Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller


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!

Romancing the Nerd

     Revenge of the Nerds meets You've Got Mail!
     It's been two years since Dan Garret brought Logan Scott and Maddie Summers together. Or at least, that's how he looks at it. Since then, he's gone through a growth spurt that left him as tall and strapping as his father. Joining the basketball team not only makes him miss his beloved LARP games—it's turned him into the one thing he hates most: popular. He's also lost Zelda Potts, which is full of all kinds of suck since he can't seem to ditch the crush he's had on her for, oh, ever.
     Being a smart, tuba-playing junior with a "unique" fashion sense, popularity is not in the cards for Zelda. And she wouldn't have it any other way. Look what popularity did to her ex-friend Dan. When the hypocritical jerk epically embarrasses her in front of a gym full of people, she hatches a plan for revenge…but things don't work out the way she hoped. Instead she starts to see Dan in a different light. And that little crush she had on him back when they were friends? It's back. 

Published by: Entangled Teen
Expected Publication: February 2, 2016

Why I'm Waiting: Did you miss how much I loved the first one? It made me write one of my most popular Beyond the Books ever. Now I can't wait to read this one and see what the characters have been up to. I'm not sure I can wait until February for this one!

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TTT: Top 10 Books to Read if You Liked This Certain Book

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 to Read if You Like this Certain Book

I turned mine into more of a "If You Liked _____, Then Try, & Why" thing. There was no way I would get close to 10 doing it the other way lol 

Rule (Marked Men, #1)Image result for right facing arrows Lick (Stage Dive, #1)
1. Rule by Jay Crownover & Lick by Kylie Scott: I think these may be on the same wave length of being known, but at the same time, I found one because I read the other so I want to make sure everyone that had withdrawal symptoms from the other knows they can go to the other. 

The Fault in Our StarsImage result for right facing arrowsExtraordinary Means
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green & Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider: They were both about sickness and love and were both really good. EM is like TFiOS, but they still have enough differences in them to make them each their own story. 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Image result for right facing arrowsThe Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)
3. Harry Potter and The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare: I loved the Harry Potter series and I've been needing something like it ever since I've read it. The Iron Trail won't be taking it's place at all, but it's still pretty good. I love that it has a completely different concept but still some of the same aspects to it. 

Second Chance SummerImage result for right facing arrowsMaybe One Day
4. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson & Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor: I cried buckets in both of these. I can't even sit here and lie and say I cried for one more than the other. The problem is, my aunt and grandmother both died from cancer and those stories seem to get me every time. But if you're looking for something to twist up your heart, try either of these. I'm sure they'll be gut-wrenching enough. 

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Image result for right facing arrowsStitching Snow
5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer & Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis: Me personally I wasn't a fan of Stitching Snow because I'm such a huge fan of the Lunar Chronicles series, but there are some out there that are huge fans of both and that's ok. They were too mjch alike for my taste, but that could be a good thing for some of you other people! 

Twilight (Twilight, #1)Image result for right facing arrowsHush, Hush (Hush, Hush, #1)
6. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer & Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick: I read Hush, Hush a long time ago after I needed something else like Twilight. It was then that I fell in love with angels and started disliking vampires. I put these two together because for me they both opened a door for me and I'm not ashamed to say I liked either one. 

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)Image result for right facing arrowsBefore I Fall
7. If I Stay by Gayle Forman & Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: These two are books I read when I first sstarted blogging. I love that they both give the supernatural vibe even if that's not the main focus. I think these are both well known, but at the same time, one of them is great to try if you liked the other. (FUN FACT: Before I Fall was thee first review I ever did on this blog! I even added the Intro to my blog on the review. Both of which are terrible lol plpease don't read them.) 

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)Image result for right facing arrowsForeplay (The Ivy Chronicles, #1)
8. Wait for You by J. Lynn & Foreplay by Sophie Jordan: I love that I could put these two aauthors together because I love them both! They both write my favorite NA and they both feature some super hot literary dudes. In other words, they both write some of my favorite books! 

