Top Ten Tuesday | Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here.

This weeks topic is: “Titles That Would Make Good Band Names”


Love & Gelato
Falling Kingdoms
Geekerella

Splintered
The Raven Boys
Every Heart A Doorway

None of the Above
Paranormalcy 
Wanderlost
The Deepest Roots 

Book Review | Gods of Jade and Shadow

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Favorite Quote:

“The nature of hate is mysterious. It can gnaw at the heart for an eon, then depart when one expected it to remain as immobile as a mountain. But even mountains erode.”

Thoughts:

I don’t… I don’t know what to feel right now. My heart is bleeding from my chest. I feel so pained but I also feel so much love. I have not felt this way toward a book in a very long time. I don’t know how to properly express my love for this story. This book was so full of life. I felt like I was in the story. It’s magical and fast-paced.

This book has a cinderella feel to it with a whole lot of Mexican mythology. I loved the characters so much. Hun-Kamé is such a complex character but so lovable and silly. Casiopea is probably one of my favorite leading ladies this year. She’s been through so much but she’s so strong, stubborn, and full of love and life. I could not help but root for her since page one. I’ve never been one for historical novels but I could not put this book down.

I love it so much. I can’t form a proper review right now because I loved it that much. I highly recommend it. It’s so good. I’m now in a book hangover. WOO

10 Bookish Facts About Me

Why hello there!

Today I thought it would be fun for you guys to get to know me so here are a few bookish facts about myself 🙂


  1. I am a MASSIVE Harry Potter  fan. Honestly, I have a whole shelf for just my Harry Potter things. I own multiple copies of the series in different covers. I love to collect them all!
  2. I actually use to hate Harry Potter. Weird, I know. I don’t even remember when I started to enjoy it or why. I just remember my mom buying me the book and I thought they were boring. I also saw the first movie in theater and hating it.
  3. Twilight got me into reading. I was never a fan of reading because I didn’t like being told what to do (we had to read in middle school). However, a friend of mine was reading it, I thought it sounded good, I read the books.
  4. Booktube was actually how I got really into reading. I enjoyed Twilight but I wasn’t sure what else seemed like a good book to read. Twilight was honestly the only YA book I owned at the time. I was curious if people made book hauls on youtube like they did clothes and that’s when I discovered the book community!
  5. I have anxiety so I’m terrified to go to a library by myself. However, I do have a library card and I love using reading apps for ebooks! It has saved me a ton of money!
  6. I get crabby if someone interrupts my reading. I just find it very rude. People can see I’m very focused on something but they still try to have a conversation with me. Why? Why? WHY!?
  7. I’m not a fan of books over 300+ pages. Okay, that’s kind of lie; however, the book has to be really good if it’s going to capture my attention for 400 or more pages. And I mean like really, really, really good. It needs to be the best book I’ve ever read!
  8. Clothes shopping makes me uncomfortable but I can spend hours in a bookstore. My boyfriend has literally had to pull me out of the bookstore because I was looking at books for an hour still deciding what I wanted to buy. I get lost in my own little world.
  9. I own a kindle but I rarely ever use it. I know, it’s terrible. I keep buying physical books that I tend to put my kindle to the side. I think it’s because I want to relax and be away from technology for awhile. Although my kindle doesn’t have other apps on it, I still consider it technology that I would like the get away from.
  10. I cannot reading and tan at the same time. I don’t understand how people can do it. One, I have to read with sunglasses on because I get blinded from my book via the sun and then I get paranoid that I’m going to get suntan lines on my face from my sunglasses while lying on my back. I do; however, enjoy reading on a swing outside in the shade. It’s so peaceful listening to it rain or listening to the birds.

Book Review: Brave Enough (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Brave Enough
Series: Standalone
Published by: North Star Editions
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
Pages: 280
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: August 21st, 2018
Rating: ✬✬✬✬
Synopsis:

Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory’s artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason’s life. But that’s about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it’s much worse than anyone imagines.

Davis Channing understands all too well what it’s like to give up control of your life. He’s survived cancer, but his drug addiction nearly killed him. Now he’s been sober for seven months and enjoying his community service at the hospital. But just when he thinks he’s got it together, Davis’s ex-girlfriend, who is still battling her addiction, barrels back into his life.

Cason and Davis are not friends. But, as their worlds collide, they will start to depend on one another. Can they both be brave enough to beat the odds?”

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Favorite Quote

“That he had been chosen for this honor despite being an addict helped him realize that his addiction didn’t define him. It was just one of his layers.”

Thoughts

Wow. Can we talk about this cover? Absolutely gorgeous. It was one of the reasons I decided to request this book. Well, that and the synopsis sounded pretty good! I love the white color and the water colors! It’s gorgeous.

