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.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
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.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3/5
weird

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!
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4.2/5
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.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
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!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 10

WEEK 10
A Dual-Timeline Novel

Progress Post:


--What are you reading this week? I'm reading Arata: The Legend, Volume 5 by Yuu Watase.

--What are the two time periods in your novel? I'm probably cheating, again, because this is technically a manga, but it fits for this category, and I'm using it! The two time periods in this manga novel are modern day Japan and a version of ancient Japan. It's kind of tricky, because this ancient world doesn't exactly exist in the history books of the modern Japan's world. It's almost like another world too.

--Do you find it difficult to follow the dual timelines in your novel? No, because this is a novel told through illustration, it's really easy to know when I'm in ancient times and when I'm in modern times. I get to see which characters I'm switching to and which world they are occupying. It's actually really nice because there is no confusion. Sometimes I find it difficult to read dual timeline novels, especially when the author doesn't really tell you when they are switching back and forth.

Join in with me in The Around The Year Challenge In 52 Books. It's fun! Check it out HERE!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Review: Chat Love by Justine Faeth


Title: Chat Love
 Author: Justine Faeth
Published by: The Small Press
Released: 2012
Source: Sent To Me By Author For Honest Review

Summary: Lucia Pia is a 27 year old single lady living in the city. Her days are filled with work, and her nights are spent out with friends. Her life sounds pretty good, but she is plagued by that one word people describe her as... SINGLE! Her parents are constantly asking about boyfriends, and when she's going to get married. Her sister is constantly rubbing in her happy, married life.
Lucia is struggling to meet the right one. When one of her friends suggests she join Chat Love, an internet dating site, Lucia is resistant. Internet dating is a place for the desperate, the sad, the undateable, that's what Lucia has been led to believe.
Lucia finally swallows her pride and joins Chat Love. So begins a dating frenzy with good ones, bad ones, and just plain horrible ones. Maybe Lucia will finally find her Mr. Right.
My Thoughts: I just want to thank the author, Justine Faeth, for sending me a message asking me to review her book. I am always up for a good chick-lit, which is what I heard this was. I enjoyed this story. I thought it was cute and fun. Some of what Lucia was going through hit home for me. I am a late twenties single lady who is always getting asked Where's the boyfriend? You better find somebody quick, you don't want to be alone forever. That's always a boost to my self esteem! I however, have not yet joined any kind of internet dating site. I'm still leery. And I know I'm single because I'm incredibly awkward, but this book did give me hope that my Mr. Right is somewhere out there, and it's just a matter of time before I meet him.
I enjoyed this book. I thought it was cute. It was also a really fast read. It had a very addictive quality to it as well.
At times, I did feel like I was reading from a diary of Lucia's, just with how this happened, then this happened, then that happened. There were also some random jumps in time that didn't exactly flow in the story.
As it neared the end, I did get a little tired of the he loves me, he loves me not attitude. It was fairly obvious who Lucia was meant to be with, and it just took longer to get there than I would have liked.
My only other nitpick is that every character seemed to be successful, beautiful, and really have no problems except being single. Not all of them felt like real people. Some characters and situations felt like watching an episode of Gossip Girl.
I'm happy that I got to read this book. It was a cute, fun read, that delivered a sweet, romantic story. Thanks to the author for letting me read and review it. It's cute, and I'd say give it a read.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5
Cute.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Reading Right Now! (118)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...
Pretty much the same(ish) stuff as last week. I think I aimed for too much last week, and just fell flat on my face. So, some of my reads stayed the same, and some of my reads got pushed back for a different day.
Here's what my immediate Reading Right Now! plans are:

 

