First Impression Friday

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Hosted By J. W. Martin

This is my first time posting for “First Time Impression Friday” I needed to participate in another one and look forward to doing a lot more of these.

First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther.

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I’m currently reading Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs. For those of you who don’t know who Lisa is, she is the daughter of Steve Jobs…and if you don’t know who that is, he is the creator of APPLE!

My aunt Nicky had recommended this book to me and I first thought this was going to be a good book and so far it is. In fact usually when I open a book it takes a few chapters for me to get into it but this is not the case. The very first sentence was great!

“Three months before he died, I began to steal things from my father’s house.”

I mean this is Steve’s job’s first child who he told people that she is not his daughter and was not very nice to her and a very unusual person. So far this book is hard for me to put down. Reading what Lisa has gone thru as a child so far is pretty shocking. I feel like it’s only going to get better and more interesting. I can’t wait to see what the relationship leads with her and Steve and what happens with Lisa and her mother and everyone else. I feel like this book so far is going to be a full 5 stars hearts.

 

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Top 15 Halloween Books To Read

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Last year I participated in the Blogoween and it was truly fun however this year with my hectic schedule I decided not to get into this year or if there was a Blogoween this year? (I know they also do a Christmas Blogoween type, if you know any more information on that please let me know, I would like to participate for this year)

I’m not the one to read any horror stories like Steven King books or any other really scary stuff but these books on my list I feel are spooky enough and have Halloween/ fall vibes all over it. Here are the top 15 Halloween books on my bookshelf that are a must-read to get you into the spooky holiday.  (Links are to Goodreads)

  1. Serpent & Dove By Shelby Mahurin

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A witch, a witch hunter…hate than love? This book has many good reviews. I have yet to read this book however this is my next read. In the YA book community, I heard more positive feedback than negative plus I’m a sucker for stories that start off with characters that hate each other than fall for each other.

2. Wilder Girls By Rory Power

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This was a creepy little story. This one was also a Barnes & Noble’s YA book club book choice.  I have mix feelings about this story but it still makes the list cause it was truly a creepy story that gave me the goosebumps. This story takes place on an island at a private school full of girls where there is a virus called the Tox. The Tox affects each person differently and gives them very weird side effects. If you are in the mood for a twisted and creepy story this is the one. (Read Non-Spoiler Book Review)

3. Wicked By Gregory Maguire

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I feel like this is a tradition to read the Wicked series in October. This story gives me all sorts of feels for Halloween. This is the story of the green witch we all know from The Wizard Of The Oz and this is her story of how she became the Wicked Witch of the West! There are four books all together in the Wicked series.

4. The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein By Kiersten White

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This title is perfect for the Halloween season! This is a good dark story that will quickly snag you in about a girl who gets accepted by the Frankenstein family and how things turn around for her.

5. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children By Ransom Riggs

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I have not seen the movie but it is definitely on my list to see. This story takes you to a mysterious island that has an abandoned orphanage with children that are…well…peculiar.

6. My Plain Jane By Cynthia Hand & Jodi Meadows & Brodi Ashton

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If you are into ghost storeies this book is for you. This story is an interesting one but something you have probably never have read before.

7. The Wicked Deep By Shea Ernshaw

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Another good witch story! Good action and one big adventure. The ending will leave you wanting more.

8. The Black Witch By Laurie Forest

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It’s not Halloween if you don’t read a lot of witch stories! This witch story is not like any other, you will get the chills with this one. Follow Elloren’s journey as she is the granddaughter of the last prophesied black witch. I believe there are going to be five books total in this chronical series.

9. Stalking Jack The Ripper By Kerri Maniscalco

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You will get lost in this book and the rest in the series! There are a total of four books altogether. You will follow along with the main character Audrey and this epic chilling story.

10. Pride And Prejudice And Zombies By Seth Grahame-Smith & Jane Austen

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A classic and a good bloody/ gory zombie read. Now a major motion picture, which I have yet to see. This is an all-time classic about the Bennet sisters killing zombies and wanting to fall in love.

11. Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel By A. W. Jantha

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Hocus Pocus is extremely popular during Halloween time so its only right to read the sequel too! I was not a huge fan of this book however I feel like it should be on the list just because I love Hocus Pocus the movie I just wished this was written in a different tone. I do recommend reading this if you are a huge Hocus Pocus fan however you are not missing out on anything. In this sequel, you will meet Poppy, the daughter of Max and Allion and the story on how their daughter brings back the witches. Some new characters and old ones return. (Read Non-Spoiler Book Review)

12. Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark By Alvin Schwartz

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This is a true classic read that will get you right in the mood for Halloween. I grew up reading this book and love it. A small book with creepy short stories that will leave you with the chills.

13. The Zombie Room By R. D. Ronald

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This is not another zombie book, this is more of a mystery book that will keep you on edge and wanting to know more. Three men who were released from prison stick together and come across a sex trafficking operation and come across some trouble trying to save a girl.

14. The Face On The Milk Carton  By Caroline B. Cooney

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There are six books in this series and a wonderful mystery series. A young girl named Janie realizes she is on a milk carton as a missing child. She is now 15 years old…who has been raising her this whole time?

15 + a bonus! Classic Horror Stories & Dracula

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If you want to feel real festive than grab some cider and read these lovely classic horror stories, authors such as Edgar Allen Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, and W. W. Jacobs.

I hope you enjoyed this Halloween book list. Happy Reading!

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Top Ten Extraordinary Book Titles

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Hosted By That Artsy Reader 

A day late posting this, but you know that saying “better late than never!” I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday for some time now, here are my top ten extraordinary book titles! Enjoy!

  1. Lord Of Flies By William Golding
  2. Children Of Blood And Bone By Tomi Adeyemi
  3. Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret By Judy Blume
  4. Six Of Crows By Leigh Bardugo
  5. From Twinkle, With Love By Sandhya Menon
  6. The Dark Descent Of Elizabeth Frankenstein By Kiersten White
  7. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda By Becky Albertalli
  8. Clock Dance By Anne Tyler
  9. I’m Not Dying With You Tonight By Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal
  10. A Court Of Thorns And Roses By Sarah J. Maas

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What you all think? Let me know in the comments if you heard any of these titles! Just so you know my absolute favorite title would have to be Children Of Blood And Bone, even the second book that is coming out sounds amazing! Happy Reading to all!

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I’m Not Dying With You Tonight Book Review

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Title: I’m Not Dying With You Tonight

Series: Stand Alone

Author: Kimberly Jones & Gilly Segal

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Pages: 249

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Barnes & Noble September YA book club book choice of the month.

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I enjoyed this read very much! I looked forward to reading this story every time I open the book. I loved how fast-paced the story was and how much action that was flowing thru the story.

We have two main characters that are completely the opposite of each other and how they see things in the world, they both are seniors at McPherson High School who both attend to the football game on a Friday night. We have Lena, who is not shy about her feelings and speaks her mind. She has a best friend name Lashunda and a boyfriend that goes by the name Black who is not in high school and is a bit older than Lena.

Campbell is the new girl in school and the new girl in the neighborhood. She is a bit more conservative and shy and keeps to herself with her thoughts. She was originally living with her mother but since her mom took a job outside of the country Campbell had to move with her dad. Her dad owns a hardware store in the neighborhood.

At the football game, we have both girls attend, Lena is watching the game and we have Campbell who is working the concession stand. A fight breaks out and both girls end up getting stuck with each other where this fight is getting out of control where there is gunshots, police officers not able to control the fight and the fight gets more serious where it is leading out to the neighborhoods and is now a straight riot.

Both girls need to get home safely and stick together on this wild adventure who needs to look out for each other in this crazy riot that breaks out in the streets. The writing of the story was well written where I can perfectly vison the scenes in my head like a movie. I enjoyed the story and how we get to read the girl’s view of each chapter to know what was going on in their head while everything was happening.

I really don’t like Lena’s boyfriend Black, I really think he was shady and didn’t seem to care for Lena’s safety when everything was getting out of control however the ending of the story with them kinda left me wondering what Lena was gonna do with her relationship with him.

The ending of the story was good and was something I wasn’t expecting to happen, I’m pretty satisfied how everything ended not leaving me wondering about so many things.

