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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Standalone
Release Date: April 22nd, 2014

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters…





Cruel BeautyCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
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Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: Standalone?
Release Date: January 28th, 2014

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

What are you waiting on this week?


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  1. Ashtyn says: Reply

    Wow, I haven’t heard of either of those books but both are going on my TBR list now! The sound so awesome! Really great picks!

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    1. Bec says: Reply

      They do sound great!! Glad we could introduce you to them :)

  2. Tanja says: Reply

    I really but really hope that this new Jenny’s novel will be closer to Summer series that Burn for Burn, which wasn’t that great for me. I guess we wait and see. Cruel Beauty sounds really great, like retelling but with some really unique elements. Great picks!
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      I’ve never read anything by Jenny Han, but I hope it lives up to your expectations/wishes.

  3. Cee says: Reply

    I am beyond excited for both books. I adore Jenny Han’s books. I can’t wait to see all the boys confront Lara Jean.

    I have a soft spot for the Beauty and the Beast story, but I’m a bit weary of the romance part in this book. I just hope Cruel Beauty creates a really strong female character.

    1. Bec says: Reply

      It will be entertaining! Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite fairy tales and I have the same hopes as you :)

  4. I’ve never read anything by Jenny Han, but To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before looks pretty good.

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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Neither have I! All the Boys really sounds interesting though.

  5. sqt says: Reply

    I *really* want to read “Cruel Beauty” but the Jenny Han book sounds really good too! Great picks. Thanks for stopping by.
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  6. Maryam says: Reply

    The Jenny Han book sounds amazing. I think I’ll give it a try. =)

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    1. Bec says: Reply

      It does :)

  7. Lexi says: Reply

    I’ve only read one of Jenny Han’s books, but I’m hoping to read Burn for Burn soon, and I’ll probably check out To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before when it releases! I heard about Cruel Beauty during the Epic Reads ARC party, and it sounded pretty interesting :D
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      They do sound interesting. Hopefully good as well :D

  8. Jessica@a GREAT read says: Reply

    Ooh nice! Haven’t heard of the first one but seeing a bit of the second! Love its cover too!

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    1. Bec says: Reply

      The cover is gorgeous

  9. Patty says: Reply

    I haven’t heard of these but I’m definitely adding ‘To All the Boys’. I’m really loving the writing/ font the title is written in.
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      It is an awesome font

  10. Janhvi says: Reply

    Oooh haven’t read anything by Jenny Han yet but this sounds awesome!
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Same here. Same here.

  11. I am so excited for both of these! I featured Cruel Beauty awhile ago and that cover is just to die for. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before sounds just as amazing because how embarrassing and interesting will it be for those boys to get those letters and find out how she truly felt. Curious how they will react. Thanks for stopping by!
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      I might buy Cruel Beauty just to drool over the cover.

      It would be so embarrassing. It’ll be interesting to see how her relationship with them changes now as well.

    1. Bec says: Reply

      You’re welcome :)

  12. I have only read one book by Jenny Han, though she was working with Siobhan Vivian – Burn for Burn and I really did not like that book. But I’m definitely curious about To All the Boys I Loved Before. Because I totally used to do that, too! Except, I burned/scrapped the letters shortly after writing them because I was terrified my friends would do exactly what happens in the book! Sounds like an interesting contemporary.

    As to Cruel Beauty – The Beauty and the Beast is one of my all time favorites. So a retelling sound awesome. And the cover is great as well!

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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Aahaha, that was wise. Retellings are great, I’m so excited.

  13. I’m super excited for the jenny han title myself. i love the premise! i want to know what will happen when the boys confront her.

