What I’m Reading Wednesday #1 // The Hate U Give, Carry On, and Starfish

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Greetings bookish friends! If any of you have noticed, I never did a September monthly recap post. This is because I disliked writing these kinds of posts and I want to change things up a bit. You know, add a little spice to that pumpkin! πŸ˜‰Β *October is spooky season and I’m obsessed*

I know I haven’t been posting a lot lately, but I am trying to break that habit and get back to blogging. Olivia nominated me for the 7 Favorite Things Tag and I plan to post about it this weekend.

So without further ado, I present to you what I finished reading recently, what I’m currently reading, and what I plan to read sometime this month.

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Recent Reads

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.10.59 PMI really enjoyed this book and think it deserves all the hype! The plot was engaging and interesting. The best part about the book was by far the characters. Kiko was so complicated and in-depth and real. This is really refreshing becauseΒ many YA books have characters that are simple and surface level, but this was not true for anyone in Starfish. Even Kiko’s mother, who is intentionally narcissistic and superficial had some complexity to her.

Overall, this is a beautiful tale of hardship, ambition, and imperfection. This book was very enjoyable to read and I was hooked the whole time. Highly recommended, and an easy 5-star rating!

Rating: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.13.33 PMAlthough it didn’t enjoy The Sun Is Also a Star as much as I liked Everything, Everything, this book was not bad! It was very engaging and had decent pacing. I really enjoyed the smooth, flowy writing style. The only problem I had with it was the “cheese” factor. Although Daniel and Natalie’s relationship was cute, at times it was unrealistic and a little bit over the top. But the ending makes up for everything that was wrong with it; it was perfect!

Although there were some patchy plot holes in the middle of the book, both the beginning and the end were excellent.

Rating: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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Current Reads

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.12.04 PMSo far, I am really enjoying this book!

Like any Rainbow Rowell novel, it is honest and romantic, but Carry On also has elements of a fantasy novel rather than a contemporary. This is really refreshing and unique because most fantasy novels are set in the dark ages, where there were no cellphones or advanced technologies. This sets Carry On apart and makes it more relatable in general.

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Future Reads

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.10.20 PMI just received a beautiful hardcover edition of this book and I am so excited to read it!

There is also a movie that came out recently and after I finish the book I plan on seeing it.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr doesβ€”or does notβ€”say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

From Goodreads

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Screen Shot 2018-10-10 at 9.12.40 PMI have been wanting to read this series for the longest time, but haven’t been able to find it.

I was lucky one-day scrolling through the shelves of my school library and found the first two installments, Cinder, and Scarlet. I have heard lots of great things about The Lunar Chronicles and can’t wait to finally be reading them.

A forbidden romance.

A deadly plague.

Earth’s fate hinges on one girl . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.

Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.

This is not the fairytale you remember. But it’s one you won’t forget.

From Goodreads

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Thank you so much for reading this post!

Have you read The Hate U Give or watched the movie? How about the Lunar Chronicles? Are you a bookworm too? Let me know in the comments.

Keep On Booking,

🌸Katie K🌸

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children | Book Review (Spoiler free)

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Greetings bookish friends! For today’s post, I will be reviewing Miss Peregrine’s Home for Β Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I know, the book is older now, and the hype has died, but I feel the need to write the review anyway. I hope that you enjoy!

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  • Title: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Author: Ransom Riggs
  • Publisher: Quirk Books
  • AR: 5.7

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IMG_0376A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very peculiar photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography into a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for a good reason.

And somehow — impossible as it seems — they may still be alive…

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ExpectationsI had extremely high expectations of this book. I have heard from so many people and so many blogs that this book was amazing. I also heard that the movie was good as well. *I can’t wait to watch it* It had been on my TBR list since the dawn of time and I was so happy to finally be reading it.

I enjoyed the first few chapters of the book. It went along smoothly, and the flow was so good that I felt like Jacob was telling me the story himself.

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LikesThe plot and pacing were both awesome. I couldn’t put Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children down! The story was engaging and exciting, with turns and twists nestled into between each chapter. The writing style was also admirable.

Ah, the characters! *Might just be my favorite part of the book* All of them were so unique peculiar in their own way. I loved the back story around Abe and Emma, and how it circled back to Jacob.

