Batman: Nightwalker

Batman: NightwalkerBatman: Nightwalker (DC Icons, #2) by Marie Lu
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers on January 2, 2018
Pages: 272
Format: Paperback
Goodreads
four-stars

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

Hey!
I’m back once again with a few book reviews, so stay tuned. You may have noticed that this title sounds familiar, well it probably is and that’s because this novel was lucky enough to be turned into a graphic novel, which I reviewed here. I loved this book as much as I loved the graphic novel, though I might have loved the actual book a bit more. I found that reading the actual novel added a bit more depth to the story than the graphic novel did. I would still definitely recommend both. I have been loving the DC Icons series and hope that they come out with more novels, because it actually made me fall in love with DC Icons for the first time in a long while.

Let me know if you have read this novel or any of the other novels in the DC Icons series. I hope to see you soon in another post.

four-stars

Confessions of a Hater

Confessions of a HaterConfessions of a Hater by Caprice Crane
Published by Feiwel & Friends on August 27, 2013
Genres: Friendship, Peer Pressure, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
Pages: 368
Goodreads
three-half-stars

Mean girls are always the haters - Right?

Hailey Harper has always felt invisible. Now her dad has a new job and the family is moving to Hollywood. Just what Hailey needs: starting a new high school.

As she's packing, Hailey finds a journal that belonged to her older sister, Noel, who is away at college. Called "How to Be a Hater," it's full of info Hailey can really use. Has Hailey found the Bible of Coolness? Will it help her reinvent herself at her new school? Will her crush notice her? Will she and the other Invisibles dethrone the popular mean girls? After all, they deserve it. Don't they?

Caprice Crane's funny--and deeply felt--observations about high school, bullies, popularity, friendship, and romance will leave teens thinking...and talking.

Hello Everyone!
Are you still with me? Is anyone still out there? Are you still hanging in there for a bit more reviews and posts that I have lined up for you. I think I have a ton lined up for you. I might be changing the way I do posts in the future, but that is still something I am contemplating in my brain.

Today’s post is a review on Confessions of a Hater by Caprice Crane. Oh Lord, I have on my bookshelf for WAY too long. Sorry Caprice Crane! I bought this book when it first came out because I loved your novels, but then couldn’t get into it and got distracted by life and other novels but my goal this year was to conquer the books on my bookshelves and figure out if they are really necessary to keep. This also helped me to fulfill a challenge on the Creating & Co book map for the year. Yes, I am still on the first one even though people have already moved on to the second one *sigh*

I honestly could go on about this novel, but I won’t. This is Caprice Crane’s first foray into writing something aimed at a younger audience the rest of her books are usually aimed at the 20-30 year audience. Though I still love her writing style and had some laugh out loud moments with the book I feel as if I’m getting to old to read certain YA books or maybe its just that this book was published in 2013 and some things in the media and the way teenagers communicate has changed since then.

Either way I would still recommend this book if you are looking for a fun read or want to reminisce about high school. If you are looking for an older audience book that is still funny I would definitely recommend some of her other novels. Let’s not forget to check out Caprice Crane on other platforms and some of her other accolades that include screen writing for tv.

I hope that you enjoyed this review and look for more reviews and life posts coming soon.

three-half-stars

Sunday Currently 3.3


Hey!
I know that it has been a while since you have really heard from me, but it’s almost as if I have had nothing good to say. I’ve been reading quite a bit which you can tell from the plethora of book reviews on here. I have also been on an endless loop of cold brew coffees and napping between my 2 jobs. Expect a revamp and a bit more from me soon, but until then here are some thoughts from me today along with a few links that I think you’ll enjoy.

