Saturday, March 31, 2018

Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2018

Total Number of Posts: 2213
(This includes those that aren't published!) 
Total Number of Followers391
Total Number of Pageviews: 699, 116

Books Reviewed: 11
Movies Reviewed:  1

  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (5 Stars)
  • Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia (5 Stars)
  • The Serpent's Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta (4 Stars)
  • To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (4 Stars)
  • Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney (2 Stars)
  • Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller (4 Stars)
  • Love, Simon (5 Stars)
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (4 Stars
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (4 stars)
  • The Midnights by Sarah Nicole Smetana (DNF Review)
  • Tyler Johnson was Here by Jay Coles (4 stars)
  • Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (5 stars)

  • #258: With titles like: Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  • #259: With titles like: If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales
  • #260: WIth titles like: A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney, The Way You Make me Feel by Maurene Goo, and Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  • #261: With titles like: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, The Final Six by Alexandra Monir, and Tyler Johnson was Here by Jay Coles
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Friday, March 30, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Book Club?

How many book clubs do you belong to? If you belong to an in-person book club, do you have meetings in the day or evening? Do you meet at someone's house or meet at a local restaurant or coffee house?

I'm not in a book club. But only because I'm a blogger. I read so many books before they're published or when they're first released, that it gets hard to not read the same books over and over. I know I could just look over themas a refresher if I have read them, but it's hard to remember to. 

What about you?!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

ARC, 419 pages
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Published by: Simon Pulse
Read from: March 25-28, 2018
Source: Publisher
For fans of:  Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Adventure, YA 

     Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern day, Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.
     But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.
     What could go wrong?
     With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.
    And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?


   When I found out about this book I could hardly contain my excitement. My original review consists of a string of letters that don't make any words saying how excited I was about this. And just like her other novels, I had good reason to be! 
"Bad times don't last. You have to hand on until they pass.."
pg. 60
     Zorie's mom convinces her to go on a "glamping" trip with the people she calls friends. But along the way, things don't go as Zorie planned and she ends up stuck in the woods with one of the people she mosts hates: Lennon. They must hash out their differences so they can move on and move through the woods. And that's exactly what they do. This forces them to realize they had many more secrets than they thought. 
"....there's comfort in knowing that when your plans fall apart, you can survive. That the worst thing imaginable can happen, but you can get through it. That's why I like to read horror fiction. It's not about the monsters. It's about the hero surviving them and living to tell the tale."."
pg. 216
    Jenn Bennett has a way of making her characters feel so fleshed out and real. All of them carried so much emotion and they all had a back story, and it made them feel so real. From the three books I've read by her, the characters all become my favorite part of the book.This one was no different.
"Bad shrimp!" 
pg.  230
    I was also glad for the beautiful setting this Bennett created as well. I wondered for awhile whether or not she had done this trip or hiked in any of these places. Whatever she used to develop the setting for this one was amazing! 
"...for the first time since we've left home, I am not anxious."
     Then there was the love story. OMG I LOVED it. I LOVED Lennon and even though Jack is still my favorite, Lennon and Alex are not far behind. But I think the best part of this romance was the fact that not only were they fascinating characters on their own, but they BOTH multiplied each other together. They both brought something to their relationship and that's hard to come by in YA nowadays. 
"You can plot a course that will get you to your destination, but you can't predict what you'll find along the way."
pg. 381
     If it wasn't obvious before, I will read whatever and whenever Bennett writes something. Her storytelling, her characters, and her romance will most definitely make you swoon and will pull you under and won't let you go until you've turned the last page. 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

WoW: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

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!

City of Ghosts

     Cassidy Blake's parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.
     When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn't sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn't belong in her world. Cassidy's powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

Expected Publication: August 28, 2018
Published By: Scholastic

Why I'm Waiting: It's another middle grade, but its Victoria Schwab! I love the fact that its Stranger Things meets Ghost Hunters and I love the fact that its set in Scotland! So basically, everything about this book I already love, so I cannot wait for this book!

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

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Top Ten Books that Take Place in Another Country!

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 Take Place in Another Country! 

This was harder than I thought!

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)Pashmina
Top ElfHunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2)
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Guide, #1)Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)
The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Tyler Johnson was Here by Jay Coles

Hardcover, 297 pages
Release Date: March 20, 2018
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Read from: March 22-24, 2018
Source: Library
For fans of:  Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Diverese Reads, Romance,Diverse Authors, #OwnVoices, Debut Authors, Sparkly Covers, YA 

     When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid.
     The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.


     I added this book to my TBR without a second thought as soon as I read the synopsis. In this day and age, this is definitely a story that needs to be read by everyone. Everyone should have a copy of this in their library, school, home, etc. 
"But even the ugliness, I guess, is it's own kind of beautiful."
pg. 2
     Marvin and Tyler and twins and although they were starting to go seperate ways, they always drift back together. Tyler decides to go to a party where Marvin knows is nothing but trouble. And because of this, he decides to follow him there just to keep an eye on him. But suddenly, the party gets hectic when there's a gang fight and a police raid. Marvin makes it home, but Tyler doesn't. Marvin has no idea what's happened to his brohter... until a video of him being shot by a cop is posted online.
"Who do you even call when the cops are the ones being the bad guys? Who do you even beg to protect you?"
pg. 112
     Coles' storytelling was amazing. The plot moved quickly and it was very intense. I found it hard to stop reading at times. Coles pulled me into this story and I found it really difficult to go back to working or whatever else I had to do while reading this.
"I don't know why the news keeps calling it an event, an altercation. I've never heard murder pronounced that way."
pg. 172
     However, I did not like the ending. To me it felt too open ended and I really wanted a concrete ending. Especially with the trial and all that was going on. Like what happened? Was there more protesting? I just think there should have at least been an epilogue or something. Even if the verdict that was given was an unbelievable one. I would've preferred that to nothing.
"...sometimes, anger is the only way to really get people to pay attention- to listen."
    In this day and age this is definitely a story that needs to be told. Over and over again in all these different ways until people GET IT. Thank you Jay Coles for not being afraid to speak out on this issue and creating this amazing story to educate the world on police brutality. 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #261 & 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:
Starry Eyes

From the Library: 
A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin
Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)
Tyler Johnson Was HereThe Final Six
Wizard for HireIn Search Of Us

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Wednesday 03/21/18: Waiting on Wednesday: WoW: Charlie Hernandez & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo
Thursday 03/22/2018:  The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Friday 03/23/18: Book Blogger Hop: Book Discussions!
 Saturday 03/24/18:  The Midnights by Sarah Nicole Smetana

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Thanks for Starry Eyes! 

Not always fond of my job, but I ALWAYS love doing crafty things with kids! 

If you don't need this while you read that, you're reading it wrong! 


Wedding Ready!

The Williams and the Shaws! 

What happened at your blog this week?