Monday, July 31, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #161 and Booktubeathon wrap-up


The Meme Comes From The Book Dare.

Books I Read Last Week:

The Black Key (The Lone City #3) by Amy Ewing (4.5 Stars)
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella (4.5 Stars)
Claymore, Vol. 15: Genesis of War by Norihiro Yagi
Claymore, Vol. 16: The Lamentation of the Earth by Norihiro Yagi
Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen #11) by Joanne Fluke (3.5 Stars)

Number of Pages: 1,376


Booktubeathon Wrap Up:

I was working 9-5 all week but I managed to read quite a bit. It was a success because I've struggled with my reading lately and this helped me get back into the grove of reading everyday! :) However, I did not do that well on the challenges. :(

Challenges Completed:

The 2017 Reading Challenges:

1/ Read a book with a person on the cover.
Nope. I can't count Black Key because I read it before the read-a-thon started.  :(

2/ Read a hyped book.
Nope :(

3/ Finish a book in one day.
Claymore, Vol. 16: The Lamentation of the Earth by Norihiro Yagi

4/ Read about a character that is very different from you.
Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen #11) by Joanne Fluke

5/ Finish a book completely outdoors.
Claymore, Vol. 15: Genesis of War by Norihiro Yagi

6/ Read a book you bought because of the cover.
The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

7/ Read seven books.
I almost made it. :(

Currently Reading: 

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Review: Cream Puff Murder (Hannah Swensen #11) by Joanne Fluke

Summary from Goodreads:

"New York Times"-bestselling author Fluke serves up another yummy installment of her Hannah Swensen mystery series, and this time Hannah's sometime squeeze is a prime suspect.

My Review:

What I Liked:

Characters. The main reason I pick up these novels, even though the mysteries are bit predictable, is for the characters. Hannah tends to be my favorite but this time around I was a fan of Norman (he is so sweet!) and her family/friends.

Mystery. I was able to guess who the culprit was before the big reveal. However, I enjoyed trying to figure out the murder mystery.

Recipes. Once again, Fluke does not disappoint with the cookie recipes and I loved how she included other foods as well. Plus, the main character is dieting, which a real struggle in my life and others, so it was great that she included some healthier recipes. :)

What I Disliked:

Pacing. There were some parts, mainly about dieting/every day situations that seemed to be unneeded and slowed down my reading flow. Besides that I love the characters so I do enjoy reading about there lives and about Hannah's devious cat.

Judgement. I found it off putting (which is mainly why this one went down in rating) that Ronni, the town flirt was constantly put down or referred to as a flirt. I felt that it gave off the wrong message that Hannah, our main character, and others were constantly making negative statements about her. She was portrayed as a negative character with no good aspects, which to me was a bit unrealistic.

Love Triangle. I still dislike the whole Norman/Mike/Hannah love triangle situation and I enjoy the books more when they don't bring it up or focus on it. Aside from that, I'm currently on Team Norman, he seems to be down to earth and sweet while Mike has started to get a bit annoying.

I recommend reading this one if you enjoy the characters like me.

My Rating:

3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Stacking the Shelves/Weekly Update #154


Review: The Black Key (The Lone City #3) by Amy Ewing
Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella


The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner 
The Trust by Ronald H. Balson 
Wild Horse Springs (Ransom Canyon, #5) by Jodi Thomas
The Truth We Bury: A Novel by Barbara Taylor Sissel
Finding Our Forever (Silver Springs #1) by Brenda Novak


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium #3) 
by Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland (Translator) - (50 cents)

Review: The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

Summary from Goodreads:

Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership.

Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer–and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope–and finds love–is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake.

But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?

My Review:

What I Liked:

Humor. I found myself laughing or just generally entertained by the situations that Sam finds herself in. The cooking disaster scene was hilarious. Plus Kinsella uses the situations to show the downside of lying or allowing work to consume all of your free time.

Plot. Once again, Kinsella comes up with a unique and entertaining plot that I have not seen before. Her main messages as always are great and this time she tackles the workaholic culture and that housekeeping is just as good and difficult a profession as being a lawyer.

Writing Style/Characters. I enjoy Kinsella's writing style because she is able to craft fun and interesting characters. Sam is one of my favorite main characters from her novels because she was flawed and had a lot of great character development throughout the story line. Plus, the side characters like Trish and Eddie were great as well, their scenes kept me reading and make the humor work well.

Romance. I was not a huge fan of the romance in Can You Keep a Secret? but this time I loved the romance and wanted more of it!

