Friday, June 22, 2018

A Subpar Gatsby Retelling

30653956Title: No One Is Coming to Save Us
Author: Stephanie Powell Watts
Publisher: Ecco
Release Date: April 4, 2017

The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary South: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American Dream.
JJ Ferguson has returned home to Pinewood, North Carolina to build his dream home and to woo his high school sweetheart, Ava. But he finds that the people he once knew and loved have changed, just as he has. Ava is now married, and wants a baby more than anything. The decline of the town's once-thriving furniture industry has made Ava's husband Henry grow distant and frustrated. Ava's mother Sylvia has put her own life on hold as she caters to and meddles with those around her. trying to fill the void left by her absent son. And Don, Sylvia's undeserving but charming husband, just won't stop hanging around.
JJ's newfound wealth forces everyone to consider what more they want and deserve from live than what they already have-and how they might go about getting it. Can they shape their lives to align with their wishes rather than their realities? Or are they resigned to the rhythms of the particular lives they lead? No One Is Coming to Save Us is a revelatory debut from an insightful voice that combines a universally resonant story with an intimate glimpse into the hearts of one family.

I had to read this book for my English class, and I fairly enjoyed it, though it was hard to get through at times.

what i liked
  • It's a Gatsby retelling! The Great Gatsby is my favorite classic, so it was awesome to read something that was loosely based off the story.
  • The characters. There were a whole lot of characters, whom I all found to be pretty interesting. I wasn't bored with any of the characters, ever.

 what i disliked
  • The book wasn't interesting. It never really held my attention. Yes, I liked the characters, but the plot itself was just so slow-moving. I felt like nothing was really happening. However, this may be because we had to read it over the course of a few weeks, which may have caused me to lose interest in the book. 
  • I was distracted by the fact that this book was a Gatsby retelling. I think that may have also made me lose interest, because the whole time I was trying to connect characters to their Gatsby counterparts. I couldn't even really see all the connections that were brought up during my class. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Little Moments of Love | Review

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Title: Little Moments of Love
Author: Catana Chetwynd
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Source: Netgalley

Soppy meets Sarah's Scribbles in this sweet collection of comics about the simple, precious, silly, everyday moments that make up a relationship.
What began as stray doodles on scraps of paper became an internet sensation when Catana Chetwynd's boyfriend shared her drawings online. Now, Catana Comics touches millions of readers with its sweet, relatable humor. Little Moments of Love collects just that-the little moments that are the best parts of being with the person you love.
I downloaded this one on a whim from Netgalley. It was available to read now, so I couldn't help myself. It was so worth it!

-what i liked-
  • The drawings! This is basically a whole bunch of little comics, and the drawings are too cute. There's even an adorable one on the cover!
  • It's so relatable to anyone who has ever been in a relationship. I began to love Catana and her boyfriend; they go through the same things that everyone else does! 
  • It's funny. There are so many cute little humorous parts throughout the comics. 

-what i disliked-
  • I wish it were longer. I wanted there to be more! I kept trying to flip the pages even though there wasn't anything else. 

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

My Summer TBR!

now hosted by that artsy reader girl!
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Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi // I've had this book since it came out and I haven't read it yet! I love this series to bits, and I've already heard nothing but good things about this continuation.

Requiem by Lauren Oliver // I started this series years ago and I finally purchased the last book in the trilogy. It's time I finish it!

Renegades by Marissa Meyer // I recently purchased this one and it sounds amazing. I love Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series, so I'm pumped to read one about super heroes.

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera // I loved Silvera's They Both Die at the End and I can't wait to read something else by him. 

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth // I still haven't read this book, mostly because it's been spoiled for me.

Winter by Marissa Meyer // I love this series, and I still haven't finished it!

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth // I've heard great things about this one, so it's about time I read it.

Violet Ends by multiple authors // I'm currently reading this one and it's very interesting so far. 

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Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas // This series has gotten less interesting to me, but I still want to finish this one.

#MurderTrending by Gretchen McNeil // I have loved McNeil's past novels and I recently got this one for review!

What top ten books are on your summer TBR?

Monday, June 18, 2018

A Novella About Adam (aka my least favorite Shatter Me character)

Fracture Me (Shatter Me, #2.5)Title: Fracture Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #2.5
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: December 17, 2013

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel Me, Fracture Me is told from Adam's perspective.
As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam's focus couldn't be further from the upcoming battle. He's reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend's life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James's safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It's time for war.
On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor-but taking down Warner, Adam's newly discovered half brother, won't be that easy. The Reestablishment can't tolerate a rebellion, and they'll do anything to crush the resistance... including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

As I'm not a huge fan of Adam, I don't have much to say about this novella. I did like that it gave me an inside look of Adam's thoughts, which did make him grow on me a bit. I think I only ever didn't like him because I hated that he was with Juliette. I just didn't see what Juliette ever saw in him, probably because I was just so team Warner the whole time. However, this short story did make me appreciate Adam as a character, and I'm excited to read more about him in the future.

Also, as always, Mafi's writing style was gorgeous. She brings all her characters to life so well. I feel like I really know Adam now.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Another June Book Haul!

I got some more books this week. I know I should be reading more at the rate that I'm getting books lately, but I can't help it! I'm home for the summer and I love books. What else can I say??

For Review:
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Breaking Up is Hard To Do... But You Could've Done Better 
Little Moments of Love 

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#fashionvictim by Amina Akhtar
The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube
Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller

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Copycat by Hannah Jayne
The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

Purchased:
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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Denton Little's Death Date by Lance Rubin

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The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
The Road Between by Courtney Peppernell

What books have you recently gotten?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Halsey Book Tag

So, I decided to partake in the Halsey book tag created by Paper Riot. I saw Halsey in concert last year, and it was literally amazing. I highly recommend seeing her live if you can. Anyways, onto the book tag!

Queen Mary from Reign // Okay, so I know that this is a TV show, but I honestly don't read many books with kings and queens which is kind of sad because I wish I did! I need to read more historical fiction, that's for sure. Anyway, Queen Mary is literally so awesome. She is always fighting for her country and herself. She's very inspiring.

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The Cave Scene from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins // Okay, so this one is kind of fake since Katniss was kind of doing it all for the cameras, but it's literally the moment that Katniss kind of started feeling a little more than friendship towards Peeta.

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Voldemort from the Harry Potter series // There's just so much depth to him. It's pretty crazy that he literally had everything in common with Harry too despite the fact that he chose evil while Harry chose greatness.

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Bellamy and Clarke from The 100 TV show // I'm not the biggest fan of the book series, but damn is this show good. I ship these two so badly, but they really need to communicate more.

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Adam & Juliette from the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi // I supported the two of them so badly when I first read Shatter Me, but after rereading it, I literally hated his guts. Plus, she definitely belongs with Warner.

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Dorian and Celaena from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas // I don't know if this really counts, but I shipped the two of them together so bad. Seriously, I'm currently reading Empire of Storms and I still want them to be together even though it seems like they won't end up together, like there is no possibility of them even being together now. Not even a glimpse. YET I STILL AM HOLDING OUT HOPE. I just want him to come back and love her.

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Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell // I read this during the school year and it really struck a chord with me. Forget Milk & Honey, you've got to read Pillow Thoughts. It's definitely my favorite poetry compilation, and I think it's highly underrated.

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer series and the new Shaw Confessions series by Michelle Hodkin // I literally just can't get enough of Mara and Noah. They are goals, and I can reread this series as many times as I want and I don't think I'd ever get sick of it. 

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart // So I know that this book received a lot of hate because a lot of people saw right through what was being hidden, but I didn't know until it was revealed.

Allyson & Willem from the Just One Day duology by Gayle Forman // I'm sorry but there's just something about these two. They go through so much and somehow STILL END UP TOGETHER. It'd be so great to have a love like theirs. 

Kady & Ezra from Illuminae // I think they're both pretty badass. Sure, I'd be a third wheel, but they're both so strong that I think I'd just be grateful to be a survivor. Plus, I think they'd be fun to be around.

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Levi and Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell // Does this even need an explanation?

Caine from the Gone series by Michael Grant // I don't know if everyone hates him, but I've had some friends read my copy of Gone and they hated Caine. I guess I just prefer the evil twin. There's just something about him!

Draco and Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling // Okay, I know that this ship has a following, so I'm not that embarrassed by it, but I will go down with this ship.

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The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer // These are fairytale retellings with a sci-fi twist. I've read them all but Winter... I just really don't want the series to end!


Blue and the Raven Boys from the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater // It's so obvious. They literally all belong together forever (Blue & Gansey especially, for obvious reasons). But they will all do absolutely anything she asks.

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Ronan from the Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater // I was going to try to not use the same book/series twice, but I just had to with this one. I love Ronan, but he can't help but be self-destructive.

What would your answers be?? Join in on the fun in the comments below!