Thursday, January 29, 2015

The YMAs are coming!!!!

Some of you might know I'm a teen services librarian in a small suburb of Boston, so YA is my scene. And I've been super excited about one day coming up in particular.

Groundhog Day 2015. Not because of Punxsutawney Phil, but because it's the day the Youth Media Awards will be announced.

What are the Youth Media Awards, or YMAs? You might know them better by their individual names: the Newbery, the Caldecott, the Printz, the Morris, plus a whole slew of others that honor stories and authors of books for young people.

I have no idea who will take this year's prizes, though we do have a short list for the Morris Award and the Nonfiction for Young Adults award.

My only prediction is the The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin will win some kind of recognition, but that's all I got. I can hardly wait!

Do you have any predictions?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Julia Reviews It Takes Two to Tangle by Theresa Romain

Title/Author: It Takes Two to Tangle by Theresa Romain
Publisher/Year Published: January 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
How I got this book: Library ebook
Why I read this book: The third book in the series sounded interesting and I very, very rarely read books out of order. This is book one!
Rating: 4.5 stars

After my lackluster start of romance reading this year, I decided to continue on with romance as a genre and pick a different book to read on my upcoming trip. I decided to try an author who I have read before and liked, but only had tried once, Theresa Romain. That is how I ended up with a long flight and It Takes Two to Tangle. 

The summary for this book does not do a good job of explaining it, so let me take a swing. Henry Middlebrook is a man recently returned from fighting in the Napoleonic Wars, crashing at his older brothers house. He is having problems returning back to a society that has not changed whereas he has, mentally and physically. His sister-in-law decides that what he really needs is a wife and has the perfect woman for him. He agrees to meet her.

Enter Lady Caroline, widow and toast of the town. They would make a perfect match right? Well they would but she has a cousin, Frances her companion, who takes a liking to Henry. They hit it off and she decides to help him in his quest for her cousin's hand at his request. Well things sort of morph from there into a shared companionship, some misunderstandings having to do with some letters and a lot of them growing and changing as people deserving of one another.

This was SUCH a refreshing Regency read! So many times Regency romance falls into the same old patterns. Titled guy, innocent girl, maybe one or both is damaged but their lurve magically heals all wounds and they live happily ever after. There is no such short cut taken in this book. A lot of it focuses on how each of them are trying to work their way back into a semblance of life. 

There is one misunderstanding sort of hidden thing, but it is not dragged out and I liked how it was handled. His war wound is a genuine thing he has to learn to live with and I thought was handled really, really well. My other downside (which may not be for some) is one of the sexy-times scenes fades into 1990s euphemisms that had me going, "Wait what just happened?"

It may have dragged a little bit toward the end when some crazy stuff goes down that I don't really think was needed but I still really enjoyed this novel. It's not your cookie cutter Regency. Frances has some hurdles of her own that she has to figure out, and so does Henry. They complement each other so well as a couple! 

Overall I highly recommend this to someone who likes Regencys and the world of the ton but want's something a bit different. It's not too far off the beaten path, but enough that it's like reading a breath of fresh air (or some other metaphor that makes sense...)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Top Ten Books Jamie Would Want To Read If Her Book Club Read Adult Fiction

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I have an amaaaazing YA book club made up of adult ladies (you can read my books I want to read with them) but sometimes I ponder what books I'd like to read/would pick if I had a book club that read adult fiction/non-fiction. I already did a post like this before on my own blog so this is basically part 2 of books I want to read with a book club!

I've just heard amazing things about this one and it looks like it would have a lot to talk about.

Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
(just snatched this up for $1.99 on kindle)
I read her book After I Do (which would be an AMAZING book club pick) so I'd want to read this one with others!
I read Matthew Quick's Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and it was super thought provoking so I'd be hoping this one would be as well!
This has come HIGHLY recommended by some many people and it has won awards!
A lot of people I trust love this one and it just looks like a good book club book that I've been wanting to read for a while!
This premise just sounds AWESOME.
 Again, just seems like a good book club pick!

This one soared on to my radar after the Goodreads awards and it looks fantastic!
I read her book, Arranged, and thought it was fun and this one looks like it could be fun but also thought-provoking!

Have you guys read any of these?? Would they make a good book club pick??

