the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hadkin

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, and Romance

Cover Rating: 4/5

Aesthetically, I thought this cover was beautiful. I loved the underwater aspect, it was almost as if she was drowning in all of her hardships and life and she needs saving. Though I didn’t feel like it tied into the book as well as it could of. It would have gotten a 5 if it would have tied into the novel well and been as beautiful as it is!

Goodreads Summary:

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. 

She’s wrong.

Spoiler free Summary:

This book has been in my Goodreads want to read section since I was in high school. I am now graduated from college… ya it has been there for awhile. I never actually read it back them because from the description I thought that it didn’t sound much like something that I would typically read. Though I was recently on Book Outlet buying books, as I usually am, and saw it and it was cheap and heck I put it in my cart. Then yesterday everyone on twitter made the decision for me, it was finally time to read it. I finished it in about 12 hours (counting sleeping)!

The book starts off a bit slow because it is just the main character, Mara, waking up in a hospital bed and not knowing how she got there. It is mostly explanations and introductions in the beginning. Things start to spice up when she moves to a new town and starts at a new school. First she meets Jamie, a sweet and somewhat nerdy guuy a bit on the short side. She likes him because he does not adhere to the societal standards that the other students have set at this private school. She has been through much trauma and doesn’t want to be around any pretty bichachos. Thing start to look up for her. Then she meets Noah, the school’s bad boy, he is everything she shouldn’t want but does. Things start to get super good at this point, I couldn’t put my book until I finished at this point. you will have to pick it up to find out what happens next!

This book was suspenseful, mysterious, and wonderful. It was the book that I didn’t know that I needed to read. DO NOT JUDGE BY BOOK BY DESCRIPTION. For years I didn’t read this because I thought that the description didn’t sound much like a book that I would typically read. Man was I wrong! This was exactly my cup of tea. I would definitely suggest this to any lovers of paranormal and mysterious reads. This book will draw you in with the mystery and you won’t want to put it down until the very last word!

I already ordered the next two books in the series. I will have the reviews of them up as soon as I can! Michelle Hadkins is an amazing writer and I am definitely going to read everything by her. Go read this book!

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Wonder Woman Spoiler Free Review

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics/Superheroes

Cover Rating: 5/5

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I loved everything about this cover! The first thing that I noticed when I looked at this cover was that her wrists and the star on her forehead were shining. I love that this detail was accentuated because those two things are a big part in the actual book. Then the water and the cliffs were in the background and were obviously meant to be themyscera. It really helped to see this on the cover for people who have never seen the movie and don’t realize what themyscera looks like. Then the last thing I loved was that it had the wonder woman logo that took up a large portion of the book and the colors made it look awesome! Whoever designed this cover art was a mastermind!

Goodreads Summary:

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Spoiler Free Review:

As everyone knows, wonder woman is a very hot topic right now. This is because this year the wonder woman movie was released. if you saw it, you know that it is awesome! If you haven’t seen it, I would suggest going and watching it immediately. The movie is actually one of the reasons that I really wanted to read this book. I wonder if Leigh Bardugo planned it coming out a couple months after the movie on purpose?

The book was book mostly started off with introductions to the wonder woman, who is know by her true name Diana in this book, and an explanation of what themyscera is. One of my complaints was that I thought that the introductory was a bit long. I mean I get that it had to have somewhat of an introductory, but you don’t get to the juicy part of the book until about page 75. I mean for a book that is only about 380 pages. Though once they get to New York the action really starts to kick in. I loved how many different scenes you got to see Diana kick butt.

Once we got to the exciting part of the book I thoroughly enjoyed Leigh’s writing. It was fast enough paced and had some really good action scenes, especially considering that it is about wonder woman. I thought that the idea of a warbringer, someone who will bring war when they turn 17 unless brought to a special spring. I thought that that was a very unique idea that made an awesome plot line.

One thing that I truly loved about the book was that Diana in the book and movie were so similar! I think that this was truly dedicated to the amount of time that Leigh Bardugo spent studying the wonder woman comics and other sources. I think that this is the key for an author to have an amazing book. It is especially important when the topic of the book is something that has already been written about and been around for a long time. Though it is truly amazing that the mannerisms and characteristics of Diana seemed to translate from the movie to the book. i truly enjoyed that fact because after the movie I had a picture of what Diana is like and Leigh seemed to stay true to that picture even though I am sure she finished this book before the movie came out.

The Leigh knew what i love and threw in my favorite thing, A PLOT TWIST. I love when authors are able to surprise and throw me off my feet with the plot twist they have. typically I am able to guess what the outcome of the book is going to be, but I didn’t see this one coming. I thoroughly enjoyed that the ride that Leigh took her readers in throughout this book.

