Wednesday, July 31, 2019

WoW: Chosen by Kiersten White

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!

Chosen (Slayer, #2)

     “Will get Buffy fans up in their feels.” —Entertainment Weekly on Slayer
     Nina continues to learn how to use her slayer powers against enemies old and new in this second novel in the New York Times bestselling series from Kiersten White, set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
     Now that Nina has turned the Watcher’s Castle into a utopia for hurt and lonely demons, she’s still waiting for the utopia part to kick in. With her sister Artemis gone and only a few people remaining at the castle—including her still-distant mother—Nina has her hands full. Plus, though she gained back her Slayer powers from Leo, they’re not feeling quite right after being held by the seriously evil succubus Eve, a.k.a. fake Watcher’s Council member and Leo’s mom.
     And while Nina is dealing with the darkness inside, there’s also a new threat on the outside, portended by an odd triangle symbol that seems to be popping up everywhere, in connection with Sean’s demon drug ring as well as someone a bit closer to home. Because one near-apocalypse just isn’t enough, right?
     The darkness always finds you. And once again, it’s coming for the Slayer.

Expected Publication: January 7, 2020
Published by: Simon Pulse

Why I'm Waiting: I really enjoyed Slayer and I really wanna see where this story goes. I also need to see if Artemis finally got her head out of her....... Well you know. And I really hope Nina started paying attention more and realizing everything wasn't what it seemed. And lastly, THIS COVER IS GORGEOUS so I need to make sure the inside is just as good as the outside lol 

What about you?
What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?
Did you read the first?
Let me know in the comments! 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Top 10 FREEBIE! Books that Fit This Year's Summer Reading Program!

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 FREEBIE! Books that Fit This Year's Summer Reading Program!

I realized just now that I never did a Book list for this year's SRP theme (the one I made last year was LIT) so I guess I'll use this as that list!

This year's topic for the Summer Reading Program across most of the US was "A Universe of Stories" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing! Throughout the summer I chose some sci fi and some aliens and really anything set in space to go with the theme! Here are the ones I got the most feedback about! 

When the Sky Fell on SplendorAurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle, #1)
Once & Future (Once & Future, #1)Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)Sky Without Stars (System Divine, #1)
Skyward (Skyward, #1)The Darkest Star (Origin, #1)
The DisastersIgnite the Stars (Ignite the Stars, #1)

Have you read any of these? 
I haven't, but I want to read the ones I've missed!
Which ones should I start with?
Let me know in the comments! 

Monday, July 29, 2019

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia (art by Gabriel Picolo)

e-ARC, 192 pages           
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Published by: DC Ink
Read from: July 28, 2019
Teen Titans, #1
Source: Publisher & Netgalley (I received a copy of this book from the Publisher & Netgalley in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
For fans of: Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Comics, Fantasy

     When a tragic accident takes the life of 17-year-old Raven Roth's foster mom—and Raven's memory—she moves to New Orleans to recover and finish her senior year of high school.
     Starting over isn't easy. Raven remembers everyday stuff like how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can't remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. And when impossible things start happening, Raven begins to think it might even be better not to know who she was before.
     But as she grows closer to her new friends, her foster sister, Max, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she's ready to face what's buried in the past... and the darkness building inside her.
     From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia and first-time graphic novel artist Gabriel Picolo comes this riveting tale of finding the strength to face who you are and learning to trust others—and yourself.


     This won't be too long, but I did want to put some of my thoughts on this down. I really liked this and I want everyone who is on the fence about reading it to go forth and do it! This is not something you'd want to miss.
     Raven has just lost her foster mom and now she's trying to piece together her old life, her memory, and everything else. It's so much harder than everyone thinks. But as time goes on she gets closer to her new friends and then bits and pieces start coming back. As it turns out, it's something that she never would have thought was possible. 
     The best thing about this book was obviously the art. I LOVED Gabriel Picolo's drawings. I went through and read the words and barely glanced at the pictures at first, all so I could go back and look at just the pictures. And the color scheme for Raven was obvious, but there were some panels where he did full color and the rest of the time it was mostly just purples throughout the picture. I thought that was a cool way to do it. Just to mix it up. It looked like watercolors and ink and it was amazing. 
     As far as the origin story, I really liked this one. It moved quickly and that was awesome. All the panels meant something and had a purpose.The only thing I didn't care for was the fact that once things got interesting, it was over. I wanted to see just a bit more of her powers and what all she could do. But we didn't get to see any of that. Once she knew that she had it, it was over. 
     The next book in this series that's coming out is Beast Boy and if that one is anything like it's cover, I'm going to like it just as much as this one lol I really hope they do all of them because I love these so far! 
Overall, I give this

