Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #295 - Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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Truly Devious
(Truly Devious #1)
by Maureen Johnson
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Publication Date: January 16th 2018
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
ISBN: 9780062338051

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New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson weaves a delicate tale of murder and mystery in the first book of a striking new series, perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and E. Lockhart.

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”

Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.

True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

The two interwoven mysteries of this first book in the Truly Devious series dovetail brilliantly, and Stevie Bell will continue her relentless quest for the murderers in books two and three. (Goodreads)

A new book by Maureen Johnson... Yes, please!!
It's been waaaaay too long since I've read a book by her,
and this one sounds awesome!

I managed to snag a review copy of the book, and I can't wait to get started on it!
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Monday, November 20, 2017

My Thoughts: Follow Me by Sara Shepard

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Follow Me
(The Amateurs #2)
by Sara Shepard
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Publication Date: November 7th 2017
Publisher: Freeform Books
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781484742280
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary | Mystery
Source: Review Copy

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It was the perfect night for a party.

That is, until twenty-one-year-old Chelsea Dawson disappeared. The social media star was last seen enjoying a beautiful summer night at the Jersey Shore with her friends. But after an explosive fight with her ex-boyfriend, she vanished without a trace.

When Seneca, Maddox, Aerin, and Madison hear about the suspected kidnapping, they notice a jarring detail about the victim: she looks exactly like Aerin’s sister, Helena, who was killed five years earlier. Seneca is convinced she knows who killed Helena, and she can’t shake the feeling that the same person has taken Chelsea.

Desperate for answers about the two girls, and the truth behind her mother’s murder, Seneca will stop at nothing to find out if the cases are linked. So when Maddox receives an invitation to the Shore from none other than their primary suspect, the Amateurs begin an intense new investigation.

Full of disturbing secrets, startling twists, and horrifying revelations, the second book in #1 New York Times best-selling author Sara Shepard’s The Amateurs series follows the team down a twisted path—one crafted by a brilliant killer. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Follow Me is the second book in The Amateurs series by Sara Shepard, and I’m super excited to have had the opportunity to have read this sequel! I read the first book last year, and, being a somewhat newbie to Sara’s writing style, I found myself completely captivated by the story. I was really looking forward to seeing what was going to happen next in this much anticipated sequel, and it was definitely worth the wait!

The book picks up a few months after where The Amateurs leaves off. A new girl has gone missing, and Seneca, Maddox, Aerin, and Madison are brought together once again by a mysterious friend from the past, to try to figure out what happened exactly to the missing girl, and who, in fact, kidnapped her in the first place. I have to say that these characters are pretty awesome detectives, definitely better than I am!

As I mentioned above I’m pretty new to Sara Shepards writing, (I believe this is only the third book I read of hers), but I really appreciate how she grabbed my attention early on in the novel, and left me curious enough to finish the book fairly quickly. (This is not an easy feat for me lately, so I definitely appreciate something that can grab my attention.)  And this book is under 300 pages, so it's definitely a quick read. The book ends with a pretty massive cliffhanger, and it’s one that will stick with me until the next book is released and where we will (hopefully) get details. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.

Overall; Follow Me is a quick, mysterious read that will keep you guessing and have you flying through the pages. If you’re a fan of Sara Shepard and have not yet check out The Amateurs series, think about adding it to your TBR today!

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Week in Review • Week 46



Happy Sunday, and Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the previous week.
Check back every Sunday for new post updates!

Now, here's what I've been up to this week!

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This week I finished two review books -- The first being Artemis by Andy Weir, which happened to be one of my most anticipated reads of 2017, and Follow Me by Sara Shepard, which I'm hoping to have my review up for this week!

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I also finished my reread of The Scorpio Races this week for #AlltheBooksReadalong! I really enjoyed rereading this book so much. It's the perfect fall read!

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I'm *still* not caught up on any of my shows, but I DID get to see two movies this weekend, the first being Thor: Ragnarok which I saw with the family, and is possibly my most favorite Thor movie yet.

The second movie was Murder on the Orient Express, which I really enjoyed as well. The movie has an amazing cast, and was very true to the book.

