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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Review: Saving Mr. Terupt

Saving Mr. Terupt Saving Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was a decent book. It revolves around seven characters named Peter, Jeffrey, Alexia, Anna, Danielle, Luke, and Jessica. They are a group of friends who are going into seventh grade. It is going to be a strange year for them because they had had the same teacher for the past two years. Mr. Terupt was their favorite teacher, and they are upset that they don't have him as a teacher anymore. When the kids learn that the school board is making cuts and might be laying off Mr. Terupt, they work to save their teacher.
At the same time, the kids are all going through their own troubles. Jeffrey and Peter are wrestlers, and are worried about winning and being the best player they can be. Anna is facing some boy trouble, and is also waiting to see if her mother will ever get married again. Alexia (Lexie) is a fashionista who finds out a tragic secret: her mother has breast cancer. Danielle starts out the book not feeling well, and it just seems to get worse. It turns out that she is seriously sick, but saying with what will ruin part of the book. Jessica is an actor who really wants to get into an acting camp. Last but not least, Luke is a nerd who is being bullied and eventually comes up with a few solutions.

Just so you guys know, I got a few pages into this book and realized that I probably didn't read book two in this series. I read book one a few years ago, and I don't remember if I ever followed up with Mr. Terupt Falls Again.

The point of view in this book was strange. It was written in first person, which is really confusing when they are switching between seven different points of view. Sometimes, I would mix up who was who because there were so many characters to keep track of.

The writing style was confusing. I can tell that Rob Buyea was trying to write like a teenager would think and talk, but it didn't work real well. It just left me feeling like this book was written by an amateur. Sometimes the writing style surprised me and added to the story. I think that a tween would really enjoy this writing style, even though it didn't really appeal to me.

The characters were confusing, yet all had their own personality. I didn't feel like they were one-dimensional, but they seemed real and unique.

The plot was very interesting. It started out with everyone just trying to fit into middle school. Then two of them decided to run for class president, but neither wins. Then, they try to help Mr. Terupt while dealing with their own problems. It was fast paced and kept me wanting more.

I have to say, this book wasn't quite as good as I thought it would be. The writing style and abundance of characters are the main reasons that I only gave this book three stars.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Review: A Healing Spirit

A Healing Spirit A Healing Spirit by Melissa A. Hanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A Healing Spirit is the second book in the "Riverview" series by Melissa A. Hanson. It focuses this time on a 19 year old girl named Mia Kinney. She is in her first year of college, and is thankful for getting to see all her friends again during Thanksgiving break. They all decide to go skiing at a nearby resort. Mia gets hurt by falling off a chairlift, and the first one to rescue her is a twenty-one year old named Dylan. He helps her to the ambulance, but then he finds himself unable to forget about her. She is stuck in a coma, and Dylan visits her a few times. When Mia wakes up, things aren't easy. She suffered a fall from about thirty feet up, so she had broke a few bones. Another problem is that two boys have confessed their love for her. Both Dylan and her friends brother Quinn have feelings for her. But just when her romance with Dylan starts to bloom, she falls into a mess that has to do with his family. Read the book to find out more.

I really liked the characters in this book. Mia was a kind and brave person, and I could kind of relate to her in some places. Dylan was sweet and perfect for Mia. He did have his dark spots, like every good character. They just brought out the story even more. Mia's parents are unique, with her mom being kind of a worrier. Mia's friends were supportive, but Quinn is pushy and will do anything to be with Mia.

The plot kept me guessing. It was so much better than the first book, because it took more surprise turns. It was just a romance filled with MANY injuries until the end of the book. But then it turned into a murder mystery. That part was especially well written, and actually scared me. The turn was sudden and was perfect to keep you wanting to read more. There were also a lot of hospital visits and sicknesses that kept the plot from being too slow. I've noticed that Melissa A. Hanson uses injuries and sicknesses as a main part of the story, and I think this is neat. There is a lot of rising action in this book.

