It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog   and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a kidlit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit – join them!

Last Week:

This was an OK week for reading. I was in a really romantic mood and finished The Siren by Kiera Cass in one sitting! So expect a review for that later on this week. I will also note that this is a rewrite so if you’ve read the book previously Cass has since made a great deal of changes. I can’t comment on that though because I’ve never read it.

The Siren

I also attempted I’ll Give You the Sun. I was hoping to change up my current run of fantasy but sadly I cannot get into this book at all. It relies a little too heavily on metaphor and the characters just aren’t that interesting or realistic. Maybe I’ll try reading it again but it’s most likely going in the DNF pile which is incredibly upsetting because it has a 4 star rating on GoodReads.

I'll Give You the Sun

This Week:

For this week my goal is to start A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Mass it’s a pretty hefty title and with my work schedule I’m not sure I’ll finish it this week but I’ll try.


I’m also gonna read Glass Sword even though I kind of don’t want to because I don’t want to wait a whole year to find out what happens in the next book but I need more Mare and Cal (and let’s be honest Maven too).

Glass Sword

I think tomorrow I’ll take a trip to Barnes and Noble and pick out something new. In case you didn’t know this the biggest titles always come out on Tuesday. These are the titles that are either by well-established  authors or the new releases that the publishers have a lot of faith in. Last week was huge for new young adult titles so I’m sure between last week and tomorrow I’ll find a book I want. I also need to get the rest of The Selection series.

So hopefully this week will go better in terms of reading. What are your plans for reading this week?



Book Review: Red Queen


Red Queen
Victoria Aveyard
Hardcover Pub Feb 2015
Available Here

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart …

The Good:
-The world building was really strong. I feel I got a really good sense of the two different worlds, that of the Red and that of the Silvers. I really enjoyed spending time in the different halls and palaces and then being transported to the desolate lands of the reds.
-The pacing was really good I felt like it was a good mix of dialogue and action
-The princes. They both made me swoon for different reasons but ultimately I am team Cal ❤
-The ending. I did not see it coming at all and I think it did a really good job of catapulting the reader into a whole new set of problems and action.

The Bad:
     -Mare. I feel bad for saying this but I am kind of over the kick ass heroine. I kind of want to read about a female protagonist who enjoys wearing dresses and is just a little bit girly. I will say that I liked how we got to see her train on how to use her powers and she wasn’t just magically gifted at using them
-Kilhorn. I think I just have a thing about guys who are the best friend and want more from the female lead but you already know it’s not going to happen. I refer to it as the Gale complex. I never liked him from the get-go and when we were introduced to Peeta I knew him and Katniss were never going to be end game. And that’s how I feel about Kilhorn. Maybe my mind will change as I get farther into book 2 but for now I feel like his exsistence it to just create romance drama.
-The way Victoria Aveyard just ripped out my heart and stomped all over it in regards to one of the characters

4 stars definitely

This was an awesome read from a brand new author. I think it has a lot of similarities to other books in the dystopian genre but she manages to make a lot of changes and her characters are really strong and well-written. I definitely imagine this to be translated for the big screen (Aveyard is a screen-writer after all) and I for one will be fangirling all over it.

Have you read Red Queen? Who would you cast as Mare, Cal and Maven?


