20 Questions Book Tag

Happy weekend everybody! This one I saw over at Kristin Kraves Books. It’s a long one so strap in!

 

 


How many books is too many in a series?

With the exception of Harry Potter or books of that quality, I’d say anything more than five. After that, it can feel a bit forced like the author is just rolling them out for the sake of a paycheck.

 

 

 

How do you feel about cliffhangers?

If done well, send them my way. Otherwise, no thanks…I don’t need that kinda negativity in my life. Lol

 

 

 

Hardback or paperback?

Practically, whichever one gets me the story. Aesthetic wise I’d prefer hardbacks. They’re always so pweeetty.

 

 

 

Favorite book?

Yeesh! What kind of…if I haaaad to choose I’d say Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but honestly it varies by genre and mood.

 

 

 

Least favorite book?

Zoo by James Patterson. I still can’t get over how awful that was.

 

 

 

Love triangles. Yes or No?

I mean the same applies here…if it’s done well then I’d take it otherwise…

 

 

 

The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

I haven’t dnf’d anything since last year: Scrapbooking Mystery #9.

 

 

 

A book you’re currently reading?

I’m too ashamed to name any because I started them all soooooo long ago.

 

 

 

The last book you recommended to someone?

Easy. Simon vs. Everyone needs to Love, Simon. (When will it get here?!)

 

 

 

The oldest book you’ve read (publication date)?

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Apparently, this was originally published in 1485?! According to Goodreads anyway.

 

 

 

The newest book you’ve read (publication date)?

Spectacle Vol. 1 which doesn’t come out until May 22nd.

 

 

 

Favorite author?

This one is similar to favorite book and completely depends on mood and genre, but Adam Silvera is slowly becoming an all-around favorite.

 

 

 

Buying or borrowing?

As much as I’d love to buy every book that I want to read, realistically I’m not at that place in my life…so borrowing. I’m broke yo.

 

 

 

A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?

Going strictly by Goodreads, I’d have to say The Elite.

 

 

 

Bookmark or dog ears?

Bookmarks all the way but sometimes you really don’t have a choice.

 

 

 

A book you can always reread?

Any Harry Potter book, but I’m not a big rereader. I always say that I want to reread something and never get to it.

 

 

 

Can you read while hearing music?

Only if it’s instrumentals or not anything that I’d want to sing along to.

 

 

 

One POV or multiple?

It doesn’t really bother me either way.

 

 

 

One sitting or multiple days?

I’d have to say multiple days because I hardly ever have the chance to sit uninterrupted long enough to finish a book in one go.

 

 

 

A book you’ve read because of the cover?

I’m a superficial buyer: if it looks good, chances are I’m going to pick it up. If the summary is also good? Well…the answer is obvious. So…most of my reads are due to the cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday Update!

You guys, omg.

 

I don’t know if you all remember me mentioning that I was starting a new job from today…but it’s happening!

 

Day one of training is over and done – and you know what, it was a lot more fun than I was expecting. Actually, that’s a lie. I didn’t know what I was expecting.

 

I had to be up and out of the house by six a.m in order to get there by eight. Let me tell you, that early wake-up time is entirely worth it, any later and well…my first day wouldn’t have been off to a great start. But now I’m exhausted…gah.

 

 

What I wasn’t expecting, was for me to get home at FIVE p.m. How am I going to get posts out to you guys? These updates aren’t going to cut it for very long…

 


 

How was your Monday?

 

Dee ^_^

These are my obsessions…….

aka remember that time I asked you to hold me accountable? Ha!

 

I’m such a flop, I sweaaaar!

 


 

I’ve been distracted all month long, by things that are not books. I’ve betrayed my first love…

 

My latest obsessions have been:

 

  • Black Lightning – This show has me all in my feelings, the actors are wonderful to look at, and the action is the icing on top. If you haven’t seen this Netflix/CW masterpiece yet, I suggest you get on that.

Would recommend for: fans of Marvel superheroes (especially Luke Cage and Jessica Jones) or anyone out for a little (lot) bit of eye candy.

 

  • Watching Twitch streams – This one goes hand in hand with watching YouTube gameplay. It’s oftentimes soothing to have on while I clean or just don’t want to think about real life too hard.

