Monday, August 31, 2015

The Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2015


Total Number of Posts: 1355
(This does not include those that aren't published!) 
Total Number of Followers412

Books Reviewed: 10
Movies Reviewed: 0

Books Read and Reviewed:
  • The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent- 2 Stars
  • School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCollough- 3 Stars
  • Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud- 2 Stars
  • Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout- 3 Stars
  • Awake  by Natasha Preston- 1 Star (DNF)
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas- 4 Stars
  • Court of Fives by Kate Elliott- 1 Star (DNF)
  • Jet by Jay Crownover- 3 Stars
  • The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick- 4 Stars
  • Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas- 4 Stars














  • #137: Featuring A Thousand Nights by E,K, Johnston, Hunter by Mercedes Lackey and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  • #138: Featuring Deep by Kylie Scott
  • #139: Featuring Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (!!!) and it's amazing ARC box!!!
  • #140: Featuring The Boy Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick and Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman
  • #141: Featuring all the cool new Harper titles!!!
Fun Stuff:

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Hardcover, 562 pages
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's 
Throne of Glass, #3
Source: Library
For fans of: High Fantasy, Fae, Action, Sparkly Covers, Girl Power, YA


She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.
     Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth...a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.
     Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
     The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I have so many thoughts about this one swirling around in my head. Some good, some bad, some happy, and some sad. But all of them are happy that I waited to read this now and not when it first released. Just like with Crown of Midnight, I'm not sure how you people waited for this one, I'm not sure how you people waited so long for Queen of Shadows... Here I am sick just waiting for a couple days. 
"A dagger poised to slip between the ribs usually did a good deal more convincing than actual words."
pg. 11
     Celaena has made her way to Wendlyn on the request of the King of Adarlan. To a place where she learns more about the magic that's been obliterated in her world and more importantly, more about herself. While there it seems that time has stopped and she is learning things about her past that will most definitely effect her future. But then those same things catch up with her, as they always do. But then things get interesting as all the questions raised in this novel are answered and those answered raise more questions.
"At least you've already learned one lesson. [...] The people you love are just weapons that will be used against you."
pg. 162
     For the first half of this book I have to admit I wasn't impressed. I was actually really bored. For so many people to have rated it 5 stars, I just wasn't getting it yet. But after reading Crown of Midnight, I knew that I just had to make it to Part 2 and I knew it would pick up after that. But geez did it have to take so long? There seemed to be so much back story and most of it I didn't care about. Such ass Manon. Maybe she'll be important in Queen of Shadows, but for this one, it just seemed like it was pointless. Even though the chapters with her were pretty creepy, it just didn't make sense to be there. And on top of that, I really think it could have been a lot shorter had we taken those out. Maybe gave us half the back story in the next installment or even just let it go. 
"...I am very glad to be a mortal, and only have to endure this life once. These days I don't envy you at all."
pg. 202
     Another reason I didn't like this one at first was because Celaena wasn't the Celaena I've come to know. She was acting like a baby and all woe is me and not bad ass. So because of that, I wasn't a fan of her here. But then when she finally came to start acting like herself again, that's when I fell in love with this book. I just wish the entire book had been like the last 150 something pages. With those I couldn't read the pages fast enough. 
"There are worse things than death."
pg. 421
     Now that I got that out, I DID love all the feels this story brought out. Although it turned her into a different person, there were so many times I did the pouty face (yes I do this IRL when I'm reading) because I felt so sad for her. And then I got to the ending with the theater scene, the "Get up" scene, and then everything that happened at the end-end, and all that just broke me. I literally put the book down for a little at those scenes. I can only imagine whats to come in the next installment. 
"She was the queen and could offer them nothing  less."
pg. 469
     And last but not least, Rowan.... I fell for him. I'm not even sure how. I was like the freaking Captain of the "Chaena" ship, but after meeting Rowan and that one comment he made.... I walked the plank from that one and went right over to #TeamCelwan. I can't wait to see what happens next with them. Because I can't believe that Maas would obliterate BOTH my ships. Not to me or to Celaena lol 
"...And then I am going to rattle the stars."
pg. 561
     I hate that I have to wait so long before things start happening, but I love that there is so much that happens in the end. It can change my ratings in the blink of an eye and any book like that truly makes me appreciate it more. I can't wait to see what else this series has in store. 


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #141 & 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 from Edelweiss:
A Study in CharlotteBurning GlassReign of Shadows
Shallow GravesThe Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)Sword and Verse
Dream Things True
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan
Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt

A huge thank you to all publishers and authors for allowing me to read and review these titles!

