Friday, March 9, 2018

Review: The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller

Title: The Science of Breakable Things
Author: Tae Keller
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Random House
Format: ARC
Age Group: Middle Grade
Genre: Contemporary 

How do you grow a miracle? For the record, this is not the question Mr. Neely is looking for when he says everyone in class must answer an important question using the scientific method. But Natalie's botanist mother is suffering from depression, so this is The Question that's important to Natalie. When Mr. Neely suggests that she enter an egg drop competition, Natalie has hope. Eggs are breakable. Hope is not. Natalie has a secret plan for the prize money. She's going to fly her mother to see the Cobalt Blue Orchids--flowers that survive against impossible odds. The magical flowers are sure to inspire her mother to love life again. Because when parents are breakable, it's up to kids to save them, right?

I have not read a middle grade novel in forever, and I honestly do not know why. I feel that every now and then you need to read something outside of your reading palette just to give yourself a breath of freshness and that is what Tae Keller did. 

There is never a moment we do not wish that some miracles could happen, especially as a child. A lot of times, as adults, we tend to not fully realize the impact miracles can have on a child's life. However, what is the greatest moment is seeing that vulnerability that comes with the sincerest of questions. 

Tae Keller writes a story about a girl's journey in understanding to her mother's depression. With such deep raw emotions that allow Natalie's character to be human only adds to the fact of how important this book is. Especially for kids like Natalie. 

What was so great about this novel was not only Natalie's determination in finding a solution but the friends Natalie had to help support her through this. Twig is the friend that everyone wants to have. She finds the right moments to add her humor but most importantly she is the friend that will go the distance with you, even it involves a possible arrest. 

Kids have more power than we realize and Tae Keller beautifully displays that in her novel where sometimes all things seem futile going all the way is more of a miracle than anything. A novel that speaks wonders to all kids and even adults, Tae Keller's The Science of Breakable Things is a novel you do not want to miss. 

I give this book 5 souls! 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Title: Thunderhead
Series: Scythe #2
Author: Neal Shusterman
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books 
Format: Hardcover
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre:Sciecne Fiction/Dystopia

Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames. Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

I remember the day that I picked up Scythe. I was walking in Barnes and Noble, messaging a friend about what books I should read. That was my first mistake because he came up with lists and lists of books I should read. I quickly glanced at it and the first book that caught my attention was Neal Shusterman's Scythe. I picked it up, drove home, opened to the first page and by the third chapter I was already making a pot of coffee because I knew this was going to be a long night. 

When the second book came out, I knew this was a book that I needed. I remember requesting it at my library and when the notification came saying that my hold was ready for pick up, I was beyond excited. However, I am not going to lie when I say that I was also a little nervous. 

I can't be the only person to think or even have some experience with second book syndrome. That feeling where you are left a little disappointed and quite truthfully a little let down with the second book in a trilogy or even a series. However, let me reassure you, this is not the case with this book. There is just one word that can fully stratify your curiosity while also enticing you to want to jump in and read. WOW! 

Continuing the journey with Citra, a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, and Rowan, a rogue scythe who is taking the Scythedom by fire...literally. Schusterman packs this novel with adventure, corruption, and a whole lot of emotions that will leave you sitting, pondering on what you just read. 

The one thing that did take me by surprise was when Scythe...just kidding I am not just about to reveal one of the biggest twists in the entire story. You will need to go and read it. 

I have to say that I am not normally happy with book endings that leave you wanting more, especially when you have to wait approximately a year for the next book but let me tell you, this ending will leave you absolutely mad (in a good way) that you have to wait a whole year for the next book. 

Neal Schusterman pulled me into this science fiction dystopia world with Scythe and left me wanting more. Thunderhead gave me that "more" I needed and now I am counting down the days till the next book releases. If you are looking for the perfect read to jumpstart your upcoming weekend, this is the book for you. Utterly fantastic!

I give this book 5 souls! 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Life L1k3 by Jay Kristoff

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:

Seventeen-year-old Eve isn't looking for trouble--she's too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she's on the local gangster's wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she's discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it. If she's ever had a worse day, Eve can't remember it. The problem is, Eve has had a worse day--one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel--called a "Lifelike" because they resemble humans--will bring her world crashing down and make her question whether her entire life is a lie.  With her best friend Lemon Fresh and her robotic sidekick Cricket in tow, Eve will trek across deserts of glass, battle unkillable bots, and infiltrate towering megacities to save the ones she loves... and learn the truth about the bloody secrets of her past.

