Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday # 122

"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:

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines. Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

My Notes:

I enjoyed the first novel and I cannot wait to see if the action/development picks up in the second one.

Wishlist Wednesday # 121

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:

Set in a topsy-turvy world like a holiday revel, this comedy devises a romantic plot around separated twins, misplaced passions, and mistaken identity. Juxtaposed to it is the satirical story of a self-deluded steward who dreams of becoming “Count Malvolio” only to receive his comeuppance at the hands of the merrymakers he wishes to suppress. The two plots combine to create a farce touched with melancholy, mixed throughout with seductively beautiful explorations on the themes of love and time, and the play ends, not with laughter, but with a clown’s sad song.

My Notes:

I'm on a Shakespeare kick (I've almost finished 6 of his plays this year) and want to finally read this one! I loved She's The Man. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Coloring Books to Buy Your TV/Movie Obsessed Friend #114

The Broke and Bookish. 

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Adult Coloring Book Paperback – January 17, 2017
by Fox 
by Fox
by Insight Editions
by Price Stern Sloan 
by Mike Collins 
6.Harry Potter Coloring Book Paperback – November 10, 2015
by Scholastic (Author)
by Diana Gabaldon
9. The Poldark Colouring Book Paperback – September 22, 2016
by Gwen Burns 
by Warner Brothers Studio (Author), J. R. R. Tolkien  (Author), Nicolette Caven (Illustrator)

Monday, November 28, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #131

badgeThe Meme Comes From The Book Dare.

Books I Read Last Week:

 The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Number of Pages: 768

Films/Musicals/TV Watched:

The Little Mermaid Musical
Cymbeline (2015)
Father of the Bride (1991)

Currently Reading:

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #121


Review: The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Review: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake
Review: The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

Shoes for Anthony: A Novel by Emma Kennedy
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris
The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown by Amy Gary

For Review:

Book Related:

I won a three month subscription to Book of the Month~ :)

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Review: The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

 Summary from Goodreads:

Eleven years ago, Stella and Jeanie disappeared. Only Stella came back.

Now all she wants is a summer full of cove days, friends, and her gorgeous crush - until a fresh corpse leads Stella down a path of ancient evil and secrets.

Stella believes remembering what happened to Jeanie will save her. It won’t.

She used to know better than to believe in what slinks through the shadows. Not anymore.

My Review:

What I Liked:

The mystery/thriller plot was very chilling and I was glued to the book waiting to see what the reveal/twist was. And I loved the fact that I did not guess the big twist.

The supernatural aspect, it was hard to tell if the book was going to end up fully supernatural or not and that added a great atmosphere of creepiness to the main plot.

Sam Worth. He was by far my favorite character, he was quirky and loyal. I was surprised that he stayed with Stella because she treated him so badly.

The character growth. The main character, Stella, started off snobby and hard to like but as the novel went on she began to grow and transform into a character I could enjoy reading about.

The stunning writing. I picked up this book because I loved Sirowy's writing from her new novel, The Telling, and once again it was beautiful with the metaphors. However, I loved that she upped the details/metaphors in her latest novel because it made it unique and beautiful. 

What I Disliked:

The main character and some of the side characters were hard for me to connect with. Stella at the beginning and throughout the novel was not my favorite main character, however, she does grow as a person by the end (some of her thoughts/actions toward Sam bugged me). I just downright disliked her friend Zoey and she did not get better.

The middle of the book dragged because it partly went away from the thriller and focused on relationships and friendships, something I could have done without.

I recommend checking this out if you enjoy creepy reads and for the beautiful writing. :)

My Rating:

3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday # 121

"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:

June 13th 2017 

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

My Notes:
I enjoyed the first novel in the series and I'm intrigued to see what happens next! Plus, I love August! :)

Wishlist Wednesday # 120

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:

'Tis the season for trimming the tree, caroling, baking cookies, and curling up by the Yuletide waiting for Santa to drop down the chimney. But in this festive collection of holiday whodunits, murder is also paying a visit . . .

'Candy Cane Murder' by Joanne Fluke

Bakery owner Hannah Swensen feels a little stuffed in her elf costume-but it's too late to count calories. Lake Eden's annual Christmas gala is upon her and eager children are waiting. Wayne Bergstrom, owner of Bergstrom's Department Store, happily ho-ho-hos his way through the festivities in his Santa suit. But when a trail of candy canes leads to his corpse in a snow bank, Hannah must find Kris Kringle's killer.

My Notes:

I completely forgot to read this become moving on to book ten and I hate going out of order. It is the next one I'm hoping to read but I might save this read for the month of December! :)

Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

 Summary from Goodreads:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

My Review:

I've been in the mood for contemporary YA and Yoon's second novel hit the spot!!!

