Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Neverland Wars By Audrey Greathouse|Review


The Neverland Wars
Published by Clean Teen Publishing on May 9th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 302
Format: eGalley
Rating:

Magic can do a lot—give you flight, show you mermaids, help you taste the stars, and… solve the budget crisis? That's what the grown-ups will do with it if they ever make it to Neverland to steal its magic and bring their children home. However, Gwen doesn't know this. She's just a sixteen-year-old girl with a place on the debate team and a powerful crush on Jay, the soon-to-be homecoming king. She doesn't know her little sister could actually run away with Peter Pan, or that she might have to chase after her to bring her home safe. Gwen will find out though—and when she does, she'll discover she's in the middle of a looming war between Neverland and reality. She'll be out of place as a teenager in Neverland, but she won't be the only one. Peter Pan's constant treks back to the mainland have slowly aged him into adolescence as well. Soon, Gwen will have to decide whether she's going to join impish, playful Peter in his fight for eternal youth… or if she's going to scramble back to reality in time for the homecoming dance.

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review Hu-what? I think you lost me somewhere in the middle. Recently, any kind retelling has been catching my attention. But when Peter Pan is involved, I must read it immediately. I'd heard mixed reviews on this book, I figured it couldn't hurt to at least attempt to see what the story entailed. I'd never imagined Peter Pan the way his is presented in this book. For me, retellings are either a hit or a miss. I don't want the original story to be pushed aside and completely forgotten. I would like some aspects to remain the same, along with the character's personalities. In order for a retelling to really hook my attention is that they must have a clever twist. The Neverland Wars certainly had its twists, but sometimes the twists were most like jostling dips. The actions and reactions of some of the characters either surprised or greatly annoyed me. For example, early into the story, Rose goes missing. Gwen seems to be the only one showing an ounce of concern. I didn't like how unconcerned and nonchalant the authorities and her parents were about Rose's disappearance. It is soon revealed that the fictitious Peter Pan is actually real and he is the one responsible for Rose's absence. And in the midst of Gwen's inner turmoil and self-denial, there is a war going on between Neverland and the real world. But you would never have guessed because of Gwen constantly questioning herself. Overall, I thought this book was an okay read. I definitely thing middle-graders would enjoy it much more than I had.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Ghost Talkers|Waiting on Wednesday

A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.



Ghost Talkers hits the shelves August 16th, 2016.

"Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force.

Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence.

Ginger and her fellow mediums contribute a great deal to the war efforts, so long as they pass the information through appropriate channels. While Ben is away at the front, Ginger discovers the presence of a traitor. Without the presence of her fiance to validate her findings, the top brass thinks she's just imagining things. Even worse, it is clear that the Spirit Corps is now being directly targeted by the German war effort. Left to her own devices, Ginger has to find out how the Germans are targeting the Spirit Corps and stop them. This is a difficult and dangerous task for a woman of that era, but this time both the spirit and the flesh are willing…"

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Most Dislikable Characters|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!

It's Freebie Day! 

(Also known as Hate on Popular Books Day!)

Today's Top Ten is:


Disclaimer: These are my own opinions. 

They are in no way meant to be taken to heart by the loyal fans. 

Please don't hate me.


Sloane

A whiny main character makes it very difficult to feel sorry for her. Plus, she was so dependent on everyone! And her relationship with her boyfriend is not one you normally see in a young adult novel. It seems like all Sloane and James do is fight over keeping to together and staying strong, kiss, and have sex. The constant ‘I love you’ and ‘we’ll always be together' ‘chokes’ me to the point where I feel like throwing up. Their relationship is not good, it is awkward. I just had to scoff at what Sloane believed to be a ‘heartfelt’ gesture.
See the entire review in all of its glory here.

My reaction: 


Bella Swan

Need I say more? 

Adelina Amouteru

Her constant crying and moping literally made up the entire story. I was hoping to be entertained by victorian details and epic action scenes. Unfortunately, Adelina cannot see past the mistakes others have done, leaving you to trudge your way through the story.

Jenny 

Oh my goodness! Does this girl even have a brain! It's one thing to be captured once in the beginning, but several times is just ridiculous. After all of the hints, the author dropped, it was no surprised as to what would happen later in the book. But Jenny somehow found a way to be completely taken aback by the turn of events. I mean, seriously, think a little.

Penryn

Though she may seem independent and courageous in the beginning, we quickly discover that she is absolutely hopeless when she is in the company of a guy. She seems to lose her independence when Raffe is added into the story. Penryn attaches herself to his hip, yet somehow manages to always put herself in harms way only to have him swoop in.

Dean

You know in an apocalypse, the first thing I would think about is my family. Not figuring out ways to impress a girl and hoping one day to get lucky. My rating was also hindered by how many dirty, disgusting, and disgraceful things the characters did inside of that grocery store. 

Greg 

I did not read this book willingly. It was assigned for my Contemporary Literature class. If you like inappropriate immature teenage monologue, then this book is for you! This book perfectly sums up why I hate teenagers. I wasn’t a big fan of Greg’s or Earl’s humor, mainly because to was too childish and juvenile. He used multiple analogies as examples to prove his point, which I thought were exhausting. My eyes were in a constant roll each time Greg dragged out a ridiculously dramatic story about alien barf or a polar bear’s regret. I almost took him up on his offer of coming to his house and punching him. But I made it through in one piece and actually did enjoy some aspects of the story. I know some may disagree, but I prefer this book over The Fault in Our Stars.
See the entire review in all of its glory here.

