Review: The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen


The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen

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Title: The Moon and More

Author: Sarah Dessen

Release Date: June 14, 2013

Publisher: Viking Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 435

Source: Book Store

Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

Sarah Dessen’s devoted fans will welcome this story of romance, yearning, and, finally, empowerment. It could only happen in the summer.

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Emaline has lived in Colby her entire life; she is just finishing high school and everything is great. She has the perfect boyfriend, Luke, she has a good family, even if her biological father hasn’t been there for her. She starts thinking about college seriously when she and her father connect over email. They set up another one of the annual dinners with his family and hers. Things continue just as she thought the would until a filmmaker and her assistant rent a fancy beach house from the family realty business. Emaline brings them a house warming gift from the business and ends up meeting Theo, the aspiring filmmaker who is an assistant to a well known one. The is everything Luke isn’t Theo is a “dater;” he likes dates, and Luke is the one who would just want to hang out rather than have grand gestures. When Luke calls another girl, things between him and Emaline disappear, but things heat up with Theo? Will her summer romance with an older boy last? Is she making the right decision by having a summer fling?

This was a fluffy, light book. All of Sarah Dessen’s books are. Not a bad thing, just a fact. This book was okay; I didn’t love the premise behind it that much. I have liked some of Dessen’s books in the past, but this one didn’t really go anywhere. My favorite thing about this book was that she called her step-dad, Dad, and refered to her biological dad as her father. I like that she explained it to people through out the story that the words ‘Dad’ and ‘Father’ aren’t interchangeable. I really, really didn’t like Luke or Theo. They were both so irritating. They were so needy. Just stop.

Characters:

Emaline wasn’t awful, but she wasn’t my favorite. She could have fixed a lot of her problems just by communicating. My favorite character was Benji, Emaline’s biological brother. He was just so cute and he loved Emaline and her life. This story would have been pretty bad if it weren’t for his comic relief.

Who Would I Be?:

I would be Emaline because I’d love to live in Colby. It’s a beach town and she got to be outside all the time. I live in an area with lakes and a lot of beaches, so I would love to try living near an ocean.

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Self-Publishing


Because I’ve only been posting reviews lately, I thought I would spice it up with a new discussion post. These are some of my thoughts on self-publishing and how I feel about it.

Not going to lie, sometimes books that are self published are kind of sketchy looking. I understand that cover art is expensive, and the reason you are self-publishing is because you believe in your story. Everyone judges books by their covers. It’s a known fact; it is impossible to not judge a book based on their cover art because we are human beings. We like things that are organized and look nice! Self-published books can be a hit or miss content-wise, and I’ve realized this since I have become a blogger. The wonderful thing about going through publishing companies is that you have multiple people read through your story and tell you what they liked and didn’t like. I feel like this is the reason publishing companies are so much more successful. All the stories are made as precise as possible and are read by many sets of eyes. I’m not saying that self-published works aren’t proofread, but you are almost guaranteed to find a few spelling errors throughout the book. I think people are more drawn to self-publishing now that the internet has become so prevalent; it is so easy to self-publish. It’s a little pricey, but other than that you just upload your PDF document to a self-publishing website and there you go. I think bloggers should help people who have self-published because they don’t have as much publicity as bigger companies do. My advice, try not to *even though it’s hard* completely judge the book by it’s cover. Give it a chance :)

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Review: Shelter (Mickey Bolitar #1) – Harlan Coben


Shelter (Mickey Bolitar #1) – Harlan Coben

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Title: Shelter (Mickey Bolitar #1)

Author: Harlan Coben

Release Date: June 1, 2012

Publisher: Orion

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 330

Source: Book Store

Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. Fortunately, he’s met a great girl, Ashley, and it seems like things might finally be improving. But then Ashley vanishes. Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that Ashley isn’t who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey’s father. Soon Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew.

First introduced to readers in Harlan Coben’s novel Live Wire Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about. Follow Mickey Bolitar on his next adventure in Seconds Away, coming out in Fall 2012!

3 out 5 stars

Plot:

Mickey Bolitar is sent to live with his uncle after his father was murdered and while his mother was in rehab. He goes to a new school in hopes of pursuing basketball. Mickey was walking around the neighborhood one morning and saw a creepy old house. It’s called the Bat Lady’s house because a woman all the neighborhood children refer to as Bat Lady has lived there for decades. When Mickey gets to school he meets two kids, one named Ema and one he calls Spoon. The three friends get picked on for being outcasts, but none of them mind. Mickey meets a girl and they start dating, but then one day she just disappears. No one knows where she went, so Mickey and Spoon go and talk to her parents, but the people she claimed to be her parents didn’t know a thing about her. Why would her supposed parents not know her? Who is the Bat Lady?

This book was surprisingly good; I actually really liked it. The who story was really unique and had a ton of different elements to it. There was some mystery, a tiny bit of romance, and some good friendships. I recommend this book, and it’s weird to me that I’ve never heard anyone talk about it.

Characters:

Mickey was the main character, but it was so weird to have a guy named Mickey, but that’s only because my aunt’s name is Mickey. It’s whatever, though. He was cool, but I really liked Spoon and Ema. Mickey was an outcast, so he bonded with his outcast friends. I loved that there were a lot of different elements to this story. It had more than most stories do.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Mickey because he ended up finding everything out. I found that it was really weird that Mickey was a Jock and he was hanging out with the quote-on-quote “weird people.” I mean, it wasn’t bad, but he would have been taken into the jock squad because he could play basketball.

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Review: Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1) – Rachel Hawkins


Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1) – Rachel Hawkins

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Title: Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1)

Author: Rachel Hawkins

Release Date: March 3, 2015

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 368

Source: Bestie

Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him–and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.
With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Harper Price has what every Southern belle strives to have. A perfect boyfriend, a big house, she’s class President. Everything is going perfectly until she forgets to put on lip gloss before the Homecoming dance. She rushes off to the bathroom to apply some salmon colored gloss and is barged in on by the school janitor, but something is very wrong; he’s bleeding and Harper knows he’s dying. Harper is too stunned to be completely weirded out, but the school janitor pulls her to him and kisses her. It’s not anywhere near a normal kiss; he blows his powers into her and now she’s a Paladin. She has to protect the Oracle, who just so happens to be her least favorite person in school. Harper is thrown into this crazy new life that becomes her reality and she has to protect David Start with her life, literally. How did that trip to the bathroom change her life so drastically? What will happen to her and David? This book was so freaking good! I am so glad that I decided to pick it up. I loved the concept behind it; it was so cool because it is so different from a lot of other books I’ve read. Harper was cool, and not gonna lie, she was a total badass. She was perfect in school and could kick butt? There’s not much more perfect than that. At the beginning I was very skeptical of this book. She was going to be crowned Homecoming Queen, she had to go apply lipgloss… it was a very typical teen book. But then it just got better and better. I can’t wait to see how the next book goes.

Characters:

Like I said, Harper was awesome. I loved her. David was super great, too, because he was so different than characters usually are. Harper and David are my ship; they’re so adorable. Harper’s *previous* boyfriend, Ryan, was just really irritating because he was so needy. The ending was super great because who doesn’t love some teen awkwardness to top off a good story?

Who Would I Be?:

Absolutely Harper. She was a Southern Belle with a huge secret. I would love to live in the South, and being a Paladin would be really fantastic. Sword fighting and head butting? Yes, please.

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July Wrapup + August TBR


Read:

  1. Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) – Cassandra Clare *review*
  2. Free Four: Tobias Tells the Divergent Knife-Throwing Scene (Divergent #1.5) – Veronica Roth *review*
  3. True Love Project: How the Gospel Defines Your Purity – Clayton King
  4. Crank (Crank #1) – Ellen Hopkins *review*
  5. The Wide Window (The Series of Unfortunate Events #3) – Lemony Snicket *review*
  6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #1) – Ransom Riggs *review*
  7. Off the Page (Between the Lines #2) – Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van leer *review*
  8. City of Dark Magic (City of Dark Magic #1) – Magnus Flyte *review*
  9. Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle #1) – Rachael Hawkins *review*
  10. Shelter (Mickey Bolitar #1) – Harlan Coben
  11. The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen

TBR:

  1. Outlander (Outlander #1) – Diana Gabaldon
  2. The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) – Rick Riordan
  3. Reawakened (Reawakened #1) – Colleen Houck

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BookTubeAThon TBR


BookTubeAThon started today! Usually I like to have TBR posts up a couple days before the beginning of a readathon, but I’ve been very busy with band camp and didn’t get the change to write it out! If you don’t know what BookTubeAThon is, it’s a week long readathon hosted by some booktubers on YouTube. Ariel Bissett is one of the founders of this awesome event.

This year’s challenges:

  1. Read a book with blue on the cover.
  2. Read a book by an author who shares the same first letter of your last name. *Browning is my last name.*
  3. Read someone else’s favorite book. *this is one of my best friend’s favorite books.*
  4. Read the last book you acquired.
  5. Finish a book without letting go of it.
  6. Read a book you really want to read.
  7. Read 7 books.

Will I read all of these books? Probably not. Am I still going to participate? Yes.

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Review: City of Dark Magic (City of Dark Magic #1) – Magnus Flyte


City of Dark Magic (City of Dark Magic #1) – Magnus Flyte

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Title: City of Dark Magic (City of Dark Magic #1)

Author: Magnus Flyte

Release Date: November 27, 2012

Publisher: Penguin Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 448

Source: Book Outlet

Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood.
Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved,” she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a four-hundred-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide.

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Sarah Weston is one of the best music students learning under Professor Sherbatsky in Boston. Sherbatsky went to Prague to help in the Lobkowicz Castle by organizing and finding out information about Beethoven for the museum. Sarah randomly gets a letter from Prince Max Lobkowicz asking her to come and take her Professor’s place as a scholar because he mysteriously died. Sarah is rushed off to Prague and starts to discover Beethoven’s secrets as well as love, mystery, and a very odd drug. Sarah finds letters no one has found written by Beethove himself and finds out that to counteract his deafness, he took a time traveling drug in order to hear his music being played. Sarah gets curious about the certain drug and stumbles upon some of it; she decides to try it, because what else would you do? She sees energy from centuries back and finds out some vital information. Her partner in crime, Prince Max himself, helps her with all of her adventures. What did Sarah see? Why was she rushed off to Prague?

This book was not what I was expecting at all. Like at all. I got this off Book Outlet for super cheap, but it was mostly a cover purchase. I loved that no one actually knows who Magnus Flyte is. Apparently he just sent the manuscript to Penguin without a return address or anything. That was super cool, so I was excited to read it. It was an interesting concept, but I don’t think that I liked it. There were just random parts where Sarah was having sex with guys. A lot, actually. That was just unnecessary and pointless to put in the book. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t like it so much.

Characters:

The characters were fine; they weren’t great, they weren’t horrible. Sarah was really smart, but she just made awful choices. Max was my favorite out of all the characters. I thought it was a little dumb the way that he became prince, but whatever. I’m over it. It was just really random.

Who Would I Be?:

I guess I’d be Sarah; she was really smart and very musically talented. She was dating/in love with Max, and he was my favorite. It would honestly be really cool to see all the energy from the past when she took the drug, but, I mean, drugs are bad. I’m not a promoter of drugs. Just an F, Y, and I.

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