Top Ten Thursday #49

Hi everyone!☺️

For this week’s Top Ten Thursday, I wanted to talk about some books I’ve read that are outside of my comfort zone, as well as some on my TBR. This post will be split into two halves according to whether or not I’ve read them.

I REALLY want to try to read some more books outside of my comfort zone, most of which include fantasy books. I guess that this post is a vow for me to keep trying with these books, haha!

So let’s get on with it, shall we?😄


Books I’ve Read Outside of my Comfort Zone

1.

When I saw Wintersong on the Indigo ARC newsletter, its cover instantly drew me in. Despite its genre, I knew I needed it in my life. And low and behold, I loved it!💞

2.

I picked this one up on impulse at my school’s library to try out a new kind of book, but unfortunately, I didn’t love The Scorpion Rules. Review to come!

3.

The Raven Boys is a very hyped book. Even though I am not normally comfortable with high fantasy, I still wanted to check it out to see what others were loving. To be honest, it was not my favourite. (Don’t kill me now!)😧

4.

Hunger is probably the longest book I’ve read, but it was still pretty captivating, if I do say so myself.☺️

5.

I had no interest in Harry Potter for literally the longest time, but I was blown away when I gave in and tried it out! I still have to read all the books in the series after Prisoner of Azkaban, though.🙊


Books I Want to *Try* Outside of my Comfort Zone

1.

My Sister’s Keeper is a contemporary novel, but it looks a bit mature and emotionally triggering. I still plan on giving it a go, though… someday.😂

2.

This book has over 800 FREAKING PAGES. As much as I want to dive back into The Lunar Chronicles, this book’s length is killing me!😫

3.

Uprooted looks interesting, but A) it is a fantasy novel, and B) it is speculated to have some mature themes. I guess I’ll wait until I read some more YA fantasy before diving in.

4.

I’ll be taking a risk with reading Hush, Hush- I am very far from being the biggest fan of paranormal books. This book does look interesting enough for me to give it a try, though!

5.

Last but not least, readers either love or hate The 5th Wave. There’s no in-between, so I’m afraid of falling into the latter!


So tell me, what books have you read that are outside of your comfort zone? Any on your TBR? Have you read any of these books? Opinions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Rapid Fire Book Tag🔥

Hi everyone!☺️

I am back with another tag today, all thanks to the awesome Ann @ Ann’s Reading Corner who tagged me in the Rapid Fire Book Tag. Thank you so much, Ann!💜 I absolutely love her blog, so please be sure to press the link connected to her name to view the amazingness that it is!

This is the Rapid Fire book tag, so my answers are going to be, well, rapid fire. I have already answered most of these questions somewhere on my blog anyway, so most will not require long explanations.☺️

So let’s get to it!


EBooks or physical books?

Physical books! I love the feeling of having a paper book in my hands.💘

Paperbacks or hardbacks?

It all depends. I like the look of hardbacks more, but to read, probably paperbacks because of their lighter weight.

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Online or in-store book shopping?

In-store! I just love seeing the physical books and being able to take them home right away.💜

Trilogies or series?

Again, this all depends. If I like a book and want more of the story, I’d say series, but trilogies are often enough to wrap up every last thought and event.

Heroes or villains?

Heroes’ and villains’ backstories are both interesting, but I will have to go with heroes because, well, they’re heroes

A book you want everyone to read?

Besides LFA, SYBG, & SCS, at least one of which I’ve been talking about in almost every tag or Top Ten Thursday post, I’d say that everyone should read Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin for its morals and diversity.💘

Recommend an underrated book!

Well, the book above🔼 is pretty underrated, but another one that deserves much more love is The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. YOU SHOULD ALL READ IT! *throws book into your face*😂

The last book I finished:

At the time of writing this, it was This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. Like all of her books, it was cute, but not my favourite. I gave it 3.5 stars and you’ll be seeing my review for it soon!☺️

Weirdest thing you have used as a bookmark?

Probably receipts left in library books.😂

Used books: yes or no?

