Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Top 10 Books That Lived Up to The Hype!

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 Books That Lived Up to The Hype! 


All of these books had me a little skeptical because I was nervous that maybe I would be the Black Sheep.... But I lucked out, because these were all PAST amazing! 
Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)The Hate U Give
Renegades (Renegades, #1)Turtles All the Way Down
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)The Wedding Date
Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)Long Way Down
The Kiss QuotientStalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

What about you? 
Did these live up to the hype for you too?
Did any of these NOT live up to the hype for you?!



Monday, July 30, 2018

The President is Missing by James Patterson and Bill Clinton

e-Audio, 12 hours-55 minutes
Release Date: June 4, 2018
Published by: Little Brown and Company (Blackstone Publishing) 
Read from: July 18-27, 2018
Stand-alone
Source: Library (Overdrive)
TW: N/A
For fans of: Mystery, Thriller, Cyber Terrorism, Politics, Adult

     President Bill Clinton and bestselling novelist James Patterson have written a spellbinding thriller, The President is Missing.
     As the novel opens, a threat looms. Enemies are planning an attack of unprecedented scale on America. Uncertainty and fear grip Washington. There are whispers of cyberterror and espionage and a traitor in the cabinet. The President himself becomes a suspect, and then goes missing...
     Set in real time, over the course of three days, The President Is Missing is one of the most dramatic thrillers in decades. And it could all really happen. The President Is Missing is Bill Clinton and James Patterson's totally authentic and spellbinding thriller.

*MY THOUGHTS*

      When I heard this was going to be a thing, I was ALL. IN. Unfortunately, this just didn't do it for me. Even though I am a Democrat through and through, I just could NOT with this one. 
     Cyber terror is on the horizon and the President's cabinet has no idea. The President gets a strange message that puts him on high alert. Everyone becomes a suspect.... Even the President himself. And then things get really interesting once the President goes missing...
     Ok, so I was really into this when I read the premise.... Even if I am OVER the cyber-terror approach when it comes to political thrillers. But because this is James Patterson and Bill Clinton, I really was excited about it. However, this was not what I was expecting. Starting with the plot. For instance, the book was called The President is Missing....However, the President didn't even go missing until about 45% into the book. It just seemed like wayyyyy too much back story. 
     And then the info-dumps...... My goodness. I'm almost positive that if they cut out the first 100 pages of the book and some more out of the middle would have made this better than it was. It just seemed like the book went on and on and on about the President and how they want to impeach him (yes, that was in the book...) and his disease and more. Too much droning on and it made it super boring.
     Lastly, at the end, the plot twist seemed so hidden in the extraness of the story, that I had to stop and think about who they were. (They only went by the name, not what they did.) However, it was a surprise, so I was happy for that. I didn't guess who it was and that's always a welcome surprise when I don't guess.
     With James Patterson I was expecting the President to be missing and the Cabinet working to find him and the entire United States to be in a panic. However, that was not what I got. I'm not sure if that tainted my entire look at the book or if it was really just not that great. Whatever the case may be, this one just wasn't for me. 
Overall, I give this


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #279 & 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 Publishers:

After the FireThe Black Coats
The AntidoteA Good Kind of Trouble

From the Library:
Letting Go of GravityFront Desk


Weekly Wrap-Up:


Tuesday 07/24/18: Top Ten Books With Sensory Memories! 
Thursday 07/26/2018: The Crime Scene: The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
Friday 07/27/18: Book Blogger Hop: To agree or not to agree.... That is the question!

 Saturday 07/28/18:  Between the Covers: Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Me on Instagram:


In the readathon I did I realized I was reading two books about mothers with two completely different storylines!



All of these pics are from our Lego Mindstorm program we had at the library just recently. I wasn't really sure how they worked, but the teens seemed to know exactly what they were doing and it was seriously amazing to watch them in action! 

What went on at your blog this week?




