Liebster Award

31 August 2014

Hello my lovely readers!! So I've been gone the last two weeks. Missed me? Well I've missed you. I've been crazy busy with school, but I'll do my best to post on schedule. So in my absence I've been nominated for the Liebster Award four times!I'm finally getting around to this post and the questions have added up lol. Thanks to DeeDee, ChloeAlexandra Marie, and Noelia

The Rules
1. Thank the blogger who nominates you.
2. Answer the 11 questions she/he asks of you.
 3. List 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
5. Ask these 11 bloggers 11 questions of your own. You can't nominate those who nominated you.
6. Let them know you have mentioned them.
Also I there were some repeat questions so if there's less than 11 questions from someone it's because i previously answered it already. So without further ado, here are the questions!
DeeDee's Questions:
1. Favorite month?

Hmm. Let me think about this. Probably December, because 1) Christmas 2) hot chocolate 3) sweater weather. Enough said.

2. One book you can read over and over again?

Okay this is easy. I can re-read Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly until the day I die. I've already read it 6 times. And i'll probably read it again soonish. It's just such a great book. The writing is phenomenal. The plot is amazing. I love Andie, the main character, to death. This book is everything I want in a book. If you haven't read it, you really should!

3. One place you would love to visit? I'de love to visit. This is toughie! I love the idea of traveling. I've only left California twice in my life. Which is more than some people, I know, but still. I would love to visit so many places. Hmmm I would love to go to Chile. My sister visited it and came back talking about it and it just seems like such a great place.

4. What made you start blogging? Whenever I read something I always feel like talking about it and telling my friends what I think about the characters, the plot, what I hated, what I loved. So it made sense to me to make a blog and just share what I think. It took me a while to actually make it a blog because I wanted to make sure I would be dedicated to it. And I promise that I will do my best!

5. Favorite meal? Breakfast, lunch, dinner?

BREAKFAST! I love pancakes and French toast and breakfast sandwiches. It’s also the only type of food I can make soo…

6. Are you a morning or night person?

Night. I feel like I work better at night and I don’t know I love watching movies and shows and blogging of course into the wee hours of the night. I hate mornings. Like seriously I’m terrible in the mornings. I can’t function, I’m probably cranky and just no. You don’t want to see me in the morning.

7. What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Hmmm…I can’t pick. It’s like asking a mom to pick her favorite child. It’s just not possible. But I suppose I can be a bad mom for this one question and pick 2. Orange Sherbet and Cookies and Cream.

8. Any blogging advice?

Get organized. Decide what your posts are going to be and when you’re going to post them. It’s important to have a schedule and to be consistent. Being organized also helps you organize your time and have enough time to make a post.

9. Do you have a secret talent?

Well I don’t think it’s a secret at all but I make killer French Toast! It’s delish! I can make strawberry stuffed French toast with homemade strawberry syrup, cinnamon French toast, Banana French toast etc.

10. Role model?

Proably my older sister. She’s been through a lot in her life and she’s still come out on top. She’s wicked smart and works hard at everything she does. As if she wasn’t talented enough she can sing, play guitar and dance. But most importantly she’s extremely humble and just overall genuinely good person, the rarest type.

11. Dream occupation as a child?

It changed a lot. I wanted to be veterinarian. But then I realized that I would cry every time an animal died. And I didn’t want to be sad all the time so then I wanted to be Marine Biologist. But I can’t swim that well, and the ocean scares me. I think it’s super cool and I love watching specials on discovery, animal planet, national geographic on ocean life. I LOVE shark week! Like I live for this week. Anyways I’m off topic. Then I wanted to be a dancer. I was just delusional about that one.

Alexandra's Questions:

1. What's your favorite TV show?

I can’t pick! I’ll just say my favorite show right now and it’ll probably change later on. I love Falling Skies. I can’t even with this show!

2. Favorite Youtubers (if you watch Youtube)? For some reason I really like British youtubers. I love Zoella, Alfie, Naomi Smart, Marcus Butler, Casper Lee. I also love Marmrie Hart, Grace Helbig, and Hannah Hart, Tyler Oakly, Bethany Mota, StillaBabe09, and Vlogbrothers.

