The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) by Rick Riordan

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My Rating: ★★★★★

Date Started: 7/14/17 — Date Finished: 7/16/17

Genre: Young Adult/Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology

Recommended for People Who Like: adventure, mythological creatures, Gods, humor, series where characters evolve from confused preteens to badass teenagers

Percy Jackson Series: The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, The Last Olympian

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Hey y’all. As you know, I like to get my reviews out almost immediately after I read a book. Which is why I am coming to you with my The Lightning Thief review today, which I just finished. 9 years ago!

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Yeah so this review may be a little late. I reread this book about a year ago, while I was strolling down memory lane, and just recently reread The Titan’s Curse, which is the third book in the series.

And let me tell you, if you think I enjoyed this Middle Grade book any less than when I read it at 10-years-old, then you’d be wrong, sir.

Time for my extremely unbiased review:

This book is about Perseus Jackson, the biggest G in all of middle grade literature. This the boy your man wishes he could be. 16-years-old and he single handedly– oh, I’m 4 books ahead of myself.

Oh right, so, the plot.

Percy is your normal 12-year-old boy. He struggles academically, has a bad temper, bounces around from school to school, and, oh yeah, almost got killed by his demonic pre-algebra teacher today.

Maybe he would have been more well prepared for this event if his dunce of a mother had told him sooner that he was a demigod. Meaning, half human, half god. Meaning, his mom slept with a God. Oooo get it Sally!

Unfortunately for Percy, 12-years-old seems like the ideal age for all demons in the tristate area to come and try to kill him. The only place 100% safe from demons is Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp where other demigod kids go to live and train.

Here he meets his two unlikely friends and sidekicks: Grover the satyr who has a penchant for eating anything that strictly cannot be classified as ‘food’; and Annabeth, the demigod daughter of Athena who is stuck between wanting to beat Percy’s ass and smooch his little cheeks for the next 4 years.

Percy’s introduction to this world is cut short when, after probably 4 minutes of training, the Oracle presents a prophecy that sends Percy, Grover, and Annabeth on a dangerous mission to retrieve Zeus’s missing lightning bolt, in hopes of preventing a catastrophic war between the gods.

What do you mean, isn’t there anyone else that’s not 12-years-old that can do this? No, of course not! Don’t say such stupid things!

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Percy Jackson is just one of those series that instantly makes you yearn to be part of the world and befriend all the characters. It’s the kind of book that makes you want to call up your friend that lives on Long Island and ask her to go find Camp Half-Blood because it has to be real don’t ask questions Valerie just do it.

Within the first 100 pages, I already wanted to be at Camp Half-Blood and go on a quest with Percy, Annabeth, and Grover. I didn’t need anymore introduction to the characters, I already knew I loved them feverishly. This book is just so fun. I love mythology already as it is, and this novel actually goes into details of myths and gods and creatures in such a fascinating and whimsical way.

It’s hard to write an actual review for this book because, like,….it’s Percy Jackson. Percy Jackson. For me, this series is the same how Harry Potter is to others. I just have so much love for it and I want everyone around me to read it and enjoy it as much as me.

Also, this book is…375 pages? It feels like 100 pages. Rick Riordan writes so effortlessly the pages truly fly by. I decided to start rereading this before bed and suddenly I was half ways done! Rick Riordan is really a great author. He describes these unique, fantastical scenes in such simple clarity, accompanied with this light-hearted, humorous mood. His writing can be enjoyed by people of all ages as it is easy to read while still having a great storyline, lovable and well-developed characters, and interesting tidbits about mythology.

Although some people say this book is Young Adult, I would lean more towards Middle Grade. If Middle Grade isn’t your thing and you’re not too keen on reading 5 books, I would recommend at least just reading The Lightning Thief. It’s the iconic first of the series, and some may even argue it is the best! (However, my heart lies with The Last Olympian)

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Blogging While in School – Let’s Talk.

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Hey guys. Long time no see.

It may not seem like such a long time considering I’ve been posting consistently for the past few weeks, but in actuality many of those were scheduled to publish in advanced… which is why I have been #ghosting all the book blogs I usually love to read and interact with.

School started back up for me on the 27th. For anyone that is curious, I’m a junior in college and I’m studying animal science with a minor in zoology. I love what I learn but it is certainly no secret that the sciences aren’t the easiest of subjects…

Which brings me to this post. As soon as school started up, everything I loved to do in my free time was put on hold. It’s like my life went from 0 to 100 overnight.

