Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Review: My Not So Perfect Life, by Sophie Kinsella!

Basic Info

Format:
Hardback
Pages/Length: 439pgs
Genre: Chick Lit; Romance
Reason For Reading: It's Sophie Kinsella, nuf said.

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Tad insta love, but not crazy.
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: No
Rating: 4.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 8
Plot: 7
Characters: 7
World Building: 7
Flow: 9
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 7.5/10

In Depth

Best Part:
Glamping, Farmer Mike, and getting revenge on the mean girls!
Worst Part: The ending was too quick!
Thoughts Had: Oh i want to live in London, but in a yurt.

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
n/a
Recommending: Of course

Short Review: Sophie Kinsella almost never lets me down. I'm actually thinking about rereading the Shopaholic series next month. I really liked the MC Katie, Cat i didn't like so much. I just wanted Demeter to be knocked down some pegs real quick, but later on, not so much. The whole "romance" bit thou, not believable to me, yah they f**ked a few times, but it felt so much more like a fling then what it turned out to be. The ending was too quick for my liking, the building up was so great and the details were there, but then it was like 15pgs of ending, like this book is huge, you could have given more to that other than just (view spoiler) Overall a good book by one of my fav authors.

Misc.

Book Boyfriend: None, the guy she falls for is too nonchalant for my liking.
Best Friend Material: Katie!

Review: Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella!

Basic Info

Format:
Hardback
Pages/Length: 432pgs
Genre: Chick Lit; Romance
Reason For Reading: Sophie Kinsella for the win (usually)

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
None.
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: No
Rating: 3.5 stars.

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 8
Plot: 7
Characters: 6
World Building: 6
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 7
Ending: 6

Total: 6/10

In Depth

Best Part:
Boudoir photo shoot.
Worst Part: Weird ending.
Thoughts Had: Sophie, i trusted you.

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
n/a
Recommending: Yah.

Short Review: Usually, and by that i mean, i legit just wrote a review 30mins ago claiming Kinsella as my fav author, but fav authors can still let you down. I actually put this book down at some point, i never do that to Kinsella. The pace in the middle was way too slow for my liking, it's lulled and it lulled bad. The ending was a bit off for me, like yah you figure out what is happening, but then they have that weird tea afterwards, not needed in my opinion. Dan is bae thou, where do i find a Dan?!

Misc.

Book Boyfriend: DAN 100%
Best Friend Material: Tilda!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Review: Carve the Mark

Carve the Mark Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I will not be writing a proper review for this as almost everyone has already pretty much made up their mind about if they're reading this or not. But i will give my opinion on the matter at hand and if i lose followers/friends because of this, eh, free speech is a wonderful thing. This is going to be long and soapboxy.


Little about me, I live in the USofA, i live in a state very close to the bible belt, i grew up in a veryyyyyy small town where the POCs barely made up a few tables in the lunch room, i am a very fair skinned white girl. I see first hand how racist and how white privileged people act daily. I believe in equal rights for all and try to keep my mind as open as possible, i am friends with anyone whose attitude works with mine and shares my same views regardless of their skin color or social status.

Now this book. Does it have racist undertones, sure does. Does it portray some white privileges, sure does. Is it so bad that i refused to finish it, nope.

There is a WHOLE WEEK for banned book reading! BANNED BOOKS! Lets see what is on this banned book list:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , Mark Twain (1884). Reason for banning - Twain’s book is one of the most-challenged of all time and is frequently challenged even today because of its frequent use of the word “nigger.” Otherwise it is alleged the book is “racially insensitive,” “oppressive,” and “perpetuates racism.” (When i had to read this out loud in school, i would only say "N word" that's how bad I am offended by the word)

To Kill a Mockingbird , Harper Lee (1960). Reason for banning - Others have called it a degrading, profane and racist work that “promotes white supremacy.”

The Autobiography of Malcolm X , Malcolm X and Alex Haley (1965). Reason for banning - Objectors have called this seminal work a “how-to-manual” for crime and decried because of “anti-white statements” present in the book.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian , by Sherman Alexie (2007)
Reason for banning - drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

Out from Boneville (Whole series), Jeff Smith (2005). Reason for banning - political viewpoint, racism, violence.

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood , Marjane Satrapi (2000). Reason for banning - politically, racially, and socially offensive, graphic depictions.

So where was all the rage about racism in these books?! Granted a few were written in the 1800's and during a very stressful time in America, but where were you in 2000 or 2005 or 2007 for the other books? Where was the uproar, where was the bashing, where was the threats towards these authors, where was the bloggers begging people to not read these books, to not spend money on these books, where was the boycotts, where was the twitter harassing. Where was it?

