REVIEW- Caraval by: Stephanie Garber

Summary:
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

 

Overall reaction:

That was pretty good.

WOW! This was NOT what I was expecting. Going into this book, I assumed this would be like a carnival,  Clowns and Circus’s!

Boy was I wrong.

This is one of those books that you have to try it yourself to experience the magic. The summary doesn’t describe the book well, and it’s really one of those “Go into it blind” books. If that makes any sense at all.

Starting off, my review  One of the thing’s I LOVED was the characters. At times, I found myself physically (and mentally) gripping the book as hard as my fingers could hold,  it wasn’t even until the last half of the book I  truly realized how attached I was to the characters. The strong sisterhood vibes was beautiful, and the mystery surrounding it was amazing. 

One of the things I didn’t understand was the world. It was hard to latch onto, and their was little to no world-building.  The setting felt a bit dry, and unworthy of the characters. Through the course of the book, I had a hard time imagining the whole world, It ended up throwing me off. A LOT.

The ending felt a bit rushed, and I would’ve liked a bit more closure with the character and the world.

While the ending is okay, something I adored about this book was the beautiful description intertwined with the text. Sometimes, I would close my eyes and it almost felt as if I could actually smell the scent of the cinnamon apple scent in the air, or the salty ocean water hitting directly onto the characters face. It was INCREDIBLE!

Overall, this was a pretty good read, and I look forward to reading the next book.

Star Rating: ⅘

Percentage Rating: 72%

Stacking the Shelves- 2/25/17

Hey guys,

So today I wanted to update you about all of the recent books I have acquired over the past little while. I don’t want to make this too long, so let’s get into it.

 

 

I know, it’s a lot. One of my personal reading goals was to attend the library more, and not spend my money on books. Fortunately, It hasn’t been very hard. Between begging for my father to go to the library, as well as having all of my money stolen, all in all things are going pretty good.

Library Books-
The Sorcerer Heir by: Cinda Williams Chima

The Marvels by: Brian Selznick

Caraval by: Stephanie Garber

Ashoka by: E. K. Johnston

Cardboard by: Doug TenNapel

Magonia by: Mariah Dehava Headley

Yep. That’s it. Just ONE book. I was SOOO close to not getting it, but then I read ANOTHER review about it, and finally I caved in. For those who can’t read the title, Carve the Mark is written by Veronica Roth, and I’m SUPER pumped to read what she’s written!

 

That’s it! Those are all of the books I’ve acquired over the past little while! Short and SWEET!

Let me know in the comments below what books you’ve gotten recently so I can get SUPER jealous!

Thank’s for reading! I’ll have another post up soon. Until then, BYEEEEE!

 

 

 

REVIEW-The Marvels by: Brian Selznick

Summary:

Caldecott Award winner and bookmaking trailblazer Brian Selznick once again plays with the form he invented and takes readers on a voyage!

Two seemingly unrelated stories--one in words, the other in pictures--come together. The illustrated story begins in 1766 with Billy Marvel, the lone survivor of a shipwreck, and charts the adventures of his family of actors over five generations. The prose story opens in 1990 and follows Joseph, who has run away from school to an estranged uncle's puzzling house in London, where he, along with the reader, must piece together many mysteries.

 

Honestly I’m a bit shocked.

OVERALL REACTION:

Yes, you heard that. Going into this book I had HIGH expectations, I was a HUGE fan of Brian’s other book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. So much that it made it to my favorite books of 2015. It was PURE AMAZING! The story CONSTANTLY switched from pictures and words, and it was the whole story was just BRILLIANT.

Needless to say, I thought I would like it as much as The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Unfortunately, none of that happened.

One of the thing’s I despised about this book was the fact that it tried to make this story meaningful, but failed miserably. It tried SOO HARD to shove it all into my face, and attempted to make me feel bad for this MC. Sadly, I found it agitated me EVERY SINGLE TIME! It tried so hard that it actually had me rolling my eyes, EVERY SINGLE TIME something SAPPY rolled around.

