June 2016 Book Haul


Happy Sundayfunday ALL! Hope you’re all enjoying the holiday weekend.ย June was supposed to be my “Book Buying Ban” month but it turned out to be my largest book haul month EVER!!!

To be fair to myself, the pile on the right side I purchased with a Barnes & Nobles credit of $57!!!! ย ๐Ÿค— There was no other way I could justify getting the entire Throne Of Glass series in hardcover. There was also a huge sale going on which allowed me to also get A Gathering Of Shadows & Ivory and Bone. Best Day Ever!!!! I’ve already read & LOVED the TOGย books. Empire Of Storms will look AMAZING next to these babies ๐Ÿ˜

Ok, so the pile on the left is a mixture of books I was gifted & purchased myself. June was my first Owlcrate box (My Lady Jane), an ongoing gift from my husband who gifted me a 1 year subscription for Valentines Day. Graceling, More Happy Than Not, With Malice, & Calamity were gifts from him as well on a day when I could’ve used a pick me upper (it worked lol). The rest of the books I purchased myself from Bookoutlet & Bookdepository. The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet hasn’t arrived yet from Bookdepository…its been almost a month lol.

It’s now July 3rd & although I’m really trying NOT to buy anymore books…B&N sent me the Members 20% off coupon & it expires on the 4th *sobs*

Anyone else go overboard in June? I love seeing hauls…no surprise there lol ๐Ÿ’•

Review: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
Published by: HarperTeen 

Date of Publication: June 7th 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Comedy

Pages: 491

Format: Physical Book (My Owlcrate subscription)

Rating:โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

Goodreads Synopsis:

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual historyโ€”because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems arenโ€™t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England. 

My Lady Jane was my 1st Owlcrate box & it was part of their June Royalty theme. I was a bit skeptical on MLJ, it’s not typically the type of book I’d pick up on my own. I was pleasantly surprised to find this book to be such a fun ride filled with tons of laugh out loud moments while I rode the NYC subway to/from work these past couple of days. Coming in at a hefty 491 pages, MLJ doesn’t take itself seriously at all and often times the narrators (The Janies) will interrupt to let you know just that lol. 

The Characters

Lady Jane Grey, Gilford Dudley (G), King Edward,Gracie, Bess, and Pet —->My favorites however, the cast is much larger & filled with colorful characters. I loved the presence of strong female characters & how endearing they were (especially G & Edward). Lady Jane Grey has to be my ALL time favorite simply because she’s a fellow bookworm (she’s just as obsessed as I am lol). She also is very witty & sarcastic & last but NOT least a Femisnist (Loved this!). 

“The worst part about her new chambers was that all these wardrobes and vanities and drapes meant there was no space–none at all–for a bookcase.Who on earth could feel comfortable enough to sleep in a room with no books?”-Lady Jane Grey

Gilford & Edward- I think I laughed the most with these two, it’s rare that I enjoy male characters like I did these two. There was great chemistry between all of the characters & the witty banter was flawless. 

Plot

The story begins with a very sick & dying King Edward (age 16) who is being pushed to choose a successor to the throne since he has no heirs. Jane & Edward are used as pawns and a marriage between the Dukes son and Jane is quickly arranged. There is plenty of plotting & scheming from those who have power to gain, which leads to the placement of Lady Jane Grey on the throne. Lady Jane Grey finds herself married (something she fortuitously avoided in previous engagements) to Gilford Dudley. Both Jane & Gilford are unhappy to have been pushed into marriage but a huge secret overshadows it all. I won’t give more detail than this because of spoilers but I enjoyed all of the plot twists & the magical element. 

