My ARC Book Haul!

If any of you guys don’t know, ARCs are advanced reader copies of books that are most likely coming out a couple months later. They are free of charge, and you can apply to get them from publishers in exchange for an honest review. There are also some websites which cause the whole ARC request process to run a lot smoother. I personally like said websites more than actually emailing publishers, and they are a lot easier to use for beginners.

So, I wanted ARCs. Really badly. And, in my frenzy to get free books, I accidentally requested too many novels.

Well, here I am. With seventeen novels to read. I’m going to die.

1.) Remember by Shannon Dermott: Already Published (June 2, 2015)

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Description:

Things hide in the shadows because of what’s revealed in the light…

With her seventeenth birthday drawing near, Charlie Daniels wants to move on from the tragedy that struck her family. Her gorgeous former best friend, Alex, will do anything to be there for her and take their friendship to the next level. Only, lost on private property, in forbidden woods, Charlize meets the mysterious, not to mention angelically hot, Peter. He will make her feel things she never thought possible.

Forced to choose between the two, secrets of her origins can bind them together or tear them apart. Alliances and sacrifices will need to be made in order to guarantee her survival. If she overcomes the obstacles, she may be Queen. Not only of her race, but if the prophecy is to be believed, Queen of all races of supernaturals. Only there are some who will never allow a teenage girl to rule.

This description really intrigued me, and I have also been really into fantasy/supernatural novels, so I decided to request it. I am currently reading it and am enjoying it, so I suggest you check it out!

2.) Fall Line by Tudor Robins: Already Published (June 1, 2015)

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Description:

Everything’s forward.

Those are fifteen-year-old Chris Myers’ words for the year.

The next gate, the next race, his spot on the district ski team; they’re all his for the taking.

Except training is such hard work. And then there’s Jenna – the very opposite of hard work – gorgeous, curvy, and into partying. Into Chris.

Instead of moving forward, Chris is sliding back. Slower times, worse results, and his best friend, Tilly, drifting away.

“The thing you want is right in front of you,” Tilly said. Now Chris just has to figure out what that thing is – and how to get it – before it’s too late.

Fast-paced, fun, and intense, Fall Line is a refreshing read from start gate to finish line.

I haven’t read many novels pertaining to sports, mainly because it isn’t in my area of expertise. I was very intrigued by this, since the plot sounds really interesting. Since this novel already came out, I suggest you read it with me and we can both fall in love with it together!

3.) New Suicide Squad Volume 1: Pure Insanity: July 21, 2015

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Description:

Once a secret to even the highest government officials, the Suicide Squad has emerged from FOREVER EVIL as one of its most popular programs. Its mission: to send incarcerated super villains to carry out impossible missions on foreign soil in exchange for a commuted prison sentence. If they are caught or killed, no government could link these operatives back to the U.S. government. At least, that’s the theory. 

This new series begins with a mission in Russia that features two red-hot Batman villains: Harley Quinn and Joker’s Daughter, plus Deadshot, Deathstroke the Terminator, Black Manta and more. 

The trailer for the upcoming movie Suicide Squad came out very recently, and when I saw this comic I knew I needed to read it! It’s always better to go into a comic book-based movie knowing the characters and the general background, so I thought it would be a good idea to read this!

4.) Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause: September 29, 2015

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A charmingly creepy collection of 100 illustrated comics based on idiosyncratic and universal “deep dark fears.”

We all have weird fears, from getting sliced to ribbons in subway station revolving gate to getting turned around by the wind while swimming and going too far out to sea. Based on the wildly popular eponymous Tumblr, Deep Dark Fears explores our odd, creepy, and hilariously singular fears. Animator, illustrator, and cartoonist Fran Krause brings these fears to life in vividly illustrated comics based on real fears submitted by readers (plus a few of his own). These “deep dark fears” run the gamut from unlikely but plausible to completely ridiculous, highlighting both our deeply human similarities and our peculiar uniquenesses.

This graphic novel sounds horrifying, but interesting. I have never read a horror graphic novel, so I thought, in case I didn’t like the genre, it’s better to try it out when it’s free. I’m really interested to see if I’m going to enjoy this, and I’m excited to give it a shot!

5.) Are You Still There by Sarah Lynn Scheerger

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Description:

Every year it takes the teachers until winter break
To learn my name. That’s why I call myself 
Stranger.
I am a stranger. To everyone.

Because 
no one knows me.
Or notices me. Just wait.

They will notice me soon.


The day the bomb threat put the school on lockdown, Gabi was trapped in the girls’ room. It seems everything she’d been working for–the AP classes, the college applications–was about to go up in smoke.

The police found the bomb in time, but they didn’t find the bomber. Out of two thousand students at Central, the one who’s ready to explode is still at large. 

The bomber could be anyone–one of Gabi’s friends or the guy she rejected or the person leaving ominous notes all over the school. It could even be one of the anonymous callers who calls the school helpline where Gabi volunteers. 

And the more messages Gabi gets, the more she suspects she’s part of Stranger’s plan. Could she be the only one who can stop another attack? Or will she be the first victim of Stranger’s revenge?

Aren’t you guys interested, too? Mystery novels always hold a certain amount of appeal to me, so I thought I would enjoy reading this! I am also currently reading this, and I can’t put it down! I suggest you guys check this book out when it gets released, because I would love to fangirl with you!

6.) Summer Confessions by Lynn Vroman: Already Published (March 10, 2015)

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Description:

Macy Diaz has managed childhood friend Jeb Porter’s crush for years. However, his infatuation turns to obsession, even putting a kid in the hospital just for hitting on her. In the past, Macy brushed it off, explained his bizarre acts away. But now she harbors a secret. She’s in love…with Jeb’s sister, Rachel.

By some miracle, Rachel loves Macy back, and despite the small minds polluting their sleepy southern town, they’re sticking together. Unfortunately, making sure Jeb never grows suspicious proves harder every day—until everything falls apart.

As a sick, unstable Jeb starts to threaten all Macy values, she is reminded of what has always been perfectly clear. Macy belongs to him, only him, and he won’t let her go. Ever.

If only Macy could’ve loved Jeb, she wouldn’t have to worry about surviving him now.

I have never read an LQBT book before! Well, of course I’ve read books where some of the characters were questioning their sexualities or were in the closet. But I’ve never read an LGBT love story. I wanted to read this in honor of the Supreme Court’s ruling, and I’ll tell you all if I liked it!

7.) These Shallowy Graves by Jennifer Donnelly: October 27, 2015

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Description:

From Jennifer Donnelly, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of A Northern Light and Revolution, comes a mystery about dark secrets, dirty truths, and the lengths to which people will go for love and revenge. For fans of Elizabeth George and Libba Bray, These Shallow Gravesis the story of how much a young woman is willing to risk and lose in order to find the truth.
Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.
Wild aspirations aside, Jo’s life seems perfect until tragedy strikes: her father is found dead. Charles Montfort shot himself while cleaning his pistol. One of New York City’s wealthiest men, he owned a newspaper and was a partner in a massive shipping firm, and Jo knows he was far too smart to clean a loaded gun. 
The more Jo hears about her father’s death, the more something feels wrong. Suicide is the only logical explanation, and of course people have started talking, but Jo’s father would never have resorted to that. And then she meets Eddie—a young, smart, infuriatingly handsome reporter at her father’s newspaper—and it becomes all too clear how much she stands to lose if she keeps searching for the truth. But now it might be too late to stop. 
The past never stays buried forever. Life is dirtier than Jo Montfort could ever have imagined, and this time the truth is the dirtiest part of all.

This novel sounds amazing! It seems to have all the works of a great novel: the badass, independent female character, the love interest, the suspense, and the inevitable action. I can’t wait to get to read it! Plus, I just adore the cover.

8.) Poorly Drawn Lines by Reza Farazmand: October 6, 2015

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Description:

Life is weird. Embrace it.

A bear flies through space. A hamster suffers a breakdown. Elsewhere, a garden snake is arrested by animal control and jailed for home invasion, while a child marvels at the wonder of nature as worms emerge from the ground and begin looking for vodka (as they always have). These are common occurrences in the world of Reza Farazmand’s wildly popular webcomic, Poorly Drawn Lines. Traveling from deep space to alternate realities to the bottom of the ocean, this eponymous collection brings together fan favorites with new comics and original essays to share Farazmand’s inimitable take on love, nature, social acceptance, and robots.

If you guys have never checked out Poorly Drawn Lines, CLICK HERE TO SEE IT NOW. I adore this webcomic so much, so I basically had an aneurysm when I saw that my ARC request was accepted! I’m expecting to really enjoy this!

9.) Snoopy, Master of Disguise by Charles Shultz: Already Published (April 28, 2015)

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Description:

No one has a greater imagination than Snoopy. Join everyone’s favorite beagle as he confounds and confuses the whole Peanuts gang!

Is an explanation for wanting this really needed, guys?

10.) Hannah Smart: Operation Josh Taylor by Melody Fitzpatrick: October 3, 2015

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Description:

To see teen idol Josh Taylor in concert, Hannah Smart is prepared to face bullies, learn terrible secrets, and discover hidden talents.

When thirteen-year-old Hannah Smart finds out that teen idol Josh Taylor (only the most talented singer in the entire world) is coming to her hometown to kick off his first-ever concert tour, she nearly goes into shock. Even more shocking is the fact that her parents one-hundred-percent refuse to buy her a ticket — if Hannah wants to go, she has to figure out a way on her own.

With the help of her genius best friend, Rachel, Hannah hatches a scheme that will surely get the girls to the concert. But when evil Scarlett Hastings sticks her nasty nose in, messing up their plan, all hope seems lost.

Will Hannah and Rachel ever get to the concert? And will Hannah even want to go when she discovers the horrible secret her parents have been hiding?

I thought that this novel would be an light read, something I haven’t had in a long time. Hey, an avid reader needs her breaks, okay? So, I can’t wait to start reading this, because it seems really fun!

11.) No True Echo by Gareth P. Jones: October 13, 2015

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Description:

Eddie thinks nothing ever happens in his small, boring town. Every day is exactly the same, down to what the bus driver will say when he picks each kid up in the morning. But then, one day, someone new, and very pretty, walks onto the bus. At least, Eddie thinks she’s new, but there is something oddly familiar about Scarlett. Intrigued (and smitten), Eddie starts to follow Scarlett—and what he discovers is odder still. Scarlett is a Senior Echo Time Agent from the future, come to his town to investigate the origin of time travel, which, unbeknownst to Eddie, was invented right in his hometown, by someone he knew. Soon Eddie is swept up in the investigation and in time. But time travel is a dangerous business, and Eddie will learn more than he wants to know about his long-dead mother.

This psychologically rich thriller redefines the time travel novel for a teen audience.

This sounds like something I would definitely buy! Lucky for me, I got a chance to read this for free. I haven’t read many novels about time travel, other than a bit of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, so I’m excited to explore this genre with a novel that sounds as fabulous as that! Be sure to check out this novel when it releases!

12.) Darkthaw by Kate A. Boorman

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Description:

For as long as Emmeline can remember, she’s longed to leave the isolated world of the settlement and explore the wilderness that calls to her in her dreams. And now that the Council has fallen, she will finally, finally get that chance. With First Peoples guide Matisa at her side, Emmeline rallies a brave group to join her on her quest into the unknown, including her beloved Kane and his two younger brothers.

But the journey soon proves far more dangerous than Emmeline anticipated—with warring clans, slavers, colonists, disease, and natural disasters seemingly at every turn. After putting so many lives in danger, she starts to doubt everything she once knew. Did she make the right choice to leave the settlement—and can her relationship with Kane survive the ordeal? Matisa insists that to set things right and to fight the evil that is bringing all this danger and turmoil to the forest, Emmeline must journey to Matisa’s people—even if that means leaving Kane behind.

This novel intrigued me right off the bat! I mean, it has romance, action, adventure, strong characters, and somewhat of a historical fiction aspect! How could I resist?

13.) The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay

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Description:

Aphrodite kissed a mortal once by the light of this moon, many thousands of years ago. It drove him crazy. The next person that he kissed – boum. The craziness travelled like this from person to person. It travelled through time. Everywhere – boum! Tu comprends?’
‘Where did it end up?’ I whisper. His lips are on my cheek now.
‘It ended with me. And now I am going to pass it to you. You will like that, mermaid?’

Imagine the perfect kiss. A legendary kiss that makes people crazy with love. Imagine a summer’s night, on a moonlit beach in the South of France, as French boy Laurent kisses 16-year-old Delilah after the best chat-up line she’s ever heard.
BOOM!
Delilah is pretty sure the Kiss is fiction, despite her head-spinning holiday fling. But with all the sudden crushes, break-ups and melt-downs happening back at home, the Kiss starts looking a little too real for comfort. If only Delilah could keep track of where it’s gone …
Who knew one kiss could cause this much trouble?
A hilarious rom-com that will delight Geek Girls everywhere!

I haven’t read much chick-lit before, but I couldn’t help but request this because of the “geek girl” part of the description. I’m a geek girl, many girls are geek girls, and geek girl life is awesome. Who wouldn’t want a book to celebrate another fellow geek? So, with that somewhat weird thought process in mind, I decided that I wanted to read this. Thankfully, I was accepted, and now I will be reading this hopefully awesome book and writing a hopefully awesome review!

14.) The Boy Genius Detective Agency by Robert Grey: Already Published (April 28, 2015)

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Description:

When happy-go-lucky Phidias Isaac Newman opens a detective agency in the sleepy Highland Falls ward of the Mégapolis he isn’t sure what to expect.

The Case of the Vanishing Bones? Sounds like a promising start.

Then, seemingly from nowhere, disaster strikes! Together with his partner, Agent Bubble Gum, the Boy Genius is plunged into the recovery of a mysterious (and deadly) stolen artifact–the Afterthought Resonator.

But then something wonderful happens.

Or does it?

Bubble Gum has always known the Boy Genius is ill mannered, uncouth and never listens to others. (Not that she keeps a list or anything.) But now she learns Phidias is harboring a dark secret.

Of forbidden knowledge that unlocks a terrible power… no one even suspected existed.

If you like adventure and excitement with just the right touch of romance this is one explosive ride you will not want to miss. Get your copy of The Boy Genius Detective Agency and let this thrilling tale of heroic adventure begin!

This sounds fun and gripping, two adjectives that I love when describing a book. Plus, although I hate assigning a gender to books, I have heard from many that a lot of teenage boys like this book. I thought it would be a good insight into the enigma that is the world of guys. I hope I enjoy it!

15.) High Witch Next Generation by Mona Hanna: September 10, 2015

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Description:

This series is a spin off to the High Witch Series.

Seventeen years have passed since Ariel and Hallie worked together to defeat Innes. The child High Witches Erica and Julia are now teenagers, facing their own challenges.

When Erica meets Gareth, she feels excited that she may have found her first love and wants to see him as much as possible. But a vision featuring Erica and the dreaded test darkens her world and leaves her wondering who the mysterious blond man from her vision is.

Gareth is falling for Erica, but he’s hiding a dark secret. If she knew, she would despise him forever. He hates deceiving her but feels trapped. He has to choose between saving his father or protecting the woman he’s falling in love with. He can’t bear to hurt either, but a dark stranger has other ideas.

Paranormal romances are a sweet spot to me. The only problem is that I haven’t read a paranormal romance novel that I deemed “great”. A lot of them didn’t feel quite right when reading, which usually leaves me a bit sad. I’m hoping this novel will help me fix my dilemma! So far it seems great, and I’ll let you know if it’s as good as I hope it is!

16.) The Last Days of Planet Earth Vol 1: Gods and Monsters by L. J. Hick: Already Published (December 12, 2013)

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Description:

Is Blake fed up with changing his name yet? Who woke Arthur from his nap? Does Victor really look like Barry from Eastenders? Does Volkane floss? Why is the Angel of Death snoring on a beach? Does Kerberos bite? Are Warlocks blue and who the **** is Starless? Find the answers to these questions and more in the literary series, The Last Days of Planet Earth. Gods and Monsters is the first book in the series. Like death, it is only the beginning. The Last Days of Planet Earth is an amusing and interesting re-working of history, myths and religious icons, with references to popular culture threading neatly throughout.

I am a huge fan of mythology, so this novel seems right up my alley. Plus, the humor is exactly my style! If any of you are fans of Percy Jackson or basically any of Rick Riordan’s works, I suggest you check this out!

17.) Lexicon Chase: Scrolls of the Harlequin by Jonathon Fore: October 5, 2015

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Description:

Lexicon Chase could feel the end of her rope slipping through her hands. From a broken home of very little means, Lexicon had learned to live without fashion, makeup, friends, or even a future. The bullies of her every day had taken her self worth, her dignity, her hopes, and her dreams, and the accusations they made began to ring with truth. Now that she was in high school, she had less, and no reason to even hold on. 

