Sunday, June 25, 2017

Week in Review • Week 25

Good Sunday morning, Bookworms!!
Can you believe that the last week of June starts tomorrow??
Where has the month gone?
I feel like it's gone by so quickly, and I've not accomplished anything.

Here's what I was up to this week!

This week I finished two books, The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner, which I enjoyed a lot more than I expected to, and Until it Fades by K.A. Tucker. I'm hoping to have my thoughts for Until it Fades up on the blog tomorrow!

I didn't watch any movies this week, but I have spent some time trying to get caught up on Timeless and Riverdale!!

If you're on Instagram, join Lori (@loriimagination) and I for our July Book Challenge, #AlltheBooksJuly!! We had SO much fun hosting this in June, and I can't wait to get started on the July prompts. :) Join us!

As much as I hate to see Summer go by so quickly, I can't WAIT for July to get here already. As of today, all of the kids are finished with their summer camps and practices, and we have ALL of July free. Plus, our vacation at the beach is only 3 weeks away, and I can't wait. :)

That's all for me this week. I hope to have a better update for next week!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #281 - Warcross by Marie Lu
(Warcross #1)
by Marie Lu
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Publication Date: September 12th 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780399547966

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all. (Goodreads)

Does this book sound completely fascinating, or what??
Emika sounds really awesome, and I can't wait to 'meet' her!
I've only read one book by Marie Lu before, but I have ALL of her books on my TBR.
I'm super excited to get started on Warcross!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't

June 20:  Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't

1. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas - Would you believe that I have ALL of the books in this series sitting on my shelf, and I STILL haven't read it yet?!

2. Six of Crows Series by Leigh Bardugo - Same as above. I own this and Crooked Kingdom, and I still haven't read it yet. Sigh.

3. The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken - I just recently added this series to my collection, having read Passenger and Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken. All the movie news has me SUPER excited to finally start the series.

4. The Dark Artifices Series by Cassandra Clare - I can't believe I'm even admitting to owning a Cassandra Clare book that I've not yet read. UGH, what is wrong with me?? I'm hoping to squeeze this one into my TBR this month.

5. Talon Series by Julie Kagawa - Again, how do I own a WHOLE series by Julie Kagawa that I haven't read yet? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!?!

6. Legend Series by Marie Lu - I just recently added this series to my collection, but I've been waiting to read it for quite a while now. I can't wait to finally do so!

7. The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan - Ah! I just recently re-read the Percy Jackson series, just so that I would have to story fresh in my mind and can FINALLY start this series! I'm really looking forward to it.

8. Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab - Again, I own all the books in this series, and I STILL haven't read it. *hangs head in shame*

9. The Bone Season Series by Samanta Shannon - I just added the first two books in this series to my collection last month, and I'm dying to start it already! The series sound so good.

10. The Queen of the Tearling Series by Erika Johansen - I added this series to my collection at the same time as The Bone Season series, and I'm just itching to start it! It sounds So good.

There you have it. My embarrassingly long list of series that I own and haven't yet started.
I need to fix this soon. SO MANY BOOKS!!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Sarah Dessen Readathon • Saint Anything
Saint Anything
by Sarah Dessen
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Publication Date: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Penguin Teen
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780141361734
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
Source: Own

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Peyton, Sydney's charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton's increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

Saint Anything was the final book on my list to read for my Sarah Dessen Readathon! I originally read Saint Anything back when the book first came out back in 2015, and I remember really enjoying the story when I read it. Yet, I feel like I enjoyed it even more the second time around, and that, my friends, is the best feeling ever!

I know I've probably said this in ALL of my reviews, but Sarah writes such awesome main characters. I'm always able to relate to them in some way or another, and that goes for the main character in this book as well. I knew exactly how Sydney felt as the story went along, and I actually related to her in more ways than one. Thank goodness she had really awesome friends, and even parents, though I wanted to scream at them more than a few times throughout the story. I love so many characters in this book. They are great friendships, and great romances, and so much more.

