Month: January 2017

Review: Glitter by Aprillynn Pile

Posted January 30, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments

Review: Glitter by Aprillynn PileGlitter by Aprilynne Pike
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on October 25th 2016
Genres: Sci Fi
Pages: 384
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel—Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it’s the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.  Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison. When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates. Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed. But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

I went into this book hesitantly because a friend of mine had quite a bit of criticism. I’m going to break this review down into pros and cons. 

Pros:

The setting and idea behind Sonoman-Versailles is intriguing. It was probably the most well-done aspect of the story. The advanced technology mixed with their obsession with Baroque period fashion was interesting.

I appreciated the friendships that Danica had with Molli, Lord Aaron, Giovanni, and eventually Saber. This was where the majority of my love for her came from.  She cared about them whole-heartedly and tried to be a good friend.

There were a couple of plot twists or surprises that I didn’t see coming! I mean, I expected SOMETHING, but just not that.

I can also consider her wanting to escape an unhealthy situation and her initiative to be a good thing, but there are so many negatives associated with it that it’s almost hard to include it as a pro.

The ending. I love (hated) it. At the end of it all, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

Cons:

The characters were not all that well-written. You don’t feel like you truly care what happens to them most of the time. The character with most depth was Saber and there were even times I didn’t fully understand what he was thinking.

I absolutely loathed Danica’s obsession and need to self-harm by tightening her corset to the point of bruising. I didn’t see how it added value to the book and I honestly worry about how it would affect a teenager who had mental health issues.

I understood WHY Danica found a brilliant way to sell Glitter without being caught, but her almost total disregard for everyone other than her friends was not appealing. She had moments where her morals seemed to come to life, but it didn’t last. I was also very disappointed with her reaction to certain deaths.

Overall I wouldn’t NOT recommend this book, but it’s definitely not going to appeal for everyone.

As a fifth grade gifted teacher I’d also like to include that due to content, I would put an age requirement on this of at least 13.

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#Bookstgram Roundup Feb 2017

Posted January 27, 2017 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

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There are TEN #bookstagram challenges for the month of September! I really love this month because the challenges have all sorts of topics. They range from being love themed to high school superlative themed. Look through them and pick the one (or four) that interest you the most. I love looking through instagram pictures and I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Leave a link to your instagram page in the comments!

@Emilyreadseverything

#WithLoveBerkley hosted by @berkleyRomance

#RfabFeb17 hosted by @reviews_from_a_bookworm

#onceuponabookstagrammer

hosted by @onceupon_a_book@alwaysbookstagrammer

#lilBookishSuperlatives

hosted by @lisa_lostinlit & @lostinlit_Becca

#FrenchieFantasy#February

hosted by @frenchiefiction & @queen.of.fantasy

 

#FPBLoveMonth2017

hosted by @thenocturnalfey @theroyalpolarbearreads

#FebruaryLibrary17 hosted by @librarylooter & @anniekslibrary

#FebFoodBookChallenge

hosted by @annerose2602 @faeofnightcourt

@faerilybookish @kmbooks24

#DiversityFeb Hosted by @lilys.wortwelt & @tintenpoesie

#BookishPetsChallenge hosted by @BookishPetsBookClub & @MichelleBookAddict

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Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley Poston Published by Quirk Books on April 4th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, romance Pages: 320 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win unless her stepsisters get there first. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons before he was famous. Now they re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfieldfandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.” Fandom in media can be patronizing. If you know me, you […]

Posted January 25, 2017 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment
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Review: The Hate U Give by A

Review: The Hate U Give by A

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28th 2017 Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult Pages: 464 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Going into this, I want it to be known that I doubt my ability to put into words the greatness that is this book. I also want to preface this with saying that I am white and I have lived in a mostly white community growing up. My life changed in that aspect when I began teaching six years ago where I became the only white person in the […]

Posted January 23, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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#DAReadathon Wrap Up