That was until her grandmother passed to her an heirloom and dark family secret. 

For forty-seven years, her grandmother ruled as queen of a fantasy kingdom. A kingdom full of pageantry and mystery, magic and fairies, a kingdom called Everhope. On the worst of all of Lexicon’s terrible days, her grandmother decides to step aside, and pass Everhope to Lexicon. 

Instantly, Everhope becomes Lexicon’s final refuge from the bullies of her real world. In Everhope, Lexicon is the princess. In Everhope, she is the unquestionable ruler. In Everhope, Lexicon can do as she wants, but more importantly escape the schoolyard predators. 

Also in Everhope, there hides an ancient evil eternally seeking its vengeance. 

The wonder Lexicon inherited has begun to change, and what should have been her escape now threatens her very life, and her new kingdom grows dark. But after all the years of torment at the hands of her bullies, Lexicon finally has a reason to stand up and fight, and that reason is Everhope.

This book sounds amazing, mainly because it seems really relatable. Almost every teen struggles with bullying, and it looks like this character really gets it. I hope that this will help all of us teens with overcoming our adversities. I look forward to reading this!

So, I have a lot of reading for you! I hope you enjoyed seeing the massive TBR pile I have. I’ll be posting reviews of each of these very soon! Until then, au revoir!

The Allergic to E Challenge

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I was tagged by the wonderful Elm to do this challenge. Her blog is amazing and helps portray all the struggles of being a teenager, so I would definitely recommend checking her out! Anyways, on to the challenge!

This challenge was created by Asil at Redefining Random!

The Rules:

  • Write a whole paragraph ( a paragraph sounds easy right?) without any word containing the letter “e” (still easy for ya?)
  • By reading this you are already signed up.
  • Challenge at least five bloggers to do the challenge. They must do it within 24 hours or it is considered as failure.
  • If you fail or pass, suffer in Asil’s Hall of Noobs
  • If you win, wallow in Asil’s Hall of We
  • You will receive a pingback to your post to know if you have passed or failed.
  • To make it easy for Asil to keep track of your progress, link it back to his original post.

I was really excited to do this post, but I was planning on waiting a day or two, since I just posted a challenge yesterday. However, I read the rules, and when I saw that I had to do this within 24 hours, I freaked out! I know that might seem like a bit of an overreaction, and maybe it is, but I WILL NOT FAIL. So, I decided to do this challenge as soon as possible. Hope you enjoy!

I cannot stand spring! It’s full of going swimming and hanging out with unfamiliar guys and girls. I don’t know why I’m in this party, and I just want to go. I look at my drink, sorrowful and gloomy.

“I didn’t know Sarah brought a normal girl to this party,” an unfamiliar guy says, grabbing my arm and taking us to a still part away from said party. “Ow! What is going on?” I say, rubbing my arm in pain. I look up at him, hoping to find guilt and humiliation staring back. But I couldn’t downplay my shock at who I saw. Will! Why is Will at this?. I try to walk away, but Will grabs my arm again. “Stop that!” I shout angrily. “Will, what could you possibly want? Stop ruining the party!” Will looks down, biting his lip anxiously.

“I want to talk to you,” 

“About what?! You said that I should go as far away from you as I can, and that’s what I’m doing!” 

“I’m sorry. I didn’t want to say that.”

“What did you want to say?!”

“I was trying to talk, and you just randomly got mad about my shirts on my bathroom floor!” 

“I want you to pick up your shirt, as it might turn dirty! I am truly fond of you, but you can’t ask for my assistance for random trivial things! Do your own laundry!”

“I am truly fond of you, too.”

What? Will abruptly grabs my hand. 

“Mary, I cannot think of a woman as amazing as you. As smart, alluring, kind, caring, and stunning as you. I have found my missing half, and it’s you. I know I’m not as fantastic as you, but I want you. For as long I am living. Mary-“

Will stops, obviously afraid. His arm pulls out a ring from his coat and puts it on my hand. I look at my hand in shock, admiring how it looks with a ring on it. 

“Will-” I say softly.

“Mary, will you marry-“

“I do!” I blurt out, as panicky as him.

