Monday, July 24, 2017

Review: And The Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Title: And The Trees Crept In
Author: Dawn Kurtagich
Published by: Little, Brown and Company
Released: September 2016
Source: Library

Summary: Silla and Nori have heard so many family stories of La Baume, the family's manor house hidden deep in the woods. Sent there by their mother, Silla and Nori finally see the manor and meet their Aunt Cath.
At first, life at La Baume is everything good, but then a darkness starts to invade. The woods seem to be coming closer, they aren't able to leave, and they hear the story of the Creeper Man.
Sanctuary becomes Hell. Two sisters must protect each other from the Creeper Man.
My Thoughts: Crreeeeepy!! Super duper creepy. This is the first book I've read by Dawn Kurtagich, and it will NOT be my last. This is what a horror book should be, creepy, disturbing, and unsettling. I give it a round of applause.
I really enjoyed the style of this book. It really added to that crazy, creepy feeling. Silla is such an unreliable narrator. Her crazy feelings become our crazy feelings. The reading experience was just intense and fun for this book.
The atmosphere was also spot-on. Dark, weird, creepy, and scary. This book reminded me of Shutter Island/Japanese horror movies/and The Uninvited by Cat Winters. It was something to behold.
I can't say I was blown away by the ending, just because I had a vague idea about what it was going to be. I've read endings like that before in books, so it didn't shock me as much as it could have.
One after thought, I did wonder and have questions about the outside world, WWIII, and the disease.
This was an experience to read. It delivered highly on the creep factor. Super weird, strange, and atmospheric. This is the perfect Halloween read! Not for the faint of heart. This was a fun read. It did not disappoint and I can't wait to read more from this author.
Wow! Just Wow.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Reading Right Now! (125)

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

-- Map of Fates (The Conspiracy of Us #2) by Maggie Hall-- This is the second book in The Conspiracy of Us Trilogy, I think. I remember reading the first book and really enjoying it. It's about this girl who discovers that she's part of an all powerful, secret society family. She's also the chosen one, who has been foretold her marriage to The One will fulfill a prophecy. Her mom hid her from The Circle for a number of years, and in the first book, she's just discovering everything.
This sequel picks right up from where the first one left off. It's been awhile since I read the first book, which was probably a mistake for me. It took me a little bit to get into this sequel because I had to try and remember just what was going on and where the first one left off. It's definitely a fun book though. It has this epic scavenger/treasure hunt feel. They are jetting around the globe, looking for clues, and hoping to find the tomb of Alexander the Great.
I will say, I'm in a kind of weird reading mood. I don't know why or what's wrong with me. I know it's not the book, because when I'm reading it, I'm into it. It's just that I don't feel like reading. I get distracted by youtube and instagram when I should be reading. I'm hoping I'll get out of it soon.
This book does have a pretty prevalent love triangle, so if you don't like love triangles, you might not like this one. I will say that Stellan is my choice. He's a hottie.
I've got less than 100 pages left, so I will finish this this weekend. I don't know exactly what I'm going to read next. I've got some review books I should read, some library books that I need to read, so we'll see what happens.

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: Ensnared (Splintered #3) by A.G. Howard

Title: Ensnared (Splintered #3)
Author: A.G. Howard
Published by: Amulet Books
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: The epic battle for Wonderland is finally here. Alyssa has to save everyone by defeating the Red Queen. Jeb and Morpheus are stuck in a dangerous world and Alyssa can only hope they are okay. Alyssa must use her wits to outsmart Wonderland, and all of its manipulations, while at the same time embracing it. She must also battle the two sides of her heart pulling her in different directions. The fate of Wonderland rests in her hands.
My Thoughts: Honestly, I don't like this series, really at all. I kept reading because I wanted to give it a chance, the benefit of every doubt. It failed to impress me. It had too many things that annoyed me. I just didn't like it, and I'll share my reasons.
I'll start with the pros first. I think these books are beautifully designed. They look nice, they feel nice, and they all capture that feeling of Wonderland. I also thought the ending had some good moments.
My first complaint is, I felt like a whole lot of nothing happened in this story. It was chunky, and I thought there would be more intense battles for Wonderland. The majority of the story was really slow, not a lot happened. It wasn't the exciting finale I was expecting. In my opinion, the first book, Splintered, was the best of the series.
My second major gripe was the rage inducing love triangle. Too much attention was focused on it, and the resolution was one of the biggest cop outs I've ever read. Highly unsatisfying. This feeling could have a lot to do with how much I despise Morpheus. I think he's slimy, manipulative, and I always expect the worst from him. I don't get his appeal. There are bad boys, and then there are garbage boys. I didn't find anything he did remotely romantic, just annoying. I also felt like Jeb got the raw end of all the deals. He deserved a girl who loved him and only him, not someone who wavered back and forth. This headache inducing love triangle tainted the whole story for me.
I also got annoyed by Alyssa a lot. I don't do well with characters who don't think things through. She was too reckless and stupid for me most of the time, and drunk on her own power.
My last gripe was with the epilogue, I just felt it fell flat. I wanted more details. I wanted to witness more moments. Why is one part focused on, and the other ignored?! I am planning on reading the novella story collection, so maybe that will give me more closure.
I did not enjoy this Wonderland tale. It was too weird, and too annoying. This ending left me lukewarm. Not much happened, and what did tended to annoy me. It felt like key details or scenes were just glossed over or left out. Not my kind of story or series. These opinions are my own and not meant to hurt the feelings of people who love this series. It just wasn't for me.
Keep this Wonderland far away from me.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 40

WEEK 40:
A Book Published In 2017

-- What are you reading this week? I'm reading Geekerella by Ashley Poston (I might have already finished it).