I LOVED not knowing which author wrote which parts, it all seemed to come from one person. Maybe this is why the characters have such great chemistry? It must have been tons of fun for these authors writing My Lady Jane because at least I felt like it was a great time from start to finish. I’m going to miss these characters & our furry friends. I hope to see these authors collaborate again, that is something I will definitely be looking out for ๐Ÿ˜‰

June 2016 Wrap-Up

Let me start off by saying, JUNE was EPIC!!!! I only read 4 books (finishing the 4th one tonight) this month because LIFE! It was a beautiful month filled with tons of memories that I will cherish til i’m gray & old. I married the love of my life who also happens to be my book soul mate & our little girl graduated from Pre-K as Valedictorian & Killed her speech! *Smiles*. I’m surprised to have even read these 4 books so lets get into them…

1. Me Before You by JoJo Moyesย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

I changed my rating of this book twice until I realized that if a book can move me to feel such strong emotions about a controversial topic such as Euthanasia, then that means it deserves my 5 stars. The characters in this book will stay with me for a very long time, I still have not watched the movie because I wanted to give it some time but it will def be soon (book to movie reaction post to follow).

My Review:ย Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

2. Becoming Rainย by K.A. Tucker (Burying Water #2) ย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

An edge of your seat, heart pounding, sexy New Adult novel that I DEVOURED! so far I have loved all of K.A. Tucker’s characters, they all are 50 shades of complex. Fast paced & filled with plot twists, Becoming Rain was better than it’s predecessor Burying Water. Each one of the books in this series follows a female lead and eventually her love interest with occasional guest appearances by some of the other characters from previous books. I enjoy seeing some of my favorites pop up in the next book.

My Review:ย Becoming Rain by K.A. TuckerBecoming Rain

3. ย A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwabย โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (4.5 stars)

My 1st V.E. Schwab book did not disappoint.ย The writing was on point & I truly felt immersed into all of the London’s with the exception of Black London (not yet explored). This was a fast paced read, full of action, and magic however not much character development.ย One thing I found myself enjoying was the focus that was given to the plot/world building & that there was no love story. Although I do enjoy my ships, I didn’t feel the need to wonder who would be paired with who & instead enjoyed the magic and adventure V.E. Schwab takes you on.ย My guess is that book 2 will show more character development because of how the final chapters played out in ADSOM. My copy of A Gathering Of Shadows arrived a few days ago & i’m thinking that I will hold off on reading it because A Conjuring Of Light #3 doesn’t get released until February 2017.

My Review:A Darker Shade Of Magic (Shades Of Magic #1)

A Darker Shade final for Irene

4. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…

My 1st Owlcrate box was this month’s June Royalty box & it was EVERYTHING & MORE! no regrets here. I switched over to Owlcrate from another subscription box & I loved every single item I received. I was a bit skeptical on whether I would enjoy My Lady Jane because it’sย being compared to The Princess Bride & Monty Python, both of which I’ve heard about, but never read/watched. Well, I have NEVER laughed this much reading any book EVER! this book doesn’t take itself seriously at all, in fact it does the complete opposite. Light & silly, My Lady Jane was exactly what I needed for the start of Summer. I’ve got about 70 pages to go tonight & will update this post with a star rating in the morning but it’s looking like a hands down 5 STARS! (Review to come)

***UPDATE***ย Finished My Lady Jane today, Review in the link below ๐Ÿ™‚

My review:ย My Lady Jane By Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane

 

 

The Reading Habits Tag

Thank you Chicnerdreads for this tag๐Ÿ’•

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

It used to be my bedroom, Once Upon a Time. Now itโ€™s my bathtub (away from my tiny tot & 5-year-old). This of course can be very tricky when I have a physical book but I make it work. It doesnโ€™t get any easier with an e-book, due to foggy screen BUT there arenโ€™t any interruptions ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
Bookmark, preferably a funny one.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

I prefer to stop after a chapter & also I have this thing where I donโ€™t like stopping at odd page #โ€™s. This may sound odd but I canโ€™t help it lol.

