Book Review

Leah On The Offbeat | Becky Albertalli

35820414Pages: 368

Synopsis: Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended. (Goodreads)

Review:  stars stars stars /5

This book was one of my most anticipated reads this year. This was a book I bought on a release day. This very rarely happens. However, this book was over hyped for me. I wanted more from this book.

I really enjoyed our main character, she was such a kickass, firey, female lead. I saw a lot of myself in her. I enjoyed that this character was portrayed as a larger girl. I really enjoyed that there was a lot of LGBTQ+ representation which played a huge role in this story as the main character is trying to figure out her own sexuality.  I think is important to have LGBTQ+ representation just to be more aware of and know about because it is something that our society is open about. I also think that young adult and middle-grade books and media need to be putting out LGBTQ+ content because this is the most confusing age for people when they are coming out, or having feelings about the same gender. I think that books are a good way to offer support and make people feel like they are not alone.

I struggled to get behind the main character love interest. I loved it when the characters finally got together, but the process that made them get together was extremely long and overly dramatic. It also hurt a lot of people, which took away from the whimsical feel that I had after reading “Simon and the Homosapien Agenda”. I also felt that there were a lot of loose ends at the end that were not tied together. I was left with a lot of questions about what was going on with the other characters in the book.

I think that a major reason I gave this book a 3/5 is that it went back and forth on the development of relationships. The character would make progress in their relationship and then a few scenes later take a step back. It seemed that the relationships were constantly being started over, and although I enjoyed that this whole book is not a fluffy love story. I think it did do a good job of showing how one may be unsure of their sexuality and it supported that idea really well. I just didn’t agree on how that influenced the other characters I felt that a lot of the characters got hurt, and some of the hurt could have been lessened if the events played out differently.

I also did not like that there were a lot of loose ends at the end. There were many characters that didn’t get the proper closure that they should have. However,  I was pleased with the end result of the book between Leah and her love interest.

Leave me a comment down below letting me know if you read this book and if you liked it.

With Warm Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,

Rina

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Book Review

Hopeless By Colleen Hoover|Book Review


HopelessPages: 410

Published: December 19th 2012 (first published December 17th 2012)
Original Title:Hopeless
ISBN 1301949825 (ISBN13: 9781301949823)

Synopsis:Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.(Goodreads)


Reviewstarsstars/5

I originally read this because I was trying to get out of a reading slump. Colleen Hoover has always been one of those authors that has always pulled me out of reading slumps. Her writing is addicting and her storyline make a reader invested in the story.

However, I didn’t find this to be the case with Hopeless. At times it was enjoyable, because it had a lot of different themes in it. I liked that there was a mystery plot that developed along with a romance contemporary that Colleen Hoover is known for.

I really liked the relationship development that occurred between Sky and Holder. I thought that their romance wasn’t as instalove as romances can tend to be. I enjoyed that they shared a strong friendship. I also like that at a one point in the story, there was a scene were the main characters were about to have sex and the female protagonist said she wasn’t ready, I felt like the male character did not pressure her to continue and supported her throughout her trying to piece together her past.

Holder wasn’t one of those book crushes that I usually get all the feels for from reading Colleen Hoover books. However, I did like how intense he was portrayed and his whole bad boy persona really made the book more interesting as he was a very big part of the novel. Sky, at parts was a really interesting character to watch because you can see her go through so many emotions. As a reader you can see her fall in love, and figuring out her place in Holder’s secret. Looking back on my reading, and thinking about Holder’s character. I feel like he was written to be to simple, as he is a character that was dealing with holding on too a lot of information and it didn’t seem like he was a very grieving character.

I didn’t like that the resolution of this story was so anticlimactic. The entire book build up the storyline and I felt like it resolved just too easily.  The story also had a lot of triggers, such a rape and suicide. I think that one of the main things that really made me give this book  2 stars is that it wasn’t very memorable. After I finished reading it I only really remembered some main points but not anything that made the story super enjoyable to sit through and read. Also, this isn’t a book I plain on rereading anytime soon.

Overall, this story just fell flat for me. I just didn’t find it to be memorable at all.  The entire book was just okay for me. I hope to enjoy “Losing Hope”, a little bit more.

Until Next Time With Warms Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,

Rina

 

#booktube · #BTAT'17 · Booktube-a-thon '17 · currently reading · Read-a-Thon's · Summer Reading List

Booktube-a-thon Day 5-7: Reflection

Hello Bibliomaniacs,

I meant to post this on Friday but things got kinda of hectic. On Friday my roommates and I did a movie night were we watched “Hidden Figures”.  If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly recommend it. It was such a smart, quirky, informative and interesting movie. There were times that I was sitting one the edge of the couch worrying about how a situation would end. That night lets just say my pizza diet was going strong and I included some color into it by adding cupcakes. Colorful neon frosting, is totally part of a whole foods diet.  As you probably can tell I didn’t read much of anything on Friday.