Ezra Faulkner

A stereotypical guy, with a haunting backstory, looking for his next 'Girl Next Door'. 

My reaction:

Here comes the hate. I'll try to make it short.


Hazel Grace & Augustus Waters

Their humor. 


I saved the best (worst) for last! 


Tris Prior

If you have not had the chance to see some of my other low rated reviews, then you might not have seen how I compare many characters to Tris. For the life of her, Tris could not follow orders, even after growing up in Abnegation. There was no stopping her once she had her mind set on something, which if you have read the final book then you know where her stubbornness got her. I thought Tris only functioned with half of her brain because of her poor choices. Another thing, Tris' and Four's relationship was terrible. All they ever did was bicker, especially in Insurgent. I honestly, thought Divergent was good. It had action, plot twists, and mystery. But when I reached Insurgent, the story wasn’t as fast paced and eventually became a burden to read. I didn't even bother reading Allegiant. I wasn't to surprised with the ending.

My reaction:




Monday, June 27, 2016

New Releases|June 28th, 2016


Here are a few books that I am most looking forward to buying that are being released this week!



"A juicy thriller about a girl who returned from the missing. . . . Hand to fans of We Were Liars, Bone Gap, and Vanishing Girls.

Some choices change everything. Scarlett chose to run. And the consequences will be deadly.

Stolen from her family as a young girl, Scarlett was lucky enough to eventually escape her captor. Now a teen, she's starting a summer job at an amusement park. There are cute boys, new friends, and the chance to finally have a normal life.

Her first day on the job, Scarlett is shocked to discover that a girl from the park has gone missing. Old memories come rushing back. And now as she meets her new coworkers, one of the girls seems strangely familiar. When Scarlett chose to run all those years ago, what did she set into motion? And when push comes to shove, how far will she go to uncover the truth . . . before it's too late?"


"NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. 

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes the first book in a dark, sweeping new series in which heads will roll, bodies will be impaled . . . and hearts will be broken."

What books are you most looking forward to reading this week? 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Stacking the Shelves|June 2016 Book Haul

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly or monthly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where you can share your recent book purchases, giveaway wins, and books received from publishers.



Purchased:




My local BAM was just full of surprises this month!

Won:




What books did you get this month?

Thursday, June 23, 2016

It's All Fun and Games By Dave Barrett|Review


It's All Fun and Games
Published by Nerdist on August 2nd, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 220
Format: eGalley
Rating:

When Allison's best friend, TJ, convinces her to come along for an epic game of LARP (live-action role-playing), she reluctantly agrees despite her reservations about the geeky pastime. TJ's weekends are filled with powerful wizardry, mystical creatures, and intense battles with his LARP group. Each adventure is full of surprises, but the goal is always the same: to defeat the monsters and find the treasure. Not long after their quest begins, the friends discover that something has gone wrong. The fantasy world they've built has transformed, and the battle they're in the midst of is no longer make-believe. Now they must fight for survival against brigands, kobolds, and other deadly mythical creatures that come to life. Fortunately, the group's once-fictional magical powers have also become real - including Allison's newly acquired gifts as a healer. They'll need everything in their arsenal if they hope to make it home alive.

My Thoughts

NetGalley Review My biggest issue with this book was the fact that all of the characters didn't even react to the fact that they'd just transported into another world- a world with orcs, goblins, and stereotypical villains. A few quick sentences and dialogue mentioned that they were no longer in our world. If you zoned out in that spot, either you'd be completely confused or believe the characters have very active and imaginative imaginations. Since the story was following the 'outsider enters a new and magical world' cliche, you'd think you'd get a better reaction of out them. Nope. Another issue I had was the constant skip from character to character. The main reason behind that was because there really was no character development. The concept is interesting, but I don't think this book is for me.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ghostly Echoes|Waiting on Wednesday

A HUGE thanks to Jill at Breaking the Spine for hosting an incredible meme. It is fantastic that everyone can communicate and enjoy these posts by creating their own and sharing others.



Ghostly Echoes hits the shelves August 23rd, 2016

"Jenny Cavanaugh, the ghostly lady of 926 Augur Lane, has enlisted the investigative services of her fellow residents to solve a decade-old murder—her own. Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, Detective R. F. Jackaby, dive into the cold case, starting with a search for Jenny’s fiancé, who went missing the night she died. But when a new, gruesome murder closely mirrors the events of ten years prior, Abigail and Jackaby realize that Jenny’s case isn’t so cold after all, and her killer may be far more dangerous than they suspected.

Fantasy and folklore mix with mad science as Abigail’s race to unravel the mystery leads her across the cold cobblestones of nineteenth-century New England, down to the mythical underworld, and deep into her colleagues’ grim histories to battle the most deadly foe she has ever faced."

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year|Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and the Bookish! I love their amazing ideas and seeing how many people participate each week!


I had to tweak mine TTT a little bit this week, mostly because I haven't read too many 2016 releases. So, my post contains both published and ARC books. And I'm not adding this note because I realized while linking up the last book that not all of my choices have been released yet. ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ


Today's Top Ten is:


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 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group is hosting a giveaway on Goodreads right here.
Wax hits the shelves on August 2nd, 2016!

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Fate of Flames hits the shelves on November 22nd, 2016!

Read my review here!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop|The Darkest Minds & Mystery Book

Hosted by BookHounds.

Let's kick off Summer 2016 with an epic, science fiction giveaway! Soak up some rays with your very own copy of The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken and a mystery book.

One lucky winner will be selected and notified via email on July, 1st. 

Good luck!

"When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living."

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