Thursday, September 21, 2017

Love & Gelato Review

Title: Love and Gelato
Author: Jenna Evans Welch
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Rating: 
Goodreads Link



I can't be the only one who was gripped by this book because of its cover, right? Who doesn't love, love and gelato? That's right no one!! I've had my eyes on this book ever since I first saw it over a year ago, and it wasn't until a month ago did I finally purchase it. Well, I actually didn't purchase it per se. Have any of you heard of the app shop kicks? If you haven't it's a fantastic app where you get free gift cards by scanning products and racking up points. You all should get it because even though it takes a little while to get enough points for gift cards, it comes in good handy and come on, I just got an 8 dollar book for free!!

Anyway, back to the review...

Love and Gelato was the type of book that I breezed by in just a few short days. I loved Jenna Evans Welch's descriptive way of writing Italy's exquisite art and scenery. Within moments, I almost thought that I, myself, was with Lina and Ren as they ran around the beautiful city of Florence on another adventure from Lina's mother's journal. After reading this book, I have added Italy to my list of places I'd love to travel one day. Does anyone know if those secret bakeries are an actual thing? Because I'm dying to go!

I got some serious "Anna and the French Kiss" by Stephanie Perkins vibes, but I'm not really complaining. I loved that book and both of its sequels that followed it, but I could see how someone could get very annoyed by their similarities. If you put that aside, I would defiantly give this book a chance, as even though the idea is similar, the plot is completely different!

Even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish, I did find some parts to be very bizarre and unrealistic in my opinion, which was the reason why I kept myself from giving this book 5 stars, but instead 4. To keep this review as spoiler free as possible, I will not go any further in depth on this, but to those of you who have read this book, please message me and tell me that I wasn't the only one to think the bits near the ending were very strange! I can't be, right?

And one more thing, where in this world can I find myself my own Ren? This is important! haha


Taken from my bookstagram account, chaptersandink

Monday, August 7, 2017

Judging a Book by it's Cover + Cinder Book Review

Raise your hand if you've ever judged a book without trying to read at least the first few pages. Come on, I'm sure I'm not the only one that judges books by the cover, or by the summary on the back! They always say to never judge a book by its cover, yet somehow we manage to still do it, even if we tell ourselves that we don't.

A friend of mine gave me a stack of a few books she no longer wanted to keep a few weeks ago. Within that pile of paper and ink was "Cinder" by Marissa Meyer, a book I always said I would never read because I thought it was just another dystopian read.   For years now, I've stayed a good distance away from dystopian stories. I think that may have to do with during my Sophomore year of High School in English class we spent the whole entire year reading novels like Fahrenheit 451 and 1984, which were very good books I should add, but after a while, it got very repetitive and a bore. I should also add this was around the time that the Hunger Games trilogy (and first movie) were all the rage!

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So, like I said, I've gotten over the whole futuristic world where the government is filled with propaganda plot line for a few years now... until now that is. The BookTube-A-Thon recently took place the other week and for the third time in a row, I made the choice to partake and I will add now that I failed miserably in reading a single book all that week because I suck at challenges, but anyway, I decided to pick up Cinder to put in my TBR.

And that's how it happened. How Marissa Meyer sucked me into her world, in New Beijing where people could be half cyborgs and androids were a daily thing for society. It was a very thrilling and fast paced story, that I couldn't get enough of.

I'm glad I took a chance on this book and read it, but I think I  really should thank my friend for having no interest in the book anymore, or else I wouldn't have given a thought about it!



Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Dystopian, Science Fiction, YA
My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

For the summary please check out this link to Goodreads that will direct you straight to the book if you are interested in reading if you haven't already!

**I do want to apologize for how jumbled my review may be. I've only done a handful of book reviews in the past and am still trying to get the hang of things**


Review:
I fell in love with Cinder within the first few pages of reading the first chapter and I think I fell even more in love with her little sidekick, Iko that happens to be an android. I've never read a book where people had robotic limbs which only fascinated me even more because come on, that sounds totally bad ass being part metal!

