Sunday, March 29, 2015

Review of If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay
by Gayle Forman
Book 1 in If I Stay Duology
259 Pages
Publisher: Speak

On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she'll ever make.







I went into this book with absolutely no expectations, for I have heard tons of mixed things about this story. I was just kind of underwhelmed by it to be honest. It was not like this was a bad book, it was a very quick read, but I just didn't find it very interesting. 

I think I read this book in three sittings, and I'm glad that it didn't take very long to read because I don't know if I could have handled much more or this book. It wasn't even that I didn't like it; this was just a pretty slow read. Okay, now I've contradicted myself. Let me rephrase. It was very easy to read and the pages flew by, but I didn't think that anything really happened in the plot. I was just kind of reading it for the sake of reading.

I didn't get at all attached to the characters, so I honestly couldn't have cared lede what decision Mia made. She was very contradictory to what she was saying, and I don't really understand any of the reasoning behind her decision at the end of the book. 

I was never moved to tears by this book I was never super happy while reading it. It was just kind of meh.

The thing that really annoyed me about this book was the flashbacks. You got no real warning or context about the flashbacks, they just kind of happened. I didn't really think that all of the flashbacks were very necessary because they brought on no emotion, and they didn't make me sympathize for any of the characters.

Overall, this book was only okay. I will probably at some point pick up the next book, but until I see it for a bargain price, there is no way I'm going to buy it. I think I'm going to finish this duology only so I can say that I finished a series. :/

The Rating:

XOXO,
Belle

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Review of In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

In a Handful of Dust
by Mindy McGinnis
Companion to Not a Drop to Drink
384 Pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books


This book falls about ten to fifteen years after the events in Not a Drop to Drink. It follows the little girl from the first book, Lucy.










When this book was announced, it was advertised as a companion to Not a Drop to Drink. I, however, don't think that is an accurate description of this novel. This could be a companion except for the fact that it completely spoils the ending of the first book. To me the definition of a companion is that you can read the books out of publication date and still understand what is going on in the story, but since the world building took place in the first book, you would be confused. I guess the publisher thought that this book followed a different character (don't worry Lynn is still very prevalent), so it would be considered a companion.

I just want to point out that this book is a more badass Oregon Trail story. Yes, its destination was not Oregon, but it has the same kind of feel as an Oregon Trail book would. I thought that the Oregon Trail part of this book was wonderful. I really felt like I was on the epic journey with Lynn and Lucy. Gotta love it.

This point doesn't matter, but why are there so many L-names in this book. It was like whenever someone new was met, there was a 40% chance of their name starting with an L. I guess it got pretty confusing at some points, but this fact did not affect my enjoyment of this book.

I love the new characters that were introduced. Even if you only knew the characters for a page or two, you really understood them and their motives. I think that Mindy McGinnis's specialty is creating wonderfully believable characters in a very short amount of time. It's straight up impressive.

Throughout this book the idea of family, and what makes up family appeared a lot. It really delved into what made family, and whether family is always made by blood. It also showed that even if you will never see someone again, you can still love, worry, and care for them. I've never read a YA book that was so family-oriented as this book.

Praise, Mindy McGinnis, for she can write a hell of a book without any need for romance. I am honestly not that big of a fan of romance in books, so when I finished the book and realized that there was no romance, I was awfully happy. It takes a lot for an author to be able to write a well done story without wasting pages upon pages on a poorly done romance.

This was one of the most suspenseful books I have ever read. The chapters always ended in places where you ahem no idea what came next, and there were points where I was almost in tears because I didn't know if someone was alive or dead. This was just wonderful. That being said, sometimes I got bored of so much build up, and not enough actually happening.

Ummmm. What was that ending. It was so ambiguous and open ended. Can we have another book. Please and thank you :)


The Rating:

XOXO,
Belle

Friday, March 27, 2015

Pre-Blog Goodreads Reviews Part VI: Historical Fiction

The moment you have all been waiting for is here. This is the final installment of my Pre-Blog Goodreads Review Series. None of you thought that we would get here, but after a long time break between season 1 and 2, we are finally wrapping up the series.

I don't really read historical fiction, so this is going to be a very short post. But these reviews should be funny if nothing else.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

After the suicide of her mother, Gemma Doyle must move from India to attend a boarding school in England in order to become a "proper" lady.

