Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Top 10 Novellas/Short Stories!

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 Novellas/Short Stories!

The Proposal (Wait for You, #2.5)Trust in Me (Wait for You, #1.5)

1. The Proposal by J. Lynn: *SPOILER ALERT for those that have not read The Wait for You series!* I LOVED this series and I was sad that the way this happened wasn't in any of the books. But then she released this scene on Twitter and just, YASSSSS! 

2. Trust in Me by J. Lynn: This short story is told from Cam's POV! 

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday StoriesThe Queen's Army (The Lunar Chronicles, #1.5)

3. My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins: Man, I LOVED this one. Maybe because I just love the holidays, but I loved this one. It was the perfect read to read around Christmas. And although I didn't love them all, I loved the collection and ended up buying the awesome UK version!

4. The Queen's Army by Marissa Meyer: As Scarlet was my favorite from the series, I was SUPER happy when this was released!

The Little Android (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.6)Glitches (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.5)

5. The Little Android by Marissa Meyer: I KNEW the real version of The Little Mermaid was a bit sad, but I didn't realize how bad until I read it from a robot's POV. This was seriously one of the saddest things I've read! 

6. Glitches by Marissa Meyer: I really liked this one too! And I was happy to see where Cinder's origin was. It was interesting and really brought me closer to the series.

Blank 133x176A Dawn Most Wicked (Something Strange and Deadly, #1.5)
7. Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer: I was really late to the Twilight craze, and I still haven't read Breaking Dawn in its entirety, but I HAVE read Midnight Sun. And I really wish I could've read the whole book. Come on Meyer, GIVE IT TO US! lol 

8. A Dawn Most Wicked by Susan Dennard: I remember really liking Daniel Sheridan and that made me really like this one. It gave a background on him and the Spirit Hunters and that's just something you wouldn't get from the full length novels! 

Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love StoriesStars Above by Marissa Meyer

9. Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins: Summer is another time for contemps, and I'm so glad that Stephanie Perkins decided to put this together!

10. Something Old, Something New by Marissa Meyer: I can't say too much about this one, but if you know who my favorite couple is in the Lunar Chronicles series, you know why this one was my favorite <3

What about you?
Any of these make your list too?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell

Audio, 10 hours, 13 minutes
Release Date: April 17, 2018
Published by: Atria Books
Read from: July 5-14, 2018
Source: Library
For fans of: Thriller, Mystery, Adult, Family, Suspense

     She was fifteen, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone.
     It’s been ten years since Ellie disappeared, but Laurel has never given up hope of finding her daughter.
     And then one day a charming and charismatic stranger called Floyd walks into a cafĂ© and sweeps Laurel off her feet. Before too long she’s staying the night at this house and being introduced to his nine year old daughter. Poppy is precocious and pretty - and meeting her completely takes Laurel's breath away.
     Because Poppy is the spitting image of Ellie when she was that age. And now all those unanswered questions that have haunted Laurel come flooding back.
     What happened to Ellie? Where did she go? Who still has secrets to hide?

*This book is part of the adult mystery/thriller genre! I have featured it in The Crime Scene as a way to feature the few Adult and New Adult titles I am beginning to read in this genre! There's not much of a difference, however the scenes may be more graphic and there may be more explicit scenes in some of them."  


    When I first started this, I almost gave up on it. It starts incredibly slow, but as you get closer to the end, you can see just how crazy all of them got. For once I let go of not being hooked right away and was able to get all the way through the book. And I'm glad I changed my mind.
     Back then, Laurel's daughter Ellie went missing. Ten years later, Laurel is still looking for signs of what happened to her. But then a man named Floyd walks into her life and she is smitten. He brings with him his daughter, Poppy. She is the splitting image of Ellie at her age and Laurel can't shake the likeliness of her. But as the story unfolds, Laurel gets so much more than she bargained for.
     I have NEVER read anything by Jewell before, but as a thriller reader, I found out she was an adult thriller staple. So I tried it. And I'm glad I did. At the beginning I wasn't really that into it. But I was glad I read it via CD audio because it forced me to keep reading. Because I read it that way, I was able to stick with it and I slogged through enough to the "good stuff." Which also happened to be the super weird stuff.
     As for the plot, it starts a bit slow, but being honest, it's just that way as a set up for the rest of the story. Jewell carefully sets up the stage and introduces all the characters to make you trust them all. She gets you comfortable, which in a thriller you know you shouldn't be. Jewell is a great storyteller and knows how to get her readers to look in one direction, when in fact, everything is happening right under their nose.
     As for the characters, I was not a fan of any of them. But I've realized that's how I am with most thrillers. I don't trust anyone. But everyone in this one was on the level of Joe from You by Caroline Kepnes creepy. Even the younger ones. They were all weird and all played a major part in the disappearance and the ending.
     Last but not least, I was not a fan of the ending. I really wanted to know what happened to a certain character. There needed to be a prologue or something. Did they ever wonder what happened? Did they ever feel the need to do something? I just felt like it was too loose of an ending. For thrillers, I like the endings to be more clean and tidy. I don't like to have to make up my own ending in my head.
     This was not what I was expecting, but it was still such a great story! After reading this one, I will definitely be reading more by Jewell to experience more of her storytelling and super strange characters.
Overall, I give this
Real rating 3.5 but I rounded up to 4! 
There will be no quotes because this was read via audio. 

