Thursday, September 21, 2017

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Audio, 7.5 hours
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Published by: Feiwel and Friends
Read from: September 19-20, 2017
Daughter of the Pirate King, #1
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: Action, Adventure, Debut Authors, Girl Power, Pirates, 


     There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.
     Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
     More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     When I heard of this book, I was all over it! I knew it would be a cool read since it was about a female pirate. But I didn't know it would be THAT good. 
     The best thing about this was the narrator. When I first tried reading this, I tried reading a physical copy, but I also tried making a pirate accent in my head that was no where near as good as this one. I'm so glad I decided to read this the right way lol The narrator made this story and I'm so glad I convinced my library to get this one!
     I also loved Alosa and how strong she was. There were so many instances I thought it was all over, but she always outsmarted everyone. I also loved how she kick ass she was. She could fight and she was still beautiful. I loved that. And then her crew were all female too? I really loved that. I'm not sure I have ever read a book about a pirate. 
     Last but not least, I loved the fast-pace of the book. For it to basically be about her being kidnapped, I loved that there were still some surprises throughout the book. I can't wait to see what the next book has her do.
     The only thing I wasn't fond of was the way the entire synopsis told the entire book. I'm glad I didn't read it until after I finished the book this time, because it would have ruined it for me had I read it before. I like to know the surprises as they come, not have them be revealed before I even crack open the book. 
     This book was definitely something I wasn't expecting. Me and the book were off to a rocky start, but we came came together in the end. I'm so glad I decided to give this one a try again in the audio world. 
Overall, I give this


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman


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!

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)


     Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.
     Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.
     Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?
 

Published by:  Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Expected Publication: March 6, 2018

Why I'm Waiting: I took a chance on the first book in this series, Scythe. And I ended up really liking it. It actually surprised me that I liked it so much. I didn't really think there should have been a second one, but since there is, I really need to know what it's about. And from the way the synopsis sounds, it sounds like it may be better than the first! Can't wait to get my hands on this one! 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List!

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 on my Fall TBR List!

 I always do these season ones based on the books that come out during that season! So, this time these are the books that come out during September, October, and November that I'm most excited for! 

Renegades (Renegades, #1)An Enchantment of Ravens
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)Dear Martin
Calling My NameThe Midnight Dance
The Wicker KingDevils & Thieves (Devils & Thieves, #1)
Black Bird of the GallowsBefore She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)

What about you?!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Audio, 13 CD's
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Published by: Penguin Group US
Read from: August 4-September 17, 2017
Stand-alone
Source:  Library
For fans of: Thrillers, Romance, Mystery, Contemporary, Adult, Bombshell Endings, Books to TV, Multiple POV's, Realistic Fiction


     Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .
     A murder . . . a tragic accident . . . or just parents behaving badly?
     What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
     But who did what?
     Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
     Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
     Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
     New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
     Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     So the only reason I started listening to this was almost all the people I work with were talking about the show. Everyone thought the show was so good but no one had read the book. So, of course, me being me, I had to get my hands on it and read it first. I can never watch the movie before I read the book. 
     I was immediately intrigued by the mystery/thriller part of it. The cover doesn't exactly scream mystery to me, so I was pleasantly surprised when it says there was a murder. Not that I think murder is cool or anything lol But it made me excited that the book had a better plot than I thought. 
     Unfortunately, what turned me off from it was ALL THE POV'S. I'm normally ok with multiple ones, but this one had wayyyyy too many. There were some police officers, all the main characters that were moms, some other moms, and even some of random dads. Towards the middle it got to be too much and it started dragging a bit. Like, some of it was unnecessary. I didn't see the point in adding info from all of them. 
     As for the mystery, I loved it. I couldn't guess who did it or who it was that was dead. As y'all know, I can normally guess who is the culprit, but this time I couldn't guess either one. Moriarty did such a great job of keeping the reader in the dark. I guess it was because of all the POV's. It was definitely successful, but it still caused some problems in the middle as well. 
     I also love how it dealt with so many other topics than just giving a fictional story. It was interesting to see how they all dealt with all the different topics all in one story. It all boiled down to the very last event that happened and I think it was handled very well.
     This book was a surprise to me. I don't normally like adult books this much, and I also don't normally guess the culprit wrong either. Since finishing it, I have added all of Moriarty's books to my TBR. I can't wait to see what else she's written.
Overall, I give this

This book has been out a while. Have you read it?
What did you think? 
Have you watched the show? 
What did you think? 
 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #236 & 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 from the Publishers: 
The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, #1)This Mortal Coil
Not Now, Not EverI Hate Everyone But You


Received via Netgalley/Edelweiss: 
Wild BeautyThis Is Not A Love Letter

From the Library: 
A Stranger in the HouseThe Art of Starving

Bought: 
Black Bird of the GallowsTower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

Care Packages from other Awesome Bloggers:

This is the same book, but I had to show all it's awesomeness. I have to say,  this was the best surprise and it couldn't have come at a better time. I've had to replace two apartments and two cars in less than a month. Needless to say, I started crying at the mailbox. Thank you Jessica. This was appreciated more than you'll ever know. 


