Lord of the Flies (book update)

I have just started reading this novel, yet I can already tell it is going to be good. Aside from it being a classic and well renowned book, the story is very intruding and as long as you can get past the somewhat old writing style, I think it is well worth the read.

In case you are unfamiliar, the book is about the group of English school boys who have just survived a plane crash. This crash leaves them stranded on an island, where they attempt to create a democratic society amongst themselves. This all works out at first, but what happens by the end is a violent and chaotic tale about how laws and rules can come crashing down very quickly without proper morals or intentions.

Ready Player One Review

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is the ultimate page turner book filled with unexpected occurrences throughout the story as well as a twist or cliff hanger at the end of each chapter. This book immerses you into a digital world in which anything is possible. The characters have diverse opinions and ever changing emotions. As the book continues and the characters are even more immersed in their digital paradise where the hunt for the creator of the world’s fortune is on, you become a spectator in these shocking turn of events. This was one of the best books that I have ever read and I highly recommend it to people who like futuristic and science fiction books.

Monster : Final Book Review

Monster (Walter Dean Myers) is a suspense, mystery novel. where Steve Harmon, along with James king, and Richard “Bobo” Evans, are put on trial for the murder of a convenience store owner in Harlem NY. Steve claims to never have even been there. and the novel follows the events of the trial, and also some interior monologue with Steve. The reader needs patience when reading because only after the first few pages does the story get interesting. The book is in the format of a screenplay because the protagonist Steve, wants to be a screen writer. The book brings the reader into the setting of the story. you can perfectly picture the courtroom, thanks to imagery, you can be in a jail cell with our protagonist. It’s a great book that helps the reader travel to the story. It’s a great book and I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a mystery novel.

Family of Liars

The book Family of Liars by E. Lockhart is a prequel to We were liars. Both books are amazing but reading We were liars first would make more sense but the books could go in either order. This book follows a privileged family with 3 daughters who spend every summer at their private island. The summer this story follows is different because a group of boys comes to island as well. This book is a mystery it uncovers more and more secrets after every chapter. Exposing the Sinclair family for what it is. The family is constantly putting up a facade and painting a perfect picture from their family. Under all of that there are a lot of secrets and problems especially with Carrie who is the narrator and the oldest daughter. In the story she is dealing with the loss of the youngest sister which no one seems to acknowledge. This cause lots of problems between Carrie and the family especially her sisters. This is a story of betrayal, secrets, and lies. I would recommend this book to someone who likes mystery’s and drama. It is a great books with lots of levels and plot twists and gets better and better every chapter you read.

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

In this book by Ursula K. Le Guin, Lavinia, a side character from the Aeneid, is given a whole plot. She becomes a person with emotions and thoughts and a role to play, instead of just Aeneas’ wife. This book showcases the world even before Rome was built, and goes deep into culture and the inner workings of a city during times of trouble. Overall, the story manages to take many characters and make every single one of them fleshed-out and alive. Definitely worth a read.

The Summer I Turned Pretty Book Review

Jenny Han’s, “The Summer I Turned Pretty” was a great read. The book hooks you in from the beginning by introducing the reader to complex characters in a short amount of time, all of which are really easy to fall in love with. The tension between Belly and the boys is prominent from the beginning, which helps make almost all of the characters complex and dynamic, all coming with their own personal backstory.

The plot of the story thickens as Belly has her best-friend Taylor come for a visit, forcing tension with Taylor and Jeremiah, and Belly and Conrad.

Belly is left with the choice between Cam, Conrad, and Jeremiah, which she struggles to pick throughout the book

Towards the end of the summer, when the teens find out about Susannah’s sickness, readers are left on a cliffhanger about what Susannah is going to do to either combat her illness, or accept her fate.

Overall, I recommend this read to anyone who likes an easy read, multiple perspectives, a beachy setting, and a lot of romance.

The Shining Book Review

The Shining is a book written by renowned horror author, Steven King. The book is about a man named Jack Torrence, a complicated man who is a retired alcoholic. He is looking after the Overlook Hotel as his last chance for a good job. He brings with him his wife Wendy and his son Danny. Jack has had a rough past with abuse, with him being abused by his father when he was a child and assaulting his son while he was drunk. He was also fired from his last job for assaulting another child by popping holes in Jack’s car. While Danny is at the hotel, he envisions many horrible things, even one entity strangling him. After a few months in the hotel, Jack starts having strange envisions as well, and starts to go insane. As he descends into madness, he is told by the hotel to kill his family, and eventually attempts to. Unfortunately for Jack, Danny is able to use a special ability called shine to call a man named Dick Halloran to save him and his mother. With Dick arriving, he is able to save Danny and Wendy while Jack is left in the hotel, accidentally causing it to burn down because the boiler exploded.

After finishing the book and the film, I can say both pieces are great horror. They both have an off-putting feel to them, making the viewer always on the edge of their seat. The characters are exceptionally written, making me care even for Jack during the story. Story-wise, I think that the novel is superior to the film because it is able to develop these characters, although the film is much more enjoyable to ingest. Overall, The Shining by Steven King is a fantastic horror read and I highly recommend it.

