Monday, October 31, 2016

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

ARC,  324 pages
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Read from: October 22, 2016-
Stand-alone
Source: BEA
For fans of: Thrillers, Romance, Own Voices, Humor, Stand-alones, Bombshell Endings

     Flynn's girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own?
     Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January's boyfriend, he must know something.
     But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January's disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     To say I just liked this book was an understatement. I loved this book and Flynn's story.There were a couple things I took issue with, but at the same time, the overall effect was great. Those two issues didn't  take too much away from the book and still made it such a great story.
     Flynn's girlfriend is gone and he has no idea until the cops show up at his house. But with every question they ask, the cost of revealing something about Flynn that he's not yet ready to tell people. But as the stories come out about January, Flynn wonders how he can tell all her secrets but keep his own. 
     Ok so, I LOVED this. Their were a few things I really, REALLY liked, like the story-line and the mystery. It kept me guessing until the very last minute. I realized who did it at the same time they did. Normally I find it out way before them. And then the other bombshell that was dropped was honestly the best. It made for one of the best endings in a thriller I've read in a long time. 
     I also fell unexpectedly hard for Roehrig's writing style. It literally sucked me into the story. I remember the first half of the book, I was inhaling it. I couldn't read it fast enough. And then it really sucked because it was midterm week and I found myself trying to squeeze in my book when I was supposed to be reading other things. It was such a great read I didn't want to leave it alone.
     The only thing I wasn't a fan of is how he comes out. I felt like he was too pressured. I know it happens that way, (especially  with police involvement) but that doesn't make it any easier. Especially reading about it. My little cousin is the same age as Flynn was and was forced to tell her story (no police, but she would've gotten in trouble without doing so) and it reminded me of that. Granted we didn't think anything of it, but she still had to do it when she wasn't ready. And I can only imagine what Flynn was feeling when he had to do it not only in front of his family, but the police as well. Thank goodness he had such an accepting group. 
       This book was so good and I can't belive this was actually a debut. Roehrig has already gained a new fan and I can see myself reading this again. This was the perfect book to go alongside with all the heart pumping scary books for Halloween! I'm glad I chose to read this! 
Overall, I give this 
There will be no quotes because I didn't want to give away anything! 
(Real rating, 4.5)


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #195 & 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:
Allegedly



From the library for class: 
We Were LiarsWater for Elephants

We Were Liars by E. Lockheart (for my Seminar in YA class)
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (For my Adult Reading and Interests class)

From #booksfortrade: 
RoseBlood

(First off can we talk about how gorgeous this cover is? Also, I CANNOT WAIT TO GET TO THIS OMG! Even my mom wants to read it already lol)


Weekly Wrap-Up



Wednesday 10/26/16: Waiting on Wednesday: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Thursday 10/27/2016: Class Act- Module 9: ANGELS, DEMONS, & DEAD PEOPLE!
Friday 10/28/16: Follow Friday: Creepy Covers
Saturday 10/29/16: No Post

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Follow Friday: Creepy Covers!



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 ARE some of your favorite creepy/ twisted/ dark covers?
     Here ya go: 
ShutterServants of the Storm
Image result for creepy YA covers

There is also a more recent book out that features a pretty creepy cover with a ghost on the wall in the corner. It really sucks because I can't remember anything about the title or the author, just the fact that there was girl on the wall. If you know about it, please comment so I can add it here and to my TBR! 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Class Act- Module 9: ANGELS, DEMONS, & DEAD PEOPLE!


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 9: 
ANGELS, DEMONS, & DEAD PEOPLE

We Were Lars by W. Lockheart
Published by: Delacorte Press
Book Summary:     
  
     A beautiful and distinguished family.
     A private island.
     A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
     A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
     A revolution. An accident. A secret.
     Lies upon lies.
     True love.
     The truth.
 
     We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

     Read it.
     And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

     Ghost books normally not my cup of tea. They usually get a little weird to me after awhile. But the way they've been changing makes the genre a little better for me. I really like the way they've changed it from the main character falling in love with the ghosts to the main character just interacting with the ghosts and then falling for someone else. This is what changed the genre back to something I love. 

The Ghost and the Goth (The Ghost and the Goth, #1)

     I know it's crazy, but I just can't see anyone falling for a ghost. As a paranormal romance I know it's supposed to be out there, but I see most ghosts as scary and see them being attractive or nice sometimes is difficult for me to process. For instance, The Ghost and the Goth I haven't read, but plan to read later on. It was one that I just couldn't read before because I didn't like the idea of a ghost and person falling for each other lol But then I saw it was by an author I really like and thought Stacey Kade was definitely wirth putting aside my thoughts about it. 
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

     Then ghists books began to evolve and I saw Anna Dressed in Blood come along. This is one book that I actually read because it seemed to be about romance without losing it's scary touch. Anna is a ghost that others have been scared of and there's only one person that isn't scared enough to brave talking to her. And then things happen from there. 
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

     This book I wasnt' sure as where to categorize, because she was only that way for the first book in the series. She was in an accident and then things begin to change as she decides whether she wants to stay living or die. She was already in a relationship, so the ghost in love thing didn't bother me much. I knew it was before it happened so it didn't bother me much. 

     I still think that ghosts are best made to be scary things, but having a touch of romance is ok sometimes. I'd much rather see just a creepy ghost and a human falling for a human in a book but after reading some of these, I can see all the variations and realized just how different people's reading tastes are. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WoW: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

The Hate U Give

     Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.
     Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
     Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
     But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Expected Publication: February 28, 2017 [YAS BLACK HISTORY MONTH!]
Published by: Balzer + Bray

Why I'm Waiting: Is there a reason I shouldn't be waiting for this one? It sounds like one of the most realistic books I'll ever read and I'm sooooo ready for it. Even my husband (who doesn't even read cereal boxes) said this would be one of the only books I've ever brought home that he would pick up and read. I KNOW it's a sure winner now! Also, my kids at my volunteer place in my diverse reads group are DYINGGGGG for this one. They asked me approximately 900 times if I've requested it and if I have any more excerpts on it and I can't wait to be able to finally read it with them! My heart is so happy looking at the cover and just ugh I'm so happy Angie Thomas wrote this book! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top 10 Thrillers To Get Your Heart Pumping & Ready for Halloween!

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 Thrillers To Get Your Heart Pumping & Ready for Halloween!




With MaliceDamage Done
Liars, Inc.Black Ice
Blackbird (Blackbird, #1)The Naturals (The Naturals, #1)
The Dead and BuriedBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)
Ten I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)

I'm also reading a really great one right now:
Last Seen Leaving

Monday, October 24, 2016

Everyone We've Been by Sarah Everett

ARC,  391 pages
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Read from: October 11, 2016-October 21, 2016
Stand-alone
Source: BEA
For fans of: Mysteries, Contemps, Romance, YA, Chick-lit, Debut Authors, Diverse Reads

     Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.
     Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.
     But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

*MY THOUGHTS*

     From the beginning when I heard of this book I knew I needed it. It was such a unique concept that I made it a priority as soon as it got to be October.  And I'm so glad I went through with my first thought and read it because WOW.
"Sometimes I feel like I've sleepwalked through my life so far, with nothing significant or extraordinary happening to me. It's time for that to change.'"
pg. 59
     Addison Sullivan was in a bus crash. She thinks she's fine until things begin getting jumbled and there's a really cute guy that she wants to check on but no one can find. Things don't get better for Addison right away, so she finds a memory facility that may be able to fix the problems she's been having. She realizes this isn't her first time there. But why was she here last time? Why won't anyone tell her? 
"I can't be crazy. Crazy means stuck here in this town.'"
pg. 74
     The coolest part of this book was the memory lapse thing. I really, really liked the way it was done. (I'm not a fan of the results, but that's beside the point...) There wasn't that much science talk so the book wasn't bogged down with things I didn't understand. And I loved that Everett chose to tell it in a Before and After kind of way with chapters that corresponded together. It gelled so well and towards the end of the book when the secrets started coming out, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
"How do you miss something you don't remember?'"
pg. 246
     I also loved this book because it did have a bit of a deeper meaning in it. Everett touched on depression and shows that no matter how hard things get, you still have some fight in you. This is such an important message for anyone, and I love that she added it into the book. I read one passage about it and even had to say "Wow" out loud. Everett's writing style alone will make you forget that this is a debut. 
"If my life was a song, I'd want it to sound like that."
pg. 247
     The only issue I had with this book was the reason she chose to forget something. It could have went one of two ways, but it went the way I didn't want it to. And it upset me because I had gotten to love this character and then at the end it just went south and I hated them. Maybe that's the reaction the author wanted, but I could have seen myself giving a bigger reaction had it went another way. It would have destroyed me then, this way only made me dislike him. (If you're confused reading this and want to know what I mean, please e-mail me or DM me on Twitter. I don't want to add spoilers lol)
"...the biggest lie is that there are things that aren't survivable. That there are things not worth surviving. I never ever want you to believe that. That you can't keep going or that that you can't overcome the thing you're facing.'"
pg. 374
     Overall, this book didn't quite end the way I wanted it to, but it was still a worthwhile read. I will still recommend this book for the wonderful writing style and the deeper meaning it gives off. This book will be a wonderful addition to anyone's shelf. 
Overall, I give this



