Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: This Tiny Perfect World by Lauren Gibaldi


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Jenn's Pick: I Can't wait to have my hands on this!

To Kill a Kingdom
To Kill A Kingdom by Alexandra Christo 

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of seventeen princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most—a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian’s heart to the Sea Queen or remain a human forever.

The ocean is the only place Prince Elian calls home, even though he is heir to the most powerful kingdom in the world. Hunting sirens is more than an unsavory hobby—it’s his calling. When he rescues a drowning woman in the ocean, she’s more than what she appears. She promises to help him find the key to destroying all of sirenkind for good—But can he trust her? And just how many deals will Elian have to barter to eliminate mankind’s greatest enemy?


I have heard so many great things about this book. Honestly, this last week was the first time I really saw this book and when I read some early reviews... I was like must have! I really need this ASAP. The cover is beautiful and dark and the story sounds amazing. This is one I need for my bookshelf and to read. 




Ash's Pick: I need to read this NOW! 

This Tiny Perfect WorldThis Tiny Perfect World by Lauren Gibaldi
February 27th, 2018


A contemporary “clean teen” coming-of-age story about a small-town girl who opens her eyes to life’s endless possibilities
When Penny wins a scholarship to a prestigious theater camp, she thinks it’s the start of a perfect summer. But when she arrives at camp, Penny is thrust into a world of competition and self-doubt. And as she meets new friends, including Chase, a talented young actor with big-city dreams, she begins to realize that her own dreams may be bigger than she ever imagined.


Look at this cover! LOOK AT IT! The cover looks beautiful, and that's what made me want to read it the most. The story sounds awesome too, but really. Look at that cover.





Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Review: Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza



Kat and Meg Conquer the WorldTitle: Kat and Meg Conquer The World 
Author: Anna Priemaza
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Publishing Date: November 17th, 2017
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction/Mental Health
Series:  Stand Alone
Source: Audio
 
Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different.

Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to new people. The only place she feels safe is in front of her computer, playing her favorite video game.

Meg hates being alone, but her ADHD keeps pushing people away. Friends. Her boyfriend. Even the stepfather who raised her.

But when the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they do have one thing in common: their obsession with the online gaming star LumberLegs and his hilarious videos.

Meg’s pretty sure this is fate. Kat doesn’t know how to deal with someone who talks faster than she thinks. But if they can stick together and stay out of their heads, they might figure out how to help each other—and build the kind of friendship Kat never knew she wanted and Meg never believed she’d find.





This book has been on my TBR for so long. I kept seeing raving reviews but for some reason, I kept putting it off. No clue as to why. I guess I just don't do contemporary very often. Thi book was so wonderful. A book about friendship and facing fears, and finding oneself, and I just absolutely loved it. 

There are these two girls, each with a mental illness of sorts... Kat has severe anxiety and Meg has severe ADHD. These girls have issues with relationships and dealing everyday life. One fateful day the science fair gods place them in a partnership that will forever change their lives. 


The most wonderful thing about this book isn't the story (which is cute and fluffy and lovely and everything good) but more the characters. The characters make the story. The characters shine, they show real, they show honest, they show growth and friendship. If you follow my reviews you now that I am a character driven reader. I love awesome character development and growth. I love to live in other's heads. I want to see it and feel it and know it. I want to breathe my characters and their lives. This book gave me that. 

Kat has severe anxiety and panic attacks. She just moved and started a new school. Everything is new and different and with her anxiety everything is scary (she literally fears everything) She wasn't just dealing with a new school but her home life was in upheaval too. Her grandfather needed assistance, so her family moved in with him. Hence the new school. Her brother, who is her closest friend, recently went to college and really doesn't have much time for her anymore. And now she is assigned to do a science fair project (grades and perfection being ultra important to her) with a girl and can't stay focused for more than a few minutes at a time. 

Meg has severe ADHD. I mean her mind is on overdrive 100  percent of the time. This made for a fun read from her POV let me tell you. She is all over the place all the time, always talking and moving and changing subjects. She never rests. Her stepfather has recently left the home after divorcing Meg's mother. He hasn't been in touch with Meg since the divorce. She can't seem to keep friends and she feels really alone. That is until she meets Kat. 

