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Quote Corner #19: Caraval

Happy Tuesday!! ❤ I hope you’re all having a lovely day so far.
This morning I will be sharing a few quotes from Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Hope you enjoy!! 🙂

She remembered her first impression of him, tall, roughly handsome, and dangerous, like poison dressed up in an attractive bottle.

She imagined loving him would feel like falling in love with darkness, frightening and consuming yet utterly beautiful when the stars came out.

Hope is a powerful thing. Some say it’s a different breed of magic altogether. Elusive, difficult to hold on to. But not much is needed.

It is not fate, it is simply the future observing that which we crave most. Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.

She remembered thinking falling for him would be like falling in love with darkness, but now she imagined he was more like a starry night: the constellations were always there, constant, magnificent guides against the ever-present black.

I read Caraval two years ago and I really enjoyed it! It was an exciting and mystical story unlike anything else that I’ve ever read before. I read it fairly quickly and had such a great time with it. I liked the writing style and there were some very beautiful quotes, like the ones above, that stood out to me.
As much as I did enjoy it, I really don’t think that I’ll be going any further with the series.

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Review: Something Like Normal

Hello and happy Friday, my lovely readers! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today I’m back with a review for my latest read, Something Like Normal, which is the first full-length novel that I’ve read in I don’t even know how long. I wasn’t thrilled with it, but it was enjoyable for the most part.
Happy reading! 😉

Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance, Mental Illness, War
Pages: 224
Publication Date: June 2012
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read June 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.

Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR?
Are there any other books that you’ve read about soldiers with PTSD that you would recommend?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below! 🙂

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Quote Corner #18: Bad Girls With Perfect Faces

Good morning and happy Tuesday! I hope you’ve all been having the loveliest of days so far!
Today I am sharing a few magnificent quotes from this fantastic YA thriller that I read last summer.
Hope you enjoy!! ❤

He started getting dressed, putting his clothes on in reverse of the order Ivy had taken them off him – underwear, T-shirt, jeans. Xavier imagined himself in a video playing backward, the love Xavier poured out at her being funneled back into his chest, the taste of her lips leaving his, walking backward out of that room, shutting his closed heart.

The funny thing about spending a ton of time with someone is that eventually you can’t tell what they look like, Your brain just fills in what you already know. But suddenly, it was like she was a brand-new person he’d never seen before. She looked powerful and strong and solid. She was beautiful.

The faraway monster always looks different than the monster in front of you, in your arms, in your heart. When someone you cherish does something incomprehensible, you will find reasons to decide they are the exception. You will cling to the details, tell yourself, but this is different. But it never is..

This book was such a pleasant surprise. I don’t read thrillers all that often, but this book makes me want to read more of them!
I loved the plot and characters in this story, but I also fell in love with the writing style and can’t wait to read more of this author’s books.
If you’re looking for a unique, well-written, and very entertaining YA mystery/thriller, I would recommend giving this one a go!

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Review: Drama

Good evening and happy Friday! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!
Today I’m back with a new book review (finally). This is the first book that I’ve been able to get myself through in almost a month, which is the most frustrating thing ever! I don’t think I’ve ever been in such a terrible slump before. I had fun with this graphic novel though!!
I hope you enjoy!! 🙂

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Genre: Middle Grade / Young Adult – Graphic Novel, Contemporary
Pages: 238
Publication Date: September 2012
My Rating: 2.75 of 5 stars
Read June 2020

Goodreads Synopsis:
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she can’t really sing. Instead she’s the set designer for the drama department stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen. And when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

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Have you read Drama? Have you read any of this author’s other books?
What are your favourite graphic novels?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments down below! 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me today – I hope to see you again very soon!! ❤

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Quote Corner #17: The Fault in Our Stars

Happy Tuesday, my lovely readers! I hope you’re all doing well. ❤
This morning I’m sharing a few quotes that I love from one of my favourite contemporary romances, The Fault in Our Stars.
I hope you enjoy!! 🙂

As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”

“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

“Maybe she wasn’t loved widely, but she was loved deeply. Isn’t that more than most of us get?”

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal.

What a slut time is. She screws everybody.

The marks humans leave are too often scars.

“May I see you again?” he asked. There was an endearing nervousness in his voice.
I smiled. “Sure.”
“Tomorrow?” he asked.
“Patience, grasshopper,” I counseled. “You don’t want to seem overeager.
“Right, that’s why I said tomorrow,” he said. “I want to see you again tonight. But I’m willing to wait all night and much of tomorrow.” I rolled my eyes. “I’m serious,” he said.
“You don’t even know me,” I said. I grabbed the book from the center console. “How about I call you when I finish this?”
“But you don’t even have my phone number,” he said.
“I strongly suspect you wrote it in this book.”
He broke out into that goofy smile. “And you say we don’t know each other.”

“I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.”

Gah, I want to paste the entire contents of this book on here! The writing style is simply beautiful, as is the story itself. I read this novel five years ago, but it is a story that touched my heart and I will never forget.
I also very much enjoyed the movie adaptation. I thought that it was done brilliantly and the casting was fantastic. It’s a movie that I could watch countless times over and over again without ever growing tired of it.
I would love to reread this book in the future, hopefully soon. You know what, I just might do it!

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Quote Corner #16: Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall

Hello, hello, and happy Tuesday! I hope you’ve all had an excellent start to your week! ❤
I read this book many years ago and loved it! Here are a few of my favourite quotes.
Happy reading! 😉

“I bet if you go through the rest of your life telling yourself, “I’m sparkling,” you’ll have a whole different energy and experience.”

“I’m going to tell you a secret. Our lives are shaped by the future, not by the past. Once you decide how you want your life to be, all you need to do is live into that future.”

Be honest, but don’t hurt anyone’s feelings; be independent, but not a loner; be smart, but not a nerd; be sexy, but not a slut; be skinny, but don’t barf up your burger; be funny, but not to hide some other deficiency. How the heck is a girl supposed to “be” anything?

I love Wendy Mass! Her middle grade books, particularly The Willow Falls series, played such a huge role in my life when I was growing up. I adore her writing style and wish that she would write more stories in the young adult genre in the future! As far as I know, Heaven Looks A Lot Like the Mall is her only YA book, but I would love to read more.

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My Blog’s Name in Books Tag

Good evening, everyone! I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy! ❤
Today I’m back with a really fun tag using books from your Goodreads TBR to spell out the name of your blog. I have a massive TBR on Goodreads with over 800 books, so I don’t think I’ll have a hard time completing this challenge! Hope you enjoy!! 🙂

This awesome tag was originally created by Fictionophile!

Here are the rules:
1.  Spell out your blog’s name. 
2. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. You cannot add to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR!
3. Have fun!

Anyone is welcome to use the graphic as long as they link back to their page: Fictionophile

Without further ado, here is my blog’s name in book titles: Continue reading “My Blog’s Name in Books Tag”

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Quote Corner #15: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)

Good evening and happy Tudesday! Can you believe that it’s June already? I sure can’t!
Today I’m sharing a handful of my favourite quotes from Ace of Shades.
Happy reading!! ❤

“So you cheat,” she said, the contempt obvious in her voice.
“We make a business out of winning.”

She had entered New Reynes as delicate as glass. She had even shattered. But as it turned out, beneath the dust and shards, something stronger lay within her, a substance less easily broken.

She was a pistol wrapped up in silk. She was a blade disguised as a girl.

Sometimes we’re not who we want to be because we’re supposed to be something else.

Ace of Shades was such a thrilling and immersive story set in a magical version of Las Vegas. It was super hyped up when it was released, so when I finally got my hands on a copy about a year later, I could hardly contain my excitement. Unfortunately, I ended up a tiny bit disappointed. I really liked the premise of the book, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the third person narration (first person is always the best!!), and the world building and politics of the world were confusing to me. I also wouldn’t consider the series to be all that memorable beyond the general plot and characters. For these reasons, I probably will not be continuing with the series any time soon.

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Chapters: Obsidian (Lux #1) – Part 1

Good evening! I hope you’re all doing well!
Today I am back with a fun little post that I have been working on for a really long time and I’m so excited to share! 🙂

It’s no secret that Jennifer L. Armentrout is one of my all time favourite authors, considering the fact that I rarely shut up about her books. Her Lux series is one of my favourite series ever, so when I got wind of the fact that the first book, Obsidian, was being turned into an interactive story on the app Chapters, I just had to see what it was all about! Admittedly, I’m a little nervous going into this because I am worried that it will be horrible and I don’t want to be let down. However, I also feel like I will love anything to do with this series, so I’m willing to give it a shot. I thought that it would be fun to document my thoughts and progress as I went along to share with you all!

