Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre // Release Day Review!

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Mirror Me by Tara St. Pierre

Publication Date: July 25th, 2017

Page Number: 223

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review


Hello everyone! Tara St. Pierre was kind enough to send me an ARC of her newest book, Mirror Me! I also have a review of Tara’s other book, Just a Few Inches, you can click here to read it!

Today is also the day that Mirror Me is being released, so go order your copy!

Synopsis:

So this book is about a senior in high school named Hannah who moved schools and houses for her senior year. Her mother is very strict and keeps Hannah on lock-down practically over something that happened the year before with Hannah’s best friend Nikki. Hannah starts seeing things wrong with her reflection and can’t stand to look at herself in a mirror. When strange things start to happen and Hannah is blamed, Hannah needs to figure out what’s happening, if it’s all in her head or there’s someone out to get her. 

My Thoughts:

I really liked this book! At first I wasn’t sure what the angle was going to be, if Hannah was going to have multiple personality disorder or some mental problem and the book would be about that, but I was very happy with the ending and how the story turned out.

I really understood where Hannah’s mom was coming from in the book and being very overprotective, but still I just wanted them to hug it out and resolve their issues!

I loved Hannah’s best friends and how despite the few problems at first, they eventually did stick by Hannah and believe her.

While I understood why the strange events that Hannah was blamed for happened to help create the story and plot, I did feel that some of the things done were a little extreme, even if it was just to push Hannah to forgive herself. I was so genuinely angry when poor Hannah had to take the blame for things she didn’t do, I was like NO it’s not her fault!!!

And then when her friends, Cole and her mom were affected I felt so bad for Hannah. I also had a lot of fun guessing what was wrong with Hannah’s reflection and why it was bothering Hannah.

I can’t say much about Nikki because that would spoil what the big event was that caused Hannah to move, but I did like the resolution at the end and the patching up the tears that were created with Hannah’s friends, Cole and mom.

I was also fascinated with the whole mirror concept and what the mirrors lighting up meant and what it meant when they were dark.

Verdict:

Overall a strange and mysterious plot line that is satisfying in the end and keeps you guessing as to what’s happening, why it’s happening, and how things will ever be resolved.

My Rating:

4 out of 5 stars!


Thanks for reading!

Have you read this book?! Do you want to? Let’s chat!

-Calliope

The Mulan Book Tag!

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The lovely Sam @ River Moose Reads tagged me to do the Mulan Book Tag! Thanks so much Sam!

The Rules:

  • Mention the creator (Kirsty and the Cat Read)
  • Thank/mention the person who tagged you
  • Match books or characters to the questions below
  • tag as many people as you like🙂

1. Reflection “When will my reflection show who I am inside” – An inaccurate book cover that doesn’t really reflect what the book is about

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I definitely always say that Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines and Vampire Academy books have very inaccurate covers, mostly in that there are girls on the covers zoomed into their faces with weird poses and angles. Both series are actually amazing and aren’t reflected with those zoomed in faces. They also did a new cover release that just puts a VA over the originals which I don’t know if that’s any better.

2. Mushu – A character with a lot to prove

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I’m thinking Snape for this one, just in terms of proving himself to the readers and Harry that he was a good guy this whole time.

3. “I’ll make a man outta you!” – A character who develops the most OR a book with some kick-a** training scenes

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It’s been a while since I read this trilogy, but I feel like Juliette develops a lot

4. “A Girl Worth Fighting for” – A ship you will defend till your last breath

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I have sooo many ships! I called Rowan and Rhysand though before anyone else did and were all supporting Dorian/Chaol and Tamlin so I was quite proud of myself for that. I also absolutely LOVE Jamie and Claire from Outlander and of course the million other ships I have.

If you want to check out some more of my favs you can search ‘valentines’ into the search bar of my blog and I have a bunch of posts I did for valentines day last year that you can check out!

5. Huns – A book/character that gives you the creeps

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The Darkling is complicated, he’s creepy but at one point I think I liked him.

6. Mulan – Your favorite bada** female protagonist

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Oh my goodness I can name sooo many! Claire Fraser, Annabeth Chase, Thalia Grace, Zoe Nightshade, Feyre, Aelin, Lysandra, Hermione, Emma Blackthorn, Clary Fray, Isabelle Lighwood, Mac from Darkfever!


Thanks so much for reading!

If anyone wants to do this tag, go ahead, I’d love to read your answers! 

