Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hello hello, it has been awhile since I’ve posted. I will have a post later this week with an explanation on why it has been so long. Since it has been awhile, I’ve decided to do a fun first post back to blogging and I ran across this newer book tag created by GirlReading on Youtube. I will have a link to the video below so you can check it out and give her a folllow.

– E-Book or Physical Book?
Physical book all the way. I have a kindle, but I rarely use it and when I do it is usually for shorter books. I just prefer to have a personal physical library that I can show off.
– Paperback or Hardback?
Paperback. I find them easier to read, but I do have a lot of hardback, because new releases are usually hardback and I can’t wait for the paperback edition.
– Online or In-Store Book Shopping?
Online. When I go in-store shopping I usually find out the store doesn’t have the book I am looking for, but online always does.
– Trilogies or Series?
Series
– Heroes or Villains?
Truly it depends on the book, but for the most part heroes.
– A book you want everyone to read?
Just Kids by Patti Smith
– Recommend an underrated book?
Wake by Amanda Hocking
– The last book you finished?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
– The Last Book You Bought?
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
– Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark?
I used a flower petal once….
– Used Books: Yes or No?
Yes! A large number of my books are used books. I’m a huge fan of Half Priced Books.
– Top Three Favourite Genres?
YA, Mystery, New Adult
– Borrow or Buy?
Buy. I don’t remember the last time I borrowed a book.
– Characters or Plot?
Umm…both.
– Long or Short Books?
Medium
– Long or Short Chapters?
Again medium
– Name The First Three Books You Think Of…
Just Kids, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Bossypants
– Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry?
Just Kids, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Bossypants (How fitting how this answer worked for both questions)
– Our World or Fictional Worlds?
I like both. I don’t prefer one over the other. I mean not all stories work in our world and not all stories work in a fictional world.
– Audiobooks: Yes or No?
Heck no!
– Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover?
Yes and I usually buy them based on the cover.

– Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations?
Depends on the book.

– A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?
The Vampire Diaries
– Series or Standalone’s?
Standalone’s. I like getting everything in one book and having a solid ending right then and there instead of waiting years for the solid firm end.

I hope you enjoyed this fun little post! I’m not going to tag anyone specific to do it, but if you want to do this I really encourage you to do it! And as I said, I would include the link to the video, so here it is! GirlReading Rapid Fire Book Tag

June Uppercase Box Unboxing!!

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I’m really excited to be doing my first Uppercase Box Unboxing here on Bookishjessp. I want to start off by saying this is not a sponsored post. I’m doing this, because I’ve been subscribing to Uppercase Box for about a year now and always liked what I was receiving, but the last couple of months the books I’ve received and also the extra swag has been beyond amazing! I mean my top two favorite YA contemporaries of 2016 were both books I received from Uppercase Box. So enough about the past, let me get to the present and talk about what makes the June Box so great to me!

I’m going to start with the book. The June book is My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. My Lady Jane is a historical comical YA novel about Lady Jane Grey. I mean historical and comical YA…Umm YES PLEASE! I mean that is something quite different than a lot of YA out there currently. Now earlier this month Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows were all here in Houston for a book signing event and I really wanted to go. I had planned on going,but my depression got the best of me that day and well most of this month and I couldn’t bring myself to go. I was actually quite upset that I did that to myself, because I really wanted to have a signed copy of My Lady Jane. So when I opened up my Uppercase Box package and saw that My Lady Jane was is in there, well it is safe to say I freaked the f*** out. So thank you Uppercase Box, because you not only sent me a book that I’m sure is going to be amazing, but you also sent me a book I wanted so badly and felt awful about not going to the signing.

Now for the swag! I’ll start with the two bookmarks. The first one of course if you know Uppercase Box is the Uppercase Box code bookmark. For those who don’t know, each month Uppercase Box sends a bookmark with codes that the reader can enter on the Uppercase Box website which allows the reader to enhance the reading experience with questions, polls, and videos. I’ll be honest, some of this stuff is pretty cool. The second bookmark is just a simple bookmark of the My Lady Jane cover. I personally love collecting bookmarks with the cover of books on them, so this is a score in my book!

The other two pieces of swag this month are a wooden Deathly Hallows Magnet from Juniper & Ivy Designs and a custom tote bag that say “I read therefore I fangirl” which is an Uppercase Box exclusive designed by Risa Rodil.

I absolutely love the Deathly Hallows magnet. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, but have never owned anything with a Deathly Hallows symbol on it, because I could never decide what I wanted and I know if I did buy one thing and saw something better I would buy that as well and the cycle would end up repeating.So, by getting sent this magnet I didn’t have to make up my mind on what Deathly Hallows item I wanted, and it is amazing looking!

Now who doesn’t love a good tote bag? I mean they are perfect to bring to your local bookstore or library to carry all your books in while your browse around before paying or checking out. And I mean come on, us readers are total fangirls/fanboys, so this tote was perfect. Granted I do wish that Uppercase Box had an option in which when you sign up you can mention your gender, so that items like this could be more personalized. I mean not a huge deal, I will still use this tote for stuff. I’m not ashamed.

So that is all for my June Uppercase Box Unboxing! I really hope you enjoyed reading this, and I’m going to try to get better at doing this post every month to share what I receive. Also below are the links to Uppercase Box in case you’re interested in signing up and also the link for Juniper & Ivy Designs, so you can checkout their products!

https://www.uppercasebox.com/

http://www.juniperandivydesigns.com/

Girl Against the Universe Book Talk

Synopsis:

Maguire knows she’s bad luck. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash–and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch. But then on her way out of her therapist’s office, she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star, who wants to help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away, but staying away may be harder than she thought.

 

Review:

I gave Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes 5/5 stars.

If anyone remembers my review of Scarlet Epstein Hates it Here and I claimed it was my favorite new YA Contemporary of 2016, well meet the book that is sharing that title. I haven’t seen a lot of people talking about Girl Against the Universe yet, but with it only coming out on May 17th, it is still early, but I can see this book blowing up later on this summer and early fall.

I don’t know where to start talking about GATU, so I’m going to start with the cover/dust jacket. Personally when I received my copy of GATU in my May Uppercase Box I was instantly drawn to the colors used on the cover. It’s this mixture of orange and yellow with bolder yellow lines that shape a tennis court with Maguire our female protagonist lay down. Honestly, it is simple and easy, but is one of my favorite covers I’ve seen in a long time. Now for me personally it gets even better once you take off the dust jacket, because you are left this bold yellow cover, but the tennis court lines are imprinted into the cover! I am a huge fan when publishers put details into the cover under the dust jacket. I don’t my hardcover books with dust jackets on, so I like when the cover is decorated some.

Alright, enough about me geeking out over the cover and lets get into the story itself! If you’re a fan of Jenny Han or Nicola Yoon, I truly think that you will enjoy GATU. I truly feel that Paula Stokes share a similar writing style to both Jenny Han and Nicola Yoon in GATU, in a sense that the writing felt very welcoming and brought me into the story right from the start.  As I read, I felt the pain that Maguire was feeling, the confusion of Maguire’s emotions and struggle to try to get past her PTSD and other mental health issues streaming from her tragic past. I also really liked the use of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in the novel instead of more extreme measures or the use of medication. I personally went through  CBT to deal with my anxiety as a late teen instead of following suit with a lot of my peers to prescription drugs to deal with my issues. Now, I’m not putting down prescription drug use, cause I know it does wonders for a lot of people. I personally just like CBT and was very happy to see it be used and talked about in YA literature.

I really think GATU is a great read for any young person dealing with a mental illness of some sort. Paula Stokes did a great job addressing the issues of mental health that it didn’t come off that she was writing a helpless or crazy character, but a real teen struggling to get herself to who she wants to be and have better control over her mental health. I’ve seen plenty of cases in YA in which characters with mental health issues are usually written to be helpless or crazy, so having Maguire who is a strong young woman working to move pass her mental illnesses, it was a breath of fresh air.

Honestly, stop what you’re doing right now and go get a copy of Girl Against the Universe and start reading it. And if you don’t like it…well you’re entitled to that opinion and really my opinion and yours is not always going to match, but I think you will like this one.

 

About the Author:

Paula Stokes

Paula Stokes is the author of several novels, most recently Girl Against the Universe and Liars, Inc., the latter of which received a starred review from Kirkus. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. She also loves interacting with readers.

Black Water Tales: The Unwanted Book Talk

Synopsis:

In the remote, eastern European town of Borslav there is St. Sebastian orphanage, a place where people discard their unwanted children. For the American, Blaire Baker, it’s the perfect place to volunteer her services. Paired with a cheerful volunteer nurse, Blaire is enthusiastic about the possibilities, but is quickly discouraged when she encounters the nefarious nature of the staff and the deplorable conditions of the facility and the children. Upon arrival, one of the children informs Blaire, “There’s something in the basement.” It isn’t long before strange things begin happening, including Blaire’s flashbacks of the accident that killed her parents. The children soon suffer injuries that Blaire, first, fears may be the deeds of the callous workers but she soon thinks the abuse may originate from a source that is less than human, something unwanted. The unwanted is coming but in order for Blaire to fight it, she must dig into St. Sebastian and herself in search of truth. Blaire wants nothing more than to help the children, but when she discovers the tragedy that happened in the basement and learns that the same evil forces are still at work, it will be Blaire who needs help…There’s something in the basement.

 

Review:

I Gave The Unwanted (Black Water Tales Vol 2) by JeanNicole Rivers 5/5 stars.

With being a huge horror movie fan, and spent years working in a haunted house around Halloween time, it takes a lot to spook me, but JeanNicole Rivers was able to accomplish this with The Unwanted. I’ll be completely honest, that when I started The Unwanted that it would be an enjoyable book, that I would enjoy and get a little spook, but I didn’t expect to get as spooked as I did. I mean I would jump when my phone would go off letting me know I had a text or my dog would move a bit in bed. Probably didn’t help that I was trying to finish reading The Unwanted at 12-2 in the morning…Speaking of reading The Unwanted, this is one of the few books this year so far that I’ve finished in less than a 24 hour period.

