Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WoW: Charlie Hernandez & the League of Shadows by Ryan Calejo

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!

Charlie Hernández and the League of Shadows

     The Lightning Thief meets the Story Thieves series in this middle grade fantasy inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America.
     Charlie Hernández has always been proud of his Latin American heritage. He loves the culture, the art, and especially the myths. Thanks to his abuela’s stories, Charlie possesses an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the monsters and ghouls who have spent the last five hundred years haunting the imaginations of children all across the Iberian Peninsula, as well as Central and South America. And even though his grandmother sometimes hinted that the tales might be more than mere myth, Charlie’s always been a pragmatist. Even barely out of diapers, he knew the stories were just make-believe—nothing more than intricately woven fables meant to keep little kids from misbehaving.
     But when Charlie begins to experience freaky bodily manifestations—ones all too similar to those described by his grandma in his favorite legend—he is suddenly swept up in a world where the mythical beings he’s spent his entire life hearing about seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Hispanic folklore and into his life. And even stranger, they seem to know more about him than he knows about himself.
     Soon, Charlie finds himself in the middle of an ancient battle between La Liga, a secret society of legendary mythological beings sworn to protect the Land of the Living, and La Mano Negra (a.k.a. the Black Hand), a cabal of evil spirits determined to rule mankind. With only the help of his lifelong crush, Violet Rey, and his grandmother’s stories to guide him, Charlie must navigate a world where monsters and brujas rule and things he couldn’t possibly imagine go bump in the night. That is, if he has any hope of discovering what’s happening to him and saving his missing parents (oh, and maybe even the world).
     No pressure, muchacho.

Expected Publication: October 23, 2018
Published By: Aladdin

Why I'm Waiting: The Lightning Thief name drop and then there's the fact that it's mythology from a culture that I haven't seen many MG/YA books about. I'm super excited to learn more about these myths, these characters, and this authors! 

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Top Ten (Or Thirteen) Books on my Spring TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish and is now run by Jana at That Artsy Reader GirlEach week she will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top Ten  Thirteen Books on my Spring TBR!

I always do these season ones based on the books that come out during that season! So, this time these are the books that come out during March, April, and May that I'm most excited for! 

Tyler Johnson Was HereEmergency Contact
Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)Starry Eyes
Dread Nation (Dread Nation, #1)Leah on the Offbeat
Ash PrincessSky in the Deep
Legendary (Caraval, #2)Listen to Your Heart
LIFEL1K3Anger Is a Gift
Furyborn (Empirium, #1)

What books coming out are you excited about this spring? 

Monday, March 19, 2018

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

e-ARC, 308 pages
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Published by: Simon Pulse
Read from: March 14-18, 2018
Source: Edelweiss (I received a copy of this book from the Edelweiss and the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
For fans of:  Paranormal, Romance, Witches, Magic, Ghosts, Pretty Covers, Magical Realism, 

     Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…
     Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.
     Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.
     Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.
     Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.
     But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.


      I have to admit, when I saw this book, I only wanted to read it becasue of the cover. I'm not usually one who likes books about withces, but I stuck my neck out and gave it a chance. It turned out to completely different than I expected and I really enjoyed it. 
"Everyone believes they're immune. Until they're not."
pg. 43
     Sparrow, Oregon has been cursed for over 200 years by the legend of the Swan sisters. Every summer they come back on the notes of a song and steal the bodies of three girls and then drown boys as the summer goes on. But this year is different. Penny meets Bo and suddenly secrets from everyone start to come out. But who can trust who? And will you really risk it? 
"It's as predictable as the tide and the moon. It ebbs and flows. Death comes and goes."
pg. 68
     The world building in this was superb y'all. I really felt like I was on the beach, in the parties, in the lighthouse, and more. Maybe it's because I from a place with a beach and I can recognize these things, but I really felt pulled into Ernshaw's story and really felt like I was in Sparrow. 
"Love is an enchantress- devious and wild. It sneaks up behind you, soft and gentle and quiet, just before it slits your throat."
pg. 177
     Come to think of it, the world-building was probably the reason I didn't mind that this was about witches. Ernshaw does a great job of providing details about the back-story as well as giving the details of how the sisters survive. You may not get the information all at once, but that's what makes the story. 
"Apparently, love is the worst kind of maddness."
pg. 200
          The only complaint I had about this story was the plot. In many places it dragged, but I decided to stick with it because I was still intrigued. But once it got to the plot twist, the story sped up and I didn't want to put it down. Granted the plot twist is after 200 pages and many of you who read it will have some suspicion, but it will still throw you for a loop. 
"If only love were so easily conjured, there wouldn't be so many broken hearts..."
pg. 236
     Lastly, this book was so well written I found myself highlighting so many different phrases and words. Ernshaw has a beautiful writing style that pulled me into Sparrow and kept me there until the very end. From the descriptions of the characters to the description of the places surrounding them and even the cats, I loved reading her words. 
"She belongs where the land meets the sea"
pg. 308
     I wasn't supposed to like so much of this book based on my past interests. But this book surprised me so much. I loved so much about it and really didn't have any issues with it. Although the plot could have moved a bit faster, I do appreciate the way in which she told the story. Thank you Ernshaw for creating such a magical story that made me want to open my mind to other books about magic and witches.
Overall, I give this

