Monday, June 29, 2015

Books I Re-Read

I like a lot of bloggers tend to have less time than I used to for rereading, I mean there's review copies and then so many SHINY NEW BOOKS! But, there are some I manage to reread again and again. Sometimes, if I'm in a reading slump or stressed and kind of sad, I just like to pick up an old favorite and sink into its comforting embrace(pages). These are a few of the ones I reread the most.



The series I re-read the most:

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It might be surprising because I don't honestly talk about Hunger Games very often, which is strange because they were the first YA books I read and the first trilogy that broke my heart, and around the time Mockingjay came out I was reading and rereading these over and over again.

The series I wish I could re-read all the time:
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The series that's just as magical the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, millionth time:
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The Christmas One:
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The Music One:
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The Best Fantasy One:
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The One That Was My Favorite Book In 3rd Grade:
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The Sad One that I am currently re-reading:
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Tell me, what books do you love to re-read!???? 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

In Which I Announce My Intentions For Camp NaNoWriMo July 2015 Edition

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Yes, it's that time of year again. Yes, I do three versions of NaNoWriMo a year. Yes this is my fifth time and yes I am excited.


It's Camp time! Yaaaaaayyy! Everyone go crazy(actually I'll go crazy enough for all of us!)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(side note: NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month.


NaNoWrioMo takes place every November and it's where you commit yourself to writing and try to write a 50,000-word novel in just one month! Camp NaNo takes place in April and July with a few key differences. First of all, you get to custom set your goal, you don't have write novel, you don't have to write 50,000 words, you can write more, you can write less, you can edit, you can basically do whatever you want. There's also virtual cabins! Where you can choose to be paired up with other writers either by age group or people writing similar things as you and so on and so forth.)

I know what you're thinking; But didn't you just do Camp NaNoWriMo and write 74,277 words???? Yes, yes I did. But...I love camp NaNo! Back in April, I was in the middle of moving, and my brother had just had surgery(which he's fully recovered from and just got the last of the metal out of his mouth!) and lots was going on, plus I was in a sadly inactive cabin which equals lots of stress and less fun so I have to do it in July! Plus, it's me, I was never going to not do it!

So let's get down to the details shall we?

My goal:

Last Camp I set my goal as 30,000 because I knew I wouldn't have a ton of time, obviously I ended up having more time than I thought. I not only beat that goal but if the goal was my opponent in a race, I lapped it like three times.

Last July my goal was 65,000 and I wrote 101,547, hehe, that was my first 100k and I'm still so proud of it. I even did a 50k week, which if you don't know, the main goal in a normal NaNo session is to write 50k in the whole month because that's the average number of words in a novel, so I did that in seven days, and it was so much fun!

Last November for regular NaNo, the goal was obviously 50k and I wrote 99,881 words.

So, I wanted to beat my record for this July, but I decided starting out I didn't want to set out to kill myself with too high of a word count goal. I also want to try to squeeze in two 50k weeks, but that's...daunting and I'm waiting to see how the month goes to commit to that. So my goal is simply 100k. I have basically nothing to do next month except write and I've been working on a writing schedule which involves sleeping only four hours at night but then another four during the day to help maximize my most productive times of the day and yes, I'm crazy. Plus my brother helped me by getting me slightly hooked on video games(I've only before ever really played two player games with him) and that's a really good way to take a short break and come back to writing, pumped to get those words done. Anyway, I'm rambling.

What am I Writing???

Well, I kind of actually know this time. I'm notorious for not being able to pick a project when it comes to Camp, I always have my November project picked out months ahead of time, I struggle with Camp.

So I am currently in the middle of rewriting my November project, I edited and revised it like four times and then realized there was this one big thing it needed more of, a plot. So I'm hoping to at least have most of that, if not all, finished by July 1st. So if that's not done then I will start camp by finishing that and it might derail a little bit of the rest of my plans.

So, 100k is a little much for one book, though my November project is that long. So I have two ideas picked out, but considering I just decided on one and put off another, they are likely to change, also I haven't started outlining which is bad because I outline a lot and it takes a while and I'm lost without an outline. Like I once spent four hours straight outlining characters! It takes forever, but I can't change my process!

Project #1 is temporarily titled Goth Girl and I love love love the title and the story and the main character, who in my mind is a major badass. It's young adult contemporary which is kind of my niche at the moment, and it will follow Rylie Jane, a seventeen-year-old girl with major issues. It has a revenge plot, a former tormentor love interest, and a fear of the second floor of her house which is something I'm excited to build on.

Project #2 is temporarily titled My Fictional Boyfriend In Real Life and follows Jo Morgan, a sixteen-year-old bookworm who dreams of becoming an editor at a big publishing house. She has her own problems. Her uncle is a producer who's working on the movie adaption of Jo's favorite book(as yet to be named) and Jo's ex-best friend has landed the role of the main character, aka, Jo's book boyfriend. It's a fluffy contemporary that also deals with mental illness and other not so fun things.

Tell me your plans for next month! Are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo, going on a fun vacation or living vicariously through books? Tell me, tell me, tell me!


Links! Some links to my old NaNo posts, hopefully you can find some inspiration!

November 2013 NaNo Posts

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Mini Review: The End Of Days by Susan Ee

Song Of The Moment- Long Live by Taylor Swift

13638020The End Of Days
by Susan Ee
Release date: May 12, 2015
Format: Ebook
Genre: YA, Dystopian/Fantasy
Goodreads Link

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.
After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.
When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?


My Rating:


Review:

It seems that as much as I really did like the first book in this series, these books are just not for me. I'm going to keep this short and sweet and kind of vague cause I don't want to accidentally spoil anything for anyone.

Now, if you're like me and are coming in late to this very hyped up series here's what it's about: the angel's apocalypse. Angels swooped down from the skies and are destroying all humans and the world at large. Penryn wants nothing more than to protect her younger sister and mom, but then her sister gets taken by the angels who are stealing human children and Penryn falls in with the archangel Raffe. Stuff happens from there. Lots and lots of stuff, there's a resistance and crazy monsters manufactured by angels and lots of stuff.

So book three picks up right where two ended and...well at least it doesn't fall into the trap that a lot of last books have recently, it wasn't twice as long as every book before it.

This was me throughout the book: I was disappointed, then loving it, then disappointed again.


The book starts off slow and I felt like nothing really happened in the first 60%. Even when things did happen they didn't have as much impact as they should've. But as always with Susan Ee the end picked up and made up for all of it and then the last two chapters just...fell short. I feel like the main problem I have with this series is how fast paced it is, I love that because it makes it easy to read and keeps everything moving along nicely with your heart in your throat for the last 50% of every book. But...there's no world building...at all. Everything just happens in fast forward and you're just supposed to accept it with having answers as to why? There's some kind of weird time traveling having to do with Pookey Bear and Beilel but is that ever explained??? Nope. And why did the Angels come in the first place? Was it Gabriel or all Uriel? And just...what? It's a fun fast paced well told story, with no backbone to support it.

Would I Recommend This? Um, I wouldn't NOT recommend it.
Who To? People....
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Maybe.


Monday, June 22, 2015

ARC Review: The Rise and Fall Of A Theater Geek by Seth Rudetsky



16069019The Rise and Fall Of A Theater Geek
by Seth Rudetsky 
Release date: June 23rd, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link

Broadway, New York.
The shows, the neon lights . . . the cute chorus boys! It's where Justin has always wanted to be--and now, with a winter internship for a famous actor, he finally has his chance to shine. If only he could ditch his kind, virtuous, upright, and--dare he say it?—uptight boyfriend, Spencer. But once the internship begins, Justin has more to worry about than a cramped single-guy-in-the-city style. Instead of having his moment in the spotlight, he's a not-so-glorified errand boy. Plus, Spencer is hanging out with a celebra-hottie, Justin's best friend Becky isn't speaking to him, and his famous actor boss seems headed for flopdom. Justin's tap-dancing as fast as he can, but all his wit and sass might not be enough to switch his time in New York from nightmare-terrible to dream-come-true terrific.
Seth Rudetsky's second YA novel is endearingly human, laugh-out-loud funny, and for any kid who's ever aspired to Broadway but can only sneak in through the stage door. 

