Top Most Awesome Quotes Part 2

So, a couple of weeks ago I did a post titled Top Most Awesome Quotes Part 1, where I shared some of my favorite quotes from some of my favorite books. Some are funny, some are inspiring, some are wise, some are downright gorgeous. And some I simply had to write down, for some compelling reason that I can’t quite explain. I have quite a lot of them piled up, so without further ado, here’s the next 10.

 

  • “At the enchanted metropolitan twilight I felt a haunting loneliness sometimes, and felt it in others – poor young clerks who loitered in front of windows waiting until it was time for a solitary restaurant dinner – young clerks in the dusk, wasting the most poignant moments of night and life.” –The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald 

 

  • “We are as indestructible as we believe ourselves to be. When adults say, ‘Teenagers think they are invincible’ with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail. So I know she forgives me, just as I forgive her. Thomas Edison’s last words were: ‘It’s very beautiful over there.’ I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.” – Looking for Alaska, Green 

 

  • “Arthur shook his head and sat down. He looked up.’I thought you must be dead…’ he said simply.

    ‘So did I for a while,’ said Ford, ‘and then I decided I was a lemon for a couple of weeks. I kept myself amused all that time jumping in and out of a gin and tonic.'” – Life, the Universe and Everything, Adams 

 

  • “‘There are all kinds of courage. It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Rowling 

 

  • “Enjoying living was learning to get your money’s worth and knowing when you had it.” – The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway 

 

  • “‘I have not broken your heart–you have broken it; and in breaking it, you have broken mine. So much the worse for me, that I am strong. Do I want to live? What kind of living will it be when you–oh, God! Would you like to live with your soul in the grave?” – Wuthering Heights, Bronte 

 

  • “‘Hello.’ Stronger now. ‘Hello! Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to Die!”No—,’

    ‘Offer me money—,’

    ‘Everything,’ the Count said.

    ‘Power too. Promise me that.’

    ‘All I have and more. Please.’

    ‘Offer me anything I ask for.’

    ‘Yes. Yes. Say it.’

    ‘I want Domingo Montoya, you son of a bitch,’ and the six-fingered sword flashed again.” – The Princess Bride, Goldman 

 

  • “Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.” – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, Hodkin 

 

  • “The mistake ninety-nine percent of humanity made, as far as Fats could see, was being ashamed of what they were; lying about it, trying to be someone else. Honesty was Fats’ currency, his weapon and defense. It frightened people when you were honest; it shocked them. … Fats was attracted by rawness, by everything that was ugly but honest, by the dirty things about which the likes of his father felt humiliated and disgusted.” – The Casual Vacancy, Rowling 

And finally, for the tenth quote, I’m featuring one that a visitor left by. All of the quotes that people commented were beautiful, and I had a hard time picking which one to choose, but I loved the way this quote made me feel when reading it, just as I love the way it says to never give up, and to always keep on going, no matter what. So thank you, Nobody, for sharing this quote with me!

  • “When the moment comes to stop running from your past, to turn around and face the thing you thought you could not face–the moment when your life teeters between giving up and getting up–when that moment comes, and it always comes, if you can’t get up and you can’t give up either, here’s what you do: Crawl.” – Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

 

So, do you have any quotes that you absolutely adore? Any that have that magical power to wow you, shock you, get to you? If so, share them in the comments! As a bit of a quote-collector, I love hearing great new quotes, and I know you guys all have a couple tucked away. 

 

 

Book Review: Grasping at Eternity

Grasping at Eternity

By: Karen Amanda Hooper

(I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.)

Goodreads Score: 4.12

My Score (Official): 4.00

My Score (Unofficial): 320 peacocks out of 400.

Highlights: Fantasy (my favorite! :D), Soulmates, Nice writing style

Lowlights: Some childish interactions, April, Awful nickname for main character (Ma-Ma for Maryah. Ack!)

Things to Note: Told from two main character’s point of views, both in first person.