Will stops again and laughs softly.

“You say that at the altar, dummy.”

I grin, too. “I’m not a dummy, idiot,” 

I grab his arm, and both of us walk out hand-in-hand. Possibly spring isn’t as bad as I thought.

Well, that was really difficult. Like unicycling through a fiery pit in hell difficult. And what I wrote was definitely not a paragraph. However, I like to bend the rules a bit and live dangerously. This challenge was also super fun, interesting, and enjoyable, and I believe that I have gained a somewhat valuable lesson from this. What that lesson is, I don’t know yet.

Now, time for the nominations:

  • Sripurna
  • Bhramori
  • Tranquil Dreams
  • Analee@ Book Snacks
  • Erika

I would love to see your attempts at this surprisingly challenging challenge! Until then, au revoir!

The Veracity Challenge

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Thank you to Bhramori for tagging me to do this lovely challenge! It looks like a lot of fun, and I’m really excited to try it!

RULES:

  1. Write a paragraph without using a single adjective.
  2. Keep the link Veracity Challenge in your post (so that the creator of the challenge may receive a pingback).
  3.  Anyone can join the challenge, you don’t have to be nominated!
  4.  Nominate 6 Bloggers for this challenge.

This seems a bit difficult, but I might as well give it a shot!

I stare through the window and smile as the rain pours on outside. I like the world the most when it’s raining. The worms come out and squirm in glee on the sidewalks, and the plants eagerly take in the drops and rejoice as they grow even bigger than they ever believed they would. Where there is rain, there is life, and where there is life, there is hope. With that thought, I go to fetch my shoes. I step outside and am hit by a gust of wind. My smile widens as I walk out into the rain, allowing the water to drip on my face and down my clothes. As I get slowly soaked, I breathe in the perseverance all around me. The ants scurrying to a shelter and trying their hardest not to drown. The birds perched in the cover of the trees, still singing. The bunny rounding up her children and keeping them safe from the storm. If they can do it, so can I. And that’s when I let everything go and just listened to the sound of my heart. Beating steadily. And, to this day, I can’t remember a moment where I was more alive than that.

I hope you enjoyed that! Knowing me, I probably have an adjective or two in there, but at least I tried.

Well, now for the nominees:

  1. Sripurna
  2. Avid Reader
  3. thewritinghufflepuff
  4. Erika
  5. hashtaglovebooks
  6. wanderinginks

Remember that even if I didn’t tag you, you can still do this post! Be sure to link your post in the comments if you do decide to do it. Well, au revoir for now!

Paper Towns by John Green: Book Review

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I know it’s a bit stupid for me to be a self-proclaimed John Green fan and not at least try to read this book sooner. I admit that I jumped on the bandwagon a bit too late, but all that matters is I’m here now and I love it. This novel was mind-blowingly amazing, and I enjoyed every page. It was a beautiful tale that was surprisingly deep and left me thinking every time I put it down. I never thought I would ever say this, but I think that this novel even rivals my love for the Fault in Our Stars, one of my all-time favorites. Sadly, like all good things in life, the novel soon came to an end, and I was quite upset when I finished. Certain novels deserve to be as long as eternity, just because they’re so amazing that you never want to leave. However, even though the novel wasn’t nearly as long as I’d hoped, I think it will manage to last forever in the hearts of all its readers.

One of my favorite aspects of the novel was definitely the lovely characters. The majority of the young adult authors have a targeted audience of teens, so the high school setting is quite popular and common in books. However, the only problem with this idea is that the author isn’t currently in high school and has probably graduated from high school for at least a couple years now. They tend to write about high school back when they were teenagers or what they assume high school is like today based on media, both of which only produce less-than-desirable results. However, John Green manages to beautifully capture the angst and overall awkwardness of being a teenager in a world that expects so much from us, which allowed me to relate with every character in the book.

The humor in this novel was also fresh and invigorating. Many contemporary young adult novels today aim to cover serious topics, a trend that I welcome. However, in their quest for teaching teens life lessons, they lose the hilarity that they once used to expertly contain. I find that a bit absurd, because the lack of comedy in a young adult novel shows just how badly the author understands the mind of a teenager. Being a teenager means that all these horrifying and confusing things are happening to you, and everything is like a swirling down spiral of chaos. It’s hard to live in a reality like that without a sense of humor, which is why teens wield it like a weapon of defense. John Green seems to have grasped that concept and wonderfully portrays it in the novel. When times get especially tough for his gang, they always find solace in jokes and light-heartedness, and I find that very refreshing. Authors, take note: a sense of humor is integral to the teenage mind. Green manages to hook the readers with the hilarity that will literally make you LOL.

One aspect that I didn’t enjoy in the novel was the similarity to another one of Green’s work: Looking for Alaska. Both of them involve a teenage boy who lacks self-confidence who is in love with a supposedly perfect girl who is later shown to be a lot more flawed than was earlier led on. They both involve a mysterious disappearance of said girl which causes a obsessive investigation by said boy. They both end with the boy’s realizations and coming to terms with reality. I am a big fan of original novels, and this one seems to lack creativity. This upsets me, because although there are differences between the two novels, they both strikingly resemble one another. Although John Green is one of my favorite authors, I can’t deny that the similarities caused me to not enjoy reading the novel as much as I hoped I would, because all the revelations of the character were easily predicted, as almost the same revelations occurred in his other book. So, in the originality department, the novel is pretty lacking.

However, one new facet to this novel that wasn’t in the John Green novels that I have previously read was the somewhat happy ending. Most John Green novels end on a tragic note, which is meant to represent reality. However, this novel didn’t finish in death and darkness, which was surprising and a welcome change. Although it wasn’t a completely perfect happily ever after, which is definitely not his style, John Green portrays hope and endless possibilities with his ending that didn’t tie everything up perfectly, a nice finishing touch that allowed the novel to stay in the reader’s mind for days to come.

Overall, I loved this novel. It wasn’t perfect, but I’ve never found a book that was. Guaranteed to make you laugh and cry and spend hours in your room pondering the miracles and downsides of life, this novel is the perfect teen read. If you haven’t read this novel yet, I recommend you drop whatever you’re doing and get it now, because this book will manage to find a place in your heart for maybe even years to come.

My rating:

4 1:2 stars

Want To Join A Book Club?

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I have always wanted to join a book club, and now I have finally decided to make one of my own! I have a lot of novels on my TBR list, and I believe this will really help me! If any of you guys have been dying to shorten your TBR pile, I would really love it if you joined me! If you would like to join my book club, please comment down below and maybe add a book suggestion so I can decide what to read first! So far, here are the novels I thought we could read:

1.) The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

2.) Eragon by Christopher Paolini

3.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

4.) An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

5.) Maze Runner by James Dashner

6.) The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

7.) Cinder by Marissa Meyer

8.) Any Jodi Picoult, Stephen King, or Nicholas Sparks novel

9.) Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

10.) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

11.) All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

12.) The Princess Bride by William Goldman

13.) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

14.) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

15.) Conversion by Katherine Howe

16.) The Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

17.) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

18.) Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

If any of you have other suggestions, please let me know! I would love it if you joined me, because I know that BookTube has book clubs and have decided that it was unfair if they had all the fun. If you want to join the book club, please comment down below! Thank you for reading!

I Am More Happy Than Not Tag

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I have been tagged by the lovely Erika in Bookventureland! Thank you so much Erika for the tag!

The “I Am More Happy Than Not” Tag was created by Shelumiel @ BookishAndAwesome in response to the “What makes you #MoreHappyThanNot?” question, inspired by Adam Silvera’s upcoming debut novel, More Happy Than Not. Basically, all you have to do is write about the things that make you more happy than not! Sounds pretty simple, right?

Well, there are only two simple rules in this tag, which are:

1.) Answer the question in whatever form you want, be it narrative or list form.

2.) Link the blogger who tagged you (or the original creator of the tag) in your post.

Now that we got that over with, let’s move on to the post!

books

When I read a novel in one sitting, I am more happy than not.

autumn

When I buy and eat maple-flavored food, I am more happy than not. (Seriously, Canada is like heaven to me.)

snow

It doesn’t snow often in Texas, so on the occasions that it does, I am more happy than not.

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Sometimes, I buy tickets to see Chris Evans on the big screen (like when I went to see Captain America 2), and when I first glimpse his beautiful face I am more happy than not.

