Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Review: Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova (Graphic Novel)

Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Rating: PG
Genre: Graphic Novel
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤
Page Count: 224
Stand Alone
Publisher: Yen Press
Published: July 21, 2015

Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids.

Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.

On her first day at her new school, Penelope--Peppi--Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she's already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the "nerder girlfriend." How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!
Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can't help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he's a member of her own club's archrivals--the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!

1. First off, can we just talk about how adorable the cover is? Okay, let's get serious. It's been a little slow for me seeing as I haven't been reading many graphic novels lately due to school, reading slumps, art projects etc. So I was very happy to find this lovely book to get me back into the reading of graphic novels and of course, I ended up finding yet another that I plan on adding to my shelf! Let's get this review started!
2. First, I want to talk about the characters. I really loved all their characters and their goofy, silly and very determined personalities. I loved that the kids viewed their science teacher as an evil genius and their art teacher as a bit of a loser whom they loved anyway. It was funny to see how bubbly and weird some of the kids where in this book (they are in middle school after all) and I loved how the science geeks and art nerds had their own ways of expressing themselves. I really loved our two main characters Peppi and Jaime. I thought Peppi was really sweet, very creative and even a little dramatic. She was a really fun character to follow and I loved seeing her deal with real life lessons about making new friends and learning to stand up for her friends and go for what she really wants. Jaime was quiet and a bit of a geek but he was the kind of best friend I'd want to have myself. He didn't like conflict and he was a bit awkward around people but he knew what he liked and didn't let people change him. 

3. I loved the story line so much because of many reasons! I loved that it talks about a really relatable subject of rivaling clubs in middle school and the subject of who to befriend and who to stay away from was very well explored in an entertaining way.  Peppi really wanted to apologize to and become friends with Jaime but things got complicated once she discovered he was part of the Science Club, the soul adversaries of her Art Club. The story line played out really well and I loved that it wasn't predictable like some can be. It dealt with two rivaling clubs that were hungry for bloodshed and tears and will go to any lengths to beat each other for the spot of being included in the School Club Fair. Even if it means all out war and sabotage. 

4. I really loved the art in this book as well! I loved how 'fun' it was and how it gave off an innocent, almost goofy, feel to the book just on its own. I really loved the colors used in the illustrations and how it was mainly muted pinks and greys with pops of bright colors in the clothing of the characters and their surroundings. I really love just staring at the illustrations which might seem kind of weird, but whatever. I loved all the detailing of the facial expressions which made me laugh most often and I really enjoyed how clear it all was and how easy it was to read. 

5. Overall, I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a simple, funny and quick graphic novel to pick up should you ever need something to lift your mood. It's tons of fun to read, even more fun to look at and who doesn't love a funny and goofy read?

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Review: Paperweight by Meg Haston

Paperweight by Meg Haston
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health
Score: ❤❤❤❤
Page Count: 288
Stand Alone
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: July 7, 2015

Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.
Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.
Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn't plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.

1. I was pretty interested in this book when I found out about its release a few months ago and I couldn't wait to dive into its story. Obviously, its not really a lighthearted book at all so I had to wait a while before I was finally in the mood for it because, you know, it talks about some pretty emotional subjects. I finally got around to reading it so without further ado, here's my review:

2. I really loved the characters in this book so first, we'll start with our main character Stevie. I thought her character was so realistic and raw and you could really see her way of thinking and how she felt towards food and her weight. She was obviously upset that she was sent to the treatment center and didn't want anything to so with her nurses, doctors or therapists, even the other girls there as well. I loved that as the book progressed, you could clearly see the changes happening in Stevie, both for better or worse, and you could see the amount of development in her. Her eating disorder was also very realistic which was an obvious sign of a very well researched subject by the author. Stevie comes from a broken home and you can see just how much she lets her emotions control her and I thought it was very interesting to be able to see so well into Stevie's mind.

