Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday(44):Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About: 

Melissa's Picks
  1. Born to Rock by Gordon Korman, I literally remember nothing from this book other than the fact that I enjoyed.
  2. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, I member some of what happened and like all of E Lockharts books I loved this one but the details are fuzzy.
  3. Four Summers by Nyrae Dawn, Apparently I wrote a review for this book and thought it was wonderful but i remember next to nothing about this book...so there's that.
  4. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff, I remember the general idea of this novel.There were changelings and mysterious creatures... but I'm missing a few details. I definitely have been thinking of rereading this novel.
  5. Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos, I remember nothing at all about this book. Seriously nothing...Walt Whitman was mentioned...
Jessica's Picks
  1. Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) by Neal Shusterman, I am pretty sure I remember the plot but then it's all gray after that. There was death involved, I remember that much...
  2. Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray,  I am currently reading this book but it's taking me longer than I would like to admit. I have to start over every-time I stop. Lair of dreams is a faster read than The Diviners but I can't remember...
  3. One was Lost by Natalie D. Richards, Details are gray but I remember that someone dies. Possible love story? Lots of running?
  4. Rose Blood by A.G. Howard, This was my first "Phantom of the Opera" retelling but I did not finish the book. I heard that it was a great read but I just remember not liking the story or main character. Lots of singing...or she would have headaches?
  5. The Wicked Awakening of Ann Merchant by Joanna Wiebe, ......This was the sequel, and I was lost the entire book. I did not know it was a sequel, just grabbed the book from the library...
These are the books that did not leave a lasting impression on us, or we simply can't remember. What books have you read but can't remember much about them?

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Review/Rant: Hawkeye Comics

Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a WeaponHawkeye, Volume 2: Little HitsHawkeye, Volume 3: L.A. WomanHawkeye, Volume 4: Rio Bravo
Hawkeye, Volume 5: All-New HawkeyeHawkeye, Volume 6: Hawkeyes 
I don't normally review comic books like at all,however  not to long ago I finished reading Matt Fraction and David Aja’s extremely excellent Hawkeye series.Followed by Jeff Lemire and  Ramon Perez's splended Hawkeye series. And I just had to write a post ranting about both...

 I have never been that into comics or graphic novels.It wasn't until early last year that I really started reading comics.The comics that really got me into them are The Black Widow seris by,The Ms. Mavel series by,Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and of course the Hawk series.
While all those are really great comics it's the Hawkeye comics that have a special place in my heart.

They made me laugh and have also made me cry, and I was sad that Matt Fraction and David Aja’s awesome Hawkeye series came to an end. And that the Clint Barton as he existed in that particular series was no more.All six volumes of comics were great and pulled in the reader by the heartstrings.I enjoyed reading about and everyday flawed super hero who was very baseline human. No superpowers in sight.No suit of amour. Clint was a regular guy just trying to get by and do the right thing.
The art work was magic! From all of Aja's work to the beautiful back story art done by Perez. I loved it all.The stories in all six volumes were ell done as well.I really like the Kate bishop was portrayed as her own version of Hawkeye not a sidekick or anything else like that.(Fun Fact Kate Bishop has her own series now by Kelly Thompson  & It is wonderful)

When I look up what people say about all 6 volumes People constantly compare Matt Fraction and David Aja’s run to Jeff Lemire and  Ramon Perez's run.Which is understandable but I think both runs have pro&cons that make them stand out. To quote one of the most over used phrases ever that I used as a camp counselor I think when talking about both runs people should, "Share not Compare."

So there you go there's my rant/kinda review on the Hawkeye comics.I recommend that everyone check them out!!! 5/5

Waiting on Wednesday (86) Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now & Bruja Born

This lovely picture is borrowed from Thoughts on Tomes, you should check out her page!!

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: Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now
Author: Dana L. Davis
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Release Date: May 1st, 2018

For sixteen-year-old Tiffany Sly, life hasn’t been safe or normal for a while. Losing her mom to cancer has her a little bit traumatized and now she has to leave her hometown of Chicago to live with the biological dad she’s never known.

