Monday, November 20, 2017

BLOG TOUR and REVIEW: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen


I'm super excited to be a part of The Wife Between Us Blog Tour! Thank you St. Martin's Griffin for having me. Check out my review below.



Title: The Wife Between Us
Authors: Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
Published by: St. Martin's Press
Released: January 9th, 2018
Source: NetGalley Review Copy from St. Martin's Press

Summary: Here's how the story seems at first glance, a jealous ex-wife, her replacement, and the husband between them. That's how it seems, but what if it's not? What if there is more hiding beneath the surface? To find out just what this story really is can't be assumed, the only way to know is to unravel the strings that tie this knot together.
My Thoughts: Well, that was a thing that certainly kept me reading! It was very addictive, twisty, and fun! I'd like to thank St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with a review copy, and inviting me to be on the Blog Tour for The Wife Between Us. My review and opinions are 100% honest and 100% my own.
I really enjoyed this. It was very addictive, fast-paced reading. The narrator was unreliable. As a reader, I never knew just what was what. The story was super twisty too. There were so many twists and turns that I wasn't sure what to expect next. It was definitely a twisty, unexpected thriller.
The Wife Between Us subject matter wasn't exactly groundbreaking. It's a subject that has been told many different times in many different ways. What made The Wife Between Us different was the way it was told. It was surprising.
Vanessa is an unreliable narrator in the deepest sense. I felt like she dragged out her story just to keep her audience on edge and really wanting to know just what it was that happened. She could have laid it all out on the table pretty quickly and succinctly, but the way she told it made it maybe longer than it should have been. In the end, I also still had questions that Vanessa never really answered. I don't think she was 100% sure of some of the details herself. Vanessa was a narrator I couldn't really trust, and I think she worked really well for this story.
One of the twists definitely shocked me. I wasn't expecting it. The other twists were fun too. That first twist held the most punch for me though.
The Wife Between Us was a fun time to read. I'd definitely recommend it. I see it becoming a best-seller when it comes out easily. It's a great twisty, turny thriller, with a narrator who isn't giving the full story. Thank you St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for letting me read an early copy, and also for letting me be on the Blog Tour! I definitely enjoyed it.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
Twisty, Turny, and Shocking!


PURCHASE HERE!! But remember, it doesn't come out until January 9th, 2018.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Reading Right Now! (140)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

 

-- The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen -- I signed up for a blog tour for this one and got it for review from NetGalley. I'm really enjoying it. It's one of those unreliable narrators, twisty, domestic thriller type of things. It's really enjoyable. I keep wanting to pick it up and read it. I don't know who's telling the truth. I don't know who to trust. It's had some twists that I didn't see coming. I'd definitely recommend this one so far. I'm almost finished with it, about 80% of the way through, and I'm really curious to see how everything is going to end.  Look out for my full review blog tour. This comes out in January 2018. I'd definitely say add it to your list.

-- Ones and Zeroes (Mirador #2) by Dan Wells -- My poor Ones and Zeroes got pushed to the side so I could read The Wife Between Us. I'm sorry Ones and Zeroes. As soon as I finish The Wife Between Us, I'm going to finish this one. I've made really no progress on it since last week. I am over halfway through it and enjoying it a lot. I love Dan Wells' stuff. This, so far, has been a really fun heist story. Definitely going to do my best to finish it. This one is recommended too.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you Reading?
I'm also sorry that I haven't been posting so much this week. I got a little lazy.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Review: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Published by: CROWN
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: Jason Dessen is happy with his life. He is married to the love of his life, has a 14 year old son, and works as a Physics Professor at a local college. Most people would consider his life average, but he's happy with it. Jason has kind of taken his life for granted.
On the way back home from a get together at a bar, Jason is ambushed. Knocked out and drugged, he wakes up in a strange place, in a strange world. In this place, Jason finds out that he never married, never had his son, instead he focused on science, and ended up inventing something fantastic.
Jason must figure out how to get home. How to find his family again. There's also a bunch of people after him, so he has to figure out how to survive that too.
My Thoughts: What a fun ride! This book is definitely worth the hype. It plays out like a great movie, which I think it might be one day.
I felt like I sped through this book. It was such a fast read, and I was always curious to see what was going to happen next.
I thought the concept was really cool. And that's all I'll say about that, because I think it's the most fun to go into this book not knowing much about it. I did feel like the end got bogged down with too many adversaries. It was easier for me when there was just one ultimate foe. And because of all the adversaries, it really made me question who I should be rooting for. When you read it, you'll understand. It just left me conflicted, confused, and wondering who deserved to win in the end.
I really enjoyed this read. It was fun, it was quick, and I had a good time reading it. I definitely recommend picking this up!
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
One Fun Ride.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Reading Right Now! (139)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


-- Ones and Zeroes (Mirador #2) by Dan Wells -- This is the sequel to Bluescreen. Can I just say that I'm a Dan Wells fan! Everything I've read by him, I like. Now granted, I've only read the first three books in his John Wayne Cleaver series, and the first book in the Mirador series, but they've all been really good. I'm enjoying Ones and Zeroes a lot. It's set in 2050 Los Angeles, and it's full of tech and danger. Our main character Marisa lives her life in the virtual world, but that technology comes with a price. The city she lives in is poor. Robots have taken over so many human jobs that it's hard for people to find work. Internet connection is a necessity for businesses and the prices keep going up. Marisa is trying to help her family stay afloat. She's also a pretty good hacker.
This is the sequel, so I can't tell you everything because I'll spoil stuff. I'll say this, Marisa is trying to find Grendel. Her Overworld team has been selected to compete in a pretty big deal tournament. (Overworld is a snazzy online team game), and she's met a mysterious individual called Alain who has ideas.
This has been really fun so far. I'm on page 200, so getting towards that half way mark. So far it's been full of action. It's really fun reading. Hopefully I'll finish this soon, then I'll just have to do that wait for the third book.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you Reading?

