Friday, January 20, 2017

The #FridayReads Review (1/20/17)

Welcome to The #FridayReads Review, a regular Friday segment where I share what I've been reading the past week, and what I'm planning to read next! Want to join the Friday fun? Post your own #FridayReads Review and leave the link in the Comments below, or just Comment with what you've been reading!

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye (ARC)
While I'm not quite in the mood for this and so have to push myself to read it, I am so glad when I do because it is a stellar read - vivid characters, stunning setting, engaging plot, dazzling magic. I can't believe I waited so long to read it!

Horimiya, Vol. 6 (Horimiya, #6)
Horimiya vol. 6 by Hero X Daisuke Hagiwara (PBK)
4 Stars. While this had some occasional laughs and feels, after 5 amazing volumes I felt this 6th fell a bit short. It read more like a collection of transitional side stories than a coherent volume, and made it seem as though the series will be ending soon (it's not). Hopefully things will get back on track in the next volume, but as I currently have no idea where things can go from here my excitement isn't very high. :'(

(subject to change with my ever-shifting reading whims)
Bloody Mary, Vol. 5
Bloody Mary vol. 5 by Akaza Samamiya (PBK)
Although I can never recall what happened in the last volume when I go to pick up the next one, this has been a solid 3-star series so far and I'm always excited to grab the next one from the library.

So what are you reading this week?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: All the Feels (Danika Stone)

All the Feels
Title: All the Feels
Series: standalone
Author: Danika Stone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary
Told: Third Person (Liv), Past Tense
Content Rating: Older Teen (language, innuendo, sensuality)
Format Read: ARC (trade)
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College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

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In a Sentence: An initially heavy but eventually light and fun contemporary romance for fangirls.

Considering the colorful cover and fangirl premise, I expected this to be a light romantic contemporary about love and fandom. So it was with great surprise that I found the first half of this seemingly vibrant story rather depressing. Nothing went right for main character Liv, and she had no real support from anyone IRL - her family, friends, their horrible significant others. I needed just one person who accepted her just the way she was, but although Xander came close he just wasn't close enough for me, and I absolutely loathed his girlfriend and couldn't forgive him for subjecting Liv to such a creature. Admittedly Liv's fandom obsession wasn't exactly the healthiest, but considering her whole IRL situation I couldn't blame her one tiny bit for losing herself in it, and was as miserable as she was when she was forced to step back from it for a while.

Once Liv decided to go to DC, though (and my most hated character went away), the weight on the book's mood lifted. Liv left her depressing life behind and immersed herself in con fun and games, rendering me reluctant to put the book down I was having as good a time as Liv was. Although I could barely follow the conversations sometimes (I'm what I consider "fangirl light"), I really enjoyed the fandom parts and learned a lot about how it can really bring people together that wouldn't otherwise socialize.

Despite her situation, for the most part I felt Liv was a strong character and enjoyed her fangirl triumphs story, even if it was rather unrealistic. And despite his flaws and extremely poor judgment in girlfriend, I adored Xander, although his character wasn't as smooth as the rest as his description, dialogue, and mannerisms always felt in flux. Together, while their romantic drama at the end was somewhat forced for me, overall theirs was a sweet romance I definitely rooted for.

Conclusion: Although the first half was oddly a bit depressing for me thanks to Liv’s anti-support system, the second half in DC was really fun and uplifting with a good ending. Would recommend for fangirls who enjoy contemporary romances.

For Fans Of: fandom

Scribble Rating
3 of 5 Scribbles

Friday, January 13, 2017

The #FridayReads Review (1/13/17)

Welcome to The #FridayReads Review, a regular Friday segment where I share what I've been reading the past week, and what I'm planning to read next! Want to join the Friday fun? Post your own #FridayReads Review and leave the link in the Comments below, or just Comment with what you've been reading!

The Crown's Game (The Crown's Game, #1)
The Crown's Game by Evelyn Skye (ARC)
Advertising for the second book is in full swing, so I figured it was about time I gave this a try! To be honest I didn't think I'd like it all that much, but to my surprise I'm quite enjoying it so far, even with its multiple POVs and omniscient viewpoint. Vivid characters, awesome magic, and not too heavy on the Russian culture and history.