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday FREEBIE: Bridget’s Top Ten Book Boyfriends

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Just ‘cause I’m married doesn’t mean I can’t have book boyfriends! And since I wrote Top Ten Jerks in Literature for this week’s TTT over on my own blog, I thought I’d do a positive post over here at The Broke and the Bookish! So without further ado, here are my top ten book boyfriends:

1. Richie Tozier from IT by Stephen King. I dig funny guys, and Richie Tozier makes me laugh out loud more than perhaps any other character in any other book.

2. Nate Tucker from 14 by Peter Clines. Nate strikes me as the kind of guy who everyone likes, the guy who’s always up for a beer or for a game of pickup football. He also just seems like an all-around nice person, and someone who I think I would like to be around.

3. Tommy Phan from Tick Tock by Dean Koontz. He’s got some demons (literally), but I think Tommy would be a fun guy to hang out with when he wasn’t being chased by a demon doll from hell.

4. Jake Epping from 11/22/63 by Stephen King. He’s an English teacher and he swing dances. Enough said.

5. Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was never really “Team Peeta” or “Team Gale,” but if I had to choose, I would definitely go for Peeta. Sweet and kind will ALWAYS beat out rugged and reckless in my book. This has become more and more true as I’ve grown up and realized that dramatic romantic love might be fun, but it’s not sustainable.

6. Dink from Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. We don’t really see a lot of Dink, but I always enjoyed what we did see. He’s incredibly smart—as all the attendees of Battle School are—but he’s not as crazily ambitious as the rest. I just imagine him being a really sweet person, and someone who I think I would like a lot in real life.

7. Devin Jones from Joyland by Stephen King. Pretty much the same as Nate in #2. I obviously have a “type,” even for my book boyfriends.

8. Max de Winter from Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. This one might be a bit of a stretch, especially because I would probably feel much like the new Mrs. de Winter (as in, like I wasn’t good enough for him) but I’ll allow myself one tortured soul on this list, and Max de Winter is it.

9. Captain Wentworth from Persuasion by Jane Austen. He stays faithful to Anne for eight years, even though her family made her break off her relationship with him. Plus, he’s in the military. That gets him a big old A+ in my book.

10. Travis Cornell from Watchers by Dean Koontz. Travis is one of those totally unassuming loner guys who most people would never give a second glance, but who has a treasury of good qualities hidden behind his gruff introversion. He’s also a deeply sad guy—and I would want to make him happy!

What topic did you choose today? And who are your favorite book boyfriends? You should also feel free to hop on over to my blog to discuss your book anti-boyfriends, aka the Top Ten Jerks in Literature. :)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Broke and Bookish Book Haul for 1/4 - 1/17

Daisy's Book Haul

-Ensnared by A.G. Howard: YET IT'S FINALLY HERE!!! I will so read this as soon as I'm done typing up this post! MOOOORRRRPPPHEUS!!!
-Going Rogue by Robin Benway: I haven't read Also Known As yet, but I've heard REALLY good things about this series and I have book hoarder tendencies.
-The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan: I feel so guilty for not having started this series yet, but now I can just BINGE IT!
-Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay: my pre-order finally got here and I am so excited for a story about Sleeping Beauty's daughter who is a warrior princess!
-Suspicion by Alexandra Monir: it's a modern-day twist on Rebecca and I LOVE Rebecca, that book is amazing! So I hope this will be great!
-Talon by Julie Kagawa: it's about dragons. By Julie Kagawa. Do I need another reason?
-Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan: so the mail lost my copy and then I got this one as a replacement and I should really get to getting caught up with this series, cause the first book was awesome!
-This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: I LOVED These Broken Stars, hopefully this one will be just as good.
-No Life But This by Anna Sheehan: I adored A Long, Long Sleep, it was amazing and I'm unsure why there hasn't been more buzz about it. This is the sequel and I will read the crap out of it, cause I need to know what happens next!!
-The Young Elites by Marie Lu: so I've never read any of Marie Lu's work, but this sounds like it could be amazing, so I'm in :)

