September 2016 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 5

sam-maggs-25-innovators-oct-181.Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors + Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs

ARC Review To Come 

Publisher: Quirk Books

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Pages: 240

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: An inspiring collection of stories that shares + celebrates the amazing  accomplishments of 25 women who, against all odds, changed the world! Highly recommend checking this book out ❤

Girl In Pieces August 302.Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Girl In Pieces Full Review

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: August 30, 2016

Pages: 416

My Rating:★★★★☆

Overall Thoughts: After using self-harm to free her of her pain, Charlie wants to start a new life for herself. Handling many tough topics + through a unique writing style, Glasgow’s debut delivers a powerful and inspiring read as Charlie undergoes a journey to put herself back together. Highly recommend!

Stalking Jack The Ripper Sept. 20, 20163.Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco (SJTR#1)

*Debuted @ #1 on NYT Bestellers List*

Stalking Jack The Ripper ARC Review

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Pages: 336

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: This is a dark/immersive mystery that will keep you  turning the page! Maniscalco’s 1st person POV brings the characters/world of Victorian England to life. Audrey is such a delightful + engaging main character that really makes you feel connected/part of this mystery trying find Jack The Ripper! Highly recommend!

Unscripted Joss Byrd August 234.Unscripted  Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Unscripted Joss Byrd Full Review

Publisher: Roaring Brook

Release Date: August 23, 2016

Pages: 224

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: A delightful coming-of-age story about a young actress who is trying to find herself in the bustles of Hollywood. So many topics are discussed in this novel + characters/character development are the heart of this moving contemporary.

Crooked Kingdom Sept. 27, 20165.Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (SOC #2)

Crooked Kingdom Spoiler-Free Review 

Publisher: Henry Holt &Co.

Release Date: September 27, 2016

Pages: 546

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: Bardugo masterfully concludes her Six Of Crows duology! With Six of Crows, the world wasn’t as developed as I had hoped. However, the world of Ketterdam in Crooked Kingdom is greatly expanded + developed! Along with the world-building, character development is a huge part of this novel. This finale as with SOC, is filled with an exquisite writing style that really transports readers to this magical world + non-stop action and plot will keep you reading to the very end!

Additional Posts From This Month:

Book Bytes I #6

A Torch Against The Night Playlist + Kingdom Of Ash And Briars Playlist

September 2016 Book Releases

I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maureene Goo Cover Reveal

Supporting Diversity In YA {Book Blog Discussion}

Kingdom Of Ash & Briars by Hannah West ARC Review {August 2016 Wrap-Up}

Top 10 Tuesday: Podcasts

What Books Did You Read This Month? 🙂

 

Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor Review

Unscripted Joss Byrd August 23Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Publisher: Roaring Brook

Release Date: August 23, 2016

Pages: 224

Summary: Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is “fiercely emotional,” a young actress with “complete conviction,” and a “powerhouse.”

Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½

My Thoughts: A heartfelt, coming-of-age contemporary about an up and coming actress who must find herself in all the pressures and struggles of Hollywood.

Joss is a 12-yr. old up and coming actress! She’s had quite a few roles but The Locals is her first big (starring) role!

However, difficulties arise when she struggles with her mothers expectations + to pull off a scene she isn’t sure she can preform.

What really surprised me was Joss’s age, considering this is YA! Regardless, she is a very mature main character with an engaging voice/POV throughout the novel!

I love reading YA books surrounding Hollywood/acting and seeing what happens behind the scenes + getting more background on the movie-making process & receiving tidbits/behind the scenes views at what happens off-screen was absolutely fascinating!

The movie set itself plays such a huge role not only in the novel, but also in Joss’s world/life! Ever since she was little, her mother pushed her into acting and hadn’t stopped since. It was interesting to see how Joss viewed herself (mostly lost/unsure) considering most of her life surrounded cameras, scripts, etc.

