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

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: MOXIE
Author Jennifer Mathieu
Release Date:  September 19 2017
Publisher:

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.

MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!

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!

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!
Facebook/Twitter/Instagram
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Q&A
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.
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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

Author Interview:Caroline George






Caroline George, author of The Prime Way Program and The Vestige, resides in Nashville where she spends the majority of her time in hipster coffeehouses, sipping lavender mochas and undertaking over-the-top projects. She is a two-time Georgia Author of the Year nominee, speaker, blogger and writer for teen magazine Pursue. 
Caroline studies publishing and public relations at Belmont University and works as a publicist for local artists. 
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(Nashville, Tenn.) – The publishing industry has transformed over the past decade due to technological advancements. Traditional models of publication have unraveled, allowing authors, agents and publishers to conduct business through new channels and mediums. Because of the change, many publishing professionals, authors and readers have pondered the question: Has the publishing world come to an end?

Caroline George, author of The Prime Way Trilogy and The Vestige (Evernight Teen, June 2017), adapted to what some would consider a post-apocalyptic publishing landscape by incorporating innovation and entrepreneurship into her writing platform.

 After agents told her she was too young to have an author career, teenage George self-published her first two books without professional assistance and started what would become a thriving business. George recognized new opportunities within media and publishing, noted the needs and desires of readers her age, then structured her marketing plan accordingly. “Authors are entrepreneurs,” said George. “To be successful in the publishing industry, a writer must be able to view their art as a product and then strategically discover ways to sell the product. If authors, agents and publishers aren’t willing to adapt to market trends, they become irrelevant and ultimately, won’t survive in post-apocalyptic publishing.”
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Q&A
1)    What inspired you to write a book showcasing the danger of ignorance?  

I was sitting in Starbucks when I realized my life was pretty. The people around me sipping their lattes were pretty. The shopping mall across the highway was filled with pretty things. But when I checked my Yahoo news feed and saw disturbing headlines, I concluded that my life is nothing more than an illusion: The world isn’t a pretty place, yet it is unbelievably easy for people to go throughout their day without noticing the dirt. This realization led me to ponder the questions: What if the end of the world has already occurred? What if our final demise happened slowly, secretly . . . and we’ve been oblivious to it all?
If we live in a pretty bubble of shopping malls and Starbucks, could we miss the truth because we’re too comfortable to see it?
Unlike my other books, The Vestige is a call to action, a call to awareness.

2)If you had to pick an end of the world theme song what would it be?

Great question! If I survived the end of the world, my theme song would be Until We Go Down by Ruelle. If I was an apocalypse victim, which would most likely be the case, my theme song would be Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan.

3)You published your first two books while in high school. What are some of the most important things you learned during the publishing process? 

-        Stubbornness trumps talent.
-        To be successful, an author must know the current publishing market and act as his or her own advocate.
-        Rejection isn’t personal. I view each NO as a closed door, and someone cannot mourn a door that was never opened to them.
-        Don’t settle for what everyone else is doing, rather find a need and meet it. Think beyond the normal.
-        Criticism is motivation to continue.
-        Age shouldn’t limit someone from achieving their goals.

4)What would be your weapon of choice in a zombie apocalypse? 

          Good ole’ tactical shotgun.

5)There's a lot controversy about self-publishing versus traditional publishing, though self-publishing is becoming more widely accepted. What are your thoughts on that matter?’

When I first self-published, the model was new and considered the option for “unwanted authors,” meaning authors rejected by traditional publishers. However, self-publishing is more an entrepreneurial option, giving authors complete control of their work and a higher percentage of royalties. What most people don’t understand is the extensive work each author must do to successfully self-publish a book—people also don’t realize the publishing industry has completely transformed due to social media, the internet and retailers like Amazon. Self-publishing and boutique publishing are more feasible than ever before.

Discrimination shouldn’t be channeled at self-publishing as a mode of content delivery. Criticism should instead be directed at the quality of content.

6)Marvel or DC?

Marvel, without a doubt. I’m a huge fan.

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With five years of publishing experience, 20-year-old author Caroline George defies odds and steps into her next career chapter with latest apocalyptic book, The Vestige.

THE VESTIGE (COMING SUMMER 2017)

What if the end of the world has already occurred? What if our final demise happened slowly, secretly . . . and we’ve been oblivious to it all?

