Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love // Maurene Goo

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Maurene Goo
Release: May 30, 2017
Page Count: 336

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo was a cutesy fun novel that follows the story line of senior Desi as she sets up the steps of her favorite k-drama’s in order to win over the man of her dreams. While this novel was certainly light and full of that lovely drama I basically live off, it did have some fatal flaws. While I enjoyed this novel, it was not as fabulous as I anticipated it would be, however it held many positive aspects I enjoyed as well.

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  • I really enjoyed the cute and fun aspect this story incorporated. While our main character certainly had that “dark past” we often see in YA contemporary, it wasn’t a focal point of the story that actually drove the plot
  • The main characters were fabulous. While I’m not Korean, I’m Chinese, I felt that Goo did a very good job at portraying Desi’s home life and her relationship with her father.
    • Not to mention, Luca was spectacularly gorgeous! 😉
  • I really liked the concept of the K-Drama’s throughout this novel. I love K-Drama’s myself and I thought it was really funny how Desi was trying to win Luca over through similar K-Drama tactics. This idea I felt was super unique, Goo did a good job.
  • Goo is a great writer, while the writing wasn’t the best thing I’ve ever seen, it was good and that made for a story that was entertaining

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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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#BOOKMADNESS2017 // Behold! Blue Sargent from THE RAVEN CYCLE by Maggie Stiefvater ~ vote here!

img_4529Blue Sargent is one of my favorite characters in literature. She stars in the absolutely
fantastic series, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater and provides a unique roles in the series as a whole. This year I’m participating in book Madness hosted by the Amazing Maggie Martin and basically, I’m here to convince you why Blue Sargent is the best character ever out of all the other people with their competing character. At the bottom of this post their will be a giant link that say VOTE, click it and…well VOTE! Hopefully you’ll vote for me, it would make me very happy!

Anyway, here we go! Here are some reason why Blue Sargent is my favorite character and why you should vote for her!

Reason #1: Independent!

Blue Sargent is super independent! She doesn’t need a man to fight her battles. I’ll be

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honest, ever since I started reading The Raven Boys I kind of wanted to grow up to be her because she was just that cool.

Reason #2: EXPRESSES HERSELF!

Most teenagers (like me) fall under the category of being afraid to express themselves fearful of being judged. In The Raven Boys, Maggie Stiefvater paints our main character, Blue Sargent in such a way that demonstrates her own true self through her clothing, hair and even attitude. This provides a good role model for young teens like me and perhaps even young adults in their early twenties who continue to struggle to be their true selves in their day to day life

Reason #3: Not Half Assed and Written Like a Person

No not every character out there has mousy brown hair, “ugly” freckles, brown eyes, a sarcastic attitude and thinks they are ugly. Blue Sargent surely isn’t this way! Maggie Stiefvater did such a good job writing Blue Sargent she low key falls off the page when you’re reading The Raven Cycle. I can always tell when a character is well written because by the end of reading the book, I begin to wonder what happened to that character next, what were they thinking and how they feel right now even. When a character is well written I begin to CARE ABOUT THEM TO SUCH A STRONG LEVEL AND THEY DON’T EVEN EXIST. Anyway, Blue Sargent is amazing because she demonstrates an attitude and such well thought out characterization that she is super easy to relate to!

Reason #4: Not a Hero

Surprise people! Blue Sargent is the very opposite of a hero. She most certainly isn’t a “Celaena Sardothien” or any other character who is clearly spotlighted as the hero in the typical YA novel. In fact, she is the exact opposite of that. She’s poor. She has no dad. She lives in a house with a bunch of psychic women. While she does follow the trope of being prophesied to

be something bigger and greater…ahem…killing her true love with a kiss…she isn’t out to find her true love and she pretty much ignores her. Plus, throughout the series it isn’t like she starts learning Kung Fu in a month like a ninja from Feudal Japan and she doesn’t gain any magical super powers besides the ones she’s always had as a psychic to amplify other psychics.

Reason #5: ORIGINALLLLLLLL

Okay, I think I’ve made it pretty clear so far that Blue Sargent is original. Have I not? Well Reason #5 is mainly for me to just emphasize that even more. Everything about her is unlike any other character I’ve read about before. SHE IS LITERALLY ONE OF A KIND BECAUSE MAGGIE IS REALLY THAT GREAT. There aren’t any other characters in the literary world, at least that I’ve read about that share much with Blue Sargent. I’ve seen too many copies of Celaena Sardothien’s out there, but none of Blue.

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Reason #6: She’s Weird

I’m weird. Being weird is cool and Blue Sargent is weird. But she is a cool weird. She isn’t one of those characters who THINKS they are weird but actually isn’t. BLUE SARGENT IS THE WEIRDEST PERSON EVER. But that is just what makes her so great.

To conclude, it is without a doubt that Blue Sargent, as weird as she may be, her original character traits make her a memorable character to the reader of the story. Not to mention, while Blue is a lesser character in YA, she still stands out. She is incredibly easy to relate to and a great role model for lots of teens and preteens.

And that is why you should vote for Blue Sargent.

VOTE HERE

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YA Books and What They Get Wrong About High School

For those of us who are currently in high school or have graduated that so called “hell hole” know that young adult literature fails at accurately portraying the day in a life of a high school (most of the time). Alright, yes sometimes we’ll find the occasional book that does it right, but we don’t really like those usually because one of the biggest reasons I read and I’m sure many of you guys read is to escape reality.

For those of you who aren’t yet in high school, I’m sorry to disappoint but high school is not High School Musical. There is no Troy. There is no dancing throughout the hallways. It’s just school. Let’s get to this and see what young adult books get about the hell called high school

*these are based upon my own current high school experiences!

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1. Mean Girls

Sure, I’m not saying there isn’t mean girls in high school. But me personally, I’ve never
come across one truly stereotypical blonde white mean girl. While I’m sure there are mean girls out there who are truly the epitome of evil, but at my school there hasn’t been one girl I’ve heard about who has done anything that’s incredibly horrible.

2. Hot Guys

While there are cute guys at school, we never come across one of those cliche “so sexy I can’t even breathe” guys if you know what I mean. I find it funny that in young adult lit we come across the same guys over and over again. While it can be a nice day dream (I suppose that can be the purpose of YA sometimes, to escape reality), it often gets boring to hear about his “piercing blue eyes, mussed hair and lean toned muscles”.

3. Nightmarish Teachers

None of my teachers are a true nightmare. Except maybe my french teacher, but that’s another story. Anyway, all of my teachers are nice, fair and chill. In YA we often see teachers who stack tons and tons and tons of homework, don’t accept late work ever and snap and kids who talk in class.

4. Detention

We don’t have detention at our school.It doesn’t exist. It seems like detention in young adult lit is a common thing for our main character and they are consistently getting caught in detention. …Like everyday. It’s a little ridiculous in my opinion. Yes, of course not every school is my school so for some of you, sorry! You might have detention!

5. Stress Free Life

Let me tell you there is no such thing as “stress free”. I promise you there will always be a time when there is something to stress about. In YA somehow our hero or heroine manages to not only save the world but also get straight A’s and keep a healthy relationship with his or her boyfriend/girlfriend. Let me just say this…ridiculous. I can’t even get 8 hours of sleep at night.

6. Boyfriends/Girlfriends

YES! Of course you date in high school! I have never done it but I’ve seen lots of people date at my school. The difference between real high school and YA high school is that in YA it seems like the relationships portrayed there are long term relationships. It portrays these relationships as something that lasts forever and I personally think that is highly unrealistic. True love in high school is so so rare.

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That’s it for today! Ar

\e there any other things YA books get wrong about high school? Tell me about them! Do you like seeing YA books as more realistic to real high school or not? Tell me why in the comments below! Thank you for reading!

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