Mini Review: The Girl With the Ghost Machine

I received his book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review, this in no way effects my opinion

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In this beautiful and poignant novel, acclaimed author Lauren DeStefano tells a story love and loss, and what it means to say goodbye.

When Emmaline Beaumont’s father started building the ghost machine, she didn’t expect it to bring her mother back from the dead. But by locking himself in the basement to toil away at his hopes, Monsieur Beaumont has become obsessed with the contraption and neglected the living, and Emmaline is tired of feeling forgotten.

Nothing good has come from building the ghost machine, and Emmaline decides that the only way to bring her father back will be to make the ghost machine work…or destroy it forever

This is the saddest book I’ve read in a long, long time there’s been many times that I haven’t cried while reading tearjerkers but this time I sobbed and I don’t see how anyone could not cry while reading this. It’s a rare and beautiful thing when a book hits me as hard emotionally as this one did. I’m in awe of the skillful writing it’s utterly captivating and thoughtful there was passages about taking care of yourself and finding reasons to smile. The whole book is just so well executed it’s a book that’s impossible to forget I’ll be thinking about it for a long time.

Many people might not want to give something so sad to young readers however even though it is very sad it handles the tough subject of loss wonderfully and it was hopeful, I often found it to be bittersweet. Books are a great way to escape but also a great way to understand something better and to find characters who are going through the same thing as you. Emmaline is such a strong character that I think many will find inspiring or even comforting. For those reasons no one should hesitate to recommend this to middle grade aged children and to everyone, this book is timeless, and can be, and should be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Celebrating one year of blogging 

It’s been exactly a year since I created this blog it actuality feels like it’s been longer, I reread my very first post this morning as a reminder of why I started blogging and looking back it’s not the best first post, really none of my early posts are that great. I’ve certainly grown in the last year my posts have gotten a lot better and that nervousness I used to feel when hitting the post button has turned to excitement I’m always so exited to share my poss with you guys I put a lot of effort and time into each one and I have a ton of fun writing them.

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I love blogging it’s the only place I really have to share my thoughts about the books I read, I love how blogging gives me a platform to promote those books I feel deserve more love, gush about my favorite books, rant about the ones I think are overrated and discuss all kinds of bookish things. I like challenging myself to think up creative content, even if sometimes it’s so hard to think of a single idea. Those moments where I’m staring at a blank screen unable to think of of an idea are pretty awful but then I think of one or maybe I don’t and miss a post that’s okay too the worlds not going to end if you miss a post, blogging should never become something you feel like you have to do. Blogging is at times frustrating, takes so so much time certainly more then I thought it would yet it is so worth it and is one of my most favorite things, I never want to stop.

Since I’ve started blogging I’ve gotten to interact with authors on twitter, and meet a few of them, I have discovered new favorite authors and so many great books, I have even  gotten to read a few books early and that is such an amazing privilege. In the last year I have spent way more time photographing, talking and writing about books then reading them books are something I’ll never run out of things to say about I am always exited about the wonder of reading. I am very proud of this blog and I’m thankful to every single one of you lovely humans who follows me, I’m great-full for every single like and comment all of the sweet comments and support I have received in the past year mean the world to me.

 

Mini review: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

I received this book from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for an honest review this in no way effects my opinion.SynopsisAventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And she’s ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.

But she’s still the fiercest creature in the mountains — and now she’s found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and she’ll be conquering new territory in no time…won’t she?

