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, 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday(67):I Believe in a Thing Called Love

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: I Believe in a Thing Called Love
Author: Maurene Goo
Release Date: May 30th 2017
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She's for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life.

She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It's a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama

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

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Review:Gabi,Girl In Pieces

Title: Gabi,Girl In Pieces
Author: Isabel Quintero 
Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press

Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy's pregnancy, Sebastian's coming out, the cute boys, her father's meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

July 24

My mother named me Gabriella, after my grandmother who, coincidentally, didn't want to meet me when I was born because my mother was unmarried, and therefore living in sin. My mom has told me the story many, many, MANY, times of how, when she confessed to my grandmother that she was pregnant with me, her mother beat her. BEAT HER! She was twenty-five. That story is the basis of my sexual education and has reiterated why it's important to wait until you're married to give it up. So now, every time I go out with a guy, my mom says, "Ojos abiertos, piernas cerradas." Eyes open, legs closed. That's as far as the birds and the bees talk has gone. And I don't mind it. I don't necessarily agree with that whole wait until you're married crap, though. I mean, this is America and the 21st century; not Mexico one hundred years ago. But, of course, I can't tell my mom that because she will think I'm bad. Or worse: trying to be White.


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Fun fact after reading this book I just about died.When I say I just about died I mean that in a good way...Gabi,A Girl In Pieces is an excellent book i'd recommend to anyone. Growing up there were never really a lot of books with main characters that looked like me and I love the fact that Isabel Quintero wrote a book that I can see resonating with young Hispanic readers. Another fun fact is that, I got to see Isabel Quintero at the Texas Teen Book Fest and it was great.

Gabi,A Girl In Pieces is written as a diary of a single year ,Gabi's senior year of high school, Quintero's novel focuses on what Gabi goes through on a near-daily basis.There is no topic that is shied away from in Gabi. A girl in Pieces I loved the  honesty that was depicted, as Gabi struggled with some pretty tough stuff, from being the "fat girl" to her best friend's unwanted pregnancy, to her dad being a meth addict.The romance was steady and sweet,it screamed young almost but not quite love.As I mentioned some of the topics were heavy and I think were approached and brought up in a well written way.The only issue I had was how the topic of rape was handle.I kind of feel like more could have been said about it...I would love to see some of the secondary characters get there own story.

My favorite part of the book was the Female Body zine Gabi created it was kick-ass and bold.The Spanglish throughout the book was also pretty awesome. Not going to lie the cover put me off of the book for a while then I learned more about the book and gave it a try.I'm certainly glad I got over judging the book by it's cover,for Gabi,A Girl In Pieces is definitely a worthwhile read.The cover is intriguing if anything and after reading the book I understand it,the cover without doubt fits the story.4/5

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday(66): Given to the Sea

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:Given to the Sea
Author: Mindy McGinnis 
Release Date:April 11th 2017 
Publisher: Putnam's Childrens

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.


So close yet so far...I just ordered this book and I can't wait to get my hands on it!!!!
So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday:Top Ten Authors I'm Dying To Meet(33)


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 Authors I'm Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can't Believe I've Met 

David Levithan His books inspire me pretty much always.
Melissa Marr  I'd love to meet Melissa Marr,not just because her name is awesome but because I loved The Wicked Lovely series.
J.K Rowling She is the bomb dot com and Harry Potter was one of the first major book series I started to read as a kid.
Kody Keplinger  Her writing career at her age is baffling.I'd love to talk about it and about her books.
Maggie Stiefvater  Her twitter makes her seem like a hoot and a half.
Mindy Mcginnis I got to see her at a book fest and missed my chance to meet her,she seemed pretty chill.
John Green Based on his youtube channel I'd love to talk to him about anything really.
So there you go,that's my  list of Top Ten Authors I'm Dying To Meet
Comment and post a link of yours.:)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review:Labyrinth Lost


Title:Labyrinth Lost

Author: Zoraida Córdova
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire


I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

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Brujas,magic.and that cover...Gahh why wouldn't people want to read Labyrinth Lost.When I first found out about Labyrinth Lost I was beyond pumped!!!My main reason for being pumped is because in a world of white washing,you don't hear of many young adult books exploring the Hispanic culture or brujas. I think one of my favorite things about  Labyrinth Lost is that at the beginning of each chapter, there are awesome little quotes meant to intrigue and sends the readers deeper into the world of the book.

The book is all about Alex who's  a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic.I'm not going to lie at times I was not a fan of Alex at all.It took me a while to get over the things that bothered me about Alex.The romance was pretty subtle for the most part,but then sometimes it was glaring obvious.I liked Nova and that plot twist was well done.I saw it coming but for some reason I thought it was Alex's other love interest that was going to go the route Nova did.The characters were interesting ,but honestly, most of the time i was more invested in the setting and world building than the cast of characters that were introduced.


The cover  is absolutely gorgeous,it's simple but eye catching all at once!!!! Labyrinth Lost definitely has it's high points, but it does have its share of low points as well. The story started off pretty strong but that momentum started to die off gradually when we got to the middle. I was still eager to read the book and see what happens next but sometimes it was like the plot was just chugging along with no real ommph. The ending without doubt ended on a cliff hanger and I cant wait to read what comes next!! 3/5

Sunday, March 5, 2017

#OwnVoices

So recently I stumbled across the hashtag #ownvoices after looking into to it and reading a few articles regarding the hashtag and the idea behind it I decided to make a list inspired by it. The hashtag #ownvoices on Twitter, was created by author Corinne Duyvis) 

All the books that i listed our depicting marginalized characters, featuring authors from those same backgrounds. There's a wonder article on BookRiot all about the hashtag #ownvoices that I loved it is written by it's guest post from Lamar Giles. Lamar writes novels and short stories for teens and adults. Reading Our #OWNVOICES

Title:Gabi,Girl In Pieces

Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy's pregnancy, Sebastian's coming out, the cute boys, her father's meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

Fun fact I've read this book and about died.When I say I about died I mean that in a good way...Gabi,A Girl In Pieces is an excellent book i'd recommend to anyone.