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    1. Bec says: Reply

      It’ll be interesting I think

  14. June says: Reply

    Ooh…sounds like two winners! I’m a big fan of Jenny Han and didn’t know she had a new book coming out. Definitely will be getting it. Cruel Beauty sounds pretty awesome. Thanks for passing these on. I’ll be adding them to my TBR list for sure. Great picks!
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Yay! I hope they end up being worth the addition to the tbr

  15. Both books sound really good. Love the premise of To All the Boys–I’m already feeling for the MC–how embarrassing! And Cruel Beauty has piqued my interest–falling in love with the person you’re supposed to kill? Ooh…sounds so good!
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Yep. I just hope both MCs are relate-able and strong in their own way.

  16. I am really looking forward to Cruel Beauty. Such a beautiful cover and I love retellings. I hope it is as good as we all hope


    1. Bec says: Reply

      YES! My thoughts exactly

  17. Andi says: Reply

    YES YES YES to the Jenny Han book! I can’t wait!
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      I feel like I need to read some Jenny Han…

  18. Graceling meets Beauty And The Beast? I’m sold! Great WoW picks!
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Two of my favourite stories…. Hope it lives up to the standards.

  19. I am DYING for Cruel Beauty Bec. DYING!!!! Beauty and the Beast is my very favorite fairytale, so I can never get enough of its retellings. And look at that cover? I need it my hands so I can drool over it. Fantastic choices this week!

    1. Bec says: Reply

      I KNOW. I KNOW. I FEEL 10000% THE SAME

  20. Love both of your choices and your blog! Following! :)
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  21. Wow! Great picks this week! And the cover for Cruel Beauty is awesome!

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    1. Bec says: Reply

      It is magnificient

  22. Jenna says: Reply

    The Jenny Han book sounds interesting but I hated the one book by her that I read so much that I don’t know if I’ll be able to talk myself into it. Cruel Beauty doesn’t sound like the kind of book I would like, but I love that cover.
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Maybe give it a chance, but that is a decent reason I guess. That’s a shame :(

  23. I haven’t heard of the first book, but I have an e-ARC of CRUEL BEAUTY. I think I’ll have to check out the first one, too. Great picks. Thanks for stopping by!
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  24. I LOVE Jenny Han’s Summer series so I will DEF be checking out her new book when it comes out!
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Yay! I hope you like it

  25. I love the sharpie writing on the cover of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but the story behind Cruel Beauty has got me hooked. I love the play on Beauty and the Beast, but it’s not a very traditional retelling, which I’m super excited for!
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Retellings are all unique in their own ways and I am 90% sure I have loved all the Beauty and the Beast retellings I have ever read so I am excited :D

  26. Love the sound of To all the boy’s I’ve loved before. That is definitely going on my TBR

    1. Bec says: Reply

      No worries

  27. Cyn says: Reply

    I’m so excited for both books! The first one sounds soooo adorable. And well I could never resist a Beauty and the Beast retelling haha. Awesome picks! Thanks for sharing and & stopping by Bookmunchies (:
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Yeah, they both hit my I-should-really-resist-but-can’t part of deciding what books to read.

  28. I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good retelling of a fairytale! And Beauty & The Beast was my fave Disney movie! I’ve got my eye on that one!
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Yessss…It’s sound so amazing and looks so pretty

  29. I am DYING. DYING for CRUEL BEAUTY. I wan to read that book so bad it hurts. The cover is gorgeous, plus I am obsessed with Beauty and the Beast adaptations these days. Also the Jenny Han book looks like delicious fun! Great picks.
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Are you me? I think you’re me because I feel the same as you.

  30. Both of these are really great picks and I just love the elegant cover of Cruel Beauty. My WoW.
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Yeah, it’s so gorgeous. The staircase melting into the rose and *drools*

  31. Both of these are on my to-read list! I actually have a galley of Cruel Beauty but haven’t read it yet. But the Jenny Han book sounds amazing! It’s actually going to be one of my future WoW picks. :)

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    1. Bec says: Reply

      I am so jealous of your galley. But yay for similar taste!

