Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

e-ARC, 368 pages
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Published by: HarperTeen
Read from: March 18, 2018
Source: Edelweiss (I received a copy of this book from the Edelweiss and the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.
For fans of:  Verse, Diverse Reads, #OwnVoices, Poetry, Contemporary, Body Image, Debut Author, Realistic Fiction, YA

     A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
     Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
     But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
     So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
     Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.


     If you know me, you know I am NOT the biggest fans of novels in verse. In fact, I do my best to stay away from them! (Hence the reason I can count on two hands how many I've reviewed on the blog haha) But then sometimes a book like The Poet X comes along and makes me want to change my mind about them.....
"When your body takes up more room than your voice you are always the target of well-aimed rumors, which is why I let my knuckles talk for me."
     A girl and her mother see differently on something very important: her mother's religion. Her mother wants to keep her hidden away and quiet, but Xiomara has so much to say that she can't keep it contained. She discovers slam poetry and a whole new escape plan opens up for her.
"This is the typical hood school, and not too long ago it was considered one of the worst in the city: gang fights in the morning and drug deals in the classroom. It's not like that anymore, but one thing I know fir sure is that reputations last longer than the time it takes ti make them."
     Although I'm not a fan of novels in verse, the storytelling and writing style in this one was phenomenal. I'm always amazed when I can get a complete story just by reading a book of poems. I know that doesn't make much sense, but it seems as if it should be so much harder to put together a story without making it seem choppy when you write it in poem style. And Acevedo did just that.
"Just because your father's present doesn't mean he isn't absent."
     I also really loved Xiormara's character. She was a strong female character that I was glad to read about during Women's History Month. She didn't take crap from anyone and I loved how she was able to beat up anyone, no matter who they were. It made me feel empowered just from reading her story. Lastly, I really loved that Acevedo made her curvy and beautiful. It's not something that we see enough in books.
"Sometimes the best way to love someone is to let them go."
     I also really liked the real life aspect of religion. It made me a bit uncomfortable because I'm Catholic and alot of those things that came up in her life, once came up in mine. It felt like I was reading about my own life at some points. It was a little different because she's Dominican, but lawd if some things didn't line up. Her mom was the equivalent to my grandmother, and I could feel her agreeing with her from Heaven lol I hope teens (and anyone else who reads this) all feel a connection like this when they read it!
"Not every fight can be fought with gloves, Xiomara."
     I'm someone who still doesn't care for many novels in verse, but novels like this one and Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds are determined to make me change my mind about them. Finding more like these two would most definitely make me have a change of heart and read more.
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WoW: Charlie Hernandez & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo

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!

Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows

     The Lightning Thief meets the Story Thieves series in this middle grade fantasy inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America.
     Charlie Hernández has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. He loves the culture, the art, and especially the myths. Thanks to his abuela’s stories, Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls who have spent the last five hundred years haunting the imaginations of children all across the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Central and South America. And even though his grandmother sometimes hinted that the tales might be more than mere myth, Charlie’s always been a pragmatist. Even barely out of diapers, he knew the stories were just make-believe—nothing more than intricately woven fables meant to keep little kids from misbehaving.
     But when Charlie begins to experience freaky bodily manifestations—ones all too similar to those described by his grandma in his favorite legend—he is suddenly swept up in a world where the mythical beings he’s spent his entire life hearing about seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Hispanic folklore and into his life. And even stranger, they seem to know more about him than he knows about himself.
     Soon, Charlie finds himself in the middle of an ancient battle between La Liga, a secret society of legendary mythological beings sworn to protect the Land of the Living, and La Mano Negra (a.k.a. the Black Hand), a cabal of evil spirits determined to rule mankind. With only the help of his lifelong crush, Violet Rey, and his grandmother’s stories to guide him, Charlie must navigate a world where monsters and brujas rule and things he couldn’t possibly imagine go bump in the night. That is, if he has any hope of discovering what’s happening to him and saving his missing parents (oh, and maybe even the world).
     No pressure, muchacho.

Expected Publication: October 23, 2018
Published By: Aladdin

Why I'm Waiting: The Lightning Thief name drop and then there's the fact that it's mythology from a culture that I haven't seen many MG/YA books about. I'm super excited to learn more about these myths, these characters, and this authors! 

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Top Ten (Or Thirteen) Books on my Spring TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish and is now run by Jana at That Artsy Reader GirlEach week she will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top Ten  Thirteen Books on my Spring TBR!

