The Maze Runner Read Along & Waiting On Wednesday-Illuminae


The Maze Runner Read Along

NightlyReading will be hosting a Read Along of The Maze Runner Series!!

I am so excited since I had seen the movie but have not read the books as of yet. I really want to see how the book compares to the movie which I thought was fantastic!!

We will be starting off with the first book in the series for the month of July, The Maze Runner. The schedule will be as follows:

July 1st- Discuss Chapters 1-13

July 8th-Discuss Chapters 13-26

July 15th-Discuss Chapters 26-39

July 22nd-Discuss Chapters 39-52

July 29th-Discuss Chapters 52-Epilogue

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If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Please leave a comment to let us know if you will be joining in! The more the merrier!!

Review copies for the Read Along were given by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Discussion #1 Chapters 1-13

These first chapters introduce us to Thomas and help us get an understanding of the routine in the glade. I like Thomas, I enjoyed his character in the movie, but I am enjoying him so much more in the book. I like being able to be in his head to know his thoughts and his feelings upon arriving in the maze.

I hate the way the other characters treat the newbies, especially Thomas. They treat them like they are the enemy. I haven’t gotten to much about the new girl in the book but I CANNOT wait to read about Thomas’s thoughts on her;)

I am loving the world that has been created by Mr. Dashner and enjoying getting a feel of life in The Maze. Not sure if I could really live there myself though? I would probably go stir crazy!

Please let me know your thoughts on the first week’s reading. Whom is your favorite character so far? What do you think about the maze itself?

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WOW is a weekly meme where we showcase which upcoming titles we are most excited for.

This week’s WOW is:

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

To Be Published on October 20, 2015 by Knopf Books For Young Readers

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

If you head on over to Illuminaefiles.com and you will be able to view the video trailer and a character profile for Kady & Ezra!

Heather

ARC Review: Gotham Academy, Vol. 1: Welcome to Gotham by Becky Cloonan & Brenden Fletcher


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Gotham Academy, Vol. 1

Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, & Karl Kerschl

Published June 17th 2015 by DC Comics

160 Pages

ARC given by publisher in exchange of an honest review

Synopsis:

Gotham City’s most prestigious prep school is a very weird place. It’s got a spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping by…like that weirdo Bruce Wayne. But nothing is as strange as the students!

Like, what’s up with Olive Silverlock? Is she crazy or what? Where did she go last summer? And what’s the deal with her creepy mom? And how come that Freshman Maps is always following her around? And is she still going out with Kyle? P.S. Did you hear the rumor about the ghost in the North Hall?!

Collects Gotham Academy #1-6

My Thoughts:

From the moment I heard about this book I’ve wanted it! For months this series had been an obsession of mine, just counting down the days until I could get it in my hands. So when I was approved for an Arc, God I almost passed out. Now even though I desperately wanted this, I was extremely worried that I wasn’t going to like it or I was going to be disappointed. Well luckily for me, I wasn’t  disappointed and I really liked it!

In the beginning it wasn’t impressing me much but I pushed through and by the end I was intrigued and super excited to see where the series goes from here, especially after the last issue!

Gotham Academy follows Olive Silverlock who can’t remember what happened over the summer. For Olive there is just a blank space where the summer should’ve been and when you add all of that to the mysterious things going on, it’s clear to see that Olive is in store for a very interesting year at Gotham Academy.

Storyline: I really enjoyed the storyline, in the beginning it was a little slow and I found it hard to care about but eventually it picked up and really grabbed my attention. Unfortunately though it really didn’t grab my attention until about issue 4, but I can easily look over that fact because 4-6 was just amazing and it intrigued and God, I need answers so many answers! One thing I loved wholeheartedly was the way Cloonan & Flecther combined flashbacks with present time, it was fantastic and a little trippy.  I can’t go in depth with the storyline, I can’t really tell you anything about the storyline without spoiling EVERYTHING. What I can say is that there is so much going on in this school and I can’t wait to learn more about the secrets that lie within Gotham Academy.

