Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Review: In a Dark, Dark Wood

Title: In a dark, dark wood
Author: Ruth Ware
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Release Date: July 30th, 2015

What should be a cozy and fun-filled weekend deep in the English countryside takes a sinister turn in Ruth Ware’s suspenseful, compulsive, and darkly twisted psychological thriller.

Sometimes the only thing to fear…is yourself.

When reclusive writer Leonora is invited to the English countryside for a weekend away, she reluctantly agrees to make the trip. But as the first night falls, revelations unfold among friends old and new, an unnerving memory shatters Leonora’s reserve, and a haunting realization creeps in: the party is not alone in the woods.

This was one of those airport finds, I had to choose between this book, poetry, and Snowman....This won for obvious reasons. I haven't read a thriller in quite sometime, so this was refreshing. I totally loved the simplicity of the cover, that's one of the reasons I choose this book. 

In a dark, dark wood, we meet Nora or Lee depends who is speaking at the moment. She is very much a loner, and when I say loner, I mean if there is no reason to have contact with the outside world Nora does not. So I probably should say hermit instead. Nora's life is simple wake up, make coffee, checks/answer email's,go for a morning run to clear her mind, shower, write a few chapters in her book, dinner, repeat cycle. This changes when Nora gets an email from someone she doesn't know, telling her that she is invited to a bachelorette party. Whose bachelorette party, someone she hasn't seen in ten years, and then she asks why? I don't want to give away too much of the book, but it was good.  Probably one of the best thrillers, I have read in some time. I found myself annoyed with the main character, most of the time. Lee could, and would not defend herself in most situations, unless she was talking to Nina. There were times when I had to put the book down because I was over Nora letting people, say/talk to her any way they wanted with no repercussions. I wish we could have learned more about Nina, but there wasn't time, she was a true friend to Nora the entire book. I thought this book was predictable but then WHAM plot twist, honestly didn't see it coming. This is like single white female, if they were childhood friends, now reunited, and getting married....Let that sink in 4/5

If you can go buy this book out, or check-it out from your local library, it's going to be a movie but i suggest reading the book first. Also the cover just screams I'm lost, I love simplicity.
Available for purchase at Amazon~Barnes and Noble

Waiting on Wednesday(82): The Hazel Wood & The Queen's Rising

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

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

Melissa's Pick:

The Hazel WoodTitle: The Hazel Wood
Author:  Melissa Albert
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Release Date: Jan 30, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away―by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set. Alice's only lead is the message her mother left behind: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

Alice has long steered clear of her grandmother’s cultish fans. But now she has no choice but to ally with classmate Ellery Finch, a Hinterland superfan who may have his own reasons for wanting to help her. To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother's tales began―and where she might find out how her own story went so wrong.
Jessica's Pick:

Title: The Queen's Rising (Untitled Trilogy #1) 

Author: Rebecca Ross
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 6th, 2018

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

Don't you just love the cover?? Brienna will hopefully make the wrong choice, I'm hoping someone gets their heart broken lol! 

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

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday(38):Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

This week the topic for Top Ten Tuesday, is " Ten Favorite Books of 2017," 
let us discuss the wonderful books of 2017, that were so amazing we can wait to share with y'all!!

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

Jessica's Picks:
  1.   Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth, loved it!! Ugh I can't wait for half of the crappy characters to die, painful deaths...This was the first Veronica Roth book, I ever read, the settings, character developments, writing style, it was nothing short of amazing. 
  2. The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine, this is a retelling I had no idea, there were no hints at all talk about a plot twist. I was unprepared but I loved this book, the cover caught my eye, and this is a book that needs to read. 
  3.  Piecing me Together by  Renée Watson, I bought this book because I loved the cover. I thought this book was amazing, Jade reminds me of myself when I was her age. I could relate on a spiritual level with her, being confused at what I thought beauty was, having no confidence in my body or knowing if it was okay being me. Although I am not an artist, i understand having a craft, and loving it.    
  4.  Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, the first book I read by Jason, it was amazing. I loved that it was written in prose, another first for me. The book reminded me of a scene in one of my favorite movies "Tales from the Hood", this book is a must read. Jason is able to tell you stories in a way that makes you feel as if you're in the book. 
  5. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, you have heard about this book one way or another. I haven't even finished reading this, I got it in August...It's so real for me that I had to put it down. I found myself connecting to this story, more than I thought. How so?, pretty sure I cried when reading about Star going to visit her friend's family after the shooting...that real. When you can feel the pain from the pages, if you can please please read this book. For Angie this is a fantastic way to start a career with THE best selling book of 2017.
Melissa's Picks:
  1. History Is All You Left Me By Adam Silvera  I read this book because I've heard good things about Adam and I'm glad I did this book was heartbreaking and sweet.
  2. Legion Julie Kawaga This is the second to last book in this series and it was a wild read from start to finish I cant wait for the final book in this series.
  3. Wonder Women: Warbringer By  Leigh Bardugo I have just started reading this book and so far I'm hooked!!
  4. By Your Side Kasie West I really like contemporary ya and Kasie West is an awesome author I am only half way in this book but so far I dig it. 
  5. A Court of Wings and Ruin Sarah J. Maas This book was uh-mazing. While reading it I was convinced half of the main characters and I was kinda right but still I loved A Court of Wings and Ruin.I can't wait for the next book in this series. 
Let us know some of your favorite books for 2017

