Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Unlikelies byCarrie Firestone

ARC, 318 pages
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Published by: Henry Holt & Co.
Read from: June 17-20, 2017
Stand-alone
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?

*MY THOUGHTS*

     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
Stand-alone
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.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     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)

*MY THOUGHTS*

      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
Stand-alone
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.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta


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 Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, #1)


     MEET KIRANMALA: INTERDIMENSIONAL DEMONSLAYER
     (But she doesn’t know it yet.)
      On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Kiranmala is just a regular sixth grader living in Parsippany, New Jersey… until her parents mysteriously vanish later that day and a rakkhosh demon slams through her kitchen, determined to eat her alive. Turns out there might be some truth to her parents’ fantastical stories—like how Kiranmala is a real Indian princess—and a wealth of secrets about her origin they've kept hidden.
     To complicate matters, two crushworthy Indian princes ring her doorbell, insisting they’re here to rescue her. Suddenly, Kiran is swept into another dimension full of magic, winged horses, moving maps, and annoying, talking birds. There she must solve riddles and slay demons all while avoiding the Serpent King of the underworld (who may or may not want to kill her) and the rakkhosh queen (who definitely does) in order to find her parents and basically save New Jersey, her entire world, and everything beyond it…
 

Expected Publication: February 27, 2018
Published by: Scholastic

Why I'm Waiting: Interdimensional demonslayer.... Who wouldn't want to read this?! Its a middle grade that just sounds SO GOOD. And then LOOK AT THAT COVER. LIKE HOLY, WOW. I needs this book. I can't even make a real coherent thought about why smh lol 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TTT: Best/Worst Dad's in YA literature!

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 Best/Worst Dad's in YA literature!

Best: 
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Ramona Blue
When Dimple Met RishiAlex, Approximately
The Names They Gave UsThe Hate U Give
I Believe in a Thing Called LoveA Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)
Letters to the Lost

Worst: 
The Serpent King

Monday, June 12, 2017

Want by Cindy Pon

ARC, 323 pages
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Published by: Simon Pulse
Read from: June 4-11 , 2017
Want, #1
Source: TxLA 
For fans of: Sci-Fi, YA


     From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city.
     Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.
     With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.
     Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

*MY THOUGHTS*

     When I saw the cover of this I knew I wanted to read it. I didn't know much about it, just that it was gorgeous and so far everyone was talking about it.I've never read anything by Cindy Pon and I hardly read Science Fiction, but I still decided to give it a go.
     Pollution has overtaken Taipei. There are a group of teens who are trying their best to save Taipei and its people from the smog and pollution. But society is divided between those who can afford to stay safe with personalized suits and those who can't. Until Jason and his friends decide to fight for those with no voice.
     Now let's remember how much I don't like Science Fiction. I was never a fan of science so science fiction doesn't normally interest me. But this time I was hooked from the beginning. I think because I was so terrified that something like this can actually happen. Especially with the way the world is right now. But I feel like I need to be prepared in case something like this does happen so I needed to see what Jason and his crew did. The plot was believable and kept me interested the entire time.
     I also loved the writing  style.LikI said this is my first book from Pon and it most definitely won't be my last. I loved the way she basically put me in Taipei by describing the culture, the food, the atmosphere. Just everything. It was all written in a way I coud say I really felt like I was in the future in Taipei.
     I also really loved that Jason wasn't your average hero. It's been so long since I have read a story where the hero wasn't clearly defined. I don't want to give it away too much, but it was a good twist from what usually happens in a story. I was so glad to see that Pon wasn't scared to go there and it made me super excited to read everything else she wrote. I need to know if her other characters are similar.
     I'm not normally a fan of science fiction, but this one definitely made me feel different about the subject. I can see this book becoming the staple for me in science fiction!
Overall, I give this

(There will be no quotes because I'm honeymooning!!!) 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #226 & 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: 
Dramatically Ever After (Ever After, #2)Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook


The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 06/05/17:  Review- Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Wednesday 06/07/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Thursday 06/08/2017:  No Post. (Scheduled it for the wrong day -_-) 
 Saturday 06/10/17: Take Me Away After Dark Blog Tour: The Idea of You by Robinne Lee

Me on Instagram: 

I told him he was too big to climb into my lap. He proceeded to curl up into a ball and STILL climb into my lap. I have definitely spoiled him smh 

What went on at your blog this week?