Thursday, November 1, 2018

October Wrap-Up and November TBR

During October, I read a total of 11 books.

So this past month, I had just gotten out of a reading slump so I had high expectations for myself which I did not end up reaching. I did complete two of my top books that I was looking forward to reading this month: Sadie by Courtney Summers and City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab. I also ended up picking up Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.

Then I finished 6 issues of Lumberjanes and two other graphic novels, Ghosts by Rainer Telgemeier and Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson.

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In the month of November, I still have a desire to read creepy thriller or horror books, but I also want to tackle some Fantasy books for the Fall Into Fantasy Readathon (more news on that later). So I don't really have a select selection of books I want to read during this month, just books in those genres.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Spookathon 2018 Wrap-Up


So I stumbled upon this wonderful readathon, and got really excited to participate because I was and still am in the mood for spooky reads right now, so it's a challenge I thought I would be able to complete.

It was created by Lala, and I know this isn't the first year that it has occurred, but I don't know how long it has been going on. It happened from the 15th of October to the 21st, and there were five challenges to complete.

The challenges and the books I had planned to read for the challenges are as follows:
1. Read a Thriller: #Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil
2. Read a Book with Purple on the Cover: Olive and the Backstage Ghost by 
3. Read a Book Not Set in Our Time Period: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
4. Read a Book with a Spooky Word in the Title: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
5. Read a Book with Pictures: Catacomb by Madeleine Roux

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The only one that I completed was City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab, and I had started both Olive and the Backstage Ghost and Catacomb.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

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Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie's story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie's journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it's too late.





Pages: 311
Format: Audiobook
Published By: Wednesday Books/MacMillan Audio
Narrators: Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, Gabra Zackman, and Full Cast
Genre: YA - Mystery, Contemporary

Rating:
✮✮✮

Review:
I cannot even begin to express how amazing Sadie is. I would highly recommend that you listen to the Audiobook version because there is a full cast, and it's fantastic the way the book is written with a podcast because in the audiobook, it really sounds like real interviews and you will not get that experience when reading the book. It really brings the story to life.

Sadie is told in a dual POV, one which is Sadie's view and the other which is a podcast that happens after the events. Sadie's sister as murdered, and Sadie goes after the killer when justice isn't given for her sister. West McCray, the podcaster, hears about Sadie's story, and follows the story to try to find out what happened to her.

Courtney Summers has created characters that are very real, the world in which Sadie lives is a world in which people live in today. It makes the book easier to relate or just be drawn to. Sadie is filled with darker themes, so be wary of that when you pick up this book.

I will say this book does leave some unanswered questions, but it is very intentional with how the author ends the book, but it works because of how this book is set-up and told. I would highly recommend this book if you are a fan of YA in general, especially if you love Mysteries. I would also highly encourage picking up the audiobook.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Spookathon TBR


So I stumbled upon this wonderful readathon, and got really excited to participate because I'm in the mood for spooky reads right now, so it's a challenge I think I will be able to complete.

It was created by Lala, and I know this isn't the first year that it has occurred, but I don't know how long it has been going on. It is happening from the 15th of October to the 21st, and there are five challenges to complete.

The challenges and the books I am planning to read for the challenges are as follows:
1. Read a Thriller: #Murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil
2. Read a Book with Purple on the Cover: Olive and the Backstage Ghost by 
3. Read a Book Not Set in Our Time Period: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
4. Read a Book with a Spooky Word in the Title: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
5. Read a Book with Pictures: Catacomb by Madeleine Roux

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Where Have I Been?

For the past few months, I have been AWOL because I had a lot going on in my life. I got a new job in a second shift position which really disrupted my reading schedule, and I have also been dealing with personal health-related concerns in my own life and with my best friend.

So since the end of May/beginning of June, I haven’t read anything which has been very disappointing since reading is something I do to escape from the world and the worlds problems for a few hours to get a breather.

Yesterday, I was finally able to get back into reading, and hopefully will slowly become a little more active on my blog again to start with. This is mostly because I am only able to use my phone while I wait for my new laptop to arrive.

Just a quick little insight into what I plan to read or attempt to read during the month of October are some horror-filled or suspenseful thriller novels starting with Sadie by Courtney Summers. I also plan to finish a MG novel at some point during the month which is the book that got me back into reading.

Monday, October 1, 2018

October TBR

I have not read any books since June, so I have no wrap-up for the previous month.


In the month of October, I am going to try to tackle some of my most anticipated spooky/horror books that I want to read.

Here is a look at the few books that are on the top of my TBR for this month.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Goodreads Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

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This summer I tackled the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge, which you can find by clicking this link here: Summer Reading Challenge. There were two different challenges depending on if you want to do the Beginner Level or the Expert Level - I personally did the Beginner Level, because I had a lot happening this summer, and didn't have as much time to read for the Expert Level Challenge. So my summer started back in May, so personally, I started this challenge this Monday, May 21st, and I am ending on Friday, August 31st.

I did something a little different with this challenge, because there were so many categories to read and because of the time restrictions that I had over the summer, I did this challenge as a combined challenge for my YA and Adult books. This will also be posted over on my Adult blog.

So here are the requirements and books I completed for the challenge:

Summer-Related Tasks:
Into the Great Wide Open: Read a book that takes place out in the great wide open ~ One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
Get Your Grill On: Read a book that features summer recipes or outdoor summer activities
Colors of Summer: Read a book that features a yellow, green, or sandy cover
Beach Bum: Read a book that could be considered a "beach read"
Sand Between My Toes: Read a book that takes place in or around a beach/ocean
Ocean Blue: Read a book that takes place on the water
Hook 'Em: Read a book that features fishing or fisherman ~ Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Sports-a-holic: Read a book that features a popular summer sport
Campfire Story: Read a book that scares the crap out of you
One and Done: Read a book that you can finish in one day ~ Reignited by Colleen Houck


Tasks to Stretch Your Comfort Zone
Let's Get it On: Read a book that features falling in or out of love
Take Pride: Read a book written by an LGBTQIA author or that features an LGBTQIA character
Read the World: Read a book that takes place in a country - or about a culture - other than your own ~ Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Diversify Yourself: Read a book by an author of color
You Have a Lovely Accent: Read a book that was translated from another language
Won't Be Long: Read a collection of short stories or essays
Poet at Heart: Read a book of poetry ~ Light Filters In by Caroline Kaufman
My, What Big Teeth You Have: Read a book that puts a spin on a well-known fairytale
High Noon: Read a classic or contemporary western
TBRing: Read a book from the bottom of your TBR pile
Unshelve It: Read a book that's been sitting on your Goodreads Shelves for a while
Childhood Reboot: Read a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel ~ My Lady's Choosing by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris
Listen to Me: Listen to an audiobook ~ Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

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As you can see, I did not complete a lot of books for the challenge, and I don't feel horrible about not completing this one - maybe next year, I will attempt to complete this challenge again.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Review: Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

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New Year's Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come.

After Rennie's death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn't left with Reeve... If Kat had only stayed with Rennie... Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same.

Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes?





Pages: 387
Format: Audiobook
Published By: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers/Simon Schuster Audio
Narrators: Joy Osmanski, Madeleine Maby, and Rebekkah Ross
Genre: YA - Contemporary, Romance
Series: Burn for Burn

Rating:
✮✮✮

Review:
Ashes to Ashes was a nice strong conclusion to this series, and although I had my issues with the book regarding a certain paranormal aspect, I could appreciate that the story was well written and somewhat well delivered. This was my least favorite of the series, and I felt that I had many concerns with how this book ended.

Here's the thing about this series, where I felt it went wrong for me. In my review of the first book, I mentioned that I might have enjoyed this when I was younger, and I definitely feel that way after finishing this series. Not only because of my first thoughts before picking up this series, but after the paranormal aspect that was introduced into this series. I wasn't expecting it, and I really didn't like it, partly because I don't read paranormal books as much anymore, but also partly because I was hoping for a good summery contemporary only read - which was what I was expecting, which was obviously not delivered.

My feelings about the characters were much more in line with how I felt about them in the last book, nothing really changed in that regard. I liked Lilia and Kat, although some moments Kat irritates me. Although, I really enjoyed seeing both of them grow throughout the final book. Mary is the one character I absolutely cannot stand in this book - and you'll understand yourself if you have read the ending of this book.

Overall, I was even more disappointed with the path this book/series took, and although, I did enjoy the series overall - I would not read it again. I do look forward to reading more from both Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, and I hope that I enjoy their other books more.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

June Wrap-Up and July TBR

In the month of June, I read a total of 2 books.


So compared to last month, I slowed down considerably, which was expected. I also listened to a lot of adult audiobooks this month, which is flipped from my normal reading habits - I usually get to more YA books compared to Adult books.

The two books that I finished this month were the final two audiobooks in the Burn for Burn trilogy, Fire with Fire and Ashes to Ashes. I overall really enjoyed this series, but I was not as impressed with how the series concluded. I have reviewed Fire with Fire, but I have not reviewed Ashes to Ashes.

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In the month of July, there are a few books that I would love to get done, but my Adult TBR is really long and at this moment, I am feeling my Adult books more than I am my YA books, so July might look very similar to June. 

There are four ebooks that I have started and would like to finish this month if I get to them, and they are Beneath the Sugar Sky, MARY: Unleashed, I Am Still Alive, and Daughter of the Burning City.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Blitz + Excerpt, Playlist, and Giveaway: Superhero High by T.H. Hernandez


Superhero High
T.H. Hernandez
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Publication date: July 5th 2018
Genres: Adventure, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old Annarenee Stevens is the sole member of her family without a super power. The only time she feels powerful is in the pool. With her sights set on swimming for U.C. Berkeley, she’s ready to win it all at the State championship and secure her future.
When the government unexpectedly ends the secret Genetically Enhanced Asset (GEA) program, Annarenee is uprooted from Dayton, the only home she’s ever known, and relocated to San Diego with all of the other GEA families. Queen of her public school, Annarenee is just another zero at Superhero High, a school without any sports teams.
With the end of the program, her hero older brother now needs a college education, too, meaning the only way Annarenee is getting into Berkeley is on a scholarship. Her dream is slipping through her fingers, no matter how tightly she clings to it. To make matters worse, super hot superhero, Ren Gonzalez, is paying too much attention to her. The kind of attention that has Ren’s ex-girlfriend intent on making Annarenee’s life even more miserable.
But when heroes begin disappearing, zeros and heroes will be forced to team up in order to solve the mystery. If they don’t kill each other first.

EXCERPT:
Smith slides in beside me and drapes his arm around me, kissing the side of my head.
Ryan glances over his shoulder before backing up. “You guys are coming tonight, right?”
“Wouldn’t miss it,” Smith answers for both of us.
The drive to my house is less than five minutes. On the way Smith leans in and whispers in my ear, “Anyone going to be home?”
I shake my head then wonder if I should have lied. Smith’s been hinting more frequently that he wants to have sex. We’ve been dating for three months, but unlike Smith, I’m not ready. Call me old-fashioned, but I want my first time to be special. I like Smith, he’s cute, popular, and funny, but I’m not in love with him. Plus, I’m pretty sure you shouldn’t keep secrets from the person you share the most intimate part of yourself with, and I’m keeping a huge secret from Smith.
We pull up in front of my house, and Smith and I hop out, grabbing our stuff from the back.
“I’ll call you later,” Ronny yells as Ryan roars off.
I wave as they turn the corner and disappear, nerves twisting in my belly as Smith takes my hand. I glance at him, my gaze drawn to his crystal blue eyes beneath messy-wild blond hair. Smith moved here last summer and rapidly became one of the most popular guys in our class. He’s always tan and his body is cut, a result of time spent in the pool or surfing in his native Florida. Every single girl in our school, and possibly even a few with boyfriends, would be thrilled to have my problem. I need to figure this out soon before he decides he’s tired of waiting.
Smith guides me up the walkway toward the porch, and I wonder how far I can let him go this time before I put on the brakes.
Our front door opens and two men dressed in black suits, white button-ups, black ties, and sunglasses exit our house. The taller of the two seems to size me up behind his dark lenses before he nods and passes. I turn and watch them get into a black Escalade parked across the street.
My brother, Noah, cruises up and parks his vintage blue Mustang convertible in the driveway. He climbs out, his eyes glued to the SUV as it pulls away from the curb.
Smith snorts. “What are the Blues Brothers doing here?”
I don’t share his humor and instead turn toward my brother, eyebrows raised in silent question.
Noah shakes his head, and inside my own head, I hear, “I don’t know, they were blocking me.”
A chill runs through me starting in the pit of my stomach. It’s not unusual to get a visit from the Men in Black, but my parents should be at work, and Noah should still be at his school for another couple of hours. Something is wrong.
Don’t panic, AR,” Noah says in my head.
I turn to Smith, “Um, I’ll call you later, okay? Pick me up at eight?”
He leans in and kisses my cheek. “Sure. Wear something sexy.” He smiles and waggles his eyebrows.
Douchebag,” Noah says only to me before heading inside.

Superhero High by T.H. Hernandez Playlist

Luck by American Authors
Lampshades on Fire by Modest Mouse
Catch Me Now I'm Falling by The Kinks
Something Just Like This by Chainsmokers and ColdPlay
Hate Me by Blue October
So Alive by the Goo Goo Dolls
Waiting for Superman by Daughtry
Fade Into You by Mazzy Star
The Underdog by Spoon
Superhero by The Script
Hey Girl by Ingram Hill
Just Breathe by Eddie Vedder
Hero by Chad Kroeger

Author Bio:
T.H. Hernandez is the author of young adult books. The Union, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category.
She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Game of Thrones, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.
When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, affectionately referred to as “the puppycat.”
You can find her online at http://thhernandez.com 


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