A Hilarious Shapeshifter adventure…


Book Info:

The New York Times bestselling graphic novel sensation from Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. Kirkus says, “If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel has been hailed by critics and fans alike as the arrival of a “superstar” talent (NPR.org).

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

My Thoughts:

I’d already heard tons of great things about Nimona, but I was still pleasantly surprised about it.

Nimona was a hilarious character, but one with a huge heart. I found that she actually reminded me of a student at work. In fact, that student read the book after me and said, “oh my goodness, this is me!” She was right though 🙂

Nimona is a quick read and a great choice for someone looking for a graphic novel. It’s especially a strong choice for someone looking specifically for a female protagonist.

I can’t help but hope that there might be more stories about Nimona in the future because she was such a wonderful character. I’m picky about graphic novels as far as recommendations go because I know that  people like certain things, but I would easily suggest this to anyone.



That time Nicola Yoon became an insta-buy for me…


My Thoughts:

For anyone who doesn’t know, an insta-buy is just what it seems like. For me, it’s an author that I’ve decided I love and will buy any book without needing to wait to hear how it is or even needing to know what the book is about.

I absolutely loved Everything, Everything last year. I’m excited for the movie next year and I’m hoping that they capture the magic of the book.

That said, I was greatly anticipating The Sun is Also a Star. I vaguely knew what it was about, but I didn’t search for much in the way of summaries and went into it quite blind.

I was not disappointed and I think it’s safe to say that Nicola Yoon is now an insta-buy author for me after knocking it out of the park with these first two books. Even further, I hope that this one also gets on the way to becoming a movie because I can  just imagine how perfect it will be.

It was interesting to see so many different aspects of the one day in the book- even from people who at the time didn’t seem to be that major. Another highlight was that I always enjoy alternating points of view in books. It seems to give books more depth and is just right to hold my attention span.

In closing, I can’t recommend either of Nicola’s books enough. Both blew me away and so important for showing DIVERSITY in YA literature. All readers need to be able to find themselves in some way and Nicola’s books have been an excellent example of holding diverse characters.

Go pick up one or both books today!



Review: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner



The Serpent King is a book you won’t be able to resist or forget. The Southern boy in me savored every syllable and the reader in me fell in love with every page.” —John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

My Thoughts:

First off—I did really enjoy Serpent King!

Second—I feel like the hype got me way too excited.

Don’t get me wrong, it was great–but I don’t think it’s what I thought it was going to be.

I kept hearing people say they were sobbing and I just didn’t have that reaction at all.

Sure. There was a time or two that hurt my heart, but nothing that full on major.

However…it was still great! Don’t get me wrong there! I’m looking forward to what Zentner releases next because I do think he’ll do some great things.

This one did have the vibe of a debut novel to me. That’s hard to explain really without it sounding bad, but it does.


Are you ready?

These character ARE relatable. I think that’s WHY I didn’t have a “sobbing” reaction. I felt like the three characters actually could be people that I know. That completely made the book for me! Amazing characters and setting!

The only thing I wish is that Dill’s family would’ve had a more concrete resolution. I have questions about what happened next. I honestly want MORE! Again…these characters were AMAZING!

I do suggest Serpent King, especially if you’re in the mood for a contemporary.

Let me know what you think if you’ve read it!


Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Throne of Glass



In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

My Thoughts:

Seriously- it took me about 3 weeks to finish Throne of Glass, which is a long time for me.

I’d bought it on my kindle months ago, but hadn’t read it. However, I got the 4 books in the series at work in November and haven’t been able to keep them checked in because my kids have been LOVING them (as I knew they would.)

So I knew I had to read it to know what the hype was about.

I  even told some of my kids at work that I was reading it so that I could be held accountable for it.

First of all, I was wondering what the hype was. I’d tried to start it awhile back and couldn’t get further than maybe the 4th chapter or so. Upon finishing it, I’ll go ahead and say that the first half of the book DRAGGED for me. I was into it, but I wasn’t to the point where I could put it down. It was about to the point where I knew something was going to happen, so I kept trudging on, and…


The action was great and the characters were taking care of business. There were still a few things that bothered me, but over all, I was hooked.

(Really though…is it necessary to say “makeshift knife” over and over in the same passage? Just say it once and then refer to it as a knife the rest of the time. That’s just the English major in me though.)

All in all, I can’t wait to find the time to read the next book! I thought that I already had it on my kindle, but I don’t. That doesn’t mean I won’t be getting it soon though.


^Me waiting in anticipation thanks to the awesome ending.


5th Wave Movie Review

Movie Time!

Remember that books to movie post from Monday?

That was leading up to this!

First of all, okay…I admit it. I didn’t finish the book before I saw the movie.

Even worse, I think I made it to page 40 or so?

In my defense, I tried to start it the day before I saw the movie. It was never going to happen. I wasn’t going to finish!

With all that said, I went to see it last Friday with some family and friends on opening night.

The first thing is that I was surprised by how NOT crowded my 7pm showing was. I don’t know what movie was getting everyone else, but mine just wasn’t that crowded. That’s strange for this particular theater!

Nevertheless, the movie started and I was instantly intrigued. A friend was between me and my cousin who hadn’t yet read ANY of the book (she also plans to eventually), but my cousin was almost done when we saw it.

I enjoyed the movie. The action scenes were stressful and looked great, but I especially loved the story and acting. I was surprised by Chloe Grace Moretz because I hadn’t seen her in anything besides If I Stay. That’s not exactly an action movie, you know.

Anyways, I will also say that I was able to predict what was going on. It was still great, but predictable. This didn’t really hurt how I felt about the movie because I think I would’ve thought the same things reading the book as far as being able to guess what was happening.

Even still, it was a great movie! I can’t wait to finish the book and read the second one. I hope that we will get the other books made into films as well!

Did you see it? If so, what did you think?


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han


Book Info:

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Release date: April 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

My Thoughts:

Honestly, when I started reading, I thought there would be more to deal with the fall out of the letters being mailed out. Maybe a big ordeal that involved the entire school? No idea, but I did not fully expect what I got. That’s not to say that I didn’t like how the story played out.

First of all, I loved Lara Jean. YA needs more of her. A dorky, good girl. LOVE HER. Like, I feel like I was her in high school even? Minus the letter writing…it was cute in the story, but it’d be a bit too dorky in real life. Her idea of the letters was sweet, but I even felt bad for her with them. Girl, TELL PEOPLE HOW YOU FEEL!

Ultimately though, that was the point. Lara Jean has to grow up and tell how she feels and not hide behind her feelings.

SUCH a great story and I’m already dying to read book two, PS I Still Love You. I hope that she is able to work everything out from the last book. Either way, I’m rooting for her.

In all, I’d highly recommend this to someone who is a Sarah Dessen fan. Lara Jean and her situation reminded me so much of some of the cute stories in those books.


Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover


So I’ve been MIA. Honestly, I read two other books between the last post, but I’m just not feeling posting about one of them. In fact, I finished one of them en route to Atlanta last weekend to go see THE AVETT BROTHERS. Fun fact: Colleen Hoover also went to the show last Friday night, so she knows what a blessing of a set list we received. It was insane. So so good! But, that’s not why I’m here obviously.

On to Ugly Love!

I get excited every time a new Colleen Hoover book is announced. I will admit that I don’t read a lot of adult books, but I was just as excited for this one. Honestly, I don’t think Colleen can write a book that I won’t love. I’ve been sad before when I read her previous books and I’ve been shocked, however I wasn’t prepared for the emotions I was going to get from Miles.

The thing is, Colleen basically tells two stories at once in order to also share about Miles’ past. So we know what is going on before the other characters know. It doesn’t soften the blow at all.  In fact, I think it hardens it because you think “you poor girl… you just don’t know!”

I’m trying to remain spoiler free, so I’ll live summary reactions at that. 🙂


The whole concept is that the couple tries to do the whole friends-with benefits things. Obviously this means we’re going to have some adult content. Again, I don’t typically read that sort of thing, but I was so invested in the story that all of those scenes really didn’t bother me at all. So, if you’re at all sensitive to adult content in your books, do keep in mind that they ARE there, but it IS part of the story and it isn’t nearly as explicit as  some other things. Furthermore, those scenes weren’t as strong as I’d expected in number (those they WERE great in quality 😉 ), and for that I was glad. Yeah, I’m an adult, but I don’t necessarily want tons of sex scenes in my books….because I want an actual story. Colleen does that though—she still gives us a STORY. And it’s a beautiful heartbreaking story at that.

Ugly Love drops on Tuesday and, as with all of Colleen’s books, I highly suggest it!