Friday, June 30, 2017

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2017!

Total Number of Posts: 1,983
(This includes those that aren't published!) 
Total Number of Followers397
Total Number of Pageviews: 435, 102

Books Reviewed: 9
Movies Reviewed: 1
Audios Listened to: 2

Books Read and Reviewed:

  • #225: Featuring titles like Lucky in Love by Kasie West
  • #226: Featuring titles like The Lost Boy by Christina Henry
  • #227: Featuing titles like They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera and This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes
  • #228: Featuring titles like The Hazelwood by Melissa Albert 
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin

ARC, 352 pages
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Published by: Flatiron
Read from: June 14-27, 2017
Source: TxLA 2017
For fans of:  Action, Contemporary, Romance, Stand-alones, YA

     In the tradition of Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell, a big-hearted journey of furious friendship, crazy love, and unexpected hope after a teen's decision to end an unwanted pregnancy
     “Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything.
     As Gen pushes herself forward to find her new identity without Peter, she must also confront her most painful memories. Through the lens of an ongoing four act play within the novel, the fantasy of their undying love unravels line by line, scene by scene. Digging deeper into her past while exploring the underground theater world of New York City, she rediscovers a long-forgotten dream. But it’s when Gen lets go of her history, the one she thinks she knows, that she’s finally able to embrace the complicated, chaotic true story of her life, and take center stage.
     This powerfully immersive and format-crushing debut follows Gen from dorm rooms to diners to house parties to auditions—and ultimately, right into readers’ hearts.


     When I heard of this book I knew I needed it. I don't think I've ever read a YA book about abortion. I'm sure there are more, but this is the first one I've read. I knew it would play heavily on the feels and that's exactly what I wanted.
     Peter and Genesis are very happy until they become pregnant and they decide not to keep it. Peter leaves her at the abortion clinic with no explanation or anything. Genesis' family life isn't so great and Peter was her calm through that storm. When he leaves they break up and she doesn't know up from down anymore. As the story goes on, she finally learns how to be herself.
     I LOVED the writing style in this one. It was told as a regular story (with some bad ass chapter titles by the way!) mixed with some chapters that were written as a play would be written. It was pretty awesome and made for a great way to do storytelling. The bits that were like a stage play were more flashbacks and the way it was written helped to not make it choopy or too long.
     I also loved the message. Teaching girls not to be ashamed of what they choose to do with their body. And she did it in such a non-preachy way. To be honest, it mostly empowered Genesis in my eyes because she wasn't afraid. At that age, I'm sure many would be terrified to do what she did. And it made Peter look even more spineless.
     But the number one thing I loved about this book was the main character. Genesis was absolutely amazing. She took control of what she wanted in the midst of all the terrible things that were happening in her home life. I was so happy she was able to take control of her own life. And then the way it all turned out in the end showed just how amazing her character growth was. I won't go too much into it so I don't give away the plot, but her story was amazing.
     I haven't seen many of my friends/followers read this, but you all really should! It has such a great message. I was addicted to this book. I found myself reading it anywhere I could. I understand this subject topic is upsetting to some, but I can also see anyone who misses out on this book being upset that they missed it.
   Overall, I give this

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The 57 Bus by Sashka Slater

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 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

     One teenager in a skirt.
     One teenager with a lighter.
     One moment that changes both of their lives forever.
     If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

Published by: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR)
Expected Publication: October 17, 2017

Why I'm Waiting: I hadn't heard of this one until I saw an author got one at ALA and I'm baffled as to why. This synopsis sounds amazing and I'm so surprised no one has been talking about it more. I'm guessing it's because it's about a true event, but that makes it more intriguing to me. Can't wait to get my hands on it! 

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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Top Ten Books You've Read in 2017 so far!

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 Books You've Read in 2017 so far! 

Ramona BlueBad Romance
The Names They Gave UsWhen Dimple Met Rishi
Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)The Upside of Unrequited
Alex, ApproximatelyThe Hate U Give
The Serpent KingCaraval (Caraval, #1)

Have you read any of these? 
Have any of these made your list?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

ARC, 267 pages
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Published by: Alfred A.Knopf Books for Young Readers
Read from: June 23-24, 2017
Source: Publisher
For fans of:  Contemporary, Romance, Stand-alones, Sparkly Covers, Grief, Realistic Fiction, YA

     Love lives between the lines.
     Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.
     Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.
     Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.
     As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.


          Can't lie and say I added this to my TBR because of the synopsis. I added it because of the gorgeous cover. And then when everyone started talking about it, I decided I should try it.
"You want to be miserable, but that's not happening. [...] You have to start living again sometime."
pg. 41
     Rachel left her hometown and left only a letter behind. That letter said she loved her best friend. Now she's returned to her hometown with so many more secrets than she left with.
"It's a truth universally acknowledged, according to George that shit days get shitter. Shit nights roll into shit mornings that roll into shit afternoons and roll into shit, starless midnights. Shitness, my sister says has momentum that good luck just doesn't have."
pg. 65
     I've seen so many glowing 5 star reviews on this book, but unfortunately it just wasn't for me. I'm a huge plot based reader, so when there's not really a real reason for something happening in the book, it doesn't appeal to me. And that's exactly what happened here. Every setting it featured was beautiful, but I just couldn't get with the lack of them really doing anything. To be honest they did the same things the entire book, with a few different things sprinkled in-between here and there.
"How have you been able to read so many book? [...] I'm a weird girl in high school. I've had some time to kill."
pg. 94
     I also couldn't really connect with one of the characters. Once all the answers started coming out, I just knew someone would say something. But they kept hiding that one key fact. I know everyone handles grief in their own way, but this had the potential to really hurt someone. And the fact that they didn’t think about this until the very end didn’t sit well with me. And because of that, the ending just didn’t seem believable to me. There should have been something like sadness, anger, and other emotions present I’m sure. All she did was cry. There was no huge blow-up or anything. I just don’t feel that was believable. Maybe she didn’t realize they were hiding from her, but I guess knowing as the reader just bothered me more than it should have.
"What's the universe's problem with forever?"
pg. 255
     However, I did like the writing style. I finished this book in about 24 hours. It was really the only thing that kept me reading. I found myself lost in her words. Fitting since the setting is a bookshop. I was lost in the words of the story and the picture she painted of Henry and Rachel and their love for words.
"Perhaps all the things that are worthwhile are terrifying?"
pg. 260
     Looking at all the reviews, I can see I’m the Black Sheep. I hate it, but it always happens sometimes. I wasn’t the biggest fan overall, but I can see where everyone else’s appeal came from. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t the book for me. 
Overall, I give this

Real rating 2.5 but I rounded up! 

What did you think of this book? 
What did you think of the secret she kept?

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?