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Review: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir


Title: A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Published by: Razorbill
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: Laia and Elias are on the run, trying to escape the city while a Scholar Rebellion rages. Their new mission is to rescue Laia's brother from the dreaded Kauf prison. Obstacles will stand in their way, enemies will slow them down, and some characters will have to separate honor from loyalty.
In a world of darkness, Laia and Elias hope to bring light.
My Thoughts: I thought this book was fun, fast, and entertaining. I enjoyed reading it. I wasn't blown away by it though. It was fun, a nice distraction, but I don't think it will be making its way onto my favorites list. No shade. I kind of felt the same way about the first book, An Ember in the Ashes, which received massive hype when it came out, but just underwhelmed me. I'm interested in the series, but I'm not blown away by it.
One of my problems with this book is that I'm not the biggest fan of the world. It's just too dark for me, too violent. I don't like reading about torture, and I just don't like the hopelessness that permeates it. I think the author did a good job of creating it, but it's just not a world I like being in.
I also don't like the main villain, The Commandant. I like villains where you can sort of understand how they got there. Kerris just doesn't seem to have a heart, like she's never had a heart. I don't understand the hatred she has for her son. And her hatred for the Scholars in this book was excessive. She was like Hitler. I don't understand her. I think if I could understand the why, I would be able to buy into and believe in her evilness more.
I'm also not a fan of any of the love triangle/love square things going on here. It just feels unnecessary. I'm not really rooting for any of the couples.
I'm also not really sure how to feel about Helene. I get that she's conflicted, but it's hard to wrap my head around her job and her duty. I would want her to be more loyal to her friends then an Emperor who hates her. I also really wanted to slap the Commandant for stealing her special Trial Run Vest and take it right back.
There were some interesting twists and surprises that I didn't see coming. I'm interested to see what happens next.
I thought this book was fine, entertaining. but not worth all the hype. Just my opinion. If you love this book, that's awesome! That's what makes reading fun.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.7/5
So Much Death... and Violence.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

October 2017 Wrap-Up!

Here's everything I read and watched in October 2017!

THE BOOKS

  
 
 

-- Better Days And Other Stories (Serenity #2) by Joss Whedon, Brett Matthews, Will Conrad, Zack Whedon, Patton Oswalt, Chris Smanee, Jim Krueger, and Patric Reynolds -- I love Firefly and Serenity! This graphic novel was great! I loved the artwork and just getting the chance to be back in the Verse. This Volume was made up of more short stories then a beginning to end plot based one. I liked it a lot and am already continuing on with the series. If you haven't watched Firefly, do it NOW! But then be prepared to be heartbroken because it was canceled after one season. BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 5/5!

-- iZombie, Volume 3: Six Feet Under and Rising by Chris Roberson, Gilbert Hernandez, Mike Allred -- This Volume was fun. It had a storyline where a lot was happening in it. I really like the art style and color, it reminds me a lot of Scooby-Doo, which might very well be what they are going for because this Volume contained a Scooby-Doo reference. I need to get my hands on the next Volume to find out what happens. Maybe I should try to watch the CW show too. I know they are very different, but I could like it since I like the comics.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5

-- Ten by Gretchen McNeil -- I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It was perfect Halloween reading. It's about these kids who get invited to a party on this out-of-the-way island. There's a bad storm, the power goes out, and bad stuff starts happening. There's a killer in their midst, and he/she is picking them off one by one. It really plays out like a teen slasher movie, and I loved it. So much fun. I was tricked a little bit with who the killer was, but I feel like I was on the right track.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4.5/5

-- Dead Letters: An Anthology of the Undelivered, the Missing, the Returned... edited by Conrad Williams -- I'd been reading this Anthology for a while and finally got around to finishing it in October. I enjoyed it. Not all the stories were the greatest, but I was interested. I really liked the premise for this Anthology. It's pretty much weird stuff showing up in your mailbox. Packages that might or might not be intended for you, and some of them are dangerous. I thought it was a good Anthology, I enjoyed it.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.7/5

-- Death Note, Volume 8: Target by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata -- After the ending of Volume 7, I waited quite awhile to read Volume 8. The ending of Volume 7 kind of broke me, and I didn't know just how the story would continue. The first little chunk of Volume 8 was kind of confusing, probably because I waited so long between volumes, but I quickly got into it. It's just craziness. Light has some new adversaries and he has to think, think, think like he always does to outsmart them and stay on top. I'm interested to see where it all goes, and I'm slowly but surely getting to the end of this manga series. Then I can maybe watch the anime series and then the movies, although I've head the Netflix Original one is not good for fans.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5

-- The Scarecrow Princess by Federico Rossi Edrighi -- I got this for review from NetGalley and I didn't like it. The story felt kind of rushed, I didn't like the art work, and I was generally confused for most of it. The main character was also a teenage brat, which I'm never really a fan of. Happy I got the chance to read and review it though.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 2/5


