Vampires...and One Clumsy Human
Oh, hello there! This book review contains spoilers of one of my favorite supernatural-romance books, Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer. I read this book a week ago and let me tell you—it surprises you in a very good way. This book is for teens, and any young adult that wants entertainment will be pleasantly surprised. Anyway, let’s get on with the review!
“About three things I was absolutely positive.
First, Edward was a vampire.
Second, there was a part of him—and I didn't know how dominant that part might be—that thirsted for my blood.
And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
In the first book of the Twilight Saga, internationally bestselling author Stephenie Meyer introduces Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose forbidden relationship ripens against the backdrop of small-town suspicion and a mysterious coven of vampires. This is a love story with bite.” – Goodreads.
I feel like I must admit to you, my readers, that I was a bit skeptical on reading this book. Since Goodreads is flooded with various reviews—most which say the book isn’t for adults—and I have read a large quantity regarding Twilight, I didn’t know what to do… read or skip?
Since I bought the Collector’s Edition Set (the white one) for Christmas, I decided to give it a try last week. And, like most of you have already guessed, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Before I start analyzing the novel, I want to say a few things. First of all, while most of the reviewers say that this book is not good, I realized that they say that because they aren’t the target audience Ms. Meyer was writing for… they aren’t teens, but adults. Second of all, in my opinion, this book is entertaining and well-written. Plus, if you’re from the target audience, you won’t notice if time even passes.
What I love about this book is that it doesn’t portray vampires like terrifying, blood-sucking creatures of the night. This proves otherwise—they can be good, and they might not even glance to the humans’ direction. While that is what angers most older readers the most, I was quite content to find out all writers have different ways on portraying the same supernatural species.
The book is, in my opinion, divided into three major stages. The first one is the captivation that draws the reader in… a.k.a. “Oh my God, this is so good!” stage, the second one in the “I’m kind of bored” stage, and the third and final one, the “Wow, what did just happen?” stage.
Bella and Edward’s development throughout the novel is good… not perfect, but just the right level. It fits the balance. It doesn’t upset the reader, unlike other books, which kind of have tragic characters falling in love with each other.
I’m not going to be spoiling the entire book, but I am going to list my favorite moments of it. So, be prepared, my dear reader, because these are some major spoilers.
1. The beginning, when Bella arrives to Forks.
I adore (or loathe) the beginning of books, and I was pleasantly surprised when Ms. Meyer pulled me out of the real world and into the rainy town of Forks, Washington. I really love that Bella is doing an act of selflessness for her mother and her new husband’s life.
2. Bella and Edward’s meeting.
This was something I was really excited about! Their very first meeting… in the biology classroom… when Edward literally sniffed around the room and found Bella’s scent so intoxicating, so delicious for him. Quite the man, Edward. It takes a lot of self-control, my friend, so I was indeed surprised when he just ignored her. I am not kidding.
3. The Vampire Baseball Game.
I mean, come on!? Who wouldn’t like to read a baseball game, where all the players are vamps? So cool… plus, I am pretty sure I have a book crush on Emmett Cullen.
4. James vs the Cullens.
As many of you might know, there is always a bad guy on books. Always. That or a controlling, cruel character that wants to make the protagonist’s life miserable. In this case, James, a vampire (not animal-eaters… or vegetarians, like the Cullens) tracks Bella down and pretends to be his mother, causing her to go back to her home in Arizona. There, she almost gets turned into a vampire. Spoiler: she doesn’t.
I find Bella really amusing. She doesn’t like prom. She doesn’t like “ceremonial” human things. She wants to spend the rest of her life, and possibly eternity, next to Edward. So, when she was whisked away for prom by her boyfriend, she wasn’t happy. At all. 100 points for you, Ms. Meyer, for making Bella so funny!
I think that these are the best moments of the entire book. I have really connected with the love story, the characters, and the author. So… if you want to spend a rainy afternoon absorbed into a book, this work is the right one for you!
I hope that you enjoyed this book review, and that you’ll give Twilight a chance! I’ve always thought “isn’t that the cliché book my friends have told me to read?” But I came to my senses and grabbed it without fear, and this led to quite a wonderful afternoon. If you get the book, my dearest reader, read it while it’s raining! It makes you feel cozy and warm. Until next month, my friends! 😊
Oh, hello there! This blog post contains spoilers about a wonderful Young Adult Contemporary Book, In Some Other Life, by Jessica Brody. I really recommend reading this book first—but, if you like knowing things ahead of time, like me, then welcome! I hope you enjoy this review and that this novel makes your To-Be-Read List. And now… join me as we begin this adventurous journey across the realms of book-reading!
“Kennedy Rhodes turns down an acceptance to an elite private school, instead choosing to stay at her high school and jump at the opportunity to date the boy of her dreams. Three years later, Kennedy walks in on that same boyfriend cheating with her best friend—and wishes she had made a different choice. But when Kennedy hits her head and wakes up in the version of her life where she chose to attend the private school, she finds that maybe it’s not as perfect of a world as she once thought.” – Goodreads.
I really love this book—I mean, who doesn’t like contemporaries? They’re fun and lovable, and I must admit that I really liked the book, because of the author’s writing style. Ms. Brody truly is a writing genius.
This was one of the books that made me wonder the possible “What Ifs,” of my own life, not only Kennedy. It reminds me that the constant choices we make… and the other paths that we could’ve taken.
Anyway, the book starts when Kennedy’s big interview is today—the one that decides if she’ll get into Columbia or not. She’s a great journalist, a good student, and the lead editor of her school’s newspaper: The Southwest Star.
However, her life isn’t as marvelous as everyone thinks it is. She flunks her Columbia interview after seeing her best friend and boyfriend kiss, and she goes back to the prestigious private school she turned down—all because of her boyfriend, Austin.
Now that she’s seen him cheat on her, she’s determined to get her spot back. However, when she goes to the dean’s office… um, the dean kind of tells her, “Sorry, you were accepted three years ago, but that’s in the past, Miss Rhodes.”
And then she falls on the stairs and wakes up in another world, one in which she seemingly made the right choice—attend The Winstor Academy, and she’s on so many clubs and is the #1 of her entire grade.
It seems it is the perfect life.
Anyhow, she has the best friend ever, one who Kennedy stalked in her old life (and I’m not kidding) and has a big addiction to coffee and Starbucks.
As perfect as this life is, Kennedy slowly starts to unravel secrets she hadn’t thought of before—why is there a safe in her room? Who’s stealing answers from the teachers at her new school? Who is Lucinda Wallace? Who is the perpetrator? Why is she attracted to this guy the new Kennedy had gone out with once?
Well, I can give you the reasons of why you should love this book, because I don’t think that I should tell you what happens next.
(a) It’s contemporary YA, though it is perfect for all ages.
You know, when I first saw this book, I was pretty much in love with the cover. And then, when I saw what it was about—I completely fell in love, went to the cash register, and bought it. Why? Well, I’m just a compulsive book writer, so this is what I usually do… haha. No, I bought it because I saw Goodreads using my phone and then saw that there were amazing reviews and that this is a teen-appropriate book.
(b) You can high-key relate with this book.
Kennedy is the typical good student—she wants to be a journalist, has good grades, and the perfect boyfriend—and while her life might seem just amazing, it teaches us a lesson: life is a never-ending road full of possibilities and millions of choices. When she fails, she feels disappointed, and when she cries, you want to cry too. She’s the epitome of self-sacrifice, and I related with that to a hundred percent.
(c) The characters are lovable.
While Kennedy might seem a bit annoying, and even if I detest Laney, I think that this book is a great one. Frankie, Kennedy’s younger brother, is a very nice kid (a science & math genius), and Kennedy’s dad is hilarious. Austin is a jerk, but Dylan is entirely cute and nerdy, and I just love him.
So, are those good reasons to read this book? Yes! It’s a great contemporary novel, which means that it’s about real-life, and it feels so relatable that you even forget why you started reading this, and then you’ll get to the ending, and it will all come back to your mind: you read this book so fast because you adored it.
Do yourself a favor and go read In Some Other Life, not only because you will love it, but because it’s down-to-earth, a great cup of tea, and the characters – even if some seem annoying – are lovable.
So, this is why I’m giving this novel a 9/10!
Before we wrap things up, I want to say that even if most books might seem like a burden to some people, especially growing readers, it truly isn’t. You get to connect with the characters, and sometimes even become their friends in some cases—and In Some Other Life, you get to do the same, too.
The way most bookworms get to connect with novel or book characters is unbelievable… almost as if we were the author, the one who created them and brought them to life.
No matter how much you think that you cannot connect with the characters because this isn’t your favorite genre, then we will never get to explore other types of writing styles, wording, and will never become used to changing favorite books.
Don’t be afraid of letting your fears into your mind—we can always conquer them as long as we think happy and joyful thoughts.
Thank you all so much for reading April’s book review! I hope you liked this book as much as I did, because it teaches us two main lessons. One, that we shouldn’t let go off family. Two, that no matter how much we want to get a do-over for something we did, we know that everything we do seals our fate.
Stay tuned for May’s review—I’m sure you’re going to like it!
Tying Up Some Loose Ends
Oh, hello there! This review contains spoilers about one of my favorite romance-and-grief books, The Loose Ends List, by Carrie Firestone. I read this book a few days ago, and I absolutely loved it! This book is definitely for Teens, but it is also YA, too. It’s about when you start becoming an adult and experience your first love. Your first everything, in general—anyway, on with the review!
“It’s a summer for first love, last wishes, and letting go.
Maddie has big plans to spend the last months before college tying up high school “loose ends” alongside her best friends. Then her beloved grandmother drops two bombshells: (1) Gram is dying. (2) She’s taking her entire family on a round-the-world cruise of dreams come true—but at the end, Gram won’t be returning home.
With a promise to live in the now without regrets, Maddie boards the Wishwell determined to make every moment count. She finds new friends in her fellow Wishwellians, takes advantage of the trip’s many luxuries, gets even closer to her quirky family, and falls for painfully gorgeous Enzo. But despite the copious laughter, headiness of first love, and wonder of the glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram, and she struggles to find the strength to let go in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, grief, and laughter.” – Goodreads.
I really love this book—not love love, but I have a strong affection towards it. It’s so relatable—from falling in love overseas, to have a loved one leave the earth… it just made me remember my very own snow globe moments (you’ll see later in the book) and laugh along Maddie. It’s just… too relatable.
This amazing book starts when Madelaine (called Maddie) receives a text from her grandmother, who tells her to come to her apartment. Maddie’s immediately alarmed, as she never gets a text message from Gram—but usually phone calls.
It is revealed later, that Gram decided to reunite the whole family to tell them the news: she has pancreatic cancer, and she doesn’t want any treatment. She decides to bring them all to a cruise (yes, a cruise) around the world, and according to her, it will make them closer.
Maddie’s lunatic aunt doesn’t want to be on the cruise, and neither her other daughter, Brit. So, her lunatic aunt, called Aunt Mary, leaves and doesn’t even say goodbye. What she doesn’t know, however, is that Gram is not coming back from the trip.
So, Aunt Mary’s other daughter, Janie, comes to the trip, because she’s not at all like her mother and wants to spend time with her grandmother.
So, the day when they have to go to the cruise comes, and everyone is excited, yet nervous. After all, Gram isn’t going to come back—she’s going to die overseas whenever she feels like it.
When they get to the cruise, an attendant tells them to hand their phones. If I were there, I would just call the rest of my family and tell them I won’t be having a phone for six weeks… but the characters here were honestly overreacting—they didn’t want to let go of their phones.
So, when the attendant gives them what’s similar to a phone, they’re all tranquilized. They’re called “bees,” because they’re yellow and they buzz.
At this point of the book, I just love it. From the way Maddie’s family socializes with one another, makes me have a warm feeling in my stomach. I just want to curl up in some blankets and drink hot chocolate, because this book is just perfect for every single teenage girl.
So, when each one of them are assigned cabins, Maddie is delighted to know that she and Janie will be sharing one, full of Vogue stacks, and items that identified them.
I don’t want to spoil a lot of the book, so I’m going to make this review short and sweet. It’s just wonderful and I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I have.
Anyways, in summary, Maddie meets gorgeous Italian doctor named Enzo, who happens to be the ship owner’s son. He has a tragic backstory—his father died, and he was swallowed by grief.
I was totally there for #madenzo (yes, I made that ship name up, haha), and not just because it is an overseas love, but because it’s a totally healthy relationship. They both say their “I love yous,” while sober, and they demonstrate their infinite love for each other again and again.
Now, on for the book review…
I give this book an 8.5/10, but let’s get to the analytical parts first!
(a) The imagery was just outstanding! Everything, from the scenery in the pink beaches of Bermuda, to the wonderful Sneffels volcano in Iceland!
(b) The character development wasn’t truly there, but we can see that some characters matured while some didn’t.
(c) The transitions were OK, though mostly I didn’t get to see them. They were mostly hidden by a transition “graphic,” or design, such as printed flowers. I would’ve loved to see the author challenge herself and use transitional words and phrases.
(d) The message of this book was important: we should all cherish life and our loved ones with all our might. This is a big spoiler, but since Enzo had to left because he was a doctor and is a Wishwell worker, made Maddie realize how much she loved him. How much she loved Gram. How much she loved everyone—the message this book implies is just great.
Now, let’s get to the emotional part…
I think I cried when Gram died… not only because she was wacky, funny, and weird (in a good kind of way), but because she had personality and loved everyone she invited to come with her during this trip.
I cried when Enzo had to leave Maddie, because they were just true love. They were made for each other, but after all, our first loves don’t always last forever.
I think I have shed so much tears in here than while reading the Harry Potter books, which is surprising, but after all, understandable. Does not crying when Dumbledore die make me a heartless person? I was just in shock, I was paralyzed. OK, fine, I’ll stop with the HP rambling…
I just didn’t make this a 9 because it’s sad. But you know, it’s okay to read sad books. It’s okay to relate with sad stories. It’s okay to do all of these things—because sometimes books are like real life. Most of the time they are… you know what I mean, dear reader!
I hope that you absolutely love this book and cry and remember that Pink Smoothie will always be there for you. Have a nice day!
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A Kings's Isolated Cage
Oh, hello there! This review contains spoilers about one of my favorite broken-romance books, King's Cage, by Victoria Aveyard. I read this book a month ago, and loved it with all my heart. It's extensive, it has romance, it has broken boys... and my favorite: an unlikely ship. Let's get on with the review!
“In this breathless third installment to Victoria Aveyard’s bestselling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country—and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.
When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire—leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.” – Goodreads.
I absolutely love this book. It’s wonderful, it’s magical, it’s everything I could ever ask for—and there’s romance buried beneath it all, wow!
I’m reading this particular series in disorder… because I had no idea if this was the first book or not… guess what, I loved it!
I want to know exactly what happened with Maven’s childhood, though—I would love it if we also got a background story with Evangeline!
Honestly, we all get stuff that happened with the Reds. It’s like, “Reds, Reds, Reds, Reds,” and what about Silvers? I want to know more about them. I want background stories, spin-offs, family issues, and SO MUCH DRAMA PLEASE!
I’m a drama eater, like people are cake-eaters. I eat drama, they eat cake—I eat fights and love triangles and much more, they eat cake with soft sprinkles and frosting and artificially flavored loafs full of baked cocoa or vanilla beans.
Did I just make you hungry? Yep.
King’s Cage was a great, great book. It starts off with Mare’s POV, and I must say that this girl was ruthless. She was like a living razor, and omg, while people say she was selfish in the other two books, she didn’t seem selfish to me at all. Only at the end, but we’re not exactly there yet.
Maven is a broken boy—a boy that did not experience love throughout his life, because his own mom took that ability away from him. I mean, who would do that?? Why, Elara?! WHY?!
So, to take the pain he has suffered, he captures the girl he “loved” (he didn’t exactly love her, I mean, he’s obsessed with her and all… but I’m such a strong #mavenandmare shipper because I feel like they deserve each other… because I think that Cal is kind of selfish?
Anyway, Maven keeps Mare as his prisoner, with Silent Stone as her cage, and his lethal abuse of not talking to her made me go cray-cray (and I never go cray-cray, I’m telling ya).
