Thursday, May 31, 2018

Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2018

Total Number of Posts: 2,273
(This includes those that aren't published!) 
Total Number of Followers: 390
Total Number of Pageviews: 711,836

Books Reviewed: 10
Movies Reviewed:  0

  • Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (3 Stars)
  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (5 Stars)
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo (4 Stars
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas (4 Stars)
  • Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch (4 Stars)
  • The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody (4 Stars)
  • Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson (5 Stars)
  • From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon (3 Stars
  • The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burgers in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding (4 Stars)
  • Legendary by Stephanie Garber (4 Stars

  • #267: With titles like: Providence by Caroline Kepnes
  • #268: With titles like: This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow, What If it's Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli, and For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
  • #269: With titles like: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory & Four Three Two One by Courtney Stevens
  • #270: With titles like: The Opposite of Here by Tara Altebrando, To be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin, The Lantern's Ember by Colleen Houck, & Aftermath by Kelley Armstrong

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Archenemies (Renegades #2)

What did your month look like?  

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

WoW: Archenemies by Marissa Meyer

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!

Archenemies (Renegades #2)
     The Renegades Trilogy continues, in this fiercely awaited second installment after the New York Times-bestselling Renegades by Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles.
     Time is running out.
     Together, they can save the world.
     But they each other's worst nightmare.
     In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.
     The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City - and the world - as they know it.

Published by: Feiwel and Friends 
Expected Publication: November 6, 2018

Why I'm Waiting: Did you even read the first one? That info bomb at the end made me so angry! I needed more! I really hope that even though this is now a trilogy that we still get all the answers in this one. And besides that, I can never go wrong with a Marissa Meyer novel, so I'm super ready for this one! It's going to be so good!
What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me? 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

TTT: Bookish Worlds I Would Not Want to Live 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 10 Bookish Worlds I Would Not Want to Live in!

I've done the other topic for a freebie, so I decided to go with where I wouldn't want to read lol 

Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)Starry Eyes

1. Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi: There are demons running around in a beauty shops.... Yeah I'm sure I won't want to go there anytime soon.

2. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett: Nikki + Camping = Nothing good. I know for a fact if I had to do the things Lennon and Zorie did, I probably wouldn't have made it home. 

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)Renegades (Renegades, #1)

3. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyem: After reading this and seeing all the magic and danger from the King. No thank you. I will pass lol 

4. Renegades by Marissa Meyer: Having both villains and heroes in one place should make it easier for me to feel safe in the world where Renegades is set, thinking that if the villains were up to something, the heroes would handle it. But after reading Renegades, I can definitely say it doesn't matter who the heroes or the villains are. No one can be trusted. 

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)Legendary (Caraval, #2)

5. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab: Um the beings there are monsters. No thanks, I'll pass on going there. I don't need that crazy and scary laugh. 

6. Legendary by Stephanie Garber: I would NOT want to be in Caraval. It all sounds so magical and all, but no thanks. The stakes are too high. 

HeartlessScythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

7. Heartless by Marissa Meyer: I really don't need to explain this, but I will anyways.... The world itself will make someone go mad. And then on top of that, she doesn't exactly become the sweetest person. 

8. Scythe by Neal Shusterman: This world is really weird. And I don't think I could ever become a Scythe, so that would make me a target. This would be way too hard. 

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1)

9. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas: Another one where I don't think I have to explain, but I still will. The freaking war that's coming up, I do not want to be a part of any world that will have  a huge fight like the one coming up I'm sure. 

10. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine: There is some of everything in this book and the freaking Queen was cray. I cannot see myself trying to reason with her or the other monsters found in this kingdom. 

What about you?

Monday, May 28, 2018

Legendary by Stephanie Garber

ARC, 341 pages
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Published by:  Flatiron Books
Read from: May 21-28, 2018
Caraval, #2
Source: Blogger Trade
For fans of:  Romance, Fantasy, YA

     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.


