Thursday, July 20, 2017

Unfiltered Review

Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.Title: Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me.
Author: Lily Collins
Narrator: Lily Collins
My rating: 4/5 stars

This is me trying to type a full review on my phone. I apologise in advance for typos.

This book is written by Lily Collins who is an actress and she did play Clary in the City of Bones movie.

I listened to the audio book and enjoyed it! It is narrated by Lily Collins and the story feels more real like she is there telling you the things that happened in her life. She is though since she is the narrator. I usually do not like audio books but since Collins was telling her own story helped me enjoy the book and listening to the audio so much more enjoyable.

Unfiltered shows tells the story of Lily' s life and tells people a very positive message. Love yourself. It is a very important message in my opinion.

I rarely read (listen to) non fiction books so it was a good change. I highly recommend the audio book and I do recommend this.

And the reason why it took me so long to read is that I borrowed it from my library and it auto returned so I had to rerequest it.

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Every Last Word Review

Every Last WordTitle: Every Last Word
Author: Tamara Ireland Stone
My rating: 4.5/ 5 stars
Date Read: 6/30/17

I really enjoyed this book and it probably one of my favourite books of the year. I honestly was never going to read this book bit after hearing Emma over at emmabooks talk about this many times and I saw it available on overdrive I just had to pick it up.

This is a mental health book and follows Samantha who has OCD. She is part of the Crazy 8s which is the schools popular group. She is afraid they will discover her illness. One day she meets a girl named Caroline and is introduced to Poet's Corner and it changes her.

Now I honestly don't know how well OCD was represented in this book but it seemed realistic to me.

I loved how the main character had more than one hobby the other being swimming because people have more than one hobby. I also liked how swimming kept appearing in the book.

Something I won't say what actually reminded me a bit of We Were Liars. I won't say what but if you read both you may be able to figure it out.

I really enjoyed the characters and the messages it shares. Over all I do recommend this!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Shadow Kiss Review

Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, #3)Title: Shadow Kiss
AuthorRichelle Mead
Series: Vampire Academy book #3
My rating: 3.5 or 4/ 5 stars
Date Read: 6/17/17

Shadow Kiss is the third book in the Vampire Academy series and it is defiantly my favourite book so far. This series is a guilty pleasure read. I hate the books so much yet I love them at the same time and they are very addictive.

I will say that the beginning in my opinion was a tad slow but it picked up rather quickly. I read this book in almost one sitting because I borrowed it from the library on e book and had about 1 day to read it before it automatically returned by itself.

In this book we continue to follow the point of view of Rose Hathaway and it is told in first person. Rose is a very strong character and I like that we see a kick but character.

Now I will admit that I don't agree with everything that Rose does and I think one of her choices, I won't say which but if you read the book you may know, is very very stupid and just can't say much due to spoilers but I feel as if (view spoiler)

The ending was absolutely insane. I did not expect that and didn't predict it until well that part then I was like crap why are you doing this Mead. Sequels are so hard to review without spoiling the book!

I really like all the characters and my favourite is still Christian. No questions asked.

I will admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of Dimitri when the book series but as the books continued I am now starting to like him more as a character. I am not sure how I am going to feel about him in the next book though.

Adrian. I wasn't the biggest fan of Adrian and found him somewhat annoying in the last book. I actually liked him and I felt like he developed a bit more in this book.

The world is so easy to understand and the writing is very easy to follow so if you are in a reading slump I highly recommend this series.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Darkest Magic Review

The Darkest Magic (Spirits and Thieves, #2)Title: The Darkest Magic
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Series: A Book of Spirits and Thieves book #2
My rating: 4/ 5 stars
Date Read: 6/13/17

The Darkest Magic is the second book in the the Spirits and Thieves series. (I think it is a series I am not sure) You do not have to read Morgan Rhodes other series Falling Kingdoms before reading this series. I do recommend the other series and I do like it better than this one.

The beginning in my opinion was a very slow start. I didn't really cared what happened and I wasn't really invested in the story. As the book went one, I did enjoy it more. It feel like I didn't remember everything important that happened in the first book. Some things caught me by surprise. I eventually did remember what happens.

I really love the world of Mytica. I enjoyed being back in the world. I thought the world development is very good and the magic system is very easy to understand.

This book continues where the first book left off. It is told in third person and we follow the POV of four different characters Crystal, Becca, Farrell, and Maddox. My favourite POV has to be Farrell. I do enjoy reading from Crystal's point of view. I didn't really care much about Becca or Maddox's point of view. Towards the end of the book I did enjoy Maddox's point of view a bit more.

The ending, I need the next book now! I feel like I say that to every sequel I read.

Overall all I do recommend this series. I do not recommend reading this in a reading slump because it does take a lot of focus when reading. I do also recommend reading books in between each book to help prevent you from getting in a reading slump.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

That Summer Review

That SummerTitle: That Summer
Author: Sarah Dessen
My rating: 2.5/5 stars
Date Read: 6/4/17

This is definitely my least favourite Sarah Dessen book. I this book is or is one of her first books she has written so obviously she improved as a writer. This book is almost 200 pages long so if you are looking for a quick contemporary book I do recommend this.

This book is told in first person and we follow the main character Haven. Haven's father and mother are divorced and her father is remarrying. He works as a news sports person (you know what I am talking about) and is getting married to Lorna Queen who is the weather person or as they call her "Weather Pet" Her sister Ashley is getting married as well to a guy named Lewis Warsher and Haven finds him very boring.

This book is centered around weddings and you can tell by the summery I wrote above. If you haven't heard Sarah Dessen is coming out with a new book called Once and For All which also centers around weddings.

I found this book short. Like really short. Again only 200 pages.

Haven is the main character of this book and she feels very insecure about her height. She is 5'11" and is taller than most people in her town. If you are looking for a book with a very tall main character I do recommend this book.

There is a lot of family drama in this book. Well at least it seemed like a lot to me. They argued quite a lot but as a family I can still tell from reading that they loved and they all cared for each other.

Overall I thought this book was just Okay.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer Reader Book Tag

Hello, today I will be doing the summer reader book tag. This tag was created by  islandOFdri Since summer is here or coming, depends on when I post it, I feel like it is time to start doing some summery posts. Let's begin
Lemonade: pick a book that started off bitter but got better.
For this one I will have to go with Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I wasn't a huge fan of the first half and honestly wanted to DNF it. As the story continued though it got so much better. If you didn't catch on yet, this is a Jack the Ripper retelling.

Golden Sun: pick a book that made you smile beyond compare.
A book that made me smile will have to be Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson. It is such a fun and cute contemporary novel. I found myself smiling when reading it. It is a perfect summer read so I do highly recommend it.

Tropical Flowers: pick a book set in a foreign country.
For this question I am going with Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare or all the Infernal Devices books because they all take place in London which works for this question because I live in the U.S. I absolutely love this trilogy more than TMI and it maybe more the TDA. I really like TDA as well so it is hard to choose! Anyway I do recommend this trilogy and it makes me want to travel to London.

Tree Shade: pick a book in which a mysterious or shady character was first introduced. 
For this one I am going with Sebastian Verlac for City of Glass Cassandra. I felt like he was hiding something I just could not tell what.