It didn’t really have anything to work with. We get a good story, interesting characters, not much known about the background of either, and then we find out it’s fake. After we found at that, I was done. What’s the point of building up a story if you’re going to only drag it down and not even have a purpose for doing it?

The ending made me dissatisfied, and bitter. One of my FAVORITE thing’s about Brian’s writing is the food for thought that comes after you’ve finished the book. You find yourself constantly looking back and thinking, and wondering if thing’s would be different. This time it did the opposite thing, the ending was confusing as well as forgot to properly wrap up everything. Honestly, it felt a bit rushed to me. This is definently NOT Brian’s best work.

In closing, I believe this wasn’t Brian’s best work, I would much rather prefer to read The Invention of Hugo Cabret, it was WAY more interesting and provided a VERY satisfied ending.

Star Rating: 3/5 Stars

Percentage Rating: 49%

 

How to grow your TBR (The Right way)

THE BOOKWORM’S DICTIONARY:

TBR- T.o B.e R.ead; More commonly known as the To be read pile.

Hey guys,
So yesterday I went to my local library! *Flails around* I went in, was only intending to check out one or two books, and then…. I checked out 8 FREAKING books, It was an outrage. My Dad laughed, my brothers complained, and we drove to target. (And yes, I did also buy another book their as well).
Yeah, I already know I have a problem.
After re-stocking my bookshelf, I realized I hadn’t written my post for the day. So here I am, lecturing you about getting in debt through books, these are some of my MOST HELPFUL tips and tricks to get into debt through books, let’s begin.

1.Follow Other Blogs
Congrats! Your already growing your TBR by reading this, my book blog. *Throws a handful of confetti over your head*
If you’re looking for other HONEST bloggers, I’m your guy.

Blogger Recommendations:

Cait @ paperfury
Mikaela @ the well-thumbed reader
Wendy Darling (Goodreads reviewer)


2. Join Goodreads
Another simple, but successful thing I do to increase your TBR pile is to track your reading progress and follow authors on Goodreads.
By doing this you see all of the book Authors are currently reading, you also  get a taste for what the book community is like. (WIN WIN)

If you’re looking for authors to follow, Here’s a list of my favorites. (Note, most authors post infrequently because, well… their authors).

List of Authors:

Rick Riordan
Brandon Mull
Veronica Roth
Suzanne Collins
Cinda Williams Chima
Patrick Ness
Etc, etc, etc.


3. Use the Library to your Advantage

One of the things Library’s have that major bookstores don’t usually have, are people. TONS of people. People have thoughts, people have feelings, ASK SOMEONE for a recommendation. Ask the librarian, ask your mom, ask the random kid sitting it the corner, ASK EVERYONE FOR RECOMMENDATIONS. Plus, if you regularly attend, The Librarian will be more likely to help you, As well as put things on hold without you even having to ask him/her.

 

That’s it! Those are some of my tips and tricks for increasing your TBR. As Always, make sure to comment below to let me know if I’ve missed any of your favorite ways! Thank’s for reading! I’ll have another post up soon! BYE!!

REVIEW-Champion by: Marie Lu

 

SUMMARY:
He is a Legend.

She is a Prodigy.

Who will be Champion?

June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps-Elect, while Day has been assigned a high-level military position.

But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them: just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything.

WOW! What a ride, This book caused a HUGE amount of problems some good and some bad, but my overall it was a REALLY GOOD BOOK!

Overall Reaction:

One of the things I couldn’t stand about this book was that this book felt a bit rushed, the beginning was okay, and then things got amazing, and by the time the climactic end comes rolling around, I feel like it detracts from the greatness. An example of this is when they are meeting with The leader of the Colonies, and we get like a sentence of what he looks like. He talks quick, we never really find out what his motives are, and what really happened with the plagues. Personally, I felt like it didn’t have a HUGE effect on the ending, but it still would’ve been nice to see that fixed.

