A Wrinkle in Time Book Review!

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L ‘Engle

Publication Date: March 15th, 1973

Publisher: Yearling Books

Page Number: 211 pages

Format Read: Paperback (Library borrowed)


Goodreads Synopsis:

It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. 

“Wild nights are my glory,” the unearthly stranger told them. “I just got caught in a downdraft and blown off course. Let me be on my way. Speaking of way, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract”.

Meg’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

My Thoughts: 

I found this book in my house after my brother borrowed it from the library but never read it and was going to return it until I pounced and claimed it for myself. I had it sitting on my desk for a month before I finally got around to reading it! I honestly renewed it from the library 3 times. That’s okay though because I’ve finally read it!

I didn’t know anything about this book before going into it and the sci-fi elements really surprised me. I shouldn’t have been surprised though because hello the title is a dead giveaway but whatever it’s middle grade so it could have been about anything really.

Charles Wallace is my favorite! What a sweet intelligent boy! I was so upset when was being manipulated by IT.  Also Calvin! Do I sense a Meg and Calvin relationship in the future??

I’ve heard there’s a movie being made of this book, or maybe there already is one? I don’t know, it’s late at night and I don’t feel like doing extra research. Wait now I’m curious, one sec. AHA! There is a movie and it’s coming out in 2018 and I’m totally going to see it!

ALSO! Speaking of movies THE HATE YOU GIVE is being turned into a movie!! Omg see what I just did there, I capitalized the title. You know why? Because I’m a reviewer over at teenreads.com and I’m slowly being sucked into their formatting style. I will probably be adopting it completely over the next few months. Teen reads doesn’t stop me from being a fangirl and totally informal on my personal blog right here though!

Okay moving on, Aunt Beast was also so cute and so motherly I was so touched because I thought they were honestly going to eat Meg, Calvin and father. Also I thought I would like father a bit more but I didn’t which made me sad.

Verdict: 

Sci-fi space stuff and evil stuff and three witch things that can time travel! Can you tell senior year is getting to me? The college pressure is real ya’ll.

My rating: 

4 out of 5 stars


Thankfully school hasn’t put a damper on my reading just yet, I’m still reading a lot, but not blogging -_-

Anyhoo, have you read this book?! What did you think?! Let’s chat! Also no I am not over hyped on coffee right now, it’s the Greenday blasting in my ears that’s hyping me up, I swear. And Panic too.

-Calliope

P.S. It was my BIRTHDAY yesterday!! I am officially 17 years of age! Wooh!! Any fellow Virgos out there??!!

 

August 2017 Wrap Up!

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Hello! August was a pretty decent reading month for me. I read 9 books and I had a good mix of fantasy vs. contemporary. I do have to say that I’m slightly getting tired of YA contemporary with its tropes and unrealistic expectations for teenagers but I don’t think I can give up reading contemporary still because there are those gems that are amazing.

Anyway, let’s see what I read this month!


I read several books from my August TBR, yay, go me! You can find the link to my August tbr right here

I read The Alchemists of Loom, Eliza and Her Monsters, and The Boy Next Door

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I’ve heard mixed things about the Alchemists of Loom but I really liked it and gave it 4 stars! I really want to read the second one, Dragons of Nova, but it’s not available on live-brary yet. I also loved Eliza and Her Monsters, I have a review of it right here and I gave it 4.5 stars!

I slightly disliked The Boy Next Door and gave it 2 stars. The plot was there but the characters and subplots just were not. This is one of those contemporaries that give the YA contemp genre a bad rep. It just highlighted every bad trope available to YA writers, seriously.


I also read Made You Up, Geekerella, and Daughter of the Burning City

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Okay here’s the thing with Made You Up, I have not given it a rating. This is for a reason of course, I would give it a 4 star rating but while reading I felt something was off about the mental illness in the book. When I looked at several reviews they supported the author portrayed the mental illness (schizophrenia) completely wrong. Now, I don’t know if this is true or not since I know nothing about schizophrenia, so I’ve decided not to give it a rating because if the author truly messed up everything about schizophrenia I don’t want to praise the book in any way, ya know?

Anyway, moving on Geekerella was a super easy one day read that was quite cliche and a cinderella retelling, but I liked it for some reason, so 4 stars it is.

