review; the wishing spell

IMG_1043The Land Of Stories: The Wishing Spell
by Chris Colfer

Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.

The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.

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review; destroy me


Destroy Me
by Tahereh Mafi

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of.

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

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review; the unbearable book club for unsinkable girls

I’ve been writing reviews for books for a couple of years now, and posting them on my booklr. But until I can hit a stride here on this blog, I figure it’d be smarter to slowly migrate the reviews from there to here. I mean, it’s going to take a while for me to get into a groove, I know this. At least I have some things already reviewed and posted that I can now put up here as well.

This is probably the only review that will have a preface to it, if only to explain that my reviews tend to be written within a few days of having read the book in question, and posted shortly after. I won’t be dating the pre-posted reviews except maybe in tags, just in case I post a new review before I’ve completely covered all the older ones.

Note: These reviews have been unedited from their original form.

IMG_1042The Unbearable Book Club For Unsinkable Girls
by Julie Schumacher

‘I’m Adrienne Haus, survivor of a mother-daughter book club. Most of us didn’t want to join. My mother signed me up because I was stuck at home all summer, with my knee in a brace. CeeCee’s parents forced her to join after cancelling her Paris trip because she bashed up their car. The members of “The Unbearable Book Club,” CeeCee, Jill, Wallis, and I, were all going into eleventh grade A.P. English. But we weren’t friends. We were literary prisoners, sweating, reading classics, and hanging out at the pool. If you want to find out how membership in a book club can end up with a person being dead, you can probably look us up under mother-daughter literary catastrophe. Or open this book and read my essay, which I’ll turn in when I go back to school.’

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new beginnings

The problem with starting a blog, for me, is that I never know how to start it. I’ve been sitting here for a good while just trying to figure out what to write. Do I start with an introductory post? Do I just jump straight in?

I posed this question on Twitter and a couple of people answered – with conflicting responses. Helpful, right?

But it made me realize that there is no correct way to go about doing this. This is a blog, for me, by me. This is MY blog, my space. I can do whatever I want here.

It’s the start of April, and I am currently reading the last book in Meagan Spooner’s Skylark trilogy. I’ve been reading it for a while because I’ve been pausing it every few pages. Distractions are limitless and my focus is limited.

April also means Camp Nanowrimo. It’s my first time participating and I’m enthusiastic about it. Hopefully I hit my target and complete the short story I’m working on. The last time I tried writing this story, I got stuck on the chapter five. This time, I’m going to go all the way. I hope.

I was initially planning to write about books that I want to re-read or that I know I would eventually re-read as my first post, but I am thinking a short introductory post like this might work instead.

So hi, readers, welcome to my book blog. Which may also occasionally moonlight as a food blog.

– Ara