Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TTT: Top Books I Recently Added to my TBR!

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 Recently Added to my TBR!  

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1. The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds: I added this book yo my TBR recently because I noticed the author attended a bunch of Texas events and most importantly, because there was a POC on the cover. I knew this book had to be mine. I plan to meet Jason Reynolds on April 11th at Houston Teen Book Con! 

2. Beast by Brie Spangler: A modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast.... And it features a transgender. YASSSSS for diversity! And YASSSSS for Beauty and the Beast re-tellings! It's not released until 2016, but I'm already super excited for it! 

3. Nothing Left to Burn by Patty Blount: I just found out about this one from someone else adding it to their Goodreads and I'm super happy they did. Because this contemp sounds right up my alley! 

4. Play On by Michele Smith: I added this one because EVERYONE was talking about it. I hadn't added it at first, but then when everyone was saying how good it was, I decided that maybe it was something I needed to check out! 

5. Wax by Gina Damico: Um this is a book about living wax figures..... WHAT EVEN? How can I not be excited I added this to my TBR? 

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6. Dead Upon a Time by Elizabeth Paulson: From the sounds of the synopsis, it sounds like this has some thriller aspects in addition to the fantasy fairy tales. Someone on my Goodreads just added this and I wasn''t far behind them!

7. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: I hadn't planned on reading this one at first, but then I heard how everyone LOVED it and I just knew I needed to give it a try. Plus I heard it has something to do with Oreos and if you didn't know, I'm an Oreo fiend! 

8. How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather: When I was a little girl Idk how many times I watched The Craft knowing I wasn't supposed to. It ended up being one of my favorites though. And now that I've seen it on the synopsis of this book, I am super excited for it! 

9. As I Descended by Robin Talley: This one is a re-telling of Macbeth. MacBeth is one of the plays I actually enjoyed in high school, so I can't wait to see how this one seems to be based on it! I added this to my Goodreads and I'm already highly anticipating it! 

10. The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer: I just recently added this one because I never read the synopsis. I really just didn't like the cover and didn't want to read it based on that. But finally I did and said maybe I just need to look past the cover. Especially since everyone seems to like it. So now I'm going to search for it at my library. I'm super curious about it now! 

What are your top books that you've added to your TBR recently?
Any books that you will add now from looking at my  list?
Any you think I should add to my TBR based on your list?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #119 & 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:
The Devil You Know
The Devil You Know by Trish Doller

That awkward moment when you borrowed it because you were DESPERATE to read this and THE NEXT FREAKIN DAY IT ARRIVES FROM THE PUBLISHER?! 
And this makes me super happy because this is the first ARC I received from one of the big 6 in physical form that I requested! 
Thanks Bloomsbury! I guess that means I have to read it again! 

From ATWAT:
The Fill-In Boyfriend
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West 

(Definitely hoping to see some old friends in this one!)

From Netgalley:
Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks)
!!!!!!!!!
I shouted when I got invited to join in on the blog tour! I've had Kenneally stop through before (during the Racing Savannah Blog Tour) so I was estatic to be asked to join in on this one too! I can't wait to get to it!  

From the Library:
Stay with Me (Wait for You, #3)

Of course I read this the week it came out, but now that Fall With Me is coming, I am doing a re-read of this one! The library gave me the audio of it just in time!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Monday 03/23/15: My review of Insurgent (The Movie!)
Friday 03/20/15: Follow Friday: BEA?!


What went on at your blog this week?! 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Follow Friday: BEA?

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!

 have you ever been to bea? if not, what's stopping you? if you have, what was your best experience there? 
        Sadly, I have not been to BEA. When I started blogging and found out what BEA was I was still in college and couldn't just up and afford a trip  to NYC out of the blue. But now that I'm in grad school for Library Science, they actually allow us to go on certain trips like ALA and BEA as conferences that the school I attend will help out with. I'm hoping that next year as I'm ending the program they will pick me to help sponsor while I'm there. Other wise, I'll have to wait until I can afford to go on my own. But, there's no telling if I'll still be blogging then :(      (Why am I lying lol I'm sure I still will be. There's so many books that are still coming out that I want to read lol) 

What about you?
 Have you been to BEA? 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: 03/25/15

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!

Vengeance Road

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman


     When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there's room for love in a heart so full of hate. In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.   

Expected Publication: September 1, 2015
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers

Why I'm Waiting: There are no other YA books out there like this one and I just can't get over the uniqueness of that. I haven't read anything by Bowman, but this one will definitely be the first. It seems as if it will be really cool. And it would be something I'd let my mother read as well, because she's a huge fan of old westerns.Plus, look at that cover..... IT IS GORGEOUS.  Anything with a cover llike that will definitely get a read from me lol 

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Top Ten Books from my Childhood/Teen Years I'd Like to Revisit!

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 from my Childhood/Teen years I'd like to revisit! 

Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1)Double Love (Sweet Valley High, #1)
1. ALL of the Baby-Sitter's Club. I LOVED them all. And I owned most of them. From the originals to the spin-offs, I owned them all and I loved reading about all of the girls. 