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Happy Sunday, friends! Are you having a great weekend? Mine has been a busy one!

Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week? I'm looking forward to having The Hubby home from work this week, and the kiddos will be home the second half of the week. I'm also looking forward to being lazy and eating LOTS of food on Thursday, and hopefully I'll be able to get in some reading time as well!

That's about all for me this week. What have you been up to??

Friday, November 17, 2017

My Thoughts: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

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Murder on the Orient Express
(Hercule Poirot #10)
by Agatha Christie

Publication Date: June 4th 2007 (first published 1934)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pages: 274
ISBN: 9780007119318
Genre: Adult Fiction | Mystery | Classic
Source: Own & Library Audiobook

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"The murderer is with us - on the train now..."

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again... (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I have been pretty excited to read Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie since I discovered that a remake of the movie was coming out, and that a lot of my favorite actors would be starring in it. Then, the more I read about the book, the more excited I became to actually read it. I was so excited, in fact, that I chose it for my book club pick for this month! (What better way to spend the month than to read the book and seeing the movie!) Having finally read the book, I’m now even more excited for the movie, which I’m hoping to see soon!

Let me start by saying that I’ve never read an Agatha Christie book before, though I hear of her books all the time, and I was curious to see what the fuss was about. I actually really enjoyed the mysterious storyline, even though it was a little predictable, and I figured out the plot pretty early in the story. (I would say I’m a good detective, but I’m really just naturally suspicious of pretty much everything. Bahaha!) Despite that, I was still hooked, and I ended up finishing this book in just one day.

Though I purchased a copy of the book last month to read, I ended up listening to the audiobook for it instead. There are actually TWO versions of the audiobook, should you decide to listen to one of them. The one I listened to was narrated by the talented Dan Stevens (from Downtown Abbey), and I really, really enjoyed his narration of the story. The second audiobook is narrated by Kenneth Branagh, who also plays Hercule Poirot in the new movie, and I definitely plan to listen to his version soon as well. (And yes, I’m definitely going to read the book too!)

Overall; Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie was not at all what I expected, and though it was a little predictable, I did enjoy the story! I’m really looking forward to reading (and listening) to it again soon, and seeing the movie, both the new one and the original one, as well!



Thursday, November 16, 2017

My Thoughts: Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan

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Eight Days on Planet Earth
by Cat Jordan
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Publication Date: November 7th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780062571731
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: e-Arc

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How long does it take to travel 13 light-years to Earth?
How long does it take to fall in love?

To the universe, eight days is a mere blip—but to Matty Jones, it may be just enough time to change his life.

On the hot summer day Matty’s dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the Jones farm—the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a spaceship supposedly landed fifty years ago. She is uniquely beautiful, sweet, and smart, and she tells Matty she’s waiting for her spaceship to return to pick her up.

Of course she is.

Matty has heard all the impossible UFO stories for all of his seventeen years: the conspiracy theories, the wild rumors, the crazy belief in life beyond the stars. As a kid, he searched the skies with his dad and studied the constellations. But all that is behind him now. Dad’s gone and Matty’s stuck.

But now there is Priya. The self-proclaimed alien girl. She must be crazy or high, right?

As Matty unravels the mystery of Priya, he realizes there is far more to her than he first imagined.
And if he can learn to believe in what he can’t see: the universe, aliens…love…then maybe the impossible is possible, after all. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

The first thing that drew me to Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan was the science-fiction feel that I got while reading the summary of the book. I love a good book about space, and since it’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to read one, I was really looking forward to reading this one. I read and enjoyed Cat’s previous book The Leaving Season last year, so I had really high hopes for this one. The book was not at all what I was expecting, but was an enjoyable read none-the-less!

As I mentioned above, I went into this book thinking that it was going to be a science-fiction type book, but it was actually more of a contemporary novel. (There were parts about space mentioned throughout the story though, and I really enjoyed those.) This was actually a pretty sweet contemporary novel that follows Matty through the loss of his father, who up and left out of the blue one hot summer morning, to his discovery of Priya, a girl claiming she was from outer space, in a field near his house one afternoon. (A field, I should also add, where a space ship crash landed a few decades before.) The book is full of surprises and revelations for both Matty and Priya over the course of the eight days, and it was interesting to follow the story through Matty’s eyes.

