A Whole New World


A Whole New World by Liz Braswell

Publisher: Disney Press

Published: September 1st, 2015

Rating: 4-stars

Summary: Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

So I listened to this book on my audiobook app and I liked it enough. I mean I gave it 4 stars but also it felt weird to me since there were so many new characters that I had never met before.

I mean I liked how the story went away from the movie storyline and I thought it added a different take on the storyline.

But there were so many characters in the book that it was hard for me to keep up and remember who most of them were. They had the main characters, and then the thief crew and their friends and stuff and I’m like oh my gosh who are you all?! I felt at times that I couldn’t keep up with them all.

Jafar was much more interesting in this book. He was a complex character because he would give out food and try to help the poor to get their favor and then he was this cruel guy! I thought the way he was portrayed was just really interesting and I liked it.

The audiobook was really good too! The narrator did a very good job with it. It kept me interested and I liked how the narrator was bring the story to life for me.

I think it threw me off a bit because the story for a while was a play by play of the movie until the part where he gets the lamp from the cave of wonders. I was kind of expecting it to like really be different from the movie. This was my thought for the third book as well. I expected it to be different and when it wasn’t I was kind of shocked. I think it was because it says it’s a twisted tale and it really isn’t. The twist isn’t a big twist and I don’t know…

It’s just weird.

I think I was expecting something different and while I was sad it wasn’t what I was thinking I just went along with it and still liked the book.

Didn’t love it but still enjoyed it.

I liked the way Jasmine was portrayed in this book. She was a kick butt character and it was refreshing to really read about a female character who was able to hold her own. She wasn’t afraid to get involved in the planning with Aladdin and the other characters. Aladdin is also cool, but weirdly enough, I didn’t care too much about him. I preferred Jasmine over him. I just wasn’t that interested in him, but overall he stayed close to the movie Aladdin. I think I liked Jasmine because she seemed so much MORE than the movie character.

Overall this was a interesting book, darker than the movie for sure. And I liked that because it was interesting. Again it just threw me that it wasn’t what I was expecting but again I enjoyed it. And again Jasmine really stood out to me rather than Aladdin, and there were too many characters for my liking after a while. I couldn’t figure out who certain characters were after being bombarded with a bunch of new characters.

If you like retellings like these, then I highly recommend you reading it! It was good and I think you’ll enjoy it! It’s definitely something interesting and entertaining honestly.

I know this review is kind of all over the place but yeah I hope you got the jist of it!

The book was enjoyable and I liked it but at the same time it wasn’t amazing, and I felt it was too many new characters introduced at once. But the twist in the story was interesting and not what I was expecting.

Let me know your thoughts as I would really like to know and let me know if you’ve read the second book because that’s the only one I haven’t read but I want to know what people thought about it!





Beast by Brie Spangler

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Published: October 11, 2016

Rating: 3-stars

Summary: Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

So I listened to this on audiobook and I actually enjoyed it but at the same time I felt that this book was just okay. It was one of those books that because the summary gave away a lot that you had to really get further into the book to really divert from it.

The summary gave away that Jamie was transgender, and gave away the fact that he hadn’t been listening when she mentioned it in group therapy. I felt that it made the book less interesting because I already knew this big reveal was going to happen. I felt like there was nothing really coming up and I was just reading this for the sole purpose of reading it.

But I think that overall this book was decent enough and I’ll probably forget about it in a few weeks or so, but yeah. The characters honestly weren’t very great. They were pretty flawed.

Dylan was very pessimistic and it was kind of dragging me down a lot because he was always focused on the bad in his life and everything. I get it because of his situation and how he is perceived by everyone. But at the same time it was like wow you’re just so sad and everything.

And I didn’t like Jamie at all. She really was a rude person. She didn’t like that Dylan was trying to help her and protect her because she was now a girl. She would get upset and offended. I didn’t understand that. They were saying she was incapable of doing anything, but just looking out for her because people tend to be rude towards the LGBTQ community. But it was like she hated taking help from others and somehow got it in her mind that taking help from others meant they felt bad for her and that they didn’t think she could do anything for herself.

