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Librarian. Writer. Blogger at Miss Print since 2007. Reader. Feminist. SLJ reviewer. YALSA Hub Blogger. PPYA 2015/16. Amateur spy. Zen. 🦄

Week in Review: June 16

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I got so much done this week and I felt so terrible for a lot of it. Happy to say after really babying myself this weekend I am feeling MUCH better. This week I read Muse of Nightmares and wow. This one really made the series for me. Watch for it in October.

What are you reading today? ▪️ After I finished The Darkest Legacy j decided to pick up another ARC from BookExpo. ▪️ At first I didn’t even realize how much I liked Strange the Dreamer but I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I read it last year and I’m so excited to see how everything is shaking out in this second volume. ▪️ You can see my ARC copy here with my matching nails and ring and also a new bookmark with a quote from Strange the Dreamer. ▪️ I was tagged by @deadtossedwaves to do the #fiveseriesimthankfulfor tag. Feel free to take yourself in! -The Hunger Games -Six of Crows -The Queen’s Thief -To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before -The Darkest Minds ▪️ #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #lainitaylor #strangethedreamer #museofnightmares

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For reasons that are unclear I had a really good week on Instagram and am hoping it continues (but also like I’m holding my breath because it’s such a fickle site). Yesterday was Pokemon Go community day and I finally was able to evolve a Tyranitar and even caught a Shiny Larvitar. Huzzah!

I also made a glorious return to #booksfortrade on Twitter to make some wishes come true for friends. And I think I’m done now. It’s a lot of work, it can be frustrating. And I’m growing weary of feeding the machine that helps people be ridiculous. (Look, I loved Six of Crows too. You don’t need the UK arc. Move on with your life.)

I am going to try something different with listing some older titles for adoption (books for free in exchange for shipping and a review) so if you’re a US blogger be sure to watch the ARC adoption page for an update!

I’m a little overwhelmed by books right now. Like I have four different book piles on my desk at the moment. I had been reading books I was really excited about (The Darkest Legacy, Muse of Nightmares) but now I think I’m going to have to shift back to reading a couple that I just have been putting off and also maybe won’t keep because my owned books are currently at 334(!) and I have learned from experience that I only have room for 290 or less.

Here are two of my favorite posts I shared on Instagram this week:

Do you ever wish you could take a vacation from your entire life? 📷 I have been feeling that a lot this week. I just want everything to stop for a while so I can take a break. But, of course, life doesn’t work that way. Even if I wish It did as much as Summer does in Two Summers. 📷 An unexpected phone call at the airport forces Summer Everett to make a split second decision that will lead to two very different outcomes as Summer's choices play out in parallel worlds. 📷 In one world Summer ignores the phone call and heads to France as planned for what should be a perfect trip. Summer is thrilled with the chance to catch up with her dad and get to see his portrait of her hanging in a fancy gallery–all while enjoying the beautiful French countryside. 📷 In the other world Summer answers the phone and her plans are ruined. No trip to France. No time with Dad. Just three boring months off from school in her same old small town. She has the chance to take a photography class for the first time, but it's hard to think of that as anything but a consolation prize. 📷 Neither outcome is quite what Summer expects. 📷 In France or her home town Summer will find unexpected surprises and growing pains, along with the promise of first love and self-discovery. Each vacation will also bring Summer closer to a shocking secret whose revelation will have lasting repercussions regardless of Summer's initial choice. Some decisions might lead Summer to the same outcomes in both worlds, but it's up to her to decide what shape her life will take from here. 📷 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #twosummers #aimeefriedman #paralleluniverse

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Do own multiple editions of a book? ❤️ I really try not to but it’s hard when I get signed arcs and also buy a finished copy. ❤️ One series I’ve made an exception for is Caraval because the UK hardcovers are so pretty. As soon as my UK Legendary came (with The Shattered Crown underneath. Yay!) it was time for a photoshoot. ❤️ I’m currently having a dilemma with Three Dark Crowns. I have a very neat up signed arc and a very new shiny signed paperback now. Do I let go of the arc? Keep both? Decisions! ❤️ I was tagged by @deadtossedwaves to do the #cosybookclub tag: -Favorite Hot Drink: Hot Chocolate -Favorite Reading Snack: I don’t eat and read unless it’s my lunch hour -Favorite Thing to Wear While Reading: Literally don’t care -Favorite Time of Day to Read: Anytime! -Warm and Cozy Book You’d Recommend: Bookishly Ever After by @emberchyld of course! -tagged some people but feel free to tag yourself in too! ❤️ #instabooks #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #owlcrate #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #caraval #legendary #stephaniegarber

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Top Fives: Harper Collins Fall 2018 Preview

Last month Harper Collins hosted their Spring 2018 preview to talk about upcoming titles.