-- The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike translated by Deborah Boliver Boehm -- This book was interesting, but very, very slow. I started it during #Spookathon and I thought it did make for a perfect Halloween read. I don't know if it's because it was a translated work, but I just felt like this was very wordy. When the scares came, they were good, but there was just a lot of filler the rest of the time. It's a story about a family who buys an apartment in the middle of a graveyard, and creepy things start happening. The ending was kind of crazy though. I wouldn't say don't read it, just go in knowing it's not going to be a fast read.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.3/5

THE SHOWS


-- Blacklist Season 4 -- Watched on Netflix -- I won't say I'm addicted to this show, but I find it very interesting. I like the criminal of Raymond Reddington. Sometimes you forget he's a bad guy, but then he does things that make you remember he is. James Spader is pretty much what makes this show. The character of Elizabeth Keen is just meh. Meh Meh Meh. I mean, I really do want the truth of whether Raymond is her father, but that's pretty much all I care about when it comes to her. I enjoy her husband's character a lot more. And I have a question. Does anyone know if Blacklist: Redemption is coming to Netflix? Because I'd love to watch that and I know it was canceled after one season.


-- Stranger Things 2 -- Binged on Netflix -- I, like the rest of the world, binged this as soon as it came out. It was good! I really liked it. There was only one real episode that messed up the flow of the season and that was Episode 7. To those that have seen it, I'm talking about the one with Eight. This Season was a lot of fun, and now comes the long wait for Season 3. It's sad that I watched this thing in 5 days, it makes the waiting soooo much looooonger!!!

So that was my October 2017. How was yours? Did you read anything good? Watch anything good? Let me know!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Review: Arata: The Legend, Volume 4 by Yuu Watase


Title: Arata: The Legend, Volume 4
Author: Yuu Watase
Published by: VIZ Media, LLC
Released: 2009
Source: Library

Summary: Two Aratas separated by time and space, having to live each other's lives. One Arata has discovered his destiny to wield a powerful, legendary weapon to save the world.
The other Arata has to survive high school, family time, and some pretty antagonistic kids. Their adventures keep getting more and more interesting.
My Thoughts: Hmmm... I'm mixed. I found some parts confusing, but some parts I liked. I don't think this is my favorite Yuu Watase series, but I'm still enjoying reading it.
My favorite Arata to read about is the one stuck in the present day. He's funny, and I like how he interacts with all the present day people.
The other Arata, the one stuck in the past, his storyline can kind of be chaotic and confusing. I don't always know what's going on. I like the characters and everything, but the plot doesn't always grab me.
I do like how it brings up the issue of bullying. I can sense Arata's misery and hopelessness of having no escape from the torment. It's been one of the best illustrators of that that I've read.
As always, I enjoy the art. Yuu Watase has one of my favorite art styles.
As for this Volume, it was okay. Some of it was confusing, some of it was fun, and the ending was really heartbreaking. It got sad. I won't say it was my favorite Volume, but I'm interested to see where it goes next.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.3/5
Wasn't Expecting That Ending!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Reading Right Now! (138)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

 

-- A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay -- I wasn't sure what to expect when I went into this book. All I really knew what that it was about a family and an exorcism. I thought it was going to be a scary, creepy, spooky Halloween read. It's not really that, but kind of. I'm really enjoying the read of it. It makes me feel kind of sad, bad, and very conflicted about this family. It's like seeing a family fall apart while reading this. The stress of a sick child going through some kind of psychotic break, worrying about money to keep the house and food on the table, and turning to a reality show because it's kind of a last resort. All this is told through the eyes, but mostly memories, of the 8 year old little sister. It's just a lot. I don't even really think the older sister is possessed. I think she's just suffering from a severe mental illness, but there's a tiny part of me that's still unsure.
I'm definitely enjoying my experience reading this one.

-- The Shepherd's Tale (Serenity #3) by Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Chris Samnee -- Decided to start this tonight too just to have a little something different to read. I love love love Firefly and I'm so glad these graphic novels are around to kind of keep the story going. I mean, I won't rant about that stupid Season 1 cancellation again, but I mean, c'mon!!
This graphic novel is all about Shepherd Book. It's very short. I think it's going to describe his life, how he ended up where he did in the Serenity movie. I'm liking how it's told so far. I think I'll finish this in no time at all.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Review: The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet (#1) by Becky Chambers


Title: The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet (#1)
Author: Becky Chambers
Published by: HARPER Voyager
Released: 2014
Source: Library