3. What is your dream job?

I would love to be a YA author

4. Coffee or tea?

Both? I need coffee to give me the energy to get shit done and I need tea to calm me down when I start freaking out.

5. Favorite store?

Barnes and Noble

6.. What would you say has been your biggest accomplishment?

I’m 16. There’s not a lot I’ve done with my life that doesn’t involve school. The first thing that comes to mind is when I got first place in an arts contest for a poem I wrote.

7. Favorite musical artist?

We’re going to be here all day. So here’s the condensed version: Coldplay, Bastille, The 1975, Sara Bareilles, Tegan and Sara, Kodaline, Head and the Heart, Lorde, BeyoncĂ©, Sia, and Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes.

8. What do you like to do in your free time?
I almost never have free time, but if I do I’m reading, writing, watching T.V or dancing wildly in my room.

9. Do you have any current favorite fashion trends?

Sometimes I wish I could be a fashion blogger. I Love fashion. And I love picking out outfits and styling things and it’s just so much fun for me. As of right now I like the plaid, the grunge look, I love those green parkas, and Kimonos.

Chloe's Questions:

1. Do you like to write, and if so, would you ever consider writing a novel?

Yeah I love writing; it’s how I stay sane. I’m actually already writing one right now.

2. Who is your favourite author and why?

I love Melissa Marr. She’s writes paranormal YA. I love how she makes the characters relatable and feel so real even when the worlds not. It’s hard not to fall in love with the characters and just cry with them, laugh with them, and yell at them when they do the one thing you don’t want them too.

3. Any weird reading habits?

When I read a book I always need to have random breaks. If someone just died I will take a break and just cry. If something super suspenseful is about to happen I’m going to take a break and just be frustrated for a moment or two.

4. Why did you start your blog? What inspired you?

I already answered the first question, but I haven’t answered the last one. I’m not really sure when I got the idea to do this or what inspired me. I want to say my sister was the one who told me this was a good idea and that I should go for it. So I guess you have her to thank.

5. What can you be found doing on days when you just hang around the house?

Randomly dancing, singing, reading, writing, yelling at my book/T.V because that’s just what I do. I’ll probably have like a mini movie marathon if I have time. Like this summer I had a Lord of the Rings Marthon.

6. What are some things you hate? Why?

I hate ants because bugs and just no.

I hate insta-lovey reltionships in books because I feel like it takes away from the romance and relationship.

I hate when people are being hurtful and saying stupid things to discriminate someone. Like seriously why can’t we just be nice to each other and live our lives? No one should ever feel the need to make someone feel like less of a person because of their gender, sexuality, skin color, religion, political party, favorite books, or whether you like Twilight or not.

7. What are some personality traits of yours that you like? Why?

I like that I’m sarcastic. I tend to like that about other people because they make me laugh and if I can do the same, well then awesome! I like that I get really attached to book characters. Part of the reason I like reading is because I like being part of a different reality and if I get attached to the characters it feels more real to me.

8. If you had one superpower what would it be and why?

I would be like Prue from Charmed and have the power of telekinesis.

9. What would you do with a million dollars?

College fund! Then donate some to Cancer research centers. Then I would buy a lot of books and maybe some clothes. And I would buy my mom a new car.

10. If your life was a reality show, what would it be about?

Honestly not much happens in my life so I’m not sure who would watch it. But it would be about a self-proclaimed introvert who starts off high school with no friends. But she soon meets people who befriend her. She becomes the ear of many and is the “therapist” of the group if you will. She struggles to juggle her friend’s problems and her own all while trying to keep up a 4.0 GPA

Hmm I made my life seem somewhat interesting… Would you guys watch this?

Noelia's Questions:

1. Explain the meaning behind your blog name

I wanted to incorporate the name of a book that I love and has had a profound impact on me: Perks of being a Wallflower. It’s an amazing book and I have no words for the amount of love I have for it. And a lot of people don’t really appreciate books and reading like I do and a lot of you guys do. And it has a lot of pro’s so Perks of being a Reader.

2. If you could travel through time, which period of time would you go?

Ummm I took a quiz cuz I wasn’t really sure. I got the 40’s but I don’t think I’de like to live in that era as much as I wish I could be part of the 1960’s. I would want to be part of the civil rights movements as well as just right for more rights in general.

