Title: Dear Martin
Author: Nic Stone
Publisher: Crown Books
Genre: young adult contemporary
My Rating: ★★★★☆
This review is short and spoiler-free.
Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.
Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.
[ This synopsis is from Goodreads. ]
A couple days ago, I got an email. A newsletter, to be exact, from the one and only Jennifer L. Armentrout. If you’re no stranger, you know that Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my favorite young adult authors. I think she holds the record of the most books reviewed on this blog (don’t quote me on that… I’m not actually sure and I’m too tired to double check).
Anywho, she announced in her most recent newsletter that she has working on a novel that she mysteriously named FB&A. It’s probably the first letter of each word in the title if I had to guess, but that name doesn’t give us much about the actual story.
Here’s what Armentrout was willing to share with us.
Series: Once Upon a Con, #1
Author: Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: young adult contemporary romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆
This is a spoiler-free review.
Title: We Hunt the Flame
Series: Sands of Arawiya, #1
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: YA fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆
This review has no spoilers.
Title: The Hero of Ages
Series: Mistborn, #3
Author: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Tor Books
My Rating: ★★★★★ (is it possible to give this thing six out of five stars?)
There is a spoiler-free section in this review.
When I was younger, I used to be a physical book purist. I would only read physical copies of books. Granted, at the time e-books weren’t really a thing. With advancing technologies, books are started to move towards technology, from e-books, e-readers, and audiobooks.
I used to think that audiobooks were for those who weren’t serious about reading (how can you get the full experience without turning the pages of a physical copy and having the satisfaction of closing the book once you’re done?), but I’ve come to really appreciate them over the years. Nowadays, although I still prefer reading, I listen to a good number of audiobooks every year.
Title: The Burning Shadow
Series: Origin, #2
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: young adult, sci-fi, romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆
This review is free of spoilers.
Happy New Year’s Eve! I can’t believe the decade is almost over! It’s insane to think that 2019 is coming to an end. To me, it felt like time flew by so quickly.
I was able to reach my reading goal, which was to read more than I did the year before. I read 31 books in 2018, so my goal was to read at least 32 books. According to Goodreads, I passed that goal. I read a little under 60 books this year. I guess for 2020 my goal is going to stay the same. I just want to read more than I read in 2019. We’ll see how that goes.
It was hard to pick just 10 books as my top books for 2019 because this year was a good reading year. There were so many great stories that came out and so many great stories I couldn’t get to read in the years before but was able to this year.
Merry Christmas Eve, everyone! Today and tomorrow I will be spending my time with my family and friends that I don’t get to see very often anymore, so this post has been written before hand and scheduled. I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday right now filled with cheer and good memories.
Anywho, while I was brainstorming what to post for the holidays, Norees over at No Reads too Great saved the day by tagging me in another tag! I can’t seem to find who created this tag, so if anyone knows, please holler in the comments so I can tag them!
Enough with that. Let’s get to the fun stuff!
Happy holidays, my people! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a post for this blog. University has been kicking my butt, but I’m finally finished with finals! I’m with my family, and I’ve had a couple days to recuperate from all the testing and information grinding. Now I’m back!
I’ve been brainstorming for the past couple days what kinds of posts I should write when Norees from No Reads So Great saved my brain from thinking too hard and tagged me in this fun holiday book tag! I haven’t really been in the holiday spirit with all the testing that’s been going on, but now that I’m done I’m ready to dive in!
- Check out the original post at Browsing for Books
- Link back to this post so I can see all your amazing answers
- Have fun
- Get a holiday drink to sip while writing!
I don’t have any holiday drinks laying around in the house (my family and I aren’t really huge holiday drink drinkers) and it’s too cold outside to go out and get some so I’m just going to stick with my water as I write this post.