Treat Yo Shelf: February 2019 Recap

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February 2019: Monthly Recap

Welcome to my monthly recap post, in which I highlight the books I read in the last month, bookish items I acquired, book events I attended, bookish news, and/or subscription boxes I received this month.

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You guys, I binge read so many adult/NA contemporary romances this month and it was amazing. I cannot believe I read 20 books this month. Below is a picture of all the books I read in February. Feel free to click on the photo to be linked to my Goodreads challenge and there you can select each book for their synopsis.

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Thank you to Fierce Reads for the 2019 Spring Seasonal Blogger package.

D4ADF0DB-4521-404A-9B72-91B857263DEBThank you to Wednesday books for inviting me on The Dystasters blog tour and sending me an early copy of the book to read. 

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February’s Uppercase Box

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February’s #YAWRC2019 Book Pick

As a partner and a #YAWRC2019 Ambassador, I received the February pick, Black Coats, from BookSparks. It’s definitely being added to my March TBR.

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How did you treat your shelves in February?

Review of Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

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Title:
 Comics Will Break Your Heart
Author:  Faith Erin Hicks
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: February 12, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis:

Miriam’s family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that’s what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn’t have enough to worry about, Miriam’s life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam’s grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune.

In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love). 

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Filled with laughs, swoons, and comic book culture, book nerdigans are going to love Comics Will Break Your Heart. Set up as a mild enemies-to-lovers story, this book builds a story around multiple generations caught in an emotional and legal battle involving a comic book franchise. As the newer generation, in this case Miriam and Weldon, get the brunt gossip of the past, both teenagers try to build a friendship without being pelted with bitter feelings from various familial perspectives.

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takes a realistic approach in describing the vulnerability and anger that often encompasses situations that teenagers experience, such as friendships growing apart, college worries, first love, and financial problems. All of these situations are not sugar-coated, but fully unravel as the story progresses. There are tears, heartache, and throwing coffee cups at windows, but there is also comfort, much-needed hugs, and wide-open communication. Additionally, I really enjoyed the family dynamics in this book. Miriam’s parents are so heartwarming and funny. And her father has the best sense of humor…he’s the typical father that has so many “dad jokes” that had me laughing out loud throughout the book.

If you are fan of comic books and comic conventions, the nerdy side of this book is so welcoming. These characters have a passion for creativity and respect for one another. As a quirky and quick read, Comics Will Break Your Heart provides a realistic understanding of life’s woes and unpredictability. Add in a dash of romance and “POW,” the story unfolds with compassion and forgiveness in the mix. Comics Will Break Your Heart is not a full-on rom-com but it is very sweet and funny at times.

 

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Note: Thank you to Fierce Reads for providing me an early copy of this book to read and review. I was not compensated for this review. All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

Waiting on Wednesday: Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller

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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: Girls on the Verge
Author: Sharon Biggs Waller
Publication date: April 9, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis

A powerful, timely coming-of-age story about a young woman from Texas who goes on a road trip with two friends to get an abortion, from award-winning author Sharon Biggs Waller.

Camille couldn’t be having a better summer. But on the very night she learns she got into a prestigious theater program, she also finds out she’s pregnant. She definitely can’t tell her parents. And her best friend, Bea, doesn’t agree with the decision Camille has made.

Camille is forced to try to solve her problem alone . . . and the system is very much working against her. At her most vulnerable, Camille reaches out to Annabelle Ponsonby, a girl she only barely knows from the theater. Happily, Annabelle agrees to drive her wherever she needs to go. And in a last-minute change of heart, Bea decides to come with.

Girls on the Verge is an incredibly timely novel about a woman’s right to choose. Sharon Biggs Waller brings to life a narrative that has to continue to fight for its right to be told, and honored.

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Book Review: Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller 

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Title:
 Warrior of the Wild

Author: Tricia Levenseller 
Publisher:  Feiwel & Friends
Release Date: February 26, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

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Synopsis:

How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.


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It saddens me that I did not love Warrior of the Wild as much as I hoped. I had very high expectations for this book because I loved the humor, smart wit, and female empowerment of the author’s first action-packed series, a pirate-themed duology called Daughter of the Pirate King. However, even though I know many readers will enjoy Warrior of the Wild, I personally found the character development very static and the story predictable at times.

In regards to the main character, I had a really hard time connecting with Rasmira because she stays very guarded and stasis throughout her journey in the book. She is very determined and goal-oriented, but I felt like she lacked the capabilities to learn and mature. It’s at the very end of the book that she finally opens up and allows herself to accept change, new friendships, and experiences. 

As for the predictability of the storyline, there were a few twists in the book and some epiphany scientific discoveries. But overall I seemed to pick up on the betrayals and surprises before they occurred, which unfortunately stilled the story for me. 

Although this book did not work for me, I can definitely see it being an amazing read for people who love slow-burn romances and Vikings. The main character Rasmira is a female warrior who physically guards herself and her emotions very well. She wants to make her father and her village proud. She is fierce and determined, which are not favorable attributes with her male peers so she makes enemies really quick. In the beginning, Rasmira has her life carefully planned out, but after experiencing betrayal on multiple fronts and then banishment, her main goals are survival and killing a god. 