reading a few blogs, but mainly Again, but Better and Rules of Civility this week
writing  this post at least for now. I really need to catch up on journalling
listening to that Machine Gun Kelly song that has been on repeat on the radio lately
thinking I probably should be getting more sleep than I actually am lately
wishing that I had a bit more money or more will-power not to look at all the fall clothes
hoping that I can get a bit more things done, so that I can attempt to feel ahead in life.
wearing a sweater and these pixie pants from Old Navy. I highly recommend them!
loving pumpkin spice iced chai’s and the way my instagram has been looking lately
wanting this necklace from Stella&Dot and these pants from Old Navy, I think
needing a bit more holiday cheer and a bit more time
feeling the anticipation of something new might be just around the corner
eating Junior Mints, mexican food, and salads
anticipating Umbrella Academy season 2. See this announcement
watching Youtube videos and Hawaii 5-0 again
planning
things for my birthday weekend and next summer!?!
looking forward to days off to create more and sleep in
need to finish My Okinawa album and so many other things
main goal at least 2 books for this week and hopefully you are seeing a new look to this site.

Also Matt has a podcast through his radio station and he’s gotten to interview some pretty cool people, so you should give it a listen here.

RIP Readathon 2019

RIP Readathon 2019The Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven, #1) by Kate Williams
Published by Delacorte Press on September 17, 2019
Pages: 368
Goodreads



Adventures in Babysitting

meets

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it's kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she's good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let's just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She's Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme's babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra's mother left her: "Find the babysitters. Love, Mom."

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they're about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.

Hello everyone!
Welcome back to yet another book review. If you have been following along the past few weeks on social media, you will know that I have been participating in two readathons for the beginning of October. Whew! What a world wind of books it has been.

For the group read for the Creating & Co RIP Readathon the pick was The Baby Sitters Coven by Kate Williams. The close second runner up was a book called Serpent & Dove which I will also probably read a some point. Thankfully in a busy week, the group book fulfilled nearly all the prompts for the readathon, so I didn’t have much to worry about there in the way of book. Also thankfully this wasn’t the only book that I finished this week. I found the book lighthearted and very YA in the writing style. I was disappointed to find that the book is part of a series and not just a standalone novel. Why can’t people just write a single novel anymore?!? I loved the fact that Esme and Janis were so deeply into fashion that they coordinated and themed their outfits Overall, I would recommend this book if you are looking for something that is fun, but not so spooky to read.

RIP Readathon 2019Finale (Caraval, #3) by Stephanie Garber
Published by Flatiron Books on May 7, 2019
Pages: 478
Goodreads
five-stars

A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.

It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.

With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time—only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.

Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end…

The second book that I had planned to read and finish for the readathon was Finale by Stephanie Garber. What?!?! I’m only reading two books for a readathon?!? Yes, I know that seems wild, but let’s be honest I really hoped that this was doable since Matt & I ended up traveling for a friend’s wedding during the week of the readathon.

I had planned to read Finale months ago when it came out and I got the box from FairyLoot, but it didn’t happen then. I’m so glad that I finally was able to read and finish the book now though. If you haven’t read my reviews on the other books in this trilogy you can do so here and here. There will be some spoilers from the other books since that is just the way that series go. I found it interesting that in this book the author chose to do a back and forth perspective between the two sisters instead of having the perspective of just one sister. I thought that this may have made for better reading, but at times it was also confusing. I would recommend this book if you have already started the series and are hoping to finish it.

I’m glad that I was able to finish both books that I had planned for this readathon and I hope that in the next readathon that I am able to finish all the books that I plan to finish and more. Let me know if you joined in on this readathon or are planning on joining in on the next one. See you soon!

Gilmoreadathon

GilmoreadathonIn Conclusion, Don't Worry About It by Lauren Graham
Published by Ballantine Books on April 3, 2018
Pages: 64
Goodreads

Advice for graduates and reflections on staying true to yourself from the beloved Gilmore Girls actress and New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Talking as Fast as I Can and the novel Someday, Someday, Maybe.

"If you're not where you want to be on this day - don't worry about it. Because the spotlight aspect of life? That's not the satisfying part."

In this expansion of her 2017 commencement speech at her hometown Langley High, Lauren Graham reflects in her hilarious, relatable voice, on growing up, pursuing your dreams, and living in the here-and-now. "Whatever path you choose, whatever career you decide to go after, the important thing," she writes, "is that you keep finding joy in what you're doing, especially when the joy isn't finding you." She reminds us to be curious and compassionate, no matter where life takes you. "Whether you hope to be an actor or a politician or a mathematician, I've learned that empathy and kindness are your most valuable tools." Grounded and inspiring, this is Graham's roadmap to a happy life: "Be a fan, not a theater critic."

