City of Ghosts Book Review

Book: City of Ghostscity of ghosts

Author: Victoria Schwab

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Synopsis:

Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), but she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead… and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost.

So things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stanger.

When Cass’s parents land a gig hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets another girl who shares her “gift,” she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil-and herself.

And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

Rating: ⅘

NO SPOILERS AHEAD!

Review:

Imagine my surprise when I walked into the bookstore on Saturday, and I found this beautiful book just waiting for me. I had just finished reading The Foxhole Court, which put me into a major book slump because nothing can compare. City of Ghosts was a quick, funny read, and I really enjoyed my time reading it.

Characters: ⅘

I loved all the characters, but Jacob, my dead son, was too precious and deserves everything.

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While the characters were all fun, I didn’t feel we didn’t get the opportunity to explore the characters. Cass and Jacob bounced off of each other so well. I loved their relationship, and it felt so special. I was so glad that they had each other throughout the story to just work through all of it together. There was a bit of family dynamic that just didn’t hit home nor did it seem significant. This was such a short book that I didn’t feel all the relationships develop yet, but I do think that in coming books there could be a lot more development.

Plot: ⅗

The entire premise sounded so good, and it definitely came through. The overall plot was very straightforward. I didn’t feel any shock with the twists and turns.

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In the end, the story was a little fast. I wish we had gotten more of the ending scene and time in Veil. The ghost element was really prominent throughout the entirety of the story.

Writing Style: 5/5

Obviously, I am a long time lover of Victoria Schwab’s writing. She writes beautiful and atmospheric. She nailed the Autumn/spooky vibes in the story. Her character’s are hilarious and so adorable. The setting was beautiful, and I would read an entire book of following Jacob and Cass around Edinburgh. She made me feel like I was in Scotland, and when I finished, I was disappointed to not be there.

I loved this book, and I can’t wait to read the second book. What did you think of this book?

 

Something Wicked This Way Comes: A Mini Review

Rating: 2/5 something wicked this way comes

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Review: 

Finally after a long while, I finished this book. It was an atmospheric, Halloween book that fell short in many different areas. The characters didn’t seem to be anything unique to the story, and I often found myself bored with their interactions. Whenever Will and Jim were characterized, I felt they were more generalized to encapsulate all boys. The villain of the story was brilliant. He always seemed to be one step ahead of them, and he didn’t seem to be playing a part like all the other characters were. He was one of the main reasons I didn’t dnf the book because he just gave me so many creeps, I wanted him to lose. I did we had more of an explanation and demonstration of the freaks at the carnival, but they weren’t as big plot holders as I had expected.

The plot was another let down for me. It seemed like the right idea, but in the execution, it just seemed to lose all it’s sense of magic and creepiness. It was a simple idea that was just sprinkled with just a little too much of poetic writing that made it seem dragged out and overused.

I wish I could enjoy it more, as throughout the story, the themes that were hinted at hit so close to home. I’m not completely giving up Ray Bradbury, as I still wish to read some of his other works, but I am sad that this one didn’t level up to quite what I was wishing.

The Weather In Books Tag

I was tagged recently by A Fictional Bookworm to do this tag. She is amazing and definitely check her out. So I was tagged which is like the first, am I a blogger now? Anyway, let’s get on with it.

Sunshine: A Book That Made You Smile

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu   Goodreads

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Unlike what most of my friends would say, I can smile. Moxie was able to coax that smile out, especially at the end. Anytime the girls teamed up, I was smiling and crying so much. It just made me so happy, and I can never forget the way I felt reading that book.

Rain: A Book You Couldn’t Put Down

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell     Goodreads

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When I was reading this book, it consumed me. I read it at every chance I got it. If I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. I would like to reread it, and see if I feel the same way. It held me in a chokehold until the end.

Wind: A Book That Blew You Away

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi    Goodreads

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It’s been a hot minute since I read high fantasy. I enjoyed every single second of this. The world building was spectacular. I had a few problems with the romance (or insta-love). I can’t wait to see how the plot and world plays out in the second book.

Hurricane: A Tragic Book

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak    Goodreads

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I don’t want to spoil anyone, so I’m not going into detail. As it does circle around World War 2, it does have a devastating side of the story.  This book is beautiful, and it really touches something deep.

Blizzard: A Book You Had High Expectations For

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin   Goodreads

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I was expecting so much more from this book. I loved the original trilogy (well, the first two books) so I was excited to read this. It definitely let me down. There was only one character I could stand, and Jamie was barely seen. I’m probably still gonna read the next book just because I’m curious to see what twisted road she is taking this story on.

