November 2018 Reading Tracker

Books I Read:

  1. Save the Date by Morgan Matson
  2. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
  3. The Divided Earth by Faith Erin Hicks
  4. City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  5. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  6. New Kid by Jerry Craft
  7. Amber and Dusk by Lyra Selene
  8. When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen
  9. Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West
  10. Realm of Ruins by Hannah West
  11. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  12. Snow in Love by Melissa de la Crus, Aimee Friedman, Nic Stone, Kasie West
  13. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  14. Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  15. Your Destination is On the Left by Lauren Spieller
  16. Analee in Real Life by Janelle Milanes
  17. 29 Dates by Melissa de la Cruz
  18. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  19. Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
  20. The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson
  21. Zero Sum Game by S. L. Huang
  22. The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
  23. The Similars by Rebecca Hanover
  24. Black Wings Beating by Alex London

Books I Had Planned to Read:

View this post on Instagram

Happy November! What do you have in store this month? What’s one book you will absolutely be reading? 📚 I can’t believe it’s November! This is a big month for me with Thanksgiving, my mom’s birthday, and decorating for Christmas. I’m excited. 📚 These are the books I plan to read this month (including some #arctober2018 holdovers) but in typical fashion I’m starting the month with a different book to try and cut down my #uppercasebox reading backlog! 📚 I was tagged by @deadtossedwaves to do the #5booktag. (I’ll tag some friends in a comment but feel free to join in with your own post or in my comments!) 📖Next Read: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab 📖Current Read: Save the Date by Morgan Matson 📖Latest Book You Want to Buy: None—it’s the time of year where I stop buying books until after my birthday in January 📖Last Read: Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist 📖Book With a White Cover: Sadie by Courtney Summers 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #kimmersbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram

A post shared by Emma (@missprint_) on

Books Bought:

  1. Uppercase
  2. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  3. Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  4. Mirage by Somaiya Daud

ARCs Received:

  1. Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West (requested)
  2. Realm of Ruins by Hannah West (requested)
  3. Mike (not requested)
  4. The Music of What Happens (not requested)
  5. Snow in Love (requested)
  6. Empress of All Seasons (vine)
  7. Five Feet Apart (not requested)
  8. The Art of Losing (Vine)
  9. Just Wreck It All (not requested)
  10. Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury (not requested)
  11. The Moon Within

You can also see what I read in August.

Ash Princess: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

cover art for Ash Princess by Laura SebastianTen years ago invaders killed Theodosia’s mother, the Fire Queen of Astrea, enslaved her people, and stole her name.

Over many long years, Theo has learned how to play the game. Don’t anger the Kaiser and stay alive. She plays along with his manipulations, silently accepts his punishments, and hides behind the persona of Thora–the meek girl the Kaiser thinks she has become.

But when Theo is forced to do the unthinkable she reaches a breaking point.

Survival is no longer enough. After years of hiding, it’s time for Theo to fight and reclaim everything that has been stolen in Ash Princess (2018) by Laura Sebastian.

Ash Princess is Sebastian’s debut novel and the start of a trilogy.

Sebastian’s richly described world, complex elemental magic, and fraught politics add new twists to this familiar story. Unfortunately one element that remains the same is that the enslaved Astreans are “tawny skinned” and dark haired while the invading Kalovoxians are pale and blonde–a common trope that is played out and could do with more unpacking in this and other similar titles.

Theo is a survivor who has learned how to hide in plain sight. Because of her small world and her captivity her first person narration often feels claustrophobic as she struggles to plot her way out of the Kaiser’s clutches.

Ash Princess’s promising in contrived plot is marred by an erratic timeline that brings Theo’s interactions with the Kaiser’s son Prinz Søren from calculated seduction as part of an assassination attempt to actual love in the blink of an eye. Theo’s shift from trying to keep herself alive while waiting for a rescue that never comes shifts equally fast to Theo placing herself in the center of a rebellion plot as a spy.

Theo’s perilous situation and the high stakes of the story are not enough to distract from a second half that drags while characters dither over who to trust, who to love, and (perhaps most relevantly) who to kill. While Theo is an interesting and strong heroine, she is not always sympathetic with unclear motivations for her numerous poor decisions throughout the book.

Ash Princess is an entertaining, plot-driven fantasy. Recommended for readers who like their fantasy angsty and their characters morally ambiguous at best.

Possible Pairings: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart, The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green, Everless by Sara Holland, Furyborn by Claire Legrand, The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows, The Traitor’s Game by Jennifer A. Nielsen, Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

Week in Review: November 24 (I’m sick again *sigh*)

missprintweekreviewThis week on the blog you can check out:

As the title says, I have been sick before Thanksgiving. This, of course, coincided with a vacation where I planned to get a lot of other stuff done. The best I can come up with for a positive outlook is that I’m hoping all of my winter illnesses are out of the way now.

Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

View this post on Instagram

Happy Tuesday! I am on vacation starting tomorrow and I’m pretty excited about it. ▪️ I’m also excited that I only have one book left to read from my planned stack for November and it’s this one. ▪️ I was tagged by @deadtossedwaves to do the #fallbooktag and figured I should get to that since it’s basically winter now: 🍁Crisp Fall Air | book that felt fresh and new: Realm of Ruins by Hannah West 🍂Howling Wind | book that blew you away: Sadie by Courtney Summers 🍁Comfy Sweater | book that made you feel warm and cozy: Save the Date by Morgan Matson 🍂 Bright Colors | book with a red, yellow, or orange cover: Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene 🍁Leaf Fight | book with nonstop action: Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist 🍂Pumpkin Spice | most anticipated read: Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #kimmersbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #analeeinreallife #janellemilanes

A post shared by Emma (@missprint_) on

How was your week? What are you reading?

Get ready for #CruelPrinceReadalong

The year is almost over. Which means it’s almost time for the release of The Wicked King by Holly Black. The Cruel Prince is one of my favorite books of the year and one I’m planning to re-read before the sequel releases in January. I’m hoping you might join me too!

Here’s the plan:

The read-a-long will run through December. I’m going to have target chapters for participants to read each week, but you can read as much or as little as you like. Every Sunday in December, I’ll post a short post here for people who want to chat.

Not into blog commenting? You can also use the hashtag #cruelprincereadalong to participate on Twitter and Instagram.

Schedule:

  • Week One (December 1 to December 8): Read prologue up to chapter 8, chat post goes live December 9
  • Week Two (December 9 to December 15): Read chapters 8 to 15, chat post goes live December 16
  • Week Three (December 16 to December 23): Read chapters 15 to 22, chat post goes live December 24
  • Week Four (December 24 to December 30): Read chapters 23 to Epilogue, chat post goes live December 30

The Way You Make Me Feel: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

cover art for The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene GooClara Shin is good at two things: getting into trouble and making people laugh. With her two friends, Patrick and Felix, Clara has coasted through her first two years of high school leaving a trail of chaos and epic pranks. Along the way she has also managed to infuriate her nemesis Rose Carter quite a few times. But that’s just a bonus. It’s not like Clara’s an actual bully or anything.

When her latest joke goes too far ending in a fight and a fire, even Clara’s usually laid-back father Adrian knows that things have gone too far. Clara’s plans for a laid-back summer and a vacation with her Instagram-famous influencer mom are cancelled. Instead Clara gets to look forward to working on her dad’s food truck, the KoBra, to pay back the school for fire damage. Worse, she’ll be working with Rose.

Clara isn’t sure how to deal with having actual responsibilities let alone working with uptight, perfectionist Rose whose ambitions and extracurriculars make the Obama daughters look like slackers. But there is Hamlet Wong–the boy who is as earnest and open as a Labrador, really cute, and totally not Clara’s type even if he does think she’s hilarious.

As Clara starts to learn more about the food truck, Rose, and her own family she starts to care about what happens with the KoBra and, more importantly, what other people think of her. After years of treating life as one big joke, Clara might be ready to let herself be more than a punchline in The Way You Make Me Feel (2018) by Maurene Goo.

The Way You Make Me Feel is a delightfully funny contemporary filled with food, family, and evocatively described Los Angeles locations.

Clara’s parents are Korean by way of Brazil–a cultural identity that comes through in their personalities as much as in the food that Adrian prepares on the KoBra–they’re also young and not married, things that don’t come through a lot in contemporary YA. While I’m never a fan of stories where the main character pines after an absentee parent the way Clara does with her mother. However Goo handles the inevitable dose of reality well and in a way that makes sense for her character.

Clara’s first person narration is acerbic, sarcastic, and often laugh out loud funny. She is used to not being well-liked and she doesn’t care as long as it doesn’t impact the persona she has created for herself. One of the only people to call Clara on her attitude and her bad behavior is Rose, an overachiever trying to balance dance classes, school, and her punishment on the food truck. Rose is also struggling with anxiety–the one chink in the otherwise perfect image she presents to the world.

While there’s some romance with Clara and the always adorable Hamlet, the main event in this novel is friendship as Clara and Rose start to understand and, much to their own dismay, appreciate each other the more they’re thrown together.

The Way You Make Me Feel is a funny, smart, and utterly entertaining story that reminds you it’s never too late to make a few changes. A novel that’s guaranteed to make you laugh and leave you smiling. Highly recommended.

Possible Pairings: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll, It Started With Goodbye by Christina June, The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis, Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke, Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills, Your Destination is On the Left by Lauren Spieller, Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Amber & Dusk: A Review

cover art for Amber & Dusk by Lyra SeleneSylvie has always known that she was destined for greater things. She is certain that her life as an orphan with the Sisters of Scion is only a small blip on her path to greatness. When she comes into her legacy–a magical talent that is believe to only belong to the upper class–Sylvie knows it’s a sign.

Sneaking onto a caravan Sylvie makes her way from the very edges of the Dusklands when the darkness of the Dominion constantly looms into the Amber City’s palais Coeur d’Or at the heart of the Amber Empire. In this city where the sun never sets, Sylvie assumes that her magic to create illusions will be enough to earn her a place in the Empress’ court.

Instead Sylvie finds herself the center of a wager, the butt of a cruel joke, among the palais courtiers. Sponsored by an enigmatic noble called Sunder Sylvie must learn to control her legacy as she navigates the dangerous games within the palais. Under her new name, Mirage, she will have to fight to earn her place at the palais while deciding how much she is willing to lose in Amber & Dusk (2018) by Lyra Selene.

Amber & Dusk is Selene’s debut novel.

Luxuriant descriptions underscore the complex world Selene has created where the sun never leaves the sky and the moon never rises. Complex magic and class systems add layers to this story, particularly once Sylvie arrives at a court reminiscent of Versailles.

Sylvie is unapologetic about her ambitions and shrewdly pursues her imagined destiny despite numerous obstacles and warnings from other characters that the palais is not the paradise she might imagine. Reckless and sometimes ruthless, Sylvie throws herself into her new life as Mirage without fully considering the risks or consequences of her choices.

While Sylvie/Mirage is a compelling if sometimes frustrating heroine, the rest of the cast is often one-dimensional by comparison. Mirage’s sponsor Sunder–so named for his legacy’s ability to cause pain–is as mysterious as he is problematic.

Amber & Dusk is a seductive fantasy filled with magic and machinations in equal measure complete with an ending that will leave fans clamoring for a sequel.

Possible Pairings: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton, Stain by A. G. Howard, The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid, The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson, Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian, And I Darken by Kiersten White

Week in Review: November 16 (How is the year almost over?)

missprintweekreviewThis week on the blog you can check out:

View this post on Instagram

Happy November! What do you have in store this month? What’s one book you will absolutely be reading? 📚 I can’t believe it’s November! This is a big month for me with Thanksgiving, my mom’s birthday, and decorating for Christmas. I’m excited. 📚 These are the books I plan to read this month (including some #arctober2018 holdovers) but in typical fashion I’m starting the month with a different book to try and cut down my #uppercasebox reading backlog! 📚 I was tagged by @deadtossedwaves to do the #5booktag. (I’ll tag some friends in a comment but feel free to join in with your own post or in my comments!) 📖Next Read: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab 📖Current Read: Save the Date by Morgan Matson 📖Latest Book You Want to Buy: None—it’s the time of year where I stop buying books until after my birthday in January 📖Last Read: Devils Unto Dust by Emma Berquist 📖Book With a White Cover: Sadie by Courtney Summers 📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #kimmersbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram

A post shared by Emma (@missprint_) on

November is almost over and it feels like it’s flying by very quickly and very slowly at the same time as I try to get ready for things like Thanksgiving and decorate for Christmas and other more mundane things.

Last weekend I saw Anastasia with my BFF Nicole and it was delightful.

View this post on Instagram

What types of stories do you return to again and again? ▪️ As I’ve mentioned in some of my recent photos, I love a good retelling. One of my favorites is The Twelve Dancing Princesses but my recent obsession is Anastasia. ▪️ This weekend @thebookbandit and I saw the musical Anastasia on Broadway. It was delightful. Not quite the real story, not quite the cartoon, but something all its own. ▪️ Seeing this excellent musical (and, yes, getting a new shirt and keychain from the gift shop!) made me even more excited to read Last of Her Name—an Anastasia retelling in space that will release in February. ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #kimmersbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #anastasiabroadway #lastofhername #jessicakhoury

A post shared by Emma (@missprint_) on

Here is my favorite post that I shared on Instagram this week:

View this post on Instagram

How are you doing with your November goals? ▪️ One of my big goals this month is to read some of the arcs and review books I’ve had at home for too long Including (hopefully) all of my review copies and BookExpo acquisitions. Which means it’s finally time to dive into Sadie. ▪️ I was tagged by @deadtossedwaves to #spellthedayinbooks: Two Summers Heist Society Unclaimed Baggage Retribution Rails Save the Date Devils Unto Dust All These Things I’ve Done Your Destination is On the Left ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #kimmersbooks #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #findsadie #courtneysummers

A post shared by Emma (@missprint_) on

How was your week? What are you reading?