Friday, November 30, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Wishing for First Editions...


If you could travel back in time to purchase the first printing of a specific novel, what book would that be?   


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)

     It would most definitely be Harry Potter 1-3. I was a little late to the HP party and didn't start reading them until after book 3 was already released. I think I got a second printing of those because by then it was already HUGE. 

What about you?!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

ARC, 390 pages
Release Date: November 6,2018
Published by: Freeform
Read from: November 20-27, 2018
Debutantes, #1
Source: Publishers (I received a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
TW:  
For fans of: Action, Southern Charm, Thrillers, Mysteries, YA

     "I'm not saying this is Sawyer's fault," the prim and proper one said delicately. "But."
     Eighteen-year-old auto mechanic Sawyer Taft did not expect her estranged grandmother to show up at her apartment door and offer her a six-figure contract to participate in debutante season. And she definitely never imagined she would accept. But when she realizes that immersing herself in her grandmother's "society" might mean discovering the answer to the biggest mystery of her life-her father's identity-she signs on the dotted line and braces herself for a year of makeovers, big dresses, bigger egos, and a whole lot of bless your heart. The one thing she doesn't expect to find is friendship, but as she's drawn into a group of debutantes with scandalous, dangerous secrets of their own, Sawyer quickly discovers that her family isn't the only mainstay of high society with skeletons in their closet. There are people in her grandmother's glittering world who are not what they appear, and no one wants Sawyer poking her nose into the past. As she navigates the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents, Sawyer's search for the truth about her own origins is just the beginning.
     Set in the world of debutante balls, grand estates and rolling green hills, Little White Lies combines a charming setting, a classic fish-out-of-water story, and the sort of layered mystery only author Jennifer Lynn Barnes can pull off.

*MY THOUGHTS*

     When I first heard about this one, I was a bit iffy. A book about debutantes, mystery, and Southern belles and gentlemen doesn't seem like a "me" thing, so I wasn't exactly chomping on the bit about it. But then I realized it was by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and all those worries went away. It doesn't matter what it is, any mystery by Barnes I'll give a shot. 
"He's nice. But the senator's daughter..." Sadie-Grace almost started rond-de jambe-ing again, but she caught herself. "His daughter?" I prompted as the senator and his wife began making their way toward Lily. Sadie Grace crossed herself, even though I was fairly certain she wasn't Catholic. "The senator's daughter is the devil incarnate. "
pg. 39
      Just as Sawyer gets off work something she least expects happens.... Her grandmother comes out of nowhere and offers her 6 figures to come and live with her and be a debutante. She expects the big dresses and tradition, but not the family and acceptance that comes with it. She really doesn't expect the friends and scandals they brought with them. Its a whirlwind of debutante balls, Southern belles and gentlemen, and southern charm mixed with some mystery and thrills to make a story to put the reader on the edge of their seat.
"Secrets are like bandages," I told Sadie-Grace. "Just rip it off."
pg. 85
     This isn't something I thought I would really enjoy, but once I started reading it and fell into Barnes' familiar storytelling, I couldn't stop. Her writing style can always pull me in. The humor and wit and Sawyer's sarcastic nature was my absolute favorite part. Barnes is a master storyteller and this one was no different. She told it alot differently than her other stories that I've read, but for this one it worked. And it worked really well. The story goes back and forth between a couple hours before the debutante ball (time does a countdown to the debutante ball over those chapters) and when Sawyer first got to her grandmother's world. It sounds like it might be confusing, but once you get to reading it, you start to understand the timeline more.
"An insult doesn't count as an insult if you phrase it as a question."
pg. 120
     And for a book that had so many characters, it seems as if it's hard to have all of them be so well developed. Not for Barnes. I really enjoyed every character that she introduced and everything they brought to the story. Sadie-Grace had to be my favorite and I can only hope that the next book is gives us a little more back story or detail about her. Lily was interesting to learn about as well, with everything that is revealed in the end of the book, it will be interesting to see how things end up in the next book. 
"Nature can be bloodthirsty, can't it?" Lillian let her fingertips hover over a rose thorn. "I suppose there are those who would argue that people aren't much better. Your mama, for one."
pg. 133
     As for the setting, I LOVED the Southern atmosphere in this one. My mom was a debutante and she told me all her stories and we're from the South, so I kind of had a feel for it. I've always felt like they would be in a world all their own and Barnes really portrayed that. 
"If you didn't expect things of people, they couldn't disappoint you. I knew that, but a part of me would never stop expecting her to........... To what? I asked myself.  ."
pg. 243
     The twists and turns were my absolute favorite part of this book though. No matter what it seemed like I knew, I didn't. It got REALLY messed up in the end. As things started clicking into place and secrets came out, this story got really weird lol It was completely different than what I was expecting and I really enjoyed that. As much as I read, thrillers aren't really a surprise for me anymore, but this one was and it made it 90% more enjoyable than the others. 
"Quite frankly, if what you say about [...] relationship with [...] is true, I'm surprised [...] hasn't taken care of you" Well didn't that sound ominous?."
pg. 299
      The only thing I didn't care for was the ending. For something they had been working on for the entire book, it was a little non-existent in the end. It was talked about, but I wish Barnes had given us something from that point of view instead of just skimming over it. It would have been nice to get in on all the secrets. 
"A tiger doesn't change its stripes."
pg. 353
      Although I still haven't given up on campaigning for more of her Fixer series, (see what I did there? lol) I will definitely be wanting more of this series as well. I already have so many questions and I can't wait to get the next book in my hands. I'm not sure I'll be able to wait an entire year! Barnes opens up readers to a new world in this book that will have them wanting to set into the debutante world themselves. 
     Overall, I give this


