Mini Review Recap (3)

Deciding to join ARC August was a good idea because the summertime has been slack-time for me and my reading habits so it’s nice to have a little incentive to push through my slump. That being said, I have some new books and comics I have mini reviews for!

Woohoo! Let’s get to it 📚


The Rose & the Dagger
Renee Ahdieh

This novel picked right back up after The Wrath & the Dawn which was great because I had recently read that so I didn’t feel like I had to stretch my mind and remember what had happened. The Rose & the Dagger had more of a magical element to it than the first in the duology. You get a good mix of characters but now that we’re spending most of the novel outside the palace’s walls, we get more interaction with Shazi’s family and friends. Khalid and Sharazad’s passion was my favorite and I did not stop getting irritated at Despina’s character. If you’re looking for a fun fantasy and feminine heroine to read, I’d recommend this duology to try out!


The Wicked + the Divine #20 & 21
Kieron Gillen, Illustrators Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson

(film not included which was super cute btw) Laura is alive and she’s rounding up the crew and discussing about Ananke’s shadiness. Starting to piece parts of the story together and shedding light on what could possibly happen if Ananke gets her way, the group could be in more trouble. The art continues to be gorgeous and I think this story arc is ending so we’ll see where things go from here.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
Victoria Schwab

I really liked this book for it’s inventiveness and interesting main characters. Bad girl Kate Harker meets up with August Flynn in a world that have humans and monsters semi-surviving in the world. August gave me the vibes of Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Edward Cullen in Twilight–the monster who lives with remorse of the creature he happens to be. I really love the interactions between Kate and August and the trials they go through to survive. There’s drama, action, gore, and a friendship that breaks barriers. It’s an interesting spin on monsters and their powers and after I finished the book I found out there’s a sequel called Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity #2).

Paper Girls #7 & 8
Brian K. Vaughan, Matt Wilson, Cliff Chiang 

Things are really starting to move along with the series. The bridging of the 1980’s and present time is so cool! The girls from the past are starting to figure out some of their futures and realizing how different the world is 30+ years from when they were growing up. I can definitely see signs of Saga that trickle through, some of the other worldly creatures, but like WicDiv, the artwork is so great and the girls are a cool cast to follow. Cannot wait for more!


P.S. I Like You
Kasie West

GUYS! This book though! I have a tendency to read Kasie West’s books and literally fly through them–reading it in a day or so. P.S. I Like You is such a treat to read! It was an adorable and whimsical concept bringing back the original letter writing in a generation built upon digital conversation via texting and email. Kasie’s writing continues to shine––her last few titles haven’t hit home for me like this one but when I started reading P.S. I Love You, I could not put it down!

Even though it might be a bit of a stretch that Lily and her mystery pen pal at school don’t get caught by classmates and teacher, the story is super cute and Lily Abbott is charming. You get on her level with having the crazy family and feeling like she has a lot riding on her because she’s the middle of the Abbott family food chain. Best friend Isabel and her were a fun duo and then there’s Cade…. OH GOD I FELL FOR HIM INSTANTLY! It’s a cute story of self-discovery when it comes to friends and family as well as seeing people deep down and not who they appear to be.

SOOOO excited that the new Harry Potter script came out aka the eighth book recently! I haven’t started it yet and have sadly heard mixed reviews but I’m keeping an optimistic mind about where things are in the future world of wizards and witches!

Have you read any of these yet? Good/bad? – xoxo Linz aka the Kid

ARC August – update week 2

Success!

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I have finished one book for this month’s ARC challenge! I’ll admit, there has been a struggle to get into a reading mindset these days. Real life has been busy, trying to nail down phone & in-person interviews for jobs I desperately need so trying to find time where I concentrate and read a story just seems like the last thing on my mind. But somehow I did it!

Really liked this title! What’s surprising is that This Savage Song is the first Victoria Schwab novel I’ve read. I own The Archived in paperback and am dying to read her Shades of Magic series! I was excited to learn there’s a sequel for TSS and can’t wait to see what happens next with August and Kate 😊

Since I’ve got one book under my belt for the #ARCAugust challenge, I’m going to keep myself on a roll and try for finishing a 1.5 books this week. Making a big goal but it’s possible.

 

Hope everyone is getting their arcs read!! Happy reading 😚

ARC August – update week 1

Oh so we’re really into the swing of things aren’t we? Well I’m off to a bit of a rough start. It’s only been 39 pages of one of my book picks BUT . . . I did take this amazing photo of arcs that I hope to read. So, that’s some, um …. progress?

I kid but seriously I’ve gotta buckle down and promise to read at least one book this week. I’ve also picked And I Darken as my book club pick so I know that book I’ll most definitely be able to finish.

Onward and upward for week 2!

Top Ten Tuesday – Those Instabuy Books Please

August 2: Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

As I’m broker than broke these days, the damage I could do with this fictitious gift card would be insane. Must I narrow this only down to 10 titles though? Let’s see . . .

        

  • The set of Game of Thrones covers are so gorgeous and I’m halfway through book one so I obviously need the second
  • I’ve literally been dying to read TWD Compendium for years now…meanwhile if I have a gift card, I’ll buy all four of them
  • When ADSOM series was coming out I had heard really great things and I want the first two books so badddd
  • Finally the last piece of the trilogy I need to get my hands on and read about Kestrel!!
  • My one regret of not snagging at ALAMW in Boston. SIGHHHH
  • I love Ms. Marvel and it’s been a while since I caught up with her…I love the volumes with comics better
  • Vassa and Caraval I’ve heard really amazing things about…gorgeous covers and though they’re not out yet, who says in this bookish fantasy we can’t pre-order, mmmkay?
  • My one friend literally is non-stop recommending this book and I’m ready to finally read it
  • I have Saga’s individual issues because I couldn’t wait for a volume but I own all the volumes so I need it to just complete my collection. OCD problems.

How much damage could you do with a gift that was fully loaded? Could you keep it to a minimum of 10 items? Psssh yeah right. Sigh…same…same.

Mini Review Recap 2016 (2)

*waves* Soooooo…how has everyone been? I’m once again in a bit of a reading slump, a book here and there, but it’s not regular for some reason so I wanted to share some of the titles I’ve recently read: *edit…I wrote this back in May so, fair warning I’m just posting this late 😦


The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)
Maggie Stiefvater

Well after this novel had been delayed for a while and then my shipping mishap, I think I wanted to enjoy this last book in The Raven Cycle series, to milk what it was worth–which was worth a lot. From the past three novels we finally got some closure for our friends who live in Henrietta along with a little heartbreak as well as some self-discovery. Certain ships set sail…yes I think you know which ones I speak of, so much so I could pinch myself and well worth the wait. [I basically spelled that out for you so don’t nit-pick my literal misspell so throw me a bone here] I was really happy with the way the series ended although I think I would’ve liked to see a bit more of an epilogue and a few scenes could’ve used a little more backstory BUT overall I was really happy with the novel as a whole. A few new characters were my favorites and others finally started shining through which was a nice transformation to read for their group.

Now to go find some fanfic about a few of these ships I enjoy so much . . . . . .

The Queen (The Original Sinners: White Years #4)
Tiffany Reisz

This book came out back in October of 2015 and once again Tiffany’s story works it’s magic and I find a way to get out of my reading slump and simply devour this novel in a day. WHICH IS AWFUL yet spectacular. I say this is awful because there might still be a handful of novellas I haven’t read yet and another story which is kind of a companion but that’s it. THE SERIES IS DONE. I’ve been on this journey of Original Sinners for EIGHT novels (and numerous novellas)! I have a long, sexy history with these characters and my gut simply ached as I finished it. All my favorites were spectacular and Tiffany always finds a way to give us the drama, heartache, passion, and intrigue placed in a beautifully wrapped up–tightly–gift which we open and are left in a most enjoyable sated state. Nora and her crew are well written and continue to shine. Again I implore anyone who is looking for an erotica series to pick up, Tiffany has you covered! She’s the best in person and online and I hope she continues to keep some ideas in her mind to write more about our favorites some day.

When We Collided
Emery Lord

Reading this book had me completely sucked in! The story was really easy to get into–new girl in town meets a quiet boy who’s very townie in a quaint …town. She meets me, flips his world upside down and in the process starts throwing her world upside down as well. While I flew through the book, my issue for this one is that the characters didn’t feel very established–certain ones. Vivi is the new girl in town and comes at you so fast. I definitely could figure out there must’ve been more to her past that she wasn’t sharing with the reader but she comes into other MC, Jonah, like a whirlwind and it just didn’t…the elements didn’t feel believable. I am the first one to admit, that’s usually how YA novels are–there’s a lot of unbelievable things that find their way into happening, but Vivi’s obsessing just never sat well with me even after I consumed the book in less than 24 hours. I did like the character development of Jonah and how there felt like a balance of his storyline but Vivian’s storyline and her character overall I just didn’t fall in love with. So far Emery’s stories go: Open Road Summer, The Start of Me and You, When We Collided.

ARC August . . . . you game?

