Book Review

Cover Reveal | May Day by Josie Jaffrey

If the murderer you’re tracking is a vampire, then you want a vampire detective.
Just maybe not this one.It’s not that Jack Valentine is bad at her job. The youngest member of Oxford’s Seekers has an impressive track record, but she also has an impressive grudge against the local baron, Killian Drake.When a human turns up dead on May Morning, she’s determined to pin the murder on Drake. The problem is that none of the evidence points to him. Instead, it leads Jack into a web of conspiracy involving the most powerful people in the country, people to whom Jack has no access. But she knows someone who does.To get to the truth, Jack will have to partner up with her worst enemy. As long as she can keep her cool, Drake will point her to the ringleaders, she’ll find the murderer and no one else will have to die.Body bags on standby.

RELEASE DATE: July 9th 2020 
BOOK DETAILS:
Publisher: Silver Sun Books
Author: Josie Jaffrey
Cover Art: Josie Jaffrey
Page Count: 386
Word Count: 100,000
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Rating: 14+
ASIN (Amazon): B0897NC74V
ISBN (Print): 9798645637330 
LINKS: Amazon:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0897NC74V/ Website:www.josiejaffrey.com/may-day Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50721393-may-day

And now onto the beautiful cover!!!

I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! The cover is gorgeous and Josie’s writing never lets me down. What do you guys think of this cover? Do you love it as much as I do?

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Blog Tour, Excerpt | We Didn’t Ask for This by Adi Alsaid

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We Didn’t Ask for This
by Adi Alsaid
On Sale: April 7, 2020
Inkyard Press
Young Adult
978-1335146762; 1335146768
$18.99 USD
352 pages


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About WE DIDN’T ASK FOR THIS:

From Adi Alsaid, the acclaimed author of Let’s Get LostNever Sometimes Always, and North of Happy

Every year, lock-in night changes lives. This year, it might just change the world.

Central International School’s annual lock-in is legendary — and for six students, this year’s lock-in is the answer to their dreams. The chance to finally win the contest. Kiss the guy. Make a friend. Become the star of a story that will be passed down from student to student for years to come.

But then a group of students, led by Marisa Cuevas, stage an eco-protest and chain themselves to the doors, vowing to keep everyone trapped inside until their list of demands is met. While some students rally to the cause, others are devastated as they watch their plans fall apart. And Marisa, once so certain of her goals, must now decide just how far she’ll go to attain them.

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Excerpt

The lock-in was going fairly well until Marisa unleashed her cronies and chained herself to the main entrance.

No one really noticed right away, busy as they were taking part in a number of lock-in-related activities: laser tag in the parking garage, a sanctioned food fight in the cafeteria, a photo shoot tutorial with a renowned YouTube influencer.

Once a year, in April, the doors at Central International School’s K-12 campus closed—though they didn’t literally lock—to allow the high school students to roam free for the whole night. Having the next day off school was nowhere near the best part. Nor, strictly speaking, were the activities themselves, though they were extravagant and wonderful and distracted everyone from what Marisa was doing.

People fell in love on lock-in night. They stumbled upon new passions that would shape the rest of their lives, discovered friendships they could not imagine living without, before or after. Traumas were resolved on lock-in night, anxieties disappeared, never to return, not even after the buses arrived in the morning to take the students back home.

This was well known to the few students who had been lucky enough to have attended before, or who had siblings who had attended in years prior. At Central International School, the student body ebbed and flowed, changing drastically from year to year, and often even more frequently. It was common to have different classmates every semester, and sometimes students would find the person who sat next to them in class—the alluring redhead who scribbled song lyrics on the margins of their textbooks, who one time turned and asked to borrow a pen they never returned, though they had offered a smile that carried with it joy beyond a simple gesture; the redhead who might have one day soon become more than just a classmate—was simply gone from one day to the next.

Even by international school standards, the turnover rate of both students and faculty had always been high, though it had a great academic reputation, and the city in which it sat was a diverse and world-class cosmopolis. Yet people never seemed to stick around for long, as if families were carried in by the seaside breeze, and carried away by the same. Most students had multiple passports, and their parents were multinational, or transient because they were diplomats, or titans of industry, or missionaries, or digital nomads, or teachers within the international school world. They had roots in many places, thought of no one place as home—or rather, thought of everywhere they’d been as home.

So it was rare for a student to be around for several lock-in nights. Even the locals, who made up a mere fifteen percent of the school’s population, often temporarily relocated during their high school years—a boarding school exchange in Switzerland, a South American road trip in a van with their family, a missionary excursion in Central America.

Despite all this, the lore surrounding lock-in night was always momentous, starting as an excited murmur the first day of school and building to a frenzy by the night before the event itself a month or so before the end of the year. Students wondered how, exactly, their life would be improved by the evening. There was no question it would—they could feel it on their skin, their heartbeats thudded with the knowledge that things were about to change, they had absorbed the gossip, not just a rumor or two, but dozens and dozens of first-hand accounts or verifiable secondhand stories, so many of them that it did not feel like hearsay but like fact—it was the how that was exciting. Would the redheaded classmate return to slip a hand into theirs during the movie marathon on the roof garden? Would their fear of heights be cured by the trapeze the school had set up on the football field? Or would it simply be a night of such fun that the joy would sink into their bones and change them into happier people?

Lock-in night, simply put, was magic. Even all those who had never experienced it knew it to be true.

Which, of course, was why Marisa planned her protest for that well-loved night. To make people pay attention, disrupt what brings them joy.

The mad desire to act had existed long before her plan did. Marisa loved the water as a baby. Her parents told the stories to anyone who would listen. She always feigned embarrassment at their anecdotes about her hour-long baths and surprising performance in toddler swimming classes, her dark, curly hair unfurling in the water behind her like a mermaid, her brown eyes huge within the goggles she always carried around. But the truth was that she loved the stories. They confirmed this was not a passing fad, not a childhood obsession that would lose its significance over time, not a baby blanket carried around charmingly until age ten, when it was shoved into a box and donated.

When she discovered snorkeling and, later, diving, that love blew wide open. This? This had been possible this whole time?

Though Marisa was only seventeen, her parents’ constant relocations for work meant she’d seen a hefty percentage of the world’s waters. She’d snorkeled in Mexico, Fiji, the Philippines, the Great Barrier Reef, Belize. And the more she did it, the more her heart broke. Human beings had found a way to kill water.

The places famed for their snorkeling were heart-­ wrenching. The destroyed beige reefs littered the oceans like ornate gravestones. They should have been resplendent with color. Books and scientists told her as much, and other divers did, too. Of course, though, they weren’t. Not anymore. The world had ruined that particular beauty before Marisa had ever had a chance to see it, killing the corals with spilled chemicals, suffocating the oceans with heat. Every time she surfaced, she would dive into the internet, trying to find a way to help. Changing her sunscreen to the reef-safe kind, cleaning up plastic on the beach, asking her parents to donate yet again; nothing felt big enough.

Then came the three-day weekend at the start of the school year that changed it all. She had convinced her parents to take the family to the beach, and the Cuevases, who knew their frequent moves could be hard on the children, relented de-spite the fact that neither of them felt settled in at work yet, and they would have really liked to stay in the city and run errands.

Marisa had heard amazing things about the snorkeling in the region surrounding the beach. She was always skeptical when she heard anything like that; she’d been disappointed enough. She was fine just swimming among whatever fish remained in the area and pretending this was what it had al-ways been like, this was the wondrous alien world other divers described. After their most recent move, she’d done her usual research and found on the most trustworthy sources that an untouched blip still existed, not too far from her new school.

She convinced her parents, who knew it was better to indulge Marisa than fight her, to take a boat to an island, then another, smaller boat to another, smaller island. Arriving at the clear, turquoise waters, which were peppered with butterflies from who knows where fluttering across the surface, whole waves of them outnumbering the tourists she had seen even on the mainland, Marisa allowed herself to hope. Well before her family was ready, Marisa was in her flippers and mask, and she sat on the edge of the boat and let herself fall backward into the warm waters. At first, her heart had soared: greens! Purples! Oranges! Bright colors in the reefs, finally. The schools of fish were more like armies, numbered not in dozens but in hundreds, maybe even thousands, various species all swimming in their separate schools, like great big flags unfurling mightily in the water.

Marisa followed them, kicking delightedly, her heart flooding with joy. Then she turned a corner around some rocks and her breath caught, as if someone had reached inside her chest and closed a massive fist around her lungs. Even here, she found murk and drudgery, the reef not on display so much as its dying was.

She emerged from the water and took off her mask, tears mixing with the waves. People and the trash with which they suffocated the world. She looked around, shading her eyes from the shimmering sunlight with her free hand. Maybe it was time to accept the world as it was.

As she turned to swim back to shore, she caught sight of something on the far end of the island. A construction site. Large, acres and acres of it, from what Marisa could tell, and a handful of bulldozers. She swam closer and saw the sign announcing the coming resort. Nearby, a trickle of brown-gray water weaved its way from below the makeshift wall around the site and dribbled onto the sand.

Yes, it was a travesty, an outrage that the world had been ruined before her arrival. But that trickle hadn’t reached all the way to the shore, not yet.

As soon as she and her family made it back to their eco-hotel that day, Marisa decided she had to stop that waste from reaching the ocean. Whatever she could do for the reefs, she was going to do it. If it was just shutting down that one construction site, or if it was something much bigger, she had to try. What else was there but to try?

Months of stewing later, of planning, of seeing the ruined remains of the ocean floors every time she closed her eyes, of thinking of a way to make everyone else see what she saw. It all led up to this moment, when Marisa hoisted a chain from the duffel bag she’d hidden on campus a few days ago. She weaved it through the handles on the double doors that led into the main school building, then she wrapped it three times around her own body, uncomfortably tight, so bolt cutters could not break through the metal without snagging on her skin. When she was satisfied, she grabbed three giant padlocks from the bag and locked herself in, meaning to stay.

She set the keys in the middle of her palm, rubbing them each in a pad of butter procured earlier from the cafeteria, and which had warmed nicely in her pocket throughout the afternoon. Then Marisa, rehearsing her speech in her mind one last time, looked up. She expected to see a sizable crowd already gathering. What she saw instead was a lanky blond sophomore leaving the bathroom across the open expanse of the building’s foyer. The boy was checking to see if he’d re-membered to zip up. He had not.

When his eyes met Marisa’s, he could tell she had seen him checking, and he stepped quickly away from her line of sight, failing to notice the heavy metal chain wrapped around her torso.


Adi Alsaid’s Bio:

Adi Alsaid_by Peter RossAdi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He’s now back in Mexico City, where he writes, coaches basketball, and makes every dish he eats as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he’s lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas and Monterey, California. His books include Let’s Get Lost, Never Always Sometimes, and North of Happy. Visit Adi online at http://www.SomewhereOverTheSun.com, or on Twitter: @AdiAlsaid.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday (4): Top 10 Books with Single-Word Titles

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme that is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week we are given a prompt to create a list! All prompts are posted in advance over on her blog! I’ve always loved this tag, and I am so excited to be taking part again!


This week’s prompt is the top 10 books with single-word titles. This list might be a little challenging for me, but I’m gonna try my best to find my top ten.

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  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  3. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  4. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  5. Thirst by Christopher Pike
  6. Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
  7. Eve by Anna Carey
  8. Switched by Amanda Hocking
  9. Virals by Kathy Reichs
  10. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Illuminae, Gemina and Sadie are favourites from the last two years. The rest of the books on this are long time favourites that I’ve read in the past ten years. I’m hoping to re-read most of these in the future!

And there you have it. My top 10 books with single-word titles. Which books made your top ten? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to chat with you!

