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Waiting On Wednesday

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Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine.

The book I am most excited about at the moment is Isla And The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins!

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From GoodReads: From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

I really loved Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door, so I have high hopes for this book. Stephanie Perkins always puts me in a good mood, and these are my go-to books (other than Harry Potter) when I am in a book hangover. If you have not read Anna or Lola, please go try them. If you are on your way to the beach or you just need a happy summer read, these are a must!

Isla comes out August 14th, 2014, and you best believe I will be waiting outside my Barnes and Noble when it opens to pick this up!

What is your most anticipated book this week?

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Book Review: Orange Is The New Black

Orange Is The New Black: My Year In A Women’s Prison

By Piper Kerman

Pub Date: March 8th, 2011

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I binge watched the Netflix shoe, Orange Is The New Black, and I picked this up immediately after…withdrawal is a real thing.

Plot Summary: Piper Kerman graduated college in 1992 and ended up involved with people in a drug dealing/ smuggling ring. She carried a suitcase of money once, got scared, and left to go get her life together. Fast foreword to 1998; Piper has a steady boyfriend and a nice place in New York City, and she gets indicted for money laundering. She gets sentenced to 15 months in jail, and has to wait for 6 YEARS to serve it because one of the higher ups in the drug ring got caught and she has to be in the real world to testify. The rest of the book is her life in jail, and  critique of mandatory drug charges and the prison system.

My Thoughts:

I had heard mixed things about this book before I finally picked it up, but man, I am so glad I read it! For fans of the show; you should read it, just remember that TV is dramatized and this is the real story. Most of the facts are the same in the TV series and the book, the show just gives you different perspectives. Since this is a memoir you only really get Piper’s perspective and I think that is just as good as the show! The show also MAJORLY enhances some of the things that were only minor problems that did not really have that much of an effect on Piper. There is a very real problem brought up in the book, that most of the women in this particular prison were put up on mandatory drug sentencing for years, when they did not have much to do with the drug rings they got caught up in. It really bothered me that someone like Piper, who was basically a scared college graduate had to be in jail for so long for something she obviously learned from. Basically, this book gives you an interesting perspective on what being in a prison would really be like. The women try and help each other out, and it is actually really touching. Read this book if you are having Orange Is The New Black withdrawals…I promise it will help.

My Rating:

four star

Are you going to try reading this book? Tell me what you think about it in the comments!

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Stacking The Shelves

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Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews.

These are the books I picked up this week! I am really excited about all of them.

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I bought all these at Barnes and Noble with a gift card.Thank God for gift cards!!

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Salem’s Lot by Stephen King: This is Stephen King’s second book. I have read The Shining and LOVED it, so I have high hopes about this one. I honestly have no idea what this is about since the back of it is very vague, but I like going into books blind sometimes! I’ll let you know what I think because I am reading it this week.

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wild by Cheryl Strayed: I picked up this book because my boyfriend and I are thinking about hiking part of the Appalachian Trail…even though this is set on the west coast I believe, I still want to read some hiking books to get pumped up about hiking myself! The woman did not really have any experience with hiking long distances, and neither do I, so hopefully it will be an interesting read!

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The Glass Sentence by S.E Grove: This book is BEAUTIFUL and the concept really intrigued me. Every continent is set in a different time period, either in the future or the past. I think this is going to be really good, I guess we will see!

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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami: I have wanted to read a Haruki Murakami book for a while now, so I researched which one people seem to like most. It is described as a “college students coming of age story” on Goodreads and that seems right up my ally!

 

Which books have you picked up this week?

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Book Review: The Silkworm

The Silkworm

By Robert Galbraith (J.K Rowling)

Pub. Date: June 24th, 2014

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I finally finished reading this book! I got it the day it came out, and then summer classes got in the way of me reading anything except French. Ugh. I will start off by saying I absolutely loved The Cuckoo’s Calling and this book lived up to all my expectations.

Plot Summary: Cormoran Strike is now a much more popular private detective after solving the Lula Landry case, but he gets easily frustrated with his upper-class clients. A woman comes in and claims her husband is missing, and even though she can’t pay him right now he takes the case anyway, basically just to annoy a client who treats him like a servant. This puts Cormoran and his assistant Robin in charge of finding missing author, Owen Quine. Quine has just written a controversial novel and everyone thinks he is just laying low, but something about the way the case is pitched to Cormoran makes him think there is something more to it. This book kept my attention from page one! Just go read it.

My Thoughts:

I became attached to Cormoran and Robin in the first book in the series, The Cuckoo’s Calling, and that feeling continued into The Silkworm. J.K Rowling has a way with character development! This book went further into Cormoran and Robin’s personal lives which I thought was a good touch, especially since we didn’t really get to know Robin’s fiancé Matthew in the first book. Matthew is annoyingly jealous, and I think I found it more annoying because I want Cormoran and Robin to be together, even though I understand why Robin is with Matthew in the first place. I was almost more interested in the character development than the mystery, and it was the thing that kept me the most interested throughout the book. I honestly don’t want to say too much more because I really think you should go into this book without knowing much about it. Just take in the clues and try to solve the mystery as the characters are going through it! J.K Rowling has yet to let me down. I just can’t believe this is said to be a seven book series and I already feel so familiar with both Cormoran and Robin! I cannot wait to see what happens next!

My Rating:

Five Stars

Have you started this series? Do you want to start this series? You should 100% give it a try!

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Delirium Hulu Pilot Discussion

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On June 20th, 2014 Hulu put the pilot episode of Delirium up to watch for free! Needless to say, I was pretty excited about this because I loved the first and second books in the series! Now that I have watched it I have some feelings… the first part will be non-spoilery but then I do have some spoilery thoughts to discuss at the end! I will warn you before I spoil things, and it will be things from all 3 of the books in the series because they put little parts of all the books into one episode!

