Book Review | Dorothy Must Die

“I didn’t know what was worse: to have your shot and screw it up, or to never have had a shot in the first place.”

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)

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I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.


This book was extremely weird… It was good and it took awhile for me to read it but I still enjoyed it for the most part. I really like that it does not focus heavily on romance. That was pretty refreshing for a YA book. A lot of things felt super predicable so I wasn’t surprised by anything.

I didn’t feel like there was a whole lot of character development. That was one thing I felt was lacking in the story. Amy was a pretty likeable character. She felt real but she also felt kind of bland. I’m not sure if that even makes remotely any sense.

I like the idea behind the book. I like that it’s kind of like a sequel to the Wizard of Oz. I think it was a very unique idea. I wish somethings would have been executed differently. The middle of the book felt kind of pointless. It just felt like something was missing. The beginning and end were SUPER fun though!

Final Verdict:

I’M ALIVE

Hello!

I feel like all my posts these past several months has just been me apologizing for neglecting my blog. Again. I fell into a tremendous reading slump after October. I also got into a blogging slump after blogtober. I’m never doing that again! These last few months have been crazy hectic.

I’M ENGAGEEEED!!! My fiancé proposed on a carriage ride while we rode around to see the Christmas lights on 12.20.20 ❤ It was so magical. So I’ve been busy wedding planning! We finally have a date for 10.15.22 😀

On top of wedding planning, I’M IN MY LAST SEMESTER OF COLLEGE! I just started my internship in January. That has been taking up a lot of my time. I’ve been reading very slowly. I’ve been reading Dorothy Mus Die for the past 2 or so months! I’m almost done though 😀

I’m sorry I’ve been away. I hope you guys still like me ❤ I’m hoping to come around more once I find a way to properly use time management. I miss you all so much. I’m trying to study for the national RHIA exam too. It’s been a lot. 😦

I hope all of you lovelies are having a grand time! I hope life is treating you well.

Much love,

Amber

October Wrap-Up

Hello friends,

I had a terrible time doing Blogtober. I got busy and got behind schedule and lost all motivation to do it. I also felt like I was really annoying posting every single day. Even though I wasn’t able to continue blogtober, I did end up reading a ton of books. I read 12.8 books. Twelve point eight. I don’t remember the last time I read so many in a single freaking month! To be fair…I dnfed one and 3 of them were graphic novels and super easier to read; however, lets get on with what I read in the month of October!


Statistics:
Audiobooks: 6
Physical Copies: 9
Graphic Novels: 3
Middle Grade: 3
Young Adult: 5
Adult: 1
DNF’d: 1
Started: 1
ARC: 1
Total Books: 12.8
Total Pages: 3,855
Average Rating: 4/5 stars

The Books:

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton \\ I read this as an ARC. I really enjoyed the mystery of the whole thing. It was pretty predictable but overall, I really loved the writing style. I gave this a 4/5 star on goodreads. Read my review here

Crazy House by James Patterson \\ This was pretty good. It was pretty hard to read because somethings were really intense. I can’t see myself continuing with the series though. The ending just seemed really.. dumb. I did read the physical copy and listen to the audiobook. 4/5

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson \\ Wow. I absolutely loved this. I was blown away. Jemma, the MC, had such a lovely voice. I cannot even imagine being in her situation. 5/5

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert \\ I think this was my most let down book for all time. I had such high hopes. The first half was really good but the last half way horrendous. I don’t understand what even happened. I did the physical copy and listen to the audiobook. 2/5

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman \\ This graphic novel was SOOOOOOOO CUTEEEE. The ending left a huge cliffhanger but only vol. 1 is published in the US as far as I know. I’m so sad. I just wish the illustrations had more color. 4/5

Super Max and the Mystery of Thornwood’s Revenge by Susan Vaught \\ This was not at all what I was expecting. I thought it was going be about ghosts and such. Instead it was about a mystery. It was disappointing. 3/5

Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples \\ Yikes. I wasn’t expecting some of the scenes in this story. They were pretty sexually graphic so beware if you want to read this. It was pretty silly. Overall, it was a pretty fun and quick read.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas \\ This was a reread for me. I turned on the audiobook just so I had something to listen to. I ended up getting wrapped up in the story and falling in love with the world all over again. 5/5

Scythe by Neal Shusterman \\ Holy, WOW. I read this with a friend. I put off reading my other books just so I could finish this. It was amazing. It made me feel things. I felt anxious and sad but happy too. I highly recommend this. I’m mad it took me so long to read it. It was fantastic. I read the physical copy and listened to the audiobook. 5/5

The Mystery of Black Hallow Lane by Julia Nobel \\ I listened this this on audiobook. It was amazing. The narrator spoke in all kinds of different accents. It was wonderful. The story itself was kind of boring. It was interesting but I just found it dragging. 3/5

Small Spaces by Katherine Arden \\ I listened to this on audiobook. I am 26 years old and this book terrified me (it’s a MG book). Overall, I really enjoyed the story and the friendships! 4/5

Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell \\ wow. This was my first graphic novel. It was amazing. It makes me dream of finding a wonderful pumpkin patch much like the pumpkin patch in this story. It was predictable but the story was cute and the illustrations were amazing. 5/5

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas \\ I just started rereading this one too. I started listening to the audiobook but I am reading the physical copy too. I cannot express my love for this. Keep watch, I am writing a very length discussion post. 😀

Blythewood by Carol Goodman \\ I was very excited for this book but I had to DNF it. It’s interesting but I just can get into the writing and the characters don’t seem very exciting. I’m DNFing this at 50%. I really wanted to enjoy it but I just couldn’t. 😦


How was your reading month? Did you read any good books? Have you read any of the ones above? Let me know down below! 😀 Happy Halloween! I hope November is a fantastic month for you all ❤

Life Update

Hello friends,

I don’t have time to do a blog post today that’s super thought out and fun. I decided to do a life update instead. I applied for my college graduation!!!!After 6 years I’ll finally be a COLLEGE GRADUATE!!! I just have to do my internship next semester 😍

I also lost 13ish pounds. I’ve been working out since July. It’s such a slowwwww process. I hate it. But I’m getting there!

