Waiting on Wednesday – Crooked Kingdom

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week (and every week since I finished Six of Crows) I am waiting on Crooked Kingdom, the second book in the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo 22299763

Expected publication: September 27th 2016 by Orion Children’s Books


Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dange
rous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.(goodreads summary)

Why I Am Waiting

Um, have you READ Six of Crows?! That ending was just evil. I am anxious to see what happens to this gang after the events of SOC. I have grown a bit attached to some of them and I needs ta know happened!! I believe this is a duology? (Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong) So if it is the last book there is a chance this book could be *wispers* even better then SOC. IMAGINE THAT JACK! ahhh. What started as a grand heist will end with an all out war and I. Can’t. Wait.

 

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

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I was tagged by Amy @ NovelGossip Thanks Lady 🙂 sorry it took me so long! Ya’ll be sure to check out her page!

The object of the tag is to answer the questions, then nominate 5 more bloggers who you’d like to get to know a bit more about by them answering the same questions.

How long have you been a blogger? 

-Since January, but I have really only started posting regularly in the last few months.

At what point do you think you will stop? 

-I don’t want to, but life is ever changing so who knows.

What is the best part? 

– Getting to gush about the books and series that I love and have others gush back instead of looking at me like I am crazy. I also love when one of my reviews makes someone else want to read the book. Warms my heart every time 🙂

What is the worst part? 

– Time. I never seem to have enough time to blog when I want to. Adulting sucks.

How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?

-For book reviews I only use an image of the book cover so just like the 2 minutes it takes to find, select and resize it. For subscription box unboxing pictures its usually and hour or two with styling, photographing and editing.

Who’s your book crush? 

– Will Herondale – The Infernal Devices. Warner from Shatter Me isn’t to be ignored though.

What author would you like to have on your blog? 

– oooh… maybe Maggie Stievfater? She seems like my kind of person!

What do you wear when you write your blog? 

– workout clothes or sweats since I blog in the evenings/weekends.

How long does it take you to prepare a post?

– It depends. Some posts I can gush out, some take longer to think through. Some I leave sitting for days and days. Like this one! Sorry..

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture? 

– Love it! It’s great getting to connect with other awesome nerds.

What do you think one should do to have a successful blog? 

-Start writing. You can’t succeed at anything until you start. Make connections. It’s no fun doing things by yourself.


I nominate:

Stephanie @ Between Folded Pages

Salsa @ Flawless Reads 

Tammy @ A Word About Books

As always don’t feel obligated to participate, I never want to feel like I am calling anyone out, so do it if you want. And if you weren’t tagged and want to do it go for it!

 

August Wrap Up

Wow I can’t believe August is already over. This year is just going by so fast. .

This month I read eight books and reviewed three. It’s been a busy month and I haven’t been able to read as much as I would like. Adutling sucks.

Favorite: It’s between This Savage Song and A Gathering of Shadows both Victoria Schwab so she wins all around, all though Rainbow Rowell was right behind her punching me in the feels.

Least Favorite: The Boyfriend Thief – It was just cutesy and juvenile. Not a terrible read, especially since it was a free Epub book. Just not for me.

I reread two books this month. Two MASSIVE books that equal 4-6 normal sized books. Queen of Shadows in preparation of Empire of Storms and ACOMAF because it was amazing and I was having withdrawals.

  • A Court of Mist and Fury
  • Queen of Shadows

Currently reading:

Once in a Town Called Moth may be a DNF for me. I’m just not getting into it and life is to short to read books you don’t like. I just feel guilty because I received it as an ARC… so the jury is still out on that one. I’m rereading alllllll the Harry Potter books in preparation for my trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this month!

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I’m really looking forward to what all September has in store!

Waiting on Wednesday – Frost Like Night

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am waiting on Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch Expected publication: September 20th 2016 by Balzer + Bray


F16_FrostLikeNightAngra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything. (goodreads summary)

Why I Am Waiting

I really enjoyed Snow Like Ashes, then was a little disappointed with Ice Like Fire. It suffered from second book syndrome hard core. This is the conclusion of the story we started in Snow Like Ashes and there are so many questions that need to be answered. We have new characters in play and old character who may not be as they seemed. Its crazy town. The stage was (finally) set up at the end of the second book and I’m curious to see how it will all play out.

 

August Owlcrate – Bookish

I’m a little late in posting my Owlcrate for this month, it’s been a crazy month. . But at least I have Owlcrate to cheer me up! This month’s box theme was Fast Times at YA High.

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Sometimes I ask my husband how he feels about my styling, other times I ask my kitten Chaiman. Thats normal right? (btw he didn’t approve, the little jerk)

 

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This month’s box included:

  • Decomposition notebook
  • A sweet Hogwarts button from Taryn Draws
  • A superawesome Eleanor & Park necklace that is an Owlcrate Original that came in the cutest little Owlcrate bag that I am counting as part of this box’s swag.
  • A stunning Harry Potter Print from Susanne Draws
  • An Adult Coloring book with stress relieving patterns from Blue Star Coloring
  • A Chapter Raptor button
  • The book P.S. I Lke You by Kasie West along with a signed book plate, note from the author and a sweet set of coloring pencils.

From Owlcrate- “In P.S. I Like You our story kicks off when songwriter Lily randomly decided to write song lyrics on her deskin chemistry class. The next day, she’s shocked to see that someone has replied to her note! Thus begins a hilarious and heartfelt secret pen pal love affair that’s sure to sweep you off your feet. This book had us laughing and swooning every step of the way and is a perfect summer read. We adore the family dynamic thoughout the story and the romance is top notch!”

