long as she can remember, she has “done the art.” She thinks she’s having an existential crisis. And she might be right; she does keep running into past and future versions of herself as she wanders the urban ruins of Philadelphia. Or maybe she’s finally waking up to the tornado that is her family, the tornado that six years ago sent her once-beloved older brother flying across the country for a reason she can’t quite recall. After decades of staying together “for the kids” and building a family on a foundation of lies and domestic violence, Sarah’s parents have reached the end. Now Sarah must come to grips with years spent sleepwalking in the ruins of their toxic marriage. As Sarah herself often observes, nothing about her pain is remotely original—and yet it still hurts.

 
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the-scorpion-rules-coverThe Scorpion Rules (Prisoners of Peace #1) by Erin BowAnna’s Review

4.5 Stars! This book was crazy and NASTY (There’s TORTURE) and also super weird BUT I loved every second of it.

Greta is a Duchess and a Crown Princess. She is also a Child of Peace, a hostage held by the de facto ruler of the world, the great Artificial Intelligence, Talis. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Start a war and your hostage dies.
The system has worked for centuries. Parents don’t want to see their children murdered.
Greta will be free if she can make it to her eighteenth birthday. Until then she is prepared to die with dignity, if necessary. But everything changes when Elian arrives at the Precepture. He’s a hostage from a new American alliance, and he defies the machines that control every part of their lives—and is severely punished for it. His rebellion opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the rules they live under, and to the subtle resistance of her companions. And Greta discovers her own quiet power.
Then Elian’s country declares war on Greta’s and invades the prefecture, taking the hostages hostage. Now the great Talis is furious, and coming himself to deliver punishment. Which surely means that Greta and Elian will be killed…unless Greta can think of a way to break all the rules.

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3 Stars:
To Love and to Cherish (The Wedding Belles #3) by Lauren Layne → Jen’s Review

1 Stars:
One Day Soon (One Day Soon #1) by A. Meredith Walters → Anna’s Review 

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We also had a Rambling post that IMO hilarious!  You can check out Anna’s post about 24 Hours Into an European Blogger’s Life (+ GIVEAWAY)  here.

 

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Reading Next:

carve-the-mark-veronica-roth Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

 

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infinity-jus-accardo Infinity (The Infinity Division #1) by Jus Accardo
There are three things Kori knows for sure about her life:
One: Her army general dad is insanely overprotective.
Two: The guy he sent to watch her, Cade, is way too good-looking.
Three: Everything she knew was a lie.
Now there are three things Kori never knew about her life:
One: There’s a device that allows her to jump dimensions.
Two: Cade’s got a lethal secret.
Three: Someone wants her dead.

 

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Upcoming Releases:

the-diabolic-s-j-kincaid The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (Releases 11/01)
Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.
When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.
As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.

 

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infinity-jus-accardo Infinity (The Infinity Division #1) by Jus Accardo (Releases 11/01)
There are three things Kori knows for sure about her life:
One: Her army general dad is insanely overprotective.
Two: The guy he sent to watch her, Cade, is way too good-looking.
Three: Everything she knew was a lie.
Now there are three things Kori never knew about her life:
One: There’s a device that allows her to jump dimensions.
Two: Cade’s got a lethal secret.
Three: Someone wants her dead.

 
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3 Comments

  1. Halloween soccer, how adorable! I hope your son had lots of fun!

    Ooh, I can’t wait to read the Star Crossed reviews on the two “reading next” books. I’ve been curious about both of them 🙂

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