Rating System:

For those of you who don't know, I rate books based on their ability to hold my attention. I don't really like to rip apart someone's hard work. If I don't finish a book, then I don't feel comfortable rating it. So you might see a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings. However, if I do have issues with a book, I will always tell you. Enjoy! (:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #3

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a series hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. I haven't done one of these in quite a while, but this week I couldn't just not show you this book.

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

That cover! WOW! Add in the synopsis and double wow! I need this book in my life as soon as possible. I don't know how I'm going to wait until its release on July 18, 2017. It is in fact up for pre-order now for those of you who are like me and in are in great need for this story. Don't forget to check out Lisa on twitter! What books are you waiting for? Feel free to share with me in the comments. Happy reading!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Bang ARC Review

Bang by Barry Lyga
5 Stars

I fully intend to keep this one short and sweet because this book is definitely one you should read yourself. Our main character, Sebastian, accidentally shot and killed his baby sister when he was four years old. I know what you're thinking, but honestly this is something that does happen too often. I'm not going to go into the politics surrounding guns at all, but the aftermath that Sebastian deals with is all too real for some people. Bang deals with guilt, trying to fit into a society that only sees you as/for one thing, regular teenage angst, making friends, and finding a hobby. Throughout the book you can feel this big thing just looming over his life and you're just waiting for the shoe to drop. Overall, it was a wonderful read. I enjoyed being inside his head. I was rooting for him the whole time, but I also had questions. Thankfully most of my questions were answered by the end and in such an interesting way. I recommend this one to everyone. It's one of the ones that is just too important and raw. Bang comes out on April 18, 2017 and is available for pre-order now. Have any of you been lucky enough to read this already? If so, what are your thoughts. If not, do you plan to? What some other important reads? I love recommendations. Happy reading!
Xoxo,
Gabriella

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Very Arc-ish Readathon TBR

A Very Arc-ish Readathon
So the other night I was scrolling through Twitter, as one does, and I came across someone's announcement that they were joining the "A Very Arc-ish Readathon" hosted by the lovely Aimal at Bookshelves & Paperbacks. Now it got me thinking about possibly joining. After all, I am way behind on my review books and it is for the entire month of April. First my 6+ month slump was created by extreme happiness and then fed by the depression that my first heartbreak created. While I am not completely out of my slump and am not completely sure that I will be doing this, I want to try. And maybe telling everyone will help me try.

So here it is, a bullet point list of some of my choices. Let's hope I at least read one. That's my goal.
  • Freeks by Amanda Hocking
  • The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson
  • How it Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes
  • Alterations by Stephanie Scott
  • This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  • Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims
  • One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
  • The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
  • Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger
Now that is a longer list than I had planned. However, I seriously think I'll only finish one or two so I'm not going to pressure myself. Will I stick to the list? Maybe. But I also have so many arcs that I could stray from it if something sounds appealing enough. I'm going to play this by ear and see how it goes. First things first, finish my current read, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. What's your April TBR looking like? I'd love to know if you've read anything on my list. Happy reading.
Xoxo,
Gabriella