Suddenly I’m doing schoolwork, running around trying to scrape together this study abroad application due in 2 weeks, writing journal entries/powerpoint slides/essays about my internship that’s all due next week, getting ready to start my new job, trying to spend time with friends to ensure them I’m a normal member of society, and boiling under the summer sun as I walk 20 minutes to and from class everyday.

And all that genuinely makes me nervous for the months to come.

Why would that make me nervous? Because that’s exactly what happened around this time last year. Looking back on Goodreads, I read 35 books last summer (June-August). But then from September to April, I read a measly 11.

11 books in 8 months?! I’m almost too embarrassed to admit that.

But while I’m at school, it seems like everything is impossible. Balancing schoolwork, a semblance of a social life, and personal hobbies is an unfeasible feat. If I bury myself in nothing but schoolwork, I feel sad and hopeless. If I hang out with friends, I feel unproductive and like I need to be alone. If I spend time reading or blogging, I feel like I’m isolating myself. No matter what I do, I always seem like I’m doing it all wrong.

But I want to change that this year. I want to find a balance that I can actually maintain, and I want to feel happy in the choices I make.

So I guess I’m writing here today to have a chat with you all. Maybe you’re in school too, or maybe you just have a full time job. How do you balance it all? Do you have a schedule for yourself? Do you admittedly slack on your hobbies when schoolwork/jobs come up? How do you deal with this? Are you also hoping to make some changes in your routine this year?

Please let me know below, I would love to talk about this with you guys!

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Top Five Bookish Maps | T5T

Hello everyone! Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly blog post run by Shanah at BionicBookWorm, where each week there’s a new topic in which we talk about 5 books that fit that category. This weeks topic is top five bookish maps. 

P.S. have you noticed that it’s not Tuesday? Yeah…I’m a day late. Apologies, classes have started back up and now I’m more confused and disorganized than ever.


I think fantasy books that contain maps are awesome. I love being able to refer to them while I’m reading, and just getting a good visual of everything that the story contains.

Unfortunately, I really haven’t read that many books with maps! I will talk about the few that I have read – aka the very popular and obvious ones!paragraph divder
1) Six of Crows // Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo 28c0e19414c13fff62842c44f9cba3f3
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Me when I saw this visual representation of exactly what Kaz and the others would have to go through to break into the Ice Court:

2) Shadow & Bone // Siege & Storm // Ruin & Rising (Grisha Triology) by Leigh Bardugo
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If you haven’t read any Leigh Bardugo books yet, you’re really missing out! Both her Grisha Triology and Six of Crows Duology take place in the same universe – the “grishaverse”. I really love how elaborate and sp00ky this world, and look forward to King of Scars next year ❤️

3) Graceling // Fire // Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore f45f79f96e43025dc7239bf9fdf043bdMap
The Graceling Realm is another series that has a universe that I really enjoy. Here, the “Known World” is divided into 7 kingdoms, each of which has different rules and regulations for dealing with those that are “graced” — humans with supernatural abilities. These lands are described very beautifully, and vary from forests with babbling brooks to snowy mountains with unreal creatures.

4) Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

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Another Kristin Cashore book, this one takes place in the Tu Reviens luxurious mansion on its very own island. I really loved being able to see the blueprints of the house, it was super helpful in tracking our characters as they traveled about — especially when weird and mysterious events were occurring….


 

And that’s it! I know, kind of lame — only 4 maps, and I used the same author twice, haha. Leave me some recommendations for more good books that contains maps!

 

 

Anticipated Book Releases | September 2018

Hello friends! Lately I’ve been reading a lot of backlisted books (which is good), but there’s been so many new books coming out that I’m dying to read. So I thought I’d share my most anticipated releases for September 🙂


 

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Young Adult – Mystery – Contemporary

“Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. 
But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meagre clues to find him.”

Mystery isn’t typically my genre of choice, but I’ve heard good things about this book and I haven’t read a good murder mystery in a while.

a1js4kq7bjl.jpgAn Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green | Goodreads
Young Adult – Fiction – Contemporary

“The Carls just appeared. Coming home from work at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.
Now April has to deal with the pressure on her relationships, her identity, and her safety that this new position brings, all while being on the front lines of the quest to find out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.”

I had no idea what this book was about until right now, I just knew I would be reading it anyways because I will support Hank Green in all of his endeavors. I know he has been working on writing his first book for a while, I’m so happy/proud that it’s finally here!

It’s interesting that this book’s main genre categorization is “contemporary” – the appearance of strange sculptures around the world made me think extraterrestrial/sci-fi? Also the, “what they want from us” – so they are sentient, then? Why isn’t this sci-fi! I guess I’ll have to wait to find out, haha.

