Friday, September 30, 2016

Follow Friday: The Black Sheep



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!

is there a book/series that everybody seems to love, but you can't stand? WHy?
Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

     
     There's actually a bunch lol But most recently it was this one. And it sucked because I was so looking forward to this one. But I just couldn't do it. To me it was boring and it had too many freaking characters and it didn't give their name before each POV change and it just got hard to keep track of. I saw so many people who said they loved it because of the last 25%, but I just couldn't get myself to want to read this. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts

Nook e-Book,  300 pages
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Published by: Entangled Teen
Read from: September 20-September 27, 2016
Stand-alone
Source: Bought
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Chick-lit, Realistic Fiction, Stand-alones,  YA

     True love can't be strategized.
     After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.
     But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.
     Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     Based on the synopsis alone I should've given this five stars. But unfortunately, the parts from the synopsis were the only things that really drew me in. It was still a good read, but could have been much more had it made sense. 
"Guys shouldn't become an obsession. [,,,] Think of them as sprinkles on the donuts of life. Fun, but not necessary.'"
3%
     Vivian was hurt pretty bad by her long time crush. As it turns out, she was the only one with feelings. So she gets herself to believe in a way to keep her self and her heart safe. Then someone comes into her life and she can't help but fall for him.... But that doesn't mean she'll admit it......
"The aura of bookishness clung to me like a musty cape...'"
3% 
     Ok, so...... After a while I wasn't really into this mission. It turned out to have the dumbest logic I've ever seen. Like for real, for real, it was stupid. Most of the criteria was ok, but there was ONE rule that didn't make any freaking sense to me.... And after that it just went downhill. I had no idea how they could become her crush when she felt like that. Also with that one little bit of criteria it made the MC so selfish. She only thought about herself. But what was funny was she had so many ideas for other people with broken hearts, when she couldn't get over her own. I didn't understand it. 
"I don't think you can control who you fall for....'"
15%
     But, all the other characters I did really like. Her best friends were the perfect balance to her crazy. And Dallas? Oh weeeeee! lol OMG I really loved him. I call first dibs because I mean a hot genius cannot be bad! lol To be honest, I really just finished the book because I wanted to see what was going to happen with Dallas! He is definitely a new book boyfriend of mine and I call dibs!!!!! Side note: Can we please have more hot nerds in YA? I only remember Dallas from this book and Max from The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord. 
"I read all kinds of books. As long as the romance is awesome, I'm happy.'"
64%
     As for the romance, it definitely could've used some more romance. I was upset at the amount of time she actually spent with the love interest. Their build up was so big and so much for them to not even spend some time together. I would've probably bumped it up to 4 stars if they were more in a relationship than all the fighting and stupid that was going on in-between them. 
     It was still a good read, but there were some things that could've been fixed. The plot was all over the place, and the character wasn't the best, but the story still made me happy! (All hail the hot nerds!)
Overall, I give this'


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Freeks by Amanda Hocking


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!

Freeks


     Welcome to Gideon Davorin’s Traveling Sideshow, where necromancy, magical visions, and pyrokinesis are more than just part of the act…
     Mara has always longed for a normal life in a normal town where no one has the ability to levitate or predict the future. Instead, she roams from place to place, cleaning the tiger cage while her friends perform supernatural feats every night.
     When the struggling sideshow is miraculously offered the money they need if they set up camp in Caudry, Louisiana, Mara meets local-boy Gabe…and a normal life has never been more appealing.
     But before long, performers begin disappearing and bodes are found mauled by an invisible beast. Mara realizes that there’s a sinister presence lurking in the town with its sights set on getting rid of the sideshow freeks. In order to unravel the truth before the attacker kills everyone Mara holds dear, she has seven days to take control of a power she didn’t know she was capable of—one that could change her future forever.
     Bestselling author Amanda Hocking draws readers inside the dark and mysterious world of Freeks.

Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Expected Publication: January 3, 2017

Why I'm Waiting: Ok so my main reasoning for wanting this book so bad is because it sounds a bit like American Horror Story's Season when they did Freakshow. Of course it's  not the same, but it sounds dark and twisty too. Plus, it just sounds bad ass. I haven't read a good paranormal/ supernatural book in a good while, so maybe this one will be my next one! (Plus, if you don't like the cover on this you're crazy....) 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Top 10 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 10 Books on my Fall TBR!

