Sunday, March 31, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #314 & 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:

Thank you Penguin Random House! I can't wait to dive into either one of these! 

From the Library:
The ChefChicken Girl
Cover image for The Light Between Worlds


Superman: Dawnbreaker (DC Icons, #4)On the Come Up
Opposite of AlwaysSpin

Thank you Teen Book Con! I finally bought the books I've been wanting to buy forever. (Well from the past 3 months lol) I wanted to buy these a long time ago but I had to make myself wait so I could get them signed! 

The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Monday 03/25/19: No Post (Me and hubs got caught up in a re-watch of Supernatural lol) 
Tuesday 03/26/19:  Top 10 Tuesday: Audio Freebie- Top 10 Favorite Narrators! 
Wednesday 03/27/19: Waiting on Wednesday: War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
Thursday 03/28/2019: Blog Tour: XL by Scott Brown
Friday 03/29/19: Book Blogger Hop: Reading Classics! 
 Saturday 03/30/19: Enchantée by Gita Trelease

Me on Instagram:

Unexpected Bookmail arrived at the sametime as some unexpected bookmail down below! 

I randomly had a pink drink, a pink book, and my tshirt was pink when I went to Teen Book Con yesterday. 

I got to hear Bri's rap in person and OMG it was amazing!

I kind of freaked when I met Angie Thomas. I don't even remember what I said or if I even said hello. (If I didn't I apologize. I was trying so hard to hurry through your line and still have a somewhat meaningful conversation with you at the same time.) I was so nervous. What do you say to someone who you look up to and admire like this? I know I was not memorable at all and probably embarrassed myself, but this was one moment I will remember forever. You made this YA Librarian (and her teens who are blown away that I met you!) very happy! Thank you for your words.

Also thank you for laughing at my incoherent joke about me and my husband's real life convo on what J's do I wear to meet you in lol  

I was a bit more calm when I made my way through Justin Reynolds' line. (Not by much lol) At least this time I remembered to say hello. I also got to show him my cereal Instagram pic from a couple weeks ago and he seemed like he remembered it. If not, he's a really good actor....  lol

I missed Lamar Giles, but I pre-ordered all my books with the signatures already in them, so although I didn't get to meet him and show him my pic of me channeling DJ ParSec, (sad face) I still got my book signed. 

Overall, I had a great time at Teen Book Con and I can't say enough how happy I am that they had these awesome authors here in Houston! 

What about you?
What went on at your blog this week?
Get anything special this week?
Let me know/ leave your link in the comments! 

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Enchantée by Gita Trelease

e-Audio, 12:56:40
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Release Date: February 5, 2019
Published by: Flatiron
Read from: March 23-28, 2019
Enchantée, #1
Source: Originally-Netgalley (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.) 
For fans of: Historical Fiction, Romance, Magic, Fantasy, YA

     Paris in 1789 is a labyrinth of twisted streets, filled with beggars, thieves, revolutionaries—and magicians...
     When smallpox kills her parents, Camille Durbonne must find a way to provide for her frail, naive sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on petty magic—la magie ordinaire—Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy the food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille must pursue a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
     With dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into the ‘Baroness de la Fontaine’ and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for la magie. There, she gambles at cards, desperate to have enough to keep herself and her sister safe. Yet the longer she stays at court, the more difficult it becomes to reconcile her resentment of the nobles with the enchantments of Versailles. And when she returns to Paris, Camille meets a handsome young balloonist—who dares her to hope that love and liberty may both be possible.
     But la magie has its costs. And when Camille loses control of her secrets, the game she's playing turns deadly. Then revolution erupts, and she must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, freedom or magic—before Paris burns…


