I'm not gonna lie, I was disappointed when I learned that the book was told from Frosty and*****My full review is available at Darling & Co.*****
I'm not gonna lie, I was disappointed when I learned that the book was told from Frosty and Milla's point of view. It really got my hopes up since the letter in the beginning was from Ali. But I knew that Frosty was going to be a depressed asshole, and despite Milla's betrayal, she didn't play a big enough role for me to care what was going on with her. So kudos to Gena Showalter for making me fall in love with characters I couldn't care less about! A Mad Zombie Party definitely holds its own with the other books and it was a wonderful finish, although there is totally an opening for another book and if Gena wants to continue the series, I back her 100%!
I love that we learn more about witnesses and what happens after we die. I still wish I knew more about it, but you learn a great deal about it in Zombie Party and that is something I've wanted since Emma told Ali she was a witness in Zombieland.
I was really happy with this book, despite originally not wanting to hear about Frosty and Milla. After finishing it, I don't think I would have wanted another book from Ali's POV; it was time for a change.
Overall, the White Rabbit Chronicles was a brilliant series, and with its variety of genres, it's great for people who like the supernatural, retellings, zombies, and a little bit of romance....more
Ugh, I don't know how much longer I can stand the emotional turmoil! I think this one is the*****My full review can be read at Darling & Co.*****
Ugh, I don't know how much longer I can stand the emotional turmoil! I think this one is the worst! But of course, the book is still magnificent, even though Gena Showalter had my heart in a vice grip until the last page. From the beginning, there is nothing but action, which was a nice change of pace from the last one; way less couple drama. Seriously, y'all need to read this series. You'll thank me later.
An alternative title for this book could have also been "Ali, Everyone Has Lied to You Your Entire Life but You'll Just Have to Deal with It," but that is a little long. Lots of lying, few good reason to.
Cole and Ali finally have sex! The sexual tension has literally been there since they first laid eyes on each other. It was decent. Ali seemed pleased.
A lot happens in the book and at points, it felt like there were too many things going on, but overall, I really enjoyed the book; not as much as the first, but more than the second. I'm still really glad I discovered this series and I'm mentally scolding myself for the millions of times I picked it up at a store and decided against it. ...more
The sequel to Alice in Zombieland had me a little frustrated, I'm not going to lie. The plot*****You can read my full review at Darling & Co.*****
The sequel to Alice in Zombieland had me a little frustrated, I'm not going to lie. The plot was really good...when it wasn't being drown out by the Ali-Cole drama. It felt a little New Moon-ish to me. And the sexual tension in this book, ugh, just shoot me now. But when you get past that, it really was a good book and I'm excited to see what happens next.
The Ali-Cole drama was never ending. Not a chapter went by where they didn't fight, yell, say horrible things to each other, kiss, make out, almost go all the way, and then fight again.
My ability to deduce the bad guy came back for this book. The second Reeve mentioned she had a new boyfriend, my Spidey senses tingled. I mean, hot guys don't just fall from the sky and immediately fall in love with you and want to know everything about you and your friends.
It may sound like I didn't enjoy the book, and I didn't enjoy it as much as I did Zombieland, but it really was a wonderful book. It sets up a lot for the next two books....more
So I have a lot of mixed feeling about this book. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed i*****You can read my full review at Darling & Co.*****
So I have a lot of mixed feeling about this book. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and most of the themes were spot on. But one of the main characters, Alex, she just kinda scares me. And I feel like the ending doesn't do her justice. I wanted more for her, and I'm sad she didn't get it.
So the thing that really gets me with this book is how scary Alex is. I mean, I like her when she begins to open up, but I have a feeling that no matter what, I'd cross the street if our paths crossed. She is deadly, literally, and she does not hide it from the reader. Her first words to the reader are "This is how I kill someone." (p. 1) From there on, I was scared of a fictional character. There were points where I even questioned if I should keep reading; but I loved the parts told by PeeKay and Jack, so I pushed through.
This book is not for the faint of heart. This book is raw and unfiltered, and I don't just mean the language. Some of the big themes in this book are murder, rape, consent, and instinct.
I really wasn't sure what to expect out of this book. All I knew about it was that it was about a girl who's sister was killed. I figured it would be some happy fluff novel, sprinkled with feminism. Happy and fluff are two words I would never use to describe this book.
In the end though, I don't know how I feel. This book has left me a mess of emotions: sadness, hatred, hope...and a little broken....more
Wow! Just wow! That is how I felt when I finished Wrecked. I felt wrecked. There was so much tr*****For my full review, stop by Darling & Co.*****
Wow! Just wow! That is how I felt when I finished Wrecked. I felt wrecked. There was so much truth and accuracy in this book on rape culture; Maria Padian really hit the nail on the head. It was almost sickening reading about it and knowing that it is that correct. This book really needs to be on a high school reading list. I know it won't because of the subject matter, but that's a different story. This book is really incredible and I believe anyone about to go into college, anyone in college, anyone who just got out of college, anyone who parties hard a lot, or anyone who is a friend or family member of anyone who fits the aforementioned groups should read this book. I really enjoyed the book. There is really good character development and plot. And most importantly, it feels extremely accurate....more
Again, my Book of the Month Club has given me an amazing read! Seriously, I think this is the b*****Stop by Darling & Co. for my full review.*****
Again, my Book of the Month Club has given me an amazing read! Seriously, I think this is the best thing I have ever signed up for! Not only is it giving me books that I wouldn't normally pick up, but they include cute little book marks and letters from the judge that picked the book and some other cute trinket. Gah! I love it!
When I selected The Couple Next Door, I only read a very small snippet of the synopsis that talked about how you never know what's going on next door, so I figured it would be some illustrious affair novel. Man, I was wrong, but that is totally okay!
Lapena's novel has kidnapping, murder, affairs, lies, and a happy-ish ending. What more could you want out of a book? ...more
This is one of my Book of the Month Club books. I was hooked when it was described as a modern-da*****For my full review, go to Darling & Co.*****
This is one of my Book of the Month Club books. I was hooked when it was described as a modern-day Agatha Christie, who wrote one of my all-time favorite books And Then There Were None, which I'm currently re-reading because of this book. It has also led me to wanting to read Ware's other novel, In a Dark, Dark Wood after it.
I couldn't tell where the plot was going in the beginning, but in a good way. It starts out with our heroine, Lo Blacklock, waking up in an alcohol induced stupor to her flat being burgled. This traumatizing experience sets up Lo for an even more traumatizing experience aboard the Aurora.
Lo's first night on the ship, she encounters the woman in the cabin next to hers (yes, cabin 10); however, later that night, she is woken up by a scream and a splash. She rushes out to the balcony and swears she sees a smear of blood on cabin 10's balcony. Shockingly though, when security arrives, there is no trace of anyone being there, let alone murdered.
Every time Lo gets one step closer, it only muddies the water even more. Lo and the other passengers begin to question her sanity. When Lo is held prisoner by the most unlikely person, she realizes that the woman in Cabin 10 isn't the only person whose life is on the line....more
A lot happens in the 3rd House of Night book, and it all only takes course over a few days.*****You can read my full review at Darling & Co.*****
A lot happens in the 3rd House of Night book, and it all only takes course over a few days. I found myself becoming annoyed with Zoey more in this book; she is making a lot of basic mistakes that people in books/movies/TV shows always make. And just like every other character, her mistakes pile up, they're found out, and she falls hard.
During this series, I have spent a lot of time thinking about the phrase "the path to hell is paved with good intentions." Zoey has a lot of good intentions with trying to handle everything on her own, but she could have handled everything a lot better. She could have filled her friends in on it once Neferet left for her vacation and they could have taken care of Stevie Rae then, and they probably would have understood better why she hadn't told them when Neferet was around.
My hopes for the next book are that we learn more about Stevie Rae; that we figure out what the hell happened with Aphrodite; and that Zoey's friends give her a hard time about all the shit she's pulled, but they find a way to work through it and can take down Neferet....more
The exciting sequel to Marked! This one is exciting for a few reasons. There's a lot of act*****You can read the full review at Darling & Co.*****
The exciting sequel to Marked! This one is exciting for a few reasons. There's a lot of action, it gets extremely steamy, and it delves a little more into the vampyre world and learn so much more stuff. In this book, the series really starts moving and setting everything up for later books. Also, in this book, a few of the things I know happened from my first time reading happened, so it's nice getting some clarity on my vague memories. I'm still really glad that I'm re-reading this series.
So like I said, this one has a little bit more going on in it, which makes sense; you expect that each book has a little more drama as you become more familiar with the world it takes place in and more characters are introduced. The big things in this one are: Zoey's love rectangle (since it's 3 guys, not two); Zoey and Aphrodite; the gang and their affinities; Neferet; and Stevie Rae.
