Book Review: The Culling by Ramona Finn

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Author: Ramona Finn

The number of pages: NA

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Series Name: The Culling

Date Started: 30/10/17

Date Finished: 1/11/17

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What happens to a girl trained as an executioner, who finds out her life is a lie?

In a solar system where The Authority decides who lives and who dies, only one of their own executioners can stop them.

Glade Io is a trained killer. Marked at a young age as an individual with violent tendencies, she was taken from her family and groomed to be a Datapoint—a biotech-enabled analyst who carries out the Culling. She is designed to identify and destroy any potential humans that threaten the colonies: those marked as lawbreakers, unproductive or sick. But when she’s kidnapped by rogue colonists known as the Ferrymen, everything Glade thinks she knows about the colonies, and The Authority that runs them collapses into doubt.

Pulled between two opposing sides, and with her family’s lives hanging in the balance, Glade is unsure of who to trust—and time is running out

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This book was a good book and I have mixed feelings about it. It had all the themes that a lot of other dystopian books have looked into so because of this I felt that it wasn’t very original however the whole idea of a Datapoint was very interesting.

I love that the main character is so headstrong and does what she wants, strong characters are awesome to read. However, the main character Glade goes around and around in circles sometimes about being on the station and leaving her sisters behind on their home planet. This became quite annoying because she never realises that it doesn’t matter in the end if she’s there or no the authorities will end up taking them anyway. I mean her character is strong however I feel like her common sense is missing at the end of the day. The fact that this is continuously brought up in the book and she never listens or makes the connection herself made her an annoying character is some parts.

It felt like in some parts she became slow and foolish in parts of the book in order to benefit the storyline and what was happening in the book at the time. The other characters were written quite well and I really enjoyed the way that they interacted with Glade and each other throughout the book.

Certain parts of the content of the book could be left out and even stopped being repeated continuously. It’s great that the author wants to make a point to the reader about the things that are happening and the comparisons that are being made however the number of times this happens in the book it becomes overused and somewhat annoying. An example of this would be Glade’s comparison to the horse video that she had seen. It was a good comparison and I understood why it was made but it became overused and unneeded after being used a few times.

There was also a few parts of the book where the reading flow was disrupted due to the author telling us what is happening rather than showing us, especially when there were flashbacks or when Glade was referring to something in the past. It threw me off.

I enjoyed reading about the love interests and like the idea of the love triangle but the way that it was set up left it feeling obvious.

I think that in order to improve the book the author should work on making certain aspects less obvious, this will leave the audience reading longer and work on the characters especially Glade so that their personalities aren’t compromised because of the plot. I found that some characters ended up feeling different in some parts of the book which left me confused, their personalities changed and it was weird.

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“Don’t look back, learn from the past, but don’t go back there. Move forward. Always be moving forward.

“The memory lit Oort with joy for a second, but it faded into sadness. A sadness I recognised. It was pain that came from remembering someone you loved. Someone who was gone, but when your love for them still burned. It was such a strange pain. When your heart kept growing love for someone but had nowhere to put it”

“Hide pain in plain sight. They can’t find you if they can’t see you”

“Something was rearranging inside of me. It was the mountain I call a heart. All the stones that had shaken loose during the Culling on Europa… I felt them gathering, finding their places again.”

“Something was rearranging inside of me. It was that mountain I called a heart. All the stones that had shaken loose during the Culling.”

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Overall I rate this book a ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. The book was an interesting dystopian read and I did enjoy it, there were just a few things that I picked up on that lowered my score of the book. I think I will end up reading the next one to the series just to see how the characters have ended up. The Culling has great potential and I hope that it improves as the author keeps writing.

Writing: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Characters: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

plot: ⭐️⭐️.5/5

Originality: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

 

Acknowledgements: I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review!

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Book Review: Thicker Than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

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Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Number of pages: 338

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Mystery

Series Name: N/A

Date Started: 18/4/16

Date Finished: 6/5/16

 

 

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On his own.

Thomas Bellweather would never knowingly hurt someone he loved. But when his mother is murdered insider there locked house, he is the only suspect. Even his cop-stepdad can’t protect him in a new town where no one knows or trusts him.

The only person who believed him is Charlotte, sister to three protective cops and straight-up dangerous to Thomas. She knows there are pieces missing in the puzzle, and she’s determined to find them.

But finding things that are hidden could get them both killed

 

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Overall I did enjoy reading this book, it wasn’t very difficult to finish due to the engaging writing style as well as the changing POV’s during different chapters. The changing POV’s really helped me engage with the book more and add an extra bit of spice to the book which kept it interesting.

This book is a paranormal thriller/mystery, yes you heard me right. That whole theme really threw me off as I was reading it, especially towards the end, which is why I gave this book a three out of five-star rating. I guess the who supernatural and paranormal twist really made this book stand out from the crowd and make it seem unique, which is great. However, this twist didn’t sit right with me very well and made me change my thoughts on the book during the end. The use of the paranormal themes really confused me, and I felt it could have been explained a little better during the end parts as I was still a bit confused on what the hell (sorry for the language) was actually happening and who did what. I guess the main reason why this book threw me off was that it seems like a normal YA book until they started talking about Thomas being an empath, then after that, I was lost and it felt like I was reading a different book.

I have to say though, this book did feel like it had a slow start, well at least it felt like that to me. I understand that this was needed in order to set up the environment of the book (which was done really well might I add) and character which would become important as you kept reading, but it felt like it went on forever. . .

I think that Kemmerer has a great writing style, which in the long run helped me get through the dry and nitty-gritty stuff that was needed. When things started moving, I felt like the writing style helped me get through this book a whole lot quicker because it was easier to understand and there were no spots that held me back from continuing

I did enjoy the twist at the end (No Spoilers are going to be written about the ending so you can read on) and I think it was very creative and different. I didn’t see the twist comiuntilill the very last-minute which was great as it still shocked me.

 

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“Loneliness is a funny disease. You don’t realize how badly you’re infected until someone gives you a shot of contentment—and then it wears off”

 

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Overall, I’m rating this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. It was a good light read, and kept me engaged most of the time. I would suggest people who want to try out the paranormal, mystery kind of books to check it out!

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Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Author: Stephen Chbosky

Number of pages: 231

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary

Series Name: NA

Date Started: 16/4/16

Date Finished: 17/4/16

 

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Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

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I’m blown away by this book. I originally watched the movie before reading the book, and thought the movie was emotion. But in all honesty, I think the book was ten times more emotional and better than the movie (Is this even shocking?).

I loved the characters and especially Charlie. He was just a cute, naive yet very smart character. His struggles during his childhood really hit home and made me sympathise with him a whole lot more. Overall Charlie was just a misunderstood kid, who had some very traumatic experiences in his childhood, which we find out more about around the end of the book. It is also hinted at a bit throughout when he talks about his memories of his favourite aunt who passed away.

I  think the way that they touched on his traumatic experiences was done very well. Overall, the way that they had written the character allowed us as the audience to see how these experiences has overall impacted him overall as a person.

I think that Chbosky has a great writing style. The book was written in a way that allowed me to keep reading without stopping and it just made the whole thing flow together. I loved the ideas of writing the book in a letter format, It made us feel like Charlie was writing to use about his experiences which allowed the audience to further engage with the book. In doing this, it kept things interesting.

I would definitely recommend reading this book with the music that goes along with it. I found a playlist on Spotify  (there are also some other ones available on t8racks which I will be linking below) that included all the music that was listed in the book, and I think listening to it as the character talks about listening to it in the book really enhanced the reading experience, so you should definitely give it a go! (link to the music playlist here)

 

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“So this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be”

“And she kissed me. It was the kind of kiss that I could never tell my friends about out loud. It was th kind of kiss that made me know that I was never so happy in my whole life”

“I laid on his bed, and I looked through the window at this tree that was probably a lot shorter when my dad looked at it. And I could feel what he felt on the night when he realized that if he didn’t leave, it would never be his life. It would be theirs”

“Craige said the problem with things is that everyone is always comparing everyone with everyone and because of that, it discredits people, like in his photography class”

“I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. we cans still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them”

“I think that the only perspective is to really be here. Like Sam said. Because it’s okay to feel things. And be who you are about them”

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I’m rating The Perks of Being a Wallflower a 5 out or 5 rating. This book was utterly amazing and I couldn’t put it down! The story was utterly amazing and so incredibly sad that I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster (but in a good way) . I definitely think more people should read this book, I even think that kids in highschool might even enjoy looking at it in their english classes as it touches on a whole lot of concepts, including a concept of belonging (which is what I was studying in highschool). This book is definitely a must read!

Stars 5

 

 

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Books I just HAD to buy but are still sitting unread on my shelf

Okay, So from the heading of this post you should all have figured out what I’m going to be talking about today. This will probably apply to some of you readers out there! I have a bad habit of buying books that I just have to read and having them sit on my shelves for AGES.

I guess you could put this down to laziness, but let me tell you. I think it’s a little different! You know sometimes you just have this absolute need to read a book so you pick it up and just go with it and end up finishing it within a couple of hours or days. This usually occurs with me, and usually those books I have brought stay on my shelves because I fell like I’m not ready to read them yet. Hence why they are left unread. It’s funny though, seeing my parents question my whole process. They just don’t understand why I keep going out and buying more books to sit on my shelf. I guess anyone who doesn’t read wouldn’t understand. It doesn’t really matter how long they have been on my shelves, it could be months or days, I will end up reading them!

So without further analysis about this topic, I guess I should tell you guys all about these books that I have not read yet that are feeling lonely on my bookshelf.

 

The strange and beautiful sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

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Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.
Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman 

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never spoken to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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“I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they’re here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It’s like looking at all the students and wondering who’s had their heart broken that day…or wondering who did the heartbreaking and wondering why.”

Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

 

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

 

 

Everyday by David Levithan

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Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally, A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

 

 

 

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.

HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle
As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

With its taut, crafted writing, Sharp Objects is addictive, haunting, and unforgettable.

 

Snow like ashes Sara Raasch

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A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own

 

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh 

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In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

 

Six of crows by Leigh Bardugo 

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Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

 

Thicker than Water by Brigid Kemmerer

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Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder victim. And she’d like a couple answers.

Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

 


 

So they are just a few books that are on my TBR pile that need to be read. Just writing these down and reading through the blurbs have made me want to read them all now haha.

What books are on your bookshelf that you haven’t read yet? Have you read any of these books, and if so what were your thoughts about them?

 

Have a great day guys!

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Book Review: Dumplin’ By Julie Murphy

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Author: Julie Murphy

Number of pages: 371

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Series Name: NA

Date Started: 15/2/16

Date Finished: 19/2/16

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

 

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The blurb states that this book is guaranteed to steal your heart and let me tell you it sure did.

Dumpin’ is a heartwarming book about a young girl trying to accept the way she is. I absolutely felt like I could relate to the main character, what she was going through with her friend, her body, and relationships with the others around her. I previously was very curious about this book when I heard about it, and I’m super glad that I decided to read it. This book has such a positive message to send to everyone, it needs to be spread far and wide.

Willow was quite an interesting character. She was quite sassy and had a very confident aura surrounding her. She does struggle with her body image in certain parts of the book, however, she never fails to be resilient and in the end, accept herself for what she is. Willow is also a very hard headed character who says what she thinks, which adds some comedy to this book, and overall made me giggle! (Like WHAT).

I also very much loved the side characters, like the ‘outcast girls’ and Mitch, even her mum. The girls were such an awesome part of the story because they saw what Willow was doing and followed suit, which allowed them to jump outside of their comfort zone and embrace who they are as well. I loved the whole idea of this and found that it was done quite well.

Willows started to feel insecure when the boy she had been crushing on started taking notice of her and started making moves. Willow doesn’t like how this boy made her feel so uncomfortable and self-conscious about herself, but so light and fluffy with joy inside. I guess this was a great part of the book which I found myself relating to quite a bit. I felt exactly the same way when I first started dating, and I guess that’s what makes Willow such an awesome character, she is relatable and we can understand her feelings as she progresses through these milestones which allows us to sympathize. I believe that this is an awesome way to captivate the audience, which Murphy has done brilliantly in this book.

The whole setting of this book was perfect and especially Murphy’s writing style. I found that this book was definitely a very well written book and because of this, it allowed me to practically fly through the chapters and keep me wanting more.

 

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“It’s not some gross open-mouth kiss, but more like a hello-I-missed-you-you’re-as-pretty-as-you-were-on-our-first-date kiss”

“But that’s me. I’m fat. It’s not a cuss word. It’s not an insult. At the least it’s not when I say it. So I always figure why not to get it out of the way?”

“Since I refuse to get out of the car, Lucy came to sit in the backseat with me. “Will.” Her voice was smooth like warm honey. She tucked a loose hair behind my ear and handed me a tissue from the front pocket of her housedress. “I’ve wasted a lot of time in my life. I’ve thought too much about what people will say or what they’re gonna think. And sometimes it’s over silly things like going to the grocery store or going to the post office.”

“But that can’t be true. No matter how much I tell myself that the fat and the stretch marks don’t matter, they do. Even if Bo, for whatever reason, doesn’t care, I do.”

“Perfection is nothing more than a phantom shadow we’re all chasing”

“I want more with you. I want to hold hands in public. I want to drive you home from work and give you a kiss goodnight. And talk on the phone so late we fall asleep”

“Isn’t that sad? It’s like the whole world has to walk around with name tags on so we can all feel more comfortable? I guess things are less scary if you know what to call them”

“There’s some kind of peace that comes with knowing that for every person whois waiting to be found, there’s someone out there searching”

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I’m rating Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy 4/5 stars. This book was very well written and I absolutely adored the whole story. This is a book you should definitely pick and read!

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The Versatile Blogging Award?!!

Hello, Hello, Helloooooo!!

I was nominated by the lovely Ellie for the versatile blogging award! This is quite a shock haha, so thank you very much, Ellie, I very much appreciate it! 💕😁

And also sorry for only just replying to this blog award, as you would have realised I have been on hiatus for a while. Just some personal things came up and I needed a break to think and ponder everything.

Okay, so the rules of this award include:

  • Show the award on your blog
  • Thank the person that has nominated you.
  • Share 7 different facts about yourself.
  • Nominate a number of blogs of your choice
  • Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination

 

Here are some (more) facts about me (you all are going to be considered stalkers soon, you know too much about me😂): 

  1. I have a little sister, she is literally my world. I don’t know what I would do without her. There is an 11 year age gap between us, but honestly, I think it’s so amazing to see her transform into such a young girl. I love that I was able to experience her milestones, and I’ll be able to tell her all about how she was a little rascal and all the embarrassing things she has done 😂💕
  2. I have a candle obsession. I have way too many in my room (as my parents have continuously told me) but I still buy more because there are so many different smells you can have and it’s just amazing! (I guess this is kind of the same with books, I buy them and they are everywhere in my room. A very long TBR pile is being formed)
  3. I really dislike cats! (Wait guys, don’t throw your books at me!) I don’t know, they just don’t like me so I don’t like them. We have one currently and it hides under the bed and never comes out because it’s so timid. Its like we don’t even own one. Dog’s are a whole lot more fun
  4. I climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge! It was pretty amazing, and I definitely suggest anyone who is traveling to Sydney to do it. Argh, it was awesome 😍
  5. I want to live in America so bad!! I swear I should have grown up there instead of Australia 😂 I just have so much love for the place. I traveled there with school back in 2013, and let you tell you, it was the best thing I have ever done. So, America, I’m coming for you in the VERY near future!! (Definitely when I’m 21 💪)
  6. I have joined the colouring in book fad haha. I have three now, and they all are half coloured in and look so awesome. I don’t know, I’m quick to judge (yeah I know that’s not a good thing) but these are pretty awesome when you have time to spare.
  7. The very first book I remember reading and loving was the ink heart series. I loved that book so bloody much. I still have it on my shelves! I’ll have to pick it up soon, or maybe give it to my sister when she gets a little older!

 

And here are my nominations! You all are pretty bloody awesome, so have fun doing this award! (You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to)

 

So there you are! Hope you guys are doing well, and reading plenty. Wishing you all the best! 😘

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Book Review: This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

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Author: Marieke Nijkamp

Number of pages: 292

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Series Name: NA

Date Started: 30/12/15

Date Finished: 1/1/16

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10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won’t open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

 

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This book as you probably know was one of my most wanted reads of this year, and let me tell you, it didn’t let me down.

This book is set at a school (obviously) and deals with school shootings and I guess the impacts that it has on an individual who is 1) in this ordeal and 2) has been impacted by it. I have a big interest (yeah I’m mad, but I swear it’s fascinating to see why a person does this) on this topic. We studied the Columbine shootings at school, and as horrible as they where it has shaped the world so much, well mostly, but not enough. And because of this, I think it’s interesting to see why the two boys, in the end, ended up doing what they did.

During this book, I had goosebumps. I could never imagine myself in this situation at all. And just reading about it made me feel sick and anxious about the characters lives. It had me on edge at points and made me question quite a lot of things.

I believe Nijkamp has done an amazing job with this topic, I feel like she has touched on this topic very well and has established a very quick connection with the audience at the start of the book. I was hooked.

I did love how she has an array of different characters POV’s. Somewhere in the actual building with the shooter, somewhere outside helping police and some others were trying to get into the building to help those stuck get out. By doing this I think Nijkamp has efficiently established suspense as at certain times we as an audience are thrown into the POV of another character and are left in the dark.

I also loved the diversity of the characters. And how they all had a certain link to the individual with a gun, whether it was a relationship, friendship and even family relations.

I also enjoyed seeing parts of social media being used in the book by the characters who are involved in the situation. I found this to be a unique aspect of the book.

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“You can’t always keep your loved ones with you. You can’t settle your life in one pace. The world was made to change. But as long as you cherish the memories and make new ones along the way, no matter where you are, you’ll always be at home”

“We are more than our mistakes. We’re more than what people expect of us”

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I am going to rate This is where it ends by Marieke Nijkamp 4/5 stars. This book did live up to my expectations and I loved the way that the author has written this book. Definitely, should pick this up!

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