Beach Sand: pick a book that was grainy, and the plot barely developed.
I have to choose Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I did enjoy the book, it just took me a long time to figure out what the plot was and still after finishing the book I am not sure what the plot is. I can guess but I am not sure if it is right. The characters were really good though so I did end up giving it three stars even though it lacked plot a lot.

Green Grass: pick a character(s) that were full of life, making you smile.
Without a doubt I am choosing Harry Potter and his squad for this question. I absolutely love the Harry Potter series and currently am watching the Chamber of Secrets while typing this. I smile every time I reread the books and see my favourite characters. They are just so happy and full of life.

Watermelon: pick a book that had some juicy secrets.
I am going with Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Yes I am choosing another Cassie Clare book and am currently reading Lord of Shadows at the moment which is probably having a big influence on what I am choosing. All the characters have so many secrets it's insane and I won't say what the secrets are but they have secrets.

Sun Hat: pick a book that had a vast, big universe/setting.
The world of Mytica from the Falling Kingdoms series is huge. This is written my Morgan Rhodes. In the first book the universe seems small but as the books go on we start to explore more of the world and it is huge and I can't wait to see more of it in the future books.

BBQ: pick a book in which a character was portrayed as a hunk.
LOL honestly I am not a huge fan of those characters. I guess Rowan from TOG series by Sarah J. Maas. I hate him but I guess he work for this question. I just don't like him but I know a lot of people do.

Summer Fun: pass the tag on.
This tag is old so I tag you if you want to do it!

So that was the Summer Reader Book Tag! What books do you plan on reading this summer ? Let me know in the comments. Thank you for reading and I will hopefully see you in my next post!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Frostbite Review

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)Title: Frostbite 
Author:Richelle Mead
My rating: 3/5 stars
Date Read: 6/2/17

I picked this book up because the first book was one of the books that helped me get out of my reading slump. I just finished Lord of Shadows and can already feel another one coming. I did enjoy this book but not as much as the first one. I series is one of my new guilty pleasures.

Frostbite is the second book in the Vampire Academy series. It continues where the first book left off. This book is still told in first person and Rose is still our narrator.

I highly recommend this book if you are in a reading slump. The writing is very easy to follow and read and not annoying at the same time. The story is so addicting as well. I find myself hating the characters sometimes and also sometimes hating the direction the book is taking but it is still so addictive and makes me want to know what happens next. I will say these books are really short so it can easily be finished in a short period of time.

I did not see that much character development in this book however I did see some. Rose is still a strong main character and we do see her learn some new lessons that are really important.

Christian is still my favourtie character. There is just something about him that I really like and I cannot put my finger on it.

Mia is another character I learned to like a little in this book. I still am not her biggest fan but I no longer hate her. I won't be saying why due to spoilers.

I felt like we hardly saw Lissa in this book. We see her occasionally but she honestly felt more like a secondary character than a main character.

We meet Adrian at last. Honestly at the moment I hate him. I found him creepy and I think I like Mia more?! There is something about him that makes me not trust him as well. I feel like he will play a major role in the future books.

The world building is stronger than the character development in my opinion. This is a world that is very easy to understand. Everything is clearly explained and I really that.

Overall it was a solid read and I do recommend this series.

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Court of Mist and Fury Review

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Date Read: 5/22/17

4.5/5 Stars

I loved this so much better than the first book! I am desperate for the next book but I will be reading it later because
a) I don't want the series (Feyre's story) to end.
b) Lord of Shadows comes out tomorrow and I don't want to rush through ACOWAR

Team Feysand!

Okay here is the full review that you've all been waiting for. (Probably not because you're reading Lord of Shadows too!)

I enjoyed this book so much better than the first one.

I have joined the side of people who hate Tamlin. He is a jerk. What he did was wrong and I am glad Feyre is noticing it and standing up for herself. I don't think I ever changed ships before. Like ever.

Rhysand. Rhys is a character I wasn't the biggest fan of in ACOTAR. I honestly did not care much about him. Now I love him. His character is a lot more developed and we learned more about his past which is probably one of my favourite things about the book.

Feyre is becoming stronger and more independent. Her character is developing in a good way. I really enjoy her as a character more than the first book.

In ACOMAF we finally meet the inner Circle. I really like Cassian. Honestly maybe a little more than Rhysand! But both are amazing. Cassian is such nice person and I really like him as a character and can't wait to see what happens to him in the next book. Azriel is another member of the inner circle which I don't have much to say about. Same as Amren though I did like both of them as characters and do want to know what happens to them in the next book. Mor though. Mor is such a nice person and if she dies in the next book, I will probably throw it across the room.

I love the world of Prythian. Maas does such a great job of world building and I absolutly loved the world of the fae. I did get spoiled on some things in this book like cauldron, people, if you read it hopefully you know what scene I am talking about.

I will say this book has a lot of heavy, and when I say heavy I mean heavy romance. I honestly am not the biggest fan of heavy romance scenes and ended up skimming them.

Overall I do recommend this book but just note that it is not for everyone. If you don't like heavy romance (sex scenes) I warn you there are two or three in this book (I don't know the actual number).

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Lord of Shadows Review

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Rating: 5/5 stars
Date Read: 5/28/17

I love this book and it is my favourite read of the year. Sorry ACOMAF I love this book more. If you don't know this is the second book in Cassandra Clare's The Dark Artifices series. The order of which to read Cassandra Clare's books before anyone asks yes you do need to read Cassandra Clare's other books before reading this series in order to avoid spoilers. Also this may be my second or third favourite book in the Shadow world.

The rest of the review is going to be spoilery so read at your own risk.


This review is going to be all over the place because I have so much to say. It will probably not be in order.

One of my thoughts after finishing the book and getting over the ending was where is Simon and Izzy. We did not see them at all throughout the book and I was very disappointed since Izzy is my favourite TMI character. We did see Magnus and Alec though and their kids. I swear every time Max and Rafe were mentioned I was smiling. I am so glad that we got to see their children.

In the beginning we follow Kit and he is talking to Jace and Jace finds out he is stealing weapons from the institute. And there was the talk between Emma and Clary and we finally figure out my Clary said no to Jace when he asked her to marry him. I see why and I understand.

I am surprised though that we did not see both Jace and Clary for the rest off the book. I expected to see them at the big meeting at the end.

A question you may have is who do I ship Mark with. Answer I don't know at the moment. I sometimes will ship him with Christina and then I will switch to Keiren. It keeps changing. I am not on a solid ship yet but I will hopefully join a side in the next book.

Also I should mention that I am so glad that we get Dru's point of view. I don't ever remember reading from Dru's prospective in Lady Midnight and I feel like Dru had so much character development in this book and I appreciate her so much more as a character. I really hope though that we do see Tavvy's POV in the future because I am curious to see what he is thinking.

Back to Dru. I love that she played a bigger part in this story and I really liked how she was the one who kept Jamie a secret from the others. When she touched the thing in Jamie's bag (yes I was suppose to take notes but failed because I didn't want to stop reading) she saw a faerie with GREEN eyes and WHITE BLONDE hair. So if you don't know Christine over at Polandbananasbooks has a theory that Sebastian and the Seelie Queen had a baby. Is that the baby. I know the faerie is about thirteen and the events happened 5 years ago but still. Time is different in faerie and I wonder if that is the baby!

