Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ten Books You'll Find me Reading on the Beach!

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:
Ten Books You'll Find me Reading on the Beach! 

For whatever reason I always associate the summer with thrillers and contemporaries! (Quite the opposite right lmao) But I think it's because I'd like to read my favorite books during my favorite season!  Here's what I hope to read between now and August on a beach somewhere with a fruity drink in hand! 


Never Missing, Never FoundThe Loose Ends List
AutofocusDefending Taylor
The Lost & FoundA Season for Fireflies
This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)All the Missing Girls
We Were Never HereA Week of Mondays

What's on your summer TBR?
See any on this list as well?!

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder

ARC, 269 pages
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Published by: Simon Pulse
Stand-alone
Source: TLA
For fans of: Realistic Fiction, Romance, Chick-lit, Contemporary, YA


     In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up.
     Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak.
     Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.
     Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.
     But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     When I first heard about this book I was so freaking excited. I loved the IDEA of this book and I just knew it would be one I loved. But unfortunately, this book I had been eagerly anticipating completely missed the mark with me.
"Maybe in real life there aren't happy endings."
pg. 3 (ARC)
     Penelope's life has always been safe. She has the same friends, who do the same things, and talk about those things afterwards. Until one day a guy walks into her life. And he's nothing like she's ever known. She soon learns that can be a good thing or a bad thing. Soon things start to change faster than she thought.
"Nothing less than absolute, one hundred percent, soul stirring, Anne-and-Gilbert-meant-to-be, Jack-and-Rose-forever-and-ever, one true love. Nothing else."
pg. 36 (ARC)
     The main reason I didn't like this book was the characters. In the very first few pages one of the characters makes a "fart" noise. Then throughout the book he's continuously described as saying stupid things like "Exsqueeze me" whenever someone says something that rhymes with fart. -__- I'm not sure if they author was trying to be funny, but it just didn't do it for me. It just got on my nerves.  I'm one of those people that say it's crazy to say that YA characters are "young," but at the same time, these characters did. To be honest they seemed more like MG characters. My cousin makes those noises in the 4th grade.
"...surprise that something so terrifying could be so lovely."
pg. 63 (ARC)
     Another thing I didn't like about this one was the plot. I remember being  able to figure out what was going to happen on page one. I would have liked it better if there was something I hadn't figured out was going to happen, but alas, I called it all. The entire book felt way too cliche. 
"No such thing as the perfect moment in real life."
pg. 119 (ARC)
     The only reason I didn't DNF this was because I was hoping to see some type of change in the story. It did indeed get better (the one character had stopped talking about fart noises) but by that time it was already the end of the book. I also was hoping for some change in the characters. One person seemed to get a little more mature, but Pen stayed the same until the very end and it just got monotonous. 
"At this point I'm sorry I bought you anything."
pg. 165 (ARC)
     To be honest, this was a little disappointing to me. I wanted to DNF it numerous times, but something told me to continue to give it a shot. I'm sure this will be great to others but it just wasn't for me. 
Overall, I give this


Sunday, May 29, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #176 & 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:
Labyrinth Lost


I missed this one at BEA and TLA, and my contact at Sourcebooks saw that I missed it, so she felt bad and sent me one with a really nice note attached! Thank you so much Sourcebooks! You all ROCK! 

From the Library:
The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)


Since the final book in the series is out now, I finally decided to read (err listen) to the entire series. I'll be listening to it while I open the restaurant I work at! 

What did you get this week?!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Tuesday 05/24/16: Top 10 Books I Feel Different About Over Time
Wednesday 05/25/16: Waiting on Wednesday: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
Friday 05/27/16: Follow Friday- Blurb Writing
Saturday 05/28/2016: With Malice by Eileen Cook

What went on at your blog this week?!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

With Malice by Eileen Cook

ARC, 316 pages
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Stand-alone
Source: TLA
For fans of: Thrillers, Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary


     A read about a teenage girl who wakes up in a hospital bed and cannot remember the last six weeks of her life, including the accident that killed her best friend--only what if the accident wasn't an accident?
     Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last 6 weeks should be. She comes to discover she was involved in a fatal accident while on a school trip in Italy three days previous but was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident...wasn't an accident. Wondering not just what happened but what she did, Jill tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     The person that pitched this to me told me it would be a book that I would want to read in one sitting. And then I talked to some other friends that had read review copies as well and they all told me it would be one that I loved. I was a little afraid because I'm usually scared of overly hyped books, but this one definitely passed the test. 
"Beauty fades; stupid is forever."
pg. 27 (ARC)
     Jill wakes up in a hospital with no recollection of how she got there or what she had been doing the night before. Unfortunately she learns that there was an accident that killed her best friend. But then rumors start circulating where everyone else doesn't really think it was an accident......
"We don't have a lot of time to waste. That girl's parents are demanding answers..."
pg. 31 (ARC)
     Obviously the best part of this was the thriller. Every time some other clue was introduced, my heart aped up faster and faster. I found myself not wanting to do anything but read it straight through and find out who the culprit was. The publisher was not lying when they said this was one you'll want to read straight through.
"Not everything had a deep meaning."
pg. 166 (ARC)
     I also enjoyed the pacing. With most thrillers they give you all the information in the beginning and then sporadically give you information towards the end. This book will keep you guessing until literally the last pages! The way the story is told shows Cook's amazing talent and I can't wait to read another thriller by her. 
"Drama is like honey- it draws all the flies."
pg. 192 (ARC)
     Lastly, I normally give a rating lower for thrillers that I can guess who the person is, but this one was so well done and so well planned that I stuck with the original 5 star rating. Regardless of the fact that I was able to guess, it was still so much better than a lot of others where I've guessed the culprit and I don't think it deserved to be grouped with them. It made for an epic ending and I can't wait for everyone to read it! 
"You can't tell anything about a person when things are great. If you want to really knoe someone, be there when everything goes to hell."
pg. 244  (ARC)
     In case you couldn't tell from my fangirling, this book was definitely good. Honestly one of the best thrillers I've read in a long time. I can't wait to see more by Cook! (Please tell me you have another thriller up your sleeve because HONESTLY.)
Overall, I give this


Friday, May 27, 2016

Follow Friday: Blurb Writing




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!

give a funny blurb that will "TICKLE" THOSE WHO HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK YET 
          I'm pretty sure I'll be terrible at this because I don't really like/read blurbs... (Idk why, it's just weird to me lol) 
In Real Life

"Catfish in YA. How could that possibly end up badly?!"


Anyone do a better job than me? Send me your links! 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

ARC, 377 pages
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Published by: HarperTeen
Stand-alone
Source: TLA
For fans of: Sports, Contemporary Romance, Realistic Fiction, Diversity Disability (Illness)


     Maguire is bad luck.
     No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.
     It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.
     From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     This book has been getting a lot of hype lately and after devouring it in about two days (two sittings) I can honestly say this hype is well deserved. I can definitely say this is going down as one of my favorite contemps of 2016.
"No one can help. [...] Because the Universe hates me"
pg. 9 (ARC)
     Maguire's life is hard. She believes she's bad luck. Because of this she prefers to stay in her room to ensure that everyone around her stays safe. But then one day she meets the irresistible Jordy and she can't seem to hide from him like she does from everyone else. 
"The first thing you need to realize is that mental health is fluid. It's not like you have an infection and a doctor gives you antibiotics and then you're cured. No matter what the two of us accomplish together, you're still going to have good days and bad days."
pg. 27 (ARC)
     The main thing about this that I liked was the characters. Maguire shows SO MUCH growth. There were times when I found myself cheering out loud for her because I was so excited for her. And then there was Jordy. His patience with Jordy and her illness was amazing. I was impressed that he never got frustrated or upset with her. That he  just GOT IT. All the secondary characters were amazing as well and they all played an equally important part in helping the story and I enjoyed reading about them all. 
"We're all afraid of things."
pg. 134 (ARC)
     The there was the way the mental health was handled. As someone who has OCD and anxiety, I thought I might find this book a little hard to read. Like Maguire I find myself not wanting to drive with people in the car and sometimes I don't even want to drive long distances. I thought maybe it would be too hard to see myself in a book, but Stokes wrote it in a way where I didn't feel bad about it at all. As with any book that I love, my emotions did get the  best of me, that was because I connected so much with Maguire. I knew what she was going through. I was happy that Stokes GOT IT. This is why we need stories that feature #OwnVoices.
"Sometimes the Universe just takes what it wants."
pg. 138 (ARC)
     As for the romance, I was happy that it wasn't easy. With someone dealing with some of the struggles that Maguire has, the romance couldn't have been only fluff and rainbows. When they did finally hit it off, it made the wait for it so much better. I appreciated it more than what I would have in a shorter time because it felt so real. 
"It's hard to let yourself be happy, isn't it?"
pg. 184 (ARC)
     From the romance, to the mental health of the characters, just everything about this was amazing. I loved this book and I can't wait to share it with the world. If you had second thoughts about this book DON'T. Everyone should give this one a chance.  

