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Source: Ten Speed/ Penguin Random House – I received this in exchange for an honest review. 
Publisher: Ten Speed 
Series: –
Edition:
 Hardcover, 112 Pages
Genre:
 Nonfiction – Young Adult 
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating4.5/5

From the New York Times best-selling authors of Rad Women Worldwide and Rad American Women A-Z, a bold and brave collection of stories and art about inspiring and accomplished girls who have made positive impacts on the world before the age of 20.

You might know the stories of Malala Yousafzai, Anne Frank, Jazz Jennings, and Joan of Arc. But have you heard about Yusra Mardini, a Syrian refugee who swam a sinking boat to shore, saved twenty lives, then went on to compete as an Olympic swimmer? Or Trisha Prabhu, who invented an anti-cyberbullying app at age 13? Or Barbara Rose Johns, whose high school protest helped spark the civil rights movement?

In Rad Girls Can, you’ll learn about a diverse group of young women who are living rad lives, whether excelling in male-dominated sports like boxing, rock climbing, or skateboarding; speaking out against injustice and discrimination; expressing themselves through dance, writing, and music; or advocating for girls around the world. Each profile is paired with the dynamic paper-cut art that made the authors’ first two books New York Times best sellers. Featuring both contemporary and historical figures, Rad Girls Can offers hope, inspiration, and motivation to readers of all ages and genders.

Rad Girls Can is by the same authors who brought us Rad Women Worldwide, which I absolutely loved as well! Now the focus is on young women who have made an impact before turning twenty in everything from sports to politics.

Everything I initially loved about Rad Women Worldwide is back in Rad Girls Can. We are treated to 50 (49 really, but the last one is special) introductions to some seriously amazing girls along with the stunning papercut artwork by Miriam Klein Stahl. These entries cover a wide range of talented girls including names you are sure to recognize (Anne Frank, Misty Copeland, etc.) and those you may not know but certainly deserve more attention (Memory Banda, The Podgorski Sisters). The best part is that it is a book geared towards younger readers, which means it’s easy to understand and focuses on showing that even the smallest person can make a big difference if they set their minds to it.

The book is very inclusive as well, which is amazing! The girls included are from all walks of life, showing a wide range of social class, races, cultures, and religions. Their interests are varied as well and there is truly something in here for everyone. It even has a wonderful little section on gender in the introduction. And if you hit the end and decide you need more stories, then there is another section with fifty more smaller bios for further reading and research.

The artwork is bold and stunning and makes this the perfect book to keep on a shelf or table to return to later.

If you are looking for a book for a young person in your life to help them feel confident or maybe help them find role models that they can relate to then this is a perfect purchase!

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In Libris Veritas by Michelle @ In Libris Veritas - 5d ago

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Happy Sunday! It’s been an odd week full of ups and downs. I’m now trying to find another job, and I really hope I can find something with more fixed hours than retail typically provides. Everyone purchased my birthday gifts a full week early (it’s on the 19th), so that lifted my low spirits quite a bit. I’ve gotten a quite bit of reading done this week, and I have a couple I have I finish off for my Litsy groups.

Books Read

  • Bloodline by Claudia Gray
  • The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  • Mem by Bethany C. Morrow
  • Rad Girls Can by Kate Schatz
  • My Hero Academia Vol. 2 (Manga)

Last Week

Tell Me Tuesday

The Voices of a Distant Star (4 Star Manga Review)

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Book Haul

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In Libris Veritas by Michelle @ In Libris Veritas - 6d ago

I saw this on a few Youtube channels and then over at La La in the Library and decided to go for it!

All the books I have read thus far are here: Goodreads – 2018 Shelf.  This has all of the books I have read so far, including those I don’t count towards my Goodreads goal. (I.e. picture books)

Best Book You Have Read So Far This Year

Fiction – Binti by Nnedi Okorafor / Nonfiction – Lady Killers: Deadly Women Through History by Tori Telfer

This was quite hard because I’ve read some really awesome books so far.

Best Sequel You Have Read So Far

Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine

This is book four in the series technically, but it’s the best one so far!

New Release You Haven’t Read But Want To

Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel

I own it on audio and just checked out the hardcover from the library, so soon!

Most Anticipated Book for the Second Half of 2018

The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Illustrated Edition) / Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn

I’ll be getting both of the Beedle editions, UK and US, since they have different illustrators.

Biggest Disappointment

Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed

This was incredibly forgettable, much like the game it’s based on.

Biggest Surprise 

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

My loving it wasn’t the surprise…the surprise was I can’t remember the last time I read a sci-fi book that didn’t focus on white/European culture. It’s not something I paid a ton of attention too.

Favorite New Author

Nnedi Okorafor

I think adding the picture for a third time would be overkill probably.

Book That Made You Cry

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa

I don’t really cry at books, however, this one was heartbreaking on all accounts. Especially when it came to an end and so much was left unresolved and unknown.

Book That Made You Happy

Bloodline by Claudia Gray

I adore Claudia Gray’s treatment of SW characters and I LOVE Princess Leia.

Favorite New Character

Kahlila – The Great Library series

Bookish, intelligent, and dangerous when she needs to be.

Most Beautiful Book Bought

The 20th Anniversary paperbacks for the Harry Potter series

I technically didn’t buy these as they were early birthday presents from my mom, but they are by far the prettiest books to come into my home this year.

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Source: Library 
Publisher: TokyoPop
Series: –
Edition:
 Paperback, 229 Pages
Genre:
 Sci-fi Romance Manga
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating4/5

To what distance would you go for your one true love? In a future filled with a boundless potential for interstellar peace and prosperity, Mikako joins a research team to explore the recent contact between humans and alien races. She ventures out into space, leaving behind Noboru, the one young man she loves. As she travels deeper into this new frontier, her only connection with her boyfriend is through cell-phone text messages. But the years pass, and Mikako barely ages in the timelessness of space–while Noboru grows older and considers moving on with his life…In this timeless romance between star-crossed lovers in the most tragic of settings, there are some places man may not be ready to go.

I first came across this story in anime OVA format and was mostly lukewarm about it. The story had a lot of promise but it seemed to go by too quickly. When I saw this at my local library I didn’t have much hope it would be better but figured it’d be nice to give it a second try. I am happy to say I enjoyed the manga much more than the anime.

The anime seemed to lack something overall in terms of emotion, but I think the manga manages to capture the sense of sadness and at times desperation that the two characters feel as they move farther and farther from each other. It is still a short story but the ending feels a little more complete here, despite being open. I think what I loved about this story is that while aliens and space travel are a focus, the main focus is on the effect it is having on Mikako and Noboru’s relationship. As she moves farther away their messages take longer to be received, and they struggle with the effect that the time jumps have on each of them. We see Noboru grow older and struggle with the idea of holding on, and Mikako age slower (light speed jumps are involved) and she still maintains that strong connection to Noboru. It is only one volume and while that doesn’t offer a lot of time to connect with the characters on a truly personal level, I do think that anyone who has ever been separated from someone they love for a large length of time can certainly understand the internal conflicts and undefinable sadness that happens.

It’s a beautifully sad story that is well written and paired with fantastic art as well and is proof that sometimes it’s worth trying a story over a second time.

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In Libris Veritas by Michelle @ In Libris Veritas - 1w ago

Hosted by La La in the Library

I got some more bad news this week, so basically all my plans to actually enjoy myself have gone out the window and now I’m just focusing on staying in a healthy mental space. I’m not sure how much reading I will get done this week, but a girl can hope!

Last

  • Bloodline by Claudia Gray – Leia is and will always be one of my all-time favorite badass females. Claudia Gray is by far one of the best writers in the current Star War lineup. If you want to start out reading some SW but don’t know where to start, I recommend either this or Lost Stars (Young Adult). She understands the characters and really gives them room to breathe in a somewhat crowded galaxy.
  • Runaways: Find Your Way Home – I thought this was a reboot of the old series…it’s not, it’s a continuation. So as I haven’t read the original series I was lost and didn’t really get why any of the characters did what they did.

Current

  • Night Shift by Stephen King – I have around 8 days to finish this bad boy off for the Stephen King book club, and I’ve barely started. But hopefully, I can get to it over the next few days.
  • Rad Girls Can by Kate Schatz – I read the previous book Rad Women Worldwide and adored it, so I’m sure excited to dig into a book that focuses on young women below the age of 20 who have managed to stand up and stand out in some way. This releases on July 17th

Next

I normally don’t do this section because I never really know what is coming up next, but in this case, I actually do!