-- Do you prefer reading new releases or older, more established books? I like reading a mixture of both. As a blogger/booktuber/bookstagrammer it's important to read the newer books because they are getting the hype and the advertisement, you have to keep up, but I love reading older books just as much. So I mix up what I read. I read what I want no matter if it's new or old, although review books do take a priority.

-- Are there any other 2017 books you've read/are looking forward to reading? Yes. I've read House of Ash by Hope Cook which comes out September 26, 2017. I'm going to be posting my review closer to the release date, but it was AWESOME!!!! I'm also planning on reading Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast which comes out August 29, 2017.

Check out the challenge here!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Review: Locke and Key, Volume 5: Clockworks by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Title: Locke & Key, Volume 5: Clockworks
Written by: Joe Hill
Art by: Gabriel Rodriguez
Colors by: Jay Fotos
Letters by: Robbie Robbins
Published by: IDW Publishing
Released: 2012
Source: Library

Summary: The ultimate battle for the Key House is coming. Dodge is gathering everything he needs right under the nose of the Locke kids. Tyler and Kinsey are still trying to figure out the purpose of the keys. Danger awaits around every corner, and it's up to the Locke kids to protect the keys.
My Thoughts: This was an interesting volume in what it offered, backstory. I enjoyed learning about events before the current Locke children, and witnessing what led to the situation now faced.
I did think this volume before the finale was going to be a little more exciting, have a little more oomph, so it was surprising when it didn't end up going that way.
I also kept expecting the traitor-in-their midst to be revealed, and that didn't happen either. That can only lead me to believe the finale is going to be crazy and intense.
Locke & Key is an interesting graphic novel series that has been fun to read. I'm very interested to see how it all ends, and how the Locke kids get out of this situation alive.
The Past Comes To Play

Friday, July 14, 2017

Reading Right Now! (124)

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

-- You Can't Hide (Shadow House #2) by Dan Poblocki -- And I'm almost finished with it. I'm loving it! It's a middle grade horror novel. I just want to say that middle grade is so much fun to read. I don't think that once you hit a certain age, you can only read adult books. Reading Middle Grade and Young Adult doesn't mean you are a childish reader. I don't know if I'm even saying what I want to say right. I get tired of judgmental readers, who essentially judge people for reading books they deem not good enough. People should read what they want to read. I'm going to read what I want to read! Also, I find so many classics booooooring.
Anyway, that really has nothing to do with this book. This book, and really this series, is just a lot of fun to read. I think it delivers on the scary, the creepy, and the gory. It's just a lot of fun. I will say that this sequel picks right up from where the first one left off, so if it's been a little bit since you read The Gathering, you might want to refresh yourself on what happened. The third book isn't out just yet which makes me a little sad.

What I'm Thinking of Reading Next!


I would like to read The Walking Dead, Volume 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and The Call by Peadar O'Guilin but we'll see what happens. I've read two of the Walking Dead Compendiums, but I've forgotten a lot of stuff, and just want to start over. The Call sounds really good and I remember hearing good things about it when it came out. I'll have to read them both fairly quickly though because they are coming up due at the library. NOOOOOO!!! So those are my plans.

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Review: Gotham Academy, Volume 2: Calamity by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher

Title: Gotham Academy, Volume 2: Calamity (Issues #7-12)
Written by: Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher
Art by: Karl Kerschl, Mingjue Helen Chen, and Msassyk
Published by: DC Comics
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: Classes are back in session at Gotham Academy! Olive and the gang have new mysteries to solve. Olive is being haunted by some type of specter invoking feelings from her past. There is also a werewolf running around campus that has to be caught. The mysteries get deeper and the stakes become higher in this Second Volume.
My Thoughts: I didn't like this Second Volume as much as I liked the First Volume. The First Volume, I felt, had more of a story to it. This Second Volume had a more episodic format. I was also pretty thrown off when I first started reading Calamity, because it didn't feel like the place I left off in in Welcome To Gotham Academy
I think part of my problem was they brought in new artists for the first (and maybe second) episode. It interrupted the flow for me. The first two episodes were also quite jarring. They seemed random, and a tad confusing.
As Calamity went on, I started to enjoy it more. A true story started to emerge, with a beginning, middle, and to be continued end.
One other thing I struggle with is, I don't know all the mythology and backstory surrounding Batman, Gotham City, and the villains. I wish everything was presented as if to a newbie.
Volume Two of Gotham Academy let me down a little. It wasn't as good as the First Volume. The art is still beautiful and the story is still interesting, so I'm not going to give up on reading it.
I'm a little lost here.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Published by: Quirk Books
Released: April 4th, 2017
Source: Won from a Goodreads FirstReads Giveaway for Review

Summary: Look to the Stars. Aim. Ignite!
(please forgive my long-winded, and not that great summary. I really had trouble trying to condense what this book was about, while at the same time trying to explain all the things.)
Elle Wittimer is a fangirl for all things Starfield. Her mom and dad met because of that show, so Starfield holds a very special place in her heart. Her dad also started Excelsicon, a convention for all kinds of fandoms.
Now it feels like Starfield is the only thing she has left of her mom and dad, since they both have left her in the hands of an evil stepmother and stepsisters. With her parents dead, Elle is left all alone in the world. Her Stepmother hates her, her Stepsisters are pains. Elle works on a food truck called The Magic Pumpkin and longs to escape.
Elle then finds out they are doing a remake of her beloved Starfield. Elle posts all the news she learns on her blog Rebelgunner. The biggest piece of news comes from the casting of Prince Carmindor, a pretty boy actor, who stars on the teen drama Seaside Cove. Elle is not pleased. Elle decides to enter a cosplay contest in the hopes of winning tickets to the premiere.
Darien Freeman just got the part of Prince Carmindor, and has been flooded with Starfield fan backlash. He must prove to the fans, and himself, that he was meant to be Prince Carmindor.
My Thoughts: This was adorable! It was such a fun read. I won this book in a Goodreads FirstReads Giveaway for Review. My review and opinions are my own, and not in any way influenced by my winning an early copy. I can 100% honestly say that I really enjoyed Geekerella, and I would have enjoyed it just as much if I had bought it or checked it out from the library. But, ENTER THOSE GOODREADS GIVEAWAYS! There is no better feeling than waking up to an email saying you won a book!
This book was super cute. I had such a good time flying through it. It was a no stress, fast-paced, enjoyable read. As a Cinderella inspired story, it works really well. The elements are there, they are recognizable, but they don't feel cheesy.
One of my favorite parts had to be the illustration of fandom life in general. It was so nice getting a book that represented what it's like to be a geek. To understand what it's like to love a world, a show, a book, a franchise so much. I could just really feel the genuine heart of a fangirl in this novel.
This novel was also kind of sad. Thinking back to other Cinderella tales, I always just kind of forget about the dead father, but this story really illustrated Elle's pain. It was sad, the way she missed her father, how alone she was in the world. It made me appreciate having my dad around even more, and wanting him around for a long time to come. What was also sad was the suddenness with which he was gone too. I did wonder how her mom died. I assumed she was ill, but it never came out and told me, which I kind of wanted.
I thought it was interesting including Darien Freeman's story too, and having alternating chapters. It made for a quick story. It also helped flesh out the prince character in this Cinderella Tale. It was also sweet to incorporate the texts between Elle and Darien. I don't know if it was necessary, but it made for a sweet, cute little romance.
I couldn't necessarily pity Darien though, because he's living that movie star life, but I did find his story interesting. I liked how it included scenes where they were making the movie and filming it.
I did feel like there were some weaknesses. Darien's photo leak and the whole Elle/James debacle were made into these really big deals, life altering deals, but they weren't really all that major. With the number of times they were alluded to, I was expecting ultimate betrayal, high stakes, shocking sorts of situations, but they just felt mundane.
I also didn't buy into the good twin/evil twin thing. When I think of identical twins, I think of this real bond that normal people can't understand. They have built in, life long partners, that just understand each other on a level that I can't even begin to comprehend. So, I couldn't really buy into that twin thing. I think it could have worked much better if they were fraternal twins and they played that angle the book went with.
Chloe and Elle's Stepmother were pretty freaking awful. At one point, Chloe became a garbage person to me. The Stepmother, I just had more questions about. She was awful, but why the excessive hate? It just felt like an unhinged lady. And how could she sell Elle's parent's house if it was left to Elle? The level of betrayal there just made me mad.
I really, really liked this book. I thought it was adorable and a lot of fun to read. I would love to know what the future holds for these characters. What happened with Darien and Elle? This was a good time, love letter to fandoms, sweet like candy read. I really enjoyed it, and definitely recommend it!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Reading Right Now! (123)

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

--Bakuman, Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata-- I just started this one, and am so far intrigued. This is a manga unlike any I've read before. It's about these two boys who team together to create their own manga, become manga artists! It just seems like a very interesting premise, kind of going behind the curtain of what it takes to make the manga I'm now holding in my hand. This manga is from the guys who created Death Note, which is another manga I enjoy.
The most interesting thing about this so far is experiencing another culture. I already knew some stuff about Japan. The importance of education and school especially. This manga has further cemented the amount of pressure Japanese kids face with their education and their future. I don't know if I could handle it. Deciding what you want to do with you life at 14 years old, I'm a whole lot older than that, and still have no idea what my future holds. The amount of pressure to succeed, get good grades, get into a good school, the idea of failure is terrifying. 
It's also really interesting because a manga artist career is considered a gamble with your future, something not worth the risk. I mean, I guess it is kind of a gamble, but why give up on something you are passionate about and good at? It's just interesting thinking about what would have happened if I had been born someplace else, what would my future have been?
Anyway, I think I'll have no problem finishing this this weekend, and then hopefully I can get to something else. Maybe a review book. Maybe another manga. Who Knows?

This book is definitely in the running for possible read next though:

--House of Ash by Hope Cook-- I need to get better with reviewing the books I request off of Netgalley, especially if I want to become a serious reviewer and get approved for more Netgalley e-arcs. It's just hard for me to pick up an e-book when the feel of a physical copy is just so right. You know what I mean? Anyway, this book doesn't come out until September 26, 2017, but I shouldn't procrastinate. 

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! and my plans for what to read next. What are you reading?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Review: Y: The Last Man, Volume 7: Paper Dolls (Issues #37-42) by Vaughan, Guerra, Sudzuka, Marzan, Jr., and Robins

Title: Y: The Last Man, Volume 7: Paper Dolls (Issues #37-42)
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan
Pencillers: Pia Guerra and Goran Sudzuka
Inker: Jose Marzan, Jr.
Letterer: Clem Robins
Published by: DC Comics
Released: 2006
Source: Library

Summary: Yorick, Agent 355, and Dr. Mann have a pit stop in Australia. Yorick decides to take a shore leave of 24 hours to find Beth, with the assistance of Agent 355. Along the way, they meet up with a reporter who could change everything.
They are also still on the hunt for Ampersand, who not only is a lovable monkey, but could be the key to everything. 
Yorick, Agent 355, and Dr. Mann's next stop, Japan.
My Thoughts: I enjoyed this, but it's not my favorite Volume in the series. The first half was good, but the second half got a little hard to follow. Still love Yorick and Agent 355. Dr. Mann, I could take or leave her. I'm excited to see where things go in the next Volume. I'm getting closer to the end, which makes me happy and sad at the same time.
I did get a little confused by the blast from the past near the end. Some of those scenes would have made more sense to appear in an earlier volume. I do hope they rescue Ampersand soon. His captor is no good.
Y: The Last Man is a comic series I really enjoy. I'm getting near the ultimate end, and I can't wait to see how the adventure continues in the next Volume!
I'm getting closer to the end!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

June 2017 Wrap-Up!

Here's everything I consumed in June 2017! I read 7 books, which I'm okay with. And I watched some stuff. So, here we go!!!


-- The Secret History of Twin Peaks (#1) by Mark Frost-- 4/5 -- Really enjoyed this! I loved the format of the book. I love books that are told through different, creative storytelling means. I started watching the show while reading this book, and am really enjoying that as well. The book is a conspiracy theorist's dream. It does contain spoilers for the show though. One difference I'm noting between the book and show, is the show contains much more wacky, weird humor, which I'm a definite fan of! 

--Arata: The Legend, Volume 5 by Yuu Watase-- 3.7/5 -- I liked this Volume. I still don't think it's my favorite series by Yuu Watase, but it is still enjoyable. I enjoyed this one because we got more from past Arata stuck in present, who I like. There was also a pretty crazy ending to this. I need the next Volume to find out what happens.

--The Spellman Files (#1) by Lisa Lutz-- 3.3/5 -- I won't lie, I was a little disappointed in reading this. Not that it was bad, just that it wasn't exactly what I wanted, or expected. The beginning was confusing in how it kept switching what time period we were in. I also feel like it took a little time to get into the actual story, the actual plot. I didn't hate it. I'm still going to read more of this series, but it just wasn't what I really wanted.

--American Gods by Neil Gaiman-- 4/5 -- Finally read this one! My first Neil Gaiman ever! I really liked the writing and Shadow Moon. I did think this story was suuuper weird though. I'm excited to read more by Neil Gaiman.

--Sweet Tooth, Volume 1: Out of the Deep Woods (Issues #1-5) by Jeff Lemire, Jose Villarrubia, Pat Brosseau-- 3.3/5 -- Another one that I'm mixed on. The story was super sad. Tragic. I also am not the biggest fan of the art style. Still excited to see what happens next in the series, but I do think more bad things are going to happen in the next volume. Just a feeling I have.

--Nemesis (#1) by Anna Banks-- 3.7/5 -- This one was surprising in a good way! I liked it more than I was expecting too. The beginning of the book was a little rough, but once it got past that, it was pretty good. I liked the main character Sepora. She was kind of wacky in how she went about things, which was entertaining. I will say, the romance became a little gag inducing as it went on. Just a little too heavy on the mushy gushy. I'm excited though to check out the sequel!

--The Blair Witch Project: A Dossier by D.A. Stern-- 3.5/5-- Another fun read! This book is another one that is told through a different format, still loving it! I enjoyed the story. I've watched The Blair Witch Project movie, and while it wasn't my favorite, I still kind of liked it. The book didn't really answer any questions that the movie left open, which I was expecting, but I still wanted answers too. I also found some parts a little creepy/scary. Maybe I just have an overactive imagination, especially when it's dark and I live very near woods, but still, it creeped me out a little.


-- The 100: Season 4 -- Okay, yes. I might have binged the whole of Season 4 on Netflix just weeks after watching it on TV. I admit that it's shameful, but, I mean, I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!! It was just as good the second time, thanks for asking. I also think I'm finally getting over my show hangover after that season finale. I still need Season 5 like right now though!

-- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -- I finally watched this movie. I know. There was a big part of me that wasn't really excited when this movie was announced or came out. Just thinking of a 4 to however many movies series, based on what is essentially a short school textbook, just felt like the biggest money grab to me. I mean, it still feels like a money grab. I watched the movie though, and it was really good! I liked it a lot!
I'm still mixed on how the Harry Potter franchise has been stretched, manipulated, changed. It feels like a lot of things are being released, and they just feel like ways to make money. I'm not fangirling over a lot of the stuff that's being released. It's also probably not a good idea that I follow J.K. Rowling on Twitter, her tweets mainly just irritate me. That's why it's better, at least for me, to have the author of books I read to just be this name on a page. I don't want to know about them, except for what it says in the author bio. I don't want to know them as people. I especially don't want to know what their political stance is. Moral of the story, Don't Follow J.K. Rowling on Twitter, it's a bad idea.
I still love Harry Potter though, don't get me wrong. Proud Slytherin over here!

And that's my June 2017 Wrap-Up! The year is now half over, how did that happen? Now, onto July!!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Review: Chew, Volume 5: Major League (Issues #21-25) by John Layman and Rob Guillory

Title: Chew, Volume 5: Major League (Issues #21-25)
Written by: John Layman
Drawn by: Rob Guillory
Published by: Image Comics, Inc.
Released: 2011
Source: Library

Summary: Tony Chu, skilled Cibopathic, plagued by the worst luck. He's just been reassigned to the Traffic Division, losing his FDA privileges. Applebee took great glee in informing him of that. His daughter, Olive, is also MIA. Tony has also been split from his partner John. 
Malevolent forces are at play for Tony Chu. His misery is our entertainment, but misery within reason.
My Thoughts: Such a good time! I always have a good time reading Chew. I love the art, the humor, and the little hidden Easter Eggs.
Tony had a tough time in this Volume. I felt bad for him. I mean, I found his time as a Traffic Cop to be very entertaining, but things went downhill for him very quickly.
I'm interested in this Olive and Savoy thing that's going on. I'm still confused as to what Savoy's angle is.
Oh John. I can only shake my head at what he's gotten himself into.
I will say that this Volume didn't feel the most relevant to the overall plot. Chew does tend to have problems sticking to some kind of relevant, continuing story, in my opinion, but that also can be part of its charm.
A great Volume of Chew. It made me laugh, and I very much enjoyed reading it. Can't wait to see where things go next. GO READ CHEW! It's fun!!
Great Fun! I Love It!!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Reading Right Now! (122)

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

-- The Blair Witch Project: A Dossier by D.A. Stern-- Do you remember that Blair Witch movie that everyone thought was real for awhile? This book is a companion to that. It's set up in the same way, like it's a true story, delving deeper into the mysterious disappearances of these three college kids. It's told in a case file way, where we are getting interviews and evidence from the case. The family is trying to find answers, so they've hired a private investigator, and all the information the investigator found is compiled into this book by D.A. Stern.
Now, I watched the Blair Witch Project awhile ago, and thought it was okay. I won't say I was scared senseless by it. I found some of the characters to be kind of annoying. There's one that just does a lot of yelling, and more yelling. But it was interesting to watch. Even more interesting was the fact that so many people thought it was a real thing. This book is in that same vein.
I've read a book by D.A. Stern before, and really enjoyed it. It was a book told in the same kind of format, which I really do tend to like. It kind of makes for a more immersive story. A more real story, if that makes sense.
I'm getting near the end of this one, and I am enjoying it. I do think you would have had to watch the movie first to really enjoy this book. I don't know if it's something you could just pick up and enjoy fully without knowing anything about the movie. I don't think it would work as well. But if you did enjoy the movie, I'd say give the book a shot. I'm finding it fun! And I won't lie, one night, I did get freaked out and had to stop reading. I live by a lot of trees and woods, and just the idea of a scary, children killing witch living out in the forest really freaked me out.

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey

Title: Buzz Kill
Author: Beth Fantaskey
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Released: 2014
Source: Library

Summary: When football coach "Hollerin' Hank" Killdare turns up dead, it's up to Millie Ostermeyer to solve the case. She's read plenty of Nancy Drew books, so she's got the experience, she also has a full house of suspects. "Hollerin' Hank" Killdare didn't get his nickname for being a chill guy. 
The case gets more urgent when evidence starts pointing to Millie's father as the killer. Sure her dad might not have liked Hank, but he didn't kill him. 
Millie's got a whole list of suspects, including the mysterious star quarterback who just recently transferred to her school. Solving this crime will be easy.
My Thoughts: This was fun. I liked it. It's not a gritty crime thriller, but more like a light weight who-done-it. It was entertaining, easy to read, and just a fun time.
At first, I wasn't so sure how much I was going to like it. Millie is one of those characters that treads the fine line of like versus annoyance. She's very high energy, which exhausts me. She's also very impulsive, which I think worked against her as it came to investigating and staying safe while solving the crime. I didn't hate Millie, but I definitely couldn't be around her 24/7.
Another thing that I wasn't sure I liked or hated was the set-up of the book. It had the shortest chapters I've ever seen, and cliff-hangers at the end of each chapter. On the one hand, that really makes you want to fly through the book, on the other hand, it's annoying when a chapter is only a page long.
As for the mystery, it was pretty good. If I hadn't spoiled myself by randomly flipping to a page near the end, I would have been surprised.
My favorite part of the book would have to be the relationship that forms in it. It was cute! It also gives imaginary hope to all average girls hoping to land a hot guy. 
I thought this book was a lot of fun. It was a diversion that was quick and entertaining. I'd recommend it if you're looking for an entertaining read.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 49

WEEK 49:
**another week where I'm probably cheating, but I'm gonna go with it.**

--What are you reading for this category? Did you know of this book already or was it a complete discovery? I'm reading Nemesis by Anna Banks. I had heard of this book already and did want to check it out for myself.

