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Friday Favorites|Books Set in Highschool

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Hey guys, Friday Favorites is hosted by Kibby who started this tag at Something of the Book. And this tag is just a fun way to share some of your favorite things every Friday 🙂

I feel like over half of the YA books take place in high school so choosing a not enormous amount will be a bit difficult aha.

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

This book is so. good. and everyone should read it. I love all the Harry Potter references in this book and the characters are so enjoyable!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I really like this trilogy. I feel like there isn’t really many contemporary series and I was a bit surprise to find one. But I enjoyed it and I do wish there were more contemporary series out there! But I really enjoyed this series and the characters in it and it. I liked that we got more to the story because it wasn’t a standalone but a whole series.

Anna and the French Kiss

This was my favorite book in the series. This is such a quick and nice contemporary book/series. Its easy to fly through and the relationships are all so cute. But the relationship in the first book is my favorite which is why the first book is my favorite in the series. But anyways, this is an enjoyable series and if you haven’t read it and are looking for an easy read, I recommend this series.

What is one of your favorite books set in High School?

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Hook & Crown|Book Tour

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I’ve teamed up with The Parliament House for a tour of Hook & Crown by Nicole Knapp. Hook & Crown is a Peter Pan retelling!

Continue reading for an excerpt and a giveaway!

Synopsis

You’ve heard of Neverland and its inhabitants… Fairies, pirates, mermaids and a boy who didn’t want to grow up. But you can’t always believe the stories.

Elena Hart arrives in London, bound for a new boarding school operated by her estranged uncle. A fresh start is exactly what she needs. But when strange things begin happening, things she can’t explain, she begins to wonder if she has lost her mind.

Until the night a strange girl appears in her room, claiming to be a fairy from Neverland, come to take her to the fantasy world at the request of its ruler.

Skeptical, Elena refuses. But the following night, a young man with strange green eyes appears, and though she tries to resist his charms, something about him draws her in and Elena is whisked away from the world she knows, to a world she always thought was make believe.

But when she arrives in Neverland, it is nothing like the stories and Elena realizes that she must figure out for herself who the true heroes and villains are.


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– US ONLY Winner – Set of four Hook & Crown inspired candles from Talking Candles and Hook & Crown E-Book.

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Book Excerpt

High above London, a boy with strange green eyes perches on a throne of deep grey rainclouds, twirling a stunning jeweled dagger in his hands. He scans the ground until a familiar girl walks out of the busy airport. He perks up, the dagger forgotten, and watches her. The gusting wind catches her auburn hair, whipping it around her face. Even from the height of the clouds, he can tell that she is beautiful. But he already knows that, of course. This isn’t the first time he’s laid eyes on her. The girl walks a few steps and suddenly stops, a lost look marring her lovely features. The boy wonders what she is thinking that could make her stop in her tracks. Far below, the girl tips her chin to the sky. The boy ducks, afraid she might spot him. But no, her eyes are closed. The girl shakes her head and presses on through the rain. The boy watches her as she climbs into one of the black cars waiting at the curb. Only when the car pulls out of the lot does the boy turn his green gaze to the sky and rocket up into the stars.


If you’ve enjoyed the excerpt you can click here to purchase the book!

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The Devil’s Arithmetic|Book Review

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91357.jpgTitle: The Devil’s Arithmetic

Author: Jane Yolen

Pages: 170

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Synopsis: Hannah thinks tonight Passover Seder will be the same as always. But this year she will be mysteriously transported into the past. Only she knows the horrors that await.

Non-Spoiler Review

Overview Thought

The only main reason I wanted to pick this book up was because it won the National Jewish Book Award. I’m glad I did decide to pick it up though because it was a very good and emotional book. This book definitely hit me and it just made my heart feel sad.

Characters

Hannah. Hannah is the main character and she was a good main character. I don’t think she was anything special nor did she really stand out but I didn’t dislike her. For a young kid she has to go through some traumatic things and some of these things broke me. I mean for a kid to witness and go through the things she did made me so sad.

Plot

I liked the plot of this book and the point it wants to get across. I wish this book was  a little longer because I think it would of maybe delivered a bigger impact on the readers if it was longer. I also wish it was more descriptive of Hannah’s surroundings because I think it would of provided a bigger impact for the reader and help deliver what this book is trying to get across in a more substantial way.