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #260 & 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.

From the Publishers: 
The Way You Make Me FeelA Blade So Black
Sky in the Deep

From the Library: 
The WifeThe Traitor's Game (The Traitor's Game, #1)Say You'll Remember Me

I stayed away from McGarry's newest because I thought it was part of a series. And then I found out it wasn't and now I NEED it. 

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Wednesday 03/14/18: Waiting on Wednesday: The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Friday 03/16/18: Book Blogger Hop: Flashback Friday
 Saturday 03/17/18:  Book to Movie Review: Love, Simon

Me on Instagram

I bookpushed Children of Blood and Bone to my mom and I have been asking her every five minutes what part is she on smh 

Saturday night living <3

What went on at your blog this week?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Book to Movie Review: Love, Simon

PG-13, 109 minutes
Release Date: March 16, 2018

     Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity. (From IMDb)


     Everything about this was amazing. Can I just use that as my review? I laughed, I cried, and I swooned. All three of my favorite things. I've seen it twice, and I already want to see it ten more times. If that's not enough to convince you to see it, I don't know what is. 
     In the movie version of Becky Albertalli's book, Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda, Simon Spier is keeping a huge secret. Something that will change the way his family, friends, and everyone looks at him. He's gay. But when someone finds out and blackmails him, he must do what he can to keep his secret from coming out before he's ready. 
     First off, can we talk about the cast?! My goodness everyone was the PERFECT person for each role and I was so impressed with how they embraced their roles. Everyone was perfect at each of their roles. (Can we talk about that scene when he finally goes off on that person for doing that terrible thing? The entire theater at my screening started applauding. It. Was. PERFECTION.)  I'm not sure I could have asked for a better Simon, Blue, or set of Simon's parents. They were all amazing and I loved seeing them come to life on the big screen. 
     I also really loved the movie adaptation. Although EVERY single detail wasn't in the movie, I felt a good amount of them were and that was fine with me. The Oreos made an apperance, the most important quotes that needed to be there, the chalkboard wall, the Halloween party, everything that I wanted to see portrayed was there and I was thankful. This is definitely one of the best books to movies adaptations I've seen and I'm so happy for Becky that it turned out amazing. Dare I say I might even have loved the movie just a little bit more than the book. (And if you know me, you know I NEVER say this.) And let's just say the changes they made were very miniscule. They had what mattered in the story, so that was good enough for me. (As long as my favorite quote, "there shouldn't even be a default," and the ferris wheel scene were the same, the rest of the movie could've been completely different lol) 
     Lastly, my favorite thing about this was looking around the theater and seeing all the different people there in the theater. There were people like me who were by themselves, there were gay and straight couples, book lovers, older people, teens, and movie critics. This is a feel good romance for anyone, no matter what your background is. This movie is so important and its such a good love story that everyone will be drawn to it. 
     This movie is a universal feel good romance. I can't wait for everyone to see it and read it or re-read it now. Simon and his friends deserve all the hype their getting and I hope you all love it as much as I do. They deserve it. 
Overall, I give this

P.S. I have to go back and watch it AGAIN to go back and look for the Easter eggs. (Like the Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli cameos, and the Adam Silvera books on his shelves.) The first time I saw it I was just watching it. Now I want to watch it to search for all the things I didn't catch the first time lol Is there anyone out there that caught them all?