817pmlu2cyl.jpgJosh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren | Goodreads
Romance – Contemporary – Adult

“Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?”

So turns out I have stopped disguising my desire to read romance as “but I’m also reading it for the fantasy aspect!” considering this book is nothing but romance. I am unbothered by this turn of events. This synopsis sounds wonderful, friends to lovers is almost as good as enemies to lovers.

71sbtlovkrl.jpgThe Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris | Goodreads
Historical Fiction – Holocaust – Adult – Romance

“This tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.”

Historical fiction used to be one of my favorite genres, but I have almost none at all this past year. This story in particular sounds extremely emotional and moving, and I’m really looking forward to reading it.

36952594-_uy2700_ss2700_.jpgA Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney | Goodreads
Fantasy – Young Adult – Retelling

“The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.

Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before.”

A modern day Alice in Wonderland retelling – YES. This sounds so cool.

scott-westerfeld-impostors.jpgImposters by Scott Westerfeld | Goodreads
Young Adult – Science Fiction – Dystopia

“Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . but very few people have ever seen them together. This is because Frey is Rafi’s double, raised in the shadow’s of their rich father’s fortress. While Rafi has been taught to charm, Frey has been taught to kill. Frey only exists to protect her sister. There is no other part of her life. Frey has never been out in the world on her own – until her father sends her in Rafi’s place to act as collateral for a dangerous deal. Everyone thinks she’s her sister – but Col, the son of a rival leader, is starting to get close enough to tell the difference. As the stakes grow higher and higher, Frey must decide whether she can trust him – or anyone in her life”

Wait, what year is it? A science fiction dystopian novel – I feel like we’re back in 2012. Which is probably the last time I read a dystopian novel. They’re not really my favorite. But something about this synopsis intrigues me. It makes me feel a bit nostalgic for YA back in the day.

b1ciz4rumos.jpgThe Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White | Goodreads
Historical Fiction – Young Adult – Retelling

“Elizabeth Lavenza hasn’t had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her “caregiver,” and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything–except a friend.

Victor is her escape from misery…But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth’s survival depends on managing Victor’s dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness”

So this sounds…disturbing. I’m not sure If I’m prepared for this book. Is this going to be an episode of American Horror Story?

ba7f339a8d647b014feed971b6f948981.jpgThe Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner | Goodreads
Fantasy – Magical Realism – Adult

“Captivating and boldly imaginative, with a tale of sisterhood at its heart, Rena Rossner’s debut fantasy invites you to enter a world filled with magic, folklore, and the dangers of the woods.

Raised in a small village surrounded by vast forests, Liba and Laya have lived a peaceful sheltered life – even if they’ve heard of troubling times for Jews elsewhere. When their parents travel to visit their dying grandfather, the sisters are left behind in their home in the woods.

Soon a troupe of mysterious men appear in town and Laya falls under their spell-despite their mother’s warning to be wary of strangers. And these are not the only dangers lurking in the woods…

As soon as I read this synopsis, it instantly reminded me of Wildwood Dancing, a magical fantasy novel that I absolutely loved. Magic and folklore are two of my favorite subgenres in fantasy, so I’m really looking forward to this one.


So that’s it! Are any of these books on your TBR? Or have you already read an ARC of one of these? Let me know!

Warcross (Warcross, #1) by Marie Lu | Review

ar.jpgMy Rating: ★★★☆☆

Date Started: 4/2/18 — Date Finished: 4/6/18

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance

Recommended for People Who Like: Ready Player One, futuristic worlds, virtual reality, diverse characters, Tokyo setting, video games

Warcross Series: Warcross, Wildcard

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I feel like I should just stop reading hyped books because without fail, I always end up liking them a lot less than everyone else.

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Warcross isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life. It’s a virtual reality that is used globally, offering people a place to escape from the real world. For those known as bounty hunters, it is a source of income. They track down people doing shady stuff in Warcross in exchange for monetary reward from the police.

In comes Emika Chen. She’s not like most teenagers. She has rainbow hair. Oh, and she’s a hacker. Unfortunately, she’s about to get kicked out of her apartment and the bounty hunting jig just isn’t paying the bills.

So she figures out a way to make a lot of cash quick — by hacking into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships that’s viewed by billions of people around the world. No big deal…that is until she accidentally reveals herself to the entirety of onlookers.

