Friday, March 17, 2017

Fangirl Review

Fangirl

Date published: September 10, 2013

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Number Pages: 445

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

First Thoughts:

While reading the premise of this story I was a little turned on by the fact it was going to be a book about finding your inner adult; a shedding of one's childhood. But in fact this book was nothing like that. The main character Cath never grew up and she continued to annoy me throughout the whole book. I know, I know, it's good to have some agitation in the book but this was just too much! It started out good but I quickly lost interest. 

Goodreads Summary:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan...

But for Cath, being a fan is her life--and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go. She doesn't want to.

Now that they're going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn't want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She's got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is hte end of civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words....And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Plot:

This was a story of trying to find a center with one's self. Cath was trying to figure out where she belonged and how to overcome of the obstacle of navigating a new chapter in her life all by herself. There were parts where Cath's writing was included (her fan-fiction writing). That was a huge turn-off for me. It distracted me from the main story-line. I didn't enjoy reading the fan-fiction at all, it didn't seem to fit into the story-line well at all, like I mentioned above. And the fan-fiction in-between the chapters were annoying too. They didn't seem to have much of a purpose. The ending left me more agitated than anything. The ending was rushed and didn't even answer all the questions from the story-line! Like whatever happened to her fiction piece she wrote?! And in the fan-fiction part whatever became of Baz? Did she ever kill him off? I know, the author wrote a whole book based on the fan-fiction but I will never read it. So if any of you know what becomes of him, please let me know! Lol.  

Romance:

The romance was predictable and ordinary. Though I did enjoy Levi, he was definitely a sweet guy and treated Cath well. But Levi also took some major detours to their true relationship. So, really he did some wrong in the beginning but once he realized the true potential to their relationship he took it to the next level.The other romance in the story was minimum. Wren had a relationship with a guy but we didn't get to see much insight into it. Though we do know from what little we did read he was good for her.

Characters:

I didn't really like Cath. She was a hard character to connect with. She was okay in the beginning but then she really started this self-pity parade and from then on it was hard to really like her. Levi was my favorite character in the story. He was full of personality. The author really did a great job creating a character with a unique personality and one that left the reader really liking him. He was definitely easy to connect with. Wren just kept making bad choices but even Wren was a more likable character than Cath. And really, shouldn't the main character be the one you're rooting for? The dad in the book was a secondary character but he had his own problems going for him. He acted Manic and out of sorts after the twins, Cath and Wren went to college. But from what I've read he was manic also before they left to college. He almost had the symptoms of bi-polar but not sure if he was actually diagnosed with it. The twins (Cath and Wren) mom was really messed up. We didn't see much of her but really the only time we did made me see she was a unlikable character and needed to stay in the background. Anyways, the characters each had their own qualities, some good, some bad. But my main point is that I did NOT enjoy Cath's character.

Transformation of Character:

Cath really didn't change all that much. She changed a little in the end but not enough to warrant a cheer. The one character that did have a mention-able transformation is Wren. She went from this irresponsible character to someone worth rooting for. She was really the main character that made the most transformation in the book. And again, is a secondary character supposed to be the one that makes the most transformation in the book?

Description:

The description was one part of the book that I did enjoy. I liked how she described the college campus and the feelings between the characters. The way she described the frustrations and pain of the loss of her sister's presence was on point. For a lot of the book Cath spends a lot of her time alone, her sister finding her own freedom for once. So the author had to describe how Cath was feeling; how she was adjusting to a new life without the constant presence of her twin Wren. And the description of the campus was really unique and refreshing. I liked that this college was so big that it had it's own eco-system that created a surreal feeling. Like where Levi took all his classes, it had it's own ice-cream shop and museum. Crazy huh? Anyways I really enjoyed the description in this book.

Style:

This was written in first person and only had one POV (point of view). Like I mentioned above I didn't like how the author included Cath's fan-fiction writing into the story but I could see in a way why the author thought it would add to the story. The writing itself was good, it wasn't hard to read but it was a book easily put down (not good). But really the writing was good, especially the description and this was one part of the book that I enjoyed. 

Quote of the book:

"Levi's kisses were all taking. Like he was drawing something out of her with soft little jabs of his chin."

Last Thoughts:

I didn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. The romance was a little too predictable, the fan-fiction a little too much. But I'll leave it up to you if you want to give it a try. Maybe it's all me, maybe I read a little too much in-between the lines. But this book was not one of the books I liked reading. Now based on the author's writing itself I might be willing to give another one of her books a try, just not Carry On (The one about Cath's fan-fiction). I hope you take much out of this review and if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below and I'll answer you back! Or leave a comment about what you thought of this review, I always enjoy them!

My Rating:

2, barely there! (2 Stars!)

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Sad Perfect Review



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Date Published: February 28, 2017

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Number of Pages: 320

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

First thoughts:

There were so much feels in this book. I know from reading others reviews that this book can be dangerous to those with an eating disorder but in my opinion this is a story of hope. This book really allows those who suffer from an eating disorder to see that it's possible to overcome your problem. That with the right support system and an inner will you CAN overcome it. Warning! There are some serious topics discussed in this book and not intended for young and vulnerable readers.

Goodreads Summary:

The story of a teen girl's struggle with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder and how love helps her on the road to recovery. 

Sixteen-year-old Pea looks normal, but she has a secret: she has Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). It is like having a monster inside of her, one that only dictates what she can eat, but also causes anxiety, depression, and thoughts that she doesn't want to have. When she falls crazy-mad in love with Ben, she hides her disorder from him, pretending that she's fine. At first, everything really does feel like it's getting better with him around, so she stops taking her anxiety and depression medication. And that's when the monster really takes over her life. Just as everything seems lost and hopeless, Pea finds in her family, and in Ben, the support and strength she needs to learn that her eating disorder doesn't have control of her. 

Plot: 

This was a story of love and self discovery of one's own self-will. Serious topics such as cutting and depression were discussed in this book and made the book more relate-able. I thought the progression of the book was smooth and fast. It was a serious book but it was so full-filling and heart-warming that it didn't seem too serious.

Romance:

The romance was cute yet a little unbelievable. They immediately fell in love and it would be referred as insta-love. Now I'm not usually the kind of person who likes insta-love but in this case it gave the main character the extra push she needed to heal. I liked Ben and Pea, they honestly were adorable together. I just think it wasn't believable. In today's society this kind of love is hard to find and maybe it's possible but I haven't seen it myself. But like I said I liked it in this book and I think Pea needed him to be able to fully discover herself.

Characters:

I really enjoyed most of the characters in this book. Pea was a young girl who was confused and conflicted about her life. She really didn't have any experience when it came to herself and how to handle depression and anxiety. She knew what kinds of foods she could eat but at first didn't want to explore what others she could include in her small choice of foods. Ben was a typical character. He was the boy next door kind of guy (he didn't really live next door). But he was sweet and cool at times. He may not have known what to do at all times but he did his best to lend his support to Pea. The other characters were okay but nothing to write home about. One of Pea's doctors was a real piece of work though. The one she met in the hospital. I hated her immediately, she was a real jerk and didn't deserve to be in the line of work she was in. Other than that I really enjoyed the two main characters. 

The Transformation of the character:

Pea is really the only character who transformed in this book, maybe her parents and brother but they weren't the key factor to this book. But Pea who once knew nothing of herself transformed into someone who was worth reading about. She really put in some hard work and you could see the caterpillar turn into the butterfly and fly away. 

Description:

The description in the book was really superb. The description of feelings and what was going on was really intense and beautiful. I really felt like I could feel what the character was feeling and understand exactly what it's like to be someone who is diagnosed with ARFID. The dialogue was pretty good, nothing too fancy but enough to get the point across and let the audience know exactly what it going on. I really enjoyed the description of the characters and what was going through their heads. Their inner-dialogue really opened up the book and allowed us to know what was going on and a sense of fore-shadowing.  

Style:

This book was written in second person. I will admit that it took me a little bit to get used to it because most of the books I read are written in first person. After awhile though it became easier and by the end of the book you could understand the need for second person. It was a bold and brilliant move to write in second person. I liked the author's writing itself. It was smooth as silk and easy to read. I actually enjoyed this author's writing style.

Quote of the book:

"It started the night Ben left your house. And every day it gets worse. The strange thing, the craziest thing about it, is you watch in amazement and can't believe you can't feel it. You can't feel any of it. That's not exactly true. You do feel something. You feel calm."

Last Thoughts:

I really enjoyed reading this book and hope you take the time to give it a chance too. Though this book might not be for everybody it is for some people. I personally felt a connection with this book and it'll be awhile before it's beauty fades from my mind. I will definitely be looking forward to any other books this author writes. 

Ratings: 

5 Fully bloomed! A.k.a. 5 stars!



   

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Books from Publishers...

Here’s some new books I received from publishers! So excited to read them.