The writing style was creative as well. It was told in alternating views, mainly from Mia's and Dylan's point of view. Occasionally, Quinn and Gretchen (Mia's mom) add their point of view, just to change things up. There also were a lot of creative and descriptive phrases in this book. Overall, the writing style is great.

In conclusion, this is a great book with some hidden life lessons and a very interesting story.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Review: A Healing Heart

A Healing Heart A Healing Heart by Melissa A. Hanson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was a clean, easy, and fun read.
A Healing Heart is about a teenage girl named Bailey. She is living with her aunt and uncle after her parents and siblings were killed in a car accident. When Baily takes the little kid she is babysitting she meets a boy named Collin she falls in love with. Things go smoothly until another girl beomes part of Collin's life. Will everything be okay with their romance?

The book is really good. At first I found myself kind of bored with it, but the plot turned out to be really good after all. Just when it was starting to drag, it got more exciting. The plot kept going and also surprised me many times.

The characters were one of the best parts in this book. Bailey was a responsible yet realistic teenager. Collin was a dream boy, at least in my opinion. He was caring, responsible, and never rude. All of Bailey's friends are supportive and nice, but they do have their own personalities. There was one villain in this story. Her name was Savannah, and she wanted to date Collin. They had been childhood friends, but now she wants much more.

A big part of the story is Bailey's past. As you already know, her parents and siblings were killed in a car accident. Bailey often talks about that moment, and blames herself for being the only one to survive a few times.

The romance kept me guessing. It was beautifully described, and I just wanted to be Bailey. The romance started out a bit too quick for my taste. But just like I thought, the romance wouldn't stay that way forever. Savannah is a major setback in their relationship.

There was a hospital visit in this book that added to the story as well. Collin gets in a car accident, and that really strengthens the relationship between him and Bailey.

This book was wonderfully written overall. I found many descriptive phrases and paragraphs that enhanced the story. Melissa A. Hanson really knows how to write descriptively.

In conclusion, this is a great, easy, clean, and fun read that touches on some serious topics!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Feature and Follow 3

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Hey all! 
Welcome to a new FF! 
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I would go with teleportation.  It sounds cool to travel at ultra fast speeds. 
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Book Blitz- Canvas Bound by Laura M. Kolar

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Canvas Bound by Laura M. Kolar
(Captive Art #1)
Publication date: July 3rd 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult


Sixteen-year-old Libby Tanner’s art comes to life. Her painted skies turn from day to night, leaves rustle on trees, and sometimes, a mystery boy appears.
While attending England’s Aldridge Art Academy, Libby meets charming Brent Henderson, a performing arts student who showers her with attention. But his rival, gorgeous Dean James, is the one who occupies her mind, even though he’s very much attached to his current girlfriend.
Libby soon learns there’s more to both Brent and Dean than she ever imagined. In order to save her future and the boy who’s captured her heart, she must unlock the secrets behind her art by entering the most dangerous place of all… the world within her paintings.
But once she steps into the canvas, she risks being trapped forever.

This book is on sale for 99 cents through Friday.

Laura M. Kolar lives with her husband and daughter in a one-stop-light town in northern-lower Michigan. Though she didn't discover her love of books until she turned thirty, as a self-declared hopeless romantic, she has spent the past few years reading and writing stories with mostly happy endings. If not at her day-job or with her family, you will find her sipping a cup of chai latte while sitting in her favorite rocking chair, hunched over her laptop writing or spending entirely too much time on Twitter.
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"How Not to Start a Novel

In the beginning
It was a dark and stormy night
Long ago and far away
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times
Call me Ishmael

You get the idea.

A question I get asked a lot when I tell someone I write, is how do I start the story? How do I know what words to put first on the page? This isn’t easy for me to answer because every story is different. Normally, I write linearly, as in page one to ‘The End’, but the last two stories I’ve written as the scenes have come to me and the beginning wasn’t the first thing I wrote.

