First Line Fridays #22

The student wouldn’t stop doing her homework, and it was going to kill her.

Published: September 2017

Publisher: Tor

Pages: 303

Genera: YA SciFi

Series: No?


How do you review? (10)

Aka, random things I think about when I read books that you really can’t write in book reviews.  

-I love princes getting punched in the face.  I need this to occur more often

-Blue eyes really creep me out.  Especially light blue eyes in males

-Of course he needs to have a manly bedroom of dark wood and black stone because he’s a ~man~


-Who would ever think having a bunch of high strung rebellious gamer dudebros try and follow military discipline is a good idea and would end well?

-10 minute conversations magically happen in a span of 2 minutes

-That was one of the better love triangles I have ever seen.

-No one ever noticed how the ‘stray dog’ was super clean all the time and questioned that it might actually be a pet?

-I feel like I’m reading fanfiction for a fandom I’m not a part of.

-Why would she cry when they found him alive? He’s alive! Happy is better


-I both like and am irritated by the writing style of this book

-I love the feel of a chunky paperback in my hands.  The buttery feel of the study spine.  I love it.

-Mildly interesting, eternally frustrating

-Who the fuck throws spitballs in school anymore?  Especially in High School?

Anticipated 2018 Releases

Late to the party, but it’s still 2018 so it still counts.  This list is going to attempt to be my most anticipated releases, and will likely be from mostly the beginning of the year, but such is the nature of things.

A Sword Named Truth (cover not yet final)

Two of these were found on last years list (linky) and two I have managed to read already!  Hopefully I can continue that trend and read more of my anticipated reads then I managed last year. 

2017 Book Awards

Just in time for the end of the awards season, here are my bookish winners, taken from the books I read in 2017 and excluding any re-reads.  

Best Actor aka Best Male Protagonist

Mark Watney (Any Weir)

Best Actress aka Best Female Protagonist

Rachel Chu (Kevin Kwan)

Best Cinematography aka Best Plot Twist

The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov (not particularly twisty, but good plottage occurred in this book)

Best Costume Design aka Best Book cover

Scythe by Neal Shusterman and Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Best Supporting Actress and Actor aka Best M/F side character

Astrid Leong (Kevin Kwan)

Eliza’s Brothers (Francesca Zappia) and Khalid’s cousin (Renée Ahdieh)

Best Original screen play aka most unique world/setting

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Best Adapted screen play aka best book-to-movie adaption

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Best animated feature aka a book you want to see animated

Saga by Brain K Vaughn and Warcross by Marie Lu

Best director aka best new writer discovered

Kevin Kwan

Best short film aka best short story/novella

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Best visual effects aka best action

Warcross by Marie Lu (not overly action-y but would be great to see the visual effects of this in movie form)

Best documentary aka best historical fiction/non-fiction

Working Stiff by Judy Melinek

Best picture aka best book

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

First Line Fridays #20

Locke Lamora’s rule of thumb was this – a good confidence game took three months to plan, three weeks to rehearse, and three seconds to win or lose the victim’s trust forever.  This time around, he planned to spend those three second getting strangled. 

Published: June 2006

Publisher: Gollancz

Pages: 530

Genera: Fantasy

Series: Yes, first