Life Update 10.28.16

Hello there!

Wow, it’s so strange being behind this computer screen again and talking to you guys. It has been quite some time.

First off, I would like to thank all of you that have continued to follow my blog and bookstagram. I’ve lost a lot of followers during my hiatus, which is understandable. However, this doesn’t matter to me because of the numbers. This matters to me because I felt like I lost friends. I felt like I let you guys down.

So, for the past few months I have been in a bad place mentally and emotionally. I won’t give you all the gory details, but I’ve been going through a lot in my personal life. That is why I decided out of nowhere, to go on a hiatus.

Now, for the news… My “bookstagram” is going to be made private. I’m going to start adding personal photos to my account. I am sorry if this upsets some of you, but I honestly have no personal social media accounts and I thought it was time to make one. Since I have been inactive on my bookstagram account, I feel like making it more personal will make me more motivated to post. Feel free to unfollow my instagram if you don’t want to see pictures of my face and people from my personal life.

Once again, I’m sorry if this upsets anyone. Please keep in mind that it is my instagram and I’m entitled to do whatever I’d like with it. Thank you for understanding guys.

 

Lots of love,

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Blog Hiatus

Hi everyone,

So as most of you have probably noticed, my posts have been inconsistent in the past few months and my instagram feed has remained static for quite some time. School is really getting to me, and I haven’t had time to read or write. So, I’ve decided to officially go on a hiatus. I will hopefully be returning in one month, I’ll keep you guys updated. Thank you so much for sticking with me.

 

Talk to you soon,

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Book Review: Supremacy by Christin Lee

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Supremacy by Christin Lee
Kindle Edition, 330 pages
Publication Date: June 3, 2016
Rating: ★ 1/5 stars (DNF)
Available at: Amazon


Synopsis: Kate Parker, is a 17 year old senior living in Texas. She’s on the swim team, has two incredible best friends, and a passion for saving animals. She falls hard when she meets a mysterious and fascinating guy named Lucas. He has a sexy accent and a killer smile. However, she sees unexplained pain and anger in his dark brown eyes. He claims he’s a foreign exchange student from Spain who is attending the local University—Kate knows there’s more to his story than that. She works hard to discover who he is—what he is.


E-book kindly provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

Disclaimer: this review contains mild spoilers~ ie; quotes, scene/character discussions

Supremacy is Christin Lee’s debut novel.

Let me start this off by saying I DNF’ed the book. I just couldn’t bring myself to continue reading it. I’ve been picking it up, and putting it back down for roughly a month. I had heaps of issues with the book. Now let me make this clear, I stopped reading on page 202 of 330 because I just could not do it anymore.

Our protagonist Kate is a while girl living in a white world, her family is the typical all-American family. I only recall one mention of another race and that’s because Lucas is Spaniard. I just felt like the book tries to hard to be multicultural, but in reality there’s just some random Spanish words being thrown around (I’ll get back to this). Also, the “mystery” around Lucas isn’t all that suspenseful.

Not even 100 pages in, and I already wanted to skim through the novel until I hit the “urban fantasy” portions of the book because the book dragged on. Too much of the book focused on building the “chemistry” between Kate and Lucas, but it didn’t make me as giddy as I hoped. It was too “insta-love” for me. There’s a scene in a gm where Kate and Lucas have a conversation and they say that “every time” they’re together they’re rushed. UM HELLO, they’ve only been together twice in the book, and the only times they’ve been together were unexpectedly running into each other.

Following the scene in the gym, Stephen, one of Kate’s “incredible best friends” was rude to Lucas because he was jealous of the time Lucas and Kate spent together. Kate confronts him about it saying, “Stephen, you were rude… You were so rude I think I’m going to tell your mom. She would beat you if she knew how you treated Lucas.”

UM, WHAT? “beat you” pretty sure that’s child abuse. It’s not something to talk about so casually and nonchalant, or jokingly for that matter. I was absolutely appalled.

Another thing I disliked about the book, it is extremely sexist. In the beginning of the book, after Kate’s first encounter with Lucas, she talks to her dad and the discussion leads to dating. The dad reminds her of the rules of house against dating and she brings up that her brothers don’t live by this rule and he says, “Don’t compare yourself to your brothers. Boys are different.” hmm… I’ll just leave that there.