Tornado: A Book You Didn’t Like At First But Ended Up Loving

Vicious by V.E. Schwab    Goodreads

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I don’t know what this has to do with a tornado because I can assure you that I don’t end up loving tornadoes. Anyways, I started off having trouble getting into Vicious and nothing was happening. Thanks to the hype, I ended up pushing through and loving it. I love Victor Vale and everyone with him. I am eagerly awaiting Vengeful, and I plan to do a reread before it comes out.

I’m going to go tag a few people over on Instagram, but if you want to do it by all means, consider yourself tagged.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Movie Review

After the let down of The Darkest Minds, I was really scared for the fate of All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I put my trust in Netflix, and they totally delivered. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was everything I have ever wanted in an adaptation.to all the boys i've loved before

I don’t want to spoil anyone, so if you haven’t seen the movie. Please go see it, and then you can come back to talk about it.

Where do I even begin? Everything about this movie was perfect. The movie made me laugh and cry. I was laughing into my pillow the entire time. The casting, the chemistry, the humor, the aesthetic, the color, and the soundtrack were all perfectly fitted to the book.

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Let’s start with the casting. I originally wasn’t sure how to feel about Peter. He wasn’t how I imagined him, but Noah Centineo played his part perfectly. Lara Jean was everything I expected. Her style of clothes, her room, and the awkward way she presented herself sometimes just fit her character. Chris and Lucas were the perfect best friends to Lara Jean, and I feel like they played a bigger part in the movie than they did in the book and it was amazing. Kitty was everything and more. She had the best lines in the entire movie. The car scene when she totally sassed Peter was perfect. I wasn’t totally impressed with Margo. She was a good actress, but there were times when she was definitely looked a lot more than a freshman in college. Even the dude who was Peter’s best friend was perfect. I don’t even think he was named.

There were so much chemistry between Lara Jean and Peter. Even when they were fake dating, we could just tell that they were bonding. It fit perfectly with them. Ughh it was just perfect. I didn’t quite feel the chemistry and jealousy between Peter and Gen, but I was okay with very little of that. There wasn’t a lot of friend Josh moments that I could appreciate. I didn’t see a whole lot of him, so I forgot about him sometimes. I wish we had gotten more of the Song sisters. There was plenty of Kitty and LJ, but I didn’t feel a lot of Margo. Maybe there is more in the rest of the series, but I would have liked a bit more.

This movie was so unbelievable aesthetic. Every single shot was shot perfectly and the color palette was just amazing. The drive up to the ski lodge was just amazing. It was one of the best transitions I have seen. The soundtrack was fit perfectly to the movie, and it just added so much more to the scenes.

The humor! The humor was so perfectly delivered every time. Kitty sassing Lara Jean, “the truth hurts.” Gen insulting Lara Jean’s boots, and then we panel to her wearing Uggs. I died.

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The ongoing joke about Lara Jean’s driving had me dying because it was brought up in the perfect moments. The pillow fight between Kitty and Peter was everything I wanted from their friendship. I just want to scream about every scene in this movie. My favorite scene would probably be the dining scene with Lara Jean’s father but also the dinner scene with Peter after the party because it allowed some development between their characters and not insta-love. Also the scene before they walked into the party. The dialogue was so much like the way people actually talk that I was just blown away by the normalcy. When they’re taking pictures on the couch, the hot tub scene, walking back from the hot tub, and the bus ride back is all so perfect.

There were a few lines that were delivered a little awkwardly like the ending scene when Peter asks if she gonna break his heart. There was a few seconds after he said that before they kissed that was just a little awkward. When they were arguing about Gen and Josh, and Peter said, “So I was talking to Gen, so what? You don’t even post about us on your Instagram.” That was just the weirdest transition, and I laughed so hard. It felt really out of place, and I didn’t even understand how the two correlated.

I had very few problems with the movie. The ones I did have added to humor of the story. I clearly, loved everything about this movie. I need a second movie with freaking John. Netflix, I have faith in you to do justice for more adaptations. Do not screw it up with anything else. Please tell me your thoughts on the movie.

Books (I think) are Underrated

Sometimes, I get wrapped up in the popular books that everyone talks about. I tend to forget those amazing finds that aren’t as popular or big releases. Maybe I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time and missed all the hype. I think they should still be talked about though. I am here today to talk about those books that I feel are underrated.

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic   Goodreads

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If you have been anywhere near my bookstagram lately, I have been talking nonstop about this series. I’m rereading it  after like a year, and I realized just how much I do love this book and series.

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It follows Neil Josten as he is recruited by a college to play Exy, a sport much like lacrosse. He has always kept a low-profile because he is trying to stay away from his father, a crime lord known as the Butcher. Neil begins his journey at PSU, and he finds that this new life may be something he wants.

Half Bad by Sally Green   Goodreads

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I had barely heard anything about this book, and I picked it up about 2 years ago after a recommendation from a friend. I have no idea if I would like it now, but I absolutely loved it then. It follows a 16 year old, Nathan who is the son of a infamous witch, Marcus. Nathan must find his father and find three gifts to allow him his own magical powers. It becomes harder as Nathan is betrayed, and he learns that he can’t trust anybody.

Wanderlost by Jen Malone   Goodreads

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A cute European love story that follows the love of family and making the most of your life, what more could you ask for? This book came to me at the right time. I don’t want to look back at my life and be disappointed that I didn’t take risks. If you ever need to refresh your look on life, I definitely recommend picking this book up. Aubree Sadler is ready for a perfectly relaxing summer. That is until, her sister gets in trouble, and Aubree has to take up her job as a leader of a group of senior citizens through Europe. The perfect plan she has set up for the trip has fallen apart the minute she gets there, but she finds help within the group. Can she make it through this trip without disappointing anybody?

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater    Goodreads

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When I first joined the book community, I heard about Maggie’s Shiver series and the Raven Cycle. I was at a bookstore when I first found out about this book. It was phenomenal.

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I loved all the characters, but the plot was what I really loved. The entire book I was holding my breath praying everyone would be okay. The Scorpio Races are run on the beaches as people attempt to hold on to their water horses and cross the finish line. Puck becomes the first girl to enter race, and with the help of mysterious victor Sean, she has to learn how.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan    Goodreads

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I didn’t exactly finish this book due to distraction, but I loved every minute I spent reading it. I really need to get around to finishing it. The idea just enthralled me into buying the book. I do not regret. The story of a 24 hour bookstore and a new employee, Clay, as he discovers the secrets hidden within this small bookstore.

Leah on the Offbeat Book Review

Book: Leah on the Offbeatleah on the offbeat

Author: Becky Albertalli

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Synopsis:

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat-but real life isn’t so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw by is too self-conscious to show it. And even her mom knows she bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends-not even her openly Gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tension are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting-especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Rating: ⅖

Warning: Plenty of spoilers ahead!

Review:

I was so excited to go into this book. I expected a cute, fluffy read, but it was a stressful read and not relaxing in the slightest. There is tons of representation which turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the book. Simon vs. the Homosapien’s Agenda is one of my favorite books, so I had high expectations. Sadly, this book just let me down. I wish I had loved it like so many other people had.

Characters: ⅖

Leah was definitely not my favorite narrator to read from. She is very judgmental and hateful for no reason. I found the way she treated her mother and her mother’s relationship to be very rude. To some it may seem like she is just a scared, insecure person, but it my mind, she was very condescending and couldn’t get off her high horse. She was always jealous of other people, and she focused so much on what she didn’t have, she couldn’t see the life she was blessed with. Her treatment of her friends wasn’t ideal either.  She lead Garrett on. She never explicitly explained her feelings to him, and I didn’t agree with the way she went about things with him. Anna was another character who did nothing wrong but Leah just dumped her. There was a big blowout with everyone, and Leah didn’t even try to work it out with Anna. I can understand why Morgan was sidelined but not Anna. I just couldn’t connect Leah to what I had remembered about her in Simon, and I was very disappointed with her character.

Abby and Leah felt like a forced relationship. I didn’t get any cute vibes throughout this entire story. I didn’t see them together, and I didn’t see them grow as partners. They went from them barely talking to loving each other. It was all very fast, and it didn’t quite sit right with me. If we had gotten more moments of the growing together as a pair I would have been a little more for their relationship.

Plot: ⅖

I’m not quite sure what the conflict was. We were just really following Leah’s life as she got ready to graduate, and I found that not the most entertaining thing. There were points where nothing was happening, but Leah was very dramatic and drew out the story so much more than it needed to be. They were trying to keep things going by dragging situations out much longer than they needed to be.

Now the biggest part of the book I had a problem with, page: 261. It annoyed me and set me off so much. Leah telling Abby about her fake label was so aggravating. It is her life, her sexuality, her label. You don’t get to decide what she considers her label. Remember, everyone’s definition of each label is different.

The happily ever after for everyone was too convenient. Everyone ended up with a lover, everyone was happy. We never figured out what happened to half the side characters. They just faded out at the end, and I don’t feel like I got closure.

Writing Style: ⅗

Throughout the book, I felt like I was reading fanfiction and it felt forced. I didn’t connect to the characters. We spend quite a lot of time in Leah’s mind where we mostly get complaints rather than experiencing any action. Leah’s comments distanced me from the book and drew me out of the story.  There was many pop culture references that seemed like overkill at certain points. I have a feeling that not everyone would have gotten them.

As you could probably tell I didn’t love the book, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

Moxie: A Mini Review

Rating: 5/5 moxie

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Review: 

I loved this book so much. I was inspired by it, and after reading it, I was ready to change the world. I found that this story shows so much of the truth. I’ve gone around recommending it to everyone I know because this is a story deserved to be heard.

I loved all the characters, and they way they all bonded together for this purpose. I was not expecting a romance at all. I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it. It was just something that seemed to be going on in the back of my mind. It was a very healthy relationship. If there was some incorrect things said between them, Viv would immediately point it out, and he would try to do better. I would have liked to see more intersectionality.

It took a while for the plot to take hold, and the ending, the epic ending was sort of rushed over. It was definitely a bittersweet ending because I was so happy to see it all come together, but I wasn’t ready to let everyone go. I wanted to see more of the effects of what happened. I was just not ready to let go of everything Moxie was, but it inspired me to make change in my life.

July Wrap Up: All the 5 Stars

It was a good reading month. I did a lot more rereads than normal, but they were all some of my favorites, so it was worth it. I was also bought a lot of books this month after not buying books for so long. A good book month.

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare 5/5 Goodreads

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I caught up to the read-a-long that I had fallen behind on. It has been so long. I spent an entire weekend just in this book. I loved all the characters even more. The plot was actually even better than I remember it. It was nice to reconnect with the characters.

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare 5/5 Goodreads

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This is the last book in the Infernal Devices, and I wasn’t prepared to let it go again. I loved this characters, and although the plot is slow at times, it keeps you entertained with the constant twists and turns. I want to go read it all again.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer ⅘ Goodreads

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I have a full review here. This book was everything I have ever loved put in one. It was set in a post-apocalyptic world where people with powers, Renegades, are running the world. It follows a morally grey character, Nova, who hates the Renegades. She is on a mission to destroy them, but along the way, she meets Adrian, a Renegade all for justice. I fell head over heels in love with Adrian. He was just trying to bring justice to this crazy world. I can’t wait to see what turns the second book takes.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett 2.5/5 Goodreads

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I have a mini review here. I didn’t love this book, but it was a nice summer contemporary read. Our two main characters,Bailey “Mink” and Alex, have been internet pen pals for a while. They live on seperate sides of the US until Bailey moves into Alex’s home town with her dad. Except Bailey doesn’t tell Alex, and her adventures in this new town include a boy names Porter. Bailey finds herself at cross roads, and she has to decide which way to take it. Except for one small fact; Alex is Porter.

Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin 5/5 Goodreads

 

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I did a reread of this, so I could finally move on to the final book. I loved it once again. It has Jew rep and features a motorcycle race across Europe. I mean it can’t get better than this except there a skin shifters. It is such a unique book with the most precious characters. I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Top Ten by Katie Cotungo ⅖ Goodreads

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I have a mini review here. I did not like this book. The entire time I didn’t quite know what was going on. It follows two highschool graduates, Gaby and Ryan, as they look back at their ten moments of their friendship, and they learn to go onto college.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 5/5 Goodreads

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I saw the trailer, and I had to reread it. If you haven’t read this, I highly recommend you do. There is so many topics that are brought to light, and it’s a heart touching story.

Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin 5/5 Goodreads

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I have a full review here. It was the ending of an amazon duology. It has become one of my favorite books. It took me so long to get to, and I have no idea why I put if off so much. If you are in the mood for a heart racing and breathtaking book, these books are for you.

Save the Date by Morgan Matson 3.5/5 Goodreads

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I have a full review here. This was an enjoyable, quick read. I found it very funny and sweet. It followed the weekend of Charlie’s sister’s wedding. Nothing seems to go well, and it Charlie just wants one perfect weekend with her family all together. I loved the focus on family, and although it was predictable, I still had fun reading the story.

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu 5/5 Goodreads

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An inspiring story about learning to stand up for yourself and women around you. In this small town in Texas, an incredibly sexist and harassment filled high school there is a young girl, Viv, who is sick of it. She creates Moxie to fight back against it all. It reaches out to girls all around her, and before she knows it, she’s created a revolution. After reading this, I was ready to take on the world. I couldn’t recommend this more if I tried. I went around telling all my friends to read it.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab 5/5 Goodreads

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I decided to reread this because I’m going to continue on with the series. I love this world, and I’m so excited we are getting more. It’s such a magical world, and these characters are so special to me. I can’t wait to read the final installment.