Would recommend for: anyone looking for background noise while they do something else.

 

  • Playing The Sims 4 (which I’ve found a renewed love for) – Usually what would happen is that I would watch Simmers playing the game and I’d become immediately inspired to create some fun builds of my own.

Would recommend for: anyone looking for low commitment fun that somehow sucks hours of your life without your noticing.

 

  • An Android game called My Shelf – Similar to a longstanding game called Episodes/Choices, this is a story based game that has all of the drama, and every option you choose affects the outcome for your character.

Would recommend for: more mindless clicking with an aside of messy, messy drama.

 

Aside from that, this month I’ve been spending lots of time with family. Noone can really begrudge me this one right? I mean, come on!

 

Q: What have you been obsessed with lately?


 

See you on Monday!

 

Dee ^_^

Hold me accountable!

You guys,

 

I have the biggest review backlog that I’ve ever had, and yet I cannot find it in myself to finish the books let alone write the review. What’s worse, some of the books I haven’t even started! And it’s nothing against the books either, it’s all on me this time.

 

How do I make myself sit down and get these reviews done when there are so many amazing new releases or favorites to reread…and new movies and tv shows and…gah!

 

So…here’s what I’m asking of you, every time you see me on twitter (deereadsforfood) or insta (deereadsforfood) or goodreads (Dee Dee deereadsforfood) doing anything other than updating progress ask me how my review backlog is going. Please?

 

Maybe the added pressure might help.

 


 

 

How do you all cope with reading when there are so many distractions around?

 

 

Dee ^_^

 

Series Review: Small Town by Jessica Edwards

aka the series that keeps you coming back for more.

 


 

 

 

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One night, everything changes for eighteen year old Alice. 
When the full moon invades Small Town, where a young innocent Alice Smith is ending her shift at the diner, she comes face to face with a big terrifying wolf. 
When the wolf attacks Alice and runs away, leaving only a single bite, she has no idea what troubles lie ahead of her. 
Could it have been that she was at the wrong place at the wrong time or the opposite? 
When the school’s most frightening gang becomes interested in her, they will do anything to find out the truth behind Alice, especially their leader, Ryder King. 
Alice wants nothing to do with Ryder but when the time comes, Ryder could be the only one who can help her survive….

 

It starts off crazy(!), with our main character being attacked by a rogue alpha. Oh child, I was hooked from there! Every paranormal/shifter story that starts with a rogue alpha never ends well for the rest of the townsfolk, and this one was no exception.

 

Anna is then thrust into a world within her world, with no time to adjust to this new reality because someone is going around killing innocent townsfolk. Is this plotline new? No, but the execution is done well enough that that doesn’t matter.

 

In the beginning, I was not sure that I liked any of the characters, but as the story progressed I became so invested in the investigation that I didn’t care if I didn’t have a favorite.

 

Why were these very specific people targetted? Could the killer be someone we’d already met? A part of Ryder’s inner circle, or some unnamed townie? Will Anna ever learn to be one with her wolf?

 

Then bam! Cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers.

 

 

 

 

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With her mother now gone and her father’s still a no show, Alice is unprotected, vulnerable and alone. 
How will she manage to survive without her mother’s protection? Who was responsible for it? Is Alice the murderer’s next target? If so, who will protect her? 
With the murderer still on the loose in Small Town, Alice must be prepared to confront the dangers around her in order to keep those close to her safe again, but can she do it after the heartbreak, betrayal and the loss she has already endured?

 

 

*name redacted* is a predator (sexual and emotional, among others). That’s all I’ll say about that. Oh, and all adults in these books are incompetent. UGH!

 

Now that that’s off of my chest, let’s talk about book 2. So, we’ve found our killer’s real target: Anna. Still no clue whodunnit though.

 

The angst between Anna and Silver was understandable I guess: two hormonal teenage girls focused on the same boy, one booted out for the other. Yikes. I wished that it didn’t have to be like that, but…such is life sometimes. If this isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry, it doesn’t get much pagetime as Anna is so focused on learning how to control her wolf and find out who killed her mother that she barely looks Silver’s way. Plus Silver is pretty good at pulling disappearing acts, only being mentioned when someone notices that she’s not around.