Both characters, completely different from each other, were a joy to know. They both had their issues but they also each had great personalities. They fit together well too. Kind of balanced each other out. After being paired up they started working on the science project, discovered they were both obsessed with the same online computer game, and they just really hit it off. 

This book was made for me. AS a teen I was ADD (still am some) and as an adult... anxiety like crazy... one of my favorite hobbies, besides the obviousness of reading, games.... including multi-mass online role-playing games... I so understood and related to so much of this story. 

That wasn't even the best part, although it was pretty fun to read, The best part was the relationships and the growth of all the characters. Just what I cherish so much in my books. The girls changed each other and improved each other. Their families learned and grew with them. IT was just all so great. Yes, I am gushing! 


I loved loved loved this book. So much love. 





Anna PriemazaAnna Priemaza is a contemporary young adult author and a practicing family and immigration lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta, where she lives with her husband. She can never quite remember how old she is, as she knits like an old lady, practices law like an adult, fangirls over YouTubers like a teen, and dreams like a child.

Wee Reads: Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin

Ever since Finn was born, and even before then, we would read to him. We wanted to show him reading from an early age. Now he loves us to read the same books, over, and over, and over. But it is the sweetest thing, when he likes to pick out a book and climb into our laps. 

What Finn Reads....  
Those Darn Squirrels!Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin


  

Old Man Fookwire has a plan. He'll build some birdfeeders and fill them with yummy seeds and berries. That way, the wild birds he loves so much will stick around for the winter--instead of flying south. But there are other hungry creatures in the forest, and the have plans, too...Those darn squirrels!



What Finn Thinks...

Do you like this book?
Yeah! Because the darn squirrels were darn! And the old man got happy because they turned into birds!

What's your favorite part of the book?
Momma reads it. And it's so funny. I was laughing when the old man said he didn't like puppies. Because I like puppies! It made me feel silly!

What do you think of the cover?
I like it because of the squirrels. I want squirrels in the house.

Do you want me to read it again?
Yeah! 

What Momma Thinks... 
This is a really silly book. Finn was giggling the entire time and kept yelling out "Darn squirrels!" He said he really likes puppies and squirrels, but not the birds. The art is kind of funny looking, but I guess it fits the book.



Similar Books..
Squirrel Me TimbersScaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend (Scaredy Squirrel)Acorns Everywhere!The Busy Little Squirrel

Adam Rubin is the New York Times best-selling author of a half dozen critically-acclaimed picture books including Those Darn Squirrels and Dragons Love Tacos. He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full time. Adam enjoys puzzles, magic tricks and walking in the woods. He loves spicy salsa. Adam grew up in New York, worked in Chicago for several years and now lives in Barcelona

Review: Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten


Bad Girls with Perfect FacesTitle: Bad Girls with Perfect Faces
Author: Lynn Weingarten  
Publisher: Simon Pulse 
Publishing Date: October 31st, 2017
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Psychological,  Mystery/Suspense
Series:  Stand Alone 
Source: Audio
 
From the New York Times bestselling author of Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls comes a stylish thriller about the darkness that lurks inside all of us.

When I looked up, his smile was wide and real. “Ready?” he said.
I faked a smile back. I had gotten so good at faking things.
I thought: You brought this on yourself, Sasha. You will have to pretend forever now.
He squeezed my hand again. He couldn’t begin to imagine what this actually was. He had no idea what I’d done. What any of us had.

When Sasha’s best friend Xavier gets back together with his cheating ex, Ivy, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. So she poses as a guy online to lure Ivy away.

But Sasha’s plan goes sickeningly wrong. And she soon learns to be careful of who you pretend to be because you might be surprised by who you become…

Told in multiple points of view, Bad Girls with Perfect Faces is sexy and twisted with shocks at every turn

I'm gonna be honest, this book was a book I noticed but paid no attention. I didn't think I had any interest in reading it. It sounded like an angsty read to me and I just wasn't in the mood to get involved. Well, looking through audible one day I found this book, it had some pretty glowing reviews... so I said okay I will read this... Oh, am I ever so happy I did. I am totally all over this read. 

There is a girl, Sasha, and she has a best friend, Xavier, who has an ex-girlfriend, Ivy. Sasha has feelings for Xavier who is still hung up on Ivy who cheated on him when they were together. Following... yes see sounds really angsty. Sasha and Xavier go hang out one night and Ivy shows up, talks Xavier into getting back together. Bad Xavier. At this point, things just happen. Sasha takes control. Xavier finds himself in a bad relationship, and bad things happen. Plans backfire, good intentions turn not so good. And this is the mystery... What really happened. 