Maryah and Nathan have spent countless lives together, loving each other as soul mates do, with their super powers and their kindrily (eternal family) at their sides. And then Maryah makes the ultimate mistake. On the brink of another reincarnation, she chooses to erase her memories. Nobody, including herself, knows why. Now, Maryah has lost the sparkle of memories in her eyes, she remembers nothing of Nathan, and her superpowers are nonexistent. She is born to a new family, many miles away from where her kindrily waits. But while Nathan watches from afar, heart broken, and her kindrily mourns both her lost and her decision, Maryah has no recollection of any of her previous lives, and grows up with her new, loving family.

Until.

One brutal night, Maryah’s whole family is killed, leaving her as the only survivor. Maryah moves to Sedona, Arizona where her godmother and her godmother’s family waits…where everyone seems to know her, and the amount of strange occurrences grows more frequent with every passing day. She has no idea that  she has been reunited with her kindrily, just as she has no idea that the man who had her family killed is still out there, still looking for her. Now, as Maryah copes with her conflicted feelings for Nathan, and as Nathan races to track down Maryah’s would-be-murderer, Maryah must learn to believe in the fantastical things happening around her, just as Nathan must learn to believe there’s still hope left for his lost love.

My Thoughts:

So, it doesn’t take long for the plot of this novel to get going. Page 5 and all of the main character’s family are already dead. From there, the plot slows down, and it takes a while for the secrets and the truth to be revealed, which is frustrating for the reader, but necessary to build the misunderstandings that fuel the romantic tension. And speaking of romance…

The concept of soul mates speaks to the hidden romantic in everybody, and so I was intrigued from the start. However, Nathan and Maryah’s interactions just never had me wowed. I like Nathan himself (and his deep resounding love for Maryah), but whenever they spend time together, I get uncomfortable. I get that Nathan is devastated because Maryah chose to erase her memories and he’s technically lost his soulmate and all that, but the resulting character annoyed me with his hopelessness, and his sudden mood swings from detached to clinging. (Not to mention that one part with the hot air balloon! But I’ll leave that alone, as it’s a bit far into the book.) That said, I obviously liked this book, because I gave it a four star rating. And that’s because, despite my not loving Nathan and Maryah together, I just loved the way the book was written. It moved along at a nice pace, and was written really well, and there were lots of characters that I did love. Faith reminded me a little of Alice from Twilight, but unlike a lot of people, I liked Alice, and I like Faith with her upbeat bubbliness. I also liked River, boyfriend of Maryah’s friend, April, and potential friend/wants to hook up with Maryah person. He’s arrogant and he’s teasing and he’s dangerous, but I like him. April, his girlfriend, on the other hand…

Okay, no. Let me put it a different way. It’s not April herself I dislike (but I actually do dislike her, as well…) it’s her friendship with Maryah that confuses, bewilders, and irks me. At the very beginning April is pretty much the most cheerful person in the world. And it’s sincere. It’s sickening, because nobody acts like that. Nobody. Or, at least, nobody that would later get in a typically cliche fight with Maryah over River. The whole friendship was full of cliche and melodrama and make-ups and break-ups and was, without a doubt, the worst part of the book.

The best part, for me, was learning more about the reincarnation rules and how erasing works and what everybody’s powers was. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres, and this book didn’t disappoint. I will be reading the next book!

Prediction for Sequel: Maryah will learn things but wait two hundred pages to tell anyone about them. Nathan will look into her eyes and feel angsty. 

What do you think? Do you like the concept of soul mates? Have you read any great fantasy books lately? Had any good tacos? Tell me in the comments! As always, thanks for reading. 

 

Liebster Award! :)

So, yay, another award! I actually got this one about a week back, but I’ve been super busy so it’s not going up until now. Anyways, thank you so much to the super dupity awesome Selah at A Bibliophile’s Style for nominating me for this award. You are awesome cubed.

The rules are as follows:
-First, post 11 random facts about yourself.
-Then, answer the 11 questions that the person who nominated you will post.
-Finally, choose 11 new blogs with under 200 followers for their Liebster Award, notify them that they have been nominated, and think of 11 questions for them to answer!

So, I’m going to answer the questions posted by Selah! Since I already did some random facts about myself in my last award, I’ll skip out on that part. (I know, I know. Cheating is wrong. But this is more like a short cut, you know?)

