My Classics!

Anyone a bibliophile? I AM! I absolutely love literary classics. I have been building my collection of new classic design books that Barnes & Noble carries for about six months now. THEY ARE SO PRETTY!

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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Seven Novels by Jane Austen

Beauty and the Beast & Other Classic Fairy Tales

A Treasury of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales

Charlotte’s Web and Other Illustrated Classics

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

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Publisher Synopsis

Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the US, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family where he attends an elite international school. His friends and peers-fellow rich kids-have plans to attend college somewhere in the US or Europe and someday take over their parents’ businesses. Always a rule follower and a parent pleaser, Carlos is more than happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby.

When his older brother, Felix–who has dropped out of college to live a life of travel–is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother’s voice, giving him advice and pushing him to rebel against his father’s plan for him. Worrying about his mental health, but knowing the voice is right, Carlos runs away to the US and manages to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef. As he works to improve his skills in the kitchen and pursue his dream, he begins to fall for his boss’s daughter–a fact that could end his career before it begins. Finally living for himself, Carlos must decide what’s most important to him and where his true path really lies.

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**THANK YOU HARLEQUIN TEEN FOR SENDING ME AN ARC COPY FOR REVIEW**

**SPOILERS ALERT**

This book was amazing! It sounded interesting to me when I received it but I have yet to find a contemporary that I really LOVED…but North of Happy did it for me! Adi Alsaid’s writing style, characters and story structure is so real and makes you feel what the characters are feeling. I love Carlos as a character, and while I can see where Emma is coming from with him missing her dads dinner I think that they were meant for each other and she was a little hard on him.

The only thing I didn’t like about North of Happy was the ending. It wasn’t satisfying at all! While I am glad that Carlos’ dad was OK, I still think he was meant to be in Seattle and should have gone back to try and work things out with Elise at the Provecho restaurant. However! It is super awesome that he will be attending a culinary school!!

I loved all the recipes at the beginning of each chapter, I will definitely be trying some of them! Over all I just really loved the story of North of Happy and will be looking into Adi Alsaid’s other books, he is an amazing writer! I would definitely recommend this book, READ IT! IT’S BEAUTIFUL!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Heart of the Storm by Michael Buckley

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Publisher Synopsis

“There’s something out in that water. Be ready to take the people you love and leave when it comes onshore.”

For three months, Lyric Walker has been trapped in the hunting grounds, the Alpha city at the bottom of the ocean. But Lyric Walker, Brooklyn girl, is not going down without a fight. She makes an unlikely alliance with her jailer, a Rusalka named Husk. Husk reveals the truth about what actually resides in the Great Abyss. The Great Abyss is not some Alpha god but belongs to an unknown clan of monsters, ones who think in a hive mentality and believe anyone who cannot hear their voice is broken and must be destroyed. And Lyric has just woken them.
After a death-defying escape, Lyric makes her journey back to the mainland to prepare humanity for another monster invasion. Once reunited with her parents, Bex, and hot-nerd-with-potential Riley, Lyric has to break the terrible truth.

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**SPOILER ALERT**

This book gave me a major case of the feels!!!! First going into this book I wasn’t as into it as I was for the first two books in this trilogy (Undertow & Raging Sea), however, by the end I was exploding with emotions! It took me a while to get through Heart of the Storm. It was written differently than the first two books…we are reading a chapter each through a flash back and present time…and I have NEVER been a fan of that. However, whenever I sat down with this book and just committed to reading it I couldn’t stop and got trapped in the Coney Island world! By the end of this book I was totally satisfied with the ending even when I thought I wouldn’t be.

Let me just say that the fight scenes in Buckley’s books are so well written, it’s like I am there. My heat starts racing and I feel all the emotions that his characters feel.

Sadness…

Anger…

Pain…

Panic…

Happiness…

Surprise…

Love…

I can smell the ocean and feel the breeze

That’s what I call a fantastic writer!

I sort of ruined it for myself in a way because I read a little bit ahead and just happened to pick the chapter where Lyric finds out she is pregnant with Fathom’s baby (yeah that totally threw me for a loop!!!) and then once I read that I needed to know how it all went down and skipped ahead to the part when she tells Fathom…and then I read a little bit of the epilogue; DON’T DO WHAT I DID! Because of this I jumped to all sorts of conclusions about what happened with Riley and why he was with Bex and then why Lyric and Fathom weren’t together…I mean they love each other and have a son! I started putting off reading this book because I am such a sap for love and it seemed like Lyric wasn’t going to get it with Riley or Fathom…it seriously broke my heart a little bit…like there was pain and everything. But I continued on and I was totally wrong and the ending was one of the most satisfying things I have read in a long time. I am used to the main characters getting the love interest at the end, or ending up with someone they love and someone that makes them happy. But for once the author made it about what was empowering for the protagonist, and in this case is was Lyric deciding to choose herself.

‘I pick me,’ I say.

He’s confused again. This time, I take his hands in mine.

“I had a choice to make,” I say. He doesn’t need to know he’s been one corner of a love triangle. He doesn’t need to know that I was flipping Riley and him over in my head, trying to see them from every side, so I could decide which one to buy. He doesn’t need to know that Riley helped me understand something that right now makes sense. “And I picked me.”

I tell him that I love him and that I probably always will, and then  I tell him all the reasons why it’s not a good enough reason for us to be together. He doesn’t argue or try to manipulate me. He doesn’t go on and on about how if we want it, we can have it. He just sits and listens. For the first time since he came into my life, he is exactly what I needed him to be.”

I absolutely love this because I feel like it portrays a different side of not only the heroin but reveals that we all have a choice and that choice doesn’t always have to be what other people expect it to be.

The epilogue starts of three years later when Lyric, Riley, Bex and Lyric’s three old son, Max, return to Coney Island to meet up with Fathom and Husk so that Max can meet his dad. And while it kind of rubbed me the wrong way that Max and Fathom were just meeting for the first time in three years I got through it and totally fell in love with this scene. Fathom is a little more human and is great with Max. Buckley ends this book perfectly because it’s the cutest scene in the history of books, it ends with Fathom and Max doing the Wild Things dance and Fathom is the one to initiate it! My heart seriously melted. Not to mention that Buckley hints at Fathom and Lyric still feeling things for each other and possibly starting over in the future…that might just be my imagination but a girl can dream! Over all I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would and it was such a satisfying ending! Thank you Michael Buckley for capturing my heart in the Undertow world!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

My Most Anticipated Books of 2017

Hello Readers! Today’s blog post is going to be about my most anticipated books of 2017 in order, 1 being my most anticipated and 10 being my lesser anticipated!! I don’t have as many this year as I usually do and I think that’s mostly because I have been so busy with class and planning a wedding that I have not been able to scroll through bookish media! Don’t despair though because I still have A LOT of amazing books that are being released that I want to devour. Lately I have been really into post apocalyptic books, usually about the world ending in some way…why I am not sure! I have also really been enjoying books that take place in space or on other planets, love love love!! Here is a list of the books that I am dying to get my hands on! If you have read any of these or if you are also impatiently waiting for them like I am let me know in the comments down below!

P.S. Some of these I have already read this year and I was a little bit disappointed in some of them. However, I am going to rate them how I would have rated their anticipation before reading them!

  1. Untitled Chaol Novel by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Kings Cage by Victoria Aveyard
  3. Starfall by Melissa Landers
  4. We All Looked Up by Tommy Walach
  5. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  6. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
  7. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  8. The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow
  9. North of Happy by Adi Alsaid
  10. Duels and Deception by Cindy Anstey

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Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Blue Tickle Monster by A.M. Shah, Melissa Arias Shah

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This story is about a little girl named Susie Sue who teaches Blue Tickle Monster how to laugh before bedtime.
A great story for parents, children, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach kids about facing fears, creating friendships, and laughing. Ages 4 and Up.

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**THANK YOU TO THE AUTHORS FOR SENDING ME AN ARC IN THE MAIL**

So this is my first children’s book that I am reviewing! I have found that when children’s books rhyme they are not only easier for kids to read, but also more fun to read for the child. This book had no rhyme to it whatsoever, which was sort of disappointing. My niece really loved all the colors in this book, it is definitely fun to look at! Not sure if I would recommend this book, but it was fun to look at the illustrations.

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

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Publisher Synopsis

The compelling story of two outsiders striving to find their place in an unforgiving world. Drifters in search of work, George and his simple-minded friend Lennie have nothing in the world except each other and a dream–a dream that one day they will have some land of their own. Eventually they find work on a ranch in California’s Salinas Valley, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie, struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy, becomes a victim of his own strength. Tackling universal themes such as the friendship of a shared vision, and giving voice to America’s lonely and dispossessed, Of Mice and Men has proved one of Steinbeck’s most popular works, achieving success as a novel, a Broadway play and three acclaimed films.

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I have a love hate relationship with this book. Why? Because I am not sure whether or not I enjoyed this book or found it to be depressing. Of Mice and Men is a book that made me realize the ugly in the world and the way people with disabilities are treated. I would go so far as to say that this book made me grow up a little after that realization. I would definitely recommend that every person read Of Mice and Men at least once in their life! John Steinbeck has some amazing books and his writing style is easy to understand and imagine up in your head. He is a “classic” writer to me!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

Books I Hated

Hello readers and bloggers! Anyone ever just absolutely hate a book? I know I have, it doesn’t happen often, but when it does I remember it for awhile because I usually enjoy every book I read! Today’s blog post is about the books that I have come across and really didn’t enjoy. I am only going to do a couple that I just really couldn’t finish and/or regretted finishing! If you hated any of these books, or loved them, let me know why in the comments down below!

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

This book was SO LAME! I hated the story and I couldn’t stand any of the characters, the main character, Emy was so whinny and pathetic. She drove me nuts and I couldn’t finish this book because it is. Now keep in mind that I am not a fan of Nina LaCour’s writing at all, so I probably should have never picked this book up in the first place.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

I know, this book is a “classic”, however, I could not keep my eyes or mind open for this book. I read this book for the first time in my freshman year of high school and it was so brutal. I didn’t care about the characters or story at all; after I started reading this book, the only reason that kept me going was that I had a midterm project due on it. I am not sure why people loved this book so much, I would love to have been on the band wagon but I just couldn’t! If you really loved this book, please explain why in the comments down below!!

Impossible by Nancy Werlin

Okay, this book was just really weird. I finished the book, however, I would not recommend it or pick it up again. I didn’t mine the beginning, but once it got to the part of how the main character got pregnant, and then WHY she got pregnant, just turned me off and made me feel super uncomfortable!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

 

The Assassins Blade by Sarah J. Maas

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Publisher Synopsis

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

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**SPOILERS ALERT**

Hello readers! Let me just start off today’s blog post by sta-OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK RIPPED MY HEART OUT, SPIT ON IT AND THEN STUFFED IT BACK IN!!!!

Let me take a breath and calm down for a second…okay so to start off. I made the choice of reading The Assassins Blade after reading the first six books of the Throne of Glass series and I don’t regret that at all; this is why I don’t regret doing this…because I could fully invest myself in the beauty that is Sam Cortland. I feel like if I had read this book when it was meant to be read, closer too the middle of the series, than I would have been too wrapped up in my other “bookish boyfriends” of this fantastic series…such as Dorian, Chaol or Rowan. However, by reading this book after the sixth book, I was able to commit my entire love and literary imagination to Sam and his character…and the horrible things that happened to him in the end that resulted in his gruesome death. Of all the horrible things that have happened to Aelin (Celaena), including the final scene in Empire of Storms when Queen Maeve takes Aelin-the way she was taken was cruel-I now feel, after reading The Assassins Blade-that Sam’s death and the gruesome, cruel way he died is the worst thing to happen to her; and to readers of Miss Maas’s series.

Before reading this book of the series, I had yet to feel sick to my stomach and on the verge of tears, but after knowing how Sam died in that horrible way, I just did not want to continue reading this book because I was afraid to feel the loss, as a reader, when he died; I wasn’t disappointed. I explained in an update on Goodreads, when I was around page 390, that as I crept closer and closer to the scene were Sam died I started to slow down on my reading of the book and took my time when I was reading…I just didn’t want to have him ripped from my readers character heart.

I say kudos to Celaena for even being able to live on and fight after a grotesque death like Sam’s. If you think this book doesn’t enhance the Throne of Glass series then you are SO WRONG, The Assassings Blade adds to much to the series as a whole. Read it. Read it now.

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah

ARC Books!

Hey readers and bloggers! This post is going to be about ARC (Advanced Reader Copies) that I have received from giveaways and book publishers. Below is a list of the books I have been lucky enough to snag and I will also include the publisher synopsis so you can read those to get an idea of what they are about. One of the books I have already posted a review about on my blog, so go check that out in my February archives!

North of Happy by Adi Alsaid

Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the US, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family where he attends an elite international school. His friends and peers-fellow rich kids-have plans to attend college somewhere in the US or Europe and someday take over their parents’ businesses. Always a rule follower and a parent pleaser, Carlos is more than happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby.
When his older brother, Felix–who has dropped out of college to live a life of travel–is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother’s voice, giving him advice and pushing him to rebel against his father’s plan for him. Worrying about his mental health, but knowing the voice is right, Carlos runs away to the US and manages to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef. As he works to improve his skills in the kitchen and pursue his dream, he begins to fall for his boss’s daughter–a fact that could end his career before it begins. Finally living for himself, Carlos must decide what’s most important to him and where his true path really lies.

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**Thank you so much Harlequin Books for sending me an early review copy**

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…
Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

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**Thank you so much Penguin Teen for sending me an early review copy**

Blue Tickle Monster by A.M. Shah, Abira Das

This story is about a little girl named Susie Sue who teaches Blue Tickle Monster how to laugh before bedtime. A great story for parents, children, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach kids about facing fears, creating friendships, and laughing. Ages 4 and Up.

(I looked into this book for my niece Evalynn!)

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**Thank you so much to the author, A.M. Shah, for sending me a copy**

Stories of Uncommon Character by Douglas Feavel

This inspiring book is filled with unforgettable people who challenged and changed their world in remarkable and admirable ways. You’ll be introduced to personalities who are living and historical, familiar and unknown, domestic and foreign. Prepare to meet pilots, farmers, missionaries, engineers, martyrs, businessmen, pioneers, presidents, soldiers, writers, and scientists – whose shared motivations become a part of us and our heritage. Together they answer the pertinent questions of our time: What makes a genuine hero? Why is a hero’s life worth understanding? How does a hero personify favorable character?

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**Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy**

Surprised by Faith by Don Bierle

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**Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy**

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

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Publisher Synopsis

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

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I really enjoyed this book! It has been awhile since I read it but I am still able to remember the plot and characters because I enjoyed it so much! I liked the love connections between Melanie, Jared, Wanda and Ian; I am cheesy like that, always in for a love triangle…or a love square I suppose, since there’s four! The description of the mountain hide out in the desert is really descriptive and I could very easily imagine it in my head! While there were some cheesy parts of the book, and some parts that were super predictable, like (SPOILERS ALERT) Ian falling for Wanda it was still a super sweet “love story”.

Once thing that I didn’t expect was for Wanda to survive and get her own body!!! I was so happy about that, the fact that both her and Ian were happy in the end was pleasing. Over all I would recommend this book, especially if you like Stephanie Meyers’ other books and if you like alien type stories!

Happy Reading!

xoxoSarah