2. I loved the Sweet Valley High twins! They set the bar really high on what I thought high school should be like when I was in middle school. I remember thinking they were SO, COOL. 

Beezus and Ramona (Ramona, #1)Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (Fudge, #1)

 3. Every Ramona book EVER! Cleary wrote some hilarious novels and I couldn't get enough of them. Especially after my sister was born. I thought I was Beezus lol 

4. All the Fudge books were so hilarious. I loved them so much I gave them to my sister

Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, R.M.S. Titanic, 1912Matilda
5. In case you didn't know, I'm obsessed with all things Titanic. So I wanna say I read this book about eight times. 

6. Another one I read more than once. I had finally found someone I connected with and I was so happy that a girl who read like I did, could do other super cool things as well! I'd love to re-read this one if I ever got a chance. 

Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots (The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, #1)Amelia's Notebook (Amelia's Notebooks, #1)
7. Another one where I loved the entire series as a kid. This is where my paranormal addiction started lol Give me some more of these today and I swear I will re-read them all over again

8. Amelia's Notebook was released when I was about 9 and it was about a 9 year old girl that got a notebook for her birthday. I connected with her because I had a notebook of my own and further more because even in that short number of pages she taught me things. (I learned how to spell vacuum from this book lol) 

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (Encyclopedia Brown, #1)The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, #1)
9. My mom told me she liked Encyclopedia Brown when she was a little girl and of course that sparked my interest in it. Ever since I thought he was super cool. I think this is where I get my guessing who the crazy person is in every thriller or cop show. I sometimes read these when I need to hone in on my detective skills! 

10. Another one where my mom is the reason I started reading these. Now I want to read them all over again on my own. 

What books from your childhood do you want to revisit? 
See any on the list you remember reading? 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Insurgent Movie Review


PG-13, 119 minutes
Release Date: March 20, 2015

     Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side. (From IMDb)

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I have to admit... I forgot all about this movie coming out so soon. Mainly because I didn't do a re-read of Insurgent which I normally do. But really for some reason, I just didn't seem too excited about this movie.  
     To be completely honest though, the movie wasn't that bad. To someone who didn't remember anything from the book. Even the boyfriend was caught up in the movie because he was jumping and like squeezing my hand during the movie because he was worried what would happen. (I don't understand why he won't read the books -___- he always liked the movies but won't read them) 
     So because I didn't remember the book, I really enjoyed it. But then as I went to the old faithful ReCaptains website (THERE ARE SPOILERS ON THAT LINK) and looked over it, things started coming back to me. And there are some huge changes. So booknerds, there are some huge changes in the movie, but the main points are still there, making for a pretty decent book to movie adaptation.
     As far as the acting and the romance, Theo and Shailene of course we're awesome. I loved seeing both of them acting individually and of course seeing them together. Seeing them finally fall for each other made me swoon just as if I was reading the book. I loved it and I can't wait to see more of them on the big screen!
Overall, I give this

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #118 & 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:
The Devil You KnowThe Fixer (The Fixer, #1)

Bought: 
Here's what I bought myself for my stellar grades from last semester! Isn't it cute?! My mom called me a nerd, but I happily replied, "YES I AM!" lol 

What did you get this week?


Weekly Wrap-Up

Tuesday 03/17/15: Top 10 Tuesday- Top 10 Books on my spring TBR
Wednesday 03/18/15: My Wow for the week was Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli!
Thursday 03/19/15: My five star review of The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Saturday 03/21/15: My DNF review of Snow Like Ashes by Srah Raasch (I tried multiple times to read this one... It just wasn't for me sadly...) 


What went on at your blog this week?!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch

Hardcover, 416 pages
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Published by: Balzer + Bray 
Snow Like Ashes, #1
Source: Own
For fans of: High Fantasy, Girl Power, Magic

     A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
     Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
     Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
     So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
 

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I tried to get through it. I really did. But as it turns out, this just isn't a book for me. In all honesty it ended up being another case of a super pretty cover, but not having the content inside to satisfy me. Which is pretty disappointing since I had read so many good things about this one. In the end I ended up only reading up until page 200 and then skimming to the end.
     I'm actually glad I took the option of skimming though. The huge "plot twist" that came up, I called it when it first came up in the actual pages I did read. In other words, it was pretty predictable. I was able to call so many things that happened in the end of the story. I think the reason it was so predictable was because there was really nothing happening until the end.
     The best part of a story is how it gets to the end. Which I'm sure is the reason I wasn't too fond of it. There was nothing happening until the end. The only thing I really enjoyed was the Girl Power support. Meira is bad ass and reminded me of me sometimes. She hated wearing dresses and hated even more to sit around while every male was out and about doing something. She wanted to be in the middle of the action as well and that alone made me get to page 200. I probably would've DNF'd it sooner had she not been as brave.
     I also feel that I didn't like it as much because of the info dumping. The back story was given out constantly and it got to be a little too much at times. I wished that the amount of time wasted on all that info dumping was given to actually doing more world--building or something else. It just seemed like there was too much to remember and I was doing more memorization than enjoying the story.
     This wasn't a huge hit with me, but that clearly doesn't mean it will be that with everyone. (If you haven't noticed, I'm definitely a black sheep in this one....) Even though I didn't enjoy it, give it a shot. You may like it way more than I did.
Overall, I give this