Julie Stryker has spent her life in the scenic streets of Charleston, South Carolina, bicycling to the local college, working at a coffeehouse, watching her family fall apart and back together. She has plans, dreams—all of which seem out of reach. Then she meets a handsome stranger at work, and she believes her life is on the brink of a much needed change.
But after a tragic accident, Julie is whisked away from the only home she’s ever known and confronted with a life-altering secret: The end of the world has already occurred and a portion of humankind has been kept oblivious.

Tossed into a hidden world of deception, Julie must confront the truth within herself and reveal the government’s layers before the end of the world becomes a permanent reality.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Review: Our Chemical Hearts

Title:Our Chemical Hearts
Author: Krystal Sutherland

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can't-eat-can't-sleep kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he's been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change.

Grace isn't who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn't your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland's brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

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Our Chemical Hearts is fan fucking-tastic!!! It’s filled with references to books, music, films, etc. that will make you smile big. As much as I hate to admit it I couldn't understand half of the references used.I'd be lying if I said I didn't look up a few things when I finished reading the book.One of my favorite things about Our Chemical Hearts is the fact that the whole Manic Pixie Dream Girls idea is poked and prodded at and  is kinda deconstructed. It's all about how you should love a girl, not just the idea of a girl.

The characters in this story are definitely grade A. Henry is the main character and seems very genuine and not perfect.Which is what I love! I'm a huge fan of main character having flaws,
So while the main focus of this book is solving the mystery that is Grace,while Henry builds a relationship with her,I fell like there are a lot of other really great aspect to the book.Like the relationships between friends and family. Henry, Lola, and Murray had the best friendship I've read about in a long time.They are very well developed humans, with great backstories and amazing personalities.The story is excellent and makes definitely makes you think and feel all the feels.

The cover is eye catching That ending  killed me I want to say I saw it coming and I kind of did but dam Krystal Sutherland killed me with that ending.Overall Our Chemical Hearts is beautiful, heartbreaking, hilarious and hella bittersweet. Our Chemical Hearts is a must read and I will happily recommend this book to anyone willing to give it a try.5/5

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday(72)They Both Die At The End

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: They Both Die At The End
Author:Adam Silvera
Release Date:  September 5th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

In the tradition of Before I Fall and If I Stay, They Both Die at the End is a tour de force from acclaimed author Adam Silvera, whose debut, More Happy Than Not, the New York Times called “profound.”

I keep hearing great hings about Adam Silvera and this book 
sounds awesome so I can't wait to read it.
So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday(36):10 Books From X Genre That I've Recently Added To My TBR List


Check out how Top Ten Tuesday works & the future schedule of topics HERE.The Top Ten Tuesday, is hosted by the ever-fabulous The Broke and the Bookish   This  meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

10 Books From X Genre That I've Recently Added To My TBR List

Melissa-So here is my Top 5 YA/NA Contemporaries I’ve Recently Added to my TBR


  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Contemporary)
  2. Boys South of the Mason Dixon (South of the Mason Dixon #1)by Abbi Glines (NA/Contemporary) 
  3. The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone (YA Contemporary)
  4. By Your Side by Kasie West (YA Contemporary)
  5. Just a Little Junk by Stylo Fantome  (NA/Contemporary) 
Jessica-Top 5 Fantasy and Other books That I've Recently Added To My TBR List
  1. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (horror/paranormal)
  2. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (nonfiction)
  3. American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Fantasy)
  4. The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Fiction)
  5. The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass  (Fantasy) 


So there you go,that's our  list of 10 Books From X Genre 
That We've Recently Added To Our TBR List
Comment and post a link of yours.:)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Review:The Careful Undressing of Love

Title:The Careful Undressing of Love
Author:Corey Ann Haydu

Everyone who really knows Brooklyn knows Devonairre Street girls are different. They’re the ones you shouldn’t fall in love with. The ones with the curse. The ones who can get you killed.

Lorna Ryder is a Devonairre Street girl, and for years, paying lip service to the curse has been the small price of living in a neighborhood full of memories of her father, one of the thousands killed five years earlier in the 2001 Times Square Bombing. Then her best friend’s boyfriend is killed, and suddenly a city paralyzed by dread of another terrorist attack is obsessed with Devonairre Street and the price of falling in love.

Set in an America where recent history has followed a different path.



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I was at the library and as soon as i picked up The Careful Undressing of Love I was hooked because of the sort of odd synopsis..This book was full of whimsy and kinda trippy in the best way. However sometimes I'd have to reread something twice because the book took a nosedive straight into "wtf" territory. Magical realism tends to mess with my head. I can't honestly say weather I loved The Careful Undressing of Love or not.

