It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? – February 25

This blog meme is hosted by Book Date. It is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever growing TBR pile!

What I just finished:

This weekend I finished The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

What I’m currently reading:

I’m currently reading An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley.

What I’m reading next:

Next I will be reading The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper.

What are you guys reading this week? Have you read any of these books?

Jill’s Weekly Wrap-Up – February 24

Here are my reviews for the week with my ratings:

I did 9 weekly blogging memes:

How was your week? What did you guys read?

Sundays in Bed With… The Dysasters

The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today! This meme is hosted by Midnight Book Girl.

This Sunday I’m reading The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Foster Stewart knows she’s different. Her life has never been “normal.” Talking to plants and controlling cloud formations aren’t things most seventeen year olds are into. Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor is perfect. Star quarterback and all around dreamy boy next door he never thought about his “extra” abilities. What quarterback wouldn’t want night vision? That’s not weird, right? It’s cool! 

But on the night of their first meeting a deadly tornado brings them together and awakens their true abilities – the power to control the element air. Unbeknown to Tate and Foster, they are the first in a group of teens that were genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements. Which truly sucks for Foster, as she has to face the fact that Dr. Rick Stewart, her beloved scientist father, betrayed her and now wants to use her and the others for his own nefarious world domination plot. 

Foster and Tate must stop Dr. Stewart and his minions before he destroys their lives and the world.

What book are you in bed with today?

Six for Sunday – LGBT Books I Still Need to Read

This meme is hosted by Steph at A little but a lot. The weekly prompts for 2019 can be found here.

This week’s prompt is LGBT Books I Still Need to Read:

1. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

3. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

4. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

5. This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender

6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Did you write a #SixforSunday post? What was your list of LGBT Books You Still Need to Read?

Review: Five Feet Apart

Title: Five Feet Apart
Author: Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: November 20, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Can you love someone you can never touch?

Stella Grant likes to be in control—even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. At this point, what Stella needs to control most is keeping herself away from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardize the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. He couldn’t care less about his treatments, or a fancy new clinical drug trial. Soon, he’ll turn eighteen and then he’ll be able to unplug all these machines and actually go see the world, not just its hospitals.

Will’s exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. If he so much as breathes on Stella she could lose her spot on the transplant list. Either one of them could die. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But suddenly six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment.

What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

Review:

I was so surprised when I found out that this book was being published and made into a movie at the same time. I figured it must be great, if it was made into a movie before it was even published! It didn’t disappoint.

I didn’t know anything about Cystic Fibrosis before reading this book. I learned a lot! I didn’t know that people who have CF can’t come into contact with each other, because they could contract each other’s germs which could be deadly. It is even worse if the person has another illness on top of CF, such as B. Cepacia. That is what Will has in this story, and it is more crucial that he stay away from Stella. However, that becomes a problem once they meet and fall in love.

This story was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. There was a lot of tragedy, including some things that happened before the beginning of the book. Some parts were difficult to read because they were so heartbreaking, but those parts are also important to the story. I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say that I was satisfied with it.

I loved this story and now I can’t wait to watch the movie!

What to read next:

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Have you read Five Feet Apart? What did you think of it?

Stacking the Shelves – February 23

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I bought two books at Barnes and Noble on my trip to Cleveland last weekend:

Riverdale: The Day Before by Micol Ostow

The Severed Moon: A Year-Long Journal of Magic by Leigh Bardugo

I received three books from Penguin Random House Canada:

Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong

Chicken Girl by Heather Smith

The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for these books!

What books did you get this week?

Review: Runaways, Vol. 1: Find Your Way Home

Title: Runaways, Vol. 1: Find Your Way Home
Author: Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka
Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Marvel
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

GET READY TO RUN!

The “IT” book of the early 2000s with the original cast is back–Nico! Karolina! Molly! Chase! Old Lace! And, could it be…GERT?! 

The heart of the Runaways died years ago, but you won’t believe how she returns! Superstar author Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Carry On) makes her Marvel debut with fan-favorite artist Kris Anka (ALL-NEW X-MEN, CAPTAIN MARVEL) in the series that will shock you and break your heart! Did Chase and Gert’s love survive their time apart? Have Karolina and Nico’s feelings made their friendship impossible? What emotional landmines lie in wait to DESTROY the Runaways?!

Review:

I read the original Runaways series a couple of years ago. I loved it, and I was so disappointed when I got to the last book. I was so excited about this new graphic novel series!

This story takes place two years after the ending of the old series. It’s been a while since I read it, so I didn’t remember how it ended. It took a while for me to catch on to what was happening. I also had the plot from the TV series on my mind, and that is a completely different story. However, I loved this story, too!

The graphics in this story were amazing. They looked so realistic. I wasn’t crazy about the art in the original series, so this one was a big improvement. There were also a bunch of funny parts. Who doesn’t love a villain with telepathic cats?

I loved this graphic novel! I’ll have to read the second one soon!

What to read next:

Runaways, Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever by Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka

Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy by Brian K. Vaughan

Have you read Runaways, Vol. 1: Find Your Way Home? What did you think of it?

First Lines Friday – February 22

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“I shouldn’t have come to this party. I’m not even sure I belong at this party. That’s not on some bougie shit, either. There are just some places where it’s not enough to be me. Either version of me. Big D’s spring break party is one of those places.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

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Goodreads synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Have you read The Hate U Give? What did you think of it?


Review: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)

Title: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)
Author: Amanda Foody
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. 

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

Review:

I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long! It definitely lived up to the hype!

This story was different from other contemporary fantasy novels which are set in worlds that resemble past eras. This one was set in the City of Sin, which was like Las Vegas. Instead of kings and queens, there were gamblers and gang leaders.

The story was told between two perspectives: Enne’s and Levi’s. This gave two points of view of the city. Enne was new to the city so she was new to everything, just like the reader. Levi has always lived there, so there were many more characters and drama in his narrative. I preferred Enne’s narrative because I could relate to it more since she was a newcomer to the City of Sin.

I loved this story! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series when it comes out in a couple of weeks.

What to read next:

King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody

The Last Magician (The Last Magician #1) by Lisa Maxwell

Have you read Ace of Shades? What did you think of it?

TBR Thursday – February 21

TBR Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from your shelf or e-reader and find out what others think about it.

My pick this week is Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The third installment in the all-new series from the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. 

The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?