Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #205 & 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.

For Review:
Prisoner of Ice and SnowThe Radius of Us
Royal Bastards


Weekly Wrap-Up:




Monday 01/09/17: My super disappointing review of Roseblood by A.G. Howard
Wednesday 01/11/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Good-Bye Days by Jeff Zentner
Friday 01/13/17: Follow Friday: The Best and the Worst of 2016!

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I'm late to the party because I just now read this, but mannnnn Fantastic Beats and where to Find Them is absolutely gorgeous. Inside and out. If you haven't read it, DO IT NOW! 


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Hardcover, 280 pages
Release Date: November 18, 2016
Published by: Swoon Reeads
Read from: January 12-13, 2017 
Stand-alone
Source: Bought
For fans of: Harry Potter, LOL, Screenplays, 

     J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.
When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…
     Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.
     Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader's bookshelf.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     As a Harry Potter fan, I off course got super excited when I heard this was happening. I was so excited to jump right back into the Harry Potter universe. But of course since it was a screenplay it wasn't as amazingly told as the original stories, but it is most certainly a very magical book.
     Newt Scamander arrived in New York and didn't plan to stay long. He stops by somewhere and his suitcase full of "fantastic beasts" goes missing. And then, it opens and the things in it go out to wreak havoc on the streets.
     Ok, I really loved the plot of this story. I haven't yet seen the movie (I JUST read the book, give me a break lol) but if it's like this, then I am super excited for everything about the movie. I really liked the characters. Even from just reading a screenplay, I fell for all of them. I adored Queenie, and I loved the way Newt was so caring about his animals, and I just everybody ok lol Maybe it was because it was a screenplay and they move so fast, but every character we met in the story had a purpose. As a huge fan of character based stories, I really loved this part of it.
     However, I wasn't a fan of the way the story was told. I guess because it's a screenplay, I wanted to learn so much more about the wizarding world in the USA, but in a screenplay you miss so much. There's not really much of the storytelling there, just most of it shown through the actor's expected actions. I know this isn't something that can be helped, but it did make me miss the wizarding world so much more. I wish she would give us another book lol
     This was all I expected it to be and more. Now that I'm ready for the movie, I can't wait to see it! If it really does follow the book, I can expect the movie to be great too.
Overall, I give this

Friday, January 13, 2017

Follow Friday: The Best and the Worst of 2016!



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!

best and worst reads of 2016? which would you recommend, which would you not?
Best: 
          Girl Against the UniverseA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)The Long Game (The Fixer, #2)

Worst:

Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga #1)The Museum of Heartbreak

To be honest, I would still recommend both of them, only because even though they weren't right for me, it could still be a 5 star for someone else. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

You Don't Know my Name by Kristen Orlando

e-ARC, 320 pages
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Published by: Swoon Reeads
Read from: January 7-11, 2017 
The Black Angel Chronicles, #1
Source: Netgalley (I recieved this book for free from the publisher. This in no way shaped my review of the book.)

For fans of: Spies, Contemporary, Romance, Action, Realistic Fiction, YA


     Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy. Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan.
     Now Reagan has to decide: Will she use her incredible talents and lead the dangerous life she was born into, or throw it all away to follow her heart and embrace the normal life she's always wanted? And does she even have a choice at all?
     Find out if you are ready to join the Black Angels in the captivating and emotional page-turner, You Don't Know My Name, from debut novelist Kristen Orlando!

*MY THOUGHTS*

     This fast paced read was exactly what I needed when I felt an oncoming slump approaching. I needed something I could dive into and only want to come out when I was going to sleep. And this did exactly that for me. 
"I don't like it when you pretend you're someone you're not. I just want you to be you. Good. Bad. [...] I'll still be here.'"
 31%
     Reagan has never had a "normal" life. She's been bounced around from house to house and town to town, all becasue of what her parents do for a living. But now she's finally grown to like the place where they are most recently. But unfortunately for her, her parents are Black Angels, some super spies.They seem to be forcing her to choose the life they did, when suddenly she's not so sure she wantst that anymore. 
"Some people aren't meant to be happy. Some are meant to change the world.'"
51%
     From the beginning I fell for this book. The first line was talking about target practice and homework and I just thought that was cool lol It only continued to get better from there. The fast pace of the novel and everything that kept haappening was making me turn the pages fast enough to get whiplash lol There was so much going on and I loved it all!
"Beauty comes from how you treat people and how you behave, But if a little lipstick makes you smile, then you should wear it and forget what anyone else thinks.'"
pg. 234
     I also really liked the romance. I was heartbroken at some times, but overall I was really happy with how Orlando put it together. I LOVED Luke and I loved everything about them together. They really made a good team.
"Guys will come and go Reagan-" Mom begins but I cut her off. Not this guy. [...] Guys like him don't come around every day.'"
52%
     But unfortunately as much as I did like, there were also things I wasn't a fan of. For instance, all the social media sites, and things like Apple iPhones are mentioned instead of just saying smart phones or something. With all the names and everything listed, this book is dure to date itself. Ler's hope everyone reads and loves it before then.
"I used to believe that every person was good or at least started out good. It's people like [...] who have forced me to lose that innocence.'"
84%
     I also didn't like how it seemed to be everything happened for the plot to further itself along. Like paretns were missing at the exact right time. A friend comes outside at the exact right time. It even got to a point where I was even rolling my eyes because it happened so often. Maybe next time, have things a little more difficult for the characters totry and adapt to each other.
"I'm coming.'"
99%
     To be honest, I really liked this book and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book. I need to know what happesns to them and how they're coping with the end.
Overall, I give this

Real rating 3.5, but I have rounded up to 4! 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WoW: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner


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!

Goodbye Days

     Can a text message destroy your life?
     Carver Briggs never thought a simple text would cause a fatal crash, killing his three best friends, Mars, Eli, and Blake. Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident and even worse, there could be a criminal investigation into the deaths.
     Then Blake’s grandmother asks Carver to remember her grandson with a ‘goodbye day’ together. Carver has his misgivings, but he starts to help the families of his lost friends grieve with their own memorial days, along with Eli’s bereaved girlfriend Jesmyn. But not everyone is willing to forgive. Carver’s own despair and guilt threatens to pull him under into panic and anxiety as he faces punishment for his terrible mistake. Can the goodbye days really help?
 

Expected Publication: March 7, 2017
Published by: Crown Books for Young Readers

Why I'm Waiting: Ok, I know this sounds like nothing but a great big giant sob-fest, but that's what normally works for me lol I LOVE books like this. (Not the subject, but those that can make me feel EVERYTHING.) Also, I heard that he's an amazing author from his other novel, The Serpent King. I'm hoping that this will be all that I'm expecting and more! 

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?