Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins


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!

There's Someone Inside Your House

     Scream meets YA in this hotly-anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss.
     One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.
     International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.

Published by: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Expected Publication: September 26, 2017

Why I'm Waiting: I can't lie... I'm absolutely terrified of this book. Not only because it's supposed to be horror, but because the person who wrote it. Stephanie Perkins is the number one reason I started reading contemporary romance all those years ago, and now she's going to far left field with horror. I'm PRAYING that I love it. But then again, Perkins has a way with words, so I know I don't really need to be THAT scared. But I DID just recently ask for more horror, so I guess I got my wish. I said a long time ago I'd read anything she writes, and I'm not breaking that promise now!!!

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Top Ten (or 13) Most Anticipated Books for the Second Half of 2017!!!

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 13 Most Anticipated Books for the Second Half of 2017!!!

Mask of Shadows (Untitled, #1)27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

1. Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller: The synopsis had me at gender-fluid. I CANNOT wait to read this. Releases September 5, 2017

2. 27 Hours by Tristina Wright: Because HOLY CRAP DIVERSITY IN SPACE? LIKE ON THE MOON! How can you NOT be excited for this?! Releases October 3, 2017
Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)An Enchantment of Ravens

3. Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows: There is illegal dragon trafficking. GIMME. Releases September 12, 2017

4. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson: I'm not a huge fan of fae, BUT I'm not about to sit here and act like I'm not SUPER interested to see if the the content in this book is as beautiful as the cover.  Releases September 26, 2017

Dear MartinLittle & Lion

5. Dear Martin by Nic Stone: I already read some of this before handing it to one of the kids at the library that was really excited about it, but I am SO ready to REALLY READ it. Releases October 17, 2017

6. Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert: I actually never got around to reading her debut (even though I bought it smh) so I am making it a "point" (see what I did there hahaha) to read this one.  Releases August 8, 2017

RenegadesWonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

7. Renegades by Marissa Meyer: Did anyone NOT see this being on the list? Lol You don't know me at all if you didn't!!! Releases November 7, 2017

8. Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo: Another one where if you didn't think this would be on my list, you don't know me at all! Releases August 29, 2017

Odd & TrueThe Wicker King

9. Odd & True by Cat Winters: It's Historical Fiction so I'm still kind of skeptical, but it's also monster slaying, so I'm also not skeptical. That totally makes sense I know lmao Releases September 12, 2017

10. The Wicker King by K.Ancrum: I am PRAYING this goes well. The synopsis sounds like magical realism and I haven't found one that I loved in a very long time. I just need this to be good ok. Releases October 31, 2017

Warcross (Warcross, #1)The Midnight Dance

11. War Cross by Marie Lu: I have not yet read a book by Marie Lu.... Only because everyone I've tried reading I couldn't finish it. *dodges tomatoes* Hear me out..... When Legend was released I was NOT a fan of dystopians. And then when her second series came out I was not too excited about it because I hadn't read her first series. SO, I said all that to say, although this cover is terrible, I WILL be reading this because of how relevant the actual game from the book is! (Or seems anyways. I haven't quite read it yet lol) Releases September 12, 2017

12. The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz: Man look, this cover is GORGEOUS and I have yet to read a book about ballet that I actually like, so I will most definitely be checking this one out! I can't wait!!!  Releases October 17, 2017


Girls Made of Snow and Glass

13. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust: LGBTQ Frozen/ Snow White MASH-UP. *drops mic* Releases September 5, 2017


Y'all, Fall is bout to be LITTTTTTTTTT 

Monday, May 29, 2017

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

e-ARC, 336 pages
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Published by: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (BYR)
Read from: May 26- May 27, 2017
Stand-alone
Source: Netgalley (I received a copy of this book from the Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
For fans of: Marginalized Voices, Diverse Authors, Realistic Fiction, Sparkly Covers, Summer Love


     Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She's for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It's a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     It's so funny how unexpected things happen. This book wasn't even on my radar, when one of my teens who LOVES K-POP (Korean Pop Music) came to the library and asked me for this book. I hadn't even known about it, but I put it on my list to ask for her at TLA. I'm so glad I didn't miss out on this book!
"I never lost the belief that yoou could will something just by sticking to it, by being unwavering."
1%
     Desi is the true definition of an All-American teenager. She was an athlete, she had stellar grades, she was president of her senior class, BUT she's never been in love. Even with the slightest notion of flirting, something totes weird happens. Finally, she decides to take matters into her own hands by making a list of things that people do in K-Dramas to help them fall in love. 
"I believed, and still believe, that you can build your dreams brick by brick."
1%
     Y'all know how I am with contemporary romances. Even more points if they're a rom-com. So naturally, I just KNEW I would love this one. However,  I unfortunately didn't love the characters, and as a character driven reader, this was a let down for me. Desi was fine in the beginning and I thought it was so cute that she was willing to do these things in the name of love, but then things got a bit scary. She went over and beyond ALOT and sometimes it was actually scary. And her friends thought it was crazy, but still helped her with it and I just couldn't understand that. Someone should've told her. And the love interest, I just didn't really care for him. I'm not sure why, but I never connected with him. And because I didn't care for him by his self, I wasn't a fan of them together. 
"Don't you know that if it's true love, even bad beginnings end happy?"
11%
     What kept me turning the pages though, was the humor/ second hand embarrassment in it. I found myself cringing and blushing along with Desi throughout the entire novel. Although she wasn't my favorite, I DID feel bad everytime something happned to her. Even Maddy said "she has worse luck than me! I didn't know that was possible." 
"There are worse things than having a relationship fail, you know [...] eventually you have to stop playing games."
46%
       What I LOVED about this book was the diverseness in it. There were people of color, there were different sexual orientations, and I learned alot about K-Dramas (and K-Pop from Maddy, my teen from work lol) and the Korean culture that was expressed in this book.
"You cannot control who you love, Desi, but you can always control how hard you fight, okay?"
91%
     This book is set in school, but still a perfect way to get geared up for summer with a nice contemporary romance. Make sure you get ready to laugh before you start reading this one! 
Overall, I give this


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #224 & 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: 
Girls Made of Snow and GlassSongs About a Girl (Songs About a Girl, #1)
Nyxia (The Nyxia Triad, #1)Kiss Me in New York
The PossibleNo Good Deed

Bought:
It Started With Goodbye

From the library: 
The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)The Couple Next Door

Traded:
The Wicker KingImage result for renegades by marissa meyer arc

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 05/22/17:  Review- The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
Wednesday 05/24/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melilssa Bashardoust
Thursday 05/25/2017:  Alternate Review- This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
Friday 05/26/17: Out Sick
 Saturday 05/27/17: Review-When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


Me on Instagram:


A Book, Computer & Dog... The ABCD's of my life!


I'm moving branches and changing jobs! My co-workers got me a cake to say good-bye! Definitely going to miss them! 

What went on at your blog this week?!




Saturday, May 27, 2017

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

ARC, 374 pages
Release Date: May 30, 2017 
Published by: Simon Pulse
Read from: May 21-May 26, 2017
Stand-alone
Source: TxLA 
For fans of: Contemporary,Romance, DEAR, Realistic Fiction, Stand-alones, YA, LOL, Diversity, Own Voices, Realistic Fiction, Multiple POVs, Sparkly Covers

     A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.
     Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?
     Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.
     The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?
Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.


*MY THOUGHTS*

     I just knew this would end up being one of those over-hyped books where I would end up being the black sheep, but in all honesty, this book was still SO cute and SO needed. When Dimple Met Rishi is honestly one of the cutest stories I've read in a long time.
"He could be crafted from unicorn dust and jellybeans, and I still wouldn't want to have anything to do with him.."
pg. 47
     Dimple Shah is headstrong and has her life planned. She has no time for the schedule that her mom has already put in place for her. And then there's Rishi who dutifully follows all that his parents have laid out for him, especially the part about finding his future wife. But of course, when Dimple and Rishi meet, it's not exactly what either one is expecting, but maybe it's what they needed all along.......
"If you always look like you're going to bite them beti, no boys are ever going to want to talk to you. That was kind of the point, though, which is what Mama didn't get."
pg. 81
     ALL. THE. HEART. EYES. When I talk about contemp romances, I think about the characters apart and then the characters together. Dimple is so smart and innovative and I loved that she wasn't willing to change who she was. And then there's Rishi, who had so much heart and showed how much he changed throughout the entire story. And then the two of them together was even cuter. They both had something they could bring or teach to the other and I loved that. Relationships are about what all parties can bring, and too often that's lost in YA. Also, Rishi has made the Book Boyfriend list for sure,  because OMG he was the swooniest dude I've read about in a long time. Someone go find me a Rishi please lol I really loved the two of them together, but even better, I loved them apart as well. I laughed with them (so much so that people I work with turned to look at me weird because they didn't know why I was laughing lol) and at one point I cried with them. That's how I know I've loved a character and their story, when I connect with them on that level.
"I feel like I need to speak out, because if no one speaks out, if no one says, This is me, this is what I believe in, and this is why that's okay, then what's the point?"
pg. 142
     The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the plot. I really wish I had seen more of the coding competition or at least more of them working together on it. It was the entire point of the being there, but it seemed a bit lost in the background. I also wasn't too much of a fan of Dimple in the beginning. There were laugh out loud moments sure, but she just seemed mean for the most part. I really felt bad for Rishi.
"Do it. Do what you love, what you're passionate about."
pg. 173
     I'm so glad this book is going out into the world. There's everything, from romance, to culture, to a million laughs. This book is everything a Rom-Com should be, plus some. I hope to see more of these characters in the future.
Overall, I give this

