Thursday, January 19, 2017

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Audiobook, 6 CD's
Release Date: June 9, 2015
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Read from: January 5-18, 2017 
Source: Library
For fans of: Inclusive Literature, YA, Contemporary, Romance, LOL, Realistic Fiction 

     An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.


     I have been off and on about reading this book since it's release. I'm glad I got around to reading it, but now I'm just as conflicted about how much I liked it as well lol 
     Audrey has an anxiety disorder that interrupts almost everything. She is making progress with her doctor, but then she meets Linus, her brother's friend, who helps her a little bit more. 
     Ok, the entire best thing about this book is the humor. There were so many times I laughed out loud while listening to this. And when I say laughing out loud, I mean literally laughing until I cried. I listen to audiobooks on my way to work and I'm sure that every car I passed thought I was having the best phone call in the entire world or something because of my laughing fits. There was so much to laugh and love about Audrey's family and it really made the book for me.
     Unfortunately, that was really the only thing I just LOVED about this book. I did like Audrey's family, but it seemed to be more about them than her. I mean, Frank seemed like the main character of the story with the LOC and the computer games and such. Audrey seemed sort of like a back story until she "found" Linus. Now Linus didn't "cure"her, but he did help her to become more comfortable by giving her different "challenges" as they called them. And I appreciated that. (But now that I think about it... Was Audrey the background character because she had social anxiety and didn't want to be the center of attention???)
      I also didn't like that we didn't really find out what happened to Audrey. I mean they basically said she "got sick" because of what they did to her, but there were never any specifics. There is a mention of bullying, but with all the talk about it, I still felt a bit left out because I didn't know what happened. Kind of like an inside secret between friends, but there's one friend who doesn't understand. I was that friend who didn't understand and it just got kind of annoying. 
     I can't say that I loved or hated this one, but I did throughly enjoy it. The humor alone was reason enough for me to want to read this again. If only to scare people while I'm driving lol 
Overall, I give this

*There will be no quotes as I was reading this via "audio."

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Overturned by Lamar Giles

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!


     Nikki Tate is infamous, even by Las Vegas standards. Her dad is sitting on death row, convicted of killing his best friend in a gambling dispute turned ugly. And for five years, he’s maintained his innocence. But Nikki wants no part of that. She’s been working on Operation Escape Vegas: playing in illegal card games so she can save up enough money to get out come graduation day.
     Then her dad’s murder conviction is overturned. The new evidence seems to come out of nowhere and Nikki’s life becomes a mess when he’s released from prison. Because the dad who comes home is not the dad she remembers. And he’s desperately obsessed with finding out who framed him—and why.
     As her dad digs into the seedy underbelly of Vegas, the past threatens everything and Nikki is drawn into his deadly hunt for the truth. But in the city of sin, some sinners will do anything to keep their secrets, and Nikki soon finds herself playing for the biggest gamble ever—her life.

Expected Publication: March 28, 2017
Published by: Scholastic

Why I'm Waiting: Ok, so this sounds so freaking good. I am in love with thrillers as it is, and this one features Vegas, illegal card games, murder convictions, and so much more! Like how can you NOT be excited about this book?! I cannot wait to have this in my hands and you shouldn't either! 

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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Top 10 Underrated/ Hidden Gem Books I've Read!

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 Underrated/ Hidden Gem Books I've Read!

Everyone We've Been100 Days
Into WhiteTowers Falling
Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom (Frazzled, #1)In Real Life
Some of the PartsFinding Paris
Last Year's MistakeDaughter of Deep Silence

What About You?!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #205 & 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:
Prisoner of Ice and SnowThe Radius of Us
Royal Bastards

Weekly Wrap-Up:

Monday 01/09/17: My super disappointing review of Roseblood by A.G. Howard
Wednesday 01/11/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Good-Bye Days by Jeff Zentner
Friday 01/13/17: Follow Friday: The Best and the Worst of 2016!

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I'm late to the party because I just now read this, but mannnnn Fantastic Beats and where to Find Them is absolutely gorgeous. Inside and out. If you haven't read it, DO IT NOW! 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Hardcover, 280 pages
Release Date: November 18, 2016
Published by: Swoon Reeads
Read from: January 12-13, 2017 
Source: Bought
For fans of: Harry Potter, LOL, Screenplays, 

     J.K. Rowling's screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay.
When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…
     Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.
     Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader's bookshelf.


     As a Harry Potter fan, I off course got super excited when I heard this was happening. I was so excited to jump right back into the Harry Potter universe. But of course since it was a screenplay it wasn't as amazingly told as the original stories, but it is most certainly a very magical book.
     Newt Scamander arrived in New York and didn't plan to stay long. He stops by somewhere and his suitcase full of "fantastic beasts" goes missing. And then, it opens and the things in it go out to wreak havoc on the streets.
     Ok, I really loved the plot of this story. I haven't yet seen the movie (I JUST read the book, give me a break lol) but if it's like this, then I am super excited for everything about the movie. I really liked the characters. Even from just reading a screenplay, I fell for all of them. I adored Queenie, and I loved the way Newt was so caring about his animals, and I just everybody ok lol Maybe it was because it was a screenplay and they move so fast, but every character we met in the story had a purpose. As a huge fan of character based stories, I really loved this part of it.
     However, I wasn't a fan of the way the story was told. I guess because it's a screenplay, I wanted to learn so much more about the wizarding world in the USA, but in a screenplay you miss so much. There's not really much of the storytelling there, just most of it shown through the actor's expected actions. I know this isn't something that can be helped, but it did make me miss the wizarding world so much more. I wish she would give us another book lol
     This was all I expected it to be and more. Now that I'm ready for the movie, I can't wait to see it! If it really does follow the book, I can expect the movie to be great too.
Overall, I give this