The Monday Review

The Monday Review, Vol. 16

Good morning, y’all! I hope it’s a bright, sunshiny day wherever you are; it’s ugly as hell outside here! Hopefully, foreboding weather won’t make for a shitty day…Anyhow, welcome to the 16th edition of The Monday Review! I realize I gush over y’all practically weekly, but I love you all so much – I adore this bookish community!

Book Review

The Hate U Give

The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 28th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: ebook
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Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

The Monday Review

The Monday Review, Vol. 15

Happy Monday, y’all and welcome to the 15th edition of The Monday Review! How were y’all’s weekends? Mine was decent, save for being sick with the flu for the second time this season. I mean, damn, I wanted time off work, but not SICK time! Anyhow, I’m 35 and only first got the flu last October. I think I jinxed myself by telling so many people I’d never had it, and now, here I am!

Book Review

Geekerella

GeekerellaGeekerella by Ashley Poston
Published by Quirk Books on April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Reading Challenge

The 24.5 Read-A-Thon!

Hey, y’all! I’m back with a sweet little announcement! I’m co-hosting the 24.5 Read-A-Thon with Joanna-Marie! Running from January 12 through January 13, the premise is simple – read as much as possible in 24 hours and five minutes!

If you’d like to participate, step right up and join in!

The Monday Review

The Monday Review, Vol. 14

It’s another manic Monday, which means it’s time for The Monday Review! I hope everyone had an excellent weekend and is ready to get back to the grind [I’m not!]. As I write this [it’s Sunday], I hope and pray for creepy wintry weather tonight so I can get out of work tomorrow! I probably jinxed myself by typing that sentence! *knock on wood*

Blog Tour, Book Review

Between the Blade and the Heart

Between the Blade and the HeartBetween the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking
Published by Wednesday Books on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 319
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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Valkyries have one great responsibility: to return immortals to the afterlife by slaying them. As a Valkyrie, Malin has always known that the balance of the world rests on her ability to carry out orders. But when Malin discovers that her mother spared the life of an immortal who was destined to die, her world is thrown into chaos.

Malin not only wrestles with the knowledge that her mother might not be who she thought—she’s also thrust into the path of a gorgeous blue eyed guy named Asher who needs her help slaying the rogue immortal who destroyed his family. The balance of the world is at stake. And, as Asher competes with Malin’s ex for her love and loyalty, so is her heart.

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