*I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley to review honestly

My Rating:


Review:

This book follows Justin, a broadway loving high school student who gets an internship with one of his favorite actors in New York. I don't honestly remember how old Justin is...fifteen or sixteen? He acted more like he was twelve. Before starting his internship, he decides he should take a break from his relationship with his boyfriend, Spencer. Not a break up just a break-ish up. Until Spencer beats him to it, then it's not so okay. During the curse of his first day, which he imagines should end with him on broadway helping his favorite actor, he spends the day running around doing errands, never even sees the stage, and gets into a big fight with his best friends, Spencer and Becky. Things escalate from there.

There's a new boy who Justin never really likes that much, just wants use to make Spencer jealous. A mystery revolving around Chase(the famous actor) and his manager, and some funny moments? Overall this is a really fun book but it's very...immature, Even though it's marketed as YA contemporary it reads more like a middle grade contemporary.

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

- The mystery. The mystery aspect was really fun. Justin has to uncover just what is going on with the show where his idol, Chase, seems to be purposely failing at everything he tries to do.

- The LGBT theme. I love any book with an LGBT theme and this author did such a good job with it, I loved how Justin was always so confident about who he is.

- The setting. New York, Broadway, I love love love books with drama and acting themes and even with all of Justin's immature-ness(is that a word?) I still loved this setting.

A Few Of My Not So Favorite Things:

- Justin. I admired Justin for being completely one hundred percent happy with who he was, but he was selfish and immature and all around annoying.

- The Whole Plot Was Immature. Did I say plot? I meant book. It's not that that is such a bad thing just that this book is really for a younger audience, unfortunately the one thing I can't get over in contemporary books is so much immaturity.

Overall: This book was good, just too immature for my liking. I wanted to love it and I did have fun reading it, it just wasn't quite what I was expecting. I could never take Justin seriously, he was so selfish and immature and I literally can't come up with another word to describe him. That kind of hindered my overall enjoyment of the book. It wasn't bad by any means, just not for me.


Would I Recommend This? Probably.
Who To? Fans of middle-grade contemporary
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Maybe.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday Street Team: Days Like This by Danielle Ellison - GIVEAWAY!


25243790Days Like This
by Danielle Ellison
Release date: June 2, 2015
Genre: NA
Goodreads Link

Sometimes the only thing standing between fear and hope is you. 
Almost a year ago, nineteen-year-old Cassie Harlen had a lot to deal with. A stack of college acceptance letters waiting for answers, a proposal from the boy next door, and a mother whose most recent bipolar episode left Cassie hurt and confused. Tired of cleaning up the messes caused by her mother's disorder, of resenting her mother for not being there, and scared of being trapped by an inevitable future—which included marrying Graham Tucker—Cassie did the only thing she could think of to keep from ending up like her mother: she left.
Graham never knew why Cassie walked away. He woke up one morning and she was gone—along with the life that he’d created around her. After eleven months, Graham has a new plan for his future. One that doesn't involve Cassie Harlen.
When Cassie's mom nearly burns down her house, Cassie’s forced to return home. Back to a mother she’s tried to ignore and the guy she’s been unable to forget. Graham doesn't know how he's going to spend the whole summer living next door to the person who broke his heart without letting those old feelings push through to the surface.
Neither does Cassie. 



Top Three Quotes*

"She lived music, and I knew that passion flowed through my veins, but embracing it meant embracing everything that she was. I didn't want that. I didn't want one more part of me to be shaped by someone else."

"I've been home for three minutes and Graham Tucker was already a song. I guess he always had been. Maybe he'd been the chorus in every song."

"Cass was afraid to lose things, and that fear kept her from sharing them; but eventually without room to breathe and space to move, she killed them."


*All quotes were taken from an advance review copy and may have changed in the final edition*

Giveaway!



About the Author:

Danielle Ellison spent most of her childhood reading instead of learning math. It's probably the reason she can't divide without a calculator and has spent her life seeking the next adventure. It's also probably the reason she's had so many different zip codes and jobs.

Danielle is the author of the YA books, Salt, Storm, and Follow Me Through Darkness. Days Like This is her first NA.

