Monday, November 20, 2017

Mini Review Thirteen Reasons Why by: Jay Asher

Release Date: October 18, 2007
from Razorbill
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"You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever."

My Thoughts:

There’s not much I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said, so I’ll keep this short. This is one of those books… one of those books that everyone needs to read because it has such an important message. It’s the kind of book that makes you realize that everything you do has an impact and that you never know what someone else is going through. Some of the things that happened to Hannah may seem like nothing, but to someone who was already drowning it was everything. But then there are other things that happen to Hannah that nobody should have to deal with. This book is heartbreaking because every single sign was there and nobody saw them or did anything to reach out to Hannah. And it makes you wonder how many signs you may be missing because you ignore signs or brush them off. This is the kind of book that when you finish you need some time to decompress from and while it is a heartbreaking read, I also think it’s a necessary read.

Friday, November 17, 2017

On My Shelf: Wallbanger by: Alice Clayton

On My Shelf is a feature I started here on the blog and I'm sure there are a ton of similar ones out there, but basically I just wanted to start spotlighting some of the MANY backlist titles I have accumulated on my shelf and kindle. The idea is to spotlight an older book I have on my massive TBR. I also thought it would be a fun way to discuss these books with my fellow bloggers, get some of your thoughts and figure out which ones I need to read ASAP and which ones can wait a bit more. And if you want to join in too, I would love to see what is on your shelf! Just leave me a link in the comments.

I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book and I even have most of the series on my shelf, but I just haven't gotten around to them. I think it's because I always have so many contemporary reads for review that I rarely get around to the ones on my shelf, but I think I really need to make time for this one.

So tell me. Have you read it? Did you love it? Hate it? Was it meh?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Review: The Afterlife Of Holly Chase by: Cynthia Hand

Release Date: November 7, 2017
from Harper Teen
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss and voluntarily provided a fair and honest review.
"On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and
spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.

She didn't.

And then she died.

Now she's stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge--as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.

Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly's afterlife has been miserable.

But this year, everything is about to change. . . ."

My Thoughts:

This book was so much fun. It’s one of those books that is relatively light hearted but still manages to punch you in the gut every now and then. This book was filled with such wonderful characters and my Christmas loving heart loved this twist on A Christmas Carol.

I have to start with Holly, because I absolutely loved Holly. And what I loved most about Holly is how unlikable she is. Honestly, Holly is a terrible person when we first meet her and even along the way she grows but she still has her flaws and could be considered selfish and stuck up. To me this is what made her great. Because behind that flawed, selfish, and spoiled girl was a girl who endured a lot of heartache at a young age and coped with it the only way she knew how.

And then there was a wonderful cast of secondary characters. Ethan is another one whose flaws made him better. Grant and Marty were a bunch of fun. Boz was great and Dave was so sweet and kind. And my favorite of them all was Stephanie. She was such a great character and a great friend to Holly.

This book was a great blend of contemporary and fantasy. It definitely takes place in the real world but has this fantasy otherworld aspect to it. Holly comes such a long way over the course of the book and I loved her journey. I also loved Project Scrooge as a whole. The whole idea was so wonderfully put together and the way they orchestrated the Christmas ghosts was great. The book takes place over a whole year and we watch Project Scrooge tackle a Scrooge from beginning to end. I did think it dragged a tiny bit in the middle, but in the end it all came together well.

The Afterlife Of Holly Chase is a great modern day twist on A Christmas Carol. It’s about learning and growth and coming to terms with what life throws at you and what you give back. I truly enjoyed it beginning to end.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday #247: The Queen's Rising by: Rebecca Ross

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
It spotlilghts upcoming releases that we are dying to read.

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"When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?" 

This sounds like my kind of read!

The Queen's Rising will be released on February 6, 2018.
What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Recent Reads: Shifters and Ghosts and Magic

Recent Reads is feature here on the blog. The point is to feature books I've read recently in quick recap fashion with fun info-graphics. The info-graphics came from the Bookout app, which is a great app for bloggers. You can log quotes and thoughts and track your reading stats (and no I'm not paid for this, I just really like this app). Recently I dove into worlds of shifters, ghosts, and magic.


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