The story is told by one of the girls, Lorna, The Careful Undressing of Love is set in an alternate NYC in which unknown attackers bombed Times Square a few years before the novel takes place There is a variety of characters,the main ones are are the girls (and boy, they are LornaCruzCharlotteDelilahIsla) . I thought that Lorna and the other girls tended to blur together at times.I would have loved to learn about what Isla and Cruz thought especially towards the end of the book.I have so many questions I wish were answered.Is Devonnaire Street a cult? Is Angelika crazy? What happened to the other Devonnaire Street Girls at the end?Is Cruz ok? Despite the fact that I'd love to know the answers to my question,I hope the book stays a standalone.

The cover is quite pretty but i'm not going to lie I had no clue that the cover was a lemon tree till I started reading the book... I like how the cover looks sorta like a painting.As I mentioned I'm still not certain how I feel about the way it ends,however I would with out a doubt recommend this book to anyone who's into magical realism.The ending was absolutely heartbreaking and stunning all at once.3/5

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Armchair BEA Day 1: Introductions



Armchair BEA is for those people who cannot visit Book Expo America but still want to join in the fun. I really wish I was in NYC with my fellow bloggers who are attending BEA (Book Expo America), but sadly I can't. It all good though I’m more than happy to be a part of Armchair BEA! Over the next few days I will be joining in with this event and their daily blog post topic suggestions.


I am . . . Melissa a book nerd who also really digs crocheting.
Currently . . . Trying to figure this whole life thing out...one existential crisis at a time.
I love . . . Yarn,pizza,life, and occasionally battling dragons of all kinds.
My favorite . . .Song at this moment is May I Have This Dance by Francis and The Lights
 feat. Chance the Rapper
My least favorite . . . book trope is the older man or woman teacher hooking up with a student
My current read . . . A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas
My summer plans . . .Catching up on my TBR pile and soaking up some sun
My buddy . . .is my dog
My blog/channel/social media . . .is sporadic at best and kinda odd
The best . . .thing to drink on a rainy day is Abuelita's  Hot Chocolate

Waiting on Wednesday(71):Wild Beauty

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: Wild Beauty
Author:Anna-Marie McLemore 
Release Date: October 3rd 2017 by 
PublisherFeiwel & Friends

Love grows such strange things.
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.


The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family
Hot dam that synopsis sounds magical October needs to get here soon
So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)

Review:Fragile Eternity

Title: Fragile Eternity
Author: Melissa Marr

Seth never expected he would want to settle down with anyone - but that was before Aislinn. She is everything he'd ever dreamed of, and he wants to be with her forever. Forever takes on new meaning, though, when your girlfriend is an immortal faery queen.

Aislinn never expected to rule the very creatures who'd always terrified her - but that was before Keenan. He stole her mortality to make her a monarch, and now she faces challenges and enticements beyond any she'd ever imagined.


In Melissa Marr's third mesmerizing tale of Faerie, Seth and Aislinn struggle to stay true to themselves and each other in a milieu of shadowy rules and shifting allegiances, where old friends become new enemies and one wrong move could plunge the Earth into chaos

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I think out of all the Wicked Lovely books Fragile Eternity and Radiate Shadows are my favorites. Ink Exchange was nice but it was more of a fun side step then continuation.

Fragile Eternity begins where Ink Exchange ends. In Fragile Eternity Seth goes on a journey to be closer to Ash, despite the presence of Keenen and the approach of Summer. Honestly the choice he makes is not unexpected, but the ending did take me by surprise.I loved it. Aislinn is a bit od a mess in this book to honest.She reminded me of Bella in New Moon when Edward left her..yes Ash got that low.What I did love is the deepening friendship between Seth and Niall. Niall is one of my favorite characters, even after he became the Dark Court's King. To know one's surprise Keenen continues to be a fairly unlikable character to me..seriously even when I think hmm maybe he's not so bad he does ridiculous things.

The cover is pretty awesome!! Just like the Wicked Lovely cover there is a girl in the background who is out of focus and there is something in the front(in this case a buttefly) is  in the forefront.Its quite a pretty cover.Fragile Eternity was an excellent book to read and I world highly suggest other to check it out. 3/5

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Poems and Poets


So I constantly watch YouTube videos of slam poetry but lately I have also been reading a lot of poetry as well.Here is a short and sweet list of a few books I have read or books I want to read.  I am going to included videos of my favorite poems by said authors from this list.Enjoy the list and comment with any poetry recommendations you might have.




