Monday, November 23, 2020

Welcome to ChiBeReading! New Booktube + Blog


...Y'all still here!?!..

Hello my fellow booklovers! Long time no reviews! I cannot believe the last time I posted on here was in 2013 and I just went GHOST! But...

Without further adieu, I would like to welcome you all to...ChiBeReading

Hi, I am Chioma aka Chi.

And I be reading 🤗

As I say goodbye to Black and Blue Ink, the blog I called home for so many years, I am excited to invite you all to check out my Booktube channel ChiBeReading
and remain a part of my bookish circle here as I go through transitioning Black and Blue Ink the blog to ChiBeReading the booktube + blog!

(one of my favorite videos, me unhauling book because I need space...for more books  🤗)

I sincerely thank all those who have stayed followed to my blog over these years! Your support when I was active meant so much to me and it means so much to mean that you have stuck by Black and Blue Ink.

For a quick summary of what has been going on since your girl dissapeared under non mysterious circumstances ...I graduated college...I am currently in graduate school...I work full time as a Data Scientist...I recently joined booktube...and I am excited to get back into Blogging!

(a recent reads video where I give mini reviews of some great of the books I read...recently)

I have been wanting to get back into the world of book reviews and rejoin the bookish community and all of it's glory for the longest time, but I have been locked out of this account since I posted my last review (thanks Google). So once I finally regained access to this account again, I decided a BLOG REVIVAL & PLATFORM JUMP was in order!

(if you're looking for some new releases by authors of color, I have som recs!)

I am so excited to get back into book reviewing book blogging, interacting with bookish people, and just everything I used to love about the online bookish community. On my booktube I do more aggregate reviews of the books I have read on a weekly or monthly basis, I showcase the books I am looking forward to reading, my favorite books, book recommendations, book hauls/unhauls, and everything in between.

I would love to  post more dedicated reviews here, the blog counterpart to ChiBeReading, and spoiler filled reviews where we can really dive into what happened in the book and have a larger discussion based conversation on the books we have all been reading!

Before this post gets to be 10 miles long, I just want to again thank everyone that has stuck behind Black and Blue Ink over the years and I would greatly appreciate your continued support on my Booktube Channel and as I "rebrand" to ChiBeReading.

Also...what's been going on!? I feel so far removed from the book blogging community so if anyone could fill me in on what's new that would be great! What are the new trends, who's new on the block, I would love to catch-up in the comments!

Looking forward to interacting with everyone and posting here again!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday- Under the Never Sky

Waiting On Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Author: Veronica Rossi
Release Date: February 7th 2012

Synopsis from Goodreads: Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—nicknamed The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms eventually will. In this dystopia, even the very air she breathes could kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild, dangerous—a savage. He’s also her only hope.

Perry needs Aria, too. She alone holds the key to his redemption. And their unlikely alliance will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Debut author Veronica Rossi is accumulating fans from all over the globe—the book has already sold to more than twenty countries. It’s not surprising that foreign rights for this title have been flying off the shelf. It’s a tantalizing romance in any language.

Because I am a weird freak, I would like to point out that I enjoy reading books about cannibals. Ok, maybe enjoy is not the best word for it, actually it is probably the absolute worst word for it but I find the whole world and idea of cannibalism in FICTION of course just interesting. Its sort like reading about serial killers. It is hard and annoying and most of the time just plain disturbing to read about them, yet some part of it is intriguing trying to find out what goes in on in their minds. I know this is one I am going to be grabbing on its release date. And its is dystopia so it is bound to be amazing!!!
What do you guys think of this week's Waiting on Wednesday?    

Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday's Question of the Day!: YA Pet Peeves!

What is your #1 YA book pet peeve?

