April Reading wrap up! Part 2!

So I actually had a amazing reading month! I actually read like 15 books and listened too 4 books! Check out my earlier 10 book recap! It will be the post before this one, I will repost it!

 

But Here are the rest of the books that I read!

Books:

  1. From Earth to the Shadows (4 stars)
  2. Everland (4.5 stars) (beat the backlist challenge)
  3. Ash Princess (5 stars) (PSRC author same name)
  4. Spies, Lies and Allies (5 stars)
  5. Summer Constellations (3.5 stars)
  6. Umberland ( 4.5 stars) (Beat the backlist challenge)

Audiobooks

  1. Batman: Nightwalker (4.5 stars)! (Beat the backlist Challenge)
  2. This is me: Chrissy Metz (4 stars)!

Highlight of the month!

  1. Ash Princess
  2. Spies lies and Allies

Let me know in the comment what was your most exciting read this month!

Later book lovers!

 

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What I am reading Monday!!!!!!

So I had a pretty good reading week. I actually overall did pretty good on my overall month TBR! I read some larger books this week and that WAS super good, I enjoyed them!

What I finished Reading!

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I loved this second book so much! I loved this author talk on Wonderland!!! I am really enjoyed all the new POV characters we meet and also the world building! So excited to read book 3 soon!

What I am Reading!!!

I have to finish two tour books for May and I reading them at the same time cause one is a book on kindle and one is on my computer!!!

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This is such a fun read so far and I might wind up getting a physical copy!

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This so far is cute contemporary 🙂

What I want to read next!!!
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I promised my friend, I would read this book before I see her 🙂 see tiffany I do listen 🙂 I going to read and listen at the same time and see how I enjoy that experience!

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This is quick cont. read that Is another net galley find!

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I finally get to start a new to me book by china williams china! Yay!

What I am Listening too!

Finally guys! I listening to Lady Midnight!! YAY!

Let me know what you recently read and also what you want to read this week!

 

Everland: Non-Spoiler Review

Everland  by Wendy Spinale

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Published by Scholastic Press on May 10, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Retelling

Pages: 312

Format: Hardback

Source: owl crate

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Challenge: Beat the Backlist Challenge

Summary!

London has been destroyed in a blitz of bombs and disease. The only ones who have survived are children, among them Gwen Darling and her siblings, Joanna and Mikey. They spend their nights scavenging and their days avoiding the ruthless Marauders — the German army led by Captain Hanz Otto Oswald Kretschmer.

Unsure if the virus has spread past England’s borders but desperate to leave, Captain Hook hunts for a cure, which he thinks can be found in one of the survivors. He and his Marauders stalk the streets snatching children for experimentation. None ever return.
Until the day they grab Joanna. As Gwen sets out to save her, she meets a daredevil boy named Pete. Pete offers the assistance of his gang of Lost Boys and the fierce sharpshooter Bella, who have all been living in a city hidden underground. But in a place where help has a steep price and every promise is bound by blood, it will cost Gwen. And are she, Pete, the Lost Boys, and Bella enough to outsmart Captain Hook?

 

My Brief Thoughts:

This was a beyond good book. It is 4.5 stars for me. I really loved the world and the the characters were so engaging and such a fast pace read. I loved the twist on neveland and it was so cool. I really enjoyed the duel POV we got and was invested in both sides of the story. I just loved how twisted this story became and all the tieback and connections to the orginal story. I loved the cast of characters and also how the book still addressed historical issues but also brought urban fantasy elements as well. I think the setting of this book was so strong and so well crafted as well. I really loved this story and can’t wait for the sequel.

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really enjoyed all the characters in this retelling. I found all the characters to be so well drawn and also so well connected back to their “base” character. I just loved the individual POV characters but also the ensemble of characters overall. I really wanted to spend longer with these characters. The characters def. captured my heart and I will be re reading

World Building: I adored this world so much and though that it was such a fun mix between both a historical version of London and also never never land. The way this world was crafted made it so easy to see in in my own head. I really loved how this author crafted this world. I am so excited to see the next world she builds in the next two books in this series.

Pace: This book was so fast pace from page one. I thought as retelling as well it still kept the anxiety and I had a super hard time predicting this novel.

Will I read book 2????? For sure! I currently in the middle of book 2!

 

 

 

 

Not If I Save You First: Non-Spoiler Review

Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter

Published by  Scholastic Inc. on March 27, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, thriller

Pages: 304

Format: arc

Source: Scholastic

2018 challenge: NA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president’s son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie’s dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.

No phone.
No Iinternet.
And not a single word from Logan.

