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The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais

Standalone. Diamond Book Distributors (Oct. 2017) NetGalley
Lose yourself in in the dark forests ofAmélie Fléchais' spectacular artwork. A young wolf, on a journey to bring his grandmother a rabbit, is charmed by the nice little girl who offers to help him... but nice is not the same as good. A haunting fairy tale for children and adults alike.

YES! I say yes to this book! Oh, how I love dark and twisted fairy tales... 

The narration of this beautifully told tale is perfect. I loved that it was a little wolf as the main character. I even liked the creepy little bunny he was keeping to take to his grandmother. 

A little wolf, wearing an infamous red cape, goes to give his grandmother a bunny that has been caught and killed. He is warned to avoid the forest of dead wood where a hunter and his daughter live. Of course, he wonders off and some interesting things happen along the way.

What really stood out for me was that the story was all about point of view. I liked that this was pointed …

Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier

Blackthorn & Grim #1. Roc (Nov. 2014) Library
In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she'll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help. 

Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais. He knows her only from a portrait and sweetly poetic correspondence that have convinced him Flidais is his destined true love. But Oran discovers letters can lie. For although his intended exactly resembles her portrait, her brutality upon arrival proves she is nothing like the sensitive woman of the letters.

With the strategic marriage imminent, Oran sees no way out of his dilemma. Word has spread that Blackt…

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

Song of the Lioness #1. Atheneum Books (Sept. 2002) Library
"From now on I'm Alan of Trebond, the younger twin. I'll be a knight."

In a time when girls are forbidden to be warriors, Alanna of Trebond wants nothing more than to be knight of the realm of Tortall. So she finds a way to switch places with her brother, Thom. Disguised as a boy, Alanna begins her training as a page at the palace of King Roald. The road to knighthood, as she discovers, is not an easy one. Alanna must master weapons, combat, magic -- and also polite behavior, her temper, and even her own heart. With stubbornness, skill, and daring, she wins the admiration of all around her, and the friendship of Prince Jonathan of Tortall himself. But she also makes an enemy of the prince's uncle, the powerful and charming Duke Roger....

Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna's first adventure begins -- one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and the …

Taproot by Keezy Young

Standalone. Lion Forge (Sept. 2017) NetGalley
Blue is having a hard time moving on. He's in love with his best friend. He's also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart's content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal's strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means... leaving him.

If you think the cover is cute just imagine the possibilities when you open the pages of Taproot.

Hamal is a gardener who can see ghosts. Blue is a ghost that hangs around Hamal and also happens to be in love with him...

This was really adorable, the writing, and the plot were engaging. The artwork is the type of style I love. I was never bored and seriously how cute could Hamal and Blue be? Hamal is this sweet guy who loves plants. He has a kind soul. He talks to ghosts and listens to their problems. He doesn't understand …

Diversity Spotlight Thursday | #1

Hosted @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks

A Diverse Book I’ve Read
Danny's tall and skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. Ninety-five mile an hour fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it.

But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny’ s brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged. But it works the other way too. And Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. 

That’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. Only, to find himself, he may just have to face the demons he refuses to see--the demons that are right in front of his face. A…

One Moment by Kristina McBride

Standalone. Sky Pony Press (Jan. 2017) NetGalley
This was supposed to be the best summer of Maggie’s life. Now it’s the one she’d do anything to forget.

Maggie Reynolds remembers hanging out at the gorge with her closest friends after a blowout party the night before. She remembers climbing the trail hand in hand with her perfect boyfriend, Joey. She remembers that last kiss, soft, lingering, and meant to reassure her. So why can't she remember what happened in the moment before they were supposed to dive? Why was she left cowering at the top of the cliff, while Joey floated in the water below—dead?

As Maggie's memories return in snatches, nothing seems to make sense. Why was Joey acting so strangely at the party? Where did he go after taking her home? And if Joey was keeping these secrets, what else was he hiding?

I've seen the original cover of this book for years. I was surprised to find out that it was being remarketed with a new cover. I never knew that the story surroun…

Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

Standalone. Wednesday Books (Oct. 2017) NetGalley
Flora Goldwasser has fallen in love. She won't admit it to anyone, but something about Elijah Huck has pulled her under. When he tells her about the hippie Quaker school he attended in the Hudson Valley called Quare Academy, where he'll be teaching next year, Flora gives up her tony upper east side prep school for a life on a farm, hoping to woo him. A fish out of water, Flora stands out like a sore thumb in her vintage suits among the tattered tunics and ripped jeans of the rest of the student body. When Elijah doesn't show up, Flora must make the most of the situation and will ultimately learn more about herself than she ever thought possible.

Told in a series of letters, emails, journal entries and various ephemera, Flora's dramatic first year is laid out for all to see, embarrassing moments and all.

So not what I was expecting! At first glance, I didn't think I could like a story about a privileged girl in a schoo…

Mini Reviews: Baker Street, Wonderland, and a Teapot

The Baker Street Four #1. Insight Comics (May 2017) NetGalley
The Baker Street Four are a group of spies that watch the streets of London for the infamous Sherlock Holmes and Watson. Billy, Charlie, Tom, and their cat get into saving lives and stopping villains in this story. They set out to save a girl after she's been kidnapped and find the truth when a Russian immigrant is framed for a crime Jack the Ripper would appreciate.

