Sunday, July 31, 2016

Meet Brooke! | SBPT

Hey guys! Today I'm featuring the awesome Brooke! Be sure to check out her links at the end!


Hi everyone! I’m Brooke and I’m from The Cozy Little Book Nook. I’m so happy to be here today to talk 10 books on my TBR list.

So originally, the plan was to have me talk about my top ten books on my TBR list but let’s be real, how can I decide on my top ten books in my TBR, so here is a somewhat random list of books that I want to read!

  1. You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini
This book had so much hype a while ago but I haven’t gotten around to actually sitting down and reading it yet.
  1. Teenage Temptation & Personal Honor by Meena Jelks
This book is on my TBR list because I agreed to review it. I love the description of the book because it literally describes the perfect summer read about summer camp. A little while ago, I was frantically searching Goodreads for fun summer reads about camp so when I ran across this, I knew I just had to read it.
  1. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
I’ve had this book on Netgalley for a couple months now but I’ve been so busy reading other books that I haven’t gotten around to reading it either.
  1. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
I finally got the book about a month ago but I have been reading other books. Also, it’s too heavy for me to actually carry a book around with me.
  1. On the Fence by Kasie West
For some strange reason, I haven’t been able to find this book in my bookstore.
  1. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
If you follow me on Instagram, you would know that I got this book while I was in Kansas about a month ago, along with What I Thought Was True, but haven’t had a chance to read it.
  1. The Way Back To You by Michelle Andreani
  2. The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
  3. The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
  4. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
These last 4 books are all books that I’ve been wanting to get for a long time.

So that’s it for my list of 10 books on my TBR list. By no means is this everything on my list but these are some that I’m going to tackle soon or I’ve been eyeing for a long time. I’m also featuring another blogger on my blog so you should go over and check that out was well. You can also find me on Twitter to talk about anything bookish!

Find me here:
Facebook: Brooke Evans

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (102)

From the library:
Nominee by Noelle Stevenson
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

What books did you get this week?

Friday, July 29, 2016

A Tyranny of Petticoats | Review

22020592Title: A Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers, & Other Badass Girls
Edited by Jessica Spotswood
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre: Historical
Edition: eBook

From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.
Criss-cross America-on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains-from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today's most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They're making their own way in often-hostile lands, using ever weapon in their arsenals, facing down muderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.
With stories by:
J. Anderson Coats
Andrea Cremer
Y.S. Lee
Katherine Longshore
Marie Lu
Kekla Magoon
Marissa Meyer
Saundra Mitchell
Beth Revis
Caroline Richmond
Lindsay Smith
Jessica Spotswood
Robin Talley
Leslye Walton
Elizabeth Wein

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

To be honest, I've not read that many anthologies. The only other ones I've read are Press Start to Play and Summer Days and Summer Nights. That's why I knew that A Tyranny of Petticoats was one that I wanted to check out, especially because I absolutely loved the other anthologies that I've read. There's just something about short stories. I get attached to the characters and then they're gone forever within twenty pages. There's just something magical about them.

Of course I was most excited for the stories by Marissa Meyer, Beth Revis, and Marie Lu. I really liked Meyers and Revis's but Marie Lu's story was actually one that I didn't enjoy all that much which was sort of a disappointment since her story was right in the beginning. I of course ended up loving some other stories as well, such as Elizabeth Wein's.

Upon researching the novel a bit on Goodreads, I actually saw that there's going to be another anthology within the same sort of genre by different authors! I'm definitely going to be checking that out when it finally releases because I definitely enjoyed this one.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Ever since I began my blog, I had always included interviews with bloggers. However, I haven't done any in a few months and I've definitely begun to miss it! That's why I'm opening up sign-ups again. If you're interested, then email me at with your answers!

Who can be in an interview? 
Book bloggers
Book readers on Goodreads

I've already participated in an interview on your blog. Am I allowed to have another?
Of course! I have tried to change up the questions a bit so that anyone can have the opportunity to be featured!