We spend a whole week prompting EVERYONE to read these books, to write reviews about them, to have libraries and books stores flaunting these books in huge displays, we have kids dressing up as characters from these books to "celebrate" banned books, we have stickers, and blog banners, and shirts, and mugs, and socks, and bags, and scarfs, and buttons.

Slogans for banned books week: Freadom, celebrate the right to read. Defend the first amendment, read a banned book. Censorship causes blindness. Closing books shuts out ideas.

So please make me understand this, during Banned Books Week, i'm allowed to read books that a shit ton of people find offensive, and i can flaunt it and be proud to read them, but i can't read this book because it offends people...

Bottom line, racism is alive and well in this world, it always will be as long as we let dumb things like this book come between people and/or create issues out of stuff to make issues. The characters in this book are freaking aliens for fuck sake, they are ALIENS! They are traveling through space, SPACE PEOPLE! Pretty sure in Star Trek we figured out they were bound to find a race/species that was very close to where we were in the stone age.

Read it or don't, idc, but don't ever tell someone they can't read a book because it's offensive to others when you sit there for a week reading books that are offensive to others.

End rant.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Review: Tiny Pretty Things

Tiny Pretty Things Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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Basic Info

Format:
Kindle.
Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary
Reason For Reading: Cover and 354ya challenge.

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Triangle
Cliff Hanger: I think so!
Triggers: Eating disorder
Rating: 3.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 7
Plot: 7
Characters: 6
World Building: 7
Flow: 5
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 6

In Depth

Best Part:
Gigi's love for dance!
Worst Part: Girls always have to tear each other down.
Thoughts Had: Girls are nuts.

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
Yes
Recommending: Yes

Short Review: This has a very big Pretty Little Liars feel to it, thou the MCs aren't friends. I liked June to a point, but her weight issues made me super concerned, if you don't have periods anymore, you need to gain weight, bottom line sweet heart. Gigi was probably my favorite, she really loved to dance and was there for the right reasons but the ones around her wanted to crush her so badly, like the butterfly incident, ek! Bette... i want you to be badly hurt, for real, you are a horrible person, horrible! I was surprised by the ending mainly because i'm not sure why this would happen given what has happened in the past. I will pick up book 2 to see where this goes!

Misc.

Book Boyfriend: Pass.
Best Friend Material: Gigi!


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Review: Zombie Fallout

Zombie Fallout Zombie Fallout by Mark Tufo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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Basic Info

Format:
Audio
Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Zombies
Reason For Reading: Cover!

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
No
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 4.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 8
Plot: 7
Characters: 8
World Building: 6
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 7
Ending: 8

Total: 7

In Depth

Best Part:
Zombie gore!
Worst Part: Rushed in parts.
Thoughts Had: Survivalist for the win!

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
Yes
Recommending: Yes

Short Review: I've been binge watching Z Nation (its on netflix, it's horrible but addicting #noshame) so hello zombie books. I'm very glad i got to this book, i have had it on hold for awhile, the cover alone gives me chills! It's from a male POV, which did get into those weird "boy thoughts", but not too bad that i was turned off to the story itself. The story does progress rather quickly in terms of zombies, and the pop culture references about zombies were nice! It was a bit hard to imagine some parts where details were a bit lacking, and other parts i felt were too detailed. I am eager to see where the story goes in book 2!

Misc.

Book Boyfriend: Pass.
Best Friend Material: Pass.


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Review: Peach Cobbler Murder

Peach Cobbler Murder Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


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Basic Info

Format:
Audio
Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Cozy mystery
Reason For Reading: Idk right now!

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Training.
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 2.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 6
Plot: 6
Characters: 1
World Building: 5
Flow: 5
Series Congruity: 7
Writing: 7
Ending: 6

Total: 5

In Depth

Best Part:
Hannah's issues.
Worst Part: Low life taking the dead's shit!
Thoughts Had: How petty.

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
Yes
Recommending: Sure

Short Review: So let me get this the fuck straight Hannah, you think to yourself.... "Why hasn't either of the TWO FUCKING MEN I'M DATING AT THE SAME MOTHERFUCKING TIME asked me to marry him! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?! Then later on you become this petty bitch about his relationship with someone else! SERIOUSLY!? How dense can you be, for real Hannah, for real. Plus she was being super petty about a fucking cobbler, i get that the girl was taking all of Hannah's business, but sheesh. Them taking the shit from the other store was hardcore low.

Misc.

Book Boyfriend: NORMAN WAKE UP HANNAH
Best Friend Material: Pass.


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