The Color Project
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Continue reading “// hello! it’s summer and i’m back!”→
Blue 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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Wintersong by S. Jae Jones
Genre(s): Romance, Fantasy
Release Date: 2/7/17
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!
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.
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!
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.
Hi everyone! Claire here, long time no see and I really miss you guys! Life has been hectic, I’ve been in a blogging slump for just about forever, and in general, life has been really not that great at all. But, that’s not what this post is about. This post is about the new year and all the goals I’m hoping to stick to! Let’s do this!
I haven’t really been blogging much at all. Any posts that are being released were scheduled a bit back on so when I’m talking, I’m not really talking. So my first goal is to post at least once a week. Whether it be a review, discussion, list post, whatever, I will have a post up once a week for you guys.
Being organized is one thing I am terrible at. Seriously, you should see my room. I really hope to accomplish being organized because when you’re organized, I feel like it can make life a lot less stressful by just being organized.
Get my shit together and get a job. Or an internship, or bonus, an internship that pays. I need to make money and all my friends have jobs and then there’s me with like no money. Plus I need to make money so I can get my car!
Finish driver’s ed and get my permit. I just actually started taking driver’s ed, the only problem is is that now that school is starting it will be hard to keep up with the class. Hopefully I’ll be able to manage my time well enough and I’ll be able to finish driver’s ed and get my permit before my junior year
Be myself! Last year was basically a mess, we can all agree on that. Just last year I started wearing makeup. Not a lot but some eyeliner and mascara and a little bit of lip gloss. Pretty simple and it made me feel way better and confident. I also wore it for those around me. This year, I’ll definitely be wearing makeup but I want to be wearing it because I like it and no other reason.
These were my goals for 2017! What were some of yours? How will you accomplish them? Are they similar to mine? Let me know down below in the comments!
Carve the Mark Author: Veronica Roth
Series: Untitled Duology
Genre(s): Science Fiction, Adventure Release Date: 1/17/17
On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world?
Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.
Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.
Allegiant came out when I was in 7th grade. That was the last book Roth published and that was a fair amount of years ago. This January, Roth brings us the first book in her newest duology, Carve the Mark. Set in a world similar to that of Star Wars with multiple planets, Carve the Mark is ready to stun the eyes of readers all over the world regardless if they liked her debut, Divergent.
Carve the Mark is undoubtedly a unique novel coming from concepts that I myself have never read in the YA world. Though it starts off at a slow pace, unlike Divergent it is clear that Roth’s writing has grown so much. The pace is slow, yet meaningful. As I was reading I could feel the story coming together and I could feel myself getting to know the characters better.
Let’s start with Akos. Akos is definitely one of those characters that I had trouble connecting with at first. In fact, I had trouble connecting with all of the characters. Though, especially Akos because he’s a dude. It kind of makes sense there. Like I said, Akos was a questionable character at first, but as the story carried onward I must admit that he quickly became one of my favorite. Cyra on the other hand is quite the opposite of Akos and though she does carry the traits of many YA heroines, her character remains unique. There was definitely something different about her that made her feel special.
The plot of the Carve the Mark was slow. It is a long book. Not super long, but definitely a decent size and being a larger book I definitely assumed for a faster paced novel. I didn’t get a faster paced novel but Roth definitely explores the world well and creates a good balance of all the characters. We don’t see many side characters that are only on the page once. I can definitely see the relation Carve the Mark has to Star Wars. With several different planets and space ships and the “Current” and all that jazz, yet the novel definitely stays true to its story and is unlike any I’ve ever read before.
Overall, I would definitely say to read Carve the Mark even if you disliked Divergent. Carve the Mark is completely different than Divergent in every way with characters that aren’t copy cats of Tris and Four not to mention it’s like in SPACE.
Are you excited for Carve the Mark? Did you enjoy the Divergent series? Let me know down below in the comments!