Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WoW: Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

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!

Smoke in the Sun (Flame in the Mist, #2)

     The highly anticipated sequel to Flame in the Mist--an addictive, sumptuous finale that will leave readers breathless from the bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn
     After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice--to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor's ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.
    With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

Published by: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Expected Publication: June 5, 2018

Why I'm Waiting: After the ending of the first book I NEED this one. I can only hope that it is just as addictive as the first because I remember being LOST in that world. I cannot wait to go back! (ALthough I'm not a fan of this cover, I still want to read it lol) 

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TTT: Books I've Decided I'm no Longer Interested in!

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 Books I've Decided I'm no Longer Interested in!

Don't Breathe a WordWhite Cat (Curse Workers, #1)

1. Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala: I'm not a huge fan of books that feature teens with a lot of drinking and drug use. (Yes I know it happens, but it's a personal preference. Please do not comment saying that its not realistic.) I've heard there is a lot of both in this book and that's just not my jam so I've decided to pass on it.

2. White Cat by Holly Black: I haven't had much luck with Black, really and I'm not trying to upset anymore people because I don't love her words like they do. She's a great person IRL, but I'm sadly just not a fan. (Sad thing is I own almost all her books but I DNF'ed the majority of them lol) 

The Hearts We SoldGirl Out of Water

3. The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones: I really loved the beginning, but as the book went on I just wasn't interested anymore. I thought maybe it was because all that I was going through at the time, but no. It just didn't appeal to me anymore. 

4. Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman: I had heard this was such a good book and I wanted to love it because of all the trolls out there being trolls, but the writing style didn't work for me. I even tried two different versions, the physical and the audio. It just didn't work for me. 

Jek/HydeSomeone to Love

5. Jek/ Hyde by Amy Ross: I really thought this book would be good, but it was another filled with excessive drug use and I wasn't a fan. This one definitely wasn't for me. 

6. Someone to Love by Melissa dela Cruz: Another one that's a personal call for me. I have a hard time reading about people with eating disorders because I know someone who went through that and it's just too hard. This is one of those books. 

The Tiger's Daughter (Their Bright Ascendency, #1)The Art of Starving

7. The Tiger's Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera: So many people (including myself) were excitd for this book, but most of the people I saw that reviewed it gave it two stars or less. And as someone who doesn't exactly LOVE fantasy ANYWAY..... Yeah I just decided against reading it in the end. 

8. The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller: I wanted to give it a shot because of the LGBTQ and magical realism, but I just couldn't get past the eating disorder. It was just too hard. 

Hearts & Other Body PartsOverdrive

9. Hearts and Other Body Parts by Ira Bloom: I think I only made it about 15 pages in before I laughed manically, shut it, and drove back to the library to return it. Just, no. 

10. Overdrive by Dawn Ius: I remember adding this only because I had just read her retelling, Anne & Henry. I was NOT really sold on it but I didn't want to not give her another chance. But then the cover for this one came out and I promptly deleted it off my TBR. I hated the cover and I'm not ashamed to say I stopped being interested because of it. 

What books are you no longer interested in? 

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

Graphic Novel, 288 pages
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Published by: First Second
Read from: February 16, 2018
Source: Library
For fans of:  Romance, Friendship, LGBTQIAP+, YA

     Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:
     Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!
     Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.


     I'm still a bit new to graphic novels, but even I can recognize when something is past amazing. And this mt friends, is past amazing. From the writing, to the art, it was all amazing and because of it I have added all of Wang's work to my TBR.
     Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride. Unfortnuately, his heart is not in the pursuit. He's more interested in keeping a secret from his entire kingdom. At night he becomes the beautiful Lady Crystallia, the current fashion icon! The only person who knows his secret is his best friend, the dressmaker, Frances. But Frances has put her own dreams on hold to help keep his secret. How long can she put his dreams ahead of hers?
     I loved reading Sebastain's journey of identity. I loved how he was portrayed in both Wang's writing style and her art. In the art he seemed like a basic prince when he was being Prince Sebastain, but at night as Lady Crystallia, he comes alive. I imagine that's how he felt on the inside as well and Wang did a great job at portraying it.
    I also loved the family and friendship dynamic in this one. I don't want to be too spoilery, but it did not end up the way I expected it to.The friend and the family dynamic. It turned into so much more. I can honestly say I've never cried over a graphic novel before, but for this one and the amazing relationships portrayed, I definitely did.
     This graphic novel was so much more than I expected and I can see myself reading this a couple more times before sending it back to the library. Jen Wang is a new to me artist, but after my love for The Prince and the Dressmaker, I can assure you this will not be my last novel by her.
Overall, I give this