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas


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!

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

     The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.
     As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
     Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Expected Publication: September 6, 2016
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's

Why I'm Waiting: I was one of the few that were happy with the way Queen of Shadows ended up. I can't wait to see what happens in EoS now that so much has changed. I can't wait to see how much she's changed now. Also, I need more Rowan lmao (But 704 pages O_O I think I may need to get the e-book of this one. ACoMaF and QoS both gave my arms a good work out and was so uncomfortable to put in my purse!)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ten Books I Feel Differently About Since Time Has Passed!

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:
Ten Books I Feel Differently About Since Time Has Passed!

1. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: I thought it was pretty cool when I read it, but the files in the FC were all over the place and it left me a little confused. I DID listen to the audiobook and that one I enjoyed 100 x's more!

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I originally DNF'd this and wasn't going to finish reading it, but a friend of mine said "Just get to the games." So I did as told and finally got there and I am so happy I did. I LOVE that series now and I'm do happy I didn't miss out on it.

3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas: I will forever say this to anyone like me..... JUST MAKE IT TO BOOK 2. For some reason this one didn't work for me. I don't think it deserved all the hype. But as for the series as a whole, IT'S SO GOOD. 

4. Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke: When first finished reading it I rated it 3 stars. Then a few days later while writing my review there wasn't much I didn't like about the story, so I changed my rating to 4 stars. 

5. The One and Only Ivan by Kathernie Applegate: When I first read this one I was reading it as the audio and I was doing it for class. I ended up going to the library and finding the actual book and flipping through the book and seeing the illustrations and I fell in love. 

6. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera: I was a little iffy on the plot twist at first and was only going to give it three stars, but the more I wrote about it in my review I think I changed my mind mended up giving it 4 stars.  

7. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: For some reason I read the first one and rated it 3 stars. I couldn't get into it. But then the freaking second book came and along and I DNF'ed it. It made me realize that the first one wasn't just that great to me either. I found myself bored a lot of the time in both. And so because of that I just never tried again. 

8. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer: Ummm this was actually my least favorite of the series. I really don't feel like it should even be a thing because how can you make a baby and you are dead? How were your guys even swimming? But I guess. But anyways, before this becomes a tangent, I always DNF'ed this and ended up always skimming it. But finally I watched the movie and Viola! I HAD to read the book again. Imagine my surprise when they weren't the same and I didn't like it nearly as much lmao 

9. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson: I rated originally 4 stars, but as I was writing my review, I realized there was nothing really I disliked about the book but except one thing, but it got fixed quickly. So, I changed it to 5 stars and I STILL love this book.

10. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell: I tolerated it in Fan Girl and thought I might be able to handle it with the full book..... In my head I had already rated this 5 stars. But when I started reading it, it was just too much like Harry Potter fanfiction. it was mighty hard to resist because of the diversity featured in it, but in the end I just couldn't do it :( 

Can you relate to any of my choices?
Anyone wanting to harm me after reading some of these? 
Let me know in the comments! 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Blog Tour Stop: Summer Days and Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins

e-ARC, 386 pages
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Stand-alone
Source: NetGalley (A huge than you to the publisher who gave me this in exchange for a just and honest review. No other offers were made.) 
For fans of: Contemporary Romance, Summer Lovin, Short Stories, Chick-lit, Diversity, YA


     Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.
     Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     

     I remember a while ago when I first found out about this book. I was so excited and all I wanted was to read it. (Mind you this was when it was first announced that it was coming out lol) So then it finally became a reality and I was so happy. A little about me, I LOVE contemps... Even more so if they're set in the summer. So this was right up my alley! And of course, it made it even better when I was able to join the blog tour! 
      The summer is my favorite time. The sun's out, sometimes there's a beach and sand involved, and then there's almost always a wisftul, fun, romance. And that's what this book is all about. The romance in the summer time. Some of them I liked more than others, but overall, I did like the book. Since this is set during my favorite season I have to say I liked it more than the winter one!When you have stories like Inertia by Veronica Roth, HOW COULD I NOT LIKE IT MORE?!
     The reason I liked this one more was the diversity. There's ethnic diversity and orientation diversity and I loved reading about the differences in all of them. Especially since in Goodbye and Farewell by Brandy Colbert. It really made me think back on how my love life was when I was a teen. This is why we need Diverse Books. This book was the perfect example of it. 
     The only problem I had with this one was the fact that most all the stories were a bit sad. In my head, a summer romance is light, airy, and fun up until the end of summer. But at the end of the day, I guess they can change according to the author. I just think maybe it could've done with some light and fluffy like In Ninety Minutes Turn North by Stephanie Perkins. But I know not every romance is like that. 
Image result for summer gif high school musical
     This is my favorite of the two anthologies and I can't wait to see what else Stephanie Perkins has up her sleeve. Maybe she'll do one for Spring or Fall. Either or, I'll be adding it to my TBR!
Overall, I give this



Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #175 & 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 Edelweiss:
 The Other Boy


This sounds like another MG like George by Alex Gino and we all know how much I loved that one. And this one is illustrated too, so I HAD to download it! 

Bought for Nook: 
Roses and Rot


A blogger friend was reading this and I felt like I was stalking her updates *waves hi to Cassi* lmao Sooooo, I bought it as soon as I could. Now I just need to get to it! 

What did you get this week?!

Weekly Wrap-Up

What went on at your blog this week?!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims

ARC, 352 pages
Release Date: May 24, 2016
Published by: HarperCollin's
Stand-alone
Source: Around the World ARC tours
For fans of: Thrillers, Drama, Suspense, Mystery


     Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it.
     What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open window, threatening Joy that all will be revealed. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown. And as the demands escalate, Joy must somehow uncover the blackmailer’s identity before Joy is forced to make a terrible choice.
     In this darkly compelling narrative, debut author Laura Tims explores the complicated relationship between two sisters, and what one will do for the other. It’s a story that will keep readers turning pages and questioning their own sense of right and wrong.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     As a huge fan of thrillers, I try to read them all. Whether it's MG/YA/NA or even adult. But unfortunately I have the biggest problems with thrillers in  YA. There's ALWAYS one aspect I'm not fond of and its enough to bother me. 
     Grace and Joy are twins. Both of whom have a history with Adam. That is until Adam winds up dead. Soon Joy is getting messages saying she needs to do certain things before they tell the police that it was her. But the secrets aren't just small ones. 
     At first I was on borard with this book. Although the writing style was a little choppy, it seemed like it was just because of the content. Once I got over that, it was easier for me to finally start reading and reading it comfortably. But the problems with this I had were way bigger. 
     In the end I ended up skimming the ending because I was tried of reading about how on each page they were doing drugs. Now I'm not judging them or those that do, but this was a bit over the top. It was like that's all they did with their free time. It's becoming too much of a constant in YA thrillers. One that I'm not a fan of. (For personal reasons for my family.) 
     One other reason I decided to skim the end was because I knew from the beginning who the culprit was. It was really a letdown for that because I really wanted to love this. When I got to it in the actual book, it just convinved me to miss the rest of it. 
Overall, I give this