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Suicide notes from Beautiful Girls|Book Review/ Reflection

Suicide Letters from beautiful GirlsTitle: Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls

Author: Lynn Weingarten

Pages: 320

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Synopsis: Pitched as Gone Girl meets Thirteen Reasons Why

June barely has time to mourn the death of her best friend Delia, before Delia’s ex-boyfriend convinces her Delia was murdered, and June is swept into a tangle of lies, deceit, and conspiracy. (Goodreads)

Review: I gave this book starsstarsstars/ 5.  I want to acknowledge that this book did keep my attention and it was very captivating. It is written in a mystery format. Our main character June is trying to solve the mystery behind her best friends death. This book has a lot of character interactions, there are quite a few characters that you meet through out the book that make lasting impressions.  I gave this book 3/5 stars because I felt like the resolution of the story could have used a little bit more of explaining. The story took a while to build up to the climax and really kept you on the edge of your seat however the execution of the climax seemed way to easy. I would have liked a little more of an explanation of what really happened. The ending also seemed to leave a lot of loose ends untied.

My Bookish Thoughts: This book was a complete mind fuck. It was twisted but left me wanting more. The mystery aspect of this book was really good. I was not expecting the story that I received from this book. I was really thinking that this novel would be just a collection of letters from girls who have attempted or committed suicide. I also felt after finishing the book that it can be mistaken to be mocking suicide. The events of the book, made actual suicide seem like it is not a serious matter. However, I feel like this book could have been taken in a more serious way and rose awareness about suicide.  The ending was left to be a bit unclear and left me with a lot of questions that could have been easily cleaned up.

CONTAINS SPOILERS BELOW 

I felt that June’s emotions were so unrealistic. She never once cried that her best friend died, however she did throw her self into an investagation trying to figure out what really happened with Delia. I felt there was a lot of loose ends, from pregnancy, to drug use, to rape, to murder, etc.

The plot of this story was very inconsistent. Although, it was fast paced and kept me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t even begin to explain to some what the hell happened in this book. Right, as I thought I figured a part out the author through something else in. The characters themselves were not very memorable. June seemed very lost and only really confident when she was with Delia. Delia, just seemed to have multiple screws lose, she was a sinister, blood thirsty character. She didn’t really care about anyone but herself. She acted as if June was a possession and have some obsession with her.

 

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Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman|Book Review

Synopsis:orange is the new black With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before.

But that past has caught up with her.

Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424 — one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system.

From her first strip search to her final release, Kerman learns to navigate this strange world with its strictly enforced codes of behavior and arbitrary rules. She meets women from all walks of life, who surprise her with small tokens of generosity, hard words of wisdom, and simple acts of acceptance.

Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.

Review (Spoiler-Free):

This book was extremely enjoyable for a non-fiction. It was fast paced and it really kept you on your toes. As a reader I really got invested in the lives of the characters and felt along with them.

I sympathized with Piper’s story and it got me thinking a lot about the offenders in our prison systems, the types of conditions different prisons have and how tax dollars affect the prison system.

It also didn’t hit me that Martha Stewart served time. This was one of the topics of the book as the prisoners hoped that Martha would have come to Danbury.

There was LGBTQA+ representation in this book as it did follow a relationship of Nora and Piper, when Piper was younger. However, there was very limited interaction between Nora and Piper which was different from the Netflix show. I wanted to see more of the relationship between Piper and Nora. This was for many reasons, but mainly because the relationship between Nora and Piper in the Netflix show put a lot of strain on the relationship with Larry, who is Piper’s fiancee. And I had to remind myself that the Netflix show is more fictional and has difference then the non-fictional narrative.

Going into this book, do not expect it to be like the Netflix show. It is a lot more fact based and about Piper’s personal experience  as it was written from a collection of letters that she sent to her family and friends. Overall, it was very enjoyable and I gave 4/5 stars. I would really recommend this book if you are a fan of the Netflix show or what to give a go of non-fiction I think this is a really good place to start because this book will suck you in.

Reflection (Contains Spoilers):

I picked this book up after I watched the first season of the Netflix series and was hooked. I first started reading this as an audiobook, but in reality I am not a huge fan of audiobooks. I ended up picking the book half way through and reading an e-book version of it, although I owned the physical copy as well. Marina, why do you need 3 copies of the same book, if only I knew.

This book was very addictive, it goes through the Piper’s journey through the law and prison system after being accused as an accomplice that took large sums of money into the U.S. for an ex-girlfriend that was part of the drug cartel.

Some of the interesting things I found in this book was that the book was not heavily concentrated between the relationship of Piper and her ex Nora as the Netflix series does. Looking back, the show seems to be drawn out because I had to remind myself that Piper only did 10 months in prison before she was let go.

It was shocking to me how the woman of the prisons came together and became a family to Piper. I was also shocked to see how different Danbury was from the high security prison that Piper was at.

I wasn’t expecting that Nora had a sister. This surprised me because I didn’t understand why Piper had to carry the money back to the U.S. and stayed innocent. While Nora’s sister who is already in the drug trade would have been able to travel with the money. I also enjoyed getting to know Piper’s fiancé/husband and watching how supportive their relationship was.

This book was an excellent piece of nonfiction that a reader could tell heart and soul was put into it. I loved this book, please don’t be hesitant to check it out.

Happy Reading (OneLoveAlways),

Rina

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them| Movie/Script Review

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-themSynopsis:

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf. (Goodreads)

Review:

I have to say that I was not part of the hype, when the scripts for the rest of the Harry Potter world started coming out. Frankly, I have still yet to read the cursed child. But, one of my friends asked if I wanted to see the movie for Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them. I was stoked to say the least. In the back of my mind I remembered that there was a small book about fantastic beast that was out around the time Harry Potter was really big. So, I went on Amazon looking for the e-book, and that was when it happened I stumbled upon the script of “Fantasic Beasts and Where to Find them”. I clicked the “Buy Now”, button and downloaded the script. Best decision of a day well spent, I thought so.

I will be honest I am not a fan of scripts. I like novels, I like getting to the know the characters and having the setting painted right before my eyes. So, how is a script different. Well, the setting is described to you. There are small notes that say what is happening on the stage but there is no actual description or painting of what the world looks like. Secondly, because.a script is meant to be seen and not just read, the actors bring the flare. However, if I had to compare a script and a novel to book to movie adaption. The script wins, it was on point with the movie. I remembered some of my favorite quotes by character and sure enough I was not disappointed when they came up in the movie.

Enough, with how different a novel is from a script. Let’s talk about Newt. He was fantastic. I loved his character. I thought he was written perfectly. And the actor was so fit for the role. Newt, is an intelligent collector of magical creatures. But, what made me love him was that he was so humane to them and reminded me slightly of a common day animal activist. He was also knowledgeable. I think this story was a great example that people are afraid of what they don’t understand. The story shows how all the animals that were in Newt’s collection escape out of his suitcase and it is his job to find them. The unique thing about this animals is that they are all very different, exotic and they are causing mayhem in New York. With the help of some magical friends Newt, has a hard job a head of him trying to get back all his animals. Also, there is an evil wizard on the lose that is wanted for murder, and it’s not Voldemort. Have I convinced you yet to read this script?

Final Thoughts: I give the movie and the script 5/5 stars. It was captivating, and intriguing. Yet, the story was very heartwarming. I loved that the script stayed true to the movie. I loved Newt as the main character. I immensely enjoyed seeing the world that was created based on the instructions in the script. The world, of the suitcase was a safe and wonderful place, and every reader and movie enthusiast should definitely consider visiting it.

To Happy Readings, and peace on Earth!

One Love Always,

Rina

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Book Review

The Girl on the Train|Book Review

Title: Girl on the Train

Author: Paula Hawkinsthe-girl-on-the-train

Pages: 336

 Synopsis

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.
EVERY DAY THE SAME
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? (Goodreads)

Review: stars stars stars stars/5

This book was the most unexpected experience. I purchased this book on a whim. I had an appointment to get my car serviced and of course I forgot my kindle. So, I found myself in Target, buying the book. I had my eye on this book for quite sometime, but I never could justify spending over 10 dollars. And the option for it to just sit on my shelf.

I’ll start by saying that this book although very wordy it was such an enjoyable fast read. I read the first 80 pages the first day that I bought the book. I literally couldn’t put it down.

Our main character Rachel, becomes a “witness” of a crime. But, as our story unfolds Rachel begins to quickly find out that she wants to solve the mystery more than anyone else. This story is told from three female perspectives. At the start of the book it was a bit difficult to keep track of who is who. But, as the book goes on you begin to really connect with the characters and truly see that each character has a very individual voice.

I found this book to be a mind turner. I thought I had it all figured out but, the ending sent me to doubt everything that I knew.

The characters were intriguing. They were so SCREWED up, that I couldn’t help but loving them. I felt they were very realistic to the situations that they were facing. Rachel, will send you running for the hills, or maybe for psychological help. She is smart, and witty. Yet, confused,terrified and depressed. Her depression is so real that, you can not help but feel for her. Anna, in my personal opinion is a blind character, she had everything handed to her and when she knew that there were events that were happening that were wrong, she very selfishly was able to look past them in the chances that her perfect life wouldn’t change. Lastly, Megan… What can you say about Megan, she was our character that made the story happen. She was raw, she was a mess, but she was so intriguing. I loved Megan. I thought that she was such a complex character, she had so many dimensions to her. And her life story was super interesting. Our male characters were minor  points in the book. Although, the were under a lot of suspicion the entire novel, I felt that their stories were not as powerful as the females. There is so much going on, and its really hard to guess what really Rachel saw of the train. But, the ending was mind-blowing satisfaction.

I enjoyed this book greatly. I would defiantly recommend it to fans of “A Girl with A Dragon Tattoo.”

Until Next. ONE LOVE.

Rina

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Obsidian By Jennifer L Armentrout |Review

ObsidianLux Series: Obsidian

Pages: 335

Publisher: Entangled Teen Publishing

Synopsis

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is. (Goodreads)

Review:

This is a Rosswell meets Twilight, kind of story. I’ll start by saying I have never read a book that had aliens involved. And I have to say that I really enjoyed the concept of reading a novelization about aliens. There a few things that I really enjoyed about the book.

Pro’s:

There were a few things I liked about this book:

-I loved that there was no instalove. The two main characters that this story revolved around never had a moment when they just met and suddenly they were dating. I really liked this because they were able to really get to know one another. Although, there was a lot of lusting for one another through out the book which came out in a bantering sort of conversation between the characters I really liked that the book took its time to progress their relationship.

– Since, the element of instalove was eliminated from the story the characters and side characters relationships were a huge concentration in the this book. I really liked how it balanced affection and dislike for another person. I liked that it showed the side that you may not like everyone that you first meet but, once you get to know them they can surprise and a strong relationship could be built. I really liked this because I have not seen it very often in young adult literature.

Con’s:

I had a couple of things that I just felt incomplete about at the end of the novel. I do have to keep in mind that this is the first book in a four book series, but even knowing that I felt that the first book should have concentrated strongly on world building.

-Since there was an interaction between characters that came from different planet’s, I felt that the Luxen planet needed to be explained more for the reader to understand and be able to visualize the villains, Arum in the book that are associated with Luxen.

-The villains, in this novel were very poorly explained and I couldn’t fully visualize them. Also, I would have liked a little more information on them, well at the same time having a sort of mystery established around them. I think that they were well introduced but, I needed more in order to form a visual in my mind.

-Lastly, I really struggled to like Katy’s mom. She wasn’t a huge issue that I had with her, but I wish that she was a little more authoritative then passive. I understood that she was excited that her daughter would have friends after their move to West Virgina, but at the same time her mom was way too trusting. She also really encouraged a relationship between Daemon and Katy which I felt was a little unrealistic.

Thoughts:

Overall, I gave this book a starsstars.75/ starsstarsstarsstarsstars. If you are looking for a meaningless read but you want some romance and drama this would be a good book to read. However, if you are wanting something to grasp your attention with syfy this isn’t exactly what you are looking for. It was a fun read, but it was a long shot from amazing. However, I will be continue on with the series.

Warm cups of tea, and just a few more chapters,

Rina

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Book Review

Winter By Marissa Meyer

3f1630b8451496cc7ec6f198beb000e2Title: Winter

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 824

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? (Goodreads)

Review:

I don’t think that this book was my favorite book in the series. But, I really enjoyed it nonetheless. This book heavily follows Levena’s step-daughter, Winter. Winter refuses to use her lunar gift to influence the people around her. Due to this she has strange visions and is going a little insane.

Meanwhile, Cinder and her friends have kidnapped Prince Kai. Levena, begins a war on War, as revenge for the Kidnapping of her beloved prince.

This story is heavily based on “Snow White and the 7 Dawrfs”. Winter in this books is Snow White, while Levena is the wicked witch. Winter although burdened by her visions really cares about the people of Artemsia. All the citizens really look up to her which has made Levena jealous  of Winter. As events unfound Levena tries to get revenge on Winter and her new found friends, (Cinder, Scarlett, Cress, Captain Throne, Wolf and Prince Kai)

I gave this book a starsstarsstars/5 stars. I thought that the plot line of the character Winter was extremely interesting and I enjoyed how she was give certain visions, that she struggled to control.  However, I thought that the story should have been strictly based on Winter and not combining the conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles all in one book. I personally, felt there was just  too much going on and there were times in the book that I would lose complete interest in the story because there was just so much going on. I felt that each character would be up to there own storyline within this book. It took a while for all the characters to meet in the middle together.

I personally felt that this book was overhyped and I did prefer the less rushed style of the other books to this one. I think that the concept was good and the story as a whole was really entertaining but I felt like using this book as a conclusion just really rushed the series.

I would recommend this series and this book to those who like stories about royal families and fantasy put together. This was a very unique series and I think everyone should give it a go. There are books in this series that I connected more with than others but as a whole this series didn’t disappoint.

 

 

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Book Review

Slammed By Colleen Hoover

Title: Slammedslammed

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 317

Synopsis: Following the
unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart. (Goodreads)

Review:

Plot: 18 year old Lake, just loses her dad when her mom decides that she wants to suddenly  move. Angry, and frustrated with the move Lake finds peace in befriending the neighbor across the street, Will. As a fresh new romance unveils, circumstances are determined to keep them apart.

Characters: All the character were very well written. I enjoyed reading about Lake, as a strong female protagonist who has been helping her mom take care of her brother after her dad’s passing. Will, was definitely boyfriend material. He was only 21 years old in this novel and he had a world of responsibilities.  I enjoyed seeing his self-expression through slam poetry. He was very passionate and it made me curious on how to write slam peoms.

Feelings:

Pro: I fell in love with this book from the first line. The voice of the book was so captivating that I literally could not stop reading. The voice and the plot of the story made this book fast paced. And when I say fast paced, it only took me a day in a half to read. That’s record speed. I really enjoyed how fluently the plot flowed. The events all seemed to be in the right place, and nothing seemed forced in this novel.

Con: I did however, have one small con with this book. This was the first Collen However book that I felt had an instant love. I always, expect my love stories from Colleen to be a  little dragged out. This wasn’t a huge issue for me, it just caught me by surprise.

Rating: I gave this book astarsstarsstarsstars stars/5 stars . I literally couldn’t put this book down. When I did stop reading for the very, very short time that I did, my thoughts were on the story. Have you ever had that feeling where you were part of the story while you were reading it? That was the feeling I had even when I was not reading the book, I felt that I was still living in Will’s and Lake’s world. At times I felt like something was missing, while I was going about my regular day, and then when I started reading the book again I realized I was unconsciously looking for the voice the the book was written in. It had an element of surprise and this book turned out to be nothing like I expected it to be. I enjoyed the aspect of slam poetry and how it encouraged,  a healthy way of dealing with your emotions. Thanks Colleen Hoover, for  getting me out of a book slump. I very highly recommend everyone to check this book out, although I think females will find it more appealing then the male population.

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