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The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

“It may be unfair, but what happens in a few days, sometimes even a single day, can change the course of a whole lifetime.”

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I had to read this book for school and I wasn’t too excited about it. I had read this author’s second novel  A Thousand Splendid Suns and it was good, but it was also for school. These two books are not books I would’ve chosen for myself at the bookstore. But I have heard many good things about  The Kite Runner including how messed up it is. And well after reading his other novel, I believed it. I had heard so much about it that when my Lit teacher gave us a list of books we could read,  I thought why not figure out what all the hype was about?

Honestly, I wasn’t shocked by what happened to the characters in the book.That could possibly be because I’ve read another one of his books previously or because I just have read a lot more between now and then. Whichever one, I just wasn’t shocked. I still thought it was messed up and eye opening. As someone who lives in a safe middle-class family in America, I don’t understand all the horrible things that happened to the characters. I don’t understand the war and all the things that were going on in Afghanistan during the 70’s- early 2000’s.

I thought the book was good and eye opening. It’s definitely something I would recommend to high schoolers just because of the content in it. I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars because yeah it was good, but it wasn’t incredible.

I’ve been in a slumpy mood lately because of reading crappy books, but I am reading a book that I think will cure that! Plus all my college applications are almost done which makes me extremely happy!

Until Next Time

-Alex

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The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I honestly didn’t know what I was expecting from this book. JLA is my favorite author so I knew it was going to be good. This is very different from what she’s written which I think is great. I actually have a lot of more deep thoughts on this book, so I’m going to do that later and get the more superficial things out of the way.

Okay she introduced a new book boyfriend and I love him. His name is Rider Stark and he starts out being a mystery, but we find out more about him and you just kind of fall in love with him how Mallory does. He’s literally boyfriend goals and I’m so jealous of Mallory that she gets such an amazing guy. Some of the things he does for her in this book melted my heart and I hope to have someone like that in my life.

Okay,now onto the review/ serious stuff. I really loved Mallory because she had dealt with so many things in her life, but she ultimately had the courage to move on from her past. She had the courage to fix herself just like every girl in JLA’s books, but in this case she started to change before Rider walked into her life. And she had to help Rider change.

This book spoke to me on a lot of different levels. Mallory was previously in foster care and while I can’t relate to that, I can relate to her being shy, socially anxious, and having pretty serious anxiety. Recently, I have had bad anxiety and I have had always had social anxiety. I’ve always been shy too, not to her level though. If she can get through something so bad, then so can  I.

She had some hard experiences with her boyfriend that I can relate to in some ways. As much as you want to fix a guy, they have to be the ones to fix themselves. They have to make that decision. I have had boyfriends that wanted me to fix them, but they didn’t want to be fixed. They couldn’t make that decision for themselves so they had to go. And in my case, they didn’t really care enough to make that decision for themselves and me. They didn’t care about me in the way they made it seem like.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars because it just really got to me and always had me guessing. I think it was a great story and it’s so important. I recommend this to high schoolers because it has some mature content and some possible triggers including abuse, death, and anxiety. I really encourage you to read it because it is beautiful. Also, the cover is gorgeous!

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

“Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So I read this book last week. Someone got it for me as a gift so I read  it out of obligation even though I wasn’t really excited to read it. I honestly was expecting to hate it. But I ended up liking it. It wasn’t a book where I was jumping up to read the sequel. Also, this series has like 9 books out with at least 2 more to come out. That’s a lot of commitment and guys I have commitment issues. There is a reason I am single. So I don’t really know if I’ll pick up the rest of the series,  but we’ll just see.  I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to probably 14 or 15 year olds and older.  It’s not super mature, but there are some parts.

This one is short because I have a very emotional, long review coming up pretty soon! Also, if you were missing Tay’s reviews they will be coming soon (WordPress messed up and didn’t save her review for the Throne of Glass Series review so she has to redo that one so she can upload her other reviews)

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Ensnared by A.G. Howard

“After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world–a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts. In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

And the conclusion!!! This was so good!  I wished it was longer, but I really loved the ending! I was kind of expecting the ending, but leading up to it I was having so many feels. I was angry, sad, happy, and about to punch some characters in the face. I stayed up until midnight to finish it because I just wanted to know what happened. I really wasn’t expecting to like this series, but I ended up loving it. I don’t want to spoil it so just please please please read it so we can fangirl together! Also, the imagery was so amazing in this series. I felt like I could see the world in my head so clearly while reading.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars again because man it was so good! As in my last review I have the same recommendation! But please check it out and message our Insta @mybookishworld._ so we can fangirl together! Guys seriously has anyone read this trilogy? It is so underrated!

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Unhinged by A.G. Howard

“Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head. “

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So of course after finishing Splintered I dove right into Unhinged. This book was even better. The love triangle got deeper and it broke my heart and made me happy and just ugh. So many feels. Guys this book was so good! I can’t form a coherent thought right now, sorry. I loved it though and I loved the humor in it. The plot line was even better and even though there was no big battle in it, that’s okay The biggest battle in the book didn’t happen to the end and it just broke me, but I’m totally okay with it.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars because it was just that dang good. I loved it and like the last one I would recommend it to  freshman because it’s not super mature, but it’s not clean. I just loved it and I don’t think there isn’t anyone I wouldn’t recommend it to. So yeah you should read it.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Splintered by A.G. Howard

“This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I really wasn’t expecting to like this book. I was like okay it’s about Alice in Wonderland kind of and the cover is cool. So I got into it. It was so good! From like the start I was pulled in because it was just so good. I loved the protagonist, Alyssa. She had such a great personality that was just sassy, tough,  but also soft. And the love triangle in this story bugged the crap out of me like every love triangle in history. But this one I was actually rooting for just one guy. And my heart was bursting at their moments.

I devoured this book and I loved it. It was just so good. I recommend it to freshman because there is some scenes that aren’t mature but are not exactly clean. I think this book is great and I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. I love the concept and the story and now I want to watch Alice In Wonderland.
Until Next Tome,

Alex