Book Review: Summer Days & Summer Nights

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I’m finally back with another post. I still hate that all the posts that I’ve been writing here lately have been review posts. I’m trying to think up new exciting content for here, but it just hasn’t been coming. Maybe more thoughts on this at a later date.

I finally finished Summer Days and Summer Nights. This book is a collection of short stories put together by Jennifer E. Smith. This was another Paper & Glam book club read. This book took me WAY longer than normal to read due to the fact that work has been absolute hell lately and I’m lucky if I can read more than a few pages a night.

I loved this collection of stories, but like most collections I found some better than others which leads me to some high hopes when I actually pick up books from those authors. I liked Leigh Bardugo’s Head, Scales, Tongue, and Tails for its whimsy and how it definitely felt like a summer story and the perfect one to start the collection. I loved how Stephanie Perkins perfectly captured the feeling of love In Ninety minutes, turn  North. It was so sweet and just how love should feel. I cried and felt way too much emotions while reading Veronica Roth’s Inertia. You will have to read it to experience it. I was griped by Cassandra Clare’s Brand New Attraction even though there is something about carnivals that will never quite sit right with me. My heart was moved with by Jennifer E. Smith’s A Thousand Ways this could all go wrong. It was so perfect.

I could say a thousand more things,but I think that if you are looking for a quick reading of several stories of varying lengths this is the book for you. There is a companion book to this which I’m hoping to read toward the end of the year.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with another post. Let me know what you have been reading lately.

Book Review: Geekerella

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I am once again back with another book review. This time it’s Geekerella by Ashley Poston. This has been in my TBR pile since its debut in March.  Yes, I know I’m crazy for having it on my bookshelf for so long, but believe me when I say that there are books that have been on my bookshelf for longer than I might never get to.

This story is a Cinderella retelling for the modern age. Danielle or Elle known throughout the book is a lonely high school student who is obsessed with a show called Starfield. She has followed the show, so closely that she has created a following for herself online with her blog Rebelgunner. When it is announced that Starfield will be made into a movie starring current heartthrob Darien Freeman. Elle gives him and the movie a brutal first review of the casting.

Darien, the world’s current heartthrob used to live for the days where he wasn’t famous and could be a geek at comic cons, now he has so much to live up to. He is cast as the male lead in the Starfield film and since he was burned by his once best friend he is highly suspicious of nearly everyone in Hollywood. He finds out that Elle, the blogger has burned him quite badly and he tries to talk his way out of doing a panel at comic con. He finds an old number for the comic con which happens to be Elle’s dad’s phone number and pleads to be let out. Since Elle doesn’t know what he’s talking about she tries to play along. One lonely night, Darien reaches out to Elle and they start talking not knowing who each other is. They continue to talk up until the day of comic con when all hell breaks loose.

If you have ever read/ watched any Cinderella story ever you will know how this story ends. It’s basically all the same overall, so I’m not really spoiling anything for you. There is one section of the book, which is incredibly touching and heartwarming. I was sniffling through the whole section. I can’t spoil the book for you since that would be completely unfair. I loved how the book tied in  quotes from Starfield making it seem like a really tv show. I loved Sage’s character and how she was honest with Elle from the very beginning.

This book is definitely a good summer quick read and doesn’t get to over the heard or in depth with anything crazy. You could definitely finish this book in a day or two. If you have read this book, let me know what you thought of it. Hopefully I’ll be back with another post soon, but in the meantime let me know what you are reading.

Life Lately 6.19.17

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I know that it has been a while since I have posted here and even longer since I have written a real post here. I though I would catch up with you via a currently post, so here it is
reading Summer Days and Summer Nights for now and probably a few more books later.
writing… at least this post for the digital world and lately I have been journaling almost traveler’s notebook/art journal/smash book style. Let me know if you want to see a flip through or some other type of posts
listening to One Republic, Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack still, and some Vertical Horizon
thinking that I can’t believe that it’s been so long since I wrote a real post here and I can’t wait to try and write more
wishing for more ways to get inspired and spend less money *fingers crossed*
hoping for peace like always
wearing about to switch into pajamas soon
loving my family and spending so much time that we’ve been getting together lately
wanting more creative time and more sleep
feeling relaxed and loved so many things to be grateful for
eating nothing at the moment, but all the food today was so good!

anticipating the Ever Clear/Vertical Horizon concert coming soon, and a friend’s wedding
watching Criminal Minds and so many various documentaries on Netflix
planning so many things for the possible future here and various things in real life
looking forward to so many concerts on the horizon
creating more creative content and hopefully more content for the Youtube Channel
need to finish at least one book this week and maybe one project
main goal finish a 3 books this month and work on my Summer bucket list 🙂

Book Review: Lying Game #5 & #6

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I am back once again with a combined review for books in the Lying Game series as well as my final thoughts. If you haven’t read my previous reviews on these books, you can read them here, here, and here.

Image result for the lying game bookBetrayal is the only truth that sticks.-Arthur Miller

In the fifth book of the Lying Game, we finally get to meet Becky,the twins real mom after discovering in the last books that Sutton was raised by her grandparents. It is also in this book that Sutton’s dad finally comes clean to her with the truth about her birth mom or at least a partial truth. Emma and Ethan continue to investigate Sutton’s death and try to add to their continuing mysterious puzzle. In a chance encounter Emma finally gets to have a chat with Becky, her birth mom, and she says some interesting things. It is also in this book that when a new girl threatens Sutton’s place on the tennis team that Sutton and her friends ban together for a Lying Game prank, they also find an ally from a mysterious source. This prank only leads to more mysterious things happening.

Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.-Helen Gurley Brown

In the sixth and final  book of the series, we once again catch up with Emma within days of the ending of the fifth book. Her latest ally has been murdered for trying to pass Emma information on Sutton’s killer and fails to do so. It is also in this book that Sutton’s body is finally discovered in Sabino Canyon right where she had planned on meeting in Emma in book one. Emma is finally caught as impersonating Sutton and it is then that the clues to solving her sister’s murder finally comes together.

The book comes to a graceful end with the murder suspect finally being found out and Emma finally reveals the truth about who she is to the Mercers and to Sutton’s friends.  Emma also is able to have her dreams and Sutton is finally at peace. I loved the way the story arched and tried to drive you in all directions as Emma tried to figure out who killed her sister. It was also fairly obvious from the beginning that some of the things that Emma had to go through were fairly immature. This was definitely a teen read, which if you are someone older reading it I’m sure that you’ll read through the series pretty quickly and it would be a great summer read.

I hope that you enjoyed this 2 for 1 book review. I will be back with more book reviews and more posts soon. Let me know what you have been reading lately or what you thought of the series if you read it?

Book Review: Uncommon Criminals

I’m finally back with another post. I hate that nearly all of the posts I have written lately have been reviews. I really want to bring you more original posts, but that just hasn’t happened yet. I recently have been compelled to finish off a couple of old series which I started in the past. The first up is Heist Society. I had originally started this series back in 2011 when I did not know it was a series. You can read my review on the first book here. When I found out it was a series I knew I had to continue to find out where Katarina Bishop and her family ended up.

In this second novel of the Heist Society called Uncommon Criminals. We catch up with Katarina Bishop as she is once again stealing art pieces from society and returning them to their rightful owners. It appears that Kat has been doing art jobs by herself lately and not including the rest of the crew. Hale gets upset and confronts Kat about why she is doing these jobs. Kat does not have an answer. She then meet a woman named Constance Miller who asks her to pull off the impossible job of stealing the Cleopatra Emerald. She manages to convince Kat by saying that Visily Romani told him to ask her. Kat and her crew manage to pull off the heist perfectly and give the emerald to Constance and then in a moments notice Kat finds out that she has been duped by another con artist. The con artist uses the Cleopatra Emerald to pose as another emerald the Antony Emerald, which is said to be just as valuable.

