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

6. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

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



Around the Year in 52 - 2017 Book Challenge

I'm behind with all of my book challenges, heck, I did not even pick one this year. However, I saw the Around the Year in 52, challenge on youtube and decided to give it a try. The crossed out ones are completed while others are the novels I'm planning on reading for the different challenges. It took a while but I managed to find one for all 52 challenges.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: The Black Key (The Lone City #3) by Amy Ewing

 Summary from HarperCollins:

The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Lone City trilogy, which began with The Jewel, a book BCCB said "will have fans of Oliver's Delirium, Cass's The Selection, and DeStefano's Wither breathless."
For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service of the royalty of the Jewel. But now, the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.
While Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—for her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return not only to save Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.

My Review:

What I Liked:

Characters. The characters were the best part of this series! Violet, the main character as always was a great lead. However, I would have liked to see other points of view because her love interest Ash was barely in the novel. I loved the side characters and felt that there should have been a lot more of them.

Plot. It was an interesting plot that had me hooked from book one! I enjoyed the conclusion and character's story lines concluding. It was not the best novel in the whole series but I enjoyed it overall .

Magic/World Building. I think the world building was just okay but the magic system was really well done. I would have loved to see more about the Lone City and the magic aspects. The ending supplied the reader with a lot of the magic/fantasy aspects but I hope books in the future will focus more on the setting and the powers that Violet and the other girls possess.

What I Disliked:

Ending. I'm sad to see this series end. I had no problem with the ending, it was action packed, but I want more. I'm hoping Ewing will write more in this universe or keep going with the series.

Pacing. I struggled at the beginning up until 100 pages or so but after that the novel went quickly.
Besides that I did not have big problems with the series or this novel, it was a fun and unique series that I really enjoyed reading. I will be picking up more from Ewing in the future! :)

I recommend checking out this interesting YA fantasy series, it surprised me how much I liked it when I first picked the series up. It a solid and intriguing series.

My Rating:

4.5 Stars out of 5 Stars

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday # 143 and Wishlist Wednesday # 143

"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:

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of "how they first met" from some of today’s most popular YA authors. 

Readers will experience Nina LaCour's beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard's glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon's imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno's story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick's charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants. 

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

Release Date: 
January 2nd 2018 

My Notes:

I've been meaning to read more short story collections and this one sounds so cute! It has a lot of authors I like and some I would love to check out. Looking forward to picking this up!

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:

When Caroline's little brother is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can't help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can't see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they need a friend--and their best option just might be each other.

My Notes:

I'm currently reading this, it is in ARC form which shows you how long I've been meaning to read it. XD I was a fan of her first novel, The Truth About Alice, and so far I'm enjoying this one!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #6 and Top Ten Tuesday, Top Ten New to Me Favorite Authors in 2017 #139

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.

Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc

'"You don't want anyone else to help." He sounds amused. "You'd rather die, smothered by a heap of due diligence files"
"Like you're not the same!" I retort." - The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. Pg. 18.

The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten Top Ten New To Me Favorite Authors of 2017 #139
1. Ruth Ware. Mystery. 
Want to Read: 
2. Francesca Zappia. YA Fiction.
Want to Read: 
3. Angie Thomas. YA Fiction
4. Marjane Satrapi. Memoir.
Want to Read: 
5. Becky Chambers. Science Fiction. 
Want to Read: 

6.  Stephanie Garber. YA Fantasy.
7. Robin Roe. YA Fiction.
8. Sarah Nicole Lemon. YA Fiction.
9. Anna Kendrick. Memoir.
10. Elan Mastai. Science Fiction.