  • Rating 4 /5 stars
  • Releases on May 30th (in the U.S it’s already out in the U.K)
  • Add it on goodreads
My thoughts (1)
This book is basically just a love letter to chocolate and it’s amazing! Even if it makes you want to eat way more chocolate then you probably should. What an I talking about there’s no such thing as too much chocolate the characters certainly agree with me chocolate is practically all they eat. You wouldn’t think making chocolate concoctions would be that interesting to read about but yet that’s what most of this book is and I loved it. The author crafted such a lovely world and charming story, it’s a classic fantastical tale but the chocolate adds a fun twist that combined with the characters make the book unique.
Aventurine the protagonist whose passion in life is chocolate which is the best, is both feisty and adorable but she would definitely hate being called adorable she considers herself the most fearsome creature there is. I love all the characters in edition to the wonderful protagonist you also have her friend Silke who is basically a tiny con artist. Then you have Marina the bitter chocolatier who just wants to live in peace with her one true love chocolate which is totally relatable. There’s basically not anything to not love about this splendid book there’s Dragons, chocolaty goodness and great characters. If your looking for a good middle grade or you just really love chocolate then you should definitely consider picking up this adorable gem.

April 2017 wrap up

Hey guys I haven’t posted in nearly two weeks because I”m in a dreaded blogging slump I’ve tried everything I can think off to get out of it and nothing has helped. The only thing left to do is take a break. I don’t want to but I’ve only written three posts all month I have very little motivation or inspiration to write anything but reviews. So I will still be posting reviews but other then that don’t expect much from me this month hopefully I’ll make a triumphant return in June. Now on to happier news.

lifeupdatepngApril was I pretty good month there was Easter which is always lovely  and prom which was okay it was better then I expected it to be and my dress was beautiful. I watched a lot of television this month I finally saw Fantastic Beasts and Doctor Strange I adored both of them. I’ve gotten weirdly into The Great British Baking Show I don’t bake and it’ s not the kind of show I usually like but I think it’s really entertaining.what-i-read2

  • Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstay (4/5 stars)
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wild (4/5 stars)
  • The Trails of Apollo by Rick Riordan (3/5 stars)
  • The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis (4/5 stars)
  • The Girl With the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano (4.5/5 stars)

I had a great reading month I enjoyed everything I read The Girl With the Ghost Machine surprised me I wasn’t even planning on reading it this month or on it being not just my favorite book of the month but one of my favorite books of the year. I read two great middle grades this month and now I want to read more but I only know of a few please let me know if you have any recommendations.

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This month definitely wasn’t the best blogging wise I didn’t post  that much and my stats reflect that but at least I’m happy with everything I posted. I’m especially happy with my post on spectacular library’s I spent forever on it longer then any other post I’ve ever written and I’m really proud of the end result. birddivider2That’s all for this wrap up as always I hope you had I great April and that this month is even better. May should be an interesting month I graduate High School this month and that’s exiting I’m been ready to graduate for a while. There’s also a lot of books coming out and Guardians of the Galaxy releases in just four days! It’s my second most anticipated movie of 2017 I’m so exited for it. Okay now I’m actually done. Tell me what you read in April in the comments.

Six spectacular library’s from around the world

Last week was national library week this was supposed to go up then but I decided to not post anything on Easter weekend on holiday weekends I would rather focus on spending time with my family and not be thinking about having to edit a post or reply to comments. Anyway… as a late celebration I’m sharing a list of five of the most spectacular library’s from around the world. There’s hundreds of lists like this and I never get tired of reading them but in an effort to make things more interesting for you I’ve included 3-5 hopefully interesting facts about each one. I spent hours reading about each library and it was really fun since I am obviously a massive nerd and staying up late researching library’s with my cat is my idea of a perfect evening.

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Trinity College libary, Dublin

  • The Old Library is one of Ireland’s biggest tourist attractions, and holds thousands of rare, and in many cases very early, volumes.
  • In the 18th century, the college received the Brian Boru harp, one of the three surviving medieval Gaelic harps, and a national symbol of Ireland, which is now housed in the Library.
  • The Library began with the founding of Trinity College in 1592. In 1661, Henry Jones presented it with the Book of Kells, its most famous manuscript.
  • The 65-metre-long (213 ft) main chamber of the Old Library, the Long Room, was built between 1712 and 1732 and houses 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books.
  • Initially The Long Room had a flat ceiling, shelving for books only on the lower level, and an open gallery. By the 1850s the room had to be expanded as the shelves were filled due to the fact that the Library had been given permission to obtain a free copy of every book that had been published in Ireland and Britain. In 1860, The Long Room’s roof was raised to accommodate an upper gallery.

