Victoria schwab and epic reads meet up 

So I fortune enough to meet Victoria again for a 5th time. I orginally didn’t think I was going to this event since with Bookcon the week before and ALA next week. I didn’t request it off, well day before the event I relized I was 8:45-4:45 which 95% of the time I don’t get that shift but day before I relized I did so I Called ahead to reserve my spot. Get there find my friends who I Iv met from last signings and chill and talk books that whole fun stuff. Finally authors show up which is Victoria showed up and other authors in bad but author aslyum series and the testing series author. Both as well have new books called house of furies & house of Eden. So author of the testing comes down first this is different type of signing since was big giant circle but I can say is she is quirky as hell. Not Ava’s thing but maybe more than I’m used to but ever so nice. And asked about covers which is usual didn’t get much say in cover. I ask if liked it and what’s a small fact that most readers won’t know about your covers. With this author didn t get to all 3 but oh well. Victoria answer was same 90% no say say minus blah bad now where she decided on the title of the book and more so the cover. And this savage song orginally had a different cover that she loved but was swapped out and she at first didn’t like as much but now loves her cover. And last author didn’t have a say at all but just let the publishing people do her work they know what does best. So after did photo’s and running joke started by Jen my friend was since on tour to get matching tattoo’s haha. Author of aslyum was like sure and I know Victoria is down and she goes what I just heard my name and I’m down and explained tattoo’s and was like hell yea!! It was funny. So photo’s then ended the night if red robin with friends and the short hour drive home. And my friend was nice enough to gift me becky’s new book. 

Haunting the deep Adriana Mather 

Ahh yes going back into this world woot woot last book was a very big time fall read. I remember day I started book one it was pouring out just like the cover of book one. But going in I was excited for this since its same cast again your big group of mis fits of the descendants. To start 6 months has past since Samantha Mather helped save Salem and the descendants from a hanging that there old family happened or caused it. Thing with this book that it has scenes to titanic not many authors will go for that but Adriana one day found a letter from her family that was right after that said they survived with the Harper’s which most know as one of people who started Harper Collins. But the story telling makes it feel like your on the ship pre days to its sinking and all the ghostly feels of in town. And Adriana makes story so livid. Unlike book 1 this book flows and it’s extremely mysterious unlike book one which unsure what was going on so made it very enjoyable. And wished this wasn’t last book in this series but hope she comes back one day. But def loved loved loved it and much better than book one. 

5/5 stars ~~~~~ JUSTIN 

Bea day 2 and haul

Well first day was a blast hung with my friends  all day which usually is only a few hours. But morning started out much later since my co blogger Stacy and I decided we wanted to sleep in even I did wanted to meet Neil Patrick Harris I still skipped it. But other than that just same old day going around at booths trying talk with publishing houses on contemporary’s that they liked that is up coming. But to say first thing in AM was unearthly by Amie Kaufman and Meagan spooner start of a new series at Disney Hyperion which is sick then from there was a lot of roaming. The things that stick out are wonder women which I give props to penguin people started lining up 2 hours in advanced and a line got started that a massed fast and it got penguin by surprise since was out of the booth but instead of penguin saying no to it they let the unofficial line become the real one. Which example at yallfest macmillian refused to do that even though was nice organized line for crown of wishes and made it a free for all stampede literally…. Only other thing that stick out was owlcrate made my day by doing a arc drop of lucky in love by kasie west and my first arc of hers 😍😍 so can’t wait to dig Into it. So another day ended only thing I was sad was my co blogger is leaving next day which won’t see till ALA. But for that evening we did food at Outback Steakhouse my fav and she met one of my best friends Kelly and had a fun time. So that was my basic day I know only thing you want to see is my book haul. 