--The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost-- This is what I'm currently reading and focusing my attention on. It's turning out to be a slower read than I thought. I'm not saying slower in a bad way, it's just taking me longer to get through than the normal book. It's got a lot of stuff crammed into it, which is probably why I'm going through it more slowly. I'm still really enjoying it. I love the format it's told in, all the files, and pictures, and the feel of it being a classified FBI Dossier kind of thing. I did get a little bogged down in the Alien/UFO section. There were a lot of names and events to keep track of, and they all kind of ended up jumbled in my mind.
 I think I'm starting to encounter some spoilers for the show. I've only watched the First Season, and this is bringing up information that I haven't watched yet. I knew from reading reviews that this might happen, and I'm okay with my decision to read it before finishing the older episodes of the show.
I will say that the show has a lot more humor incorporated into it then this book does. The book is still really interesting, but it doesn't have that oddball levity that the (at least the First Season) of the show seemed to have. I really enjoy that weird humor of the show, and would have liked it to be incorporated in this book. 
Can't wait to finish this one. And from what I've read so far, I definitely would recommend it. Even if you don't love the book, it is just such a pretty thing to have on your shelf.

--The Spellman Files (#1) by Lisa Lutz-- This book is kind of calling to me and I really want to read it next. I might start it before finishing The Secret History of Twin Peaks. It just looks like it's going to be fun. It's the first book in a series and involves a Private Investigative family business that this daughter wants to get out of.

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May Wrap-Up 2017!

Another month has gone down the drain, so it's that time to wrap up what I read and watched. I finished a decent amount of books in May, so that was good. Anyway, here's what I consumed in May 2017!

BOOKS!
  
  

--The Secret Sea by Barry Lyga-- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3/5-- This was a disappointing read for me. I just didn't really like it that much. It tried to do this weird feminism thing, which I wasn't a fan of. It also took me awhile to get into the story, mostly because the main character was just too weird for me to follow. The main character was also really rude to his parents and held a grudge over what I consider something that he shouldn't of. The only character I really liked was Khalid. I did like that it had a main character with a disability/medical condition, I don't read very many books that have those. I was expecting more from this book.

--My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier-- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5-- I enjoyed this one. It was about a kid who is convinced his little sister is a psychopath. It was kind of addicting and compelling. I will say that in the grand scheme of things, not a lot happened, but I still wanted to keep on reading. I wish there had been more evil and danger, but this was a good book.

--Saga, Vol. 6 (Issues 31-36) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples-- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5-- I enjoyed this Volume. We had a time jump, which I didn't hate. It was just a fun one to flip through.

--The Leaving by Tara Altebrando-- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.3/5-- I'm meh over this one. The premise was really interesting, but I just wish more would have happened with it. I wish we had gotten perspectives from all of the returned kids, instead of just the two. Two of the characters perspectives kind of annoyed me. The ending was a let down. I wanted something more crazy to be the cause, but it all wrapped up kind of ho-hum. This was slightly disappointing.

--Y: The Last Man, Vol. 10: Whys and Wherefores (Issues 55-60) by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, Jose Marzan, Jr. -- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3/5-- FINISHED SERIES YAYY-- Again, disappointing, especially at how this was the end of the series. There were a few good shock moments in it, I'll give it that. I just didn't like how everything wrapped up. With all the build-up, I wanted something more epic and happier. I don't regret reading this series, I just wish it had a different kind of ending.

--In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware-- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.3/5-- I enjoyed this, but didn't love it. I thought the setting was really cool and I was kind of into the mystery. The ending was just really obvious, there was no real surprise. I plan on reading more from this author.

--Chat Love by Justine Faeth-- BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5-- I was sent this book to review from the author. So I got it for free to review. I enjoyed this. It was very fast and pretty cute. It's a chick-lit kind of book, which is something I do enjoy reading. The ending got a little drawn out with the whole, he loves me, he loves me not thing. I liked this.

TV!
So are there any guesses what I finished TV wise for May?? I'll give you a hint, it's a show that I can't shut up about...

