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17 Thoughts I Had While Reading Eleanor and Park

Have ya’ll read Elanor and Park cause if you haven’t you are missing out! This is a roller coaster of emotions!

  1. I already Hate Eleanor’s mom.
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2. Alright, I can get behind this bus romance

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3.Okay, love this book

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4. YES! Romeo and Juliet is NOT a love story! 10000000% agree!

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5. Park is the sweetest!

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6. The L-WORD!! OMGG I’m DEAD!

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7. Freaking Korean moms. I love them. Best character in the book.

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8. Eleanor is starting to get to insecure.

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9. Eleanor is going to break his heart. I see it happening.

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10. Park is perfect.

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11. YESSSSSS Park’s mom is the best!

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12. Oh no. This is not good.

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13. Not good. Not good.

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14. My heart. it’s breaking.

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15. She really said that.

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16. I hate Eleanor. I really do.

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17. Why does it end like this?

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If You like Red Queen, I Got A Book For You! |Blogmas Day 5

If you like books about an enslaved heroine who needs to start a rebellion to get her crown back, Ash Princess is for you! This book has gotten some hate due to it being just like every other book, but it’s honestly worth the read! The story reminded of the Red Queen in many ways but was different enough that it kept me entertained! This book could be triggering for some people; there is violence, rape (not graphic), and abuse.

Ash Princess is the first book written by Laura Sebastian, and I’m in love! This being her debut book, it’s so good, cliche, but amazing! One of my favorite things in this book is the love triangle! Theodosia develops feelings for a friend from her childhood, Blaise, and the prinz of the nation that took her captive, Søren. I love this triangle because there really isn’t someone that would be best for her. One is being overrun by power, and the other is the heir to the nation that enslaved her. I really love her relationship between her and Søren. Søren is like a lot of princes in books, he doesn’t like his father’s policies, wants to change the world, and wants peace. They are the typical, star-crossed lovers, but she will not admit that she is in love with him. She’s not even sure that it is true.

This book had a pretty dark side to it. The Kalovaxian have a history of going from place to place, killing, and enslaving people. As the book goes on, Theo learns that they also raped some of these people as well. The king also sews the mouth shut of the servants in the place. Not to mention the number of people that he has starving in the mines.

It did take me about 100 pages to get into the book, but once I got there, I couldn’t stop reading! I stayed up all night to read the book! I can’t wait to read the sequel Lady Smoke! I am hopeful that the sequel will stray away from all the other books like this, but keep its charm! 

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I went to Caraval: Blogmas day 4

I bought this book solely based on the fact I saw that OwlCrate had something that was inspired by this book coming in one of the books, and geez what a good buy! Caraval by Stephanie Garber was such a fun book to read! My head was spinning while reading this book! If you haven’t yet, go out and get this book!

Caraval is a place of trickery and confusion. Anything could happen, but it might not all be real. We follow Scarlett’s story through the five nights of her greatest and worst adventure. The only thing is, her sister is being held captive, and the only way to save her is by winning Caraval. She meets a few people on this journey, but can she trust them? Honestly, I still don’t know the answer to that question. I want to be able to trust Julian. But I just don’t know where he really stands. Does he stand with or against Master Legend? Is he just part of the game? There’s also Tella, whom I really want to be part of the game.

I felt like I was in Caraval while reading this! I didn’t know what a dream was, what was real, or what was an illusion from the game! It was so hypothesizing! This book is a MUST READ! Garber did a fantastic job in creating a world that that only had me wondering what was next, but made me want to keep reading. I couldn’t put this book down.

If you’re a reader who loves a book with surprises and twists and turns, this is a book for you! I really didn’t know what was coming next! This book had me at the edge of my seat! I read over the course of a week, but I would of read it in a day if I had the chance to do that! It’s an unforgettable ride!

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Is There A Best Way To Read? Blogmas Day 1

There are so many ways to read a book; we have physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks. There are so many upsides and downsides to them, but which is the best? Today, We are going to take a look and see what is the are the pros and cons of each of these and see if there is the best version of a book!

1.       EBooks

Ebooks are probably the most accessible way to read a book. You can learn from a nook, kindle, laptop, phone, iPods (people still have those right? Haha), and really thing that has a screen and get apps! It’s much lighter than carrying around your book, and you don’t need headphones, and you can often find books for really cheap or for free! You also can connect your devices, so if you need to switch what you are reading on or forgot something at home, you and still keep reading right where you left off. This makes reading so portable and easy to do everywhere! Like all good things, there are some downsides to ebooks. You have to charge your device s out could die while you are out; you might get logged out of your app, and if you’re like me, it’s always a hassle to get logged back into things. Since you’re staring at a screen, it’s easy to get headaches from reading on your screen for too long. Some devices have the ability to decreased the chances of a headache and eye aches, but they still happen. Another downfall of ereaders is that a lot of it is books online on a cloud that you need to download if you want to read offline. This isn’t a problem if you have unlimited data, but can be frustrating when you finish a book and don’t have another one downloaded on a flight. The biggest downfall, in my opinion, they are distracting. I get so distracted by all the notifications that pop up when I am reading.   

2.       Physical Books

I am a little bias here; I love physical books. They have the book smell and have fantastic designs, a lot of the time. Physical books are also great for letting people know you are busy. People see you holding a book, and they know you are doing something and sometimes walk away. They also don’t lose their charge! This may be an only me thing, but I also feel more connected to the book when I have a physical copy. Another great thing about physical books is that there are so many different versions of the physical books. There are hardbacks, paperbacks, movie covers, original copies, author’s editions, etc. These books are also great for taking pictures! I feel like you can do so much more with photos when you have a physical book compared to a flat device like a kindle or phone. I could keep going on about why I love physical books, but there are some downsides — one being that the slightest amount of water can ruin a book. Unless the books get a lot of water one it, it’Ebooks are probably the most accessible way to read a book. You can learn from a nook, kindle, laptop, phone, iPods (people still have those right? Haha), and really thing that has a screen and get apps! It’s much lighter than carrying around your book, and you don’t need headphones, and you can often find books for really cheap or for free! You also can connect your devices, so if you need to switch what you are reading on or forgot something at home, you and still keep reading right where you left off. This makes reading so portable and easy to do everywhere! Like all good things, there are some downsides to ebooks. You have to charge your device s out could die while you are out; you might get logged out of your app, and if you’re like me, it’s always a hassle to get logged back into things. Since you’re staring at a screen, it’s easy to get headaches from reading on your screen for too long. Some devices have the ability to decreased the chances of a headache and eye aches, but they still happen. Another downfall of ereaders is that a lot of it is books online on a cloud that you need to download if you want to read offline. This isn’t a problem if you have unlimited data, but can be frustrating when you finish a book and don’t have another one downloaded on a flight. The biggest downfall, in my opinion, they are distracting. I get so distracted by all the notifications that pop up when I am reading.ll usually be fine, but that spot will never be the same. Also, covers and pages get ripped and bent. This often shows how much a book has been read and loved, but it’s not always fun to have to be so gentle it won’t rip more.

3. Audio Books

I’ll be honest, I’ve never used an audiobook before because they don’t sound appealing to me. Many great things come with audiobooks. Like ebooks, they can go anywhere with you, but you can listen to it. This means that you can listen to a story while working out or read without getting car sick. This is also a great alternative to music! It’s a great way to read books without having to sit down and open up the book! The downside is that it will drain your battery, and you might miss some things if you space out.

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My Favorite Halloween Book?

It’s the best time of the year! It’s getting cold out, the leaves are falling, and we are getting into the holiday season!we are so close to our first holiday, Halloween! What better way to get in the spooky spirit than to read a mysterious book? This year, I got a new spooky book from Owlcrate, and it is by far my favorite spooky book! The Bone Houses is crazy good. It has the right amount of adventure, suspense, and scare to make it a great Halloween read! 

The Bone Houses reminds me of The Walking Dead meets The Black Cauldron, but a less gory. From the very first page, there was so much going on! I’m not usually a zombie person, but holy cow, this book had me captivated! I actually lost track of time reading this book! I missed a meal and almost forgot to sleep while reading this book! The book was full of twists and turns, and oh how I loved them! Emily Lloyd-Jones did a beautiful writing this book that actually becomes a movie in your head! I forgot I was even reading at times. This book was just amazing, and I can’t stop praising it! 

This book follows a teenage gravedigger and mapmaker who go a quest to stop the bone houses and find a family. Their weapon? An Axe. How awesome is that? Forget swords, or bows, Ryn single handily defeated these bone houses with an ax! Another thing that I liked about his book was the relationship between the two main characters! The dynamic between Ryn and Ellis is not the same kind of relationship we find in many other books. It was pretty refreshing to see the male in a series rely on the female. I also really appreciate that their love story was not the center of the book. It was not really formed until the end, and it didn’t impact the book too much!

This book is a 10/10! I would suggest it to anyone! It’s not part of a series, so it’s a great standalone to get you in the spooky season! This book never got boring! Plus, it has a beautiful cover! Let me know your thoughts on this book!

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Let’s Talk About the New Hunger Games Book

I’ve been waiting for this. The Hunger Games is like my Harry Potter (I am pretty obsessed with Harry Potter, though). When I heard rumors of this book, I was really hoping for Haymitch’s story. Like for real, how awesome would that be?! Sadly Susan Collins decided to give us the story of the first District 12 winner. I really think this book will be interesting, we are going to see what Panem looked like after the civil war. Maybe we can get to know some relatives of our favorite people? It’s Titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, what does that mean? What kind of story are we going to be getting ourselves into?

Let’s talk about this cover! It is something totally different than the rest of the books. The main books all have plain backgrounds and a picture of the mockingjay, so this cover was a big surprise! The green and black on the cover reminds me of a villain on a TV show like I’m going to be hypnotized! We also have a mocking jay, sitting on a branch, with a snake. I don’t even know what to think about this. Is the main charterer going to be sneaky? Is it to say there was a worse president than snow? SO MANY QUESTIONS!

There are so many things I want in this book, one of them being I want it to feel like the rest of the books. I don’t want it to feel non-related to the world we know. I know there are going to be differences due to it being 64 years before the story we know, but I don’t want to be completely different. I also want this book to go into more depth about what District 12 is like. We saw a glimpse of what it was like, but that was after the coal mine explosion. Was it different before? Also, there is so much time between the books how much has District 12 progressed?

I need this book now. I can’t wait until May. There are so many questions! Will there be a prequel movie? Will we ever get Haymitch’s story?? Or Effie’s Story?? Can we get a book about what happened to Gale after Mockingjay?? Susan Collins, please help me!

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House of Salt and Sorrow

Can I just say WOW! This book was pretty incredible! I never heard the stories of the 12 Dancing Princesses, so I really didn’t know what to expect when I opened this book, but I’m in love! The world of a mix or balls and glamour, and also dark and full of sadness. I haven’t read a book that me want to read all night for quite a while! I read it in about a week! This isn’t really a short time, especially since it’s 400 pages, but I work College Sports, and in the past 3 weeks, we had three football games, two hockey games, pep rallies, and countless volleyball and soccer games. So to read this book in only a week is a pretty big deal!

First of all, I love cover! It’s one of the prettiest covers I have ever seen! It made the story even more magical! The characters in this book, were great! I was absolutely in love with Fisher and Annaleigh! Very much wanted them together in the end, but thank yo Erin Craig for ruining that. This was such a magical journey full of balls and dresses and death and sadness. I really didn’t know who was behind any of it or if it was in Annaleigh’s head! I was always wondering who would be next!

Secondly, The stepmother was a great addition. I loved the story of the stepmother just trying to get the kids to like her. I know a lot of it was a little fake since she ended up being behind EVERYTHING! She was indeed a step-monster. Throughout the entire book, she was trying to be happy and get the girls everything nice, but really she was the one who wanted a son so badly she risked having all of them killed. For some reason, though, I really didn’t want her to die. She really didn’t want them to die, she just wanted a son.

This book so dark and a little suspenseful. It’s a perfect read for a person who scares easy (aka me) for a Halloween read! It has the right amount of suspenseful and creepy parts mixed with juts enough of a comedy and love to make many things happen at once and keep you interested in the story. I really couldn’t stop reading it! Such a good book! I wish it had a squeal, but I really don’t want anyone else to die! I really recommend this book! I will probably keep this book and read it endlessly.

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Good book, Bad Series

Let’s talk about one of my favorite series of all time. Red Queen. This series had so much potential, but what the heck happened to the end? This book had so much potential, and I was really hoping for a movie, then I got to the third book, and I was done. A lot of readers even said they gave up on this series, and it was such a letdown! But why? Today we are going to go book by book to figure what happened to this series.

1.            Red Queen

This book was SO GOOD! I don’t want to spoil the best book out of this series in case you want to read it, but I would reread it. The only complaint I really had with this book was that I felt like I had read it before. Parts of it reminded me of Divergent, parts reminded me of Deliurm, and other parts reminded me of the Hunger Games. It had a lot of the same characteristics as the dystopian kind of books, and to be fair, there are a lot of them. There so much going on in this book, and I love the twist and never knowing who to trust!

2.            Glass Sword

Even though a lot of things happened, this was definitely a filler and set up book. We had a reunion for some characters and others we lost. What I did like in this book was that even though they were gathering an army, the villains were still very present, and we saw them win and lose. The newly introduced characters in this book were terrific. There were so many different types of personalities and values in each of them. A lot of books would the background characters similar to each other in the way that they come off to the reader, but most of the characters in this book were so different it was easy to love them! This is probably one of the best sequel books I’ve read. The love triangle I actually like. I switched teams a lot, and that is VERY uncommon for me.

3. Kings cage

This is where I got lost. I don’t know to understand what this book was setting up for. I honestly took a reading hiatus because of this book. It took me forever to finish it! It was kind of repetitive and didn’t actually get good until the middle/towards the end, with a genuinely good twist. This book did have a good fighting scene, but as a whole, this book kind of was a letdown. If you want to more on my thoughts about this book and read King’s Cage Made Me Stop Reading.

4. War Storm

*Spoilers*

What kind of ending was that? Just honestly, what were they thinking? The whole conflict of the book was ended because a mother didn’t want her daughter to die. What. A mother changing her mind ended a civil war and a war between nations? What? This had too much potential to be good! Maven could have somehow been saved, someone could have been brought back to life, Mare’s dad could have fought, something! We had four books, and that’s how it ended. Then we didn’t even get a good idea of what happened after the war. Mare went back to her family and chose to be with Cal. I wanted so much more, like how they mix sliver and red bloods? How did the new bloods fit in? I just wanted more out of this, I feel like it was rushed and not really thought through.

If you have read this series, let me know what you think! Even though the middles and ending of these books were not the best, I still i might reread them! These books will always have a place in my heart!

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Is Orphan Train That Good?

 If you like books that aren’t that along are about the past, live the life of someone who struggled, I have a book for you. The Orphan Train is a full circle book that tells the lives of two people who face many of the same challenges years apart. This book gave me so many feelings. I honestly might have thrown my book at one point because I was mad. Like why kill such good characters?? I saw it coming by doesn’t make it any easier! I loved the characters in this book. We were introduced so many different people, and there were very few that I actually didn’t like…and one that was very creepy. Many people were telling me about this book and how I should read it, so I bought it. I didn’t plan on reading it overnight, but sometimes these things happen! 

This story was like listening to grandparents and great grandparents telling a story. There was so much history that we never really get to learn about! Sadly though, I feel like there was a lot left out of this story. The book its self was pretty short, and some things were missing. I don’t know much about the Orphan Train, but feel like this was water down version of what happened to these kids. With that being said, the book did have some scenes that gave some insight into how bad things were and where that was pretty interesting. The story of Vivian’s life was inspiring and was a good reminder of how much we take for granted. 

All in all, this was a good book. It was a pretty easy ready and I would recommend it to anyone that likes heartwarming books! The author was able to make the pictures in my head and see the people I was reading about. I would give this book about 3 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t a bad book. I wish the book was longer and had more details.