Things I Loved:

The characters! I'm not a huge fan of duel POVS but I felt like the novel pulled it off, I was able to tell them apart because their voices were unique. I also enjoyed the departures from main characters povs to the people they meet during the day and their families. I don't have a favorite because I connected with both Natasha and Daniel, their personalities really made the book.

The plot. I had low expectations about the plot when I first started because the blurb sounded generic. However, as I dove into the story it was very unique (like her first novel) because of the characters and their backgrounds.

The writing and material. The book is full of educational aspects that are woven in a way that makes them fun to learn (I will bed recommending this to my young cousin) and showcases the passion behind learning. :) As always Yoon's writing was beautiful and 384 pages went quickly. Plus, the fact that the novel looks at the American Dream, racism, and the journey of immigrating to a new country was eye opening and important.

What Else I Wanted From It:

I 100% wish that it was longer. The ending gives me some hope that we could possibly hear from these characters again and I would love that! I wanted more time with Natasha and Daniel and I think it could been 100 more pages.

I recommend checking Yoon's amazing characters and beautiful writing!

My Rating:

5 Stars Out of 5 Stars

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: The Giveaway Wins I'm Thankful For #113

The Broke and Bookish. 

I've lucked out with the giveaways this year so here are all the 2016 wins I'm thankful for! I lot of these are unread and have added to my never ending TBR. :)

1. The Anna Dressed in Blood series by Kendare Blake. I won these beauties in a Halloween price pack from A Great Read. I cannot wait to start reading!
2.  Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down by Anne Valente. The cover is beautiful and it sounds pretty interesting/heartbreaking. It does help that I received the finished and lovely hardback. 
3. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. I just won this off of Goodreads (and forgot to put it in my stacking the shelf post)
4. No One Is Coming to Save Us: A Novel by Stephanie Powell Watts. This one grabbed my attention when I realized it was A Great Gatsby Retelling. 
5. The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer, Stephen Dyer. I've read and reviewed this one and really enjoyed it. :) Another retelling but this time it was Pride and Prejudice
6. Human Acts by Han Kang. I went off the cover for this giveaway but I decided to read it because it is super short.
7. Like a River Glorious (The Gold Seer Trilogy, #2) by Rae Carson. The first novel in the series was just an okay read for me but I'll most likely end up reading this because I received the ARC. 
8. This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills. I won the finished copy and the cover/book is so stunning it might be my favorite of the whole year. It also sounds like my kind of novel, so I will be reading it soon.
9. This Is How It Always Is: A Novel by Laurie Frankel. I just got this one in the main and it sounds intriging so I will be giving it a try. 
10. All the Good Parts by Loretta Nyhan. I won this on Kindle and it has been on my TBR for a few months, might pick it up after finals. 

Review: Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake

 Summary from Goodreads:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

My Review:

I've been craving some fantasy lately and Blake's new series Three Dark Crowns was a great and entertaining beginning to an epic fantasy series.

What I Loved:

The characters! I was hoping to pick one of the queens to support but I had a hard time disliking any of them. A big part of me is hoping no one dies at all. 

The world building was amazing. The novel spent a lot of time character building because it follows three main characters but it did scrimp on creating the magical elements and background.

The weaving story line and the plot. The lives of the three sisters and their very different areas/worlds start off unconnected and it was interesting to read as they begin to intertwine. The plot it self was so unique and nothing felt formulaic at all. 

The twists. Overall the novel was thrilling, it constantly surprised me and the cliffhangers!!!!! I hope the next one comes out soon so I can find out what happens next.

The writing. I'm now a big fan of Blake's writing style and I will finally be checking out her other series! (it helps that just got the Anna Dressed in Blood series)

What I Did Not Care For:

The love triangle. It is not the worse one I've come across but it is still a love triangle and I'm not a fan of those. However, it will be interesting to see what happens with it as the series progresses. And it had a little too much romance for me, I tend to like my fantasies without it but I was rooting for some couples.

I recommend checking this out if like Fantasy and do not mind love triangles. 

My Rating:

4.5 Stars Out of 5

Monday, November 21, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #130

badgeThe Meme Comes From The Book Dare.

Books I Read Last Week: 

Just Like the Movies (If Only . . . #7) by Kelly Fiore Stultz (4)
Carrot Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen #10) by Joanne Fluke (3.5)
The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy (4.5)
Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake (4.5)
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (5)

Number of Pages: 1852

Films/TV Watched:

Gilmore Girls Season 7
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Devil in a Blue Dress (1993)
Daddy's Home (2016)

Currently Reading: