Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WoW: This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow


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!

This Is What It Feels Like


     It doesn’t matter what the prize for the Sun City Originals contest is this year.
     Who cares that’s it’s fifteen grand? Who cares about a gig opening for one of the greatest bands to ever play this town?
     Not Dia, that’s for sure. Because Dia knows that without a band, she hasn’t got a shot at winning Sun City. Because ever since Hanna’s drinking took over her life, Dia and Jules haven’t been in it. And ever since Hanna left — well, there hasn’t been a band.
     It used to be the three of them, Dia, Jules, and Hanna, messing around and making music and planning for the future. But that was then, and this is now — and now means a baby, a failed relationship, a stint in rehab, all kinds of off beats that have interrupted the rhythm of their friendship. No contest can change that. Right?
     But like the lyrics of a song you used to play on repeat, there’s no forgetting a best friend. And for Dia, Jules, and Hanna, this impossible challenge — to ignore the past, in order to jumpstart the future — will only become possible if they finally make peace with the girls they once were, and the girls they are finally letting themselves be.
     Rebecca Barrow’s tender story of friendship, music, and ferocious love asks — what will you fight for, if not yourself?

Expected Publication: November 6, 2018
Published By: HarperTeen

Why I'm Waiting: Anything that has to do with music, count me in! Added on to that, it sounds like a "really real" tale of two friends. Plus, let's be honest, THIS COVER IS THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD. Idk if that's Dia, but she's gorgeous lol 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Top Ten Books I Could Re-Read Forever!

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 I Could Re-Read Forever!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)The Hate U Give
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)When We Collided
GeorgeIlluminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
Everything, EverythingThe Fixer (The Fixer, #1)
I'll Meet You ThereCinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Sidenote: For HP & Cinder I wanted to add their entire series, but I thought that might be cheating so I went ahead and just put the first ones lol 

What books would you read over and over?!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #257 & 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: 

A Taxonomy of LoveWhen Light Left Us
Down and AcrossAnatomy of a Scandal
Broken Beautiful Hearts

From the Publisher: 
Frat GirlFat Girl on a Plane



The Weekly Wrap-Up!



Wednesday 02/21/18: Waiting on Wednesday: Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh
Thursday 02/22/2018:  Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Friday 02/23/18: Book Blogger Hop: Dust Jacket Required? 
 Saturday 02/24/18:  The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

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I'm sure you can clearly see that says "Do Not Bend" and yet USPS BENT IT to put it in my mailbox instead of coming to my apt. to drop it off. Thanks guys -_-


It ended up being my Graduate Certficiate that goes along with my Master's Diploma! I got a Certification in Youth Services in Library and Information Settings!


There is a new Chick-fil-a opening near the library where I work. I reached out to them about doing some storytimes there and vice versa and they invited me to their grand opening. While there I won a mug and I took the cow lolol 


I swear ALL my holds come in at the SAME FREAKING TIME! I swear its like a conspiracy or something smh

What went on at your blog this week?


Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Woman in the Window by A.J.Finn

e-Audio, 427 pages
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Published by: William Morrow 
Read from: February 2-16, 2018
Stand-alone
Source: Library
For fans of:  Realistic Fiction, Sparkly Covers, Debut Author, Adult, Diversity Disability, Thriller

     Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors.
     Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.
     What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     For the past couple weeks I have been on this Adult Thriller binge and have started listening/requesting all the things. And when this one started getting hot in the blogosphere, I knew I had to request this one too.
     Anna Fox does not come out of her house. She spends her time drinking wine, watching old movies, and talking to her husband and child. She has another hobby that one day gets her into a bit of trouble.... Spying on her neighbors. One night while Anna is spying on her new neighbors, she sees something that turns her entire world upside down. What is real and what isn't? And how does she know what isn't?
     I really enjoyed the concept of this book. Granted I don't want to find out about my neighbors spying on me, but I really loved finding out about Anna and how she accidentally sees what she sees. I really liked the way the mystery is played out as well. For the life of me I could not figure out who that person was until the very minute Anna did too!
     However, I am so over this idea in adult thrillers that the only way to make the narrator unreliable is to make sure they are an alcoholic or super high on some kind of meds. The Woman in Cabin 10, Girl on the Train, and this one are only a few of the thrillers I've read, and they all start out the same. Makes me not want to read them anymore. (I think I DNF'ed The Woman in Cabin 10 for this exact reason smh) Can we PLEASE find some other way to make the narrator unreliable? (Also if you read adult thrillers and know of some where the narrator is found to be unreliable but in ways other than being drunk or high, please send them to me!)
     As for the mystery, I thought it was pretty solid. Although I figured out who the culprit was super early on, (probably on 6 out of 11 discs) I wasn't exactly sure what had happened or how they had done it. It seemed a bit predictable, but then once you get comfortable and think you know everything, YOU DON'T.
     I decided to review this one here because there is a teen in this book. There is a lot of interaction with him as well so I can see this being a good crossover book for older teens interested in this type of thing. (I say this because I would have more than likely read this when I was a teen, but keep in mind I didn't discover YA until I was in college with Twilight.)
     The writing style itself was good, but nothing to write home about. It was easy to follow and definitely made me question and doubt my theories all the time. It also starts off pretty slow, but when things get going, they don't slow down.
     Although there were some things I did not care for, there were also some pretty great things about this too. It always gave me a really exciting drive to and from work and at one point made me happy to sit in the car for an extra 5 minutes to finish that part of the book. I can't wait to see what Finn does next!
Overall, I give this


Friday, February 23, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Dust jacket required?


 Do you read hardcovers with the dust jacket on or off? Why or Why not?

Off. (Unless it belongs to the library.) But only because I always put my books in my purse or backpack and they sometimes bend. But now with book sleeves its just become a habit.




Matter of fact, this is a picture I took back in 2015. I've been doing this as long as I can remember lol 

What about you?

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

e-ARC, 480 pages
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Read from: February 14-21, 2018
Stand-alone
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:  Science Fiction, Space Opera, Romance, Sparkly Covers, LGBTQ, YA

     Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.
     Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.
When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.
     What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

*MY THOUGHTS*

     Looking over people's reviews for this one, it was obvious, you either loved it or didn't care for it. As someone who has been in a reading slump this month, I'm lucky enough to say I loved it!
"I'll always come back for you. I promise you on iron and stars. It was more than a promise- it was an oath. Unbreakable. Strong like iron and steady like stars."
8%
     Ana and her friends are outlaws. including the bot D09, her best friend. They always find themselves getting into trouble, especially when Ana & Co steal the coordinates to a lost ship that may have to potential to save her friend. But then an Ironblood beats her to it, everything begins to change and Ana realizes she doesn't know half as much about her friends and all their lives as she thought.
"I'm sure they'd follow you to the ends of the stars," the woman replied wryly, "that doesn't mean you take them there."
16%
    I kept reading that this has some Anastasia moments in it, and it made me realize that I had never seen it before. Ok, so ahead and throw tomatoes at me, but I think that's the reason why I loved this so much. Everything that those who have seen it might have seen coming, I didn't. And so when everything started to come out, I was shocked and didn't see it coming. All those surprises caught me off guard and made me love the book so much more. 
"May the stars keep you steady." "And the iron keep you safe," they echoed and dispersed [...]."
66%
     I also loved the non-stop action. For the most part, it seemed as if it were a setup for the next book in the series (there is another book right?) but to me it was never boring. It felt a bit like a filler, but since there was always something intense or exciting going on, that made me forget that it was a filler. I can always tell when I love a book based on how many times I update my Goodreads and well, I updated it alot with this one lol 
"Dvarek et su Lait. In Darkness We Shine."
45%
    I was also really interested in the romances in this one. One was completely out of the blue and I found it super interesting that Poston went that route. It was unlike anything I have read and I was shocked when I read it. But let me tell you, that did NOT stop by ship from going down. My other ship sailed as well and I'm very happy with it. However, with both of them, I was NOT happy with the outcomes. But I'll leave that alone to avoid spoilers. 
"All stories are  built from the bones of something true."
60%
     But weirdly, what I loved the most about this book was the way it was written. For it to be sci-fi, I think I most enjoyed it because it was just sci-fi because of the updated technology and being in space and bots. I'm not a "sciencey" person, I usually gravitate (no pun intended) towards sci-fi books that seem light on the science. And since this one didn't go too in-depth with it, I really enjoyed it. I can see where this may not be for some people, but because it merely talked about it, it helped me to love this.
"Because I will follow you anywhere," he insisted. "To the ends of the galaxy, if I have to. I want to exist where you exist, and that is enough."
82%
    However, the one thing I DIDN'T care for was..... the world-building. Since space or the Iron Kingdom isn't a place I'd likely visit, I wanted to see more of the world. Poston merely glanced over the details of the palace and outside the Kingdom, only enough to get by. I would have loved to see more of their world.
"But... if there was a way for you to forgive me, no matter how long it takes, would you let me? Will you let me try to be worthy of you?"
97%
      When I love a book I find that I can talk FOREVER about it. Clearly, this is one of those times. There was so much suprise and intrigue in this book with characters that made me fall in love with them. I can't wait to see what else is going to happen in Ana's world.
Overall, I give this


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WoW: Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh


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!

