Friday, July 21, 2017

Spinning Pages (17): The Hate U Give/Unbreakable


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 



Originally, I was not going to include The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas on Spinning Pages. Simply because there was not a single song that was "speaking" to me in terms of this book. Fast forward, from April to late Thursday night, of this week, when I had the library of music, on my computer, set to shuffle and this one song came on that made me think of Starr (and her family).


Unbreakable by B.A.P
I won’t ever break 
I won’t ever fall down 
Even if the story tries to swallow me
I’m unbreakable
Even if I die, I won’t break 
Even if I die, I won’t give up 
Even if my wings are trampled in the darkness
U know? I’m unbreakable
(English lyrics from Color Coded Lyrics)

B.A.P's Unbreakable is one of my absolute favorite songs of theirs; especially on those days where you have to dig out every last piece of fortitude to finish your run.

If you haven't already guessed by the lyrics I chose from the song, then you are probably wondering why this particular song brought to my mind Starr and her family. Well, it is rather simple. Even though there were times when she felt lost and like giving up, during the aftermath of what happened,  to me, she and her family came out stronger for all they went through. I may not have loved Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give, but I did quite enjoy how supportive her family was of her.

You can see my full thoughts on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas by checking out my review.

Don't forget to give the full song a listen!!

           

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I Want to Read It (62): Swing it, Sunny



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



Swing it, Sunny (Sunny Side Up, 2) by Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm, September 12, 2017. Published by Graphix. Source: Want to read it.
Summer's over and it's time for Sunny Lewin to enter the strange and unfriendly hallways of . . . middle school. When her Gramps calls her from Florida to ask how she's doing, she always tells him she's fine. But the truth? Sunny is NOT having the best time.
Not only is the whole middle school thing confusing . . . but life at home is confusing, too. Sunny misses her brother Dale, who's been sent to boarding school. But when Dale comes back, she STILL misses him . . . because he's changed.
Luckily Sunny's got her best friend and a mysterious new neighbor on her side . . . because she is NOT going let all this confusion get her down. Instead, she's going to remain Sunny-side up!
Why

I don't know how I missed that Sunny Side Up, which was a perfect balance of humor and the ups-and-downs of real life, was a series... As surprised as I am, I'm actually excited to continue reading Sunny's story and seeing how things are shaping up for her and her family after what happened in the first book.

If you haven't read Sunny Side Up, feel free to check out my review to see why you should give it a chance!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Graphic Novel Review: Sunny Side Up


Sunny Side Up (Sunny Side Up, 1) by Jennifer L. Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm, colored by Lark Pien, September 1, 2015. 224 pages. Published by Graphix. Source: Borrowed from Library.
Sunny Lewin has been packed off to Florida to live with her grandfather for the summer. At first she thought Florida might be fun -- it is the home of Disney World, after all. But the place where Gramps lives is no amusement park. It's full of . . . old people. Really old people.

Luckily, Sunny isn't the only kid around. She meets Buzz, a boy who is completely obsessed with comic books, and soon they're having adventures of their own: facing off against golfball-eating alligators, runaway cats, and mysteriously disappearing neighbors. But the question remains -- why is Sunny down in Florida in the first place? The answer lies in a family secret that won't be secret to Sunny much longer. . . 


When I checked Sunny Side Up out from the library I assumed it was going to be a light, fluffy read. While it was funny, it had so many unexpectedly serious situations that it made it more than a "fluff read" and transformed into a slightly heartbreaking read.

  • Going in, my expectations were really low for Sunny Side Up. It sounded interesting enough, but I was unsure if the story would actually grab my attention, and hold it, so I was not, you know, all that concerned about being disappointed. To be quite honest, I ended up really enjoying this one. The story completely took me by surprise with the serious undertones that began to be revealed the further the story unraveled. 
  • From the get-go, you can see that there some kind of secret boiling beneath the surface of the book. One that has prompted Sunny's summer visit to her grandfathers; it was this family secret that gave the book so much depth. While I don't want to spoil what happened, I do want to talk about how it impacted the story. First off, Sunny had been holding back the truth on what happened; not that she entirely understood what her brother was doing, just that it was not, well, something good. What really made this situation impactful to the book was how it was portrayed. I felt so much for Sunny when things came crashing down and the truth, in its entirety, was made known. I really liked the relationship between Sunny and her grandpa. The two of them made me laugh.
  • While I liked the artwork, I did not love it. I'm apparently rather picky when it comes to illustrations in books. I'm afraid I cannot be any more specific than that I did not love it because, well, it has been quite some time, like a couple months, since I first read it. Oh yeah, if I'm not mistaken, or thinking about a different book, I believe the story is set in the mid-1970s...