-Calliope

Most Used Apps On My Phone // 2017

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So a while back, in November of 2016 I did a most used apps on my phone post. You can click here to read it! I think I had just gotten my first smart phone the month before and the excitement about apps was real. And yes! That is throne of glass wallpaper!

If anyone is curious, I have a white Samsung Galaxy S5. I didn’t really have a choice in my phone, my parents finally bought me a smartphone in 10th grade after using a fliphone since 7th grade before that.

My little brother has an iphone, he just finished 8th grade, how fair is that??? Whatever, when I go to college I’ll probably buy myself an iphone, I really don’t dislike Android but I just really can’t tell the difference between iphone and Android.

Anyhoo, let’s get started!


Social Media:

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So my social media ones are pretty much the same as from 2015 except I’ve gotten a snapchat account. I think I made it in October 2016, I really only have a few streaks. And then obviously the instagram logo changed too.


School related:

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For school it’s the same since last year, Google Classroom and Remind. Google classroom is the new digital way for teachers to post assignments and then remind they use a class group messaging app essentially.

I also have the Google Drive app to submit google docs from my phone to google classroom sometimes. Everything is digital now I swear.


Personal/Miscellaneous:

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I have the GroupeMe app for a lot of different group chats like for cross country, track, work and for IB.

I’ve upgraded to spotify to listen to all of my music now; I used to use iheartradio, which I only use now to listen to live radio.

I use overdrive to check out e-books from my library (live-brary website) and read         e-books without wifi, it’s pretty cool.

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I use the FreeForm app to watch tv shows like Shadowhunters, the Bold Type and whatever else. FreeForm has a bunch of movies on there that they update monthly I think, but there are ads every 10 or so minutes. (The ads are usually fine with me because I can blog or do homework during the ads).

I use the candy camera app to take pictures because the camera on my phone is very shite.

And then I got a bitmoji recently to link up with snapchat.

That’s me in bitmoji form below!

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I have a bunch of other random apps, but I don’t really use them on a daily basis.

What other fun apps do you guys have?! I don’t have games or anything because I’d rather be reading 🙂

-Calliope

Fever 1-5 by Karen Marie Moning (Spoiler free!) // Should I read the rest of the series?

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Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Fever is this amazing adult paranormal/fantasy series. The first 5 books can be considered one “set” and then the next 4 are the aftermath and a new crisis happens.

Here is my problem, I loved the first  5 and everything that happened. I know book 6, Iced is about another character and then book 7 is about Mac again? I’m not 100% sure.

I’ve been looking at the Goodreads reviews and basically I don’t know if I want to continue with the series and possibly start to dislike it, or just leave it like it is with it’s nice ending and move on.


Here’s the synopsis of the first book, Darkfever:

MacKayla Lane’s sister is murdered and Mac is left with a message from her right before she dies on her phone. Mac goes to Ireland to find out who killed her sister and gets involved in the world of the Fae and the good and evil that exists in the world. She also discovers new strength, powers and has to deal with new challenges like who to trust and how to stay alive. 

My Thoughts:

I really loved this series! At first I wasn’t sure because the first 2 books weren’t as in your face Fae but as it continued and the plot twists and cliffhangers slowly murdered my heart.

Seriously the endings of Faefever and Dreamfever had me scrambling to get the next books and I skipped over so many books that were in my TBR that I was supposed to read to finish the first five books.

The romance is there with the sort of love triangle that had me wanting SOMETHING to just happen for about three books and then when something I did I was so giddy inside. I thought that I had trouble choosing who I wanted the romance with Mac to be with but it turns out there really wasn’t that much triangle-ness if you know what I mean. There was only Mac x (SPOILER).

The world that Karen Marie Moning creates just sucks you in and you just need to keep reading to see what happens next.

My Rating:

5 stars!

Verdict:

I loved reading the first part of Mac’s story and the beautifully intricate world of Fae that is created in these books!


Have you read these books? Can anyone help me out with my dilemma? Is it worth it to continue the series?

Thanks for reading!

-Calliope

P.S. How satisfying was it in the beginning of Dreamfever when Mac and SPOILER were finally together! (Even though it was sad Mac turned SPOILER and was SPOILER by those stupid Fae princes that Darroc commanded, ugh!)

The Bold Type // Pilot Review

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The Bold Type

The Bold Type is a new show on FreeForm and focuses on three girls who work at Scarlet, a fashion magazine. It airs every Tuesday, taking the spot of Pretty Little Liars.

I watched the first episode and felt kind of fuzzy afterwards. Being a journalist is a career path, one of many for me, that I could picture myself in. Basically, the show follows my dream job.

