Court of Fives by Kate Elliott | Stand By Saturday

Hey guys!

As with the new blog comes some new weekly posts. Much like Waiting on Wednesday posts on other book blogs, every Saturday I will post a book I’m on stand by for. I decided to do this to let you guys know what books I’m most excited about for the coming months. Let me know what you guys think!

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott

Release Date: August 18th 2015

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Jessamy’s life is a balance between acting like an upper class Patron and dreaming of the freedom of the Commoners. But at night she can be whomever she wants when she sneaks out to train for The Fives, an intricate, multi-level athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best competitors. Then Jes meets Kalliarkos, and an unlikely friendship between a girl of mixed race and a Patron boy causes heads to turn. When a scheming lord tears Jes’s family apart, she’ll have to test Kal’s loyalty and risk the vengeance of a powerful clan to save her mother and sisters from certain death.

See ya next time,

Jesse Nicholas

@BooksatDawn

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | Review

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens AgendaSimon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 7th 2015
Genres:
Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, LBGT
Pages: 303
Format:
Hardcover

5Hearts


Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.”

REVIEW

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is the debut novel by Becky Albertalli. It follows the main protagonist Simon and his email correspondence with a mystery boy from his school. We see Simon’s world unravel as he navigates his friends, family, school life, and cyber life in this too cute for words coming of age story!

I can’t express my love for this book enough then I already have through twitter and such, but holy jeez where do I begin? Let’s talk about how real of a character Simon is and how much I related to him. It brought back so many fond and not so fond memories from my high school days! He’s honest, blunt, clever, funny, and all around normal teenager. We get to see him succeed, and we get to see him fail, but that is what made this book all the more real!

If you think you’ve found your perfect book couple to ship, think again! You will not believe how adorable and cute Simon and Blue are until you read this book. Even though they have never met face to face and are dying to do so; fear is what’s keeping them from that. They manage to forge real feelings and emotions just through emailing each other. We get to see their ups and downs as a real virtual couple until they meet in person finally. And to keep the mystery alive, I won’t spoil it Blue for you. Albertalli had me guessing all the way till the end.

“But I’m tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.” 

This book has a lot of diversity to it as well. Firstly the main character is gay, he has a wide variety of friends of different cultures and races. Albertalli also teaches us that books don’t always have to be so blonde hair blued centered all the time! It’s nice every once and while, but every single book it gets quite annoying!

“White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”

I have nothing but praise for Becky Albertalli’s writing. She created real and relatable characters. The dialogues between them were great, and the overall story telling was awesome! 

If you are looking for a book that talks about deep issues and acceptance, then you need to go out and pick up a copy of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. You won’t be disappointed!

See ya next time,

Jesse Nicholas 

About the AuthorBecky AlbertalliBecky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. She now lives with her family in Atlanta.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is her first novel.

Things On My Bookshelf | Top 5 Wednesday [1]

Top5WednesdayHey guys!

Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5WFAMILY you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.

This week I’ve decided to alter the topic a bit. We are supposed to post pictures or talk about the things we have on our bookshelves that aren’t actually books. Unfortunately as I am living away from home until October I do not have a nice bookshelf to show you. I don’t actually have a whole book shelf at all. (I only have two shelves on the spare bookshelf in the basement.)

So because of that, I want to show you some really nice looking bookshelves that I want to one day replicate in my own way! I spent way to much time picking these pretty shelves off the internet, so I hope you guys enjoy!

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@shareyourself tumblrI chose this one because I want to have an abstract cool looking bookshelf in my house one day! How awesome does this tree look?

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@handimaniaA bookshelf reading chair? Um hello???? How freaking awesome would this be? I needed one of these since yesterday!!

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@kimrainbowsI know its cliche and overdone, but I really want to line a bookshelf with Christmas lights. So pretty!

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@harrypotterno weheartitCute cute cute. I want to put cute things on my book shelf! Maybe not all these girly cute stuff. But cool cute stuff! I need a cute little Robin Funko Pop!

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@likablegirlstuff tumblerThis is ultimate life goal right here! A bookshelf/reading nook?? Sign me up! Now if only the nook had a window it would be PERFECT.

Well there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my little tweak to this week’s Top 5 Wednesday. When I go back home in October I am going to make these bookshelves happen!

See ya next time,

Jesse Nicholas

@BooksatDawn

Hyped Books I’ve Never Read | Top 10 Tuesdays

Top10TuesdayHey guys!

I’ve decided to join the Top 10 Tuesday Weekly fun on my blog because why the hell not? Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join in the fun, hop on over to their blog to see what it’s all about!

This weeks topic is the Top 10 Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. I had a teeny bit of trouble gathering ten books for this list because I am always reading the hyped up books when they come out. I just can’t help it. I mean what’s the point of all the hype if the book isn’t any good? So the books I put on this list are the hyped books I have yet to read, because lets face it, I’m going to read them sooner or later!

10) The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze RunnerI’ve seen the movie and I’ve been slacking on picking up this book. Maybe 2015 will be the year I do it!

9) I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll Give You the SunThis has been recommended to me from several different people. It has won awards. The plot sounds like a book I would love. All this awesomeness and I have yet to read it.

8) Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork AngelI am slowly but surely getting through The Mortal Instruments series so I can finally start the prequel to it all. I’m only several years behind the hype.

7) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

FangirlNaturally after reading Eleanor and Park I wanted to immediately start Fangirl… but…but…yeah. I still haven’t read it.

6) The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Final EmpireBooktube exploded with this book and has literally hyped this book up so much that I want to go as far as to purchase the UK covers. Come on, just look at the beauty of them!

5) A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

A Game of ThronesYes this book is huge and wordy. And yes I will eventually read it. I just have to grow some balls first.

4) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven BoysI am finally going to cave and read this book. I purchased it and it’s close up on the TBR list. Look out for it soon!

3) Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and BoneSame goes for this glory! After seeing the hype for Six of Crows, a story held in the same world as this one, I will naturally have to read this one first!

2) Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red RisingThis freaking book has been taunting me on my TBR list for so goddamn long. I’ve already started it but have since put it down. Not because its not interesting or good, I’m just weird like that.

1) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the AshesOk, this book. Do I even have to say anything? It was so good that it went from being a standalone book to a freaking series. It’s so hyped I don’t even know what to do with it! Duh, I will read it.

Well there you have it. The Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read. Let me know what you guys think of my list and share with me what are some of your hyped books you have yet to read.

See ya next time,

Jesse Nicholas

@BooksatDawn

July 2015 TBR List!

Hey guys!

It is officially summer for everyone that is in school, but unfortunately for me there is no vacation from a full time job! But enough of me being a downer and lets get to my July TBR!

For the past 6 months I have been making a list of 9 books a month to read not leaving me any room for other options. But from now on I will be changing things up a bit. I will be choosing only 5 books a month which gives me room to make more decisions and is a less daunting.


So without further a due here is my July 2015 TBR list!

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A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
Liars Inc. by Paula Stokes
Liars Inc. by Paula Stokes
Champion by Marie Lu
Champion by Marie Lu
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Cress by Marissa Meyer

Well there you have it! 5 books to read in July, I better start now or I’ll fall behind!! Follow me on twitter @JesseNichholasYA to track my progress throughout the month!

See ya next time,

-Jesse Nicholas