July 24, 2015

First Lines Friday


First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.

"Every day is the first day of the rest of your life."

~ Bed & Breakfast Bedlam by Abby L. Vandiver

July 22, 2015

Everything, Everything


"If my life were a book and you read it backward, nothing would change. Today is the same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be the same as today. In the Book of Maddy, all the chapters are the same. Until Olly." ~ pg. 132

Madeline is an eighteen-year-old girl who is literally allergic to the outside world. She stays cooped inside her sterile, protected, all-white furniture and walls home. She isn't allowed to leave and doesn't really wish to leave until she sees Olly, the new boy next door. The romance between Maddy and Olly is told through narrative, vignettes, diary entries, e-mails, illustrations and charts.

And just like that, Everything, Everything earned a spot at the top of my best reads of 2015. I had many emotions throughout the book even though I frick fracking knew the plot twist. I literally smiled and cried as it unfolded. It is not a page-turner; I mean this in a good way. It is a novel I purposely read slowly to enjoy every detail. And when I turned the last page, I was sad that the story of Maddy and Olly came to an end. The 'Spoiler Reviews by Madeline' were such a treat. The story itself is not the ordinary young love story.

"Me in love would be like being a food critic with no taste buds. It would be like being a color-blind painter. It would be like—like skinny-dipping by yourself." ~pg. 70

I don't usually do this but cannot conclude my review without acknowledging the teamwork it obviously took to publish Everything, Everything. Very rarely do readers think about the different people and process it takes before a book reaches their fingers. A big part of why I enjoyed this novel so much is because of the characters and outside-the-box storyline. But as a copy editor, I also enjoyed it because I could tell the hard work and love behind it. So well done, Nicola Yoon. So much so that I don't know how you can top this debut. Editor Wendy Loggia, you believed in a good one! Thank you for sending ARCs out into the world because Madeline's story found its way to me and moved me, as you hoped it would. I can only hope my review encourages others to read and pass it along. And how awesome is it that the author's husband, David Yoon, is a writer and designer. He did a great job with the illustrations in the novel. Usually I skip right over charts, images and such but those in Everything, Everything caught my eye and wouldn't allow me to skip the page. I can't say more praise about this upcoming novel without spoiling the plot. Just know that Everything, Everything is. every. thing.

"Familiar, foreign, comforting, and thrilling all at once." ~ pg. 164

Everything, Everything will be published on September 1, 2015, for young readers. Listen, bookhearts. No matter your age add it to your TBR lists, Amazon pre-order, or NOOK wish list now. It is so worth your coins. Support this author of color! I know September seems like a long way from now so I will be sure to remind you of its release. Thank me later.

DISCLAIMER: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Published: September 2015
Pages: 250
Edition: Galley
Challenge: Diversity on the Shelf; New Authors
Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

 

July 19, 2015

Series Sunday: Go Set a Watchman News & Reviews

(To Kill a Mockingbird Sequel)


Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is Go Set a Watchman, the sequel to the classic novel by Harper Lee titled To Kill a Mockingbird. I read TKAM twice: once in middle school and again in high school. I remember the gist of the novel but not too many deets; therefore, I am going to re-read it before I begin reading the sequel.

In the meantime, I tried to avoid spoilers but it's damn near impossible. Go Set a Watchman has over 4,000 ratings on Goodreads. Much to my chagrin, it sparked debates on race and whether it should have been published. GSAW has been out less than a week and already critics and media outlets have released opinions. Below are the links to ten (10) articles that caught my attention. It's kind of a big deal.


How Go Set a Watchman Speaks to Our Time

So, Should You Read Go Set a Watchman?

Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman Better Off Lost?

Should Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman Have Been Published?

Go Set a Watchman is a mixed bag of nostalgia and end-of-childhood awfulness.

With critics like these, it's no wonder Harper Lee stayed silent.

Go Set a Watchman is a Revelation on Race, Not a Disappointment

Celebrities and Writers React to Go Set a Watchman on Twitter

The Biggest Plot Twists of Go Set a Watchman, Explained (spoiler alert)

The New York Times Book Review of Go Set a Watchman (spoiler alert)


 

July 17, 2015

First Lines Friday


First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.

"The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle."

~ Paper Towns by John Green

 

July 14, 2015

The Kind Worth Killing


"There once was a novelist's daughter
Whose eyes were the green of seawater." ~ pg. 249

The book blurb says it all: The Kind Worth Killing is a dark and devious literary suspense novel about a random encounter, sex, and a conversation that quickly turns to murder."

Ted meets Lily on a late flight from London to Boston. Too many martinis lead to playful banter that reveals details about themselves. In a joking yet half-serious manner, Ted says he'd like to kill his wife for betraying him. Lily offers to help. Back in Boston, the two forge an unusual bond and move their plan forward. But Ted begins to fall in love with Lily despite knowing about her dark history of murder. It's not all fun and games anymore when someone is left dead.

What a lethal game of cat and mouse! Bookhearts, you know I love a good psycho suspense thriller. The Kind Worth Killing fit the bill within the first 100 pages or so. Then it became a story of predictable layers. Perhaps I read one too many books of this genre and can easily figure out the ending. Nonetheless, it was an okay read that may have a sequel based on the last page.

Title: The Kind Worth Killing
Author: Peter Swanson
Published: February 2015
Pages: 311
Edition: Hardcover
Challenge: New Authors
Rating: ♥♥♥

 

July 12, 2015

Series Sunday: Archie Comics 'Riverdale' Show

(Archie Comics)


Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is Riverdale, the TV show pilot based on Archie Comics. Deadline and Entertaiment Weekly report the one-hour forthcoming show has moved from Fox to the CW. I don't like cartoons but I still read Archie regularly. So when bookheart/fellow book blogger, The Reading Diva, sent me the news link, I literally squealed with delight. Listen. When I tell you that I am excited, I. Am. Ecstatic! Archie Comics coming to my TV screen will be one of the best things since sliced warm bread monogrammed bookmarks. Stay tuned for more info and an official review when the premiere of Riverdale airs.

July 10, 2015

First Lines Friday


First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Reviews. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.
 "I've read many more books than you. It doesn't matter how many you've read. I've read more. Believe me. I've had the time."

~ Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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"OMG, Mum's gone insane."

~ Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella