Month: May 2016

Monthly Recap [May 2016]

Posted May 31, 2016 by In Wonderland Team in Update, Wrap Up / 2 Comments

This is a monthly feature highlighting what we read, our favorites, what happened in our lives, and a list of our posts from the month. This Monthly Recap will be up at the end of every month so that you can see what we’ve been up to and get to know us just a little bit more! 🙂

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Books Read

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Reviews

Fave Read of the Month

ACOMAF

Without a doubt it has to be ACOMAF and for many reasons but the main reason being: RHYS <3 Like ACOMAF has made it to my all-time favorite book so far!

Other Posts

What Happened This Month?

I went to BEA!!! It was in my hometown, so I was able to drive there and not have to pay for plane tickets or lodging. So, that was fantastic! I had Jen from Library of a Book Witch to walk around with and it was a lot of fun! On the Friday we had another walking partner and that was Hannah from YA Books Central. Jen and I were able to go to Sooz’s panel on Friday and introduce Sooz to another one of her #Witchlanders It was great seeing some #Witchlanders in person! 😀

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Books Read

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Reviews

Fave Read of the Month

ACOMAF

Totally copying Steph here, this was SERIOUSLY AMAZING!! Topped book one, and by far my favorite SJM book to date. All the feels.

Other Posts

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What Happened This Month?

I wasn’t able to get too much reading done because this month was my last few weeks of community college! After finals were over and I have my Associates Degree in hand, I totally just sat down and started reading 🙂

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Books Read

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Fave Read of the Month

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Books Read

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Fave Read of the Month

What is the meaning of favorite right now?

Other Posts

What Happened This Month?

  1. I graduated from high school! (Lupe had the honor of curling my hair too… and she was freakishly happy the rest of that Friday. And then my mom says Lupe has her permission to do other hairly things to my hair…)
  2. Hand, meet Emotions. Emotions, meet Hand. My emotions have been in a jumbled mess and I don’t even know which one is right from wrong.

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Books Read

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Fave Read of the Month

ACOMAF

Other Posts

What Happened This Month?

  1. I read, then reread, then reread again, A Court of Mist and Fury. I’ll probably read it again, just because that’s genuinely how much I love it.
  2. I ran a 5K with my Girls on the Run team. If you don’t know what GOTR is, then you should definitely look it up, because it’s incredibly inspiring and empowering.

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Review: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Posted May 31, 2016 by Emily in Uncategorized / 0 Comments

Review: Wolf by Wolf by Ryan GraudinWolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1) by Ryan Graudin
Published by Little on October 20th 2015
Genres: Historical, Fantasy
Pages: 388
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five-stars

Her story begins on a train.
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s Ball in Tokyo.
Yael, a former death camp prisoner, has witnessed too much suffering, and the five wolves tattooed on her arm are a constant reminder of the loved ones she lost. The resistance has given Yael one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female racer, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move.
But as Yael grows closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
From the author of The Walled City comes a fast-paced and innovative novel that will leave you breathless.

 

I really don’t know where to begin with this book other than to say that you need to read it. It’s phenomenal. It’s breathtaking. It’s impactful.

I’ve struggled for weeks trying to formulate my thoughts into coherent sentences for this review, but I kept crying every time. That’s how much of an impact this book made on me. So, with tear-filled eyes and without further adieu, here is what I loved and adored about Wolf by Wolf:

1. The Writing

Beautiful, emotional descriptions punctuated by short, impactful statements. My high school English teachers would cry over this book. I certainly did. This writing is the kind that winds up being shared in Language Arts classes, serving as inspiration for students to mold their own writing after. It’s stunning. Honestly, truly stunning. I could not stop bookmarking quotes and passages that were both impactful and inspirational. Any words I write here won’t do this book justice. Just, read it.

Not dead. One life spared. One life out of missions. Just a drop. But it mattered. It rolled off Yael’s chest. Made it one life lighter.”

