Tuesday, October 16, 2018

{Review} West (East #2) by Edith Pattou

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Page Count: 528
Published On: October 23, 2018
Published By: HMH
Genre(s): Fantasy, YA, Romance, Retellings
Source: paperback ARC provided by the publisher
Age Rating: 12+
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon // Book Depository

My Rating: 4.5 stars 











Goodreads synopsis:


In the sequel to the beloved high fantasy East, Rose sets off on a perilous journey to find her true love when he goes missing in a thrilling tale of danger, magic, adventure, and revenge.

When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles—until a sudden storm destroys his ship and he is presumed dead. But Rose doesn’t believe the shipwreck was an act of nature, nor does she believe Charles is truly dead. Something much more sinister is at work. With mysterious and unstoppable forces threatening the lives of the people she loves, Rose must once again set off on a perilous journey. And this time, the fate of the entire world is at stake.


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Hey, guys!

I was graciously sent an ARC of West by Edith Pattou for an honest review. West is one of my most anticipated releases of 2018. The first book, East, came out about 15 years ago and it is one of my all-time favorite books. It's so beautiful. All thoughts and feelings surrounding this book are my own. Thank you HMH for sending me an ARC.


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      Reading West was so much fun. It gave me so many nostalgic vibes. I absolutely adored reimmersing myself in Edith Pattou's writing style. She writes so beautifully. It's very much like a traditional fairy tale. In East, Rose has to travel east of the sun and west of the moon to rescue her White Bear, Charles, from the Troll People. West follows Rose and the White Bear's story soon after their happily ever after. However, their lives are soon turned upside down when Charles's ship goes missing and he is reported dead. Rose is convinced that he isn't dead, so she goes on another adventure to find her White Bear. 

     West is a lovely combination of lyrical writing, a plot imbued with Scandinavian legends/myths/fairytales, fantastical adventures, and lovely characters that you cannot help but love. Rose is a such strong, independent, and inspiring character. It was so nice to get to spend time with her again. She's one of my all-time favorite characters. 

      I absolutely adored the multiple perspectives throughout this book. It was so nice to get to read from Neddy, Rose's Mother and Father, and Charles' perspectives. It was also so nice to get to know Rose's children. I love their family dynamic.  I also really love how the characters have developed since the ending of East

East will always hold a special place in my heart. Though West isn't as good as East, it is well worth the read. I'm so excited to have gotten to read it. Thank you so much HMH and Edith Pattou for sending me an ARC. I cannot wait for my finished copy to come in.

Don't forget to pick up the new edition of West too! I will be posting pictures of my preorders on my Insta-stories this next week once they come out. 



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Happy reading!
Olivia
~LivTheBookNerd~

Thursday, October 11, 2018

{Review} Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

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Page Count: 320
Published On: December 5, 2017
Published By: Henry Holt and Co.
Genre(s): Contemporary, YA, Romance
Source: paperback ARC provided by publisher
Age Rating: 13+
Where To Find It: Amazon // Book Depository

My Rating: 5 stars 











Goodreads synopsis

A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn't supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn't know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they're both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia's ever seen. As Claudia's world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.


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Hey, guys!

      Foolish Hearts has managed to become one of my favorite books of the year. I received a copy from the lovely Julia for Christmas 2017 and I finally read it in June. I absolutely adored every bit of this book. The characters were so well written and their stories were so compelling. There were so many great elements to this book. I really do not think I found anything particularly wrong with this book. 

     I absolutely adored the characters in this story.  I loved her friendships and the friendships that developed throughout the story. It was so much fun to see the characters grow and change. There was a lovely bromance, a beautifully done sibling relationship, and a wonderful romantic relationship that developed. 

     Claudia was such a great character. She was flawed and made some annoying/bad choices, but she was so sweet and realistic. Gideon was such a fun character too. I absolutely adored his humor. He is such a sweetie pie. I could read about Gideon forever. The romance that surrounds Gideon is so wholesome and adorable. I couldn't get enough of the romance in this book.

     The romance was, as I said, so wholesome and good. It wasn't an annoying insta-love situation. It built up really naturally and sweetly. It was a wholesome slow burn situation. 

    The nerdy characters and fandom culture is so nicely done. There's such a beautiful message about acceptance and friendship and it will really warm your heart. It's so beautifully fluffy and fun. I recommend it to everyone. If you love Emma Mills' books, but you haven't picked up Foolish Hearts; you should definitely pick it up!

