Friday, May 25, 2018

Click'd (Spoiler Free) Review

Click'dTitle: Click'd
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
Series: Click'd #1
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Date Read: 3/31/18

Click'd is the book I needed at the moment which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. I need a easy read that was short and this book was just that. I read Every Last Word last year by the same author and I loved it so much. When I first head about Click'd I knew I had to read it because the concept sounded so cool and I am glad I did.

This is a middle grade book following a girl name Allie who is a 7th grader and is really interested in coding and quite good at it. During a summer camp called Code Girls, she creates this app called Click'd. The app helps connect two people with common interests together. Her app becomes viral in her school and then she notices a glitch she has to fix before the coding competition in order to beat her rival.

I am actually planning on studying computer science at the moment and I loved seeing the pros and cons of coding and it helped give me an insight on some problems I would face in the real world when it comes to code.

I do want to say that this book has a very important friendship element. I love that Allie has a great group of friends and that her parents are present in the book. I know. No romance to which was a refresher. It is a middle grade which could contribute to the no romance but still.

Even though this book focuses on Allie trying to fix the glitch in her app, she still does other things like play soccer in her free time.

Overall I do think this is an underrated book and more people should read this. Tamara Ireland Stone is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite authors.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (Spoiler Free) Review

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightTitle: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author:Jennifer E. Smith
My rating: 1/5 stars
Date Read: 3/18/18

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight was a book I really wanted to love. I went into this book with low expectations and still somehow did not like it.

I wanted to read a cute contemporary book and I thought this one was it. I read Jennifer E. Smith's other book This is What Happy Looks like and really enjoyed it. This one though was not for me. The story had so much potential and it ultimately let me down. I rarely give books one star because I usually DNF it before I finish it but this one was short so I ended up pushing through it. I actually skim read the second half.

This book follows a girl name Hadley who misses her flight to London by four minutes. She is on her way to her father's wedding. Hadley does not have a great relationship with her father and has never met her soon to be step mother. At the airport she meets a guy who sits in her row on the plane. They talk and eventually go there separate ways. It sounds like and is a classic contemporary. Yep instalove is back but you can kind of tell by the title.

Despite knowing that there was going to be instalove in this book, I still did not care about the love interest or the "romance." In my opinion, the love interest and Hadley had zero chemistry. I am not going to lie, instalove is not bad if done right.

The one thing that annoyed me the most was actually the writing style. This book is told in third person in present tense. This particular writing style is extremely hard for me to get into. It also made the story awkward in certain point. As soon as I started the book, I already knew this read was going to be eh because of the writing. If you read Three Dark Crowns by Kendre Blake and do not like the writing style and it affected you enjoyment of that book, do not read this one, you will have the same problem. At least I did. Would I enjoy this book more if the writing style was different and I honestly think so.

Hadley was not perfect which is one thing I did appreciate. She had flaws. Her family is not perfect but both of her parents, though separated, still love her and care for her.

Overall did not like it and it was not for me.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Perks of Being A Wallflower (Spoiler Free) Review

The Perks of Being a WallflowerTitle: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
My rating: 4/5 stars
Date Read: 3/14/18

I heard so many great things about The Perks of Being a Wallflower and everyone seems to love it. I am currently a sophomore in high school and because this books takes place in the 1990's there are some differences. One of them being phone calls. People these days at school text and all have phones. here they use landlines.

Going into this book it is important to know that the entire book is told in letters Charlie is writing. Due to the format of the book, it may not be for everyone. I found that way the book was written and Charlie's narration through the letters was my favorite thing about the book. Charlie is not perfect. He has his ups and downs in his life and it is very realistic. He has his flaws and his strengths and grows as a person throughout the year.

So basically I went into this book knowing nothing else about it and I found that it was the best way for me to enjoy these books. I felt as if I was the person Charlie was writing to. It was as if he was my pen pal but it is only one way. I enjoyed learning his story through his letters and I really liked how honest they were.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a very short book. I read the ebook version of it so the page count is kind of funky, but I think it is slightly over 200 pages. I flew through this book not because it was short, but because I wanted to know Charlie's entire story, at least about his freshman year. He had so much to tell.