I’ve also heard many things about Daughter of the Burning City, it has been super hyped recently and I thought that it was pretty good! I did think the beginning was a bit slow but then it picked up in the middle. I’m curious actually to read the sequel, though the plot twist was quite predictable with some aspects of it. I also am IN LOVE with the cover!


I finally read Stars Above, the novel wrap up of all of the Lunar Chronicle novellas, I re-read Glass Sword to remind me about what happened so I can finally read King’s Cage in September, and I read Lucky in Love

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I really liked Stars Above and all of its novellas. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series so it was great having more time with the characters. I liked Glass Sword as much as I did the first time reading with a 4 star rating.

I have a review up for Lucky in Love explaining why this one didn’t quite do it for me, you can click right here to read it!


What did you read this month? Link me up with your wrap ups, I’d love to read them!

-Calliope

P.S. I applied for the teenreads.com board and made it! I’m officially on their board until next August!

Lucky in Love by Kasie West // Book Review

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Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Publisher: Scholastic

Publication Date: July 25th, 2017

Page Number: 333 pages

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary download)


Goodreads Synopsis:

Can’t buy me love…

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

My Thoughts:

The little things in this book that irked me eventually added up and I couldn’t stand the cliches, inaccurate portrayal of teenage life and a main character that I thought was a complete idiot, though her GPA of 4.2 would contradict me.

I read this book in one day, from 8 in the morning to 8 in the afternoon with obvious breaks and doing my daily summer stuff. I actually kept track of the things I didn’t like through texts with my best friend. When things bothered me, I texted my friend to vent so that’s how I know what to talk about actually.

Things I liked: 

Seth! Asian love interest and Asian stereotypes addressed! Also Seth was the best character in general, he was so sweet, even when Maddie was so mean to him.

The cover! The cover is so cute, like most of Kasie West’s books actually.

Fast pace and enjoyability! Some parts of the books were really interesting and kept me reading and I can’t deny that I did like the main plot, (not subplots though).

Things I didn’t like:

So Maddie is supposedly number two in her class with a 4.2 GPA and all of these extracurricular and volunteer hours and yet not once throughout the book does she go to any club at school or stay after. Maddie has to be usual YA teen that finishes school and never has any trouble with school or studying.

She’s also in HONORS ENGLISH, with a 4.2 GPA. I’m not saying anything bad about people in Honors English, really, but to be number 2 in your grade you need to be in AP or IB classes. (Unless California doesn’t do AP)?

Also I get it, Maddie’s parents are chill parents but when Maddie told them she was throwing a party, they said it was about time she did normal teenage things. At other times her mom told her she needed to keep studying for college. It’s very contradictory, either her parents want her to study and be a goody goody or do “normal” teenage things like partying.

I also saw Maddie’s C on that pop quiz coming from miles away. Obviously once the really smart girl gets rich she stops caring about school and studying. And when Maddie was talking on the phone to Seth about how smart she was and her studying all the time, it didn’t feel like it was genuine because Maddie did not study in the book for as much time or enough times to feel like she actually even went to school.

And then when people started taking advantage of Maddie she didn’t even notice. She hired a band before hearing them play and took their word that they made a thousand dollars per gig. Obviously…they sucked.

Maddie’s parents said it was her money and to get a financial advisor, but Maddie of course doesn’t do this until the END of the book AFTER all of the bad things happen that come with winning that much money from the lottery.

Verdict: 

I don’t know why but this book clearly triggered me for some reason. Can anyone play therapist and analyze why I was so triggered haha

My Rating:

2.5 stars


And that is all! Have you read this book? Did you like it? Let’s chat!

-Calliope

WWW Wednesday // August 23rd, 2017

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Hello! Here’s this month’s WWW Wednesday, I’ve noticed that I do one of these nearly every month actually, I think it’s a fun way to share what I’ve been reading lately.

This is a cool weekly meme 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 Lucky in Love by Kasie West as well as re-reading Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Lucky in Love is on my phone in digital format while Glass Sword is hardcover physical.


I recently finished reading Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody and Geekerella by Ashley Poston.

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I thought Daughter of the Burning City was really good, and Geekerella was a light quick read that was really un-realistic but still kind of cute.


I’m going to read next The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard and Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde.

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I’m excited about all three of these books because I’ve heard such great things!


What are your 3 W’s? Link me up with your posts!

-Calliope

P.S. I’ve read 72 books out of 100 for my Goodreads reading challenge! Yay, go me! How are your challenges going?