May ’16 Wrap Up

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Hello everyone!

I am here today to wrap up all the things I read, posted and accomplished in May. I started off the month really well but during the second and third weeks, I got a little disinterested in what I was reading so I went and reread one of my favorite fanfics (which is kind of like my version of a reading slump). That put me behind on my reading goal for the month but towards the end I got my stuff together and managed to read a lot of the books I wanted to. Yet, I wish I would’ve read a lot more and a lot faster too.

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Book Review – Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

Book Review - Rebel Belle

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Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1)

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Publication: April 8th, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Format: Kindle Edition, 352 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal

Read: May 2016

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3.5 Stars

Synopsis
Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.
Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him–and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.
With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.

Critically

Plot – 3.5 out of 5 stars
I thought that the plot was really entertaining, it kept my attention but at the same time, it was really predictable. It’s funny and simple and interesting. The paranormal aspects were what kept my attention the most to be honest, the rest I just swept through without much thought. It’s the kind of book that you can’t take too seriously or it ruins it’s purpose. Overall an average read with some good parts mixed in.

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
I found the writing style to be really funny, the comedic timing was really well placed and entertaining. While in general it was simple, it was also really quirky and kind of silly to be honest. It worked well with what the story was trying to accomplish I think but I think that some people could be annoyed by it. However, the character’s voice is really young and immature which grated on my nerves.

Characters – 3 out of 5 stars
This is where things fell flat for me. I could easily be taken in by the plot and the background and the funny writing style but the characters felt a little flat to me. Harper was kind of annoying in the beginning. She’s really self-centered, only focused on herself and kind of vain. But at the same time, as the story keeps going, it kind of feels like the author is poking fun at those types of girl characters by playing up the stereotypes of a girly girl and throwing her into a situation that would normally change her personality but doesn’t. I liked that aspect but there was so much of clothes that I can take haha. Yet Harper was also really sweet and kind and just genuinely a nice girl. She has a temper but she’s well rounded in general. There are two male main characters in this book and yes you know what that probably means and you’re right but at the same time, it didn’t feel that way. Both guys have specific purposes to the story and the movement of the plot and while they were very different, there are things that I liked and disliked about both of them. The ending of the book created a very weird and strange dynamic between them and I’m looking forward to exploring that in the next books.

Emotionally

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Sara 101: Finished Series

Sara 101 Finished Series

Hello everyone!

I am back today with my personal feature, Sara 101, where I talk about me and myself and I and anything and everything that I could want to share about my personal life.

The last time I shared this feature I talked about my unfinished series (which was a lot) so I decided it’d be good to talk about the ones I have finished so you guys don’t have an awful impression of me. However, this number is significantly lower than the other one so maybe you won’t change your mind.

Disclaimer: I’m sure I’ve read a lot more than this, and that I own a lot more than this but these are the ones I remember right now.

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Potter Challenge: Getting Fly Like a Hyppogriff!

Potter Challenge Getting Fly Like A Hyppogriff

Hello everyone!

I am here today to share another very special post!

My friend Aldii @ PerfectioninBooks joined me in accomplishing my Potter Challenge this year and last month we read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, book three of the series. We are having so much fun buddy reading as well as sharing our thoughts with you guys.

In this post, I’ll be sharing a mini review with my thoughts on the book, the top 5 magical creatures we would like to have as pets and the animal we think we’d be if we became animagi.

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Book Traveling Thursdays May 26th – Book You Want to See as Movie or TV Show

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Hello everyone!

It’s BTT time! 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.

This week’s topic is Choose a book you would want to see as a movie or TV show.  I thought about quite a few books that could fill this spot but none as much as the one I picked. I absolutely adored this book and I would love to see it come alive.

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T5W May 25th – Characters I Defend

T5W May 25

Hello everyone!

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 Top 5 Characters You Defend and to be quite honest with you, I never feel the need to defend my favorite characters. I’m a firm believer on people being able to form their own opinions on things, whether mine is positive or negative. However, there are a few that might hit a bit close to home and would bring forth a bit of passion in regards to their awesomeness from me.

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Series Review – Avalon Duology by Mindee Arnett

Book Review - Avalon Duology

Avalon and Polaris (Avalon #1 and #2)

Author: Mindee Arnett

Publication: January 21st 2014 and January 20th 2015

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Format: Kindle Edition 432 pages and Kindle Edition 432 pages

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian

Read: April 2016

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Avalon

4.5 Stars

Synopsis
Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.
Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they’re damn good at it. Jeth doesn’t care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s wanted for so long.
Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon’s cult hit show Firefly.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
action packed, mystery, suspense, minimal romance, themes of family and friendship, plot twists galore, but there was something missing, not 100% sold

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
engaging, entertaining, fast paced, detailed, descriptive, sometime confusing when describing the space travel and other science related topics, but still not too complicated in general

Characters – 4 out of 5 stars
This is where things felt off for me. There’s nothing that I dislike about the characters, they’re all interesting and complex and the dynamics between them were both touching and entertaining but I just couldn’t fall in love with them for some reason. Jeth was an okay main character, I found him generally interesting but it’s kind of weird to read a book from a guy’s perspective only. He’s kind of reckless and a thrill seeker, yet he’s smart and strong. He’s conflicted on how to carry himself and what best to do for everyone that counts on him. Yet towards the end, he becomes more hopeful and looks forward to a better future. Because this book is about a crew of teenagers, there’s a lot of side characters. Some are present in the beginning and others come into play towards the middle. While I connected with more some than others, the relationships between them are all complex and distinct between each individual. That’s one of the things I really liked about the characters.

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Polaris

4.5 Stars

Synopsis
Jeth Seagrave and his crew are on the run. The ITA, still holding Jeth’s mother in a remote research lab, is now intent on acquiring the metatech secrets Jeth’s sister Cora carries inside her DNA, and Jeth is desperate to find the resources he needs to rescue his mother and start a new life outside the Confederation. But the ITA is just as desperate, and Jeth soon finds himself pursued by a mysterious figure hell-bent on capturing him and his crew—dead or alive.
With nowhere to run and only one play left, Jeth enters into a bargain with the last person he ever thought he’d see again: Daxton Price, the galaxy’s newest and most fearsome crime lord. Dax promises to help Jeth, but his help will only come at a price—a price that could mean sacrificing everything Jeth has fought for until now.
The conclusion to the story Mindee Arnett began in her acclaimed novel Avalon, Polaris is a dangerous journey into the spaces between power and corruption, life and death, the parts of ourselves we leave behind, and the parts we struggle to hold on to.

Critically

Plot – 4.5 out of 5 stars
action packed, full of death, despair, themes of family, friendship, romance, betrayal, it’s full of twists and turns and exciting, yet not enough to get 5 stars from me

Writing Style – 4 out of 5 stars
fast paced, engaging, entertaining, much deeper and emotional this time around, not too complicated when it came to the science aspect, you can tell the author has great ideas and a huge imagination.

Characters – 4.5 out of 5 stars
This second book was much better in regards to the characters, I felt more connected to them and their struggles and it made the story much more exciting. I’m still not 100% in with Jeth, he’s cool and I liked his personality but sometimes he felt too teenager for my liking, specially considering his current situation. He’s strong but he’s also a lot more vulnerable in this one. He’s angry, emotional and helpless sometimes. There’s also a few more side characters in this book that take more of a center stage. They’re really interesting and complex and sometimes even weirder and creepier than I ever expected. It had something to do with some science experiments and crazy stuff like that and it would’ve been cool to find out more about that.

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