If you guessed The 100, you are SO RIGHT!! Season 4 ended this month, and I'm still not over it. This show, this season put me into the biggest TV hang-over I've had in a long, long time. I love this show sooooooo much. I'm so happy to be getting a Season 5. Please more people watch it, so I can get more Seasons. I don't think it has the biggest audience, but the people who do watch it are really passionate about it.
This Season Finale was sooo crazy. It had the biggest cliffhanger and I'm still not over it. Season 4 was a great season. So much better than Season 3, and I'm so glad CW Executives didn't give in to the annoying, vocal minority who were mounting all of these campaigns to get it canceled and get the executive producer fired. I think that sends a good message.
If I had to rate the seasons I'd say Season 2 is the best, Season 4 edges a little past Season 1, and Season 3 was the weakest. 
Anyway I can't wait for Season 5. I need to know what happens next, because the final scene is just...


Oh and I also want Bellamy Blake to be happy. That is all.


So that was my May of reading and entertainment. How was yours?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 19

WEEK 19
A New York Times Bestseller

Progress Post:



--What are you reading this week? I'm reading In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.

--Do you pay attention to which books are bestsellers? I wouldn't say I actively look at the bestseller lists, but popular books tend to be advertised on all kinds of social medias. It's hard not to notice what's popular. And the popularity of books and marketing does make me more curious to read them.

--Is there a very popular book you loved? One popular book I loved was Vicious by V.E. Schwab. I'm not sure if it was on any bestseller list, but I do remember seeing it all over social media. I love that book!


--Is there a very popular book you hated? A book I hated was A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. That was one of the dumbest books I've read in a while. I know a lot of people like it, but I just couldn't stand it.


Want to join in on the Around The Year fun? You totally should. Check out the group HERE!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Review: The Crooked House by Christobel Kent


Title: The Crooked House
Author: Christobel Kent
Published by: Sarah Crichton Books
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: In a past life Alison was Esme, a teenage girl living in a Crooked House, who believed her family was happy. That was shattered the night she came home early from a friend's. Up in her room, she hears the BOOM BOOM BOOM, and then silence. Her family has been slaughtered and everyone thinks her barely alive father did it. Esme can't stay, and so she becomes Alison, and starts a new life.
13 years later, Alison lives in the city, works in a job where she can keep her head down, and is dating an older man. She never talks about who she was before.
One day, her boyfriend brings up a friend's wedding that he wants her to go to. The wedding is being held in the place of her nightmares, where the Crooked House stands vigil, where the blood stains everything. She tries to make excuses not to go, but none of them work.
As soon as she steps on that marshy soil, everything she has managed to push away and hide bombards her. The village of her youth is full of secrets, secrets the beg to be uncovered.
My Thoughts: Brava! Brava! What a ride. This book hypnotized me, it held me immobile, and wouldn't let me go. The atmosphere was dark and strange. The village was full of disquiet. The Crooked House stood as a silent sentinel, constantly reminding of the horrific past. I was weirdly captivated by this read. It has been blurbed as reminiscent of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, and I don't think that claim is a lie.
I wouldn't say this book was perfect. It was a very slow read. It was captivating, but very slow going. It felt like a two hour episode of Dateline, where you're highly invested in the story, but it's being drawn out for as long as it possibly can. There were so many times I just wanted to flip to the end, just to finally reveal who-done-it. It is worth it to trudge through this marshland of a story, just expect to get waylaid every now and then.
The ending was pretty crazy, pretty edge-of-your-seat. I didn't exactly suspect our true villain, how everything turned out.
This book was a fun time, dark and twisty, but a lot of fun. Perfect for any spooky season you want to read it in.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.7/5
Tragedy leaves a dark stain.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Reading Right Now! (117)

What I'm Reading Right Now! is...
It's actually nothing. I just finished a book and haven't decided what I want to start next. Actually, there is another book I started, but I'm kind of reading that one slowly. Anyway, here's what I'm thinking of reading next.