Now, there’s another scenario where there is a family barbecue. Kate is wearing shorts, a button up shirt and makeup, let me say the most minimal makeup EVER, and her brothers and Stephen gang up on her saying, “what’s that smell?”(regarding her perfume), “is that glitter on your lips” “what’s on your eyes?” “who are you trying to impress?”. Now after that I was already rubbed the wrong way. Apparently that wasn’t enough, Stephen then says, “personally, I think her shorts are a little too short.” Adding on to that, here’s an actual scene from the book:

“‘I think her earrings are too big.’ Alex said wanting to get in on the fun. ‘It’s just a Saturday [barbecue](spelled “barbeque” in book), not prim. Her shirt is cut low too.'”

Do I need to even explain why this bothered me? I just did not like this book at all, and I just couldn’t bring myself to continue reading. Once again, I’d like to state in no way, shape, or form am I trying to bash the author or her writing, I’m just stating my HONEST opinion. I appreciate the opportunity of reading the book, but unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the book as much as I thought I would. Also please keep in mind that just because the book didn’t work out for me, doesn’t mean it won’t work out for you!

Have any of you read Supremacy? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

 

Until next time,

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Weekly Update 07.21.16

Hi guys!

I’m not even going to open up with an apology for my lack of posts because I’ve said it so much, it’s coming off as insincere. To be honest, I’ve lacked inspiration.

Also, about my July TBR…. FORGET ABOUT IT. I’ve barely been reading, but when I have been, it’s been whatever I want. I bought a new book because a new show that I recently started and REALLY REALLY enjoy is based off this particular book/series. Do ya wanna know what book it is?

*drum roll*

THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES! AKA THE ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA.

Omg, the show is freaking amazing. I can’t wait for season 2. If you haven’t watched it, I definitely recommend it. Like Season 1, Episode 1 started of with a MF Bang!

So, carrying on…

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The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin – completed today 07.21.16

  • review coming soon… short review on my Goodreads

The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry  Brooks – 20% completed

 

That’s all for today 🙂

Until next time,

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Monthly Wrap-Up: May and June 2016

 

Hello, I hope you’re all doing well! So, I’ve been extremely lagging on blogging and bookstagramming, but I’m trying to find a good scheduling process. I go back to school this week, unfortunately, but I’m hoping to fit in more reading time!

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I’ve accumulated a few more books after the Book Haul I posted in May. Some books came from authors (e-books) and publishers, but most of them I bought on my own 🙂

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  • I participated in blog tours for Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne and What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle
  • I’m running a giveaway on my Instagram
  • Currently re-reading the Harry Potter series in honor of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child release!!

 

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As I stated earlier, I really want to re-read the HP books, hopefully I’ll have time. I’m a fairly fast reader so I’ not too worried. Also The Merciless II by Danielle Vega released today and I’m super stoked to read it! The Merciless is one of my favorite reads of the year. I plan on doing a duo review of Merciless I & Merciless II. Lastly, I’m really excited to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird. I read it three years ago, but my literary fiction class is reading it so I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to re-read it. It should be a new experience for me since it’ll be a three year gap.

Harry Potter Marathon:

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School Reads:

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“if I have time hopefully” reads:

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If you stuck with me until the end of this post, YAY thank you!! I’m currently hosting a giveaway on my Instagram! If you’d like to enter, click the link attached to “giveaway” and it’ll take you right to the instagram post where the details are.

I’m so excited to co-host this awesome giveaway with @relatablebooks . YOU GUYS CAN WIN A BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE AND A SET OF BOOKMARKS!
Rules:
• You must be following @relatablebooks& @readaninabook
• To enter repost this picture (only once) and use the #relatablereadga
• For an extra entry tag three friends and tell us what book you’d choose if you won (max $20)
• Participants please check that bookdepository and @craftedvan ship to your country
• You must be 18 or older, or have your parents permission (as we will need your address)

• Giveaway starts June 10th and ends July 30th. Winner to be announced a week after

Disclaimer:

  • We are not responsible for any items lost in the mail

  • This giveaway is not affiliated with Book Depository/Craftedvan

 

That’s all for my May & June wrap-up! I hope you enjoyed and props to you if you stuck to this post til the very end. What did you guys read in June? Feel free to leave link to you’re monthly wrap-ups in the comments and I’ll check them out! 🙂

 

Until next time,

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Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Hardcover, Exclusive Collector’s Edition, 336 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: June 2014 (first published February 26th 2013)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Rating:  ★★★★★ 4/5 stars

Available at: Amazon/ B&N / Book Depository


Synopsis: Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Limited collector’s edition of Eleanor & Park features a new jacket, an exclusive Q&A with author Rainbow Rowell, and several stunning pieces of fan art.



Rainbow, Rainbow, Rainbow
. She always knows which heartstrings to pull. Aaah, going into this book, I knew I would love it and hold it dear to my heart forever.