Egalleys for review:
-A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride: I'm one of those people always wondering 'what if', so two alternate timelines sound pretty good to me :)
-Nimona by Noelle Stevenson: I've been meaning to read more graphic novels and this one from the viewpoint of a villain sounds really good!
-The Novice by Taran Matharu: OMG SO MUCH EXCITEMENT!!! I'm dying to read this!
-The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale: Princess Academy #3 YES!
-A Ring Through Time by Felicity Pulman: this just sounds so intriguing! I love books in which the character discovers his or her family history!
-The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: I AM EXCITE!! I loved The Queen of the Tearling and am VERY excited for this sequel!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Julia Reviews Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Title/Author: Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean
Publisher/Year Published: November 2014 by Avon
How I got this book: Library
Why I read this book: It's the final book in a series
Rating: 3 stars

Spoilers from her on out for the first books in this series and the identity of Chase. 

She is the most powerful woman in Britain, 
A queen of the London Underworld ...
But no one can ever know.

He is the only man smart enough to uncover the truth, 
Putting all she has at risk . . .
Including her heart.

The fourth book in New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean’s incredible Rule of Scoundrels/Fallen Angels series. These four dark heroes will steal the hearts of their heroines and the readers alike! This is the last in the Rules of Scoundrels series—Chase’s story

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.

I really like Sarah MacLean. I really do. I loved the first two books in this series, the third I loathed, and this one sort of fell between that. I liked the setup from the other books, but honestly it has been so long since I have read the other three that I felt like I missed some nuance. So if I take this book on it's own, it sort of falls flat. Chase is super impressive the other three books, actually living up to the machinations that she is claimed to wield. But this one, all I see is a women trying desperately to fit back into society, the same one which she has been trying to ruin for almost a decade. 

The writing I noticed really quickly is pretty damn repetitive. If I had to hear one more freaking monologue about motivations I was going to flip to any other book in my nook. I pressed on despite all of this. The romance itself was fine. Nothing special though. The characters were again, just fine. Nothing really stood out to me in this. 

The setup was outstanding, but unfortunately the execution fell a little flat for me. I am glad I read it to finish the series. I would recommend it only if you read the other books as I think it would be even less entertaining if I didn't have all the background.

Also? Avon, please. PLEASE stop with the pun covers. This one isn't as horrid as some of them, but urgh! 

Note: I didn't super hate this, I read it on one airplane ride. I am sorry I can't get more verbose, but I have been sick all day :( Happy New Year everyone!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Top Ten 2014 Releases Daisy Meant To Read But Didn't Get To

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I'm basically notoriously bad at actually reading the new releases that I'm excited about and pre-ordered, so this list is way easy to make. And because I had all these extra books, I have another Top Ten Tuesday on my personal blog!

The Books in Series I've Started Before

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner: I LOVED These Broken Stars and I actually own this pretty, so it should be read soon!

Never Judge a Lady by her Cover by Sarah MacLean: I adore Sarah MacLean's writing, but for some reason, I've yet to read this one and the book before it, but I SO want to read Chase's story!

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss: I own this. Signed. There is no excuse, cause I just need more from this author and I'll take whatever I can while waiting for the next installment in the Kingkiller Chronicles...

Maid of Deception by Jennifer McGowan: Maid of Honor was so, SO good and just my kind of book and for some reason I haven't gotten my hand on a copy of Maid of Deception yet... This should be remedied soon.

Brazen by Katherine Longshore: I love Katherine Longshore's take on the Tudors and I just really don't know why I haven't read Brazen yet. It's staring at me accusingly from my shelf with its gorgeous cover...

Split Second by Kasie West: KASIE WEST IS AWESOME! And Pivot Point was just amazing and swoonworthy and just plain fantastic writing. AND THAT ENDING! Just no words. So obviously I failed to read this, even though I own it...

My Fantasy Fix

Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier: the start of her new series and I am EXCITED! I got this from Mel for our book club's Secret Santa, so I hope I'll be reading it soon :)

Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson: it has a magical school in it. I cannot for the life of me imagine why this hasn't been read yet.

Traitor's Blade by Sebastien de Castell: this sounds AMAZING, it hasn't gotten a lot of buzz, but I think I'll love it.

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard: DRAGONS! This needed reading YESTERDAY.

So tell if there are books on the list that you've also failed to read! Or other releases that should have been on the list, I'm always happy with book recs!

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