Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #228 & 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:
The Apprentice WitchSometimes I Lie
The Hazel WoodGirls Made of Snow and Glass

From the Library: 
Queens of GeekThe Wonder of Us

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 06/19/17:  Review- Bad Romance byHeather Demetrios
Wednesday 06/21/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Thursday 06/22/2017:  Review: The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
Friday 06/23/17: Listen Up: The Marriage Lie byKimberly Belle
 Saturday 06/24/17:  No Post. 

Me on Instagram: 
New co-worker gave me this at work. Still not sure if I own anything that's worthy enough of me wearing a black Wonder Woman...... 
I still stand by my decision that a ladybug was the way to go. Any other insect would not have made it lolol 

Change this to YA book quotes and this is me. My co-workers still have not gotten used to it smh

I'm not sure what I did to deserve this, but ILU Flatiron and thank you for taking care of me this week. I promise to read and review them, and those that I don't I plan to give to my adult services librarian to give away as SRP prizes!!! 

What went on at your blog this week?

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

I don't normally talk about the audio books I listen to because most of them are backlist, but I really want to start! So, I'm starting Listen Up to write short reviews on the books that I listen to! 

Audio, 9 parts
Release Date: December 27, 2016
Published by: Mira- Halequin / Blackstone Audio
Read from: May 23- June  , 2017
Source: Library 
For fans of: Adult,  Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Thriller, Audio, Stand-alone

     Everyone has secrets.
Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and their marriage is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Florida, Iris' happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers.
Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else had he lied about?
As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to find out what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she receives will shock her to her very core.


     The synopsis of this one drew me in as soon as I read it. When I finally got it in my hands I knew I was going to devour it. And that I did.
     Iris and Will couldn't be more in love. They've been married for seven years and couldn't be happier. But then one morning Will gets on a plane to a business trip and as it turns out, there's another plane that comes crashing down, killing everyone on board. As the victims are released, Iris finds out that Will was one of them. On a plane that was going a comepletely different place than where her husband told her he was going. This encourages Iris to pick up the pieces and find out what all her husband has been keeping from her. 
     This one started out so good. I just wanted to get in my car and drive just so I could listen to it. But after about 65% in, it just went downhill. But by that time I had already gotten to the end and I needed to know if my hunch was right. And it was. I was so disappointed by the ending that I remember wishing I could skim to the end but it was an audio.
     I was also reaally disappointed in who it was also. *SPOILER ALERT* of course it was the only Black man in the story. That was part of the reason I was able to find out who it was so easily. It was disappointing, but at least there were people of color in it? But yeah, needless to say, this made me not enjoy it so much.
     I also didn't care for how repetitive it became. It seemed like every third sentence was the same and it just made me want to roll my eyes the whole time. The main character made me roll my eyes too because she was so angry with him, but yet her actions were saying the opposite. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. It just all became so redundant. 
     The only thing I really DID like about it was the narrator. I felt every emotion in her voice. And she was the only reason I really got that into the story. It was nice to still get that into the story when I had someone else reading to me. Normally, without me physically reading it and doing the voices in my head, I don't get that type of connection. 
     This didn't live up to my expectations and that was disappointing. The publishers did an incrdible job with writing the synopsis because althouugh the entire book wasn't my cup of tea, the synopsis certainly did spark my interest.
Overall, I give this

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone

ARC, 318 pages
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Published by: Henry Holt & Co.
Read from: June 17-20, 2017
Source: TxLA 2017
For fans of:  Action, Contemporary, Romance, Stand-alones, YA

     One good deed will change everything.
     Sadie is not excited for the summer before her senior year. It will be her first without her college-bound best friend and (now ex-)boyfriend by her side, so Sadie braces herself for a long, lonely, and boring season working at a farm stand in the Hamptons. But things take an unexpected turn when Sadie steps in to help rescue a baby in peril and footage of her impromptu good deed goes viral.
     As she’s recovering from “the incident” and adjusting to her Internet fame, Sadie receives an invitation to a lunch honoring teem homegrown heroes. The five honorees instantly connect and soon decide to spend their time together righting local wrongs. Sadie and her new friends embark on escalating acts of vigilante Good Samaritanism, but might be in over her heads when they try to help a heroin-addicted friend. Are good intentions enough to hold unlikely friendships—and an even unlikelier new romance—together?


     I loved Carrie Firestone's debut book, so when I saw she had another coming out, I had to have it. I couldn't wait to see what other bizarre subject she could come up with in this one. And I was not disappointed.
"[...] if you see something, say something."
pg. 41
     Sadie is in for a summer of reading on her front porch, when things drastically change for her. She ends up rescuing a baby and the news of her goes viral quickly. Soon she's invited to a luncheon that honors people that have helped others. It's there that she meets a new group of friends. Soon they start in a friendship unlike any they've ever been in before.
"We can't help where our feelings take us."
pg. 77
     Just like her other book, although it was listed as realistic fiction, it didn’t really seem to be that way. The events that happened were a bit outlandish. I could see some of the things, but most things that happened were too much for me. And yet, that’s what made the story exciting for me. I can’t see myself being as hooked to it as I would have been without those “extra” parts.
"Do you guys ever feel like the assholes are taking over the earth?"
pg. 86
     Also,  just like last time, I loved Firestone’s writing style. She’s an awesome storyteller. I’m not a huge fan of books that feature teens and drugs (personal family member reasons) but at the same time, the way she tells the story made me care more about the overall story, than just that one plot line. I could just enjoy the story versus worry about one part in it.
"As many lizards as there were in the world, there were even more people, animals, communities in need."
pg. 178
     By the cover I was expecting this book to be fluffy and summery, and to an extent it was. But there were some instances that really threw me for a loop. Firestone is great at telling stories and writing words and I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with!
Overall, I give this

Have you read this?
Did you think the events that unfolded were unrealistic too? 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

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!

Little & Lion

     A stunning novel on love, loss, identity, and redemption, from Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Brandy Colbert
     When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.
     But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse.

Published by: Little Brown
Expected Publication:  August 8, 2017

Why I'm Waiting: I don't really know the last time I've read a book that features more than one spectrum of diversity. I love that this book is showing REAL life and I can't wait to see what it's all about. 

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning to Start but Haven't!!!

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 Series I've Been Meaning to Start but Haven't!!!

My problem isn't really with STARTING series, it's more finishing them. Although I could come up with 10, there's WAYYYYYY more that I just haven't finished for whatever reason. 

Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School, #1)Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1)Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)Nemesis (Nemesis #1)
The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)The Abyss Surrounds Us (The Abyss Surrounds Us, #1)
Daughter of the Pirate King (Daughter of the Pirate King, #1)Frostblood (Frostblood Saga, #1)

Have you read any of these series?! 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios

ARC, 354 pages
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Published by: Henry Holt & Co.
Read from: June 11-17, 2017
Source: TxLA 2017
For fans of: Romance, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Dark, New Adult, Sparkly Covers, DEAR

     Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.
     Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.
     Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.


     I've been a fan of Demetrios' work ever since her very first novel. I've loved what's she's done ever since, and this one is no different. Although it's so much darker than her normal, it's still amazing!
"A stenciled quote covers the wall above the bed. I wish I'd paid more attention to it. Love is patient. Love is kind. [...]"
pg. 114
      Grace has an unbelievably hard life. At home, she deals with a giant of a stepfather and a mother who refuses to accept her demons. Then comes Gavin, the boy who she's always adored. When he finally notices her, she can't believe her luck. Until she realizes the idea of him was much better than the reality of him.
"I gave you my heart on a silber fucking platter and you ate it, piece by bloody piece."
pg. 124
     I started this book on my cruise and I was NOT expecting to finish it while on my cruise. It was just that good. As soon as I started it, I couldn't put it down. I hate this cliché (because no one should be that nosey and not get help) but it was like watching a train crash and not wanting to look away. It was such a terrible story, but Demetrios wrote it in a way that I couldn't put it down. I wanted to jump into the story and try to help Grace because I couldn't stand watching this happen to her.
"When you're a stupid girl in love, it's almost impossible to see the red flags. It's so easy to pretend they're not there, to pretend that everything is perfect."
pg. 177
     Speaking of Grace, I hated that I loved the main characters. It's just the way that Demetrios wrote them. Grace was too sweet and understanding and Gavin was such a perfect POS. Then there was her mom and her stepfather who I really disliked. They did nothing to help her situation. And then there was her best friends, Nat and Lys. They were amazingly sweet and understanding and I'm super glad Grace had them in her corner.
"For a little while, we are infinite."
pg. 203
     This has climbed to the top of my favorite books by Demetrios. The story was so realistic, but it was so hard to read. There were times when I had to close the book just to write a super long passage in my notebook about the story. It's such an important topic and I'm very glad that someone wrote about it. Few people like to admit that abuse can happen in teen relationships.
"[...] I'm  starting to realize that we all wear strange armor to get through the day. Mine is denial."
pg. 239
    And as always, Demetrios' writing style pulled me into the story and wouldn't let me go until I was finished. I loved how she used second person in some places, it made it stand out more because she seemed to be looking back on what happened. It gave me hope for the ending.
"Get your shit together because I swear to fucking God I will end us."
pg. 266
     This story is so important and needs to be read by everyone. This book solidified my love for Heather Demetrios and I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeve.
Overall, I give this

Did you read this? What did you think of it?
What did you think of the topic?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #227 & 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: 
This is How it HappenedThey Both Die at the End
As You Wish

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 06/12/17:  Review- Want by Cindy Pon
Tuesday 06/13/17: Top Ten Best/Worst Dads in YA! 
Wednesday 06/14/17: Waiting on Wednesday: The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta
Thursday 06/15/2017:  Review: Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy 
Friday 06/16/17: Book to Movie Review: The Girl on the Train
 Saturday 06/17/17:  No Post. (Couldn't write my review becuase I left my computer at home!)