I’m usually nonchalant towards YA contemporary romances, bur not with Eleanor & Park. I felt giddy and I had butterflies whilst reading. Their love really felt like true love. It was completely innocent, and Park is such a unique “male” main character in a YA contemporary. He wasn’t manipulative or assertive or sexist, and it was so refreshing to experience that.

Eleanor is an angel. She’s so innocent, and she doesn’t deserve everything bad that happened to her. Throughout the book I just wanted to shield her from the world and protect her from harm. I’m so happy she has Park (SN:I’m not saying you need a boy to make you feel better or valid).

Eleanor & Park is a book that explores overcoming those, sometimes awkward, teenage years while dealing with falling in love, divorce, abusive relationships, and multi cultural relationships. It talks about how hard these times can be and how much you can struggle, but overcoming it can be rewarding. Rainbow Rowell isn’t afraid to tell it like it is and I admire that.

I hope you all get a chance to read Eleanor & Park and enjoy it as much as I did. I can’t believe it took me this long.

 

 

Until next time,

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Blog Tour: What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle- Review and GIVEAWAY

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What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle

Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication Date: June 7, 2016

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Illness

Rating:  ★★★★ 4/5 stars

Available at: Amazon/ B&N / Book Depository


Thank you so much HarperTeen for sending me a finished copy for review!

Synopsis:

“I know what it is to want something so badly, you feel like your cells aren’t properly bonded together without it.

I also know what it’s like to get that something.

And honestly, I’m still not sure which is worse…”
Ari Logan is battling to win her war against depression and the dark night she hurt herself on purpose. It’s not easy: her best friend is drifting away, her mom’s emotionally checked out, and she spends her days playing caregiver to her handful of a half-sister, Danielle. But it’s summer, and anything is possible…

That’s when Camden Armstrong steps onto the beach of Ari’s local swimming lake.

 

At first, Ari quietly longs for Camden from afar, seeing in him everything she wants to be. When the two discover a true connection the following summer, Ari lets herself fall not just for the quirky and self-assured Camden but also his friends, tumbling into their world of independence, adventure, and shared sci-fi fandom. As Ari’s romantic dreams come true, she must unlock the mysteries of the very real and troubled boy behind her infatuation, while also struggling with her own demons, obligations, and loyalties.
From the award-winning author of “The Beginning of After” and “You Look Different in Real Life,” “What Happens Now” is a touching, insightful novel about learning to heal, learning to love, and what happens when fantasy becomes reality.

Let me start off by saying, if you haven’t read this book. I highly, highly recommend it. I definitely did not expect to like this book as much as I did. I connected so well with it, and I now hold this story dear to my heart.

I went into the book blind, so I was surprised to find it dealt with prevalent issues amongst teens today. Jennifer took depression which is common amongst teens and adults, and weaved it into an intricate story. Although it deals with depression and self harm, it’s definitely lighter than a lot of other stories in the YA genre that deal with similar topics. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; in fact, I prefer this over the latter.

What Happens Now, is a YA contemporary romance novel, but also deals with family issues and a strong friendship. There’s also a lot of relationships such as mother-daughter, sister-half sister, stepdad-daughter, new friendships, and old friendships. I found the stepdad-daughter relationship to be a unique factor in the book because our protagonist is actually closer to her stepdad than her mom which is uncommon in novels as well as real life. Also, the building of the relationships is absolutely fantastic! You really feel the characters grow with each other. It’s a great experience.

Another unique factor was Camden and Ari’s relationship. It was a bit insta-lovey on Ari’s side, but I still enjoyed it. Most couples in the YA genres fight over misunderstandings, or ya know, sometimes just immature things. However, Camden and Ari’s dilemma is balance in their relationship. They know there should be equal amounts of giving and taking in the relationship and I really enjoyed that. I feel like for the most part, they were able to be themselves around each other and communicated really well.

This is my first time reading something by Jennifer Castle. I have to say that I really enjoyed Castle’s writing! It really made you feel what Ari feels, and it makes the story so raw and authentic. I’m truly impressed.

What Happens Now is a beautiful tale of hope, possibilities, first loves, finding yourself, and learning to live for yourself.


Favorite Quotes:

“I know what it is to want something so badly, you feel like your cells aren’t properly bonded together without it.
I also know what it’s like to get that something.
And honestly, I’m still not sure which is worse…”
“-I hadn’t been trying to die but rather, to live; to find a way to breathe again.”
“I never liked the word attraction. It’s way too much about magnets, and not enough about why someone’s mere presence can make you feel pleasure and pain at the same time.”
“Don’t you think it’s time to start doing whatever the hell we want to?”
“-sometimes I said things because she needed to hear them, and sometimes I said things because I needed to hear them. It never mattered that I couldn’t tell the difference.”
 “People think they change, but they don’t much. They just unlock doors inside them  that were always there.”

… and I’m going to stop right there before I write the entire book under “Favorite Quotes” let me just say etc. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer Castle.jpgJennifer Castle received her B.A. in Creative Writing at Brown University and worked as a celebrity publicist’s assistant, an advertising copywriter, and a struggling screenwriter (yes, that’s an actual job) before falling into a niche producing websites for kids and teens. Her debut, The Beginning of After, was a 2012 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection as well as a Chicago Public Library “Best of the Best” book. You Look Different in Real Life and its companion digital novella, Playing Keira, were published by HarperTeen in June 2013. Her next novel, WHAT HAPPENS NOW, is forthcoming from Harper in June 2016. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and daughters.

AUTHOR LINKS:

 Website

 Goodreads

Twitter

Facebook

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GIVEAWAY!!!

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Prize: Win (1) signed hardcopy of WHAT HAPPENS NOW by Jennifer Castle & some swag (INT)

Enter here: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86198/?


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WWW Wednesday (6.22.16)

Hi everyone! So this is a little different for me, as I haven’t participated in a weekly meme yet. I came across this one and it sounds like a lot of fun!


For those of you that don’t know, WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. If you guys want to participate, just answer the three W’s and leave a link on Sam’s post.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

 

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I am currently reading three books. The first book being Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by the genius that is J.K. Rowling. I’m re-reading the series in honor of the upcoming release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which I am super super super stoked about like every Potter fan on the planet! EEEEP!!!

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The second book I’m reading is What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle. I’m a tour host for the FFBC Blog Tour of What  Happens Now. Make sure you guys follow the tour! 🙂 I’ve been focusing mostly on this book since I do have to finish it by a deadline. I have to say, I am loooving it! Full review will be up June 24, 2016.

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Last book I’ve been reading is The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye. I’m actually switching between listening to it on Audible, and reading the physical book. I’m usually a fast reader, but this particular book is taking me a really long time to read. Although, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I feel like I’m able to absorb more, and I have more time to think about things and process. I’ve been super busy lately so listening to the audio book really helps me read, especially when I’m driving, cleaning, or working.

 

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3I recently finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I’m really upset with myself this month because I haven’t been able to read much this month. In my defense, I’ve been working a lot lately. *Sigh* I hope I get to read more next month, even though I go back to school.

 

 

 

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Hmm. I think I’ll be picking up these books:

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Feel free to leave a comment down below and a link to your WWW! 🙂

 

Until next time,

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Book Review: Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

 

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Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

Hardcover, 336 pages

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Published: April 5, 2016

Rating: ★★★★ 3.5/5 stars

Available at: Amazon/ B&N/ Book Depository


Synopsis: Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.


Let me start off by putting it out there that this review will be brief. After finishing the book, I rated it a 4.5/5 stars, but I’ve knocked it down to a 3.5 stars. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum is… charming. However, I couldn’t get past the LA stereotypes constantly mentioned and mocked in the book. They’re extremely inaccurate, and a tad annoying. Maybe I’m being defensive because I’m an LA girl myself, but honestly, it was just so overdone. The first few times I smirked because yeah there are some people like that, but that’s not just in LA.

I really did enjoy most of the novel. The friendships and characters were charming and cute and fun to read about. Although, I felt the “mystery guy” was super obvious and I felt like facepalming half the time when our protagonist doesn’t see it. I do want to mention that although I did like the characters and their situations relatable, I didn’t feel like they were that great of a portrayal of real life teens. That’s an issue I have with a lot of YA fiction, the highschool life/teenage personalities are totally off. It’s like thinking the teens in High School Musical and the way their highschool life is portayed are realistic, when in reality they’re not.

In conclusion, I did like the novel, but I obviously had issues with it. My advice going into this book is don’t take it too seriously and understand it’s supposed to be light-hearted.

So, have any of you read Tell  Me Three Things? Thoughts, concerns, complaints, questions? Feel free to leave them down below. ❤

 

Until next time,

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Life Update: 06/15/16

Hi everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well. I want to start this post off with an apology. I’m sorry I’ve lagged posting for most of June. I’ve been crazy busy with work and I’ve barely had time to read. I’m working on a bunch of creative content for y’all so stay tuned! Good news is I’m off for the next two weeks due to an injury so I’ll have all the time in the world (knock on wood) to read.

What I’m currently reading:

The Crowns Game by Evelyn Skye

Harry Potter Series [rereading] by J.K. Rowling

What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle

My next post will be posted before June 20, 2016.

Love you all,

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