Ten Recommendations

So far since I created this blog, I have three reviews up, but I don’t want my blog to be limited to reviews. I want my readers to get to know me as well, even if I am not disclosing any private information. And guys, I want to get to know you!

As you may be able to tell, I have a love, an obsession with reading. However, my  one talent is writing. It is the sole thing that can clear my mind after any shock or crazy event. Along with writing something personal every day, I have been working on a novel of my own. Maybe someday you guys will read it. But for now, what better thing to do than write a blog about books?

Without further ado, here are my favorite books, my top ten, would recommend. Please comment yours! Chat with me, I’m lonely. 😛

1.) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Yes, this is a classic from the 1800s. But come on, it’s not hard to read. I relate to this book, and I’m an average teenager. I’ve forced my friends to read it, and they liked it, too. Even one of my guy friends is obsessed with this novel! I went through a stage in which I read lots of classics, and this by far was my favorite. It’s about four sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy, and Beth, and their journey through love and life. Plus, they have a super cute neighbor boy named Laurie.

2.) A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith THIS. BOOK. I recommend it to anyone; I don’t care how old you are or whether you’re a boy or girl. Every single person on the planet can appeal to this novel. Every chapter has a beautifully woven new story to learn from. Betty Smith must have spent so much time perfecting this. It’s about a girl named Francie growing up. I actually did a speech on Francie’s character in my English class (we had to write a two minute speech about a book character we most relate to).

3.) The Entire Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling I’m actually sad that this is third on my list, because I am the biggest Harry Potter fan in the universe. I stopped keeping track of how many times I’ve read the books and watched the movies. Please read Harry Potter. You will never forget the magic. I’m not even going to say any more, because I could write a 30,000 word essay on this. Probably more.

4.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee I must have a thing for old books. Harper Lee is an absolute genius. Go Set a Watchman is getting a ton of hate from To Kill a Mockingbird fans, but I’m not going to get caught up in all that. They were both fantastic books, but of course I will always love To Kill a Mockingbird more. Scout’s childhood along with the time period and the story is something I will never forget. And I still admire Atticus, no matter how “racist” he is.

I’m open for discussions about this, by the way. Everyone is saying he became a racist in Go Set a Watchman, but they are forgetting that Jean Louise is all grown up! When she was a kid, she looked up to her father, the only parent she had, so much that she was able to see past his flaws! By the time she went to visit him in Go Set a Watchman, her views had changed as she grew older. We only saw Atticus as perfect in To Kill a Mockingbird, because it was from Scout’s point of view and she was very young.

I’m not saying racism is okay, because it’s not, but Atticus is still the same man we all looked up to. Most white people had his views back then.

5.) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han In case you didn’t know, I am actually engaged to this book.  Lara Jean’s relationship with her sisters, Kitty and Margot, is something I envy. Lara Jean is also just one of the cutest characters I have ever read about. Her youngest sister accidentally sent out all the secret love letters Lara Jean wrote!

6.) The Help by Kathryn Stockett I think I must have been Skeeter in my former life. All pie aside, this story is just superb. Minny, Constantine, and Aibileen have taught me more about how to be a true woman than any white ladies. The Help tells a story of black maids working in Southern white homes in the 1960s. It also tells the story of Skeeter, who tries to be a proper lady like her mother but only wants to write. Skeeter has an idea to write a book about the life of a black maid, and she needs the help of her friends’ servants.

7.) The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne People call me awful for saying this, but I love any book about World War II. I’m going to cheat a bit here and mention all of my other favorite World War II books.

-The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

-The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

-Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

-Between Shades of Gray by Rupa Sepetys

I’m sure I forgot some.

Oops, I actually have a list of WWII books I’m going to read when I’m done with Coming Home, which is also about WWII…

Anyways, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas will make you cry. To this day, it’s still the saddest book I have ever read. It’s about a young German boy (whose father is a Nazi) befriending a young Jewish boy in a concentration camp. I’m crying thinking about this now.

8.) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn My friend and I have this insane craze with reading books about girls going missing. Since I’ve already cheated, here are our other favorites…

-Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher

-Girl, Stolen by April Henry

-The Cellar by Natasha Preston

-Room by Emma Donoghue

-The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

-The Face on the Milk Carton by Carolina B. Cooney

9.) Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica  Just because I am obsessed with Mary Kubica. The Good Girl and Pretty Baby both have killer plot twists that really screwed with me! So thanks, Mary Kubica, for that.

10.) Absolutely any book by John Green Even though I have outgrown my fascination with his novels, I’m still going to include them on my list because they left a huge impact on my reading life. I have read each and every book he’s written, and of course I will still read any other book he decides to write. I just think after the craze and the movies, I’m over it.

Review: Repulsion by Jeroen Steenbeeke

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OH MY GOSH! I loooooooove this book. It almost has five stars, because I found it amazing yet I wasn’t completely satisfied.

*****Note: Repulsion is also an ARC, sent to me by Periselene Entertainment. It comes out on December 28th, so you should read it then. It is Book One of the Unbound Series.:)******

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Genre: Teen/YA, SciFi, Fantasy

Repulsion starts off with the main character, Thymen, as a normal teenager who struggles to wake up in the mornings and whose sole hobby is playing video games with his best friend, Rob. He even has a crush on a certain unforgettable blue-haired girl named Karen.

As they’re at school, they notice a man in a business suit who seems to be stalking them… But they don’t pay much attention to him.

By the way, this story takes place in the Netherlands.

I guess there is some sort of holiday there called Queen’s Day. Thymen scored a date with Karen to go to a Queen’s Day party with Rob and his girl, Sarah.  Before Thymen knew what was happening, he was kissing Karen. And before either of them knew what was happening, they both emitted a great force, like telekinesis, that knocked each other off their feet.

Okay, at this point, I was like, “I should probably think this is pretty lame, but somehow, it isn’t.”  Jeroen Steenbeeke has an INCREDIBLE voice, and he did a fantastic job on these characters. I mean, I haven’t read anything lately with characters so sharp and clear (except Coming Home, because I’m going to marry that book).

I promise not to ever spoil a book, so I must cut this summary short. All I can say is Thymen and Karen may not have complete control over their new powers. Besides telekinesis, they can FLY. How cool is that?

Ahhhh, I’m in love with this story and I absolutely must read the rest of the series.

Something I did notice while reading this is how FAST I read it. This book was super short, and I think it would have been better if there was more detail and longer chapters.

All-in-all, Repulsion is going places, and all of my readers must check it out.

Review: The Spirit Trap

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****Note: This book is an ARC, and it is coming out on December 11th.****

ARC= Advanced Reader’s Copy, sent to me by the publishing company to review before it comes out.

Author: Veryan Williams-Wynn

Publisher: Lodestone Books

Genre: Teen/YA, Paranormal fiction

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The Spirit Trap is a beautiful story woven with spirits, mystery, and even a twinge of love. When fourteen year old Tatiana’s grandmother dies, leaving a portrait of their ancestor, Isabella, and her ashes in her possession, strange things start to happen. She becomes fascinated, and frankly, obsessed, with the French Revolution, the time period in which Isabella lived and died. Through paranormal occurrences, Tatiana discovers she must find Isabella’s spirit and free her, for she still believes she is alive. Marcus and Tatiana then embark on a journey from Britain to France involving a visit to the catacombs.

While reading this, I couldn’t help but get the feeling it was geared towards a younger audience. That aside, I enjoyed the “flashbacks” into the French Revolution Tatiana endured, in which she was her past self. Much of this story involved the idea of reincarnation, but it did not seem fussy and unrealistic as I thought. This was a believable ghost story. Whenever Tatiana’s grandmother spoke to her, I was convinced ghosts were real!

However, I do have some criticisms. Some of the characters were severely undeveloped. I didn’t know much about Tatiana besides the fact she gets scared easily and developed a crush. We never did find out an ending between her and Marcus.

It was also easy to become confused, especially if you didn’t know much about the French Revolution to begin with.

One character I absolutely loved was Tatiana’s grandfather, who she stayed with in France while looking for Isabella’s ghost. He was just that old man with wonderful stories to tell and a big heart. The love between him and his late wife, Natasha, was clear.

I would recommend this book when it comes out to anybody who likes reading paranormal fiction. This was the first paranormal novel I’ve read, and it was not all unbelievable.  I think it may have been this author’s first book, as well, so I commend her.

 

Book Review: Love Letters to the Dead

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira is a spunky tale full of new beginnings, love, and laughter despite the hardships the main character goes through. Laurel is a teenage girl starting high school who is still mourning the loss of her crazy older sister, May. This novel is told exclusively through letters Laurel writes to famous dead people, like Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, and Judy Garland. Laurel’s English teacher gave an assignment to write letters to a dead person, but for Lauren it slowly developed into a journal. As she meets eccentric new friends at her school, Laurel recounts it all in these letters. Nothing is held back, even her crush on bad boy Sky.  By the end of the novel, readers will see Laurel grow up and come to terms with her sister’s death.

I would absolutely give Love Letters to the Dead five stars due to the relatable character Laurel provides. Most young girls could learn a lesson or two from her. This book is simply hard to put down, and I found myself crying! Because it hooked me, I finished Love Letters to the Dead in under a day, almost a record for me. I would recommend this brilliant novel to anyone, young or old, because I truly believe any person could find their heart in the story. Not a moment went by that bored me in any way, because with each turn of the page revealed a surprise. I must admit I thought it would be a bit cliché, but I found the truth to be quite the opposite. Also, the book opened me up to new music I have never given a chance, something a book has never done before, for me at least.img_6290imgres.jpg

Some personal favorite quotes of mine from the novel:

“I think a lot of people want to be someone, but we are scared that if we try, we won’t be as good as everyone imagines we could be.”

 

“What I told you about saving people isn’t true. You might think it is, because you might want someone else to save you, or you might want to save someone so badly. But no one else can save you, not really. Not from yourself. […] You fall asleep in the foothills, and the wolf comes down from the mountains. And you hope someone will wake you up. Or chase it off. Or shoot it dead. But when you realize that the wolf is inside you, that’s when you know. You can’t run from it. And no one who loves you can kill the wolf, because it’s part of you. They see your face on it. And they won’t fire the shot.”

 

“And maybe what growing up really means is knowing that you don’t have to be just a character, going whichever way the story says. It’s knowing you could be the author instead.”

 

“You can be noble and brave and beautiful and still find yourself falling.”

Introduction

Hi! I’m new to blogging, so please bear with me while I learn how to use wordpress. This blog will mainly be about books. I am a huge reader, and I wanted to start writing reviews and things like that about each book I read. If you are interested in some of the books I review on here, feel free to leave a comment and we can chat. You may expect to see my first review in about a week.

Thank you!

-letslovebooks