Sunday, December 4, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #200 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

Borrowed from the Library: 
Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)
The Boy in the Black Suit

Weekly Wrap-Up


Tuesday 11/29/16:  A Guide with the Top 10 Things to Consider When Gifting Books!
Wednesday 11/30/16: Waiting on Wednesday: Antisocial by Jillian Blake
Friday 11/25/16: Follow Friday: Winter Wonderland!
Saturday 11/05/16: Class Act- Module 14: Graphic and Illustrated Novels/ Urban Lit/ Romance!

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I shared this one because I couldn't decide which one to read first. My entire family said FiY and my blog friends said TD. So, I went with FiY because I knew I would fly through it. (My next final isn't due until the 13th so I might read them both lol)
I shared this one after I posted the Beyond the Book to my blog! If you missed it, go check it out! 

I posted this one just because I was upset that as soon as I had two off days in a row I had to stay inside because it looked like this outside. 

Hope y'all have a great week!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Class Act: Module 13: GRAPHIC AND ILLUSTRATED NOVELS/URBAN LIT/ ROMANCE!


As y'all know, I'm a Library Science student at University of North Texas. This semester I have the pleasure of taking an AWESOME class called Seminar and Trends in YA! This semester the focus is YA books!  One of the things we have to do is read some books from a list my Prof has provided us and then make up a blog and post reviews or features of what we have read! 

MODULE 13: 
GRAPHIC  AND ILLUSTRATED NOVELS/URBAN LIT/ ROMANCE


The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith
Published by: Little Brown Poppy
Book Summary:     
  
      Four minutes changes everything. Hadley Sullivan 17 misses her flight at JFK airport, is late to her father's second wedding in London with never-met stepmother. Hadley meets the perfect boy. Oliver is British, sits in her row. A long night on the plane passes in a blink, but the two lose track in arrival chaos. Can fate bring them together again?

     Contemporary romance in YA is actually my very favorite genre. This book is one I had been wanting to read for  a very long time. I've read quite a few books in this genre and most of them were all the same troupes. Romance always has the same troupes, but I can't stay away from them. Here's my favorites:

1. Boy Meets Girl, Boy Loses Girl, Boy Gets Girl Again
2. Meet Cutes 
3. Besties to Lovers 
4. Enemies to Lovers
5. Bad Boys

     I know that troupes aren't everyone's favorites, I think they're still fun to point out. Anyone have anymore that they recognize from YA contemps?



     

Friday, December 2, 2016

Follow Friday: Winter Wonderland!



Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

what is your avorite book with a winter world?
     This one is EASY!!! 
Frigid (Frigid, #1)

     Really I just don't remember any other books set in the winter where I know it was for sure winter lol And being completely honest, this book may be set in the cold, but it's sure to heat you up! 

What about you?!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

ARC, 344 pages
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Published by: Delacorte Press
Read from: November 18-November 28, 2016
Stand-alone
Source: BEA 2016
For fans of: Diversity in Literature, Romance, Tear-Jerkers, Contemporary, Sparkly Covers, DEAR, Own Voices, Realistic Fiction, 

     Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
     Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
     The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

*MY THOUGHTS*

    Damn it Yoon, this is the second time in two books that you've caused my eyes to "sweat." And now, knowing that it will be possible that I will cry every time I open one of your books, I WILL MOST DEFINITELY READ WHATEVER YOU WRITE. 
"Names are powerful things. They act as an identity marker, and a kind of map, locating you in time and geography.'"
pg. 16
     Daniel is a dreamer and Natasha is a facts only type of person. The difference between the two of them is staggering. But for some reason, the universe has made it so the two of them must meet and that then one of them makes sure they continue to be around each other. This story shows the true meaning of opposites attract. 
"Human beings re not reasonable creatures, Instead of being ruled by logic, we are ruled by emotions. The world would be a happier place if the opposite were true.'"
pg. 46
     The main thing I loved about this book was all the emotions it illicited out of me. On some pages I smiled so hard my cheeks hurt. On others I was swooning so hard I thought I might faint. And then at the end I was crying so hard because things weren't going the way I wanted them to that I closed the book. I felt some of everything in this book and i could tell then that I was fully invested. 
"But how can you trust something that can end as suddenly as it begins?'"
pg. 58
     I also fell for this story because of the characters. I loved that she modeled them after herself and her husband. It helped to give a picture of the characters. I also loved that they were so opposite from each other. It gives true meaning to "opposites attract" and I love that! I know it's something small, but it made the story even more cute. Their banter and their arguments weren't even bad because they were still so adorable together. 
"...I get a sense of deja vu, but instead of feeling like I'm experiencing something in the past, it feels like I'm experiencing something that will happen in the future. I see us in old age. I can't see our faces; I don't know where or even when we are. But I have a strange and happy feeling that I can't quite describe. It's like knowing all the words to a song but still finding them beautiful and surprising. .'"
pg. 66
     The romance was something special. I'm normally not one to fall for insta-love, but with this one I loved the characters so much I couldn't help it. Daniel and Natasha just had that much chemistry. They learned as much about each other in one day as most people learn about each other in a month. I think this may be why I fell for them. They learned everything so quickly because they WANTED to be around each other. They wanted to get to know each other better, but there were things stopping them that were out of their control. (See, this is why my eyes were sweating smh) 
"I don't believe in love. It's not a religion, he says. It exists whether you believe in it or not..'"
pg. 76
     As for the writing style and the imagery, Nicola Yoon has still got it. I LOVED Everything, Everything and I remembered all over again why when I read her newest book. Yoon has quickly made it to the top of my favorite contemporary romance authors and I can't wait to see what else she comes up with next. I think I loved this one more than her first, and if you know me, I LOVED that one! 
"What a difference a day makes.'"
pg. 330
     Yoon knows exactly how to write contemporary romance. She hits hard in all your emotions and of course doesn't hold back on the swoons. She keeps getting better with each book, so I'm excited to see what she comes up with next!
Overall, I give this



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Antisocial by Jillian Blake


This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

Antisocial


     Alexandria Prep is hacked in this exhilarating whodunit set in the age of social media and the cloud—Pretty Little Liars meets WikiLeaks.
     Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.
     But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public. 
     Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives: 
     Sometimes we share too much.

Published by: Delacorte Press
Expected Publication: January 3, 2017

Why I'm waiting: If this isn't relevant to the world today, I don't know what is! Especially dealing with teens. Sometimes they do put too much information on-line. Hopefully with this book they will start being more conscience of what they post. 

What do you think of this new book?
Will you be waiting on this too?