This Week in Books #3


Now, if I am currently reading multiple books, I will only put the one I read most recently during my day in each post to keep it condensed. In theses posts I will be talking about what I read then, now, and what I will read next!

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THEN: Looking for Alaska *review* is the book that I just finished. I read it for my young adult literature class, and I really enjoyed it. The characters were relatable and I loved reading something from John Green again. Alaska was very mysterious and it was fun to read about some mischievous teenagers. I loved all the pranks that they pulled; they were super fun to read about.

NOW: The Travelers is the book that I’m currently reading. I got this for review from NetGalley, and I am really not liking it. I will hopefully have a review up soon, but I just really don’t like it! It’s boring, and not what I was expecting. Like at all.

NEXT: Glass Sword is still in this position. I should have started this a while ago because I’m reading it for book club, but busyness and school have taken over all my free time lately, so it’s taken a back seat. I am still really looking forward to reading this book. I really enjoyed the first one of the series and can’t wait to see where the characters go next!

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Review: Looking for Alaska – John Green


Looking for Alaska – John Green

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Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Release Date: December 28, 2006

Publisher: Speak

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 221

Source: Young Adult Literature Class

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter’s whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the “Great Perhaps” (François Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.


 

4 out of 5 stars

I had no idea what I was expecting when I started this, but it wasn’t what I got from it. And I am completely fine with that. I really enjoyed this book because it was unique and something different from what I normally read. I love John Green’s writing style, and it was nice to read something written by him again.

Alaska was a really cool, and very unique to say the least. She was a very interesting character to read about because she had a touch of rebellion and it was nice to read about her pranks. Alaska was a very free spirited person and very mysterious. Miles ends up going to the Culver Creek Boarding School to follow in his father’s footsteps and meets Alaska who becomes his first crush. Miles wanted to find his Great Perhaps, and Alaska helped him towards that.

The cast of characters was really real. I feel like this was more of what college would be like rather than a high school, but what happened to them felt real. Alaska’s mom died, and she felt guilty about it; this made her relatable because she was vulnerable. Miles wanted an adventure, and Alaska and Colonel showed that to him. He finally understood what having friends was like.

I really liked this book, but I don’t really have an exact reason why! I did like the characters and the writing style, but the plot and story weren’t something completely different. I think it’s the fact that the characters were fun to read about. I really liked reading about their pranks, as well. The story progressed, but didn’t go anywhere too crazy. One of my favorite scenes was with the speaker near the end when they were doing Alaska’s prank. I literally laughed out loud whilst reading that part.

I highly recommend this book just to experience it. John Green is great, and I really loved jumping into one of his stories again!

What are your thoughts on this book?

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Review: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare


Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 8, 2016

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 720

Source: Book Store

The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.


 

5 out of 5 stars

Okay. This book was freaking amazing, and I loved every second of it. I started reading the book the day it came out (March 8th) in preparation for the Cassandra Clare signing that I went to. I got 65%ish through the book before then, and almost started crying whilst waiting in line for the signing. I mean, of course I was reading in line. Duh.

Seriously, though. Cassandra Clare has outdone herself yet again. I loved this book so much because we got introduced to a new cast of Cassie characters! It has been so long since I’ve had new and fresh faces in The Mortal Instruments world, and it was beautiful. Julian and Emma. My gosh. I just cannot even express how much I love them and loved the development throughout the course of the book holy goodness. Julian being the father figure to his younger siblings was something we hadn’t experienced in a Cassandra Clare book, and it was a nice change from the somewhat hard and sassy main male characters we’ve had. I love them just the same still, but it was a nice change of scenery per say.

So we all read a tiny bit about these characters at the end of City of Heavenly Fire, but the eldest children were 12. Now they’re 17, and things have changed and wonderful and beautifully heartbreaking things have happened. The parabatai bond makes it “impossible” to fall in love with the other of the bond. “Impossible” meaning that it should never be done unless you want to burn in hell with demons, but we’ve never known why until Jem comes along and lets all the info spill to Emma.

*whimper sound*

I just want things to be perfect and wonderful, but they’re perfectly broken and not knowing what to do and I just can’t. The one thing that I hated *and loved, but shouldn’t have actually been in the context of the story. It was beautifully written, and I liked reading it, but it was unrealistic* was the beach scene. Now. If you’ve read this book you understand my feelings towards it. I thought that it was a great scene, but why? They knew that they shouldn’t have, they’ve not even let themselves kiss before sooooooooo. Whatever. If that was the only downfall to this book I think we’re in good shape.

I CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOKS AND I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW I CAN POSSIBLY BE OKAY FOR ANOTHER FULL YEAR OH EM GEE.

Tell me your thoughts without being super spoilery in the comments, or email me at aubreyjoy99@gmail.com to tell me about the spoilers you loved and can’t keep to yourself!

Series:

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #1)

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This Week in Books #2


I saw this on ChrissiReads, and I think I would like to start doing these weekly. Now, if I am currently reading multiple books, I will only put the one I read most recently during my day in each post to keep it condensed. In theses posts I will be talking about what I read then, now, and what I will read next!

Click on the photo to go to the Goodreads page!

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THEN: I just finished Lady Midnight yesterday and OMG IT WAS AMAZING! The review will be up on Friday! I loved all the characters, and the character development was perfection. I feel traumatized, but in a good way because of it. The ending was perfect for the situation in the book, but the situation was not ideal. I highly suggest reading anything by Cassandra Clare. So good.

NOW: Looking For Alaska is the book that I just started today, actually! Have to read it for my Young Adult Literature college class, and I’m 32 pages in right now. I like it, it’s not super great yet, but I’ve enjoyed what I read. I like Miles and Alaska is a pretty cool bad apple. I’m excited to see where the story goes. I’ve heard a lot of mixed feelings about this book, so…

NEXT: Glass Sword still takes this position. I’m really excited to read it, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I loved the first book in this series, and I loved the novella that I read, so I don’t know why I’m so hesitant to read this! I promise I’ll start it soon.

What books are on your list of then, now, and next?

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Review: Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) – L.M. Montgomery


Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) – L.M. Montgomery

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Title: Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1)

Author: L.M. Montgomery

Release Date: September 11, 2011

Publisher: Puffin Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 429

Source: Young Adult Literature Class

The Cuthberts are in for a shock. They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables – but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead. Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts’ affection with her vivid imagination and constant chatter, and soon it’s impossible to imagine life without her. A favourite classic with cover and introduction by the inimitable Lauren Child, award-winning creator of Clarice Bean and the hugely popular Charlie and Lola series.


5 out of 5 stars

This book was so adorable. I started it and was a little wary because it was written in a style I’m not used to, but after about 100 pages I was in love. Anne is so cute, and all the experiences she has at Green Gables are just so adorable. Anne is adopted by Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert, but kind of by accident. The siblings wanted a young boy to help out on the farm, but instead they were brought a chatty-red haired girl. Anne is obsessed with the idea of romance. She loves beautiful things, and makes sure those around her hear about the wonderful things she sees. Matthew and Marilla come to love her as they would a child born from either of them.

I so thoroughly enjoyed reading about Anne and her adventures with her bosom friend, Diana. She becomes easy to relate to and you want to know what happens to her next. Anne is a hard working girl who loves school and all aspects of learning. She is also always outside thinking of the beautiful things around her and daydreaming to her heart’s content. She’s “sworn enemies” with a boy named Gilbert, but actually has a little crush on him and it’s just so cute.

This will be a book I read to my kids when they’re young. I love how Anne talked and how she interacted with her peers, Marilla, and Matthew. I love the name Avonlea even though it’s the name of the small town school area. I think it would be an adorable name for a little girl.

If you haven’t read this book, I highly suggest it. It’s a fun whirlwind of a story. It’s light-hearted, fun, and reminiscent of summertime.

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Review: A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah


A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah

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Title: A Long Way Gone

Author: Ishmael Beah

Release Date: August 5, 2008

Publisher: Sarah Crichton Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 230

Source: English III Class

At the age of twelve, Ishmael Beah fled attacking rebels in Sierra Leone and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. At sixteen, he was removed from fighting by UNICEF, and through the help of the staff at his rehabilitation center, he learned how to forgive himself, to regain his humanity, and, finally, to heal.
This is an extraordinary and mesmerizing account, told with real literary force and heartbreaking honesty.


3 out of 5 stars

The novel starts out by talking about Ishmael and his life in Sierra Leone. Ishmael enjoys dancing and rapping, and participates in talent competitions with his friends. Ishmael and his younger brother head out to stay at their grandmother’s house in order to go to a talent competition the next day, and they see that the war has started. Ishmael and his brother go out and search for food, and decide to go back for their family, but can’t get back into their village because of the bloody battles that are happening. The two boys end up running away and meeting a group of boys about their age, and they are all taken to become part of the war. Ishmael and the group of boys have to destroy villages and learn to shoot guns, and as rewards all of them get drugs. This goes on for a large part of Ishmael’s life, until they suddenly are taken to a rehabilitation center away from war. He gets better and copes with his PTSD and ends up feeling okay enough to go live with his uncle, aunt, and cousins. Ishmael gets the opportunity to go to New York City for a conference talking about the hardships of war, and gets to leave the war-stricken country. He comes back to a life he thought was fortuitous, but ended up being thrown back into the war in a way. He runs from his family in order to be safe, and goes to NYC to live with one of the women he met at the conference. The story ended with a parable about a monkey and a hunter. Choose to shoot the monkey and kill your mother, or not shoot the monkey and kill your father. At the very end of the story, Ishmael said, “that if I were the hunter, I would shoot the monkey so that it would no longer have the chance to put other hunters in the same predicament,” (262). I think that this ending showed how much Ishmael had developed as a character because he didn’t want revenge on anyone specifically. Ishmael wanted to help people in the future so that they wouldn’t have to go through what he went through as a young boy.

I had to review this for my English III class, so that’s why it sounds somewhat formal…

I honestly didn’t love this book. It was okay, but not great. I have never read anything like this because I usually stray away from books about wars. This is about the civil war that happened in Sierra Leone, and the actions Ishmael Beah took throughout his life. This book is mostly centered on his childhood and being a boy soldier in the war. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading about wars and battles. There were a lot of action scenes in this book. Although I didn’t enjoy it, I can see why people would want it to be part of high school curriculum.

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Meeting Cassandra Clare!


Yesterday marked an amazing day that I had been waiting for since the beginning of the year… I got to meet Cassandra Clare! Here is a story of how the day went:

My mom and my friends, Maddie and Andi, and I met at 6:45 and drove the three and a half hour drive to Omaha, Nebraska. I drove the whole way in my silver Jeep Liberty named Luna (as in Luna Lovegood), and we get to the place the signing is going to be at. Alright. So we pull up to the middle school/library and we see about 100-150ish cars in the parking lot and absolutely NO SPOTS LEFT. We were freaking out. It was literally 10:30 am when we got there and the event started at 1:30… How were there so many people there already?!

We walk up to the entrance and talk to a doorman person and he tells us to go to a different door for the signing. Cool. We think that there will be a huge line. We wouldn’t get to meet her. She wouldn’t get to sign our books. Oh my gosh. NO! We came all this way, and we walk over to the door and there are seven girls. Seven. 7. Siete. We later find out that there is a church service happening during the morning. So we meet these girls and fangirl a little bit and talk about books and everything. They asked us how far we were in Lady Midnight. I was the furthest of the group *cough cough* not floating my own boat, but I’m amazing ;)

We sit down and hang out with them for a little while and then figure out we’re at the wrong door. Okay, so we walk over to the original door and sit down in the line that we started. There were about ten of us there until 11:30, and then EVERYONE and their mother started showing up. We were within the first ten people of a crowd of about 400 people. It paid off that we got there early! My mom and aunt (who lives in Omaha) brought us some pizza and bread sticks at 11:45ish and we sat down on the pavement and ate that. It was really great, actually. Props to Little Caesars.

Anywho. So we wait until 1:30, and they let us into the auditorium that the Q&A would be in. Since we were at the front of the line we got to sit in the front row. The event was scheduled to start at two, so by the time everyone was settled and in their seats it was 1:45ish. We all waited and waited for 2:00 to happen, and then there was an announcement saying that their tour bus was late.

It was 20 minutes late. I get that traffic is bad, but for real. Ugh. So we wait the extra 20 minutes. Then the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Sarah Rees Brennan all walk into the auditorium and everyone FREAKS out. Oh my gosh it was so great! The three took questions from the audience and answered them. We got some hope for a Malec book. Holly Black said that Will Herondale was her favorite character. Sarah Rees Brennan said that Julian was her favorite. Cassandra Clare didn’t say a favorite, but I think that it’s Jace.

After the Q&A there was the signing portion. We went out into the lobby and got our books signing. I have a book that Cassandra Clare wrote my name in for me! Ahh!

It was an amazing experience, and I highly suggest going to an author event no matter who the author is if you have the chance to! It was one of the best experiences of my life, honestly. My boyfriend, who didn’t go cause not a book nerd, finally witnessed my full fangirl mode. I FaceTimed him for an hour and a half and I’m pretty sure he got in about 15 maybe 20 words the whole time.

OH WELL!

GoSh It WaS sO gOoD!

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