Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Review: Internet Famous by Danika Stone + GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)


Hello, everyone! Today is my stop on the blog tour for INTERNET FAMOUS by Danika Stone hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of this blog tour.

Down below is my full review of the novel, the author links, full tour schedule, purchase links for the book should you fancy buying yourself a copy and, finally, A GIVEAWAY! Cue confetti cannons! Read on, bookworms!
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Rating: PG-13
Genre: Young Adult
Score: 3 1/2 stars
Page Count: 320
Stand Alone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published: June 6th, 2017

High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

Review:
PROS:
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1. When I first stumbled upon this book, I couldn't but think it sounded like probably one of the cutest books ever. Because who doesn't love a book about the one thing that makes this world go round, the internet? This book practically had my name written all over it with the main character running a BLOG and FANGIRLING and the mention of all things interwebs such as vlogging, social media, and the fun and not-so-pretty moments of it all that make internet drama that much more interesting. So, obviously, I was able to snag a spot on the blog tour and was able to read this book only to be left with somewhat mixed feelings. Here's the review: 

2. I thought the premise of the story was pretty cute. It matches the cover perfectly if you ask me. Madi loves her blog more than a lot of things as it provides her an escape from her real life into the beautiful world of fiction in the form of pop-culture entertainment, mainly films such as 80's movies as she blogs about her thoughts on them. She has quite a huge following and with that following comes another set of drama and stress that cause Madi to have to fight yet another world-shattering battle: Internet trolls. I loved getting to see the real life and internet life of our main character as she struggles to keep both as separate as possible. Her life is anything but quiet and calm as her sister (who is autistic) needs Madi's constant watching over to make sure her sister's routine goes UNINTERRUPTED to avoid a freak out, her parents pretty much leaving Madi to "deal" with her sister on her own and also manage to keep up her school grades, getting ready to graduate, apply to colleges, figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life, etc. Basically, the cute premise is only the surface of the story but quickly dives into deeper topics which I appreciated.

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3. The book is cute overall, maybe a little cheesy or corny at some points but it killed it with all the 80's movie references and funny dialogue between characters. I was also a big of the layout of the book as it includes snippets of emails, text messages, Tumblr posts, even memes and pictures which was a great addition as the book kind of revolves around social media and pop-culture. It isn't a YA novel about the internet without a meme, am I right? Madi's blog posts were also fun to read and it made me wish that MadLibs was an actual blog as I was really entertained by Madi's choice of phrasing, internet humor and quirky commentary about whatever movie she watched and either enjoyed or wasn't a fan of. It's a book I found to be very current and familiar as I'm a blogger myself and I think that other bloggers, whether book, pop-culture or geeky bloggers alike would really enjoy this book. 

CONS:
1. Even though I was a fan for most of the book, there were times when I was either really annoyed or kind of frustrated while reading. I thought Madi was a nice character and handled stress somewhat well but at times, especially in the beginning of the book, she tended to overreact big time and fly off the handle a bit before thinking about the situation first. At times, she acted immature for her age and her freakouts got a little bit annoying as she overreacted (in my opinion) to her internet trolls giving her a hard time. 

2. Madi also seemed a bit harsh towards her sister Sarah who is autistic and therefore can't help it when she gets incredibly upset. Madi tended to get frustrated easily with Sarah (which I know is a realistic response from people who take care of kids with special needs) but I just felt like Madi blamed her sister a little without feeling guilty about it. Madi tried her best to take care of her sister as best she could since her parents were little to no help and she is young, has been watching over Sarah her entire life and I understand why she would get frustrated and upset at times. She needed help but I was a little wary about how she talked to or treated her sister. 

3. The romance was cute and cheesy as you'd expect from a quick and fluffy read such as this one but the love interest, Laurent, was just a little too overdone. Describing him as a "super-hot anime character come to life" was an instant turn-off for me. Add on the fact that Madi also described him as super-hot and perfect every other page was a little annoying. He was built up seemingly to have no flaws whatsoever and played more of a Superman role in the book than a love-interest, constantly having to "save" Madi from her freak outs. I think it the dramatics had been toned down a notch or two, I would have enjoyed their relationship a bit more than I did. 

Overall, this book was a cute and quick read and I did enjoy it. Would I reread it? Maybe. But not anytime soon. I would still recommend this book to people who maybe like a little more drama to their cute and fluffy contemporary novels and of course, all the pop-culture references to make your little geeky heart happy.



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About The Author

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Master's thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada. 

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•1 paperback copy of INTERNET FAMOUS by Danika Stone
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

May Book Haul & Wrap-Up + Life Updates!


Hello, everybody! Well, it's been a while, to say the least. Sorry for kind of going MIA for a little while there, not posting a single thing for almost a month. I've been quite busy with work as the summer season is upon us and a few other things going on in my life which I'll get into a bit later in this post. For now, let's get to the more interesting stuff.

THE BOOK HAUL!!!!

I didn't buy nearly as many books this month as I did in my last book haul, which I take as a very good thing since last month was probably my biggest book haul to date. Here are all the books, CDs, songs, etc. that I obtained in the month of May! Enjoy!

