Mini Reviews

3217221Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft
by Joe Hill

This graphic novel has been on my TBR list for a while now, so I’m glad I finally picked it up. This graphic novel series is a horror /fantasy.It is a solid debut for the series. The artwork is phenomenal.The story was not at all what I expected, though honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. I can’t wait to pick up the next volume.

4 Stars

26502508After the Woods
by Kim Savage

This book first caught my eye with its gorgeous cover .I have been really excited to read this book, two girls go into the wood’s, but I was sadly disappointed. I felt that the plot moved slowly and the romance was unnecessary to the progress of the story. I also guessed the ending about alway through. It is a short book and I finished it in one sitting. It’s not a bad story I found myself enjoying it. The main character Julia is a little boring and it would have been a better story told in the pot of Liv, her best friend. She was so much more compelling.

3 Stars

 

Let me know if you’ve read either of these and what your thoughts were 🙂

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Final Girls by Riley Sager Review

32796253Title: Final Girls
Author: Riley Sager
Genre: Adult,Thriller,Horror
Pages: 342
Rating: 5 Stars

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Synopsis

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

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I was drawn to this book when I first saw it being mentioned on social media, and I Eagerly awaited for the publication date to arrive. I loved this entertaining and gripping psychological thriller. This book certainly lives up to the hype. Written almost like a slasher film, this novel was tense and addicting. The story has an original plot that really draws the reader into the story.

This story takes place 10 years after the horrific Pine Cottage massacre which left Quincy to be the only survivor of her five friends. This incident leaves her with repressed memories. The story is told in present time along with flashbacks to Pine Cottage 10 years earlier.

What I do really love, though, is when horror tropes. Final Girls – named by the horror industry as the only girl left alive after a massacre. Just like the survivors of movies such as Sydney from scream or Laurie from Halloween. The perfect slasher thriller, with the right mix of blood and suspense. Horror movies are my favourite and this novel played right into it. I loved the creepy campy feeling to this novel. Just when you think you have the mystery all figured out it takes a turn in another direction. That ending though!!

I would recommend this to any fan of the mystery/thriller genre.

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The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls Review

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Title: The Glass Castle
Author: Jeannette Walls
Genre: Nonfiction, memoire
Pages: 288
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing–a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

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Why did I wait so long to read this?! Iv’e been told by so many people to read this book, I saw it on sale at Chapters a few week’s back and decided to finally buy it. A million stars!!! I LOVED this book! The chapters are short and direct, and I flew through the book. I wanted to savour the story but also needed to know how it would end. Beautiful, heartbreaking story of a girl growing up in poverty.

What I loved most about the story was how Jeannette captured the vivid emotions of a child growing up cold and with nothing to eat. As a child Jeannette found awe and wonder in her life, always on the move, new adventures. Then in her teens she started to see that their hunger and poverty were completely the fault of her parents. She still loved her parents but became more ashamed of there way of life as she got older. The embarrassment of not having food at lunch and her dirty clothes.

Although the parents are incredibly flawed and downright negligent, you also believed they loved each other. It is impossible to read this book and not want to strangle these parents. The father always running away so he avoids paying bills and running from bad debts always doing the skedaddle made me laugh out loud many times. In my opinion, as bad as Jeanette’s father was, her mother was worse. She hated domesticity, and couldn’t be bothered to raise her children properly. She is lazy and self centred.

I think everyone should pick up this book. It really is amazing!!

I wanted to let the world know that no one had a perfect life, that even the people who seemed to have it all had their secrets.

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde Review

28245707Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Genre: YA, Contemporary,Diversity
Pages: 288
Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads synopsis:
“Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself. “Full of irreverent humor and in-jokes, it’s geeky and funny, with a heavy dose of self-discovery. . . . . Seeing girls and women uplifting, protecting, and loving each other is extremely powerful especially in the context of fandom.” —Teen Vogue Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought. Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe. Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family. ”

My Review

Queens of Geek is such a fun book. It’s so cute and geeky and diverse.I’ve been in a reading slump for almost 2 month’s and I finished this book in one sitting. It was just what I needed.

I absolutely adored this book and I loved all the character’s except Reese. Queens of Geek follows three Australian friends as they travel together to a pop culture convention over the weekend.Readers get to read through the first person POV’s of Charlie, a Youtuber, actress, and bisexual Chinese girl dealing with a recent breakup, and Taylor, a creative cosplayer who is on the autism spectrum and has anxiety. Jamie a latino guy who loves comics.

I related a bit more to Taylor than I did to Charlie.Even though her anxiety presented itself in different ways to mine, I could empathise a lot with the emotions she felt.It shows her struggles and how she tries to cope with her anxiety.She is so brave, she does some things I would never be able to do.

The romances are also super sweet. I loves Taylor and Jamie together. Jamie was a great character and I liked the way the friends to more relationship developed.
Charlie and Alyssa are so cute and there date was perfect.

ALSO IT HAD SUPERNATURAL REFERENCES!

Quotes

“There’s no one way to be a girl, Tay. You don’t need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be… Are you happy the way you are? Are you comfortable? Do you feel like yourself? … Then that’s all that matters. Fuck everything else.”

“Anxiety isn’t an attack that explodes out of me; it’s not a volcano that lies dormant until it’s triggered by an earth-shattering event. It’s a constant companion. Like a blow fly that gets into the house in the middle of summer, flying around and around. You can hear it buzzing, but you can’t see it, can’t capture it, can’t let it out.”

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Review

23874708Title: Everything, Everything
Author:  Nicola Yoon
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 322
Rating: 5 Stars

GoodReads Summary
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It’s an innovative, inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.

My Review

I’ll admit I read the book because I saw the movie trailer and amandla stenberg is playing the protagonist. This is one of the cutest, saddest, most heartwarming stories I’ve read in a long while.I was really surprised by this book as it was really hyped up and I’ve been avoiding hyped book’s.This book was overall enjoyable, and I absolutely adored the writing!

It did have some predictable moments as many stories like this does, but I didn’t mind it at all. This is an extremely fast-paced book.I read it in two sittings, I would have finished it in one but you know life got in the way.

Madeline was funny and imaginative, and loving. Olly was quite perfect in his own ways.I loved him. He wears all black, can never sit still, and does parkour.
Their romance was so, so cute!! There texting conversations was adorable.

If you are a fan of YA contemporary but are looking for something a little different, I’d definitely pick this one up! 🙂 Nicola Yoon is one incredibly talented writer, and I am so glad to have discovered her.

Quotes

“I was happy before I met him. But I’m alive now, and those are not the same thing.”

“I wanted everything, Olly. I wanted you and the whole wide world. I wanted everything.”

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

28243032Title: We Are Okay
Author: Nina LaCour
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 234,Hardcover
Rating: 4 Stars

GoodReads Summary
You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart

My Review

I wasn’t planning on reading this book but I had a credit for an audiobook and I needed something to listen to in between studying.I’ve never read anything by Nina LaCour before. I’m so glad I decided to give this book a try. I really really liked this story. It is so beautifully written,

It is a character driven story, about relationships and friendship Marin was such a lovable and angsty character and I couldn’t get enough of her. I could feel her loneliness and grief in her words. Her story is heartbreaking, but her growth as the story went on was incredible. It’s a short book but it gets the story across, if it was any longer it would have dragged on and ruined the feel of the book.

One of my favourite part’s of Marine’s story is the pottery shop, it was perfect. It’s exactly how I pictured a cute modern pottery shop.

This was my first Nina LaCour book and it won’t be my last.

Quotes

I close my eyes, and I breathe her in, and I think about this home that belongs to neither of us, and I listen to the fire crackling, and I feel the warmth of the room and of her body, and we are okay. We are okay.

“And I think of how time passes so differently for different people.”

Review of Thirteen Reasons Why (Season 1)

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Trigger warning: Suicide, rape, sexual harassment, self harm, self harm scars, bullying, abuse, vomiting, blood

Everyone has been talking about Netflix’s new original series. The story about 17 year old Hannah Baker who committed suicide.Clay Jensen receives a box of thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah. Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. It’s so well done. Every episode is a new tape.

I started watching the show on Friday, the second I started it I knew I wasn’t going to be able to stop watching it. I watched the first 4 episodes and then went to bed. Saturday I watched up until episode 11. So yesterday I finished the season after my exam. And I freaking cried for over an hour after it was finished. My heart is broken for Hannah, Clay,Jeff, Jessica and Alex.

The thing that’s so amazing about 13 Reasons Why is that it’s so real. It’s not just here for entertainment. It’s a show about how someone can affect another person.The show doesn’t shy away from the difficult topics.

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The actors were amazing. Katherine Langford as Hannah is brilliant. She is so beautiful! Katherine prayed Hannah perfectly. Hannah went through so much and felt like she had no one to talk to.I hate everything that happened to her.

Jessica, I loved her, then I hated her, and then I felt really bad for her.I feel like Justin Foley actually is redeemable, he acts like a dick because that’s how the other boys expect him to act. It killed me when his mom chose her boyfriend other her own son. Alex, for baby, he was a jerk for doing what he did but he was the first one who wanted to come forward.

I highly recommend you watch it. Once you watch the pilot you’ll be hooked and need to continue.

Love and You by Gretchen Gomez

34335011Title:Love and You
Author: Gretchen Gomez
Genre: Poetry
Pages: 142, paperback
Rating: 5 Stars

This is Gretchen’s debut poetry collection and she didn’t disappoint. Gretchen is one of the first people I started talking to when I began blogging and she is such a sweet girl ! I am so HAPPY for her!

I ordered a paperback copy but I was to impatient that I also purchased an ebook copy so I could read it right away. I finished the book in one sitting. I expected to love it before I read it but I didn’t expect to feel so deeply connected to what Gretchen was saying. I’m at a loss for words. Her words are so powerful and beautifully written. I was able to relate to almost every poem and they left me in tears. Every girl should pick up a copy and read this collection. Girls need to know that self love is important and it’s okay to let go.I can’t even begin to pick a favorite poem I loved so many of them. I can’t wait to read more of Gretchen’s work in the future.

one day i met a guy
who stole my heart,
we created a world
for ourselves.
and another day
he broke my heart
and shattered
my soul.

i took the tattered
pieces of this
broken soul and
became anew.

– here lies the hurting, the healing, and the learning

About the Author

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Gretchen Gomez is a writer and blogger from Bronx, New York. First generation Puerto Rican. She’s been writing poetry since the age of 11 and although silenced for many years, she cut the ties with silence. “love, and you” is her first published poetry collection and she is working on other collections at the moment. Gretchen makes art out of all her past experiences.

You can find her here:
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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Review

32075671Title :The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: Ya,Contemporary, Diversity
Pages: 464

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life.”

My Review

I loved The Hate U Give!! I gave it 5 stars. I have a good feeling it’ll end up on my end-of-year list.Very powerful read!  Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement,it doesn’t shy away from the hard topics. This is exactly the book I needed. From the first page I was hooked.I read almost the whole book in one sitting today and I’m not sure if I can express my thoughts properly.

I have to admit I teared up multiple times but also this book had me smiling and laughing the next moment.The incident happens early on in the book, which I believe was a good call because we learn about Khalil as the story progresses. I loved all the characters and they were all essential to the story arc.

The main character, a sixteen-year-old girl named Starr, is so loveable and her family dynamics are heartwarming. Starr’s voice is so powerful. Everything she went through, I felt it al with her.The decisions she had to make were not easy ones to make. Her emotions were so raw, I just wanted to reach in and give her a hug.

Her father Maverick is my favorite, he breaks so many stereotypes, he cries at his son’s graduation showing that even tough men cry. He also reenforces some stereotypes too. Real people are complex and have conflicting feelings.

The relationship with her family is beautiful and touching. Both of Staar’s parents are supportive of her which is refreshing in a YA novel. The siblings were realistic they teased each other but they also stood up for each other throughout the book.

It also showed the emotions of the people who do not understand the situation. I could go on and on and on so I’ll just say I highly recommended! It’s an important book.

Quotes

Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right.

What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?

People like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice. I think we all wait for that one time though, that one time when it ends right. Maybe

 

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

19486412Book: Big Little Lies
Author: Liane Moriarty
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Pages: 460
Rating: 4.5

I seen this book floating around for a few years now and never have the desire to pick it up. I watched the first two episode’s of the show and I was dying to know what happened. So I rushed out get myself a copy of the book. I took off half a star because I found the beginning to be slow-paced.

The character development in this book is crazy, they were all flawed yet smart and funny.I have to admit my favorite was Madeline. Oh man, she is funny. She stands up for her friends and goes after what she believes in. Her relationships felt real and not forced. Strong female friendships! Madeline and Celeste, then enters Jane and they embrace her. Jane is a single mother entering a community of rich beautiful women, instead of letting her be left out Madeline tugs her into her life.

The book on the surface seems to be about a group of kindergarten mom’s and there children. It’s so much more. It’s told from different perspectives, which I love. I love knowing what everyone is thinking and how an event can been seen in so many different ways. The book keeps the identity of the victim and the murderer hidden right until the end.

Quotes

“Everyone wanted to be rich and beautiful, but the truly rich and beautiful had to pretend they were just the same as everyone else.”

“All conflict can be traced back to someone’s feelings getting hurt, don’t you think?”

 

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