Review: Unqualified

Title: Unqualified
Author: Anna Faris
Genre: Memoir
Publisher: Dutton
Source: Goodreads Giveaway
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

Anna Faris has advice for you. And it’s great advice, because she’s been through it all, and she wants to tell you what she’s learned. Her comic memoir and first book, Unqualified, will share Anna’s candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won. Part memoir, part humorous, unflinching advice from her hit podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified, the book will reveal Anna’s unique take on how to navigate the bizarre, chaotic, and worthwhile adventure of finding love.

Hilarious, authentic, and actually useful, Unqualified is the book Anna’s fans have been waiting for. 


Anna Faris will always be “that girl who had Monica and Chandler’s babies” to me. She’s so funny! I was so excited when I won the giveaway for her book. 

I liked her stories. All her stories of boyfriends and relationships were quite funny. She seems really down to earth and real, which was nice to read about. 

The book got off to a rough start, with Anna (and Chris in his foreword) saying over and over that she doesn’t know how to write a book. That was frustrating, because if you don’t know how/don’t want to, just don’t do it! But it improved greatly from there. 

One major problem with this book is her relationship with Chris Pratt. In August, they announced they are getting divorced. However, she references her happy marriage many times throughout the book. This really took away a lot of her credibility. If they had waited a few months to announce the divorce, it would have made this book much better (and it would have benefited him as well because he wrote the foreword to the book). I heard that she has revised the book for the final edition so that it commented on her divorce, but my ARC didn’t have these changes. 

Other than that, I enjoyed this book. Even if you aren’t looking for relationship advice, this was a fun memoir to read. 

Cover Reveal: Dear Rachel Maddow 

Today Adrienne Kisner and Rockstar Book
Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive excerpt for DEAR RACHEL MADDOW,
which releases June 5, 2018! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win an
On to the reveal! 

Title: DEAR
Author: Adrienne Kisner
Pub. Date: June 5, 2018
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Formats: Hardcover,
Pages: 400
Find it: AmazonB&NTBDGoodreads
Sixteen-year-old Brynn Harper’s life has
one steadying force—Rachel Maddow. She watches her daily, and after writing to
Rachel for a school project—and actually getting a response—Brynn starts
drafting emails to Rachel but never sending them. It’s an outlet; Brynn tells
Rachel about breaking up with Sarah, her first serious girlfriend, about her
beloved brother Nick’s death, her passive mother and even worse stepfather,
about how she’s stuck in remedial courses at school and is considering dropping

But then Brynn is confronted with a moral dilemma. She learns that one student
representative will be allowed to have a voice among teachers and
administrators in the selection of a new school superintendent. Sarah, along
with Brynn’s arch-nemesis John, believe only honors students worthy of the
selection committee seat. Brynn knows they are more interested in power and
perks. Brynn feels all students deserve a voice. When she runs for the position
the knives are out and her brother’s memory and her new crush Michaela are
shamed. Brynn asks herself: What would Rachel Maddow do? 

