Friday, February 24, 2017

Follow Friday: LOL!



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 are your favorite humorous books? 
SO. FREAKIN. EASY. 
Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to MendRevenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold

The last one:
Hearts, Fingers, and Other Things to Cross (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #3)

I haven't read this one yet, but that's because my library didn't get it in :( I will definitely be planning to read it as soon as they do! 

What about you?!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WoW: Calling my Name by Liara Tamani


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!

Calling My Name



     Calling My Name, by debut author Liara Tamani, is a striking, luminous, and literary exploration of family, spirituality, and self—ideal for readers of Jacqueline Woodson, Jandy Nelson, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Sandra Cisneros. This unforgettable novel tells a universal coming-of-age story about Taja Brown, a young African American girl growing up in Houston, Texas.
     Liara Tamani’s debut novel deftly and beautifully explores the universal struggles of growing up, battling family expectations, discovering a sense of self, and finding a unique voice and purpose. Taja Brown lives with her parents and older brother and younger sister, in Houston, Texas. Taja has always known what the expectations of her conservative and tightly-knit African American family are—do well in school, go to church every Sunday, no intimacy before marriage. But Taja is trying to keep up with friends as they get their first kisses, first boyfriends, first everythings. And she’s tired of cheering for her athletic younger sister and an older brother who has more freedom just because he’s a boy. Taja dreams of going to college and forging her own relationship with the world and with God, but when she falls in love for the first time, those dreams are suddenly in danger of evaporating.
     Told in fifty-four short, episodic, moving, and iridescent chapters, Calling My Name follows Taja on her journey from middle school to high school. Literary and noteworthy, this is a beauty of a novel, a divine and tender enchantment. Calling My Name deftly captures the multifaceted struggle of finding where you belong and why you matter.
 

Expected Publication: October 24, 2017
Published by:  Greenwillow Books

Why I'm Waiting: All I needed to read was she was a "young African American girl growing up in Houston, Texas" and I was sold. Although I didn't grow up here, (I'm from Galveston!) I live here now and I would have loved to see a book about an African American female doing things like those mentioned in the synopsis. (The only book I ever read about Galveston was heavy with stereotypes smh) I can't wait to get this in my hands! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top Ten Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list. Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books I Loved Less Than I Thought I Would!

I LOVE the anticipation of waiting for new books and I love finally getting them in my hands even more. But what happens when that book you've been waiting for for SO LONG comes out and it's not at all what you wanted it to be? Unfortunately, this happens to me alot. Here's some of the books that missed the mark with me. 

By Your SideAllegiant (Divergent, #3)

1. By Your Side by Kasie West: I should have loved this more than I did. There's a budding romance between two people trapped in a library? Totally cute synopsis and reading it made my nerd heart happy. Unfortunately, it was not at ALL what I wanted and I was supremely disappointed in the wasted opportunity.

2. Allegiant by Veronica Roth: No it wasn't because that person had that thing at the end happen to them. It was because the characters were supposed to be bad ass but for the most part, all of them were only luke warm. The characters I'd grown to love in Divergent were no longer there and I didn't care for who they had become. And honestly, it was a bit boring. 

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)Reawakened (Reawakened, #1)

3. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: I really did like this one. But I also read it as an e-ARC, so all the really cool graphics and everything was missing so it didn't have 100% of it's umph for me yet. And that's why I only gave it three stars and wasn't really in a hurry to read Gemina when I got the ARC at BEA last year. I knew the graphics wouldn't be there and I thought it unfairly to rate it with certain things because I hadn't seen it in all it's glory. Now I'm just waiting on my hold at the library to finally come in for Gemina for a finished copy so I can catch up! 

4. Reawakened by Colleen Houck: I thought I would love this one because of the Egyptian mythology in it. I mean let's be real, it sounds right up my alley. But it just felt way too cheesy for me. I don't even think I wrote a review for this one. I only listened to like the first 3 parts of the audiobook.

WaxRoseBlood
5. Wax by Gina Damico: Another one that wasn't for me. The humor wasn't funny and it was just not what I thought it would be. I thought I was getting something creepy and cool, but nope. She has more of a creepy, try to be funny approach and it just didn't work for me. 

6. Roseblood by A.G. Howard: I remember almost drooling over both the premise and the cover for this book. So when I finally got my hands on it, I was so so sad at what was on the inside. There was wayyyyyyyy too much flowerly language (enough for me to get lost and have to read passages again) and to be honest, I wasn't impressed by her "power" that she had.

Bone GapWink Poppy Midnight
7. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby: When this first came out I saw that everyone loved it. And then it won an award. So, when it appeared on my list of books to read for one of my assignments, I gladly picked it up. But then when I started listening to it, it didn't seem like there was anything at all that I liked. 

8. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke: With the amount of love I had for her debut, I should have LOVED this one. I knew what I was getting myself into when I added it to my TBR; fowery language, weird, the whole nine. But it was just too weird and the language was just too flowery and it all was just too much. I just couldn't gel with it. 

My Sister RosaThe Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)
9. My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier: I really liked this one. I just feel like I should have liked it more. The way everyone was talking about it and if you know me, you know that psycological thrillers are my JAM, so I really wanted to like this one.  But unfortunately, it was only meh for me. I still saw everything coming. There was nothing that just jumped out to me. 

10. The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi: Another one that I just feel like I should have liked more than I did. It had really beauutiul language and it had a really great story... Well for the part that I understood. It was kind of confusing after awhile. The middle dragged and it was what confused me. I've heard the second book is super amazing, so I still want to pick that one up as well! 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

e-ARC, 464 pages
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Read from: February 12- 16, 2017 
Stand-alone
Source: Edelweiss (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: Realistic Fiction,  Contemporary, DEAR, Debut Author, Own Voices, YA

     Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.

*MY THOUGHTS*

  Before I even knew the full synopsis I added this to my TBR. All I had to do was read the bit about being inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement. Add on to that that the author is one of the best people I've had the pleasure to talk Tweet to (I mean come on, she wears J's too!!!) AND the fact that this cover is EVERYTHING, yeah you can safely say I knew I needed this book a long time ago.
"When I was twelvee, my parents had two talks with me. One was the ususal birds and bees. [...] The other was about what to do if a cop stopped me."
5%%
     Starr is out with her friends when things go bad quickly. Her best friend is shot before her eyes by a cop. Her best friend was unarmed at the time. Now Starr struggles with the fact deciding whether she should speak up or stay silent.
"Good-byes hurt the most when the other person's already gone."
15%
     The most important thing about this book is its message. It's easily the most important book that I've ever read. This book centered on police brutality in the black community, but it also featured other messages, such as family and their loyalty, friends from two different "worlds," and even interracial relationships. It's such a sobering book that displays life in many black communities.
"Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. They key is to never stop doing right."
35%
     Even though the most important thing about this book is the message, my favorite part of the entire book was the characters. Every last one of them was so well written and they all seemed so real. I really loved her family. I felt like I was one of them. Her dad reminded me so much of my momma though haha Truly an example of why we need diverse books.
"I wish people like them would stop thinking that people like me need saving."
56%
     When I was her age, some of the same things she went through I did too. I went to a Catholic school where there was a total of 3 black kids there. (2 of which were sisters.) My mom has a picture of Black Jesus in her house to this day! We stayed on MLK until I went to middle school (if you know anything about your town, find the street MLK and tell me where it leads to...) and moved away to the part of town where I was in another school district. And last but certainly not least, I STILL wear J’s to this day and I definitely love the fact that the Space Jams are mentioned in this story. Because let’s be honest, they are still DOPE. Thomas, thank you for giving Starr, the young me, and so many more African Americans a voice through your words. But even still, there was only one thing in the book that I wasn’t a fan of. And that was the whole “golden Oreos are superior” comment that Starr made lmao I knew it would end up in the book somewhere, but no. (#TeamRegularOreos!!!)
"What's the point of having a voice if you're gonna be silent in the those moments you shouldn't be."
57%
     I know I loved this book before I even finished it because I went through so many different emotions while reading this. There was a point in time that I cried and then not a whole page later I was laughing and then another page later I was angry. This book touched every emotion I have and I can't wait to see what it does to the rest of the world.
"Brave doesn't mean you're not scared, Starr," she says. "It means you go on even though you're scared."
75%
     There's so much I want to say about this book, but I'm not sure I have the words. I'm still not sure if I've done this book justice. I loved the characters, and the world, and the way Thomas wrote such a sobering book to help people understand the turmoil of so many of us.
Overall, I give this

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Stacking the Shelves & the Weeekly 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 Edelweiss:
The Heartbeats of Wing JonesBlood Rose Rebellion (Blood Rose Rebellion, #1)
Blacksouls (Blackhearts, #2)The Last Magician


Weekly Wrap-Up:

Monday 02/13/17: #famous by Jilly Gagnon
Tuesday 02/14/17: Top 10 of my favorite Meet Cutes! 
Wednesday 02/15/17: Waiting on Wednesday: The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember
Thursday 02/16/2017:  Wonder Woman, Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka
Friday 02/17/17: Follow Friday: The first book that moved you? 



Me on Instagram @take_me_awayyy:
I got to be in charge of Blind Date With a book this year at work. SO. MUCH. PRESSURE. LOL 
There was a preschool storytim earlier that day, BUT  my TAG group (Teen Advisory Group) decided they wanted an Anti-Valentine's Day party. We had to get creative with the decorations! 
Me and the hubs on Valentine's Day in our HP shirts! 
That awkward moment when you're eating the same exact snack that the character in your book is reading O_O

What did you do this week?