Wednesday, June 14, 2017

INTERNET FAMOUS (SST)


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Title: Internet Famous
Author: Danika Stone
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads


High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.
Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance-played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog-attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi's real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker's identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most... Laurent included. 




-what i liked-
  • Madi is a blogger! Being a blogger myself, this automatically made her such a great character because I already had something in common with her. Of course, I don't suffer from the problem of having fans trying to destroy my life! I just have a lot of awesome blogging friends. :)
  • There were text messages and Twitter convos! I don't know why, but it's just a lot of fun for me when books incorporate social media into the storytelling. It allows for a break from the big, bulky paragraph reading and allows for a little bit of fun reading. 
  • Laurent! I thought it was so great that Madi thought he was a girl at first and then she was so surprised that she was actually a he. I loved him to death though! He was great. 
  • Madi actually acts like a teenager. Too many YA books don't have protagonists that seem to be young adults, but Madi actually did, which I really appreciated. 
-what i didn't like-
  • I guess I could say I wish the book was longer... I liked Madi too much and would've liked to read more about her!
  • There was a bit of an insta-love situation. When I first began reading YA at around age 14, it didn't bother me much, but now, at 19... I notice it. It wasn't horrible, but Madi did seem to fall for Laurent super quickly. 
-overall-
If you're looking for a summer read that's not like your normal run-of-the-mill contemporary, then definitely give Internet Famous a read!






About the Author:

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

My Thoughts on the "Eighth" Harry Potter Book

29069989Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release Date: July 31, 2016

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London's West End on July 30, 2016.
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

I decided to check out this book because obviously there was so much hype. Here's my thoughts!

what i liked:
-I liked that it largely followed Draco's son, Scorpius, as well as Harry's son, Albus, and the friendship between the two. They were such unique characters!
-I enjoyed revisiting Hogwarts and the rest of the same characters that I remembered and loved so well.
-It was interesting seeing what would happen if a Potter was placed in Slytherin! Plus, it's my house, so I found that even more awesome.
-There was so much suspense! I kept flipping pages because I wanted to know what was going to happen!
-I loved that it was a play! It made for a different kind of reading.

what i didn't like:
-The only thing I don't like is that it's not actually part of the series! It's kind of hard to disconnect this book from the other seven. I have to keep reminding myself that Rowling's story ended already in Deathly Hallows.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Miss Crandall's School For Young Ladies & Little Misses of Color

1100491Title: Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color
Author: Marilyn Nelson, Elizabeth Alexander
Publisher: WordSong
Release Date: September 1, 2007

Two renowned poets tell the story of Prudence Crandall and her black students, who endured the cruelty of prejudice and hateful actions for the sake of their education. Miss Crandall faced legal proceedings for opening her school of African American women. But her young students knew that Miss Crandall had committed no crime. They knew that the real criminals were the rich white residents of Canterbury, Connecticut, who had poisoned the school's water and set fire to the schoolhouse. But hatred could not destroy their patience and compassion. From March of 1833 to September of 1834, when persecution forced the school to close, these African American women learned that they deserved an education. What they needed was the courage to go after it. Poets Elizabeth Alexander and Marilyn Nelson have re-created the remarkable story of Prudence Crandall's school in this ALA Notable Children's Book, using the sonnet form with innovative style. Floyd Cooper's powerful illustrations reveal the strength and vulnerability of Miss Crandall and her students.

I had to read this book for my English class and really didn't go in expecting anything. However, I really enjoyed it! I'm not usually the biggest fan of poetry, though this poetry collection really stuck with me. I mean, I did have to read it a crap ton of times for my essay!

I learned quite a lot about an important part of history and really loved the differing writing styles between the two authors. I'd definitely suggest picking this one up if you are interested!

In addition, the book is outfitted with beautiful illustrations. I loved all of them!


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Beginning of June Book Haul!

I didn't think I'd have any more books in just a matter of days to share, but I do! Here's what I ended up getting this week! I can't wait to start reading.

For Review:
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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell
Such a Good Girl by Amanda K. Morgan
Zero Repeat Forever by G.S. Prendergast

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Freefall by Joshua David Bellin
Blind Item by Kevin Dickson & Jack Ketsoyan


What books have you recently added to your bookshelf?

Monday, May 29, 2017

A Long Awaited Book Haul

I know it's been a while since I posted a book haul, but honestly it's because I haven't gotten any new books! That changed this week, however, since I went online to Netgalley. I just had to see all the new books since I haven't been in the book world for a while. I found a whole bunch of great new titles that I'm excited for!

