Netgalley Review: Little Moments of Love

Little Moments of Love

by Catana Chetwynd

Little Moments of Love is a sweet collection of comics about the simple, precious, silly, everyday moments that make up a relationship.

What began as stray doodles on scraps of paper became an internet sensation when Catana Chetwynd’s boyfriend shared her drawings online. Now, Catana Comics touches millions of readers with its sweet, relatable humor. Little Moments of Love collects just that – the little moments that are the best parts of being with the person you love.


I received an e-arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


5 Stars

I seen some of these comics before online – mostly on Buzzfeed. This book was a collection, almost all of which I’ve never seen before. The art style is super cute, and I really enjoy it, and the subject is really cute too – little relationship moments. Its a cute, fast read, and great if you like this sort of thing.

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Bout of Books Read-A-Thon – I’m Joining!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. From the Bout of Books team


Some goals:

  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  • A Court of Mist and Fury
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight

Challenges
**This is the overall list for the challenges offered during Bout of Books 22. Make sure you check the blog each day of the read-a-thon for instructions and details on how to complete the daily challenges**

Monday 5/14
Introduce yourself #insixwords

Tuesday 5/15
Year of You

Wednesday 5/16
Show Me Your Precious

Thursday 5/17
Read Alikes

Friday 5/18
Space Scavenger Hunt

Saturday 5/19
Share Your Favorite Bout of Books Moment

Sunday 5/20
Stretch Goal

Book Review: Not If I Save You First

Not If I Save You First

Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president’s son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie’s dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness.

No phone.
No Internet.
And not a single word from Logan.

Maddie tells herself it’s okay. After all, she’s the most popular girl for twenty miles in any direction. (She’s also the only girl for twenty miles in any direction.) She has wood to cut and weapons to bedazzle. Her life is full.
Until Logan shows up six years later . . .
And Maddie wants to kill him.

But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back- and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly.

Maddie still really wants to kill Logan.
But she has to save him first.

Hardcover, 297 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Scholastic Press

4.5 Stars

 I’m a huge fan of Ally Carter, have been since elementary school when I started reading the Gallagher Girl books. So I was super excited for this book.
Overall, I thought it was great. I LOVED the characters, the voices and personalities and character arcs. I liked the general plot. I loved how you could tell she did her research, she knew what she was talking about, it really does show, and it makes everything more real.
I will say it got knocked down a little by how flimsy some motivations are. Logan not responding to her letters? Flimsy excuse, and we don’t even hear his side of the story until much later than we really should of; some of the pacing for some reveals came a little later than really fit the high pace, high stakes physical action, veering at times to confusing rather than suspenseful. Maddie wanting to physically kill him is also a little flimsy; did she not have other friends? Could her dad not have let her visit Logan, or anyone else for that matter EVER? Like I said, a little flimsy, thin ice to stand on as a premise, but fun and enjoyable none-the-less.
If you can suspend some disbelief and just accept that sometimes common sense doesn’t exist, its a fun survival and teen romance story. If you like any of Ally Carter’s series (Gallagher Girls, Heist Society, etc.) you’ll probably like this book.
(I also loved that reference to Blackthorne from Gallagher Girls!)

“But Logan had to laugh when he realized that he was the maiden in this scenario. And he didn’t care one bit.”
― Ally Carter, Not If I Save You First

Dear Logan,
I’m sorry that the stupid Russians shot you.
Mainly because I really want to shoot you, and I hate that they beat me to it.
Maddie

― Ally Carter, Not If I Save You First
“Someone had even told him once that if his father hadn’t been president, Logan might have been a good candidate for the Blackthorne Institute (whatever that was – it didn’t even have a website), so it felt weird not knowing where he was or where he was going.”
― Ally Carter, Not If I Save You First

My Name in TBR Books Tag

I was tagged by the ever amazing and lovely Icebreaker694!

I am trying to get through all these backlogged tags, its only sort of working…


S – Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

by Becky Albertalli

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A – Artemis

by Andy Weir

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M – Magic Misfits,The

(Magic Misfits #1) by Neil Patrick Harris

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A – An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

by Hank Green

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N – Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman

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T – Turtles All the Way Down

by John Green

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H – Hate U Give, The

by Angie Thomas

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A – Ace of Shades

(The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody

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I Tag:

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

 

 

Kayla @ KDrew The Bookworm

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Melting Pots and Other Calamities

Roses Book Nook

THE VALENTINE’S DAY WRITE TAG!

I wasn’t tagged for this, but I saw it over at Drizzle and Hurricane Books and thought it looked like a lot of fun.

I’ve mentioned it before, but if you don’t know I want to be an author. I have a handful of WIPs in varying stages. The most I’ve done is about 17k of a WIP I’ve titled “Disheartened”.


RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you but also link back to the original post!
  • Provide a short description of your WIP/story!
  • You can check out this post to find out more about Arcadia!
  • Don’t use just one character for all answers if possible!

Short Description

Morgan is a Disheartened, his heart was taken as an infant and as a result he can’t feel emotion, and he can’t find his soulmate. At 18, he’s decided he is done with his father’s life of piracy and sets out to find his heart and his soulmate in a kingdom where magic is outlawed. He meets Kell, a magic dealer who wants revenge for his father’s death – killed by Morgan’s father, and Thea, the princess who runs away after discovering her own magic.


QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

If there is a couple in your WIP, what are their plans for Valentine’s Day?

And if there is no couple in your WIP, is there someone your main character would like to spend Valentine’s Day with?

I don’t think my main couple would be super into Valentine’s day. Well would probably be ironically into it to embarrass Morgan though.


Who has no shame about going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day alone?

I don’t think any of them would have any shame – though they’d probably make it a group thing. Thea would probably roll her eyes on Morgan and Kell a lot.


One of your characters requests a song on the radio for their crush! Which song and for which character would they pick ?

Not romantic really but

Trouble by Sleeping with Sirens would probably remind Kell of Morgan.


Is there a character who would organise an Anti-Valentine’s Day party?

Morgan after the end of the book would probing not be able to deal with Valentine’s day AT ALL and try to rebel against it. Kell and Thea would humor him but turn it into a Valentine’s party.


What romantic gesture would swoon your main character?

Honestly Morgan would try to kill someone if they tried to be all romantic.


Which character would buy a bunch of red roses and hand them out to strangers on the street, just to make their day?

Thea, 1000%.


What are your main character’s favourite Valentine’s movies?

(Note: Valentine’s movies don’t have to be romantic!)

Morgan would like:

Kell would like:

Thea would like:


Who is ready for the February 15th, just to get all the chocolate on sale?

Kell 1000%.


Is there a character who never spends Valentine’s Day alone aka always has some sort of date?

I guess Prince Klaus would fit this the best. He’s kind of smarmy, and he’s the prince that is betrothed to Thea.


Bonus:

Create a Valentine’s Day aesthetic for one or several of your characters!

So, I guess I’ll make an aesthetic for Morgan since he’s my protagonist.


Tag:

Casey @ Adopt-a-Book-AUS

B @ Icebreaker694

Raquel @ Rakiodd Books

The Orangutan Librarian

Sophie @ Blame it on Chocolate

Alex @ Lord of the Trekkies

Roses Book Nook

Book Review: The Chalk Man

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In 1986, Eddie and his friends are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code: little chalk stick figures they leave for one another as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing is ever the same.

In 2016, Eddie is fully grown and thinks he’s put his past behind him, but then he gets a letter in the mail containing a single chalk stick figure. When it turns out that his friends got the same message, they think it could be a prank–until one of them turns up dead. That’s when Eddie realizes that saving himself means finally figuring out what really happened all those years ago.

Hardcover, 280 pages
Published January 9th 2018 by Crown Publishing Group (NY)

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for ann honest review!


4 Stars


This book is great for fans of creepy, mystery character driven stories – it reminds me a lot of shows like Stranger Things.

I love the dual narrative – present day and the 1980s. And the characters are all realistic – even if I couldn’t really relate to most of them (narrator is in turns a 12 year old boy and a middle aged man).

Its a good thriller, even if its a little slow or unclear in some parts. The writing style is really nice. I enjoyed it a lot overall.

TW: there is a rape, so beware of that if you pick this up.

Netgalley Review: Please State the Nature of Your Emergency

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The sapient roaches of our planetary future, when they seek to understand the sickening dismay, abysmal grief and goofy absurdity of the Anthropocene in Donald Trump’s America, will reach for their dog-eared (or bug-horned) copies of Aaron Anstett’s PLEASE STATE THE NATURE OF YOUR EMERGENCY. In these impossibly crystalline poems, Anstett has distilled from the ironic bile of our vast, unbearable tragedy the steely essence of our predicament.


I received an e-arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


4 Stars

This is a short poetry book, about 50 pages. The poems range in length, but most are pretty short,  and they are free-verse for the most part. Not all are explicitly political, but knowing the context that most of these were written in response to Trump’s presidency certainly helps them make more sense.

I love the title and the cover. They fit so very very well.

Some poems didn’t made a whole lot of sense, or were pretty so-so, but most were pretty good. Some even great. I found some parts, especially the poem titles really funny. I really enjoyed it as a whole.

Netgalley Review: Treknology – The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive

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Treknology

The Science of Star Trek from Tricorders to Warp Drive

by Ethan Siegel

The name Star Trek conjures images of faster-than-light spacecraft, holographic crew members, and phasers set to stun. Some of these incredible devices may still be far from our reach, but others have made the leap from science fiction to science fact—and now you can learn the science and engineering of what makes them tick.

Treknology looks at over twenty-five iconic inventions from the complete history of the Star Trek television and film universe. Author Ethan Siegel explores and profiles these dazzling technologies and their role Star Trek, the science behind how they work, and how close we are to achieving them in the real world today.

This stunning collection is packed with 150 superb film and television stills, prop photography, and scientific diagrams to pull you into another world. Brace yourself for a detailed look at the inner workings of Star Trek’s computing capabilities, communications equipment, medical devices, and awe-inspiring ships. This book is one that no fan of Star Trek, or future tech, will want to miss.


I received an e-arc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


4 Stars


This book explores the technology of the Star Trek universe. As I huge Star Trek nerd, I loved this. I think the technology they chose to showcase were well picked, well organized, and the sections were well written. Though, if you don’t know Star Trek, you will be fully lost.

Each section is helped by stills and pictures from pretty much every iteration of Star Trek, focusing raining on TOS, TNG and the new movies (having both TOS and new canon stills was a bit weird because you have two faces labeled Captain Kirk etc. but it didn’t negatively impact the book).

Some sections were written as if in-universe. With the science behind the technology explained as if it were a real technology. With history and discovery dates etc. which I loved. Other parts left the in-universe and compared the technology to real world technologies etc. and elaborated the role said technology played in a specific Star Trek show. I think it might have benefitted from being one or the other rather than both.

In all, I thought this was a great book, though it would have been much better in person, as the digital edition resolution isn’t great or easy to flip through. I recommend this for any serious Star Trek fan.

School Required Reading Reviews: Pride & Prejudice / A Thousand Splendid Suns / The Death of Ivan Ilych

Okay, so…

These are really late. But, I wanted to post them anyways.

Enjoy!


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Original Release Date:

Published October 10th 2000 by Modern Library (first published 1813)

Date I Read The Book:

July 2017

My Star Rating:

4 Stars

Chronology:

Standalone

Official Summary:

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

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This was one of my AP Lit summer reading books, though I would have read it at some point even if it weren’t required because I’ve read and loved so many retellings I felt I had to read the original at some point. I did feel knowing the story lessened my enjoyment at some points, because certain sections drag out in descriptions that sort of make my eyes glaze over, but I did truly enjoy it for most of the book. I prefer Emma though.


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Original Release Date:

Published May 22nd 2007 by Riverhead

Date I Read The Book:

July 2017

My Star Rating:

4 Stars

Chronology:

Standalone

Official Summary:

At once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love.

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them – in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul – they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

This was one of our summer reading books for AP Lit this past year. Its well written, with amazingly real characters. I think its historically accurate, but I’m can’t be entirely certain. I am going to say its horribly depressing and I couldn’t really handle reading it for extended periods. If you like to cry when you read, you’ll enjoy this immensely.


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Original Release Date:

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Date I Read The Book:

November 2017

My Star Rating:

3 Stars

Chronology:

Novella

Official Summary:

Hailed as one of the world’s supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his dying so much as a passing thought. But one day, death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise, he is brought face to face with his own mortality.

How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

This short novel was an artistic culmination of a profound spiritual crisis in Tolstoy’s life, a nine-year period following the publication of Anna Karenina during which he wrote not a word of fiction.
A thoroughly absorbing and, at times, terrifying glimpse into the abyss of death, it is also a strong testament to the possibility of finding spiritual salvation.

My Review: (Vague Spoilers)

I only just recently finished reading this in class for AP Lit. Maybe I’m a little traumatized because we had to write a three grade essay and stuff, but I didn’t like this very much. It was okay, I didn’t mind reading it, I just didn’t particularly want to. Its entirely about death and despair, and in my constant state of anxiety of college right now, I was not in a state where I could enjoy this. I can see why others might though, and I know its of great literary significance.