Friday, June 23, 2017

Book Trailer Friday [@harperchildrens @joryjohn]

This week I picked the trailer for The Bad Seed by Jory John and illustrated by Pete Oswald:

about The Bad Seed:
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Goodnight Already! series

This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know?

He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He’s been bad since he can remember! This seed cuts in line every time, stares at everybody and never listens. But what happens when one mischievous little seed changes his mind about himself, and decides that he wants to be—happy?

With Jory John’s charming and endearing text and bold expressive illustrations by Pete Oswald, here is The Bad Seed: a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you. Perfect for readers young and old, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.

August 29, 2017 // Harper Childrens // Goodreads // Book Depository  // Amazon

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Follow Me Back ~ A.V. Geiger (earc) review [@SourcebooksFire @av_geiger #FollowMeBack #EricThornObsessed]

Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back #1)
Sourcebooks Fire
June 06, 2017
368 pages
add to Goodreads/buy from Book Depository/or Amazon

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.

Follow Me Back does a great job pulling readers in from the very beginning. The inclusion of police interview transcripts that are from interviews taking place after the narrative's present tell us that something has happened, something bad - but not what. That glimpse into the future really increases the tension as Eric Thorn stresses over his safety, and hates his fame and (it seems) his fans.

There is a bit of unknown in Tessa's story, as well. Her severe agoraphobia is due to something that happened to her but readers don't know just what that was. Even as you're drawn into the character's present, the transcripts and Tessa's mentions of New Orleans have you wanting to know their past and future, at least equally as much.

Using tweets and DMs not only fits the story of Follow Me Back - with the celebrity, anonymity, isolation, focus on social media - but help readers connect with the characters more quickly. It gives us an unfiltered look at who they are (or who they're supposed to be).

Some of the secondary characters - Tessa's mother, in particular - were disappointing. They didn't feel like real, full characters and it was hard both to get a handle on who they were and, then, to really see how they impacted the main characters.

I am still conflicted as to how I feel about the novel's ending, or what I think happened. Part of me thinks one thing happened, which would have left some things unresolved. Another part of me thinks something else happened, which I would make me need a bunch of sad face emojis. There is going to be a sequel (or at least a Follow Me Back #2) so I am holding out hope that there will be more answers then.

Follow Me Back is a book that keeps you reading from the very beginning until the very end. Tessa and Eric are unique and compelling main characters and their story had me ready for whatever's to come in Book 2!

Follow Me Back started on Wattpad, preview it there and the go buy it.
Follow Me Back on Wattpad

digital copy received for review, from publisher, via NetGalley

Waiting On Wednesday [@FeiwelFriends @FierceReads @marissa_meyer #JointheRenegades]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:

RENEGADES (#1) by Marissa Meyer

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

published November 7th by Feiwel & Friends

add to your Goodreads shelf // pre-order from Book Depo // or Amazon


Well, firstly because it is written by Marissa Meyer and I have not yet read something by her that I didn't love. Then, there is the fact that it's a book with literal 'villains' (whether they are the real villains or not . . . ).I love that parts of the description (and cover) make me think of Legend, parts of it make me think of Partials and all of it makes me really, really, really want to read it.

Really, I don't care if anything I am thinking about Renegades turns out to be at all right, based on the author, the description and the cover, I know it's going to be a great read.

That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Series to Start (or Finish)

This week's Ten:
Top Ten Series I've Been Meaning To Start But Haven't 

Lately, I seem to be better at starting/continuing some series than at noting new ones I would like to start so here is my slightly modified list:

Series I Want to Start:

Creative HeArts series
by various authors

Beyond the Red series
by Ava Jae

Detective William Falkes series
by Daniel Cole

by Marissa Meyer

by PD Martin

Series I Want to Continue/Finish:
(these are ones I have not read in a long, long time but for no real reason)

by Kim Harrison

by Jeanne C Stein

by Karen E Olson

by Stephanie Bond

And One Last One: 

by Marissa Meyer
(no, it's not out until November but I still want to start it!)

Please leave a comment and let me know what series you want start reading - or to finish/get back to reading!
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