Summary: Welcome to the Wayfarer! A tunneling ship captained by Ashby Santosa. Tunneling ships travel through space, boreing holes, and connecting one galaxy to another.
The Wayfarer's crew is a family. A family that newly hired Rosemary Harper is going to join. She's going to discover the high energy engineer Kizzy, the Comp Tech Jenks, the moody algeist Corbin, the navigator Sissix, the mysterious Ohan, the friendly chef/doctor Dr. Chef, and the friendly A.I. Lovey.
When Ashby takes a job for a new species added to the GC, a long journey begins.
My Thoughts: Disappointing! Overhyped! Kind of boring and dull! That's what I mainly think of this book. I'm going to be the odd one out when it comes to this book, but that's okay. My review, my opinion, respect each other's differences right? This just wasn't a book I loved.
I'll start with the positives, because it's not like I hated everything about the book. I liked the characters. They were fun. The writing wasn't bad either.
My biggest gripe was I found this book so long and dull! It felt like it took me forever to finish this. I think it was so slow for me because there was no real plot. I know this is marketed as a character focused novel, but that doesn't serve as an excuse for having no real plot and purpose. It felt like there were a lot of small vignettes in place of the plot. I just wasn't a fan.
I did have some personal opinion gripes, one being some of the relationships. I felt like Rosemary's love life came out of left field, and I didn't buy it. I didn't see the chemistry. I saw friendship sure, but nothing else.
I also was just confused by Jenks being in love with the A.I. Lovey. I know they tried to sell her as this sentient being, like look, she's just like us! Had a little bit of that preachy tone, as we must accept all. Sorry, to me an A.I. is just a machine, and I can't see falling in love with a machine. I once watched a documentary about people who were sexually attracted to machines, roller coasters, bridges, trains, speakers, and the Statue of Liberty, and I just thought that whole thing was weird as well. Call me intolerant if you want, I don't care. My thoughts, my opinions.
The last gripe is about this book being a Kickstarter funded project. There's something about that that just rubs me the wrong way. I have no problem of people giving their money to these kind of things, if they want to, but at this point and time, I would never donate the money to it. Some kickstarter ideas I could see donating money to, but not a person writing a book. I read the author's acknowledgments and just felt kind of ughh. There are so many authors, and people, that take responsibility for themselves and don't ask for handouts. They have an idea, and they work towards that idea, having to sometimes struggle all the way. So, if I had been stuck in the author's predicament, (which I think if I remember right was that she didn't have a job at the moment in time she was writing the book, and she had to choose between finding a job to support herself or continuing to write the novel (??). The Kickstarter was pretty much to fund her bills and necessities as she was writing the book. I just think that's kinda seedy, irresponsible, definitely not the way I was raised.)  I think I would have gotten a paying job, and worked on the novel in my downtime. A lot of other writers do this. I don't know, people asking for handouts often times make me leery, especially when I think they could have found another way to further their dreams. Mini rant over. And no, I'm not going to give you money when you can be Responsible and make it yourself. I'm a mean one.
I also felt like whenever there was action or conflict in the story, it got wrapped up very quickly and then was never mentioned again. That was weird.
So yeah, I'm not a fan of this book. I wanted to like it, was excited to try it, but just ended up bored and trudging through it. If it had a plot, some thing to speed it along, I might have liked it more. This was just way overhyped for more. I need more than just some fun characters hanging around on a ship.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.2/5
Not the Space Adventure I Was Hoping For.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Review: The Scarecrow Princess by Federico Rossi Edrighi


Title: The Scarecrow Princess
Author: Federico Rossi Edrighi
Published by: The Lion Forge/ROAR
Released: October 24, 2017
Source: NetGalley and Publisher

Summary: Morrigan lives in a family of authors who like researching obscure myths for their books. They've traveled to a new town in search of information regarding The King of the Crows. Morrigan is not happy. She's tired of always going to a new place, tired of always having to make new friends, and be the new kid at schools. She makes her displeasure known.
Things start happening in this new town. Things that put her family in danger, and it is up to her to save them.
My Thoughts: I want to thank NetGalley and The Lion Forge for letting me review this book. Unfortunately, this wasn't the book for me. I'm always thankful of getting the chance to review books and share my opinions honestly.
I don't think this was the book for me. I didn't like it. I didn't like the main character. She was very whiny, and just a brat. I didn't really love the art style. The coloring was pretty, but it just wasn't art I'm drawn to.
The plot of the story progressed very quick, almost too quick. It could have done with a little more development and build up.
I also wasn't a big fan of the dialogue. It didn't grip me, or really entertain me.
I don't think I got whatever point this story was trying to make. I just thought it was weird, confusing, and I didn't really like it. This review is just my thoughts and opinions. Don't let me stop you from reading this book if it sounds good to you. It's a super quick read. I'm thankful that I was given a chance to review it.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 2/5
Not For Me.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Reading Right Now! (137)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


-- The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike and Translated by Deborah Boliver Boehm -- I'm still reading this one. I started this during #Spookathon, and just haven't managed to finish it yet. It's a very slow book, very wordy, but I'm enjoying it. It's a horror book about an apartment built in the middle of a graveyard, and weird things start to happen there. I'd describe this as a slow scare. It creeps up on you. There are definitely a lot of slow parts, so I could imagine people abandoning this or getting a little bored by this. I don't know if it's because it's a translated work, but the writing is almost overly descriptive and some of the phrases are weird. I'm liking it, but at the same time, I wish it would hurry it up a little.

That's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

#Spookathon Wrap-Up

Here it is, my #Spookathon Wrap-Up. Don't get too excited because I didn't do that great. I mean, I did about what I expected to. I knew I wasn't going to finish a lot of books, and I didn't, so I'm not surprised. Here's how I did.

  

I Finished Death Note, Volume 8: Target by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata which I enjoyed. It took me a little while to get back into it because it had been awhile since I read the first one. The beginning was a little confusing, just because I was struggling to remember everything. Once I got into it though, it was pretty good. I used Death Note for the challenges of Read A Book With a Spooky Word in the Title (Death) and Read A Book With Orange on the Cover.

