Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #102

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer 
Series: DC Icons #1
Author: Leigh Bardugo 
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Superhero
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 29, 2017 

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story for the world’s greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.
She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .
Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.
Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.
Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war. 

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Why I'm waiting on Wonder Woman: Warbringer this Wednesday: I love superhero, so when I heard there would be different YA authors writing about them, I was so excited!  I'm even more excited about who they've chosen to write these stories.  Leigh Bardugo is doing the first one and she is such a talented writer.  I can't wait to see her take on Wonder Woman!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?  Are you excited about this series? I think I'm most excited for this one and the Catwoman one written by Sarah J. Maas.  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Things That Instantly Make Me NOT Want to Read a Book!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...

Top Ten Things That Instantly Make Me NOT Want to Read a Book! 

1. Love Triangles.  They're rarely done in a way that I can stand.  Mostly, they just annoy me and add unnecessary angst to the novel.  No, thank you.

2.  Mary Sue Characters.  Main characters who are so different and not "traditionally" pretty and who have no idea why this super hot guy is paying attention to them.  Gag.  

3. Overly Dramatic Characters.  I hate it when I'm reading a book and every single thing that happens is the end of the world to the characters.  Like, calm down.  

4. Not Very Pretty Covers.  I know, I know.  I shouldn't judge a book but its cover.  But I can't help it!  I want my bookshelf to look nice.  I'm particularly against covers with teen girls standing in huge ball gowns in awkward poses.

5.  Writing that Feels Awkward.  If they writing doesn't flow well, chances are I'll be putting the book down.  Even if the story is amazing, I can't get past awkward writing. 

6.  Trusted Blogger Friends Saying It's Bad.  I trust the blogging community when it comes to recommending books.  They tend to be pretty honest in their thoughts.  I know who has the same tastes as me so I can definitely base off what I do and don't read on that!

7. "Nice Guy" Love Interests.  The nice guys that aren't actually nice guys.  Basically entitled assholes.  Ugh, gross. 

8. Straight Up Horror.  I am easily frightened, guys.  And I tend to read mostly at night.  Horror novels just freak me out and convince me that something is in my closet.  I avoid them as might as I can.   

9. Books that Handle Important Issues Poorly.  Lately there's been a lot of books coming out that handle hard topics in ways that are harmful.  I'm not willing to support them by reading them.  Avoid at all costs.  

10.  Books By Authors I Have Read From in the Past and Not Enjoyed.  I'll give an author about two chances before resigning myself to just not liking any of their books.  If I read two different books from them and dislike them both, I more likely than not will avoid reading from them again.

What are some things that make you avoid reading a book?  Does anything on my list match up with yours?  Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Caraval

Title: Caraval
Series: Caraval #1
Author: Stephanie Garber
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: January 31, 2017
Source: Bought

How far would you go to save your sister?
Welcome, welcome to Caraval —Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Wow, wow, wow!  It's always so special to read a book and have it live up to all the hype surrounding it.  Caraval delivered in so many different ways, throughout the entire book.  It was dark and atmospheric, full of magic and mystery.  There was a steamy romance, danger, and twists that I did not see coming.  

 Probably my favorite part of this novel was the world that Stephanie Garber has created.  There was no dump of information about the world, which I really appreciated.  I was able to slowly learn about it along with the protagonist, Scarlett.  While I still feel a little in the dark about the politics and layout of the world in its entirety, I enjoyed what I did see, particularly what I saw of the carnival.  It was so intricately laid out and full of clues and magic and secret passages.  I would love to spend a day (or week, or month) there just to explore it all and understand the magic of everything.  Again, that's something I still feel a little unclear about.  I want to know more about the magic of the world and how exactly it works in relation to the Caraval and in the rest of the world.  

I also enjoyed the relationship between these characters, particularly the relationship between the sisters, Scarlett and Tella.  They obviously love each other and would do anything to keep the other safe.  I did find Tella to be a bit irritating, though.  She came off as irresponsible and selfish.  Of course, we learn more about her and her motives at the end of the novel but that initial impression is hard to forget.  Scarlett was very level-headed and responsible -- she doesn't really allow herself to think for herself or have fun.  I'd love to read more about her in a situation that is less life-threatening.  Still, she was an awesome protagonist and someone who was easy to root for.  

Romance plays a fairly large role in this novel, as well.  Our main love interest, Julian, took me a while to warm up to.  Again, this thing with first impressions.  We first meet him in a compromising situation with Tella, so I felt a little weird about shipping him with Scarlett.  Once things got rolling though and they spent more time together, I started to get behind them.  Their relationship is definitely a slow building one but I didn't mind that one bit!  I will say though, I feel like I don't know a whole lot about Julian. We don't get a whole lot of information about his past and what we do know about him feels a little flimsy (for reasons you find out about at the end of the novel).  He seems like an interesting character though, and I'm hoping we get to see him more in the next novel.

Despite a few minor issues, I absolutely adored this book.  It's one of my favorites of the year so far!  The ending definitely leads us to believe there will be another book so I'm looking forward to spending more time with these characters and learning more about the world they live in.  

“Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or performance. It's the closest you'll ever find yourself magic in this world.”

Four Teapots

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #101

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine which spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean 
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before 
Author: Jenny Han 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Publication Date: May 2, 2017

Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.
Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.
But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.
When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to? 

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Why I'm Waiting on Always and Forever, Lara Jean this Wednesday: I LOVE this series.  I only recently read the first two books (thanks Brandi for the recommendation!) but it's just so amazing.  This series is the book equivalent of cuddling puppies while eating brownies.  It just genuinely is a joy to read.  I'm so excited about this third book and I can't wait to see what Lara Jean does next!

Have you read this series?  What did you think?  If you haven't, I highly recommend it, especially if you're a fan of contemporary.  It's the perfect feel-good read.  Plus, the covers are gorgeous!  I could rave about these books all day.  Anyways, what are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish in which we share out top ten lists relating to the bookish topic assigned that week.

This week's topic is...

Top Ten Things That Make Me Instantly Want to Read a Book!

1. Hate-to-Love Romance!  I'm a sucker for it.  My favorite contemporary novel last year, The Hating Game, is the perfect example of this! I love it so much.

2. Badass Female Characters!  Yes, give me all the strong ladies!  Even if they aren't "traditionally" strong, I feel like if they stick up for their beliefs, stay true to who they are, then they're badass.  But being able to kick butt helps, too.

3. Myths!  I love when novels include myths and legends and gods and goddesses.  I can't help but want to read anything that brings in these things.

4.  Road trips!  Especially when they lead to interesting and sometimes awkward situations between a couple I ship! 

5. Bad Boys!  Chances are if the blurb mentions a batboy, I'm 90% more likely to pick it up and read it.

6. Magic! Fantasy is my favorite genre.  Please, give me some made up worlds and epic powers.

7. Summery Feels!  If I am reading a contemporary, I want it to make me feel like it's summer! I love summertime mischief in books. 

8.  Faeries!  This kind of goes hand in hand with magic, but faeries are my favorite magical creatures.  I think they're so interesting and there's so many ways to right them.  

9. Sibling Relationships!  I love when there's a strong relationship between siblings in the books I read.  The book I just recently read that had the best sibling relationships is To All the Boys I've Loved Before

10. Gorgeous Covers!  I'll admit it, I totally buy books just because they'd look pretty on my bookshelf.  If it had a pretty cover AND sound amazing, it's a win-win!

What makes you instantly want to read a book?  Let me know in the comments below!

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