Mini Review Roundup Time – September Reads

Sometimes I tend to read consecutive novels and I don’t get time to do a thorough review but I still want to share my overall thoughts with you whether I liked the book or not!

Mini Review #1:
The Assassin’s Blade (The Throne of Glass novellas)
Sarah J. Maas


I enjoyed this a lot! I actually am out of the norm when it comes to the Throne of Glass series whereas I love the first novels more so than her her newest additions to the series. I can’t help it but, there just something about learning Celaena’s past and her training and what shaped her into becoming who she was destined to be is fun and Sarah does an excellent job with that. Plus…Sam…<3 sigh. The book contains five novellas that easily can be considered a whole novel in itself! They all flow perfectly and they are very close together time-wise, even bringing you up to speed when one starts Throne of Glass book 1. Interestingly enough, either I just picked up on more details because I read it close to Queen of Shadows or it’s just there, but there was a lot mentioned in TAB that helped piece together things in Queen of Shadows. I didn’t do that (read TAB) on purpose close to the release but it was helpful. Definitely loved this!

Mini Review #2: SEMI-SPOILER-ISH . . . . . YOU’VE BEEN WARNED
Queen of Shadows (A Throne of Glass novel #4)
Sarah J. Maas


Well overall I did like it. I didn’t love it, but I liked it enough that I will most definitely continue the series but I just wasn’t head over heels in love. Aelin, aka Celaena, is really coming into her own and embracing her birthright. She faces many challenges as the kingdom is living in constant fear and there is death and destruction all around them. I wasn’t happy that Rowan came into the picture as soon as he did in this novel, I thought the audience would wait a while since Aelin had just returned to Adarlan and some of the actions and big reveals felt a bit rushed for my taste. Some of my favorite key characters stayed strong, a few surprised me, and some took a turn, not for the better ,and that was disappointing character development. I do really love the series but I’ve put this one up on a pedestal which is why my expectations aren’t matching what I’m reading.

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Mini Review #3:
Saga, Volume 1
Brian K. Vaughan | Fiona Staples


This is…I’m not sure what exactly it is, but I loved reading it and I’m annoyed that I haven’t bought volumes 2-5 yet! Now I’m still super new to the comic and graphic novel world but I’m continuing to branch myself out and have heard nothing but great things about Saga. It captivated me from page 1, literally the main characters are getting ready for their baby to be born and the father helps deliver, I can’t stress how this comic went right there from the beginning, LOL! But it’s so refreshing and really well done. Two soldiers from opposing planets, planets that are in a galactic war with one another, have fallen in love. After soldiers Alana and Marko get married and give birth to their child, they’re on a race to stay alive for each other and for their baby but all sides wants to have them taken out. I can’t wait to continue and see where the story goes next!

Mini Review #4:
Everything, Everything
Nicola Yoon


LOVED THIS BOOK! I flew through this! Maddy is a seventeen year old who has a rare disease that basically leaves her allergic to everything. She hasn’t left the house since she was an infant and until a cute and mysterious guy named Olly moves in with his family next door does Maddy feel like she’s really missing out on life. She’s had to make do, lived a mostly content life with her mother and nurse who watch over her. Olly rolls into town and Maddy can finally breathe for the first time, becoming this risk-taker, a girl who loves, a girl who decides it’s about time she finds herself. Olly and Maddy’s connection and friendship built into a relationship leaving you with smiles, those hearts in your eyes a la Snapchat lenses! A page turner that had fun anecdotes from Maddy as well as all sorts of drawings and chats, giving the book a more interactive look into Maddy’s life. LOVE!

Mini Review #5:
Last Will and Testament (Radleigh University #1)
Dahila Adler


According to Goodreads, I started this book back in April of this year. I know I hit a reading slump in June-July, and I think I read like five books in a row in March into April but this was one book I punked out on. I remember picking up so many titles I had on my highly anticipated list that nothing was sticking. It was time to crack open my Kindle again because LWaT was my book club’s pick and am SOOOO glad I finally got back into it! (when I started the book I was only 1% in, so I wasn’t far at all)

I almost read this in an entire sitting! This NA was engrossing and interesting read because MC Lizzie Brandt has just learned that her parents were killed in an accident and now she’s got sole custody of her two younger brothers until a decision is made further down the line. Literally when Lizzie finds out the news of her parents she’s in quite the awkward position as she was in the middle of extra curricular activities. Such activities as a side piece in a frat boy’s quest to cheat which later comes back to bite her…and not in the way you’re thinking. Frat boy’s ex is Regina George x10,000 and several times I wanted to punch my Kindle I was so furious at this mean girl behavior. Throughout all this we have Lizzie going from college girl to inexperienced parent overnight and things get overwhelming and tough on her. Lizzie’s inner monologue is so fun and especially her thoughts about TA Connor Lawson who might be more than just her TA later on 😉 The story really flowed and I was able to keep up with all the character developments. I couldn’t be more excited to read the next novel in the Radleigh University series! Seriously tho, Connor is swoony…get on board reading this, great NA pick!

