13 Reasons Why: the tv show // a review

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SPOILERS THROUGHOUT REVIEW!

I’ll admit, I read the book by Jay Asher a very long time ago. So long ago that I didn’t really remember the plot. I knew the concept, I knew that Clay was surprise surprise didn’t actually do something terrible. But did I remember the characters or anything? Nope. There has been so much controversy regarding this show and can I just call myself neutral?
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ARC Review: The Color Project // Sierra Abrams

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Sierra Abrams
Release: July 18th, 2017
Page Count: 464

Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.
Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.
When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

The Color Project by Sierra Abrams was one of my most anticipated books of 2017. Thankfully, Sierra the loveliest of people sent me an early copy and damn did I burn through this one. The Color Project was absolutely stunning.

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  • The characters were so so precious. Bee, our main character was such a star. One of my favorite things about Bee was how easily I related to her. I saw myself in her which is a pretty fantastic feat for any author. Levi was also a precious heart with style.
  • The writing was superb. I was nervous going in to reading this because I wanted to like this so badly, I would have felt awful if I had to write a bad review for it. Especially since I consider Sierra a friend. Thankfully, I didn’t just like it, I loved it. The writing was spectacular and fuzzy and happy.
  • The plot was fabulous. There were so many levels, sad parts, fuzzy parts. Ugh, I was basically squealing the entire time while I was reading this book. If a book has me grinning, it’s good.

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ARC Review: The Belles // Dhonielle Clayton

          

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The Belles
Dhonielle Clayton
Release: February 20, 2018
Page Count: 512

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for
they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.
But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.
With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton was a diverse novel with a surprising twist of betrayal, beauty combined with fun aspects of a futuristic world. I enjoyed The Belles a lot more than I thought I would, I’ll admit it.

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  • Fantastic character development! I LOVED CAMELLIA! Our main character Camellia was just absolutely perfect. First of all, a black main character is always fantastic. Second of all, Camellia is just a great character, she expresses all the amazing qualities of being human (for a Belle?). Camellia was so well rounded, there wasn’t a single aspect of her that was flat.
  • Unique concepts! OH MY GOD. The concept of Belles was just so fantastic. And it wasn’t just the Belles that made me want to scream because the world they live in is just so depressing yet…interesting at the same time. I wanted to know more. I can’t delve too far into details, but the world The Belles is set in is one where everybody lacks color, everyone is grey. Except Belles. And the Belles’ job is to use their abilities to make those who can afford to pay, beautiful. Colorful.
    • A side note, as I’m writing this, within the novel, Belles are considered daughter of a goddess. We have a black girl in a position of power. God, this book is just too fabulous.
  • EDGE. God there was so much edge. I was on edge the entire time. There was never a dull moment. To add, The Belles is quite a lengthy novel, however because the plot was so well paced and quick, I burned through this pretty quick.
  • Fantastic Writing. I loved the writing, this is my first novel by Clayton and I loved it. I especially loved the detail the author delved into. I could picture every detail in my mind as I was reading some of the makeup-y parts.

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  • Am I allowed to say that I’m upset I probably have to wait like another three years for the second book? Who cares, I’m saying it. This is the only thing I dislike.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton was a diverse novel with fantastical aspects and amazing characters. I apologize you have to wait so long. This novel blew my mind away it was so good. Add this book to your TBR as soon as you can, you won’t have any regrets. This book will kill you from the inside out.

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// hello! it’s summer and i’m back!

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Hi guys! It’s been a long sophomore year and I must apologize to you readers how very
sorry I am for not posting. I’ve been extremely busy however, I’m back this summer and I’m beyond excited. Not to mention, I will be adding lots of new features and changing things up around here. I feel like I have grown as a person over the past year and I have a lot of exciting discussions and reviews I need to prep for you guys.
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