That's all I could think of! I Know I didn't really go by the rules on this one, but there was no way I would've gotten close to 10! 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

ARC, 462 pages
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Published by: HarperAudio
Six of Crows, #1
Source: Giveaway win from Barnes and Noble's Twitter
For fans of: Criminals, Bardugo's first series, magic, fantasy, powers


     Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...
     A convict with a thirst for revenge.
     A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.
     A runaway with a privileged past.
     A spy known as the Wraith.
     A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.
     A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.
     Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

*MY THOUGHTS*

    First I wanna make a disclaimer and say although I own Bardugo's first series, I still haven't read it. I attempted to back when I still wasn't a fan of fantasy, but then I put it down because I still wasn't fully in love. But even still, it didn't stop me from reading this one. 
"You couldn't train a falcon, then ask it not to hunt."
pg. 63
     In the slums there is a criminal named Kaz Brekker. He's offered the deal of a lifetime and wastes no time deciding that this will be his ticket out of there. The catch is, he can't do it alone. He enlists the help of a few other criminals to get what they need and get out.
"The heart is an arrow.. It demands aim to land true.."
pg. 333
     There were a few things I had a problem with, but they were mainly my doing. Towards the beginning I still had to learn so much, but that was only because I didn't read the first series where most of the things I was confused about were missing. I knew that was my own doing, so I just Googled it and got over it. It didn't take away from the book at all, just made me want to really read the Shadow and Bone series. 
"A gun is not evil. Nor is a blade."
pg. 381
     But I really liked the characters and how they were criminals and not the "upstanding citizens" other characters usually are. It was interesting to see characterless in a not so prefect light and me still have heartfelt feelings toward them. It really felt weird to root for the antiheroes, but I will continue to do it for this series.I also liked the writing style. As stated, I didn't read her first series, so her writing was still new to me. It was so descriptive and was definitely intriguing. I can see why people will be "flocking" to pick up this new release tomorrow! (Bird pun not intended...) 
"We are all someone's monster."
pg. 427
     I can always tell how much I love a book by how much I put off my homework to read it or by how much I rant about it to the boyfriend. I did both with this read, so I'm not surprised to say I really liked it. Leigh Bardugo has just gained  new fan in me and I can't wait to go back and try fantasy with her all over again!
Overall, I give this

     

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Class Act, Module 5: Other Award Winners featuring Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz


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 5: 
Other Award Winners 

Audiobook, 6 parts
Released: February 21, 2012
Published by: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Source: Library

      Book Summary: This book tells of the coming of age story of a boy named Ari and his best friend Dante. There are so many different trials and tribulations they go through and as they face them together, they grow more and more. 

Reference: Saenz, B.(2012). Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe. New York: Simon & Schuster BFYR.

*MY IMPRESSIONS*

     I wanted to read this book when I was just a mere blogger and not even working towards my Library Science degree. I've heard so many great things about this book and when I saw it on the list, I knew I had to read it for the Module. What I found when I read this was so much more than just a lesson. 
     As an adult, this book taught me so much about the Hispanic culture. I've finally read a book where it didn't seem like the background to the story, but the main focus on it. I liked that there was so much there that I was even taught some things. Such as the language. I don't know much Spanish, but hearing them in the story made me look up those words and remember the phrases they were used in. I also loved the narrator of this audiobook. He had a Hispanic accent, changed his voices for all his characters, and just pulled me in with all his words. It made me feel more at home in the culture and the story. I can definitely see why it won the Pura Belpre award. 
     I also loved that it introduced the world to another part of diversity. In this there are many different LGBTQIA relationships in it and it makes the reader feel more comfortable about both forms of diversity that's featured in this story. In turn, it taught me more about both subjects and because of that I fell in love with it so much more. 
     But even still with all the things I loved about it, there were still some things I didn't like about it. I didn't like that at the beginning there felt like there wasn't really a plot to it. It seeemed that things were just happening and there was nothing to come after it. But the more I listened, the more I understood it. It was about something way more than what I expected. 
     Seeing a story with so much diversity, being well written, and full of emotion, has made me very interested in other awards that focus on people of color and other areas of diversity. I will be looking more into those later on to feature in my future library. 

Professionals are saying...

KIRKUS REVIEW


     A boring summer stretches ahead of Ari, who at 15 feels hemmed in by a life filled with rules and family secrets.
     He doesn't know why his older brother is in prison, since his parents and adult sisters refuse to talk about it. His father also keeps his experience in Vietnam locked up inside. On a whim, Ari heads to the town swimming pool, where a boy he's never met offers to teach him to swim. Ari, a loner who's good in a fight, is caught off guard by the self-assured, artistic Dante. The two develop an easy friendship­, ribbing each other about who is more Mexican, discussing life's big questions, and wondering when they'll be old enough to take on the world. An accident near the end of summer complicates their friendship while bringing their families closer. Sáenz's interplay of poetic and ordinary speech beautifully captures this transitional time: " 'That's a very Dante question,' I said. 'That's a very Ari answer,' he said.… For a few minutes I wished that Dante and I lived in the universe of boys instead of the universe of almost-men." Plot elements come together at the midpoint as Ari, adding up the parts of his life, begins to define himself.
     Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author's gift for affecting prose that illuminates the struggles within relationships. (Fiction. 14 & up)
Retrieved From: Kirkus(2012, April 18).ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE [Artistotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by B. Sanez]. Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved from: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/benjamin-alire-saenz/aristotle-and-dante-discover-secrets-of-un/?gclid=CjwKEAjwhJmwBRDGsamBu8Pp7FwSJACKD1KHCV2VTDptJ4CPDQx1ASfFj1VAkuyNFRzbRVw6zEiGWxoC8KPw_wcB

Library Uses: 

     I would use this book as a Book talk. I would use it to get each child to find something that they could relate to in the characters even if they felt they were completely different from them. That way they could see how we're all human, just with different views. This could be used with any type of diverse book, so I would challenge them to read more books featuring another type of diversity and find another character they think differently from but could still relate to one thing about them. 

Book Image from: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12000020-aristotle-and-dante-discover-the-secrets-of-the-universe

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #145 & 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.

Bought:
The Weight of FeathersPercy Jackson's Greek Heroes
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan and Illustrted by John Rocco

Library: 
Vengeance Road
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
(I waited to get this one from the library because I'm not a huge fan of Westerners even on tv, so I needed to see if I would love it first!)


What did you get this week?!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Monday 09/21/15: Middle Grade Monday featuring George by Alex Gino
Tuesday 09/22/15: Top 10 Tuesday-  Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR! 
Wednesday 09/23/15: My WoW featuring Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
Thursday 09/24/2015: My review of Nash by Jay Crownover
Friday 09/25/15: Follow Friday-  Dream Job! 

What went on at your blog this week?!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Follow Friday: Dream Jobs!

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!

if you could have any job, what would you do? 
       
          In all honesty, the only "dream job" I really want is to be the Children's/Young Adult Librarian at a public library. I want to catch children/teens as they're young and convince them that the library isn't only a place to go for video games. We offer so much more and I would love to show them the world of reading. I'd also like to be in charge of collections because let's face it, as a non-professional reviewer, I know the best reviews don't always come from the professionals. (Spoken like a true blogger lmao)
     But now I'm on my way to having my dream job. I'm  currently at 9 hours toward a Library Science degree with an emphasis on Youth Services and I'm working on 9 more hours this semester. I can't wait to see where life takes me later on in the future. I hope there is a librarian out there that sees this and gives me a chance because I really need one lolol 

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Nash by Jay Crownover

Audio, 11 pages
Release Date: April 29, 2014
Published by: HarperAudio
Marked Men, #4
Source: Library
For fans of: Tattoos, Hot Literary Guys, Romance, Contemporary, Companions, New Adult


      Will their past determine their future?
     Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding      Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down . . . and now he’s trying to do it again.
Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.
     When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

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'll add this disclaimer to the beginning...: I was a fan of this one, but I wasn't a fan of Saint. Because of her, she brought the greatness of the book down and it was pretty depressing. But I still love this series and I can't wait to read Asa!
      Saint met Nash in high school. She had the biggest crush on him for the longest. And then he went and broke her heart. She moved away without ever having to see him again. Until she moves back. When Nash sees her again, she's almost a different person, so he doesn't remember who she is until they actually talk. After he realizes who she is, he has to decide, do I want to be persistent, or just give up before I even start. 
     Since I started this review with a character I didn't like, I guess I'll elaborate. To put it plainly, she just wasn't believable. I don't know anyone that would hang on to a grudge for that long. Especially if they've changed themselves. Wouldn't that make them realize that no one stays exactly the same as they grow older? She just wanted Nash to be the same knuckle head kid he was when he was younger, and she never gave him a chance to see if he's changed. With her assumptions she seemed just as bad. And on top of that, I would really have appreciated it if she didn't try to fight EVERYTHING he did. Every time he tried his best to show her something, she desperately found a way to counteract it and make it mean nothing. After a while it got frustrating. I didn't care to hear her complain anymore. 
     As for Nash, he was still super sweet and I was a little upset that he got the sucky girlfriend out of the bunch. He was such a good man to everyone in the group, but he had to be a good man to some chick that  didn't want it. Really I'm holding a grudge just like she was and do we see how crazy it sounds?!
     Otherwise, the entire series so far as still been stunning. In this installment, things get even more steamy and I LOVED it. So many scenes where I was listening in the library while I did my homework and blushed super hard or looked around to see if anyone had heard through my headphones. 
     Last but not least, I still love the companion style way this series is written. I love that even though one's story is already written and over, there is still room to learn more abut them in the books to come. I love companions because they answer so many questions that I already had after the end of the book. I'm just upset that Asa will be the last one and I won't know how they turn out in the end. 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray


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!

Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)

     Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.
     Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.
     The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.
 

Published by: HarperTeen
Expected Publication: November 3, 2015

Why I'm Waiting: I LOVED the first installment to this series. I'm not a huge time traveler person, but that one was super cool part of it with the alternate dimensions and I can't wait for more like this! Now this one has someone where their soul is splintered across the dimensions?! OMG it sounds so good! 

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

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

TTT: Top Books on my Fall 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  Books on my Fall TBR!
(Books released this fall, from September-November!

This Ordinary LifeA Thousand Nights
Future PerfectFirst & Then
Never NeverThese Shallow Graves
The Weight of FeathersThis Monstrous Thing
A Madness So DiscreetSoundless
The Lies About TruthBlack Widow: Forever Red

1. This Ordinary Life by Jennifer Walkup: Due out October 1st! (PS I love this freaking cover!)
 2. A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston: Due out October 6th! I've only heard mixed things about this one. I can't wait to form my own opinion. 
3. Future Perfect by Jen Larsen: Due out October 6th! Another non-twiggy read that I can't wait to read. I have it sitting on my Kindle and I cannot wait to get to it! 
4. First and Then by Emma Mills: Due out October 13th! THERE. IS. FOOTBALL. AND. ROMANCE. That sold me. 
5. Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum: Due out September 22nd! I already have it, but I haven't read it yet! I will get to it soon and I can't wait! 
6. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly: Due out October 27th! I LOVE the synopsis and this cover. I love thrillers and mysteries so this is right up my alley. 
7. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore: It released September 15th and I've just gotten it in my mailbox! I will be reading it ASAP. 
8. This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee: Due out TODAY September 22nd! I have this one on my TBR pile, but I really wanted to wait until closer to Halloween! I love all the creepy, crawly, crazy things!
9. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: Due out October 6th! I plan to read this one in October closer to Halloween and hope its super creepy! 
10. Soundless by Richelle Mead: Due out November 10th! I love that there is a POC on the cover, so of course I'm reading it. Add on to the fact that there is Chinese folklore involved and I am SOLD. 
11. The Lies About Truth by Courtney C. Stevens: Due out November 3rd! This book comes out the day after my birthday,so of course this one is on my TBR list! 
12. Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl: Out October  I have never read anything like this, so I'm so interested in seeing what it's going to end up like!  


I would've had more, but Goodreads stopped working... I guess that was their way of saying "That's enough!" lmao