 

Child, when we got confirmation of who the killer and rogue Alpha is/are, I was fistpumping because I had figured it out. Yes, I’m one of those weird people that get happy when they figure out the plotline (it’s even better when I have to work for it though). Now, it was time for Team Anna to prove it.

 

Big fight scene, a death and a major injury. Plus there’s a character introduction. But, bam! Cliffhanger bishes.

 

 

 

 

 

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The last thing Alice expected to see that night, was her father. 
The man himself who abandoned Alice, when she was only just a newborn.
It’s the first time, Mark Smith has seen his daughter in eighteen years, but he has no idea the reason why he’s been brought back to Small Town, and back into his daughter’s life. 
Will Alice be able to forgive her father for the pain and suffering he has caused all those years ago, or will she put her feeling’s aside, and focus on killing the murderer of Small Town instead?

 

TW: rape, talk about suicidal/depressive episodes, physical/emotional abuse.

 

We now know for sure who the killer is, but still no way to prove their guilt. Gah! I felt Anna’s frustration in this situation. Especially since Ryder and Max insisted on treating her like a fragile flower, not giving her the chance to defend herself or even letting her in on the plan. Obviously, that works out well…right?

 

 

I personally would not have let *name redacted* leave my sight, especially not so soon after discovering their treachery.

 

I don’t know if I agree with Alice’s decision to shut Mark out. Yes, he was an absent parent, but he deserves to know what happened to his wife. He’s bound to find out anyway, why not be the one to tell him? Be hurt, but don’t lose sight of rationality. Like, now is the PERFECT time to find out why he left, which she always wondered, and yet…

 

A lot of the time I couldn’t relate to the characters’ reactions. Things that I would let slide causes a huge blowout, and then times when I would throw down, nothing. This is especially true for Alice. I did finally understand why Silver became the person that she did. A tragic situation only made worse by poor decisions.

 

The last 75 pages or so weren’t my favorite, the feud between Max and Ryder became tiresome. Plus Alice gets mad at the wolves for not listening to Max’s side of the story, yet it’s what she’s doing with Mark. Girl!

 

Buuuuut, the final fight scene redeems it for me. And that cliffhanger!!!! Hello! It made me count the weeks until I could read book 4. (The mark of a good series in my honest opinion. It has staying power.)

 

 

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It’s my fault she died a year ago. 
It’s my fault I went out to the woods that night.
It’s my fault that her family suffered. 
And it’s my fault Kellan’s heart remains broken. 
She’s the reason why I can’t go on with my life.
She’s the reason why I can’t sleep at night. 
She’s the reason why I relive that night in my nightmares. 
And she’s the reason why her brother wants me dead.

 

 

Truth starts off exactly where Chasing the Alpha ends off and I’m even more confused this time around. Like, where did homegirl’s memories go? Or is this some kind of ruse to catch Max off-guard? What’s happening here?! Am I right to be worried for Max? All these questions had me fighting myself because all I wanted to do was skip ahead to get some clarity. It also made me wonder if this was Jessica’s way of introducing new mythical characters (witches/fairies) maybe?

 

What I did discover in book four was the fact that Ryder’s parents are awful! Even more so than when we learned that they blamed him for Anna’s death and basically disowned him. What kind of people could do something like that? Well the kind that we see here ( when you get to that point you’ll understand).

 

And, if you guessed cliffhanger, you’d be right! Gaaaah! What even?!!

 


 

CHARACTERS:

What I can definitely add as a positive to Edwards’ series is the fact that the characters have stayed true to themselves all throughout. I can appreciate the continuity because logically a person doesn’t change drastically over such a short time span (the books take place over a series of weeks).

 

Alice wasn’t my favorite character, but what surprised me was the fact that Max, who I started off hating and mistrusting, ended up being my most liked. I wanted more of his story/POV, which I got with book four (where is part two Jessica???? Don’t rush, but…hurry!) Unfortunately, he ends up making the same types of questionable decisions as Alice. Why won’t these characters learn to communicate? Quit withholding information and your lives would be so much easier.

