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Title: Black Butler Volume 2

Author: Yana Toboso

Star Rating: 4/5

Review: The second volume of Black Butler was even more interesting than the first. The first only seemed to follow around the characters of Ciel and Sebastian, whereas Volume 2 added a more interesting kind of plotline. It introduces new characters, such as Grelle. The plotline is very different, about the murder of women in London. I recommend this book to tweens-teens who also enjoy graphic novels/comics.

Reader: Rachel

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer Book Review

Rating: 4.5 stars

Magnus Chase’s mother died when he was young, and he’s been homeless on the streets of New York City ever since. Magnus has always had close friends, Hearth and Blitz, by his side taking care of him. When Magnus’s uncle, Randolph, suddenly takes an interest in him after so many years, of course he is suspicious. Soon after, Magnus begins to find out secrets of his family’s past, and those secrets will change his life forever.

Not only did this book have Riordan’s signature sarcasm and jokes, but was also educational to me. I’ve always been interested in Norse mythology, and was hoping to learn more about it from reading MCGA. Riordan definitely delivered. Another great thing about this book was the ties to Riordan’s other books, like “Hearthstone passes out more than Jason Grace (Even though I have no idea who that is).”Overall, this was a great read that I would definitely recommend to any fan of Riordan’s work or mythology. It’s probably best to read the Percy Jackson series first. Maybe not necessary, but it would help the plot of the book be more understandable. I haven’t read the entire Percy Jackson series, and I understood this book just fine, though. At the end of the book, Riordan set us up for an amazing sequel in The Hammer of Thor. I’m so excited and I don’t know how I’ll wait for the next book to be released!

Hey Ya’ll!

First post of the year! Whoo! Over the break I have read A LOT of different books and I thought I would share with you some of the great ones I read! I know there’s so many book lovers out there, so this is for you!

1. Kissing in America by Margo Rabb
This book was actually quite dramatic which isn’t the type of story I would usually go for but I decided to give it a try. This book turned out great because it had a cute road-trip vibe and had great closure within the story.

2. Girl Online: On tour by Zoe Sugg
Regular readers of this blog (hello to you!) will know that I adored the first Girl Online book and as soon as I heard there was a second one, I had to get my hands on it! It did not disappoint. It had all the factors of a great story- Love, travel, drama and friendship. I really hope Zoe decides to make a third!

3. L.A Candy by Lauren Conrad
This is the only book I have ever read over five times! It’s about two best friends who move to Los Angeles and get scouted to be on a reality show, which I love! I can read this book over and over and still be shocked by the plot twists. Only, I think Lauren has written about her time on “The Hills” but changed the names of a few things. Nevertheless, it’s great!

3. Amy and Rogers Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Without a doubt, this is the best book I have ever read and I recommend it to all of you! It has a great story and a hidden message that is beneficial to everyone. I literally could not stop reading it!

Happiness is… Summer reading!

Until Next Wednesday.. Have happy thoughts x

Books I read in 2k15

Posting this a bit late, seeing as I just came back from hiatus. I hardly got to read at all last year, and probably will even less this year (so busy!). Any who, anything three stars and up is worth reading.

Five Stars (MUST READ)

  • The Secret Keeper (2013), by Kate Morton: All I can say is, this book is EXCEPTIONAL. Kate Morton has been my favorite author for a while, and she continues to blow my mind. The way she brings together the past and the present, with little twists and turns along the way absolutely amazes me. Whenever I put this book down, I would find myself thinking about the mystery and the characters in the back of my mind. The way she manages to keep you hanging on up until the final boom at the end of the book is incredible. I even shed a couple tears as I flipped through the last pages, just because of how beautifully she brought the story together. You think you see the twist at the end, but really, you don’t. All her books are great, but this one might even trump my all time favorite book, The Forgotten Garden, also by Kate Morton. Her books always leave me feeling like I learned something new about myself. (496 pages)
  • The Book Thief (2005), by Markus Zusak: Where do I even begin? This book resonated with me on so many levels, and left my mouth hanging open over the impact of a single sentence. Never have I read a book with the capacity to have me hanging unto one sentence that just seemed to scream at me from the pages. With every page, I would read a paragraph or a word that would make me pause, and I would read it again and again. This is an incredibly unique book, and I have never felt so close to the characters on the page. I felt like I was breathing and living alongside the characters on every turn. The characters were so complex, real and raw. The best part for me was the narrator. Zusak chose to write this from death’s point of view; which is something I will probably never come across again (or as well written as Zusak’s). I can’t recommend this book more! It was different to experience WW2 through a German’s point of view. Can’t wait to see if the movie lives up to the magnificence of the novel. It’s a shame it took me so long to pick up this one of a kind story. (~144,000 words)

Four Stars (REALLY good book)

  • Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey (2014), by Ed Sheeran and Phillip Butah: My rating on this book is obviously very biased, because Ed has to be my favorite artist ever! It was really cool to learn things about his early days that I didn’t know before. He’s very inspiring, and reading this really gave me some needed confidence. (224 pages)
  • Legend (2011), by Marie Lu: I absolutely loved this book! It was great to pick up after a huge reading slump. It’s really high paced and exciting, and it’s really easy to get invested in the characters. Sometimes the over saturation of future dystopian societies in young adult books can be stale, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. So much in fact that I read it in less than 24 hours! Can’t wait to finish the rest of the series. (75,464 words)
  • Prodigy (2013), by Marie Lu: Fantastic! I rarely ever like the second book in a series better than the first, it can sometimes difficult to shock the reader when they already know so much about the book from the previous installment. This book, however, never failed to impress me! I read this in 24 hours, just like the first book in the Legend series. Really fast paced and exciting, with twists and turns at every page. Definitely a series to look into. You really get to know the characters in this, book - I love nothing more than well fleshed out characters. Gonna start the last installment ASAP! (97,881 words)
  • Champion (2013), by Marie Lu: Absolutely amazing. As I turned the final pages to this book, I found myself choked up, with tears in my eyes. The Legend series accomplishes everything I wanted from a dystopian YA book. I often find myself bitterly disappointed by the third book of most YA books, but this series was always so fresh, with raw characters and twists and turns at every page. I’m so very impressed by Marie Lu’s writing. This series will definitely go down as one of my favorites. Great ending!
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories (2014), by B.J. Novak: Excellent! This book had me laughing out loud at almost every page. I was thoroughly impressed and surprised by all the short stories I read in this book. I have never read one quite like it, and I enjoyed the change of pace and theme with every chapter. I highly recommend this if you’re looking to read something other than what you’re used to. It’s one i’ll remember for a while!
  • The Westing Game (1978), by Ellen Raskin: Cool and clever, this book was just the change of pace that I needed. The way this book was written intrigued me; the point of view often changed from sentence to sentence, which kept the writing refreshing. Raskin’s had me turning page after page, trying to solve the mystery of the westing game along with it’s characters. It was fun and witty, and I highly recommend it. (50,966 words)

Three Stars (If you’re looking for something to read, or maybe you’re bored)

  • The Hobbit (1937), By J.R.R. Tolkien: I mostly enjoyed this book, although it was written a little different than i’m used to. Some parts of the book really had me hooked, others not so much. (95,356 words)
  • The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), By J.R.R. Tolkien: I enjoyed this book a lot. The world that Tolkien built is so so incredible. The only reason I rate is as a three is because it was a little slow. It was overly descriptive in terms of surroundings, while he left some of his characters under developed. However, if I had read this before I had read any other fantasy novels, it would be rated much higher. I’m already used to concepts such as elves, dwarves, orcs etc., but if I had read this in 1957, this world would have been so amazing. (187,790 words)
  • The Red Pyramid (2010), by Rick Riordan: If I had a 3.5 star section, this is where this book would be! I love Rick’s books, and his ability to educate us in a fun and adventurous way. The two main characters a quite lovable, although I wish they were a bit older. Some of the things they go through, do and say seem to me that they are much older than 12 & 14. Other than that, I thought the story was exciting, and it was interesting to learn about Egyptian mythology in a cool way. Gonna start reading the next two soon! (99,945 words)

Two Stars (Ehh)

  • The Throne of Fire (2011), by Rick Riordan: It took me about two weeks to finish this book, which says a lot since I can got through 1-2 books a week comfortably. I don’t know If I’ve read too many of Rick’s books to be satisfied, or if he just dropped the ball on this one. I find it hard to distinguish between the two POV, they seemed to have the same voice. Once again, it could simply be an age barrier, but I found it a little hard to get through this one. It did pick up and the end however, and I will complete the series. (113,038 words)

One Star (DO NOT)

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) by Rick Riordan 


Book Description: 

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die …


My Review: 

This is the only the Rick Riordan book I’ve ever read. I know, I know, I have to read Percy Jackson! I’ve been having Percy Jackson aggressively recommended to me for years now. But I don’t know, something about it just never appealed to me much. I did start to get a little intrigued by what I heard about it as the series went on and the characters were older, but starting at the beginning with a 12 year old boy just didn’t seem that interesting to me. Maybe I’ll pick it up eventually.

Magnus Chase caught my eye from the beginning. I tried the kindle sample based solely on the cover, title, and the fact that it involved Norse mythology. I still haven’t read the actual book description. Once I tried the sample, Riordan’s wit and sarcasm were enough to keep me reading. I had a really good time with this book. It was light and fun to come back to at the end of the day. I think I enjoyed meeting all the characters and exploring their different quirky worlds more than I actually cared about the plot/quest. I could have used just a little more depth as far as characterization and relationships went. When I got to the end I almost felt like there was something missing. There wasn’t much to take away from this one. I had fun taking it for what it was and going along for the ride though. Not a bad way to relax and spend some free time.

Although this book probably won’t stick with me in the long run or be one of my all time favorites, it gets four stars because I was completely engaged and highly entertained throughout the book. I had a lot of fun with it. I will probably pick up the sequel, and possibly try some of Rick’s other books when I’m in the mood for something quirky, light, and fun.


4 stars 

Title: Chibi Vampire Volume 2

Author: Yuna Kagesaki

Star Rating: 5/5

Review: The second volume in the Chibi Vampire series, I enjoyed this specific graphic novel. It expanded on how Karin feels being an “un-vampire”, and her relationships with Anju, Kenta, Ren, and Maki. She discovers what she is supposed to do with her powers to give people blood. I loved it and graphic novel lovers will too.

Reader: Rachel

It’s that time of the week again and you know the drill. Click the photo if you’re on your desktop or the little link located bellow the photo if you’re on mobile. January is almost over and along with that so is my month of Summers, the last review will be Please Remain Calm and will be up on Sunday. Happy Monday, and please remember to keep warm and read ;)

Update

I have come to the decision that I will no longer be posting book reviews on here. I am planning on creating my Wordpress blog, which will involved books, beauty, and lifestyle advice. I will be start to post my book reviews once I set up and launch the website. I will not take down any of the reviews I have posted on here and I will also not be transferring them onto my new blog. I know I still have not written book reviews on books I read over the summer so that is what I am going to start out with my new blog. 

anonymous asked:

Hey, I was wondering given how much you love Percy Jackson, what your thoughts were on the new Hunt for the Solar Warrior book. I haven't heard too much about it yet and don't know if I should buy it? LOVE LOVE LOVE

I’ve never even heard of that book series. Maybe I’ll check it out when I have some free time over the summer. I would say read reviews of the book if you are unsure about buying it. Perhaps you could also go through its tumblr tag. 

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson - Book Review

Woo I love a good summer read and I read this just in time because summer is almost over for me. I personally really enjoy Morgan Matson’s writing, even though it’s unlike a lot of the writing I usually see, it has a kind of quirky nature to it that I can’t really explain but I love none the less. At first this book was a bit slow and I found myself flicking ahead to see when the chapter was going to end, it was quite a thick book, but when the story started progressing I found myself flying through it. Since You’ve Been Gone to me was a story about growing and learning that sometimes you’ve got to do something outside of your comfort zone or talk to someone you’d never talk to which is something I’ve been thinking about myself in the past week. I loved at the end when we got to look back at how far Emily had come from being a shy girl who hid behind her friend to someone who was willing to do things even Sloane hadn’t done. This book showed that it’s okay to change and move on to better things, I absolutely loved the messaged and the way it was delivered. 4/5

A book that takes place during Summer - The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

So until this challenge I haven’t read almost any young adult romcoms so of course I loved Girl Online but having read this one as well I realize they’re a lot alike although this one wasn’t as good. I don’t know if it’s because I’m already familiar with the genre or if it wasn’t written as well but anyway.

It was very corny and goofy and silly and I could not relate at all to any of the characters but I’m still a sucker for romcoms so I enjoyed reading it … kind of. I mean it was a light easy read and it was okay-ish. There were a few genuinely funny bits and one unexpected reveal although it didn’t have much of an impact on the story (Logan’s caller was Rayann). 

For some reason I don’t like the guys (the romantic leads) in these novels, they’re weirdly annoying. What I liked however was the last LARP scene. That was pretty cool.It reminded me of the movie Role Models. And LARP-ing seems like a lot of fun. 

Well, I’m kinda’ tired of this genre now so I hope I haven’t picked too many books like this for my challenge. My rating is: 3.2/10.

The Goodbye Bride (Summer Harbor #2) by Denise Hunter 


Book Description: 

Following a concussion, Lucy Lovett can’t remember the last seven months of her life. She doesn’t remember leaving her fiancé Zac Callahan weeks before their wedding or moving to Portland, Maine. And she sure doesn’t remember getting engaged to another man. All she remembers is loving Zac more than life itself.

It’s taken Zac months to move on after Lucy left him with no explanation. He’s thrown himself into his family’s farm and his restaurant business in Summer Harbor. Now Lucy’s back, vulnerable, homeless, and still in love with him. She needs his help putting the pieces together, but letting her back into his life is a risk—and the stakes are high. If he follows his heart he’ll win back the love of his life. But if her memory returns he’ll lose her all over again.


My Review:

Initially I was thoroughly enjoying this novel. We hit the ground running and we’re swept away into the tension and intrigue surrounding Lucy’s accident and rocky break up with Zac. I really liked these characters. The story was fast paced and the writing was engaging, as always. However, around the middle of the book things started to unravel a little bit for me.

*spoilers 

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