3. What got you into reading?

I used to hate reading when I was in elementary school then when I was in fifth grade I read this book by Gail Carson Levine, who wrote Ella Enchanted. It’s called Ever. For some reason I fell in love with this book and after that I was hooked.

4. Besides reading, what other hobbies do you have?

I like to write poems, short stories or work on my book. I also like do dance.

5. Do you like to listen to music while reading? Or maybe have a snack?

Sometimes I find songs that just go with the book and so I do listen to music occasionally. But no I don’t eat and read, I would hate to mess up the book.

6. Physical books or e-books? Why?

Physical books. I like turning the page, feeling the weight of the book. And the smell.

7. If you could create the perfect group of friends choosing fictional characters, which ones would you choose? Why?

I would be friends with Hermione because she’s super sweet and nice and smart and we have similar goals. I would also be friends with Ron and Harry, but I imagine I’d be closer to Hermione. My best friend would probably be Jem Carstairs, from The Infernal Devices, because he’s just perfect and awesome. I would also be friends with Schuyler Van Alen, from the Blue Bloods series, because we’re both shy and quiet and don’t quite fit into the norms of society. Charlie, from Perks of being a Wallflower, because I just love him. Augustus Waters because he’s Augustus Waters. Cath from Fangirl because I feel like we’re so alike and we’de get along really well. Noah Shaw because he’s good friend when you’re on his good side. Kishan from The Tiger’s Curse Series because he’s awesome and he can turn into a tiger and if any one messes with us well he’s a tiger.

8. Have you ever disliked an author, or rather his/her books, which everyone seems to love?

No but there is a book that I read that I just disliked soo much and it seems everyon loves it. It’s called Dash and Lilly’s Book of Dares. I just felt like it was soo cheesy and I don’t know it the characters were like eehh to me. I’m sorry! I wanted so much to like it!

9. If you could be a fictional character, in which genre would you like your story to happen? Why?

I would probably be in a YA paranormal book. This way there is a contemporary element like high school or having a boyfriend, but I could also be like a kick-ass witch or something.

10. (At this point I was completely out of ideas, so maybe this last question could be lame… this is so hard!) Last one: if you are given the opportunity to re-write the ending of a book, would you do it?

I’ve been unsatisfied with endings before but I usually understand it after a while. So Umm I’m going to take poetic license and instead re-write the ending of a show.

Skins Fire and Rise: I’m sorry it’s a sucky ending and if you hate it I’m sorry, but it’s one in the morning and this is what my mind came up with.

It’s amazing how much a phone call can change your life, how much one person can mess it all up again. I knew I shouldn’t have answered, I knew I should have let it ring. But I picked it up because I wasn’t thinking, because if I was there’s no way I would have picked up.
“Effy” I knew that scruffy voice too well. Like really well. Sometimes I even miss it. Strange how no matter how much time changes you, you still miss the past. “It’s been a long time”
“Not long enough” I sigh.
“Same old Effy” I can feel my lips twitch into a smile. Tony was on my couch sleeping. I glanced over at the clock, it’s almost 9am .
“What is it?”
“We need to talk”
“About?” I walk into the kitchen trying my best not to wake up Naomi. “I’m going to be late for work, I don’t have time to just talk”
“Effy just meet me at Scarlet Bar.” Before I could even tell him no, he hung up. I ran a hand through my neat curling iron curls. I set my phone on the kitchen counter. I could feel the memories banging around loudly in my head. I hated it. I hated it. Remembering and remembering. And all it took was five sentences. Five sentences and suddenly I’m 18 again, a really fucked up 18 year old.
“Who was that?” A sleepy Tony walked into the kitchen. His eyes were half closed and his hair was a chaotic mess.

Dear Students,

14 August 2014

      School. For a lot of people the word alone is enough to make us upset, angry, nervous. I get nervous. I'm about to be a junior and i can't tell you how nerve wreaking it is to even think about what school is going to be like this year. This is the year that counts the most. The year that I'm betting everything on. And if it doesn't go well i can kiss going to my dream college goodbye. Maybe I sound melodramatic and whatever but the thing is there is so much pressure on every student to do well, because college. And it's crazy to think that we're living our teen years in our room, locked away from the world outside because we have tests and projects and let's not forget the drama the inevitably comes with having friends.For my brother, he's going into high school with no friends, and that's tough. I went through it and it's not something i would wish on anyone. But you're never the new kid for long, and you will find a good group of people you like or at least can tolerate.
       It's a lot for anyone but we deal with it because we have to. I know that school sucks sometimes and it's stressful 99% of the time. I just wanted to let you know that it's okay to stress cry and have panic attacks and freak out. I know what it's like to feel like your drowning and your stuck and oh so lost. I get it and it's a terrible feeling. I'm sure you've been through it to. Let me just tell you this. If you honestly feel like this, then please stop what your doing and please take care of yourself. One bad grade isn't going to define you, one mistake isn't going to hold you back unless you let it. You have to remember that even when you feel like the ground is coming apart at your feet that you are more that whatever is going on at school. You are who you want to be. School plays a part in you life but it doesn't define you. If it's one in fucking morning and your tired and your sad go eat chocolate, or sleep, or read. Do something for you because trust me as important as school is, your health and well being is more important. Remember that for me.
       High school sucks and it's not something the majority of us look forward to. But  please try. It'll all be worth it when your doing what you want to do with you life. And if you don't know what it is you want to do, it's okay. I'm about to get cheesy. Not that I have't been cheesy, but i'm admitting it right now. Life is about molding yourself into what you want. I sound like a walking hallmark card, but it's true. I hope that you understand that everything you do helps build your character. If you mess up, you learn to not mess up so bad next time, if your sad, then you learn how to cope. If you try new things, who knows you might discover you like apple pie more than a vanilla cupcake. So try everyday, because you can't regret it. The worst that can happen is a bad day.  Also don't let anyone make you feel bad because your bad day isn't as bad as someone else because you will still feel the way you feel regardless. Every one has their own problems so respect that you might not always know what someone else is going through. And in the words of the very wise Eeyore"The nice thing about rain is that it always stops. Eventually".
      For those of us who don't like school because of the people there, just remember that at the end of the day their words are just words. Don't give those horrible utterances power, because the words or the people who say it don't deserve. If it helps, remember that they will probably serve you fries in the future. Or better yet you'll have such a great life after high school you won't even remember their names. Embrace your weirdness. My sister told me that your weirdness is ultimately what makes you, you and not just another carbon cut out of what everyone else wants to be. So be you. And if you like wearing all black, go for it, if you like having hot pink hair, go for it, if you like girls, awesome, if you like boys, awesome, if you have no idea, you'll figure it out I promise. Real family and true friends will love you for whoever it is you are and will accept you regardless.
     I probably sound like dramatic or over the top, but the thing is I know so many people who just hate school and hate what comes with it and all i want is to help or let you know that no matter what you need to put yourself first and be good to yourself. For me I have really bad panic attacks, and I have to deal with it every day. Granted that has to do more with me than with school, but school doesn't help. And i just figured that if somehow someone read this and was like "i get this" and feel better about themselves or things they've done than I've done something good. Whether you feel nervous or angry or lost or unsure or whatever it is your feeling its okay because somehow things will work out. You will make things work out for you. So yeah.
       All in all good luck to you, my friend. Be awesome and be who you are because you can be. It's that simple. people just like to complicate things. So study hard, take care of yourself, and have a good school year and remember you will survive and you can do this!

All the best,

Waiting on Wednesday

12 August 2014

Movie Pub Date: August 22, 2014

Book Pub Date: April 2, 2009
Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel. I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen. Stay, he says. Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind? Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters. If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

Add it on Goodreads. Read it before you see the movie

Why do I want to see it?

I read this book when I was 11. I fell in love with it completely and too see it grow and have more and more people like it and understand what I felt when I read it was amazing. I actually think they might do a good job with movie, and i'm excited to see everything play out in front of me. The actors are great, the music seems really good, I AM SOO EXITED.

Top Ten Books I'm Not Sure I'll Read

     So I have a couple books sitting on my book shelf, sitting on my TBR list yet I never read them. I know i'm not the only one who has this problem. Here I am looking at these poor unread books and books i really want to want to read. 

1. Maze Runner by  James Dashner. The movie is coming out and I know I need to read it but I can't bring myself to do it. 
2. Pretty Bad Things by C.J Skuse. I got this book as an ARC when I went to The Romantic Times Teen Day Book Festival. It's been sitting on my shelf ever since then. It might as well be brand new...
3. Saving The World by Julia Alvarez. My dad baught me this book because I LOVE Julia Alvarez!! Yet after reading In The Time Of Butterflies, which is around the time I got this book, I just didn't read it. And it looks sooo good and I want to read it but I keep getting distracted by other books :(
4. Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead. A lot of people say this series is amazing but as much as i want to want to read it, I'm pretty positive I won't ever pick it up. 
5. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. I saw the movie. I LOVE the movie. I didn't even know there was a book until one fateful day on Goodreads. I added it to my TBR list, but every time I'm at Barnes and Noble or the Library I never look for it or bother asking for it. What do you guys think? Should I look for it next time i'm at the library?
6. The 100 by Kass Morgan. Speaking of books turned into movies, this one was turned into a T.V show. May I just say Bellamy Blake. *swoons* I know the show is different to the book, but I really don't want to end up not liking the show because it's not like the book.
7. Vampire Diaries by L.J Smith. Similarly I watch the show but i have't read the books. I hear they're good but I just don't think i'll ever read them.
8. Night World: Strange Fate by L.J Smith. This is more of a rant than an actual book I think i won't read. So I read all the Night World books when I was a 6th grader I believe.I'm going to be junior in High School. I DEVOURED them. I loved them so much. I liked how each "book" had different characters and different intertwining story lines. So I finish Night World Vol. 3 which contains three books in one. That's kinda how the sereies works. There are three volumes each with three "books". Then I Google when Strange Fate comes out. 2013. I was really sad that i had to wait. Then 2013 rolls around and I look it up again. 2015. Now i'm just angry. I just looked it up. There's no date now. I'm officially P.O'ed. I'm not sure if this will ever come out :( . I get it she was working through stuff and took a break from writing, and when she was waiting to have her books re-published into the versions I've read. But it's gotten way too ridiculous. And the thing is I know people have been waiting longer than I have.
9. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. I keep checking this out at the library and I keep starting it, but I've yet to finish it. I honestly have no excuse.
10. Fever by  Lauren DeStefano. I read the first book in this sereis, Wither. I didn't really like it. It felt insta- lovey and just no. I've heard good things about the second book but there's so much banter about whether it's good or not I don't think I'll read it.

Hosted by The Broke and Bookish

Mixtape Monday

11 August 2014

Love Letters to the Dead Playlist

1.All Apologies by Nirvana
2.Big Bad World by Kodaline
3.The Hardest Part by Coldplay
4.Manhattan by Sara Bareilles
5.The Scientist by Coldplay
6.Nothing Like You And I by The Perishers
7.Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
8.Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris Ft Florence Welsh
9.Wonderwall by Oasis
10.Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin
11.Somebody To You by The Vamps
12.Crazy/ You Drive Me Crazy by Glee
13.Teenage Dream Blaine Anderson
14.Between The Bars by Elliot Smith
15.Oblivion by Bastille
16.Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland
17.Home by Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes
18.Way Back When by Kodaline
19.Laughter Lines by Bastille
20.Uncharted by Sara Bareilles
Here's my book review for this AMAZING book!

Back to School: Supplies and Some Tips

10 August 2014

     So it's that time of year again. It's time to put away your swimsuits and beach days and trade them in for homework and school days. Sound like fun?!I'm not ready to go back to school, i'm still recovering from my sophomore year of high school! Just thinking about school makes me freak out. School starts for me next Monday...YIKES! I figured that a lot of you guys, my lovely readers, are going back to school and are pretty much in the same boat as me. So I thought it would be fun to do a mini back to school series. I know that today is Book Talk Day, but I that for this week i'd do my book review on Thursday instead of today.
      So I LOVE back to school shopping. It's my thing! I make lists, watch youtube videos, and look for good deals. So to start i'll show you guys my supplies!!
     I went to staples and got almost everything. My backpack though is from Tilly's. They had really good deals that were just impossible to pass up. I defininetly suggest you go there if you still need some stuff. I also recommend anyone do is go to Costco. They have these student pack things that come with EVERYTHING you need, or pretty much everything. They have earsers, pencils pens, colored pens, highlighters, sharpies etc. So give that a shot!
  1. I definitely recommend getting folders for back to school, not just dividers. I find that with just dividers papers always seem to rip out of the binder. With folders you don't have to worry about that. In addition it just helps you create more of a division in your binder. Like you can have your homework in the folder and notes and worksheets outside of it. 
  2. Keep paperclips handy! I like to paperclip things that have to do with the same thing. For example if we're covering the american revolution and I have some summaries or notes or something on the subject I can just paperclip them together and when I need to study I can just pull out my packet. I put some on my notebooks and folders.
  3. Get some colored pens! Not only are they perfect for doodling when you're bored, but you can color code notes (am I the only person who does this). 
  4. Invest in a mini stapler. I always hate waiting in line to staple my papers in class. This way you avoid getting up (yes i'm that lazy) and waiting in line. 
  5. Keep a little bag within your pencil pouch for lead or erasers. I can never find my little lead containers and I always get sooo frustrating when I dig and dig and can't find it. So to eliminate this I decided to put them in a bright orange bag.

Waiting on Wednesday

05 August 2014

Pub Date: September 16, 2014
A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell 

 Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

 This radiant, fully alive, sometimes very funny novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once

Add it on Goodreads

Why do I want to read it?

I LOVE Jandy Nelson. Her writing style is amazing! One of my favorite books is The Sky Is Everywhere, It left such an imprint on me and this book honestly seems like it would make an impact on me too. The premise of the book is super interesting and it caught my attention as soon as I saw it. I have a feeling it'll make me cry, but that's okay. Anyways i'm super psyched for this book!!

YA Contemporary Novels about Real Life Issues.

11.Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher. OMG! AMAZING! Basics: A guy, Logan, just got out of a relationship where he got cheated on. Enter this quirky, cute girl. Sage. Match made in heaven right? If only things were that simple. Sage is a transgender girl who is trying to make the world see her for what she is. Logan is trying to understand his growing feelings as well as what they mean. This book will break your heart, but it's worth having your heart broken over. It's a story that needs to be read.

10. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. If you are just getting into contemporary novels this is a must read. It's short but it's an amazing story you can relate to. It was one of the first contemporary novels I fell in love with.        

 9. Survival Kit by Donna Freitas. It's a gritty book about losing someone you love and yeah it's sad but we read contemporary because it's realistic and sadness it a part of life. Seeing Character's deal with their problems and grief teaches us how to deal with our own or at the very least reminds us we're not alone. That's true of all books but specifically contemporary novels.                                          

8. Winter Girls by Laurie Halse Anderson.This book deals with anorexia and does a good job at depicting what it's like to lose someone to the same disease you have. Again it's sad and probably not the best book to start of with but once you get into the genre it's a good book to read. It's definitely worth reading.

7. Red Glass by Laura Resau. It's essentially about this girl whose family takes in a little boy who crossed the boarder and was left without a family. Her family decide to take him back to his parents. It's got romance as well. It's a really good book!

6. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. It's everything a book should be. It's got suspense, romance, mystery and great characters that will break your heart. The story is amazing and so well told!

5.Breathless by Jessica Warman. After her brother is taken to a mental hospital and being diagnosed with schizophrenia, Katie struggles to make a new life for herself in her new boarding school. It's really well told, i think, and it WILL leave you breathless.

4.Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez. I can't even with this book. It's amazing and raw and just simply can't get out of your head good. It's essentially about a super talented Violinist that has a psychological drug addiction. Enter cute boy who makes her question everything. Like I said it's a great book.
3. The Sky is Everywhere Jandy Nelson. It's one of the best books I've ever read. It's about a girl who loses her sister and deals with romance, grief and being a teenager. It's kind of like that one sad song that you always listen to. Despite all the sad aspects of it it's a well written book that will definitely touch your heart. If it doesn't, you don't have one.