 

The adults could use some work, Ryder could use a chill pill and Kellan could get some more airtime. Bane too, I guess.

 

PLOT:

These books were fast reads, that kept me engaged and constantly ready to reach for the next book in the series. The plot wasn’t overinvolved, so you don’t need to think too hard about what’s happening, but that’s perfectly okay. The fact that you needed to solve a murder and find a way to get justice for all those dead people was more than enough.

 

 

CRITIQUES:

There were the typical pitfalls of self-publishing which can be forgiven because when we’re our own editors we tend to miss things: specifically pacing and grammatical errors.

You know that trope where characters fail to communicate and thus causes everything to escalate beyond all control? This is that in series form, so if you cannot stand that trope please bear that in mind.

 

What I’m hoping for in TRUTH Part 2: Closure.

 

 

 


TL;DR

If you love paranormal romances, a bit of a whodunnit mystery and teens saving their own damn selves, pick these books up. If you can’t stand poor communication between your characters and sometimes questionable decision making, maybe give the first one a peek and decide if it’s worth it.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dee ^_^

 

Wrap-it-Up!

aka March is OOOOOVEEEER!

 


 

Also, before I get too far into this…there are going to have to be some more changes over here. I’m going to be starting a new job in two weeks, with more fixed (and longer) hours. I’ll need to figure out how to adjust my posting schedule with this new development. As soon as I have it figured out, you’ll all be the first to know, but for now it’ll remain as two days a week.

 


 

Okay, now for the real reason you’re all here. WRAP UP TIME!

 

 

In Search of Peter Pan

 

 

 

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In the late 1920s, Melvin Z. Woodworth is an author with writer’s block and a mystery to solve. He takes a vacation to the Swiss Alps to try and kill two birds with one stone—and do some excellent hiking and skiing while he’s at it. But the little village, so long slumbering on the wrong side of the Industrial Revolution, is threatened by a force of nature—and, of course, contains secrets of its own. Cosey’s masterful graphic novel is presented here in full-color English translation for the first time: an ode to nature, culture, mythology, and a simpler—yet riskier—time.

 

 

 

2 stars

ARC

What I liked: The art and linkages between Peter Pan and our main character’s deceased brother were the best parts of this graphic novel. I also wouldn’t have minded more of Baptistin, a secondary character who was cloaked in mystery and danger.

 

What I could have lived without: There was some nudity that didn’t really make sense to me. It didn’t feel necessary in the least, and I didn’t particularly care for the romance. I wish that more time was spent focusing on the mystery of the brother rather than the pursuit of the mystery goal. It was like, the moment he saw her, his objective became skewed.

 

 

Chasing the Alpha

 

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3 stars

Look out for my review on Friday!

 

 

 

Tiny Infinities

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5 stars

ARC

I loved this one. See my mini-review here.

 

 

 

 

A Wrinkle in Time

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It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. 
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.
Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

 

 

 

4.5 stars

Reread

What I liked: You guys, the first time I read this one I wasn’t very impressed (I gave it 3 stars). Something about this second time around made me fall in love with this story. Where before I couldn’t bond with our main character, I understood and could appreciate her strength for what it was. I still haven’t seen the movie. WHAT IS WRONG WITH MEEEEE????! It was fantastical and perfectly suited for the age range (and above)

What I could have lived without: The way the adults on Earth (with the exception of her mother) treated Meg after her father disappeared. More care was needed.

 

 

 

Meet Cute

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Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors

 

 

 

4 stars

What I liked: In this case, my favorite stories of the anthology were Nicola Yoon’s The Department of Dead Love and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s Say Everything. These were the types of stories that I expected when I picked this book up. Fitzpatrick’s couple was perfect together, from beginning to end and Yoon’s couple gave me heart eyes all the way through.

 

What I could have lived without: Most of the other stories were just meh for me. I didn’t care for the characters or their love enough to move past a three.

 

 

 

 

Again!! Vol. 1

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Kinichiro isn’t even that bad. It’s just that on the first day of high school, his narrow eyes made him look shifty, so people assumed he was trouble. Now it’s graduation, and he’s looking back on three years with no friends. He never even joined a club. But after a bloody collision and an accidental fall, he wakes up a high school freshman, with the chance to try it all over… AGAIN!! 