Title:More Than Happy Not
Author: Adam Silvera

In the months after his father's suicide, it's been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again--but he's still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he's slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely. 

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron's crew notices, and they're not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can't deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can't stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute's revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is. 
Why does happiness have to be so hard?

I have yet to read this book,despite receiving an advance copy and having it on my book shelf for quite some time.I have no idea why I'm stalling especially since I have heard nothing nut wonderful things about More Than Happy Not.My goal is to start/finish this book by the end of  this month.

Title:It Ain't So Awful Falafel
Author: Firoozeh Dumas
Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even mood rings and puka shell necklaces can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home. A poignant yet lighthearted middle grade debut from the author of the best-selling Funny in Farsi.



Recently heard about this and it sounds adorable.







Title:Two Boys Kissing
Author:David LevithanNew York Times  bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record—all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites—all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.
 


David Levithan is on my must read list so I definitely feel like I need to read two boys kissing.However even if it wasn't written by David Levithan  I would probably still want to read this book.




Title:Labyrinth Lost
Author: Zoraida Córdova

Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Brujas,magic.and that cover...Gahh why wouldn't people want to read Labyrinth Lost.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Cover Reveal: Nailed It By Amy Miles

Title:Nailed It Author
Author:Amy Miles
Release Date: March 28th, 2017

Today's writers deal with pressures from all sides: to publish quickly, to stayseen in an over flooded market, to keep their readers happy and to find a wayto earn enough money to keep following their dreams. Writing is not easy. It can be lonely, disheartening and it is easy to feel buriedby the very thing you were once passionate about.



NAILED IT is 150 inspirations, mantras, motto's or quirky sayings that I have used in my personal bouts with burnout. I hope they will encourage you, inspire you and remind you that although writing is a solo endeavor, writers all around the world understand the pressure you feel to succeed. You are not alone













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Amy Miles is the author of multiple published novels, including her bestselling young adult immortals books, The Arotas Series. Unwilling to be defined by any one genre, she has written paranormal romance, science fiction/fantasy, post-apocalyptic, romance, inspirational, and plans to continue to explore newgenres.

She is the co-Founder of Red Coat PR, a firm helping indie authors build a marketing base for their career. Amy is also the co-Founder of Penned Con, an annual two day convention held in St. Louis MO bringing readers and authors together with industry professionals to learn, grow and give back.

She and her husband are heavily involved in charity work through Action for Autism, a St. Louis based organization aiding families with autism and founded the Penned Con scholarship to benefit area families.  She is an avid reader, urban homesteader, weekend golfer and netflix binge addict who lives with her husband and son in South Carolina.

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Waiting on Wednesday(65) : When Dimple Met Rishi

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:When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Release Date:May 30,2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right? 

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself. 

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not? 

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways

I am beyond excited for this book to come out basically
 because i'm a sucker for cute contemporary romance novels.
Check out the article on Bustle about When Dimple Met Rashi and 
read the first 3 Chapters,You'll be glad you did.
So that's what I'm waiting. So how about you? Leave a link and let me know. :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday(64)

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: You're Welcome,Universe
Author:Whitney Gardner
Release Date:March 7th 2017 
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.

This sound super intriguing. Can't wait to read it.
Also damm that cover is gorgeous!!So that's what i'm waiting on this week. 
How about you?Leave a link in the comments and let me know!! :)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Review:The Heartbreakers

Title: The Heartbreakers
Author: Ali Novak

"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. Unbeknownst to him, I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."

Since Cara's health has been deteriorating, all Stella Walter can think about is trying to cheer her sister up. Her life revolves around Cara to the point where Stella drops out of one of the country's top photography programs so she can spend what little time she has left with her sick sister. 

With Cara's birthday around the corner, Stella wants to get her the perfect gift. An autographed poster of her sister's favorite boy band should do the trick. Sounds simple enough, right? But life isn't always so easy. 

Not only does Stella hate The Heartbreakers because of their terrible music, but when she realizes that the cute boy she met at Starbucks is really Oliver Perry, the lead singer of the band, her life seems to spin out of control... 

Will Stella be able to swallow her pride and get the autograph that she so desperately needs to make Cara happy? And will Oliver be able to show Stella how to live her own life again? 

Meet... The Heartbreakers.


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The romance between Stella and Oliver was a bit hit or miss for me mainly because it was insta-love. There were some angst filled moments in the book, mainly to do with this romance, but all came out alright in the end. I've previously read Novak's other book, My Life with the Walter Boys, and My Life with the Walter Boys is definitely my favorite of the two.I actually really want to read the sequel to My life with the Walter Boys.

The characters were all interesting in the own way a bit flat but still enjoyable to read about.the main character is filled with angst, sarcasm and she's a bit of a snob. Stella for me is one of those characters that I liked and then at times she bugged the heck out of me. She wasn't very likable but at times I could see were she was a bit relate-able. Oliver seemed nice, and kinda troubled I really enjoyed his dynamic with his fellow band mates.I thought the book was going to focus on Cara and her cancer a bit more, but there are only a few chapters that mention her/her cancer.With this being said Cara is very relevant to the plot and causes some major plot twists.Cara was a sweet charector and I enjoyed her and her siblings interactions.

The cover is definitely eye catching and the scene depicted is  intriguing.I definitely think it fits the story. Overall The Heartbreakers was a really cute read  it's pretty predictable but still worth reading. 3/5


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