Read for my Literature for Youth Class:
The Plot ChickensLittle Red Writing
Goodnight Moon


From the library:

Harriet the Spy (Harriet the Spy #1)Reawakened (Reawakened, #1)

What did you get this week?!

Weekly Wrap-Up

What went on at your blog this week?!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Class Act: Module 1: Books About Reading- The Plot Chickens by MaryJane and Herm Auch


As y'all know, I'm a Library Science student at University of North Texas. This semester I have the pleasure of taking an AWESOME class called Literature for Youth! One of the things we have to do is read some books from a list my Prof has provided us and then make up a blog and post reviews over what we've read. CLEARLY this is right up my alley! So, instead of making a completely different blog, every Saturday I'm going to start posting this new feature! 


MODULE 1: 
Books about Reading

Hardcover, 32 pages
Released: February 1, 2009
Published by: Holiday House
Source: Library

Book Summary: Henrietta loves reading, but some people think chickens can't read. After she convinces them she can, she checks out the library and reads to all her aunts. But then one day she decides this isn't enough. She wants to write her own book. As she writes, she tells her aunts the rules of how to write the "perfect story."

Reference: Auch, M., & Auch, H. (2009). the plot chickens. New York: Holiday House. Retrieved August 29, 2015.

MY IMPRESSIONS:

     I picked this one off the list because the title sounded really cool. It had a super cool pun paired with a part of a book. I knew it would come out to be very cute. 
     As it turns out, I was right. It put a lot of emphasis on reading and ways to make it fun. It showed her checking out books from the library and meeting her local librarian, and reading with her aunts. But my favorite thing about the book was the pictures that accompanied it. They were bright and I thought it was cute how the illustrator portrayed the chickens as people. 
     When Henreitta decides that  she is going to write her own book, she is determined to write  a great story. Her aunts continue to give their input, but she is only focused on certain "Rules" she has to make sure she hits in her story. I liked the fact that although they were trying to make it funny for kids, they still had some great points they hit. 
     I loved the pictures, the writing, and above all else I loved the emphasis it gave on how fun reading is. As a future librarian, I will be sure to use this as one of the books I model towards smaller children to ensure their love for reading keeps growing. 
Overall, I give this 

Professionals are saying:

School Library Journal
( March 01, 2009; 9780823420872 )

K-Gr 2-Henrietta the chicken, star
of Souperchicken (Holiday House, 2003), is an avid library user and decides that because reading is so much fun, "writing books must be eggshilarating." She finds a manual of writing rules and creates her own story-with the unsolicited help of the other fowl. When it is rejected by a publisher, Henrietta decides to self-publish. She takes a copy to her librarian, who tells her to send it to The Corn Book Magazine for review. Henrietta gets another rejection: "odoriferous." Then she wanders into the library at storytime and sees that her book was chosen best of the year by the children. Henrietta is asked to read it aloud. "She read with dramatic expression. Of course, all the children heard was BUK, BUK,
BUK.." The illustrations, a combination of oil paints and digital technology, are bold and colorful. The pictures are busy, with Henrietta at her typewriter while her friends cavort around her. There are imagined scenes in cloud shapes, word balloons, and jokes aplenty. A droll chicken with a repeating line adds to the humor. This offering works on two levels. It's a funny picture book that could be used as a manual on writing.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Reference: School Library Journal (2009).the plot chickens. Review [The Plot Chickens by M.J & Auch]. I. Bates. School Library Journal 55(3), p. 105-106. Retrieved from: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/  on August 29, 2015.

Library Uses: 

     In a school library setting, I would use this to help children of any age how to write a story. With her rules, it could even be made into a game, where everyone writes their own story, much like the one Henrietta wrote, with only those points. In a library setting with younger kids, I would let do a collective story from everyone by making this a large paper and letting them fill in everything. I would use different students for each one to make the story more interesting. I would also use this book as a model, to help show children that reading is fun and they should do it more. 
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Book Image From: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5954267-the-plot-chickens


Friday, August 28, 2015

Follow Friday: Random Quote!

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!

share a random quote from the book you are currently reading!- suggested by journey through reading  
           "Loyalty is earned, not given."
-Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

I know this isn't the quote everyone was expecting, but I'm only about 200 pages in and I didn't want to flip through the back to avoid any spoilers. Wish I could have given you more! 