Another thing I was confused about was the lack of action. Sure, we’ll always have the ending, but even then this book is mainly focused on the politics side of things as most Dystopian novels tend to lean toward. It wasn’t necessarily something that made the story not as great as it could’ve been, it just felt like this book was becoming what every other Dystopian book is, and that bummed me out big time.

Speaking of things getting cliche at the end, the end part was SUPER cliche. I can’t really tell you without spoiling it, but when it happened I was a bit frustrated. One of the reasons I liked Legend some much was because it wasn’t like your normal Dystopian novel, it has it’s own twists and quirks that make it feel different and fresh, and to finish on that note, it felt like it was trying to become what every other Dystopian novel is. While I’m not angry at the ending, I am a bit frustrated that we had to end on that note.

When we finally finish the third act, we get a “Ten years Later” thing, This made me angry. The reason I was feeling discontent was because it felt like the author took a turn for laziness at the end, I would’ve LOVED to have seen what had happened in this ten year gap, a novella, a novel, a short description of what happened, ANYTHING! Sure, we do get a good list of events that have happened, but I want MORE! GIVE ME MORE!

Another thing that surprised me going into this book, was the depressing tone it had to everything. It felt like everything was against Day and June, and not a SINGLE thing could go right between them. I liked this because it generated this whole mystery over the ending and made you sad for the book to end, but also made you anxious to see what happens.

Overall, this book was pretty good, it played with my emotions and did a good an AMAZING job in the plot department. It struggled a bit in the  Character and Relationship department, but honestly overall it made for a very fun and entertaining read!

Star Rating: ⅘ stars

Percentage Rating: 87%

 

5 Book to Movie Adaptations that were GREAT!

Anyone remember when Percy Jackson came out? How everyone was SUPER excited to see the movie, and then they saw it?

Yeah, I hated it too. Let’s be honest, we all did. (Except for my Dad, but he hasn’t even read the book, so that doesn’t count)  (;

Instead of talking about all of the book to movie adaptations that have failed. (Trust me, their’s a lot of them), we’ll be talking about MY favorite book to movie adaptations that were GREAT!

Let’s begin.


 

Harry Potter

The wands,  the magic, the characters, the world-building, HARRY POTTER HAS EVERYTHING! Each movie rings SOOO true to the book and David Yates did an EXCELLENT job with these movies. If you’re a Harry Potter fan and haven’t seen the movies, What’s stopping you? You HAVE to read them? They are SUPER accurate, and I LOVE THEM!


A Series of Unfortunate Events Netflix Show

Have you heard the news? The HUGELY POPULAR A Series Of Unfortunate Events by: Lemony Snicket has been adapted, again! This time It was actually DONE RIGHT! It’s filled with mystery, confusion, and a LOT MORE DIVERSE THAN THE LAST CAST! It really rings true to Lemony Snicket’s books, and It payed off!

The first season is NOW available on Netflix, and I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU WATCH IT!


 

The Giver

Based on the popular book by Lois Lowry, some could argue that this book started the genre of Dystopian. It’s basically about a world that can’t see color, can’t feel emotions, and assigns each of it’s people a job based on their hobbies for the rest of their life. Oh, and did I forget to mention that they’ve  also lost all their memories? This movie is SUPER GOOD! And, it’s even PG, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you go check it out!


 

The City of Ember

Also, another Dystopian. The City of Ember movie was GREAT! It wasn’t my FAVORITE book or movie of all time, but it sure wasn’t BAD! The characters in the movie and book are SUPER likeable, the plot is interesting, the music is enchanting. All things considered, this movie made for a GREAT Book to Movie Adaptation.


 

The Hunger Games

Probably my FAVORITE on this list, The Hunger Games is SUPER enchanting! It’s full of action, character growth, world-building, mystery, I LOVED IT! While I feel like the first and the second movies in this trilogy were the best, their is NO forgetting the girl on fire!