Instead of getting immediately towed away to jail, she gets a call from the game’s handsome creator, Hideo Tanaka, offering her a fortune to find someone responsible for breaches in Warcross’s security. To do that, she must be a spy from the inside and participate in this years Warcross Championships. No pressure or anything.

Who could possibly be trying to hack into the Warcross system? More importantly, how have they been successful so far, and what are they planning to do?

liked.jpg»This book was by no means slow. There was always something happening, and if something was set up to happen “2 weeks from now”, the next chapter would literally be 2 weeks later.

»THE ENDING WAS REDEEMABLE.
 I kind of foresaw the *type* of ending, but the way in which it happened I did not expect. There was also another twist that I was like…wait, what.

»I liked all the side characters, and wish we got to see more of them. I’m really hoping they play a more prominent role in second book. Asher, Hammie, Roshan, Ren, Tremaine… I’m very interested in some Roshan x Tremaine action 🙂

»I liked the world building  it was really cool to read how the virtual technology was integrated into their world; it’s like a video game come to life. People’s names are displayed above their heads, virtual advertisements cover store windows, some walk virtual pets or wear ostentatious clothing, etc.

»I also liked that the book is set in Tokyo — I think Tokyo is such an underutilized setting in science fiction, considering how technological advanced they are compared to the rest of the world. I just wish there was more talk of Japanese culture and how the technology specifically affected those customs.

»The diversity is great: Emika is Chinese, Hideo is Japanese,  Hammie is Latinx, Roshan is Indian, etc. Additionally, there’s several gay characters and one paralyzed character.

didnt.jpg»I really didn’t care for Hideo. He just came off as a stoic ~mysterious~ dickhead who randomly decided he was in love with Emika. Literally nothing prompted the love interest.

»At first, I just was not invested into the plot. I really didn’t get a feel for the severity of the situation. The synopsis made it sound like the world was similar to that in Ready Player One, in which the country is absolute shit: most people are poor, hungry, homeless, jobless — but I really didn’t see that in Warcross at all. Emika struggles, but that’s because she’s a teenager living on her own.

The Warcross technology just seemed an enhancement on today’s world. So, someone hacking into Warcross didn’t seem that dire. Also, we don’t even know what the hacker is planning.  What’s even at stake? Who really cares?

»The Warcross Games themselves…just weren’t very interesting. It was like reading about someone playing a Hunger Games video game. Lives weren’t at risk, y’know?

peeves.jpg»The talk of code made me cringe. Emika, pro-hacker, apparently can discern a corrupted code (that no one else can) simply by standing back, taking a look, and saying: “Hmm, that just…doesn’t look right”.

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Wow…truly amazing. Such pure, raw, talent. Hacker mastermind.

»The way Emika kind of stole the show all the time compared to these other professional Warcross players who’ve had a lot more training was just like… alright. We get it. You’re the main character…

»Marie Lu, totally appreciate you utilizing a hair color that isn’t “chestnut brown” or “midnight black”, but mention that Emika’s hair is rainbow. one. more. time.

“I threw my ~*~*RAINBOW*~*~!!!! hair into a messy bun and ran down the stairs”. Alright, we get it, you’re edgy.

Unforgivable plot hole: So much talk of her rainbow hair, but no talk of her running to the local CVS and buying 5 boxes of hair dye every 2 weeks?! Me and you both know those colors faded after one wash….

conc.jpgOverall, I found this book to be okay.

There were a lot of elements I liked, but the ones I didn’t like were too substantial for me to enjoy this book to its fullest extent. I think I will still read the next book because I want to see more from the side characters, and also want to see how the plot develops.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli | Review

up.jpgMy Rating: ★★★☆☆

Date Started: 8/13/18 — Date Finished: 8/15/18

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQA+, Romance

Recommended for People Who Like: coming-of-age, main character exploring sexuality, light-hearted books, humor, first person POV, diversity, f/f side characters

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I was really liking this book for the majority if it, but the last 50-100 pages kind of ruined it for me.

I’m just not sure what the big take away of this book is? There’s some other issues that get wrapped up neatly, but I’m talking about the large neon sign issue of the main character feeling sad and weird for not having a boyfriend.

Molly is pretty whiney and angsty throughout most of the book, which didn’t entirely annoy me. Like, I am teenager. I get it; I too am a drama queen and would like the world to revolve around me. I related to her. But what I did not like was that she goes from Princess Curmudgeon to Queen Elizabeth because she meets a boy.

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I know this book is probably not trying to say validation from men = happiness, but it just came off that way to me. Molly literally goes from wanting to throw things at her friend’s face to everything being sunflowers and rainbows because boy.

I just don’t think life lessons were learned in this book? Did Molly learn she doesn’t need a boyfriend to be happy? No, in fact she says, “I can’t believe I went so many years without kissing, I never want to stop kissing”!  I know this is a typical reaction from someone exploring their sexuality for the first time, but I just don’t know what the moral of the story is other than “don’t stress about your first kiss/bf/gf, it’ll happen when it’s the right time”.

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A big element to this story is the diversity. Which is great and I really appreciate it. Molly has two moms (one gay, one bisexual), her twin sister Cassie is a lesbian, one of her moms and her brother is black, and Molly is overweight.

Molly is very self conscious about her body, and says things like, “I can’t even imagine having sex because I would never look good naked, and no boy would ever look at me the way male actors look at these flat-stomached actresses”, etc etc. But then she gets this boy, right, and that’s the one time she calls herself beautiful.

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Again, don’t want to say this book is trying to say validation from men = happiness, but like…….. Why couldn’t she feel beautiful without a boyfriend, bro.

In addition to the overarching plot of Molly stressing over never kissing a boy, there’s this subplot of Molly and her sister Cassie’s relationship. Molly is worried that as they get older and they move on with their lives, they’ll drift apart and become less and less close. There’s a lot of lack of communication between them and a lot of being mad at each other.

This was a bit of anticlimactic plot point, honestly. This drifting apart fear mostly stemmed from Molly being lowkey jealous that Cassie has a girlfriend while Molly has no one. But then she get’s her own boy, and she’s like, wow let’s bury this hatchet.

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Despite this book annoying me a lot, I did still like it.

I think a lot of Molly’s thoughts were relatable: her anxiety, awkwardness is unfamiliar situations, her self-doubt, her nervousness but excitement over the thought of kissing a boy for the first time, her feeling of “I’m the last person alone on the planet”.

Just as I said about Simon vs. The Homo Sapien’s Agenda, I think this book is great for people in or entering high school – it’s a good coming-of-age story that could perhaps help readers navigate their own struggles pertaining to relationships and sex.

It’s a good read for young teens who worry about not having had their first kiss yet or not having a bf/gf — this book shows you that’s okay, relax, there’s no need to rush, and it’ll happen when its bound to happen.

Additionally, as I said before, the diversity is really great in this book. I think it’s super important for young teens to be able to read books with characters they can relate to; not even necessarily emotionally, but physically, racially, and sexually too. The default demographic of white and straight has reigned over YA long enough, and I’m happy to see more variety nowadays.

I also think this book is really easy to read; the narration is similar to how I would talk to a friend. I think Becky Albertalli writes teenage characters well, and amidst all this angst and despair she adds this air of humor that reminds the reader to relax and not take life so seriously.

So, I did like this book. I thought it was a fun, relatable, light-hearted, humorous read. My biggest gripe is that the plot and the overall messaging is a bit lacking, and is teetering much too close to boy = happy, in my opinion.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender By Leslye Walton | Review

strange.jpgMy Rating: ★★★★☆

Date Started: 6/13/18 — Date Finished: 6/13/18

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Romance, Stand Alone

Recommended for People Who Like: lyrical prose, magical realism, love, heartbreak

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This book was such a journey.

I traveled three generations of women over the course of 300 pages, and it genuinely feels like so much time has passed since I started this book.

I will say that is book is hard to read at times. It centers around love, and that means all the good and bad that comes with it.

I teared up a few times while reading this book and had to take breaks to think to myself, “How have people read this book to completion?”

But I stuck it out, and I am so glad that I did. The last 150-200 pages was an extremely emotional experience to the point that I could not put this book down even if I tried.

What I love about these types of books is how much you learn to know the characters. I have watched every single character grow from infancy to adulthood. I have learned their passions, seen them love, watch them cry. Every character has been through so much, and I felt like I was there with them, rooting for them the entire way.

Another aspect of this book is its magical realism. This element confused me a bit. It is hard to write in lyrical prose while also writing magical realism and having the audience be able to differentiate the two. There were times I couldn’t tell if something was a metaphor or reality.

I, however, haven’t read many magical realism books, so that may be why those factors felt a bit confusing to me.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters were deeply complex and flawed, the story was completely immersive, and every chapter brought with it an intensely emotional experience.


 

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts?

Book Quote Friday | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Helloo everyone!

This is my weekly blog post where I share my favorite quote(s) from the book I’m currently reading. Feel free to join in too! 🙂


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So I just finished Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix yesterday and….I’m very emotional. It was so, so good. The ending was incredible. These books keep exceeding my expectations. But I’m also really sad, and I felt weird all day yesterday and I think it was because I was still glum from this book 😕 It’s just like, we’re about to enter some really dark times in this series, and I’m scared!

I tried to dive into The Half Blood Prince immediately afterwards, but unfortunately I had to stop to help my friend move 😅

As usual, most of these quotes are ones that made me laugh; for some reason I suck at annotating the really inspirational quotes (aka literally anything Dumbledore has ever said).

PSA: may contain spoilers for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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op 1LOL, I love how that sentence was so incredibly outlandish that Harry couldn’t help but to interrupt Hermione

op 2Hahahaha

op 3I will never get tired of Lee Jordan commentating Quidditch matches

op 4Lol, Hermione trying to explain how girls work to Ron and Harry

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Anytime McGonagall was rude to Umbridge it made my fucking day

op 6I LOVE when Harry insults Malfoy back; this one in particular made me laugh out loud

op 7If you know what this quote is referring to, you’d know HOW ABSOLUTELY CORRECT IT IS. DUMBLEDORE IS A LEGEND.

op 8YES PROFESSOR MCGONAGALL YOU TELL THAT NASTY TOAD

op 9I just love that neither Ron or his parents have been able to learn what a telephone is called within these past 5 books, HAHA


Let me know some of your favorite quotes, either from the book you’re currently reading or HP! 🙂

WWW Wednesday | August 22nd, 2018

Hellooo everyone 🙂

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words!

To participate, just answer the three Ws:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


read this week
313a1df439af88bb36aab6152f2bff31The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3) by Rick Riordan
Page Count: 320 |Goodreads
Rating: ★★★★
RTC

Pages Read: 162

As I mentioned last week, I’m slowly rereading the Percy Jackson series. I finished up Titan’s Curse this week and I enjoyed it. Not sure if I will be moving on to the last two books anytime soon; I have a lot of other things I want to read right now and I’m not ~super~ in the mood for Middle Grade.

9780141356112The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Page Count: 336 | Goodreads
Rating: ★★★☆☆ RTC

Pages Read: 186

This is now my second book I’ve read by Becky Albertalli; I definitely enjoyed Simon vs. The Homo Sapien’s Agenda more. This one was funny and relatable, but the overall message or moral-of-the-story seemed kind of…superficial? I’ll talk about this more in my review later this week, but I just didn’t really grasp what the main character learned from all of this. It’s a lot of angst angst despair worry jealousy omg a boy now everything is great.

currently reading
2246a1bb432c454b3fd4aa2f9bfe800aHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by JK Rowling
Page Count: 870 | Goodreads
Pages Read: 700

Nobody talk to me, I’m having a moment with this book. I just don’t know what more to say at this point. I can’t believe it has taking me this many years to read these books. Finishing this series is going to destroy me. I may be in a book slump until Christmas.

Current thoughts on where I am in the book:
»Umbridge is literally the worst person I have ever met in life
»Fred and George are ICONIC
»Dumbledore is a L E G E N D
»
I’m feeling…sympathy for Snape? What is this feeling?

1111111111111111colscoverhiresCity of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by Cassandra Clare
Page Count: 534 | Goodreads
Pages Read: 186

As some of you may know, I’m currently rereading the first 5 books of The Mortal Instruments series since I’ve never read the last book, City of Heavenly Fire. I actually don’t remember a thing from this book, so it’s basically like I’m reading it for the first time/

Current thoughts on where I am in the book:
»Can Jace just go back to normal NOW; this Jace is so LAME
»That’s it

to be read

history-is-all-you-left-me.jpgHistory is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Page Count: 320 | Goodreads

“When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes…To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life”

Yes, you read that right. The time has come. I can’t wait any longer. I know my heart is about to be torn in two, I know I am about to weep uncontrollably, but I need to ingest this book. If it’s even half as good as They Both Die at The End, I will be ecstatic.

9780545930826_mres.jpgAll The Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater
Page Count: 320 | Goodreads

“Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.
At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future….They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect”

It’s been FAR too long since I’ve had Maggie Stiefvater’s writing in my life, so it’s about time I read this one. The Raven Cycle is one of my favorite series of all times, so I have high hopes. I’m excited because this is another ~paranormal~ book of hers, but a bit hesitant because it’s also categorized under magical realism, which isn’t typically my favorite.


So that’s it! Hope you enjoyed my WWWs! What are yours?