What is your quote?
What are you currently reading?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Hardcover, 432 pages
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Published by: Dial Books
My Life Next Door, #2
Source: Own
For fans of: Companions, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction, YA


     A surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han
     Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house
     Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.
     For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.
     Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.
     And Alice is caught in the middle.
     Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     It took me forever to read My Life Next Door, so when I realized that there was going to  be a "sequel/ companion" novel, I decided I wasn't going to wait to get to it. I pre-ordered it and as soon as it came in, I dropped everything to read it. And I'm glad I did. I see it as only a matter of time before the spoilers start rolling in. 
"I've been sober nearly two months, but I have yet to go cold turkey on assolicism."
pg. 7
     Tim has always been the boy who effs up. No matter what the situation was. Especially if that situation involved alcohol. As a teen he was a known alcoholic and more. Until he starts falling for Alice. Alice knows she isn't supposed to be dating someone younger than her or her brother's mixed up friend, but ever since that one incident long ago, she's thought maybe things could work. So they hesitantly try it out. But then Tim's past comes back to haunt not only him, but everyone around him and he doesn't want to put Alice in the middle. 
"You don't always have to take the hard way."
pg. 75
     I was so set to read another story like MLND I didn't stop to think about how screwed up Tim was in that story. If I had stopped to think about it, I would have realized this story would not be like this one. It would have a much darker tone because both Alice and Tim were darker characters than Jase and Sam. After getting over that realization I was able to enjoy the story and stop comparing this book to the last one. 
"I knew you'd be that guy [...] The one who just has to do it the wrong way."
pg. 169
     Ok I lied. Still comparing this one to the last one, the writing style was just as good as the last one. I found myself getting lost in the noise and chaos that surrounded the Garretts and Tim's life. I just couldn't turn the pages fast enough. I wanted to reach through and help Tim out from hurting himself and everyone around him in some way. That's how I know I like a book. When I connect with a character on this kind of level, I'm sold.
"Everyone who makes a mistake isn't doomed to be an asshole forever."
pg. 237
     The only thing I feel this book was missing was the swoons. I get that there is a lot going on, (because there is  A LOT going on) but at the same time, I feel that it was missing that. I know Tim and Alice aren't really the most touchy feely people, but the book just semed kind of long for there to be nothing but that one huge event happening. I would have loved to see more of them together versus them working to get it together, if that makes sense. 
"This could be a mistake. [...] Nope I've made mistakes. They don't feel like this."
pg. 285
     And you can't review a book about the Garretts and not talk about all the characters. It felt like I was stepping into the door of my family's home. Like they welcomed more than just Tim, but me too. George was there just being George with all his facts about everything. And there was Patsy who is growing so fast and adding more adorable words to her vocabulary. And Andy who is growing like a weed, who I hope will have the next spin off for this series. Even if it is a middle grade lol She seemed just like me when I was that age and even though I'm an adult now, I could totally relate to her. I acted that way with my older cousin and I know I annoyed the crap out of her lol All in all, it was so fin to revisit the Garrett's. I hope to do it again one day in the future. 
"She's a coward, really. Bullies usually are."
pg. 296
     Overall, this story was a lot darker than what I was expecting from the author of MLND. But thinking about the characters the type of places they were in, the darkness was to be expected. Revisiting the characters and falling for the same ones (Jase lol) definitely made me feel a part of their clan. I can't wait to see what else Fitzpatrick has up her sleeve.
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury


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!

The Forbidden Wish


     She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world... 
     When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.
     But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?
     As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Arabian Nights from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.
 

Published by: Razorbill
Expected Publication: February 23, 2016

Why I'm Waiting: IT'S AN ARABIAN NIGHTS RETELLING. Of course I'm freaking waiting on this one. And it has a Jinni. That falls in love with Aladdin. Hearing about this one made me FREAK. OUT. There was a book that retold about the 1001 stories as a whole, but the fact that this one is specifically about this story. HOLY. CRAP. I think this is one of my most anticipated books of the year. And now that the cover is released and it is GORGEOUS, I can't wait to get my hands on this. Plus I talked to the author on Twitter during a Twitter chat that Penguin held and Khoury talked about how much she liked writing this one. Plus she was so freaking nice. Ugh I can't wait to get my hands on this one! I've been stalking Penguin's blogger request list alone for this one title! Can't wait to read it!!!

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

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

TTT: Top 10 Books that Would be on my Syllabus if I Taught "OMG Moments in YA 101"!

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 10 Books that Would be on my Syllabus if I Taught "OMG Moments in YA 101"!

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Damage Done

1. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas: Um that ending? Yeah Idk how you people waited for Heir of Fire. I would have killed someone to make them answer all those questions I had lol And then the parts with all the feels... Um yeah I couldn't do it.  