There are so many mature themes/topics discussed in this novel and really made it feel so  real! Such as Joss’s struggles/triumphs with dyslexia, her mother Viva not being there for her, + her fears/difficulties in a scene that she is unsure if she can handle.

Because its a huge part of Joss’s life, she is essentially supporting herself and her mother, yet doesn’t get her fair share of the pay check (usually spending it without Joss’s permission)  considering she does all the work and her mother is constantly being strict with her.

As for the plot, it was wonderful! You follow Joss on her latest project making friends, learning more about herself and what Hollywood really means for her. With a little over 2oo pages, you feel so connected to Joss and her struggles & really see the character come to life.

Additionally there is no romance which I loved &  was refreshing to see! The characters/connections Joss has with her mother, cast/friends + crew is the highlight of this novel!

There is a beautiful friendship that develops between Joss & Chris (her on-screen brother) and while its clear Joss has feelings for him + is hesitant to approach him in the beginning, the develop such a beautiful friendship and help each other along the way when they reach difficulties in scenes + issues that arise on set!

I did take away 1/2 a star b/c at moments I did feel the pacing was a little slow + I wish there was more development/moments with Joss&Chris!!

Regardless of those minor issues….

This is a YA Contemporary with so much heart! Character development is at the core of this story and is filled with such engaging characters that will keep you reading, curious to see where Joss’s Hollywood career is headed!

I highly recommend this novel if you’ve read Something Real by Heather Demetrios + are interested in reading a contemporary with a behind the scenes look at the bustles of Hollywood life!

Book Bytes I #6

Book Bytes is a monthly feature I created to share news in the world of YA!

Each month posts can contain anything from title reveals, book to movie news, even the latest book deals!!

1.The Young Elites Finds A Screenwriter

On August 2 it was announced that Jessica Sharzer, screenwriter for American Horror Story and the latest YA Adaptation Nerve will be in charge of the script for The Young Elites, Marie Lu’s latest trilogy (which will have its final book released this Fall).

Full article from Tracking-Board can be found Here.

2.Unscripted Joss Byrd Finds A Director/Screenwriter

Lygia Day Peñaflor, author of Unscripted Joss Byrd which will be released August 23, announced on August 3 that Joseph Greco was attached to both direct and adapt her upcoming novel.

3.Daisy Ridley attached to Chaos Walking

Daisy Ridley is set to star in Patrick Ness’s 2008 Dystopian novel Chaos Walking, book 1 in the Chaos Walking Trilogy.

Announced August 4, this project is currently with Lionsgate.

Full article from Tracking Board can be found Here.

4.Wires & Nerves Cover Reveal

On sale January 31,2017 this is a graphic novel centering around Iko from the Lunar Chronicles Series.

Full cover, summary and excerpt can be found on The Lunar Chronicles website Here

As of August 5, Fierce Reads  shared this news on their twitter page:

5.Maggie Stiefvater’s New Trilogy

On August 7 author of The Raven Cycle announced she would be writing a “Ronan-Centered Trilogy.”

6.Renee Ahdieh’s New Dualogy

Bustle revealed on August 9 Renee Ahdieh, author of The Wrath And The Dawn dualogy, would be releasing a new dualogy titled:

Flame In The Mist

This novel is set to be released May 2017 and has been pitched as Mulan meets 47 Ronin following heroine Mariko, whom Ahdieh calls “an inventor and an innovator,” and it is set in feudal Japan, using legends, myths, and history to tell a unique story.

7.An Ember In The Ashes Gets 2 More Books

Tahir’s Roman-Inspired YA Fantasy, originally set to be a dualogy is now a quartet with 4 books total!

During a periscope live-stream from the author herself on August 16 stated, “I always had the idea in my head of four books.”

After the amount of hype and enthusiasm for Torch, Penguin picked up 3&4!

However fans may have to wait a while after Torch, with Book 3 not set to be released until 2018.

8.By Your Side by Kasie West Cover Reveal

As of August 24, EpicReads shared the cover for Kasie West’s new novel.

