Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday {28}

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Hey Everyone and welcome back to the blog. Sorry for the lack of posts so far this week. I've been traveling home from a mini trip with my mom and we're not back home just yet, BUT I do have a post for you today of an awesome book that I was lucky enough to get a chance to read already. It comes out just next week and I'll have a review up soon for it but I just couldn't wait to tell you about it until then. So let's get to this weeks book!

Perfect Ten by L. Philips
June 6th 2017

It’s been two years since Sam broke up with the only other eligible gay guy in his high school, so to say he’s been going through a romantic drought is the understatement of the decade. But when Meg, his ex-Catholic-turned-Wiccan best friend, suggests performing a love spell, Sam is just desperate enough to try. He crafts a list of ten traits he wants in a boyfriend and burns it in a cemetery at midnight on Friday the 13th.

Enter three seemingly perfect guys, all in pursuit of Sam. There’s Gus, the suave French exchange student; Jamie, the sweet and shy artist; and Travis, the guitar-playing tattooed enigma. Even Sam’s ex-boyfriend Landon might want another chance.

But does a Perfect Ten even exist? Find out in this delectable coming-of-age romcom with just a touch of magic.

Talk about cute right? Can't wait to tell you all more about this later on in the week. Thanks so much for stopping by and let me know in the comments what books you're most looking forward you!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stacking the Shelves {9}

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or from the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!

Stacking The Shelves is hosted over at Tynga's Reviews

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my blog. So this week I had a pretty awesome book week. I got the rest of my bookish mail where I had won another giveaway, this time for an ARC of How To Make A Wish, and I got a book from James Morris called Feel Me Fall for review! I'm also currently on road trip with my mom and picked up Alex & Eliza for her to read because she loves historical romances and once she's done reading hopefully I can get my hands on it! Of course I got some more approvals on Netgalley as well. I have a ton of books to show you, so let's get in to the books!

Physical Books

Firstlife by Gena Showalter
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
99 Days by Katie Cotugno

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca
How to Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz
Feel Me Fall by James Morris

Ebooks For Review

City of Miracles by Robert Jackson Bennett - Out Now
No Good Deed by Kara Connolly - Jul 18th 2017
Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis - Oct 3rd 2017

That is what I got in bookish things this week. Expect more reviews to come, I feel I've been upping my game when it comes to reviews lately. And let me know what you got this week in the comments below. I love to hear from you and see all the great books you've gotten! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
Publication Date: March 14th 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Age Group: Young Adult | Contemporary
Pages: 288

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Reese Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

I have never read a book that I have connected with one of the main characters so deeply as I did with Queens of Geek. In Queens of Geek we follow three friends. Charlie, who is a break out actress with a blossoming Youtube channel, Jamie, who is in love with pretty much all things comics, and Taylor, who's one life goal is to meet the author of her all time favorite book series. I'm sure it's pretty easy to pick out who I connected with most considering, hello, I love to read. But I feel like Taylor was so similar to myself in so many more different ways that I just had to keep reading.

Seeing Taylor have to work through not only panic attacks but also her social anxiety was kind of tough to get through because I know how those things feel. But being able to see, that with some support, she was able to get through everything that her anxiety threw at her, is a really hopeful thing to see. I know all to well how depression and anxiety works and I think Jen did a really great job at describing and expressing exactly what it feels like in those moments of an attack and what you think is going on in the world even though most of it is made up in your head.

If you're a fellow nerd, like myself, then you will have the most fun reading this book. There are so many nerdy references all through it! The way that things were mentioned made me really feel that these three kids were the ultimate nerds just like I am, and kind of made me proud to be such a nerd too. Seeing what they liked and how excited they were for a con and cosplaying made me just love them as smol little beans.