Saturday, July 28, 2018

Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer L. Armentrout

e-ARC, 400 pages
Release Date: June 26, 2018
Published by: Avon
Read from: July 22-27, 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.) 
TW: Physical Abuse to a woman
For fans of: Romance, Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense, Adult/ New Adult

    The de Vincent brothers are back—and so is the intrigue that surrounds them—in New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s sizzling new novel...
     Nicolette Bresson never thought she’d return to the de Vincents’ bayou compound. It’s where her parents work, where Nikki grew up... and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki’s time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected—especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki’s space as much as possible.
      Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He’d wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he’s known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman... one who’s being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe—and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.

BETWEEN THE COVERS!

*This book is part of the adult contemporary romance genre! It is much more mature than YA. I have featured it in Between the Covers as a way to feature the few Adult and New Adult titles I am beginning to read!"  

*MY THOUGHTS*

     As with any other JLA book, of course I added this to my TBR. And after reading the first one, I was definitely going to read this. And also just like with other JLA books, I loved it and now I can't wait for the next one!
"...you might as well agree to it." Why?" "Because I'm a de Vincent," he said. "And we always get what we want."
32%
     Nikki's mother and father have worked for the de Vincent brothers all her life. The de Vincent brothers have watched her grow up. But when an incident happens between her and Gabe right before she leaves for college, she decides to leave that chapter of life behind her.... Until her mother gets sick and she has to come back and work in her mother's place. Seeing Nikki reminds Gabe that she's not a little girl anymore. As the two begin getting back to being as close as they use to be, strange things continue happening at the de Vincent house. How does Gabe keep Nikki safe?
"Giving money is easy," Gabe replied. "Giving time isn't."
38%
    Just like the first, I was super happy that this was written from both of their POV's. I always find it so interesting to read JLA's boy's POV. I love seeing the moment they realize that they love the MC or whoever it is they fall for. It never fails to be my favorite part of the book. And this one was no better. I loved seeing Gabe and finding out all the small secrets he was keeping throughout the story. Nikki was also a great character. Besides having a great name, she also was just as snarky as me. They were absolutely hilarious together and I remember lol-ing so many times.
"...But it was just a fantasy and fantasies were okay. They were safe. Healthy even. Fantasies weren't real."
52%
    I also really liked the plot. I like that there was more to it than just having a weird house and some weird curses and them getting together. It all comes together at the end. It's not a surprise, however, it WILL make you want to jump into the book and throttle the person.
"Well, people would rather read about scandals then good deeds." Sad but true."
55%
     As for the romance, I really loved seeing them together. It's rare that I am ok with them being just friends, but I liked them so much that I wanted them together no matter how. And the romance was pretty hot as well. That bathroom scene was one I read at work and my face heated in embarrassment, even when no one knew what I was reading. But JLA has always written some of my favorite steamy scenes, so there was no surprise that I would like this one as well. 
"I said Saturday night I don't know what we're doing, where its going to lead." He turned his head, kissing her inner thigh. The rough skin of his jaw drove her crazy. "That didn't mean I wasn't going to travel that road and find out."
63%
     However, although I liked the plot, it did move rather slow. The beginning was setting up the story yes, but I don't think it had to take that long. And the romance didn't start until half the book was over, so it wasn't really anything happening. It just seemed like a constant state of setting the stage. I'm sorry, but a slow burn that takes up 200 pages just seemed a bit much to me.   
"Pits are friendly dogs," she said leading them over the large stretch of grassy area. "They get a bad rep, though."
76%
     Of course I liked this. It's not my favorite of the series, but I can definitely say I will be waiting on pins and needles for this next one. JLA is always the one that can get me back in the reading mood. Thanks JLA for another great book boy and another great book! 
Overall, I give this


Friday, July 27, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: To agree or not to agree.... That is the question!


Do you agree or disagree with this statement: A blogger's first name should be in a prominent place on his/her blog? 


     Again I say. do your blog how you want. I think if anyone REALLY wants to know who you are, they can easily find out who you are. It doesn't matter where it is.


What about you?
What do you think?

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

Audio, 9.5 hours
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Published by: Harper
Read from: July 14-22, 2018
Stand-alone
Source: Library
TW: Kidnapping
For fans of: Thrillers, Suspense,Mysteries, Adult

     Vanity Fair calls it one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal's Kerry Washington.
An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.
     They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centered lives.
     When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.
     Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

*This book is part of the adult mystery/thriller genre! I have featured it in The Crime Scene as a way to feature the few Adult and New Adult titles I am beginning to read in this genre! There's not much of a difference, however the scenes may be more graphic and there may be more explicit scenes in some of them."  

*MY THOUGHTS*

    The very first thing I heard about this book was that it was being made into a movie. I had to read it because I really needed to know what the fuss was about. But by that time, everyone else had already heard of it as well. It took awhile before I got it in my hands, but when I finally read it, I was really underwhelmed. 
     The May Mothers met in a group online and spent so much time getting to know each other through emails and outings. But then one night, baby Midas goes missing at the same time they're at an outing. And no one seems to know what happened. At the same time they're looking for him, they learn that the same people they began to become friends with and "get to know," they realize they never really knew them at all.
     Ok, so the main thing I didn't like about this book was the plot. And by that I mean.... There wasn't one. The entire story is based on them finding the baby, but it's basically told in police interviews. And that got boring really quickly. There were SO. MANY. times I wanted to quit listening to this, but since it was an audio and I was listening while I was driving, it helped to force me to get through it.
     The other thing I didn't care for with this one is the person who it was. Ok, so this will be somewhat of a spoiler, so skip this paragraph of my review if you don't want to read the spoiler...... The person the author chose to be the person behind it all, sucked. My co-worker who also read this said it best... "the good thrillers introduce you to the characters, get them involved in the story, and then at the end you're like WTF?! This person was introduced twice and even though the secrets of everyone else was coming out, no one conveniently asked her about her secrets." And the character who did it turned out to be someone that wasn't hardly in the story. I get that it's supposed to be hard to guess who it is, but at least make it someone who I don't have to flip pages and go "Who was that again?" Because that's what happened in this story. 
     The main reason I kept going with this story is the fact that the story was actually pretty believable and had some pretty awesome points in the writing.The way they got hold of the evidence and the way the characters began to turn on each other was definitely something that could happen were this to happen in real life. Sad, but true.
     Though there wasn't much that I liked, it was still strong enough for me to finish it and give it a good rating. Not saying I'm going to buy all of her other works, but I will definitely keep a look out for all the newer things she writes. 
Real rating 2.5 but I rounded up!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

WoW: Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi


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!

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

     Black Enough is a star-studded anthology edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi that will delve into the closeted thoughts, hidden experiences, and daily struggles of black teens across the country. From a spectrum of backgrounds—urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—Black Enough showcases diversity within diversity.
     Whether it’s New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds writing about #blackboyjoy or Newbery Honor-winning author Renee Watson talking about black girls at camp in Portland, or emerging author Jay Coles’s story about two cowboys kissing in the south—Black Enough is an essential collection full of captivating coming-of-age stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America.

Published by: Balzer + Bray
Expected Publication: January 8, 2019

Why I'm Waiting: What about this doesn't scream me? I really wish something like this had been around when I was a teen. And let's talk about the author line-up...... BRUHHHHHHHH All of my favorites are here and I LOVE it. I'm really excited that everyone's story will have thier own signature flair and I can't wait to see what they do with them!


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

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Top 10 Books with Sensory Reading Memories!

