Waiting on Wednesday [#4]

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!

28260587Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas 

Release Date: 8th of September
Genre: YA,Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 704 Hardcover

Goodreads Synopsis:
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

 

August Wrap Up

I feel like I keep saying this but holy did this month go by fast. I start school in 5 days !! Wow 🙂 Noah will be starting grade 5. This has been a great media month. I read 11 book’s, 1 being a graphic novel. Saw Suicide Squad (ohmygod so good) and Star Trek Beyond ( really liked this one). Currently on Season 4 of Gilmore Girls and I will never stop loving this show. Rory x Jess ❤

29056083.jpg1.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling,John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, Full Review

302170712. Insta Hate by C.L Bond 3.5 Stars
I honestly thought it would be just a light-hearted contemporary romance, but it’s SO much more. I guessed at a few of things that happened and that effected how much I enjoyed it.

132272763.Suicide Squad vol 1 by Adam Glass 4 Stars
This was sooo good. The action, the gore, the characters all made this really exciting and entertaining. The Hunt for Harley Quinn Parts 1 and 2 were the highlight for me. That chick is crazy and I love her.

258839164.The Haunting of Gillespie house by Darcy Coats 5 Stars
This book is free on kindle unlimited.
Looking for a good, classic, haunted house story? Then this is your book. I loved this little ghost story. It was a super quick read and it’s really creepy. Elle needs to get away from things for a bit. She grabs the opportunity to house sit for a month at the Gillespie’s house. It’s more of an estate with the large forests and somewhat neglected mansion. This book had caught my attention because Gillespie is my last name and it’s uncommon to see it.

232995125.This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, Full Review

262221096.The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass,Full Review

261569877.If I was your Girl by Merredith Russo, Full Review

291061788.My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, 4 Stars
The story follows Abby and Gretchen, two best friends. Then, along with two of their other friends, they party a little too hard and things get out of hand, and that is when things change. I loved this book. The setting was fantastic and the mentions of 80’s music, film and culture was a lot of fun. When the signs of possession happen, they happen with a bang. This is a book about the power of female friendships, and there’s a lot of those I’ve read so far this year that explore both the darkness and the light of what teenage girls can do to one another. That one scene with Good Dog Max was the absolute worst:( It is a very different coming-of-age epic that will appeal to young adult and older adults alike.

19499100._SY540_9.Broken Prince by Erin Watt, 5 Stars
This was an amazing follow up to Paper Princess and I loved it!I love the way the authors develop each and every character throughout these books. My favorite by far is still Easton. There is something about him I just adore. I love his relationship with Ella and how he cares for her so much, in a brotherly sort of way. What else can I say about these books? They are by far the most addictive books I have read in a long time. Prepare for a cliffhanger that will ruin you!That end! I’m gonna lose my mind…

329644710. The Awful Apple Orchard by M.D Spencer,5 Stars
This was my favorite book when I was 10, its a lot different reading it now. Not as scary , but still enjoyable 🙂 Shivers is sorta like goosebumps, but different. It doesn’t matter what order you read them in because there all different stories. I love this one because there so much fall vibes, the orchard the creepiness.

2581673011.Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreigh, 4 Stars
I was hooked right away! Wow is this the page turner! Loved it .The story is told from multiple viewpoints, Molly a newspaper reporter, Barbra a mother married to the chief of police and Sandy a teenager from the wrong side of the tracks. The characters have depth, and who feel real. I have no hesitation in recommending Where They Found Her very highly.

Waiting on Wednesday [#3]

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!

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by Dawn Kurtagich

Release Date: September 6
Genre: YA,Horror,Mystery
Publisher:Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 352 Hardcover

Goodreads Synopsis:
When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too–the questions that Silla can’t ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that’s appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

Why I’m excited!

I read Dawn Kurtagich other book The Dead House last year and I loved it. I’ve been excited to get my hand on this book since they released the title. I have high expectations for this and I hope I will love it.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo Review

26156987Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Genres:Ya,Contemporary,LGBTQA
Pages: 288
Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis :
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.

My Review

This book is everything!! I just put the book down and cried for a bit, actually I cried multiple times while reading this book. This was one of those books that I fell in love with at page one.The book is very honest about the struggles that trans people go through. The honesty of the novel and the main character, Amanda, was one of the things that I absolutely loved about it. I really think that everyone who reads this will connect with the story in some way.