Review: Finding Audrey

FInding Audrey

Title: Finding Audrey
Author: Sophie Kinsella 
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publication Date: June 9 2015  
Source: Soft cover Arc 
Available in Hardcover Here
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.
Edit: I’ve decided to include this review in Jera’s Jamboree Talk of the Town meme. So if you’ve found your way here through that link, welcome and I hope you enjoy the blog.
     I don’t think there are enough wonderful things I can say about this book. The characters were all super fleshed out and really likable. Audrey was an awesome MC probably one of my favorites in a long time. I think it was really smart for Sophie to give us the inside look at Audrey considering this is a book that deals with mental illness. I really enjoyed reading along while Audrey worked on breaking through her anxiety. I know a lot of readers are fearful that it’s all because of Linus but I think everyone that Audrey had in her life played a helping hand in her recovery. Plus when you deal with something as tough as anxiety you have to want to recover for yourself. I found myself rooting for Audrey and her whole family. I really loved her mom she was hysterical and wanted nothing but good for her family even if she went about it in all the wrong ways. Her brother Frank was a riot and definitely way more multi-layered than I expected. I definitely give the character development 5 stars!!! 
     The writing was fun and very descriptive. I loved that we weren’t told what or how a character acted but instead we were shown. There’s a part where Audrey talks about Linus’ smile that I just love that she compares it to a slice of an orange. For me it paints such a unique picture of what his smile must look like. And there’s an amazing part where Audrey talks about her recovery I love it so much I just have to share it here:
“Life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn’t matter if you slip down. As long as you’re kind of heading more or less upwards. That’s all you can hope for. More or less upward.”
Even for someone who doesn’t have a mental illness I think this is something we all hope for. So for this part I gotta give another 5 stars!!
Theme wise this book looks at a lot of things, mental illness, family dynamics, bullying, first romance. I would like to see more books deal with mental wellness I think it’s such an important topic to look at and to help break down the stigma of mental illness. I appreciated that the delicate topic was handled so gracefully and realistically. I love the way Kinsella portrayed Audrey’s family and how they really enjoyed being with one another. I think so many teens feel it’s uncool to have fun with your family but it certainly doesn’t have to be (although I guess we can’t all have cool families like Audrey). For thematic purposes I would give Audrey 5 stars!!
There wasn’t much of a world to build since this is a pretty standard fiction read with no fantasy element. Much of the book takes places in Audrey’s house and I think Sophie does a good job laying out how the house is set up and where Audrey goes (she even has her own room apart from her bedroom that she spends time in.)
I give this book 5 stars!!I think there’s a lot you can get out of this book and I definitely think even if Audrey herself isn’t your favorite character there’s a rather large cast and your bound to favor one of them. This is Sophie’s first foray into YA and I definitely hope she does some more titles. I will certainly be reading them.
Do you know any titles that deal with mental illness in a positive portrayal? Have you read any other Sophie Kinsella titles?
Til my next review

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme where you share two (2) “teaser” sentences from your current read to try to entice others to want to seek it out. This awesome meme from MizB is brought to us by her blog A Daily Rhythm

My two teaser sentences come from a book who’s review should be up by the end of the week, Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. This book is amazing and I’m going to encourage you to pick it up before I even post my full review. Trust me you will not regret this purchase. Without further ado:

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An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.


In the ideal scenario, I don’t have a lizard brain. Everything is easy.

I know these are probably the two shortest sentences I could have chosen but as someone who also suffers from really bad anxiety I think these two sentences go through everyone’s mind who suffers from mental illness. Stay tunes for my review at the end of the week (sorry not sorry to make you wait 😀 )

Review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Hello, Goodbye

Title: Hello, GOodbye and Everything In Between
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy Books
Publication Date: September 2015
Source: Hardcover
On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?
    I have never read anything by this author and I don’t typically read romance books they’re just not my thing. I received this as an ARC through the store I work at but it just kind of sat on my shelf for a while. I read a few pages of it earlier in the month but it didn’t really tug at my heartstrings but I think that was more to do with me not being in the right mood for this type of story than the writing itself. So I picked up again the other night and finished it.
     The two main characters Clare and Aiden are likable enough I much preferred Aiden to Clare she was not super believable to me. I felt like the author was trying to make her into a Rory Gilmore character and just trying too hard to make her something she’s not. Plus it made it hard for me to imagine why someone so outgoing and voracious as Aiden would have been drawn to her but I guess it fits the opposite attracts idea. There were two minor characters who had an interesting storyline that I would have liked to hear more about and they would be Clare’s best friend Stella and Aiden’s best friend Scotty. They almost felt more interesting and realistic. Overall, for the characters I would give this book  3 stars. 
     The writing was nothing spectacular there wasn’t a strong voice. I felt like the story was coming more from Clare’s point of view but she wasn’t the narrator. It was a third person narrator but they had a lot more insight into Clare’s head than into Aiden’s. I did like the layout of the story as they visited the places that meant something to their relationship that was cool because we got some insight on how they got to this point. Overall, I though the layout of the story was fun and sweet so I give this part of the book 4 stars.
     This book doesn’t tackle too much in themes or world building so I can’t really give a rating there. Overall, it’s a really unique look at a high school relationship and how to decide if the relationship should continue or end when going into college. I think a lot of people would like the characters even if they’re a little too cutsey or romantic (their relationship definitely played out like a chick lit rom-com). Plus I think the minor characters add a lot of flavor to the cast and I actually probably would have liked their story a little more.
     In general I neither loved or disliked this book so I’m going to give it 3 stars. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes Sarah Dessen or Jenny Haan. I don’t know if I would pick something else up by this author but if I’m in the mood for a light romantic read again I would probably gravitate towards this author.
Have you read this or anything else by this author? Is there a genre you don’t read too often?

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!!




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.


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!!



Friday 56

This awesome meme comes from our friend Freda.

*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.

Never Never.jpg

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.