Ready to survive this night?

 

50 Bookish Questions Tag

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Found this cool Book Tag on Atlantic Reads

Happy Day everyone! Here is yet another fun book tag for me to do. Enjoy!

1. What was the last book you read?

That would be one of the Sailor Moon manga series.

2. Was it a good one?

Oh, Yah! The further you get into the Sailor Moon story the better it gets!

3. What made it good?

More fighting and more Sailor Guardians to the story.

4. Would you recommend it to other people?

Yes, I would but everyone knows what Sailor Moon is!

5. How often do you read?

Every day, as much as I can possible.

6. Do you like to read?

Yes! Very much!

7. What was the last bad book you read?

Its been a while since I last read a bad book but I think it was Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel! Unfortunately, I was not a big fan of the book. Read my book review here.

8. What made you dislike it?

To me, the author tried too hard. I didn’t like how the story was written and how some of the original old jokes from the original story were flipped to a new version in the new story. Without spoiling anything I didn’t like that there was another character added to the story was I felt it wasn’t necessary.

9. Do you wish to be a writer?

Yes! I love retelling stories and always had a passion for writing (Working on a story right now)

10. Has any book influenced you greatly?

Every book does, I would have to say mainly Marissa Meyers books!

11. Do you read fan fiction?

No, Never tried reading fan fiction..maybe one day.

12. Do you write fan fiction?

Sorry, No.

13. What’s your favorite book?

Heartless by Marissa Meyer!

14. What’s your least favorite book?

Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel by A. W. Jantha

15. Do you prefer physical books or on a device?

Physical books all the way to add to my bookshelves!

16. When did you learn to read?

At an extremely young age, my mother would know when.

17. What is your favorite book you had to read in school?

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding.

18. What is your favorite book series?

Warriors by Erin Hunter! I can always re-read those amazing books!

19. Who is your favorite author?

Marissa Meyer! She will always be number one for me but there are other great authors out there I appreciate too.

20. What is your favorite genre?

YA & Biographies.

21. Who is your favorite character in a book series?

Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon Manga series! I can totally relate to her.

 

22. Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?

All books do. I always visualize like I’m actually there with the characters as a ghost watching everything play out.

23. Which book do you wish had a sequel?

The Sun Is Also A Star By Nicola Yoon. (I have not seen the movie) I want more from the two main characters and the ending had me in all sorts of feelings where I want to know what happens with them. I mean I can pretty much guess it but still, I want to read more of it!

24. Which book do you wish DIDNT have a sequel?

Hocus Pocus & The All The Sequel By A. W. Jantha!

25. How long does it take you to read a book?

It depends if I’m really into it two days the most, but I just had a baby so not as much as I would like to read in a day and finished. *Sigh* the good old days when I could read all day.

26. Do you like when books become movies?

Yes! I like to see how it plays out visually and compare which was better, usually, books always win!

27. Which book was ruined by its movie adaption?

A Series of Unfortunate Events, the t.v show and the movie.

28. Which movie has done a book justice?

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. The book was really good and the movie, the actors in the movie made the characters stand out and were amazing bringing them alive on the screen.

29. Do you read newspapers?

I used to when my dad would come home with one when I was younger but now as an adult I read the news online.

30. Do you read magazines?

Yes, I do, but not as much. I love video games so I subscribed to Game Informer I also love National Geographic magazines and Life!

31. Do you prefer a newspaper or magazines?

Magazines! But if you would have asked me this question when I was younger I would have said newspaper!

32. Do you read while in bed?

Yes of course!

33. Do you read while on the toilet?

Such a random question but no I do not, and I know there are people out there in the world who do this.

34. Do you read while in the car?

Yes! If me and my family are traveling and I’m not the one driving then Ill be reading.

35. Do you read while in the bath?

Yes! Every time I take a bath I read.

36. Are you a fast reader?

I can be, but I prefer to take my time.

37. Are you a slow reader?

No not at all, unless I want to be.

38. Where is your favorite place to read?

Anywhere outside, under a tree.

39. Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?

Only if someone is screaming in the background.

40. Do you need a room to be silent while you read?

I don’t need it but I prefer it that way.

41. Who gave you your love for reading?

That would be my mother! Thanks to her I have a passion for books.

42. What book is next on your list to read?

Right now I’m reading the Fable series by Bill Willingham but that is a comic series, so after I finish that I’m gonna re-read the Warrior series by Erin Hunter.

43. When did you start reading chapter books?

Gosh, I really had to think back on this, I was really young and I want to say my first chapter book was Goosebumps?

44. Who is your favorite children’s book author?

Erin Hunter, the author of the Warrior series.

45. Which author would you most want to interview?

Right now Marissa Meyer!

46. Which author do you think you’d be friends with?

Leigh Bardugo, I feel like we would have a lot of tea time talking about interesting things since she is a very creative thinker.

47. What book have you re-read the most?

Scary stories, I can never get enough of this book when I was a child and still can’t now as an adult.

48. Which books do you consider classic?

Lord Of The Flies, The Great Gatsby, Frenhieght 451, Little Women.

49. Which books do you think should be taught in every in school?

All the classics, which is what I read with my class when I was in school.

50. Which books should be banned from all schools?

No whats so ever.

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Tiger Lily Book Review

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Title: Tiger Lily

Series: Stand Alone

Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 292

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“If I’d never really know Tiger Lily was an animal, I knew it now. Tiger Lily was a beast, and the boys were too, and they were beasts together.”

Neverland is my favorite fictional place, I grew up loving Peter Pan and all the retelling stories and every possible movie ever made about it! I was super excited to get my hands on this book and it sure did surprise me.

The story is being told thru Tinker Bells eyes. I was not expecting that. In the beginning, it started out slow and at first, I was bummed out that the story was being told thru Tinker Bell but towards the end of the book it wasn’t too bad but there are parts in the story where I wish we could read Tiger Lily’s thoughts on certain events that would happen thru out the story.

This is a story between Tiger Lily and Peter Pan and how they feel for each other before Wendy Darling showed up to Neverland. It was a cute story and beautifully written however I feel like there could have been a bit more to the story and more of a background to some of the characters.

I do love that we get to see how the Tick-Tock Crocodile got the clock stuck in his stomach. We do get some background information on Captain Hook and how he got to Neverland. We get to have some knowledge of how time works in Neverland.

Some parts of the story were mention that Tiger Lily wasn’t pretty to some of the other characters in the story which I thought was a little bit of a bummer to read since Tiger Lily is a strong , unique character that I would think would be pretty inside and out.

I’m kinda on the defense side of the ending of the story but when I think about it there isn’t any other way to really end the story, at the beginning of the story it is said this is a sad story and the whole book is a dark story to be told.

Finishing the story kinda made me sad and depressed with how the characters were left off but I think that was the whole point.

Ready to take a trip to Neverland?

 

 

 

Wilder Girls Book Review

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Title: Wilder Girls

Series: Wilder Girls

Author: Rory Power

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pages: 353

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I read this book for my Barnes And Noble YA book club. This book was something else and it’s definitely something I don’t usually read. I feel all sorts of ways with this story and here is what I think.

We have an island with girls stuck at there school due to a weird spreading of something that affects each girl differently which they call it Tox. They are quarantined and can not leave the island.

We have three main characters Hetty, Byatt, and Reese. Byatt goes missing and Hetty is determined to find her by breaking rules to leave school grounds to find her friend and doing so she discovers what is really going on and the secrets that others been hiding from each other.

This was a creepy little story. I wish the author would have taken the time to write more about each character background so we could connect with the characters and build a connection with them. I didn’t like the writing of the story where it was too slow in the beginning and in the middle of the story. The ending was the only interesting part for me, where everything was coming together but yet I still have questions.

I think it could have been a bit more detailed with the characters and explain a little bit more with the Tox and how it affects everyone including the animals. It wasn’t a complete horrible story, could be better. I would like to also mention that the cover of the book is unique and absolutely love the cover.

I hope there is a second book if there is I will be reading it on hopes for some answers and more details on the girls and what was going on because the ending has me confused.

Ready to catch this Tox?