Non-Spoiler Thoughts:

When I first started the episode I really liked how they made the world Lena lives in more modern than I saw it in my head. I thought that made everything seem more relatable and that it was a good choice to make since I am sure some of the people who would have been watching the show would not have read the books. I thought the casting was amazing…I mean, Julian WAS the Julian I had imagined while I was reading the second book. That being said, I thought the whole thing felt a little rushed. They have TONS of important things in the first book so there is no real need to jump into things from the second AND third book in the first episode. I am not one to complain about little things being cut out but the things they cut took away from the character development in Lena especially, and that bothered me a LOT. I felt like Lena was not as strong of a character as she was in the first book because they felt the need to introduce everyone right away. If they had wanted to make this a show with more than a few episodes I don’t see how they could keep up with that pacing.

My Rating:

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It wasn’t terrible. I am interested in knowing where they would take the plot and I would certainly watch the show if it was picked up by a network. They just need to slow things down a bit so you can take everything in and actually get to know the characters!

Now on to the SPOILER DISCUSSION:

DO NOT READ PAST THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE DELIRIUM TRILOGY AND DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED!!

 

The character development was what was seriously lacking for me in this first episode…which, in my opinion, is the most important thing to do in the first episode of a show. I think it would have been just as interesting if they had introduced all the characters and the laws of the world and have us get to know Lena and Hana as they went through their testing in the first episode. There is really no need to shove what could be an entire season of a show into the FIRST episode. I also HATED how Alex had an agenda with Lena before they even met. I don’t think that happened in the book…they just met and fell in love because the point of the book was that love is a good thing and can conquer anything. It took away the message of the book completely to have Alex talking to her for a purpose, even though that did explain his end of the insta-love. Another thing that really bugged me was the freaking insta-love between Lena and Alex. Lena was supposed to truly believe in the laws of the world and it took her a LONG time to change her mind and even think about agreeing to go on the other side of the wall with Alex, it was a huge deal for her to leave everyone. In the show it seemed like she would follow Alex anywhere even though they had only talked like 3 times. That would have NEVER happened with book Lena! What I loved about the book is how well her and Alex got to know each other before they were forced to make any rash decisions, while in the show she just agreed to go over the wall in .5 seconds. Something I enjoyed about the show is the way they let us see Lena and Hana’s friendship, but then they turn that around when Hana tattles on Lena after one conversation about Alex. I thought that with the way they were developing Hana and Lena’s friendship she would have at least met Alex a couple times and talked to him before deciding that Lena was in love (which you couldn’t tell from the brief conversation that caused Hana to assume Lena is in love). They could have drawn it out for a least a few episodes so it would seem like Hana was having some kind of moral dilemma before committing her best friend to an early surgery. Basically I just really wish they would have taken the time to develop these characters more and maybe stretched this episode into at least a half a season…

What are your thoughts after seeing the pilot episode? Do you hope that a network picks up the series? I think I would like to see more of it so I can have a little more to judge from.

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Book Review: Daughter Of Smoke And Bone

Daughter Of Smoke And Bone

By Lani Taylor

Pub. Date: September 27, 2011

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I know I am a little late reading this series seeing as the last book in the trilogy just came out recently! That being said, I avoided being spoiled about anything in this book (YAYYY) and went into it knowing next to nothing, which I recommend!

From GoodReads:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages–not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers–beautiful, haunted Akiva–fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

My Thoughts:

I loved everything about this book. At first I was annoyed by the insta-love, BUT, there ended up being a great reason for it that hooked me in even further. If insta-love is one of your pet peeves, keep reading past it…I promise it is worth it. Karou was an amazing character whose badassery made me want to keep reading. The magic in the book was such a creative spin I can’t wait to know more, and being set up to think angels are evil was another creative twist that keeps me wanting more. I know one of the major complaints with this book is that halfway though it seems like a different story, but I loved where it went! I loved the first half where we get to know Brimstone and the rest of Karou’s family, which I think was necessary for us to care about the second half of the book. Basically what I am saying is…try it for yourself, give yourself a chance to get used to the world, and you will probably enjoy it! It sure is one of the first (possibly only) angel book I have enjoyed thus far.

My Rating:

four star

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Book Review: The Merciless

The Merciless

By: Danielle Vega

Pub. Date: June 12, 2014

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A YA horror book? Yes please! Let me just say that just because it is YA does not mean less gore, it was unexplainably gross at times. It’s a debut novel for Danielle Vega and I cant wait to read the next one.

From GoodReads:

Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?

 

My Thoughts:

I really like scary books, so I was excited to read this one. First off, the actual book itself is beautiful! I love the pink and the lack of book jacket. I thought it fit the story perfectly. While this book kept me interested, I didn’t really find myself caring about any of the characters. I predicted the story at points…and I didn’t really see the point in the love interest. The plot is intense and I wanted to know what was next, and it chilled me to the bone that none of the characters seemed to really comprehend what they were doing to Brooklyn. That being said, the story was told from Sofia’s (the new girl) perspective and since she did not really know any of the other characters, you as the reader don’t get to know much about the other characters. If you can put aside your own rational thinking and get swept away into the entertainment (if you’re into that sort of thing) then you will enjoy this book. The end made me excited to see what happens next and the end was one of the twists I did not see coming which was good! Overall, if you are looking for a horror novel that makes you think about the human mind in a semi freaky way then go ahead and pick this up!

My Rating:

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