Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

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!

Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3)

    In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. .
     Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.
     But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

Expected Publication: September 18, 2018
Published by: JIMMY Patterson

Why I'm Waiting: I LOVE that this one is a little different than the others by being on a ship. I'm also really interested in the fact that it's Houdini! I was a bit obsessed with him in my younger days when I was in high school. I can't wait to see how this series all comes together! (Also, HOW GORGEOUS IS THIS COVER?!)

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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Top Ten Books I Can't Believe I Read!

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 Can't Believe I Read! 

Big Little LiesSolo

1. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: If you can guess by my MG/YA blog, I don't read much adult. But this one caught my eye because of the show. And although I can't believe I read it, I can honestly say I'm glad I did. 

2. Solo by Kwame Alexander: I'm no fan of verse and I've made that known. But this one was a treat for me. I listened to it on audio and it was pretty cool because they sung and they played music and all. It was more entertainment than a book and I thoght that was really awesome. 

The Serpent KingAn Enchantment of Ravens
3. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner: When this book came out I didn't even add it to my TBR. But at that time I was the YA Specialist at my library and it had won so many awards, so I did. And y'all I don't even know why it WASN'T on my radar in the first place. 

4. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson: I'm also not a fan of fairies, so this wasn't something I would normally go for. I can't lie I mainly LOVED the cover and I wanted to read it. And sure enough this one didn't really work for me. 

Stella by StarlightRoyce Rolls

5. Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper: I never read historical fiction unless there is some type of supernatural or fantasy weirdness happening. But this one was just historical fiction and I read it and loved it. I was shocked that I added it to my TBR and even more so that I enjoyed it! 

6. Royce Rolls by Margaret Stohl: I added this book to my TBR because I fell in love with her rainbow hair. But to be honest, that was the only thing I really liked about it. I listened to this on audio and that was the only way I finished it. 

The Replacement CrushAftercare Instructions

7. The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts: I just could not believe that this one was about a girl who loves books. And *spoiler* gets the guy. It's not normal that the nerds get these things, so I really was impressed and could not believe I was reading this. 

8. Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin: I really was surprised that this book was written for teens. So many people are scared of the topic, so I was really impressed and really loved that it was written for those teens and that it's becoming a not so taboo topic! 

The Hate U GiveBad Romance

9. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: I can't believe I read this one because I never once in my wildest dreams, dreamed that I would read something that I could relate to so much. It was something that I was super happy to see, but not something I expected to happen. I'm so glad it did! 

10. Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios: I was really shocked when someone dared to write about this topic for teens. And I was even more shocked at how well she did it. I can honestly say this is something that I will probably read over and over again. 

What about you? 

Monday, January 29, 2018

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

ARC, 357 pages
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Published by: Flatiron Books
Read from: January 22-28, 2018
The Hazelwood, #1
Source: Publisher
For fans of:  Magical Realism, Fantasy, Horror, YA/Adult Crossover Appeal

     Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”
     Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.


     With all hype surrounding this book, I was worried I wasn't going to like it. But as soon as I began reading it, I knew it was something I would enjoy. From the writing style, to the fairy tales included, it all screamed me.
"If Hinterland's real, maybe all of it's real. We could look for Neverland. Or Narnia."
pg. 187
     Alice and her mom are always running around the bad luck that seems attached to them. However, no matter where they go, they can't seem to shake it. But when they learn that Alice's grandmother has died and left her estate, The Hazel Wood, to them, Alice wants to learn more, while her mother does not. But then her mother is stolen away and the only thing she says to Alice is, "Stay away from the Hazel Wood." This of course prompts her to try to find her way there...

"Hell is caring about other people."
pg. 189
     The first thing I noticed about this book was the writing style. I was barely on page 8 before I had to comment on it. I easily got lost in the flow of her words. As the book went on, it got better when it got creepy. It was perfect blend and I loved it. It made for a book with great cross-over appeal. I can see myself giving this to the teens I work with, as well as the adults that are looking for something spooky.
"Cold hands, cold heart." 
pg. 196
     I also really loved the characters. Everyone was messed up, but in a story like this, it was expected. I knew there wasn’t really going to be anyone that I just connected to and loved because I mean…. Look at the situation lol But overall it made sense for them to be weird.
"You're both, and neither. You're a [...], but that doesn't make you any less true." 
pg. 250
     The only things I didn’t care for was the predictability and the weird ending. Most of what happens in the book is already told in the synopsis. That’s one of my pet peeves. Like why should I read the book when its already told me? (This one doesn’t tell you exactly what happens, but it does give you bits and pieces to figure it out on your own.) And then there was the ending. For all that happened at the end leading up to the climax, I felt like the “big fight” at the end wasn’t that creepy. I was just expecting more to come out of such a buildup that was THAT trippy. It didn’t seem enough for me.
"...there's no way out without first going in."
pg. 307
     But, everything was really wrapped up at the end, so I’m pretty interested in seeing what she’ll do to make this a series. I’m hoping that there is a book on someone, but we’ll see! For the most part, the book was good on its own, so I’m a bit confused on what can come from the next book, but we shall see. 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #253 & 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:
Save the Date

Thank you SO MUCH for the ARC, Simon & Schuster! When I requested this I thought it was a long shot, but then IT SHOWED UP. I cannot lie, I already read the first chapter and in true Morgan Matson style, she still reigns as Queen of Realistic Fiction for me! 

