Friday, May 31, 2019

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (in Literature)!

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I know many of you are wondering why I waited until the last day to do this post, but I swear I have a reason! I hope that you all are using reading these titles not only in May, but all year round! So I wanted to do this post now in hopes that you all would seek them out beyond this! It's important to give these characters a voice all the time. 

So with that being said, here are some I've read and loved already!:

The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient, #2)Aru Shah and the Song of Death (Pandava Quartet, #2)To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)
American PandaThe Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)When Dimple Met Rishi
Emergency Contact

These are the ones I haven't read but still want to read!

There's Something About SweetieFake It Till You Break ItSomewhere Only We Know
I Love You So MochiThis Time Will Be DifferentFrankly in Love
Permanent Record

And here is the Book Rec thingie I made for work!:

And yet, there's so many more that I still need to read!
Any here that you think I need to add to this list? 
Any that you see here that you haven't added to your TBR?
Tell me in the comments!

Book Blogger Hop: I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie!

Do you read books over 400 pages?     

Idc how long it is, if it sounds interesting, then I will read it! The most recent book over 400 pages that I read was: 
Finale (Caraval, #3)

What about you?
What was the last book over 400 pages that you read?

Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg

e-ARC, 352 pages           
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Read from: May 22-29, 2019
Stand-alone (?)
Source: Edelweiss (I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss and the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
TW: Death
For fans of: Sparkly Covers, Science Fiction, Bombshell Endings, Contemporary, YA

     Welcome to the Kingdom... where 'Happily Ever After' isn't just a promise, but a rule.
     Glimmering like a jewel behind its gateway, The Kingdom(TM) is an immersive fantasy theme park where guests soar on virtual dragons, castles loom like giants, and bioengineered species--formerly extinct--roam free.
     Ana is one of seven Fantasists, beautiful "princesses" engineered to make dreams come true. When she meets park employee Owen, Ana begins to experience emotions beyond her programming including, for the first time... love.
     But the fairytale becomes a nightmare when Ana is accused of murdering Owen, igniting the trial of the century. Through courtroom testimony, interviews, and Ana's memories of Owen, emerges a tale of love, lies, and cruelty--and what it truly means to be human.


     When I first started this I was feeling kind of iffy about it. I think I was put off by the princess theme. But as it turns out.... That ended up being one of the things I liked best about it. In other words, this book will show you not to trust anything. 
     The Kingdom is a theme park where guests can get anything and everything they want. There's animals, other princesses, and so much more. All of which were made in a lab. When Ana (one of those man made princesses) and human Owen have a connection, they teach each other certain human traits.... Like love. Until Ana is accused of murdering the very man she just learned to love....
"Dr. Foster: It seems like you've changed, Ana." "Ana: Being accused of murder will do that to you, Dr. Foster."
     The number one thing I liked about this was the fact that there was always something happening. The plot never slowed down. It got weirder and weirder the more I turned the page. (Well scrolled over lol) And with the way the story was told (in chapters, interview and court room transcripts) it moved fast and made it really enjoyable. 
"...we program our girls with three main objectives: Provide safety. Seek connection. Deliver satisfaction. Any and all aberrant behavior that technically qualifies as mechanical error."
     Another thing I really liked about this was the cyborg/android aspect. I love that books on this subject are coming out now. I really enjoyed this one and Girls With Sharp Sticks. HOWEVER, The only reason I didn't give this one 5 stars was because it was a bit too much like the other. I was able to guess the ending because I read both. I had a feeling where this was going, but it still was a !!!!!! moment when I got to it lol Had there been more of a difference, I think I would have given it the full 5. But now it feels like they both just followed  a long list of troupes. 
"Humans are lucky. Somehow they do not always require empirical data to tell whether or not a thing is true. They just know."
     Speaking of the end, I did like the ending. But there are so many loopholes there in the ending that I really hope means a sequel. But the good thing is, even if there isn't one, it is still most definitely a solid enough ending for it to stand on its own. But still, I can only hope there is more. Because I still have questions. And I really need to see what happens next.
"Human beings are not infallible and neither is our technology."
     This book was really a surprise. The cover is amazing and the inside is just as amazing! Androids and cyborgs aren't something I was expecting to see in YA trends, but after some of my favorites (like Iko and Mena) I am super happy to see more of them added to the YA world. I hope the future ones are alot like this one!
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

WoW: The Guinevere Deception 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!

The Guinevere Deception (Camelot Rising, #1)

     From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot. 
     There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.
     Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution--send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king's idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere's real name--and her true identity--is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot. 
     To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old--including Arthur's own family--demand things continue as they have been, and the new--those drawn by the dream of Camelot--fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur's knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.
     Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

Expected Publication: November 5, 2019
Published by:  Delacorte Press

Why I'm Waiting: Another Arthurian legend and oh man I am super excited. And this time its told through Guinevere! I have loved seeing Arthurian legends, but having it through a different character's eyes is super cool. (I would even like to see one of Merlin if anyone wants to do that) But also, this cover is gorgeous and I love the colors. I can't wait to see if the Camelot inside is just as pretty as the Camelot and the cover on the outside! 

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?
Have you heard of this one?
Have you read anything else by her?
Got any other feedback? 
Let me know in the comments! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

TTT: Favorite Books Released in the Last Ten Years

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:
Favorite Books Released in the Last Ten Years

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

1. 2018

The Hate U Give
2. 2017

Girl Against the UniverseThe Long Game (The Fixer, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

3-5. 2016

Damage DoneI'll Meet You There

6-7. 2015

Something Real (Something Real, #1)Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

8-9. 2014


10. 2013

Thank goodness for End the Year Surveys! 
Those made this topic a lot easier than I thought it would be!
Did any of these make your list?
Have you read any of these?
Let me know in the comments! 

