Something Strange & Deadly: Discussion 1

Thursday, October 29, 2015 0 comments
Hey everyone! I'm participating in the lovely Stephanie's read along for Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard. Here is my first batch of answers to the discussion questions!
1. How do you think you would react to the Dead walking around your city?
I live in Philly like Eleanor so technically they're already here...yikes! If the dead are anywhere near me, I'll be dead in .2 seconds, there's no other way to look at it.

2. What do you think about the Dead? Are you glad it isn't too Zombie-ish, or were you hoping for a more Zombie-isque theme?
I'm super glad that the Dead aren't too Zombie-ish! I'm not a big fans of books/shows that are heavily influenced by Zombies, so I'm really happy with the way the Dead are portrayed in SS&D.

3. How do you feel about Eleanor as a character?
Eleanor is sassy and strong, two of my favorite traits in protagonists! I love that she stands up for herself and isn't worried about what others think of her. She wants to find her brother and she's the kind of girl that's gonna get it done! Also I really love the name Eleanor for some reason haha.

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I just picked the questions that I felt I could best answer at this point! School has been ruining my reading schedule so unfortunately I'm not caught up with the first chunk (fingers crossed that I will be asap) but I'm definitely loving the book so far. Susan Dennard is a genius, I'm beyond confused about why this series never became huge!

Thanks for reading, see you next time!

Top 3 Ways Reading Has Affected Me

Monday, October 5, 2015 0 comments
Hi guys! Again I'm super sorry for the long break and am hoping to improve my blogging in the future. Trust me I'm reading all the "Making Time For Blogging" Posts that exist (feel free to link your favorites in the comments) Today I settled on a pretty easy topic to get me back into blogging!

1 My Extensive Knowledge of YA Books

From watching Booktube, reading blogs and generally being a part of the bookish community I have learned a lot about YA. I can pretty much tell you anything about the books that are currently popular in this genre. This isn't a particularly useful skill but it definitely helps when I'm book shopping or giving recommendations!

2. My Endless TBR & Wishlist

Yikes! There isn't enough time, money or shelf space in the world for all the books I currently want to read and acquire. Although trust me I'm going to try.

3. Wanting To Attend Events and Signings

Book signings and other related events have become my new favorite thing! I love meeting authors that have influenced me as well as being surrounded by loads of amazing bookish people. It's also a huge plus when some of my online friends are in attendance!

I'm sure reading will continue to bring new and exciting changes to the table. Let me know how reading has affected you in the comments and I'll see you all again SOON ;)


Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 0 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine. This Wednesday I am EAGERLY anticipating Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Is anyone really surprised about that though? Today officially marks 20 days until release date ahh I cannot contain the excitement!



Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: September 1st, 2015
Preorder | Goodreads

Sarah J. Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume. Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire- for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past.. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in a unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return. Celaena's epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena's story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might shatter her world.

 The Throne of Glass series is my all time favorite and Sarah J. Maas is my all time favorite author so I'm obviously dying to get my hands on this. I will probably cry the first time I hold my copy and I will definitely cry while reading it. Ahh how I love being obsessed with books..
Thanks for reading and what are you waiting on this week?

The Last Bookstore

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 0 comments
Hi guys! I need to start out with a HUGE apology for not blogging in almost a month. I've been on vacation and then overall just uninspired about blog posts, but I'm back and super ready to start blogging again!

While I was in LA, I made sure to stop at all the fun bookish things that I had been dying to see. One that I'm sure is on everyone's list is The Last Bookstore. If you don't know what The Last Bookstore is you can click here and it will transport you to the website which is full of all sorts of good information. I had a great time walking around the store and of course having a bit of a photoshoot while I was there!



The first floor looks a little like your average bookstore. There's a really great YA section there so if you're looking to buy books anywhere in LA, I would head to The Last Bookstore. Although the first floor is nice, all the photo ops happen upstairs. The pictures to the right and bottom of this were taken from the second floor and give you a great view of the entire first floor. You also get to see me lovingly gazing at the stacks of books...


The second floor includes the labyrinth of books which is the iconic staple of The Last Bookstore. There is no YA up here (that I could find) but they do have some adult books, nonfiction and classics that you can buy. Although if you're walking through the bookstore as a tourist like I was, you probably aren't going to be too concerned about what's for sale.



My personal favorite structure in the labyrinth of books is definitely the book tunnel. It connects two parts of the store so expect that any photoshoots may be slightly awkward and interrupted frequently, but it's worth it for the beautiful pictures. The actual tunnel is amazing and I can't even imagine how fun/challenging it would have been to build.



There are a ton of other awesome things to see within the second floor of The Last Bookstore so if you ever get the chance to go definitely plan for a long visit. The lighting in some places of the store isn't the best so be prepared to use the ever so awkward and touristy flash sometimes. It's funny to meet people who aren't tourists and just go there all the time to buy books. Totally my dream local bookstore! Thank you all for reading and again I'm sorry for my long and unannounced absence. But I'm back again with a lot of excitement to start blogging again. I'll see you next time, which will be soon I promise!

Wonder Review

Monday, July 6, 2015 0 comments


Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Published: February 4th, 2012 by Knopf
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Buy It | Goodreads
My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse. August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary - inside. But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don't make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don't get stared out wherever they go. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he's being sent to a real school - and he is dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted - but can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, underneath it all? 

Review 

This book made me feel a whole spectrum of emotions. It's going to be hard to express my love for this book in words, but just know that this is a must-read for everyone. Wonder will warm your heart, while simultaneously making you cry your heart out. This is definitely a book that makes the reader think and has changed the way I view the world honestly. Auggie's story shows how even someone who is faced with terrible cruelty, can keep a positive attitude and focus on the great things in life. As anyone would expect, Auggie does have days that he feels terrible and would rather stay in his room and cry. But, it's the fact that he continues to get up that truly inspired me. He even manages to forgive his bullies and move past the cruel things that they had said and done to him. The Pullman family is so nice and supportive. It is really refreshing to read about a happy family since that is something most of the books I read tend to lack. The ending is super satisfying. I loved it and I couldn't have imagined a better way for this story to conclude. Wonder is definitely an emotional roller coaster but such a fun one. So buy your ticket (aka the book), buckle your seat belt and enjoy the ride!

Characters

August is the super adorable main character. He is such a sweet person and I absolutely adored reading about his life. He never failed to put a smile on my face. I can't express my love for Auggie in a coherent way but just know he's super cute, friendly and totally amazing to read about. It almost feels like the reader becomes friends with him by the end of the story. August is also inspiring and will forever stand out to me for his character, not his abnormality. I'm not going to go into detail about any of the other characters because I feel like you need to learn about them as you read, but just remember that Auggie is great.


Overall

If you can't tell already, I love this book. It means so much to me. Auggie's story has forever impacted me in the best way possible. I gave Wonder 5/5 stars and recommend it to anyone and everyone. This is technically a middle grade book, but it's a really great story for anyone of any age. I would have tissues ready but also be ready to smile. This book does a fabulous job of expressing a wide variety of emotions and by doing this it just feels very real. Overall, it is fabulous and definitely a must-read!

The Darkest Minds Review

Sunday, June 28, 2015 0 comments

Title: The Darkest Minds
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Published: December, 2012 by Disney Hyperion
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 488
Genre: Dystopian
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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government "rehabilitation camp." She might have survived the mysterious disease that's killed most of America's children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control. Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she's on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her - East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can't risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.