The questions:
1. What's your favorite book and why? What song would you use to capture the essence of your favorite book?
2. What is your dream career?
3. Where do you want to travel to?
4. If you could have your own friend squad made up of book characters, which characters would you choose to be part of the squad?
5. What's your favorite TV show? Movie?
6. You finally got your invite to Hogwarts! Which house do you get sorted into and who do you befriend?
7. What song do you wish could be turned into a novel?
8. Which TV series or movie do you wish could be continued through a book series?
9. What book do you wish had a sequel?
10. Why do you love books?

Be sure to include any links to social media that you'd like me to include in the post. Also be sure to include a short introduction about yourself. You may also attach any photos/images that you'd like me to include!

If you want to be featured, all you have to do is email the answers to the above questions to the following:

Monday, July 25, 2016

Burning Midnight by Will Mcintosh | Review

25489041Title: Burning Midnight
Author: Will Mcintosh
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre: Science Fiction
Edition: eARC (320 pages)

This YA novel pits four underprivileged teens against an evil billionaire in the race of a lifetime.
Sully is a sphere dealer at a flea market. It doesn't pay much-Alex Holliday's stores have muscled out most of the independent sellers-but it helps him and his mom make the rent. No one knows where the brilliant-colored spheres came from. One day they were just there, hidden all over the earth like huge gemstones. Burn a pair and they make you a little better: an inch taller, skilled at math, better-looking. The rarer the sphere, the greater the improvement-and the more expensive the sphere.
When Sully meets Hunter, a girl with a natural talent for finding spheres, the two start searching together. One day they find a Gold-a color no one has ever seen. And when Alex Holliday learns what they have, he will go to any lengths, will use all of his wealth and power, to take it from them.
There's no question the Gold is priceless, but what does it actually do? None of them is aware of it yet, but the fate of the world rests on this little golden orb. Because all the world fights over the spheres, but no one knows where they come from, what their powers are, or why they're here. 

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

The second I started this book, I knew that it was going to be different. I've always been a fan of science fiction worlds, but this one was so different than the ones that I'd read about in the past! Burning Midnight follows a character named Sully who lives in this future world where spheres can be found. Basically, a sphere is a little orb that can be used to give you special abilities and powers, only if you have a pair of them. For instance, a sphere could give you musical abilities while another one could make you prettier and alter your genetics. Sully doesn't exactly use these spheres. Instead, he likes to find them and sell them in order to make a living. However, he ends up meeting a girl named Hunter who really likes looking for the spheres and together they go out into the world and find a sphere that hasn't ever been found before. 

I think my favorite thing about this book would have to be the world-building. I think it would be so awesome to live in a world with these spheres! However, it also brings the whole morality debate in to question as well. Is it right to alter your life like this when everyone has the ability to do so?

Sully was a great character. I liked that he wasn't really all about the spheres because he didn't want to use them. He really just wanted them to help himself make a living, which was really admirable. When everyone was using this spheres to be different versions of themselves, Sully was just being his one true self through and through. 

Hunter was also a pretty interesting character. I liked that she was really tough and didn't mind getting dirty to find certain spheres out in the world. She was also very intelligent and took the time to calculate areas that she thought nobody else would've visited.

In the end, I think that Burning Midnight was a very different science fiction read with awesome world-building. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Meet Flo! | SBPT

Hey guys! Today I have yet another wonderful author to share with you all as part of the Summer Blogger Promo Tour brought to you by The Book Bratz. That wonderful person is Flo! 


Hi! Flo from Book Nerds Across America here. Thanks so much to Krystianna for having me on Downright Dystopian today. Since summer is a good time to go the movies, we thought I'd share some of my favorite book to movie adaptations, and hopefully we can hear yours. 

I am firmly in the court of, "The book is always better than the movie." In my experience, this has held true to all but one, which I'll share later in this post. That being said, while a lot of book to movie adaptions have come up wanting (*sniff* Percy Jackson *sniff* The Mortal Instruments), there are some that I think have been really well done:

1. The Hunger Games series: Disclaimer -- I am on staff at a Hunger Games fansite, Down With the Capitol. I read these books before they became movies, and because of being with the site, I followed the casting and the filming religiously. I even went to 3 of the 4 movie premieres. But I think both directors, Gary Ross and Francis Lawrence, got it. They took images from my head and brought them to life vividly. They made edits, as you have to in movies, but I didn't think any of the changes made harmed the story. 

