Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Book Review

After the Fault in Our Stars, I become an immediate fan of John Green’s work. I even enjoyed Looking for Alaska. So, when I learned about his new book Turtles All the Way Down was coming out I was stoked. And now that I have to be marked on my calendar. And now I just finished reading it and in this review, I will be talking about my thoughts on Turtles All the Way Down.

  • Title: Turtles All The Way Down
  • Author: John Green
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 286
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

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BOOK SYNOPSIS:

In Turtles ALl the Way Down, the book focuses on a teenage girl named Aza who goes on a mystery hunt along with her friend Dasy and try to find out what happened to the disappearance of a Billionaire. The Billionaire let say was supposed to go to trial and disappeared out of now one. But, he did leave two clues he left his sons behind to pick up the pieces. Aza and Daisy use that opportunity to dig up clues in hopes find out what happened and hope to get the reward in return.At the same time, the story also focuses on the friendship between Aza and Davis the billionaire’s son. As well, the story focuses on the struggles Aza has to go through when dealing with her mental illness.

BOOK REVIEW:

The book was actually better than what I thought. I really enjoyed the book. Maybe not as much as The Fault in Our Stars, which by the is one of my all-favorite books but its up there. I really enjoyed that fact that the book focuses on many subplots throughout the book and how they somehow connect in a way. For one the main focuses were on the mysterious disappearance of the billionaire and trying to see how it would unfold can’t me feeling suspenseful. I like the fact that the book mostly just made us the readers ask “what happened to him?”, “Why did he leave?” and “What’s happens next?”.

Another part of the story was two main characters Aza and Davis. I like how throughout the book seeing how the relationship between them develop. I like how they are some much alike and can relate. I also like the way they communicate and how they accept each other. I think one of my favorite things about Green’s characters is how they are so real and just really smart characters in their own way. But at the same time, they have their own flaws.

Lastly, the book lets you step inside the world of Aza who throughout the book deals her own mental illness. I also like how much it makes you think and how the book shows us on how the rest of the worlds reacts to that person.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Turtles All the Way Down and how easy, relatable it is. If you interesting in checking out this book I will have the links below and also near the picture above. And until my next post keep on reading.

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NaNoWriMo Day 1 and Day 2

I am probably late to announce this but this month I will participate in the 2017 Nanowrimo this year. I was really excited and just thrilled to be doing it this year. For years I had this idea in my head that I felt like needs to be a novel. And trust me I am one of those people who kept putting off writing a novel and had some unlucky attempts. But this year I know I wanted to be a part of it and ever since I joined Booktube I been willing to take on new challenges without fear.

During the last week of October, I took the time to prepare for the Nanowrimo. I know I should’ve started with Preptober at the beginning of the month especially for a fantasy novel but I been super busy with going to festivals and my ever-growing list of review requests. But, either way, I decided to start preparing for it regardless and when the day comes I will keep going either way. Ready or not I hear I come.

On the first day of the Nanowrimo, I jumped up from my sleep and rushed to get ready for the day. I even got my notes, my laptop, and a very comfy chair to sit on. “I am ready,” I said. And then was ready. Though sadly, I forgot to stock up on treats at least I got Halloween candy. Not my personal preferences but I made due with what I got. Note to self-prepare the snack prior to Nanowrimo.

For my first day of progress, I got so much done. In fact, I wrote more than what I thought I could. I thought I was going to struggle and not make it more than 1,000 words but I exceeded my own expectations and wrote more than 4,000 words the first day. I am feeling like proud of myself and feel like I had a great start for the Nanowrimo.

On the second day of the Nanowrimo, I was even more psyched to get to my laptop. Can say that Google Docs is awesome? I love it because it’s browser-based and I can use it on any computer. And it’s cloud based so you know easily accessed. That said, I decided to take my writing to the library and work there for a few hours. There I got a few chapters in until my laptop’s battery started dying on me and I got extremely hungry so I decided to go back home. There I was worked and drank tons of coffee. Colombian Coffee, please? By the end of that day I wrote about three new chapters and now I am feeling that this novel is doable.

So, are you enjoying the Nanowrimo so far? Well, if you are participating in it let me know how you are doing? Let know what kind of novel you’re writing? And until my next update keep on reading.

November 2017 TBR

Hi, guys welcome back to another monthly TBR. So, it’s getting close to the holiday season and close to the end of the year so I wanted to make this month count. So this month, I will be reading less than usual because I will be participating in the Nanowrimo and might now be able to read twenty books in the month. So get started with my TBR List…

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Starting off the month with the new John Green is back. Since the first time I read a book of his I knew I am an automatic fan of his work. And when I heard he was coming out with another book I knew I had to mark my calendar and put it on hold when it’s available. And now I finally got my hands on it ready to read.