From the library:

I got the audio of Busted and so far I really like it! It's super fun and very funny so far! 
I FINALLY got a copy of Spinning, but it's an e-book so I'm afraid I'm missing the REAL art. I guess I can always request a physical copy to look through later. 

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 01/22/18: No Post
Wednesday 01/24/18: Waiting on Wednesday:  When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas
Thursday 01/25/2018:  Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu
Friday 01/26/18: Book Blogger Hop: Changing Old Posts

 Me on Instagram

Last week's #SockSunday! 

What went on at your blog this week?

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Three Sides of a Heart edited by Natalie C. Parker

e-Audio, 13 hours
Release Date: December 19, 2017
Published by: HarperCollins
Read from: January 20-26, 2018
Source: Hoopla Digital (Library)
For fans of:  Romance, Anthologies, Paranormal, Fantasy, Love Triangles, YA

     You may think you know the love triangle, but you've never seen love triangles like these.
These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don’t want to miss.
      This collection, edited by Natalie C. Parker, contains stories written by Renee Ahdieh, Rae Carson, Brandy Colbert, Katie Cotugno, Lamar Giles, Tessa Gratton, Bethany Hagan, Justina Ireland, Alaya Dawn Johnson, EK Johnston, Julie Murphy, Garth Nix, Natalie C. Parker, Veronica Roth, Sabaa Tahir, and Brenna Yovanoff.
     A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. Zombies in the Civil War South. The girl next door, the boy who loves her, and the girl who loves them both. Vampires at a boarding school. Three teens fighting monsters in an abandoned video rental store. Literally the last three people on the planet.
     What do all these stories have in common?
     The love triangle.


     I say all the time that I'm not a huge fan of love triangles, but something told me to try this one anyways. To be honest, there were some surprises in there, and some I could have done without hearing, but overall, it wasn't BAD. Now someone screenshot this for proof that I said it lol
     Now it's not that I think love triangles aren't realistic, I'm just tired of them being done. After Twilight, they were in everything and it just got to be eye-roll worthy. But some of these I was really impressed with because they were so different from the ordinary. For instance, the one by Katie Cotugno and Julie Murphy were different from the same types of love triangles and I REALLY want to see more like those happen. (Two girls and a guy!) 
     Then there was the ones I didn't really care for. Some of them were really basic which I didn't have a problem with, and others were like WTF was this lol For instance, the one where there was only two dudes and one girl left in the unverse and they had to restore humanity. Yeah, I wasn't here for it. But overall, it was just enough of the good ones to keep me entertained.
     What I liked most about this tho was how diverse it was. There was literally something for EVERYONE in this anthology. There was ethnic diversity, sexual orientation diversity, and so much more. For the most part, whether or not you like love triangles, the stories are interesting and diverse enough to hook you and keep you interested. You just have to find the right story for you. Maybe you won't make it through all of them, but flipping through them and finding the one for you works just as well. 
     This was a book I never thought I'd read, but I can honestly say I will be hounding the authors for a bit more of certain stories. I loved how well developed and put together these stories were to be short stories. 
Overall I give this,

Friday, January 26, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Changing Old Posts

 Do you ever go ever go back to older posts and change things?

     I don't go SEEKING them out to change them, however, if I connect an old post to one I'm going to use soon, I check out the old one and make sure its ok. If not, I'll change it then. 

What about you?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Hardcover, 250 pages
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers
Read from: January 19-22, 2018
Source: Bought
For fans of:  Superheroes, Action, Sparkly Covers, Series, YA

     Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.
    The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.
     One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.
     Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.
    In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.