I was a little bit shocked when I found out what the story was really about it. The book involves two different heavy topics. Although I appreciated reading about Cason and Davis’s stories, I found it hard to deal with two different heavy topics in one book. For me personally, it was a little hard to read about Cason’s life then switch over to Davis and his addiction and overcoming it. However, I did like how Kati intertwined their stories and showed the readers that the characters each come from very different backgrounds but yet the same. (I’d explain that better but I don’t want to spoil the book because it’s not mentioned in the synopsis).

The beginning of that book had me hooked. I wasn’t a fan of the immediate flirting between Cason and Davis. It felt a little instalovey for me. I wanted to learn about their own story and their own background. I found it hard to connect with the characters because the chapters were pretty short. I wanted the relationship between Cason and Davis to develop a little bit better because the book mentioned that the characters didn’t talk to each other prior to meeting.

I found myself rooting for the characters. I wanted to see them succeed. I wanted them to be happy, be brave, be a survivor of their own demons. Cason’s mom mad me extremely angry in the beginning of the book but as the story went on, I found myself having a soft spot for her.

I thought the writing was simple and easy to read. The pacing was really well. Personally, I didn’t find myself getting bored at all while reading. I think my only critic was that Davis said how much he wanted to use a lot. It almost felt like the word because really repetitive.

Overall, I thought this was a really great read. The theme I took from the book was that even if something unexpected happens in life or we’re dealt the wrong cards, we still have the ability to overcome it. We just have to set our minds to it. It was pretty empowering to read. I really recommend this book! Not just for the cover, but for the themes in the story as well!

Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone

20180531_144348.jpgSeries: Standalone
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Source: Bought, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬

Synopsis:

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

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Favorite Quote

“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what.
The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home.
And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.”  

Thoughts

I don’t…. I don’t know how i feel. I’m trying to figure out why this got so many great reviews. it took me forever to warm up to Emily, the main character. I thought she was super bland for the majority of the story. But i liked the other characters. Frank was fantastic. I loved every scene with him in it. I love how the relationships in the story progressed and developed. I also didn’t like Sloane. like i get why she didn’t talk to Emily after she left but at the same time, REALLY?

I also thought the book was slightly boring within the first 100 pages before things started happening within the story and the list. it’s weird though… like i was bored reading it but then I’d look and i had already read 70+ pages!? So I’m very conflicted on how i feel. I honestly hated how things were handled and settled at the end.

overall, it was a cute story. it has a great meaning to it. the thing I took from the story was to live life to the fullest. don’t follow behind someone else. live for yourself.

Sunshine Book Award

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I was tagged by the lovely Book Orbit. Thank you so much, darlin. I appreciate it ❤

Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

Questions
1. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

I love talking about books with other people that share the same interest as me. It makes me feel like alone. I also love blogging because I’ve discovered a lot of new books. I’ve also met a lot of amazing fellow book lovers! ❤

2. Have you met a fellow blogger face to face?

I have! Well.. She’s a booktuber, but I’ve gone to Canada to visit Nat at Pickleheartsbooks on youtube! She’s also come visited me in the United States! She’s one of my best book friends. We’ve been friends for roughly 5ish years now. She’s lovely. Go check out her channel! ❤

3. What is your favorite TV show?

I love Teen Wolf, New Girl, and Young & Hungry

4. What is your biggest fear?

Spiders and Death :/

5. Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have two doggies ❤ Their names are Macey and Noddle. They’re amazing :3

6. How many books have you read, so far, this year?

Lol… well… I’ve only read 8 so far. In my defense though, I was in a massive reading slump for quite some time so honestly, I’m kind of proud of myself!

7. Tea or coffee?

It really depends on my mood. I tend to drink coffee more in the summer and tea more in the winter for some reason. Just the thought of hot tea doesn’t sound good even though coffee is also hot XD

8. Where is your favorite reading spot?

Outside in a swinging chair, listening to the birds and/or nature.

9. How happy are you today on a sale of 1 to 10?

I’d say an 8. I haven’t been too productive but I have read a lot today! 😀

10. Which era do you wish you could visit?

I’m not sure. I’m not huge into history and stuff but maybe back to when the great depression happened? I find it amazing that so many people suffered but they made it through. It really inspires me, honestly.