#DAReadathon Wrap Up

Kendice and I totally kicked ass on this challenge! I read all seven books and my mini-reviews are all below. Thank you so much to  Aentee from Read at Midnight for hosting the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon (#DAReadathon) to promote and celebrate diverse books. I really enjoyed the seven different prompts that encouraged me to read a variety of diverse books. I’d like to think I would have read all of these books eventually. They were all on my TBR when this challenge started. However, thanks to the #DAReadathon they moved up to the top.     This book was really hard to read. It was about two people who are hurting and the connection they find in each other. The writing was top notch. I really felt for the characters. The writing was touching and I found myself aching for for both Dylan and Jamie. Still I read to get away and this book was a little too real. Oh, this book! I loved Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven and this was the perfect opportunity to push her YA debut up on my TBR. I’m SO glad I did. I adore Niven’s writing and I’m easily sucked right into her stories. I’ve heard before I was glad I had a heads up. It didn’t take away from the story for me, but potentially saved me from an emotional breakdown. I […]

Posted January 20, 2017 by Emily in Special Feature / 0 Comments
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Waiting on Wednesday: Wintersong

Waiting on Wednesday: Wintersong

I have loved the movie Labyrinth since I was a small child so you can imagine that I see David Bowie the second you mention Goblin King. The cover, with it’s glass ball snowglobe also reminds of the balls that the Goblin King juggles in that movie. The colors look cold and the glass globe makes the rose look protected, yet trapped. Reading the description, I think the cover is perfect. I’m not sure that Wintersong has anything to do with Labyrinth. In fact, I think it’s more likely that it doesn’t. I’ve also heard that it’s a retelling based on the poem ,Der Erlkonig. I wasn’t familiar with the poem, so I looked it up. It’s haunting and beautiful, just like I expect this book to be. Really though, this book has a Goblin King. What else to you really need to know.

Posted January 18, 2017 by Emily in WoW / 0 Comments
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Review: Diabolic by SJ Kincaid

Review: Diabolic by SJ Kincaid

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on November 1st 2016 Genres: Young Adult, Sci Fi Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Now one of the galaxy’s most dangerous weapons is masquerading in a world of corruption and Nemesis has to hide her true abilities or risk everything. As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns that there is something stronger than her deadly force: the one thing she’s been told she doesn’t have – humanity. And, amidst all the danger, action and intrigue, her humanity might be the only thing that can save her, Sidonia and the entire Empire… I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This book is intense! There were a few times that I had to close the […]

Posted January 16, 2017 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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Winter 2017 Mini Bloggiesta To Do

Winter 2017 Mini Bloggiesta To Do

Once again I’m thrilled to report that I just participating in Bloggiesta,  I’m co-hosting with MC at Blame it on the Books! She’s still my inspiration. This year we get to wrap up Bloggiesta with a celebratory trip! Next week we will be together in Atlanta for ALAMW! I can’t wait to see her. Bloggiesta is a challenge and a call to action. It is an opportunity and an excuse to improve your blog. You formulate a plan of blog chores and then you work to get the done over the course of a weekend. The other component is mini-challenges. Bloggers all over talk about different ways that they do things and then they issue a challenge. Past mini-challenges on time management, social media use and a variety of other topics are on the bloggiesta site. Mini Bloggiesta Goals Schedule WOW and TTT through the end of February Cross post review backlog (EW, GR, LT, Amazon) I know this is a short list, but it will be time intensive. I have a ridiculous review backlog to work through. Wish me luck!

Posted January 12, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 5 Comments
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Island Read-along and Union Release Contest

Island Read-along and Union Release Contest

I’ve never run or even really participated in a read a public read a long before. I’m really excited about this! We are going to have a #QWSush halfway through to discuss it. I really loved this book and this series. It sucks you in and gets better and better throughout the series. What is this Readalong? This is a month long readalong for The Island by S. Usher Evans, which is FREE. We’ll be reading 5 chapters a week (they aren’t that long really) in anticipation for the release of The Union, which is the trilogy finale, on February 14th. What’s this about teams? You absolutely do not have to participate in the teams but it’s highly encouraged! There are two teams, #TeamTheo and #TeamPrinceling based off of the two main characters in the books. I’m the team lead of #TeamTheo so I strongly encourage you to join that team. These two teams earn points by joining the readalong, tweeting, posting reviews and participating in other events we might have planned. The winning team will get some cool goodies and the top 2 point earners for each team will win an extra special prize! You can join either team, but I’m #TeamTheo, so, I’m definitely biased. The Thing I like best about this Street Team Contest is that every week has a different focus. This week we are focusing on joining […]

Posted January 11, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 3 Comments
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Review: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Review: Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 24th 2017 Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Pages: 400 Format: Paperback Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Mary B. Addison killed a baby. Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say. Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home. There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary? In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness […]

Posted January 10, 2017 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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