Nathaniel. I would pay to read a book just from his point of view. He was not in the novel enough! I finally found a love interest that I enjoyed but he did not get very many scenes. 

What I Did Not Like:

Ending. I'm taking .5 stars off for the end of the novel. I enjoyed the ending but to me it felt a bit rushed. Also, I found it pretty weird/unrealistic that Nathaniel and Trish and Eddie Geiger forgave all the lies she told instantly. 

I recommend checking out this quick and entertaining read! :)

My Rating:

4.5 Stars out of 5 Stars

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Review: The Black Key (The Lone City #3) by Amy Ewing

 Summary from HarperCollins:

The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Lone City trilogy, which began with The Jewel, a book BCCB said "will have fans of Oliver's Delirium, Cass's The Selection, and DeStefano's Wither breathless."
For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived in service of the royalty of the Jewel. But now, the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power.
While Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it—for her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return not only to save Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.

My Review:

What I Liked:

Characters. The characters were the best part of this series! Violet, the main character as always was a great lead. However, I would have liked to see other points of view because her love interest Ash was barely in the novel. I loved the side characters and felt that there should have been a lot more of them.

Plot. It was an interesting plot that had me hooked from book one! I enjoyed the conclusion and character's story lines concluding. It was not the best novel in the whole series but I enjoyed it overall .

Magic/World Building. I think the world building was just okay but the magic system was really well done. I would have loved to see more about the Lone City and the magic aspects. The ending supplied the reader with a lot of the magic/fantasy aspects but I hope books in the future will focus more on the setting and the powers that Violet and the other girls possess.

What I Disliked:

Ending. I'm sad to see this series end. I had no problem with the ending, it was action packed, but I want more. I'm hoping Ewing will write more in this universe or keep going with the series.

Pacing. I struggled at the beginning up until 100 pages or so but after that the novel went quickly.
Besides that I did not have big problems with the series or this novel, it was a fun and unique series that I really enjoyed reading. I will be picking up more from Ewing in the future! :)

I recommend checking out this interesting YA fantasy series, it surprised me how much I liked it when I first picked the series up. It a solid and intriguing series.

My Rating:

4.5 Stars out of 5 Stars

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday # 143 and Wishlist Wednesday # 143

"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:

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of "how they first met" from some of today’s most popular YA authors. 

Readers will experience Nina LaCour's beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard's glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon's imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno's story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick's charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants. 

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

Release Date: 
January 2nd 2018 

My Notes:

I've been meaning to read more short story collections and this one sounds so cute! It has a lot of authors I like and some I would love to check out. Looking forward to picking this up!

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 Caroline's little brother is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can't help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can't see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they need a friend--and their best option just might be each other.

My Notes:

I'm currently reading this, it is in ARC form which shows you how long I've been meaning to read it. XD I was a fan of her first novel, The Truth About Alice, and so far I'm enjoying this one!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Teaser Tuesday #6 and Top Ten Tuesday, Top Ten New to Me Favorite Authors in 2017 #139

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by Purple Princess of The Purple Booker.

Here are the rules:

1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a page
3. Pick out 2 lines that are SPOILER FREE
4. Name the title, author, etc

'"You don't want anyone else to help." He sounds amused. "You'd rather die, smothered by a heap of due diligence files"
"Like you're not the same!" I retort." - The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella. Pg. 18.

The Broke and Bookish.

Top Ten New To Me Favorite Authors of 2017 #139
1. Ruth Ware. Mystery. 
Want to Read: 
2. Francesca Zappia. YA Fiction.
Want to Read: 
3. Angie Thomas. YA Fiction
4. Marjane Satrapi. Memoir.
Want to Read: 
5. Becky Chambers. Science Fiction. 
Want to Read: 

6.  Stephanie Garber. YA Fantasy.
7. Robin Roe. YA Fiction.
8. Sarah Nicole Lemon. YA Fiction.
9. Anna Kendrick. Memoir.
10. Elan Mastai. Science Fiction.

Monday, July 24, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #160


The Meme Comes From The Book Dare.

I only managed to read one book this week. :( But I'm happy I was able to read it because my life/work schedule was hectic. I doubt this week will be any different but I am trying to participate in the Booktubeathon, so fingers crossed!

Books I Read Last Week:

Odd & True by Cat Winters (ARC) - September 12th 2017

Number of Pages: 368

Currently Reading: 

Book-tube-athon TBR