Sunday, October 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #194 & 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.

Received from the publisher:

The Infinity of You & Me

Thank you St. Martin's Griffin for the finished copy!

From #booksfortrade:
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)

Thank you Stephanie! Now that I have it I guess it's time for me to finally read it! 

For class: 
Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, #1)Shutter

Weekly Wrap-Up


Monday 10/17/16: No Post
Tuesday 10/18/16: Top 10 Character Names I'd Give a Pet! 
Wednesday 10/19/16: Waiting on Wednesday: Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Friday 10/14/16: Follow Friday: How to Build the Perfect Book Boyfriend! 
Saturday 10/15/16: Class Act: Module 8- Vampires, Mermaids, and Zombies! 

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Class Act- Module 8: VAMPIRES AND BEYOND (WEREWOLVES, ZOMBIES, MERMAIDS, ETC


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 8: 
VAMPIRES AND BEYOND (WEREWOLVES, ZOMBIES, MERMAIDS, ETC)



Shutter by Courtney Alameda
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Book Summary:     
  
     Horror has a new name: introducing Courtney Alameda.
     Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat—a girl who sees the auras of the undead in a prismatic spectrum. As one of the last descendants of the Van Helsing lineage, she has trained since childhood to destroy monsters both corporeal and spiritual: the corporeal undead go down by the bullet, the spiritual undead by the lens. With an analog SLR camera as her best weapon, Micheline exorcises ghosts by capturing their spiritual energy on film. She's aided by her crew: Oliver, a techno-whiz and the boy who developed her camera's technology; Jude, who can predict death; and Ryder, the boy Micheline has known and loved forever.
     When a routine ghost hunt goes awry, Micheline and the boys are infected with a curse known as a soulchain. As the ghostly chains spread through their bodies, Micheline learns that if she doesn't exorcise her entity in seven days or less, she and her friends will die. Now pursued as a renegade agent by her monster-hunting father, Leonard Helsing, she must track and destroy an entity more powerful than anything she's faced before . . . or die trying.
     Lock, stock, and lens, she’s in for one hell of a week.

     I've never been into zombies. Ever. And then The Walking Dead came out. At first I wasn't a fan of that either because it was too graphic for me and caused me nightmares. But then I read it and then went to watch it and it was so much better for me. I'm not sure why, but it just worked. Since then I have been trying to find other zombie books to read. It's been pretty hard to not pick some cheesy ones, so I went through the history of them. 
The Magic Island
     The first zombie novel that introduced them to the West was The Magical Island by William Seabrook. It shows some voodoo from whence zombies had come from. It seems to be the most influential book so far about zombies and their origin. 
Frankenstein
     Another early book about zombies is Frankenstein. This one is interesting because the zombie becomes the "undead" because of a scientist, but still he is a form of a zombie. I thought this was pretty cool because I've never thought of it that way before. 
Book of the Dead
     In the 90's zombies emerged as a 'real" sub-genre. The collection of stories in this book make this book the first real collection of "zombie literature." 

Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1)Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)
     In the 21st century zombies continued to grow. Other books like mashups of Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies began to pop up, as well as some Young Adult books. 

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)
     In all the zombie books I've seen so far, the plot is almost always the same. There's an outbreak and then there is one hunter that goes after them that are better than others. Some other troupes include, Revenants and Flesh Eating Zombies. It would be cool to see some that break the mold. 

 What are some of your favorite zombie books? 
Any of these that you've read and loved?
Any of them that you've never heard of?



Zombie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie

 Our Zombies Are Different. (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2016, from http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/OurZombiesAreDifferent