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Library of Congress; Washington, D.C

  • The Library of Congress is more than two centuries old and was established by an 1800 act of Congress. It is the oldest cultural institution in the entire country.Library_of_Congress_and_lawn
  • The Library of Congress is the largest library in the United States. It features 883 miles of shelving, houses 155 million items total, and holds 33 million books that are written in 460 different languages.
  • The library holds the largest collection of maps in the world.
  • The library also holds the world’s largest collection of comic books, with more than 100,000 issues within its walls. Its oldest comic dates back to 1936. Along with these comics, the library also houses the largest collection of newspapers in the country.
  • Since 2006, the Library of Congress has been collecting every single public tweet ever made on Twitter and archiving them digitally. More than 50 million tweets are collected every day.

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The George Peabody Library, Ma

  • Renowned for its striking architectural interior, the Peabody Stack Room contains five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies, which rise dramatically to the skylight 61 feet above the floor.
  • Reflecting the scholarly interests of the nineteenth century, the library consists of a general reference collection on virtually every subject but music.
  • The library contains more than 300,000 titles most of which date from the eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

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  • This is the oldest reading room in the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford
  • Named after Humphrey of Lancaster—the 1st Duke of Gloucester and the son of King Henry IV of England thw Library was built between 1450 and 1480.As a lover of literature, Duke Humfrey amassed a large, multilingual collection of books throughout his life. When he died in 1447, he donated them to Oxford University, and the reading room was specially built to contain them.1200px-Duke_Humfrey's_Library_Interior_6,_Bodleian_Library,_Oxford,_UK_-_Diliff
  • Originally, the reading room possessed 281 of the duke’s manuscripts, but, today, it only has 3. The shelves are now filled with extremely rare books, including “manuscripts of the gospels of the Bible from the 3rd century, a Shakespeare First Folio and a copy of the Gutenberg Bible (one of 42 left in the world).
  • And finaly the coolest fact of all the library scences in the Harry Potter movies where fimed here

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  • The facade is 220 meters long. The whole complex covers 37,790 m² with about 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, and 156 stairways
  • The library contains over 36,000 leather-bound volumes, attesting of the extent of western knowledge from the 14th to the 19th century. Among them, are many valuable bibliographical jewels, such as incunabula (books printed before the year 1500).
  • The library has bats they keep up during the day and let out it night to keep the books from being destroyed by insects.

All of these are simply stunning normally I would talk about why I like each one but in this case I think they speak for themselves, There’s honestly so so many other amazing library’s but this is already long so I’ll stop here but maybe I’ll do a part two one day for now I want to know what you think of these library’s. Do you agree that there spectacular? Is there any amazing library’s you love that aren’t on my list?

Book review: Girl Out of Water 

I received his book from the publisher through netgally in exchange for an honest review, this in no way defects my opinion.synopsisAnise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves

my-thoughtsI flew through this book it was so easy to read but after turning the last page it left me feeling underwhelmed, the ending wasn’t satisfying although I’m not sure what I would have wanted instead. I have a problem with the beginning and the ending but loved almost everything in between. In the first chapter your introduced to a group of friends who all seem to have a strong bond and a lot of potential. But after Anise moves she stops talking to them and all that potential goes practically nowhere. After she moves to Nebraska the story becomes more interesting Anise is completely out of her comfort zone and family takes center stage as she takes care of her cousins. Her cousins are adorable and just annoying enough to be realistic, I love her whole family her aunt and dad don’t have a ton of page time but are still good, distinctive characters.

Anise is a refreshing protagonist she’s sometimes aggravating and makes mistakes but learns and grows from them, she really cares about her family and tried her best to be there for them. The love interest, Lincoln is a sweetheart he was really nice to read about, he’s so positive and seemed to always know what Anise needed they worked well together. The romance felt natural and developed at a realistic pace, the characters don’t even say that they love each other that’s not something I encounter often in YA standalones.

