Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review:Genius:The Game

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review:Witch Child

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Jessica's W.O.W

When the past knocks, someone must answer.

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Author Interview:Teresa Jane

Teresa Jane author of Beastly Lights.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review:The Wish Granter

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teaser Tuesday(8)

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

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

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. 
(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.”
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.

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.


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.


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.


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

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