[Waiting on Wednesday] Lady Renegades (Rebel Belle, #3) by Rachel Hawkins

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Title: Lady Renegades
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publication: April 12th 2016 by Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary

 Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark’s battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.

Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenaged girls into Paladins—and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from.  Ordinarily, Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town, which means her life is on the line yet again.

Now, it’s a desperate race for Harper to find and rescue David before she backslides from superhero to your garden-variety type-A belle.

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About the author:

rachel hawkins

Rachel Hawkins is the author of the New York Times bestselling Hex Hall series from Hyperion, and Rebel Belle series. She was born in Virginia and raised in Alabama. This means she uses words like “y’all” and “fixin’” a lot, and considers anything under 60 degrees to be borderline Arctic. Before deciding to write books about kissing and fire (and sometimes kissing while on fire), Rachel taught high school English for 3 years, and is still capable of teaching you The Canterbury Tales if you’re into that kind of thing.


Lack of Inspiration

I’m completely out of ideas. I honestly don’t know what to post anymore. I have been reading and finishing books for me to write reviews. At least to post simultaneously as possible. But really, I’m trying my best to write things like this to show how I’m currently feeling.

I’m feeling stressed out *cues twenty one pilots*. School has been a big huge, titanic, gargantuan, and anything that is a synonym to gigantic, barrier to my blogging and reading. Oh how I wish that tests and homework never existed. Then I would be reading right now. I have so much to do that I have to prioritize them. I want to balance things out but school’s outweighing the other.

If you wonder what I always do in my life, I take pictures of my books then post it on Instagram, I eat, I read (obviously), and I sleep. That’s just the gist of my life. I go to Instagram when I’m bored and I go to Facebook too. I also go there to find inspiration, and I sometimes can’t find any.

Well, there goes my lack of inspiration.

[Review] What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

what we sawTitle: What We Saw
Author: Aaron Hartzler
Publication: September 22nd 2015 by Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 336
Format: ARC

 Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids.

But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, Kate suspects she doesn’t have all the details. When Stacey levels charges against four of Kate’s classmates, the whole town erupts into controversy. Facts that can’t be ignored begin to surface, and every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?

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My thoughts:

I received this Advanced Reader’s Copy from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

I did not expect to like this mystery/thriller book. First I thought that it was going to be a cliché kind-of book, but it went pretty well as the book continued to pace. This book earned a lot of great reviews and I am happy to say, that I am one of the people who will give this one.

This book has elements from the author’s life and those are what captured me, especially the part the characters live an evangelical life. I also like the part where Ben’s mom’s shelf is arranged alphabetically. Ain’t nobody got time fo dat. I read this book without reading any reviews to be surprised. There were some parts that are disappointing, but the ending was so beautiful and unexpected. And that’s what I like when reading books, blowing me away.

The topography of who I am is different now, but the continent of my heart will always bear a jagged edge, where once I knew the perfect fit of true connection. I used to wonder if I would ever fall in love and if the person who I loved would love me back.

The main character tries to solve the puzzle of what really happened to Stacey Stallard in John Doone’s house, partying all night resulted to Stacey getting raped. Kate gets along with Ben, her childhood friend and the most popular and handsome kid in the school. Their relationship is the talk-of-the-town and it is the best relationship Kate has ever had. Reporters are zeroing in on the case happened to Stacey, and asking multitudes of questions to students who were present at the party in Doone’s house. Kate, likewise, wants to solve what happened and gets guilty for what happened to Stacey.

That summary I made is not really captivating, but it really is when you look between the lines. Kate is a kind-hearted person with a strong personality. Ben is a sweet and loving person with anger issues triggered to his mom.

“Nothing is exactly as it appears. The closer you look, the more you see.”

Now, I want to read Rapture Practice, a memoir written by Aaron Hartzler himself about living with an evangelical family whilst being gay. His words in What We Saw are beautiful, and no doubt that in his memoir, it will be more beautiful.

I fully recommend this book to you, people. This book contains a lot of good things like characters, plot, cover, ending and a never-ending list of it. I can’t wait for this to be published and distributed and can’t wait for you guys to read it!

4 swords4 swords for the awesome ending!

About the author:

aaron hartzler

Aaron Hartzler is the author of Rapture Practice (Little, Brown), a memoir about getting kicked out of his Christian high school two weeks before graduation. The New York Times called Rapture Practice “effervescent and moving, evocative and tender.” It was also named one of Kirkus Reviews and Amazon’s Best Books of 2013, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. His next book, a novel called What We Saw, will be published by HarperTeen on September 22, 2015. It’s the story of a girl named Kate whose friend is assaulted by student athletes at a party, and how Kate navigates small town politics to find out what really happened. Aaron lives by the beach in Santa Monica with his two dogs, Charlie and Brahms.

[Review] Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy


Title: Dumplin’
Author: Julie Murphy
Publication: September 15th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

 Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked . . . until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

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My thoughts:

That was quite disappointing. I know it holds a valuable lesson to the readers, but everything just felt dragging. I did quite enjoy a lot of parts, but somehow, I felt bored and undecided on how to rate this book.

The characters are great, but the plot is just disappointing. It could have been better on some parts. Willowdean Dickson is a fat girl who goes by the nickname “Dumplin'” created by her mom. She finds herself a job and meets Bo Larson who she finds cute and attractive.

“Loyalty is being there for someone. It’s about standing by someone’s side even when you don’t want to. Because you love them.”

Willowdean has a strong personality. She is a brave woman and it was well-written in her perspective. Although I find it hard to connect with her, I still manage to understand what she is feeling and that’s what really makes a good book.

I like the parts where Willowdean stands up for herself even though everyone is bringing her down. It is a valuable lesson that needs to be taught to everyone. This book teaches people who are physically-challenged to accept their flaws and just flaunt whatever they have. Because it is what makes you unique and you show them what you are capable of.

Perfection is nothing more than a phantom shadow we’re all chasing.

The ending was unsatisfying for me. It has no closureand I wish it could have been longer because the ending teaches a meaningful lesson. It could have been better.

I would love to read more books written by Julie Murphy although I’m scared to read more from her because I really didn’t like her style of writing. It was just too hard to read even though I’m trying my very best. *I wanna be the very best…*

I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn’t. Despite that, I’m still giving this a fair rating because I did quite enjoy it besides my problems in this book.

sad simba

3 swords3 swords for ugh-agh

About the author:

julie murphy

Julie Murphy lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cat who tolerates her. When she’s not writing or trying to catch stray animals, Julie can be found in a library smelling old books and manning the reference desk. Her acclaimed first novel is Side Effects May Vary.

[Cover Reveal] Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick

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Title: Every Exquisite Thing
Author: Matthew Quick
Publication: 2016 by Little, Brown
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

 Nanette O’Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hard-working student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bubblegum Reaper—the mysterious, out-of-print cult-classic—the rebel within Nanette awakens.

As she befriends the reclusive author, falls in love with a young but troubled poet, and attempts to insert her true self into the world with wild abandon, Nanette learns the hard way that sometimes rebellion comes at a high price.

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1 — He Was an Adult and I Was Still a Kid

The last lunch period before Christmas break junior year, when I arrived at Mr. Graves’s classroom, he was full of holiday cheer and smiling much more than usual. We had been eating alone together for months. But for that day, his wife had baked me a plate of Italian pizzelle cookies, which made me wonder what Mr. Graves had been telling her about me. The cookies looked like giant snowflakes and tasted like black licorice. We each had one, and then Mr. Graves handed me a small box wrapped in blue paper dotted with the white silhouettes of reindeer equipped with enormous antlers. I had never received a present from a teacher before. It seemed significant.

“Just a little something from one cafeteria avoider to another,” he said, and smiled.

I tore into the wrapping paper.

Inside was a paperback novel called The Bubblegum Reaper, written by Nigel Booker. The cover was taped to the spine, and the pages had yellowed. It smelled like an old camping tent that had remained slightly damp for fifty years. On the white front was one of those long Grim Reaper scythes with the curved blade at the top, only it was made entirely of rainbow-​colored gumballs—like someone had arranged them that way on white marble. The image was certainly weird. It both frightened and lured.

I opened the book to the first page.

The dedication read “For the archery pit.”