Why did you start blogging? 

Well, I’ve been reviewing books on the site readdreamrelax for a while, and since I liked doing the book reviews so much, I figured why not start my own? That way, not only could I review books (and get a couple of ARC, so cool!) but I could add in my own random thoughts to the mix. Plus, it’s a great way to get to connect with other book lovers!

Where did your blog name come from? 

Ugh. Names. Names are often some of the worst things for me, because it takes me forever to pick one, and then immediately after I pick it I just sit around fretting that it wasn’t a good one. The same thing happens when I’m writing books, although I know I can change them as often as I want. Anyways, there were a lot of names that I thought about but were taken, and a lot of names that weren’t taken but my brother shot down as awful. Raised Reading seemed accurate enough, though. Ever since I was little, I’ve been reading vicariously. My parents both encouraged me to go to the library as often as I could, and reading was just such a huge part of my childhood (along with my life, now) that it made sense to me.

What’s your favorite of your own blog posts? 

Hmm. So far, I’d have to say my Battle of the Bad Boys post, from one of my Friday Fight Day posts. It was so fun to write, and I loved reading the different comments I got. Plus, I got to have a mini arts and craft section with the picture :).

How do you find new blogs to follow? 

Lots of different ways. If someone is commenting a lot of interesting, funny, or sweet things on my blog then I’ll usually check out theirs and follow (if I haven’t yet, I promise it’s not you! It’s just that I’m really scatterbrained and I procrastinate and then I forget! But I do try!). A lot of the times, I’ll just explore the books or travel category (two of my favorite blogging topics) on the Reader, and if I like a post I find then I’ll follow.

Would you ever stop following a blog? Why? 

I mean, sure. If they start posting a bunch of stuff that I strongly dislike, or if they never post anything at all, then what’s the point of continuing to follow them? Of course, like I said in the question before, I’m scatterbrained and a procrastinator, so most likely the latter wouldn’t really apply, since I would probably not notice. But yeah, if a blog starts to post things that don’t interest me or that I really just dislike, then I’d unfollow them. That said, I haven’t yet.

What is your opinion on commenting on blog posts? 

I lurvvvve them. I didn’t realize when starting blogging (which was only two weeks ago, but feels like so much longer!) how interactive all these people are. I expected maybe ten followers and a handful of comments, but that was not the case. Every time I see a new comment, I get all giddy inside. So, for everyone who has ever commented on one of my posts–thank you! I adore you all.

There are certain bloggers who opinions I value. When they give a good review I will go out of my way to read that book. Name a blogger whose opinions you value and explain why. 

So, I’m totally not saying this because she was the one who nominated me for this award; I really do value the opinion of Selah. Whenever she comments on my blog she leaves insightful, meaningful comments that make me more likely to trust her opinions. Of course, I value a lot of other bloggers opinions, too, but Selah was the first that came to mind.

Name one author whose books you will always read. 

There are so many that it makes me feel nauseous choosing just one, but I’ll go with Meg Cabot. Her books are supremely funny, adorable, and often with a romantic twist. They are perfect reads for whenever you’re feeling down, or whenever you just feel like cuddling up in bed with a girly book and a pet dog. (Or cat!) (Or parakeet!) (Or imaginary friend!)

If you could only recommend one book for another to read, what would it be and why?

The Princess Bride by William Goldman. The Harry Potter is also one of my favorite books, but so many people have read it that I can’t really recommend it anymore. The Princess Bride has everything. Action, romance, betrayal, backstory, wit, humor, sword fights, true love, magic…how could you not like it? I’ve read it too many times to count. Amazing. Absolutely amazing. A lot of people have seen the movie, and stop there, but don’t! The movie is also fantastic, but you really do need to read the book in addition.

What is your most anticipated read of 2014? 

Hmm, probably City of Heavenly Fire. I’m a huge fan of the Mortal Instrument series, but I’m taking my sweet time getting to the very last book in the series. First, I’m going to reread all the books leading up to it, just so everything is sharp in my mind. But yeah, this is one that I know I’m going to love.

