Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Titles

This week's topic is unique titles. Sometimes I title pulls me towards the story and hooks me before I even know what it's about. Here's a few upcoming titles that I love and make me want to know more about the book.

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Bookish BoyfriendsHonor Among Thieves (The Honors, #1)Death Below Stairs (Kat Holloway, #1)Listen to Your HeartThe Other Side of Lost

Bookish Boyfriends: Could there be a better title? I'm hooked
Honor Among Thieves: Here for the thieves!
Death Below Stairs: Sound very Downton Abbey
Listen to your Heart: always good advice
Other Side of Lost: Finding yourself?

A Very Merry PrincessPride and Prejudice and MistletoePayback on Poplar Lane
A Very Merry Princess: two of my favorite things: Christmas and Royalty
Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe: Christmas with Darcy and Lizzie. Heck yes!
Payback on Popular Lane: Revenge!

No Covers:
Queen of Sorrow: Why is she so sad?
My So-Called-Bollywood Life: Bollywood! I need to learn more.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Graphic Novel Review: Jane

An adaptation of Jane Eyre
Jane escapes her family and moves to New York City. She lives in a tiny apartment and begins to dream. She needs a job to stay in art school. Luckily, she finds a nanny position. At first her charge isn't thrilled with another nanny, but Jane makes a connection with Adele.

Adele's father is rarely home, making it easy for Jane and Adele to bond. When Jane finally meets him, she's torn between outrage at his neglect of his daughter and his charm. He's mysterious and cold at times, but wonderful and open at other times. Before long, she's under his spell. But she knows he's hiding something - she just never imagined what it would be.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this adaptation (mostly because the ending is different). I liked the modern twist. I love the way Jane and Adele bonded. The graphics are amazing. I tore through this book. It's perfect for those who like Charlotte Bronte's writing (But maybe not the entire story).

Cover Thoughts: Great
 Source: Sent for Review
Library Recommendation: Grab this one for your public library

Friday, October 20, 2017

Adult Review: You Say It First

 * First in a new series *
Pallas's new  business is struggling. Having inherited it, she's not sure she wants to keep it. She likes planning weddings, but it feels stale. Luckily, she just hired herself a handyman artist who convinces her to think outside of the box.

Nick's in limbo, waiting to hear about an overseas art project. So, he doesn't mind helping out someone in need. Plus, it lets him go back to working with a familiar medium.

Together, the two of them fall into an easy relationship. But Nick doesn't do long term and he's leaving soon. Should Pallas risk her heart anyways?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this spin off of Fool's Gold. I loved seeing the brothers from Fool's Gold and their relationship after the bombshell that changed their lives. I loved watching them create art and dabble in new projects. I really loved Pallas. I loved her loyalty, loved her group of friends, and I loved how she started to take chances. I felt terrible for her in regards to her relationship with her mother, but I love how she started feeling more confident in herself. And the meetings between Nick and her mother were great. A wonderful start to a surefire hit series! 

Cover Thoughts: Perfect
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Grab this one for your romance section!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Review: Dash of Dragon

Lailu graduated as a master chef and finally found someone to back her restaurant. Little does she know that her master made a deal with the devil in order for funding. Now he's come calling and Lailu learns the truth.

If they don't pay  back the loan within a year, they will lose the restaurant and also their freedom. Lailu is not about to let this happen, she'll do anything in power to stop it - even if it means spying for the elves or fighting dragons.

With the help from a friend and one rival, she comes up with a plan to make her restaurant filled with people. She hates depending on her rival for help, but she can't do it without him. Is her pride worth the sacrifice for her future?
My Thoughts: I really loved this book. I loved the banter between Lailu and Greg (her rival). It added humor to the story. I enjoyed the moments between Lailu and her fashion loving friend. I loved the world and understanding the hierarchy. I loved the mystery and the spying (along with with the action and danger of course.) I enjoyed the cooking parts, even if they were dishes I would never eat! I loved Lailu coming up with plans. I really hope there's a sequel in the works! 

Cover Thoughts: Love it!
Source: My Library
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Library Recommendation: Grab this one for your public library and school library! 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Books and Treats (9)

A new blog idea inspired by Andi @ http://andiabcs.com/2014/08/01/pub-date-1/ with the Pub Date where a few bloggers share book and beer pair ups.  Andi states that the idea is the brain child of Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide.

Lara Jean spends a lot of time trying to bake the perfect chocolate chip cookie. And it's no wonder that after reading the end of the trilogy that I'm craving chocolate chip cookies. I might have to whip up a batch, although they might not be as good as Lara Jean's....

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Food

This week's topic is books with food. I read a lot of books with food in them. Yum! Here's the list of books so far I've read with great descriptions of food. 
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The Gauntlet by Karuna RiaziA Dash of Dragon by Heidi LangLights, Camera, Cook! by Charise Mericle HarperThe Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny HanLove & Gelato by Jenna Evans WelchThe Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Before I Knew by Jamie BeckFudge and Jury by Ellie AlexanderSilence of the Flans by Laura Bradford

Monday, October 16, 2017

Review: The Gauntlet

They're celebrating Farah's birthday. Because of a move, she hasn't seen her two best friends in a while. They head upstairs to try to escape her younger brother. Her aunt left her a birthday present. When they unwrap it, they find the strangest game they've ever seen: The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand.

Before they realize what happened, her younger brother vanishes into the game. They go in after him, knowing they must beat the game or be trapped inside forever. 
My Thoughts: I really loved this book. I loved the Middle Eastern flair. I loved how the friends had to come together to save Farah's little brother. Of course I loved the description of food. And the board gaming. I loved reading about the puzzles and the challenges they had to solve. I enjoyed the characters (especially the giant lizards) in the game who wanted to help them and get out of the game itself. The world building was amazingly good; I loved the descriptions. The action and the danger pulled the story along making me not want to put the book down. 

Cover Thoughts: Really Great
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A must have for both middle school and public libraries