October Wrap Up + November TBR

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

My blog… has been lacking. I keep forgetting to post my weekly wrap ups and then I forget to check what the Musing Mondays prompt is until it’s too late. I did manage to get a review done so there’s something! But it’s not just this blog either. My tumblr has been pretty dead also. I usually queue things on there though but I think I just haven’t been online much to actually fill up the queue since it’s gotten so low. I have been pretty good about uploading at least one picture to instagram per day though.

I didn’t think I read that much this month but I did read 7 books. That’s better than my 3 books last month and more than I thought I read.

October Wrap Up

  • Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – ★★★
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo – ★★★
  • Fairest by Marissa Meyer – ★★★
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – ★★
  • Royally Screwed by Emma Chase – ★★★
  • What Light by Jay Asher – ★★★
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – ★★

Total Books: 7
Average Rating: ★★★ (4.7 stars)

November TBR

I’ve already started The Mirror Sisters. I’m having a hard time really getting into it but I hope I can finish it soon. The Making of Outlander seems to follow the show episode to episode so once I go buy season 2 on dvd tomorrow, I’m going to rewatch it all as I read along. I’m hoping I can fit The Future of Us in between Mirror Sisters and Heartless but we’ll see. Heartless and The Chemist will be released on the same day but I think I’ll start with Heartless because it’s more hyped and it’ll be harder to avoid spoilers. When I first added Lost in Scotland to my tbr the release date was November 8 but now some places are saying it won’t be out until next year? I don’t know.. If it’s released this month I’ll buy it. And then finally I’ll get started on Voyager. That will probably take up the end of November and most, if not all, of December.

What did you read this month? Any anticipated books coming out in November? Let me know!

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Review – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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12000020Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Originally Published: February 21st 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 359
Rating: ★★★☆ (4/5 stars)

Synopsis: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is the story of two boys who, after not having much luck in the friendship department, find each other and form the bond of a lifetime. Ari doesn’t really seem to connect with people. Dante has no trouble making acquaintances. Neither of them has really had a best friend though until they met each other.

Ari and Dante has incredible diversity. Not only does it feature Mexican-American characters from the LGBT+ community, but Benjamin Alire Saenz is from that community also. I don’t know about you guys, but every time I read something with gay characters they’re almost always white. I don’t even think I’ve read many books with characters with a Mexican heritage. Like I can’t even begin to fully understand how much this book must mean to Mexican-American’s struggling with their sexuality.

What this book reaffirmed for me was that sexuality is not concrete. It’s really a fluid thing. It’s not always a story where the character knows he’s gay from a very young age. Sometimes he has to discover that. Maybe that’s one of the secrets of the universe.

I think what I really loved the most about this book was the characters themselves. They really seemed to be polar opposites of each other and that’s what really made them work. Aristotle always felt like he could be “too Mexican”. He always thought he would conform to terrible stereotypes and end up like his older brother in jail. He really struggled with his brother’s absence and how that affected his whole family. Dante, on the other hand, felt like he wasn’t Mexican enough. He didn’t really struggle like Ari did. They really kind of joked about it.

And then they’re opposite again when it comes to their sexuality. Ari wasn’t really comfortable exploring his sexuality. He was kind of sheltered and I think maybe if he hadn’t met Dante he wouldn’t have even known he had options. He might have thought straight was the only thing he could be and really he would have been miserable. But Dante… He wasn’t afraid to try new things. He was able to figure himself out much quicker than Ari was able to.

Not only is this a great diverse read, but it’s also a wonderful coming of age story also. I wouldn’t recommend it to that one Tr*mp supporter you try to avoid but friends? Definitely. I was surprised to see that this book was published back in 2012 because I’d seen so much of it lately. I thought it was a new book and I was taking forever to read it but I really did take a long time to get on this train.

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Cover Reveal – Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino

We have the beautiful cover for the upcoming release from Renee Carlino, LUCIAN DIVINE releasing on JANUARY 9, 2017. Get ready for this breathtaking and unforgettable story!

 

 

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luciandivine_03-1-1-1“My guardian angel is a drunk.”

 Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.

