Teaser Tuesday #3 | August 18, 2015

TEASER TUESDAY

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

“I felt his hand snake around my back, and I brought my face down.”

“There he was, eyes looking into mine, our lips millimeters apart”

-Kiera Cass, The One, Page 12


The teasers got me like:

What do you think? want to read? already read? Let me know!

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Since You’ve Been Gone | Book Review

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Publication: May 6, 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Summary:

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

Goodreads Page

My Thoughts:

Since You’ve Been Gone is the first book that I have read by Morgan Matson and let me tell you, I will definitely be reading more of her books. I seriously thought I wasn’t going to like it because the description on the back of the book did not seem interesting. However, when I read the first page I was instantly hooked.

Is it just me or do you also get the Kelly Clarkson song running through your head every time you see this book?

Plot:

“All the stuff you can’t wait to get away from, until it’s not there anymore, and then you miss it like crazy.”

I truly enjoyed the plot of the story. It was fun and very adventurous. I have to say though… the beginning was sort of slow, but it eventually gets really good.

Characters:

“I don’t think you have to do something so big to be brave. And it’s the little things that are harder anyway.”

If I had to choose a character from any book that describes me the best it would be Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone. I cannot tell you how much she resembles me. From being the girl who is super awkward whenever she talks to anyone to the girl who has a best friend that is super outgoing and does all the talking. She is very reserved and shy. On the other hand, Emily’s best friend, Sloane, is very dynamic and charismatic. She basically is the girl that all guys turns their head to.

There are many other characters in this book and I have to say, I didn’t hate most of them. Matson did a really wonderful job at creating the characters.

Writing:

One of my favorite things about this book is the writing style. I LOVED how each chapter was about the “dares”  that Sloane left for Emily to do. Very creative and very original. Props.

OTP:

“And it was a kiss that felt like it could stop time.”

I’m not going to reveal who I ship so hard with who. But Let me tell you:

  1. I KNEW IT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN WHO HE APPEARED
  2. ME. SHIP. HARD.

Cover:

One thing that came to my mind when I saw the cover: TUMBLR.

Overall:

The book was thick, but it was a fast read. You honestly will not be able to put down the book, every chapter is so fascinating. It was a great summer read, and while you’re reading it maybe you can do the dares 🙂 [I really fell for this book because of the characters and the writing style.]

Rate:

stars


What do you think? agree or disagree? read it? want to read it? Let me Know!

5 Popular Series That I Have Never Read

5 popular series that I have never read… can anyone guess it?

Okay, please don’t judge me when I name them. Yes, I am pretty ashamed of myself, but I just don’t know why I haven’t picked them up.

Here I go…

  1. Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling

Not gonna lie… but I haven’t watched the movies either. I DON’T KNOW WHY, BUT I JUST NEVER FOUND HARRY POTTER APPEALING. Give me a reason why I should read it or watch the movie 🙂

2. Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

Okay, I tried reading the first book once, but I gave up… I watched the movie though and was a hardcore Team Edward fan, whose with me?

3. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

I picked up the first book at my local library and only read around 40 pages. This was during school year so I never got the chance to actually continue the book.

4. Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan

I have the first and second book somewhere in my house, I swear. Okay, I’m pretty sure I actually read the first book, but I don’t remember. But the movie though… LOGAN LERMAN ❤

5. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

Yup… I know… How can I have not read this? I tried. I tried. The movie was good. I watched the second one before the first one.. How dare I?


Wow… This is actually quite embarrassing. I just never got around to these series. Please tell me I’m not the only one. SUCH A SHAME

What do you think of these series? read it? haven’t read one of them yet? Let me Know!

WWW Wednesday #3 | August 12, 201

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading and now hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words, WWW WEDNESDAYS is still about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading:

The Elite by Kiera Cass:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls. Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen? America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

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Recently Finished Reading:

The Selection by Kiera Cass:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Read Next:

The One by Kiera Cass:

The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose— and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan… But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.


August has been a pretty bad reading month. I barely finished two books. I have to work and catch up on my college essays. Hopefully I will get back into reading soon!

What do you think of these books? Read it? want to read it? Let me know!

Most Anticipated Reads of 2015

When you absolutely cannot wait for a book that you have got your eye on for forever, to release. Here are a list of books that are my most anticipated reads of 2015 (September – October):

September 2015: (click on photo to get summary)

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Release: September 15th, 2015

Fans of The Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

Release: September 8th, 2015

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

Release: September 15th, 2015

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Release: September 1st, 2015

The Jewel by Amy Ewing

Release: September 1st, 2015

October 2015:

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Release: October 6th, 2015

What We Left Behind by Robin Talley

Release: October 27th, 2015


There are probably more books that I am looking forward to, but here are just some that I really can’t wait to be released!

What do you think? want to read any? Let me know!

The Selection | Book Review

The Selection #1 by Kiera Cass

Series: The Selection

Publication: April 24, 2012 by HarperTeen

Summary:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Goodreads Page

My Thoughts:

I honestly thought I wasn’t going to like this book at all, but I was completely wrong. Yes, some of the characters were really aggravating, but they really fit the story. I loved the plot, the writing, and some of the characters.

Plot:

“No, I’m not choosing him or you. I’m choosing me.”

I love the plot of the story. It definitely is a plot that I thought I wouldn’t really enjoy, but I truly loved it. I believe that there are two conflicts in the story: Who the Prince is going to choose among the 35 girls and who America is going to chose between; the prince himself or her first true love. The whole story I was basically gasping and oohing. Talk about drama.

Characters:

“You get confused by crying women, I get confused by walks with princes.”

When there is a character that has traits that you like, but also traits that you don’t like. In this book the character that fits my description is America Singer. America, yes, she has a odd name, but it suits her and you guys can find that out by reading the series! America is a teenager born into caste five. She is extremely talented. She can sing, play the violin, and the piano. Throughout the novel, I was feeling really mercurial about her. I like how she isn’t ashamed about being born into a low caste and how she accepts everyone for who they are. However, even though she is a teenager, when it comes to boys, she is SO annoying. (read the novel and you will see why).

Okay, if you’re going to hate a character, go and dislike Aspen, I’m sorry Aspen, but please leave. He was maintainable in the beginning, but after America joined the selection he became someone that I just couldn’t relate. He was born into caste six and works extremely hard to help support his family and when America tries to help him out he becomes so UGH. I know you want to help America out as well, but when she assists to help you — take it.

I thought I wasn’t going to like this character at all, but he is probably my favorite character. You can guess it, and yes, it’s Prince Maxon. He seems so down-to-earth and someone who is human (and not royal).

OTP:

Prince Maxon + Me

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I’m joking, but seriously, I would definitely love a Maxon in my life.

“I hope you find someone you can’t live without.I really do. And I hope you never have to know what it’s like to have to try and live without them.”

Prince Maxon + America Singer

We all already saw this coming. Let’s be real. Kiss. Marry. Have babies. TO MANY EMOTIONS.  🙂

Overall:

I feel like this is going to be a really wonderful series. The Selection is phenomenal and I definitely thought I wasn’t going to get into it, but it turned out to be a great read!

Rate:

4 stars


What did you think? agree or disagree? want to read it? Let me know!

None of The Above | Book Review

None of The Above by I.W. Gregorio

Publication: April 7, 2015 by Blazer + Bray

Summary:

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

Goodreads Page

My Thoughts:

I am extremely glad that I picked up this book. Before even reading this book I had no idea what intersex was, let alone what it meant. However, this book explained it thoroughly and portrayed the realities of what a person with intersex might encounter.

Plot:

“The biggest difference between boy and girls is how people treat them”

I loved the plot of the story. I loved how I learned so much more about the world around me after I finished the book. It shows that although you are different from others or have a disability or disease, you are not alone. Yes, there will be people who will be against you, but most importantly there will also be people who love and support you. Don’t forget that.

Character:

“That was When I realized that life was a multiple-choice test with two answerd: Male and Female, And I was None Of The Above.”

The protagonist, Kristin, is by far the most unique character that I have stumbled upon when grabbing a book. She is the first character, in the many books that I have read, struggle with the diagnosis of being intersex. Kristin is a teenage girl, who has a full scholarship for being proficient in track/hurdling, she has two best friends and a boyfriend that loves her. But everything in her world flips around just because of one night when she tries to be intimate with her boyfriend. She visits the doctor shortly after the night and finds out that she has AIS, which is why she never got her period and unfortunately is not able to have children. Instead of ovaries and a uterus that a normal female has, she has testicles instead. Anyways, Kristin is definitely one of the most inspiring characters that I have read about.

Writing:

The writing style of this book is simple and easy.

OTP:

“You fall for the person, not their chromosomes.”

Okay, that was cute ^

If you want a man or woman in your life, wouldn’t you want someone who loves you for you?

Well, this is exactly what Krisitn gets. A man named Darren.

Darren + Kristin = asdfghjkl

Overall:

This book was a great read. Definitely influencing and inspiring. If you had not read this book yet. Go get it now! I promise you that it will give you a different outlook of the world.

Rate:

4 stars


What did you think of the book? agree or disagree? want to read? Let me know!