Friday, September 20, 2019

Book Blogger Hop: Are you Done Yet?


How long does it usually take you to finish a book?

Depends. If I don't do anything else but read, I can finish one in 2 or 3 days. But lately I've been busy and coming home and immediately falling asleep so it takes me about 5.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell (illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks)

Graphic Novel, 209 pages
Illustrated by: Faith Erin Hicks   
Release Date:  August 27, 2019
Published by:  First Second
Read from: September 14, 2019
Stand-alone
Source: Library 
TW: N/A
For fans of: Halloween, Autumn, Sparkly Covers, Contemporary Romance

     Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.
Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.
     But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.
     Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .
     What if their last shift was an adventure?

*MY THOUGHTS*

      By the way this cover looks I KNEW I needed to get this in my hands. Just the cover alone made me want to give this 5 stars. I have liked her art from her other works. 
     Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Meaning they are friends at the Pumpkin Patch they work at during the Fall. But this is the last time they'll have the Pumpkin Patch. Josiah wants to spend his night sad about leaving, but Deja has something else in mind... Going to talk to the girl he's been into the entire season. Will he do it? 
     The main reason I added this to my TBR was the art. Hicks is super talented. She made every look on Josiah and Deja's face so believeable, like you were sitting there looking at them. And then everything else that she drew in the background and the decorations, it was just all really pretty. 
     But even still with the beautiful artwork, the story wasn't all that great. I knew how it would end up from the first page. And that was without flipping through, reading the back, or having any idea prior indication where this was going. Although this may seem ok to others, this totally took the surprise out of it for me. It made the entire thing seem really anticlimatic. 
     To me, the art made this graphic novel. From the color palatte, to the expressions on the characters, and just everything about it helped to make this book what it was. The art is what made this for me. 
Overall, I give this


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

WoW: Blitzed by Alexa Martin



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!

Blitzed (Playbook, #3)



     Maxwell has finally met an opponent that he can't best in this new football romance from the author of Fumbled.
     According to Brynn Larson, Maxwell Lewis is more trouble than he's worth. She doesn't care if he's a football god with a rock-hard body that brings most women to their knees. After an encounter that ends poorly, she's not interested in giving him a second chance. The last thing Brynn expects is for him to turn up at her bar months later, hat in hand. It doesn't matter if he brings more customers to her business--she's still not going on a date with him.
     Maxwell knows he made a mistake. He'd been waiting to make his move on Brynn since the day he laid eyes on her and he was finally ready to go for it until he screwed up. He wishes he could tell her the truth about what happened that night, but he just can't. He can't tell anyone, so he'll make amends and hope she'll forgive him.
     Brynn's not like other women, though. Playing for the Mustangs doesn't impress her and gifts make her scoff. Max will have to bring his A game if he hopes to win her over.

Published by: Berkley
Expected Publication: December 3, 2019

Why I'm Waiting: I'm super interested in seeing how this book will go. This wasn't the story I wanted (please give glittery Sadie her own book!), but I'm content with it. Maybe it's the start of football season that got me thinking about this series again, but I still can't wait to read it!

What about you?
What book are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?
Let me know in the comments! 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

TTT: Top 10 Fave Things to Eat/Drink While Reading!

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 Fave Things to Eat/Drink While Reading!

I just wanna say I find it terrible that this is the topic when there is this "Don't have a bookmark thing" going on.

EAT

 
1. Oreos: We buy a Family size pack of Oreos at least once a week. My husband and I LOVE them. And I love trying other flavors. So far my favorites are the Baskin Robins Mint Chocolate Chip and the Smores ones. And of course the originals. 

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2. Ice Cream: This is what I stress eat while reading. I normally only pull this out when I'm in the middle of a series ender or a thriller. 

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3. Hot Cheeto Puffs: I know many of you are looking at me in horror because there could be red dust everywhere, but listen, these things are some of the best things ever created lol I could eat these morning, noon, and night. And don't give me a book where I don't want to move, because this will be what I'm eating for the whole day. 

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4. Sour Patch Kids: I LOVE sour candy and will choose that over everything all the time. Again, don't give me a book where I don't want to move, because then I will disappear an entire bag of these and wonder why later that the roof of my mouth and my tongue hurt. 


5. Snyder's of Hanover: Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzel Pieces: I know this sounds like the worst flavor combination EVER, but they are actually really good. The old library where I used to work was how I happened upon these, and I haven't stopped buying them ever since. 



DRINK

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6. Dr. Pepper: I LOVE Dr. Pepper and it's my favorite soda. I will drink it at any time of day even with the super high caffeine content

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7. Bai: I called myself trying to give up caffeine and then I saw my manager drinking this. So I thought, Maybe I can try this. As it turns out, it also has caffeine in it smh lol 

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8. Hot Chocolate: I didn't use to drink this, but after trying to give up caffeine, I realized hot chocolate had less in it than coffee, so I've been drinking this most mornings now.

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9. Water: I don't drink anywhere near what I should, but I've been trying lately. I drink more than I used to that's for sure. 

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10. Alcoholic Beverages: Self explanatory.

Monday, September 16, 2019

The Chain by Adrian McKinty

E-Audio, 10:09:07 
Narrated by:  January LaVoy 
Release Date:  July 9, 2019
Published by:  Mulholland Books
Read from: September 6-15, 2019
Stand-alone
Source: Library 
TW: Kidnapping, Violence, Drug Abuse
For fans of: Thriller, Crime, Mystery, Suspense, Action, Adult 

     You just dropped off your child at the bus stop. A panicked stranger calls your phone. Your child has been kidnapped, and the stranger explains that their child has also been kidnapped, by a completely different stranger. The only way to get your child back is to kidnap another child within 24 hours. Your child will be released only when the next victim's parents kidnap yet another child, and most importantly, the stranger explains, if you don't kidnap a child, or if the next parents don't kidnap a child, your child will be murdered. You are now part of The Chain.


*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."  

*MY THOUGHTS*

      I didn't know about this book before Jimmy Fallon's Summer Reads Book Club, but when I did find out about it, I hurriedly added it to my TBR. But after reading this, I have to say, I'm a little confused on how they didn't pick this one. 
     Just when everything seems perfect, it turns out it's not. You get a panicked phone call from an unknown number. You finally answer and they tell you they've kidnapped your child and you must complete the things they tell you to get them back. You can't go to the police or tell anyone without their clearance or you and your kid die. Because you are now part of the The Chain.
     This was so good, but also so stressful. When I say there's not a minute to breathe in this book, I totally mean it. There's so much going on in this book and it never stops. If you plan on reading this, I suggest you make some time block out an entire day to read it because once you start, you won't want to stop because the action is non-stop.
     The characters in this made me not trust anyone. Like for real. From parents to kids to just everyone. Everyone is sketchy and I can honestly say I physically felt my skin crawl from listening to it. It wasn't until the end that I started to feel a bit better about them, but by then it was over. 
     As for the audio, January LaVoy is one of my favorite narrators. She has SO MANY audios she did because she was amazing. And the audio of this is definitely a production. The sound of a voice distorter that they described was used in the story and it was cool. I loved this but hated it at the same time. 
     The only thing I didn't like about this book was the drug usage. As you all know I don't really like drugs in books because of a personal family matter. But even with that part, I found myself skipping over it. As usual I feel like there's other ways to get a narrator to be unreliable, but that's just me. That's why I couldn't give this a full 5 stars. People who don't have the personal issues that I do might still be able to enjoy this more. 
     I don't even have kids and this almost made me want to never try. Everyone and everything that went on in this book was creepy and stressed me out. But it was definitely well worth the read. 
 Overall, I give this