2. Harry Potter series: These books, too, I read first for the most part. What a complex and magical world. I have all the ultimate edition DVDs and I love watching all the behind the scenes stuff to learn how they created magic, essentially.

3. Divergent, but only the first one: Divergent was my favorite book of 2011, when it was released, and I really do think everyone involved in the first movie did a great job. The big changes from book to movie didn't start happening until book-to-movie 2. But I own Divergent and have happily watched it several times.

4 The Fault in Our Stars: The book destroyed me. The movie destroyed me. Oh Hazel and Augustus! *sobs*

5. The Maze Runner: This is the one I was talking about earlier, where I like the movie better than the book. Here's why: Thomas in the book annoyed me. (I wrote a whole blog post on this here.) He was demanding and whiny and thought he was entitled. I predicted that they would tone him down for the movie, and I was right. I really enjoyed the movie. So much so that I didn't read The Scorch Trials, but I did decide to see the movie. I will also see The Death Cure, whenever Dylan is healed enough for them to complete it.

6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Quirky little book, quirky little movie. All the feels for both. 

7. The Notebook: I know things have gotten a little out of hand with all the Nicholas Sparks books-to-movies (Okay, confession -- I've seen them all! Guilty pleasure!) but my favorite is The Notebook (with A Walk to Remember a close second). Another movie I can watch again and again and it will make me cry every time. 

8. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: I loved reading these stories, and watching the movies gives me the exact same warm, fuzzy feeling. Blake, Amber, America, and Alexis are all fantastic actresses, and I feel like a proud big sister seeing how they have grown up as actresses and women. I got to meet Amber last year and she was so sweet! 

Do you agree and/or disagree with any of these selections? What are some other good ones that I missed? Let us know in the comments. Thank you, Krystianna, for having me over!


Flo's Links:

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (101)

Hey guys! I actually haven't posted one of these hauls in a few weeks, so this is kind of cumulative. 

For Review:
Glitter by Aprilynne Pike
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Thanks so much to Penguin Random House for these fabulous reads!

From the Library:
Alienated by Melissa Landers

What books have you gotten recently? 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor | Review ft. Outlander

25897792Title: Into the Dim
Author: Janet B. Taylor
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Time Travel
Edition: eARC
Series: Into the Dim #1
When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission... or the key to Hope's undoing.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I don't know about you guys, but I'm a sucker for historical fiction. I just don't read it as much as I'd like to, but when I do, I love it. There's just something magical about going back into the past and experiencing what it possibly could have been like.
Into the Dim follows a girl named Hope whose mother just died. Her mother's sister gets in touch with her father and suggests that she come to Scotland for the summer. Hope ends up going because her father has a cruise planned with his new girlfriend. When she gets to Scotland, she finds that there's many secrets that her mother kept from her. Not only that, but her mother is actually alive but is stuck in the past, so she has to use time travel along with her two new friends in order to save her. 

Okay, so you know how I said that I love historical fiction? Well I also love time travel. Combine those two together and then add in a romance and you've got me completely hooked. This book was honestly the perfect combination of all three.

In regard to characters, I absolutely loved them all. First of all, there's Hope, who is the main protagonist. She's extremely clever and strong. She's also pretty great at handling tough situations. I don't know what I would've done if I was told that my mom was trapped in the past and that I had to time travel back to get her. There was also Phoebe and Collum who went into the past with Hope. They were siblings and I really liked the both of them. They were wonderfully developed side characters. 
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Last but not least, there's Bran. He was my favorite character! He actually met Hope before she travelled back into the past. Even though he may kind of push you away with his attitude, trust me when I say he's a good guy. You're going to like him!
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I keep seeing that this book is perfect for fans of Outlander, which I have never watched or read. I'm definitely going to have to check it out while I anxiously await the sequel to Into the Dim!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Sidelined by Kendra C. Highley | Review