  32. These look like really good reads. Great choices!
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  33. Maida says: Reply

    OMG!!! I DIDNOT know about this!!! I LOVE LOOOVED Jenny Han’s Summer I Turned Pretty series, and I am totally excited for this now! It sounds amazing! EEEP! Thanks for sharing this! Awesome pick! :D

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    1. Bec says: Reply

      People who react like you when we introduce them to things make me happy :)

  34. Sandra says: Reply

    The Jenny Han book sounds really good. Every time I see that title I start singing Julio Iglasius and/or Willie Nelson. Just change the ‘boys’ to ‘girls’ and…. yeah.
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      I am unfamiliar with all those things but I guess cool connections?

  35. I’ve actually never heard of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but it sounds really cute! I’m definitely going to go look it up. And I am so pumped for Cruel Beauty! I only needed to read the very first sentence of the synopsis to be sold. Beauty and the Beast is my favorite fairy tale and I ADORE Graceling, so nothing else was needed. (Though I did read the rest. Lol.)
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      It does!! Those little things were all Cruel Beauty needed to hook me too

  36. Sandy says: Reply

    I’ve wanted the first one for AGES! I saw it on a WOW a few weeks ago and instantly added it to my TBR pile. Nice choice and thank you for visiting my blog earlier. :D
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      I hope you get your hands on it soon :D

  37. I’ve heard of both of your picks but I can’t wait for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before! The cover is just absolutely gorgeous and I need to get my hands on it O____O
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      It’s a pretty cool cover

  38. I’m very excited for both of these, too! Love retellings so Cruel Beauty is a must. Love the cover of the other book…I’ve never read Jenny Han before and I don’t read alot of contemp, but the story idea sounds fun.
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Yeah, both look and sound great!

  39. Both sound very intriguing. Great picks. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Bec says: Reply

      No worries

  40. Richa says: Reply

    Oh wow, the first book sounds really awesome! I’d love to read that. Adding it to my to-read list now! Thanks for stopping by my WoW :)
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Glad we could introduce you to it :)

  41. Aman says: Reply

    YES to both of them! The Jenny Han book is super adorable and I need to have it! As for Cruel Beauty, COME ON, Beauty and the Beast adaptation says it all. And I’m so excited to have an earc for it and can’t wait to dig in. Great picks! :)
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Everyone seems to have an eARC except me. And I’m on a requesting and buying ban :(

  42. Both of these books look amazing, but I’m really excited about the first one. The idea that your deepest confessions get to the people they were written for the very intriguing storyline. Thank you for stopping by my www.

    1. Bec says: Reply

      It does sound very intriguing. I wonder where it’ll go

  43. Aylee says: Reply

    Oh yes, I’m definitely waiting on both of these! The first because I have always heard good things about Jenny Hans writing (though have yet to try it out myself) and the second because I love Beauty and the Beast. I can’t wait to read some early reviews for these!

    1. Bec says: Reply

      Judging from the comments on this post, Jenny Hans is good. It’ll be interesting to see what people think of them

  44. I’ve Loved Before sounds flippin’ awesome. confronting past crushes sounds scary and like an awesome read.
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      Oh it would be nerve wracking. There’s no way I’d be able to cope with it. I’d just run away and hide.

  45. Sunny says: Reply

    I desperately want to read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before! Hope you ladies get these :)

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  46. That cover for Cruel Beauty is just gorgeous. I don’t even care what it’s about. Give it to me now!

    And though I’m usually more into fantasy, something about To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved intrigues me. I cannot imagine having all my crushes find out how I felt about them through letters I sent to them at the time. And while I have some ideas about where the story could go with it, I have no idea! There’s so many possibilities. I’ll have to keep my eye open for reviews on that one when it’s published!
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    1. Bec says: Reply

      I will buy it (one day) just because the cover.

      I’m the same with To All the Boys. It’d be really interesting to read, just to watch it develop.

  47. Dying for both of these as I love the covers and concepts so much!
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  48. Bec says: Reply

    The covers are great

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