Monday, March 27, 2017

Review: The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle


Title: The Accident Season
Author: Moira Fowley-Doyle
Published by: Kathy Dawson Books
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: The accidents start every October. They come in all shapes and sizes. Falling down the stairs, slamming your fingers in a car door, breaking your arm. Their skin breaks, they bleed, but they stay alive. The accidents end when October ends. There are other things that plague the Morris family too, secret things. Will this Accident Season be their last, or will it be the start of something new?
My Thoughts: There is something so magical about this book. I was sucked in to the story, the mysteries, and the magic. There was something so compelling about it. I had to read to the end.
If you didn't get it from the words above, I really liked this book. I don't think the overall plot was anything super special, but the writing, and the way it was all put together captivated me. I loved the feeling of this book.
I remember seeing this book everywhere on booktube, bookstagram, and blogs. The marketing for this was strong. The reviews were kind of mixed. All the talk made me curious, and I knew I had to read it.
I'm going to categorize this as a magical realism type of story. I could be wrong, but that's what it felt like to me. There was this sense of strangeness and magic that permeated the story. The Accident Season is really just a backdrop for what's really happening in this family. That might be why some people were disappointed by it. They thought they were getting one thing, but it was really about something different, and more mundane. 
The romance was also something that got some flack. I didn't mind the romance. I was able to justify it. I also thought they went well together.
I'm a fan of The Accident Season. It was a read that sucked me in and kept me reading. A fantastic debut. I'd recommend giving it a read.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
I Was Hooked!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Reading Right Now! (108)

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

 

-- The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology Edited by Christopher Golden-- I love my zombie stories! I'm just reading a couple of stories here and there, between other books, and I'm enjoying what I'm reading so far. I like anthologies because they give you the chance to try out different authors. So far, the stories by Tim Lebbon and Kelley Armstrong have been a win! I also just read a voodoo zombie story that wasn't bad.

-- Ghostly Echoes (Jackaby #3) by William Ritter-- I'm very excited to finally start this. This is the third book in the Jackaby series by William Ritter, which I LOVE!!! This book is all about Jenny's death, I think. Maybe we'll get to find out stuff about her life and who killed her. I find this series to be a lot of fun, so I can't wait to read this installment.

So that's what I'm Reading Right Now! What are you reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Review: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry


Title: Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1)
Author: Katie McGarry
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: Emily has always lived a cautious life. She's obeyed the rules and has been relatively happy. She never knew that her birth father, who comes to visit her once a year, is the President of a motorcycle club in Kentucky. She also had no idea that she had other family living in Kentucky. She now has been dragged to Kentucky, to spend time with an ailing grandmother. Emily does not go willingly. Then Emily meets sexy and dangerous Oz. 
The Reign of Terror Motorcycle Club is family to Oz. He'd do anything for it, even if that means having to babysit Eli's daughter, who's appeared out of nowhere. Emily doesn't understand Oz's motorcycle family, and judges them. Emily is off limits to Oz, but sometimes you want what you can't have.
My Thoughts: This was a meh book for me. What I consider an average read. I'd read a book by Katie McGarry before, and really enjoyed it, Pushing The Limits was the title. I think Katie McGarry does a really good job of writing contemporary romance. I could even see her writing New Adult Romance. Her writing is really addicting, and I enjoyed that part. I was just meh on the overall story and characters. I'm not sure if I'm the biggest fan of the Motorcycle Club backdrop. It's a way of life that's very foreign to me, and I don't know if I completely get it.
There was so much drama in the book, drama I didn't necessarily enjoy. So many of the problems stemmed from not telling the truth and keeping things secret.
Illness plays a big part in the story as well. I'm not the biggest fan of reading sad books, they make me feel things I don't want to feel.
Sadly, this was just a meh read for me. While Oz was pretty sexy, it wasn't enough to make me want to Ride Or Die for him. I'll probably continue with the series, because I do enjoy Katie McGarry's writing. It wasn't bad, it just didn't really do anything for me.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3/5
Didn't Really Rev My Engine

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Around The Year in 52 Books: Week 6

WEEK 6:
A BOOK BEING RELEASED AS A MOVIE IN 2017

PROGRESS POST

What are you reading for this category?

I'm reading Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon


Are you planning on seeing the movie?
I don't think I'll go out of my way to see it, but if I come across it, sure. I'd probably pick it up from my library to watch once it comes out on DVD.

What is your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
Hmm... I think my favorite book-to-movie adaptation is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but I haven't read the book yet, so that might be cheating. That was a goooood movie though.

So that's what I'm reading for this week. What are you reading? Check out the challenge here!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: After Eden (#1) by Helen Douglas


Title: After Eden (#1)
Author: Helen Douglas
Published by: Bloomsbury
Released: 2013
Source: Library

Summary: There's something mysterious about the new boy at school, Ryan. He's got an accent nobody can place, has never heard of Hitler, and doesn't know anything about pizza or nachos. Ryan is also very interested in Eden's best friend Connor. He wants to know what he's like, what clubs he's involved in, and wants to form some sort of connection with him.
Eden is falling for Ryan, and she becomes an integral part in why Ryan moved to town.
My Thoughts: I'm going to try to keep the first part of my review spoiler free. I think that this book is more fun when you go into it blind, when you don't know what to expect. I requested the second book on Netgalley to review, without knowing it was the second book, like you do, so I needed to read the first book first.
I enjoyed this book. I thought it had an interesting premise. It was a pretty quick read too.
The only downside I would give it was that the teen romance kind of took over everything. Eden falls fast and hard for this boy she's just met. I'm not always the biggest fan of insta-love, and a boy becoming the sole thing in a girl's world. So that was a downside for me, but might not be a downside for everybody.
***SPOILER TIME I really enjoyed the time travel aspect. I liked how Ryan's mission had some real weight to it. I also liked how the aspect of fate came into play with it. That was probably my favorite part. SPOILER OVER***
After Eden was an enjoyable read. I'm excited to see where the sequel goes. This was a quick, fun read, and I'd say go ahead and check it out!
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.3/5
Not Bad.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Reading Right Now! (107)

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

 

-- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon-- Was curious about this one because of all the hype and the fact that it's being made into a movie. This book is about a girl who is allergic to everything and spends all her time locked in her house, so she doesn't die. A new boy moves next door and romance ensues.
I mean... what can I say. It's kind of what I expected so far. It's cute, a very quick read, but I think it's just something I'm going to be meh over. I'm about 80 ish pages in, and it just has a very insta-love vibe to me. Suddenly she's in love with the neighbor boy. It's probably just me. I'm not always the biggest fan of YA contemporary.

-- The New Dead An Anthology Edited by Christopher Golden-- Thought I'd mix a little light, with a little dark, and add some ZOMBIESSS into the list. I love my zombie stories. This is an anthology of short stories, and I've only read two so far. The first one was interesting because it talked about the first "zombie" Lazarus, which is an interesting way to go. The second story was just bleeehhh eeech, and the main character totally got what he deserved. I mean, the writing in the second story was pretty good, just the things that were happening were not things I'd ever want to imagine.
For reference, the first story was Lazarus by John Connolly. The second story was What Maisie Knew by David Liss.
I like reading anthologies because they are brief forays into different worlds, and you get samples of different authors. And I love zombie stories!

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Review: The Girl At Midnight (#1) by Melissa Grey


Title: The Girl At Midnight (#1)
Author: Melissa Grey
Published by: Delacorte Press
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: The Avicen and the Drakharin have been at war for as long as anybody can remember. Fighting just to fight, hating just to hate. The Avicen are a people of magic, who live deep beneath the streets of Manhattan, and have feathers for hair. The Drakharin carry the scales of their Dragon ancestors.
Echo is just a human girl, who stumbles across the world of the Avicen. She's adopted by them, but not everyone accepts her.
There are rumors of a mythical Firebird. Foretold to help whoever has it end the war. Echo is on a quest to find the Firebird, and bring peace to her home in order to save those she loves.
My Thoughts: Reading the description, I wasn't sure if I'd be really into this book. With Dragon People and Bird People, I thought it might be just too fantasy and weird for me. I thought I'd have problems getting into it. Boy was I wrong! This was so much fun, so exciting, so addicting! I flew through it because I just couldn't seem to put it down. I loved the characters. I loved the humor. I loved the heist action. This book was a win for me!
I really liked the main character of Echo. She's a thief, which was really fun, and she's sassy! I also loved all the beautiful people. I always like imagining how attractive these characters are in my head. Does anyone else do that? Of course you do, because I'd be stupid to think I was the only one that did it. Some of the characters reminded me of Final Fantasy/Kingdom Heart characters.
I also thought the world was pretty interesting. I loved all the magic, and just the exoticness of it.
I wasn't too sure how to feel about the love story/attraction that was taking place here. I sometimes have problems with much older characters (I'm talking about characters that have been alive for centuries) being paired up with like 16, 17, 18 year olds. It sometimes feels weird to me. I'm weirdly okay with immortal vampires being paired up with younger people, don't ask me why, I'm just not bothered by that one. I also was kind of hesitant because they had both been involved with other people. There were definitely some steamy moments, but I'm just not sure if I root for their relationship.
I did kind of suspect what would happen to the main character, but that didn't make it any less fun for me.
I really enjoyed this book! I sped through it, pretty much devoured it. It was just really addictive and fun. I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for the sequel. This pretty cover contained a really good book!
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4.2/5
Soooo Good!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Random Tuesday: The 100 Renewed for a Season 5!

You all know of my addiction/obsession with the CW Network show called The 100. I love it, I love it, I love it. I was so worried that Season 4 was going to be the last, with all the controversy that happened with Season 3 and Lexa. There were people, I'm not going to call them fans, because they aren't, who were going out of their way to create as much negative press and backlash as they could. They wanted to kill The 100 because they were mad about how a certain storyline played out, and what happened to a side character. So, I was worried.
But happiness of happiness! They renewed The 100 for a Season 5. I can't wait to see what happens during the rest of Season 4. I can't wait to see what happens in Season 5. I hope all my precious characters stay alive, to fight another day. Thank you CW Network for believing in The 100, ignoring the haters, and giving me another Season to watch!





Thank you for tuning in to this Random Tuesday! Are there any other The 100 fans out there? Let me know. Also, I know I said I was going to try and review The 100: Season 4 Episodes as they aired. I have obviously failed. I might try to catch up and get back to it, we'll see.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Review: No One Else Can Have You (#1) by Kathleen Hale


Title: No One Else Can Have You (#1)
Author: Kathleen Hale
Published by: Harper TEEN
Released: 2014
Source: Library

Summary: Murder doesn't happen in rural Wisconsin very often. In a town where everybody knows everybody, a death can be shocking. That's how Kippy Bushman feels, shocked, when her best (and only) friend Ruth Fried ends up dead in a cornfield. Ruth's boyfriend is arrested, mainly on the premise that he's a town nuisance and man whore.
Kippy is at a loss. Ruth was pretty much her only friend. In order to feel some sense of closure, Kippy starts reading Ruth's diary. It's a surprising read, and Kippy finds out more about Ruth than she ever wanted to. Kippy doesn't think Ruth's boyfriend did it, so she decides to investigate on her own, with a little help from Ruth's brother Davey. There's a killer in Friendship, Wisconsin, and they need to be caught.
My Thoughts: Meh Meh Meh and Meh. That's what I'm thinking of this one. Now, when I started reading this, I was already aware of the controversy surrounding the author. How she essentially stalked a reviewer over a negative review. That's messed up! But, I was determined to separate author from work, and judge the book on its own merit. Did I succeed? I don't know. In the back of my mind, I kept remembering the crazy, and that could have led to me not having as open of a mind.
Honestly, I just thought this book was average. Not the best thing ever, not the worst. I didn't really like any of the characters. Most of them felt like stereotypes. The crazy Christian girl. The over-enthusiastic therapist. The crazies. I don't know. I just felt a lot of judgement, like, look how ridiculous these people are, they are so much lower than me.
I also felt a lot of judgement to small town life. It felt like all the good things about living in a small town were ignored. There was just this sense of haughtiness, like I can't wait to get out of here. Now, I don't know if this was just based on my opinion of the author, but that's what I got from it.
I also got tired of the overly Wisconsinite speech. Went a little overboard. All the You Betcha's and Ooofs. I wasn't a fan.
There were also a whole lot of ridiculous situations in here. Some were funny, but most made me question Just Why?
I kind of spoiled myself on the reveal of the murderer by reading ahead. It's a problem I have. I can't really explain why I do it, but I do. And I just kind of felt meh about it. The reasoning for why they did what they did was again just based on stereotypes, which I didn't enjoy.
As for Kippy Bushman, I'm just meh on her too. I didn't think she was particularly clever, or funny, or skilled at being an investigator. And I didn't even really like the murder victim. I mean, I should at least feel something about her. The only one I halfway liked was Davey, and he got turned into a bit of a stereotype too.
Just a meh, average read for me. Nothing special, nothing extraordinary. I've got the sequel handy, so I'll probably give that a read. Just so you guys don't think I'm just a Negative Nancy, I really like the cover. That's all I've got.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3/5
One Big Meh.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Reading Right Now! (106)

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


--Dark Matter by Blake Crouch-- I literally just started this one, so I have no real opinions at the moment. I've heard the hype about this, so I'm excited and nervous. I hope I like it like everyone else does. I've read about 6 pages, and so far, it seems like it's going to be a very fast-paced read. I hope hope hope I like it! I'm tired of being disappointed by overhyped books.

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

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Review: An Ember in the Ashes (#1) by Sabaa Tahir


Title: An Ember in the Ashes (#1)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Published by: Razorbill
Released: 2015
Source: Library

Summary: The world can be a brutal place. Death is behind every door.
Laia lives the brutality first hand on the night Masks break in to her home and her brother is taken. Now alone, she'll do anything to get her last remaining family back. She sets out to find the Resistance, sure that they will help her after all her family has sacrificed for the cause. Laia ends up becoming a slave to a very mean woman, with the hopes of gathering information.
Elias is a Mask, the most brutal, well-trained soldier in the Empire, but what he longs for most is to be free. He didn't choose this type of life, he wants out. Elias must do what he can to find peace within himself.
One day, Elias and Laia's paths will cross, their destinies are intertwined.
My Thoughts: I'm going to be the unpopular oddball and say this book wasn't my favorite read ever. It was good, but it wasn't the attention consuming, lose myself in the world, AWESOME read I'd been expecting. The hype for An Ember in the Ashes has been unreal, at the highest level. Hyped books always make me curious. Am I going to have the same feelings as everyone else? Or will the hype give me unrealistic expectations and then let me down with the actual story? That's the ultimate danger of hype. I'm somewhere in the middle ground with An Ember in the Ashes, I liked the story well enough, but it didn't blow me away.
It was definitely an entertaining read. It kept me interested. The story had a compelling edge to it.
I didn't really like how brutal the world was, just because it felt brutal for brutal's sake. I didn't really enjoy all the violence in it. Some of it just seemed over-the-top. I also wasn't a fan of what I found to be questionable and unnecessary deaths. I had real questions about how a world could be this severe.
I also had a problem with the villain in this book. She was pure evil, a straight sociopath. My favorite villains are the ones where you can sort of mark their journey on how they became what they are. I didn't get much depth from the Commandant, why she did the things she did. I wanted to see the woman before she became the devil.
I had a problem with all the love connections. Too much, too many. They also weren't realistically built. The only one that felt real, was the connection and struggle between Helene and Elias, their relationship had been built on actual time spent together. All the other romantic connections in this book were just strangers. I need build up and believability before I buy into a relationship. So, I wasn't a fan of the random relationships in this book.
My last aggravation was with the ending. I think I would have been even angrier if I was still under the assumption that this was supposed to be a standalone, like most readers were when this first came out. That ending was the biggest cliff-hanger, with no real resolution. Irritating. 
I was reminded, a little, of the Triwizard Tournament from Harry Potter during the Trials Elias had to go through. That was fun.
All in all, I liked this story, but I wasn't blown away by it. The hype ended up disappointing me. I'll definitely check out the sequel, because I do want to see what happens next. I would suggest going into this with no expectations, like any other book, and see what you think of it. It wasn't the worst thing ever, but it wasn't the best either. My review, my opinion.
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 3.7/5
Beware The Hype.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: Professor Gargoyle (#1) by Charles Gilman


