Tuesday, September 18, 2018

FINALLY! Something comes my way!


     It's not often we get authors I'm super excited for here in Houston, so when I saw this I KNEW I needed to hurry and book my place! I'll be there as a librarian, so I'll be working, but this is still going to be super fun! (Not for my pockets tho smh lol) 

     I plan on getting the new Lee and the new Legrand! Will I see you there? If so, come say hi! I want to meet EVERYONE! (I'll wear my nametag so you all can find me!) 

Which one of these are you most excited for? 
Have you met any of these authors before? 

Top 10... I mean 11 Books on my Fall 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 10  11 Books on my Fall TBR! 

I always do my lists for these based on the books that are released during this time. Why? Because let's be honest, I NEVER make a TBR list. I normally pick my next read based on what I'm in the mood for. 

Not Even Bones (Not Even Bones, #1)The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2)

1. Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer: I didn't know about this one until a couple weeks before its release, so I never got around to reading it. But I DO have a copy coming from the library that I can't wait for! (Released September 4, 2018)

2. The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: It took me a little while to get into the first one, but once I did, I really enjoyed it. And I have to say, I am super ready to laugh until I cry again like I did with Gentleman's Guide lolol (Releases October 2, 2018)

Empress of All SeasonsThis Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

3. Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean: This sounds like nothing I've ever read before and I'm super excited to see where this one goes. I can't wait to see how she defeats the seasons! (Releases November 6, 2018)

4. This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender: I LOVE the cover! And I kind of desperately need a rom com featuring POC, so I'm hoping this will scratch that itch for me. (Releases October 30, 2018)

MammothArchenemies (Renegades, #2)

5. Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky: PLUS SIZE STEM FASHIONISTA! That should be enough said. If that's not enough, just look how cute this cover is! (Releases November 8, 2018) 

6. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer: I re-read the last couple chapters of Renegades just to get ready for this one. And I still don't think I'm ready. This is going to blow my mind, just like the last one did! (Releases November 6, 2018)

Love à la ModeLittle White Lies

7. Love a la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm: I fell really hard for Prince in Disguise (it STAYS as a constant pick for my staff picks display...) And because of that, I'm expecting this one to be super cute too! And this one has a bonus.... There's desserts... (Releases November 27, 2018) 

8. Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes: I loved her Fixer series and since there's no more of that, I will take what I can get from her. And this one is about debutantes, and it seems like there's nothing more Southern, and I'm here for it lol (Releases November 6, 2018) 

What If It's UsHome and Away

9. What if it's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera: Two of my favorites! I can't wait to see what happens between these two! (Releases October 9, 2018) 

10. Home and Away by Candice Montgomery: Black MC. And she plays football. GIVE IT TO ME NOW. (Releases October 16, 2018)

Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

11. Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) by L.C. Rosen: I'd be lying if I said I didn't add this to my TBR because of the cover.... But the synopsis sounds super good too! And I've read that it helps to teach queer sex ed while still being fun, and I definitely need this for my teens! Can't wait for this one! (Releases October 30, 2018)

What about you?
What made your list? 
Any of these make your list too? 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

ARC, 289 pages
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Read from: September 12-16 ,2018
Source: TxLA 
For fans of: POC MC, Contemporary Romance, Re-tellings, YA

     Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.
     When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.
     But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.