Artwork: The artwork in this is so gorgeous! I absolutely loved how each character was drawn. My favorite characters look wise was Hammerhead and Mr. Scarlett, these two were drawn in such an eccentric, interesting, and beautiful way. Karl Kerschl artwork is definitely what makes this book so amazing. The team that did the colors in this did an amazing job as well. I loved how gloomy and dark the colors where, and then others times it was bright and vibrant it was just mind-blowing!

Characters: in this there are five significant characters: Olive, Maps, Kyle, Pomeline, and Colton. We really don’t learn a lot about Kyle, Pomeline, or Colton in this trade but I’m truly looking forward to learning more about them. Though out of those three Colton is my favorite. Olive introduced him as the school liar, he is always getting in trouble, and an absolute whiz at picking locks,  so basically he’s the epitome of Bad boy, but so far he seems completely loyal and I hope that doesn’t change. By far my favorite character in the whole entire book is Mia “Maps” Mizoguchil. Maps has such a big and vibrant personality, personally for me she is what made me enjoy this book so  much. For Maps this is her first year at Gotham Academy and she only knows two people: Kyle, her brother and Olive. Maps is super smart, nerdy, protective, bold, fearless, and so sweet! Oh wow, I just realized that I’m like completely obsessed with Maps! Anyway, now on to the main character Olive Silverlock. I was a little bored with Olive in the beginning, she was a little mean to Maps, she was distant, and pushing people away. As the story continued I found that she was at times brave and fearless, but couldn’t stand up for herself and even scared to do so. Though by the end she is a lot more assertive, open, and courageous. The more Olive progressed the more I enjoyed her character, there is a lot going on in that mind of Olive’s and I can’t wait to learn more. There’s another character I completely forgot about, Tristan. Tristan is an enigma, we really only catch glimpses of him throughout the story until the end, which didn’t give any answers just way more questions. I don’t know how I feel about, but I’m looking forward to learning more about him.

Overall:

 I recommend this to anybody who is looking for light & fun read, but also has a mysterious and supernatural twist; which just so happens to have more than a couple glimpses of Batman. Truly, I recommend this book to everyone!

Thank you to Edelweiss and the publishers for giving me a digital copy to review.

4_star_rating

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Blog Tour: Dream Of You by Jennifer L Armentrout with Excerpt!


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We are so excited to bring you the Review & Excerpt Tour for DREAM OF YOU by Jennifer L. Armentrout, a novella in her Wait For You Series. This is a 1001 Dark Nights novella so it is exclusively available as Amazon Kindle and Paperback. Grab your copy today!!

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My Thoughts

It has been quite awhile since I have read a book by my favorite author, JLA!! I know, I know! I use to try to keep up with all of her new releases but there are SOOOOO many and I have sort of fallen behind! I really need to rectify that ASAP! BUT, having said that, I am glad that I was given the opportunity to join this tour and read this wonderful novella.

I have read the first book in the Wait For You series but have not read any of the others and you did not need to read them to be able to know what is going on with this novella. It absolutely can be read as a stand alone!

I really enjoyed the two main characters and loved the way that Colton just kept reassuring Abby that she was the type of person that he could fall for. I had felt bad for Abby that she had such a low self esteem but could really identify with her!

This was a short and sweet novella! If you are looking for a sweet contemporary which may contain some sexy scenes, then this book is for you!

5 star rating

Excerpt

The look on his face said he wasn’t so sure of that. “He followed you to your house and he hit you with a gun. You could’ve died, Abby. I—”

“Colton,” I tried again. “I’m serious. It wasn’t your fault. Okay? And you didn’t have to come over here to check on me. I’m okay. You’ve… you’ve done enough. You got your brother and Roxy to take me home and—”

“I’ve done enough? Obviously, I haven’t done enough.” His gaze found its way back to mine. “I need to make a couple of things clear. When you left Mona’s last night, you were upset. I get that. You just saw me walk out with Nicole and you left before I could say a single thing to you. Don’t pretend like you didn’t see that.”

