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October 25, 2015

Letters To Simon and Baz|Carry On by Rainbow Rowell Review

Dear Simon Snow,

Ever since the little snippets of Cath’s interpretation of your story I yearned for you to have your own book. It seems like I was not the only one to feel this way because Rainbow Rowell took it upon herself to make my dreams and those who wished the same thing into reality.

Boy – was I not disappointed!
The first thing I would like to do is apologize. Apologize for all the people who see your story as a rip off of the Harry Potter series. Even though I wished for your story to be told I too fell into that as I began to read Carry On. There were just too many similarities that it was getting kind of ridiculous! But as your story of being the Chosen One (as you say, the worst that’s ever been chosen) began to unfold I could see that although there where similarities, this story, your story, was something completely and beautifully different.
It breaks my heart that people might not give your story a chance to see how beautiful and charming your story is. I know, I know, you might think differently but it’s true. Keep those who love and care about you close because you DO have them.

Sincerely,
Lynette

P.S. Give yourself a break, you deserve it!

 

Dear Baz,

I know you’re probably glaring at this paper and wondering who am I and why I am writing you this letter. Well there are a few reasons and maybe they will help a little.

#1: You should probably bring a flashlight when walking. Just saying. Or cast a Let There be Light or something.
#2: You are stronger then you think you are. Yes, you think you’re pretty strong but I understand that a lot of that is a front.
#3: I’m glad that I got to know your point of view. It gave me an understanding of your person and character that I didn’t get to with *that* book. It was really refreshing to see what went on inside your head and not just someone who viewed you as an enemy.
#4. You go Baz! You know what I mean.

Well, I am going to keep this short because you’ve probably lost interest.

Sincerely,
Lynette

 

Dear Rainbow Rowell,

 

Thank you for making this story possible. Ever since I read Fangirl earlier this year I was craving a story about Simon and Baz and I am so excited I was finally able to read it! You are by far becoming my favorite contemporary writer and I do not usually read contemporary books so the list is pretty short.

What I would really like to say is thank you for writing this book despite the flack that you might have gotten/are getting for it. A lot of people compare this story to Harry Potter and there are some similarities to it but you made it your own story and that takes an amazing skill and you completely nailed it. It being compared to Harry Potter is not the only flack but I will not give away what it because it is a big part of the story. All I want you to know is that despite the flack for either scenario you have made such a wonderful story and thank you again for making it.

One of your biggest fans,

Lynette

 

Final Thoughts:

These are a few of letters that I would write to the characters of Carry On and to Rainbow Rowell. I decided to write letters as my review because I felt strongly with these characters as I was reading and to Rainbow for writing this story that I’ve wanted to read for so long. There was so many things that I want to say to these characters, but, because I do not want to ruin the story for others that I won’t go into. Just know that there might be things that others might find offensive about this book so going into it with an open mind and tolerance will make it so much more of a beautiful and in some instances heartbreaking book to read.

October 21, 2015

Wishes Wishes, So Many Book Wishes|Top Ten Tuesday

 

Another try

Ah, sometimes when life kicks you it really kicks you! Yes, yes, I’m officially posting a Top Ten Tuesday on a Wednesday but I had somethings come up and well here we are. I thought that this weeks post was super fun so I had to do it anyway. Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and Bookish!

 

10 Wishes I’d Ask a Book Gene

    1. Dear Book Genie| I would love to be able to read faster. Gosh, I read really slow and it makes reviewing books so hard because it seems like I’m not reading but I am!
    2. Dear Book Genie| I would really love to meet Tamora Pierce. That is self explanatory.
    3. Dear Book Gene| On that note I would like to wish for Hollywood to make the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce into a movie and make it perfect. I mean perfect!
    4. Dear Book Genie| Can I please have a library that looks like this

ladyalbania-Disa-ide-si-te-arredoni-nje-dhome-ne-papafingo-001    5.  Dear Book Genie| I would like to get the perfect job that all I do each day is read. Yes, somehow that is a job and I want it!

    6. Dear Book Genie| Can I get a wish for George R.R. Martian to finish the Game of Thrones series? I mean come on I love the show but what make me love the story-line was the books. Gosh, please before my eye sight fails me and I can’t read the words anymore.

7. Dear Book Genie| I would love to see more diverse books introduced into the MG and YA community. I feel very strongly that everyone should be able to read a story that they can relate to.

8. Dear Book Genie| I would love that all of the libraries in the world where stocked full of books and that they were renovated to provide the best service.

9. Dear Book Genie| On this same note, I would love if people understood the need for libraries and that they weren’t dying. Just because you don’t use the services doesn’t mean someone else doesn’t.

10. Dear Book Genie| For my last wish, I wish that both of my children grow up to love and enjoy books as much as I do. I wish that

October 14, 2015

What-If History Changed| Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin Review

What if Japan had never attacked America and because of that America decided to stay neutral and not enter the war?
What if Hitler and the Axis had won WWII?

Wolf by Wolf answers these questions and does it in such a beautifully vivid and heart wrenching way that still brings chills to my bones minutes after finishing the book.
One of the most heart wrenching parts of this story centers around the main protagonist a girl named Yael. A Jewish girl who at the age of six when most young girls are playing dress up was taken with her mother to one of the Nazi death camps. The story shifts from past to present but it is in these flashes that the reader learns that while in the camp that Yael was the subject of a cruel and heinous experiment that changed the very fabric of who she was. She was given the ability to change into anyone (with a few exceptions) she had ever seen.

It is this skill that Present Yael is using to assist the Resistance with a very dangerous and life threatening mission; to assassinate Hitler. To do this Yael must take the identity of one of the racers Adele Wolfe; a female racer who had won the previous race by impersonating her brother. Yael has been trained to fight and survive and spends most of the last year learning all she can about the other contestants while reading and imitating Adele in anticipation for making the switch. There ends up being two problems that no amount of research can assist with; Luka who has a bitter romantic history with Adele, and a much more serious, Adele’s twin brother Felix. Yael has to fool them both, and defeat them along with all of the other competitors, if she wants to complete her mission and exact the revenge that has choked the life out of Yael for so long.

What makes this book so beautifully heartbreaking is how Graudin writing style for this book puts you in the mind of Yael and the more that you read the more you start to feel what Yael is feeling. Her pain. Her worry. Her determination. All these things is what I love in stories. I love being able to connect so fully with a character that I feel the rollercoaster ride of emotions while I’m reading. I did have a small issue in the beginning at the idea that Yael was damn near perfect when it came to all of the spy things, shooting, and hand-to-hand combat but even that fell away (and that says a lot about a book because it usually makes me DNF a book). I began to understand WHY Yael was perfect and why she HAD to be. I feel when authors make characters that are “perfect” at something they forget to add the reality of the situation. Why is this character so good? What is their motivation? This is mostly glossed over and treated like it is second to the action or dialogue. In the world that Yael lived in and her being who she was she HAD to be perfect because if she wasn’t perfect she would lose not only her life but the only people she knew and cared about in the Resistance. This makes it realistic for her to be the best. So this negative turned into a positive for me. Bravo Graudin!

I am not going to give any specifics away from this book because that would waste you reading this  beautiful book yourself. But I will leave you with some of my favorite quotes from the book and maybe they will spur you and make you fall in love with this book as I have. I would completely and totally recommend that everyone at least gives this book a try. You won’t regret it!

Quotable Moments:

“There was a monster, but it didn’t live inside the death camp’s crematorium. Its den was much finer-a Chancellery full of stolen art, and doors with iron locks”

 

“The wolves where her constant, the single thing about her that was solid and sure”

 

“The answer to this question was something Yael had to fight. Her self-reflection was no reflection at all. It was a shattered mirror. Something she had to piece together, over and over again, memory by memory. Loss by loss. Wolf by wolf.”

 

“Babushka-the one who gave her purpose.
Mama- the one who gave her life
Miriam- the one who gave her freedom
Aaron-Klaus- the one who gave her a mission
Vlad- the one who gave her pain
These were the names she whispered in the dark.
These were the pieces she brought back into place.
These were the wolves she rode to war

 

I received this book for free from TheNovl in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

five-stars
October 13, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos and Their Imagined Book Babies

Top Ten Tuesday
Hosted by: The Broke and Bookish

It’s that time of week again! I haven’t done Top Ten Tuesday for awhile (note my previous post). This makes me sad because I love trying to figure out how I would answer The Broke and Bookish’s questions for the week. This weeks prompt asks which author duos would you like to see collaborate and what kind of books do you think that they should write. Some of these have specific genres of books, but most of these authors if they ever made a book together I would by it even if it was a mathematics book (I’m kidding, no, no I’m not).

1. Libba Bray & Victoria Schwab

What Kind of Book Should They Write:   Historical Fiction
Why: With Libba’s ability to create and weave times long forgotten and Victoria’s ability to create awesome (and terrifying) characters this book would be one to not miss!

2. Brandon Sanderson & Patrick Rothfuss

What Kind of Book: Epic fantasy of course!
Why: Do I even need to explain why this would be such a good idea. Please, please do this someday!

3. Rick Riordan and J.K Rowling

What Kind of Book: Any kind of book they’d like!
Why: Could you blame me for wanting these two to collaborate? These two have created behemoth series that have taken the world by storm but what makes these authors one of my favorites is how many children they got to read their series. Could you imagine if they wrote a book together?

4. Maggie Stiefvater & Victoria Schwab

What Kind of Book: I have no idea, but whatever it would be would be pure magic!
Why: I know, I know, I’ve used Victoria Schwab twice but I had to do it. These two authors are so good at world building and just sucking you into their stories. The idea of them creating a world together would probably just blow my mind.

5. Leigh Bardugo & Marissa Meyer

What Kind of Book:  Again, whatever these two would want to make!
Why: What can I say other than this would be such a different kind of book that I would just love to see what came of it.

So, technically I have listened 9 authors here combined. I know that there are many more authors that would make good collaborators but I can’t think of any. Honestly most of them are a combination of these 10 authors and it would get pretty repetitive fast. So here you go, here is my list. What do you think of it.

October 8, 2015

Life and Resolutions

Blogging Resolutions Here on Out

I think that this is a good way to start this next stretch. As you can tell, I haven’t been blogging much for the last month and that is because my term in college is ending and because it is the last “official” term before I start my student teaching in January I’ve had to really get moving with the last of my course work. So, going into this next hectic time I’ve learned a few things and am going to create a blogging resolutions to hopefully keep me on track to making this blog a success!

So here we go:
#1 Keep a Schedule

I’ve been so new to the whole blogging concept that I didn’t know for a while that you could schedule posts. It didn’t even occur to me that was even a feature that WordPress offered and I am so glad that they do because I am going to need it! When I get the time, especially when reading ARC’s, I can write the post and set it to post close to the release date and not have to worry about finding the time while student teaching. So, yey me!

#2 Find time to Read and Read Faster:

Now these two go together because I feel like they play off each other. I need to set aside time to read and during that time I need to read faster. I don’t know why but I’ve always been slow when reading and it has kept me from getting though books in a timely manner. Yes, I know, I shouldn’t compare myself to other people but I feel to be at least semi successful you have to have content and if you’re only reading 2 books a month that isn’t leading you to have much content!

#3 Stop stressing:

I have been stressing over the fact that I haven’t posted anything in a while. My blog is so new and everything that I hate that I’ve had to call a hiatus this new in the game! But going into this I have to keep telling myself that this is hobby, a hobby that I love and always have loved, but a hobby none the less. I am doing it because I love telling people about books and maybe I can help an author get their book noticed.

 

So there you have it, my book blogging resolutions. I know it’s a little early to be making resolutions but I want to make them now before my life gets hectic again. What are some of your resolutions coming up? I would love to hear about them!