The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser Book Review

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

Published by  HMH Books for Young Readers onOctober 3, 2017

Genres: Middle Grade , contemporary, Holiday Story

Pages:309

Format: Hardback Book

Source: Persoanlly Bought

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!

A modern classic in the making reminiscent of the Penderwicks series, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street is about the connections we make and the unexpected turns life can take.

The Vanderbeekers have always lived in the brownstone on 141st Street. It’s practically another member of the family. So when their reclusive, curmudgeonly landlord decides not to renew their lease, the five siblings have eleven days to do whatever it takes to stay in their beloved home and convince the dreaded Beiderman just how wonderful they are. And all is fair in love and war when it comes to keeping their home.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this story so much. It was such a fun holiday read. I also loved how NYC became a character in this story as well. I loved all the characters in the story and also unlike most middle grade the parents had an active role in this story. I loved both the mystery but also the holiday fun that occurred in this novel. I grew so attached to this characters and was happy to hear a sequel is coming. I thought this was prefect holiday read and made me smile and cry for the holidays!

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Characters on the Naughty List: Top 5 WED!

Oh this was a fun one. I really had to think about this! I have listed villains that I really hate and wish that the evil plans come to a end! These are villains that I love reading about though and a strong villains and really make their stories so compelling to read about!

  1. Lord Voldmort:

    He is the first villain that I hated and wanted him to loose so badly. He was so just so creepy and scary and his path to power was scary. Nobody ever loved him but he also has killed and also caused so much death and murder. And he def deserves to be on the naughty list!

  2. Umbridge:

    I often think sometimes she is worse them Umbridge. She is a human and her behavior in general is so cruel and terriftying that I literally have never HATED a character more. She is so vicious and dangerous and I her behavior made my skin crawl. This character not only belongs to be on the naughty list but also in jai!

  3. Queen Lavanna from the Cinder Series!

    She is another strong villain character. She also remains so evil to me even after we got her own backstory in Fairst. Not only did I enjoy the book, but her backstory made me feel little to not sympathy for her. She is evil, cruel and so dangerous. I loved her as villain throughout this whole series! She def.

  4. Ellise MOM Ember in the ASHES

    In this spartan like society, this is another strong but vicious and brutal killer. Her behavior towards her son often times makes my skin crawl. She is really bloodthirsty and her actions are so scary. She def needs to be on my naughty list!

  5. Maven from the RED Queen Series!

    I Was really shocked by this one because in book one I really liked Maven.. His later behavior really shocked me and again is such a cruel character. He become very psychopath character and because of that he is fun to read about. I really hope to read kings cage soon!

Let me know in the comments what Villain characters would be on your naughty list!

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Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017 (top ten Tuesday!

So we still have a month left of this month. But I wanted to give you guys the top 10 books so far I have read. This book might change by the end of the month but these are the top to books I adored this year! I will gush about them in the video below.  I will also be doing a top five books at the end of the year!

  1. 1. Magnus Chase and the Hammer of Thor:

    I really loved this book so much! I loved no only the plot but also the new characters. I just loved how Rick had a gender fluid character in the mix and also just all the hijix that occurred. It was such a fun read and I really thought it was a great sequel to the first one!

2. Wayfar by Alexsandra Bracken:

I really loved this conclusion to the series. I loved how it dealt with all the historical issues of the time period but also how it also dealt with their ability to time travel. All of these characters really captured my heart and I really love not only how she crafted this world but also the characters she created. A very good conclusion to this series!

3.  Gemina by Ami Kaufman and Jay Kristoff:

I really loved this book so much. It is still creepy but I loved not only the new characters that we met but also how the tied into book 1. I also loved the representation in this book and a also the new formatting choices that were made. It was just a engaging read and remains a year highlight for me!

4.  Long way Home by Katie McGary:

I loved falling back in to all romance books and this book did not disappoint me. I really loved not only this story but also both leads. I really wanted both characters to be happy and it was such a emotional read. I def fell hard for these characters!

5. WindWitch by Susan Dennard

I really did struggle at the start of book 1 of this series. But book two had me captured from page one. I loved not only the plot of book two more then book one but also the distance between the leads made the story even more compelling. I loved book two and am dying for book3. But I really loved this book so much, i will def read this again in 2018!

6. Their Fractured light: Kaufman and Spooner:

This was such a solid ending to this series. The highlight of this book was seeing how all the characters all six of them tied or connected back to each other. This series was def. a tightly crafted story but the characters remain series highlight for me.

7. The last of August by Brittany C.

I thought this was great second book in this series. The new setting and new characters added some new blood to the series that I really enjoyed. I love Jamie even more each time i read this series.

