Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Season for Fireflies

                Hello happy readers!  So today I wanted to share my thoughts and feels on a cute contemporary that I read some time back that I realized I never posted my review on.  Bad me.  The book in question is ASeason For Fireflies by Rebecca Maizel and the original review can be found on No BS Book Reviews as I received a copy for an always honest review.

Rating:  4 Stars

               This book was such a quick read.  I flew through it in one sitting which is a great feeling to start and finish a book so rapidly and have that sense of completion.

                That said this book hits one of those areas that I’ve seen pop up a bit more as of late, memory loss.  Whatever the circumstance the memory is lost to a point and how life has changed.  This always intrigues me and makes me wonder if I lost my memory and had to ask people what kind of person I was would I like the answer.  Penny didn't lose all of her memories just those from the last year when her life went completely upside down from what she was used to. 

                Penny is fun and quirky.  She always likes to make an entrance and she loves her friends and has her passion.  She is having a hard time with things at home though and it takes a toll.  I could relate to some of her decisions and her lack of desire to want to talk about things even with her closest friends.  When you've always thrived at being in the spotlight and now you need to step back and stay out of the light.  Sometimes it's easier to start fresh, rather than pull down the good in one's life with the bad.  She makes some pretty crappy decisions along the way.  She basically decides to change her entire life in one emotion filled night.  While it made an interesting concept but it was a bit harder to see her sticking to her guns like that.

                Two others who really caught my eye were Wes and new BFF Kylie.  I loved the dynamic after Penny loses her memory and pretty much doesn't remember Kylie but on the other end she always felt a connection to Wes.  There is something really great in those parts to read.  Maizel did a great job there. I enjoyed post memory loss the best part because it was like relearning things all over again and the emotions portrayed were so genuine.  Confused to find your life not as you remember….horrifying.  Thankfully for me my life doesn't change all that much so I wouldn't have much issue but it's still a scary thought.  I wish we had a bit more with her original drama friends before to get more of a feel for them and just have a bit more of a connection to them but for such a short read it gave me enough to imagine the depth of their connection. 

                This book is full of complex dynamics between friends past and present and reconciling the different but it also touches on some serious family dynamics. Her mom is not mom of the year.  Her dad is sweet but distant, lost in his own world.  Throughout the book they both come into play and both factor into who she is and who she becomes because in the end it's a book of self discovery.  It only took a little lightening strike in a pool to help her put her priorities in order.  Side note here, apologize to my mother for all the times I rolled my eyes as she made me get out of the pool when it started to storm because yep nope this doesn't sound fun in the least.

                Overall I enjoyed it and for a couple hours of reading I had a great time.  I even liked the idea of the influx of fireflies because who doesn't remember being a kid and chasing after them to catch them.  In times much more innocent before things got all wonky and adulting took over.  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

~Waiting on Wednesday~ Acca (Angelbound #3)

                “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

Acca (Angelbound #3) by Christina Bauer
Out: 2/14            

From Goodreads:
                In just one week, supernatural warrior Myla Lewis must discover enough evidence to send the evil House of Acca to prison…or she’ll end up in jail herself, along with her fiancĂ©, Prince Lincoln.  No pressure.

                To gather proof, Myla and Lincoln go undercover at an all-girl’s high school on Earth.  Lincoln acts as the new gym teacher; Myla becomes the school’s least popular transfer student ever.  To stop them from getting the goods, Acca releases Hell on Earth.  Literally.  Good thing Myla and Lincoln aren’t afraid of a tough fight.  This one promises to be the hardest yet.  After all, who ever said high school wasn’t hell?
Why I’m Waiting:
                I love this series.  I always wanted more between Scala and Armageddon with the time jump and now going back we find out some of the adventures they have had.  Plus a reason to have more Myla and Lincoln oh yeah!!!               

                What are you waiting on?  Tell me below what you think of this title and leave a link to your WoW as well so I can check it out.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Fantastic Beast & Where to Find them Movie

                Hello happy readers!  So this is a bit late to you, go figure I’m behind, but I saw the first showing offered in my area for Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and I’ve been holding in my thoughts and feels for so long I might burst!  If you don’t know I’m a huge Harry Potter fan so the idea of having more movies in this world is the best news in a long time!  So diving right in, I LOVED IT!

Rating:  5 Fantastic Beasts
                It was AMAZING! 

                Basically I could see this movie over and over again.  And I plan to see it again soon.  It was such a good story and visually it was stunning!  One of the best things about this movie is that while it is the first movie in a new story it doesn’t feel like a set up.  It feels like a complete story that stands on its own.  But of course you want more because it was AWESOME!

                We know the world of Hogwarts already but this time we go back in time to one of Harry’s required readings authors before he finished his book in America.  This right here opens up so many new areas for us seeing how things differ between the two countries from Muggles to No-Maj (I still prefer muggle) or the Ministry of Magic to the Magical Congress.  The world was both magically similar but also completely new and exciting.  You can go in knowing all about Harry Potter and that series or you can go in knowing nothing and still be amazed and understand it all.

                I personally went into this movie not knowing a ton about it.  I knew it followed Newt Scamander who wrote the book I know of and have read like a dutiful Hogwarts student and that he comes to New York with his suitcase and beasts are in need of being caught as something is causing huge problems for the wizarding community of New York along with the.  And it was Harry Potter universe so yeah that’s all you need to know.

                Newt was perfect! He was charming and sweet but most importantly good.  He prefers the company of beasts to other people.  They are his passion.  He loves caring for them and understanding them.  He has such simple yet grand dreams that instead of banning and harming them we should endeavor to understand them.  He was portrayed perfectly and I can’t imagine anyone else every playing him now because this is Newt for me.  The rest of the cast did an amazing job as well but he stood out the most for me.  Kowalski also brought an added level of humor and wonder to the story instead of being the muggle who needs things explained to him as he could have been, but rest assured he is so much more.

                 Visually this movie was stunning!  The beasts were well crafted and looked so real.  Each one was so unique and beautiful (or horrifying) from Bowtruckle, Demiguise, Erumpent, Graphorn, Murtlap, Niffler, Occamy, Thunderbird, and of course Swooping Evil.  Some of my favorites and ones I could remember how to say to look up the spellings in my book and some weren’t in there so I’ll have to see about a more complete book in the future.  The team who pulled this off deserve an award because WOW!  And not just the creatures themselves but the suitcase!  First ummm I would never need a house again just put my suitcase somewhere and I’m good.  I mean that charm in there is insane.  All the different habitats for the beasts was so mind blowing I couldn’t even function. 
                 I mentioned before you could go into this without having seen the other Harry Potter movies or reading the books and be okay but if you are like the rest of the world and have seen the movies there are so many little bits that will give you “ah ha” moments and get your inner conspiracy theorist spinning.  I was dying to chat with other readers when I got out and couldn’t wait for them to see it. 

                There is so much happening in this movie and knowing there will be more just makes my little heart so happy.  I am beyond excited to see what J.K. has in store for us next.  Until next time I need to memorize everything in this and also I feel a Harry Potter movie marathon in the works as well!  I’d love to hear your thoughts and feelings about this movie so we can discuss. 

                Until next time…

Friday, November 25, 2016

Challenge Wrap-Up: August-November

                I hope everyone had a good and safe Thanksgiving yesterday. I had an early dinner with the family then straight to work then a quick check for a few deals on the way home. Now that also means today is the 25th which means it is time for my monthly challenge update and wrap-up; and because I’ve been such a bad blogger the last couple months this will cover Months 8-11.  Basically I haven’t made a ton of progress in the time this encompasses but bright news is I bought a house!!!  That was a lot of work and has kind of impeded things with its own list of troubles on top of birthday season for friends/family and getting sick but nothing I can’t handle.  And handle I shall as I’m getting a better grip on things with being in the house, internet up and running, and books unpacked I hope to get back into my routine.  Still I want to share my progress with you all and it helps me hold myself accountable. 

Goodreads Challenge:
Goal: 100
At: 98
StealingSnow (Stealing Snow #1) by Danielle Paige
A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir
QuantaReset (The Shadow Ravens #3) by Lola Dodge (review)
Concealed (Beholder #2) by Christina Bauer (review)
HighlyIllogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

2016 Debut Authors:
Goal: 12
At:  10
I’ve read a couple but I since I’ve been bad at posting I haven’t gotten the reviews up yet and thus they don’t count yet.  Just means I’ll make a bigger jump for the final stretch!

Rock My TBR:
Goal: As many as possible!
At: 34 
What I've Read:
The DreamThieves (Raven Cycle #2) by Maggie Stiefvater (review
Blue Lily,Lily Blue (Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Series Ender Challenge:
Goal: 15+
At: 10
The MirrorKing (The Orphan Queen #2) by Jodi Meadows
Frost LikeNight (Snow Like Ashes #3) by Sara Raasch 

                All in all I'd say it was a pretty successful month.  I didn't get to finish or review my debuts but that just means next month will be even better!  I'd love to hear how you're doing so link back to your wrap up!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

~Waiting on Wednesday~ The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga #1)

                “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  Basically books that are not yet out that we are dying to get our hands on.  This week’s pick is:

The Alchemist of Loom (Loom Saga #1) by Elise Kova
Out: 1/10

From Goodreads:
                Her vengeance.  His vision.

                Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guild’s resistance fell to the Dragon King.  Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market.  There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

                Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne.  His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragon’s society for far too long.  The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

                When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse.  But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

                He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse:  A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

Why I’m Waiting:
                 I’m behind in her other series because RL and all the books.  Still I really enjoyed the first couple and I am in desperate need to get on it and read the rest and catch up but even behind I’m excited for the new series and starting and staying caught up this time ;)

                What are you waiting on?  Tell me below what you think of this title and leave a link to your WoW as well so I can check it out.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween mood reads!

                Hello everyone!  Top Ten Tuesday is just how it sounds, a topic is picked and we put our Top Ten for that in a post and share and check out everyone’s answers.  Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

The top ten today is:  Halloween / Scary mood books

Books I’ve read:
The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith
The Carver by Jacob Devlin (review)
I Zombie by Jo Michaels (review)
Charming (review) & Asleep (review) by Krystal Wade
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (review)

Books I haven’t read but give me the impression they will be great Halloween type feel:
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Asylum (Asylum #1) by Madeleine Roux
The Fall by Bethany Griffin
Coraline by Neil Gaiman

                 Tell me what you think of my list in the comments below.  Which would you recommend so I know which ones to get first?  Also please link back to your Top Ten as well so I can check out your list and see what I missed!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Smash & Grab

                Hello happy readers!  I have some news that I’m sitting on that I hope to share with you later in the week but until then I’m working on getting things back on track and staying that way.  So today I’m discussing a book I reviewed for No BS Book Reviews and the original post can be found here, for Smash &Grab by Amy Christine Parker.

Rating:  4 Stars

                Described as Ocean’s Eleven meets star-crossed lovers and I was in.  First I love me a good heist story.  The last book I read that had a heist feel was Six of Crows and I LOVED it so I went into this one excited and ready to be entertained and I sure enough was. 

                We have the POVS of our two star-crossed loves, Lexi the rich girl who with her friends keep pushing and creating these adrenaline filled dares.  Her life is a mess since her father was arrested.  I liked that she was a girl of her means of course, she liked nice things sure but she was also self-aware and didn’t come across as too entitled.  Christian on the other hand is from a very poor family in the center of gang territory.  He and his friends have managed to stay out of the gang as a member but given the circumstances of their life they have been roped into doing bank jobs for the gang.  He studies hard and wants out, he wants a better life for himself and his family but breaking out of the neighborhood and the thin ties with the gang are not that easy.  Christian for me a bit jaded and had a chip on his shoulder for sure but he didn’t let it rule him.  The most important thing for me in dual POV books is to make sure that each POV has a distinct voice and this did that for sure.

                Both Lexi and Christian were working with their own people doing their own things when their paths collide.  Literally.  The dynamic of the relationship from the start is a mix between chemistry and distrust.  They both have their group of friends, people they would do anything for so they understand that but fundamentally their lives and agendas are different.  Robbing banks may give you an adrenaline rush but it’s much more serious than breaking in to buildings to BASE jump off the top. 

                Christian is without a doubt facing a harsher reality than Lexi.  She is seeking the truth, uncovering all the details of what had her father arrested.  Christian is seeking a better life and to stay alive. While the two circumstances are vastly different it’s easy to see that for Lexi and living how she has her whole life her situation feels like the worst thing that can happen, with nothing to compare it to.  I liked the duality of the worlds, high end posh and low income gang territory.    

                There was no insta-love happening.  There was insta-attraction that leads to getting to know one another.  Some flirtation and romance was present but it wasn’t the focus and while I was rooting to see what would develop between two characters of such different backgrounds and with the same trust issues it didn’t consume the storyline. 
                Some aspects of the storyline seem insane verging on the unbelievable, teens able to pull things like this off but I could roll with it.  Besides as I’ve never robbed a bank or went undercover I can’t speak from experience.  Having worked in the 911 field however I can easily say some people make themselves easy victims by leaving stuff out or doors unlocked.  I don’t commend crime and want to hope for the best in others but I also won’t leave my vehicle unlocked with the keys inside and expect it to still be there the next day.  Just saying.  I can see it.

                That said overall it was a quick read and one that had me entertained until the end.  I was shocked at times which in itself surprised me.  I love a good crime show, Criminal Minds and Dexter being favorites of mine, clearly I like to root for the good guy and the bad guy so this was right up my alley.  I did have the urge to watch some heist movies when I finished reading as it put me in that mood and I always call that a win.  So if the concept sounds interesting to you and you enjoy heists then I would give this one a chance to grab you.

                  Until next time...