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday (3): Top 10 Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme that is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week we are given a prompt to create a list! All prompts are posted in advance over on her blog! I’ve always loved this tag, and I am so excited to be taking part again!


This week’s prompt is the top 10 characters you’d follow on social media. And I’m really excited to make this list.

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1 . Kady from Illuminae. She is badass, witty and amazing with computers. I think her voice social media would be awesome

2 . Stella from Five Fee Apart. She is a positive person who cares about others. She makes YouTube videos about her illness and what’s going on in her life and I would follow her in a heartbeat. 

3 . Kiera or “Emerald” from Slay. Kiera created an entire world in VR. She is kind and creative and very talented. I’m following. 

4 . Leila from Let’s Get Lost. I would love to follow Leila’s travel adventures. She goes to several different places on her way to Alaska. She would have some fun content.

5. Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars. I’d follow Hazel immediately, in hopes of becoming friends. She is one of the most courageous characters I’ve ever read about. She’s kind, caring, and deserves more in her infinity.

6. Zelie from Children of Blood and Bone. Zelie has been through so much pain, but that doesn’t stop her from fighting for what she believes in. She’s strong, brave, and loves with her heart on her sleeve. And I love her so much.

7. Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Lara Jean is so cute and innocent. She has a lot of growing to do, but she’s on the right path. I’d love to see some baking videos from her.

8. Starr from The Hate U Give. Starr has seen things that no youth should ever have to see. But she takes her pain and uses it to try and get justice for herself and her loved ones. She is kind, brave and always has a good head on her shoulders.

9. Jace from The Mortal Instruments. I add Jace to almost all of these lists. I can’t help it. He’s funny and sarcastic. Loves with everything he’s got, but doesn’t like to show it. His social media would be hilarious.

10. Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone. Emily is kind and really shy.  She is brought out of her comfort zone quite often. Trying new things and meeting new people. I’d love to read about her fun adventures with new and old friends on her social media platforms.

And there you have it. My top 10 character’s I’d love to follow on social media. Which characters made your top ten? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to chat with you!

 

 

Movie Review

Cinema Sunday (2) | Feb 16th – 22nd

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I originally created Cinema Sunday last year so that each Sunday I could step away from books and do a review of a movie that I’ve recently watched instead. I love movies so much because they bring stories to life. If you want to participate in this blog meme, feel free to use my banner, and don’t forget to link back to my Cinema Sunday section on my blog! I can’t wait to see your posts! 

I’ve decided to change things up a bit though. Instead of doing one big review, I’ve decided to do mini-reviews for all the movies that I’ve seen during the week. You can put your own spin on Cinema Sunday, by doing one or multiple reviews. By simply talking about all the movies you’ve seen during the week. By talking about movies you can’t wait to see! I want everyone to feel like they have room to be creative. To make this blog meme work for everyone who loves movies and wants to talk about them.


theinfluenceThe Influence (2019)
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I love horror movies, so I was excited for this one. But there was nothing unique about this movie. Every point of the plot had been done before. I really didn’t like the actors chosen either. They either had no emotion or over-acted, it was awful. So many scenes made me cringe and roll my eyes. I don’t want to talk about this one anymore, I will not be recommending it to anyone.


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Mine 9 had me at the edge of my seat during the entire film. I couldn’t help but feel for the characters that were willing to put their job before their safety because they needed to make enough money for their families. It broke my heart. This movie is short and to the point, leaving no room to get bored. This mining crew was practically family. They cared for one another, and it really showed throughout the film. This movie is inspired by true events, and it will hit you right in the heart. I highly recommend this movie.


p10568486_v_v8_abDescendants (2015)
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I made my fiancé watch Descendants with me. He never saw it before, and it’s one of the newer Disney Channel movies that I fell in love with.  The music, the drama, bad kids trying to become good, all the fairy tales living in one place. Something about this movie latched on to my heart and won’t let me go.  This is one of the few movies that I can watch a million times and never get tired of it. If you haven’t watched Descendants, you definitely should! And then you can read the book Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz!