Title: Professor Gargoyle (#1)
Author: Charles Gilman
Illustrated by: Eugene Smith
Published by: Quirk Books
Released: 2012
Source: Library

Summary: Robert Arthur can't believe he has to go to Lovecraft Middle School. Lovecraft seems to have popped out of the ground. Six months ago, it didn't even exist, but now, there it stands. It's made of recycled materials and with state-of-the-art technological innovations. Robert doesn't know anybody at this new school, except the bully who tormented him all through elementary school.
All his teachers seem nice, except for Professor Goyle. That guy is just weird. Maybe this whole school is weird. If Robert can just survive seventh grade, he'll be ecstatic.
Welcome to Lovecraft Middle School, where staying alive is harder than moving on to the next grade.
My Thoughts: This was a whole lot of fun! A super quick, super enjoyable, middle grade read. I flew through it and enjoyed every second of it.
The story was very entertaining. It had the right mix of fun and bizarre. It had a very addictive quality too. I can't wait to see what happens next at Lovecraft Middle School.
I LOVED the illustrations too! They fit the story perfectly. Good job Eugene Smith.
I really just loved the whole package of this book. Quirk Books always makes the most unique and creatively packaged books. I hope they never change, because reading the books they publish is an experience.
This first installment in the Lovecraft Middle School series was great! I'm definitely going to continue with it. It's fun reading, and that's what I live for. All the cool people read for fun. Lovecraft Middle School is waiting. Come if you dare!
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5
Unleash Your One True Form!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Reading Right Now! (105)

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


--A Torch Against The Night (#2) by Sabaa Tahir-- This one picks up right where the first one left off, which had me a little confused for a while, I'm probably still confused if I'm totally honest. It's been a little bit since I read the first book, so I feel like I need a little refresher.
When I read the first book, I thought it was a fun and fast, but I didn't buy into all the hype that surrounded it. This one, I'm getting that same sort of feel from. I'm about 150 pages in, and it's really fast-paced, but I'm still kind of distant from it. I'm really not a fan of the love triangle, love square, that seems to permeate it. I don't know. I'm interested in it, it's fine.
I do think the first cover was much prettier than this sequel cover.

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Around The Year In 52 Books: Week 8

WEEK 8:
A Book Written By A Person Of Color

PROGRESS POST

-What are you reading this week? I'm reading A Torch Against The Night (#2) by Sabaa Tahir.


-Who is the book's author? This was written by Sabaa Tahir.

-Do you read many books by people of color? Here's the thing, I don't tend to care. If the book sounds interesting to me, I'm going to read it. I don't tend to base my reading picks on whether the author is white, black, multi-colored, male, or female. I personally think that's a short-sighted way to pick books.

-Is it important to you to read diversely? No. It's important for me to read books and pick books that I think I'm going to enjoy. I read for fun, not to brag about what classics I read, or how many diverse books I read.

-Is adding diversity to your reading one of the reasons you participate in the ATY Challenge? Again, No. I'm participating in this challenge because I thought it would be fun. If I wanted to focus on reading just diverse authors or books, I would have participated in the Diversity BINGO challenge or something, where the main point of the challenge was just on reading diversely.

So that's what I'm reading for this week's challenge. What are you reading? Are you participating? You totally should. Check out the group here!