First off, this book completely screwed with my head. In so many ways. I thought I knew what was going on, who was who, who was the good guy and who was the bad guy. The mystery in this book was so incredibly well done. It was purely psychological and so suspenseful. In the first part of the book, there was a whole lotta character development and story build going on. I could tell things were going to get intense, eventually, something big was going to happen... It just wasn't even close to what I imagined. I was never bored, I was completely wrapped up in this story. I never once thought about putting this read away and doing something else... even things that needed to be done. I was so into this book. There was so much tension being built I just knew something big was going to happen. I could just feel the tension in every word... and something big did happen and it was oh well this is going to be trouble, big trouble. 

I want to talk about the characters. Let me tell you when I say everyone in this book was screwed up, I mean screwed up to the max. In fact, screwed up doesn't even scratch the surface. These teens were off their rockers, angsty, angry, jealous, and were into head games and so much crazy.  And even more crazy, I liked it. I liked the crazy, the screwed up, the missing more than a few marbles. They were likable in all their craze. They were interesting and multi-layered. There was a very fine line between what they thought was good and knowing they went too far. They were so wrong and I knew it was all bad, very bad things.. .but I wanted more. I devoured their antics. I even cheered them on. I know how messed up am I?

The entire story was just messed up, including the ending. The ending was so very disturbing and yet I liked it. I felt it fit and I was happy with how it ended but then not happy that I was happy with the way it ended. It almost felt dirty to like it and to enjoy this book. I am not sure anyone else has had this feeling but its very strange. I feel conflicted. After I finished this book, smiling and a little shell-shocked... all I remember is thinking am I okay to like something so messed up? I loved every moment of this book.




Guilty- I absolutely loved this book and I need more from this author! 




Lynn Weingarten
Lynn Weingarten is a New York Times bestselling author living in Brooklyn. Her fifth young adult novel, BAD GIRLS WITH PERFECT FACES, was released in the US on Halloween 2017. It will be out in the UK on January 11th, 2018.

Her previous books include SUICIDE NOTES FROM BEAUTIFUL GIRLS (a NY Times bestseller, a YALSA Teens’ Top Ten book for 2016, one of Vanity Fair’s list of Best Books for July, and on The Guardian’s list of 5 of the Best in Young Adult Fiction), and WHEREVER NINA LIES (an ALA Top Ten Popular Paperback for Young Adults, a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, a YALSA Teen’s Top Ten Nominee and a Sequoyah Book Award Nominee)

In the past, Lynn edited books and developed ideas for Alloy Entertainment. She is currently Creative Director of Dovetail Fiction, a new sister company from the book packager Working Partners.
She can be found on Twitter and Instagram as @lynnweingarten

Teaser Tuesday: Your One and Only by Adrienne Finlay and The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Books and a Beat. Bloggers choose two
sentences out of our current read to peak others' curiosity.


Your One & Only
Your One and Only by Adrienne Finlay

 

Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?
While Jack longs for acceptance, Althea-310 struggles with the feeling that she’s different from her sisters. Her fascination with Jack doesn’t help. As Althea and Jack’s connection grows stronger, so does the threat to their lives. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?


Teaser:

"His eyes glanced from student to student, quick and nervous. He looked like he might be somewhat intelligent, but it was hard to tell. Even if he is, she thought, he's still so strange. He's not one of us, not at all. He was like no one else."

Ash's Thoughts:

This book is kinda interesting, I haven't gotten very far, but from what I have read it's.. interesting. I guess we'll see how it goes.



The Wicked Deep
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw                               
 



Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic meets the Salem Witch trials in this haunting story about three sisters on a quest for revenge—and how love may be the only thing powerful enough to stop them.

Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…

Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.

Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.

Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.

Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.

But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.




Teaser: 

Watching Olivia run her fingers up his throat, touching the hard line of his jaw, a sickening lump of dread wretched up from my stomach. 


Jenn's Thoughts:

I am really really enjoying this book. It's eerie and creepy and a little twisted. It's gonna be a really good read. about halfway done and can't wait to finish. 







 
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