Booktubeathon TBR

A split decision was made at 5 o’clock to join the 2018 Booktubeathon. I am hopefully going to join the Instagram challenges, and I hope to read all the books. Let’s get into what I have planned for the week.

1. Flip a coin and let it decide your first book

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The two book are A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab and Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach. Strange Fire was heads, and ADSOM was tails. I flipped the coin and it was…

tails!

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My first book is A Darker Shade of Magic. It’s a reread, but I need to refresh my memory on the characters and Londons before I finish the series.

2. Read a book about something you want to do

For this challenge, I chose a book based on a feminist group. I mean, who doesn’t want to start a feminist group at their own school? You could have guessed it, but I chose Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu. A couple days ago, I picked this up from the bookstore, and I have been so excited to read it.

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3. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation

You probably heard about The Darkest Minds movie coming up, but it comes out on Friday, so I will be going to see that. I will spend that day reading the book and refreshing my memory, so I will be able to see where they strayed.

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4. Read a book with green on the cover

Leah on the Offbeat was my choice for this one. I’m super hesitant to go into this because I want it to be as good as Simon was. Also, there is no bi-rep, and I want it to do it justice. It’s a contemporary, so I should be able to read through it really easily.

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5. Read a book while wearing the same hat the whole time

I’m not the biggest hat fan, so I decided to choose a short, easy read that I can knock out in a few hours. Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I don’t know much about it besides it being about cosplayers and it’s funny. I’m looking forward to it.

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6. Read a book with a beautiful spine

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A beautiful cover and beautiful spine, I just hope the inside of We Are the Ants lives up to it’s outside beauty. I have a feeling it’s going to make me cry and happy at the same time. I’ve heard so many people rave about it, and I really hope it does what I hope it will for me.

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7. Read 7 books

For the last and final challenge, I will be finishing Something Wicked This Way Comes. It’s probably going to take me the longest because I’m also annotating it, and I’m actually dissecting it rather than reading the story. Yet, I’m still hoping to get it done.

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What are y’alls Booktubeathon plans? Are you participating?

Save the Date Book Review

Book: Save the Datesave the date

Author: Morgan Matson

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Synopsis:

Charlie’s sister is getting married. Everyone is coming home-all her older siblings. It’ll be just like it used to be. One last weekend together before her parents sell the house.

Charlie doesn’t want to think about college next year, or things changing-she just wants to make this a perfect weekend. What could go wrong?

Well.

First the wedding planner quits. Then the house alarm won’t stop going off. Charlie’s biggest crush shows up unannounced. There’s a missing tuxedo, an unexpected dog, and a neighborhood bent on destruction. Not to mention the event planner’s assistant, who is surprisingly, distractingly…cute. And that’s before things get really crazy.

In all the chaos, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

Rating: 3.5/5

Minor Spoilers Ahead!

Review:

A funny, light-hearted story that follows the Grants as they have to deal with the disastrous wedding problems. Charlie is just trying to make worth of the time with her family all together again. A trail of problems trail them at every step they take in planning the wedding.

Characters: ⅘

The most important aspect of this book was the family relations. They were all funny and, their personalities flowed so well together. Every time anyone had a conversation it was filled with jokes and laughs. A big fight is a normal part of every family, and it added a since of realism to them. It made for more of a sweet ending when Charlie recognized that her family was human.

Charlie wasn’t the best character. She was annoying at times, whilst relatable at others. There were times when she acted childish and immature, and she was just a touch over dramatic. But towards the end, she became more likable.

Grant Central Station was supposed to be a big part of the story, but it didn’t seem that important to the characters. The connection didn’t seem to run deep, and often, facts were thrown into the story at important moments to make it seem like a big deal.

Plot: ⅗

It was a predictable contemporary plot. You could tell every twist and turn from a mile away. It was after about 50 pages we really got into the story. The first chapter, a makeout scene, was not very inviting, and if I hadn’t heard a lot of good things about this book, I might have been more hesitant to continue it. The focus on Charlie’s family rather than a boyfriend was refreshing. It was a minor plot point, but it didn’t become the sole focus of Charlie’s attention. And for once, a character didn’t become overwhelmed by her own problems, and instead, Charlie focused on her sister’s big day.

Writing Style: ⅘

Morgan Matson has a hilarious dialogue and the funniest thoughts. Through her writing, I felt a part of the conversations. I was able to laugh with the characters, and I was able to feel the anxiety every time there was a problem.

What did you think of this book?