One of the recent themes of Top Ten Tuesday was: if you like this TV show/film, you should read the book. Provide a book recommendation based on your favorite film or TV. 

Let’s see. If you like Once Upon a Time, try out the Sister’s Grimm. The book is written for middle-grade, so if you like reading on the younger side of YA, then this book will delight you in that it centers around famous characters reimagined such as the Big Bad Wolf, Puck from a Midsummer’s Night Dream, and Snow White.

So, those are a few answers to a few questions. Now, for my nominations: 

Since I don’t know that many bloggers with less than 200 followers that I haven’t nominated for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award, I’m just going to list a few.

Ello Kelsey

My Empty Avenue

Sadiyazhar

Books The Final Frontier

But anyways, thanks for taking the time to read through this award post! I love answering questions, so this was really fun. Feel free to share your own answers to any of the questions posted in the comments below. I look forward to hearing your answers! 🙂

Also, thanks again to Selah for nominating me!

Friday Fight Day: Attack of the Animals

The following exchange has been carefully translated from a forum between several of the most famous dogs and cats in literature. The arguments got quite ferocious to a point where I felt it necessary to give you a warning before you read the following: if you speak either dog or cat and are easily offended by either passive-agressiveness, lewd catchphrases, or constant swearing, skip over the following text. Thank you.

>*Woof* *Woof, woof* *Bark, bark, arooooooooo*

>*MEOW* *HISS* *HISSSSSS*

> *Aroo?* *Bark, bark, woolf*

> *Meoow. Meow. Meoow meow meow meow.* …. *hiss.*

> *Grrrrrr.*

> *Meow, son of a bitch.* …. *Meow, hehehe, purr. Literally. hehe. Er, too much human language. They’re onto us! Meow!*

(End of Exchange)

So, as you can clearly see, this is not only a battle that has raged on for ages, it’s a battle that can become as vicious as it is brutal. Luckily, you have me here to moderate the fighting. It’s going to be a clean one, you hear me? No claws! Anyways, let’s introduce today’s contestants.

*Dun, dun, dunnnnn*

On one side of the ring, we have:

The Cats

With those marble eyes, curling tails, and twitchy whiskers, these ferocious felines won’t back down until the world knows that they make the perfect pet in the world of books. To represent their culture, we invited three iconic cat examples into the ring:

1. The Cheshire Cat from Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland – creepy, crazy, mischievous, and aloof, this cat will make you want to dump his saucer of milk on top of his head, but not before you give him a good petting.

2. Angus from Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging – an adorable monster sized cat who loves to taunt the neighbors, flirt with other cats, and drop mice onto your bed sheets, this cat will annoy others (including your parents) but will love you!

3. The Cat in the Hat – An anthropomorphized rendition of a cat, the Cat in the Hat has always scared me more than he’s endeared me. But, he’s one of the most notorious cats around, and besides, he forged an invitation and stuffed the other cat into the closet. So…he’s here to stay. 

As the cats make their preening entrance, the lights go brighter on the other side, and to the blaring music of “Who Let the Dogs Out” our three counterparts make their entrance.

The Dogs

1. Tock from The Phantom Tollbooth – A self-proclaimed “watchdog” (because he’s a clock, hehe) this dog is a central part to the Phantom Tollbooth, one of the best children’s books around. He is sarcastic, protective, and one of the loyalest characters in the book.

2. Toto from The Wizard of Oz – The cutest and fluffiest terrier this side of Kansas. He’s a faithful pal to Dorothy, and goes through all their obstacles without a sign of complaint, lending his strength to hers.

3. Cujo from Cujo – Okay, okay, okay. So he killed a couple of people. But to be fair, it wasn’t him, it was the rabies, alright? Otherwise I’m sure he’d be a perfectly agreeable, fluffy little guy.

 First move goes to…the CAAAAAAAAATS. Please pick a representative to give a short statement about why your species is the species to be crowned winner!

<The Cats choose The Cat in the Hat to go up>

Cat in the Hat:

“People say dogs are a man’s best pal,

but listen up, you’re rather dull.

We cats we are so fun and sassy,

your only adventurer was Misses Lassie.”

<The Dogs choose Toto> 

“Since when is drinking milk and purring so impressive? You cats sit around and are of no help. In fact, you usually make times worse for those who need it most. We dogs, on the other hand, have something to boast…and now your stupid rhyming is getting to me.”

<Angus comes up> 

“We might not be the most eager to please, but neither is your friend Cujo, and let’s not blame some disease.”

<Cujo>

“I eat cats like you for breakfast.”

<Angus>

“Bite me.”

<Tock>

“Cats are soooo original.”

…brief pause while everyone sorts themselves out. Everyone is given either some milk or a dog treat to calm back down…

Me: Now listen, folks, everyone knows that both cats and dogs are awesome creatures. That’s not what we’re arguing. We’re trying to find out who is the best companion! Let me sum up some points.

Benefits of Cats in Literature: They often provide comic relief, such as in the case of Angus in Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging (although the whole book is comic relief) and Fat Louie in the Princess Diaries. They are usually more mischievous than the dogs, more prone to cause trouble, and more likely to make the story interesting. They sauce things up!

Benefits of Dogs in Literature: They are their archetype. They are portrayed as loyal, brave, and the perfect companion. They will stick by your side through the worst of times, just as they’ll be there to share the love in the best of times. They can be a bit stereotypical at times, but they’ll still stick with ya, always. Plus, they’re adorable!

Downsides of Cats: The Cat in the Hat is horrendous. I do not know what he is. But he is  terrifying. He haunts children’s dreams, I’m sure of it. Also, cats will often mislead people and throw them off the beaten path. And, there’s a reason Lassie and Old Yeller were dogs. Cats aren’t that selfless, you know?

Downsides of Dogs: They aren’t as interesting as cats. They have their stock character, and don’t deviate that far from it unless they have a case of rabies or the like.

Now, after hearing from both sides, which side is to be crowned the winner?

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Today’s Friday Fight Day Winner has to be…

THE CATS 

I am so sorry, Belle (my dog). Although I am much more of a dog person in real life, cats as a companion in literature just has to be the winner today. While dogs are friendly and endearing and ridiculously accident prone, cats bring that vital spark into so many novels. They are fiercely independent, and so can come in and off the page when they feel like it, bringing that sauciness that so many books would suffer without.

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(My dog is very upset by this decision)

Soooo…what do you think? Do you think the cats or the dogs should have been crowned winner of today’s Friday Fight Day? Give me your reasoning, and suggest topics for upcoming Friday Fight Days! As always, I appreciate you stopping by 🙂 

 

Book Review: Horoscope (The Astrology Murders)

Horoscope

By: Georgia Frontiere

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*I was provided with a free advance readers copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Therefore, I shall be honest.*

Goodreads Score: N/A

My Score (Official): 3.75.

My Score (Unofficial): 1200 astrology consultations out of 1457

The Highlights: Astrology adds a unique twist to a murder mystery, Keeps you reading, Intriguing

The Lowlights: Epilogue was too cheesy for my taste, Chris Palmer.

Need to Read Urgency Level: On the high side of medium. Next time you’re at the bookstore and you’re looking for a thriller or a mystery, consider this one.

So this is my second review in less than a day (odd for me), but I just finished this book from NetGalley, and I wanted to get it up before I forgot any of the finer points. Today is, though, Friday, and that’s when I usually do my Friday Fight Days. If you like them, then don’t fear! One will be up later today, unless something drastic happens, like a particularly horrendous turtle attack. In fact, I’ll even give you a sneak peek. The Friday Fight Day Topic today will be: Attack of the Animals (famous dogs and cats of literature fight it out to see who makes the better literary sidekick). Anyways, I’ll stop talking about that until the actual post comes out. For now, the summary of Horoscope!

There is a dangerous murderer on the loose. As meticulous as he is calculating, he baffles the local police by sneaking into his victims’ houses without so much as breaking a window frame. Once there, he rapes and murders his helpless prey before carving their astrological sign into their thigh. Meanwhile, an Intuitive Astrologer, Kelly York, is on the verge of a breakdown. All her signs point to danger, and she’s developed an acute case of agoraphobia that confines her to her house. And that’s all before the mysterious, threatening phone calls begin. Now, Kelly must delve far into her past to find the connection the killer has to her. The stars are on her side, but will it be enough to survive?

My Thoughts:

Two years ago, I had read only one or two murder mystery books. Now, though, I’m really getting into the genres of mysteries and thrillers. They make me a lot more paranoid of the world we live in, yes, but they’re also so delightful in that creepy, shuddery way. I really enjoyed Horoscope because not only did it have solid red herrings, and great plot twists, but it had the addition of astrology and horoscopes, which has always intrigued me. (What can I say? We Pisces are very into that stuff ;D) The main character, Kelly, wasn’t overtly memorable. She wasn’t annoying or anything (most of the time, anyways) but she just didn’t seem to have much of a personality besides her work and her love for friends and family. There were several other minor characters throughout the story, such as Kelly’s friends and employees Emma and Sarah. Those two were similar in character types–both very caring, kind, protective, etc. Chris Palmer, as I noted in the dislike section, was one of my least favorite characters. I didn’t see what Kelly sees in him, and he was irrational, moody, and annoying. I wanted to skip their whole date scene. But besides a few character flaws, Horoscope was a good read. I was up late reading, and the sections told from the murderer’s point of view were appropriately chilling, disturbing, and awful. All in all, a solid murder mystery with an aura of thriller.

Prediction for the Sequel: Kelly and Emma and Sarah will host a game night where they sit around asking each other if everything in their life is going okay. There will be another murderer on the loose. The cops will suspect the wrong man. Kelly’s life will be in danger.

Publication Date: October 31st, 2014

 So, as always, thanks for reading! I’ll have the Friday Fight Day Post up later today. Have you read any great mysteries lately? If so, tell me about them! I’m always looking to expand my reading list. Thanks! 

 

Book Review: Holly(Woods) by Naomi Laeuchli

Holly(Woods)

By: Naomi Laeuchli

*I was provided with a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, and an honest review it shall be.*

Quick Stats:

Goodreads Score: 3.67

My Score (Official): 3.65

My Score (Unofficial): 352 Misunderstandings out of 589

The Highlights: Quick and light, good for a beach-y read.

The Lowlights: No characters that I really connected with.

Things to Note: Follows two separate plot lines that rarely converge.

Need to Read Urgency Level: Depends. If you like books that take place in Hollywood, or fluffy chick-lit books you’ll want to get this one.

*Little note: So the review is going to be in two separate paragraphs, because this book has two main story lines, and they don’t connect in such a way that combining them into one story arc would be wise, or even viable. (More on this later).*

Young, innocent, and sheltered, budding actress Holly Woods is determined to make it in a world of glitz, glamour, and very tasty guys. When she lands a bit part as a regular extra, Holly is just happy to be working on a real set of a real TV show. She never expects her part to grow beyond a few one worded replies, just as she never expects to find true love in a world where everything that is done is done for the cameras. But when Alan Ryder, the show’s star, takes a growing interest with her, she feels her own heart responding. Alan is sweet, thoughtful, and caring. He takes her to cozy restaurants, helps advance her career, and truly cares for her. But he also puts Holly in the wrong kind of spotlight, making her the target of the paparazzi. The paparazzi, who are always desperate for a new story…and when Holly is seen around town with Hollywood reject, Peter, the story expands. Because, although Peter wasn’t convicted, everyone who’s anyone believes him to have killed his previous wife. And now that the ex-starlet has his sights set on Holly, the cycle may just be repeating itself…

That’s my take on the plot that centers around Holly Woods. The next review centers on a completely different story arc with completely different characters .

