Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

32075671Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Review: I loved this book so much. I gave it 5 stars and I definitely think they should be reading it in schools. The message is so important and the book was both sad and beautiful.

The amount of unarmed/innocent black youth killed by cops is a huge problem in the united states to this day, and this is a story about that. It shows the effect of these deaths on people and the world, from victim blaming to riots and protests in the streets. Most importantly we see the grief and loss that Starr is put through again, because it is not the first time she has seen this happen. She has nightmares and has to deal with the fact she doesn’t feel safe in her own home/ neighborhood.

After Starr makes her statement to the cops as a witness, Khalil is victim blamed and made to look like it was his fault because he was a suspected drug dealer. I could feel Starr’s frustration so much in these parts, and I found myself getting emotional as well.

“I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.
Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”

She meets an activist at the funeral who gave her the advice she needed; that your voice is the most important weapon you have. And this is the best part of the whole story, the way we see Starr finding her voice and becoming an activist for Khalil and the black lives matter movement.

“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?”

The relationship with her friends and family were so important. The family is always there for her and trying to keep her safe and looking out for her. She learns how to cut toxic friends out of her life and stick up for herself. Her character evolves so much by the end and it was cool watching her grow and change into someone so brave and proud to be who she is.

I highly recommend the audio book. You can always hear so much emotion behind the voice and it makes it so much more real and incredibly powerful. All in all I loved the book, and I think anyone can enjoy it and take something really good from it.


Thanks for reading 🙂

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WWW Wednesday

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Today is a weekly meme WWW Wednesday originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Taking on a World of Words.

All you have to do is answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you finish recently reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading

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Well, I am in the middle of Sky in the deep and it’s not bad or anything but I am a mood reader and I’m not feeling it anymore but I still want to finish it. I can feel myself slipping into a slump because I just got back from vacation and now I am falling into a Netflix hole and not reading (oops). At least I read a lot on vacation I’m not too worried but I might just put this aside and pick something else up Idk.

Recently finished

I finished The Raven king and I was kind of disappointed because I love the series but the ending wasn’t satisfying to me. Also I just finished Batman: Nightwalker and It was good. It was the first thing I’ve read by Marie Lu and I really liked it but that could be because I’m a superhero nerd lol.

Reading next

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I have been putting The night circus off for ages so I’m going for it now while I still have the audio book.


Thanks for reading 🙂

Mid-year book freakout tag

I had wanted to do this for a while the more I saw so many people doing it, but then I was tagged by Siobhan’s novelties! Sorry it is a bit late but I have been camping for a week and wrote this up as soon as I got back home.


Best Book You’ve Read so far this year

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Vicious by V. E Schwab I am so obsessed it’s not even funny you will be able to tell after you finish reading this post. sorry not sorry

Best sequel you’ve read so far this year

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Blue Lily, Lily blue by Maggie Stiefvater

I just finished the series and it was hard to choose a favourite book but I liked this one a lot. The raven king wasn’t as good as I hoped But I still loved the series as a whole.

New release you haven’t read yet but want to

Save the date by Morgan Matson, It seems really cute I just haven’t read it yet. I also had Girl made of stars on my TBR before it came out and didn’t read it when it did.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I couldn’t possibly choose just one book because I am exited for everything; so first I absolutely cant wait to get my hands on City of ghosts it gives me Coraline vibes and that is one of my favourite stories. Also how can I not be exited about vengeful I was just ranting about how much I loved vicious. Last choice was Sea witch because I love books/ re-tellings told in the perspectives of villains.

Biggest disappointment

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I was super exited for Tomorrow by Damien Dibben and then it put me in an awful reading slump because of how slow it was. This was the first thing I did not finish this year so I was disappointed.

Biggest Surprise

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The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I’m not big into Hollywood actors or the time period it’s set in so I was keeping my expectations low but I really loved it, especially her relationship with Celia It was captivating and heartbreaking, My poor heart couldn’t handle it.

Favourite new author (debut or new to you)

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Again sorry the repetitiveness but I loved Victoria Schwab’s writing I don’t know why I hadn’t read any of her books sooner??

Newest fictional crush

I don’t have any new fictional crushes this year 😦 😦

Newest favourite character

Sydney from Vicious

She was just so cute and precious with her dog but she also has an edge; the power to bring people back from the dead. 100% cute little sister material.

Book that made you cry

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Lighter than my shadow by Katie Green, I got this from the library and holy crap it was the heaviest book ever (both physically and emotionally). I binge read it in a few hours and cried all the way through the end.

Book that made you happy

Matilda by Roald Dahl because the ending is just so cute and the character Matilda is just a ray of sunshine that makes me so happy. Simon vs the homo sapiens agenda was such a cute book and it definitely made me smile too.

