Wednesday, October 31, 2018

WoW: Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist

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!

Missing, Presumed Dead

     When eighteen-year-old Lexi foresees the brutal murder of a girl outside a club in downtown L.A., she is powerless to stop it. But when the girl’s ghost appears, seeking vengeance, Lexi is swept into a dangerous search that could put her directly in the path of a serial killer. From the author of Devils Unto Dust, this fast-paced and literary thriller will haunt fans of Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious and Karen M. McManus’s One of Us Is Lying.
     With a touch, Lexi can sense how and when someone will die. Some say it’s a gift. But to Lexi it’s a curse—one that keeps her friendless and alone. All that changes when Lexi foresees the violent death of a young woman, Jane, outside a club. But Jane doesn’t go to the afterlife quietly. Her ghost remains behind, determined to hunt down her murderer, and she needs Lexi’s help. In life, Jane was everything Lexi is not—outgoing, happy, popular. But in death, all Jane wants is revenge. Lexi will do anything to help Jane, to make up for the fact that she didn’t—couldn’t—save Jane’s life, and to keep this beautiful ghost of a girl by her side for as long as possible.
     Emma Berquist’s second novel is a haunting and atmospheric murder mystery that tackles themes of depression, loneliness, love, and identity. This high-concept novel is for fans of Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series.

Expected Publication: May 21, 2019
Published by: Greenwillow Books

Why I'm Waiting: In honor of Halloween I went with a thriller! It sounds pretty creepy too, so I think its a good choice. I mean, if you don't think sensing how someone can die with just a touch isn't creepy, Idk what to say lol And it says its for fans of Truly Devious and One of Us is Lying, both of which I adored! I can't wait to see what this one is about! 

Also, here's my Halloween costume! I didn't want to make y'all wait until Sunday when I posted my  Instagram photos lolol 

Any guesses who I am? 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

TTT: Top Book Characters I would Make Into a Halloween Costume!

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 Book Characters I Would Make Into a Halloween Costume!

The Hate U GiveFake Blood

1. Starr from The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: If you frequent my blog, you know that I said this on Friday too! I would totes be Starr from THUG and I think I have most of her costume already anyways. I can't believe I didn't think about it until now lol 

2. Nia from Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner: I really liked the whole Slayer thing. Because I could totes see that being me back in the day lolol 

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

3. Annabeth from The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: She's super smart and she is super cool and always puts Percy in his place. I really love them and I think it would be cool to dress up like her. Fairly easy too!

4. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I'm upset because I didn't think to be Katniss until this post. Which is upsetting because it's the 10th anniversary.... I would've been a LEGIT one!

Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)

5. Catwoman from Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas: In one of the movies her name was Patience, so of course I would totes be her. I was almost her this year, but I realized skin tight leather catsuit was probably not acceptable for work lol

6. Jane from Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: I really enjoyed this book and I loved the zombie parts. (I wish there were more.) I would love to attend that combat school as well as carry the weapons she has too! 

Shuri: The Search for Black PantherChildren of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

7. Shuri from The Search from Black Panther by Nnedi Okorafor: Man look, even when I first saw the movie I fell in love with Shuri and since then she's been my favorite. I can't wait to see what she does in a comic just for her!

8. Zélie from Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi: She has magic. Super awesome hair. And she looks so much more like me than other characters I've read. I will definitely add her to the queue of characters to dress up as in the future. If not for Halloween, I'll definitely try it for cosplay!

Renegades (Renegades, #1)Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

9. Nova from Renegades by Marissa Meyer: Because I'll be one of the most iconic characters in a long time! And hopefully people will know who I am!

10. Wonder Woman from Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo: Is anyone surprised? I hope not lol Although I'm not sure this one counts because I definitely dressed as her one year but it was before this came out...... 

Monday, October 29, 2018

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Audio, 18 CD's
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Read from: October 1-25, 2018
Throne of Glass, #6
Source: Library
TW:  N/A
For fans of: Fantasy, Romance, YA

     In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.
     Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
     His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
     But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.