Not really to buy, but to borrow, sure!

Top three favourite genres?

  1. Young Adult Contemporary (as you all know by now😂 )
  2. Young Adult Dystopian/Sci-Fi
  3. Young Adult Historical Fiction

Borrow or buy?

As much as I love owning books, I love using the library so I can amass many reads at once and so I can return a book if I dislike it.👌

Characters or plot?

Probably characters. If I can connect to a character, then I am more likely to enjoy the book.

Long or short books?

I definitely prefer short but sweet books!💜

Long or short chapters?

Short ones, they speed up my reading.

Name the first three books you think of:

  1. Run by Kody Keplinger
  2.  The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  3. Geek Girl by Holly Smale

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Books that make you laugh or cry?

Laugh for sure, I really don’t like crying!😂

Our world or fictional worlds?

Our world; I mostly read contemporaries, haha!

Audiobooks: yes or no?

Absolutely not!😟

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

Yes, I am definitely guilty of doing this. Read all about it here!🙊

Book to Movie or Book to TV adaptations?

Movie adaptations, I usually don’t have the patience to watch entire TV shows.🙅

Series or standalones?

This all depends on the story and whether or not I feel more should be added onto it.


I tag…

  1. Nashaly @ The Book Theater
  2. Madi @ The BookNerd Diaries
  3. Regina @ Bookish in Bed

If you have already done this tag or don’t feel like doing it, I totally understand, but I would love to see your answers to these questions!💘


So tell me, have you read any of the books mentioned? Opinions? Do you (dis)agree with any of my answers? How would you answer any of these questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

The Haters Review

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Title: The Haters

Author: Jesse Andrews

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

From Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow a quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope (but also doubt) they have in them.

Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews’s road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.

For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It’s pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It’s three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they’re in Ash’s SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun.

In his second novel, Andrews again brings his brilliant and distinctive voice to YA, in the perfect book for music lovers, fans of The Commitments and High Fidelity, or anyone who has ever loved—and hated—a song or a band. This witty, funny coming-of-age novel is contemporary fiction at its best.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging

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Jesse Andrews’ other book, Me & Earl, and the Dying Girl, was a true winner for me. I loved its wit, humour and charm, so I decided that I couldn’t go wrong with picking up The Haters…. right?

It turned out that hence the fairly negative reviews I’ve been seeing about this book, I didn’t really enjoy it, either. This book has a 3.44 average rating on Goodreads, so I don’t even know why I bothered reading this thing.

This book’s plot was so messy that I can barely summarize this book from the top of my head, but using its synopsis, I’ll give it my best shot. Okay, so The Haters follows friends Wes and Corey, who are part of a jazz camp. They haven’t been liking it, so they decide to escape. So, with the help of friends, they go on to take the best road trip of their lives and start touring.

First, I must say that I disliked both main characters. This book was honestly such a mess that I couldn’t even identify which one of them played more of a part in everything. They lacked personality traits and they were both rebellious (in a not-so-good way!) and immature. I mean, these guys disregard their parents’ strict rules and do *things* with girls behind their backs, how irresponsible! Kids, if you don’t trust my word and decide to read this book anyway, then DO NOT follow Wes and Corey’s lead in real life. Just don’t.

Next, as for the plot, this uneventful, boring book had not even a single drop of one. It physically HURT my head to read this book- things were so scrambled around and there were so many random characters and ships and just AGHHHHH! This is just my opinion, but if you think that this book has any trace of a plot, you are out of your mind.

Even though I enjoyed Andrews’ writing style in MAEATDG, I don’t know what happened in this one. Maybe it wore off on me, maybe it didn’t go that well with this book’s context… I don’t even know. There are lots of possibilities. All I know is that after this piece of disappointment, I probably won’t be giving Jesse Andrews’ books another chance.

Overall, this book definitely had the potential to be a favourite, but it simply DID NOT FOLLOW THROUGH. I could try to recommend it to music lovers in bands, but I simply cannot guarantee that you’ll enjoy it. Truthfully, I am being extra generous with this 2 star rating- I did not like this book one bit.


Rating:

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*I haven’t yet had the chance to make a 2-star rating edit similar to my other ones- I will put it here once I do*

5 to 1 Review

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Title: 5 to 1

Author: Holly Bodger

Genre & Age Group: Dystopian, science fiction, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.

Sudasa doesn’t want to be a wife, and Contestant Five, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. Sudasa’s family wants nothing more than for their daughter to do the right thing and pick a husband who will keep her comfortable—and caged. Five’s family wants him to escape by failing the tests. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Five thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

Told from alternating points of view—Sudasa’s in verse and Contestant Five’s in prose—allowing readers to experience both characters’ pain and their brave struggle for hope.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

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Upon first hearing about 5 to 1, I became very excited to read it. It seemed like a diverse, unique story from a perspective that we don’t often hear from in YA fiction, so I was ready to take a dive in!

I enjoyed 5 to 1, but I wouldn’t say it was love. I loved the premise and the main character, but like many other 3.5 star reads, there were definitely some little things that bothered me about it.

This story follows the dual POVs of teens Sudasa and Kiran (a.k.a. “Contestant Five”). It is 2054, and in India, the ratio of boys to girls is 5 to 1, hence the title. Since the number of girls in India is so numbered, boys now have to take tests in order to find a wife. Sudasa and Contestant Five both have desires other than getting married, but Sudasa’s family would like her to choose a boy that keeps her safe, and for Contestant Five, his family just wants him to find a way out of the mess.

First, I just wanted to point out the unique formatting of this book. It may not work for some readers, so this is why I wanted to give you the heads up now. Sudasa’s POV is written in verse and Contestant Five’s is written in paragraphs, so even though it is a good way to distinguish the POVs, I know that many people are not fans of verse. Just be prepared if you decide to pick this one up!

I would have to say that the protagonist, Sudasa, was the focal point of this book. I found her to be a loyal, determined, bold, and confident character who never let anything get her down. These characters are the type that I always enjoy reading about, and even though Sudasa may simply ‘blend into the crowd’ a year from now, she was still awesome to read about.
As for Kiran/Contestant Five, I just found him to be forgettable. He lacked charm and I simply couldn’t relate to him. He did have many good insights about his world, but honestly, this book would have been just as great, or maybe even better, without his POV in the mix.

All in all, this book seemed pretty promising, but it didn’t turn out to be a favourite. The plot was interesting and so was the strong character of Sudasa, but everything else, including the writing style at times, didn’t really fit the bill. I think that those who enjoy diverse stories written in verse (hey, that rhymes!) with a strong protagonist will get the most out of 5 to 1.

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1-Year Anniversary Q + A Answer Post🎉

Hi everyone!☺️

On April 10th, I celebrated my first blogiversary! Along with that, I also announced my first ever Q&A, and this is where I will be answering all of the questions I received!

You guys all asked great questions, and I can’t wait to answer them! Thank you so much to all of you who participated, it means so much to me!💜

So let’s get started!


Stephanie @ TeacherOfYA asks: “What is your fave genre of all time? Like if you could only read one genre forever? 😉🙃

Contemporary, 100%! I just love any fluffy, realistic book that can lift up my spirits.☺️

Shouni @ Through the Book Portal asks: “Do you have an auto – read author? (Like an author whose book you’ll read no matter what they wrote)”

I have many auto-read authors! Some of these include Morgan Matson, Kiera Cass, R.J. Palacio, my aunty Robyn Levy, and SO MANY MORE.💜

Krysti @ YA and Wine asks: “If you could give one piece of advice to beginning bloggers, what would it be?”

Similarly, Rosie @ The Book Cover Girls asks: “Do you have any blogging advice? What are some lessons you’ve learned in your first year of blogging that you could pass on?”

My biggest piece of blogging advice would be to be yourself and to not be afraid to let out your personality on your blog. It is rather easy to tell if you aren’t being authentic, and thus it will be harder to draw in followers if you are a fake version of yourself. Go all out with your personality, and I promise that others will go all out and follow you.😉

Poulami @ Daydreaming Books asks: “What are your hobbies? (Besides reading and blogging)”

Besides reading and blogging, I love hanging out with friends and family, reading random articles on my computer (ahem, BUZZFEED!), using social media, and studying. Yes. You heard me. I enjoy studying. I am just a learner at heart, so I love to jam information into my brain like the world is about to end, haha!😂

Raven @ Dreamy Addictions asks: “Name three books that you can’t live without?”

This question is hard to answer but at the same time quite easy- I have so many favourites, but I think I just may be able to pinpoint three ultimate, ULTIMATE favourites. Here they are:

Miss Elizabeth asks: “What advice can you give to other bloggers looking to expand their following base?
What was the funnest part about getting your blog to its current success?”

As for the first question, I’ve already answered it above, haha!

For the second question, I would have to say that the *most fun* part would have to have been interacting with other bloggers and reading their posts. Reading other posts gives me so much inspiration, and of course, I twist other bloggers’ ideas and make them my own on my blog. Also, I ultimately just love seeing what other avid YA readers are reading and talking about!💘

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews asks: “Is there a genre you don’t read much, but would like to try more?
If you could only recommend one book what would it be?
Besides reading, what are some of your favourite things?”

Similar to Lauren’s first question, Ashley @ Inside my Minds asks: “What is your least favorite genre to read and why?”

My least favourite genre is fantasy. I don’t read a lot of it, but lately I have been trying to read some more of it. I have to admit, I haven’t been loving most of the fantasies I’ve been reading. For me, I think I’m better off sticking with contemporaries and dystopians, haha!😂

For the book recommendation(s), see my answer to Raven’s question above.

Besides books, I love technology, chocolate, chicken, pizza, French fries, my friends, my family, my dog, intellectual games and puzzles, dance, yoga, and lots more!❤️

Tiana @ The Book Raven asks: “What is the first book that comes to mind when you think of the word treasure? Also, what do you hope to be doing 5 years from now?”

When I think of the word “treasure,” I am not confined to thinking about just one book. What comes into my head are all of the beautiful books I’ve read over the years, and it is so hard to pick just one treasure out of all of them!

Five years from now, I hope to be studying law, medicine, or statistics at a good university. I don’t know where exactly I want to go yet, but as of right now, I think I would prefer to stay near my family and friends.💘

Dez @ The Fun in Reading Books asks: “What’s the book that disappointed you big time?”

I went into Lost & Found by Brooke Davis with such high hopes, but quite frankly, I didn’t completely enjoy the book. It was kind of sad- even though it was my first foray into adult fiction, I didn’t expect everything to go over my head!😧

Amy @ A Magical World of Words asks: “Are there any bloggers who’ve influenced you or helped you along your blogging journey?”

Yes, there are SO many bloggers who I’m inspired by! Here are just a few out of literally dozens of them:

…and the list could probably circle around the world at least twice if I kept going! You guys MUST check out all of their awesome blogs!💘


Thank you once again for all of your amazing questions, guys! I had such a fun time answering them!❤️

So tell me, do you still have any unanswered questions to ask about me?😂 Do you (dis)agree with any of my answers? How would you answer these questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Review

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Title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author’s own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by Ellen Forney that reflect the character’s art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

With a forward by Markus Zusak, interviews with Sherman Alexie and Ellen Forney, and four-color interior art throughout, this edition is perfect for fans and collectors alike.

Source: School library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

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I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book ever since I started blogging, so when I found it on display at my school’s library, I decided to join in on the fun and see what all the hype was about.☺️

Wow, was this book astonishing! I absolutely loved The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. It was witty, funny, and relatable, and those are some qualities that I just adore in my books. I can definitely see why so many people read it proudly and why so many schools endorse it as required reading.

For a brief summary of the novel, it is about a boy named Junior, who has been growing up on an Indian reservation. To prove to others that Indians don’t need to be confined to their own spaces, he decides to start attending the predominantly white school across town, and he is astonished at what happens.

I couldn’t help but adore the character that was Junior. He was relatable, charming, and hilarious (in an amazing way!), and I also loved the fact that he loved BOOKS! I also found him to be quite the risk-taker- it takes serious guts to be able to do what he did in trying out a predominantly white school being Indian, and he always kept on a brave face. Lastly, his development by the end of the book was phenomenal, as he became so much prouder of himself and his culture!

The plot, though not necessarily the strongest, ran smoothly and quickly. I basically soared through this book’s fine pages; I loved it so much and I barely wanted to put it down, even if my life depended on it!

This book is definitely not your typical YA contemporary novel, as it includes PICTURES! (Haha, finally!) Junior loves to draw and many of the things rambling around in his mind during the story are showcased in this book, and many of them gave me a great laugh.☺️

If you are on the lookout for a diverse story with a relatable protagonist and strong morals, then TATDOAPTI is for you. I know I will remember this one for years to come because of its pure awesomeness, engaging writing style, wit, charm, and diverse themes.

 

ARC Review: One Italian Summer

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Title: One Italian Summer

Author: Keris Stainton

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

It’s been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy – but what’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was …

With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she thinks. What’s going to happen this time? What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more.

Over one Italian summer, can Milly find a way back to the life she once had?

Source: Thanks so much to Bonnier Zaffre/Hot Key Books for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

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One Italian Summer was such an uplifting, adorable story. The second I saw it on Netgalley, I knew I needed it in my hands. Visiting Italy has always been one of my dreams, and I was so happy to be able to in this book!

To briefly synopsize the story, it follows a teenage girl named Millie whose family travels to Rome, Italy almost every year. This year, though, will be her first time going after her dad passed away, and she is scared that it will be different and just not as fun as it used to be. Adding in being scared to see a guy whom she’d hooked up with the year before, Millie has even more to be anxious about. Will Milly be able to find herself again through all of this mess?

I have to say that I was really fond of Millie. Her sweetness and loyalty stunned me, and even though her dad’s death did get her upset once in a while, I believe that she was able to work through it and distract herself very well. I definitely saw bits and pieces of myself in her, and that is one thing I love about certain book protagonists.

Although I’m not completely sure if Millie and the love interest Luke were *the best* for each other, the romance was definitely still noteworthy and cute. I don’t think it was this book’s best quality, though.

As for the plot, there honestly weren’t a ton of notable events in this story- it mainly focused on the characters, especially Millie mourning over her late father. But then again, most contemporaries I read don’t have the most frivolous plots, so it’s totally fine with me!☺️

Also, may I take a second to talk about the FAMILY TIES in this book?! I absolutely loved Millie’s relationships with her remaining family members. Despite the fact that her dad’s death kind of ripped them apart, I loved seeing them brought back together by the end of the book.

The one tiny thing that bugged me about this book was that yes, it was set in Italy, but there were very limited descriptions of the country. I wanted to hear more about the beauty of a place that Italy is! All it takes is one extra page to describe all of Millie’s beautiful surroundings, come on!

All in all, One Italian Summer did not disappoint at all, and I enjoyed it immensely. From its strong characters to its family ties, there is truly something in this book for all YA contemporary lovers. So, if you dream of going to Italy, you’ll get an awesome chance to in this book once it is published on May 4th, 2017!☺️

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*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Top Ten Thursday #48

Hi everyone!☺️

For this week’s Top Ten Thursday, I have decided to talk about books with more than one POV. To me, they can be awesome at times, or they can be super annoying, all depending on the book and how they are written. So, I will be dividing this post into two: 5 multiple perspective books that worked beautifully, and another 5 that didn’t really work in my eyes.

So let’s get on with it!💘


Multiple POVs I Appreciated😄

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In The Art of Being Normal, David and Leo have such unique voices and personalities, and I was always able to tell whose POV was whose while reading.👌

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I didn’t love this book, but it is co-written by famous authors John Green and David Levithan, each writing the POV of their own Will Grayson. The two Will Graysons were basically polar opposites, from their fonts to their actions!

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The Sun is Also a Star follows the dual perspectives of protagonists Daniel and Natasha, both with very different personalities and backgrounds. It worked very well and I never found myself confused.☺️

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Jennifer Niven is the literal QUEEN at writing books with dual perspectives. I adored both of these reads and I could easily tell the POVs apart as well!

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Tiny Pretty Things follows three ballerinas, all coming from very different places in terms of ethnicities, experiences, and personalities. I’d definitely recommend this book for its in-depth characters!💘


Multiple POVs I Didn’t Like So Much🙅

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The multiple POVs in these books were literally SO mind-boggling, especially in the last two! It became super difficult for me to tell who was who whenever I read a paragraph of a page.😟

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I was only expecting there to be one POV in Winning, but there turned out to be so many that I couldn’t even keep up!

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For me, it is often fantasies or sci-fis with multiple perspectives that irk me, and The Enemy Within was a good example of that. There were 4 different POVs and I got so puzzled!😧

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Okay, there were 8 POVs in this book, and I could only really relate to 25% of them. So…… yeah. That should explain things well.💁

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I was completely fine with the ending of the Divergent series (unpopular opinion😌 ), but why were there so many confusing POVs in Allegiant?


So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? And if so, what did you think of their multiple POVs? What books do you (dis)like with multiple POVs? Are you a fan of them in general? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

The Playlist Shuffle Tag🎵

Hi everyone!☺️

Today we’ll be taking a break from the books and talking about music! This is because the fabulous Avi and Vishwa @ Panic at the Bookstore have tagged me to partake in the Playlist Shuffle Tag. Thanks so much, guys!💜 Their blog is awesome, so be sure to check it out ASAP!


The Rules:

Put your music on shuffle and list the first 15 songs to play (no cheating) then tag 10 3 others to do it as well.


Les Chansons:

1. Boom Boom Pow by The Black Eyed Peas

I remember being a fan of this song when I was younger, haha! I also remember having a dance to this song at a dance camp a couple of summers ago.☺️

2. I Wanna Go by Britney Spears

Honestly, I don’t have much of an opinion about this song. I guess it’s alright, though I haven’t really listened to it in a while.

3. Get Lucky by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams

Aww, I loved this song! I still listen to it sometimes for its funky feel.✌️

4. Boyfriend by Justin Bieber

Yeah, I like both this song and Justin Bieber. I really like how he’s matured lately, so now I’ve been showing him and his music much more love.💘

5. One More Time by Daft Punk

This song is older than me, and honestly, I don’t love it. Daft Punk’s newer stuff is a lot better.👌

6. I’m in Love with a Monster by Fifth Harmony

Fifth Harmony is probably my favourite band right now. I’ve never disliked a song of theirs, and their songs are all so uplifting and happy! This one is from the movie Hotel Transylvania 2 (it’s very funny, by the way).

7. Body Work by Morgan Page feat. Tegan and Sara

I’ve gotten kind of sick of this song, but I do think it’s great for, well, body workouts.😂

8. Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People

I really like the beat of this song, but the lyrics? Not so much.🙅

9. Glowing by Nikki Williams

I literally haven’t listened to this song for SO LONG. I remember it wasn’t really a favourite of mine, though.

10. Locked out of Heaven by Bruno Mars

I remember being really obsessed with this song when it was popular- I really like Bruno Mars and his music!

11. Remix (I Like The) by New Kids on the Block

Honestly, I forgot that this song was even on my computer, haha! I guess it’s alright.😂

12. Live for the Night by Krewella

This is such a fun song to listen to if you want an instant mood booster!☺️

13. We Found Love by Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris

I really like this song and I’m so thankful that my local radio station still plays it sometimes!☺️

14. #thatPOWER by will.i.am feat. Justin Bieber

Oy, I remember listening to this song on repeat for hours (basically) when it was popular. Haha, I loved it so much!