>> ON HOLD <<
The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga, #1)
The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova (ARC)
As much as I want to enjoy this book, it's just been too everything negative for me. Setting it aside again, with the possibility of DNFing soon. :(

Noragami: Stray God, Vol. 16
Noragami: Stray God vol. 16 by Adachitoka (PBK)
3 Stars. Finally read the backlog of 6 volumes I had accumulated! Gets a little wordy at times but maintains some great action and art and I love all the characters! Definitely recommend as a binge series.

(subject to change with my ever-shifting reading whims)
To Catch a Killer
To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough (ARC)
I'm not normally much for mysteries, but I'm intrigued by forensics and the story sounds really interesting so I'm rather excited to give this a try!

So what are you reading this week?

Friday, January 6, 2017

The #FridayReads Review (1/6/17)

Welcome to The #FridayReads Review, a regular Friday segment where I share what I've been reading the past week, and what I'm planning to read next! Want to join the Friday fun? Post your own #FridayReads Review and leave the link in the Comments below, or just Comment with what you've been reading!

The Alchemists of Loom (Loom Saga, #1)
The Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova (ARC)
I really thought I'd love this one, but so far this fantasy is a little too fantastical for my brain to wrap around, and with three narrators (soon to be four, or is it five?) the timeline is skewing and I'm getting confused. This is my first Kova book though and wow, what an imagination! In late December I set it aside to finish two other novels I'd started before it (see Just Finished below), but now they're finished and I'm back to this today - fingers crossed I connect with it better this time around!

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles, #1)CountdownIn/Spectre 1

Prophecy by Ellen Oh (PBK)
3 Stars. A fast and relatively entertaining young teen fantasy with an interesting Asian base. The pretty standard fantasy plot made the story highly predictable and the minimalist action was difficult to follow and left me wanting, but it had decent characters and a quick pace. Would recommend as a guilty pleasure read, and imagine the entire trilogy could be effortlessly binged. I do have the second book on hand, but this first book wrapped up nicely enough that I might just leave the story here, we'll see.

Countdown by Michelle Rowen (PBK)
2 Stars. With surprise Psi abilities, advanced AI, and a dystopian world, this book was nothing like the straight thriller I anticipated. Middling characters and a subpar world left me wanting, and when the deadly game I was reading for ended with still over 100 pages to go I found what little interest I had floundering in too long a rest and romantics period before the teens headed off to "save the world." At Page 245 (of 367), after not picking the book up for almost a week I started a new book instead and pretty much threw in the towel, but after skimming the last chapter I gave it a few weeks distance and then decided I was curious enough to polish it off. Overall not quite engaging enough for my tastes, but lovers of teen dystopian thrillers might enjoy it as a guilty pleasure read.

In/Spectre vol. 1 by Kyo Shirodaira & Chashiba Katase (PBK)
3 Stars. A very interesting premise I haven't come across before, but extremely wordy and drawn out - almost the entire volume read like a prologue. Might try the second if it's more action than dialogue, although while I loved the premise the series plot is so-so so far.

(subject to change with my ever-shifting reading whims)
Tsubasa: WoRLD CHRoNiCLE 3
Tsubasa: World Chronicle: Niraikanai vol. 3 by CLAMP (PBK)
After a bit of a slump I'm back into manga again! Looks like this is the last volume, so I'm thinking I may re-read the first two volumes first and try for a review? We'll see.

So what are you reading this week?

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 End of Year Book Survey

Number Of Books You Read: 186
Number of Re-Reads: 9 novels (?? manga)
Genre You Read The Most From: YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy

1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Starflight (Starflight, #1)The Scrivener’s Bones (Alcatraz, #2)Imprudence (The Custard Protocol, #2)The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and EnergyHorimiya, Vol. 1

YOUNG ADULT: Starflight by Melissa Landers (review)

MIDDLE GRADE: The Scrivener's Bones [Alcatraz #2] by Brandon Sanderson
[NEW] ADULT: Imprudence by Gail Carriger
NON-FICTION: The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey
MANGA: Horimiya vol. 1 by Hero & Daisuke Hagiwara

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Continent by Keira Drake

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read? 

Bad: Harry Potter & the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling (review)

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson (review)

5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

All three = Alcatraz Series by Brandon Sanderson

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Robison Wells: Dark Energy (review)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand & Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

A Shadow Bright & Burning by Jessica Cluess

9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Dark Talent [Alcatraz #5] by Brandon Sanderson (review)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?