     As soon as I finished Caraval, I wanted to read Legendary. And now that I've finished Legendary, I really want Finale in my hands. Stephanie Garber has a way with words and I have really fallen for this series and her writing style.
"But not all childish beliefs were wrong. ...had warned her, the Fates had a way of twisting futures."
pg. 26
     This time the game of Caraval will be played in a different place, but all the rules are the same. The prize this time tho, is one that is better than all the others. This time the prize is learning the true identity of Legend. Tella becomes a participant in the games because she has to win or risk losing everything. 
"Fortune tellsers aren't like you and me. They see the world as it could be, and sometimes they try to bring about what they want, ratheer than what should be."
pg. 34 
     Just like the first book, I loved the characters. Scarlett was still my favorite, but Tella definitely surprised me in this one. She was so selfless and loving, and for some reason I wasn't expecting that. I've been thinking to participate in Caraval you have to be ruthless and murderous, but Tella didn't seem that way. 
"Tell me what he wants from you?"
pg. 127
      As for the plot, this is the reason I gave this 3.5 stars. The plot was very intricate, but even still, I was able to look past them all and figure out all the twists at the end of the book. In the last one everything was a suprise. But for this one I guess I was expecting all the craziness, so I could guess all the plot twists. But even with guessing them all, it was still shocking to see so many of them come to light. I can't imagine what's going to happen in the next book. I also found that it was a bit too slow for my taste. Everything that happened was plot driven, but you don't realize that until the end of the book. And because of that, it seemed like it was a bit slow for my taste. 
" need to be caeful with him. [...] That's funny, ...I was was about to tell you the same thing."
pg. 220
     As for the story, I really liked the turn this story took. I love the myths and the way Garber portrayed them. It made for an amazing story. I can't wait to see how Garber puts them all together in the next installment. 
"...judging her based on a moment like that is the same as reading one page from a book and assuming you know the whole story."
pg. 270
     I won't say more to avoid spoilers, but I really liked this one. Caraval is still my favorite, but this one isn't far behind. I can't wait to see what happens to the family and what comes of the romance in Garber's final installment, Finale. 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #270 & 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 Beauty That RemainsI Have Lost My Way
Puddin' (Dumplin', #2)Royals
My So-Called Bollywood LifeTiffany Sly Lives Here Now
Kill CreekBe Prepared
AftermathAnonymous Noise, Vol. 2

From Publishers: 
To Be HonestThe Opposite of Here
The Lantern's Ember#FashionVictim: A Novel
Fire and HeistThe Raging Ones (The Raging Ones, #1)

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Tuesday 05/22/18: Top 10 Best Character Names!
Wednesday 05/23/18: Waiting on Wednesday: Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky
Friday 05/25/18: Book Blogger Hop: The Beginning of my Obsession
 Saturday 05/26/18:  No Post

Me on Instagram

My face when he's 75 pounds and jumps on your chest and stares at the door because it was raining and thundering and loud. 

What went on at your blog this week?
What books did you get?
What pictures did you take?

Friday, May 25, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: The Beginning of My Obsession!

Do you remember the first book you read by yourself?

Goodnight Moon
     Not really. Ummmm I know that when I first started reading I kept reading Goodnight Moon and I had a book made by my mom that came with a tape that had my name in it She said I played it and played it all the time until I could recite it without listening to the tape. I'm not sure if that counts as reading or if it's just memorizing lolol 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

e-Audio, 224 pages
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Published by:  Sky Pony Press
Read from: May 20-22, 2018
Source: Library
For fans of:  Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+, Body Positivity, Coming of Age, YA

     Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people's lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn't expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Abby knows it's a big no-no to fall for a colleague. She also knows that Jordi documents her whole life in photographs, while Abby would prefer to stay behind the scenes.
     Then again, nothing is going as expected this summer. She's competing against the girl she's kissing to win a paid job at the boutique. She's somehow managed to befriend Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro type who needs help in a project that involves eating burgers across L.A.'s eastside. Suddenly, she doesn't feel like a sidekick. Is it possible Abby's finally in her own story?
     But when Jordi's photography puts Abby in the spotlight, it feels like a betrayal, rather than a starring role. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image that other people have of her?
     Is this just Abby’s summer of fashion? Or will it truly be The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)?


    I have to say I was a little put off and was hesitant to read this one based on the title. But when I read the synopsis and saw the cover I was ALL IN. (Call me shallow if you want, I don't care lol) But I was really surprised at how much I liked this! 
     The summer is here and Abby has finally scored her dream internship at a local boutique that she adores. This is where she learns of her unexpected competition: Jordi Perez. She is surprised to fall for her, knowing that they would have to compete to land the paid job at the end of the summer. This summer also involves a new friend Jax and the best burgers in LA. If that doesn't sound like the best summer, I'm not sure what does! 
     The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was the MC. Although I loved her for the most part, she talked ALOT. lol I know that's stupid because its a contemp book, but she kept cutting people off and that kind of thing annoys me in real life. People do that to me all the time and it make me want to scream. But otherwise I really liked her and I really respected her actions and the way she felt about people and the way she treated her friends. I also really loved that she felt so real. I could identify with her questioning of her friends and some of their motives. It's something that I struggle with even still. Then there was Jordi. I LOVED her. I loved how she was the exact opposite of Abby and she still complimented her in the best way possible. They were so cute together and I loved all their swoony moments together
     I also loved the setting. My favorite contemporary romances are those that happen in the sun, on the beach, and have the cutest couples. This book had all of the above. I have to say I could easily picture myself on the beach with them as their friend, visiting diners and eating burgers with them. As the audio, it was super easy to get swept up in the beauty of LA and Cassandra Morris' voice. 
     As for the plot, it was quick moving which made for a quick read. I was able to listen to it in two sittings which I really enjoyed. There were a few instances where it was a bit drawn out it seemed like, but for the most part, the writing and the humor was enough for me to overlook it. 
     This book was nothing like I expected, but it was so good. It just goes to show you, never judge a book by its title lol I'm glad I didn't write out the book over something so trivial.
Overall, I give this