Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Unlikelies byCarrie Firestone

ARC, 318 pages
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Published by: Henry Holt & Co.
Read from: June 17-20, 2017
Source: TxLA 2017
For fans of:  Action, Contemporary, Romance, Stand-alones, YA

     One good deed will change everything.
     Sadie is not excited for the summer before her senior year. It will be her first without her college-bound best friend and (now ex-)boyfriend by her side, so Sadie braces herself for a long, lonely, and boring season working at a farm stand in the Hamptons. But things take an unexpected turn when Sadie steps in to help rescue a baby in peril and footage of her impromptu good deed goes viral.
     As she’s recovering from “the incident” and adjusting to her Internet fame, Sadie receives an invitation to a lunch honoring teem homegrown heroes. The five honorees instantly connect and soon decide to spend their time together righting local wrongs. Sadie and her new friends embark on escalating acts of vigilante Good Samaritanism, but might be in over her heads when they try to help a heroin-addicted friend. Are good intentions enough to hold unlikely friendships—and an even unlikelier new romance—together?


     I loved Carrie Firestone's debut book, so when I saw she had another coming out, I had to have it. I couldn't wait to see what other bizarre subject she could come up with in this one. And I was not disappointed.
"[...] if you see something, say something."
pg. 41
     Sadie is in for a summer of reading on her front porch, when things drastically change for her. She ends up rescuing a baby and the news of her goes viral quickly. Soon she's invited to a luncheon that honors people that have helped others. It's there that she meets a new group of friends. Soon they start in a friendship unlike any they've ever been in before.
"We can't help where our feelings take us."
pg. 77
     Just like her other book, although it was listed as realistic fiction, it didn’t really seem to be that way. The events that happened were a bit outlandish. I could see some of the things, but most things that happened were too much for me. And yet, that’s what made the story exciting for me. I can’t see myself being as hooked to it as I would have been without those “extra” parts.
"Do you guys ever feel like the assholes are taking over the earth?"
pg. 86
     Also,  just like last time, I loved Firestone’s writing style. She’s an awesome storyteller. I’m not a huge fan of books that feature teens and drugs (personal family member reasons) but at the same time, the way she tells the story made me care more about the overall story, than just that one plot line. I could just enjoy the story versus worry about one part in it.
"As many lizards as there were in the world, there were even more people, animals, communities in need."
pg. 178
     By the cover I was expecting this book to be fluffy and summery, and to an extent it was. But there were some instances that really threw me for a loop. Firestone is great at telling stories and writing words and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with!
Overall, I give this

Have you read this?
Did you think the events that unfolded were unrealistic too? 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

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!

Little & Lion

     A stunning novel on love, loss, identity, and redemption, from Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Brandy Colbert
     When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.
     But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse.

Published by: Little Brown
Expected Publication:  August 8, 2017

Why I'm Waiting: I don't really know the last time I've read a book that features more than one spectrum of diversity. I love that this book is showing REAL life and I can't wait to see what it's all about. 

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning to Start but Haven't!!!

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 Series I've Been Meaning to Start but Haven't!!!

My problem isn't really with STARTING series, it's more finishing them. Although I could come up with 10, there's WAYYYYYY more that I just haven't finished for whatever reason. 

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)Nemesis (Nemesis #1)
The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)The Abyss Surrounds Us (The Abyss Surrounds Us, #1)
Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

Have you read any of these series?! 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

ARC, 354 pages
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Published by: Henry Holt & Co.
Read from: June 11-17, 2017
Source: TxLA 2017
For fans of: Romance, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Dark, New Adult, Sparkly Covers, DEAR

     Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.
     Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.
     Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.


     I've been a fan of Demetrios' work ever since her very first novel. I've loved what's she's done ever since, and this one is no different. Although it's so much darker than her normal, it's still amazing!
"A stenciled quote covers the wall above the bed. I wish I'd paid more attention to it. Love is patient. Love is kind. [...]"
pg. 114
      Grace has an unbelievably hard life. At home, she deals with a giant of a stepfather and a mother who refuses to accept her demons. Then comes Gavin, the boy who she's always adored. When he finally notices her, she can't believe her luck. Until she realizes the idea of him was much better than the reality of him.
"I gave you my heart on a silber fucking platter and you ate it, piece by bloody piece."
pg. 124
     I started this book on my cruise and I was NOT expecting to finish it while on my cruise. It was just that good. As soon as I started it, I couldn't put it down. I hate this cliché (because no one should be that nosey and not get help) but it was like watching a train crash and not wanting to look away. It was such a terrible story, but Demetrios wrote it in a way that I couldn't put it down. I wanted to jump into the story and try to help Grace because I couldn't stand watching this happen to her.
"When you're a stupid girl in love, it's almost impossible to see the red flags. It's so easy to pretend they're not there, to pretend that everything is perfect."
pg. 177
     Speaking of Grace, I hated that I loved the main characters. It's just the way that Demetrios wrote them. Grace was too sweet and understanding and Gavin was such a perfect POS. Then there was her mom and her stepfather who I really disliked. They did nothing to help her situation. And then there was her best friends, Nat and Lys. They were amazingly sweet and understanding and I'm super glad Grace had them in her corner.
"For a little while, we are infinite."
pg. 203
     This has climbed to the top of my favorite books by Demetrios. The story was so realistic, but it was so hard to read. There were times when I had to close the book just to write a super long passage in my notebook about the story. It's such an important topic and I'm very glad that someone wrote about it. Few people like to admit that abuse can happen in teen relationships.
"[...] I'm  starting to realize that we all wear strange armor to get through the day. Mine is denial."
pg. 239
    And as always, Demetrios' writing style pulled me into the story and wouldn't let me go until I was finished. I loved how she used second person in some places, it made it stand out more because she seemed to be looking back on what happened. It gave me hope for the ending.
"Get your shit together because I swear to fucking God I will end us."
pg. 266
     This story is so important and needs to be read by everyone. This book solidified my love for Heather Demetrios and I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve.
Overall, I give this

Did you read this? What did you think of it?
What did you think of the topic?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #227 & 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: 
This is How it HappenedThey Both Die at the End
As You Wish

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 06/12/17:  Review- Want by Cindy Pon
Tuesday 06/13/17: Top Ten Best/Worst Dads in YA! 
Wednesday 06/14/17: Waiting on Wednesday: The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
Thursday 06/15/2017:  Review: Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy 
Friday 06/16/17: Book to Movie Review: The Girl on the Train
 Saturday 06/17/17:  No Post. (Couldn't write my review becuase I left my computer at home!)

Me on Instagram: 

My #SockSunday from last week. I was stuck in the airport on the way to our honeymoon because the airplane had been delayed by 3 hours. I had colorful socks and a colorful book and did my best lol 

We went on a cruise for the honeymoon and as soon as we got on the ship they were handing out these pretty things. I haven't had a drink with an umbrella in it in a long time. It was definitely much needed. 

I missed my little cutie pie. This is one of the pictures the lady who ran the doggy daycare sent us. I was so happy he had a good time. He played so much he came home and CRASHED. Nice, but I kind of wanted to play with him a bit lol 

What went on at your blog this week?!