Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday(74): Odd & True

 Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from  Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for..

 Title: Odd & True
Release Date:September 12th 2017 
Publiser: Amulet Books  

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

Hot Dam! Odd & True sounds awesome!!I can't wait to read get my hands on it!!!

So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review:Genius:The Game

Title: Genius: The Game   
Author: Leopoldo Gout
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan)

"Knowledge expands freedom in all its forms. Knowledge breaks down walls. It liberates the oppressed. We are committed to knowledge. Knowledge as a hammer against classism, against sexism, against racism, against gender discrimination, against slavery, against bigotry, against war, against hatred. If there is darkness in the world, we will light it up."
Genius “The Game”

We are introduced to Rex, a coder, programmer, hacker, and the son of illegal Mexican immigrants; Tunde, an impoverished, self-taught Nigerian engineering prodigy; and Painted Wolf, a middle-class Chinese girl with a talent for uncovering government, and political corruption. 

Each has their own reason for entering The Game. A competition which brings together 200 of the brightest computer geniuses, hosted by 18-year-old CEO Kiran Biswas Tunde is competing to win to make sure his village does not get destroyed by an evil Nigerian Military Warlord. Rex is competing to find clues about his brother who disappeared, and he needs a quantum computer. Painted Wolf attends the game because she has a hunch that Kiran is doing something illegal. The contestants are competing for, what? I have no idea because the scenes involving The Game were anti-climactic. The book does get better once something dramatic happens but that is not until the end of the book. Minor flirting happening between Painted Wolf, and Rex. Genius: The Game ends on a cliff hanger which was a no go for me. The sequel Genius: The Con will be published August 2017.

I didn’t really know what to think of this book, it was written in computer code on most pages. I did not learn how to write code from this book unfortunately. I appreciated the diversity amongst the different characters. The cultural differences were shown, and respected. The diversity was refreshing, every character has their own struggle but were able to help each other overcome their issues. The innocence of their friendship is refreshing, you have three friends who bond over the love of computers. I did love how each character was able to have their own point of view. Jessica's Rating 3.5/5

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review:Witch Child

Title: Witch Child
Author: Celia Rees
Publisher: Candlewick / Bloomsbury
“I am Mary. I am a witch.”

Welcome to the diary of Mary Newbury, which opens with Mary watching her grandmother being put on trial for being a witch. We soon learn that Mary is actually the witch, and she knows it. She is taken by a mysterious women, and told that she will be sent to America. While traveling to America Mary starts her diary, and eventually settles with Puritans. Mary tries to stay under the radar but rivalries force to her defend herself from a group of jealous young girls.

Being taken by a mysterious woman whom she learns is her mother but this is her first and last time seeing her. There are also new characters we get a chance to meet the lonely minister, widow midwife, scholar, the Indian boy, and The Reverend. We eventually learn that Mary has “The Sight”, and can see qualities of person through their eyes. She will be given the name “Eyes of a Wolf” by a shaman, who she visits donned in boys clothes

This book was not a favorite for me, it turns out that I had already read this book. The book had two different covers, and it’s been a few years since I originally read the book. I was excited I love books with a supernatural theme but I just wasn’t a fan of this book. I found this book to be very realistic while describing the Salem Witchcraft trials, general life in the mid-17th century, the religiously obsessed people/reverend, language appropriate, and over all paranoia. Jessica's Rating 3/5

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday(73):Moxie and Don't Close Your Eyes

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from  Breaking the Spine and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for..

Melissa's W.O.W
Title: MOXIE
Author Jennifer Mathieu
Release Date:  September 19 2017

An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Mathieu, author of The Truth About Alice.


Vivan Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv's mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the 90's, and now Viv takes a page from her mother's past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She's just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!

Jessica's W.O.W,204,203,200_.jpg
When the past knocks, someone must answer.

In a bustling suburban neighborhood in Manchester, England, sits an unassuming house. There is no sign of life behind the unwashed windows, but Robin Marshall is inside. Driven by fears and obsessions, racked by anxiety, Robin is frantically pushing her body through punishing workouts, eating little, haunted by what happened to her family when she was a girl. Robin’s only connection to the outside world is through her rear windows and the lives she spies upon in the apartment house across the way. Then a stranger starts pounding on her door.

Sarah Marshall is Robin’s twin, estranged from her sister after their parents’ betrayal and a violation at the hands of a man she should have been able to trust. Sarah has recently lost custody of the child she loves more than anything and has set off on her own, hoping that somewhere in England she can find Robin, the braver twin, the rock star, the survivor, the savior.

These two young women, polar opposites, cannot go on unless they reckon with the past. While Sarah, slowly unraveling, searches for her sister’s hiding place, Robin sees another life hanging in the balance in the lighted windows across the street. It is a life only Robin can save—as long as she never looks away.

In a novel that is stunning in its twists, shocks, and gripping psychological suspense, two sisters find themselves on the razor’s edge of sanity. Untold secrets, a ghastly lie, and suffocating guilt hold them back. Only one astounding act can set them free. And one last revelation will leave readers gasping in surprise.
    I need to know why, Robin will not leave the house…

Hot Dam This looks good.I can't wait to get my hands on Moxie.
So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Author Interview:Teresa Jane

Teresa Jane author of Beastly Lights.

I have spent most of my life immersed in literary wonderlands, often forgetting to come up for a breath of reality. Most of my schooling was spent hiding my latest book beneath the table and jotting down notes in the margins to tell all of my friends later.

 Writing has always been my second love, and my imagination has been dominated by fairytales, daring knights and happily ever afters. There was no choice but to put pen to paper if only to retain some semblance of sanity.

I live in the greatest city in the world; Melbourne, Australia (and will not let anyone tell me otherwise) and when I’m not writing, I’m off trying to find the best places for tea and scones.
Go say hi!
1)    Describe your book in 3 words.
 Thrilling, passionate, emotional.

2)    What's your favorite part of being an author?
 I’d say the most enjoyable part about being an author is feedback. I love the reactions of the readers. Whether they’re good or bad. I love that something that makes one reader fall in love with my book has another one pulling their hair out. This is my first published story so I am grateful for all the positive feedback I’ve received, but I also appreciate all those who criticised it. I’m not perfect and neither are my stories. I’ll never be finished growing and developing as an author.
I guess what I also love about being an author is spending all my free time doing something I truly love.

3)    What are your thoughts on NA? What do you prefer to read YA or NA?
I like that NA books are about a time after high school. They’re after that moment in your life when you were living in a sort of bubble and you’re thrust into this transition stage and your life starts to go through some major upheaval. You’re no longer a teenager with teenage problems but you’re not an adult either. I guess I’m so attracted to it because I’m at that stage in my life right now. That being said, I still love to read YA novels. They have a level of passion in them that only really exists in that genre. There’s something special about reading someone experience something for the very first time.

4)    Dead or alive which musician would you like to meet?
All Time Low, I mean I know they’re a group of musicians but you can’t have one without the others. I missed them when they came to Australia and now I’m afraid they’ll never make it out here again.

5)    Diversity in books and the publishing industry is a huge topic. Whose voices do we see? Whose voices do we need more of? How can authors address that? 
Diversity is an issue that is important in any industry. Many of the most important voices in history have been heard through the written word and their voices reflect the opinions and views of that time. When people look back at the works of our time, I think it’s extremely important that everyone can see themselves no matter who they are. Anyone can write but not everyone gets published. While authors hold an important role, it’s the publisher who ultimately dictates who gets heard. It’s important that we as a reading public demand to hear those voices that regularly go unheard.

6)    Superhero or Supervillain? Why? 
Supervillain, and Loki is entirely to blame, and Heath Ledger’s performance of the Joker. I adore these two villains and I can never get enough of watching them. Villains have a complexity that, in my opinion, superheroes lack.
Title:Beastly Lights
Author:Teresa Jane
Published:March 29th 2017 
Publisher: Inkitt
Gambled away by her brother, Freya is now bound to the music world's resident bad boy Liam Henderson as his live-in maid.

