Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: You Won't Know I'm Gone by Kristen Orlando

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!

You Won't Know I'm Gone (The Black Angel Chronicles #2)

     Reagan has to prove herself to an elite group of special agents—and avenge her mother's death—in the second book in the Black Angel Chronicles from the author of You Don't Know My Name.
     Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother’s merciless killer, Santino Torres.
     When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she’s worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she’s ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises.
     But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she's as good as her parents trained her to be, because she’ll never find Torres without the Black Angels’ help.

Expected Publication: January 16, 2018
Published by: Swoon Reads

Why I'm Waiting: I read and loved the first one so much. And that freaking cliff-hanger killed me. I really want to see revenge delivered. Also I really want to see more of  Reagan being a bad ass because she definitely was in the first one!

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Top Ten Book Recommendations for those Readers who Like Their Feels Broken!

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 Book Recommendations for those Readers who Like Their Feels Broken! 

Little & LionThis is How it Happened
Bad RomanceAftercare Instructions
Letters to the LostGoodbye Days
The Serpent KingSecond Chance Summer
Maybe One DayMy Heart and Other Black Holes

Monday, August 14, 2017

Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

ARC, 416 pages
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Read from: DNF
Hibiscus Daughter, #1
Source:  TxLA 2017
For fans of: YA, Paranormal, Witches, Magical Realism

     All the women in Iris and Malina’s family have the unique magical ability or “gleam” to manipulate beauty. Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, while Malina interprets moods as music. But their mother has strict rules to keep their gifts a secret, even in their secluded sea-side town. Iris and Malina are not allowed to share their magic with anyone, and above all, they are forbidden from falling in love.
     But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, the sisters will have to unearth the truth behind the quiet lives their mother has built for them. They will discover a wicked curse that haunts their family line—but will they find that the very magic that bonds them together is destined to tear them apart forever?


     I realllllllly wanted to like this one. As cliche as it sounds, its the truth. I loved the cover and I loved the synopsis, but I just didn't like the execution. And that really sucks. My expectations for this one were really high and it just didn't live up to them. 
    The number one thing that turned me off was the writing style. I've said before when things get too flowery I tend to lose focus. This was one of those times. Descriptions went on and on and I found myself having to read the same passages over and over. It started taking me longer to read pages I'd already read than the rest of the book. It just got really annoying. 
     Then there was the plot. It was very slow. I'm not saying we should've been thrown into the action, but it took a while to get everything going. Pair that with too flowery words and it just seemed like nothing was really going on in the beginning. And because of that, I got bored. 
     Although these two things aren't my cup of tea, this may be what makes a novel for someone else. If you had this one on your TBR, I would say still read it and let me know what you think! If you like these two things, give it a shot! Just because it's not for me, doesn't mean it's not for someone else! 
DNF @ page 80

Have you read this?
What did you think of it?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #233 & 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 Midnight Dance

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

!!!!! I have been WISHING for this book for a long time. And I am SO HAPPY that MacMillan approved my request! Thank you Netgalley and Fierce Reads! 

From the Library: 
Tash Hearts TolstoyHe Said/She Said
Meddling Kids

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 08/07/17:  Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Tuesday 08/08/17: Top 10 Things I HATE about being a Bookworm!
Wednesday 08/09/17: Waiting on Wednesday: A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess
Friday 08/11/17: Listen Up: The End of Our Story by Meg Haston
 Saturday 08/12/17:  Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Me on Instagram:

And that was only the beginning. Later that day I had an anxiety attack and more. Oh yeah... And 2 days later I had another flat. This week almost broke me y'all. (Well technically it did because after 2 new tires I have $0 lol But I'm just thankful my insurance was there to help me both times. Thank God for Roadside Assistance!!

What happened at your blog this week? 
Will you be waiting on this with me? 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

ARC, 336 pages
Release Date: August 8, 2017
Published by: Little Brown
Read from: August 6-8, 2017
Source:  TxLA 2017 
For fans of: Grief, Finding Yourself, Mental Illness, LGBTQIAP+, POC MC, Diversity, Diverse Families, Realistic Fiction, YA 

     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.


     I went into this having never read a Brandy Colbert book so I didn't know what to expect. From this book I found that her writing style was awesome and she did an amazing job at showing that her characters didn't take any bull. So naturally, I was smitten with it. 
"Even with the little experience I had it wasn't so hard to imagine someone might be attracted to both- or more- options."
pg. 88
     Suzette cam home from boarding school to find she missed LA more than she thought. She missed her family, her brother, and her crush. But things start to feel different when she finds out more about herself and her brother. Things she hadn't expected but needed to know.
"It just feels... People don't really care if you like more than one person if you're gay or straight, but if you say you're bi, it's different. Like the same rules don't apply."
pg. 94
     I loved so much about this book that I literally had to write it out long hand before I could compile it into a review. The number one thing that stuck out to me was all the ways the main character and her family were diverse. It wasn't a typical diverse read where the character is only diverse in one way, but the MC was bi, African American, and in a diverse family. This easily gave the book a more realistic feel. It was nice to see that it wasn't just focused on one aspect. 
"They were better when they were alive.' 'Aren't most things?'"
pg. 125
     I also love the relationship between Little and Lion. Although they weren't really brother and sister, they loved each other like they were. This hit home for me because I have an "older sister" and we have the same type of relationship. But looking at us, you'd never believe that it wasn't a "real" thing. It was nice to finally see that in a book. It was something I hadn't seen before and I loved how real Colbert wrote it.
"Bi, queer... It doesn't really matter, as long as you're happy. Just make sure you don't let anyone tell you what you are. People can be real assholes about labels."
pg. 193
     I also of course loved her writing style. She knocked it out of the park. It had a bit of a slow start which is the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars. Once it got going, I couldn't put it down. I used it as a way to get sucked out of a bad day I was having and it worked perfectly. I was able to lose myself in Suzette's world and forget my own troubles. 
" many of the same people who are quick to empathize with physical disabilities don't understand why someone with depression can't just get up and get on with their day like the rest of the world. "It's like they need a receipt that proves someone is actually going through some shit before they can care about them."
pg. 206
     Lastly, I just really liked the representation in this novel. There's only one aspect I can speak 100% for, and I feel it was done really well. (Ahhhh the power of Own Voices!) It made the story so much more authentic and I loved being able to see someone like me on a page. However, I can only speak towards the stigma that Colbert mentions about mental illnesses (see above quote) and with my anxiety and "Pure O" OCD, I can say that this is unfortunately a very true statement and I'm glad that Colbert shed some light to it. Hopefully now, if people read this, it might make it happen less often. 
"Bravery doesn't always look like you think it will. And it's never too late to stand up for the right thing."
pg. 324
     I really felt this contemp was a great diverse read about finding one's self. It was great to finally see someone like me, diverse in more than one way, on a page. And if I felt that way as an adult, I can only imagine how a teen feels.
Overall, I give this

Did you read this?
What did you think? 

Friday, August 11, 2017

The End of Our Story by Meg Haston

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, 6 parts
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Published by: HarperTeen
Read from: July 23-26, 2017
Source: Library 
For fans of: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Audio, Stand-alone, Romance, YA

     Meg Haston's romantic and thrilling new YA novel explores a star-crossed high school relationship in a tale rife with deeply buried secrets and shocking revelations.
     Bridge and Wil have been entangled in each other’s lives for years. Under the white-hot Florida sun, they went from kids daring each other to swim past the breakers to teenagers stealing kisses between classes. But when Bridge betrayed Wil during their junior year, she shattered his heart and their relationship along with it.
     Then Wil’s family suffers a violent loss, and Bridge rushes back to Wil’s side. As they struggle to heal old wounds and start falling for each other all over again, Bridge and Wil discover just how much has changed in the past year. As the fierce current of tragedy threatens to pull them under, they must learn how to swim on their own—or risk drowning together.


     I can't lie... When I started this I had heard so many people say it wasn't what they expected and they didn't care for it, that I was expecting this story to not be that great. But for some reason, I kind of found myself falling in LOVE with Will and Bridge's story. I listened to it everywhere. 
     Will and Bridge used to be inseperable. They did everything together. And when they grew up, they turned into so much more. But then things changed between them as they got older. And then one day they find themselves in a fight that they can't get out of. 
     What I loved most about this story was the raw emotion. I felt a full range of things while listening to this and I loved that there was something that hit every emotion. This book is definitely one that will hit you in the feels. And it will do so unexpectedly. I saw countless bloggers say this wasn't what they expected and they didn't really like it, but I did. I love when a book makes me feel so much. 
     However, I did not like how predictable it was. The big reason why this entire book was a thing, I guessed it at about 12% in. And the huge plot twist at the end? Yeah I guessed that at about the same time. It was disheartening that I could guess it, but it didn't really make a difference to me because I was already so emotionally invested and I had to finish it. 
     I did love the narrator. They definitely made the story. And to make it better, she didn't do that foolish "boy voice" (where its a girl that's trying to do a boy voice and it just sounds terrible. You all know what I mean!) Even though I turned up the speed to 2.0, it was still a really good listen. 
     No it wasn't what I was expecting, but it still caught my interest enough to make me keep reading. I did enjoy this one but not as much as I should have because of the predictability. 
Overall, I give this

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby

ARC, 274 pages
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Published by: HarperTeen
Read from: August 2-6, 2017
Source:  #BooksforTrade 
For fans of: Grief, Finding Yourself, 

     Gorgeously written and emotionally charged, The Secret History of Us explores the difficult journey of a teenage girl who must piece her life together after losing her memory in a near-fatal accident.
     When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a car accident that almost took her life, she can’t remember the details about how she got there. She figures the fog is just a symptom of being in a week-long coma, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last several days of her life—she’s lost her memory of the last four years. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.
     As Liv tries to block out what her family and friends say about who she used to be, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance—and the only person Olivia inexplicably feels herself with. With her feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living.


    When I heard about Kirby coming out with a new book, I immediately added it to my TBR. I LOVED her others, so I just knew this one would be the same. Although it didn't take the place of my favorite book by her, I did still really enjoy this. 
     Liv was in a bad car accident where the result is her waking up in a hospital a week later with no recollection of what happened to her. But it's so much bigger than she originally thought. She's lost all her memories of the last four years. All she wants is to find out who she was before all this happened. She hears things from her best friend, her parents and brother, and her boyfriend. The only person she doesn't hear from is the person who saved her.
     I was not prepared for this book. I was expecting something that would hit my feels, but this one pulverized them. It was way more gut-wrenching than I expected.... And I loved that about it. Because it was so sad, it glued me to the pages. So much so I didn't want to waste time unpacking or setting my house up. I needed to find out how it ended.
     The only thing I wasn't a fan of was the predictability of it,  which was because of the synopsis. It tells a large part of the plot, so nothing was really a surprise. Although there was something that caught me off guard, for the most part, with the bigger picture, I still saw it all coming. I just wish it had been less predictable.
     I did LOVE Liv though. It was so interesting to see her find herself all over again and it was interesting to watch her find out all the things she didn't know. I was so upset after some of the things that other people had been telling her. I'm glad she went with her own instincts. She was such a strong girl and I was so sad this happened to her. But she survived and that made me love her even more.
     This book was so much more than I expected, but in a good way. Even though Things We Know by Heart is still my favorite book by Jessi Kirby, this is still in my Top 3.
Overall, I give this 

There will be no quotes in this to avoid spoilers! 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess

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!

A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire, #2)

     Devastatingly magical and monstrously romantic. I can't decide if this book stole my heart or ripped it out of my chest. Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval
     The magicians want her to lead.
     The sorcerers want her to lie.
     The demons want her blood.
     Henrietta wants to save the one she loves.
     But will his dark magic be her undoing?
     In this seductive and explosive second book in the Kingdom on Fire series, Jessica Cluess delivers her signature mix of magic, passion, and teen warriors fighting for survival. Hand to fans of Victoria Aveyard, Sarah J. Maas, and Kiersten White.
     Henrietta doesn't need a prophecy to know that she's in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.
     Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook's system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.

Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers
Expected Publication: September 19, 2017

Why I'm Waiting: Did y'all read the first one?! Well that's why I'm waiting on it! lol I really loved Henrietta and I really want to see what they're up to next. Also, with all the bombs that were dropped at the end of the last one, I really want to see what else they will be doing after all of this has happened. 

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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Top Ten Things I HATE about being a bookworm!

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:
A Freebie!
TTT is on hiatus until August 15th, so I'll just be doing some freebies to fill it's spot! 
Top Ten Things I HATE about being a bookworm!

1. Moving sucks: I had WAYYYY too many to move this time. Like it was embarrassing lol Even the movers were like O_O lol 

2. I can't share my books with anyone because I don't trust them: I KNOW I'm not the only one lol 

3. I can't borrow anyone's books because there are remnants of food or evidence of dog eared pages that drive me crazy: It's pretty dumb because I always eat while reading. But I don't get food on the pages.  Or dogear pages. If I borrow something from a friend and I can see they have done that, I will return it without reading it. 

4. I can't borrow anyone's books because most of the time I have already read the books my friends recommend to me.: Such is life lol 

5. Half of my IRL friends have no idea that I read. And if they do, they don't know how much.: I have been blogging for 7 years and I still have friends who don't know about my blog lol 

6. I'd rather be around my fictional friends than my IRL ones sometimes lol: Most Friday and Saturday nights I spend in the house with a book. Unless my husband comes up with something and makes me go out lol 

7. I injure myself quite often: There have been many a time where I have dropped a book or my Kindle on my face after staying up late reading and falling asleep lol   

8. I talk in YA quotes and no one ever seems to know what they mean.... Even those friends of mine who read YA lol: And I don't even know why. I KNOW that "real" people don't know what I'm talking about but I still do it anyways lol 

9. I never have free time: Every waking moment I have free, I always crack open a book. I never have time to just do nothing. (Well I do, but somehow I always find myself with a book in my hands and Twitter on my computer screen lol) 

10. I forget previous obligations sometimes...: There have been many times when I was supposed to be somewhere and yet I forgot. This is now the reason I have THREE planners. 

What reasons do you have to hate being a bookworm? 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

ARC, 336 pages
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Published by: Delacorte Press
Read from: July 25-August 2, 2017
Source:  TLA 2017
For fans of: Contemporary, Thrillers, Realistic Fiction, Bombshell Ending, YA

     For fans of Pretty Little Liars, Little Monsters is a new psychological thriller, from the author of The Darkest Corners, about appearances versus reality and the power of manipulation amongst teenage girls.
     Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.
     Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.
     Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.
But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.
     Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.


     I was late to the party on Thomas' last book, and after that ending I vowed that I never would be again. I was a bit worried about sophomore syndrome, but I shouldn't have been. Her sophomore book was just as good as her first, better in my opinion.
"I was born with the devil in me."
pg. 66
     Kacey comes to a new place, to live with her new family. The town where she moves is small, so everyone seems nice. She's immediately taken in by a small group of friends. Then everything halts when Bailey goes missing. Kacy sees that everything she thought she knew.... She really had no idea about.
"People disappear all the time. [...] Most of the time they're dead. Sad but true."
pg. 67
     I think what I loved the most about this,  was the fact that not only was it super good as a thriller and kept me guessing, but with the ghost story added in, it was definitely a good way to keep me spooked. I found myself being afraid of the ghost AND whoever the culprit turned out to be. Thomas also released a good short story on Underlined that I was able to read because I'm a member. Ever that short snippet scared the crap out of me, so I knew this was going to be good.
"You want to know what I think, Kacey? I think you're not telling me why you really went to Sparrow Hill yesterday morning."
pg. 139
     I also loved the fact that I couldn't guess who the culprit was! If you know me and my love of thrillers, you also know I have a really bad habit of trying to guess who did it, and I usually get it right. This time, I WAS right, but not 100% and that made all the difference. Whoever can fool me is quickly added to my list of favorite authors because it's a rare occasion where I'm wrong. (Not tooting my own horn or anything, just trying to show what I mean when I say it's hard to trick me.)
"There's no easy way to tell a kid that sometimes the outside is safer than the inside."
pg. 157
     My only issue with this one was the end. It seemed rushed. Like it happened so fast and I wasn't ready for it to end. She named who the culprit was and then instantly, it was like "Ok, that's it. Here's the epilogue." I guess I would have liked it more had there been some kind of big fight or something. It just seemed after that awesome story the ending wasn't really there.
"She's looking at us as if she sees something she can't unsee."
pg. 211
     This book was everything that I hoped it would be and then some. I have officially joined Kara Thomas' fan club and will most definitely read anything she writes. With Little Monsters, Thomas has taught me to look more and trust less.
Overall, I give this