So these are my thoughts on all the movies I’ve watched this week. Have you seen any of these films? Do you agree with my thoughts? What movies have you watched this week? Let’s chat about it all in the comments!

Book Review

Review | No Exit by Taylor Adams

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No Exit
Author: Taylor Adams
Published: September 24th 2019
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 336
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

A brilliant, edgy thriller about four strangers, a blizzard, a kidnapped child, and a determined young woman desperate to unmask and outwit a vicious psychopath.

A kidnapped little girl locked in a stranger’s van. No help for miles. What would you do?

On her way to Utah to see her dying mother, college student Darby Thorne gets caught in a fierce blizzard in the mountains of Colorado. With the roads impassable, she’s forced to wait out the storm at a remote highway rest stop. Inside are some vending machines, a coffee maker, and four complete strangers.

Desperate to find a signal to call home, Darby goes back out into the storm . . . and makes a horrifying discovery. In the back of the van parked next to her car, a little girl is locked in an animal crate.

Who is the child? Why has she been taken? And how can Darby save her?

There is no cell phone reception, no telephone, and no way out. One of her fellow travelers is a kidnapper. But which one?

Trapped in an increasingly dangerous situation, with a child’s life and her own on the line, Darby must find a way to break the girl out of the van and escape.

But who can she trust?

With exquisitely controlled pacing, Taylor Adams diabolically ratchets up the tension with every page. Full of terrifying twists and hairpin turns, No Exit will have you on the edge of your seat and leave you breathless.

Review

It’s taken me a bit to collect my thoughts, but I’m ready to write it all down. I didn’t know if I was going to like No Exit, simply because of all the hype surrounding it. When a book gets THAT hyped-up, my expectations go too high, and I always end up getting disappointed. But not this time. This time, all the hype is true. This story deserves all the awards because it is officially my favourite thriller of all time.

Darby Thorne is rushing back home during winter break in hopes of seeing her mother before she goes into surgery. She didn’t know her mother was sick until recently, and the guilt over their estranged relationship had her packing and hitting the road as quickly as possible. She needed to make amends with her mother before it was too late. But the weather had other plans for Darby. When she gets storm stayed at a rest stop in the middle of nowhere, Darby meets four other people, and they are forced to wait out the storm together. When Darby goes outside to try and find a signal on her phone she discovers a little girl caged inside one of the parked cars. Someone in the rest stop was a kidnapper.

I love Darby. She is brave and doesn’t take shit from anyone. She has faults and recognizes them. She doesn’t fool anyone but most of all she doesn’t fool herself. I connected with her instantly, making me excited that she is the main character of this story.

Every single chapter had me holding my breath. Just when I thought I had things figured out, the author throws in a huge plot twist. I voiced my shock multiple times throughout this book and even threw it again the wall at one point. That’s how invested I was. The tension, the mystery, the pain, the plot twists that I never could have anticipated. This book is a complete masterpiece. I could talk about it for hours and hours. I finished it a few hours ago and I already want to re-read it.

It’s been such a long time since I’ve been completely blown away by a book. Yes, I’ve rated 5 stars to other novels for great writing and characters but to have a plot throw me off guard as many times as this book did is insane. Books like No Exit are the reason I read. I love being blown away by all aspects of a story. Everything happened for a reason. Every little thing was important. Taylor Adams, I don’t know how you did it, but I think I found my favourite book of the year and it’s only February. Hell, I think I found my favourite book of all time. If you haven’t read No Exit, I highly urge you to pick it up. I promise you, you will not regret it.

If you’ve read this book let’s chat in the comments. I need some people to talk too about this! If you haven’t read this book, don’t look at the comments because there will most likely be spoilers.

5 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

author-photoTaylor Adams directed the acclaimed short film And I Feel Fine in 2008 and graduated from Eastern Washington University with the Excellence in Screenwriting Award and the prestigious Edmund G. Yarwood Award. His directorial work has screened at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and his writing has been featured on KAYU-TV’s Fox Life blog. He has worked in the film/television industry for several years and lives in Washington state.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday (2): Last 10 Books that Gave Me a Book Hangover

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme that is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week we are given a prompt to create a list! All prompts are posted in advance over on her blog! I’ve always loved this tag, and I am so excited to be taking part again!


