Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday # 111

"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.

28686840Summary form Goodreads:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone—and love someone—for who they truly are.
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.  

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone. 
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.
Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.

My Notes:

I really enjoyed Niven's first novel and cannot wait to get my hands on this one!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Have to Read This Semester #101

The Broke and Bookish. 

1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
3. Reeling with Laughter: American Film Comedies: From Anarchy to Mockumentary by Michael V Tueth. -  It will be kind of sad reading about Gene Wilder since he passed away yesterday. :(
4. Othello by William Shakespeare
5. Winter in the Blood by James Welch
6. Henry V by William Shakespeare
7.  Blu's Hanging by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
8. Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
9. Braided Lives: An Anthology of Multicultural American Writing by Minnesota Humanities Commission, Minnesota Humanities Commission Staff (Editor)
10. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Review: Choker by Elizabeth Woods

7904158Summary from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Cara Lange has been a loner ever since she moved away from her best and only friend, Zoe, years ago. She eats lunch with the other girls from the track team, but they're not really her friends. Mostly she spends her time watching Ethan Gray from a distance, wishing he would finally notice her, and avoiding the popular girls who call her "Choker" after a humiliating incident in the cafeteria. 

Then one day Cara comes home to find Zoe waiting for her. Zoe's on the run from problems at home, and Cara agrees to help her hide. With her best friend back, Cara's life changes overnight. Zoe gives her a new look and new confidence, and next thing she knows, she's getting invited to parties and flirting with Ethan. Best of all, she has her BFF there to confide in. 

But just as quickly as Cara's life came together, it starts to unravel. A girl goes missing in her town, and everyone is a suspect—including Ethan. Worse still, Zoe starts behaving strangely, and Cara begins to wonder what exactly her friend does all day when she's at school. You're supposed to trust your best friend no matter what, but what if she turns into a total stranger?

My Review:

A free read from from the mystery theme of this month. I picked up this one because it was short and I was in a mystery mood (my mood tend to change a lot, I am now in a contemporary mood).

I'm usually pretty good at guessing the big twists early on but I did not catch on until near the end with this novel. I enjoyed the fact that the twist surprised me and left me shocked by the end.

The characters were okay but the bullying in this novel was so hard to read! I felt so bad for Cara because she had to put up with this intense bullying for no apparent reason, just that the bully disliked her.

It was a mix between Zoe and Cara for the weirdest/creepiest character but Zoe won hands down.

I want to put out a warning, if you hate reading about animals dying, this is not the book for you. I could barely make it through one scene with an animal death.

I recommend checking out this novel if you enjoy being creeped out and interesting mysteries with unique plots/twists.

My Rating:

4 Stars Out of 5

Monday, August 29, 2016

Review: Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig

Summary from Goodreads:

The last place you’d expect to find a team of criminals is at a prestigious Philadelphia prep school. But on a class trip to the U.S. Mint – which prints a million new coins every 30 minutes – an overlooked security flaw becomes far too tempting for a small group of students to ignore.

United by dire circumstances, these unlikely allies – the slacker, the nerd, the athlete, and the "perfect" student – band together to attempt the impossible: rob the U.S. Mint. The diverse crew is forced to confront their true beliefs about each other and themselves as they do the wrong thing for the right reasons.

Elisa Ludwig's Coin Heist is a fun, suspenseful, and compelling thriller, told from the revolving perspectives of four teens, each with their own motive for committing a crime that could change all of their lives for the better—if they can pull it off.

My Review:

I've had Coin Heist on my kindle since 2014 and finally decided to dive into it this week.

It was quick and interesting read but it was not my favorite plot wise. The plot was okay but kind of basic and the emphasis on romance surprised me.

However, I did enjoy the four characters, even if I did not care for all of the POVS. My favorite one was Alice, and I was not a huge fan of her ending/romance. I grew to like Benny and Dakota and they had my favorite scenes/interactions.

The plot itself was okay, it was interesting at first but the ending was anticlimactic.

I recommend checking this out if you enjoy action based novels with romance.

My Rating:

3.5 Stars Out of 5

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #118

badgeThe Meme Comes From The Book Dare

Books I Read Last Week:

Coin Heist by Elisa Ludwig
Choker by Elizabeth Woods
The Good Girl by Mary Kubica
Dead to You by Lisa McMann
The Winter People (The Winter People #1) by Rebekah L. Purdy 

Number of Pages: 1,452

Currently Reading: 


Saturday, August 27, 2016

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #110

Stacking The Shelves

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie by Amy E. Reichert: Review
This Is the Story of You by Beth Kephart: Review
Marked in Flesh (The Others #4) by Anne Bishop: Review
Hotel for the Lost (Hotel Ruby) by Suzanne Young: Review
Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton: Review

For Review:





Friday, August 26, 2016

Follow Friday # 1

This is a weekly blog meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read

The Rules:

The goal is to increase blog followers, make friends and have something to post.
You create your own post using the post prompt.
You leave your link and thumbnail in the linky list that links back to your post prompt.
Once you have your post up and linked, visit other posts and tell them hi. The point is to FOLLOW them not just comment.
If you see a post that just hit it to the moon, or just want to show appreciation to a fellow blogger friend, like their name on the linky list to show some appreciation.
The person with the most likes gets chosen as the next Feature (you can be chosen every 90 days unless we are in need of features)
It is required that if you participate that you have to follow the FEATURE. It is a big no-no to participate and ignore the feature. They are the special snowflake in this little blizzard.
As a participant it is up to your discretion on how you want people to follow. Please post RSS, GFC etc if you have a follow of choice.

Specific RULES:

Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.
Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say “hi” in your comments and that they are now following you.
If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn’t have GFC (Google Friends Connect) state in your posts how you would like to be followed FOLLOW as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don’t just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don’t say “HI”
If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love…and the followers

This week's prompt is: Top 5 Favorite Book Boyfriends

1. Gansey or Adam from The Raven Boys. I think either of them would be great boyfriends, hopefully no love triangles. :)
2. Simon Wolfgard from The Others Series. He is one my favorite characters in the series and I would love him as a boyfriend (if there was no Meg).
3. Kaden from The Remnant Chronicles. His character really evolved over the three books and he stood out as the best in my opinion. 
4. Dill from The Serpent King. He has a lot of baggage but in the end is a great guy. 
5. Darrow from The Red Rising Series.

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out This Month That I Want To Read/See/Play # 33


Doctor Who: The Official Cookbook: 40 Wibbly-Wobbly Timey-Wimey RecipesGirl in PiecesGeorgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

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Review: Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Summary from Goodreads:

Anita Blake may be small and young, but vampires call her the Executioner. Anita is a necromancer and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law—as long as they don't get too nasty. Now someone's killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees—with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting—to help figure out who and why.

Trust is a luxury Anita can't afford when her allies aren't human. The city's most powerful vampire, Nikolaos, is 1,000 years old and looks like a 10-year-old girl. The second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, is interested in more than just Anita's professional talents, but the feisty necromancer isn't playing along—yet. This popular series has a wild energy and humor, and some very appealing characters—both dead and alive.

My Review:

I've had this series on my shelf for ages and I finally picked up book one.

The pacing is what through me off, I wanted a bit more action and a bit more going on in the story.

I had a hard time liking many of the characters (and one that I started to like was killed off) but at least the main character, Anita, was a good one. I was confused by various aspects of her life, the vampire hunting and necromancer, how she became both. I'm hoping that we get more back ground on her as the series goes on.

I will be moving on to book two because I enjoyed Anita as a main character and want to know what will happen between her and Jean-Claude.

I recommend checking out this series if you enjoy Buffy or the Sookie Stackhouse series.

My Rating:

3.5 Stars Out of 5

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: Hotel for the Lost (Hotel Ruby) by Suzanne Young


Summary from Goodreads:

Stay tonight. Stay forever.

When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.

Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn’t have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past.

The more Audrey learns about the new people she’s met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems…

Welcome to the Ruby.

My Review:

I rediscovered, where you can read various free books during the month, and the Hotel Ruby (now called Hotel for the Lost) was on there.

I went in blind to this thriller and it was interesting ride. After a while it was kind of easy to guess what was really going on at the hotel but I was still surprised at certain aspects and the ending.

It was easy to connect with the main character Audrey but she was only one of the few characters that I liked from the novel. There was some instant love going on extremely early on in the story and it took away from the story and the couple.

Besides some flaws with storytelling and the characters I was pleasantly surprised by how creepy and interesting this novel was because I had never heard of it before.

I recommend checking out this eerie thriller/paranormal novel for a quick and interesting read.

My Rating:

4 Stars Out of 5