I thought it very endearing that her younger stepsister, Peony wasn't at all like her original Cinderella step-sister counterpart. Her seeing Cinder as an actual human and not a machine was nice to see instead of her siding with her older sister and mother who loath everything about Cinder.

As for the speed of the book, I was very pleased with how evenly paced the story line was, not once did I feel that the scenes dragged on. However, there were certain bits that I thought were too quickly written to where I wished there was more time to have it set in, but to keep this review spoiler free I won't go any further with the details. My other tiny complaint is that I did find parts to be very predictable but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of still reading Cinder's story.

All in all, I really liked Meyer's writing style and Iko's android sass! I'm already itching to get my hands on the rest of the series!


Have you ever read a book you once were never interested in but ended up liking?

Holly,
      xxx

Thursday, July 6, 2017

4 Summer Books You Should Read During Summer 2017!

It's that time of year again where I go searching for the perfect Summer read! Surely, I can't be the only one with this random urge to find a light and easy read when the weather starts to heat up, right? I thought it'd be a perfect idea to make a post about a few books that everyone should try to read during the sweltering hot months. Don't forget to fill a glass of cold lemonade to accompany your reading!


1. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
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I think this is a classic summer read, so it obviously deserves the number one spot! Plus, the new covers are summer vibes times 10 and are totally Instagram photo worthy!


2. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall
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If you're looking for a light and easy read to read by the pool this year, you should defiantly pick this book. I love Sandy Hall's writing style and I never fail to fall in love with her characters. When you're finished with this one, you have to pick up her first novel "A Little Something Different" because trust me, the title is just that!

3. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
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I read this book last summer during the  biblio-a-thon and couldn't put it down. I had a strong connection with Audrey and her issues with anxiety to where I almost thought that someone stole my own thoughts and put it in a book. Finding Audrey is a quirky, coming of age story that'll have you not feeling so alone if you deal with certain mental disorders.

4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
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I have yet to read this book, and maybe I shouldn't put it on the list since I don't know if it's a worthy read, but I've heard good things and the cover screams summer. The paperback is only $10 at Barnes & Noble's, so I will defiantly be purchasing this one during my next visit!


What are your favorite summer reads?

-Holly
      xxx

Thursday, May 18, 2017

My TBR for the Month of May!

It's already the middle of May and here I am finally posting a TBR.. or well, posting something in general since I've been pretty much none existent from the end of December until now. Here's usually where I'd apologize that I've been absent for months on end and say that I'll be posting more frequently, but I'm sure you and I both know that when people always say that more than half the time it isn't true... Although, I really do want to try my very best to make this blog into something than it already is now. Hopefully, I'll actually do just that.

Anyway, back to my TBR for the month of May! More often than not, I'm usually very horrible at sticking to a monthly TBR list, but I still like to do them. And because we're a few weeks into May already, I will not tell you if I've been keeping up with my list. You'll have to guess on your own.

1. Forever and Always, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I'm already a hundred pages deep into this book and I'm already loving it! I'm sad that when I'm finished I'll be saying good bye to Lara Jean and her dreamy boyfriend, Peter..





2. The Last of August by Brittany Callavaro

I adore the covers to this Modern aged Sherlock Holmes series, almost just as much as I love Jamie and Charlotte! Detective novels normally weren't my thing until I picked up the first, "A Study in Charlotte."





3. "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas

I've had this book sitting on my shelf for an entire year now and I haven't read it!! I know, I know, don't kill me! With the third and finally book out this month, I've been seeing several bookstagramers posting about this series and I've been itching to actually join in on what I'm missing.



I hope everyone has a wonderful day and are having a thriving month of reading!


I uploaded my first youtube video! It's short and sweet of my TBR and I'd love if you all gave it a look!

- Holly
xxx

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Wrap Up + New Years

There are three and a half hours left of this year and I have no idea how it went by so fast. I know everyone says that, but it's completely true! Wasn't it just January 2016 just a few months back? It's kind of scary to think how fast time is... Okay, this post isn't about being sappy and sad, so enough of that!