Overall; While Eight Days on Planet Earth was not at all the book I was expecting, it was still an interesting book to read, and I’m glad I was able to fit it on my reading list for this month. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for more books by Cat in the future!



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My Thoughts: Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga

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Here We Are Now
by Jasmine Warga
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Publication Date: November 7th 2017
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781444791785
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: e-Arc

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Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she'd ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense - kinda - because Julian Oliver is Taliah's father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father - her grandfather - who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother's trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her 'father' and her family. But Julian isn't the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother's past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I was really excited to get started on Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga. I had read her previous book, My Heart and Other Black Holes a few years ago, and it was one of those stories that really stuck with me, so I was curious to see how this one would compare.

Since she was thirteen years old, Taliah has guessed at whom her father was, but has never met him, and her mother has never named names. Based on evidence that Taliah has discovered, but never told her mom about, she thinks that her dad may be rock star Julian Oliver. When Julian arrives on her doorstep one afternoon out of the blue, Taliah begins to think she may be right. And when he asks her to take a road trip with him to meet the family she’s never known, as well as her dying grandfather, she decides to go, to discover all the things she’s missed out on for so long.

The storyline for this book was definitely different from that of that of Jasmine’s previous book. While it did touch bases on important things throughout the story, the storyline was pretty upbeat. And, coming in at right around 300 pages, it was a really quick read as well. I actually ended up listening to the audiobook for this, which I surprisingly found on Hoopla* on the day book was released, and since I’m all about audiobooks lately, I decided to check it out in that format instead. I’m so glad I did! Soneela Nankani did a great job narrating the book, and I really enjoyed having her read the story to me.

Overall; Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga was a quick and interesting read, and I’m so glad to have had the chance to read it this month! I’m really looking forward to reading more by Jasmine in the future as well, and I’ll be keeping my eye out for her next book, Other Words for Home, which is due to release in 2018!

*Hoopla is a digital media service offered by my local library! It has an amazing assortment of audiobooks, and also offers ebooks, movies and tv shows as well.



Waiting on Wednesday #294 - Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Obsidio
(The Illuminae Files, #3)
by Amie Kaufman
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& Jay Kristoff
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Publication Date: March 18th 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780553499193

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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, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken. (Goodreads)

Ah, is anyone else super excited to get their hands on Obsidio?!
I absolutely loved Illuminae, and I'm hoping to re-read it and finish Gemina before
Obsidio is released in March!

If you've not yet checked out this series, you should totally do so!
(And soon!)
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

My Thoughts: Artemis by Andy Weir

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Artemis
by Andy Weir
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Publication Date: November 14th 2017
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780553448122
Genre: Adult Fiction | Science-Fiction
Source: Review Copy

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Jazz Bashara is a criminal.

Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent.

Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself—and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I’ve just recently become obsessed with all things about space and that is partially due to Andy Weir’s first book, The Martian, which I read back in 2015 and ended up absolutely loving. So, of course Andy’s newest book, Artemis, was one of my most anticipated I wanted to read this year. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book, and having just finished it, I can honestly say, I loved it just as much as The Martian!

Can I start off by saying that there are SO many fun characters in this story, including the main character, Jazz, who is a pretty awesome bad-ass. Yeah, she may be kind of a criminal, but really more of a harmless smuggler, who is actually way smarter than I feel she gives herself credit for. There’s so much to love about her; her confidence and determination, and her ability to keep calm in difficult situations are just a few. She doesn’t always make the best of decisions throughout the story, but she has a way of making things work the way she wants them to, and you have to give her that! She’s seriously pretty awesome, as are so many of the other characters in the story. Read the book so you can meet them for yourself!