Newmooncover

Saturday was another very much eventful day, my roommate invited me to a picnic and of course I was like “Yes, I would love to go.” Anything that involves food, you know I’m there. Although, the food was amazing, I have to say the people I met really warmed my heart and it was just a very warm, fun filled time. So, as you may have guessed not much reading was done.

 

 

Sunday was yet another busy day, I ended up going to help my grandma around her house, and lets not forget that there was food involved.

It’s been a minute since I had home cooked soup. I did get some reading done, I am currently on page 202 of “New Moon”, by Stephanie Meyer. And I am enjoying my time reading this so much. I loved the Twilight Saga when I read them the first time and I still am enjoying them now. They are just super fun light reads. Is anyone else TEAM EMMET???

 

STATS:

 

Books Finished: 2

Total Page Count for day 5-7: 40

Total Page Count for Booktube-a-Thon: 483

Classics: 1

Graphic Novels: 0

Poetry Collection: 0

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Midnight Heir

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of “Books and a Beat“. Anyone can participate.

1.Grab your current book title

2. Open to a random page

3. Share 2 lines. NO SPOILERS PLEASE!!

4.Share Author and Title

Lady Midnight ” A boy with blazing blue green eyes and the blond girl he had seen at the shadow market the week before. They were both staring – not at him, but at the boy gripping his shirt. ” ( Chapter 16, “Lady Midnight” by Cassandra Clare)

Feel free to leave a comment with your teaser tuesday, as always if there are any books that you have to recommend please leave a comment or tweet me at: rinareviewsbks.

ONE LOVE,

Rina

Monthly Wrap Up

August Wrap up 2016

My Reality

This month has been soo busy. And it flew by in no time at all. I took a week long vacation to Ventura, California. And it was amazing. I got to visit the little island of Santa Rosa, eat some incredible Italian food.After coming back from Ventura, my birthday was right around the corner. I can officially say I have been alive for 24 amazing years. This month I discovered a new book called, “The Japanese Art of Tidying Up”, and such an amazing read.  Which leads me to say, I have been getting rid of my shit. There you go I said. After discovering this book and reading a little of it, I couldn’t wait to start decluttering. And its been amazing so far. Lastly, I have applied to colleges. You heard it right here, this girl is putting her big girl pants on and going to a University. ( Which one is to be determined, but the important part is that I applied  right?)

Books

On too the books… This wasn’t the hottest reading month for me. But, the highlight that I have been the most proud of is that I have been keeping up to date with my “Research Methods,” textbook readings. WHOOP WHOOP!!! Textbooks are always the most hardest things for me to read and I tend to have the habit of procrastinating my text readings but, this semester things are going according to plan.

As far as all other books go, I only read 2 books at the very,very,very beginning of the month.

Safe havenSafe Haven By Nicholas Sparks, I gave it a 3.75/5 . I wanted to love this book. However, I felt like it dragged on in places. The main character Katy, was well developed and had quite a deep story line to her. The male protagonist, Alex was a heart throb. He was a very attentive father and put his kids before everyone and everything. I enjoyed how the story developed around their relationship. There was a dark side to their relationship as Katie was running away from her demons that weren’t far behind. I enjoyed this book and the complexity that it brought with it. My one complain is that the story just dragged in some spots and I wish there was a little more Obsidianaction scenes because there was a lot of potential for that .

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I gave it 2/5. This book held absolutely no meaning for me. It was fun to read, it had a little of the 90’s Rosswell vibe to it. However, it didn’t grasp my attention from the start. One day, I’ll pick up the rest of the series until then I have other things to read.


Blog Posts

There were a total of 2 blog posts this month.

#FridayReads Ventura California edition and Obsidian review. There is hope that next month there will be more #fridayreads and reviews up.

Video Posts

Lastly, there were ZERO videos posted this month. I did film, just haven’t been inspired to edit. There is hope September will be a better filming month.

Until Next Time…..

With warm cups of tea and just a few more chapters,

Rina in w0nderland

Friday Reads

#Friday Reads 8/12/16 |Ventura, California Edition

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

There is no #Fridayreads video this week, for I am currently out of the town, visiting the lovely city of Ventura, California and  I didn’t have time this week to pre-film it. However, I do want to share what I will be reading this weekend.

I have finally started reading the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the book that I am reading is the first installment called Obsidian. This was very popular within the book-tube community in the summer of 2013. I decided to give it a go. I have about 72 pages left in the novel and I have been really enjoying reading it off my kindle. However, I definitely have my share of issues with it. I will share them with you in my wrap-up.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis: Starting over sucks.ObsidianWhen 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)

Since I only have about 72 pages left in this book and I will be staying in tonight I feel like I will have not problem finishing this book. So, now I know there is a burning question in you. Why Marina, what will you be reading after you are done with “Obsidian”?

When I finish “Obsidian” I would love to start reading “Lady Midnight” by Cassandra Clare. I have been dying to start this one since it came out and I am finally caught up with this series.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare 

SynopsisLady Midnight

In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imaginations of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare. (Goodreads)

I am extremely excited about this installment. I have only heard really good things about it and I think that vacation time is the best time to start a very thick book.

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend and getting plenty of reading in. Look forward to a travel vlog possibly in the near future. I would love to vlog this vacation. Although, today was a bit stressful of a start with a clogged toilet at the place we are staying but, I declare the rest of the trip to be delightful. I can’t wait to connect with my best friend who is coming to visit. And my dear ol’ pops is meeting us in Ventura as well.

With warm cups of tea and just a few more chapters,

Rina

#booktube · Challenges · Read-a-Thon's

BookTube-A-Thon TBR

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

The Booktube-a-thon is upon us once again. I can’t be more excited. This is a week long read-a-thon, filled with challenges and most of all reading. And although, I don’t have a lot of time this week to read, I will try to read as many of this books that I can.

The TBR list and Challenges:

A book with yellow on the cover: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

A Book to read after  sunset: The new 52: Harley Quinn – Hot in the City by Amanda Conner

A Book you found through Booktube: Simon and the Homo sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali & The Wasp Factory by Ian Banks

A Book by your favorite  Author: Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

A Book Older than you: Franny and Zoey by J.D. Salinger

A Book to movie Adaptation: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Heartless

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by: Breaking the Spine

Title: HeartlessHeartless

Author: Marissa Meyer

Pages: 416

Publisher: Feiwel And Friends

Release Date: November 8,2016

Synopsis: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans. (Goodreads)

Marina’s thought corner: 

I don’t think that I have ever been more excited for a book. I can not believe that there is more wonderland for me to explore. I have a slight obsession with anything related to “Alice in Wonderland”. I can’t wait for this book to come out. I really enjoy Marissa Meyer’s writing and I know that she will bring a very interesting new twist to the “Alice in Wonderland” story.

 

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Teaser Tuesday Final

Hey Bibliomanics,

I have been under the weather today, and it has been very cold out. Unfortunately, my reading and yoga routine were most definitely not on track. But, I am just going to go with the flow.

(Reading Update: I am currently 35 pages into Cress. I hope to read a little before bed today, but I think I might just listen to my audiobook (“Lock and Key” by Sarah Dessen) . Listening to audiobooks before going to bed has been kind of my thing during the past few weeks.)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB ofadailyrhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

Cress

So, without further or due here is a little teaser from “Cress”.

Title:Cress

Author: Marissa Meyer

” “Peony…” Cinder shifted closer to the net screen. “Thats why the android wanted her chip.””(Cress, p. 35)

What are you reading on this fine Tuesday? Leave your thoughts, down below. I would love to hear all about the books your reading. Don’t be a stranger and leave a teaser or a recommendation.

 

Warm cups of Tea and too just a few more chapters,

Marina

Book Review

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Syn8755776opsis: The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series. (Goodreads)

Review:

I started this series a couple of years back and I have been slowly making my way through it. I had a really difficult time reading the first three books but the books to follow really got me into this series. This book was no exception. I loved it.

Lets first talk about the character development in this book, I was extremely impressed. The characters have grown so much and they were extremely vulnerable in this book. But, I think that is what made me love this book even more because you got to get to know them from a completely different point of view. In this book the characters were raw, they were vulnerable and they should that they can feel love, pain, hatred and acceptance. This book offered so many feels. I felt the love that Clary had for Jace, while she fought to get him back from the possession that Lilith put on him in the previous book. Clary, never gave up on him and she always mentioned that even through the possession their was always a glimpse of the real Jace. Jonathan, also showed a loving vulnerable side as his connection grew with Jace and he took Clary into his life. Even though he is the villain in the book he showed a lot of emotion. It seemed that if circumstances of his childhood were different he would have turned out to be a completely different person. Clary’s, best friend Simon also grew as a character. He showed his adaptation to being a vampire and having to deal with opening up to his family and dealing with the repercussions. His relationship with Isabel also grew and it was very interesting to see the progression of the connection between each other. Alex and Magnus as always were very intriguing. I loved Magnus, from the very beginning but this book made me love him even more, because of how helpful he was towards the shadow hunters. However, their relationship also tore at my heart because it was beautiful and tragic all at the same time.

The majority of the time took place in Valentine’s traveling apartment. It was extremely amazing to see the way the apartment worked. It also provided a very good source to learn more about the Morgensten family history and about Jonathan’s , Jace’s, Clary’s and Valentine’s past.

I gave this book a 5/5 stars. It kept me on the edge of my seat. The writing was witty and intriguing. I couldn’t put this book down. I wanted to know what would happen next and I worried about the characters and the situations they were put in. You get to learn a lot about the character’s and it bring on the FEELS! The character relationships were a lot deeper and Clary was just a badass female character and I love that about the book. You can see her growing into her shadow hunter heritage.Cassandra Clare painted a picture with this book, and I couldn’t have asked for a more satisfying read.