Author Interview & Spotlight Post: Mayra Calvani

About the Author: 
Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her children's picture book, Frederico the Mouse Violinist was a finalist in the 2011 International Book Awards; her anthology Latina Authors and Their Muses was a First Place winner at the 2016 International Latino Book Awards; her nonfiction book, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing, was a Foreword Best Book of the Year winner. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer's Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.

She lives in Belgium with her husband of 30+ years, two wonderful kids, and her three beloved pets. When she's not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family.

You can learn more about Mayra, and her fantastic books here: 

About the illustrator:
 Sheila Fein Born in Queens, New York and living in Los Angeles since 1987, Sheila Fein has always been inspired by the changing world around her. Earning her BA  in Design from Buffalo State College of New York, her concentration was on drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography. Sheila's education as an artist has taken her everywhere from Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia to Bath University in England. Today, Sheila Fein runs two figurative workshops, Imaginings Sketch in LA and People Sketchers in Thousand Oaks. She has been featured in numerous collections, magazines, books, solo and group exhibitions. Her paintings and drawings reside in public and private collections. Sheila loves to make the imagination of others a reality and has done so through her commissioned Fein Fantasy Portraits and Interactive Paintings. In addition to being a fine artist Sheila works as an illustrator. She just completed the book  "Mama Graciela's Secret" for Maclaren-Cochrane Publishing.
Author Interview:
1. Where did you get the inspiration for this book?
Thank you for having me on your blog, Jessica! The inspiration came from my
grandmother, who at one time had about 30 rescued dogs in her home. She was a
selfless, caring and compassionate person. She also had a restaurant called La Bahia
but she sold pollo frito (fried chicken) instead of codfish fritters.

2. Favorite fictional cat?
Can I choose two? Puss in Boots and Tom (from Tom & Jerry).

3. The best piece of advice you have received thus far?
“Before of advice—even this.” –Carl Sandburg 😊

4. We all need a hero! Tell us about your protagonist(s)? Was there a
real-life inspiration behind him or her? 
In this particular book, Mama Graciela’s Secret, the hero is Mama Graciela because she
will do whatever it takes, even sacrificing herself, her restaurant and her secret recipe,
to save the cats she loves.

5. Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had
on you?
Hmm…I don’t remember the first story I ever read, but I started reading Agatha Christie
when I was about 11 or 12 and this completely change my life. I became a voracious
reader. She was a big influence in my wanting to become a writer.

6. We have to ask, What's next for you? Are you currently working on a
new book?
Thanks for asking! I’m always working on various projects at a time. Currently, I’m working on another picture book that I have to send to my agent soon. I’m also working on a YA Egyptian mythological novel under my pen name Zoe Kalo (

Mamá Graciela’s TENDER, CRUNCHY, SPICY bacalaítos fritos are the best in town...
Local customers (including stray cats!) come from all over the island to enjoy her secret recipe. But when the Inspector discovers that Mamá secretly caters to so many cats and he threatens to close her tiny restaurant, Mamá must come up with a plan to save it—and all of the animals she loves.

Be sure to check out Mayra Calvani astounding books, and Shelia Fein's stunning art illustrations!!! Also don't forget to get a copy of Mamá Graciela’s Secret available for purchase on

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday(81) American Panda & The Cruel Prince

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 we're particularly excited for.. 

