Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...

Top Ten Books I'm Thankful For! 

 

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas || Bad Romance by Heather DeMetrios

 

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare || Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 

 

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia || Harry Potter and Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling


To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han || Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

 

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne || The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan








Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #124

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

Title: Say You'll Remember Me
Series: None
Author: Katie McGarry 
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen 
Publication Date: January 30, 2018 

When Drix was convicted of a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.
Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.
When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life.
But sometimes love can breach all barriers.
Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves--Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence--and each other to finally get what they deserve. 

Find Say You'll Remember Me online!

Why I'm waiting on Say You'll Remember Me this Wednesday: It's been a few years since I've read a book from this author but I remember really liking her stories back in the day! This one originally caught my attention because of the cover (it's SO PRETTY!).  But the summary also really appeals to me -- sounds like a forbidden romance which I am so here for.  

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Have you read any books by Katie McGarry?  Which has been your favorite?  I'm really excited to give this one a chance!  Leave links to your posts down below!  

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Top Ten Books I Want My Kids to Read!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...

Top Ten Books I Want My Kids to Read!

 


 

Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios || Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

 

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman || Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia 

 

Sold by Patricia McCormick || The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

 

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton || What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

What are the books you want to share with your kids/nieces and nephews|grandkids/etc?  Do we share any of the same books on our lists?  I'm really exciting to be able to share these important stories with younger generations!  Leave a link to your posts below!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: Devils & Thieves

Title: Devils & Thieves 
Series: Devils & Thieves #1
Author: Jennifer Rush 
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Source: Bought 

Power corrupts. Magic kills.
Eighteen-year-old Jemmie Carmichael is surrounded by magic in the quiet town of Hawthorne, New York. In her world, magic users are called “kindled,” and Jemmie would count herself among them if only she could cast a simple spell without completely falling apart. It doesn't help that she was also recently snubbed by Crowe—the dangerous and enigmatic leader of Hawthorne’s kindled motorcycle gang, the Devils’ League.
When the entire kindled community rolls into Hawthorne for an annual festival, a rumor spreads that someone is practicing forbidden magic. Then people start to go missing. With threats closing in from every side, no one can be trusted. Jemmie and Crowe will have to put aside their tumultuous history to find their loved ones, and the only thing that might save them is the very flaw that keeps Jemmie from fully harnessing her magic. For all her years of feeling useless, Jemmie may just be the most powerful kindled of all. 

Find Devils & Thieves online!
Finally, a book that breaks my three star rating streak!  The past few new books I've read have all ended up being pretty meh for me but this one I really enjoyed!  I've been excited for it for a while and I'm so pleased that it lived up to my expectations!  I had some problems with it, mainly having to do with the end, but for the most part I had a great time reading about Jemmie, Crow, and the magic in their world!

Character driven stories always tend to be my favorites and this one was no exception.  The characters were all so interesting and fun to read about.  Jemmie was a great main character and I loved the relationship we saw between her and her best friend, Alex, who was Crowe's sister.  It's always so nice to see healthy and supportive female friendships in books, especially in young adult literature.  I hope we see more of Alex and Jemmie together in the next books!  

Crowe was, of course, the love interest.  This guy was so complicated and interesting, especially in the beginning.  I liked the responsibility he took on and how willing he was to do anything to protect those in his family and his club.  He was a serious badass and super swoony.  I will say though, I felt like he got less interesting toward the end and fell into some cliches that happen super often in YA lit.  He almost felt like a completely different character at the end of the book compared to the beginning.  

Outside of the characters, I really enjoyed the world building.  The story is set in Hawthorne, NY and I loved the way the author set the scene and described the setting.  It was so vibrant and well built, especially with the addition of the magic and the motorcycle gangs.  I loved the way the magic system worked and how each family had a certain type of magic they were known for.  

For the most part, I really enjoyed this story but the ending did feel a little rushed.  There was so much going on and so many different characters and threads that came together so quickly; it didn't feel like there was enough time spent on the ending.  But after how things were left in the end, I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series!  

"If Alex was a pearl, then her brother was obsidian.  Black volcanic glass.  Pretty and shiny, quick to cut."

Four out of Five Teapots
    

Monday, November 6, 2017

Hiatus!

Hi, guys.  I'm gonna keep this short and sweet -- I've had a family tragedy happen this weekend and have decided to take this week off blogging to take care of myself and try to relieve a bit of stress.  Posts will start up again regularly next week.  

Thank you guys for understanding.  I hope you have a good week!
 
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