I have found it helpful to figure out who the key characters are in the story and what I want the reader to know about them right away as opposed to something I want the reader to find out as the story unfolds. For example, if your main character is a mechanic, you could start the story with them staring at a pan of dirty oil and remembering or noticing something intriguing that gives the reader some insight into the character’s personality. But later you find out they’re not really a mechanic, they’re in a witness protection program and only know about cars because they were some mobster’s driver.

One thing I’ve never done is start a story with dialog, though other authors like this format. I personally feel it’s a bit too abrupt to start with people talking and not even know who they are in order to get a feel for how the dialog should be read, happy, mad, psychotic. A couple I started with what’s considered a ‘cliché’, the girl woke up from a dream, the boy stood in front of a mirror (they’ve since been changed). I’m not saying that’s right or wrong (I’m not saying any of this is right or wrong), but I’ve heard that agents and publishers shy away from these types of beginnings. I think mostly because they’re not very original ideas.

Some writers like to introduce secondary characters right away and some like to hold off a few pages or even a chapter. Also, if you’re writing from two points of view, deciding which character to start with is a whole other dilemma because you kind of have to start two separate stories.

Then, once you’ve gotten through all of that, you have to actually sit down and write the first words. Are they funny? Are they thought provoking? Do they make any sense at all to anyone but you? The very first book I wrote started, My name is Charlie Murphy and I just got dumped. Is it good? Is it bad? I suppose that depends on how much you want to know about Charlie. (By the way, he’s a super sweet guy. The kind every mother wants for her daughter.) At any rate, if you haven’t figured it out already, the first words are quite possibly the hardest to write.

Then again, Once upon a time has a nice ring to it."

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Review: Saint Anything

Saint Anything Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was fantastic. It is about a girl named Sydney. She is a teenage girl going through some tough times. Her older brother Peyton had gotten trouble many times, the most recent sending him behind bars. He had gotten into a car accident by hitting a boy who was biking. Sydney feels like her parents think Peyton is innocent. She decides to transfer to Jackson High School, and meets some new friends. But her mom doesn't like those friends. Follow Sidney while she battles what is right and what is wrong.
This book was a great read. It also had many interesting factors. Jackson school had been mentioned in Lock and Key by the same author, and another character was first mentioned in another of Sarah Dessen books. I also liked the characters in this book. Sydney's family was a dysfunction semi-normal family. Layla is Sydney's friend, and Layla's family is different. She has an older sister who used to figure skate, but got hooked on drugs after an injury. Her older brother is a guy who Sydney has a crush on, and ends up dating. The best character in that family is Layla's mom. She has MS, but is still a sweet and caring lady. She helps Sydney out in a few difficult situations. I liked how Sydney was often fighting with her parents. Teenagers aren't perfect, and she was a perfect example. She disagreed, she disobeyed, and she got mad at her parents often. I liked getting to meet Peyton during the book. He wasn't a bad kid, just a nice kid who had made some bad choices. He was actually really nice once Sydney got to know him.
The restaurant Layla's parents owned had a big part in this story. It was where Sydney and Layla had met, it was where they often hung out, and it was where Sydney eventually got a job. It was really well formed and added to the story.
The romance in the story was good. It wasn't a perfect love story, but it was a sweet addition to the story. Mac and Sydney were so cute together.

Overall, this is a sweet book with some great messages.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Book Blitz- Rarity by D.A Roach

Release Date: June 5th 2015
Limitless Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

Brogen Mathers can’t deal with teen drama... As an empath, she is constantly bombarded with other people’s energies. Despite coping techniques taught by her psychologist mother, it’s often too much to bear, forcing her to avoid most activities a typical high school junior would enjoy. Jay Wilken won’t let his past define him... A dead mother and an alcoholic father brought Jay to Stanton, but he doesn’t want pity. His good looks, charisma, and friendly nature quickly win over the whole student body, but he has his eye on one girl...Brogen. Brogen can’t believe anyone could be so genuinely nice. It has to be an act, right? But when Jay literally saves her from deadly jaws, she has to admit he’s exactly what he appears, and he’s worth risking the potential emotional upheaval. “Drama” might as well be Becca Grant’s middle name... Another newcomer to Stanton, Becca’s blonde beauty and abundant attitude shoots her straight to the top of the popularity charts—and she believes Jay belongs right there beside her. Accustomed to getting exactly what she wants, she launches a relentless mean-girl campaign to shake up Brogen and claim Jay for her own. Everything changes with a devastating diagnosis... When Jay learns he has a rare and potentially fatal disorder, he keeps it secret and begins to push Brogen away to spare her future pain—which is exactly the sort of opening Becca is waiting for. As Jay’s well-meaning deception unravels, Brogen realizes there is much more than her heart at stake... But how far is she willing to go to fight for someone she loves?