This week’s prompt is the last 10 books that gave me a book hangover. I have to be really invested in both plot and characters to get a book hangover. And I’ve read some great books recently that kept me invested even after the last page. Here is my top 10:

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1 . No Exit by Taylor Adams. This is the last book I’ve read, and I still can’t stop thinking about it. The twists and never-ending suspense had me reeling after I finished this one.

2 . Slay by Brittney Morris. Slay was incredible. After the book ended, I couldn’t stop thinking about the video game developed in the book and all the creativity it took to write it. The characters were so genuine and I thought about this story for days.

3 . Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi. This is the sequel to Children of Blood and Bone and oh my goodness I can’t wait for the third and final book in the trilogy. These characters have found a place in my heart. And not knowing what is going to happen to them is driving me crazy.

4 . Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry. This cute stand-alone made my heart melt, and it left me in a huge book hangover. When a juvenile delinquent and the governor’s daughter fall for each other, nothing goes as planned. Katie McGarry always makes me fall for her characters.

5. Rose’s Ghost by Theresa Dale. I haven’t read many adult paranormal books. But this one had me reeling for weeks. After the last page, I didn’t know what to do with myself, so I started ranting to my fiancé about everything I loved about it. Even after talking his ear off I still felt like I was going to explode if I didn’t get more to this amazing story. And now I have book two and I can’t wait to read it!!!

6. Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. Everyone is obsessed with this trilogy, so I don’t think I need to explain why it gave me a book hangover. It also destroyed my heart only to glue it back together. Again and again. I can’t wait to read Obsidio.

7. Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. Let’s get Lost was full of adventure and the last few chapters left me amazed. I did not see that ending coming which left me in one of the biggest book hangovers of last year.

8. The Rose & The Dagger by Renée Ahdieh. I know that everyone thinks The Infernal Devices is way better than this series. I am one of the few readers that disagree. The Mortal Instruments will always be my favourite Shadowhunter series and that is because of Jace and Clary. Their relationship has so many ups and downs but their spark and love for each other never left during the entire series. I could feel their chemistry like a burning candle. And I love them so much.

9. Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter I didn’t think I was going to get so invested in this book, but I did. None stop action and suspense left me breathless as two teens race against the clock to save themselves against to predators in the Alaskan wilderness. I love Ally Carters writing so much and I was in a book hangover for at least a week.

10. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour 5 teens on the open road during their last summer break together. A broken friendship. These band mates try to make the best of their summer before they go off to college and everything changes. The friendship dynamics were incredible and heartbreaking. Hangover for days.

And there you have it. The last 10 books that gave me a hangover. What books are on your list? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to chat with you!

 

 

Movie Review

Cinema Sunday (1) | Feb 9th – 15th

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I originally created Cinema Sunday last year so that each Sunday I could step away from books and do a review of a movie that I’ve recently watched instead. I love movies so much because they bring stories to life. If you want to participate in this blog meme, feel free to use my banner, and don’t forget to link back to my Cinema Sunday section on my blog! I can’t wait to see your posts! 

I’ve decided to change things up a bit though. Instead of doing one big review, I’ve decided to do mini-reviews for all the movies that I’ve seen during the week. You can put your own spin on Cinema Sunday, by doing one or multiple reviews. By simply talking about all the movies you’ve seen during the week. By talking about movies you can’t wait to see! I want everyone to feel like they have room to be creative. To make this blog meme work for everyone who loves movies and wants to talk about them.


lord_of_the_rings_the_two_towers_2002__intl_original_film_art_35f6601c-8036-41fe-aa02-625fd3cef7d3_2000xThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
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I watched the first Lord of the Rings movie a few weeks ago, and it kind of fell flat for me. But, after some major convincing, I decided to watch The Two Towers, in hopes that I ended up liking it more than the first one. And I freaking loved it! My eyes never left the screen for a second as the action picked up and the stakes got higher. There was never a dull moment. I found my favourite characters and held my breath during the fight scenes. I never thought I would like The Lord of the Rings. But I was so wrong.


