Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover Challenge ft. El @ Elated Books

Heyy sunshines!

So.. I missed my posting date. Twice. *runs away in shame* I was supposed to post on Sunday and Wednesday (if I wanted) and… here I am, on Thursday! But that’s all good since you are a forgiving, kindhearted bunch *puppy eyes* right?? ANYWAYS.

I’m supa~dupa excited today because I’m doing a collab with my awesome bestie , El, and it’s going to be AMAZING (because she came up with the idea, of course)!

This collaboration, Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover, is where El and I each go to the library and randomly close our eyes and pick a book so we can’t judge based on anything- just randomly. side note: I will write normally, El’s will be bold.

Then I told her my book and she told me her book. I reacted to hers and she reacted to mine. Check out my reactions and her book on her blog!

Here’s the format we’ll be doing:

  1. My first reaction.
  2. Her first reaction.
  3. My review.
  4. My final thoughts.
  5. Her final thoughts

My book is Into The Bright Unknown by Rae Carson. Continue reading “Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover Challenge ft. El @ Elated Books”

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ARC Review: The Women of Dauphine + Happy Father’s Day!

Hi again, peeps!
So. I just finished The Women of Dauphine by Deb Jannerson. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would.

Do read my review and let me know what you think! It’s a historical lesbian paranormal 🙂

I received a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


I really enjoyed this book although it was outside of my usual genre preferences. The Women of Dauphine has made me interested in reading other paranormal/supernatural novels as well. It also had a really nice lesbian main character and a sweet, pretty realistic sapphic romance (other than the ghost parts).
The story begins with eight year old Cassie moving into an old house and meeting forever-fifteen year old ghost Gem. Slowly the two become best friends and a little more than best friends as well. As their romance progresses, Cassie is also dipping her foot into dangerous waters and dealing with very unpleasant and homophobic parents.
I liked the representation, the acknowledgement of unpleasant happenings (e.g. sexual assault) and the author’s writing style.
I did not enjoy the sometimes stilted or unnatural writing, but it’s mostly great. Cassie was a well-developed main character and I loved the transition from childhood to adulthood that we got to see and her relationship with Gem. I wanted to hug her and all the characters when I learned what they had went through. *sobs* They were all great! The ending was also very satisfying, with Cassie accepting what needs to happen and learning to let go. Ahh I really loved them ❤

The institute Cassie was sent to (CPM for short~ Vaishnavi you’ll get it 😉 ) seemed a bit unrealistic, but this was a few decades ago, so maybe this was actually possible? They were cruel and (minor spoiler:) used electrocution so it seemed more like a mystery-thriller plot device than a historical paranormal school (more like torture ughhh I love you characters). It reminded me of the institute from Shock Point by April Henry.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book and give it 4.25 stars, rounded to four for the official reviews. This book definitely intrigued me even when I didn’t enjoy the scenes, and I do recommend this to fans of YA paranormal/ghost romances and even fantasy lovers.


Today’s also Father’s Day and to all the dads out there-

Thank you. For being amazing and supportive and to helping your children grow.

To my Appa-

Even though lots of times you scold me, I know that you want the best for my brother and I, so thank you!


This is a bit of a short post, but I’ll love to discuss more in the comments section!

Do you think this sounds interesting? What genres do you usually read? Was this post too short?

xoxoadiforadi1

ARC Book Review: 100 Days of Sunlight

Firstly: HEY EVERYONE!

I may or may not be screaming irl because I got an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this amazing, beautiful book that shall be indie published, 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons through NetGalley and it’s making me feel super important! Plus, this book really made my week brighter and shone some sunlight back on to me 🙂

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

So… what is this book, you may be wondering? Here’s the Goodreads blurb.

100 Days of Sunlight

When 16-year-old poetry blogger Tessa Dickinson is involved in a car accident and loses her eyesight for 100 days, she feels like her whole world has been turned upside-down. 

Terrified that her vision might never return, Tessa feels like she has nothing left to be happy about. But when her grandparents place an ad in the local newspaper looking for a typist to help Tessa continue writing and blogging, an unlikely answer knocks at their door: Weston Ludovico, a boy her age with bright eyes, an optimistic smile…and no legs.

Knowing how angry and afraid Tessa is feeling, Weston thinks he can help her. But he has one condition — no one can tell Tessa about his disability. And because she can’t see him, she treats him with contempt: screaming at him to get out of her house and never come back. But for Weston, it’s the most amazing feeling: to be treated like a normal person, not just a sob story. So he comes back. Again and again and again.

Tessa spurns Weston’s “obnoxious optimism”, convinced that he has no idea what she’s going through. But Weston knows exactly how she feels and reaches into her darkness to show her that there is more than one way to experience the world. As Tessa grows closer to Weston, she finds it harder and harder to imagine life without him — and Weston can’t imagine life without her. But he still hasn’t told her the truth, and when Tessa’s sight returns he’ll have to make the hardest decision of his life: vanish from Tessa’s world…or overcome his fear of being seen.

100 Days of Sunlight is a poignant and heartfelt novel by author Abbie Emmons. If you like sweet contemporary romance and strong family themes then you’ll love this touching story of hope, healing, and getting back up when life knocks you down.

I give this book:

Four Beautiful Stars

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Review:

I really enjoyed this book- it had well-written main characters and a sweet slow-burn romance. What really struck me and made this book unique and not your stereotypical YA romance (though maybe it actually is) was the fact that Tessa and Weston, the two sixteen-year-old main characters who (you guessed it) slowly fall in love is that they’re both disabled, at least temporarily.

Tessa, the female main character, got hit by a drunk driver and temporarily lost her sight completely for around a hundred days. Weston has prosthetic legs after (stupidly, I might add) trying and failing a horribly dangerous stunt. Teenagers, you know? The premise of this book involves Tessa, a poetry blogger prior to her accident, not wanting any help to publish her poems and continue blogging (since she obviously can’t by herself) and Weston, our stupidly sweet and optimistic MC continuing to help her until he starts teaching her about her other senses.

A main theme in this book that was creative and well-written was the whole idea about using your other senses. Emmons was right- we tend to take our senses for granted and only use our sight. Tessa, through losing her vision, learned to rely on and appreciate other senses- smell, hearing, taste, and touch. The book was divided into five parts: Smell, Hearing, Taste, Touch, and Sight.

The writing was smooth and neatly done. Abbie Emmons really made you love the characters. Some might think Tessa is ungrateful and plain rude, especially compared to Weston, but I do think that she was just reacting to the circumstances around her- I mean, she was blind, okay?- and afterward with Weston’s help she learned to be more patient and enjoy the world in all its glory.

Weston, that dearie, is sweet and compassionate towards Tessa, yet you can also see that sometimes annoyingly stubborn side of him. His character was well-developed and those two sides of him were merged nicely and didn’t seem out of place. It was really nice to read about his accident and the time-travel; jumping back a few years. Weston was an interesting and lovable male protagonist and I really liked the fresh perspective on life that he brought- one lesson that anyone can learn from 100 Days of Sunlight is from Weston.

He never gave up. Weston took whatever life threw at him and dealt with it. He cursed in life’s face and spat at the feet of everyone who doubted him. Weston is a truly inspiring protagonist and can teach us all a lesson.

Tessa’s character seemed like a fairly typical teen girl in the YA romance genre, which was part of the reason this book lost a star. Most girls are written the same way, and although it was quite nice to see her throwing fits and standing up for herself (even if she was wrong), she mostly fit the label of a stereotypical teen girl.

Also, there was a scene that almost edged into sexual harassment and poor Tessa reacted accordingly and was shell-shocked and frightened. I personally think that that incident was glossed over and Tessa and Weston should have talked it over and he should have comforted Tessa instead of brushing it in the closet.

This book, although really nicely written and with interesting circumstances, lacked racial diversity and queer representation completely. We have two white, straight, cis-gender protagonists who are blonde and blue-eyed. One is Christian, one is atheist. I mean, how much more stereotypical can one get? I wish Abbie Emmons had written other sorts of people into it because we all deserve to see ourselves in books.

Other than those three reasons, 100 Days Of Sunlight was a great book and everyone who enjoys YA romance should grab a copy as soon as it releases, on August 7th this year!


Be sure to check out this book and if you read an ARC, let me know how much you liked it! If not, lemme know if you want to! 😀

xoxoadiforadi1

 

Apologies and book review on Between Shades Of Gray

Happy new year! 2019!!!!!!!!

Aaaaaand I’m really sorry that I haven’t posted in, uh, a LONG time. I know I’m making excuses, but I had a major performance, the holidays (I was out of town without my laptop), and another major performance, so I was pretty busy. Let’s just leave it at that, but I’m prepared for a horde of angry comments that may include, for example,

“WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??????????”

“I’M UN-FOLLOWING YOU NOW!”

“HOW dare YOU!”

And so on. Please forgive me! On to the next part:

I just read this AWESOME book called Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetes, and it was awesome, like I just said. I don’t really know how to write a book review, but I’ll try my best. Credits to Grace from This Stack of Books for being the template for this post. 🙂        (I kind of can’t figure out how to put a picture here, so sorry about that)


Title: Between Shades of Gray

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Publisher: Penguin Group

Release Date: March 22, 2011

Rating: 95%

SUMMARY

Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they’ve known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin’s orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously–and at great risk–documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Summary from Goodreads.

REVIEW

I really enjoyed this book and it made me feel all sorts of emotions. It’s definitely not a fast-paced, action-filled thriller with Lina as a warrior-princess or anything like that. It does have a bit of action, but mostly the story is about character development, historical settings, and how innocent people suffered through horrible genocide.

Lina is interesting, and she isn’t a whimpering damsel in distress. Although there is a love interest, most of her accomplishments in the book are her own- no boy came in to save the day and save her. I also particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Lina’s art. It’s nice that she isn’t a typical artist who draws things as they are, but she’s an artist that draws as she imagines them.

A very important part of this book is about the forgotten massacre of several million innocents by Stalin who was the leader of the Soviet Union. As I read Between Shades of Gray, it was easy to forget that it wasn’t just a fiction story with a fictional world and a fictional plot- although Lina may not have been real, there were so many like her who went through as much and even more than she went through. These people can’t be forgotten, which is why Ruta Sepetys wrote the story.

Ruta definitely didn’t tone down on anything for the book: she wrote everything as it was, and she gave her book the ending that made sense, not the way that would keep the audience from crying.

My only criticism -which really isn’t much of a criticism- is that Lina, although she has different quirks than other characters, seems to have the same base/core characteristics as most female protagonists in books. They all manage to be brave and mostly shoulder the responsibilities of everything that happens around them. However, I understand that Ruta Sepetys wanted to write a historical fiction story, not a book that highlights flaws and may be even more controversial than it already is. That’s the only reason why I gave it a 95 out of 100.

IF YOU LIKED/YOU WILL LIKE

If you liked __________ you will like Between Shades of Gray:

  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

It works vice-versa as well, so if you like this book you probably will like these books.

Thanks for reading, guys! You’re the BEST.

atsisveikinimas,

Oddity

BTW, that’s bye in Lithuanian. Just an ode to the book of the day!