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 March, April, and May that I'm most excited for! 

Tyler Johnson Was HereEmergency Contact
Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)Starry Eyes
Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)Leah on the Offbeat
Ash PrincessSky in the Deep
Legendary (Caraval, #2)Listen to Your Heart
LIFEL1K3Anger Is a Gift
Furyborn (Empirium, #1)

What books coming out are you excited about this spring? 

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

e-ARC, 308 pages
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Published by: Simon Pulse
Read from: March 14-18, 2018
Source: Edelweiss (I received a copy of this book from the Edelweiss and the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
For fans of:  Paranormal, Romance, Witches, Magic, Ghosts, Pretty Covers, Magical Realism, 

     Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…
     Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.
     Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.
     Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.
     Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.
     But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.


      I have to admit, when I saw this book, I only wanted to read it becasue of the cover. I'm not usually one who likes books about withces, but I stuck my neck out and gave it a chance. It turned out to completely different than I expected and I really enjoyed it. 
"Everyone believes they're immune. Until they're not."
pg. 43
     Sparrow, Oregon has been cursed for over 200 years by the legend of the Swan sisters. Every summer they come back on the notes of a song and steal the bodies of three girls and then drown boys as the summer goes on. But this year is different. Penny meets Bo and suddenly secrets from everyone start to come out. But who can trust who? And will you really risk it? 
"It's as predictable as the tide and the moon. It ebbs and flows. Death comes and goes."
pg. 68
     The world building in this was superb y'all. I really felt like I was on the beach, in the parties, in the lighthouse, and more. Maybe it's because I from a place with a beach and I can recognize these things, but I really felt pulled into Ernshaw's story and really felt like I was in Sparrow. 
"Love is an enchantress- devious and wild. It sneaks up behind you, soft and gentle and quiet, just before it slits your throat."
pg. 177
     Come to think of it, the world-building was probably the reason I didn't mind that this was about witches. Ernshaw does a great job of providing details about the back-story as well as giving the details of how the sisters survive. You may not get the information all at once, but that's what makes the story. 
"Apparently, love is the worst kind of maddness."
pg. 200
          The only complaint I had about this story was the plot. In many places it dragged, but I decided to stick with it because I was still intrigued. But once it got to the plot twist, the story sped up and I didn't want to put it down. Granted the plot twist is after 200 pages and many of you who read it will have some suspicion, but it will still throw you for a loop. 
"If only love were so easily conjured, there wouldn't be so many broken hearts..."
pg. 236
     Lastly, this book was so well written I found myself highlighting so many different phrases and words. Ernshaw has a beautiful writing style that pulled me into Sparrow and kept me there until the very end. From the descriptions of the characters to the description of the places surrounding them and even the cats, I loved reading her words. 
"She belongs where the land meets the sea"
pg. 308
     I wasn't supposed to like so much of this book based on my past interests. But this book surprised me so much. I loved so much about it and really didn't have any issues with it. Although the plot could have moved a bit faster, I do appreciate the way in which she told the story. Thank you Ernshaw for creating such a magical story that made me want to open my mind to other books about magic and witches.
Overall, I give this

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #260 & 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.

From the Publishers: 
The Way You Make Me FeelA Blade So Black
Sky in the Deep

From the Library: 
The WifeThe Traitor's Game (The Traitor's Game, #1)Say You'll Remember Me

I stayed away from McGarry's newest because I thought it was part of a series. And then I found out it wasn't and now I NEED it. 

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Wednesday 03/14/18: Waiting on Wednesday: The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Friday 03/16/18: Book Blogger Hop: Flashback Friday
 Saturday 03/17/18:  Book to Movie Review: Love, Simon

Me on Instagram

I bookpushed Children of Blood and Bone to my mom and I have been asking her every five minutes what part is she on smh 

Saturday night living <3

What went on at your blog this week?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Book to Movie Review: Love, Simon

PG-13, 109 minutes
Release Date: March 16, 2018

     Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity. (From IMDb)


     Everything about this was amazing. Can I just use that as my review? I laughed, I cried, and I swooned. All three of my favorite things. I've seen it twice, and I already want to see it ten more times. If that's not enough to convince you to see it, I don't know what is. 
     In the movie version of Becky Albertalli's book, Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda, Simon Spier is keeping a huge secret. Something that will change the way his family, friends, and everyone looks at him. He's gay. But when someone finds out and blackmails him, he must do what he can to keep his secret from coming out before he's ready. 
     First off, can we talk about the cast?! My goodness everyone was the PERFECT person for each role and I was so impressed with how they embraced their roles. Everyone was perfect at each of their roles. (Can we talk about that scene when he finally goes off on that person for doing that terrible thing? The entire theater at my screening started applauding. It. Was. PERFECTION.)  I'm not sure I could have asked for a better Simon, Blue, or set of Simon's parents. They were all amazing and I loved seeing them come to life on the big screen. 
     I also really loved the movie adaptation. Although EVERY single detail wasn't in the movie, I felt a good amount of them were and that was fine with me. The Oreos made an apperance, the most important quotes that needed to be there, the chalkboard wall, the Halloween party, everything that I wanted to see portrayed was there and I was thankful. This is definitely one of the best books to movies adaptations I've seen and I'm so happy for Becky that it turned out amazing. Dare I say I might even have loved the movie just a little bit more than the book. (And if you know me, you know I NEVER say this.) And let's just say the changes they made were very miniscule. They had what mattered in the story, so that was good enough for me. (As long as my favorite quote, "there shouldn't even be a default," and the ferris wheel scene were the same, the rest of the movie could've been completely different lol) 
     Lastly, my favorite thing about this was looking around the theater and seeing all the different people there in the theater. There were people like me who were by themselves, there were gay and straight couples, book lovers, older people, teens, and movie critics. This is a feel good romance for anyone, no matter what your background is. This movie is so important and its such a good love story that everyone will be drawn to it. 
     This movie is a universal feel good romance. I can't wait for everyone to see it and read it or re-read it now. Simon and his friends deserve all the hype their getting and I hope you all love it as much as I do. They deserve it. 
Overall, I give this

P.S. I have to go back and watch it AGAIN to go back and look for the Easter eggs. (Like the Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli cameos, and the Adam Silvera books on his shelves.) The first time I saw it I was just watching it. Now I want to watch it to search for all the things I didn't catch the first time lol Is there anyone out there that caught them all? 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Flashback Friday!

 Who is your favorite children's book author and why?

Margaret Wise Brown by Consuelo Kanaga, 82.65.1833 01.jpg
(Picture from Wikipedia)

I am not ashamed of my young obsession with Goodnight, Moon. My mom told me I listened to her read that book every night for 6 months. And even now to this day, I still own that tattered copy and can't wait to read it to my own future kids. Margaret Wise Brown was and still is a favorite of mine.

(Picture from

As I got older, I found I had another obsession..... The Babysitter's Club books. I remember owning every one of them and reading them all completely in order. I loved them all and I really hope they'll still be talked about and loved when I finally have a child and they can read them

What about you?
Who are your favoritie childhood authors?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Hardcover, 334 pages
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Read from: March 9-14, 2018
Daughter of the Pirate King, #2
Source: Library
For fans of:  Fantasy, Sirens, Magic, Pirates, Adventure, Romance, YA

     Alosa's mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he's under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father's justice.
     When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.


     So I read in the acknowledgements that she had a hard time while writing this book? And honestly, I'm like HOW? This book was excellent and actually my favorite of the two. I really enjoyed this book, but I really hate that this is the end. 
"My methods of interrogation have been known to make men lose their minds."
pg. 29
   Alosa has finished the mission that her father set her on, but then she hears from one of her prisoners that her father is keeping a major secret from her. In the midst of determining the truth, she finds out more information that leaves her reeling. She now sees her father and his keep for what they truly are: monsters. She does everything she can to reach the treasure before they do and keep those she cares about out of harm's way.
"If this arrangement is going to work, you're going to need to remember that we're not only women, we're pirates. [...] "You wouldn't give a second thought to a couple of men aboard your ship behaving in such a way or talking such talk. You do not get to judge us more harshly for being women. It's not fair, and it doesn't make sense. Not to mention I'll throw your arse overboard if I catch you doing it again."
pg. 50
     I was late to the party with this series originally. But I was still able to read it a couple months ago and I fell in love with thecharacters. That spcific detail transferred to this story too. I loved Alosa so much more this time and it wasso great to be back in her head again. And for her to be a pirate, it was pretty cool. I loved the siren side of her as well. It was pretty cool to learn about the legends behind them. It was pretty awesome. 
"You"-deepbreath-"are a monster." "And you've made the monster angry. Start talking."
pg. 79
     I also really liked the writing style. Just like last time I eased into the story and then got caught there. I hardly ever take 15 minute breaks, but with this one I found myself taking one just to dive back in and read. The entire book everytime I felt like things were ok, there was some huge surprise that happened that I wasn't expecting and I was holding my breath. Definitely not what I was expecting, but it was amazing.
""I may not have been born in the sea, but I was born to rule it. I am the daughter of the siren queen."
pg. 210
     I also really loved the world building. Although a bit more could have been done on the descriptions of the setting, it was also cool to be able to come up with those pictures in my own mind. Especially since it was a fantasy, it would've been cool to have a clearer picture from the author.
"You are perfect just the way you are," he continues, "and I wouldn't change a single thing about you."
pg. 244
   This book was an amazing series ender and I'm still upset that it was just a duology. It was a very interesting series about a girl who has a Pirate King father and a Siren Queen mother who had more power than she thought. I can't wait to see what else it is that Levenseller brings to her next book. Hopefully it wil be an epilogue of a thing they talked about in the book.....
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WoW: The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