Other Emma Mills Reviews

Happy reading!
Olivia
~LivTheBookNerd~


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

{Giveaway} Her Alpha Viking (Odin's Bastards) by Sheryl Nantus



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Hey, guys!

Today I'm bringing you an awesome giveaway for Her Alpha Viking by Sheryl Nantus! This is the first book in Sheryl Nantus' Odin's Bastards series and it looks really fun and interesting. I'm such a sucker for any story that has to do with Vikings and Norse mythology. I'm kind of on a kick. When Entangled Publishing agreed to let me host a giveaway, I freaked. This book just looks like so much fun! 

Goodreads synopsis:

Some loves are bigger than this world…

Former soldier Erik Harrison is a dead man walking. The sole survivor of an ambush, the guilt of losing his friends is crushing. He questions his own sanity, remembering the vision he saw as he was dying –– a battle angel come to collect his friends' souls.

Valkyrie Brenna Lund doesn't know why she failed in her duty to reap Erik's soul on the battlefield. He deserves his place with the other mighty warriors in Valhalla, and if she wants to return home, she has to kill him.

There are consequences for betraying the gods. But the closer Brenna and Erik become, the more they both want to risk everything for a future together. If only an immortal hunter weren’t sent to kill them both.

Page Count: 362
Published by: Entangled Publishing LLC
Published On: August 27, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Paranormal Romance
Where to Purchase: Amazon // Book Depository // Barnes and Noble

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 R U L E S 

* US only (sorry guys!) 
* This giveaway runs from October 9 to October 19
* Must be 18+ or have a parent's permission to enter 
* Winner will be contacted by email 
* All entries will be checked and confirmed for valid entry.
* Those who try to cheat the system will be disqualified from winning the prize.
* The winner will be personally contacted by me and their address will be shared with Entangled Publishing. Entangled will ship out your book soon after. 😊

I'm going to make this giveaway really easy. Just follow the steps on the Rafflecopter! Easy as pie!


Happy reading!
Olivia
~LivTheBookNerd~


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

{Giveaway} The Haunting of Sunshine Girl Series Giveaway!


Hey, guys!

Today I'm bringing you an awesome giveaway where I will be giving away the whole Sunshine Girl trilogy to ONE (1) lucky winner!


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Goodreads synopsis:

Something freaky's going on with Sunshine's new house... there's the chill that wraps itself around her bones, the giggling she can hear in the dead of night, and then the strange shadows that lurk in her photographs. But the more weird stuff that happens, the less her mom believes her. Sunshine's always had a quirky affiliation with the past, but this time, history is getting much too close for comfort...

If there is something, or someone, haunting her house, what do they want? And what will they do if Sunshine can't help them?

As things become more frightening and dangerous, and the giggles she hears turn to sobs and screams, Sunshine has no choice but to accept what she is, face the test before her and save her mother from a fate worse than death.

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R U L E S

* US only (sorry guys!) 
* This giveaway runs from September 30 until October 8! 
* Must be 18+ or have a parent's permission to enter 
* Winner will be contacted by email or Instagram DMs.* All entries will be checked and confirmed for valid entry.* Those who try to cheat the system will be disqualified from winning the prize.* The winner will be personally contacted by me (Liv the Book Nerd @livthebooknerd) for their address and information.* The prize will be shipped out within 2 weeks of announcement. It will come before Halloween 😊

This giveaway was first open to my IG followers


START DATE: SEPTEMBER 30, 2018END DATE: OCTOBER 7, 2018


How to Enter! 

Follow the steps on the Rafflecopter widget to enter!
There are different entries that you can earn. You don't have to do all of the things listed, but either way, you'll be able to enter. 

Extra Entries:
Step 1: Go to this picture on Instagram {click here}
Step 2: Follow the steps that are under EXTRA ENTRIES
~Comment (on the Instagram post) with your favorite spooky read or recommend me a spooky read
~ Tag 3 friends in the comments - 1 friend per comment. This can be done up to 3 times. 1 friend = 1 entry. There are 3 entries possible. 

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Happy reading!

Olivia
~LivTheBookNerd~


Sunday, September 30, 2018

September 2018 Reading Wrap Up + Currently Reading


Hey, guys!

I've been so freaking behind on reading. It's not even funny. I've only read 3 books this month and I'm emotionally dead. I wish I could read more, but school has taken over my life...it's great.

This is going to be a really short blog post, but here are the books I read this month. 