The Unwanted, to me is a prime example of a perfectly paced thriller/horror novel. The introduction gets you brought into the novel, gives you a feel of the characters and the setting which in The Unwanted, I’m still trying to figure out St. Sebastian’s out , because it was such a crazy place. The middle starts to unravel the mystery of what is going on, and then end comes and hits you with the big frights and scares that make you a bit paranoid. This pacing is what made it so that I couldn’t put this book down. Once I started I was hooked and had to know what was going to happen next.

After reading The Unwanted, I really want to go and read The Secret Keepers (Dark Water Tales Vol 1), because if The Unwanted was this good, I’m sure The Secret Keepers has to be good as well.

 

About the Author: 

JeanNicole Rivers

JeanNicole Rivers is a great lover of reading and writing. Although she loved aried genres, the horror/thriller genre is her favorite. JeanNicole has been writing poetry and short stories since she was a child, but has always aspired to master the art of storytelling through novels. The Unwated is the second story in her series of Black Water Tales, following The Secret Keepers.

JeanNicole Rivers Graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor of arts in philosophy, and she lives in Houston, Texas.

1 Year Blogiversary & Barnes & Noble Gift Card Giveaway!

Oh My God! I can’t believe June marks the one year blogiversary of Bookishjessp! I have to say, it has been a wild ride this past year. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, authors, and followers, I’ve felt like giving up at times, and had some of my proudest moments writing this blog.

First and foremost, I want to thank everyone who has ever helped with my blog, whether you’re and author, follower, blog tour coordinator, publisher, agent. Without you all giving me views, providing me with opportunities to read new books I usually wouldn’t read, discover new authors, provide guest post material, I honestly would of struggled more than I have this past year learning about blogging.

I went into blogging thinking it was going to be easy. Let me just say, it isn’t as easy as it looks. It definitely takes dedication which I am working on getting better at. I know I can be bad at missing a couple weeks at a time of new posts, which makes it hard to keep continuous viewers, but life gets in the way sometimes and well I’m trying my best to be better at it.

With all of that being said, I am happy to announce that I will be doing a giveaway for a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card! Sadly, this giveaway will only be for United States residents only, but I’m planning on doing an international giveaway later this year, so stay tuned for that! Now to enter into the giveaway all you have to do is comment below a book recommendation you would like to see me review! It’s that easy. Only one entry per blog post. I will have a different way you can enter throughout different blog posts through the month of June so keep your eyes out for those. The giveaway will end on June 31st, 2016.

Once again, thank you everyone who has been a part of Bookishjessp this past year and I’m excited to kick off a another year with you all!

May 2016 Reading Wrap-up

My oh my oh my! Is it just me or did May fly by? I feel like I was just taking my finals and finishing up this semester. That being said, I am shocked by the number of books I read this month. And the lucky number is…14! Yes even with finals going on I read 14 books, the highest number of books I’ve read in a month this year. I have to say though, that number would of been a low month for me last year. When I think about it, I am happy with this number and excited to see if I can beat it in June.

 

  1. Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes 5/5 stars
  2. Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian 4/5 stars
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 5/5 stars
  4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 5/5 stars
  5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 4/5 stars
  6. Chosen by Nancy Holder 2/5 stars
  7. 15th Affair by James Patterson 4/5 stars
  8. The Crown by Kiera Cass 4/5 stars
  9. Vampire Academy Richelle Mead 3/5 stars
  10. Frostbite by Richelle Mead 4/5 stars
  11. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead 4/5 stars
  12. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead 4/5 stars
  13. Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead 3/5 stars
  14. Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead 5/5 stars

 

I have to say May was a month full of great books, I mean a 4/5 average for the month…can’t really beat that. I mean yes there were the low points like Chosen, but overall, great books all around. I hope June will bring me the same!

Series To Finish in 2016 Updated #2

YAY! 5/6 of the series I wanted to finish this year are completed! I’ll be honest, I thought it was going to be 4/6, but I was able to get my hands on the final book of the Burn for Burn series here recently after trying to get it all years. So here is the update of the series I finished and the one I have left.

  1. The Watersong Series by Amanda Hocking
  2. The Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
    (4 books left)  **** Plus I read the recently released 15th book!****
  3. The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
  4. The Land of Stories Series by Chris Colfer
  5. Burn For Burn Series by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
  6. The Myron Bolitar Series by Harlan Coben
    (8 books left)

So there are the series I have finished and the one I have left to complete. I’ll be honest, at this point, I’m not sure if I will be able to complete The Myron Bolitar series this year. I just haven’t been in the mood to read it, but I still have a good chunk of the year left, so we shall see what the year has planned for me. If I do make progress on it, I will definitely share my progress on here.