Review: Flawed (Flawed #1) – Cecelia Ahern


Flawed (Flawed #1) – Cecelia Ahern

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Title: Flawed (Flawed #1)

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Release Date: April 5, 2016

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 336

Source: Walmart

You will be punished…

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.

4 out of 5 stars


Another dystopian, but I think that this story could take hold of the YA dystopian world. Yes, everyone has read The Hunger Games and Divergent, but I think that once people want to find another world to dive into, they will love the world of Flawed. Ahern has created an eerily similar world to our own, but the reason this book connected with me so much was the fact that I think a lot of the issues in the book are happening or will happen in the near future.

I read this book for book club, and it was very interesting to discuss because there are so many links throughout history. We found out that the author lives in Ireland, and the one of the Irish symbols is a harp. Near the end of the book, Celestine uses an acronym H.A.R.P. to talk through a situation. Cecelia Ahern really did a nice job in bringing small details like that into the book.

She also touched on some very important issues that are happening today. The Flawed people of the society were discriminated against. There is discrimination everywhere based on things that people can’t control; their skin color, religion, race, etc. She touched on sexual assault, but in a very tasteful way. It wasn’t blatantly obvious the way she wrote the scene, but it still had a lasting effect.

I think the idea behind this book was extremely interesting; people who help those who have hurt society are to be hurt. People who are “flawed” have different brands depicting what they had done. Some have burns on their palm, tongue, foot, chest, temple, and they all mean a “flawed” part of them was easily seen in an act they took part in. Again, I think that I liked this book so much because I feel like it could happen so easily. This book was focused on the moral and ethical standpoint of people rather than on the “haves” or “have-nots.”

I would recommend reading this book, and I can’t wait for the second book in the series!

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August Wrapup + September TBR


Read:

  1. House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski *review*

TBR:

  1. Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt
  2. Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt
  3. Class of ’59 (American Journey #4) – John A. Heldt
  4. November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson
  5. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson

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Review: House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski


House of Leaves – Mark Z. Danielewski

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Title: House of Leaves

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski

Release Date: March 7, 2000

Publisher: Pantheon

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 709

Source: Independent Bookstore

Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized youth—musicians, tattoo artists, programmers, strippers, environmentalists, and adrenaline junkies—the book eventually made its way into the hands of older generations, who not only found themselves in those strangely arranged pages but also discovered a way back into the lives of their estranged children.

Now, for the first time, this astonishing novel is made available in book form, complete with the original colored words, vertical footnotes, and newly added second and third appendices.

The story remains unchanged, focusing on a young family that moves into a small home on Ash Tree Lane where they discover something is terribly wrong: their house is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside.

Of course, neither Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Will Navidson nor his companion Karen Green was prepared to face the consequences of that impossibility, until the day their two little children wandered off and their voices eerily began to return another story—of creature darkness, of an ever-growing abyss behind a closet door, and of that unholy growl which soon enough would tear through their walls and consume all their dreams.


1 out of 5 stars

I’m pretty sure that anyone that says they like this book is a liar, because I literally hated every single second of it. I only picked up this book because we chose it for book club and the pages are really cool. Personally I think that everyone who’s given this book a good rating did it because they felt accomplished and could see a metaphor somewhere in this book. This was the worst book I’ve ever read.

There was no plot, and the characters weren’t engaging at all. It read like a textbook, so it was really hard to get into it. For 3/4 of the time I had no idea what was going on, so I just skimmed for pages at a time, and I never do that. The idea behind this book was really cool that it was passed around from person to person, and it’s about a photojournalist, but man. I really hated this book.

Maybe it was just the wrong time in my life, but I won’t be picking this up again.

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July Wrapup + August TBR


Read:

  1. September Sky (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt *review*
  2. Nerve – Jeanne Ryan *review*

TBR:

  1. Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt
  2. Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt
  3. November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson
  4. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson

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Review: Nerve – Jeanne Ryan


Nerve – Jeanne Ryan

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Title: Nerve

Author: Jeanne Ryan

Release Date: September 13, 2012

Publisher: DIAL

Format: eBook

Page Number: 304

Source: Barnes and Noble

A high-stakes online game of dares turns deadly

When Vee is picked to be a player in NERVE, an anonymous game of dares broadcast live online, she discovers that the game knows her. They tempt her with prizes taken from her ThisIsMe page and team her up with the perfect boy, sizzling-hot Ian. At first it’s exhilarating–Vee and Ian’s fans cheer them on to riskier dares with higher stakes. But the game takes a twisted turn when they’re directed to a secret location with five other players for the Grand Prize round. Suddenly they’re playing all or nothing, with their lives on the line. Just how far will Vee go before she loses NERVE?


