Sundays in Bed…

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This comes from our friend Midnight Book Girl

This Sunday I woke up with a book that I totally forgot to include on my last post of anticipated reads but I guess since it’s still January that it’s ok I didn’t include it. Hello Goodbye and Everything In Between by Jennifer E Smith is the book that greeted me this morning. I actually finished it late in the night but was too tired to move onto another read. I really enjoyed it, it was a fun and easy read that warmed my heart these last couple cold nights. Look for a full review later this week.

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So, now I ask what book did you wake up with this morning or are hoping to find time for today?

Xoxo,

Mary

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Coming in February

There’s not too much for me to go over for the month of January since I was just starting the blog and trying to get the hang of everything. But now I’m ready to really dig in so to help me stay on track I am posting the books I would like to read and review for February.

The Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Eleanor and Park  by Rainbow Rowell

The Love The Split the World by Emily Henry

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Never Never by Brianna Shrum

So, this is the list I am committing myself to and if some other titles appear than yay the more the merrier right?

Happy Reading in February!!

Xoxo,

Mary

 

Stacking the Shelves

This meme comes from our good friend Tynga. The idea of this meme is review the books that are stacking up on your shelves. Stacking the shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves be it physical or virtual. This means you can include books that you buy in a physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts, or of course ebooks.

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So I haven’t added a great deal of titles this week. These two I have secured as part of my challenge on Good Reads so I haven’t actually started reading them. I am super excited for both as they fall into my favorite genre of YA which is fantasy. What’s your favorite teen sub-genre? Can you suggest any good teen reads told from a guy’s perspective? I can’t for the life of me think of a good book to fill that portion of my reading challenge. Thanks!!

Xoxo,

Mary

Friday 56

This awesome meme comes from our friend Freda.

Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

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James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child—at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

But grow up he does.

And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

Except one.

I am a total lover of fairy tale re-tellings and I especially love anything to do with Peter Pan (or Alice). So when I strolled into the library today I immediately picked this up. I’ve only just started but I’m definitely Hook-ed (hahaha I make corny jokes). So here’s my few lines from page 56:

It seemed that they didn’t keep time here. Maybe it didn’t exist at all; James didn’t know. Either way. there had been some sort of night and today felt longer than yesterday, but it was marching forward as regular days tended to do. 

There you have it I can’t wait to see where this story goes. Please share you’re Friday 56 with me.

XOXO

WWW Wednesday

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at Should be Reading and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading? Right now I’m reading The Memory Jar by Elissa Janine Hoole. It’s not really pulling me in to be honest but I received it from NetGalley if I do a review on it so I’m determined to finish it. That’s pretty much it apart from some picture books that I’m reading for my other blog.
What did you recently finish reading? Not too long ago I finished Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate. That was an awesome read and handled the whole multiple POVs really really well. I’ve been in a  bit of a reading rut so I haven’t been reading too many titles at a time.
What do you think you’ll read next? One of the groups I’m on GoodReads is doing a month long Valentine’s Day/Wedding themed book challenge so I’m gonna be doing quite a bit of reading for that. I’m looking at reading The Selection and The Love That Split the World. I’m also debating joining a book club at my library so if I decide to go through with that I’ll need to add that book on my tbr list.

ARC Review: 7 Ways We Lie

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Title: Seven Ways We Lie
Author: Riley Redgate
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: March 8, 2016 
Source: E-Reader Format ARC

Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.

When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.

 
Wow! This book was so much more than I thought it was going to be. There are 7 different POV’s and given that Riley Redgate is new to the writing world I was slightly skeptical about how this would play out. Thankfully, it skills proved to be impressive. I loved all the characters they were so unique and complex. No one was a cookie cutter perfect human they were all flawed but still totally lovable. My favorite character was Olivia I just loved her personality and I have to say I found her to be really strong with her whole stance on sex which I thought would be a major turn off but she proved to be just the right amount of feminist. I also loved Matt a lot he was a really interesting character and I enjoyed seeing his story unfold. For the character aspect this book gets 5 stars.
The writing was amazing because each character had their own voice and they were unique but worked well within the narrative. Juniper’s chapters were written in a more poetic prose type way which I suppose suits her since’s living a life completely different than what she portrays so you have to read between the lines a bit more with her. Everyone else’s chapters are bit more straightforward and you’ll find that some of the POV’s are simply there to move the plot and I’m ok with that because 7 “main” characters are a lot to handle. I’m not going to lie the poetry part did throw me a bit as I’m not a huge fan of poetry and it made me sort of want to skip her chapters but I did appreciate the attempt for a completely different voice. So for this part I give the book 4 stars.
This book does juggle a lot of themes most of them stemming around different types of relationships, family, sibling, romantic, friendship. I think this may seem like a lot to tackle but since they all share the same type of base it makes it easier to “get into” the read. Plus in life we do have to deal with all these types of relationships (except for siblings ones for some people). There were a lot of other themes also throughout the book like drug use and sexuality issues and gaming addictions but I felt those were used more to develop characters in their uniqueness. Overall I give this 4 stars. 
There wasn’t much of a world to build since this is a pretty standard fiction read with no fantasy element so it’s a pretty standard high school that I felt was believable but I don;t know how anyone could really miss this world setting up. I will take this aspect out of the star review since there really wasn’t any world building.
In general I would give this book 4.5 stars. I think a lot of people will enjoy this title and I definitely look forward to Riley Redgate’s future titles. Contemporary YA is a tough genre to break into it and most people either love it or hate and I think this is a title that could convert non-readers of the genre.
XOXO
Mary

Thursday Quotables

This weekly feature (from our friends at Bookshelf Fantasies) is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

For my first Thursday quote I am going to use Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. This is Sophie’s first YA novel and is sweet silly and just about perfect. Our protagonist Audrey finds herself trying to cope with Social Anxiety after a traumatic bullying event at her school. Audrey’s family is super quirky and lovable and her romantic interest (Linus) is totally wonderful.

“If I was a hero in LOCC  I’d have like enhanced attributes, or some extra kick-ass weapon or something. I’m stronger. I feel taller. I bounce back quicker.”

I choose this quote because I feel it’s really uplifting. As someone who also deals with bad anxiety this is really inspiring. Plus I love that it’s not super deep and philosophical she’s making a comparison to a video game.

Has anyone else read this book? I’ll be doing a full review shortly.

XOXO

Mary