Review: Overall, I enjoyed the story and premise of the book. I liked the spin on the cliche boarding school book that was written. The realms were pretty interesting to read about, and it was interesting to see that something so pure could so deeply corrupt someone. The characters in the story were all so badly broken in so many ways that you had to feel for them. The friendships seemed to progress naturally, and Gemma was always true to her friends which was a nice quality for a character to have. I felt the the person who is Mary Dowd was pretty obvious and predictable, but I though Circe was Hester. Again, Libba Bray created a divine historical world that felt both realistic and fantastical. This was a very high quality read, and I would recommend it.

4/5 Stars 



The Revolution of Sabine by Beth Levine Ain

In 1776 Paris, a feisty teenager defies her mother, her closest friend, and the aristocracy that rules her life in a compelling romantic novel of social intrigue.

Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author did a very good job bringing each and every character to life, while immersing you in 18th century France. I did feel like the ending was a bit convenient, and that was the reason the book lost a star. Overall, this book was well-paced, and it never felt like the author put in "fluff" to make the book look better and longer. I think this book was a very fun, and uplifting read, and I am glad I found it.

4/5 Stars




 Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

Second book in the time traveling Ruby Red trilogy.

Review: I enjoyed reading this book, and it was fun, but it seemed to be lacking in many areas. First of all, not much happened plot-wise; the story seemed to be in the same place as when the first book ended. Secondly, Gwen was SO annoying. All she seemed to do was cry about Gideon and complain about her situation and get jealous of Charlotte. Lastly, Gwen and Gideon's relationship was just bad. They kissed and then fought for the whole story.
I did enjoy Xemerius' character a lot because he was funny. Lesley has always been a great character for her optimism, and loyalty towards Gwen. I liked Raphael; he was cool. Gwen's training sessions with PuffyLips and Charlotte were always entertaining.
Overall, this book was just kinda meh. I will be continuing the series, but i don't expect that much for the third book.3/5 Stars


Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Final book in the  Ruby Red Trilogy

Review: This was a pretty good ending to a very average trilogy. I thought the ending was pretty convenient. I was glad that Gwen wasn't annoying in this book, but instead Charlotte was. I'm glad I finished out this series, but it definitely isn't one of my favorites.

4/5 Stars








This was a pretty fun series to make, but now I'm done. I will never be posting these reviews again (for good reason), so drink your fill because these awful reviews will never just pop up anywhere else unless someone is to copy and paste them, but my that point it is plagiarism. 

XOXO,
Belle

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Review of The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

The Winner's Crime
by Marie Rutkoski
Book 2 in The Winner's Trilogy
416 Pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

I feel bad not giving a synopsis, but SPOILERS. I will, however, give you the first line of the synopsis that was given by the publisher.

Book two of the dazzling Winner's Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.








I didn't really have any expectations for this book since the first book left off on a note that the author could take in a million different ways. I am glad the plot thickened a good amount, and it laid out great setup for the last book, but I really don't think that this book needed to be 400+ pages.

This was not an awful book by any means, but it was not a great book either. It was just very average, and if I'm being completely honest, thats all you can ask for in second books of trilogies. Because riddle me this, what book trilogy (other than The Darkest Minds) has an impeccable second book? They are so few and far between that you really cant have high expectations for second books. 

Okay, now into this book. It was pretty dry for most of it. Too much sitting around as compared to the first book. I did enjoy the political intrigue even though we didnt get too much of it. There was just so much of Kestrel/Arin whining about their situations.

Please excuse this interruption: I have to say this right now because everything just changed as I was writing this review. I have been saying "Krestel" throughout the entire two books, and as I was trying to get the name to not have the squiggly red line under it, I found out it was actually "Kestrel." Whatever. I am still calling her Krestel.

Now back to your regularly scheduled program: If the two main characters would have put their pride/ego aside for one time in the book, everything would have turned out okay, but instead they had to "protect" each other and they ended up fighting. I guess that is pretty common in YA, but I was just so annoyed.