From Goodreads – Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds thatsomeone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mysteryand juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

 

PBT-0749I have actually been reading a lot of contemporary lately and this one has been on my TBR. I am very excited to start reading it! Next month’s theme is “Darkness” and I’m pretty sure this is the best thing ever or at least close to it! It will include and item from Out Of Print and I am dying! I will be on vacation next month when this box is scheduled to ship so I won’t be able to open it until I get home.. hashtag first world problems.

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PBT-0764I have another book box that I subscribed to this month that is still on it’s way that I am anxious to see. My obsession with subscription boxes of the bookish variety has bleed over to my husband. He’s not really a read but he loves watches and he found a monthly watch subscription box from (I kid you not) Monthly Watch Box.

It’s actually pretty cool, its see through and it doesn’t have a battery. It’s an automatic watch. It uses energy from a wound spring to power the watch. This spring stores energy and transfers it though a series of gears and spring. It’s actually pretty cool!

I’m glad that we can now both have “our thing” to look forward to each month!

Nerve: Book vs. Movie

So I finally got around to seeing the movie Nerve. I read the book back in July after seeing the first preview for the movie. You can read my review for that here. Anyways this is a case where the movie is based off the book and not a straight up adaptation. There are A LOT of differences and surprisingly I was ok with them. Fair warning if you haven’t read the book its about to get very spoilery so proceeded with caution.

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So a recap of the book plot. Our MC Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they’re directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?

So the trailer for the movie is what made me check to see if it was a book and what do you know, it was! But the movie and the book are both very different.

LOCATION

In the book our story takes place in Seattle over the span of like 2 days. Vee plays the majority of NERVE the night after she does her first dare. In the movie it takes place in NYC all over the span of one crazy night. The visual aesthetics of the city (so much neon!) get the movie a point.

THE DARES

The dares in the book were really tame compared to the movie. The book dares were like, pour water on yourself in a coffee shop, convince someone to buy you a latte while you sing 99 bottles of beer on the wall, walk a skanky street with other hookers and try to get someone to pay $100 for you things like that. Also Vee picked her first dare. In the movie she didn’t get to pick, the watchers did. She had to do things like kiss a stranger for 5 seconds, try on a freakishly expensive fancy shamncy dress, get a tattoo and have someone else pick it out for her.. I think I would rather pretend to be a hooker for an hour then get a mysterious tattoo permanently inked onto my body. The movie dares were more along the lines of what I was wanting from the book. Point – Movie

THE REWARDS

In the movie the players are only rewarded with money. In the book they can be rewarded with different things like a new pair of shoes, camping equipment, a college scholarship.. things that NERVE pulled from their social media accounts. Much more creepy and big brother like. Point – book

MINOR DIFFERENCES

In the book Vee lived with her parents, who grounded her for a spoilery incident.

In the movie Vee lives with her single mother and she had a brother who passed away a few years before.

Vee’s crushed name was Matthew in the book. In the movie his name was J.P. and they didn’t really interact. She crushed on him from afar. In the book she worked with Matthew on the play and he flirted with her and led her on. This J.P. just looked at her and said she wasn’t his type.

I had a problem with the actress who played Sydney. She just didn’t fit the roll of Vee’s popular friend.

The “SNITCHES GET STITCHES” scene was crazy and exactly how I wanted the book to be. In the book you have Players and Watches, in the movie you have Players, Watchers and Prisoners. They game can take you prisoner if you break the rules. They have access to all your accounts and can make you play until you win. Its very Big Brother. Much freakier then the beer and guns from the book.


It pains me a little to say it but I liked the movie better then the book. It was more how I wanted the book to be, especially the finale. I feel like that part of the book flopped. Both were good but the movie wins this round.

Kindred Spirits – Book Review

Author: Rainbow Rowell
Published: February 25th 2016 by Macmillans Kids UK specially for World Book Day
Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Short Story
Rating: ★★★★✰

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If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. (goodreads summary)

“I was born at the wrong time,” she said. “And in the wrong climate. It should be 1983, and I should be sitting outside Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.”

How many pages does it take for Rainbow Rowell to capture your heart and make you want more? The answer is 62 pages, well actually less but that’s all you get with this little novella.

This whole story takes place over the span of the 4 days leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 18 year old Elena loves Star Wars and grew up watching them with her dad, not the prequels of course, because that would just taint her love of the trilogy. When Elena heard about a new Star Wars being made with Luke, Leia and Han she is over the moon. She hears that people are going to camp out at a local theatre and decides she is going to join the line. The story starts off with her mom dropping her off to join “the line”, there is just one problem.. there are only two other people in line.

This story was such a tease. It was only 62 pages long and yet I was already so caught up in our characters that when I turned the last page I was caught off guard. I thought “that couldn’t be it?!” No. I need to know what Elena and Gabe thought about the movie, I need to know how they feel about Star Wars land and if they will ever go. Are they excited about Rouge One and how many times did they watched the new trailer that just came out?  I need to know what happened Monday at school. But I will never know, because the book ended.

Can we just stop for a minute and think about the plot of this little story? It’s all about waiting in a line. For Star Wars yes but still. How original is that?! It seems like a boring idea but Rainbow totally took it and made it something amazing. Rainbow oh Rainbow, is there anything you can’t do?