Of course we know that Malcolm isn't dead and I wasn't surprised by it. I had a feeling when the centurions and the Blackthorns plus Diana and Emma were fighting the sea demons that Malcolm was going to come mainly because his body was in the ocean. What surprised me was the Arthur sacrificed himself to save the children. He should be remembered. Also another thing that surprised me what that Annabel was the one to kill Malcolm. I thought she was going to be happy to see him but clearly she wasn't

Lets talk about the Centurions. I hate Zara. She reminds me of Gildroy Lockhart because she takes credit for what others had done. At the end when she is caught lying I have a feeling she is going to want revenge.

No lets talk about Diego. Diego is, was, I don't know at this point, engaged to Zara. What the frick was what my first reaction was. Why? He was cheating on Christina and he already broke her heart once and she gave you another chance and you blow it!? I do have to say though the explaination was logical.

Okay time to talk about that trip in faerie. We meet the Unseelie King for the first time and when Mark, Christina, Julian and Emma are rescuing Keiren and when Emma fights a faerie and the king orders her to take of the helmet it was her father?! I was like what the hell is happening. It wasn't her father though. I was also shocked to see that seraph blades and runes did not work in the Unseelie lands. I knew from the moment they mentioned that something was up with the Unseelie king.

We also meet Mark and Helen's faerie aunt, Nene. I really hope we get to see some more of the faerie family.

In the faerie lands Julian meets the Seelie Queen and she makes a deal with him to give her the black book and they will side with the shadowhunters end the cold peace and destroy the Unseelie King. Of course she mentions that she found a way to break Emma and Julian's parabatai bond and that is to destory all parabatai relationships. No. Why? They had hope and now they have no hope again.

Let's talk about Ty, Livvy and Kit before the ending. Kit and Ty are literally best friends and I am pretty sure are either going to date or become parabatai. I love how Ty was the one to give Kit his first rune I feel like Kit trusts Ty from the very beginning which is something big since he tried to run away and steal things in the very first chapter. When Livvy and Kit kiss I was like WHAT and WHY? I did not see that coming but Livvy did say they should just be friends when they were about to kiss again. And they did not kiss again. But still. I loved the side adventures they had with the shadowmarket and when Magnus rescues them from the Market. I was like MAGNUS IS BACK Livvy is going to be fine. (not really you know what happens at the end)

I haven't talked about Julian and Emma at all throughout this review so let's talk about them. When they were in Malcolm's house and they expressed their feelings for each other I was so happy. They finally are sharing their honest thoughts! Also the moment when Julian sees Annabel for the first time. Holy. I was surprised she showed her face. She talks to him and refuses to give him the black book.

I need to talk about Cortana before I reach the character limit. Cortana stabbed one of the Unseelies imortal 7 riders. I forgot what they are called and cannot find the name in the book. Cortana is the blade that killed a immortal rider and no rider was ever killed before. I was like wow. And at the end when Emma uses Cortana to break the Mortal Sword. What!? I was so surprised I read that section twice just to make sure I was reading it right. I am pretty sure Cortana is going to be very important in the next book.

Now I need to talk about the ending before my fingers fall of from typing this extremely long review. When the Blackthorns see Helen again I almost cried. It was like the happy family reunion I was waiting for. Of course it is ruined when Annabel takes the the mortal sword and stabs LIVVY?! It took me so long to process it. I was shocked even though I saw it about 5 seconds before it happened I was still shocked. Livvy risked herself throwing Julian her blade and she had to die. Why? I need to know what happens next and I know that Julian is going to be over protective of the younger Blackthorn's now.

Annabel also kills Robert Lightwood. He was going to take the sword from her and she kills him?! I swear she is working for the Unseelie King since we saw the half crown before Annabel vanishes. I think Annabel is working for the Unseelie King.Robert was also the person Magnus recommend that Emma and Julian tell their problems to. And he was going to help them. Why did he have to die. He was the one person who had the power to help them.

I love the diversity in this book and it adds a lot to the story. Diana is transgender and I love how it shows that it is okay to be you. I personally wasn't the biggest fan of Diana in the first book and she seemed a little shady and I knew she was hiding something. I did not expect this. I really loved her story and I appreciate her so much more as a character.

I have so much more to say and this is the longest review I have ever written.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Most Anticipated Summer Releases 2017

Hello readers! Today I will be sharing with you my most anticipated releases this summer. I hope you are also excited to read some of these books. I am currently writing this with four days left till the release of Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I can tell you now I feel a long review coming you way. Two actually because I am currently reading ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas when I am writing this. Let's just get into the releases.

Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)The first book on this list is Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. I haven't read the first book which is This Savage Song yet but I plan to read it soon. (she says this about every book). This is the second book in the Monsters of Verity duology or series or trilogy. I honestly have no idea. If you don't know what it is about it takes place in a world where monsters are born when bad things happen. The worse it is the more powerful the monster. I believe we follow two character, a human and a monster, however the human wants to be a monster and the monster wants to be a human. I also heard this is a no Romance book and I am looking forward to that.

Release Date: June 13, 2017

Once and for AllThe next book on my list is Once and For ALL by Sarah Dessen. I only read two other Sarah Dessen books which are What Happened to Goodbye and Saint Anything and really enjoyed both of them. This book is about a wedding planner and it is all I really know about it to be honest. It sounds like the perfect summer read and I plan on reading it this summer.

Release Date: June 6, 2017

Lucky in LoveThis next book I have to share is Lucky in Love by Kasie West. I honestly find Kasie West's books to be okay but her books are cute fluffy reads that I need when I am in a reading slump. I highly recommend reading her books to get you out of a slump. Fun fact: I love reading contemporary in the summer so it is perfect timing. I don't know much about it but I know it has to do with a girl who won the lottery and I am excited to read it.

Release Date: July 25, 2017

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of VillainyI am pretty sure you have all heard something about the next book on my list which is Because You Love to Hate Me by many people I don't want to name because I don't know them all from the top of my head and am too lazy to google it. If you don't know this book is a collection of short stories that have to do with villains I think. A bunch of Booktubers and authors teamed up together to create it. The booktubers giving the authors prompts to write about. That is what I heard and am not sure if it is true or not. Anyway I am excited to see what they write and cannot wait for it. Sadly I will be on vacation when this is released and probably won't read it till August.

Release Date: July 11, 2017

Aug 29
The Dazzling Heights (The Thousandth Floor #2)The next book on my list is one I am surprised at myself to be anticipating. The Dazzling Heights by Katherine McGee. This is the second book in The Thousandth Floor (series? duology?). This series has a lot of drama and it is often compared to Gossip Girl though I can't compare the two because I never watched Gossip Girl. The first book is about a bunch of teenagers who live in a thousand floor building in New York where the richest live at the top and the lower you are the lower the class you are. The first book is one of my guilty pleasure reads and I do want to know what happens next obviously.

Release Date: August 29, 2017

Do you see any books on this list you are excited for? Let me know in the comments! Also comment any other anticipated releases you may have. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you in my next post!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Court of Thorns and Roses Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses 
Author: Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4/5 stars
Date Read: 5/15/17

I have finally read ACOTAR. I am marathoning the first three books.

I really enjoyed this book. It is not my favourite Sarah J. Maas book, but I did enjoy it. I found the beginning slow and quite boring to be honest. As the story progressed however, it got so much better and I ended up not being able to put it down.

