It’s been a long time coming since I’ve seen your face… LIFE UPDATE!! (spoiler alert: I got a dog!!!)

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Hey guys! Long time no write. As you’ve probably noticed, I tend to go on sudden hiatuses only to resurface a few months later trying to get back into the swing of things. So here we go again.

In all truthfulness, I’m really not going to be around for the next three weeks. I’m taking an accelerated EMT course, which means that I will have absolutely no time for anything in the next three weeks except for sleeping, eating, and STUDYING LIKE HELL (also going to classes from 8-5 every day an hour away from my house…. so yeah).

Anyway, I just wanted to check in and let you know that I have not forgotten you lovely people! I also have read a whole bunch of books that I promise I’ll review as soon as my course is over and I have some time to breathe.

Also!!!!! In some other exciting news!!!!

I got a dog!!!!

His name is Rossi (criminal minds anyone?) and he’s perfect and I love him so much. Here are some pictures of the little cheese doodle:

He is 4 years old and the sweetest thing on this planet! He loves playing fetch and sticking his head out of the car window. We’ve been having so much fun together and he fell asleep with his head in my lap today and it made me die from cuteness overload!

Anyway, I also decided to start a YouTube channel because I decided to take a gap year (woah, I know right?) before going to college which is where all of this EMT stuff comes in. I’m going to be an EMT this year as I try to figure out what I want to do with my life. YAYYYYYYY

So, if you want to check out my YouTube channel it would mean the world to me! I’ll embed my first (and only) two videos below! And although I haven’t talked about books yet, there will definitely be a bunch of videos about books in there eventually.

Seeing as I have this crazy course coming up, I won’t have time to blog hop for the next three weeks, that being said, I will definitely be going on a blog hopping spree when it is over, so please leave me links in the comments! I want to know what all of you have been up to while I’ve been missing!

Thanks for reading!

 

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No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom – Book Review

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No Weigh!! by Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal
Expected publication by Jessica Kingsley Publishers on July 19, 2018
Genres: Teens & YA, Non-fiction, Lifestyle
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This workbook has everything you need to achieve connected eating, body positivity and balanced exercise. It will help you stay well informed about how bodies change emotionally and physically in the teen years, and why good nutrition is critical for growth and development. It debunks any myths about diets and ‘forbidden’ foods and also gives you the tools and strategies to avoid potential triggers of disordered eating.

No Weigh!! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom will help you develop a lifelong healthy relationship with your food! We eat every day, so why not eat with pleasure, joy and happiness?

As both a teen (for one more year at least) and someone who has struggled with body image, food, and emotions, I found this book to be wonderful. It was short, easy to understand, and loaded with helpful advice that I wish I had gotten when I was just beginning my teenage years.

No Weigh! broke down body image, food, and emotion to find where struggles with these subjects come from. Not only did it break these things down scientifically, but it gave both specific and generalized examples to help the reader understand the point the authors are trying to get across.

This book also gave a lot of exercises for the reader to do to help deal with some of the struggles that come along with being a teen. These give the reader a real life way to begin dealing with issues in a positive and constructive way.

I honestly think that this book is going to be able to help a lot of people, and what is amazing about it is it is not geared towards a certain gender or age: it is all inclusive. Give it to any teen and they will come out of reading it with new skills to help them through navigating the teen years.

I am going to give No Weigh! five out of five hearts.

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The Guilty Reader book tag

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Hey guys!! I saw this post over on Linda’s Little Library and decided to do it!!

I normally don’t associate the words guilty and reader, so I think this is a fun little tag to do… and it will be fun to see how much guilt I actually get from reading!!


1.  Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been gifted?

No… I tend to hoard my books like the crazy dragon I am

2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

Yes… all the time in English class (shh don’t tell my teacher…)

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3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

Not that I can remember… but I probably have at some point or another.

4. Have you ever read a series out of order?

IT WAS AN ACCIDENT, OKAY?

Okay, so I’ve read a few books from series out of order when they are more of “companion novels.” Also I didn’t even realize that I wasn’t reading the first book sometimes.

It just happens, okay?

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

YES. AND I FELT SO BAD. INSTANT GUT-SINKING-INTO-THE-ABYSS BAD.

