Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday #17 |The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Choshki

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39863498The Gilded Wolves  (Goodreads)
Author: Roshani Choshki
Expected Publication Date: January 15th 2019
Publisher: Wednesday Books

Synopsis
Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.


What book are you most excited for this week? Let me know in the comments.

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Top 5 Tuesdsay

Top 5 Tuesday #15 | Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get To In 2018

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Top 5 Tuesday is a book blog meme hosted Bionic Book Worm. Each week there will be a Top 5 List to create based on the lists written over on the creators blog. The lists will always be posted one month in advance. Make sure to head on over to the creators blog to give some love.

Here are my Top 5 Books I Didn’t Get To In 2018. I wish that I was able to read a 400 page book in 10 minutes, because I would be able to read so many more wonderful stories. But unfortunately I don’t. So here are the books that I really wanted to get to but didn’t.

338764401. This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada. I’ve seen so many people talking about this book, hauling it, and the hype had been crazy, so I really wanted to get to it! Maybe in 2019.

362601572. What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera & Becky Albertalli. Adam & Becky are so talented and I loved the synopsis for this book so I really wanted to get to it as soon as it came out but it just didn’t happen.

383550613. People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins. I love her writing style, it’s dark and captivating and I really wanted to get to her most recent release but alas it didn’t end up happening.

408740324. Vicious by V. E. Schwab. Everyone considers Victoria to be one of the most amazing voices in the YA genre and I haven’t read one of her books yet. It’s so overdue, and I want to read her works so bad!

345217855. #Murder Trending by Gretchen McNeil. This book sounded so spooky and amazing, I was looking forward to the release since the beginning of the year, but once it came out I had so many books on my TBR that I just didn’t end up getting to it.


These are my top 5 books I didn’t get to in 2018, what are yours? Let me know in the comments below! As I’m always looking for new fantasy reads to dive into!

Movie Review

Cinema Sunday #15|Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack (2017) Movie Review

268x0wBring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
Released: August 29th 2017
Length of Film: 1h 35 min
Genres: Drama, Sport
Rating: 2 Stars

Synopsis

Vivica A. Fox makes her Bring It On debut as Cheer Goddess, the Internet’s most popular “Cheer-lebrity.” When Destiny (Prosperi), captain of three-time national champions “The Rebels,” is challenged to a global cheer showdown by an edgy new team called “The Truth,” the Cheer Goddess organizes a virtual battle for squads from all around the world. It seems like the whole world wants to take down Destiny and her team, and they just might succeed, unless Destiny can rise to the challenge, set her ego aside and figure out who her real friends are.

Review

I was so excited when I heard they were coming out with a sixth Bring It On movie. I grew up with these films and I still love a good cheer movie. I love the competition and the drama and the blooming romances and getting to see the teams practice with all they’ve got to get to the championships. Unfortunately, this movie really disappointed me.

nbcu-88647-Full-Image_GalleryBackground-en-US-1503093217622._RI_SX940_This movie is by far the worst in the entire series. And I am so upset writing this review because I really wanted to love it. It wasn’t completely horrible, hence the 2 stars, but I really didn’t think it measured up to it’s previous works what so ever.

maxresdefaultThe relationships felt forced, the cheering wasn’t very good compared to previous films. I felt like they had the chance to make an amazing sequel and they completely fell flat. The competition felt over the top and honestly just to much and to fake. The truth? As the opposite team called themselves? Give me a break, that was the stupidest thing they could have come up with.

15693_1The only part of this film that I liked was the character growth of the main character. She realized that it wasn’t just herself on the team and that she needed to take other peoples opinions into consideration. I also really enjoyed the relationship that bloomed between our main character Destiny and Blake. That was the only relationship that worked for me, and it felt natural.

Bring It On 6I hope that if they do decide to come out with another Bring It On, they need to bring their A-game. They have made incredible movies before, they can do it again. But this movie was completely lacking in all departments. I’d skip this one to be honest. Focus on the previous 5 Bring It On movies, because they are actually good in my opinion.