--Who's bookshelves did you get inspiration from? The library bookshelf, which I think completely counts.

--Do you often browse what people read to discover new books? Yes. Maybe not in the conventional way though. I watch a lot of booktube videos, so books always get added to my TBR shelf from that. I also find a lot of books in my goodreads feed, by seeing what friends have added to their shelves or what they are currently reading. And I do browse the library shelves all the time.

So that's what I'm reading for this week's challenge. Want to join in on the fun, you totally should! Check out the group HERE!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Review: The Twilight Zone: The Original Stories Edited by Martin Harry Greenberg, Richard Matheson, and Charles G. Waugh

Title: The Twilight Zone: The Original Stories
Edited by: Martin Harry Greenberg, Richard Matheson, and Charles G. Waugh
Published by: Avon Books
Released: 1985
Source: Library

Summary: You are now entering The Twilight Zone! This Anthology contains The Original Stories that became some of the classic episodes. There are 30 tales that deal with space, the end of the world, interesting powers, and so much more. Nothing is quite as it seems. Enjoy your time in The Twilight Zone.
My Thoughts: Loved this!! I started watching The Twilight Zone on Netflix, because it was there, and because it's classic television. I've been pretty impressed with how it holds up. Sure some of the special effects are a little dated, but considering the time and technology it was filmed on, it did a pretty good job.
Since I was a fan of the TV Show, I wanted to try out one of the books. This book is cool because it is compiled by some of the original creators. Each story was an episode, so it includes the date the original episode aired and who starred in it. It contains a bunch of the iconic episodes, which I could pick out no problem.
What I loved most about this book was how easy it was to read. Each story was engaging and fun. Some of the twists were predictable, but they were still fun to read.
The Twilight Zone has a certain mood and feeling to it, which was perfectly captured in this collection. I really, really liked it. If you can get your hands on it, I totally recommend reading it.
Next Stop, The Twilight Zone!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Reading Right Now! (121)

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

-- Nemesis (#1) by Anna Banks-- I'm pretty much just started this one, so I don't have a lot to say about it yet. The very beginning was a little rough for me to get into. It's a fantasy book, and sometimes fantasy books throw a lot of words at me that I don't always understand. I can have a mixed relationship with fantasy sometimes. If it takes too much effort for me to figure out the world and people, then I can be a little bored/confused/critical of them. 
I think I might be passed the rocky start on this one. I'm getting more into the story. It's told from two perspectives Tarik and Sepora (which in my head always turns into Sephora, because I'm a bit of a makeup junkie/hoarder at heart). Sepora is on the run from her home kingdom, where she's a princess. She has this rare ability to make this stuff (?), which her father wants to use as a weapon. She doesn't want her special ability thing to be used as a weapon, so she runs away. She's traveling to the kingdom Tarik has now just become the king of, to hide. I think she ends up getting captured or somehow running into Tarik, and they must work together to save kingdoms or people. I'm sorry for my description skills, but that's all I really know at this point.
I'm hopeful that I enjoy this one. I picked it up based 99% on the cover. The silver skin just drew me in, even though I know being covered with that kind of paint could be verrrry unhealthy. I think certain kinds can stop oxygen from getting to the skin. Didn't the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz have problems being covered with all that silver paint? I don't know, I'm just rambling. But I'm not even sure why the girl on the cover is silver? I don't know if that's really what color her skin is. I don't know if that's supposed to be a reflection of her ability. It's just an eye-catching cover, and it got me. Especially when you look into the details of it, and notice that her eyes are grey and her hair has this grayish tint to it. So, now you know that I do have a great tendency to pick books because of their covers.

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Review: The Hunt (The Cage #2) by Megan Shepherd

Title: The Hunt (The Cage #2)
Author: Megan Shepherd
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: The exciting sequel to The Cage, The Hunt picks up immediately after those events. If you haven't read The Cage, some of these summary details might contain SPOILERS!
The escape attempt was a fail. Cora is put in a new enclosure, a menagerie called The Hunt. It's a fantasy world for the Kindred to visit. They are entertained in the lobby by singing and drinks, and entertained on the Savannah by going on big game hunts. Cora must find a way to escape this place too.
Nok and Rolf have been placed in a dollhouse, where their activity is constantly monitored. If they don't do what the Kindred say, their baby could be taken away.
Leon is the only one who had a successful escape from the enclosure, but he's not safe yet. He had to make a deal with a blackmarket trader whose loyalties could change at any second.
How will they escape? Who can they trust? And will they ever get back home to Earth?
My Thoughts: This was definitely a ride. I was never sure what was going to happen next, how things would go down. There were a lot of shocks that surprised me, and one huge cliffhanger that makes me wonder just how all of this is going to end. I'm nervous for everyone. Nothing is as it seems in this world.
I love the imagination and weirdness in this series. The menagerie Cora, Lucky, and Mali found themselves in was depressing, as well as interesting. It made me realize how good they had it in their first enclosure, and how many humans are having to suffer for being "lesser" species. It's a side of alien abduction that hasn't really been explored.
I was pretty much just along for the ride in this. I had no idea what was going to happen, where it was going to go. It definitely kept me reading.
I'm still not the biggest fan of this weird attraction Cora and Cassian have for each other. I'm much more Team Lucky.
I am a fan of Megan Shepherd's stories. They are always interesting, sometimes shocking, and fun! I have to know what happens next. How this all ends. I'm also still in denial over what happened near the end of this. It can't be real! I don't know what to do after reading this. I'm going to be in that strange lurch waiting for the next book.
One Wild Ride!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 36