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REVIEW COPIES
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BOUGHT BOOKS
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Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang - Half Price Books - $3
The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine - Half Price Books - $5.99
Trafficked by Kim Purcell - Library - $1

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CD's/ALBUMS
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Changed by Rascal Flatts - Thrift Shop - $0.50
Nothing Like This by Rascal Flatts - Thrift Shop - $0.50
Still Feels Good by Rascal Flatts - Thrift Shop - $0.50
Unstoppable by Rascal Flatts - Thrift Shop - $0.50
My December by Kelly Clarkson - Thrift Shop - $0.50
Own The Night by Lady Antebellum - Thrift Shop - $0.50
24K Magic by Bruno Mars - Target - $11.49
Square Two by BLACKPINK - Google Play - $3.99
Laugh, Laugh, Laugh by GOT7 - Amazon - $6
O!RUL82? by BTS - Amazon - $16
Love Train by GOT7- Amazon - $9

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

Oh Na Na by K.A.R.D - Google Play - $1.29
Break A Little by Kirstin™ - Google Play - $1.29
Ghost by Ellie Drennan - Google Play - $1.29
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LIFE UPDATES:
I hope you guys enjoyed my book haul for the month! I know I've been a very bad book blogger (THE SHAME IS REAL) but I'm trying my best to try to be more active on my own blog as well as on Of Wonderland which I'm hard at work planning out posts for. One of which is going to take me a few days to get together and I'm SO EXCITED about it. 

Anyhoo, I've also been getting refreshed for the summer by chopping off my hair into a bob, dying it purple, getting new summer clothes and shoes as well as working some extra hours at work. I've also been working on some new artwork for my Wreck This Journal and I'm having tons of fun with it so far. If you want to check out my completed pages, click here to view my art Instagram as I'll be posting all of my completed pages on there as I do them. I've been really uninspired lately so I thought doing a Wreck This Journal would be a good way to get me back into painting.

That's about for any interesting life updates I have for you all. I really hope you all have an awesome Summer and do some relaxing this season. Read on, bookworms! See you in the next chapter!

P.S. I also changed the design of the blog. How do you like it? ;)
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Review: Just A Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi + GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)


Hello, everyone! I'm really excited to bring you guys my stop on the blog tour for JUST A NORMAL TUESDAY by Kim Turrisi hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Also, a HUGE thanks to Kids Can Press for sending me a review copy!

I was sent a physical copy of this book in exhcange for an honest review as part of this blog tour.

Down below is my full review of this novel, the purchase links should you fancy buying a copy, the author's links, tour link and finally, a GIVEAWAY! Please enjoy!
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Rating: PG-13
Genre: Young Adult
Score: ❤❤❤❤
Page Count: 256
Stand Alone
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Published: May 2nd, 2017

It's just a normal Tuesday for sixteen-year-old Kai, until suddenly it's anything but. She's received a letter from her beloved older sister, Jen, a letter that begins, My very bestest sister, Kai, if you are reading this, I am already gone. From that moment on, Kai's life will never be the same, as she is forced to deal with the shock and horror of losing Jen to suicide. 

Consumed with grief, Kai looks for answers, lashes out at people who love her and eventually turns to excessive drinking and drugs, all with disastrous results and no relief from her suffering. Struggling with their own sorrow, Kai's parents realize she needs more help than they can give, and they enroll her in the Tree House, a "grief camp" for children. Though reluctant to go, once she's there, Kai finally finds others who truly understand her loss. No longer alone, she's able to begin dealing with her pain. And to see light at the end of the dark tunnel. 

Kim Turrisi's beautiful, wrenching young-adult novel sheds a much-needed light on the subjects of mental illness and suicide. Using the unique idea of a grief camp, Turrisi lays out a process for healing and moving forward for readers who have been touched by loss. But this book's appeal reaches beyond that. With combined elements of tragedy and romance, compellingly told in Kai's authentic voice, this ultimately hopeful story will be an unputdownable read for any teen.

Review:
PROS:
1. I was so super happy when I got a spot on the blog tour for this book because I just LOVE my mental health reads. I've said before that they're my favorite kind of books to read even though most of them are pretty heartbreaking. I love reading about mental health because it is such an important topic that affects so many people and it isn't talked about enough in YA literature. So when I found this novel, I just knew I had to try getting a chance to review. And I did! Here's my review:

2. First off, the book starts off raw and doesn't let up. The story opens up with Kai having a normal day at school and coming home to find her sister's suicide note, or letter rather, and her world comes crashing down in an instant. One of the things I liked about Kai's character was that she reacted in anger. There is no right or wrong way to mourn but I've noticed that mainly sadness and depression set in when a main character experiences a loss in the books I've read thus far about suicide or grief. Kai, however, chooses to let her anger take over and instead of turning to professionals for help or even her own parents, she turns to alcohol and drugs, blame and anger to help her cope. Kai wants someone to blame and be mad at for her sister's suicide and she's constantly pointing her finger at someone new, including herself and her sister. I liked seeing this new reaction to grief as some people do use anger to help mourn the loss of a loved one. Kai was drowning in grief and used her anger to disguise how heartbroken she was, almost doing some serious damage to herself before she's able to get help at a grief camp.

3. Kai has to learn throughout the book that sometimes, you just don't get to have the answers you're looking for. She soon realizes that she truly isn't alone in her loss, that it's okay to be mad about what happened and suicide causes a domino effect, hurting more people than just a couple. I loved that the book portrays Kai's journey through grief in such a real and raw way. We get to see how Kai thinks, justifies her actions and emotions even when she herself can't seem to justify them enough for her own liking. The writing paints a beautifully painful picture of how suicide is a hard thing to accept let alone admit to yourself that it happened and there's no changing things. Kai has to come to the harsh reality: the past is the past and there's nowhere left to go but forward.


4. This book really was heartbreaking and I'd suggest having a box of tissues with you if you choose to read this one, which I HIGHLY suggest you do. Even though it's short and a quick read, it holds a lot within its pages that's totally worth reading. The reason I didn't give this book a five-star rating is because while I enjoyed the book a lot, I couldn't help but feel the book got a little tropey towards the end when the romance really comes into play. At first, it was subtle but towards the end of things, it took too big of a role for my personal liking in these kinds of stories. If the romance hadn't felt too much like a trope, I would've totally given this book a full five stars.

You Can Purchase The Book Here:
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About The Author:

A graduate of Florida State University, Kim Turrisi began her career in film and television. After a year of on-set production (getting coffee, wrangling actors and taking lunch orders) Kim segued to the development side of the business. First working as a development executive at Columbia-Tri- Star and eventually shepherding many projects in family entertainment for Disney, Viacom and Hallmark.

Kim created and wrote an online web series for which she won a Daytime Emmy. She wrote for ABC Family's webisode series, PRETTY DIRTY SECRETS, an internet companion piece to smash hit PRETTY LITTLE LIARS.

While she’s always been a voracious reader and writer, she never thought about writing for teens until she immersed herself in the children’s publishing world as the Director of Special Projects for the Society of Book writers and Illustrators. There, reading children’s literature is a big part of her job.

Her debut Young Adult novel JUST A NORMAL TUESDAY is loosely based on the author's own experience, the debut YA novel follows 16-year- old Kai as she struggles through the emotional aftermath of her sister's suicide. Kai spends a month at grief camp, discovering a roadmap to piecing her broken heart back together.

One of Kim’s favorite parts of the writing process is to create playlists for her characters that she listens to when she writes. When she revises her manuscripts, she’s generally in mismatched plaid and her desk is riddled with junk food. She collects Chuck Taylor’s, Van’s, and has a killer sock collection.

Born in Hawaii, she credits her love of travel to her life as an Air Force brat moving every two years. When she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found obsessing over her dogs, Riley and Rocco.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

(A Rather Large) April Book Haul & Wrap-Up!


Okay, this month's book haul is more than just rather large. It's FREAKING HUGE. But I have explanations. Or excuses rather. What have you. 

Recently, my local thrift shop introduced a new sale for their books that seems like it's here to stay which I'm SO THANKFUL for. The sale is 10 books for a dollar so obviously, when I found that out, I went back three more times to look at whatever was new each week. I swear the pressure of having to find ten books had me panicking. You'd think I'd be more excited than nerve-racked to find ten books but with the selection not being anything big or amazing, I was feeling the urgency. 

As for the size of my CD haul . . . okay I don't have an excuse for that part other than I worked a little overtime this month and some of the CD's were on sale for 2-5 dollars. COME AT ME.

Enjoy my haul.
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REVIEW COPIES:
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BOUGHT BOOKS:
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DIGITAL DOWNLOADS:


Subeme La Radio by Enrique Iglesias - Google Play - $0.99
Me Like Yuh by Jay Park feat. Hoody - Google Play - $1.29
Square One by BLACKPINK - Google Play - $2.49
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CD's:


Title by Meghan Trainor - Half Price Books - $2.00
Rehab by Lecrae (Deluxe Edition) - Half Price Books - $2.00
The Most Beautiful Moments In Life Pt. 1 3rd, Mini Album by BTS - Amazon - $14.49
Anomaly by Lecrae - Mardel - $5.00
Around The World by GOT7 - Amazon - $5.49
Mamma Mia Original Broadway Soundtrack - Thrift Shop - $0.99 (Gift for a friend)
Heart Shaped World by Jessica Andrews - Thrift Shop - $0.99
Storyteller by Carrie Underwood (Deluxe Edition) - Thrift Shop - $0.99
Play On by Carrie Underwood - Thrift Shop - $0.99
Need You Now by Lady Antebellum - Thrift Shop - $0.99

VINYL:


A Song For You by The Carpenters - Half Price Books - $4.99
Close To You by The Carpenters - Half Price Books - $4.99
Adventures Of The Heart by Frank Sinatra - Half Price Books - $4.99
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