Anthony Stone is a rich man with four other daughters—and rules for every second of the day. Tiffany tries to make the best of things, but she doesn’t fit into her new luxurious, but super-strict, home—or get along with her standoffish sister London. The only thing that makes her new life even remotely bearable is the strange boy across the street. Marcus McKinney has had his own experiences with death, and the unexpected friendship that blossoms between them is the only thing that makes her feel grounded.

But Tiffany has a secret. Another man claims he’s Tiffany’s real dad—and she only has seven days before he shows up to demand a paternity test and the truth comes out. With her life about to fall apart all over again, Tiffany finds herself discovering unexpected truths about her father, her mother and herself, and realizing that maybe family is in the bonds you make—and that life means sometimes taking risks.

 Why am I excited?, because Tiffany looks like me, and it's hard to find books where I can relate on a personal level but more importantly so can others. #ownvoices and #diversebooks Can't wait to read, and find out more about Tiffany!

 Title: Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas#2) 
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: June 5th 2018

Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula's world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn't the only one who's been brought back... 

Brujas,Brooklyn and people back from the dead!! Oh my!! I was a huge fan of Labyrinth Lost(My Review) and now I cant wait to read this companion novel!! June 5th needs to get here asap!!

These are the books we're excited for, drop a comment below and let us know what you're waiting for!! 

Top Ten Tuesday(43)Bookish Resolutions/Goals

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks top ten is Bookish Resolutions/Goals

Melissa's Top Ten Bookish Goals:
  1. Make a dent in my TBR pile I have so maany books just gathering dust.I feel like this is the year I attack my TBR
  2. Read more classics. When I say this I do mean all the classics. 
  3. Read Non-fiction- I have so many memoirs I want to read I feel like this is the year to start on them.
  4. #RivetedReadingChallenge 25 goals i'm setting for myself this year.
  5. Reread my faves I want to fall in love with my favorites all over again
Jessica's  Top Ten Bookish Goals:

1. Reading books because I love reading! Not just because the blog needs content. Sometimes my reading felt forced, therefore my reviews were not as comprehensive as they should have been,.
2. Read different genres, try a something new! I don't usually read ya books where the romance is main theme/plot but I'm going to try!
3. Read 20 books or more this year! Not sure how many I read last year but I will keep track this year.
4. Start writing more, I am a procrastinator to the fullest! I have to set aside time to write, write what? I have no idea but I will let writing be my outlet.
5. Read the books on my bookshelf, I haven't read...I tend to buy books, but not set aside time to read them. I like collecting books, and apparently letting them...I will do better

What are your Bookish Goals/Resolutions for 2018??

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Review: Queen Of Tearling

Title: The Queen of The Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen
Publisher:  Harper Paperbacks
Magic, adventure, mystery, and romance combine in this epic debut in which a young princess must reclaim her dead mother’s throne, learn to be a ruler—and defeat the Red Queen, a powerful and malevolent sorceress determined to destroy her.

On her nineteenth birthday, Princess Kelsea Raleigh Glynn, raised in exile, sets out on a perilous journey back to the castle of her birth to ascend her rightful throne. Plain and serious, a girl who loves books and learning, Kelsea bears little resemblance to her mother, the vain and frivolous Queen Elyssa. But though she may be inexperienced and sheltered, Kelsea is not defenseless: Around her neck hangs the Tearling sapphire, a jewel of immense magical power; and accompanying her is the Queen’s Guard, a cadre of brave knights led by the enigmatic and dedicated Lazarus. Kelsea will need them all to survive a cabal of enemies who will use every weapon—from crimson-caped assassins to the darkest blood magic—to prevent her from wearing the crown.

Despite her royal blood, Kelsea feels like nothing so much as an insecure girl, a child called upon to lead a people and a kingdom about which she knows almost nothing. But what she discovers in the capital will change everything, confronting her with horrors she never imagined. An act of singular daring will throw Kelsea’s kingdom into tumult, unleashing the vengeance of the tyrannical ruler of neighboring Mortmesne: the Red Queen, a sorceress possessed of the darkest magic. Now Kelsea will begin to discover whom among the servants, aristocracy, and her own guard she can trust.

But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun—a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend . . . if she can survive.


So I picked up The Queen of Tearling on a whim thanks to a gorgeous  fantasy kingdom display at my local library.I'm really glad I saw it because I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Queen of Tearling.