2. Damage Done by Amanda Panitch: The ending of this one is really just one WTF moment after another. There's so much going on that you think you expect, but you really don't. This would be a MUST READ for this class. 

Things We Know by HeartThe Fixer (The Fixer, #1)
3. Things We Know by Heart by Jessi Kirby: This whole book is an OMG moment. I mean look who she falls for. And then when he finds out who he is to her and that she knew all this time... Yeah ish hits the fan and I couldn't read it fast enough to know what happened. 

4. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: So many WTF moments in this one. So many that I can hardy remember them all. This book was so good! I was shocked, surprised, and loved every minute of it. I'm sure everyone else will too! 

Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold (Broken Hearts & Revenge, #2)Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy, #1)
5. Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn: I LOVED this book. But that cliff hanger? Yeah I wasn't Katie Finn's biggest fan after that! lol My mouth dropped open in surprise and I can truthfully say that was something I wasn't expecting. 

6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: THAT. ENDING. THO. So much happened that I had to go back and read it twice to make sure I hadn't missed anything. So much more than what I thought was going to happen. 

The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3)Maybe One Day
7. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan: Another one about THAT. ENDING. Because let's be honest.... Having to wait an entire year after something like that would have driven me insane. There's no way I would've been able to survive not knowing what happened. 

8. Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor: *Mild Spoiler* I wasn't expecting it to end like that. I really thought it would have a happy ending. It wasn't what I thought would happen.

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)
9. Allegiant by Veronica Roth: Um we all know what OMG moment I'm talking about. I honestly thought it was a joke. I just KNEW she would come out of nowhere and be like "GOTCHA!"

10. Cress by Marissa Meyer: The family situation? Umm yeah I almost dropped the damn book. Certainly not what I was expecting lol 







Monday, August 24, 2015

Jet by Jay Crownover

Audioboook, 10 pages
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Published by: William Morrow Books
The Marked Men, #2
Source: Library
For fans of: Music, Good Narrators, Take Me Away After Dark, MCM


     With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl’s rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn’t want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet’s dark, haunted eyes. She’s afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.
     Jet can’t resist the Southern Belle with mile-long legs in cowboy boots who defies his every expectation. Yet the closer he feels to Ayden, the less he seems to know her. While he’s tempted to get under her skin and undo her in every way, he knows firsthand what happens to two people with very different ideas about relationships.
     Will the blaze burn into an enduring love. . . or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes?

TAKE ME AWAY...

AFTER DARK!

*"This book is part of the new adult contemporary romance genre! It is more mature than both YA and MG. I have featured it in Take Me Away... After Dark as a way to feature the few Adult and New Adult titles I am beginning to read!"  This book will contain storng language and explicit sexual scenes. Intended for adults 18 and up! 

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I'm not sure why I waited so long to read this one. It had been on my TBR for a long time (since I read Rule a couple years ago, but I never picked up this one afterwards. But then I read through the Stage Dive series and I just NEEDED to read more about some rock-stars. And it just so happened that this one was available. 
     Jet seems like this dude that everyone should be scared of, but really he seems like this big huge teddy bear. And the person that gets to him easiest is Ayden Cross. But he can't let anything happen between them. He knows he won't be good for her. And so does Ayden. She knows that Jet won't be any good for her. She's done with all dudes like him. Until she isn't.....
     This was a super quick read. (Well listen...) I found myself getting lost in it everywhere, like while I was cooking dinner, cleaning my house, or at work between shifts. It was so easy to just block out the world as I listened.
     But even though it moved so fast, there wasn't really anything happening. I think I was listening to it so much because I really wanted to find out what it was that ended up happening. But in the end, it was ok. It just seemed that it was just the same thing happening again and again. Ayden and Jet fight. Ayden talks about Jet to Cara. Jet talks to Rowdy or another person in his band or someone else's band about Ayden. Jet and Ayden make up. Repeat. It just got a little boring after awhile. 
     The best part about this though was the narrators. They sounded exactly like I thought the characters would. Especially the chick who did Ayden. She had the Kentucky country accent on point. It didn't even seem like she was trying to make her voice sound different. And then the dude that did Jet was good too. I think it was the one thing that made me forgive the repetitiveness. Because I knew I could listen to those two all day and it would be easier. 
     But about that ending though. It came totally out of left field. I think that was my favorite part overall. I liked that I was shocked about something since everything else was incredibly predictable. Hoping that the next one will be more like the ending and less like the beginning of this one. 
     It wasn't a bad book. Just a bit much at ttimes. When I found it to be too much I rested a little and came back. It was a quick read that made me antsy to finish the rest of the series. 
Overall, I give this