Friday, July 20, 2018

Fan Art Friday: The Diviners

Today I'm showcasing The Diviners by Libba Bray.
The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

I was surprised with how little I was able to find.








The last one is my favorite, but I like the first one too. I like seeing the cast of characters.

Which is your favorite?

All pictures are linked to the source.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

10429092Goodreads Synopsis:    Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one. 

But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can't see how she ever will. 

Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.

And he's not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people's savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.

Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.

Most of the chosen do.

My Thoughts:

-    I tried to read this book earlier this year, but I didn't finish. People kept telling me how good the series was, so I gave it another chance, and I'm SO glad I did! It was wonderful!

-    Elisa bugged me at first, but she has such an incredible journey, and her character growth is awesome! I loved it!

-    The culture and settings were so rich and lovely. I loved the world the author created.

-    I usually don't like too much political intrigue in a story, but this was really well done. I liked how it was interwoven with the story. 

-    I usually don't like a lot of religion in a story either, but it was also really well done. I actually really liked how important the religion was to the MC and everyone. It added so much to the story.

-    I'm really glad I gave this another shot, and I'm excited to read the next book.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Dobry

DobryFrom Goodreads:    A Bulgarian peasant boy must convince his mother that he is destined to be a sculptor, not a farmer.

















My Thoughts:

-    These early Newbery books are rough to read. I keep hoping the next one will be better, and some new editing rules will come in to play, but alas, this one was slow and boring.

-    This story had a nice homey feeling though.

-    I've never read a book that took place in Bulgaria before. I wish there had been a little more culture in the book.

-    This was another book with stories within the story. They liked to do that back in the 30s apparently. The Noah's Ark story was pretty interesting. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast

Beauty and the Clockwork Beast (Steampunk Proper Romance #1)Goodreads Synopsis:    Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast. 

When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border. Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable, and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man—beast and all?



My Thoughts:

-    This was more of a ghost and vampire steampunk romance than a Beauty and the Beast retelling.

-    I'm not a big vampire fan, but this was alright. I enjoyed the mystery, and the vampires were the bad guys that were hunted, which is where they should be. 

-    The story starts out slow, but it picks up, and the ending is exciting. 

-    I can see the Jane Eyre elements, and I'm not a fan.

-    I didn't care for Lord Blackwell too much, but I liked Lucy well enough.

-    I loved the steampunk and gothic elements. They were fun.

-    I think I liked this overall. I want to read the next book.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Milla Takes Charge

Milla Takes Charge (Daring Dreamers Club #1)From Goodreads:    When you follow your dreams, 
the possibilities are endless!

Milla loves nothing more than imagining grand adventures in the great wide somewhere, just like Belle. She dreams of traveling the world and writing about her incredible discoveries. Unfortunately, there is nothing pretend about the fifth-grade overnight and Milla's fear that her moms won't let her go.

Enter Piper, Mariana, Zahra, and Ruby. Together with Milla, they form the Daring Dreamers Club and become best friends. But can they help Milla believe she's ready for this real grand adventure?

Diverse, talented, and smart--these five girls found each other because they all had one thing in common: big dreams. Touching on everyday dramas and the ups and downs of friendship, this series will enchant all readers who are princesses at heart.

I received a ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

-    I liked the idea of this series, but the book tried WAY too hard to accomplish its goals. It got old, and Gnome and I got bored for a while.

-    The girls are very similar to My Little Ponies. Just look at the cover, and you can probably guess which girl is which pony. 

-    The book is pretty slow until they arrive at camp, which isn't until the very end.

-    I liked that the girl's related to Disney princesses, and grew and learned more about themselves because of that. 


Gnome's Thoughts:

-    It's like ponies.

-    I liked Ruby. She had a fun personality. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Goodbye Stranger

Goodbye StrangerGoodreads Synopsis:    Bridge is an accident survivor who's wondering why she's still alive. Emily has new curves and an almost-boyfriend who wants a certain kind of picture. Tabitha sees through everybody's games—or so she tells the world. The three girls are best friends with one rule: No fighting. Can it get them through seventh grade? 

This year everything is different for Sherm Russo as he gets to know Bridge Barsamian. What does it mean to fall for a girl—as a friend? 

On Valentine's Day, an unnamed high school girl struggles with a betrayal. How long can she hide in plain sight?




My Thoughts:

-    There was a lot packed into this book. It was thought provoking and humorous.