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 Books with Sensory Reading Memories: 
The Books Where I Remember Exactly what I was Doing! 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer;s Stone by J.K. Rowling: I'll just say the series for this one because I remember EVERYTHING I was doing when I started this series. I was in 5th grade and by then, books 1-3 were out. I checked them out from my school library (because my 5th grade teacher had said people were attacking it and banning..... I was always a rebel) and I fell in love. I went back and checked out the others the next couple days. She found me reading under the dining room table, in the middle of doorways, anywhere I could get. Since then, my mom and I read them together, me first and then me hurrying her along after I read and finished them.  

2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling: I wanted to put this separate because this is the one that I remember reading the most. When I found out the date it was being released, I remember watching the children in the UK reading it because they had parties at midnight and were all getting their copies at midnight and reading them then. I remember being crazy jealous and my mom said, "Well Nikki, let me see if somewhere else is selling theirs at midnight." So she called this place called Hasting's (Idk if there are even anymore of those around.) and lo and behold they had one. They said not many people knew they were staying open late for the release. I remember going to Hasting's, getting the book, and they told me I was the FIRST person in Galveston to get the book! I had my picture taken and was in the newspaper and everything lol 

Dear MartinWonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

3. Dear Martin by Nic Stone: I remember asking about this book on Twitter and the Wonderful Fairy Book Mother Mary (Knoxdiver) sent me a copy. I got it in at my mailbox and I remember crying. I ended up recieving another copy and giving the one she sent me to my teens at work who were also equally excited. When I read it, I remeber reading it in a day. My husband came in, saw I was sobbing, and promptly turned around. He came back a few minutes later with tissues and ice cream. 

4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo: This one is huge for me, because if you know me, you know I'm a HUGE Wonder Woman fan after WW was my nickname in high school. It's carried on since then into adulthood. After I found out that there would be a WW YA book, I was STOKED. And by Bardugo, no less?! HELL. YES. I remember going to TLA in San Antonio and the first stop I made was to Penguin Random House and asking if they had an ARC. The publicist gave me one, took a picture of me and my WW bag, and I promptly cried right there. Later on when I was reading it, I was reading it on my couch, snuggling my puppy at the time, and drinking coffee. It was a PERFECT day. 

Black Girl MagicChildren of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

5. Black Girl Magic by Mahogany L. Browne: I remember getting this one in at my library and reading it at my desk. I cried and then read it again and again. I loved this book and I'm so glad we now have something like this for our girls. 

6. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi:  I stayed up until 3;30am reading the end of this book. I sat next to a snoring husband with only a super small reading light while I was in bed bawling my eyes out from the author's note. 

Together at MidnightThe Serpent King

7. Together at Midnight by Jennifer Castle: This book was about New Year's Eve and kissing at Midnight. So of course, I wanted to read it on New Year's Day lol 

8. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner: I remember finishing this one on the way to work and if you've read it, you know this was a TERRIBLE IDEA. I had puffy eyes and no eyeliner the rest of the day. Read this one they said. It's a great contemp they said. However, they did not say you would cry your eyes out. 


Bad RomanceThe Hate U Give

9. Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios: I took this ARC on a cruise when me and the husband were honeymooning! I remember sitting by a window in the casino part (Don't judge) and reading this one. And I think I took it to one of my excursions as well. 

10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: Man oh man. I remember reading this one when I went home to Galveston. I remember sitting at the kitchen table and reading it. I got to that one part, and was immediately started bawling. My mom wasn't home at the time which I thought was great so I wasn't judged lolol 

What about you?
Do you have cool stories associated with those memories?


Monday, July 23, 2018

#24in48 Read-athon Results!


     #24in48 is a Read-athon that I've wanted to participate in FOREVER, but I've always worked on the days its happened. And of course, this time I had to work again too. I was the Saturday librarian AND I had a program that I had to do too. But I still wanted to squeeze it in. And I did it! I only got to read 20 hours, but that's because of work. I really want to try again on the next one. Hopefully I'm off for the next one. Here's how I did:

  • The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy FINISHED
  • The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson
  • When Life Gives you Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn FINISHED
  • Moonlight Seduction by Jennifer Armentrout- I got to 11%. 
  • If Only by Jennifer Gilmore- I got to page 60
I clearly can't stick to a set TBR. With my husband gone and being on a read-athon, I was supposed to have finished more than just two books. But for whatever reason, it just wasn't in the cards for me. 