I got a little less than halfway through The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter but then I had to return it to the library before I was done with it. *Sob Sob* I'm planning to get my hands on another copy as soon as I can. I really want to finish this series. I'm excited and nervous because I loved the first two, but the third was disappointing. From what I read of this, it seemed like it was going to be good. I wasn't sure even what challenge I wanted to use this for. It didn't really fit any of them. I do consider it a Halloween-ish read, because it takes place in a town where the supernatural always comes out to play, or to mess stuff up.

The last book I started and got about halfway through was The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike and I'm enjoying this one too. It's about an apartment complex built in the middle of a graveyard, and things turn spooky. It's translated from Japanese and I'm noticing this book is really wordy. I don't know if that's because it's translated or if that was the original intent. It's taken me a little while to get into, but the creepy stuff is happening now. I think it's going to be a slow burn scare. This book goes for the challenges of Read A Book Based On A Childhood Fear (which is my fear of basements, especially when it's dark and you can't see what's down there. I remember being scared of parts of my basement when I was little) and Read A Book That Has A Spooky Setting (which is a graveyard, they can be pretty spooky).

So I only finished one book for the #Spookathon but I'm not surprised, or disappointed. I did get halfway through two other books, so that's not awful. The only challenge that I didn't get to was Read A Thriller, but I'll read thrillers as the year goes on, I'm sure. So that's what I did during #Spookathon. I know other people did awesome.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Review: The Wild Adventure of Jasper Renn (#3.5) by Kady Cross


Title: The Wild Adventure of Jasper Renn (#3.5)
Author: Kady Cross
Published by: Harlequin TEEN
Released: 2013
Source: Library

Summary: Did you ever wonder where Jasper was during the events of The Girl With the Iron Touch? Then this novella is for you! While the others were turning London up and down searching for Emily, our fastest cowboy was helping out another friend.
Jasper's former friend, Wildcat, has come to town. She's searching for her sister, who she's afraid might be in danger or being taken advantage of. Because he's a gentleman, Jasper has to help, and maybe their flame will be rekindled.
My Thoughts: Well, that was something I read. I love this series, but I didn't particularly love this novella. In the grand scheme of things, it felt unneeded.
When reviewing/rating/judging novellas in series, my biggest question is: Did I gain anything important while reading this? Is it necessary to read this? Does it add any new information to the series overall? In this case, I don't think it is. I didn't really learn anything new, and the novella itself was just kind of ehh. I mean, if you love Jasper Renn, then sure, give this novella a read. But if you're not on the edge-of-your-seat wondering about his adventure, then it's okay to give this a skip.
This novella was just kind of meh for me. It's primary focus was on the attraction Jasper and Wildcat felt for each other. They'd already had a pre-existing thing going from Jasper's past, so there's really no relationship build-up. It's pretty much picking up things where they left off. So there's none of that magic of first glance attraction, chemistry, and build-up, because they've already had it. That kind of took some of the magic out of it for me.
The whole mission to find Wildcat's sister just felt so secondary. Didn't feel like they were rushing to find her.
I didn't really feel anything while reading this story. I wasn't caught up in their love parade. I wasn't blown away by the romance. It was fine, but it just wasn't gripping me.
I'm a big fan of Kady Cross's Steampunk Chronicles, so I don't regret reading this novella, but I don't think I would have missed anything if I hadn't read it. This is why I have such a complicated relationship with novellas in series. Sometimes they just feel like a way to make money instead of adding substance to the series. Just my two cents.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3/5
A Big, Old MEH.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: Y: The Last Man, Volume 9: Motherland by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, Goran Sudzuka, Jose Marzan, Jr.


Title: Y: The Last Man, Volume 9: Motherland
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan
Pencillers: Pia Guerra and Goran Sudzuka
Inkers: Jose Marzan, Jr. and Goran Sudzuka
Published by: DC Comics
Released: 2006
Source: Library

Summary: Secrets are about to come out. What caused the plague in the first place? Will Yorick ever find Beth? Will Dr. Allison Mann ever smile? 
Being the last man alive is dangerous. Four years and Yorick is still on this never ending journey. The end is near!
My Thoughts: I thought this Volume was okay. It focused a lot on Dr. Allison Mann, who has never been my favorite character. I enjoy the dynamic of Yorick and Agent 355 more. Anyway, we find out some interesting revelations about Dr. Mann and her family. I will say, I'm still confused as to what caused the plague and why Yorick survived. It could be because I've been reading this series slowly, and I tend to forget details.
It's also hard for me to believe that 4 years have passed in this series. That's so long, and sometimes it can feel kind of slow.
I wouldn't say this was my favorite Volume, but I didn't hate it. I'm excited that I'm almost at the end. I hope I'm satisfied by the ending. I'm excited to be this close to finishing. I would definitely recommend this series.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.7/5
The End Is Near... And I'm Excited!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#Spookathon : I'm Trying It

Another week, another readathon haha. But seriously #Spookathon is going on right now and I decided to throw my hat in the ring. I don't have a hard, concrete plan yet. I know I won't complete all the challenges, or probably even read that many books, but I thought I'd try it anyway. Are you doing the readathon? Let me know in the comments below.