The vintage photographs added an eerie sensation while reading the novel that couldn’t be topped. I think that the idea of putting in photographs that go along with the story is creative and different, which makes this novel stand out even more.

Of course, with all of the positive things I have to say about this book, it was a very enjoyable read.

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DislikesThe story started off a little bit slow at first, but then eventually speed up to a page-turning mystery that I couldn’t put down.

That’s it!

 

 

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Final ThoughtsAll in all, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was a wonderful first installment. (There are three more books in the series, which I haven’t read yet but is definitely on my TBR list).

I was amazing in almost every aspect of my rating system, and did not disappoint. The only thing that I would every change about this book is to have the pacing be faster in the beginning, but it would have likely been difficult because the start of the book sets the stage for all of the plot twists in the middle and end.

I strongly recommend this book, especially to those who like horror, mystery, or a unique book in general.

Story and plot: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Pacing: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Character development: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Writing quality: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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Thank you for reading my book review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! Have you read this book before? Have you watched the movie? Tell me your thoughts in the comments.

Keep On Booking,Β 

-Katie K

Fangirl | Book Review (Spoiler free)

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Greetings bookish friends! *Do you like the new introduction line?* In all seriousness, today I will be reviewing Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, spoiler free. If you would like to skip to the final ratings, scroll down to the end of the post.Β I hope that you enjoy!

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  • Title: Fangirl
  • Author: Rainbow Rowell
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
  • AR: 3.9

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IMG_0376Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life – and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.Β 

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.Β 

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words…and she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.Β 

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she want to move on even if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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ExpectationsI had high expectations of this book because I had heard so many wonderful things about it. I read the synopsis and it sounded interesting as well.Β The first few chapters were light and fluffy, and eventually set the stage for the overall plot and Cath’s gradual character developement. Fangirl was off to a good start.Β 

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LikesIn my personal opinion, the best thing about FangirlΒ was the characters. They were all a quirky and unique set of people who progressed through the story beautifully. I genuinely admired each character, even those who were supposed to be bad in the beginning, like Courtney or Reagan. All of the characters seemed to have their own back story and personal story arc that added a lot of flavor and spice to the novel. In short, the character development was phenomenal.

Another admirable trait about Fangirl is how light and fluffy of a read it is. It was quick read, and very enjoyable. The romance was sweet, but not overkill where it was obnoxious to read. Not to mention that the writing was also high quality.

I think that the pacing was good overall and the book kept me hooked in, but more about that in the Dislikes section.

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DislikesThe climax happens 100 pages before the book actually ends.Β I found this kind of surprising, and at first I was expecting an ever bigger twist at the end.

I was hoping for more…

Instead, there is a bunch of extra pages of resolution that were cute and fluffy, but could have been wrapped up much quicker. I don’t have much of a problem with this, and it’s kind of being nitpicky.

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Final ThoughtsAll in all, Fangirl delivered. I was a light and sweet read with amazing characters. It was very enjoyable and fun to read. The romance was cute, and it was executed very well. The only critiscim I had was that the plot was a little bit mixed up in some parts, but otherwise, this book was perfect. I highly recomend this book to anyone who likes romance novels, colleage stories, or just so happens to be a Β fangirl themselves. *Just like me*

Story and plot: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Pacing: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Character development: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Writing quality: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

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Thank you for reading this post! Have you read this book before? Are you a fangirl? *I can’t be the only one* Did you agree with me final ratings? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section down below.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

Fish in a Tree | Book Review (Spoiler free) + NaNoWriMo Update with Synoposis of Story

Hello! Here is my spoiler free book review of Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. *Radio talk show voice* Stay tuned for a NaNoWriMo Update at the end with an official synopsis of the book I am writing.Β I haven’t even talked about it once. So, today is that day!

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  • Title: Fish in a Tree
  • Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Publisher: Puffin
  • AR Level: 3.7

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IMG_0376Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she’s able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She’s afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb?

However, Ally’s newest teacher sees the bright, creative kid beneath the troublemaker and helps to shine a light on her gifts. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and meet other kids who break the mold. When the outsiders start to fit in, suprising things start happening inside Ally’s classroom that show’s her there’s a lot more to her — and to everyone — than a label.

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ExpectationsI had mediumΒ expectations for this book. I picked it up while it I was browsing Barnes and Noble and it looked interesting so I decided to buy it.

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Likes The character development was incredible. Through the storyline and plot, all of the characters grow in some way or another. All of them had their own unique struggles and all overcame them in different ways. Multiple characters *cough cough Albert and Shea* started off stereotypical and basic, but then ended up being complex, original characters with life, motivation, and struggles.

This book had a great message, too with some awesome quotes: “If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking it’s stupid.”

Also, I thought the “Sketchbook of Impossible Things” that was included in the back of the book added another element to the story. It was cool to read a certain scenario/thing that happened to Ally and then see her drawing for it.

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DislikesThe end of the book felt a little anti-climatic, which was disappointing. I was hoping for a fuller ending to wrap the book up better. The pacing is nothing special, but it’s not bad. I can’t put my finger on it, but I felt like something was missing from this story. It felt a little bit incomplete (and no, there isn’t a sequel). Except for the things that I mentioned in the likes section, this book is average.

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Final ThoughtsI liked this book, but there wasn’t really anything about it that stood out and made a lasting impression on me. Yes, the character development was really good and the book had a great message, but other than that, there isn’t a lot of things that stand out. If you like non-fiction, then I recommend it, if you don’t like non-fiction, then I don’t recommend it.

Even though there were some things that I would have definitely changed in this book, all in all I liked it and it told a great story, with a good message and a strong protagonist.

Story and plot: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Pacing: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Character development: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Writing quality: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

hey..not too bad

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NaNoWriMo Update

OK, I’m pushing through!Β So far, I haven’t gone a day without writing, but I did have a writer’s block just yesterday. I was able to form some random words together that I will probably have to edit it later and completely redo it.

Please note: As I am in the process of creating a memorable story, some aspects/details that were mentioned below may not be present in my final draft.

Julianna Evergreen’s life is normal. Well, at least it used to be. Ever since her mother died, her favorite person in the entire world, things have been hard. Her Dad has one unpaid bill before they lose their house. She has a hard time in school.Β But one day, everything changes. While walking to school, she meets a boy named Jack with a strange symbol on his left hand, the same one that Julianna has on hers.

Soon, the two embark on a journey across a magical world called Pie Land — to meet princesses, dragons, unicorns, and more.

But Pie Land is in terrible danger.

It is being overthrown by a vicious tyrant named Newt that pledges to destroy a peaceful dynasty that has successfully ruled Β Pie Land for over a thousand years.

Julianna doesn’t know what’s going on, but whatever it is, she’s going to find out.

So there it is! An official synopsis of my in the works novel.

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What did you think of Fish in a Tree? Are you going to read it now because of my positive review? What do you think about my story? Have you done NaNoWriMo before? Let me know down in the comments section below. Also don’t forget to follow this blog!

Keep on Booking,-Katie K

The Name of This Book is Secret | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello! Today I will be reviewing The Name of This Book is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch. This was an excellent book and is definitely a recommendation.

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  • Title: The Name of This Book is Secret
  • Author: Pseudonymous Bosch
  • Publisher: Little Brown
  • AR Reading Level: 5.6

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IMG_0376Stop!

Leave now.

This is a secret story about a dangerous secret that I must not reveal. Good. You’re curious. You’re brave. If you join this adventure, I will introduce you to some of the events and people in this perilous book. It is an alarming account of two extraordinary adventurers, a missing magician’s diary, a symphony of smells, and a deadly secret…

But be careful – our enemies are watching. And tell no one…because the name of this book is secret.

(Synopsis token from the back of the book, not my writing)

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ExpectationsI was a huge fan of this series and read the all of the books when I was in the third grade, so I thought that at least the first one deserved a re-read. I was excited to for a re-read, and I wasn’t disappointed!

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LikesThe book had a mysterious vibe that couldn’t be topped. The writing style was excellent, and the author is great at getting the reader hooked. I also enjoyed solving riddles and deciphering codes alongside Cass and Max-Ernest. It kept me engaged in the story and plot. (Which were also very good)

The villains were excellent! Dr. L and Ms. Mavius *sorry I don’t know how to spell her name* were perfect antagonists. Plus, Dr. L’s back story was executed perfectly. Come to think of it, there wasn’t a single character that I didn’t like/didn’t fit well into the story.

