Book Reviews

How To Be A Bawse by Lilly Singh

“From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side.

Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success.

WARNING: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, and cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life needs to be fought for—not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So this book took me months to complete for some reason. I think it was mostly my fault because I just wasn’t picking it up. I loved the book but I just kept getting distracted. Once I set a schedule up for myself and followed it, I finished it in like a week.

I loved how real this book was. A lot of self-help books can be sugarcoated in my opinion, but this one clearly stated that you’re not going anywhere till these things happen. And it might seem harsh sometimes, but honestly, I think sometimes you have to be harsh when you are really wanting to follow your dreams. Especially if it’s hard to reach.

I think this book made me feel more ready to conquer life and all the other things that I want to do this year.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this book to anyone who is in a slump and needs some motivation. Don’t be afraid to go out and get your dreams.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Book Reviews

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

“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.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

So I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile. The concept always intrigued me. I remembered one day that I had gotten this book as an E-book for free from the Epic Reads Insiders thing last year. But anyway, I wanted to get through e-books that I have cause I do have a few. Plus it gives me something to do at lunch and dinner or out and about.

So anyway, I was excited to read this. I ended up very disappointed. I thought the main character was whiny, the story was odd, the characters weren’t developed. The story could’ve been so amazing, but it just fell flat to me.

I ended up giving this book a 2 out of 5 stars. There were a few qualities that I somewhat enjoyed. But for the most part I didn’t like it.

Until Next Time,

Alex

 

 

 

Book Reviews

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

“Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Shadow and Bone is the first installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I went into this book knowing three things: It had a character named Alina, a character named The Darkling, and it took place in the Grishaverse. I didn’t know anything, but that. So I went into this book almost blind.

And I really enjoyed it. I know a lot of people really love this book and I can see why. The world building and character development is great. I did have a  problem with it though.  The romance fell flat for me. It wasn’t well developed and to be fair it is the first book in a trilogy. It just felt forced and I felt like there were other characters that would be a better match.

I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars. While there were elements that didn’t make me enjoy it  as much. I am planning on finishing this series though. I recommend to anyone 14 and older!

Until Next Time,

Alex

Not Book Related

Single on Valentine’s Day?

Single on Valentine’s Day? Same. I know it’s difficult.  I’m  not excited about seeing all the sappy posts of couples and the presents and all that. I want to stay in my dorm all day and eat chocolate, but I can’t do that. I have class sadly. But even though I’m not excited, I’m okay with being single. Here’s why.

  1. I don’t have to be single. Almost two years ago, I dumped my ex because he didn’t treat me right. If I hadn’t done that I would probably still be with him and I would be miserable.
  2. It’s not the end of the world. Yeah, being single sucks but you can focus on yourself and your friends. So it’s not the end of the world.
  3. Valentine’s Day is overrated. Like seriously, one day to appreciate your significant other? That should be every day.

 

This was just a fun thing to do. But seriously, don’t get down about tomorrow!

Book Reviews

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“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.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay, wow. I knew I was going to love this book and I was right. It was so cute and I want more of Blue and Simon. I literally squealed when they revealed who it was. And the ending omg. So glad no one shares a room with me.

But seriously this book was filled with so many cute moments that made my heart happy. But this book also made me think. It questioned the defaults and why those were the defaults. Like why straight and white was everyone assumed. It questioned why straight people never had to feel super awkward about coming out. And it really made me think about it. It honestly has made me think about coming out as straight to my mom just to make things fair.

Also, I love Simon and his friend group. Simon is the kind of guy would be friends with and have a crush on then find out he’s gay.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it and I recommend it to everyone. Do yourself a favor and read this book. And see the movie coming out next month Love, Simon.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

The Struggle by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“A bloody path has been chosen…

The war against the Titans continues, and they remain determined to wreak havoc on the world, but Seth has become something all gods fear. Now the most dangerous, most absolute power no longer resides in those who have been freed from their tombs.

The Great War fought by the few is coming…

All may doubt and fear what Seth has become. All except the one woman who might be his final chance at redemption. Josie will do anything to prove that Seth is on their side, but fate has a nasty way of changing lives, of changing people.

In the end, the sun will fall…

The only way they can save the future and save themselves is by facing the unknown together. It will take more than trust and faith. It will take love and the kind of strength not easily broken. No matter what, their lives will never be the same.

For what the gods have feared has come to pass. The end of the old is here and the beginning of the new has been ushered in…”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Hey guys! Sorry for the later post. I had to finish homework before I could do anything.

But guys!!! This book was so good. Like I really recognized the character development throughout this book. Josie used to honestly annoy me, but she became so much stronger throughout the last book and I really noticed it now. She went through so much during this book that you really saw her strength. And the same thing for Seth. Hell, the other characters were wondering what had happened to him.

The character development, the action scenes, and the story was so well written. I always say this, but JLA always gets better with every book she comes out. It doesn’t seem possible, but every book the story just feels so much more real.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it and I’m so excited for the fourth book in the Titan Series! I do recommend this to older audiences since it is I think considered New Adult. But I do recommend this especially if you like other books by this author.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Secret Heir (Dynasty #1) by M.J. Prince

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“Since the beginning of time, tales have been told about Eden. But all the stories are wrong.

Running parallel alongside Earth, but never touching, there exists not just a garden, but an entire world of vivid colours and breathtaking beauty where the Seraph reside.

Jazmine has lived in ten different foster homes, in ten different towns and all her life she has felt like she doesn’t belong – not in the trailer park which happens to be foster home number ten, not anywhere on Earth.

After a universe shattering revelation, she discovers why. Far from being the nothing and no one, with no past and no future, that Jazmine had always believed herself to be, she discovers that she is in fact an heir to one of the seven remaining Seraph Dynasties.

She is Jazmine Evenstar, the last heir to the sovereign Evenstar Dynasty.

Thrust into the world of wealth and privilege in which the impossibly beautiful and equally cruel Dynasty heirs reside, Jazmine is forced to manoeuvre the tangled web that holds the Dynasties together.

Against the backdrop of breathtaking star filled nights, sweeping coastlines, grand marble halls and decadent palaces, Jazmine tries to find her place in this beautiful new world whilst fighting not to lose herself in the process.

But the fairy tale quickly unravels. ”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I was sent an ebook by the author in exchange for an honest review

So honestly guys I didn’t know what to expect from it.  This reminded me at the beginning of the Royals Trilogy by Erin Watt. It had the same kind of story, but then we really got into it and it had magic involved and  just so much more to the story.

I ended up falling in love with the characters and wanting to know what was going to happen. The story drew me in and didn’t let go till the very last page. I loved the world and everything about it.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. It made me so happy. I recommend it for older audiences since it is a New Adult novel. This book comes out February 27th, 2018

Until Next Time,

Alex