Monday, August 31, 2015

Anticipated Book Releases of September 2015

There is a lot of very interesting books coming out in the month of September and I am so excited for it. I feel like my TBR pile is piling up very quickly!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Reading Updates!

Happy Friday! Just got back from school today and it was so hot! Not a great way to start out the weekend by complaining, but whatever. Since the last time I have posted I have only read 2 books. Yeah, I know, kind of a disappointment, but there's alway tomorrow and the day after that and so on.

The first book I have completed is Pretending To Be Erica by Michelle Painchauld (right). It was a very intertaining book and it didn't take me long to finish it. I gave it a 4 out 5 star ranking and click here to go see my review of it and the Goodreads link!

The next book I read was The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (left). I just finished this yesteday and I loved it a lot. There was a lot of politics and drama rolled into it that doesn't make it hard to read at all. I will post my review and tell you guys what I think about it some time next week so look out for that!

What to read: So this weekend, I am going to start out on my third book from my library list and that is Alive by Scott Sigler. If you have heard of that, where have you been?! Seriously, it sounds so interesting and the book trailer for the book just makes me want to read it more! Besides Alive, I might read some graphic novels, preferable Alex + Ada. I borrowed these two books before and didn't get a chance to read it before returning it so I should probably read it this time.

So that's all I have to say right now. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and read on readaholics!

                                                                      ~Da Readaholic

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Marvels (4)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill Birmingham at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

The Marvels by Brian Selznick
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult
Publisher: Scholastic

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Goodreads Synopsis: Two seemingly unrelated stories--one in words, the other in pictures--come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle's puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.

My Thoughts: The reason that I was so excited for this book is because it half of it is told in pictures and the other half is told in writing so it really piqued my interest. I hope to get this book soon and start on it. Although I don't read a lot of historical fiction, this sounds really interesting and I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud

Type: Stand- Alone
Genre: Contemporary, Mystery
Date Published: July 21, 2015
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Source: Hardcover // Library

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Summary: Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again.

Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans’ lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she “reappears”—Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle.

But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Books I NEED To Read!! (Manga, Life, And More)

So I haven't really been updating you guys on my life, I have mostly done reviews, memes, and all that, but I haven't really been talking to you guys about what books I am reading and more about me, but I want to change that. I want to connect with you guys and I just want to put more commitment into this blog.

Anyway, I haven't been reading a lot because I was busy getting ready for school, but that just seems more like an excuse. At the beginning of this month I borrowed a bunch of books (most are graphic novels) and the pile doesn't seem to be dwindling. Then this afternoon  I borrowed MORE books!

Sigh. Anyway, I think the number one reason I haven't been reading a lot is because I have been addicted to mangas and animes. When I was very little, I would watch a lot of shōgo anime (anime for girls) but as I grew older, I became more interested in reading instead. My cousin is a big fan of anime and she re-introduced me to it. So yeah, I have been trying to catch up on my manga (Yona of the Dawn which I highly recommend).

Back to the topic of of this post. As I mentioned, I borrowed a bunch of books that I need to read before the due date. So, I thought why don't I share with the world what I need to read so I won't have to keep on procrastinating. Without further a due, let get right into it!

Pretending To Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud
The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen
Spelled by Betsy Schow
Alive by Scott Sigler
Geek Girl: Model Misfit by Holly Smale
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Between Us and the Moon by Rebecca Maizel
Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca
Alex+Ada Vol.1 & Vol.2 by Jonathan Luna and Sara Vaugn
The Girl Who Owned a City by O.T. Nelson
Rocket Girl Vol. 1 by Brandon Montclare
Low Vol.1 by Rick Remender

Looking through this pile right now, I just noticed how short most of these books are, especially the graphic novels and this just made me really ashamed, but anyway, most of these books sound really interesting and I think I will get to them sooner rather than later.

Anyway, that's all I have to say right now! I'm sorry I didn't put the links to these books. I was so tired and pretty lazy. There will be more reviews and posts along the way and I will be doing more random posts like this. In the near future, I might share some of my favorite manga and anime that I recommend!

I hope you have a great day and read on readaholics! 

                                                                                ~Da Readaholic

Friday, August 21, 2015

Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Type: Duology
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Date Published: February 4, 2014
Sequel: The Lexie Project
Publisher: Henry Holt
Source: Hardcover // Book Outlet

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Summary: Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.

Review: This was definitely an enjoyable read for me. I don’t watch a lot of reality TV so I would never get why a lot of people like watching it, but this book has opened up my eyes to the world of cameras and living under the scrutiny of others.

Something Real is an interesting and unique book. Bonnie/Chloe Baker had lived most of her life in front of a camera along with her 12 siblings, but after the cancelation of the show four years ago, her parents announced a renewal of their show.

I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The characters are relatable and have different personalities that makes each and one of them stand out.

It shows the struggles of being a teenager trying to have a normal life with people following you everywhere you go. Heather Demetrios did a wonderful job of showing how the world is now. It is about family, teen problems, and love.

