Hi all, I’m so sorry I didn’t post anything yesterday but…life had some different plans for me.

 

I think, in order to take care of all that’s happening, I’ll need to go on a bit of a hiatus. It shouldn’t last more than a week (fingers crossed).

 

Until then, I’ll miss you all and don’t forget to keep reading.

 


Update: I’m back!

 

Dee ^_^ 

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Future Favorites Fri- Monday?

aka the time I could see ‘THE FUTURE’

 

I can see the future

 

I saw booksandlala doing this and thought I’d jump on that bandwagon. Th little list is for me to guess which books I’m most likely to rate 5 stars after reading.

Here’s hoping they don’t disappoint…

They Both Die at The End by Adam Silvera

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Let’s face it, when have I ever hated a Silvera book? WHEN?! Also, I’ve spoken about this book so many times I don’t think I need to add the synopsis again, right?

 

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

*no cover available just yet.

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

 

Again, when haven’t I loved an Albertalli?

 

 

What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons

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Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love.

 

Look at that gorgeous cover. Just…look…at…it. The subject matter seems hard but so important and I want it to be everything it promises to be: beautiful and painful.

 

 

 

 

Black Mirror Vol 1 by Charlie Brooker

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From the creator of Black Mirror comes the first book in an anthology series featuring original stories from leading fiction writers, all set in the world of the cult series.

 

This TV show is haunting and I fricken love it! Here’s hoping this lives up to the hype.

 

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

 

The subject matter is powerful, and those usually resonate with me. All the reviews have been raving as well so…


 

 

Have you read any of these? Did you love/hate them?

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

 

Feel-good Friday

The world is burning and there’s no stopping it.

 

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So, today, we’re going to have a few moments for books that make you feel good. It was really hard to narrow this down to five. Should I have done ten?

The Selection by Kiera Cass

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

This isn’t some great work of literary fiction. You won’t walk away having learned something about yourself or the world.It’s not a diverse slice of YA. What you get, is a warm feeling in the center of your stomach and a lightened heart.

 

 

 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Predictable? Possible? Lighthearted coming into your own story? Definitely. Problematic? Yes. But we have a black main character, who is experiencing that mushy first love and everything about this makes me happy.

 

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

(Fangirl by extension)

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Honestly, if all this book had was a shit chosen one storyline, it’d still be adorable. Because Rainbow does adorable pretty well and Simon is the most adorable chosen one that’s ever been. But then there’s the hate-to-love trope that all fluff pieces must have, and it’s done so well. Simon and Baz, when they finally give in, are just too cute!

 

 

 

All things Becky Albertalli

 

No explanation needed really, because if I were to get into it we’d all have mouths full of cavities.

 

 

Superfail by Max Brunner

Laser vision isn’t so hot when you’re cross-eyed, and supersonic flight’s a real downer when motion sickness keeps you grounded.

Twelve-year-old Marshall Preston is a Defective–a person with superhuman abilities that are restricted by some very human setbacks. While other kids are recruited to superhero teams, Marshall’s stuck in seventh grade with a kid who can run at super speed but can’t turn a corner, another with a radioactive peanut allergy that turns him into a swollen Hulk, and a telepath who reads everyone’s thoughts out loud.

Defectives like Marshall aren’t exactly superhero material, but when he uncovers a plot to destroy one of the greatest superhero teams of all time, Marshall and his less-than-super friends set out to prove that just because you’re defective doesn’t mean you can’t save the day.

Another one of those shit chosen one storylines. There’s action, yes, but more than anything this book leaves you wanting nothing more than to hug our ‘superheroes’.

 


Rec me your favorite fluffy reads?

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

What an August!

aka The month I shocked myself.

I attempted 24 books, of those I completed 19, DNF‘d 2, put one on hold and am currently working my way through 2. I also took part in quite a few month-long readathons (too many to mention) but I thought I’d show you the Harry Potter one.

 

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Harry Potter Bookish Blocks

(If I hadn’t started and stopped so many books, I definitely could have gotten through more of these blocks for sure.)

 

 

5 Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

Pardon me while I gush…

Simon vs the Homo-Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

 

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The queen of cute has struck again. I must read all things Albertalli. Write more of them…now! My goodreads review says everything that I felt while reading this book. Read it if you want…

 

 

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

 

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I gave my thoughts on this book, and this man, here and here.