Anyone else doing the Read-athon?! 
Tell me your TBR in the comments! 

When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn

e-ARC, 272 pages
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Published by: Swoon Reads
Read from: July 19-, 2018
Stand-alone
Source: Netgalley (I received a copy of this book from the Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
TW:
For fans of: Romance, LGBTQIAP+, Contemporary, Sparkly Covers, YA

     Sixteen-year-old Shelby Black has spent the past year training to be an exorcist. Her great-uncle Roy—a Catholic priest and Shelby’s guardian—believes she has a gift for expelling demons, and he’s put her through exorcist boot camp hell, but he still doesn’t trust her to do an exorcism on her own.
     High school is hard enough without having to explain that you fight demons for a living, so Shelby keeps her extracurricular activity quiet, especially from Spencer, her cute math tutor. Secrets run in Shelby’s family, though: her mother has been missing ever since an exorcism went horribly wrong, and Uncle Roy is tight-lipped about it. But Shelby’s hell-bent on finding her mom, no matter what—even if what it ends up costing her her soul AND a date with Spencer.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     I started reading this one on a whim. I wasn't really convinced that this would be one that I liked, but that was only because of the cover. And after reading this, that just goes to show you that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
"Eat the frog. [...] Mark Twain. Put the worst task behind you and then you can get on with the rest of your day."
4%
     Shelby has a very different job than what others might expect her to have. She is an exorcist. She's being trained by her Uncle Roy, who's been making sure she's busy. However, that's hardly the last secret that she's keeping from everyone. Her mother is gone and she has been having trouble believing the excuse that she's been given. She's going to find her mom, no matter what the cost.
"Spenceris waiting at my locker after school. Unfortunately, I can't study with him today, because I have an appointment. With the devil."
14%
     I have to say I'm a bit embarrassed. I almost didn't give this one the time of day, but only because of the cover. And being honest, I have no idea what made me end up reading it anyways. I think I was approved for it and I just decided to give it a go. And after reading the first page, I knew I was going to like it. I kind of related to it. I'm Catholic and could recognize all the things they mentioned. As a character driven reader, when I can relate to them, it helps me like the story a bit more. However, there were a couple of other things about Shelby that I didn't care for. She was too stubborn. At some points it was just like, really, you haven't done this this entire time, but NOW it's different? It was crazy and a bit annoying.
"For someone who's expecting me to chase the evil spirits out of her son, she doesn't seem particularly grateful."
15%
     As for the plot, it was super simple and contained a lot of twists that I did see coming. However, there were also some that I just knew was right, and it turned out to be something completely different. So even though its something simple, it doesn't quite follow the troupes of all the other paranormal romances. 
"What's it like? Living with a priest? [...] It's fine, I say. I mean, it's not like he goes around preaching all the time. Well, not about God, anyway. Mostly he lectures me on leaving my wet towel hanging over the shower rod or not loading the dishwasher properly."
20%
     The writing style was the only thing that I didn't really care for. This book was about exorcising, and yet it wasn't truly terrifying. But there is nothing scary at all about this. In fact, the scenes that ARE about to get scary are over right before they start. The fight scenes were really short and Honeybourn made them funny in some ways. Alot different than what I was expecting. But judging by the cover, I should have known that it would be more funny than scary. 
"There's no sign of her, and yet she's everywhere I look."
42%
     This book surprised me. I wasn't a fan of the title or the cover originally, but I somehow started reading the first page so I could get an idea of what it might be about. And low and behold.... It was something I liked. Definitely made me realize that I might have to go back and give other ugly covers a try lol
Overall, I give this