Final Verdict: Sunny Side Up- I really enjoyed the balance of humor and seriousness in this graphic novel. Sunny's story was, in a good way, not what I was expecting. 

Sunny Side Up earns


A copy of this book was borrowed from the library. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Spinning Pages (16): Rebel Belle/Hurricane Venus


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 


While the following song may not be an all-time favorite from BoA, nor one I listen to often, it just popped into my head while I was working on a previous edition of Spinning Pages. After I was finally able to find the lyrics translated into English, I could not think of a more fitting song, except for maybe a country song or two, that would work so well for Rebel Belle!!

Hurricane Venus by BoA-
Oh, oh, oh, oh, Hurricane Oh, oh, oh, Venus
Oh, oh, oh, oh Hurricane Oh, oh, oh, Venus

If you provoke me, I’ll definitely devour you
As if hit by a huge raging storm, you can’t breath, without rest
Oh, my secret alone that drags you
Electronic, manic, supersonic, bionic energy

The uneasy whirlpools are born in there
The strong shock that was veiled reach
for you
Oh, oh, electronic, manic, supersonic, bionic energy
Hurricane Venus is for Harper (watch the video as it reminds me of the book)!! Why, because she chases perfection and, once she accepts her role as Paladin and even before, she was pretty fierce.

Want to find out why I enjoyed Rachel Hawkins' Rebel Belle so much, then be sure to check out my review (and, you know, add it to your TBR if you have yet to read it)!!

Don't forget to listen to BoA's Hurricane Venus and watch the video. It's a little odd, but the costume changes are fascinating throughout the entire video.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I Want to Read It (61): Ruby and Olivia



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



Ruby and Olivia by Rachel Hawkins, October 24, 2017. Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. Source: Want to read. 
Ruby is best friends with Emma, but she and Emma's twin sister Olivia are definitely not friends. Unfortunately, Emma will be away for the summer, while Ruby and Olivia are going to be stuck at a community service day camp for troublemakers--together. To kick off the spirit of service, the campers are outfitted with bright pink polka-dotted t-shirts with smiley faces on the front, then tasked with cataloging the contents of an abandoned mansion. Sorting through objects in an old house sounds boring, and working with each other is that last thing the girls want to do, but the stuff is actually pretty cool. There's everything from mink stoles to golf clubs to stuffed deer heads . . . and . . . wait . . . is that stuffed deer head watching them? When the taps run freezing cold and doors slam inexplicably, Ruby and Olivia wonder if the other campers are having a bit of fun, or if the abandoned mansion is looking for new residents. To solve the mystery, Ruby and Olivia will have to put their grudges aside and figure out how to be a team with or without Emma.

Why


The better question would be "Why would I not want to read this one"!! I don't know why, but the idea of Rachel Hawkins writing middle-grade books is, well, really exciting. Also, Ruby and Olivia sounds thrilling!! I cannot wait to see if the two girls can put aside their dislike of one another to solve the mystery!!!

Do y'all have Rachel Hawkins' Ruby and Olivia on your TBR??? 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Rebel Belle


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 10, 2017

A Vintage Reads YA Review: Rebel Belle



Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, 1) by Rachel Hawkins, April 8, 2014. 368 pages. Published by Spark. Source: Own.
Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him--and discovers that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.
With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y'all beg for more.

First Sentence
Looking back, none of this would have happened if I'd brought lip gloss the night of the Homecoming Dance.