 

The Choices:
--Chat Love by Justine Faeth-- This is the one I'm most likely to read next because I need to review it. The author kindly sent it to me for an honest review. I feel compelled to say that I wasn't paid to review it though. It seems like all kinds of popular booktubers are being paid to review and promote books. It kind of makes me not trust what they are saying as much, because I feel like the whole paid promotion thing makes it dirty and untrustworthy. Anyway, this book is a chick-lit. I love chick-lit. It's also pretty short. This might be the one I read next.

--American Gods by Neil Gaiman-- I'd also like to read American Gods because I'm curious about it. Mainly because the show came out. I haven't watched the show, but there's an actor that I like in it. Can you guess who the actor is?? Ding Ding, If you guessed Ricky Whittle, You're right! Lincoln from The 100 now stars as Shadow Moon in American Gods. But apart from the show thing, I've heard it's a good book. So I might dive into that one.

I Am Currently Reading, But Not HardCore Reading This...


--The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost-- I was drawn to this one mainly because the format it's written in. It's set up like a case file, with documents and pictures and annotations in the margins. I'm a sucker for books with that type of set up. Not all of them are good, but as soon as I see that stuff in a book, I'm sold. I also have no real knowledge of the Twin Peaks television show. I did watch the first episode on Netflix, and I plan on continuing it. In reviews, I've seen that this book spoils something that happens in the TV show. Also, they brought Twin Peaks back, as a kind of revival thing, which further sparks my interest.

So those are my wishy-washy Reading Right Now! plans for this weekend. Memorial Day Weekend! What are you reading?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Wicked (The Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Title: Wicked (The Wicked Saga #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released: 2014
Source: Library

Summary: Welcome to New Orleans! Ivy knows secrets about the city that will cause your head to spin. Fae walk the streets of New Orleans, feeding off human life force. Ivy's job is to send these Fae back to their world via iron stake. Ivy was born into this job. Protecting the world is just what she does.
Ivy's life is turned upside down when she has to show a new member around the City. Ren is recently transferred from Colorado and is smoking hot. There is attraction there, but Ivy must fight her feelings.
Things are about to go down in New Orleans and Ivy might not like what she finds out.
My Thoughts: So continues my rocky relationship with Jennifer L. Armentrout books. I have so many friends that love her stuff, and I want to fall in love with her books too. Unfortunately, Wicked was just an average read for me. I didn't fall in love with it. I'll admit that it has a very addicting quality to it, and the romance was super steamy.
I don't think I ever loved the main character of Ivy. I tend to have problems with the tough girl I can do everything by myself characters, especially when they never think anything through, and throw themselves into unnecessary and dangerous situations. I just wish Ivy had been smarter.
I was also hoping for more of a twist when it came to the traitor in the organization. It was just so obvious who it was going to be, no real surprise or shock there at all. I like to be thrown for a loop during those situations, and this one was just so obvious, and so easy to figure out.
What was probably done the best in this book was the steamy, New Adult romance. It was Hot Hot Hot! Ren was Hot Hot Hot! I do feel the romance happened rather quickly, I could have done with more build up. They basically had a case of insta-lust.
I felt a bit of a disconnect, that the romance and fae stuff were two separate stories that just seemed to never intermingle. There would be these dire situations, and next thing you know, Ivy and Ren would be engaged in sexy times.
I wanted to be enraptured by this story, but it just ended up as average. Maybe, one day, I'll find that JLA book that I just can't put down. I'll probably read the sequel, because I'm interested enough in finding out what happens next, but Wicked isn't going to make it onto my Favorites List.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.3/5
Why can't I love you?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

THE 100 SEASON 4 FINALE TONIGHT!!!

I can't help it, I'm obsessed. I just wanted to give a friendly reminder that The 100 Season 4 Finale is Tonight. I am so obsessed with this show right now, it's not even funny.
After a weak Season 3, Season 4 has been sooooooo good. The promo's for the finale look so intense, I need to know what happens. This whole space thing is just CRAAZZY!
I've heard rumors of spoilers that Clarke ends up staying on the ground. I think there was a leaked script or something. I'm hoping that that doesn't happen. Mostly because I think it would make Bellamy sad. But I just need to know what's going to happen.
I'm so glad the gang is back together, well, almost all of them. And I'm so happy that we get a Season 5! But The 100, Season 4 Finale, Tonight. Watch it!!