No spoliers, but that ending was crazy. I really liked the last thirty or so pages because shit actually started to happen. I read the last few pages and I was like "THANKS FOR THE MAJOR CLIFFHANGER (*salutes* "Major Cliffhanger"). ITS' NOT LIKE I HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR OR ANYTHING. But I guess it keeps people invested in the story, but I honestly cannot wait for the last book. I'm hoping it will be the best in the series. What I'm angry about is that the first two books The Winner's Curse and The Winner's Crime both have five-letter words that start with C. The last book is called The Winner's Kiss. Not only does kiss start with a K, its only four letters. I am going to have to break my rule about not buying books that have the word "kiss" in the title. 

Overall, this was a pretty average book, and I will not be recommending it until I have finished the series since I want to know if it is worth my recommendation.

The Rating:

XOXO,
Belle

Monday, March 23, 2015

Review of Glass by Ellen Hopkins

Glass
by Ellen Hopkins
Book 2 in the Crank Trilogy
681 Pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it's all the same: a monster. And once it's got hold of you, this monster will never let you go.
The sequel to Crank, this is the continuing story of Kristina and her descent back to hell. Told in verse, it's a harrowing and disturbing look at addiction and the damage that it inflicts.






I don't know how to talk about this series. I liked this book a lot more than I liked the first one, but I just don't like this series. I know that it is really important that I finish the series eventually, but it is not fun to read. I wouldn't say that this book hits hard because it doesn't. I don't suffer from addiction, and neither do any of my friends or family, so this is one of the only times I am exposed to addiction. I can tell you this, however: I am not going to be trying meth. No thank you, friends. 

I think my real problem with this book is that I don't understand Kristina. I get she's going insane (addiction, multiple personality disorder, etc.), but I just cant understand her. I don't know what it feels like to need something so badly that you would give up your life for it. I get her curiosity with having wanted to try meth, but I don't get why she keeps coming back to it when she knows that she is ruining her life.

Kristina can not take care of herself, much less a child. She can't form a healthy relationship. She really took a turn for the worst in this book. She was bad in Crank, but Kristina in this book was painful to watch. I am honestly scared to see how she is in Fallout. I have to know though. I need to know how she acts as a longtime user.

This book is hard to talk about. It's not that this is a sad book, but just one of those chilling books. It didn't really affect me that deeply, but it was something that hurt me a little bit. 

I don't know if there are books better than these about suffering from addiction because I tend to shy away from this topic, but I think that if you want a book about the horrors of addiction, Crank  is a good place to start. These books are written in verse, so they are very easy to get through (if you can stomach reading about addiction for long periods of time). I'm going to say that I would recommend this series, but they will disturb you, and hopefully turn you off of using meth.

The Rating:

XOXO,
Belle

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Quick Review of Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising
by Leigh Bardugo
Final book in The Grisha Trilogy
422 Pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.


This is a final book. I suspect that you don't want spoilers, so no summary.










I am feeling SUPER lazy right now, so I am going to try out this lay style of reviewing. I am not going to make this my normal, but instead when I am running out of time, and I need to review, I will use this format. This style is still a work in progress, but I have to start somewhere.


Overall:
I did not like this book. I'm sorry if you did, but I thought that it sucked. In fact, I haven't read a book this uninteresting for a long while.

Action/Plot:
Like I just said, this book was a bore to read. I was disinterested in the plot, and for the first portion of it I was going to quit the series. At times I really hated this due to how cheesy it got. I can handle a little bit of cheesiness, but this was just too much. I was a bit offended.

Romance:
If you liked the first two book, you will probably like the romance in this one, but I was never really a fan of the romance. I always shipped Alina and the Darkling, so I didn't care for anything else.

Characters:
We got introduced to some new characters, but I just didn't care for anyone. They all seemed to regress into weaker people, and I didn't appreciate that.

Ending:
It was way to convenient for my taste. It tied everything up, but I just thought that it was unrealistic. I get that this is fantasy, but it was just too pretty of an end. There was nothing that would leave a lasting impression on me. It was really not memorable

Recommend?:
I really want to say yes here, but this series just didn't do it for me. I gave the first book 4/5 stars, but the last two get half as many stars. I just couldn't get into the writing and the world. Leigh Bardugo really just writes slow plots, and I don't like that.

The Rating:

XOXO,
Belle

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Review of The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things
by Ann Aguirre
Standalone
328 Pages
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.
Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.
But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…



I had no intention of reading this book, honest. But then someone on Twitter randomly asked if someone wanted her extra copy, so I was like okay, why not. I picked this book up, and it just seemed like nothing special. It was like every contemporary I've read before, but then I realized that I was loving it. Okay, It was 2 a.m. when I realized that I liked it, and I have to say that sprinting to school yesterday morning was completely worth reading more chapters of this book. Its THAT good.

I am not usually that much of a fan of YA contemporary. Okay, thats a lie. I just usually think that they're extremely average, but I keep reading YA contemporary because I don't want to miss out on that one that is amazing. This was the one I needed. I don't really know what resonated with me so much, but I loved it.

I think my enjoyment may have stemmed from the fact that the characters actually have personalities. I'm not trying to say that most characters have no sense of self, but this character set just seemed to have an extra something. Yes, they had problematic pasts, but that not what mattered. I have read books where the main characters have troubled pasts, but I think I loved this book because the characters had things that they liked. It wasn't just, I am a really hot girl/guy. It was like the author really thought about the interests and idiosyncrasies of the characters. I really appreciated that.

Even though this book was relatively happy, it left me with a melancholy feeling once I put the book down. It was not that the book was overly sad, but instead that you knew that all the characters were lying to each other, and they were keeping vital details not just from each other but from us too. I was just like tell each other, so you can finally know each other fully. 

This was not a very plot driven book. It was completely about the characters, and I loved them all. You really saw who everyone was at the end of the book, and I appreciated that. It didn't matter if you saw the character one time or a hundred times, you still knew who they were inside. I am really impressed with the author's ability to craft remarkable characters. She even made a flawless mother figure!! 

There was an element of music in this novel, and even though it was not a huge part of the book, I wish the author capitalized on it more. There could have been some great character development about the characters music because [to me at least] music is one of the best ways to get to know someone on a deeper level. I could see an edge/darkness to Sage because of the bands she mentioned. Its little things that the author could have done to appease us music lovers a little bit more. She did very well with crafting lyrics, however.

I don't know what else to say, guys. This is a very good book, and I hope that you check it out at some point.

The Rating:

XOXO,
Belle


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I received this book in exchange for an honest review, and honestly it would be more difficult to make a dishonest review than a truthful one. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Pre-Blog Goodreads Reviews Part V: Read for School

I know that none of you actually thought that I would continue posting these, but here it is PART 5!

School books. I am not a fan of these. Whatever. Lets put my awful reviews up.

Once Upon a Road Trip by Angela N. Blount

Angeli doesn't fit in. So after her senior year, she embarks on a  2 month long road trip throughout America and Canada. She stays with her friends that she has met on the internet, and has some crazy experiences. And finds love.

Review: This book was pretty good for being nonfiction. Angie was a pretty annoying main character because she was overly awkward, seemed to force her religion onto people, had a massive inferiority complex, and was annoying when it came to relationships. I enjoyed how this story was true, and had element of a fictional young adult novel; including, a love triangle, and a strong message of: It gets better. The story was enjoyable, and Angie was just crazy enough never to give up on the trip. I liked reading this book, and it was a wonderful choice of nonfiction literature.
3/5 Stars



Swindle by Gordan Korman

Someone steals a baseball card. Someone else gets mad.

Review: I remember reading this book for school and absolutely detesting it, but if I was to at any time reread it, I probably wouldn't hate it as much.

1/5 Stars










The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Two people with the same name grew up in similar environments, but  turned out completely different.

Review: I read this back in the summer for my ninth grade lit class, and I didn't like it. The characters were all very boring and flat. I know that this is nonfiction, so he couldn't really lie about the changes that happened, but the problem is that they were not very good characters. I feel that this book was meant to be a nature/nurture book, but it didn't come off that way. It started out in Baltimore which is a pretty big city, and the characters were named Wesley Moore. Now, Moore is a very common last name, and Wesley is a bit different but in the end it is very often used. To say that it was a huge coincidence that two people in the same city have the same name, but turned out differently is just pointless. I never really liked any particular part of this book, and that is why it deserved only two stars.
2/5 Stars

So school books are terrible. These reviews are just as terrible. Its fun.

XOXO,
Belle

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pre-Blog Goodreads Reviews Part IV: Contemporary

I have bamboozled you. You didnt think that I would ever finish this series, but ITS BACK. For the tune in on my blog for the next two Fridays, and you can see the final two installments of my awful Pre-Blog Goodreads Review Series. Now. The moment you have all been waiting for, PART 4!

Love. Fun. Happiness. Giggles. All common things in contemporary. These reviews should be the worst of them all.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

A "fresh" out of college guy gets a job as an "internet security officer." His actual job is to read people's emails to make sure they are using their work email appropriately. He gets emails from 2 women and before long he realized that he is in love with one of them.

Review: That was a good book. Very solid. It took too long for anything to really happen, but when stuff did it was amazing. The emails were always hilarious. This was a really strong debut, but it is definitely no Fangirl!

4/5 Stars






Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

All her life, Cath has clung to her twin sister. Now, she is starting her freshman year and her sister refuses to room with her. Uh Oh.

Review: Awwww. That was so cute. I just collapsed into fits of giggles while reading this book. This was just so adorable!

5/5 Stars










Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Astrid Jones sends her love to everything and *almost* everyone. She just wants to be able to tell her family, friends, and school about her girlfriends and have them love her back.

Review: I bought this book at Publix because it was 3 dollars, and why not? I didn't expect to love this book. Hell I didn't even know what this book was about, but after reading the first chapter, I just loved it. The writing was fantastic. Astrid was one of the best main characters I have ever read about. She was adorable, and funny, and just all around a fantastic person. I don't have enough good things to say about this book, and I cannot even wait to read more AS King books.

5/5 Stars



Black Crow White Lie  by Candi Sari

Carson is a healer. He can heal anything and anyone with just his hands. But he can't heal his mother's alcoholism or his desire for a father. 

Review: This was a really boring book. The chapters took a page for you to understand what was even going on, and even when you did, it was not interesting. The story was about a kid and his alcoholic mom, and I didn't enjoy it.

2/5 Stars







Fight Club by Chuck Palahnuik

The first rule of Fight Club is you don't talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is you Do. Not. Talk. About. Fight. Club.

Review: This book is probably the single best book I have ever read! The characters were so vivid and well made. I couldn't put this book down! I thought that it was very interesting having the narrator remain unnamed; it is not a very common thing for a book to do, and I really enjoyed that aspect. The concept of this book is so original, and so ground breaking. I absolutely loved everything about this book. If you haven't read it, well, what are you doing with your life.

5/5 Stars




Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

One broken person meets another and they fix each other.

Review: Even though this was a typical high school romance, it was pretty good. It seemed like every character was messed up in their own way, and unlike a lot of stories, not everyone is perfect. I liked how there was a gradual change in the characters' personalities, and throughout the story they became more confident with who they are. Unfortunately, there was A LOT of teenage angst going on, and that is always annoying no matter what the story is.

4/5 Stars






There it is we are two-thirds of the way through this mini-series. I hope you are enjoying this. Its pretty fun looking back at my reviews and how BAD they were.

XOXO,
Belle

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Review of Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Dear Killer
by Katherine Ewell
Standalone
359 Pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.
But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.



I really wanted to like this book. I went into it knowing that it would be the book for me, but it just seemed to fall flat. I'm one of those people who are very interested in sociopaths, and since the main character is a sociopath, I thought this was going to be great. I'm so sad to say that I was wrong. There was one main thing that made it hard to like this book. 

First off, I had a problem with Kit's character development. A sociopath does not have a conscience. It doesn't matter what they do, they don't feel remorse because they are physically incapable of it. Kit started off as a relentless murderer, and I was entertained by that. I had absolutely no problem reading about someone who killed people; I don't scare easy. At some point in the book, I cant remember exactly where, Kit began to change. It reminded me of the change between seasons 4 and 5 of Dexter when the writers changed. It was like night and day. Good and bad. Wrong and right. She just suddenly got a conscience after years of killing. Why then? If she wasn't a sociopath to begin with, I don't think moral nihilism would be enough to get her through each murder. When her mom noticed the change, she told Kit something that seemed completely wrong, and would never even make sense to someone as smart as Kit. Ugh. The "development" in this book just didn't work out for me.

I really did like the action in this book. It was very well done if a bit eccentric. I appreciated the author's effort in making the action imaginable. It was not too much detail to where it was overwhelming, but it was also not a lack of detail where you were left on the side of the road with nothing to help you. As morbid as it sounds, I really liked the scenes where she killed people. Her idiosyncrasies and habits were fascinating. If the author would have done a little more research on sociopaths, I would have liked this book a lot just because of the action.

