Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney

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!

A Blade So Black

     The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.
     Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice's handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she'll need to use everything she's learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

Published by: Imprint
Expected Publication: September 25, 2018

Why I'm Waiting: Normally I use my most anticipated book of the year as the first WoW of the year, but this year I didn't have a cover or synopsis to use. Now that they're here, I can honestly say this is without a doubt my most anticipated book of 2018. I cannot wait to have this book in my hands! It not only has a gorgeous cover, but it also sounds amazing! ANDDDDD it's a retelling of Alice in Wonderland! Y'all know retellings are my kroptyonite! I can read them all day! And let's be real, if you think I'm not excited about fantasy with a black girl, you're outta your mind!!!!!!!!!!!  (P.S. Y'ALL THIS COVER GIVES ME CHILLSSSSS!)

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

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Bookish Resolutions/Goals!

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 Bookish Resolutions/Goals

1. Read more diversely: Read more than just what caters to me or those close to me. 

2. Become more active on social media: I normally don't say anything at all unless it has to do with a book or my dog. I use my personal one more. But lately I haven't used either and I want to remedy that!

3. Add my reviews to Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble: I used to be REALLY GOOD at doing this, but after B&N made that rule to where you can only add a review if the book is out, it kinda went to the backburner. But now I have a new system and hopefully it works easier that way. 

4. Develop more original content: I have SO MANY IDEAS, but because of school I had no time to implement them. But now that I have more free time, I plan to do all the things I couldn't do before. 

5. Go to more author signings and conferences: I have plans to do both of these things, but only 2 of each. But I want to do MORE. 

6. Read more outside my comfort zone: I didn't realize this was a problem until I realized out of the 6 books I've already read this year, 3 were contemp romance, 2 were comic books, and 1 was fantasy. I want to read more fantasy, more historical fiction, and more MG. 

7. Don't be afraid to be the black sheep: I sometimes find that I refrain to post reviews I DNF'ed or books that I didn't like because I'm the black sheep.... Not in 2018. If a book's not for me, it's just not for me. 

8. STOP BUYING/ REQUESTING BOOKS BASED ON THE COVER: If you know me, you know I have this BAD. I can't stop it tho. I wish this wasn't such a huge thing I struggle with, but I can't shake it. This year I want to do better about this and at the very least limit the pretty cover books to checking them out from the library so there's no commitments lol 

9. Try my hand at being a bookstagrammer: I have 0 props (I have a very active puppy who likes to chomp on anything left sitting out lolol) but I want to get more as I build my library back up in the new apartment

10. Replace your bookshelves: I lost 3 floor to ceiling book shelves in my old apartment, so now I'm hanging on to the one floor to ceiling bookshelf in my living room. Before the year is over I want to replace my shelves and build my library like I planned to do in my old apartment before we were displaced! 

What are your resolutions/goals?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

ARC, 370 pages
Release Date: January 23, 2018
Published by: Soho Teen
Read from: January 12-14, 2018
Reign of the Fallen, #1
Source: #booksfortrade
For fans of:  LGBTQ+, Fantasy, Necromancy, Romance, YA

     Odessa is one of Karthia's master necromancers, catering to the kingdom's ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it's Odessa's job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised--the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.
    A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa's necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead--and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer's magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?


     First things first.... I have to admit I wanted to read this so bad because of the beautiful cover. But then I read the synopsis and found out what would be on the inside, I really wanted it. This book has been on my TBR for a while, so it's no surprise that I got to it as soon as I could.
"Progress,' the king always says when he gives his twiceyearly public address, 'is a slow-acting poidon that will ensure Karthia's eventual death.'"
pg. 9
     In this world, the Dead never really die if they choose not to. They are covered with a shroud to be raised by the Necromancer before they can become a monster that no one likes, a Shade. But suddenly, to say no one likes them, there is an abundance of Shades attacking Karthia. Odessa must find out what's happening and save Karthia before it's too late.
"Love is difficult to disguise."
pg. 126
    I really loved Odessa. I loved her kick ass attitude and how she was able to meet everything head on. She made it through some of the toughest times and I thought it made her into a stronger heroine. I also really loved the supporting characters and all they brought to the story. It made it into a better story because of them. Especially Meredy and her "pet." I loved them and I am already thinking about what animal I would use if I had that power. 
"Death be damned."
pg. 189
     What I didn't care for about this book was the plot. My goodness the very first chapter of this book had me hooked. And then nothing happened until the climax at the end. The middle was literally her getting over something. (You'll understand when you read it.) I do think that part of the book was needed, however I don't feel it needed that much time spent on it. I also thought the plot was entirely too predictable. I literally called every plot twist with the exception of one. Maybe it's just me, I read alot, so I know where I would put these twists, but I was hoping for something that would throw me for a loop. 
"Before I met you, it wasn't hard to be heartless."
pg. 272
   I also wasn't completely sold on the world-building. I wanted so much to know more about Karthia and the way they can see the Gates to the Deadlands and just... I needed more. I liked what she gave us, but there was no explanation of the different powers and just simple things like that. I wanted more. 
"Death is an ending, not a new beginning."
pg. 325
     As someone who's not really a fantasy reader, I'm glad I took a chance on this one. It had great characters, a great romance, and a great type of magic. Although I wanted more, I still feel it had a great story with a great heroine! 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #251 & 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:

Winner Take AllTo Kill a Kingdom
The Other Side of LostThe Lies They Tell
9 Days and 9 NightsSea Witch
Blank 133x176
(All of This Is True by Lygia Day PeƱaflor)

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)

From the Library:
You'll Miss Me When I'm GoneLumberjanes, Vol. 7: A Bird's-Eye View

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 01/08/18: No Post
Wednesday 01/10/17: Waiting on Wednesday:  Legendary by Stephanie Garber
Friday 01/12/17: Book Blogger Hop: Most Looking Forward to in 2018! 
 Saturday 01/13/17:  No Post

Me on Instagram

Lazy Saturdays = The Best Saturdays

What went on at your blog this week? 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Most Looking Forward to in 2018!