Now of course we know we have two love stories in this book. I did like one more than the other but I think that's because I connected with Taylor more. That's not to say that I did not love seeing Charlie's relationship too. I felt so proud for Charlie once she decided that Reese wasn't worth any more of her time. Also seeing Reese all throughout this book just made me angry for Charlie and I wasn't able to pretend to ever be a Chase stan. So when she see's Alyssa and you learn of Charlie's crush the whole time I just felt myself cheering her on. To watch what unfolds between the two and how it happens just made my heart so happy.

But then you have Taylor and Jamie. Oh such precious little creatures. These two have been friends for years and are essentially the same people. They both love Queen Firestone, Jamie supports Taylor through her tough mental breakdowns, and Taylor geeks out at all the things that Jamie loves. Seeing the two of them blossom and realize "Hey I'm not the only one crushing here" was just so, ugh, perfect. I also loved the fact that Charlie was rooting them on the whole time too.

To be completely honest I see myself having to reread this somewhere here in the near future. I have never read through a book that has made me want to highlight and tab specific things as much as this book had, just so I could go back and relive certain moments or certain things that were mentioned. I would suggest this book to absolutely everyone that has ever slightly considered themself a nerd. To be honest, you probably don't even need to be a nerd to appreciate these characters and their time at SupaCon. So needless to say, if you haven't read this book yet, go do it!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {27}

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Welcome Everyone and happy Hump Day! I hope you all are having a good week this week, man is it flying by. I thankfully am starting to have some good luck on my side and this week is going well for me. I know I cannot wait til the 30th for a LOT of book, but I've already told you all about them, so we're gonna move a little in to June with this next book. I've read so many books by this author and I cannot wait to get my hands on this, so let's get in to the book!

Once And For All by Sarah Dessen
June 6th 2017

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged, now that he's met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen's thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine. 

This just sounds so cute and I know I love pretty much every book that comes from Sarah so I will be grabbing this one asap, well I guess June 6th lol. Are there any books y'all are excited about? Let me know below!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Comic Book Readathon

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Hey Everyone! Welcome back to the blog or just plain welcome if you're new here. So I really liked sharing my read alongs with you earlier in the month as well as the Tometopleathon that I was part of. So when I heard about the Comic Book Readathon I just knew I wanted to fill you guys in on it too. This readathon is being hosted by Elliot Brooks and That Bookie from Youtube. They have created a facebook group (click that to see!) to join and the hashtag #comicbooksunday to use on Twitter so we can all keep in touch with each other during this time. So this readathon takes place Sunday May 28th and lasts a total of 24 hours! That's right 24 hours!! So the goal of this is to maybe read some comics, manga, or graphic novels you've been holding on to and just haven't had the chance to read yet. So I am deciding to not try to be too ambitious this readathon since we only have 24 hours and have decided I'll read 2 manga that I have and one of the 5 graphic novels I am in an omnibus.

I haven't yet started Haikyu yet but I have heard so many great things about it, so of course I grabbed the first  volume for this. Then I am about halfway through Dengeki Daisy and I just was so hooked but then got drawn up in other things, so hopefully this can pull me back in. Then we get to the beast in the middle. I have the Colossal Edition 1 of Attack on Titan which is of course 5 volumes. I'm just going to try to get through the first one for the time being. If I have more time I may move on, but I just feel that that may take up a lot of my time. So that's what I'll be reading this readathon, if you're joining feel free to comment below with what you plan to read, I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

Monday, May 22, 2017

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
Publication Date: October 4th 2016
Publisher: Penguin
Age Group: Young Adult | Contemporary
Pages: 391

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Ok so this review might be a little all over the place so please stick with my while I try and sort out my thoughts on this book. First, I have to say that I really did enjoy this book. I can agree with some people on how parts of the story are problematic, and I'll get to that, but as a whole I was entertained until the very end, and that's what I like to get from my books I read. I didn't think that the couple of problems with this book ruined it at all and I found the story to be cute, which again is something I want from my contemporary reads, and for once I wasn't able to predict everything that was going to happen before it happened.

Now being an overweight person myself, I have to say the way that Libby views herself is beyond relatable. I know that I've seen people that have a problem with how she views herself and about how often she thinks about her weight and the fact that she's supposed to be this force for self love at the same time. But come on, this is how a teenage girls brain works. Even now as an adult that's how my brain works. I go from one day hating everything about the way I look to the next thinking I'm the cutest thing in the world and everyone can just suck it. Maybe because I can put myself in her shoes it makes it easier for me to understand how her brain can work that way, but it's really accurate and spoke to me on a high level.

Oh Jack. I'm not sure where to start with Jack. I have to say even though he has know what, EVERY TIME I came to this word in the book it took me like 5 minutes to figure out how to pronounce it again, so I'm just not going to use it here. Anyway, even with Jack's neurological disorder I have to say he really is a douchey boy. Granted I felt some sympathy for him but then there were times he'd do or say something and I'd just think "Come on, Really?". But then again I can see that that is how he's supposed to be written and that's probably the reaction we're supposed to have with him.

Let's talk about the insta love for just a second. Sure that's usually a thing that happens with contemporaries, you meet someone and bam you're in love. Granted Libby and Jack knew each other before the insta love happened but you can literally see it suddenly happen where all of a sudden Jack looks different to Libby and he's a dreamy boy. It wasn't so glaring wrong that I wasn't able to move past it, but I do feel that that situation could have been handled a little differently. 

Back to Jack's neurological disorder. I still don't fully understand how it all works and how he's able to tell Libby apart from everyone else so easily. It does seem like a Love Cures Everything kind of deal but when I think about it, maybe love could cure prosp.....whatever. Maybe having that connection with someone, a connection so strong that you're not scared to look in to their eyes, can cause something else to fire in the brain that helps remember what their face looks like. So yet again, even though I can see this as being problematic, it still kind of makes sense to me and does add to the story.

All in all this was a  very enjoyable read. I loved getting to see Libby make that transition from homeschooled loaner to being more comfortable in her skin and going to a normal high school and trying to make friends and start a relationship. I enjoyed getting to follow Jack and see that maybe the douchey act he puts on is just a front because he has no idea how to act since no one really knows about his problem and he's too scared to really tell anyone. I am a sucker for contemporaries and the fact that this one touched on a couple hard topics made me an even bigger sucker for it. I'd recommend this to pretty much anyone looking for a good and entertaining read.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Stacking The Shelves {8}

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or from the library, review books, gifts, and of course ebooks!

Stacking The Shelves is hosted over at Tynga's Reviews

Welcome back everyone, I really hope your week went well. I cannot wait to get some of the bookish mail that I have coming to show you all what I've got (and one came just in time for this post!), but this week we're a little bit short of the books. So I went to Netgalley and decided to request a TON of books for review, and they came through! So let's get in to the books!!

So I was pretty proud of myself this week, I didn't buy any books! BUT I did win a giveaway for an amazing looking book and some earrings!!

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

For Review

Paradise Girl by Phil Featherstone - Out Now
Same Love by Tony Correia - Out Now
Digging In The Stars by Katherine Blakeney - Out Now

The Carver by Jacob Devlin - Out Now
The Unseen by Jacob Devlin - Out Now
None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio - Out Now

A Penny Lost by Aspen Bassett - Out Now
Internet Famous by Danika Stone - June 6th 2017
Girl on the Verge by Pintip Dunn - June 27th 2017

Dream Me by Kathryn Berla - July 11th 2017
She, Myself, and I by Emma Young - September 5th 2017
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller - September 5th 2017

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti - January 1st 2018

So that was my awesome week of books. Yet again I have a lot of reading to do and so little time! How was your haul this week? Please feel free to comment your STS below, I love seeing what everyone got over the week!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Review: It Had To Be You by Lizzy Charles & Giveaway

Friday, May 19, 2017

It Had To Be You by Lizzy Charles
Publication Date: May 15 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Age Group: Young Adult | Contemporary
Pages: 184

James Parson has a problem. His military dad is going to yank him out of his expensive boarding school if James doesn’t prove he’s no longer hooking up, pulling pranks, and charming his way out of consequences. What better way to show he’s now responsible than becoming the committed boyfriend of a U.S. diplomat’s daughter?

Level-headed, book-smart Edelweiss may have traveled the world thanks to her dad’s job, but when it comes to friends and boys, she knows exactly nothing. Newly enrolled in boarding school, Edel is now on a mission to learn it all. James says he’ll help her experience the ultimate high school life—if she’ll be his fake girlfriend. And fake is perfect, because he’s exactly the kind of player she’d never date.

Let me start with this, what a stinking cute story. I have to admit that I was hooked from the beginning. I'll be honest when I started this book I had a little bit of a hard time connecting with Edel, mostly because all I could think was she was this pretentious rich girl. Thankfully as the book went on I came to realize she was just a normal teen, and I also realized that I was judging her just like a normal teenager and I felt kind of bad for that. She's starting a brand new school, which she's never even been to school in the fist place! She just wants to have that normal teenage experience and this is basically her last chance before being thrown in to College Life and trying to adapt to that.

Also can we talk about the "meet cute". I am a sucker for a good meet cute whether it be in a book, on a show, or in a movie. Granted I would have been pretty upset had I been in Edel's position, but I think James saved it. I felt like I knew a little bit about how things were going to go with this, but then again I was pretty surprised with things that were happening. The whole time I was questioning things but I still kept wanting to read and keep figuring things out.

Yes, this book is extra cheesy, but isn't that what makes contemporary's what we love? I know personally that I really love cheesy contemporary books because it just makes me fall in love with the characters even more and gives me that butterfly feeling in my stomach. That is how I know I've found a good contemporary novel. Sometimes things seemed a bit convenient when twists happened, but I never lost that butterfly feeling with this book and I just felt that it was so cute I couldn't stop reading it.

If you are an avid contemporary reader I would suggest this from you. It is such a fun and easy read that just pulls you in and makes you want to continue to read it. It really is hard to put it down until you realize that it's over. I am so excited to know that this is technically a first book so I'm excited to see how the next novel will go and what will happen!

About The Author

Lizzy Charles writes young adult contemporary romance. She’s a tea fanatic, guacamole expert, and sushi lover. When she’s fixing lunches, dressing kids, or wiping pizza sauce off sticky hands, she escapes to La La Land and imagines all sorts of little love stories. Lizzy loves her daily dose of fitness and is also a RN so she can triage any symptom you send her way. Her best friend from high school is also her husband. Oh and she has a little pup named Professor Lupin who is pretty much the glue to the whole writing operation.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday {26}

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Hey guys and Welcome back to my blog! I hope you are all having an amazing week since it's finally hump day! I know that I cannot wait til the end of the week to get here and we are just one step closer today! So the book I'm bringing to you this week is a bit different than most things I write about, it's a huge mystery thriller book. I've been in a bit of a contemporary rut as of lately so when we finally get this one I'm hoping to kick that rut to the curb. So let's get to the book!

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
May 30th 2017

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Doesn't that just sound crazy!! I am super curious as to who done it and how it happened considering they're all in High School! Like what, that's just so crazy!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Library Loans {4}

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Welcome back Everyone! So I decided to run to the library to take some old books back that were due, and of course I couldn't help but take a look at what new stuff they have. Man was I lucky that I did because I got SO many books I've been dying to read PLUS some brand new ones that I keep hearing about and want to read so badly. I cannot wait to get to read these, but hopefully I'll finish a few other library books fist and then get to these ones. So let's get in to the books!

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
Kill All Happies by Rachel Cohn
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Pivot Point by Kasie West
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

So many good finds this week, I feel like I'm just going to hole up with all my library books now. Also has anyone noticed Library Bindings are so much LARGER than public print books? I see books that I've read and own and they're so much larger at the library than what I own, and I don't quite get it.