Cons

One thing I didn’t like about this book was Hannah and how she was after the end of the book. I felt like that after all she went through and witnessed she would of been a little more scarred. But after everything it seemed like the way she acted nothing happened and she never went through anything she went through. I also felt like during the book I wish we could of gotten more of Hannah and her thoughts and how she was coping with everything because I felt like we didn’t get that. I felt like we didn’t get much insight on her thoughts and how she was reacting to everything and I wish we could of. I just felt like we got a very one level view of this book and what was happening to Hannah and I wish we could of gotten to see one or two more views. I think if we got to see more than the one level provided for us it this book would of provided a much bigger punch and leave a bigger impact on the reader.

Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit of an emotional read for me and I just like what this book and the message it has hopes to get across to the readers. I think if you have the time to read it I think it is worth it. It isn’t a book that will leave a huge impact on people sort of like The Book Thief or The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas but I do think its worth a read.

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A Curse of Thorns|Book Review

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44452547Title: A Curse of Thorns

Author: Nicole Mainardi

Pages: 299

Rating: ★.75 

Synopsis: In order to repay her father’s debt to the Regime and save her sisters from a terrible fate, Belle Fairfax—an eighteen-year-old girl with a love for forbidden books and the thrill of the hunt—must risk everything to find the reclusive Beast and steal the ring that cursed him.

But the Beast is not what she expects.

A young king cursed by a witch and forgotten by his village, all Bastian wants is to win the heart of the forest girl with the silver scars. But he’s a hideous Beast that abandoned his people for the sake of vanity, and he knows it won’t be easy to earn her affection.

But there’s more to the girl than he thought.

Belle only has one purpose once she makes it to the Beast’s castle: find the ring, take it, and leave the Beast to rot. But as she comes to know about the Beast, she realizes that she has more to fight for than just her family. Bastian knows he’s left his people in the hands of the corrupt Regime, and the guilt of their suffering gnaws at him. The more time he spends with Belle, though, the less he hates what he’s become.

With Briar on the brink of falling completely under the control of the Regime, Belle and Bastian find that, together, they may be the key to freeing their home from the reaching grasp of the tyrannical Emperor

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author but all thoughts are my own

Non-Spoiler Review

Overview Thoughts

I haven’t read many retellings which I want to change so I was excited when I saw that this is a beauty and the beast retelling! I also really love the cover so that was another draw for me aha. It was fun to read this and see which characters were sort of this books version of the ones in the Disney movie. I thought overall that this was a good retelling.

Characters

Belle. I liked Belle. She was sort of a Feyre and Disney movie Belle combo. She had to hunt for her sisters like Feyre did and she loved books like Belle and she didn’t want to marry the person who she was “bethrold” to. She was brave and she was always putting others in front of her.

Bastian/Beast. I have mixed feelings about the Beast. I liked Mainardi’s version of the Beast. However I thought she developed him too closely to the actual Beast and I wish she added more of her touch to him.

Plot

I liked the plot of this story. While it stayed true to the original Beauty and the Beast, she added her own twist to it which I found interesting. Since the Beast became the beast, he stopped looking after Briar(the town)this group called the Regime took over. In a way this was a dystopian and beauty and the beast retelling. The Regime basically controls everything and if you do something against their rules, the punishment was death. I liked the twist Mainardi did on this tale with the Regime and the town and people of Briar.

One thing I didn’t like about the plot was the ending. It got a bit confusing and I felt that there was a lot happening and it felt a bit rushed. I was also confused with some things concerning the Beast and his magic and the person who cursed him.

Writing

I liked the writing. The book felt well written. I also liked how it switched perspectives between Bastian and Belle. It was cool to get insight with both characters and how they felt.

Love

There was a bit of instant love which I wasn’t a huge fan of. But not only was it instant love but it was also like one sided instant love which I did not like and thought it was a tad bit weird.

Final Thoughts

In the end I enjoyed this book and thought it was a solid retelling. I’m definitely going to try and read more retellings after this book. I liked Belle as a character along with the little twist the author put on her as a character. I also liked the twist she did on the town with the Regime. Overall, this was an enjoyable read.

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Wandering In Wonderland|Book Tour

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I’ve teamed up with The Parliament House for a tour of Wanderling in Wonderland by Aislinn Honeycutt. Wandering in Wonderland is a retelling of Alice in Wonderland with LGBTQ+ representation!

Continue reading for a giveaway and an excerpt of the book!

Synopsis

“Lewis Carroll didn’t get it right?”
“No, my dear. I don’t think anyone truly will.”

Far away and down a rabbit hole sits the magical world known as Wonderland. A safe haven for the souls who lived less than ideal lives in the waking world get to experience peace in their afterlife. Jessica is the newest member of this enchanted land, but after eating a cookie that took away her memories of who she was, she doubts herself at every turn.

Jessica participates in The Looking Glass Ceremony to find her new role in the afterlife, but fate has different plans. As the Queen of Hearts takes Jessica under her royal wing, plots of regicide bubble up from the depths of Wonderland. With the help of new and eccentric friends, Jessica might be able to stop the treasonous threats and bring true peace to Wonderland. But only if she heeds the cryptic words of the Caterpillar.

Familiar faces take on new roles in this fantasy retelling with a dark and romantic LGBT twist This isn’t the Wonderland you’ve experienced before, and you definitely don’t want to be late for it.


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US ONLY – signed copy of Wandering in Wonderland and an Alice in Wonderland notebook

International – wandering in wonderland e-book

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*no giveaway accounts *must be 18+ or have parents consent *must be able to provide email for e-book


Excerpt

“I know you cannot forget what Wonderland is, but the days will grow harsh, and it never hurts to have a reminder.
   Wonderland, as I see it, is different than most picture it to be. It’s not as dark, or haunted, or frightening as the movies make it seem. Wonderland is calm and quiet. If I were to give it a color palette, I would mark it down as pastel. Have you ever seen chalk paint? It looks dusty and old, yet somehow lovely and calming. That’s what Wonderland is like.

There are mountains to climb. Some with flowers and some with snow, and there are fields and forests to dance through. When I say it’s quiet, I mean there is nothing but silence. The feeling you get when you’re cold, and on the verge of crying, and there is nothing more you want to do than scream until your head falls on your pillow is the sound of Wonderland.

But, the forests, oh the forests… They are everything you’d want to ask for. You cannot get lost unless you want to, and unlike most forests, you can walk barefoot if you please. The floor is covered in the softest moss, still cool with morning dew, and it protects your feet from harm. The air is warm and humid, making it the perfect weather for dancing. It you’re lost and wish to cry, there are places to hide away. Fairy ponds and cool lakes are scattered among the trees with fresh berries lining the shores. The water never stings your eyes, and you can dive for as long as you want, and the surface will only be an arm’s length away should you need air.

Deep within the trees, you’ll find long abandoned buildings ranging from Victorians to cottages. Some are down to their foundations with ivy and other greens taking over their structures. Trees grow from their hearts, and the ceilings reach down to the floorboards. Others are still in living order with soft beds ready for your weary heads.

You are alone for as long as you want in the forests, and at the lakes, and in the forgotten homes, but if you ever need companionship, the town is never far. Smiling faces and warm arms to fall into at every corner. There are cobblestones, wooden, and brick buildings along both sides of the streets. Alleys and alcoves, churches and spires, bookstores, bakeries, pubs, haberdasheries, dress shops, hat shops, tea shops, and anything else you could ever want line the streets. It you wander through the alleys long enough, you will find a hidden park tucked away in the corner along the brick wall guarding the townspeople from nothing for nothing can hurt you in Wonderland.

The park is simple with a tall tree for climbing or shade, the greenest and softest grass for picnics or late night rendezvous to stare at the stars, and benches for lovers to sit on. There is a long table sitting off to the left side of the park with many chairs of varying styles and sizes, usually sitting unattended. Attached to the tree and the buildings before the park is a string of lit paper lanterns. They have never flickered in all the history of Wonderland.

The rest of the world has more ruins for exploring, with castles made from pearl and crystal. Some have moonstone and opal, and others are made from cold stones without a glow. There are crashing oceans full of beasts thought to be mythical or extinct. There are places deep in the southern woods darker than the northern woods, yet not as dark as the ones in films.

In those woods, there are faeries, fauns, fawns, mermaids, pixies, and whispers where the cold sets in, and one can sleep to forget themselves and their troubles.

The faeries and pixies soothe your mind with dance and song while the mermaids invite you to swim and play in their icy cold waters while they caress your body.

But, they cannot hurt you.

Nothing can hurt you in Wonderland.

Wonderland is where you go to heal, forget, and feel at home again. This is what my Wonderland is. It changes for every soul who goes there, but it shall always be for you.”


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Wrap-Up

May Wrap-Up|2019

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Wow, this was such an amazing reading month for me. I am honestly so surprised with how many books I read this month like I think this is the most books I’ve ever read in a month! So, the grand total is *drum roll*  12 books!!

Twisted Fate by Dana Miller

This was a solid book. I really enjoyed it and I was able to quickly finish it which was nice. I gave this a 3.75/5 stars and click here to check out my full review!

For Lila, Forever by Winter Renshaw

This was a nice story. It took me a little while to get into it but it was enjoyable once it picked up. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t horrible, it was just okay. I liked Lila and Thayer(I hope I’m spelling this correctly) together and thought they were cute. Characters didn’t feel super developed. Connections later discovered in the book made sense but at the same time didn’t. It was a cute love story though and enjoyable to read, I gave this 3/5 stars.

Escaping from Houdini

Where do I even begin. I loooooved this book so much! I did not want to put it down at any point and I was just sucked back into this story/series. I loved the mystery in this series and I did not guess who it was which I love in a mystery book. I liked how Thomas and Audrey Rose’s relationship was tested and I thought it was a uh good test for them and their relationship. I feel like in the end it’s going to make their relationship stronger. I gave this book 5/5 stars!

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

I listened to this as an audiobook and I am so glad I did! I really loved listening to this and I found myself chuckling multiple times throughout the book. I really liked the twist on the real history and I enjoyed finding like connections to what really happened versus what happened in the book. I gave this a 4.75/5 stars.

We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

I really enjoyed this book. I liked how it was told in letters and thought it was refreshing to read a book styled differently. I liked the characters and watching their relationship develop and them discovering parts of themselves. Click here to check out my full review!

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

I was so happy to read this book but was a bit let down. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked and enjoyed it, but it wasn’t my favorite. I felt there were too many flashback scenes and a lot was happening in a shortish amount of time. There are some other things that I wished happened but due to spoilers I cannot say them. I do hope the last book is better than this book. I gave this a 4/5 stars.

Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake

After putting this book on hold three different times, I finally got it from my library! I really enjoyed this book and I flew through it. I am super excited for the next(and final I think) book in the series! I gave this a 4/5 stars.

Liberty Empire by Brooke Ellis

This is the second book in the Empire Series and I thought it was a good second book. In the first book I had some issues with the writing and while I still did in this book, I do feel like the writing improved. I liked seeing Mitch’s and Adeline’s relationship grow and how they get through these curves they are thrown. I gave this a 3/5 stars.

The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

I read this in one day, thats how much of a nice, easy read this book is. I really like the fake boyfriend kind of trope so this was an easy book for me to enjoy. This was my first Kasie West book and it definitely isn’t going to be my last. I really enjoy the lightness of her books and the sweet romance this book has. I gave this a 4/5 stars.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

This book. I think this is a book everyone needs/should read. Check out my full review here if you wish to read more of my thoughts on this book.

The Distance Between Us by Katie West

Didn’t I say The Fill-In Boyfriend wasn’t going to be my last Kasie West book. I liked this book. I didn’t like is as much as I liked The Fill-In Boyfriend mostly because I was not a huge fan of things revealed in the end. However I did like seeing Caymen and Xander’s relationship and how it grew. I gave this a 4/5 stars.

Hooking Up by Crystal Kaswell

This was a nice romance book. I liked reading about Walker and Iris’s relationship and how it grew. I liked how each character was dealing with something on their own and how it played into who they are as a character. However I wasn’t a fan of how many smut scenes there were. I felt like there were so many and it felt like there were too much scenes and I wish that instead of some of the smut scenes, it was scenes where we got to see their relationship develop because I feel like we didn’t get much of those scenes. I gave this a 3/5 stars.

