Love and Luck | Book Review (Spoiler free)

Hello, blogosphere! It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a full-length book review…as in over a year…yet I still brand myself as a book blogger. Although I have done book-themed posts, this past year my blog has had more of a focus on writing, bullet journaling, and productivity/lifestyle. My audience seems to enjoy these posts, but I miss writing book reviews! ❤︎ Personally, I’ve had a lot of fun branching out and writing posts other than reviews! When I first starting blogging, my reviews were very simple and dry. This being said, from now on, I’ll add book reviews to the mix!

I hope you enjoy this post!

Synopsis

“I wanted this to be real life, not a detour…”

Addie is visiting Ireland for her aunt’s over-the-top destination wedding and hoping she can stop thinking about the one horrible thing that left miserable and heartbroken — and threatens her future. But her brother Ian isn’t about to let her forget, and his constant needling leads to arguments and even a fistfight between the two once inseperatable siblings.

But when Addie discovers an unusual guidebook, Ireland for the Heartbroken, hidden in the dusty shelves of the hotel library, she’s finally able to escape her anxious mind — and Ian’s criticism.

And then their travel plans change. Suddenly Addie finds herself on a whirlwind tour of the Emerald Isle, trapped in the world’s smallest vehicle with Ian and his admittedly cute Irish-accented friend Rowan. As the trio journeys over breathtaking green hills, past countless castles, and through a number of fairytale forests, Addie hopes her guidebook will heal not only her broken heart, but also her shattered relationship with her brother.

That is, if they don’t get completely lost along the way.

Expectations

I saw this book in a Barnes & Noble a couple of months ago and picked it up because the cute cover and the synopsis. I was in the mood for a cute YA contemporary!

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The book was relatively fast-paced and got straight to the point. Unlike so many other YA contemporaries, there weren’t random spots in the story where nothing happened. Addie, Ian, and Rowan were always adventuring and continuing their journey. The story continued to progress but still managed to incorporate reflective moments where the characters developed.

The story centered around a secret road-trip through lovely Irish scenery. The detail to culture and geographical locations made the novel more realistic and enjoyable. I loved reading the characters grow as they traveled through the Emerald Isle.

The story as a whole was very sweet and included the best elements of a true YA contemporary: adventure, sibling feuds, and a little bit of romance. My favorite element of this novel over all had to be the writing style. Addie’s witty narration carried the story!

Dislikes

In general, the plot was very linear and predictable, all the way to the end. The book never surprised me, I always knew what was going to happen next. Even the major “plot-twists” of the novel were foreseeable. I would have liked to see a little more surprises to match the scenery and the novel’s element of adventure.

Final Thoughts

Overall, this was a cute and fast-paced read with enjoyable scenery and a predictable plot. The best part of this novel is Jenna Evans Welch’s witty and wise writing style. I would recommend this of you’re in the mood for a quick and bubbly YA contemporary read!

Story and plot: ★★★☆☆

Pacing: ★★★★

Character development: ★★★★

Writing quality: ★★★★

Enjoyment: ★★★★★

Overall: ★★★★

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Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

Venturing into the world of NaNoWriMo…

Hello, blogosphere! I am going to be participating in NaNoWriMo this April. I have a lot more time on my hands than I usually do because of quarantine and online schooling, instead of regular school.

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NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge that happens every April, July, and November. Participants can pledge to write short stories, poetry, a screenplay, or a novel. NaNoWriMo allows you to set a writing goal between 30 and 1,000,000 words. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to finish or make progress on a writing project while having fun and staying motivated! Last year, I participated in NaNoWriMo, and I began working on a first draft of a novel. I’m ready to continue working on my draft!

The first day of writing went well. So far, I have written 1,500 words out of my 18,000 word goal. I have a lot of writing inspiration, and I’m really excited. ❤︎

The Synopsis of my WIP ✿

Jamie Holt’s 6th-grade year has not been going the way she expected…and not in a middle-school meltdown manner. With her beloved mother’s obscure disappearance and the constant teasing of her peers, Jamie has enough on her plate. But things start to become really bizarre when she and 7th-grader Jack Prince are whisked off to a magical world: Pye Land: a land uncanny and endearing at the same time. Kamala Rivers, welcomes Jamie and Jack into her arms and gives them a mission that will change Pye Land’s future…forever. Jamie and Jack must stop the reign of the nefarious Mr. Newt, who has wreaked havoc all across Pye Land. If they don’t an evil force will soon shroud the entire universe, one planet at a time into darkness…

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Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon | Book Review (Spoiler free)

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Greetings bookish friends! Today I am going to be reviewing one of my all-time favorites, a Chinese fairytale called Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. I reviewed this book a while ago on my old blog, The Tweendom Kingdom, but I think it’s time for an update. I hope you enjoy!

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  • Title: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
  • Author: Grace Lin
  • Publisher: Little Brown
  • AR: 5.5

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IMG_4416-2Young Minli lives in the Valley of the Fruitless Mountain, where she and her parents spend their days laboring away in the fields. At night, Minli listens to her father’s tales about the Old Man of the Moon, who knows the answers to everything. Minli sets out on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon–he will know how to bring good fortune to her family. Along the way, she befriends many magical creatures, including a talking fish, a powerful king, and a dragon who can’t fly!

Will Minli survive her treacherous journey and bring good fortune to her family? Or will she never even be able to find her way back?

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IMG_5432I picked this book up at a Barnes and Noble a long time ago because the cover caught my eye.

I did some more research of my own, from online reviews and what other bloggers though of it, and concluded that it was a really good book. The first chapter was also really interesting.

I gave it a try, and absolutely loved it!

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IMG_4422-2I loved the writing style of this book! Everything is so dreamy and the reader is whisked off to a magical world. The characters were also amazing. Minli is so inspiring, kind, intelligent, and tenacious. I loved Minli’s and Dragon’s friendship. It was so dynamic and heartwarming, and it made the story one million times better!

The illustrations were absolutely gorgeous. They made the book appear more fairytale-like and the combanation of the text and visuals made for a phenomenal story. The short chapters had excellent pacing and have the ability to catch the reader’s attention very quickly.

Not only that, but everything lead up to the climax perfectly. The ending was so suprising and magical! The plot is so unique and creative that it makes it nearly impossible to dislike. Readers were caught up in between Minli’s exciting quest and the sorrow and worry of her parent’s at home. I kept on reading so I could find out what happened when Minli reached the end of the String of Destiny bridge. Grace Lin brilliantly used multipule perspectives throughout the course of the story, showing how Minli, Ma, Ba, Dragon, and what other important charcters were doing and feeling.

I cannot stress how much I love this book. The story is so beautiful and the characters are amazing. If you’re looking for a nostaglic book with an amazing protaganist and cast of characters, this is the book you’re looking for!

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IMG_4419-2I’m sure there are some people who didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did, but as critical as I am when it comes to literature, I can’t say one thing wrong about this book. In my eyes, it is 100% perfect!

 

 

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IMG_4421-2This book was so perfect and I absolutely loved it! The story, pacing, writing style/quality, character developement, and overall enjoyment was amazing!

From the start of the book where Minli found the goldfish to the climax where she finally met the Old Man of the Moon, this book was wonderful. I highly recommend this book! This is a must-read!

Story and plot: ☆☆☆☆☆

Pacing: ☆☆☆☆

Character development: ☆☆☆☆☆

Writing quality: ☆☆☆☆☆

Enjoyment: ☆☆☆☆☆

Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

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Keep On Booking,

☆ Katie K ☆