Bizarre, I thought.

I quickly flipped through the dog-​eared pages and saw that someone had underlined hundreds of passages throughout.

“I read that book when I was your age, and it changed my life,” Mr. Graves said. “It’s out of print. Probably worth some money, but it’s just not the type of book you sell. I scanned the entire thing and made a digital file a long time ago. And I promised myself that I’d pass my copy on to the right student whenever he or she came along. It’s maybe not the most literary work in the world. Probably a bit dated. But it’s a cult classic and I have a feeling that it might be the perfect read for you. Maybe even a rite of passage for people like us. Anyway, Merry Christmas, Nanette O’Hare.”

When I gave Mr. Graves a thank-​you hug, he stiffened and said, “No need for all that.” Then he laughed nervously as he gently pushed me away.

His doing that made me angry at the time, but later I sort of got why he was being cautious. He saw what was coming before I did, because he was an adult and I was still a kid.

I began reading that night.

(For Chapter 2: http://www.ew.com/article/2015/09/10/matthew-quick-every-exquisite-thing-excerpt)

About the author:

matthew quick

Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels, including THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, which was made into an Oscar-winning film. His work has been translated into thirty languages and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. Q lives with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Bessette, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

[Review] Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

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Title: Fans of the Impossible Life
Author: Kate Scelsa
Publication: September 8th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, LGBT
Pages: 368
Format: ARC

 Mira is starting over at Saint Francis Prep. She promised her parents she would at least try to pretend that she could act like a functioning human this time, not a girl who can’t get out of bed for days on end, who only feels awake when she’s with Sebby.

Jeremy is the painfully shy art nerd at Saint Francis who’s been in self-imposed isolation after an incident that ruined his last year of school. When he sees Sebby for the first time across the school lawn, it’s as if he’s been expecting this blond, lanky boy with mischief glinting in his eye.

Sebby, Mira’s gay best friend, is a boy who seems to carry sunlight around with him. Even as life in his foster home starts to take its toll, Sebby and Mira together craft a world of magic rituals and impromptu road trips, designed to fix the broken parts of their lives.

As Jeremy finds himself drawn into Sebby and Mira’s world, he begins to understand the secrets that they hide in order to protect themselves, to keep each other safe from those who don’t understand their quest to live for the impossible.

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My thoughts: (*may contain minor spoilers)

I received this Advanced Reader’s Edition copy from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

I just read another book that talks about diversity. Although I cringed on some parts, I did enjoy reading this book especially when it was reaching to the end. The end was too soon though, but it ended really well. And there are a lot of things to talk about in this book, but I’ll probably end up saying few things. That is just me. Deal with it.

First things first, the writing style was a big wow to me. This book contains first, second and third person point-of-view, like who the heck has the time to that? I applaud Kate Scelsa for the uniqueness in writing this wonderfully crafted book. Jeremy has the first person point-of-view. Sebby has the second person POV which is really, really confusing because I’m not too familiar and comfortable with the speaker talking with the word “you”. And Mira has the third person POV.

“May we live impossibly against all odds. May people look at us and wonder how such jewels can sparkle in the sad desert of the world. May we live the impossible life.”

The characters in this book are too cute. Jeremy is an artist who was bullied before and became really unsociable. Then he met Mira (Miranda) and Sebby (Sebastian) who turned to be his friends as he approached them for his to-come Art Club. In spite of everything that happened to him, there was this person who was always there for him and his name is Peter, a teacher in his school.

I had a problem in the start because it was too boring, and I keep on reading and just waiting for that spark that will pique my interest. Soon, I found myself not stopping on reading this amazing book because their trio friendship is literally everything you will wish for. Jeremy as the will-do-anything and quiet friend. Sebby as the happy and funny friend. Mira as the nice and caring friend.

This book exemplifies equality to all people, gender-wise. Jeremy’s father is divorced and has married a boy which technically is his other father (or stepfather?). In this book, they are the first couple who were married with the same gender. This book teaches us to stand up for ourselves even though we are tormented by people around us, teasing us with insulting words.

“In a really good thrift store you feel like you’re in a room with all of these stories, and it’s up to you to go and find the stories that you want to bring home with you.”

*Every part where Sebby and Jeremy have this intimacy, I just laugh and cringe at the same time. I don’t know why, but I just felt like wincing at some moments. I know I should not, but I just couldn’t imagine them together. I do not ship them. I will sink their ship in any means possible. Sebby deserves someone else. Jeremy deserves someone else.

Not to mention that this large book has a really cute cover. And this book was recommended to me by a friend. Without this person, I would have no plan on reading this beautiful book.

4 swords4 swords for an awesome diverse book

About the author:

kate scelsa

Kate Scelsa writes plays and books. Her young adult novel “Fans of the Impossible Life” will be coming out September 8, 2015 from HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray. She’s represented by the amazing Brianne Johnson at Writers House.

Kate grew up in New Jersey, went to school at Sarah Lawrence College, and now lives in Brooklyn with her wife and two black cats. Current interests include: angsty singing ladies, interior revolutions, and exterior adornments. Also – nostalgia as an art form. And – spiritual conspiracy theories.

[Review] Unborn (The Birthright Theft Series, #1) by Daniel Gage

unbornTitle: Unborn
Author: Daniel Gage
Publication: August 15th 2015 by Vanquish Books
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action
Pages: 263
Format: E-book

 “It’s nothing personal. You’re just part of the transaction.”

Cameron Briggs always wondered what the strange birthmark on his shoulder meant. For his entire life, it seemed he was never meant to be anything special, that is, until the day it happened. Something dormant inside of him awoke.

In the near future, birthright theft is on the rise, a vast network of dealers offering desperate buyers the chance to steal a more desirable next life. Their power and influence is absolute, with little standing in their way. However, unexpected anomalies in the process endow unique abilities to their victims who, once identified, are offered one chance – to save our world or destroy it, one Unborn child at a time.

With the truth shrouded in conspiracy, Emma Jennings, a troubled but strong-minded young agent with a defiant reputation, is determined to prove these crimes exist. But in order to accomplish her goal, she’ll need to find the one victim who can turn the tide of her war.

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My thoughts:

Okay, it’s my first time to read in an e-book format. No kidding. Don’t judge me. I only read this because I just felt like it.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s an action-packed sci-fi book that will make you turn its pages. The writing style was easy to get into, and I didn’t realize that I could like a book like this.

It could have been better if Unborn and Benefactor were thoroughly explained throughout the book. I just felt some points lacking and didn’t understand the parts, and it felt like the book was bouncing from one place to another without a concrete and informative description.

This is what love is like for the wealthy. It only lasts until bad times, or something better comes along.

Cameron Briggs, unbeknownst to what is happening, is an Unborn who has a strange Sanskrit birthmark on his shoulder. He has been found by an agent called Emma Jenning who has been driven to eradicate birthright theft.

They go places to places to find this dangerous dealer called Dealer X, his identity unknown. And this dealer works for a person called Alexandre who is a Benefactor himself to find his kind-of alter ego, the Unborn.

It is said that if an Unborn does good things, bad things will happen to the Benefactor. Vice versa. I really like the concept of this book, but I have already read a book like this, still I enjoyed it.

Anything was better than absolute nothing.

It started meh but as I continue to read it, it becomes better and better until the end. The characters in this book are confusing as well; it has a lot of different views on different characters which is baffling. But, the world and the action it builds slowly captivate me as I immerse myself in this book.

I definitely recommend this book! It has just been recently released and it’s available on Kindle and you can order it on Amazon. But I’m hosting a giveaway on my Instagram account to win a signed copy of this book that will end on August 31. There will be 3 winners.

4 swords4 swords for a good action-packed book

About the author:

daniel gage

Growing up in a small mountain town, Daniel Gage never saw a television until he was a teenager. Instead he locked himself in his father’s library and explored the engines of his imagination.

Today he lives in Arizona, and when he’s not watching his very big television, rebuilding a computer, or wagering life and limb, he locks himself in his own library to write science fiction.

He is also a technology threat analyst for a company he cannot name, for security reasons.

He recently released Silo 7 and its sequel Failsafe, set in the world of Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga.

His new book, Unborn, is taking preorders and set to release August 15, 2015.