Tuesday, October 17, 2017

{Review} Siege & Storm(The Grisha #2) by Leigh Barudgo

Page Count: 435
Published on: June 4, 2013
Published by: Henry Holt & Company
Genre(s): Fantasy, YA, Romance
Source: Paperback - borrowed from Julia
Age Rating: YA
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her--or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.


Hey, guys!

     I read this book a couple months ago back when I actually had time to read and it was one of my favorite books that I read. I desperately miss the Grishaverse and I cannot wait to read more after this semester ends. Siege & Storm follows Alina and Mal after the end of Shadow & Bone and continues on with their magical and politically driven adventure. I absolutely loved this book. Leigh Bardugo has such a magical ability to create such an interesting and addicting world and amazing characters that I can't help but love. 

     Once again, I'll sound like a broken record when it comes to Bardugo's books. Her writing style is so addicting to read. She has such fantastic ability to create a rich, dark, and intriguing world and magic system that I want to know more about. I just adore every element of this book. It was a bit slower than Shadow & Bone, but there was so much tension as the book progressed, so that is probably why.

      I loved the new character, Nikolai, that was introduced. He is so dreamy and I hope he doesn't end up to be an ass. He's so complex and interesting and I cannot wait for the series that is being developed about him. I need it tomorrow. I still cannot help but love the Darkling. He's such a fantastic villain. I need more about him. I (not-so) secretly hope for a great character arc. He and Alina are just a massive ship for me. I want it. Mal can choke. I still cannot stand him. He's no good for Alina. No thank you. Alina is so complicated and fantastically written. I adore her character.

Okay you're going to hate me for using the world "complex" again, but it's my go-to for this review, I suppose. 

The political aspects of this book are so rich and complex and I just get so caught up in the politics of the war. I need more and I cannot wait to read more about it. The issues that these characters are facing are so fascinating and I cannot wait to finish this series, but yet I don't want to at all! Ah this will be so bitter sweet!

My Review of Shadow & Bone: {click here}
My Review of Six of Crows: {click here}

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Monday, October 9, 2017

{Except Reveal} Seize the Day (Forget Tomorrow #3) by Pintip Dunn

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      If you've followed my blog for a while, then you've probably read my reviews for Pintip Dunn's awesome thriller novels: The Darkest Lie and Girl On the Verge. They're both awesome thriller/mystery YA novels that I highly recommend.

      Today, I'm sharing with you all an excerpt from her latest release, the final installment in her Forget Tomorrow series, SEIZE TODAY! The Forget Tomorrow trilogy is a science fiction/dystopia YA series that follows seventeen-year-old Callie who's been arrested for a crime she hasn't committed yet. Callie lives in a futuristic world where people eagerly await a "vision" that will determine their place in society. When Callie is arrested for a crime that she is supposedly supposed to commit, she is put into a horrible prison run by the government. With the help of an old friend, Callie escapes and is on the run.

Seize Today was released on October 3, 2017, by Entangled Teen. 



Conclusion to the New York Times bestselling and award-winning series, Forget Tomorrow. 

Seventeen-year- old Olivia Dresden is a precognitive. Since different versions of people’s futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn’t have to believe in human decency. She can see the way for everyone to be their best self-if only they would make the right decisions. No one is more conflicted than her mother, and Olivia can only watch as Chairwoman Dresden chooses the dark, destructive course every time. Yet Olivia remains fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be. 

But when the chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, the striking and strong-willed boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia sees a vision of her own imminent death…at Ryder’s hand. Despite her bleak fate, she rescues Ryder and flees with him, drawing her mother’s fury and sparking a romance as doomed as Olivia herself. As the full extent of Chairwoman Dresden’s gruesome plan is revealed, Olivia must find the courage to live in the present-and stop her mother before she destroys the world.


