Tuesday, September 19, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #49: Wild Beauty

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.


Title: Wild Beauty 
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore 
Expected publication: October 3rd 2017 
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Love grows such strange things.
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.


What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon



Monday, September 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #81: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List





Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List.

Shon's Pick

1. Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer 
2. Runebinder (The Runebinder Chronicles #1) by Alex R. Kahler
3. Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco
4. Into the Bright Unknown (The Gold Seer Trilogy #3) by Rae Carson


Tina's Pick
There are so many September releases I'm excited to try!

5. The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic by Leigh Bardugo (adore her stories!)
6. Invictus by Ryan Graudin (love his writing!)
7. Warcross by Marie Lu (simply have to check it out)
8. The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle (sounds intriguing!)

9. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (a retelling)
10. Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone (catchy right?)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #48: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.


Title: The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
Author:  Leigh Bardugo
Expected publication: September 26th
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings



Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves. 



What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday Reviews: Follow Me Back and Queens of Geek




Our August Top Ten Tuesday had me wanting to read more fan reading/fan fiction-writing type books. Here are two 2017 contemporary fanfic type books I picked up last week.



The first one is Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger. It is a lighthearted story about an agoraphobia girl, Tessa, who writes and tweets all things Eric Thorn. The pop sensational singer has enough of these obsessed fangirling fantasies and wants nothing more than to hide and write music. When he learns about Tessa's #ericthornobsessed tweets ranking number one on Twitter, he decides to confront her and make her stop writing fanfics about him. The story takes a funny turn and will completely take you by surprise. Rough intro but great hook at the end. Delightful read.



The second one is Queens of Geek by Jen WildeThree best friends takes a trip from Australia to America to attend the biggest nerd convention SupaCon. Charlie is a rising youtube star turned actress and is there at the con to promote her new indie zombie film. The other two friends Taylor and Jamie, have a blast cosplaying from their favorite fantasy franchise Queen Firestone. The story has me reminiscing my time at various cons myself and the intensity and buildup of fan culture. Love the movie and nerd references. Warm and fuzzy reading.





Tuesday, September 5, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday / Can't-Wait Wednesday #47: Moxie

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking The Spine.

Title: Moxie
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Expected publication: September 19th
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Matheiu, author of The Truth About Alice.

MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv's mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the '90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother's past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She's just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot! 



What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon

Monday, September 4, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #80: Ten Books We Struggled to Get Through (Or Didn't Get Through at All!)



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Ten Books I Struggled to Get Into But Ended Up Loving or Ten Books That Were A Chore To Get Through or Ten Books I've Most Recently Put Down (the theme is...books you had a hard time with...tweak it how ever you need)



Tina's Picks
Books I had to DNF
Either it was a cover buy or the blurb that caught my attention, in the end the story could not keep my interest

I enjoyed her 2017 release What to Say Next. I thought Tell Me Three Things will have a similar feel. Unfortunately, the main character is not relatable and her experiences were not believeable, I gave up after a few chapters.

I was excited to get back into the Passengers series. However, the story format was chaotic and the characters appearing in and out of the story confused me. I couldn't follow no matter how often I tried to reread the first chapters.

 It sounded funny. It was a little too close to home - loud, whiny, full of complaints, disappointments, and expectations. Immediate dnf. 

 Shon's Pick

Books I've To Put Down

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff - After reading a hundred or so pages, I was not drawn into the world or the story. I read a review, that said the story pick up after 200 pages but I wasn't willing to invest any more time into the story to see if that was true.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas - I have come to accept the fact that I am not a fan of Sarah J. Maas writing.

The Beginning: Marked and Betrayed (House of Night #1-2) by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast - This was a two in one book. I struggle to finish book one.

Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy - This was such a disappointment for me. I love Him and Us and I was eager to see how Jamie and Ryan story end but this was so bad I made it to the wedding reception and quit. I could not get invested into these new characters.

Twisted Palace (The Royals #3) by Erin Watt - Another disappointment for me because I enjoy book one and two so much.


Books That Were A Chore To Get Through

 Black Diamond (Stark Springs Academy #1) by Ali Dean
I don't know what happened, the book start off so promising and towards the end it kind of just fizzle out.

Double Black (Stark Springs Academy #2) by Ali Dean 
Basically, book 2 was just a set up for book 3. 

Black Ice (Stark Springs Academy #3) by Ali Dean
It was an end to a series.

Monday Reviews: Secondborn by Amy A. Bartol





Secondborn
Written by Amy A. Bartol (eBook)
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Page: 321
Rating: 5
of 5 stars
Review by: Tina



Synopsis

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.


Review

This was such a delightful find. It was listed under Goodreads' new August releases and wow am I impressed with this dystopian take. The first chapters pulled me into a tragic society of secondborns, who are disposable, used, and unwanted. Many of the lower class children are sent away by their families to become soldiers at ages 10-18. Roselle, a high society aristocrat, isn't any different. Raised unloved and under the watchful televised eyes of society, she eats when they tell her, sleeps when they tell her, dresses how they want her, and does everything she is told.

It was so heartbreaking to witness her "secondborn" treatment, yet she grew strong and no one can anticipate how much her soldier training prepared her for the brutal violent world she's entering at the age of 18.