I am not going to describe this book because honestly the goodreads summery does a really good job at describing it so if you want a summery click the title above.

The question I am sure that you have is team Tamlin or Rhysand. Honestly I am not going to lie I am not a huge fan of Tamlin. Everyone likes him in the first book but I only found him okay. I have also finally met the famous Rhysand and Rhysand was also okay. He wasn't the most amazing character I have ever read and I feel like I would like him more once I read ACOMAF. Right now at the moment I don't care who Feyre ends up with. I am leaning more towards Tamlin to be honest, but I HAVE ONLY READ THE FIRST BOOK AND MY OPINION MAY CHANGE.

I really enjoyed this book and I absolutely love the world that Sarah J. Maas has created. The way she develops the world is phenomenal and I need more of it. Thank god I don't have to wait to read ACOMAF.

I enjoyed the characters and as I said before I don't really care at the moment who Feyre ends up with at the moment. I thought Tamlin was okay in the beginning but towards the end of the story, I did not really like him but I don't hate him as much as others do. Rhysand was okay as well. I feel like he needs some more character development. Feyre was a strong female character and the story is told from her point of view. I really enjoyed her as a character.

My favourite character is Lucien. I don't know why to be honest, I just really enjoy him as a character and I can't wait to see him in the next book.

Overall I really enjoyed the book and I can't wait to continue on with this series!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

The Beat on Ruby's Street Review

The Beat on Ruby's StreetThe Beat on Ruby's Street by Jenna Zark
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Date Read: 5/10/17

A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review

This is a solid read. I liked it but it didn't stand out to me.

This book is a historical fiction book that takes place in the 1950's and we follow the story from the point of view from Ruby. Ruby is an 11 year old and absolutely loves poetry. One thing I like about is that we see Ruby's hobby throughout the story. In some books they mention that a character likes something and will never acknowledge it again. In this story however the hobby is shown and it is very believable that Ruby does like poetry.

In the beginning of the book Ruby is accused of stealing fruit which leads to her adventure which is what the story is about.

One thing I wanted was more background to the characters. I wanted some flashbacks to see more of her past. I feel like that could of added to the story. Another thing too is the ending. I was like "that's it?" I wanted a little more of an explanation of what happens. I felt like the story just stopped and I wanted more of a conclusion.

I will say I loved the writing. It was very easy to read and should be easy for a young reader to understand. The Beat on Ruby's Street is told in first person and it is very easy for me to tell that a 11 year old, almost 12 is telling the story and I loved that. At times the way Ruby describes things is funny and it made the story more interesting.

This is a very short book I will admit and I feel like it could of been slightly longer. I would of liked a little more world building because I only knew it took place in the 1950's because the story said so and there was one line they said which I cannot find.

Overall I would recommend this book to 11 or 12 year olds. I
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cruel Beauty Review

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe, #1)Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
My rating: 2/5 stars
Date Read: 5/6/17

I heard a lot of mixed reviews about Cruel Beauty and it has been sitting on my TBR shelf forever. I decided to pick it up and have my own opinion.

I loved the beginning. It had a strong and very solid beginning. As the story continued it slowly went downhill and I ended up forcing myself to finish this book and skimmed the last fourth of the book because I could not take it. Some parts are predictable and there was a love triangle that I absolutely hated. The love triangle could of worked if it was executed better.

This book is told in first person and we follow the point of view of Nyx. When Nyx was born she had been betrothed to a evil ruler because of her father's careless bargain he made with the ruler. Now she has become of age, she is to marry him and break the curse he has placed on the people of Arcadia. She finds herself unexpectedly falling for him.

If you couldn't tell this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. The key points in the original are shown and when reading it you could tell it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast which I really liked.

If you like Greek Mythology, there is also a Greek Mythology element to the story. However it is stories of gods or worshiping the gods. It is not a Percy Jackson type of story.

I thought the world building could of been better. I found myself very confused with the world and I didn't understand how the magic system worked or if there even was a magic system. That is how confused I am. I may be confused because I skimmed part of the book or wasn't totally invested in it that I missed important elements. To be honest that may of been the case.

Character development was meh. Some of the characters were decently developed and others had almost no development. I also wanted more background story of the characters.

Overall I wouldn't recommend it, but there are many people who like the story so if you are a fan of Beauty and the Beast, I recommend giving it a try.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bookstagram Tips 1.0

Hello everyone, today I will be sharing some of the bookstagram tips I learned over the last six months. I am so grateful to be in the bookstagram community. It is so fun to interact with other readers and to see what new books are out!

1) You do not need a high quality camera, a phone camera works just fine. I use my phone camera to take my photos and they come out just fine.

2) Instagram editing works just fine as well. You do not need to spend money on a photo editor. The tools I recommend using are Brightness, Contrast, Shadows, Highlight, and Warmth. Those are the 5 that I use the most.

3) Good lighting is key. Good lighting helps you photos become more clear. Natural sunlight is the best for lighting. Take your photos in a room with a window during the daytime. Make sure it is a sunny day.

4) Pretake some photos. Take some photos in advance in case you have a busy week unexpectedly or you have a big test to prepare for.

5) Write your hashtags in a word document so you can copy and paste them in your caption. This way you don't have to write the hashtags you use for every photo. It does save a lot a time. The hashtags I use are
#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booknookstagram #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeature #bookish #bookishglee #read #reader #reading #booklover #booklove #bookloving #bookworm #booknerd #bookgeek #bookaddict #bibliophile #bookhoarder #instaread #(author of the book featured) # (Title of book featured) #(series featured)

6) Tag the author and publishing company in your photos. Sometimes the authors even see your photo and comment!

7) Be active. People tend to unfollow people who don't post a lot. Post daily or ever other day. I know it is a lot of photos but it helps your bookstagram grow. Don't stress if you miss a day or two.

8) Comment! Reply or like comments that people post on you photos and comment on other people's photos. Who knows you may even make a good friend.

9) Participate in challenges. I don't personally participate in challenges mainly because I find them stressful, but I know a lot of people like them. Try it out, it can be fun.

10) Don't worry about your follower count. I would rather have 10 active followers then 1,000 ghost followers. It also ruins the fun of bookstagram. We are here to meet new readers and talk about the books we love. It is not a competition to see who has more followers.

11) You can take photos of books you get from the library. Take a photo of the book the way you normally do. Go to your story, and use the drawing tool thing (you know what I am talking about) and draw the library bar-code. Then take a screenshot of it and use the screenshot as your photo. This will help protect you personal information.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope some of these tips help you out!
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Hate U Give Review

The Hate U GiveThe Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Date Read: 3/3/17

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is one of the most important books released this year and it is a must read. This book deals with important topics today. It has to do with shooting a shooting of an unarmed black man.

This book follows Starr Carter who witnessed her friend Khalil get shot by a white police officer when Khalil had no weapons. The book is told in first person and we follow the point of view of Starr. Starr is the only witness and knows that Khalil was actually murdered.

Starr lives two lives. One in Garden Heights where she lives and one at Williamson school. Garden Heights is a black community and Williamson school is a school that teaches mostly white students.

Starr is such a strong character. She has gone through so much and still stayed strong. I loved that about her. Starr felt like a real person and her emotions are realistic and very believable.

One of the characters Maya is from Taiwan. My mother is from Taiwan and her last name before she married is actually the same as Maya. I found it very cool and it was nice to be represented and Maya had a big significance to me when reading this book and I really appreciate having her in the story.

As you can tell this book is based on the Black Lives Matter movement and in very relative today. It is very informative and has very important messages.

Overall I did enjoy the story and I highly recommend it. Just remember every person is important and deserves to be treated with respect.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

The Iron King Review

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1)The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
My rating: 2.5/5 stars
Date Read: 4/28/17

I am not going to lie I was disappointed by this book. I did not care for any of the character and I absolutely hated the love triangle. I wanted to love it but I just wasn't invested in the story.

This book follows a girl named Meghan Chase and has to do with Faeries. That is all you have to know going into this book. I don't want to say to much because knowing too much about it ruined some of my enjoyment for the book. Not the books fault on that part.

I did enjoy some parts of the book. It was interesting and had me hooked halfway through. After that point though it just kept going downhill. I just didn't like like the direction the story took. It was very predictable to me. All my predictions were right and I wish some of my predictions were wrong to make the story a bit more interesting.

The writing was not bad. It wasn't amazing but it did not bother me. It is told in first person and we follow the point of view of Meghan. Meghan was annoying at times. I honestly did not care much about any of the characters. I think all the characters can be developed better.

I love the world of Nevernever. The world development in my opinion is much better than the character development. I still think the world building could of been better but it was pretty good overall. I understood the world and the concepts of Nevernever easily.

I absolutely HATED the love triangle. I already sensed it in the beginning of the story when we were introduced to love interest number two. I don't ship the character with any of the guys. I just wish that the author kept it Romance free because I also felt like her relationship with one of them is rushed.

I will give book two a chance because I heard this series gets better. Overall I would recommend it if you like faeries in books. Just be aware that it is very predictable.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

A-Z Bookish Survey

Today I will be doing the A-Z bookish Survey. This survey was created by Jamie from Perpetual Page-Turner. Let's begin.

Author you’ve read the most books from:
Rick Riordan. I read 16 of his books. He is the author of the Percy Jackson series.

Best Sequel Ever:
I absolutely loved Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

Currently Reading:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Drink of Choice While Reading:
I love Snapple peach tea.

E-reader or Physical Book?
Physical duh. I love feeling the pages between my fingers. I do read E-Books when traveling though.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
I am currently in high school and would totally date Will Herondale from the Infernal Devices.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. I loved this book. I was never going to read it but now it is one of my favourite reads of the year. I need the sequel now.

Hidden Gem Book:
George by Alex Gino. I really enjoyed this book and I also think it is a very important book because the main character transgender and it is a middle grade novel.

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
When my good friend introduced me to Goodreads.

Just Finished:
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. I sadly wasn't a huge fan of it and gave it 2.5 stars.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read:
I usually don't read poetry.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
A Storm a Swords by George R.R. Martin (1,177 pages)

Major book hangover because of:
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes.

Number of Bookcases You Own:
4 one in my room and 2 in the living room and one in the office.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
All of the Harry Potter books.

Preferred Place To Read:
I love reading in my room.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” 

― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Reading Regret:
Not reading Cassandra Clare's books sooner.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
The Shadowhunter World though I do not like the TV show and stopped watching it halfway through season 1.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. I am dying to read it and needed it since last year.

Worst Bookish Habit: 
Placing paperbacks in my backpack because it can get crushed.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Your latest book purchase:
The last book I bought was Falling Kingdoms and Rebel Springs both by Morgan Rhodes.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. I could not put that book down.

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Vampire Academy Review

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Date Read: 4/17/17

This book is trash, but addictive trash. The perfect book if you are in a reading slump and need something that is not hard to follow and addictive.

I never read a book based on Vampires (unless TID, TMI, and TDA count). Yes, I haven't read Twilight yet and yes, I don't plan on reading it because I already know I will hate it.

Vasilissa, Lissa, is a Moroi, which is a type of vampire that is mortal, can tolerate some sunlight, and possesses some magic. She has a rare gift and has to be protected from the Strigoi, the immortal vampires who are more powerful. Rose Hathaway is a dhampir which means she has both human blood and vampire blood in her system. She can eat normal food and has no problems standing under the sun. If you are still confused, don't worry, the book explains what each one is very well.

This book is told in first person and we follow Rose Hathaway's point of view. Rose and Lissa ran away from the St. Vladimir's Academy and escaped for two years. Now they are caught and sent back to the academy. There are stuff that happens but I feel like if I tell you what it is it may ruin the enjoyment of the book so I am not going to tell you.

The writing style is easy to follow. It is easy to figure out what is happening making it easy to just dive into the story. I will say though that at times, I found the narrator a bit annoying mainly when she repeats herself on how attractive a guy is over and over.

My favourite character by far is Christian. I wished we saw him a bit more throughout the book. He is a student that is "invisible" at the academy meaning no one really notices his.

Rose and Lissa's friendship is amazing. A female friendship in a book, sign me up. I feel like we need to see more female friendships in books. Authors you can still have romance and strong female friendship! Both Lissa and Rose stand up for each other and try to do what is best for one another and I loved that aspect so much. I am the book focused a lot on the friendship.

I do recommend this book for reading slumps and overall did enjoy it. The main reason though why I gave 3.5 stars and not 4 is because it didn't really stand out to me.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stalking Jack the Ripper Review

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
My rating: 4/5 stars
Date Read: 4/15/17

Stalking Jack the Ripper is one of the books I went into with extremely low expectations. I've been hearing a lot of mixed reviews on it. To be honest I never thought I would pick it up. I am so glad I did though.

This is a Jack the Ripper retelling. If you don't know Jack the Ripper is a murderer in London in the past. He is one of the most famous yet know one knows who he really is.

The story is told in first person and we follow the point of view of Audrey Rose Wadsworth. Audrey Rose breaks societies exceptions. She often sneaks off to her Uncle's laboratory to study the human body. She studies the body's of the Ripper's victims trying to solve the murders and figure out why he is doing it and who it is.

When reading I had so much fun trying to solve the mystery myself. I kept changing my opinion on who the Ripper is. Did I get it right, no, but I won't tell you who I predicted was the Ripper.

Audrey Rose is a strong female character. I liked reading from her point of view. She is a character that does not like to be told what to do, but is also very curious and her actions made sense most of the time. She was such a good character.

Thomas is also a main character. He is one of my favourite characters and I shipped him and Audrey Rose together so hard. When I was reading I was like ship don't sink, ship don't sink. I won't tell you if it sunk or sailed. You have to read it to figure it out.

Note this book does contain pictures and some of them are not that pleasant.

The beginning was really slow and I wanted to DNF at first. As the book went on it gradually got better and better till I could not put it down. After the first half I was hooked. I felt like the beginning nothing really happened which is probably why I was bored in the beginning. I am so glad I gave it a chance. I need the sequel now!

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Stand Alone Recommendations 1.0

Today I will be sharing with you some of my favourite stand alone books. I like stand alone books because it does not require too much commitment.