Since I absolutely adored Rachel Hawkins' Hex Hall books, I knew that I wanted to read more of her books. So, after much delay, like around three years, I finally found an opportunity to get a copy of Rebel Belle and read it.
  • In my defense, between the time I heard about Rebel Belle and actually read it, was, well a couple years so I forgot what it was about. To the point that in the beginning, I was like "where's the action...". Fear not, there was just the right amount of action and some great fight scenes to please me. It was just a really fun book to read, you know!! 
  • As much as I liked Sophie, from Hex Hall, she has been replaced by one Harper Jane Price. As a reader, I just really liked Harper and how hard she worked on everything in her life. Sure, she had a tendency to over do things, head of all the school committees in all, but seeing a character so driven to succeed was really nice. In that aspect, she reminded me of myself in her tendency to give anything and everything all she had. 

  • In order to keep this review from beginning super lengthy, I'll just finish off with three final things that solidified my love of this book. The first would be the snarky bantering that went on between Harper and David. The barbs they threw at each other had me in stitches; though it was enjoyable mainly because there were moments, before things got super awkward, where they went beyond ribbing each other and were semi-decent to each other. Secondly, I liked how well Rachel Hawkins capture the feel of the south and it ness. Her depiction of a small town in the south was pretty spot-on. And last, I really enjoyed the way the story and characters evolved throughout the book.   

Final Verdict: Rebel Belle- It had pretty much everything: snarky banter, characters that were driven, not to mention action and humor. It was just one of those books that is a pleasure to read. I'm really excited to continue reading this series!!!


A copy of this book was purchased by me. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Spinning Pages (15): Nimona/ Bad Girl, Good Girl


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 



I had not fully decided to feature Nimona on Spinning Pages, that is until I was writing out my thoughts on it. I was half-way through my review when one of Miss A's songs popped into my head, and it just felt oh so right!! Keep reading to see a) which of Miss A's songs and b) the lyrics from, said song, that I chose this week!!!

Bad Girl, Good Girl by Miss A-
Hello, Hello, Hello.
It seems like the first time, time, time you’ve seen a girl like me.
Why do you judge me?
Are you afraid of me, perhaps?

On the outside, I’m a Bad Girl.
On the inside, I’m a Good Girl.
You don’t even know me well, you only look at me from the outside.
I find your gaze to be funny because you see me as a pitiful girl.


Miss A's Bad Girl, Good Girl is for Nimona, now just the book but more precisely the character. Yes, she was dangerous and bloodthirsty but there was also so much more to her story. Did she have evil tendencies, yes, but she, in an odd way, was/had the potential to be good. Plus I just like this song and the lyrics, I, included made me think of her, Nimona, and the overall book.

Curious to see what I thought about Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, then be sure to check out my review.

You can listen to Miss A's Bad Girl, Good Girl below!!!

          

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

I Want to Read It (60): Baba Yaga's Assistant



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



Baba Yoga's Assistant by Marika McCoola and illustrated by Emily Carroll, August 4, 2015. Published by Candlewick Press. Source: Want to read it.
ASSISTANT WANTED ASAPMust have skills in hauling, obeying orders, cooking, and cleaning. Magical talent a bonus. Must be good with heights. Enter Baba Yaga's house to apply. 
Most children think twice before braving a haunted wood filled with terrifying beasties to match wits with a witch, but not Masha. Her beloved grandma taught her many things: that stories are useful, that magic is fickle, and that nothing is too difficult or too dirty to clean. The fearsome witch of folklore needs an assistant, and Masha needs an adventure. She may be clever enough to enter Baba Yaga's house on chicken legs, but within its walls, deceit is the rule. To earn her place, Masha must pass a series of tests, outfox a territorial bear, and make dinner for her host. No easy task, with children on the menu! 
Why

Goodreads seems determined to bring up all the old books that I've missed over the years. Example: Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola, illustrated by Emily Carroll; I had not heard of it till I was preparing a different post and found myself on GR to gather information. Now, well now I really want to read it because it sounds fascinating. Also, I'm really curious as to how Masha will stand against Baba Yaga...really, everything in the write up sounds so interesting and right up my alley. 

Have you read Baba Yaga's Assistant? If so, what did you think of it?

