Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hello everyone!

Yep it’s time for another tag. My fellow bloggers Jesse @ Books at Dawn and Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks tagged me to do the Mid-Year Book Freak Out tagged which was created by Chami from Read Like Wild Fire on YouTube and her co-blogger in 2014. Here’s her 2015 video.

This tag is set up to share during the middle of the year but technically July isn’t that far gone so it still counts!

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Potter Challenge: If We Were Voldemort

Potter Challenge If We Were Voldemort

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I am here today to share another very special post!

My friend Aldii @ PerfectioninBooks and I have been buddy reading the Harry Potter series the last few months to accomplish my Potter Challenge this year. Last month, we read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, book six of the series. We are having so much fun buddy reading as well as sharing our thoughts with you guys and we definitely can’t believe that we’re almost done!

In this post, I’ll be sharing a mini review with my thoughts on the book and what objects I would use as Horcruxes if I ever think it’s a good idea.

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1 YEAR BLOGIVERSARY! – Favorite Posts, What I’ve Learned and Q&A

1 Year Blogiversary

Hello everyone!

IT’S MY ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY!! Exactly one year ago today I shared my first post which was only a welcome post which I’m pretty sure no one has ever read haha. After that I shared some reviews for my recent reads and I haven’t stopped since.

I honestly can’t believe that I’ve managed to stick with this for an entire year. I have the tendency to become obsessed with something, do it for awhile and then get obsessed with something else and do that. But finding blogging has been a blessing in many ways. I truly feel like I’ve found a passion and something that helped me find my career path which I’ve always struggled to articulate. Books have become my whole life and I am so glad to be able to share my passion with you guys.

I’m so blessed and thankful to have met so many different people who love books just as much as I do! I now have friends all over the world who understand me and like to hear what I have to say. So thank you friends and followers! Thank you for liking my posts, thank you for commenting on them, thank you for interacting with me on social media but most of all, thank you for making this place the welcoming environment that it is! Freadom Library would not be turning one today if it wasn’t for you.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds to host a giveaway, though I hope I’ll be able to at some point, but I didn’t want this occasion to go by without a celebration (like what happened at my 6 month mark). And so I decided to share some of my favorite posts, what I’ve learned in this crazy blogging year and I’ll be answering some of the questions that I received in my announcement post a few days ago.

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T5W Aug. 24th – Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year

T5W Aug 24

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Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Books You Want to Read Before the End of the Year and I’m really excited to share some of the books I desperately need to knock off my TBR. Most of these are also part of an old T5W whose topic was Series I Want to Start Next Year (next year being 2016) as well as some new releases that I haven’t had the time to get to yet.

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Book Review – More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Book Review - More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not

More Happy Than Not

Author: Adam Silvera

Publication: June 2nd, 2015

Publisher: SoHo Teen

Format: Kindle Edition, 304 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQ+, Mental Health, Science Fiction

Read: July 2016

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4.5 Stars

Synopsis
Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.
When it first gets announced, the Leteo Institute’s memory-alteration procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto—miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. Aaron can’t forget how he’s grown up poor, how his friends all seem to shrug him off, and how his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. He has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.
Then Thomas shows up. He doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession over the Scorpius Hawthorne books and has a sweet movie set-up on his roof. There are nicknames. Aaron’s not only able to be himself, but happiness feels easy with Thomas. The love Aaron discovers may cost him what’s left of his life, but since Aaron can’t suddenly stop being gay Leteo may be the only way out.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This book started off slow in the beginning. It was a bit hard for it to catch my interest. It was very confusing and the plot dragged out a bit. When we reach the halfway mark, the story picks up a lot more and I became more invested in it. I found it to be a really great combination between contemporary and the science fiction elements. It was emotional, powerful and intense and it hit me a lot harder than I thought it was going to.

Writing Style – 3.5 out of 5 stars
I think it took me awhile to get invested into this story because of the writing style. It was a little stunted and hard to get into in the beginning. The sentences were really short and it felt inconsistent sometimes but it flowed really well with the main character’s thoughts and actions. However, it is really unique and it weaves the story in an unexpected way while still keeping the emotional power and intensity it’s trying to deliver.

Characters – 3.5 out of 5 stars
I don’t really know why I didn’t fall in love with the characters as much as I wanted to. I wanted to feel more represented than I did, specially because the majority of the characters in this novel are Latinx, but that wasn’t really the focus of the story. This was all about the main character’s coming of age journey and of his life. Aaron was confused and misunderstood. He was really sweet but I felt like a lot of it was fake. Not because he was an unrealistic character but because he felt like he wasn’t being his genuine self. But as the story went on, I felt for him. He’s really tormented by thoughts and decisions and memories in his life and it broke my heart to see his development. He has a tough relationship with his family and so much inner turmoil about his feelings and there were times when I just wanted to hold and cuddle him to death. And then there were others when I felt like he was being immature and impulsive and I wanted to shake him! Aaron isn’t one of my favorite characters ever but I will definitely remember him and his story. The side characters were all complex and flawed. They’re very complicated relationships. There are good people who get hurt. There are good people who hurt other good people. They tend to have selfish wants and warped ideals. The science fiction element brings a whole new facet to the story.

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ARC Review – The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

Book Review - The Summer That Melted Everything

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The Summer That Melted Everything

Author: Tiffany McDaniel

Publication: July 26th, 2016

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Format: e-ARC, 320 pages

Genre: Adult, Literary Fiction, Contemporary

Read: August 2016

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I received an e-ARC of this book from the author and St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

3 Stars

Synopsis
Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.
Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.
When word spreads that the devil has come to Breathed, not everyone is happy to welcome this self-proclaimed fallen angel. Murmurs follow him and tensions rise, along with the temperatures as an unbearable heat wave rolls into town right along with him. As strange accidents start to occur, riled by the feverish heat, some in the town start to believe that Sal is exactly who he claims to be. While the Bliss family wrestles with their own personal demons, a fanatic drives the town to the brink of a catastrophe that will change this sleepy Ohio backwater forever.

Critically

Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
This is a book that will rip your heart out and stomp on it with no mercy. It’s painful, powerful and intense. There are times when it got confusing because it moves between the life of the protagonist in the past and the present. I would find myself reading and be confused about the actions of a 13 year old when it was actually the 84 year old man telling that part of the story. There wasn’t enough distinction between them. But it was the way the story needed to be told. It was all about family, friendship, death, innocence, right, wrong and religion and it was full of many twists and turns that honestly left me breathless.

Writing Style – 5 out of 5 stars
Beautiful, just beautiful honestly. The writing style is so eerie and atmospheric. It reminded me a lot of Maggie Stiefvater’s writing but so much older, much more seasoned to fit with the story and what it was trying to say. It’s powerful, intense and emotional. It reads whimsically and lyrically. There are some of the most beautiful sentences that I’ve ever seen in this book. It was enchanting.

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
It’s really hard for me to explain what I feel when it comes to the characters. I really felt for some and others made me totally uncomfortable. But they were all complex and well developed. While strange and odd in some moments, they were palpable. They felt like real honest people with quirks and fears and memories and pasts that shape who they are. Fielding is the main character and I was a little torn over how to feel about him. We meet him in two different places in his life which project two different personalities and they were both so heartbreaking and painful to read about. The older him is full of regret and vulnerability and so much built up disappointment and rage and sadness. It was so torturous to hear him talk about his struggles in life and then slowly but surely see where everything went haywire to make him that way. The younger him just made me feel such pity because I could see how he would end up and how he dug himself deeper and deeper into that upcoming reality. He’s young and innocent yet hopeful but misguided. He makes so many of what he considers to be mistakes and it’s hard not to agree with him because you see the result. All of this makes for a truly intense and emotional journey.

Emotionally

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Q&A Announcement!

Q&A Announcement

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This is just a quick little post I wanted to do today to share that I’ll be doing a Q&A this coming week! My 1 year blogiversary is coming up on next Thursday and I really wanted to do something to commemorate it. Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds for a giveaway and I wanted to chat about some of my blogging milestone and I decided to add a Q&A as well, thanks to the advice of my friend Esther @ Chapter Adventures.

I’m really scared that nobody will ask me anything so please, please comment some on this post! I’m pretty much an open book (hee hee) so ask me anything! Bookish, personal and advice questions, I want to answer anything that your head can come up with.

I’m so blessed and thankful not only to have this amazing outlet to talk about books and all kinds of fandom things and to be able to make friends with other bookworms all over the world! Thank you all so much for joining me on this journey and you really hope you help me contribute to my mini party.

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Freadom Speaks about Book Clubs and Buddy Reads

Freadom Speaks about Book Clubs and Buddy Reads

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Welcome back to my discussion feature, Freadom Speaks!

I was drawing a blank as it always seems to happen when it comes to my discussion posts so I asked some lovely friends for help and my beautiful buddy Abby suggested that I talk about book clubs and buddy reads and it seemed like a great idea, so that’s what we’re talking about to day! I can’t say I have a lot of experience but I have been part of quite a few buddy reads and I want to talk about why they’re so much fun and some simple tips that I feel makes them flow very well.

SO let’s get started!

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