instructions designed to push Lottie out of her comfort zone. Soon, Lottie’s trying some writing of her own, leaping off cliffs, and even falling for a boy she’s only just met. Then the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series. Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice, one that will force her to confront her greatest fear once and for all.
So Many Books!
I can't believe that September is almost here! School has arrived, which means new adventures, new things to learn, and, most importantly, new books to read! Be sure to let me know which book you are most looking forward to this month.
They Both Die at the End, by: Adam Silvera
I haven't ever read an Adam Silvera book before, but I have been meaning to for a while, and this one sounds so interesting. The concept of Death being a character in any story always appeals to me for some reason, and the take that this book sounds like it is going to take on Death sounds very unique. I also love the way this book gives off the "life's next great adventure" vibe, and I can't wait to see where it leads.
Genuine Fraud, by: E. Lockhart
I cannot even begin to express my love for E. Lockhart. I read We Were Liars about three years ago, and it is still one of my favorite mystery novels. It's one of those books that's better if you go into it not knowing a whole lot, and from the vibes I'm getting from this synopsis, this book is going to be in the same boat. I haven't read a mystery in a while, so I'm excited to see what this one has to offer.
Fireblood, by: Elly Blake
I got the first book of this series, Frostblood, in an Uppercase Box back in January, and really enjoyed it. It wasn't just a fantasy story, it also had some adventure and a few dystopian elements while still taking place in a medieval-like time period. The barbaric energy that surrounds this series is really compelling, and I can't wait to get back into the world of fire and frost.
Warcross, by: Marie Lu
Marie Lu's writing style is so gripping, and the fact that she is coming out with a gaming book is a dream come true. If you didn't know already, I love these types of books, with Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and the Heir Apparent books by Vivian Vande Velde (which are three of the most underrated and greatest YA gaming fantasy books of all time. If you haven't read any of them, you need to, ASAP) being at the top of my list. I can't wait to see what Warcross brings to the table, and if it can outdo the best of the best.
Moxie, by: Jennifer Mathieu
I am so excited for this book for no other reason than #girlpower. Every once in a while, I just need to read a book or watch a movie that oozes girl power, and I think this is going to be the next story that fits the category. I hope this book turns out to be as feel-good as it sounds, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
What is your most anticipated September release? Let me know in the comments section!
All I really want to do today is go to the book store, drink coffee and read.
— Ann Marie Frohoff
1-2 Star Books
This past week has been a little crazy for me. Next week school starts, so everything has resumed at once, which hasn't allowed me to post anything blog related this past week. (No need to fear though. Once school starts, I will have a solid scheduling base around which to plan my posts.) The point is that I've had a bit of time to reflect on my blog and realized something strange. I haven't read a single book below three stars since March of 2016. That was before my blogging days. And since that two star book, I hadn't read one below three since April of 2015. (I'm looking at you, The Kill Order.)
As you can imagine, upon this realization, I started to panic. Do my readers think I don't ever read a bad book? Am I too nice with the books I read and review? Why do all the book I read end up being my favorite? And with these questions came some very surprising answers...
Flowers and Books, and Tags, Oh my! (A Post in which Ashton Answers Multiple Questions About Books and Relate Them to Plants)
Hooray For Tags!
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Gerbera: a book that everyone should read // We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars is an amazing summer mystery that I recommend to anyone looking to spice up their reading. The less you know about this one, the better. Just pick it up and enjoy.
Rose: favorite timeless classic // Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Of course, I'm going to say Harry Potter. If you haven't read it yet, where have you been for the last 20 years? Put down whatever you're reading and pick this book up!
Carnation: your prettiest book // These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This was one of the first young adult books I fell in love with and fell hard. I read it back in middle school and still recommend it every chance I get!
Baby's Breath: a childhood favorite // The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards
I highly recommend this book. I don't ever see people mention it, which is really sad because this book was the best book that I read in elementary school by far. I am really hoping to get a reread in here soon, so I can properly recommend it.
Peony: favorite romance book // Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
If you need a warm and fuzzy, feel-good read, pick up this book. It is a wonderful romance story filled with lots of happy moments, cute jokes, and adorable romantic scenes. This book is for sure going to satisfy your romance needs and bust through any reading slump you might have.
Daisy: a summertime read // Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
I just finished this book, and nothing has made feel more summer-y than this book. I immediately wanted to pick up and start traveling. This book is perfect for anyone who didn't get a chance to travel this summer, or if you've always wanted to go on a road trip.
Tulip: a cozy winter read // My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins
This book is an anthology of 12 short romance stories all set around the holidays. It's a such a fun, quirky book, and is great if you don't have enough time to sit down with a full book during the holidays.
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Sunflower: a book with a lot of characters // The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
I love series that take one group of characters' story arc and joins them with others as the series goes on. It really helps to differentiate between the characters and their different arcs. I wish there were more series out there like this. If you know of any, please let me know in the comments!
Lily: a book with a beautiful cover // Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona is a book with a beautiful cover as well as beautiful pages! I've always thought it would be fun to put a graphic novel together, and this book really sparked that. It was an awesome story as well as amazing artwork. I hope Noelle decides to publish another book!
Daisy: a book that is easy to read // The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
This book was such a fun read! My mom actually spotted it when we were book shopping last summer and recommended it to me. It was really sweet and fun, so if you haven't read it already, it's a must read chick book!
Rose: a book with a romantic plot // The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Everything about this book was absolutely phenomenal! Morgan Matson is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and she never fails to bring it all to the table. The romance arc in this book was so cute, but it's also a book about friendship, spontaneity, and dogs. Oh my goodness are there dogs, and nothing makes a book better like lots of dogs.
Gillyflower: a classic // To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This book was a required read for my English II class last year, and I'm so glad it was! I had heard about Go Set a Watchman coming out a few years ago but didn't really know what either of them was about. We started reading it last spring, and it was a book that I got kind of excited to read when it was assigned. (I mean, it was still homework. But it was good.) I am definitely going to start adding some more classics to my TBR after reading this book.
Daffodil: a book that broke a reading slump // Defy the Stars by Claudia Grey
Usually when I need to break a reading slump, I grab for a light contemporary or sometimes a book that I've been looking forward to reading. This book kind of surprised me with its slump smashing powers. I always forget how much I love a good sci-fi space novel. I think the characters in this book were what really made the story. Noemi and Abel have such an amazing relationship in the story, which makes this book a must-read.
Hydrangea: a book that you read with a group or another person // Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson
I read this book in the eighth grad with a few of my friends and our math teacher, and we had so much fun with it! We would meet over our lunch hour and talk about what we had read in the past week. It's always fun to read a book with others at the same time. If you haven't ever done this with your friends, you should. This book was the perfect one to do something like this with. It is about two best friends after all. So if you need a new book to read with your book club, this is the one for you!
Bleeding Heart: a book that tore your heart out // Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
I guess it goes to show you can mention all of an author's books if you really set your mind to it. This was actually the last book I finished, and I was sobbing after I finished it. Like full on nose-blow, break all the blood vessels around my eyes, my mom thought something happened sobbing. I don't want to spoil it if you if you want to read it for yourself, but just be warned that this book is not worth the emotional turmoil.
Lavender: a book title that you think should be a candle // Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
I think Windfall would be a great candle name. It would smell like an ocean breeze. Or maybe a waterfall. Or both!
Orchids: a diverse book recommendation // Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
This book was such an amazing read! This was one of the first LGBTQ books that I've ever read, and I absolutely adored it. The relationship that Aristotle and Dante develops is such a quirky and cute one. The writing style was very innocent but also a little mysterious and philosophical as well.
Whew. That was a lot of books and flowers, that's for sure. Be sure to pass along my new tag as well as the others as well. Consider yourself tagged
Your humble flower fairy,
The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of all.
--Walt Disney Company, Mulan
My Rating: 98%
What a fantastic summer road trip story. I have to say, I am all about three things:
First of all, the fact that the author did such a great job creating a very real trip and didn't make it too over the top is fantastic. She also played up little moments throughout Amy and Roger's journey highlighting that this adventure could (and should) happen to any one of us. I also enjoyed how Morgan Matson included a few pages before each chapter and made them into snippets of Amy's "road trip diary". It added some fun visuals and really rounded out the story.
Secondly, I loved reading about all of Amy and Roger's stops. The way that Matson describes some of the firsts that they experience is unique. She makes even the small firsts a really big deal, and I could feel the significance as a reader. Everything from wardrobe changes to a new burger was a unique experience, and it really made every moment standout. A great part of this book was that even thought it was very fun and lighthearted, it still showed the characters growing as people as they experienced things outside of their comfort zones.
Amy has made her way into my top female character list for sure. She is a little nerdy, and absolutely loves musicals. For me (as a lover of musicals myself), it was a very welcome surprise to find a character who shares the same interests as me. The little moments throughout the book where Amy and Roger made playlists together was something I found really funny. Amy keeps telling Roger that they should listen to his music, because she know he won't want to listen to musical recordings. When he finally makes her play some of her music, it's such a cute moment, and something you won't fully appreciate unless you listen to musicals yourself.
I also have to point out ALL THE LOVE I have for Roger as a wholesome character. Can you take me on a road trip? Fair warning, if you asked, I WOULD SAY YES. (Also if any one of you guys want to road trip it with me, that answer is also a yes. So much spontaneity and book loving all in one post.)
If you are looking for a book to wrap up your summer reading, be sure to pick this one up! Have you already read it? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below!
The soon-to-be junior in high school,
The best discoveries always happened to the people who weren't looking for them.
― Morgan Matson, Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Be Sure to Check OUt my Previous The Infernal Devices Reviews
anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, Will is as much in love with her as ever.
As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?
My Rating: 98%
Wow. This book was an epic finale to a spectacular trilogy. It made me laugh out loud, it made me cry tears of both joy and sorrow, but most of all, it warmed my heart. If you haven't gotten a chance to read the first two books in the series, I have reviews for both of them up at the top of this post. They are both wonderful fantasy books, along with The Mortal Instruments series.
First things first, I have to comment on how much better I thought this book was than the second in the trilogy. I felt like the second book dragged a little, and this book picked up the pace right from the beginning. Cassandra Clare did a fantastic job keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. There was action, there was romance, there was a fantastic epilogue. What more could a girl ask for?
I also have to say that I thought the love triangle situation was way better in this book than in the past. Up until this point in the series, it didn't feel as real as I would've liked. As this last book progressed, I really started to feel for Tessa, Jem, and Will, and I think that's what made the whole situation believable.
My favorite part of this book was the way it started to tie into the Mortal Instruments series. If you didn't already know, I have been reading TMI series at the same time as the Infernal Devices trilogy, so it was very apparent to me when the stories started stitching together the way they did. I don't want to go into the details about it, (because spoilers) but I do recommend reading both series to get the full experience of the Shadowhunter Chronicles!
Overall, this was the perfect ending to a wonderful trilogy. Be sure to check out Clockwork Princess and the rest of the series if you haven't yet!
What did you think of TID trilogy? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!
As she awaits for more Shadowhunter books,
Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess
#BTAT17 is Here!
THE BOOKTUBEATHON IS FINALLY HERE!!!!! Nothing is more exciting in the summer than read-a-thon season! The BookTubeAThon is a yearly read-a-thon hosted by the lovely Ariel Bissett over on YouTube. It is an event that brings together book lovers and reviewers on all platform across the interwebs, including BookTubers, Bookstagrammers, and the fabulous bloggers on Twitter (who up until now I haven't realized are nameless nomads. Don't worry, Twitter peoples, you are loved nonetheless!). It is a time where everyone can join in on united reading through Twitter sprints and YouTube and Instagram challenges for all to participate in. If you want to participate and are looking for where to start, click play on the video below for all the details!
2017 Reading Challenges
Here are this year's reading challenges! I try not to plan which book goes to which challenge, only the ones that are book specific. Otherwise, I will update you guys at the end of the week on which books I did to complete each challenge.
Official BookTubeAThon Links
I hope you choose to participate in the BookTubeAThon this year! If you do, let me know in the comments, and be sure to follow my challenge entries on Instagram and my contributions to the Twitter sprints. I'm @the_bookinsider both places!
As she glues her butt to a chair for the next week,
Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.
— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.
My rating: 73%
I received Song of the Current in the June Uppercase Box and was really excited to delve into it. It sounded like something that I had never read in the young adult genre. When I got into it, I realized it wasn't really my cup of tea, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
The book started off with a bunch of exciting events all right in a row. (Okay, watching your father get thrown in prison and a beloved dock burn isn't exactly "exciting", but you get what I mean.) These first 50 pages or so really got me excited for a fast-paced action novel. But after the beginning, the story slowed down quite a bit, which I wasn't expecting at all. Sure, there were a few major events here and there, but the action-y bits scattered throughout the book were very short and sweet. The story didn't really pick back up until the very end. (And all I can say about the end of the book without spoiling anything is that it is fantastic. Totally worth sticking out the slow bits.)
Even though parts of the book were slow, I fell in love with the characters. Every single character that was introduced had a purpose and a story all their own. I love that Sarah Toclser didn't throw around characters and put in unnecessary extras just for the sake of it. The best part, however, is how deep Caro gets throughout the story. At first, she just starts out as an unassuming wherryman who hopes to become a captain. Throughout the story, her layers start to peel back, and just when you think you know everything, something unexpected is revealed, and as the reader, you are forced to start thinking something completely different.
I also just want to touch on the fact that the world that Caro lives in is so interesting and unique. The mythology that surrounds the rivers and the details that go into describing it are creative. I also have to bow down to Sarah Toclser for a minute because of the way she describes the boating aspects. They are amazing. It is so clear that she knows and loves what she's talking about, and it comes across so well through Caro.
Overall, this book was just an okay read for me, but I've heard countless people swoon over it. Hopefully you will like this book more than me, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
From her vacation,
'Magic doesn't make a man evil,' he said. 'It's just a skill. It isn't inherently good or bad. It's what's in his heart that makes him evil, the same as anyone else.
― Sarah Tolcser, Song of the Current
having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty—in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?
My Rating: 92%
I absolutely adored this book. Everything from the characters to the writing style really made this book an entertaining read. It was light, big-hearted, but it also made me stop and think. The way that Will and other blind people live their lives is so foreign to most of our society, and the idea that someone would have to learn how to see is something I would've never imagined. Josh Sundquist put together a beautiful and hilarious story that really captivated me.
First off, I have to give props to the amazing Josh Sundquist for another spectacular read. If you didn't already know, this is his second book, his first being a nonfiction novel about his life as someone who has had their leg amputated from the hip. It is hilarious and sweet, just an all around awesome read. I was so excited to hear that he was coming out with another book, and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. (Seriously though, if you haven't read either of his books, you should get on that. Anyway, back to the review!)
Overall, the characters and the way in which they interacted was wonderful. Will was a fantastic main character, and I will touch on that in a second. What I was really fond of was that every single one of the minor characters had their own vivid personality and every one of them played a part in the story. I feel like that is super important, especially for a shorter novel like this one. There weren't a lot of side characters that were there for the sake of it. I thought it helped simplify the story and move it along.
I loved the descriptions and writing style. There were so many moments that were very thoughtful and helped me understand more of what kind of life Will lives. One of the best moments (spoiler free, by the way) in the entire book was when will and Cecily go to the art showcase and she attempts to describe to him what the paintings look like and what emotion they are trying to convey. Little moments like that throughout the book were what really made me fall in love with it.
Of course, I have to mention the fact that Will is now one of my all-time favorite narrators. His humor and hope really drive the plot for me. Even though we are very different, I felt like I knew him and his situation, and related to it quite a bit. I loved how he didn't let a whole lot of things bother him when they could have. Being a 16-year-old kid in high school isn't easy, and I can't imagine what hardships blindness brings to the table. But Will made it easy for me to understand where he is coming from, and nothing wins me over in a book like a relatable narrator.
This is a great book if you're looking for a quick, hilarious read this summer. Have you read it? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments!
As she looks at life with a new perspective,
People who stop laughing are always the ones who get hurt.
― Josh Sundquist, Just Don't Fall: How I Grew Up, Conquered Illness, and Made It Down the Mountain
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.
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