Friday, May 26, 2017

Out Sick

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It's more than likely gonna be a little quiet around here. I'm getting my wisdom teeth taken out today now that school is out and the Summer Reading Program hasn't started yet. I hope to not be in too much pain and still be able to stay awake. If I can, I might still be functional. But we'll see. I've never had 4 teeth pulled at once and I'm a bit terrified. Hopefully things go well. My husband has been really great about reassuring me, saying I've been suffering with this pain for a while, its time to be in pain for a little while longer and then never again. Let's hope he's right. 


Have you had your wisdom teeth taken out?
Any tips? 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

Audio, 9 CD's
Release Date: May 27, 2002
Published by: Penguin Group USA
Read from: May 9-May 20, 2017
Stand-alone
Source: Library 
For fans of: Contemporary,Romance, Realistic Fiction, Stand-alones, YA

     When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about?

     I don't wanna do your average review with this one, so I think I'll just give you the GIST of the story in songs, since it IS called This Lullaby.....

Image result for Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone meme

Remy doesn't believe in love. In fact, any guy she was with had to pass some stiff requirements and then on top of that, he was on a stiff schedule because she never let them stay long lmao She seemed to be much better off by herself than with someone

Image result for cee-lo green f you meme

 F You by Cee-lo Green is for that Dirty SOB that was with her before. Because let me tell you I was PISSED at him for what he did to her to contribute to all that she was thinking.

Image result for carly rae jepsen call me maybe meme

The meet cute between Dexter and Remy was priceless. And then at the bar was even better. I really wanted her to stop being like that to him lol 


Image result for love story by taylor swift meme

Love Story by Taylor Swift is for when things finally go right. I was super happy to see them finally start dating lol I LOVE Dexter

Image result for Don’t Speak by no doubt meme

Don't Speak by No Doubt is all that comes to my head when Dexter and Remy stopped talking. Dexter was NOT there for her drama and Remy was not trying to admit that she loved him lol

Image result for you belong with me meme

Dexter was all, You Belong with me but I'm not gonna push you. Remy was all Nah. She annoyed me throughout most of the book. She was too stubborn to listen to anyone. Including herself. It took entirely too long for her to grow in my opinion.

Image result for nsync this i promise you meme

And finally it happened and even though I should have been happy, I actually wasn't. I thought Dexter deserved better. *shrugs*

What do you think?!


#READaDessen





That Summer
Someone Like You
Keeping the Moon
Dreamland
This Lullaby
The Truth About Forever
Just Listen
Lock & Key
Along for the Ride
What Happened to Goodbye
The Moon and More
Saint Anything
Once and For All (Out June 6, 2017!)

*What I'm currently listening to right now!


     So now that the countdown to Once and For All is on, I can hopefully get all of these read! Let's see how things go! 
Once and for All

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Out June 6, 2017

Have you read any Sarah Dessen books? 
Which is your favorite?!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WoW: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust


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!

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

     Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale
     At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.
     Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.
     Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.
 

Published by: Flatiron Books
Expected Publication: September 5, 2017

Why I'm Waiting: I almost put "Frozen/ Snow White mash-up.' *drops mic*," but I didn't feel like that would be sufficient ENOUGH. But to be honest, paired with the synopsis, it just might be. This book sounds bad ass and I can't believe I was just approved for it on Netgalley and I haven't started it yet because REALLY. Read that synopsis. (Although I'm not hugely thrilled with this cover, I'm hoping that the inside more than makes up for it.)

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