Maddie tells herself it’s okay. After all, she’s the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full.
Until Logan shows up six years later . . .
And Maddie wants to kill him.

But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back- and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly.

Maddie still really wants to kill Logan.
But she has to save him first.

My  Brief Thoughts:

* I got this book from scholastic for my honest thoughts***
I loved this book so much. I really loved how we got the duel POV in this novel of both maddie and Logan. I really loved how this book was both survival story but also had elements of adventure and mystery. I thought the both the setting of the alaskan wilderness was such a unique place to set a novel. The highlight of this novel was def the relationship between Logan and Abby. I also normally love books about presidents kids and this book was no different. It was so easy to fly through this novel. These characters have become my top favorite characters of all of ally’s characters. I know we are heading into spring/summer but this would make a great winter read!

My Extended Thoughts!

Characters: I really loved these characters so much. The book was def. focused on the two leads and I felt like they were super well rounded. I really loved that we got both logan and maddy POV. These characters have become some of my favorite ally carter characters!

Plot: I thought this book was such a unique plot. I also thought it was super fast pace but you could tell how much research went into the novel. I loved the mash up of the various genres we got in this novel. I really enjoyed the plot.

Pace: This book was such a fast pace thriller! I really enjoyed it. It was super hard to put it down and I loved the balance between both of the leads.

Setting: I have never read a book set in this type of setting and i loved how it really focused on not only the thriller aspects but also the survival aspects. You can tell that ally did not alot of research for this novel

This is me Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz (Review)

This is me Loving the Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz

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Published by Dey Street Books on March 27, 2018

Genres: memoir, non fiction

Pages:  320

Format: signed hardback (I listened to the audio book, I adored it)

Source: Barnes and Noble

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Challenge:  NA

Summary!

An inspirational book about life and its lessons from the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated star of NBC’s This Is Us.

When This Is Us debuted in fall 2016, a divided America embraced a show that celebrates human connection. The critically acclaimed series became America’s most watched—and most talked about—network show, even building on its fan base in the drama’s second season. As Kate Pearson, Chrissy Metz presents a character that has never been seen on television, yet viewers see themselves in her, no matter what they look like or where they come from. Considered a role model just for being her authentic self, Chrissy found herself on magazine covers and talk shows, walking red carpets, and as the subject of endless conversations on social media “I don’t know what you’ve been through to play her,” she is often told by fans, “but it was something.”

In This is Me, Chrissy Metz shares her story with a raw honesty that will leave readers both surprised but also inspired. Infused with the same authenticity she brings to her starring role, Chrissy’s This is Me is so much more than your standard Hollywood memoir or collection of personal essays. She embraces the spirit of Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes, and shares how she has applied the lessons she learned from both setbacks and successes. A born entertainer, Chrissy finds light in even her darkest moments, and leaves the reader feeling they are spending time with a friend who gets it.

Chrissy Metz grew up in a large family, one that always seemed to be moving, and growing. Her father disappeared one day, leaving her mother to work a series of menial jobs and his children to learn to live with the threat of hunger and the electricity being cut off. When her mother remarried, Chrissy hoped for “normal” but instead experienced a form of mental pain that seemed crafted just for her. The boys who showed her attention did so with strings attached as well, and Chrissy accepted it, because for her, love always came with conditions.

When she set out for Los Angeles, it was the first time she had been away from her family and from Florida. And for years, she got barely an audition. So how does a woman with the deck stacked against her radiate such love, beauty and joy? This too is at the heart of This is Me.

With chapters that alternate from autobiographical to instructional, Chrissy offers practical applications of her hard-won insights in a series of “Bee Mindful” interstitials. There she invites you to embrace gratitude in “Say Thank You” or to be honest with your partner and yourself in “The Shrouded Supreme.” Blending love and experience, Chrissy encourages us all to claim our rightful place in a world that may be trying to knock us down, find our own unique gifts, and pursue our dreams.

 

My Thoughts:

I loved listening to this audio book so much! I think it was because Chrissy Metz read me this book and I thought nobody else could read me her story. I loved how it played with balance between small pieces of advice but also her life story. I learned so much about her and took so many small life lessons from this book. I just did not want to stop listening to it. She is such a charming narrator and I really loved her story so much! If you are a fan of this is us you really need to pick up this book!

 

Throw Back Purchase (EBOOK AND Physical) TBR!!!

So because they keeping tell me it is spring!! I have yet to see any real evidence of that ( because it still around 40 degrees and have no gone on many bike rides yet!! but i am going to put some positive warm vibes in the area and hope these cont.themed books that will push some warm weather on us!

