Friday, July 28, 2017

The Fault in Our Stars

Stars 4/5
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
*Booktube-A-Thon Read*

I read this book due to the constant persuading of a friend even though I don't normally read books about grief and death. As a reader, I know how it feels to be left wondering what happens next but Hazel took it to a whole new level and seemed a bit selfish and out of control. In her pursuit of something so frivolous and insignificant, she not only put her and Gus at risk but allowed Gus to use his last wish on her obsession. I never cried during this book as I know how these "girl meets guy > one/both are sick > they fall in love > one/both dies" tropes play out but Augustus Waters... you will always be in my heart! 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Salt to the Sea

Stars 5/5
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
*Booktube-A-Thon Read*

This book was set during World War II and was about a group of refugees, from different countries, trying to make their way to the Baltic Sea to freedom. Historical fiction with splashes of authenticity.  The characters are so unique and play such different parts in the story line but it all comes together beautifully. As soon as I finished this book, it went on my 2017 favorites list, it was that good. I will warn you that it has it's heart wrenching moments and I was brought to tears a few times in the story. I highly recommend this book to everyone. This is a must read.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Monster Variations

Stars 5/5
The Monster Variations by Daniel Kraus
*Booktube-A-Thon Read*

The story is about three boys dealing with childhood bullies, parents, clashing personalities, getting into trouble and really all that goes with growing up plus that terrifying silver truck. It focuses on that one summer when everything changes. I can't really give out anymore info as not to spoil it but it is a very good read. I feel it definitely captures the positive and all the negative traits of humanity at every age. I would recommend this book to everyone. 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Murder at 40 Below

Stars 5/5
Murder at 40 Below by Tom Brennan
*Booktube-A-Thon Read*

I must be honest and say that I do not read true crime books anymore. Reason is that they make me a bit sick to my stomach due to the graphic nature but I wanted to read this one because it was specific to Alaska. I appreciated this author's simple but factual description of sensitive information dealing with each crime and not fall into the overly descriptive gore that I do not like. The stories were intriguing and I found it took me double the time to read this because I had to google the crime after I read each case wanting to see a pic or two of the killer. I love books on Alaska and I am glad I gave this book a read. I very much enjoyed reading about these historical moments in Alaska's history even if they are the darker side of it. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes true crime. *I must make note that there is one story in the book that is a bit hard to read. It is regarding a death of two children.

Monday, July 24, 2017

I Text Dead People

Stars 5/5
I Text Dead People by Rose Cooper
*Booktube-A-Thon Read*

I am going to be honest in saying, I bought this book for the awesomely cute cover and just loved the story. This book is about a girl named Annabel that moves to a new town because her uncle dies and her and her mom inherit the old mansion. The house is near a cemetery and that is where the books starts with Annabel finding a mysterious cell phone. A story about finding yourself, new friends, lots of spooky and a new creepy life. The illustrations are to "die" for! I would recommend this book to everyone! *I read this book as a booktube-a-thon read* 

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde A Graphic Novel

Stars 5/5
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde A Graphic Novel by Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrated by Andrzej Klimowski & Danusia Schejbal
*Booktube-A-Thon Read*

I have always enjoyed the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde but I just loved this book because the illustrations were amazing. The dark charcoal like drawings brought the story to life in a creepy, spine tingling way. It was just what the Doctor ordered on the stormy night I read this. This graphic novel will grace my bookcase for years to come. I would recommend to everyone. 

The Tea Dragon Society

Stars 5/5
The Tea Dragon Society by Kate O'Neill
*ARC READ*
*Releases Oct 31, 2017*
*Booktube-A-Thon Read*

Oh how I just loved this book. I would love to have all these little tea dragons! As a person who loves fantasy and loves tea just as much, this book was one that made me smile all the way through it. A coming of age story that follows Greta & her new friends and how they find themselves and their purpose in life. I hope there will be more. I can just imagine the adventures they could go on and so many more tea dragons. I will be watching out. I read this book for the Booktube-a-thon and would recommend it to everyone!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing

Stars 5/5
The Shark-Headed Bear-Thing by Barry Hutchinson
Illustrated by Chris Mould