 

 

Our Dark Duet: Monsters of Verity # 2 by Victoria Schwab

 

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Beautiful ending, but of course, I can never have enough of this world and crave more! I don’t want to say much more than, August hurt me in this one but he still needs to be protected at all costs. Do not expect warm and fuzzies from this one. The Monsters of Verity are a real mirror of life, there isn’t always happily ever afters in store and not everything goes according to plan.

 

The Raven Boys: The Raven Cycle # 1 by Maggie Stiefvater

 

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Gaaah! I drank the Kool-Aid guys. And I’m okay with that. I’ve been a hardcore fan of Maggie’s after reading Shiver but I held off on reading this one because of all the hype. I’m really glad that I caved and read it after all. Gansey…oh Gansey. Marry me? It isn’t a book that you immediately fall in love with, but the love creeps up on you and then BAM! Gansey and the Raven Boys are in your heart forever.

Drink the Kool-Aid with me. Sip, sip.

 

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

 

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A much more satisfying ending than Eleanor and Park, by far. I really didn’t want this one to end, I enjoyed it a lot and I want to read Wren and Cath’s fanfiction (Carry On) now. Simon and Baz are my new OTP.

 

 

Insomnia by Stephen King

 

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Weird, but good and bittersweet. If you don’t mind being confused throughout an entire novel, feeling as though you are sleep walking even as you read, then pick this up.

 

 

 

 

4 Stars

⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

 

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My first Neil experience which did not disappoint. It was bittersweet to let this one go. Who do I send a petition to to get a spin-off of The Man Jack and The Jack of All Trades? Who????

 

 

Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel by Mariah Marsden (ARC)

 

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True to the spirit of the original in a way that makes you want more of Anne, in what ever form you can have her. Our little redhaired wild child.

 

 

The Wee Free Men: Tiffany Aching # 1 by Terry Pratchet (ARC)

 

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The Wrinkle in Time I was looking for. Tiffany is a strong willed little girl, and no one can touch her, a true carbon copy of her grandmother.  I want to see how her adventure turns out for sure. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a strong female lead and an age appropriate adventure (meaning safe for younger readers).

 

 

1984 by George Orwell

 

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Freakishly possible. Like, we ALL know that Big Brother is watching, but the level of control over people’s lives in this book is scary. If that were ever to become a reality, I don’t know how many of us would survive the initial stages. I think this is a must read for everyone.

 

 

These Broken Stars & This Shattered World: Starbound # 1 & 2 by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

 

A slightly less action packed Illuminae, but captivating in its own right. There’s romance, angsty and hate-to-love romance, but it counts. It’s a fun read if you don’t take it too seriously, and I need to see justice served to our resident bad guy. So, onto book three, I say!

 

 

The Little Red Wolf (Graphic Novel) by Amélie Fléchais (ARC)

 

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Little Red Riding Hood but with our famous Red being a wolf and our antagonist being human. If this wasn’t a perfect example of human’s interaction with nature, then I don’t know what is. Perfect for readers of any age with very captivating art..

 

 

Shadow and Bone: The Grisha Trilogy # 1 by Leigh Bardugo

 

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She is queen! I am as hooked by this one as I was with Six of Crows. Read this EVERYONE! It is the return (introduction) to the Grisha world, so if you’re missing it then this is the best place to bury your pain. The Darkling is my new bae. Love, love, love!

 

 

The Journal of Curious Letters: The 13th Reality # 1 by James Dashner (ARC)

 

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This is a good one for fans of the Daniel X series by James Patterson. A quick paced story about an extremely young boy fighting baddies, the future of the world hanging in the balance. Heartbreakingly, there was some math in this one and idk if I’ll ever be the same again. This chick does NOT voluntarily read things with math in them! 😥😥😥

 

 

 

3 Stars

⭐⭐⭐

 

Night of Cake and Puppets: Daughter of Smoke & Bone # 2.5 by Laini Taylor

 

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‘This must be what feelings are.’

 

 

Reading this reminded me of my love for all things Zuzana. She is a badass, fiercely loyal friend, but she is also secretly a softie on the inside. Can there be a spin-off of just Zuze, please? Laini? Please?