Family and friends play a very important role in this book. Yes the family exists in this book. It also has some important themes throughout. And also school. Homework exist in this book. Most books I read before that take place in a school setting never talk about the work we get outside of school. Though it is mostly about the English work Charlie gets, homework exists!

Overall I am so happy to say that I enjoy this book and to say I read it. I have not seen the movie yet but now really want to. I do recommend it and I really want a sequel. Like I want to know what happens in Charlie's life next.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Spoiler Free Review

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Title: Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Series: Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1
My rating: 4/5 stars
Date read: 3/9/18

I have no idea what to rate this book at the moment. I want to give the first 320 pages 5 stars. The last 100 pages 3 stars. So I will just have to give it 4 for now.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of the top ten books I want to read in 2018. I heard such great things about Lani Taylor's books and I heard her writing was phenomenal so naturally I wanted to read something she wrote.

Despite hearing about this book often, I actually had no clue what the book was about before I read it. Because of this I was a tad confused in the beginning of the story but I was very interested at the same time.

This book is about a girl name Karou who is an art student. She is a very talented artist and her sketchbook is filled with drawings of mythical creatures and monsters. She also constantly disappears running errands, and her hair is actually blue. In this world there are also weird burnt hand prints and strange winged creatures flying about.

I had high expectation but not extremely high expectations when going into this book. I was very surprised to find that my expectations were met in the first 300 pages of the book. It was interesting, the writing was gorgeous and I wanted to know what was going to happen next. The last 100 pages to me though were kind of boring but once in a while I would become very interested in the story again.

I really liked Karou the main character but my favorite character is probably Zuzana. I just really like her. She is cares about Karou and wants to make sure she is okay when she is troubled situations. In general she is such a good friend to Karou and I hope to see her more in the future books.

Overall I really did enjoy this book and would recommend it. I will also be continuing on with this series in the future because I want to finish this trilogy before reading Strange the Dreamer.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Cruel Prince Spoiler Free Review

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)Title: The Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
Series: The Folk of the Air #1
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Date Read: 3/3/18

I have been seeing the Cruel Prince all over all social media platforms I use so I decided to finally pick it up. I chose to read The Darkest Part of the Forest first which is also by Holly Black and I would recommend it. There are some cameos. I did enjoy this book a lot more than that book though.

The Cruel Prince is told in first person and we follow the point of view of Jude. She is a mortal, has a twin sister, and a sister who is fae. She witnesses her parents murder when she was young and was raised by their murderer in the fae world. We follow Jude several years later and she still is living in the fae relm. She does not fit in with the fae and due to her being mortal, many of them despise her.

The second half of the book was definitely better than the first. The beginning was slow but since this is a first book in a series, duology, trilogy, I honestly have no clue, it is understandable since it takes time to develop the world and characters. The world though is my favorite aspect of the story. I loved it so much and it was so cool and different from the faerie world we are use to.

The characters are not my favorite characters in the world but they are interesting to read about. I think they are suppose to be unlikable because I found many of them unlikable characters but I do want to know what happens to them as the series or whatever this is, goes on.

I was very invested in the story especially in the second half. I could not put the book down because I had to know what was going to happen next. So many things happen that you want to know what is going to go on next.

Overall I highly recommend The Cruel Prince. I would recommend for the people who go into hyped books with extremely high expectations to wait for the hype to die down a bit before reading because the hype will probably impact your enjoyment of the book. I will be sure to read the sequel and I absolutely love this book.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Clockwork Angel (Spoiler Free) Review

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)Title: Clockwork Angel
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Infernal Devices #1
My rating: 5/5 stars
Date Reread: 2/22/18

I planned on rereading all the shadowhunter related books before the release of Queen of Air and Darkness and I still have many more to go. Clockwork Angel is the first book in the Infernal Devices trilogy which is my favorite Cassandra Clare series but The Dark Artifices are catching up. I really enjoyed this reread and would still give it 5 stars.

Clockwork Angel should be read before the last 3 books in the TMI series. In fact you should read all 3 of these books before reading the last three TMI books to avoid spoilers.

Clockwork Angel is a historical paranormal book following a girl name Tessa Gray. She travels to London to live with her brother. When she is arrived she is greeted by two ladies called the Dark Sisters who sort of kidnap her and force her to learn to control an ability she never knew she had before. She is later found and taken to the London Institute where she meets the people who run it called Shadowhunters. All this happens in the very beginning.