Excerpt of Seize Today by Pintip Dunn

Eleven years earlier…
I pull the lever of the cage, switching the tunnel onto a different track, trying to confuse the mice.
I know exactly how the future will play out, of course. I know which mice will fall down the trap and which ones will smack into the see-through glass wall. I know which mice will get hopelessly lost. I even know which ones will run the maze correctly on the very first try.
I like watching them anyway. They wriggle over one another like worms, and their whiskers twitch when they're at a corner between two paths. But what I like most is how they come to me when I call.
Picking up a mouse, I run my fingers over its soft fur and warm body. It looks at me with unblinking pink eyes, and I think it could be my friend.
Of course, I can see which mice will come, so I know which ones to call. Rodents are predictable like that. Humans, not so much. They have too many wants, too many feelings. I don't see any one future for people. Rather, I see them all—every single pathway their futures might take, flickering before my eyes.
So I have to guess which of my human classmates will want to play with me. Most of the time, I guess wrong.
"Are you bothering my mice again?" a little boy's voice says. "Fates, Livvy. How many times do I have to tell you? Leave them alone!"
Startled, I let go of the mouse and look up at Tanner Callahan, the other six-year-old who hangs around the scientists' labs. I'm here because my mom's the head of the Future Memory Agency, or FuMA, and he's here…I guess ’cause he has nowhere else to be.
He's got black hair that pokes up in the back, and his skin sticks too closely to his bones. I thought this meant he wasn't eating enough, but MK, our child-minder, said that grief over his parents' deaths had burrowed holes through his resources.
This makes me think of the mice digging through the straw, and my chest aches. I flash forward to his futures. He still has hundreds of branches remaining, but in most of them, one thing is the same: he will be sad and lonely until he kisses our classmate Jessa ten years in the future.
I don't know why kissing should change anything. But I do know how it feels to be lonely and sad.
We don't have to be like this. I could be his friend. I just have to figure out the right thing to say.
"Jessa and I are going to rule the world one day." It can't hurt to bring up the girl he smushes lips with. Maybe if he thinks she and I are friends, he'll like me, too. "You know Jessa, right? The girl with the teardrop eyes? She's my best friend." Not true. I think Jessa only talks to me because she’s nice. But he doesn't have to know that.
"Oh yeah? Well someday, I'm going to be the inventor of future memory," he shoots back. "And then we'll see who's more important."
I bite my lip. That wasn't what I meant. I wasn't trying to brag or compare or compete. The futures containing our friendship begin to fall away, one by one. I guessed wrong once again.

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Author Biography:
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Pintip’s novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. It is also a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, the MASL Truman Award, and the Tome Society It list. In addition, THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, SEIZE TODAY, and GIRL ON THE VERGE.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

{Review} Kiss Me In New York by Catherine Rider


Page Count: 200
Published on: October 3, 2017
Published by: KCP Loft
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Paperback - via publisher 
Age Rating: PG
Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon // Book Depository

My Rating: 3 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

It's Christmas Eve at JFK in NYC.

Charlotte is a British student, waiting for a flight home after the worst semester of her life. Anthony is a native New Yorker, surprising his girlfriend at the airport after three months apart. Charlotte has just been dumped, and Anthony is about to be dumped, right in the middle of the holiday crowd. 

Charlotte's flight is canceled when a blizzard blows in, and Anthony can't bear to go home. So, they set out into the city together, clutching a book Charlotte picks up in the airport gift shop: Ten Easy Steps for Getting Over Your Ex. For this one night, they'll focus on healing their broken hearts ... together. 

Step-by-step, the two struggle to put the past behind them. But the snow is so enchanting, and the holiday lights are so beguiling, that soon their shared misery gives way to something else. Soon, they're not only over their exes --- they're falling for each other. 

Then a subway ride splits them up by mistake. Will they reunite before Charlotte's flight leaves New York forever?


Hey, guys!

This book was sent to me by KCP Loft for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion or thoughts about the book. Thank you, KCP Loft!

      Kiss Me In New York follows British foreign exchange student, Charlotte. Weeks before Christmas, Charlotte is dumped by her American boyfriend and fast forward to Christmas Eve and she's still reeling. While waiting in the airport for her delayed flight, she encounters Anthony, a newly dumped individual. The two decide to have a Christmas Eve adventure that revolves around following the 10 steps outlined in the book Charlotte bought on a whim that promises to help her get over heartbreak. Over the few hours that they are together, they become friends and maybe even more than friends.