Since there are a whopping 27 chapters in this interactive story, I decided to break it down into three separate posts. 
Hope you enjoy!! 🙂

Chapter 1:
It’s definitely too early for me to decide how I’m feeling about this. I’m honestly scared it’s going to ruin my favourite series for me, but on the other hand, how can I not play a video game version of my favourite book series?
I’ve always thought that these choice games looked ridiculous and I never imagined that I’d be playing one, but alas, here we are. (Admittedly, I did play one once when I was 14. Oddly, I chose a bachelor reality show type of story on the app Episode – a strange choice considering I’ve never watched The Bachelor and have not intention of doing so. From what I can recall, it was actually somewhat entertaining, even if it was really stupid at times. I know that at the time, one of my friends was borderline addicted to the game and played countless stories, but I thought it looked absolutely ridiculous, so I have no recollection of why I ended up trying it. But for whatever reason, I downloaded the app, played one story, and then deleted it. And now here we again.
You can design Katy and Daemon’s characters to look how you want (though there are extremely limited options), so at least the characters look sort of accurate. I am, however, very disappointed in Dee’s lack of curly hair.
The music changes depending on the type of scene, and whenever Daemon appears, this weird sort of rockish guitar comes on. It’s like they’re trying to make the scene kinda sexy or something but I simply find it to be comedic.
So far, the storyline seems relatively accurate. I don’t really understand what they’re doing with this dramatic backstory with Katy’s dad. It was much less prominent in the book, I think, so I’m not sure where they’re going to be taking this. The relationship between Katy and her mom also seems weird because of this, which is unfortunate because I loved their relationship in the book! I do really like that they kept some of the dialogue the same, like Daemon referring to Katy as a looking like a vacant-eyed doll. They also still have Katy as an avid reader, book blogger, and gardener, which is good! However, they have changed some dialogue so horribly that I’m honestly at a loss for words. For instance:
What on earth was that about?!? This part had me in tears from laughing (but also cringing) so hard. Who decided that it would be a good idea to start throwing memes into this? It was bad enough when her character was named “Entitled Mom”, but when she said ” Don’t talk to me or my son ever again” I lost it. Why, why, why, why, WHY?
It’s scenes and dialogue like this that makes me fear that they will ruin my precious Katy and Daemon, but I’m trying to have hope.
Onto Chapter 2 we go!

Chapter 2:
Okay, so, things are not looking good. First of all, WHAT IN GOD’S NAME IS DAEMON WEARING?
My boy
would never be caught dead in such a thing! I get that they’re trying to portray him as a “bad boy”, but in the books, Daemon was always a simple jeans and T-shirt kind of guy. This jacket coupled with that weird rock music had me WHEEZING.
The relationship between Katy and her mother is still on the weird side. For instance, Kat’s mom would never say this:
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There was also some more weird dialogue Katy’s part:
Handsome as the devil? Really???
At least they did keep some of her lines:
I’m beginning to see how the choices that I get to make are going to be an issue down the line because I often don’t even get to make a choice at all unless I purchase it with my diamonds. I only have a limited number of diamonds, unless of course I would like to purchase more for a ludicrously high price. Which I do not want.
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Unfortunately this means that Katy will be a
boring and often kind of rude character but I can’t afford to choose the interesting options. I can’t even give her cute clothes to wear because the nice outfit options keep costing diamonds too!
Chapter 3, here we come!

Chapter 3:
Man, oh man, I really can’t take it with Daemon’s outfits. I mean:
His head looks so oddly tiny.
Also, so much for Daemon being subtle about the fact that he and Dee are not human. This is definitely NOT suspicious or anything:
(I must admit that sometimes the book was kind of bad with this too where Daemon was always making comments about how Katy wasn’t like them, but it was never this awful.)

Chapter 4:
Oh my God!! They’re making me use diamonds to pick the red bikini! That was an important part of the book. Ugh!! Guess I’m going with “dark and moody” instead.
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All of the choices are such extreme reactions; it’s ridiculous. For instance, when Katy trips in the forest and Daemon catches her, the options are to hug him and thank him (a hug would be really weird because they aren’t even friends at this point) or push him away (he just saved her from falling – what kind of jerk rudely pushes someone away for that?). Why can’t she just say thank you like a normal person (and the Katy that I know) would do?
At least the general story line has been accurate thus far. I hope I’m not jinxing that!