Ten?! Like 8, 9, 10?! *cues manic laughter* Hahahahaha YEAH RIGHT

Books Released/ing in September I can't wait to read:

Kingdom of Ash and BriarsKids of Appetite
Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)The Weight of Zero


Books Releasing in October I can't wait to read:

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)Our Chemical Hearts
Girls Like MeEveryone We've Been
FrostThis Adventure Ends
Nemesis (Nemesis #1)Last Seen Leaving
BeastThe Lovely Reckless

Books Releasing in November I can't wait to read:

HeartlessThe Diabolic
The Sun Is Also a StarOf Fire and Stars
This Is Our Story

What do YOU have on your fall TBR?!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

ARC,  416 pages
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Published by: HarperTeen
Read from: September 19
Three Dark Crowns, #1
Source: TxLA
For fans of: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA

     Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
     But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
     If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     When I heard this book was going to be potentially at TLA, I was stalking it everyday trying to get it. I needed it in my hands. But then when it was finally time to sit down and read it, I can't lie, I was highly disappointed. 
     What grabbed me was the synopsis. I was so intrigued by the idea of triplets and then trying to decide who the last one standing was going to be. But that also ended up being my reason for not liking the book. I was not a fan of how I made it about 80+ pages in and there were still charracters being introduced and the plot was taking a back burner. I remember being s afraid that I was the only one who was bored by this that I even asked on Goodreads. I was a little disappointed because I wanted to read this book for SO LONG and as it turned out, I wasn't enjoying it at all.
     I was also a little disappointed because I had heard so much about the ending! I've heard it's so amazing, but I can't make myself get to that point. I wanted something super dark and creepy, and the part I read didn't have that at all, so I didn't plan on making it to the end. Also, I had seen people saying that the only "page-turning" part is at about 75% and the last 25% is what made the book for them. I'm sorry but being in school and all the other 248415158414852165 books I have to read for review, and for fun just won't allow me to read a book that's not gonna get good until the last 25%. I have way too many other books to continue to read something I'm not enjoying. I didn't even care enough to flip to the end to read it. *shrugs* 0
     This book may be for others, but it was certainly not for me. As upsetting as it was for me, I'd still tell anyone intrigued to pick it up and give it a try! This may not have gelled with me, but it could easily be someone else's book of the year! 
Overall, I give this

DNF @ page 86


Sunday, September 25, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #190 & 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 Class: 
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist


I decided to go with this one for my class because Dash and Lily was to Christmasy lol 

Bought:
The Replacement Crush


Weekly Wrap-Up

Tuesday 09/20/16: Top 10 All About Audio Freebie! (I did Top 10 Reasons I Started Listening to Audiobooks!)
Wednesday 09/21/16: Waiting on Wednesday: To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough
Thursday 09/22/2016: Into White by Randi Pink
Friday 09/23/16: Follow Friday: Book Betrayal Story!

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Class Act Module 4: Alternating Narrators! - Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist!


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 Seminar and Trends in YA! This semester the focus is YA books!  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 or features of what we have read! 

MODULE 4: 
Alternating Narrators! 

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist
Published by: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Kindle Library

     Book Summary:     
           
It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City--and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of a first date. 
This he said/she said romance told by YA stars Rachel Cohn and David Levithan is a sexy, funny roller coaster of a story about one date over one very long night, with two teenagers, both recovering from broken hearts, who are just trying to figure out who they want to be--and where the next great band is playing.
Told in alternating chapters, teeming with music references, humor, angst, and endearing side characters, this is a love story you'll wish were your very own. Working together for the first time, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have combined forces to create a book that is sure to grab readers of all ages and never let them go.
 

     So for this week's book I decided to do something cutesy for the books I read this week... I'm going to attempt to t tell the story in songs!

