Friday, November 30, 2018

Book Blogger Hop (19)

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books and is now hosted by Billy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week's question is: If you could travel back in time to purchase the first printing of a specific novel, what book would that be?

My answer: I dunno, what book would get me a ton of money in the present so I never had to worry about it again? :P

Okay, okay, a less cynical answer. Ummmm. Dracula.

Not this one. This isn't a first printing. I just thought this post needed something to break it up, and this cover was cool.
Because Luci really wants a nice copy of Dracula, and I think a first edition print would be nice, and then I could give it to them and they'd be all happy.

Oh, and maybe a first printing of Anne of Green Gables. I just think that'd be cool.

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (35)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Release date: January 8th, 2019
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery's never been there, but she's heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it's hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone's declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she's in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous--and most people aren't good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it's safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

The part where I talk: Again, I just love this kind of mystery, hidden secrets book. I also really want to check out the author's other book, but I just haven't gotten to it yet. Sounds like my kind of thing, though.

Recommend me a good thriller/mystery book that you've enjoyed this year, how about that for this week's question?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Monday, November 26, 2018

Things I've Read Recently (81): Comic Sequels

If you're new around here, Things I've Read Recently is a series of posts I do that are basically mini-reviews of books that I either forgot to review, didn't have enough to say for a full review, or just didn't want to do a full post about for whatever reason.

Fandemonium (The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 2) by Karen Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, and Clayton Cowles

Published: July 1st, 2015 by Image Comics
Genre: Adult Fantasy comic
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: Goodreads says 168 pages
Part of a series? This collects the Wicked and the Divine numbers 6-11.
Got via: The library
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): The second volume of the award-winning urban fantasy series where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. Following the tragic and unjust death of Lucifer, it takes a revelation from Inanna to draw Laura back into the worlds of Gods and Superstardom to try and discover the truth behind a conspiracy to subvert divinity. Includes issues 6-11 of the series, plus supplementary material.

Thoughts: This series is growing on me. I still really like the premise, and this volume isn't nearly as gory, which I did struggle with in the first one. Gore really isn't my thing. There's also a bit of an art shift in this, or - or, more, that one of the issues really experiments with a lot of colour and a different way of storytelling, and I really enjoyed that.

I'm curious about how we feel about a trans woman becoming a goddess? On one hand, yay no misgendering, and I kind of absolutely adore her character in both versions, but there is kind of the inherent, you know, death sentence that the diety characters have in this series, as they all die after two years. There aren't any other trans characters yet, so perhaps that's, as it often is, the solution.

All in all, though, I enjoyed this volume and I'm excited about the next one.

Paper Girls, Vol 2 by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, and Jared K. Fletcher

Published: November 30th, 2016 by Image Comics
Genre: YA Fantasy Comics
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: Goodreads says 128
Part of a series? This collects Paper Girls issues 6-11.
Got via: The library.
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): After surviving the strangest night of their lives in the Cleveland suburb of Stony Stream, intrepid young newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany find themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future... the year 2016.

What would you do if you were suddenly confronted by your 12-year-old self? 40-year-old newspaper reporter Erin Tieng is about to find out in this action-packed story about identity, mortality, and growing older in the 21st century.

Thoughts: I'm quite enjoying this series. Honestly I read these super fast, because they are so quick paced and easy to read. It's like watching the whole season of a show on Netflix in one night even though you should really, really go to bed and you'll regret it tomorrow.

There's some fatmisia in this that made me roll my eyes, and there's something a little off about a comic series about young girl heroes being created entirely by dudes. Also I'm not sure how I feel about the idea that Trump may literally have caused an apocalyptic future. I believe it, but I just don't know how to feel.

This does also still feel a bit like it's still getting its feet under it, but I'm enjoying it overall. Excited for the next volume!

Squirrel You Know It's True (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol 2) by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

Published: December 8th, 2016 by Marvel Comics
Genre: YA Science Fiction Comics
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: Goodreads says 120 and comics never have page numbers so we'll just assume goodreads is correct.
Part of a series? This collects Squirrel Girl issues 5 through 8 plus some bonus material.
Got via: The library.
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): The breakout character of 2015 continues her one-woman crusade against injustice and jerks! These TAILS of the Squirrel Girl will show you the Marvel Universe's most powerful super hero from a bunch of brand-new perspectives, several of them Quite Astonishing.

Thoughts: I continue to enjoy this series! This series set in a continuity of Marvel that I don't know super well. Not really sure what went down that made original Captain America all old and the um. The bird guy? The new Captain America, or how dude-Thor lost the hammer and now we have awesome Lady Thor, but I'm honestly down for both of these things and I think it makes this universe more interesting.

Not entirely sure how this works for my dream team-up of Squirrel Girl, Moon Girl, and Ms. Marvel, but I'm still into it.

This is really funny throughout, but also managed a little bit of some really creepy imagery that still fit really well within the style of the series. Really enjoyed this and looking forward to reading more of this series!

Also can I just say I adore the pun titles of this series???

Cosmic Cooties (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Volume 2) by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare

Published: December 28th, 2016
Genre: MG Science Fiction Comic
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: Goodreads says 136 pages
Part of a series? This collects issues 7 to 12 of the series.
Got via: The library.
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): THE TERRIGEN CLOUD FINALLY FINDS LUNELLA LAFAYETTE!

But her transformation isn't what you might expect! Plus, poor Lunella's been so busy worrying about the Terrigen Cloud turning her Inhuman, she's totally unprepared for...Cosmic Cooties?! Because when a new boy moves to town from far, far away, he's oddly interested in her.

Meanwhile, the most wanted T-Rex in NYC is running out of places to lie low--a problem that won't get any easier when our darling duo undergo a body swap! It's a big change-up that will see Luna spending a freaky Friday (or whatever day it happens to be) as Devil Dinosaur, and vice versa! Will Luna evade capture? Will DD scrape a passing grade? And who exactly is Moon Girl's new 9-year-old archnemesis, Kid Kree? Lunella's got a huge future in the Marvel Universe, if only she can survive the present!

Thoughts: To my surprise, my library branch actually had the first three volumes of this series, so I barely had to wait after reading the first one! I actually filled my own hold grabbing the third one off the shelf, lol.

The thing I wanted to happen happened!! Well, not my ultimate dream team up of Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl and Moon Girl, but Lunella got to meet Ms. Marvel in this! It was so cool to see Kamala being a hero for Lunella like Captain Marvel and Wolverine and Iron Man were people that Kamala looked up to. It made my little heart go pitter patter!

Also, a little thing I noticed - I'm not sure if it's done every chapter yet or what, but Lunella's hair changes pretty frequently. In this one she's rocking some cornrows along with her little pigtail puffs, and in the first one volume I believe she often just had one ponytail, and it's really cool to see her hair changing since she wears it natural and that's really important representation.

I want to read more and it's literally right here so that's the end of the review, lol.

And that's four! Expect a lot of these in the next couple months. I've been reading a ton of comic books lately.

Thanks for reading!

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Friday, November 23, 2018

MG Review: Blended

Okay, straight off the bat, I'm going to be saying spoilers for this one in the PG-13 section, which is where I put trigger warnings. This one has some fairly heavy ones, and I suggest reading that first, since I go into more detail, but there's police brutality in this one, among other things, so check the warnings.

Also, you may have noticed that all my posts for the last month have been like. Waiting on Wednesday and Blog Hop posts and that's kind of it. That's because I was sick a whole bunch and blogging got away from me. I'm putting an extra review here, though, to try to help with getting caught up. Wish me luck and let's get into the review!

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Published: October 30th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary MG
Binding: ARC
Page Count: 310 in mine, but goodreads says 288. I don't have a finished copy to check.
Part of a series? As far as I know, no.
Got via: It was sent to me for review consideration.
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound And also I just saw a tweet from the author mentioning that you can apparently get it signed from Barnes and Noble? So that would be a really good gift honestly.

Summary (from goodreads): "You’re so exotic!” “You look so unusual.” “But what are you really?”

Eleven-year-old Isabella is used to these kinds of comments - her father is black, her mother is white - but that doesn't mean she likes them. And now that her parents are divorced (and getting along WORSE than ever), Isabella feels more like a push-me-pull-me toy.

One week she’s Isabella with her dad, his girlfriend Anastasia, and her son Darren living in a fancy house where they are one of the only black families in the neighborhood. The next week she’s Izzy with her mom and her boyfriend John-Mark in a small, not-so-fancy house that she loves.

Being split between Mom and Dad is more than switching houses, switching nicknames, switching backpacks: it’s also about switching identities. If you’re only seen as half of this and half of that, how can you ever feel whole?

Review: This was absolutely wonderful. I've been saying lately that people who only read YA need to be paying more attention to MG because it is doing some really amazing things now more than ever, and this is one serious example of that. There are so many things that I really liked about this, and I think it is going to be such a well-loved book by kids, especially kids who find themselves represented in this because the author writes about those things with such care and respect.