Bosch had a signature dark humor that spiced things up, similar to that of Trenton Lee Stewart and Lemony Snicket. He also made useful side notations a which added to the dynamics of his writing style to evaluate on the unique things that were happening in the story, which came in handy.

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DislikesThe only problem I had with this story was how the ending was a little abrupt. It didn’t seem to fully wrap up the story the way I was expecting.*

*This is in a series, which also happens to be very secret, so it may purposely leave on a cliffhanger

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Final ThoughtsAll in all, The Name of This Book is SecretΒ is a must read, especially for anyone who is into mystery books. There was only one minor problem, but it was easily outruled by all of the redeemable qualities which the book possesses. I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed if you pick this book up.

 

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Character development: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

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Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

I am proud to say that this is our first 5 star review here on Katie That Bookish Girl! *Cries tears of joy.* I’m so proud of you, books.

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Thank you for reading this post! What did you think of The Name of This Book is Secret? If you haven’t read it yet, are you going to? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments section.

Keep on Booking,

-Katie K

Everything Everything | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello, squad! Today I will be doing a spoiler free book review of Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I hope that you enjoy!

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  • Title: Everything Everything
  • Author: Nicola Yoon
  • Publisher: Random House Teen
  • AR Reading Level: Unknown/Not listed

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IMG_0376My disease is a rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean, and wearing all black – black t-shirt, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I, Maddy, am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

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ExpectationsI expected this book to be good (even though I typically HATE Romance novels because my sister watched the movie adaptation and loved it. This is great news because usually book to movie adaptations are horrible. If the movie is good, the book is 10 times better.

Also, can we just take a moment to stare at the cover. LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS.

IPFF*

*I predict future fangirling

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LikesThe pacing was average, but the chapters were short and IΒ read this novel in less than 24 hours. The story easily captured my attention and I was quickly engaged in the story and plot.

Nicola Yoon perfectly captured Maddy’s wonder when experiencing new things outside of the bubble she grew up in. I honestly don’t think it could have been done any better.

I am quite impressed! Usually I HATE Romance novels, but this was executed very well.

The drawings also added another element to the story. I especially enjoy books with these types of graphs and doodles. It in general makes the story more engaging and keeps the reader interested.

The ending was absolutely perfect.

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DislikesI would have liked to see a little bit more about Olly’s family life. There were so many chances for more development, but it just didn’t happen. We were only given a little bit of back story, which was disappointing. There was a wide open space for flaweless character development, but it just wasn’t there.

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Final ThoughtsIn conclusion, Everything Everything was a wonderful read that easily took the reader away to another world full of truth, discovery, love, and heartbreak. Although some parts were under-developed it was in general a rich novel that almost anyone who picked it up could enjoy.

I recommend this to everyone (especially teens) except those who don’t like romance novels.

Story and plot: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

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Thank you for reading this post and please follow my blog. I am curious to see what you thought about this book, so please let me know down in the comments section below! I love hearing what you guys have to say.

Keep On Booking,

-Katie K

 

Refugee | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello, my bookish friends! Today I be doing a spoiler free book review of Refugee by Alan Gratz. This was an inspiring and spell-binding book, and it is definitely a recommendation.

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  • Title: Refugee
  • Author: Alan Gratz
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • AR Reading Level: 5.3

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IMG_0376Josef is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world. Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a homemade raft, hoping to find safety in America. Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe.

All three kids go on harrowing journeys in search of refuge. All will face unimaginable dangers – – from drownings to bombing to betrayals. But there is always the hope of tomorrow. And although Josef, Isabel, and Mahmoud are separated by continents and decades, shocking connections will tie their stories together in the end.

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ExpectationsI had high expectations coming in because multiple people had told me that this was a good book. The synopsis caught my attention, and cover indicated that it was an action-packed and excited book. But who am I to judge a book by its cover?*

*It’s OK because I’m a book-reviewer but don’t tell anyone (wink, wink)\

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TLikeshe pacing was spot-on.Β RefugeeΒ was truly a page-turner. I’m not even kidding! Every single chapter ended with a cliffhanger. From the very first page to the last, this book caught my attention and was engaging. I read this book in a book club, and I found it very difficult not to read ahead. VERY difficult.

