WWW Wednesday

Hey, bookworms! It’s that day of the week again where we participate in the wonderful bookish post that is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer three questions to give an update about what you’re currently reading, going to read next, and have read recently.

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What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.

Antonia- I’m currently reading The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory. This is actually a reread to try to get me out of my reading slump.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished reading Miracle Creek by Angie Kim.

Antonia- I just finished This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.

What do you think you will read next?

Amanda- I plan to pick up something from my Olympic Games TBR for my next read.

Antonia- Next I’ll keep working through my giant TBR pile.

Thanks for reading. Let us know what you’re reading in the comments!

Amanda’s May Graphic Novel Mini-Reviews

Hello, lovelies! I’m back again with another wrap up of the graphic novels I’ve read recently. As I’m typing this I haven’t read very many graphic novels this month. I have a few on my TBR for June, but I mostly focused on other books in May.

Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks & Scones by Ngozi Ukazu

This book was just as sweet and wholesome as the first book. I  love Bitty and Jack together and all of my dreams for this couple came true. I just love them so much. I love the art style and the color of this series. I also am a huge hockey fan, so that’s always a plus for me. There were two things that kept me from giving this book five stars. There were so many new characters. We’re now following two hockey teams. So, we’re meeting the new players on the Samwell team and also all of the players for Jack’s NHL team. So, it got a little confusing sometimes trying to figure out who was who. The other thing was that the story really jumped around. At times, it felt like the end of some scenes was completely skipped or the transitions between panels were a bit awkward. Despite these two issues, I still really loved this book. This series will definitely make my list of favorites. It’s just so sweet and I love Bitty and Jack.

Did you read any graphic novels this month? Leave me your favorites in the comments because I’m always looking for new graphic novels to pick up!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Summer Vibes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is Books that Give Off Summer Vibes (or winter if you live in the southern hemisphere) (submitted by Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte)

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Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

Save the Date by Morgan Matson

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Girls of July by Alex Flinn

The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds

These are the books that I think would be a perfect summertime read. Most are light-hearted but some are just quick and fun reads. What books are on your list this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s May Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies! Another month has come to an end so, it’s time for another reading wrap up. I’m here to share with you wonderful people all of the books I read during the month of May. May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month so I did my best to read all of the books I own that are by Asian authors. I also borrowed a few books from the library too because other’s recommended them.

Physical Books
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan
The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
Final Draft by Riley Redgate
Check, Please! Book 2: Sticks & Scones by Ngozi Ukazu
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

eBooks
The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park
Goldilocks by Laura Lam
Mayhem by Estelle Laure
The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune
The Mall by Megan McCafferty
The Game by Linsey Miller
The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Audiobooks
The Iron Will of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee
Internment by Samira Ahmed
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Deceivers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin
Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan
The 100 by Kass Morgan
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

What books did you read this month? Did you find any five-star reads or new favorites? Leave me a comment and tell me about you’re reading in May!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s Olympic Games TBR

Hiii, lovelies! I’m back with another TBR post. I’ve been trying not to do so many readathons this year because I feel like it stressed me out a bit too much last year. I’ve done some low key without posting anything about it (aside from on Twitter). But this one sounds like too much fun and I have to participate. Here is the link to their twitter which has all the specifics for this readathon. It’s taking place for the entire month of June. I’ve taken the quiz from Uncle Rick’s website and I am a child of Hades (is anyone surprised by this? Because I’m not.) So, there are a few fun prompts and I’ll be listing them with what I  intend to read below (but if you’ve been here before you know I’ll probably read a completely different list of books.) Let’s get into the challenges.

Hades Challenges:

The Ghost King: Read a book featuring the undead.

This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

Bring a book back from the dead by reading something you have already read before.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

The Underworld is a dark and dreary place. Read a book with a dark cover.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Death comes randomly and without warning. Choose a book from your TBR at random. 

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 4: Rising Action by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, & Matt Wilson

Hermes is the only Olympian free to visit the Underworld. Complete a prompt that honors Hermes. [Caduceus: Read a book with a snake on the cover.]

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

Optional Advanced Challenges:

Sword & Shield: A book featuring a character whom you would not get along with.

The Lovely War by Julie Berry

Monster Fighting: A book featuring magical creatures.

5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, & Boya Sun

I’m very excited about this list of books, so hopefully, I’ll manage to mostly stick to this TBR. Are you participating in this readathon? If so, who is your godly parent and what will you be reading?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

 

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

GoodReads Summary:
Layla just wants to be normal—fit in at school, go out on real dates and do other typical teenager things. Trouble is, Layla is anything but normal and her longtime crush, Zayne, treats her like a little sister. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities that no one else possesses. And even though Zayne is a Warden, part of the race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe, Layla’s kiss will kill anything with a soul—including him.
Enter Roth—a smart-mouthed demon who claims to know her deepest, most dangerous secrets. Though Layla knows she should stay away, it’s tough when that whole soul thing isn’t an issue. Trusting Roth could brand her a traitor to the Warden family that raised her and destroy her relationship with Zayne. But with a violent demon uprising looming in the distance, kissing the enemy suddenly pales in comparison to the end of the world.
White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)Review:
I just (like ten minutes ago) wrote a review for a different Armentrout book. I reread White Hot Kiss because I’m on a romance kick and this is sort of urban fantasy romance. This book takes place in a world with wardens (read: gargoyles). They fight demons that manage to come topside from hell. They are the good guys, right? The story being from Layla’s point of view makes them look not as good as they should. It’s interesting because she clearly idolizes most of them. But not actually being Layla, it’s clear that they’re not telling her the whole truth.
Layla was honestly a little annoying. She wanted to be a badass, but she was also kind of whiney. Her best friend, Zayne, kind of called her out on it too and I loved it. He told her that if she wanted to be treated like an adult than maybe she shouldn’t act like a child. She does grow a bit by the end of the book, but I’m hoping there’s more growth for her as the series continues. Now, the men. I’m not going to even talk about Zayne because he’s irrelevant in my opinion. Roth is end game and I love him. Sue me, I’m a sucker for the bad boy.
Overall, this was fun and entertaining. I’m definitely going to continue my reread of the series.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

What Kind of Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

GoodReads Summary:
The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker’s girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal’s office and said Mike hit her. But the students have questions. Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Why did she stay so long if he was hurting her? Obviously, if it’s true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true?
Some girls want to rally for his expulsion—and some want to rally around Mike. The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.
What Kind of GirlReview:
I’m going to be writing this review while using The Bookish Chick’s review because I read it after I finished this book and she pretty much summed up my thoughts perfectly. But I will be writing this and trying to put it in my own words. I was excited about this book when I saw the ebook available through my library because I’m trying (and failing amid the virus closures) to not buy all the new releases.
This book starts off with anonymous narrators the chapters are just titled with who the narrator could be classified as. For example, “The Girlfriend, The Burnout, The Popular Girl” which was interesting, at first. But then I reached part two and was left very confused. I didn’t totally understand what the transition to part two meant. But the further I got into the book the more I was sure that I knew what the author was doing. I thought this was interesting, but it only goes on for half of the book. I would have liked for it to go on longer or not at all. While it was an interesting sort of twist, it just left me confused and sort of annoyed.
The other problem I had with this book was the ending. It made me so mad that I forgot most of what happened until I read Alana’s review and remembered. Maya finally stands up and sets straight the rumors that are circulating, she stands her ground and says what she thinks should happen (since something like this isn’t specified in the student handbook). I loved seeing her finally stand up, but then the book just ends. Maya is provided with options to go move with her dad or stay with her mom. But we never find out what happens. We don’t know if her boyfriend even gets in trouble and I’m mad all over again typing this.
Overall, this was a pretty quick read. But not one I was overly pleased with. I know there will be many readers who will love this story, so please take this review with a grain of salt.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.