Sunday, July 22, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #278 & 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.

From the Library:

March: Book One (March, #1)March: Book Two (March, #2)

Small haul this week, but I'm grateful because I'm still working on all those holds from the library! 

Weekly Wrap-Up!:

Monday 07/16/18: The Crime Scene: Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
Tuesday 07/17/18: Top Ten Novellas/Short Stories 
Wednesday 07/18/18: Waiting on Wednesday: Slayer by Kiersten White
Thursday 07/19/2018: DNF review of Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Friday 07/20/18: Book Blogger Hop: GOAT!

Me on Instagram:

We did Movie Night at the park with my job and I volunteered to go with a Specialist and watch The Polar Express and do Christmas in July! We gave out "Frozen Hot Chocolate Pops"  and made them sing the song from the movie lol It was absolutely adorable. 
My favorite thing that happened? Most definitely when my co-worker said "Its elfin hot out here." lmao 

I hosted a 1980's escape room yesterday at work and the teens had a really tough time figuring it out lol I gave them clue after clue and 2 out of 3 teams barely scraped by. It was hilarious to watch them, but there is SO. MUCH. to set up. I am EXHAUSTED from this week and I still have another huge program on Tuesday. I already need a drink after Tuesday. SEND. HELP. 

What happened at your blog this week?
Post any pictures? Read any good books? Post any reviews?
Send me the links, I want to check it out!

(Also, if you are participating 24 in 48, please leave me links to those posts too!) 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

24 in 28 Read-athon!

     #24in48 is a Read-athon that I've wanted to participate in FOREVER, but I've always worked on the days its happened. And of course, this time I'm at work again too. HOWEVER, I got home last night and found out that my internet and cable were out, so I've currently been sitting in the house listening to white noise smh lol So, even though I'm working, I still think I can squeeze in 24 hours this weekend. I've only done about 30 minutes so far on my commute to work, but I'm going to get it in! 

Here's my TBR for the Read-athon: 
  • The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
  • The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
  • When Life Gives you Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn
I will be checking in on some of the challenges here once I get off! I plan on reading at least 7 hours tonight and then the rest tomorrow while the tech guy is there. I may try to squeeze some listening in while I get ready for my program today! 

Anyone else doing the Read-athon?! 
Tell me your TBR in the comments! 

The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

ARC, 370 pages
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Published by: Delacorte Press
Read from: July 14-17, 2018
Source: TLA
TW: Abortion and Statutory rape. (These things are NOT depicted in the story, but hints at them are there.)
For fans of: Thriller, Mystery, YA

     There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.
     First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.
     That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.
     There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.


     Kara Thomas has done it again. Can that be my review? I think that's good enough. I don't have words to tell how much I enjoyed this. I finished it at work during my lunch break and I spent the last half trying to wrap my brain around what happened. But that's Kara Thomas for you.... You follow her blindly.... and then it all blows up in your face.
     Five years ago, a black force settled on the cheerleaders of Sunnybrook High School. Five of them passed away, all in horrific ways: two in a car accident, two were murdered in a house, and one was rumored to have killed herself. The the cheer squad was disbanded. The students have moved on, but not forgotten about them. But Monica finds something that her parents have been hiding from her, and her world starts to unravel. Everything she thought she knew, she had no idea. Readers will be just as shocked as Monica was to learn all the new things about her family, friends, enemies, and even herself as this mystery keeps getting messier and messier!
     Little Monsters was my favorite of hers for a LONGGGG time, but after finally reading and loving this one, I have been changed over! The reason being, I was really intrigued by the mystery in this one. It seemed so strange that all those teens girls had something happen to them back to back to back. But as the mystery is explained it makes more sense and its chillingly believable.
     Thomas' writing style is also one of my favorites. I really enjoyed the way there is flashbacks that give information on what happened those years ago. It was an interesting and kind of creepy way to get some clues and help people make their "theory" on what happened. It helped me make mine, but I didn't get the entire thing right. Just like a really small piece of it. And even that makes all the difference for me. I love being wrong when it comes to a mystery.
     What I didn't like was something super small. As a huge fan of thrillers, I read them all the time, and my number one pet peeve is how easy it is to get their hands on evidence. I KNOW its to move the plot forward, but sometimes I just think its too unbelievable. And in this one, there is a small instance that's not too unbelievable, but I just feel like a Diet Coke wouldn't have made that big a distraction. But that's just me and my opinion. I know it was heat of the moment, but  as someone who was in a profession  with something that's that important, I don't see that happening.
     As for the characters, I really fell for the characters. I had a soft spot for Monica and felt bad for all she went through. And then there was her mom who I also felt really bad for. For it to be a thriller, I spent alot of this book feeling sad for so many of them. You will understand why when you read it!
     This thriller is not your average. It tugs on your heartstrings and the creepy parts you'd associate with thrillers are actually within the twists and turns that come up throughout the story. Its definitely my favorite of hers and that's saying something when you have a thriller like her last! Well done Thomas, I already can't wait for your next book!
Overall, I give this
Real rating 4.5 but I rounded up! 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: GOAT!

