FRIDAY READS w/ Current Reads


Am so a lets start everything and not finish anything. I don’t know why this is a habit and find it annoying. So yeah here are all my Friday read along with the other books am reading.

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker 30%

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.
Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

I have this as an Overdrive audio and e-book because there is a lot of characters along with their stories. This story is interesting in the fact that their all pretty much migrants who come to America for one reason or another. However with all the characters the two main characters Chava and Ahmad don’t get seen much.

Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet-7)

Emily, Trellis, and Vigo visit Algos Island, where they can access and enter lost memories. They’re hoping to uncover the events of Trellis’s mysterious childhood — knowledge they can use against the Elf King. What they discover is a dark secret that changes everything. Meanwhile, the Voice of Emily’s Amulet is getting stronger, and threatens to overtake her completely.

Don’t know why I haven’t finished this yet since its a graphic novel. Also this is a Overdrive book so I need to get to it before it expires.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklynbrujas-1) 8%

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

Am not that far in it and not much is happening as of yet.

George by Alex Gino 70%

This a less than 200 page story of George who is a girl trapped in a boy body. George wants to be seen as a girl so her and her best friend plan to show herself during a school play.

This is such a good book and can’t help but root for George. Plus George is 10 years old. That is really impressive that she knows who she is at a young age. Can’t wait to see how this ends and George to get her shine.

Fire in the Darkness by Stacy Marie Brown (darkness-2) 61%

This is four weeks after Light in the Darkness and it is Ember struggling with who to trust and how to get control of her powers. Ember goes through a lot and is angry a lot. She is learning some sercets and meeting more people who help her learn about herself.

 

So here you go and hope that I can get these done sooner than later. Anyone else have a multiply book at one time. Until next time and read on.

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Audible Review: WONDER


author: R.J. Palacio

Format: audible (8h 6m)

Narrated: Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, and Kate Rudd

Rating: 5/5

Summary: August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that has prevent his from school. Until 5th grade and his parents sign him up to Beecher Prep. Now August has to convince his classmate that he is just an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face.

My Thoughts

This book was such realistic books that people should read to learn how to be nice to others. Also August (Auggie) though he has plenty going against him he has such a positive view point. He may not look like everyone else, but he’s nice, smart, and pretty much a little dork.

This is told not only in August POV but others around him. At first I didn’t know how to feel about that, but understand why it was important. It was to see the point of views of those around August.
It was also told by different voices (thanks to audible) which was a fun time to hear them with the other characters.
  LOVED:
Like I said the realistic elements in these book. Like how August reacted to another school. Or the way people react to him, along with the bullying. Sure August had his ups and downs which is expected however he grew up to the challenge which was wonderful.

                                          The friendships

(mostly Jack and Summer) are the best. Yes they started off as his not so sure of him to being his best friends. August grew a friend base slowly with the other students with his humor and charm. That ending shows how much August touched the other kids at Beecher Prep School. Well except one but that’s not to bad in the whole picture.

                                             The grownups

where written very well in how they treat August. His parents are like the most supportive and fun parents. The Pullmans have there inside jokes and such a close bound. Then we have the grownups that August school who didn’t treat August differently which was nice. Also they didn’t let bullying happen. There was also those who weren’t so nice however it was good to see the other side of it.
                            The Audible Version

I liked the different voices and thought they did really good for making the characters have different voices. I will say though August voice wasn’t my favorite. Other than that this was a really good book to listen to. Now though I want to own and read it in physical format.

The only thing that I didn’t like is that these is the only book. There are also novellas of some of the side characters. I still would love to continue with all these characters. Other than that am glad I’ve read this and excited to read the novellas to this story, but also what ever else the author writes.

Let me know if other has read this book and tell me your favorite part.

WEEKEND READ: Fire in the Darkness


 

*NOTE this was supposed to my Friday read however I wrote it up but not post it. So this is my weekend read because late than later.

Author: Stacey Marie Brown

Series: Darkness-2

Progess: 56%

This continues  4 weeks from the end of the first book. Now Ember has to move on and learn about herself and her powers. While dealing with the regret she feels, and trying to figure out who to trust.