1. What Nick asks Norah to do as soon as he meets her: Payback by Rascal Flatts

2. When she sees HIM in the parking lot: We are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift

3. When they are trying to make plans for something: Just for Tonight by One Night Only

4. Norah's thoughts before she goes to the bathroom: Because of You by Kelly Clasrkson

5. When they finally start getting it together: Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden 

6. When she leaves:  I Will Possess Your Heart by Death Cab for Cutie

7. Marriott Ice Room: Turn off the Lights by Future (lmao)

8. Unexpected Rain: Kissin in the Rain by Toby Keith

9. Ending: Happy by Pharrell

Friday, September 23, 2016

Follow Friday: Book Betrayals!



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's your book betrayal story? (SOMEONE borrowed a book and destroyed it? waited for a book forever and it was terrible?)


     I once let someone borrow a book from me. I wanted them to read it. We were both HUNG UP on paranormal romances (it was right after I read Twilight) and I let her borrow my Hereafter by Tara Hudson. She never gave it back. To be honest I don't even know if she ever even read it. She never told me she liked it or hated it and she also never gave it back. I ended up not finishing the series because I was so upset I never got it back lol 

What about you?
Do you have any Book Betrayal stories?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Into White by Randi Pink

ARC,  271 pages
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Published by: Feiwel and Friends
Read from: September 16-September 19, 2016
Stand-alone
Source: TxLA
For fans of: Contemporary, Magical Realism, Religion, YA

Sixteen-year-old Latoya Williams, who is black, attends a mostly white high school in the Bible Belt. In a moment of desperation, she prays for the power to change her race and wakes up white.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I think when I first heard of this book I was a little taken aback by what the synopsis was about. I was also a little sad because I saw that the book was about an African American child who wishes she was white. I'm comfortable in my own skin NOW, but at one time in my life I wasn't always co comfortable with me.
"A powerless people turns on itself."
pg. 28
     LaToya Williams is black. She believes that white people have everything easy. They have money and so many other things that LaToya's family doesn't. One night she cries to Jesus to make her white, and lo and behold, Jesus has completed the task for her. 
     As stated, I was a little taken aback about this book. But I went back and did some research. The author of this book struggled with being comfortable in her skin once upon a time as well. It made me think about how I was once the same way. At one time I attended a Catholic school that ranged from kindergarten to 8th grade. I was one out of three people IN THE ENTIRE SCHOOL who was black. (Yes you read that right. And  furthermore, the other two were sisters.) I was friends with many of the students, but I was also just not particularly happy. Although my hair was long, all the girls had long hair and they had ponytails that swung when they walked. It may seem dumb, but I was so jealous my hair didn't do that. I remember thinking I which I had "white hair." So, with that being said, I can't say that this book was offensive to me. To be honest it hurt a bit. All the things she mentioned not being comfortable with were a lot of the things that made her beautiful. *SPOILER* When she realizes this in the end, this is the key to why representation matters. Imagine someone who continues to grow up and never sees LaToya become comfortable. But I know I don't speak for everyone. This is only my experience and I can see others having some differing opinions. 
"Black skin was filled with so many barriers, so many restrictions, so many.."
pg. 78
     With that being said, I cannot say that this book isn't pretty radical though. But I think it was done that way because the author wanted to clearly depict that the change wasn't going as good as she thought it would. 
"Unfortunately, sometimes what we want is not always what we need."
pg. 157
     I wish it had been a more indepth look at Toya's black side though. All she did was complain about it. And when things finally turned out for the better for her, the book was ending. I wish I had seen more of her saying "Screw what I wanted before, I AM LOVING THE SKIN I'M IN NOW." Especially as a teen. I feel like she should've at least started thinking more along these lines versus, "being white wasn't cool because they aren't as great as I thought."
"His lowly condiment request possessed the power to improve my day, and that's too much power for anyone, especially [him]."
pg. 164
     As far as the writing style, I can truly say I wasn't impressed tho. I know it was for teens, but it should've been targeted to middle grade readers. I HATE when I have to say, this but it really read young like. I can see myself handing it to a middle grade student, not a high school student. 
"No matter what he did, said, or wore, he was still black. And in Montgomery, Alabama, black is a threat..."
pg. 164
     This book is definitely an important read. It made me think of my childhood and my journey to learning to love who I am. Undoubtedly, there were some hiccups, but I'm glad I read it. I'd like to let other BW read this book and have their opinion on it as well. Just to get some more opinions on it. I plan to let my Diverse Reads Book Club read this coming soon!
Overall, I give this

Real rating 3.5 stars!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough


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!