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  1. Mirage by Somaiya Daud
    • 4.7 stars
  2. The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond by Max Brallier
    • 3 stars
  3. Ruin and Rising (Grishaverse #3) by Leigh Bardugo
    • 5 stars
Favorite: Ruin & Rising 
Number of Pages Read: 982

Currently Reading

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Of course, I'm not reading these all at once, but I am in the middle of a couple of them. 
I'm currently 20 pages into Grim Lovelies, about 60% through Tower of Dawn, and Sasha Cade is my next read. 

What are you currently reading?


Happy reading!
Olivia
~LivTheBookNerd~

Saturday, September 29, 2018

September 2018 Book Haul

Hey, guys!

This month has been so busy and I haven't really had time to read or do anything that doesn't revolve around work, school, and my grades. It's kind of exhausting. However, I did manage to buy/acquire some books. Who's surprised? Not me. Here are the books I've managed to acquire this month!



  • A Court of Frost & Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5) by Sarah J. Maas (U.K. paperback)
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
  • Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn
  • #fashionvictim by Amina Akhtar
  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
  • Josh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
Of this list, I've only read ACOFAS. I'm excited to read the rest of these books. I don't have a lot of time to read for fun, but I'm eager to read during my school breaks. I'm so excited to get to my Fall Break.

Happy reading, guys!
Olivia 
~Liv the Book Nerd~

Friday, September 28, 2018

{Review} The Last Kids on Earth and the Cosmic Beyond (Last Kids on Earth #4) by Max Brallier

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Page Count: 240
Published On: September 18, 2018
Published By: Viking Books For Young Readers
Genre(s): Children's, Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy
Source: paperback ARC provided by publisher
Age Rating: 7+
Where To Find It: Amazon // Book Depository

My Rating: 3 stars 









Goodreads synopsis:

The newest installment in this New York Times bestselling series introduces new monsters, new bad guys, and tons of new laughs!
It's the first winter after the Monster Apocalypse. For Jack and his buddies, that means sled catapults, epic snowball battles, and one monstrous Christmas celebration. But their winter wonderland turns dark when a villainess begins hunting them. And this villainess is different--she's a human.

When the villainess steals Jack's prized monster-slaying tool, the Louisville Slicer, he vows to get it back. But it won't be easy. Jack and his friends soon discover that the Louisville Slicer is the key to a dark plan that threatens the entire world--and beyond...


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Hey, guys!

For some reason, my original review has gone missing, so I guess I'm rewriting it. 

This book was sent to me via ARC by the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

     This book follows a boy named Jack and his best friends during the winter after the Monster Apocolypse. After a mysterious villain shows up, the kid's progressing monster world is turned upside down when Jack's weapon is stolen. Jack and the gang vow to get his weapon back and defeat their new nemesis.

     I thought that this story was just so super cute. I wish I had been able to read the first 3 books, but I felt like it was still super easy to follow the plot even if I hadn't read the previous installment. I really enjoyed the main group of characters. They had a really fun dynamic and their teamwork is so fun to read about. I think that the characters are going to be a great team of role models for younger readers. 

      I also really enjoy the science fiction/fantasy elements of this story. The monsters are so much fun and the magical/dystopia elements really add a sense of depth to the world. I'm really interested in reading the first three books. They just look like so much fun. 

I hope you guys enjoyed this review! It's such a good book for kids ages 8-12. They're really going to love it! 

Happy reading!
Olivia 
~Liv the Book Nerd~

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

{Review} Maybe Not (Maybe 1.5) by Colleen Hoover

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Page Count: 120
Published On: December 22, 2015
Published By: Atria Books
Genre(s): New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Novella
Source: audiobook via public library 
Age Rating: Adult NSFW 18+ content 
Where To Find It: Amazon // Book Depository

My Rating: no rating - problematic - reread will happen later 











Goodreads synopsis:

Colleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday, brilliantly brings to life the story of the hilarious and charismatic Warren in this new novella.

When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.

Or maybe not.

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe not.

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Hey, guys!
I read this novella via audiobook and I'm actually kind of a fan, but not a fan. While I kind of love the characters, their actions really made me angry. I'm not sure if it is because of their actual actions or if my irritation stems from my dislike for the audiobook's narrator. Either way, I'll be doing a reread eventually.

This story follows two side characters from the Maybe duology by Colleen Hoover, Warren and Bridgette. While their stories are fairly interesting, the execution was not done well at all. I felt like Bridgette's back story was skimmed over, her feelings and trauma from former experiences was ignored, and the relationship that developed was not developed well or realistically.