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • Divergent
  • The Maze Runner
  • Ender’s Game
  • To Kill A Mockingbird

 

 

That’s it! Those are my Top 5 Favorite Book to Movie Adaptations, Let me know below in the comments if I’ve missed any of you’re favorites. Thank’s for reading! My names Jared, and I’ll have another post up soon!

Bye!

REVIEW- Etiquette and Espionage by: Gail Carriger

 

Summary: 

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. 

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.

 

Overall Reaction:

Wow! I’m SUPER surprised. Going into this book, I had low expectations. Now that I’ve finished the first book, my expectations have been completely raised!

If you are a fan of Victorian Era novels and don’t mind a hint of Steampunk, you’ll have a pleasant experience reading this and I would HIGHLY recommend it!

The characters were a bit cliche, while I do admit this, the author added little twists to each of the characters making them different enough for it not to be boring or the same thing which caused me to overlook their dullness and continue with the plot.

The plot was only okay. While I did favor this story, The plot wasn’t AMAZING. It didn’t suck, it just wasn’t the type of Espionage I was looking for. Instead of FULL BLOWN fight scenes, we got little attack and runs.

One thing I LOVED about this story was  the finishing school that our MC goes too. I loved learning about how to be a spy, and all of the lessons were SUPER interesting, it also made for a very immersive world that kept building on itself chapter by chapter.

The writing style was GRAND! It really helped that the book was told with a voice that sounded like it was EXACTLY In the Victorian Era which totally got me into the mindset making the story more immersive and entertaining.

Overall, I’m fairly excited to read the second installment in this series, Although I’m not DYING of anticipation. It’s clean! The story is GOOD! Plus, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND for readers wanting to start in genre of Steampunk but want to take things slowly at the beginning.

Star Rating: 4/5 Stars

 


Tips for Making more room on your Bookshelf

 

Hey Guys,

So a while back I wrote a post talking about some ways to Organize your bookshelf. THIS IS DIFFERENT! Today I’ll be giving a few tips about having more space for books on your bookshelf! Let’s begin!!

1.Best in the front, Worst in the back.

I know, I know, It’s a crazy thought. But desperate times require desperate measures.

If you do this, HOPEFULLY you’ll pick a shorter book to set behind your other book children. By doing this you can provide more space with having your books and NEVER have to see the books that have disappointed you and your loved ones..

 


2.Stack your books sideways

Another thing I like to do is if I have a TON of books from one particular author, I like to set them all sideways. The reason for this is because their is more space from the bottom to the top of a bookshelf, then from side to side. This way I can have ALL of my books from a particular series in the same place.

(For those wondering, yes that is almost ALL filled with Brandon Mull).


 

3. The Dreaded Sprint Cleaning

For those who don’t know, It’s ALMOST SPRING! And what does that mean?

SPRING CLEANING.

If you REALLY want to clear space on your bookshelf, just take away all of the books you didn’t like. What’s the point of keeping them? Donate them to a library. Or, for all those greedy people out there, go to a thrift store and sell it to them for store credit! Then, with that money you could get ANOTHER book to read!

See what I mean?

That’s it! Those are my tips for how to make more space for your bookshelf. Let me know in the comments below If I’ve missed any! Thanks for reading, I’ll have another post up soon. BYE!

 

 

My top 5 FAVORITE Realistic Fiction books

Hey guys,

After finishing an AMAZING entitled See you in the Cosmos, I had an idea.

I know, some of you are like freaking out. Chill. Chill. I know, it’s a bit crazy. But in honor of LOVING this recent read, I’m going to recommend my top 5 favorite realistic fiction books.

Enjoy!  (;

 

Out of my Mind by: Shanon Draper


Summary:
Melody is not like most people. She cannot walk or talk, but she has a photographic memory; she can remember every detail of everything she has ever experienced. She is smarter than most of the adults who try to diagnose her and smarter than her classmates in her integrated classroom - the very same classmates who dismiss her as mentally challenged because she cannot tell them otherwise. But Melody refuses to be defined by cerebral palsy. And she's determined to let everyone know it - somehow.

In this breakthrough story, reminiscent of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, from multiple Coretta Scott King Award-winner Sharon Draper, readers will come to know a brilliant mind and a brave spirit who will change forever how they look at anyone with a disability.

I remember when I read this, I LOVE this book because it’s one of those books that let’s you think and re-evaluate your life. It’s SOO good and I highly recommend it.

 


Wonder by: R.J. Palicio


Summary:
I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

Probably my FAVORITE of this list, Wonder was a SUPER interesting read that was an emotional rollercoaster the whole way through. Easily one of my favorite reads two years ago, Wonder will NOT disappoint.

 


Counting by 7’s by: Holly Goldberg Sloan


Summary:
In the tradition of Out of My Mind, Wonder, and Mockingbird, this is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family. 

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn’t kept her from leading a quietly happy life... until now.

Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash, leaving her alone in a baffling world. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. This extraordinarily odd, but extraordinarily endearing, girl manages to push through her grief. Her journey to find a fascinatingly diverse and fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.

Ever in need of a heartwarming story, This is MY PICK! As soon as I finished this, I was SOO HAPPY! The ending was SUPER satisfying, and I really LOVED this story…


 

See you in the Cosmos by: Jack Chang


Summary:
11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan—named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover—from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

THIS BOOK COMES OUT MARCH 2nd! PRE-ORDER ASAP! I LOVED this book. From the diversity in characters to how the story is all told in recordings, this was a super interesting read that I HIGHLY SUGGEST!

 


 

Paper Things by: Jennifer Richard Jacobson


Summary:
When forced to choose between staying with her guardian and being with her big brother, Ari chose her big brother. There’s just one problem—Gage doesn’t actually have a place to live.

When Ari’s mother died four years ago, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. So when nineteen-year-old Gage decides he can no longer live with their bossy guardian, Janna, Ari knows she has to go with him. But it’s been two months, and Gage still hasn’t found them an apartment. He and Ari have been "couch surfing," staying with Gage’s friend in a tiny apartment, crashing with Gage’s girlfriend and two roommates, and if necessary, sneaking into a juvenile shelter to escape the cold Maine nights. But all of this jumping around makes it hard for Ari to keep up with her schoolwork, never mind her friendships, and getting into Carter starts to seem impossible. Will Ari be forced to break one of her promises to Mama? Told in an open, authentic voice, this nuanced story of hiding in plain sight may have readers thinking about homelessness in a whole new way.

 

That’s it! Those are my Favorite Realistic Fiction reads! Let me know in the comments if I’ve missed anything. Later this week I’m planning on re-reading Frindle , (Thank’s Caroline)and then continuing on finishing Ettiquite and Espionage. Thanks for reading!

Bye!!!

 

Friday Reads 2/9/17

Hey guys,

I want to apologize for the inconsistent posts this week, life has been crazy. On top of 5 tests to study for this week, I just really haven’t found the time to write or read or do anything besides lock myself in my bedroom and study. But this ends, NOW! Tests are over, stress is over, and now it’s time to settle myself into my bed and read a good book!

Even though I still haven’t read a lot this week, I still wanted to update you on what I have done.

1.Dragonwatch by: Brandon Mull

For those who don’t know, Brandon Mull’s series Fablehaven has a new sequel series coming out soon. I was fortunate to receive an early copy to read and review from the publisher and have been stuffing my face in its goodness!

Hopefully I’ll be finishing it late tonight and then I’ll be starting Artemis Fowl by Saturday.

Also, my review for one of my recent reads, Ever the Hunted by: Erin Summerill went live a few days ago, you should check it out!
Click Here for Review

Oh, I almost forgot! The book I was talking about earlier had it’s book trailer come out! Watching it makes me SUPER pumped to get back into the series so I recommend that you go watch that!

That’s it!

Thank’s for reading, let me know in the comments what you’re currently reading! I’m always on the lookout for new books so be sure to give me some recommendations!

BYYYEEEEE!!