Friday, October 28, 2016

Follow Friday: Creepy Covers!

Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee’s View & Alison Can Read.    

The goal is to increase blog followers and make friends. Basically how it works is you follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. So looking forward to making new blogging friends & following blogs!

WHAT ARE some of your favorite creepy/ twisted/ dark covers?
     Here ya go: 
ShutterServants of the Storm
Image result for creepy YA covers

There is also a more recent book out that features a pretty creepy cover with a ghost on the wall in the corner. It really sucks because I can't remember anything about the title or the author, just the fact that there was girl on the wall. If you know about it, please comment so I can add it here and to my TBR! 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Class Act- Module 9: ANGELS, DEMONS, & DEAD PEOPLE!

As y'all know, I'm a Library Science student at University of North Texas. This semester I have the pleasure of taking an AWESOME class called Seminar and Trends in YA! This semester the focus is YA books!  One of the things we have to do is read some books from a list my Prof has provided us and then make up a blog and post reviews or features of what we have read! 


We Were Lars by W. Lockheart
Published by: Delacorte Press
Book Summary:     
     A beautiful and distinguished family.
     A private island.
     A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
     A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
     A revolution. An accident. A secret.
     Lies upon lies.
     True love.
     The truth.
     We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

     Read it.
     And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

     Ghost books normally not my cup of tea. They usually get a little weird to me after awhile. But the way they've been changing makes the genre a little better for me. I really like the way they've changed it from the main character falling in love with the ghosts to the main character just interacting with the ghosts and then falling for someone else. This is what changed the genre back to something I love. 

The Ghost and the Goth (The Ghost and the Goth, #1)

     I know it's crazy, but I just can't see anyone falling for a ghost. As a paranormal romance I know it's supposed to be out there, but I see most ghosts as scary and see them being attractive or nice sometimes is difficult for me to process. For instance, The Ghost and the Goth I haven't read, but plan to read later on. It was one that I just couldn't read before because I didn't like the idea of a ghost and person falling for each other lol But then I saw it was by an author I really like and thought Stacey Kade was definitely wirth putting aside my thoughts about it. 
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

     Then ghists books began to evolve and I saw Anna Dressed in Blood come along. This is one book that I actually read because it seemed to be about romance without losing it's scary touch. Anna is a ghost that others have been scared of and there's only one person that isn't scared enough to brave talking to her. And then things happen from there. 
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

     This book I wasnt' sure as where to categorize, because she was only that way for the first book in the series. She was in an accident and then things begin to change as she decides whether she wants to stay living or die. She was already in a relationship, so the ghost in love thing didn't bother me much. I knew it was before it happened so it didn't bother me much. 

     I still think that ghosts are best made to be scary things, but having a touch of romance is ok sometimes. I'd much rather see just a creepy ghost and a human falling for a human in a book but after reading some of these, I can see all the variations and realized just how different people's reading tastes are. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

WoW: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

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 Hate U Give

     Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty. Soon to be a major motion picture from Fox 2000/Temple Hill Productions.
     Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
     Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
     But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Expected Publication: February 28, 2017 [YAS BLACK HISTORY MONTH!]
Published by: Balzer + Bray

Why I'm Waiting: Is there a reason I shouldn't be waiting for this one? It sounds like one of the most realistic books I'll ever read and I'm sooooo ready for it. Even my husband (who doesn't even read cereal boxes) said this would be one of the only books I've ever brought home that he would pick up and read. I KNOW it's a sure winner now! Also, my kids at my volunteer place in my diverse reads group are DYINGGGGG for this one. They asked me approximately 900 times if I've requested it and if I have any more excerpts on it and I can't wait to be able to finally read it with them! My heart is so happy looking at the cover and just ugh I'm so happy Angie Thomas wrote this book! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top 10 Thrillers To Get Your Heart Pumping & Ready for Halloween!

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 10 Thrillers To Get Your Heart Pumping & Ready for Halloween!

With MaliceDamage Done
Liars, Inc.Black Ice
Blackbird (Blackbird, #1)The Naturals (The Naturals, #1)
The Dead and BuriedBetween the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1)
Ten I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)

I'm also reading a really great one right now:
Last Seen Leaving

Monday, October 24, 2016

Everyone We've Been by Sarah Everett

ARC,  391 pages
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Read from: October 11, 2016-October 21, 2016
Source: BEA
For fans of: Mysteries, Contemps, Romance, YA, Chick-lit, Debut Authors, Diverse Reads

     Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.
     Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.
     But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?


     From the beginning when I heard of this book I knew I needed it. It was such a unique concept that I made it a priority as soon as it got to be October.  And I'm so glad I went through with my first thought and read it because WOW.
"Sometimes I feel like I've sleepwalked through my life so far, with nothing significant or extraordinary happening to me. It's time for that to change.'"
pg. 59
     Addison Sullivan was in a bus crash. She thinks she's fine until things begin getting jumbled and there's a really cute guy that she wants to check on but no one can find. Things don't get better for Addison right away, so she finds a memory facility that may be able to fix the problems she's been having. She realizes this isn't her first time there. But why was she here last time? Why won't anyone tell her? 
"I can't be crazy. Crazy means stuck here in this town.'"
pg. 74
     The coolest part of this book was the memory lapse thing. I really, really liked the way it was done. (I'm not a fan of the results, but that's beside the point...) There wasn't that much science talk so the book wasn't bogged down with things I didn't understand. And I loved that Everett chose to tell it in a Before and After kind of way with chapters that corresponded together. It gelled so well and towards the end of the book when the secrets started coming out, I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.
"How do you miss something you don't remember?'"
pg. 246
     I also loved this book because it did have a bit of a deeper meaning in it. Everett touched on depression and shows that no matter how hard things get, you still have some fight in you. This is such an important message for anyone, and I love that she added it into the book. I read one passage about it and even had to say "Wow" out loud. Everett's writing style alone will make you forget that this is a debut. 
"If my life was a song, I'd want it to sound like that."
pg. 247
     The only issue I had with this book was the reason she chose to forget something. It could have went one of two ways, but it went the way I didn't want it to. And it upset me because I had gotten to love this character and then at the end it just went south and I hated them. Maybe that's the reaction the author wanted, but I could have seen myself giving a bigger reaction had it went another way. It would have destroyed me then, this way only made me dislike him. (If you're confused reading this and want to know what I mean, please e-mail me or DM me on Twitter. I don't want to add spoilers lol)
"...the biggest lie is that there are things that aren't survivable. That there are things not worth surviving. I never ever want you to believe that. That you can't keep going or that that you can't overcome the thing you're facing.'"
pg. 374
     Overall, this book didn't quite end the way I wanted it to, but it was still a worthwhile read. I will still recommend this book for the wonderful writing style and the deeper meaning it gives off. This book will be a wonderful addition to anyone's shelf. 
Overall, I give this