With this year coming to a close, I wanted to post a big list of all the books I've read within 2016! I know it isn't that big and of course, I really wish to have read loads more, but I don't think I can read 10 books in less than four hours. 


Good Reads 2016 Reading Challenge

Goal: 30 Books
Read: 18 Books 



1. The Martian by Andy Weir 
   
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2. #GrilBoss by Sophia Amorusso
   
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3. To all the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
   
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4. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han 
   
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5. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
   
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6. Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall
   
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7. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins 
   
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8. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins 
   
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9. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab 
   
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10. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
     
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11. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
     
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12. Alive by Scott Sigler
     
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13. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
     
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14. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling 
     
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15. The Couple Next Door by Sharl Lapena 
     
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16. A Study in Charalotte by Brittany Cavallaro 
     
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17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling 
     
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18. Hot Body Year Round by Cassey Ho
     
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I may not have read 30 books like I had wanted, but I had fun nonetheless! 

I wish you all a wonderful New Years! Have fun and stay stay!





xxx
Holly 




Thursday, September 1, 2016

August Wrap-Up 2016

Hello!

The month of August has flown by! It feels like just last week it was the beginning of July. It's insane how time flys sometimes, but anyway, enough about time! Since August has ended, it means it's time for me to do my August Wrap-Up, which for those of you who are new to the bookish community; it's all the books that you have read within the month!

Sadly, I've been very lax in my reading this month. I've only read two full books, which I guess isn't so bad when you think about it. I couldn't have read anything after all!


1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne

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2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Goodreads Link




This weekend, I should have my September TBR posted... I just need to decide on what I'm wanting to read! Hope you're all having a wonderful week! 

Holly
xxx 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Revisiting a Book

Have you ever read a book and just fell head over heels in love with it after a reading only the first sentence? And then a few years have past and you haven't even touched what once had you up all night long, until one day after browsing your shelves your eyes land on the now dusty book(s) that most likely are tattered and worn from all the love you once had for it and you feel a little ping in your chest of what it was once like when you adored the novel to bits?

 Well, that just recently happened to me. I was around the age of 12 when I first discovered the book "Vampire Academy" by the ever so gorgeous Richelle Mead. My little preteen eyes held interest the moment they laid on the cover in the recommended section of an old Twilight magazine (yes, I had indeed been one of those twi-hards back in the day!) I loved it. Even more so than the Twilight series I was obsessed with at the time. I even got my friend hooked and even to this day, the Vampire Academy series is still her favorite books of all time. If you ever want to talk about Dimitri for hours on end with someone, go to her.



I've spent that last few days reading Vampire Academy and falling in love with it all over again like it was the first time. I felt an abundant amount of nostalgic feelings I once held for this novel. I missed the world so much and I didn't even know it. I'd forgotten how much I loved Rose's snarky remarks and bad-ass demeanor. She was defiantly someone I had wanted to be like when I was older. And most of all I missed Rose and Lissa's friendship. I mean, come on, they're totally friendship goals! Also, I did miss Rose's forbidden attraction towards her mentor, Dimitri.

One thing I did notice after rereading VA was how dark some of its material really was. Being almost 13 at the time, I never fully understood some of the things that Lissa was going through with her depression and it had only hit me until  years later at the age of 20 of how real the subject of mental health is in today's society. I do have to say, I might have been a little too young for this series, but I can definitely tell you, I do not regret it whatsoever.

I don't know if it's because I have an old printing of the book or what, but I also took notice on a handful of spelling errors all throughout while I was reading. I'm not one to be picky when it comes to grammar and spelling mistakes, but I did find it a little rewarding when I'd pick them out as I read. Does anyone else feel like that when they find a word spelling incorrectly? I once found a misspelling in my old Marine Biology textbook in High School. Instead of Biology, it said Bioolgy. And on the first page too!!
One of the misspellings I found! 

All in all, I'm happy to have reread the book and can not wait to continue on reading the rest of the series.. and well finish it since I've never gotten around to reading the last 2 novels!

Have any of you read a book you once loved years ago?

Holly
xxx