-    Some of the issues that were covered were a little heavy for a middle grade novel, but they were important issues that all kids and parents should be aware of.

-    The pacing of the story was perfect. I was hooked from the beginning, and I didn't want to stop. 

-    I wanted to scream and yell at Emily to stop texting that boy, but alas, I knew she wouldn't hear me. I didn't like how forgiving Emily was. She should have been livid at that boy. Why did she believe his story? I don't believe anything he said.

-    I liked Bridge's growth, and how she learned who she was and how she fit into the world. Middle school is an awkward age. 

-    I'm excited to read more from this author. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Kanan: First Blood

First Blood (Star Wars: Kanan, #2)From Goodreads:    Continue to explore the early days of Kanan Jarrus, the sensational star of STAR WARS REBELS! You've seen Kanan's last adventure as a Padawan, now witness his first! The boy who was Caleb Dune must find his feet as the Clone Wars rage all around him. When the Jedi Temple comes under attack, what can a mere Padawan do to make a difference? Caleb and his new master, Bilaba, will take command of their own clone troop, and lead them into the furious Battle of Mygeeto. But lying in wait for them there are a pair of Separatist Generals, one of whom is one of the most deadly threats in the entire galaxy! Can Caleb and Bilaba survive Grievous? 

Collecting KANAN #7-12.





My Thoughts:

-    This volume had the answers I wanted from the first volume. I liked getting to know Kana's master better. I liked the story of how she picked him for her padawan.

-    It was fun to see other characters like Grievous and the Ghost crew.

-    I love that there is a reference the book, A New Dawn. I need to read that now.

-    It was really fun to read about Kanan's back story.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2018

Created by The Broke and The Bookish in June 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in Jan 2018

Top Ten Books I've Read in 2018 (so far)

Mr. Knightley's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #2) Manga Classics: The Count of Monte Cristo
All's Faire in Middle School Gone Rogue (Wires and Nerve, #2)
Smoky the Cowhorse Geekerella
The Royal Ranger (Ranger's Apprentice #12 Ranger's Apprentice: The Royal Ranger #1) The Paradise Snare (Star Wars: The Han Solo Trilogy, #1)
Dark Disciple (Star Wars) A Man Called Ove

Monday, July 9, 2018

The Incredibles 2

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My Thoughts:

-    I really enjoyed this one, but I wish I didn't have to wait so long to get it.

-    I laughed a lot throughout the movie. There were a lot of great moments.

-    They showed too many of the funny scenes in the trailers. I felt like they showed too much of the whole movie in the trailers. It made some of the scenes less special.

-    I felt like most of the movie was a repeat of the first movie. I still liked it, but I was hoping for a different formula.

-    I loved all the characters. I like that each of them had a moment to shine, especially Jack Jack. I love how his powers were being discovered and the family was trying to figure out how to deal with that.

-    Edna is my favorite! I love her!

-    Overall, this was a really fun family movie. I liked it. I think I liked the first one a little better, but I think I need to see this again to decide.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Kanan: The Last Padawan

The Last Padawan (Star Wars: Kanan, #1)From Goodreads:    In Star Wars: Rebels, Kanan Jarrus is a cocky, sarcastic renegade fighting the Galactic Empire alongside the ragtag crew of the Ghost. But years before, during the Clone Wars, he was known as Caleb Dume, a Jedi Padawan training under Master Depa Billaba. Neither master nor apprentice ever suspected that their “loyal” Clone Troopers would turn on them upon the issuing of Order 66 — the Emperor's directive to execute all Jedi. How did Caleb Dume escape the Jedi purge? How did he learn to survive on his own after his master fell? And how did he become the man we know as Kanan Jarrus? What can a Padawan do when being a Jedi makes him a target? Join young Caleb for a tale that bridges the years between the Clone Wars and Rebels! Collecting KANAN: THE LAST PADAWAN #1-6.



My Thoughts:

-    In the Star Wars universe, if you want to know everything about everything and everyone, you have to read all the mediums. It is kinda crazy.

-    After watching a couple seasons of Star Wars: Rebels. I knew I needed to read this comic series. I wanted to learn more about Kanan's history.

-    I decided to go with the trade books on this one. I liked being able to get more story in one book. 

-    I really enjoyed getting to know Kanan better. I didn't know he changed his name. 

-    I wish I could have gotten to know Kanan's master better. I wanted a little more about Kanan's time as an apprentice.

-    I liked that the last issue incorporated the Ghost crew! It was fun to see them in comic form.