    I am not a classics kind of person, so when this book's title and synopsis was released, I wasn't chomping at the bit to get to it. Until I saw it was by Ibi Zoboi. And now after reading this, I can honestly say that I can see myself giving the original classic a chance. That's how much I enjoyed this. 
"Late June in Brooklyn is like the very beginning of a party- when the music is really good, but you know its about to get way better, so you just do a little two-step before the real turn-up starts."
pg. 24
     Zuri and her family have lived in their own corner of Brooklyn their entire life. They know everyone and everything that happens in their hood. And then something she doesn't expect happens. A wealthy family moves in across the street and they go against everything that the hood Zuri knows stands for. But as their story unfolds, Zuri realizes she doesn't know as much as she thought she did.
"Read to travel." Papi always says. Every book is a different hood, a different country, a different world. Reading is how I visit places and people and ideas."
pg. 28
     The ONLY reason I didn't give this 5 stars was Zuri and her attitude. I'm not sure if that's how the characters in the original story is, but she was a little too prideful for me. I hated that because that was once me, except I was the Darius character. We don't act as if we're better than anyone, its just the way we were raised. I got in many a fight over that when I was in middle school because people said that. It hurt just as much reading it as it did when I went through it back then. I just really wanted Zuri to realize she was doing the very thing she was accusing him of doing. 
"What happened, Z? Is this an inside story or an outside story? Hot tea or iced tea? Spill it! I got my teacup right here!" She pretends to sip from a tiny cup while holding out her pinkie. ."
pg. 38
    As for the re-telling, I read the Sparknotes (don't judge me) and from what I can tell it was a solid re-telling. All the biggest events from it were in the book, but with its own spin and I loved that. Even though it was telling a different story, it still was able to tell its own. 
"Black clouds over Bushwick have a kind of magic to them. [...] Clouds are never just clouds in my hood. So when the sun takes cover, and the thunder rolls, I know something's about to go down."
pg. 47
     As for the romance, I wasn't really convinced with it. I'm not sure if the abrupt change from hating each other to being in love was the same in the original, but it didn't work for me here. I couldn't really define the place where she really began falling for him. It just seemed forced and not natural.
"Just because I like somebody doesn't mean I forget everything else in my life. People have relationships."
pg. 120
     As for the plot, I really did like the spin of gentrification. As much as I want to read a rom com with black leads, I love contemporary romances with heavy, hard hitting issues too. And this was one of them. It wasn't something I knew I needed until I read it. And sometimes, those are the best reads. 
"[...] the thing about sharp corners is, the right turns can bring you back home."
pg. 272
    After missing American Street when it released last year, I wasn't missing Ibi Zoboi's sophomore book for anything. And I'm so glad I didn't. Although this wasn't something I was expecting to like, it surprised me and got me interested in the story by Jane Austen. I'm hoping to try my luck with that one soon too!
Overall, I give this

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #286 & 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 Library:
Ruin of Stars (Mask of Shadows, #2)The Flight Attendant

For Review: 
White Stag

The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Tuesday 09/11/18: Top Ten Quiet Gems of Take Me Away...
Wednesday 09/12/18: Waiting on Wednesday: The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone
Thursday 09/13/2018: The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
Friday 09/14/18: Book Blogger Hop: To Read or Nah?
 Saturday 09/15/18: No Post

Me on Instagram:

A storm was coming.... And I was running inside to finish this beautiful book! That caption was too perfect not to share lol 

This week felt SO. LONG. It really felt like a week full of Mondays. And then Thursday came and we had a power outage. I was just DONE. Even more so when they stayed out until 2:45 and they kept us there the entire day. 

Saturday was our Read the Movie Book club. We watched Wonder Woman and read Wonder Woman: Warbringer. They knew the book was different from the movie, so I asked them to compare the two. The thing that stood out to them the most was the fact that she was always running -_- lmao smh Teens

Friday, September 14, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: To Read or Nah???

What author do you not read and why?

     There's not alot of authors I won't read, but for those that I don't, there's good reasons for it. Most times there's something in the book that someone has brought up that I'm not a fan of or there's something that I don't care for that the author has done. For those authors, I don't make much a fuss over because they don't really need anymore attention (which is why I didn't mention any by name) from me or anyone else. 

What about you?!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

ARC, 336 pages
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Published by: Rick Riordan Presents
Read from: September 8-12 ,2018
Source: TxLA
TW: Animal Death... Kinda
For fans of: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology (Mayan), Action, Adventure, Diversity (Physical), Sparkly Covers, Diverse Authors, Diverse Characters 

       Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He'd much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno—for his one good leg. What Zane doesn't know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he's destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in—unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can't even walk well without a cane?
     Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.


