Saturday, August 29, 2015

Blog Break

Hey everyone!

So I have some news. Next week I will be starting my first year at university! I am super excited to move and start going to school! But, I will need to take a bit of a break from blogging. I am not quitting, but I am just taking some time off so I can adjust to university life and being away from home. I hope you all have a great fall/ winter!

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Top 10 Characters I would be best friends with

Hey everyone! Today I will be ranking the top 10 characters that I just did not click with.  We would definitely not be friends in real life.

10. Dumbledore form Harry Potter. I just need some wise old guy to tell me what to do with my life.
9. Kenji from Shatter Me. He is such a good friend and he is hilarious.
8. Katy from the Lux Series. She loves to read, she is a blogger, and she is funny. Yup, we are already friends.
7. Daemon from the Lux Series. Well I guess I would want to be more than friends....
6. Greg from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I would just be dying from laughter lets be real.
5. Finch from All the Bright Places. He is just super fun (well until the end of the novel..)
4. Emmy from Emmy & Oliver. I just want to learn how to surf.
3. Cress from Cress. Although she has been isolated her whole life, she still dreams and loves and I think we would go along wonderfully.
2. Iggy from Maximum Ride. I think that we would have a freakin awesome friendship. He is pretty quiet but he gets crazy when he is excited (uh, me.)
1. Hermoine Granger form Harry Potter. WE WOULD BE BEST FRIENDS FOREVER. I mean, we both love to read and both love school. She is awesome and I am awesome. Perfect right??

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, August 3, 2015

Review: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta




Title: Jellicoe Road 
Author: Melina Marchetta 
Publisher: Penguin 
Publication Date: August 28th, 2006
Genre: Contemporary 
Page Count: 290 
Age Range: 12+ 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):
"I'm dreaming of the boy in the tree. I tell him stories. About the Jellicoe School and the Townies and the Cadets from a school in Sydney. I tell him about the war between us for territory. And I tell him about Hannah, who lives in the unfinished house by the river. Hannah, who is too young to be hiding away from the world. Hannah, who found me on the Jellicoe Road six years ago."

Taylor is leader of the boarders at the Jellicoe School. She has to keep the upper hand in the terriotry wars and deal with Jonah Griggs- the enigmatic leader of the cadets, and someone she thought she would never see again. And now Hannah, the person Taylor had come to rely on, has disappeared. Taylor's only clue is a manuscript about five kids who lived in Jellicoe eighteen years ago. She needs to find out more, but this means confronting her own story, making sense of her strange, recurring dream, and finding her mother- who abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road. 

My Thoughts:

When I was fourteen I read this book for the first time. I loved it so much I wrote my first review, which was pretty rough. I posted the review on Goodreads and I thought it would be super funny to put on here. 
"I  can honestly say that this is my favorite book. Where should I start.... okay. The cover. I love the cover. This book was really different from any other book I have ever read. When I started reading it, I didn't think I would like it. But, the idea of this whole war between the townies, cadets, and the boarding school was so unique. This is probably what made it my favorite. This book made me laugh and cry. There was also the story inside the story that kept me reading. Overall, an amazing book. I recommend it to everyone." 
But yeah, this is a great summary of my thoughts.This book has been my favorite book (besides Harry Potter) since I read it. Every single character has their own story but when they are smooched together they become even better. Taylor and Griggs have each had a really hard time growing up but they find each other and life is worth living again. When they see each other again after a few years they have to enlist the help of their friends to try to win the territory wars. Speaking of the territory wars, that is freaking awesome. The Cadets, Townies, and Jellicoe School must engage in different activities in order to win more territory in the town of Jellicoe. It takes leadership and the participation from everyone in order to win. SO GOOD.

I loved Taylor. She has been through so much crap but she is still strong. She does not take anyone's crap and usually stays under the radar. When she is given the role of the leader of the Jellicoe School for the territory wars she must step up and learn to trust. With the help of her friends, she learns to negotiate with the Cadets and Townies.

Also, Griggs. I love Griggs almost as much as I love Harry Potter. He is quiet and mysterious but once you get to know him and his story, you understand why he is the way he is. Taylor and Griggs work perfectly together and its amazing. End of story.

Overall, this book is amazing. Read it so you can understand what I mean. Please.

Rating: *****
Cover Rating: LOVE IT
Recommendations:
1. Paper Towns by John Green
2. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
3. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Favorite Quotation: "You just have to belong. Long to be"


Now, what do you think?


Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The Blogger Recognition Award

Good morning everyone! So this past week I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award. I am so grateful that I have received this award but also just so proud to be part of the blogosphere. I want to thank Ayesha and Monisah at Twins Turn Pages because they are amazing in every way.



The rules of this award.....
1. Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to. Do some digging if you must! Find those blogs. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you
2. Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers. Thank whoever nominated you, and provide a link to their blog. List who you've nominated in the post. Make sure to also attach the award itself! (You can do this by right-clicking, saving, and uploading the image above).
3. Comment on each blog and let them know you've nominated them. Provide a link to the award post you created.
4. Provide a link to the original post at Edge of Night

1. Angel at Angel Erin's Book Obsession
2. Tessa at Crazy for YA
3. Paige at Electively Paige
4. Colleen at Call Me Leen
5. Caitlin at The YA Bookworm
6. Alexa at Alexa Loves Books
7. Candace at Candace's Book Blog
8. Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax
9. Mariam at Mariam Mimi's Bookish Blog
10. Kristin at Simply Bookish Things
11. Elly at A Hufflepuff's Thoughts
                                        12. Catriona at Little Book Owl
                                        13. Georgia May at Teen Book Hoots
                                        14. Pearl at Bibliopearl
                                        15. Lori at Pure Imagination Blog

How this blog was started....

There wasn't any specific event that triggered me making this blog. It was more just me sitting in my room, staring at my bookcase and saying "you know what? it would be freakin cool to have a blog." And here we are. I started my blog the day after that and now it is just a challenge to see how long I can keep it. I love blogging because I can articulate clearly how I feel about a book and I get to communicate with so many amazing bloggers (see above). You are all amazing and make blogging so much fun!!!

Advice to other bloggers....