2 Stars

What movie is showcased for your Cinema Sunday! Please let me know in the comments and don’t hesitate to leave the link to you Cinema Sunday post! Happy watching!

 

Movie Review

Cinema Sunday #14|The Princess Switch (2018) Movie Review

princess-switch-netflixThe Princess Switch
Released: November 16th 2018
Length of Film: 1h 41 min
Genres: Christmas, Romance
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

A Chicago baker (Vanessa Hudgens) is competing in a Christmas baking competition in Belgravia. There she bumps into the prince’s fiancee. They look alike and switch for 2 days. “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

 

Review

This movie really took me by surprise. I’m a sucker for a good Christmas movie and I honestly didn’t think that this one was going to be as amazing as it turned out to be.

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I love Vanessa Hudgens because I grew up watching her on the Disney Channel. Getting to see her act in a new movie brought back a sense of nostalgia that made me remember all the good memories of watching her and other Disney stars when I was a child.

maxresdefaultShe didn’t lose her acting touch one bit. I loved the two very different characters she portrayed in this film. She brought them both to life is such different ways that it almost seemed like it was her and her imaginary twin acting in this movie. She did an incredible job, making the two very different worlds of Stacy De Novo, and Dutchess Margaret intertwine.

xps_unit_05229The romance that bloomed throughout this movie made me swoon. I found my heart melting for the two amazing couples that slowly began to fall for one another. I was a mess. So happy for them, I even found myself crying at one point.

the-princess-switch-netflix-vanessa-hudges-Overall I thought the actors did an amazing job. The spirit of Christmas was captured perfectly with the romance blooming throughout the film. I love how much I learned to love each and every character and the ending had me breathless. I encourage everyone looking for a refreshing new Christmas movie to go and give this one a try!

5 Stars

What movie is showcased for your Cinema Sunday! Please let me know in the comments and don’t hesitate to leave the link to you Cinema Sunday post! Happy watching!

 

Book Review

Review | The Raft by S. A. Bodeen

12987986The Raft
Author: S. A. Bodeen (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Website)
Published: August 21st 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 231
Genres: Contemporary, Adventure
Rating: 3 Stars
Where to buy: Amazon US |Barnes & Noble | Amazon CA | Indigo CA |

Synopsis
Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.

And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way.Review

With short and sweet chapters, The Raft wastes no time in jumping into the suspense and tension that the synopsis promised.

I read this book in once sitting. The short chapters and never ending suspense had me turning the pages pretty quickly. I never knew what curve-balls were going to possibly get thrown my way which was refreshing. I always appreciate an author who can keep me on my toes, as it’s hard to keep readers from discovering plot twists before they are revealed. Unless of course, they are done right. And I am pleased that S. A. Bodeen managed to surprise me.

Robie was a good protagonist. In the beginning of this book, I’m not gonna lie, I was wary. I didn’t think I was going to like her as much as I did. She grew as a character after each hardship she faced out in the middle of the ocean. It’s hard not to respect a character that faces terrifying circumstances and manages to keep going. I admire fighters. In real life and in fiction. Needless to say, I admired Robie.

I do wish the dialogue between characters had been a bit more present. It was easy to forget at times that Robie was not in fact alone on that raft.

I love fast-paced survival stories. And while The Raft was definitely a good one, I do think it was missing something. I just can’t stop thinking about how much better the story could have been if a couple things had been different. There could have been some romance if the characters were closer in age. Or maybe Robie’s family could have been more present throughout the story. We could have seen there side of things as Robie was missing. I hate when I finish a book and all I can think is: “Why didn’t the author do this instead?” I usually don’t go there unless I truly think the book is missing… just something! Ahh, like a key piece that would have made me absolutely love it.

I’ve decided to give this book 3 stars because the story could have been improved, even though it was still very enticing. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quick, suspenseful read.3 Stars

1182751ABOUT THE AUTHOR

KS.A. Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. She graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in Secondary Ed., then joined the Peace Corps with her husband and went to Tanzania, East Africa. Her first picture book, Elizabeti’s Doll (written as Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen) was published in 1998, followed by six other picture books.Her first YA novel written as S.A. Bodeen, the award-winning The Compound,came out from Feiwel and Friends in 2008. The novel count is up to nine, with the tenth releasing in 2018. She has lived in eight states, two African countries, and an insular possession. Currently, she lives in the Midwest with her husband and two daughters.