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I accidentally told my friend about the big reveal at the end of Crown of Midnight (not gonna spoil it on here though!!) cause I forgot that he had just finished Throne of Glass (which I forced on him and then he loved).

Also I spoiled the end of Rouge One (the Star Wars movie) once. It just slipped out and it was a total mistake and then I died a little on the inside. I know that’s not a book… but still.

6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?

Yeah. I used to do it all the time (those poor Warrior books), but now I can’t do it anymore. I’ll literally use anything as a bookmark instead of doing that.

7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

Yup. Sometimes I’ll be talking about a book I read and someone will go “hey, I really want to read that, can I borrow it?” and they are someone I don’t trust with my precious book babies (I’ll refer you to question 1 when I told you about my dragon-hoarding ways) so I just say “oh I don’t have the physical book” or “I actually borrowed it from someone else! Sorry.”

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8. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

Nope. Sometimes I’ll skim ahead or flip to the end of the chapter to see how much further I have to go if the part I’m on is really boring (or if the book has multiple points of view and I want to get back to a different one), but I’ve never been able to just skip parts of books.

9. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

I don’t think so? I don’t know why I ever would.


Talk to me!

What are your answers to the questions? Do you ever have book related guilt?

Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

Tell Me No Lies by A.V. Geiger – Book Review

*This review contains spoilers for the first book of the series, Follow Me Back*

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Tell Me No Lies by A.V. Geiger
Expected publication by Sourcebooks Fire on June 5th, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 336
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Love. Obsession. Jealousy. Murder.

No one knows what happened to pop icon Eric Thorn. His Twitter account? Frozen. His cell phone? Cracked and bloody, buried in the snow.

Agoraphobic fangirl Tessa Hart knows the truth, but she’s finally left her #EricThornObsessed days behind. She has no intention of ever touching her Twitter app again. But Snapchat… That’s safer, right?

After months of living under the radar, Tessa emerges from hiding, forced to face the deadly consequences of her past. But in the interrogation room, answers only lead to more questions in the pulse-pounding conclusion to the Follow Me Back duology.

Last year I had the amazing opportunity to read an ARC of the first half of this Duology, Follow Me Back (be sure to read my review here!) Ever since I tore through that book in a day, I’ve been dying to know what happens next. Did Eric really die? Did Tessa do it?

I am thrilled to report that Tell Me No Lies did not let me down: it was every bit as heart pounding and fast paced as the first book.

What I liked:

Just like the first book, Tell Me No Lies included police reports, DMs, and other online forms of communicating (like snapchat!) to tell the story. That not only added to the suspense and intrigue, but it made the story feel like it had such a fast pace. I seriously did not want to put this book down. If it weren’t for actually risking missing a class I might have read the whole thing in one sitting.

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I really liked Tessa and Eric. They both were so true to themselves and were very unique characters. Yeah, they both have flaws… but I like them so much anyway, and that is how you know that they are well written characters. Despite me never being nearly as paranoid as Eric or dealing with anxiety and agoraphobia like Tessa, I was able to sympathize with their characters and understand where their fears and motivations were coming from.

The story line itself was incredible. There were so many small details. So many questions and mysteries swirling around. So many high stakes moments piling up that made my heart race. At one point I was literally screaming “Come on! You need to go ______ and ________!!!!!!!” (not gonna spoil… but you get the point) at the book.

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This story just had me gripped from the first page to the last. It was really something incredible.

What I didn’t like:

Not gonna lie. There were a few things in this book that were kiiiiinda hard to believe. As in I see where the author was coming from… but it’s just a little too far out there for me to get on board with. I don’t want to give anything away, so I’m not going to be able to give specific examples (this book’s plot is just so woven together that saying anything might ruin the mystery).

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I also didn’t love some of the side characters. Again, I can’t say too much without giving some of the mystery away… (don’t you just love spoiler free reviews of mystery books?) but lets just say that some of the side characters were solely there to throw you off the scent (which they do very well), but their being there creates some of the situations that are just “too out there to believe.”

Overall:

Overall this book was amazing. My “complaints” about this book really didn’t bother me that much, and I loved reading Tell Me No Lies from beginning to end.

I would definitely recommend this duology (gotta read Follow Me Back first!) to anyone looking for a fast paced mystery! This is one you don’t want to miss!

I am going to give Tell Me No Lies four out of five hearts.

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*I received an ARC of this book from the publishers. All opinions are my own.*

When the Beat Drops (I’ll be home re-reading this book) by Anna Hecker – Book Review

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When the Beat Drops by Anna Hecker
Expected publication by Sky Pony Press on May 1, 2018
Pages: 320
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
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Seventeen-year-old Mira has always danced to her own beat. A music prodigy in a family of athletes, she’d rather play trumpet than party—and with her audition to a prestigious jazz conservatory just around the corner (and her two best friends at music camp without her), she plans to spend the summer focused on jazz and nothing else.

She only goes to the warehouse party in a last-ditch effort to bond with her older sister. Instead, she falls in love with dance music, DJing…and Derek, a gorgeous promoter who thinks he can make her a star. Suddenly trumpet practice and old friendships are taking a backseat to packed dance floors, sun-soaked music festivals, outsized personalities, and endless beats.

But when a devastating tragedy plunges her golden summer into darkness, Mira discovers just how little she knows about her new boyfriend, her old friends, and even her own sister. Music is what brought them together…but will it also tear them apart?

This book is so much more than the cover and synopsis make it seem. The way it is advertised makes it seem like a light fast read about a girl who likes music… but it is so much more than that. When the Beat Drops is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about finding yourself.

What I Liked:

I honestly loved Mira. Her whole world is music. She hears it in movement and emotion and nature. That’s why it was so easy to believe that she picked up DJing so fast and was so good at it. She lives and breathes music. It was that fact that made this whole book so believable and enjoyable.

All of the characters were actually pretty great. They all had so many dimensions to them. They had their own flawed and complicated lives. They also were all so unique and interesting.

I also liked how this book handled some pretty serious topics, like drugs, death, mourning, denial, and family problems. It was able to tackle these topics in what felt like an honest way… making them simple enough to understand without making light of them.

I also really loved how this book ended. I’m not gonna say too much about it (cause #nospoilers), but let’s just say life isn’t perfect and I love how this book showed it.

What I didn’t Like:

There really wasn’t much I didn’t like about When the Beat Drops. I was a little lost in the beginning, just because I had no idea what I was going to get out of this book, but that feeling went away pretty quickly.

I also didn’t really love Yelena’s character, but the more she was around the more I liked her.

Also, I felt like Mira’s introduction to the warehouse party scene was a bit abrupt and odd, but I got over that pretty quickly, and it didn’t bother me that much.

Overall:

I was completely surprised by this book. It was so much better than I expected it to be, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a YA contemporary that feels a little more solid that some others.

I am going to give When the Beat Drops 5 out of 5 hearts.

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*I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Busted by Gina Ciocca – Book Review

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Busted by Gina Ciocca
Published by Sourcebooks Fire  on January 2, 2018
Pages: 352
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
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Marisa wasn’t planning to be a snoop for hire—until she accidentally caught her best friend’s boyfriend making out with another girl. Now her reputation for sniffing out cheaters has spread all over school, and Marisa finds herself the reluctant queen of busting two-timing boys.

But when ex-frenemy Kendall asks her to spy on her boyfriend, TJ, Marisa quickly discovers the girl TJ might be falling for is Marisa herself. And worse yet? The feelings are quickly becoming mutual. Now, she’s stuck spying on a “mystery girl” and the spoken-for guy who just might be the love of her life…

Quite honestly I was expecting this book to be cute, fluffy, and predictable. But oh boy was I wrong. This book proved to be more than I could have hoped for… and much more complex than the description hints at.

What I liked:

I thought the plot was really well done. There were so many intricacies, secrets, ulterior motives, and sub-plots that fit together so well. Although so much was going on, it was easy to keep track of, without me necessarily being able to put together the pieces before the plot was revealed.

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I was surprised so many times by this book. And what I liked even more was how the motivations that each character had actually made sense. There was none of those silly, unbelievable motives that leave you thinking “are you serious? You caused all this trouble for THAT?” Instead, I was like “yeah, I could see how those circumstances/character traits would drive someone to do that.” And honestly that made the story so much better and more satisfying.

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For the most part, I really liked the characters too. Marisa (even though she could be a little annoying at times) had strong morals and stuck up for her friends. I liked TJ because instead of falling into the classic love interest role, he had a very dimensional personality. There was so much going on for him too, and he fit into the plot seamlessly.

Kendall, on the other hand, was an awful character… but the kind that makes the perfect antagonist. She’s the type of character that you love to hate, and I definitely loved to hate her.

What I didn’t like:

Honestly I don’t understand why some of the characters were there. Marisa has a best friend, Charlie, and she is essential to the plot. But then they have this other friend whose name I don’t even remember, because the story would have been exactly the same if she wasn’t in it.

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Also the parents were kind of one-dimensional and barely showed up at all. It didn’t bother me that much (and it does tend to happen a lot in YA), but still it did bug me a little. Especially how un-invested they were in their kids lives.

Throughout the book, Marisa talks about this scholarship essay she wants to write, and the prompt is “How far would you go to get the story?” It fits in perfectly with the plot… only at the end of the book, although she does sit down to write the essay, it never says if she ends up finishing it, submitting it, or winning the money to go to her dream college (Lehigh University). So I wish that sub-arc was wrapped up a little bit better.

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Overall:

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was so much more than I was expecting, and I’m really glad that I decided to read it.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a YA romance that focuses less on the romance and more on some awesome detectiving and mystery solving.

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I am giving Busted four out of five hearts.

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Talk to me:

Have you ever read this book? What did you think? If you haven’t read it, would you want to? Let me know in the comments below!

That awkward moment when a movie is better than the book…

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Books are always better than the movies… or are they?

This week in my ethics class we are learning about categorical imperatives… AKA something that is always true, in like, every circumstance imaginable. And of course, me being obsessed with books and all, thought “oh! Like how movies are always better than the books!”

But that got me thinking…

Yeah, sure. There are some AWFUL book to movie adaptations (Percy Jackson I’m looking at you), but there actually have been some adaptations that I’ve enjoyed more than the book.

So categorical imperative this is not.

But… how can a movie ever compare to the book?!?!

Honestly, this is a question I ask myself after watching every single awful adaptation out there. Right after I ask myself “why did I think this was going to be any better than the million other awful adaptations I’ve forced myself to sit through?”

But, surprisingly, it is possible. There are a few I can think of, but the one example that stands out most in my mind is Me Before You by JoJo Moyes.

Don’t get my wrong: I didn’t have a problem with the book. I actually ended up giving it five stars (check out my review here), but the movie was just better.

The movie had everything I needed from the story. I don’t feel like it missed anything or changed anything. And, I got to look at Sam Claflin’s beautiful face for two hours… which definitely didn’t hurt.

To break it down: I feel like the movie gave me the same story and a better experience.

<big?I cried when I watched the movie (all three times), but not when I read the book. And I cry at everything. So what does that tell you?

What makes a movie better than the book it was based off of?

Honestly this can come down to a number of factors.

1. Watching the movie before reading the book.

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I actually watched the first Percy Jackson movie before reading the books and liked it. Then I read the books, fell in love with them, re-watched the movie and saw what an awful adaptation it really is.mortal_instruments_city_of_bones_ver11_xlg

Another version of this however: I watched the City of Bones movie before reading the book. I really liked the movie and have actually seen it more than once (yeah yeah I know that a lot of people don’t like it… but let me live, okay?) but when I tried to read the first book I actually kind of hated it and couldn’t get into it at all. And while I was reading, I kept comparing what was happening in the book to what happened in the movie and found myself thinking “no, that’s not right” even though the book came first…

2. The movie containing the same story but better.

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I think this happens when a movie is able to take the essentials from the book and use the visual/audio aspects of movies along with the story to deliver a seriously amazing masterpiece.

This happened to me with both Me Before You (as mentioned above) and Room by Emma Donoghue.

3. The movie takes the idea of the book but delivers a completely different story (which it pulls off brilliantly)

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A movie adaptation that does this is Nerve by Jeanne Ryan. The story line in the movie and the book are completely different, yet follow the same characters in the same high-stakes competition. Yeah, of course there are some similar scenes, but for the most part the stories follow their own path. And while I did love the book, the movie was a bit more entertaining.

Talk to me:

What other reasons could a movie be better than the book? What movies did you enjoy more than the book? Let me know in the comments below!