Hear The Wolves by Victoria Scott {ARC Review}

I received this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review. 

58d7f682-d1f8-4ef9-a357-bd2b86bf03a8Sloan is a hunter.
So she shouldn’t be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it’s been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight — it makes her too scared to be on her own.
When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she’s already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn’t stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that’s tied there — their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.
But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That’s when the wolves start hunting them . . .

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember that I hosted a cover reveal for Hear The Wolves. I’m on the street team for Victoria Scott, so I was able to see the cover before it was officially released. I loved Scott’s duology, Fire & Flood. I knew that as soon as I could I would request her first middle grade novel.

With all that being said, Hear The Wolves fell a little flat for me. I really expected to absolutely adore this book; sadly, that wasn’t really the case. I’m not a big fan of survival stories. I also felt that the book felt a little too ‘not middle grade’. Let me explain: as the synopsis states, a pack of wolves begin to hunt them. Without spoiling too much, the descriptions of the wolves seem a bit too graphic for 8-12 year olds.  Honestly, I just felt very ‘meh’ throughout most of the book. The book was less than 300 pages which made it fly by rather quickly. The plot was interesting enough to continue but not enough for me to enjoy and recommend it.

Even though one of Victoria’s books disappointed me, I will continue to read her other novels. I still really enjoyed her other book, Fire & Flood. I have an e-ARC of her next book, Violet Grenade. I’m hoping I enjoy it better than I enjoyed Hear The Wolves. 

So, what do I rate Hear The Wolves

★★★/5

Have you read Hear The Wolves? Are you planning on it?

-Liv

A Very ARC-ish Readathon: Sign-up and TBR

One thing with ARCs: I either read them right when I get them, or I’ll forget about them for months and never end up reading them. Either way, I seriously need help with my ARCs. Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks has created A Very ARC-ish Readathon. The goal for #AVAReadathon is to read as many ARCs as possible to clear off your TBR. The readathon will run from April 1st at 12:01 a.m. (your timezone) and end April 30th at 11:59 p.m. (again, your timezone). For more information on the readathon, check out Aimal’s announcement post. Here are the books I’m going to be reading during #AVAReadathon:

I have a few ARCs I’m waiting for approval on via Netgalley, but this is my tentative TBR list!

Are you going to participate in A Very ARC-ish Readathon? What ARC are you most excited to read? 

 

-Liv

February-March Book Haul

I got a lot of books in February and March. By a lot, I mean A LOT. By a lot, I mean about twenty books. I’m a bit ashamed to be honest. However, a good majority of them I received through trades and giveaways. Without further delay, let’s get into my book buying problem.

Advanced Readers Copies (ARCS)

  • The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson
    • I received this ARC from Kayla because she had a giveaway at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. This book will be released June 6, 2017.
  • I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo
    • I received this ARC at the North Texas Teen Book Festival at the Fierce Reads breakfast. This book will be released May 30, 2017.
  • You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner
    • I received this ARC from Penguin Random House. This book was released March 7, 2017.
  • Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
    • I received this ARC at the North Texas Teen Book Festival from Epic Reads. This book is being released May 9, 2017.
  • Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
    • I received this ARC through a booksfortrade on Twitter. This book was released October 4, 2016.
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
    • I received this e-ARC from Harpercollins through Edelweiss. This book will be released April 11, 2017.
  • Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott
    • I received this e-ARC from Entangled Teen through NetGalley. This book will be released May 2, 2017.
  • Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann
    • I received this ARC from a booksfortrade on Twitter. This book was released May 3, 2016.

Hardcovers

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
    • I received this book from a booksfortrade.
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
    • I received this book from Sourcebooks through a Twitter chat run by Brittany.
  • The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Helig
    • I bought this book at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. It was already pre-signed.
  • Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
    • I bought this book at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. It was pre-signed already.
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
    • I bought this book at the author luncheon at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. I met Jason Reynolds, and he signed it.
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
    • I bought this book at the author luncheon at the North Texas Teen Book Festival. When I met Jeff, I also had the book signed.
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
    • I received this book from Sourcebooks through a Twitter chat run by Brittany.
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    • I pre-ordered this book from Amazon. I also met Angie Thomas at NTTBF and also got it signed.

Paperbacks

  • The Body In The Woods by April Henry
    • I bought this book at NTTBF. I bought it pre-signed.
  • One was Lost by Natalie D. Richards
    • I received this book from Sourcebooks through a Twitter chat run by Brittany.
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green
    • I bought this book at a thrift store for a dollar.
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  • Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
    • I received this book from Sourcebooks through a Twitter chat run by Brittany.
  • Stranger Things Have Happened by Jeff Strand
    • I received this book from Sourcebooks through a Twitter chat run by Brittany.

If you haven’t counted yet, the total amount of books is twenty-two! I’m so thankful for all the book I was able to buy/ the books I received. After these two months, I think I need to go on a book buying ban.

Did you buy any books recently? Which books?