So those are all the books I read in the month of May!

How many books did you read in May?

 

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She’s Powerful Trouble|Book Tour

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I’ve teamed up with The Parliament House for a tour of She’s Powerful Trouble by Taylor Hartley. She’s Powerful Trouble is about a girl who was born with an evil power and her struggle to control it so doesn’t expose herself and her whole Coven.

Continue reading for a giveaway and an excerpt of the book!

Synopsis

The Mothers of Mariah Stark’s Coven insist she possesses an evil power. Mariah’s attempts to pull flowers from the Earth or heal injuries result in killing fields of crops and scorching flesh instead. Called away by a prophecy, the young witch learns she must cloak her magic to protect her Sisters and their secret. But despite her best efforts, Mariah fails at maintaining a low profile in Wicker Creek, North Carolina. Now, as Mariah navigates her senior year of high school, vicious town darling Shelley Stallings and her minions seek to reveal Mariah for the witch they believe her to be. Such exposure could ruin the magical world—if Mariah doesn’t destroy it first.

While Finn Shepherd may not have magical powers, he’s on his own path to self-destruction. Struggling to cope with his father’s death, he abandons his passions for swimming and sketching and seeks solace in drugs, pissing away his chances at graphic design school as he lashes out at the people who love him most. His tunnel-vision blinds him—so he never sees Mariah coming.

What follows is a cycle of fated encounters. Mariah’s powers soften as she grows closer to Finn, and she wonders: is he destined to save her from her ravenous inner darkness? And Mariah reminds Finn of who he used to be and the future he might pursue. But as Shelley relentlessly taunts Mariah, the dark side of her magic takes on a mind of its own…threatening anyone in its wake and driving Mariah to a choice that might unleash a force strong enough to shatter both the magical and ordinary worlds…


 

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Excerpt

PROLOGUE

MASSACHUSETTS, JULY 2003

The two women dance cautiously around the dead.

“The lights.” Mother Mol grabs Dahlia’s arm as they creep further inside the hospital. “She even blew out the lights.”

They inch through the darkness, clinging to each other out of necessity more than fear, moving carefully around the bodies. The light from the full moon filters through the windows, casting long shadows along the walls. A man in a tweed jacket lies flat on his back in front of the double doors, the muscles in his face relaxed so he looks like he’s smiling. In the café nearby, the steam wand from the espresso machine screams. The outline of the barista drapes over the counter, and beneath her, another body lies curled like a sleeping child. Entire families slump against each other in the waiting rooms. The nurse behind the admit desk stares straight up at the ceiling, seeing nothing.

The women expected the usual two corpses. Nothing like this.  

“We should leave, Sister,” Mol says. “The power to do something like this…the girl’s evil.”   

“What about ancient duty and dying breeds?” Dahlia tenses beside her. “If we don’t protect her, who will?”  

“She isn’t like us.” The grip on her arm tightens. “Look around you, child.”
“I’m not a child anymore, Mother Mol,” Dahlia hisses. “But when you found me all those years ago, do you remember what you told me? You said I could fix the evil things I’d done. And this girl, she deserves that same chance, don’t you think?”

That fact is written on Dahlia’s bones. Pushing past Mol, she closes her eyes and lets the magic wake inside her, lets it pulse and spiral through the air, searching.

“Where are you, lady?” The words come out of her mouth and surprise her.

Mother Mol huffs beside her. “Novices.”

“There.”

Dahlia feels the baby’s fear well up inside her own body: how dark everything is, and how lonely. She’s close, on the second floor maybe. The elevator on the far wall doesn’t work; the girl’s short-circuited the entire building. Dahlia cocks her head at Mol, and together they head toward the staircase at the end of the hall. They tiptoe around the nurses and doctors who lie sprawled on the steps.

At the top of the stairs, Dahlia hears it: a loud, enchanting wail. Zigzagging around more corpses, she races toward the sound. She’s not sure what it is, only that she’s desperate to hold that little girl, see her and know that maybe the Coven’s not doomed after all.  

The baby lies in the room at the end of the hall. With the curtains drawn closed, it’s impossible to see anything, so Dahlia flicks her wrist, and the fabric draws apart to let the moonlight in.

The child’s father lies draped over the foot of the bed, hugging his wife’s feet. There’s a look of joy on his ebony face and tears of blood in his eyes.

He never knew he was dying.

The mother’s eyes are closed, neck bent low toward the infant cradled in her arms. Dahlia feels the sob sitting in her chest and lets it go. She thought this part would be easy, she’d heard about it so many times. But this mother wanted so badly to kiss her beautiful daughter, who cries like she has four lungs instead of two, and it doesn’t make sense. Dahlia bends down slowly and touches her lips to the mother’s forehead.

“Rest well,” she says, pressing her forehead against the woman’s. Her skin is cold. “We’ll take care of her.”

She hears Mol moving behind her as she bends her knees and takes the child in her arms.  

“Sister, we cannot take her with us,” Mol says. It’s the first time Dahlia’s ever heard her frightened. “I’ve never seen this kind of carnage before, and I’ve seen terrible things. This isn’t natural. This child is our end. I know it.”

“Why would nature give us something we don’t need?” Dahlia asks, eyes fixed on the girl. Her grey eyes spark in the light. “If we let her die, we violate every law we swear to live by, don’t we? I can’t do that again. I won’t.”

“She could kill us all,” Mol says. “There’s no way to know what she’s capable of…”

Dahlia looks into the girl’s face, and the baby hiccups and turns her face away. Dahlia steadies herself and looks back at Mol just as the sirens start to blare in the distance.

“Unless we take her with us.”

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NORTH CAROLINA, 2019

Mother Mol started telling me the story of my birth when I was like four. I blew out my birthday candles, and then she just hit me with that little nugget of knowledge. She wanted to ensure I knew that I’m the dark, evil force that might just kill us all.

“There’s only ever been one other witch born with a power like yours, and she nearly destroyed the Coven,” she said. “So, you must remain vigilant.”

And that was it, the end of the story.

Then when I was seven, I met that witch face-to-face. I mean, not really, because she’s like super dead, but pretty much. We were in the Gathering Room, just me and Airi and Amana practicing with Mother Calista, trying to levitate books, when I suddenly felt a freaking pipe organ going off inside my chest, and then the entire room evaporated.

This darkness swallowed me, and I was falling, falling through total and complete nothing. Then, I slammed into the ground, and all I could see was a woman, red hair billowing around her like we were underwater or in some kind of fluid dimension or something. Her green eyes flashed, and her grey gown flowed behind her as she walked toward me. As she stooped down and brought her face to mine, her name bloomed in my mind: Eurydice.

And then she spoke, and her voice echoed through my head so loudly my ears rang for actual days. Her words sounded like smoke.

“The Earth shall shroud in shadow. The dead shall rise again. In Wicker Creek, two lovers meet, and the future shall begin.”

She looked at me with this smile on her face, and I felt my magic curdle. I felt it bubble in my veins, like she hadn’t just dropped a stupid nursery rhyme in my lap, but instead, set off a toxin that turned me into a nuclear weapon.

Sister Dahlia and Mother Calista (total space cadet, by the way, but she can definitely see the future), said I’d been “called,” said the whole freaky vision thing meant there was some kind of destiny waiting for me in this Wicker Creek place that could “change our world forever.”  

But Mol wouldn’t let me go, even after Dahlia begged her.

“If a witch doesn’t fulfill her calling, nature makes the world pay for it,” she told her, amber eyes blazing. “Everything around Mariah will start to sour, you know that!”

“If it’s a message from Eurydice, it’s better not to listen,” Mol insisted. “Besides, we don’t even know what kind of beginning she means. It’s far too dangerous.”

Then I walked down for breakfast the next morning and nearly set the house on fire because I short-circuited everything. And later that week when I practiced levitating again, the books swirled around the room like they were caught up in this violent cyclone and whacked Airi straight across the face. Dahlia said it was magic lashing out, the universe ramping up to tip us right over the edge because we refused to listen to it.

Mol finally let me go to Wicker Creek when all the windows in the greenhouse shattered  because I dared to open the freaking door. She made Dahlia come with me as my Keeper, to better train me on how to handle my magical shit…and to ensure I keep it hidden from humans, because there’s never been a good time to be an actual witch in this world.

In ten years, I’ve only lost control once. And if you knew everything about my magic…well, you’d be pretty impressed by that, actually.

Mol reminds me I’m dangerous every year when we go back to the Coven for Solstice Gatherings. She swears if I don’t fight like hell to find the light in my magic, I’ll swallow the world. She says power like mine’s way too unpredictable to stay hidden for long.

“If you can’t control yourself, I will come collect you.” Mol growled that at me in eighth grade…right after everything went down in the woods with Finn and Shelley. “And I will do whatever it takes to make sure you do not threaten this world.”

It’s why I don’t tell her about Eurydice’s voice and the way it creeps into my dreams sometimes. It’s why I don’t tell her about the way my magic tore through him and how I thought he’d die right there, right then, if I didn’t pull him back from the edge I felt him tumbling toward.

She acts like I enjoy being a threat to the living world.

But my whole life, I’ve only ever wanted to be one thing:

Good.


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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday|Favorite Books Released in the Last Ten Years

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

2018

ugh so many awesome books came out last year but I think I am going to go with Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco.

2017

Okay I’m torn between The Hate U Give or Lord of Shadows because I really loved both books but I think I’ll go with The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas because I think I love it just a tid bit more

2016

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is the book I’m going to go with for this year. I really love this book and its one of my favorite historical fiction books

2015

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is an amazing book and I really love it and I’m so excited for the TV show and yeah, I mean how can I not choose this book aha

2014

Cress by Marissa Meyer was my second favorite book in the series with Winter being the first but Cress is one of my favorite characters in this series

2013

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi is my favorite book in the Shatter Me series because in this book I realized my love for Kenji and um yeah, aha

2012

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas was recommended to me by a person at Barnes and Noble and I’m so glad they did because this was one of the series that got me back into reading

2011

There aren’t a ton of books that were published this year that I’ve read(as far as I believe) but Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare was released this year!

2010

The same thing for 2011 applies for this year but I’m going to go with Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

2009

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins was released this year and it is also my favorite in the series because I just like the action in it more than the other books and also Finnick is introduced in this book

 

 

book review

A Very Large Expanse of Sea|Book Review

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Title: A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Pages: 310

Rating: ★.75

Synopsis: It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.

Non-Spoiler Review

Overview Thoughts

This was one of my most anticipated reads from last year and I’m happy to have finally read it. I really enjoyed this book, ended up finishing it in a whole day. I think this book addresses a much needed topic. And although this isn’t based off a real person, it is sort of based off of Tahereh Mafi’s life. Some of the things that happen in this book just broke my heart that people could be this cruel. It also frustrated me because I understood in a way what Shirin(the main character) went through. Now I am not Muslim, but I am Jewish so I have had to deal with hatred because of my religion. And it really just frustrates me how people can be cruel. But I don’t want to go off on a tangent now so I’ll just get on with the review

Characters

Shirin. Shirin looks at the world and people with hatred, and rightfully so. She’s moved around a ton and each place she visits she’s met with discrimination and hatred. People making remarks because of how she looks and because she wears a hijab. It really takes a while for her to break down this armor and each time I feel like its coming down, something happens that pulls it right back up. Shirin has a really great relationship with her brother and I really liked this relationship between the two of them. Navid is the big protective brother but he is also there for Shirin and helps her out with stuff and he brings breakdancing back into her life. I really liked the relationship the two of them have. When Shirin starts to realize how she feels about a certain someone, she has this sort of battle between her feelings and the bigotry of people and how they will react if people saw them together in public. And its like this push and pull she has on if she should take a chance with this person. But through this book I really enjoyed seeing Shirin grow as a character.

Ocean. I liked Ocean. He was the first one to really try and get to know Shirin even though at times she made it very difficult for him at times. But he didn’t give up and he kept persisting and trying to get to know her. He wanted to get to know her, learn about being Persian and her life. And he didn’t want to learn because he thought she was strange or odd. He wanted to learn because he wanted to know more about her because he was truly interested in her and her lifestyle and being Persian.

Writing

I liked Mafi’s writing in this book. It felt different than her writing in Shatter Me and I liked reading this sort of new style of her writing. I think she did a good job shifting her writing style from that of a dystopian novel to that of a YA novel.

Plot

This book and what it dives into is much needed. It takes place one year after 9/11 and people still don’t trust those who are Muslim. Seeing/reading about the things Shirin has to go through, went through really broke me heart.  Ocean and Shirin’s whole relationship is full of ups and mostly downs. Shirin wants to keep him at arms length because she knows how people will react to seeing them together. The star basketball player and the girl who wears a hijab. She knows the remarks they will get and how people will act and she wants to protect Ocean from it. And as I said up above, she sort of has this tug-of-war with her feelings and her wanting to keep Ocean from knowing the reaction they will get if they are together.

Breakdancing

Breakdancing plays a big part in Shirin’s life. Music and breakdancing help her get through the days. But I wish we could of seen more of her breakdancing. It seems like breakdancing plays a big part in her life but we don’t really get to see it. I feel like this is a more tell than see moment because we really just get told of her breakdancing besides a few scenes. We get to see how music gets her through the day but we don’t get to see that with breakdancing but I wish we did.

Final Thoughts

Overall this book was a really good book and I think its a book everyone should read. It may take place in 2002, but it still applies to today. I really liked Mafi’s writing and I hope she ventures out into more YA books. I just wish there was more breakdancing embedded in this book and honestly thats the only reason I’m not giving it a solid 5 stars. Again, I really enjoyed this book and I’m happy to have finally read it.

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday|Books I Refuse To Let Anyone Touch

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

So like all my books? I mean I don’t really let anyone touch any of my books unless I know they know how to treat a book. But I guess for the sake of this I will choose ten books aha.

City of Bones 10th Anniversary Edition

This book is just so pretty and I couldn’t forgive myself if I let someone untrained in how to treat a book slip through its pages and harmed it in some way. Plus I wouldn’t want them to get it dirty because it is such a pretty book

Throne of Glass Collectors Edition

Another collectors edition because collector editions are just so pretty. I really love this edition because it comes in a pretty case and also the book itself is so pretty. Definitely wouldn’t want anyone to touch it and accidentally do something to it

The Book Thief Signed Edition

The book thief is one of my favorite books and I was so happy when I was able to find a signed copy of it. If my house was burning and I only had like a chance to pick one book to save, I would go with this book. This book just means a lot to me and I really love my signed copy of it

The First Rule by Robert Crais

I mean there really isn’t anything special about this book. Its just a regular, sort of beat up hardcover edition of the book. But it was once my grandpas. I don’t know if he read it but the fact that it used to be his just makes it special to me.

My Hardback Set of Dan Brown Books

I have so many different versions of Dan Brown books. Some are in worse conditions than others and if anyone wants to read or touch those I don’t really care. But come near my very nice set of hardcover version of these and you’ll be met with a very different reaction. I mean in reality there is nothing special about these books but I just love them because I love the author and the books a ton

My Paperbacks

Okay I don’t really care if people touch them as long as they do it CAREFULLY this is more of I don’t want them to read but also touch falls under the category. The only main reason for this is because paperbacks are easily damageable, more so than hardbacks which is why I don’t like anyone reading them and touching but thats not as big as a deal as reading them

The Bad Beginning Signed Edition

I have loved The Series of Unfortunate Events for a good portion of my life and it definitely takes the place for favorite childhood series. So when I got the chance to meet Dan Handler or as he is also known as Lemony Snicket I was beyond happy and it felt like a childhood dream come true. So the signed copy I have of The Bad Beginning holds near and dear to my heart

Books That Are Already Slightly Damaged

I mean, why would I want people to damage them even more. If they are really damaged then I don’t care. But if they are only damaged a small amount then I don’t want anyone touching them in fear of making the books worse.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Chinese Edition

While my Grandparents were away in China, I asked them to find me a Harry Potter book in Chinese and they did! I don’t want anyone touching it because if something happens to it the only way I could get another is online but then it isn’t special like getting it from China

All My Books

Is this cheating? Maybe. But I truly don’t want anyone touching my books. I mean my books are my babies and I don’t really trust anyone else to hold them unless I know they know how to handle a book.

Whats a book you don’t let anyone touch?