This is Not the End

Seventeen-year-old Lake Deveraux is the survivor of a car crash that killed her best friend and boyfriend. Now she faces an impossible choice. Resurrection technology changed the world, but strict laws allow just one resurrection per citizen, to be used on your eighteenth birthday or lost forever.

For each grieving family, Lake is the best chance to bring back their child. For Lake, it’s the only way to reclaim a piece of happiness after her own family fell apart.

And Lake must also grapple with a secret–and illegal–vow she made years ago to resurrect someone else. Someone who’s not even dead yet.

As Lake’s eighteenth birthday nears, secrets and betrayals new and old threaten to eclipse her cherished memories. Lake has one chance to save a life…but can she live with her choice?

Rating: 4/5 stars

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This is a pragmatic thought provoking story that I got way more enjoyment then I was expecting from. I was intrigued by the idea of resurrections but I was still weary going into this book I had never heard anything about it before. So for once I had no preconceived ideas of what I would think.

This was worth the read, the writing grabbed me right from the beginning, and wouldn’t let me go, when I wasn’t reading this I was thinking about it. The resurrections was an interesting concept every character had a different take on it. Some thought it was this miracles thing while others saw it as corrupt. Then there’s the fact that when you bring someone back from death they may not be the same person they used to be.

I really liked the flashbacks you got to see Lake meeting Will and Penny and how deeply they all cared for one another. The relationship between all three of them was adorable and made the rest of the book all the more sad. I really synthesized with Lake she has to make an impossible decision and no one makes it easy for her, everyone is pulling her in a million different directions.

I understand where the adults are coming from after all most parents would do anything for their kid and they should never have to outlive them. But they still ask too much of her even Lake’s own parents put a weight on her shoulders that she shouldn’t have to carry, they really aggravated me.

This book keeps you guessing some of the twists were unnecessary they were there to add drama but didn’t add any substance. All the characters are complex I don’t necessarily love them all but I can understand and appreciate them. The story took some interesting turns I love reading about alternative worlds they tend to raise some interesting questions. Overall it’s a remarkable story that’s worth checking out.

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In which I attempt to review comic books

I’m going to read a lot of comics this year I’ve already read three and I want to talk about them on here but I’m not really sure how. Comics are so short that’s it’s really hard to find enough to talk about and to not spoil anything. These are like the shortest reviews I’ve ever posted, I’m hardly sure why I’m bothering, hopefully you’ll enjoy them though and let’s hope I get better at reviewing comics. Practice makes perfect right?

Paper girls

By Brain K. Vaughan (writer), Cliff Chiang (illustrator), Mathew Wilson (illustrator)

My first read of the year was extremely satisfying. I didn’t understand what was going on a lot of the time, but I really enjoyed it, and I’m hopeful that the next installment will give me some answers. I love the art, the colors are beautiful, the art alone is a good reason to pick this series up. Upon finishing I immediately wanted to buy the next volume, it ended on an exiting note. This was a fun book that set up the characters well I’m now invested in their story and eager to know what happens next.

Runaways vol 1 & 2

Brain K. Vaughan(writer), Adrain Alphona (illustrator),

The main reason I read this was so I can watch the TV show I have never before read any comics pertaining to the marvel cinematic universe but I want to this time. The story is very intriguing and it’s a fun comic book it wasn’t amazing but it has potential and I’m glad I picked it up. I liked the second volume better and I definitely want to continue the series. Sadly it will be a while before I do I found the first three volumes on Hoopla but I don’t know when I’ll get to read the rest. Comics are pretty expensive and there’s others I would rather spend my money on like the next volume of Paper Girls. In the meantime I’m excited to watch the TV show and see how it compares to the comics. I might do a book vs tv show post once I watch it.

I didn’t even realize when I was reading them that they are written by the same person and that he also writes Saga.

Merry Christmas! Five things I’m thankful for

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Even though I didn’t post for all the twelve days of blogmas I would still call posting eight times in twelve days a success. Especially considering, I was on vacation, and then working everyday, throughout the twelve days.

Will I do blogmas again? I want to but next year will probably be even more hectic so who knows if I’ll be able to. This whole thing has made my realize that I definitely don’t want to quilt blogging. However I don’t know if I’ll have the time when I start University. So for now I’ll keep blogging because I do love it it sucks sometimes but it’s been a wonderful experience.

Since the years coming to a close, and it’s Christmas eve, it season a good time to talk about a few things I’m thankful for.

  • My family: They aggravate me to no end they also support me and keep my laughing. My family especially, my little brother, are all weirdos and I love them for simply being their silly selves.
  • Books: I’m endlessly grateful for books, and that feeling of escaping into a story, and of finding the perfect book at the perfect moment.
  • Blogging: I’m thankful for all the people from all over the world I’ve met through blogging. I’m thankful to have an outlet to talk about one of my most favorite things.
  • Getting to go to Disney: I went to Disney a week ago it has been nearly ten years since I had last gone and I loved experiencing all the new things. And I got to cross something off my goals list: visit Disney at Christmas time.
  • Getting into my #1 college: Right now I’m mostly just glad that all the stress off applying to college is behind me. And of course excited for what’s to come.

Most anticipated books of 2018

This blogmas thing has been fun but I definitely should have planned it better then maybe I wouldn’t have missed three days. I’m going to try to post twice tomorrow to make up for one of those days we shall see if that works out. Anyway today I’m bringing you yet another list (I feel like that’s all I post) this one is of my six most anticipated books of 2018.

Sightwitch

The Witchlander series is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite fantasy series I cannot wait to dive deeper into the amazing world. This is a companion book I think it will expand upon the world and I can’t wait to learn more about the sightwitch’s. I’m so excited for this story, it’s going to be told through Diary entries and feature illustrations.

Heart of Iron

I loved Geekerella and even though I would read anything else Ashley comes out with I’m really excited that she’s doing something different from her previous books. I also know that she’s a huge nerd so I’m excited to see how her love for Firfly Star Trek etc, will influence the story.

Throne of Glass 7

I was disappointed in EOS and I’m not sure I’m liking where the story is going but I’m so invested in the characters and have to know how it ends. I still love the first three books in this series and really hope I’ll love this one too.

See Witch

Books about sea creatures is something I have been really waiting I know there’s a few books about them, but honestly none of them, except the one I read, sound appealing. This one however sounds great it’s about the origin of Ursala!

The Radical Element

I love a good anthology and A Tyranny of Petticoats is one of the very best ones. I’m so glad were getting another collection of stories of badass ladies.

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Roshani Chokshi is one of my favorite writers I did have issues with her two books but her writing is just beautiful and therefore I will read everything she writes. I’m curious to see what she does with a middle grade book it sounds like a fun story.

What are your most anticipated books of 2018?

Disappointing books of 2017

I’ve already talked about my favorite books of the year today I thought I’d share my most disappointing reads. Luckily there aren’t as many disappointing books as there are favorites. There are two other books that I didn’t like much but decided not to include because I didn’t expect much from then to begin with. These aren’t all my least favorite books off the year, just the ones that turned out not to be as good as I anticipated.

Long May She Reign

I hadn’t known much about this when I picked it up at the library but the synopsis looked promising. I was excited that it was a standalone I hardly ever find standalone fantasy novels and the cover was beautiful. This book had a lot of things I would usually like, I love royal intrigue but the mystery and the politics fell flat, as did the characters. My biggest problem with this one is it’s depiction of mental illness, I was initially excited to see mental health being talked about in a fantasy novel however it was ultimately handled poorly.

The Hundredth Queen

I had seen many positive reviews for this but I remember that it ended up not being my cup of tea. I know I didn’t like the romance, I can’t remember almost anything else about this book. I don’t think it’s an awful book but it clearly didn’t stick with me.

Spider Gwen vol 0 & 1

I did like these comics however there disjointed. I often felt like I had missed something and would go back and still not find the information I was looking for. The storytelling wasn’t the best I do like the characters though and the story was interesting enough. I do think I’ll continue the series but I won’t be buying any physical copies and I now regret asking for then for Christmas last year.

When Dimple Met Rishi

This is another one that I liked just not as much as I was expecting it was cute and light. I think it needed more time spent on it the characters and story were intriguing but I enjoyed it less and less as the book progressed. I would have liked more of a focus on coding and there was a cluster of side characters that got on my nerves.

What are your most disappointing reads of 2017? I hope there isn’t many.

My favorite kind of books

There’s certain elements I love finding in books and specifically look for because I know it means I’m highly likely to enjoy books that feature them. These are the things that make me instantly want to read a book and sometimes there enough for me to literally drop everything and read that book. I’ve also included a list of my favorite books that include these things I highly recommend all of them. You can click each title to go to my review.

Fairy and folktales

As I’ve mentioned many times I love fairytales and retelling but what I love just as much, maybe even more, is reading an original fairytale. I don’t often find a book like this it doesn’t have to be specifically trying to be a fairytale it just has to feel like one. To be what makes a book feel like a fairytale is beautiful prose, a touch of magic and of course a brave hero.

Magical realism

I love magic of any kind in books I love when a magic system is well thought out and complex but I also enjoy it when the magic isn’t explained. For the longest time I didn’t know what magical realism was. I have come to understand that it’s unexplained magical elements rooted in the real world.

Royal mayhem/political intrigue

I will never get tired of reading and watching things about royalty it always makes for compelling drama. Even though I avoid talking about real life politics at all costs (but still am aware of what’s happening) I love reading about fiction political systems.

Nerdy Characters

Any book that celebrates being a nerd is one I want to read it always gives me a reason to relate to the characters and that alone helps to grab me from the beginning. These books tend to be really funny they usually have lots of banter and references.

Friendship oriented

A lot of the books on this list actually feature friendship it’s always something I enjoy reading but I have found that few books do it well. Usually the friendship doesn’t seem very meaningful to me there often flat your told what that they have a great friendship but it’s not apparent. In Truthwitch the two best friends are separated half the book yet it’s the best friendship I’ve ever read, time is taken to properly establish the relationship.


 

2017 favorites

I usually wait until the very last minute to post my favorites of the year but not this year. I really really doubt I’m going to read another favorite before the years over. I haven’t even read a book in a while I’ve been in a huge reading slump so I doubt I’ll even read many more books before the years over.

Truthwitch

I haven’t loved a book series this much in a while, I don’t read many series anymore, I had forgotten how nice it is to have an epic sage to get invested in. I absolutely adore all the characters and their relationships with each other are realistic and wonderful. The world is vast, the magic system is splendid it’s complicated but not overly so.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol 4

I love all the Squirrel Girl comics each one is fun, adorable, and filled with puns. The Mole Man/online dating storyline in vol 4 was probably by favorite but the Asgard story is amazing as well! There all amazing. Vol 4 probably did make me laugh the hardest though.

Hunted

This was an unexpected favorite it’s a beautiful tale I loved the main character and deeply related to her. It’s a perfect retelling it’s original and classic. It feels timeless and is just utterly enchanting.

The Language of Thorns

This put me in the biggest reading slump it was so good and the writing is amazing. The illustrations are beautiful and add so much to each story overall it’s a beautiful book.

The Girl with the Ghost Machine

The book that made me cry the most award goes to this lovely heartbreaking book. Even though it broke my heart it also mended it it’s a comforting and fantastic read. Its a heavy book but everything is handled so carefully.

Geekerella

I was going to choose just five favorites but I have to include this book it’s so adorable. It is a bit too cheesy sometimes but it’s so much fun! It celebrates being a nerd, and it made me fall in love with a fictional franchise because it was that well done.

What’s your favorite book you read in 2017?

2018 Plans

I don’t actually have a list of goals this year I’m not putting any sort of pressure on myself by assigning goals I’ll almost surly not meet. I’m going to be going to college in 2018 and while that’s exiting it’s also nerve racking and it’s gonna be enough to handle. My main plan for 2018 is to have the best freshman year of college I can possibly have. I’ve been waiting a while to go to college it’s something I have wanted for a while and I ended up having to put it off for a year. It made this year harder because I wasn’t where I wanted to be but it makes me all the more determined to get everything I can from the experience.

I just found out last night that I got accepted into my top choice of college! They have literally everything I was looking for in a school including a fantastic study abroad program where you get to stay in a castle, well it’s practically a castle. For those wondering, I plan to major in creative writing with a possible double major in journalism. I plan to use my degree to pursue a career as a children’s/middle grade book editor.

As far as reading goes U don’t have any plans for 2018 I’m setting my Goodreads goal to thirty books my average a year is fifty so I’m sure I can do it. I really just want to keep up with what books I read I don’t want to pressure myself to read a certain amount. I don’t know how overwhelming college will be and I’m not sure how busy I’ll be in the meantime. So for now my only plans are to enjoy the books I do read I have no problem stopping a book in the middle. I have gotten pretty good at figuring out within a few chapters if a book is right for me. Life is too short, and there’s too many good books, to wast time reading bad ones.

I want to continue to branch out and try new genres I might even try reading some adult books but I really wouldn’t know where to start. I will definitely continue to read comics I fell in love with them this year and I would also like to start posting about them, and I would also like to follow blogs that post about comics. Right now I follow a few people why read comics but, like me, they don’t mention them often.

I think that’s all of my plans for 2018 what are your plans bookish or otherwise?

Ilvermorny & Beauxbatons aesthetics

I’m currently preparing for a visit to Harry Potter world, since HP is on the brain I decided to make aesthetics for each of the Ilvermorny houses and one for Beauxbaton Academy. I didn’t have a whole lot of details to work with since we don’t know much about either of these Wizarding school all I could do was choose images I feel represent them. I’m happy with how each of them turned out.

No images are my own

Beauxbatons

French wizarding School

Ilvermorny

Horned Serpent, represents the mind, favors schoolers.

Wampus, represents the body, favors warriors.

Horned Serpent, represents the soul, favors adventures.

Pukwudgie, represents the heart, favors healers

What Ilvermorny house are you in? I’m a Pukwudgie!

Twelve days of blogging

I have decided to do blogmas or my own version of it anyways. Blogmas, or vlogmas the YouTube equivalent, is when you post everyday of December until Christmas. I will be posting during the twelve days leading up to Christmas. I have wanted to do this since I first started blogging but it is intimidating. Posting for twelve days straight seems immensely difficult but I’m going to try it. I’m actually really excited for it!

I have been disappointed in myself for being so inconsistent on here but at least I can end the year on a high note. I need some ideas though if there is anything you’d like for me to post let me know. And if you have any Christmas related post ideas I would be so grateful I want to post as least a few Christmasy things. Feel free to link me to your Christmas posts, if you have any, so I can draw inspiration from you lovely and creative people.

I also want to say thanks to everyone who commented and offered their support on my last post. ❤ I’m feeling a lot more excited and motivated to blog. I’m going to make the time to make this blog into what I want it to be. I don’t think I’ll ever be satisfied with my blog but that’s good because it means I’ll always strive to be better. There’s always room for improvement, after all.