4.  Do you eat or drink while reading?
Drink. Usually have my large mug with tea in it OR an ice cold bottle of water.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
I can only listen to instrumentals (lyrics throw me off) & they have to go with the pace of the story somehow.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

That depends on my main read. If Iโ€™m reading a darker/slower physical book, it will push me to pick up a lighter e-book or audiobook. Never the same genre, I would be the person to get my characters/story lines mixed up.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Iโ€™m on the go 7 days a week for the most part as a New Yorker. During the week, I read on my long train ride to/from work. On the weekends, I try to read in the car but I never get more than 2 pages in lol.

8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently, much faster reader this way also. For some reason, I feel that I need to do voices for each character out loud & this can be time consuming ๐Ÿ˜‰

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
No skipping for me, If I read something major ahead of time it just may ruin the whole book for me.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Brand spanking new. As a matter of fact, at the age of 8, I โ€œworkedโ€ at the school library binding broken books back together again with masking tape (baccccck in the day lol) & it was a lesson for me in how to treat my booksโ€ฆlike PORCELAIN! Lol

 11. Do you write in your books?

Absolutely not. Blasphemy.SMH.

 12. Who do you tag?

Brownbooksandgreentea

Wonderlessreviews 

Journalofabibliophile

Shhiamreading 

Thelittlebookaffair


Top Ten Tuesdayย 


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Each week, a new topic is put into place and bloggers share their top ten accordingly. This week was a freebie, either do a topic of your choice or go back & do one of the weeks that you missed. I decided to do the June 7th topic “Ten Reasons I Love X” and chose Jessica Jones…

Top 10 Things I love about Netflix Jessica Jones:

1. Jessica Jones is relatable whereas some of our other favorite super humans seem (and sometimes are) a whole galaxy away. Jessica deals with (more like gets by) PTSD, alcoholism, and a slew of other issues. We see her struggle with guilt & a lot of the time, itโ€™s not pretty.


2. The cast of badass female characters starting with Kyrsten Ritter herself (Jessica Jones), Carrie-Ann Moss (Jeri Hogarth) who eerily looks a lot like Robin Wright from House of Cards, and Rachael Taylor (Patsy Walker). These women are the no-nonsense type which I LOVE!


3. The dark tone of the show in general is appealing to me & sets it apart from the Marvel Universe we see on the big screen (same goes for Daredevil). We see the not so pretty side of NYC or what the majority of New Yorkers see on a day to day basis. We also get scenes that arenโ€™t in Times Square which is refreshing, some of lower Manhattan is shown. So our not so flashy city streets made the cut & that was cool to see.

4. Kilgrave- one of the most twisted, manipulative, sadistic, & in many ways sociopath of a super villain. I enjoyed David Tennantโ€™s performance just as much as the amazing cast of women. He is wicked but his thought process & remarks are very funny. I canโ€™t help but laugh at some of the things he says.


5. The introduction of Luke Cage. Seeing as the next Marvel Netflix series will be Luke Cage, it’s awesome to see his history with Jessica Jones play out so that we’ll have that background going into the new series. It also doesn’t hurt to see they have wicked chemistry on screen ๐Ÿ˜‰

6. The subtleties of Jessica Jones’ human powers. It’s not in your face, as a matter of fact if you knew nothing about her from the comics, you’d prob miss the first few times she popped a lock on a few doors lol.

7. Back to Killgrave. This villain will play on your emotions, especially after you learn his story. I found his backstory to be interesting & also raised a few questions.

8. Jessica’s neighbor, I can’t give too much detail as to why I enjoy this character w/out spoilers but he is a fave.

9. The supporting cast- because of how complex & deeply layered some of them are.

10. Last but NOT least, the PLOT! It’s gripping and fast paced. The twists & turns make it binge worthy.

Side note: I am currently watching episode 11 & I am obsessed with this series! I’m already looking into buying the graphic novels that are out so far ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Review: A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades Of Magic (Book #1)
Published by: Tor Books 
Date of Publication: February 24th, 2015
Genres: Adult Fantasyย 
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover (I own)
Rating:โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜… (4.5 stars)

Goodreads Synopsis:

Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London โ€” dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George โ€” to Red London โ€” where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire โ€” to White London โ€” ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back โ€” and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world theyโ€™ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive โ€” a feat trickier than they hoped.

I’ve owned a copy of A Darker Shade Of Magic for quite some time now and finally decided it was time to see what all the hype is about surrounding a certain author by the name V.E. Schwab. I can now say that I’ve read a Schwab book & that the hype is well deserved. The writing is flawless (at least in my opinion) and at times gave me Brandon Sanderson Mistborn vibes which is a VERY good thing (again, at least in my opinion lol). This was a fast paced read that takes place inย parallel London’s. There are four London’s however, we only get to see three of the four through Kell who is one of the last remaining Antari. I found the world building & magic system to be one of the best I’ve read in a long time. We learn about all of the different London’s as well as how the magic works & the commands used for specific spells. We also get introduced to DeLilah Bard aka Lila who is best known as a thief with ambitions of becoming a pirate (just as soon as she can steal herself a ship). Kell & Lila’s paths cross and our adventure begins.

โ€œLila Bard lived by a simple rule: if a thing was worth having, it was worth taking.โ€
โ€• V.E. Schwab, A Darker Shade of Magic

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I gave ADSOM a 4.5 stars as opposed to the full 5 because I wanted more character development. We get some background on Kell throughout the book however, Lila’s back story only starts to surface towards the last few chapters at which point we learn something that Lila herself is unaware of (this alone makes me want AGOS lol). Based off of the last few chapters, i’m hoping that we will get character development in A Gathering Of Shadows ย (Shades Of Magic #2).ย I’m also looking forward to hopefully *fingers crossed* getting to see Black London which has been sealed off from the rest of the London’s including the Antari. Being that I thoroughly enjoyed V.E. Schwab’s writing style and world building, it’s safe to say that i’ll be reading the rest of the series and checking out her other books.

 

The Sunshine Blogger Award

A BIG thank you to Melissa over at BookNerdMomo for nominating me for The Sunshine Blogger Award!!! I enjoyed these questions๐Ÿ˜Š

  •  Thank the people/person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions from your nominator(s).
  • Nominate eleven other bloggers and give them eleven questions

Melissa’s Questions: 


1-Whatโ€™s a book you feel like changed your life? Why?

Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire. As to why? It was the book I Was carrying in my hands when I met my husband. He walked in carrying Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows and we exchanged a look that led to a spoiler free discussion of HP. I knew I’d met my book soulmate & since then we buddy read often ๐Ÿ˜ 


2-Whatโ€™s a book series youโ€™re dreading the end to? A series you donโ€™t want to end.

Sarah J. Mass’ Throne Of Glass & now that it’s making its way to tv I’m even more dreadful. I’m really hoping it’s done well so that when the books do come to an end, at least I’ll still be able to get my fix lol.


3-Whatโ€™s a book or series you feel is extremely underrated?

Pierce Brown’s Red Rising trilogy, it def gets name dropped often but I don’t feel that it’s hyped up like other series. It is my favorite trilogy of ALL time! I read it with my husband & we were constantly texting each other throughout the day whenever we came across a new revelation. The characters in this trilogy are some of my ALL time favorite, I miss them! But I’m happy to have learned that he will continue with this world in a spin off.


4-If you could only eat one type of food for the rest of your life what would it be?

Yellow rice & pinto beans with steak, lettuce, and tomato…a Puerto-Rican staple โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜‰


5-Whatโ€™s something you enjoy besides reading or blogging?

Hmmm…road trips!!! anywhere & everywhere. Being from the city & living a fast paced life leaves me no time to sight see so whenever I can…I GO!


6-Whatโ€™s your favorite season?