3. I also really loved that the book explored different aspects of the characters, such as their home life. Stevie comes from a broken home- her mother leaving when she was young, and her brother now dead- and she's still angry about both events. However, I loved that all the girls in this book had very different home lives. One girl came a family in which she felt ignored by. Another was being abused by her own sibling. One girl even knew for herself that she had a great life with loving parents who blamed themselves for her having an eating disorder. I thought it was a great way of showing that you don't have to go through something traumatic in order to develop a life-or-death issue or even have a not-so-happy background. There are many different walks of life we take and I adored the fact that the book acknowledged that.

4. The writing was so beautiful and even poetic at times with its descriptions of emotions. You could really get a sense of just how little Stevie valued her life and you could tell just how much she wanted to kill herself and how determined she was to do so. The descriptions of how the girls felt towards their own lives and bodies was very realistic and beautifully portrayed just by the mood of the book and the writing style and even the body language of the characters with all due respect to the illness. You really got into the minds of the characters and though it was very sad to see how much they hated themselves, it was very well written.

5. Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a good book that talks about emotional subjects that are rare to see in YA literature, such as eating disorders. Now I want to give you guys some trigger warnings just in case you may have any. I don't care if some people might find these trigger warnings to be spoilers, it's more important to look out for the well being of the readers, right? This book talks a lot about Anorexia, Bulimia, Self- Harm and Suicide but it also touches on Physical Abuse, Depression, and Purging. I think this book is a great one to read if you want a book about these subjects if you've never really tried to read about them and if you want a book about learning to accept that you're not perfect and that no one else is perfect either. This book really talks about acceptance of your body, yourself and the past and learning to let go of the past.

I didn't give this book a five-star rating because I felt the ending was a bit rushed and a little slow. I would've liked to have seen it drawn out a little more to really feel satisfied with the wrap-up of the story. Also, it didn't click with me on an emotional level but then again, it takes a lot for me just to tear up while reading a book.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

YA Movies & T.V Shows: Throne Of Glass, The Fifth Wave & More!

So with all the buzz going around about upcoming YA book-to-screen adaptations, I thought it would be cool to put all these neat updates into one big awesome post for you guys in case you didn't know about these new developments. So let's get started with some upcoming YA movie titles coming up in just a few weeks!

1. The 5th Wave. In Theaters January 15, 2016.

Get ready because they're coming. The aliens obviously. In case you didn't know this was originally a YA book that has some pretty intense hype around it, you now know that you have PLENTY of time to pick this book up or even reread it to refresh yourself before seeing the movie next year. The trailer is officially out and I actually hadn't seen it until I went to see The Scorch Trials the other day.

Personally, I didn't care for the book but I'll probably give it another go just to see if it's better the second time around. It's not the first time that's happened. I also thought the trailer was honestly a weak one. It didn't bring the right feel to the movie and made it look more like a War Of The Worlds copy. Nonetheless, I am looking forward to the movie though I hope the movie is a lot better than the trailer.

2. Throne Of Glass. Optioned For T.V Show.

Before you all start having heart attacks, I'll cut right to the chase here. On September 15, 2015, the author of TOG, Sarah J. Maas, announced that her soon to be six-book series has officially been optioned for a T.V show by Mark Gordon Company. 

The company has made beloved shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and is behind the highly anticipated The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Silver Chair. Obviously, the book is in very good hands here. 

Sarah also said on her blog that she's had a film/TV agent since 2012 so this T.V show news might not have been that recent after all. Just another author secret she's been holding back from her die-hard fans for a few years is all.

Nothing is set in stone yet but at least there's hope for a TOG television show right? Which means I seriously need to read the second book at least . . .

3. Divergent: Allegiant. New Title?!

Now this one completely blew my mind. It was officially announced a few days ago that the last two remaining Divergent movies, originally titled Allegiant Part 1 and Allegiant Part 2, have officially been renamed.

The third movie out March 23, 2016, is now titled The Divergent Series: Allegiant and the fourth and final movie out March 2017, will be titled The Divergent Series: Ascendant. Not too sure how that works but moving on.  Many fans have very mixed feelings towards this new news and I'm not sure how I feel about it either.

Fans are also wondering about the tag line for Ascendant, many saying it's a tease for readers who have actually read the books and know how the series wraps up, especially how the third book ends and what happens to one of the characters. Many readers are nervous as to what it means and if in fact, it means the ending will be changed. I guess we'll just have to wait and see with bated breathe what will come of these movies.

4. A Series Of Unfortunate Events. Casting Rumors.

Ever since the announcement made by Netflix last November of ASOUE becoming their next project, fans have made some intense noise (myself included) about their excitement towards this amazing series becoming a T.V show. However, ever since that announcement, Netflix has stayed very quiet as to who the director will be, who will play the roles of the Baudelaire orphans and even when the show will be coming to your screens.

Rumors have surfaced as to who will be starring in the show and once again, mixed feelings are being felt. Many fans want the original actors to reprise their roles though they know that's not possible since they have already aged. Count Olaf is one character many fans want Jim Carrey to star as yet again and I have to say, I'm so on board with that idea.

Rumors have stated that Netflix is looking at Sopie Turner, one of the lead actresses of the hit show Game Of Thrones, to play Violet Baudelaire and Ender's Game's Asa Butterfield to play Klaus Baudelaire. Other actors are rumored to be optioned as well: Toby Jones for Mr. Poe, James D'Arcy for Lemony Snicket, Peter Capaldi for Count Olaf, etc.

Netflix also announced that the 'teaser trailer' for A Series Of Unfortunate Events that surfaced back in August was in fact a fake and said nothing more. A poster for the show also surfaced though Netflix hasn't said if it's legitimate or not. Regardless, people REALLY want something solid about anything for this series, including me. Many say the show will be released sometime in 2016 where as others argue it will be sometime in 2017. There is a TON of rumors and excitement for this show as you can obviously tell. Nevertheless, the show is on the way and news is still to come.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Scorch Trials (TMR #2) : Movie Review

Rating: PG-13

So I'm just going to say this right off the bat; If you're hoping this was a spot on movie adaptation of this amazing book, you're looking at the wrong movie. It's no secret that this movie wasn't going to follow the book really at all, I mean, even the director announced some pretty major changes to the story even before filming began. Like the first movie, I thought it made a really cool one to see with your friends on the weekend which I'm all for. As an adaptation however, it just was not at all on point. Some things were kept in the movie, however, not a lot. Naming some of the major changes would take a whole lot more blog posts since the movie is a completely different story from the book. So I'll just talk about some of my favorite moments in this movie. 

Even though the movie was nothing like the book, I still actually really liked a couple of things that played out and were portrayed on the screen. Let's get to top favorite thing to start off on a good note here:

The Cranks.
If you've read the book, then you already know just how crazy and wild the Cranks are and how much more they can be. In the movie, they were just as wild and insane. I thought they actually might've been a little cooler than those in the book. Sure, they looked and acted more like zombies on steroids but at the same time, they were creepier and more terrifying on screen with there black blood oozing out of their eyes and mouths. The infections obviously looked grotesque so if you have a weak stomach or don't do zombies or anything along those lines, you might want to watch out.

The Betrayal.
If you haven't read the book, then you won't know what the heck "The Betrayal" is so to spare you the spoilers, I won't mention this certain character who betrays everyone in both the movie and book. However, if you HAVE read the book and were worried whether or not this major moment would be included in the craziness that is The Scorch Trials, then have no fear! I loved that the betrayal by you-know-who actually took place even though it was for completely different reasons though they were still related to the original source from the book. 

The End.
Now don't fear this time either, I'm not naming any spoilers here! But let's just say some crap went down at the end of the movie that left me like "WHAT?!" The feeling I had at the end of the movie was caused by something heartbreaking that happened to my favorite character from the series and let's just say, I was so not a happy camper. You know that feeling you had of utter betrayal and pain you had at the end of the first book when you-know-who gets killed? Yeah, that was me. And Mr. Wes Ball expects me to wait until 2017 for the third movie?! What is this madness??