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You best believe that I jumped right into this movie after finishing The Two Towers. The last movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy took action to two hundred percent. Battle after battle left me breathless and anxious, praying that my favourite characters – everyone in The Fellowship, except Frodo. I’m sorry I just really didn’t like him for some reason – would be okay. And that ending! I was so sad after I finished this movie because I wanted more adventures with this cast. I’m planning on watching The Hobbit but I don’t think it’s going to be the same.


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I wanted to love this movie as much as the first one but I just couldn’t. I did enjoy it for the most part. I loved the romance between Lara Jean and Peter. Being able to see them as an actual couple was awesome! I liked seeing more of Chris and Lucas too! However, I didn’t like the love triangle aspect, and I didn’t like how there were barely any scenes with Lara Jean’s family. I understand that the producers are trying to stay true to the book, and I loved the book so much! But, I don’t think these YA tropes worked as well after being brought to screen.


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I love shark movies, so when I saw this one added to prime, I started watching immediately. This movie was everything a shark movie should be. A group of friends, non-stop terror. Life or death. There was never a dull moment. My heart was racing during this entire movie. I even jumped in my seat a couple times after getting scared. The actors were amazing. I believed every word they said. I do wish we got to see a little more of the aftermath at the end. But shark movies usually leave me wanting more in the end.


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After watching the newest 47 Meters Down movie, I decided to check out the first one. I don’t usually watch movies out of order, but these had complete separate casts. My hopes were really high after watching the second one. But I was really let down with this movie. There were plot holes, and scenes that dragged on for way too long. I absolutely hated the ending. And I got really bored at some parts. I did like the actors though. Claire Holt made everything a bit better. But I’d recommend the second movie because if I had watched this one first, I don’t know if I would have continued on to the second one at all.


So these are my thoughts on all the movies I’ve watched this week. Have you seen any of these films? Do you agree with my thoughts? What movies have you watched this week? Let’s chat about it all in the comments!

Book Tag

The Valentine’s Day Book Tag

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I discovered this awesome tag over at As Told By Tina. This tag was created by CC’s Books on YouTube, but her channel no longer exists. So thank you CC, for creating this tag.


Happy Valentine’s Day lovelies! I figured there was no better way to celebrate all the romance in the air than doing Valentine’s Day book tag!

1 . Stand Alone Book you love:

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I’m going to have to choose Five Feet apart, this book hit me right in the feels, and I can’t mention it enough.

2. Dystopian Book you love:

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Divergent is still my favourite Dystopian, and I don’t think that’s ever going to change. It was the first dystopian I’ve ever read, and it holds such a special place in my heart.

3. A Book that you love but no one else talks about: 

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This book was so freaking good! And it breaks my heart that no one seems the have heard of it. It was originally supposed to be a trilogy, but after the second book flopped in sales, the author is unsure as to whether she will be creating a book 3. And I want a third book so bad! This book is for spy lovers. It is so intense it kept me at the edge of seat the entire time I was reading it.

4. Favourite book couple:

Honestly, choosing a favourite couple is impossible for me. I’ve got too many attachments to characters that I’ve fallen in love with. So I’m just going to link you to my favourite fictional couples post. I don’t want to betray my ships.

5. A Book that others love but you haven’t read yet:

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I feel so ashamed that I haven’t read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I have this book on my TBR shelf, but I never end up getting around to it. And I want to jump on this bandwagon so bad! It’s officially a new year’s resolution to read this book!

6. A book with red on the cover:

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This book is incredible! I urge you to pick it up if you haven’t already!

7. A book with pink on the cover: 

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I read this book last week and gave it a 5-star review. It was absolutely amazing, and you should at it to your TBR if it isn’t already on your list.