All I remember from the next book is that everything intensifies even more, and I think I remember a character that is introduced, but other than that, I don't know what I'm getting into, and I'm excited to find out....more
I discovered The Leaving in an article about the best young adult books being released in Ju*****You can read my full review at Darling & Co.*****
I discovered The Leaving in an article about the best young adult books being released in June and after reading the synopsis, I went to Amazon and purchased it. When it arrived, I started reading it right away, even though I currently have 3 other books I'm reading; I needed to read this ASAP. I finished it in a day, and it's been a long time since I've done that with a book. This book is definitely on my must read list! I will be recommending this to everyone!
All of the characters are very well thought out and their development through the book is so real (aside from Avery's infatuation with Lucas). Some of the characters I loved the most weren't even the main characters.
This novel is beautifully written, the suspense is never-ending, and the "bad people" are people who you would never think of. I loved every second of this book!...more
I wasn't sure what I would think of The Complete Persepolis, not because of the subject matt*****Please read the full review at Darling & Co.*****
I wasn't sure what I would think of The Complete Persepolis, not because of the subject matter, but because it's a graphic novel, and I've never really been a person to enjoy comic books/graphic novels, although I haven't read that many, so I try not to judge them. However, this novel pulled me in from the very beginning, and the fact that it was a graphic novel became a positive rather than a negative. The drawings really helped me follow the story line and evoke more emotion me. This was the novel that was selected by Emma Watson for this month's Our Shared Shelf, and for me, this was the book that was the most out of my comfort zone, but I loved it. Some stories made me laugh; others made me cry or be scared; but all of them taught me something, and that is a quality that every good book shares.
In so many ways, our lives are completely different, but in the ways that are important, we are the same. Everyone wants to be loved; to have a successful, loving family and life; and to be accepted by everyone. This graphic novel depicts that beautifully....more
I was uncertain of how I would feel about After You, seeing as Me Before You was an extremely good novel and it ended on a pretty good note (not that I say the death of Will was good). I just wasn't certain of where it was going to go. Luckily, my uncertainty was uncalled for. In fact, I cried! Which, in case you don't remember, I didn't cry for Me Before You.
It's nice to every now and then read a happy story. Yes, there was a lot of drama in it, but I feel like everything I've been reading lately is people fighting for their lives or fighting to save the world from eminent destruction; so it's nice for once that everything is wrapped up with a pretty bow and everyone is okay and happy by the time the book is over.
I feel like because this one wasn't revolving around the probable death of one of the main characters, I enjoyed it a lot more than Me Before You. In the first one, I was pretty positive that Will was going to die, so I didn't let myself fall in love with him. In this one, I didn't think anyone was going to die, so I let myself get attached and really fell for Sam. It's books like this that bring out the romantic in me and believe that love is possible. Thank you Jojo Moyes!...more
Recently, a friend and I decided we wanted to start a book club to share our love of rea*****Please stop by Darling & Co. for my full review.*****
Recently, a friend and I decided we wanted to start a book club to share our love of reading and to be able to get together with friends. After adding different people to the group, we picked out different books and voted to see which one we would read that month. The selection for the month was People Who Knew Me by Kim Hooper. It isn't my usual type of read, but it wasn't completely far from the realm of something I would choose either. I am so glad this was the book that was selected because it pulled me in from the very first sentence.
"The people who knew me think I'm dead." (p.1)
Emily's character bothers me. She blames her mother-in-laws failing health for the issues with her husband. She is not brave enough to tell her husband what she wants, what she needs from him.I can't fault her for it. I have no clue how I would feel if I were going through it, and it makes for an amazing story.
Connie's character makes me sad. Connie has spent the last 14 years raising and protecting Claire from her past, only inviting few people into her life so that she does not make connections she may have to break again one day, and doesn't want to disappoint more people. Connie just wants to be the best mother possible; give Claire everything she never had and more.
This whole book deals with karmic equilibrium and "what if" situations. Emily/Connie asks herself "what if" all of the time. All sorts of questions just start a whole other Sliding Door effect that sends you down the rabbit hole. But like she said, the karmic equilibrium had been off for too long. I do believe that everything equals out in the end, that everyone gets back what they put out, and this book shows you just that....more
Modern Lovers was the first book I received from my Book of the Month Club. I was so ex*****Check out my full review at Darling & Co. please.*****
Modern Lovers was the first book I received from my Book of the Month Club. I was so excited when I saw that it was one of the books for this month, because I had hoped it would have been selected for another book club I am a part of, but it wasn't. The cover intrigued me, the way Morgan Jerkins described it sold me, I knew I needed to read this book. However, upon finishing the book, I feel like I have been let down. I feel like there was so many places this book could have gone, and yet, I felt like I was reading a story about what could have been anybodies life.
I had a hard time relating to the characters, aside from Elizabeth's worry for Iggy Pop. The adults were in their 50's; they've lived their lives, they've gone on adventures, they are stable(-ish). The kids were 17 and 18; they have no clue what they want for dinner, let alone what they want out of life. I'm in the middle of these groups. Yeah, I can look back and remember what it was like to be that age, but I never had any of the experiences they did. Ruby, for me, was someone I could not relate to. I know people like her, who probably could relate to her, but I couldn't. To me, she felt too selfish and very hard.
I did like at the end, the "articles" about where everyone is 5 years later. It added a special touch to the book that I felt was missing through the rest of it. Again, it was an attention to detail that Straub put in there that makes the book better.
But overall, I am disappointed in the book. I'm hoping next month I will choose more wisely....more
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Oh my goodness! I am not one who reads a lot of poetry; yes, I have a few favorite poems*****Please read my full review here at Darling & Co.*****
Oh my goodness! I am not one who reads a lot of poetry; yes, I have a few favorite poems, but it's not what I usually spend my time reading. I don't remember where I heard about this book. It might have been an article or a friend read it, but it somehow made it's way onto my To Be Read list, and when I was looking through it the other day, I saw it and decided I would buy it, but didn't have any intention to read it right away because right now, my currently reading stack is getting a bit ridiculous. But last night, I didn't feel like reading any of my current books, so I picked it up and I was in love.
The Princess Saves Herself in This One is told in 4 parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, and you. While there were parts of the story that I had never been through, so I could only sympathize with her, I found myself empathizing a lot more than I have with any other book. Every single poem is a battle cry for the brokenhearted, the lost, the lonely. They raise you up and tell you that you deserve every ounce of respect and love as every other person on this planet does....more
This was my second novel for Mental Health Awareness Month. I honestly didn't know what to expect*****For my full review, go to Darling & Co.*****
This was my second novel for Mental Health Awareness Month. I honestly didn't know what to expect. Most of what I know about schizophrenia is from TV and movies, and I know that I should take everything that I see there with a grain of salt. When Nic Sheff started this novel, he did a lot of research on the subject, and so I felt going into this novel that it was going to be more realistic. On the cover, it says "How do you manage when you don't know what's real?" I knew there would be some sort of twist in the novel and I spent the entire time trying to figure out what was real and what wasn't just like Miles, the main character, does. It was eye opening.
I thought this was an amazing introductory novel into schizophrenia. I know every case is different, each person is affected by their mental illness differently, but this was still eye opening. Watching his downward spiral as he stops taking his medication all together, and when he learns that it is because he has been on the wrong medication the last two years that he hasn't made progress is saddening. But the guilt that he has been carrying around with him the last two years is the hardest part. Guilt can tear apart the healthiest of people.
The part that I loved the most was a part towards the end when Miles is talking to a friend, Wanika, he has made while in the hospital the second time. They are outside smoking and talking about their diseases and how Miles always apologizes. She tells him this:
"We're fucking sick and we take medication. What's the big deal? Would you be blaming yourself if you had fucking cancer or some shit?" (p. 246)
If there has ever been a more true statement said, I haven't heard it. Just because you suffer from a mental illness doesn't mean you have to apologize for it, especially if you are doing something about it.
This book is wonderful, and I feel like I have a better grasp on schizophrenia after reading it....more
Hold Still is the 5th book I am reading for Mental Health Awareness Month and is a captivating bo*****For my full review, go to Darling & Co.*****
Hold Still is the 5th book I am reading for Mental Health Awareness Month and is a captivating book about a girl, Caitlin, who is trying to survive the death of her best friend, Ingrid, who killed herself at the end of sophomore year. Although the books starts slow, and I was questioning if I would like Caitlin as a character, about a third in, it picks up speed as Caitlin comes to terms with the death of her friend, and learns that life moves on.
It really took a bit for the book to get going. In the first bit of it, there isn't much conversation, just Caitlin's observations, and with her in a depression, it's not that...well, there's just not a lot going on. But once Caitlin starts to build a friendship with Dylan and open up to Taylor, the book really starts to move along. It brilliantly shows the stages of grief after suddenly losing someone to suicide....more
So All Better Now was the only book on my list that was non-fiction, and I don't always like non-*****For my full review, go to Darling & Co.*****
So All Better Now was the only book on my list that was non-fiction, and I don't always like non-fiction books, but this one amazing! I didn't know too much about it going in, aside from the fact that it's about a girl who is a little different who is in a car accident at a young age and discovers she has a brain tumor.
On the cover of the book, there is a picture of Emily at a young age, and despite the sweet pigtails and adorable frilly dress, she looks incredibly forlorn. From that picture, you get a good idea of what will happen in the book.
Emily's entire story is moving. Her entire life growing up is spent with her telling herself that she needs to be sorry for everything, that she takes up too much space. It is so hard to watch a child go through everything. She needs everything so perfect and pristine and if it's not how she thinks it should be, it causes her to break down.
What I love about this book, in regards to Mental Health Month, is that it shows that you don't have to be a teen or adult to suffer from a mental health issue, but kids can as well. Kids pick up on stressors in their environment, they take everything in and internalize it. Yes, with Emily, part of it was the brain tumor, but a lot of the things she suffered with continued after the tumor was removed.
What I also love with this being a memoir is that it shows that there is another side to whatever it is you are going through and you can live with it and through it. Emily went to college; received her Bachelors and Masters; she is happily married; she has written 3 books, this one being one of them; she has friends and relationship with her family. She knows that she will always have to live with "woo-head" and "bad hand," but she doesn't let it define her. Whatever you go through, whatever you live with, it doesn't have to define you....more
So upon finishing this book, I didn't know how I felt about Mosquitoland. There were par*****Please check out my full review at Darling & Co.*****
So upon finishing this book, I didn't know how I felt about Mosquitoland. There were parts of it I really liked: Mim and Walt's characters specifically were my favorites. But there were parts of it that I really didn't like: the bus accident, her mother's reveal. So I went I read some reviews, which is usually something I don't do until I've written my review because I don't want anyone to sway my opinion. But I needed to know if other people were as torn as I was.
Sadly, that was not the case. People either loved the book or they hated it. The people who loved the book loved the same things I did, just more than I did. The people who hated really did not like it at all and had nothing nice to say about it; some of them I felt like they were being picky and just wanted to hate everything. After finishing different reviews, I decided that the book was just ehh. Nothing was downright horrible, but it isn't a book I'll remember for the rest of my life.
As for it being a novel for Mental Health Month, I feel like it's a reach. Yes, Walt has down syndrome and her mother is in a mental health facility, but their needs and problems are more like tertiary plot lines in the book. A third character who Mim thinks might be schizophrenic, but he plays a small part in the book and is negatively portrayed, and I'm just not sure how that makes me feel....more
Oh man! This book was amazing! This was my first John Corey Whaley book, but it was wonderful! I*****For my full review, visit Darling & Co.*****
Oh man! This book was amazing! This was my first John Corey Whaley book, but it was wonderful! I will definitely be looking into more of his books. The only thing I know about agoraphobia is that it is a fear of places or situations that causes panic and anxiety. I don't know how it comes about or if it is curable or anything else. At least I didn't. Now I understand a little bit about it, and I kinda get it. The world is a really scary place; so much bad happens, I definitely understand wanting to stay inside in a safe place where I feel like I can protect myself. That is why Solomon Reed in Highly Illogical Behavior hasn't left the house in 3 years.
This book was so incredibly moving. When Sol has his big panic attack, I cried. Sol's first experience outside, there are no words. I really loved this book. It is so inspirational!
Alternating between Solomon and Lisa's point of views made the story wonderful. When Sol was saying what he thought about Lisa, you could actually like her, and then it was made so much worse when you remembered that she is using him. From Lisa's chapters, you feel what it feels like when someone you care about is breaking down and there is nothing you can do to help....more
The Argonauts is the book selection from May for Our Shared Shelf. I know, I know, I'm beh*****For my full review, please go to Darling & Co.*****
The Argonauts is the book selection from May for Our Shared Shelf. I know, I know, I'm behind. I'm working on All About Love: New Visions from March as well, but hey, at least I'm reading them. Originally, I didn't read the book because I had a lot of other books I was working through since May was Mental Health Awareness Month. But upon starting this one, I became extremely glad it was short because I am not liking this book very much. I wanted to like it, but I am really just disappointed with it.
I was hoping for a book that talked about the life of a family whose lives are changing through pregnancy and transitioning so that I could broaden my understanding and world. Instead, I got a book that was incoherent and felt more like the rambling of thoughts you have while you do every day mundane tasks. Harry and Iggy play a very minor role in the book.
With some of the quotes that Nelson uses throughout the book, I feel like she put them in their to sound wise and beyond her years. Instead, I feel like they just bogged down the book and drowned out anything that Nelson was trying to actually say. In some cases, it even felt repetitive.
I've read reviews of people who loved the book and I wonder what they saw in the book to make them love it so much, just as I'm sure people will look at my review and wonder why I hated it so much. But I really do not feel that reading this book added anything to my knowledge, it didn't speak to me in any way; it just took up time and space on the bookshelf....more