American Panda
Title: AmericanPanda
Author: Gloria Chao
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February 6th, 2018

 An incisive, laugh-out-loud contemporary debut about a Taiwanese-American teen whose parents want her to be a doctor and marry a Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer despite her squeamishness with germs and crush on a Japanese classmate.

At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents' master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.

With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can't bring herself to tell them the truth--that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.

But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?

I am beyond excited for American Panda to come out!! Mainly 
 because I'm a sucker for cute contemporary romance novels.

Title: The Cruel Prince (The Folk of Air #1)
Author: Holly Black
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Why this book?? I love the cover, I am a huge fan of all things FAE, plus the main character seems like a bad***. Honestly, truly I cannot pass this book up!

So that's what we're waiting on this Wednesday.
 So how about you? Leave a link and let us know. :)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday (37 )Top Ten Favorite Book Settings

This week for Top Ten Tuesday, our topic is "Ten Bookish Settings I'd Love to Visit"

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

Jessica's Ten Bookish Settings she would love to visit;

1. Dystopian- Because why not? Umm, fight for my life, government uprising, people/things trying to kill me!! I love it, it seems so fantastically frightening. 

2. Vampire Academy- Ugh, what I would do to find myself in a vampire world, while attending an vampire boarding school! I would for obvious reasons want to be a vampire..I mean how could you not but I would be a chill vampire...haha 

3. Outer space- There are so many books I have read about life in the beyond but YA additions. I would live on a space ship, eat unknown foods, have powers!! There is a chance I could meet other species, so many possibilities.

4. Afterlife- I love ya books about Grim Reapers, and collecting souls possibly sparing someone. In my view of ya afterlife, Starbucks is included, and I could totally be a Collector of Souls, like "Jessica, Collector of Souls at your service,".

5. Hogwarts- Always been a dream to visit, and take my place with the other Slytherins. Who are just misunderstood, we need love too! Also butter beer, Hagrid, visiting Diagon Alley, and annoying Hermoine because I could. I bet buying a wand would be life changing, and let's not forget the lovely ghosts at Hogwarts!!

Melissa's Ten Bookish Settings she would love to visit;

1.Hogwarts-As a huge Harry Potter nerd that I am, it's no shock that I would want to visit that magical boarding school.

2. Neverland- Peter Pan retellings are my jam. I love almost any book set in a Neverland-esqe type place.

3.England- Any book set in England always draws me in, there's so much History there.

4.Australia- Not a lot of books are set here but hot dam the ones that are make Australia seem like a cool place to visit.

5.The ocean- I've read so many books set at the beach or out at sea. It sounds great to just chill and be by the water.

Tell us which bookish settings would you like to visit.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Theme of the Day: Holly Black

So it hasn't been quite that long since my last theme of the day, however it has been a while.With that being said I thought I would do a theme day about Holly Black since I've just read to books by her fairly recently. If you have read any thing by her I suggests you do. Holly Black is the type other author that put on you automatic book buy list.

The Darkest Part of the ForestTitle:The Darkest Part of the Forest
Author: Holly Black

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

The Cover: Not going to lie that cover is one part eerie as hell,one part totally gorgeous and completely eye catching.

My Thoughts: The Darkest Part of The Forest was a wild ride from start to finish,I could not put the books down.At the end of the book I put it down and instantly wanted to reread it. There was a fairytale-like atmosphere throughout the whole thing that I really digged. The main character, Hazel, is a brave girl who tries to fight the evil fae with her brother and it's not really smooth sailing at all.I would definitetly recommend this book to everyone. 5/5 

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Title:The Coldest Girl In Coldtown

Author: Holly Black

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Cover: It's pretty simple,pretty creepy,and real eye catching. It truly fits with the story.
My Thoughts:It's starts off with a bang and keeps on going.The Coldest Girl In ColdTown will keep you guessing as the characters deal with having to make some questionable choices.Despite starting off with a bang, the book is a bit slow at parts and kinda drags but like it definitely picks up speed after a while. Overall it wasn't a bad book, I definitely enjoyed reading it, but it wasn't one of my favorites.2.5/5

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday(81): Poet X & The Truth Beneath the Lies

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 we're particularly excited for.. 

Title:  Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo 
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: March 6th 2018 

A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.

Look at that cover it is absolutely gorgeous!! March of 2018 is so far away I can't wait to read Poet X. Untill it comes out check out some of Elizabeth Acevedo's slam poetry.


Title: The Truth Beneath the Lies
Author: Amanda Searcy
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date:  December 12th, 2017

Fight or Flight. 

All Kayla Asher wants to do is run. Run from the government housing complex she calls home. Run from her unstable mother. Run from a desperate job at No Limit Foods. Run to a better, cleaner, safer life. Every day is one day closer to leaving. 

All Betsy Hopewell wants to do is survive. Survive the burner phone hidden under her bed. Survive her new rules. Survive a new school with new classmates. Survive being watched. Every minute grants her another moment of life.  
But when fate brings Kayla and Betsy together, only one girl will live.

Definitely have to read, loving the plot, can't wait to read!! The cover screams girl fight/sisterly bonding/fight to the death!!! This is Amanda's debut novel, be sure to check out her website.

So that's what we're waiting on this Wednesday. 
          How about you? Leave a link and let us know :)

teaser Tuesday(13) In a Dark, Dark Wood

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

"Me?" Flo's eyes flew open. She looked startled to the point of alarm. In fact, she looked like she was regretting this idea already. "Do you have a message for me?"  pg 150
In a Dark, Dark Wood By: Ruth Ware

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Comics & Graphic novels!!!

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Lately for my own personal enjoyment and for school I have been reading a lot of comics and graphic novels.So I decide to create a list of a few of my favorite comic book series I really enjoy and a few graphic novels i dig.Before I do that you should know that yes Comics and graphic novels are to separate things!!! It's confusing but true.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
Title: Ms Marvel

Marvel Comics presents the new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation!

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she's suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! 

When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she's comin' for you, Jersey! 

I love the Ms. Mavel comics and recommend people of all ages to check them out.

Marvel 1602Title: Marvel 1602

Marvel 1602, award-winning writer Neil Gaiman presents a unique vision of the Marvel Universe set four hundred years in the past. Classic Marvel icons such as the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and Daredevil appear in this intriguing world of 17th-century science and sorcery, instantly familiar to readers, yet subtly different in this new time. Marvel 1602 combines classic Marvel action and adventure with the historically accurate setting of Queen Elizabeth I's reign to create a unique series unlike any other published by Marvel Comics.Collecting Marvel 1602 #1-8 - penciled by andy Kubert and digitally painted by Richard Isanove, with covers by Scott McKowen.

The heroes/villains we all love but their adventures taking place in the 17th sounds weird but i'm intrigued and can't wait to check these comics out.

EmbroideriesTitle: Embroideries
From the best–selling author of Persepolis comes this gloriously entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women. Embroideries gathers together Marjane’s tough–talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbors for an afternoon of tea drinking and talking. Naturally, the subject turns to love, sex and the vagaries of men.

As the afternoon progresses, these vibrant women share their secrets, their regrets and their often outrageous stories about, among other things, how to fake one’s virginity, how to escape an arranged marriage, how to enjoy the miracles of plastic surgery and how to delight in being a mistress. By turns revealing and hilarious, these are stories about the lengths to which some women will go to find a man, keep a man or, most important, keep up appearances. 

Full of surprises, this introduction to the private lives of some fascinating women, whose life stories and lovers will strike us as at once deeply familiar and profoundly different from our own, is sure to bring smiles of recognition to the faces of women everywhere—and to teach us all a thing or two.

This graphic novel sound uh-mazing!!!I loved both Persepolis novels so I hope I'll love Embroideries just as much

Friends With BoysTitle:Friends with Boys

After years of homeschooling, Maggie is starting high school. It's pretty terrifying.
Maggie's big brothers are there to watch her back, but ever since Mom left it just hasn't been the same. Besides her brothers, Maggie's never had any real friends before. Lucy and Alistair don't have lots of friends either. But they eat lunch with her at school and bring her along on their small-town adventures.

Missing mothers...distant brothers...high friends... It's a lot to deal with. But there's just one more thing.

Ahh that synopsis sounds great!!