Since You've Been GoneThe first book I will be recommending is Since You've been gone by Morgan Matson. This book follows a girl named Emily Hughs who is shy and likes to hide behind her outgoing BFF Sloane. One day Sloane disappears and no one knew where she went. The only thing she left behind for Emily was a to-do list. Some of the list has easy things like going apple picking at night. Other things are crazy like skinny dipping. Emily believes that if she completes the list she will find Sloane. Along the way she meets new friends. I love this book and I think it is more of a summery book since it takes place during summer. I really love the story line and characters.

Second Chance Summer I also have to mention another Morgan Matson book. This one is Second Chance Summer. This book is about a girl named Taylor and her father receives unexpected news. He decides to spend the summer in their beach house. Taylor hasn't been there since she was 12 and at 17 she now has to face everything she left behind including two of her past very good friends Lucy Marino and Henry Crosby. We do get flashbacks telling us what happened. I really enjoyed this book and I love the family element in it. It added so much more to the story. Again,  I highly recommend it. 

The Book Thief The next book is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This is a historical fiction novel following a girl named Liesel Meminger. She lives in Germany during Word War II. As you can tell from the title, she steals books. One thing interesting is that it is narrated by death. It makes the book very unique and interesting. Death sometimes spoils parts of the book but it still is so interesting. If you haven't read it yet, I highly recommend it.

Salt to the Sea Another good book that takes place during World War II is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This book follows four different characters point of view from four different countries. The story is very powerful. It is so hard to explain. It has to do with getting to safety. I did love the writing style and I found the story very informative as well.

The Night Circus The next book is the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. In this book, the circus comes to different places and towns without any warning. The circus only opens at night. I recommend going into this book without knowing much about it. The writing style is beautiful and it is so atmospherics. It does have similarities to Caraval by Stephanie Garber and I did like it better than Caraval so if you liked Caraval I think you will enjoy this book. I do not recommend reading this during a reading slump.

The Scorpio Races The final book I have to recommend is the Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvator. This book is told in first person by two different characters named Sean Kendrick and Kate "Puck" Connolly. They both live on an Island and every November their is a race called the Scorpio Races, where people race horses and Water Horses. Water horses eat meat and live in the water. Sean Kendrick is a returning champion and has his own reasons to win this particular race. Puck to never planned on entering the race but fate hasn't given her a choice. She is the first girl ever to enter the races.

Those were my standalone recommendations and I hope you check some of them out! Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

This Is What Happy Looks Like Review

This Is What Happy Looks Like (This is What Happy Looks Like, #1)This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
My rating: 3/5 stars
Date Read: 4/9/17

I recently got out of a reading slum and I can feel another one coming. I decided to pick up a cheesy quick read and this is the book I needed at the moment because I no longer feel the slump coming.

This Is What Happy Looks Like starts off when Graham Larkin accidentally sends an email about his pet pig Wilbur to the wrong person being Ellie O'Neil. They start talking through Email however, their names are never mentioned to the other person. Graham is a really famous actor and is playing a part that is being filmed in Maine where Ellie lives. Ellie however wants to avoid the cameras and the life of a star.

This was a really fast read and perfect for reading slumps so I will be reading the authors other books when I feel a slump coming. I will say though I did find some problem. I really liked the beginning of the book. It was interesting and I wanted to know what happens next. As the story progressed I started to loose a bit of interest. Ellie has a secret which we learn about really fast and when it was revealed it was like okay we knew it for awhile and it was not a surprise. I found the pacing a bit odd. This book takes place throughout one month. The first few days took up a huge chunk of the book and the last three days took up another huge chunk of the book and the middle of the month was shoved in the middle of the book, but I felt like it would of been okay if it was a bit more developed.

This book is written in first person. We follow the point of view of the two main characters, Ellie and Graham. I personally like Ellie's POV better. I feel like I liked Ellie better than Graham in general. I cannot pin point why. I just did.

Overall I do recommend this. It is cute and a quick read and again perfect for a reading slump.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Salt to the Sea Review

Salt to the SeaSalt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
My rating: 4/5 stars
Date Read: 4/4/17

I use to hate historical fictions. After reading a few of them I started to like them. Since I was in the mood for some historical fiction I decided to pick this one up. I loved it. It was very interesting while at the same time teaching me about the events that happened. This story takes place during world war II. If you love historical fiction I highly recommend Ruta Sepetys books.

Salt to the Sea follows four different characters. The book is told by all four of their point of views. The chapters are extremely short so it feels like you are reading very fast. One thing to note is that it changes perspectives every few pages. Sometimes even less than a page. If you don't like books told in multiple point of views Salt to the Sea may not be the book for you.

I found the beginning very confusing to be honest. The perspectives jumping every few pages made it hard for me to figure out what was going on at first. But eventually it all made sense and I fell in love with it.

This is not exactly a happy book. It takes place again in World War II. I only read one other book that takes place in World War II, the other being the Book Thief and I actually like this book better.

The book is told in first person and the narrators are teenagers. The characters names are Emilia, Florian, Joana, and Alfred. All the characters are from different countries. Florian from Prussia, Emilia Poland, Joana Lithuania, and Alfred I forgot or they never mentioned it. He was on the boat 99% of the book. In this book their is hardly any romance but there is still a little. The romance was not overdone which made the book better.

Overall it is one of my favourite historical fictions and I highly recommend it. It taught me a lot about the time period and about World War II. I

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Popular Series I haven't Started Yet.

Today I am talking about popular Series I haven't started yet. I am super excited to read all of these.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)The first sereis I have to talk about is Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead. I heard mixed reviews about it but I still really want to read it. I have absolutely no idea what this books is about. I know it has to do with vampires in a school and there is a character names Rose? I will be read it and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. No Spoilers.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)The next series is a very popular series. The A Court of Thorns and Roses Series By Sarah J. Maas. I haven't read it. I know. Shame on me. I plan on starting it soon. I am just waiting for the third book to come out because I feel I want to marathon the first three books. This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It follows a girl named Feyre and she kills a wolf and she is taken captive by the faerie king. Do not quote me. I honestly am not sure if I got the synopsis correct. I am super excited to start whenever I do start it!

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)The next one I will be talking about is The Darker Shade of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab. I have read her  Archives series and I did enjoy it and am anticipating the second book. A Darker Shade of Magic take place where there are different colour worlds? Something like that. I know that there is a Black London and a White London, something along those lines. The last book was recently released and I know so many people are loved it. My goodreads feed was literally all A Conjuring of Light when it was released.

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)The next one is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I really want to read this and the movie stars Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin. Sold. I heard so many good things about it and I don't know much about it other that it is sad and that many people cried. This is a duology so I guess it counts as a series right? I do plan on reading this book this year.

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)The next series I am going to talk about is another trilogy. The Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi. I heard mixed reviews about it. It is about a girl named Juliet and everything she touches breaks. Yes? I don't really know. I usually go into my books without knowing much about it. I know there is a love triangle in it. I remember seeing so much about this trilogy during the dystopian era and I haven't seen much about it lately but I still do want to read it.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)The next one is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor. Like Shatter Me I heard a lot about it a couple years ago but the hype has now died down. I know this book is about monsters and that's it. Taylor's other book Strange the Dreamer has recently come out and it is motivating me more to read this book. And I really like the cover. the blue really stands out and it looks very pretty.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is another series I haven't started. I know it follows a girl named Mara Dyer that has no memory of an accident. I heard a lot about it and I know a lot of people like this trilogy but I lot of people are not a fan of it as well. However, I am excited to start it and I will hopefully, like all these other books, get to it soon.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)The last series I have to talk about is This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab. Like I mentioned before I only read her Archived series and I do recommend that series. I heard that this is not her best book but the concept is so unique and the cover is gorgeous. This book takes place in a world where monsters are born when bad things happen (something along those lines don't quote me on it.) One of our characters is a human and the other is a monster. The monster wants to be a human and the human wants to be a monster. Even though I heard it is not Schwab's best book, I still am really excited to read it.

Those are some of the popular series I haven't read. Have you read any of these? If you have please comment below your thoughts. No spoilers please. Also tell me which ones I should books up on my TBR. Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Anna and the French Kiss Review

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 3.5 or 4/5 stars still deciding
Date Read: 3/26/17

I feel like I am one of the only people who hasn't read Anna and the French Kiss yet. I did it. I finally read it. It was a really enjoyable and cute.

We follow a girl named Anna and her father sends her away to SOAP (School of America in Paris). Anna goes to Paris and she is not enthusiastic about it. In the beginning of the story she meets a group of people Meredith, Rishmi, Josh, and Etienne (St. Clair).

I thought this book was cute. It is a fluffy read and I would recommend it to people in a reading slump. However this book is not for all people. If you are not a fan of contemporary I am not sure if you will like this book. Just a fair warning.

Anna does make a HP reference in the beginning of the story and it made me fangirl.

My favourite character is probably not one of the popular characters. Rishmi. There is something about her that I love. I can't pin point what it is. She seems realistic and she is super smart. Etienne is a funny character I will admit. Unpopular opinion, he is not my favourite character. I started to find Etienne annoying at some parts of the book. Anna. Anna is a character I am not sure how I feel about. I really found her irritating at times to be honest. I found some of her actions making me cringe as well. Can't say too much due to spoilers.

This book does have its cheesy moments too.

If you don't know French Google Translate can be handy. They only say a few words in French but it helps with pronunciation.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and if you are a contemporary lover, you will LOVE this book. I do plan on finishing the series one day.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Second Chance Summer Review

Title: Second Chance Summer
Author: Morgan Matson
Date Read: 3/23/17
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Second Chance SummerI love this book! I think I am officially out of my reading slump. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson is my favourite book by hers I read by her. I almost cried. I felt tears in my eyes. I never cry during books and I very rarely have tears in my eyes when reading. This says a lot!

Second Chance Summer follows a girl name Taylor Edwards. She has and older brother Warren and a younger sister Gelsey. Something happens to her family and her father wants to spend the summer in their summer home located in Pennsylvania. Taylor hasn't been there since she was twelve. At the lake she sees people she thought she left behind, such as her former best friend, Lucy, and her first boyfriend Henry Crosby. She learns more about her family and she realizes that with her friends she has a second chance of befriending both of them.

This book is more than a romance story. Family plays a big part of the story. I feel like the family dynamic adds a lot to the story.

I really like Morgan Matson's writing style. This book is written in first person. The way Matson writes her characters makes me like all of them. Every single one of them. My favourite is probably Taylor and Lucy.

There is also flashbacks. I liked the flashbacks because they helped me understand more of Taylor's backstory. Sometimes however the flashbacks come when chapters leave on cliff hangers and I end up skimming them because wanted to go back to the present day.

The family dynamics are probably my favourite part of the story. Usually contemporary books only focus on the romance. It is a refresher to have a book that is not all about the romance.

If you are looking to start Matson's books I recommend reading them in publication order because sometimes you get a little inside on some of the characters from her other books.

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

20 Bookish Facts About Me Book Tag

Today I will tell you 20 bookish facts about me. 
1. My favourite genre is YA fantasy.
2. My favourite book when I was in elementary school is the Boxcar Children series created by Gertrude Chandler Warner. I remember reading them non stop. I still recommend this series. 
3. I hate when people write in books. It makes me cringe.
4. I am a Ravenclaw, Horned Serpent, and my patronus is a Hippogriff.
5. My favourite Harry Potter book is the goblet of fire. 
6. I tend to be good at keeping up with series. I usually never fall behind.
7. I hate DNFing books. This year though I've been DNFing more books than I usually do. I don't know why, I just could not push myself through them.
8. I hate audiobooks. Audiobooks ted to make me hate the book more. I am very picky about narrators and the only ones I only ever enjoyed 2 audiobooks. I prefer to actually read the book and not listen to it. 
9. I prefer reading physical books. When traveling I do prefer online books because I don't have to carry a book everywhere I go. 
10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows took me 6 months to read the first time I ever read it. 
11. My longest reading slump lasted 2 years.
12. My favourite trilogy is The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.
13. I hate Rowan from the Throne of Glass series. I don't care who Celaena ends up with with as long as it is not Rowan. 
14. The Selection Series is my guilty pleasure read.
15. I hate to say this, but the cover has a big influence on if I read the book or not. If there is an ugly cover I tend not to read the book in public.
16. I get most of my books from the library. 
17. I love strong female lead characters.
18. I spend way too much time stalking Bookstagram. PS I am @andreasbookishthoughts
19. I prefer standalones over series.
20. I try constantly and fail, to get my non reader friends to read. 
I hope you learned more about me and I hope to see you in my next post. Thanks for reading. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Caraval Review

Title: Caraval
Author: Stephanie Garber
Date Read: 3/14/17
Rating: Rating 4/5 stars

"Remember it is only a game"

Caraval is probably one of my favourite reads of the year so far. I will warn you to go into it with low expectations due to the hype. that is what I did and I think that it made a big impact on how much I enjoyed it. If you go into this book with high expectations, this book may disappoint you. I read other reviews and 90% of the negative reviews come from people with too high expectations. I personally went in expecting to hate it.  

Caraval is often compared to The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I see the similarities between each however both of them are different and they are not exactly the same. The similarity is basically the circus and the caraval are both travelers that only open at night. Everything that happens inside is different.

This book is about a girl named Scarlet. She lives with her father and sister Donatella known as Tella. Both of the sisters admired the The Caraval Master known as Legend and she and Tella always dreamed of going to Caraval. People participate in the performance, however if they get to invested in the game, they may not be able to tell reality from fiction. When Scarlet's father arranges her a marriage, Scarlet looses hope of ever attending Caraval.  One day Scarlet gets an invitation inviting her to Caraval. With the help from a sailor both of them escape to Caraval. However Legend has decided on kidnapping Tella for the game. Suddenly the game becomes more personal to Scarlet and she now has to find her sister.

I will say the beginning is slow. I found myself bored but honestly as I kept reading the book got better and better and I found myself invested in the story. I really liked the concept and I found some parts funny. I will say the author was a bit over descriptive at times and I think she used to many metaphors to describe things. I will also say I liked the ending but I wanted it to end differently at the same time. 

When I say there are a lot of metaphors, I mean A LOT. I felt like they were over used but I managed to look past them. 

I loved the plot and I found the story keeping at the edge of my feet. I kept having prediction after prediction and I really enjoyed it.

The ending though. I need the next book now!!!

