Quote Of The Week #7

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Words could betray you if you chose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many. Jokes could be grandly miscalculated, or stories deemed boring, and I’d learned early on that my sense of humor and ideas about what sorts of things were fascinating didn’t exactly overlap with my friends’.
―Robyn Schneider, The Beginning of Everything
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Vanishing Girls Book Review

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I hated this book. And I know my rating says otherwise.
First off, it was nothing like what I expected it to be. I knew there was going to be a plot twist at the end but I did not expect it to be this screwed up. The book was too slow-paced and full of pointless descriptions and arguments that, turn out to be not-so-pointless after all.
The book was horrifyingly terrorizing, at least the last couple of chapters were. And before you start jumping to conclusions, No; this is not a horror story about ghosts and haunted houses. I’m not sure I can give any further details about it without giving anything away. But if you need a book that screws up your mind and makes you gasp and swear out loud when you reach the plot twist, then I suggest you pick this up ASAP.
The sole reason I gave this book a rating of 4 stars is because I believe that Lauren Oliver actually got the response she wanted from me. And I’m almost sure she didn’t write this twisted novel so it could be loved and adored by readers, because it definitely isn’t that kind of book.4


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Synopsis

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

Books/Series I’d Like To Read All Over Again For The First Time

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Try to ignore this picture. It’s just my usual self craving ice cream 😉

Hey Guys! So of course, as readers, we tend to come across a lot of plot twists and unexpected endings. Now, this post is specifically made for the pleasant plot twists and endings that, may be not so satisfying but compellingly suitable for the given book. This post might contain spoilers, but I’ll do my best to warn you before stumbling upon one:


4. Confess

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The thing about Colleen’s books is that, usually, you don’t know where the story is going. You wait for the inevitable in her story (usually a former car accident, which actually wasn’t the case here by the way), and then you just put your trust in this extraordinary person’s hands. You can never guess what happens next when you read a book of hers. And I personally think Confess was the best the best book of Colleen’s, so far. The way she connects the protagonist’s past-which she talks about in the beginning of the book- to her present/future- which she talks about at the end- is just mind-blowing. It’s something only she could acquire. It is such a passionate story with an intense plot and a beautiful message. Definitely a book I’d like to re-live in again for the first time.

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3. Red Queen

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I used to hear a lot of great stuff about Red Queen, and I honestly bought the book on a whim, without actually reading the synopsis. And I did not expect it to be that screwed up- in a good way. Like, it literally screwed up my brain; the betrayals, the lies.. It was all unbelievable.
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2. The One (The Selection #3)

 

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The final book in a series is usually the decisive moment; Was this series worth it? Did the protagonist make the right choice(s)? Would I recommend this series to my BFF? And let’s be real here, that final book is always the one (Ha! see what I did there?) that abides the greatest pressure. Being the final book in a series can be pretty exhausting, to say the least. Now back to The One. This book, which was my favorite of all three, nailed it.

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My favorite scene, which I would love to experience reading all over again, by the way, was after Maxon knew that America was making out with Aspen for a while. When Maxon gave America the cold shoulder and decided to choose Kris over her, but then the shooting scene happens and Maxon takes a bullet for America and tells her all the beautiful and heart-wrenching stuff like:

I’ll love you until my very last breath. Every beat of my heart is yours. I don’t want to die without you knowing that.

And…

Break my heart. Break it a thousand times if you like. It was only ever yours to break anyway.

And then this, which wasn’t exactly during that scene but it was a sneak peek of what Maxon was thinking during his last breath:

In those seconds, I was mourning everything I’d lost. How I’d never get to see you walk down an aisle toward me, how I’d never get to see your face in our children, how I’d never get to see streaks of silver in your hair. But, at the same time, I couldn’t be bothered. If me dying meant you living, how could that be anything but good?

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1. The Shatter Me Series:

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I genuinely believe that this series has profoundly renovated my reading experience. The beginning was pretty odd, in a good way. It captures the reader from the first page. And I think that the turning point for me was during the second half of Unravel Me. I think anyone who’s read this series would instantly understand what I’m indicating exactly.

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I was Adam’s #1 fan during Shatter Me, and my hatred towards Warner was indescribable. To have the author twist your brain and sculpture it expertly to make you fall head over heels for a character you formerly wanted to eradicate was literally fascinating. And that was definitely an experience I want to undergo again, for the first time.

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I’d love to know what you thought about this post in the comments section below. And whether or not you have a couple of books you’d like to read again for the first time (I’m pretty sure you do)!

Happy Reading!! Xx ❤ 😉

 

 

 

Quote Of The Week #6

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Maybe you can afford to wait. Maybe for you there’s a tomorrow. Maybe for you there’s one thousand tomorrows, or three thousand, or ten, so much time you can bathe in it, roll around it, let it slide like coins through you fingers. So much time you can waste it.
But for some of us there’s only today. And the truth is, you never really know.

