Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Footnotes - A Quotation About A Character


Welcome back to Footnotes, a new link-up hosted by Emily @ Stranger Worlds & Ashley @ [oddly novel title] for quotation obsessees.  Each month they will post a prompt and participants will share a quote that fits the prompt as well as share their thoughts on it in any way they wish.

November's Prompt: A quote that defines or captures the essence of a favorite character

“Aren't you afraid of dying?" he asked Lila now. 
She looked at him as if it were a strange question. And then she shook her head. "Death comes for everyone," she said simply. "I'm not afraid of dying. But I am afraid of dying here." She swept her hand over the room, the tavern, the city. "I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” 

I've always loved this quote from Lila in A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and this was actually the first quote that popped to mind for this month's prompt.  I'd say that last line encapsulates her character just about perfectly.  By the way, that piece of fan art is currently one of my favorites for her character.

What are some of your favorite quotes that you think really captures the essence of a character?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fix Me by Lisa M. Cronkhite (ARC) - Review


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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Pen's life has been wreck since her sister committed suicide last year. Now, she's hooked on Fix, a drug that changes how she thinks and sees. Although the drug has horrific side effects, she keeps coming back for more because she sees hallucinations of a guy called Nate. Even though she's knows Nate is only in her head, he seems to be the only person who cares about her future. She knows she has to change, but she's more confused than ever when Nate professes his love for her. Then, during a Fix trip one of her classmates goes missing and Pen quickly realizes that she's in more danger than she thought. If she doesn't get her act together quick, she may be next on the missing persons list.

Fix Me by Lisa M. Cronkhite is one of those novels where I definitely preferred the concept of the story to the overall execution of the novel. At least 95% of the novel is Pen high on Fix and hallucinating, or suffering from all sorts of insane side effects. Now, I've read a lot of selfish characters but Pen really takes the cake. She truly thinks of nothing but herself - not to mention that she's astoundingly unreliable. I was also hoping for a little more in terms of the mystery, especially one that makes a little more sense and is less contradictory. I also would have preferred a little bit more clarity when it comes to that paranormal aspect - was that just a figment or what? Quite a few events just seem to crop up with zero warning making me scratch my head and wonder if I missed something along the line. Finally, I also wanted to mention that tonally Pen doesn't really sound like a modern teen (to my ears anyway).

Overall, Fix Me wasn't for me in the long run - I enjoyed the basic premise more than the final result. The story covers dark, heavy themes, but doesn't really handle them in a satisfactory manner. There's so much more that I wish would have been done or could have been explored by our cast.

Thanks for the opportunity, NetGalley.


I read this ARC from November 16 - 17, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.  This novel will be released on November 28, 2017.

Top Ten Tuesday: #OwnVoices Books I'm Thankful For


Happy Tuesday and welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week's topic is Books I'm Thankful For in honor of Thanksgiving - this week I'm spotlighting ten #OwnVoices books I'm thankful for.  Here we go, in order by title:


American Street by Ibi Zoboi


The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee


The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi


George by Alex Gino


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo


Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova


Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older


The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


Want by Cindy Pon

What are some of your favorite #OwnVoices books?  Have you tried any of the ones on my list?  As always thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Music Monday: Panic In The Year Zero!


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

Rules:

Every Monday share a few songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

If you would like to participate in Music Monday, please join the link up by sharing your post's url.

Welcome to the 3rd Music Monday of Sci-Fi Month (if you want to know more about this go here)!  This month all of the music I'm going to be sharing will be sci-fi related - this week I'm sharing some of my favorite music from the movie Panic in the Year Zero! (1962) which starred Ray Milland (also the director), Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, and Mary Mitchell, with the score composed by Les Baxter.  If you haven't seen it, it's a low budget sci-fi post-apocalyptic movie which follows a family on a camping trip that must survive in the lawless aftermath of a nuclear bomb has wiped out Los Angeles.  The movie itself isn't exactly a must watch, but I love the soundtrack which is much different than you might expect (I actually own a copy of the soundtrack, I like it so much). The theme totally makes me think of my choice last week with The Incredibles (and James Bond, of course).  The next clip shows a scene that really gives you an idea of the tone of the movie - and a good listen to the more of that soundtrack.




Sunday, November 19, 2017

Mini Reviews: One of Us is Lying, Lord of Shadows, &The Storyteller's Daughter


Happy Sunday everyone! Today, I'm back with some more mini reviews of some of stories that I read within the last few months that I've been meaning to review - One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare, and The Storyteller's Daughter by Cameron Dokey. Of these three the newest Shadowhunter novel is my favorite, but all of these come highly recommend from me. Here we go:


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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus has been described as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, and that's not wrong in the least. It's an addicting debut YA mystery and I'd love to read more from this author. I don't often read YA mystery (no particular reason there either), but this grabbed my attention from the get-go. I particularly enjoyed getting to know our core cast and see where the author takes them over the twisty course of this story. I also enjoyed the fact that we could follow along and put the pieces together in time for that big reveal. Need an addicting new mystery in your life, then look no further than One of Us is Lying . I am really looking forward to this author's next project, and I'm interested to see how the tv adaptation of this story will turn out.