Review

For me this book started out super confusing. The world building was a bit messy and jumped all over the place, but by the end of the book I did fully understand the world so it got the job done. The world is super interesting and a lot of fun (once you fully understand it). There are five different types of powers and some of them are definitely much more interesting than the others. The most interesting ones, in my opinion, are the ones that our main characters possess. This story is very character driven which is something I LOVE to see in stories. Each character is definitely unique. They stand out from others in the story as well as characters across other YA novels. There is kind of a "road trip" element to the story but it becomes more of a car chase. Either way it was amazing and super fun and suspenseful to read about. Alexandra's writing is really immersive. I often felt like I was standing next to the characters and living all of these crazy adventures with them. I honestly cannot get over how much I love these characters. The story is really well balanced, it includes comedy, romance, suspense, action, powers and just all around awesomeness. The ending of this novel ripped open the biggest hole in my heart, its crazy. As I've said before, Alexandra does an amazing job of building up these characters and making the reader fall in love with them. This makes it super easy for her to tear the reader apart. Of course this is heart breaking but also it's almost satisfying when an author has such an amazing grasp and power over their words and story telling.


Characters

Ruby is the main character. She is realistically strong. Ruby does what she needs to survive but sometimes struggles to do the right thing and isn't always ready to save the day. Her powers are something that scare her but as the novel progresses, the reader is able to watch her grow. Who doesn't love character development? I hope that this continues throughout the rest of the series. I also love the way that Ruby interacts with the other main characters. Personally I think she stands out the least to me compared to the other characters, but I definitely enjoyed reading from her perspective.

Liam is one of the kids that Ruby befriends throughout the novel. He is the sweetest character ever. Wow I have never added a character to my list of fictional boyfriends so quickly. Liam is super protective, adorable and overall kind. I love reading about him so much. He is one of those characters that will never fail to put a smile on your face. I'm nervous to see what the rest of the series holds for him.

Chubs is another one of the kids that Ruby befriends. I really enjoyed Chubs. He has some funny banter and a nice friendship with Liam. He definitely reacts realistically to the situations that they are faced with. I always like to read about characters who feel real even in worlds that include powers and fantasy elements. Similarly to Liam, I am nervous about what the future holds for Chubs.

Suzume is the last kid that Ruby befriends. She is a lot younger than the other characters and is super cute. She is a bit of a mysterious character, but Zu is always friendly. I loved to read about her and her relationships with the main characters.


Overall

I loved The Darkest Minds. As soon as I began to understand the world, I had more and more fun while reading. The characters are amazing, unique and are already calling me back to read the sequel. You will experience a lot of fun, heartbreak and intrigue throughout this novel. I gave this novel 5/5 stars and hope that you will pick it up if you haven't already!


T5W: Characters You Want To Drown

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 1 comments

Top Five Wednesday is a weekly event that was created by Gingerreadslainey on Youtube. If you want to participate, you can join the Goodreads group here. This week's theme is your top five characters you want to drown! My choices are in no particular order, they are all characters that annoy me. These are all my own opinions, sorry if I hate on one of your favorite characters!


Tris Prior (Divergent): Tris's indecisiveness killed me throughout the series. She was so destructive and her decisions were so rash and terrible. I thought she was tolerable in Divergent, but could not stand her throughout the remainder of the series.



Clary Fray (The Mortal Instruments): I have to admit that I did like and root for Clary during the first 2 books in this series. But I spent the majority of the series hating her. She's whiny and constantly drags the other characters into trouble. Her decision making skills may be even worse than Tris's. I also was annoyed by how frequently she needed other characters to save and defend her. That was understandable in the beginning but later on it was simply frustrating.


Arobynn Hamel (Throne of Glass): I hate Arobynn so much. The way he mistreats both Sam and Celaena is so sick. He totally creeps me. I cannot stand his character and hope he gets what he deserves in Queen of Shadows.


Gale Hawthorne (The Hunger Games): Aside from the ship war within this book, I have a strong hatred for Gale. He is whiny and continuously bothers Katniss, distracting her from more important problems. Gale got even worse in Mockingjay with his bomb designing and his unnecessary bloodthirsty attitude. Ughh Gale


King Clarkson (The Selection Series): The way he treats his own son makes me sick and I just really hate everything about this man. He's super controlling and all around a terrible leader.


I hate a lot of characters but here are the ones that I currently have hate fires burning for! Which characters would you drown if you could?
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