Book Buddies: The Remedy by Suzanne Young

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Book Buddies is a discussion-style review that takes place with Lauren @ Bookmark Lit. (Learn more and see past reviews here) We both read the book and then have a private discussion about it. We post our discussion as a review on the last Wednesday of each month. You’ll be able to see our similar/different opinions on the overall book, characters, writing style, etc. – just like a regular review. The first half our discussion will take place right here, and the second half will be on Lauren's blog! (Link at the bottom)

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The Program

Author: Suzanne Young
Pages: 320
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 21st 2015
In a world before The Program… Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone. Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached. Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start. 

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To read the other half of our discussion, check out Lauren's post!

(There are some spoilers in this discussion so be cautious!)

1. Do you consider this book to have a love triangle?
L: I'm honestly not sure. I would say that people who dislike love triangles MAY want to stay away from it, but I feel like it's a very interesting case. Isaac is obviously Catalina's boyfriend when she dies and Quinn takes on that role way more than she should. But I agree with what Quinn says at some points - she loved being with Isaac because she really felt like a normal girl with a loving boyfriend. She got swept up into a relationship with him but it was obviously more because of the role she was playing. Her feelings got mixed up because she started to confuse who she was versus who she was playing. I really loved Deacon (for the majority of the book!) and kept feeling like it was inevitable for the two of them to be together. They weren't really dating at any point during the actual story though, so maybe it's not really a love triangle in the technical sense?! I don't knoooow. All I know is that it added a really interesting element to the story and the struggles that Closers have to deal with during their assignments.

K: Yes! Totally agree with you here. Deacon and Quinn were kind of like those friends who deny their interest in each other but everyone knows other wise. They both really wanted to date each other and you can see and hear the concern and jealousy Deacon gets when he find out about Isaac. Quinn liked Deacon, Deacon liked Quinn yet they wouldn't date, it was all a typical thing. The fact that Quinn got attached to Isaac's love for Catalina through was super interesting because of the fact that it was indeed attachment to the feeling of being loved, rather than Isaac himself. I kind of consider this book to have like, a unclear love triangle if I must say? Both Deacon and Isaac were attached to Quinn but Isaac loved the idea of Catalina rather than Quinn herself.

Waiting on Wednesday #22

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine.

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Hotel Ruby

Author: Suzanne Young
Pages: 288
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: November 3rd 2015
Stay Tonight. Stay Forever. When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she’s grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother’s death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief. Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions—including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey’s pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn't have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel’s dark past. The more Audrey learns about the new people she's met, the more her curiosity grows. She’s torn in different directions—the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between life in a place that is so much more than it seems… Welcome to the Ruby. 

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Why I'm Waiting...

Based on the synopsis, I can tell that this book is already going to be pretty creepy and mysterious, which I am all for. Really enjoyed Suzanne's the Program duology and The Remedy so I am expecting this book to be great. Is it me or does this song kind of remind me of Hotel California? You know with it's mystery and creepiness? Just me, oh okay. Excited to find out more about this creepy hotel and it's past!

So tell me: Have you heard of this book? What are your thoughts on it?

Top Ten Tuesday #8

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme held over at Broke and Bookish. Each week there is a topic and we list off our top ten items based on that topic.

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Ten To Read If You Like Stephanie Perkins


1. Anything Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson is one of my favorite authors. Not only is she a great contemporary writer, her books always make me feel so emotional and fluffy at the same time. Yep, the romance she writes about is always so sweet and fluffy and I honestly just love it. There is always such a great story behind the romance as well so not only do you get great romance, writing, characters, but a great story as well! 


2. To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Along with Morgan Matson, her BFF Jenny Han is an excellent contemporary romance writer. I have only read her To All the Boys I've Loved Before duology but that is enough for me to tell you, the romance she writes abut is soo cute and makes you feel sooo happy on the inside. 


