What Up Wednesday! (7.13)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. 

 
W.o.W is where you share a book that you are barely hanging on to your marbles patiently waiting on to be published :] 

 

 

My Pick This Week!

 

 

A Torch Against the Night

An Ember in the Ashes #2

Sabaa Tahir

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Expected publication: August 30th 2016 by Razorbill

 

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A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.




Out Today: July 12th!

   

 

 

 

 

 

Shiny Broken Pieces

Tiny Pretty Things #2

Sona Charaipotra

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June, Bette, and Gigi have given their all to dance at Manhattan’s most elite ballet school. Now they are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose…and no one is playing nice.

June is starting to finally see herself as a prima ballerina. However, getting what she wants might cost her everything—including the only boy she’s ever loved. Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi. Even if she returns, though, will she ever regain the spotlight she craves? And Gigi is not going to let Bette—or the other dancers who bullied her—go unpunished. But as revenge consumes her, Gigi may be the one who pays the price.

 

 

 

Red Queen

The Chronicles of Alice #2

Christina Henry

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The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.
 
Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.
 
The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen...

 

 

 

The Last One

Alexandra Oliva

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Survival is the name of the game as the line blurs between reality TV and reality itself in Alexandra Oliva’s fast-paced novel of suspense.

She wanted an adventure. She never imagined it would go this far.

It begins with a reality TV show. Twelve contestants are sent into the woods to face challenges that will test the limits of their endurance. While they are out there, something terrible happens—but how widespread is the destruction, and has it occurred naturally or is it man-made? Cut off from society, the contestants know nothing of it. When one of them—a young woman the show’s producers call Zoo—stumbles across the devastation, she can imagine only that it is part of the game.

Alone and disoriented, Zoo is heavy with doubt regarding the life—and husband—she left behind, but she refuses to quit. Staggering countless miles across unfamiliar territory, Zoo must summon all her survival skills—and learn new ones as she goes.

But as her emotional and physical reserves dwindle, she grasps that the real world might have been altered in terrifying ways—and her ability to parse the charade will be either her triumph or her undoing.

 

 

The Shadow Hour

The Girl at Midnight #2

Melissa Grey

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Everything in Echo's life changed in a blinding flash when she learned the startling truth: she is the firebird, the creature of light that is said to bring peace.

The firebird has come into the world, but it has not come alone. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and Echo can feel a great and terrible darkness rising in the distance. Cosmic forces threaten to tear the world apart.

Echo has already lost her home, her family, and her boyfriend. Now, as the firebird, her path is filled with even greater dangers than the ones she's already overcome.

She knows the Dragon Prince will not fall without a fight.

Echo must decide: can she wield the power of her true nature--or will it prove too strong for her, and burn what's left of her world to the ground?

 

 

Rebellion

The Elysium Chronicles #3

J.A. Souders

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Back in Elysium at last, Evie has finally found her true self hidden under layers and layers of false memories implanted by the woman she knew as Mother. Thanks to the intervention of her father, she knows the horrible truth about Mother and her insidious plans for her city. With the help of the love of her life, Gavin, and her best friend, Asher St. James, she’s determined to free her people from the cruel dictatorship of Mother’s laws. But how do you free people who don’t know they need rescuing?

Working with the growing Underground rebellion, Evie tries to remove Mother from her position by force—with disastrous results. As the body count rises, Evie must find a way to save Elysium before Mother destroys them all.




Where i was last year vs this year :D




Review: Max!

Maximum Ride: Max - James Patterson

 Basic Info

Format:
Audio

Pages/Length: n/a

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy

 

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Obsession

Cliff Hanger: eh

Triggers: n/a

Rating: 2 stars

 

Score Sheet
All out of ten

 

Cover: 6

Plot: 4

Characters: 5

World Building: 4

Flow: 5

Series Congruity: 6

Writing: 5

Ending: 5

 

Total: 5

 

In Dept

Best Part:
Short!

Worst Part: Bored.

Thoughts Had: SHUT UP!

 

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
ehhhhhhhhh

Recommending: No.

 

Short Review: Hey do you remember that these kids had gills, i sure as hell don't SINCE IT WAS ALMOST NEVER MENTIONED TIL THIS DAMN BOOK. Also did you know they were in a submarine, I DO BECAUSE THEY FREAKING MENTION IT A THOUSAND DAMN TIMES! Did you know Max loves Fang, I DO BECAUSE SHE NEVER STOPS TALKING/THINKING ABOUT HIM. Did you know he is trying to make Max jealous by talking to this other girl, I DO BECAUSE MAX COMPLAINS ABOUT IT EVERY 5 MINS!!! FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF. Hate it.

