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 

Obsidian and stars by Julie Eshbaugh 

This book was one of my most anticipated reads and boy does it ever hit the mark and blow past it. It’s amazing. But to say this story is about now in mya’s pov and she is to getting married to kol. And her sister supposed get married to kols brother but Chev mya’s brother and clan leader declines let those 2 married so mya with her sister to teach Chev a lesson run away. On the running people were watching are they have good thoughts are bad thoughts you gotta find out. The thing of this book is a huge tear jerker I don’t cry but wanted to it sucks your soul out espcially for mya as you cheer her own to sadness of things at start of the book and thru out. My head felt so raw from the roller coaster ride but was well it and freaking loved this book.so 5/5 stars big time and can mya convince her brother to let her sister marry kols brother is say it’s the risk to find out ;). 5/5 ~~~~ JUSTIN 

Cici Reno- Kristina Springer 

“But nothing is going to happen. I’m not his type. Boys don’t fall for girls like me. They fall for girls like you. I always knew what the deal was.”

Today was a horrible day for me. I woke up and knew that today wasn’t going to be anything but miserable. Then I started to read this book. It was absolutely adorable, upbeat and positive. An instant mood enhancer. 

Cici Reno is the girl everyone goes to when they have problems. If you need a quick and honest answer, Cici is your girl. Way better than a magic eight ball. But what happens when you’re the one that needs answers? 

Cici’s best friend Aggie spent the Summer in Florida with her dad and new step-mom and something is different about her. And boy do they let you know about it in this book. She bloomed this summer and now everyone gawks and talks about her. 

Aggie has been crushing on her best friends brothers friend, Drew and they decide this year is the year that they make this situation a reality. They come up with a plan to get Aggie and Drew together. Since Aggie is a walking and talking disaster when it comes to boys, Cici will pretend to be her on Twitter. But they will play it secretly until Aggie gets the confidence she needs to confront Drew. What could go wrong? 

Drew and “Aggie” hit it off online and Drew is ready to meet this mystery girl who has taken his heart. When they meet, it seems that they are hitting it off. But something is different. Cici is jealous. Deep down in her soul jealous. 

Talking to him online has made them connect in a way that makes Cici’s heart beat faster. What will she do as she watches her friend score the one guy she wants? 

There are a few things that make this relatable and current to almost everyone. Sisters before misters, yoga, fresh coffee and the heavy presence of social media. A lot more kids are turning to social media to find their next one and only. And this sets the pace for what is actually happening. 

The story was current, the characters were super relatable and lovable. I actually really enjoyed almost everything about this book. A happy, light, cute story of helping a friend in need. 

What I didn’t like was the lying and no repercussions. They obviously lied to a boy to get attention and when the plan falls flat, nothing really happens. I think it would have been better to teach a lesson. But it would have changed the entire story. 

Still a fun read for a crummy day.

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. 


2/5 *Stacy*

Upcoming events hope to see you 

So some upcoming events for this blog are this Tuesday is book launch of flame and the mist with Renee adhieh and Sabah Tahir at Mcnally Jackson.  That’s for me (justin) and next event for me. Rochester teen book festival which is sadly a 6 hour car drive but very fun fest. 

Rest minus 1 event is Stacy and I together which are

Bea/bookcon in NYC from May 31st till June 4th 

Next signing back to just myself is Julie Eshbaugh for obsidian and stars June 13th which obsidian is amazing book and very glad to have Julie as a friend. 

Last is back to Stacy and I is ALA annual in Chicago, Illinois from 23rd of June till the 26th. 

So hope to see you there. If you are going too, let us know . we won’t bite like Dracula :)!!!!  ~~~ JUSTIN 

Carve the mark by Veronica Roth 

I had high hopes going into this book  since I loved divergent, and just enjoyed insurgent and allegiant. But this book will not be one of them.here is wHat the book is about 

Some of the reasons I did not like the book were majority of the book has no plot at all and some of characters names were confusing so hard to see who was who.  I made it to 50% before was finally so bored I couldn’t start anymore and felt frustrated and bored. Another I usually don’t get offended over controversy things but in this book people said ableism. Well for that part a docter said for mc girl that she wanted her gift of pain that just irked me to no end like why would some one want pain. It’s a fictional character so things are made up but it struck a rare nerve for me. That is some of the reasons I didn’t like it. 1/5 stars ~~~~ JUSTIN