I loved all of the characters and how the show didn’t shy away from and wasn’t scared to talk about real things that women deal with.

While I did love the pilot, the thing that I realized is that it’s a bit unrealistic. Sure the show is very cute and I’m going to definitely continue watching. There’s feminism, diversity, sexuality representation and hot relationships! Hello yes please!

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Despite all of those positives, the girls, one of them who is still an assistant, all wear these fashionable outfits and hairstyles that make me totally jealous. And as I was feeling jealous I realized that it’s not realistic, no assistant in a journalism office looks like a well put together celebrity that could walk down a fashion runway. (Maybe I’m exaggerating a bit).

It’s also New York City, which costs a ridiculous amount of money to live in a nice part of. As newbie journalists, these girls are living the life let me tell you. Also one of the girls is the social media director after working there for only two years I think.

I definitely am fascinated with the journalism world and do I want to be these girls half the time while watching? Of course! But I will be watching this show with some reservations, just so I don’t get my hopes up that this is how the job field in NYC journalism really is.

And also it’s not like the Bold Type is a how to guide to becoming a journalist, it’s a drama comedy about three girls who work at a magazine. If it was realistic, it would be boring and sad if I’m being honest, because the girls wouldn’t have moved up so quickly at Scarlet or live in nice apartments by themselves.

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Final thoughts?

I liked the pilot and will be watching more! I’m just going to live my high school journalist dreams through the Bold Type from now on! I loved the feminism and female power in the show! I also love all the chemistry between the characters and that the boss lady wasn’t the scary evil boss and actually more of a mother figure to the girls!


Have you watched the Bold Type? What do you think?

-Calliope

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh Review!

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Page Number: 393 pages

Publication Date: May 16th, 2017

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary)


Goodreads Synopsis:

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book! Renee Ahdieh is such a beautiful writer and her books have such unique characters.

I like to think of this book as Mulan meets Girl of Fire and Thorns, (By Rae Carson).

The cover is eye catching and gorgeous and Mariko was such a strong character to follow throughout the book.

I also loved the romance! At first I thought Mariko would have romance with one character but it ended up being the other and I was totally fine with that!

Some of the backstory with the shogun and Japanese culture was unfamiliar to me and confusing to understand but I loved reading about it because that’s what books are for! To educate on topics you might not otherwise read about or know.

The main antagonists of the story I feel are the typical antagonists expected of an emperor/divided family type story, so I’m interested in seeing if the next book proves me wrong.

I loved the feminist aspect with Mariko and Yumi and how Mariko didn’t let her gender define her limitations. I also loved how some of the important men or boys (man boys?) in the book didn’t let gender shape their image of Mariko either.

There was sort of a plot twist at the end that I’m unsure about and it’s weird how it seems like a realistic fiction type story set in the past but really it has magic. I’m a little worried about reading the next book because with the Wrath and the Dawn duology, I loved the first book but didn’t like the second one as much, so once again I’m looking forward to be proven wrong!

My Rating:

5 stars

Verdict:

I felt so many emotions and there were so many gasp worthy scenes followed by awww moments! I’m looking forward to reading the next one!


Have you read this book? What did you think? Let’s chat! 

-Calliope

WWW Wednesday // July 12th, 2017

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Hello! I’m back with a WWW Wednesday!

This is a cool weekly post hosted by Taking on a World of Words, and formerly hosted by MizB @ Should be Reading

The premise is to basically answer these three questions:

1. What are you currently reading?

2. What did you recently finish reading?

3. What do you think you’ll read next?


I’m currently reading Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

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I’m really enjoying the Fever series and each book just keeps getting more thrilling and insane!

Also if I’m being honest with myself, I’m not going to continue reading Lord of Shadows again until all of my e-books from the library are finished, so probably one more week until I can finish this baby up.


I just finished reading the Flame in the Mist

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I really liked this book and how Mulan met Girl of Fire and Thorns. I’m excited to see if the next one lives up to the same expectations! Review coming soon!


Next, I’m going to read When Dimple Met Rishi, Mirror Me, and the Girl Who Fell

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When Dimple Met Rishi has been on my radar for a while now so I’m so glad I finally have it checked out to me!

Mirror Me is an ARC that Tara St. Pierre kindly sent me to review, so watch out for that on July 25th when my review goes up.

Lastly the Girl Who Fell happened to be in my overdrive wishlist so I checked it out because it I put it there, it must have been there for a reason so I can’t wait to read it!


That is all! Thanks for reading!

What are your three W’s? Let’s chat!

-Calliope