Favourite book-to-movie adaptation you saw this year

I haven’t seen any this year 😦 I want to see love Simon now that I read it, but I just have to wait and hope they put it on Netflix lol.

Favourite post you’ve written this year

My eBooks pros and cons because it was the first discussion post I’ve done and it was really fun to write.

The most beautiful book you’ve bought this year

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Children of blood and bone by Tomi Adeyemi The cover is just AAAhhhh so nice.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

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There is a good 75 books on my TBR any of those will do haha


Thanks for reading 🙂 I never know who to tag, so if you haven’t done it already and want to, consider yourself tagged!

Review: The upside of unrequited by Becky Albertalli

 

indsthexSynopsis: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

20180414_105059.pngReview: I really liked this book and I gave it a solid 4 stars. It is a super cute contemporary and you can tell that’s what Becky Albertalli is best at. The characters were diverse, relatable, and lovable. the relationships and bonding between family and friends cant help but make you happy. Even when things aren’t great and we see Molly and her sister fight, they always make up in the end.

They go into a lot of problems and intense feelings that many teenage girls can relate to. From weight issues and antidepressants, to unrequited love, and feeling left out from your friends. We watch as she tries to navigate these problems while making mistakes and learning life lessons. She learns that to find love you have to put yourself out there and sometimes that means getting rejected which isn’t the end of the world.

The diversity was just amazing. We can see different ethnicity’s, Religions, and sexuality’s as Molly has two Jewish moms. They show the impact that it made when gay marriage finally became legal in the U.S and her moms can get married. The whole thing made me very happy.

In the end the only thing I didn’t like too much was the lack of plot which tends to happen in a lot of contemporaries. Otherwise I would totally recommend it if your looking for a quick feel good read.


Thanks for reading 🙂

TTT Best books I’ve read in 2018

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Top ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this weeks topic is Best books I’ve read in 2018

  • Vicious by V.E Schwab
  • Turtles all the way down by John Green
  • The seven husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The book thief by Markus Zusak
  • Beneath the sugar sky by Seanan McGuire
  • Children of blood and bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Thanks for reading 🙂 These are my favorites so far this year what are yours?

Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

220px-Vicious_(2013)_V._E._SchwabSynopsis: Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the arch nemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

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Review: I gave this book 5 stars and it quickly became my newest favorite book. I have to say it is not for the squeamish or people who don’t like dark things, but it was brilliant.

The way it stars out and continues to be told shows you time jumps of the story between the past and the future. This was a very clever way of world building as your slowly figuring out more as you go. Being told like this really did a justice to the back stories, character relationships, and to the mystery of it all. As well as the fact I was never once bored while always on the edge of my seat to find out more.

Their studies of Extra Ordinary people and their powers were intriguing and as they take it farther and farther I was hooked. They experiment on each other and manage to become EO’s themselves, everything goes wrong after that and they don’t come back the same people.

Eli didn’t enjoy killing. He did quite like the moment after. The glorious quiet that filled the air as his broken bones healed and his torn skin closed, and he knew that god approved.

The characters are another great part because they are so complex and not basic or trope filled at all. Even side characters had strong backstories and felt like they were there for a reason. The relationships between them also being so complex starting out as friends turning to arch enemies. And the relationship between sisters on either side of Victor and Eli both being changed with powers yet using them for different things.

The paper called Eli a hero. The word made Victor laugh. Not just because it was absurd, but because it posed a question. If Eli really was a hero, and Victor meant to stop him, did that make him a villain?

It was fascinating that neither are the good guy but seeing their own perspectives and the psychology behind what they do really made the book. They both think they are the hero of their own story. They blur the lines of good and evil, and challenge the way you think about the bad guy as you see into their perspectives.

In every way this book exceeded my expectations and I now understand why people love Victoria Schwab so much. If you like dark books, powers comparable to x men, or criminology you will absolutely love this.


That’s it 🙂 If you have read it did you love it too? if you haven’t, would you read it?

WWW Wednesday

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Today is a weekly meme WWW Wednesday originally hosted by A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Taking on a World of Words.

All you have to do is answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you finish recently reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently reading

I am listening to the audio book of The gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue and I am loving it so far. There is a lot of personality and interesting relationships between family.

The female of the species so far is already quite eye opening. I love that they look at serious issues and through multiple perspectives. It’s quite dark from the very beginning and it is definitely not for everyone.

Recently finished

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I really liked The upside of unrequited and I am currently writing a review. I absolutely loved the main character Molly, she was so relatable and funny. I also liked it because of the diversity and the fact it was a super cute, feel good contemporary.

Reading next

Blue lily, lily blue I have been putting off for a long time because of mixed reviews, but one of my reading goals is to finish more series and I am going for it.

They just released a movie trailer for The hate u give and it made me so exited, so now I just have to read it.


Thanks for reading, and happy Wednesday 🙂