Title: Sidelined
Author: Kendra C. Highley
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: October 1, 2013
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Contemporary

Genna Pierce's life is finally falling into place. Perfect grades? Check. Her choice of scholarship now that basketball recruiters are sniffing around? Check. The hot guy she's crushed on since freshman year finally noticing her? Looks like it'll be a check any day now.
But when a freak accident sidelines Genna, her perfect life starts breaking apart into a million less-than-perfect pieces. No more scholarships. Spiraling grades. And she's sure Jake Butler, her forever crush, will have zero interest in someone as broken as she is.
Except Jake does want to stick around. He may have started falling for the girl Genna used to be, but he'll wait for the girl she could become-if she can find enough left in her to pick up the pieces and start again. 

**Thanks so much to Entangled Teen for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

 I'm always a huge sucker for contemporaries in the summer, so I knew that I would want to give this one a read. Sidelines follows a girl named Genna who is an amazing basketball player. She's a senior and even has college teams recruiting her for scholarships for the next year. Needless to say, life is going pretty perfectly... at least until her basketball team makes it to the finals. She falls and hurts herself during the game only to have to be told that she will never be able to fully play basketball competitively again. 
I think a big part of what made this story so great was the realness of it. Athletes get hurt all the time and are told that they'll never be able to play competitively again. However, they then have to find out that there's more to life and what defines them than just their athletic abilities. There's also medication addiction strewn throughout this novel which is also very real. 

Genna was a very great character. I liked her and understood why she was so serious about sports because I'm also an athlete. Jake was a pretty awesome crutch in her life after she got injured and I loved that he was always there for her. He definitely always wanted what was best for Genna, even if she didn't agree with him. 
In the end, Sidelined was a very easy read and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a contemporary with a bit more depth. 

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

And I Darken by Kiersten White | Review

25324111Title: And I Darken
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Source: Netgalley
Genere: Fantasy
Series: The Conquerors Saga #1

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. 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 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, who's expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he's made a true friend-and Lada wonders if she's finally found someone worthy of her passion.
But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against-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.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

 And I Darken follows the story of Lada as well as her brother Radu. Lada is very vicious and strong which is exactly what her father wanted, though he was hoping for a son. Her younger brother Radu is very delicate and can't stand up for himself. Lada stands up for him when people pick on him during their younger years. 

I originally went into this story thinking that it was going to be some sort of fantasy. However, I thought wrong. The story ended up being a very historical novel, though with a twist, because Kirsten White rethought Vlad the Impaler as a girl named Lada. Don't get me wrong, I still greatly enjoyed the story, but since I thought it was going to be more of a fantasy, I was in for a bit of a surprise.

I absolutely loved Lada right from the get go. She was such a unique character and as soon as I started reading about her I knew that she was going to be different than a lot of females in the world that she lives in. She's completely feisty and it's totally awesome! Her brother Radu is the complete opposite of her, though still equally as lovable. 

There was a bit of a romance throughout the novel too. This, of course, is through a love triangle. I'm usually fine with love triangles though, and I was in this story as well. 

The reason I'm giving this book three stars is because I felt that there was so much information thrown at me while I was reading. I love world building, I really do, but I felt a little bit overwhelmed at times by the amount of information throughout the pages. It was so much that I couldn't exactly remember it all, so I paid attention to the characters more than who everyone was and who hated who. However, I will still give the second book a read!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker | Review

Title: Smash & Grab
Author: Amy Christine Parker
Release Date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre: Contemporary/Action
Source: Netgalley

Ocean's Eleven meets the star-crossed lovers of West Side Story. Grab some popcorn and get ready for an adrenaline-filled heist.
LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it's motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father's arrest, Lexi doesn't think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.
CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he's just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful...
Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.
Told in alternating points of view, this caper is full of romance and fast-paced fun. Hand to fans of Perfect Chemistry, The Conspiracy of Us, and Heist Society. 

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I've never been the biggest fan of action-packed heist novels, though I knew that I had to give this one a chance after Amy Christine Parker's novel Gated absolutely blew me away. 

Smash & Grab follows two characters, Lexi and Christian. Lexi's father recently got arrested and she likes to spend a lot of her free time in exhilarating situations, like jumping off the top of skyscrapers with her brother. Meanwhile, Christian is told that if he pulls off one big robbery instead of tons more little ones then he could finally stop being blackmailed by a gang. Of course, smaller ones are easier, but he decides to give it a shot. Needless to say, Lexi and Christian cross paths. 

I'm so glad that I gave this one a chance. Not only was it written by one of my favorite authors, it was also told in dual perspectives, which is one of my favorite ways of storytelling. I loved getting in the head of both Lexi and Christian, especially because they were both different. I always love it when there's dual perspectives only for the two characters to end up meeting. It's just so cool to read about!

This book was honestly thrilling and it even started off with a bang. I immediately liked Lexi because of how much of a thrill-seeker she was. I mean, the minute we meet her she's planning to jump off the top of a building! How much more of an adrenaline junkie could she possibly be? I also really felt for Christian when I first met him, especially because he was being blackmailed. I felt like Christian's side of the story included a bit more depth than Lexi's side, but I loved both characters nonetheless. 

The reason I'm giving this novel 3 stars instead of 4 stars is because I felt like their bank robbing was a little over the top. I feel like it should have been so much harder to rob a bank, but then again, I get that this is a novel, so technically anything can happen. It just seemed a little unrealistic at times, but I still enjoyed the novel and will gladly check out anything else that Amy Christine Parker writes in the future.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Meet Peyton! | SBPT

Hey guys! Today I'm back again featuring another wonderful book blogger for the Summer Blog Promo Tour hosted by The Book Bratz. On the blog for this post I have Peyton from A Bookish Mess!


Hey love! Thank you for taking the time to feature A Bookish Mess on your blog this summer! It's been great getting to know everyone and see all of these amazing post! I do hope all the Harry Potter fans out there can relate to my post! I am even open to hearing everyone's book options for this! I am sure there are SO many more I could have listed, but I tried to keep is slightly simple!
So here we go.. I have picked 2 books that I would recommended to each of the 4 houses in Harry Potter.

Based off the House Traits of:
Trustworthy; Hardworking; Loyal; Dedicated; Kind; Patient

This novel is actually on my list of Top 5 Romance novels of all time. The loyalty trait sings loudly in this novel. Two characters get a chance to reconnect after hurt feelings, broken engagements and years apart. Can forgiveness be given? Is their happiness in their future? This is perfect for the Puffs!
I almost picked a different novel, but felt this was a much better fit. I think when it comes to relating to characters and situations, the Puffs will have no issues connecting with Levi and Cath!

Based off the House Traits of:
Brave; Daring; Reckless; Honorable; Chivalrous; Short Tempered; SlightDisregard for the Rules

This was the very first book that came to mind when writing the traits for Gryffindor. Seriously though – do they not remind you of everything that the Dauntless is based on in Veronica's novels? I think the members of Gryffindor would have no issues connecting with this story and most of it's characters.

I guess Austen is one well rounded author since she keeps making my list in different houses! I honestly feel like Elizabeth would have been a Gryffindor had she ever been around for Hogwarts! To be completely honest, she reminds me a lot of Hermione. Brave, prideful, loyal to the letter, takes no crap and does not hesitate to stand up for what she believes in.

Based on the House Traits of:
Total Disregard for Authority; Cunning; Ambitious; Resourceful; Conceited

I LOVE this book! I am not entirely sure what that says about me since I have picked it for the Slytherin House, but to each their own! Really though, I think every Slytherin who gets their hands on this book will have no issues appreciating the cunning, ambitious resourcefulness that Dantes brings to the table.

This novel could be used for at least 2 different houses, but I am choosing to use in for Slytherin in this case. Thinking about it now – does everything about the games not strike you as something Voldemort would do had he every actually gained, and kept his powers? The only thing I would worry about is if he would use the games for only muggles, or would he use it on anyone who wasn't a fullblood? I think Slytherins across the board would enjoy this novel, but maybe not for the right reasons.

