If It’s Not A Rant, It’s a Rave: Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu

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Title:
 Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1
Author:  Ngozi Ukazu
Publisher: First Second
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, LGBT, Sports

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Synopsis:

Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all… I might not be ready for this. I may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.


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AHHH! I highly enjoyed Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1. It’s cute and swoony and funny. Bitty, the main character, has the most honest and sweetest personality. I love how positive Bitty is, and I really enjoyed him talking directly to his vlogging audience (us the readers) with updates on his life, cooking adventures, and friends.

Through each page, Bitty provides the most joyful and welcoming commentary on his college experiences, what it’s like to go from a figure skater to joining a hockey team, and creating new friends who he is very hesitant to tell that he is gay. Bitty’s personality is engaging and his story is like a welcoming warm hug.

Definitely give this graphic novel a read if you love to laugh and swoon and eat pie…YUM. 

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4 star rating
Note: Thank you to First Second for providing me an ARC to read and review for free in exchange of an honest review. All statements and opinions are my own. 
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NERD BLAST & GIVEAWAY: The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck

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Title: The Lantern’s Ember
Author: Colleen Houck

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Genres:
Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance 

SYNOPSIS

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back whereshe belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.

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Praise for THE LANTERN’S EMBER

“[Houck] offers a fresh spin on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow…with some genuine surprises in store.” —Kirkus

“A wild and seductive adventure…a must-have for YA collections.” —SLJ  


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: King of Scars
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publication date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: Imprint
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

I NEED IT!

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I am a huge Shadow and Bone trilogy/GrishaVerse fan,
and I cannot wait to see more of Nikolai. 

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books that didn’t live up to the hype

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Bionic Book Worm

Today’s topic: Top 5 books that didn’t live up to the hype

Below are 5 books I was really excited to read this year, but for me, they just didn’t live up to the hype. Feel free to click on the banner to be linked to my review to see why.

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What books didn’t live up to the hype for you?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

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Title: The Priory of the Orange Tree
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publication date: February 26, 2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis

From the internationally bestselling author of The Bone Season, a trailblazing, epic high fantasy about a world on the brink of war with dragons–and the women who must lead the fight to save it.

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction–but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

THIS SYNOPSIS HAD ME AT DRAGONRIDER!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

Formerly hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl


This week’s topic is…Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

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912 pages

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880 pages

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870 pages

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819 pages

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783 pages

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768 pages

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759 pages

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756 pages

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What are some of the longest books you have ever read?

If It’s Not A Rant, It’s A Rave: The Lost Sisters by Holly Black

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Title:
 The Lost Sisters 
(The Folk of the Air #1.5)
Author: Holly Black
Publisher:
NOVL

Release Date: October 2, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Novella, Short Story

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Synopsis:

Sometimes the difference between a love story and a horror story is where the ending comes . . . 

While Jude fought for power in the Court of Elfhame against the cruel Prince Cardan, her sister Taryn began to fall in love with the trickster, Locke. 

Half-apology and half-explanation, it turns out that Taryn has some secrets of her own to reveal.

The Lost Sisters is a companion e-novella to the New York Times bestselling novel The Cruel Prince by master writer Holly Black.


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The Lost Sisters is an e-novella that provides Taryn’s , Jude’s twin sister’s, point of view of the events that took place in The Cruel Prince. And you guys, it feels so good to back in Elfhame even if it is through a handful of pages. I enjoyed this short story because we get another person’s perspective of the twisted dynamics that play between Cardan and Jude. And more importantly, we watch and understand the relationship that blooms between Taryn and Locke. UGH, and LOCKE! He is such a weasel. I hope his trickster ways finally catch up to him. 

I also liked that Taryn puts her heart and soul in this confession to Jude–we begin to understand Taryn’s motivations and heartache. But overall, even with Taryn’s actions explained, I still do not sympathize with her. 

Taryn, what happened to sisters before misters?!

Home fries before fae guys!

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Taryn, I swear, you need to get it together, because Jude doesn’t take betrayal too lightly!

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My Rating of :

4 star rating

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Note:   I bought this e-novella with my own funds, and was not asked to review it by the publisher. All statements and opinions are my own.