Fall. It’s the perfect time for light jackets or cozy sweaters. It’s also great for book pics, tea, and reading lots of books 


7-Stand alone or series?

Series. I’m greedy with books/characters that I love. Which is probably why I won’t watch mini-series no matter how great they sound lol.


8-What book to movie adaptation are you looking forward to the most?

A Court Of Thorns & Roses *hands down* I cannot wait to see this on the big screen & I’m hoping that Rhys is EVERYTHING & MORE! 


9-Is there a character that everyone else seems to dislike, but that you really love?

Quentin Coldwater from The Magicians trilogy. He’s broody & self-centered at times but by the end, I felt like I understood Quentin.


10-If you could have any power at all what would it be?

Teleportation. It’s the only way I’d get to see this massive earth in its entirety. It would also be cost & time effective ๐Ÿ˜‰

11-If it was possible to be physically transported into any book world which one would you choose? Why?
Ha! Teleported you ask?!?! It would have to be Hogwarts…well specifically Diagon Alley because that’s where all the fun is had, OH! & where you can find Butterbeer ๐Ÿ™ƒ

I nominate:

Gretchen ChicNerdReads 

Mackenzie @Unrequired Reads
Calliope @ CalliopeTheBookGodess

& I’m going to go with Melissa’s questions since I really enjoyed them ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at @Breaking The Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that weโ€™re eagerly anticipating.

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And I Darken

(Top image is Hardcover, Bottom is Paperback)

Author: Kiersten White ย 

Book: Hardcover, 496 pages

Expected Publication: June 28th 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Reasons: Vlad the Impaler. Anti-hero. Alternate POVโ€™s. I am so intrigued by the synopsis of this book & after watching Kiersten Whiteโ€™s interview on PolandbananasBooks, I felt even more excitement for this book. I know nothing about Vlad The Impaler which is great because Kiersten White said that she researched him & Romania extensively in preparation for this book. I love when an author does their homework on their setting & time in history. It adds to the whole experience especially since Iโ€™ll never be able to time travel so the more detail the better (at least for my mind to envision anyways). We also are made aware that Lada is not your conventional hero as a matter of fact, sheโ€™s an anti-hero. I expect this to be a dark read which Iโ€™m looking forward to since I think it will make it stand apart from current YA Fantasy reads. Alternating POVโ€™s between Lada & her brother Radu. My favorite books are told in alternating POVโ€™s & sometimes can help push me to read if I ever reach a slumpy part. Also, alternating POVโ€™s allow me to familiarize myself with a characterโ€™s frame of mind and I enjoy that aspect quite a bit. This is a trilogy & whatโ€™s even cooler about this series is that we start off with protagonists around their teen years & go up to about their early 20โ€™s. Iโ€™m super excited about this book & will be getting my copy next week!!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Goodreads Synopsis:

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.ย 

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, whoโ€™s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that heโ€™s made a true friendโ€”and Lada wonders if sheโ€™s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight againstโ€”and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

Something Old, Something Read, & Something New

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So today started off a bit nerve racking, not sure if anyone else feels this way, but I get extremely nervous/anxious when i’m sent for ultrasounds. Thankfully, It went well & I just need to follow up with my doc but it left me rattled enough to go running to my favorite place. Yup, a bookstore! and while there I realized I had not gifted myself a wedding present…lol yea a gift to myself for getting married, its a thing…right? Anyways, Something Old (Graceling), Something Read (More Happy Than Not), and Something New (With Malice). I remixed the tradition to fit a booknerd’s lifestyle ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Graceling by Kristin Cashore-ย I’ve heard so many good things about the Graceling series & have been dancing around the idea of ordering it off of Amazon. I found it today in hardcover for $8 in Strand and knew it was kismet. Blurbed by some pretty impressive ladies like Tamora Pierce, i’m pretty sure Graceling will be right up my alley.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…

 

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera-ย I read this book in the beginning of 2016 along with the bff of 18 years who i’m slowly converting into a bookworm AND his partner. All 3 of us enjoyed this book to the point where we now follow (stalk) Adam Silvera on all of his social media platforms (no shame-the day he liked my GR review was a good day!) waiting for him to drop a crumb our way for his next book (History Is All You Left Me). More Happy Than Notย is an LGBTQ YA that felt very familiar to me because of it’s setting and the characters you meet throughout the neighborhood. It stirred up nostalgia of my old Brooklyn block. This book really tore my heart out & I never saw that ending coming, i’ll leave it at that.