I am still in love with the characters and the author writes her story. Ember is very angry in this book which is understandable if you’ve read the first book. I would love to finish this book so that when the DiversAThon, because I have a TBR planned that am happy for.

Anyone else doing DiversAThon this coming week? It’s a Monday to Monday and there is no challenges. Just reading as many Diverse books as you can and discuss with others on Twitter is you want. My TBR will be up Monday or Sunday haven’t decided yet.

So let me know in the comments if you are and if you have read this series yet or her other series the Collectors. Because that one is just as good.

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Audible Review: Apprentice in Death 


Author: J.D.Robb

Narrator: Susan Ericksen

Series: in death-43

Rating: 5/5

Format: audible 13h 6m

Summary:

Nature versus nurture…

The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice-skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD but never one like this. A review of the security videos reveals that the victims were killed with a tactical laser rifle fired by a sniper, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the list of locations where the shooter could have set up seems endless, the number of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

MY FANGIRL THOUUGHTS:

This book was like Innocent in Death for it being a minor. Differences it was a father/daughter team and sniper people who did them wrong. Though we find out who they are pretty quickly the hunt was fun. Behind the duo killings have been twisted so that Will could kill as she wants. You would think after over 40 books in these series that it would get boring but it’s not. I love how J.D Robb comes up with the plot, the police work behind it, and the relationships. I love all the characters that Eve has made along the way and how they pretty much became family. There is also so life changing things happening where Eve’s accepting change.

Also I love how in the end it went from all about death to life and happiness. Quick note about the audible it was done by the same lady whose done the rest of the series. Which I loved. A thing I didn’t like about the audible is the fact that I didn’t get the book until three hours after it released. Waiting to listen to this book was annoying.

I still love these books and since I finished this in one day. Now have to wait until 2017 for the next book.

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REVIEW: City in Ember


Author: Stacey Marie Brown

Series: Collectors-1

Format: Audible/11hrs 3mins

this book is just what I needed. It had my hate/starting to like/to starting to feel something for the other kind a book. I loved Ryker and Zoe’s relationship. They had a strong dislike for each other but as the traveled together they grew to respect each other. Oh and the chemistry is so hot that I just wanted them to at least kiss once. However with the fact they are in love with other people while a monkey sprite interrupted them 99 percent of the time. They meet by accident which left to so disasterous results. Now Ryker is without his fae powers which have somehow gotten into Zoe. Plus all Seattle has no, and the gang groups have increased. The old secret government agency that Zoe worked for is after her, while Ryder is being tracked by a powerful fae that he went back on a deal with. and to top it all off they both hate each others species. Sounds like a good beginning of great adventure with loads of sarcasm.

Other than my love for Ryker and Zoe as characters I have to say Sprig the monkey sprite is my favorite little fae ever. He made me laugh out loud by the things he says because apparently sprites tell how they feel. He also loves Pan his stuff goat and anything honey flavored. He is a funny relief to a stressful situation.

The story itself was a story of a man hunt with different parties looking for Ryker and Zoe. While they try to keep ahead of everyone who is chasing them. there also  trying to figure out a mystery left by Zoe’s old partner.

The audible book was narrated by Amy Landon and she just helped me make this a quick listen which I highly liked. She tells the story well and bring the characters to life then I couldn’t stop.

I loved everything about this book and can’t wait to get into the rest of the series. Stacey Marie Brown has a great way of bring slow burn love, sarcastic characters with strong personality. Also taking the a journey where they have to watch there backs.

5/5- with a Highly recommend please check out her books

Reading Wrap Up for August


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Pucked Under by Helena Hunting (Pucked- 4.5)

5 stars… I was so happy when I finally found this book on ITunes books since I’ve been searching for it everywhere. This is Randy and Lily story of watching there relationship develop. Its so cute to see them living together and be insecure about the upcoming hockey season. Plus getting the other characters is always a treat for me because I love them all. I still want more though because Randy still haven’t gotten his happily ever after yet.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Graceling- 1)

5 stars… I have been getting into fantasy lately which is weird because I’ve never thought I would be able to get into it. However this book is so good. Katsa is a strong character from the beginning and yet she still grew so much in this book. Plus I want my own Po because he is understanding, loving, and will let you kick his butt all in the name of approving. I was sad to learn that the next two books are just companion novels with different main characters. Though Katsa and Po aren’t in them am still interested to see what they bring to the world. 

Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn

5 stars….This book took me by surprise because it wasn’t what I thought it was. And that being a straight up art heist. No real romance or much of anything but the growth of the mystery behind stolen Van Goth paintings. Plus you get to see Tokyo and learn about its culture and traditions which I thought was really cool.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (the remnant chronicles-1)

5 stars… This trilogy I’ve been nervous to start however with the last book coming out this month it was time to start it. And though trying to figure out which guy was who, and it took me a bit to get into I really enjoyed this first book and will continue on.

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson  (Alcatraz-1)

5 stars… First Brandon Sanderson and was very impress with this book. Its middle grade and I just loved everything about it. How Alcatraz claims himself as a hero, or that he cuts into the story and says something funny. I listened to this in one sitting because the humor is everything to me.

Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener’s Bones by Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz-2)

5 stars…Just as good as the first book even if the grandpa wasn’t in until the end. However I got introduced to more family members with more whacky talents. Also Alcatraz grows a bit and doesn’t seem as dumb as he did in the first book. Will be continuing.

Infinite by Jodi Meadows (newsouls -3)

5 stars….I Have finally completed this trilogy and already miss Ana and Sam along with there friends. Such a great unrated trilogy that should be read by more people. There is no love triangle, slow burning love, great friendship, and great character growth. To see Ana from the first book to the last was a really great experience.

Seven books isn’t bad plus I read so really good books so am not to sad. This coming month I’ve been thinking of doing squeals. Because I have way to many of them that I’ve been putting off and its time to read them. So let me know how you did this month I would love to know.

Bookshelves Completed


Okay so a few things to know about this progress I went through. First off am in such a reading slump which is the first one I’ve had all year.

Second is that how my bookcases are set up is against the wall near my bed. So two shelves are hard to get to thinks to my bed there.

Thirdly I have two big shelves that hold each of my hardbacks and paperback. While my short one holds the leftover from the other two shelves. It is organized A-Z by authors last names so that I can keep the series together.

Lastly there is a lip on my two tall bookselves which makes the books I stack hard to see.

So after that here the end progress of organizing 423 books.

 

 

So for the poor quality or the fact that you can’t see some of the books. I have both poor lighting to my books and used my iPhone so yeah. So this took me a couple hours when I was supposed to be sleeping.

Until next time book friends.🙂

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2 Mini Reviews: Alcatraz (book 2) & Infinite (book 3)


Since these are later on books and I don’t want to spoil I decided to put them together in one easy review.

ALCATRAZ VENUS THE SCRIVENER’S BONES by Brandon Sanderson (Alcatraz-2)

5/5

I highly enjoyed this second book. I missed Grandpa Smedry since it was missing for majorly of the book. Which is why Alcatraz along with some new family members, along with Bastille with her mother. Along with that we have more Smedry talents which just seem more and more ridicules. But I love meeting these Oculator’s and seeing what there talent really is.

Am also glad to learn that Alcatraz is not as dumb as he seemed at first. He does have his momens were he says stupid things where Bastille loves to point out to him. However in this book there was plenty of puzzle like situation that he figured out. Along with that we get introduced to a new character that I don’t think I’ll like much.
excited for the next book and ready to see Smedry’s home base. Something I can look for to is finding more oculator’s, along with some hire dark Oculator hit man, and great humor. From Alcatraz cutting in with side commentary to the characters.

INFINITE by Jodi Meadows (book 3 Newsouls)

I give the whole series a 5 stars.

The whole trilogy makes me smile. The character growth especially Ana. I love how she went from a person who didn’t trust people thanks to her upbringing. To following in love  and making friends. Another great thing about this book is that there isn’t a love triangle. It has mystery, adventure, along with mystic creatures. This book was more dark then the other two books with heartbreaking deaths. It hurts because you’ve had two books ahead of this one to fall in love with them then gone. Also there was a lot of ups and downs in Sam and Ana’s relationship. However they just grown from that and I really really want a Sam in my life.

The ending was really satisfying, and glad that I finally got to the end. It ended where I wanted to and excited for other books by Jodi Meadows.

I loved both books and recommended to read both series. Until next time book friends happy reading.

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Book Review: Alcatraz Venus the Evil Librarian


Author: Brandon Sanderson

Series: Alcatraz-1

Genre: middle school/fantasy/YA/humor

Format: Audible from Overdrive

Rating: 5/5

This is my first Brandon Sanderson book and I finished this book in one day, because its really good book. This is  about a 13 foster boy Alcatraz who on his birthday gets a gift form his parents. One that apparently contain his inheritance that end up being sand. With the gift brings so unexpected surprise is gets introduced to his Grandpa Smedry, cousins, and some evil people called Librarians. Now Alcatraz is on a adventure to recollect his inheritance from the Librarian and understand what it means to be Smedry.
I love Alcatraz and how sarcastic and how he breaks into the story to tell us why he wrote what he did. I also love how he doesn’t claim himself a hero, or a good guy. Alcatraz has a bad habit of breaking things which apparently is a gift then anything else. So now Alcatraz is on a adventure with his unknown family to stop the Librarians from taking over and learning to control his talent.

I listened to this via audiobook which is such a great experience, because Charlie McWade brings all the witty characters to life for me. All the side characters keep the story interest along with their schemes. Slowly learning there stories is interesting and makes me love them more. Also for how short this book that there is mystery and adventure which makes me excited for the next book more.I loved this first book and it took me by surprise. I don’t always read middle grade however this one I will be continue. It also helps that the audio was only 6 hours which meant I could finish it in one day.

So now onto the next book am so going to be marathoning  this series I just know it. Which is funny since I have so many other series I need to start/continue/or finish. However no regrets

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Book Review: The Kiss of Deception 


By: Mary E. Pearson

Series: the remnant chronicles #1

Page Count: 486

Format: hardback/audible 

Publisher: Henry Holt

Summary: “Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.” Is a good summary for the book. 

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love. 

5/5 

(Spoiler Free)

Thoughts:

 I enjoyed this book a lot. I loved how strong Lia was leaving, breaking tradition. Even if it had a prince and assassin chasing after her without her knowledge. The whole trying to figure out who’s who drove me crazy. Trying to tell by the what they said or how they acted didn’t tell me anything. Which I give Pearson mad props for and think she did it beautiful. 

Arabella or Lia herself is strong character. Who knows what she wants and doesn’t care if it goes with tradition. She doesn’t take things laying down which is super cool. I think it helps that she has older brothers. Lia goes on a unexpected journey that made her see things and learn more about herself. 

The friendships in these book is also done very well. How loyal Paulina is to Lia because she didn’t have to come along however chose to stick with Lia. Then we have Berdi and Gwyneth that soon formed a sisterhood of sorts between the women. They weren’t some weaklings either they were all strong in there own right. 

Then we have the boys Kaden and Rafe which in the beginning didn’t have a rival really. I call it healthy male competition. They both was ready to hate Lia and stay that way. However she charmed them to think differently of her.

Then we have the romance which was really nice actual. For it was a love triangle however it wasn’t. Lia figured who she wanted pretty quickly and even though some things did happen with the other one she kept to her original. My fear is though it will change in the second book because it’s happened before and it’ll probably bum me out. 

The different places like Terravan the sleepy fishing town that is Paulina’s hometown, and a safe haven for the girls. To the Vagabound who are gypsies who travel and help those who need it. Then at the end we get to see Kaden’s hometown of Venda which is also has Komizar which is one bad S.O.B. 

Some things did bug me in this book like when she finds out who Kaden is she blows up on him. However when Rafe comes out in the end she didn’t seem to react. Pretty much just glad that he came for her. The whole gift thing bugged me as well. Why can’t she just be a regular girl who can do amazing things. But know we have the whole mother helped her repress it, and a prophecy about her as well. Also I don’t like the fact that Lia lied to Paulina I understand but I don’t like it. Because it will come back and bite her in the butt i just can feel it. Lastly I don’t like the customs that are placed on girls in royal families. That’s why I love she rebellious nature.

The pacing was in the middle of being to slow or quick especially in the beginning. Now am really excited to see what happens in the second book. I’ve heard it’s even better than this first book which I’ll just have to wait and see. 

Have anyone else read this if so let me know what you thought in the comments.