I read 3 books this week. I’m sure it’ll be 4 by tonight because I have 30 minutes left. Life is good ❤

Are are YOU doing? Let me know down below! I’d love to hear all the good, bad, and ugly 🙂

My Favorite Fall Smells- Blogtober

Hello friends,

As you may know, Autumn is my favorite season. I love all the smell’s autumn has to offer. That sounds really weird, LOL. But I wanted to discuss some of my favorite smells today for blogtober!

As I mentioned in my favorite things about fall post, I mentioned crisp air. The smell of crisp air is just very refreshing. I don’t know how to explain it. It just has a certain smell. I feel this way with winter too. I just feel so refreshed every time I step outside on a chilly fall evening.

I also love the smell of falling leaves. They have such a beautiful aroma that smells a lot like fall. I love walking and stopping on dead dried leaves because they make a satisfying crunch XD

I just went apple picking for the first time ever and apples are my new favorite smell, too. I loved being surrounded by all kinds of apple trees and smells. It was so surreal.

Pumpkins are also one of my favorite smells. I loveeee the smell of pumpkins when I’m carving them. It grosses my boyfriend out but THEY SMELL SO AMAZINGGGG. I cannot wait to pumpkin carve this week!! WOOOOO!!


Do you have a favorite fall smell? What is it? Let me know down below! 😀

My Favorite Way To Read

I cannot believe October is almost over! I have have an amazing reading month. I’ve finished 3 books this week already! I haven’t read that much in YEARS!!! This leads me into todays discussion. What is my favorite way to read?


I use to really only enjoy reading physical books. I had a kindle but I never really used it. I loved the way a real book felt in my hands. I love how I could track my progress by looking at my bookmark. It felt so satisfying. I use to despise reading e-books. It made me mad I couldn’t return them or sell them if I didn’t like the book.

But Lately? Lately I’ve reading on a variety of formats. I’ve been reading physical books. I’ve been reading on my phone. I’ve been reading on my kindle. I’ve even been listening to audiobooks. I’ve loved listening to audiobooks at night when I want to sleep and not strain my eyeballs trying to read a book. I’ve also been listening to audiobooks when I’m not in the mood to read if that makes sense. Like I want to continue with the story but I don’t want to read the words. I like being told the story. I also like listening to audiobooks in the car since I can’t read and drive, lol!

I’ve also been reading off my phone using the kindle app. I usually do this before bed as well. I have an older kindle so it doesn’t have a backlight. It kind of sucks. I’ve been debating on buying a new kindle because of this but I love mine too much. I have my phone kindle app set to a black background so it’s not so hard on my eyeballs at night time.

I tend to sit in super weird positions too so I’ve been reading on my kindle a lot. Plus it’s just nice to not have to hold a super heavy book! I also like using my kindle because it’s a bigger screen compared to my phone. I love highlighting my favorite quotes, too because it shows up on my goodreads!

Lastly, I also love reading the physical copies. I love being able to physically highlight my favorite quotes. So overall, I love reading on all kinds of formats. Sometimes I love reading the same book on several formats depending on my mood!


Do you have a favorite format to read on? Let me know! Why do you enjoy it so much? Is it because it’s easier? It’s more satisfying? Let me know down below 😀

Book Review | I Have No Secrets

But I guess sometimes there is nothing you can say. It’s just being there that’s important.

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Jemma knows who the murderer is. She knows because he told her.

He thought his secret was safe because Jemma can’t speak or move.

But Jemma observes all kinds of things about everyone around her. His secret is just one of them.

And when a new technology means she may be able to communicate and reveal all she knows, Jemma no longer feels powerless in the face of this deadly secret. It’s a race against time before the killer acts again…or tries to stop her.


Imagine someone told you they killed someone because they knew you weren’t able to talk? Imagine someone telling you they they killed someone and you were stuck with those thoughts without a way to let other people know.

I don’t know how to convey my feelings into words about this book. This was so good. Jemma, the main character, had such a fantastic voice. I absolutely loved her. I can’t comment on how well disabilities were portrayed in this story because I don’t have a physical disability but I know the author has some experience from previous jobs.

I know how this book gives a voice to a girl with cerebral palsy. I love how the book focuses on how she is just like everyone else and not something to be stared at. I felt so frustrated for Jemma. I wanted to reach in the story and tell everyone too! I felt trapped just like Jemma did and I think that’s why this book hit me so hard.

This book also focuses on family which I really appreciated. I loved Jemma’s family so much. They were so patient and precious and kind. They make my heart so happy. The ending was also very well done. This book ripped me open but in all kinds of good ways. I highly recommend it! ❤

Final Verdict: