T5W Sep. 16th – Books With Mental Health or Illness

Another Wednesday, another Top 5 favorites! There’s just something about this meme that makes me feel like coming home. Definitely one of my favorite things to do.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is top 5 favorite books with Mental Health/Illness and I am so excited to get to this topic. I think this is a sub genre that needs to be talked about more and even I could delve into it a little more. I can’t wait to see what everyone is choosing for this week because I know I’m going to be adding a lot of books to my tbr shelf.

SO let’s get started!

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The Emoji Book Tag

Hello everyone!

Today I’m bringing you a book tag! Haven’t done one in so long, since the last one I did on my Booktube channel which was in February. I’m so excited to dive in again!

I was tagged by the lovely Aria from Aria Stuck in Wonderland to do the Emoji Book Tag! Thank you so much for tagging me. This tag was originally created on Booktube by Jellafy. Click here to see the original tag video.

This tag consists in picking your five most used or favorite emojis and then choose a book that corresponds with that specific emoji. Pretty easy, right?

SO let’s get started!

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Book Review – Rook by Sharon Cameron

Rook Cover

Rook

Author: Sharon Cameron

Publication: April 28th, 2015

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Format: Kindle Edition, 464 pages

Genre: Dystopian, Retelling

Read: May 2015

Sharon CameronGoodreads

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
Just amazing. It is full of adventure and action. There’s so much intrigue, you never really know what’s going to happen and it’s all so incredibly intricate. There are so many twists and turns that you somehow get whiplash while reading, I swear. But I think the greatest part of this book are the intersecting plots. There are a few going on at once that you don’t think have anything to do with each other, but trust me, they do.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
Loved this so much, it’s so intricate and poetic. There’s a lot of moments that are heart wrenching and dramatic and others that are just completely hilarious. No matter what is going on, the style pulls it off beautifully. From funny to crazy to suspenseful to action packed, everything is just amazingly described. And the world is incredibly interesting, modern day London but with olden customs. There are quite a few POV’s in this story so we get a 360 view of everything that is going on. The only thing that I would caution of with this book is that the pace is extremely slow. If you can handle that, I promise you won’t regret it.
Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Excellent. All of them. Every single one of the characters in this book is amazing. They’re complex and interesting and intriguing. They’re crazy or loopy or sly or love drunk and it’s all just freaking wonderful! Sophia, our main character, is one of my all time favorite female protagonists. She’s sassy and strong and brave. She doesn’t take crap from anyone, even if she has to defend herself on the sly because of her status. She’s funny and smart, incredibly so. She’s cunning in a very secretive way so people don’t really realize it until she’s pulled one over on them. And she’s also so selfless which rounds out her personality in a really great and genuine way. René, our love interest, is just fantastic. He’s the perfect witty comeback to Sophia’s sassy verbal jab. He’s very funny and charming sort of in the way that makes you think he’s a little stupid and totally unobservant but also mischievous. He’s strong and smart and I just love the dynamic he brings to the story. I know I mentioned this above but all of the characters are amazing and they all play an important part to move the story along even those that seem incredibly minor.

Emotionally

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Book Review – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication: May 5th, 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Kindle Edition, 432 pages

Genre: New Adult, Retelling, Paranormal

Read: May 2015

Sarah J. MaasGoodreads

 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Critically
Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
One thing I can say about the plot of this book is that it’s addicting and engaging. I read this during a read-a-thon and I devoured it. It was suspenseful and mysterious. There were twists and turns and it was full of tense moments and drama. And close toward the end it was action packed and gave me a lot of anxiety. In general, it leaves you on the edge of your seat.
Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
It was definitely different from her young adult novels. It’s very detailed and the descriptions are incredible. The pace is slow but steady until we get to a certain point where things completely take off. It’s dramatic and emotional and it really plays into the plot as well. It translates very well.
Characters – 3.5 out of 5 stars
This used to be 5 out of 5 stars and then I began to analyze my thoughts and realized that the characters have a few issues, at least the main characters. They were all very complex and intriguing but there were some actions and personality traits were a little problematic. Feyre was both brave and strong but also reckless and stupid. I don’t know how that combination worked but that’s what happened. She had the role of caretaker in her household which made her strong. But then she was really indecisive about her opinions on a few important things. It was a little frustrating thinking back on it, but at the time, I would just ignore it. Tamlin, our love interest is a bit bipolar to be honest. Sometimes he’s charming and sweet and then the next minute he’s mysterious and intense. There seems to be a lot of emotional turmoil going on inside him which kind of gives him this tortured sort of vibe. The real stand outs in this book were two of the side characters. Most people know now who they are but I’m not going to mention their names. All I’m going to say is that they had more personality in their pinky fingers than the main characters had in their whole bodies.

Emotionally

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Book Traveling Thursdays Sep. 10th – A Monster of a Book (+500 pages)

Hello all! Welcome to my first day in doing Book Traveling Thursdays! Since I started my blog I saw this meme floating around and it looked like a lot of fun. This is a weekly meme created by Danielle at Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia at TheGirlWhoReadTooMuch. You can find all of the information you’ll need to participate on the Goodreads page. Basically what you have to do is pick a book that follows the theme for the week and explain why you chose it. Then you show the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover and your least favorite cover.

I have a huge passion for book covers. One of the main reasons I’ll pick up a book is for it’s cover and I have been known to sit and analyze a book cover for hours on end. So basically this is the perfect meme for me.

I currently live in Venezuela and unfortunately, they don’t publish the majority of the books I read here, so for my country cover, I’ll be using the American covers because I grew up there and that’s where I really started my reading in depth.

This week’s topic is a monster of a book, a book with more than five hundred pages.

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T5W Sep. 9th – Favorite Things About Booktubing or Blogging

Hello everyone! It is time for another Top 5 Wednesday and I am so glad to finally be back with the #T5WFamily on a regular basis. I definitely missed talking about the topics in August so I’m glad to finally be in the swing of things again.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Favorite Things about Booktubing/Blogging. Since I only just recently started blogging, this post will be mostly about my favorite things about booktube. It took me a little while to really think up of a few things, not because there weren’t enough but because I wanted to choose my favorites of all time.

SO let’s get started!

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Book Review – The Archived by Victoria Schwab

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The Archived (The Archived #1)

Author: Victoria Schwab

Publication: January 29th, 2013

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Kindle Edition, 336 pages

Genre: Dystopian, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Read: May 2015

Victoria SchwabGoodreads

 Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost, Da’s death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself may crumble and fall.

Critically
Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
Absolutely loved it, hooked me the entire time. It was exciting and intriguing. There were elements of mystery as well as heart-wrenching moments. It was full of twists and turns and I spent the entire time on the edge of my seat.
Writing Style – 5 out of 5 stars
Victoria’s writing style has always been hard for me to describe, all I know it that I love it. It’s hypnotic and addictive. It’s incredibly engaging while being elaborate and emotional. There’s also a mix of first and second person points of view that really allows us to get to know the main character and gives the story a very dynamic feel.
Characters – 5 out of 5 stars
I’m going to be repeating myself the entire time but I don’t care. I LOVE ALL THE CHARACTERS! They’re freaking amazing all of them. Complex and entertaining and beautiful. Mac, the main character, is a legend. She’s fierce, strong and brave. But she’s also dealing with a lot, the new move, her little brother’s death and the things going on in the Archive. So part of her is vulnerable and defensive while she’s grieving but at the same time, hopeful for a positive change. I really really love her. She also meets a co-worker of her named Wes, who is as my close friend puts it “a pure cinnamon roll that needs to be protected.” He is kindhearted and witty. He’s really aware of Mac and super protective of her and it’s adorkable. There’s also the wonderfulness of his open vulnerability that contradicts her closed off attitude. Then we also have an antagonist who is frustrating as hell. He’s mysterious and crafty and insane and totally misguided. And you never see him coming.

Emotionally

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ARC Review – Drowning Is Inevitable by Shalanda Stanley

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Drowning is Inevitable

Author: Shalanda Stanley

Expected Publication: September 8th, 2015

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Format: e-ARC, 170 pages

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Read: September 2015

Shalanda StanleyGoodreads

I received an e-ARC of this book from Knopf Books for Young Readers and Random House Children’s via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Olivia has spent her whole life struggling to escape her dead mother’s shadow. But when her father can’t even look at her because Olivia reminds him of her mother, and her grandmother mistakenly calls her “Lillian,”  shaking a reputation she didn’t ask for is next to impossible. Olivia is used to leaning on her best friend, Jamie; her handsome but hot-tempered boyfriend, Max; and their wild-child friend, Maggie, for the reality check that her small Louisiana town can’t provide. But when a terrible fight between Jamie and his father turns deadly, all Olivia can think to do is grab her friends and run.
In a flash, Olivia, Jamie, Max, and Maggie become fugitives on the back roads of Louisiana. They’re headed to New Orleans, where they hope to find a solution to a unfixable problem. But with their faces displayed on all the news stations, their journey becomes a harrowing game of hide-and-seek from the police—and so-called allies, who just might be the real enemy.