1. Do not be scared to say what you want. There have been a few times when I am writing a review and I kind of sugar coat what I mean. If you want to have a powerful review, just go for it.
2. Interact with the community. There are so many sites that you can meet other bloggers or you can just comment on other posts and see what happens.
3. Join Goodreads.  Goodreads is life.
4. Keep to your schedule. For example, I write posts every Saturday and post them on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays. It keeps me organized so I know exactly when I am doing things.

LOVE YOU ALL
Sincerely.
a Book Nerd





Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Top 10 Uplifting Books

Gooooooddd morning everyone! Today I will be listing some uplifting books that you should read if you are having a bad day.

10. Maximum Ride by James Patterson
9. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
8. Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer
7. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
6. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E Lockhart
5. Literally any Sarah Dessen book
4. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
3. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
1. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han




Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before 

Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Publication Date: April 15th, 2014 
Genre: Contemporary/ Romance 
Page Count: 288 
Age Range: 12+ 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):

This is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead write each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

My Thoughts:

To All the Boys I've Loved Before was so different than I was expecting. I know I say this all of the time but I was expecting some cheap romance that had no story line. I don't know why I thought this way but it was probably because the synopsis just lends itself to that thought. I mean, it seems like some YA book that I would have read when I was ten and loved. However, it was nothing like that. It was more of the story of Lara Jean and relationships with the people around her. This is not just boys, but her family as well. 

Lara Jean's relationship with her sisters was by far my favorite part of this book. The characters in general were the best part of the book. Jenny Han did a wonderful job building each of the characters and working them all together. Margot, Lara Jean, and Kitty are the three Song girls. They are very close but their relationship gets a bit rocky when Margot goes off to college. They have to adapt to a new environment, especially with the youngest, Kitty, getting older. Kitty was hands down my favorite character. She was funny, didn't take anyone's crap, and so young and innocent. She is the kind of kid that I always wished I was. I also really enjoyed every scene that she was in.

The three girls made this book for me. I have one sister and I am pretty close to her so reading a book that had such a huge sister bond was really refreshing and nice to read about. It had all of the fights, touching moments, and jealousies e that a sister bond definitely has.

Now I know that you are waiting to hear about the boys. Well, I liked them. They weren't mysterious and intimidating like so many YA books now have. They were down to earth and real. Pretty normal teenage guys. Jenny Han did not overdo them and make them seem to be more than they were, which I really liked. There were many boys in this book so I will not list them all, plus that would ruin the book for you. I will say that I am Team Peter all of the way. Josh was a pain who I wished would just go to England with Margot. Peter was cute and reminded me of Wesley from DUFF (loved that movie, just saying). 

Overall, this was a good read but nothing super amazing. It was a cute summer read!

Rating: ***/*
Cover Rating: eh
Recommendations:
1. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider 
2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 
3. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han 
Favorite Quotation: "You just gotta hold your head up and act like you don't give a shit"
Now, what do you think?

Sincerely, 
a Book Nerd 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

BOOKTUBEATHON 2015

You know how I have been posting recently about to-read piles and how hard it is to get rid of them? Well I have a answer to your problems. BookTube-A-Thon 2015!

If you did not participate last year then let me explain what it is. So over the course of the week, you will be challenged to fulfill a certain number of reading tasks and video tasks. Some of these include reading a book with a red cover or a book that has a movie associated with it.

BookTube-A-Thon is a great way to get a bunch of reading done and having fun with the book community. The wonderful Ariel Bissett is in charge of this event and she just made the first announcement video. You can watch that here.

So this year the event will run from August 3rd to the 9th. Once more information is released I will post it on here.

Happy reading!

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, July 20, 2015

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Title: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance 
 Page Count: 390 
Age Range: 12+



Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Humans and androids crowd the caucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizens with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden romance. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future. 

My Thoughts:
Hands down one of the best books I have read in the past few months (and that has been a lot). I loved every single thing about this book from the story line to the small characters. Cinder was definitely a surprise because I have avoided reading this book for years, for reasons I cannot describe.

So let me start this off by giving a synopsis in my own words. So there is this girl named Cinder. She is a cyborg. What does that mean?!?! Well, she is part human, part machine. Cyborgs are seen as outcasts in New Beijing so she is under the control of her stepmother until she can escape. While she is the ward of her stepmother, she must make a living for the family by working as a mechanic. This is where she meets Prince Kai who turns out to be much different than expected. Cinder is then sucked into a world and adventure that she never thought she would be involved in.

If you haven't picked up on it yet, Cinder is an adaptation of Cinderella. So, you can think of this book as a mix between Star Wars, the Terminator, and Cinderella. There is intergalactic warfare, an intimidating villain, and an unexpected romance. What I liked about this book is that even though it was similar to Cinderella, it was not the same exact thing. The use of science fiction made this book so much more intense and suspenseful.

Cinder and Prince Kai were so cute. Like I wanted to be Cinder every time they were together. I knew that there would be something between them because come on, but it was the way that it unfolded that kept me reading. Prince Kai liked Cinder for who she was not what she looked like. I loved reading about Kai as well. He had to see his father die and then realize that he was not the Emperor. He had a country filled with epidemic victims as well as a pending war with Luna, the country on the moon. Speaking of, the Luna aspect of the book was so cool to read. The citizens of Luna have special talents and powers unlike the people of Earth, so they can be seen as a problem for Earth.

Overall, this book was AMAZING x 100000. If you have not read it yet than you are obviously crazy (don't worry, this was me forever).

Rating: ************************* (that's like a lot)
Cover Rating: I could marry this cover
Recommendations:
1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
2. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
3. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Favorite Quotations: "Even in the future the story begins with Once Upon A Time"


Now, what do you think?

Sincerely.
a Book Nerd

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Top 10 book still on my To-Read Pile

Good morning fellow readers! So my top 10 today will be the books that have been in my To-Read Pile for about a million years. I just haven't had the chance to read them, or just was never in the mood for them. So comment/ email me to let me know which ones I should read first!

10. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini. I think I have to be in a certain mood for this one.
9. Mortal Heart  by Robin Lefevers. Reading this book requires me to read the whole series over again and I ain't got the time for that.
8. Zodiac by Romana Russell. I have heard some talk about this book and I cannot decide if it was good or bad.... We shall see I guess.
7. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart. I just haven't gotten to it yet. Whoops.
6. Lost Empire by Clive Cussler. I have to be in a certain mood to read Clive Cussler.
5. Love In the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block. I love the cover but it was not enough for me to read it right away.
4. Enemy by Charlie Higgins. I am halfway through this one, but I cant finish it. I will someday (I hope).
3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. It is so big. And intimating.
2. Emma by Jane Austen. I have had this book on the same shelf for four years. I know. It is really bad. I just haven't been able to read the first page. AHH
1. Cinder by Melissa Meyer. I cannot wait to read this one. I have said this for about two years now. Ah, well. I will get there eventually.

What's on your To- Read pile?

Sincerely.
a Book Nerd

Monday, July 13, 2015

Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige



Title: Dorothy Must Die 
Author: Danielle Paige
Publisher: HarperCollins 
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Genre: Fantasy 
Page Count: 452 
Age Range: 13+ 



Synopsis (from Goodreads):

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado- taking you with it- you have no choice but to go along, you know? 
Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow  and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still a yellow brick road- but even that's crumbling.
What happened? Dorothy. 
They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. 
My name is Amy Gumm- and I'm the other girl from Kansas. 
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. 
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission. 

My Thoughts: 
I love the Wizard of Oz. I have loved it since I saw it the first time when I was three years old and received an Oz play set the same year. So, when I first saw this book in Barnes and Noble I was very hesitant towards reading it because I was scared it would warp my thoughts on the original. I finally picked it up about two weeks ago because I had a coupon (I know, bad excuse). But let me tell you I am 150% happy with my decision. Dorothy Must Die was one of the best adaptations of a book I have ever read. I loved the beginning, the middle, and the end. Each and every character was thought out in the context of the book and the original.

So the book takes place after Dorothy. She has already saved Oz from the Wicked Witch of the West and is best friends with the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion. The book begins with Amy Gumm, a loner who never fit in in Kansas. When she is swept away in a tornado and finds herself in Oz, she must adapt to her new environment and grow as a person. What she finds in Oz is so much different than what she remembers from the stories. Dorothy is supposed to be an innocent, sweet girl in a blue checkered dress. Yes, she may still be wearing the checkered dress but she is far from innocent and sweet. She has taken control of Oz, with the help of her friends, and is sucking the magic right out of the ground. Amy is taken in by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked with one task: kill Dorothy.

Sounds amazing right?!?! Well it was. We never got an epilogue to the Wizard of Oz, so we never knew what happened to the characters as well as Oz itself. This book takes a little bit of a turn by casting Dorothy and her friends in a negative light. Paige is also using this to question the definition of  "Wicked" and "Good" and what it takes to become either one. Remember Glinda the Good Witch? Well she is not so good anymore, and her twin sister Glamoura (the "Wicked" one) is now looking to help Oz.

I really liked Amy. She started off as a whiny, helpless girl from Kansas. Throughout the story, she was thrown into situations that she was never in before and had to learn. She started to use magic, and realized that this is where she belonged, helping the people of Oz.I also loved the secondary characters. Mombi, Nox, and Glamoura were the best sidekicks, but they each had their own problems. Nothing in Oz is ever as it seems.

Overall, this book was a huge surprise for me. I thought it would ruin my thoughts about the original story but it just made me appreciate it more. Go read it.
 (please)

Rating: *****
Cover Rating: Perfect.
Recommendations:
1. Cinder by Melissa Meyer
2. The Selection by Kiera Cass
3. Insanity by Cameron Jace
Favorite Quotations: "What have I done to make them think I was a potential teen girl assassin?"


Now, what do you think?


Sincerely.
a Book Nerd

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Shadowhunters Information!

ARE YOU READY FOR THE SHADOWHUNTERS TV SHOW?!?!? I AM!

Although the show is still in production, it will be ready to be seen in 2016. They are currently filming in Toronto with a pretty kick ass cast. They also just launched the website for the show which can be seen here.

I found some pretty awesome pictures on twitter and just all over the internet that I wanted to show you all and also the cast list, so get ready!

Cast List:

Clary Fray.........................Katherine McNamara
Jace Wayland....................Dominic Sherwood
Simon Lewis.....................Alberto Rosende
Isabelle Lightwood ..........Emeraude Toubia
Alec Lightwood................Matthew Daddario
Magnus Bane....................Harry Shum Jr.
Luke Garroway.................Isaiah Mustafa
Valentine Morgenstern .... Alan Van Srang
Hodge Starkweather.........John Cor

Awesome Pictures:


Weapons Room (WorkPrint) 
Clary and Jace (Cassandra Clare Twitter) 













Hodge, Clary, Jace (Kat's Twitter) 

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, July 6, 2015

Review: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman



Title: Seraphina
Author:Rachel Hartman
Publisher: Random House Books 
Publication Date:July 1 2012 
Genre:Fantasy 
Page Count: 499 
Age Range: 12+



Synopsis (From Goodreads):
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. 
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered- in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. while they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace,Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life. 

My Thoughts:

This book was so freakin cool. This is the kind of book that reminds me why I read. I read to take myself out of my life and put myself into crazy worlds that show me that there is magic and amazing things (like dragon). Rachel Hartman did exactly that. This dragon world was so well written that I thought I was actually Seraphina dealing with all of the problems that came her way.

So this book revolves around a girl named Seraphina who is half dragon, half human. So this means that she has some scales on her body, where no one can see. However, she is plagued with her mother's old memories (dragons pass down memories). Since she is part human she cannot handle these by herself or they would kill her. So, with the help of her dragon uncle, she sets up this imaginary world all in her head in the form of a garden. When she gets a headache from these memories she tends to her garden to make them go away. This was so cool to read. Each character in the garden had different traits that Seraphina had to deal with and help. I think this was one of the coolest parts of this book.

I also have to say that the dragon treaty was interesting as well. This treaty has been in place for forty years and in the novel the anniversary is just around the corner. But, an important person from the royal family is murdered, so dragons are eyed suspiciously again. The politics between the humans and dragons were complex and even more so after forty years. Seraphina gets thrust into this when she starts to help Prince Kiggs figure out what happened to the prince who was murdered. She gets close to Kiggs and his fiance and cousin.

 Before all of this happened, Seraphina was practically alone, scared to get close to anyone and have them find out her secret. However, this starts to change once she becomes part of the court. She finally realizes that she can have friends and enjoy her life instead of thinking she was a prisoner. She has a family inside of her uncle and father, and friends with Kiggs and his cousin. I loved reading her development throughout the novel because it reminded me that it is fine to spread your wings even if you may have a secret that can scare people away. You just have to show them that you are more than the secret, like Seraphina did.

Overall, this book was totally worth reading for the world that you are put into and the characters that keep you reading. If you were a fan of Eragon or Inkheart, you will love this one.


Rating: ****
Cover Rating: I LOVE IT
Recommendations:
1. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
2. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Favorite Quote: "I cannot perch among those who think I am broken"


Now, what do you think?


Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Top 10 Tearjerkers

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! So who is excited for another top 10? ME! So this week I will be ranking the top 10 books that made me '

10. Some Girls Are. Of course I picked this one to be the first book by Courtney Summers that I have read. Bad idea by me.
9. Charlie St. Cloud. You pair this book with the great movie and bah bam! Perfect match.
8. I'll Give You the Sun. Man this book was amazing and also made me cry all of my tears. Thanks Jandy Nelson.
7. The Impossible Knife of Memory. Wasn't a huge huge fan of the book but man it was brought out the tears.
6. The Fault In Our Stars. John Green. The end.
5. Looking For Alaska. I think John Green has a special talent for writing tearjerkers. I think I have cried over every single one of his books.
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I don't think I even need to say anything about this one. I mean, come on.
3. Jellicoe Road. After reading this book like five million times, you would think that it would not be so bad, but every freaking time. It's a killer.
2. If I Stay. Both the book and the movie had me crying sooo much. The end of the book was killer.
1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Please, when Dumbledore dies I wanted to die as well. I was drowning in my own tear.

Sincerely.
a Book Nerd

Monday, June 29, 2015

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway




Title: Emmy & Oliver 
Author: Robin Benway
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Genre: Contemporary 
Page Count: 352
Age Range: 12+


Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Emmy's best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?
Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life. She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach- go anywhere without her parents' relentless worrying. But Emmy's parents can't seem to let her grow up- not since the day Oliver disappeared. 

Oliver needs to figure out his heart. He'd thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling. 

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy's soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles- impossible to fit together?

My Thoughts:

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you have probably seen my Audrey, Wait review. So, you know how much I like Robin Benway.  Of course when I heard that she had written a new book I was pretty much like "KDJSFLKLJJDJKEELDNDNKKPAP YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!" This is always a bad thing to do because I get myself so excited and ready for a book and when I read it, the book never ever lives up to my expectations. 

Emmy & Oliver was an exception. I freaked when I heard about the book, and when I read it I was happily surprised. Robin freaking Benway did it again. Emmy & Oliver was cute, impressive, thought provoking and just overall amazing. Emmy and Oliver started off as best friends when they were born on the same day and their parents became good friends. However, when Oliver is kidnapped by his father, their friendship shatters. Their whole town has to pick up the pieces and get on with their lives. Emmy has the hardest time with this, losing her best friend and her freedom. Her parents are crazy overprotective and will not let Emmy do what she loves, surfing.

I liked Emmy. I liked Emmy a lot. She was strong through everything that happened to her, especially when Oliver comes back. She stood up for what she wanted, even if she thought that it might be taken away from her. Her love for surfing and her friends comes through the pages (due to Benway's amazing writing). I also really enjoyed her friends. Caro and Drew were the best sidekicks ever. They teased each other, supported each other, and loved each other. This was one of those friendships that I always envy when I read books like this one.

The plot in general was very intriguing and reminded me a lot of the TV show Finding Carter. Have any of you watched that show? It is SOOO GOOD and Carter reminds me so much Oliver. They both have so much trouble finding themselves and defining their identity after the traumatic events that happened in their lives. 

Honestly, go read this book. 

It is alive and full of passion and voice. Benway did it again, and reading this book is totally worth it. If you are looking for a book that will make you think about your family and how your life can change in one moment, please pick it up. 

Rating: ****
Cover Rating: It's okay I guess 
Recommendations:
1. Saint Anything by  Sarah Dessen 
2. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord 
3. I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios 

Now, what do you think?
Sincerely,
a Book Nerd 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Book Haul 6/27

Hello everyone!!

So recently I have been going on book sprees, and just getting everything that I can. So I thought I would make a little list of the new books I have acquired so you can read them with me before I post a review!

1. Talon by Julie Kagawa

  • a book about dragon humans? Yes please. Plus, Julie Kagawa is a writing genius and I cannot wait to read something new from her 
2. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  • I think this will be great for anyone who likes the Wizard of Oz. Amy Gumm seems like a great main character and I cannot wait to read her story. 
3. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • Again, another dragon book! But this one is about actual dragons, not dragons who can become humans 
4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 
  • From what I have read, this sort of reminds me of Throne of Glass so I am hoping that this is as good as that series! 
Sincerely,
a Book Nerd 



Monday, June 22, 2015

Review: Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins



Title: Rebel Belle
Author: Rachel Hawkins
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Genre: Paranormal
Page Count: 345
Age Range: 12+ 



Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run- in at the dance imbuses her with incredible abilities, Harper's destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts. 
Just when life can't get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she's charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper's least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him- and discovered that David's own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.

My Thoughts:
Okay so I am going to come out and say it right away that I was not blown away by this book by any means. When it first came out and the couple months after, everyone was talking about the book. It was on the front page of B & N. com, Amazon, and most social media. Since I had read the Hex Hall series, I thought I should at least read the book. 

Well I could tell from the beginning that I was not going to like it. I actually stopped about twenty pages in and it took me two months after to pick it back up again. I could tell right away that I would not like it because of the main character. Harper is the popular goody two shoes who is so self confident and stuck up. I could not stand her. She was rude and did not care about anyone but herself. I mean, yes, she did grow up throughout the book but she still had that air about her even at the end. In the beginning of the novel, David Stark helps her when she is having a major freak out, and she barely apologizes and just goes on with her life. Like, okay?? RUDE. 

I also did not believe that the novel was super duper exciting. It was pretty predictable and I was never rushing to read the next page. I think that is when I could tell that it was not the book for me. The Paladin story made sense and was obviously thought through but it wasn't exciting! It is one of those things that I cannot really explain because there is not much to explain, which is kind of sad. 

I will say that I liked David Stark. I have no idea what he sees in Harper, but he was a cool dude. Although he had a hard time understanding his place in the world, I thought he dealt with his identity well, especially at the end of the novel. He manned (is that a word?) up and took responsibility for who he was. 

It was hard for me to connect with the characters because we differ so much, especially with Harper. She was so excited for Cotillion, having the right lipstick, and wearing the perfect dress. We just have different values and things that are important to us. It was just difficult to immerse myself in the story when I knew that I would never be able to completely connect. 


Rating: ***
Cover Rating: eh
Recommendations:
1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
2. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
3. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
Favorite Quote: "Look at him. Whole life turned upside down, and he's in there making pizza rolls"

Now, what do you think?
Sincerely,
a Book Nerd 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Top 10 Bookmark Quotes

Hello everyone!

So as most of you know, I have been rearranging my reading area in my room. I started off with my bookcase and have slowly moved around to organizing the whole area. One of my projects has been to make a whole new set of bookmarks. Since I was making these bookmarks, of course I had to find perfect quotes to put on them. There were some that I found really amazing and I wanted to share them with you. So, I put them in this nice little list for you all to read at your pleasure. I hope you enjoy!

10. "There is no friend as loyal as a book" ~ Ernest Hemingway
9. "Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together until all living humans read the book"  ~ John Green
8. "When I read, I feel emotion all on my own. Emotion no living person is making me feel" ~Katie West (Pivot Point)
7. "Books have to be heavy because the whole world is inside of them" ~ Cornelia Funke (Inkheart)
6. "We read to know that we are not alone" ~ C.S Lewis
5. "Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life" ~ Christopher Paolini (Eragon)
4. "The stories we love best live in us forever" ~ J.K Rowling
3. "It's strange because sometimes I read a book and I think I am the people in the book" ~ Stephen Chbosky (Perks of Being a Wallflower)
2. "I spent my life folded between the pages of book. In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters" ~ Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me)
1. "Libraries were full of ideas perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons" ~ Sarah J Maas (Throne of Glass)

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, June 15, 2015

Review: Undertow by Michael Buckley



Title: Undertow
Author: Michael Buckley
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015 
Genre: Fantasy 
Page Count: 384 
Age Range: 12+



Synopsis (from Goodreads);
Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker's life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five- nation race of ocean- dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. the world's initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric's small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she beings to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity's only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it's more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen. 

My Thoughts:
This book was not what I expected. You know how in the synopsis it says "a five- nation race of ocean- dwelling warriors"?? Yeah well I guess I was picturing a different kind of ocean dwelling warriors because the ones in this book were SO CRAZY AWESOME. Picture the Grievers from the Maze Runner but under water. Yeah, that awesome. There are different races of these sea people (Alphas) and each race has a specific highlight. I think this was one of my favorite things about this book. It was so imaginative. Author, Michael Buckley, did a wonderful job crafting these creatures and how they interact with the human race.

Okay so let me get to my review now. So this book is about a girl named Lyric who has lived on Coney Island for most of her life. But, with the arrival of the Alpha, tensions are high. The citizens do not want them there, and the Alpha believe it is their right to stay there. When some Alpha are brought into the local high school, Lyric must help her community assimilate the new arrivals, one of them being Fathom, the crown prince.

So besides my love for the Alphas, there were a couple other things I loved about this book. First of all, I loved Lyric's best friend. Bex is the funny sidekick who loves her best friend. I really felt the connection between the two of them and I loved that Bex got her own story line. Although it was not that great, I was happy to see that the book did not just revolve around Lyric. Bex has trouble at home and usually stays with Lyric and her parents. This whole situation really showed the kindness of both Lyric and her parents, which will be necessary throughout the novel.

I also liked the relationship between the humans and the Alpha. The city government, mayor, National Guard, and the police force are in the midst of each event and that adds to the suspense of everything that both the Alpha and Lyric are planning. I do not want to tell you what these things are because I do not want to ruin the book for you so I will leave this part of the review out. Anyway, I liked how you got to see how the reaction was by the humans, which included using the government. I feel that so many YA books have crazy things happening but the authorities are never involved. Like how many books have you read where something life shattering happens (like a freakin war) and the local government, or citizens are like "la de da". So yeah, I liked Buckley's use of that factor.

Okay on to the next thing. The one things that got me though was the predictability. There were not any "aha" moments, just "I knew that was going to happen" moments, which was sad. I wanted to be surprised but instead I was just sort of let down in that department.

Rating: ***/*
Cover Rating: Its nice
Recommendations:
1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
2. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
3. The Carnival at Bay by Jessie Ann Foley


Now, what do you think?


Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Tips to handle your To-Read piles

Okay everyone, let me tell you a story.

So, I just finished school. Like I am done. I have the whole summer to do what I want before I go to university so I have so much time on my hands. A couple weeks ago, when I first finished school, I had so much time on my hands that I made a bookshelf. Yes, I made a freakin bookshelf. My already existing two were overflowing and I needed a new place to put all the books. So this is the concerning part, every single book that I put on my new bookshelf was a To-Read book. Yes, so that is about thirty. THIRTY BOOKS IN MY TO- READ PILE. I am concerned for my health. Like, I just keep buying books but I have not had the chance to read or organize them! So, I am going to give you all a couple tips on how to manage your To-Read piles. I have used these tips over the past couple of weeks and they have worked for me! So without further ado, lets get started!

1. Get an idea on how many books we are talking here. I had thirty to deal with. So check out the final total.
2. Make a pact to yourself not to get any more books until you are done with every single book in your pile.
3. Give yourself some sort of system. Whether that is picking a name out of a hat or making a list.
4. Abide by your rules or you are never going to finish the books!!
5. Keep all of your books in the same place. It is easier to just go to that spot and look at what you are dealing with.

Okay, I hope this has helped you!! If you have any questions, message/comment/email!

Sincerely.
a Book Nerd

Monday, June 8, 2015

Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern





Title: The Night Circus
Author: Erin Morgenstern
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Genre: Fantasy 
Page Count:387 
Age Range: 12+



Synopsis (from Goodreads):
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black- and- white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazement. It is called "Le Cirque des Reves" and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway- a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love- a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and he room grow warm whenever the so much as brush hands. 

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead. 

My Thoughts:
You know how you can just tell you will love a book just by the first page? Yes, well I knew that I would be obsessed with this book just by the first two sentences. I am not going to write them here because I do not want to spoil the experience for you, but just trust me on this. I am also going to say right now that this book surprised me in more ways than one. I was expecting this book to be about a young love that fills the pages. Yes, there was a love but no, it was not the main plot and center of the story. The story itself was more about this circus and competition and how it effected everyone around it. I was also not expecting it to take place in the late eighteen hundreds, early nineteen hundreds. It was a positive surprise because it added culture changes that I was not expecting.

Alright so I usually would kind of explain the book in my words and what was important to me, but I think the synopsis above from Goodreads does such an amazing job. So, I will skip that part of my review today and get to the good stuff.

Erin freakin Morgenstern. Please. I mean, can she get any better?

Her descriptions in this book made me want to cry. With jealousness. She was soooooooooo good. I mean, there were parts of the book where I literally thought I would look up and see the mysterious circus around me. I think what made this book for me was her writing. It was mysterious, dark, and, compelling and made me want to keep reading. Honestly, this book could have had no plot and I would have kept reading just because I wanted to stay for the descriptions. I mean, yes the plot was exciting as well. The fierce competition that was going on in the middle of this huge circus with enough mystery enough made it an intense place to be. Celia and Marco did not know that one had to be left standing, but they did know that they were putting the people around them in some serious danger. Each and every cast member was in the middle of the competition and did not know it. Celia and Marco had to be creative in not only keeping the circus alive and running but also trying to save themselves at the same time.

This brought in a couple other characters that I loved. Bailey and the twins added so much more to the story that you would not expect from the beginning of the novel. Again, I am not going to spoil this for you (just go read the book!!!).

One thing though about this book that I had trouble with was the multitude of characters. I had to keep flipping back a few pages to figure out which character was whom. I was so confused by the names of the characters and who did what and who is friends with who that I just kind of gave up and went with the flow (which ended up helping).

Overall, this book was so captivating and well written. I would recommend this book for anyone who does not like to put a book down due to the need to keep reading. SO GO PICK IT UP!

Rating: ****
Cover Rating: I LOVE IT x 10000
Recommendations:
1. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
3. The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg
Favorite Quotation: "Only the ship is made of books its sails thousands of overlapping pages, and the sea it floats upon is dark black ink"


Now, what do you think?


Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Top 10 Tips for Summer Reading

Okay so it is June. That is craziness. Since it is almost summer, I thought I would make a list of some tips to stay on top of your reading this summer. I know so many people who swear an oath that they will read a set number of books during the summer. Does it happen? Of course not. So I hope these will help you read all of the books that you can!!!

10. Find books that you like!!! Whether that is from a friend's recommendation, blogger recommendation, or just an author that you like. Find a book that you will actually want to read.
9. Make a list of some sort of all the books that you are planning on reading. If you have it written down there is a higher likelihood that you will read them.
8. Join a group! Books clubs are so much fun! Whether it is through your school, with friends, or in the community it makes it ten times better to read with a group.
7. If there is a lack of clubs around then pair up! Find a good friend who has a similar interest in genres and have some fun!
6. Make a challenge out of it! Set a goal for yourself and see how many you can read!
5. Potentially picks some books that have movies coming out soon! That way you can go see the movie when you are finished (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl/ All the Bright Places etc.)
4. Find places to read. I know one of my favorite places to read in the summer is the beach. Get a nice tan on or whatever :D
3. Find some cool bookstores to check out. Local independent stores are the best and super fun to take a day trip to
2. Participate in some cool read-a-thons! I will be posting about them later but booktubeathon is one of my favorites!
1. JUST HAVE FUN!

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, June 1, 2015

Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven




Title: All the Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Genre: Realistic Fiction 
Page Count: 338
Age Range: 13+ 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
Violet Markey lives for the future counting the days until graduation when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching  grief in the wake of her sister's recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it's unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the "natural wonders" of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself- a weird, funny, live- out- loud guy who's not such a freak after all. And it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink. 

My Thoughts:

I have been thinking so much the past couple of hours as to how I wanted to write this review. When I first finished this book I was like "OHMYGOSH OHMYGOSH WHAT WHAT WHAT?!?!" but once I had more time to think about it, it was more "what what what". That probably makes no sense...it sounded so much better in my head. So what I am getting at is that I am half and half on this book so let me tell you why.

(well before that I'm just gonna give you some information on it)

Okie dokie. So meet Finch. He has always been labeled the weird kid and is not able to connect to many people. So when he finds himself on top of the bell tower, it is not a surprise to him or any other students at school. But what is a surprise is finding Violet across from him on the ledge. Violet's sister died in a car accident the year before and is having trouble getting back to the living (metaphorically). Boy meets girl and they help each other find happiness.

First of my problems with this book. Doesn't this sound familiar? I feel that I have read so many books like this lately and while I was reading this there were so many parts that I was like "hmm, this sounds really familiar, I wonder if I have read this book?" I mean yes, there were major differences and parts of the book that made it unique but the main theme was soooooo similar to most YA books.

I did like the way that Niven handled the soft topic of suicide. I thought that her experience or knowledge on the subject really came through the pages. The way she crafted the characters, especially Finch, made me feel everything they were feeling like I was actually them. At the end of the book, Niven actually wrote a couple paragraphs explaining her experience with suicide (friend/family). It was like "duh" moment. It is those kinds of authors who can take their own personal experiences and churn and turn them into a novel that reflects what they felt. Crazy.

Niven also did a great job with the flow of the novel. It was smooth and really easy read. The plot was exciting and the suspense at the end literally had me at the end of my seat. Overall, this book had its strong points if you can get past familiar-ness (definitely not a word) of the plot.

Rating: ***/*
Cover Rating: I'm a fan
Recommendations:
1. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
2. Paper Towns by John Green
3. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Favorite Quotation: "Before I die I want to _________"


Now, what do you think?


Sincerely.
a Book Nerd

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews




Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author: Jesse Andrews 

Publisher: Amulet Books 
Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Genre: Realistic Fiction


Page Count:295
Age Range: 13+



Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg's mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia-- cue extreme adolescent awkwardness-- but when a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is make a film for her, which turns into the World Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives. 

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight. 

My Thoughts:
Okay everyone so I do not know if you remember my Audrey, Wait review from a couple weeks ago. I did a list review (remember, I list what I like and don't like about the book) which is what I am going to do today!! I know you are all super excited about this!!!

Anyway let me start. 

So this book literally had me laughing out loud. In public. At work. Yeah, probably a bad idea to start this book there but I am over it. 

This book is pretty much about boy (Greg), his friend Earl, and this dying girl named Rachel. Greg has figured out the perfect recipe at how to stay on the outside of high school. He is part of all social groups, but not part of any of them. He has a problem trusting people...his only friend he has, he calls him his "coworker" (in making movies). When his mom makes him befriend a girl who has just been diagnosed with leukemia, he has to abandon his invisibility and make a new friend.

Okay, list time.

Pros:
1.) This was absolutely hilarious. Like I was dying x 10000000000000000. The book hadn't even started and I was already laughing hysterically. "A NOTE FROM GREG GAINES, AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK" was too much for me. Let me give you a snippet.
"When I first started writing this book. I tried to start it with the sentence 'It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.' I genuinely thought I could start this book that way.... In desperation I tried messing with the punctuation and italicization, like: It was the best of times? And it was the worst of times?!!!" 
Like it was this kind of funny. Jesse Andrews just has a certain type of humor that comes through the pages that really gets you going. It has such a twisted sense of humor and I love it.

2.) It does not try hard. Since this is a book about a girl with cancer, I just kept comparing it to The Fault in Our Stars. This book was NOTHING like the John Green book. At the beginning of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, the author literally writes that this book does not have any life lessons about cancer and that he "probably became stupider about life". Jesse Andrews is not trying to get you to have a deep connection to this book, and I love it.

3.) It is so unique and different. Not just the story, but the organization of the book was so crazy. Each chapter had a freaking awesome title like "Let's just get this embarrassing chapter out of the way" or "The Gaines Family: a Summary". Andrews also uses organization from a screenplay, bullets, lists, etc. It was not typical organization and writing which adds to the experience of reading this book.

Cons:

1.) Too short. I felt that the book was not able to develop as much as it could and reach its full potential. It could have been so much better if there was just a little bit more substance.

2.) Plot was there but not showcased. Yes there was there was a plot but it really wasn't the big part of the story. It was more a background of everything else that was going on.

3.) It ended. I wanted it go on forever and forever :D :D : D


Overall, this book is an experience. You are not just reading a regular book. You are going on a ride that will make you laugh than squint at the pages with confusion. Read this, it will make your life better.

Rating: *****
Cover Rating: Perfect, just like this book
Recommendations:
1. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
2. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
3. Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Favorite Quotation: "I am the Thomas Edison of conversational stupidity"

Now, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, May 25, 2015

I Read YA :D



Hello everyone! So as most of you know, I Read YA Week was last week from the 18th to the 22nd. I wanted to participate so bad and decided I would compile all of my responses in one whole post and give my impressions of the whole event as I watched from my computer. I hope you were all able to get involved last week!
If you are interested in the original post about the event, here is the link to the website!!
I Read YA

Love for YA (Day 1):
I think the reason why I love YA is because I am able to connect to the characters and escape my own world. I can become the incredible wizard, girl next door, or scary assassin. YA fiction allows you to be anyone you want to be and explore so many cultures, places, or types of people. These books have gotten me through the past six years of middle and high school, and it has definitely made me the person I am today. I also believe that YA fiction allows the readers to think out of the box and just think in general. Nowadays, teenagers/ young adults are spend so much time on Netflix and on the their phones performing such mind numbing tasks. YA brings these teenagers and allows them to actually think creatively. Also, boys. YA boys are freakin amazing.

YAAlliteration (Day 2):

America and Aspen always asserted attention although another attained affection. 
HAHA my attempt at alliteration for the Selection by Kiera Cass

WOW (Day 3):
(Upcoming YA releases)

THERE ARE SO MANY YA BOOKS THAT ARE COMING OUT SOON AND I AM SO EXCITED. Okay, I think I am calm now. JUST KIDDING I WILL NEVER NOT BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS.
1.) Nowhere but Here by Katie McGarry (May 26th)
2.) Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas (September 1)
3.) Reap the Shadows by Annette Marie (Fall)


TBT (Day 4):


Maximum Ride hands down was the book that got me into reading YA. I first thought of Maximum Ride when I saw this question but I did have a secondary thought of Harry Potter. But, I think that Harry Potter just got me into reading in general while Maximum Ride got me into YA.

Recommendations (Day 5):

So since this is a book review blog there are many recommendations on here but I will give you a top 3 of the most recent books that I have read and loved.

1.) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews (review will be up this week!!)
2.) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
3.) Chase the Dark by Annette Marie

EVERYONE GO READ SOME YA!!

Sincerely.
a Book Nerd

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Top 10 Summer Books

Hey guys!!! So I thought I would rank my top 10 favorite summer books. Many of these I read when I was in middle school during summer breaks and I loved them. I would definitely read these if you are on vacation or anytime during the summer.

10. The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper. Easy peasy and cute.
9. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This is such an easy book for the summer.
8. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen. Such a simple and cute book for the summer.
7. Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols. Suspenseful, exciting, and romantic. Perfect summer book.
6. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Yes. Yes. Yes. Read it now.
5. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. If you like music, romance, and friendship relationships then read this.
4. That Summer by Sarah Dessen. When is a Sarah Dessen book not amazing for the summer?!?
3. Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols. Such a cute romantic book if your are looking for a break.
2. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. This is such a good beach read. Easy, fun, flirty.
1. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. Classic. If there is any summer YA book, this is it.

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses


Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J Maas 
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date:May 5, 2015
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 419
Age Range: 12+ 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):

When nineteen- year- old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherouos magical land she only knowns about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor in not an animal, but Tamlin- one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hositility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Fayre must find a way to stop it...or doom Tamlin- and his world- forever.

My Thoughts:
Okay you all known I love Sarah J Maas. The first time I read Throne of Glass I almost passed out with happiness. Let me just tell you all that I love her so much more after this book. It was suspenseful, cute, exciting, and just overall perfect. Maas did a great job with this book ad it was more than what I was expecting. You really get pulled into the world that Maas created. Once you understand the dynamics of the characters and the world, you can really appreciate the actions and thoughts of each and every one of the characters.

This book is about a human girl named Feyre who lives in a world dominated by fairies. Humans are looked down upon and sometimes used as slaves. Feyre is pulled into the world of fairies when she kills a fairy lord's man. She must live on the property of Lord Tamlin to fulfill her punishment. Her original thoughts on fairies are thrown out the window when she starts to get close to Tamlin, and his right hand man Lucien.

I loved this book because of the story. Maas weaves a web and a whole different world filled with all types of fairies. I first started to love fairy stories after the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I was first expecting something like this, but this book  takes a whole different route. I was always guessing as to what was going to happen next. One thing I really love about Maas is that she does not write what the readers want. She writes what the characters would actually do and what is realistic for that specific world. In Throne of Glass, the events that took place made sense even though I was not always hapy with them (you know what I am talking about if you have read Crown of Midnight). In A Court of Thorns and Roses, Maas does not change this. I was unhappy a couple of times with what happened because I wanted everything to have a perfect ending, but of course this is not realistic.

Let me talk about Feyre now. Man did I love her. I kept comparing her to Celaena (Throne of Glass) which was not a good idea from the beginning because I am obsessed with Celaena. I think the main difference between the two is that Feyre is so loyal. She made a deal with her mother and she must take care o her family even though they do not give a rat's butt about her. Celaena, on the other hand, has ever really had a family to take care of or any real attachments that were in her way. Of course Feyre had her faults, like any other person, but she works on them ad shows her strength against Amarantha at the end.

Overall, you should read this book. End of story.

Rating: *****
Cover Rating: YES
Recommendation:
1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
2. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
3. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins


Now, what do you think?


Sincerely.
a Book Nerd

Saturday, May 16, 2015

April Conclusion

Alright guys so I thought I would kind of wrap up the last month with some of the books I have read, am looking forward to etc.

Books Bought:
1. Shadow and Bone Series by Leigh Barduco
2. Invaded by Melissa Landers
3. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
4. The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski
5. Love and other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
6. Something Real by Heather Demetrios

Books I'm Excited For: 
1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
2. Those Girls by Lauren Saft
3. Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash
4. The Heir by Kiera Cass
5. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
6. Maximum Ride Forever by James Patterson

This past month we also learned a ton about the new Shadowhunters show (including super exciting casting news!)

If this was all April, I cannot wait for May and June!

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd

Monday, May 11, 2015

Review: The Passion of Marie Romanov by Laura Rose





Title: The Passion of Marie Romanov
Author: Laura Rose
Publisher: Memoir House
Publication Date: April 28, 2014
Genre: Historical Fiction
Page Count: 228 
Age Range: 13+ 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):
"July 17, 1918- from the writings of Marie Nicolaevna Romanovna, age 19. Midnight, in bed with her sister Anastaisa (Shvybz), in teh Ipatiev Mansion in Ekaterinburg, during the last night of their lives. So much of my story unfolds by moonlight. This is a tale of midnight wakings and forced marches before dawn. Since this nightmare began, I do not dare undress, even to go to bed. I wear my dressing gown, my hair is prepared, and my shoes are set beside me. I have no idea when we will be summoned to rise. We have moved, as in the worst of dreams, slowly toward this place. There is no logic other than the sleepwalker's obedience- to follow instruction which we cannot resist: an actual lunacy. Now, I have control only of this- my record of what happened to us, to me. I have committed a single sin, my one terrible transgression. I pray to be absolved. In this recording of memory lies all meaning to my life. Let my will prevail in this, my ultimate wish, to salvage something of value from this tragedy. The rest, as my mother says, is in God's hands. When I look back, as I must in the short time alloted to me now, I can see the exact moment when our lives changed: at last light, on the thirteenth of March, 1917." Here, in startling new historical detail, based on original diaries and letters, is the Romanov tragedy told from the point of view of the Tsar's third daughter, Marie, Anastasia's closest, older sister. Marie's sory is unique- only Marie crossed the frozen Siberian river with her parents, and only marie shared the full 78 days and nights in 'The House of Special Purpose'

My Thoughts:
Okay so you already know how I feel about this book if you have read one of my earlier posts. But, in my Historical Fiction post, I talked about the book only to the part I was up to. Let me tell you, it gets so much better towards the end. The whole book leads up to the ending which does not disappoint, even if it breaks your heart a little (or a lot).

So this book is about Marie Romanov, duh did you see the title? Most people only really know about Anastasia, whether that is from the movie, history class, or just from friends. I think that maybe even Rasputin is more known than any of the Romanov family. Anyway, I have always been interested in this time of history, especially this family. So, this book was a perfect fit.

The book starts about a year or so before the family got assassinated and goes until the day or so before. The readers get an idea of how the family was feeling and what exactly was happening. Unlike some other historical fiction books this one was very accurate (or from what I know). There were certain parts of the book when I had to google people, events, or just random facts. Not only was I entertained while reading, I was learning (so much fun I know)!!

I loved Marie. I loved Marie so much. She was so loyal and strong for her family. When her mother needed her, she was there. Even though her mother never paid her so much attention, Marie still helped her at any given moment. The family dynamics was so interesting in this book. The pairs of sisters and poor little Alexei. Olga & Tatiana and Marie & Anastasia were best friends and sisters. When they are put in this horrible situation, they all handle it differently but they are always there for each other. Olga suffers terribly after a run in with the guards and although she does not recover, her relationship with Tatiana helps her through it.

Now let me give you a fair warning. This book will take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. At one point you are laughing, the next time you are crying. You get so attached to all of the characters and you hope that what you know will happen will not. You are also at the mercy of Laura Rose's use of suspense. Let me tell you that the ending had me gripping at my kindle and making myself read. At one point I had to get up and walk around because I was so nervous.

Overall, if you are a fan of historical fiction you will love this one and if you are not a fan of historical fiction than you will still love it. The story of this family will always stay with you. 


Rating: *****
Cover Rating: I like it 
Recommendation:
1. The Lost Crown by Sarah Miller
2. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly 
3. The Romanov Sisters by helen Rappaport 

Now, what do you think?

Sincerely,
a Book Nerd