Jamie just rubbed me the wrong way.

And I was like get over it oh my gosh.

Getting help from people doesn’t mean your weak. I hate that that was how it felt like Jamie was saying.

I just didn’t like Jamie and I didn’t care that much about her and I just was like can she get over herself already?

And also JP was a shit person.

He used the fact that his family life is messed up to make Dylan’s mother feel bad and always welcome him into their home. And he uses Dylan to get money from people, and turns against him when he doesn’t want to anymore. JP is just a horrible person and I hated that he was able to manipulate Dylan to being his friend because apparently no one else wanted to be his (Dylan’s) friend.

Overall I just didn’t care too much about the characters and I felt that too much was revealed in the summary and I already knew a lot about the book since it was so short. But the writing was good, and I did like the diversity the book had in it. Overall though it was an okay book. Glad I gave it a chance.

Let me know your thoughts and if you’ve read this book! Did you think the same way I did about the characters or the plot? Did you not? I’d love to know!

The Silkworm


The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Publisher: Sphere

Published: June 19th, 2014

Rating: 5-star-rating-clipart-1

Summary: When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

I was so happy to be back in this world with Cormoran and Robin! Of course Cormoran is just this awesome character with a lot of wit and everything you could want in a main character.

I just found myself sucked into this novel and the world and all they had to offer us. Once I started I couldn’t stop and I wanted to always be listening to the audiobook because I wanted to know who did the crime and I got drawn into the investigation.

The dynamic between Cormoran and Robin is just so great! I love it and I like that while Cormoran knows that Robin is beautiful and yet he and Robin are still able to be friendly and professional and have a good relationship. I really like reading about their relationship. And man Robin’s relationship with her fiancé Matthew is like killing me. I just wanted them to be together in the first book but since they’re always arguing with each other doing this and I now hate them together. Plus Michael is just a douche bag! I do not like him anymore.

I honestly don’t like Michael but it always seems like Robin likes him and loves him so I just go along with her wishes and wants.

But of course I want her with Cormoran because who wouldn’t?! I adore him so much as a character! My wish at the end of this series is that they get together because it’s obvious they like each other but the other doesn’t want to act on it. They have a good friendship relationship but at the same time I just want them together. But I respect the friendship they have and how they’re able to be working together and not let feelings get in the way.



Anyways, I highly suggest you all check this book out! I am obsessed! Honestly! I found out they had created a TV show for this book and I died! I looked it up and I’m hooked! Tom Burke is an amazing Cormoran and Holliday is stunning as Robin! Girl crushing hard on her! I die! I binged what I could find on youtube but it’s hard because they only have a few amounts of the show on there, but it’s coming to the US in June! Stayed tuned for that! I’m counting down the days! I’m doing my best to find a legal way to watch the episodes since I need them so badly!

And that is my review on this book! I hope you enjoyed it and it convinces you to start the series because you won’t regret it! I swear to you you won’t! It’s amazing! Let me know your thoughts as I would love to know!


Weekly Reads TBR

Hello! It’s another week and another TBR post for you all!

This week is the contemporary-a-thon by ChelseaDollings Reads on YouTube. Channel link here: Chelsea Dollings Reads

I only really plan on reading a couple books for that readathon so I hope I get the chance to read them! I’m excited to read them!

Here are what I plan on reading this week!

So I am currently listening to the audiobook of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alike Sanz. It’s narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda and its really good so far! He’s narrating it really well! It’s only like 7 hours so I think I’ll be done with it in a few hours, since I’m listening to it at 1.65x speed. But I’m glad I’m finally listening to it since I really wanted to get to it because I’ve heard so many great things about it! I’ll update you about it all when I finish it!

Summary: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.