    I'm totally a sucker for cheesy romance novels, but this one was just not my cup of tea. The plot lacked any kind of depth, the characters were so boring and flat, there was much too insta-attraction/love, and a large lack of originality. I am just not a big fan of this novel. I really enjoyed the Christmas-time in New York setting, but that is the only thing I really enjoyed. 

     Kiss Me In New York takes place over a period of twelve hours and during those hours the characters basically "fall in love with each other". I'm sorry that's a bit of a spoiler, but did you really not see it coming? While reading this book, I didn't realize how short of a period it was. At first, I liked how Charlotte and Anthony got to know each other. I thought that their feelings could potentially be realistic, but once I realized how quickly their friendship actually progressed, I really wasn't feeling it. I feel like this could have been a really cute story if the characters had actually taken a couple months to adventure and get to know each other, but there is no way that they could have truly known each other in such a short time. I know this is fiction, but even in fiction novels, I want there to be at least some semblance of common sense. I just cannot believe that insta-love is a thing anymore. When it comes to love, I think there needs to be a correct representation of falling in love. You can't fall in love with someone in twelve hours. Email me if I'm wrong and I'll revise my statement, but I really doubt I can be convinced. 

      Overall, this book lacks depth, character development, originality, realistic emotions, however, it was really entertaining and I liked how cheesy it was sometimes. I do not think this is the best holiday contemporary by far, but it wasn't the worst that I've read. It lacked the vibes that I would hope for in a Christmas-y novel.

Other KCP Loft Books You'd Love:

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

September 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Hey, guys!

     I've had such a busy September and October looks to be just as busy. I spend at least 40 hours on campus whether I'm in class, studying, or working; so it's basically a full-time job sometimes. Not to mention, the time I'm not on campus I'm usually working on homework for hours. I know I spent the majority of this past weekend working on homework as well, so there's barely any time to actually read for fun or even write book reviews, so excuse my absence. I'm not sure when I'll be back to writing reviews consistently. I'll try to get more reviews out, but homework and school come first. I hope you all understand. 

Here are the books I read this month....

  • The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood 
    • 4.5 stars
    • I loved this book. I read it for my literature class and it's probably one of my favorite books that my professor has chosen so far. I love her classes.
  • Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
    • 5 stars
    • Oh my gosh! This book was fantastic! I can't wait to review it for you all. These books just keep getting better and better. 

Number of Pages Read: 847
Favorite Book Read: Queen of Shadows
Number of Sponsored Reads: 0
Number of Non-Sponsored Reads: 2

Number of School Texts: 1

This doesn't count the hundreds of pages I've had to read for my classes, but just know that I've had to read a crap-ton. 

Other Books I've Skimmed/Half Read/Currently Skimming/Reading:
  • The Odyssey by Homer
    • books 1,2, & 23 read 
  • Groundwork of Metaphysics by Immanuel Kant
    • skimmed and finished
  • Revolutions of the Atlantic World by Wim Klooster
    • read and skimmed for a paper
  • Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
    • currently reading/skimming for class
  • Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser
    • currently reading for a class
  • Beowulf
    • currently reading for my Lit class 
  • Technopoly by Neil Postman
    • currently reading off and on for a class

I only enjoy a fraction of the books I read for class, but what can you do? I'll get through this semester. 

Happy reading, everyone!

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

{DNF Review} Trust (Between the Lions #1) by Jodi Baker


Page Count: 296
Published on: October 3, 2015
Published by: BookBaby
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy, Supernatural, Mythology, Fantasy, YA, MG 
Source: Paperback - via publisher
Age Rating: YA
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon

My Rating: 1 star - DNF

Goodreads synopsis

TRUST is a young adult, mythological, urban fantasy thrill ride about the darkly fantastical, supernatural Museion that has secretly protected humanity’s greatest treasures for millennia, and Anna, the sixteen-year-old New York girl who is the unknowing Heir to it all:

That’s what the voice inside my head kept repeating when I woke up between the infamous lion statues of the New York Public Library, with no idea how I got there and no memory of the last year of my life.

The only person I ever trusted was my mother, who lied about everything.

I want to trust myself, despite my missing memories. But hearing a voice inside my head obviously isn’t a good thing, especially since it know things I don’t… like how to speak Ancient Sumerian, the fact that yellow-eyed people aren’t actually people, and that my mother’s Egyptian ankh necklace was the key to unlocking the truth she was hiding:

I’m the last in a long lineage of powerful women whose secrets date back to the ancient Library of Alexandria.

I’m fighting like hell to stay alive while searching for both my missing mother and the truth, desperate to find something or someone I can trust.


Hey, guys!

    I was sent Trust quite a while ago, but because of school, book slumps, and failed attempts at even starting. I haven't had the chance, lately, to just sit down and power through it. I was sent this book after helping the author promote the release of her book through a giveaway and guest post. She and her agent sent me a book a few weeks after the giveaway. I this book really intrigued me. I love mythology and I love the mystery behind the library of Alexandria, but this book just was not for me. 

    Trust follows a sixteen-year-old girl, Anna as her life is turned upside down through paranormal and supernatural events after her mother goes missing. Anna begins to hear a mysterious voice in her head ...who can speak ancient Sumarian and knows about her ancient bloodline. As Anna continues to discover more and more about her family, she begins to doubt that she can trust anyone she comes across.

      This book has a great premise, however, I did not like it much at all. I read the first 30% of the book, but I really just could not get into the book. I usually give a book about 40-50 pages before I DNF it, but I really was hoping for Trust to pick back up. I have tried to start this book three or four times, but I didn't get into it. I thought it was just a timing issue, but I really do not think that is the case. This book just was not for me. 
     As I started this book and got a decent chunk read, I realized that I really did not like how the characters were established. I didn't like their personalities and I just didn't care about what was happening to them. Not to mention, I really did not care for Baker's writing style.The way she wrote the dialogue to any scene, the constant rambles, the random monologues. It just wasn't interesting to me and I just found all of the characters to be annoying. Everything was described vaguely and even moments that I figured would have more substance to them lacked everything I would hope for. 

    This book was just not for me. I think that this book could be marketed for the middle grade genre. The writing style lacked the depth of what I would expect from a young adult novel. I expected something with some Percy Jackson vibes, but...no.

Happy reading!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

{Review} Night Shift by Debi Gliori

Page Count: 32
Published on: January 12, 2017
Published by: Hot Key Books
Genre(s): Sequential Art, Graphic Novel, Children's, Picture Book, Mental Health
Source: Hardback - via publisher
Age Rating: YA
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

'Debi Gliori is amazing. Her pictures offer people an insight into depression that words often struggle to reach. She makes visible the invisible. And I for one want to thank her for that.'
- Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive

A groundbreaking picture book on depression with stunning illustrations.

With stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori examines how depression affects one's whole outlook upon life, and shows that there can be an escape - it may not be easy to find, but it is there. Drawn from Debi's own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope, Debi hopes that by sharing her own experience she can help others who suffer from depression, and to find that subtle shift that will show the way out.

'I have used dragons to represent depression. This is partly because of their legendary ability to turn a once fertile realm into a blackened, smoking ruin and partly because popular mythology shows them as monstrous opponents with a tendency to pick fights with smaller creatures. I'm not particularly brave or resourceful, and after so many years battling my beasts, I have to admit to a certain weariness, but I will arm-wrestle dragons for eternity if it means that I can help anyone going through a similar struggle.'

Hey, guys!

      I was sent this stunning picture book for an honest review from Hot Key Books and I'm so glad that they contacted me to read this. This book is so inspirational and it revolves around such an important topic that should be discussed with all age groups. 

      Night Shift is a gorgeous picture book about the author, Deb Gliori's, struggle with depression. Throughout the book, Gliori's illustrations and story personify her struggles in order to explain the impact that depression can have on a person. Through her art and her testimony at the end of the book, Gliori captures how mental illness can impact a person psychologically, physically, and emotionally. 

     I really thought this book was beautiful. Gliori's illustrations were not only beautiful, they were impactful and inspiring. As someone who does not have depression and has never experienced the full impact of what it can do, I thought this book really informed me of what others face everyday. Her journey through her hardships really spoke to me and her message of hope and healing was so beautiful.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. This revolves around such an important topic that I think children of all ages are capable of understanding. I'm so excited to share this book with everyone. 

Happy reading!

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