Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson | #bookreview

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson | #bookreview @ readingwithwrin.blogspot.com #fantasy #yareads #penguinteen #paranormal #witchTitle: Undead Girl Gang
Author: Lily Anderson
Publisher: Razorbill 
Published Date: May 8th, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Page Count:320
Format: ebook

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★.5

Goodreads Summary: 
Veronica Mars meets The Craft when a teen girl investigates the suspicious deaths of three classmates and accidentally ends up bringing them back to life to form a hilariously unlikely--and unwilling--vigilante girl gang.

Meet teenage Wiccan Mila Flores, who truly could not care less what you think about her Doc Martens, her attitude, or her weight because she knows that, no matter what, her BFF Riley is right by her side. So when Riley and Fairmont Academy mean girls June Phelan-Park and Dayton Nesseth die under suspicious circumstances, Mila refuses to believe everyone's explanation that her BFF was involved in a suicide pact. Instead, armed with a tube of lip gloss and an ancient grimoire, Mila does the unthinkable to uncover the truth: she brings the girls back to life.

Unfortunately, Riley, June, and Dayton have no recollection of their murders. But they do have unfinished business to attend to. Now, with only seven days until the spell wears off and the girls return to their graves, Mila must wrangle the distracted group of undead teens and work fast to discover their murderer...before the killer strikes again.

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 My Review:
Thank you to Firsttoread for a free ebook in exchange for my honest review.

"The problem with your best friend dying is that there's no one to sit with you at funerals." 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict | Book Review

Carnegie's MaidTitle: Carnegie's Maid
Author:  Marie Benedict
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published Date: February 3rd, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult
Format: Audiobook

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
From the author of The Other Einstein comes the mesmerizing story of love, power, and the woman who inspired an American dynasty

In the industrial 1860s at the dawn of the Carnegie empire, Irish immigrant Clara Kelly finds herself in desperate circumstances. Looking for a way out, she seeks employment as a lady's maid in the home of the prominent businessman Andrew Carnegie. Soon, the bond between Clara and her employer deepens into love. But when Clara goes missing, Carnegie's search for her unearths secrets and revelations that lay the foundation for his lasting legacy. With captivating insight and stunning heart, Carnegie's Maid tells the story of one lost woman who may have spurred Andrew Carnegie's transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world's first true philanthropist.


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 My Review:

I originally got an e-arc on Netgalley, but I ended up reading the audiobook from my library.
“As Mrs. Barrett Browning says, ‘The world of books is still the world.”
 Going into this book I was a little nervous because of how loved this author is. After reading this one, I totally get the hype and I cannot wait to go back and read her debut book. 
Clara Kelly is such a realistic character. She's from a farming family in Ireland who has been hit hard by the potato famine and is now struggling to make ends meet. To try and fix this her parents decided that it would be best for one of their children to go to America and look for work there and then send money home. Clara was the one chosen and was able to get an amazing job by chance. Clara ends up working for the Carnegie family as a ladies maid to Andrew Carnegie's mother. This is something that she just has to learn and as she goes because of certain things. This part was a lot like other ladies maid stories, things get interesting though when she starts to become friends with Andrew. This friendship is a little weird I'll admit as he is her boss. Clara and Andrew have a friendship based on knowledge and there want to talk to one another about certain topics. Clara also sees it as possibly way for her to learn how to earn more money. I really enjoyed their conversations and how they really were friends despite the social rules that had been put in place to stop them. We also get to see Clara's cousins and how other immigrants from Ireland lived in America and how hard they had to work for so little. 
Overall I really did love this book. Seeing both high and low society at the same time. While also learning more about Mr. Carnegie was really fascinating to me. It was also very eye opening with how certain things have changed in America, yet so much is still the same. I highly recommend this book, and I know this review doesn't do it justice.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Down the TBR Hole #36 | Book Meme

Down the TBR Hole #36 | Book Meme @ readingwithwrin.blogspot.com #bookmeme #weeklymeme #tbr #goodreads

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.

This past week I kept my Goodreads tbr at 2,711! I didn't add any other books, this is amazing! Because I've done so well this week, I decided we are going to go through books from 2016 and find ten to get rid of. Let's see what I choose to get rid of this week....

Down the TBR Hole #36 | Book Meme @ readingwithwrin.blogspot.com #bookmeme #weeklymeme #tbr #goodreads



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber I Book Review

Reclaiming Shilo Snow (The Evaporation of Sofi Snow #2) #bookreview #yareads #christianfiction #science fictionTitle: Reclaiming Shilo Snow
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published Date: March 6th, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction, YA, Fantasy
Page Count: 320
Format: Hardcover

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Goodreads Summary: 
Trapped on the ice-planet of Delon, gamer girl Sofi and Ambassador Miguel have discovered that nothing is what it seems, including their friends. On a quest to rescue her brother, Shilo, a boy everyone believes is dead, they must now escape and warn Earth of Delon’s designs on humanity. Except the more they unearth of the planet and Sofi’s past, the more they feel themselves unraveling, as each new revelation has Sofi questioning the very existence of reality.

Meanwhile, back on Earth, Sofi’s mom, Inola, is battling a different kind of unraveling: a political one that could cost lives, positions, and a barely-rebuilt society, should they discover the deal made with the Delonese.

But there’s a secret deeper than all that. One locked away inside Sofi and ticking away with the beginnings, endings, and answers to everything. Including how to save humanity.
 

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My Review:
May Contain Spoilers (if you haven't read the first book and want to don't read this review).

Book one: Evaporation of Sofi Snow
"Maybe the greatest thing wasn't always to be the savior or victor. Maybe it was to care for the others who one day might be saviors or victors or leaders." 


Reclaiming Shilo Snow starts off right where the Evaporation of Sofi Snow ended. Now though Sofi is mostly on her own and must figure out how to save everyone she loves and how to stop the Delonese from taking over.

In this one, we follow three people: Sofi, Miguel, and Inola (Sofi & Shilo's mom). Each of these perspectives shows us a different side of whats happening and how it began to happen.

With Inola, we get to see how the Delonese really came to be a big part of this world. We see why she made the choices she did with Sofi and Shilo, and what drove her to be the biggest CEO in the world. In the first book, you'll remember that she seemed to be this emotionless parent who didn't love her children at all and only cared about her career. This one though we get to actually see her motivation and why she did shut off her emotions at times it seemed.

"The pride of a mother who knows she's had many failings, and yet knows she's also succeeded. Because her children have outgrown her and outperformed her in all the areas it truly matters." 

From Sofi and Miguel's points of views, we continue on from the problems that they had discovered in the first book. Sofi is still wanting to find Shilo and escape from the Delonese world. Miguel is trying to keep Sofi safe and get everyone to safety.
To me, Sofi is such an amazing character because she's kind of superhuman, but she also is afraid and has multiple flaws. She doesn't want to be the one who saves the world, but she will if she has to.

Miguel is this character that you expect to dislike because of who he has to associate with because of his job. Yet he's also been using his position of power to find out more information about things he's noticed happening. I truly grew to like him in this book, and I am so glad that they make such a great team.

"Humanity. The Delonese. There was no difference between them. They all killed their own, and the only time they cared was when others did it to them. Ethos had been right." 

Overall I absolutely loved this story. I would suggest reading the two books back to back, so you don't forget anything. I couldn't get enough of this story. It is so fast-paced, and I was constantly wanting to know if Sofi was going to be able to figure out how to stop the Delonese. Or would the Delonese take over and make Sofi tell them how she was able to hack into this system. Who was this person talking to her and helping her, is it Shilo or is she losing her mind. I can tell you this about this book, everything gets answered! The closer we got to the end of this book, I was so so afraid not everything was going to be cleared up. Thankfully Weber not only clears everything up, but she also makes it possible to have another book later on if she wants to see what the future could look like for these characters.
"I don't think you can actually hide from the world if you want to help change it. Seems like you gotta be in it to do that.
Yeah, well, the world's a mess.
So are we."

This series is now my second favorite Duology and my first favorite for the Science Fiction world. I'm also really loving this new trend of YA Christian books finally branching out from just the contemporary, and realistic fiction books. I also now want to learn how to program so much more than I already have been wanting to. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Excerpt | August and Everything After | Blog Tour Spotlight | Giveaway

Excerpt | August and Everything After | Blog Tour Spotlight | Giveaway @ readingwithwrin.blogspot.comTitle: August and Everything After
Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Release Date: May 1st, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Publisher Summary:
One last summer to escape, to find herself, to figure out what comes next. Fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han will love this contemporary, coming-of-age romance.

Graduation was supposed to be a relief. Except Quinn can’t avoid the rumors that plagued her throughout high school or the barrage of well-intentioned questions about her college plans. How is she supposed to know what she wants to do for the next four years, let alone the rest of her life? And why does no one understand that it’s hard for her to think about the future—or feel as if she even deserves one—when her best friend is dead?

Spending the summer with her aunt on the Jersey shore may just be the fresh start Quinn so desperately needs. And when she meets Malcolm, a musician with his own haunted past, she starts to believe in second chances. Can Quinn find love while finding herself?

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Excerpt | August and Everything After | Blog Tour Spotlight | Giveaway @ readingwithwrin.blogspot.comAbout the Author:
Jennifer Salvato Doktorski is the author of three YA novels and is a freelance nonfiction writer. Her first paid writing gig was at The North Jersey Herald & News, where she wrote obituaries and began her lifelong love of news and coffee. She lives in New Jersey with her family. Visit jendoktorski.com

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Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson | #bookreview

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