Book Reviews

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

“‘My name is August.
I won’t describe to you what I look like.
Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.’

Ten-year-old August Pullman wants to be ordinary. He does ordinary things. He eats ice-cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, he has been home-schooled by his parents his entire life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, Auggie’s parents are sending him to a real school. Can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches, Wonder is a frank, funny, astonishingly moving debut to be read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay wow! I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. This is a children’s book filled with so many lessons that adults need to learn. I didn’t expect this book to be written in different perspectives, but I think seeing August through different eyes makes it so much more beautiful.

August has such a beautiful mind and such a beautiful perspective of the world. Knowing  what he goes through daily and the fact he still has such a kind heart is such an amazing thing. You don’t see it very often.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars and I loved it so much. I recommend it to literally anyone because it’s just such a beautiful story and it teaches so many lessons. Please, read it.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“It’s been ten years since Sasha Keaton left her West Virginia hometown . . . since she escaped the twisted serial killer known as the Groom. Returning to help run her family inn means being whole again, except for one missing piece. The piece that falls into place when Sasha’s threatened—and FBI agent Cole Landis vows to protect her the way he couldn’t a decade ago.

First one woman disappears; then another, and all the while, disturbing calling cards are left for the sole survivor of the Groom’s reign of terror. Cole’s never forgiven himself for not being there when Sasha was taken, but he intends to make up for it now . . . because under the quirky sexiness Cole first fell for is a steely strength that only makes him love Sasha more.

But someone is watching. Waiting. And Sasha’s first mistake could be her last.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Hey guys! First of all happy new year! I hope 2018 is treating you all well!

Anyway, I absolutely loved this book! I think JLA could write anything at this point and I would love it! She is absolutely amazing with her writing and this book is no exception! Her writing is so addicting and her plot is always so lovely and fun to read. Her characters feel so real and lifelike.

This book had me on the edge of my seat when I finally sat down to read it. I was telling my mom my theories and yelling when something new was discovered. I ran upstairs when I found out who the serial killer was to tell my mom. Safe to say I loved this book!

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars! I absolutely loved and I can’t wait to read more by this author! I do recommend it to older audiences though because of mature content with the romance.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Not Book Related

2017 Wrap Up

Hey guys! So I wanted to do a little something that isn’t completely book related. I wanted to kind of talk about 2017 as a whole. The good parts and the bad parts through the year. Some is pretty emotional and a little personal, but guys I’m coming up on two years with this blog. So I’m gonna go month by month talking about accomplishments and other big things that happened.

January:

In Janaury not much happened actually. I was having a lot of mental health issues, but that was pretty much the extent of it. I also made a new best friend!! She was originally going to be my roommate but she ended up going to a different college.

February:

Same thing honestly. I was having a lot of panic attacks and let me tell you it was not fun.

March:

March was a big month actually. First of all, I got out of a very toxic friendship and even though I was really sad, I ended up being a lot happpier. I also celebrated the one year anniversary of my dad’s death which was extremely difficult and part of the reason my mental health was so bad in January and February. I got a new phone! I started seeing a new therapist which made me happy and helped me a lot. I started talking to a new guy who was really sweet, but turned out to be a bad guy. I went to Florida and visited my sister and brother in law over my spring break. I spent a majority of the time in Jacksonville, but on our last day we went to Universal Studious!

April:

In April I turned 18! Not only that, but remember that guy I mentioned before? Yeah, well that’s when I really found out his true colors and my heart broke.

May:

May was an even bigger month! I graduated high school! My sister and brother in law were home and we got to celebrate my sister’s and my aunt’s birthday! I also had my graduation party which ended up being a lot of fun!

 

 

 

June:

In June I went to my college orientation! I also did a lot of dog sitting and cat sitting. I went to Shakespeare in the Park which is a family tradition. I also got to go to the Muny with my mom and see The Little Mermaid.

 

July:

In July I started my booktube channel! (You guys should totally subsribe. mybookishworld) I also did even more cat sitting and dog sitting! I went to go see A Chrous Line at the Muny which is one of my favorite musicals. I also started talking to a guy and got my heart broken again.

 

August:

I moved into college! And I started classes! I made new friends (some have already left my life, but some are here to stay) I went to my first college football game!

 

September:

I got to go home for labor day weekend and saw my sister and brother in law! I also went to a wedding of one of my sister’s very close friends. I came home 3 times that month. I came home the second time just because I was very tired and overwhelmed with life. The next weekend I came home just because my aunt and uncle were going to be in town.

October:

Those toxic friends started to leave my life once more. I met a really cute boy and eventually started dating him. I made friends with this boy’s friends and I was very happy about that. I went home the last weekend of october and got to go back to my church and participate in trunk or treat! It was also the first snow (a very light snow).

November:

I started dating that boy in November and spent a lot of my time I wasn’t in classes and doing homework with him and his friends. I went home and celebrated what would’ve been my dad’s 47th birthday with family. Later that week when I was back at school, my boyfriend dumped me over Snapchat. While I had so many great people in my life, I was still incredibly sad. Which led to my mental health getting increasingly worse. I got to go home for Thanksgiving break and spend a lot of time with them and my dogs. I went back to school and presented a project I had been working on for weeks and did very well on it.

December:

December was probably one of the worst months for me honestly. Finals was during the beginning of the month which caused me a lot of stress and anxiety. I was having panic attacks almost daily. I was also depressed because the holidays are hard without my dad which made me not want to get out of bed or do anything really.  When I went home, I got to see one of my best friends who was back from basic training! Then I got an infected lip which also made it hard for me to have any motivation to do anything. I had my very first ER experience to get my lip drained. I gout put on some antibiotics. On my last day of antibiotics, I got strep. That was not fun because my sister and brother in law got home. I went to go see Pitch Perfect 3 with my mom, sister, and aunt though. I had a great Christmas with my family. I’m finally starting to get motivated to read, write, and all of the other things I love so much.

So that’s my wrap up of this year! I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings me and what happens with this blog!

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Moonlight Sins Giveaway/Teaser

Meet the de Vincents… and leave your morals at the door.

1/30/2018

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Julia Hughes has always played it safe until she learned a very painful lesson. Now Julia’s starting over with a job in the Louisiana bayou—and a scorching encounter with a stranger, only to discover he’s Lucian de Vincent . . . her new employer. The de Vincent brothers share a massive fortune and a dark reputation. Julia cares for their troubled sister, but a menacing presence in the mansion—and the ever-present temptation of Lucian—prove dangerously distracting.

Lucian’s grandmother claimed de Vincent men fall in love once—and hard. Apparently, it’s Lucian’s turn. Julia’s compassionate care of his twin makes Lucian want to lay himself bare. But some secrets are better for Julia not to know.

The recent “suicide” of Lucian’s father is the latest in a string of deaths on the estate. Someone is eliminating the de Vincents. And the best way to get to Lucian may be through Julia. . . .

I’m so excited for you guys to meet Lucian. the wildest of the de Vincent brothers, and Julia, who is looking to start over and to finally start living. Moonlight Sins is a contemporary romance with a little bit of suspense, a mystery, and… something more.

Book Reviews

Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Hey guys! I am back finally! Finals and mental health and physical health were all such a big problem! But I am finally back and ready to post a new review for you. Thank you all for being so gracious. So let’s get into it!

So I read Torn over a long period of time which was very weird, but like I said I had finals. I usually read any JLA books within a few days. But even though I was in a weird mood where I didn’t want to read, I still fell in love when I sat down to finish it.

I’m not giving too much away since it is the last book in a series, but I loved it. The story was so different from anything she has written before. The characters are fun and complex. We get even more development in it and we fall in love with Ren (swoon) even more.

JLA’s stories are always plot driven, but also character driven. That’s what makes her stories so addicting and makes you fall in love.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely LOVED it. I am so excited to read the final book Brave! It’s out right now, but I’m waiting on Christmas money to buy it! I recommend it to an older age group since it is new adult.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Update….

Hey guys.. So wow. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here. Let me start off by saying I am so sorry! I love this blog and everyone here, but I needed a little break. Here’s why:

I was in a really bad reading slump and I’m trying my best to get out of it.

Finals just got over with and I needed to devote a lot of time and energy to that.

And finally, I’m gonna be real with you. My mental health has not been in the best place recently. I’ve been depressed, anxious, extremely stressed out. And because of this I have not had much motivation to even read or do anything besides lay in bed with my laptop. I’m home now and I’m hoping to feel better first of all because I have been sick. I’m going to the doctor in a few days and I’m going to talk to my mom about the fact that I just don’t feel myself. I never want you guys to feel like I just stopped caring, but the holidays are really difficult times for me and I’ve just been dealing with a lot. Thank you for being so understanding.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Okay wow I was not expecting to like this book. I mean it’s overhyped and pretty gory. So I wasn’t expecting to really like it. But I loved it and I’m so excited to see what happens in the next two books.

Elias and Laia are fun and very different characters.  The whole story is just so interesting and nice and yeah.

I’m sorry for this review being short and not that great!! I’m absolutely exhausted and stressed.

I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars! I really liked it and I for sure recommend it.

Until Next Time,

Alex

Book Reviews

Twisted Palace by Erin Watt

“These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.”

Okay just wow. Like what even. This book gave out so many feels it’s insane. Like how can I possibly put this book into words? There were so many twists, but it was done so well that it made it addicting. It was crazy and the ending wrapped up so beautifully.

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars because duh. It was addicting but still written beautifully. I absolutely recommend this to 17+ again because of mature content. I still think it is a great book though.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Broken Prince by Erin Watt

“From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

Back with another reviews guys!

Okay wow wow I loved this book. I’m the kind of person that as soon as a guy does something in real life and in books I want to smack them. So I wanted to smack Reed, I wanted Ella to put on her Taylor Swift music and get the hell over it.

But that’s not how it works in YA, does it? Nope. Reed tried so hard to get back in Ella’s graces and he succeeded. Which in real life, I would probably be acting like Ella too. But dang this made me fall in love with Reed and the Royals even more. And that ending!

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars. I absolutely loved it. Again, this is NOT YA, but it is New Adult. I would recommend it to anyone over the age of 17 and honestly even 17. There is some violence and some mature content.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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Paper Princess by Erin Watt

“From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.”

~Synopsis from Goodreads

I really liked this book! I thought it was a fantasy, but it’s not. I think Erin created such interesting characters.  It wasn’t anything like I expected. The characters have so many secrets and there’s just so much complexity behind them. I love it.

Anyway, I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars! I absolutely loved it. I recommend it to older audiences.  It is a little more mature, I wouldn’t consider it YA.

Until Next Time,

Alex

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