The trees are laden with fruit and the water in the lagoon is as clear as crystal. Wren's world is a utopia. If only she could stop the strange visions she's started having: flashes of another world, where there are people she doesn't know, couldn't possibly know, but who somehow feel familiar. What does Blaze, the most beautiful and mysterious of creations, know about what's going on in Wren's head? When she uncovers the lies that are propping up everything she has ever believed in, Wren must choose: remain in blissful ignorance or face the ugly truth?


After dying of cancer at seventeen and being brought back to life by an evil witch who turned her into a monster, Samantha Thompson thinks she's finally gotten past all the tragedy in her life. Now she's part of a coven of good witches who are helping her and her boyfriend, Ethan Anderson, learn to use the powers they received from other witches. Aside from the fact that Sam and Ethan are still in hiding from their old lives--the ones they had before Sam was brought back to life--things couldn't be better. Sam and Ethan are inseparable. What could go wrong?

Magic.

Ethan's magic came from a witch who'd turned as evil as possible, and though his coven thought he'd be fine, the more he uses his magic, the stranger he starts acting. The magic inside him is changing who he is. One minute he's Sam's sweet, perfect Ethan and the next, he's a complete stranger. Even with all her witchy power, Sam is helpless against the magic corrupting Ethan. Can Sam find out what's wrong with him before she loses him to dark magic forever?


Lorrie Hollander used to be a rich girl, but now she's lost everything because of the secrets and lies of the people around her. It's been 12 years since Lorrie's mother skipped town and left Lorrie in the care of her unstable aunt Gigi. Together they live in a neglected, decrepit mansion called Edgewater, the eyesore in a town of extraordinary wealth and privilege.

When Charlie, the son of an esteemed senator, takes an interest in Lorrie, her shame for her family and lifestyle runs deep. But what she doesn't know is that Charlie's family is hiding something, too, and that their secrets are inextricably tied. Now Lorrie must confront the truth about her family—and everything she ever thought she knew about herself.


Have any of you heard of these books before? They all sound intriguing just don’t know which one to start after The Remedy….Any suggestions? Please?! LoL. Hope you all enjoy your day and as always thank you for stopping by.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Alive by Scott Sigler Review


Date to be Published: July 14, 2015

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Number of Pages: 368

Publisher: Del Rey

First Thoughts:

This book has changed me in so many ways, there really is no way to express how this book affected me. I can’t really tell if the way it affected me was good or bad. It definitely creeped me out from the very beginning. Freaked me out too. This book reminded me of “Lord of the Flies”, from the characters to the very situation they’re in. Overall this book was unique and interesting, not my favorite book but I’ve read far worse books.

Goodreads Summary:

From New York Times bestselling author Scott Sigler comes something utterly new: a gripping sci-fi adventure trilogy in the vein of The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The Maze Runner. A group of young adults awake in a mysterious enclosed space with no knowledge of who they are or how they got there…and an indomitable young woman must lead them not only to answers but to survival.

A young woman awakes trapped in an enclosed space. She has no idea who she is or how she got there. With only her instincts to guide her, she escapes her own confinement—and finds she’s not alone. She frees the others in the room and leads them into a corridor filled with the remains of a war long past. The farther these survivors travel, the worse are the horrors they confront. And as they slowly come to understand what this prison is, they realize that the worst and strangest possibilities they could have imagined don’t even come close to the truth.

Plot:

There isn’t much I can talk about when it comes to the plot because at the end of the book the author asked the reader to not reveal any of the surprises that came up throughout the book. But I can tell you one thing, it is full of ups and downs and in-betweens. When you think you know what’s going to happen the next moment the game changes.

Romance:

There really wasn’t any romance in this book, it was all about survival and trying to make sense of everything, There were hints of romance but nothing concrete or get excited about.

Characters:

Hmmm….they were definitely unique and full of life. They weren’t flat characters, you could actually connect with them. Though Em or also known as Savage was a little hard to connect with. The way she thought and acted just wasn’t how I would have liked her to act. Bishop was pretty cool I think he was my favorite character even if he so acted like a 12 year old boy, lol. As for the rest of the secondary characters they did their part and were either likeable or not likeable.

Transformation of Character:

Em changed a lot throughout this book but you would too if you went through all the horrors and events she went through. Did she become a better person? Yes and no, she became a different person but whether she became someone admirable or likeable is up for discussion.

Description:

There was a lot of deep and analyzing description in this book. I think at times the author got too detailed. It really got me to shudder in the dark. The way the author described the dark and the things that hid in the dark was almost too much. She was heavy on using action words to help better describe the situation which made it that much more creepy and horror like. The dialogue was good in the story, seemed to flow with each character. There was some inner dialogue but it helped the reader better understand Em’s thoughts.

