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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. 🦄

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*

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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

missprintweekreviewThis week on the blog you can check out:

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*

Week in Review: June 2–I Survived BookExpo 2018

missprintweekreviewThis week on the blog you can check out:

Vacation was great but I’m still trying to adjust to being back at work which is why I’m posting this on the 7th and backdating it for the second. BookExpo was a lot of fun and I’ll be posting my recap soon so watch this space!

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

What’s one book series you’ve been following since the beginning? ▪️ One of the series that is nearest and dearest to my heart is @libbabray‘s Diviners. These books blend historical fiction, fantasy elements, and horror to create completely engrossing books about a group of teens living in New York in the 1920s who find themselves (and their mysterious abilities) at the center of a dangerous conspiracy. ▪️ I loved the first two books but have been putting off the third one because I’m sure it’s going to be terrifying and also to have a Diviners book to look forward to until book four exists. ▪️ I love following the cover changes for this series and the art print and tarot cards. So many of my favorite things! ▪️ #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 #horror #libbabray #thediviners

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How was your week? What are you reading?

May 2018 Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read in April.

Books Read:

  1. Votes for Women by Winifred Conkling
  2. Royals by Rachel Hawkins
  3. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  4. All Summer Long by Hope Larson
  5. Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy
  6. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
  7. Jonesy Volume 3 by Sam Humphries
  8. Check Please!: Hashtag Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu
  9. For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
  10. And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
  11. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Books Bought:

  1. Furyborn by Claire Legrand (signing)
  2. Legendary by Stephanie Garner (I had to)

ARCs Received:

  1. Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June (Vine)
  2. By Fire Above by Robyn Bennis (not requested)
  3. Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling
  4. Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (vine)
  5. Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf (not requested)
  6. Enchantee by Gita Trelease (not requested but only because Flatiron Books beat me to the punch)
  7. The Wren Hunt by Mary Watson (requested)
  8. Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neil (not requested but yay)

This was my planned to read list:

What books are you looking forward to reading this month? 📚 Here’s my planned TBR for May. 📚 I am already reading I Capture the Castle but decided it has to be a home read because it’s too heavy. I also started Royals but that’s on hold while I work through Votes for Women from last month’s stack. This is a lot but I’m hoping I can stick to it. Obviously The Queen of Sorrow is high priority as one of my most anticipated series Enders this year. 📚 #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 #royalsbook #tbr #toread

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(I realized these posts make more sense if I post them at the end of the month when everything is updated. Such a small change but so obvious!)