What I really appreciated about this book is that there was no romance. A romance would never have made sense for this book. Kit didn't really have the time or capability to be in a romantic relationship, and I am glad that none was added because it would have just felt forced. Some of the interactions did feel somewhat forced, but it was not that often, so it was easy to get over. 

I'm not going to say much else, but I just want to point out that the ending was stupid. No serial killer would have done that. Bye.

The Rating:

Have you read this book? I would love to hear what you thought about it.

XOXO,
Belle

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Belle Recommends: Coming Soon- March

I decided that I was going to do this series whenever I had no idea what to post, and there have been tons of times since the last Belle Recommends post that I should have made one of these types of posts. The last time this post was on my channel was also the first post of this series, and that was back in August. I also said in that post that I was only going to recommend one book or series, but thats not going to be true for this post. I am going to recommend all the books that are coming out in March that I think you should read. I am going to link my reviews of both of these books in case they at all seem interesting to you.


To start things off I am going to be talking about Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
I read this book back in August, and I thought it was great. This deals with two girls, one black, one Chinese, who run away from their home in Missouri, dress up as boys, and decide to take on the Oregon Trail. There are a lot of twists and turns along the way, and it is a great book. I received an ARC of this book, and I liked it so much that I decided to preorder a finished copy for my birthday. I would recommend this book for people of all ages. It was funny, sad, and just hopeful. I am so thankful that I could read this book early, so I can sit here trying to force this upon you too.
Release Date: March 7

Next, I will be discussing Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy
This was probably the most unique book that I read last year. If you didn't notice from the cover, it is written entirely in lists. I don't know how that idea got into the author's head, but I am immensely grateful that it did. It is about a boy who has had a very hard year, so he skips school, gets on a bus, and goes to visit his brother at college. It is about much more than that, but without giving away any plot points that is what the beginning of this book is about. It is actually a story of acceptance, loss, and hardship. It was beautiful. It does take a little bit of time to get into the story since it is written in lists, but once stuff really starts happening, you should understand what is going on. If that is not enough, the book mentions one of the best bands of all-time, Wilco. 
Release Date: March 24

Have you read any of these books? Are you planning on it?

XOXO,
Belle

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March 2015 TBR

I just realized that this is the third month of the year, so that means END OF THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2015, and the end of the third quarter of my sophomore year of high school!! That also means that if I am going to be on target for my reading goal of 100 books, I am going to have to read another ten books this month. Basically, I am going to read really short books, or things that I know that I am going to be able to read really fast. Lets get onto the books that I am planning on reading this month.

To Finish:
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
I don't even know why I am still reading this. If I was the kind of person who gives up on books, I would give up on this one. It is so slow and boring, and third books in trilogies should be fast paced and wrap everything up, but I'm halfway done with this, and still not liking it.

For Review:
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
I received this last month from a fellow blogger for review, and I need to get a review up by the release date on April 7. I think that this month is the best time for me to read and review it, so this will almost definitely happen. 

Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
I got this sent to me from the publisher, and this book sounds like it could be fantastic, but the release date is in July, so I have no rush to read this. I am probably not going to read this book this month, but I am going to put it on here anyway because I need to get on it eventually. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I still have to get reading this one since I have a net galley of it, but the release date isn't until May, so I at least have a little bit of time before it becomes imperative for me to read this. I am pretty excited to read this, and it will be my first Sarah J. Maas book, so this should be a good one. 


For Fun:
The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
This is the sequel to The Winner's Curse, which I read last November, and it was pretty good. I got this in the mail today, and I am super excited to get to it. I think that it could either be very good, or be an absolute train wreck. I'm excited to find out.

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
I got a boxed set of all four of these books from Goodwill, so I think that one weekend/afternoon I am going to marathon all four of them, so I can get my stats up. I will probably end up doing a joint review for all four books, but thats still up in the air. 

I am more than aware that I only listed nine books, but I want to have one or two slots open, so no matter what happens I can pick exactly what I want to read.

What is on your TBR this month? Tell me in the comments, I'd love to hear.

XOXO,
Belle