But Evangeline (Maven’s cruel, cruel fiancée), just makes everything even worse by bringing her to one of Maven’s lavish parties.
And Maven is angry when he sees Mare… because, um, she’s trapped, away from the real world and all of that stuff… and Evangeline, who hates Mare, brings her to one of his parties?! I would be mad if that happened to me, so I relate to Maven.
The real reason why Evangeline brought Mare is revealed in the next few paragraphs, and that is that she wants Mare to be interrogated. And Maven’s cousin, Samson, grants the wish. He’s a whisperer, like Elara, Maven’s cruel mother, who was nothing more than a bad mother and an unloving wife to the deceased king of Norta.
I just, at this moment, feel like Evangeline is an entire sweetheart and certainly deserves better. She deserves a prince who cares and loves about her—but the thing, her family wants her to be with a prince, an heir or someone that will be king in near future. I just feel that, during this moment, it is revealed how much of a cruel soul Maven really is. He might be handsome, yes, but uh—he literally tortured the girl he “loved” a few months ago. I think he’s in fact obsessed with Mare, and just keeps her there because of her lighting abilities.
Time flashes, the Royal houses that are supposedly “loyal” to their new king rebel against him, and decide to leave. Most of them are currently dead, but some are alive. The ones that still remain, though, are kept for an interrogation. It doesn’t go well.
At this moment, I then noticed that Maven has a brother, Cal. I investigated about his brother and says that Mare loved him before she was captured and thrown carelessly into the prison like she was trash. And in a few chapters, it is revealed Cal loves more and wants to get her out of the cage Maven has built (aka his castle walls).
So, Cal rescues Mare, proclaims his love for her, they passionately kiss, leave, then the Samos house literally dissolves and escapes after Maven marries and creates an ally with their enemy kingdom, and Cal’s grandmother is so possessive, Cal’s granny wants him to be king—and leave Mare. So, being really selfish, Cal decides he’ll be king and leave poor Mare in tears. Yes, that’s exactly what happens but I left a few major scenes for y’all to find out!
I really liked the length of this book—and yes, I love big books and I cannot lie. I just love being immersed into a giant, complex story and enjoy all of the character development and stuff. It’s just magnificent, don’t you think?
I feel that, since Victoria Aveyard told us that one of the most beloved characters in the Red Queen series is going to die, I think Maven will probably die. And no, I haven’t read any spoilers regarding War Storm—so please don’t leave any in the comments. Thank you!
Don’t judge me, but I absolutely adore love triangles. Like…. omg the drama, it’s just so wonderful and unbelievable. For once, I don’t ship the protagonist with the good guy. I ship Mare with Maven… because I feel like if they were in a different world, they would be meant for each other. #mareven
You can comment who you ship in the comments and remember that this is a hate-free zone. We are all bookworms that read my reviews once a month… because we’re all awesome and eat drama like cake, right?
The thing is, I give this book 8/10 stars because, uh, the character development was amazing, I got to see a side of Evangeline I didn’t even believe that existed, and even if I got a horrible #mavenandmare kiss, I got it. Thank you, Victoria Aveyard. You made my day.
There were so many things I would’ve added, such as Silver background, like, when Evangeline’s mom and Maven’s dad were teens, stuff like that. That would’ve been so interesting I would’ve eaten it right away like when the sun melts ice cream. Yep. That fast.
I love Victoria Aveyard’s writing. It’s like… she can transport us readers to a magical place I now which that exists. I wouldn’t be a Red—I would love to be a Silver and be Maven’s sister and be a whisperer because… I don’t know. Yes, I would like that to happen.
Ms. Aveyard’s writing is so wonderful I have no idea what I’m gonna do if she doesn’t bring Silver spin-offs after War Storm, or I will cry a river and watch Netflix all day long or write blog posts.
“Those who know what it's like in the dark will do anything to stay in the light.”
“To stand in front of a person who is your whole world and be told you are not enough. You are not the choice. You are a shadow to the person who is your sun.”
“You are only a shadow, and who looks at shadows when they have flame?”
“In what life can I trust anything out of your mouth ever again?”
I hope that you guys enjoy King’s Cage as much as I did! It’s too awesome and shiny for my reader eyes and drama-eater tasting buds. This book is just wonderful (though I recommend you read it in order, but if you read it like I do then it’s perfectly OK) and I want to congratulate Victoria Aveyard for breaking my small shipper heart by marrying Mare to the Lakelander princess. I can still ship #mareven from the outside, anyway. I can always go to the old books and submerge myself into the first one, when there were… so many scenes! I was so happy!
Anyway, dear reader—enjoy this book!
Don’t forget to comment what you think about it if you have read it… and if you haven’t yet, what are you waiting for? Victoria Aveyard is such a splendid author I cannot imagine how my reader heart will be if she stops writing fantasy and fiction. Never stop, please, Ms. Aveyard.
Thank you for reading, dear readers! Until next month! 😊
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The Queen of Cats
Oh, hi! I didn’t see you there *waves*. Today, we’re going talk about one of my favorite books when I started reading – Queenie, by Jacqueline Wilson. This post contains SPOILERS! So, if you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend that you don’t read this.
But, if you LOVE to know things ahead of time (just like me), you can!
“It's 1953, the year Elizabeth is to be crowned Queen of England. Elsie Kettle can't wait to go to London with her beloved nan to see the Coronation Day celebrations. Then tragedy strikes. Nan and Elsie both fall ill with tuberculosis and Elsie is whisked away to the children's ward of Miltree Hospital. Confined to bed for months, Elsie misses Nan desperately, and struggles to adapt to the hospital's strict rules. But every night after lights-out she tells magical tales of adventure to the other children on the ward. For the first time, Elsie finds herself surrounded by true friends – including Queenie, the hospital's majestic white cat.
Finally Elsie is well enough to leave the hospital. But before she does, she has one very special, very unexpected visitor ...” – Goodreads.
This book is amazing. Period. Yes, I just wrote the word “period”.
Queenie made me cry, smile, and laugh throughout the whole story – and as you might notice by the summary, this book is set in 1953, the year Queen Elizabeth II of England was crowned queen of said country.
Elsie Kettle lives with her grandma (or nan, that’s what she calls her), instead than with her mom, who works as a dancer in the city. Elsie’s nan was coughing and coughing since last Christmas but didn’t make a fuss over it.
Her nan was sick, tripped all over the apartment they lived, and usually was really tired after work.
The bad luck she had when she went to school, made matters at home even worse. She was bullied at school, her nan thought she had a friend (which wasn’t true), and on top of it all – her nan didn’t have much money.
One afternoon, Elsie wakes up in the morning to find her nan gone. No note, no nothing. She waits and waits – thinking her nan went to the grocery store to buy some milk or something – and then finds out her nan was coughing blood at work, and she had tuberculosis on the lungs, so she goes to a sanatory.
Later on, Elsie find out she has tuberculosis, too. But unlike her nan, she doesn’t have it on her lungs, but on her knee.
She then goes to Miltree Orthopaedical Hospital and stays there for a really long time. The children at first don’t like her, and she feels really sad and depressed. Her body usually itched, she cried herself to sleep, and was usually quiet.
But after she discovers that she is good at making stories, one by one, the kids start talking to her. Elsie feels really happy that the other children want to converse with her – instead of only the hospital cat, Queenie.
At the end of the story, Elsie gets better and leaves the orthopedic hospital, only to find a very special someone waiting for her…
So, I give this book a good 8/10. There were some things that I would’ve wanted to know, such as why Elsie’s dad wasn’t mentioned (only once) more? Why her mom didn’t care a lot about Elsie? Why was Elsie bullied so much?
But, this is a good book. Ms. Wilson is a truly gifted writer, and I’m happy to say that I enjoyed this book and that I love her writing style.
I hope that many kids feel identified with this book, because I sure did. This published paradise has made me realize that we’re lucky to have arms and legs – because some people don’t. People think, “Oh, everyone can walk”, but that is absolutely NOT true.
I couldn’t walk for almost 6 month and was 5 moths in a wheelchair, so I understood Elsie and all those children at the orthopedic hospital. They couldn’t even move or sit down properly like children do to eat and walk—and that made me really sad and felt the tears prickling and pouring down my eyes and covered my cheeks.
So, let me explain why Elsie got tuberculosis on the knee (the author explains it at the last page of the book, but nevermind)…
In the 1950s, milk didn’t get through a disinfection progress like it does now. Tuberculosis was caused by a disease in the cow’s milk, and that’s why so many kids had to spend their days at the hospitals – while some didn’t.
People don’t really appreciate the gifts that we already have. What are those?
Well, those gifts are the senses of hearing, touch, smell, and seeing. Unfortunately, some persons in the world don’t – and instead of wanting the “cool things” in life such as technological gadgets and stuff, we should appreciate what we already have.
If you see someone that can’t walk or hear, just remember, that we’re all equal and unique in many different ways.
The Not-So-Innocent Liars
Oh, hello! This post contains spoilers about one of my favorite mystery books, Pretty Little Liars, by Sara Shepard. I read this book about a month and a half ago with my kindle and loved it! It is supposedly YA, but I feel it is more for teen since it’s about girls in high school sorting out relationships and how they feel with everything going on in their lives. I love how this book transforms into a mix of drama and mystery and yet again, makes you wonder if you locked the front door of your house. Enjoy the review!
“Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by someone in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back? A strong launch for a suspenseful series.” – Goodreads.
At first, I was reluctant of reading this book—mainly because it’s mystery, and I’m accustomed to reading Fantasy/Fiction. But, I’m really glad I decided to, because I feel like I’m absolutely obsessed.
The chapters just make you feel so absorbed into the story, because it’s so intense and beautifully written at the same time.
The story starts with an introduction—it was the last day of 7th grade, the first day of summer, and Alison DiLaurentis was having a sleepover with her best friends, Hanna, Spencer, Aria, and Emily. However, a tragedy happens.
Ali disappears that night, when she tries to “hypnotize” her best friends. One of them, Spencer Hastings, tries to stop her from closing all the curtains, because Ali wanted it to be dark.
Spencer argued with Ali, and Alison left that night—silence came into the room, and their best friend disappeared.
Alison’s disappearance played a huge part on the girls. Each of them matured and were in High School. Hanna, who was really chubby back in 7th grade, is now a copy of Regina George. Spencer is still an overachiever, her classes being all AP ones. Aria moved to Iceland and became more confident. Emily is still a swimmer and now has a boyfriend.
However, someone knows that these girls are hiding—and this someone is called “-A”. -A knows every single secret the four former friends are hiding and isn’t afraid to spill them all.
The liars start receiving emails, messages, and notes coming from their stalker, and the four are afraid that -A is Alison, which disappeared as mentioned.
The notes keep coming, the IMs, the threats—and the girls are certain that Ali is their stalker, since she was the only one that knew the secrets they are hiding.
At the end, we find out that Ali was buried alive back in 7th grade and that -A still is active, and knows all their secrets…
Now, let’s continue!
