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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! 🙂

Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope to see you again soon! 🙂

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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!

You can see my review of Bad Girls With Perfect Faces here.

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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!

Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

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.

You can see my review of Ace of Shades here.

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