Tuesday, August 22, 2017

{Review} This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

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Page Count: 320
Published on: October 4, 2016
Published by: Henry Holt & Co. 
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Hardback - personally purchased
Age Rating: YA
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon // Book Depository
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My Rating: 5 stars











Goodreads synopsis:

Sloane isn't expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that's exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera's twin brother and the most serious person Sloane's ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins' late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins' lives.

Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.



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Hey, guys!

     Right before I started my book buying ban, I made a BookOutlet order that had the hardcover of This Adventure Ends in it. This was right after I finished First & Then and I just had to have TAE in my hands. I'm just in love with Emma Mill's writing now. TAE was even better than F&E! It is definitely going to be one of my top books of the year. 

     This Adventure Ends follows the snarky and hilarious Sloane. Sloane is the new girl in her new Florida town. She doesn't expect to become friends with Vera, Gabe, Remy, Aubrey, and Frank. Vera and Gabe are twins. When their late mother's painting is sold, Sloane decides to track it down. This book is full of fantastic friendships, an awesome parental relationship, hilarious banter, and an amazing plot. This book! Read it!

     This book had such a fantastic plot and a wonderful and diverse cast of characters. All of them were so fun to read about. They were all so relatable and natural. They had their own issues and flaws, but they stuck together. The big friend group was so wonderful. Their friendship is solid and their loyalty to each other is so great. Granted, they had their own issues amongst themselves and were prone to miscommunication sometimes, but that's normal! 

     I loved Sloane as the main character. Her voice was so great. She said things that were literally laugh-out-loud hilarious. I found myself laughing in public and I nearly cried during a couple parts of the book. This book was just so wonderfully written. I'm definitely going to be reading the books Emma Mills puts out in the future. Sloane's character development really made the book for me. She has her own flaws, but they're not the over dramatic things that frequent YA books. It's so original and fun.


      I loved the friend group. They all love each other so much even through their flaws. Emma Mills really has a skill for developing friend groups. They are always so loyal to each other, but of course, there's bound to be drama and miscommunication. I loved how they were portrayed in this book. 

     Vera is absolute friend goals. I loved her character. She's so different and she has a constant presence throughout the book. Sometimes girlfriends are just plot devices used to keep the plot going, but Vera was a true friend. I love her so much. She is a sweetheart.

      Gabe is such a cutie. I loved his character. He's kind of a butt at first, but he really grows on you as the book progresses. I loved his relationship with Sloane. It's a very natural and sweet. I shipped them throughout the book. I could just tell that he was a good egg...even with the annoying attitude at the beginning. It's not the main focus of the book, but it was such a great addition. I think I would be total trash for a whole book about Sloane and Gabe's day-to-day interactions. Add Vera and the rest of the gang and it would a hilarious and adorable book. That makes no sense, but....I want more of Sloane's snark and Gabe's attitude. 

      Remy is such a cinnamon roll. He is really flawed and imperfect. His character arc is so great to read. I love how his struggles were handled. I want more of his story. I also loved Frank. He's literally a legend. At first, I wasn't too sure about him, but by the end of the book, I wanted to be his best friend. I really loved the respectful girl and guy friendships. This book is a great example to show to those who think girls and guys can't have platonic friendships. THANK YOU, EMMA MILLS! Also! The female characters are so great in this book. There is no animosity between the girls, even if they aren't friends. I just loved that there wasn't any unneeded girl hate. Sloane literally calls herself out whenever she's being internally rude to others. I loved how aware she was of her actions. Much respect for Sloane. She's the best.
     Sloane's relationship with her parents was so refreshing. Cool and relatable parent relationships are also hard to come by in YA romance/contemporary. I don't know as much about Sloane's mom, but her dad was the best. I wish I had a dad similar to him. I'm a fan. He is such a hilarious and original character I've never read about a character like him before. He's basically an author similar to Nicholas Sparks. I would love to read his books. They sound perfectly cheesy and exactly like what I need in my life. I loved his passion for fanfiction and writing. His introduction to fandom is so REAL! I love love loved it. He and Sloane's mom have a very dynamic relationship and I loved the underlying subplot. 

