Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WoW: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

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!

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

     Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale
     At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.
     Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.
     Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

Published by: Flatiron Books
Expected Publication: September 5, 2017

Why I'm Waiting: I almost put "Frozen/ Snow White mash-up.' *drops mic*," but I didn't feel like that would be sufficient ENOUGH. But to be honest, paired with the synopsis, it just might be. This book sounds bad ass and I can't believe I was just approved for it on Netgalley and I haven't started it yet because REALLY. Read that synopsis. (Although I'm not hugely thrilled with this cover, I'm hoping that the inside more than makes up for it.)

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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Top Ten Books that I Want to Read During my Library's Summer Reading Program!

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 that I want to Read During my Library's Summer Reading Program! 

When you work at the library, summertime is pretty busy with the Summer Reading Program (SRP). And this year is no different! We have so many activities planned that I'm super excited about doing! I can't wait to implement all we have planned! But in the lulls (like my lunch break lmao) I am still going to participate in our summer reading program! Here's some of the books that come out this summer that I want to read during SRP! 

Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back, #1)Midnight at the Electric

1. Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger: My teens have already confiscated my book plate and have begged me to give the backpack that came with it away as an SRP prize. I'm pretty sure they'll be asking for my book too *rolls eyes* lol     Releases June 6, 2017

2. Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson: I am so ready for this one. Can't wait to get to it. Releases June 13, 2017

Amid Stars and Darkness (The Xenith Trilogy #1)This Is How It Happened

3. Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener: Another that I'm all here for! This was my WoW pick a couple weeks out and I am still thinking about it. Hopefully my library gets it! Releases July 18, 2017

4. This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes: I LOVED Girl Against the Universe so naturally I can't wait for this one! Releases July 11, 2017

The UnlikeliesOur Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)

5. The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone: I loved her debut last year, so this one I'm sure will be no different. It was unique and quirky and funny and I loved it! Can't wait to see what this one is about! Releases June 6, 2017

6. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab: Umm did we all read the ending to This Savage Song? Then yes I think we will all be reading this for our Summer Reading Program! Releases June 13, 2017

What to Say NextThe Last Magician
7. What to Say Next by Julie Bauxbaum: I thought her debut was really cute, but this one is said to "tone down the fluff," so I'm excited to see what this one is all about! Can't wait to read this one!  Releases July 11, 2017

8. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell: I have heard nothing but good things about this one and I can't wait to see if they deliver. Also, that cover is BAD. ASS.  Releases July 18, 2017

Little MonstersNo Good Deed

9. Little Monsters by Kara Thomas: I love reading thrillers in the summer. I'm not sure why, but I do. And because there's hardly any that come out this summer, I'm going to try and savor this one that does! Releases July 25, 2017

10. No Good Deed by Kara Connolly: Robin Hood re-telling and the MC is a girl?! OH YES. Cannot wait to have this one in my hands. I begged for it at TLA, but they didn't have any copies :(  Releases July 18, 2017

What about you?
Will you be reading any of these for your local Summer Reading Program?!
Don't forget to sign up for it!

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

ARC, 384 pages
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Read from: May 17-May 21, 2017
Source: TLA 2017
For fans of: Grief Management, Diversity, Tear-Jerkers, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Coming of Age, Character Growth, Sprakly Covers, YA

     When it all falls apart, who can you believe in?
     Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.
     Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.
     It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp—more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized.


