Review: The Color of Happiness – K. P. Gazelle


The Color of Happiness – K. P. Gazelle

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Title: The Color of Happiness

Author: K. P. Gazelle

Release Date: April 1, 2015

Publisher: Radiant Books

Format: eBook

Page Number: 218

Source: Radiant Books

Faith Lane is the girl who has everything. At least, that’s what everyone thinks when they see her rocking a killer dress while laughing with her best friend, Tiffany. But Faith’s life is far from flawless. Her peers torment her relentlessly, and her parents expect her to be the epitome of perfection. Criticized and pressured at school and home, Faith retreats into silent acceptance and finds an escape in her passion of dancing. Then she meets Alex – quirky, forever with a pass, and concealing a mysterious secret of his own. And through his encouragement, Faith starts believing in her gift for dance and gains courage to stand up for herself. But will she be able to keep her footing when the events of one night consume her with the need to jump off the rocky cliffs near her coastal home? And what has pushed her to the edge of reason?

3 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Faith is a very conservative girl who likes to read and dance. Her family is very hard on her and strive for her to be the best in academics, and don’t appreciate when she does other things. She isn’t allowed to go out with friends much because her parents make her stay home and study, but she gets swept off her feet from a boy named Alex. She, of course, doesn’t tell her family about him, so she tells her parents she’s going to hang out with other friends, but she goes and sees him. Alex encourages Faith try out for dance team because she loves to dance. She tries out and makes it, then goes home to break the news to her family. Her parents aren’t thrilled, but they let her stay on the team. Unfortunate accidents happen and cute gifts are given; Faith and Alex are in love.

I had some problems with this book. Alex just stumbled upon Faith when his best friend was making fun of her. I don’t really understand why she would trust him based on his friend choices, but that wasn’t brought up. There are pointe shoes on the cover, but this book is about dance team. Alright. That’s not really how it works. But finally, their relationship moved so extremely quickly. They were calling each other babe right after they started dating. That’s weird. To call each other babe you need to have the right personality. Neither of them did. The also got “really mad” at each other then went right back two seconds later and apologized and kissed. That’s not really how it works. If you’re actually mad, you’ll stay mad for longer than a couple minutes. Despite some of the negatives I had with the book, I still liked it. It got me out of my two-month reading slump, so that’s really nice.

Characters:

I wasn’t too crazy about the characters, but I’m glad that Faith was really modest. Not too many books talk about high school girls being modest. I’m really proud of Faith that she didn’t give in to the peer pressure of her classmates. It was really weird when she decided to sew nude mesh on her dance team outfit, but it’s whatever.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Faith because I liked what she stood for. She was a good student, she liked dancing, she was modest. All in all she was a really good girl and she picked a pretty cute boyfriend.

*Huge thank you to Radiant Books for asking me to read this! I would love to read anything else from you in the future!*

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Review: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell


Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Eleanor & Park

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Release Date: February 26, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 328

Source: Book Store

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Red-haired Eleanor moves in with her mother and step-dad in a brand new town. All her siblings live in the house with the beautiful mom and horrible stepfather. Eleanor transfers to the school in the new town and now has to ride the bus; of course the high school hierarchy has declared assigned seats, so she has nowhere to sit. The dark-haired boy with almond shaped eyes quietly invites her into his seat. They don’t speak, but she finds out his name is Park. The two ride in very content silence for weeks until they finally start to talk about comic books. Park sends copies of comic books home with Eleanor and she reads them and brings them back each morning. They finally start having real conversations and it all begins there. The two in the odd pairing now hold hands, share music, and go to Park’s house after school. They’re inseparable and adorably awkward. Eleanor gets bullied at school, but Park helps her through it. The sarcasm and witty banter that is thrown between the two is perfectly hilarious.

I really liked this book and know why it’s always raved about. Eleanor has a really hard home life, but Park is what keeps her going. If it weren’t for him she wouldn’t have been able to function. This book is so cute. Rainbow Rowell has a very unique and real writing style. These are conversations that would actually happen and I think it’s really cool to read a realistic book like this.

Characters:

Eleanor and Park are the perfect couple. They are sassy and sensitive and just both really down to earth. Eleanor haws really bad things happen to her, but Park doesn’t make her tell him. They trust each other and really love each other.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Eleanor’s mom so that I could get my kids out of that house. I hate Richie for so many reasons and I would just make sure the kids are safe.

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Bout of Books 13.0 Wrapup


Starting on the 15th I didn’t read anything the rest of the week. I finished the book The Color of Happiness *review up next week!* and made some major progress in Shadow Scale. I have about 150 pages left of Shadow Scale and am so happy I’m almost done. This is the book that has put me in a slump and I’m glad I’m out of it now! I had an awesome weekend going to graduation parties with my boyfriend and saying farewell to my graduating friends. I had a movie night at my house and we watched Dirty Dancing. Best movie ever; definitely one of my favorites. All in all this was a really awesome week. I’m glad I participated in Bout of Books even if I didn’t make a ton of progress like I’d wanted to. Did you read anything during Bout of Books?

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Bout of Books 13.0 – Day Four


Today I continued reading Shadow Scale. I finished Anthem, but I haven’t been counting that since I’ve read it for school. I will have the reviews of all the books up soon! So far this week’s readathon has pushed me to get out of my reading slump. I know I’ve said this, but it’s so nice to want to read again.

Thursday, May 14th:
Today’s Read(s):

Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman

Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Number of pages I’ve read today: 78
Total number of books read: 1
Total number of pages read: 296

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Bout of Books 13.0 – Day Three


Today I continued reading from Shadow Scale and am not hating it as much. I still really just want to be done with it, but I am just getting closer. I am going to try and finish this book by the end of the week and then start another review book. I will read this during study hall then after school. I just want to be done and move on to another book!

Wednesday, May 13th:
Today’s Read(s):

Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman

Number of books I’ve read today: 0
Number of pages I’ve read today: 70
Total number of books read: 1
Total number of pages read: 218

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Bout of Books 13.0 – Day Two


Today I finished a book that has gotten me out of my reading slump! I started The Color of Happiness a couple days ago, and I just finished it. I received this book in exchange for a review, so the review will be up some time next week. I am very happy with myself that I finished this book! I plan on finishing Shadow Scale before the end of the week and I think I can finally do it. I’ve been reading it for so long, but now it’s not as bad as I was thinking. I had to trudge through it before, but I just read 30ish pages today and it didn’t seem that bad.

Tuesday, May 12th:
Today’s Read(s):

The Color of Happiness – K. P. Gazelle

Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman

Number of books I’ve read today: 1
Number of pages I’ve read today: 83
Total number of books read: 1
Total number of pages read: 148

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Bout of Books 13.0 – Day One


Today I saw that Bout of Books 13.0 started so I decided to give it a try. I don’t have a formal TBR but I will be reading whatever I feel like. I have some review books started that I plan to finish this week and am getting a new book for book club so that will also be included. I have tried Bout of Books before and have failed miserably, but this week I’m going to try and finish a couple books if at all possible.

Monday, May 11th:
Today’s Read(s):

The Color of Happiness – K. P. Gazelle

Shadow Scale (Seraphina #2) – Rachel Hartman

Number of books I’ve read today: 0

Number of pages I’ve read today: 65

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