So there you go a short but sweet list of  graphic novels/comics that I want to check out.
 I think at some point Ill do I  list strictly dedicated to comics but I'm not sure when...
 Leave a comment with any graphic novel or comic suggestions.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday (80): The Speaker & Ink, Iron, and Glass

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

Title:  The Speaker (book 2 of Sea of Ink and Gold) 
Author: Traci Chee
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books
Release Date: November 7th, 2017

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Guard, Sefia and Archer are back on the run, slipping into the safety of the forest to tend to their wounds and plan their next move. Haunted by painful memories, Archer struggles to overcome the trauma of his past with the impressors, whose cruelty plagues him whenever he closes his eyes. But when Sefia and Archer happen upon a crew of impressors in the wilderness, Archer finally finds a way to combat his nightmares: by hunting impressors and freeing the boys they hold captive.

With Sefia’s help, Archer travels across the kingdom of Deliene rescuing boys while she continues to investigate the mysterious Book and secrets it contains. But the more battles they fight, the more fights Archer craves, until his thirst for violence threatens to transform him from the gentle boy Sefia knows to a grim warrior with a cruel destiny. As Sefia begins to unravel the threads that connect Archer’s fate to her parents’ betrayal of the Guard so long ago, she and Archer must figure out a way to subvert the Guard’s plans before they are ensnared in a war that will pit kingdom against kingdom, leaving their future and the safety of the entire world hanging in the balance.

I love the cover, I've been waiting for the second book for months!

If you haven't read The Reader (Sea of Ink and Gold #1) definitely should check it out!

Title: Ink, Iron, and Glass
Author: Gwendolyn Clare
Release Date: February 20,2018

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation by her mother—a noted scriptologist.

But when her home is attacked and her mother abducted, Elsa must cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative 19th-century Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of pazzerellones—young people with a gift for mechanics, alchemy or scriptology—and meets Leo, a gorgeous mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. She recruits the help of these fellow geniuses just as an assassin arrives on their doorstep.

In this thrilling debut, worlds collide as Elsa unveils a deep political conspiracy seeking to unlock the most dangerous weapon ever created—and only she can stop it.

                                    So that's what we're waiting on this Wednesday. 
                                    How about you? Leave a link and let us know :)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Teaser Tuesday(12):Dumplin & Piecing Me Together

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.
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"Maxine shakes her head at me. "Always the pessimist," she says, laughing.
 Always the realist, I think. Always the poorest."
 pg 113 Piecing Me Together By Renée Watson 

"That chili was really bad. I tried to eat it,but Lydia kept gagging every time she walked by my office. I think she was kidding, but still." Pg 221 Dumplin' (Dumplin' #1) By Julie Murphy

Monday, November 6, 2017

Review: Long Way Down

Title: Long Way Down
Author: Jason Reynolds
Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy 
Release Date: October 17 ,2017

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

Please stop and READ this book!!! OMG! I read this book in an hour, I am still mad, I didn't take my time. I don't even know where to begin, I put this book on my waiting for Wednesday because I loved the concept. Then I volunteered for a book fest, where Mr. Reynolds was present,  there I bought the book, he signed it. I read the book the next day.... I loved everything about this book, the cover, characters, setting, and imagery. It's hard to find books/authors that you relate to but Jason Reynolds does it every time! I am sadden to say this is the first book I have ever read by Jason Reynolds but it will not be my last. After I finished this book, I contacted my younger cousin, and told him he needs to read this book. I'll stop there but this book is everything. 

Will has three rules to follow taught to him by his older brother; No crying. No snitching. Get revenge. Will does what every member in has family has done before him follow the rules. As Will goes to follow the rules, he encounters his fears on the way to the lobby, those from his past who have died because of gun violence. Most of the books I read, after I'm done with them I can walk away knowing damn that's a great story. But not with this book, I found myself asking what happens to Will? Speaking of Will his innocence can be felt throughout the book on every page. He only has one goal in mind, “revenge” but the question becomes is it worth it? Can you do what needs to be done? Are you sure he is the suspect? What would YOU do? Did I mention that the book is written in verse? For those of you who think that this is just a story it's not this is someones, tomorrow, yesterday, and today. Gun violence is a real problem, it destroys everyone's life not just the person with the gun. Long Way Down shows you that one decision can change your whole life but it's a never ending cycle. Loved, the book from beginning to end, I'm hoping there is a sequel (hint, hint)! Do yourself a favor, and read this book! Word to the wise don't sleep on Jason Reynolds. 

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