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's great.

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


  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


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!

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!
~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

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...


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!
~Liv the Book Nerd~

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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

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 not.


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!
~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.


     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 


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.


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,

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

{Guest Review: Alex} Two Great Fantasies || Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and Vicious by V.E. Schwab

I haven’t submitted anything to Liv’s blog since April but I have been reading a fair amount, actually. I’m going to review two books per submission and two submissions for a total of four reviews. I didn’t want to write long out thoughts on them, so I decided to compress and group them.

This group consists of Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and Vicious by V.E. Schwab. Both stories focus on supernatural powers and abilities. The novels are clearly fantasy. Both books were really enjoyable and fun to read. I’d recommend both to anyone in the mood for superpowers and fantasy elements in storytelling.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi 


  Rating: 4.7 Stars (4.5 for the audiobook)

  Page Count: 525
  Published on: June 27, 2017
  Published by: Henry Holt Books for Young    Readers
  Genre(s): Fantasy, YA, Fiction
  Age Rating: YA
  Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon
  Book Depository: {click here}

 Goodreads synopsis:

They killed my mother.

They took our magic.

They tried to bury us.

Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers and her growing feelings for an enemy.


     Avatar The Last Airbender meets Africa. If Aang was a teenage girl with white hair. And could control dead spirits. And shadows. But seriously, Tomi Adeyemi has created a compelling story featuring strong male and female characters, each with their own trials and shining moments. The characters deal with prejudice, from both sides of the issue. There are some unavoidable tropes, with the evil ruler and romantic pairings, but they were written wonderfully. I liked this book so much that Liv got me an ARC after I read it and I bought the audiobook. The narrator, Bahni Turpin, did a wonderful job. I probably would have rated the audiobook higher, but I primarily listened to it while I was at work. I might listen to the audiobook and follow along with the ARC at some point in the future.

      I am impatiently waiting for my pre-ordered copy of the sequel and would love to be chosen to receive an ARC of it too.

Vicious (The Villians #1) by V.E. Schwab

  Rating: 3.5 Stars

  Page Count: 366
  Published on: September 24, 2013
  Published by: Tor Books
  Genre(s): Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adult,      Paranormal, YA, Fiction
  Age Rating: 
  Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon
  Book Depository: {click here}

Goodreads synopsis:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. 


     It’s fun to see two supervillains fight each other. One thinks he is the hero. The other knows he isn’t.

     That is how I would describe Vicious. The book follows two college friends on their quest to make superpowers a reality. They figure out a method and then go separate ways. The ex-friends come head-to-head years later in an attempt to kill one another. Neither character is a good person and that’s okay. I think the biggest selling point is that there aren’t heroes. The series is called The Villains. Schwab isn’t trying to trick readers into thinking that there is a hero.

     The book was fun to read. It felt like a Marvel film. There was a supernatural backstory, interesting secondary characters, and a climactic final fight. And a sequel. And like Marvel movies, the main problem is that isn’t ambitious enough. The protagonist wins, there’s going to be another one, and the antagonist probably won’t come back. One of the antagonists at least. The comparison probably isn’t deserved since the book came out in 2013 and Marvel had just started Phase Two of the MCU. But with my first read through in 2018, I can’t help it.


Other Reviews by Alex: {click here}

Skate or be skated.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

{Review} The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

Page Count: 513
Published on: June 27, 2017
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre(s): Historical, YA, LGBTQIA+, Romance, Action/Adventure
Source: Hardback - personally purchased
Age Rating: 15+
TW: child abuse, alcoholism, abelism, racism
Where To Find ItGoodreads // Amazon
Book Depository: {click here}

My Rating: 3 stars

Goodreads synopsis:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


Hey, guys!

      While rereading this review, I felt like I had more to say. Here is a new and improved version of my review. I've kept some of my points, but I feel like my review makes more logical sense. I hope you enjoy!

      A few months ago (I know. I'm slacking.), I picked up The Gentleman's Guide To Vice & Virtue and I thought it was pretty good. I really enjoyed the characters and their characterization, but the plot just kind of lacked for me. I really enjoyed the diversity and historical elements to this story, but I really did not like the alchemy aspect of this book. It just didn't do anything for me. 

      The characters in this book were fairly well fleshed out. I really loved how their relationships developed throughout the book. Felicity and Monty are such siblings. I absolutely adored their relationship. They had such a modern relationship. I think that their sort of relationship is still very relevant today. I love how they learned to understand each other. It was really beautiful. I'm excited to see how their relationship develops in Felicity's book. Monty, alone, really annoyed me at first...however, it wasn't an angry annoyed feeling. I really loved how much of a turd he was. I saw such amazing potential for his character. I was excited to see if he'd accept himself and love himself. I really rooted for his relationship with Percy to flourish. Percy is such a perfect little cinnamon roll. I loved his character so much. I really loved how these three bonded and interacted with each other. They kept each other grounded and their banter and interactions were so fun to read. 

Monty was such a fun main character. I loved how sassy and flawed he was. His flaws really enhanced his character progression and growth. Not only that, but his narration style was so freaking great. I loved his sassy inner monologue and his rambunctious personality. His character might not be for everyone, but I loved him. 

     Monty's sister, Felicity, is a new favorite character. I loved how driven she was to pursue her own education. I can't wait to see what her character does next in book 2. She's such a boss. Felicity also shows some great growth by the end of the book. I love how she ended up interacting with Monty. I love their sibling dynamic; it's so genuine and real. Her friendship with Percy was freaking adorable too. 

      Percy is so freaking wonderful. He is such a cinnamon roll. I love his relationship with Monty. I was rooting for them the whole book. They're so oblivious of each other, it's kind of hilarious. I just love them a lot. I can't say much without spoiling the story. 

      Though these characters were so well thought out, the plot of this book really fell flat for me. It had the potential to be awesome, but I was kind of bored. I put this book down in the middle of March, picked it back up for a day in early May, and finished it in a day in mid-June. It's a fast read, but if you're not totally into the story, it will drag. 

      The alchemy aspect of this book really slowed down my progress. I just didn't like that aspect of the plot. I guess I just really wanted a character-heavy story. I mean, I really wanted a solid story, but I also just wanted more of Monty, Felicity, and Percy. I love them. 

      I honestly think that this is a personal issue with me rather than the book. For the last few years, I've had a really complicated love-hate relationship with historical fiction. Even if I love the characters, I end up disliking a historical book somehow. They just bore me and drag for me. If you love historical fiction and fantastic and diverse characters, you'll love this book. It just wasn't for me right now. I'm sure I'd love it once I get back into historical fiction. 

         The diversity in this book is fantastic. There is biracial representation, gay/bisexual representation, and there is a character who has to overcome the discrimination of an 18th-century viewpoint of epilepsy. It was just fantastically done. I do recommend. Though historical fiction isn't necessarily for me, it's definitely for someone else. 

      Overall, this book was just okay (for me). I know that other people adore this book, so I'm not going to say that it isn't good. It just wasn't for me. I'm not overly into historical fiction, but I did like this book. I will be reading The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy because I really enjoyed Felicity's character. I cannot wait to read more about her. 

Other Historical Fiction YA That I Love
I hope you enjoyed this review! Happy reading!
~Liv the Book Nerd~

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

{Tag} The College Book Tag

Hey, guys!

      If you've followed me consistently on my social media, you've probably read my complaints about how I've started school. I'm just going to be totally up-front with you all. I'm really struggling with fitting reading for fun in my school schedule. There's just so much to do. I'm the most involved with school this semester than I've ever been. (Hooray for having my own vehicle!) 

     Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know that I will probably blog infrequently until I get my crap together. I'm not sure when that will be, but my top priority is school right now. I'm paying to be here, so I'm committing. I think I said this last semester too. You guys know the drill. 

    I was going to originally post this the Tuesday of my first week, but it just didn't happen. This will be going up during my third week of school, so I hope you guys like this tag. I had a lot of time answering the questions. 


Required Reading

A book you bought because of someone else's recommendation

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I just recently bought a copy of The Book Thief by Marcus Zuzak because my best friend Maddie absolutely raves about it. My friend, Alice (@thereadinglitchi), is also a major Zusak fan. They have been raving about The Book Thief for such a long time, so when I went to Half Price Books last week, I decided to splurge and purchase a copy. 


On Reserve at the Library

Name a book you read and loved but don’t own a copy of

Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

I read this book from my local library back in 2014 and it was instantly a new favorite. I had picked it up on a whim. I hadn't even known about the movie. This story is so sweet and it made my little 16-year-old heart melt. Someday, I'll have to pick it back up again. 


Buying New

The most expensive book you’ve ever bought

the Bloomsbury Harry Potter box-set

I purchased this sometime last year during a BookOutlet sale. It was sooo cheap! I think it was $45 or something. I think I saved $70-90 because of BookOutlet. I just remember that it was cheap, but still quite expensive. I absolutely adore the Harry Potter books. These editions are stunning. 

Image result for bloomsbury harry potter box set

Buying New

Do you write in your books?

I only write in my school books. I rarely ever write in my fun books. I'll tab them, but I don't particularly like to annotate because I never really stick to it unless it's for academic reasons. 


A book you lent someone that they never returned.

Back in elementary school, I lent a friend a copy of my one of my favorite books. She moved schools and never gave it back to me, though she won't admit it. I'm not salty anymore, but I sure was at age 11. 


“Required Readings”

A book you’ve lied to people about reading

I don't really lie about reading books. However, I won't admit that I just skim boring books for my classes. A lot of the books that I read last semester were actually skimmed and SparkNoted. I would attempt to read them for hours and I just did not understand them. It was more productive to try to understand the story and skim for specific moments to read, rather than commit to something I didn't understand at all.


I hope you guys enjoyed this tag! It was really fun to do! 
To all my college student readers, good luck! You can do it! It is hard, but we will carry on and do our best!

Happy reading, all!
~Liv the Book Nerd~