Thursday, September 21, 2017

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Audio, 7.5 hours
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Published by: Feiwel and Friends
Read from: September 19-20, 2017
Daughter of the Pirate King, #1
Source:  Netgalley (I received a copy of this book from the Netgalley and the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
For fans of: Action, Adventure, Debut Authors, Girl Power, Pirates, 

     There will be plenty of time for me to beat him soundly once I’ve gotten what I came for.
     Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map—the key to a legendary treasure trove—seventeen-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship.
     More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate, Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.


     When I heard of this book, I was all over it! I knew it would be a cool read since it was about a female pirate. But I didn't know it would be THAT good. 
     The best thing about this was the narrator. When I first tried reading this, I tried reading a physical copy, but I also tried making a pirate accent in my head that was no where near as good as this one. I'm so glad I decided to read this the right way lol The narrator made this story and I'm so glad I convinced my library to get this one!
     I also loved Alosa and how strong she was. There were so many instances I thought it was all over, but she always outsmarted everyone. I also loved how she kick ass she was. She could fight and she was still beautiful. I loved that. And then her crew were all female too? I really loved that. I'm not sure I have ever read a book about a pirate. 
     Last but not least, I loved the fast-pace of the book. For it to basically be about her being kidnapped, I loved that there were still some surprises throughout the book. I can't wait to see what the next book has her do.
     The only thing I wasn't fond of was the way the entire synopsis told the entire book. I'm glad I didn't read it until after I finished the book this time, because it would have ruined it for me had I read it before. I like to know the surprises as they come, not have them be revealed before I even crack open the book. 
     This book was definitely something I wasn't expecting. Me and the book were off to a rocky start, but we came came together in the end. I'm so glad I decided to give this one a try again in the audio world. 
Overall, I give this

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what we're waiting patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) for! It's hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe, #2)

     Rowan and Citra take opposite stances on the morality of the Scythedom, putting them at odds, in the second novel of the chilling New York Times bestselling series from Neal Shusterman, author of the Unwind dystology.
     Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.
     Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?

Published by:  Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Expected Publication: March 6, 2018

Why I'm Waiting: I took a chance on the first book in this series, Scythe. And I ended up really liking it. It actually surprised me that I liked it so much. I didn't really think there should have been a second one, but since there is, I really need to know what it's about. And from the way the synopsis sounds, it sounds like it may be better than the first! Can't wait to get my hands on this one! 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the BookishEach week we will post a new Top Ten list . Everyone is welcome to join. 

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List!

 I always do these season ones based on the books that come out during that season! So, this time these are the books that come out during September, October, and November that I'm most excited for! 

Renegades (Renegades, #1)An Enchantment of Ravens
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #3)Dear Martin
Calling My NameThe Midnight Dance
The Wicker KingDevils & Thieves (Devils & Thieves, #1)
Black Bird of the GallowsBefore She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1)

What about you?!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Audio, 13 CD's
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Published by: Penguin Group US
Read from: August 4-September 17, 2017
Source:  Library
For fans of: Thrillers, Romance, Mystery, Contemporary, Adult, Bombshell Endings, Books to TV, Multiple POV's, Realistic Fiction

     Sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .
     A murder . . . a tragic accident . . . or just parents behaving badly?
     What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
     But who did what?
     Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:
     Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
     Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
     New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
     Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.


     So the only reason I started listening to this was almost all the people I work with were talking about the show. Everyone thought the show was so good but no one had read the book. So, of course, me being me, I had to get my hands on it and read it first. I can never watch the movie before I read the book. 
     I was immediately intrigued by the mystery/thriller part of it. The cover doesn't exactly scream mystery to me, so I was pleasantly surprised when it says there was a murder. Not that I think murder is cool or anything lol But it made me excited that the book had a better plot than I thought. 
     Unfortunately, what turned me off from it was ALL THE POV'S. I'm normally ok with multiple ones, but this one had wayyyyy too many. There were some police officers, all the main characters that were moms, some other moms, and even some of random dads. Towards the middle it got to be too much and it started dragging a bit. Like, some of it was unnecessary. I didn't see the point in adding info from all of them. 
     As for the mystery, I loved it. I couldn't guess who did it or who it was that was dead. As y'all know, I can normally guess who is the culprit, but this time I couldn't guess either one. Moriarty did such a great job of keeping the reader in the dark. I guess it was because of all the POV's. It was definitely successful, but it still caused some problems in the middle as well. 
     I also love how it dealt with so many other topics than just giving a fictional story. It was interesting to see how they all dealt with all the different topics all in one story. It all boiled down to the very last event that happened and I think it was handled very well.
     This book was a surprise to me. I don't normally like adult books this much, and I also don't normally guess the culprit wrong either. Since finishing it, I have added all of Moriarty's books to my TBR. I can't wait to see what else she's written.
Overall, I give this

This book has been out a while. Have you read it?
What did you think? 
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #236 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

For Review from the Publishers: 
The Serpent's Secret (Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, #1)This Mortal Coil
Not Now, Not EverI Hate Everyone But You

Received via Netgalley/Edelweiss: 
Wild BeautyThis Is Not A Love Letter

From the Library: 
A Stranger in the HouseThe Art of Starving

Black Bird of the GallowsTower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

Care Packages from other Awesome Bloggers:

This is the same book, but I had to show all it's awesomeness. I have to say,  this was the best surprise and it couldn't have come at a better time. I've had to replace two apartments and two cars in less than a month. Needless to say, I started crying at the mailbox. Thank you Jessica. This was appreciated more than you'll ever know. 

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Sunday 09/10/2017: No Post
Monday 09/11/17:   No Post. 
Tuesday 09/12/17: READy to Talk: Update on the blog and the blogger herself! 
Wednesday 09/13/17: Waiting on Wednesday: Greetings From Witness Protection by Jake Burt
Friday 09/15/17: Listen Up: Solo by Kwame Alexander
 Saturday 09/16/17:  Partners in Crime by M. Andrews

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