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WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS READ?

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

 

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Spare and Found Parts

WHAT DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

The Beginning of Everything    Caraval

DO YOU USE THE STAR RATING SYSTEM?

Not really more of a range of 5 number rating system

ARE YOU DOING A 2017 READING CHALLENGE?

I made the challenge when I read a ton of books last year working midnights and reading for 8 hours straight 5 nights a week. So my 2017 was to read 75, I’m at 14 so definitely not meeting that.

DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

In my head every book in the YA section is on the wishlist.

WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN ON BUYING NEXT?

DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE QUOTES?

Oh Boy am I a bad bookworm if I say no?

WHO ARE YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS?

Kelly Elliott, Kelly Elliott, Kelly Elliott (Wanted Series)

HAVE YOU JOINED ANY GROUPS?

Not really been trying to focus on my Amino groups

I TAG…

*No pressure to re-do the tag!*

@miathebookaddict

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Personal Opinion/Review #11: The Rest of Us Just Live Here By Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Okay let me just start by saying THE COVER GLOWS IN THE DARK!!!!!! okay so this was not informed to me by the sales rep who recommended this read to me. I mean she had be convinced at book that tells the story of the normal behind the scenes people in all those supernaturally character focus stories, but I might have picked this up way earlier if she had just mentioned the glow in the dark cover.

Goodreads Synopsis:

A new YA novel from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a bold and irreverent novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

So like I mentioned above this book tells the simple story of the normals living in the background of the stories usually told about the indies (supernatural people) saving the world. I love the way that Ness tells the story; we still get small blurbs of the supernatural story and the main story revolves around the normals just living. There are points throughout the book where I feel that there are lulls and others where I just feel like screaming at the characters to stop being so silly. This book does however deal with many mental health issues in multiple characters as well as having a LBGTQ aspect, with every character bring something new to the story. There is so much information and genres crammed into this small quick read, that if you aren’t sure if you might like it that there are others to latch onto throughout the story.

Rating: 4/5

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Personal Opinion/Review #10: The Upside of Unrequited By Becky Albertalli

The Upside of Unrequited

I am on a huge contemporary kick this summer, there is just something about the warm weather by the pool with a super cute couple in undying love. This book was great for that purpose. The main character was totally relatable, at least to myself, and super cute.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. 

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

OMG, so the main character Molly is very relatable I don’t care what anyone says we all crush on so many people. I would hate to think if someone had counted the number of crushes I had in high school, heck even into my young adult life. I felt so nostalgic reading along with Molly’s summer life and all the mishaps and happy moments that took place along the ride. The writing style of romance and swoon is very similar to the style in the previous blog post I did about Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, I do really enjoy Albertalli’s books and will continue to read all she puts out.

Rating:5/5

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Book Haul July 2017 #3: Some of These Were Free I Swear

Okay so I should start by saying that the first three were $6 each or 3/$10

Animal Farm   The Great Gatsby   Crime and Punishment I love the covers on these older classic stories. What do you think?

I am remembering loving the Immortal Instruments series, and wanting to reread it but am not a huge fan of my ereader at the moment (it is an older model so slow, but why spend the money to upgrade it when that could buy more books). So this led to the next few purchases.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)  City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)  City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)

I found a used book store in the city, this is an amazing thing to me. Where I currently live I have the option of New Books or the Library. These next books were in brand new condition and less than half of cover price 🙂

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave,...  The Infinite Sea (The 5th W... I haven’t heard much about this series, but for $20 for both why not?

Caraval  This has been on my to buy list forever, it was less than half cover price :O

Now I did say some of these were free, my library had a cart that said ‘Free to forever home’. There wasn’t much there but these two books seemed interesting.

Mr. Lynch's Holiday  Hide Me Among the Graves

July is over, So I can with all truth say no more books will be bought in July 2017!!

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Personal Opinion/Review #9: Geekerella By Ashley Poston

Geekerella

I have heard soooo much about this book, both through blog reviews and booktube, and none of this has been negative. There was also the fact that this was a retelling, which was a mega win!!! Have I mentioned that I love retellings?

Goodreads Synopsis:

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. 

This was an amazing story, I loved the characters personalities and the flow of the story. I read this book in 4 days which is actually pretty fast for me, as I don’t get a lot of reading time lately. The writing style was addicting leaving the end of every chapter with a hanger of sorts leaving you wanting more more more. The only down fall I found of this book is that I would have liked to have seen more of a ending to the plot of the stepmother and step-sisters, as the ending of the story does revolve greatly the love story relationship.

Rating: 4.5/5

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Book Haul July 2017 #2: Beginning to See I Have a Problem

The first step is admitting there is an issue……

So after giving myself a stern talking to after the last haul post, I swore that there would be no more books purchased this month or at least until the TBR pile became a little more under control… Then I caught a summer cold and spent several hours on Booktube, Books Amino and Book Blogs. This made a larger issue that the closest Starbucks was attached to a Chapters (Canada’s Large Chain Book Store), upon entering I was told “It is your last weekend for buy 5 books get $10 in points for next purchase”

Well this only gave be validation that there was no reasonable excuse not to shop, So without further ado my book haul

Ready Player One

I have been hearing so much about this book lately that I am surprised that it has taken me this long to get it. As I walked around with it in my hand several people stopped to tell me it was great and that there was a movie adaption coming.