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Nimona


Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Graphic Novel Review: Nimona


Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, May 12, 2015. 266 pages. Published by Harper Teen. Source; Borrowed from Library.
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. 

Thoughts


I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up Nimona from the library. What I was not expecting was a graphic novel that would be, well, fairly interesting and maybe just a tad heartbreaking.

  • I'll  try to keep this short. One of the things I enjoyed best about Nimona was the main villain, Lord Ballister Blackheart. Now, I don't usually like the villains more than the hero/heroine, but there was something about the way his character was written that made him interesting. Even though he was the villain of the book, he was not all that terrible; the "hero" was more villainous than he was. I could really delve into how Blackheart was basically forced into the role, by the forces that be, but I think his story is one that should be read in the context of the book rather than me trying to poorly explain why it was so fascinating.
  • Nimona herself was also an interesting character. Bloodthirsty, extremely, but interesting nonetheless. While I liked her, I wish that her story had been, well, better revealed. You see, there was all this build up and mystery surrounding her and then, well, then it was just anticlimactic and expected. I guess I was hoping for more originality in her origin story; though she was absolutely fascinating in a way.
  • While I liked the art, I did not love it. At times it was difficult to tell what the artist was trying to depict based on the coloring choices. Example, Nimona, was the back of her head bald, was it a weird hat, I don't know and that really bothers me. Other than that minor irritation, the art was really enjoyable and did a great job illustrating the story.

Final Verdict: Nimona- If we're just going with the character dynamics, this book is fascinating as the villain/hero storyline is different. 

Nimona earns


A copy of this book was borrowed from the library. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Spinning Pages (14): Killer Spirit/Boom Bang Boom


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 


Sometimes, rarely though, a book and song just insist that they should be together. Which is just what happened with F(x)'s Boom Bang Boom and Jennifer Lynn Barnes' Killer Spirit. Keep reading to see why!!


Boom Bang Boom by F(x)-
You look at me and give me a dull hello
If I go against you,
you won’t recover, you will pay
I didn’t learn from anywhere, there’s a gleam in my eye
I’m born this way, I’m a bit tired
but I’ll show you. Look carefully.

Get on the ring quickly, this a one chance,
its time to pick a victor
Are you ready for it? Rah!

Quickly I will dodge your chicness.
I will attack, you avoid me too
Focus on you defence, I’m stronger than you think
La La La La La La La La

With the Squad's exsistence in the balance, this song fits with their desperation to keep their edge and prove that they could get the job done. I like Boom Bang Boom because it not fits the situation the girls are facing in the book, but also how they hide their brilliant selves behind a catty, better-than-thou persona. 

Want to hear the full song, your in luck as I've eincluded it below. Tell me what you think of F(x)'s Boom Bang Boom being paired with (also check out my review) Killer Spirit!!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I Want to Read It (59): Dangerous Times



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



Dangerous Times (Nathan Fox, 1) by L. Brittany, September 30, 2008 (First published January 1, 2007). Published by Feiwel & Friends. Source: Want to Read.
Sir Francis Walsingham, England’s spymaster general, has eyes and ears all over the world. His secret service protects Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth—and ensures the might of all of England. Now he has a new recruit. Fourteen-year-old Nathan Fox is an actor in the same company as young Will Shakespeare. His life in the theatre has taught him a thing or two about disguises and deception. But nothing can prepare Nathan for the shadowy world he’s about to enter now.
Nathan is trained in swordplay and streetfighting, codebreaking and escapes. Then he’s paired with fearless spy John Pearce for his first mission: a journey to Venice to forge an alliance against the powerful King of Spain.
Posing as master and servant, Nathan and Pearce move smoothly through Venetian society . . . until they cross paths with the great General Othello. Soon they become entangled in his tragic love affair with a young noblewoman, Desdemona.
Why

I am disappointed that this is the first time that I'm hearing about Dangerous Times as it sounds like it would have been one I'd enjoy. Sure, it came out a year before I started blogging, yet the fact that I never heard so much as a whisper about it makes me sad. 

I am definitely intrigued by this one because it's historical with spies, and, it has a young Shakespeare. It sounds like the plot will fuel, this books, young Shakespeare's imagination for his plays...or at least that's how I'm hoping the tie-in will happen (because if not, that would be a total waste, you know).