Style:

This was written in first person and in one POV. I think it went good with this book because we were able to really understand what was happening in the mind of Em. This being written in only one point of view was good because we were able to focus on one thing at a time. This was a complicated and diverse world. The writing itself was easy and fun to read. The author definitely has a way with words.

Quote of the book:

“ If you run, your enemy will hunt you. Kill your enemy, and you are forever free.”

Last Thoughts:

What I really want to know is, will there be another book? It doesn’t say it was book one of a series but the ending left you hanging. There were still a lot of unanswered questions. There better be a second book, looks like I need to do some research. Anyways even though this book had a few flaws, it was a good read. Creepy and morbid yes but good in its own right. Will I reread it again probably unlikely, But would definitely read the next book just to have some of my questions answered.


My Rating:


Monday, May 4, 2015

New books I got

Here’s the two new books I got and I’m quite excited!

In a world before The Program…

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone.

Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached.

Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

What I think:

I am so excited to read this book. I loved “The Program” and “The Treatment”. Suzanne Young has beautiful writing and I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since I finished her last book.



After being on the run, Ariane Tucker finds herself back where she started—under the cruel control of Dr. Jacobs, head of the research facility that created her. Now she must participate in the upcoming trials; a deadly competition pitting her against other alien hybrids, each representing a rival corporation.

But Ariane is no one’s weapon. She is prepared to die if it means taking down those involved in Project Paper Doll. They destroyed all that she holds dear, including Zane Bradshaw, the one person she trusted and cared for the most—the person she was forced to leave behind, bleeding and alone.

As her plan takes shape Ariane will need to depend on, now more than ever, the other side of her heritage—the cold, calculated instincts born from her alien DNA. With Zane gone she has nothing left to lose.

With heart-pounding action, and plenty of surprises, the gripping conclusion to Stacey Kade's Project Paper Doll series delivers a powerful finish that will keep fans hooked to the very end.

What I think:

Looking forward to this book because I thought the first two books in the series were unique and fun to read.


So those are the two books I got. What do you guys think? Are you wanting to read them too? Have you even heard of them? Thanks for reading would love to hear from you.

-Lacey

Friday, May 1, 2015

Unchanged Review


Date Published: February 24, 2015

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Number of pages: 420

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers

First Thoughts:

The ending to this book really pissed me off and I don’t say that lightly. This whole series was about finding yourself, accepting others as they are and finding love and in the end it destroys that. I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to ruin the series or book for you but just know the ending wasn’t what I wanted.

Goodreads Summary:

So many secrets are buried within these compound walls.

I used to be one of those secrets.

After returning to the Diotech compound and undergoing an experimental new memory alteration, Seraphina is now a loyal, obedient servant to Dr. Alixter and the powerful company that created her. Happy and in love with Kaelen, another scientifically-enhanced human designed to be her perfect match, Sera’s history with a boy named Zen is just a distant memory from a rebellious past she longs to forget.

But as Sera and Kaelen embark on a nationwide tour to promote Diotech’s new product line—a collection of controversial genetic modifications available to the public—Sera’s mind starts to rebel. She can’t stop the memories of Zen from creeping back in.

As more secrets are revealed, more enemies are uncovered, and the reality of a Diotech-controlled world grows closer every day, Sera will have to choose where her true loyalties lie, but it’s a choice that may cost her everything she’s ever loved.

Plot:

This was a story about self-discovery. Sera has to learn about who she is and make hard-core decisions on who she wants to be. There was a lot of new characters introduced that thickened the plot. New technology was introduced and soon we were right alongside Kaelen and Sera, learning what they were created for and learning exactly what they’re capable of. Overall the plot kept the story flowing pretty quickly and gave the audience a fast read.

Romance:

There were two romances that struck me out in this book. The one between Sera and Kaelen and the one between Sera and Zen. They were both interesting to read about, they each had their own flare. I’m not going to tell you which one she ends up with because frankly I’m still confused on who she chose but I do have an idea on what the author meant for the audience to see.

Characters:

I really enjoyed the characters in this book; it was one part of the book that I did enjoy. I especially enjoyed Kaelen. I know as the reader were not supposed to be rooting for him but I really enjoyed his character and how sweet he could be. Though he was almost robotic at times. Sera was okay, she was a little indecisive but a likeable character. Zen was a bit standoffish and I really couldn’t connect with him in this book like I was able to in the previous two books. Which was odd and unlike the author to make me feel that way.

Transformation of the Character:

Sera did a lot of transforming in this book, one minute she’s this obedient girt and the next thing we know she’s rebelling in small ways. As for her transforming in the right way I can’t tell you but I can tell you she transforms into this beautiful young woman by the end.

Description:

The description in this book was that of self-dialogue. There was regular dialogue too but most of the book consisted of self-dialogue where Sera reflex on her current situation. As for the description to explain the landscape there really wasn’t a lot of that in the book. There was a moment where they explained an event on the compound that had good description but I can’t remember any other scenes that was really descriptive but there could have been.

Style:

This was written in first person and in one POV. I think being written in first person was a good choice but being written in only Sera’s POV wasn’t. I would have loved to get other point of views in the story. Like Zen’s for example he was such a mystery in this book…I wish I got his side of the story then maybe I could have grasped the ending better. As for the author’s writing it was just as good as in the other two books. It was captivating and well executed.

Quote of the Book:

“His determination makes me smile. He always was the stronger one.”

Last Thoughts:


Though I may have been harsh in my review, I did enjoy reading the book up till the end. There it all went down the drain. I wasn’t happy with the way the author left the world hanging. But overall I would only recommend reading this book if you've already read the previous books. Because let’s face it you have to know how the story ends! 

My Rating:


Friday, April 24, 2015

Shadow Study Review


Date Published: February 24, 2015

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Number of Pages: 384

Publisher: Mira aka Harlequin

First Thoughts:

This is by far one of my favorite series, so when it came time to read this book, I was beyond excited. This book held so much mystery and adventure that I found myself absorbed into the world again. I thought I would have trouble reconnecting with the characters again because it’s been so long since I’ve read the previous books but I was thrown immediately back into the heads of my beloved characters. I was just as much invested in their health as the characters themselves. So yes this book was definitely one of my favorite of the year so far.

Goodreads Summary:

Once, only her own life hung in the balance…

When Yelena was a poison taster, her life was simpler. She survived to become a vital part of the balance of power between rival countries Ixia and Sitia.

Now she uses her magic to keep the peace in both lands—and protect her relationship with Valek.

Suddenly, though, dissent is rising. And Valek’s job—and his life—are in danger.

As Yelena tries to uncover her enemies, she faces a new challenge: her magic is blocked. 

And now she must find a way to keep not only herself but all that she holds dear alive.

Plot:

This was a story about not only Yelena but her friends too, Ari and Janco. It was definitely an adventure for everyone and Yelena gets attacked in the beginning of the book and she somehow loses her magic which makes her that much more vulnerable. For the rest of the book she’s looking for the assassin and a way to unblock or bring back her magic. But on Janco’s side he’s trying to bust the people on the black market, of course, with the help of a wannabe assassin and Ari. Then there’s Valek always up to no good if you know what I mean! So overall the plot had plenty of surprises and was filled with good times.

Romance:

The obvious romance in this book is Yelena and Valek. Their romance was just as cute and amazing as it has always been. They had their separation in the book while they all did what they had to do for their careers. But even apart you could see the love between the two. As for secondary romance I might have seen a possible budding of romance but I’m not quite sure only time will tell.

Characters:

I loved all the characters in this book even the villains. Ari, Janco, Yelena, Valek, Onora and so on are some of the characters that I found amusing. My point is that the characters were easy to connect with and lovable.

Transformation of Character:

Yelena obviously did a lot of transforming in this book. She is portrayed as weak in the beginning of this book but slowly and I do mean slowly she starts to build up her other strengths and she isn’t so weak anymore.

Description:

I loved the description in this book. The description of feelings and landscape was amazing. I could actually feel the emotions going on in-between the characters. And the description of the scenery was well thought out and beautiful to see. I could picture all these different places these characters were traveling to. And most of all the description included the senses….really opened up a whole new world really.

Style:

This was written in first person and in several POV’s. The main POV’s written in was Yelena, Valek, Janco. The author’s writing style hasn’t changed since the other books which was another thing I was worried about. But I was just as emersed in this book as I was in the others. Definitely a type of writing that will have you hooked.

Quote of the book:

“He leaned forward and pressed his lips to mine. Before I could deepen the kiss he pulled back.

“No more until you’re better.”

“Meanie.””

Last Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book and loved revisiting all my old characters and the places they resided. I also enjoyed getting to learn more about Valek’s past and how he came to be who he is now and where he is now. The ending left off with a mild cliffhanger but it still had me in shock for a while. Anyways this was an awesome book and I would totally recommend this to an young adult reader or romance reader for that matter! 

My Rating: