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Disney Princess Comics Treasury by Walt Disney Company

Published October 29, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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Goodreads Summary:

For years, Disney’s Princesses have charmed audiences the world over in their spellbinding animated films, winning the day with wit and pluck as the power of love keeps the darkness at bay. Return to these thrilling worlds of magic, danger and romance in this timeless graphic novel collection from Disney’s own master storybook artists! Every Disney Princess film is retold in this 800-page storytime treasure that Princess fans will cherish for a lifetime. Stories Include: Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Brave.

My Thoughts:

I got this book from Penni for Ninja Book Swap! It’s amazing! I had no idea this was even a thing before I got it! I love Disney. I love comics! This is amazing! It includes comics for all of the princesses up to, but not including Frozen’s Anna and Elsa, but it does include Tiana and Merida. There were two or three places where the text doesn’t line up in the text box, which is annoying, but not a huge deal.  One semi-major issue is that in Cinderella’s story the Fairy Godmother doesn’t say Bippity Boppity Boo (she said abracadabra.) I like how it told some stories that followed the movies and also had some side tales.  I feel like Ariel had quite a few stories, so it wasn’t evenly distributed with each of the characters, but it was still enjoyable.

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Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid

Published October 27, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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Goodreads Summary:

Never date your best friend.

Always be original.

Sometimes rules are meant to be broken.

Best friends Dave and Julia were determined to never be cliché high school kids—the ones who sit at the same lunch table every day, dissecting the drama from homeroom and plotting their campaigns for prom king and queen. They even wrote their own Never List of everything they vowed they’d never, ever do in high school.

Some of the rules have been easy to follow, like #5, never dye your hair a color of the rainbow, or #7, never hook up with a teacher. But Dave has a secret: he’s broken rule #8, never pine silently after someone for the entirety of high school. It’s either that or break rule #10, never date your best friend. Dave has loved Julia for as long as he can remember.

Julia is beautiful, wild and impetuous. So when she suggests they do every Never on the list, Dave is happy to play along. He even dyes his hair an unfortunate shade of green. It starts as a joke, but then a funny thing happens: Dave and Julia discover that by skipping the clichés, they’ve actually been missing out on high school. And maybe even on love.

My Thoughts:

This book is about Dave and Julia, two average high school kids who vow to never have a cliche high school moment and come up with a list of Nevers, things to never do. Julia decides they should do everything on the Nevers list, and Dave goes along with it because he is in love with her, and because she is his best friend.  I was a bit frustrated with the relationship Dave and Julia have.  You know Dave is in love with her for forever, and she is oblivious.  It is just a bit annoying because she is the one who decided they should do the Nevers list, which does include never date your best friend. Hello! Obviously that is going to be an issue. She acts totally out of it until he ends up getting a girlfriend, and then, she is all, Oh wait I love him too! GRRRRRRRR. I didn’t like her AT ALL.  Julia lives with her two dads and has a weird relationship with her mom, who she longs to be with and impress, but is kind of too wild and free to be bogged down with a daughter, so you can really see why Julia is the way she is.  It did not make me like her any more though. I didn’t like how they ended up treating each other, and just

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FRUSTRATION. They frustrated me soooooo badly. PS I did really like Gretchen though! She was sweet and Dave totally should be with someone like her, even though he handles the entire Julia situation completely wrong.  High school boys, am I right?

 

 

The author sent me this book for free, because I won a contest on Twitter. This is an honest review. See my review of Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid here.

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White Lines by Jennifer Banash

Published October 25, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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Goodreads Summary:

In 1980s New York City, seventeen-year-old Caitlin tries to overcome her mother’s abuse and father’s abandonment by losing herself in nights of clubbing and drugs, followed by days of stumbling aimlessly through school.

 

My Thoughts:

 

Sex, drugs, and rock & roll! What’s not to love? I was very excited to read this book. I prefer gritty, realistic fiction and thought this book would be right up my alley.  It was just meh for me though.  Cat is a 17 year old club kid living on her own in New York.  It sounds like every kids dream, but after being abandoned by her father, and dealing with an abusive mother, going to the club is her only escape from her mind.  Her father gets her an apartment of her own, but she still has to deal with abandonment issues, and her insane mother, who she can’t just cut off, as much as she would like to.  I did picture the movie Party Monster with all the club parties they talk about in the book. I LOVE that movie btw!

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I didn’t ever connect with Cat.  I feel like the characters should have been better developed.  Overall there wasn’t much of a plot, other than Cat’s downward spiral.

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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Published October 23, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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Goodreads:

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY
And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

My Thoughts:

Wow.

I loved this book.  This isn’t my go-to genre, but with all the hype  – even my bestie was telling me I had to read it (I actually borrowed it from her!) I’m not disappointed.  Finally a book that lives up to the hype! This book was compared to Gone Girl quite a bit, and for me it is far superior to Gone Girl.  It is about Rachel, who is an alcoholic, on her way to work.  She rides the same train every day and every day she passes by her old house.  The one her ex-husband, and his now wife, and their baby live in.  She also passes one of their neighbor’s houses, and she ends up having this imaginary scenario, where it seems like she knows them and how they are as people.  She imagines them as the perfect couple, until one of them goes missing.  It’s insane.  It is so interesting because she doesn’t know whether she is guilty of anything or completely innocent, because she often gets blackout drunk.  A lot of this book hit too close to home for me, because Rachel struggled with infertility. And I actually read passages of Rachel’s thoughts out to my husband, because they literally could have been my own words. Although I didn’t start drinking, it’s easy for me to see the way my life could have turned out, which is frankly haunting, even without the murder. Because Rachel doesn’t know what has happened, it really does keep you guessing, which is refreshing.  I can usually guess what is going on and what will happen pretty early in books, but this was not the case in this book.  I was surprised and then I felt like I should have known! Worth a read!

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Bomb by Sarah Mussi

Published October 20, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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Goodreads:

I’m Genesis Wainwright. I’m a sixth-form student. I come from Somerset. My mum is the best mum in the world. I play the guitar (badly). My best friend is Holly. I’m searching for answers to the Meaning of Life. I believe in True Love. AND I’M IN LOVE WITH NAZ. I want to be a performance poet. And I’m crazy about motorbikes.

I can remember everything.

Except last night.

When Genesis goes on a blind internet date, she just wants to get over her ex-boyfriend Naz. She just wants someone to like her again. But when Genesis wakes up the morning after the date, she can’t remember a thing. She doesn’t know where she is, or how she got there. And she can hardly move because she is strapped into some kind of body armour …

Before she has time to figure it out, she receives an order through an earpiece stuck in her ear. And then a voice sounds in her head: ‘You have been chosen for an assignment … The vest you’re wearing is packed with high explosives. And with one mobile call we can detonate it.’

To her horror Genesis has become an agent of mass destruction, a walking weapon in the hands of a terrorist cell.

The countdown to detonation has begun: Genesis must re-examine everyone and everything she loves and make terrifying choices … in the face of certain death.

A gutsy, compelling and chilling thrill-ride.

My Thoughts:

This book was amazing.  Such drama! Such suspense! Genesis is a typical teenager who goes on a date to get over her ex, and wakes up in a nightmare.  I think this is really scary, especially with online and mobile dating, you really never know who you are meeting with! She had no recollection of the night before, and wakes up having no idea where she is.  She’s also strapped into some body armour that is very heavy and uncomfortable, and she can’t take it off!  Shortly after waking up, she gets a voice in her ear, where an earpiece is glued and impossible to remove, giving her orders, and letting her know, that she is strapped into a bomb.  There is so much action in this book, so there isn’t much in the way of character development. I never connected with Genesis.  I found her a bit vapid and annoying.  I hated all of her life poems.  They seemed silly and pointless.  I also didn’t understand why she would go to her friend and not have the friend go to the police right away. That makes literally no sense.  And her ex being trained military, and getting involved but also NOT GOING TO THE POLICE makes no sense to me! I know that it sounds like I am being very negative, and that I didn’t like the book, but I really did.  There is so much suspense and action that I really did enjoy the story.  I wish it had an epilogue so that we would know what actually happened!

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Dodgers by Bill Beverly

Published October 16, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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Goodreads Summary:

Dodgers is a dark, unforgettable coming-of-age journey that recalls the very best of Richard Price, Denis Johnson, and J.D. Salinger. It is the story of a young LA gang member named East, who is sent by his uncle along with some other teenage boys—including East’s hothead younger brother—to kill a key witness hiding out in Wisconsin. The journey takes East out of a city he’s never left and into an America that is entirely alien to him, ultimately forcing him to grapple with his place in the world and decide what kind of man he wants to become.

Written in stark and unforgettable prose and featuring an array of surprising and memorable characters rendered with empathy and wit, Dodgers heralds the arrival of a major new voice in American fiction.

My Thoughts:

I heard about this book at a book buzz at the library, and ended up getting a copy for free in exchange for a review.  It is about East a teenager from LA that is caught up in a gang.  He has been working for the gang since he was a kid.  His uncle is in charge of the gang, so that is how he got involved.  After their drug house gets raided by the cops, the uncle sends East and three other boys, including East’s younger brother to Wisconsin on a mission.  The book tells the story of East’s first journey away from LA, and away from the gang, although he is on a gang mission.  I was interested in the story, but I wasn’t sure how much I would like it after I started reading it.  There are overly descriptive metaphors. Although I didn’t stop reading, I didn’t love the book.  It was very slow, and not something I would ever re-read.  I never felt a connection with East, or any of the other characters.  I don’t know if this is because their background is so much different than my own, and it was a little un-relatable to me. I did think this book was going to be full of suspense and action, especially with the way it was marketed at book buzz, but it was mostly just East’s thoughts on a rather boring road trip across America. Not worth it for me.

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The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs &, Kelly Bastow

Published October 13, 2016 by Kaitlin Michelle

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Goodreads:

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.

My Thoughts:

This book is super cute.  Who needs a guide based on out actual lives? Apparently me. LOL. I loved this book though. It talks about all the things we fangirls like to squee over including fanfic, cosplay, and conventions. It addresses all sorts of fandoms, which is super fun.  I love all the references for websites, that I had to go check out after reading the book.  The book is very cute, like I said, but I think it is more geared to tweens and young teens, who are not confident in their geekery yet, or for parents of young geeks who don’t know the internet lingo their kids are slinging. LOL

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