Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #238

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL BY MELINA MARCHETTA

Goodreads Description:

Bashir “Bish” Ortley is a London desk cop. Almost over it. Still not deaing with the death of his son years ago, as well as the break up of his marriage.

Across the channel, a summer bus tour, carrying a group of English teenagers is subject to a deadly bomb attack, killing four of the passengers and injuring a handful of others. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board.

The suspect is 17 year old Violette LeBrac whose grandfather was responsible for a bombing that claimed the lives of dozens of people fourteen years ago; and whose mother, Noor, has been serving a life sentence for the part she was supposed to have played in the attack.

As Bish is dragged into the search for the missing Violette, he finds himself reluctantly working with Noor LeBrac and her younger brother, Jimmy Sarraf.

And the more he delves into the lives of the family he helped put away, the more Bish realizes that they may have got it wrong all those years ago, and that truth wears many colours. Especially when it comes to the teenagers on board the recent bus bombing. Including his daughter.

Tell the truth. Shame the devil. Bish can’t get Violette LeBrac’s words out of his head. But what he may get is some sort of peace with his own past as the worlds of those involved in two bombings, years apart, collide into the journey of his life.


Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: October 11th 2016 by Mulholland Books
Pre-Order here and here

I really don't read many adult books. But this is Melina Marchetta. Whom I have loved so many books by already. And so I cannot not read this book :D But even so, though, I do think it sounds pretty exciting. And a bit mean. And I think I will end up loving it lots. Keeping all my fingers crossed for this book :D
What are you waiting for on this searching Wednesday?

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Review: Summer Days and Summer Nights by Stephanie Perkins

Ugh. I'm a bit disappointed. This is my second anthology book read. I didn't love my first one just a month ago. And I did not love this one either. Which I'm super depressed about. This one looks so cute. Yes, I know, not my genre. But I adore a few of the authors. So I thought I might end up loving this. But I was wrong.

Okay, fine. I did like a few of the stories. But not a single one of these twelve stories were a five star for me. And that is just so disappointing. I'm going to rate all of them, and write a little bit about them all. But. Yeah. I was really disappointed with this book. Getting the hardcover, though, since, you know, favorite authors.

But yeah. I did not love this one. But I'm still giving it three stars. I think that was my average rating of them all. Though there were two one stars. Which is just so sad. Ugh. I wasn't expecting to dislike this one so much. I mean, I thought I would love it when I asked for it on Netgalley. But then I got it, and then I put it off for so long, getting more sure I wouldn't love it like I wanted to. But I didn't think that the stories would be that bad. Sigh. I can't help it. I did not like this book much at all. Would I recommend it? Well, not really. But sure. Some will love it. I was not one of those. But I did adore a few of the stories, and sharing more about them below. I just really wish this book had been better. I wanted to love it. I wanted to fall in love with this genre, lol.

The first story was Head, Scales, Tongue, Tail by Leigh Bardugo. I'm giving this story 4 out of 5. I loved Gracie and Eli. They only spend summers together. There is a reason for why. I loved that reason. But gosh, I wish this story had been much longer. Hmph. I wanted more of it. Beginning was a bit weird, but liked it. The second story was The End of Love by Nina Lacour. I'm giving this story 2 out of 5. About a girl named Flora, in love with another girl. She's taking summer class. Family drama. It was so boring.

The third story was Last Stand at the Cinegor by Libba Bray. I'm giving this story 1 out of 5. I did not like this one at all. Kevin was awful. Romance was weird. About old movies, so boring. I felt nothing. The most weird and stupid ending. The fourth story was Sick Pleasures by Francesca Lia Block. I'm giving this story 1 out of 5. It was so bad. Gosh. I can't stand how bad it was. Bad writing. Bad romance crap. There is dancing. There is drugs and drinking at times. And sex with wrong people. It was so awful.

The fifth story was In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins. I'm giving this story 3 out of 5. I haven't read the Winter story, but I liked this one. Marigold and North were cute. The mountain was amazing to read about. Wish there hadn't been relationship drama, but I liked the characters a lot. The sixth story was Souvenirs by Tim Federle. I'm giving this story 2 out of 5. Reading about Matty and Kieth was so so very boring. It was a break-up story. Bad ending. A lot of crying. So boring. And very awkward.

