Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday # 73

"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:

Andie had it all planned out. 

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing - if everything's planned out, you can never find the unexpected. 

And where’s the fun in that?

My Notes:

I love Morgan Matson and I'm sad that this does not come out until 2016. :(

Wishlist Wednesday # 73

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 Gooodreads:

Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.

Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person…wasn’t Justin at all.

In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.

My Notes:

I received a netgalley copy and need to finally read it, I loved Every Day.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Authors to Read if you like John Green #73

1. . The Author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. He only has one novel but it is a brilliant one.
2. . He tends to write collabs with other authors (like John Green) but he also writes amazing novels.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: Romeo and Juliet by Gareth Hinds

Summary from Goodreads:

Gareth Hinds’s stylish graphic adaptation of the Bard’s romantic tragedy offers modern touches — including a diverse cast that underscores the story’s universality.

She’s a Capulet. He’s a Montague. But when Romeo and Juliet first meet, they don’t know they’re from rival families — and when they find out, they don’t care. Their love is honest and raw and all-consuming. But it’s also dangerous. How much will they have to sacrifice before they can be together? In a masterful adaptation faithful to Shakespeare’s original text, Gareth Hinds transports readers to the sun-washed streets and market squares of Shakespeare’s Verona, vividly bringing the classic play to life on the printed page.

My Review:

I had to read this graphic novel for my New Media class (along with Prince of Cats) and I wasn't a huge fan of the layout/art style.

I did like how he kept the dialogue from the play in the original format, but sometimes it overshadowed the images.

Plus some of the art was childish and censored the violence from the play, which was unneeded.

I recommend it for young readers who have not read the play yet.

My Rating:

Two Stars Out of Five

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #73

This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.

Books I Read Last Week:

The Duff by Kody Keplinger (3 Stars)
The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick (4 Stars)
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (5 Stars)


Number of Pages: 1,160

Currently Reading:


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #71



Even When You Lie to Me: Review
Blameless: Review
Return to the Dark House: Review
Cold Burn of Magic: Review
I Hate Myselfie: Review


Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly



Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout
The Uninvited by Cat Winters
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Heartless (#4) by Gail Carriger

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Review: Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott


Summary from Goodreads:

Fans of John Green's Looking for Alaska as well as Lauren Oliver and Sarah Dessen will embrace this provocative debut novel, an exploration of taboo love set against the backdrop of a suburban high school.

Charlie, a senior, isn't looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.

But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he's the only one who gets her.

She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.

In this stunning debut, Jessica Alcott explores relationships-and their boundaries-in a way that is both searingly honest and sympathetic.

My Review:

I've wanted to read this book ever since I saw the cover and read the description. I enjoyed parts of the novel, but it was the plot and the ending that did not meet my expectations.

I was not a huge fan of some of the things that happened in the novel, mainly with the teacher, but I think it depends on personal opinion. However, I really liked the main character, Charlie, and some of the side characters.

I'll be reading Jessica Alcott's upcoming mainly because I loved her character development and her writing style.

I recommend this novel because of the great characters.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out Next Week That I Want To Read/See/Play # 28


Summary from Goodreads:

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.

My Notes:

I picked up the ARC from my college library, so review soon!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Review: Blameless (#3) by Gail Carriger


Summary from Goodreads:

Quitting her husband's house and moving back in with her horrible family, Lady Maccon becomes the scandal of the London season.

Queen Victoria dismisses her from the Shadow Council, and the only person who can explain anything, Lord Akeldama, unexpectedly leaves town. To top it all off, Alexia is attacked by homicidal mechanical ladybugs, indicating, as only ladybugs can, the fact that all of London's vampires are now very much interested in seeing Alexia quite thoroughly dead.