     Before I get started, I want to say, take this review with a grain of salt. There's only a couple "me" things that intrigued me about this book, so I probably wasn't the right one for it. I was intrigued with the promise of magic, Paris, and the BEAUTIFUL cover. Enough to ignore the historical fiction aspect of it since I'm not a fan. I should have thought twice about it though. 
     Camille lives in Paris in the year 1789. She and her sister have been struggling to get by and have had to rely on her magic to get by. But things with her brother go awry and she knows she has to do more, and decides to try her luck at using her magic in the French Court. But things go south and Camille gets more than she bargained for. 
     Starting with what I did like. I knew I wasn't going to make it through the actual book/e-book because once I finished chapter 2 I was bored. I put myself on the waiting list for my library to get the audio book and decided to see if i could finish it then. And it worked! The audio is great and it does all the right pronunciations. And the narrator was really good as well. She kept me intrigued enough to want to keep listening when honestly, I wasn't sure I would have. 
     I also liked the magic and the way it was conducted in this one. The three ways magic is conducted is: Magie Bibelot which is making objects sentient, Glamoire which is changing oneself, and Magie Ordinaire which is changing things. I also really enjoyed the article of clothing that changed and helped changed her. It was an interesting idea and I liked what Trelease did with it. 
     Unfortunately, that was the end of what I liked. The world-building could have used so much more depth. I never really felt like I knew the world like I should have. I wish there had been more. Also, I was bored for the majority of it. If I had been actually reading this and not listening to it, I probably would have DNF'ed or at least skimmed most of it. I didn't care for the balloon parts or the romance. It seemed like the author was trying to cram way too much into this book.
     This book intrigued me with its sparkly cover and some of the words that get me excited about books: magic and Paris. But unfortunately, even still, this wasn't the book for me. But like I said, take this review with a grain of salt. I knew there was a chance I wouldn't like this because I'm not a historical fiction fan, but I gave it a shot. So if I can, you can too! Give it a shot and see if this is more a fit for you instead! 
Overall, I give this

(There will be no quotes since it was read via audio)

Friday, March 29, 2019

Book Blogger Hop: Reading Classics!

Name one classic novel you have always wanted to read.         

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

I never read it, but I DO want to someday. It just might be strange enough for me to actually like it. I mean I like re-tellings of it, so I should like this one too right? 

What about you? 

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Blog Tour Stop: XL by Scott Brown

ARC, 310 pages
Release Date: March 26, 2019
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Read from: March 22-26, 2019
Source: Publisher (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.) 
For fans of: Contemporary, Romance, Stand-alone, Humor, YA

     Fiercely funny, honest, and poignant, this story of a growth spurt gone wrong is perfect for readers who love Becky Albertalli and Jesse Andrews.
     Will Daughtry is a late bloomer--at least that's what everyone tells the high school sophomore, who is just shy of five feet. By his sixteenth birthday, Will is resigned, bitterly, to being tiny forever. His only comfort is his best friend and stepbrother, Drew (6'3"), and their pal Monica (5'10"), the girl Will's secretly pined for since fifth grade. With them, he feels whole; everyone else sees him as a half man. But when Will stumbles onto Drew and Monica kissing, he realizes he's on his own.
     That's when he starts to grow. And grow fast. Astonishingly fast.
     For the first time in his life, Will is happy with his height, and with himself. He can barely keep up with the new possibilities that are opening up to him: sports come naturally, girls are throwing themselves his way. But as his growth spurt shows no signs of slowing, it starts to affect his relationships with Drew and Monica, the people who've meant the most to him. Now Will has to figure out what to do with himself--and all of this new "himself" he never expected to have.


      Coming from someone who's short (with no chance of beanstalk growing overnight) this was such an interesting read. I can only relate to half of it, but I definitely got it. This isn't something I'd normally read, but the fact that he got to see both sides of being short and being tall was really interesting to me. 
     The writing style in this book was ok. The jokes were there, but I didn't really find them all that funny. Besides that, I enjoyed the writing style. However, at times I found myself skimming because there was too much about gorilla poop. Like I get it.... that's funny to some people, but I am not one of them. So the humor was lost on me. And of course this carried on throughout the book which made me not care for it as much. 
     As for Will, I wasn't really a fan of him. I was at first, but once his attitude started changing, so did my feelings about him. Coming from someone who is stuck being short, maybe it made him change so drastically because he's a teen, but I felt it was a bit extra lol But that's just me. I don't see myself doing something like that if I suddenly became tall. I wouldn't know what to do with myself.
     What I liked most about this book was the way the author treated both sides of being unlike everyone else. The reader gets a chance to look at how people talk about and treat those that are very short and those that are very tall. The MC experiences them both and gets the "tall basketball" jokes and the "short shrimp" jokes. It shows that both can make a person feel uncomfortable, and that's not usually shown for people who are tall. (My husband complains about it all the time.) It gives an interesting look at both sides.
     Overall this book I guess wasn't exactly for me but I still enjoyed it. It was a fun read for those that like dry humor. Definitely check it out, whether you're tall or short!
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

WoW: War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

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!