  • The Door to the Lost by Jaleigh Johnson – Super excited to get back into middle-grade fiction!
  • Black Magick Vol. 2: Awakening II – I really enjoyed the first one and the art is phenomenal
  • Han Solo – Not a Solo fan, however, Bloodline did a lot to make him into an actual person instead of the low life he tends to come off as in the movies. So I figured while I still see him somewhat positively I will get a bit more SW reading done.
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In Libris Veritas by Michelle @ In Libris Veritas - 1w ago

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Another week down! I can honestly say I am super tired. The work week went as frustrating as expected with fewer people working and the end of the week put a lot of the workload on me. I’m not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. Yesterday we went to the Georgia Aquarium with my family (my parents, my brother & his family) and that was kind of cool. I enjoy seeing animals, but I was a little underwhelmed by it. So many people hyped it up, but there just seemed to be a lot of wasted space. The belugas and whale sharks were really amazing though. I said this on my Instagram, but I’m sort of spoiled for aquariums in general. I used to go to the Oregon Coast Aquarium about once a year as a kid because Keiko (Free Wily) was housed there. Orcas are my favorite aquatic creature and of course, his movies were a part of my childhood. I still have the necklace that I got one visit like the one in the movie.

Today I will actually get to go trade in some of my books, hopefully, it doesn’t get canceled again.

Books Read

  • Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine
  • The Geek’s Cookbook
  • Runaways Vol.1: Find Your Way Home (Graphic Novel)

Last Week

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine (4 Star Review)

Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine (4.5 Star Review)

June Monthly Recap 

Book Haul

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In Libris Veritas by Michelle @ In Libris Veritas - 2w ago

It was a slow reading month for me as I started playing video games again, and spent a lot of time away from home.

Books Read: 11

Manga: 3

Graphic Novels: 2

Short Story: 0

  • Delicious in Dungeon Vol. 1 (Manga –  Reread)
  • The Voices of a Distant Star (Manga)
  • My Hero Academia Vol. 1 (Manga)
  • Dept. H Vol. 1 Pressure (Graphic Novel)
  • Dept. H Vol. 2: After the Flood (Graphic NoveL)
  • Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
  • Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
  • Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine
  • Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • The Shining by Stephen King

Book Reviews

Challenge Updates! 

2018 Audiobook Challenge – In Progress 

Binge Listener Level: 20-30 Books

23/30

2018 Manga Reading Challenge – In Progress

5-30 Manga

8 Completed – Level 1 Completed!

Reading Through 28 – In Progress

11/28 Books

2018 Read Harder Challenge – In Progress

9/24 Tasks

Goodreads Challenge – In Progress

72/150 Book

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In Libris Veritas by Michelle @ In Libris Veritas - 2w ago

Source: Penguin Random House –  I received this in exchange for an honest review. 
Publisher: Berkley
Series: The Great Library #4
Edition:
 eARC, 448 Pages
Genre:
 Young Adult Historical FantasyPurchase:AmazonKindleNookiBooksKoboBooks a Million, Barnes & Noble, Google Play
Rating4.5/5

To save the Great Library, the unforgettable characters from Ink and BonePaper and Fire, and Ash and Quill put themselves in danger in the next thrilling adventure in the New York Times bestselling series.

The opening moves of a deadly game have begun. Jess Brightwell has put himself in direct peril, with only his wits and skill to aid him in a game of cat and mouse with the Archivist Magister of the Great Library. With the world catching fire, and words printed on paper the spark that lights rebellion, it falls to smugglers, thieves, and scholars to save a library thousands of years in the making…if they can stay alive long enough to outwit their enemies.

Spoiler Warning for all previous books! This review may have spoilers for the first three books in the The Great Library series, if you are interested in starting the series I recommend checking out my review of that book instead. 

Guys!! GUYS…*exhales* A little bit of a warning before I move forward with the review, words will not be able to describe how much I enjoyed reading this book. I’m going to attempt to keep the rambling to a minimum, but just know my mind is racing with all the things I want to say. I will attempt to keep spoilers to a minimum.

Smoke and Iron picks up right where Ash and Quill so cruelly left us, and it hits the ground running. In the previous books, we were treated to a story that moved at a nice pace with some very intense moments mixed in with a deliberate carefulness not to move too fast. Smoke and Iron throws that caution to the wind and we are treated to a mad dash as Caine builds us up to conflict. You only get a few breaks to catch your breath before you’re swept off again. I wish I could tell you everything that had me glued to the page, but you need to experience yourself…and believe me, this is an experience.

Our little group has gone through a lot and we’ve seen them grow stronger and smarter with each passing page…and it’s so satisfying to see just how much they have come into their own. Each character still shines right in their own ways: Jess with his cunning and drive, Khalila with her wit and politico charm, Dario and his roguish intellect, Glain her stalwart determination, Thomas and his eerie brilliance, and Morgan with her unbelievable power. The friendships and love we experience make it all the better, especially Wolfe and Santi who have a love that goes above and beyond words.

