Tuesday, May 31, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #105


Books I Read Last Week:

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry (4 Stars)
Turn Coat (#11) by Jim Butcher (4 Stars) Finally!!!!!
No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guy's Fault I'm Not Popular Vol 1. (3 Stars)
Fade Out Vol 1 by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips (Illustrations), Elizabeth Breitweiser (Colorist) (3 Stars)
Lazarus, Vol. 1: Family (Lazarus #1-4) by Greg Rucka, Michael Lark (Artist), Santiago Arcas (Illustrator) (4 Stars)
How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend, Vol. 1 by Fumiaki Maruto, Takeshi Moriki (Visual Art), Kurehito Misaki (Visual Art) (3 Stars)
Food Wars!, Vol. 1 by Yuto Tsukuda, Shun Saeki (Illustrator) (4 Stars)
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Number of Pages: 1,644

Films Watched (I'm a Film Minor) and TV:

Justified - Finished :(
Game of Thrones
Age of Adaline (2015)

Currently Reading:

Review: The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Summary from Goodreads:

Dolssa is a young gentlewoman with uncanny gifts, on the run from an obsessed friar determined to burn her as a heretic for the passion she refuses to tame.

Botille is a wily and charismatic peasant, a matchmaker running a tavern with her two sisters in a tiny seaside town.

The year is 1241; the place, Provensa, what we now call Provence, France—a land still reeling from the bloody crusades waged there by the Catholic Church and its northern French armies.

When the matchmaker finds the mystic near death by a riverside, Botille takes Dolssa in and discovers the girl’s extraordinary healing power. But as the vengeful Friar Lucien hunts down his heretic, the two girls find themselves putting an entire village at the mercy of murderers.

My Review:

I was uncertain that I would enjoy this novel because I did not click with Berry's other one and the names of people/places tripped me up for the majority of it.

However, I was able to get past that and in the end I really enjoyed the novel and felt connected with the tale and the amazing characters. Plus, her other novel had the whole 'you' style of writing and this one did not.

I'm not a huge historical fiction person, I tend to stay away from the genre, but thanks to this novel I might try to read it more.

I was not a fan of the various POV changes, this one had way too many, I would have just liked POVS from Bostille and Dolssa.

The ending of the 1241 tale was good but there were some extra chapters that confused the heck out of me.

I recommend checking out this novel if you enjoy historical fiction and Berry's writing style.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #99

Stacking the Shelves


The Unexpected Everything: Review
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: Review
The Hypnotist's Love Story: Review
The Serpent King: Review
Carrie: Review
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams: Review



For Review:

Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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 Review:

I enjoyed the novel a lot but I believe it could have been a lot shorter 500 pages is way too much for the type of novel.

I was expecting a fluffy novel but I was pleasantly surprised with the serious topics like grief and parenting along with dog walking and a fun romance.

The romance was my favorite aspect of the novel, along with the two main characters, Andie and Clark, the fact that he is a fantasy writing was quite interesting. But I really enjoyed the father/daughter elements and story line and how their relationship grows.

However, I was not a big fan of the drama involving the friends, it seemed to be thrown in, and I wish that the novel had lost that and just kept the story line with her father and the romance.

I recommend checking this out if you enjoy fun reads and Matson's writing style.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five Stars.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wishlist Wednesday # 98

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:

Nothing living is safe. Nothing dead is to be trusted.

For years, Gansey has been on a quest to find a lost king. One by one, he’s drawn others into this quest: Ronan, who steals from dreams; Adam, whose life is no longer his own; Noah, whose life is no longer a lie; and Blue, who loves Gansey… and is certain she is destined to kill him.

Now the endgame has begun. Dreams and nightmares are converging. Love and loss are inseparable. And the quest refuses to be pinned to a path.

My Notes:

I'm currently on hold for this at my local library and I want to read it so badly

Waiting on Wednesday # 98

"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.

29939230Summary from Goodreads:

The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab

Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

"Addictive and immersive, A Gathering of Shadows cements this series as a must-read. Rich details illuminate every dimension of an extravagant city flooded with magic, and intriguing personalities evolve into complex characters. ...Schwab already has us anticipating the rest of the series."--Entertainment Weekly, A

"[A Darker Shade of Magic] feels like a priceless object, brought from another, better world of fantasy books. Schwab's writing is engaging and vivid...kept me engrossed by its story every bit as much as I was fascinated by its complex, multilayered world."—io9.com

"Has all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy...Schwab has given us a gem of a tale. This is a book to treasure."—Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of The All Souls trilogy on A Darker Shade of Magic

My Notes:

This series and characters have grown on me and cannot wait until the third novel comes out!

Review: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore #1) by Robin Sloan

Summary form Goodreads:

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.

My Review:

It has taken me years to finally pick up this novel, I've checked it out from the library three or more times, lol.

The plot was what drew me into the story and I enjoyed it despite the ending. However, the way it unfolded was intriguing.

The ending/twist was a bit disappointing, but I loved the characters most of all Clay.

I recommend checking this if you enjoy thrillers and book related things. :)

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Review: The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty


Summary from Goodreads:

For fans of Emily Giffin, another wonderful book from the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, THE HUSBAND’S SECRET...

Ellen O’Farrell is a professional hypnotherapist who works out of the eccentric beachfront home she inherited from her grandparents. It’s a nice life, except for her tumultuous relationship history. She’s stoic about it, but at this point, Ellen wouldn’t mind a lasting one. When she meets Patrick, she’s optimistic. He’s attractive, single, employed, and best of all, he seems to like her back. Then comes that dreaded moment: He thinks they should have a talk. 

Braced for the worst, Ellen is pleasantly surprised. It turns out that Patrick’s ex-girlfriend is stalking him. Ellen thinks, Actually, that’s kind of interesting. She’s dating someone worth stalking. She’s intrigued by the woman’s motives. In fact, she’d even love to meet her.

Ellen doesn’t know it, but she already has.

My Review:

I did not get into this novel as heavily as Big Little Lies or My Husband's Secret, but it was still very compelling and had a unique plot.

The duel POV, from the main character Ellen to the stalker was well done but I would have liked the novel more without the changing of POVS (or if there were other character's povs). The characters were okay but none of them, expect for Ellen, really made me want to root for them (I was not a fan of Patrick.

What drew me into this novel was the interesting plot, however, I was not a fan of how it all played out. I was still compelled to finish up the novel and I now want to read the rest of Moriarty's novels because of her writing style and unique ideas.

I recommend checking this out if you enjoy light thrillers and interesting povs/plots.

My Rating:

Three Stars Out of Five Stars

Monday, May 23, 2016

Review: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Summary from Goodreads:

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

My Review:

I do not hand out 5 stars lightly (however I've read some great novels this year and they just keep happening) and this novel certainly earned all of the stars.

The characters, they were all intriguing, they had flaws but were still good people and I loved reading from all of their povs. Dill and Travis stole my heart, Lydia was great as well (most of all with her witty come backs with bullies, she reminded me of Veronica Mars). However, The horrible characters like some of the parents and bullies were sort over the top.

The plot, the end dragged a bit but for the type of the novel I enjoyed the slower pacing and that made the twists hit even harder.

The tears, I do not shed tears very often but one shocking part of the novel about half way through got the waterworks starting.

I recommend reading this for the amazing writing/characters.

My Rating:

Five Stars Out of Five Stars

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #104


Books I Read Last Week:

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner 
The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty 
Essential Maps for the Lost by Deb Caletti

Number of Pages: 1,200

Films Watched (I'm a Film Minor) and TV:

Bates Motel
Game of Thrones
Max (2015)

Currently Reading:


Sunday, May 22, 2016

Review: Carrie by Stephen King

Summary from Goodreads:

Carrie knew she should not use the terrifying power she possessed... But one night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction...

My Review:

I was on a Stephen King kick so I decided to read his first published novel, and I've already seen two film versions of it.

It was hard for me to really get into this because I know the main plot so well, but in the end it was still an enjoyable read.

It was interesting that this novel from written by a man and was mainly in a young girls pov. Plus, the use of the newspaper articles and novels about the incident added a intriguing element to the story that I did not know about.

The main problem I had was the characters, Carrie was the only semi likeable character for me, maybe Tommy a close second.

I recommend checking this out if you enjoy King's writing style.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five Stars

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams (The Bazaar of Bad Dreams #1-20) by Stephen King

Summary from Goodreads:

A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.

Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, the afterlife, guilt, what we would do differently if we could see into the future or correct the mistakes of the past. “Afterlife” is about a man who died of colon cancer and keeps reliving the same life, repeating his mistakes over and over again. Several stories feature characters at the end of life, revisiting their crimes and misdemeanors. Other stories address what happens when someone discovers that he has supernatural powers—the columnist who kills people by writing their obituaries in “Obits;” the old judge in “The Dune” who, as a boy, canoed to a deserted island and saw names written in the sand, the names of people who then died in freak accidents. In “Morality,” King looks at how a marriage and two lives fall apart after the wife and husband enter into what seems, at first, a devil’s pact they can win.

Magnificent, eerie, utterly compelling, these stories comprise one of King’s finest gifts to his constant reader—“I made them especially for you,” says King. “Feel free to examine them, but please be careful. The best of them have teeth.”

My Review: 

I tend to stay away from short stories, I don't know why but I'm not a huge fan. However, I'd been craving some Stephen King so I decided to pick up his latest batch of short stories and it was an enjoyable read.

It was a hodgepodge of different genres, horror, fiction, and poetry, and that was an interesting aspect of the collection.

My favorite tale was Ur, which is able a kindle that accesses content from different universes, it was so unique!

Mile 81 was a great horror tale as well, and it made me finally check out Christine because of the killer car element. Bad Little Kid was a classic horror from King and I'd been missing his horror novels lately.

And the last story I wanted to point out was Summer Thunder, it had a Sons of Anarchy (a show that King was on) reference and a cute dog. :)

I recommend checking this out if you enjoy King's writing.

My Rating:

Four Stars Out of Five Stars

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #98

Stacking the Shelves


 The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty: Review
Unbecoming by Jenny Downham: Review
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare: Review
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman: Review
 Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys: Review


For Review:

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday # 97

"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:

Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

Release Date: September 20th.

My Notes:

I'm a fan of McGinnis's writing so I'll be checking this out.

Wishlist Wednesday # 97

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.

17342701Summary from Goodreads:

Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.

My Notes:

I need to keep reading this series but then I'll have to wait until December for the next book. :(

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim #89

1. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. I randomly picked this one up and it was a 5 star read!
2. Unbecoming by Jenny Downham. Another 5 star read.
3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. 5 Stars, bought it used.
4. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
7. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy 
8. Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
Kissing in America
9.  Stray (Four Sisters #1) by Elissa Sussman
10. Room by Emma Donoghue