I've also been spending a whole lot of time marathoning Skins instead of reading books. I started watching it two weeks ago and I'm already on season five. If you've never watched it, you definitely should. It's a lot darker than all those normal teenage drama shows.

Netgalley:
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The Evaporation of Simon Snow by Mary Weber
I'm Not in the Band by Amber Garza
Coming up for Air by Miranda Kenneally

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Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormshee

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Waste of Space by Gina Damico
First We Were IW by Alexandra Sirowy
Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy

Thanks so much to all the awesome publishers! What books have you gotten recently?


Friday, May 26, 2017

Cress by Marissa Meyer | Review

13206828Title: Cress
Author: Marissa Meyer
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 4, 2014

In this third book in Marissa Meyer's bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she'd ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

As soon as I finished Scarlet, I immediately picked up Cress. I just had to know what happened next!

-what i liked-
  • THORNE. I freaking loved him. I think he may be my favorite love interest out of all of them and I found his relationship with Cress to be utterly adorable. 
  • There was so much action in this book. I think that's what made the huge book fly by so fast for me!
  • All the characters were on point. I always love when books have a lot of points of view, but they have to be done a certain way for the reader to actually feel connected to all of them. Meyer introduces characters in such a way where you never feel like there's too many characters. You end up loving them all and feeling close to each and every one of them.

-what i disliked-

  • I'm going to be honest. I literally hated Cress in the beginning. She seemed so annoying and whiney to me. However, she grew on me as the book went on.
-overall-
LITERALLY LOVED IT. I can't wait until I finally start reading Winter.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Why You Must Read The Royal We

24384702Title: The Royal We
Author: Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Source: Library
Edition: Kindle (464 pages)

In their first adult novel, authors Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan take on a story of romance and rivalries inspired by today's most talked-about royal couple: Will and Kate.
"If I'm Cinderella today, I dread who they'll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next."
American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy-tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess. But it's adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall-and thus Bex who accidentally finds herself in love with the eventual heir to the British throne. Nick is everything she could have imagined, but Prince Nicholas has unimaginable baggage: grasping friends, a thorny family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a native. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex reflects on what she's sacrificed for love--and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.

 I had been on the waitlist for this book for so long at my library, and I was literally so ecstatic when I finally was off it! Needless to say, The Royal We was an amazing book and I literally want to read more books just like it.

-what i liked-
  • The entire book was about British royalty. It was a retelling of William and Kate! I mean, what's not to love about that??
  • BEX. She was such a stubborn character. Since I'm stubborn, I saw a lot of myself in her, and that made me love her as a protagonist even more. She also took no shit from anybody, which I found extremely respectable.
  • Nick was literally so dreamy. I want a Nick of my own. Please??
  • This book was told in parts over time. That made it seem like I was really growing up with these characters as they changed over time, which was a really interesting concept.
  • THE WRITING. I don't know what it was, but these two wonderful authors wrote with such poise yet had such lyrical words at the same time. I freaking loved it.

-what i didn't like-
  • Literally the only thing I didn't like was Lacey. She got on my nerves a lot, but I mean, she was supposed to!
-overall-
So if you're looking for a fun contemporary to read this summer that is waayyyy different than the classic YA contemporaries, try venturing into the world of adult literature and give The Royal We a try. It's filled with romance, family, and lifelong lessons that you'll never forget!

Monday, May 22, 2017

GUESS WHO'S BACK


Hey guys! So, I never actually took a hiatus from my blog, but I was so busy during my first year of college to the point where I didn't know where/how to fit in my blog into my daily schedule. I'm hoping that it will change next year, but seriously, college is hard work!

However, I'm hoping to get working on the blog again! I've got a whole bunch of reviews planned for the books that I did read throughout the school year, because I did read a few! I look forward to getting back into blogging!

Friday, February 24, 2017

I Wanted A Little More From Fairest

22489107Title: Fairest
Author: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #3.5
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana's story is finally told.
Mirror, mirror on the wall,Who is the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story-a story that has never been told... until now.
Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.



-what i liked-
  • I loved that this gave the reader an in-depth look into the live of Queen Levana. I actually felt bad for her at times, which I never thought would happen. Then again, everyone loves a twisted and emotional villain. 
  • The book made me understand why she is the way that she is now.
  • I liked learning about Cinder's mother. Will Cinder ever actually learn about her mother though, because her mother was absolutely horrible??
  • I liked that it was short because it was a novella. These books are literal beasts!