     I also really liked Sloane's little sister, Laney. She's so cute and is so nine. My baby sister, Bailey, is nine and whenever Laney did anything I just had to nod my head and mutter "oh goodness she's so nine!" I love it when smaller kids are represented well in YA. Sometimes they're really annoying
    
     This book is just so fantastic. I adored every bit of it. I need more books like this. I desperately hope that Mill's books are like this in the future.This was exactly what I needed in my life. I highly recommend this book. 

Other Emma Mills Reviews: 

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Happy reading!
Olivia
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Friday, August 18, 2017

{Friday Reads #1} Currently Reading 8/18 ~ 8/20


Hey, guys!

I'm currently a mess and I can't make up my mind when it comes to committing to a book. I currently have 6 books on my currently reading shelf, which is absolutely ridiculous. I'm currently committed to Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas, but I also want to read and finish the other 5 books on my shelf. It's crazy! 


~Currently Reading~

These are the books that I am currently actively reading. I am a mess and I can't make up my mind. 

  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
    • Currently on: page 109/536
    • Super slow, but I like it. I needed something fast paced for my anxious mood before the semester starts.
  • Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas
    • Currently on: page 113/565
    • My fast paced read to make up for the slow going of StD. 
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    • Currently on: page 175/372
      • I'm currently listening to this book on audio with my boyfriend, Alex. It's a re-listen for him and a reread for me. I read this book back in 2015. 
      • My 2015 Review: {click here}

~Currently on Hold~

      These are the books I've put on hold, but I know I'll get back into. There are some books that I enjoy, but I get bored. I'm not usually one to have 7 books on my currently reading shelf, but that's who I've become this summer. Save me. 
  • City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare
    • Currently on: 292/541
    • I put this on hold because I wasn't feeling the Shadowhunter vibes. I sometimes go back to it when I get in the mood or when I'm not in the mood for my current read. I love it, but for some reason, I'm not on the edge of my seat to finish it right now.  
  • Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels #1) by Anne Bishop
    • Currently on: 135/384
    • I put this on hold for a readalong or for a book club book. It's really dark, so I'm waiting until I'm back into that dark mood. It's also really heavy, so it's a book I'd need to be in a specific mood for. I kinda want to go back to it soon. It's not one of those books I think I'll DNF. 
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik [not shown]
    • Currently at: 286/435
    • I've kind of had this on my currently reading shelf for 2 years...I should finish this book. I don't own it, but I can always access it at the library I work at. 

As you can see, I'm a mess. For some r, ason nothing is holding my interest, but I still want to read the books! I really don't know what's going on. My brain does not want to process great books! 

Comment below if you've ever gone through this. I'd love to find a fellow mess of a reader. 

Happy reading!
Olivia
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

{Review} Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

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Page Count: 161
Published on: October 14, 1926
Published by: Puffin Books
Genre(s): Childrens, Fiction, Classic, Fantasy, YA, European Literature
Source: Paperback - personally purchased
Age Rating: All ages
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon // Book Depository


My Rating: 5 stars







Goodreads synopsis:

For nearly seventy years, readers have been delighted by the adventures of Christopher Robin and his lovable friends.  Paired with the perfectly suited drawings of Ernest H.  Shepard, A.A. Milne's classic story continues to captivate children of all ages.

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"What day is it?"
"It's today," squeaked Piglet.
"My favorite day," said Pooh."
Hey, guys!

     Winnie the Pooh has been such a huge part of my childhood, my teens, and my early adult life. I'm pretty sure Pooh's stories will never leave me. I'm not sure why I've never read Milne's books before, as this one was just fantastic. Reading Winnie the Pooh for the first time was such a huge nostalgia trip. I kept flashing back to when my sisters and I would crowd on the couch to watch the Pooh movies and sing along to the little songs at the top of our lungs. I'm definitely just going to need to get the movies out again and spend a few hours rewatching them. 

     Reading Winnie the Pooh, I realized that A.A. Milne was a really wise and loving person. He originally wrote told the stories to his son Christopher Robin, and later they were written and published. The stories are so wonderfully simple and sweet. The characters - Christopher Robin, Pooh Bear, Piglet, Rabbit (and his relations), Kanga, Roo, Owl, and Eeyore --- were so great to read about. While reading this I noticed that every little character had some kind of unconventional "issue". Pooh was naive, Piglet was fearful, Owl is a bit narcissistic, Rabbit is obsessive compulsive, Kanga is a single mom, Roo is hyper-active, and Eeyore is depressed. They were just so realistic for a children's book. Everyone has their own baggage and I think it was important for Christopher Robin (and the readers) to see people/characters like this. 

     I absolutely adored the writing style of this book. It was very simple and sweet. You can tell that A.A. Milne wrote this for his little son. The love he felt for him permeates every page. The tone and the humor used in the book is quite old fashioned (hello, 1920's charm!), but I just loved it. The stories are timeless and I just want to curl up with my little sisters and cousins and just read these stories to them. No doubt, they would love them. 

     If you grew up with Disney and Pooh Bear and you've never read the stories, then I highly recommend you read these. Disney, naturally, is much more optimistic and cheerful when it comes to the characters. The original, I find is a bit darker, but still has the hope and love that the movies and show had. I think everyone should read this book. I know I will definitely read more Pooh stories. 

Happy reading!
Olivia
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

[TomeTopple: Round 4] Wrap Up



Hey, guys!

     Round 4 of TomeTopple was actually my first attempt at tackling my huge tomes on my TBR through this readathon.This was a really fun experience, but because I started so last minute and because I wasn't too worried about my reading the past week, it's no surprise that I didn't do that great. I managed to finish one tome. This tome was also the book that I was already 150 pages into, so it's not as great of a win. 

If you didn't know that I was taking part in this readathon, then here is the link to my TBR! Click here to see my crazy ambitious TBR!


My Wrap Up:

I only finished 1 tome! I mean I read more than one book between August 4th and 14th, but I only read one actual tome.

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I read Seraphina for TomeTopple. 
This book was 499 pages long and I gave it 4.25 stars. 
I'll have a review up soon! I'm excited to discuss this book with everyone. 
I should have read this book a long time ago!

Challenges Fulfilled:
1. Read more than 1 tome 
3. Read a tome that is part of a series 


I'm not really that proud that I only read one tome, but I'm still not worried about it. I'll take part in another round when I have time. 

Happy reading!
Olivia
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

{Review} All the Feels by Danika Stone

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Page Count: 366
Published on: June 7, 2016
Published by: Swoon Reads
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Source: Paperback - personally purchased
Age Rating: YA
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon // Book Depository
Twitter: @



My Rating: 4 stars







Goodreads synopsis:

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.


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Hey, guys!

     This is another book that I read for the booktube-a-thon! Oh my gosh I read so many amazing nerdy books that week! This was definitely one of them. My main issue was that the main character was so melodramatic that it got pretty annoying. The friendships, the relationships, and the nerdiness in this book were just fabulous and I wanted so much more after I finished. Not to mention, the main character's name is Liv! We're so different, but so alike! 

     Liv is in her first year of college turns to crap when her favorite character is killed off in her favorite movie franchise. Liv is a wreck. She cannot handle it. After a long period of moping and wallowing in sorrow, Liv decides that she can't just let Captain Spartan die. She and her best friend Xander decide to begin a #SpartanSurvived campaign through the use of social media and the fandom community. As she begins her campaign, Liv has to figure out how to balance her school, her friends, and her family. 

     I really enjoyed this book. The whole fandom aspect was really fun to read about and I really loved how Liv pushed to show her love of fandom was normal. Granted, she didn't handle her grief at times, but she really did grow as the book continued on. I really enjoyed her character growth. She was really melodramatic throughout, but it only really bothered me because it could have been avoided with communication skills. She just didn't communicate well enough, so I got annoyed. 

    Xander was supe cute. I loved that he always cosplayed in steampunk or 19th century stuff. He was super sweet and I loved the way he spoke. I was thrown off at first, but it was so cool. I loved it when he got excited and just slipped back into really random modern slang. His love for McDonalds gave me life. He and Liv's friendship is the best. I want more friendships like that in YA. 

    There were only a couple things that I didn't like about this book. One was Liv's constant melodramatic attitude and the other was her issues with her mother. Their drama and beef was never actually resolved at the end of the book. I would have hoped for some kind of happy ending when it came to thier relationship, but I don't consider it resolved. 

    Overall, this book was pretty cute. I recommend it to the nerdy fandom readers out there. 

Other Books You Will Love:
Happy reading!
Olivia
~LivTheBookNerd~


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

{Review} The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs & Kelly Bastow

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Page Count: 208
Published on: May 12, 2015
Published by: Quirk Books
Genre(s): Nonfiction, Feminism, Humor, Graphic Novel, Guide
Source: Hardback - personally purchased
Age Rating: N/A
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon // Book Depository
Twitter@sammaggs & @Moosekleenex



My Rating: 3 stars







Goodreads synopsis:

Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild. 


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Hey, guys!

      This is going to be a pretty short review. I don't have much to say about this book, but that's just because I'm not used to reviewing books like this. *shrug* Overall, I was underwhelmed when it came to this book. I was really hoping for something much more...much..? It didn't have "muchness" as the Hatter would say. 

      This book was laugh out loud hilarious. I loved Magg's voice. She speaks like a fangirl...a usually grammatically correct fangirl. I adored her little bits about fangirl-speak, the profiles for the different fandoms, and the interviews with the different kinds of fangirls. I just loved the inclusion of the different fangirls and the emphasis on doing what you love. The whole discussion on being a fangirl was just so fantastic and had me whispering: "yessss! that's me!" at 11:30 in the evening. I was constantly sending pictures of my favorite bits to my boyfriend (he was at work or asleep so he either came home to a butt-ton of messages or he woke up to them...either way he was blessed). 

     The feminist message in this book was so great! It's pretty evident that Sam Maggs has the true meaning of feminism down. It was also great that she didn't push anything either. She had a great section towards the end, but it wasn't pushy. It really inspired me to think critically about the films, the shows, the books, etc. that I read. I loved the discussion the book could possibly inspire. Go, Sam Maggs!

     Some of the topics that were discussed were not very relevant to me, but I really did enjoy reading/skimming those sections. I'm actually quite interested in going to cons and such, but money. Cosplay? Yes please! Time? Sorry, I don't have much. This was just a super fun topic to read about. 

     Overall, this book was very informative and fun to read, but I did skim some sections that weren't relevant to my fangirl identity. This is a great book for those who want to enhance their fangirl image or for fangirls that want to grow and become even nerdier (in the best way!). 

Happy reading!
Olivia
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

{Cover Reveal} Her by Danielle Rose


Hey, guys!

Today I'm happy to reveal an awesome cover for the OfTomes short horror story: HER by Danielle Rose. This story sounds fantastic and I can't wait to dive into it in September!

 

Goodreads synopsis:

Kemper Academy is over a hundred years old, but it has only recently reopened after a series of murders and stories of hauntings shut it down. Avlynn, a new student, refuses to let the rumors scare her, chalking them up to a bit of friendly freshman hazing. But when night falls and screams draw her from her room, she finds the truth is much more horrifying than any ghost story.


PLEASE NOTE: At just over 2,600 words, this is a HORROR short story.
 

Release Date: September 19
Published by: OfTomes Publishing
Genre: Horror
Goodreads // Book Bub // Amazon ($0.99!)







REVIEWS

“Danielle Rose is one of the best new writers, and I love everything I’ve read from her so far!”
– Amazon Reviewer

“This is an incredibly frightening short story that I absolutely loved reading! I am a huge fan of horror and this author definitely does not disappoint”
– Amazon Reviewer

“I huddled in my chair and looked over my shoulder quite a few times while reading this. I found myself kept poking my e-reader to continue reading on the last page, and I’m sure I won’t be the only one who feels that way after finishing this story. I will probably sleep with the lights on for days, though…”
– AndieLovesBooks

“I enjoyed this story from the very first sentence. Ms. Rose clearly put thought into finding heavy duty words. Almost all of the sentences in [Her] do more than just one job: character building, world building, atmosphere building, etc. Which is a very good thing, in this short story. (In any short story, really). My favorite part of this story was the way it fits within the horror genre. There was plenty of tension and atmosphere, a spooky setting and a great legend to go with it, and even a set of well-developed characters. Despite all of these elements that were appropriate to the horror genre, however, the gore level (and by this I mean level of description of blood, ghosts, hauntings, etc that make horror so horrifying) was at the perfect level for me. It was scary and other-worldly, but not graphic.”
– Busy, Busy Book Wyrm

“WOW!! What a wickedly scary short story! As an avid horror fan, I was truly impressed with this story. It gave me goosebumps. It was extremely well written and flowed with great ease. It packed a hell of a punch in its 14 pages. Wicked!!”
– Amazon Reviewer




About the Author: Danielle Rose


Danielle Rose holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently residing in the Midwest, where she spends her days dreaming of warmer temperatures, when she’s not writing, Danielle enjoys pretending she lives in California, spending an embarrassing amount of time at Hobby Lobby, and binge-watching Netflix.

For more information about Danielle Rose, visit her website: {click here}.





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Happy reading!
Olivia
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

{Review} The Demigod Diaries (Heroes of Olympus Companion) by Rick Riordan

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Page Count: 244
Published on: August 14, 2012
Published by: Disney-Hyperion Books
Genre(s): Fantasy, Mythology, YA, Adventure, Short Stories, Middle Grade 
Source: Hardback - personally purchased secondhand
Age Rating: MG/YA
Where To Find It: Goodreads // Amazon // Book Depository
Twitter@camphalfblood


My Rating: 4 stars






Goodreads synopsis:

What dangers do runaway demigods Luke and Thalia face on their way to Camp Half-Blood? Are Percy and Annabeth up to the task of rescuing stolen goods from a fire-breathing giant who doesn't take kindly to intruders? How exactly are Leo, Piper, and Jason supposed to find a runaway table, dodge a band of party-loving Maenads (who just might be a little psychotic), and stave off a massive explosion...all in one hour or less? With his trademark wit and creativity, Rick Riordan answers these questions and more in three never-before-seen short stories that provide vital back-story to the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books. Original art, enlightening character interviews and profiles, puzzles, and a quiz add to the fun in this action-packed collection.

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Hey, guys!

     This was the first book that I read for the booktube-a-thon and it really kick started my reading progress throughout the week. This book was an amazing refresher of the Percy Jackson world. I didn't realize how much I missed the world until I read this collection of short stories. 

      I absolutely adored the short stories in this book. I loved hearing about pre-PJ Luke, Thalia, and Annabeth. It was so interesting to read about what they went through before they made it to Camp Halfblood. 

      Leo's story was just flat-out hilarious. I just love his character so much. After reading Leo's story, I just realized that I really miss the Heroes of Olympus books (and the Percy Jackson books, but LEO AND NICO ARE MY FAVORITES!). I just really need to do a reread of all of the books, but I don't have time! I also have other books I have  to read soon, so that's an issue. I remember last year I planned to do a big reread in August, but it never happened. Oh well. 

I'm rambling...Let's get back to this review! 

     I really enjoyed Percy and Annabeth's story as well. I just adore their relationship and I'd read anything about them... their day-to-day --all of the boring little details in their lives. I want it all. I just love them so much. 

     I think this little paragraph needs to be an appreciation moment for Martha and George. They are probably some of the funniest characters in the Riordan books. I love them and they are perfect. Hermes better appreciate. Give them all the rats. 

     Haley Riordan is such a talented writer. I loved his short story and I expect great books from him someday. I loved his serious tone and the insight that he had on the Mist. Alabaster is such a badass and I really want to know more about his character and how he would affect the series and the world. I think Haley was 16 when he wrote the story, but the internet says he's 22 now. That's so crazy! 

     This was such a great refresher of the Percy Jackson universe. I really need to do a huge binge/reread of the books. If anyone would like to do that in December or something, let me know. I'll need the PJ vibes to get me through finals. 

My Riordan Reviews: 

Happy reading!
Olivia
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