2. Hold Still by Nina LaCour. This is basically about a girl who loses her best friend in the entire world. Her best friend committed suicide. This is about healing and moving on and trying to accept what's happened. Clearly I really like depressing books. But the characters definitely have you rooting for them. Every character in the book is real and you just want to give them a hug. I love feeling connecting to characters and this book is one of those books that has just left such an imprint on me

1. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. This book is one of my all time favorite books. It's gritty and hard and sad but it's got hope somewhere in the mix of things. It's about a girl named Andie who lost her brother and as a result lost her way. She finds her way back with the help of some french friends and an old diary written by a French girl during the revolution. It's a book that is primarily contemporary which is why it's on the list but it does have some fantasy elements for those of you not ready to let go of pure fiction. Honestly, this book left such a mark on me, and left me crying, but it's still full of hope. It was amazing. I've read it 6 times.

Book Talk Ghosting

03 August 2014

Release Date: August 19, 2014
Book: Ghosting
Author: Edith Pattou
Number of Pages: 392
Source: Netgalley (Note I received this book in exchage for an honest review)
The Basics: On a hot summer night in a Midwestern town, a high school teenage prank goes horrifically awry. Alcohol, guns, and a dare. Within minutes, as events collide, innocents becomes victims—with tragic outcomes altering lives forever, a grisly and unfortunate scenario all too familiar from current real-life headlines. But victims can also become survivors, and as we come to know each character through his/her own distinctive voice and their interactions with one another, we see how, despite pain and guilt, they can reach out to one another, find a new equilibrium, and survive. Told through multiple points of view in naturalistic free verse and stream of consciousness, this is an unforgettable, haunting tale.

My Musings:

      Ghosting. The first few things that comes to mind is of course ghosts and ghost hunting. Maybe even Sam and Dean. But I guess ghost can mean different things, not just some remnant spirit, but a night stuck on replay, memories hanging around you 24/7. And I guess you can say there are a lot of different ghosts in this book.
     Now, I love Edith Pattou, I have ever since I read East, so I was super psyched to read this book. Also it's told in verse, which is pretty freakin' awesome. While the cover isn't anything special, it does tie in to the story, which I like.
     If you know me, or read any of my reviews you will know that characterization is a big deal for me. I think the author did great in this department. I loved how each and every character's story line entwined and meld in with each others. The fact that it was told in verse made me like it even more. Right from the get go I was hooked. That first page instantly made me want to keep reading and reading and reading until I finished the whole thing. As I learned more and more about each of the characters the more i cared for them and felt they were real I could relate to all of them on different levels, which I loved. Characterization, I feel was a strong point for this book because even though there were a lot less words on the page, each character felt as real to me as my friends and family. Sometimes, I think it's the way things are said and described that make it pop. Edith Pattou did a fabulous job of making the characters three dimensional. In real life there are no black and white. There's this fuzzy gray thing. And even the "bad"characters had these different sides and back stories that make the reader understand it all.
      Truth be told once I finally started reading this, I had completely forgotten what it was going to be about. Has that ever happened to you? So the plot line was a really nice surprise for me. And may I just say it was pretty awesome! It left me speechless and crying on several occasions. Like no joke I had to stop reading and just cry for a little then continue. Damn those fangirl emotions! Everything was nicely paced making the climax even more dramatic. What I liked a lot about this book was how the story line played out. A lot of it was character driven, which I liked and enjoyed. There were all these politics between this group of friends and everything they said and did all played a role. I liked watching how each character grieved and dealt with their problems and instabilities. Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was how realistic it was. There was no real "happy ending". Nothing was sugar coated or avoided. You saw the raw emotions and reckless actions that people sometimes do.
      Let me tell you now, romance definitely takes a backseat to all the drama and tears and trauma, but it is cute and I ship it so hard. It's nice to see it unfold. There aren't any passionate kisses or hot and steamy moments, but what makes this pairing special is that it's so innocent and nice and cute. Sometimes all it really takes is a smile and a story to like someone.
     If you can't tell by now that I LOVE this book, well then I'll tell you now I LOVE this book. It's a raw and gritty story about a traumatic event and the way it can linger and affect pretty much everything. I definitely recommend you read it!!!

Coffee for this book: This book is sad but hopeful so I think a nice Cuban coffee suits it. It's intense because of the espresso but it's also sweet because of the sugar in it. It's the best of both worlds I think. 

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