7 thoughts on A Week of Mondays…

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Summary:

When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true… 

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?

From the author 52 Reasons to Hate My Father and The Unremembered trilogy comes a hilarious and heartwarming story about second (and third and fourth and fifth) chances. Because sometimes it takes a whole week of Mondays to figure out what you really want.


 

  1. Don’t we all wish we could get a re-do and make Monday awesome from time to time? OF COURSE this bad day was on a Monday! I love Groundhog Day type stories that give do-overs.
  2. I really liked Ellie…granted, she SHOULD have followed her friend to book club ages ago, but I like her.
  3. The book is drags in spots. The first 3 or so Mondays before she finally catches on seem to be almost identical and got boring in spots. Granted, it wasn’t enough to give up, but it was enough to where I started hoping progress would be made.
  4. The last couple “days” moved fast and are where most of the development is. Those days ended up being my favorites for that reason.
  5. I loved Owen, but…I wish there’d been more to him. I knew what would happen with him from the get go, but I wish there’d been more development and getting to know him.
  6. I kind of found Tristan annoying. Not in a way that hurt the book, but in a way that made me hurt for Ellie because…girl, you could do better than this silly guy.
  7. The book is long. It over 450 pages and was way longer than I thought it needed to be, but it was good over all despite the length. It wasn’t too long that I lost interest, and  do still suggest it, but…it’s LONG. Maybe that’s just me and my short attention span though?

Overall? I liked it and definitely give it a try if you want something fun or if you like Groundhog Day type situations.

A Week of Mondays is out TODAY!

-Melanie

Review: Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider

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Summary:

Warm Hawaiian sun. Lazy beach days. Flirty texts with her boyfriend back in Seattle.

These are the things seventeen-year-old Sloane McIntyre pictured when she imagined the summer she’d be spending at her mom’s home in Hawaii with her twin brother, Penn. Instead, after learning an unthinkable secret about her boyfriend, Tyler, and best friend, Mick, all she has is a fractured hand and a completely shattered heart.

Once she arrives in Honolulu, though, Sloane hopes that Hawaii might just be the escape she needs. With beach bonfires, old friends, exotic food, and the wonders of a waterproof cast, there’s no reason Sloane shouldn’t enjoy her summer. And when she meets Finn McAllister, the handsome son of a hotel magnate who doesn’t always play by the rules, she knows he’s the perfect distraction from everything that’s so wrong back home.

But it turns out a measly ocean isn’t nearly enough to stop all the emails, texts, and voicemails from her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, desperate to explain away their betrayal. And as her casual connection with Finn grows deeper, Sloane’s carefree summer might not be as easy to come by as she’d hoped. Weighing years of history with Mick and Tyler against their deception, and the delicate possibility of new love, Sloane must decide when to forgive, and when to live for herself.


My Thoughts:

I got an arc of this from Netgalley and actually let it sit on my kindle for several months before I gave it a try and I hate that I let it sit for so long.

Summer of Sloane just released on Tuesday and I’m SO excited about this book!

Sloane was EXACTLY what I needed when I read it!

At the time, I was in a bit of a reading slump, but decided to give it a try and ended up flying through it.

It has the perfect atmosphere to get you in the summertime mood and is an excellent late spring read.

Sloane had tons of drama going on in her life, but she was determined to spend time on herself rather than wallow in what happened to her.

That is exactly the message that teens need!

I loved seeing how she responded to different instances that happened and was always cheering her on.

Aside from Sloane and her main storyline, I even found myself wanting  more from the side characters and that isn’t something that happens often for me, but everyone had such interesting things going on.

If you’re in the mood for a fun, contemporary to get ready for Summer then Summer of Sloane is exactly what you need to pick up!

What summery reads are your go-to?

-Melanie

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!

Exciting new things!

I’m not sure if I mentioned it before, but I got into audiobooks this past school year because of my 2 hours in the car driving to and from work each day. I reviewed a few already (Paper Towns and 1 or 2 of the Mortal Instruments books that I can recall…), but I recently got connected into reviewing audiobooks. Obviously, I’m not working for the next month, but you can expect to start seeing more audiobooks come August. 

With that in mind, I’m wondering what the most popular audiobook options are. I honestly don’t have a preference and swap between cds and streaming audible through my phone via my FM transmitter. I do kind of prefer mp3 or and app just because then I don’t have to change cds out as I’m driving down the road. 

Anywho, I already have one book coming my way in August, so I’m excited about this change and getting to review for others like myself who tend to rely on audiobooks!

-Melanie

Monday Mindset: In the End

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Book Summary:

 June 24, 2014

The thrilling conclusion to In the After, the survival story of Amy and Baby, set in a near future where Earth has been overrun by vicious, predatory creatures. Perfect for fans of New York Times bestsellers like The 5th Wave and Across the Universe.

It’s been three months since Amy escaped New Hope, and she’s been surviving on her own. Then one day Amy gets a call from Kay and hears the four words she had hoped she would never hear: Dr. Reynolds has Baby. Now it’s a race against time, for Baby is in imminent danger, her life threatened by the malevolent doctor who had helped start the end of the world. Amy must make her way to Fort Black, a prison turned survivor colony, where she will need to find Ken, Kay’s brother, who holds the key to Baby’s survival.

One small slipup on this quest might not only cost Baby and Amy their lives but could also threaten the survival of the people in the After

My Thoughts:

If you haven’t read the first book, In the After, then you need to get on it! I read it back in December and pre-ordered this book as soon as the pre-order went up.  The first book was creepy, but it held my attention to the point where I could not put it down. Seriously–I even took it to my family Christmas because I was that into the story. If you like creepy survival stories, then this is for you. It isn’t a survival story where you even wonder how the heck the girl survives–she’s actually smart and knows what she is doing. Great great book…do yourself a favor and read In the After so that you can pick this one up when it releases on the 24th.