It takes all of Kat’s strength and teamwork from her crew to figure out who the woman is and how to get the Cleopatra Emerald back to where it is suppose to be. No, sorry the Cleopatra Emerald does not end up in the hands of the real Constance Miller, but the ending is just as good.

I loved all the twists and turns of this novel and how you got to know more about Kat’s family and extended family. Though the moment between Kat and Hale still raises questions about their future, I’m excited to see what is next for them.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with another post.Let me know what you have been reading lately.

Book Review: The Nest


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I’m finally back with another post. I hate that nearly all of the posts I have written lately have been reviews. I really want to bring you more original posts, but that just hasn’t happened yet.

I recently picked up The Nest by Cynthia D’ Aprix Sweeney, which was a Paper & Glam book club read in March. Apparently I’m nearly always behind in all my book clubs, but at least I’m trying right….?

The story about The Nest is about a NYC based family called The Plumbs who are about to inherit their father’s fortune, which they fondly called the Nest. The Plumbs siblings think that inheriting the money outright will solve all their problems. It is during this time that they find out that their mother used part of the Nest to bail their oldest sibling, Leo out of his mess.

Melody and Jack finally admit to the rest of the siblings that they have the most of to lose. Bea, the closest sibling to Leo finally finds the will to write about something other than her brother. There are various other characters weaved into the story such as Paul, the owner of Paper Fibres, where Bea works and who is also in love with Bea. Stephanie is Leo’s former lover and Bea’s former editor, Tommy is Stephanie’s downstairs neighbor, who also has something to hide. Matilda is the girl at the heart of Leo’s accident.

I love the quotes scattered throughout the book, which is typical of most books that I love. Here’s one:“Everyone’s always on the hunt for a mirror. It’s basic psychology. You want to see yourself reflected in others. Others—your sister, your parents—they want to look at you and see themselves. They want you to be a flattering reflection of them—and vice-versa. It’s normal. I suppose it’s really normal if you’re a twin. But being somebody else’s mirror? That is not your job.” Nora”-Simone.

The ending for the book struck me as a little sad since it appeared to have the siblings reunited at a wedding minus one of the siblings. I promised I wouldn’t spoil the book for people, so I’ll leave you guessing. I enjoyed the book, but like most of the reviews I have read it was not as memorable and fabulous as most people would have hoped. In fact, the beginning of the story was a bit slow and sluggish.

Hopefully I’ll be back soon with another post.Let me know what you have been reading lately.

Movie Review: Guardians of the Galaxy

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I’m slowly getting back to a regular posting schedule and even making moves to make improve this site. I’m really glad that you have stuck around if you have been here a while. I can’t believe that I have not posted a movie review since last year. I have seen a few movies since Fantastic Beasts and where to find them Part 1, but I just didn’t find them worthy enough to review for the blog.

Today I’m back though with a movie review because I saw Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 opening weekend. Well, actually if we are being perfectly honest I saw it twice. I didn’t do it on purpose it kind of just happened. Spoiler alert for those who no longer wish to read any further, I think the movie is excellent and is a great addition to the universe that Marvel Studios is building.

The story starts as any Marvel story would start with trying to answer some of the questions we had from the last film such as the origins of Peter Quill. Yes, we meet Ego the guy who claims to be Peter’s father and once again the Guardians of the Galaxy have to save the universe from certain destruction. At one point in the movie Peter, Gamora, and Drax get separated from Rocket and Groot who have their own adventure with Yondu. Yondu’s a semi good guy in this film and we definitely get to see a more human side to him than in the last film and also get more of a backstory. We also get to see a ton more of Kraglin.

There’s a ton more that I could tell you, but it would give away what might come next in the spoiler universe. If you are reading this before the movie know that there are 5 end trailers that last until pretty close to when the lights come up. Also actually watch the screen during the credits and you can see some characters from the previous movie like Howard the Duck, Cosmo the Dog, and others.

Let me know what you thought of the movie and what you might predict for the future for the Marvel Universe.