The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Sunday 09/10/2017: No Post
Monday 09/11/17:   No Post. 
Tuesday 09/12/17: READy to Talk: Update on the blog and the blogger herself! 
Wednesday 09/13/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Greetings From Witness Protection by Jake Burt
Friday 09/15/17: Listen Up: Solo by Kwame Alexander
 Saturday 09/16/17:  Partners in Crime by M. Andrews

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Partners in Crime by M. Andrews

e-Book, 199 pages
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Published by: M. Andrews
Read from: September 11-September 12, 2017
Gambling on Love, #3
Source: Bought
For fans of: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, Tear-Jerkers, Sparkly Covers, 

     Hank's life was spiraling out of control. Booze, women and drugs ruled his world. He was headed down a dangerous path when a knock on the door turned his world around for the better. Now four years later the only parties Hank goes to are tea parties with his daughter Colby. Colby saved Hank from slipping into the darkness forever. Just when Hank thinks he has his life back on track, another knock on the door threatens to turn his life upside down.
     It was just another job interview was what Nora Cunningham thought when she knocked on the Ross' door. A live in nanny job was just what she needed to get out of living in her parent's basement and get herself out of the funk she had been living in after finding her boyfriend in bed with one of her best friends. What she didn't expect was Hank Ross, her sexy new boss. He's sweet and charming and a devoted father, but he has a dark side that intrigues Nora. Soon she finds herself falling for her new boss.
     The chemistry between Hank and Nora is explosive, but can Hank get over his fears of falling back into his old womanizing ways and give Nora the home she has been searching for? Can Nora convince Hank that it is possible for him to be a one woman man?

TAKE ME AWAY...AFTER DARK!

*"This book is part of the new adult contemporary romance genre! It is more mature than both YA and MG. I have featured it in Take Me Away... After Dark as a way to feature the few Adult and New Adult titles I am beginning to read!"  This book will contain strong language and explicit sexual scenes. Intended for adults 18 and up!  

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I have been waiting on this book for so long. And I have to say, for the amount of time I waited, I'm left feeling a little underwhelmed. 
     Hank has been staying away from women since his daughter was born. But now he needs a nanny to come in and help out while he's at work. In comes Nora who was just looking for another job. She becomes the nanny to Hank's daughter, and without either of them knowing, sparks begin to fly between the both of them. 
     Ok, so like I said, I've been waiting for this forever. But for as long as I've waited, I just feel like it should have been more to it. (Especially for $3.99) It felt choppy and I kept thinking that I was swiping too hard and swiping too many pages at once. It just didn't flow as easily as the others in this series. 
     Then there was the characters. I loved them all, but I wish we knew more about them. This is the first time ever where I've said I wish there was more fluff. This book just didn't have enough. It was too cut and dry and to the point and missed out on connecting me with the characters. 
     However, even with all that, I did love the romance. I have always been a sucker for men in uniform romance stories and I've met Hank in the other stories, so I was happy to see him finally be happy in his own. I also loved the way prologue of the story. Although it felt unreasonable, it was still a fun little ending to the story. I hope we see more of them in the rest of the series. 
     It wasn't my favorite of the series (that spot still belongs to The Big Gamble) but I can honestly say I am still waiting on more of the series. I can't wait to see what else Andrews has in store for her other characters. I heard the series will be shortened, which is a disappointment, but still ok as long as we get a wrap-up from everyone lol 
Overall, I give this

Friday, September 15, 2017

Solo by Kwame Alexander


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, 4 hours
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Published by: Zondervan
Read from: September 6-8, 2017
Stand-alone
Source: Library (e-Audio through Overdrive) 
For fans of: Adventure, Poems, YA, Diversity 


     Seventeen-year-old Blade Morrison knows the life of a rock star isn't really about the glitz and glamour. All the new cars and money in the world can't make up for the scathing tabloid covers or the fact that his father is struggling with just about every addiction under the sun-including a desperate desire to make a comeback and regain his former fame. Haunted by memories of his mother-who died when Blade was nine-and the ruin that his father's washed-up legacy and life have brought to the family, Blade is left to figure out life on his own. But he's not completely alone: he's got the friendship of a jazz-musician mentor, Robert, the secret love of his girlfriend, Chapel, and his music. All may not be well in the Morrison home, but things are looking up for Blade-that is, until he discovers a deeply protected family secret that further threatens his relationship with his family and has him questioning his own identity. Thrown into a tailspin, Blade decides that the only way that he will be able to understand. 