My SPOOKATHON Book Plans At The Moment

  

-- Death Note, Volume 8: Target by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata --
-- The Dire King (Jackaby #4) by William Ritter--
-- The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike --

I'll post a wrap-up after the readathon's over just to show how I did. I don't imagine it will be great, but readathons are kind of fun. What's even more fun is a readathon centered around Halloween and Scary Books, which are things I like to read anyway. So, let the reading commence! Technically, this started on Monday, but whatever.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: Flying (#1) by Carrie Jones


Title: Flying (#1)
Author: Carrie Jones
Published by: TOR Teen
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: GIMME AN A-L-I-E-N-S! WHAT DOES THAT SPELL? ALIENS! Wait, what?
Mana is your typical high school student/cheerleader. She's peppy, she tumbles, and she enjoys her life with her plain jane mom that loves her.
Everything changes when she tries to save the cute drummer boy Dakota Dunham, and he turns out to be an ACID SPITTING ALIEN! Reeling, Mana goes home to discover her house ransacked, her mother missing, and a mysterious man named China, who claims to be her mother's alien hunting partner. What is going on? How can her boring mother be an alien hunter? One thing is clear, Mana must save her mother, and get the truth about what is going on in her world.
My Thoughts: Nope. I did not enjoy this. Did it have potential to be something I would like? Yes, or I wouldn't have picked this up. An alien fighting cheerleader just sounds like a good time. How very misled I was.
My main problem with this book, the reason I disliked it so much, is because I pretty much despised the main character Mana. Despised might be too strong a word, but I really didn't like Mana. I guess a plus for her is that she acted like an actual teenager. She felt like a 16 year old girl. I just found Mana to be extremely annoying, like I wish she would stop talking annoying. It was hard to sympathize with her because I didn't like her. I didn't find her funny or snarky. she was just an irritant.
I also felt like aspects of this book were very judge-y. They came through the mouthpiece of Mana, and gave her an I'm Better Than Everyone Else attitude.
There were some aspects of this book that reminded me of the X-Files, and I wish those parts had been focused on more.
There were aspects of this story that I had kind of figured out from page one, yet it took Mana forever to figure it out. 
There were some unexpected twists that were kind of interesting.
So, I just didn't have fun reading this. It was a chore. If I was in the practice of DNF'ing books, I would have quit this one. Some people could totally love this book, but I wasn't one of them. It could have been a fun, alien hunting time, but instead it was an irritating teenager, doing irritating teenage things, and messing stuff up. Not for me.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 2.5/5
No, Just No.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Reading Right Now! (136)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


-- Dead Letters: An Anthology edited by Conrad Williams -- I actually started this awhile ago, but with short story collections, I tend to read a couple stories and then put it down, eventually coming back to it. This anthology is all about Dead Letters, letters that get lost in the mail for years, letters that show up to the wrong houses, mysterious letters.
What's interesting about this book, and I'm pretty sure I'm remembering it right, is that the editor actually sent mysterious/strange letters as prompts to the contributing authors for their stories. I just thought that was pretty cool. I would have loved to have had a brief description of the prompts that inspired each story in the book, but that's just because I'm curious.
I'm enjoying this anthology. Not every story is great, but that's just a given. Some stories have been really interesting, but then the endings have just kind of let me down. I'm liking this though. It's kind of fun. So, I really plan on finishing this this weekend. I'm like 85% of the way through, so I think I can do it.

Next up is...


-- Death Note, Vol. 8: Target by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata -- I need to read this one and I've just been putting it off. I think the ending of Volume 7 really shocked and saddened me, and I've just been in a state of denial. I need to know what happens next though.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Review: The Revolution of Ivy (#2) by Amy Engel


Title: The Revolution of Ivy (#2)
Author: Amy Engel
Published by: Entangled Teen
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: Ivy is now behind the fence, out in the wild, all alone. After being kicked out of Westfall, Ivy must embark on a new journey. She meets dangers and weather elements. She also meets people living beyond the wall, and has to decide whether she can trust them or not.
Apart from survival, Ivy is also besieged by memories of all she left behind. Her family, who didn't even come to say goodbye. Bishop, who she wasn't supposed to care for, then she did. She can't get his face out of her mind.
Ivy has to survive in this new world she's been thrust into. But can she ever forget Westfall?
My Thoughts: This was my kind of book. It was my aesthetic. As soon as I started reading this, I knew I'd enjoy it. I really liked the first book when I read it. It presented an interesting world, and a really sweet romance. This second book, and finale, was a good ending to the series. I do think the first book, The Book of Ivy, is stronger, but this finale wasn't bad.
The sweetest thing about this series has to be the romance. If only I could find a guy like Bishop Lattimer. He's pretty perfect. He's patient, understanding, and just all the things you want. Ivy is lucky to have him.
There were some really brutal scenes in this one, which I liked. Amy Engel does a really good job at writing intense scenes. It totally fit with the post-apocalyptic world happening in this series.
I do wish there had been a little more world building in this book. I love those scenes of abandoned houses and abandoned towns, hidden dangers, and people that can't be trusted. I wanted more of that. I wanted to know how Caleb and Ash survived the world they lived in, and just had Ivy do some more exploring in an abandoned world.
I really liked the characters of Caleb and Ash, but I wanted to know more about them. I wanted to hear about their pasts, especially Caleb's. They were good characters, but they just felt very background, supportive.
The only other gripe I had was that the middle felt a little slow. Not a lot happened.
I really enjoyed this finale, and I really enjoyed this series. It was just fun to read. It had the sweetest romance I've read in a while. It was just fun reading.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
So Satisfying.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Favorite Creepy Settings

Welcome to a spooooky Top 5 Wednesday! In honor of this glorious season, this week's topic is Top 5 Favorite Creepy Settings. One of the best things about picking up a scary book is getting immersed in a creepy setting with crazy stuff happening. Here's a few of my favorite creepy settings...