When she’s not writing, Danielle is probably  eating cookies, fighting her nomadic urges, watching too much TV, or dreaming of the day when she can be British. She has settled in Northern Virginia, for now, but you can always find her on twitter @DanielleEWrites.


Friday, June 19, 2015

ARC Review: The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

Song Of The Moment- It's My Life by Bon Jovi

23287168The Night We Said Yes
by Lauren Gibaldi 
Release date: June 16th, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: YA Contemporary
Goodreads Link

A fun, romantic read, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti!
Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life. 
But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan.
And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.
Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future. 
In alternating then and now chapters, debut author Lauren Gibaldi crafts a charming, romantic story of first loves, lifelong friendships, uncovered secrets, and, ultimately, finding out how to be brave.
I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss to review honestly

My Rating:


Review:

Then: Ella, an aspiring writer, who just got dumped by her cheating boyfriend, meets Matt. The new boy in town, shy, plays bass. Leads to one night of saying yes to everything including the possibility of a new love.

Now: One-year later. Ella is heartbroken and angry after Matt disappeared six months earlier, just left without telling her anything. Of course, Matt shows up just as she's ready to finally, maybe, kind of, move on. One night, Matt wants to recreate everything, Ella wants answers. Madness ensues.

The Nigth We Said Yes is a fun, fluffy contemporary with everything that a fun fluffy contemporary must have. Fun, adventure, swoony romance that is surprisingly insta-love-less, great friends, hectic relationships, and fluff. Ella is a great, if contradicting, character, and Matt is a ship-worthy love interest. With alternating chapters of Then and Now, it's really fun to see how things went the first time, and I was very impressed that the author managed to make it feel more like a slow building romance than insta-love.

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

- The characters in this book are amazing! You know me, I'm big on characters, and all of these were very well developed. You have Ella, who can be slightly annoying, but nevertheless is a great main character. her best friend Meg, Meg's boyfriend who's also Ella's really good friend Jake, and, of course, Matt. The thing I liked so much was how well the relationships were done, even Ella and Jake's friendship that has very little face time, was made to feel so real. Also, Meg and Jake's relationship that had so many ups and downs that you got to see through both Now and Then, I really loved that it wasn't a typical relationship and, honestly, it was almost more interesting than the main relationship.

- Fluff/Serious Stuff. I'm all for books that match fluff with a little bit more serious stuff perfectly and, all though some of Matt's problems felt a little forced, I did love how the author kind of surprised me with that reveal.

- There was no insta-love! Hurrah! A book that essentially takes place in less than twenty-four hours but doesn't once feel like insta-love. It's very unusual, but you really end up falling for these two characters.

- Jake. Jake was kind of my favorite character and I loved that he had this kind of secondary storyline about his friendship with Matt and he was always, in his own way, there for Ella. Like, I would 100% read a book all about Jake, he's such a complicated and interesting character. So, honorary mention.


A Few Of My Not So Favorite Things:

- The whole saying Yes thing. Mostly I was just a little disappointed by this. I expected it to play a bigger part, to be more fun, but...not really. They only really do a handful of things they have to say yes to and, besides a Walmart trip Meg and Ella take, none of it was that memorable. I was expecting wild adventures, but not quite.

- Ella and Matt both kind of annoyed me. I loved them in the Then chapters but for whatever reason in the Now ones they just got on my nerves, maybe because I thought they were both being kind of stupid?

Overall: I really enjoyed this one, it's a fun fluffy book that's easy to read in one setting.


Would I Recommend This? Yes.
Who To? Fans of fluffy contemporary books!
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Probably.


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday Street Team Review: The Revenge Playbook by Rachael +Giveaway!

Song Of The Moment- Fallout by Marianas Trench

23717499The Revenge Playbook
by Rachael Allen
Release date: June 16th, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: YA Contemporary
Description -
In this poignant and hilarious novel, Rachael Allen brilliantly explores the nuances of high school hierarchies, the traumas sustained on the path to finding true love, and the joy of discovering a friend where you least expect.
 Don’t get mad, get even!
 In the small town of Ranburne, high school football rules and the players are treated like kings. How they treat the girls they go to school with? That’s a completely different story. Liv, Peyton, Melanie Jane, and Ana each have their own reason for wanting to teach the team a lesson—but it’s only when circumstances bring them together that they come up with the plan to steal the one thing the boys hold sacred. All they have to do is beat them at their own game.
 Brimming with sharp observations and pitch-perfect teen voices, fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Mlynowski are sure to fall head-over-heels for this sharp tale—by the author of 17 First Kisses—about the unexpected roads that can lead you to finding yourself.
I received this book from the publisher/author through Sunday Street Team and Edelweiss to review honestly

My Rating:
4.5 stars

Review:

So in this book, you have four very different, very strong, very angry and hurt girls and one plan for revenge against the whole football team. I've really grown to love books like this one, where there's a lot of focus on how some people get treated differently than others and how small town life can completely revolve, start and end, around the high school football team. Now, I never went to a real high school so I don't know if these things really happen, to this degree, but I love reading about it and Rachael Allen did such a good job capturing this whole horrible thing in a book.

This book kind of has it all, great characters who are very different from each other so that when you're switching back and forth before their different points of view you aren't confused. A whole big enemy, the football team. Great writing and a revenge plot. I love revenge plots, if they're done right. Some kind come off as way too petty but The Revenge Playbook stays far away from that. It's about four girls who have been wronged by the football and are tired of the players getting whatever the f*** they want and getting away with everything. So they decide to get revenge.

How? Simple. Every year the football team goes on a scavenger hunt, if they complete it in time they get their old superstition filled football, if they lose, they walk on the field for the homecoming game in their birthday suits. After a few failed attempts at stealing this football the girls decide to compete, even though no one's ever tried to before.

A few of my favorite things:

- Characters. You know me, I'm big on characters and this book is filled with many great characters. First you have the girls: Peyton, Ana, Melanie Jane, and Liv. I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite because I loved them all so much. Peyton is kind of shy and reserved but, even though she's the only one to have never been directly hurt by the football team, she's more than willing to jump in on this plan because she knows it's what's right. Ana is hurt and slightly broken but strong as hell and won't put up with anyone's shit. Melanie Jane is the cheerleader, the alpha girl, but she's so much more than that too. In fact, she probably has the most personality out of all of them. And Liv, Liv is fiery as hell and oh so much fun, she's the one that rallies them. You also have some good side characters including parents, almost maybe boyfriends and even an ex-boyfriend, but all of this is secondary to the girls and their newly formed friendship, which is always a plus for me.

- The Scavenger Hunt. So the book goes back and forth, they'll be a little dare chapter, then a few chapters that come before the night of the scavenger hunt, and though this made me feel like a was missing a few parts, I loved the way it was set up. Still, the dares were my favorite parts. It made the characters feel so...liberated and as I reader you felt that too.

Overall: I really loved this one. There were a few things I wanted time to develop a little more, but it was nothing major, just a few loose ends I wanted tied. This book is really just the perfect balance between fun and deep. There are some serious issues addressed in this one and I loved that the author didn't shy away from it while she still managed to make it feel like a fun book.

Would I Recommend This? Yup.
Who To? People who love contemporary books that perfectly mesh fun and tough.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes, definitely.



About the Author:
Rachael Allen lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, two children, and two sled dogs. In addition to being a YA writer, she's also a mad scientist, a rabid Falcons fan, an expert dare list maker, and a hugger. Rachael is the author of 17 FIRST KISSES.



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Friday, June 12, 2015

Going Into Writing Hibernation Mode

So I haven't been posting.. I know. I want to I just never seem to have time which is weird cause I'm not suddenly do so much more than I've done before. The blogging and posting, it just hasn't been happening. Neither has the reading. I guess it's a slump? I hate that word though.


Basically, I've been writing, not a ton, but I'm going into deep writing/editing hibernation mode and blogging just might not be happening much for a while. I'm not stopping! Definitely not, I just can't promise posts every day(haha, like that's happened anytime this year), or every other day. At least once a week for the most part though! And I am trying really hard to catch back up on my ARCs and my reviews and I'm doing my best to comment on other blogs and I will continue to do both those things.