“Okay. You, um, seemed busy.” I swallowed, taking a step back. “So that…that’s your ex-fiancée? She’s gorgeous.”

“Yeah, she is.” His brows knitted as he stared down at me. “You know, I was hoping I would hear from you. I figured after Sunday, I was going to leave the ball in your court.”

He had? Had he given that message through man code? I wasn’t good at reading man code.

“Obviously, you need to work through some issues and I was hoping that you would let me help you with that,” he continued. “I’m impatient though. I was planning on calling you last night, but my brother does this thing every week at his place—game night. It’s stupid, but fun. I thought I’d swing by his place for about an hour and then call you.”

I didn’t know what to say about any of that, but I wasn’t going to stand here like I was mute. I had a voice and I was going to use it. “But you were at Mona’s, with Nicole.”

“I was,” he said, a muscle flexing along his jaw. “I met her there on the way to Reece’s. When we broke up, there was a watch that my grandfather had given me before he passed away. One night at her place, I had taken it off and I never found it after that. Nicole finally found it.” Lowering his one hand to the pocket of his denim jeans, he fished out a gold watch that looked like it cost a pretty penny. “She wanted to talk. That’s why we were in Jax’s office.”

I stared at the watch and then watched him place it back in his pocket. Part of me felt like an idiot, but how would anyone really react in this situation?

DREAM OF YOU Tour Schedule

June 24

Book Bite Reviews-Excerpt

Mary Had a Little Book Blog-Review

People Like Books-Review and Excerpt

Stuck in Books-Review and Excerpt

TSK TSK What to Read-Excerpt

What is that Book About-Excerpt

June 25

Bittersweet Reads-Review & Excerpt

Book Bumblings-Review

Kimberlyfaye Reads-Review and Excerpt

Love Words and Books-Review

Read-Love-Blog-Excerpt

The Eater of Books-Review and Excerpt

June 26

Fiction Fangirls-Review and Excerpt

Nightly Reading-Excerpt and Review

Readers Live 1000 Lives-Review and Excerpt

Snooby Doo’s Book Reviews-Excerpt

The Book Cellar-Excerpt

June 27

A Bookish Escape-Review

Always YA At Heart-Review & Excerpt

Daydream Books-Review

Nose Stuck in a Book-Excerpt

Red Hot + Blue Reads-Review and Excerpt

Summer’s Book Blog-Review and Excerpt

June 28

Cocktails and Books-Review and Excerpt

Little Read Riding Hood-Review and Excerpt

Ramblings from this Chick-Review

Reading Between the Wines-Excerpt

Zili in the Sky-Review and Excerpt

June 29

Book Lovin’ Mamas-Excerpt

Romance Obsessed Book Blog-Review and Excerpt

Stuck in YA Books-Review and Excerpt

The Cover Contessa-Review and Excerpt

Travels n Reads-Review and Excerpt

June 30

21st Century Once Upon A Times-Excerpt

Deity Island-Review and Excerpt

Resch Reads and Reviews-Review

Book Crushin-Review and Excerpt

Books and Starlight-Review and Excerpt

July 1

Chapter by Chapter-Review

iFandoms Collide-Excerpt

Lovin Los Libros-Review

Whatcha Reading-Review and Excerpt

Flirty Fiction Blog-Review

July 2

Book Reviews by Lexi-Review

Book Reviews by Sandra-Review and Excerpt

Book Starlets-Review and Excerpt

Confessions of a YA and NA Book Addict-Review and Excerpt

Love Affair with Fiction-Excerpt

Mrs. Leif’s Two Fangs About It-Review

Read My Mind-Review and Excerpt

Scandalous Book Blog-Review and Excerpt

The Slanted Bookshelf-Review

What Danielle Did Next-Review and Excerpt

July 3

Books and Swoons-Review and Excerpt

Books Unhinged-Review and Excerpt

Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom-Review and Excerpt

Dark Faerie Tales-Review and Excerpt

Jenuine Cupcakes-Review

Love Between the Sheets-Review and Excerpt

Luxen Army-Review

Mean Girls Luv Books-Review and Excerpt

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About DREAM OF YOU:

Abby Erickson isn’t looking for a one-night stand, a relationship, or anything that involves any one-on-one time, but when she witnesses a shocking crime, she’s thrust into the hands of the sexiest man she’s ever seen – Colton Anders. His job is to protect her, but with every look, every touch, and every simmering kiss, she’s in danger of not only losing her life but her heart also.

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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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ARC Review: Deadfall by Anna Carey


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Published on June 16, 2015 by HarperTeen

256 Pages

ARC given by publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Blurb:

In the compelling sequel to Blackbird, Anna Carey delivers a gritty and adrenaline-filled story of a girl desperate to escape her mysterious and terrifying assailants. Told in second person, this heart-pounding thriller puts the reader in front of the target.

A week ago, you woke up in Los Angeles with no memory of who you are. The only thing you knew: people are trying to kill you. You put your trust in Ben, but he betrayed you and broke your heart. Now you’ve escaped to New York City with a boy named Rafe, who says he remembers you from before. But the two of you are not safe. The same people who are after you are tailing Rafe as well. As the chase heats up, your memory starts to return, but your past cannot save you from the terrifying circumstances of your present, or the fact that one wrong move could end this game forever.

With enemies on every side, and not a reprieve in sight, Deadfall will grab readers and refuse to let go. Perfect for fans of the Maze Runner series and the Legend series.

My Thoughts:

I really loved the first book in this duology and could not wait to get into this one! I devoured it in one sitting and cannot praise it enough! I enjoy Ms. Carey’s writing and also loved her Eve Trilogy but these books are a complete different storyline.

If you enjoy mystery/psychological thrillers, then you would really enjoy this duology! I can tell you that I enjoyed the first book but LOVED the second! The stakes were amped up in the second book and as you start to really unravel the mystery, the more thrilling and heart pounding the read got!

At first, I had forgotten that these books are told in the second person which puts the reader as the main character and it threw me off a little but once I got use to it, I really enjoyed reading this way!

I enjoyed the ending and was glad for the way that the author chose to end her story. I shed quite a few tears because the ending is not completely happy but it kept the reader on their toes not knowing what was going to happen next!

5 star rating

Heather

The Maze Runner Read Along & Waiting On Wednesday: The Tattooed Heart by Michael Grant!


The Maze Runner Read Along

NightlyReading will be hosting a Read Along of The Maze Runner Series!!

I am so excited since I had seen the movie but have not read the books as of yet. I really want to see how the book compares to the movie which I thought was fantastic!!

We will be starting off with the first book in the series for the month of July, The Maze Runner. The schedule will be as follows:

July 1st- Discuss Chapters 1-13

July 8th-Discuss Chapters 13-26

July 15th-Discuss Chapters 26-39

July 22nd-Discuss Chapters 39-52

July 29th-Discuss Chapters 52-Epilogue

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If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Please leave a comment to let us know if you will be joining in! The more the merrier!!

Review copies for the Read Along were given by the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

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WOW is a weekly meme where we showcase which upcoming titles we are most excited for.

This week’s WOW is:

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The Tattooed Heart by Michael Grant

(Messenger of Fear #2)

To be published on September 22, 2015 by Katherine Tegan Books

The games continue in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant’s sequel to Messenger of Fear: a haunting tale for fans of Stephen King that combines fantasy with real-world horror stories.