-Liv

Books I Plan on Reading Over Spring Break

Hello everyone! In December, I wrote a post about the books I was planning on reading over winter break. My TBR for Spring Break is rather ambitious, so I thought it would be fun to make a post about the books I was planning on reading. I’ll have two airplane trips, so I’m hoping I’ll get a lot read.

1. The Ship Beyond Time by Heidi Heilig

30653880I read The Girl From Everywhere, and I really enjoyed it! I met Heidi at the North Texas Teen Book Festival and purchased The Ship Beyond Time there. I am eager to continue the series and see where the book goes from where it left off.

2. The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson

I met Kayla through a Twitter chat; I mainly connected with her because we both had curly hair. I finally met Kayla in real life at NTTBF. She had a giveaway for whoever found her first at NTTBF, and I won! The Sandcastle Empire is one of my most anticipated releases, and I am so happy to have a physical arc.

3. Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook

Since reading The Princess Saves Herself in This OneI’ve really been wanting to read more poetry in my life. I also read Milk and Honey but didn’t love that one as much. I saw Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately on Goodreads and thought I’d give it a try!

4. I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo31145133

When I attended NTTBF, I also attended a breakfast hosted by Fierce Reads. At our table, we sat with the authors; Maurene Goo was one of the authors there. There were ARCs of I Believe In A Thing Called Love, so I was able to take one. After hearing Maurene speak about it, I’m really excited to read it.

5. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Like many of the books on this list, I received this book book from an Epic Reads book event at NTTBF. To be honest, I completely forgot that this book was being released in 2017! I loved Dumplin‘, and I’m really excited to see how I like this one!

What books are you planning on reading during spring break?-Liv

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas {Book Review}

32075671Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.

Is it too early in the year to declare a book to be your favorite read of 2017? If it isn’t too early, then The Hate U Give is my favorite read of 2017. Saying this book is ‘important’ doesn’t give it justice. The Hate U Give is a masterpiece. Despite its release date only being ten days ago, I already know this book will change YA literature forever. Before I start into my main review, I would like to clarify something. This novel is about a black female protagonist, and I am a white female. I encourage you to check out reviews by bloggers of color to get their interpretation of this novel. I will link some reviews at the bottom of this post.

The Hate U Give is 444 pages. However, as the end approached, I didn’t want it to end. Also, I normally do not cry in books. In the past few years, there have been very few books that I cried in. With all that being said, I cried four different times in The Hate U Give. What disgusted me even more is this: this book is not completely fiction. It’s a bit obvious that this book was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The events that unfold in the book are not uncommon. THUG sheds light on how the media and people in general treat unfair killings. The book is really an analysis of how these killings affect the black community. It describes the nightmares and the visions that Starr feels after she witnessed the murder of her unarmed, black best friend.

One of Thomas’s strongest suits is characterization. All the characters, no matter how influential they are to the plot, act as though they are important. They all have detailed pasts; they are all flawed and unique in their own way. Starr’s family is one of my favorite fictional families of all YA books. They’re messy; they fight, laugh, and cry. Most importantly, they are a family. They support and love each other no matter what. Of course, they definitely have their issues, but ultimately you know they love each other and that’s all that matters.

Everything about THUG was perfect. The characters, the writing, the dialogue, the descriptions, everything. The Hate U Give is a 2017 debut that you DO NOT want to miss. THUG is definitely a game changer in the YA genre. 

So, what do I rate The Hate U Give

★★★★★/5

Links to THUG Reviews by Black Reviwers:

https://booksmcghee.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/the-hate-u-give-by-angie-thomas-review/

https://afroboricuareads.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/afroboricua-reads-book-reviews-the-hate-u-give-by-angie-thomas/

http://dulivre.blogspot.com/2017/02/book-review-hate-u-give.html?m=1

*If there are any more THUG reviews by black reviewers please let me know so I can include them*

(I have a giveaway for THUG on Twitter! Ends April 7th).

Have you read The Hate U Give? Did you like it? Why do you think this book is so important?
-Liv

February Wrap-Up

Hello everyone! February was actually an okay reading month for me! I read more than I did in January which is really good progress for me. I read a total of four books. Let’s dive into the wrap-up!

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Books I Read in The Month of February 

  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera ★★★★★/5
  • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig ★★★★/5
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz ★★★★/5
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli ★★★★★/5

What Did I Do In The Month of February?

  • I had a speech tournament! The tournament was the last one of the year except for Regionals.
  • I visited my brother at college. We also went to the local mall, and I got a bunch of new clothes.
  • I finished Driver’s Ed! I’m currently in the ‘Driver’s Training’ portion of it where I have to physically get in the car and drive. I hate it; I can’t wait for it to be over.
  • I went thrift shopping with my best friend! I love thrift stores so much, and I’m really happy with everything I got.

What is in-store for March?

  • I’m attending the North Texas Teen Book Festival on March 4th!
  • It’s finally time for Spring Break! I’m going to Pennsylvania for a few days.
  • Regionals for speech are coming up! I don’t think I will make it to state, but I’m excited to experience it all.

What Books (might) I be Reading in The Month of March?

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Hear The Wolves by Victoria Scott
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

What did you read in the month of February? Did you do anything fun?

-Liv