So I have a post coming up about this very subject that was loads of fun to write. Not really on pet peeves but more of stuff I feel have become hackneyed in the YA genre. This is more along the line on what annoys you about YA books. I know I know, it is tearing at your heart right now to have to search through your beloved genre for a flaw, but I think we all have one. But for the sake of anticipation of my upcoming post, I will just give a very very small one; and that is that NO ONE EVER HAS ANY HOMEWORK. Yes I know, petty as it is, it still irks me. I mean I am a senior in high school and with college apps, calculus, five other classes, and all the other stuff school thrust upon high schoolers, I find it so weird that all these teens have the time to go on week long expeditions and hang out and go on dates every single day of the school year, when most of us are lucky if we have an extra minute to breath now-a-days. And the fact that everyone's parents is so lax about everything. I mean when has it been that easy to just sneak out every night for a midnight rendezvous in the woods, or drive across your state on a weekday for some reason and your parents don't even mind. Anyone else ever annoyed by, okay, but anyway these aren't my top YA pet peeves but they're definitely up there!

What are one of you guy's YA pet peeves?!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday- Cinder

Waiting On Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 13th 2012
Science Fiction

Synopsis from Goodreads: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future. In this thrilling debut young adult novel, the first of a quartet, Marissa Meyer introduces readers to an unforgettable heroine and a masterfully crafted new world that’s enthralling.

 YES! That's all I can say! My ALL TIME favorite genre in existence is Science Fiction. Not only for books but for tv, movies, everything, but sci-fi books really hold a special place in my heart and on my shelf. But they are SO rare to say the least in YA. And this book is the epitome of what I was really looking for. I mean really, cyborgs! When was the last time you read anything about Cyborgs, and Lunar people! Everything about this book sounds like it is going to be so interesting and futuristic and everything that I love about the sci-fi!!! This is definitely my kind of book!

What do you guys think of this week's Waiting on Wednesday?   

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review: Stay With Me by. Paul Griffin

Title: Stay With Me
Author: Paul Griffin
Age Range: Young Adult
Publication Date:
September 8, 2011
Pages: 304
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis from Goodreads: Fifteen-year-olds Cece and Mack didn't expect to fall in love. She's a sensitive A student; he's a high school dropout. But soon they're spending every moment together, bonding over a rescued dog, telling their secrets, making plans for the future. Everything is perfect. Until. Until. Mack makes a horrible mistake, and in just a few minutes, the future they'd planned becomes impossible. In this stark new reality, both of them must find meaning and hope in the memories of what they had, to survive when the person they love can't stay. From award-winning writer Paul Griffin, Stay with Me is both heartbreaking and uplifting, filled with characters (both dog and human) that will forever change the way you look at the world.

Review: Real and heartbreaking to the core, Stay With Me by Paul Griffin is a showcase to teen romance and the struggles of the reality that some teens face on a daily basis. Stay With Me is truly a breathtaking novel that shows sometimes even the deepest love is not enough create a happily ever after.

There is really so much to say about this book but I'll try to keep it short. The romance in this book may seem to be a little quick, but I still felt the connection between the two main characters instantly. It may have started off as a simple attraction, but it did blossom into a very unique love. They are so devoted to one another, and they are definitely there for each other through thick and thin.

Mack and Cece both are and have been living hard lives for a long time, and when they finally find each other, they become each other's reprieve from the harshness of their lives. Mack has to be one of the most interesting characters I have ever ready about. Since the book is told from both Mack and Cece's perspective you get to a really know the character Mack. From how he sees the world, and how the world sees him.

To be honest, this book had me in tears in a lot of places for a lot of reasons. In a lot of places, I felt like the book got really open and raw with the feelings and emotions of the two main characters that I could connect to what the both of them were going through so well. The romance, the pain, the loss, the forgiveness, and all of the problems Mack and Cece were going through were laid out so vividly to the reader that I dare you not to shed a tear while reading this book.

Stay With Me is one of those books that I know is going to be with me for a long time. It is a novel that has really touched my heart and one that I know I will never get tired of recommending.

Recommendations: If you want a deep and captivating read that will make you smile and definitely have you shedding a few tears along the way, Stay With Me is a perfect read.

Overall: 5/5

Characters: 5/5 
Plot: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Entertainment: 5/5
Ending: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Cover: 5/5

If you liked the romance in Stay With Me, check out the romances of Simone Elkeles Fuentes Brother's Series: