Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I would have on my Classroom Shelves if I were a Teacher

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and the Bookish.

theme: books I would have on my classroom shelves if I were a teacher

Hello everybody! This week I'm talking about books I would have on my classroom shelves if I were a teacher. I would defiantly want to have fun books, and imagine that I teach high school students. Make sure to leave your TTT posts in the comments!

Highly Illogical BehaviorFangirlBetween the NotesPaperweightThe Accident Season

1.) Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley- This is a fun book, and I love how it shows that no matter how different people may seem, we all can have something in common. And even become friends.

2.) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- This is one of my all time favorite books! I love how Cath is able to become someone more adventures and (some might consider) fun, while still being herself. Also, she's a book lover.

3.) Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat- I like how this book shows that people from different areas aren't so different. That you shouldn't judge someone by where they live, and instead by their actions.

4.) Paperweight by Meg Haston- I think that this is a good book for a teacher to have on their shelves because then if a student is experiencing some of the issues that Stevie deals with, then maybe they won't feel so alone.

5.) The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle - This book really plays with your brain. At the end of the book, I just sat there wondering what the fuck had just happened. This could be a cool mind twisting book for anyone who wants a book like that.

My Heart and Other Black HolesAnna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)UnEnchanted (An Unfortunate Fairy Tale, #1)To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

6.) My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga- I think that this is my favorite book that talks about depression. I thought that it was a realistic example of depression, and I hope that it helps others like it helped me.

7.) Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins- This is such a fun romance! I love this entire series, so why wouldn't I recommend it to my students?

8.) Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins- This is another fun series! It's about a boarding school for witches, shape-shifters, Fae, and vampires. This is a really fast and easy read, so it would be perfect for those just getting into reading/YA.

9.) UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn- This is a more mild YA series. It follows Mina as she has to battle fairy tales. She is a great ancestor of the Grimm brothers, and now she has to break the curse that is haunting her family.

10.) To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han- This is another cutesy romance that's a fun read. I also feel like a lot of high school girls would be able to relate to Laura Jean. So, I would defiantly
 have this on my shelf.   

Monday, August 29, 2016

Cover of the Week: Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley

Our Own Private UniverseBook: Our Own Private Universe
Author: Robin Talley
Published: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Number of Pages: 304

Goodreads/Amazon 

Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Aki Hunter knows she’s bisexual, but up until now she's only dated guys—and her best friend, Lori, is the only person she’s out to. When she and Lori set off on a four-week youth-group mission trip in a small Mexican town, it never crosses Aki's mind that there might be anyone in the group she’d be interested in dating. But that all goes out the window when Aki meets Christa. 









Why I Like this Cover: I don't necessarily like the two girls in the background, but I do really like the colors. I love how they blend together even though the two end colors are nothing alike. Do you like this cover? Let me know in the comments! :) 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The Weekly Recap: A Bad Weekend for Fish (Week of 8/21/16)

The Sunday Post is hosted each week by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

-MY LIFE-
Today was a rough day. I woke up to find that one of my fish, Guinea, had jumped out of her bowl, over the table, and onto the floor. My mother then stepped on her. Poor baby. My mom then took me and got me another beta fish (even though he'll never replace her). I named him Stewart. And now my oldest fish, Mouse, isn't doing well at all. I don't think that he'll make it very long if he keeps getting worse. 
-CURRENTLY READING-
A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1) 
-BOOKS I HAVE ACQUIRED-
A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)The Bane ChroniclesBloodlines (Bloodlines, #1)Tonight the Streets Are OursBurn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)More Happy Than NotSweet Madness 
Library-
  
  -LAST WEEK'S POSTS-
-INSTAGRAM PIC OF THE WEEK-
   

-QUESTION OF THE WEEK-
What did you do this weekend? Let me know in the comments. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Book Review: The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian

The Last Boy and Girl in the WorldBooks: The Last Boy and Girl in the World
Author: Siobhan Vivian
Published: April 26, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Number of Pages: 419
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Rating: 2.5 Stars
Tags: YA, 2.5 Stars, #COYER, Contemporary, Romance

Goodreads/Amazon/The Book Depository

Source: What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together?

While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together.

And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever.

There’s a weird sort of bravery that comes from knowing there’s nothing left to lose. You might do things you normally wouldn’t. Or say things you shouldn’t. The reward almost always outweighs the risk.

Almost.

It’s the end of Aberdeen, but the beginning of Keeley’s first love story. It just might not turn out the way she thought. Because it’s not always clear what’s worth fighting for and what you should let become a memory.


-MY REVIEW-

 "I know that you want to take back whatever happened, but you can't. But you still need to put one foot in front of the other and find a way to keep going."

I went into this book with high expectations. Who can blame me? The book sounded good, I had heard amazing things about the author, and have you seen that cover? In retrospect, my expectations were set too high. 

In this book we follow Keeley as she processes the news about her town being turned into a lake. There are a lot of ups and downs (98% downs), but I would like to think that Keeley learned something though out the experience.

Straight to the point, I despised Keeley. This would have been fine if she was the evil person or the bully, but no, she was the main character. She was so bratty. She would do things thinking that they would help her friends, but there was always something in the for her. I hated her actions, I hated her voice, I hated her ideas. I just really hated her.