War Girls

     Two sisters are torn apart by war and must fight their way back to each other in a futuristic, Black Panther–inspired Nigeria.
     The year is 2172. Climate change and nuclear disasters have rendered much of earth unlivable. Only the lucky ones have escaped to space colonies in the sky. 
     In a war-torn Nigeria, battles are fought using flying, deadly mechs and soldiers are outfitted with bionic limbs and artificial organs meant to protect them from the harsh, radiation-heavy climate. Across the nation, as the years-long civil war wages on, survival becomes the only way of life. 
     Two sisters, Onyii and Ify, dream of more. Their lives have been marked by violence and political unrest. Still, they dream of peace, of hope, of a future together.
     And they're willing to fight an entire war to get there.
     Acclaimed author Tochi Onyebuchi has written an immersive, action-packed, deeply personal novel perfect for fans of Nnedi Okorafor, Marie Lu, and Paolo Bacigalupi.

Published by: Razorbill
Expected Publication: October 15, 2019

Why I'm Waiting: This has all the hit words for me: Black Panther inspired, bionic limbs, etc. And this one sounds a bit like Want by Cindy Pon, so I'm interested to see if it'll be kind of the same since I really liked that one. 

Will you be waiting on this with me?
Have you added this to your TBR yet?

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

TTT: Audio Freebie: Top 10 Favorite Narrators!

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:
Audio Freebie: Top 10 Favorite Narrators!

The Poet XCinder - Audiobook

1. Elizabeth Acevedo

2. Rebecca Soler

They Both Die at the End - AudiobookDaughter of the Pirate King Series, Book 1 - Audiobook

3. Michael Crouch

4. Marisa Calin

Title details for Illuminae by Amie Kaufman - Wait listTitle details for The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - Wait list

5. Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, & Johnathan McClain

6. Bahni Turpin 
Title details for Odd One Out by Nic Stone - Wait listTitle details for The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee - Wait list

7. Dion Graham , Kim Mai Guest, & Nic Stone

8. Moira Quirk

Title details for Solo by Kwame Alexander - Wait listTitle details for Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann - Wait list

9. Kwame Alexander with Randy Preston 

10. Adenrele Ojo

What about you?
Who are some of your favorite books and who are they narrated by?
Let me know in the comments! 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #313 & 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:

From the Library:
Cover image for Queens of GeekCover image for Learning to Breathe
Cover image for Moonlight ScandalsCover image for As Long as We Both Shall Live
Cover image for The Field Guide to the North American TeenagerEnchantée

When I tell y'all my ALL my holds came in at the same time I mean digital AND physical smh

Weekly Wrap-Up:

Tuesday 03/19/19:  Top 10 (Well 13) Books on my Spring TBR!
Wednesday 03/20/19: Waiting on Wednesday: Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
Friday 03/22/19: Book Blogger Hop: Reading With Audiobooks! 
 Saturday 03/23/19:  Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

Me on Instagram:

I made this really cutesy bookstagram last weekend because I was in love with Opposite of Always. I will be meeting him next weekend and I am already excited. I'm going to try printing this and I'll see if I can get him to sign it. I want to add it to me library! 

Excuse the terrible bathroom selfie, but I got a new library shirt! It's the lyrics to Reading Rainbow! 

My library system puts together this event called Tournament of Books. Teams of 4 teens get together to read this set of books. They go through different events to decide who will represent their school and public library. It's then narrowed down to 5 teams for the finals. The finals were held yesterday and I was fortunate to be able to judge. It was so refreshing to see all those teens reading by choice. I wish all of them could win, but alas it went down to one team! A team of all boys (who said boys don't read?!) who were so happy that they won that one of them had tears in his eyes and another jumped up and down. All of them worked so hard and I was glad everyone was able to go home with a prize. I was sad I couldn't go to #NTTBF but I think this is where I needed to be this weekend!

It was #NationalPuppyDay so I got a quick selfie with my babe. There's another pic in my story of him "smizing" lmao Go check it out! 

What about you?
Did you get any of these?
Did you read any of these?
Did you take a picture for National Puppy Day?
Let me know in the comments!