I obviously can't speak to the experience of being mixed race, but my parents split up when I was a kid and there was a lot of custody stuff, and I can tell you that if I'd owned this as a kid, I would have read it about a million times. This is the weirdest comparison, but does anyone remember the "Little Sisters" spin-off from the Baby-Sitter's Club books? I read those books even after I was way above the age they were aimed at because Karen's parents were divorced and I was drawn to that. There are moments when I was reading where I was just like "hey, me too". Isabella's family switches on Sundays and my father's custody day was Sunday, and when she said she hated Sundays, I was like "same".

It's just such a good book, honestly.

Plot Talk: This takes place over the course of a few months, which I think works really well because you see how things affect Isabella and how things change and grow for her over a longer period of time. Again, this is something I personally would have liked a lot as a kid, and I think others will as well. That works really well in MG especially, and very much here. I also then don't feel so bad for the main character for having so much stuff thrown at them in a really short time period when they're so young if the time frame is longer. I know it's kind of silly, but I just want them to have a break sometimes.

Characters: Isabella is adorable and I loved her voice. It took me like a week to read this, but that was just because I was busy and really not sleeping very well, but her voice kept drawing me back in every time I picked it up. It's really great. She's got a little bit of snark, but she's also very sweet and a little shy, and not sure of herself, and she just grabbed my cold little heart.

I also really want to give kudos to the author for how she wrote Isabella's parents. It was actually great that they didn't always get along very well, and that sometimes they weren't very nice to each other and still fought sometimes and were sometimes kind of mean. It's obviously not great for Isabella, but it's realistic, and that's important for kids to see. That kind of things happens. Plus, it's nice to see them beginning to work through things. Even if they're not perfect, they're trying.

Both of Isabella's parents are in new relationships, and she has wonderful relationships with both of her parents' partners. They care about her, and support her, and want the best for her, and it's great to see a (...no pun intended) blended family like that in a book. Nobody's perfect, but they're good people who love her and who she loves.

Thought there was an amount of people who aren't so good... that sounds odd. The book doesn't shy away from the fact that Isabella deals with racism, and that includes people Isabella likes, like a boy she has a crush on, or a salesperson she thinks is cool, and in a lot of those situations, it's a microaggression. That's something that a lot of kids are going to have experience with.

PG-13 stuff: There's some big stuff in this. Besides things like divorce, Isabella's class talks about school shootings, and the racism in the book goes beyond microaggressions. Isabella's friend finds a noose in her locker, and deals with that for a lot of the book, including when she and Isabella are kicked out of a store in the mall for their skin colour.

And this is something that's hard to write, and something that I honestly did not to expect from a middle grade book, but this book needs a trigger warning for police brutality and gun violence. Near the end of the book, Isabella and her step-brother Darren are pulled over by the police, and one of them shoots her. She's okay, but... I didn't expect that and kind of cried a little myself, so be aware of that especially when you're recommending this.

Don't get me wrong here. I think this is absolutely needed and I personally think the age recommendation on the ARC of 8-12 is appropriate, but we as adults need to be aware of this, and not to leave kids to deal with the emotions this book may leave them with alone and without support. I think especially if you're a white adult who's recommending this to children who aren't white, you need to make sure that those children are going to be okay afterwards. But that's not something negative about the book, at all, okay?

Cons, complaints, bad stuff, etc.: There's some ableist language that could have been left out, and a bit of fatmisic language. It also rather lacks in queer rep or disability rep or really any fat rep besides her step-dad being called "slightly overweight" which is kind of gross language, so, eh. Mostly just nitpicking, though.

Cover comments: I love the cover. I especially love the detail of Isabella's hair having little fly-aways popping out since she talks a lot about how her hair beats the butt of every gel and hairspray she tries. The two ice creams blending together is cool, too. It's a great cover.

Conclusion: I'm glad I finally got my butt into gear and read this. I cried a few times, I laughed a bunch, and I just really liked it. I'm about to eat my arm because I'm suddenly starving, so that's all I've got for now, but I highly recommend this one. Half a point off for the stuff I mentioned in my complaints section, but I'm giving this one four and a half roses.



Other notes:

- People kept taking their shoes off when they came inside and as a Canadian who Notices when people in American media don't, I appreciated that.

- Isabella's in sixth grade if that helps anyone with age recommendations for this. I'd say mature fourth graders and up could handle it personally, as a general guide, but again, be there to support them after.