To Catch a Killer


     Erin Blake has one of those names. A name that, like Natalee Holloway or Elizabeth Smart, is inextricably linked to a grisly crime. As a toddler, Erin survived for three days alongside the corpse of her murdered mother, and the case—which remains unsolved—fascinated a nation. Her father's identity unknown, Erin was taken in by her mother's best friend and has become a relatively normal teen in spite of the looming questions about her past.
     Fourteen years later, Erin is once again at the center of a brutal homicide when she finds the body of her biology teacher. When questioned by the police, Erin tells almost the whole truth, but never voices her suspicions that her mother's killer has struck again in order to protect the casework she's secretly doing on her own.
     Inspired by her uncle, an FBI agent, Erin has ramped up her forensic hobby into a full-blown cold-case investigation. This new murder makes her certain she's close to the truth, but when all the evidence starts to point the authorities straight to Erin, she turns to her longtime crush (and fellow suspect) Journey Michaels to help her crack the case before it's too.

Published by: Tor Teen
Expected Publication: February 7, 2017

Why I'm Waiting: Ok does this NOT sound like the most amazing book EVER?  It totally speaks to my Criminal Minds, Joe Kenda, and all the CSI shows loving heart. I LOVE mysteries and can watch shows like this all day, so I can see myself binge reading this in probably one setting. I found out about this book a long time ago and I can see myself thinking about it at least once a day until I get it in my hands! This is EASILY one of my most anticipated reads of 2017!

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Top 10 All About Audio Freebie!

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 Reasons I Started Listening to Audio!



1. I listen to them while doing my homework: Before I started my Master's I wasn't big on listening to audiobooks. I used to just listen to the tv or music while I studied. But then I one day listened to one and I fell in love. I can't believe I had waited so long to listen to them.

2. I can read so many more back list titles this way: There are some titles that I have listened to that I should've read last year. Hell to be honest, there are some that I should've gotten to a couple years ago. And audiobooks have given me the pleasure to do that.

3. The amount of things I can do while having my hands and eyes free while reading is amazeballs: Ok, so since I've started listening to audiobooks I've been able to cook, clean, drive, and do my set up stuff at work. I know it's something small, but I never even though of doing all that before I started listening to them.

4. I can listen to headphones and no one will bother me: This is probably petty, but I'm not really a small talk person. And I have less of a chance of being invited to small talk when I have headphones versus when I have a physical book in my hands. That may sound mean, but it's so true. 

5. I realized I read so much faster: On some audiobooks (those from Hoopla from the library) I just realized I can change the speed of the narrator. I normally speed it up to 1.5 and I can finish a book in a couple hours instead of a couple days. It really is quite lovely. 

6. I can literally read ANYWHERE: It's a huge hassle to take a large book out my purse when I'm in a grocery store line or something. It's so much easier for me to have my earpods in the entire time I'm shopping and then being ok to stand in a line that has 372308545  people in it because they won't open more lines lol 

7. I like to bu jo while reading: I know this could go along with #3, but at the same time I wanted to put this one separate because it's something I do on a daily now. I love my bu jo and I love working on my weekly spread or whatever the case may be when I'm listening to a book.

8. Helps me read more than one book at a time: For reasons I'm unsure of, I can only read one physical book and one audibook at a time. If they're both physical, I can't decide which one to read in my downtime. It's so much easier to just know which one I should be doing. 

9. Phone Storage: I always only get the 8 gig phone, and instead of taking so much room on my phone for music, I only download audiobooks. Also, I can see myself turning down music for audibooks when ever I get the chance. 

10. Experiencing new narrators: I have barely been listening to audiobooks, but I can honestly say I've already found some really great narrators. Some that made me say "Oh they were good" and others that made me want to be an audiobook narrator because they were so good. 
What about you?
Why did you start listening to audio?!