Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: My favorite Comics, Graphic Novels, & Manga!

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 of my favorite Comics, Graphic Novels, & Manga!

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No NormalBlack Panther #1
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFFGoldie Vance Vol. 1
Wonder Woman, Volume 1: The Lies

Graphic Novels: 
Cancer VixenThe Walking Dead, Vol. 01: Days Gone Bye
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy (Lumberjanes #1-4)Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1)

Sailor Moon, #1 (Sailor Moon, #1)

Have you read any of these?
Do you want to?
Let me know in the comments! 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Hardcover, 384 pages
Release Date: Jannuary 10. 2017
Published by: Tor Teen
Read from: January 20-25, 2017 
The Witchlands, #2
Source: Library
For fans of: Fantasy, Witchery, YA 

     Sometimes our enemies are also our only allies… After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead.      Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.
     When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?
     After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.


     I waited to write this review because I legit thought I might be going back to this one. I thought I was stuck in a reading slump and therefore even stuff I knew I would like, I didn't. But unfortunately it didn't happen with this book. 
     I was all set to read this and was so happy to start reading it that I abandoned my current read to start this one. When it took me 3 days to read the first 100 pages I should've known smething was up then. I normally read 100+ pages a day, so me reading this so slow wasn't at all normal. That normally means I'm always distracted and keep finiding other things to do while I'm reading. In other words, I get bored easily. And I think that's what happened here.
     Now before you throw tomatoes at me, there wasn't really anything wrong with the book, it was just a lot slower than it predecessor. By page 28 I was excited for all the action and blood and gore, but then by page 120 there was nothing else happening. I always give myself 100 pages and if it's not catching my attention, I let it go. I decided I would listen to the audio, but then I saw someone else say the audio didn't help the story. With that, I knew I just wasn't a fan anymore,
     Even I am a little sad because I LOVED the first one. I was fascinated by the world and the way the magic worked. But this one just seemed too much like a filler. I can imagine the ending was spectacular like Truthwitch's, but I just can't see myself getting through another 300 pages of what I had already experienced. 
     However, I am sad that I won't be continuing the series, so all spoilers are welcome lol But please, DM me or send me an email. Keep the spoilers quiet people! And as always, just because something wasn't for me, doesn't mean it's not for you! I say give it a try and let me know what you think! 

DNF @ page 125

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #207 & 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 Dragon's Price (Transference, #1)Dreadnought (Nemesis, #1)

From the library: 
Take the Key and Lock Her Up (Embassy Row, #3)

Weekly Wrap-Up:
Monday 01/23/17: No post
Tuesday 01/24/17: Top 10 of my Favorite PETS in YA!
Wednesday 01/25/17: Waiting on Wednesday: The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring
Thursday 01/26/2017: No Post. 
Friday 01/13/17: Follow Friday: Blogging Tips!
Saturday 01/14/17:  READy to Talk: What happened to me & then some GOOD NEWS! 

Me on Instagram @take_me_awayyy:
No post. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

READy to Talk: What's Happened to Me and my Recent Job Change!!!

     Ok, so I have some information that I have been sitting on for a while and it's the reason I'm not really reading OR posting reviews. I got some really great news at work and then something was told to me that I just couldn't be happy about it anymore. And then of course, I got upset because I couldn't even stand to be happy for myself due to other people. 
     So, here's the story. After the ALA award winners were announced, there's a person at my job (who we'll call HER) who stated that with the award winners there were "no white people. Everything feels so forced now." I'm a little annoyed at this because reallly? But now I'm not sure what to do because she didn't tell me these words (because obviously) but she did tell someone else. I'm even more irritated because the person she told that to was a Person of Color as well. And to add on to that, let's just say HER works with kids and is thinking this way. What can I really say if she didn't say it to me and I can't convince the person she did say it to that she hould say something?  
     But anyways, this brings me to why I'm happy. Later that day I got news that I oficially got a position added to my job title. I'm now a Young Adult Youth Services Specialist. Meaning I'm intercting more with the Young Adult Librarian, I get to help her with programs, make up some of my own, and I get to pick a project to do for the teen group at the branch. After what had happened to me earlier that day, this was just what I needed to hear. Our teen librarian is amazing and she's super smart. Learning from her and helping her is going to be so much fun!
     This week has been a roller coaster and I am so glad it's my weekend off. Hopefully soon I can forgive HER for what she said. I won't forget it. But I can forgive HER. And hopefully then, I can finally be happy for myself and get back to reading. 