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When I try new things, even when it makes me feel so scared that I could barf, knowing that I am living my life to the fullest keeps me more happy than not.

laughing

Occasionally, for no random reason, I begin to laugh about the silliest of things, and during those moments of pure bliss I am more happy than not.

boooks

When I get a book hangover from an amazing novel, although I am dying on the inside, reliving the absolute perfection of the book makes me more happy than not.

movies

Finding a new favorite movie definitely keeps me more happy than not (the Minority Report, anyone?).

kids laughing

Kids are very… difficult to deal with, and they require a lot of patience and energy, but when I see their bright smile and all the irritation and exhaustion fades away, I am more happy than not.

friends

At some points in my life I feel forgotten and hopeless, so whenever my friends remind me that they care, even if it’s with a small text, I am more happy than not.

rainbow

Even when I feel horrible, I remind myself that you must face the storm to see the rainbow, and I am more happy than not.

This tag was so much fun! Well, I guess it’s time to tag other bloggers. Drumroll, please….

1.) Sripurna: You’re amazing, and I would love to see you do this tag!

2.) The Writing Hufflepuff: You’re posts are so fun to read, and you also happen to come from my same Hogwarts House!

3.) thetasteofdeath: Thank you for supporting me so much! I thought you might enjoy this!

4.) Kim @ Tranquil Dreams: I love your blog, because it’s so fun and upbeat! Since your posts make me happy, I thought that you might enjoy the More Happy Than Not Tag!

5.) Bhramori: We have the same taste and opinion in books, so I thought that it would be fun to see how you would do this post!

I guess that’s it, guys! Remember that there’s always a reason to be optimistic and live your lives to the fullest! See you later!

Five Books I Don’t Know Why I Read

(Please don’t get offended by this! Everyone has different tastes, and I’m just expressing mine. If you actually love any of these novels, I’m sorry in advance!)

1.) The Twilight Saga

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I know I might get some hate from this, but I really don’t understand why I read this series. I read the novel Twilight to open my eyes and not be so prejudice against books. However, I don’t know what compelled me to pick up the rest of the series. Each book is basically 600 pages of meaningless plot and idiotic characters. Fortunately, I realized what a complete waste of time these books are and didn’t finish Breaking Dawn, the last novel of the saga.

2.) The Gallagher Girl Series

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If any of you have read this series, you know what I’m talking about. In my English class, I had nothing to do, so I strolled to the teacher’s bookshelf. In it were wonderful classics, from Hemingway to Jane Austen. But, those didn’t catch my eye. What stood out to me was the lovely plaid spine a novel. I picked it up and read the title. “I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You”. Wow, that sounds amazing! I would love to read this novel over books like To Kill a Mockingbird and 1984! Sometimes, the literary decisions I made in the past come back to haunt me. This series was filled with completely meaningless fluff until the last book or two. But, I, completely oblivious to the lack of substance, devoured book after book. Why am I so stupid sometimes?

3.) 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

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I know this looks bad, but let me explain. I am very happy that I read such a famous classic, actually. The only problem with this was the fact that I read it at the ripe age of 11. Little 6th grade me didn’t understand this novel very well. Little 6th grade me would rather read an action or romance novel, but she persevered and read the entire unabridged version. And the only thing that little 6th grade me got from the story is that she has a strong dislike towards submarines. I think a reread is definitely needed, and to this day I still don’t know what prompted me to pick up that ginormous book.

4.) Delirium

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The amount of times I have ranted about my hate for this novel almost appalls me. Almost, but not quite, because I know that it deserves it. In an age of fierce female leads, this main character is as strong as a flimsy piece of paper. She constantly relies on her love to save her in every situation, which frankly gets annoying after some time. Also, she is one of the most immature main characters I know, in the sense that she can’t handle her issues and the problems that she puts herself in. This novel and the hype that it gets infuriates me, and I believe that it’s not worth the read.

5.) Shiver

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This novel is so unrealistic it’s hilarious. The parents are completely non-existent in the plot and don’t realize that their daughter has been sleeping next to a boy for several months now until it’s way too late. The fact that he’s a werewolf is basically a background, secondary fact until the end of the novel. Overall, I don’t think I’ll be continuing this series, because I think it’s a bad sign when I can’t stop laughing at a book that’s not meant to be funny.

What books do you regret reading? Comment down below and let me know! Thanks for reading!