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #277 & 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:
The Perfect MotherThe Cabin at the End of the World
Jar of HeartsI Am Watching You
The President Is MissingA Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)
(All Audios)

The OutsiderThe Death of Mrs. Westaway
The President Is Missing

(HC holds I got in!)

Idk who the magic fairy is that INSISTS that you get all your holds in at the same damn time, but I really wish she would get a new job! Let's see how many of these I can actually get to! 

From the Publishers:
The Tiger at MidnightThe Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)
We Set the Dark on FireThe Cerulean  (Untitled Duology #1)
Dragons in a Bag (Dragons in a Bag #1)Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens
Me and MeWhat the Woods Keep

The Weekly Wrap-Up! 

Tuesday 07/10/18: Top Ten Best Books I've Read in 2018 so Far! 
Wednesday 07/11/18: Waiting on Wednesday: Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Thursday 07/12/2018: No Post
Friday 07/13/18: Book Blogger Hop: Your Own Beautiful Mess! 

Me on Instagram:

These two came to the desk as donations...... Both of which promptly ended up on my desk. I'm currently still on the hold list for both of these and I'm in the 100's, so I took them and I feel no remorse lol 

This is the book display I had up at work for the month of July. It was asking teens to pair the book with the song of the same name. I only requested a few of these books because most of the books were older. I wasn't expecting them to go so fast. But they all went in about a week. And now here I am requesting more on my off weekend lol 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando

e-ARC, 240 pages
Release Date: June 5, 2018
Published by: Bloomsbury
Read from: July 11-13, 2018
Source: Netgalley (I received a copy of this book from the Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
For fans of: Thriller, Horror, Mystery, YA

     There's no hiding on a cruise ship - not even from yourself.
     Natalie's parents are taking her and her three best friends on a cruise for her seventeenth birthday. A sail-a-bration, they call it. But it's only been a few short months since Natalie's boyfriend died in a tragic accident, and she wants to be anywhere but here.
     Then she meets a guy on the first night and sparks fly. After a moonlit conversation on a secluded deck of the ship, Natalie pops down to her cabin to get her swimsuit so they can go for a dip. But when she returns, he's gone. Something he said makes her think he might have . . . jumped? No, he couldn't have.
     But why do her friends think she's crazy for wanting to make sure he's okay? Also, why do they seem to be hiding something from her? And how can she find him when she doesn't even know his name? Most importantly, why is the captain on the intercom announcing the urgent need for a headcount?


     I'm still not even sure why I gravitated to this one. Her debut was a little too weird for me and I don't even remember reading her second one because of it. But something made me want to read this one. And this one was just as weird as her first. 
"The ones that really sting are simply the ones that weren't supposed to be next. There's an order to things."
pg. 43
     After "the accident," Natalie and her friends go on a cruise to help her move on with her life. She just knew that she wouldn't have a good time. However, she meets someone on the first night and they fall for each other. Hard. But then, he disappears. People begin to speculate that he jumped, but as more information comes in, there's something a lot more weird going on than Natalie originally thought.
"...the sadness is suffocating. I have to stop looking for the dead in the living."
pg. 67
    This book was so weird. There was just too much going on for me. From the sad beginning, to the weird information that comes up about the friend, to the weird stuff that happens on board, to the super weird ending. It was all really strange. And it just made me slog through it.
"Even out here in the middle of the ocean, nothing's really different. Where ever you go, there you are"
pg. 111
     As for the plot, the first part of this book, it kind of feels a bit too weird and I wanted to quit reading it. But somewhere along the way I got really interested in the story and was swept away into the mystery. And it turned out to be a lot more interesting than I thought. I'm not sure I've ever read a book with this type of "accident" ever. In YA or adult. It's an interesting concept for a book and I actually kind of liked what Altebrando did with it. Weird or not. 
"Where do you hide when there's nowhere to go?"
pg. 170
     As for the characters, I wasn't crazy about them. Really I didn't like any of them. I really wanted to reach into the book and strangle most of them. And I was really upset at the end with how they were handling the situation that was happening between them.That's not normal. But I'll just leave that alone smh
"You want to believe people are good."
pg. 222
     But the writing style is why I didn't rate this a bit higher. Sometimes the language was too flowery. Sometimes it was straight to the point. Other times it was told through a film script. It just made me lose focus sometimes; like I found myself re-reading lines over and over trying to make sure I got the wording right. 
"Admit it, you missed me."
pg. 222
     This book wasn't a favorite, but it definitely made me think of people and cruises in a completely different way. I've already told my husband, (who's going on a cruise with his sister and nephew while I'm stuck at summer reading) not to volunteer for anything while there. If you don't know what I mean, I guess you'll have to read it to find out!
Overall, I give this

Friday, July 13, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Your Own Beautiful Mess!


Does a cluttered blog have you not returning? By cluttered I mean too many columns, small type, too many photos, difficult to follow, etc. 

  I don't mind the clutter. I like to find out about the blogger, and well, what better way to do that than to read about them in the space that they built? It's their space and its how they want it. 

What about you?!