Thursday, October 19, 2017

Waiting on Thursday #10


Originally Waiting on Wednesday created by Jill @ BREAKING THE SPINE. I've decided to move it to Thursdays.

This week is one I've been anticipating since I read the first book last year.



Synopsis

Retribution Rails (Vengeance Road, #2)
REDEMPTION IS NEVER FREE
When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into the Rose Riders gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece's path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.




Why I'm Waiting

After reading Vengeance Road last year, I couldn't wait for this companion book. I love reading YA westerns and the first one didn't disappoint so I have high hopes for this one as well.

Information




  • Format: Hardcover
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers   
  • Expected Publication:  November 7th 2017     

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Blog Tour: The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz *ARC #Bookreview




The Midnight Dance
Title: The Midnight Dance
Author: Nikki Katz
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published Date: 
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Steam Punk?
Page Count:320
Format: Kindle

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
When the music stops, the dance begins.

Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.


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 My Review:

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an e-arc of this book in exchange for my honest review!


"The good, the bad, the past, and the future."

The Midnight Dance follows Penny a young ballerina who lives in a castle with 12 other young women all under the care of Grand Teatro and Master. Who control pretty much every part of their lives. (multiple ridiculous rules that don't make sense until later on in the book.) 
Penny and the other ballerina's can't remember much of anything from their old lives and seem to be in an almost dream-like world most of the time. That is until Cricket touches her hand and she suddenly has a memory. After that, she is freaked out and starts questioning everything about the world she has grown used to. 
With the help of Cricket, she is able to get over some of her fears and start having memories again of her family.

Overall I really loved this story. It wasn't at all what I was expecting considering it is published by swoonreads I was expecting romance to be the main part of this book, instead it was always in the background like it should have been for a change! Penny is one of my new favorite characters. Even though she had a lot to be afraid of she kept pushing through it to find out the truth. She knew something wasn't right and she wasn't going to let anyone stop her no matter how hard they tried. (looking at you 'master') 
Master is one of those characters that simultaneously terrified me and held my interest. I needed to know why he was doing this to them. (still a little confused on this part.) He will do anything to keep the girls under his thumb, and is extremely obsessive about each of them. It is actually rather terrifying when you think about what he put these young women through and how so many people just went along with him.


"He doesn't love us. He wants to control us, make us his toys."

Also, how was he even able to do this? It was partially explained but I need more understanding considering the Grand Teatro ended up being helpful I was really expecting some explanations and was a little disappointed when I didn't get them. As for Cricket and Penny, I really liked them and was so happy to see Cricket not take out his frustrations about 'master' on her. He knew she couldn't help it and he did his best all while letting her slowly come to terms with what was happening. They make such a good team together and I wouldn't mind getting a novel with both of them helping the other girls come to terms with what happened to them as well. 


"The thought of all this analysis, the medication and serums, made her nauseous. They weren't dolls."

The side characters I absolutely adored as well, the last 25% of the book I couldn't get enough of and I wish there had been more! (Don't I always when I love a book. I can't help it I'm greedy for good friendships.)

"Distorted as her past had been, it made her who she was today. It gave her strength. It made her whole."


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AUTHOR BIO:
Nikki Katz is an author and editor living in sunny San Diego with her three children. With a BS in aerospace engineering, Nikki first put her writing skills to use publishing four nonfiction books. She moved on to writing young adult fiction, her favorite genre to read as well. The Midnight Dance is her debut novel.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Down The TBR Hole #9


Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia from LOSTINASTORY.
This weekly meme is to help you get your tbr down to a more manageable number, by going through 10 books from your shelves and deciding if you will really read the book or not, and getting rid of the ones you no longer want to read.

Last Time I got rid of 2 books taking my total down to 2,495. Since then I have added 4 more books to my TBR.... I have no excuse. But I am reading more books from my tbr list at least.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen #Bookreview #classic

The Devil's ArithmeticTitle: The Devil's Arithmetic
Author: Jane Yolen
Publisher: Puffin Books
Published Date: April 12th 2004
Genre: YA, Historical Fiction
Page Count:170
Format: Paperback

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Hannah thinks tonight Passover Seder will be the same as always. But this year she will be mysteriously transported into the past. Only she knows the horrors that await.




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 My Review:


“You are a name, not a number. Never forget that name, whatever they tell you here. You will always be Chaya—life—to me.”   

After having watched the movie multiple times I finally decided to read the book.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Guest Post : Exclusive Memoir Excerpt from Author Cyndy Etler!

Today is a very exciting day on the blog because it's my first ever guest post! Cyndy Etler the author of Dead Inside and now We Can't Be Friends both memoirs following her life in Straight inc and her life after. 
Currently, I am halfway through We Can't Be Friends, and just WOW so far both of Etler's memoirs have been heartbreaking but such important reads.
Thank you so much to Cyndy for sharing her story and to Sourcebooks fire for arcs of her two books.

We Can't Be Friends: A True Story
Today I get to share with everyone an excerpt of Coiled that is unpublished.

When I was thirteen, I ran away from my abusive home. When I was fourteen, I got locked up in notorious “tough love” program Straight Inc. When I was sixteen I was suicidal; when I was seventeen I was date raped. More than once. Today I’m crazy-happy, living my dream, publishing memoirs—first The Dead Inside, then We Can’t Be Friends—about my experiences as a kid. I also teach reading to teens in alternative schools. It was through that work, while teaching with my manuscripts, that I realized how few books tell the younger struggling kid’s real story.
What follows is an excerpt from Coiled, the unpublished prequel to The Dead Inside. Coiled is a memoir told from the point of view of my elementary- and middle-school self. My alternative school students devoured this book, highlighting up to 70% of the lines to show, “This reminds me of my own life.”
As a kid, I would study other children’s loving families and dream of being adopted. I would also dream of adopting my own Cabbage Patch Kid. Here’s the scene where I first encountered one of these dreamy, magical dolls.


Excerpt

First time I learned about Cabbage Patch Kids was when I was at this girl Joanna’s house. It made no sense for me to be there, ‘cause Joanna lives in one of the newest houses on Overbrook Drive. She’s skinny, has designer jeans, and gets to wear eye shadow. But her mom was one of the tippers on my paper route, and she asked if I’d babysit Joanna and her little brother sometimes. That’s how I ended up in Joanna’s room.
As soon as I saw the Cabbage Patch Kid on her bed, all the other stuff in her room disappeared. It was just me and this plump little girl-doll in a red checkered dress. I swear she had her arms out to say, “Hug me!” right to me. But when I went to do that, Joanna popped her gum and the room came back.
“Y’like her?” Joanna said. “I named her Jo, even though her birth certificate said Madilyn Rose.”
“Her birth certificate?”
“Yeah. You don’t know? She’s a Cabbage Patch Kid. They’re sposed to be born in a cabbage field, get it? And the cabbage farmers have got so many of them, they have to put them up for adoption. So when you get one, she comes with adoption papers, which you fill out and send back to the cabbage field.”
She stopped to blow another bubble. I made myself not pop it with a finger, then said, “Hurry up! Tell the rest!”
“Every one of them’s different from the others, just like a real baby. And on her birthday, she gets a card in the mail! From the cabbage patch, get it?”
“No way.”
“Yeah way! And if you change her name, you know, on the birth certificate, they mail you back a new one with the name you chose. See?”
She pointed at the wall, and I looked up at a white frame with ballet slippers and wavy ribbons painted around the edges. Inside it was a serious-looking paper covered with fancy letters, but the most important letters were plain and blocky, underlined in thick black: Joanna Samantha.
Well, that may have been the doll’s name, but it so didn’t fit her. Anyone who looked at her would know she was a Cyndy.
Anyone except Joanna.
“I named her that so she could have two girl names or two boy names, depending on how you say it. She can be Joanna Samantha, or she can be Jo Sam. How cool is that?”
“Oh yeah, very cool,” is what I said. But it’s not what I meant.
Ever since that day, I’ve seen Cabbage Patch Kids everywhere. In TV commercials, on T-shirts in Woolworths, and sometimes in the baby seat of the shopping cart of some lucky girl at ShopRite. But only once did I see them in a store, and even then, it was only two of them—and they were both boys! Who wants a boy Cabbage Patch Kid? Well, somebody did. My sister Kim let me stop to look at them again before we caught the city bus home, and there were zero boy Cabbage Patch Kids left. Man! Cabbage Patch Kids don’t have to spend a second wondering if anyone will adopt them.
For certain real kids, too, it’s easy like that. They get snapped up by someone who really wants them. I don’t know what the diff is, between them and me. Do they like, tell somebody about what their stepfather does to them in the bathroom? Or does God, I don’t know, like them better?
Okay, I have to go back to thinking about Cabbage Patch Kids now. Or else I’ll flip. And things never turn out good when I flip.

 Thank you so much to Cyndy Etler for giving me this opportunity to not only read this excerpt but share it with everyone else as well. I would love to read more about your elementary and middle school years (if your comfortable talking about them). 

Everyone please go and follow Cydny on Twitter and check out her Website as well and go and get copies of her book so we can talk about it!

You can buy The Dead Inside and We Can't Be Friends on Amazon by click on the titles! (not affiliate links just really want more people to read her work)





Waiting on Thursday #10

Originally Waiting on Wednesday created by Jill  @ BREAKING THE SPINE.  I've decided to move it to Thursdays. This week is one I...