--Haunted Houses-- It's a classic for a reason. It's creepy. Sometimes the characters get stuck there and can't leave. They can be haunted by ghosts or other weird secrets. Haunted Houses are a win.

--The Woods-- This goes more towards the fear of being alone or lost in a place where there is no one around to help you. There could be someone stalking you in the woods. They are dark. Shadows everywhere! The woods can be scary! and a great setting for a good, creepy book.

--A Town Full of Weird Residents With Creepy Secrets-- Oddly specific, but such fun for a scary book. I love it when characters think they are coming to a normal town, and then it's not. The danger tends to ratchet up. People usually get crazy. And there's often no escape. Fun Fun Fun!

--An Asylum-- Asylums are creepy! Be they Asylums with people still being treated in them or abandoned, old Asylums full of the old equipment, with the history still seeped in the walls. I would hate to be trapped in an old Asylum. I know some people do tours of old ones, spend the night and stuff, I'm simply not brave enough. But a great setting for a scary book.

--Abandoned Places-- This is general and broad, but I do love creepy books set in a place that has been long forgotten. Or sometimes the characters just think it's been long forgotten. There's the opportunity for a variety of abandoned places to. Usually they are empty, away from society, and there is no escape. Fun!

So that's my Top 5 Favorite Creepy Settings! I love creepy, scary books, so this topic was right up my alley. What are your Top Creepy Settings? Let me know in the comments below. If you want to join in on the Top 5 Wednesday fun, you totally should! Each Wednesday is a new, fun topic to contemplate and consider. Check out all the other Top 5 Wednesday-ers HERE!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Review: Nailbiter, Volume 3: Blood In The Water by Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson, and Adam Guzowski


Title: Nailbiter, Volume 3: Blood In The Water
Story by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Mike Henderson
Colors by: Adam Guzowski
Letters and Book Design by: John J. Hill
Published by: Image Comics, Inc.
Released: September 2015
Source: Library

Summary: Why does Buckaroo produce so many serial killers? We might be getting closer to the answer. With help from the Nailbiter killer, a town sheriff and a former NSA officer explore forgotten places in the hope of finding an answer.
My Thoughts: This comic series is so weird, so disturbing, and yet, kind of fun. I felt like I was so close to finding out what was going on in this town, and then it was still held just out of my grasp. I WANT THE ANSWERS!! 
I'm mixed on how I feel about Warren. I mean, he's a serial killer, and there are times when that fact is so obvious. Then there are other times when he's helpful and funny.
I do find I have trouble remembering the other characters' names. Especially the NSA officer, is it Finch? And then the sheriff? I just forget their names.
We did find out one secret in this Volume, which was pretty major. We also got some flashbacks, which I enjoyed.
The ending was mean with that To Be Continued... I will pick up the next Volume when I can, but it might be awhile before I get my hands on it.
This comic series is fun and pretty disturbing all at the same time. I need to know Why This Town!?
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
What Is With This Place?!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Reading Right Now! (135)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...


-- Ten by Gretchen McNeil -- I'm reading with the seasons. Yep, that's me. But in all seriousness, a lot of the time I don't tend to read books based on the season. If I want to read a scary book, I'll read a scary book no matter if it's October or July. So I'm kind of pleased with myself that I'm reading a scary book in October. HALLOWEEN IS COMING!!!
So this book is supposedly based off a classic Agatha Christie book, which I have not read. It's a teen slasher book and it's really good so far. I'm enjoying it. It's about these 10 teens who have been invited to a secret party on an island you can only reach by ferry. When the teens get there, their hostess hasn't arrived yet. The teens then start dying off one by one. So far, only one teen has died at the point I'm at, but I'm already playing detective and trying to figure out who's the baddie. I have a couple people on my suspect list.  Now to finish and see if I'm right.

And that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading?

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Review: Labyrinth Lost (#1) by Zoraida Cordova


