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Ashley Mar Reads

I'm a fifteen year old high school sophomore with a passion for writing, reading and talking about books!

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Dirty Little Secrets by C.J. Omololu

Dirty Little Secrets - C.J. Omololu

(I actually have a different edition of this book, though I haven't seen it anywhere else with the cover that I have.  I have the Scholastic edition of the novel.)

 

            This was a reread for me.  I read this in middle school at around this time of the year, and I remembered absolutely loving it.  I had never read anything like this, and I still haven’t.

            Usually when I try to reread a book I get bored with it because I know what’s going to happen, and I just can’t feel the same strong emotions that I had felt the first time.  Rereading this I was just as surprised by it as I was the first time, and I didn’t remember the details of about half the book.  Obviously I remembered the ending, but some of the details and events still shocked me.

            I remember being so invested in this book, and I was this time around too.  I read this in a day, maybe a little bit more because of school, but it didn’t take me long at all.

            I think what I loved about this book was the relationships.  I just had this vivid image of the way she felt towards her mother, and Kaylie, and Josh, and her neighbour Mrs. Raj, and every other character in this novel.  And I’m glad that the author wrote it this way, so that in a situation that isn’t relatable to most people, there is some little thing that they can relate to.  Characters are a good way to have a connection with your readers, and the author does this very well.

            As well, I appreciated the amount of detail in the novel.  I have this image of her house, and it has kept so well in my mind over the years.  I can still see it the way I did back in middle school.

            I’m glad that I reread this novel.  It brought back a lot of memories with it of how I was feeling at the time I was reading it, where I was, what I was doing.  I was able to fall in love with it even though it was a reread.  I think it still hold a spot on my favorites list.

Origin by Jennifer L.Armentrout

Origin - Jennifer L. Armentrout

I don’t even know if I’m ready to express my feelings toward this book quite yet. I finished it just this morning at maybe 12:07. It was just sooo… I’m at a loss for words, which is rare with me because I tend to talk/type a lot. I don’t feel like anything I say will do it justice.
This was such a thrill ride for my emotions. I found myself crying at times which hadn’t happened with any of the previous books. I found the other books funny, because Armentrout is an unbelievably witty writer, but in this book I was laughing so hard. Which was a bad thing because I was reading this was past when the rest of my family had gone to bed, my parents had specifically told me lights out because I had school in the morning, but I read for maybe an extra three hours, I was just so enthralled.

 

I can’t say whether this was my favorite or not; I have a thing for first novels. But not in all cases (like with The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead etc.) but usually. It’s definitely a tossup between Obsidian and Origin. They are just such different novels in so many ways. Obsidian is where is all began, and it had this light, fluffy paranormal feel to it, whereas Origin is serious and sexy (Obsidian was too, and so were the other novels, but not quite to this level) and not quite as mysterious because your starting to figure out the world and there are some big reveals that we were waiting for throughout the first three novels. The characters have changed so much since the beginning of the series, and I have to say with some characters it’s for the better, and I enjoy reading about them more now that they have come into their selves more.

 

So much craziness happened in this book, mostly in the last sixty pages or so. And I was just waiting for it. I felt like most of the crazy had been resolved and all I could think was “that was definitely not the climax of the story” because Jennifer L. Armentrout has a way of stretching the story out right until the end. I was just waiting and waiting, and then all of a sudden craziness upon craziness happened. I was in a state of shock the entire end of the book, right from the— trying not to spoil anything— I’ll call it the phone call Archer moment **hint hint if you’ve read the book** right on until the end.
Katy being in Daedalus had me in perpetual panic mode. My stomach was in knots so much that I would have to put the book down for a while. Daedalus was so much more than I had been expecting. I feel like I’m being repetitive but it was pure crazy!
I was so glad that we got more Katy-Daemon time in this book. I feel like in the last two books it was lacking it, and I think that’s why I didn’t like them as much as Obsidian or Origin.

 

I’m just so pleased with this novel and the way it turned out, I don’t think I would change a thing in it. Maybe a few… But it’s nothing that really bothered me a ton, but just little things involving certain characters and how their stories played.
I don’t think I’ll be picking up Opposition, the last novel in the Lux series, immediately just because I’m still trying to process what’s happened. I carried it around with me all day trying to read it but my emotions are running so high right now, and quite frank I’m really nervous about how this whole Luxen situation is going to play out, so I want to give myself some time to settle down before diving back into it because I’m afraid I might ruin the experience for myself.

 

That’s all I think I can really say without spoiling anything for those of you who haven’t read it. But if you haven’t checked this book out, or the rest if the series, you really should, because it’s an amazing book, amazing series, and definitely worth the time, and money (if you’re buying yourself a copy of the book yourself) and the effort.

 

As far as I know Obsidian is free on the IBooks store, and possibly many other eBook sites, so I suggest you take the opportunity to get a free copy of a really amazing novel.

 

Books Go As Followed:
*Shadows (the prequel to the Lux series, may contain spoilers, so I suggest you read the first two books before reading this.
*Obsidian
*Onyx
*Opal
*Origin
*Oppostion
(There are also other novels by Jennifer L. Armentrout that take place in the Lux world and involve characters mentioned in the series.)

Male Characters That I've Broken Up With

This is a list of male characters that I thought I was in love with while reading the book, or the series, but looking back on it I'm not as in love with them as I once thought.  This doesn't mean I don't like these characters, as I'll explain my feelings toward them in the later part of this post.  

 

***Remember these are all my own opinions, and I don't mean offence to anyone in anyway.  This post is just meant to be fun.***

 

Augustus Waters (The Fault In Our Stars)- Don't get me wrong, I loved him while I was reading the book.  I felt all the feels that everyone else does, but after finishing the book.  We grew apart.  Other characters came into my life.  I moved on.  We'll always be friends, we just aren't meant for each other.

 

Tobias Eaton (Divergent)- Four... Four old pall.  I thought I had a crush on you, in the first book.  You were the mysterious, kick butt guy.  You stole my heart withing pages, and then when Insurgent came around... You weren't who I thought you were.  You changed, I changed.  We just didn't click anymore.  And that's that.

 

Stefan Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)- When I began reading the Vampire Diaries back in 2011 I was completely team Stefan.  I thought he was the cat's meow.  I shipped Stelena all the way.  By the time the spin off series The Return came, Stefan became whiny and weak in a lot of senses, and because of this, and other factors, I haven't been able to finish the series.

 

Ezra Fitz (Pretty Little Liars)- In the beginning I was all for Aria and Ezra, but as the series went on and things happened he really got on my nerves.  Since the beginning of the first book when Noel was first introduced I wanted him and Aria to get together.  But she was just so consumed with Ezra that she didn't really see anyone else.  And I found Ezra a bit sleazy throughout the series...

 

Daniel Grigori (Fallen)- This was my first angel novel and OMIGOSH he's a fallen angel! That is so sexy! Ahhh! But seriously he was only cool for like the first book.  He became a tad bit selfish, whiny, and too mushy gushy "I love you so much Luce, we can't be together but you can never be with anyone else. I need you so much but I'm going to put myself first in this relationship. Kay?" Give me a break.  I like Cam so much better than you.  At least his character has some depth and he has the whole bad boy thing going on.

 

Eli Stock (Along for the Ride)- I've never felt the emotional connection to Eli that I did to Sarah Dessen's other characters, not saying that I didn't like him because I did very much, he just didn't compare to Wes or Owen from her other novels.  He was one of the first male love interests that I read about back in 2011 and the world of reading and contemporary was new to me, so he'll always be special to me in that way, but I love him more like a brother nowadays. 

 

Sam Roth (Shiver)- In the first installment of the Shiver Trilogy I thought Sam was cute.  I read this way, way back in the sixth grade maybe... So like 2010... ish? So I didn't know much about male characters and just how sexy they can be.  Sam was cute, and sweet and I really did like him.  But then Cole St.Clair happened.  He still sits on my list of crushes.  He completely blew Sam out of the water.  He was the bad boy rock star.  I have a thing for the bad boys, and Sam just couldn't keep up.

 

Peeta Mellark (The Hunger Games)-  And then we have Peeta.  The sweet, caring, boy with the bread.  I wanted to love him throughout the novel because everyone else seemed to love him.  I was never able to reach that level of emotional connection with him that I've felt with my favorite characters.  Peeta was a nice guy, but not the right guy for me.  But that's okay, he's got lots of fangirls all over the world who love him.

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal  - Jennifer L. Armentrout

It's taken me a while to finish this book, or get into it I guess would be more like it.  I had absolutely loved the first two books, so I went into this with extremely high expectations.  I read maybe the first one hundred fifty pages back in August and just couldn't get a feel for this book.  I found Dee irritating, Katy was too mopey, basically the only one who wasn't getting on my nerves in the slightest was Daemon.  But I mean, how could you ever be mad at Daemon?

So I put the book down for a couple of months and just recently decided to give it another go, I loved the other books so much that I thought it would be ashamed to not finish the series because Opal had a weak beginning.

I'm so glad that I did decide to pick this up again.  It was so good!  The story really began to pick up around page two hundred, and from there on I couldn't put it down.

The Katy and Daemon moments in this books are so steamy and adorable, and I absolutely loved every moment of them!  Their relationship grows so much throughout the course of this books.

I had a lot of problems with Dee in this one.  Her refusing to forgive Katy for something that, in my opinion, wasn't really her fault.  What happened in Onyx was inevitable, one way or another Blake would have gotten to her, and Dee and Adam would try to help Katy.  However the situation went down, the outcome would be the same.  I thought she was being to harsh towards Katy, though I do understand that when people are grieving it helps to have someone to blame.  The easiest person for her to blame would be Katy, so she does.

All of the characters in general develop a lot.  You really notice a transition in Katy, Daemon, Dee and all of the other central characters.  Their values stay the same, but their views change, and they really overall become better, stronger characters that work better together.

Normalcy was greatly included in this novel.  I find often as series go on the action is very consuming, and the characters don't really get much of a life.  It's just action all the time.  Between the mini climaxes Katy and Daemon got to have a life and a relationship, and to be people.  This helped bring life to the story.

The ending completely blew me away, but in a way I was expecting something like it.  You know when you have a number of pages left and everything is seemingly resolved that something is going to go wrong.  But the raw emotion I could feel coming from Katy and Daemon at the end was heart breaking.

I enjoyed (almost) every second of this books, and I'm both excited and nervous to see where the series goes, and how Armentrout is going to twist and resolve things in the next two books.

September Wrap Up

So I only read 3 books this month, which kind of disappoints me because I thought I was going to be able to read more...  I've just been in kind of a reading slump for the past couple of weeks, but I'm hoping to get out of in this month!

 

August Wrap Up

 

READ: Monday1st

Boy Proof- Cecil Castellucci {4/5 Stars}

~I read this novel in a day. It was amazing.  I haven't read anything by this author before, nor had I ever heard her name before.  I was unsure going into it because I hadn't heard of her or this book.  But it has a blurb by John Green! Soo.... This book was so much more than I expected!

READ: Thursday 11th

To All the Boys I've Loved Before- Jenny Han {5/5 Stars}

~The first novel in the To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy or maybe duology...? Series? I'm really not sure.  What I am sure of is that I loved this book to death! I could relate to the main character so well, and the story was beautifully written! I have a full review of it here >(To All the Boys I've Loved Before Full Length Review)

READ: Tuesday 16th

We Were Liars- E. Lockhart {4/5 Stars}

~This is the third book I've read by E. Lockhart, so I wasn't surprised by the writing style, but that isn't to say that I didn't enjoy it. Because I did! This book was just a roller coaster ride and I really did like it.  A few things threw me off though and made it so I couldn't give it 5/5 starts.  I don't want to say to much and spoil it, so here's my spoiler review> (We Were Liars Full Length Spoiler Review)

 

SPOILER ALERT!

We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart

I marked this as spoiler because you can't say anything about this book without it spoiling it!! This will be a somewhat full discussion, and there will be spoilers here and there!! 

If you don't want to be spoiled, leave now!

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

 

 

 

 

 

Can I start out by saying that I was not part of the group of people who realized what the big reveal/twist was going to be right from the beginning, or even somewhere along in the story?  I had no clue what this major thing that happened to her was going to be.  I didn't guess it, ever.  I was completely in the dark until it was revealed.

And this was a major reveal.

I had it in my head that Gat had somehow violated Cady, or had gotten mad and hurt her.  I didn't pick up on any of the clues that E.Lockhart dropped.  But looking back through it I have picked up on a lot of them.  And I think she did a really nice job placing these clues here and there, that if you were to know what to look for you would have guessed.

There are a couple of theories about what actually happened.  Cady was hallucinating the entire time, which is possible considering she seems to have a type of post trauma and/or stress disorder.  Or the Liars were ghosts the entire time, helping Cady along.

I like to go with the later.  It just seems to make more sense to me, and I like that if they were ghosts, it's a more hopeful ending.  She really got to say goodbye to these people that she loves.  And she gets the closure that they actually forgive her for what happened.

I liked the writing style, as many people do.  But I found the metaphors slightly annoying at times, because I didn't know if she was being literal or not. And it confused me slightly.  Was that just me?

This book has left me with an almost empty feeling inside.  Whenever I think about it I feel almost incomplete and it makes me depressed.

I wish it hadn't ended the way it did, or I guess I wish the premise of the book hadn't happened.  But that isn't why I didn't give it a five star rating.  I see how the ending is necessary, I just wish it didn't have to happen that way.

The reason why I didn't give it five stars is because of the metaphors, and the fact that I wasn't emotionally attached to these characters.  Not until the end at least.  I just wanted to know them more, and be able to understand them more, because I spent a great deal of the book mad at at least one of them.  And it wasn't until the end that I got over these feelings and came to understand them.

Overall it was a great read.  I have loved everything I've read by E. Lockhart so far so I would recommend anything by her!  If this is the only book by her you've read, check out her Ruby Oliver series because it's awesome!

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han

This book guys! This book!

I absolutely loved this book in almost every way! It did take me almost a week to read it, but that wasn't the book's fault.  I'm glad it took me longer, because with the way my week has turned out, I could relate to this book in so many ways!

I've never read any of Jenny Han's previous works, but after reading this I am so ready to check them all out.

I am already so excited for the sequel which is being released in 2015??

Peter was just so funny and I loved him the entire time!  I'm rooting for him!

Kitty was extremely bratty at times, which annoyed me to no end.  I guess it must be because my parents were always strict when it came to how I acted.  Tantrums were unheard of in my house, so I just can't see how anyone would put up with that.  I guess some people do...?

As well Margot was the same way.  But I could see why she was the way she was, having to raise her younger sisters and all.

Laura Jean was just an amazing main character in my mind.  Yeah, she was kind of bratty too, and a bit self centered at times, but I was strangely okay with that... even though I wasn't okay with Kitty being that way...?

I love the character development that occurs the entire way through this story, with Laura Jean, with Peter, with Josh, with everyone.  I felt Jenny Han had a really nice way of making us feel like we're Laura Jean.  I mean we all know a Genevieve (a mean popular girl or ex-friend), a Peter (an unbelievably gorgeous popular boy), Josh (the cute boy next door), Chris (the somewhat trashy, but lovable friend).  They're just all so real to me.

And I can't help but enjoying the fact that someone seems to get me!

It wasn't really a cliffhanger that ends on this huge moment of action, but it was more of a cliffhanger that doesn't give you a solid ending, and you're just itching to get your hands on a copy of the next book!

Finding Yourself Books (Fall/Beginning of School Edition)

This is a list that consists of my top 5 finding yourself books that have to do with the beginning of a school year, or that I think are appropriate to be read at the beginning of a school year that will have an impact on the way people think.
Remember that a lot of these books can be read at any given time, and that they are all some of my favorite books of all time.
These are in a somewhat particular order, but many of them could be switched in positions depending on what part of the book I’m thinking about or my current mood.
So going from, not really least favorite to favorite because they’re all my favorite in one way or another. We’re going in order least influential, to most.

 

 

Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci
The character of Egg/Victoria was extremely inspiring to me because the entire story was like on long epiphany, in a less than 250 page novel. She really starts to take into consideration how her actions may affect the people around her. So many lessons and themes are packed into this short novel. It covers the issue of judging people, and so many more strong subjects.

 

 

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
This novel deals with an issue that sometimes is overlooked, or sometimes not thought about, because I mean who could ever imagine that they would end up in the situation that main character Anabelle Green does?
This story is very true to the theme of finding yourself, and learning where you feel most comfortable and where you belong.
The book begins at the beginning of the school year, and walks through her struggle with this situation and how she learns to cope and overcome what people may thing about her.

 

 

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
The plot of this story deals with some very heavy material. The subject of depression is very present throughout the entire book.
The main character is beginning freshman year and struggling to deal with an extremely difficult secret.
I think everyone who has started high school can deal with Melinda at one point or another, and anyone who has had depression definitely can. And that is why this novel has always been so high on my favorites list, because I have dealt with depression, and I read this before I did. So I had it with me the entire time to kind of help me along.
Melinda is just trying to make it through, she isn’t trying to be popular, she is just trying to survive.

 

 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This novel deals with less serious themes than the last couple of books.
The main character, Cather, suffers from many social anxieties, as I do, and is more comfortable in the online word, again, as am I. That’s why while reading this it was like it was happening to me.
Cather is beginning her first year of university and is sort of send out into the world of university by herself, having been somewhat abandoned by her twin sister Wren. She struggles to let go of her past and move on to becoming an adult.
I can relate to the fact that she is afraid to go to the lunch hall, and go anywhere that she absolutely doesn’t have to. Even in high school, I’m scared to death to go into the lunch room by myself, and I only go to the places that I absolutely have to go. Her anxieties are real to me, and her living in a fictional world, and hiding behind books, and writing is so much like me. (Fangirl Full Review)

 

 

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
I know many schools have this novel down as required reading, but I read this on my own accord back in the eighth grade. I remember buying it because the book order said she wrote it when she was only sixteen, which I found pretty amazing regarding my love for writing.
This is, and forever will be, my favorite book of all time.
It just had such a psychological impact on me. After reading this less than 200 page book I was a different person. The quarrel between the Socials and the Greasers can be brought to a more everyday level, like between school cliques. Hinton points out the fact that everyone wants to be accepted and loved, despite who you are and what you’re born into. And I think that is just a beautiful observation. It’s a point that so many more people need to be aware, and considerate about.

 

So those are my favorite Finding Yourself Books (Fall/Beginning of School Edition)! I tried to keep this as nonspoiler as possible.

School Related Update!

I have made it through my first week of high school, all in one piece and without any major anxiety attack!! Even though the entire first day was just like one long attack, I had to talk myself out of them ever five minutes.

I'm hoping now that I'm settled in to get some reading done and some reviews up, and maybe post some random book related stuff!

I might even get to that tonight!

Week day updates will be nearly impossible seeing as I have soccer, and for some reason history and science both in the same semester.  This means I'll be doing some major studying!  But I'm going to try to post ever Friday, Saturday and the occasional Sunday!

 

Thank You!!

In the past six days I've gained ten followers, which is amazing! As well I've gotten so many views on my youtube videos in a matter of days! And I just want to say thank you so much for everyone's support! 

I hope to be posting some more book related stuff soon!

A huge thank you to everyone! 

I Am Now On a Book Buying Ban! (A Brief Update)

This wasn't by choice, but my mother has banned me from buying anymore books until Christmas. (Which these will be present, so I'm not even going to be buying them myself.)

 

But I do suppose she is right in saying that I need to read a bunch of books before I buy anymore, because over the summer I have bought an excessive amount of books! Though I did pay for all of these books myself, I do see where she is coming from in laying down this rule.  I need to start saving up for university, and a car if I want one someday, and just for the future.

 

This ban could be for the better though! This ban might cause me to read more books so that when the time comes that I am able to buy books again, I will have less books on my TBR list and my family will be more okay with my buying these books. (Because they do believe that I have too many books, and that I read too much.  Can you believe that?)

 

I'm going to try to get more book reviews written and video reviews posted in the months to come.  I really do think with school in I will be able to make more regular posts, just because I will have a daily schedule.  Does anyone else find that they can't get anything done in the summer time?  Because I get absolutely nothing done!

 

I'm going to start trying to post every week, and maybe even get up to a couple times a week!  I might start posting my Top Tens and Top Fives every once and a while, like on Thursdays.

 

I will also be posting a list of my favorite fall/autumn books, and maybe Halloween books on either here or Youtube, so keep your eyes peeled for that! (I'll obviously post the video on here if I do happen to make a video about these things)

 

Hope you're having a wonderful day, or night, or whatever it is where you are! 

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay - Gayle Forman

After the tragic death of her parents, seventeen year old Mia is faced with the impossible decision of death or life without the one’s she loves.
I was slightly skeptical of this novel. I had attempted to read this back maybe two years ago, and it just wasn't anything special to me. I felt like I had read about half the book, and it just wasn't sticking. In truth I had only read about thirty pages. With the movie coming out, and my wanting to go see it— seeing as it goes against my bookish religion to see the movie first— I decided to pick it up again.
You have to be patient with this novel. I realize now that had I read another ten pages I would have been fully engrossed with this novel. The first forty pages, essentially, are world building, and slightly character building. Now that I’m a more mature reader than I was two years ago, I can appreciate the world building, and not be so eager to get into the action of the story.
Of all of the characters, her grandfather really had the largest impact on me. He’s so special to me because he gives Mia the great and simple gift of love and acceptance. He is willing to accept her decision whatever it may be, and he lets her know that. He loves her so much that he’s willing to let her go, something that the other characters aren't quite willing to do, even though they do love her. He’s a character that everyone needs in their life.
Adam’s and Mia’s relationship was cute and sweet, and based on respect which is always a good thing that is sometime overlooked in YA fiction. I so enjoyed reading about it; and really getting to see how their relationship was built not just the current state that it was in. My only wish would be that we go to see a little bit more of it.
The subject matter in this novel was so heavy, as deaths in novels always are, but to have an entire book dedicated to this particular theme is interesting. As well, it’s original, much more because it’s from the perspective of the dying person. It literally takes into account the idea that in death we see memories from our past. If I Stay is a new take on the idea of death; the person has the power over this force we generally think of as uncontrollable. It would seem that the obvious thing to do would be to stay, but as you continue with the novel you do, in fact, begin to wonder whether or not you would choose to stay.
Gayle Forman’s writing is so skillful that she has the power to change your opinions in the matter of a novel, and a short one at that. She can manipulate your emotions so well that you do feel like you’re Mia, and this decision she’s trying to make becomes real, and it becomes your own.
I really enjoyed that the antagonist wasn't a person, but death itself. Antagonists are a tricky subject, and can have a huge effect over the reader’s opinion of the book. Often character antagonists are too overpowering in a novel, and are irritating to the point of being unbearable to read about. But by the antagonist being death you can focus more on the themes and the lessons being told throughout the story.
“Sometimes you make choices in life, and sometimes choices make you.”
I know some people didn't enjoy the jumping around between past and present, but I didn't mind it. I actually enjoyed it. The story maintained a nice flow. I wouldn't have enjoyed it so much had the memory not related to the person currently being mentioned, or had it not somehow related to the current situation. Because it did, I found the branching out from common writing format an admirable quality of the book.
Out of every novel I've read this year, or probably anytime for that matter, this one has probably had one of the greatest impacts on me spiritually, and regarding life those views.
Sometimes when I think about it, I would give If I Stay 5/5 stars, other times 4.5/5 stars. I loved this book! I loved the writing! I love a good cry! But I was slightly disappointed by the ending. It was too abrupt for my taste. Everything was fine until the very last page. But with that set aside it was an extremely moving and enjoyable book.
I am so glad that I did decide to give this novel a second go. It was worth every minute spent reading, and pondering over this book. It now holds a very special place in my heart, and I’m looking forward to checking out more of Forman’s work.

Book Haul #1- August 2014

I bought four books this past week, not as m any as I usually buy but I was shopping with a friend and didn't want them to have to wait for hours while I read the back of every book!

 

 

 Take Me On - Katie McGarry  (Hardcover):

This is the fourth books in the Pushing the Limits companion series, which I have read the previous three in the series.  I am absolutely in love with the series, every central character is somehow psychologically disturbed, which is my favorite type of character.  I am super excited to get to this book.

 

  

Icons - Margaret Stohl (Hardcover):

All I know for sure about this book is that there are aliens, or something like that.  They invade the world and only who they want to gets to live, that's what I got from the summary.  I've seen some mixed reviews about this books, but after seeing it in the store I decided to pick it up.

 

  

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart (Hardcover):

I've heard it's better to go into this book not knowing anything.  So I haven't looked to much into this book, but there was a lot of hype regarding this book when it was first released.  As well, I've reads two of her Ruby Oliver books so I'm super excited about this novel.

 

Looking for Alaska - John Green (Paperback):

I don't know much about this novel, but I've seen a lot of hype about it on several social media sites so I picked it up, and it's John Green so...

 

 

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout

I picked up Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout because on Instagram someone was advertising that it was free on iBooks and I had been wanting to pick it up because one of my favorite BookTubers Sharon magnificentbooks raves about it, saying it’s her favorite series of all times. So I thought it wouldn’t hurt to pick it up, and if I don’t like it I didn’t waste any of my money.

I adored it from the moment I began reading it. J.L.A didn’t waste any time in indtroducing the ever intriguing Daemon Black. Which I liked. With this type of novel (being paranormal romance) it doesn’t flow with the story to stuff a lot of world and character building into the very first. It needs to be distributed throughout the story, which was done very well here.
I’ve heard many people say it’s extremely, or too similar to Twilight. I didn’t find that at all. If you go into it trying to make it Twilight than yes you’re going to find many similarities. But this is paranormal romance, and it’s all somewhat similar in one way or another. Don’t try to project Twilight onto the story, they are both two very different, amazing books, but they don’t mix well together.
Anyways, I enjoyed all the characters in Obsidian, especially Daemon. He is now my new book boyfriend. I am in love! Back to my original train of thought… There’s usually that one character that everyone else seems to like (a parent, a sibling, a friends i.e. ) that I absolutely can’t stand. But that wasn’t the case with this book, and I am so glad. It’s disappointing to not be able to get truly invested in a book.
I love all of the little book blogging bits that are thrown in here and there. It’s nice that J.L.A recognises and understands her book community.
I am really looking forward to the rest of the series. I really feel like it’s going to be fun, and exciting, and heart wrenching at times, and I can’t wait!

July Wrap Up & August TBR

Name, Date Finished, Rating, & Mini Review

So I read six books this month, which wasn't as many as I had hoped but it was still a fair amount seeing as I have a lot going on like working and spending time with family.  But I really enjoyed all of the books that I read, so I don't consider it a failed month for reading.

 

July Wrap Up

 

READ: Monday 7th

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige {4/5 Stars}

~This is the first novel in the Dorothy Must Die Trilogy...? Is it going to be a trilogy? I'm not really sure.  Anyway, it was a fast paced novel. A great start to the series.  Though it was slow at times through the middle when the world was developing which I understand was needed to show the contrast between the old Oz and the new.  Which was extremely interesting to read about

 

READ: Friday 11th

The Elite by Kiera Cass {3/5 Stars}

~ The second novel in the Selection Trilogy.  I usually don't agree with the general public when it comes to books.  I have to agree with everyone when they say that America is infuriating in this novel.  She seemed almost bipolar in this novel.  As well, I've never really enjoyed the idea of a love triangle, and it was sort of there in the first book, but I could ignore it.  In this novel it's a main aspect, and I find that the love triangle makes American another typical whinny YA character.

 

READ: Monday 14th

Head Over Heels created by Francine Pascal written by Kate Williams {3/5 Stars}

~ This is book eighteen in the Sweet Valley High series.  This follows Regina Marrow and Bruce Patman two side characters, along with the usual two main characters the Wakefield twins.  I enjoyed reading about Regina and Bruce.  I overall enjoy the Sweet Valley High series because of books like this where they tell the story of different characters throughout the town, so i really gives you the feeling that you're in Sweet Valley.  You get to see the entire community, which you don't often get to see in novels.

 

READ: Wednesday 16th

Tomorrow's Kingdom by Maureen Fergus {5/5 Stars}

An amazing conclusion to the Gypsy King Trilogy.  It was face paced throughout the entire book.  All loose ends were tied up very nicely and practically.  I absolutely loved the ending, it was extremely satisfying, in my opinion.  Just an overall great book.

 

Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles {5/5 Stars}

The second novel in the Leaving Paradise Duology.  I have nothing but amazing things to say about this novel and the first novel.  I absolutely love the characters Maggie and Caleb.  Simone Elkeles always has the most amazing book boys who are ever so swoon-worthy! I love the change of scenery, and how different it is from the first book, and how it still seems to work.

 

READ Thursday 24th

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell {5/5 Stars}

A stand alone contemporary, although Rowell is reportedly working on or contemplating a squeal.  Everything about this book was phenomenal!  Eleanor and Park's relationship was adorable.  The novel was nicely paced.  Events and situations were real and relatable.  Eleanor was refreshing because plainness, she isn't the typical pretty, thin and bubbly character.  She's just a regular girl.  Definitely a work of art!

 

August TBR

 

 

1. Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (& maybe the rest of the series...?)

2. The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks

3. Crash Into You- Katie McGarry

4. A Walk to Remember by Nicolas Sparks

SPOILER ALERT!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl - Rainbow Rowell

Non Spoiler Section
Cath is part of the Simon Snow fandom. She’s a fangirl, that’s just who she is. T-shirts, posters, fanfiction. She has it all. It’s a love she’s shared with her twin sister, and best friend, Wren. But as they’re beginning freshman year of college Wren breaks the news that she doesn’t want to room with Cath, leaving Cath to fend for herself.
I was slightly sceptical and hesitant going into Rainbow Rowell`s Fangirl. I hadn’t read any of Rowell’s other works and authors I haven’t read before are almost unapproachable to me; I fear a uncomfortable style of writing. The hype around Rowell and Fangirl was concerning because I often have trouble seeing the appeal in overly hyped books.
Both author and book are really hyped with good reason.
Every aspect of the novel seemed to flow. No minor detail felt unneeded because they were so enthralling. You want as much as you can get. The characters were beautiful and perfectly flawed. Descriptions were almost magical. Everything was crisp and fresh and fun. Rowell’s writing a story inside a story is pure genius to say the least.
Fangirl is a magnificent piece of literature that I would recommend to anyone and everyone.

 

 

Spoiler Section
I think I enjoyed this novel so much not only because Cath was relatable, but because whenever I opened up the book I felt like I was Cath. I feel like she represents so many people so well. People in fandoms, people with family problems, people who suffer from social and other forms of anxiety. The girl who doesn’t get all the guys. Cath sits in a place so close to my heart because she is the underdog. So many times in YA fiction the protagonist us almost too heroic and can’t possibly ever be an average person. As well, Cath isn’t portrayed as thin or perfectly figured like many main characters. She is just an average person. She doesn’t make you feel insecure while reading.
Levi was a refreshing love interest, in my mind at least. Most authors, that I have read, go for the bad boy type romantic suitor. Which is great, I enjoy those types, but it does get predictable. Levi was cute and witty and happy and just swoon worthy without trying. I was surprised when Cath and Levi got together, or when they first kissed because I fully believed that Levi was Reagan’s boyfriend. I’m glad that I didn’t see it coming. I was nervous, though, when Cath saw Levi kissing that girl in his kitchen at the party. I didn’t know how Rowell was going to resolve that situation. While Cath was struggling with this I was really feeling the feels. I wanted to be mad at Levi but I understand that Cath showed no interest in Levi and she didn’t answer him when he asked if she wanted to go, so that threw him off. I so desperately wanted them to get together, and I’m glad that they did.
So Wren. She was that one character that I despised. Cath just let her walk all over her. Wren was mean at times and rude, and essentially cared more about partying than her education; I can’t sympathise with people who believe in that because I don’t share that mindset. So many times I just wanted to shake her. I would inwardly cringe when she came into the scene. But Cath and Wren did have some cute sibling moments that really show the true love of family. The unconditional love that Cath shows Wren is heartwarming.
I was unsure of Reagan at first. She gave off so many different vibes. I was glad when she started pushing Cath out of her comfort zone and became a healthy relationship for her to have. I think we all need a Reagan. It was good decision on Rowell’s part to put an anchor like character into the story to really hold everyone down. She was realistic but she was never the bad guy. Whereas at some point Wren was; Levi was; Nick and Laura definitely were; Art— their dad— was; Courtney was; Abel was; Professor Piper was. Cath could always depend on her and I liked that.
Talking more about the Simon Snow aspect of the novel. This was certainly the most unique part of the book. If Rowell had chosen a different route to approach the story I don’t think it would have had the same effect on me as it did, and it really would have taken away from the story. Although it did confuse me at times because of the jumping between the “book’s” exerts, I got the just of what was going on. Being aware of the Simon Snow world really moved along some major character building.
It was interesting to see Cath’s struggle pertaining to creative writing and the absence of Simone Snow, and fanfiction. It too helps with some of Cath’s major character building. It displays her reluctance to move forward and hesitation towards new things really well.
Overall I loved everything about Fangirl, and I fully intend on checking out all of Rainbow Rowell’s other novels. I think I would even be eager to read her grocery list.