ARC August – the Finale

Well folks, I did a decent job for the ARC August challenge. I made a fairly lofty goal [click here for my book list to attempt and book challenge details] considering I’ve started a dozen novels this year and end up shelving them to finish at a later date. I’ve gone through numerous reading slumps all year long, with the exception of keeping up with comic book reads, so it’s been a bit rough.

  

But finishing three books and close to a quarter of the way done with my fourth isn’t too shabby. Again I haven’t been finishing much of anything lately but I’m hoping to keep the momentum going for the month of September. My original list included:

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
*indicating my attempt 😁

I had fun keeping up with the challenge, although the past two weeks my life has been turned upside down with our basement flooding so these weeks have been too busy to concentrate fully with reading time, but half a list is good enough for me! Sadly I haven’t kept up with more participants progression (sorry!) but hopefully everyone were burning holes in their ARC shelves reading everything!

Thank you for hosting Read.Sleep.Repeat! Don’t worry, I’ll be back next year for sure! There are always plenty of titles I’m behind on to use as my list haha👍

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ARC August – update week 3

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Happy week 3 of ARC August!! YAY! I read  books! Super pumped I was able to get some reading time in! P.S. I Like you was fabulous!! So cute and adorable and I’ve missed falling in love with Kasie West’s stories. A few in the past haven’t blown me away but P.S. I Like You was one book I couldn’t put down. Literally. Read this one in a day. 😳

With the momentum I have, I’m trying to keep it alive for the next few weeks! It just might be possible and I’d love to add to my Goodreads challenge for sure👌Next up I’m starting on You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan. This one sounds promising from the first twenty pages I’ve read. I love David’s work and I’m a newbie to Nina’s writing, so this should be good! Hopefully I can have another successful reading week!

How are the rest of you guys doing? Reading up a storm?!

 

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

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read the Most edition

August 11: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish


    
    

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All my favs 😉 until next time! Linz xx aka The Kid

Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS

March 3: Top Ten Books You Would Classify As ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOKS from the past 3 years (you can extend it to 5 if you need to), the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

There is nothing more that I love than to be a book pusher—an activity I can never get bored of! If anyone is in need for a good recommendation I will always happily give them some of my beloved titles. As I started writing the list I found myself going back through my reading list and actually there are a whole bunch I had a hard time not putting in my top ten. Decisions were agreed upon, so here are my all-time favorite reads from the past few years:


   

Anna and the French Kiss
Just One Day
The Siren (The Original Sinner’s series)
My Life Next Door


(Loved these titles so much the first time they’ve still won my heart):

                       
Attachments
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Throne of Glass
The Winner’s Curse
Pivot Point
Something Real
                      

As I rounded up my list I found that I had a lot of novels where I had identified with the characters on their self-discovering journeys. I seem to fall in love with the MC who figures it out, probably a direct correlation to what I’m clearly missing in my life, but that’s for another time, haha!

Have you read any of these? What are some of your recent ALL-TIME FAVORITES!!?? #iwillalwaysaddmorebookstomyTBRlist

Au revoir 😉 xx The Kid

Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015 – Top Ten Tuesday

January 6: Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

So I’m not really using this topic as novels I’m-OH-SO-excited for to read in 2015! Let’s get this ball rolling….gimme all the books to read!

   
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 5, 2015
I cannot express how hard I ride the Maas train…without that sounding especially creepy, haha! My body is ready for this new series of hers!

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Release Date: no specific, 2015
At an author event she gave a little teaser that she was working on a new project and it sounds completely awesome! Definitely can’t wait to read!
😦 No cover yet 😦

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
Release Date: February 24, 2015
I actually haven’t read her past books even though I have a few. BUTTTT do not fault me for this gorgeous cover and description! This is something I can’t wait for!

  
Stand-Off (Winger #2)
by Andrew Smith
Release Date: September 2015
If  you haven’t read Winger, we can’t be friends, hahah…no but seriously this book is filled with everything: you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get ready to fight, and you’ll get ready to love. Also your heart will be ripped out, just FYI. GIMME MORE RYAN DEAN WEST PLEASE

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han
Release Date: June 2, 2015
*cries all the tears* I literally finished this book and was like WHOA YOU CANNOT LEAVE ME HANGING HERE!! CMON! But even if I have to wait, Jenny Han is worth it. I’m just nervous about what happens next though—an excited nervous!
😦 No cover yet 😦

The Winner’s Crime (The Winner’s Trilogy #2) by Marie Rutkoski
Release Date: March 3, 2015
While I did get to read the ARC of this already….PUT THIS ON YOUR LIST!!! Ugh the story is palpable!! So much going on, intense and worth waiting for read! Marie Rutkoski rocks!

Under the Lights (Daylight Falls #2) by Dahlia Adler
Release Date:  June 30, 2015
Really enjoyed the first book so it’ll be fun to go back into that universe and see where the characters are at now and how things have evolved. Definitely an enjoyable read!

 

Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1) by Victoria Aveyard
Release Date: February 10, 2015
I might already have this pre-ordered on Amazon. The cover just screams…well it screams a lot of things because, hey, what doesn’t scream with blood dripping off a crown, haha! Definitely looking forward to this!

Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1) by Tiffany Schmidt
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Again, I saw Tiffany at an author event and her description of this just sounded so awesome! Never mind I’m addicted to Once Upon a Time on ABC network so I’m all about fairytale anything these days! Will be cool to read!

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Release Date: May 5, 2015
I will literally read anything she writes! Always fun reads and I like how her characters can make subtle appearances in one another. Excited for it!

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Release Date: March 31, 2015
Lord, Open Road Summer was just fantastic I will take anything else Emery wants to throw our way! I’m in!

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Again, this book has some SERIOUS buzz on social media and I feel like I almost got an ARC of it but I wasn’t super wild about the cover and now I’m so sad I missed out. But again, I could’ve have just made that up hahah! Most definitely hearing good things and am excitedddd!

  

What’s on your list!? Has anyone gotten any of these ARCs and love them? Any others I need to add to my list? GIMME ALL THE RECS!

Linz xx The Kid

Grand Finale of 2014

What a year it has been! 2014 has been full of exciting events, fangirl-ing meet-and-greets at author signings, and the most obvious of all– reading and buying some awesome novels 🙂 I wanted to take a little time to pick apart just how much fun went on in 2014 what I was very lucky to experience. A little therapeutic year in review if you will. Let’s step turn back time and wander down memory lane . . . .

ALAMW in Philadelphia BookCon 2014 YA Runs a 5K
Isla Is Coming Blog Tour Brooklyn Book Festival YALLFest

ALA Midwinter, Philadephlia •BookCon 2014 • YA Runs a 5K • Isla Is Coming Blog Tour • Brooklyn Book Festival • YALLFest
Rainbow Rowell • David Levithan • Stephanie Perkins • Sarah J. Maas • Susan Dennard • Tiffany Reisz • Jenny Han • Laini Taylor • Lauren Oliver • Matthew Quick • Sarah Dessen

Julie Cross • Sarah J. Maas • Rebecca Serle • Marie Rutkoski • Leila Howland
I’m so happy I was able to be introduced to these authors this year! Since I’ve become a more avid reader, these names and titles had been thrown around so I was super excited to finally read these awesome stories 🙂
         
These novels are actually all on my shelf, currently, most sadly collecting dust, but they’re there! They’re just waiting to be read and I’m hoping 2015 is the year I tackle more of my shelves! I’m going to participate in the Bout of Books the first week in January so I plan on putting a few of these titles in my mix and see if I can conquer and divide 😉

    
While I continue to dust off my shelves I think I might try and re-read a few of my favorites. In the past few years, Stephanie Perkins’ novels, Just One Day, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The DUFF are a few books that come to mind that I’ve decided to go back again to read again. Most are relevant to book to film but some are just classic favorites that I never tire of; now I’d like to aim to add a few more to this list to keep them company 🙂
    
I’m so incredibly guilty of starting things and never finishing them. Just look in my closet and find like 8 scrapbooks–all started and have a good chunk done but not fully complete. Well I do the same with book series. I have several I’m still into but just haven’t purchased or gotten copies of the book yet. I want to also note I’m super OCD about my books, so there are standards: some series are just good and they can be in paperback or kindle, some are so spectacular I *NEED* them in hardcover, and some I can just borrow from others so it can get difficult finishing them because of said rules I put on book buying/borrowing.

Last 1.75 books in Daughter of Smoke & Bone series • The Assassin’s Blade in Throne of Glass series • Shattered in the Slated series • Crashing Into You in the Pushing the Limits series • Gillian Flynn books
    
and last but not least….one category left!
Seriously if I don’t buy these books this year I will be so sad 😦 *cries all the bookish tears*
    

SEE YOU READING IN 2-0-1-5!

xx Linz aka The Kid