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The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta

GoodReads Summary:
The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods.
Danny didn’t know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her finger down on Tempest, California. What she finds are the Grays: a group of friends who throw around terms like queer and witch like they’re ordinary and everyday, though they feel like an earthquake to Danny. But Danny didn’t just find the Grays. They cast a spell that calls her halfway across the country, because she has something they need: she can bring back Imogen, the most powerful of the Grays, missing since the summer night she wandered into the woods alone. But before Danny can find Imogen, she finds a dead boy with a redwood branch through his heart. Something is very wrong amid the trees and fog of the Lost Coast, and whatever it is, it can kill. Lush, eerie, and imaginative, Amy Rose Capetta’s tale overflows with the perils and power of discovery — and what it means to find your home, yourself, and your way forward.
The Lost CoastReview:
I finished this book earlier today and I’m still trying to gather my thoughts and feelings. I will start off by saying thank you to NetGalley for providing me this ARC inn return for an honest review. I’ve heard so much talk about people being excited for this one so when I was approved for an early copy, I was pretty excited. Queer witches in the woods? Sign me up. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy this as much as I hoped I would.
This story starts off and were quickly jumped around in time and perspective. I had a hard time figuring out what was going on for the first almost half of the book. There were so many different characters all introduced and several different time periods. I’m not a huge lover or stories that use flashbacks, I like ones that are done well. This was sometimes jarring and confusing. Despite this I finally got into the story a little over halfway and then it seemed as if it suddenly was just over at the end.
I loved the atmosphere of the story. It’s totally spooky and draws you in. This would be a great book for the spooky season this October. The magic was interesting and I’d love to have learned a little bit more about it.
There was a huge cast of characters that came from all different kinds of backgrounds. They were diverse and accepting and just full of love for one another. I really enjoyed this girl gang once I finally got into the story.
There was mystery and suspense and drama with a kickass girl gang, in the woods. Overall, it didn’t blow me out of the water, but I read it in only a few hours. I’d love to see more from this bookish world.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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WWW Wednesday

Hey, bookworms! It’s that day of the week again where we participate in the wonderful bookish post that was formerly hosted by Should be Reading and was recently taken over by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer three questions to give an update about what you’re currently reading, going to read next and have read recently. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments or link your post!

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What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently in the middle of The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco and Circe by Madeline Miller.

Antonia- I’m just about halfway through Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished The Lost Coast by Amy Rose Capetta

Antonia- I most recently finished Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.

What do you think you will read next?

Amanda- Next, I think I will pick up either something from my Asian Readathon TBR or one of the books I brought on vacation with me.

Antonia- Next I’ll read Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas.

Thanks for reading our W’s this week. What are yours? Leave them in the comments or leave us a link to your post.

 

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

GoodReads Summary:
A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…
First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.
The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
Red, White & Royal BlueReview:
I received and eARC of Red, White and Royal Blue via NetGalley I exchange for my honest review. After seeing everyone and their siblings absolutely raving about this book, I knew I needed to read it asap. I’m glad that I did because this book was funny and enjoyable from beginning to end.
I totally loved Alex. He was funny and someone I’d totally be friends with in real life. I loved the relationship he had with the White House Trio. The three were a well-oiled machine and I love sibling relationships and friendships like this one. Alex’s mom and dad were also characters I liked. A female president? Yes please. She was a mother and the most powerful woman in the world and I liked that we got to see a little bit of her trying to balance that.
Henry and Alex were the best hate to love relationship I’ve seen in a long time. They were hilarious and several times I almost woke up my sleeping child because I was laughing so hard while reading. They were both sassy but also heart meltingly sweet and I freaking loved it.
There was so much to this story that I don’t know how to put my words into thoughts. So I’m going to keep this short. Overall, I adored the story. It made me laugh. It held me in suspense. It worried and delighted me. I loved all the different relationships (including the security people) that were present and added just that little bit more. I can’t wait to see what Casey McQuiston comes out with next.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda's Adventures · Everything & Anything · Top Ten Tuesday

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Book Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is top ten – Page to Screen Freebie. I’m going to be talking about my some recent book adaptations I’ve seen and also some adaptations that are in the works.

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Recently Watched

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli // Love, Simon
I adored this book to movie adaptation. I loved all the actors and actresses. I think they did the book justice. It’s a movie I will be watching again.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer // Annihilation
I liked the first book in the series. I actually only read it because it was on a ‘recently adapted’ list at my library. The book was weird and bizarre and interesting, the second and third were just infuriating. The movie was a lot like the second and third books; bizarre and frustrating.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins // The Hunger Games
I recently did a reread of the whole series via audiobook and the books were just as good as  I remembered them to be. Then, I watched the movies with my husband and those were just as good too.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy // Dumplin’
This Netflix adaptation took the book world by storm. I, like many others, actually ended up enjoying the movie more than the book. Though I hope they adapt  Puddin’ too because I actually liked that book.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman // The Magicians
This was another that surprised me. I found that I enjoyed (and am still enjoying) the Scy-fy show better than the books. I liked the books well enough, but I am loving the show. It’s taken its liberties and made some changes, but I’m still enjoying the adaptation. The cast is great, some of them are so perfect for their characters, and I understand most of the changes (except why they changed Janet’s name to Margo).

Highly Anticipated

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Hulu is making this one into a mini-series and after YEARS of waiting, my favorite book will finally be getting adapting to the screen and I’m dying of excitement.

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Reese Witherspoon is adapting this so I have really high hopes that she’ll do it justice.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Grishaverse is getting a Netflix series and every time I see Leigh post on Instagram about it I can’t help but “squeeeee!”

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
I keep seeing updated from the author and I’m interested to see how the screen adaptation is going to turn out.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I just googled 2019 adaptations because I couldn’t think of any others off the top of my head and IM SO EXCITED FOR THIS. The book tore my heart out and I hope the movie does too.

Have you watched any adaptations lately? Are there any upcoming that you’re excited for? Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Summary:
Seeking women ages 18-32 to participate in a study on ethics and morality. Generous compensation. Anonymity guaranteed.
When Jessica Farris signs up for a psychological study conducted by the mysterious Dr. Shields, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave.
Question #1: Could you tell a lie without feeling guilt?
But as the questions grow more and more intense and invasive and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she beings to feel as though Dr. Shields may know what she’s thinking.
Question #2: Have you ever deeply hurt someone you care about?
As Jess’s paranoia grows, it becomes clear that she can no longer trust what in her life is real, and what is one of Dr. Shields manipulative experiments. Caught in a web of deceit and jealousy, Jess quickly learns that some obsessions can be deadly.
Question #3: Should a punishment always fit the crime?
From the authors of the blockbuster bestseller The Wife Between Us come an electrifying new novel about doubt, passion, and just how much you can trust someone.
An Anonymous GirlReview:
I’ve heard so many good things about An Anonymous Girl so when it was suggested as the next book for my local book club I was beyond excited. So many people I know have really enjoyed this book, so I had a feeling I was going to as well. I was not disappointed.
I thought I had this book all figured out in the first fifty pages. But boy was I wrong. There were things that I guessed and was right, but then I’d find out that I was right except not really and we’d get another twist. There was so much going on that I stopped trying to guess what was going to happen next because I didn’t really know.
I thought there were a lot of aspects within the story that made me think more than I expected (and my book club girls confirmed this!) I didn’t expect it to be a particularly thought-provoking book. I don’t want to say anything specific because of potential spoilers but if you’ve read this and want to discuss let me know! The one thing I do want to say is that it certainly doesn’t make me want to trust any sort of psychologist in my life.
I really enjoyed the two different perspectives. Following the main character Jess as her life goes from mostly normal to absolutely nuts was interesting. I really liked Jess at first, the whole morality conversation was an interesting one and I think Jess really showed her limits and what she’d do to protect herself and her loved ones. I also really enjoyed the chapters told in second person. I thought that was a really interesting way to tell the story. It was complex and gripping. It had my sympathizing with someone who may not have deserved it.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. It was thrilling and interesting, complex and unpredictable. I flew through the pages and couldn’t stop until I knew how the story was going to end. I cannot recommend this book enough. I’m going to have to get my husband’s mom and sister to read this because it’s a book that fits their reading tastes.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Pacifica by Kristen Simmons

Summary:
Blue skies. Green grass. Clear ocean water.
An island paradise like the ones that existed before the Melt.
A lucky five hundred lottery winners will be the first to go, the first to leave their polluted, dilapidated homes behind and start a new life. It sounds perfect. Like a dream.
The only problem? Marin Carey spent her childhood on those seas and knows there’s no island paradise out there. She’s corsario royalty, a pirate like her father and his father before him, and she knows a con when she sees one. So where are the first five hundred really going?
PacificaReview:
This is the second book by Kristen Simmons that I have tried because she is going to be at an event I am also going to be at. Sadly, I am once again disappointed. I liked Pacifica more than her other novel, but I don’t think I’ll be trying any other books by her.
I have the same issues with this story that I did with ARTICLE 5. The setting was incredible. A dystopian California full of political drama and ruined by natural disasters along with other human causes. The world was interesting and chaotic and filled with all the things I like (read: pirates, futuristic messed up America, hate to love).
Despite the potential this story had with the setting, I just didn’t care about the characters. They were alright. They weren’t anything special. The typical misunderstood poor girl and privileged boy from the nice side of town. One teaches the other how messed up the world really is and all the things that the rich people are doing wrong. I just didn’t care about any of it. I really wish I did because it could have been a story I really like but I just wasn’t invested in these characters.
I wish I had liked this story more, but I didn’t. It had all of the elements of a story I would like, but the characters just fell flat for me.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

Hey, bookworms! It’s that day of the week again where we participate in the wonderful bookish post that was formerly hosted by Should be Reading and was recently taken over by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer three questions to give an update about what you’re currently reading, going to read next and have read recently. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments or link your post!

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What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I am currently reading Fairest by Marissa Meyer and The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco.

Antonia- I’m currently reading Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas.

What did you recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished reading A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers.

Antonia- I just finished Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.

What do you think you will read next?

Amanda- Next, I think I will try to read something off of my TBR for the Asian Readathon or maybe Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen.

Antonia- Next I’ll read Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas.

Thanks for reading our W’s this week. What are yours? Leave them in the comments or leave us a link to your post.