Book Review

Review | Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

18189606Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published: May 6th 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages: 449
Genres: Contemporary
Rating: 5 Stars
Where to buy: Amazon US |Barnes & Noble | Amazon CA | Indigo CA |

Synopsis
It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

Review

When Emily gets a to-do list in the mail from her outgoing best-friend Sloane, she makes it her mission to accomplish all the tasks. The only problem is Emily is very shy, and some of the things on the list require her to take a giant leap outside of her comfort zone.

Of course what would be a daring to-do list without a group of friends to help her out along the way?

This entire novel centres around Emily trying to break free of her shell. She is such a relatable character, I couldn’t help but root for her to succeed. In fact, the entire book was relatable in some way or another. It was just so realistic, wether it be the settings, or the characters. Morgan Matson did an amazing job in bringing the world of Since You’ve Been Gone to life.

Besides Emily, the entire cast of characters created in this book were amazing. Each had their own distinctive personality, leaving just enough room for a little character growth. Frank is one of my favourite characters alongside Emily. They were just perfect!

This book is like no other contemporary I have read. Every detail was so well thought out. There wasn’t one paragraph out of place, and in the end everything just came together like a big puzzle. I laughed and I cried. I connected to this story so much, I was sad when it ended. I think it’s safe to say I had a book hangover for a couple days.

One thing I will say about this book is that the chapters were a lot longer then what I’m used to. But I liked the way the author made every chapter correspond with one task on the to-do list.

Everything was just so creative. The to-do list. The music playlists given to us throughout the novel. The entire plot. The romance. I would love to sit down and have a conversation with the author and ask her how she developed such an amazing story.

“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what.
The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home.
And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.”

This is the first Morgan Matson book I’ve picked up, but I plan to read her other books as well because she is a master story-teller. For me, this book was absolute perfection.

Which novel by Morgan Matson do you think I should read next?Any suggestions would be great!!!5 Stars

3351454ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Morgan Matson was born in New York City and grew up there and in Greenwich, Connecticut. She attended Occidental College as a theater major, but halfway through, switched her focus to writing and never looked back. She received an MFA in Writing for Children from the New School, and then a second MFA in Screenwriting from USC.

She is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, all published by Simon & Schuster.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her rescue terrier, Murphy, in a house with blue floors that’s overflowing with books.

Top 5 Tuesdsay

Top 5 Tuesday #14 | Top 5 Favourite Titles

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Top 5 Tuesday is a book blog meme hosted Bionic Book Worm. Each week there will be a Top 5 List to create based on the lists written over on the creators blog. The lists will always be posted one month in advance. Make sure to head on over to the creators blog to give some love.

Here are my top 5 book titles. This one was a little challenging because there are so many amazing books out there that I love so much.

234922821. Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry This thrilling romance is everything! I love all books written by Katie McGarry but this one is definitely my favourite!

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2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green This book will always be on my favourites list. No matter how many times I read this book, it will always be 5 stars for me. It is an amazing story and it messes with my heart throughout the whole book. 

immortalinstruments6books3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare Okay Cassie is amazing. To be able to write so many books in the same universe and for me to keep wanting more, never getting tired of the same characters, it’s quite an accomplishment. Everyone wants more! And the first series in the Shadowhunter world, The Mortal Instruments will always be my favourite.

Document4. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling Of Course! I don’t even feel like I need to explain why. The Harry Potter series is everything a reader wants. And it will always be one of my favourites.

Evermore-Book-Cover-evermore-9306294-400-6005. Evermore by Alyson Noel. This book gives me a sense of nostalgia because it was the first YA book that got me into reading! I read it before Twilight, and I always pick it up when I am in a reading slump because the story always seems to get me out of it. And for those reasons it made this list.


These are my top 5 favourite titles, what are yours? Let me know in the comments below! As I’m always looking for new fantasy reads to dive into!