Jane Unlimited

Jane Unlimited  by Kristin Cashmore

Published by  Penguin Group on September 19, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Multi verse

Pages:464

Format: Arc

Source: ALA

 

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary:

The highly anticipated standalone from the award-winning, New York Timesbestselling author of the Graceling Realm series—a kaleidoscopic novel about grief, adventure, storytelling, and finding yourself in a world of seemingly infinite choices.

Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.

Read Jane, Unlimited and remember why The New York Times has raved, “Some authors can tell a good story; some can write well. Cashore is one of the rare novelists who do both.”

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I loved how it explored multiple worlds and multi verse. One of my favorite t.v show is the flash and I love the multi verse concept. I enjoyed the concept so much. I really loved the lead character. I thought the world building was so well done. I especially thought the first section was crafted so well and that you could really turn that first chapter into any type of storyline. It was so well done and it made me want to keep reading and see what the next story was about. It had hints of romance but no real romance development but that actually worked fine for me. I wonder if this book is the start of series cause it worked fine as standalone. I would however be curious for a book 2 in the same series of worlds.

 

 

Top five Wed: Books I enjoyed before you you tube!

This was a fun tag for me because I have only been reviewing books for about a 3 years. I will mentioned my top five series or books before I started on you tube.

 

  1. The heir chronicles by Cinda Williams China

I loved this series so  much and read them when I was in early college. This book above just came out but I still need to read it because I really loved this type of series. It was prefect fantasy book series and hope to cont. with this series at some point.

2. Vampire Academy:

I was so burned out after twilight and did not want anything to do with vampire novels. This book series really turned me around and I love the world building so much and it was the type of vampires I wanted to read about with strong female characters that made me want to root for them. Very good series and so happy i gave it a shot.

3.  The darkest Minds:

This was one of the first series since the hunger games that really captured my attention. I think I do have a review about this series but i mostly read this series before i have my channel but this author is still one of my favorites of all times. I thought this book did a very good job at looking at the darker side of magic and super powers.

4. Hunger Games:

I did enjoy this series mostly because i loved the strong character and finally my ship sailed cause normally i choose the losing side. But it def was another series that focused on the dystopian elements. I just thought the world building was so so well done.

5. Divergent:

I really did enjoy his whole series and never really talk about it on here because there i so much hate for this series. I loved the whole series and even the ending and that is such a not common thoughts. I really loved the world building and the main characters. I just wish the movies stayed more true to the source material.

What are some of your favorite books that read and enjoyed before you started blogging?

 

 

 

 

10 Five books I read in school for pleasure in for class

Hi guys,

I decided to change this tag from the broke and the bookish and tel you the top five books that I read in school and enjoyed and also the top five books I remember reading when I was in high school and middle school for fun. The Ya genre was the little engine that could at that point so I did not have a lot of options but here are so of my top five in both sections.

Top Five books I read in School

  1. The Outsiders by SE Hinton

this book was the first contemporary book that I felt so connected to the characters. I loved all the in class discussions and also this story was so well done. I really loved all the main characters and it was one of the first class books that  I want to read ahead.

2. The devil Aritmetic

This was the first holocaust book I read and I remember it was also the one of the first books that I saw  that i also saw the movie that inspired it. It was a very hard and emotional read but the class discussion was very important and i was inspired to read more historical fictions books.

3. Romeo and Juliet

This was the first Shakespeare play that I did read and I think I was overwhelmed reading it but I loved acting it out and the in class discussion but i loved the time period of the play and It made me want to push my self to understand more about his writing.

4. The importance of being Ernest

this was the first play that I remember loving the characters especially the female characters and I enjoyed the mystery that was at the heart of this story. Again I really loved acting out this play in class and the discussions about the time period.

5. The Canterbury Tales

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This was the one of the only classic stories that I really liked and again sometimes the language when over my head but I really enjoyed the in class discussions. It inspired me to write some of my own stories as well!

My favorite books that I read for fun!
* Side note: I read harry potter all throughout middle school and high school from 1998-2007 and still is one of my favorite series of all time*

  1. A List Series and Gossip girls series

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I remember loving these series in high school. I loved the high class society girls that we met and all fashion and high class sneaks peeks of life we got. I was super invested in reality shows like Keeping up with the Kardisans and it was fun and easy read. I never did finish these books but they were fun to read in high school.

2.  Dear Diary Series

I enjoyed this series so much because it allowed me to explore various time periods through children/ teenagers eyes. I loved exploring different time periods and it read so many of these in middle school. These are great for kids because they learn so much about a time period or event.

3. The Left Behind series:

This was the first ever dystopian novels that i read. So many stories esp in the Ya genera have done it better like The gone series etc. It had very religious overtones that turned me off but overall it was fun series and eventually made me want to read more dystopian like novels.

4. Buffy and Charmed tie in novels:

    

I loved both Buffy and Charmed in high school and they are still of some of my favorite shows. During high school i read so many of these tie in novels and I really enjoyed most of them. They were especially fun to explore the side stories and just explore more about that world.

5. Among the hidden:

This is another dystopian inspired series that I really loved and still want to read the next series by this author. It again is another dystopian series that kept me wanting more in the future.

 

What books did you read in high school that stuck with you or what books did you read for fun in school let me know in the comments.

 

 

 

The best Kind of Magic: Non-Spoiler Review

The Best Kind of Magic  by Crystal Cestari

Published by  Disney Hyperion on May 16, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages:336

Format: Arc

Source: Book con

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I would give this book a 5 for  review.

Summary

Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate. Amber works at her mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match? The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and will appeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.

My Thoughts:

I thought this so cute magic book. I adored both the characters and the world building were so well done. I loved amber as character and also her struggles with life and her match making powers. I love the cast of magic creatures that we met and how they were represented in the world. I usually am not a fan of the school magic books but this one was done so well. I also loved seeing the various romance matches and the fall out from them in the book. The book kept me reading for all the leads and it was so well done. It did not suffer from any world building issues and Just want to live in this world. I highly rec. this book if you enjoy witch novels.

 

 

What I have been reading Monday:

Hi guys,

I have not read much this week but I am enjoying what I am reading. I am really trying to catch up on all of my arcs. I wanted to finished  as many arcs as I could. So I am making some progress just not as much as I wanted too!

What I finished reading:

This was so a fun but very powerful summer read about survival and sisterhood and what it takes to survive when you think you can’t. Check out my review!

Since i have been watching buffy and deep love for willow. I have be craving magic books and this book was literally prefect. I love it so much and need to sequel right now. I loved the characters and the world building and it impressed me.

What I am reading:

So far I am hooked it has similar feel to choose your own adventures stories and currently my story is complex mystery excited to see where the book goes next!

What I want to read Next:

This is a book i have for review but it sounds really cool and def fits into the magic category of books I have been craving.

The first book in this series ended on a massive cliffhanger and I need book two right now!

I want to read this book so i can read my e arc of book 2! It sounds like a cool read!

Let me know in the comments what you have read or will be finishing soon!

 

 

 

And Introducing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi book friends!

I have a fun announcement. I am going back to school in late august and since I started my blog I have been reviewing like 10 books a month or trying. I will be student teaching and it will have have a lot of stuff going on but I still want to give you all lovely content! I have decided to ask my friend Sarah to come on board as a Co- blogger and she as accepted!

Here is picture of us at a book singing early this summer!

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Here is a note from Sarah:

Hi, my name is Sarah Sciamatore. I am a letter carrier for the post office ( so I get paid to work out). I  am also a Ravenclaw and a Scorpio. Besides an enjoyment of reading, I also like to hike, watch book tube, playing with my Yorkshire terrier and spending time with friends especially when we are book buying 😊( I have no will power)My interest in books is very eclectic, I will read almost anything from YA to horror the only thing I shy away from is sci if because I worry the tech talk will go over my head.  I tend to read more fiction but will occasionally pick up a interesting nonfiction as long as it is not too dry. I am happy Laura is giving me an opportunity to try blogging. Please have patience all as I am a newbie. Can’t wait to read all your comments .

So Please welcome her in the comments! She will start next month 🙂

Much Love

Laura

Galgorithm aka you me us: Non-spolier review

Galgorithm aka you me us  by Aaron Karo

Published by  Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (June 21, 2016)

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages:320

Format: Hardback

Source: Book Store

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I would give this book 4.5  for a review.

Summary

In a hilarious comedy of errors that Booklist has dubbed “a good choice for fans of John Green,” high school matchmaker Shane Chambliss is content finding love for his classmates—until love finally finds him.

What if the secrets of dating and love were revealed in one simple formula? That’s the tantalizing proposition high school senior Shane Chambliss offers the hopeless and hapless guys who come to him for relationship advice.

After the girl of his dreams breaks his heart, Shane devises a mysterious formula called the Galgorithm and establishes himself as the resident dating guru at Kingsview High School. But his attempts to master the art of romance go outrageously awry.

As Shane tries to navigate the ensuing drama, he must follow his heart, abandon all the rules, and ignore his own advice in a quest for true love. What he discovers, no formula could ever predict..

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book. It was such a fast pace read. I just adored shane and how he took his own heartbreak and tried to help other people. I just loved how is advice made so much sense and how prideful he was in his cases. I just really loved this story and especially seeing all the side stores that shane helped create and also the story lines between Shane and Jak. It was adorable story and i just loved shane as led character. I found this book so funny and was laughing out loud so often. I would def. read this story again and again.

Top Five Wed: Character Fitness routine I want!

This was a fun tag. I am currently on weight lost path of my own but there are some characters that are both crazy fit and just have the best battle sense and being such a klutz in real life these are the characters that I look up to.

  1. Isabella Lightwood: Mortal Instruments

I think Izzy is such a great character and i envy both her physical shape but also how she fights especially with her whip. I want her battle ready reflexes and also how she can hold her own in a fight. She also is crazy smart and has a very battle ready mind. I admire that so much in character and she is def one of my favorite characters in that series.

2.  Rose from Vampire Academy

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I also really love Rose kick but way she is in both of these series by Mead. She also is so witty but she is also is very kick butt but also is in crazy shape. I just love her battle reflexes and also how quick minded her choice making is and how effective of she in a battle. She is also one of my favorite leads.

3. Cleanea: Throne Of Glass:

I have not quite caught up on this series but the books I have read so far show how stronger a fighter and assisan she is. I just love her ability to fight and also how strong willed she was. You also see her grow and change throughout these novels and I really loved her growth we saw in the novellas and also her growth after her jail time and and how she worked after she got out of jail to keep her training reflexes better and impressive. I really need to catch up on this series!

4. Percy Jackson: The world of Rick Riordan

By the end of his second series Percy is in great shape and you really see his growth and how much progress he made as  hero and as a fighter and just physically it is one of the first hero paths i have seen from page one and loved his path a lot.

5. Ryan from Dare you to:

Ryan is in very good shape in this novel and also is a greats sport player and I love seeing that in this novel and he is not only eye candy but also a just one of my favorite male leads. I wish i had his hand eye coordination as well!

 

These are just some of my favorite characters that I really want to adopt their fitness routines in my daily. Comment with yours below!

Much love

Laura

 

 

The Big F: Non-Spoiler Review

The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

Published by  Swoon Reads on August 29, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages:394

Format: Arc

Source: Book Con

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I would give this book 3.5  for a review.

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Summary

A spunky, contemporary novel about friendship, failure, and what happens when things don’t go according to plan, ideal for readers who like their heroines smart and strong—but not perfect.

Danielle’s plans for the future were all figured out… until she failed senior English and her single college acceptance was rescinded. Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her hometown community college with a plan: pass English and get back into Ohio State—and her mother’s good graces. Romance isn’t on her radar… until she reconnects with her childhood crush and golden boy next door, Luke.

Between family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed. Thankfully she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat. One thing’s for sure: This time, failure’s not an option.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, The Big F is a smart, funny, and highly relatable novel by debut author Maggie Ann Martin about finding your own way after one epic fail.

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book. I was more attached to the the self discovery elements in this story more then the romance. I really love the main character and her struggles with school and also her relationship with her mother. I felt the romance plot was a tad predicable but I did enjoy porter as a character. I also really enjoyed the friendship dynamics that were showcased. I liked how the book was focused on college and not high school. It was fun read overall.

A Map For Wreaked Girls

A Map For Wreaked Girls  by Jessica Taylor

Published by  Penguin Books (August 15, 2017)

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 368

Format: Arc

Source: ALA

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I would give this book 3.5

Summary

In this twisting tale of loyalty, betrayal, and love, two sisters must survive the wilds, if they can first survive each other—for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Gone Girl.

“Emotionally eviscerating. A gripping examination of the barbed-wire bonds between sisters that cut, protect, and don’t let go. Prepare to feel.” 
—Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval

Emma has always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two have always been best friends. Until something happens that wrecks them.

I’d trusted Henri more than I’d trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I’d follow.

Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in a gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart. To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?

For the first time, I was afraid we’d die on this shore. for a review.

My Thoughts:

* I got this book from ALA and this is my honest thoughts*

I really liked this book. It was fun read. The multiple time periods was a blessing and curse in this novel because I was much more invested in the present storyline and Emma and Alex relationship and that is what kept me reading. I felt like the sister relationship was very uniquely done and not a type of relationship I have seen in the novel. It had some very fascinating relationship drama between them. I loved the survival aspects of this story and that is what motivated me to keep reading. It was a bot heartbreaking novel but also dealt with survival and that is what kept me reading. It is a cute summer read but also dealt with harder topics that kept me engaged as well.