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I'm not usually a fan of novels in verse, but with Kwame Alexander's name on it, I knew I had to read it. And I'm glad I did. The poems were so much more in-depth than I expected and it talked about some heavier topics that I didn't expect as well. 
     The number one best thing about this book is the music that's incorporated. Since I saw it was about music, I waited until it was released to get the audio version. It was definitely worth the wait. I was able to hear the singing and the different voices that the narrator used. I loved that the songs were actually sung and sung well. It was a great listening experience and I encourage people to try the audio version of this book. 
     As far as the story, it was a bit choppy and I didn't completely connect with the main character, but I think that's the price one pays for reading/listening to a novel in verse. But for the most part, I loved the message and identified with that more than anything. I haven't read many YA about books about adoption, but I'm glad to see more of them are appearing. 
     This book was a pleasant surprise. I'm not sure why I waited so long to read a book by Alexander, but I can assure you this will not be my last. 
Overall, I give this

     

Thursday, September 14, 2017

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

ARC, 289 pages
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Published by: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Read from: September 2-12, 2017
Stand-alone
Source:  #BooksforTrade
For fans of: Thrillers, Horror, Romance, Contemporary


     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. 

*MY THOUGHTS* 

     It's been a long time since I read what I wanted. Normally if I know it comes out soon, I try to read it before anything else. But with this book, I couldn't wait. I've been so interested in this book since I had only heard rumors about it. 
     Students in this small Nebraska town are beginning to to die in gruesome murders and no one knows who it could be. As rumors fly, a handful of students try to solve the case on their own.
    The main thing that irritated me about this book was the fact that the killer was revealed entirely too early. I normally wait until the very last moment to make my guess on who it is, but with this time I didn't get that chance. I read it and just didn't want to believe that they told us who it was so early. This really aggravated me. I didn't think it should have been handled that way. 
     I also did not like that it wasn't as scary or as heart pounding as I wanted it to be. For it to be labeled as horror, I was not that scared. It sucked because I pulled this one above all my other September reads and it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. I had such high hopes that this one would make me want to sleep with my lights on, but in reality it didn't even make me want to put the book down. 
     However, in true Perkins' fashion, the writing style was amazing. As one of my favorite authors of contemporary romances, I was scared that this would not turn out so well... But I was proven wrong. I loved that she has branched out and is not stuck in only one genre. I'm interested to see where she goes from here.
     Lastly, I really liked the romance. Another thing that was done in true Perkins fashion. No the romance was not front and center, but it was still in the story and was still important. I was happy to see that Perkins didn't change everything about her writing!
     This book is definitely a turn from what everyone is used to her writing. I can't wait to see what else she comes up with in the future. 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WoW: Greetings From Witness Protection by Jake Burt


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!

Greetings from Witness Protection!

     Nicki Demere is an orphan and a pickpocket. She also happens to be the U.S. Marshals’ best bet to keep a family alive. . . .
     The marshals are looking for the perfect girl to join a mother, father, and son on the run from the nation’s most notorious criminals. After all, the bad guys are searching for a family with one kid, not two, and adding a streetwise girl who knows a little something about hiding things may be just what the marshals need.
     Nicki swears she can keep the Trevor family safe, but to do so she’ll have to dodge hitmen, cyberbullies, and the specter of standardized testing, all while maintaining her marshal-mandated B-minus average. As she barely balances the responsibilities of her new identity, Nicki learns that the biggest threats to her family’s security might not lurk on the road from New York to North Carolina, but rather in her own past.
 


Expected Publication: October 3, 2017
Published by: Feiwel & Friends

Why I'm Waiting:  I can't believe I have never heard about this before. This is normally something I would be waiting desperately for. I can't believe I didn't even know about this book until recently. I love the idea of the Witness Protection program and I love the idea of learning about both of Nicki's lives. I hope it's as good as it sounds! 

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

READy to Talk: Update on the blog and the blogger herself!


     Ok, so as you can see, I have been MIA for a while. If you didn't know, I live in Houston, Texas and was directly effected in Hurricane Harvey. The place where I lived during that time was flooded and we had to move. (Mind you, I had just moved into that apartment a month before Harvey hit...) So they told us we could either move into another unit they had available or break our lease. We broke the lease and then we were told that we only had ONE DAY to move out. So with the help of all our friends with trucks, we moved out. 
     At this time we had been without wi-fi and cable for a week. (I know this is the least of my worries, but books and blogging is my happy place and I NEEDED them at this time.) Fast forward finally to 9/9 and we get our internet turned back on at the new NEW place. 
     So, I'll soon be back to posting regularly. I'll start tomorrow with a WOW (that I've already scheduled) and I have some reviews I need to post too. I'll be a little backlogged because school has just re-started AND I'm currently looking for a new NEW car. (An even longer story than the one about the apartment. DM me on Twitter if you want to know.) But I hope to be back to my regularly scheduled program by October 1st. For now, everything will be sporadic. I love you all and thank you for all the messages and well wishes and everything since Harvey hit. I really appreciate how much y'all checked up on me and my family. 

Thank you,
Nikki S