And then he does. Seriously. His name is Lucian and he’s a guardian angel, been on the job for two thousand years. His sudden presence in her life is both good—he’s brilliant, witty, and warm—and bad—he’s brilliant, witty, warm, and hot as —-. But as perfect as Lucian seems, he’s got problems of his own. He’s taken up drinking and he’s brazenly inserted himself into Evey’s life, going against the greatest cosmic law ever created.

 For Evey, the rules are simple: You are not allowed to hook up with your guardian angel. But sometimes fulfilling your destiny requires a leap of faith, a confrontation with God.

Yes, God as in God.

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Renee-121Renée Carlino is a screenwriter and bestselling author of contemporary women’s novels and new adult fiction. Her books have been featured in national publications, including USA TODAY, Huffington Post, Latina magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Southern California with her husband, two sons, and their sweet dog June. When she’s not at the beach with her boys or working on her next project, she likes to spend her time reading, going to concerts, and eating dark chocolate. Learn more at www.reneecarlino.com

WWW Wednesday – October 19

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WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I completely forgot to post one of these last week and I very nearly forgot to make this post today… oops!

What are you currently reading?

29991719Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant; hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be.

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces, and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately, the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia, Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King… or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

This is giving me like… gender swapped, nsfw, princess diaries 2 vibes… and I love it.

What did you recently finish reading?

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

This was sooooo good. I did like Six of Crows more but this was the perfect ending.


22489107Fairest by Marissa Meyer

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

This was a great novella. I feel really bad for Levana but like…

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25524728Illuminae  by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

One moment, Kady Grant and Ezra Mason have nothing bigger to worry about than each other. Specifically, avoiding each other in the wake of their messy break-up. In the next second, their entire world falls apart.

The year is 2375 and one of the mega-corporations that control much of deep space has just fired the opening salvo in an intergalactic war, destroying Kady and Ezra’s planet. Forced to flee on a small fleet of crippled rescue ships alongside thousands of other refugees, the fear of enemy warships chasing them down is at first all-consuming but soon becomes the least of their worries. A deadly plague is ravaging the refugees on the ships; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be an enemy; and High Command is refusing to acknowledge that there may be a serious problem. As Kady plunges into a tangled web of data in search of the truth, she realises that Ezra is possibly the only person who can help her save the refugees before it’s too late.

THIS BOOK. It took me a while to really get into. I don’t know if that was because I’m not a huge sci-fi reader or if it was because it’s not written in the usual format. But once I got into it…  I was hooked. I hope I can find time to read Gemina soon!

What do you think you’ll read next?

What Light by Jay Asher. I thought it was supposed to come out last week but it wasn’t released until yesterday. It should be coming in the mail by Friday and I’ll start on it right away 🙂

Cover Reveal – Amanda Lester and the Red Spider Rumpus

Today is the cover reveal for Amanda Lester and the Red Spider Rumpus by Paula Berinstein. This cover is designed by Anna Mogileva. This cover reveal is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours.

Amanda Lester and the Red Spider RumpusAmanda Lester and the Red Spider Rumpus (Amanda Lester, Detective #5)
By Paula Berinstein
Genre: Mystery/ Detective
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 1 November, 2016

Blurb:
It only takes a moment to spill a secret.

The detectives have managed to keep Legatum Continuatum’s secrets safe for more than a hundred years, but that could soon change. Amanda and her friends have discovered that the red spiders of Ambleside possess a talent that could expose everything.

Unfortunately, Amanda’s new stepfather knows about them too, and his plans are deadly. The kids try to get to the spiders first, but their attempt to save them just complicates matters. Then Amanda disappears and it falls to her friends to save the day. If they fail, she could die. The situation has never been more critical. The problem is that only one person knows how to find her, and they don’t trust him.

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Paula BerinsteinAbout the Author:
Paula Berinstein is nothing like Amanda. For one thing, she’s crazy about Sherlock Holmes. For another, she’s never wanted to be a filmmaker. In addition, compared to Amanda she’s a big chicken! And she wouldn’t mind going to a secret school at all. In fact, she’s hoping that some day she’ll get to build one.

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