Tuesday, February 18, 2020

TTT: The Last 10 Books that Gave me a Book Hangover!

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:
The Last 10 Books that Gave me a Book Hangover!

Not So Pure and SimpleScars Like Wings
Tweet CuteClean Getaway
When the Stars Lead to YouAll-American Muslim Girl
The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1)Well Met (Well Met, #1)
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky (Tristan Strong #1)Serpent & Dove (Serpent & Dove, #1)

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Stacking the Shelves #360 & 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.

For Review:
All Eyes on HerThe Dark In-Between
Cemetery BoysSix Angry Girls

Got my ARC box in, so a HUGE Thank you to Fierce Reads and MacMillan! They all sound AMAZING! 

Got this one from Edelweiss. Another book that promises a story about witches and popular girls. Or in other words, just my kind of read! 

From the Library:

Cover image for A Match Made in MehendiCover image for Loveboat, Taipei
Cover image for Our Wayward FateCover image for A River of Royal Blood
Cover image for Echoes Between UsCover image for If You're Out There
Cover image for Pretend She's HereCover image for Tarnished are the Stars

The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Wednesday 02/12/20: Waiting on Wednesday:  Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
Friday 02/14/20: Book Blogger Hop:  Favorite Genres?

Me on Instagram:

I didn't want to try to upload the video I had filmed, so I settled for the pictures that I took of them. 

I took one of my pictures from my Diverse Books shoot so that I could have a professional shot. And now its my favorite picture of all time lol 

Excuse my face in this one lol I was in the middle of talking. This was a shot from when we were shooting. I took a pic of the camera during playback because I thought it looked cool. I still haven't seen the final cut, but I may upload it (if I can) when I get it. 

What about you?
What did you get this week?
Did you get anything that I did?
Let me know in the comments! 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

E-Audio, 08:11:10
Narrated by: Emily Bauer
Release Date:  January 7, 2020
Published by:  MacMillan Audio
Read from: February 10-12, 2020
Source: Library 
TW: Teen Abduction, Abuse, Stockholm Syndrome, PTSD, Panic Attacks, Trauma, Guilt, and maybe more. (Read with Caution)
For fans of: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Psycological Thrillers, Suspense, Tear-Jerkers, YA

     Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with Jane Anonymous, a gripping tale of a seventeen-year-old girl’s kidnapping and her struggle to fit back into her life after she escapes.
     Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life.
     Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?


     I waited to read this because reading the synopsis I KNEW it was going to be intense, but it was moreso than even I suspected.  Like it moved me to tears, and that's not something that normally happens when I'm reading a thriller. 
     Jane Anonymous was kidnapped, but she was able to escape. Now she's struggling with trying to fit into her old life from "before." Before she was just an average teen girl with normal teen ideals. Now, 3 months after she's escaped, she can't forget what it was like to be trapped by someone she didn't know with nothing but lies. 
     I'm just going to go ahead and say it, this book stressed me out. I thought I was ready for it, but I really wasn't. So, if you have a trigger from any of the CWs, be careful when you're reading this. This book is really gripping and intense, but its also really well written. I will say I thought some of the things in it were written for shock value and I found that hard to be ok with because this is a situation that might really happen to someone. After trying (and failing) with what I wanted to say, I saw that there was a BookTuber who got it more right than I could in her review.
     As for the audio, I really liked it. There was no full cast, and there was nothing extra special about it, but the reader sounded scared, upset, etc. at the appropriate times in the book and it was an enjoyable listening experience. Not my favorite, but the narrator was good and easy to understand, even when I had the speed up to 2x's the normal speed. Definitely a format to consider if you're thinking of going this route.
     As for the writing style, it was a bit predictable, but I didn't mind because of how mindblown I already was with the story. I felt like I was listening to it on 2x's the normal time and I still couldn't listen fast enough, so guessing the plot twists early on didn't really bother me. I was way more into the story itself and wanting to know what happened.
     As a thriller, this novel was gripping and the main character was unreliable. It was such a sad situation that brought forth a really intriguing story. If this is the type of story for you, give it a try, but be careful.
Overall, I give this

Friday, February 14, 2020

Book Blogger Hop: Favorite Genres?

Which genre do you like best?

I have 2 favorite genres.... One that's actually perfect for today: Contemporary Romance and Thrillers! 

As long as the book is one of these genres, I will add it to my TBR.

What about you? 
Do we share a favorite genre?
Let me know in the comments! 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles

E-Audio, 11:00:25
Narrated by: Korey Jackson
Release Date:  January 21, 2020
Published by:  Quill Tree Books
Read from: February 9-10, 2020
Source: Library 
TW: Toxic Masculinity (but they learn from it)
For fans of: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Sparkly Covers, e-Audio, YA

An Indie Next List Pick!
     In his first contemporary teen novel, critically acclaimed author and two-time Edgar Award finalist Lamar Giles spotlights the consequences of societal pressure, confronts toxic masculinity, and explores the complexity of what it means 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 up for a Purity Pledge.
     His dad thinks his wires are crossed, and his best friend, Qwan, doesn’t believe any girl is worth the 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. In exchange, Del just has to get answers to the Pledgers’ questions…about sex ed.
     With other boys circling Kiera like sharks, Del needs to make his move fast. But as he plots and plans, he neglects to ask the most important question: What does Kiera want? He can’t think about that too much, though, because once he gets the girl, it’ll all sort itself out. Right?


     I was a little iffy about this one because of the religious aspect, but I really didn't have anything to worry about. This book was so good and the twist was so unexpected. Definitely wasn't something I expected. 
     Del has had a crush on Kiera since he could remember. Now he's down to the very last thing he could think of.... Joining a church club with her just so she could notice him. But his best friend doesn't believe anything in just one girl and his friend Jameer is not really any help. Del isn't the only one that likes her, so things start to get crazy as Del tried to fight the others off. But no one even thinks about what it is Kiera wants. 
     I was scared I wouldn't like this because of the religious aspect. But I gave it a try anyways. And I'm so glad I did! I didn't see the twist at the end coming. I was glad for it though, because at first I wasn't too happy with some of the things that were happening in the story. But it all turned out for the best. 
     The characters were a different story. I liked most of them, but the main character wasn't really my favorite. He definitely grew on me, so I can't be too mad at him. Kiera and Del's older sister what made me keep reading this book. They were what made this story for me. 
     As for the plot, I felt like there were too many story lines going on. The pastor, the Purity Pledge, the Youtube Videos, the best friend's drama, it kept going on and on. I know that seems normal in a realistic fiction novel, but its normally just an event or something. In this one its the same events that happen throughout the entire novel over and over. I would have just rathered it just wasn't so much going on. 
     This was full or surprises! It wasn't something I would have normally picked up, but it was great to read something out of my comfort zone. I always like to find something different than the usual I read, so this was a welcome surprise. I hope this one will surprise other readers as they read and like it too. 
Overall, I give this