I picked this book to read during Shark Week and it was such a different spin on sharks that I loved it. A fun coming of age book. The characters are very likable and you go on an adventure with them as they, not only search for the monster, but find out what powers they really carry. I would love to see a whole series of Benjamin Blank. I can just imagine how fun going on adventures in his world would be. I would recommend this book to everyone. You are never to old to enjoy a Shark-Headed Bear-Thing! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Romantically Disturbed: Love Poems To Rip Your Heart Out

Stars 5/5
Romantically Disturbed: Love Poems To Rip Your Heart Out by Ben H. Winters
Illustrated by Adam F. Watkins

What a fun short book of lightly disturbed poetry and artful dark illustrations. This book is for all ages. Not overly gruesome but enough to cause a fright. Such a wonderful collection that can be enjoyed by all. I would recommend this to everyone. My favorite poem was Decisions Decisions! I think I may have gotten in trouble at school if would of read that poem back then! 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Stars 4/5
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

This is the final book in the trilogy and I really enjoyed this series. Three sisters coming of age, friendships, love, finding their way, planning their futures and dealing with the separation. I have to say that I did find a couple things that I didn't care very much for in this book. I started seeing a change in Margot in the second book that I really didn't like and it spilled over into this book. I found her character changing from a loving, caring sister to a rude, immature young adult. I also grew a bit tired of hearing everyone in the book, including adults, making comments of how "hot" Lara Jean's boyfriend was... even her dad? That was a bit much for me. I would recommend this series.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Blue Day Book

Stars 4/5
The Blue Day Book by Bradley Trevor Greive

This is a short inspirational picture book with text. Very cute pictures of animals and it does bring a smile to your face. This was given to me by my Mom and it definitely found a place on my bookcase. I would recommend it to everyone who likes animals and needs a little "pick me up".

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Girl in 6E

Stars 4/5
The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

A cyber sex girl that has barricaded herself inside an apartment for years because she is really a killer. The book was entertaining and even though it was around 350 pages, it read quick because the story kept you on the edge of your seat. Very sexual and unique in story line. I did find a few things a little unrealistic but I enjoyed the book and am really anxious to read the rest of the books in this series. I would recommend this to everyone who loves lots of sex, sexual references, fetishes, gore and murder.

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Upside of Unrequited

Stars 5/5
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

I just love Becky Albertalli's writing style. It is so much fun and easy to read. Time just flies by as you are engulfed inside the story. This is a book about twin sisters coming of age, making life altering decisions, finding themselves and yet staying close with each other as they find their different paths. I have to be honest in saying I loved Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda a little more but I really loved this book as well. Recommend this for everyone.

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Stars 5/5
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Oh what a most wonderfully awesome book! I just loved this coming of age, finding love, juggling friendships, overcoming hurtful people, bullying, family support and the "smiling all throughout the book" book. This story brought in many elements of diversity which I love and I will definitely be recommending this to everyone. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

P.S. I Still Love You

Stars 5/5
P. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

I really enjoyed the second book in this trilogy. It continues on with Lara Jean and her boy crushes. I must say that I believe I liked this book even more than the first. I am excited to see how the story continues in the next book but will be sad to see it end. I would like to know more about what happens with Josh. I did miss him in this book. I would definitely recommend this to everyone. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Stars 5/5
To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

A beautiful contemporary story about sisters coming of age, falling in love, family and heartbreak. I just loved this book and can not wait to read the next two in the trilogy. The story leaves you on a huge cliffhanger so be prepared to grab up the second book. I would recommend this to everyone. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

One Witch at a Time

Stars 5/5
One Witch at a Time by Stacy DeKeyser

This is a Jack and the Beanstalk retelling and it has it's twists and turns that made it a very fun and enjoyable read. I went into the book not knowing anything about it except there were witches on the cover and I was really impressed. I know this is a stand alone/sequel book to The Brixen Witch and I am very excited to pick that book asap. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes middle grade, fantasy, fairy tale retellings and of course witches.

The Doll's Alphabet

Stars 5/5
The Doll's Alphabet by Camilla Grudova

If someone told me that they found these stories in an abandoned Mental Asylum from years gone by... I would believe it. This book of short stories is ridiculously bizarre and twisted. I just loved it! My mind is still spinning around and around thinking of the "open ended" endings, the unique and quirky characters, the odd worlds and I want so much more. I would love to see this book with illustrations that brings everything to life. That would be so amazing to see. I recommend this book to everyone who loves Shockingly Bizarre Characters, Touches Of Gore, Weird Sexual Scenarios, Things That Make You Say "What?" and Books That Make Your Mind Spin. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cinnamon

Stars 5/5
Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman

I just love Neil Gaiman stories! I am sure there are many morals you can take from this story but the one that I love is ... Why bother talking if there is nothing to say. Beautiful artwork for the Beautiful story. I would recommend this book to everyone.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Murder On The Orient Express

Stars 5/5
Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Of course this is not the first time I have read Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie but since the new film is coming out in Nov, I thought I would revisit the story. I purchased this book in a box set for my Mom when I got my first job decades ago and ended up reading them right along with her. That was when I fell in love with the mysteries. The story has the twists and turns of a wonderfully written vintage classic that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I would recommend this and every Agatha Christie book to everyone. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

My Brother's Shadow

Stars 4/5
My Brother's Shadow by Tom Avery

Kaia walked in to find her brother had killed himself. This book is about how she became frozen in time and how she dealt with her discovery. As I was reading this story, I felt as though I was in her mind and how she had to repeat things to herself and fight through the fogginess to press forward. A wonderful book about dealing with grief and working through the many emotions that affect everyone. I would definitely recommend this book.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Milk and Honey

Stars 1/5
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

I can appreciate the author's freedom to write but honestly I feel this book was a rambling mess of unhealthy thoughts and behavior. I could not recommend this book.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones

Stars 5/5
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
(Wayward Children #2)

This book told of the back story of Jack and Jill from "Every Heart a Doorway" and it was amazing. I could not put the book down until I read it to the end! What a great story. I am still in awe of it. I really loved how this story went into all the detail of how the sisters found their world and lived among them for years. I can not go into more detail because I do not want to ruin the story but take my word ... this is a book series you do not want to miss. I would recommend it to everyone! 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Every Heart a Doorway

Stars 5/5
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
(Wayward Children #1)
This book has made it to my favorites YAY! I just loved this story and I can not wait to read the other books in the series. I have to say that I was sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time reading the story and I think I set a record of how fast I read it. It was that GOOD! All I am going to say is this... The story is about a school set up for kids that have came back from other worlds. Places like Wonderland, Narnia, The World of the Dead ect... This school is to help kids deal with the issues of being back in this world. That is all I am going to say about this book because I do not want to spoil it but I highly recommend this to everyone. I just finished the book and I am wanting to go back to that world asap! 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ivy in Bloom

Stars 5/5
Ivy in Bloom by Vanita Oelschlager

I very much enjoyed this little poetry book and how it incorporated famous poems from many authors together to form a poem about Spring coming. The illustrations were amazing and I feel that this book is a very unique way to get younger children reading and learning about poetry earlier in their life. I am so glad I got to read this book and would recommend it to everyone.  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Shadow Weaver

Stars 5/5
Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly
ARC - Release Date Jan 1, 2018
Oh.. I can not wait for the next book in this series! Very unique story about a little girl named Emmeline, who was born with the power to weave shadows. Her only friend is her shadow Dar, which turns out to be an inside out/upside down friendship if you know what I mean. A lot of mysterious things happen and Emmeline is not really sure if Dar is telling the truth and things start to get dangerous. Ancient magic, shape shifting, a scary ghost-like girl and running for your life. That is all I am going to say about the story because I do not want to spoil it. I can not wait to read more. I recommend it everyone.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Giant Days vol 1

Stars 4/5
Giant Days vol 1 by John Allison

I have to say that I honestly enjoyed the first volume of this graphic novel series and plan to read more. I think it addressed many issues facing college age kids. I was so glad to see how Susan realized her wrong doing by throwing men under the bus just as it is wrong for men to do that to women. Wanting fairness and equal rights for women does not mean to destroy our brothers, sons and fathers in the process. Equality means just that which I think is frequently overlooked by feminists. I loved the illustrations and it was a quick and fun read. I would recommend it everyone!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Vintage: A Ghost Story

Stars 4/5
Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman

A sexually charged m/m ghost story that was a crazy fun read. Let me first say... I wish the ending was not as rushed as it was and that there was more info about what happened to Josh. Other than that, I loved the gothic creepy! Wish I would of saved this one for closer to Halloween but who knows it is a short read maybe I will re-read it then. A young guy finds that because of his past suicide attempt, he can see ghosts. He meets a "1950's Ghost" named Josh and the story heats up. I will not say anything else as not to spoil it. I would recommend this book to my "New Adult" reading friends.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Wendy Project

Stars 3/5
The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne
ARC - Release Date July 18, 2017
**SPOILER ALERT**
The illustrations for this graphic novel are beautiful. I loved how the colors were worked into the story at just the right time. The story was a Peter Pan retelling in a more modern day setting. Wendy is driving with her two brothers in the car when she crashes into the lake. I thought the story told of a horrible loss but am kinda bothered on how Wendy behaved and dealt with her brother's death/disappearance. I mean even if Michael was taken off by Peter Pan, he lost his memory of his past life with his family and Wendy would never see him again. Not to mention what happened at the very end when his Mother screams out... His body washed ashore fully intact. Creepy to say the very least.

Suit Your Selfie

Stars 4/5
Suit Your Selfie by Stephan T. Pastis
ARC - Release Date July 18, 2017

I swear I want one of those "Antisocial Globes" LOL! This book was very funny. I think I had a smile on my face the whole time reading it. I just love Pig! I would recommend it to everyone who loves a quirky joke! 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Eliza and Her Monsters

Stars 5/5
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

What an amazing story! I couldn't put this book down. I have grew up using the computer and can relate to Eliza in more ways than one. Her need to be online. Her need to be apart of a world she created. As a graphic designer for a top internet game, I know how she felt and the anxiety of being forced away from the online world. I am so very glad I read this book and I would recommend it to everyone I know especially all my online-addict friends!

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Shooter

Stars 4/5
Shooter by Caroline Pignat

If you can imagine, The Breakfast Club with a gunman running around the school, you will get this book. A few school kids, from different social standings, trapped in a bathroom. There are a few twists that keep you on the edge of your seat. It was a very fast read. I enjoyed the story line and all the characters, even though I must say I really felt bad for Alice and her responsibilities being so young and having to help take care of her brother. I would recommend this to everyone. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall

Stars 4/5
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn

This story kinda reminded me of The Secret Garden with a ghostly twist. It was a fun quick read that I really enjoyed. I always love ghostly stories. I will say that even through it all, I did feel so sorry for Sophia. The story had a few spooky parts but not too much for the younger reader. It is just right. I would recommend to the young and old alike. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Random Illustrated Facts

Stars 5/5
Random Illustrated Facts by Mike Lowery
ARC Review - Release Date Oct 31, 2017
What a fun book to read! Lots of interesting and crazy facts in different categories with awesomely cute illustrations. Reminded me of a handmade scrapbook and I really enjoyed it. It was a very quick read and I have to say I did learn a lot from it. This would make great gifts for everyone. I will recommend this book!

Poe: Stories and Poems

Stars 5/5
Poe: Stories and Poems A Graphic Adaption by Gareth Hinds
(Release Date Aug 1st 2017)
ARC REVIEW
Oh what a beautifully dark graphic novel! I just loved it! I will always love Poe's words and this book put his words to art. Amazing art work. We all have our own pictures of stories in our minds but WOW the art was very defined and a wonderful adaptation to the stories. I will definitely be adding a physical copy of the book to my collection as soon as it is released. I would recommend this to everyone. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Revival (Graphic Novel)

Stars 4/5
Revival by Tom Seely & Mike Norton

I love zombies and loved the illustrations in this book. Wisconsin is being quarantined due to Revivers, people who have died and came back to life. Some are normal and some are no way normal. Lots of crazy violence and gore which I love. This is the first book in a series of graphic novels. I think the scariest parts of this were the religious nut cases and makes me think about how the world would be if this really did happen and how the religious people would react. I would recommend this to anyone who loves horror, gore, violence, blood, zombies and graphic novels! 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Witchtown

Stars 5/5
Witchtown by Cory Putman Oakes

(I read the advanced reader copy at the request of the author for a honest review. Book releases July 18, 2017) Oh, what a fun book to read! I just love a witchy story and this one was very unique. I loved the little map in the front of the book but I am a little pig when it comes to wanting to know all the details about each and every area in the world. The town sounded amazing and magical and I really hope this won't be the last I hear of Witchtown. I will be buying a hard copy of this book when it comes out. I really enjoyed it so much! I will recommend this to everyone!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Stargirl

Stars 5/5
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

What a beautiful book and a beautiful Star! I just loved this book. I enjoyed the ups and downs it brought and all the emotions that I felt reading it. Stargirl was a powerful character. A girl with her own thoughts, logic and happiness. I am so excited to read the second book so I don't want to make hasty decisions but I must say that Leo was kinda a let down, not only to me as a reader but to Stargirl as a friend. I am going into the next book blind, not knowing what it is about, maybe Leo will be stronger the next time around. I will recommend this book to everyone! It was a wonderful read!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Sunday, April 30, 2017

At The Edge Of The Universe

Stars 5/5
At The Edge Of The Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson

This story is about a boy named Ozzie that was in love with a boy named Tommy since they were in the 2nd grade. One day, Tommy vanishes from the world and no one remembers him but Ozzie. I don't want to go into too much about this book because I do not want to spoil it in anyway. Let me just say that you will be in the dark until the last few pages! Oh, how I loved not knowing and trying to guess, throughout the whole book, what the heck was going on. It made the story so worth reading! I really loved it. I loved "We are the Ants" by Shaun David Hutchinson so I knew I would love this book as well. I recommend it to everyone!

Monday, April 10, 2017

By Your Side

Stars 4/5
By Your Side by Kasie West

I have rewrote this review a few times trying to get my feelings across without spoiling the book so here it goes... The main character, Autumn, finds herself locked inside a library over the weekend with a boy from her school, Dax, that has a horrible reputation. Autumn was the stereotypical snobby, shallow and self absorbed high school girl. Dax was the quiet, reader guy that came from a dysfunctional family that everyone gossiped about. The story had a few twists and turns that I never saw coming and I enjoyed it as I do all of the Kasie West books I have read. I would recommend this book to everyone! Fun Read!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Goodbye Days

Stars 5/5
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
**SPOILER ALERT**
I have been waiting to read this book forever and finally I did! This book is full of emotion so make note of that before you sit and read it (hint - bring tissues). The different emotions in this story is gripping and even upsetting. I don't want to spoil the story but the adults and their behavior in this book made me so mad that I wanted to scream. The story is about a boy, Carver, that sends his friends a text message to find out where they were and as a result they were all killed in a car crash answering the text message and how the community and the families dealt with the ordeal. I love how the author included other characters in the story that went through deaths as a young boy and how they dealt with it because at the end of the book I felt ok. Like I knew how the rest of Carver's life would be. I would recommend this to everyone. I loved the story.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Betty Boop

Stars 5/5
Betty Boop by Roger Langridge and Gisele Lagace
(note - This review is for the entire collection that will be released May 16th 2017. This cover is only for the first edition story. No cover is released yet for the new full book)

I love Betty Boop and I was honored to be asked to review this graphic novel before it's release. First let me say, the illustrations are amazing. Keeping true to her look and style. I appreciated that so much! The story line was fun and also true to form as a vintage animation. The characters were all wonderful and I loved not only the main characters like Koko the clown, Grampy, Bimbo, Pudgy, Sally and Scat Skellington but also all the well illustrated ghosts, bugs and even the scene of Betty riding in the taxi. What a wonderful book. Loved the Bonus Materials at the end. I would recommend this to everyone! 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Jane Eyre

Stars 5/5
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Every time I read this book, it makes me think of the similarities to Charlotte Bronte's life. All the tragedies, love, holding on to a family and just stumbling through life. This is a dark romance for me. I don't want to give away the story line too much but I feel like even when the good came about in the story it was always clouded with pain and a certain fogginess. I truly love this book and I must give it 5 stars because not only is it a true work of brilliant artistry but to know this story came out of the author's real life horrors. I would recommend this to everyone.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Sense and Sensibility

Stars 4/5
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I have to say this is one of my favorite Jane Austen books and it wouldn't be right if I didn't say that one of the main reasons I love this story is because one of my favorite actors played Colonel Brandon in the film. Alan Rickman definitely played a big part in making this book one of my favs. Every time I read the book I picture him in that role and it warms my heart. This book is about coming of age, finding love, heartbreak and never settling but opening your eyes to other possibilities that maybe you never saw before. I would recommend this book to everyone!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Northanger Abbey

Stars 4/5
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

This is the creepiest book by Jane Austen and I just love it. It shows how she loved to dabble in everything not just romance but I guess I am partial because I love Austen! I think this book shows how love and romance, even in that era of time, had it's dark side and how it was both sided, male and female. This novel is always a joy to read and I would recommend it to everyone.