- I liked the name-dropping of Jason Reynolds as "some new guy" who wrote poetry, lol.

- Isabella's friend is the child of activists, and that was cool. That's something we need to see more of as we go forward in YA and MG.

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (34)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine.

The Girl with the Broken Heart by Lurlene McDaniel

Release date: December 18th, 2018
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): Kenzie Caine is enrolled at Vanderbilt University, with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. When she lands a summer job caring for and helping to rehabilitate abused horses at the Bellmeade Estate stables, she is over-the-moon happy. One place she does not want to be is at home with her parents. Since the tragic death of Kenzie's younger sister, her mother has unraveled and her father has lost Kenzie's trust.

At the stables, Kenzie is in her element. But a serious heart condition limits her ability to complete the more physical aspects of the job, so her employers have tasked the charming Austin Boyd with helping her. But Austin has secrets. And as Kenzie and Austin become closer, those secrets threaten to harm their relationship, as well as reveal other startling truths.

The part where I talk: This is 100% pure nostalgia. Also, honestly, I respect that she's had a steady, good career since the mid-80s. I read a lot of 80s and 90s books, and honestly, that's not very common. I see a lot of authors, including some really cool ones, who just disappear.

Wow, this got depressing. How about you all tell me your favourite nostalgic author or book series?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Friday, November 16, 2018

Book Blogger Hop (18)

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books and is now hosted by Billy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week's question is: Do you take notes about the book you are reading as you read?

My answer: Oh definitely!! I started taking notes a few years into blogging, and I found that it helped me organize my thoughts so much better. Even if I don't necessarily use all my notes, or if they aren't super detailed, it helps to have something to look back on to while I'm writing my review, especially it's the next day or later.

I also try to use like every single page. The notebook I'm using right now is a little larger, so there are more lines and unless I'm really, really angry at a book, I don't usually use more than the one page. I ran out of pages going towards the back, so right now what I'm doing is using the backs. And because I'm a little odd, that means flipping it upside down so the margins are on the "right" side. Totally unnecessary, but it does help me keep the pages separate and not get confused, at least.

Maybe one day I'll re-organize my closet (hoping to do that this winter, actually, but I need a new bookshelf to do what I want) and take pictures of all my old review notebooks.

And if you ever need to buy me something, small notebooks (about the size of a paperback) are the perfect gift!

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (33)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine.

The Disasters by M. K. England

Release date: December 18th, 2018
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours.

But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other washouts escape—barely—but they’re also the sole witnesses to the biggest crime in the history of space colonization. And the perfect scapegoats.

On the run and framed for atrocities they didn’t commit, Nax and his fellow failures execute a dangerous heist to spread the truth about what happened at the Academy.

They may not be “Academy material,” and they may not get along, but they’re the only ones left to step up and fight.

The part where I talk: Secretly I'm hoping this'll turn out to be queer ;) But I also just think it sounds cool. We're getting a fair few space books lately/coming up, huh? Interesting to see!

So. What's your favourite planet? Would you like to see a book set there?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Friday, November 9, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday Update (3)

I haven't seen if anyone likes this series yet, really, but I've got a bunch of these posts written because I got carried away, and I don't have an interesting answer to the BBH question this week, so let's do this!

I probably need a real intro for these. Let's see. This is a series where I look at my old Waiting on Wednesday posts and talk about if I actually ever did read the book, if I liked it if I did, and if I haven't, would I or not. That kind of thing. I think it's an interesting idea, and I hope you do, too.

WoWed June 17th, 2009:

The Mark by Jen Nadol

Release date: February 1st, 2009

Summary (from goodreads): Sixteen year old Cassandra Renfield has seen the mark since forever: a glow around certain people as if a candle were held behind their back.

The one time she mentioned it to someone else, the mark was dismissed as a trick of the light. So Cassie has kept quiet, considering its rare appearances odd, but insignificant. Until the day she watches a man die. Mining her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person's imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.

Cassie searches her past, her philosophy lessons, even her new boyfriend for answers, answers, always careful to hide her secret. How does the mark work? Why her?

Most importantly: if you know today is someone's last, should you tell them?

Update: I haven't read this, but I own it and I probably will. Eventually. Still sounds good!

WoWed June 24th, 2009:

Dragonfly by Julia Golding

Release date: October 20th, 2009

Summary (from goodreads): Princess Taoshira of the Blue Crescent Islands is appalled when she is ordered to marry Prince Ramil of Gerfal. And he's not too pleased, either. She is used to a life of discipline, ritual, and splendor. He is used to hunting and carousing. They hate each other on sight. But both of their countries are under threat from a fearsome warlord, and the only chance of peace is to form an alliance.

