Friday, June 22, 2018

Book Review: The Mermaid

Title: The Mermaid
Author: Christina Henry
Genre: Adult | Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Source: Publisher
Format: e-Audio

Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn't bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.
P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he'd heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.
Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid (goodreads).

The Mermaid was a beautiful story that examined human nature and the bigotry of polite society. 
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Book Review The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Title: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Historical Fiction
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
Source: Library
Format: Physical

Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways (goodreads)

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was heartbreaking. 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

First Thoughts [#172]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Representation and Kidlit: A Conversation with the Belles and Brujas

The Belles and Brujas Tour to celebrate Bruja Born was one of the best conversations I had the privilege of joining. Zoraida Cordova was joined by Dhonielle Clayton, Samira Ahmed, and E.K. Johnston and it felt like I was listening to a conversation between friends. Each author wrote from a place that acknowledged the lack of marginalized voices in the book industry. Keep reading to hear some of my favorite tidbits from these impressive authors. 
Friday, June 15, 2018

Book Review: Sex, Love, and Stiletto

I've been bingeing Lauren Layne titles little by little via hoopla. For some reason, I prefer listening to romance novels as audiobooks and hoopla finally uploaded all four books of the Sex, Love, and Stiletto series so I got to finally finish it! I wanted to make it a habit of having more romance reviews on my blog as well, so enjoy my mini reviews!

Here we go!
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Book Review: Follow Me Back

Title: Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back #1)
Author: A.V. Geiger
Genre: Young Adult | Mystery | Thriller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Source: Publisher
Format: Physical

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 (goodreads).

Follow Me Back was suspenseful. 
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday [#139]

Title: These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders #1)
Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: August 7, 2018

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.
Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.
Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.
As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace (goodreads).

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

First Thoughts [#171]

First Thoughts is a feature where I give my initial impression of my current read.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sequels and New Adventures: An evening with the Boldly Bookish

Bloomsbury's Boldly Bookish tour made a pit stop at Anderson's last weekend and I knew I had to be there. It was an intimate group filled with laughter and interesting tidbits about the writing process. Below you'll find something interesting tidbits I learned from Sarah Tolcser, Carolyn Mackler, Jeff Giles, and Tara Altebrando.