Critically
Plot – 3 out of 5 stars
The plot is really hard to explain. It’s very hard to wrap your head around all the things that happen. It’s dramatic, dangerous, intense and emotional. Something new is always bombarding you, there’s no relief at all from it and it took me off guard. It’s important for me to mention that the plot deals with death, drugs, physical abuse and underage drinking.
Writing Style – 3 out of 5 stars
In the beginning, it was really hard to get used to. It kind of jumped all over the place and with a very strange pace. It was simple, but it carried a lot more depth and dram in every sentence than I was used  to and it was right off the bat and it really surprised me. It was something to get used to. I’m still not sure if I liked it or hated it or not, pretty much feel like that about the whole book.
Characters – 3.5 out of 5 stars
I have no idea what to say about the characters. There are quite a few of them and they are all very complex but in kind of a negative way. They’re all a little off. Our main character, Olivia, is really strange. She’s spent her whole life being someone else and it makes it so she doesn’t have a real identity. She’s closed off but at the same time, feels things very deeply and makes her very emotional. I kind of feel like she’s an unreliable narrator at times because she’s dramatic and honestly a bit unstable. I didn’t know what to make of her and her thought process half the time. She has a really close, incredibly close, insanely close relationship with her best friend, Jamie. They’ve been neighbors their entire life and would do anything for each other which is the central theme in this book. But he’s just as peculiar as she is. He’s very protective of her, but just as closed off or even more. He’s angry on the inside and it’s like a quiet force inside him. Even the supporting characters are intense. I don’t know what to make of them.

Emotionally

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ARC Review – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publication: September 1st, 2015

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Format: e-ARC, 240 pages

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Read: August 2015

Nicola YoonGoodreads

I received a e-ARC from Delacorte Press and Random House Children’s via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Dec. 2016 – It has been brought to my attention that this book is extremely ableist. Here’s an in depth review that explains this more.

Synopsis
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Critically
Plot – 4 out of 5 stars
The plot of this book is simple in general but so rich. We follow the day to day life of our main character but it ends up being more than that. We follow her self- discovery, we see her family relationships and her friendships. How her health affects her life and how that affects her thoughts on a daily basis. And it was incredibly cool that we get pictures and graphs that seem written by the main character to get to know her even more.
Writing Style – 5 out of 5 stars
I absolutely loved the writing style. It feels as if the main character is talking to us, or writing in a personal diary. It’s personal and emotional and poetic. Super short at times (there’s one sentence chapters) but it’s simplicity doesn’t make it lack connection. It tells us even more about her personality and her life.
Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
All of the characters in this book are complex, beautiful and captivating. They all shine in different ways for our main character and they constantly affect her thoughts and actions, in good and bad way depending on who it is. Maddy, our main character, is beautiful. She’s brave and funny and sometimes moody. But she’s strong emotionally, she deals with her disease with such apparent easy it’s astounding. She can get emotional or dramatic about somethings but there are just small moments with her, not drawn out monologues. Her love interest in this story is both her opposite and her equal. They’re both brave, honest, caring and kind. He’s strong emotionally in a different way than she is as well as physically strong. He has his moments of quirkiness that off set her moments of nerdiness and I just loved watching their relationship blossom.

Emotionally

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T5W Sep. 2nd – Fictional Cities

I am back with Top 5 Wednesday! This is one of the first series that I started on my channel and I absolutely love to do it. It’s a great community and you can definitely learn a lot from people and their reading tastes depending on their lists.

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Fictional Cities. I kind of had a tough time with this one since I don’t necessarily pay attention to the cities while I am reading, I pay more attention to the world/country/kingdom and the characters. But I sat down and looked through my read shelf on Goodreads (I do this a lot when preparing for T5W) and found some places that I feel fit this topic.

SO let’s get started!

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