     As a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series, I have been itching for another questy mythology book. Knowing that this was coming out, I decided to give this one a try. And oh my gods! This was so good! It scratched the itch and definitely left me satisfied.
"I'd rather face a hundred hateful eyes than two crying ones."
pg. 4
     The volcano outside Zane's house would scare most 13 year olds, but not Zane. He seems to be drawn to it. When he has to leave it to go back to school, he meets a girl named Brooks who has some very weird information about him. So weird he doesn't think he believes her. Until what she said comes to true. How can Zane survive all the Mayan myths he didn't want to believe ever happened?
"...reading about a shape-shifter is totally different from seeing one in person. Or in animal."
pg. 39
     As usual, with every other book about mythology I've read, my favorite part of this was learning the Mayan myths! And I loved it a bit more because these were myths that I hadn't heard before. I learned so much just from reading the book and then I went and ordered some books on Mayan mythology from the library because I was that invested. Cervantes made learning about these gods and goddesses fun and I can definitely see tweens, teens, and adults being sucked into the Maya culture just like I was.
"Myths are real, Zane."
pg. 48
     I also loved her storytelling. [SMALL SPOILER] It's supposed to be written as a letter, but it reads just as one is sitting down and listening to a story. [/SPOILER] It's such an easy read and I got sucked into each page. I even told my husband we had to take-out one night because I didn't want to stop reading long enough to cook anything. If you plan on reading this soon, clear your schedule.
"This chocolate is from a very good year. [...] Hints of vanilla, cherry, and a splash of burnt caramel. Go on, taste it."
pg. 235
     I also loved the diversity in this story. From his disability to his ethnicity, I LOVED seeing a hero that looked like Zane. And I mean hero in every sense of the word. This is the number one thing I am thankful to Rick Riordan Presents for. Giving heroes a face like Zane's is AMAZING and I can't wait to have so many more heroes that are different than the "norm."
"I was getting pretty sick of that word deal. It was only four stupid letters strung together, but they had thorns that knew how to draw blood."
pg. 307
     The only thing I didn't care for though (and I may be being nit-picky) is the fact that it followed literally EVERY mythological fantasy troupe there is. [SPOILER]From having magical friends, to the Death guy being the bad guy, to the god having to reveal themself as the parent, it seemed like everyone was in this book.[/SPOILER] It didn't bother me too much, but I did wish there was some shock value to it. And I wished that they had gotten to the quest a bit faster. It seemed like the beginning was a tad bit too long, but it was covered with creatures and fights, so it was ok to look over.
"Death has a way of infesting whatever it touches."
pg. 325
     This was SO. GOOD. I was expecting to like it, but not to where I had to take 15 minute breaks at work to read more of it because I didn't want to put it down. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to wait a whole year before the next one. I can't wait to see what Zane and friends do next! Bravo, Cervantes!
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WoW: The Perfect Candidate by Peter Stone

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 Perfect Candidate

     From debut author Peter Stone comes a heart-stopping, pulse-pounding political thriller that’s perfect for fans of Ally Carter and House of Cards.
     When recent high school graduate Cameron Carter lands an internship with Congressman Billy Beck in Washington, DC, he thinks it is his ticket out of small town captivity. When he lacks connections and Beltway polish he makes up in smarts, and he soon finds a friend and mentor in fellow staffer Ariel Lancaster.
     That is, until she winds up dead.
     As rumors and accusations about her death fly around Capitol Hill, Cameron’s low profile makes him the perfect candidate for an FBI investigation that he wants no part of. Before he knows it—and with his family’s future at stake—he discovers DC’s darkest secrets as he races to expose a deadly conspiracy.
     If it doesn’t get him killed first.

Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Expected Publication: October 2, 2018

Why I'm Waiting: Since Scandal is over and Jennifer Lynn Barnes is not writing anymore of The Fixer series, I need another political thriller from somewhere! (The real life one isn't interesting yet. Until there's an impea..... Well anyways.....) This one sounds pretty promising. 