     I loved this more than words can say. I know I say that a lot about all the books I've enjoyed over the years, but this one takes the cake. I really felt like this one was meant for me. You see, in 2013 my aunt lost the battle with breast cancer and I had similar feelings as Lucy did throughout this entire book.
"Being a Christian kid and slightly neurotic besides, I used to worry I wasn't praying enough."
pg. 21
     Lucy loves her life and everything in it, from her perfect parents, to her perfect boyfriend, to her swim team, to her faith. But all things come to a halt as her mother's cancer reappears. Because of this she relents to her mother's wishes and decides that she will go to summer camp.... A HIPPIE summer camp that seems to be the exact opposite of her family's church camp. But when she gets there, it's not exactly what she's expecting.  
"...Psalm 46: God is our refugee and strength, a very present help in trouble."
pg. 23
     Ok, so when I said I went through some of the same things Lucy did, I really meant it. Even some of the same things that her mother told her were some of the same things that my aunt told me. I really wish I had had this book to read back then as a way to cope. This isn't really a cancer book although it does happen in the book, but more of a coming to terms, grief management, kind of book. It really helped me come to terms and work through some things with the passing of my aunt. 
"Everything will be fine. Except I have seen behind the curtain now, and the wizard is only a man."
pg. 38
     The characters and setting in this book are my absolute favorite. Lord has such a way of writing realistic fiction that makes it seem as if you're actually friends with all of them as well. It was great to see Lucy grow and change so much in just a summer. I was happy she got to see the potential of all the things she can really do. I also really liked seeing her and her group of friends. I loved seeing how their friendship developed and how they spent time together. Like Lucy, it helped to take my mind off the things that were troubling her and gave me something else to focus on instead which I was thankful for. Lastly, the setting was just what I needed to start off the summer. I felt as if I was actually attending camp with them, having the same experiences. Emery Lord has a way of putting you in the book and showing you the place she wants you to envision, much like a movie.
"There comes a time when you just have to put on some mascara and pull yourself together."
pg. 65
     The only thing I wasn't a huge fan of was the religious aspect. But I realized just how important it was to Lucy while reading. And it was so realistic. Being the granddaughter of a Pastor, both me and my mom felt much like Lucy at one time. The ending was what made me say "Forget what you don't like about the religious aspect, this book is amazing." It wrapped up everything together and showed just how much she grew thorough-out the entire novel. This is one of the best examples of character development I've read in a long time. 
"...most things that matter can be difficult sometimes."
pg. 298
     Although it hit a little close to home, it was welcomed. I haven't felt like a book spoke to me this much in a long time. Although When We Collided is still my favorite Emery Lord novel, this one is only a sliver behind it. 
Overall, I give this

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #223 & 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.

The Seafarer's Kiss

From the Library:
Hearts & Other Body PartsEmpress of a Thousand Skies (Empress of a Thousand Skies, #1)

Finished my current Sarah Dessen on audio, so I needed something else. Imagine my luck when I saw that Empress was dropped in my inbox and the audio was narrated by Rebecca Soler. (Same one who did the Lunar Chronicles series!) 

For Review:
All Things NewSolo
I Believe in a Thing Called Love

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Sunday 05/14/2017: Happy Mother's Day! 
Monday 05/15/17:  No Post. 
Tuesday 05/16/17: Top Ten of the Best & Worst Mom's in YA!
Wednesday 05/17/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener
Friday 05/19/17: READy to Talk: New Job, Who Dis?!
 Saturday 05/20/17: No Post. I got flooded in and couldn't go to a movie so I couldn't review it :( 

Me on Instagram:

Celebrated Asian Pacific Heritage Month at the library with Henna and a Movie! The TAG teens picked Moana and we ate Japanese treats. The Henna artist was amazingly talented. My tatto is still so pretty! 

What went on at your  blog this week?!

Friday, May 19, 2017

READy to Talk: New Job, WHO DIS?

     Well, I haven't been around much, but that was because of school. But now that school is out, I plan to catch up on blogging and Twitter and to READ ALL THE THINGS. But while I was out I got SOME MORE news to catch you all up on!

     Ok, so if you haven't followed me for long, you probably don't know that I've been working towards my masters in Library Science with an emphasis in Youth Services for what seems like a while. Like a very long while lol Finally last year it got down to my last two semesters and I FINALLY got a job at a library. It was only a library technician (or circulation assistant) job, but it was SO MUCH BETTER than Olive Garden where I used to work. I come home at a reasonable hour now, I get to be off on holidays, I actually have insurance, and of course there's the books I get to be around all day! 

     But as someone working towards their degree in library science, it was good, but still not what I wanted. I still wanted to be able to use my degree. So when I got the chance to go to TLA 2017 for work this year, I went happily, knowing I would get an awesome chance to network and find out more about the profession attending some of the panels. And sure enough, I walked into one panel and all the "big wigs" for my library system were in there. They were all surprised at me being there, as I was only a library technician. I told them I was a lib sci student and how close graduation was and they seemed shocked. 

     When I made it back to the branch a couple days later, I was called into my manager's office. She said someone that saw me at the panel wanted to know if I might think about going for a children's services specialist position at another branch. (basically I'll be the Children's Librarian Assistant. But they only have a Youth Services Librarian there, so more than likely I'll be the person who does all the children's activities!) This branch is a bit bigger than the one I'm at now and only a few more miles from my house. So I said "Sure, I'll apply and see how it goes." 

     I applied at about 4:30pm on a Tuesday so they would get it the following morning. The next morning on Wednesday I was called in for an interview for that Friday. By the next Tuesday I was told I had the job. So, new job, new branch, new raise lol, WHO DIS? 

     And now, on May 30th I start at the new branch after Memorial Day. I can't wait to see what else God has planned for me! Who knows, by graduation in December I might be saying I've gotten another job, as an actual librarian! 

-Nikki S @ Take Me Away...