Monday, March 19, 2018

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

e-ARC, 308 pages
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Published by: Simon Pulse
Read from: March 14-18, 2018
Source: Edelweiss (I received a copy of this book from the Edelweiss and the Publisher in exchange for a just and honest review. This did nothing to influence my review.) 
For fans of:  Paranormal, Romance, Witches, Magic, Ghosts, Pretty Covers, Magical Realism, 

     Welcome to the cursed town of Sparrow…
     Where, two centuries ago, three sisters were sentenced to death for witchery. Stones were tied to their ankles and they were drowned in the deep waters surrounding the town.
     Now, for a brief time each summer, the sisters return, stealing the bodies of three weak-hearted girls so that they may seek their revenge, luring boys into the harbor and pulling them under.
     Like many locals, seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot has accepted the fate of the town. But this year, on the eve of the sisters’ return, a boy named Bo Carter arrives; unaware of the danger he has just stumbled into.
     Mistrust and lies spread quickly through the salty, rain-soaked streets. The townspeople turn against one another. Penny and Bo suspect each other of hiding secrets. And death comes swiftly to those who cannot resist the call of the sisters.
     But only Penny sees what others cannot. And she will be forced to choose: save Bo, or save herself.


      I have to admit, when I saw this book, I only wanted to read it becasue of the cover. I'm not usually one who likes books about withces, but I stuck my neck out and gave it a chance. It turned out to completely different than I expected and I really enjoyed it. 
"Everyone believes they're immune. Until they're not."
pg. 43
     Sparrow, Oregon has been cursed for over 200 years by the legend of the Swan sisters. Every summer they come back on the notes of a song and steal the bodies of three girls and then drown boys as the summer goes on. But this year is different. Penny meets Bo and suddenly secrets from everyone start to come out. But who can trust who? And will you really risk it? 
"It's as predictable as the tide and the moon. It ebbs and flows. Death comes and goes."
pg. 68
     The world building in this was superb y'all. I really felt like I was on the beach, in the parties, in the lighthouse, and more. Maybe it's because I from a place with a beach and I can recognize these things, but I really felt pulled into Ernshaw's story and really felt like I was in Sparrow. 
"Love is an enchantress- devious and wild. It sneaks up behind you, soft and gentle and quiet, just before it slits your throat."
pg. 177
     Come to think of it, the world-building was probably the reason I didn't mind that this was about witches. Ernshaw does a great job of providing details about the back-story as well as giving the details of how the sisters survive. You may not get the information all at once, but that's what makes the story. 
"Apparently, love is the worst kind of maddness."
pg. 200
          The only complaint I had about this story was the plot. In many places it dragged, but I decided to stick with it because I was still intrigued. But once it got to the plot twist, the story sped up and I didn't want to put it down. Granted the plot twist is after 200 pages and many of you who read it will have some suspicion, but it will still throw you for a loop. 
"If only love were so easily conjured, there wouldn't be so many broken hearts..."
pg. 236
     Lastly, this book was so well written I found myself highlighting so many different phrases and words. Ernshaw has a beautiful writing style that pulled me into Sparrow and kept me there until the very end. From the descriptions of the characters to the description of the places surrounding them and even the cats, I loved reading her words. 
"She belongs where the land meets the sea"
pg. 308
     I wasn't supposed to like so much of this book based on my past interests. But this book surprised me so much. I loved so much about it and really didn't have any issues with it. Although the plot could have moved a bit faster, I do appreciate the way in which she told the story. Thank you Ernshaw for creating such a magical story that made me want to open my mind to other books about magic and witches.
Overall, I give this

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stacking the Shelves #260 & the Weekly Wrap-Up!

This bookish meme tells the blogosphere what all we borrowed, bought, and received for review. It's hosted over at Tynga's Reviews.

From the Publishers: 
The Way You Make Me FeelA Blade So Black
Sky in the Deep

From the Library: 
The WifeThe Traitor's Game (The Traitor's Game, #1)Say You'll Remember Me

I stayed away from McGarry's newest because I thought it was part of a series. And then I found out it wasn't and now I NEED it. 

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha, #1)

The Weekly Wrap-Up!

Wednesday 03/14/18: Waiting on Wednesday: The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
Friday 03/16/18: Book Blogger Hop: Flashback Friday
 Saturday 03/17/18:  Book to Movie Review: Love, Simon

Me on Instagram

I bookpushed Children of Blood and Bone to my mom and I have been asking her every five minutes what part is she on smh 

Saturday night living <3

What went on at your blog this week?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Book to Movie Review: Love, Simon

PG-13, 109 minutes
Release Date: March 16, 2018

     Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity. (From IMDb)


     Everything about this was amazing. Can I just use that as my review? I laughed, I cried, and I swooned. All three of my favorite things. I've seen it twice, and I already want to see it ten more times. If that's not enough to convince you to see it, I don't know what is. 
     In the movie version of Becky Albertalli's book, Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda, Simon Spier is keeping a huge secret. Something that will change the way his family, friends, and everyone looks at him. He's gay. But when someone finds out and blackmails him, he must do what he can to keep his secret from coming out before he's ready. 
     First off, can we talk about the cast?! My goodness everyone was the PERFECT person for each role and I was so impressed with how they embraced their roles. Everyone was perfect at each of their roles. (Can we talk about that scene when he finally goes off on that person for doing that terrible thing? The entire theater at my screening started applauding. It. Was. PERFECTION.)  I'm not sure I could have asked for a better Simon, Blue, or set of Simon's parents. They were all amazing and I loved seeing them come to life on the big screen. 
     I also really loved the movie adaptation. Although EVERY single detail wasn't in the movie, I felt a good amount of them were and that was fine with me. The Oreos made an apperance, the most important quotes that needed to be there, the chalkboard wall, the Halloween party, everything that I wanted to see portrayed was there and I was thankful. This is definitely one of the best books to movies adaptations I've seen and I'm so happy for Becky that it turned out amazing. Dare I say I might even have loved the movie just a little bit more than the book. (And if you know me, you know I NEVER say this.) And let's just say the changes they made were very miniscule. They had what mattered in the story, so that was good enough for me. (As long as my favorite quote, "there shouldn't even be a default," and the ferris wheel scene were the same, the rest of the movie could've been completely different lol) 
     Lastly, my favorite thing about this was looking around the theater and seeing all the different people there in the theater. There were people like me who were by themselves, there were gay and straight couples, book lovers, older people, teens, and movie critics. This is a feel good romance for anyone, no matter what your background is. This movie is so important and its such a good love story that everyone will be drawn to it. 
     This movie is a universal feel good romance. I can't wait for everyone to see it and read it or re-read it now. Simon and his friends deserve all the hype their getting and I hope you all love it as much as I do. They deserve it. 
Overall, I give this

P.S. I have to go back and watch it AGAIN to go back and look for the Easter eggs. (Like the Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli cameos, and the Adam Silvera books on his shelves.) The first time I saw it I was just watching it. Now I want to watch it to search for all the things I didn't catch the first time lol Is there anyone out there that caught them all? 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Book Blogger Hop: Flashback Friday!

 Who is your favorite children's book author and why?

Margaret Wise Brown by Consuelo Kanaga, 82.65.1833 01.jpg
(Picture from Wikipedia)

I am not ashamed of my young obsession with Goodnight, Moon. My mom told me I listened to her read that book every night for 6 months. And even now to this day, I still own that tattered copy and can't wait to read it to my own future kids. Margaret Wise Brown was and still is a favorite of mine.

(Picture from

As I got older, I found I had another obsession..... The Babysitter's Club books. I remember owning every one of them and reading them all completely in order. I loved them all and I really hope they'll still be talked about and loved when I finally have a child and they can read them

What about you?
Who are your favoritie childhood authors?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller

Hardcover, 334 pages
Release Date: February 27, 2018
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
Read from: March 9-14, 2018
Daughter of the Pirate King, #2
Source: Library
For fans of:  Fantasy, Sirens, Magic, Pirates, Adventure, Romance, YA

     Alosa's mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he's under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father's justice.
     When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.


     So I read in the acknowledgements that she had a hard time while writing this book? And honestly, I'm like HOW? This book was excellent and actually my favorite of the two. I really enjoyed this book, but I really hate that this is the end. 
"My methods of interrogation have been known to make men lose their minds."
pg. 29
   Alosa has finished the mission that her father set her on, but then she hears from one of her prisoners that her father is keeping a major secret from her. In the midst of determining the truth, she finds out more information that leaves her reeling. She now sees her father and his keep for what they truly are: monsters. She does everything she can to reach the treasure before they do and keep those she cares about out of harm's way.
"If this arrangement is going to work, you're going to need to remember that we're not only women, we're pirates. [...] "You wouldn't give a second thought to a couple of men aboard your ship behaving in such a way or talking such talk. You do not get to judge us more harshly for being women. It's not fair, and it doesn't make sense. Not to mention I'll throw your arse overboard if I catch you doing it again."
pg. 50
     I was late to the party with this series originally. But I was still able to read it a couple months ago and I fell in love with thecharacters. That spcific detail transferred to this story too. I loved Alosa so much more this time and it wasso great to be back in her head again. And for her to be a pirate, it was pretty cool. I loved the siren side of her as well. It was pretty cool to learn about the legends behind them. It was pretty awesome. 
"You"-deepbreath-"are a monster." "And you've made the monster angry. Start talking."
pg. 79
     I also really liked the writing style. Just like last time I eased into the story and then got caught there. I hardly ever take 15 minute breaks, but with this one I found myself taking one just to dive back in and read. The entire book everytime I felt like things were ok, there was some huge surprise that happened that I wasn't expecting and I was holding my breath. Definitely not what I was expecting, but it was amazing.
""I may not have been born in the sea, but I was born to rule it. I am the daughter of the siren queen."
pg. 210
     I also really loved the world building. Although a bit more could have been done on the descriptions of the setting, it was also cool to be able to come up with those pictures in my own mind. Especially since it was a fantasy, it would've been cool to have a clearer picture from the author.
"You are perfect just the way you are," he continues, "and I wouldn't change a single thing about you."
pg. 244
   This book was an amazing series ender and I'm still upset that it was just a duology. It was a very interesting series about a girl who has a Pirate King father and a Siren Queen mother who had more power than she thought. I can't wait to see what else it is that Levenseller brings to her next book. Hopefully it wil be an epilogue of a thing they talked about in the book.....
Overall, I give this