Review: Where She Went

Where She Went
Where She Went by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“I have to make good on my promise. To let her go. To really let her go. To let us both go.”

The beginning of this one was super rough for me. It was just a bunch of Adam popping pills and being mopey (i guess?). No thank you! Plus, it had been so long since I had read If I Stay and I was kind of avoiding my paperback (I let someone borrow it and they dropped it in a sink????? and now its all crinkly). I was just wading through a bunch of mopey, depressing stuff and was kind worried it would become a story about a drug addict or something because he kept popping pills every 2-3 pages it seemed.

So last night I sat myself down and read this one as I was in a reading-late-at-night mode and it actually got pretty good. If I wouldn’t have been so tired, I would have stayed up an extra hour to finish this one. Once Mia came into the picture, the book became ten times more interesting. No longer was it a super depressing book but one exploring a relationship. Previous parts of their relationship are explored alongside new memories made in the book’s present, at at first, these felt a little weird but as the book went on, they fit in. You get to experience the past relationship that you know from If I Stay and get a little refresher before diving back into the present. There are also flashbacks that are not so much about Mia and Adam’s relationship, but the aftermath. Throughout the book, the flashbacks serve to give the reader a look into Adam’s head, why his is feeling what he is feeling, and what has led up to the events of the book now.

They actually helped me as I started this book years after I read If I Stay. All I really knew was that (spoilers for If I Stay) (view spoiler) and that was it. When I started this book, I was so lost.

(FROM HERE ON OUT, THERE ARE GENERAL SPOILERS AND POSSIBLY MAJOR ONES FOR THE BOOK.)

All of the sudden, Adam was popping pills and not with Mia anymore. I didn’t remember the promise Adam made and I felt like I had missed something super major. Through the flashbacks, I go to remember the promise and learn that Mia just kind of left Adam. I figured out what happened and what led up to the current events and they filled the major gap I thought I had missed.

At first, I struggled with this book. I knew nothing and Adam seemed completely different. It was a different POV and a jump to the future that too time getting to. But then the flashbacks came into play and so did Mia. Once it stopped being all depressing and down all the time and the character development, etc. started to happen, I really started to get hooked. I began to root for Adam and Mia to work things out because they had always seemed so great together. Adam and Brea (I think that’s her name, I’m not 100% sure) weren’t a ship I was ever really on board with. She just didn’t seem right for Adam. All she was there for was advice or whatever and such. Sure they connected on the beach that one time, but it seemed like nothing else in their relationship was even close to that. Mia and Adam had that history of a previous relationship that I guess kind of set the sparks or whatever off when they met again. I could just tell that their relationship was so much more real.

I was scared after the fight on the bridge that Adam and Mia would not get together but everything worked itself out the way I wanted it to. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending (except for another book on their lives after!).

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Review: Seven Days of You

Seven Days of You
Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

*I received a review copy from the NOVL in exchange for an honest review.*

I figure I should probably get a review out before I forget everything, so here goes. . .

This book took me a little while to get through. I started it back before it came out in March and got into it a decent amount but then I stopped. I don’t know if it was because of a slump or because I just didn’t feel like reading the book at that time, but I just stopped and didn’t pick it up again fully until April. And even then, it took me almost a month to finish it because major finals and studying was happening and life got crazy. Finals are FINALly (haha help that joke was super bad) over, at least in terms of my major classes and that means I have some time to read before my other finals. So Wednesday night, I hunkered down and finished this book.

Let me say first, that this wasn’t a bad book. Life just got in the way. If I sat myself down and shut everything out, I could speed through this book. Anywho, this book was actually pretty good, but not without a few things that bugged me.

This book is about a 17 year old girl, Sophia Wachowski, who is moving from Tokyo back to New Jersey. Her parents are divorced and her dad is remarried. Her mom is a professor whose research grant/time has run out and that is why they are moving. Sophia really doesn’t want to leave her good friends Mika and David (who she has a crush on) or the city she has grown to know and love.

On one of the first few days of her countdown (she keeps it on a watch her dad gave her), Mika and David inform her that one of their other friends, Jamie, is coming back from boarding school in America. Sophia struggles with this as she and Jamie had a fallout before he left in which he basically called her needy in a text he accidentally sent to her. The next two or three days is really just Sophia hanging out with her friends and doing things at home. The rest of the days is where this book really picks up.

BEWARE THE REST OF THIS REVIEW CONTAINS BOTH GENERAL AND SPECIFIC SPOILERS FOR THE REST OF THE REVIEW.

(view spoiler)

– David was terrible. He was a womanizer and a complete jerk. I shipped him and Sophia at the beginning but when Jamie came into the picture and we started to see the real David, I ditched that.

– The David and Mika thing shocked me. I probably should have seen it coming but oh well.

– The karaoke night? Nah.

– David and Sophia was yeck. The bathroom scene made me upset. Sophia was totally okay with it (she was drunk as well, more on that one later) despite all David had donw, with Mika and Caroline and just the general fact that he was a jerk.

– Jamie’s reaction to that scene. He just kinda sees it and then walks away in anger without maybe idk stepping in or something? Idk maybe it was rational.

– Sophia going against herself. She does this when she gets drunk and begins to lie to her mom all the time. She’s I guess what you would call a “goody two shoes” and against these things until the occur in the book. She just randomly decides to give up not drinking during Mika’s party and later when she is either out with Jamie, or drunk, to lie to her mom and say she was at Mika’s.

– The cheesy bits. While I loved Sophia and Jamie together, the cheesy bits of their relationship were a different story. I mean, they said “I love you” after like two days together and made it seem like they were soulmates, again only after a few days.

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Anyway, despite all that, I really enjoyed this one. Even though I was interested in it from when I saw it, if I had not received a copy, I don’t know if I would have gotten this one. But I’m so glad I did. It was a wonderful and cute story that I’m so glad I got to read.

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Liebster Award!

Hey all, so sorry it’s been so long! School is taking up most of my time right now and while I am able to get some reading done, I don’t have a ton of time to write in depth reviews. Things are getting super busy soon so it may be a little bit before things get busier on the blog.  Anyway, I was nominated for the Liebster Award!

The Rules.

  • Say thank you to the person who has nominated you for the Award.
  • Answer the 11 questions the person has asked you
  • Nominate 11 people (comment on their blog to let them know)
  • Ask the people who you have nominated 11 questions

My Answers

What is your favourite book, or if that’s too hard, your favourite author?

I don’t really have a favorite of either so I’ll just go with a list! I love Brandon Sanderson, Kiera Cass, Sara Shepard, J.A. Souders, Jennifer E. Smith, and Colleen Hoover.

Is there a  country have you always wanted to visit, if so what is it?

England! I really want to go to London and also to see the palaces!

What’s you favourite thing to do?

Reading, of course!

When did you start your blog, and are you ever going to abandon it?

December 2015. I hope to grow the blog, not abandon it!

Do you play an instrument?

I used to play the guitar and recorder.

What’s your favourite Social Media site?

Instagram and Goodreads!

What’s your favourite animal, and do you have a pet?

Cats are what I’ve been with my whole life (I have three right now!) but I’ve always wanted a dog!

Can you speak multiple languages, if you can what languages are they?

I can speak English, Spanish (not all that fluently though XD), and a teensy bit of French and Russian.

What is your favourite thing about blogging?

The community and books!

Which is your favourite season?

Summer, I love warm weather!

Have you ever written a book/story, and what’s called?

Yes, but I don’t remember what I called it.

My Questions for my Nominees!

  1. Favorite book?
  2. Favorite genre?
  3. Favorite place to read?
  4. Plot you’ve always wanted written but isn’t published?
  5. Favorite bookish memory?
  6. Longest book you’ve read?
  7. What are your “turn away” tropes?
  8. When did you start blogging and why?
  9. What was your first ARC? (If you have not gotten one yet, what is one you really want?)
  10. Hardback, paperback, eBook, or a combo?

My Nominees!

Review: Candide

Candide
Candide by Voltaire

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This wasn’t bad in the sense that I didn’t want to read it anymore, I just didn’t enjoy it. One class I am taking asks us to fulfill 7 requirements over the year, and I chose to read this one because it was (a) short, (b) fulfilled the requirement of being written before 1900, and (c) because it fulfilled the requirement of being translated. I had the 7 requirements planned out so that I would fulfill all the requirements in three books and have a chance to read a fun book and write an essay on that for the last quiz. This fulfilled my last two requirements I needed to complete and was super short so I thought I would give a shot.

I remember first hearing about this book in history class, so I kind of knew what it was but it definitely changed my thoughts of it. Before reading it, I thought it was some political satire and would read as such. But it turned out to really just be a story about some random guy named Candid who is overly optimistic despite all this horrid stuff happening to him and a satire of philosophers. I thought I would have a lot more to write on but that was really it for what I got out of the book.

This was an easy read and I actually read most of it but there was never a time I just wanted to pick it up and get back into the story. I would read it during the allotted reading time and random bits if I didn’t have anything else to do. The story really wasn’t interesting and in the end, the purpose for his journey is basically thrown out the window. What was the whole point of going through all that just to have it not be worth it? (view spoiler) I mean what was the whole point????

This wasn’t enjoyable but I was able to read through most of it just fine. It just seemed really pointless at the end.

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Review: The Mirror & the Maze

The Mirror & the Maze
The Mirror & the Maze by Renee Ahdieh

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Good but again, too short! I’ve warmed up to Khaldi now and I totally ship Khalid+Shazi, and this one is like a little intro to the next book about Khalid worrying about Shazi. That’s it. That’s all it is, nothing more. I don’t really know what to write except that because this one is like 11 pages long and that’s literally all that happens.

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Review: The Crown & the Arrow

The Crown & the Arrow
The Crown & the Arrow by Renee Ahdieh

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

RE-READ UPDATE: So I just re-read this one after reading The Wrath and the Dawn to see if my thoughts on this one changed. They still haven’t really changed because I still feel like this was way too short to really mean anything to me, even after reading TWATD. It gives some insight to Khalid’s thoughts but one can get this from TWATD just fine without ever having to read this.

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I had been seeing The Wrath and the Dawn all over my feed and then it went on sale so I said “What the heck” and bought it. I don’t remember if I saw this one through that purchase or though looking at the series list on Goodreads but I saw that it was part of TWATD and free so I again said “What the heck” and bought it.

For one thing, this just felt too short to me. Now that I write this review, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that this was just supposed to be one scene from another perspective. I think it will be interesting to see how long the same scene is in TWATD.

Another reason I didn’t enjoy it was I haven’t read into Ahdieh’s world just yet. I haven’t had any introduction to her characters, her world, or her settings. Everything was so new and there wasn’t much world-building, probably because this is meant to be for those who read TWATD before this one. I had no clue who anyone was or what the heck they were even doing and why.

I do think I will try this one again after I get the chance to read The Wrath and The Dawn. I think then I can come back with a better understanding and a happier review.

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Review: The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I didn’t like this book from the very beginning. I’ve never had good luck with classics anytime I’ve ever read one. So, they usually end up with one star and I’ve had to read them for a class. This one was just another classic I did not enjoy.

I didn’t understand that this one was fiction within fiction until my teacher told our class it was because I was already so lost and bored with it, I couldn’t keep track of what was going on. I switched to the audiobook because the font was so small in my hard copy that I couldn’t focus on one line. I also found the Kindle edition for free so that helped a lot as well. I honestly couldn’t have cared less about Hester’s story, I just wanted for it to be over with. I just wanted Hester to take off the dang letter and leave New England so I didn’t have to read it anymore.

This book was not great, it was boring as heck.

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Review: Locked

Locked
Locked by Parker Witter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

2.5

I have a love-hate relationship with this book. I don’t 100% hate it and it was interesting at a few points but so much of it was really weird and off-putting to me. I expected some romance that would develop and maybe the magic would be some sort of Harry Potter-ish thing but what I got was not really any of that. I got some weird romance between two teenagers that had them (view spoiler) after what felt like 4 or 5 days while the female character still had a boyfriend. Then I got some random tribal magic system??? I think that’s what made the book the most un-enjoyable for me.

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The 100 Book Box Set/TV Show Blitz

 
I am so excited that THE 100 returns to TV tonight! And to help celebrate the show’s return Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Rockstar Book Tours are giving away 5 Boxed Sets of the Complete series! So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the
Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
 
About The Book:
Title: The 100 Box
Set (Books 1-4)
Author: Kass Morgan
Pub.
Date: 
January 3, 2016
Publisher: Little,
Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 1360
Formats: Paperback
Find it: AmazonGoodreads
All four thrilling novels in The 100 series, now available in a paperback
boxed set! 
Ever since nuclear war destroyed our planet, humanity has been living on
city-like spaceships hovering above the toxic surface. As far as anyone knows,
no one has stepped foot on Earth in centuries–that is, until one hundred
juvenile delinquents are sentenced to return and recolonize the hostile land.
The future of the human race rests in their hands, but nothing can prepare the
100 for what they find on this strange and savage planet. 

 

Read the series that inspired the hit TV show. The 100, Day 21, Homecoming, and Rebellion are gathered together for the first time in this striking box set, perfect for fans and series newcomers alike.



 

About Kass Morgan

Kass Morgan studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a mound of science fiction and Victorian novels. Kass is currently working on the
sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that
allows laptops on the weekend.
 
Giveaway Details:
5 winners will receive the complete boxed set of THE 100 Series, US Only.
Ends on February 8th at Midnight EST!

Review: The Assassin and the Desert

The Assassin and the Desert
The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This one was a little rough in the beginning but it ended up being really good. I think this one really hit its’ stride when Celaena began to settle into the Silent Assassin community. This Celaena felt more like the one I know from the main series books and I think that was a big part of why I enjoyed this one as well. I wasn’t a huge fan of Ilias and the partial relationship he had with Celaena or the random market scene but other than that, I really liked this one. Once I hit the stride in this one, I actually finished it pretty fast which was surprising considering how much trouble I have had getting into and sticking with books lately. Definitely the best one in this collection so far.

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