TBR #34; Mental Illness & Ghosts

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 10.22.37 PMHello reader/s! I hope you’re well! For a while now, I’ve been writing a weekly or bi-weekly post about books that are on my TBR. TBR, if you don’t know is the abbreviation for To Be Read. My goal here is to shed some light on books that I’ve otherwise forgotten about. These books could be books I’ve been meaning to read from the library, or books that have been collecting dust on my shelves at home. My goal though is to say a little about the book and also give a little reasoning of why I want to read them. In hopes of reading them sooner than later.


Today’s TBR Tuesday will be about The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand, and Second Glance by Jodi Picoult. Continue reading

Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher | Book Review #218

SHORT AND BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW WITH PROFANITY.

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2813153You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes– and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.’


Thirteen Reasons Why is a Realistic Fiction. There are a few triggers as well.

TRIGGER WARNING: Rape, Rape Mention, Bullying, Suicide.

Thirteen Reasons Why is not a book for those who have had thoughts of suicide, or knows someone who committed suicide, or even for those who have trauma surrounding suicide.  Continue reading

Books I DNF’d Part 3/?

dnfHello! Today’s post as you can read via the title is about the books I’ve marked as DNF. DNF stands for Did Not Finish. A little while ago I did my first “DNF” post. I thought that one would be my last.. Turns out, there are quite a few books that I’ve lost interest in, or for some reason they’ve failed to keep my attention.

Whether the book has caused me to lose interest, or I’m just not feeling the book at the moment.. There could be any amount of reasons why I didn’t finish a book. I could not like the writing, a character, or an event in the story that has caused me to stop reading.

As of late I’ve had a few more books that I’ve marked as DNF. Here they are!:


  • Fireblood by Jeff Wheeler

I started to read Fireblood by Jeff Wheeler. Ultimately, I couldn’t get into the story as much as I had wanted to, and DNF’d the story pretty early on into the book. The story didn’t grab  my attention as I hoped it would, even though there are some interesting facts about the main character. Which is completely upsetting because I wanted to like and get into this book. I really did. I just couldn’t though.

  • Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

I really, really wanted to be able to get into reading Last Seen Leaving — And maybe someday I will. However, the first time ’round reading Last Seen Leaving, I just couldn’t get into the book at all. I really felt as that there was a block preventing me from reading ast Seen Leaving. I got 64 pages into the novel, and then flipped to the back of the book and read the last 30-50 pages of the ending.

  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

It’s probably the images in the book that are putting me off. The story was interesting up until Conor relentlessly whined about his grandmother. I got to page 86 (42%).

  • Linked by Imogen Howson

While I initially was intrigued by the synopsis, it turns out that I didn’t like what I read! The book was moving too slowly for me to enjoy the book. I stopped reading at page 119 (33%).

  • Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith

The early talk of a forbidden love has soured my optimism for the book. I may try and read this again at a later time, but for now I am happily marking this as DNF.

  • Aerie (Magonia, #2) by Maria Dahvana Headley

I don’t know what’s been up with me lately, but for some reason, I just can’t get into a few of the YA Fantasy books that I’ve been wanting to read? I don’t have the patience for how slow the book is unless the book starts with racing action, right from page one. However, trying to read Aerie made me realize that I don’t think I’m going to enjoy reading this second installation to the series — even though I’m interested in finding out what happens.

Are there any books that you’ve not finished lately? 

Happy Reading!
Adele

Scythe, by Neal Shusterman | Book Review #217

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28954189Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.’


TRIGGER WARNING: Self Harm, Suicide, & Murder.

Scythe is the first book in the Arc of a Scythe duology? Trilogy? I don’t know.

In Scythe there are two different points of view. The first coming from Citra, and the second coming from Rowan. I didn’t know what to expect in Scythe, since it’s such a different kind of novel, where most of the worlds problems are solved. Almost like a Utopia kind of book. Yet the premise of Scythe contradicts my Utopian predictions.  Continue reading

Until We Meet Again, by Renee Collins | Book Review #216

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28755327Country clubs and garden parties. The last thing Cassandra wants is to spend the summer before her senior year marooned in a snooty Massachusetts shore town. Cass craves drama and adventure, which is hard when she just feels stuck.

But when a dreamy stranger shows up on her family’s private beach, claiming that it is his property-and that the year is 1925-Cass is swept into a mystery a hundred years in the making. As she searches for answers in the present, Cass discovers a truth that thrusts Lawrence’s life into jeopardy. It won’t matter which century he is from if he won’t live to see tomorrow.

Desperate to save the boy who’s come to mean everything to her, Cassandra must find a way to change history…or risk losing Lawrence forever.


A friend of mine recommended me Until We Meet Again, since I believe that she said that she ended up crying at the end. I’ve heard that a few people have ended up in tears by the end of the book.  Continue reading

TBR #33; Two Lives & Futuristic Brazil

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 10.22.37 PMHello reader/s! I hope you’re well! For a while now, I’ve been writing a weekly or bi-weekly post about books that are on my TBR. TBR, if you don’t know is the abbreviation for To Be Read. My goal here is to shed some light on books that I’ve otherwise forgotten about. These books could be books I’ve been meaning to read from the library, or books that have been collecting dust on my shelves at home. My goal though is to say a little about the book and also give a little reasoning of why I want to read them. In hopes of reading them sooner than later.


Today’s TBR Tuesday post will feature two books: One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington, and, The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johsnon. One great thing I know about these two books already is that they’re both stand-alone’s! Continue reading

Infinity, by Jus Accardo | Book Review #215

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28220742Nobody said being the daughter of an army general was easy. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he’s away… That’s taking it a step too far.

Cade, as beautiful as he is deadly, watches Kori with more than just interest. He looks at her like he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, well, that’s when things get weird.

Turns out, Kori’s dad isn’t just an army general—he’s the head of a secret government project that has invented a way to travel between parallel dimensions. Dimensions where there are infinite Koris, infinite Cades…and apparently, on every other Earth, they’re madly in love.

Falling for a soldier is the last thing on Kori’s mind. Especially when she finds herself in a deadly crossfire, and someone from another Earth is hell-bent on revenge…


Infinity is the first book in the ‘The Infinity Division’ by Jus Accardo.

I saw this book at Chapters one day and was drawn in by that absolutely gorgeous cover. And then I read the back of the book and found out what it was about. Being uncertain that I would like the book or not, I decided to wait until my library had it so then I’d be able to read it without feeling like I wasted my own money, as that tends to happen. — I don’t normally go for the parallel universe type books anyway, so when I saw that the library did have the book, I was once again intrigued. Continue reading

Nemesis, by Anna Banks | Book Review #214

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS.

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27414431Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But Mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift may be able to save Tarik’s kingdom. But should she risk exposing herself and her growing feelings for her nemesis?


Trigger Warning: Slavery

Nemesis is the first book in the Nemesis series by Anna Banks. — I’ve read and loved Banks’ Syrena Trilogy, in the past so when I heard that Banks was coming out with another story, I was looking forward to the book. Even if it sounded a little fishy (no pun intended).

Overall, I enjoyed reading Nemesis. I like how the story was set up, but there could have been more details that could have been talked about. There’s some history that wasn’t talked about that could have made the story more interesting. — However, the fantasy element of this book is well described and talked about. I especially liked how when the scenery and surroundings were spoken of as well. I could feel as if I were actually there with the characters.

All of the characters were interesting, and I didn’t find any fault with them. All characters, in my opinion were well thought through and I enjoyed reading from both Sepora’s view point, as well as Tarik’s point of view.

The ending of the book could have been held up better. The story takes a turn at about the 90% mark. The ending kind of makes sense, since it happened, but I truly feel like the ending to Nemesis was that of a quick wrap-up, to just “end the novel already!!”

I read Nemesis for the Fantasy element of the book. And while I really enjoyed reading about winged serpents, and huge canines, that’s pretty much the extent of the Fantasy element. Aside from Sepora being able to Forge, and a spoiler.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

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