Thursday, November 30, 2017

Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

Hardcover, 292 pages
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Read from: November 26-28, 2017
Stand-alone
Source: Library
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Sparkly Covers, Family Relationships, Diverse Characters, 



     Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she'd ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense - kinda - because Julian Oliver is Taliah's father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.
     Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father - her grandfather - who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother's trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.
     With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her 'father' and her family. But Julian isn't the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother's past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     When I first read the synopsis for this I wasn't sure this would be my cup of tea. But then I realized that Jasmine Warga's debut completely gutted me when I read it, and I was then completely sold. Before I had even cracked the spine on this one. 
"I want to write songs that make people feel new things. And remember things they've forgotten. [...] I want to write your favorite song." 
pg. 108
     Taliah has tried for years to get the attention of her father so she could get to know him. All behind her mother's back. Unfortunately, her dad is a super famous singer/ songwriter/guitarist that plays in a rock band. But one day, she finally hears from her dad.... But not over the phone, when he turns up on her porch. She finds out his father is dying and he wants her to meet him before he does. 
"When someone's dying we make it all about the firsts and the lasts. We recount things fromthe beginning and from the end, but we hardly ever talk about the middle. But it's the middle that matters, you know? '"
pg. 115
     The number one thing I liked about this one is actually the thing I liked most about Warga's debut, the writing style. It felt very real and I really felt as if I was plucked onto the set of a movie and watching this in real life. I felt every emotion, and that's how I knew I loved the book. 
"You seem to think that there's only a limited amount of space in your life and in your heart, and I think you need to reconsider that.'"
pg. 136
     I also really loved the characters. Although he wasn't the main character, Julian is definitely my favorite. He wasn't a character that was afraid of love and I loved that about him. There aren't many guy characters who show much emotion, so Julian doing it was a welcome change. As for everyone else, I could see where each and every person fit into the story. Everyone had a purpose and it was exciting to see each character get developed. 
"Sharing [...] success did not intrest her. She wanted her own success. Something that had her own name on it.'"
pg. 229
     However, I was not a fan of the ending. For that entire build up, there seemed to be absolutely nothing that happened in the end. We never find out about what happens to them in the end. We never find out what happens to both families. Warga just chose to completely end it. Tho I'm assuming it's to make your own decisions about their story's end, I would have liked some real closure. 
"You have to live your life for you. You can't apologize or feel guilty for having your own dreams.'"
pg. 233
     Jasmine Warga is such a great author who writes about important subjects. I can't wait to see what else she chooses to write next time. I can assure you, I will be reading her next book as well!
Overall, I give this


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: American Panda by Gloria Chao


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!

American Panda

     An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.
     At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents' master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.
     With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can't bring herself to tell them the truth--that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
     But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

Expected Publication:  February 6, 2018
Published by: Simon Pulse

Why I'm Waiting: Whenever I see "laugh out loud contemp," I'm going to immediately add it to my TBR. I am a Rom Com fiend and I must read them ALL. Add on to that that Mei is a diverse girl in a STEM field and I JUST NEED IT OK?!

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Top Ten Books on my Winter TBR!

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 Winter TBR!
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In Texas we don't really get winters, so I'll just go with books that are released in the winter months of December, January, & February that I really hope to get to! Hopefully at least one of them has some type of winter element lol 

Foolish HeartsLove, Life, and the List

1. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills: Releases December 5, 2017

2. Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West: Releases December 26, 2017

Heart of IronThe Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

3. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston: Releases February 27, 2018

4. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: Releases January 2, 2018


Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)

5. Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman: Releases January 9, 2018

6. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu: Releases January 2, 2018

Shadowsong (Wintersong, #2)American Panda

7. Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones: Releases February 6, 2018

8. American Panda by Gloria Chao: Releases February 6, 2018

Let's Talk About LoveThe Hazel Wood

9. Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann: Releases January 23, 2018

10. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert: Releases January 30, 2018

Honorable Mentions:

Reign the Earth (The Elementae, #1)Tess of the Road
Gunslinger GirlPrince in Disguise
Daughter of the Siren Queen (Daughter of the Pirate King, #2)


Will you read any of these when they release this winter?!
Let me know if there's any I may have missed! 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #245 & the Weekly Wwrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

From Edelweiss:
 
Now a Major Motion PictureThe Secrets We Bury

From the Library:
An Enchantment of RavensThat Inevitable Victorian Thing

Audio Version of AEOR

The Weekly Wrap-Up!