Overall, I thought this was a very well written and delightful book to read. I have quenched my wonder woman need for the time being. I am now even more excited for the justice league movie to come out! I would suggest any comic book lover to read this or someone who loves strong woman characters. There are only a couple things that I thought were not necessary or could have been changed, but overall I was thoroughly impressed. Nice job Leigh!

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Jurassic Park Movie VS Book

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I know what you guys are thinking, the book is always better than the movie hands down in any situation. I mean especially when you take into account adaptation such as The Mortal Instruments, The Fault in Our Stars, and 13 Reasons Why. They usually never turn out nearly as good as the book because it is hard for the writers of movies/shows to fit all the information into the movie that was in a 300-700 page book. But occasionally you will find that one needle in the haystack, where the movie actually amazes you.

I have loved Jurassic Park since I was little, I even own a shirt from hot topic. I have seen this movie more times than I can count. i found out a couple years ago that it was a book, but I never actively searched for the book. I just figured that the book would be too different from the movie and I wouldn’t like it because I love the movie so much. Then, when I was at Goodwill the other day I spotted this book and decided that it was finally time for me to pick this book up.

I started reading and I have to say Michael Crichton did a TON of research for this book. There was a ton of facts about dinosaurs, well researched facts. Then there was the character Malcom, who was a mathematician, so there were many terms and theories that were used. these terms were also not basic ones you use everyday. I can tell that this was very well thought out. I am sure that this author is very good at researching things like this since he went to medical school at Harvard. Even I could never have the memory for any scientific facts very well. So I really enjoyed the fact that you can tell that the author was very invested into making this novel. Though since there are so many facts, graphs, etc. it took a bit longer to get through the book than it would for something such as harry potter.

I was very glad to notice, the further I got into the book, that the movie was so similar to the book. I think they had almost everything, if not everything, in the movie that was in the book. This pleased me since I am such a lover of the movie, it was a totally new experience to enjoy the movie through this perspective. I have a feeling that the author was a very large part in the making of this movie, because typically the author’s don’t get much say and the movie gets a bit strayed from the original plot line or how the characters are supposed to be.

I think that a reason that I am so interested in the movie and book is because I was somewhat of a dinosaur addict as a child. Learning about them in school was on of my favorite things and I knew all the different kinds. I mean if you quizzed me today I don’t think I would know much anymore since i haven’t studied them in the last 10 years. The subject is just very fascinating. i love that the author included things about their nesting and how they would act in the world today, especially around humans.

If you haven’t seen the movie, what have you been doing with your life? Go watch it! Then if you have seen it, I would definitely suggest picking up the book, it was a very good read!

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Goodwill Book Haul!

So the other day I went to the downtown Seattle goodwill, which is the best one in Washington. I headed straight for the book section and was able to find 7 awesome books! Many of these are books that I had been wanting for awhile anyways. So here we go.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Surprisingly I have never read this book. I saw the movie last year and ever since I have been wanting, no needing to read this book. When I saw it I immediately snatched it! I am so excited to finally read this book and talk to everyone about it!

2. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

This book was made into a movie about a year or two ago. I have never read or seen it. It seems like a book that is going to make me cry like The Fault in Our Stars. So I feel like I have to wait for the perfect cry worthy day to read this one.

3. Looking for Alaska by John Green

If you guys haven’t guessed I read more fantasy and sci fi than contemporary. I mean I will pick up a contemporary read every once in awhile if I have heard good things about the book. I have read both TFIOS and Paper Towns. I have heard many people say Looking for Alaska is one of his best books, so I feel like I should probably read it.

4. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I have actually never read anything by Marie Lu, but have heard tremendous things about her writing from other book bloggers and booktubers. I also have heard recently by many people that they really liked this book. Since this was the case when I saw it I felt that I should pick it up for my TBR pile.

5. Legend by Marie Lu

This is a book that my parents and sister listened to on an audio book when we were in the car. I didn’t listen to it though because I prefer regular books over audio books. Though they told me how much they enjoyed it, so I have been wanting to read it for awhile. When I saw it I knew the time has come to grown my TBR even more!

6. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton 

I am an avid lover of the movie, have been since was a kid. I even own a Jurassic park shirt, bonus points if you know which youtube video I was caught wearing it in.Many people have told me that I should read this since I love the movies. I have heard that the book is supposed to be even better. When I saw it I was so excited!

7. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan 

If you don’t know me, I love Rick Riordan! I have read all of the Percy Jackson books, half of the Heroes of Olympus (own all of them), own the first Magnus Chase, and own the first book in his most recent series. I also have been wanting to read this one because I love learning about Egyptians and their gods. I find it so interesting. I was very excited to find this book.