Now that I've read ALL of Sarah's books, I can look back and see how the books are connected, yet different in their own ways. I LOVE THIS. I love the settings and the storylines, and even the little cookies that she leaves for us throughout the books. I'm so glad that I decided to read all of these books over the past few weeks, not only because contemporaries are my favorite, but also because they all made an impact on me, all in different ways. I definitely see a reread of all of these books in the future.

Overall; Saint Anything was a great ending to my Sarah Dessen Readathon. While I'm thrilled that I can finally say that I've read ALL of Sarah's books, after having wanted to do so for so long, I am also so sad to be done with all the books! I still have Once and for All to read, but I'm saving it for a few more weeks, but I can't wait to dive into it as well. If you've made it this far with me, congrats to you! And if you're curious at all about Sarah's books, I implore you to definitely check them out. They are all SO worth the read.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Week in Review • Week 24

Despite the kids busy schedules, I actually had a really productive week this week!
(I swear they are just as busy with Summer activities as they were during the school year!)
I'm pretty surprised at how much I accomplished, but I'm hoping I can keep it up for next week!

Here's what I was up to this week:

This week I read three review books; Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts and Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson, both of which you can find reviews for on the blog. I also read The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, and I'm hoping to have my thoughts for it up on the blog soon as well.

This summer I'm apparently all about summer-themed books, so I checked out Secrets in Summer by Nancy Thayer at the library. I didn't love it as much as I had hoped to, but it was a good read, and it does have me wanting to read even more summer-themed books.

I also finished Saint Anything, the FINAL book on my list for my Sarah Dessen Readathon, which means I've officially read ALL of Sarah's books, and can FINALLY start Once and for All, BUT, I've decided to *try* to wait until next month to read it while we're on vacation.

And, last but not least, I finally my reread of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for the Wizarding World Book Club Readathon, which I seem to be slightly ahead of, but I enjoyed rereading the book nonetheless, and I can't wait for next month to get started on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

I also watched Singin' in the Rain with my book club girls this week, and I loved the movie SO much! This was my first time seeing the movie, though I've been wanting to watch it for a long time now, and I'm glad to have finally done so. I'm definitely going to have to rewatch it again soon.

Even though I totally don't want the Summer to go by so quickly, I am SO ready for it to be July already. One because the kids will be free of any school related activites that month, and also because, since they're not busy, we can finally go on vacation. Not a moment too soon, I might add. I totally need a break. Here's hoping I have another productive wee next week!

Friday, June 16, 2017

My Thoughts: Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
Royal Bastards
by Andrew Shvarts
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Publication Date: May 30th 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781484767658
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
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Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . . (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I’ve had a copy of Royal Bastards sitting on my shelf for a while now, and while it’s taking me longer than expected to get to it, I absolutely couldn’t wait to get started on it. Have you read the summary for the book? It sounds completely interesting, right? Well, it was!

The book is full of all kinds of interesting characters, but it was the female heroines in the story that I loved the most. Tilla was awesome, and though she was a royal bastard, she didn’t let that get to her, and proved more than once throughout the story that she could totally hold her own. Same goes for Lyriana, the visiting princess who managed to surprise me more than a few times throughout the story. I love that this story has strong female heroines! Don’t get me wrong, the guys aren’t too bad themselves, but the girls really made the book.

The storyline for the book was definitely fascinating, and I flew through the pages wanting to know what was going to happen next. There were a few pretty brutal parts in the story that made me a little squeamish, but I was too curious to know what was going to happen next to actually put the book down, as I usually would. This book has it all; action, suspense, love, betrayal, and so much more. I assume that there is going to be a second book, as some things were a bit left undone at the end, and I’m really curious to know what is going to happen next.

Overall; Royal Bastards was definitely an interesting read, and I really enjoyed it even more than I expected to. I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for info on a sequel, and, if there is one, it will definitely be added to my TBR as quickly as possible.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Thoughts: Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Midnight at the Electric
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
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Publication Date: June 13th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780062393548
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi
Source: Review Copy

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Kansas, 2065 Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before Launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own.

Oklahoma, 1934 Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called The Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire -- and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life -- Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.

England, 1919 In the recovery following World War One, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself?

While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

I was super excited to get started on Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson! The summary for the book sounded really interesting, and I love the cover as well. I’ve only read one other book of Jodi’s in the past, that being Tiger Lily, and I was definitely curious to read more.

The story of Midnight at the Electric is told by three different narrators, and I was completely fascinated by all of their stories. Adri’s story is told from the year 2065, and I really enjoyed the futuristic aspects of it, and the messages that it sends. Catherine’s story is told from 1934, and probably held me the most captive of all throughout the book. And then there’s Lenore’s story, told from 1919, which was pretty awesome to read as well. I really loved all of these ladies, and their stories, and how they entwine with each other, were completely fascinating to read about.

This book was a really quick read, coming in a less than 300 pages, and I read it just a few hours time. The storyline for the book was interesting, and I really enjoyed how the characters stories played out and entwined with each other. I was definitely fascinated with that. I’m not sure I really got the sci-fi parts of the story, especially the part about the Electric, which I expected to have a much bigger part in the story, but didn’t. I feel like the book would have been great even without those elements added. I was, however, completely fascinated by the parts about living on Mars, and would totally read a story just about that any day. The parts in the past were interesting to read about as well.

Overall; I found Midnight at the Electric to be a very interesting read! It was a quick, fascinating read that really draws you in, and keeps your flipping the pages for more. I’m even more curious to read more by Jodi now, and I’m hoping to get to the few I haven’t read of hers soon!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

My Thoughts: Everland by Wendy Spinale
(Everland #1)
by Wendy Spinale
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Publication Date: May 10th 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9780545836944
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Retelling
Source: Own

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The only way to grow up is to survive.

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived the destruction and the outbreak of a deadly virus are children, among them sixteen-year-old Gwen Darling and her younger siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the deadly Marauders—the German army led by the cutthroat Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook is on the hunt for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the surviving children. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.

Until one day when they grab Joanna. Gwen will stop at nothing to get her sister back, but as she sets out, she crosses paths with a daredevil named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it might cost Gwen more than she bargained for. And are Gwen, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart the ruthless Captain Hook? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts...

To be honest, I had Everland on my TBR for a while, but I didn’t know when I would have time to get to it. Then I helped with a promotion for the newest book in the series, and the more I read about the book, the more curious I became. When I noticed my library had the series on audiobook, I decided to go ahead and give them a try, and I’m SO GLAD I DID!!

I knew going into this book that it was a Peter Pan retelling with a twist,  but that didn’t at all prepare me for the story that I was about to read. I absolutely love retellings, and as I’ve not read many so far this year, I was really looking forward to diving into this one. I have to say I was definitely impressed!! The storyline was fascinating, and, as it was a retelling, very familiar. I enjoyed the twist in the storyline as well. The characters were also interesting, although at times it was hard to keep up with them all, but I loved Wendy and Pete and all the rest of the crew as well!

As I mentioned above, while I have a physical copy of this book, I opted to listen to the audiobook through my public library instead. I am so glad that I chose to do it this way, as the audiobook was SO GOOD!! The narrators were both great, Fiona Hardingham narrated for Wendy, and Steve West for Hook, and they were both perfection. If you have the option to listen to this on audiobook, you should totally should. You won’t regret it at all!

Overall; I really enjoyed reading Everland, so much more than I expected to! The storyline and characters were great, and I love the narrators for the audiobook as well. I’m super curious to get started on the next book, Umberland, which just recently released into the wild. I hope I enjoy it as well!

Waiting on Wednesday #280 - The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin
The Becoming of Noah Shaw
(The Shaw Confessions #1)
by Michelle Hodkin
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Publication Date: November 7th 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781481456432
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In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right. (Goodreads)

I don't know HOW I haven't yet used this for a WOW pick,
but it's a book that I'm SUPER excited about.
And now I really want to reread the Mara Dyer series.
I see a binge-read in my future!!
**"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
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