Freya Coleman is a struggling artist who can hardly get by. With a past she would rather not revisit and a future that didn't extend past her next cup of coffee, something had to change. Freya just didn't know how much. Liam Henderson lives in the spotlight. His wild nights and latest conquests make every woman want him, and every man want to be him. The rockstar has a carefully constructed persona to keep everyone out. That is, until a drunken night gets out of hand and he finds himself with the winning hand in a poker game, and the prize is a feisty redhead. A prize who just might break down the walls he has been so desperately hiding behind. 

Thrown together, these two are a disaster waiting to happen. A disaster the world is eager to watch and comment on until their fingers drop off. What starts off as a fake relationship to improve Liam’s image, blossoms into so much more, and Freya is swept up into the world of bright lights and illusions. Everyone has an opinion when the lights are shining on their beloved rock god Liam Henderson, and they are eagerly waiting to tear down anyone who is bathed in the famous glow. 

Can happily ever after exist when the whole world is watching?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review:The Wish Granter

Title: The Wish Granter
Author: C.J. Redwine
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)

"He'll grant you the deepest desire of your heart, but in ten years he'll return for your soul."

The Wish Granter is the second installment in author C.J. Redwine's, Ravenspire series. This is a standalone within a series, and a retelling of Rumpelstiltskin. We enter the world of Ari and Thad who just so happen to be the bastard twins of the King. You would think this spares them from a life of hard-work, servitude, and possible privilege but no. Thad eventually is accepted as the King’s son, and being prepped as the heir but Ari has to work alongside their mother as servants to the King. The Queen has a child after 17 years of not conceiving, and “makes” the King banish Ari, Thad, and their mother. We also learn that the Queen has sent bounty hunters to kill off Thad, and Ari’s family.

Enter Alistair Teague who offers Thad a chance at the throne. As we all know this is not a good idea but ehh..Thad takes his chances, and the royal family is wiped out.With Ari, and Thad being the only heir’s even though they are repeatedly told they are bastards and do not deserve the crown. Ari, and Thad must now deal with being royals, and navigating the world with little to no help. Sebastian Vaughn is a troubled young man looking for an escape, and working for the newly crowned Prince is the way to go. Sebastian is a tough young man who was dealt a shit-hand at life, and is trying his best not to become his father. Ari finds out about her brothers “contract”, and is now on a mission to help free her brother from Alistair’s clutches. Alistair tries, and most times stop Ari from freeing Thad but not without violence, and death.

All three characters are trying to survive in the world they have been thrust into. Thad a broken young man who has made a deal with the devil to make sure his sister is protected. Not knowing the consequence of his actions would lead to his possible destruction, unless he plays by Alistair Teague’s rules. If only Thad knew that Alistair, is the reason for the Queen being able to conceive, and for the death of their beloved mother. Ari is just a curious young woman, who often finds herself in situations. Ari is forced to act as a princess, when all she wants is to bake, wear her old clothes, and flirt with Sebastian. Ari becomes the heroine we expect because Thad is too busy becoming a respected Prince. Thad just wants Ari to be more “princess like’ in case of his untimely death. Also Hansel and Gretel make an appearance, nothing like other fairy tales. They are complete opposites of each other but Hansel is very “happy”, while Gretel is “damaged, and angry”.

I personally liked parts of this book but not all. While I was writing my review I realized the book was actually good, I just have issues with Ari. I was not a big fan of the romance that happened, I thought it was really fast “puppy love”. Also this book is mainly about Ari, but I would have loved to know more about Thad. One of the reason’s I loved this book is due to the sibling love, clearly we see that Thad’s motivation is Ari. There was some violence which was unexpected for me, and I LOVED it.  Jessica's rating is 3.5/5

Teaser Tuesday(8)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Right,"I say."If you find yourself in hell,keep walking.That seems to be the theme of the night,"

She says, "Could be.Or maybe,if you think you're in hell, open you eyes.What you see may surprise you.
pg 157 Kate to a Stranger
You Know Me Well Nina LaCour & David Levithan

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