The romance is not so shabby at all. There is no love triangle and Patrick is nice guy. He cares a lot about Chloe and wants to be with her even with all the craziness going around her.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: The Murder of an Angel (3)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill Birmingham at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

The Murder of an Angel by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Publication Date: October 26, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Company
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Young Adult

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Other Books: 
Book 1: Confessions of a Murder Suspect
Book 2: The Private School Murders
Book 3: The Paris Murders
Book 4: The Murder of an Angel

My Thoughts: I am so excited for this conclusion to such an exciting series! Although I would like to see the end to all these mysteries, I am still sad that it's going to end.  :(

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Leveller by Julia Durango

Type: Series
Genre: Sci- Fi, Mystery, Young Adult
Date Published: June 23, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Harcover // Library

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Summary: Nixy Bauer is a self-made Leveller. Her job? Dragging kids out of virtual reality and back to their parents in the real world. It’s normally easy cash, but Nixy’s latest mission is fraught with real danger, intrigue, and romance.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s a bounty hunter in a virtual reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them.

But when the game’s billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

Review: I enjoyed this more than what I expected it to be, mostly because I have low expectations for it when I picked it up. When I heard about this book, I wasn't enthusiastic about picking it up, but I still decided to because it looked very short and seems to be very fast-paced, which is something that I would need right now.

Going into it, I noticed a bunch of problems. One, the story was weak. There really wasn't much to it. Throughout the story, there wasn't much of a character development with the characters. There was no depth into the story!

Two, the romance was pretty much lacking. After Nixy quickly finds Wyn in his customized MEEP, she begins to quickly hate him, but a few seconds later, she begins falling for him. Talk about instalove.

I thought that it was really entertaining and fast-paced and I would definitely recommend it for those looking for a light and entertaining read.

My Rating: 2.5/5

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Joyride by Anna Banks

Type: Stand- Alone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Date Published: June 2, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Hardcover // Library

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Summary: A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber's mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.

Review: I have mixed feelings toward this book. I haven’t read Anna Banks other books before, so I have nothing to compare it to. It was cliché and predictable and I kind of like it? I don’t know.

I thought Anna Banks did a great job of combining a lot of family aspects and dealing with immigration and racism. She did a great job of realistically portraying the troubles faced with being an immigrant which was my favorite part of it all.

I really like Carly as a character. She is determined and feisty which I like in a character;  I also liked Cletus and how he would always look out for her. He is caring and I also find him to be funny and brings some lightness into the story. 

What I did not like about it was the fact that it was cliché and I grew kind of tired with it pretty quickly. It was predictable and I felt like there were better books for me to read then. The romance was kind of iffy for my taste and I did not like the love interest that well.

My Rating: 2.5/5

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes

Type: Series
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Date Published: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Source: Hardcover // Amazon

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Summary: Crystal Hatcher, Modern-day Toronto: It’s a normal afternoon in her mother’s antique bookshop when Crys witnesses the unthinkable: her little sister Becca collapses into a coma after becoming mesmerized by a mysterious book written in an unrecognizable language.

Maddox Corso, Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso doesn’t think much of it when he spots an unfamiliar girl in his small village. Until, that is, he realizes that she is a spirit, and he is the only one who can see or hear her. Her name is Becca Hatcher, and she needs Maddox to help get her home.

Farrell Grayson, Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson is thrilled when the mysterious leader of the ultra-secret Hawkspear Society invites him into the fold. But when he learns exactly what he has to do to prove himself, Farrell starts to question everything he thought he knew about family, loyalty, and himself….

Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.

Review: I am completely blown away with what I just read. A Book of Spirits and Thieves sets in modern-day Canada, but also in Mytica before the event of Falling Kingdoms where the gods rule the land.

I absolutely adored everything about it. It has a gripping storyline and the characters are all complex and quite lovable. Farrell and Crystal stood out throughout the entire book. They have their own unique personalities and you just can’t help but love them.

The world was the most fascinating aspect of the book. The world was complex and so interesting. The story was captivating and fun and kept you turning the next page to find out what happens next.

Morgan Rhodes is a wonderful writer and she just grabs your attention throughout the book. It is very compelling which makes it hard to put down and made me so excited for the next one.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Authors I've Read the Most From

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the BookishFor future Top Ten Tuesday topics & info on how to participate, click here!

I have always thought that I have read a lot of books, but looking back at it now, I think I may have been mistaken. So let's get right into it!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

Type: Trilogy
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Date Published: May 13, 2014
Sequel: Revenge, Ice Cream, and Other Things Best Served Cold
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Hardcover // Book Outlet

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Summary: Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence.

Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friends (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don't hold grudges forever. Do they?

Gemma intends on making amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother, Josh—to believe she's someone else. As though the summer wasn't complicated enough already.

Review: I was pretty much disappointed with what became of this book. At first, I thought that it was going to be a cute comtemporary book about a girl trying to get over her heartbreak by going to the Hamptons where she falls inlove with a guy.

I was definitely in for a huge surprise. The book was definitely less than okay for me. I did not like the characters at all, but the build up made me keep reading.

At first, I was sympathetic with Gemma with her heartbreak and all, but after I found out what she did to Hallie, I can’t stand her at all. I just wanted her to admit her mistakes and reveal herself the entire time. Since the very beginning, I knew there was something up with Hallie, so I don't know who to root for in this entire book.

There are times when I seriously want to put the book down and forget about it, but I just can't. The ending left in a cliffhanger and I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of drama heading their way. I would like to know want is going to happen, but I am in no rush to get the next installments.

My Rating: 2.5/5