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 Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Guide, #2)

     Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bone setting—or that she’s not smarter than most people she knows, or that she cares about anything more than her dream of becoming a doctor.
     A year after an accidentally whirlwind tour of Europe, which she spent evading highwaymen and pirates with her brother Monty, Felicity has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of Callum Doyle, a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh; and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.
     But then a small window of hope opens. Doctor Alexander Platt, an eccentric physician that Felicity idolizes, is looking for research assistants, and Felicity is sure that someone as forward thinking as her hero would be willing to take her on. However, Platt is in Germany, preparing to wed Felicity’s estranged childhood friend Johanna. Not only is Felicity reluctant to opening old wounds, she also has no money to make the trip.
     Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid. In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that will lead her from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.

Expected Publication: October 2, 2018
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books

Why I'm Waiting: I'm not a fan of historical fiction, but I LOVED the audio of the first book. I can only hope that the hilarity of it is in this book too. I also can't wait to get my hands on this book because I NEED to see Felicity showing up all the guys in this book lolol 

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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Top Ten Books that Surprised Me! (In a Good or Bad Way)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish and is now run by Jana at That Artsy Reader GirlEach week she will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books that Surprised Me! (In a Good or Bad Way)

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)Prince in Disguise

1. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu: I've finished only one book by Lu, and this one was it. That's why I was so surprised about it lol 

2. Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm: Bruh, I never would've thought I would have loved this as much as I did, but I fell in LOVE with this book. It was hilarious and it was so sweet. It was amazing and of course now I want to read it again. 

Top ElfRenegades (Renegades, #1)

3. Top Elf by Caleb Zane Huett: One of the only MG books that I read last year and I LOVED it! It was super funny and had the cutest little elves. Why don't more people write books about elves and Santa competitions? 

4. Renegades by Marissa Meyer: As a Meyer fan, I wasn't surprised that I liked this one. I was not prepared however, for the ending. It surprised the CRAP out of me. So much so that I shouted "WHAT?!" in the middle of the bus we were on. (We were on our way to New Orleans smh lol) 

An Enchantment of RavensLong Way Down

5. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson: I was definitely surprised that I didn't care for this book as much as everyone else. I'm beginning to think I just don't care for fae. (Save for my fae husband, Rhys lol) 

6. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds: I LOVED this! It's a novel in verse so I wasn't expecting to like it so much. (I normally don't care for verse) But this one surprised me. It was told in a way that I had never read before, and it's now one of my favorites. 

Turtles All the Way DownAlex and Eliza (Alex & Eliza, #1)

7. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green: I liked some of his work, but others not so much. But this one seemed to tell the story of me. It depicts my struggle with anxiety and when I go into "rabbit holes" and don't sleep and such, and I wish I had had this back when I was a teen. 

8. Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz: If you know me, you know I HATE historical fiction. The only reason I even decided to read this was because I had a huge test to do and it was the only audiobook I hadn't read that was available. 

When We CollidedStalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)
9. When We Collided by Emery Lord: Again I have always been a fan of Lord's, but I was not expecting to love this one THIS much. It was so interesting to see so much of me in Vivi and I wish I had this book as a teen. 

10. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco: Another book that I LOVE that was so shocking because I hate historical fiction. I have come to the realization that as long as there is another component (like a mystery of love story) than I may come to actually like it. 

What books surprised you?
Any of these surprise you as well?