Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #57


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.





Publication date:  November 1st, 2016


From Goodreads:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.


The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?




Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #56


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.



Publication date:  November 1st, 2016


From Goodreads:

A million universes. A million dangers. One destiny.

The fate of the multiverse rests in Marguerite Caine’s hands. Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud since she first traveled to another universe using her parents’ invention, the Firebird. Only now has she learned the true plans of the evil Triad Corporation—and that those plans could spell doom for dozens or hundreds of universes, each facing total annihilation.

Paul Markov has always been at Marguerite’s side, but Triad’s last attack has left him a changed man—angry and shadowed by tragedy. He struggles to overcome the damage done to him, but despite Marguerite’s efforts to help, Paul may never be the same again.

So it’s up to Marguerite alone to stop the destruction of the multiverse. Billions of lives are at stake. The risks have never been higher. And Triad has unleashed its ultimate weapon: another dimension’s Marguerite—wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

In the epic conclusion to Claudia Gray’s Firebird trilogy, fate and family will be questioned, loves will be won and lost, and the multiverse will be forever changed. It’s a battle of the Marguerites . . . and only one can win. 




Saturday, August 13, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #40


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!


Purchased (Kindle):




Purchased (Hardcover):




Free from Amazon:




August's Kindle First Book from Amazon:

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #55


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.





Publication date:  November 29th, 2016


From Goodreads:
In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls—the first and second time—and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to earth voice that made her novel, Someday Someday Maybe, a New York Times bestseller.
“This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling working years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. You probably think I’m talking about my incredible achievement as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! as a Langley High School junior, a performance my dad called “you’re so much taller than the other kids.” But no! I’m talking about Lorelai Gilmore, who, back in 2008, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick.”—Lauren Graham

I am SO excited for this book to be released!  I have been a huge Gilmore Girls fan since the very beginning, so I was thrilled when I heard that Lauren was going to be releasing a new book!  I enjoyed her previous novel, but I have a feeling I'll like this one even more than Someday, Someday, Maybe.




Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Spoiler-Free)


Read:  August 8th, 2016

Type:  Hardcover

Source:  Purchased

Rating (out of five stars):


SPOILER-FREE



I've read a lot of mixed reviews about this book, and while all of the opinions are valid, I do believe that most people were holding this up to a higher standard than other books.  That is completely understandable, but I learned a long time ago not to compare any Harry Potter-related media to the original seven books.  I used to complain about the movies not following the books exactly, until I realized they were two totally different mediums, and therefore, I shouldn't be so critical of the movies, but simply enjoy them for what they are - an adaption of the books.  I enjoyed the movies considerably more after that, so I've started using that approach with other series, as well.
I think that also holds true for The Cursed Child.  I know it was billed as the eighth book, and J. K. Rowling was involved, but it's not truly an additional book in the series, and it shouldn't be considered as such.  In fact, it's not really a book at all - it's a script, and it would probably be fifty times better seeing it on stage rather than reading it, but I digress.

I am a huge Harry Potter fan, so to say I was excited for The Cursed Child would definitely be an understatement.  I don't know about anyone else, but I loved it.  Again, it's not the same as reading the original series, but it was fun to read about these familiar characters almost twenty years after the events of The Deathly Hallows.  I was so happy that I wasn't spoiled at all before reading, and I believe it's a much better experience if you go in unspoiled.  Therefore, this review will be spoiler-free.  I'll try to stick to my thoughts and reactions, without mentioning anything specific.

Since this is a script and not a traditional book, it took a little time to get used to the format, but I was fine after a few pages.  And, wow, it's going to be harder than I thought to discuss my thoughts without referring to specific moments.  Suffice it to say, my emotions were running the gamut.  I started out excited and a little nervous, and I was completely taken in by the story almost immediately.  I giggled at times, I cried at others, but I think "shocked" is the emotion that would best sum up my reading experience.  The plot twists.  Some things didn't come as a surprise at all - I figured them out pretty quickly - but there were some things that completely blindsided me.  I mean, I was truly gobsmacked.  My emotions were all over the place at one point, and I had to close the book, and just take a minute to process my thoughts.  It was intense.  I loved it.

I ended up reading the whole book in one sitting - which hasn't happened in a while, I'll admit - and even though I stayed up too late to finish reading it, it was worth it.  I was having a pretty bad day, but this book carried me away for a few hours, and for that I was grateful.  The Cursed Child isn't perfect, and I may not even consider it canon, but it was a chance to spend more time with a few beloved characters, it entertained me, and it made me happy.  For that, it's a five-star book to me.



Saturday, August 6, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #39


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!





Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #54


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




Publication date:  October 4th, 2016


From Goodreads:

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.




Saturday, July 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #38


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!


Purchased (Kindle):




From Penguin - First to Read Early Access:




Free from Amazon:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #53


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.




Publication date:  September 20th, 2016


From Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent the majority of her life within the walls of the Whittaker Institute, a high security mental hospital in upstate New York. Deep down, she knows she's not crazy and doesn't belong there. When she meets a mysterious, handsome new orderly and dreams about a strange twisted tree she realizes she must escape and figure out who she really is.

Using her trusting friend Bale as a distraction, Snow breaks free and races into the nearby woods. Suddenly, everything isn't what it seems, the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur, and she finds herself in icy Algid--her true home--with witches, thieves, and a strangely alluring boy named Kai, none of whom she's sure she can trust. As secret after secret is revealed, Snow discovers that she is on the run from a royal lineage she's destined to inherit, a father more powerful and ruthless than she could have imagined, and choices of the heart that could change the fate of everything...including Snow's return to the world she once knew.

This breathtaking first volume begins the story of how Snow becomes a villain, a queen, and ultimately a hero. 




Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #37


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book haul meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews. It's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical stores or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, and of course e-books!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!


Purchased (Kindle):




Signed copies, from the lovely C. A. Gray:




Borrowed (from my dad):