I read this novel from July 19 - 20, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters universe is one of my favorite fictional series and The Dark Artifices is just as outstanding as everything that's come before. Even after so many novels and stories set in this world I still can't get enough. These epic, sprawling stories are always brilliantly connected and interwoven. Clare's brand of urban fantasy, action, and humor is irresistible. My favorite part, though, has always been her characters, their relationships, and interactions. Julian, Emma, Mark, Kiernan, Ty, Cristina, Livy, Dru, and Kit are all delightful, and it's wonderful to be back with them - and to see old favorites return like Jace, Clary, Magnus, and Alec. Anyway I could go on and on but if you haven't read this yet, what are you waiting for?! Now it's just a waiting game until book three of The Dark Artifices, Queen of Air and Darkness, is released - and after that ending, I don't know if I can wait that long! By the way, I listened to this on audiobook and it was an honor to hear James Marsters narrate Jace.


I listened to this audiobook from August 1 - 17, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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Devour The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh and need another Arabian Nights retelling? Try the 2002 release called The Storyteller's Daughter by Cameron Dokey. The author's writing is absolutely beautiful and truly has a fairytale quality about it. It's a short novel but it has just about everything you could want in a retelling. I think I need to try more from this author and continue this series of retellings.


I read this novel from September 3 - 5, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.


Have you had the opportunity to read any of these books yet?  If so, what did you think of them?  Thanks for making it this far, and perhaps commenting down below!

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The School For Good And Evil by Soman Chainani + 50/50 Friday

 





On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook.  Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.  As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.   Then, for  50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.


This week I'm spotlighting on of my current reads, The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani.  I've heard such great things about this series, so I'm excited to finally be starting in on it.  By the way, this will fulfill the Set in a School square for my Fall Bookish Bingo

Beginning:

Sophie had waited all her life to be kidnapped.  But tonight, all the other children of Gavaldon writhed in their beds.  If the School Master took them, they'd never return.

56:

"I think she's refreshing," said the plump one, biting into the ice pop.  "Not every villain has to smell and look depressed."

50/50 Friday: Book You Were Early/ Late To The Party In Reading


Early - Artemis by Andy Weir - I actually managed to get approved for an ARC via NetGalley - it was just released on November 14th.  Verdict: I loved it!  If you'd like to read my review, click the title.



Late - Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - This book was just awesome and I have no clue why I put it off for so long!  I read it last year, so I was approximately five years late to the party on this one.  If you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for?!  Want to read my review, then just click the title.

Have you read any of these books?  Are you taking part in Fall Bookish Bingo?  As always thanks for visiting and perhaps even commenting down below!

Mini Reviews: All Our Wrong Todays, Cold Summer, & The Upside of Unrequited


Happy weekend everyone!  Today, I'll be sharing some mini reviews of some novels I tackled while back, but I still need to talk about because they are all marvelous stories - All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai, Cold Summer by Gwen Cole, and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.  All three of these come highly recommend from me.  Here we go:


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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai is such a fun time travel story - and it's got a great sense of humor. There are a few moments when the technical stuff behind the time travel took me out of the story and kind of bogged things down, but for the most part it's incredibly entertaining and thought-provoking with quite an emotional punch. If you like Dark Matter by Blake Crouch and Back to the Future (particularly Part 2), then you will love this time travel sci-fi novel of the present day gone wrong. Thanks a lot for messing up the 2016 we should have had, Tom Barren.


I listened to this audiobook from July 10 - 15, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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Time travel is one of my favorite things and this quiet, slow building present day/ WWII time travel story that's really invested in its characters is no exception. I really enjoyed getting to know Harper and Kale, the two leading characters, because both of them are such fascinating characters. In the novel, perspective alternates between the two characters - and I have to say that Kale's chapters are pretty cool as we get to see him deal with time travelling to the Western Front in World War II. Harper's chapters, for the most part, feel very much like YA contemporary that deals with tough issues like PTSD. Even if this novel didn't include a time travel element, this story would neatly double as a contemporary. I, for one, think it's brilliant that it can successfully do both. I'm definitely looking forward to Cole's next novel, Ride on.


I read this book from July 13 - 16, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.



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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli is an absolutely fantastic and heart-warming sophomore novel. I honestly couldn't have asked for anything better. The real stand out of this story is the cast of characters, plus the laugh-out-loud sense of humor. Everyone is wonderfully flawed and real, but for me Reid completely steals the show. I'm not a touch-y feel-y person in the least, but I just want to give this book a hug! I can't wait to read Albertalli's next book, Leah on the Off Beat.


I listened to this audiobook from July 16 - 18, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.


Have you had the opportunity to read any of these books yet?  If so, what did you think of them?  Thanks for making it this far, and perhaps commenting down below.