If your a fan of diverse, character driven contemporary’s with adorable love interests who have dimples then this book is for you. Perhaps you’ll appreciate it more than I did, I still feel as if it’s missing something. Overall it is a great summery book that you could easily read in just a day it has lovable characters, skateboarding escapades and fantastic and immersive writing.

Mini review: Duels and Deception

I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley this in no way effects my opinion. 

synopsisMiss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan.

Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants…

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This was delightful! It has two clever main characters, a sweet romance and best of all immersive writing I felt as if I was stepping back in time the author is very skilled and clearly did her research. There was only one scene that I felt was unrealistic for the time period everything else even how independent Lydia was, fit into the confines of the era but I’m not an expert on history so I could be wrong about this. The story was extremely predictable but entertaining the plot moves quickly and there’s never a dull moment.

I really like the two main characters but none of the side characters really stood out Lydia’s family felt unnecessary big only her mother and uncle had a significant role. Some of the side characters where annoying the main characters are the only two characters that are fully developed but this didn’t bother me much, the protagonists are amazing enough that they make up for mediocre secondary characters. It’s a lovely book that gave me a few hours of entertainment just like it was supposed to it’s simply a good book. This review is supper short but it’s a shot book that I adored despite it’s flaws and I look forward to reading Cindy Anstey’s first book and anything else she publishes.

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Would you like it if I stared including amazon links in my reviews? I only want to do it if people would find it helpful and it would probably only be for books I give three stars or higher.

Tag: What cat’s do

I can’t remember where I saw this tag and I don’t know who created it, I’ve had it written down for a while I knew I had to do it since, as I’m sure you know by now I love cat’s and have two of them. You should follow my bookstagram where I frequently post photos of the two cuties. Well mostly just one of them because he really likes crashing my photo shoots and eating my props my other cat just stares at me and judges. Okay enough talking about my cats on to the questions and photos of my cat’s that I obviously had to include. thequestions

Processed with VSCO with f2 preset1. Purr – As cats do this when they’re happy or relaxed, what is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?

I’ve actually read a lot of light happy books recently my favorite being Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World you can read my full review here. The book and the comics are the most fun things I’ve ever read Squirrel Girl is one of the best superheroes.

2. Sleep – What is a book that put you to sleep or was just boring?

The Falconer it was so dull nothing about it really stood out it took me forever to read because it was boring. I even stopped reading in the middle of a fight scene and didn’t pick it up again for weeks.

Processed with VSCO with f2 preset3. Twitch While Dreaming – Have you ever dreamt of a book you read?

Yes but I can’t actually remember what the book was one time, I dreamed that I was underground and part of some sort of rebellion. I know it had something to do with the book I was reading but all I remember about it is that is was dystopien, I’m not even sure I finished the book.

4. Seems to Play Nice…Until the Claws are Out – Which book had the biggest plot twist?

Usually I predict the plot twists when you read a lot it becames easier and easier to guess what’s going to happen next. The book that suprised me was Empire of Storms that ending was intense sadly it didn’t make me as emotional as I expected it too.

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All the characters from An Ember in the Ashes those characters go through a lot, I still haven’t finished the sequel (it’s kinda slow) but from I’ve read the poor characters can’t catch a break.

6. Catnip – What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

Geekerella it’s adorable! Nerdy and a fun take on the classic tale, it sticks closely to the original tale while still adding a new twist. I have a full review here if you want to see my  full thoughts on it.

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7. Cat Breeds – What are your favourite books?

 Crooked Kingdom, The Heir and Fangirl and so many more those are just the first few that came to mind. 

8. The Vet’s Office – Your least favourite book:

Definitely Zell it’s immensely problematic, the romance is just plain creepy, and I didn’t understand or appreciate the symbolism. It’s the only book I’ve ever given one star to.