Me on Instagram: 

My #SockSunday from last week. I was stuck in the airport on the way to our honeymoon because the airplane had been delayed by 3 hours. I had colorful socks and a colorful book and did my best lol 

We went on a cruise for the honeymoon and as soon as we got on the ship they were handing out these pretty things. I haven't had a drink with an umbrella in it in a long time. It was definitely much needed. 

I missed my little cutie pie. This is one of the pictures the lady who ran the doggy daycare sent us. I was so happy he had a good time. He played so much he came home and CRASHED. Nice, but I kind of wanted to play with him a bit lol 

What went on at your blog this week?!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Book to Movie: The Girl on the Train

R, 112 minutes
Release Date: October 7, 2016

A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life. Director: Tate Taylor Writers: Erin Cressida Wilson (screenplay), Paula Hawkins (based on the novel by) Stars: Emily Blunt, Haley Bennett, Rebecca Ferguson. (From IMDB)


      To be honest, I'm not even sure why I wanted to watch this movie. I didn't even like the book. I figured out who the culprit was before Hawkins told us and I just didn't care to continue so I skimmed to the end. But when the movie came out I guess I wanted to see it to see if it was any better. 
     And to be honest it was. Emiy Blunt is a hell of an actress. She was did an amazing job at playing a crazy drunk and she did a great job in making sure the person watching was confused and watching the wrong person. The other actors were great too. Pair that with the way the camera man made the crazy weird shots and the editing, I felt like I was in Rachel's mixed up mind. 
     I also liked how close it followed the book. I wasn't exactly SMITTEN with it because I mean I wasn't a fan of the book lol but it was still interesting to see how much it followed it. Finally watching it on screen helped me to appreciate the book too. Not having to constanly read about her blacking out and drinking herself into oblivion and seeing it  instead helped to take some of the repetitiveness away. 
     I won't say I love the book now, but the movie is certainly a step up. I'm glad I didn't go with my first mind and disregard it completely and just went ahead and checked it out from work.
Overall, I give this

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

ARC, 3391 pages
Release Date: May 9, 2017
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Read from: June 1- 4, 2017
Source: TxLA 
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Coming of Age, LGBTQ- Bisexual, Own Voices, YA

     Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.
     Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.
      The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.


     I wasn't sure what to say about this one besides thefact that I loved it. I wantedtosay something so much more profoud, but this is one of those cases where I don't feel mywords would be adequate.
"I'll never figure out how it is that some people can work so hard and get paid so little, while so many people who are pad the most hardly work at all."
pg. 161
     Ramona thought she hadher lie all figured out:help out at hom, help her pregnant sister, and srnd tie with her friends from work. But then one day she sees an old friend has come back to Euology, Mississippi and shows her all she thought he kneww is morefluid than she thought.
"Everything was alot to deal with, though, when you had gottn used to nothing. I needed increments: a few somehings, maybe an anything first."
pg. 176
     I've read all Murphy's books, but this one is my favorite by far. It felt so real, like I was watching this real life situation play out in front of my own eyes. It never really felt like it had a plot, but that was the magic of it. There was a real-life like feel to it. Showing Ramona live day to day, which is how life really is. (I feel like I'm rambling but I told y'all I couldn't do this justice.)
"It seems to me that childhood ends and adult life begins the moment you stop believing your parents can rescue you."
pg. 178
     I also really loved the characters. I was a bit annoyed with Ramona because she wanted to put everyone before herself most o the time, but I realized that I'm that way too. I will ask other people if they need something first before taking care of me and then realizing that no one has asked me if I'm ok or I need anything. I could totally see where she was coming from.
"It makes me uncomfortable, but I'm starting to think that maybe the gist off life is learning how to be uncomfortable with being uncomfortable."
pg. 207
     I also really love the way Julie Murphy handled bisexuality. It was refreshing to read something on it and I was glad she handled it in such a manner. I could have used this book as a teen when I was questioning my own orientation. I can't wait to see what this book does for teens later on.
"Life isn't written in the stars. Fate is ours to pen. I choose [...]. I choose [...].I chose people. But most of all: I choose."
pg. 271
     This book is one that I can see myself reading and recommending over and over. I flew through this book and immediately wanted to recrack it open. I can't wait to see what else Murphy has in store for us. 
Overall, I give this