Unboxing April 2015 Uppercase Box and Final Verdict

This month is my third month of Uppercase box. This box will decide whether I keep my subscription or cut it.  Let’s see what I got!

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Quick Thoughts: “Girls Like Us”

“Girls Like Us” by Gail Giles

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:

We understand stuff. We just learn it slow. And most of what we understand is that people what ain’t Speddies think we too stupid to get out our own way. And that makes me mad.

Quincy and Biddy are both graduates of their high school’s special ed program, but they couldn’t be more different: suspicious Quincy faces the world with her fists up, while gentle Biddy is frightened to step outside her front door. When they’re thrown together as roommates in their first “real world” apartment, it initially seems to be an uneasy fit. But as Biddy’s past resurfaces and Quincy faces a harrowing experience that no one should have to go through alone, the two of them realize that they might have more in common than they thought — and more important, that they might be able to help each other move forward.

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Unboxing Book Riot’s Young Adult Box #1

It’s pretty much confirmed at this point I’m a subscription service junkie. It’s fun getting goodies sent to your doorstep. I decided to spurge and treat myself to another one.

My latest subscription is Book Riot: Young Adult Quarterly Box. For $50 (plus shipping), you get a box full of goodies every 3 months.

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Quick Thoughts: “The Wicked Within”

“The Wicked Within (Gods & Monsters #3)” by Kelly Keaton

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

Source: Library

Other Gods & Monsters books

Summary from Goodreads:

Ancient lore leads to present danger in the final book in the dark and sexy paranormal romance trilogy about a descendent of Medusa, set in a richly reimagined New Orleans.

Her fate is not set in stone.

Having temporarily defeated Athena, Ari races to break the gorgon curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries. Her one lead sends her on a quest for the Hands of Zeus, an ancient relic last seen in the charge of New 2’s ruling elite, the Novem. But if there is one thing that Athena desires as much as revenge, it’s the Hands of Zeus—and Athena always gets what she wants.

Before either can locate the Hands, the statue goes missing, and a trail of blood follows those who once protected the relic’s secrets. Ari knows that her city, her friends, Sebastian—her life—depend upon her finding the statue before Athena. And with rumors an ancient power is on the rise, that may not be her only concern…

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Currently: April 12th

Reading

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I finally got to this! It’s a thick book so I’m slowly making my way through it. I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it is to read. I almost don’t need CliffNotes to read it (it really helps though). I have little knowledge of the story aside from The Autobiography of Jane Eyre web series so it’s fun seeing what I remember from the web series pop up in the story.

The Final Descent by Rick Yancey

I adore this series but this installment is really hard to listen to. There’s a lot of jumping around which can be confusing with listening but more importantly the characters are really different. Dear Will Henry has become harsh and mean and a completely different person. I hope this book doesn’t shatter my love for the series.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

I just started this but I’m liking it so far. It didn’t take long for the action to start up which is always nice.

Watching

Battlestar Galactica

My coworker recently watched the show and enjoyed it. I thought I would give it a try! I’ve just watched the 3 hour miniseries so far. It was okay. I’ll watch a few episodes to see how I continue like it.

Call the Midwife

This knows exactly how to tug at the heart-strings. I always end each episode sniffling a bit. I was a bit unsure about this season since Jenny left. So far it hasn’t been bad but I do find it a bit odd that older Jenny is still narrating the show.

 What have you been reading and watching lately?

Book Review: “Fairest”

“Fairest (Lunar Chronicles #3.5)” by Marissa Meyer

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Fairy Tale Re-telling

GoodreadsSource: Library

Other Lunar Chronicles Books

Summary from Goodreads:

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

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I Was Featured on Book and a Beverage

Head on over to the Book Addict’s Guide to check out my interview.

Book and a Beverage [100] – Alison from The Cheap Reader.