I was going into this book expecting a flood battle where everyone is trying to make it out alive. Nope. Just the opposite. We read about Keeley's relationship with Jesse (who I liked a tad bit better than Keeley), and a little bit of how her town was going to be turned into a lake. Honestly, I wanted more of the lake. It was the biggest part of the book that I liked. 

So overall, I didn't really like this book. While I like the political aspect with the lake building, I detested almost every character, and especially hated the romance between Jesse and Keeley. Though I do wish that we saw a little more romance between Keeley and the guy she ends up with.
    

Book Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokhi

The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen, #1)Book: The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1)
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Published: April 26, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Number of Pages: 342
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Rating: 4 Stars
Tags: Romance, YA, #COYER, 4 Stars, Folklore

Goodreads/Amazon

Synopsis: Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.


-MY REVIEW-

 "According to the royal physician, childbirth had killed Padmavathi, but no one believed him. In the eyes of the court, there was only one killer-Me."

I love Indian folklore. It's one of the coolest things that you can incorporate into a book in my opinion. That's why I got even more excited for this book when I learned that it was "steeped in Indian folklore." Let me tell you, this book didn't disappoint. 

In this book we follow Maya, and (and I say thing in every review) a lot of stuff happens! She gets married, becomes queen, falls in love (again), saves a kingdom, and meets a talking horse that likes to eat people. Oh yes, this all happens in 342 pages.

I really liked Maya at the beginning of the book. She was strong and independent. I didn't like how she became soft around the middle of the book. Then at the end of the book she seemed like a completely different person (which I get, but still who are you?). I liked Amar throughout the entire book. I didn't trust him, but I liked him. He was a gentlemen. I absolutely loved Kamala. Honestly, who wouldn't love a man eating horse? She was sassy, and the best friend a person could have. It was good to have a little bit of sass in a serious situation.

The world building is absolutely gorgeous. I wanted to live there. I wanted to be there. I wanted to explore everything there. World building can be hard in standalone high fantasy books, and this is a marvelous example of how it can be done amazingly. The writing was also amazing. It had a really nice flow, and I would picture everything in my head as I read the story unfold.

I loved the theme of fate and death in this story (even if there wasn't a lot of it). I thought that the tapestry; having to decide people's fate. I really enjoyed that part of the story, and I wish that there was more of it!

So overall, I loved this book! With fabulous storytelling, writing, and world building; lovers of folklore and high fantasy should give this book a try.
                     

Book I REALLY Want to Read: You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

You're Welcome, UniverseBook: You're Welcome, Universe
Author: Whitney Gardner
Published: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Knopf
Number of Pages: 304

Goodreads/Amazon 

Synopsis: When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.
 


Why I REALLY Want to Read this Book: This book sounds so fun! I loved Don't Get Caught by Kurt Dinan, which is about a prank war. So I'm super excited to read about this graffiti war! Do you want to read this book? Let me know in the comments! :) 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Book Review: Fight for Me by S.J. Pierce

Fight for Me (Captivated, #2)Book: Fight for Me (Captivated #2)
Author: S.J. Pierce
Published: February 14, 2016
Publisher: Smashwords Edition
Number of Pages: 268
Format: Ebook (.mobi)
Source: Received from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review
Rating: 4 Stars
Tags: YA, #COYER, Romance, Xpresso Book Tours

Goodreads/Amazon 

Synopsis: A fresh start – something Kat and Gabriel thought they would find when they left their pasts behind at Midland Pines High and moved to a compound for hybrids. Or at least safety from a witch seeking revenge. But now… that’s all changed. Now, thanks to a flirty hybrid hell-bent on winning Gabriel’s attention, the terrifying visions of another prophetic Gifted, and the strange and worrisome behavior of one of their closest friends, Kat finds herself fighting for things that had once come so easily, including her relationship with her soulmate. And now she’s afraid.

my review

You guys remember how yesterday in my review for book one I said how I was most likely going to get to book two around the end of 2016? Well, right after finishing that review I started reading book two. I know, I know! But I have to tell you guys, book two is so much better than book one, it’s astounding.


In this book we follow Kat, Gabriel, and the rest of their friends as they move to the remote compound for immortals. This book is filled with a lot of drama surrounding relationships, friendships, and adjusting to their new lives.

One of the big improvements in this book for me was Kat’s character development. In book one she was very bland, and there was nothing really stood out about her (except maybe how bland she was). She becomes fierce in this book though! It was really cool to see her come out of her shell, and actually challenge people, instead of just standing in the background.

One thing that I really didn’t like was that there was very little action. After book one I was expecting more from the bad witch, but instead there was just a lot of life at the compound. I’m really hoping that there is a ton of action in the third book, but I could also see how there could not be any.

I enjoyed Kat and Gabriel’s relationship a lot more in this book, I actually liked it! Book one was exploding with insta-love, and I was happy to see that this one wasn’t. They had known each other for around five months during the story, so I enjoyed watching their relationship grow after they had been in a relationship for a while.

So overall, this book was so much better that book one! The character development was better, the writing was better, the world building was better, a lot of things were better about this book. I will be picking up book three, because I have to know what happens!