Happy Reading! 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Review: Undone by You by Kate Meader

Title: Undone by You
Series: Chicago Rebels #3 
Author: Kate Meader 
Publication Date: March 5, 2018
Publisher: Pocket Star
Format: E-Arc
Age Group: Adult
Genre: M&M Romance

Dante Moretti has just landed his dream job: GM of the Chicago Rebels. And screw the haters who think there should be an asterisk next to his name because he’s the first out managing executive in pro hockey. He’s earned the right to be here and nothing will topple him off that perch—especially not an incredibly inconvenient attraction to his star defenseman, Cade “Alamo” Burnett. Cade has always been careful to keep his own desires on the down low, but his hot Italian boss proves to be a temptation he can’t resist. Sure, they both have so much to lose, but no one will ever know... As Dante and Cade’s taboo affair heats up off the ice and their relationship gets more and more intense, they’ll have to decide: is love worth risking their careers? Or is this romance destined to be forever benched?

All I can really say is YES! Yes, this was the book I needed! Yes, this was the book I wanted! Yes, this was the book I was glad to read! Sometimes I just need a book that is different from what I am currently reading just to change things up a bit and let me tell you. Kate Meader got me undone with this book! 

I can honestly say that I am not a big adult romance fan but lately I have seen myself leaning more and more to this genre. However, I do tend to lean more to the M&M romance and I think it is just because I am able to connect more with the characters and the emotions they go through throughout the book. 

This is the third book in the Chicago Rebels series but it can be read as a stand-alone. You might just be unfamiliar with some of the characters and some events that are mentioned throughout the book but it is not something that will leave you utterly confused. Following Dante, recently named GM of the Rebels, and Cade, player on the team, we take to the ice and watch as an unlikely relationship forms between the two. However, with titles standing in the way, we are left to wonder if there relationship will turn out to be more than just your typical one night stand. 

This is a story that will definitely heat up with its sexy moments but does tackle issues that are relevant to people in the gay community. Cade is on the fence on whether he wants to make his "gayness" known, especially knowing how his father might react as well as a couple of team mates on the ice. In steps, Dante. Dante grew up facing tribulations with his sexuality and throughout the story we see him really become closer with Cade as more than just his GM but a friend and quite possibly a  partner. 

Kate Meader has once again heated things up on the ice with a new favorite hockey loving couple. The plus being that they are gay. Continuing in the world of the Chicago Rebels but adding a new story with a new, sexy, Italian love interest to the rink you will fall in love all over again. I am so glad to have read this book as it made me fall deeper in love with not only this genre but Kate as well! 

I give this book 5 souls! 

Monday, March 5, 2018

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, March 4, 2018

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!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Movie Review: Everyday

Movie: Everyday 
Distributed By: Orion Pictures
Director: Michael Sucsy
Screen Play: Jesse Andrews 
Release Date: February 23, 2018

Sixteen-year-old Rhiannon falls in love with A, a mysterious spirit who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A try to find each other on a daily basis, always unsure of what or who the next day will bring. Soon, the realities of loving someone who is a different person every 24 hours starts to take its toll, leaving Rhiannon and A to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.

I think from the first moment I had heard that this book was being adapted for film, I screamed. I know that for a fact because I called my friend in Texas and screamed on the phone to her. Am I proud that I screamed, yes. Would I scream again after seeing the film, yes. Did I call my friend and screamed at her to go watch the film, yes. 

Let me just preface by saying that this movie is a simple movie. That's all. Simple. But that's okay. At least for me. I know that sometimes it is hard to feel the same way about a movie that you do about a book and that's okay but that wasn't the case with this. Although, I didn't have the same strong emotions I had when reading the novel, I still felt my emotions being tugged different directions. There were parts where I laughed, where I teared up, when I wanted to get mad, and most definitely moments where I just smiled. 

I think what the most brilliant part about this movie besides how simply it was put together was the cast of actors and actresses. There was such a diverse cast throughout the movie and one of my favorite characters had to be Vic, played by Ian Alexander, a teenage transgender male. I just think the idea of seeing a transgender person on screen played by an actual transgender teen was pure brilliance. And the fact that Ian was able to sit down and provide input on the script for the character' line to provide an authentic representation was a surreal moment. 

Overall, I thought the movie did justice to the book and the ending left the viewer wondering if there  could be a sequel. Who knows, first we just need the sequel which is set to release October of this year. What can you expect from seeing this movie but a movie that is just simply perfect. I am glad I spent my day off with Everyday. 

I give this movie five souls!