WWW # 1 (June 23)

WWW is a blog prompt that asks three questions.

What did you recently finish reading, what are you currently reading, and what are you going to read next?

More diverse posts have been a long time coming on my blog and I hope that I will find the time to write more posts. I want to write so much more than reviews, but reviews come easy to me because I usually know how I feel about a particular book. But I’m glad to be branching out and writing more varied posts.

So ‘W’ Number 1 – What did you recently finish reading?

The last book that I finished reading was Paper Towns by John Green. As you will see in an upcoming review, I don’t really like Green’s writing but I read it because of the movie that is coming out next month. I watched the movie trailer right after I finished reading it and I can already tell that there are a lot of things that are much different than the book. Overall, I like this book more than The Fault in Our Stars, but I will definitely not be reading any more John Green books unless another one is made into a movie.

‘W’ Number 2 – What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading both All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven and The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. All The Bright Places is one of the best YA books that I’ve read in a while. So far, it’s been very engaging and I can’t wait to see what happens to Violet and Finch.

Although I heard about The Royal We through YA circles on Twitter, I don’t think that I would classify this book as YA. I like it so far and know that the story extends over a decade. The story arc is believable and cute, and Bex is a really relatable character.

‘W’  Number 3 – What are you planning on reading next?

Next, I am planning on reading The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. I feel like I haven’t been reading enough classics lately. Before I joined the book community online, I pretty much only read classics. But on Twitter and other blogs, I always see more NA, YA, and overall contemporary books recommended, so those are the books that I now tend to gravitate toward at the bookstore and the library. But I want to read more of the faithful classic novels and The Picture of Dorian Gray is one that have been meaning to read for a while now.

XOXO,

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P.S. I Still Love You – Review


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Title: P.S. I Still Love You
Author: Jenny Han
Date of Publication: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Format: Hard Cover (Thanks Secret Sister)
Source: Amazon
My Rating: 3.5/5
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GoodReads Blurb: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

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When I finished reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before for the first time this past January I was already eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. The story was interesting and the writing felt different than other YA romances that I’d read, including other books by Jenny Han. I really liked it and I always recommend it to people that I know like YA, romance, and good writing.

After so much waiting, I was excited when the release of P.S I Still Love You was pushed up from it’s initial June release to the last week in May. My amazing Secret Sister preordered it for me a few months ago and it came just two days after the book was released.

I had heard lots of bloggers and bookstagrammers saying that they didn’t like it as much as the first book, but that they wished that they had reread TATBILB before reading PSISLY, so my sister and I decided to read it together again before the release. I enjoyed reading it again and it was interesting to read it for a second time knowing what the ending would be.

When I started reading P.S. I Still Love You, I was very excited but I tried not to get my hopes up too high because of some of the negative things I had said about it. The great thing about this book is that since I reread TATBILB before reading it, it seemed like no time had passed between the end of the first book and the beginning of the second. The writing felt the same and the way characters spoke didn’t seem to change at all from book to book.

I love that Han developed the John Ambrose McClaren story line because, other than just hearing him described, I really did, like Lara Jean, want to see how he turned out. He was a great character and I think that he brought out the best in Han’s writing and character building.

Overall, I really did like this book and the way that it was written. Personally, I hoped that everything would have turned out differently in the end, but for the sake of those who haven’t read it yet, I’ll refrain from spoilers. I highly recommend this book and the one that came before it. It tells the cute and lovely story of a young girl in love and I truly enjoyed it.

XOXO,

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Alive – Review

 

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Title: Alive
Author: Scott Sigler
Date of Publication: July 14, 2015
Publisher: Del Rey Spectra
Format: e-ARC (Thanks Net Galley)
Source: Net Galley
My Rating: 4/5
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Alive is the story of girl who suddenly wakes up inside of a small coffin in an unfamiliar place. She doesn’t remember her own name or who she is; all she knows for certain is that it is the morning of her twelfth birthday. She realizes that she woke up because something punctured her neck and, with adrenaline pumping, uses all of her strength to break out of the confining box. When she finally busts out, she looks around to see other coffins surrounding her in a large stone room. She hears someone else struggling inside and quickly helps to break them out. Inside is another girl, also certain that she is twelve, but obviously much older. Together, the two girls break open the other boxes in the room and find six dead bodies and four others that are still alive, all appearing about nineteen or twenty years old, but sure that they’re twelve years old. Now, with strange markings on their heads and no idea who they are, save a first initial and last name imprinted on each coffin, the six of them must figure out who they are and who put them where they are now.

I requested this book from Net Galley because Scott Sigler has interviewed Pierce Brown and promoted Red Rising, so I wanted to read something by him as well. I was excited to read it because I have been reading a lot more sci-fi lately. This is the first, and so far only, book that I have been approved for on Net Galley, but I will definitely be requesting many more.

This is the first book that I have read by Scott Sigler and it is also his newest book. It will be released in the middle of next month. I read this book back in April and I decided that it should be my next review because I wanted to review a book that I really liked since it’s been a while since I last posted. I’ve been busy with school ending and summer starting so I will have time to write and post more.

Alive is the story of girl who finds out that her name is M. Savage after struggling to get out of a box that she has been trapped inside of. After meeting five others in the same position as herself, they must work together to get out of the seemingly endless building, of which they are prisoners.

I really enjoyed this book because of the mystery that it included. It was interesting to learn things about the characters as the characters learned them as well. There was a new discovery in every chapter and moral dilemmas around every corner. Em slowly learned things about herself and remembered things that had been said to her. Her memories were foggy but she slowly remembered different things about herself and her past.

I really enjoyed this book and the writing. The way that Sigler writes is very engaging and pulled me into the story and the plot. I am excited for this book to be released next month and I will definitely be buying a physical copy. Alive is the first book in the Generations Trilogy and I can’t wait to read the next two books.

XOXO,

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