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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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The Wicked Will Rise: Blogmas Day 2

The sequel to Dorothy Must Die was an interesting read. I feel like nothing really moved forward with the plot; it just took a turn. I LOVED Dorothy Must Die. It was magical and a story I hold dear to me with a twist that I love! Now here we are with the sequel, and I really don’t know what happened. This book was a filler like no other. It did have some really good parts, but it also had some parts that I don’t know why they were there. I can’t tell if I like this book or not. I read it in a day, but I never got absorbed in it. There was just so much that I feel like it was missing. We didn’t get the same sense of adventure as we did the last book. There was no big battle that would change OZ (although something else did happen).

Within the first couple of chapters, a second villain dies, along with a rat. This was the first thing wrong with this book. Why kill the rat? It was simply harmless, deserved a better death, and died in such a cliché way. I actually am genuinely disappointed that she died by getting eaten by a lion. Why not give it a heroic death? There was very little sadness, and seeing that it was Amy’s only thing form her mom or even home in general left, you would think that the death of the rat would have hit her more.

Then we have Pete/Ozma. I love that they ended up being the same person, but I don’t like the mix between them. The fight for control was really underwhelming and kind of just got in the way. Pete also careful and didn’t want to be near Dorothy or any of the “good” people of Oz. After a talk with Glenda, he just decides that she can help him? Yeah, he just found out that he might disappear after Ozma is cured, but still. The only book is about how she and Dorothy can’t be trusted, and then he just goes running to them? Which, in turn, kills a unicorn tiger, a fairy, and ruins a whole another land. That the end, he and Ozma are separated anyways by the wizard that be trusted.

Let’s talk about Nox for a second. He got lost while teleporting, so he ended up on the Island of the Lost. NOX GOT SOFT! He says being on the island made him think, but I feel like sitting by yourself on an island doesn’t make you that soft. Like he was all I want to talk about how I feel, and I don’t have many walls up anymore, who is this? Nox was one of my favorite characters from the first book, and right now, I can’t deal with him. Where is the old Nox? Is this not the real Nox?

I’m so excited to finish this series! These books are perfect for people who love the Wizard of Oz! I can’t get enough of these books! I’m so excited to see how this series will end. I honestly hope that maybe juts Dorothy will turn around and become good again.

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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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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.

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Will Grayson, Tiny Cooper, Will Grayson and Jane Tuner

Will Grayson Will Grayson. Another John Green book, another story I never want to end. I didn’t even know what this book was about. Bad on me, cause I didn’t read the back, but John Green has never done me wrong so in the cart, and to my house it went. AND THIS BOOK DID NOT DISAPPOINT! John Green and David Levithan created a world of characters and a story that gave me so many different feelings and made me laugh out loud. Honestly, it was so much fun having two characters names Will Grayson was so much fun and surprisingly easy to tell them apart.

I loved that even tho there was two Will Graysons, it’s so easy to tell which view we are reading in. First, following Will Grayson #1 you not only has his friends, but he talks about not caring so much it almost seems like he’s just trying to cover up his feelings. While reading from the point of Will Grayson #2, everything is lower case, you can feel him struggling with life and feelings, and honestly, I was worried about this own well-being at some points. The two characters don’t have any many scenes together, but their lives intertwine and maybe even flip at a point. Then we also have Jane Turner, who might be the more relatable character that we meet struggles between two guys and figuring out what will make her happy. Then we meet Tiny Turner. He is probably the most lovable character that I have read in a long time, my word..he makes me laugh so much! These characters have this unique relationship, and it’s so much fun to read their story! So man turns, and nothing happens like you think it will.

This book also has a musical twist to it, which was quite fun. I’ll be honest I wasn’t a big fan of how the songs, but I know many people love it. I’m a big fan of how the screen names and how interacted with each other. I gave the story just another side. Between the singing, talking in the commuter, talking on the phone, and talking in person, sneaking out, the book felt like it could have been something that happened life! I mean I don’t think the musical would ever get approved by any school, but hey, something has to be non-realistic! If you went to a school that had a play like Tiny’s let me know! I think that would be hilarious!

All in all, this is one of my favorite adventures I’ve been on! I would recommend this to more mature readers, there is much explicit language and is a little dark in some places. I don’t say this about too many books, but I would never want this to become a movie! I think that the dark parts might become lighter and the musical will get watered down, and I feel like the characters wouldn’t be themselves.

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East Of Eden…A Classic

***Disclaimer: I bought this this book. I am not affiliated with any brand or company and do not receive any money from any purchase. My opinions are my own and are completely unbiased***

John Steinbeck’s masterpiece hits many different aspects of life and takes you on an up and down journey of one man and his family. East of Eden discusses, suicide, war, love, hate, sibling rivalry, race, religion, and so much more! Written in 1951, John Steinbeck gives us a perspective of life during this time while also still being relevant today.

John Steinbeck wrote this book in his later years, but I think it may be one of the most beautiful books he ever wrote! He took ideas from the Book of Genesis and created a whole new world with some of the same thoughts! The story of Cain and Abel was very prominent throughout the book and left you gripping book from how tense some of the scenes. Steinbeck’s ability to make such a clear picture in your mind is seriously crazy good! You could see the fighting, the love in the eyes, the craziness of some of the people, and the hope of others.

While Steinbeck’s writing was tremendous, like all books, I felt like some things could have been better. There was so much going on in the book that I feel like I missed some of the points and I honestly got lost a few times. It also felt like the books was a little disorganized. For example, You could read three full chapters of Adam and Charles and then pop over to one of the Hamilton kids for a chapter and then get the narrator’s view on history then go back to a Hamilton to go a different part of Adam and Charles life. It was nice having many story lines, but there wasn’t a real pattern or anything to it. Even though the book was good, I found myself putting the book down a lot and choosing to do other stuff instead of reading the book.

East of Eden had a little bit of a slower start. It took me about 100 pages to really get into the story. While the story introduces you into two families, the Hamiltons and the Trasks, the Trasks are the more of the focus in the book, more specifically Adam. Adam goes through a lot of heartbreak and regret (or at least I think he goes through a lot of regrets) in his life and we get to see him grow from a boy to entering his death. His story is quite remarkable and had me captured. I honestly could care less about the rest of the story lines, I only wanted to read his!

This may be a book that you would need to read twice (or more) to full understand it, but I had a lot of questions after reading it though the first time. For Starters, I don’t see why there was so much focus on all the Hamilton kids, I feel like some of it was irrelevant to the story. Another question I have is WHY KILL AARON???? Oh my word. This is the only death I think that really upset me. I probably missed the point of it but I really wanted him to come to terms with who he was and make a life for himself. Also Why did Kate/Cathy/Catherine shoot Adam in the shoulder and not kill him?? Did I miss that because if she felt any love for him I would of liked to know more about that. I have so many more but I think you have the gist.

All in all, this was a really good book. I would highly recommend it to adults, and mature teens. It does cover some topics that I don’t think would be okay you younger people to read. It is very detailed so to anyone who is looking to read it, I would just be warned.

If you would like to read this book there is a link on the picture to the book.