I guess, the thing is, this year I've gotten so much more serious about my writing and I am not a good organizer and multitasker. So while you have all these awesome bloggers who have families to take care of and work full time and still have all this time to read and blog and they are super awesome people, I am not one of them. I procrastinate too much and I just haven't felt like reading recently, and I really am a good multitasker I swear!


Anyway, just wanted to let you guys know. This isn't even a break its just a hey, I haven't been posting much thing. Also, I am going to be posting about my writing again here because I've decided to take a break from my co-blogging at Grace&Steele, which is the writing blog I started with a friend last year. I barely have time to post at all here and that blog has just kind been falling apart recently because neither of us has time to post. So, yes, expect writing posts and feel free to completely ignore them and I feel bad! Because it seems like more of my posts have been updates than reviews or anything else recently!


Feel free to tell me your organizing/multitasking extraordinaire secrets!

Also, have a dancing Batman because we all know it's my favorite Gif.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The DUFF Movie Review


The DUFF (2015) Poster

A high school senior instigates a social pecking order revolution after finding out that she has been labeled the DUFF - Designated Ugly Fat Friend - by her prettier, more popular counterparts.

Movie links: IMDB 
Book Links: Goodreads / Amazon









Review:

Let me start out by saying I have indeed read the book, it wasn't my favorite just because it's a bit of a "mature" YA book with lots of mature content which is fine just not my cup of tea. So first and foremost this movie is nothing like the book. Same character names, same premise, vastly different plot. About the only thing that is the same in the book and movie is Bianca's character, in the movie she is 100% the same snarky moody badass girl she is in the book. That's in a big part due to Mae Whitman, I don't think anyone in the world could've played a better Bianca than her. Also, the premise and message is the same, the plot may differ vastly but in the end the message about being a DUFF and all the best stuff from Kody Keplinger's book is still there.

Basically, if you haven't read the book or seen the movie, this movie is Mean Girls meets some random Disney Channel movie, that's the best way I can describe it. The book and movie are really two separate stories, honestly, they don't have a ton in common but instead of angering me like that usually would I just loved both. In hindsight, I like the book more than I originally said, but I really loved the movie too. It's just so funny!

The only thing you really have to know about this movie is that it's hilarious. A little strange, but awesome. Also, Bianca is a badass. When Wesley Rush tells her she's the DUFF (designated ugly fat friend) of her group she retaliates by throwing a drink in his face, but as much as she wants to act like it didn't phase her, Bianca does let this get to her. Enlisting Wesley's help to stop being the DUFF. Things proceed from there, with lots of girl drama that's nontheless hilarious.

The banter between Wesley and Bianca was just as good in the movie as it was in the book. But, I wish the end had been dragged out a little, I know it's a movie but still, I wanted to see more of Bianca's transformation, her coming to understand just what a DUFF is. Also, I absolutely hated that a lot of her humor went away in the second half and I don't understand why! To show she was falling for Wesley? I don't know, but it was lame.

Warning: This movie has a lot of curse words(it's hilarious but still, some people don't like that) and mature content hint it's PG13 rating.

On a scale of 1 to 5, how truthful did this movie stick to its book? 3! Sure, some of the characters changed a tad, and the plot, but it's premise and message was still there and Bianca was as awesome as always.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

ARC Review: The Summer Of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Song Of The Moment- Anaother Day In Paradise by Phil Collins

23309653The Summer Of Chasing Mermaids
by Sarah Ockler
Release date: June 2, 2015
Format: ARC
Genre: YA Contemporary/Retelling
Goodreads Link
Description -
From the bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, a talented singer loses her ability to speak after a tragic accident, leading her to a postcard-perfect seaside town to find romance.
The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.
Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.
Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life. 
When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .
I received this book from the publisher through Edelweiss to review honestly

My Rating:


Review:

This book. This book. Can I just spend this whole review gushing about the prose and how in love with the writing I am???

Elyse d’Abreau  is both in love with and terrified of, the sea. Born in the sea when her mother gave birth on a boat during a storm, having her twin sister on board before falling into the water with Elyse, she's always been connected to the sea. Then the accident happened and in March, after spending her whole life singing and dancing with her twin sister Natalie, just as all their dreams were about to come true, Elyse almost died. And the accident damaged her vocal cords so that she can't even speak, let alone sing anymore. Elyse spent her whole life in Tobago but has gone to the states to live with her aunt Lemon and cousin Kirby, unable to stand another minute with her family and crushed dreams. 