Glitter by Aprilynne Pike

11. Most memorable character of 2016?

Bastille from the Alcatraz Series by Brandon Sanderson

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

Railhead by Philip Reeve (review)

13. Most Thought-Provoking/Life-Changing Book of 2016?

The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

"Some people assume that authors write books because we have vivid imaginations and want to share our vision. Other people assume that authors write because we are bursting with stories, and therefore must scribble those stories down in moments of creative propondidty.

Both groups of people are completely wrong. Authors write books for one, and only one, reason: because we like to torture people."
--Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson (review)

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016? 

SHORTEST: The End by David LaRochelle & Richard Egielski

LONGEST: Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (re-read)

17. Book That Shocked You The Most (Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

The Dark Talent [Alcatraz #5] by Brandon Sanderson (review)

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!) (OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Hori & Miyamura from Horimiya by Hero & Daisuke Hagiwara

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Crew of the Spotted Custard from The Custard Protocol series by Gail Carriger

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Starflight by Melissa Landers (review)

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand & Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Aoi from the So Cute It Hurts!! series by Go Ikeyamada

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

A Shadow Bright & Burning by Jessica Cluess

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Railhead by Philip Reeve (review)

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Adulthood is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection by Sarah Andersen

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (review)

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Railhead by Philip Reeve (review)

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan (review)

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

Railhead by Philip Reeve (review)

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Continent by Keira Drake

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

Traveler by L.E. DeLano

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

Starfall by Melissa Landers

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Read more backlog!

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

Shadow Run by AdriAnne Strickland & Michael Miller (review)

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And that's it! Did you read any of these? What did you think of them? And if you filled out the survey as well, leave a link to your post in the Comments!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday Hiatus

I've been swamped with the holidays and my reading progress has been really slow, so The #FridayReads Review is going on hiatus until the new year. Look for my 2016 End of Year Survey next week, and I hope to return to reviewing in January. Until then, happy holidays! 🎄

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!

Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree

Defy the StarsBy Your SideLucky in Love
Starfall (Starflight #2)Dividing Eden
The Perilous Sea (The Elemental Trilogy, #2)RevengerGamescape: Overworld (Nova Project, #1)
Roar (Stealing Storms, #1)Penguin Revolution: Volume 7

  1. Defy the Stars (Claudia Gray) - (ARC) I swear Claudia wrote this book just for me, it is exactly my kind of story. Dying to get my hands on an ARC for immediate consumption!
  2. By Your Side (Kasie West) - (ARC) A Kasie story set in a library? Be still my heart! Already have the paperback pre-ordered, but the sooner I can read it, the better! Also, my Kasie West collection requires an ARC.
  3. Lucky in Love (Kasie West) - (ARC) Two books by my favorite writer in one year? 2017 is going to rock. Of course I need this ARC for my collection too, but since this story will be releasing in hardcover (and I only read softcovers) I need it to read as well!
  4. Starfall (Melissa Landers) - (???) Starflight, the first book in this duology, was my favorite read this 2016, so of course I've been desperate to get my hands on the sequel! The problem: it will be releasing in hardcover, and there are no one currently up for giveaway. Dear Santa, how about a Christmas miracle, pretty please?
  5. Dividing Eden (Joelle Charbonneau) - (ARC) I really enjoyed Joelle's Testing trilogy, so I'm excited to read her foray into fantasy!
  6. The Perilous Sea (Sherry Thomas) - (ARC/PBK) I would prefer an ARC to complete my collection, but I really want to binge the series soon so I'll settle for a paperback if I have to, I can't wait much longer!
  7. Revenger (Alastair Reynolds) - (ARC/PBK) I'm a sucker for sci-fi and this sounds like an interesting one!
  8. Gamescape: Overworld (Emma Trevayne) - (ARC) Another thrilling story released in hardcover that I need the ARC to be able to read it anytime soon. *sigh*
  9. Roar (Cora Carmack) - (ARC) Storm magic? Enough said.
  10. Penguin Revolution vol. 7 (Kore Yamazaki) - (PBK) This is the final and only volume I don't have of this entertaining series, and of course it's out of print. But a little thing like that wouldn't be a problem for Santa, right? ;)

So what books do you want Santa to leave under your tree, and why? Have you read any of the titles on my list? If so, what did you think of them?