The world Caine has created is phenomenal. I have mentioned before my love for anything related to the Great Library of Alexandria, so part of this is like the historical rewrite I’ve always needed and more. A world where the Library not only survived but thrived and created, a world where the Library has become corrupt and dangerous. I will never get over how utterly amazingly terrifying the automation are. I adore a good villain, and I have to say the Library makes for one hell of a bad guy. There is so much at stake in this world and there are no easy answers, no black and white options to choose from. This is a world where morals can be skewed without a person ever knowing it, and that is such a refreshing change to the YA genre. I don’t want easy answers. I want answers that cause nightmares AND saves others, and Caine delivers that.

If you have enjoyed this series so far then Smoke and Iron is a must. It is without a doubt the best book in the series so far. If you are new to the series then I urge to pick up a copy of the first book, Ink and Bone!

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In Libris Veritas by Michelle @ In Libris Veritas - 2w ago

Source: Purchased
Publisher: Audible Studios
Series: The Great Library #3
Narrator: Julian Eiffier
Edition: Audiobook, 10 Hours 48 Minutes
Genre: Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon / Audible / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4/5 Stars

Words can kill.

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny…

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library’s rule.

Their time is running out. To survive, they’ll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies—and to save the very soul of the Great Library…

Spoiler Warning for book one and two! This review may have spoilers for the first two books in the The Great Library series, if you are interested in starting the series I recommend checking out my review of that book instead. 

This binge read of the series has been so much fun! It is rather unlike me to consume more than one book of a series in the same month, let alone three but here we are and I’m eager to keep going.

Ash and Quill picks up after another stellar cliffhanger and the fight has gotten even more desperate. Jess and the group are in Philadelphia, the heart of the Burner movement, and they have a long arduous road ahead of them in their goal to reshape the library. I really wish I could pinpoint all the things I loved about this one without ruining the series for anyone, but alas I can not. I will say that I am loving where Caine is taking us on this journey! I enjoyed getting to see more of the Burners, and while I understand the ultimate cause the fanaticism is utterly terrifying. This world has two major thought groups and both can seem ideal when glanced out, but they both contain a multitude of unsettling ideas and practices…and then there is Jess and his group, stuck between two giants clashing and steadily gaining the ire of both. Ash and Quill gives us an even wider view of the madness happening in the world, and also the reach of the Library. Paper and Fire brought the country to country turmoil to the forefront with Wales and England, and this one shows us what happens when the Library finds itself dealing with dissension from once allies.

I am so glad that this book puts those odd grey areas in the spotlight. There is no good and bad movement, both have incredible goals marred by sickening practices. Our group isn’t full of people with sparkling pasts who make decisions to stand in the line of fire without a single thought, they are people who have fear and anger. They mistrust each other all while protecting each other. I think these sort of complex interworkings are why I adore these characters so much. They have all grown so much and I find myself loving characters I once felt somewhat indifferent to. Jess understands what having a family means, Dario is still an ass but incredibly loveable, and Kalila has become the quiet power of the group. And Morgan…Morgan is shaping up to be something else entirely. Her story is growing in ways I never expected and I’m both super excited and apprehensive to see where it all takes her. The relationships that have formed make me almost heartsick especially Santi and Wolfe, I absolutely live for the small scenes where we see them sharing a moment.

As usual, he narration for this one is absolutely excellent! I am almost saddened by the fact that I have an early copy of Smoke and Iron because it means I’ll miss out on Julian Eiffier reading it to me.

I am super excited to be moving on to book four!

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In Libris Veritas by Michelle @ In Libris Veritas - 2w ago

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Happy Sunday everyone! I’m so glad it’s the weekend, but kind of sad it’s almost over. I got a ton of reading done these past few days, as I had a few review books to tackle for dates coming up this week. I grabbed two of The Great Library series books on netgalley after being invited, thinking it was book one and two….but it was book one and four. So I had to binge read the entire series. Heh. It was nice to get back into reading again though.

This week has been increasingly trying and I find myself cycling through stages of extreme anxiety and anger. Our hours at work have been cut, and we got a single week’s notice. I am trying not to allow this to get me down, but I feel like every time I get close to making progress on getting my own place something like this comes barreling out of nowhere. I just wish I had been given a few weeks noticed at least. I’m not upset about my hours so much as I am about my boyfriend’s, who took a larger hit. We’ll make it through, but it stings and I’m trying not to take it personally.

But here’s to the weekend! And for the upcoming holiday! I could use some BBQ right about now.

Books Read

  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Bulter
  • Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio
  • Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

Last Week

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine (4 Star Review)

Empire of Silence by Christopher Rucchio (4 Star Review – Releases July 3rd)

Book Haul

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