 

 

 

3 stars

ARC

This one got me at: From the co-creator of Yuri! On Ice. God, I miss that show. Victuri foreverrrr!

What I liked: It wasn’t as heart-tugging as Yuri, but our main character is reminiscent of the self-doubt and self-deprecation that was synonymous with YOI. So I was sufficiently invested.

 

What I could have lived without: Another trademark YOI characteristic is brutal cliffhangers. I wish Kubo hadn’t carried that over…but I’ll live. I guess. I also didn’t completely understand why Kinichiro is an outcast in the first place. The reasons for shunning him did not make sense to me.

 

 

 

 

Spectacle Vol. 1

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Pragmatic engineer Anna works as a psychic in the Samson Brothers Circus, but she doesn’t believe in anything supernatural—until her twin sister Kat is murdered and comes back as a very demanding ghost. Sharing a room with her sister was hard, but now they’re sharing a body while trying to identify the killer. With few leads, a troupe full of secretive folk, and strange paranormal occurrences popping up around the circus, solving the case seems near impossible. But the murderer in their midst may be the least of their problems…

 

 

3 stars

ARC

What I liked: All of the pretty, pretty art! It was soothing and yet mystical at the same time. The idea of the whole thing was also intriguing. Imagine going about your life conning people, only to realize you’ve somehow gained the very gift that you were pretending you had all along. Imagine! And to have to use it to solve your twin sister’s murder? Child!

 

 

What I could have lived without: Ugh. Bloody cliffhangers!

But also, more time needed to be spent on mystery solving. That sub-plot was a major distraction. Interesting yes, but still, distracting.

 

 

 

 

 

Obsidio

 

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Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? 
Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. 
With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.

 

 

5 stars

I’ll miss this series, but the duo are writing another series together sooooo…

What I liked: Everything was tied up. Nothing was left unresolved and I could appreciate that. No, I wonder whatever happened with xyz. Nope. I KNOW ALLLLLL!

 

 

What I could have lived without: That ONE death. It gutted me, and I know it worked in the favor of our heroes but, jeeze.

P.S who do I petition to get a companion story of just AIDAN?

 


 

What did you read in March? Anything good? Any of these sound good to you?

 

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

 

Readjusting Goals – What should I do?

aka the moment I realized that I might not make it.

 


 

At the beginning of the year, I had some lofty reading goals and now I’ve found myself woefully behind on all counts. According to my Goodreads Challenge, I’m four books behind schedule, I’ve not read a single King novel since last November, and my Austen challenge hasn’t left the ground. And let’s not even mention the one in one out rule I made re: my TBR. Ha!

 

Oh, but I HAVE read three of my most anticipated so, that’s ONE thing going my way. Still not fast enough to read them all before the year is over but one a month is better than none at all.

 

The saddest part of all of this is that I really want to be able to meet all of my goals, but real life just won’t let me be great (kidding, I’m grateful for everything about my real life as it stands). Unfortunately, I don’t see things changing any time soon. So, do I reduce my numbers, or just continue as I’m going and see how close to my original goals I can get?

 

I don’t want to readjust because that feels like quitting or admitting defeat, and I don’t think I’m there yet. But what if that’s just stubbornness talking and the reality is that I’ve already fallen too far behind? Gah! Idk…

 

I need your help on this one guys. What would you do if you were in my position? For context: My Goodreads Challenge is 70 books and I’ve read 12 and my anticipated is 20 and I’ve read three.

 

(Also, some good audiobook recommendations would be appreciated!)

 


Dee ^_^

Currently Reading!

aka the time I didn’t have any ideas…

 


 

I almost forgot that today was Post Day (!)… So this is the best you get. I’m sorry.

 

Spectacle Vol 1 by Megan Rose Gedris

 

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Pragmatic engineer Anna works as a psychic in the Samson Brothers Circus, but she doesn’t believe in anything supernatural—until her twin sister Kat is murdered and comes back as a very demanding ghost. Sharing a room with her sister was hard, but now they’re sharing a body while trying to identify the killer. With few leads, a troupe full of secretive folk, and strange paranormal occurrences popping up around the circus, solving the case seems near impossible. But the murderer in their midst may be the least of their problems…

 

So far I am loving the art. The colors are eye-catching and the art is sufficiently mystical looking. Look out for my thoughts on this one soon.

