Friday, June 22, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Worker Bees!

For all of you worker bees out there! How do you balance having a day job/career and managing your blog at night? Is it hard or easy to do, and what do people in your work life think of your blogs?

          I have been looking forward to this question since I scheduled it in my planner. I'm always so amazed at the people that can post everyday that also work all the time. I read fast, but the amount you all read astounds me sometimes! 
     But anyway, for me, I listen to audiobooks. While I work, while I drive, while I do household chores like cooking and cleaning. It helps me get through numerous books that way. HOWEVER, for the most part, I haven't really reviewed the ones I listen to on audio lol I usually review the ones I physically read, and sometimes its a very small number because of work or whatever. (Which I should probably stop doing...)  I also read a lot at night. It's a little hard because I have a husband and a dog who are both demanding lol

     As far as work life, I am lucky to be a YA librarian, so they all know what I do and why I do it. It was actually one of the things that helped get me hired lol My coworkers know that I'm a blogger and they all are amazed that I have so much time on my hands to do it. 

     As for the blog itself, I find myself trying to blog while I'm at the desk (don't quote me on that lol) or on Sundays when I know for sure I'll be off. 

What about you guys? 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova

e-ARC, 417 pages
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Published by:  Sourcebooks Fire
Read from: June 14-18, 2018
Brooklyn Brujas, #2 (Companion to Labyrinth Lost) 
Source: Publishers (I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.
For fans of:  Romance, Supernatural, Brujas, Walking Dead, Magic, YA

     Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.
     Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.
     Then a bus crash turns Lula's world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn't the only one who's been brought back...


     I almost didn't post this review. I had finished the first one via audio just recently and I hadn't had a chance to review it yet and I wasn't sure how you all would react to having a review of the second and not the first. HOWEVER, this one was too good NOT to have reviewed. I NEEDED this to be on my site in some way!
"Magic transforms you. Magic saves you. I want to still believe in all those things."
pg. 8
     After the events that happened with her sister, Lula Mortiz is not back to herself. She's been quiet and stand-offish and doesn't like a lot of attention. Including from her boyfriends Maks. Soon he realizes this and thinks she's just being that way to him. He tries breaking up with her, but Lula has to convince him she'll get better. The bus their on crashes and he doesn't make it. Lula can't bear seeing him hurt (or dead for that matter) and uses her healing powers to bring him back. But then, chaos ensues...
"Women with power always get a bad rep."
pg. 10
     The best thing about this series to me is the characters. Each one is so strong and so independent. I'm so glad that Cordova is telling this in a way that we'll get everyone's stories. In both stories I can see how they all had their own story to tell and I'm glad we will get them all. (And after the events in this book, I need a couple novellas from some of the other people in this series too, but I'll leave out WHO for spoilers.) However, ever since book 1, Lula was my least favorite sister. (I hate saying that because I read in the author's note that she most relates to Lula... Sorry Cordova!) It just seemed that she was super stubborn and didn't learn anything the entire book. YOU HAVE DEAD PEOPLE RUNNING AFTER YOU AND YOU SAY YOU DON'T REGRET WHAT YOU DID?! I just don't understand how she didn't learn anything.
"That's why our kind doesn't go to hospitals. We don't see the police. We get justice ourselves, save our own, protect our magic."
pg. 36
     I also love Cordova's writing style. I could literally get sucked into her words and found myself getting frustrated when I had to put it down. There was a few times that it got a tad bit gory, but it didn't bother me. It wasn't anything I hadn't heard (well, read) before. And call me weird if you must, but I love dark stuff, and this was just the right amount of dark and twisty and weird.
"Magic transforms. Magic is also unpredictable and unforgiving. You don't know who you'll become after wielding it."
pg. 81
     As for the plot, I felt it moved pretty quickly. There was so much happening in the end that I didn't even mind that the first part of the story is told in the synopsis. And the subtle hunts of what's the come in the next book in the series was amazing as well. For instance, the very ending caused me to flip some more pages thinking I had lost something. I really can't wait to get my hands on that one! (Rose is my favorite if you can't tell...)
"The whole world always feels turned upside down." Ma says, a sad smile as she looks around the table. We're brujas. We've been through worse."
pg. 132
     In short, (ha!) this is my favorite of the series so far. Judging from what I've read in this one, the series will only get better. Zoraida Cordova is definitely an author I will be keeping my eye on. I would advise lovers of fantasy and mythology, to do the same!
Overall, I give this
Real rating 4.5 but I rounded up! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WoW: Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

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!

Two Can Keep a Secret

     An all-new, page-turning mystery by the New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Karen M. McManus, perfect for fans of Riverdale!
      Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery's never been there, but she's heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.
     The town is picture-perfect, but it's hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone has declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.
     Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she's in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous--and most people aren't good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it's safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

Expected Publication: January 8, 2019
Published by:  Delacorte Press

Why I'm Waiting: After her first one not being on my radar, I IMMEDIATELY knew I needed this one too. And this one sounds even creepier than her last one. Hopefully there's a lot more twists and turns too!

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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Top 10... eh 12 Books on my Summer TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish and is now run by Jana at That Artsy Reader GirlEach week she will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top 10 12 Books on my Summer TBR! 

(I always do my list based on those books released during the summer months, June-August.)

1. Learning to Breathe by  Janice Lynn Mather: This one will be hard to read I'm sure, but I want to try it anyways! 

2. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse: There is a Monster Slayer in this book. Forget being on my summer TBR, I'm reading this right NOW. 

3. Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley: I had this sitting on my shelf and I only JUST read the synopsis for it. This will definitely be a good book to read while I lounge by the pool or on the beach with a mojito or margarita in hand. (If you haven't read the synopsis and you enjoy super cute swoony reads, GO READ IT NOW!) 

4. A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by Various Authors: I have been eyeing this one since I've heard of it and I can't wait to see how the assortment of stories is for it!

5. Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I HURRIEDLY requested this one after reading and loving the first one in the series. What can I say? I'm a sucker for thrillers and romance. I hope this one is much of the same!

6. The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas: Kara Thomas is quickly climbing the ladder as one of my favorite thriller authors. I cannot wait to finally sit down and read this one. I have it at home, I'm just waiting on the perfect weekend to do it!

7. Contagion by Erin Bowman: This sounds creepy and suspenseful. Just my kind of read! 

8. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning: Anything that has to do with water I will gladly read next to a large body of it. A pool, an ocean, anything. 

9. The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby: After Golden and Things We Know by Heart, I will forever read anything by the super swoony, Jessi Kirby. ANYTHING. 

10. Catwoman: Soul Stealer by Sarah J. Maas: So far I have really loved this series and I can't wait to see what this one has in store for us! The release of this one also means the cover reveal of Superman's book so I'm super ready lol 

11. To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin: I LOVE this cover and I can only hope that the inside is just as beautiful as the cover!

12. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert: I didn't discover Brandy Colbert until last year with Little & Lion. And then Little & Lion became one of my favorite reads last year. And now I can't wait to see what else she has under her sleeve! 

There are many, many more (like Seafire by Natalie Parker, Charlie Hern├índez and the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo, and Toil & Trouble- 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Various Authors.....) but I thought 12 was enough lolol 

What about you?
Are any of these on your summer TBR? 

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

e-ARC, 336 pages
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Published by: Berkley
Read from: June 8-14, 2018
Source: Publishers
Tags for this Book:  Romance, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Adult, Mental Disorders, Diversity, Own Voices Authors, Debut Authors, Recommendations, 

     A heartwarming and refreshing debut novel that proves one thing: there's not enough data in the world to predict what will make your heart tick.
     Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.
     It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position...
      Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but to crave all the other things he's making her feel. Soon, their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...


*This book is part of the adult contemporary romance genre! It is much more mature than YA. I have featured it in Take Me Away... After Dark as a way to feature the few Adult and New Adult titles I am beginning to read!"  


     I was a bit late to the party on this one since its an adult title, but as soon as the reviews started coming in about how amazing it was and how sweet, I KNEW I had to get my hands on it. And I'm so glad I did!
      Stella is not one for romance. She thinks math is the only thing in the universe that makes things right. Her mom is pressuring her to get a boyfriend (or something) and she hates not giving her what she wants. But her Asperger's creates different problems (like French kissing). So she calls on a pro. Enter Michael. But before she knows it, Stella begins to find that Michael's lessons are too good and maybe she should try to convince him to stay around.
      Starting with the characters, Michael was amazing. I loved how sweet he was to Stella and how understanding he was. And Stella was an amazing character as well. She was so intuitive and well written. And of course that means the two of them together were gold. And let's not forget the spice level of this off the charts! Those lessons were a lot more spicy than I was expecting and I hope there's more in the next book of the series.
      And then there was the writing style. I found myself getting lost in Hoang's words. I found myself not wanting to stop listening to this. I listened to it everywhere, including at work..... In a crowded workroom. (I had to fan my face a few times and turn the volume down, but it was TOTES worth it!) Hoang has a way with words that will make you put everything else on hold. Or she definitely did for me. And I can't wait to see what else she comes up with.
      As for the plot, it was a contemp romance so it was a bit predictable. It fit directly with the romance troupes, but still was unique enough to keep me entertained. And being able to see from both of their POV's was such a nice touch. It was great to be able to know what they both were thinking. It was a great, quick read.
      I really love seeing this diverse romance getting so much warranted attention. A great writing style, a great plot, and great characters all make for a great contemporary romance. After getting so lost in this one, I can't wait to see what Hoang does with the rest of this series.
Overall, I give this

There will be no quotes because this was read via audio.