 

 

The Magicians: The Magicians # 1 by Lev Grossman

 

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So, when I first heard of this book, it was because of the TV show on SyFy (which I enjoy), and then I heard the words ‘adult Harry Potter’ and I WAS SOLD! Except, this was a bit slower than I bargained for. Please let me know if this series is worth continuing, because there was a whole lot of nothing happening for a chunk of this one and it kinda bored me at points.

 

Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber (ARC)

 

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Full review.

 

 

The Secrets on Chicory Lane by Raymond Benson (ARC)

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This one surprised me at the halfway point. Before that I was convinced that I would either DNF or give it, at best, 2 stars. But, somehow it hooked me. I was curious about what actually happened all those years ago, and there was a satisfying amount of closure for both the reader and Shelby. Be warned that there may be some triggering elements in here. (I listed them on my Goodreads review.)

 


What have you read this August?

 

 

Dee ^_^

 

September TBR

AKA the shocking return of the TBR!

 

 

 

This September is going to be dedicated to series reading. Two of these are going to be re-reads for me, because I never finished the series. If I’m to finish them, then I need a refresher, or this might be the moment when I decide that it’s not worth it. I’m also trying to take it easy this month. These past two months have been intense reading wise and I need to do some real life things.

 

Re-reads:

Blur by Kristen Middleton

Initial rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: There ARE creatures lurking in the dead of night… Seventeen year old Nikki and her twin brother, Nathan, move to the small town of Shore Lake to start over after their mother is brutally attacked. When a missing teenager washes up on shore during their first night at the cabin and there are whispers of vampires in Shore Lake, Nikki begins to realize that there are things roaming in the darkness that are far more sinister than what they left behind in the big city.

 

Marked by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

Initial rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them).

 

 

New series:

 

Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14061955-siege-and-storm

When I read the first book, I was hooooooked, and fell in love with the Darkling (I REGRET NOTHING) and here we are.

 

 

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14061955-siege-and-storm

This series is definitely a slow burn, but once it’s hooked you there is no escape. You’ve been warned.

 

 

Their Fractured Light and the novella This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Goodreads: Their Fractured Light & This Night So Dark

This isn’t a showstopper series, or even a slow burn. The world won’t encapsulate you. Instead, your curiousity is the thing that will win out on this one. I NEED to see the antagonist foiled.

 

ALSO!!!

 

I decided that I’m going to do at least one Stephen King per month until I’ve read them all (or I overload). This month’s pick is The Mist.

Synopsis: It’s a hot, lazy day, perfect for a cookout, until you see those strange dark clouds. Suddenly a violent storm sweeps across the lake and ends as abruptly and unexpectedly as it had begun. Then comes the mist…creeping slowly, inexorably into town, where it settles and waits, trapping you in the supermarket with dozens of others, cut off from your families and the world. The mist is alive, seething with unearthly sounds and movements. What unleashed this terror? Was it the Arrowhead Project—the top secret government operation that everyone has noticed but no one quite understands? And what happens when the provisions have run out and you’re forced to make your escape, edging blindly through the dim light?

 

Disclaimer: I didn’t get this when I first saw the movie, so I’m hoping this book brings clarity (lol, as if King does clarity).

 

What are your planned reads for September?

 

Dee ^_^

 

ARC Review: Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

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The only thing more dangerous than a lie…is the truth.

Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family’s reputation and with good reason. After her father’s murder thirteen years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now, Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner Caleb, and that’s where she intends to stay. The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past—starting with her last name.

When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a mega-hit podcast that reopens the long-closed case of Josie’s father’s murder, Josie’s world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie’s long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown where she must confront the demons from her past—and the lies on which she has staked her future.

 

TW: Suicide & suicidal thoughts, heavy drug & alcohol usage.


 

Trouble is the only thing that occurs between midnight and sunrise.

 

Alright folks, are you ready for this one?

I’m going to try to give this some semblance of order, so let’s talk about:

 

The Characters

Josie

When we first meet our MC she appears to be living the perfect life: a career that she enjoys, a man that she loves and loves her equally, a beautiful home and a quiet, unassuming life. Until Poppy Parnell.

But those are just appearances. What I’ve found instead is that Josie is infuriating, has poor judgement, selfish. She certainly doesn’t deserve Caleb and he doesn’t deserve any of what she put him through.