 

-Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

The Proverbial Mr. Universe Book Review

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
That was the best ARC I’ve ever read. I truly hope this would get popular.
This is probably going to be the most honest ARC review I’ve written so far;
This is not your typical romance novel where the protagonist is swept off her feet by an artist with an old soul and a scarred past, and where both end up living happily ever after with corny background music and fireworks shooting across the night sky when they finally kiss (although I can promise you that Nick is definitely going to make your heart swell into twice its actual size…)
I loved the notes. They were so poetic and lyrical ughh.
I noticed how the author balanced between the quality of the writing and that of the plot.
The story was so realistic; her father’s choices, although grave, were totally understandable. The relationship between Olivia and her siblings. Peter, her brother-in-law, was hilarious. I love the familial bonds. It felt like Maria La Serra honored her attention to the simplest fixation in the book.
The only thing I regret is having this ARC as a digital copy; this is definitely a book I’d do the honor of add to my physical TBR.

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Synopsis

Dear girl with the red scarf,
Love was never meant to be conquered,
you have to surrender to it.
Trust me. After all, I am Mr. Universe.

When the universe conveys a message, you listen.

Olivia Montiano just caught her fiancé cheating. Now she is forced to question what she wants out of life and love. Striving to live up to her father’s unrealistic standards for the past twenty-three years, every decision she has ever made was with her father’s wishes in mind—until she finds mysterious, handwritten letters tucked away in places only meant for her. That’s when she realizes she’s been on the wrong path all along and gives her heart to a guy her father thinks is entirely wrong.

Washed-up abstract artist Nick Montgomery has had quite a few setbacks in life. He’s accustomed to never needing anyone, thinking he’s just fine—until he meets the girl with the red scarf. She’s not his type. But the universe has other ideas. Nick has a secret he’s keeping from her, afraid it will bring their new relationship to a sudden halt.

Will they figure out what the universe holds for them?

A Thousand Salt Kisses Book Review

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I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
You know? I’m really glad I came across a good Mermaids/Mermen book. I liked it, it was a good change from the basic contemporaries.
But…
I think it had potential to become the next bestseller you know? If only it were a bit more original. I think I related a lot of scenes to some of Twilight’s, and honestly, I don’t think you should use scenes or conversations from other books to make your book a better one. I think the writing style could’ve been better. Although the story itself was absolutely brilliant and totally original, the problem was with the writing.

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Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Crystal White is the new girl on Starfish Island. Dragged to the remote community by her environmental activist father, she is eager to find fun that doesn’t involve touching fish guts or listening to local folklore.

During a midnight swim with some new friends, Crystal is pulled out to sea by the waves. Convinced she’s going to drown, Crystal is rescued by Llyr, a handsome stranger. As she searches for him in the following weeks, she finds there may be more truth to the Starfish legends than she thought.

Over a sizzling roller-coaster summer, Llyr introduces Crystal to magic she’d only ever dreamed of. But as Crystal comes to love Starfish Island, it begins to drive her family apart. A nearby power plant is devastating local marine life, and her parents are stuck in the middle. As the magic and mundane parts of Crystal’s life converge, she finds herself risking everything to save Llyr, her family, and herself.

Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn Book Review

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Either this book’s writing style was too hard for me to enjoy or it really was just that bad. Because honestly, I’ve read tons of books and I haven’t even once found any difficulty understanding what the author’s trying to say. I’ve read Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares which is also written by both Rachel Cohn and David Levithan and it was brilliant. The problem was with the story itself; it didn’t even exist. Too many redundant POVs, too many pointless words and sentences, too ludicrous puns and jokes. So here’s the 230-pages-book in a couple of my own words:
Naomi and Ely are basically soulmates. Naomi is in love with Eli who, in fact, just recently came out. But because they’re best friends, it’s easy for Naomi to lie to herself and believe that they have a shot at being together someday. Oh, but she has a boyfriend. And Elyaccidentally kissed that boyfriend. And what do you know, Naomi *breaks up* with Ely because he kissed her boyfriend, yeah, the one she doesn’t give two shits about? That one. But then her friend Robin, tells Naomi that she can’t fantasize about Ely, because he’s gay, and he’d never like her back the way she does. And God, what do you know, suddenly, Naomi probably opens her browser and googles what “gay” means and finally understands that Ely’s actually likes boys and that her fantasy of what they could’ve become in the future is only that; a F-A-N-T-A-S-Y (I didn’t make this up, that’s basically written in the book). And so, Naomi meets up with Ely, who realized that love and friendship are actually hard and not easy, and they make up and live happily ever after in their world of utter cliches and futile puns. (the movie is just as bad, and I’m sorry for spoiling the book for you, but trust me when I tell you that I actually did you a favor)

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Synopsis

Naomi ♥ Ely

And she’s kinda in love with him.

Ely ♥ Naomi

But he prefers to be in love with boys.

Naomi and Ely have been inseparable since childhood—partially because they’ve grown up across the hall from each other in the same Manhattan apartment building, and also because they’re best friends. Soul mates. Or are they? Just to be safe, they’ve created a NO KISS LIST—their list of people who are absolutely off-kissing-limits for both of them. The NO KISS LIST protects their friendship and esnures that nothing will rock the foundation of Naomi and Ely: the institution.

Until Ely kisses Naomi’s boyfriend. And a fateful piece of gum in the wrong place at the wrong time changes everything.

Soon a rift of universal proportions threatens to destroy their friendship, and it remains to be seen whether Naomi and Ely can find their way toward new soul-mate prospects… and back to one another.

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story about love of all kinds, one that reminds us that any great friendship can be as confusing, treacherous, inspiring, and wonderful as any great romance.