Warcross by Marie Lu

I recently got the chance to see Marie Lu at the National Book Festival in D.C. and I really enjoyed her writing process and about what inspires. She talked about Warcross which got me excited to pick it up. So, now I will be reading. I will be honest this is my first book from hers and I can’t wait.

Warcross by Marie Lu

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

Another book I will be reading this month is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Originally it was supposed to be part of the TBR list for last month but I didn’t get to it so I will be reading it this month. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

Ash and QUill by Rachel Caine

To end this list I will be read Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine. If you have read The Great Library Trilogy yet it is a great trilogy for anyone who loves books and libraries. I do have the review on Ink and Bone(first book in the trilogy) on this blog if you wish to learn more about the book. I am excited for this one because I been waiting all year for it.

Ash And Quill by Rachel Caine

That it for this month’s TBR List. Let me know in the comments what you will be reading this month. Until my next post keep on reading.

Links:

Buy Turtles All the Way Down
Buy Warcross
Buy Ash and Quill
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Caraval by Stephanie Garber Book Review

When I saw the cover for Caraval I knew I had to read this. I also been wanting to read a book with a Carnival type of story and thought why not? Caraval is a book by Stephanie Garber and this is the first in the duology. This book has a combination of magic, and puzzles with an element of mystery to solve.

  • Title: Caraval
  • Author: Stephanie Garber
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 407
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

BOOK SYNOPSIS

Caraval focuses on the character Scarlet who lives with sister on an island. Scarlet and her sister Tella must grow up living with her very abusive father who just sees them as property. Scarlet dreams of one day going to the magical world of Caraval which is a fantastic show where people go and play a game in order to win a major price. So, Scarlet wants its so badly so she spends most of her life writing letters to the mysterious Legend who owns the Caraval.

Years later when Scarlet is seventeen her father wants to marry the mysterious Count who she hasn’t met. At the same time, Scarlet finally receives a letter from Legend. So, despite her father…Scarlet, Tella and with the help of a sailor named Julian to run off to the world of Caraval.

There at Caraval, Scarlet’s sister goes missing and in order to get her sister back, Scarlet must play the game that this world holds. Thinking it would be a simple task turns out to be more than just a game of risk, secrets, and consequences. Will Scarlet get her sister back?

REVIEW:

This book was really enjoyable to read. I really enjoyed the concept of Caraval and the combination of magic and puzzles. I also enjoyed seeing the world come alive. If you like books with magic, and whimsical elements than this is a book to check out. In fact, most of the book describes Caraval as magical, and colorful. It’s actually somewhat dreamlike.

I also enjoyed some of the mysterious elements throughout the book with all the clues. The clues that lead you closer to winning the major the prize. I also like the idea of being careful with your choices or you may face the consequences.That said, I would’ve liked to have seen more Carnival elements within the book. The fact that the book made it seem like some big show, the book lacked any Carnival elements. I would’ve liked to see more characters that would feel like you are at a Carnival. Maybe jugglers, clowns, or acrobat? I also have seen much of the actual competition. It felt like this game was more a passive MMORPG game that people just show up and have fun.

As for the characters, I am left with mixed feelings. On the one handle, I like seeing the main character go through a transformation in the book. At the beginning of the book, we meet a scary, shy, and broken Scarlet and see how she learns to find her strength in the book. I also like how she would do anything for the sister and would make the hard choices to get her back.

But even though I do like Scarlet, as a character she does have some flaws in the book. At times Scarlet can be naive and can be overly trusting at times in situations where she should have asked questions. I also didn’t really like the love interest in the book. I feel like Julian could’ve used more of a backstory and be developed more. I feel like Julian was half developed and just gave us more questions about who he was.

Overall, I did really enjoyed this story and loved all the magical element and the dark mystery throughout the book. Despite that, I hope some of the supporting characters and some of the questions that were present in the story could be answered in the next book. Well, if you interested in checking out the book I do have the link below. And until my next post keep on reading.

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The Magicians by Lev Grossman Book Review

When I first heard of The Magicians it was on TV. I saw the trailers and it was like “what is that?”. So, when I knew that it was based on a book and heard so much I knew that this must book a great book. Really was it? Well, after attending the Fall for Books Festival and seeing Lev Grossman(author) speak it convinced me that this was a must-read.