Title: Our Numbered Days
Author: Neil Hilborn

"When you're dumb enough for long enough, you're gonna meet someone too smart to love you, and they're gonna love you anyway, and it's gonna go so poorly," Neil Hilborn writes in his debut full-length collection, OUR NUMBERED DAYS. In 2013, Hilborn's poem "OCD" went viral, and has amassed over 11 million views to date. While this collection ruminates on love, heartbreak, and mental illness, these poems are anything but saccharine. Hilborn uses the same humor and self-deprecation that propelled "OCD" to success in order to make his unmatched vulnerability all the more powerful. Ultimately, Hilborn is a poet of the people: his work is accessible, honest, and entertaining―a revitalizing entry in contemporary poetry.

Neil's poems always leave me feeling in awe of his way with words.




Title:No Matter The Wreckage
Author: Sarah Kay
Following the success of her breakout poem, "B", Sarah Kay, in collaboration with illustrator Sophia Janowitz, releases her debut collection of poetry featuring work from the first decade of her career. No Matter the Wreckage presents readers with new and beloved poetry that showcases Kay's talent for celebrating family, love, travel, and unlikely romance between inanimate objects ("The Toothbrush to the Bicycle Tire"). Both fresh and wise, Kay's poetry allows readers to join her on the journey of discovering herself and the world around her. It is an honest and powerful collection.
This poem is great! It hits you in all the feels.

Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
#1 New York Times bestseller Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.







Title:Satan Says
Author:Sharon Olds

Poems examine life as a child, a woman, and a mother; death; and our relationship to the world. This book, Olds's first, was published when she was 37, and it launched her Pulitzer-winning career.

I am trying to write my
way out of the closed box
redolent of cedar. Satan
comes to me in the locked box
and says, I'll get you out. Say
My father is a shit. I say
my father is a shit and Satan
laughs and says, It's opening.

Waiting On Wednesday (70): Depression & Other Magic Tricks

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: Depression & Other Magic Tricks 
Author:Sabrina Benaim 
Release Date:August 8, 2017
Publisher:Button Poetry

Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 5,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. 

It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim's wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder.





I just found out about this and I literally can't even.
It will be a good day when I get my hands on Depression & Other Magic Trick.
So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)
Check out Sabrina Benaim perform one of her poems. 


I first found out about Sabrina Benaim thanks to Button Poetry. After watching her perform "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" Words can't describe how much I needed to see/hear that poem at the time. Sabrina does wonderful things with words and I'm here for it.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday(69):Lord of Shadows

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:Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 23rd 2017
Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry Books

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.


So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)
Cassandra Clare is milking that Shadowhunter cash cow for sure...but honestly each series and short story are greats reads so I don't see why people complain.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Review:Ash and Bramble


Title: Ash & Bramble
Author: Sarah Phineas
Published September 15th 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen

A prince.

A ball.

A glass slipper left behind at the stroke of midnight.

The tale is told and retold, twisted and tweaked, snipped and stretched, as it leads to happily ever after.

But it is not the true Story.

A dark fortress.

A past forgotten.

A life of servitude.

No one has ever broken free of the Godmother’s terrible stone prison until a girl named Pin attempts a breathless, daring escape. But she discovers that what seems to be freedom is a prison of another kind, one that entangles her in a story that leads to a prince, a kiss, and a clock striking midnight. To unravel herself from this new life, Pin must choose between a prince and another—the one who helped her before and who would give his life for her. Torn, the only thing for her to do is trade in the glass slipper for a sword and find her own destiny.

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If you know me then you now that i'm a sucker for Fairy-tale retelling's. I picked up this book on a whim and i'm definitely glad I did.The concept of this fairy tale retelling is definitely interesting and a bit eerie . The main characters live in a world where the Godmother is evil and kidnaps people, 

Pin wakes up one day with no memory of her past life, she is told that she is a seamstress and that all she is now is a seamstress.In the beginning I kinda liked Pin she was brash and just wanted to find out about her before. Then insert name change ( Pen) and lost memories..after all that my investment in Pin/Pen kinda wavered.She was still intriguing but at times I was over her in general.The secondary characters really did it for me.I would love to know more about the story-breakers in the Ash & Bramble world!!! Shoe was a great love interest and he was probably my favorite character. I'd really like to know why he did what he did at the end.

The cover is gorgeous and  I  think it fits the story pretty well.The story was slow and  confusing at times. I feel like Ash & Bramble could have been great but there are so many plot holes it's not even funny.I mentioned that i'm a sucker for Fairy-tale retelling's right?? That means I wanted to love this book I really did but when I finished Ash & Bramble I felt a bit meh about the story.With all that being said I may still check out the sequel. 2/5


Friday, May 5, 2017

Review:You're Welcome,Universe

Title: You're Welcome,Universe
Author:Whitney Gardner
Publisher: Knopf

 A vibrant, edgy, fresh new YA voice for fans of More Happy Than Not and Simon vs. the HomoSapiens Agenda, packed with interior graffiti.

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

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Deaf culture. Graffiti artists. Words and artwork combining to tell the story. Sounds like this books has it all right...Well it does and it doesn't. I wanted to like this book I really did, but honestly it wasn't for me.Which is a shame because not to long ago this book was featured on a W.O.W  post of mine.

The characters were okay characters, the type that you'll forget within a month or two.It took a lot for me to like Julia she wasn't very likable... like at all.The story had a lot going for it but I felt like the characters were flat. One of the few things that I do really enjoy about this book is the emphasis on friendship. The main thing about Julia's story besides art/graffiti is the message that good friends ship ACTUAL good friendship is a wonderful thing. I like how this book doesn't have romance, just a great relationship dynamic between Julia and her new friend, Yoga Pants.

I stand by what I said in my W.O.W about the cover of You're Welcome,Universe,it is absolutly gorgeous love all the vibrant colors and the fact that there is a POC on the cover sadly that's not something you see all that often.You're Welcome,Universe wasn't really my cup of tea even though I had high hopes for the book.Despite the fact that I wasn't all for You're Welcome,Universe  I do think it has it's merits. 2/5



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (68)Saints and Misfits

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: Saints and Misfits
Author: S.K.Ali
Release Date:  June 13th 2017 by
Publisher:  Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers


Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen.

How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.


While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tight knit Muslim community think of her then?



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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday(35)Top Ten Summer Feel Covers

Check out how Top Ten Tuesday works & the future schedule of topics HERE.The Top Ten Tuesday, is hosted by the ever-fabulous The Broke and the Bookish   This  meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

Today Top Ten Tuesday is a Cover Theme Freebie!! So that mean you get to choose well after a bit of thought I decided on...

Top Ten Summer Feel Covers
















The Firelight Girls By Kaya Mclaren

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

What We Lost By Sara Zarr

The Secret Ingredient By Stewart Lewis















The Night We Said Yes By Lauren Gibaldi

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell

Sophomore Year is Greek to Me By Meredith Zeitlin

While It Lasts Abbie Glines

 Even In Paradise

The Disenchantments










So there you go,that's our  list of Top Ten Summer Feel Covers
Comment and post a link of yours.:)

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Review:Wicked Lovely

Title: Wicked Lovely
Author: Melissa Marr

Publisher: HarperTeen

Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.

Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.

Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.

Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.


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 The Wicked Lovely series is one of my favorites and every now and then I'll get the urge to reread the whole series and it never gets old.Last Time I reread the series was last year and now months later for the third time I find myself being pulled  in to The Wicked Lovely world all over again. With all that being said I definitely didn't remember the series to be so melodramatic.

The books main character is Aislinn who has the ability to see faeries(fey) and so far by following a strict set of rules she has avoided their attention.Then bam out of nowhere the fey are everywhere. There are four characters narrating the story. Aislinn is one, Keenan another, Donia who is the last girl who touched the winter staff and got consumed by the frost and now she's the winter girl, and lastly, Seth, Aislinn's boyfriend of sorts.All the characters are pretty likable but at times I was over Keenan and his stalking ways.The book was pretty quick paced and kept your attention for the most part.