     When this book first came out it was really close to the ending of a hurricane that hit my area and I was taking a major test, so I never got around to it. I finally got around to it, and for the most part, I'm a little underwhelmed. 
     Chaol Westfall, the former Captain of the Guard, has been sent to the Torre Cesme in hopes that the healers there can heal him and maybe he can convince them to join their side in the war. What him and Nesryn find there is so much more than what they expected. 
     One thing I've noticed is that most people only liked this if they were #TeamChaol. As someone who isn't I found this to be boring and I found myself rolling my eyes alot. This could have definitely been about 300 pages shorter, and it could have been a novella. 
     Another thing I didn't care for was the way I didn't really get that much new information from this book to be 18 freaking CD's. The plot moved in true Sarah J. Maas fashion, and when the climax came, it only scared me because giant arachnids were involved. I honestly felt like it was written for those that were upset when they thought Chaol wouldn't make it to the next book. 
     Now the small bit of information that was uncovered was good. I can't wait to see how she uses it in Kingdom of Ash. It'll be interesting to see how things all come together once Chaol relays everything he's learned to their army. 
     Although I could have done without this book, I'm still excited to see what happens with everyone in the next book. So far it's going better than this one and I'm excited to see how Maas ties up the entire series with her series finale.
Overall, I give this

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #292 & 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:
Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)Shadow of The Fox (Shadow of the Fox, #1)
Texas Ranger

From Netgalley/Edelweiss:
The Matchmaker's ListWarrior of the Wild
Small Town HeartsInventing Victoria
Famous in a Small Town

The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Wednesday 10/24/18: Waiting on Wednesday: Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi
Friday 10/26/18: Book Blogger Hop: Horror Recs! 

 Saturday 10/20/18: Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Me on Instagram:

My library's TAG run Haunted House was today and the teens had so much fun! We even had someone from admin come to it with their kids! My #SaturdayLibrarian duties included sacrificing myself which is seen here lmao 

Keno made himself comfortable on me again and I realized that no matter how much I complain about him being on me, I don't want him to ever quit wanting my cuddles. No matter how big he gets! 

I'm sure everyone can understand this one. At the very next chapter I think I finished the ice cream because YEAHHHHH. 

The first day that they were open until 7 so I went after my Saturday Librarian shift. I took a book and was ready to sit down and chill and yeah..... I was in and out. Less than 10 minutes!

What went on at your blog this week?
Leave me a link in the comments and I will visit!  

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

e-Audio, 7 hrs 58 min
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Published by: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Read from: October 16-24,2018
Source: Library
TW:  N/A
For fans of: LGBTQIAP+, Romance, Own Voices, Diverse Characters, Multiple POV, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, YA

     From the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin comes this illuminating exploration of old friendships, new crushes, and the path to self-discovery.
     Courtney "Coop" Cooper
     Dumped. Again. And normally I wouldn't mind. But right now, my best friend and source of solace, Jupiter Sanchez, is ignoring me to text some girl.
     Rae Evelyn Chin
     I assumed "new girl" would be synonymous with "pariah," but Jupiter and Courtney make me feel like I'm right where I belong. I also want to kiss him. And her. Which is . . . perplexing.
     Jupiter Charity-Sanchez
     The only thing worse than losing the girl you love to a boy is losing her to your boy. That means losing him, too. I have to make a move. . . .
     One story.
     Three sides.
     No easy answers.


     I had an ARC of this, but after finding out that Nic Stone was going to narrate..... I HAD to listen to it. I always find it so cool when the author can write a book and then go on and narrate it too. They know the best places to emphasize and more and it makes the audio that much more enjoyable. 
     Coop and Jupiter have been friends for years. Enter Rae who befriends the both of them. But also thinks she likes both of them. Coop is secretly in love with Jupiter, and Jupiter thinks she may be falling for Coop after getting turned down by Rae. If you're confused by this, there's no easy way to explain it. Just read it!
     I loved the way Stone gave each character their own book and still kept it in chronological order. It made the most sense this way. And giving all the characters their own book helped to get into their head and get some information that we may not have gotten from just one person's POV. 
     I also liked the questioning rep! There is not too many books out there for those questioning, and this one really gave a great example. I could have used this book as a teen while I did my own questioning in high school. I didn't figure it out until I was in college and I never told anyone because I felt so alone. This book could've helped back then. I hope this book will help other teens that might feel like this now. 
     However, I did not like the ending. It didn't feel finished. Like what happened after that. Did they try? It just felt cut off too abruptly. All the questions I had weren't answered and because of that it caused me to like it a little less. 
     Stone's sophomore novel has none of the sophomore slump syndrome. It is messy and will stress you out in the best possible way. It will hurt you, hype you, and make you laugh. And all the time you will be rooting for the MC. All 3 of them. Knowing that all three of them have a different side of the story. 
Overall, I give this

Friday, October 26, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Horror Recs!