And Now Some Bellamy Blake Gifs!!
Because He's My Favorite.
You're Welcome




WATCH THE FINALE!! And then discuss your thoughts with me. My family doesn't understand my super obsession with this show, and my friends aren't caught up yet. I have no one to talk about it with. I NEED TO TALK ABOUT IT. I never thought I would be one of those people whose life gets taken over by a show.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 16

WEEK 16:
A MYSTERY


Progress Post:

--What are you reading this week? I'm reading The Leaving by Tara Altebrando.

--Do you prefer mystery or thrillers? Why? I like a mix of both. There's something fun about both. I like thrillers because they are so exciting to read, and they are even better if they have a great twist. I like mysteries because they are fun. I like trying to figure out who-done-it before the last page, and then seeing if I'm right or wrong. I'm usually wrong. So I can't pick just one.

--Clue(do) game: pick a character, a place and a "weapon" and complete the sentence: Name in the Place with the Weapon. I assume this means a character from the book I'm currently reading, so, here it goes...
Scarlett in the park with the chain.

Join in with the challenge yourself here!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Review: 21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology edited by Christopher Golden


Title: 21st Century Dead: A Zombie Anthology
Various Authors
Edited by: Christopher Golden
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: 2012
Source: Library

Summary: When the dead won't stay dead, the living must keep living. Featuring 19 stories of the shambling undead, this Anthology featuring various authors, stretches the imagination. Full of hopelessness and hope, worlds on the brink are exposed. 
Featuring stories from Orson Scott Card, Simon R. Green, Daniel H. Wilson, and many others, this Anthology explores where death is not the end. While the undead claw at the doors, barricade yourself with this Undead Anthology.
My Thoughts: This was decent. Anthologies are always a funny thing, in that one is not going to love every story. I felt that the second half of the anthology was stronger than the first half. There were a lot of weird stories in here. There were a lot of depressing stories too, which could go with the zombie territory, but I like having a little hope in them.
I enjoyed the stories from Jonathan Maberry, Caitlin Kittredge, Stephanie Crawford, Duane Swierczynski, Daniel H. Wilson, and Amber Benson.
Some to the stories applied the zombie concept in a very imaginative way. I didn't always like those stories, just because I enjoy the shambling undead ones, with humanity struggling to survive. I give them props for being super imaginative though. 
All in all, I enjoyed reading this. It was about time I got some zombie stories back in my reading pile. Perfect for Halloween reading, or any season reading.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.5/5
So Many Zombies.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Reading Right Now! (116)

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


-- Y: The Last Man, Volume 10: Whys and Wherefores by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan, Jr. -- This is the last volume in the Y: The Last Man Saga, and I'm excited to see how it all ends. I might have spoiled myself a little bit by flipping through, I saw something that I shouldn't have. I'm excited to be finishing a series, because it feels so rare the times I actually accomplish that. I like this series, I wouldn't say I love it though. I feel like I've been reading it a long, long time. Still can't wait to see how it all ends. I hope it's satisfying.

And then...


-- In A Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware -- I've been really into the thrillers lately. I'm excited to start this one. I've heard mixed things about it. Some people really like it, some people don't. I'm interested to see how it is.

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Review: Nailbiter, Volume 1: There Will Be Blood by Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson, and Adam Guzowski


Title: Nailbiter, Volume 1: There Will Be Blood
Story by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Mike Henderson
Colors by: Adam Guzowski
Published by: Image Comics, Inc.
Released: October 2014
Source: Library

Summary: Buckaroo, Oregon has a bad reputation, 16 serial killers called it home. NSA Agent Finch gets a call from his friend Carroll, who claims he's cracked the case, and tells Finch to come to Buckaroo right away. When Finch arrives, Carroll is missing, and the bodies are starting to drop. Something is going on in Buckaroo. Is it cursed? A place that creates serial killers? 
Finch must stay to find his friend, with the help of the hometown sheriff, and the recently acquitted killer dubbed Nailbiter.
My Thoughts: Bravo! Bravo! This was really good. The concept is dark and intriguing, it just begs to be read. It has a lot of mystery, a true creep factor, and some dark humor sprinkled in. This is perfect Halloween reading.
I thought the art really fit the story. It had it's own sort of style. All the panels were clear and easy to read. The colors used were dark and added to the atmosphere.
This also had some decent scares. If it had been a movie, I would have been hiding behind my hands. 
I can't wait to read more, see where it goes next. A great first Volume to a mysterious series. Definitely check this one out!
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
Creepy and Mysterious. This Is A Win!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 52

WEEK 52:
A BOOK SET IN A FICTIONAL LOCATION


PROGRESS POST

--What are you reading for this category?-- I'm reading Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

--What is the fictional place?-- I'm not sure of the exact location, but it all takes place in a fictional space galaxy. There's a bunch of different planets that I don't remember the names of. Key point, it's not real.

--Would you like to visit it?-- I don't know if I would or not. It might be too weird for me. Plus there's a lot of war and death, so it'd probably be a no.

Want to join in on the challenge? Check it out HERE!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Review: After The Woods by Kim Savage


Title: After The Woods
Author: Kim Savage
Published by: Farrar Straus Giroux
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: The statistical probability of a kidnapped girl escaping alive isn't high, Julia knows that, but she beat the odds, she escaped. Her attacker is dead, hanged himself in prison while awaiting trial. Julia still has triggers, still sees a therapist to work through things. The biggest thing she has to work through involves her friend Liv. That day in the woods, she was with Liv. Liv was the one who was caught first, but Julia sacrificed herself so Liv could get away. And Liv did get away, in fact, she ran away, and left Julia there. After she escaped, everyone called Julia a hero, everyone except Liv.
When another girl's body is found in the woods, a body that could have been how Julia ended up, Julia is forced to go back to those memories. Julia will put the pieces of this case together and find out more secrets than she ever wanted to.
My Thoughts: What a fun and interesting ride! It wasn't really what I was expecting, better than what I thought I was going to get. Julia is such an oddball of a character, but she's pretty cool. She's very analytical, with a lot of sarcasm and dark humor. Julia kind of fascinated me.
I was really interested in the mystery too. There was part of me that wanted a bigger conclusion, a more drama filled encounter, but the ending did fit the story.
I also kind of wished a little more from the romance. Not a hot-and-heavy kind of thing, but just for Kellan to get more scene time.
The Paula Papademetriou angle was interesting too. Her name is just fun to say. She's also first and foremost a journalist. I was hoping Julia would be smart in how she interacted with Paula, and she mostly was.
I really enjoyed this story. As a thriller, I think it worked. It's not exactly the story and outcome you expect, which makes it fun. Julia could be a cool future detective/crime solving character. She's slightly cracked, but fun. I say this is a perfect read for the fall, winter, or any time you want to read it.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4.2/5
A Good One!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Reading Right Now! (115)

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


--My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier-- Essentially this story is about a boy who thinks that his little sister is a psychopath. He's constantly having to watch her, and is scared that one day she will do something truly terrible. That was all the hook I needed.
I've read a book by Justine Larbalestier before, Razorhurst, and I enjoyed it. There's something about her writing that just has me intrigued. I like it. I also think she's pretty original with the stories that she tells or maybe in the way she tells them.
I won't say this book is the fastest, most action-packed, exciting book I've ever read, because it's not. There is something about it though that just has me very intrigued and a little bit hooked. It's just interesting to read. I've got about 100 pages left, and I'm interested to see what is going to happen. I like this book. I like this author. It's a weird one, because there's really not that much happening in the story, but I'm still kind of hooked. I'm definitely going to read more by this author.