8. You were given a box of chocolates! What fictional boyfriend/girlfriend gave them to you?:

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Definitely Jace. I’ve been in love with him since I was starting middle school. Don’t judge me for letting his sarcastic attitude and gorgeous looks win me over.

9. You are single on Valentine’s Day and spending you time at home. What book are you reading? What tv show are you watching? What movie are you watching?

I’d probably torture myself by indulging in adorable, romantic fiction.

I’d re-read Pushing the Limits because Echo and Noah’s romance is everything. Plus the hard-hitting topics make this book heartbreaking. And since I’m alone on Valentine’s day, why not torture myself even more. 

I’d re-watch To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before so I can cry over the fact that I wish I had a Peter Kavinsky. And because the movie is so cute and perfect.

And I’d watch Big Brother Canada because after the first two, I will definitely be sick of romance and I will probably be in a sad mood. Reality TV involving some sort of competition always put me in a better mood. 

10: You are at the bookstore when all of a sudden you get shot with Cupid’s Arrow. Which new release will you fall in love with?

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Echoes Between Us by Katie McGarry because I have fallen in love with every single book she has ever written. This is Katie McGarry’s newest release, the only story of hers I have yet to devour. And I know that I am going to love it, just like all her other stories.

I tag anyone who wants to do this tag. While I think it’s fun to tag friends, I always think about the bloggers that feel left out, wishing they were tagged. I know I did when I first started blogging. So I’ve decided that every time I do a tag, I’m tagging you all. Have some fun and answer these questions. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Book Review

Review | Slay by Brittney Morris

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Slay
Author: Brittney Morris
Published: September 24th 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 323
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis

By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honours student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”

But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labelled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”

Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?

Review

I was really excited to jump into this story because I love video games. The idea of a young teen creating an entire VR game seemed so interesting, and I was excited to see where the author took us in her story. I think it’s safe to say I was not disappointed in the slightest.

Kiera Johnson seemed like such a genuine and cool person. I felt connected to her character immediately, and I agreed with her take on the world. Kiera had such a warm heart, which led me to root for her to succeed until the very last page. If I knew someone like her in real life, I would be so honoured to be her friend.

Now let’s talk about Slay. Slay is a video game that Kiera created. As the book progressed, we got to learn about how her game worked, and the reasons behind its creation. It is one of the coolest game ideas that I have ever heard of. I got so excited when I was reading about game battles and the types of battle cards that were being created for the game. After I finished the book, I was wishing that I had a game similar to Slay to play. It is so unique and thought-out, and I felt like I was seeing the creation through the author’s eyes, because of all the descriptions of the beautiful landscapes and ideas put into this game.

There is a lot of drama surrounding Slay after a teen gets brutally murdered in real life after a dispute between two Slay players. Everyone starts talking about how horrible the game is, and that the person who created it should be taken to justice. This honestly broke my heart, because the only thing Kiera wanted, was to create a safe place for dark-skinned people to feel accepted, without having to worry about the racist slander that she personally experienced while playing other games.

My emotions reached quite a few highs and lows throughout reading this book. It made me see certain topics in a new light. This book captured my heart, and I would like to thank the author for creating such a powerful and genuine story. The premise may be about what happens when a video game is taken to far, but it turned into something more powerful. Kiera is one of my new favourite characters because she knew what she wanted to stand for.

I could gush about the brilliance of this book all day long. So I am going to end this review here. I am giving it 5 stars, for capturing me from the beginning, and making me take the time to really think about some topics that I hold dear to my heart. I highly encourage all of you to pick up this book. From the descriptive duels fought in Slay to the young teens fighting for a place to feel safe amongst our society, this book will captivate you. 5 Stars

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

18443440Brittney Morris is the author of SLAY. She holds a BA in economics from Boston University because back then, she wanted to be a financial analyst. (She’s now thankful that didn’t happen). She spends her spare time reading, playing indie video games, and enjoying the rain from her house in Philadelphia. She lives with her husband Steven who would rather enjoy the rain from a campsite in the woods because he hasn’t played enough horror games.