Here are the top five titles I’m excited about from the preview:

Picture Books

  1. A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes: Part concept book, part adorable story, this picture book follows a group of elephants through their day. September 2018.
  2. Mapping Sam by Joyce Hesselberth: Every night sam leaves her house and explores the neighborhood. This picture book follows this restless cat as she explores and sees the world through different types of maps. October 2018.
  3. Lovely Beasts by Kate Gardner, illustrated by Heidi Smith: If you like Actual Size or Hello Hello you are going to adore Lovely Beasts. This looks great. September 2018.
  4. The Diamond and the Boy by Hannah Holt, illustrated by Jay Fleck: Contrasts natural diamond creation with the story of Tracy Hall’s early life before creating the first diamond drilling machine. Written by Hall’s granddaughter! October 2018.
  5. How Do I Love Thee? by Jennifer Adams, illustrated by Silas Neal: You’re going to need this picture book inspired by Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 for your shelves. A tender intro to classic literature and an ode to friendship and familial love. December 2018.

Middle Grade

  1. The Collectors by Jacqueline West: When Van sees a girl and a squirrel jump into a fountain he’s drawn into a world where wishes need to be collected and kept safe. October 2018.
  2. Estanged by Ethan M. Aldridge: Two changelings (one human and one not) have to work together to save both their worlds in this graphic novel debut. August 2018.
  3. Henry and Eva and the Castle on the Cliff by Andrea Portes: The Graveyard Book meets The Goonies. November 2018.
  4. A Perilous Journey of Danger and Mayhem: A Dastardly Plot by Christopher Healy: Alternate history 19th Century New York City where real life inventors like Nikola Tesla are heroes and part of an elite male only guild which a young girl and a Chinese immigrant boy are desperate to join. September 2018.
  5. Resist: 35 Profiles of Ordinary People Who Rose Up Against Tyranny and Injustice by Veronica Chambers, illustrated by Paul Ryding: A middle grade nonfiction book about historical figures who resisted throughout history including Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and other figures who may not be as well known. This is the first MG I’ve seen in this vein and I’m excited for it. September 2018.

Young Adult:

  1. The Resolutions by Mia Garcia: In this contemporary YA four Latinx best friends are each facing a crossroads during their junior year. They decide to assign each other New Year Resolutions to help each other through. November 2018.
  2. The Light Between the World by Laura E. Weymouth: What happens to the kids who live through a portal fantasy when they get home? If you need more things like Wayward Children or The Magicians in your life then add this YA to your to read list now. October 2018.
  3. Pride by Ibi Zoboi: Updated Jane Austen retelling with two black teens tackling elements of gentrification (and love) in Bushwick. So excited! September 2018.
  4. Damsel by Elana K. Arnold: A YA fantasy fairy tale and an in house favorite. A tense and dark examination of female oppression and patriarchal culture. October 2018.
  5. Scream All Night by Derek Milman: This black comedy debut starts with a live burial and gets funnier and more absurd from there. July 2018.

Now that you’ve seen my Top Fives from this preview, let me know which ones you’re adding to your own to read list in the comments.

Bad Girls With Perfect Faces: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

“I didn’t know then what I know now: Be careful when your feelings are too strong, when you love someone too much. A heart too full is like a bomb. One day it will explode.”

cover art for Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn WeingartenSasha always looks out for her best friend Xavier. She’s the one who helped him put the pieces back together after his girlfriend Ivy cheated. She’s the one who dyes his hair. She’s the one who watches documentaries about the ocean and sea life with him.

Sasha is the one who would be perfect for Xavier. She loves him and she would never hurt him the way Ivy did. She’d never lie to him. And she’s just about ready to tell him all of that when Ivy shows up again.

Xavier and Ivy are a toxic combination–something that Xavier fails to remember when they get back together. All Sasha wants to do is protect him and prove once and for all that Ivy is a liar and a cheat.

So she poses as a guy online to attract Ivy.

What starts as a simple scheme to prove Ivy will cheat on Xavier again escalates quickly until the lies and the secrets start to spiral out of control. As Sasha’s plan to pretend to be someone else starts to go terribly wrong, she begins to worry about who she’s becoming in Bad Girls With Perfect Faces (2017) by Lynn Weingarten.

Bad Girls With Perfect Faces is a fascinating thriller that imagines what might happen when a seemingly minor case of catfishing goes horribly wrong. The novel is written in alternating chapters with the majority of the story falling to Sasha’s world-weary narration as she relates the events that blew her world apart. Text messages and other conversations between Sasha’s fake profile guy and Ivy are also interspersed throughout.

I can’t tell you much more about this story without giving something important away except that this is a perfect read-a-like for fans of Gone Girl. Bad Girls With Perfect Faces is a tense, sexy, thriller that promises to take readers on a wild ride from its ominous start to a twisted finish.

Possible Pairings: Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier, Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda, This is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell

*An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review consideration at BookExpo 2017*

Wires and Nerves, Volume Two: Gone Rogue: A Graphic Novel Review

cover art for Wires and Nerve Volume 2: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer and Stephen GilpinSteele’s rogue wolf pack continues to wreak havoc on Earth as they demand restitution from the Lunars for their mutations and to be returned to their human form. Steele refuses to believe that reversing the mutations is impossible. To prove that he won’t take no for an answer he’s ready to take hostages and massacre innocent humans.

After tracking the rogue wolves for months, Iko is determined to stop Steele before anyone else gets hurt. With help from old friends and her new ally Kinney, Iko has a plan to stop the rogue wolves in their tracks but only if she can keep trusting herself after learning the truth behind her unique programming in Gone Rogue (2018) by Marissa Meyer and Stephen Gilpin.

Gone Rogue is the second and final volume of Wires and Nerve which expands the world of the Lunar Chronicles in this story set shortly after the conclusion of the original four novel series.

Although once again written my Meyer, this volume has a new artist. Gilpin continues to work in the style originated by Holgate in volume 1 down to the same blue and white color palette. Unfortunately Gilpin’s artwork lacks the dynamism that made volume one so enjoyable. The panels here are static and repetitive. With more of the Lunar Chronicles cast reunited, Gone Rogue is very text heavy with panels that are filled with dialog and pages upon pages of talking heads.

Iko remains a great character to follow but with the change in pacing and a looser plot Gone Rogue unfortunately ends on a weaker note than its promising beginning.

Possible Pairings: Dove Arising by Karon Bao, The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow, Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray, The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid, A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix, Rebel Seoul by Axie Oh, Partials by Dan Wells

Week in Review: June 9

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BookExpo was great but I’m feeling really behind on blog stuff now that I’m getting back to it. I need to buckle down and write some reviews and my recap of BookExpo (not to mention last month’s Harper Collins preview).

Instagram continues to be a fickle mistress. Right when it feels like I’m growing my following I watch my likes plummet. Why must you be like this?

Here are two of my favorite posts I shared on Instagram this week:

What’s the best sequel you’ve read recently? 💎 The Wicked King is definitely one of mine! I read it as soon as I received a very early arc at work. I won’t say much about it yet except that seeing what happens to Jude and Cardan next will be more than worth the wait. 💎 I took this photo of my arc with all my the preorder swag from The Cruel Prince Before #bookexpo. Now I have to put together another photo to feature the mirror I got with a quote from The Wicked King so stay tuned! 💎 #instabooks #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #hollyblack #thecruelprince #thewickedking

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What’s the best inscription an author has left in a signed book for you? 📚📚📚 Alternately what’s your favorite quote from an author? 📚📚📚 I feel like @sarahreesbrennan is infinitely quotable. Whenever she has a NYC signing I try to catch her (even if I have to go alone) and I have the signed books to prove it. 📚📚📚 The ones shown here are some of my favorites. Especially “the dress is the laziest garment.” 📚📚📚 Obviously if you haven’t read Sarah’s books yet you should get on that. You can start with her debut The Demon’s Lexicon (that pensive boy in the center is Nick from the original cover), start her second series with Unspoken, or for a standalone try Tell the Wind and Fire (Tale of Two Cities retelling) or In Other Lands (I still need to read this one too). If you’re already a Sarah fan tell me your favorite book in the comments. 📚📚📚 #instabooks #currentlyreading #amreading #instareads #bookgram #bookworm #bookblogging #bookblogger #bookstagrammer #bibliophile #booklove #bookphotography #instabook #reading #reader #booktography #bookstagram #igreads #booksofinstagram #goodreads #bookaholic #bookish #bookishfeature #bookstafeatures #bookstagramfeature #readersofinstagram #unitedbookstagram #signedbooks #sarahreesbrennan #autographs

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Not If I Save You First: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

cover art for Not If I Save You First by Ally CarterAfter six year living in an isolated cabin in the Alaskan wilderness with her Secret Service agent father, Maddie is used to being on her own. She has definitely given up on hearing from her former best friend Logan, the president’s son.