Until then,
Nikki H. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Follow Friday: Blogging Tips!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

what are some tips that help you with blogging?
I won't lie, alot of times I DO feel this get out of hand because I try to keep up with everything and other blogs and yada yada yada. But I have to remind myself that that's not nnecessary. I don't work for my blog, it's a hobby. Stressing myself out over a hobby makes it not a hobby anymore. I read because I want to. Same reason I made a blog. The moment it stops being fun to me is the moment I won't want to do this anymore. In short, I'm just saying have fun. Do what you want. It's your blog. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring

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 Football Girl

     For every athlete or sports fanatic who knows she’s just as good as the guys. This is for fans of The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen, Grace, Gold, and Glory by Gabrielle Douglass and Breakaway: Beyond the Goal by Alex Morgan.
     The summer before Caleb and Tessa enter high school, friendship has blossomed into a relationship…and their playful sports days are coming to an end. Caleb is getting ready to try out for the football team, and Tessa is training for cross-country.
     But all their structured plans derail in the final flag game when they lose. Tessa doesn’t want to end her career as a loser. She really enjoys playing, and if she’s being honest, she likes it even more than running cross-country. So what if she decided to play football instead? What would happen between her and Caleb? Or between her two best friends, who are counting on her to try out for cross-country with them? And will her parents be upset that she’s decided to take her hobby to the next level? This summer Caleb and Tessa figure out just what it means to be a boyfriend, girlfriend, teammate, best friend, and someone worth cheering for.

Expected Publication: April 4, 2017
Published by: Delacorte Press

Why I'm Waiting: Ok, this is an amazing looking book with a fierce looking cover. It has two things I love in it sports (mainly football) and super fierce girls. I cannot wait to see how they portray Tessa. I can oly hope that they make this Pitch for footballin YA! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

TTT: Freebie- My Favorite Pets in YA/MG!

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:
Once I did one of my all time favorite TTT freebies with my favorite kids in YA. I've been wanting to do another like it, but I went with a little something different this time. This time I chose:
My Favorite Pets in YA/MG!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

1. Hedwig: He was such an amazing owl and he was the absolue perfect pet for Harry as well. If I had an owl, I would hope he was something like Hedwig!

2. Fleetfoot: I love this freeaking dog lol I was terrified for her a couple times, but she was still a really great dog! 

My Life Next DoorHeir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

3. Voldemort: If you've read this, you know that this is a snake and not the super evil man who likes to hang out in weird places lol 

4. Abraxos: At first I didn't really care for Manon, but I've always liked her pet. Abraxos is cool and definitely looks out for Manon. Everything that a pet shoud do. (Don't tell Abraxos I said pet either. I'm almost positive he doesn't like it lol)

The Unexpected EverythingDefending Taylor

5. Birdie: Y'all know about that ONE scene where everyone was terrified for him? If not, you should read it and tell me if you cry. So that way I don't feel so alone haha Because I definitely did!

6. Chickadee: Kenneally that entire bit about the little chick flapping his wings a everything and then attacking everyone was enough for me to laugh out loud and then get strange looks from other people. Best visual ever. 

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)The Princess in Black (The Princess in Black, #1)

7. Allegro: Ok, there's really nothing to say here besides the fact that I love her name! She wasn't around long, but she was still a really awesome cat!

8. Frimplepants: Besides the cool name lol The fact that she goes undercover like her master is pretty awesome as well lol 

Towers FallingP.S. I Like You
9. Blaze: He's also a horse, but has a pretty sad backstory. It's a pretty sad story for him, but I can tell he was a really great horse!