Have any of you read L. Brittany's Dangerous Times? If so, what did you think of it?

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Theology for Beginners



Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat. To participate, simply do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Monday, June 26, 2017

All About Middle Grade Review: Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive


Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive! by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson, June 27, 2017. 176 pages. Published by Walden Pond Press. Source: ARC from Publisher
Two Truths and a Lie is the first book in a fascinating new series that presents some of the most crazy-but-true stories about the living world as well as a handful of stories that are too crazy to be true—and asks readers to separate facts from the fakes!

Did you know that there is a fungus that can control the mind of an ant and make it do its bidding? Would you believe there is such a thing as a corpse flower—a ten-foot-tall plant with a blossom that smells like a zombie? How about a species of octopus that doesn’t live in water but rather lurks in trees in the Pacific Northwest?

Every story in this book is strange and astounding. But not all of them are real. Just like the old game in this book’s title, two out of every three stories are completely true and one is an outright lie. Can you guess which? It’s not going to be easy. Some false stories are based on truth, and some of the true stories are just plain unbelievable. And they’re all accompanied by dozens of photos, maps, and illustrations. Amaze yourself and trick your friends as you sort out the fakes from the facts!



Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive, was quite fascinating definitely a book that readers are going to love. Not only will they learn something, they'll also get to work on their reasoning skills to discover the lie hidden with the two truths, it was also a fun and engaging read.

  • I readily admit that I spent most of this book cackling; do I even know why I found it so funny, not really. It could have been the names of the chapters, or the crazy and odd things that were included in each "Two Truths and a Lie" sections. There were definitely some odd things, like the "Miracle Underground Root" and "Discovering Prehistoric Bambi" just to name a couple, that was both fascinating and something that will intrigue readers of all ages.
  • I loved how the chapters covered a wide variety of things, from crazy, creepy, and cool plants, all the way to Humans-yes, no, maybe. First off, I would like to know how Ammi-Joan Paquette and Laurie Ann Thompson, the authors, came across some of these things. But the fact that some of the subjects were so off-the-wall was what made it fun; along with the art, and activity suggestions.
  • Why will readers love it, because they'll enjoy the challenge of trying to decipher the truths from the lies, and there are some things included in here that are so strange that it'll capture their attention.  
  • I am officially out of words. Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive, was an excellent start to a new series. I am 100% looking forward to seeing what ground the authors will conquer in their next installment. Can you discern the truths from the lies, without looking at the answers, from the clues within the book? 

Final Verdict: Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive- A fun and entertaining book that will help kids thinking during their summer break. Fun and challenging!!

Two Truths and a Lie: It's Alive earns


An advanced copy of this book was received for consideration for review. All thoughts are my own.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Spinning Pages (13): Perfect Cover/ Bad Girl


Oftentimes, while I'm reading a song will pop into my head because the book makes me think of it; sometimes the reverse happens and a random song will make me think of a book I have readSpinning Pages is a combination of my love for books and music. More often than not, the inspiration for these posts strikes while I have music thumping in my ears while exercising (kind of like how this feature came to be). 



I had entirely too many songs that could have worked for this book. I seriously considered pairing more than one song up with Perfect Cover, but decided that it would be best to keep it down to one song. It might just be me, yet I think that the characters might, albeit mildly, approve of the song selection- Bad Girl by Ladies' Code.

Bad Girl by Ladies' Code-
I’m a bad girlYes, I’m that kind of girlA person who deceives for loveWho doesn’t knowHow to hurt or cryA bad girlIs what you would call meBad Girl bad girl bad bad girlPlease leave me alone now
“You’re a weak girlYou’re a nice girl in my eyesA pitiful girl”Don’t view me like thatI’m sick of this now

There were about five other songs that I considered using, yet this was the one that stood out the most for Perfect Cover. From being underestimated, by everybody, to their various attempts to use a certain boy to get behind enemy lines, this song just really worked for the book. 

To be quite honest, I selected this song with two characters in mind, Toby and Brooke, as both like to pretend that nothing gets to them. 

I almost did not use this song simply because it still makes me somewhat sad to listen to Ladies' Code after they loss two members a couple years ago. But in the end, the song is just too good and perfect to not use it; that and I've liked it since it first released.

You can listen to all of Ladies' Code's Bad Girl below!!

           

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I Want to Read It (58): The Naturals



I Want to Read It, a hybrid between WLW (or WOW) and what's on my to-be-read pile. Well, instead of focusing just on books I would like to acquire, I will be using it to feature books that I just want to read. From the one's I want to buy to the one's sitting on my TBR at home.



The Naturals (The Naturals, 1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, November 5, 2013. Published by Disney-Hyperion. Source: Wishlist.
Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.
Why

Having just finished Jennifer Lynn Barnes' The Squad duology, I was curious to see what her newer books looked like. Then I ran across The Naturals and I'm thinking that I need this series in my life!! 
 I really like the premise of this one; it just sounds so exciting. Sure, it's a skosh similar, with teens being drafted by the government for special jobs, to the Squad books, but it sure sounds fascinating. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Killer Spirit


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Monday, June 19, 2017

A Vintage Reads YA Review: Killer Spirit



Killer Spirit (The Squad, 2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, February 12, 2008. 324 pages. Published by Laurel Leaf. Source: Own.
Saying Toby Klein is an unlikely cheerleader is like saying Paris Hilton might be into guys--understatement of the year. But the varsity squad at Bayport High gives new meaning to the phrase All-American, and Toby's double life as a varsity cheerleader and a government operative means balancing protocol, pep rallies, computer hacking, and handsprings.

Now something's about to go down in Bayport, and the Big Guys Upstairs need to know what. The Squad is on the case, but it looks like this mission could put the "l" in lethal. And if the spy business doesn't kill Toby, it's starting to look like Brooke, the team's captain, might. The nominations are in for homecoming court, and rumor has it that Toby is the unlikely front-runner for queen.

Terrorist threat? Bloody mission gone wrong? Demented squad captain?

Bring it on.
First Sentence
Once upon a time, I thought that the cheerleaders at my high school were no more capable of intelligent thought or true athleticism than the average dachshund.



Well, I decided to just go ahead and review Killer Spirit this week instead of pushing it off till, well, who knows when. It would be nice to see the series reprinted with new covers; you know since the Squad was pretty entertaining. Now that I have finished this series, I'm looking forward to reading, one day, some of Jennifer Lynn Barnes' newer books.

  • I actually liked this one more than Perfect Cover. It felt more complete; and that my suspicion of a certain character, who was briefly introduced at the beginning of book one. Can you say exciting!! I love when my theories are proved correct and the way it tied in was, well, to be perfectly honest oh so fitting for the series. I refuse to say more on that plot piece because a) it's very spoiler filled and b) because it is best enjoyed in the moment when the "big" reveal is made. 
  • Well, my feelings about Toby were still the same as they were in the first book, but as much as I disliked her, the story was more interesting than book one. Perhaps my increased enjoyment  of the second volume came down to the fact that not everything went as planned for them; that and the backstory on a couple of the characters. Personally, I liked that they struggled more in this book. Not only with their missions but also with internal rivalry over the homecoming queen. I'll say this, Jennifer Lynn Barnes knows how to write a great snippy scene; those girls went straight for the kill with some of their cutting remarks.
  •  Honestly, the writing was much better in this one and the plot felt more complete. Generally, I just enjoyed the concept of this one more. It gave more depth to the characters, hello backstory, and even the side characters were more interesting. Though I must say that Toby's brother nearly killed me with laughter; frankly, I am very surprised that he survived the series after his actions. Though they did add some comedy.
Final Verdict: Killer Spirit- From a high stake mission that puts not only the Squad's existence but also their lives in jeopardy to high school, queen-bee cattiness, this book will keep you entertained. Even though there was more in-fighting, I still enjoyed reading it because, like sisters, you fight yet still know they'll have your back.

Don't forget, you can see my thoughts on Perfect Cover, the first book in Jennifer Lynn Barnes' The Squad.

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A copy of this book was purchased by me. All thoughts are my own.

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