Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #61

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be participating in Waiting on Wednesday, and meme originally created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Jill hasn't been active for a while, so Tressa @ Wishful Endings has adopted it! If you see posts by the name of "Can't Wait Wednesday," it's the same thing!

The book I'm looking forward to this week is Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston!

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mini Movie Reviews | The Shape of Water, Jumanji:Welcome to the Jungle, I,Tonya

Hi everyone and welcome back (or to!) my blog! I'm Genni, and I'll be doing some movie reviews for you today. All three of these movies should still be out in theaters, and I urge you to at least see one of these, if not all. We are only 2 weeks or so into the year, and I have already seen some wonderful films. Without further ado, here are my mini reviews!

The Shape of Water
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Run Time: 2 hours, 3 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Rating: R

This is a film I know I'm going to re-watch so I can truly appreciate it all. Honestly, I have no words to describe how beautiful and well done this film is. There are so many scenes that stand out to me to the point where I feel an all consuming need to see it again. All the performances are amazing, but Sally Hawkins is flawless. She conveys so much without ever speaking, and her performance is what made the movie one of my favorites. The Shape of Water is heartbreaking, funny, disturbing, lovely, and endearing. I cannot wait to own this. Just...watch it. Please. 

I give The Shape of Water an A+. 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #60

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! I'm Genni, and today I'll be participating in Waiting on Wednesday, and meme originally created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. Jill hasn't been active for a while, so Tressa @ Wishful Endings has adopted it! If you see posts by the name of "Can't Wait Wednesday," it's the same thing!

The book I'm looking forward to this week is Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre!

Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.

Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.

Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Title: Unearthed
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Series? Unearthed Duology
Pages: 384
Publication Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: I received an egalley of Unearthed via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own!
When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race...


Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Meant to Read in 2017 but Didn't!

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! Today I'll be participating in Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today is actually the last day The Broke and the Bookish is hosted Top Ten Tuesday. The meme will now be hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

I first just wanted to start off this post by saying THANK YOU to the women at The Broke and the Bookish. Before I started my blog, I somehow stumbled upon their Top Ten Tuesday posts. I visited their blog every now and again, and after around a year and a half after seeing these posts, I started my own blog here. I want to take the time to thank The Broke and Bookish for introducing me to this wonderful community, and being one of the main factors in my decision to start blogging.

With that done, let's talk books!! Here are ten books I said I would read in 2017, and didn't. I decided to look at my posts from last year about my most anticipated releases or those I wanted to read for challenges, and pick the ones I'm still the most excited about.

1) Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
I have a signed hard copy of this! SIGNED. And I still haven't read it.... What am I doing?

2) Compulsion by Martina Boone
I've owned this book since it's release, when I went to a book signing and got this signed. Once again, I'm not reading my signed books! I did read a teaser of this online one day, and liked what I read, so hopefully I'll actually read it this year.

3) Infinity by Jus Accardo
I proclaim that YA sci-fi is one of my favorite genres, and yet I have owned this book for around 2 years and have yet to read it. *sigh*

4) Map of Fates by Maggie Hall
I absolutely loved The Conspiracy of Us. It's been so long since I've read the first book, but now I own the second, so I can get back to the series. However, it's been quite a while, and I'm worried that I'll have to do some rereading/skimming of the first to remember everything.

5) Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
This is a sequel to A Thousand Pieces Above You, which I did enjoy but thought was problematic after reading this blog post (please read it!!). I'm torn on reading this series and promoting the series through reviews, so I might not put a review up on this book. 

6) The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Another Ahdieh book makes another appearance! I really enjoyed The Wrath and the Dawn (review here!).  Why haven't I read the sequel? Because I want to own the matching sequel book cover, and I haven't bought it yet (I have a hard time buying books when there's libraries). BUT I will be buying the sequel and I will be reading it!

7) We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
Nina LaCour isn't one of my favorite authors, but she has the potential to be. I loved Everything Leads to You and Hold Still, so there's really no plausible reason why I haven't read this, especially because I have an ARC copy of it...yikes!

8) Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
So this is the on my radar the least out of all ten books, but I might give it a whirl. But the synopsis sounds amazing, and while I haven't *loved* any books by Gray, the two I have read were enjoyable for the most part.

9) Fireblood by Elly Blake
Fireblood is the sequel to Frostblood (review here), which while it wasn't original, I did enjoy. I decided to read this series for a year-long challenge, so now I actually need to read this!

10) The Body Electric by Beth Revis
Last but not least, is another signed book I got very soon after it's release at a book event! Beth Revis wrote the Across the Universe trilogy, which I loved at the time of reading them. I have started this book several times (and the first 20 pages are great), but then I always get super busy and put it down. One of these days I will read more than the first 20 pages!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? 

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you soon with another post!

Happy Reading!

Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

Monday, January 8, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

Title: The Chaos of Standing Still
Author: Jessica Brody
Series? No, it's a standalone!
Pages: 320
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse (imprint of Simon & Schuster)
Source: I received a e-galley of The Chaos of Standing Still via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts and opinions are my own. :)
Over the course of one chaotic night stranded at the Denver airport, Ryn confronts her shattered past thanks to the charm of romance, the uniqueness of strangers, and the magic of ordinary places in this stunning novel from the author of Boys of Summer.

Ryn has one unread text message on her phone. And it’s been there for almost a year.

She hasn’t tried to read it. She can’t. She won’t. Because that one message is the last thing her best friend ever said to her before she died.

But as Ryn finds herself trapped in the Denver International Airport on New Year’s Eve thanks to a never-ending blizzard on the one-year anniversary of her best friend’s death, fate literally runs into her.

And his name is Xander.

When the two accidentally swap phones, Ryn and Xander are thrust into the chaos of an unforgettable all-night adventure, filled with charming and mysterious strangers, a secret New Year’s Eve bash, and a possible Illuminati conspiracy hidden within the Denver airport. But as the bizarre night continues, all Ryn can think about is that one unread text message. It follows her wherever she goes, because Ryn can’t get her brialliantly wild and free-spirited best friend out of her head.

Ryn can’t move on.

But tonight, for the first time ever, she’s trying. And maybe that’s a start.

As moving as it is funny, The Chaos of Standing Still is a heartwarming story about the earth-shattering challenges life throws at us—and the unexpected strangers who help us along the way.

Friday, January 5, 2018

BOOK REVIEW | My True Love Gave to Me

Title: My True Love Gave to Me
Author: Many! This is an anthology of 12 holiday stories.
Series? Stephanie Perkins edited another anthology, Summer Days and Summer Nights, that is very similar to this one.
Pages: 321
Publication Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Macmillan Children's
Source: I got this from my local library!
If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins. Whether you enjoy celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah, Winter Solstice or New Year's there's something here for everyone. So curl up by the fireplace and get cozy. You have twelve reasons this season to stay indoors and fall in love.