Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that I am eagerly anticipating.
This weeks pick is:

Secret Identities.Extraordinary Powers.She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. 

Happy Reading! 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Review: Release by Patrick Ness

Title: Release 
Author: Patrick Ness
Publication Date: September 19, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Format: ARC
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Contemporary/Fantasy

Adam Thorn doesn’t know it yet, but today will change his life. Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam’s life is falling apart.  At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn’t he?) and his best friend, Angela. But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam’s life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release. 

I discovered Patrick Ness in class last semester and there are not enough words to use to show how thankful I am for this assignment. Through this assignment I was able to connect with another author that I have added to my auto buy list. Have you read Patrick Ness yet? Yes...No? Whatever your answer, this is a book that should not be skipped as it could be a top book for me in 2017!

Following Adam Thorn in this messy yet so raw and emotional read, Ness takes us on an adventure that really delves into heavy topics of love, religion, family and so much more. However, this is not just a contemporary read. While thinking you are coming in for one story, you are actually coming in to hear two stories. I cannot say if  you might lean more towards one than the other but they both have their parts in this book.

In regards to the story, I think I was able to connect with this on a more personal level than I have had with Ness's other books. The internal struggle that Adam faces throughout the novel is so relatable, especially to some teens today. I know that some of his thoughts were some thoughts I had on my own. Fortunately I never had to deal with a boss like his and I am not upset at that.

Adam and his relationship with Linus is in this very fragile state right now. Trying to lay out everything on the table on he feels seems hard but the possibility of you have feelings with your ex makes it just a little bit harder. Although the moments where it was just Linus and Adam were the moments that hit a chord.

Overall Patrick Ness won me over once more. I know there are still some books that I need to read and I cannot wait to dive into my next Ness read. If you are looking for a book with a story that is not what you would expect, this is the book for you.

Monday, October 9, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. Here is what we Finished, Currently Reading, and what is Next In line. How about you? These were some fantastic reads and we are so excited to share what we think with you! So make sure you keep your eyes out for our reviews!

Happy Reading! 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Review: Black Moon Rising by D.J. MacHale

Title: Black Moon Rising 
Author: D.J. MacHale
Series: The Library Book 2
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Random House 
Format: ARC
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Fantasy

Marcus is an agent of the Library—a place that exists outside time, filled with stories that don’t have an ending. Mysteries that won’t be solved until Marcus and his friends step in to finish them. Before it’s too late.An evil is plaguing a middle school in Massachusetts. Windows shatter for no reason. Bleachers collapse at a pep rally. Most of the students think they’re just having a string of bad luck, but Marcus and his friends suspect something a lot more sinister. Something like witchcraft. When the black moon rises, this story must come to an end . . . one way or another.

Who wouldn't want to go to a library where you are in charge of finishing its collections' stories. What if by accepting the mission, you could possibly die? For Marcus that isn't the case. I fell in love with the Library and its adventure in the first book, Curse of the Boggin, and I was ready for the next adventure. 

While reading the story, I was immediately reminded of the Beautiful Creatures story with the mysterious acts happening in a school but by the end MacHale took the story to a whole new level. Bringing in witchcraft and possession and writing it to a teen audience was a brilliant addition to make this book the perfect story for the Halloween holiday. 

From the first book to this book, we can see a clear growth in Marcus's character. In the first novel there was more of this timidness and curiosity as he was beginning to learn and explore the world of the library and the dangers it brings. In this novel, he is more confident, he is more willing to make risks, and there is not much hesitation when it comes to facing dangers. From his first adventure he has learned a lot and is more aware of what is at loss if he fails to finish a story. 

The story did slow down at parts but for the majority, I was glued to my seat, eyes on the words, and anxiously awaiting to see what came next. What I liked most was this refreshing feeling I received after finishing the book. It was an easy read that made me stand on my toes at parts and give my heart that accelerated feeling of excitement. 

If you are looking for a perfect book for middle grade readers or for those of us who are this age at heart, this is the book for you. The perfect book to bring about the goosebumps and have you look over your shoulder every now and then. 

I give this book 4 souls! 

Monday, October 2, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. Here is what we Finished, Currently Reading, and what is Next In line. How about you? These were some fantastic reads and we are so excited to share what we think with you! So make sure you keep your eyes out for our reviews!

Happy Reading! 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. We love getting new books and seriously can't wait to dive into them. How about you? What new books did you get?


Happy Reading!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: A Short History of a Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

Title: A Short History of a Girl Next Door
Author: Jared Reck
Publication Date: September 25, 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers  
Format: ARC
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Contemporary

The unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, yet heart-breaking debut novel. Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star and all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him. 

I am finally getting back into the groove of things and of course I am going to pick up a book that will rip my heart out. I do not know what it is, but I am just drawn to these books that tend to draw out all your emotions leaving you in a wreck. For Jared Reck, his debut novel has made an impression on me that will leave a lasting mark. 

In a story where the girl becomes the best friend you have feelings for the next step would be to tell her how you feel. However, for Matt, that isn't the case and after another boy comes into the scene, it almost seems impossible. What would you do? Would you tell her? What if you never get the chance? 

The story was the refreshing read that was brought to life by the simplicity of the entirety. What was really enjoyable was the fact was that it felt real. It didn't feel over the top crazy with these unrealistic characters, these over the top events but something that brought the right emotions making it feel real. 

Matt was just this raw protagonist who was in love with his best friend. He had his faults, his successes but most of all he had heart. I could see Matt being a person I went to school with, a person I grew up alongside, a person who I could be friends with. Tabby, on the other hand was this girl with attitude and determination. She is one person I would not want to mess with. But the most important part was her obsession with Nerds. YES! 

It is hard not to stop thinking about what happened because it can happen to anyone. It is not something that, like said above, is over the top and happens once in a while. My heart stopped and I swear a tear formed at the bottom of my eyes. In that moment all I could think of was Matt, I am so sorry. The pain, the anger, the emotions that followed flowed with such richness that I felt every one off of every word. It felt real. 

Jared Reck is brilliant. I do not know how else to describe the brilliance of this author and the work he has created and is sharing for the world to see. If you are looking the upcoming release that is perfect for allowing you see the many faces of being a teenager, this is the book for you. A book that has the power to make you feel human is the book you need to read and that book is this one. 

I give this book 5 souls!