Mara has learned to punish the wicked as the Messenger’s apprentice. Those who act out of selfishness and greed, and others who become violent because of prejudice and hate, pay the ultimate price. But Mara is constantly reminded that Messengers are serving their own kind of punishment—for every person who is offered justice, they wear a tattoo that symbolizes the heart of the crime. As Mara delves deeper into her harsh reality, she will discover that in spite of all the terror she and Messenger inflict, caring in this world is the hardest part of all.

What are you waiting for 2

Heather

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


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The Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater

Published September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press

416 pages

Synopsis:

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

My Thoughts:

This book was definitely a pleasant surprise. Maggie Stiefvater takes readers to the small town of Henrietta where we five very unique teenagers. In Henrietta we meet a boy from a place meant for leaving, a boy that no one really knows, a boy with no family, a boy searching for a king, and a girl that makes things loud.

When I started this book I was skeptical, mainly because my track record with Maggie Stiefvater has been less than spectacular. I didn’t think I would like it when I started it, and it didn’t immediately grab my attention I soon found myself moving on to other books and leaving this one to collect dust on my nightstand. One thing I have recognized with this book is that everybody has trouble with it in the beginning because it is very slow and filled with a lot of information, and the only thing I can say is to push through because once you do it’s absolutely amazing and totally worth it.

Once I decided to give it another try I was extremely glad that I did. Everything about this book was perfect, from the writing to the characters and the lore behind it all. I found myself falling in love with the raven boys and Blue. They are all rich and vibrant characters and watching on their quest was so interesting and learning about the lore that was entwined with the plot was oh my God, just perfect!

Since I can’t tell you a lot about the plot without completely ruining it I will tell about the characters and why I love them so much! First there is Noah, who just so happens to be my favorite character out of them all. Noah was such an enigma, he was quiet and not really noticeable often he fell to the background which somehow just made me love him more. When we find out more about the enigmatic Noah I just sat there staring at the page like how the heck did I miss that! I felt just like the characters when they found out, desperately trying to find out how they missed it also.

I loved everything about Adam. I thought he was perfect and I understood him better than any other character and I completely, absolutely understood why he made the choices he did and why he fought Gansey tooth nail, and why after everything that had happened he still missed his family.

I loved Blue because she in my opinion was the most entertaining character. You could never guess what she was going to do or say next and that’s what I loved about her, the way she says whatever she wants, her style, and the way everything she does is loud. I loved that she mad Gansey think about everything he did and said. Blue is also so strong, she never backs down and she doesn’t let fear keep her from doing something.

Gansey was something I didn’t expect. The inter-workings of his mind had me yearning for his point of view, I loved when we found out why he was looking for Glendower, it felt like just a huge moment between him and Blue and I loved it. But there is one character that makes me yearn for book two, and that’s Ronan. Oh, Ronan! when it came to him it was like watching intervention, his relationship with his family is destined for the stage of Oprah. Ronan was by far one of the most interesting characters of this book and if he doesn’t have a point of view in book two I will be so mad especially after that damn ending!

In short this book is fantastic, one of my top ten, and recommended for all!

5_star_rating

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Reviews: YOLO Juliet by William Shakespeare & Brett Wright and Srsly Hamlet by William Shakespeare & Courtney Carbone


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Published on May 26, 2015 by Random House Books for Young Readers

112 Pages

Review copy received from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Blurb:

Romeo and Juliet, one of the greatest love stories ever told . . . in texts?!
 
Imagine: What if those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
 
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A boy and a girl in love.
A secret marriage gone oh-so-wrong.

and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. ;)
 
 tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, checking in at certain locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.

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Published on May 26, 2015 by Random House Books for Young Readers

128 Pages

Review copy received in exchange of an honest review.

Blurb:

Hamlet, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!
 
Imagine: What if Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, and the tragic Ophelia had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
 
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A stolen throne.
A boy seeking revenge.

and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. ;)

tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, checking in at certain locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.

My Thoughts on Both….

Everyone has heard the stories or read these books by William Shakespeare, they are typical classics that we all love BUT, you have NEVER read them this way! The stories are told all via text and with emojis. They are absolutely adorable and I jumped into them as soon as they arrived. The two are the same story with a modern twist which is very cute:) My teenage daughter had taken them to school and her English Lit teacher had fallen in love with them, so they will have a new home in her classroom next year! (thank you to Random House for these review copies) I enjoyed both the books but YOLO Juliet holds a special place for me, just because Romeo and Juliet is my favorite love story<3

If you love the classics or would like to read a classic and have a hard time getting started, then you would enjoy these two books! They are easy to follow and include a glossary in case you are not up to date on all the new text lingo. They would also be a cute addition to anyone’s shelves and definitely a conversation starter for a coffee table!

5 star rating

Heather

ARC Review: Batgirl, Vol. 1: Burnside


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Batgirl, Vol. 1: Burnside

Cameron Stewart & Brenden Fletcher

Published June 16th 2015 by DC Comics

176 pages

Synopsis:

Barbara Gordon is no stranger to dusting herself off when disaster strikes, so when a fire destroys everything she owns, she spots the opportunity for a new lease on life – and seizes it! Following the rest of Gotham City’s young adults to the hip border district of Burnside, Barbara sets about building an all-new Batgirl…and discovers new threats preying on her peers! As the new hero of Burnside, Batgirl gets started by facing twin sister assassins on motorcycles! Collects BATGIRL #35-40.

My Thoughts:

I have been eagerly anticipating this release since the moment that DC announced that Batgirl was going to be rebooted. So definitely a huge thanks to the publisher for giving me this in exchange for an honest review!

I love that DC is looking to go in a lighter more fun direction for some of their stories, I’m excited for this new direction especially after reading Grayson which was an absolute hit in my eyes. In Grayson Tim Seely was able to combine a much lighter and fun storyline while still staying true to Dick’s character while also making it entertaining and interesting. I expect the same thing for all of DC’s reboots that are going in this direction, it’s what I expected from Batgirl. With Batgirl I got the light and fun side but in every other aspect it fell a bit flat for me.

It’s not as impressive as it should’ve been and this title should’ve been pretty freaking impressive. On one hand I’m satisfied and on the other I’m disappointed. I’m somewhat satisfied because this trade did exactly what DC said it would, was it a much lighter storyline? Yep. Was it fun? Yeah. Was it a completely different side of Barbara that we’ve never seen before who also had a new hipster suit? Oh yes, very much so. You see? Everything DC said it would be!

it was a lighter more fun side of Batgirl that we’ve never seen before and it was so interesting to watch

Barbara as she navigated through college, dating, partying, and friendships all while being the friendly neighborhood vigilante. This is what we were told we were going to see so with that being said, I’m satisfied it’s what I wanted to see and what I freaking got!

But… I’m still disappointed.

Babs has always been my favorite, I mean what’s not to love? I mean she’s strong, feisty, sassy, smart as hell, and she never stopped fighting for justice even when she was confined to a wheelchair, she’s freaking awesome! But the Batgirl I saw in this trade… she wasn’t  horrible but she was definitely very different from the Batgirl I’ve come to love.

I mean I’m no fool, I knew going into this trade that this Batgirl would be different, obviously but Babs in this was  utterly disappointing. She instead of being the vigilante that continued to fight for justice became obsessed with the fame that comes with it. She got sloppy, she pushes people away, and became freaking annoying and such a pain to deal with. She wasn’t sassy or confident, she became quite demanding which made me want to punch her.

The overall storyline and writing was pretty good but it left so much to be desired. I definitely wasn’t expecting that twist at the end so that was pretty great. I liked that we got really up close and personal with the way that  Barbara’s mind works, the moments when got inside her mind were definitely some of my favorite moments. I actually really enjoyed the side characters in this book. Frankie was so adorable and smart, I want her to be friend. Dinah Lance, oh how I love thee! She was great in this, she was definitely a needed asset to the storyline and I’m super freaking excited that she got her own title because this!