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

WoW: The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert



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!

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

     Perfect for fans of Nina LaCour and Nicola Yoon comes a novel about first love and family secrets from Stonewall Book Award winner Brandy Colbert.
     Dove "Birdie" Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she's on track to finish high school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past...whom she knows her parents will never approve of.
     When her estranged aunt Carlene returns to Chicago and moves into the family's apartment above their hair salon, Birdie notices the tension building at home. Carlene is sweet, friendly, and open-minded--she's also spent decades in and out of treatment facilities for addiction. As Birdie becomes closer to both Booker and Carlene, she yearns to spread her wings. But when long-buried secrets rise to the surface, everything she's known to be true is turned upside down.

Published by: Little, Brown
Expected Publication: August 20, 2019

Why I'm Waiting: Reading contemps about African American girls is so refreshing. And I really want more of them. And this #OwnVoices author never lets me down! I loved Finding Yvonne this year so I know I'll love this one too! 

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

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

TTT: Platonic Relationships in Books!

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 Platonic Relationships in Books!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

1. The Golden Trio: I'm going to add Hagrid here too because DUH. But anyways, these three stayed in trouble and the way they interacted was priceless. I always wished I had friends like them. 

2. The Weasley family: From Arthur to Molly to the twins... Everyone in this family is amazing and I love the way they interact with everyone. (I used the 2nd one since... well you know.) 

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)The Wedding Date

3. Cinder & Iko: Iko is the BEST FRIEND I think anyone could have. And she's been my favorite since this book. And the two of them together... Its still one of my favorite friendships ever. 

4. Drew and Carlos: I LOVED Drew and Carlos' friendship in The Wedding Date! Carlos was such a good friend and Drew actually listened to his advice. (After decidedly NOT listening at first.) They made such a good team and I was happy Drew had him. 


The Unexpected EverythingLabyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1)

5.  Andie, Toby, Palmer and Bri: I LOVED their friendship and as I always say, Morgan Matson is the Queen of YA Realistic Fiction, so they automatically make my favorite list of characters!

6. Alex, Lula, and Rose: They're sisters and they're Brujas and they're super cool. And even though they may make some terrible decisions, they all stick together and try to get each other back on the straight and narrow.

Prince in DisguiseLong Way Down

7. Dusty and Dylan: They didn't get along very well, but that's what made it more real. They acted just like me and my sisters. Which makes them some of my favorites. 

8. Will & all his ghosts: I know that this one is a bit different because of the way this was written, but still these are some of my favorite characters! I really loved what they did for him and how he reacted to them. 

Dear MartinThe Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)

9. Justyce and Manny: They were great friends and they seemed like brothers. I won't go further than that for spoilers, but I really liked their friendship and how they were together. 

10. Monty & Felicity: I really LOVED the way they hated each other but loved each other. Again, it made me think of me and my siblings, so it meant they were really real lol 

What about you? 
Do we share any of these favorites?


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #296 & 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:
Piecing Me TogetherThe Stars Beneath Our Feet
TightThe Good Luck Charm

From Publishers/Netgalley/Edelweiss: 
SpinThe Princess and the Fangirl

Y'all ever get surprise bookmail in and you cry at the mailbox?
I definitely did this for this one! I can't thank you enough Quirk Books! 

Let Me Hear a RhymeWith the Fire on High

I was hoping to score one of these at NCTE but unfortunately I didn't get them :( 
Thankfully they were already up on Edelweiss lol I won't get to pass them on to my teens, but at least I'll get to be able to tell them more about them! Thank you to Harper Collins and Edelweiss! Can't wait to dive in! 

Fumbled (Playbook, #2)You Owe Me a Murder
White Rose

I had barely finished Intercepted and I knew that as soon as I saw Fumbled somewhere I needed to request it! And I saw it Monday night and expected not to see an answer until next week... And then yesterday while I was at work I got the email. I did a book shimmy at my desk I was so excited lol Can't wait for T.K's story!

**I'll post my NCTE goodies next week since I'm just getting back in town today!**


The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Tuesday 11/13/18: Top Ten Bookish Things I'm Thankful for! 
Thursday 11/015/2018: Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu
Friday 11/16/18: Book Blogger Hop: Book Exchange! 
 Saturday 11/17/18: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory
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Saturday, November 24, 2018

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

e-ARC, 336 pages
Release Date: October 30, ,2018
Published by: Berkley Books
Read from: October 23-November 19, 2018
The Wedding Date, #2
Source: Netgalley (I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
TW:  N/A
For fans of: Own Voices stories, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Adult

    The author of The Wedding Date serves up a novel about what happens when a public proposal doesn't turn into a happy ending, thanks to a woman who knows exactly how to make one on her own...
     When someone asks you to spend your life with him, it shouldn't come as a surprise--or happen in front of 45,000 people.
When freelance writer Nikole Paterson goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying no isn't the hard part--they've only been dating for five months, and he can't even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans...
     At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik's rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He's even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik's social media blows up--in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can't be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes...



Between the covers!

*This book is part of the new adult contemporary romance genre! It is 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*

    I remember back in the day when I was just finishing The Wedding Date and the only thing I could think about was "I need a Carlos book. How do I convince Guillory to write one?" As it turns out, I did NOT have to convince her at all. This one was already in the works! 
   Nik's day started out as going well. But then out of nowhere in the middle of a baseball game her boyfriend decides to PURPOSE. On a JUMBOTRON. Nik does everything short of dying from embarrassment, but out of nowhere, two people are there to save the day: Carlos and his little sister, Angie. They help Nik battle the news cameras and get her out of there before she can even blink. You would think it's over now, but for the two of them, it's only the beginning.....
    From the very beginning Carlos has been my favorite character in this series. But in this one he seemed a bit different than he was in The Wedding Date. He seemed a bit more arrogant and a little more of a jerk. I didn't care for the change. I wanted the same Carlos that got Drew to realize he fell in love with Alexa. As for Nik, I really liked her. She reminded me of me. Which I find hilarious because I would have tried to date Carlos too lol She was just like me in so many ways that I wasn't expecting, which made her so much more realistic. 
     With their romance, I loved seeing them together. It was definitely an instance where everyone else knows EXCEPT those people. But their journey to get there was so much better that way. I loved the way they interacted with each other and the way they tried to make themselves think they didn't matter to the other. All the signs of real love. 
     The only thing I didn't care for about this one was the ending. I HATED the way he decided to let her know what he wanted to tell her. It just seemed like too much and the way he said it felt even to me that he was just saying something and he wasn't sure if he meant it. And then at the very end, I felt like Guillory stopped it in the middle of a scene. She could have stopped it before ending it like that. 
    The Wedding Date is still my favorite, but this one is a close second. Jasmine Guillory is for sure one romance author to watch. I can't wait to see what else she has in store! 
Overall, I give this


Friday, November 23, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Book exchanges!


Does your book club have a book exchange for the holidays or any other time during the year? If you don't belong to a book club, do you think that would be something fun to do?  


     I don't belong to a book club, but for gift exchanges I normally go with #TBTBSanta. But this year I actually missed the sign-ups for it by a day so I didn't get to squeeze my name in :( But it's ok, there's always next year! 