  • Title: The Magicians
  • Author: Lev Grossman
  • Year Published: 2009
  • Page Count: 402
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

BOOK SYNOPSIS:

The book is about a boy named Quentin who dreams of adventure and spends most of his time wishing to be in the same world that his favorite series takes place in…Fillory. Sadly, he is in Brooklyn and all he wants to do is leave his life. But how will he find happiness? Well, by taking an exam and getting into a college for Magicians. So, when Quentin gets enrolled at a college called Brakebills he must learn the world of Magic and that magical world takes him on an adventure he been waiting for.

BOOK REVIEW:

I didn’t think I would enjoy the book as much as I did. The book draws its inspiration from Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia like the part of a magical school and the magical doorways that take you into another world. Other than that the book is its own story. I like how the book despite it being about magic it makes you feel like what a really magical college would be like if you went to one. I also like how the book question is what magic is, and the laws behind it.

For the characters, I like complex and unique the characters were and how the story is driving by it. I like Quentin is relatable it can be defined as the depressed kid that struggles with finding his place in the world. But somehow he is learning about who he is and must decide how he must live it. Alongside Quentin, the other characters get their chance to shine and stand. I like how even though there was a lot of characters they don’t get totally forgotten or underdeveloped.

As the writing style, I get a sense of a C.S. Lewis and Tolkien influence and I like how the author can describe the world and make it feel real without getting to carried away with the long history of the world. I think he is probably saving it for the other two books.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book and how real the world in the book feels. I like who each detail was thought out. So, if you are interested in checking out the book I do have links below the post and top. And until next time keep on reading.

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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken Book Review

When I stumbled upon this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought about passing the chance of this book and thought it wasn’t something I would like. But when I saw some reviews and also got to learn more about what the book was about it felt me with enough curiosity to pick this up. This is something with a mixture of demons, fantasy but also gave me a feeling whimsical elements.

  • Title: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding
  • Author: Alexandra Bracken
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 362
  • Author Site: Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

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SYNOPSIS:

The book centers around a boy named Prosper Redding. Prosper comes from a wealthy and well-known family that live in the small town of Redwood. In the book, Prosper learns about a curse placed on his family due to his great-ancestor who broke a contract with a demon. Because of this instinct, Prosper is left to pay for his ancestor’s mistakes and must live with a demon inside him. And things get worse Prosper must find a way to get rid of this demon before he turns 13 or else the demon will destroy his family. Can Prosper save his life and his family?

REVIEW:

The book was like a really spooky book. Filled with cobwebs, demons, and witchcraft. I liked the concept of the book and how it was put together. I thought at first that this book was going to be a book about exorcism or a demon hunter book but this was totally different. The book itself paints a dark story but adds its light humor to the mix. I also like the fact that book made me think of Tim Burton and Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events.

As for characters I really liked getting to know. Prosper is not the most popular person in his town and his family.  Felt super sad about how his life was and the story made me want to be his friend because he was way better than what his family thought of him. As for my favorite character in the book is Alastor the demon. He was both serious, sarcastic and even has a touch of humor.

Overall I really like most of the Halloween spooky moments in the book and like how the both Alastor and Prosper interacted with each other throughout the story. I can’t wait to see what happens in the second book. So, if  you are interested in checking it out I have links below and until next time keep on reading.

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The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride Book Review

This book gave me a mixed bag of feeling. When I came across this book I thought it looked interesting and thought this book had a cool premise and cover. And usually, I have a good feeling about a cover and can spot a great book. Except this one gave me a different feeling.

  • Title: The Lesser Bohemians
  • Author: Eimear McBride
  • Year Published: 2017
  • Page Count: 336
  • Author Site: Here
  • Read Excerpt Here
  • Goodreads: Here
  • Buy Book: Amazon

SYNOPSIS:

The Lesser Bohemians is about a girl from Ireland who goes to London to attend drama school. This book takes place in 1990. The girl at the school meets an attractive actor who is much older and they both develop a strong bond. Throughout you see how their relationship evolves and changes. Along with that you also get to see the inner feelings surrounding finding that first love.

REVIEW:

I really don’t know what to say about this book. I obviously don’t because I found this book somewhat confusing. In fact, the way the book was written was so confusing that I didn’t finish. The synopsis of the book was intriguing and I thought it was a great concept. But, the way it was written where there was the weird short sentence, awful use of function and just bad grammar usage I don’t know why I should finish it. The grammar in the book was very distracting that I didn’t really get into the story and after like 50 or more pages I gave up from frustration. Was this book written this way was for intended purposes? I don’t know but at the same time, I think the book should at least be a little easier for all readers. Anyway, that is my overall feelings. If you want to give the book a shot I will have a link above including an expert as well. And until my next post keep on reading.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review

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