10. Bugs: I have to be honest, I don't think I've ever read in a story about one of the pets peeing on one of the potential love interests, but omg it was hilarious haha If you haven't read this, please do, if not just for that one part lol 

What about you?
Who are your favorite pets in YA/MG?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #206 & 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:
If Birds Fly BackThe Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Spirit HuntersI See London, I See France (I See London, I See France #1)
Dividing EdenThe Secret History of Us
Eliza and Her Monsters

Weekly Wrap-Up:
Monday 01/16/17: No post
Tuesday 01/17/17: Top 10 Underrated/ Hidden Gems I've Read! 
Wednesday 01/11/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Overturned by Lamar Giles
Thursday 01/12/2017: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Friday 01/13/17: Books to Movies in 2017?
Saturday 01/14/17:  No post. 

Me on Instagram @take_me_awayyy:

Friday, January 20, 2017

Follow Friday: Books to Movies in 2017?

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

what book to movie coming out in 2017 are you most excited for?
Hmmmm actual book to movie? Idk. But COMIC book to movie is most definitely: 
Image result for wonder woman movie

Anyone just "knew" that would be my answer? 
Arre you excited about this too?
What did you pick?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Audiobook, 6 CD's
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Read from: January 5-18, 2017 
Source: Library
For fans of: Inclusive Literature, YA, Contemporary, Romance, LOL, Realistic Fiction 

     An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.


     I have been off and on about reading this book since it's release. I'm glad I got around to reading it, but now I'm just as conflicted about how much I liked it as well lol 
     Audrey has an anxiety disorder that interrupts almost everything. She is making progress with her doctor, but then she meets Linus, her brother's friend, who helps her a little bit more. 
     Ok, the entire best thing about this book is the humor. There were so many times I laughed out loud while listening to this. And when I say laughing out loud, I mean literally laughing until I cried. I listen to audiobooks on my way to work and I'm sure that every car I passed thought I was having the best phone call in the entire world or something because of my laughing fits. There was so much to laugh and love about Audrey's family and it really made the book for me.
     Unfortunately, that was really the only thing I just LOVED about this book. I did like Audrey's family, but it seemed to be more about them than her. I mean, Frank seemed like the main character of the story with the LOC and the computer games and such. Audrey seemed sort of like a back story until she "found" Linus. Now Linus didn't "cure"her, but he did help her to become more comfortable by giving her different "challenges" as they called them. And I appreciated that. (But now that I think about it... Was Audrey the background character because she had social anxiety and didn't want to be the center of attention???)
      I also didn't like that we didn't really find out what happened to Audrey. I mean they basically said she "got sick" because of what they did to her, but there were never any specifics. There is a mention of bullying, but with all the talk about it, I still felt a bit left out because I didn't know what happened. Kind of like an inside secret between friends, but there's one friend who doesn't understand. I was that friend who didn't understand and it just got kind of annoying. 
     I can't say that I loved or hated this one, but I did throughly enjoy it. The humor alone was reason enough for me to want to read this again. If only to scare people while I'm driving lol 
Overall, I give this

*There will be no quotes as I was reading this via "audio."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Overturned by Lamar Giles

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!


     Nikki Tate is infamous, even by Las Vegas standards. Her dad is sitting on death row, convicted of killing his best friend in a gambling dispute turned ugly. And for five years, he’s maintained his innocence. But Nikki wants no part of that. She’s been working on Operation Escape Vegas: playing in illegal card games so she can save up enough money to get out come graduation day.
     Then her dad’s murder conviction is overturned. The new evidence seems to come out of nowhere and Nikki’s life becomes a mess when he’s released from prison. Because the dad who comes home is not the dad she remembers. And he’s desperately obsessed with finding out who framed him—and why.
     As her dad digs into the seedy underbelly of Vegas, the past threatens everything and Nikki is drawn into his deadly hunt for the truth. But in the city of sin, some sinners will do anything to keep their secrets, and Nikki soon finds herself playing for the biggest gamble ever—her life.

Expected Publication: March 28, 2017
Published by: Scholastic

Why I'm Waiting: Ok, so this sounds so freaking good. I am in love with thrillers as it is, and this one features Vegas, illegal card games, murder convictions, and so much more! Like how can you NOT be excited about this book?! I cannot wait to have this in my hands and you shouldn't either! 

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