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

22892448The Color Project
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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#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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I’ll Be Your Queen // ARC Review: Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

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Wintersong by S. Jae Jones
Series: Standalone
Genre(s): Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: 2/7/17
STARS: 4.5

Goodreads Description
Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

*I received an ARC for review from a publisher – this does not affect my review in any way*

Wintersong by S. Jae Jones was just as magical and splendid as the synopsis describes. Liesl, a musically gifted teenager is forced to become the Goblin Queen in order to save her sister. Sacrifices are made, lives are lost and hearts are broken in this dazzling debut.

To begin, the writing of Wintersong was absolutely stunning. As a writer myself, I focus on the details and descriptions of the fantastical worlds these authors create. Jones’ awriting captured every details of the world she has created, both real and Goblin Realm. She did such a fantastic job. The characters of the story were written just as well. I felt that Jones’ created such well rounded characters that carried passionate and realistic emotion, not to mention, they did very humane things (at least the humans did) and their very being was realistic.

The plot of Wintersong alone was quite unique. Instead of having a typical plot with a rising action, climax, falling action and conclusion, Wintersong followed a similar plot but it was written as if there are two plot arcs within one book. Something I myself have never seen in a novel. I was quite confused at first because as I was reading, it felt like the end but I was only 40 percent through with the book. Both arcs were fabulous and unique, dark and fun in their own way but I admit that the second arc left my confused. Though the writing was beautiful and enthralled me one hundred percent, I felt it could have been clearer.

Liesl and the Goblin King have a unique relationship as well. The relationships within Wintersong are genuine, the relationship Liesl has with her sister has issues, just like any other pair of sisters but it is apparent they love each other. As for the relationship with Liesl and the Goblin King, it most certainly isn’t ooey gooey romance. For sure a passionate romance that grows over time.

Overall, Wintersong by S. Jae Jones is a stunning debut novel full of magic and intrigue. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys YA with any sort of fae in them. I give this book a 4.75 star rating! Loved it!

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Trapped in a Library with a Knife Carrying Teenager // ARC Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

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Author: Kasie West
Series: Standalone
Genre(s): Contemporary
Release Date: 1/31/17
Stars:
3.5/5

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Goodreads Description

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

By Your Side is a contemporary romance novel about teenager Autumn Collins who finds herself locked in a library with bad boy acclaimed druggie, Dax Miller. Autumn, frustrated and hoping her friends will eventually come find her is surprised to find that WOW Dax Miller isn’t a druggie. WOW. Dax is actually really nice. WOW. Dax didn’t go to juvie because he punched someone in the face. While on the other hand, Dax finds himself surprised that Autumn isn’t the perfect, naive, rich brat he assumed she was.

I quickly burned through By Your Side in a couple hours. I was intrigued by the concept and quite recently I finished reading her last novel, PS I Like You and I very much enjoyed it. I would say I did enjoy By Your Side but on the other hand, I felt that the synopsis is somewhat misleading. The novel does take place in the library for the first third of the book, but it isn’t about books. It isn’t about Autumn liking to read. The entire book is mostly about Autumn trying to tell Jeff (this guy she isn’t dating yet but everyone thinks they will) that she doesn’t want to be with him.

The characters were actually disappointing in my opinion.  I didn’t love them, I didn’t understand them and most importantly, I didn’t really care about what their end result would be. Characters in my personal opinion are the central part of the story, if you don’t care about a character, why would you care about what they say or do? It is without a doubt, that though By Your Side was an entertaining and light read, it wasn’t a thoughtful deep novel and for sure did not meet my expectations.

The plot was for sure not fast paced, it was definitely interesting, but like I said, not superb. In fact, Autumn had some serious angst that needed to be solved. There wasn’t much to By Your Side. It was extremely one dimensional and it felt like the only thing within our story was Autumn, Dax and Jeff. All the other characters? Forget them, we hardly knew their last names!

Overall, By Your Side was a disappointing read that failed to meet my expectations of West’s last novel. I recommend the novel to anyone looking for a light slightly fluffy novel, but this is most certainly not the next great American novel.

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Have you picked up By Your Side yet? Did you enjoy it? Are you anticipating this novel? Let me know down below in the comments! Thank you for reading!

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“Remember, it’s only a game.” || ARC Review » Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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Author: Stephanie Garber
Series: Untitled #1

Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, Action
Release Date: 1/31/17
Stars: 5 STARS

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Goodreads Description

Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber easily lands in the top five books read this month. Starting on the first page, the reader is whisked into a story where everything is questioned. The audience doesn’t quite know what is happening yet, but it is written in such an amazing way that it keeps the reader hooked. Caraval gave me the chills, by page one, I knew Caraval would be phenomenal.

The plot of Caraval was stunning. Extremely well paced. There wasn’t a single part in the entire plot that I felt I was waiting. The entire story kept me on my toes. Don’t even get me started on the twists. Garber is clearly the queen of plot twists because the plot twists were so well done. I didn’t see a single one of them coming. The romantic plot was also spectacular, it is clear that the romantic aspects in the story isn’t the main plot. But when romantic parts appear in the story, it made me as the reader squeal. In a good way, of course.

The descriptions were out of this world. Every single page of Caraval played in my mind like a movie. I could picture every single bit of magic Garber wove into the story. Everything, the smells, the sights, Garber definitely has a talent in world building. The setting for the majority of the book, Caraval was a mystical place, Garber gave me the shivers and made me want to hop right into the story.

Our main character, Scarlett was lovely. Headstrong and definitely feisty was one character that I just adored. She cared for her sister dearly, and she is quite an admirable character. I’m very glad she wasn’t the type of character to fall right over into the “hot guy’s” arms. Julian, our “hot guy” of the book was spectacular. I loved him, Scarlett might not have fallen over on to him, but I surely did. Julian’s character was mysterious, he was caring, and the twists surrounding his character were just spellbinding.

Overall, Stephanie Garber’s, Caraval is definitely a book that any lovers of fantasy should read. Any of her next books will be an instant read. Her writing stunned me. I rated this book 5 out of 5 stars. Caraval had no cons. It kept me hooked all the way. FullSizeRender (20)

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