 

Misc.

 

Book Boyfriend: NO!

Best Friend Material: NO!

 




Let's Talk Books Thursday!

 

 

Sometimes i really hate that fact that 98% of books (or the last book in the series) HAVE A FREAKING HAPPY ENDING. Authors need to embrace messy endings. I would love to see some main characters die instead of getting the girl.

 

So I'm going with Tragedy!

 

 

Which do you prefer??




What Up Wednesday! (7.6)

 

 

What I'm Reading:

 

 

 

What I'm Watching:

 

 

Jane the Virgin :D

Watched season 2 this weekend :D

 

 

What I'm Listening To:

 

Chainsmokers - Don't Let Me Down

 

I love a good breakdown in a song!

 

How's your week going?!




Out Today: July 5th!

   

 

 

 

This Savage Song

Monsters of Verity #1

Victoria Schwab

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There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives

 

 

 

Paper and Fire

The Great Library #2

Rachel Caine

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Jess Brightwell has survived his introduction to the sinister, seductive world of the Library, but serving in its army is nothing like he envisioned. His life and the lives of those he cares for have been altered forever. His best friend is lost, and Morgan, the girl he loves, is locked away in the Iron Tower and doomed to a life apart.

Embarking on a mission to save one of their own, Jess and his band of allies make one wrong move and suddenly find themselves hunted by the Library’s deadly automata and forced to flee Alexandria, all the way to London.

But Jess’s home isn’t safe anymore. The Welsh army is coming, London is burning, and soon, Jess must choose between his friends, his family, or the Library willing to sacrifice anything and anyone in the search for ultimate control…

 

 

 

The Fangirl LIfe: A Guild to All the Feels and Learning How to Deal

Kathleen Smith

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You'd probably know a "fangirl" when you see one, but the majority stay relatively closeted due to the stigma of being obsessed with fictional characters. However, these obsessions are sometimes the fangirl's solutions for managing stress, anxiety, and even low self-esteem. Fangirling is often branded as behavior young women should outgrow and replace with more adult concerns. Written by a proud fangirl, The Fangirl Life is a witty testament to the belief that honoring your imagination can be congruous with good mental health, and it's a guide to teach fangirls how to put their passion to use in their own lives.




Happy Independence Day :D

 

 

 

 




Embrace Change.

Time for a personal life update :/

 

 

Some things have gone badly.

The rocky road my on again/off again relationship of 3yrs as come to a permanent end.

Sometimes you have to hurt yourself in the short run to keep someone from hurting you in the long run.

 

So with the sad part over with, here's some great news!

 

I GOT A PROMOTION!!

Finally after applying and failing tons of interviews, i finally succeeded.

The only catch is it's really only a "seasonal" role to see if it's worth the extra cost of having the extra crew in at night, but it could become permanent and either way, it's a great boost to my resume and to my confidence.

 

I am trying to get my life on a schedule to make sure i am using my time better and getting to do things i need/want to do when i need/want to do them. So I spent a good amount of money on a Life Planner!

 

 

 

I already feel better just filling it out, so here's to sticking to it!

 

I also am getting back in couponing, it really cheers me up and keeps me busy and my mind needs busy.

 

I am also going to start making sure i do some Spanish learning from my Duolingo app twice a week, i am slipping there. I am around 40% fluent according to it, i want to increase to 50% by the end of August.

 

Also starting a new fitness program as well. Idealshape 6wk challenge. I have been drinking protein shakes before work since i walk so much there so i need to step up my exercise! It's a free program, just work out to YouTube videos 6day a week for about 20mins a day. Not bad.

 

 

A lot going on. Keeping the blues away and making sure i am productive :D

 

 

ALSO BIG NEWS!

I am going to start doing Thursday Throw Down again, i promise to go through with it for sure this time, and to prove that, there will be randomly drawn comments/posts who will win a $10 GC to either Amazon or Book Deposity. :D More to come later this week!




6mth Challenge Check In :D

 

 

I think i am doing very well :D

 

I am hoping to knock it out at the end of July. I read 41 books in June, so it can happen :D

 

 

How are you doing on your yearly challenge?!




My New Spirt Animal!

 

Seriously. I got chills from these scenes.

First the dress! OMG. Amazing.

Second the music! Spot on!

Third, SPOILERS :)




Review: The Final Warning!

Maximum Ride: The Final Warning - James Patterson

Basic Info

Format:
Audio

Pages/Length: n/a

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy

 

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
OBSESSION!

Cliff Hanger: Eh.

Triggers: n/a

Rating: 2 stars.

 

Score Sheet
All out of ten

 

Cover: 8

Plot: 4

Characters: 5

World Building: 4

Flow: 5

Series Congruity: 7

Writing: 6

Ending: 5

 

Total: 3

 

In Dept

Best Part:
Ha.

Worst Part: 98% of this!

Thoughts Had: that's it?!

 

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
eh

Recommending: no

 

Short Review: OMGEEEEE. I want to stop reading! Please! Ugh. I guess Max has fallen for Fang so badly that the main plot/issue at hand has been pushed to the side. This book was too short. Patterson just wrote it to make money. Glad i only get books from the library. So frustrating.

 

Misc.

 

Book Boyfriend: PASS

Best Friend Material: For sure NOT MAX!

 




Review: School's Out Forever!

Maximum Ride: School's Out—Forever - James Patterson

 

Basic Info

Format:
Audio

Pages/Length: n/a

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy

 

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
eh.

Cliff Hanger: Kinda.

Triggers: n/a

Rating: 3 stars

 

Score Sheet
All out of ten

 

Cover: 7

Plot: 6

Characters: 6

World Building: 6

Flow: 6

Series Congruity: 7

Writing: 7

Ending: 6

 

Total: 6

 

In Dept

Best Part:
Kinda a happy thing going for these kids.

Worst Part: unbelievable things happening...

Thoughts Had: Um, what?!

 

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
Yes

Recommending: Sure

 

Short Review: So they found a group of people accepting of them and this Anna girl is like yah i can deal with having all these kids!? No. I feel like the random attacks are not really important, like they have a few pages about it and then move on to them just living, kinda boring.

Why is Iggly leaving the group!? how does his parents just accept that it's him?! Ugh!!! Like they don't want testing done or anything, just hey son, welcome home! Then he just come back 50pgs later, like i'm sure his parents really were like sure leave already... dumb. Then we get that "cliff" hanger towards the end, but really she was kinda falling for Ari then you're going to be like, ha, he's her sister... yuck.

 

Misc.

 

Book Boyfriend: No.

Best Friend Material: Angel.

 




Review: Poison Study!

Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder

 

 

 

Basic Info

Format:
Hardback

Pages/Length: 361pgs

Genre: Fiction

 

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
No

Cliff Hanger: eh

Triggers: n/a

Rating: 4 Stars

 

Score Sheet
All out of ten

 

Cover: 7

Plot: 8

Characters: 8

World Building:7

Flow: 7

Series Congruity: n/a

Writing: 7

Ending: 7

 

Total: 7

 

In Dept

Best Part:
Well written MC.

Worst Part: Dumb boys ruin everything!

Thoughts Had: Well you almost had me!

 

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
Yes

Recommending: Yes

 

Short Review: Why does every single book need to throw in some romance, really, you go almost all of the book then introduce it?! No, just leave it out, your book was perfectly fine without it. Margg needs to go away, i do not like her. I really like the MC, she was well written and knew how to take care of herself and i wasn't yelling internally at her. Random sex scene near the end, killed me thou. Stop with the romance.

 

Misc.

 

Book Boyfriend: The guy who's name escapes me. haha.

Best Friend Material: The MC :D




Coming Soon....

A look into the life of me :D

 

And how i read as much as i read ;)




Review: The Angel Experiment!

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment - James Patterson

The Angel ExperimentThe Angel Experiment by James Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

 

 

Basic Info

Format:
 Audio

Pages/Length: n/a

Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy

 

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
 No

Cliff Hanger: eh

Triggers: n/a

Rating: 3 Stars

 

Score Sheet
All out of ten

 

Cover: 8

Plot: 7

Characters: 7

World Building: 5

Flow: 7

Series Congruity: n/a

Writing: 7

Ending: 6

 

Total: 6

 

In Dept

Best Part:
 Bird people.

Worst Part: Blah blah blah...

Thoughts Had: Um, that was... okay...

 

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
 Yes

Recommending: eh

 

Short Review: I expect a good amount from James Patterson, he's a very well know author, but i feel like he uses that to write shit and then sell it! But that's just my opinion. I have a love/hate relationship with the MC. She is alright, kinda catty, says things that a lot of people would never say. The plot is out there. So they're experiments on the run, but never seems to really run into any trouble, besides 1 attack on them. I find that unbelievable. Iggy breaks my heart being blind, and Angel is my fav, sassy! I'll keep reading but with lower expectations.

 

Misc.

 

Book Boyfriend: Pass.

Best Friend Material: Angel! even thou she is like 6

 

 

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