3. Anything Huntley Fitzpatrick
Not only does Huntley write about beautiful romance and couples, she always has this great story about each character and what I love the most is how Huntley introduces us to her characters before she puts them together and makes them a couple. I love that because it gives me time to know the person as an individual before they are with another person. (Does that make sense?)

4. The Duff
I haven't read the other Keplinger books other than the Duff but I can definitely recommend the Duff to any fans of Stephanie Perkins. Not only does Kody have the great romance, but her books are so funny and deep, at the same time. The Duff was so hilarious at some points and then, it would get so emotional within the next 10 pages and I love that. 



5. Everything, Everything
This book is such a cute contemporary. Nicola Yoon's debut is about a girl, Maddie, who is allergic to everything. (Basically she can't go outside.) For 18 years, she has lived inside her house and she is okay with that, until a boy moves next door. Olly, the boy next door, and Maddie get to know each other and this all just makes for a crazy, adorable contemporary romance.


So tell me: Have you read some of these books?

Let's Talk!: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

Monday, September 28, 2015

Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J Maas
Pages: 418
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: August 27th 2013
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil. Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart. Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

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Ever since I finished Throne of Glass, I knew I just had to get caught up with this series. Crown of Midnight has to be my favorite out of the three books I have read in this series. (Currently reading Heir of Fire [Update: Heir of Fire has been finished, finally]) Really enjoy reading all these different twists and turns in the plot and how Sarah just throws the plot in an entire different direction than what direction I expected it to go. What I really love about this book though is not only the plot but the characters and how they all seemed a bit different now that the competition was over. Crown of Midnight though was such a fun, well written, and surprising novel that left me shocked after some chapters and giggling like an idiot after the next. 

Crown of Midnight is the sequel to Throne of Glass. It picks up a few months after the ending of Throne of Glass and Celaena is doing her thing. What she is doing, I cannot tell you because that would be a spoiler to the previous book, but she is doing her thing in the most hilarious and sassy way. 

I think in this book not only did Sarah write more of the Celaena we saw in Throne of Glass, but introduced the side of Celaena that liked to have fun and that really opened a new side to Celaena as a character to us as readers. In Throne of Glass, she is just an arrogant, sassy, and hilarious assassin. I was able to add protective and can surprisingly easily get attached to that list. Being able to still develop a character throughout multiple books is a very important aspect of a series I recognize because it basically prevents the readers from getting bored! It was also so nice to read more about Dorian and Chaol. I loved how they both became such friends to Celaena and reading about these kind of friendships are nice because this is such an emotional and serious series, having a little fun and humor lightens up the mood of the book, even if it’s just for a second!

The events that went down in Crown of Midnight probably makes it my favorite book out of this series…so far! I really enjoyed how Sarah brings in more information about magic and all this crazy awesome stuff! That really made me more interested in the book because of how suspenseful the book would get at some points. The action scenes that went on throughout the book were so well written. It captured just how dangerous and powerful Celaena could be when she was fighting and they were all so exciting to read about as well! 

What I enjoyed the most about this book was the ending. Not only the ending battle, but how the ending really sets up the next book and leaves you wanting so much more! It definitely closed a chapter in this series and gets ready for a new one to be opened. 

I gave this book 5 stars! Loved everything about it and really enjoying this series so far.

The Disney Princess Tag

Friday, September 25, 2015

Hello! Today I have a fun tag for you. I know some of us grew up watching Disney movies and some of the most important Disney movies are indeed Disney Princess movies! Someone made a tag about the princess and books so this should be exciting. Thank you Lily for tagging me!

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Snow White - Name your favorite classic

I don't read a lot of classics. I just haven't gotten to them...yet. One series that I read when I was younger that is sometimes considered a classic is the Ramona series. I loved reading this series because of how relatable and funny it was and the characters in this series were all so good and I really enjoyed this series. Definitely would reread it, if I ever get the time to. (Ha-ha-ha)

Cinderella - Name a book that kept you reading well past your bedtime

Too many books to even list. What. I can't do this. One of my most recents ones is probably The Remedy by Suzanne Young. I really enjoyed the Program duology and this Remedy was another books I really enjoyed from Suzanne. It definitely kept me up a little too late...