This book does have a love triangle, however this is the only love triangle that I actually like. I really like both of the love interests and honestly don't care which one the main character ends up with.

An underappreciated character in this series in my opinion is Charlotte. As a women running an institute during that time period she gets some hate for it even though she is doing everything to the best of her ability. In my opinion she is doing a very good job. I also really like her husband Henry. The one thing I really like about his character is that he is passionate about inventing things and it continues throughout the story and the series.

I still am not the biggest fan of Jessamine and I would say is is one of my least favorite characters in the book.

I do like Will and Jem. Their friendship is very strong and they care so much about each other. It is nice to see some strong friendships in books because I feel like we do not have enough of them.

Overall really enjoyed rereading this book and I of course highly recommend this trilogy.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

March Wrap -Up (2018)

March has been a very good reading month. I read a total of 7 books. I also enjoyed all but one of the books this month which is very good.

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)The first book I finished was the Cruel Prince by Holly Black which I gave a 4.5/5 stars. I have been seeing this book everywhere. I heard this book was amazing, and I heard that it was over hyped. I decided to pick this book up to see where I fell on the scale and am so glad to say I really enjoyed it. This book has to do faeries. The main character Jude was interesting in a good and bad way. My favorite thing about the book was the world and the world building. The Cruel Prince follows a human name Jude who's parents were killed by her half sister's fae biological father. Jude and her twin are not fae. She is raised in faerie with her sisters my the murderer. Overall I do recommend this book.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)The next book I read was Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor. This is one of the top ten books I wanted to read this year. I cannot believe it took me so long to read because I loved it so much. I went into this book knowing absolutely nothing about it despite hearing about this book everywhere. I am glad I did go into it blindly because it helped me enjoy this book more. I liked the main character Karou and found her story very interesting. My one complaint is that the extremely long flashback at the end was really boring and I wanted to skip it. I did not though and I am glad I did not because that flashback was very important. I cannot wait to continue on with this series and read other books by Lani Taylor. I gave this book 4 stars.

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2)
My next read was a reread and that is Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I am behind on my reread of all of the Shadowhunter books but that is okay. I plan on reading the majority of them in the summer time. This is the second book in the Infernal Devices trilogy which is my favorite out of all the Shadowhunter books. I love Tessa, Will, and Jem and I am so excited to continue my reread. I am picking up so many things I did not see the first time I read this book. This is one of my all time favorite series and I gave this book 5 stars.

The Perks of Being a WallflowerI finally read the Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky this month. I feel like everyone but me has read it. This book is told in letters following a boy name Charlie's freshmen year in high school. I loved this book and am so glad I read it. Charlie was such a good character and I wanted the best for him. I love how friendship and family was very important in this book and I do recommend this book. I gave this book 4/5 stars.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First SightThe next book is the one book I read this month that I did not like and that is The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. I gave this book 1/5 stars. I wanted to love this book and I did enjoy her other book This is What Happy Looks Like and I thought I would like this. This book is very instalovy as you can see by the title. My biggest problem was the writing style. The Statistical Probability of Love at Fist Sight is written in first person in present tense which is the writing style that I struggle to read the most. The writing style made the story a bit awkward and I did not like the main character. Overall not the book for me.

Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands, #2)I finally continued on with the Rebel of the Sands trilogy and read Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton. This book is a lot longer than I thought. The first one is around 300-350 pages I think. This one is slightly over 500 pages. Yep. A lot longer. I did like this book and I gave it 3.5/5 stars. I really like the characters and the setting. This trilogy takes place in a desert. There is magic and the main character Amani is a sharp shooter. Even though so far this series is not the best fantasy story I have read, I really want to continue with it and see what happens next because it is very entertaining and interesting.

Click'dThe final book I read last month is my one 5 star read and that is Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone. This is a middle grade book following a young girl who is interested in coding and creates her own app called Click'd over the summer. She is going to enter a competition along with her rival who also has his own app. The main character Allie's app spreads through the school like wildfire and  she finds a glitch that she has to fix. This was the book I needed at the moment when I read it. I love the characters and the story and it was really cute. Definitely an underrated book. Also can I just say that the school's phone policy is very realistic. 

Those were the books I read in the month of March. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you in my next post!