The Possible by Tara Altebrando / Book Discussion.

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summary (from Goodreads)-
Some storms rage from within.
What if…a teenage girl could move objects with her mind?
What if…someone turns up at her door asking questions she doesn’t want to answer?
Kaylee lives a normal life with her adoptive parents, and almost never thinks of her birth mother, Crystal, who is serving a life sentence in prison. But the woman at the front door is producing a podcast about Crystal that is about to blow Kaylee’s forgotten past wide open.
What if strange things have been happening Kaylee’s entire life, things she could not explain? What if she’s more like her mother than she ever imagined?
What if the podcast is about to put her on a collision course with Crystal—and her darkest self?

I absolutely loved this book. I thought this book was very well developed and it was super fun.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book. I thought the main character, Kaylee, was very interesting to read from. Although, her crush on this irrelevant guy at her school consistently got on my nerves because I just wanted to know what happens with the podcast.

I loved the character of Liana, the podcast producer, because she really did her research on the case and really cared. Her interviews with Kaylee’s birth mother, Crystal, were so interesting.

Although, one thing I really disliked throughout this book was the bumpy relationship of Aiden and Kaylee. I felt that they made it romantic when it didn’t need to be, and it was very rushed. I feel like they should’ve just remained the same as it was at the beginning.

An amazing touch to this book was the text message conversations between Kaylee and all the characters. It helped tell the story more and get more information out, so it didn’t feel like an information dump throughout the entire thing.

The time when Crystal and Kaylee meet again for the first time since her arrest was one of my favorite parts. I pictured it in my head and it was such a huge turning point in the book and it was so haunting.

I overall really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.

What did you think?

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The Battle with my Anxiety.

For the first time, I was able to get in front of the class without shaking out of my mind and was able to function. This was such a huge step through this struggle that I’ve been having the past few years.

I have been struggling with anxiety for about a year and a half now, and It’s so difficult to deal with because anxiety isn’t something easily “fixed” or maintained.

Sometimes my mom will just say “you’re just stressed” or “you don’t have any anxiety.” I’m at a point that I don’t really feel save talking to her about It, In fear that she may judge me.

I don’t talk to kids at school about it, because I’m just so humiliated . When people hear you have anxiety or any other struggle similar to this, they will write you off as a freak or as “faking it” for attention.

But if I could get rid of my anxiety, wouldn’t I?

Anxiety has good days and bad days. I’m continuing to fight the fight. Some days I feel like dying because I have this building feeling inside of me, and some days are fine.

To anybody who’s struggling like I am, just know that I know what It’s like and we can all get through this.

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November TBR

I haven’t posted a TBR or a wrap-up in a long time, but I’m having a break in November so I’m hoping to read.

This is what I plan to read

  • The Possible by Tara Altebrando

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  • Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

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  • The 9th Judgement

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  • Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

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Let me know what you’re reading!

The Ultimate Book Tag

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

No I usually don’t. Although, I don’t get a lot of reading done in the car because sometimes it causes me to have migraines.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

I find Jandy Nelson a really unique writing style. It’s very poetic and beautiful and I really love It. I’ve only read one book by her, but I would love to read more.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter

  1.  Harry Potter love stories are better
  2.  It has an actual plot
  3. Better developed characters

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4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?

I just carry a binder, folders for my classes, a period kit, and a pencil pouch.

5. Do you smell your books?

If It’s a new book I’ll definitely smell it. Although, used or from the library sometimes smells funky so I don’t smell it.

 6. Books with or without little illustrations?

Without.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (Ex. I read Twilight before I read HP and thought the writing was amazing but read HP and now think Twilight is a little bit of a joke.)

All of the Dork Diary books. I read all of those books before I read Harry Potter and I thought It was the best book ever. But then I read Harry Potter and I realized it wasn’t the best writing.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

I didn’t get into reading until after childhood, so unfortunately I don’t have any funny stories.

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9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

It’s probably in between Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and City of Heavenly Fire.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I am a huge poetry person but I don’t think that I will be an author because I’m not very consistent and I don’t (at this time) see It In my future.

12. When did you get into reading?

I don’t have a super interesting story to this. I just decided to pick up Harry Potter when I was in middle school, and then I haven’t stopped reading since.

13. What is your favorite classic book?

I don’t really enjoy classics at all. Even though It’s not a classic, I feel like The Book Thief is the most amazing book that will become a classic one day.

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Yes, I was terrible at math and all the technical one-answer subjects. I loved lit because there was such an open range for possibilities.

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15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I would probably donate it and let someone else enjoy it.

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16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I don’t enjoy comparing books to certain books because it causes the expectations to become higher and I don’t like doing that.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while filming?

I’m so lazy while I’m filming that I’ll do half of the video, take a snack break, film more, and do another snack break. It’s really out of control.

18. What is your favorite word?

My favorite word is lovely. I don’t know why I’m so obsessed with this word, I just feel like It’s such a classy word for some reason.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

All of the above.

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20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Definitely Fairies. I think fairies are so interesting and would love to learn more about them in books.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels. I am a proud christian and I really believe that angels with take me away when I die.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Spirits. I heavily believe in ghosts and when a love one has passed, I do believe that their spirit is somewhat with you.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

Neither. They both really creep me out and make me a little uncomfortable.

 24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden Love. I can’t stand love triangles and I always find them so bland and boring because it’s always so obvious who they are going to get together with. Although, I think forbidden love can be risque and fun and I really love seeing it because it’s more rare.

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25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

I definitely like action-packed with love scenes mixed in. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres and I love when romance is mixed in.

 

24hourathon TBR

This readathon is being hosted by Kelly’s Book Spill on YouTube and I’m very excited. This isn’t the first time that I’ve participated in one.

These are the book(s) I’m planning to read…

  • NYPD RED by James Patterson

I am currently reading this book and I’m almost done with it. I am hoping to finish this book before the readathon, but if not I will hopefully finish it in the readathon.

  • A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

This is a book I just bought from Barnes and Noble and I really want to read it. I haven’t heard about this book through the blogs and I really want to know how I like it.

This is what I’m planning to read. Let me know if you’re participating!

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September Wrap-Up 2017

  1. One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

This book was a very anticipated release for me and I was hoping to really enjoy it. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought. If you want to hear my full thoughts, I have a review here.

Summary-
of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose? Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
  1. The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card

I absolutely LOVED this book. The protagonist was at the age of 13, which I didn’t think I would like, but I really liked it.

Summary-
Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different, and that he was different from them.  While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an outself.
He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins, and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father.  Their home was isolated in the mountains of western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people.
There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow.   There is a secret library  with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English — but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books.  While Danny’s cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see.
Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny  as well.  And that will lead to disaster for the North family.
  1. The 8th Confession James Patterson

I always love a James Patterson novel, and this book was so exception. If you want to get into James Patterson, I would really recommend this series.

Summary-
As San Francisco’s most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching–waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city’s most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it’s the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home.
As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed–a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim’s history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.
As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women’s Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The Women’s Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all that four friends have built? The exhilarating new chapter in the Women’s Murder Club series, The 8th Confession serves up a double dose of speed-charged twists and shocking revelations as only James Patterson can. And remember, this is the only Murder Club episode of the year.
  1. Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

I really liked this book. I always like retellings. Although I didn’t love this book, I really enjoyed.

Summary-
Only queens with hearts can bleed.
This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. There is no all-knowing cat with a taunting smile. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.
Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.
Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself.
This is not a story of happily ever after.
This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.
  1. After the End by Amy Plum

This is the first dystopian book that I’ve read in a while. I enjoyed this book, but I think that I don’t enjoy dystopian books as much as I used to.

Summary-
Michael Grant’s Gone series meets M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village in this riveting story of one girl’s journey to save the very people who have lied to her for her entire life. Amy Plum, international bestselling author of the Die for Me series, delivers a fast-paced adventure perfect for fans of Marie Lu, Veronica Rossi, and Robison Wells.
Juneau grew up fearing the outside world. The elders told her that beyond the borders of their land in the Alaskan wilderness, nuclear war had destroyed everything. But when Juneau returns from a hunting trip one day and discovers her people have been abducted, she sets off to find them. And leaving the boundaries for the very first time, she learns the horrifying truth: World War III never happened. Nothing was destroyed. Everything she’d ever been taught was a lie.
As Juneau comes to terms with an unfathomable deception, she is forced to survive in a completely foreign world, using only the skills and abilities she developed in the wild. But while she’s struggling to rescue her friends and family, someone else is after her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about her secret past.

 

 

A Few of my Favorite Stand-Alone Books

I am always a fan of large series because I feel that I connect to books better in a series. Although there are a few stand-alone books that I just adore.

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This is one of the most important books I’ve read in my entire life. This has changed my perspective on life and love and It was amazong.

summary (from goodreads):
A story about, among other things: A girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

This was one of the first young adult books that I read that represented a gay main character. I’ve been running into it more often now, but this was one of the first ones that I read personally. This book did a really good job on multiple perspective and getting across the message to the audience.

I felt a personal connection to this book because I have a sibling in my life and the hardships that the two main characters share is amazing and heartbreaking.This book just made me want to appreciate my family more and I loved it.

summary (from goodreads):At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.

Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor.

The early years are Noah’s to tell; the later years are Jude’s. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they’ll have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

  • The Outsider by S.E Hinton

I will be very surprised if you’ve never heard of this book. But this is the first book I’ve ever read for school that I actually liked (and read all the way through.)

This book has an amazing approach on society. In a way, this book replicates high school and just our society in general. Some people are on the bottom of the totem pole in society and others on the top. This book came to me at a time in my life where I needed that and I really connected to the characters of the greasers.

summary (from goodreads):
According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.

Let me know what your favorite books are!

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Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oaks / Book Discussion

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summary: (from goodreads)
Only queens with hearts can bleed.

This is not the story of the Wonderland we know. Alice has not fallen down a rabbit hole. There is no all-knowing cat with a taunting smile. This is a Wonderland where beneath each smile lies a secret, each tart comes with a demand, and only prisoners tell the truth.

Dinah is the princess who will one day reign over Wonderland. She has not yet seen the dark depths of her kingdom; she longs only for her father’s approval and a future with the boy she loves. But when a betrayal breaks her heart and threatens her throne, she is launched into Wonderland’s dangerous political game. Dinah must stay one step ahead of her cunning enemies or she’ll lose not just the crown but her head.

Evil is brewing in Wonderland and maybe, most frighteningly, in Dinah herself. This is not a story of happily ever after. This is the story of the Queen of Hearts.

I really enjoyed this book. I haven’t seen many people talking about this book, so I wanted to make a review of this book!

I thought that Dinah, the main character, was really interesting and fun to listen to. Although, I thought Vittiore was extremely boring and bland character. Since this is a series, I am hoping her character can develop more and be more likeable to me. I also felt that the main romance between Dinah and Wardley was very natural and didn’t feel forced.

I liked many parts of this book. There were specific scenes that really stood out to me and I really enjoyed it.

There was a very fun game of croquet, which was really funny to me. It was one of the most political parts of this novel. It was between Dinah, Vittiore, and the King of Hearts (Dinah’s father.) It really shows that the king of hearts was playing this game for his pride. Although, I loved how Dinah stood up against her father, unlike Vittiore.

Another moment that I really liked was when Dinah and Wardley visited the Black Towers. I felt that this was a turning point in the book and was very dark. the black towers are basically a place where people in the kingdom get locked up when accused of a crime and are eventually killed. Wardley and Dinah meet Faina after receiving an anonymous message to meet up with her. She is noticably insane, but Dinah connects with her and wants to save her from execution. This was personally my favorite part, because the black towers really revealed a lot about the world.

Also, the execution day scene was such an amazingly written scene. In this scene, they take all of the people in the dark towers and execute them one by one. The term “off with their head” actually came from the king in this book, which I thought was really interesting and different.

I really enjoyed this book and I hope you pick it up!

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August Wrap Up 2017

This post is 2 weeks late, so sorry.

This is what I read in august:

  • Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I have seen this book in the bookstore multiple times but never read it. I saw it at a used bookstore for 4 dollars so picked it up. I picked up this book randomly and wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did. I thought that Rose was a really interesting to read about and I liked the romance, which I wasn’t expecting.

  • The Leaving by Tara Altebrando

This was a mystery book. I am very hesitant about reading mystery because it’ very easy for mystery to be underdeveloped and predictable. I thought the dual perspective aspect of the book was very interesting. Although, I did guess the ending and that is my biggest pet peeve in mystery. Although, I really enjoyed it still.

  • Crazy House by James Patterson

This a dystopian/mystery crossover book. I always love James Patterson’s books, so I knew I would love it. I loved the main character, Becca. She is so strong and so witty to read about.With that being said, I LOVED this book so much. This is one of my favorite books this year. I have a book review here.

Race in YA Books

I’m not gonna lie, I’m kind of nervous about posting this. Race is a very controversial subject and I don’t want to offend anybody. If you disagree with me and would like to have a conversation, please let me know. I am not trying to personally attack anyone.

I most commonly read the young adult genre. I truly love reading it and I love reviewing it and talking about it with everyone. Although, there is a main issue with this genre that I want to talk about.

Race is my main issue when I read the YA genre. Too many YA books are purely about “the white girl finding love with a white boy for the first time even though she doesn’t thing she’s pretty” and it’s literally so bland and narrow minded to me.

On so many book covers it’s always a white girl with a dress or something of that nature. Which I know isn’t a big deal in most peoples opinion, but it really should be most discussed. A of recently more covers have embraced different races and I really appreciate that. Although, people can neglect to talk about something as simple as a cover.

By saying this, I’m not saying that there is NO diversity in any YA books. There has been more diversity in book not only do do with race but also sexuality. I’m also not saying that every character in every book has to be of color and in the LGBT+. This is about realizing that people aren’t just white and straight and the world isn’t viewed like that. It’s about seeing that there are different races, sexualities, and religions in people.

I know people may say, “I know there are other races and religions but it doesn’t mean they have to be in every book we read.” Although, the written words is what is going to be passed on. If it isn’t passed on to teens and other humans through this literature, how will people ever know in the future?

When it comes to teenagers and kids reading this literature, these young people are extremely impressionable. They are the next generation and what they hear and what they read is going to impact how they live life and make an impression on other people. People can say that teenagers are impulsive and immature, but the truth is that they are the ones who are gonna make a difference in this world about diversity in general.

Thank you so much for reading this and having an open mind about this topic. Please have a discussion with me over this topic and let me know your thoughts. Feel free to make a response post and link it down in the comments!

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