Aurora - Name your favorite classic romance

What would you consider a "classic romance?" I'm pretty sure anything by Jane Austin falls into this category, but I've never read Jane Austin...(whoops.) How about I name a favorite romance novel? Hmmm this one is hard because I love cute romances and there are literally a billion of them out there. I would have to go with Anna and the French Kiss. My favorite book out of that trilogy but really enjoyed the whole trilogy with all it's cuteness and feels and GAH! 

Ariel - Name a book that's about making sacrifices and fighting for your dreams

The book I could really think about when I read this question was the whole entire Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series. I mean these two boys have been fighting basically one enemy for the whole entire series and that have risked their lives countless times. The sacrifices they made just to do the right thing are so incredible, so these two series definitely fit for this question.

Belle - Name a book with a smart and independent female character

I feel like I have never mentioned this character yet in any tag but June Iparis from the Legend trilogy! *facepalm* Why have I never mentioned her, I mean she is a prodigy! June is such a badass and independent character I loved her. Plus, she is indeed a very smart person.

Jasmine - Name a book with a character who challenged the social conventions of his or her world

Willowdean! Dumplin! Yes! Definitely! This book was fabulous and I loved it. It's basically about a larger teenager entering her town's beauty pageant and this book is basically the beautiful story about going against social expectations and how everyone can be beautiful whether the size, height, or flaws.

Pocahontas - Name a book whose ending was a roller-coaster of emotions

Hahahahahaha, so many books have done this to me. One of the most recent books that I finished and gave me a roller coaster of emotions has to be Dreamland by Robert L Anderson. The ending was just soo bittersweet! I'm not sure if there is going to be a sequel for this book but I sure hope the publisher allows another book because the ending left me with such a strong strong need for another book. 

Mulan - Name a book with a kick-ass female character

So many to choose from! One of my most recent reads with a great kick ass character is definitely Iris from Hollywood Witch Hunter. She has such a sassy and hilarious character I love it. She is also such an independent woman and has a great I-bow-down-to-no-one personality. 

Tiana - Name a book featuring a hardworking, self-made character

The Boy Most Likely To for this one. Alice may not be entirely self made but she is extremely hardworking whether it may be towards her family or school and I really admire her for that. I love how Alice is like a mother to all her younger siblings and this girl still has plans for college! Coming from a huge family she comes from, I definitely applaud her for everything she does. 

Rapunzel - Name a book that features an artist

Hmmmmm, artist...Isla and the Happily Ever After, who had Josh who was very much an artist. He drew a lot of graphic novels and even drew his own graphic novel! Definitely enjoyed reading about Josh and his art.

Merida - Name a book that features a mother-daughter relationship

Everything, Everything features a really great mother and daughter relationship. Since she is in her house so much, I'm not surprised she has a great relationship with her mom! I really loved reading about these little usual things they would do together and it was really fun to see a great mother daughter relationship.

Anna and Elsa - Name a book that features a great relationship between siblings 

Haha this one is too easy for me! Of course I would go with To All the Boys I've Loved Before! I really loved reading about the great relationship between Lara Jean, Margot, and Kitty. I love how they are all like they're own mini family. Margot as like the "responsible," Lara Jean is like the loose parent who is less strict than the other parent, and obviously Kitty is the little child of their sisterhood. Loved reading about how these three got along so nicely and it was all a great ride.

Hope you guys enjoyed this tag and here are the people I tag:

Alexia @ Alexia Reads
Gabi @ Books A Blog
And anyone else!

So tell me: Who is your favorite Disney Princess?

Extraction Series Now on Sale!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Evolution, the third and final book in the Extraction series, went on sale on September 8th! The series is officially complete! You can buy your copy on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple iBooks, Book Depository, or at your local indie!

To celebrate Evolution's release, the first two books in the series — Extraction and Rebellion – are on sale for only $2.99 each for all e-book formats! This sale will only last for a limited time, so snatch up your copy now! And read on to find out how to win prizes by spreading the word.

Buy Extraction for only $2.99:

Buy Rebellion for only $2.99:

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Stephanie has launched a special giveaway to coincide with the e-book sale. Help spread the word about the sale on social media and you will be entered to win:

One Grand Prize:

  • (1) signed hardcover copy of Evolution,
  • annotated with behind-the-scenes facts and series secrets
  • (1) limited edition LEGO Clementine model
  • (1) limited edition LEGO Logan model
  • signed swag  
 
This contest is open internationally. How do you enter to win? There are several ways (Yes, you can earn more than one entry, but no more than 1 entry per option):

On Instagram:

Post the Extraction series e-book sale picture (see above), link to the Instagram account @StephanieEDiaz, and
tag it #BookBargain and #YAReads. 

On Tumblr:


On Twitter:

Tweet the following message: DEAL ALERT! Grab e-books of @StephanieEDiaz's EXTRACTION and REBELLION for only $2.99 each for a limited time! http://tinyurl.com/qbhv893

On Facebook:

Post the Extraction series e-book sale picture on this page,
link to either www.steph-diaz.blogspot.com or one of the books, and tag it #BookBargain.

The book sale will last for one month, but I will be selecting one winner for the giveaway on Monday, October 5th to receive the grand prize. 

Harry Potter Moment of the Week #22

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme created by Uncorked Thoughts. Each week there is a question, Harry Potter related of course, and all you do answer the question. It is a great way to celebrate and keep Harry Potter alive!

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Which books would you recommend to Harry?

This is such an interesting question! For one, I would definitely recommend him Percy Jackson so he can read those books and relate too much to to him and get along with Percy beautifully! I would also definitely recommend him a nice fantasy because, well he basically lives in one! Maybe a little Leigh Bardugo or Sarah J Maas? Yes! I'll throw in a little contemporary just so he knows what it is like to fall in love in this century without any life threatening battles every year. He would hopefully enjoy something like My Life Next Door and let's throw a depressing one: All the Bright Places! Haha boom! Now, Harry

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So tell me: Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Which books would you recommend to Harry? 

Let's Talk!: The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

The Boy Most Likely To

Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Pages: 416
Publishing by: Dial Books
Publishing on: August 18th 2015
A surprising, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door—great for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han. Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To find the liquor cabinet blindfolded, need a liver transplant, and drive his car into a house Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To . . . well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters. For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard. Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have. And Alice is caught in the middle. Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this novel is for readers of The Spectacular Now, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Paper Towns.

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Do you even know how long I have been waiting for something like this?!!??! Ever since I finished My Life Next Door I have been dying with the need for a sequel! Did I get a sequel? No! I did get a spin off novel though so it's just as good? I really loved reading about Tim and Alice and getting to see characters from My Life Next Door and meeting new ones! What I will always love about Huntley’s book is how they’re not really all about by the relationship but on the struggles the character has to go through in order to be happy in their relationship. The Boy Most Likely To is such an emotional, adorable, and surprising story about Tim and how he gets his life together. I love the character development he goes through and I loved reading more about Alice.

One thing I must mention before really getting into this review, if you’re looking for a sequel to Sam and Jase’s story, this book will not do it for you. They do make appearances but the amount of cuteness it has from them is very little. /end

I really enjoyed reading from both Tim and Alice. I wait for the day Huntley writes about characters I don’t enjoy. (Even if I thought What I Thought Was True wasn’t the best, I loved Cass and Gwen) The book begins with Tim and he is trying to get his life together. He just quit his really good job and his dad is telling him to get his shit together! As I read more of the book, not only did I get to know more about Tim but he goes through a realization of a few things and learns a few life lessons and that really affects his character. I love how at times Tim can seem like this constantly stoned guy but can be thing squishy teddy bear the next day and I just love it.

I really enjoyed reading about Alice too! She doesn’t have as huge as a plot as Tim but it is still a very enjoyable part of the book to read. She is still dealing with the incidents that happened in My Life Next Door and I really saw the “leader” side of Alice. She is a true role model when it comes to being an older sister and taking charge and I love that part of her character. She also has such a sassy character and when you combine that with Tim’s sassiness,
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I loved the plot. It was able to tell Alice and Tim’s story but their individual stories as well. What really kept me reading was how there were always so many unexpected changes going on in this book. Whether that’s with either Tim or Alice’s situations, they all really kept me on my toes.

I also want to talk about this more: This book wasn’t surrounded about Tim and Alice’s relationship. Yes it does play a huge part in getting the other person through their tough times and being a good friend but I loved how Huntley introduced and told Tim and Alice’s story before really combining them and putting them in a relationship. Tim had already showed interest in her but they were never really dating; they were friends. I knew it was going to happen but who reads a romance book just to confirm their theory on whether the two people in the synopsis get together? (If you do, I don’t judge you or anything) It was all for the adventure and story on how they got together and I really enjoyed reading that story.

If Huntley ever decides to write another book, I either want it to be a sequel to Sam and Jase’s story, a sequel to this book, a spin-off novel about Nan, maybe a spin-off of Vivien’s story from What I Thought Was True? She could honestly write so many spin offs and sequels because there are so many characters to base off.

I gave this book 5 stars because I loved the plot, characters, and just the whole book in general.

Waiting on Wednesday #21

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine.

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Diamonds are Forever

Author: Michelle Madow
Pages: 368
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: October 27th 2015
It's cold outside, but the drama is hot! The Diamond sisters jet to the mountains for spring break, and Savannah's flirt-mance with an international pop star heats up as her pursuit of stardom succeeds. But is this romance meant to be, or has the right guy been in front of her all along? Meanwhile, Courtney takes the next step with her secret boyfriend—and future stepbrother—and as their parents' wedding approaches, the pressure's on to reveal their relationship. Peyton's figuring out a plan for her future, but she still feels guilty about getting her former bodyguard fired and wonders if she can get over him in the arms of someone else. But the biggest bombshell will change everything once again, because Madison's ready to tell the huge secret she's uncovered. And with the boy who betrayed her but who could be the love of her life fighting for his own life, she might need the Diamond sisters more than ever.

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Why I'm Waiting...

The Secret Diamond Sisters has been a series that I have really enjoyed. I may disagree with some characters but this series is like watching Gossip Girl, and if you know Gossip Girl, you know there is a lot of drama. Sometimes I just need to get away from deep contemporaries and emotional fantasies and read a fun dramatic contemporary, and the Secret Diamond Sisters has always been the book I turn to. The ending of the second book, Diamonds in the Rough, left me with so many questions on what was going to happen next and I just really need those questions answered, that's what Diamonds are Forever is for! If you enjoyed Gossip Girl, I highly recommend you start this trilogy because it is really addicting (just like Gossip Girl haha) and so much secrets, lies, and drama!

So tell me: Have you heard of Michelle Madow and her books?

Blog Tour: Picture Imperfect by Jelsa Mepsey (Excerpt and Giveaway!)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Welcome to the Picture Imperfect Blog Tour. Today, I have a great book to show you with some excerpts. I hope you enjoy and make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom. This tour was hosted by Chapter by Chapter.

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Picture Imperfect

Author: Jelsa Mepsey
Pages: 307
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Sixteen-year-old Max Prescott knows all too well the joys of cheating girlfriends and traitorous friends. He’s not eager to have his heart trampled again, but money and a fresh start can mean the difference between happiness and a dark path with his name on it. So when Melly Hewson, a perky and enigmatic classmate, asks him to be her model for a year-long photography project, Max agrees. Melly Hewson is everything Max isn’t. She’s outgoing, witty and always knows the right words to say. And despite his best efforts, Max finds himself drawn to her. Still, he isn’t stupid. He knows a girl like Melly will only use him and then never speak to him again. Besides, he’s been to that rodeo. As long as he keeps his feelings off the market, he won’t make the same mistakes as last time. Yet underneath Melly’s sweet smiles lies a secret she’d rather kept hidden. And as the year goes on and the photos pile up, Max and Melly will find themselves developing through the negatives, a story that when told could push them to opposite ends of their world. But the only thing worst than the truth is, the facade that surrounds them.

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She unzips her camera bag. “I should, um, probably take your picture.”
“Oh. Right.” I glance behind me. No noises. That’s good. “Wanna stick around?”
“Actually, I need to go home. We’ll do some shots there soon.” She scratches her head. “Do you have a music player of some sort?”
“Yeah.” I pull my iPod out of my pocket. “Why?”
She grins, revealing her braces again. Is she ever going to get those off? “Pretend to listen to it.”
She said to pretend, but I don’t. Instead, I turn it on, shuffle the music, and listen to the song that comes on.

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Let's Talk!: Violent Ends by Various Authors

Monday, September 21, 2015

Violent Ends

Author: Various Authors
Pages: 384
Publishing by: Simon Pulse
Publishing on: September 1st 2015
It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others. But this isn't a story about the shooting itself. This isn't about recounting that one unforgettable day. This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates. Each chapter is told from a different victim's viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he'd become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties. This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA's most recognizable names.

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I received this book in exchange for an via Edelweiss from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. None of my opinions are altered by this. 

I can already tell this is going to be a pretty interesting review. It was definitely a more different book I usually read. When I first read the synopsis of this book on Edelweiss, I was immediately attracted to it. It was based off people who were going to be affected by the shooting and best of all, there were so many great authors that collaborated in this book. Violent Ends was a funny, emotional, and powerful book that just shows how positively or negatively someone can affect your life and they may not even know your name. All the characters in Violent Ends had such different backgrounds and personalities and I really enjoyed reading it.

Since this book had so many different characters-they all had such different characteristics-I honestly would be here writing an ESSAY about all the characters and you guys would get way too bored to even stay for the whole thing, so I'm going to talk about them as if they were a group of friends. I have said this so many times but I really loved how even though they all had different views and personalities, and backgrounds, they all had one thing in common: Kirby Matheson.

Now I'm going to talk about Kirby just for a second. Even though he was mentioned in all of the chapters of their characters, I still don't really know him and that is honestly okay because I don't think this book wasn't meant to get us to know the real Kirby Matheson, I can tell you one thing though: I do think I know the reason why he did what he did; he just didn't get enough care and love throughout his life. He feels like no one likes him and he feels neglected and that is honestly such a horrible feeling to live with, especially for 18 years. I mean his parents don't get along, he's been bullied as a child and teenager, and by the time he is 18 it becomes really hard for Kirby to just become a happy person. I read from a character Kirby cared about and I honestly felt so bad for him because of how Kirby was so gone. He has gone through such a tough life there was no easy way to get him to be a happy person anymore. It really upsets me because it's these little things in someone's life that can cause such horrible events like shootings or kidnappings.

Okay, so now that I have that out of the way-wait sorry hold on.
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As for the plot, each little chapter was so interesting because the author had such limited time to introduce us to the character and how they have been affected by Kirby. Each character had a different way Kirby affected them and I loved that. There was also the mystery of what time period the chapter would take place. It could ever be post-shooting, pre-shooting, or during the shooting. I really enjoyed the fact that the authors decided not to write this book about Kirby because of how short the plot would last and, it just made the book more enjoyable to read since it wasn't. We get to know a little about Kirby yeah but also about how hard one person can affect your life and they may not even know your name! The different styles of writing from each author was so great and I really enjoyed all the chapters.

I gave this book 5 stars because I enjoyed all the characters and the plot is really something special.

Mid-month Reading Update: September

Friday, September 18, 2015

Hello everyone! Welcome to the September Mid Month Reading Update! It's been a weird month this month but I am definitely hoping it gets better. To the update shall we?

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The Girl at Midnight

Author: Melissa Grey
Pages: 357
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: April 28th 2015
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known. Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act. Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it. But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

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What I Have Read...

  • Crown of Midnight
  • Heir of Fire
  • The Assassin's Blade
  • Queen of Shadows
  • Never, Never
  • Fairest
  • The Girl at Midnight
  • The Remedy
  • Hunter 
  • Illuminae

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What's Been Happening?

Soooo it's been a stressful month and that is all because I am a procrastinator and cannot sleep on time and that is causing me to be really tried during the day. On top of that, homework and projects are starting to pile up and I am honestly just so done. I feel like I can't be productive anymore. Within 3 hours, I tend to get homework done (Usually a math worksheet) and draft half a review or a meme post and that is only within 3 hours. 3 hours is a ton of time and people get so much done within that time so why do I literally feel like I get nothing done? Time goes by so fast and it scares me how quickly it becomes night. Like, literally it is currently almost 10pm (Thursday) when I draft this post and I am going to sleep in half an hour.. Ugh feeling just really frustrated with myself and productivity levels and it scares me. I'm only in the 8th grade and already can't handle school and blogging. I'm really trying to draft and schedule a lot a posts during the weekends but that really didn't work out for me this week and I have honestly been stressing about that. I think I just get way too distracted with Twitter during the day and it's so bad. I guess you could say I have the fear of missing out? Anyway, I will definitely get back to you on the time management thing my recap of the month post. 

Also, super behind on reading as well, isn't that great? So many great books to read and I'm barely 1/3 my TBR and I have about 13 days left in this month. Yeah September isn't going very well for me right now.

On a brighter note, my shows are coming back on soon and I am a happy girl. ;)

So tell me: How has your month been so far?


Harry Potter Moment of the Week #21

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week is a weekly meme created by Uncorked Thoughts. Each week there is a question, Harry Potter related of course, and all you do answer the question. It is a great way to celebrate and keep Harry Potter alive!

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Which one of the 5 trials the trio faced in Philosopher's Stone would have been your downfall?

Haha this is such a fun question because all the trials were super scary but looked like fun. I would definitely have to choose the chess match for this question because of the fact that Ron, Harry, and Hermione got pretty injured when playing that game of chess. It's definitely not the actual chess game that scares me but the fact that I could get seriously injured haha. If I could play an smaller version of that chess game where the pieces do this
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instead of this
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that would be pretty awesome (and funny).

So tell me: What one trial the trio faced in Philosopher's Stone would be your downfall?

Waiting on Wednesday #20

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Breaking The Spine.

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The Scorpion Rules

Author: Erin Bow
Pages: 384
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 22nd 2015
A world battered by climate shift and war turns to an ancient method of keeping peace: the exchange of hostages. The Children of Peace - sons and daughters of kings and presidents and generals - are raised together in small, isolated schools called Preceptures. There, they learn history and political theory, and are taught to gracefully accept what may well be their fate: to die if their countries declare war. Greta Gustafsen Stuart, Duchess of Halifax and Crown Princess of the Pan-Polar Confederation, is the pride of the North American Precepture. Learned and disciplined, Greta is proud of her role in keeping the global peace, even though, with her country controlling two-thirds of the world’s most war-worthy resource — water — she has little chance of reaching adulthood alive. Enter Elián Palnik, the Precepture’s newest hostage and biggest problem. Greta’s world begins to tilt the moment she sees Elián dragged into the school in chains. The Precepture’s insidious surveillance, its small punishments and rewards, can make no dent in Elián, who is not interested in dignity and tradition, and doesn’t even accept the right of the UN to keep hostages.  What will happen to Elián and Greta as their two nations inch closer to war?

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Why I'm Waiting

This book first got a lot of buzz when they handed out ARCs of it at BEA and it seems super interesting. This book definitely seems like it will have action and I love the concept of holding hostages to prevent wars between kingdoms. I'm excited to read this book and see where it goes. The cover is also really nice and I love it! :)

So tell me: Have you heard of this book?