2. The Characters

Where to begin? Every character was wonderfully developed and important. More importantly, no character was exactly what they seemed on the surface. Yael has a heartbreaking backstory that shaped her into the well-trained weapon she is. Luka proves that not all masks worn are as easily seen as Yael’s shapeshifting. Felix personifies loyalty and love. And the other racers each have their own stories, their own pressures, their own lives. It’s beautiful to watch these characters come to life, to learn time and again that the beliefs, stories, and actions of a person mean so much more than their appearance, that you can never truly know a person until you trust them with a piece of yourself.

Brother. The term was supposed to hold some weight between them. Some code of honor Yael could not navigate. Not when her own family was long ash—spread to the wind.”

3. The Concept

I’ll be the first to admit that I always abhorred “What if…” questions in history class. I never really enjoyed dabbling in the hypothetical. This book changed my mind. What if Hitler won WWII? It’s a question that has been addressed before, but I’ve never seen shapeshifting thrown into the mix. The concept of this story is so completely unique. I can see it appealing to readers who enjoy a whole scope of genres. There’s something for everyone in this book. Although, it’s not easy to read. There’s so much emotion and heartbreak and horrible realities of how humans can treat one another. But there’s also hope, kindness, and genuine, human goodness blended within the pages. This book is unique and destined to take you on an emotional journey that will continue even after you finish the final chapter.

“The answer to this questions was something Yael had to fight for. Her self-reflection was no reflection at all. It was a shattered mirror. Something she had to piece together, over and over again. Memory by memory. Loss by loss. Wolf by wolf.”

These three pieces of the story are woven together so wonderfully and so expertly. This review doesn’t do it justice. If you haven’t read Wolf by Wolf, please read it. And be prepared for your heart to simultaneously be ripped out and wrenched back together again to the sound of motorcycle engines revving and train wheels spinning.

five-stars
Emily
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Review: The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Review: The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Posted May 29, 2016 by Maria in Review / 1 Comment

The Wrath & the Dawn was one of my favorite books last year. I am very pleased to announce that the sequel didn’t disappoint me. Yes, to some extent it differed from the first book. But magic, pain, love, everything I adore in this book is still there. I was not surprised at how Shazi […]

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Bookish Things My Husband Is Sick Of

Bookish Things My Husband Is Sick Of

Posted May 25, 2016 by Stephanie in Discussion / 2 Comments

I am married to a nerd. But unfortunately for me, not a book nerd. My husband loves all things science. So he will read, if it’s science articles. I’ve recently bought him comic books that he will read when he gets bored. But that is the extent of his bookish qualities. Now, does that mean […]

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Announcement: Reading Challenges

Announcement: Reading Challenges

Posted May 25, 2016 by Stephanie in Update / 0 Comments

So, Katrina and I started this Steampunk Reading Challenge and we have decided to revamp it a bit. We have noticed that no one ever links up in the linky’s/or signs up for the challenge here on the blog. Yet we have 30 members on the Goodreads group we created for the challenge. So, here’s […]

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WoW [69]

WoW [69]

Posted May 25, 2016 by Sophia Lin in Meme / 1 Comment

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we (or rather, in this case, Sophia) are waiting for eagerly. This Week’s Victim Pick…. Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Author: JK Rowling Series: Harry Potter #8 Genre: Fantasy Coming out July 31, 2016 by Pottermore Add it on Goodreads Based on an original new […]

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Sing Along Saturday [6]

Sing Along Saturday [6]

Posted May 21, 2016 by Stephanie in Meme / 2 Comments

Sing Along Saturday is a new meme hosted by my good friend Katrina @ Bookish Things and More! Every Saturday there will be a different theme and you have to share a song that goes along with that theme! I think it’s a great idea and I am going to start participating in it and […]

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Vote for July’s Read

Vote for July’s Read

Posted May 20, 2016 by Stephanie in Challenge, Vote / 2 Comments

So, I have decided to try and do a read along every month for the 2016 YA Mystery Reading Challenge. Which only means more extra entries for all you who participate! 🙂 Here is where we choose what July’s Read Along pick will be! 🙂 So since the end of May and all throughout June […]

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