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)

     The highly anticipated sequel to Flame in the Mist--an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn
     After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice--to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.
    With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Expected Publication: June 5, 2018

Why I'm Waiting: After the ending of the first book I NEED this one. I can only hope that it is just as addictive as the first because I remember being LOST in that world. I cannot wait to go back! (ALthough I'm not a fan of this cover, I still want to read it lol) 

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TTT: Books I've Decided I'm no Longer Interested in!

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 I've Decided I'm no Longer Interested in!

Don't Breathe a WordWhite Cat (Curse Workers, #1)

1. Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala: I'm not a huge fan of books that feature teens with a lot of drinking and drug use. (Yes I know it happens, but it's a personal preference. Please do not comment saying that its not realistic.) I've heard there is a lot of both in this book and that's just not my jam so I've decided to pass on it.

2. White Cat by Holly Black: I haven't had much luck with Black, really and I'm not trying to upset anymore people because I don't love her words like they do. She's a great person IRL, but I'm sadly just not a fan. (Sad thing is I own almost all her books but I DNF'ed the majority of them lol) 

The Hearts We SoldGirl Out of Water

3. The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones: I really loved the beginning, but as the book went on I just wasn't interested anymore. I thought maybe it was because all that I was going through at the time, but no. It just didn't appeal to me anymore. 

4. Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman: I had heard this was such a good book and I wanted to love it because of all the trolls out there being trolls, but the writing style didn't work for me. I even tried two different versions, the physical and the audio. It just didn't work for me. 

Jek/HydeSomeone to Love

5. Jek/ Hyde by Amy Ross: I really thought this book would be good, but it was another filled with excessive drug use and I wasn't a fan. This one definitely wasn't for me. 

6. Someone to Love by Melissa dela Cruz: Another one that's a personal call for me. I have a hard time reading about people with eating disorders because I know someone who went through that and it's just too hard. This is one of those books. 

The Tiger's Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency, #1)The Art of Starving

7. The Tiger's Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera: So many people (including myself) were excitd for this book, but most of the people I saw that reviewed it gave it two stars or less. And as someone who doesn't exactly LOVE fantasy ANYWAY..... Yeah I just decided against reading it in the end. 

8. The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller: I wanted to give it a shot because of the LGBTQ and magical realism, but I just couldn't get past the eating disorder. It was just too hard. 

Hearts & Other Body PartsOverdrive

9. Hearts and Other Body Parts by Ira Bloom: I think I only made it about 15 pages in before I laughed manically, shut it, and drove back to the library to return it. Just, no. 

10. Overdrive by Dawn Ius: I remember adding this only because I had just read her retelling, Anne & Henry. I was NOT really sold on it but I didn't want to not give her another chance. But then the cover for this one came out and I promptly deleted it off my TBR. I hated the cover and I'm not ashamed to say I stopped being interested because of it. 


What books are you no longer interested in? 

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Graphic Novel, 288 pages
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Published by: First Second
Read from: February 16, 2018
Stand-alone
Source: Library
For fans of:  Romance, Friendship, LGBTQIAP+, YA

     Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:
     Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!
     Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I'm still a bit new to graphic novels, but even I can recognize when something is past amazing. And this mt friends, is past amazing. From the writing, to the art, it was all amazing and because of it I have added all of Wang's work to my TBR.
     Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride. Unfortnuately, his heart is not in the pursuit. He's more interested in keeping a secret from his entire kingdom. At night he becomes the beautiful Lady Crystallia, the current fashion icon! The only person who knows his secret is his best friend, the dressmaker, Frances. But Frances has put her own dreams on hold to help keep his secret. How long can she put his dreams ahead of hers?
     I loved reading Sebastain's journey of identity. I loved how he was portrayed in both Wang's writing style and her art. In the art he seemed like a basic prince when he was being Prince Sebastain, but at night as Lady Crystallia, he comes alive. I imagine that's how he felt on the inside as well and Wang did a great job at portraying it.
    I also loved the family and friendship dynamic in this one. I don't want to be too spoilery, but it did not end up the way I expected it to.The friend and the family dynamic. It turned into so much more. I can honestly say I've never cried over a graphic novel before, but for this one and the amazing relationships portrayed, I definitely did.
     This graphic novel was so much more than I expected and I can see myself reading this a couple more times before sending it back to the library. Jen Wang is a new to me artist, but after my love for The Prince and the Dressmaker, I can assure you this will not be my last novel by her.
Overall, I give this