Saturday, December 16, 2017

Stacking the Shelves #38: December 16, 2017

Stacking The Shelves is a book meme created by Tynga's Reviews and Reading Reality and it is about sharing books that you are adding to your shelves, whether it's physical or virtual.  This means including books that you bought from the store or online, books you borrowed from friends or from the library, books you've reviewed, gifts and ebooks!

Hey everyone! I haven't really done much this week except we got faster internet service, so you might see me on the blog more often and I've been watching my old Christmas tapes just in time for the holidays!  I'm also trying to job search, so wish me luck!

Book Bought:

From Wal-Mart:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

[ARC REVIEW] It Takes a Cat Burglar by Cailin Briste (@CailinBriste, @bookunleashed)

Title:  It Takes a Cat Burglar

Author:  Cailin Briste

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Interracial Romance

Year Published: 2017

Number of Pages:  81 pages

Date Read: 12/14/2017

Series: A Thief in Love Romance #1

Publisher:  Hot Sauce Publishing

Source:  eARC (Book Unleashed)

Content Rating:  Ages 18+ (Some Strong Language and Sex Scenes)

I would like to thank Book Unleashed and Hot Sauce Publishing for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

After I had read “The Frog Prince” from Book Unleashed, I just had to request another book to review and lo and behold, I found an interesting romance book called “It Takes a Cat Burglar” by Cailin Briste and I was quite interested in this story!

The story starts off with a young woman named Darcelle Lebeau who is training to become a great cat burglar and she is training under a mysterious man who goes by the name Matou.  What Darcelle does not know is that the mysterious Matou is actually Sebastian St. Croix, a rich man who is also a cat burglar.  After Sebastian observes Darcelle’s skills for a while now, he had decided to make Darcelle his partner in crime. But first, Darcelle must complete a mission that involves trying to save Sebastian’s niece Cheyenne from the clutches of a corrupted businessman.  During Darcelle’s training though, Sebastian and Darcelle start falling in love with each other and they will have to keep their hands off of each other in order for the mission to go as smoothly as planned.

Wow! I was quite impressed with this story that was written by Cailin Briste since this would be the first romance novel I had read that dealt with cat burglars falling in love!  I loved the fact that this story is centered on cat burglars because it makes this book so unique to read, since in most romance books, the characters I had read were either dukes, duchesses, businessmen and normal people.  I also enjoyed the way that Cailin Briste wrote both Darcelle and Sebastian as they were pretty interesting characters, because of the fact that they are both cat burglars, and yet, you get to see them slowly bonding with each other, despite the fact that they both want to control the other.  I like the fact that both Darcelle and Sebastian are shown as being strong protagonists as with the case of Darcelle, she refuses to let anyone run her life and she wants to be more independent, especially after the life she had to go through with her overbearing mother and her sister Cassie.  I also liked Sebastian because even though he struts his authority throughout the book, it is clear that he has Darcelle’s best interests at heart and is willing to allow her to do whatever she desires.  I really loved the way that Cailin Briste wrote the sexual scenes between Sebastian and Darcelle as they were hot and sexy and I was literally fanning myself whenever the sexual scenes would show up!

The reason why I gave this book a four-star rating was because I felt that because of the book’s short length, there was not enough character development going on with the characters.  I wanted to learn more about Sebastian’s backstory and how he became a cat burglar since he seems a bit too mysterious for a character and I wanted to learn more about his character. I also felt that Darcelle and Sebastian’s relationship with each other fell into the “insta-love” category and there was not enough build up to their romance with each other that made me actually buy into how well developed their romance was.

Overall, “It Takes a Cat Burglar” is a cute story about thieves falling love that many fans of romance novels will enjoy!

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[ARC REVIEW] Herding Cats: A "Sarah's Scribbles" Collection by Sarah Andersen (@SarahCAndersen, @AndrewsMcMeel)

Title:  Herding Cats: A "Sarah's Scribbles" Collection

Author:  Sarah Andersen

Genre:  Humor / Life / Art

Year Published: 2018

Year Read:  12/13/2017 

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC 

Series: Sarah's Scribbles #3

Source: eARC (NetGalley)

Content Rating:  Ages 16+ (Some Language and Suggestive Humor)

I would like to thank NetGalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


I have been hearing so many good things about Sarah Andersen’s popular “Scribbles” series and yet, I was not able to pick up any of her books when they were coming out.  Well, now I finally got the chance to pick up one of her books through NetGalley, which is the third book in the series called “Herding Cats” and I was quite amazed by the humorous antics shown in this book!

What is this story about?

In this volume, Sarah shows her experiences in both real life and the internet life through her artwork (or scribbles as they are known as) to relate to the readers such as trying to get through one page in a book only to keep on reading the book even after you promised yourself to just read one more page or seeing some progress happen in the United States only for the 2016 elections to cause mayhem afterwards.

What I loved about this story:

Sarah Andersen’s writing: Wow! I was quite amazed by how Sarah Andersen wrote this graphic novel series!  I loved the way that Sarah Andersen relates her observations about real life both through her life and through the internet in a humorous yet thought provoking way as I found myself agreeing with a majority of her thoughts about real-life.  I really loved the part about the 2016 elections as it was stated in one of the panels about how politics was making progress before 2016 and then the 2016 elections hit and there was chaos and mayhem!  I was also impressed with the fact that this graphic novel series is similar to Allie Brosh’s series “Hyperbole and a Half” as both series have the authors relating their own lives through their artwork and both are done in a hilarious way!  I also loved the fact that Sarah Andersen provided some advice at the end of the book about how to deal with the pressures of both the real world and the internet community and how if you encounter some struggles in your life, just keep on creating things that you love (in Sarah Andersen’s case, it is continuing to draw her comics no matter how hard things get in both the real world and the internet community).

Sarah Andersen’s artwork: Sarah Andersen’s artwork is truly hilarious to look at as the characters are drawn in a squat comic book fashion and I especially love the images of Sarah herself as she is drawn as having spiky hair and is wearing a black and white striped shirt.  I also loved how Sarah Andersen conveyed some of the situations in real life through the images such as the state of politics being shown as a person with an American flag shaped head and then the next panel shows lots of people fighting each other in a fiery landscape after the results of the 2016 elections.

What made me feel uncomfortable about this story:

The reason I took off half a point from the rating was because I felt that the story telling was a bit disjointed at times and it was hard for me to really follow what is really going on in the story, even though this is meant to take on different aspects of real life and put them in comic book format.

Final Thoughts:

Overall, “Herding Cats: A Sarah Scribbles Collection” is a truly hilarious graphic novel to read, especially if you want to see a more humorous take on real life!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #69: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Title:  Children of Blood and Bone
Author:  Tomi Adeyemi
Expected Publication Date:  March 6th, 2018

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. 

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good. 

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

A book about magic disappearing from the land? Sounds quite intense and interesting! And who else loved that creepy yet beautiful cover?

So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Comic Book Bingo Challenge 2018 Sign Up!

Hey everyone!  Since 2018 is only a few weeks away, I wanted to post up a sign up post for anyone who is thinking about participating in next year's Comic Book Bingo Challenge!  Sign up here if you want to participate!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

New Releases on the Horizon #38: December 10, 2017 - December 16, 2017

Hey everyone!  I just started this new thing on my blog called "New Releases on the Horizon!"  It's where I list all the new books being release throughout the year and I choose from 10 books that I have the most interest in checking out and I also will list the dates the books will be released and where you can find them if you are interested.

So, be on the lookout for some new books on the horizon!

Man Hands (Man Hands #1) by Sarina Bowen    
Expected Publication: December 11th, 2017 by Rennie Road Books  
(Contemporary Romance)  

Miss Mechanic by Emma Hart   
Expected Publication:  December 12th, 2017 by Emma Hart 
(Contemporary Romance) 

Sweet Life (Sugar Rush #5) by Nina Lane   
Expected Publication:  December 12th, 2017 by Snow Queen Publishing  
(Contemporary Romance) 

Expected Publication:  December 12th, 2017 by Orbit  

Expected publication: December 12th, 2017 by Delacorte Press  

The Truth Beneath the Lies by Amanda Searcy  
Expected publication:  December 12th, 2017 by Delacorte Press    
(Mystery / Thriller) 

Expected publication:  December 12th, 2017 by Thomas & Mercer   
(Mystery / Thriller) 

The V Card  by Lauren Blakely  

Gunmetal Blue by Joseph G. Peterson    
Expected publication:  December 15th, 2017 by Tortoise Books 

#COYER Winter Switch Sign Up!

Hello everyone! I'm participating once again in the COYER Winter Switch. I wasn't able to complete the last COYER challenge, so I'm hoping to participate in this challenge again and actually succeed in reading the books I want to read!  So, here's a list of books I'm planning on reading:

1. Revival by Stephen King
2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
3. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
4. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
5. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
6. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
7. Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
8. 11/22/63 by Stephen King
9. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
10. Seeing Red by Sandra Brown
11. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
12. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
13. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
14. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
15. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
16. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
17. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
18. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
19. Curioddity by Paul Jenkins
20. The Martian by Andy Weir