What's your proudest blogging milestone or

  I have a couple of them, so I'll number them off! 

1. When I got my blog's name in the Scarlet paperback. I showed Marissa Meyer my blog was in it as well and she underlined it and signed Thank you next to it! It was pretty awesome seeing my name in my favorite book of the series!

2. I met Emery Lord and gave her a bookmark business card after being super extra to volunteer in her line for her awesome book, When We Collided. Some time later she mentioned coming across my bookmark again and I fangirled. I'm pretty sure I made it weird, and for that I'm sorry lol I just couldn't believe she remembered me!

3.This last one happened just recently. I was trying to get the job that I have now. I had to go through 2 rounds of interviews, one being with the overall Director of our Library system. He saw that I mentioned my blog on my resume and cover letter and was interested in looking at it. He pulled it up on his phone, saw how long I had been doing it and saw how it's changed over the years and said he was actually impressed. Then he said, "The best way to promote the product, is to know the product, and it looks like you're doing your part in learning it." And I got the job! It may seem like a lot of work, but I've had my blog for 8 years and it's cost ALOT (MONEY AND TIME) but now I have a job doing what I love, for teens who now have a space; a non-judgmental place to be. I never realized that I could use my blog to get the job of my dreams!

What about you?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning

e-ARC, 368 pages
Release Date: July 31, 2018
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Read from: July 2018
Source: Edelweiss (I received a copy of this book from the Edelweiss and the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
For fans of: Sparkly Covers, Re-tellings, Villain Stories, YA

     Everyone knows what happens in the end.
     A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
     But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
     One feared, one royal, and one already dead.
     Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.
     A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.
     But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.
     The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.


     I have debated about reviewing this so. many. times. I do NOT want to make anyone not want to read it, but I had a lot of issues with this one. So, with that being said, take this with a grain of salt and remember that this is my opinion and many other people will like it, so still give it a try.
     It wasn't really that I had issues with it, it was more of a there's nothing happening that made me want to keep reading, kinda thing. I am a mix between being a character driven reader and a plot driven reader. And usually if one doesn't work for me, the other does. But with this one, I wasn't convinced with either one! I found myself wanting to hurry and get to the "good part," but by that time it was already after 100 pages and I was bored. And then I wasn't really a fan of the super quiet, timid MC, so I was not connecting with her either. This one just didn't work for me. 
     I even tried reading this, putting it down, and then picking it back up later, but I still could not get into it. I found that I couldn't even remember what had happened in the book so far. And had to re-skim it. I chalked it up to being in a mood for thrillers and lots of action, but even after reading three of them, I haven't felt the need to give it another try. 
     But again, I say that this is my opinion and to still give it a try if this is something that you'll like. I have DNF'ed popular books before and been ok with being the only one who didn't care for it. (I'm looking at you Three Dark Crowns.) I just don't see, for the life of me, how you guys can sit through an entire book and have it only "get good" at the end. I have read many reviews of this book and alot of them say the first two thirds of this book is boring and the last third is what's good. I can't wait that long. 
     But as stated, still read it and get your own opinion. I would love to see other people's opinion and get an idea of what the ending was like! This one may not have gelled with me, but could easily be someone else's book of the year!
DNF @ page 100