The art design is absolutely beautiful! I couldn't applaud Etien's artistry more. The illustrations were colorful, detailed, and had a unique style that fit perfectly with the story. The story though... did not fair well for me. The way the ARC was given to me the words were separate from the actual images. It made the story difficult to follow but even without the complication I think it would have been hard to follow nonetheless. I don't know if it's just me but the accents threw me off as well. I've read books where characters have acce…

2017 Audiobook Challenge Mid-Year Update

This is my update post on how my Audiobook Challenge is going. I am going for Weekend Warrior (I'm Getting the Hang of This) 5 - 10 books. So far I have four books listened to so that means I only one more to go! I only started to listen to books this past May and none of them are on my list of books I wanted to listen to. Go figure.

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake

To Be Reviewed

Private - Perfected

Have you listened to any good books lately?

Library Loot #3: Comics and Steampunk

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

I haven't done one of these in a long time, but I recently decided to get a bunch load of books from the library. These books are mainly for challenges on Goodreads and the yearly challenges I've signed up for.

I watched Over the Garden Wall a while back now. The world was fun, interesting, and a little bit dark. I can't wait to get back to that story.
I decided to read Perfect Ruin for a team challenge I'm participating in. I started reading it and so far it's very different from the books I've read lately. The writing is really well done.
The Star Thief and Vermilion are both steampunk reads. I am failing at my steampunk reading challenge so I thought I would pick up a couple of steampunk books. The Star Thief was picked because of it's beautiful cover and the same …

Anne with an E: Netflix Review

Anne of Green Gables was a book I avoided reading for years on end. I feel like I've always had this mass market paperback in my closet. I finally got rid of the book or so I think because I can't find it now....

And then.... I watched the YouTube series. It wasn't perfect but I ended up loving the story. More than anything I fell in love with Gilbert.

Fast forward this past year; I read Anne of Green Gables. It has a lot of differences from what I can remember from the TV series to the book. It does continue to have Anne as a talker and a dreamer as well as Gilbert continually being amazing.

If you don't know Anne might be strange when you first meet her. She's a dreamer, a reader, a talker, and very, VERY dramatic. She feels a lot more just like your average reader or someone who has dealt with the heartache in her past.

Anne's parents died when she was a baby so she was sent to a foster care home for girls. The girls there ended up bullying her. She's s…

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake by Amy E. Reichert

Standalone. Tantor Audio. (July 2015) Library
In downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lou works tirelessly to build her beloved yet struggling French restaurant, Luella’s, into a success. She cheerfully balances her demanding business and even more demanding fiancé…until the morning she discovers him in the buff—with an intern.

Witty yet gruff British transplant Al is keeping himself employed and entertained by writing scathing reviews of local restaurants in the Milwaukee newspaper under a pseudonym. When an anonymous tip sends him to Luella’s, little does he know he’s arrived on the worst day of the chef’s life. The review practically writes itself: underdone fish, scorched sauce, distracted service—he unleashes his worst.

The day that Al’s mean-spirited review of Luella’s runs, the two cross paths in a pub: Lou drowning her sorrows, and Al celebrating his latest publication. As they chat, Al playfully challenges Lou to show him the best of Milwaukee and she’s game—but only if they never dis…

Stitched Vol. 1: The First Day of the Rest of Her Life

Stitched #1. Charmz (May 2017) NetGalley
Crimson Volania Mulch has a problem; she just woke up in a crypt and, besides her name, has no idea of who, where, or what she is. Welcome to the Cemetery of Assumptions, a vast landscape of stones, mausoleums, and secrets. Home to monsters and mayhem, it may also hold the answers to her unknown parentage. 

Crimson is a resourceful patchwork girl and determined to find them. Along the way, she meets the mysterious Wisteria, who has a tendency to change and a witch named Parameter whose spells tend to go awry. And two boys, Simon and Quinton, who make her feel something besides lost and confused. She must battle ghosts, zombies, and monsters in order to learn where she came from and who her real "mother" is. But will she do it alone, or will she have help from her new friends and unexpected crushes?

Crimson Volania Mulch has just awoken to a new life where someone has been calling her name. With no clue who she is or where her mother is,…

2017 Summer Bucket List

I've been thinking a lot about this Summer and what I wanted to do. Before long I started looking up Summer Bucket Lists which I've done in previous years. I've never made one but thought this was the year to do it. Some of my summer bucket list might not make sense but it's what I want to do.
I don't know people who have ever done Summer Bucket Lists personally so it does sound like a weird thing to want to do. But I want to have a Summer where I proactively do fun things for myself and others. The most exciting Summers for me were swimming in the pool constantly as a kid, going to Disney, or that trip to Georgia I can't believe my parents agreed to. I have no money for a trip but I'm excited to see what the Summer has in store for me. 

What do you want to do this summer?