Recommend one horror novel for non-horror readers

     The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe.
Image result for Tell-tale heart

Why? It's just a short story, and its not too gory or anything like that. And it's not TOO scary. Just really, really weird lol

What about you?
What would you recommend?
If you don't like horror, would you try this one?

Thursday, October 25, 2018

You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P! by Alex Gino

Hardcover, 234 pages
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Published by: Scholastic Press
Read from: October 21-23,2018
Source: Library
For fans of: Diverse Characters, Realistic Fiction, Sparkly Covers, Contemporary, MG

     Jilly thinks she's figured out how life works. But when her sister Emma is born Deaf, she realizes how much she still has to learn.
     A big fantasy reader, Jilly connects with another fan, Derek, who is a Deaf Black ASL user. She goes to Derek for advice but doesn't always know the best way to ask for it and makes some mistakes along the way. Jilly has to step back to learn to be an ally, a sister, and a friend, understanding that life works in different ways for different people, and that being open to change can make you change in the best possible ways.


     Knowing that their first book would be hard to follow, I went into this one with zero expectations. This turned out to be a good thing. As much as I liked it, it had a whole lot going on. Not in a bad way, but it did stop me from rating it as high as I did their other book. 
"Babies are so cute!!! [...] have you ever lived with a baby? [...] I'm a only child. [...] let me tell you. they might seem cute, until you get one. then you realize they just look like that so you won't toss them off a cliff."
pg. 6-7
     Jilly's little sister was just born and she adores her! Her and her parents quickly find out that her sister Emma was born Deaf. Jilly befriends someone from her favorite book's forum that she frequents and learns that he is Deaf and African American. As she continues talking to him, she must realize that not everyone is the same and you won't always say the right thing. She makes mistakes, but what matters most is how she tries fixing them.
"You do know other books exist right?"
pg. 21
     When I say there was too much going on in this one, I mean it in the best way possible. It just seemed that Gino was trying to do too much. The Deaf rep was on point. In the author's note they said that they had Deaf grandparents and they had to learn to sign, and it showed. Jilly makes a wonderful ally to Derek and her sister. She makes some mistakes, but what mattered was how she listened to what she said and how she fixed it in the end. As for Jilly being an ally to Black people, I felt like it was a bit forced. I think the story would have been just fine if he had left it only at them being Deaf. But he had to make some of the characters Black and then added police brutality to the story as well. I just felt like it didn't have to be there. The story was about Jilly P learning to become an ally and to ask questions and I think she could've done that with just the Deaf storyline. Really I just didn't like that a black kid had to die in a story about an ally. It just didn't sit well with me. 
"How could you miss something you don't know is there?"
pg. 101
     As for the characters, I did like Jilly. She had a great story arc that showed her learning about the struggles that different people go through. These things aren't always easy lessons, so I was happy that it wasn't depicted that way. Jilly wasn't perfect, but neither is anyone else. I also liked that the parents were seen as learning more as well. It doesn't always have to be a kid who can begin learning. Some adults need those lessons too.
"[...]we just didn't want to worry you, says Mom. "I'm worried anyway,'" I say. "So what do we do?" We keep talking," says Mom. Dad nods. "Even when it's uncomfortable."
pg. 213
     You Don't Know Everything, Jilly P is a story that middle grade readers need. There are no other books that show readers how to become an ally and the best thing to do is LISTEN. I liked the lessons it told and some of the conversations it will spark will be amazing. This was almost a very strong contender for my favorite book by Gino.
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

WoW: Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

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!

Tell Me How You Really Feel

     Sana Khan is a cheerleader and a straight A student. She's the classic (somewhat obnoxious) overachiever determined to win.
     Rachel Recht is a wannabe director who's obsessed with movies and ready to make her own masterpiece. As she's casting her senior film project, she knows she's found the perfect lead - Sana.
     There's only one problem. Rachel hates Sana. Rachel was the first girl Sana ever asked out, but Rachel thought it was a cruel prank and has detested Sana ever since.
     Told in alternative viewpoints and inspired by classic romantic comedies, this engaging and edgy YA novel follows two strong-willed young women falling for each other despite themselves.

Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Expected Publication: June 11, 2019

Why I'm Waiting: Contemporary Romance is my favorite genre and this one being diverse is even better. And this cover... Man I'm convinced 2019 is the year for the best covers. And I'm hoping against all hope that its just as swoony as the cover! Keeping my fingers crossed its as good as it looks! 

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