Overall, I really do love this movie for what it is. The effects were really cool and there was a ton of action going on. Totally worth two and a half hours if you ask me but then again, I'm a die hard Glader. As an adaptation though, it was very disappointing but at the same time, the series isn't exactly that easy to put in movie form. So take your chances and see the movie for yourself.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Music Matching Monday: An Ember In The Ashes

Review: An Ember In The Ashes

So this book is obviously high fantasy and pretty intense for a YA fantasy and I really wanted to choose the perfect song to pair this one with. In case you guys don't know what it's about, this book is about a young girl who goes undercover with the help of a secret organization to work as a slave in order to save her family from being held hostage in the Martial Empire by it's rulers and there meets one of the Empire's finest soldiers who's also secretly the most unwilling. This book presents just how dangerous and scary standing up for what you truly believe in can be and the characters in this book face death with every single whisper and move they make. In order to stop the Empire from destroying both them and their world, these characters will do whatever they have to in order to stop it. The lyrics in the song I chose for this book really go so well with the story! I love how the first verse really reminds me of how Laia would imagine taking down the corrupt government. I love how full and powerful the music is so I hope this song becomes your anthem for this book like it has for me. Enjoy! 

WARRIORS by Imagine Dragons

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Coffee Book Tag!

So this time I'm going to be doing what I think is the most awesome tag ever!! Books? Coffee? Two of my favorite things in the whole entire world combined? Yes please! So anyhoo, now that I've freaked out enough, I wasn't tagged by anybody to do this tag but that hasn't stopped me before so deal with it. This tag was originally created by BangadyBanz so be sure to check out the video! Drum roll please . . .

1. Black. Name a series that's tough to get into but has hardcore fans.
I don't really know if this series has hardcore fans but they sure are dedicated. I LOVE the Daughter Of Smoke and Bone series and I'm dying to find out how the third book wraps up the series! No spoilers please!! These are hard to get into because of the writing style but I found it magical and poetic!

2. Peppermint Mocha. Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year.

I feel like the default answer for this one is any Harry Potter book but I haven't read that series yet (*runs and hides*) BUT I do see Let It Snow pop up every winter which isn't that surprising since it is three holiday short stories which I LOVED. 

3. Hot Chocolate. What's your favorite children's book?

I think I name this one every single time whenever I run into this question. But what I can say? Charlotte's Web is just such a classic and it's actually such a quick read, not to mention that it has talking animals. You can't get any cooler than that.

4. Double Shot of Espresso. Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

So for this one, I have two choices. The first is The Scorch Trials because (1) I'm currently rereading it and (2) I still remember my experience reading it last year and being so invested in the book that I read it in two sittings! Needless to say, I just could not put it down.

Now for Cress. OH MY GOODNESS!!! From start to finish I just read it like crazy!! I NEEDED to know how it ended ASAP. And can we just talk about pages 544 and 545? OH. MY. DOG.

5. Starbucks. Name a book you see everywhere.
It's not exactly science to figure out why this book is in every single bookstore and website since, you know, the movie comes out in a few weeks. Or is it already out? Either way, there is a ton of excitement surrounding this book and it's adaptation.

6. That Hipster Coffee Shop. Give a book by an indie author a shoutout.

For this one, I chose an author who seriously deserves WAY more readers!! I read one of her books earlier this year and it was SO GOOD! Never have a felt so emotionally lost after reading such a short book. I needed more!! The amazing author I'm talking about is Amelia Carter whom I follow on instagram and you should too. I loved Love Of The Undefined because of it's unique and touching story. Check out my review of it linked above to find out my complete thoughts about it!


7. Oops! I accidentally got decaf! Name a book you were expecting more from.

Decaf! The horror!! Anyway, I might get a little hate from my choice but I have to say that I was expecting a little more out of Throne Of Glass because of how hyped it is and how much people are going crazy over the series. I hear that it gets better as the series progresses and I do plan on continuing with the books but at the moment, it's not my top priority. 

8. The Perfect Blend. Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying.

I honestly can't express my love for this series in words. They're so good with all the action, wittiness, romance, adventure, dystopian, fantasy feels going on throughout each book that it's just perfect in every way. These books were a teaspoon of sugar, hit you with something bitter, got a littler sweeter, turned bitter again, became the sweetest of all, then bitter again and somewhere in there, was both at the same time. Okay, I'm done.

I'm not sure who to tag for this one so if you want to do this, just say you were tagged by yours truly! I would love to see your answers for these so if you want, leave a link to your Coffee Book Tag post down below! 

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Music Matching Monday: The Vanishing Season

Review: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

For this book, the mood for the entire story was really icy, cold and almost grey. That's the best I can describe it so bear with me here! This book is about a girl named Maggie who moves to a small town where a string of murders starts happening and her and her friends have to kind of deal with the fact that it's no longer safe in their little home town. I really loved how this book had a ghostly-tone for the narration and thought it was the perfect touch for this book. I described this book as Paper Valentine by Brenda Yavonoff meets The Lovely Bones because of the whole murder thing and one of the POV's in the book being told from a "Ghost" that isn't named and following her story as well as Maggie's. It's a perfect read for the winter and I think this book was a beautiful story about learning to love again while also being haunted by the past. I hope you guys enjoy this week's pairing and if you've read the book, then you'll probably appreciate the song a little more ;)

THAT GHOST by Megan & Liz

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Review: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Fantasy
Score: 3.5 stars
Page Count: 391
Book #1 of The Orphan Queen series
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books
Published: March 10, 2015

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

1. So I'll say this right off the bat: If you love Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, more than likely you'll love this one too. I was really excited for this lovely when the book was first released and I decided to pick it up just a few days ago and get a little fantasy in my life. I'm not going to lie here, it wasn't a favorite of mine but I still enjoyed it enough to want the second book in this series! Here's the review:

2. So for the characters, I enjoyed them enough. Wil, Black Knife, Melanie, Patrick and all the Ospreys all had pretty interesting pasts. This book doesn't go into detail when it comes to their pasts, which I was a little disappointed by but the characters were all pretty strong and even a little intimidating in their own way. Wil is of course the rightful ruler of her kingdom and is very determined to take back her thrown, no matter the cost. She's an amazing fighter and can definitely take care of herself without anyone's help. She's also very strong both physically and emotionally but has an incredibly soft spot for her people and their livelihood. She's a natural born leader and fighter and that shows throughout the story. Melanie was actually a rather sweet character and wasn't as bold as Wil but more sneaky and quiet. Patrick is a lot harder than all the characters. He believes in his own reasoning for his actions and doesn't regret a thing, no matter who gets hurt in the process. Black Knife is very mysterious and honestly reminded me a little of Batman. Wears all black? Always has a mask? Vigilante? Totally a medieval version of Batman. 

3. I really loved the world building and magic system in this book because of it's descriptions and uses. I loved how old and magical the world felt and I thought it was so cool to see what kind of creatures lurked in its shadows and outskirts. I loved how the magic was simple yet powerful and how easily Wil could "animate" anything she wanted and make it do whatever she pleased. The creatures and beasts in this book were really cool because you had half-man-half-monster beings and even giant scorpions. The world was built up in a way that made it a very dark and monstrous place and I really enjoyed that aspect. I wouldn't want to live there but I still think it was pretty cool!

4. The last thing I liked about this book was that even though it had a MAJOR cliffhanger and left me like "akjsfdbajbawufga", I really enjoyed it and I'm excited for the second book which comes out sometime next year. Like I said before, if you like TOG or are just in the mood for some high-fantasy, I suggest taking a look at this one and seeing what you think of it. There's a lot going on in this book so make sure you're in the mood for some action!

The reason why I didn't give this book a five-star rating was because of these three reasons:


1. It was a bit of a slower read despite its intense action scenes and twists and turns and I couldn't get invested in the characters or story as much as I would've liked to because of it's slower pace.

2. Because there was so much going on already, the romance in this book just felt forced and a little awkward and didn't give me anything interesting. With all the magic, war, fighting, battle, and secrecy going on, the romance was just a little too much for my taste.

3. The ending also felt very rushed and took a little bit of an awkward turn. I would've loved to have seen the last chapter be spread out into maybe two or three chapters instead of trying to wrap up the story as fast as it did. The book was also a little predictable, considering I knew Black Knife's identity halfway through the book and why Melanie was sneaking out at night without telling Wil where she was going.

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The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows (The Orphan Queen #2)
Available: April 15, 2016

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Most Anticipated YA September Releases!

It's that time again! New releases are coming and I couldn't be more excited about this month's new releases! Here are my top five most anticipated ones!

23429355Title: Catacomb (Asylum #3)
Author: Madeleine Roux
Release Date: September 1
Genre: Horror
Publisher: HarperCollins
Synopsis: Sometimes the past is better off buried.

Senior year is finally over. After all they’ve been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they’re just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan’s uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice that they are apparently being followed.. And Dan starts receiving phone messages from someone he didn’t expect to hear from again—someone who died last Halloween.

As the strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate—a fate that ties Dan to a group called the Bone Artists, who have a sinister connection with a notorious killer from the past. Now, Dan’s only hope is that he will make it out of his senior trip alive.

In this finale to the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, found photographs help tell the story of three teens who exist on the line between past and present, genius and insanity.

18692431Title: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Release Date: September 1
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

23524610Title: One
Author: Sarah Crossan
Release Date: September 15
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Greenwillow
Synopsis: Tippi and Grace share everything—clothes, friends . . . even their body. Writing in free verse, Sarah Crossan tells the sensitive and moving story of conjoined twin sisters, which will find fans in readers of Gayle Forman, Jodi Picoult, and Jandy Nelson.

Tippi and Grace. Grace and Tippi. For them, it’s normal to step into the same skirt. To hook their arms around each other for balance. To fall asleep listening to the other breathing. To share. And to keep some things private. The two sixteen-year-old girls have two heads, two hearts, and each has two arms, but at the belly, they join. And they are happy, never wanting to risk the dangerous separation surgery.

But the girls’ body is beginning to fight against them. And soon they will have to face the impossible choice they have avoided for their entire lives.

20652088Title: Ash & Bramble
Author: Sarah Prineas
Release Date: September 15
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Synopsis: When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.

Sarah Prineas’s bold fairy tale retelling is a dark and captivating world where swords are more fitting than slippers, young shoemakers are just as striking as princes, and a heroine is more than ready to rescue herself before the clock strikes midnight.

24120519Title: Library Of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children #3)
Author: Ransom Riggs
Release Date: September 22
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Publisher: Quirk Books
Synopsis: The epic conclusion to the best-selling series!

Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. . . . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August Wrap-Up and September TBR!

So this month I fell into a reading slump and didn't read the amount of books I wanted to but at least I got through a few, right? Here are the books I read this month and I'm happy to say, I actually had a really great month of reading by just how much I enjoyed the ones I read! Here they are!

The Secret Of The Old Clock by Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew Mystery #1) (4 stars)

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (2 stars)
Death Note Vol. 3 by Tsugumi Ohba (4 stars)

September TBR!

A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas (ACOTAR #1)
An Abundance Of Katherines by John Green
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner (The Maze Runner #2) (reread)
Paperweight by Meg Haston

TBR Challenge: 
Read a book set in a different country.

My pick: Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (AATFK #1) (reread)

So what are YOU reading this month? I'd love to know! Read on bookworms! See you in the next chapter!