I also want to get to my Audiobook of Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I am finally getting to it! I’ve been scared to get into it because I want to read it so badly but it’s been so hyped that I’m worried I won’t like it! I got the audiobook out from the library so I’m planning on starting it on the way up to class and work. I hope the audiobook is as good as I’ve heard!

Summary: Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.


The first book in the contemporary-a-thon I plan on reading is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell which is both a book that is hyped, and also a contemporary book that is recommended to you. I am SO excited to read this because it sounds so good and I have heard amazing things about it!

Summary: “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?


And another book Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan. This counts as Read a contemporary book with pink on the cover. My cover doesn’t have this much pink but there is some on there. And this is also the most recent contemporary book I bought.

Summary: Cool, calm and competent, events planner Paige Walker loves a challenge. After a childhood spent in and out of hospitals, she’s now determined to prove herself—and where better to take the world by storm than in the exhilarating bustle of Manhattan? But when Paige is let go from the job she loves, she must face her biggest challenge of all—going it alone.

Except launching her own events company is nothing compared to hiding her outrageous crush on Jake Romano—her brother’s best friend, New York’s most in-demand date, and the only man to break her heart. When Jake offers Paige’s fledgling company a big chance, their still-sizzling chemistry starts giving her sleepless nights. But can she convince the man who trusts no one to take a chance on forever?


And this is the book for the prompt to read a diverse contemporary book. It’s a M/M romance and I’m excited to read it! It sounds so good! Plus this cover is so sexy!

Summary: Jamie Canning has never been able to figure out how he lost his closest friend. Four years ago, his tattooed, wise-cracking, rule-breaking roommate cut him off without an explanation. So what if things got a little weird on the last night of hockey camp the summer they were eighteen? It was just a little drunken foolishness. Nobody died.

Ryan Wesley’s biggest regret is coaxing his very straight friend into a bet that pushed the boundaries of their relationship. Now, with their college teams set to face off at the national championship, he’ll finally get a chance to apologize. But all it takes is one look at his longtime crush, and the ache is stronger than ever.

Jamie has waited a long time for answers, but walks away with only more questions—can one night of sex ruin a friendship? If not, how about six more weeks of it? When Wesley turns up to coach alongside Jamie for one more hot summer at camp, Jamie has a few things to discover about his old friend… and a big one to learn about himself.


And if I have time to read some more, I want to read King by T M Frazier as my dark or taboo contemporary. I have been wanting to get into this book for a while so I think this book is finally going to be read!

Summary: Homeless. Hungry. Desperate.

Doe has no memories of who she is or where she comes from.

A notorious career criminal just released from prison, King is someone you don’t want to cross unless you’re prepared to pay him back in blood, sweat, pu$$y or a combination of all three.

King’s future hangs in the balance. Doe’s is written in her past. When they come crashing together, they will have to learn that sometimes in order to hold on, you have to first let go.

And those are the many book I plan on reading this week! It’s a lot and ambitious and I hope I get to read them!

Wish me luck! I want to read them all but again might not happen with work and school!

What do you plan on reading this week? I’d love to know! And let me know your thoughts on the books I hope to get to! Which should I start first?!

The Bookish Box: January

Hello! I’m here to talk about my January Bookish Box! I know I said that I was planning on cutting down on it but I wanted to get the full box for February but I rechanged by Subscription too early so I also ended up paying for the full version of January. So once February is shipped I was change it back to just the shirt!

Anyways here is my unboxing for January!

The theme for January was Galactic Adventures so it has some space themed items. I thought I knew what the book for this month would be but I apparently didn’t because I was surprised.

I got this magnet with the theme of Firefly and it was designed by the Bookish Shop for this box. I haven’t seen Firefly before but it might be something I’m interested in so we’ll have to see what I think. This magnet is really pretty!


The next items is this bookmark for Star Wars, this Zenith print, and the monthly doodle. I want to color this in so I think I will! It’s so pretty!

And this bag is so stunning! It’s a cute tote bag to add to my collection because I love them, but also this is from Evie Seo who is one of my favorite artists! I always love her work! This design is based on the Lunar Chronicles.

Here’s the link to her Society6 account: Society6

And this is the shirt that was included! It’s a Star Wars shirt which is awesome! I love Star Wars so much! I’m going to wear this all the time! It’s amazing! It was designed by the Bookish Shop.


We also got this really cute Calendar kit. It has two months included and you set it up like an art easel. January was designed by Stella’s Bookish Art, and February was designed by Hey Atlas Creative.

Stella: Society6

Hey Atlas: Hey Atlas Creative

And here is this stunning necklace! I’m not sure who designed it or anything but it’s so stunning and I really plan to wear it all the time! It just looks amazing!

And the book this month is Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. I have heard many mixed things about this book. Mainly bad things about it. So I’m really going to go in this with not that great expectations so I hope they break them and make me really like this book.

Summary: Most know Androma Racella as the Bloody Baroness, a powerful mercenary whose reign of terror stretches across the Mirabel Galaxy. To those aboard her glass starship, Marauder, however, she’s just Andi, their friend and fearless leader.

But when a routine mission goes awry, the Marauder’s all-girl crew is tested as they find themselves in a treacherous situation and at the mercy of a sadistic bounty hunter from Andi’s past.

Meanwhile, across the galaxy, a ruthless ruler waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time to exact revenge for the destruction of her people. The pieces of her deadly plan are about to fall into place, unleashing a plot that will tear Mirabel in two.

Andi and her crew embark on a dangerous, soul-testing journey that could restore order to their shipor just as easily start a war that will devour worlds. As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, and Mirabel hangs in the balance, the only certainty is that in a galaxy run on lies and illusion, no one can be trusted.

And here is the spoiler card for this month incase you’re interested in it!

And those are the items that I got for this month’s box! I hope you enjoyed this and let me know your thoughts and what item you like the most! I would love love LOVE to know!

Owlcrate Unboxing: January

Hi! I’m here today to share with you my unboxing for Owlcrate’s January box! I love Owlcrate and I always enjoy their boxes whenever I receive them! They include so many amazing things! And now they’re doing exclusive covers and I’m so in love!

The theme for the box is Fearsome Fairy Tales!

The first item I’ll be mentioning is this Rapunzel bracelet from the store Authored Adornments on Etsy! I have a few items of hers from a few other boxes so I’m happy to add this to my collection!

Shop link: Authored Adornments

And here is the themed button they always include in their boxes! I like this one! It’s so dark!

I then got this wax burner to burn the wax melts that were included in the box as well. This was designed exclusively by Owlcrate! This is so beautiful! I love it so much! I have other melts that I plan on using on this too! So glad I got this!

I also got this pillow case! It’s stunning! I love it! It’s a theme based on Sleeping Beauty. The design was created by Stella’s Bookish Arts so of course I was super excited that I got another of her items to my collection!

Society6 link: Stella Bookish Arts

And here are the wax melts that were included in the box. They’re Hansel and Greta melts that smell like gingerbread! I’m excited to burn these! They smell so good! They are created by Spireside Candles.

Spireside Candles: Spireside Candles

Here’s the exclusive art print for this month! It’s Little Red Riding Hood! It’s super cute and really well done. It’s done by Anne Lambelet, who I think you really need to check into! Her work is amazing!

Website: Anne Lambelet Illustration

And here is the book! It’s the Cruel Prince! I’m so excited too e this because the book has a super exclusive cover created for Owlcrate! It’s amazing I can’t wait to read this book! It’s so stunning!

Here’s the stunning cover under the Summary!

Summary: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Here’s the letter and the sticker that came with the book!

Lastly here is the spoiler card for you incase you want to take a look!

And there is my unboxing! I loved it a lot and I can’t wait to dive right into the book soon! I’ll let you know my thoughts!