Excerpt #1
Things always looked different the next day. Skies seemed bluer, the grass was greener. The
worries of yesterday were magically reduced to a manageable size, and brand new ideas and
thoughts were born. Oddly enough, Mom’s words were like seeds planted in the night, now
growing and blossoming inside me. Jay was very much alive. He
was healthy, a bit fragile, but more alive than many kids my age who lived life mindlessly. If anything, this stupid disorder made him more alive. Made me more alive. I wanted to make memories with Jay— live each day to the fullest, laugh until my belly hurt, cry at sad movies with him, and watch the sunrise and the sunset whenever I could. Life was a gift, not to be taken for granted. It could be here one day and gone the next, or it could go on for a very long time

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D.A. Roach has been telling stories since she was a young girl in the suburbs of Chicago. In college she met the man of her dreams, her happily ever after, and married him 2 weeks after graduating. They have 3 kids together and a pet cockatiel named Gimli. D.A. did not find a love for books until after college. Her parents were immigrants from Lithuania and found tv and radio easier ways to hear stories so they did not do much reading or encourage it. But once she finished college and D.A. had free time, she discovered how amazing it was to get lost in a story.

D.A. is a full time mom and wife. When she is not doing domestic things (laundry, bills, etc) she is writing, reading, creating mixed media art, and helping beautify her kids’ school landscape. Oh, and she is ALWAYS listening to music. Her favorite authors include Rebecca Donovan, Richelle Mead, Larissa Ione, Stephanie Meyer, E.L. James, and Sylvia Day. Reading great works from authors like these has motivated D.A. to write her own stories. She hopes to make positive changes in the world with her art and writing.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Review: To Be Continued

To Be Continued To Be Continued by Prex J.D.V. Ybasco
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book. It is based around a girl named Azalea Anthony. She is a college student. This book revolves around her and her relationships with friends.
I really put off reading this book at first. I didn't know what to think of it, but was interested in the review opportunity. Once I started, I was kind of hooked. This book doesn't have a normal plot, but it still flows without getting boring. The characters were all unique, and they were described perfectly. For that matter, Prex J.D.V. Ybasco did a great job describing everything. The whole book was filled with great descriptions that just added to the story. She also used a lot of vocab words. One weird thing about this book is that it is written in third person. I don't usually read books that are written that way.
This book also has good amount of romance. It adds to the story and is what keeps the plot moving. The main character Azalea was a aspiring writer. She was always trying to get into her school newspaper. I didn't really get all of that part. There were some parts of the book that made me confused.
My favorite part of the book had to be The Big Coffee Shop. It was a unique shop that had a lot of good moments in it. It was also described well.
If there was a second book in this series, I think I would read it.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Review: P.S. I Still Love You

P.S. I Still Love You P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I think this book was so much better than the first book, To All the Boys I've Loved Before. It again is based on a teenage girl named Lara Jean. She is trying to manage her feelings for boys, and struggling because she doesn't have a mom. This book starts on New Years Eve. Then, on New Years Day, Lara Jean goes over to her crush's house and asks him out. Peter, the boy says yes, but they don't exactly agree on some things. Along the way, Lara Jean meets another boy named John. He was a friend of hers back in middle school. But now she has a minor crush on him. Who will Lara Jean date?
This book was a lot better than the first one. It had more in depth characters. Lara Jean also has grown up a bit, but she still sometimes acts like a five year old. I thought the two boys in her life were complete opposites. Peter was the jock who was "everyone's dream boy". John was the more caring "nerd". I also liked the side characters like the next door neighbor who had a very unique character. It was very realistic how Lara Jeans sister who was away at college was acting, yet it was a little too perfect. My favorite character was Kitty, her little sister who is really sweet and a great addition to the story. The romance was a bit overdone, and I could have done without some of the real romance stuff. Overall, Jenny Han is a good author who made another great book. If there was a book three, I would read it.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday - Bookish things I (want to) quit