WEEK 36:
A Hugo Award Winner or Nominee

--What are you reading this week? I'm reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

--Did you read a winner or a nominee? I'm reading a winner.

--In what category was your selection nominated? I think it was nominated for best novel, because that's what it won for in 2002.

--Do you pay attention to whether your book is an award winner when you choose what to read next? No. I'll only pay attention to that fact if the book has a big award sticker on the cover, or mentions being a winner somewhere on the book. I don't want to be that kind of reader that only reads something that other people have deemed worthy. I mean, it's great that it won an award, but I don't want that to be the only reason I read it. I like picking up all kinds of different books, I don't limit myself to just reading winners or nominees.

Want to join in on the Around The Year In 52 Books Challenge? Check it out HERE!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Nameless: A Tale of Beauty and Madness (#1) by Lili St. Crow

Title: Nameless: A Tale of Beauty and Madness (#1)
Author: Lili St. Crow
Published by: RAZORBILL
Released: 2013
Source: Library

Summary: On Mithrus Eve Night, 10 years ago, Cami became an adopted member of the Family. She arrived a little girl, covered in cuts and bruises and old scars. She didn't remember where she came from, or even her name. 
In the present, awful dreams plague Cami's sleep and fade away before she can remember. Her stutter makes it hard for her to communicate. She also feels like she doesn't really belong with the Family, she's a fake. The Prince of the Family, Nico, tells her that's nonsense. Nico has always had a special place in her heart.
Then a garden boy named Tor shows up. He looks familiar, but Cami can't place him. What is he to her? Who is she? Will this Snow White find out where she really belongs?
My Thoughts: mmmmm.... hmmmm.... Uhhh....
I wanted this to be better. There, I said it. This story was kind of disappointing. It had the potential to be really cool, but didn't make it there. And then, even though I was disappointed by it, there was something eerie and oddly compelling about it too.
My biggest pet peeve with this book was my inability to understand the world presented. There wasn't a lot of effort put in to the world making sense. Words and creature names were thrown out with no explanations. There was all this talk of magic and potential, but nothing about how it all worked. If I could have understood the world I was thrown into better, I definitely would have liked it more. It seemed like an odd, cool, magical place, but it just wasn't explained well.
I also felt like most of Cami's problems came from her poor-little-old-me attitude, and not talking things out. She was constantly fixated on how she wasn't "Real Family," but that was only in her own mind. I got tired of her mopey attitude. I also got a little frustrated with some of the decisions she made. Cami could be really reckless and stupid.
Maybe this book could have made a better movie. It would definitely be a dark and twisted tale. There was just something about it that didn't quite work in book form.
I wanted this to be more! It had the potential to be really good, but the lazy world building just stifled it. I liked the eerie take on Snow White, and do plan on reading the rest in the series. I didn't hate it, but it definitely wasn't a favorite.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Reading Right Now! (120)

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

--American Gods by Neil Gaiman-- After months and months of saying I'd read this, I'm finally reading this! I'm about 200 pages in, and I'm enjoying it. It is a very intimidating book though. I feel like I spend a good chunk of time reading it and find I don't make much progress. I feel like this is going to take me awhile to finish. I am liking it though.
It's about this man named Shadow Moon, who upon his release from prison is offered a job by the mysterious Mister Wednesday. Shadow discovers that the world is more than he thought it was.

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review: Gotham Academy, Volume 1: Welcome To Gotham Academy by Cloonan, Fletcher, and Kerschl

Title: Gotham Academy, Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy (Issues #1-6)
Written by: Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher
Art by: Karl Kerschl
Published by: DC Comics
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: Welcome to a new school year at Gotham Academy, located in the scenic Gotham City. Olive Silverlock has been assigned to show Maps Mizoguchi around the school, a school teeming with secrets.
The North Hall is supposed to be haunted, and Olive's room mate swears she's seen the ghost. There's also a mysterious new student that keeps popping up. Olive teams up with a ragtag group of students to uncover the secrets of the school, and she learns a little about herself along the way.
My Thoughts: What a fun surprise! I really enjoyed this. I tend to be a little iffy when it comes to very established superhero comics and their spin-offs, just because I like to read things in order, and feel there's no earthly way I can start from the beginning in this universe.
Gotham Academy offered up a full story. I didn't feel lost, and while I might not have gotten all the Easter Eggs or references, I was able to enjoy the whole story.
I liked the vibe this comic had. It was kind of dark and spooky. The school kind of reminded me of Hogwarts, and I loved our little ragtag group. The art style was also just really nice, dark while still being colorful.
Olive was an interesting main character. She's got some secrets that I can't wait to discover. Maps is super cute too.
This was a great first volume, and I can't wait to read more of this series!
So Fun!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: Y: The Last Man, Volume 6: Girl on Girl by Vaughan, Guerra, Sudzuka, and Marzan

Title: Y: The Last Man, Volume 6: Girl On Girl
Written by: Brian K. Vaughan
Pencillers: Pia Guerra and Goran Sudzuka
Inker: Jose Marzan, Jr.
Published by: DC Comics
Released: 2005

Summary: Yorick, Agent 355, and Dr. Mann are off to save one very special monkey. They find themselves on a "cruise," which turns into something much more. Pirates come into play!! Beth is also spotted.
The journey for Yorick continues to get more dangerous and more fun.
My Thoughts: This was a good volume. It was solid, it was fun, and it just reinforced why I like the Y: The Last Man series.
The art is nice, the panels are easy to follow, and the story is really interesting and entertaining. My favorite part about this series is the humor! Yorick has this ability to crack jokes during the most stressful or worst times. Agent 355 is awesome as well.
The only character who I question her motives, and am on the fence about, is Dr. Mann. I guess I just don't really like her. She doesn't strike me as pleasant.
Loved the pirate vibe of this Volume, and am also excited that things with Beth seem to be picking up.
Great addition to the series. Can't wait to see where things go next. I also hope they find Ampersand soon.
Danger At Sea!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Reading Right Now! (119)

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

--The Spellman Files (#1) by Lisa Lutz-- I'm about 140 pages into it, and it's not what I thought it was going to be. Not that that's the worst thing ever, but I'm still undecided about how I feel about this thing. 
I thought I was going to be getting a beginning, middle, and end normal type of novel. A novel about a girl who works in her family's PI business, wants to get out, but has to solve one last case. In reality, the FILES part of the title is what I should have paid the most attention to. That's exactly how this is told, in files. And not chronological files either, it kind of just jumps around to different years, different situations, different people. It doesn't even really feel like a story, more like a crazy family illustrated by a bunch of different anecdotes. It's not bad, it's just not what I really wanted.
It's starting to grow on me the more I read it. I'm hoping that maybe everything will come together and it will tell an actual beginning, middle, end story.
I think I'm just wanting a normal novel. A funny, PI family business book. I'm still trying to wrap my head around this.

What are you Reading Right Now!? Let me know in the comments below!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Top 5 Books For Your Hogwarts House

Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday! This week's topic celebrates our Hogwarts House Pride by picking the Top 5 Books For Your Hogwarts House. I tried to pick books that I thought went along with my house.
I guess first, I should tell you what house I'm in. Do you have any guesses?

If you guessed Slytherin, You're Right! I took the Sorting Hat test a couple of times, I won't lie. The first time I took the official test on Pottermore, I got Slytherin. I've gotten it a couple times since then too. When I first saw that welcome banner proclaiming me a Slytherin, I didn't know what to think. The Slytherin House was never the good house at Hogwarts, it was always the house that had the bad kids, the villains. But I now embrace my Slytherin Pride. All Slytherins aren't bad, evil people, sure some of them aren't nice, but you can't pass judgement on a whole group based on some individuals. So I'm glad I'm a Slytherin.

Slytherin House has a certain aesthetic. It's kind of dark and gloomy. Slytherins' are known for their cunning and ambition. When picking books for my house, I wanted to get anti-hero characters and some dark, fun reads. So these are the books I picked for my House Pride!


--Vicious by V.E. Schwab-- I picked this book because of its great, anti-hero characters. No one is really a hero, and no one is really a villain. This book just showcases some very interesting characters to read about. I love this book and I think it would make a good Slytherin read.

--I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells-- This story also features an anti-hero in John Wayne Cleaver. He's a sociopath who has to fight his urge to kill. It's a very dark, creepy story. I think it's also a good story showing a character fighting against being evil by trying to save others instead. I think John Cleaver is a super interesting character, and reading the series, I rooted for him. He's a character that I can't seem to forget.

--Night Film by Marisha Pessl-- This book is just a lot of fun. I picked it for Slytherin House because it's dark and creepy. I think Slytherins would like it.

--I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga-- This book features a character who struggles with himself and who he is. His father is a killer, and he's afraid he'll turn out just like him. This is a character who struggles with his past. He questions if he's destined for evil. I think some Slytherin characters can feel Jasper Dent's struggle.

--The Heroes Guide To Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy-- Slytherins' deserve fun too! Which is why they should read this book. This book is about a group of unlikely heroes, banding together, and doing some awesome stuff. Plus, they save the Kingdom! I picked this because Slytherins are so much more than what they are portrayed as. They aren't all evil, all gloomy, all bad people. Slytherins get a bad rap, that is not always deserved, just like these Princes!

So those are my House Pride recommendations. What House are you in? What books would you recommend? Let me know in the comments. And if you want to join in on the Top 5 Wednesday fun, you totally should! Check it out HERE!