Based on the House Traits of:
Intelligence; Knowledge; Originality; Creative; Logical; Competitive; Individual

To me, he would be the ultimate Ravenclaw. Think about it.. How many Ravenclaw traits does Mr. Holmes demonstrate on a daily basis? Just about every single one! I relate more to the Gryffs, but I can see the appreciation for this one in a Ravenclaw level. I think his series should be on every single shelf of each Ravenclaw in the house!

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Sticking with the detective theme – look at this gorgeous gem! You know you are just DYING to read it, Ravenclaw or not! Ever wondered what it would be like to get a random severed leg in the mail? (no? Me either!) If you ever truly did though & you are one of those who enjoys the mystery, drama and the hunt of finding the bad guy, the this book is perfect for the Ravenclaw (or inner Ravenclaw) in you!


Thank you so much to Peyton for taking the time to recommend some books this week! Don't forget to check out Peyton's links:

Friday, July 8, 2016

Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy | Review

23018259Title: Learning to Swear in America
Author: Katie Kennedy
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: Contemporary/Science fiction

Brimming with humor and one-of-a-kind characters, this end-of-the world novel will grab hold of Andrew Smith and Rainbow Rowell fans. 
An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize--if there's ever another Nobel prize awarded. But Yuri's 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he's not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.
Prepare to laugh, cry, cringe, and have your mind burst open with questions of the universe. 

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

Learning to Swear in America follows a Russian physicist named Yuri who may soon be the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Prize. However, the world may end because there's an asteroid hurtling straight towards California, so that Nobel Prize dream may never come true. Yuri is sent to America to help stop the asteroid from hitting Earth, though nobody really takes him seriously. That's when he meets a girl named Dovie, who really allows him to find out what being a teenager in America is all about. He even gets taken to prom!

Yuri was such a great character. I really liked that you could tell he wasn't American because of the way that the author made him talk. He was very lovable too, especially because of how intelligent he was. Sometimes he was so intelligent that even I felt a little taken aback! Besides Yuri, Dovie was awesome too. She really helped Yuri break out of his shell and realize that sure, he can be super smart all the time, but he should also take some breaks from all of the hard work and experience real life as a teenager. I mean, you're only this young once! He should go out and adventure, which Dovie definitely has him do.

The entire storyline for Learning to Swear in America was very intriguing. I mean, an asteroid hurting towards Earth that could potentially devastate North America?! How much more interesting could it possibly get? I also loved that this book was borderline contemporary, even though it was mainly a science fiction novel. It combined two of my all time favorite genres! The synopsis states that the book is perfect for fans of Andrew Smith and Rainbow Rowell, and I completely agree!

I know for sure that this is one novel that I'm going to recommend to others who are looking for a read that's a bit different. 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger | Blog Tour

Change Places with Me
by Lois Metzger
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: June 14th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy

Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood with her stepmother and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was just a little different than it was before. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. Her hair and her clothes all feel brand-new. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There is no more sadness in her life; she is bursting with happiness.
But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because, until very recently, Rose was an entirely different person—a person who is still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.

As soon as I heard the synopsis for Change Places With Me, I knew that it was a book I had to get my hands on. I'm so glad that I did!

The story follows Rose who one day wakes up and decides that she's different. She decides that she now wants to be called Rose and she is pretty happy with herself and her life. She's definitely changed. However, her history is different because she wasn't always Rose.

I really loved that this book honestly doesn't fit into one particular genre. It was part romance and part science fiction, yet there was also a bit of a mysterious tone as well. I honestly don't know what I'd categorize the story as, and for me, that added to my overall enjoyment of the novel. 

Rose was a very interesting character. She was so alluring to read about. I kept flipping pages because I wanted to know more about her and the world that she lives in. 

I read Change Places With Me very quickly because it was such an intriguing story line. I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The story was about 200 pages as well, which left me wishing  I had more time with the characters in the end! I know for sure that I'm going to be checking out more by Lois Metzger in the future.

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Lois Metzger was born in Queens and has always written for young adults. She is the author of five novels and two nonfiction books about the Holocaust, and she has edited five anthologies. Her short stories have appeared in collections all over the world. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Huffington Post. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.