Oh hello friends *cricket noises* well whoever sees this, maybe there’s one individual left? Hi 👋 It’s your old pal Linz, and I’ve been MIA for I don’t know how long but

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Besides my anti-social blogging behavior, I’ve decided August isn’t too late to start making some goals, right? Of course not! So in order to get my blogging/reading tail in gear I’m signing up for ARC August! I literally just found out about it’s existence a few days ago and am like “HOMG I have a million books from ALAMW (well the past three ALAMW’s shhh! don’t tell) that I’ve needed to read forever! Get to it Lindsey!” That’s where I’m at right now and it’s about time I start flying thru them and then post about them. The posting is where I tend to have trouble. LOL! Awesome way to book blog if you just read and then don’t post about it 😉 So, game plan–here are the titles I’ll be reading, not a lofty goal but fairly attainable. I’ll be excited if I get thru half of them:

– ARC Reading List –
*in no specific order*

This Savage Life – Victoria Schwab

The Serpent King – Jeff Zentner

P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

You Know Me Well – Nina LaCour & David Levithan

The Crown’s Game – Evelyn Skye

And I Darken – Kiersten White

🌟if I’m feeling super ambitious🌟

The Long Game – Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Wanderlost – Jen Malone
What Happens Now – Jennifer Castle

Signups are until July 31st here if you’re interested! Meanwhile I’m all

Hopefully by the end of August I might have more of my life together but I literally say this lie almost every month so…cheers! HAPPY READING! I BETTER SEE YOU ALL READING YOUR ARCs!!

xo The Kid

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – Review

The Girl on the Train | Available for Purchase: Amazon.com « Barnes & Noble « Book Depository
Author: Paula Hawkins
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Pages: 325 hardcover
Received Copy: Hardcover, signed copy

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

A debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

Right before I went to Chicago for ALA Midwinter in 2015, I had seen some buzz about The Girl on the Train, even word that Stephen King had given some praise and as someone who has written some amazing thrillers and horror stories I definitely made sure I wanted to keep my eye out for it. Turns out, Paula Hawkins was signing at ALAMW and I stood in-line for a meet-and-greet and grabbed my signed copy. It then sat on my shelf forever because I’m such a procrastinator when it comes to good buzzed books. I usually know I’ll read it fast so I keep the anticipation higher by setting it aside.

A few weeks ago The Girl on the Train had released a teaser trailer and I thought oh boy, time to read it to avoid spoilers! [currently trying that for Me Before You as well as failing horribly with The Martian aka I saw the film before I even got a quarter through the book] I finally grabbed the book off the shelf and dove straight in. OVERALL, I did enjoy the book–I usually tend to do this thing where I’m fresh-faced after finishing the book and think, that felt like a bit of a masterpiece (this wasn’t but this situation has happened before) and then I start reading comments/reviews on Goodreads after I’ve marked it Read and I start realizing all the plot holes I blew by just to finish it. Whoops. The story was definitely appealing, I can always find a way to sink into a well-written mystery for sure and reading about a murder and having a who-dun-it scenario always keeps me on my toes like the detectives or the accused.

For this story there are so many annoying characters and there are so many suspects that I couldn’t keep track. I think with 100 pages left to the story, there was this one bit of description and dialogue that put things into place and I ended up figuring out a good majority of the reveal. That’s not to say that this book didn’t hold my interest because it did.

The novel has multiple points of view switching every now and again, usually I despise this in a book but it also switched time periods–going a few months and years back, so it wasn’t too bad. The points of view switch end up setting up all of the scenes from different angles–I felt like I could see the picture Paula was trying to paint, so to speak. Also funnily enough this novel is based on irritating main characters so you really never get too attached to any individual. There were some relatable characteristics but in general I was swept away by trying to figure out the mystery and help piece together what main character Rachel was trying to figure out as well.

If you’re looking for a good beach read or just in the mood for a page turner I would definitely recommend it. I think I read somewhere the book is very Gone Girl meets Read Window so I would check it out if that’s your thing👍

Trailer Review:

I wanted to give you a little trailer review as well because that was the whole reason why I finally picked the book off my shelf to read 🙂

  • Really disappointed this story isn’t set in the London suburbs like the plot originally is. We didn’t need an American adaptation. This also, aesthetically doesn’t look right because the houses are close together in a neighborhood close to the train, aiding Rachel to witness Megan and Scott’s lives
  • Emily Blunt also looks nothing like what Rachel is described as: a bit overweight from her binge-drinking and lack of regard for healthy living and the deterioration of her marriage, meanwhile this is not even remotely what Emily looks like
  • This teaser gives A LOT away if you’ve read the story so…spoilers
  • This music also misconstrues what the audience is seeing–but again, if you’ve read it, you can pick up on that