Maddie thought that she and Logan would always be best friends but it turns out a friendship is hard to sustain when only one of you ever writes letters without ever getting a response. Turns out getting used to having no best friend is a lot harder than adjusting to not having a phone, Internet, or any privacy.

When Logan does show up–six years too late–Maddie is ready to kill him. But a mysterious assailant forces Maddie to put that plan on hold when he pushes her off a cliff and drags Logan away at gunpoint.

Now Maddie has to save Logan. But once she finishes that she’s definitely going to kill him in Not If I Save You First (2018) by Ally Carter.

In her latest standalone novel Carter brings together her signature combination of girl power adventure with the unforgiving Alaskan landscape. Maddie already knows that everything in Alaska wants to kill you from the weather to the wildlife so she’s ready when actual Russian gunmen are thrown into the mix. Maddie is a tough-talking heroine who uses bravado to hide her vulnerability and sparkles to hide her abilities. After all, no one ever over-estimates a flighty teenage girl, right?

In contrast to Maddie’s muscle and might, Logan is the one who needs rescuing. He is a quick thinker with a photographic memory. But it turns out that can only take him so far against a loaded gun and everything else Alaska has to throw at him.

Not If I Save You First is filled with action, chases, flirting, and just a little kissing. An unusual setting, some of my favorite characters, and a fast-paced story make this a must read. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a new adventure and an obvious choice for fans of the author.

Possible Pairings: All-American Girl by Meg Cabot, Right Where You Left Me by Calla Devlin, You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando, Liberty: The Spy Who (Kind of) Liked Me by Andrea Portes,  I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest, The President’s Daughter by Ellen Emerson White

Bruja Born: A Review

*Bruja Born is the second book in Córdova’s Brooklyn Brujas trilogy. To avoid spoilers start at the beginning with the first book Labyrinth Lost.*

cover art for Bruja Born by Zoraida CórdovaLula Mortiz has always been the healer, the beautiful one. That was before her younger sister Alex accidentally trapped Lula and all of her family in the underworld of Los Lagos, before maloscuros attacked Lula leaving her with scars across her cheek.

Sisterly bonds and everything Lula thought she knew about magic are tested as she struggles to move on the way the rest of her family has. When Lula is involved in a fatal bus crash she’s determined bring back her boyfriend, Maks, who has been the one stable thing in her life. But every bruja knows it’s impossible to beat Death–even with powerful magic on your side in Bruja Born (2018) by Zoraida Córdova.

Bruja Born is the second book in Córdova’s Brooklyn Brujas trilogy. To avoid spoilers start at the beginning with the first book Labyrinth Lost.

This fantasy sequel picks up shortly after the events of Labyrinth Lost where readers meet the Mortiz family as Alex first tries to magic away her powers and then has to rescue her family from Los Lagos with her best friend (and now girlfriend) Rishi. This time around the story is narrated by Lula as she tries to cope with the aftermath of Los Lagos including the attack that has left her face scarred and the sudden return of her long-missing father.

Córdova blows the world of the Brooklyn Brujas series wide open as readers learn more about the Mortiz family and the Deos. Brooklyn Bruja also introduces the Knights of Lavant and the leaders of the Thorne Hill Alliance who manage all magical beings within the city. (The Thorne Hill Alliance made their first appearance in the author’s debut series The Vicious Deep.)

Excessive zombies and hunts for answers bring Lula and her sisters across Brooklyn in this plot-driven novel. Lula’s introspective narration shifts neatly to high action as the zombie outbreak heats up and Lula works to restore the balance between life and death.

A cliffhanger of an epilogue and questions surrounding youngest sister Rose and the family’s sometimes ally Nova will leave fans eager for the next volume. Bruja Born is a fast-paced story sure to appeal to fans of the first novel in particular and urban fantasy in general.

Possible Pairings: Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older, Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter, The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff, Charmed (TV series)

*A more condensed version of this review was published in the May 2018 issue of School Library Journal as a Starred Review*