Art Print Giveaway!!

Hi guys! Life’s been kind of crazy lately (due to finals coming up), so I haven’t had as much time to read and write as much as I would like to. But my day was made a million times better when I got an art print in the mail from Madame Memento on Etsy!

I’ve teamed up with this shop to do a fun limg_1495ittle giveaway, meaning you have the chance to win your choice of art print from their store! Here is the one they sent me:

Isn’t it gorgeous!

I chose this Alice in Wonderland print because 1) I love Alice in Wonderland, and 2) it’s always good to embrace the crazy side of life (especially when yours is as hectic as mine)!

The print is on a page with French writing, and I am loving how it looks on my wall! Madam Memento has a whole bunch of beautiful prints for the lucky winner to choose from, so no mater what your style, this is not a giveaway you are going to want to miss out on.

To enter the giveaway (which is open worldwide), this is all you have to do:

  1. Visit Keystroke Blog’s Instagram (link here)
  2. Repost the picture of Madame Memento’s print, using the hashtag #madamememento
  3. Follow @Madamememento on Instagram (link here)
  4. Comment on this post when you are done!

Good luck to everyone who enters! The winner will be chosen on March 1, 2017.  And don’t forget to let me know what kinds of giveaway’s you want to see in the future!

 

Book Review- Girl out of Water

29640839

 

Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman
Expected publication by Sourcebooks Fire on May 2 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Amazon
Goodreads

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves

 

72391_427776303976119_1399457937_n

Me!

Girl out of Water took me a bit by surprise. I don’t normally enjoy contemporary (as much as other genres), but I found myself pleasantly surprised; especially considering the book focused around things I’ve never done (surfing and skateboarding… unless you count that week in second grade) and places I have never been (California and Nebraska).

 

Anise was the kind of character that I just love. Her world was shaken up, yet she stays strong in a not-to-heroine-but-completely-realistic way that felt very relatable. Her connections with her old friends back in California and her new friend(s) in Nebraska evolve the way they would in real life, which brought a whole new level of realism to the story. Anise’s feelings were genuine and both easy to understand and complex at the same time.

All of the characters, both major and minor, were very well developed. The emotions and plotlines for each of the characters were well thought out and well written. The romance in the book also seemed organic, and definitely swoon worthy!

The story was a little bit slow at times, but still interesting all the same. The ending was good, but I do wish it told a little bit more of what happens in the future… it is a bit open ended in that regard.

Over all I really enjoyed Girl out of Water, and would recommend it to anyone who loves contemporary, want to try contemporary, or someone looking for a feel-good weekend read. I am going to give Girl out of Water four out of five hearts.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

January Wrap Up

I can’t believe how fast January flew by! I didn’t realize it was February until this morning, when I when I went to write the date and saw that it was no longer a 1 for the month, but a 2. This month I read seven books, which is pretty impressive (if I may say so myself)considering everything else I have going on.

 

I ran a giveaway this month with The MacBath, a wonderful literary soap store on Etsy (I totally think you should check them out if you haven’t already.. their products are amazing!!).

I do have a couple exciting giveaway’s coming up this month as well, so keep your eyes peeled for those!

What books did you read in January?

Book Review- Follow Me Back

32470611

 

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger
Expected Publication by Sourcebooks Fire on June 6, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 354
Amazon
Goodreads

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

I might have just found one of my new favorite books. Follow Me Back was AMAZING!!! I received an ARC in exchange for a review in the mail yesterday, and considering I’m in the middle of two other books, my plan was to read the first few sentences and put it on the shelf to read next. AND THEN I COULD NOT STOP READING. Literally I could not put the book down. I didn’t do anything until I finished it. I just sat there and read and read and OMG look who’s fangirling now.

The story is told in two narratives; a police interview, and back story. There was so much mystery and secrecy. I just had to know what was going to happen next the whole time. The whole book was fast paced and exciting.

The characters themselves were surprisingly relatable and likeable. It was easy to sympathize with Eric and to like Tessa. Their conversations were so cute, and despite everything else going on around them and in their lives, they had each other. What I liked most about that was how they got to that point. Their initial conversation was actually super believable, as was its progression. It just seemed organic and natural.

I just really loved everything about this book. I loved the characters and the plot. I loved the writing and the presentation. I loved the mystery and action and suspense and the danger. I would recommend this book to literally anyone who likes amazing books because that is what this is.

If I could give Follow Me Back more than five hearts, I would, but five seems to be the limit, so five hearts it is.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Seriously though. Go preorder this book!! You do not want to miss this!!

Book Review- Gideon the Cutpurse

621687

 

Gideon the Cutpurse (also published as The Time Travelers) by Linda Buckley-Archer
Published by Simon & Schuster on January 1 2006
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Time Travel, Historical Fiction
Pages: 404
Amazon
Goodreads

1763.

Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly the sky peels away like fabric and from the gaping hole fall two curious-looking children. Peter Schock and Kate Dyer have fallen straight from the twenty-first century, thanks to an experiment with an antigravity machine. Before Gideon and the children have a chance to gather their wits, the Tar Man takes off with the machine — and Kate and Peter’s only chance of getting home. Soon Gideon, Kate, and Peter are swept into a journey through eighteenth-century London and form a bond that, they hope, will stand strong in the face of unfathomable treachery.

Gideon the Cutpurse was full of adventure. From the moment Peter and Kate were thrown back in time, there was not a second of rest. The narrative follows both the events of 1763, where Peter and Kate meet Gideon and set out to find a way to get home, and present day (or not so present because the book came out in 2006), where the police along with Kate’s father and NASA are trying to find the children.

Although the events had all the promise to be a five star read, the actual story fell a bit short. I felt bored at times, like there was a cycle between excitement and boredom throughout the book. Then there were parts that could have been so much better, but weren’t. I feel like there could have been so much more done with the characters that would have brought the story to life. The reactions I read didn’t feel realistic, it felt like a bedtime story.

I also found it a bit strange how there were pages at the end of some chapters from Gideon Seymour’s personal journal. They felt a bit out of place, and didn’t really add anything to the plot. I don’t know if they evolve into something more in the rest of the trilogy, but I can only hope that there is a greater reason for them being there.

There is so much I wish I could add to this book, but at the same time, I can’t say I didn’t like it at all. It was a fun read, even if I had to read it in little chunks at a time. I do however think that an elementary school kid would eat this book up, and I definitely recommend it for preteens and younger who love time travel and adventure. I just don’t think this book was quite for me.

I am going to give Gideon the Cutpurse three out of five hearts.

♥ ♥ ♥