Monday, May 27, 2019

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

e-Audio, 10:00:34
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller 
Release Date:  May 7, 2019
Published by: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Read from: May 22-, 2019
Source: Library (Overdrive/ Libby)  
For fans of: Romance, Neurodiverse, Contemporary, Adult, POC MC, Companion, Own Voices, Realistic Fiction, 

     Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride.
     As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can’t turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn’t go as planned. Esme’s lessons in love seem to be working…but only on herself. She’s hopelessly smitten with a man who’s convinced he can never return her affection.
     With Esme’s time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he’s been wrong all along. And there’s more than one way to love.


*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!"


     Just like everyone else, I wasn't sure how this one would go. It would either be just as good as the first, or it would fall victim to the sophomore slump. Lucky for me, it was just as good as the first one for me. The characters, the romance, everything made it a story that I loved!
      Khai thinks he's defective because he has no emotions, but in reality its his autism that makes him feel the way he does. And because of that, he has strayed from relationships as long as he could. But then his mom takes it into her own hands and takes it upon herself to choose a bride for him. In comes Esme. She takes the opportunity to come to America to see what other opportunities there are. But trying to make him fall in love with her is harder than she thinks. But falling for him is surprisingly easy....
     The main thing I liked about this was the characters. I loved the growing that all of them did and it was so great to see all the things they learned along the way. But the best thing was they did it all by themselves. They both had very different lessons to learn and it made them even stronger, individual characters. And when they finally did get together, it was a wonderful romance and they were both able to bring something to the relationship.
     Another thing I liked about this was the representation. Although everyone's experience with autism isn't the same, this one is #ownvoices. I liked the way it was shown that Khai had to work to feel comfortable with Esme and he wasn't automatically ready to be with her. And I liked that Hoang chose to focus on a different part of the autism spectrum for Khai's character. I thought that was important to show that not everyone's the same.
     I found the audio of this was just ok for me. All the characters (except for Quan and Mike randomly) sounded the same and that bothered me. (Esme had a bit of a sharper accent, but that was all the difference.)  I wish there was more than one person on the production. Just to make them a bit different. Other than that, Emily Woo Zeller did a really spectacular performance.
     Even though this one was not about Quan like I wanted it to be, it was still an amazing read. (Also because I get Quan's book next lmao) I have grown to really love Hoang's writing style and now I'm excited for what else she will do next.
Overall, I give this

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Stacking the Shelves #322 & 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 A Prince on PaperCover image for Stepsister

Let Me Hear a Rhyme

For Review:

I liked the first one, so when I saw this one I was excited! I hadn't seen many people who had even read it, so I'm glad this is going to be a thing! 

Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)

The Weekly Wrap-Up:

Monday 05/20/19: No Post. 
Tuesday 05/21/19:  Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch!
Wednesday 05/22/19: Waiting on Wednesday: American Royals by Katharine McGee
Friday 05/24/19: Book Blogger Hop: To DNF or Push Through?
Saturday 05/25/19: Fumbled by Alexa Martin

Me on Instagram:

This weekend at my mom's house was so much fun! I spent some time with nephew and we had so much fun! He likes the water, but only in small doses lol 

I loved this really cool picture book that we got in at work! It was really cute! 

What about you?
Did you get any of these?
Did we get any of the same ones?
Let me know in the comments! 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Fumbled by Alexa Martin

e-Audio, 09:53:25
Narrated by: N'Jameh Camara
Release Date:  April 23, 2019
Published by: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Read from: May 17-20, 2019
Source: Library (Overdrive/ Libby)  
For fans of: Romance, Sports, Contemporary, POC MC, Own Voices, Rom Com, Adult

     A second chance doesn't guarantee a touchdown in this new contemporary romance from the author of Intercepted.
     Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she's built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it's all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.
     TK Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he's moved on.
     When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they've suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they'll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.


*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!"


     Listen when I heard TK had a book coming out I was ecstatic! He was my favorite character in Intercepted and I was so excited to get a book from him. Although it didn't turn out the way I thought it would, it was still really enjoyable.
     Poppy is a single mom doing whatever she can to make ends meet after she moved across the country to get away from an old relationship. But love has a way of turning up when you least expect it. TK, a wide receiver for a professional football team ends up at the club where Poppy is working. Old emotions rush back and alongside some old secrets....
     The best thing about this book was hands down the characters. I really loved them all, but my favorite was hands down Ace. He was such a joy to read and he was so funny. Also, the stink and not wanting to shower was a very accurate description of little boys lmao My nephew is the same way! I also liked Poppy and how independent she was. And of course, like I said, TK was one of my favorites from the last book. Also, I need to have a Sadie book, even if it's just a novella.
     But this was also the reason I didn't give it 5 stars. This book was mostly showing TK as a bad person when he was so good in Intercepted. I get that it was the situation, but it just didn't sit well with me. I went away from this book with a different look at TK and I didn't like that.
     The plot was ok, but it was a really regular romance. It followed the troupes to a T! And because of that, by the time it got to the end I was terrified that they would have a super dramatic ending like Gavin and Marlee. I'm so glad it wasn't as dramatic because I was so worried that the main person hurt was going to be Ace. I'm glad she went a different route instead.
     I actually enjoyed this book more than the first one. And now with the ending from this one, I think it's safe to say I might like that one more than this one because Brynn is awesome. This series is turning out to be one of my favorites.
Overall, I give this