8. Geekerella: Ashly Poston:

I loved this book so much. It was the prefect cinderella retelling meets fandom fun! I alight i cried and gained a new favorite book boyfriend and new author to keep an out for in the future!

9. The Unlikelies

This book was such a fun summer read both about being a hero and also friendship and finding your place in the world. I really loved not only the concept of the this book but also the characters. I def. want to re-listen to this in 2018!

10. Roar by Cora Cormak

This book was my top fantasy book of the year. I really loved not only the lead of this book but also the world and the magic system in this book! It was unique story that left me suprised and shocked! I needed book 2! Such a good read!

Let me know in the comments what are some of your top ten books you read in 2017!

Later book lovers!

Laura

 

 

What I am reading Monday!

So this week was a tad stressful and I did not read as much as I wanted but I did finish some books and I hope to read more this week because grad school and student teaching will be over!

What I finished Reading!

I really enjoyed this book. It was super cute holiday romance with a fun premise along the way. I really enjoyed the concept of this novel and the characters. Check out my review later in the month!

What I am reading!

This is another adorable holiday read and literally set right where I go to college and it even make appearance 🙂 I really am loving this book and it is making me smile a lot 🙂

What I want to Read Next!

I will be on the blog tour and doing a giveaway for this book so I really want to read it! It is next on the list!

I am so excited to read this book is sounds like the prefect mix of mystery magic and diverse characters!

What I am listening too!

I really love listening to this book via audio book before i read this new one! It is great way to refresh my self on this series and I love the narrator.

Let me know in the comments what you are reading or listening too this week!

Later book Lovers!

The Darkest Part of the Forest: Non-Spoiler Review!

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Published by  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 13, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages:337

Format: Hardback

Source: borrowed from Sarah

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!

A girl makes a secret sacrifice to the faerie king in this lush New York Times bestselling fantasy by author Holly Black

In the woods is a glass coffin. It rests on the ground, and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives….

Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in Fairfold, where humans and the Folk exist side by side. Since they were children, Hazel and Ben have been telling each other stories about the boy in the glass coffin, that he is a prince and they are valiant knights, pretending their prince would be different from the other faeries, the ones who made cruel bargains, lurked in the shadows of trees, and doomed tourists. But as Hazel grows up, she puts aside those stories. Hazel knows the horned boy will never wake.
Until one day, he does….
As the world turns upside down, Hazel has to become the knight she once pretended to be.
The Darkest Part of the Forest, is the bestselling author Holly Black’s triumphant return to the opulent, enchanting faerie tales that launched her YA career.

My Thoughts:

I thought this was a much darker fariy novel. I did like the characters and the world building but the conflict could have been stronger at points and the plot did drag. I really did love the myth she created in this book and the darker story that we got. The thing that stood out to me was the world building and the characters. I feel like the plot was unbalanced at points and slow burn but I am glad I read it. I am excited to see what ties it has to her cruel prince series!

 

Long way Down: Book Review

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Published by  Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books on October 24, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages:321

Format: Hard back

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary

An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

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.

Told in short, fierce staccato narrative verse, Long Way Down is a fast and furious, dazzlingly brilliant look at teenage gun violence, as could only be told by Jason Reynolds.

My Thoughts:

I think this is one of those books you should go into, not knowing a lot. The book is written in verse, so it is a quick read. It was so good. The writing was beautiful and easy to understand. The only way I can think to describe this book is powerful and emotional. I think this is a book I will think about long after I’ve read it. I look forward to reading more from this author.

Bookish Things You’re a Grinch About: Top Five Wed!

So this was kind of easy for me. I have some large things in book in general that I have issues with. If you have watch any of my videos these won’t come as shock to you! So tuck in, I am going to tell you some of things that annoy me about the books in general!

  1. The lack of only male leads in Ya literature!

    I will admit I am apart of the harry potter generation and really loved harry as a lead. It is very hard to find stories only told from male POV and not have girl counterpart lead. I often feel like we have so many stories of girls in lead roles but none of male. I feel like i have read so many similar or the same story about female characters and I want more stories about guys. I am girl, but I want more male leads books!

  2. Abusive relationships are what we should strive towards!

I will admit this goes hand and hand with with weak female leads. But what is clearly a un healthy relationship is seen a positive and good in these mostly supernatural stories. I still cringe when people say they want to find their “edward” or “christan”. We need to authors to write not only strong girl characters but also strong girl characters who find male characters that respect them and don’t abuse them. I will get off my high horse but this is massive one in my sack of issues.