Book of the Month Unboxing: January

Hello! Here is my Book of the Month book for January! For those that don’t know, you get to pick your book for each month and they’re adult books! Each month you can pick one book, and add another book for a discounted price!

This month I just got one book and I’m here to talk about it!


So the book I got this month is The Woman in the Window by A J Finn and it seems like everyone is raving about this book! I have heard really amazing things about this and I can’t wait to read it soon! I really do plan to get to it asap!

Summary: Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times–and spying on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, and their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.


Here is the cute little design under the dust jacket! I always like seeing these, I think they’re super creative to do that for each month!


Here is the link for the website incase you are interested in starting a subscription for Book of the Month! I highly recommend you do! I love them!

Link; BOTM



Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Publisher: Harper Collins

Published: May 12th, 2015

Rating: 4/5

Summary: The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.


So I thought that I would post about a recent graphic novel that I read and thought was so cute with a really awesome art style.


I heard a lot of really good things about Nimona and I saw it on the shelf at my local library and since I was on a huge graphic novel kick I thought that I would check it out for myself. It was so good! It was really good!

I very much liked the storyline and felt its as really well thought out and developed, the artwork was beautiful, and the characters were super likable and funny! The only downside was that I felt that it was really text heavy, and while the novel was decent sized, it felt longer because I had to take a bit more time reading all the text on each page.

I’ll add a picture here:


This is not a lot on this page but sometimes there was a bit more than this so yeah.

Other than that I thought it as a good graphic novel. The story was cute and I liked how Nimona and Ballister Blackheart got along and developed a cute friendship with each other as the story goes on. He almost acted like a father to her at the end and I thought that was so cute.

Also Blackheart and Goldenloin were OTP. For sure! I loved them! Their relationship was so cute and funny and I wish that we got more of it.

On that note, I felt that the graphic novel ended really abruptly and I wanted more from it. We only saw glimpses of the relationship between Blackheart and Goldenloin since we got a brief look at it before the novel ended. I just wish things were wrapped up more because I felt like that wasn’t done. I was just so invested in it that it saddened me when it ended.

Also I was sad at the ending, and I can’t really go into this part without spoiling anything so once you read the ending you’ll know kind of what I am talking about.

Again I thought it was really funny and entertaining and the plots cute and well executed with what was going on. As mentioned before the artwork was very well done and super sweet and colorful. The color scheme really complimented each other.

Okay I went really in-depth a bit but I enjoyed this graphic novel and I highly recommend that you all check it out, especially if you’re interested in getting into graphic novels. Noelle’s novels are a really good place to start!

Let me know down below what your thoughts are, and what you think of her work as I would really love to know! Have you read anything by her before?? Let me know!

Weekly Reads TBR


I have quite a bit of books I want to get to this week! I honestly don’t know if I’ll get to them all but I really want to try and do it! I finished one book tonight though as I’m typing this. It was an audiobook but I’ll get to that in my review and wrap up!

So yeah I have a few audiobooks that I plan on listening to, and some other physical books.

The book I was planning on reading and finished was Beast by Brie Spangler! It was an interesting audiobook but yeah I’ll get another chance to talk about it during my wrap up and review.


Summary: Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average fifteen-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. To make matters worse, on the day his school bans hats (his preferred camouflage), Dylan goes up on his roof only to fall and wake up in the hospital with a broken leg—and a mandate to attend group therapy for self-harmers.

Dylan vows to say nothing and zones out at therapy—until he meets Jamie. She’s funny, smart, and so stunning, even his womanizing best friend, JP, would be jealous. She’s also the first person to ever call Dylan out on his self-pitying and superficiality. As Jamie’s humanity and wisdom begin to rub off on Dylan, they become more than just friends. But there is something Dylan doesn’t know about Jamie, something she shared with the group the day he wasn’t listening. Something that shouldn’t change a thing. She is who she’s always been—an amazing photographer and devoted friend, who also happens to be transgender. But will Dylan see it that way?

Another book I plan on listening to is Winter by Marissa Meyer. I just plan on starting this one because it is over 24 hours to listen to on audiobook. I am so excited to read it because I really liked the third book and I’m dying to see how the last book goes!


Summary: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mark her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer’s national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series.

Another book I plan on listening to is Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. This is the third book in the Cormoran Strike series and I’m dying because it’s so good! I’m listening to it on the way up and down from school and work so I hope to get it done this week before returning it to the library.


Summary: When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

And then I want to finish up An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I didn’t get far this week when I started it but I want to finish it before the week ends. I again haven’t heard many good things about it honestly but I hope I like it because I like Fae books! I’ll update you all on my thoughts on this in the future.


Summary: A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel.

And lastly I want to read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black! I’m excited to read this because I have heard so much hype for this book and I really am ready to jump in! I just need to read it and freak out about it!


Summary: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

I might be reading a few other books but most likely not. I’m ambitious but also kind of realistic. So we’ll have to see what I do!

Hope you all have a great reading week and read all the amazing books!

Long Way Down


Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Published: October 24th, 2017

Rating: 3-5_StarRating-3

Summary: A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he? As the elevator stops on the sixth floor, on comes Buck. Buck, Will finds out, is who gave Shawn the gun before Will took the gun. Buck tells Will to check that the gun is even loaded. And that’s when Will sees that one bullet is missing. And the only one who could have fired Shawn’s gun was Shawn. Huh. Will didn’t know that Shawn had ever actually USED his gun. Bigger huh. BUCK IS DEAD. But Buck’s in the elevator? Just as Will’s trying to think this through, the door to the next floor opens. A teenage girl gets on, waves away the smoke from Dead Buck’s cigarette. Will doesn’t know her, but she knew him. Knew. When they were eight. And stray bullets had cut through the playground, and Will had tried to cover her, but she was hit anyway, and so what she wants to know, on that fifth floor elevator stop, is, what if Will, Will with the gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, MISSES.

And so it goes, the whole long way down, as the elevator stops on each floor, and at each stop someone connected to his brother gets on to give Will a piece to a bigger story than the one he thinks he knows. A story that might never know an END…if WILL gets off that elevator.

So I got this book out from the library recently and I did enjoy it but at the same time I thought it was just okay.

I think because I can’t really relate to the main character in this novel, it didn’t hit me as much as it did other people. I really do think this book is powerful and can really pack a punch, but I just didn’t feel it as much as other people could.

I also felt it was kind of weird.

It’s hard to say because the aspect that was weird to me is kind of spoiler-ish but not since it’s kind of mentioned in the summary…but I’ll add a spoiler warning right now anyways.




I think it was weird to me because I assumed that because this was about gun violence, that it would be a straight contemporary but the people that would come into the elevator were people that had passed but were connected to the main character and his brother.




But I think that is what really threw me because I wasn’t really expecting that at all and I thought it was kind of amusing because he would freak out when a new person would get on and things just happened in that elevator that almost seemed comical.

I don’t know.

I just wasn’t sure how I felt about it. I understood in the context of the novel why that happened and I thought it really added something to it, i just couldn’t wrap my head around it at times and it made me unbelievable.

But the message was very powerful and relevant about gun violence and how it affects black teens, as well as the aspect of masculinity and how toxic aspects of it affect black teens as well. I thought Jason Reynolds hit that on the head.

This was a really quick read and I thought that the flow of the novel added to that, and it made it unable to be put down.

If you’re interested in reading books that pack a punch in verse, I think you’ll like this book. I really think you’ll find that this book is very relevant to what is going on today. It takes a look at grief and how it affects people differently. Will was determined to get revenge, while his mother was lost in her grief.

But I highly recommend this book for those that are interested in reading it, as well as everyone! I think you’ll like it and find it important!

Let me know down below your thoughts on this book as I would really like to know! Were your thoughts similar to mine???