By Your Side, her upcoming 2017 YA Contemporary: When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?”

9.Gemina Illustrated by Marie Lu

Announced August 30, author-duo behind The Illuminae Files, a new sci-fi trilogy, revealed that Legend Trilogy/Young Elites author Marie Lu will have illustrations in Gemina, the sequel to Illuminae.

What Book News Have You Heard? 🙂

 

August 2016 Book Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Here are the August Releases I’m Looking Forward To!

Nevernight Jay Kristoff August 9
August 9 Thomas Dunne Books

1.Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicles #1)

Summary: In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

Unscripted Joss Byrd August 23
August 23 Roaring Brook

2.Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Summary: Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is “fiercely emotional,” a young actress with “complete conviction,” and a “powerhouse.”

Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

Furthermore Tahereh Mafi August 30
August 30 Dutton BYR

3.Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Summary: There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

Girl In Pieces August 30
August 30 Delacorte Press

4.Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

Summary: Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.

A Torch Against The Night
August 30 Razorbill

5.A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir (An Ember In The Ashes #2)

Summary: A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

What August 2016 Releases Are You Looking Forward To? 🙂

Waiting On Wednesday I #7

Unscripted Joss Byrd August 23Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly post originally created by the book bloggers over at

BreakingTheSpines to spotlight upcoming releases!

This week I will be spotlighting…

Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Publisher: Roaring Brook

Release Date: August 23, 2016

Summary: Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is “fiercely emotional,” a young actress with “complete conviction,” and a “powerhouse.”

Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

Ever since I read Everything Leads To You by Nina Lacour & Something Real by Heather Demetrios I’ve loved YA books centering around Hollywood/movies/acting etc.

From the summary alone, this book sounds like its up my alley!

+ this sounds like a great summer contemporary!

I will definitely be reading this when August comes!

Will You Be Reading Unscripted Joss Byrd? 🙂

 

April 2016 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 5

Kindred Spirits1.Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

Kindred Spirits Full Review

Publisher: Macmillans Kids UK

Release Date: February 25, 2016

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Regardless of the length of this story, Rainbow Rowell creates characters that feel so real! Rainbow,similar to Fangirl, expands on the idea of cultures/fandoms!

Delilah Dirk2. Delilah Dirk And The Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk Full Review

Publisher: First Second

Release Date: August 27, 2013

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star

Overall Thoughts: A fun, adventure-filled graphic novel! The characters were both entertaining and complex! Highly recommend if you love graphic novels/comics!

Water's Wrath Cover3.Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova (Air Awakens #4)

Water’s Wrath Full ARC Review

Publisher: Silver Wing Press

Release Date: April 26,2016

Pages: 350

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star

Overall Thoughts: Another great addition to the Air Awakens Series! I personally found this book a little slower than the previous ones, but there is so much that happens in this book & really builds up to the final book!

Truest4. Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers

Truest Full Review

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (EpicReads)

Release Date: September 1,2015

Pages: 378

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: I loved this book so much!! ❤ There is a lot of great characters/character development! Many issues are discussed in this novel such as family, friendship, religion, mental illness and the writing style is absolutely wonderful! Highly Recommend! ❤

The Star-Touched Queen5. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen Full Review

Publisher: St.Martin’s Griffin

Release Date: April 26, 2016

Pages: 352

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Overall Thoughts: Persephone meets Indian Mythology in this YA debut! The writing goes hand-in-hand with the complex world-building and characters in this this story! Maya goes through a journey not only to better understand her world, but herself as well! Highly Recommend!

Additional Favorite Posts From This Month :

Book Bytes I #2     April 2016 Releases

LATFOB Recap Day 1 / Day 2    Yallwest Tips/Tricks

Book Blogger Interview I #1

The Winners Kiss Playlist

Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens #5) Cover Reveal

What Books Did You Read This Month? 🙂

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff Review

Delilah DirkDelilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk #1)

Publisher: First Second

Release Date: August 27,2013

Pages: 169

Summary: Lovable ne’er-do-well Delilah Dirk has travelled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she’s picked up on the way, Delilah’s adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her newfound friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan’s guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny installment in her exciting life.