 What upcoming titles are you looking forward to reading in 2018? 

Sea WitchA Blade So Black
Ash PrincessTo Kill a Kingdom

What about you?
Any that you are looking forward to too?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

e-ARC, 288 pages
Release Date: January 16, 2018
Published by: Soho Teen
Read from: January 7-11, 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:  Contemporary, Romance, Serious/ Tough Issues, Diversity, Coming of Age, Debut Author, YA

     A searing #OwnVoices coming-of-age debut in which an Indian-American Muslim teen confronts Islamophobia and a reality she can neither explain nor escape--perfect for fans of Angie Thomas, Jacqueline Woodson, and Adam Silvera.
     American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.
     There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.


   This wasn't on my schedule to read so soon, but I have been on this contemp kick lately and I think I made the right call in reading this one now. It had everything I wanted, romance, serious and pertinent issues, and characters that I loved!
"To me, you've always been the girl who knows the right answers. " "Funny, because I don't even know all the questions."
      According to her parents, Maya's life is all mapped out for her. She will go to a college close to home and will be paired off with a Muslim boy who her parents approve of. Unfortunately, this is not what's on Maya's list of things to do. She has much bigger plans that involve going to film school and being with someone of her choosing.
"I want to run away. But there is no place to go where I won't find myself."
      I had some pretty mixed feelings about the characters. At times I struggled with the main character, Maya. I just felt like she was being completely unreasonable about the things her parents were scared of. And how she handled it was completely out of line. Doing what she did was childish and out of line. But then there were also characters like Kareem and Violet who made everything worth it. I loved them and everything they did for Maya.
"It's not outside of you. It's a part of who you are, not an object you can film and capture in different kinds of light. It's love. If it wasn't real, it wouldn't hurt."
     I also loved the way Ahmed tackled the issue that arose in this book. I applaud her for going a different way than the norm. It was a welcome change than that I thought accurately depicted the world today. I hope this serves as an eye-opener to people who need this wake-up call.
"Violence has no place in religion, and the terrorists are responsible for their own crimes, not the religion, and not us. [...] Terrorists have thier own ideology."
     As for the romance, my ship sunk, but I called that from the beginning. After getting to know Maya I could tell it would happen. I just didn’t think the person who she ended up crushing on really deserved it. And because of that, it didn’t give me the warm fuzzies that it should’ve. Add on to the fact that it was extremely predictable (I called the ending at about 35% of the book) I was less than thrilled.
"Some love stories are tragedies- epics, spamming years, and built on dramatic irony, wars, Russian winters, and hours of film. Others are romantic comedies, a meet-cute ruined by mishaps and bad timing, finally leading to a kiss atop a tall building- the metropolis glimmering in the background, moon rising, love song playing over the credits. But other romances, like this one, are simply short-subkect documentaries- lacking traditional narratives and quippy dialogue."
     This is yet another #ownvoices book that I think should be added to a required reading list. This book has a bit of everything and I can’t wait for it to be out in the world. 
Overall, I give this

(Real rating 3.5)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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!

Legendary (Caraval, #2)

     Stephanie Garber’s limitless imagination takes flight once more in the colorful, mesmerizing, and immersive sequel to the bestselling breakout debut Caraval
     A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.
     After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.
     The only chance of uncovering Legend’s identity is to win Caraval, so Tella throws herself into the legendary competition once more—and into the path of the murderous heir to the throne, a doomed love story, and a web of secrets…including her sister's. Caraval has always demanded bravery, cunning, and sacrifice. But now the game is asking for more. If Tella can’t fulfill her bargain and deliver Legend’s name, she’ll lose everything she cares about—maybe even her life. But if she wins, Legend and Caraval will be destroyed forever.
     Welcome, welcome to Caraval...the games have only just begun.

Published by: Flatiron Books
Expected Publication: May 29, 2018

Why I'm Waiting: The first book was so good and I loved the aspect of the game. I can't wait to see how Garber makes this Tella's story as well. I'm very excited to be back in the world of Caraval. And based on the way this synopsis is written, I can definitely say I am desperately awaiting Legendary's release! 
What are you waiting on?
Will you be waiting on this with me?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Top Ten Books I Meant to Read in 2017 but Didn't Get to (But Still Totally Plan to!)

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 I Meant to Read in 2017 but Didn't Get to 
(But Still Totally Plan to!)

Amid Stars and Darkness (The Xenith Trilogy, #1)The Wicker King
The Chaos of Standing StillThe Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)
Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake, #1)Overturned
Wild BeautyAllegedly
Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)In a Perfect World
Odd & True

What made your list?!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #250 & 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:
 Bookish BoyfriendsPuddin' (Dumplin', #2)
Monday's Not ComingDon't Cosplay with My Heart

From the Library: 
America, Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez


My planner finally got here and I'm excited! I've already starting to play around with it! It's super cute and I LOVE it! 

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Sunday 12/31/2017: 2017 End of Year Book Survey

Wednesday 01/03/17: Waiting on Wednesday: The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby

Friday 01/05/17: Book Blogger Hop: Top 5! 
 Saturday 01/06/17:  America, Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera (Writer), Joe Quinones (Illustrator)

Me on Instagram: 

We have a circus theme going on in the Youth department at work. For this storytime we did a circus animals theme and we made CD elephants. The kids thought they were awesome, but they had no idea what a CD was, they thought they we were gluing things on Blu-rays smdh 

What went on at your blog this week?