While Lord Maccon elects to get progressively more inebriated and Professor Lyall desperately tries to hold the Woolsey werewolf pack together, Alexia flees England for Italy in search of the mysterious Templars. Only they know enough about the preternatural to explain her increasingly inconvenient condition, but they may be worse than the vampires -- and they're armed with pesto.<!--EndFragment-->
BLAMELESS is the third book of the Parasol Protectorate series: a comedy of manners set in Victorian London, full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

My Review:

I cannot get enough of this series, however, I don't want it end! The cliffhanger was not as bad this time around (and it did have a somewhat happy ending), but I already have book four.

Once again Alexia was my favorite character (I didn't care for the switches of POV from Alexia to the Beta), and I want to find out what happens with her and the baby in book four.

The side characters had less of a role in this novel, some I could have done without, but I missed Lord Woolsey and the interactions with Alexia's ridiculous family.

I recommend checking out this great steampunk series, it keeps on getting better and better.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday # 72

"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:

For centuries, the Others and humans have lived side by side in uneasy peace. But when humankind oversteps its bounds, the Others will have to decide how much humanity they’re willing to tolerate—both within themselves and within their community...

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn, see the new, closer companionship as beneficial—both personally and practically.

But not everyone is convinced. A group of radical humans is seeking to usurp land through a series of violent attacks on the Others. What they don’t realize is that there are older and more dangerous forces than shifters and vampires protecting the land that belongs to the Others—and those forces are willing to do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs…

My Notes:

I still haven't finished the third book in the series, I might wait until March when I can binge read both novels.

Wishlist Wednesday # 72

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:

From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Doerr’s “stunning sense of physical detail and gorgeous metaphors” (San Francisco Chronicle) are dazzling. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, he illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. Ten years in the writing, a National Book Award finalist, All the Light We Cannot See is a magnificent, deeply moving novel from a writer “whose sentences never fail to thrill” (Los Angeles Times).

My Notes:

I've been meaning to read this for a while now for the popsugar challenge. Can't wait to start it.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten on Fall TBR #72

1.  Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
2. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
A Madness So Discreet
3. A Thousand Nights by E. K Johnson.
4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
5. Golden Son by Pierce Brown
6. What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
7. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
8. Magic Study (#2) by Maria V. Snyder
9. Winter by Marissa Meyer
10. Soundless by Richelle Mead

Review: Return to the Dark House (#2) by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Summary from Goodreads:

vy Jensen survived the Dark House once, but can she make it out a second time?

Two months have passed since Ivy narrowly escaped the Nightmare Elf’s grip, but the memories of Parker, Natalie, Shayla, Frankie, and Garth continue to haunt her. Their killer is still out there—somewhere. The police trail has gone cold, though, and it’s up to Ivy to piece together the clues to find him.

When a cryptic video arrives in her inbox, Ivy soon finds herself back in the spotlight, this time on a twisted scavenger hunt through the dark, ancient halls of a long-forgotten Gothic school building. Ivy’s not alone, either. Taylor Monroe has returned to the scene. But can Taylor be trusted? Or is she another pawn in the Nightmare Elf’s deadly game?

Laurie Faria Stolarz crafts a mesmerizing thriller that will leave readers looking over their shoulders.

My Review:

I was a huge fan of the first novel, and the mystery just keeps getting even more complicated.

The best part of story, besides the creepy serial killer parts, are the different characters we get to follow. The POVS in this book are limited because of events from the first book, but we still follow Ivy (who is one badass heroine) as she tries to solve the mystery surrounding her.

The cliffhanger was not as horrible as the first novel but I still want the next one right away!

I recommend checking out the first two books in this series.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Monday, September 21, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #72

This meme comes from Book Journey, and it is where you show what books you read last week and what you will be reading this week.

Books I Read Last Week:

Blameless (#3) by Gail Carriger (4 Stars)
Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly (4 Stars)
Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott (3 Stars)
Romeo and Juliet by Gareth Hinds (2 Stars)

Number of Pages: 1,024

Currently Reading:

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and RedemptionThe Boy Most Likely To