 

 

and

 

Hold by Michael Donkor

 

 

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Moving between Ghana and London, Hold is an intimate, moving, powerful coming-of-age novel. It’s a story of friendship and family, shame and forgiveness; of learning what we should cling to, and when we need to let go.
Belinda knows how to follow the rules. As a housegirl, she has learnt the right way to polish water glasses, to wash and fold a hundred handkerchiefs, and to keep a tight lid on memories of the village she left behind when she came to Kumasi.
Mary is still learning the rules. Eleven-years old and irrepressible, the young housegirl-in-training is the little sister Belinda never had.
Amma has had enough of the rules. A straight-A pupil at her exclusive South-London school, she has always been the pride of her Ghanaian parents. Until now. Watching their once-confident teenager grow sullen and wayward, they decide that sensible Belinda might be just the shining example Amma needs.
So Belinda is summoned from Ghana to London, and must leave Mary to befriend a troubled girl who shows no desire for her friendship. She encounters a city as bewildering as it is thrilling, and tries to impose order on her unsettling new world.
As the Brixton summer turns to Autumn, Belinda and Amma are surprised to discover the beginnings of an unexpected kinship. But when the cracks in their defences open up, the secrets they have both been holding tightly threaten to seep out.

 

 

This has been a bit of a slower read for me (no fault of the book I don’t think). I keep getting distracted by more light-hearted reads, or tv…

 

 

(I’m very tempted to start Obsidio too)

 

 


Somebody save me from myself.

 

 

 

How well does Goodreads know me?

Hey!!!!

 

I saw this one over on Kristin Kraves Books.  What you need to do is look at your Goodreads recommendations and decide whether or not you are interested in reading the books or not.

I am going to talk about the first ten books that they recommend based on my ‘read’ shelf. If this works out I might do one based on my 5 stars shelf*?

 

The Foxhole Court

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Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

Because I read (and loved) Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.

 

Oh! I was about to write this one off…buuuut, it was published on my birthday. So…yes?

 

 

 

Captive Prince

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Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

Because I read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

 

Um…no. Twilight was enough re: unhealthy relationships thanks.

 

 

The Book of Negroes

 

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Based on a true story, “The Book of Negroes” tells the story of Aminata, a young girl abducted from her village in Mali aged 11 in 1755, and who, after a deathly journey on a slave ship where she witnesses the brutal repression of a slave revolt, is sold to a plantation owner in South Carolina, who rapes her. She is brought to New York, where she escapes her owner, and finds herself helping the British by recording all the freed slaves on the British side in the Revolutionary War in The Book of Negroes (a real historical document that can be found today at the National Archives at Kew).Aminata is sent to Nova Scotia to start a new life, but finds more hostility, oppression and tragedy. Separated from her one true love, and suffering the unimaginable loss of both her children who are taken away from her, she eventually joins a group of freed slaves on a harrowing odyssey back to Africa, and ends up in London as a living icon for Wilberforce and the other Abolitionists

Because I read A Thousand Splendid Suns

 

Yes. I vowed to read more stories like these after ATSS and Homegoing.

 

 

An Eye for an Eye

 

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The editor of the Blackstone Chronicle, Oliver Metcalf, nervously presides over the ceremony to begin demolition of the old Asylum. But the building’s fate hangs in the balance as financing problems halt the project. Contractor Bill McGuire, all set to proceed, can’t hide his dismay: with a family and another baby on the way, he can’t afford delays. Then a package arrives at the McGuires’–a beautiful antique doll with long blonde hair. His daughter, Megan, wraps her arms around it; his wife, Elizabeth, remains suspicious. Who sent the doll? Who is it for? What neither Elizabeth nor Bill can know is that this innocent-looking gift brings with it a murderous menace…

Because I read The Shining and Pet Sematary.

 

 

I will MOST DEFINITELY pick this one up. *adds to TBR*

 

 

White Cat

 

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Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

 

Because I read Shadow and Bone, Half-Blood Prince, Raven Boys and Dream Thieves. Sounds like a good time to me. Will I read it? I’m intrigued enough to give it a try.

 

 

Finnikin of the Rock

 

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Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.
Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.
But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin’s faith in her . . . but in himself

 

Because I read Dreams of Gods and Monsters, Days of Blood and Starlight, Dream Thieves, Carry On and Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4). Meh.

 

 

Whatever

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Mike Tate is a normal dude. He and his friends have a crappy band (an excuse to drink cheap beer and rock out to the Lemonheads) and hang out in parking lots doing stupid board tricks. But when Mike’s girlfriend Lisa, who knows him better than he does, breaks up with him, he realizes he’s about to have a major epiphany that will blow his mind. And worse–he gets elected to homecoming court.
It’s like the apocalypse came, only instead of nuclear bombs and zombies, Mike gets school participation, gay thoughts, and mother-effin’ cheerleaders.

 

 

Because I read TBDATE and added The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. Also meh.

 

 

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

 

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When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.
The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.
Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.
Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.
Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . .

 

Because I read Our Dark Duet.

I’m undecided about this one, but I definitely understand why they recommended this one.

 

 

Shadows

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It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn.
And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams—he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense. Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth—and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.
Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly, who can she trust?

 

 

 

 

Dreams of Gods and Monsters, Daughters of Smoke and Bone, Dream Thieves.

 

Hold on. You know what? Nvm. Just gonna…

 

 

Angelfall

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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

 

 

Days of Blood and Starlight, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Winter.

 

This one still puts it a little close to Laini’s but…I’ll give it a peek.

 


 

*turns out Goodreads knows me well enough, so look out for part 2?

50/50 isn’t a bad result. Give it a try, you might have a better go.

Tiny Infinities by J. H. Diehl – Mini Review (ARC)

AKA the time all the tiny infinities added up.

 

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When Alice’s dad moves out, leaving her with her troubled mother, she does the only thing that feels right: she retreats to her family’s old Renaissance tent in the backyard, determined to live there until her dad comes home. In an attempt to keep at least one part of her summer from changing, Alice focuses on her quest to swim freestyle fast enough to get on her swim team’s record board. But summers contain multitudes, and soon Alice meets an odd new friend, Harriet, whose obsession with the school’s science fair is equal only to her conviction that Alice’s best stroke is backstroke, not freestyle. Most unexpected of all is an unusual babysitting charge, Piper, who is mute—until Alice hears her speak. 

EXPECTED PUBLICATION: May 8, 2018

 


 

 

There’s absolutely nothing spectacular about this book. It isn’t about a great adventure or a life-changing heartbreak. But that’s what makes it so beautiful. Alice is a regular girl going through something that many others have had to – parents breaking up. She’s struggling to adjust as is expected and yet, the journey isn’t hard to witness. It’s smooth, almost calming to me. Don’t get me wrong, there are hard moments, but they aren’t unexpected, or too much to handle. It doesn’t wreck you (I’m looking at you Silvera).

I wish there was more Piper (my one real criticism) because I feel like the synopsis promised me that. I was expecting more moments of just the two of them understanding each other, no push to speak because their interactions were a thing to behold. But the moment Piper spoke the first “words”? It was as if I were witnessing my own child’s first words. If for no other reason, THIS should be why you pick this one up. To be privy to a miracle.
Harriet is the friend we all need and that Alice deserves, well, she get’s there eventually. She is fiercely determined and brilliant. Find you a Harriet!
I reeeeeeally don’t like Mr. Phoebe. Understand that he’s hurting yes, hate how he’s lashing out, absolutely. Actually, all of the parents in this book could use some work. They’re all varying degrees of trash, and that’s the truth.
150 pages to go and I was dreading the fact that it would be over. I liked this little world, as broken as it was. Alice needed me to bear witness to her grief. Harriet needed a science partner. Piper needed someone to put in the work. I couldn’t leave them.
If I had one word to describe this book it would be understated. It sinks into you without you noticing. It’s a tiny infinity.

My rating – 5 stars

 

(I might be back now? Idk.)