I really loved Amanda as a character. She was real to me as she had moments of uncertainty while still having moments of confidence. The way the Russo ties in issues that Amanda faced as a trans teenage girl was important to the narrative. I fell completely in love with Amanda, who is super-smart, funny, earnest while being playful. Her voice is incredibly sincere and there were passages that just spoke to me, beautifully written descriptions of being lonely and afraid that I connected to.The battle she was fighting between the need she felt to be honest, and to stay safe, was so believable.

“I wasn’t sorry I existed any more. I deserved to live. I deserved to find love. I knew now – I believed, now – that I deserved to be loved.”

The romance it this book was so freaking cute! I really enjoyed the romantic moments and how Amanda slowly fell in love and opened up her heart to this relationship. It was beautiful to watch unfold.I thought the female friendship in this book was one of the highlights. Layla, Anna, and Chloe were amazing, especially towards the very end of the book.

The family dynamics in this book were so good. I really liked that there was focus on the good times and the difficult times. This is so realistic and the parents were there in the novel! Thank goodness the parents were there. I loved the relationship between Amanda and her Dad. How they grow together and it shows the struggles of her Dad coming to terms with his son actually being his daughter.

I even liked that the ending was left open, normally I need everything to be tied up perfectly but that wouldn’t have felt right.WARNING: Nothing about her bullying experiences is sugarcoated.I’m definitely going to read more from Meredith Russo.I can’t say enough good things about this book.

About Meredith Russo

MEREDITH RUSSO was born, raised, and lives in Tennessee. She started living as her true self in late 2013 and never looked back. If I Was Your Girl was partially inspired by her experiences as a trans woman. Like Amanda, Meredith is a gigantic nerd who spends a lot of her time obsessing over video games and Star Wars.

If I Was Your Girl is her debut novel, but definitely not her last. When she’s not busy writing she can be found reblogging pictures of cats and babies, reading high literature (and definitely not fanfiction and fantasy novels), arguing with strangers about social justice, and, of course, raising her two amazing children, Vivian and Darwin.

You definitely, absolutely should not be shy about contacting her, even if it’s just to talk. She’s always open to new opportunities and chances to speak with new people.

Website / Twitter / Goodreads

The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass Review

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Publication Date: June 7th 2016
Genres: Contemporary
Pages:272
Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:

“Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.

Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.

Castley’s world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father’s grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father’s lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.”

My Review

We follow a family who is more of a cult than an actual family. Gosh, the atmosphere was so intriguing and I credit Eliza Wass for making me feel like I was in the woods with the kids. The writing, first and foremost, is absolutely gorgeous, almost poetic. The book was dark, creepy and gripping. It is fairly short book with 272 pages read most of it in a day. There is an overall ominous feeling to the narrative, Castella is difficult character to relate to, due to the religious component. She can be really casual when talking about horrific events like it’s normal and everyone must have experienced it at some point.

Father is a really interesting character; he’s extremely emotionally manipulative but you’re never sure if it’s intentional or if it’s just acting on blind faith. He has so much belief in what he’s saying that he doesn’t see that its abusive.The Mother is bed bound and has little to no interaction with the children. She stands by her husband’s beliefs.

The only thing I’m knocking 1 star off for is the end. There were so many things that were left unexplained. We’re given a little glimpse into the history of Castella’s mother and father, and told that her father was once the most popular guy in his class. Yet, there’s nothing to explain why he and Castella’s mother embraced such an ideology, why they became so obsessive. I wanted more Of Caspar and the girls, we saw so little of the sisters.

Honestly, the controlling and abusive aspects made this book hard to read and yet I also couldn’t pull myself away. The poor children, it’s hard to believe that no one in the town stood up for them or called child services.

Eliza Wass’ writing was fantastic in this. Lots of plot twists and moments that caught me off-guard,the plot is action-packed and full of mystery. I certainly wouldn’t mind reading more from Eliza Wass in the future.

Waiting on Wednesday [#2]

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!

51NkNaej7uL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_The Shadow House #1: The Gathering
by Dan Poblocki

Release Date: August 30
Genre: Middle Grade, Horror
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 224 Hardcover

Goodreads Synopsis:
You don’t just read this ghost story. You step into it. Some houses are more than just haunted… they’re hungry.

Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don’t know this at first. They each think they’ve been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there’s nothing innocent about Shadow House.

Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing — and nobody — can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear.

And the way out?

That’s disappeared, too…

Enter Shadow House… if you dare.

Why I’m excited?
The cover look’s amazing ! Middle grade horror novels are my favorite,creepy and not over the top, with out romance. It reminds me of Goosebumps book’s.

This Savage Song Victoria Schwab Review

23299512Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: July 5th, 2016
Genre: Ya, Paranormal
Page Count: 427
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
“There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.”

My Review

This is the first book in the monsters of verity duology. This was my first Victoria/ VE Schwab book and it didn’t disappoint,I will be picking up some of her other book’s in the future. This story takes place in a city called Verity where violence breeds monsters. Whenever there is major violence it creates a new monster. Which is really awesome, I love that idea and Victoria Schwab wrote it so well. There are three types of monsters :Corsai,Malachi and Sunai. Verity is basically split in half,the north side and the south side. The beginning had a Romeo and Juliet feel to it with the different sides hating each other. The atmosphere of the book was dark and gloomy.

I just finished This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, and oh my god,this book was freaking amazing .I loved the writing, I loved the characters, the plot. I felt the pacing was a bit off at the beginning, the first 100 pages were slow. The action doesn’t really begin until the middle of the book–and when it starts, everything starts moving so so fast. The world is really unique and interesting, but what really grabbed me and didn’t let go until long after I’d finished the book was the characters. The characters are so complex. August and Kate’s friendship is so well-written and authentic. There is an understanding between them, they both want the same thing and they work together to achieve it. I am a sucker for beautifully designed book covers! And Sony Pictures bought the movie rights 😀

“You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.”

Kate Harker -> I really liked Kate, she was badass but not fearless. I mean, she compares herself to a CULT LEADER. How could you not adore her? She is very clever and cunning. She knew exactly what she wanted and didn’t care what people thought of her. She is a morally gray character.

August Flynn ->My precious baby. He had a sort of poetic voice, as he tries to stay connected to his humanity. August who wants to be human and made of stardust. He needs to be protected.

The side characters are also so beautifully written: Ilsa who is August sister and she’s so amazing. I hope is the sequel that we get to see more of her. I also loves Allegro! This book has no romance, its refreshing in a YA book. I really glad she wrote it this way because in this dark gritty world there is no time for romance. I do love how strong there friendship is.

I highly recommend you pick this up. If you’ve read it feel free to comment about what you thought.

“You wanted to feel alive, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re monster or human. Living hurts.”

Waiting on Wednesday [#1]

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!

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by Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: August 30
Genre: Middle Grade,Fantasy
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416 Hardcover

Goodreads Synopsis:
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

Why I’m excited?

Tahereh Mafi is one of my favorite authors not only because her stories are beautiful, real and compelling, but because her writing is enchanting. Plus I’ve been really into middle grade lately and I’m super excited to read this and dive back into a Tahareh story.

Stranger Things Review*Spoilers*

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The Netflix original series Stranger Things debuted on July 15th.The Duffer Brothers did something familiar yet unique. Loved all the the 80’s references, I am OBSESSED!

Stranger Things is what American Horror Story wishes it was. The soundtrack in this show is nothing short of stunning. I loved Stranger Things from start to finish and was in absolute awe throughout the whole time. I love this type of sci-fi horror,It’s not cheesy or too gory. It’s suspenseful and clever. The aesthetic for this show is killing me! It’s so good! This show is like the Goonies, The X-files, and Supernatural mashed into one weird and wonderful show. ***Heads up- lots of flashing lights ***

Plot:The story of Stranger Things set in 1983 Hawkins, Indiana. When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back. One thing I cannot praise enough are the child actors in this show. I really love how smart and practical the kids are. There adorable dorks and I love them. I also love how they let the kids be kids. There friendship is so pure.

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Character’s

Mike is so devoted to his friends. he is based in kindness and integrity and is just a force of pure goodness .Dustin is such a cupcake!! He loves his friends and he’s the glue that holds everyone together. He keeps mentioning the hobbit and lord of the rings, man I love this kid.Lucas is protective and really smart. He learns to accept Eleven and even apologizes to her.Eleven is a precious gift and needs to be protected.

Jonathan is the Purest character hes such a sweetheart he loves his mom and sacrifices his safety to help his family. Nancy is badass, she went to the upside down and escaped and her first thought in the morning was to go back and kill the monster. She is kind and tries to do the right thing. Steve was a typical popular guy in the beginning but his character grew, he felt bad for the way things went down with Nancy and came back to apologize.

The love triangle between Jonathan, Steve, and Nancy is so!!! well!!! executed!!! Jonathan and Steve don’t fight over Nancy like she’s a prize. It’s just so good. I apparently have an OT3? Like, this has literally never happened to me before, I’m usually a very monogamous shipper.

Eight episodes was both the perfect amount of Stranger Things to tell the story and not nearly enough to satisfy my greed for more of this glorious thing. I already feel the need to watch it again. Can’t wait for season 2!!!

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child **Spoiler Review**

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I’ve been waiting for this for months since they announced that the play would be written into book form. The cursed Child is currently in London, but hopefully will be in New York by 2017. For those of us who cant see it at least we can read it! I laughed and I cried and most of all LOVED so hard. I’m a barrel of conflicting emotions .It felt so exciting to be going back to the Harry Potter world, massive childhood nostalgia feelings right there. I get that there were too many plot holes, but it’s a Harry Potter story I couldn’t not love it,I’ve cried all the tears!! This is written as the script, its not an actual book. It’s set 19 years after the deathly hallows, it follows the story of Albus Potter.

I am 100% here for Draco’s redemption arc and Scorpius being a complete dork .I love Draco Malfoy so much more as an adult. I admire his love for his wife and his commitment to being a father. I really appreciated that they talked about Slytherin in a positive light. I loved reading about adult Harry and Draco interact. The duel they had in Harry’s kitchen was so great, Ginny comes back in and is “ What happened? “

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Character’s

Albus seems to be nothing like his father. He hates Hogwarts and has no friends besides Scorpius. He’s not athletic,he feels like a disappointment. Albus and Harry relationship was frustrating at times, I don’t think Albus understood that Harry never wanted the spotlight. He didn’t ask to be the chosen one. Harry is also at fault, by saying he wishes Albus wasn’t his son sometimes, Is very hurtful and surprising coming from Harry as he was abused and neglected as a child.It felt so out of character for Harry to say.

Scorpius is a precious adorably nerdy cinnamon roll. Who would have thought that Draco would raise such a beautiful nerd. Scorpius is the most snarky, loyal, realistic character ever and I adore this child. He loves to learn and follow the rules, reminds me of young Hermione.

Albus and Scorpius are precious cinnamon rolls that must be protected. The script has so much romantic subtext. I love displays of friendship and platonic love. Hug your friends, so much love between these boys.

Ron’s character only being there for comedic relief. He was so chill and Ron was never chill.Ron was one of my favorite characters and I feel like this was a let down to his character. He is more than just a joke.

Delphi I didn’t guess that she would be Voldermorts daughter. I don’t understand how reproducing with snake-man Voldermort is a thing and not a image I ever wish to see. Of course her mother is Bellatrix, because she’s creepily obsessed with Voldermort. And Delphi is an adult woman, she’s 22, so Bellatrix somehow had sex with this snake-man somewhere between book 6 and 7. Then gave birth just before the Battle of Hogwarts, they showed her so many times before the battle and there was no baby belly. I can’t visualize.

It’s heartbreaking that Harry watched his parents die because he knew he couldn’t go save them it would change the whole world. Albus holds Harry hand through it and it showed how there relationship was changing and they were beginning to accept each other as they are.

Dislikes:

Where is Hagrid?? He only appears at the end in a flashback. I need to see him interact with Albus and Scorpius.
Neville: He is mentioned a few times but we don’t actually get to see him.I’m purely disappointed.
Bellatrix: Gives birth just before Battle of Hogwarts? REALLY?? We see Bellatrix multiple times throughout the Deathly Hallows and I’m assuming the wizard pregnancy is the same as muggles, so how did she hide a baby belly for 9 months? Dis no one ever notice?
-It was strange that Hugo( Ron and Hermione other child) and Teddy weren’t in the story. In the epilogue of Deathly Hallows it says that Teddy comes around all the time. Yet he wasn’t even mentioned, I wanted to see him. To know if hes like Remus, is he a werewolf too?

End Thoughts

I personally really enjoyed the humor in the play! Even though I tear up a few times and full out cried at the end when Harry watches his parents deaths and when Hagrids meets Harry for the first time as a baby. Oh the feels!! I REALLY want to see the live production.

It’s not perfect. It’s not a novel. It’s never going to be 100% exactly what we all wanted in an eighth story. But what it IS is a beautiful story about grief, fatherhood, acceptance, fear, trauma, and above all,love.I gave this book a 4.5 Stars.

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