I'm going to try and avoid non-stop gushing and come up with a very well thought out and helpful review. Here we go. 

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

- The writing. I haven't read such amazing writing since I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson. I know some people don't like that kind of descriptive writing with so many pretty words that almost everything reads like poetry but I am a sucker for this, and Sarah Ockler does some amazing writing! I was highlighting things left and right even though it was an ARC and I just want more. It's the kind of writing that even if I'd hated all the characters and found the plot to be atrocious I still would've read the book, because it was just that good.

- Characters. I had ups and downs with Elyse, I loved her at first and there was so much character growth which I love but... Honestly, in some parts it was like the more I knew about her the less I liked her. That's not to say I disliked her, I really did like her, she was a very strong and unique character with great voice. I can't even pinpoint what it was I disliked but towards the end I just didn't love her quite as much as I did at first. Bit it's not just Elyse, all of the side characters were so well written. Especially Christain who had just as much development and growth as Elyse.

- Swoon. I was initially hesitant about the main romance in this book. The "bad boy player who stops playing to win the main character over" trope is slightly overdone and annoying, but I couldn't not fall for the relationship in this book. Christian is such a well written, fully developed character and I loved him. I also loved Elyse who never once forgot that Christian was a player and who never got overly jealous about it either, she didn't try to force him to change. And they make an easy to ship couple.

- Sebastian. Sebastian is Christian's younger brother and he is obsessed with mermaids, going so far as to believe, whole heartedly, that Elyse is one. He was so adorable and I loved him. Also, props to the author for creating a six-year-old boy who wanted to dress up as a mermaid, seeing nothing wrong with it even when his father disapproved. I loved that Christain always stuck up for Sebastion, doing his best to make sure his little brother got to be and do whatever his little heart desired. 

- Relationships. There are so many good relationships in this book. You have Christian and Elyse, Christian and his little brother, Elyse and Christian's little brother. Not to mention Elyse and her family that she's trying to run from even while admitting that they're the best. Then you have Elyse's Aunt Lemon and cousin Kirby who Elyse loves and appreciates but doesn't know how to show. Basically, lots of very strong relationships.

- The Little Mermaid. Something you may not know about me is that I'm obsessed with The Little Mermaid and have been ever sense I was little. I literally saw Little Mermaid on ice! This book is kind of a little mermaid retelling and I loved it SO much. All the mermaid things and the little hints about Little Mermaid and, basically, I was in love from the moment I learned that's what this was. 

The only thing I didn't love - besides my few issue with the main character - was that it felt a little bit like the ending dragged on and on. Maybe it was because I finished this at four in the morning and I was tired, but the ending seemed a little never ending.

Overall: I loved this book. The plot, characters, and everything else was amazing and that's not even counting the writing.


Would I Recommend This? Yes.
To whom? Fans of YA Contemporary with lovely descriptive and flowing writing.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes! I need more of this amazing writing in my life.

P.s. special shout out to Jillian! If I hadn't seen her review of this book I never would've read it! 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Review: The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

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18488433The Storyspinner
by Becky Wallace
Release date: March 3, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Genre: YA Fantasy
Goodreads Link

Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.
In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.
The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.
With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.


My Rating:

Review:

This book was just so so good. Going into it I'd heard a lot of good things about it, even though like first time I saw it? I was unimpressed. Sure the cover is pretty but it just didn't scream at me to read it, you know? But I was wrong. Luckily, I saw that Petra loved it and I tend to trust her opinions on fantasy and... She's was so right.

This book follows Johanna, who is a performer in this magical world. All Johanna really wants to do is be a performer, born into a family of them and living her whole life in a performers camp it's all she knows and loves. Then her father dies, and her family is essentially kicked out of the camp. This world is basically on the brink of war, there are the Keepers who live on the other side of the wall and are basically a legend among Johanna's people. Then there's the Duke's, one of which is very power hungry, and basically, trouble is brewing and Johanna seems to be in the middle of it. Starting with girls who look like her being mysteriously killed.