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017

April Wrap-Up 2017!

I kind of forgot that I needed to post this after April ended. I don't know why. I won't say I had a super awesome reading month. I read six books, which is average. I liked the majority of them, but there were a couple that disappointed me. Here's everything I read in the month of April.

The Books

  
  

--The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology edited by Christopher Golden-- BOOKCITEMENT 4/5-This book was one I started a couple of months ago and ended up finishing in April. I really did enjoy it. I thought it was a good anthology. I love zombie anything, so this was just fun reading for me. Not every story was great, but the good stories outweighed the bad ones.

--Doubt 1 by Yoshiki Tonogai-- BOOKCITEMENT 4/5-- This was fun and kept me guessing. A very fast read, because it's a manga. I'm interested to see how it ends. It's not a long manga series, and that's kind of a relief. I thought I was smart, and had figured out the bad guy at the very beginning, but then was quickly proven wrong.

--Like A River Glorious (The Gold Seer Trilogy #2) by Rae Carson-- BOOKCITEMENT 3.5/5-- This sequel was disappointing to me. I really liked the first one, and this one fell a little flat.  My main problem was that I didn't like the preachy/lecture vibe it took on. I also didn't really enjoy the main character Lee/Leah in this one. I still am excited to see where the last one goes. And the covers are just so beautiful. I just can't stop staring at the cover.

--The New Hunger (Warm Bodies #1.5) by Isaac Marion-- BOOKCITEMENT 4.5/5-- This one was one of the wins of the month. I loved this! It was a great example of a novella done right. It added to the series, supplied additional information, and was actually offered as a printed book!!! 
I have problems with a majority of novellas, because they mainly feel like money grabs. Plus they almost always are only in e-book form. As a person who likes to read everything in the series, getting my hands on these ebooks, and paying the money for something I can only own in a digital format irks me. I'm a big fan of physical book copies. But that rant doesn't belong in this post.
This novella was fantastic. We got to see Nora, Julie, and R years before the events in Warm Bodies. My favorite story to follow was Nora's. Now I'm really excited to read the sequel that came out not too long ago.

--Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (#1) by Rosamund Hodge-- BOOKCITEMENT 2.5/5-- This was probably my least favorite of the month. I just found the whole thing very confusing and weird. It had a super confusing world that I never really understood. The characters of Runajo and Juliet just fell very flat for me too. The ending was this weird cliff-hanger thing. I just don't know about this one. Maybe I'll read the sequel if I'm in the mood. 

--Shadow House: The Gathering (#1) by Dan Poblocki-- BOOKCITEMENT 4.2/5-- My other favorite of the month is The Gathering! This was middle grade horror, and it was great! I thought it was pretty creepy. It had these pictures that just added the great, extra edge of scary/chilling. I really liked this and can't wait to read the second one. Middle Grade is something I read only occasionally, but usually, I really enjoy it.



The T.V.


I finished one television show this month, or Netflix show if you want to get technical, and that was Luke Cage! I enjoyed this one a lot. I really liked Luke Cage when I watched Jessica Jones, so I kind of knew I would like the show centered on his character. I think Luke Cage makes a really good hero, and he's fun to watch. His show was better than The Iron Fist, in my opinion. I can't wait to see everybody come together in The Defenders mash-up thing that is going to happen. I think they've released a trailer, but I haven't watched it yet. I also haven't watched Daredevil, which I probably should do.
But yes, I think Luke Cage is an entertaining hero to watch. I love his power of being impervious to harm, because it just looks so cool in fights. Although, I didn't love the relationship that developed between him and the nurse. I like Luke with Jessica Jones. so that's the relationship I'm rooting for. I'd recommend giving Luke Cage a watch!

So that was my April. How was yours? Let me know in the comments below.

**All book cover images are from www.goodreads.com and all other images are through google image searches**