3. Lack of sexual and ethnic diversity and or written by non own voices authors or no research!

I think the books we read should reflect our society as a whole. It is important that readers see themselves in the stories they read and this should be the case for all readers. I want this to be the case not just in contpoary issue books but also other type of books were that is not the focus but a side plot. It has gotten better this year but I still want more diversity. I always advocate for own voice authors to write their own stories but I also would love to read stories that are written by non-voice authors that respect the culture may it be ethnic of sexual. Some highlights of this year is the Passanger series and Gentleman guide to vice and virtue!

4. Insta-Love and Rushed ending

I really love slow burns stories not only in regards to the relationships but also in regards to the story as well. I hate when characters meet on page one and are massively in love by page 6. It makes me less connected to the stories and not care about the world. I also want stories to not have rushed endings. I think this goes the same with slowing down the ending to make it clearer is another issue I have with both pace of character growth and also plot.

5. Author Hate

This is one of the thing i really bothers me is authors being the subjected to hate and even death threats because of choices they make in their novels. Again we are readers and we can of course say we don’t like something or may not read their books in the future. But attacking them on twitter and making them afraid to tour is something that is so disgusting. I try to always be positive or give some directed feedback and am thankful for every author I meet. I don’t get the other side and sometimes it makes me sad.

Let me know in the comments what are some of your bookish gripes!

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Ten Bookish Settings I’d Love to Visit

So most of these answers are not a shock to you all. If you don’t guess my first one… You may need to re-read some of my older posts. I can’t tell you how many times I wish there was a button that would allow me disappear into a book and explore these settings. Tuck in, I am about to tell my by dream book settings that I want to vist. The video below is where I will gush!

  1. Harry potter (hogwarts) I mean who does not want to go to Hogwarts! 
  2. Thorne ship in the Cinder series ( I will be honest, sometimes a escape ship sounds lovely)
  3. Anna School in Anna and the french kiss ( I want to explore her school and also her life for a bit)
  4. Camp Half Blood ( I mean I want this summer camp to exist and to have a godly parent!
  5. Pushing the limits Beth school ( I just want to be in this setting for a bit, It seems so well crafted and almost like real high school.
  6. Warcross ( I want to enter the virtual reality and see how I fare)
  7. Three Dark crowns ( I know this is not the nicest world but I want to explore the various setting and maybe even have some powers!
  8. Shadowhunters world ( I want to visit and kill some monsters and explore the fantasy world)
  9. Passenger world ( I want to slip through time and explore all the various time periods that etta did!)
  10. Daughter of Siren Queen ( I want to explore both the sea life and the under the sea life

Let me know in the comments what bookish setting you want to go to!

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Twilight Pariah: Book Review

 Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford

By Sarah

Published by  Tor.com on September 12, 2017

Genres: Mystery

Pages: 172

Format: Hard back

Source: Personally bought

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Summary!

I would give this book 3 for a review.

All Maggie, Russell, and Henry wanted out of their last college vacation was to get drunk and play archaeologist in an old house in the woods outside of town. When they excavate the mansion’s outhouse they find way more than they bargained for: a sealed bottle filled with a red liquid, along with the bizarre skeleton of a horned child

Disturbing the skeleton throws each of their lives into a living hell. They feel followed wherever they go, their homes are ransacked by unknown intruders, and people they care about are brutally, horribly dismembered. The three friends awakened something, a creature that will stop at nothing to retrieve its child.

My Thoughts:

When I read the blurb for the book , I was expecting a scary horror story. What it turned out to be was more a dark mystery with a lot of humor. I enjoyed the book, and read it pretty quickly   (it was also a short book). I think I would have enjoyed it more though if I hadn’t gotten the wrong impression of what it was going to be. The story was was pretty fasted paced and interesting. I thought the characters and relationships between them were realistic. Overall I liked it, just if you read it, don’t expect to be scared.

What I am reading Monday!

I had a okay reading week. I had both a wedding and a lot of school stuff but I did read some stuff! I am so excited to make some progress on my arcs this month and read some books I am have been dying to read!

What I have Read!

I did enjoy this book. I really loved the world building a lot and I the darker fairy story we got. I am excited to see how this book connects to the cruel prince! Check out my review later in the week!

What I am reading!

I am so excited to be reading this. I know it is comes out in march but I could not wait! I am also meeting Ami in Jan and want her to sign it! So far I am enjoying it!

What I want to read next!

I am In the mood for cute contemporary set around the holidays and this book is calling my name!

This book comes out in Jan and it sounds like the prefect mix of magic and mystery!

What I am listening too!

I really want to read book 3 but i need a refresher course! I am enjoying the narrator!

Let me know what you hope to read this week in the comments!

later book lovers

Laura