Have you read this?
Do you review graphic novels?
Have you seen the cover for Beast Boy?
Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #331 & 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:
Cover image for StepsisterCover image for Girl Gone Viral
Cover image for The First Mistake

From trading: 
The How & the WhyColor Me In
Race to the SunThe Fire Keeper (The Storm Runner #2)
The Twelve

I have a tween who LOVES mythology books and has read ALL Rick Riordan's books multiple times. His mom wants him to read other things, but he said he will only read those with mythology. So, I tried to give them the best of both worlds. I gave him Aru Shah and he borrowed my Tristan Strong. (Aru Shah his winner tho lol His mom said he's been talking about starting book 1 for the 3rd time lol)   Emma @miss_print was trading Roanhorse and Cervantes' new books and I was able to snag them for him. She also threw in The Twelve for him just because. I got these like Tuesday and I haven't seen them yet, but I'm sure he will be SO EXCITED.

I also got Color Me In, but that one was for me lol She threw in Hand's newest because she knows I love realistic fic. 

Thank you so much for sending me these goodies Emma! They are all very much appreciated!

For Review: 

From the publishers:

This was from July 3rd, but I couldn't figure out how to save the video I had (because it had a song attached to it) so basically you all only get a screenshot of the bookmark and just a small part of the ARC underneath the paper. I DIED WHEN I GOT THIS IN THE MAIL! I immediately read the first chapter and I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorite reads this year!

The Weekly Wrap-Up: 

Tuesday 07/23/19:  Top 10 Tuesday:  Top 10 Settings You'd Love to See More! 
Wednesday 07/24/19: Waiting on Wednesday: Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles
Friday 07/26/19: Book Blogger Hop:  Book Blogger Hop: Always With a Book?

Me on Instagram: 

I had never had mochi before and after reading I Love You So Mochi I had to try some! I knew it wouldn't be authentic like the kind in the book, but I still liked it. And I heard the best way to try it is ice cream and the MyMo brand. SO. GOOD. 

I got the "Cool Librarian" award for letting my teens do Outdoor Laser Tag!

Having a best friend means having someone to lean on. Whether its to sleep or to read on lmao

What about you?
What did you get this week?
Did we get any of the same things?
Let me know in the comments!  

Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

e-Audio,  09:03:12
Narrated by: Eileen Stevens, Emily Lawrence, & Caitlin Davies 
Release Date:  April 2, 2019
Published by: Blackstone Publishing
Read from: July 11-19, 2019
Once Upon a Con, #2
Source: Library (Overdrive/ Libby)  
For fans of: LGBTQIAP+, Romance, Retellings, Realistic Fiction, YA

     The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.
     Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year's ExcelsiCon isn't her last, she'll consider her career derailed.
     When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That's easier said than done when the girls step into each other's shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these "princesses" race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.


     Anytime I see that a book is labeled as a retelling, I add it to my TBR without question. And this one was no different. It did take me a minute to get to because I wanted to do some more research on the story it was retelling, but I still couldn't wait to get to it! 
     Jessica Stone plays Princess Amara in the popular space opera franchise, Starfield so everyone expects her to to be happy and to love what she does. Then there's Imogen Lovelace who is doing everything in power to save her favorite character of all time, Princess Amara. When the two meet they realize they actually look alot alike. They change places while they both try conducting business that they try to keep from the other.
     I liked this one, but Geekerella is still my favorite. Maybe because I'm much more familiar with Cinderella. But even still, this was a great re-telling that had all the elements of the original. I liked that it was one that isn't told alot. (Or not that I knew of anyways) I had to go find the original story and read it to see the comparison, and it was done really well. 
     The characters were my favorite part of this one as well. Jessica Stone was a great character and I identified with all the different layers of her. From the actress to the girl who just wanted to be accepted by her fans. I identified with her so much. I also liked seeing the other characters and other objects from the other book.The food truck was there and so was Sage. 
     The writing style was again, really good. But I wasn't surprised. It's Ashley Poston. Her writing is good no matter what. I remember starting this and wanting to speed up the time just so I could find out what happened next. Her writing style will trap you in the story. 
     This book checked all the boxes for me: Retellings, sweet romance, great characters, and a great writing style. And so, it was no surprise that I liked it. I'm already excited about the next book in this series that will feature my favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast!
Overall, I give this

Friday, July 26, 2019

Book Blogger Hop: Always With a Book?

Do you always have a book with you?

Most definitely. 
I STAY ready just in case I get stuck in a line, around people I don't like, etc. 

What about you? 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

e-ARC, 416 pages           
Release Date: August 6, 2019
Published by: Delacorte
Read from: July 19-22, 2019
Source: Publisher & Netgalley (I received a copy of this book from the Publisher & Netgalley in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
TW: Death
For fans of: Horror, Fantasy, Retellings, YA

     In a manor by the sea, twelve sisters are cursed.
     Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls' lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods.
     Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn't sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?
     When Annaleigh's involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it's a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.


     I love when we get retellings that tell a story we don't see much of. And this re-telling of Twelve Dancing Princesses fits right into this category. I was so excited to see that we were getting this story and I was even more excited to see that everyone was loving it! 
"No matter where you were on the island, you could always taste the sea."
     Twelve sisters live in a manor by the sea and there is a bad curse floating around them. The curse then starts killing the sisters one by one. Annaleigh knows something is going on and vows to find out what is going on. All the while her sisters are sneaking out and going dancing to these fancy balls in fancy dresses and slippers. Can Annaleigh find out what's happening before she's the next to be found dead? 
"But what if there was a cause for joy? Something that ought to be celebrated, not hidden away? Shouldn't good news triumph?"
     Unfortunately, as excited as I was for this one, I didn't feel that way after I finished it. It had some really great things, but also some really meh things.As for the meh things, the plot really threw me. At times I was eager to keep turning pages, but then at others I was bored out of my mind. It seems like it was nothing happening for long periods of time, but when things started happening, they REALLY started happening. But I was hoping for more of the exciting times. 
"As I left, the door slammed shut after me, as if pushed by unseen hands."
     As for the re-telling tho, I thought it was pretty solid. But this is where I had to really sit and think about what I wanted to rate this. I never finished the "real" story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses. I know the gist of it, but I never read it all. Which is why I wasn't surprised I wanted to skim this story at some parts. But in the end I did like it and I thought it was a really solid retelling of the story. 
"Are all boys so very dull?"
     As for what I liked, I LOVED the creepy parts of this! I found that the parts that had something weird going on made me not want to put the book down. I don't read much YA horror anymore (because there's not much out there) and it was something that I've missed so much. And this filled that void for me for  minute. 
"I don't know. I think you get to a certain point in life when ghosts are no longer fun. When the people you love die... like my father, your mother and sisters... the thought that they could be trapped here.... it's unbearable, isn't it? I can't imagine a worse fate. Unseen, unheard. Surrounded by people who remember you a little less each day. I would go out of my mind, wouldn't you?"
     Everything else, like the characters and writing style were ok and I didn't really find anything that stood out from other YA books I've read. This was a solid book, but nothing that made me want to shout about it from the roof tops. I was a bit underwhelmed to be honest. I think it was the hype. But all in all, I did like this one and I hope we get more unique re-tellings from Craig in the future. 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

WoW: Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles

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!

Not So Pure and Simple

     Two-time Edgar Award finalist Lamar Giles delivers his first contemporary YA—an eye-opening novel that spotlights societal pressures, confronts toxic masculinity, and asks the question: What does it mean to be a “real man”?
     Del has had a crush on Kiera Westing since kindergarten. And now, during their junior year, she’s finally available. So when Kiera volunteers for an opportunity at their church, Del’s right behind her. Though he quickly realizes he’s inadvertently signed himself up for a Purity Pledge. His best friend, Qwan, doesn’t believe anyone is worth this long of a long game. But Del’s not about to lose his dream girl.
     And that’s where fellow pledger Jameer comes in. He can put in the good word, but with other boys circling Kiera like sharks, Del needs to make his move now. However, with all his plotting and scheming, Del never really stops to think: What does Kiera want? No matter, though—once he gets the girl, he’s sure all will sort itself out. Right?