That is all the books that I found. Goodwill is one of my favorite places to look because they usually have some pretty good books and awesome prices! All of these books were $2.99 or under! If you have a Goodwill near you I would definitely suggest going and looking.

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Free Kindle Books!

So as many of you know one of the most popular ways to read books, besides the traditional way, is to get an e-book version. Most people tend to sway towards kindles to read their electronic books, like I personally do. One of my favorite things about getting kindle books is that so many small or debut authors will put their first book on the kindle for free.

I typically get free books on there to read before bed or if I am in a reading slump. Don’t get me wrong, you will most likely have to through a ton of horribly written books. Though you can always find some really good books in there. I always love going through and picking books. I mean I even get enjoyment out of the horribly written and cheesy novels that you can find under the free section.

So for this post I am going to share with you some of my favorites that I have read in the past! I will provide the links for all of them down below. Though I can’t guarantee that they are still free because I got these 3-7 years ago.

  1. Wings by Aprilynne Pike

My sister got this book a very long time ago, if I had to guess I would say it was 7 or 8 years ago. She read it then convinced me to read it because it seemed right up my alley. This was at the beginning of my kindle days, back when I actually paid kindle books. So I assumed because it was free that it probably wouldn’t be very good. But was I wrong!

This book is about a girl named Laurel who up until now (I think she is going into 10th grade) had been home schooled. She gets to the high school, which is a totally new experience for her, and right away meets a boy named David that befriends her. Her and David pretty much become best friends that spend all their time together. Just when she though life couldn’t get any better the horrible happens! She feels on her back what appears to be her first zit. Can I just say I wish I could have been 16 not having any acne, that’s the dream. Though everyday it seems to keep growing and starts to freak her out, she begins to think maybe she has a tumor or an abnormal growth. Then she wakes up to find that the ball is no longer her biggest problem, she now has giant flower petals growing out of her!

I though that this book had such an interesting take on fairies and I would definitely give it a read if you love fantasy like I do. I mean it is no Sarah J Maas book, but I thought that it was good enough that I have reread it a couple times.

  1. Dark Promise by Talia Jager and Julia Crane

I got this book a couple of years ago when I was hunting through the top 100 free section of the kindle books. I knew from the cover that it would be about fairies because the girl on the cover had wings. That was enough to pull me in!

This book is about Rylie, who is your average teenage girl who is dating the baseball player and has a best friend. She is just ready to be turning 16, until a stranger comes knocking at her door. The blonde at the door tells her that she is her birth mother. Rylie thinks she is crazy because she was not adopted. This lady goes on to tell her that she switch her at birth with her parents real child, that actually died. She reveals that Rylie is going to be turning into a fairy in the morning and that the reason she switched her is that the Dark fae king wants her.

This book really surprised me. By the description and cover art I was expecting it to not be a very good book. I enjoyed reading the series. The only one that really disappointed me was the last book, I just didn’t like it as much as the others. I would suggest this for anyone who likes books on fairies or changelings.

  1. How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

I know what you’re thinking, what the heck kind of book is this girl suggesting for us? Fret not! I have your best interests in mind 🙂 I found this book and thought that the cover and name sounded funny and thought why not!

This book is about a vampire named Roman Draganesti who sinks his fangs into a science project and gets one of his fangs taken out. He needs to get to a dentist immediately to get it reattached. He gets to the only available and close night dentist. This is where he find Shannon, who little to his knowledge is in the witness protection program for witnessing a Russian mob murder and testifying. While trying to work on Roman, the Russians find Shannon. Luckily Roman is a very skilled vampire and he is able to get her out without getting injured. Roman brings Shannon to his home so that she can be under his protection until the Russian situation is under control. While she is staying there they both begin to develop feelings for each other.

By the cover and the name I was expecting this to be a horrible book to just read at night. I was pleasantly surprised that was a real plot. Another thing I enjoyed was that Roman was a scientist and there were certain science facts that were throughout the book. If you are like me and love anything vampire then I would suggest reading this book!

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Wings: https://www.amazon.com/Wings-Aprilynne-Pike-ebook/dp/B0027KRRI4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1504492978&sr=8-1&keywords=wings+aprilynne+pike

Dark Promise: https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Promise-Between-Worlds-Book-ebook/dp/B008QI80MS/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1504493008&sr=1-1&keywords=dark+promise+talia+Jager

How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire:https://www.amazon.com/Marry-Millionaire-Vampire-Love-Stake-ebook/dp/B001TKD4ZI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1504493032&sr=1-1&keywords=how+to+marry+a+millionaire+vampire+love+at+stake+1

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