Note Father does hit daughter in the face twice. She does bleed but is not seriously injured. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

If I Was Your Girl Review

Book: If I Was Your Girl
Author: Meredith Russo
Date Read: 3/10/17
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

If I was your girl is a very important book and I think that everyone should read it. I feel like it would be better off read by teens+ because of some things that happen and younger people may not understand. If you are younger try reading George by Alex Gino.

This book follows a trans girl named Amanda. She moved in with her dad after her transformation to pass her Senior year. She wants to hide and stay away from people, then she meets Grant. Amanda grows close to him and wants to tell him everything including her past. She however does not want to tell him that she was born a he.

I had a few problems with the pacing of the book at times. Some of it was rushed others was dragged out a bit. And the romance. I wasn't a fan of the romance. I know it is an important part of the book, but I just found it as insa-love.

Over all I really liked most of the characters. I loved the flashbacks and I really enjoying seeing Amanda's past. Everything that Amanda is going through seems realistic and believable. I highly recommend this book and hopefully this book will open up other peoples minds and teach them to accept trans people.

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Totally Should've Book Tag

Today I am doing the totally should've book tag. This tag was created by Emma over at emmabook and I will leave the original tag here.

1. Totally should've gotten a sequel
A book that totally should've gotten a sequel is Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. The ending was . . . I needed to know what happens next. I have so many unanswered questions that I feel like we need another book or at least a novella to answer some of them.
2. Totally should've had a spin off series
A series that totally should've had a spin off series is the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I want more from the world of Marissa Meyer. I love her writing and how she was able to create such a beautiful story. I really want a book about the past like how the Lunars came to be or maybe a future inside of the now relationship between Earth and the Moon.
3. An author who totally should write more books
When I read this question the first author that came in mind is Erin Morgenstern. I love her book the night circus. It was so atmospherics and so interesting that I swear to got needed more from here. I don't know if she had written any other book but is she has please let me know down in the comments. I just love her writing so much and I need another book from her.
4. A character who totally should've ended up with someone else
A character who totally should've of ended up with someone else is Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. I know this series isn't yet complete, however I am not liking the direction the romance is going and I am not shipping her with the person she is leaning towards. I won't tell you who due to spoilers, but unpopular opinion, I don't like him.
5. Totally should've ended differently
I am probably going to go with Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I did not want certain things to happen that happened and I hated the ending so much but the book was so good. But that ending though.
6. Totally should've had a movie franchise
A movie franchise, to be honest I haven't watched that many book to movie adaptations that I loved that didn't have a franchise. I mean maybe the Maze Runner by James Dashner. I think I enjoyed the movie slightly more than the book, so that's the answer. Honestly though I am not a huge fan of the movie but I feel like it should get more views.
7. Totally should've had a TV show
To be honest I do not watch that many TV shows. I think books do better as movies if anything, but for this question I will have to say the nothing.
8. Totally should've had only one point of view
For this one I think I will have to go with Alligiant by Veronica Roth. I feel like it was weird having both Tris's and Fours POV. The other two only had Tris's POV so it did not make that much sense to me. I could not tell the difference between both prospective as well so I had to go back to the beginning of the chapters at times to figure out who's POV I am reading from. I actually am one of the people who wasn't a fan of Alligiant. 
9. Totally should have a cover change
For this question other than Vampire Academy, I think I will have to go with the Uglies series by Scott Westerfield. I did not finish the first book. I hated it and never finished it. However I will say that I think the cover is hideous. This book follows a girl named Tally and she lives in a society where the ugly people live on one side and the pretties on the other. Once they turn a certain age they get a plastic surgery to become pretty and move to the other side. I feel like the cover is just hideous and I think that the face plays a big role in it. All the books, not just the first one.
10. Totally should've kept the original covers
For this book I am going with the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis. I haven't read any of the books yet but that last cover though. UGH! Why could they of just kept the original covers and make everyone's life better.
11. Totally should've stopped at book one
A series that totally should've stopped at book one for me is probably the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. I loved the first book, Divergent, I thought the Insurgent, the second book, was okay and I did not like the third one. I feel like.

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Most Anticipated Spring Releases 2017

Today I am talking about my most anticipated releases of spring 2017. These are in no particular order so I will jump right in.

1) Hunted by Meagan Spooner. -March 14
Hunted is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I don't know much about it but I am excited to read it. I also never read anything by Meagan Spooner before.

2) The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli- April 11
I read Albertalli's other book Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda and I loved it. I am so excited to read this. I heard that this is a very diverse book. I also heard that the main character is a lesbian. I love Albertalli's writing so I am super excited to pick this up.

3) Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz- April 11
Personally I am not a huge Hamilton geek, but I do still like it and found his story interesting. I am very interested to see how the author portrays this Romance and I never read historical novel that takes place during the American Revolution. I also really liked her other work Decedents.

4) A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas- May 2
I haven't read or started this series yet though I do plan on reading it this month, yet I am still super excited for it. I read up to the forth book of Maas' other series and I love each one so far. I was waiting for Empire of Storms so I could marathon the last two book. I guess I have to wait since It got pushed back a whole year. I know I will love this series and am excited to read it. I know it has Fae in it and there are courts. No spoilers please.

5) Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare- May 23
Yes I still love the Shadowhunter world. No I am not finishing the TV show if you were curious. I read Lady Midnight when it was released and loved every second of it. I never had to wait so long for a book to be released. I can't say much do to spoilers other than read her books in publication order.

6) Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh- May 16
I am super excited to get my had on this. I hear that it is a Mulan retelling and that got my attention. Renee Ahdieh is the Author of The Wrath and the Dawn Duology which is a One thousand and One nights retelling. I really enjoyed it and am excited for this one

7) When Dimple Meets Rishi by Sandhya Menon- May 30
I know most of my anticipated releases are released in May. This book is about two Indian teenagers named Dimple and Rishi and their parents arrange their marriage. Dimple has her life all planned out and Rishi is a Romantic. I am dying to read this one and if you have an arc you are lucky.

So those were my anticipated spring releases. Hopefully some of you are looking forward to these to. Let me know in the comments some of your most anticipated releases this spring. Sorry that this is a bit repetitive but I don't like knowing much about a book before I read it. Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next post.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The One Review

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Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Read: 2/25/17
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

The One by Kiera Cass is the third book in the Selection series and is the final book telling America Singer's story as the next two talk about her daughter.

If you don't know this book is a dystopian novel. It takes place in a world that every class is represented by a number. If you are poor your number ins a higher number. So the ones, twos, and threes, are wealthy and every other number is not good. The main character America Singer is a five. 

In The Selection the royal family is hosting a selection for their son Prince Maxon. America puts her name in the selection and to her surprise she is becomes one of the 35 contestant. It is sort of like the bachelor. 

I found the ending very predictable and I managed to figure it out in the first book. It was very obvious who America was going to end up with. Again I feel like the love triangle is forced and unrealistic. 

I still find the main character America Singer annoying again. I wanted to like her in at least one book, but it didn't really happen. I did not agree with most of the decisions that America made. I still was not a huge fan of Aspen, but I liked him more than the other two books. I started to like Maxon more as well but he is a very complicated character. 

I can't say much because it is a sequel so I will say this series is a guilty pleasure for me. I highly recommend you marathon the first three books at least. It is a perfect series to read if you are in a reading slump.