A Few Of My Favorite Things:

- The best thing about this book was the characters. I was a little worried when I heard that there were so many different points of view, with chapters from at least five characters, but all of them were so well written and all the characters so real and unique that not once did all the POVs feel unneeded or like it was too much. Usually I find myself less interested in certain characters when there are so many POVs but I loved them all and was equally looking forward to each of them.

- There was some definite swooning involved in my reading of this, there's so many great characters and I loved them all and I shipped Johanna and Rafi but more than that I loved Pira and Leao. There's romance but it's very understated and just enough to have you rooting for the characters with out over powering the rest of the story. Also, no insta love so that's a bonus!

- This book was just so unique and amazing, with so many amazing and well written characters. I loved that Johanna was a performer and she could take care herself without just randomly being a good fighter, she'd learned it all from her years as a performer. She would do anything to protect her family and is kind of just badass. And Pira(a keeper from the other side of the wall) was probably my favorite just because she is the epitome of badass and just...awesome. I also loved the other characters too.

A Few Of My Not So Favorite Things:

- The only slight downside I found with this book, the one little thing that wasn't quite as awesome as the rest, was the world building. It didn't suck or anything but, especially in the beginning, it was just kind of confusing. It took me a little while to work out how this world was set up with the Keepers on one side of the wall and everyone else on the other and the whole different Dukedoms and the dead King and just how that was all set up. I think it probably could have been explained a little better in the beginning. Again, it wasn't horrible, didn't ruin any of my enjoyment of the book, just slightly confusing.

Overall: It's been almost a month since I read this(evidenced by my horrible version of a synopsis) but I can still say that I highly recommend this book, it's one of the best fantasy books I've read in a while.

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
To Whom? Any fan of YA Fantasy with epic character building.
Will I read more from this author(or series)? Yes. I'm dying for more!


May Wrap Up

How can it be June!? I don't understand! Wasn't yesterday still April? It feels like it was!

So I would normally put my challenges update right about here...except I literally have no idea where I stand on any of the challenges I was doing... Oops? I might try to figure it out later this month but I also might just...give up? It's so hard to keep up with!


In Real Life:

Basically, I failed at all the things this month! I was super busy, I moved and then there was a ton of stuff to do after the move and just all kind of things. I posted like..10 posts and some don't even count cause they were just updates! I did read 10 books though so that wasn't too bad! But...for the first time in like a year I went nearly the full month without writing. Blasphemous!

I had slumps this month. For two weeks I didn't feel like reading much. Then all I did was read. All month I barely blogged and just couldn't really make myself feel like blogging. Likewise with writing. I wanted to write I just couldn't seem to make myself, you know?

I also got an ice cream maker and started making homemade sugar-free ice cream and it's AMAZING. Also, spent this weekend dying my hair so that the left side of my head is now blue and the right black.
*some of the blue is a little darker than the rest because I was lazy and didn't want to bleach a second time to make it all really bright.

Plans For Next Month:

Well, it's been months since I posted a feature(Ships I Ship, Ships I Don't Ship), I've also been neglacting Top Ten Tuesday and basically everything that is not a review, so blogwise I'm hoping to find time to do a few of those things.

As for writing I'm getting back to work, I'm editing one novel and FINALLY, completely rewriting what was my first novel, which I haven't worked on in about two years... It's kind of scary actually.


The Books:
Sadly, recently I've read a handful or more of disappointing books. They didn't completely suck but also weren't amazing.
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Top 3 Reads Of May:

25465559 The Lady In Blue by Kimberly G. Giarratano
This book was everything I wanted in a sequel/companion novel to Grunge Gods and Graveyards which is a book I love so much. Also, the author is super nice and so awesome and gives me partial credit for inspiring her to write a sequel which is just really awesome all by itself.






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 Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
So this is actually a graphic novel but I loved it so much! It's all about heroes and villains and is so well written and fun. The art is also amazing and I just want to read it again and again!







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 The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
Just one of the best fantasy books I've read in a long time. I loved it so much!











Top 1 2 Disappointment Of May:
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Your turn! How was your month? Tell me all about BEA if you went, please? And what was your favorite book of the month!?