Top Ten Tuesday! - Top ten bookish things I (want to) quit

Hey all! 
Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish! Top Ten Tuesday (aka TTT) is a weekly blogger meme where you write lists of your top ten (insert topic here)!

This week’s theme is the top 10 bookish things I (want to) quit! 

So let’s get the TTT started! 

  1. Finishing a book I don't like.   I really should just give up on books I don't like.
  2. Using a Kleenex as a bookmark.  Let's face it, we all do it.  At least I think!
  3. Reading too many books at once.  I sometimes read like 5 books at a time.  That makes it harder to review them, and I mix them up.
  4. Reading books that are under my level.  I sometimes read books meant for younger people.
  5. Reading books that are inappropriate.  It is one of my guilty pleasures, and one that I want to slowly stop.
  6. Putting off reviewing books I read.  I love to blog, but I can get busy and end up not remembering much about the book by the time I get to blogging.
  7. Checking out too many books.  I usually check out too many books from the library at a time, and end up renewing them or returning them before reading.
  8. Putting off reading.  I get busy, and sometimes I put off reading.
  9. Finding excuses for not writing.  I want to start writing a fiction book, but I keep finding reasons not to.
  10. I did not finish  Allegiant.  I got a few pages in and couldn't stand the suspense of knowing that Tris would die at the end.
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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Review: My Life Next Door

My Life Next Door My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really love this book. It shows so many true aspects of the world nowdays. It also is a wonderfull romance with a great plot that keeps you guessing.
Samantha Reed is a sheltered teenager. Her mom is trying to hide her from the world, and that includes the next door neighbors. They are everything that Samantha's family isn't. They are messy and a big family, vs Samantha and her one sister. But when one of the Garrett boys, her next door neighbor neighbor, meets her on her roof when she isn't expecting it, she falls in love. Follow Jace and Samantha through a beautiful relationship while trying to hide it from her mom. They also overcome another obstacle along the way that will surprise all of them.
This book was so true. All the aspects of it represented something in some way. The Garretts represented an average bigger American family. Samantha's family represents the other part of the American society, the wealthier section. The Garretts are kind and relaxed, and Samantha's mom is representing the over-protective mom. I know, I know, I am not making much sense right now! The romance showed something out of tradition, something different and unexpected. It made sense and flowed beautifully. During this book, you also learn many things about politics. Even in this book they will do anything to win the elections and power of the people. There gets to be some minor inappropriate details in this book. They add to the story, but are kind of gory. Each character was unique in their own way, and represented something. They were really portrayed while, and unlike some books I have read, actually are different from one another. They go into stereotypes. The book messed with my emotions, and left me wondering what would happen. This book is a perfect realistic book that I could rant on and on about but am running out of ideas right now.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Feature And Follow 2

Feature and Follow 2

Hey all! 
Welcome to a new FF! 
Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers -- but you have to know -- the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me. Everyone wins!

The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkees view and Alison of Alison Can Read! Make sure to check their pages!!

Also, you can follow me via this blog, or Goodreads! Let me know how you follow me, and I'll make sure to follow you back! 

Question: pick 3 book characters... Kiss? Marry? Kill? Who and why? 
Marry:   Jase from My Life Next Door.  He is so awesome, and all around caring.

Kiss:   Nate from Lock and Key.  He was always there for Ruby, plus I can't really think of anyone else right now.

Kill:   Voldemort from Harry Potter.

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