Sunday, July 31, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #183 & 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: 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West 
Which I am reading and loving right now. I can't wait to see who the mystery person is! 

It's still a tradition for me and my momma to go to the midnight releases for anything Harry Potter related. And when we found out about this one, it was no different. I love seeing everyone still so excited about it!


From the Library:
TumblingGoldfish


Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

I got this one via audio to live the experience. 

I still haven't refreshed on the other two in the series tho. That's what took me so long to want to read this one! 

For Review:
GlitterThe Cabin


I really liked even just the synopsis of this one. And then the cover itself was released and it looked so good! I can't wait to see what it's all about! 


Shhhh! The last book by her I DNF'ed but I was invited to this one and the synopsis sounded pretty cool so I went ahead and got it. 

Weekly Wrap-Up

Tuesday 07/25/16: Top 10 Things Books Taught Me
Wednesday 07/26/16: Waiting on Wednesday: Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Friday 07/28/16: Follow Friday: Do You DNF?

What went on at your blog this week?




Saturday, July 30, 2016

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky

Audio,  6 parts
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Published by: Scholastic Point
Read from: July 24-28, 2016
Stand-alone
Source: Library (Overdrive) 
For fans of: Dark Humor, Contemporary, 


     Just know from the start that it wasn’t supposed to go like this. All we wanted was to get near them. That’s why we got a room in the hotel where they were staying.
     We were not planning to kidnap one of them.      Especially not the most useless one. But we had him—his room key, his cell phone, and his secrets.
     We were not planning on what happened next.
     We swear.
     From thrilling new talent Goldy Moldavsky comes a pitch-black, hilarious take on fandom and the badass girls who have the power to make—or break—the people we call “celebrities.”

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I have to be honest. I hadn't heard about this book until it was already out. And even then I was torn on whether or not I wanted to read it or not because the cover was pretty plain, but the title was so cool lol But in the end I went ahead and read it after I met Moldavsky at TLA. 
     Four girls are altogether waiting to get into one of the biggest events of their lives; A concert for their favorite boy band. But then things spiral out of control and nothing goes as planned. But then things get a lot darker than what anyone expected. 
      This book was literally all over the place. I laughed and rolled my eyes and everything else. This book was all over the place and full of black humor. It wasn't bad, but it was some pretty weird stuff they talked about. And then to see the chicks in it were like 15/16 and they cussed as much as me! I understand most kids nowadays really do that, but geez lol 
     I did like how entertaining it was though. So much was going with every page turn. (Technically I listened to it on audio but that's beside the point.) I found myself genuinely wanting to know what was really going to come out of it. 
     The only thing I didn't like was the way the characters were portrayed. One of them was described as being "fat." Normally I would praise that for the diversity in body image, but when you describe her as also having a "suitcase full of popcorn" and basically saying no one else would love her so she "settled with the ugliest band member because he was the only one who could possibly love her" it kind of pissed me off. I wasn't really a fan of that. The only reason I didn't DNF right then was because I was already too invested in what had happened. I just chalked it up to the dark humor. But to be honest, it was more mean than funny. Just know, that the way she described Apple's character is not ok. Let's hope Moldavsky doesn't treat any more of her characters that way. 
     There's some things about this I would definitely change, but there were still some funny aspects to the story. In the end it turned out to be entertaining, but overall it wasn't my favorite. 
Overall, I give this

(This will not contain any quotes because it was read via audio.)


Friday, July 29, 2016

Follow Friday: Do You DNF?



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!

what is your take on DNF-ing books? do you review them? choose not to review them? 
        
          I highly believe in DNF-ing. I usually give books until about page 50. And then if I'm still on the fence I give it to about page 75-100. But if by then I'm still not fully invested I do DNF it. And then when I get to reviewing it, I say what I don't like, but at the end I also throw something along the lines of "even though this wasn't for me, it might be for someone else." Even if I'm not happy with something, that doesn't mean it won't make someone else happy. 

So do YOU DNF? 
Tell me in the comments!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo

e-ARC, 272 pages
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Published by: Swoon Reads
Read from: July 21-27, 2016
Stand-alone
Source: Netgalley (This book was given to me for free in exchange for a just and honest review. Nothing besides that was asked of me.)
For fans of: Diverse Reads (Disability), Contemporary Romance, Stand-alone, Chick-lit, YA


     After a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance.
     The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That's all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl's suicide. Now Nikki's been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can't look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates - almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it's like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance... and everyone deserves to be loved.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     As soon as I heard what this book was about I requested it on Netgalley and hoped with all my might that they would approve me. And as soon as they did I started reading it. And I loved it. This book is definitely one I can read it again.
"Feeling like you're stuck in the chair, feeling like you're entirely reliant on other people. Then  it's the fear that keeps you from living your life, more than the disability."
12%
     Nikki is at first your typical teenage girl. She has awesome friends and is having a great party. But then things get out of hand and she's caught in the middle of a cyber-bullying incident. Now everything is completely changed. She's been expelled and now she's doing court ordered community service. Everything in her life is changing for the worse, until Pax comes in and changes everything. 
"Looking back all the time... It really starts to hurt your neck."
13%
     Obviously, the number one thing I liked about this book was the diversity aspect. Pax is confined to a wheelchair after an accident that left him a paraplegic. But besides that, I loved it because Pax was one of the realist characters I've read (met?) in a long time. He didn't beat around the bush and he handled every situation with a clear head. He never let anything cloud his judgement and for that, I loved him. 
"There's nothing I can't live with because at least I get to live."
52%
     I also loved the romance. It was so refreshing to see the two of them together and see how they interacted with each other and how they interacted with the haters. I loved how they basically shut them all down lol They were super adorable together. The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the fact that the entire plot was hinged on them not making it because he was in a wheelchair. I think I would have enjoyed it better had ALL the focus not been on him being in a wheelchair. Maybe give some more information on what happened with the cyber-bullying attack or something, but it was still a good read.
"...I don't want to feel sorry for him, anyway. I just want people not to be assholes."
78%
     This book was a really great read. I can't wait until more people can read this book and learn more about the subject. This book will take you through every emotion, like laughing and even an unexpected cry at the end. Everyone should go out and grab this one! 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Hunted by Meagan Spooner


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!

Hunted (Hunted, #1)

     Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. 
     So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. 
     Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

Published by: HarperTeen
Expected Publication: March 14, 2017

Why I'm Waiting: Beauty & the Beast retelling? Of course it was going to my TBR! Plus Beauty is a huntress? And there's still mention of other fairy tales. As if that wasn't enough, there's no denying that the cover is gorgeous. I will definitely be stalking the release of this one!

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top 10 Things that Books Taught me!

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 Things that Books Taught me!


1. That Geeks are Cool! 

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited LoveThe Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You

2. To Never Trust Anything

With Malice Never Missing, Never Found

 (SLIGHT SPOILER! DON'T LOOK AT THE TOPIC IF YOU HAVEN'T READ ACOMAF OR TR&TD!) 
3. Bad Guys Need Love Too
The Rose & the Dagger (The Wrath & the Dawn, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

4. Diversity Matters
(Something I already knew, but still) 

GeorgeEverything, Everything

5. Letting Go and Doing the Unexpected is OK!

The Unexpected EverythingGirl Against the Universe


6. I'm Always Going to Read Re-Tellings!

The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)



7. Historical Fiction isn't MY jam, but some have exceptions!

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)Towers Falling

8. I'll be More Inclined to Buy the Book if the Cover is GORGEOUS (without even having read the synopsis most times :\) 

Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga #1)The Chapel Wars

9. Girls are the BEST Athletes

Roller GirlDefending Taylor

10. Even at the End, EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

This Savage Song  (Monsters of Verity, #1)The Long Game (The Fixer, #2)


What 10 Things have you learned from books?
Share them with me in the comments! 