When Tashi and Ram are kidnapped, they fear there's no escape--from their kidnappers or from each other. Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive ambush, unarmed combat, brainwashing, and imprisonment? And will the people they meet on their adventure--including a circus strongman, a daring rebel leader, a sinister master of spies, and the best female fighter they have ever seen--help them or betray them to the enemy?

Update: I never read this one, and it doesn't sound too much like my kind of thing. Me thing, not a book thing. I'm just more aware of what I do and don't like these days.

Time of the Witches by Anna Myers

Release date: September 15th, 2009

Summary (from goodreads): Orphaned at the age of four, Drucilla finally has a place she can call home with her new family, the Putnams, of Salem Village. But when a new reverend and his family move into town with their servant Tituba, life takes a strange and dangerous turn as accusations of witchcraft swirl.

Dru is overwhelmed by the fervor of lies and the power of groupthink among the other girls in town; reluctant to turn her back on the Putnams, she utters her own accusations.

Only her best friend Gabe sees through the deceit, but it may be too late for Dru to protect the truth, and innocent people will pay the ultimate price.

Update: Never read this one either. I would probably buy this if I saw it at a sale or something for cheap, but I probably wouldn't seek it out. The cover is really pretty though.

WoWed July 1st, 2009:

The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin by Josh Berk

Release date: February 9th, 2010

Summary (from goodreads): Being a hefty, deaf newcomer almost makes Will Halpin the least popular guy at Coaler High. But when he befriends the only guy less popular than him, the dork-namic duo has the smarts and guts to figure out who knocked off the star quarterback.

Will can’t hear what’s going on, but he’s a great observer. So, who did it? And why does that guy talk to his fingers? And will the beautiful girl ever notice him? (Okay, so Will’s interested in more than just murder . . .)

Those who prefer their heroes to be not-so-usual and with a side of wiseguy will gobble up this witty, geeks-rule debut.

Update: I have not read this, but I own it! I got it somewhat recently, in fact. I do want to eventually read it.

Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Release date: September 1st, 2010

Summary (from goodreads): Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. When Kate's village falls on hard times - crops fail, and even Kate's father falls victim to a deadly fever - the townspeople look for someone to blame, and their eyes fall on Kate.

Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, he'll give Kate the means to escape the town that seems set to burn her, and what's more, he'll grant her heart's wish. It's a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes that she can't live shadowless forever -- and that Linay's designs are darker than she ever dreamed.

Update: I really liked Erin Bow's Swan Riders series, and I'd like to read more, but I believe this has some racial stereotyping about Romani people that I would not like to support. So, I'd probably pass on this one, but would be interested in other books from the author.

WoWed July 8th, 2009:

Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken

Release date: March 23rd, 2018

Summary (from goodreads): The day the rains came was like any other, blistering air coating the canyon in a heavy stillness....

Just as the rains come after ten long, dry years, a young wizard, Wayland North, appears, to whisk Sydelle Mirabil away from her desert village. North needs an assistant, and Sydelle is eager to see the country - and to join him on his quest to stop the war that surely will destroy her home.

But North has secrets - about himself, about why he chose Sydelle, about his real reasons for the journey. What does he want from her? And why does North's sworn enemy seem fascinated by Sydelle himself?

Update: I never read this one, but I totally would if it made its way to me. Still a gorgeous cover, too.

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis

Release date: August 1st, 2010

Summary (from goodreads): Katherine Ann Stephenson has just discovered that she's inherited her mother's magical talents, and despite Stepmama's stern objections, she's determined to learn how to use them.

But with her eldest sister Elissa's intended fiancé, the sinister Sir Neville, showing a dangerous interest in Kat's magical potential; her other sister, Angeline, wreaking romantic havoc with her own witchcraft; and a highwayman lurking in the forest, even Kat's reckless heroism will be tested to the upmost.

If she can learn to control her new powers, will Kat be able to rescue her family and win her sisters their true love?

Update: Interesting fact, this actually got a new title from when I WoWed it. It used to be much longer. I never read this, but I totally would. It looks really cute. The cover art also reminds me of Coraline a little.

Interesting fact #2, I had two different Waiting on Wednesday posts numbered "13". Because of course I did. I mean, 13 is a lucky number for me, and I cannot count.

