Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: Awake by Natasha Preston

Awake

Author: Natasha Preston
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Genre: YA Contemporary Thriller
Format: ebook
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Netgalley
Rating: 4 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Scarlett doesn’t remember anything before the age of five. Her parents say it’s from the trauma of seeing her house burn down, and she accepts the life they’ve created for her without question—until a car accident causes Scarlett to start remembering pieces of an unfamiliar past.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Discussion Post: When Do You Write Reviews?


I was thinking about this question the other day after seeing someone tweet out that they were super behind on reviews. I thought I had already written a discussion post on this, but I guess not so here we go. I actually see this on Twitter quite frequently. A lot of bloggers saying that they're spending the whole day catching up on reviews. And I just don't get it. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Review: How to Say I Love You Out Loud by Karole Cozzo

How to Say I Love You Out Loud

Author: Karole Cozzo
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: ebook
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Netgalley
Rating: 4 Stars
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Words are strong. Love is stronger.

When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they're related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can't shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we make lists of bookish things! 

So I know I've read more books than this that have bookworm characters in them. But I could only come up with nine. I love books that feature bookworm characters. It automatically gives me that extra connection to them. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: A History of Glitter and Blood

A History of Glitter and Blood

Author: Hannah Moskowitz
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: ebook
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Source: egalley received from publisher via Netgalley
Rating: 3 Stars
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Review: Clariel by Garth Nix

Clariel

Author: Garth Nix
Series: Abhorsen #4
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: ARC
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Source: ARC received from publisher at BEA
Rating: 5 Stars
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Clariel is not adjusting well to her new life in the city of Belisaere, the capital of the Old Kingdom. She misses roaming freely within the forests of Estwael, and she feels trapped within the stone city walls. And in Belisaere she is forced to follow the plans, plots and demands of everyone, from her parents to her maid, to the sinister Guildmaster Kilp. Clariel can see her freedom slipping away. It seems too that the city itself is descending into chaos, as the ancient rules binding Abhorsen, King and Clayr appear to be disintegrating.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Discussion Post: Rereading Childhood Favorites


We all have those childhood favorite books. For me, I remember loving Nancy Drew and Little House on the Prairie when I was really young. As I got older, I fell in love with Garth Nix and Tamora Pierce. I also loved The Sight by David Clement-Davies. Then there was my Gossip Girl phase. And of course, Twilight

And there are days when I just want to grab all those books and hug them close and reread them all. I think they all had an effect on my life, one way or the other. Nancy Drew solidified my love for reading. My mom used to read them to my sisters and I at night before bed and eventually I got too impatient and just started reading them on my own. I tore through the books always wanting more. Little House on the Prairie introduced me to adventure and a life that was far different from my own. It taught me to appreciate the fact that I have running water and real candy, not molasses dribbled on snow (we tried it once and it was disgusting). 

Garth Nix and Tamora Pierce helped me discover my love for fantasy which still reigns supreme to this day. They opened up my imagination and let me explore entirely new worlds. They helped me escape from the mundane realities of my own world. They introduced me to fierce characters who stand up and fight in the face of adversity. 

Gossip Girl showed me how to deal with the mean kids. How to shake it off and be myself no matter what people were saying about me. It introduced me to my love of fashion which still remains a vital part of who I am today. And in a way, it was my first introduction to blogging, though I didn't start this blog until years later. 

And Twilight brought me back to reading after a period of forsaking books. It reintroduced me to the magic of words on a page and reminded me of why I loved reading. 

So when I want to reread these books, I'm always a little tentative. What if it's not the same? What if I don't like them as much? My reading tastes of course have changed drastically since I first read these novels and I'm always a bit scared that a reread will ruin the magic they once held. I recently reread Garth Nix's Abhorsen series and I was so nervous going into it. But they still held all the magic they once did for me. I will admit that I saw some things that would have had me rating it lower than 5 stars, but because I still felt that connection, that magic from when I was a child, I was able to overlook the tiny flaws and enjoy the story for what it was. I got new things out of the books and fondly remembered my first and numerous rereads. It made me want to reread more childhood favorites so I can rediscover the magic within these books that shaped who I am. 

How do you feel about rereading childhood favorites? Do you get nervous like me? Have you ever reread something and gone "what the heck did I like about that?"