Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday #28: Flame in the Mist

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: Flame in the Mist
Author: by Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Expected publication: May 16th
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy


Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.


 
What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon







Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #68: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book





Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book -- tell us all your book turn offs!



Tina's Picks - Book Turn Offs

Weak Characters
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29519514-broken-prince

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23299513-the-shadow-queen


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30183.Marked


Weak Story

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6186357-the-maze-runner?ac=1&from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17399160-snow-like-ashes

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6487308-fallen?ac=1&from_search=true

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10507293-the-selection

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10637748-the-pledge

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11614718-delirium?ac=1&from_search=true


What are some of your bookish pet peeves?



Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday 56! April 21, 2017



The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice

1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
3. Find any sentence, or few, just don't spoil it.


4. Post it.

"I tell myself, as sternly as possible, that is how things work here. We do dangerous things and people die. People die, and we move on to the next dangerous thing. The sooner that sinks in, the better chance I have at surviving initiation." 




Have a great weekend!

Xo,

Wendy

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday Thrills 4/20/2017

TGIT
This week was a pretty tough week, and all I want is pizza and Netflix for the weekend. I'm also going to be honest and say that I'm not making any progress on my TBR. ahhhh. Don't Judge Me. I've been sucked into binge watching multiple shows, which brings me to today's Thursday Thrills! I'm going to share a few of my favorite binge worthy shows and in no particular order because they're all great. So hope you enjoy :)

1. Game of Thrones: Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros; A forgotten race returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Image result for game of thrones wallpaper

2. The Client List: Riley is a single mother living in a small Texas town and leading a shocking double life.



3. Nashville: A fading country music star comes into conflict with a rising young star.

Nashville Poster

4. 13 Reasons Why: Follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.



5. Big Little Lies: Tells the tale of three mothers of first graders, whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder.

Big Little Lies Poster

Xo,
Wendy 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

"Waiting On" Wednesday #27: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.


Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author: by Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Expected publication: May 2nd
 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance


Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?


 
What are you waiting for this Wednesday?  Let us know in the comment section below.

-Shon







Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday #67: Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book





Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book (any topic or theme or ANYTHING (ie if X person recommends it) that will make you instantly want to pick up a book.)





Tina's Picks - I absolutely adore retellings.  I don't always pick one up but the story needs to capture my interest and have a new perspective. 

My current reads are Beauty & The Beast retellings:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24485589-hunted?from_search=true
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15839984-cruel-beauty
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16096824-a-court-of-thorns-and-roses?ac=1&from_search=true
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13206760-scarlet
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22544764-uprooted
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8089.Rose_Daughter
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6956621-beastly
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17428643-the-beast-within

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Reviews - This Song Will Save Your Life




This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Published October 10th 2013 by Macmillan Children's Books
Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Coming of Age, Contemporary, Romance, Music, High School, Teen
Page: 276
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
Review by: Tina
 

Synopsis 

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, This Song Will Save Your Life is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.



Review / Thoughts

This is such a refreshing fun read! At first, it reminded me of 13 Reasons Why, since my mind is still on the Netflix series I watched only a week earlier, then slowly the story unravels.

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There is such overwhelming sadness and loneliness in this story. There were several occasions when I looked into my own adolescence and remembered how difficult it was to be a teenager. The lack of self-worth, the struggles of acceptance, all were conveyed heavily in the story.

When Elise discovers she can express herself through her love for music, her world changes. I love the diverse list of songs mentioned in the book. When I heard We Are Your Friends by Justice vs. Simian, bright colors and feelings burst into my mind. I envision the power of music and see the crowd of dancing bodies jumping to the songs Elise plays. I love how the story revolves around music. It gives a magical essence. And Elise sees the fruits of her efforts. Very empowering and uplifting. It doesn't hurt that I'm also reminded of the movie We Are Your Friends starring Zac Efron. Another powerful story about the love of music.