Exclusive Excerpt!
Folder:  Sent
Date:  September 10
Subject:  School
Dear Rachel Maddow,
I am writing to
you because of a school assignment.  It’s
a totally lame reason to be writing, but I don’t think you’ll actually read it
anyway.  This kind of thing is so sixth grade.  I am a junior in high school and I’ve been
forced to write to a “celebrity hero” by the Applied Language Arts
teacher.  (Hey Mr. Grimm!  How’s it hanging, buddy?)  I wasn’t going to do it, because my
ex-girlfriend worships you and, hello, school assignment.  But I turned on your show and Mom totally
freaked out to see me watching you. 
Apparently your liberal and leftist views don’t sit well with
her.  Mom spat out the words like she was
talking about my dad, so I knew she meant it. 
That made you my celebrity hero.
You were talking
about some guys running for congress. 
But then you said one of them was “freaking amazing.”  I don’t think news people are supposed to say
things like that.  And isn’t that
biased?  News people aren’t supposed to
be biased.  I know this because Mr. Grimm
made us watch this video about newswriting. 
Though no one else knows this about me, Rachel Maddow, I have a near
photographic memory for stuff people say. 
Their words just stick in my brain. 
So I remember what a reporter is supposed
to do. 
Anyway, thanks for
pissing off my Mom.
Brynn Harper
Folder:  Sent
Date:  September 11
Subject:  RE: School
Dear Rachel Maddow,
I am writing to
you because of a school assignment.  It’s
a totally lame reason to be writing, but I don’t think you actually read them
  This kind of thing is so
sixth grade.
  [Brynn, this is good, honest writing. 
Can you try to put a positive spin on it?] 
I am a junior in high school and I’ve
been forced [asked] to write to a
“celebrity hero” by the Applied Language Arts teacher.  (Hey Mr. Grimm!  How’s it hanging, buddy?)  [I’m doing well, thanks. 
But you can take this out.]
I wasn’t going to do it, because
my ex-girlfriend worships you and, hello, school assignment.
And Mom
totally freaked out to see me watching you. 
Apparently your liberal and leftist views still don’t sit well with
her.  Mom spat out the words like she was
talking about my Dad, so I knew she meant it. 
So that made you my celebrity hero. 
[Again, great personal touch.  But maybe too intimate for this
You were talking
about the people running for congress. 
But then you said one of them was “freaking amazing.”  And I don’t think news people are supposed to
say things like that.  And isn’t that
biased?  News people aren’t supposed to
be biased.  I know this because Mr. Grimm, my English teacher, made us watch this video
about newswriting.  Though no one else
knows this about me, Rachel Maddow, I have a photographic memory for stuff
people say.  Their words just stick in my
brain.  So I remember what a reporter is supposed to be. [You
are right, Brynn!  I didn’t know that
about you.  Shouldn’t you remember your
assignments, then?]
Anyway, thanks
for pissing off my Mom
. [There is a list of
questions I asked you to include.  Maybe
you could end with that instead.]
Brynn Harper
Folder:  Sent
Date:  September 12
Subject:  School
Assignment Again
Dear Rachel Maddow,
learned an important lesson about rough drafts. 
If you really want to send someone a letter, you should just send
it.  Do not turn it in to your English teacher first.  But Mr. Grimm (said English teacher) is the
only person I know who doesn’t think I’m hopeless, so I am trying this again
for his sake.  Though I’m sending it to
you too, to avoid further editing. 
name is Brynn Harper and I am sixteen years old.  I live with my mother and stepfather in
Westing, Pennsylvania.  I have a brother,
too.  Or, I had one, anyway.
first watched your show a couple of times in high school because my best friend
(well, okay, my girlfriend) loved you, so she kind of dragged me along with
her.  She’s not my girlfriend
anymore.  And she said she didn’t have
time to watch television anymore either, even for you.  So she dumped us both.  That gives us something in common.
had a list of questions that I was supposed to ask you, but I got most of the
answers online already.  Mr. Grimm
suggested I think of new ones.  So here
you go:
1.      When
you look at the papers on your desk and circle something, are you really
reading from them?  Don’t you read from a
teleprompter?  When you go to commercial,
you shuffle those papers, too. 
Seriously, is there anything even written on them?
2.      How
much does a person have to know to be considered a “wonk?”
3.      At
least one person laughs in the background while you are talking.  Is this on purpose?  Who is that? 
4.      Why
don’t you run for political office?
5.      Is
there ever a staff meeting when you think to yourself, “Huh, there really isn’t a lot going on in the news today.”
6.      How
many pairs of shoes do you actually own?
About Adrienne: 

I have lived my entire “adult” life in a
college dormitory working in both Residence Life and college chaplaincy.  I like the term “dormitory” better
than “residence hall.”  I went
to school for a long time so that now I get to swoop around in a fancy robe and
silly hat (like at Hogwarts).  I have an
MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts
(a place like Hogwarts).  I play both the
viola and tennis with more heart than skill. 
I love my current home in Boston but will always be a Pennsylvanian at

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2 winners will receive an ARC of DEAR

Release Celebration: The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf


It’s time to celebrate!

The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf
(Hair in all the Wrong Places 2)
by Andrew Buckley

releases in paperback today!

Grab your copy today!



Being a werewolf is no picnic. Colin’s constantly hungry, spends a ton of time shaving, and fights to keep his emotions in check to avoid turning into a giant, drooling, hairy, smelly, howling wolf. But Colin’s not the only creature hanging around the town of Elkwood. Vampires, zombies, goblins, ogres, and other questionable visitors and their various shenanigans have got everyone on edge.

