Saturday, May 12, 2018

Review: Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

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[Summary]: Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. "A place" he said, "where learning is a game."
Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym, Truly Devious. It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.
True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.
“Last things were so strange. Most people had no control over of what their last acts would be.” 

Friday, May 11, 2018

On The Short #1: Trilogies... Monument 14 + Delirium + Maze Runner

On The Short is a segment I am creating, basically to review books in a mash up form. I'll be talking about  3 or 4 books I read recently that I don't feel like I have enough to say about it to give them their own review. I'll try to do these biweekly, or tri(?)weekly, or whenever I have enough books to include. Anyways, this week I'm going to talk about 3 series I recently completed this year! These are all older series, but hey. I thought someone out there would like my opinion.

Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

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[Summary]: Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

“For anyone who has been taught that good equals small and silent, here is my heart with all its ugly tangles and splendid fury.” 

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Monthly favorites | April 2018

Hey everyone!! I really want to start doing monthly favorites on my blog about the things I did that month, and the stuff I've really enjoyed. I really love watching these videos so I decided to implement something along the same lines on my blog. So welcome to the first post of my new monthly favorites!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

What I've been up to!

It's been awhile...

Recently, things have just been crazy in my life. A lot of changes have started and I've been finishing up student teaching! I graduate in a month and things are just happening so fast, and I feel extremely unprepared. But that has NOT stopped me from reading!!! I was doing YouTube, but to be honest it's just not for me. I really wanted to love it, and I enjoyed talking about books, but filming and editing takes quite a long time, and I don't have that much free time to complete it.

I really wanted to update you guys on what I've been reading and watching recently. I also wanted to just talk about some stuff that I've been doing this year, as well! So, let's just get into it.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Review: I Have Lost my Way by Gayle Forman

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Thank you so much to my work for giving me an ARC of this!

[Summary]: A powerful story of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of If I Stay.

Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from everyone he has ever loved, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City with a backpack, a desperate plan, and nothing left to lose. When a fateful accident draws these three strangers together, their secrets start to unravel as they begin to understand that the way out of their own loss might just lie in help­ing the others out of theirs.

An emotionally cathartic story of losing love, finding love, and dis­covering the person you are meant to be, I Have Lost My Way is best­selling author Gayle Forman at her finest.

"They may be complete strangers, with different lives and different problems, but there in that examination room they are measuring sadness the same way. They are measuring it in loss. "

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Review: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


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[Summary]: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

"They killed my mother, they took our magic, they tried to bury us. Now we rise."