If I had read this physically, I would have liked it much more. The narrator was really awkward to listen to, I didn't like the way she did the dialogue. She often changed tone and diction randomly and it just really irritated me. It wasn't done well.

While both of the main characters are really funny and witty, the lack of consent in this book bothered me. I'm not the biggest fan of Warren. I thought I liked him in Maybe Someday, but I’m just not a fan of him in Maybe Not. Maybe I just need to do massive reread. I wouldn’t be surprised. Though I didn’t like Warren, I felt like Bridgette’s character had promise. I really wish Hoover had focused on her trauma and backstory, but that didn’t happen. I also really loved the side characters, specifically Warren’s sister and her family. They were so well written and I just wanted a full book that centered on them.

While I enjoyed many aspects of this book – the pacing, (sometimes) the sex scenes, the banter, and the side characters; I really cannot get passed how problematic the book is. If there had been trigger warnings or content warnings, I would have probably rated this book 3 stars, but the content was just too questionable.



Other CoHo Reviews:


I hope you enjoyed this review! Happy reading!
Olivia 
~Liv the Book Nerd~

Thursday, September 20, 2018

{Guest Reviews by Alex} The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas & Erotic Stories for Punjabi Women by Balli Kaur Jaswal







This review pairing consists of Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Unlike the other stories, these novels are realistic fiction. The unifying theme of these novels is the message that culture and societal expectations affect how a person acts and how to express oneself within those constraints. The two also place a heavy emphasis on family cohesion and love for others within your family. These stories tackle more adult ideas and I would recommend waiting to read them until late teens. The stories make you think about your life and your impact on others, good and bad.



Page Count: 304
Published on: June 13, 2017
Published by: William Morrow
Genre(s): Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Age Rating: adult content
Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon
Book Depository: {click here}















 
Goodreads synopsis:

A lively, sexy, and thought-provoking East-meets-West story about community, friendship, and women’s lives at all ages—a spicy and alluring mix of Together Tea and Calendar Girls.

Every woman has a secret life . . .

Nikki lives in cosmopolitan West London, where she tends bar at the local pub. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she’s spent most of her twenty-odd years distancing herself from the traditional Sikh community of her childhood, preferring a more independent (that is, Western) life. When her father’s death leaves the family financially strapped, Nikki, a law school dropout, impulsively takes a job teaching a "creative writing" course at the community center in the beating heart of London’s close-knit Punjabi community.

Because of a miscommunication, the proper Sikh widows who show up are expecting to learn basic English literacy, not the art of short-story writing. When one of the widows finds a book of sexy stories in English and shares it with the class, Nikki realizes that beneath their white dupattas, her students have a wealth of fantasies and memories. Eager to liberate these modest women, she teaches them how to express their untold stories, unleashing creativity of the most unexpected—and exciting—kind.

As more women are drawn to the class, Nikki warns her students to keep their work secret from the Brotherhood, a group of highly conservative young men who have appointed themselves the community’s "moral police." But when the widows’ gossip offers shocking insights into the death of a young wife—a modern woman like Nikki—and some of the class erotica is shared among friends, it sparks a scandal that threatens them all.


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     Goodness, some of the stories by the widows are raunchy. After getting past the title and first impressions, I was left with a story of community and fitting in with expected social roles. It also turned into a mystery novel partway through. I can’t complain though, I was compelled to keep reading. I think I read the book in a couple long sessions. The erotic stories themselves are diverse enough to believably be from multiple writers with varying interests. The book entertaining, funny, and at times, suspenseful. The novel is obviously not for everyone, and should not be read by everyone. If the story were adapted for film, the MPAA would rate it either PG or R. Older teens and up should be mature enough to read Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows and enjoy it.



The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

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Rating: 4.3 stars


Page Count: 444
Published on: February 28, 2017
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction
Age Rating: YA
Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon
Book Depository: {click here}












Goodreads synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.



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The family is adorable. I love their interactions. No character makes the “right” choice every time. People have to live with their actions and the actions of others. There are so many societal expectations and different situations that characters must navigate in an attempt to fit in. The idea of wearing different faces for different circumstances is prevalent in the novel. So is the idea of doing what you must to provide for yourself and family. Thomas is not afraid to shy away from the harsh realities facing POC in America right now. I look forward to seeing the movie later this year.


Other Reviews by Alex: {click here}


Keep ya head up,
Alex