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

With Malice by Eileen Cook-ย it’s not often that we get a thriller-suspense in YA & after reading the Goodreads synopsis I found myself wanting to know the outcome. Hoping it’s a good one.

Goodreads Synopsis-

Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesnโ€™t even remember taking. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accidentโ€ฆwasnโ€™t an accident.

As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesnโ€™t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, thereโ€™s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what sheโ€™s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey from Gingerreadslainey & is now moderated by Sam from Thoughts On Tomes. Each week there’s a different bookish related topic (this varies & isn’t always strictly books) & you get to list your top 5 books or bookish answers related to the topic.
This week’s topic is Favorite Literary Fathers/Father Figures, chosen in celebration of Father’s Day. I seriously had a small pool to choose from and it’s because we don’t really see much positive representation of the “Parentals” as I like to call them, (include myself as a mommy of two) much less father figures. I count myself blessed for having an AMAZING relationship with my father & wish there were more positive father figures in our books, especially LGBTQ.Here are my top 5:

1- Mr. Mendoza (Aristotle & Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe)

It’s hinted that Mr. Menzoa suffered from PTSD after his time in Vietnam which affected his relationship with Ari. Mr. Mendoza however, realizes that Ari has an internal struggle going on & steps up to help him come out. Mr. Mendoza plays a key role in getting Ari to follow his heart & go after Dante. I loved seeing these two come together in the end & that Ari got the support he needed from his father.


2- Arthur Weasley aka Mr. Weasley (Harry Potter)

Although I also love Sirius Black because he always looked over Harry from afar & made sure he was never in need, I have a special place in my heart for Arthur Weasley. Mr. Weasley took Harry in as one of his own brood (a not so small one at that) & never treated him less than any of his sons. Seeing Mr. Weasley advise Harry & take care of Harry was heart warming. Even when Harry & Ron got him in trouble with his job for stealing his flying car to get to Hogwarts, Mr. Weasley did not come down hard on neither one of the boys.


3- Eddard Stark aka Ned Stark (Game Of Thrones)

I know i’m one out of a zillion who felt the loss of our beloved Ned Stark especially after he captured our hearts. Ned Stark loved all of his children including his “love child” (dislike the word “bastard”) Jon Snow equally. The many lessons in honor, loyalty, and leadership that he imparted on his children quickly made him a favorite of mine.


4-Haymitch Abernathy (The Hunger Games)

Ok, so he couldnt hold his liqour! so what! If I lived in their world i’d probably be staring at the bottom of a bottle often too LOL! all flaws aside, Haymitch really took care of Katniss & Peeta and made sure they survived. Haymitch served as a mentor to these kids & truly loved them.


5-Luke Graymark aka Lucian Garroway (Mortal Instruments)

My love for Luke goes back to his history with Jocelyn and how when she told him she was pregnant with another mans baby, he offered to marry her. She declined, but still his heart was in the right place. Afterwards, Jocelyn & Luke do enter a romantic relationship and he was an AMAZING father figure for Clary. How much cooler can it get than having a wolf for a step-dad?

Luke from the Shadowhunter tv series:

Luke from the Shadowhunter movie:

๐Ÿ’ญ This weeks topic has me now wanting to read more books with positive father figures so I will be on the hunt. If any of you have some suggestions, please let me know & I will def check them out.