What about you?!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Check, Please! #Hockey, Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu

Graphic Novel, 244 pages
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Published by: First Second
Read from: November 19-20, 2018
Check, Please!, #1
Source: NCTE
TW:  N/A
For fans of: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Coming of Age, LGBTQ stories, Sports, YA

     Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!
     Y’all... I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur p√Ętissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.
      A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

*MY THOUGHTS*

      When I finally saw this popping up I hadn't heard of it. I always seem to happen upon graphic novels once they're out or getting a lot of buzz already. And that's exactly what happened here. I should really pay more attention to these and their release dates! 
     Bitty has left his hometown in Georgia for college and now attends Samwell University. He lands a spot on the hockey team as a freshman. He meets some interesting people while there, such as his captain who he can't decide whether or not is cool or just mean. His other team mates are hilarious and they turn more into a family than Bittle ever expected. 
     I find myself trying to stay away from graphic novels and novels in verse for reviews because they tend not to go well for me. This one wasn't like that tho. I had a few issues with the story-telling, but for the most part, everything else was ok. Now the story just felt choppy to me. I kept finding myself flipping back to the page before to make sure I didn't skip a page or something. I felt like I was missing huge chunks of the story, and because of that, when it got to the end, I felt like I never saw it coming until that very moment. It was a really sweet moment, but I was not expecting it.
    As for the illustrations, those were AMAZING. And when she signed my book she drew a little Bitty with it and I'm in love. Even my manager thought it was cool that she signed it and drew that in everyone's book. Ukazu is really good and I can't wait until I start seeing her name as the illustrator for other books.
     Ultimately this was such a good read! As someone who doesn't care for graphic novels, it fell a bit short for me, but I can see how easily it would be for someone who loves them to fall into. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the next volume in this series.
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

WoW: Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food and Love edited by Caroline Tung Richhmond & Elise Chapman



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!

Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food Love


     From some of your favorite bestselling and critically acclaimed authors—including Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rin Chupeco—comes a collection of interconnected short stories that explore the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives of thirteen teens.
     A shy teenager attempts to express how she really feels through the confections she makes at her family’s pasteleria. A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that could cure his fear of death. An aspiring chef realizes that butter and soul are the key ingredients to win a cooking competition that could win him the money to save his mother’s life.
     Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, where the answers to most of life’s hard questions are kneaded, rolled, baked. Where a typical greeting is, “Have you had anything to eat?” Where magic and food and love are sometimes one and the same.
     Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home.

Published by: Simon Pulse
Expected Publishing: June 18, 2019

Why I'm Waiting: Ok, so if you didn't know, I love to eat. Food is like a comfort thing for me. And with tomorrow being what it is, I HAD to use something that had food with it lol I'm not really an anthology fan, but this one is about food, culture, and the author list is SO DIVERSE. I need this in my hands like yesterday! 

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



Tuesday, November 20, 2018

TTT: Bookish Things I'm Thankful for!

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 Things I'm Thankful for!

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1. Libby/ Overdrive: I LOVE being able to listen to my books on the go. Especially when I'm somewhere that I don't want people to talk to me. Like at the grocery store lmao 


2. An understanding hubs: I don't know another guy who'd be more patient with me. With all the books I bring home, all the stupid YA references that he doesn't get, and the endless telling him about the books I've read or want to read.... He doesn't even bat an eye. And then he buys me shirts like this for us to wear on Valentine's Day lol He's definitely a Keeper and I'm glad he's mine! 


3. Bookish Friends:  They are the ones who keep me and this blog going. I've noticed that there aren't too many bloggers out there anymore (They've turned into vloggers and Bookstagrammers) and when I was in school I was almost one of the people who quit as well. But my bookish friends stopped me. I love being able to connect with them at a moment's notice. And text them to find out what type of drama I should avoid and those I have to see to believe. And of course, to share all the books. 

 

4. Super sweet authors who don't judge me: I totes fangirled when I met Elizabeth Acevedo and could barely speak. And as you all know, the very first time I met Tomi I was in tears and my nose was pink. I am so thankful they don't judge me and look at me like I'm weird. 



5. My job: I am so blessed to be able to do what I love for a living. And dressing up in costumes and the sort is just icing on the cake. I love to be able to do silly things like this and call it a job.



6. More characters that look like me: The number of diverse books is growing and I'm so thankful that there are so many more characters that look like me now. 

Twilight (Twilight, #1)

7. Twilight: I know this is weird, but I am thankful for this book. This is the book that got me into reading YA. Before this I was only reading adult books. This one helped me find my "calling." 

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8. Goodreads: I use this site at least once a day. For EVERYTHING. This website has helped with everything I do for my blog and I will continue to keep using it. All the time!

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9. My bookish journal: I love keeping track of my reading like this now! It helps with my creative side but I also don't have to constantly update it like I had to with a bullet journal. (This photo is not mine!)

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10. My blog: I have had this blog for about 8 years now and I can't see myself without it. The rest of the world may be going one way, but I like being able to stay with my roots and try learning all different things instead of just using the one! 

What about you?
What bookish things are you thankful for?