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Top 10 Quiet Gems of Take Me Away!

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 10 Quiet Gems of Take Me Away! 

The Girl You Thought I WasTrail of Lightning (The Sixth World, #1)
Undead Girl GangWhen Life Gives You Demons
CampfireAlways Forever Maybe
The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper, #1)
Broken Beautiful HeartsBusted

These may not be "Quiet Gems" to the rest of the world, but for many of these I had barely heard of them before they came out, or something was preventing me from WANTING to know about it. (Long story. If you wanna know, email me and I'll tell ya) But even still, once I got these in my hands, I ended up enjoying them quite a bit!

What about you?! 

Monday, September 10, 2018

People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

ARC, 428 pages
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Read from: September 6-8,2018
Source: TxLA
TW: Racism, Racist Slurs, Gun Violence
For fans of: Novels in Verse, Banned Books, Contemporary

     Someone will shoot. And someone will die.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins tackles gun violence and white supremacy in this compelling and complex novel.
     People kill people. Guns just make it easier.
     A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression?
     One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?


      When I saw this book on display at TxLA, I grabbed it. Where I work, my teens love her work and I thought it would make a good prize for them. But the I decided to crack it open and read it. For the most part it was good, but I ended up with way more than I bargained for.
     I know in the synopsis it mentions characters who are apart of a white nationalist group, but some of the events in the book were just too much for me. The racial slurs and "hunting" trips kept making me uncomfortable. Very few things make me uncomfortable in books, but this is one of them. I do not like hearing/reading about hate crimes, and that's mostly what one of the characters thrived off. I also don't feel like September was the right month to release this one with it being so close to Hispanic Heritage Month.
     The rest of the book was ok, I liked the way she tied everyone together at the end, and I liked the way it delivered the message, but I just don't agree with having that character being that much of the plot. I just couldn't get over it and it made me disinterested in the rest of the book.
DNF @ pg. 230

Page to Screen Review: You, S1: E1 (Pilot)

TV-MA, 60 minutes
Release Date: September 9, 2018

     A clever bookstore manager relies on his savvy Internet know-how to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him. (From IMDb)


   I didn't even know about this adaptation until just a few days ago and I'm not sure how. It literally came out of nowhere, but I was still super excited to see it. The book was actually really fresh in my mind (I just read it for the first time in April) and I really wanted to see how they brought this book to life.
     As for the similarities in the book, it's only the first episode, but so far, so much is the same! I'm actually really impressed with how close its already come. I'm just hoping that they don't set it up with all the similarities in the beginning and then have nothing to tie the two together in the end. I would much rather them spread that content out than have them make up whatever they want in the end. (In fairness, it is a pretty long book so we'll see how this goes....) 
     As for the acting, I thought it was really good! I really LOVED who they picked for Joe (Penn Badgley). He NAILED it. Down to the voice. When I read YOU I listened to the audio and the narrator and him sound so similar. (To me anyways!) I loved that he sounded like the Joe I already had in my head. 
    Lastly, I actually really loved how they made him seem so much like a good guy....Until he wasn't. Because that's exactly how the book makes the reader feel. You start by thinking he's super cool and so interesting and OMG he reads.... And then, just like love, he changes over time. I can't wait to see what else they do with him for the season!
     The pilot turned out to be a promising start to this new tv series. I've already set my DVR to record the rest of the series just in case. I really hope the rest of the series lives up to the momentum that the pilot has given. Thank you Lifetime for picking this up and thank you Caroline Kepnes for the book that started it all! 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #285 & 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 Library:

The Last Best Story

From Publishers/Netgalley/Edelweiss: 
Fake BloodThe Perfect Candidate

The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Tuesday 09/04/18: Top Ten Binge-worthy TV Shows!
Wednesday 09/05/18: Waiting on Wednesday: Love a la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Thursday 09/06/2018: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Friday 09/07/18: Book Blogger Hop: Take Me Away... To the Place where the Book is Set! 
 Saturday 09/08/18: Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner

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