Sunday, January 26, 2020

Stacking the Shelves #357 & 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:

Thank you First Second

Wardens of EternityFractured Tide

Thank you Blink! 


From the Library: 
Cover image for Lifestyles of Gods and MonstersOne of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying, #2)
Shadowshaper Legacy (The Shadowshaper Cypher)

The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Tuesday 01/21/19:  Top 10 TuesdayMost Recent Additions to my Bookshelf
Wednesday 01/22/20: Waiting on Wednesday:  Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Thursday 01/23/2020: No. Post.
Friday 01/24/20: Book Blogger Hop:  Strangers Talkin Books!
Saturday 01/25/19: Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

 Me on Instagram: 

This book was returned back to my library after being checked out in 1982! So wild (and so LATE!) 

What did you get this week? 
Anything that I did?
Find any books that you're interested in now? 
Let me know in the comments! 

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

ARC, 323 pages           
Release Date: January 14, 2020
Published by: Henry Holt & Company
Read from: January 20-24, 2020
Companion Novel (Past Characters Mentioned)
Source: Publisher (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: Contemporary, Romance, Radio/Podcasts, Friendships, Sparkly Covers, YA

     When Nina decides to take a radio broadcasting class her senior year, she expects it to be a walk in the park. Instead, it’s a complete disaster.
     The members of Nina's haphazardly formed radio team have approximately nothing in common. And to maximize the awkwardness her group includes Jamie, a childhood friend she'd hoped to basically avoid for the rest of her life.
     The show is a mess, internet rumors threaten to bring the wrath of two fandoms down on their heads, and to top it all off Nina's family is on the brink of some major upheaval.
Everything feels like it's spiraling out of control―but maybe control is overrated?
     With the warmth, wit, intimate friendships, and heart-melting romance she brings to all her books, Emma Mills crafts a story about believing in yourself, owning your mistakes, and trusting in human connection in Lucky Caller.


     When I saw there was another book by Emma Mills coming out, I promptly added it to my TBR. Idk, maybe its because the last book by her I read was Famous in a Small Town and I LOVED that one, but this one just wasn't my favorite. 
"It's not our busines. Oaky. That's their business. 'When does someone else's business become your business?' 'It doesn't,' she had replied. 'Unless they choose to make it that way."
pg. 95
     Nina is coming up on her senior year, so she picks an elective that she thinks she may easily get away with: a radio broadcasting class. But, things start overwhelming her from the beginning. A friend whom she tried to get away from joins her group, the show's a mess, and there are rumors about the show that continue to spread. Paired with friendships and romances that Emma Mills brings to all her books. 
"...learning that people come in and out of your life, and that there are all kinds of levels od friendship, all different types. And maybe you'll make a friend, and you won't see them again, but it doesn't devalue what you had with them or the time you spent together. That's still valid, even if it wasn't built to last. It's not any less significant, you know?"
pg. 155
     The best thing about this book was the plot. It reminded me of another book I just read recently by Kasie West. I think with the addition of the special guests and showing some of the other groups, made it different enough that I didn't feel like I was reading the same story. And it was about two completely different things, but in both of them, the end result was the same: whether they'll be together or not at the end. 
"That would just make it even more about me and about making myself feel better. Maybe sometimes you just have to ride out the discomfort of your own guilt."
pg. 190-191
     However, I was not a fan of Nina. She seemed mean to everyone. And I know it was her awkwardness, but it still seemed rude. Towards the end I liked her a bit more because she didn't seem to act that way with everyone. Or maybe I just got used to her. Whatever the reason is, I think she was the reason I didn't really fall for this one. 
"Is doing a bad thing, for a good reason stil bad?" 'Sasha shrugged. 'Probably depends on the circumstances.' A smile. "Here's hoping not?'"
pg. 201
     This one wasn't my favorite, but I still love Emma Mills. I will continue to read whatever it is that she wants to put out. 
Overall, I give this

Friday, January 24, 2020

Book Blogger Hop: Strangers Talkin Books!

Do you talk to strangers about books? Especially when you see someone reading a book?

Yep. But I kind of HAVE to. I work at a library. People ask for readers advisories and if I've read XYZ or read anything by author ABC all the time. And for the most part, they're all strangers because I don't really keep track of people's faces and names. Unless they're regulars.

And also, I'm a blogger so for the most part ALL I do is talk to strangers about books.

Other than that, I don't really see strangers reading. I drive myself to work and I always read during my lunch hour in the break room. And when I'm off I'm at home or out and about running errands. Looking at it that way, I live a pretty boring life. But really, it's just like I like it. 

What about you?
Do you talk to strangers about books?
Any ways that match mine?
Let me know in the comments! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

WoW: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

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!

Kingdom of the Wicked (Kingdom of the Wicked, #1)

     The #1 New York Times bestselling author Kerri Maniscalco introduces her next blockbuster series, a dark, intoxicating tale of a beautiful young witch, a troubled demon, and their epic romance, set against a lush 19th century Italian backdrop.

     Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are strega - witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria misses dinner service at the family's renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin...desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.
     Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn...

Published by: JIMMY Patterson
Expected Publication: September 15, 2020

Why I'm Waiting: At this point, I think its safe to say I will read ANYTHING Maniscalco writes. I don't care if it's her grocery list, if she is willing to share it with us, I will read it. And it just so happens that it also sounds amazing, with the 19th century Italian backdrop, the witches, the demon, the troubled romance! I NEEDS IT! 

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me? 
Have you heard of this? 
Do you LOVE this cover?
Let me know in the comments! 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

TTT: Most Recent Additions to my Bookshelf

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 Most Recent Additions to my Bookshelf!

All of these are books I recently added to my TBR! 
The End of HerThe Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks (Montague Siblings, #3)

1. The End of Her by Shari Lapena: Someone at work checked out one of her books and asked the name of her latest one. I thought I knew it and looked it up to be sure on But then I saw the title for this one and double checked it on Goodreads and now, here we are. Super excited to get another title from Lapena! 

2. The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks by Mackeenzi Lee: Am I the only person who missed that there was another in the series?! But whatever, as long as its as funny as the first one, I'm all for it. 

The Lion's DenSuch a Fun Age

3. The Lion's Den by Katherine St. John: This LOOKS like a super cute, summery read, but in reality, its labeled as a suspenseful novel. I can't wait to see why! 

4. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid: I usually try reading all the books from different book clubs to see what the hype is, but I was genuinely interested in this one when I read the synopsis. I just hope I'll be able to read it before Reese Witherspoon picks her next one because I'm still like #34 on the hold list for this one smh 

None Shall SleepThe Wives

5. None Shall Sleep by Ellie Marney: I randomly saw this one someone else's page, and was super intrigued by the cover. And then someone said it was a YA book too?! I added it to my TBR with the quickness! 

6. The Wives by Tarryn Fisher: I had been seeing this around on advertisements in my real life and all over Goodreads. So much so that I added it to my TBR. And now, I hope you do too!
HorridParty of Two

7. Horrid by Katrina Leno: YA Horror?! I'm SOLD. Also, this cover is bad ass! 

8. Part of Two by Jasmine Guillory: I didn't know this was a thing until I saw someone added to their TBR. And of course, I'm always ready for more Guillory!

RunningYou Had Me at Hola
9. Running by Natalia Slyvester: I can't tell you how happy this makes me! I'm super interested in how this book is going to be. And it's releasing during an election year, which makes me even more excited! 

10. You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria: I didn't add this to my TBR recently, but I will make sure this cover gets all it deserves and post it anytime I have a chance too lmao 

What about you? 
So we share any of these?
Let me know in the comments!