11. Favorite quote?

Life fractures all of us into little pieces. It harms us, but it’s how we glue those fractures back together that makes us stronger. -The Need Series by Carrie Jones

I tag the following:
Meggan @ Between the Pages
Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
Georgia @ Georgia’s Bookish Thoughts
Tiana @ The Book Raven
Darnell @ Darnellouis
Winged Cynic @ Cynic on Wings
Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd 
Kathy @ Books and Munches
Cassidy @ The Little Book Cottage
Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf
Melanie @ Mel to the Any

Questions:
1. Why did you create your blog?
2. What’s your favorite movie genre and/or movie?
3. If money wasn’t a problem, where in the world would you most love to travel?
4. Outside of book blogging, do you have another job?
5. What’s your favorite animal(s)?
6. What is your favorite post to make on your blog?
7. What are some books you are currently waiting to get your hands on?
8. Are there any movies you’re excited to see?
9. What is your preferred way to travel? ex., car, plane, train, bus, walk
10. Would you rather read by the pool or next to a fireplace, why?
11. What makes you happy?

Book Review: Love and Gelato

20180531_144414.jpgSeries: Book 1 in a duology
Published by: Simon Pulse
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 389
Source: Bought, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

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Favorite Quote

“And why did he have to call me “quiet”? I hated being called quiet. People always said it like it was some kind of deficiency—like just because I didn’t put everything out there right away, I was unfriendly or arrogant. My mom had understood. ‘You may be slow to warm up, but once you do, you light up the whole room’”

Thoughts

This book was freaking adorable. I really enjoyed all of the characters. I don’t know who my favorite would be. Howard was beyond adorable. He was such a fantastic father. He was so sweet and so kind. I also loved the voice of the main character, Lina. She was fun and sassy. She was just a fun character to read about. She reminded me a little bit about myself.

I thought the writing was rich and captivating. It made me feel like I was actually in Italy. It felt like I was there experiencing everything Lina was. I felt like I was traveling without actually leaving my seat. I think that what really makes a book feel magical… when it can take you come place new for awhile.

Although I adored this book, I did have a few problems with it. I enjoyed the mystery of the story but I thought it was a little too predicable. I felt like I was running around in circles with Lina even though I knew how the story was going to end.

And although Lina was in Italy and didn’t understand Italian, it bothered me a little bit that the characters were sometimes talking in Italian, and the book never explained what they were saying. I wanted to know but I didn’t want to put my book down every few minutes just to google phrases.

Overall, I thought it was a fun read. It has a little bit of heavy matter involved but it didn’t take away from the cute fluffy feels I felt while I was reading about Lina’s story. It was the perfect summer book and I’m so happy I started my June TBR with it! 🙂

Book Review: Symptoms of Being Human

Symptoms of Being HumanSeries: Standalone
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Mental Illness, Contemporary, LQBTQ+, Young Adult
Pages: 335
Source: Gift, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

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Favorite Quote

“We’re all taught from a young age that there are only two choices: pink or blue, Bratz or Power Rangers, cheerleading or football. We see gender in two dimensions because that’s what society has taught us from birth. But, are you ready for a shocking revelation?
SOCIETY NEEDS TO CHANGE.”  

Thoughts

Oh man. Oh man, oh man, oh man. I don’t know how to rearrange my thoughts to form a coherent review so this will probably be a jumbled mess. Moving forward, I loved this book. I loved the story. I loved being inside Rileys head. I loved the characters. Just… well… everything.

The only reason I’m giving this a 4/5 star is because I don’t know if it accurately represents people that are gender fluid. however, I did take an LGBTQ+ studies class in college where i had gender fluid classmates with gender non-binary classmates and a transgender guy as my professor. So I think with confidence I can say this book explains what gender fluid is pretty well.

I can say this book represents anxiety really well. I understood Rileys anxiety and where they were coming from. I understood the panic and anxious feelings going on in their head. It was perfect.

Moving along, I love that the author didn’t use any pronouns to describe Riley. The book never tells you what gender Riley was assigned to at birth. It didn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. Sometimes Riley feels like a boy, sometimes a girl, sometimes neither.

This book captured my attention from page one and I got invested in Rileys story. The book was nearly impossible to put down. i thought the writing was good and flowed well with the story. not once did i find myself thinking “god this is so boringggg”.

This book ripped my heart in pieces and left me bleeding. it also made me so hopeful. I’m so glad this book was written and published. it deserves to be read. Rileys story deserves to be out there. highly recommend this. 💙

Book Blogger Confession Tag

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I was tagged by the lovely Melanie from Mel to the Any. Thanks Melanie! I really appreciate it ❤ Go follow her. She’s lovely :3

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1. Which book, most recently, did you not finish?tessMmmm, the more recent book I didn’t finish was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets but that’s because it was a reread, and I wasn’t in the mood to read it. My most recent DNF (did not finish) was several months ago and that was Tess on the Road. I tried to enjoy it but I just couldn’t. I guess I’m not a huge fan of Rachel Hartman’s writing style.