-what i didn't like-
  • Okay, so I have a love/hate relationship with the ending. I mean, it made perfect sense and paved the way for Winter to take place, though like I really wanted a bit more at times. I felt like there was such a huge build-up and then the story ended on such a high without really going anywhere, though I guess that was probably the point of it all. I just felt like something was missing when I finished.
  • Why was Cinder's mom so horrible??????

 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Scarlet Was An Awesome Retelling

13206760Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Series: The Lunar Chronicles #2

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison-even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to truth this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

Even though I didn't like Cinder as much the second time, I knew that I wanted to continue on with the series because the next book covered Red Riding Hood. I'm seriously so glad that I did.

what i liked
•RED RIDING HOOD RETELLING. What more can I say?
•The novel takes place in France for when the point of view is that of Scarlet. How awesome! I've been taking French for the longest time so I found that pretty awesome. Like this series is literally going all over the world and I can't wait to see where we go next in Cress.
•Wolf was so great. I really loved him. I found him to be a very interesting take on the big bad wolf from the classic story. I also really liked his romance with Scarlet. They were cute together and he was a bad boy which made it a little more interesting.
•For some reason, I thought that Scarlet would just have the point of view of her. However, it didn't. We were introduced to new characters and then we also got to read through the eyes of our good old friends, Kai and Cinder! LIKE HOW AWESOME IS THAT.
•Captain Thorne. He is legit my new love. I FREAKING LOVE HIM. He's the captain of the Rampion and he's American, though he's just so hilarious at times.

what i didn't like
•I honestly can't think of something I didn't like. THIS BOOK WAS FREAKING AMAZING. I just want to read Cress.

So, obviously this book was a five star read. The new addition of characters mixed with the awesomeness of the old characters led to an awesome book.


Friday, February 10, 2017

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater | Review

17347389Title: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Series: The Raven Cycle #2
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Edition: eBook (448 pages)

The second installment in the all-new series from the masterful, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after...

this review contains spoilers.

Even though I found The Raven Boys to be pretty slow, I decided that I'd continue on and give The Dream Thieves a try. I had heard a lot of people say that they liked this one even more, so I knew that I had to go on. Despite that, I was a little bit let down by it.

what i liked
•ALL THE RONAN. I hadn't really been the biggest fan of Ronan, though after hearing that so many people seriously loved him, I'm glad that I gave him another chance. He really grew on me in this book. He's such a complex character and he even has those super awesome powers that you find out about. 
•The whole idea of dream thievery. I thought that was so awesome, especially with the fact that Ronan found out his father was just like that. I found it super creepy that his mom was pulled from a dream though. 
•The Grey Man's story. I was a little wary about reading from a new character again, who I was really expecting to be the antagonist, but I ended up really liking him. I seriously ship him and Maura.
•Blue finally stuck up for herself against Adam. Adam really started pushing Blue to the side in this book and I'm glad that she told him that and ended things with him. Now hopefully she and Gansey can get together!! Seriously, their chemistry is unreal.
•I really liked learning more about Gansey's family. His sister was so great when she literally got a fake used car just to give to Adam. That was just the sweetest thing! I think its awesome to see how much his family cares for Adam.
•I seriously still loved the whole cast of characters. I got to read more about them and I was pretty excited.

what i didn't like
•THE BOOK WAS SLOW AGAIN. I really was hoping that it was just something with the first book, yet this one was slow too. I don't know why it's taking so long for things to happen. It's starting to get me a little frustrated. I'm hoping that book three is not as slow (yes, I'm still continuing on with the books). 
•Where the hell was Noah? He was such an awesome character from the first book, especially after you figure out that he's actually dead. I missed him so much. I mean, he was in the book a bit in the beginning in one of my favorite scenes, when he kissed Blue because he's a ghost which means he can't die again. I never really saw him that much more after that, which really upset me.
•I'm confused a bit about Ronan's mom being pulled from a dream that his father had. Doesn't that mean that Ronan is half-dream, which would make it kind of impossible for him to be alive right now? I hope that gets more explanation in the next book.

Even though I liked so much about this book, I missed Noah and really hated the fact that this book was still slow. I'm seriously hoping that things start to pick up more because there's only so much non-action that I can take. I also hope that we get more explanations in the next book, though then again there's still two books left!


Have you read The Dream Thieves? What were your thoughts?