I felt like I couldn’t stop reading this book! It was just filled with twists and turns (especially plot twists, there were many things I didn’t expect), making the reader want to continue reading and wanting to know what happens next.
The Pretty Little Liars (PLL) book series is mainly for teenagers. I was reading a few reviews on Goodreads, and the vast majority of them were adults, and the rest were teens.
Come on, this book says, “Grades 9 and up”, so it’s obvious it’s for teens! Why do Adults read and don’t like this book? Je ne sais pas (I don’t know).
I give this book an 8/10, because;
(a) It’s incredibly well-written and every mystery reader will like this.
(b) It makes you wonder who in Merlin’s Beard is -A.
(c) It has SO MANY plot twists you want to know what happens next.
(d) Come on!! Just read the book already!!
(e) Even if I feel like this book is good, its plot could be more refined?? I don’t know??
(f) I’m just a book blogger that has her own opinions, okay?
(g) And yes, the book is great. A masterpiece, and it’s kind of a thriller!
I have heard so much about the series, so when I downloaded this book I, like any fellow bookworm, said, “I guess I’ll read the entire book series in two or three months and then start binge-watching the series even though it ended in 2017.”
Yup. Typical bookworm law. “Never watch the movie or TV series before finishing reading the book series or stand-alone book.”
Anyway, In totally recommend this book. It’s just… a dark, beautiful, soul-stealing masterpiece!
And if you’ve seen the TV series, it’s different from the series. Just… too weird.
Before you ask… yes. I broke the Bookworm Law. I watched a clip of the last season of PLL. And yes, I’m ashamed of what I did.
To summarize everything, I’ve just wrote:
This book is great, a thriller, and a good mystery book. It’s perfect for people who just try to read fantasy but then stumble into mystery, or just for people that are accustomed to reading fantasy but want to read a thriller or mystery book.
That was a lot.
I forgot something too:
-A IS NOT ALISON DILAURENITS! (spoiler)
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Adventures in Glass Town
Oh, hello! This post contains spoilers about one of my newest all-time favorites, The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente. I bought this book a month ago and was immediately surprised to see that the quantity of the pages the book possesses. It is supposedly Tween/Teen, but it seemed more Teen than Tween because the metaphors and references plus the description were really intense and children will not, under any circumstances, understand it. Unless you’re a child that loves to read 500+ page books that contains imaginary worlds and wars, then this book is for you.
“Charlotte and Emily must enter a fantasy world that they invented in order to rescue their siblings in this adventurous and fiercely intelligent novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Brontë have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon, and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from a harsh reality: Charlotte and Emily are being sent away to a dangerous boarding school, a school they might not return from. But on this Beastliest Day, the day Anne and Branwell walk their sisters to the train station, something incredible happens: the train whisks them all away to a real Glass Town, and the children trade the moors for a wonderland all their own.
This is their Glass Town, exactly like they envisioned it…almost. They certainly never gave Napoleon a fire-breathing porcelain rooster instead of a horse. And their soldiers can die; wars are fought over the potion that raises the dead, a potion Anne would very much like to bring back to England. But when Anne and Branwell are kidnapped, Charlotte and Emily must find a way to save their siblings. Can two English girls stand against Napoleon’s armies, especially now that he has a new weapon from the real world? And if he escapes Glass Town, will England ever be safe again?
Together the Brontë siblings must battle with a world of their own creation if they are to make it back to England alive in this magical celebration of authorship, creativity, and classic literature from award-winning author Catherynne M. Valente.” – Goodreads.
I love how Valente creates magical worlds and draws people in, and for being a first-time reader of her work, this book was absolutely fantastic.
This novel tells the story of four siblings, Charlotte, Emily, Anne, and Branwell Brontë, the authors, poets, and painter whom are well-known in the British literature.
But instead of being in their early teen years, we see them as their child forms. They recently lost their two older sisters, Maria and Lizzie, to a horrible illness.
The only escape they had was playing a game where they created a whimsical place, called Glass Town. There’s a war going on—with Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington.
But that war already ended back on England and in the normal world.
The Brontë siblings used their wild imagination to create a wonderful world full of magical people—Duchesses and Ladies with rather unimaginable names. For example, take Lady Zenobia Elrington of Verdopolis, betrothed to one of the wooden soldiers the siblings received for Christmas.
They imagined things that nobody would ever create, imagine, or believe in. The youngest sister, Anne, created a story—where she and her little doll made of rags who was part of the English Royal Family, were best friends.
However, Anne didn’t share her story with any of her siblings. She wanted her little Princess Victoria story just for herself—because she didn’t want Branwell to kill Victoria or spoil her game by doing stupid things.
One day, the Brontë siblings get the bad news that Charlotte and Emily have to go to a boarding school—the same school their own sisters died a while ago.
Charlotte and Emily are highly terrified of that school. Why couldn’t they be homeschooled like Branwell? Did they do something wrong to cause such a dreadful thing?
On their way to the train station, where the two girls had to take the train and go to that school, the train station transforms into somewhere unbelievable.
There’s suddenly a magical train that whisks them away to their own creation, Glass Town, that contains an entire army full of wooden soldiers. Their wooden soldiers—the ones they received for Christmas.
There was a battle where they found out Napoleon had strange arms and fire-breathing porcelain rooster.
And then, something fantastic happens.
One of their wooden soldiers died dramatically, but then came back to life by a potion called Grog.
All the fallen wooden soldiers (plus Branwell) come back to life, much to the girls’ relief.
Then, the story develops more and more—the four siblings are separated by a Magazine Man called Brunty, Charlotte and Emily have to go to a ball, Emily has a crush on a young Lord Byron, and Charlotte dances with the young version of the Duke of Wellington.
Now, since I don’t want to spoil the entire book, I’m going to move towards my opinion of it…
This book, as I mentioned before, is totally magnificent. Younger readers will absolutely not understand that the Brontë siblings were the creators of the greatest works of art the classic English literature holds.
On the ball scene, we can clearly see that Valente uses Currer and Ellis Bell (Charlotte and Emily) as their fake names while passing as aristocracy. Those are the small references she tries to imply into the book, and older readers can feel highly delighted because of that.
The only flaw I found inside this book, was Branwell Brontë’s portrayal. I found him selfish and annoying—as he always wanted to be the older sibling and be more “manly”.
I mean, at the end of the book, he betrayed his sisters while they were going to rescue him and Anne, who were currently imprisoned on a cell.
He bloody betrayed them.
Sheesh, I wanted to throw the book across the floor, and ruin it, but I, like many other bookworms, do not want our sacred copies to be ruined by anger and hatred towards only one character.
But other than Branwell, I, like many other readers, felt delighted towards Charlotte, Anne, and Emily. They were one of the most beautifully written characters I have read in my entire life as a bookworm.
Therefore, my friends, I feel like I’m going to give this book 9.5 stars.
It would be 10 stars, but I just didn’t like Branwell that much.
Actually, I felt annoyed when I had to read the chapters he was in, when Brunty kidnapped Anne and himself.
This book is magnificently well-written and came to me as a delightful read. It was surprising, because this was my first time reading Catherynne M. Valente books, and I felt like I was falling in love with each and every one of the characters (even Brunty—not Branwell, though).
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The Challenges of Middle School
Oh, hello there! Today I’m going to be judging From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot! This post contains SPOILERS! So, if you haven’t seen the movie "The Princess Diaries" or have read the series yet, I recommend that you don’t read this. But, if you LOVE to know things ahead of time (just like me), go ahead!
“Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is a completely average twelve-year-old: average height, average weight, average brown hair of average length, average brown skin and average hazel eyes. The only things about her that aren't average are her name (too long and princess themed), her ability to draw animals (useful for her future career as a wildlife illustrator), and the fact that she is a half-orphan who has never met her father and is forced to live with her aunt and uncle (who treat her almost like their own kids, so she doesn't want to complain).
Then one completely average day, everything goes wrong: the most popular girl in school, Annabelle Jenkins, threatens to beat her up, the principal gives her a demerit, and she's knocked down at the bus stop...
Until a limo containing Princess Mia Thermopolis of Genovia pulls up to invite her to New York to finally meet her father, who promptly invites her to come live with him, Mia, Grandmère and her two fabulous poodles...
Maybe Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison isn't so average after all!” – Goodreads.
Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors, and this has proved it.
This book tells the story of Olivia Grace – a normal girl that has never met her dad (her mom’s dead), and lives with her aunt, step-uncle, and step-cousin. She’s a totally average girl and lives a totally average life. Wait – it gets interesting.
The most popular girl at her school decides to beat her up, for absolutely no reason. That girl’s name is Anabelle Jenkins, and her father is constantly threatening to sue the entire school district if his daughter doesn’t get her way. She’s pretty spoiled, don’t you think?
Just when Annabelle starts the fight (which happens to be next to the flagpole and in the school parking lot), a limousine pulls up, and Princess Mia Thermopolis Renaldo of Genovia gets out of it. I was freaking out at the moment, believe me.
So, back to the topic.
Mia takes her to meet their dad, and Olivia gets oh-so-excited and happy and she’s basically a ball of sunshine at the moment.
The story then develops, and she meets her Grandmother, Dowager Princess Clarisse Grimaldi Renaldo, who buys her an entire new wardrobe and makes her go to a beauty salon (thankfully, Princess Mia tells Clarisse to give Olivia spiral curls).
But then, just when they get back to the Penthouse Olivia’s family is staying, Olivia founds out that her Aunt Catherine and Uncle Rick, want to take her home with them. She and Mia go to the balcony because their father asked them (they were talking adult stuff).
Mia then tells Olivia that their dad is suspecting that her aunt and step-uncle stole a lot of money Philippe (her dad) sent her in checks. And I mean, the money that actually belonged to Olivia. I thought her aunt loved her, but nope.
Well, I didn’t really think they had a close relationship, but they had to at least LOVE each other. Right?! Families and relatives need to love each other! At least, tolerate one another, to prevent an epic battle between them!
Anyways, after that, Olivia gets to her middle school and then she gets punched by Annabelle Jenkins (the spoiled mean girl from the beginning?), and then gets home with her best friend in the town cars of Genovia, with a shirt stained of blood.
And then her aunt decides to give Philippe all the legal guardianship she had over Olivia, and then they go to Genovia and live happily ever after!
Now, my opinion. Drumroll please! *drumrolls are heard from far behind*
I like this book. It’s a good read if you’re starting to read, and if you’re an almost advanced reader you’ll enjoy it too because it reminds you of how a family behaves and the challenges of Middle School.
I repeat, it reminds you of the challenges of Middle School.
Okay. Back to the topic, again…
I give this book an 8/10. If you’re a really advanced reader you’ll feel a bit bored at the beginning, but I mean, this is Meg Cabot. This is the author of the Princess Diaries (begin for the 1st book right now). #1 New York Times Bestselling Author! She has won tons of awards and recognitions, and we should be grateful that she has written a series for middle readers, and starter readers!
OK. I really like how the story starts, yet I felt that I was going to rip the entire book apart when I read that her aunt basically stole all her money?! Sheesh. That’s really mean and rude and selfish, don’t you guys think?
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Traveling in Time.... with Wrinkles
Oh, hi! I didn’t see you there *waves*. Today, we’re going talk about one of my favorite books of all time – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle This post contains SPOILERS! So, if you haven’t seen the movie or have read the book yet, I recommend that you don’t read this. But, if you LOVE to know things ahead of time (just like me), you can read this!
“It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother, Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger.
“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me sit down for a moment, and then I'll be on my way. Speaking of ways, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.”
Meg's father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?” – Goodreads.
Well, it’s a great book. You just feel comforted by the words, and I really like the old-fashioned way the characters speak. I also enjoy how Mrs. Who talks – with quotes. Her explanation is that she is “way too old” and that’s why Mrs. Whatsit is there. Since she’s young, she can easily talk like humans.
But apart from that, I really, really like Meg’s relationship with her brother, Charles Wallace. He is more like a big brother than a little brother – and takes care of Meg. He makes her sandwiches, for example. Hmm, I wonder that if Charles would still be alive (there’s a possibility), could he make me a Pink Smoothie, and also a cheese, tomato, turkey, and lettuce sandwich? I would really like that, thanks!
I really liked Meg’s character development throughout the whole story. To me, she grew up, and matured a lot. At first, she was a scaredy-cat and was curious about her father’s disappearance. But then, she grew up. She finally understood what love really was, and when she found her father, she felt immensely happy, and they hugged and hugged.
And as any other person, I didn’t like the villain. Well, instead of being a person, the villain, is a brain. A damaged, disembodied, oversized brain, who, according to Meg was a terrifying sight. And it had a name, it was called IT. I didn’t like this character because it controlled the aspect of everyone’s lives in Camazotz, made them do things without them even noticing what they were doing. He also made Meg’s father stay in Camazotz for a year, imprisoning him in a dark cell without him noticing it. Overall, IT is horrible. I mean, how could a brain change people’s lives? Control them? Make them do things that they didn’t like?
Overall, I’m rating this book a 9/10. I enjoyed it, and I don’t understand why people say it’s a bit old-fashioned, and when you’re adult you find it boring. I found A Wrinkle in Time quite entertaining, and I enjoy Madeleine L’Engle and her way of writing. Now I understand why so many kids my age enjoy A Wrinkle in Time – it’s just marvelous, you feel transported to another world, where imagination and the impossible happen.
“Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself.”
“We can’t take any credit for our talents. It’s how we use them that counts.”
“Like and equal are not the same thing at all.”
“Experiment is the mother of knowledge.”
“To love is to be vulnerable; and it is only in vulnerability and risk—not safety and security—that we overcome darkness.”
I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I did! So, don’t be like IT, and want to ruin the fun! Join and follow me through this amazing journey!
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Green Peas and Books
Hi there! This post contains SPOILERS, so if you haven’t read the book, then I recommend that you leave this post immediately. However, if you’re really curious and want to know things ahead of time (like me), then be my guest! Grab a hot chocolate, your electronical device, and settle down your bed to read this marvelous post!
“Eleven-year-old Pea and her wonderfully wacky family are back for their second adventure in this fabulously funny series.
After securing herself a best friend and settling into London life, Pea is now contemplating her future and what exactly she should be when she grows up. Should she be a writer (like Mum)? An artist (like their crazy new au pair Klaudia)? A footballer? A pet therapist? Join Pea as she attempts to find out the answers - with hilarious results!” – Goodreads.
I enjoyed Pea’s Book of Big Dreams by Susie Day because Pea is a good writer, yet, apparently her English Teacher gave her 6 out 50, and that made her want to quit writing – which is very wrong because she is a very good writer.
And then, they meet their new nanny, because the old one decided to move back with her family in Brazil. The nanny is more like an Au Pair and did all the domestic chores and stuff.
The rest of the story, however, I’m going to let you readers found out the rest. It is quite interesting, really.
And the cover itself is colorful. Bright purple, black, and orange introduces us to Pea, the protagonist!
One of the things I liked about this book the most is that Pea showed that she thought that she was a horrible writer. You know why?
Because that is a good example of how mean comments affect us and that we shouldn’t think that they’re real.
What teachers say is what makes you better. Don’t make a comment that a teacher made affect you – they’re just trying to prepare you for the world after you leave school!
At first, when your teachers criticize you, you might think they hate you. But, that’s not true! They just want to make you better for life, and the best way of learning something, is learning from your mistakes.
❝Experience is simply something the name we give our mistakes.❞ ~Oscar Wilde.
The moment has begun, folks!
I rate this book a 9/10. I just think it’s great! Especially for young, aspiring, writers who feel they just want to quit writing after something bad has happened to them. You should never feel less than others. “Oh, but Pink Smoothie!” you might be thinking, “I’ll never be successful like J.K. Rowling!”
Well, you can be successful. You can, if you work hard and stay up late typing chapter after chapter. You can be whatever you want to be, anything at all. Fame and money doesn’t matter.
You think J.K. Rowling, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain never got rejected? Yes! They were! Lots of famous authors were rejected, and not even one of them thought or imagined that they would be famous. Just look at Miguel de Cervantes – he died and never thought that his work “Don Quixote”, would be the world’s best Spanish-written novel of all time.
So, I hope what I said has motivated you to follow your dreams. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the next Cervantes or Dickens.
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