Emerjas

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Guess - Crime Scene

Busted - Gina Ciocca

I read Busted by Gina Ciocca to get the Maycomb County Courthouse card. It's a YA book.

 

 

 

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Guess - Suspect

Riders - Veronica Rossi

I read Riders by Veronica Rossi to get J.K. Rowling's card. The book is YA and has a teenager as the main character.

 

 

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Game - Victim

The Dazzling Heights - Katharine McGee

Lydia has already been identified as one of the victims for the Yellow game, so I read The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee to claim in. The book is filled with characters doing stupid things and making their problems worse as a result.

 

 

 

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Guess - Suspect

You Will Be Mine - Natasha Preston

I read You Will Be Mine by Natasha Preston to get Suzanne Collins' card. The book has a young woman as the protagonist.

 

 

 

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Game - Victim

Under the Lights (Field Party) - Abbi Glines

I read Under the Lights for Abbi Glines to collect the card for Ariadne Oliver since the author's first name starts with "A". She's already been confirmed as dead in the Yellow game.

 

 

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Guess - Suspect

Dear Mr. Knightley - Katherine Reay

I read Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay for the Jane Austen card. It seemed appropriate since the book has quite a few Jane Austen references (including the name itself). The book is a romance.

 

 

Kill Your Darlings Yellow Guess - Cause of Death

UNSUB: A Novel - Meg Gardiner

I read UNSUB by Meg Gardiner for the revolver card. It fits for 2 reasons - the author's last name starts with 'G' and the main character carries a gun as part of her job as a detective.

 

 

Women Writers Bingo Progress

 

I'm still hitting a lot of repeat letters, but I managed to get a few new ones this past month.

 

A - Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh  

B - Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko  

C - 

D - Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz  

E - 

F - A World Without "Whom": The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age - Emmy J. Favilla  

G - Just Dreaming - Kerstin Gier  

H - The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  

I - 

J - Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay  

K - He Said/She Said - Erin Kelly  

L - The Hearts We Sold - Emily Lloyd-Jones  

M - Secret of the Princess - Milk Morinaga  

N - 

O - The Arsonist - Stephanie Oakes  

P - The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  

Q - Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn  

R - Almost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell,Simini Blocker  

S - Prince in Disguise - Stephanie Kate Strohm  

T - The Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas  

U - Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  

V - 

W - Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca - G. Willow Wilson  

X - 

Y - 

Z - American Street - Ibi Zoboi  

Free Space - Morrighan: A Remnant Chronicles Novella - Mary E. Pearson 

February Books

My good streak continued this month with 35 books read with an average score of 4 stars. I had 1 reread with Roomies - Christina Lauren. I read it last month, but wanted to listen to the audiobook because the love interest was Irish. I wanted to see if an Irish accent was used. It was.

 

11 of my books were YA. 7 were graphic novels. My most-read genre was romance.

 

My favorite books were Everless - Sara Holland and Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen. My least favorite was Champions Vol. 2: The Freelancer Lifestyle - Mark Waid,Humberto Ramos.

 

5 Stars

Everless - Sara Holland Love, Life, and the List - Kasie West Because of Miss Bridgerton - Julia Quinn  Midnighter Vol. 1: Out - Steve Orlando,ACO  The Color Project - Sierra Abrams  He Said/She Said - Erin Kelly  Roomies - Christina Lauren  It Takes Two to Tumble: Seducing the Sedgwicks - Cat Sebastian  Him - Elle Kennedy,Sarina Bowen  F for Effort: More of the Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers - Richard Benson  Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah 

 

4.5 Stars

Romancing the Duke - Tessa Dare Say Yes to the Marquess: Castles Ever After - Tessa Dare  The Woman in the Window: A Novel - A. J. Finn  Kiss Him, Not Me 1 - JUNKO  

 

4 Stars

Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks - Annie Spence  Batman Vol. 4: The War of Jokes and Riddles (Rebirth) - Tom King,Mikel Janin  Molly's Game: Inside the World of High Stakes Poker - Molly Bloom  The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America - Morgan Jerkins  Alters Volume 1: The Story of Chalice - Paul Jenkins,Mike Marts  Here and Gone: A Novel - Haylen Beck  Until Friday Night (A Field Party) - Abbi Glines  A World Without  

 

3.5 Stars

The Amateurs, Book 2 Follow Me: The Killer You Know - Sara Shepard Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House - Wolff-Michael Roth  Batman/The Flash: The Button Deluxe Edition - Tom King,Joshua Williamson,Jason Fabok,Howard Porter 

 

3 Stars

Supergirl: Age of Atlantis - Warner Brothers  Disney Manga: Descendants The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Volume 3 (Disney Descendants) - Jason Muell  Batman: Nightwalker (DC Icons Series) - Marie Lu  The Marriage Lie - Kimberly Belle  Let's Talk About Love - Claire Kann  Just Dreaming - Kerstin Gier  The Hazel Wood - Melissa Albert  

 

2 Stars

Champions Vol. 2: The Freelancer Lifestyle - Mark Waid,Humberto Ramos 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 11
  • Female: 24
  • Male/Female Mix: 0

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 21
  • Audio: 14

 

SPOILER ALERT!

Champions, Vol. 2: The Freelancer Lifestyle

Champions Vol. 2: The Freelancer Lifestyle - Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos

Volume 2 of the Champions series is a bit of a mess story-wise and an excellent example of how company-wide events can really mess with individual series at Marvel and DC.

 

It starts off well enough with the Champions having to deal with a teen mercenary group that oppose everything the Champions are trying to stand for. It's not the greatest plot since the villains are too one-dimensional for my liking, but the first couple issues of this book at least form a cohesive story. Since this volume's title references the mercenary group's name, I thought the Champions would be dealing with them for the majority of the book, but they just disappear from the story after a few issues.

 

Things get jarring once the Freelancers arc ends. At the very end of that arc, one of the members of the Champions is literally locked in their home with security measures that neutralize their powers because they are grounded. The very next issue has that character on a solo mission some time later on the opposite side of the country. When did the grounding end? Did their parent just release them? Or did they have to escape? No clue on any of that. No reference is made to them being locked up at any point afterward. On their solo mission, they meet a new teen hero that they team up with for this issue. At the end, they offer the new hero a chance to join the Champions. This hero is then never mentioned again.

 

The next issue takes place during the Secret Empire event where Hydra is in charge. One of the Champions is in an internment camp, and the others are trying to locate and rescue their team member. How did this member get captured in the first place? What was everyone else doing when they were captured? No answers on any of that. The character isn't rescued or even found by the end of the issue either. They are back with everyone by the next issue though with no explanation how that went down. And the Champions have joined with several other teen heroes to try to rescue any survivors from a Hydra attack that killed over half a million citizens. The issues just keep jumping forward in time with no details on how we got to this point. The abrupt transitions were jarring.

 

This was especially true for the final issue. The previous one ended with the Champions vowing to keep fighting against Hydra after they killed over half a million people. The very next issue opens with the Champions singing karaoke. Between the two issues, Hydra was defeated apparently.

 

This volume of Champions left me constantly feeling like I was skipping a ton of issues because I was missing huge chunks of the story. After the first mini arc, the rest of the book was a mess that had jarring transitions and failed to form a cohesive story by constantly skipping ahead. It's hard to enjoy a story when I'm only given random portions of it.

January Books

I had a ridiculously good month with 42 books read for January. I got to 5 of the 12 books from 2017 that I really wanted to read, but hadn't gotten to last year. For new 2018 books I was highly anticipating, I read 2 of the 7 that were out in January. I loved the majority of the books I read with an average score of 3.9 stars.

 

22 of my books were YA. 11 were graphic novels. My most-read genres were fantasy, romance, and contemporary.

 

My favorite books were The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black and Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills. My least favorite was Vanilla - Billy Merrell.

 

5 Stars

Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman Roomies - Christina Lauren We Should All Be Feminists - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Saga Volume 8 - Brian K. Vaughan  The Cruel Prince - Holly Black  Prince in Disguise - Stephanie Kate Strohm  Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills  

 

4.5 Stars

Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko  The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh  The Hearts We Sold - Emily Lloyd-Jones  

 

4 Stars

You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) - Alec Baldwin,Kurt Andersen  The Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas  American Street - Ibi Zoboi  The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  Secret of the Princess - Milk Morinaga  The Arsonist - Stephanie Oakes  Giant Days Vol. 5 - John Allison,Max Sarin  Anna Dressed in Blood - Kendare Blake  Frostblood (The Frostblood Saga) - Elly Blake  Empress of a Thousand Skies - Rhoda Belleza  Animosity Volume 2 - Marguerite Bennett,Mike Marts  City of Saints & Thieves - Natalie C. Anderson  Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse - James Breakwell  Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca - G. Willow Wilson  Fireblood (The Frostblood Saga) - Elly Blake  Girl of Nightmares - Kendare Blake  The Duchess Deal - Tessa Dare  The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen  

 

3.5 Stars

Morrighan: A Remnant Chronicles Novella - Mary E. Pearson Batwoman Vol. 1: The Many Arms of Death (Rebirth) - Marguerite Bennett,James IV Tynion,Steve Epting  Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm - Marco Checchetto,Lee Garbett,Szymon Kudranski,Al Ewing,Jason Aaron,Simone Bianchi  Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages - Melissa de la Cruz 

 

3 Stars

Miles Morales: Spider-Man (A Marvel YA Novel) - Jason Reynolds,Kadir Nelson Snow Falling - Jane Gloriana Villanueva  Almost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell,Simini Blocker  Disney Manga: Descendants The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Volume 1 (Disney Descendants: The Rotten to the Core Trilogy) - Jason Muell  Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz  Disney Manga: Descendants The Rotten to the Core Trilogy Volume 2 - Jason Muell  

 

2.5 Stars

Generations - Marvel Comics  

 

2 Stars

Vanilla - Billy Merrell 

 

 

Books by author gender:

  • Male: 9
  • Female: 30
  • Male/Female Mix: 3

 

Books by format:

  • Physical: 25
  • Audio: 17

 

Women Writers Bingo Progress

 

I'm hitting a lot of repeat letters now, but I managed to get a few new ones this past week.

 

A - Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh  

B - Jackass! - Scarlet Beriko  

C - 

D - Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz  

E - 

F - 

G - 

H - The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  

I - 

J - Of Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay  

K - 

L - The Hearts We Sold - Emily Lloyd-Jones  

M - Secret of the Princess - Milk Morinaga  

N - 

O - The Arsonist - Stephanie Oakes  

P - The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  

Q - 

R - Almost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell,Simini Blocker  

S - Prince in Disguise - Stephanie Kate Strohm  

T - The Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas  

U - Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  

V - 

W - Ms. Marvel Vol. 8: Mecca - G. Willow Wilson  

X - 

Y - 

Z - American Street - Ibi Zoboi  

Free Space - Morrighan: A Remnant Chronicles Novella - Mary E. Pearson 

Women Writers Bingo Progress

I typically read a lot of books by women, but I like playing bingo, so I decided to join in on the fun. I'll just keep reading like I normally would and see how long it takes me to hit an author for every letter of the alphabet. I'm guessing Q and X might take me a while.

 

A big thank you to Themis-Athena for making the card.

 

 

 

 

 

AFlame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh  

BJackass! - Scarlet Beriko  

C

DPride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - Melissa de la Cruz  

E

F

G

HThe Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish  

I - 

JOf Beast and Beauty - Stacey Jay  

K

LThe Hearts We Sold - Emily Lloyd-Jones  

MSecret of the Princess - Milk Morinaga  

N

OThe Arsonist - Stephanie Oakes  

PThe Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles) - Mary E. Pearson  

Q

RAlmost Midnight - Rainbow Rowell,Simini Blocker  

S

TThe Darkest Corners - Kara Thomas  

UKissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  

V

W

X

Y

ZAmerican Street - Ibi Zoboi  

Free SpaceMorrighan: A Remnant Chronicles Novella - Mary E. Pearson  

Snow Falling

Snow Falling - Jane Gloriana Villanueva

I love Jane the Virgin, so when I found out that the book Jane was writing in the show was being turned into a real book, I knew I had to read it. Since it was meant to be a retelling of Jane's relationship with Michael with a happily ever after, I knew it would follow the general plot of the show, but set in Miami in the early 1900s with changes to match that setting. But it kept some elements from the show that I did not expect that detracted from the story.

 

The Jane the Virgin show had a wonderful narrator who added humor and suspense to the story. However, this was an element that only works well in the show. The book had a narrator who interrupted the flow of the story and felt like an awkward addition to the romance story that I found it hard to believe Jane would actually include. It just didn't mesh well with the story.

 

The plot of the story is also very rushed. Although the book trimmed down extraneous plots from the show, it still had to fit multiple seasons of plot into a relatively short book. Rake's sudden and intense interest in Josephine had me wondering why he wanted her so badly. There wasn't much time for relationship develop between all the characters like there was in the show, which was one of the reasons why the show worked so well.

 

The plot changes to make the setting work also didn't work well. Instead of being accidentally artificially inseminated like Jane was on the show, Josephine became pregnant after a drunken one night stand she had cheating on her fiance because she thought he was cheating on her. This just made her look bad because she had total trust in him one moment and then saw him hugging a woman (who was his partner) and suddenly was convinced he was cheating without even confronting him. And then Rake came along and was creepy and kept pushing her boundaries every time she said no to him until he got her drunk and then got her to sleep with him. So Josephine looked bad with her complete and sudden lack of trust in her fiance. And Rake looked bad with his continuous pushiness, inability to let her say no to him about anything, and taking advantage of her when she's feeling bad and using it to get her drunk and hit on her. Not a great love triangle.

 

If I didn't have the Jane the Virgin background to enjoy comparing the book's plot to, I don't think the book would have worked for me at all. The narrator didn't fit the story well, the plot was rushed, and the relationships weren't well-developed. I really just liked seeing how the characters and plot points were changed to match up to the new setting. I don't think I'd recommend this for anyone who hasn't watched Jane the Virgin. And even for people who have watched it, I don't know how many this would work for.

The Last Black Unicorn

The Last Black Unicorn - Tiffany Haddish

I hadn't heard of Tiffany Haddish until she hosted SNL last year. I was immediately charmed by her. She stole every sketch she was in and was absolutely hilarious. When I found out she had a book coming out, I knew I had to read it. Her charm and humor shown through in this book, but it was a hard book to get through at times.

 

Before she was even an adult, Tiffany Haddish gone through a ridiculous amount of horrible things. And horrible things just kept happening. She was very open about her life, the (many) things done to her, and the mistakes she'd made. It was amazing how she found humor in some of the situations. And her ability to forgive and be kind to those who wronged her is incredible. Tiffany Haddish talked about her interactions with various ex-boyfriends, comedians, and celebrities, but only named names when the interactions were positive. Otherwise, she gave them pseudonyms.

 

From the very first chapter, it was clear Tiffany is a tough and resourceful person. Really, the whole book showed that. She told her of she got all the way to ninth grade before she learned how to read (and without anyone realizing until then that she couldn't). We learned how she became a pimp for a period of time. And she talked about the struggles of being a woman in comedy.

 

There's only one chapter that was not funny, which she warned right at the start of it. It was the story of her ex-husband, and it is a difficult one to get through because there are so many warning signs that the relationship was going to be horrible that she missed. And just when it looked like it was over, the story kept going.

 

Overall, I was incredibly impressed with her. She is funny, clever, tough, kind, and all-around wonderful. Tiffany Haddish is now on my radar for people whose work to make sure I check out. I'll be watching her movie, Girls Trip, just as soon as I can get it from the library, and I look forward to seeing what she does next.

2017 End of the Year Book Survey, Pt. 2

looking-ahead-books-2015

 

There were too many books I'm looking forward to this year, so I decided to split this give them their own section. 2018 looks like it will be a good year for books. Hopefully it will be good for many things.

 

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

These 4 are all books by authors I've loved, but I just didn't get a chance to get to their new ones before the year ended.

Roomies - Christina Lauren  Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills  Love, Life, and the List - Kasie West  At the Edge of the Universe - Shaun David Hutchinson  

Year One was recommended to me by someone who thought I'd love it. It does sound perfect for me.

Year One - Nora Roberts 

This is the book from the Jane the Virgin TV series, which I love.

Snow Falling - Jane Gloriana Villanueva 

And the rest are all books that caught my eye from book blogs.

Echo After Echo - Amy Rose Capetta  Speak Easy, Speak Love - McKelle George  Kissing Max Holden - Katy Upperman  Here and Gone: A Novel - Haylen Beck  Lucky Girl - Amanda Maciel  Prince in Disguise - Stephanie Kate Strohm

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

These are all by authors I like whose upcoming books sound right up my alley.

The Cheerleaders - Kara Thomas  Listen to Your Heart - Kasie West  It Takes Two to Tumble: Seducing the Sedgwicks - Cat Sebastian  The Cruel Prince - Holly Black  Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World - Mackenzi Lee,Ms. Petra Eriksson 

I'll confess it was the covers for these 2 that first made me want to read them. Then I read what they were actually about and was still interested.

Emergency Contact - Mary H. K. Choi  A Princess in Theory: Reluctant Royals - Alyssa Cole 

The rest of these came from upcoming release lists and all looked pretty good.

 Anger Is a Gift - Mark Oshiro  Girl Made of Stars - Ashley Herring Blake  Nothing Happened - Molly Booth  Lizzie - Dawn Ius  Dread Nation - Justina Ireland  Tyler Johnson Was Here - Jay Coles  The Prince and the Dressmaker - Jen Wang  

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

My So-Called Bollywood Life - Nisha Sharma  Ship It - Britta Lundin  The F Word - Kiley Roache  The Unbinding of Mary Reade - Miriam McNamara  People Like Us - Dana Mele  American Panda - Gloria Chao  The Wedding Date - Jasmine Guillory  The Dangerous Art of Blending In - Angelo Surmelis  Let's Talk About Love - Claire Kann  The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks,Sarah Pekkanen  The Fandom - Anna Day 

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

My Plain Jane - Brodi Ashton,Cynthia Hand,Jodi Meadows  A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses) - Sarah J. Maas 

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

 I want to work on reading my physical books. They've really started piling up and need to get read. I'd also like to get back to writing reviews.

 

Source: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2017/12/8th-annual-end-of-year-survey-2017-edition.html

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