Friday, March 20, 2015

Follow Friday: Inspiring Book Characters

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!

 have you ever been inspired by a book character? who was the character and what was it?
        Suggested by Eternity Through Pages

     It was Madelyne from The Summer I Became a Nerd. In the book she went from being so quiet about her nerdom and I hated it. Finally she came out and was able to be herself and just let the world know she was in love with a comic. I cheered her on at the end of the book and thought that it was over. But then I began to realize why I loved this book so much. Because she was me. Granted some of the things we went through were a little different, but the outcome was still the same. See for the longest time before I read this I hated telling people I was going to school for a Master's in Library Science. It wasn't the fact that I was embarrassed to say I loved YA, because I could care less what people say about that. Some people don't know the last time they even picked up a book. But anyways, the reason I didn't like telling people that is because of what they always say. I hate that there is always some judgey comment like "But aren't they being replaced by technology?" , "You don't look like a librarian.", or my favorite one, "What you want to just read all day?"  (Just in case you didn't know, as a head librarian, you do wayyyyy more than just read all day. If that was all you did, I would've graduated a long time ago.) Granted you may do that in your free time, but at work you actually WORK. Mind blowing right? -__- But anyways, after reading this, I stopped caring about people were saying after I told them what I wanted to do with my life. I learned to hold my head up and be myself on the inside and the outside. And only the people who would be judgey were the people who didn't really matter. 
     And now that I can be myself, I can't thank Leah Rae Miller enough. I read her book years ago, but I still find myself going back to think about how this 16 year old girl did what I couldn't do. I can't thank Miller enough for giving me that pep talk she didn't even know I needed. 

 So, what character inspired you to do something? 
Anyone else get really personal like I did? 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

e-ARC, 263 pages
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Published by: Bloomsbury
Stand-alone
Source: Negalley
For fans of: Contemp, Romance, Womance, Realistic Fiction, YA

     Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.
     Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.
     It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
 

*MY THOUGHTS*

     Emery Lord's first novel Open Road Summer, was good, but this one is PERFECTION. When I began reading this, I just couldn't read it fast enough. I devoured this book on my last weekend of Spring Break and after finishing it, I just wanted to read it again. 
"My friends added the first colors to my black and white world.'"
4% (e-ARC)
     Paige's first and only boyfriend dies in a tragic accident. She is tired of everyone giving her "The Look" so she disappears within herself. Finally she's ready to come back out of her shell. She makes a list of everything she has to do in order to become the Paige she once was. She doesn't realize that things don't always happen exactly the way you want them to. Especially in high school.
"You just have to as yourself what scares you most about moving forward.'"
 6% (e-ARC)
     The best part about this story was the womance. Hands down. They were there for each other at all times and it seemed so genuine. Reading about how much they did for each other made me immediately wish I had had more friends like them in high school. It would have made life so much easier. The way Lord wrote their friendship was so accurate as well. From the small spats that they got into, to the strong bond they had when something happened to another member of their group, it all seemed so true. At the end of this book I wanted nothing more than to mail it to my best friend. 
"You know, [...] when you fall for someone, it's involuntary.'"
25% (e-ARC)
     As for Max, cheers to Lord for making an love interest who is not super hot and the most wanted boy in the school. Max is a down right nerd and he is proud of it. He's also my soul mate but he doesn't know it yet lol He reads, he tells grammar jokes, he likes Girl Scout cookies, just EVERYTHING. As I read I remember rooting for him and Paige but secretly hoping they didn't get together just so he could be mine lol Max was an incredible character and I enjoyed every scene he was in.
"[...] we already knoew it doesn't work out, but we reread them anyway, because the good stuff that comes before the ending is worth it.'"
34% (e-ARC)
     As for Paige, she showed incredible growth throughout this story. I can't even imagine what she was going through after losing her ex in the accident. And to have so many people that knew about it.... As a fellow introvert, I can understand her discomfort in this situation. But for her finally wanting to get back to the new Paige and then doing all that she did, she really changed. Not into the old Paige, but into the new, brighter and shinier version.
"In books,  sometimes the fore-shadowing is so obvious that you know whats going to happen. But knowing what happens isn't the same as knowing how it happens Getting there is the best part.'"
34% (e-ARC)
     This novel covers such a wide range of topics and it will pull all sorts of emotions out of you. I laughed,I swooned, and I even teared up at certain spots. Emery Lord brings her A game in this one. In my opinion, this is even better than her widely popular debut.
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: 03/18/15

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!

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

     Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
     With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

Expected Publication: April 7, 2015
Published by: Balzer + Bray

Why I'm Waiting: I've heard nothing but GREAT things about this book. At first it wasn't even on my radar, but then about three or four other people have already and LOVED it and then I saw something about it featuring Oreos..... If you don't know, I'm a HUGE Oreo fan and anyone ok with Oreos are ok with me lol 

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