 

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

September 22: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish



Yay for Fall’s arrival! Here are some of the titles I’m looking forward to start reading this Fall season…some hyped, some continued in their series, some I’ve just put off for forever, and some that will set the mood for . . . . ALL HALLOW’S EVE! MUWAH AH AH AHHHHH

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What are some of the titles you’re looking forward to this Fall? Any of them Autumn-themed? Halloween-y? Dark and scary or light and airy? I’m always ready to add new titles to my shelf! The TBR list literally just continues forever

 

That Time I Was

Happy Monday to everyone! While fixing my resume and sprucing up tiny crevices in my blog late Sunday night, at 1230am, I was struck with this brilliant idea to get the followers to know a little bit more about me.

I think most have a good sense of who I am but I decided to post some random stories that are fun and can keep you entertained in between book posts and reviews 🙂 As of right now I’m just going to sprinkle these posts, I don’t have an exact schedule because, hey–I literally came up with this idea five seconds ago and I’m running with it. BEHOLD THE NEWEST FEATURE TO THE KID’S BLOG:

JK, the year was 2006 and in the summer there was a little show on VH1 called World Series of Pop Culture.

Wait, what?

YESSSSSSS 😀 😀 😀

This show existing was basically the universe saying, “Lindsey, all of your useless knowledge could actually be beneficial!” After the series first season, I had caught wind of auditions for the following season and recruited two friends of mine who were pop culture fiends, such as myself where we all decided–we must be on this show!

We submitted our entry and mid-November of 2006 we had ACTUALLY gotten a response back from someone at VH1 who was interested in our team!

Our team consisted of friends of mine, Chris and Amanda, fans of TV/film and pop culture like myself! At the time there was a popular celeb gossip blog called Pink is the New Blog that we all loved and decided to dub our team after as Pink is the New Pop Culture. After our applications were submitted we got into ANOTHER ROUND of competition this time heading to NYC and to take a 60-minute written quiz and possibly move onto the audition round!!

😦 Sadly due to a conflict we didn’t end up getting to go to NYC. Such a bummer because the opportunity would have been amazing and even if we hadn’t passed the quiz to move onto auditions, it still would’ve been awesome to talk about! Heck, it’s still fun to think back on it. Even though we passed the original submission and application, it still cool to say I once had a shot at it.

So, that time I was almost a contestant for VH1’s World Series of Pop Culture for 2007 was an actual thing. It’s been nine years and I still haven’t deleted those emails and won’t any time soon.

#fangirlstatus

#fangirlstatus

Do you have a random past where you were a contestant on a show but no one knows? Do tell–I want to hear all the stories!

*GIFs and WSOPC image not mine

Waiting On Wednesday (2)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we can’t wait to read.

I’m back with a new edition of a Waiting on Wednesday post! There are a bunch of October releases I’m looking forward to but I’m especially ready for this one!

Black Widow: Forever Red | Margaret Stohl
Available for purchase on October 13, 2015 at: Amazon « Barnes & Noble « Book Depository

I’m addicted to the comic world and superheroes these days and I’m all about Girl Power! What better way than Marvel releasing a novel about one of Avengers’ most bad-ass chicks than Natasha Romanoff’s story. Seriously she’s who I want to be when I grow up and I think Scarlett Johansson does a really great job being that heroic female in a powerhouse full of men. She brings it. Always. I’m ready to read her story.

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy 

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .



*images & GIFs are not mine

Top Ten FREEBIE – My September Reads List

September 15: Top Ten FREEBIE week, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

Right before September started I made a list of all of the things I wanted to accomplish for the whole month! Interestingly enough, I had 10 novels on my list that I was hoping I’d get time to read. Some are new releases, some are ARCs, a book club pick, and other books I definitely should have been reading forever ago. Behold my list:

    

    

And as of today, I’ve already marked these three off my list!
     

Have you read any of these titles?? Am I gonna love them? Mostly YA, some serious, some creepy, some a continuation–so far I’m off to a pretty decent start 🙂

xx Linz aka The Kid