WoWed July 15th, 2009:

The Wish Stealers by Tracy Trivas

Release date: January 4th, 2010

Summary (from goodreads): Griffin Penshine is always making wishes. But when a sinister old woman tricks her into accepting a box of eleven shiny Indian Head pennies from 1897, Griffin soon learns these are no ordinary pennies, but stolen wishes.

This box of labeled pennies comes with a horrible curse: People in possession of the stolen coins are Wish Stealers, who will never have their wishes granted.... In fact, the opposite of what they've wished for will happen. Griffin must find a way to return these stolen wishes and undo the curse if her own wishes are to come true.

But how can Griffin return wishes to strangers who might not even be alive? Her journey leads her to ancient alchemists, Macbeth's witches, and a chance to help people in ways she never imagined, but the temptation of the Wish Stealers' dark and compelling power is growing stronger. Can Griffin reverse the curse in time to save herself and the people she loves?

Update: I'm realizing I'm a sucker for middle grade. Didn't read this, but I'd grab it at a yard sale.

I Kissed A Zombie and I Liked It by Adam Selzer

Release date: January 26th, 2010

Summary (from goodreads): Algonquin “Ali” Rhodes, the high school newspaper’s music critic, meets an intriguing singer, Doug, while reviewing a gig. He’s a weird-looking guy—goth, but he seems sincere about it, like maybe he was into it back before it was cool. She introduces herself after the set, asking if he lives in Cornersville, and he replies, in his slow, quiet murmur, “Well, I don’t really live there, exactly. . . .”

When Ali and Doug start dating, Ali is falling so hard she doesn’t notice a few odd signs: he never changes clothes, his head is a funny shape, and he says practically nothing out loud. Finally Marie, the school paper’s fashion editor, points out the obvious: Doug isn’t just a really sincere goth. He’s a zombie. Horrified that her feelings could have allowed her to overlook such a flaw, Ali breaks up with Doug, but learns that zombies are awfully hard to get rid of—at the same time she learns that vampires, a group as tightly-knit as the mafia, don’t think much of music critics who make fun of vampires in reviews...

Update: Is this supposed to be a parody or serious? Just not so much my thing anymore, I think.

WoWed August 14th, 2009:

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Release date: December 8th, 2009

Summary (from goodreads): What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall...

Update: Okay I've never read this one. But.

Luci has.

And there was a movie made based on the book. And I'm not gonna lie, it looks terrible. So I'm gonna make them watch it with me eventually! It's gonna be fun :D

I probably won't read it though.

So I own two of these, but haven't read any of these. Huh! Interesting grouping in this post. What are you all thinking of this series?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday (32)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa of Wishful Endings. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill Breaking the Spine.

Deadfall by Stephen Wallenfels

Release date: December 10, 2018
Amazon / Book Depository / Indiebound

Summary (from goodreads): Twin brothers Ty and Cory Bic are on the run. When they encounter a dying deer in the middle of a remote mountain road with fresh tire tracks swerving down into a ravine, they know they have to help. But when they reach the wrecked car the vehicle appears empty, with signs that the driver escaped.

Until they hear a sound coming from the trunk.

Ty and Cory are escaping demons of their own. But what they discover in the trunk puts them in the crosshairs of something darker and more sinister than their wildest nightmares.

Told through a gripping, lightning-fast narrative that alternates between present and past, this unputdownable survival thriller unravels the tangled circumstances that led Ty and Cory to the deer in the road and set them on a perilous course through the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.

The part where I talk: I'm really into thrillers, and this definitely has an interesting premise. Also I think the cover is really neat.

Have you ever been on a roadtrip? If you have, what was your favourite part?

Peace and cookies,
Laina

Friday, November 2, 2018

Book Blogger Hop (17)

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books and is now hosted by Billy of Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

This week's question is: Do you do collaborations with brands or other bloggers? Which collaboration was your favorite and why?

My answer: I have guest bloggers during Queer Summer Reading, but I don't do a lot of that kind of thing. Occasionally I do a blog post, but I also find them a lot of pressure so I don't do them very often, lol.

I did have a post sponsered by a company once (just a post I had already written, and included a link to them, not something I wrote for them), and there used to be a company that gave a lot of bloggers random stuff to review, and I got my 2 bookcases and a set of cookware from that, all of which I still use constantly.

I'm not against collaborating with brands or companies at all. They just need to fit well on here. Although, honestly, if Shop Miss A ever wanted to have me do a haul, we'd make it fit. I love that site.

So if anyone wants to collaborate/pay me, hit the thing that says contact up below my header. I'm friendly, I swear ;)

Thanks for reading!

Peace and cookies,
Laina