Thursday, March 30

Iain Reading - Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #3)

 “We have a saying here in Iceland. Without a book in his hands, a person is blind.” 

Following in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart, Kitty Hawk sets off on an epic flight around the world and arrives in Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik where she finds herself immersed in a beautiful alien world of volcanoes, Vikings, elves and trolls.

Before she knows it Kitty is plunged head first into an amazing adventure that sweeps her across a rugged landscape where humans and nature exist side-by-side in an uneasy truce and magical realms seem to lie just out of sight beneath the surface.

Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue is the dazzling third installment of the Flying Detective Agency series featuring Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenaged seaplane pilot with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into - and out of - all kinds of precarious situations.

This is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages - armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike. From dangerous criminals and corrupt government officials to mystical beings and clashes with the elemental forces of nature, this book has it all. Come and join Kitty Hawk as she experiences the strange and extraordinary world of the Icelanders, and unravels the Icelandic Intrigue.

Thursday, March 23

The Disney Book Tag

Hello everyone! *waves* Today I'm here with a cute, little tag that I hope will put a beautiful smile on your face, as anything Disney movie related is bound to do. The Disney Book Tag was created by Katytastic who came up with ten different questions all of which are related to ten HUGE Disney movies you'll see in this post. EXCITING, RIGHT? 

If this bland as hell description of what this post contains didn't manage to convince you to click on "continue reading", let me tell you that THERE ARE GIFS, LOTS OF GIFS. 

*click on the covers for Goodreads*

Tuesday, March 21

Top Ten Most Unputdownable Books of, Well, Ever

Hello everyone! I'm really pumped for today's Top Ten Tuesday (a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) topic, because it's all about short and/or quick reads. I'm always on the look out for such novels, as they are immensely helpful when I feel like I'm going into or coming out of a reading slump. So much so that a few weeks ago I wrote post about short as heck novels that will help you get out of a reading slump. And the best thing about that post? All those books are less than 300 pages long, SO YAY, they're truly short as heck. CHECK IT OUT HEREEnd of promo, for sure. 

So, as I've already done something concerning short books, I'm going to scream about ten books that were totally unputdownable - I mean, I may not have read all these novels in one seat, because #reality (meh) forced me to take breaks, BUT they are books that I definitely WANTED to read in one seat. SO, they totally count, okay? 

Thursday, March 16

L.A. Weatherly - Black Moon (The Broken Trilogy #3)

Welcome to New Manhattan, home of dictator, Kay Pierce, and her enemies in the resistance...

Leading them is Amity. Working undercover for them is the man who betrayed her.

Because even when her world is broken, Amity will risk her life to fix it. 

Set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America, Black Moon brings this epic series of corruption, romance and intrigue to an explosive finale.

Received in exchange for an honest review from Usborne Publishing UK.


Well. You can't say I didn't try.

But since just yelling at you to read it won't do it, let me elaborate. Black Moon was adjfklmnqrtyamazing and you should consider picking this trilogy up right now if you haven't already. Okay? Okay. And now that that's out of the way, bear with me as I try to explain just why I think Black Moon is the best series-ender ever.

Tuesday, March 14

Top Ten Books I'm Aiming to Read This Spring - But (Knowing Myself) I Likely Won't

TOP TEN TUESDAY IS OFFICIALLY BACK, EVERYONE! This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and today's topic is all about my spring TBR. Now, I love making these type of lists, because it's a fun way to sort through my TBR, but damn, do I suck at actually picking up the books I wished to. I still have hope for these ten books, though, because they all look absolutely delicious, so chances I will actually get to them sooner rather than later. WE'LL SEE. 

*click on the covers for Goodreads page*

Saturday, March 11

Robin Roe - A List of Cages

“A girl turns onto our hall, eyes red and sad, and as she passes, Adam sends her a smile. Her whole face brightens and she sends him a smile back. Hate ricochets, but kindness does too.”

When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost 
both boys their lives…

Thursday, March 9

K. M. Walton - Ultimatum

"It's what we're programmed to do. We don't know how to find common ground, Vance."
He rests his forehead on the glass. "Maybe we should start trying sometime soon."

A gripping, emotional story of two brothers who must decide what's more important: family or their differences.

Oscar is misunderstood. Ever since his mother died, he's been disrespected and bullied by his family, and he seeks refuge in his art. Vance is a popular athlete and wishes his brother would just loosen up and be cool. It was hard enough to deal with their mother's death without Oscar getting all emotional. Vance just wants to throw himself into partying, to live.

But when their father's alcoholism sends him into liver failure, the two boys must come face-to-face with their demons-and each other-if they are going to survive an uncertain future.

Saturday, March 4

Donna Freitas - The Happiness Effect: How Social Media Is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost

Sexting. Cyberbullying. Narcissism. Social media has become the dominant force in young people's lives, and each day seems to bring another shocking tale of private pictures getting into the wrong hands, or a lament that young people feel compelled to share their each and every thought with the entire world. 

Have smartphones and social media created a generation of self-obsessed egomaniacs? 

Absolutely not, Donna Freitas argues in this provocative book. And, she says, these alarmist fears are drawing attention away from the real issues that young adults are facing. 

Drawing on a large-scale survey and interviews with students on thirteen college campuses, Freitas finds that what young people are overwhelmingly concerned with--what they really want to talk about--is happiness. They face enormous pressure to look perfect online--not just happy, but blissful, ecstatic, and fabulously successful. Unable to achieve this impossible standard, they are anxious about letting the less-than-perfect parts of themselves become public. Far from wanting to share everything, they are brutally selective when it comes to curating their personal profiles, and worry obsessively that they might unwittingly post something that could come back to haunt them later in life. Through candid conversations with young people from diverse backgrounds, Freitas reveals how even the most well-adjusted individuals can be stricken by self-doubt when they compare their experiences with the vast collective utopia that they see online. And sometimes, as on anonymous platforms like Yik Yak, what they see instead is a depressing cesspool of racism and misogyny. Yet young people are also extremely attached to their smartphones and apps, which sometimes bring them great pleasure. It is very much a love-hate relationship. 

While much of the public's attention has been focused on headline-grabbing stories, the everyday struggles and joys of young people have remained under the radar. Freitas brings their feelings to the fore, in the words of young people themselves. The Happiness Effect is an eye-opening window into their first-hand experiences of social media and its impact on them.

Thursday, March 2

Iain Reading - Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency, #2)

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. 

After flying across North America Kitty's journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. 

This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

Wednesday, March 1

2017 March Releases That Have Us Biting Our Nails

Hey everyone! It's been quite some time since Ruzi and I created a new releases post, and we were pretty okay with that until I got the sudden urge to scream and flail about some ├╝ber-exciting books being published in March, so here I am, dragging Ruzi along with me. However, this doesn't mean that we're  bringing back our monthly release posts, because we're lazy as fuck, so WHO KNOWS how we'll feel about making a similar post next month. 

In this post we have 4 releases to show you that we're just super-duper-excited for, and we added some of our thoughts and hopes for these novels too because since you're here you might as well stay for a bit longer and listen to us spout nonsense...some more, that is. The covers lead to Goodreads. HAVE FUN READING OUR POST!