Even though I was let down a bit I can ultimately overlook all of Babs’ annoying character flaws in this trade and definitely say that I will be continuing on with this run. I’m looking at the bigger picture and I’m excited to see where this story goes, especially considering all the new interesting developments in Gotham. This trade had its stumbles and downfalls  but it’s only the first five issues and I have faith that this series will get better.

3_star_rating

Sam2

Waiting On Wednesday: Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch


Waiting on wednesday

 WOW is a weekly meme where we showcase which upcoming titles we are most excited for.

This week’s WOW is:

ice like fire

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

(Snow Like Ashes #2)

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

I am sooooo excited for this book! I loved the first book in the series and seriously believe that it was one of my favorites of 2014! I am hoping that this book will continue to amaze us!

What are you waiting for 2

Heather

Review: Morning Glories by Nick Spencer


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Morning Glories

Nick Spencer & Joe Eisma

Published March 2nd 2011 by Image Comic

188 pages

Synopsis:

Morning Glory Academy

One of the most prestigious prep schools in the country…But behind it’s hallowed doors something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers…and escape from a place where nothing is what it seems to be!

My Thoughts:

This book has been an obsession of mine. Even before I bought it or even read a page I was obsessed. I wanted to hear what people thought  about it, I wanted to know what about the story intrigued them or turned them off completely. Before jumping  into this, I read/watched so many reviews and from what I gathered with this series, this volume in particular it’s either you hate it or love it. And the reason why so many dislike it is because they want answers and you’re definitely not going to get any answers in this volume.

You can’t go into this trade thinking you’re going to get answers, tons of backstory, and explanations. It’s not like other graphic novels where each trade is a complete story arc, the creators of this series have said that this story is more like a show in the sense that it’s split up in seasons. Each season consists of 25 issues season one is completed, and as of right now season 2 is ongoing. That being said, if you want answers to this seriously complicated series you have to be in it for the long haul.

What I liked:

The Storyline: I loved the storyline! I can’t really describe the storyline because then I would have to explain things and I can’t explain things because I don’t know what it means yet and I really love that! I love that it’s a slow burn and that I don’t know what’s really going on. It keeps me on the edge of seat and makes want to never stop reading. I do have to say that the storyline is pretty dark, a lot darker than what I are expecting but I’m loving it, I love the fact that I went into this story expecting something completely different from what I got. Also the artwork is fantastic! The artwork is vibrant and colorful which I feel goes perfectly with the storyline that is dark and sometimes gruesome.

The Characters: in this trade we focus on six characters, these six teenagers are all totally and completely different except for the fact that they are all special snowflakes that just so happen to have the same birthday.  I loved every single one of them some more than others but, I still loved them none the less. The characters that intrigued me the most are Casey and Jun. Casey because she is so strong and diligent and already so freaking loyal. Jun intrigues me because he’s an enigma, I have absolutely no idea what is going on with him but I’m super excited to see what happens next with him. My two absolute favorite characters are Zoey and Ike! They are both pretty similar, they’re both snarky and all about themselves and doing what benefits them though I expect that particular trait to change as the series goes on. Ike’s opening scene was my favorite scene in the whole book!

The Writing: I loved the writing in this book! Nick Spencer did a great job of moving the story in a quick pace and giving us a lot of information but leaving so much more to be desired. I loved the multiple POVs and the great use of flashbacks. I also enjoyed how he could portray the Academy to be such a light and genuinely good school, but there would always be a dark and sinister undertone.

What I didn’t like:

Honestly there is nothing about this book that I didn’t like, it’s just  a fun and entertaining ride. The only things I didn’t like were character flaws. Like some characters being too trusting and others coming across as trusting but then betraying everyone else (though I really should’ve seen it coming)

Overall:

I recommend this book to anybody who wants a nice slow burn plot about a boarding school, filled with great characters and sinister plots and quite possibly some supernatural twists

5 star rating

Sam2

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