Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The 57 Bus by Sashka Slater

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives

     One teenager in a skirt.
     One teenager with a lighter.
     One moment that changes both of their lives forever.
     If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

Published by: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux (BYR)
Expected Publication: October 17, 2017

Why I'm Waiting: I hadn't heard of this one until I saw an author got one at ALA and I'm baffled as to why. This synopsis sounds amazing and I'm so surprised no one has been talking about it more. I'm guessing it's because it's about a true event, but that makes it more intriguing to me. Can't wait to get my hands on it! 

What are you waiting on this week?
Will you be waiting on this with me?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Top Ten Books You've Read in 2017 so far!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books You've Read in 2017 so far! 

Ramona BlueBad Romance
The Names They Gave UsWhen Dimple Met Rishi
Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)The Upside of Unrequited
Alex, ApproximatelyThe Hate U Give
The Serpent KingCaraval (Caraval, #1)

Have you read any of these? 
Have any of these made your list?

Monday, June 26, 2017

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

ARC, 267 pages
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Published by: Alfred A.Knopf Books for Young Readers
Read from: June 23-24, 2017
Source: Publisher
For fans of:  Contemporary, Romance, Stand-alones, Sparkly Covers, Grief, Realistic Fiction, YA

     Love lives between the lines.
     Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.
     Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.
     Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.
     As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.


          Can't lie and say I added this to my TBR because of the synopsis. I added it because of the gorgeous cover. And then when everyone started talking about it, I decided I should try it.
"You want to be miserable, but that's not happening. [...] You have to start living again sometime."
pg. 41
     Rachel left her hometown and left only a letter behind. That letter said she loved her best friend. Now she's returned to her hometown with so many more secrets than she left with.
"It's a truth universally acknowledged, according to George that shit days get shitter. Shit nights roll into shit mornings that roll into shit afternoons and roll into shit, starless midnights. Shitness, my sister says has momentum that good luck just doesn't have."
pg. 65
     I've seen so many glowing 5 star reviews on this book, but unfortunately it just wasn't for me. I'm a huge plot based reader, so when there's not really a real reason for something happening in the book, it doesn't appeal to me. And that's exactly what happened here. Every setting it featured was beautiful, but I just couldn't get with the lack of them really doing anything. To be honest they did the same things the entire book, with a few different things sprinkled in-between here and there.
"How have you been able to read so many book? [...] I'm a weird girl in high school. I've had some time to kill."
pg. 94
     I also couldn't really connect with one of the characters. Once all the answers started coming out, I just knew someone would say something. But they kept hiding that one key fact. I know everyone handles grief in their own way, but this had the potential to really hurt someone. And the fact that they didn’t think about this until the very end didn’t sit well with me. And because of that, the ending just didn’t seem believable to me. There should have been something like sadness, anger, and other emotions present I’m sure. All she did was cry. There was no huge blow-up or anything. I just don’t feel that was believable. Maybe she didn’t realize they were hiding from her, but I guess knowing as the reader just bothered me more than it should have.
"What's the universe's problem with forever?"
pg. 255
     However, I did like the writing style. I finished this book in about 24 hours. It was really the only thing that kept me reading. I found myself lost in her words. Fitting since the setting is a bookshop. I was lost in the words of the story and the picture she painted of Henry and Rachel and their love for words.
"Perhaps all the things that are worthwhile are terrifying?"
pg. 260
     Looking at all the reviews, I can see I’m the Black Sheep. I hate it, but it always happens sometimes. I wasn’t the biggest fan overall, but I can see where everyone else’s appeal came from. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t the book for me. 
Overall, I give this

Real rating 2.5 but I rounded up! 

What did you think of this book? 
What did you think of the secret she kept?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #228 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

For Review:
The Apprentice WitchSometimes I Lie
The Hazel WoodGirls Made of Snow and Glass

From the Library: 
Queens of GeekThe Wonder of Us

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Monday 06/19/17:  Review- Bad Romance byHeather Demetrios
Wednesday 06/21/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
Thursday 06/22/2017:  Review: The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
Friday 06/23/17: Listen Up: The Marriage Lie byKimberly Belle
 Saturday 06/24/17:  No Post. 

Me on Instagram: 
New co-worker gave me this at work. Still not sure if I own anything that's worthy enough of me wearing a black Wonder Woman...... 
I still stand by my decision that a ladybug was the way to go. Any other insect would not have made it lolol 

Change this to YA book quotes and this is me. My co-workers still have not gotten used to it smh

I'm not sure what I did to deserve this, but ILU Flatiron and thank you for taking care of me this week. I promise to read and review them, and those that I don't I plan to give to my adult services librarian to give away as SRP prizes!!! 

What went on at your blog this week?

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

I don't normally talk about the audio books I listen to because most of them are backlist, but I really want to start! So, I'm starting Listen Up to write short reviews on the books that I listen to! 

Audio, 9 parts
Release Date: December 27, 2016
Published by: Mira- Halequin / Blackstone Audio
Read from: May 23- June  , 2017
Source: Library 
For fans of: Adult,  Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Thriller, Audio, Stand-alone

     Everyone has secrets.
Iris and Will have been married for seven years, and their marriage is as close to perfect as it can be. But on the morning Will leaves for a business trip to Florida, Iris' happy world comes to an abrupt halt. Another plane headed for Seattle has crashed into a field, killing everyone on board, and, according to the airline, Will was one of the passengers.
Grief stricken and confused, Iris is convinced it all must be a huge misunderstanding. Why did Will lie about where he was going? What is in Seattle? And what else had he lied about?
As Iris sets off on a desperate quest to find out what her husband was keeping from her, the answers she receives will shock her to her very core.


     The synopsis of this one drew me in as soon as I read it. When I finally got it in my hands I knew I was going to devour it. And that I did.
     Iris and Will couldn't be more in love. They've been married for seven years and couldn't be happier. But then one morning Will gets on a plane to a business trip and as it turns out, there's another plane that comes crashing down, killing everyone on board. As the victims are released, Iris finds out that Will was one of them. On a plane that was going a comepletely different place than where her husband told her he was going. This encourages Iris to pick up the pieces and find out what all her husband has been keeping from her. 
     This one started out so good. I just wanted to get in my car and drive just so I could listen to it. But after about 65% in, it just went downhill. But by that time I had already gotten to the end and I needed to know if my hunch was right. And it was. I was so disappointed by the ending that I remember wishing I could skim to the end but it was an audio.
     I was also reaally disappointed in who it was also. *SPOILER ALERT* of course it was the only Black man in the story. That was part of the reason I was able to find out who it was so easily. It was disappointing, but at least there were people of color in it? But yeah, needless to say, this made me not enjoy it so much.
     I also didn't care for how repetitive it became. It seemed like every third sentence was the same and it just made me want to roll my eyes the whole time. The main character made me roll my eyes too because she was so angry with him, but yet her actions were saying the opposite. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. It just all became so redundant. 
     The only thing I really DID like about it was the narrator. I felt every emotion in her voice. And she was the only reason I really got that into the story. It was nice to still get that into the story when I had someone else reading to me. Normally, without me physically reading it and doing the voices in my head, I don't get that type of connection. 
     This didn't live up to my expectations and that was disappointing. The publishers did an incrdible job with writing the synopsis because althouugh the entire book wasn't my cup of tea, the synopsis certainly did spark my interest.
Overall, I give this