 Kelsea was hidden away as a child and is now on her way to regain the throne. What I really liked about Kelsae's characters was her understanding of herself.She recognized her flaws (not the perceived flaws in her appearance that everyone harped on...this annoyed the hell out of me fyi) but her character flaws.. She was shockingly very self aware and sought to find her own path not defined by her mothers legacy or her guards ideas. Kelsea was a pretty fleshed out main character, as were a lot of the secondary characters.I like when the charecters I'm reading about almost seem real,Erika Johansen did an excellent job at this. So while most of the prominent side characters consisted of Kelsea's Royal Guard, I really remembered only one of them - the Mace and Pen - the rest I constantly forgot about. Then there was The Fetch who was supposed to be 'dark and intriguing' which I always love in my characters, but here, it just didn't work for me for some reason, I have no clue why.I can't wait to see his character evolve in the sequels.

The cover is quite pretty and I really dig the golden color scheme it has going on.All in all like I said I enjoyed reading The Queen of Tearling, even if sometimes the pacing was as slow a molasses. I would highly recommend this book to all the fantasy lovers that I now. 3/5
SN:This book helps me check off my first goal on the #RivetedReadingChallenge and that goal is number 3. Start a new series!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday (85) The Diminished & Lets Talk About Love

This lovely picture is borrowed from Thoughts on Tomes, you should check out her page!!

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: The Diminished (Untitled Duology #1) 
Author: Kaitlyn Sage Patterson
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: February 1st, 2018 

In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone. 

The singleborn 

A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him. 

The diminished 

When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy. Raised by the anchorites of the temple after her family cast her off, Vi has spent her whole life scheming for a way to escape and live out what's left of her life in peace. 

As their sixteenth birthdays approach, Bo and Vi face very different futures—one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagined...... 

I love the cover, reminds of a fairytale! This books sounds awesome, secret life, possible death, and romance! This is Kaitlyn's debut novel, you should check it out!

Title:  Let's Talk About Love
Author: Claire Kann 
Publisher:  Swoon Reads
Release Date: January 23rd 2018 

Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting--working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she's asexual). Alice is done with dating--no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.

But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).

When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood

Let's Talk About Love is a book with a BIROMANTIC ASEXUAL WOC as MC???
Look at that cover!! Look at that synopsis!!I can't wait to get my hands on that book.

These are the books we're excited for, drop a comment below and let us know what you're waiting for!! 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday(42):Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To

This week the topic for Top Ten Tuesday, is"Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn't Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!),"let's discuss all the books we have gather in out TBR pile destine to linger till we have time.

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Melissa's Picks
1. Like Water by Rebecca Podos Ahh Everything about  this book screams lovely, and I need to get on reading this book.
2. Once and for Allby Sarah Dessen When this book came out I was hyped. Sarah Desson is one of my faves I have no idea why I haven't read this book yet.
3.The Education of Margot Sánchez by Lilliam Rivera This book is described as Pretty In Pink but in the Bronx. That's all I read to know that  I would need to read this book at some point.
4. Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman  I have had this book on my book shelf since I've won it from a goodreads giveaway...I am determined to read it this year.
5. Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali  I checked this book out from the library shortly after it came out but let it sit on my desk till I had to return it. My plan is to check this book out and actually read it. 

Jessica's Picks

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, I received this book as a gift, and started reading. It was going great but then I got to the part where Starr's family went to visit Khalil's grandmother, and aunt. It broke me I tried to start reading this book again but I couldn't. My plan is to start this book again, and finish it. 
2. Dear Martin by Nic Stone,  I haven't had a chance to read this book yet but Melissa said it's a great read!! I will read this, this year!!
3. Wild Beauty by 
4. Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović (Hibiscus Daughter #1),  I love amazing covers, it's the first thing that catches my eye! This book is calling me to read it too! Can't fall in love, secret magic powers, and curse on the family?? Love it!
5. Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray ( The Diviners #3), I saw this book online, and loved the cover. Finally made it to the library, to check this book out Only to find out that it was part of a series because when I find a book I like I apparently don't do research...I just rent the books or buy them haha But honestly The Diviners series is actually good, and it's set in the 1950's! Also I did not check this book out, I ended up getting the first book.

Let us know what books you meant to read in 2017 but you didn't get too, and totally want to read in 2018!!

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