Bookexpo day 1 and start of my NYC trip

So I’ve been waiting weeks for this adventure to begin since my co blogger is out from Illinois and see all my book friends for days and have dinner all that fun stuff. But day starts off day 1 at 8 am since takes a little bit to take bus from nj to NYC. I picked up my co blogger at her hotel and we were off just only diffrence was diffrent bus line than I was used to and I have a fear of public trans so unsure of the whole thing, but going in is better since last stop is the port authority. So we’re heading to javitz unsure how the day will pan out since it says Bea but the show floor won’t he open so it’s either said pavilion/ ABA something librarians. Ended up being mass sale of books at a cheap price. I wish I had money to buy them, but sadly I’m saving for a new trip in 2 weeks. So our friends which met up with few others all said lets get food and hit the strand and books of wonder.  Saw that and always amazing to stop at them since bow for signed copies and the strand for cheap hard covers, again I didn’t buy anything but my friend Laura found 2 hp books for 2 dollars that’s insane!! After that did 1 dollar pizza of 2 bro’s pizza it’s amazing and love NYC pizza. Last but not least most of us were bloggers so we headed to bloggerbound a event with some authors and people of industry and bloggers of course and how to make your blog better. First panel was called quiet ya and how to make smaller less known books to bring them to light. Myself I read a lot of the big named with occasional smaller but I wanted to learn how get even more attention to a smaller named book thru social media. But I asked what sort of hashtags might help for less known books and thanks to that I received a bag of books one being that book summer book of short stories edited by Stephanie Perkins. And another can remember is radius of us. 

Next panel was just a group of bloggers and how to get your name out there. That was fun but I sorta knew a lot of the things so was a refresher course. Then we took a break of cupcakes and the big event is the the bag of arcs which i grabbed a few contemporys I didn’t take a photo was to tired and last but not least trivia with zoraida Cordova. We were split up by tables I was in between 2 so was hard which team deside since i knew most at both tables but ended up on the team that my co blogger wasn’t which was a team of laura and forget rest of team just know them from signings. We named ourselves the bookish brujas just like for zoraida’s book. And we made a good team I didn’t know 2 much but 2 questions everyone was stumped and I was able guess them which one was past blogger bound author and her title is one word about 2 people who steal a car which was run by Kody keplinger. So round 1 ends and were second place. Round 2 was harder but last few answers we guessed which my friend Laura guessed a few and another girl did we ended up being perfect and retallalied and we were # 1 by 2 points last was certain awards and year author received them. Was pure guessing game but we survived and won a bag of arcs which I had chosen Anthology of love triangles and one other book. So from there leaving can see lightning and rush against time to make it back with out getting wet. We made it but didn’t have dinner :(. So just went back and really went to sleep. That was my first day but I knew I was for in a ton with the real opening of book expo. ~~~~JUSTIN 

Wonder Women by Leigh Bardugo

Ok I’ll get to this book in a second but as a FYI to all fans don’t murder me but the thing is wait for it….. Wait for it.. I have not once read any comics,books or movies with wonder women in it. I’m not a big super hero person. So coming in I don’t know much so I was learning the world and such as I went besides being the real world. Now onto the book it starts with Diana she is a Amazon as they are called in the book with super strength and all that show hero shibang. And starts off come on the island and a running race between all the top Amazon people as Diana is racing she finds a ship that is sinking from a bomb explosion. And Diana goes to see if can help even though that’s compleatly against there code and if get caught helping a Human she will forever be banned from living there. As you learn thru person Diana helps rescue is a war bringer. Which it lives past a age she will cause a war and destruction. They don’t know till odd things happen on island now it’s there quest for Diana to help save the world and alia’s life. That’s the story, my take now I was some what bored at the start since just seemed like circles and no plot but finally near 125 it picks up and gets good since add the action to a few jokes here and there since Diana is learning something new of the mortal world and all that. But the book from then on is how you expect them to add in a touch of mythology to the mix and seeing how that’s described was cool and who knows which one’s you’ll meet. Overall slow start to ok-pretty good coming from a person who doesn’t like super hero stuff. So worth a read and get better idea of the world wonder women and light read. 4/5 stars ~~~~ JUSTIN 

Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu (dual blog post) 

Going into this book I was in much need of lighterish real world book since I just done acowar, obsidian and stars and the black witch 2 which are 500+ pages so I’m fantasy’ed out top it off some issues came up in my real world so I need fluffier stuff so expect contemporary binge.  So this book starts out with meeting the cast of this book as there heading to camp. You saying oooo there about to go fun camp but your wrong. There going to camp to help reflect on life and get better since each character each has a flaw like Andrew has a eating disorder, mason is just to into himself, Ben has to much up’s and downs. Stella no idea her issue never did figure it out and Clarissa has OCD where most has to end at 7. So going into this book most self help books have a theme like start off so negative then slowly characters see a change slowly get more confident and better well in this just my oppion on it was it missed its mark. Since didn’t have as much reflecting of that and now focusing just on daily life. Closest one who i think had a issue was drew surprising with his eating disorder and what goes thru the mind, I can say that not me but I dated someone who has a disorder and sounded like her. So thru whole book I’m cheering Andrew on. Other more relatable characters I’d cheer for is Ben and Clarissa. But besides drew. Other characters just didn’t seem to flow that well and reason didn’t think this worked to its conclusion. Soo def lighter than read but was a no go 3/5 stars ~~~~~~JUSTIN

“I can feel the words getting louder and louder with every bounce back until they are vibrating through my head until they are vibrating through my body until they are everything until they are inside me until I am light until I am stars until I am a supernova until I am nothing but words ringing in an infinity of space.”

This was labeled as one of the summers top reads and I’m trying to figure out why!? The synopsis is a y.a.’s wet dream and it was extremely hard to make a connection. The story was slow moving with characters that were very stereotyped and cry-babyish. I don’t see myself recommending this to anyone. 

Five teens come together for four weeks at a wilderness therapy summer camp. They all have their own problems that they are all trying to overcome. With each chapter we get the separate views of each individual character as you learn why they are really at this camp. 

Clarissa is obsessive compulsive, Mason believes everyone is an idiot but him, Ben would rather live in a fictional world, Andrew has an eating disorder which he thinks ruined his chance at his band becoming big and Stella is the bitch of the group who has trust issues. 

Some of these teens has more bigger issues than the other, but they all know that they need help. With a set schedule they will be able to better handle their situation while also breaking some of the rules. 

Will this camp help them overcome their illnesses to have a better life and have a better outlook to the future? 

I liked the idea of this camp who helps teens deal with their issues. It’s unique compared to all the other mental health ya books out in the world, but I couldn’t look past the darkness of most of the characters. They tried a little bit too hard to come off as rule breaking. I didn’t see the point of that. 

The only character that I felt was genuine was Andrew. His story was the most heartbreaking out of them all and I hope she furthers his story. 

The cover is very appealing, but I’m confused by the blandness of the title. I’m sure if she put more thought into it she could have come up with a better title. 

Disappointing! 

2/5 *Stacy*

Stalking Jack the Ripper 

This book sat on my book case for ever and ever. I’m sad I waited so long to read it. This book is about a girl Audrey wadsworth who in secret is learning her uncles trade of being a coroner which at a time when women were only supposed to have kids, cook the food and gossip about petty things over tea with the other women of the rich. While learning this trade, slowly people are getting murdered mostly prostitutes. The thing about these murderes there extremely grousome some of the worst there country has ever seen. These are the older days which forget the year so these horrific crimes are not common slowly Audrey has determined to find out who the murder was since her, her uncle and one of her students finds the facts of things they forensics. Only thing was fully sure but page 85 I took my guess who the murderer was and i guessed right. But even with this and talking about gruesome images and as watch in your mind how Audrey is disecting the bodies I look foward to book 2. 5/5 ~~~~ JUSTIN