Title: Labyrinth Lost (#1)
Author: Zoraida Cordova
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: Alex is one in a long line of brujas and brujos. What makes her different is that she doesn't want her magic. She is actively searching for a way to give it back.
On her deathday, just when she is about to be blest for her magic, Alex does a cantos to give it back. Alex's spell backfires, and her whole family is sent to the dangerous world of Los Lagos.
With the help of a mysterious boy named Nova, Alex must go to Los Lagos to save her family. Los Lagos is plagued by an evil known as the Devourer, and to rescue her family, Alex must beat her.
My Thoughts: Meh. I didn't really enjoy this. When I first started it, I was enjoying it, but the farther I read, the more my enthusiasm started to dim. There are reasons, and I will explain my feelings.
First, I'll focus on what I liked. The cover drew me in. I really liked the skull mask motif and thought it did a good job of fitting with the book theme. Update: This book has a cover change and I can only ask myself why?! The new cover isn't awful, but it's not as pretty, or draws your gaze, like the old cover does. I don't understand cover changes. I also really liked the inside map. It was very detailed and was fun to turn back to to see where the characters were at.
My favorite character has to be Nova. I always tend to like the snarky characters who are usually more complex than the reader thinks at first. Nova is kind of broken, mysterious, funny, and cute. He was the most interesting character to me. I wanted to know more about his life and motivations. He's a very flawed character, which made him interesting.
Now on to Alex. She was boring. Maybe that's why I kind of felt meh about this story, because I felt meh about her. I can't say I really understood her. The whole idea of having magic powers and then not wanting them, that's hard to wrap my head around. I get that Alex's story was about not being sure of herself, and eventually learning to accept what makes her special, but she was just a boring character to me.
This book also offered a weird contradiction to me, it was very fast in its pace, but I read it pretty slowly. I just didn't feel compelled to pick it up and read it. It almost felt like things were happening too fast, that I was thrown here and there. I'm also not sure that I ever loved Los Lagos. This book, and especially the chapters that occurred in the magical setting just felt like a weird dream to me. It was all random flashes of various images, and just not really that interesting. I didn't feel any real danger or fear, and I guess I just didn't care about what was going to happen.
My biggest gripe has to be with the character of Rishi. She was just the biggest waste of space. I didn't understand why she had to accompany Alex on her journey. She wasn't important to the overall story. Everything she was involved in could have happened just as well without her. I also feel like Alex and Nova had this fun, teasing thing going on between them on their journey together, and then Rishi showed up and ruined it. I didn't think she was cute. I didn't think she was funny, she really just shouldn't have been there. I mean, I know the main reason Rishi was included, and that was just to add a bit of diversity when it came to sexuality, but the book didn't really need that. It was already a diverse book just because of the main character and her family. Hate me if you want, but my review, my opinion. Adding all these diverse attributes doesn't make for a better story. Sometimes it can feel so forced and become annoying.
I did think the brujo/bruja aspect was cool. So there's another pro.
All in all, I wasn't really a fan of this read. It wasn't compelling to me. It suffered from a dull main character, a unneeded character (Rishi), and a journey that I just didn't end up caring about. I liked the bruja/brujo aspect and Nova. I might read the sequel just to see what happens, but I wasn't impressed by this first book.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.2/5
No Magic For Me

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books Featuring Witches

It's time for another Top 5 Wednesday! This week's topic is our Top 5 Favorite Books Featuring Witches. I'll try not to go for the obvious, so no Harry Potter, sorry. I love books about witches, featuring witches. They are a lot of fun.
Here are my Top 5 Books With Witches in them:

  
  

-- The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare-- I don't remember when the first time I read this was, but it was a childhood book that I really enjoyed. It's a witch book, but not a magic witch book. It is set in the past, in the time of the Puritans, and it deals a lot with the Witch Trials, or what can happen to people who were accused of consorting with the devil. I just remember really liking this. I remember really liking the romance. I think it's a book that's worth a read. Witches have a place in history that's not all fun and games.

--Spellbinder (Nightworld Series) by L.J. Smith-- L.J. Smith books and I were fast friends when I was a preteen, before the YA explosion hit hard. I still have a bit of resentment because she still HASN'T FINISHED THIS DARN SERIES!!! I love this Nightworld series, I haven't read all the books published in it yet, but I do own those nifty bind-ups. I liked this series because it had supernatural creatures and always a love story, a soul mate. I mean, how romantic is it to imagine a soul mate out there meant just for you? I know! My teenage self was smitten. Spellbinder was a book that focused on witches. There was a good witch and her dark witch cousin, and they were fighting over a boy. It just screams READ ME!

--The Secret Circle: The Initiation (but really the whole series) by L.J. Smith-- Oh look, another L.J. Smith Series on my list! I read the whole series of this and really liked it. It's kind of about a coven of witches. A new girl moves into town and finds out stuff about herself. She also falls for the Coven Leader's Boyfriend, which causes tension.

--Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood-- I really enjoyed this book when I read it. I still need to read the rest of the series. It was about a family of witches, sisters, who have to hide their powers in their male dominated society. Finishing this series is on my list of things to do.

--Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore-- I almost forgot about this one and I can't believe I did! I really, really liked this one when I read it. If I'm remembering right, I don't think our main character has any powers, but she comes from a family with powers. It's set on a ranch, with a hot cowboy, and a haunting that they have to solve. This book wasn't what I was expecting when I read it, but I loved it so much.

And that was my Top 5 Books With Witches! Do you have any witchy book recommendations for me. I'm all ears. I love witch books. If you want to join in on the Top 5 Wednesday fun, you totally should! Check out all the other Top 5 Wednesday-ers HERE!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Review: Locke & Key, Vol. 6: Alpha & Omega by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez


Title: Locke & Key, Volume 6: Alpha & Omega
Written by: Joe Hill
Art by: Gabriel Rodriguez
Published by: IDW Publishing
Released: 2014
Source: Library

Summary: All the pieces are in place. The keys have made their way into the hands of the wicked. Dodge has a big plan in store. After years of waiting, victory is within his grasp. Can the Locke children figure out what's going on in time? Discover the adversary in their midst? And stop a villain that has been wreaking havoc for centuries? All questions will be answered in this final volume. Sacrifices will be made, friends will be lost, and hopefully, evil will be eradicated.
My Thoughts: After picking up the First Volume a year or more ago, it's bittersweet to see it end. I enjoyed the ending. I think it did the series justice. It was full of craziness, violence, and hope. I was satisfied with how it ended. It was a series that took me on a wild ride, and I don't regret going on the journey.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
A Satisfying End.