Friday, December 14, 2018

Reading Right Now! (187)

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

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw I just started this, so I don't have any definite feelings as of yet. I've heard it reminds people a little bit of Hocus Pocus, which is one of my favorite Halloween movies. So, I'm excited to read more of this. I love the cover! It's so pretty.
So, I hope to read more of this and do whatever else this weekend.

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

Thursday, December 13, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson. As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this book. I received a free copy for honest review. Thanks so much to Entangled Teen, Cindy R. Wilson, and YA Bound Book Tours for letting me be a part of this fun tour!

Title: Paper Girl
Author: Cindy R. Wilson
 Released: December 4, 2018

Synopsis: I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.

Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear...

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed Paper Girl. As soon as I read the synopsis, I was interested. I tend to go more towards fantasy, science fiction, paranormal books, so reading this contemporary was a nice break from the fantastical worlds I tend to frequent. Paper Girl focuses on a girl with severe anxiety, so severe that she won't even leave her house. I think Cindy R. Wilson did a fantastic job of tackling such a tough subject matter. Throw in a cute little romance, and I was so happy with this read.
I've never suffered from debilitating anxiety, so I can't relate all the way to what Zoe was feeling, but I definitely felt her struggle. I appreciated getting to read a book about this subject matter. Anxiety and Depression is a disease that a lot of people struggle with and I think Paper Girl did a good job of depicting it.
I really enjoyed the romance. Zoe had her problems, Jackson had his tough secrets, but the way they came to depend on each other was so sweet.
I'm really glad I got to read this sweet little story. I enjoyed it a lot and look forward to reading more by Cindy R. Wilson.

 Meet the Author:
Cindy R. Wilson

Cindy lives at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and loves using Colorado towns and cities as inspiration for settings in her stories. She's the mother of three girls, who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels. Cindy writes speculative fiction and YA fiction, filled with a healthy dose of romance. You'll often find her hiking or listening to any number of playlists while she comes up with her next story idea.

Thank you so much for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson. I really enjoyed this book and had so much fun being on the tour. I'd definitely recommend checking Paper Girl out. Thanks so much to Entangled Teen, Cindy R. Wilson, and YA Bound Book Tours for providing me with an early copy for honest review and having me on the tour.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Top Nine 2018!

I thought I'd do something a little different for today's post and share my Top Nine 2018 posts on Instagram. I try to be pretty active on Instagram. I really enjoy the platform and the bookstagram community. Hopefully Facebook doesn't ruin it, since they own in and the original owners/creators have left. We've gotta be realistic here. 
I like to share my love of books across many different platforms and I'm pretty proud of my Instagram. 2018 was a good year for it. I hope in 2019 that my account continues to grow, people continue to like my pictures, and I make more book people friends. My picture style has morphed into pretty much exclusively outdoor pictures. I live in what I think is a pretty place, and I feel like my natural surroundings make a much prettier backdrop than anything I could attempt to create. I'm also a big fan of natural lighting. My account is mainly books, but I do post subscription boxes as well as makeup. My dogs also make an appearance from time to time. I love using the Instagram Stories feature to do book hauls, library hauls, and unboxings. I have a lot of fun on the Instagram.
So, if you want to check out my Instagram, look for @gotbookcitement or just click on the link.
Thank you for listening to my self promo. I also felt the need to post something, but I didn't know what, and I also wanted something that would be a quick post. I'm lazy a lot.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

BLOG TOUR: Big City Villain by Penelope Ray

I'm very excited to be part of the Big City Villain by Penelope Ray Blog Tour. I love stories about super powers and super people. I received a free copy of Big City Villain for honest review. Thanks so much to Penelope Ray and YA Bound Book Tours for letting me be a part of this fun tour!

Big City Villain
by Penelope Ray

Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Coal Black takes being the bad boy to a whole new level. A super level. Known as the city’s terrifying super villain, Headphones, Coal works hard to keep his bad reputation intact despite being banned from using his powers. But things soon take a drastic turn when a deadly vigilante promises to destroy his whole world and his brother.
When his secrets are threatened, how far will Coal go to keep everything from unraveling? And with betrayal around every corner, he just might not make it out alive.

My Thoughts: I am a sucker for super hero, super power stories. There's just something about them that I love. What can be even more fun than the Super Hero story can be that of the Super Villain! Usually, if they are done well, Super Villains can be much more complex, have a more interesting origin story, and be more fun to follow than the Hero. So, I was pretty much sold on Big City Villain from the description alone.
I really, really enjoyed Big City Villain. It was fast paced, fun to read, and very addicting. Each chapter kind of ended with a what's going to happen next? ending, so I had to keep reading to find out. There were also a lot of secrets in Big City Villain, secrets that I just had discover.
I enjoyed reading Coal's story. I loved his power, his badness, but how there was more to him than that. He was a complex character and I enjoyed following his story and discovering his motivations.
The story was told in a really fun, easy to read way. I liked the writing. It kept me interested and racing to the next page.
I'm really happy I got to give Big City Villain a read. I really enjoyed it. It had twists, turns, surprises, and one crazy ending. If you like Super Villains, I'd definitely recommend giving it a read. I don't think you'll regret it.

Meet the Author Penelope Ray

In her natural habitat, Penelope Ray can be found with headphones on and furiously typing away on her laptop, completely oblivious to what's going on around her except for her attention-demanding cats. Though writing about superheroes and their crazy adventures is her current obsession, she started off as a quiet romance author, but a year ago she found Wattpad and let her imagination run wild. It hasn't come back yet. And that's when she discovered me, Coal Black. Her hero, her dashing prince charming, the wind in her sails, and her motivation to keep writing. Happiest in the rain and snow surrounded by cats, Penelope writes her next book while trying not to overthink her author bio or how she's going to write the ending to the story.

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for Big City Villain by Penelope Ray. Thanks again to Penelope Ray and YA Bound Book Tours for letting me be a part of such a fun Blog Tour. Super stories are the greatest!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Reading Right Now! (186)

First off, I'm sorry my blog has been so empty this week. I really just didn't feel like doing anything, so I did nothing. That's the truth and I'm sticking to it. Anyway....
What I'm Reading Right Now! is...

The Dark Intercept (#1) by Julia Keller I'm hoping for sci-fi goodness right here! I can't really say that much about it because I just started, buuut there are two Earths in this. We've got our regular Earth that got too used up, so all the rich people made another Earth somewhere above the old Earth. And there's also this thing that can read everyone's emotions and they use it to track people and stop crimes. I'm getting a little bit of Person of Interest vibes (I love that show by the way. I always had the biggest crush on John. He was a good looking older man, in my opinion haha).
So yes, I'm excited to read more of this. I actually was sent the ARC of the sequel from Tor Teen. I was so excited to get that package. I don't really know why I got it though. I don't remember winning it from anywhere. In my delusional mind, I've convinced myself that it was an unsolicited ARC and I got added to Tor's mailing list. Probably not what happened at all, but I'm going to will it into existence.

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

Monday, December 3, 2018

Review: The Call (#1) by Peadar O'Guilin

Title: The Call (#1)
Author: Peadar O'Guilin
Published by: Scholastic Inc.
Released: 2016
Source: Library

Summary: Imagine a world where you might disappear any minute, only to find yourself alone in a grey sickly land, with more horrors in it than you would ever wish to know about. And then you hear a horn and you know that whoever lives in this hell has got your scent and the hunt has already begun.

Could you survive the Call? (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: I don't know why I waited so long to read this and I didn't expect to be so terrified of it. The Call wasn't what I was expecting it to be, it was crazy! I really, really enjoyed it, but at the same time, I was terrified. It reminded me a bit of Battle Royale, just in the feel of it. Also, a little bit of The Hunger Games in the hopelessness of it. The Call was an experience. Who knew I could be so frightened of fairies.
One aspect of The Call that I really enjoyed was this post-apocalyptic version of Ireland. It was just an interesting element, imagining Ireland cut off from the rest of the world, having to find ways to stretch resources that can't be replaced, and just the hopelessness of their dying population. Also, because of these limited resources, medical care was decided by who was useful to the continuation of the nation, and who was not. That's terrifying. These Sidhe were mean, and they meant business when they decided to punish Ireland.
The Survival Schools were another interesting facet to the story. All these kids were being taught any skill they could to survive the Call: physical fitness, fighting skills, ruthlessness, conditioning of the soles of their feet, the Sidhe language, anything to survive. These kids were killing machines which was good in some cases, bad in others.
I was genuinely terrified imagining being called to a place like the Grey Land. Knowing that I was being hunted and that only 1 in 10 has managed to survive. It was very thrilling and scary.
I also didn't expect how gory this was going to be. It just made it that more intense and scary.
Nessa as a main character was interesting to follow. She's a disabled character, had Polio when she was younger, making her legs weak. Just knowing that her parents considered doing what they thought was the humane option and killing Nessa before her Call came. That's dark. But Nessa was determined not to let her disability stand in her way, and worked harder to be in the best shape she could. Nessa was strong and she was impressive. She didn't want anybody's pity.
The whole idea of the Call was terrifying. Never knowing when or where you would be pulled from and then being on the run for your life. Terrifying landscape, creatures that can melt your skin with a touch, and take great delight in killing. It's all just craaaazy!
The Call kept me on the edge of my seat from the first page to it's crazy end. I want to know what happens next, so maybe it's a good thing I waited so long to read it, because that means I didn't have to suffer that horrific wait for the sequel. I'd definitely recommend this, but be warned, it's gory, scary, hopeless, and a lot of people die in it, but it's good!

Who knew I would be so terrified of woodland fairies

Friday, November 30, 2018

Reading Right Now! (185)

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

Title: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (#1)
Author: Julie C. Dao

I don't really have that much to say about this one yet, because I've really only just started it. I think this is an evil queen origin story, which I am so excited for! I don't know which Evil Queen it's supposed to be though. And I think it's set in China, or an East Asian Country. The pronunciations of the names is probably going to cause me some pain, but it does give you a guide of how to say them. Knowing me though, I just going to pronounce them however they make sense to me.

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