Alan Gratz not only did an excellent job executing three stories at one time but also making his characters complex, relatable, and three-dimensional. A lot of books in this same format are choppy and difficult to dive into because the plot is divided between different characters. This is difficult to do, and I applaud him for it. Josef, Isabel, and Mohmoud were brave, resourceful, and intelligent. All of them were struggling, in some way or another, but they never gave up and they kept on fighting.

Refugee was genuinely inspiring. I felt more grateful about the things that I have after I read it, and it made me realize what some people have to go through just to have a place called home.

Plus, the twist at the end of the book is AMAZING.

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DislikesThe only thing that I would have changed about this book was give a little bit more back story about Josef towards the end of the book. It was left as a little bit of a cliffhanger and in my opinion ended too abruptly, and I would have liked to see a little bit more. This, however, is my only critique.

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Final ThoughtsIn conclusion, RefugeeΒ was an attention grabbing page turner with, unlike many books with such fast pacing, truly inspiring. The characters were likeable and even though I would have changed a little bit of it, the rest was perfect. The way the characters intertwined at the end was genius and made the book 10 times better. I strongly recommend this book, especially if you like Alan Gratz or action-packed novels.

I will definitely read more books by Alan Gratz in the future, given the quality of this one.

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Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

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Keep on Booking,-Katie K

Eragon | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello, everybody! This is my first book review on Katie That Bookish Girl, so I am quite excited. But let’s just say that I have mixed emotions about this one…

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Oooooh, pretty cover…
  • Title: Eragon (Book #1 in the Inheritance Cycle)
  • Author: Christopher Paolini
  • Publisher: Paolini International
  • AR Reading Level: 5.6

IMG_0376Eragon is a poor farm boy who lives in Carvahall and lives with his Uncle and cousin, Roran. One day, while he is wandering around rural mountains hunting he notices a strange blue stone. Thinking he will be able to sell it and stock up on some food for the winter, he takes it home. It turns out to be a dragon egg, and soon Eragon finds himself on a magical journey across AlagaΓ«sia to reach a secret organization against the evil King Galbatorix (ruler of the cruel and unjust Empire) to restore balance inΒ AlagaΓ«sia. Along the way, he experiences loses and tirelessly fights battles. Although nothing is for sure, Eragon knows that he is on one big adventure.


Expectations

I had high expectations coming in because this book was strongly recommended to me by my Aunt. I had also heard about this book before, so I was very excited to read it.

 

 


LikesWhat I enjoyed the most about Eragon was how descriptive it was. I always knew exactly what was happening in vivid detail.

Paolini spent a lot of time world-building, which gave the reader a good back story on the plot and characters. This set Eragon apart from other fantasy novels, and I was impressed.


DislikesHowever, Eragon has flaws. First of all, the pacing was very slow. There were times when I wanted not to finish it because of how slow it was. There is literally 150 pages where Eragon is wandering aroundΒ AlagaΓ«sia for no reason. I’m sorry Eragon, but I could really care less whether or not you hunt an elk or a deer for tonight’s meal.

Secondly, there were very few inspiring female characters. The only one I can think of off the top of my head is Arya, and for most of the book, she is unconscious and riding on the back of Saphira. Not very empowering.

And after over 500 pages of overstretched story arcs and camping in the middle of nowhere (kind of like the first part of the Deathly Hallows if you know what I mean) Eragon as a character still feels incomplete. For example, Eragon rarely shows any emotion whatsoever. He is hotheaded, reckless, and sometimes ignorant.

Lastly, Eragon didn’t even battle Galbatorix! Like, wait, what? Come on!


Final ThoughtsIn conclusion, Eragon was painfully slow-paced, sometimes boring, but detailed and intricately woven piece of literature.

And even though I didn’t like Eragon as much as I thought I would, I have to give props to Paolini for writing this when he was just 15 years old. And yes, as you can see on my GoodReads widget, I am reading the sequel, Eldest. Was it not what I hoped it would be? Yes. But was it bad? No. When I picked up this book and read the summary, I was excited and expecting a wonderful fantasy adventure. What I actually got was

Let’s just say I have mixed emotions on this one, but I would only recommend it to you if you are super into dragons and insanely long fantasy novels.

Story and plot: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Pacing: πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Character development: πŸ’–πŸ’–

Writing quality: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

Enjoyment: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

Overall: πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–Β½

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-Katie K