3 out of 5 stars

I read this book when I was in Italy! Just that random tidbit of information. I only started this book because I needed a cheap book on my Nook for the long plane rides to and from Italy. I got this book because I knew that it was a movie, and I love the main actors that will be in the movie. I’m very excited to see the movie, because I think it will be read better as a movie.

I didn’t love this book, but I also didn’t hate it. I thought that it was okay, but definitely could have been better. One thing I didn’t like about this book was that you got no background information whatsoever on any of the characters. And the beginning had nothing to do with the end; it starts with a little epilogue thing before the story starts as kind of a hook, but there was no purpose. It literally didn’t connect at all. So ugh to that.

This book is basically the drama version of The Hunger Games, but less dangerous. These teenagers can sign up to be part of the game NERVE where they’re offered great prizes in turn for doing embarrassing dares and posting them on the website. The main character just randomly is like, ‘oh yeah. even though i’m never ever rebellious, lets just play around with the game.’ Firstly, she did not have the personality during the beginning of the book to even go through with the dares, but whatever. Her first dare is to dump water over her head in a coffee shop and sing a song at the same time. She ends up getting a ton of likes and a lot of views on her video, so she continues on. She is set with a partner named Ian, whom she, of course, falls in love with.

Ian. Hmm. I don’t get it. I get that he’s like extremely hot and that’s why she’s attracted to him, but you get no back story on him at all. He talks about how he needs to escape and be free, but you never find out why he feels like that. I didn’t see his drive throughout the story.

The actual game NERVE was a really cool concept, but it could have been better executed in my opinion. There wasn’t a reason except for selfishness. I don’t know if there’s an underlying message, but honestly it was a wannabe Hunger Games.

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Review: September Sky (American Journey #1) – John A. Heldt


September Sky (American Journey #1) – John A. Heldt

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Title: September Sky (American Journey #1)

Author: John A. Heldt

Release Date: January 1, 2015

Publisher: John A. Heldt

Format: eBook

Page Number: 412

Source: Author

When unemployed San Francisco reporter Chuck Townsend and his college-dropout son, Justin, take a cruise to Mexico in 2016, each hopes to rebuild a relationship after years of estrangement. But they find more than common ground aboard the ship. They meet a mysterious lecturer who touts the possibilities of time travel. Within days, Chuck and Justin find themselves in 1900, riding a train to Texas, intent on preventing a distant uncle from being hanged for a crime he did not commit. Their quick trip to Galveston, however, becomes long and complicated when they wrangle with business rivals and fall for two beautiful librarians on the eve of a hurricane that will destroy the city. Filled with humor, history, romance, and heartbreak, SEPTEMBER SKY follows two directionless souls on the adventure of a lifetime as they try to make peace with the past, find new purpose, and grapple with the knowledge of things to come.


4 out of 5 stars

Huge thank you to John A. Heldt for sending me this book!

The first thing I want to say is that if you’re in a book slump, you should pick something up by Mr. Heldt. This book was so fast paced and fun to read. I love the idea of time travel and definitely think it is/it will be possible in the near future, so when John asked me to read this book I was thrilled to! It was so well written and very entertaining throughout the whole book. Chuck and Justin go on a cruise in 2016 and meet a man giving a lecture about time travel. While they’re on the cruise they just think that it could be fun to just listen to him talk, so they go and listen to his lecture. Afterwards, the man hands out cards asking some general questions about how they feel about time traveling. A couple days later, the man calls the guys and asks them to go time traveling and gives them a few options of dates to go to, and they choose 1900. Chuck wants to prevent a distant relative from being hanged for a crime he didn’t commit; they choose to go to a small town in Texas and figure it out.

Of course when they’re there they meet some lovely ladies from 1900. Chuck meets a woman named Charlotte, and Justin finds a girl named Emily. The love stories unfold with the rest of the story, and the plot thickens as time goes on. The reason why they are so at odds is because they have to get back to 2016 by a specific date if they don’t want to be trapped in 1900 forever; they have to figure everything out in a matter of months.

This book was really wonderful and super fun to read. I highly recommend it. It’s on $4.99 guys. Go buy it!

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June Wrapup + July TBR


Read:

  1. Fallout (Crank #3) – Ellen Hopkins *review*
  2. Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret #2) – Christopher Mannino *review*
  3. Homecoming (The 100 #3) – Kass Morgan *review*
  4. Never Mind My Thigh Gap – Sarah Newton *review*
  5. Just One Night (Just One Day #2.5) – Gayle Forman *review*
  6. The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) – Rick Riordan *review*

TBR:

  1. September Sky (American Journey #1) – John A. Heldt
  2. Mercer Street (American Journey #2) – John A. Heldt
  3. Indiana Belle (American Journey #3) – John A. Heldt
  4. November Rain (Bad Bloods #1) – Shannon A. Thompson
  5. November Snow (Bad Bloods #2) – Shannon A. Thompson

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