Review: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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Summary:

Mirror, mirror, on the wall.
Who is the Fairest of them all?

Pure evil has a name, hides behind a mask of deceit, and uses her “glamour” to gain power. But who is Queen Levana? Long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress in The Lunar Chronicles, Levana lived a very different story–a story that has never been told . . . until now.
New York Times -bestselling author Marissa Meyer reveals the story behind her fascinating villain in Fairest, an unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes a special full-color image of Levana’s castle and an excerpt from Winter, the exciting conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles

My Thoughts:

     I had no idea that I never reviewed Fairest!

So why am I now reviewing a book that came out back in February?

I just re-read Fairest in anticipation for Winter to release in two weeks!

The Lunar Chronicle books always released in the Spring and then Fairest came along and Winter got pushed back to, well, Winter. (okay, yes, I know that November is still Fall.)

Even still- the wait was worth it to have this gem of a novella!

Like most Lunar Chronicles readers, I have HATED Levana. She’s evil and crazy and just…awful. Fairest made me see her in a bit of a different light.

The book shows why she is the way that she is. Granted, this isn’t necessarily like some stories where you find out that she was just misunderstood all this time.

Oh, no. Make no mistake- Levana knows exactly what she’s doing and it is all intentional. However, the reader almost develops some sympathy for Levana thanks to different events—almost….ALMOST!! ….and then you remember all of the crazy things she’s done in response to the things that caused you to have sympathy for her.

So while I wouldn’t say that I really for sorry for Levana, I do feel like the novella made me “get” her to a certain extent. It was definitely a needed addition to the series in order to make sense of her character and actions.

Furthermore, it makes me all that much more excited for Winter! We know more about Winter and Princess Selene’s histories and I’m assuming that will be a large part of Winter now that we know what’s going on. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend reading Winter if you haven’t read Fairest- the information honestly seems to be THAT important!

Now—back to my Winter excitement!

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Audiobook Review: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

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Book Summary:

From online entertainment pioneer, actress, and “queen of the geeks” Felicia Day, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)is a “relentlessly funny and surprisingly inspirational” (Forbes.com), memoir about her unusual upbringing, her rise to internet stardom, and embracing her weirdness to find her place in the world.

When Felicia Day was a girl, all she wanted was to connect with other kids (desperately). Growing up in the Deep South, where she was “home-schooled for hippie reasons,” she looked online to find her tribe. The internet was in its infancy and she became an early adopter at every stage of its growth—finding joy and unlikely friendships in the emerging digital world. Her relative isolation meant that she could pursue passions like gaming, calculus, and 1930’s detective novels without shame. Because she had no idea how “uncool” she really was.

But if it hadn’t been for her strange background— the awkwardness continued when she started college at sixteen, with Mom driving her to campus every day—she might never have had the naive confidence to forge her own path. Like when she graduated as valedictorian with a math degree and then headed to Hollywood to pursue a career in acting despite having zero contacts. Or when she tired of being typecast as the crazy cat-lady secretary and decided to create her own web series before people in show business understood that online video could be more than just cats chasing laser pointers.

Felicia’s rags-to-riches rise to internet fame launched her career as one of the most influen­tial creators in new media. Ever candid, she opens up about the rough patches along the way, recounting battles with writer’s block, a full-blown gaming addiction, severe anxiety and depression—and how she reinvented herself when overachieving became overwhelming.

Showcasing Felicia’s “engaging and often hilarious voice” (USA TODAY), You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is proof that everyone should celebrate what makes them different and be brave enough to share it with the world, because anything is possible now—even for a digital misfit.

My Thoughts:

My sister is a big fan of Felicia Day. The only thing I’ve really seen her in is Dr Horrible’s Sing Along Blog—at least that I remember. And no, I don’t watch Supernatural. I like it…and I want to, but it’s just so LONG.

Anyways, my sister got a copy of the audiobook from a giveaway (you’re welcome for the heads up!) and we had to listen to it on our drive to work.

It was hilarious. Several times we had to press pause so that we didn’t miss anything. Unlike many audiobooks, the pacing was great. Felicia reads it as if she’s just holding a conversation with the listener and not just reading from a page.

Honestly- I’d recommend the audio version to anyone- even if they’re not familiar with her work. I wasn’t and it made me just want to find out more about the tv shows and movies that she has worked it.

The actual hard book may be good, but the way this is read just made it even more fun and an all-around great listen.

-M

Currently reading and update!

Before I share, can I just take a second to point out that I just realized that WINTER comes out in TWO WEEKS! My excitement for that book is ridiculous. Get on board and read Cinder ASAP if you haven’t yet!

I’m planning to take Winter with me to read on vacation over Thanksgiving break, but I know that I’ll break down and read it before then. Plus, the cover is beautiful, but that book is a MONSTER in size…I don’t want to get the kindle version for vacation just to turn around and also get the hardcover. :/

Anyways…moving on before I fangirl over the Lunar Chronicles too much…

Currently reading:

This is why I’ve been MIA for the past couple of days:

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I know. EVERYONE is reading it. I know.

I had an eARC for months that was online-only and, while I’m thankful for it, my vision didn’t quite agree with reading the wild fonts on a computer screen. So….I waited even after getting about 100 pages in.

WOW.

If you’ve been on the fence about Illuminae then I will say that it definitely lives up to the hype.

In fact, last night I hit a point in the book that blew me away and I maybe yelled at the book (no, I’m serious!) and then had to take a little mental break from the craziness.

Wanna know what’s sad? The author’s know that spot does this to people! They KNOW:

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Granted, I’ve told a few people that I don’t think it’d be their thing, but I’m still telling everyone else that it’s amazing. GET THIS BOOK! Not only that, it’s just a cool looking book. The actual book itself, not the jacket, is set up to look like a folder with notes and markings all over it to stay with the theme.

It’s awesome and I’ve had students come in the library asking me about it when they see it on the desk. It’s just that good!

I should finish Illuminae today and then I’m also reading How to Be Brave which releases NEXT WEEK! I’ll have a blog tour post with a q&a post from the author next Thursday along with a giveaway, so be on the lookout for that!

Review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

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Book Info:

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

My Thoughts:

I got Statistical Probability a couple months back when the ebook was on sale due to promoting Jennifer E. Smith’s latest book. Granted, I’d never read any of her books, but it was on sale and sounded like one that I’d enjoy.

It was SO FUN!

I’d actually found myself in a bit of a rut and couldn’t finish a book to save my life, so I picked this one on my kindle just on a whim thinking maybe, just maybe, it’d be the book that I’d finally finish.

I couldn’t STOP reading it. I was invested in Hadley’s story and I loved how open, but yet still mysterious, Oliver was.

I was rooting for Hadley to maybe, hopefully patch things up with her family. Her family’s relationship was the most realistic thing to me. Lots of people know exactly how Hadley felt about her family.

This was such a good story and I’m now looking forward to reading more from Smith, but I still suggest maybe checking this one out first before any of her others. I hope that they’re all this fun because I loved this one!

-Melanie

Stuck

There’s nothing that I hate more than getting stuck in a rut and being unable to finish a book.

Sure, I may LIKE what I’m reading, but I’m not invested enough to trudge through and finish for whatever reason.

That just happened to me and it happens frequently!

I have shelves that are slammed full and a loaded kindle, but I couldn’t come up with anything to read really, so I decided to pick a book that I recently purchased on my kindle, Jennifer E Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

So far, so good! I started it while I was eating my lunch today and didn’t want to put it down and get back to work. I mean…it’s okay for a librarian to read on the job, right? No? Okay 😦

What does anyone else do when stuck and unable to finish a book?

Ask for suggestions? Pick something at random?

-M

Winter- First two chapters available!

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GUESS WHAT!!!

So earlier today I was checking out Amazon and noticed that the first TWO chapters of Winter are available to download for FREE on Kindle!

Sure, there is still almost a month until Winter releases, but…two chapters! It might actually make the wait harder, but it’s there and you should look into it if you are like me and can’t wait for Winter to come out.

Go HERE to get it!

 ALSO!!!!

Thanks to the AWESOME teen at Macmillan and Fierce Reads, I am running a giveaway on Twitter to win a copy of Cinder. I’m also maybe going to throw in a few other fun things, but they’re in charge of the book…because they’re amazing like that.

So go HERE to follow me and RT the tweet to be entered to win!

I’m SO excited for Winter and want everyone to read the awesome that is the Lunar Chronicles. I just ordered the entire series for my new library and I’m ready for them to get in so that I can convert my students into being as hooked as I am with this series!

Black Widow: Forever Red

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Book Info:

Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .

Black Widow:Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

Publisher: Marvel Press/ Disney

Released: October 13, 2015

My Thoughts:

First of all…Black Widow is my hero. I’m an *aspiring* redhead aka…I pay good money to be a LEGIT LOOKING redhead even though God really blessed me with brown hair. It’s not my fault He forgot, right?

But that part is beside the point. The point is that I LOVED this book. As a Marvel fan, I’ve been wanting more of a spotlight on Black Widow for ages. Marvel thinks a solo Black Widow movie wouldn’t work even though tons of people want that to happen.

Y’all…this book reads like a movie! Non-stop action and dramatic back stories that are just what you’d expect from Black Widow.

It took a tiny bit for me to get hooked in the beginning, but…when I did get hooked I couldn’t put it down.

Plus, now a sequel has been announced!

Come on, Marvel, use this as your basis to finally make a Black Widow movie!

I can’t wait to own a hardcopy of this book instead of just a digital version because the cover art is beautiful!

-M

ALSO! As a sidenote, I currently am running a giveaway on Twitter to win a copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer in excitement for Winter’s upcoming release next month! Go to my Twitter and retweet the pinned tweet to enter by 10/31!