TBR Thursday – December 13

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 Broken Things by Lauren Oliver.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s been five years since Summer Marks was brutally murdered in the woods. 

Everyone thinks Mia and Brynn killed their best friend. That driven by their obsession with a novel called The Way into Lovelorn the three girls had imagined themselves into the magical world where their fantasies became twisted, even deadly.

The only thing is: they didn’t do it. 

On the anniversary of Summer’s death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago—no matter how monstrous.

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

Review: Snow in Love

Title: Snow in Love
Author: Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Source: Purchased
Format: Ebook
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

What’s better than one deliciously cozy, swoon-worthy holiday story? Four of them, from some of today’s bestselling authors.

From KASIE WEST, a snowy road trip takes an unexpected detour when secrets and crushes are revealed.

From AIMEE FRIEDMAN, a Hanukkah miracle may just happen when a Jewish girl working as a department store elf finds love.

From MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, Christmas Eve gets a plot twist when a high school couple exchange surprising presents.

From NIC STONE, a scavenger hunt amid the holiday crowds at an airport turns totally romantic.

So grab a mug of hot cocoa, snuggle up, and get ready to fall in love…

Review:

I loved this collection of holiday love stories. I will talk about each of the four stories for my review.

Snow and Mistletoe: In this story, Amalie goes on a road trip to get home for Christmas with some other students from her school. They weren’t friends before they met at a snowed in airport in Colorado, but they formed a relationship after being trapped in a car together for the ride to California.

Working in a Winter Wonderland: Maxine get a job at a department store so she can buy a dress for her best friend’s New Year’s Eve party. She finds love in an unexpected place.

The Magi’s Gifts: Kelsey struggles to fit in with her wealthy friends. She wants to buy her boyfriend the best Christmas gift, so she has to make some sacrifices.

Grounded: Leigh is grounded in Atlanta so she can’t travel to Florida to spend the holidays with family friends. She meets an old friend, Harper, in the airport and they become reacquainted with an I Spy/Scavenger Hunt game.

Even though these were all short stories, the characters were well developed. I felt like I knew them by the end of the stories. The endings were predictable but they were such warm endings, which spoke to the holiday spirit of the stories. I highly recommend this book for some festive teen romances!

What to read next:

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins (editor)

Have you read Snow in Love? What did you think of it?

‘Waiting On’ Wednesday – December 12

This is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. In this post we highlight a book that’s highly anticipated.

The book that I’m waiting on this Wednesday is The Black Coats by Colleen Oakes. The release date is February 12, 2019.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Roses are read, violets are blue, if you hurt us, we’re coming for you.

The deeply secretive Black Coats have been exacting vengeance on men who hurt girls and women for years. And Thea has just received an invitation to join them. This is the opportunity she’s been waiting for to finally get justice for her cousin Natalie, whose killer went free.

Thea dives head first into the group, training every day with other girls whose stories rival hers. Together they carry out Balancings—acts of revenge guaranteed to teach a lesson. With every predator threatened, every blackmailer exposed, and every date rapist punished, Thea can feel herself getting closer to avenging Natalie’s death.

But then the Balancings begin to escalate in brutality, and Thea discovers that the Black Coats are not all they seem to be. Thea must confront just how far she’s willing to go for justice—and what kind of justice Natalie, and Thea herself, deserve. Because when the line between justice and revenge is razor thin, it’s hard not to get cut.

What books are you waiting on this week?

Review: The Complete Big Nate #1

Title: The Complete Big Nate #1
Author: Lincoln Peirce
Genre: Comics
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Rating: ★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The Complete Big Nate collects every daily and Sunday cartoon ever syndicated. Presented in a numbered series of e-books, each containing one year’s worth of strips, this is a goldmine for all Big Nate fans to see many cartoons that have never been published in books. Aspiring cartoonist Nate Wright is the star of Big Nate. As a popular middle-grade book character, Nate is 11 years old, four-and-a-half feet tall, and the all-time record holder for detentions in school history. He’s a self-described genius and sixth grade Renaissance Man. Nate, who lives with his dad and older sister, has a habit of annoying his family, friends, and teachers with his sarcasm.ced that she has inherited her grandmother’s magic—the prophesied power of the Black Witch. As his very nearness seems to awaken a darkness inside her, Elloren finds it more and more difficult to believe that she’s truly powerless, as her uncle always claimed.

Caught between her growing feelings for the rebellious Yvan Guriel and the seductive power offered by Lukas Grey, Elloren must find a way to stay true to what she knows is right and protect everyone she loves…even if that means protecting them from herself.

Review:

I kept seeing these books everywhere, so I decided to give it a try. This is a funny collection of Big Nate comic strips.

I had never read Big Nate comics before reading this collection. The stories were fun. Nate goes through life as an ordinary kid who loves to draw. He reminded me a lot of the Diary of a Wimpy kid series because he has some of the same observations about school and life as Greg in that series. Nate makes funny caricatures of his teachers, friends, and family, just like Greg does.

I was surprised when I got to the end of the book and discovered that it was written in 1991. I thought it was much more recent than that because the stories seemed very current. It would be a great read for kids today because the stories were so funny and relatable.

What to read next:

Big Nate: In a Class by Himself (Big Nate Novels #1) by Lincoln Peirce

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #1) by Jeff Kinney

Have you read The Complete Big Nate #1? What did you think of it?

Top Ten Tuesday – Jane Austen Inspired Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and it is now hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. This week is a freebie. I was inspired to list my favourite Jane Austen Inspired Books after reading Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe over the weekend. Jane Austen is one of my favourite authors, and I love reading and collecting retellings of her classic novels! Here’s my list:

1. Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

2. Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

3. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith and Jane Austen

4. Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid

5. Emma by Alexander McCall Smith

6. Austenland by Shannon Hale

7. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

8. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James

9. The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo

10. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor (Jane Austen Mysteries #1) by Stephanie Barron

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Review: The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)

Title: The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries #1)
Author: Meg Cabot
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: HarperTeen 
Source: Library
Format: Ebook
Release Date: July 1, 2001
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

What? A princess??

Me??? Yeah, right.

Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra.

Is she ever in for a surprise.

First Mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn’t have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?

Review:

I was trying to think of a light, fun book to read, so I chose The Princess Diaries. I loved this series when I was growing up, and I haven’t read it in many years. It was so fun to revisit an old favourite.

This story was still so entertaining today. It was exciting when Mia found out she was a Princess. I couldn’t remember all of the details of the story, so it was like reading it for the first time all over again. There were so many funny situations between Mia’s strict grandmother and her mother’s new boyfriend who also happened to be Mia’s algebra teacher.

One thing I noticed right away was the out-of-date references in the story. For example, there was a joke that someone may have been building a bomb in their room. That would be totally unacceptable in a book today. There were also references to certain politicians and New York socialites which probably wouldn’t appear today. This book was originally published in July 2001, so it was a completely different political climate.

I really enjoyed rereading The Princess Diaries!

What to read next:

Princess in the Spotlight (The 
Princess Diaries #2) by Meg Cabot

Shadowland (The Mediator #1) by Meg Cabot

Have you read The Princess Diaries? What did you think of it?