Review: Drowning is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley

Review: Drowning is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley

Title: Drowning Is Inevitable Author: Shalanda Stanley Genre: YA Format: Paperrback, 288 Pages Publishing Information: 9/8/15 by Knopf Books for Young Readers Source: Free ARC from TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Olivia has spent her whole live trying to escape from out from under her dead mother’s shadow. She lives with her grandmother, who regularly calls her by her mothers name, “Lillian”. She sleeps in her mother’s perfectly preserved bedroom.  Even when she tries to rebel the entire town thinks she is just acting like her mother. The only people that understand are her best friend, Jamie, her on-again off-again boyfriend, Max, and their friend Maggie. Everything changes when Jamie has a final, horrible fight with his abuse father. Without options, Olivia draws her friends close and runs. Thoughts I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction so this was a a little bit of a stretch for me. I’m really enjoying reading through all the different books I got at TLA, because I’m reading books that I wouldn’t normally pick up. Even if it wasn’t the kind of book I would choose for myself, I’m glad I read it. Olivia really struggled in this book. Every decision that she makes is colored by her mother’s short life and death. Her grandmother, who she lives with, has dementia and thinks that she is her mother. Her father can’t bear to look at her because […]

Posted June 2, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Love your Library!

ArmchairBEA had a theme for yesterday that was called Love your Library. It really struck a chord with me because I think libraries are so important. I love my library and I’m there at least once a week. I’m always shocked and amazed by all the services that they provide. You’d think I would be used to it by now, but there’s always something new going on. When was the last time you went to your local library? TodayÂ’s library is nothing like the library of your childhood. ItÂ’s better!  In the last 10 years, I have moved ten times to four different states. One of the first things I like to do when I move to a new town is visit the local library. There are always services that help me settle in. Because IÂ’ve moved so much, that gives me an idea of what features you can find at any given library. By using the library wisely, I can read almost any book that I can think of either in paper or ebook format, completely free and this is only the beginning. Basic Features that are available at every library that IÂ’ve ever been to You can check out books. Duh. ItÂ’s a library Book Requests! You can search for books online and have them delivered to your library. This is my #1 most used feature. I […]

Posted May 28, 2015 by Emily in Special Feature / 0 Comments
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ArmChairBEA 2015: Introduction

ArmChairBEA 2015: Introduction

A lot of book bloggers are at the Book Expo America this week. This is an amazing, holy grail book event. It has tons of author signings and I am super jealous that I am not there. This is despite the fact that I only found out about it last week! So instead I’m participating in ArmchairBEA, a way for me to connect with fellow blogger and meet other people who are really interested in reading a books. I chose 5 questions from the ArmchairBEA Introduction page to answer. 1. Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging? My name is Emily, which I’m sure comes as a shock to most of you. My alter ego is a teacher of blind students and I have a huge passion for braille literacy. I love to read and I want to share that with my students. Did you know that there is a braille literacy crisis in America today? Less than 10 % of blind and visually impaired students are learning it. That’s why I love and feel my job is very important.I got into blogging just a month ago! I went to the Texas Library Association Conference and came home with over 50 books and ARCs. After that happened, I really wanted a way that I […]

Posted May 27, 2015 by Emily in Special Feature / 5 Comments
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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Title: Everything, Everything Author: Nicola Yoon Genre: YA Format: Paperback, 320 Pages Publishing Information: 9/1/15 by Delacourte Books Source: received free ARC at TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis  Nicola Yoon’s first novel tells the story of a girl who is literally allergic to the outside world. Maddy has a rare disease, SCID or Bubble Boy disease. It means that her immune system doesn’t work the way it should and any small germ can make her seriously ill. A new family moves in next door and Maddy’s entire world changes. She begins a complicated and often wordless friendship with Olly, the boy next door. This book has  diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more. Thoughts I loved this book and I can’t say enough good things about it. It sucked me in right from the beginning. I actually read it all in one sitting because I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know what happened next. I found the characters to be both likable and believable. When the book opens, Maddy is happy with her life. Its all she’s ever known. She wakes up, chats with her private nurse while doing homework, has her vitals checked every hour like clockwork and never thinks to complain. Then when her mother gets home from work they have dinner together and play a board game before going to bed. Maddy has her mother, her nurse, […]

Posted May 26, 2015 by Emily in Review / 2 Comments
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What I read 5/17 – 5/23

What I read 5/17 – 5/23

  So this week, I read 4.75 books. I’m not 100% done with the last one yet, so I’m cheating a little. I did read it this week though, so I think it counts. It’s my blog, I’ll do what I want! Title: The Boys of Fire and Ash Author: Meaghan McIsaac Genre: YA Format: Paperback, 336 pages Publishing Information: 5/12/15 Delacorte Books for Young Readers Source: ARC for Review Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon This book was like Lord of the Flies meets a fantasy novel. A bunch of boys grow up completely unsupervised in a hostile environment and then leave for parts unknown. Then one day a boy returns. I absolutely loved the religion in this book though. Very interesting back story and the way the history was affecting current events was well thought out.   Title: Control Author: Lydia Kang Genre: YA Format: Paperback, 400 pages Publishing Information: 12/26/13 by Dial Books Source: Free from TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon This novel really reminded me of the X-Men. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. People with differences in their genes (mutants?) are unwanted in the general populace and hidden by one of two groups. The main characters discover this when they are in an accident that kills their father. One girl Dylia is kidnapped by rough men and drug out of the hospital. Her sister, Zelia, is then rescued and […]

Posted May 24, 2015 by Emily in What I read / 0 Comments
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IFTTT Thursday: Fantasy

IFTTT Thursday: Fantasy

In my opinion, the ultimate escapist books are High Fantasy. In a fantasy novel, everything is different. The people, the country, the languages, the culture and everything else are up for the author to invent and describe. When its done well, a reader feels like they have stepped into the pages and are off on the adventure with the characters. I love fantasy novels. I thought long and hard about what books I wanted to highlight today. There are so many good ones and then there are so many popular ones and sometimes, in my opinion, those are two different things. I even thought about mentioning Game of Thrones, which I love, but I couldn’t think of a series to compare it to. I’m going to start with an incredibly popular series of books: The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. This series was the first fantasy series I ever read… well after Tolkien of course.  Is this a 90s cover or what?Librarything | GoodReads | Amazon The Wheel of Time is an exceedingly complex story that stretches over 14 volumes plus a prequel. This series has very elaborate world building with everything you would expect in a fantasy series. The magic in the world is interesting and original as is the religion and the prophesies. The story follows 5 main characters, 3 boys and 2 girls, from a very […]

Posted May 21, 2015 by Emily in IFTTT Thursday / 0 Comments
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Review: We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Review: We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

Title: We are All Made of Molecules Author: Susin Nielsen Genre: YA Format: Paperback,`336 pages Publishing Information: 4/30/15 by Andersen Press Ltd Source: ARC for Review Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Stewart and his dad are doing OK after his mother’s death. Though, Stewart can tell that his dad is lonely. When his dad meets Ashley’s mom and they make plans to move in together, Stewart is 89.9% happpy. He’s always wanted a sister and Ashley and her mom sound really nice. Ashley’s life is over! First her dad moves out and he says that he’s G. A. Y.! How can he do this to her?!? Then her mom meets someone. In no time at all him and his dorky son, SPEWart move in. No one at school can find out. What would they think? Thoughts I really liked this book. Stewart is very sweet and sensitive but immature at the beginning. He is in the same grade as Ashley, but he’s a year younger and it shows. I got the impression that he was very sheltered and loved by his mother, which is one of the reasons he is so socially awkward, though his is never directly stated. Also he’s brilliant and weird, do that doesn’t help things. He’s dealing with his mother’s death the best way he knows how. He wants to keep objects that his mother loves […]

Posted May 19, 2015 by Emily in Review / 0 Comments
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Manga Monday: WataMote

Manga Monday: WataMote

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! (literally No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!, referred to as “Watamote” for the rest of this post for the sake of brevity) is a comedy manga serialized in Gangan Online, written and illustrated by Nico Tanigawa. Tomoko Kuroki has one desire out of her high school life: to be popular, with a cute boy toy on her arm. However, due to her less than stellar social skills, she instead finds it a struggle to even get through the day. The manga chronicles her life throughout high school and how she slowly (very slowly) comes out of her shell. I will admit, this review will be shorter than my other ones because I find it incredibly hard to be unbiased toward Watamote. In fact, it is almost certainly one of my top five manga of all time with a protagonist that definitely ranks up there as one of my favorite fictional characters in any medium. But I don’t want to gush too much, so I’ll cut myself short here. This series’ greatest strength is its character writing and Tomoko in general. Tomoko does not start this series as a good person. And indeed, as we’ve hit the middle of the series (with the class trip of second year arc going on longer […]

Posted May 18, 2015 by Allison in Uncategorized / 0 Comments
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What I read 5/11-5/17

What I read 5/11-5/17

So this was a slow week. I only read 5 books. However, I really enjoyed all of them. 3 were ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) that I received at TLA. Title: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Author: Jon Ronson Genre: Nonfiction Format: ebook Publishing Information: 4/30/15 by Riverhead books Source: purchased Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon I love Jon Ronson. He writes nonfiction about odd or interesting topics. This book explores the new trend of internet retribution; the way people’s lives can be destroyed with one stupid comment on social media. I also recommend The Psychopath Test. Title: The Master Author: Kresley Cole Genre: Romance Format: ebook Publishing Information: 2/17/15 by Gallery Books Source: purchased Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon This is number 2 in a series. Its about a Russian mobster who finds love in the least likely place. The Heroine is running from her past and runs straight into Maxsim’s arms.  The story and the characters were very detailed. I like a good story with my romance. Read this if you like Nora Roberts. Title: Everything, Everything Author: Nicola Yoon Genre: YA Format: Paperback, 320 Pages Publishing Information: 9/1/15 by Delacourte Books Source: received free ARC at TLA Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon I’m going to do a more detailed review of Everything,  Everything in a few days. The theme really reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars. It was about young love and living every day as if it’s your last. I highly recommend it! It comes out […]

Posted May 17, 2015 by Emily in Uncategorized, What I read / 0 Comments
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Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Marry Me, Charlotte B!

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Marry Me, Charlotte B!

Welcome to the Fandomly Bookish blog tour! This is the first one I’ve been invited to do. I love free books as much as the next girl, so I hope that I’m invited back! If you like free books too, then read to the end for the giveaway! Synopsis Nellie Canlas loves her job. She loves being assistant to reality TV star and wedding planner goddess, the fabulous Charlotte Bertram, and she loves working with couples to make their wedding dreams come true. What she doesn’t love is having cameras following her all the time, especially when sheÂ’s crushing hard on the lawyer from another floor.  Robert Bertram doesn’t like planning weddings. He doesn’t like being on TV either. But when he finds himself in possession of NellieÂ’s diary, he thinks he can turn her into anyoneÂ’s dream girl. If he doesn’t fall for her first. Published: 4/30/15 by Midnight Books Genre: New Adult Goodreads – Amazon – Smashwords Things I liked I loved the premise of this book. There are so many reality shows on TV but this is the first book I’ve read that tries to capture that feeling. The story is really cute and I thought that the premise was very original. Its unusual to find a way to approach a romance that hasn’t been attempted before and I think Carla De Guzman succeeded there! Nellie is a […]

Posted May 14, 2015 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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