9. Being in Places They Shouldn’t – Least favourite cliche:

Any sexist ones like the mean girl trope, not like other girls etc. you probably thought I was going to say insta love because I’m always complaining about unrealistic romance, that does annoy me a lot. But sadly I just expect to not like the romance I don’t let it influence my rating to much anymore. When something has a problematic trope like the ones above it annoys me more then any unrealistic romance ever will.

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10. Final Question: The Good Old Cardboard Box – Most underrated book series:

The Cirque America books by Gwenda Bond there so fun and well written all of her books that I’ve read have be witty and a delight to read. 

Bookish aspirations

Today’s post is all about bookish aspirations it’s sort of a bucket list but it’s more of a mix of short and long term goals some are far fetched some are things I want to accomplish within a year, all are things I want to do or think would be very neat on the off chance that they happened. I really like doing this kinds of posts, I might one day do a library/ bookstore version of this.

Bookish goals

  • Be in the acknowledgements of a book: I’ve wanted this for a while, I always read the achievements and it would be amazing to see my name in one, one day. Now that I’m a blogger this is less of a long shot since you meet a lot of people through blogging including authors and aspiring authors. Plus I want to go into publishing and become one of the people who make a book possible.
  • Open a bookstore: I’ve been dreaming of this for a few years now it would be the coziest bookstore imaginable it would probably a new and used one. Despite how much I’ve thought about this I still have no idea what I would call it.
  • Attend a launch party: Launch parties always seem so fun I’m really hoping to accomplish this one this year, or at least go to a book tour, which is something I also haven’t done yet.
  • Own international editions of my favorite books: Usually I don’t care about owning multiple copies of a book especially if it’sin  a language I can’t read, but there’s a few books I want to own international editions of. Like: The German editions of The Selection and the Serbian and French editions of Sic of Crows
  •  Interview a author: Author interviews are so fun to watch or read and would be see cool to actually be the one conducting the interview.
  • Start a bookish meme/original feature: I really want to do this by the end of the year, but I have to actually come up with an idea first.
  • Host a reading challenge or blog event: I have a few ideas for this but I’m too nervous that no one would be interested so I haven’t done it, yet I think I will eventually.
  • Attend a book blogging/ publishing conference: I always love reading posts and watching videos about these events they sound so fun! But most of these are on New York or somewhere else that’s far away so I don’t know if this is ever going to happen but it would certainly be amazing.

lets-chat2Whats on your bookish bucket list? Is there a certain book event you want to go to? Or an author you really want to meet?

March 2017 wrap up

This month was rather mediocre nothing of note happend just the usual things, so I don’t even feel the need to have a life update section this month, I’ll just go straight to the reading and blogging updates. what-i-read2

  • Geekerella (4/5 stars)
  • Air Awakens (3/5 stars)
  • A Court of Mist and Fury (3/5 stars)
  • Girl out of Water (4/5 stars)
  • Shadow Scale (3.5/5 stars)

I didn’t read as much as I wanted too this month and I made one bad decision I shouldn’t have read ACOMAF I really like the side characters but I already knew all the main plot points and ultimately this series isn’t my thing. I don’t think New Adult books are for me I love reading about characters who are around 18-25 but I could do without the explicit scenes. Everything else I read this month was enjoyable but Geekerella is the only book I truly loved.

I changed my goodreads goal to 40 it was 35 I’m still ahead of it but I don’t want to increase it more since I’m not expecting to have a lot of time to read in the next few months. I’m worried about how I’m going to keep managing this blog, in a few months I’ll have a job and be taking some classes at the community college blogging takes up so much of my time currently it’s not a problem but soon it’s going to be hard to be as active on here. I’m sad just thinking about it.on-the-blog2

I felt like my posts this month weren’t that good but my stats have been amazing and numbers definitely aren’t the most important thing but knowing people enjoyed them does make me a lot feel better about the quality of my posts.lets-chatI’m actually questioning why I even write wrap ups I like having a list of what I read and posted but there so boring and short I’m not sure if I’ll continue to do them after this. Would you guy care if I stopped witting wrap ups? Do you have any ideas on how I can make them more interesting?