     When I heard of this series I was HYPE! Especially since Wonder Woman was the first one! I was a bit worried about this one tho because I haven't had much luck with Lu's writing. (Yes, I'm the black sheep...) But after reading this, I realize I didn't have anything to worry about.
"On either side of the gates, twin statues leered down at them[...] One of them held a balance scale in its frozen grasp. Bruce couldn't tell if the figures were supposed to represent justice or death. Perhaps here, there was no differentiating between the two."
pg. 39
     Bruce Wayne has just turned eighteen and inherited his parent's millions and their technology company. But after a joyride, he lands in the middle of trouble with the police and having to do community service at Arkham Asylum. There he meets Madeleine, a girl who could either be really good for him or really bad; he hasn't decided yet.
"Only way you win these days is by cheating, isn't it?"
pg. 58
     I already knew I would like this a little because of Batman. I've been a long time fan of his forever and it was so cool to see him in this type of story. I think what I loved most about it wasn't an origin story since Batman doesn't really have powers lolol It was just a story of what Bruce Wayne was like before he had the title of Batman. And though that seems miniscule, it made a huge difference.
"Never trust tech. Anything made to your advantage can also be used against you."
pg. 86
     I also really liked the way the little nuggets of information in there. Batman was rich so he was definitely privileged in many different ways and I LOVED the fact that Lu wasn't afraid to say mention all those ways. It made a difference to this African American reader who doesn’t know much about the sort of privilege that Batman (or anyone else for that matter) has.
"Trust nothing, suspect everything,"
pg. 98
     The only thing I didn’t really care for was some of the middle part. At some point the middle seemed a bit repetitive, but in the end I knew it was for a reason. It all added up in the end it all added up and it was obvious that it was needed in some way.
"Just because one can, doesn't mean one should."
pg. 187
     This was a bit of a surprise for me, but it reads like some of my favorite tv shows. I know what part of it that I liked so much. I just wasn’t expecting it.
 Overall, I give this
(Real rating but I rounded up!)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

WoW: When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

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!

When Light Left Us

     When the Vasquez siblings’ father left, it seemed nothing could remedy the absence in their lives . . . until a shimmering figure named Luz appeared in the canyon behind their house.
     Luz filled the void. He shot hoops with seventeen-year-old Hank’s hands. He showed fourteen-year-old Ana cinematic beauty behind her eyelids. He spoke kindly to eight-year-old Milo. But then Luz left, too, and he took something from each of them. As a new school year begins, Ana, Hank, and Milo must carry on as if an alien presence never altered them. But how can they ever feel close to other people again when Luz changed everything about how they see the world and themselves? 
     In an imaginative and heartfelt exploration of human—and non-human—nature, Leah Thomas champions the unyielding bonds between family and true friends.

Expected  Publication: February 13, 2018
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's 

Why I'm Waiting: I hadn't heard about this one until just recently, but I really only want this because it sounds so weird lol I have never read anything like this and it just sounds so cool! Like it sounds like it would be creepy but also cool in a way. I'm really interested in seeing how this plays out! 

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

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Top Ten Books I Really Liked But Can't Remember Anything/ Much About

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 Really Liked But Can't Remember Anything/ Much About

Before I FallBeastly
Hereafter (Hereafter, #1)Nightshade (Nightshade #1; Nightshade World #4)
Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)The Body Finder
Firelight (Firelight, #1)Angelfire (Angelfire, #1)
TenAltered (Altered, #1)

Most of these are books that I read in my first years of blogging. And after 7 years of doing it, the books kind of all gel together. Most of these I liked enough for a re-read, but unless they have an audio book, I don't see myself re-reading anytime soon :( 

What about you?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #252 & 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:
Notes from My CaptivityOnyx and Ivory
Always Forever MaybeMarkswoman (Asiana, #1)
The Last to Let GoA Kiss in the Dark
Starry EyesThe Wicked Deep
Save the DateMariam Sharma Hits the Road

From Edelweiss

Now a Major Motion Picture

From the publisher

Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2)

From the Library:
Three Sides of a Heart: Stories about Love TrianglesIn Real Life

My face after I saw Edelweiss' approvals this week:
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The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Tuesday 01/16/18: Top 10 Bookish Resolutions/ Goals
Wednesday 01/17/18: Waiting on Wednesday:  A Blade so Black by L. L. McKinney
Friday 01/19/18: Book Blogger Hop: Common Bookish Habit
 Saturday 01/20/18:  Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Me on Instagram

We still have the Circus theme going on at our branch and this week's storytime was Circus Foods. They LOVED buttering their popcorn! (Oh the magic you can do with construction paper, cotton, food coloring, and water lol) 

I had a bad day and I NEEDED this glass of wine AND this book. 

I cannot get my reviews up on time even when I finish the book on time because I have a 55 pound lap dog who thinks he doesn't weigh anything smh

Sock Sunday last week was NOT fun. In TEXAS we were battling temps that were WAYYYYYY too low for us, so I stayed in with a hot cup of coffee and some really thick socks. You know it's cold when nothing matches and your main priority is staying warm lolol 

What went on at your blog this week?! 
Leave your Wrap-Up/ Weekly Haul links in the comments!