2. Which book is your guilty pleasure?twilight-book-coverI feel like Twilight was a huge book almost 10 years ago and so many people loved it. Now it seems like it’s one of the more hated books around. I, however, still really enjoy it. I have  a soft spot for it because it’s what kick started my love for reading ❤

3. Which book do you love to hate?Related imageI think I have to say The Hunger Games. I wasn’t a huge fan of this book at all. I couldn’t get into the 3rd book whatsoever. I tried and tried and tried but I couldn’t do it. I think I love to hate this book just because so many people love it and I’m just like “why though?”

4. Which book would you like to throw into the sea?

defyI was beyond excited for this book before it came out but what it did, I was so disappointed. I thought the characters were bland. I didn’t like the world. I didn’t like the writing. Honest, I’m kind of surprised I even finished this book. I don’t even remember much about it but I remember really disliking it.

5. Which book have you read the most?Image result for harry potter seriesHarry Potter, always. My all time favorite story and characters and world ❤

 

6. Which book would you hate to receive as a present?Image result for frankenstein bookFrankenstein. I don’t know what it is about it because it’s been so long but I remember really disliking this book. I thought it was really boring and the beginning of the story felt kind of pointless.

7. Which book could you not live without?710888Yo8kLI absolutely love The D.U.F.F. It’s one of my favorite books. I think it’s fun and sexy. Wesley Rush is my #1 book boyfriend. I don’t know why because he’s a huge ass but I love him regardless. I love all the characters in the book. UGH. My heart.

 

8. Which book made you the angriest?7824322This book only made me angry because of the fact that it takes place when Hitler was around. It made me so angry to see how people suffered. It’s disgusting, really. I just… I don’t understand how a human can be so mean and violent and deadly.

9. Which book made you cry the most?8349244I can’t tell you why this book made me cry because #spoileralert. But I will say this is one of my all-time favorite stories. It ripped my heart wide open and left me bleeding. I loved every single minute of it. It was brilliant.

10. Which book cover do you hate the most?Image result for city of bones bookI think this is one of my LEAST favorite book covers of all time. I just… WHY DOES IT NEED TO HAVE A WEIRD GUY ON IT WITH A CITY AND SHINY COLORS!? I like the new updated covers to this series 10x better!


I’m bad at tagging people so I tag all of you ❤ Happy Reading, lovelies!

Book Review: Eliza and Her Monsters

elizaSeries: Standalone
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Mental Illness, Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 385
Source: Bought, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

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Favorite Quote

“There is a small monster in my brain that controls my doubt.
The doubt itself is a stupid thing, without sense or feeling, blind and straining at the end of a long chain. The monster though, is smart. It’s always watching, and when I am completely sure of myself, it unchains the doubt and lets it run wild. even when I know it’s coming, I can’t stop it.”  

Thoughts

I’m having a hard time trying to figure out how I feel about this book. I really enjoyed, but I didn’t love it like most people I know. I thought it was a well done story. It was nice seeing anxiety portrayed in the book but not being the sole focus of the story if that makes sense. I like that Eliza had anxiety but the story wasn’t about that. The story was about her and her webcomic and beginning new friendships. I loved that.

I could really relate to Eliza and her anxiety. There was a point when she felt like she was suffocating when being surrounded by a group of people. I felt that. I’m that way. I hate being surrounded by lots of people. All I can think about is wanting to escape. At first I thought Eliza was just this obnoxious, angry teenage girl, but the more I think about it, I wonder if a part of her anger is because she’s stressed out and anxious. I know I can get annoyed really easily when I’m anxious.

I love how the parents were portrayed in the story. They don’t understand Eliza and her internet friends. They don’t understand why she spends so much time on the internet. I think a lot of people can relate to that because the majority of our parents didn’t grow up with smart phones or the internet. Eliza describe her internet friends in the perfect way and I was like “YAS GIRL, YASS! I FEEL YOU!”. I’ve meet some of the best friends through the internet and booktube.

I loved how accurately the parents were displayed in the story. It made me thankful to have parents that told me to follow my dream and pursue anything that makes me happy. It didn’t matter if I made a ton of money or not, just as long as I was doing what I enjoyed. I know a lot of kids don’t have that. Parents expect them to get a good paying job by being a doctor or engineer.

It was also an interesting topic covered in the story about being a creator with fans and the relationship between the two. It’s amazing how you can start something for yourself, something you enjoy and have it become popular and the more people that like it, the more people that want you…. no, expect you to start creating it for them. It’s like all of a sudden you’re not creating something for yourself to enjoy, you’re creating it for other people.

I think the biggest problem I had with this book is that it took me a little bit to get into the story. I had a hard time connecting with the characters because they’re quiet and reserved. I did end up enjoying them in the end though after I got to them. I also loved the writing and storyline. I thought it was a unique concept to write about. I highly recommend it!