 

Poppy

Our Podcaster/Investigative Journalist/Human Scum. As far as antagonists go, Poppy is right up there, not because she is superiorly evil. No, she earns her place on the list because her type of evil exists in the real world: apathy. Her sole focus was ‘getting the story’ and she didn’t care if she ruined lives along the way; her disregard was infectious. Her followers were vicious and just as relentless as she is. No memory or moment is sacred.

Poppy Parnell is an example of the worst kind of human and the worst sides of modern humanity.

 

Lanie

Her storyline interested me more than Josie’s and I would’ve been more intrigued by her POV. But, she is a brat so maybe I might’ve DNF’d if I had to much of her, I don’t know.  Also, Ann is precious and she needs to be protected AT ALL COSTS!

The rocky relationship between these two sisters is our central focus, whether you care about that or not. I think they couldn’t get along because they are both so self-absorbed and selfish that they couldn’t see beyond their own suffering to realize that the other was suffering as well.

 

As someone who only has a brother, I could not IMAGINE going ten years without speaking to someone who shares my DNA let alone a twin, regardless of the hurt. But, people react differently to pain so…who am I to judge?

 

The Plot

 

 

I really enjoyed the idea of the podcast, and it was interesting seeing it portrayed. That element of the book was exactly what I wanted when I chose this book. The investigation is run in real time, so as soon as Poppy has new information, she shares it with her listeners and each new revelation usually coincides with a new memory/perspective for the sisters.

This podcast, and the reaction to it, is a clear look at what our internet personas have become, how desensitized to human suffering, hungry for the next THING to go in on. Poppy and her followers are out for blood and they don’t care who’s lives they destroy in the process.

As far as the Buhrman family is concerned I can only imagine that this would be a horrible way to find out that someone is digging into a family scandal. Just when you’ve managed to find some measure closure and peace of mind, the hurt is brought to the surface.

 

 

Noteably, Josie begins questioning what she knows to be true very early on which could only mean that on some level she’s always felt that something was missing. This sense of hidden deception is central to the plot and carries on throughout the entire book. It is the thread that holds the story together.

 

She’s going to be just as dead if I’m there as she is if I’m here

 

The quote above resonated with me. Her relationship with the ‘she’ in question was so damaged that she felt her presence was unnecessary. How sad.

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

 

And then someday, maybe I would finally stop lying to the man I loved

 

 

The mystery – I had theories, well A theory, which turned out to be so close to the ACTUAL truth that I can’t share it with you. So, as far as deep mysteries go, this ain’t that. If you pay close enough attention to Poppy’s podcasts and the little snippets that Josie and Lanie’s memories give you the answer. No need to think too hard.

 

 

 

 

 

My stomach dropped as I looked from the ghost-like shell of my mother to my wild, thrashing sister. What had happened to these two women who I loved so much?

 

 

Pros –  Final Girls vibe – which I loved – where our MC tries to disasocciate with her true identity to ‘move on’ with her life, but having it all return to the public eye after several years.

It was a quick read, that kept you captivated while you’re reading. For me, I was interested in knowing what caused such a significant rift between the sisters and between Lanie and the other women in her family.

 

 

 

You have to take care of the people you love…or you lose them.

 

 

Cons – Josie had so many opportunities to tell Caleb the truth and she talked herself out of it EVERY TIME. It was INFURIATING! But when the truth finally came out, well I’ve never enjoyed a MC’s pain quite so much and I couldn’t muster up an ounce of care that she’s hurting over Caleb’s reaction. Also, this was resolved too easily, imo.

I haaaate the trope where: emotional termoil and your life ‘falling apart’ equals the female protagonist MUST CUT ALL HER HAIR OFF OR SPIN INTO THE ABYSS. It’s not a big deal, but, it irritates me.

Not enough focus on the actual case. I felt misled, because I thought I was here for a full on investigation.

 


TL;DR – If the book you’re searching for is one that is a gripping mystery that’s light on ‘other’, then this isn’t the one for you. However, if you don’t mind some light mystery solving and a lot of family drama, then pick this one up.

Amazon: 4.3

B&N: 3.9

Goodreads: 3.81

My rating: 3 stars

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello all!

 

I’m currently reading ‘The Magicians’ by Lev Grossman (just thought I’d share that with you), and enjoying the parallels with the TV show.

 

The real reason for this post however: I’ve decided that I’m going to do a review of the book I finished last night, so no ACTUAL post today…

 

stay tuned…

 

 

Dee ^_^