Hey!
Welcome back to a another fun reading post! When I heard about this readathon happening over on Youtube I knew that I couldn’t resist joining in. In case you missed it, you can watch my youtube video below.

Here are my reviews on the books that I was able to finish during the readathon.

First up, I read In Conclusion, Don’t worry about it by Lauren Graham. The group book for this readathon was Lauren Graham’s autobiography which I read a few years back and you can read here. While, I could have re-read the book I decided to challenge myself to something new and read the book on her commencement speech that has been on my TBR for a minute. I thought the book was interesting for a speech that was roughly 5 minutes or so, that turned into a 50ish page book. I found the advice related to her career and the highs and lows as well as her relationship with her father. I thought the advice was appropriate for a high school graduating class and that it was pretty sound.

GilmoreadathonTell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Published by Delacorte Press on April 5, 2016
Pages: 328
Goodreads

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

The second book that I finished was Tell me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum. I found the premise of the book intriguing and also this book fulfilled the prompt book with food on the cover. In this book, we meet Jessie Holmes a junior in highschool who has just transferred to Wood Valley High in Los Angeles after her dad marries a woman he met on the internet. Jessie at first has a hard time adjusting to life in Los Angeles and then surprisingly during her first week of school she gets a random email from someone at school, who is willing to help her navigate the mysterious world of Los Angeles. The book takes you through nearly 2.5 months of her in navigating this life and figuring out how it all should work since her mother passed away. I loved the book, even though it may have fallen into some of the typical miscommunication tropes I definitely recommend this cute story about love and a little bit about life.

GilmoreadathonThe Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven, #1) by Kate Williams
Published by Delacorte Press on September 17, 2019
Pages: 368
Goodreads



Adventures in Babysitting

meets

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

in this funny, action-packed novel about a coven of witchy babysitters who realize their calling to protect the innocent and save the world from an onslaught of evil.

Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it's kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she's good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let's just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She's Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme's babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra's mother left her: "Find the babysitters. Love, Mom."

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they're about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.

The third book I actually ended up finishing was The Baby Sitters Coven by Kate Williams, which is the first book in the series of books. Again with the series of books people!*sigh* This was also the Creating & Co group read for the RIP Readathon that happened the following week, so you can read a more in depth review here. Overall, I like the book and would probably continue the series, but I found it very YA in the writing style. You can also tell that this is the author’s first foray into writing a full novel because there are some plot points that don’t quite add up.

GilmoreadathonFinale (Caraval, #3) by Stephanie Garber
Published by Flatiron Books on May 7, 2019
Pages: 478
Goodreads

A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.

It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.

With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him.

Caraval is over, but perhaps the greatest game of all has begun. There are no spectators this time—only those who will win, and those who will lose everything.

Welcome, welcome to Finale. All games must come to an end…

The last book that I was able to finish for the readathon even though it was a couple of days late was Finale by Stephanie Garber. I had hoped to read this book when it initially came out months ago, but things just kept getting in the way. I am glad that I finally got the chance to read it. If you haven’t read my reviews on the other books in the series you can do so here and here. In fact, you might want to read those before you read this mini review. In this book, we catch up with Scarlet and Tella a few months after Legend has taken the throne as Elentine’s missing heir. We find Tella still has torn feelings regarding Legend and his actions and Scarlet even though she has real feelings for Julian doesn’t want to give up on the life her father gave her. Scarlet and Tella’s mother is also still asleep at the beginning of the book. This book has many twists and turns as it jumps back and forth from Scarlet and Tella’s point of view to weave together a beautiful story.

I’m a bit sad that I didn’t get to finish more books during the readathon, but I’m glad that I had the chance to participate and that I finally was able to read some of these books. I hope that this readathon comes back next year and that I will have the chance to participate again. Let me know if you participated in this readathon and how you did. See you soon!