Thursday, October 5, 2017

Book Review: Buzz Books 2017 YA Fall/Winter

Book Review: Buzz Books 2017 YA Fall/Winter
Title:  Buzz Books 2017 YA Fall/Winter
Release Date:  May 16, 2017
Publisher:  Publishers Lunch
Source:  netGalley

Our seventh edition of Buzz Books: Young Adult gives readers the special excitement of being at BookExpo.

Buzz Books are just like a box of chocolates, you open it and you can smell the wonderful aroma and they all look so good that you don't know which one to pick. My advice: pick them all. All the excerpts in this volume will appeal to many types of readers. There's fantasy, love, hatred, fights, and even comics. (Goodreads)

My Review:

The Buzz Book samplers are one of my favorite ways to discover new books and authors! Here are some of the samples that caught my eye from this collection:

Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairytale as you've never heard it before, tracing the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start: the beautiful princess and stepmother queen.

Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay

Jack is a walking fossil. The only human among a sea of clones. It’s been hundreds of years since humanity died off in the slow plague, leaving the clones behind to carry on human existence. Over time they’ve perfected their genes, moving further away from the imperfections of humanity. But if they really are perfect, why did they create Jack?

Monday, October 2, 2017

September 2017 Wrap Up

September 2017 Wrap Up

My month in review. Let's see how I did!

Books read

In order to meet my Goodreads goal of 100 books, I need to read 8.33 books per month. According to Goodreads, I've read only 4 books this month. Not great, but I'm still on track to meet my yearly goal.

  1. Miracle of Morning Pages by Julia Cameron
  2. Half a Prayer by Rick Gualtieri
  3. Secrets in Death by JD Robb
  4. Journal Sparks by Emily Neuburger

September Reviews

Monday, September 25, 2017

Book Review: Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull

A good sequel, but not thrilled with the ending.
Title:  Hawkweed Legacy
Author:  Irena Brignull
Release Date:  August 15, 2017
Publisher:  Weinstein Books
Source:  review copy provided by Wunderkind PR

Poppy is discovering a purpose for her powers in Africa, but she is haunted by a vision of her own death. Taken in by a boy and his great-grandmother, a healer, they vow to keep her safe-even if that ultimately means holding her captive. But Poppy never stops longing for Leo and, when she feels his magic begin to spark, she will do anything to be reunited with him.

Desperate to regain Poppy's trust and bring her home, Charlock embarks on a plan to reunite Leo with his mother. What Charlock doesn't foresee are the string of consequences that she sets into motion that leave Ember all alone and prey to manipulation, the clan open to attack from other witches, Sorrel vulnerable to Raven's ghost, Betony determined to protect her son from his father's fate, and which leave both Leo and Poppy in terrible danger. (Goodreads)

My Review:

The Hawkweed Legacy picks up where the first book left off, with Poppy running away from home in the form of a sparrow. She winds up flying to Africa, where she is taken in by an old medicine woman and her great-grandson.

Poppy's biological mother, Charlock, tries to cover for her daughter and claims that Poppy just needs time to recover from battle and learn how to become both a witch and a Queen. But you can only stall for so long, so Charlock comes up with a new plan.

Ember, the mortal who was raised a witch, is still struggling to fit into her new non-magical life. She's the one who seems to have changed the most since the first book, and not for the better (in my opinion). I thought Ember was made of sterner stuff, but maybe the mortal world is harder to adjust to than expected?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

My Book Haul 9/16/2017

Secrets In Death by JD Robb, What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Journal Sparks by Emily K Neuburger, The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron, Darkwerks by Brom, Thr3e by Ted Dekker
Quite a haul since my last post!


Seems like all of my library holds come in at the same time! Thankfully, the due dates are spread out so I have a little wriggle room.

Secrets In Death by JD Robb
Secrets In Death by JD Robb

A new novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series: Lt. Eve Dallas must separate rumors from reality when a woman who traffics in other people’s secrets is silenced. (Goodreads)


What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. 

Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet. (Goodreads)