-Melanie

Currently Reading: Unremembered by Jessica Brody

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Summary:

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.

Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.

Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

My Thoughts:

I got this book several weeks ago in anticipation for attending the Girls Gone Sci-Fi tour. The summary sounded interesting,  but I just didn’t get a chance to read it before I went to the signing on Monday. Plus, I’ve been in a reading rut—as evidenced by my huge lack of posts. Monday night’s Girls Gone Sci-Fi stop fixed that for me. I’ll have a big post about that on Monday though. 

When I went to the signing I had one book from each author on Kindle and had to buy “book 2” from each, with the exception of Lauren Miller—she signed my ARC of Parallel. So….I bought Unforgotten, the sequel to Unremembered, without having read book 1. Jessica made the book sound super amazing when she talked about it, so I was immediately pumped to go home, grab my kindle, and dive in on Unremembered. In fact, when I got Unforgotten signed, she even made sure I had book 1 and I had to explain that it was on my kindle. Jessica was so sweet and also signed several Unremembered samplers for me to give to some of my students when I mentioned being a middle school librarian. 

Flash forward to getting home and grabbing my kindle—I can’t put this book down. Violet supposedly survived a plane crash, but she has no memories and isn’t on the plane’s manifest. Plus, she doesn’t come up on any government database when they run her fingerprints and DNA. I’m absolutely hooked and need to know what on earth is going on with this girl. On top of that–I already have book 2 waiting on me! I’m thankful that this tour gave me a reading excitement that I needed and I’m sincerely enjoying this book. 

Check back Monday when I post stories and pics from the Girls Gone Sci-Fi tour. This was my first author event to attend and I had a BLAST! I’ll definitely be attending more events at Lemuria in Jackson when they have authors that I enjoy—even if it is on a Monday night!

 

 

OH!! And the same day as the signing it was announced that Unremembered is being made into a movie! I’m picturing it already 🙂

-Melanie

Review: Paper Towns by John Green

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Summary:

Publication Date: October 4, 2008
From the #1 bestselling author of The Fault in Our StarsWinner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult Mystery
New York Times bestseller
USA Today bestseller
Publishers Weekly bestseller

When Margo Roth Spiegelman beckons Quentin Jacobsen in the middle of the night—dressed like a ninja and plotting an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows her. Margo’s always planned extravagantly, and, until now, she’s always planned solo. After a lifetime of loving Margo from afar, things are finally looking up for Q . . . until day breaks and she has vanished. Always an enigma, Margo has now become a mystery. But there are clues. And they’re for Q.

My Review:

A couple years ago I tried an audiobook on a commute to school and just couldn’t get into it. I decided that I just didn’t have the attention span for audiobooks and wrote them out.

I decided to give the Paper Towns audiobook a try via audible and am now changing my stance on audiobooks.

First, the narrator did an amazing job of exhibiting the emotions, thoughts, and personalities of each character. I didn’t really like Radar’s southern accent, but I hate most southern accents that I hear on tv and movies, so it was bound to happen.

The story—that story. I needed to know what happened next. I have a 45 minute-hour drive to and from work and I’d always find myself wanting to stay in the car and keep listening. John Green has a way of making sure that I’m drawn into his books and can’t put them down.

However, I have one complaint—I just felt like it was missing something at the end. With that said, I’d rate Paper Towns at maybe a 3.5/5. It was still good and many people might not have a problem with the ending like I did. The ending wasn’t terrible—I just felt like I was missing a chapter was all.

What next?

I’m almost done with Legend and still love it! That said, I’m trying to decide what is next. I’m not buying anything new until I whittle my TBR pile down a bit. My next book will then have to be something I already have or a netgalley arc.

SO—here are the titles I’m considering next—let me know if there is something I should choose:

The Uglies– Scott Westerfield
Tumble and Fall
Defy (e-arc…comes out in January!)
Meant to Fall—Lauren Morrill
The Fallout– SA Bodeen

Anything I should choose first?

Quick update

Just a quick update to say that I haven’t fallen off the earth. I’ve been getting ready for school to start back is all. I promise to still update frequently when school starts even though my book levels may drop from YA to MG 🙂 I also plan to share some ideas that I’ll be using in my library, so that’ll be fun. Be in prayer for me as I make this transition from college graduate to middle school librarian!

Also, be on the look out for an awesome review on Tuesday!

Thanks for all of the support.

-M

Weekend Read: Gated by Amy Christine Parker

I noticed Gated on NetGalley recently and thought that it sounded interesting. It is about a girl growing up in a cult that is told that they were chosen to survive the upcoming apocalypse. I’d never read anything like this book and didn’t know what to expect since this is Parker’s debut. I am always excited about new authors and this book did not let me down!

I’m not going into a full on review because A. The book doesn’t come out for another 2 months and B. I’m saving that for its blog tour that I’m a part of…or at least until closer to the release. All I’m saying is, mark your calendar NOW for August 6 because this book is great!

Now, my next read, that I’ve semi-started already is Invisible by Marni Bates. I won an early copy on GoodReads, but I also got it on NetGalley because I’m just that addicted to my kindle. I’ve never read anything from Bates, yet this book seems right up my YA loving alley! I’m looking forward to this one and I’m hoping I can maybe snag an interview or something to go along with it since it is a new release. I have to finish the book first though, of course.

Back to reading!
-M