Colin just wants to live a normal life, date, and get his homework done on time. But the town of Elkwood needs him. So when a secret government organization asks for his help, will he be able to control the animal inside, or will he give in to the perils of growing up werewolf?

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Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and television, he worked in marketing and public relations, before becoming a professional copy and content writer. During this time Andrew began writing his first adult novel, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH, followed closely by his second novel, STILTSKIN. He works as an editor for Curiosity Quills Press.

Andrew also co-hosts a geek movie podcast, is working on his next novel, and has a stunning amount of other ideas. He now lives happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with three kids, one cat, one needy dog, one beautiful wife, and a multitude of characters that live comfortably inside of his mind.

Andrew is represented by Mark Gottlieb at the Trident Media Group.

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Blog Tour: Eight Days on Planet Earth

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Title: Eight Days on Planet Earth
Author: Cat Jordan
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: YA Bound Book Tours
Release Date: November 7, 2017


A heart-wrenching romance full of twists that are sure to bring tears to readers’ eyes, from Cat Jordan, author of The Leaving Season.

How long does it take to travel twenty light years to Earth?

How long does it take to fall in love?

To the universe, eight days is a mere blip, but to Matty Jones, it may be just enough time to change his life.

On the hot summer day Matty’s dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the Jones farm—the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a spaceship supposedly landed fifty years ago. She is uniquely beautiful, sweet, and smart, and she tells Matty she’s waiting for herspaceship to pick her up and return her to her home planet. Of course she is.

Matty has heard a million impossible UFO stories for each of his seventeen years: the conspiracy theories, the wild rumors, the crazy belief in life beyond the stars. When he was a kid, he and his dad searched the skies and studied the constellations. But all of that is behind him. Dad’s gone—but now there’s Priya. She must be crazy…right?

As Matty unravels the mystery of the girl in the field, he realizes there is far more to her than he first imagined. And if he can learn to believe in what he can’t see: the universe, aliens…love…then maybe the impossible is possible, after all.

Cat Jordan’s Promo Post:

The 5 Things I Ask Myself Before Starting a Writing Project

  1. What’s the opening scene?

In my earliest novels, I would start things off with a bang, often in the middle of action or even dialogue. It can be disorienting to a reader to not know what is going on or who is speaking. Some stories need this but most stories prefer a clever/beautiful/interesting opening line. I want to draw the reader into my world and I don’t want them to start off confused (unless that’s my goal!).

Now when I begin a project, I try to place myself in the new world as if I were my reader. What do I want to see? Is that interesting? Is that character compelling? Is the voice something I want to hear for three hundred pages?

  1. What is the ending?

Again, as a newbie writer, I would imagine my books with a bang of an ending too. With all of these “bangs,” you’d think I was writing thrillers! However, what I discovered – both as a reader and a writer – was that I needed to know what happens after the climax of the story. Back in high school, I learned this was a “denouement” but I didn’t know how to apply it until I became a novelist.

It isn’t enough to simply end a story. I need to imagine how all the storylines connect, or don’t connect; how characters continue with their lives. Even if I don’t write it all out for the reader, I need to know what those things are.

  1. Where does the story take place?

For me, place is a character. Specificity of location is critical. I might plan to fictionalize a town, as I did with Eight Days on Planet Earth, but I need to know what the exact place is that I’m fictionalizing. If I use an actual city, as I did with The Leaving Season, I need to research as much as possible if I don’t know it personally. I need to have a visual image of what the houses look like and the trees and roads. How close is the next town? Is there a body of water? And since this is a work of fiction, what isn’t there that I can fictionalize?

  1. What’s the title?

I have been known to change a title ten or more times before, during and after the process of writing. However, I absolutely must have a decent working title before I even start. The title – a good one – will define the story quickly, giving it a theme without me having to force one on it. It will also stick in my head so I can be thinking and working when I’m not actually in front of a computer writing it.

  1. Is it a book?

This is the most difficult question to answer. Sometimes you have an idea that seems like it’s really cool and fun or eerie or important but it’s just a character or a situation or maybe it’s just a scene or two. A book, especially a YA novel, is over 60K words! Your story idea must be sustained over the course of a lot of pages.

Also, if I haven’t written something in a while or if I’ve started and abandoned ideas for various reasons, I might be anxious to get going on a new book. No matter how excited I am to start, though, I have to live with it for a while. This is actually something I learned from Stephen King’s On Writing.

Only write the story when you can’t let it go, when you can’t stop thinking about the characters, when you can’t get the narrative voice out of your head.

Only write the story when you can’t not write it.

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About the Author:

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When I was a teenager, the very first book I ever tried to write was pretentious and stilted and set in a future where there was no paper. Obviously, I fancied myself another Ray Bradbury (who I was thrilled to meet not once but twice!). The book had an awesome title and no plot but I had the most fun creating the characters and the world they lived in. That to me is the most enjoyable part of writing a novel: envisioning a world and populating it with all kinds of people and dogs. Gotta have a dog.

The worlds I create now as an adult are based on my travels from coast to coast in the US, to Europe and Mexico and Canada, and on the people I have met and loved and admired and feared. And dogs.

Currently I live in Los Angeles. With my dog.

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Review: Doctor Who: Myths and Legends


Title: Doctor Who: Myths and Legends
Author: Richard Dinnick
Genre: Short Stories, Science Fiction
Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:

For thousands of years, epic stories have been passed down from Time Lord to student, generation to generation. The truth of these tales was lost millennia ago, but the myths and legends themselves are timeless.

These are the most enduring of those tales. From the princess Manussa and her giant snake Mara, to the Vardon Horse of Xeriphin, these stories shed light on the universe around us and the beings from other worlds that we meet. Myths hold up a mirror to our past, present and future, explaining our culture, our history, our hopes and fears.

A collection of epic adventures from the Time Lords’ mist-covered past, Myths and Legends is an unforgettable gallery of heroes and villains, gods and monsters.


I love Doctor Who, so I was super excited when I was approved for this galley on NetGalley!

This is a collection of myths and legends from the Doctor Who universe. The stories feature some of my favourite creatures, like the Cybermen and Daleks.

I loved how these stories are taken from real ancient myths and legends, using Doctor Who characters, such as “The Mondas Touch” based on The Midas Touch, and “The Vardon Horse” based on the story of the Trojan horse. I love Greek mythology so I appreciated the way that the Doctor Who universe was blended with these ancient stories.

Sometimes there was a grey haired man, who could travel in time, that appeared in the stories. I wish this appearance of the Doctor happened more often because it was funny to see the reactions of the other creatures to this strange man.

At times the stories were quite detailed and spoke about things that were scientific, so I kind of got lost. But otherwise I loved this book! It’s a great collection of Doctor Who stories.

Top Ten Tuesday – Unique Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Unique Book Titles. Here’s my list:

1. Zero Repeat Forever

2. A Game of Thrones

3. The Upside of Unrequited

4. They Both Die At The End

5. I Have No Secrets

6. Crazy Rich Asians

7. Definitions of Indefinable Things

8. We Are All Made of Molecules

9. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

10. Everything I Never Told You

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Review: Literally Me

Title: Literally Me
Author: Julie Houts
Genre: Humour
Publisher: Touchstone
Source: NetGalley
Release Date: October 24, 2017
Rating: ★★★

Goodreads Synopsis:


Julie Houts has cultivated a devoted following as “Instagram’s favorite illustrator” (Vogue) by lampooning the conflicting messages and images women consume and share with the world every day.

A collection of darkly comic illustrated essays, Literally Me chronicles the exploits of “slightly antisocial heroines” (Refinery29) in vivid, excruciatingly funny detail, including:

-The beauty routine of a deranged bride who aspires to be “truly without flaws” on her wedding day

-What happens when Kylie Jenner has an existential crisis and can no longer “step out”

-A journey to Coachella by the Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse

-The true dating confessions of a fembot

-The terrifying description for Alice Staunch’s book How to Be a Perfect Feminist 

-The diary of Fiddle Ficus, a tree that lives inside a CÉLINE store, and much more


Well this was an interesting book. Some parts were really funny, but some were just strange. 

I really enjoyed the journey to Coachella. Four girls meet in an Uber Pool. They’re the most unlikely people to see together and they don’t get along. Let’s just say, the car ride ends in pee in the backseat. 

The pictures were very unique. I liked the way they were filled in with water colours. Some of the illustrations told an entire story. There was also an unusual mouse that appeared multiple times. 

This book was original and unconventional. At times I didn’t know what was going on, but some of the stories were very funny.