 I liked the concept of the book and the ideas behind the faeries mythology Marr created.She created a captivating world filled with high stakes and cool fairy lore.The cover is quite lovely I enjoy how the girl in the background is out of focus and the frosted flower is in the forefront.Melissa Marr is one of my favorite authors and would definitely recommend Wicked Lovely to my friends. 3/5

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book(34)


Check out how Top Ten Tuesday works & the future schedule of topics HERE.The Top Ten Tuesday, is hosted by the ever-fabulous The Broke and the Bookish   This  meme was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

Melissa's Top Five
  1. Erotica I will read NA which get a bit risque but hard core erotica is a no go for me...50 Shades of I'll pass every time
  2. Horror/Suspense Nope I have trouble watching scary movies and it's the same with books
  3. Crazy amount of POV's Multiple POV's in books can be amazing, if only they are clear, distinguishable and written in the same narrative. I like the POV's to be in different chapters, that is the clearest. If at a certain moment I don't know who's speaking anymore, the whole story will get confusing.
  4. Adult/Teen love I've tried but I just can't get into a story with a teacher/student date.Or when a young teenage girls is dating/a much older guy.It is so cringe worthy to me..I hate how this is a common troupe!! So I hardly ever see books where a much older women is with a young teenage boy....Why is that??
  5. Mani Pixe Dream I don't mind this so much it's the hard core manic pixie dream girl books that annoy the hell out of me.
Jessica's Top Five

  1. Rape I just can't, like it's real do not romanticizes 
  2. Erotica Just not...,"take me on the stairs" Like bro chill
  3. Bad Girl I hate the bad girl troupe who just needs to be saved by a dick...-_-
  4. Controlling/Macho Man Like  he just has to have this women. "You belong to me' Wtf How about no.
  5. Historical Romance "He had flowing hair,open shirt,chest hair to ankles...He has wanted her since she was 15..."It's weird like ugh no.



So there you go,that's our  list of Top Ten Things Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book
Comment and post a link of yours.:)

There are exceptions to every rule so there is a very good chance I could love books about any of these things! Let me know of any suggestions for books you think I shouldn't miss out on based on my list.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Welcome Jessica!!


Rambling of a Book Nerd is now gaining a new reviewer.We are both avid readers with the tendency to borrow way too many books at the library,spend a ridiculous about of time talking about characters as if they are real and  lurk in the library/book store on the weekends.

Jessica will post reviews,participate in weekly post like W.O.W,Teaser Tuesday,etc and  ramble about her own bookish interests.

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Hey hey hey, it's me Jessica but you can call me Jess! I have been reading for fun since I was 6 but now many moons later I am an avid reader, who just loves reading. I'm from Southern Illinois but I tell people St.Louis, MO because no knows anything about Southern IL. I am a 20-something book novice who is known to read multiple books at once, then confuse the stories (we can't all be great). I believe in multitasking....I read during my down time, and I have a lot down time lol! I would love to write adult satire picture books, and young adult novels.


Favorite Color:  All colors associated with Purple!!

Favorite Book: I actually do not have a favorite book. I do have books that I re-read all the time which include Wicked by Gregory Maguire, and Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat.

Favorite Author: Unfortunately, I do not have a favorite author. I just love books and if the book is awesome I will give it a read

Favorite Movie: Interview with a Vampire, Queen of the Damned (Idk about the CGI, its so good lol), all the Harry Potter Movies, and last but not least the last Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn pt.2 (yes, the fight scene was that good!) #TeamJacob4Life


What are you currently reading?
As of right now I am reading two books: The Raven Kings Maggie Stiefvater and Witch Child Celia Rees .

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Rant on Ratings Bloggers Give When Reviewing a Book


Recently I have been checking out other book bloggers and one blog in particular has made me start thinking about how bloggers review books. I use a five star rating but for the most part I hardly ever put up a post where i give a book a 2/5 or below. Have I read books that I thought were trash,yeah it has happened.Have I started a book only to give up 3 or five chapters in,yeah definitely.Have I picked up a book only to realize it features problematic content that I can't get behind,Yeah absolutely. What I'm trying to get at is that yeah I've read books that I wasn't a fan of at all.I could have churned out a blog post rating on how those books sucked and then put it online and tagged the author but honestly to me that's not cool.

I think there's a very fine line between bashing an author in a really unkind way and simple stating that you read a book and didn't really like said bookNow I get it freedom of option rocks.The fact that others bloggers and I can express how we feel about the books we read online is great.The downside of the internet is that you can say all this mean and nasty stuff to people with little consequence.It goes the same  for authors. I've seen reviewers give not so stellar reviews and then you have the author talking trash on Goodreads or the person blog.

Anyway what i'm getting at in a very round about way is that yeah reviewing a book is subjective and it bothers me when a review is harshly dragging a book and author though the mud.It also ridiculousness when an author attacks a review for their opinion. I'm not saying both parties should hold back on their opinion just think both parties should just chill on the harshness, 

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