Nikki has never been America’s darlingest sweetheart. But lately, it’s becoming even more obvious. She drinks, she parties, and she doesn’t give a damn about what the paparazzi thinks about her. Her music has been selling less with every album, and her life is on a downward spiral. Until–the tipping point comes. After a particularly boozy evening, Nikki is found sprawled out in the men’s restroom by Clint, a prominent member of the paparazzi. Clint is faced with a choice: take a priceless picture of the self-destructive starlet, or take pity on the vulnerable girl. Still guilty over the last time he took advantage of a celebrity, he decides to take Nikki back to her Hollywood home, where she ends up paying him to become her manager and fix her ruined appearance. Clint seems to have the perfect plan: stop the partying the drinking and the blatant disregard for her fans, shy away from her tarnished reputation, and finally, find the ultimate song that will speak to a whole new generation of fans. But can Nikki trust Clint–a member of the paparazzi she so despises? And even if she does, is his plan and her reformation enough to fix an image as ruined as hers?

My Thoughts:

So, like I said, Holly(Woods) follows two different story arcs that really don’t connect. There’s a couple of brief mentions to the other plot line, but nothing that significantly affected the other. You could probably pick one character’s point of view to read, skip the other character’s view point entirely, and still get a rounded story. But then, where’s the fun in that? Personally, I liked the Nikki-Clint chapters much more than I liked the Holly chapters. There was a problem to solve from the beginning, and so the action got started faster. When I was on the Holly chapters, I found myself itching to get back into Nikki’s thoughts. Not that the Holly chapters were bad. On the contrary, that was where most of the story was, and most of the characters. That said, I enjoyed Peter’s character the most. I enjoyed guessing about his backstory, and he seemed one of the more dynamic characters of the bunch. Holly, on the other hand, wasn’t my favorite. I feel bad saying it, but she was just so nice. So innocent. So sweet. So oblivious. And she was blindsided by so many things that I started to wonder about her intelligence. However, I guess she kind of had to be for the plot to work. And the plot was, if slow to start, quick to finish. There was a couple of nice plot twists that will definitely make you want to read the next book, and the overall feel of this book was sweet and fluffy and airy. Kind of like cotton candy. You might not be able to subsist on it, but it tastes good, and is just the thing for a fun day outside. If you like books set in or around Hollywood, then you will definitely want to read this.

So, thanks for reading! This was the first book I got in exchange for a review, so I was pretty excited. Woo-hoo! Free books! 😀 What do you think? Is this book you’d be interested in reading? What are some books on your to-read list at the moment? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Eleanor & Park. (Book Hangover)

Oh my gosh.

Oh my gosh.

Oh my gosh.

OH MY GOSH. 

WHY IS THIS EVEN HAPPENING?!

Okay. Okay, Erin. Take a deep breath. Calm yourself. Curl up tighter in the blankets. Stop freaking out. BUT HOW CAN I? I’ve seen Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park cropping up everywhere, and several people told me I had to read it. So, I did. I did it. I went to the bookstore, I headed over to the YA aisle, and I bought this book. And now I’m just staring out at the window, like ‘what even is this life?’

It was good. No, it was really good. I’m not going to write a review about this book since so many other people have that I feel like everyone in the world but me has read this book. But can I just say this? If you haven’t, do it. If you are over the age of fifteen, read this book. If you are over the age of fifty, still read this book. It caught me right in the feels. It makes you think, and it makes you want to listen to good music, and it makes you wonder about the horrible people in this world, and about the great people in this world, and the people caught in-between. It was so good that I even got a little book hangover from it. Not as much as my utmost favorite series (which is like having not one, but two Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters) but definitely some shots-after-shots action going on with this on.

If you don’t already know, a book hangover is when you finish an amazing book, then return to the “real” world, only to find that you’re still actually living in that book. It can be the best feeling in the world, but it’s also often the worst. Anyways, Eleanor and Park definitely fit the bill. I can’t stop thinking about it. I can’t.

But the worst thing is, this isn’t an uncommon occurrence. In fact, I’ve found that this book hangover feeling has been happening more and more often. So much, even, that I’ve come to a realization. It takes my upmost strength to say this, and I hope that you don’t judge me.

But, guys…

I think I’m a bookaholic.

Yep.

It’s not recreational anymore. I don’t think it ever was. I have a problem. And I hope that problem never goes away.

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What about you? Have you finished a book (or series) recently that gave you a book hangover? How long did it take you to de-immerse yourself from that book? Let me know in the comments below! Perhaps it’ll take my mind off of Eleanor and Park.