Monday, June 26, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #157

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The Meme Comes From The Book Dare.

Books I Read Last Week:


Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (4.5 Stars) 
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (5 Stars)





Number of Pages: 736


Currently Reading: 



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

 Summary from Goodreads:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.


But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

My Review:

I've been in a reading slump this year but I'm hoping that the fact I devoured this novel means that it is over. I'm trying to read more stand-alone novels to avoid the pressure of starting or finishing new series, and this was a great start. 

What I Liked:

Plot. It was refreshing to read such an unique contemporary young adult novel. I loved the added comic elements and the focus on online friends and the fandom world. 

Main Character. Eliza was a interesting main character that I connected with because I also suffer from social anxiety. I did not care for some of her choices as a character but 

Side Characters. I loved the fact that Eliza's family and her online friends were well-developed characters. It would have been interesting to see the story from Wallace's point of view or more from Eliza's online friends, Emma and Max. 

Social Anxiety. I feel that Zappia did a great job of showing what social anxiety is really like and parts of it were hard for me to read because of my own experiences. The novel is great example of what people suffer with on a daily basis and that is not usually not shown or expressed correctly in novels.

What I Disliked:

Relationships/Plot. Despite the fact that I really enjoyed the novel I did struggle with reading some of the interactions between Eliza and her parents. However, I do understand why it was that way because Eliza and her parents had a hard time connecting. I just cringed a bit whenever Eliza was rude to her brothers/parents. (the ending did make up for that).

Pacing. I had a hard time getting into the novel, with the first 100 pages or so, but as it went on it got easier to read and connect with Eliza.

I recommend checking out this emotional and well-crafted contemporary novel. Warning It may make you cry or stay up all night reading it. 

My Rating:

4.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wishlist Wednesday # 138



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:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.


As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

My Notes:

I found this 2017 release in my local library and the cover intrigued me to pick it up. It sounds like a mix of fantasy/historical fiction and I'm hoping to check it out soon

Waiting on Wednesday # 138



"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:

As the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee.

But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she’s in love with Woods, Billie’s filled with a nagging sadness as she realizes that she is also in love with Woods…and maybe with Janie Lee, too.

Always considered “one of the guys,” Billie doesn’t want anyone slapping a label on her sexuality before she can understand it herself. So she keeps her conflicting feelings to herself, for fear of ruining the group dynamic. Except it’s not just about keeping the peace, it’s about understanding love on her terms—this thing that has always been defined as a boy and a girl falling in love and living happily ever after. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple.


Readers will be drawn to Billie as she comes to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and friendship, in this John Hughes-esque exploration of sexual fluidity. 

My Notes:

I mainly picked this one because of the cover but after reading the blurb it sounds like a good read. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't #135


The Broke and Bookish.


1. Anna Dressed in Blood and Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake.
Notes: I won a giveaway last year that included these two books. I really want to read this series because I've enjoyed other books by Blake.
2. The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi.
Notes: I have the first novel sitting on my shelf waiting for me to pick it up. 
3. Strange the Dreamer ( #1) by Laini Taylor
Note: I've been dying to read this since I finished Taylor's other series. I hope to get it from the library soon.
4. Shadow Run (Kaitan Chronicles #1) by AdriAnne Strickland , Michael Miller
Note: I started reading this recently and want to finish it soon, it reminds me of Firefly. :)
5. Touch of Power (Healer #1) by Maria V. Snyder
Notes: I've only read one novel by Snyder but I want to read the rest of her series or at least finish one of them. I've had this on my kindle for ages. 
6. The Dark Days Club (Lady Helen #1) by Alison Goodman
Notes: I know nothing about this series but the cover calls to me.
7. Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff
Notes:
I've heard great things about this series. I hope to check it out this summer.
 
8. Given to the Sea (Given Duet #1) by Mindy McGinnis 
Notes: McGinnis is slowly becoming a favorite author of mine. This is the only book I have yet to read. 
9. Firstlife (Everlife #1) by Gena Showalter
Notes: 
Another one I'm picking based off of the cover alone. 
10. Seven Black Diamonds (#1) by Melissa Marr 
Notes:
I'm a fan of Marr's novels and hope to read this series soon. It sounds interesting. 




Monday, June 19, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: A Study in Scarlet (Sherlock Holmes #1) by Arthur Conan Doyle

Summary from Goodreads:

When Dr John Watson takes rooms in Baker Street with amateur detective Sherlock Holmes, he has no idea that he is about to enter a shadowy world of criminality and violence. Accompanying Holmes to an ill-omened house in south London, Watson is startled to find a dead man whose face is contorted in a rictus of horror. There is no mark of violence on the body yet a single word is written on the wall in blood. Dr Watson is as baffled as the police, but Holmes's brilliant analytical skills soon uncover a trail of murder, revenge and lost love . . .

My Review:

I've been meaning to pick up this classic mystery ever since I started watching the TV show back in 2011. I was a bit intimated by the length of my edition but I'm happy that I finally overcame that and picked this up. (now I just need to do the same with Moby Dick). The fact that I watched and enjoyed the films/TV show helped with my reading experience and I hope to move on to rest of Doyle stories soon.

What I Liked:

Characters. John Watson has easily become one of my favorite characters in fiction and on the screen. Plus, Sherlock as always was entertaining and it was fun to read about the character form Watson's view because is not afraid to say when his friend is being conceited or compliment him when he does something amazing.

Writing Style. I enjoyed the fact that the point of view is solely from Watson (besides a few chapters in the second part) because he has a great voice/humor.

Plot. The first part of A Study in Scarlet was interesting and I loved reading about Sherlock's deduction skills and his lack of social graces described by Watson. The mystery was intriguing and it kept me guessing until the second part/the end of the tale.

What I Disliked:

Pacing/Second Plot. The second part went away from the John Watson narration and it was hard to follow. I would have liked it more if the narration style did not change even if it did remove some of the backstory. Plus, the pacing/length of the second part dragged on and I struggled to finish up the last half of the novel.

I recommend checking this classic mystery series out if you enjoy the films/TV versions of it. I'm planning on reading the rest of Doyle's work because I love the characters.

My Rating:

3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.

Friday Meme: Books/Movies/Games Coming Out This Month That I Want To Read/See/Play # 66

Books: Week of 6/26



Films: Week of 6/26

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday # 137



"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:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.



And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

My Notes: I'm a huge fan of Holly Black and her faerie novels, I cannot wait to check this  one out. 

Release Date:  January 2nd 2018

Wishlist Wednesday # 137



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 Dr John Watson takes rooms in Baker Street with amateur detective Sherlock Holmes, he has no idea that he is about to enter a shadowy world of criminality and violence. Accompanying Holmes to an ill-omened house in south London, Watson is startled to find a dead man whose face is contorted in a rictus of horror. There is no mark of violence on the body yet a single word is written on the wall in blood. Dr Watson is as baffled as the police, but Holmes's brilliant analytical skills soon uncover a trail of murder, revenge and lost love . . . 

My Notes:

I'm a horrible Sherlock fan who has yet to read any of the classic tales! I hope to change that this summer and then rewatch the show. :)