Chapter 5:
The way that these characters are supposedly being secretive is making my eyes roll. Real subtle.
I also can’t say that I’m a fan of the writing style. There have been some analogies and phrases, and some things that just don’t really make a whole lot of sense. Like, how can you be describing what his eyes look like when his back is to you?
And again, what the hell is Daemon wearing now??? His costume designer needs a serious talking to. The only time he even looks somewhat like himself is when he doesn’t have a shirt on at all.
Of course, I know that I can’t expect this thing to be word for word from the novel; I understand that – really, I do. But screw it, THAT’S WHAT I WANT!! If you’re going to include my favourite quotes, for the love of God, do not change them! Either include them or don’t. There is no in between! These weird versions are tainting the original ones for me.
Honest to God, one of my (many) favourite parts of this book was the inclusion of the myth about Snowbird that Daemon told Katy when they went to the Seneca Rocks. I found it to be a very fascinating legend and I love that I learned something new about West Virginia’s history. It would be an understatement to say that I was excited when Daemon started telling Kat the story in the game. Oh, but then, BUT THEN, Daemon asked Katy what she would have done if she were Snowbird. And these are my options:
WHAT KIND OF HEARTLESS, HORRIBLE PERSON ARE THEY TRYING TO MAKE KATY OUT TO BE!?! I have to spend these stupid fricking diamonds if I want her to be a decent person?!? Ridiculous! I’m only on the 5th of 27 chapters, so I’m saving these things for when it really matters later on, and I’m sure as hell not paying for more. So heartless Katy shall be. She’d let him fall.

Chapter 6:
This was pretty uneventful, other than Dee being weird and overly suspicious.

Chapter 7:
This chapter was filled with a lot of WTF moments, such as when Katy suggests bringing pocket lint with her to the library.
Or, even better, when Katy goes to checkout a book at the library but instead of a librarian, there is a cat at the desk? Wearing a painting smock? And with artistic hopes and dreams in her eyes?
And this is somehow perceived to be normal???
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Also, Daemon apparently looks like this in his Luxen form:
I’m sorry, bu is he an alien or the Heat Miser? And what the heck has he got around his neck?
Not gonna lie, I’m starting to get a little worried about what the next chapters will have in store for us, but on we go!

Chapter 8:
Well, that was rather boring and uneventful. I have literally nothing to say

Chapter 9:
Okay, first of all SMOKE HOLE DINER IS NOT ’50s THEMED!!!!
Second of all, Daemon would not say this:
Also, Katy almost seems a little bit too suspicious for this early on in the game.screenshot_20200518-015636-2
And I am so upset that my screenshot didn’t work at the part when Kat called Ash “bitch face”. Katy can do so much better than that! I feel like this game is seriously missing out on her creativity when it comes to that kind of stuff. For instance, I’m seriously missing Katy’s signature lines, like “holy alien babies everywhere” and “crap on a cracker”. 😦

Final Thoughts on Part 1:
Honestly, I’m disappointed, but not all that surprised. For the most part, this game has stuck to my original beloved story pretty well, but there have been a few details that have been removed or added, which I can’t say I’m too pleased with. I honestly don’t see why they couldn’t have kept dialogue identical to the actual book. In some circumstances, such as movie adaptation, that isn’t possible due to time constraints, but it would be perfectly doable in a game.
One of the many reasons why I love Obsidian so much is because of the quick pace and entertaining writing style, which are two things that this game is seriously lacking in. I feel like I’ve already spent so long plying this game, but hardly anything at all has happened.
So far, the element of making choices, which is the entire point of this app, hasn’t played a strong role. I am frustrated that the vast majority of decent options cost “diamonds”, but at the same time, it doesn’t seem that the choices made actually make much of a difference in the long-term story.
To put it simply, this game is just missing the magic that makes the Lux series so fantastic. If this weren’t based on a story that I love so dearly, I know I wouldn’t have been able to make it past the first few chapters. For the sake of, um, science (?), I will keep on going!
Stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon!! 🙂

Have you read the Lux series? How do you think this game compares to the original book?
Have you ever played one of these interactive games before?
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Quote Corner #14: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Happy Tuesday!! I hope you’re all having a great day! 😉
Today I’m sharing some lovely quotes that I pulled out of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas!
I hope you enjoy! ❤

I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.

Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.”

This book was so entertaining, although I definitely enjoyed the second book more than the first. As a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast, I liked the unique twist on the classic tale. The characters were also fantastic, especially Feyre and Rhysand, both of whom underwent phenomenal character development throughout the series. I didn’t mind Tamlin in the first book, but my goodness, he’s got nothing on Rhysand!
Unfortunately, I started the third novel but never ended up finishing, even though I had been really liking it. That was a little less than two years ago and now I forget basically everything about the series and have kind of lost interest to continue at this time. Maybe someday, though! 🙂

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