Monday, July 25, 2016

Sweet Seduction by M. Andrews

Kindle copy
Release Date: July 22, 2016
Published by: Self Published
Read from: July 23-24, 2016
Sticky Sweet series, #2
Source: Bought (Only .99 at the time of purchase! Go grab it!)
For fans of: Insta-love, Short stories, Contemp Romance, Adult, Swoony, Sexy, HAWT, Take Me Away After Dark


     My name is Lexi Bennett and I have a new obsession. I've spent my life consumed with being the good daughter, the straight A student, the loyal friend, and being the youngest chef to own her own restaurant in the country. I've worked my ass off to get everything I ever wanted, so why am I so willing to throw it all away for a man I spent one hot night with.
     Jax, the lead singer of Waking the Fallen, is tattooed sex on two legs and everything my mother warned me about. Which is why that night at the Blue Whiskey Club, I should have listened to my head and steered clear of Jax, but the mix of whiskey with his dark gruff voice, and those fucking dimples. The dimples that erupted on his cheeks every time he smiled down at me from the stage, made me lose my mind and drop my panties. He has awoken a side of myself I'd spent years trying to keep hidden. Now the beast is out of her cage and she wants more. The only problem is I don't know how to find him.
TAKE ME AWAY...AFTER DARK!

*"This book is part of the 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 strong language and explicit sexual scenes. Intended for adults 18 and up!  

*MY THOUGHTS*

     When I first started reading this series, I was in a reading slump like no other. I planned on just reading it to help me with the slump. But then I became obsessed with Cupcake. And now I'm just as obsessed with this book too.
     Lexi and Jax met in a dark nightclub. She was in the crowd and he was working the crowd. And since then, it was magic. It had been a while since either one of them had been involved with someone, one by choice, the other not so much. But finally, they get together and it turns into way more than either of them expected. 
     I really liked the first in this series Cupcake, but I still liked this one better. Maybe because this one had more of a plot. The other was about one thing and it was such a short book, it kind of seemed like it wasn't about much. But this one had a plot and was still about the one thing lol It made the story so much more interesting.
     The only thing I didn't like about it was the length! It was so short! She also has books that are a bit longer, so I've been trying to figure out if maybe this series was an accident when she started writing it or what. Whatever the case may be, I like the series regardless of the length and I can't wait to see what else Andrews has up her sleeves. 
     As for the romance, it was a bit insta-lovely, but I chalk that up to the book being so short. But regardless of how short it was, they were still explosive together. I loved their interactions and I loved how Lexi melted Jax. Exactly the way a relationship is supposed to happen. I also especially loved the ending. Super cute! I wish I had seen what happened with Pippa and Greyson tho. Hopefully there's another book that features them two as well. 
     In short, this book was a quick read that had me fanning myself as I read it. It solidified my love for Andrews and made me realize I will read anything she writes, no matter if its 150 pages or 1500 pages. (Buutttt I mean if the 1500 pages is even possible I will be your BETA reader I'm just saying lolol) 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, July 24, 2016

READy to Talk: DC's new trailer and the Excruciating Wait Until the Movies Come Out!!!

 
     Today's post will be not traditionally bookish, but more of the comic book nature. And with that being said, I'm pretty sure you all know 100% what I'm about to comment on.... Anyone else see the amazeballs Wonder Woman and Justice League trailers that were released at #SDCC (Comic Con) this weekend?! I watched the Wonder Woman one AT LEAST 10 times. If you didn't know, I'm a Wonder Woman collector (have been for years) and I have been waiting on this movie to finally happen! And based on the trailer, they have done a bad ass job and I cannot wait to finally see it! 


  1. This is a SMALL part of my collection lol Probably only about 1/8th of it lolol 


So, if you missed the trailers, here they are! 
(Plus, Aquaman in Justice League LOOKS BAD ASS OMG!)

Here is the Justice League one! 

(I do not own any rights, just sharing the original that was on YouTube!)


Here is the Wonder Woman one! 

(I do not own any rights, just sharing the original that was on YouTube!)

So, what do we think?
Anyone else just as blown away as me?!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #182 & 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: 
Sweet Seduction (Sticky Sweet Series 2)


From the library: 
Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

I got th audio this time. (A while ago I DNF'ed this....Hopefully I have better luck with this edition!)

Weekly Wrap-Up

Tuesday 07/12/16: Top 10 Books Set Outside the US! 
Wednesday 07/13/16: Waiting on Wednesday: Forever, Again by Victoria Laurie
Friday 07/15/16: Follow Friday: Favorite Movie Adaptations! 

What went on at your blog this week?