The seventh story was Inertia by Veronica Roth. I'm giving this story 4 out of 5. This story was pretty sweet. And sad. I liked the ending a lot. But yeah. I wouldn't have minded a full story of this one. Claire and Matt were adorable. I loved the part about visiting old memories together. The eight story was Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron. I'm giving this story 3 out of 5. I liked reading about Lena and Arlo. But, well, insta-love. The other couples were much cuter. A bit bad writing, though. But it was cute.

The ninth story was Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert. I'm giving this story 2 out of 5. This story was just so very boring. Nothing really happen. Girl is sad about cousin leaving. She acts meanly. Too quick romance. Ugh. I just didn't really like this one at all. The tenth story was Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare. I'm giving this story 3 out of 5. I liked Lulu and Lucas a lot. They were cute. There is a dark carnival, one demon, a bad uncle. It was an interesting story. I wanted more of this. Of them.

The eleventh story was A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith. I'm giving this story 3 out of 5. I adored Annie and Griffin. Not the best writing, but I adored the story. About autism. A bit of cute romance. And cute kids too. The twelfth story was The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman. I'm giving this story 2 out of 5. Oh, this story was boring. About a boy stuck in time, living the same day over and over. He finds a girl that does the same. He falls in love. A bit drama. Boring.

Sadly, most of these stories were just not for me at all. I felt like the writing for most of them were so bad. I didn't enjoy the stories or the characters. Many of the stories didn't even seem to fit into this book at all. Ugh. How disappointing. Still. It is a gorgeous looking book, lol. And I'm glad I read it even so. Thank you so much to the publisher, St. Martin's Griffin for approving my request to read this book early via Netgalley. You guys are the best. I wish I could have loved it more, though. Hmph. How mean.


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Invision Blog Tour: Spotlight

I have not read these books yet, but when the publisher contacted me to take part in the blog tour, I couldn't help but say yes :D Because these books seems pretty amazing, and I don't mind sharing about them with you all. Hoping to get to read them all one day :) They do sound so good. For my post today, I'm spotlighting the series. There are seven books, and Invision is coming out on May 3rd, which is my birthday. Which is pretty awesome :) Have any of you read these books yet? What do you think of them? Click the picture below to hunt for an awesome giveaway. Thank you Angie for letting me take part. <3

www.griffinteen.com

Excerpt from Invision:

Hanging his head, he pushed his chair back to face her. “What do you want me to say, Kode? You saw what I did. It’s hopeless. I’m going to end this world. Whether it’s tomorrow or a thousand years from now. I’m going to lose it all. Break bad and tear humanity apart. . . . Don’t matter what we do. Whatever we try. We just delay the inevitable outcome. So I’m going to sit here with my eats. And just . . .” he let his voice trail off as the full horror of his future played through his mind for the five millionth time.
He was the end of everything.
Everyone.
All he loved.   
The entire world would one day fall to Nick’s army of demons.
Yeah, there was something to put on his college applications. That ought to have schools lining up to accept him. Who wouldn’t want that as their alumnus? We have graduated senators, presidents, movers-and-shakers, and the Malachai demon who ate the world whole…
It was the one reality Nick wanted to deny and couldn’t. Everything eventually came back to that one inescapable fact he wanted to runaway from and couldn’t.
I’m only sixteen. Too young to deal with this crap.
He was supposed to be worried about his grades. About keeping his girl happy. Staying out of trouble. His mom finding his friend’s porn magazines stashed in his room. Getting to work on time. Making curfew.
Not hellgates and demons coming for the throats of his family and friends.
Definitely not about the fact that his birthright was to bring on the destruction of all humanity.



One boy . . .
Many demons.

Think there’s a lot of pressure on your shoulders? Nick Gautier was born to bring about the end of the world . . . it’s not easy being the heir of a demon overlord.

But Nick is determined to thwart his destiny and get into a good college. To be more than his genetics and prophecy foretell. No one is ever going to tell this stubborn Cajun who and what he really is. Or how to live his life.

Not even the Fates of the Universe. But now that he and his team of ancient gods and demons have claimed the Eye of Ananke and he sees the missteps of the future, he has to battle the demons within that are far deadlier and more treacherous than any he’s battled before. All the while his arch nemesis is back and determined to reclaim his place as the harbinger for Armageddon. Even if it means killing Nick and barbecuing everyone he loves to do so.





New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon is a regular in the #1 spot. This extraordinary bestseller continues to top every genre in which she writes. With more than 40 million copies of her books in print in more than one hundred countries, her current series include The Dark-Hunters, The League, and Chronicles of Nick. Her Chronicles of Nick and Dark-Hunter series are soon to be major motion pictures.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

In My Mailbox #235

New blog header this week :D I wanted a change. And I loooove the picture that I took of many of my favorite books, lol :D It is so gorgeous. Yes? But ahh, I am a bit annoyed about it too. I cannot manage to edit the edges, and I want them gooooone. Anyone who are good at editing and would like to help me? Please let me know :) Anyway. I had a good week. Only read two books this week, but daaamn, one of them was Nevernight :D And oh my good. It was perfect. But now I don't want to read any other books at all, lol :D I did a little bit of blogging this week. I shared my preview review of Shuffle, Repeat :) This week I'm waiting on Heartless :D I neeeed it. <3 Then I shared my review of Nevernight <3 Oh, I loved it so much. This week my Book Collection post is books by Kendare Blake :D Whom I love. <3 I also got a bunch of gorgeous books this week. Lots of pre-orders :D But still waiting on many, sigh. <3 I had a good week. But I'm also sick, which is the wooorst. And I am so, so sad, because I want the ARCs on my Wishlist more than anything, and there is no way I can get them, and ahh, it hurts my heart. Sad face.

Six books. One hardcover, five ARCs. International. Ends 05/15.



The Star-Touched Queen. Eee, soon I will get to read this book too. I hope I will end up loving it lots :)
Nevernight. Ahh! Thank you so much Katie at the UK publisher :D I LOVED this ARC so, so very much.
Let the Wind Rise. YAY! I loved book one and two. I shall read this precious book pretty soon, I hope :)
The Raven King. Ahh. I am nervous. Soonish re-reading the first books. <3 Love my signed bookplate :D
Soldier. I adore Julie. She's awesome. Have yet to read book one, but I have all three now. So pretty :D
The Rose & The Dagger. Yay! I can now finally read book one, lol. I hope to love these books so much.
Down with the Shine. I adored this book so very much :D And the finished copy is all kinds of gorgeous.
The Masked Truth. Thank you so much Suzanne for your awesome giveaway :D Cannot wait to read this.
The Winner's Curse. I.. I ordered the new covers. Ugh. Amazon made a mistake. But they will re-ship :D
Zootopia. Another cute Zootopia book, hih :D I cannot wait to buy more and more of them. <3 Adorable.
In the Heart of the Sea. I liked this movie a lot months back. I'm pretty excited to re-watch it soon :)
Harry Potter. Ahh, these postcards are tiny and adorable and I love them :D I will just look at them, lol.
Pop Figures. My first Alice in Wonderland pop :D I want them all. The Queen is awesome. And gosh. My very first Pocket pops too. Heavy and adorable. I need more. Same size as the key chains. Gah. So cute.


More Instagram photos here. <3

Friday, April 29, 2016

Book Collection #9


Ninth week of my new Book Collection posts. I will be doing this every Friday. And I am loving it. I own so many amazing books, and I love that I get to share my collection of many of them. I will be posting collections randomly, but I love them all. I hope you will all enjoy these posts of mine. Would love to know if you have any collections like mine, and if you own and love these books too. Let me know :)


Books by Kendare Blake

Oh, I adore Kendare. Her books are amazing. And she is so kind. I simply cannot wait to read her new books too, eee. I simply love my collection of her books. Just wishing I had more than just the ARC of Mortal Gods; wishing to own them all. As I adore all of these books so so much. They are just stunning.