As I mentioned above, I’m pretty obsessed with The Martian, (both the book and the movie), and I was super excited to see how Artemis would compare. Of course I knew the story would be completely different, but the writing was so familiar as well, the style reminded me very much of that in The Martian. And, either Andy is super smart about science, or he *really* does his homework beforehand, because he does a great job at explaining all the science-y things that I don’t have a clue about. One would think I would completely space out at these parts, but instead I find them completely fascinating. I also love that the story had me in giggles more than a few times as well as I flew through the pages. That just made me love the story even more. Basically I loved everything about this book, and I ended up reading it in just a few hours time! (That doesn’t happen very often lately, so you KNOW it had to be an enjoyable read for me.)

Overall; I really enjoyed reading Artemis! I love the book just as much as The Martian and I hope they end up making a movie for this one as well. I’m patiently waiting for my library to get the audiobook in, which is narrated by the amazing Rosario Dawson, and I totally plan to listen/read the book again as soon as possible. If you’re a fan of The Martian, do check out Artemis! I know you’ll enjoy it as well.



Monday, November 13, 2017

My Thoughts: The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase
by Cynthia Hand
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Publication Date: October 24th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 389
ISBN: 9780062318503
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retellings
Source: e-Arc

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On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn't.

And then she died.

Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge--as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . . (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand was definitely a book that I was looking forward to reading this year, not only because I really love Cynthia Hand, but also because it’s a holiday book, and there are just not enough holiday books in my life. I’m a little late getting my thoughts up for the book, but I finally finished it, and it was a really great read!

The Afterlife of Holly Chase is a take on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, a story that most people are familiar with. Holly, once a Scrooge herself who did not manage to turn her life around in time, is spending her afterlife working as The Ghost of Christmas Past for Project Scrooge, a top-secret company that picks a new Scrooge every year to try to save. Being stuck in the afterlife, frozen as a teenager for the past few years, is not really all it’s cracked up to be. But this year is different, and things are definitely starting to change for Holly and Project Scrooge.

There were a lot of interesting characters to follow in the story, including the main character, Holly. I can definitely see why she was chosen as a Scrooge in the beginning of the story; she definitely wasn’t a nice person. But I enjoyed watching her grow throughout the story. I really enjoyed the workers at Project Scrooge as well, including Stephanie the Intern, who was probably my favorite character in the whole story. There are a lot of people to like in the story!

As I mentioned above, there just aren’t a lot of holiday books in YA, and I’m thrilled to have had a new one to read this year. (They definitely help to get you in the holiday spirit!) I love the references and similarities from A Christmas Carol, and I now feel the need to read the original story as well. I’m definitely going to try to make time to read more holiday books this season! It’s the perfect time of year for them!

Overall; I really enjoyed reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand! It’s the perfect book to have on your holiday reading list this year, and it will definitely put you in the holiday spirit. I will definitely have to re-read this book again next year as well! Check it out!



Sunday, November 12, 2017

Week in Review • Week 45



Happy Sunday, and Welcome to my weekly Week in Review post!

Here I share all the things I've been up to during the previous week.
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Now, here's what I've been up to this week!

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This week I actually finished four books, which is pretty good considering how little time I've had to read lately. Here We Are Now by Jasmine Warga and Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan are both review books I had to read for this month, and I'm hoping to have my thoughts up for them this coming week!

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I also finished The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand, with was a review book from last month that I had been working on, and I really wanted to finish it. I also *finally* read Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, which is my book club pick for this month, and I really enjoyed it. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Dan Stevens and it was SO good! Now I just have to see the movie!

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I didn't have a chance to watch TV this week, again, but I did watch Cruel Intentions with my book club girls, and I also *finally* watched Bad Moms as well! (I found it to be very relatable. Haha!) I totally need to go see Bad Moms Christmas now. :)

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Can you believe this month is going by so quickly?! How is it almost mid-November already?? This week was actually a pretty good week. I feel like I've read a lot, I'm hoping that I can keep up that reading momentum for the rest of the month. That would be awesome if I could! :)

I'm also desperately trying to get all the other things in my life organized, in hopes of getting caught up in some way, because I currently suck at all the things, so wish me luck with that!

That's about all I've been up to this week, so...
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