April 2018 Wrap Up!

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Hello everyone! This has been a slow reading month for me as I’m nearing my IB exams and the end of school. I only read 5 books this month, so I really need to pick it up to meet my Goodreads goal!

I actually watched quite a few movies this month, I’ll list them at the end of the wrap up!


First up, I finally got around to reading, THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp! I also read I HAVE THE RIGHT TO by Chessy Prout. 

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I’ve been seeing THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS everywhere for a while now so I’m so glad to finally have read it especially since the topic of school shootings is very prevalent now.

Similarly with I HAVE THE RIGHT TO, the topic of sexual assault is a very current topic and it was inspiring to read about the bravery that Chessy Prout displayed throughout the aftermath of her sexual assault.


I highly enjoyed ACE OF SHADES by Amanda Foody, as well as JEK/HYDE by Amy Ross and FATAL THRONE.

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ACE OF SHADES was a delightful surprise for me this month and I absolutely loved reading it! I thought that JEK/HYDE was a tad predictable, even for someone like me who isn’t familiar with the original story. FATAL THRONE was interesting as I’m highly fascinated with everything involving King Henry VIII and his wives so this was a gem to read for me.


Some movies I watched this month including re watches are:

-Mulan and Mulan II

-Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

-Lady Bird

-Suicide Squad

-Call Me By Your Name


What books/movies have you read/watched this month?!

-Calliope

March 2018 Wrap Up!

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Hello everyone! My wrap up is slightly earlier this month than I’ve been normally posting my wrap ups this year and that is because I’m going on vacation when I usually post my wrap ups!

Also in other news, I’ve finally committed to a college so I have a future! Wooh!

Now let’s get right into the wrap up! I read 8 books this month!


First up I read: LOVE, LIFE AND THE LIST by Kasie West as well as THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

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Kasie West is really churning those contemporaries out and unfortunately I find the quality lacking even though the quantity is there. While the book was cute it was also predictable and just a typical Kasie West book but names changed. I did still enjoy reading and gave it a 3 star rating.

THE FUTURE OF US had such an amazing concept which I’m not going to get too much into because of spoilers but it was so interesting. The characters themselves were stereotypical YA characters that had me rolling my eyes but I really liked it! 4 star rating.


So far I have to say my favorite book of the year has to be STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor. I also read DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone

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Oh my god STRANGE THE DREAMER was amazing! It took me some time to get into the book but when I did I was sucked in and stayed up so late to finish the book. I cannot wait to read the second book! 5 star rating!

I also loved DEAR MARTIN but I wished it was longer! I read it in one sitting I think and I just wanted more! Also 5 stars!


I read two anthologies that I reviewed for teen reads, A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS and THE RADICAL ELEMENT both edited by Jessica Spotswood

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I think I liked the second installment, THE RADICAL ELEMENT a little more, probably because the first book focused on historical fiction and strong females and the historical aspects sometimes bored me. I really like both books, though anthologies kind of irk me because I hate starting books. It takes me a while to get past the first few chapters and enjoy myself, especially with fantasies and with these short stories every time I finally started to get into it, the story would end.

A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS gets a 3.5 star rating from me and THE RADICAL ELEMENT gets a 4 star rating!


Finally I read a book for my English class: CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and also I read CALL ME BY YOUR NAME by Andre Aciman before I watched the movie

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I really enjoy CHRONICLE it has to be one of my favorite books that I’ve read for school actually, I gave it 4 stars and I also really enjoyed CALL ME BY YOUR NAME and gave it 4 stars as well!


I’m on spring break right now, and it’s scary to think that when I come back my exams are around the corner and then I’m basically done with high school!

How was your March? Link me up to your wrap ups!

-Calliope

April 2017 Wrap Up!

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I read a grand total of 7 books this month, that’s just cause I read a lot during April break though. I’m still way behind on my goodreads challenge and school is still whipping my behind. Good thing IB tests have started, yeck, I’m probably not going to get any reading done in May.

Anyway, let’s get into it!


Firstly I read A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison.

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I thought that this book, while cute, had way too much unrealistic teen drama going on. I’m a teenager myself and sometimes I read books about people my age and have to squint a bit because wow things are different from other parts of the world. Maybe this book was typical for British teens in the 90’s but it seemed a bit too fanatical for me and the main character’s decisions annoyed me.


I read two V.E. Schwab books, Vicious and This Savage Song

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I love Victoria Schwab, she’s just such an amazing fantasy writer! I’m looking forward to reading book 2 of the Monsters of Verity series? Duology? Trilogy? I have no idea but I can’t wait to read it!


I also finished Hamlet for school

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I thought Hamlet was okay. My reaction to Shakespeare’s writing is usually meh. I like the stories he writes but it takes a long time and a lot of effort to understand what they’re about and that makes it difficult to enjoy reading his books.


And then I read Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth, Caraval by Stephanie Garber, and History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Yes I know, Carve the Mark has a lot of controversy going around, I’m aware. But it’s also kind of difficult for me to understand why. I don’t really want to get into this, but some of the arguments against this book are that the light skinned people were portrayed as the good guys and the dark skinned as the bad guys. The thing is, both sides had mixed dark and light skinned people so I don’t understand? I guess I can understand the whole white supremacy thing, but there are so many fantasy books with similar themes that no one complains about…

Caraval was an interesting book. I think I liked it, though the ending confuzzled me, and I think that I will be continuing with this series.

History is all you left me was all right. It had a very similar vibe to ‘more happy than not’ and I thought it was a good book but nothing amazing. Gorgeous cover though that really stands out I must say.


How are you all doing on your Goodreads challenges? Lemme know the books you’ve read in April, I’d love to read your April wrap ups!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

 

Beastly Lights by Theresa Jane Book Review!

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So you might have seen in my March Wrap Up that I had finished this lovely book and promised a review, and here it is!

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Gambled away by her brother, Freya is now bound to the music world’s resident bad boy Liam Henderson as his live-in maid.

Freya Coleman is a struggling artist who can hardly get by. With a past she would rather not revisit and a future that didn’t extend past her next cup of coffee, something had to change. Freya just didn’t know how much.

Liam Henderson lives in the spotlight. His wild nights and latest conquests make every woman want him, and every man want to be him. The rockstar has a carefully constructed persona to keep everyone out. That is, until a drunken night gets out of hand and he finds himself with the winning hand in a poker game, and the prize is a feisty redhead. A prize who just might break down the walls he has been so desperately hiding behind.

Thrown together, these two are a disaster waiting to happen. A disaster the world is eager to watch and comment on until their fingers drop off. What starts off as a fake relationship to improve Liam’s image, blossoms into so much more, and Freya is swept up into the world of bright lights and illusions. Everyone has an opinion when the lights are shining on their beloved rock god Liam Henderson, and they are eagerly waiting to tear down anyone who is bathed in the famous glow.

Can happily ever after exist when the whole world is watching?

My Thoughts: 

So this book is in a way a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a lot of variation. The title of the book kind of hints at it with the word ‘beastly’.

I loved Freya and how easy she was to relate to. Starving artist could easily be starving musician, or writer, or any other profession where it’s tough to get into and make a living off of.

Freya’s strength as a character, and her decisions at the end of the book made me feel sad, but I totally understand where she was coming from. I liked that I was able to separate my shipping of Liam and Freya from what was good for Freya, and I suppose that’s what Freya did too. She made her choices in the end on what was best for her.

I feel like Liam should have totally seen Jeb for what he was, and that Freya should have pushed on Liam more to either fire him or confront him more.

I liked the themes and how the characters had baggage, they weren’t some fantasy that you were totally jealous of. Like Liam for example, hot rock star yes, but his past and his present made it hard for me to completely want his lifestyle.

I also enjoyed reading the sort of gossip column chapters and the comments many of Liam’s “fans” left on them.

My favorite scene was when Liam broke down Freya’s door because she was singing in the shower and Liam thought she was being murdered. As someone who cannot sing that well, I feel like this would happen to me…

One thing that I noticed throughout the entire book was the word ‘smirk’ was used in like every other sentence to describe a character’s expression, and while it didn’t really bother me that much, I found it amusing how every character smirked every 5 seconds.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the word smirk, but yeah…it was used quite a lot.

Also Lucy was described as almost ready to pop at the end when Liam visited her after Freya left, leading me to believe she was ready to give birth soon, but 7 months later she was just giving birth which was just a minor detail that confused me.

Some of my favorite characters were Davis and Freya obviously, Ryan and Ant. My least favorite were Mason and the dad and Jeb. I thought that there were some characters whose stories should have been developed more, just in my personal opinion, Raven and Jazelle could have been explored a bit more. I liked Raven a lot but he wasn’t around that much.

Verdict:

I’m so happy this story was turned into an actual book because it really deserved it, I loved exploring Freya and Liam’s relationship!

My Rating:

4 out of 5 stars


 

Thanks for reading!

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

P.S. BookCon is approaching and some of the panels are up and I’m so excited!! Are any of you guys coming to BookCon?!