Friday, March 23, 2018

Review: More than We Can Tell

More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost, #2)* companion book to Letters to the Lost *
Emma loses herself in the gaming world that she built, but keeps hidden from her parents. She's having a hard time dealing with her parent's constant fighting, her mother's disapproval, and her relationship with her best friend. On top of all that, an online troll threatens her one source of escapism. Luckily for her, she meets a boy unexpectedly and find herself able to open up to him.

Rev's father tortured him as a child. Now that he's turned 18, his father has contacted him. Rev doesn't know how to tell his adoptive parents. He doesn't know how to respond to his father. Rev believes there's a monster inside of him - just like his father. But he doesn't want to let it out. Talking with Emma helps - a great deal. But the two of them will have to confront their demons.
My Thoughts: I adored this book; I had a hard time putting it down. I loved the dual perspectives. I felt heartsick for both characters, but especially for Rev and what he endured during his childhood. I loved seeing Juliet and Declan again! I love how Emma and Rev find each other - and keep noticing each other until they become something significant to each other. I adored Texas. I loved Emma and her game building/coding skills, I like seeing STEAM in books. I enjoyed the moments between Matthew and Rev - even the tense moments and how they worked through them. This book gave me ALL the feels, but most of all it gave me hope. I can't wait to read what Brigid Kemmerer writes next!

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: ARC sent for review
Library Recommendation: A must have for school and public libraries - along with Letters to the Lost. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Review: Princess in Theory

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)
* First in a new Series *
Naledi hasn't had an easy childhood - nothing in her life has been easy since her parents died leaving her in the foster care system. Now she's in grad school and working, just trying to hold her head above water. It hasn't been easy. So when she meets Jamal, she's surprised to find a connection with him.

But Jamal isn't who is says he is; he's a Prince in disguise. Those emails, Ledi's been getting have been true all along. She knows he's different than other people - he's never ridden the subway before and he seems out of touch with certain everyday things. But she never expected him to become a Prince. She certainly never expected that she would have a past with him. Can they get over their past and have a future together?
My Thoughts: I was so anxious  and excited for this book; it didn't disappoint. There are SO MANY reasons to love this book that I can't list them all. Seriously just go read it.

But here are a few reasons why I loved it: Ledi didn't have time for games; she was serious about her life and her work.  I loved her STEM observations and her love for science and nerdy items. I loved how she figured out her relationships with her co-workers. I admired her toughness and her determination.  She didn't take crap - from anyone and it was amazing. I loved how she learned about her past and used it to help out her future. I loved the moments between Ledi and Jamal, especially their banter. I really enjoyed Likotsi and her closeness/openness with the prince. I adored the ending. I can't wait for the next book in the series - out this summer!

Cover Thoughts: Perfect
Source: Gifted from my #Otspsecretsister
Library Recommendation: A must have for all public libraries

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Graphic Novel Review: Cucumber Quest

Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom (Cucumber Quest, #1)

An evil queen wants to take over the world. The night before Cucumber's supposed to leave for school, a letter arrives from his father asking him to save the world. Cucumber doesn't have the skills nor the desire to save the world. He wants to be left in peace so he can go to school. Unfortunately, his mother decides otherwise. Luckily for him, Almond (his sister) accompanies him. She's far more suited to the task - in fact she saves his life. Can they save the world together?

I enjoyed this book. I loved Almond's take charge attitude and how Cucumber really didn't want to go save the world. He wanted to send his sister instead because she would be better than him. The art work is charming, the banter is cute, and the story is fun.  Plus who doesn't want to visit a place called the Doughnut Kingdom? I'm eager for the next installment.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

This week's topic is our Spring Reading Wishlist. I classify Spring as March, April, and May so I'll only be sharing books from those months - across ages. Also there's no way I can keep it just to 10 so please enjoy this massive list! The kids is one is no where close to up to date, there are tons of picture books coming out that look super cute. Also I'm in need of come romance and middle grade books, those look a little light.

How to Code a SandcastleAlbie Newton

Middle Grade:
Annie's Life In ListsYou Go FirstThe Stone Girl's StoryRebound

Listen to Your HeartThe Universe Is Expanding and So Am I (The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things #2)From Twinkle, with LoveAlways Never YoursFuryborn (Empirium, #1)
My So-Called Bollywood LifeGame of SecretsAirports, Exes, and Other Things I'm OverAll of This Is TrueLove & Luck
We'll Fly AwayPuddin' (Dumplin', #2)Bookish BoyfriendsShip ItRoyals
Out of Left FieldA Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)Leah on the OffbeatAsh PrincessSky in the Deep
Stay SweetThe Fall of GraceSam & Ilsa's Last HurrahNow a Major Motion PictureStarry Eyes
Not If I Save You FirstThe Beloved WildThe Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles)Folded Notes from High SchoolNothing But Sky
Emergency ContactOlivia TwistTime Bomb

The Queen of Sorrow (The Queens of Renthia #3)The Good Luck Sister (Wildstone, #1.5)My Oxford YearLady Rogue (The Roguish Runners Duo, #1)What a Difference a Duke Makes (School for Dukes, #1)
Red Alert (NYPD Red, #5)No Earls Allowed (The Survivors, #2)A Rogue of Her Own (Windham Brides, #4)One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1)

Already Read but Amazing:
Love Songs & Other LiesThe Rose LegacyP.S. I Miss You