Requiem (Delirium, #3)

I got the other two books in this trilogy at the beginning of the month and saw no reason to not have all three on the off chance there is retail ending moment and I am stuck with only two of three books for the rest of my life.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here

This book was recommended to me as a funny quick read by a store rep awhile ago but they just never had it in stock. So as soon as I saw it, I just had to have it.

The Stars Never Rise (The S...

I needed one more book to make five and this was on the sale table for $6 with an additional 75% off, so like $1.50 and who can say no to a book worth less than $2.

The Secrets of Attraction

Again on the sales table $6 with an additional 75% off, seriously $1.50 I just couldn’t say no.

I am admitting there is a problem, I am not however putting a plan in place to fix it. So keep your eye out for my next haul!

Personal Opinion/Review #8: Stealing Snow By Danielle Paige

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

I have this huge fascination with fairy tales and their retelling, there is just something about taking a childhood happiness and turning it into an adulthood happiness; or taking one of those tales and making a darker story out of the bits that were never very clear.

After reading Unhooked By Lisa Maxwell and Lunar Chronicles By Marissa Meyer, I have been on the hunt for my next favourite retelling. I have been to several stores and asked many people what they thought and if they had any recommendations, the consensus came to this  Stealing Snow By Danielle Paige.

Goodreads Synopsis:

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

This big had some big expectations put on it and I was a little worried going in that I may be setting it up for failure; However, Danielle Paige did an amazing job turning the classic Snow White fairy tale into something dark and fun. I had a very difficult time finishing the book, just because I knew that it would be over and I would have to wait for the next book. The characters had very lovable personalities and the boys (not the King) in this book just make your heart melt. There are some plot points that just blew me out of the water though, that I feel like I could have used a heads-up before hand.  I do still look forward to this series and my escape continuing.

Rating: 4.25/5

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Personal Opinion/Review #7: Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda By Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I have been in a small reading slump, I used to be able to read a few books a week and I am now reading one; this book however I read in an afternoon. I was totally consumed with this book and it wasn’t only because my other option was to watch my boyfriend play Skyrim.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

This was a great LGBTQ contemporary; I wish there was books like this to read when I was in highschool, good and clean romance. The scenarios portrayed in this novel are a mild show of how cruel and mean highschool kids can act. Simon spends most the book fighting his inner self and feeling in secure about himself and the relationships he has with those around him, you don’t have to be part of the LGBTQ community to relate to the feelings throughout. I would recommend this book in a heart beat!

Rating: 5/5

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Book Haul: July 2017 #1

Oh boy my bank account sure felt some pain in the first week of this month. The book store (Chapters/Coles/Indigo) was having a great deal; buy 3 young adult book and get one free, which could be combined with buy 5 books get $10 to use next visit. Needless to say I went back a few times.

First Trip

Geekerella The Upside of Unrequited When Dimple Met Rishi Now I Rise (The Conqueror's... Dangerous Girls

I’ve heard many good things about Geekerella, When Dimple Met Rishi and The Upside of Unrequited, from Booktube and many blogs.

I’ve been waiting entirely too long for Now I Rise, really hate reading books before realizing they are part of an unfinished series.

Dangerous Girls was a recommendation from the amazing sales rep.

Second Trip

The Beginning of Everything The Accident Season Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens ... Rusty Nailed (Cocktail, #2) Sapphique (Incarceron, #2)

I went into the store looking for some great contemporary reads, I got the recommendation of The Beginning of Everything and Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (review scheduled to be posted tomorrow).

Rusty Nailed was a the second book to Wallbanger a book I already read (review of Wallbanger already posted).

Sapphique is the second book in a series that was a cover buy. I mean come on the covers are soooo cool.

Accident Season was recommended by the sales rep of my last trip, but I already had 5 books. 😛

Third Trip

The Hate U Give Delirium (Delirium, #1) Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) A Court of Mist and Fury (A...

The Hate U Give is a recommendation from the sales rep of a great read to get out of a series reading slump.

Delirium and Pandemonium was cover grabs that after reading the covers seemed like amazing reads.

Anna and the French Kiss was on several summer top contemporary reads list, darn Pinterest.

Court of Mist and Fury, again another series grab. Even though I went in saying I am done with series for the summer.

 

Well that was my book buying quota for the summer, but I’m sure if you follow me you will soon find out that the bookstore brings out the worst in my personal restraint.

I hope you enjoy my escape and find one of your own – keep on reading. 🙂

 

Personal Opinion\Review #6: The Winner’s Kiss By Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Kiss (The Winner's Trilogy, #3)

The Winner’s Kiss is the third and final book in The Winner’s trilogy by Marie Rutkoski. This was my favourite book of the three; the characters and plot seem to have all the kinks from book two out of their system it was very fast paced, dramatic and exciting.

Goodreads Synopsis:

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?

I was quickly absorbed into this book, the drama from the end of the second book is running full tilt throughout this one. I had a very hard time putting it down the 3 or 4 times I picked it up. Kestrel and Arin are too cute and the drama that surrounds them is all consuming. I can’t say however that I wasn’t relieved that the angst of this teenage relationship and drama was finally over.

Rating: 4.5/5

I hope you enjoy my escape and find one of your own – keep on reading. 🙂