Warrior of the Wild is a very well-written book sprinkled with action-packed scenes and complex friendships. Add in some ax fighting  with a dash of romance and you have a recipe for an engaging Viking-inspired novel.

1 star rating

Note: Thank you to Macmillan/Fierce Reads for providing me an e-arc of this book to read and review. I was not compensated for this review. All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

Book Review: Famous In A Small Town by Emma Mills

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Title:
 Famous in A Small Town

Author: Emma Mills
Publisher:  Henry Holt
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis:

For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. She has the Yum Yum Shoppe, with its famous fourteen flavors of ice cream; her beloved marching band, the pride and joy of Acadia High (even if the football team disagrees); and her four best friends, loving and infuriating, wonderfully weird and all she could ever ask for. 

Then August moves in next door. A quiet guy with a magnetic smile, August seems determined to keep everyone at arm’s length. Sophie in particular. 

Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.


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I’m not much for country music, but the small-town feel of Famous In A Small Town by Emma Mills won me over. If I could count how many times I laughed out loud on my fingers, I would need more fingers. But even though I found myself laughing throughout the story, I did find this book to have a more serious tone than past Emma Mills’ books that I enjoyed.

I love the friendships that Emma creates in her books, and Famous In a Small Town has A LOT of them…A LOT! The numerous amount of friends in this book overwhelmed me at first, but that did not falter me from staying focused on the story at hand. I had a hard time relating to the main character (Sophie) and her friends and family, but this doesn’t mean that other readers won’t connect to her. Sophie’s story broke my heart and then carefully pieced it back together with love, laughter, and macaroni and cheese (the good kind, that you make on the stove, not that gross kind that you make in the microwave). 

If you are already an Emma Mills fanatic, and even if you are not, this book will make your heart ache like a country song that you tell everyone that you hate, but you actually might love because it’s so damn catchy! Plus there are some swoons! I love me some good “Emma Mills” swoons!

3 star rating

Note: Thank you to Henry Holt and Fierce Reads for providing me an early copy of this book to read and review. I was not compensated for this review. All statements and opinions in this review are mine.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Lonely Dead by April Henry

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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 Lonely Dead
Author: April Henry 
Publication date: January 29, 2019
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal 

Synopsis

A killer is on the loose, and only one girl has the power to find him. But in this genre-bending YA thriller, she must first manage to avoid becoming a target herself.

For Adele, the dead aren’t really dead. She can see them and even talk to them. But she’s spent years denying her gift. When she encounters her ex best friend Tori in a shallow grave in the woods and realizes that Tori is actually dead — that gift turns into a curse. Without an alibi, Adele becomes the prime suspect in Tori’s murder. She must work with Tori’s ghost to find the real killer. But what if the killer finds Adele first?

Master mystery-write April Henry adds a chilling paranormal twist to this incredibly suspenseful young adult novel.

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Blog Tour: Raves & Craves of Anna and the Apocalypse by Katharine Turner and Barry Waldo

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Title:
 Anna and the Apocalypse
Author:  Katharine Turner and Barry Waldo
Publisher: Imprint
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Humor, Science Fiction

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Synopsis:

School’s out for the end of the world.

Anna and the Apocalypse is a horror comedy about a teenager who faces down a zombie apocalypse with a little help from her friends.

Anna Shepherd is a straight-A student with a lot going on under the surface: she’s struggling with her mom’s death, total friend drama, and the fallout from wasting her time on a very attractive boy. She’s looking forward to skipping town after graduation–but then a zombie apocalypse majorly disrupts the holidays season. It’s going to be very hard to graduate high school without a brain.

To save the day, Anna, her friends, and her frenemies will have to journey straight to the heart of one of the most dangerous places ever known, a place famous for its horror, terror, and pain…high school.

This novel is inspired by the musical feature film, Anna and the Apocalypse.


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Anna and the Apocalypse is a quick-paced story about a teenager named Anna whose whole world is turned upside down when a zombie apocalypse occurs just a few days before Christmas. Throughout the story, Anna’s sarcastic and dark sense humor provides laugh out loud moments as she and her friends kill zombies and try to stay alive. Mix in the angst of teenage drama with horror of the walking dead and TADA, you have Anna and the Apocalypse

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Peppermint Hot Cocoa

And what pairs well with a zombie apocalypse book set during Christmas? Of course, a nice cup of hot cocoa!

Ingredients:

  • Water or Milk (you choose)
  • Hot Cocoa Mix
  • Peppermint Extract or Syrup

Instructions:
Be sure to follow the instructions on your hot cocoa packet/tin. I always warm up my water in the microwave. Stir the cocoa mix into the hot water. Next, I add a few small drops of peppermint extract. And don’t hold back on topping your cocoa with whipped cream, marshmallows, or candy cane pieces. Enjoy!

Note: Thank you to Fierce Reads for providing me a final copy of this book to read and review for free in exchange of an honest review. All statements and opinions are my own.