Physical TBR!

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Summary!!!

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door.

With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she’s more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there’s a secret Charlie’s keeping that even he hasn’t figured out—she’s fallen for him. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

On the Fence is a sweet and satisfying read about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect it.

Author Bio!!

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.
Bio and photo from Goodreads.

Kindle TBR!!!

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Summary!

From the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of Once and for All

To find the truth you’ve got to be willing to hear it.

When she’s modeling, Annabel is the picture of perfection.

But her real life is far from perfect.

Fortunately, she’s got Owen. He’s intense, music-obsessed, and dedicated to always telling the truth.

And most of all, he’s determined to make Annabel happy. . .

I HOPE THESE BOOKS encourage the weather to turn warm!! Let me know your thoughts about these books if you have read them!

later book lovers.

 

 

 

 

 

WWW: Leah on the OFF beat by Becky Albertalli

So I loved the books in the simon-verse!!! I loved both Simon and upside. I think I adore Simon a tad more!!! That is why i am equally thrilled for a Leah focused book and I literally can’t wait to buy this book and add to my collection!!!

Cover!!!

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Summary!!!

In this sequel to the acclaimed Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—now a major motion picture, Love, Simon—we follow Simon’s BFF Leah as she grapples with changing friendships, first love, and senior year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic.

She’s an anomaly in her friend group: the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.

It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Author Bio!

Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It’s Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta. You can visit her online at http://www.beckyalbertalli.com.

Let me know in the comments if you will be running out to the store to pick this book up, I def will 🙂

Later book lovers

T5W: Favorite Fandom Items

So I have a pretty nice collection of fandom items. I am a lover of so many fandom items but here are some of the highlights. I will try to link the site or the subscription site or where I bought it if i remember!

 

  1. Harry potter money (Nobel Collection)
  2. Marauder Map! (Hot Topic)

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Me and sarah at NYCC!!!

3.  My Fairy loot mug (Fairy loot) (see video)

4. Harry potter mug (Owl crate) (see video)

5.Cantbery road co candles (currently reading line (go buy!!!)

Tell me in the comments what are some of your favorite fandom things! Tell me what I  Must add to my collection

Later book lovers!

TTT: Frequently Used Words In YA and Middle Grade Titles!!!!!

So this was a fun prompt. I am going to give you five common words for YA titles and five for middle grade titles. I really liked thinking about this because some “words’ do capture  my attention more!

YA Titles:

  1. Prince/ Princess/ Queen/ King
  2. Kingdom
  3. Orphan/Thief
  4. Ashes
  5. Dark

Middle Grade:

6. Adventure                                                                                                                                               7. Secret                                                                                                                                                         8. boy/girl                                                                                                                                                 9. dragon/ creature                                                                                                                                 10.  Magic

So tell me what are some common words that you see in either YA or middle grade titles!

 

Later book lovers!

 

 

 

 

White Rabbit: Non-Spoiler Review

White Rabbit  by Caleb Roehrig

Published by  Feiwel & Friends on April 24, 2018

Genres: Young  Adult, Thriller

Pages: 336

Format: Arc

Source: Comic Con

2018 challenge: PSRC 🙂

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to “talk.” Things couldn’t get worse, right?

Then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. He and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney.

April swears she didn’t kill Fox. Rufus knows her too well to believe she’s telling him the whole truth, but April has something he needs. Her price is his help. Now, with no one to trust but the boy he wants to hate yet can’t stop loving, Rufus has one night to clear his sister’s name . . . or die trying.

My Breif Thoughts:

This was a super engaging mystery. i really did enjoy the duel time lines we got in this story. I was super engaged in the mystery and had had time predicting it. I thought it handled so many topics in a realistic fashion but the LGBTQ lead and how it was addressed was so well done. I just loved the main character and the whole story. This story was super engaging but also hard to put down. If you are looking for realistic mystery with a fun lead! Check it out!

My Extended Thoughts:

Character/Diversity: I really liked all the characters in this book. I thought this book had a solid cast of characters. I loved the Rufas was a LGBTQ character and that it is was not the “focal” part of the story. I loved delving more into his history in the flashbacks. I thought that the present story was focus more on him solving the mystery. I really enjoyed the cast of characters but they are not prefect and super realistic. I def want to read more by these authors in the future.

Mystery: The mystery was super fast pace and super hard to predict. I loved the who don it aspect and how the story had so many twists and turns and I could not predict who was the killer. It was super well done.

Pacing: The plot was super fast pace with limited down moments and I loved it!

Would I read more by this author in the future: I def will. I will most likely grab them from my library.