Expected Publication: January 21, 2020
Published by: HarperTeen

Why I'm Waiting: Excuse me does that say "confronts toxic masculinity"?! SIGN ME THE EFF UP. Also I loved Spin enough to buy and get signed by him this year, so I'm excited to get this one too. It's different than his others, but I think it'll still be awesome! 

What about you?
Will you be waiting on this one too?
What are you waiting on this week? 
Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

TTT: Top 10 Settings You'd Love to See More!

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 Settings You'd Love to See More!

 1. Any state that's not normally shown: Like please, can we get more Arizona or New Mexico, etc.? I know authors  try writing only what they know, but I'm a little burnt out on Cali, New York, and so on. 

2. Any South American country: I would LOVE to visit Brazil in a book or something. It would be cool to learn their customs and more!

3. Really, any country other than the US: Can we get more books in China or Nigeria? I would love to see some books like this one. 

4. Houston: I think I've read only one or 2 books set in Houston and I'd love to see more! 

5. Bookstores/Libraries: I LOVE seeing books set in these plays, so of course I want more of them!

6. Horror Books set in haunted asylums or hospitals: I just want more horror PERIOD. 

7. Summer Camps: Like if they're counselors or something? Emery Lord did one and its still one of my favorites of hers. I'd love to see more YA like that. 

8. Historical settings about things other than the same ol same: I'd love to see more of books like "In the Neighborhood of True"

9. Circuses: I loved the first Caraval story, but that was the last one that I remember reading. 

10. Dinosaur times: I heard there was one, but if it's the one I'm thinking of, I DNF'ed it and I hadn't heard of any more. 

What about you? 
Where would you like to see more books set?
See any here you agree with?
Tell me in the comments! 

Monday, July 22, 2019

These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling

e-Audio,  09:48:00
Narrated by: Kristen DiMercurio 
Release Date:  May 28, 2019
Published by:  Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Read from: July 19-20, 2019
These Witches Don't Burn, #1
Source: Library (Overdrive/ Libby)  
For fans of: Witches, Paranormal, LGBTQIAP+, Romance, Bombshell Endings, YA

     Hannah's a witch, but not the kind you're thinking of. She's the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she's ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.
       But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah's concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire. Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah's sure it's the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.
      While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she's going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem's witches become deadlier by the day.


      Not gonna lie, when I saw this I wasn't too keen on wanting to read it. I'm usually not a fan of books with witches, but when I heard this one was set in Salem.... Well, that's all I really needed to see. It isn't set during the Salem Witches Trials, but it was still enough for me to want to get my hands on it. 
     Hannah and her families are witches. They try to live normal lives without drawing the attention of any Regs. But suddenly, the monotony of Hannah's life changes when there's evidence of foul play at a bonfire. But then things get even more crazy when there's a fire during a house party and so many other unfortunate instances. How can she keep her coven and her Reg friends safe?
     Like I said, I wasn't sure I would like this because I am not a huge fan of witches. But this one was pretty cool. I liked the Elemental magic is showed and the way it all worked. And I loved that it was hereditary and wasn't something that they just told the main character she could do when she woke up one day. (No disrespect to Undead Girl Gang because I actually loved that one, but this way makes it more real to me?) 
    What I didn't care for was the characters. Hannah was good, but she was so stubborn, she didn't want to listen to anyone. And then there was Veronica.... Man she was a piece of work. As for the best friend and the new crush, they were the ones I liked most. Everyone had an important part in this story and I truly appreciated that.
     What I didn't care for was the writing style. I liked the mystery aspect. I caught one part of it, but the other I remember saying "WHAT" out loud when it was revealed. But what I didn't like was the way I felt like I had missed an entire prologue where something huge happened. It gets explained in the story, but by then I had already felt lost. I wish the explanation that was in the book had actually been a prologue. 
     For the most part I liked this one and was very surprised at how much I liked it. This wasn't something I would just pull off the shelf, but when I heard it was f/f and set in Salem and was about witches, I was tearing it off my shelves.
Overall, I give this