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

This comic had been on my radar for quite some time!

I’m glad I finally got around to reading it!

Filled to the brim with action and adventure, the journey Selim and Delilah embark on never has a dull moment. Not only the setting, but the characters as well come to life with each page of this comic!

If you’ve read/enjoyed Noelle Stevenson’s work such as Nimona, Delilah will definitely immerse you/keep you entertained! I found both to have a similar sense of humor!

My favorite part of this comic was seeing Selim&Delilah visit various locations such as Constantinople, Turkey and Greece! They truly came to life on the page!

In terms of plot, it was fast-paced and really gives you a sense of adventure! Selim, a former Sultan guard, changes along the way. Not usually one to take risks he joins Delilah as they sail in a flying ship and he learns more about himself and what he wants in life, but also we come to learn more about Delilah and her history!

I really loved how their friendship developed. Because personality-wise they are so different, their wit and humor is very realistic and really shows more to their character!

I did take away 1/2 a star b/c there was magic/some sort of fantastical element introduced early/mid-way through and I just wish it was expanded on.

Overall this comic delivers a fun action/adventure filled plot with settings/characters that have such a great depth to them and you will definitely want to get volume 2 to continue the adventure!

 

 

Top 10 Books on my Fall TBR

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This Book Blog list idea “Top 10 Tuesday”  was created by The Broke and the Bookish

Today’s topic is top 10 books for my Fall TBR.

  1. Carry on 1Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

I am a huge Rainbow Rowell fan and having Simon & Baz from Fangirl have their very own book sounds amazing! I cannot wait to see how this book turns out!

Ice like Fire 102. Ice Like Fire (Snow Like Ashes #2) by Sara Raasch

I read the first book Snow Like Ashes, back in Oct. of 2014! I thought the concept of seasons as kingdoms was very unique and I really loved the main character! I cannot wait to see how the trilogy continues.

 

Rose Society 93. The Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu

Similar to Rainbow Rowell, I have read all of Marie Lu’s other books and can’t wait to see after the ending of The Young Elites, what happens in book 2!

Patrick ness 44. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The concept of this book sounds fascinating! I have read 2 other books by Patrick Ness, which include The Monster Calls and More Than This. I really enjoy his writing style and the unique stories he comes up with!

Dreamstrider 25. Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

Similar to The Rest of Us Just Live Here, this book has a unique plot and I cannot wait to see how the author executes this idea.

A Madness so discreet 56. A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Of course, similar to most of the books listed above, I have read Mindy’s other books (Not a Drop to Drink Dualogy) and really loved it. I loved Mindy’s writing style and cannot wait to see it in a YA Historical Fiction.

Blue VOyage 87. Blue Voyage by Diana Renn

This is a YA Espionage novel, and I really love YA novels from this genre. Such as Ally Carter’s Heist Society, Gallagher Girl’s, and Embassy Row Series! So, when I read this book’s synopsis, I knew it would be something I would like. Not only that, but it takes place in the Middle East, which sounds fascinating to me!

Oct 208. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The concept of this book sounds very interesting. It is also a YA Sci-Fi which I honestly don’t read much of, but I will give this book a try.

six-crows-leigh-bardugo-cover9. Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows #1)

I read the Grisha Trilogy earlier this year and liked it. While I was a little underwhelmed, especially when it came to world building, I am happy the Leigh is returning to the Grisha world and expanding on it with a new cast of characters.

Spinning Starlight 710. Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis 

R.C. Lewis released Stitching Snow last year, and it was a Snow White retelling. Though it may sound similar to the Lunar Chronicles, believe me it is a completely different story. The sequel will be a retelling of The Wild Swans fairytale and will take place in another world not related to Stitching Snow.