15. Take Care by Drake feat. Rihanna

I don’t really like most of Drake’s music, and I don’t think that I was the one who downloaded this song. I’m guessing my mom did…?


I tag…

  1. Lisa @ Bookshelf Fantasies
  2. JM @ Book Freak Revelations
  3. Emma @ Among the Pages

As always, it’s completely fine if you guys don’t feel like participating in this, it is ultimately just for fun! I’d still like to see your tastes in music, though!☺️


As you can probably tell, most of these songs are from around the years 2011-2013. This is because I went crazy with downloading songs then, and I literally wanted almost everything I heard on the radio.😂 Now, I’ve limited my downloading and don’t download too many songs. So, I hope you enjoyed this “throwback” to 4-5 years ago!☺️

So tell me, do you listen to any of these songs or artists? Who/what are some of your favourites? What is the first song that comes on when you press “shuffle?” Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

*Just a heads up that some videos may include explicit or inappropriate content and/or swearing. Be sure to watch at your own risk!!*

ARC Review: Girl Out of Water

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Title: Girl Out of Water

Author: Laura Silverman

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she love

Source: Thanks so much to SOURCEBOOKS Fire for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

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Right when I saw the adorable cover and title of this book, I fell in love, and I just had to press ‘request.’ As I write this review in November, it is fall; about to be winter, and Girl Out of Water made me feel like I was transported right back into the awesome season of summer!

I would first like to recognize that the author, Laura Silverman, has been having some hardships lately, mainly on Twitter with racists and other people of sorts spreading out false rumours of this book. I personally don’t use Twitter very often, so I never got to see what exactly was going on, but Laura seems like an amazing person who does not deserve any of this, so I’d like to applaud her for staying strong and not letting the haters get to her!👏👏❤️

Anyway, on with the review. For a quick summary, Girl Out of Water revolves around Anise, who is used to living her life in Santa Cruz, surfing to her heart’s content. She has almost never left her state, and is completely fine with that, until her aunt gets into an accident, and Anise and her dad are forced to stay with cousins in Nebraska. With that, all of her exciting summer plans went down the drain, leaving her very disappointed. What’s worse, is that she is forced to stay in her mom’s old house where she’d grown up; her mom who ran off years ago and had only returned a couple times since. There, Anise meets and bonds with Lincoln, a skater with only one arm, and is thus distracted from her friends back in Santa Cruz, disappointing them. Will Anise be able to find the joys in Nebraska, or will it ultimately come down to wanting to go back home?

Anise was definitely flawed, but that’s a-OK with me! I still really liked her anyway. At first, she was a bit whiny and annoying over her reluctance to go to Nebraska, but I think it was definitely worth it for her to go, as it ended up completely changing her outlook of life. I feel like she was also able to find the fun in whatever she did; wherever she went, and I really enjoyed following her footsteps for that reason. Anise was also an awesome cousin- she cared so much about her aunt’s three kids and their needs!

My other favourite character was the awesome Lincoln. (Yes, Lincoln, as in Lincoln, Nebraska!😜) He had such an upbeat, infectious spirit, and he didn’t let the fact that he only had one arm get to him. In fact, I think it pushed him even harder to be the best he could be! Reading the book, I was always very eager to read about him, as he spruced up the storyline and made things super fun, especially with his adventurous, jubilant personality.

The ending of this story was also great, with things being wrapped up very nicely, without any hanging questions still left to be answered.

I am very surprised that this book is only Laura Silverman’s debut- it was absolutely astonishing, and I can only imagine how awesome any future works of hers will be!

All in all, I was very impressed by Girl Out of Water. I devoured it in two sittings- that’s how amazing it was! If you are a fan of light-hearted, summery books with fabulous characters, great morals, a strong emphasis on family, and wonderful writing, you can’t miss this gem of a book once it releases on May 1st!

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*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*