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #256 & 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 Library: 

The Prince and the DressmakerLet's Talk About Love
Gunslinger Girl

From the publisher: 
This Heart of Mine

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Wednesday 02/14/18: Waiting on Wednesday: Bring me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf
Friday 02/16/18: Book Blogger Hop: Character Act-Alikes! 
 Saturday 02/17/18:  The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Me on Instagram: 

Accompanied my head children's librarian on an outreach this week and was able to take this wonderful picture of us her, her boss, and the lovely kiddios!.

A very wonderful someone brought in this box of books and I was so happy they did! They brought them in as donations and I cannot stop smiling about it! I've been petting this Morgan Matson ARC everyday since! 

My Keno Beano's birthday was the 15th! I can't believe he's already 1! (Or 7 depending on how you look at it!) Look how tiny he used to be compared to now lol 

What went on at your blog this week?
Send me links and I'll take a look! 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

e-Audio, 320 pages
Release Date: January 30, 2018
Published by: Simon Pulse
Read from: February 9-11, 2018
Source: Library
For fans of:  Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Diversity, Sparkly Covers, LOL, Debut Author, Adult

     A groomsman and his last-minute guest are about to discover if a fake date can go the distance in a fun and flirty debut novel.
Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn't normally do. But there's something about Drew Nichols that's too hard to resist.
     On the eve of his ex's wedding festivities, Drew is minus a plus one. Until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend...
     After Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon, and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she's the mayor's chief of staff. Too bad they can't stop thinking about the other...
     They're just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long distance dating disaster of the century--or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want....


*This book is part of the new adult contemporary romance genre! It is more mature than YA. I have featured it in Take Me Away... After Dark as a way to feature the few Adult and New Adult titles I am beginning to read!"  


     This was on my TBR since the cover came out, but it really jumped to the top when so many people (even those that I KNOW don't like contemporary romance) enjoyed it. So I requested that my library buy the e-audio version and I put myself on hold for it. And low and behold I'm going to say the biggest cliche I know: I'M SO GLAD I DID.
     Drew and Alexa have the best meet cute in a broken down elevator. And amazingly, things escalate from there. He takes her to a wedding as his fake date and soon learns that he cannot let her go. And Alexa learns that she doesn't want him to.
     Y'all, this CANNOT be a debut author. Like I don't believe it. The writing style was nothing short of amazing. I found myself wanting to listen to it all the time! I easily got lost in Guillory's words and I wanted to stay theere. I easily devoured this in about 3 days. (Would have been shorter if I had the physical copy lol) By the time I finished I had already bought a physical copy for myself and I was super excited to read it again
     I also really love the characters. Alexa is without a doubt, the level of dope, petty, professional that I aspire to be. I felt everything she said and did in the whole novel! (Even when I felt she was being stubborn and didn't want to listen on purpose.) And then there was Drew. He was clueless sometimes, but I loved him more than I can explain. And Guillory made some of their interactions so real, I could swear that these were real people that she was just writing down notes on! And last but not least, Carlos. I have to say I liked Drew, but I liked Carlos more. He was the level headed one who kept them both sane and thinking straight. I really hope that the Carlos in her next book description is about this Carlos. Then my life will be complete. Because I NEED Carlos to get his HEA.
     Then there was the romance. There are some definite spicy times in this one and I was here for ALL of them lol I loved that she mentioned the most important part about it (wrap it up folks) and was still able to still make the scene sexy. And if any of you are wondering, its not super telling, its really clean and sexy and I loved it. Add on to all that that it was diverse and extremely accurate, I loved everything about it!
     After reading this, I can't wait to see more from Guillory. In one book she has become my reason for a book hangover, my favorite rnew author, AND the author of my favorite book of 2018 so far. I cannot wait to see what else she has in store for us!
Overall, I give this