Monday 11/20/17: No Post
Tuesday 11/21/17: Top 10 Books I'm Thankful for! 
Wednesday 11/22/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes 
Thursday 11/23/2017:  Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday 11/17/17: Book Blogger Hop: Bookstore vs Department Store
 Saturday 11/1/17:  Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Me On Instagram

No post! 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

ARC, 478 pages
Release Date: November 6, 2017
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Read from: November 6-24, 2017
Renegades, #1
Source: #BooksforTrade
For fans of: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Super-heroes, YA



     Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.
     The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.
     Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     As a Meyer fan since Cinder I was really worried about this book because it wasn't her usual. I have to admit I was looking for her fairy tale element. But this one was just as good. 
   I have to say the world was my favorite part. Meyer has the greatest imagination ever to come up with all the characters abilities and all the different names and stuff. I found myself saying I would love to do about 90% of the things from almost every character and put them altogether. 
     However I did feel if was a tad bit too long.  I could see why everything was in the story but I found myself having to take breaks in-between reading. That was part of the reason it took me a long while to read it. (Also because I had to write 5 papers before Thanksgiving but that's beside the point.) 
     And let's talk about this ending. Like WTF. Talk about bombshells. And then there was that one person that said that one phrase. Does that mean they were the one that did It? Ugh I have so many questions lol so if you read it too and also have questions, email/DM me on Twitter so we can discuss! 
 Overall, I give this

Friday, November 24, 2017

Book Blogger Hop: Bookstore vs Department Store!


 What's your immediate feeling when entering a bookstore, as compared to how you feel when entering a department store. 

Well, when I enter a department store I kind of feel intimidated.For the most part, I tend to gravitate to the same things and people keep hoping I will go a different route and it's so much pressure lol But I mostly feel the same way when I enter a bookstore. There's so many choices and I never decide until the very end EXACTLY what I want to buy. 

.......Unless I go in to the bookstore with a specific book in mind. Then I go in and get out before getting anything else lmao

How do you feel when going in a bookstore?
How do you feel when going in a department store?

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate!

I'll be with the family today, so I'll be back to the regular scheduled program tomrrow! 
Have a great day y'all!


Now tell me, what bookish things are you thankful for?


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes


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!

Hidden Pieces


     Embry Woods has secrets. Small ones about her past. Bigger ones about her relationship with town hero Luke and her feelings for someone new. But the biggest secret she carries with her is about what happened that night at the Sea Cliff Inn. The fire. The homeless guy. Everyone thinks Embry is a hero, too, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.
     Embry thinks she’ll have to take the secret to her grave, until she receives an anonymous note—someone else knows the truth. Next comes a series of threatening messages, asking Embry to make impossible choices, forcing her to put her loved ones at risk. Someone is playing a high stakes game where no one in Embry’s life is safe. And their last move is murder...
 

Published by: HarperTeen
Expected Publication: May 1, 2018

Why I'm Waiting: First of all, I LOVE Paula Stokes. And this just sounds amazing. Just like with This is How it Happened and Girl Against the Universe, I will probably read this in one sitting. I don't think I've ever read something so dark from her, but I'm excited for the challenge!  

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Books I'm Thankful for!

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:
Happy Thanksgiving week to those in the USA!
Top Ten Books I'm Thankful for!

The Hate U GiveDear Martin
Little & LionMy Heart and Other Black Holes
Turtles All the Way DownBad Romance
Goodbye DaysThe Serpent King
Alex, ApproximatelyRamona Blue

What books are you thankful for?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Stacking the Shelves and the Weekly Wrap-Up! #244

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

From Netgalley: 
American Panda#Prettyboy Must Die

From Edelweiss:
Before I Let GoFuryborn (The Empirium Trilogy, #1)

From the library:
Here We Are Now

For Review: 
Children of Blood and Bone

From Books for Trade: 
Reign of the Fallen

This week was pretty awesome for me! I definitely cannot complain about any of the books I got. I'm so excited for them ALL!!!! 

The Weekly Wrap-Up!




Wednesday 11/15/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Sea Witch by Sarah Henning
Thursday 11/16/2017:  The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine
Friday 11/17/17: Book Blogger Hop: Author Only Thanksgiving Party
 Saturday 11/1/17:  Justice League Movie Review

Me on Instagram:

We had our last session of Book Buddies today and it was definitely bittersweet! (A program where teen volunteers are paired with little kids to help them with reading!) I got a gift from one of the little buddies too. (No I did not cry.... Much. lmao) 

This week I spoke with about 514 kids at a school outreach. They were all so amazing! I bought them bookmarks that they could color and they were all so in love with them! They wanted to take a selfie with them smh lol 


And last but not least, hands down the BEST BLOGGER PACKAGE I've ever gotten. This thing is a BEAUTY and I cannot wait to get started on it! Thank you for one of my most anticipated reads of 2018 Fierce Reads! You have NO idea what it means to this diverse blogger!


What went on at your blog this week?