Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Debut Author Challenge

 Hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl

1. All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

2. Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon

3. A List of Cages by Robin Roe

4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber

5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2017 New Release Challenge

2017 New Release Challenge

Hosted by Lexxie @ Un-Conventional Book Views & Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!

The rules for the 2017 New Release Challenge are simple:

Books have to be released and reviewed in 2017.
Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2017 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.

The New Book Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2017, and sign-ups are open until February 15th 2017.

You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!

There are five levels  in the New Release Challenge:
1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie
31-60 books per year – New Release Pro
61-100 books per year – New Release Veteran
101-200 books per year – New Release Enthusiast
200+ books per year – New Release Obsessed



Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

 Summary from Goodreads:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

My Review:

I've been in a reading slump this year but I'm hoping that the fact I devoured this novel means that it is over. I'm trying to read more stand-alone novels to avoid the pressure of starting or finishing new series, and this was a great start. 

What I Liked:

Plot. It was refreshing to read such an unique contemporary young adult novel. I loved the added comic elements and the focus on online friends and the fandom world. 

Main Character. Eliza was a interesting main character that I connected with because I also suffer from social anxiety. I did not care for some of her choices as a character but 

Side Characters. I loved the fact that Eliza's family and her online friends were well-developed characters. It would have been interesting to see the story from Wallace's point of view or more from Eliza's online friends, Emma and Max. 

Social Anxiety. I feel that Zappia did a great job of showing what social anxiety is really like and parts of it were hard for me to read because of my own experiences. The novel is great example of what people suffer with on a daily basis and that is not usually not shown or expressed correctly in novels.

What I Disliked:

Relationships/Plot. Despite the fact that I really enjoyed the novel I did struggle with reading some of the interactions between Eliza and her parents. However, I do understand why it was that way because Eliza and her parents had a hard time connecting. I just cringed a bit whenever Eliza was rude to her brothers/parents. (the ending did make up for that).

Pacing. I had a hard time getting into the novel, with the first 100 pages or so, but as it went on it got easier to read and connect with Eliza.

I recommend checking out this emotional and well-crafted contemporary novel. Warning It may make you cry or stay up all night reading it. 

My Rating:

4.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wishlist Wednesday # 138

Wishlist Wednesday is where you show a book that has been on your wishlist/TBR list for a while, the meme is hosted by Pen to Paper.

Summary from Goodreads:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

My Notes:

I found this 2017 release in my local library and the cover intrigued me to pick it up. It sounds like a mix of fantasy/historical fiction and I'm hoping to check it out soon

Waiting on Wednesday # 138

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, where you pick a book that is coming out soon that you want to read.

Summary from Goodreads:

As the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee.

But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she’s in love with Woods, Billie’s filled with a nagging sadness as she realizes that she is also in love with Woods…and maybe with Janie Lee, too.

Always considered “one of the guys,” Billie doesn’t want anyone slapping a label on her sexuality before she can understand it herself. So she keeps her conflicting feelings to herself, for fear of ruining the group dynamic. Except it’s not just about keeping the peace, it’s about understanding love on her terms—this thing that has always been defined as a boy and a girl falling in love and living happily ever after. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple.

Readers will be drawn to Billie as she comes to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and friendship, in this John Hughes-esque exploration of sexual fluidity. 

My Notes:

I mainly picked this one because of the cover but after reading the blurb it sounds like a good read. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't #135

The Broke and Bookish.

1. Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake.
Notes: I won a giveaway last year that included these two books. I really want to read this series because I've enjoyed other books by Blake.
2. The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi.
Notes: I have the first novel sitting on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up. 
3. Strange the Dreamer ( #1) by Laini Taylor
Note: I've been dying to read this since I finished Taylor's other series. I hope to get it from the library soon.
4. Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles #1) by AdriAnne Strickland , Michael Miller
Note: I started reading this recently and want to finish it soon, it reminds me of Firefly. :)
5. Touch of Power (Healer #1) by Maria V. Snyder
Notes: I've only read one novel by Snyder but I want to read the rest of her series or at least finish one of them. I've had this on my kindle for ages. 
6. The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman
Notes: I know nothing about this series but the cover calls to me.
7. Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff
I've heard great things about this series. I hope to check it out this summer.
8. Given to the Sea (Given Duet #1) by Mindy McGinnis 
Notes: McGinnis is slowly becoming a favorite author of mine. This is the only book I have yet to read. 
9. Firstlife (Everlife #1) by Gena Showalter
Another one I'm picking based off of the cover alone. 
10. Seven Black Diamonds (#1) by Melissa Marr 
I'm a fan of Marr's novels and hope to read this series soon. It sounds interesting. 

Monday, June 19, 2017