Kodama’s Ramen Shop

In the story “Kodama’s Ramen Shop,” by Ellen Oh, the grandmother is a dynamic character because by the end of the story she changes her attitude towards her non-Japanese family members and her attitude toward Korean food. Obaasan, as she is referred to in the story, realizes how much it hurts her granddaughter when she makes derogatory comments about aspects of Korean culture. There are many instances throughout the story where the main character, Jessie, talks about how her grandmother is racist, and has never treated people such as her mom or aunt well. “Auntie Mio was half-Japanese and half-Black, and although Mio spoke perfect Japanese, Obaasan never let her forget that she wasn’t 100 percent Japanese.” (160). Although Jessie’s Aunt was family, her grandmother never respected her because she was racist, and didn’t like anyone who wasn’t entirely Japanese. She wouldn’t let her help with certain things in her ramen shop because she did not trust that she would be able to do them well. Jessie resents her grandmother for always being rude to her late mother, who was Korean, and always hating her food. “Obaasan hated Korean food, but she seemed to hate kimchi the most. Jessie’s mom had to buy a small kimchi refrigerator and put it in the garage because Obaasan wouldn’t allow it in the kitchen.” (162). One day, a Korean customer came to their family’s ramen shop and asked for a spice or condiment like Kimchi to spice up the ramen which really infuriated Obaasan who insulted the customer under her breath. This was the final straw for Jessie who finally expressed her true feelings about how her Grandma mistreated Jessie’s mother simply because she was Korean. The explosive confrontation between Jessie and Obaasan led to Obaasan being hospitalized and then realizing that she has acted poorly toward people simply because they were of a different race. She realized her poor and unfair treatment of Jessie’s mother could ruin her ongoing relationship with the granddaughter she loves so dearly. “I was such a fool. I let my pride ruin everything, and I let my pride ruin everything… Will you teach me her kimchi recipe?” (177).

Six of Crows reading update #2

The book Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is an enthralling adventure that makes you wish you had more time to sit down and read. I almost finished with this fantasy novel and would highly recommend to anyone looking for a new adventure to follow and a new world to be introduced to. The story revolves around six older teenagers, who work as a team for the sole purpose of pulling of a very risky heist. What makes this story even more complicated though, is that each chapter is told by a different one of them and you get to know them and their backstories very well. The author makes this a funny, but also serious adventure that focuses on love, revenge, and greed as they navigate their lives in a magical world.

Regretting You

The book Regretting You by Colleen Hoover is an amazing book. The book is in a unique perspective where each chapter switches back between a mother and daughters perspective. In the book their family deals with tremendous loss and have to figure out how to now function individually and as a family. On top of the deaths secrets begin to be uncovered about those who died. Through the different perspective we get to see the mother and daughters different approaches. The book also has a romance factor with both the mother and daughter which makes life both tolerable but more complicated.

While navigating through these hard times the Mother daughter duo have to figure out how to work out their issues and begin to rely on each other without the family falling apart for good. I recommend this book it has so many levels, plot twists, and will keep you entertained and wanting to read more.

The Summer We Drifted

In Jenny Han’s “The Summer I Turned Pretty”, Belly can easily be shown as the most complex character. Throughout the many chapters, she develops in many ways, one of which being her moving on from Conrad, and dating Cam. While this may be out of spite, the two did love each other for the time being. Belly evolves by changing her views on her friends and the people around her, as well as venturing out to find new opportunities for herself.

The most compelling conflict in the book so far is external and between Belly and Conrad. They have been drifting ever since the beginning of summer, and up until now, Belly had loved him. They eventually get into a huge fight after Belly confronts Conrad about his closed off and drifting attitude, and eventually ends up confessing her feelings, which led Conrad to say, “I hate you.”

Monster- book review #2

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Steve Harmon is put on trial for being an accomplice in a robbery, then murder, in a drug store in Harlem New York. James King, and Richard “Bobo” Evans are also on trial. Bobo and King both claim Steve was involved in the robbery, but he claims he wasn’t even at the drugstore at all. The whole story is written like a screen play for a movie because Steve wants to make movies. but there are also parts in the book written by Steve in his cell. The book has a great way of keeping the reader on edge and wondering what will happen next. It is a very good book for readers who enjoy suspense. And I highly recommend.

Sweet and Bitter Magic Review

Novel written by Adrienne Tooley

Sweet and Bitter Magic was a book I planned to read for a long time, and I knew what to expect from the book, thanks to it being popular on ‘booktok’. My bars are set high for any book, but particularly queer books, especially fantasy and queer. There were many plot twists and it was very creative for a common prompt. The plot and characters created by Adrienne Tooley are amazing. Her work hooked me instantly, and inspired me to start writing my own books again. I really hope we get more books from Adrienne Tooley soon, especially with Tamsin, Wren and Marlena

Reading Update: Last Night at The Telegraph Club

Last Night at The Telegraph Club, by Malinda Lo, starts with a short prologue. The main character is thirteen, watching a Miss Chinatown pageant with her best friend. I think this worked really well at setting the scene for the rest of the book. We learn about the main character, Lily, and her relationship with her best friend. You can also get a good sense of how Lily thinks, and the themes for the rest of the book. The story is set in the 50’s, in Chinatown in San Francisco. The setting is set very well, for example, when Lily goes to a department store with her mom. The author doesn’t spend a lot of time describing the physical environment, but the mood is clear. You learn about how Lily’s Mom’s personality and views compare to hers, and how Lily acts around her mom compared to what she thinks.

Did he jump.. or was he pushed..?

Harry Dolan, the author of Bad things happen, completely hooks you from the start with the first scene being the main character buying items from a store to conceal a MURDER. You are introduced to a cunning and calculated killing pair who will stop at nothing to not get caught. This is a very interesting book so far but takes a while to get into the plot because it starts out very messy and complicated. Although, this book definitely introduces you to a new world because it takes you into a perspective that many people never consider. The mind of a killer. These characters explore every single outcome until something sinister happens….

Reading Update: Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk is a poignant novel that follows a 12 year old girl living in Pennsylvania during World War II.

The first line of the book hooks the reader in and makes you want to learn more about what is going on. There are a couple of unexpected turning points that make the book stick with readers. The main character is relatable because she goes through some of the same struggles children may face today.

The book is full of mystery which makes it difficult to put down. I have not yet finished this book, but I cannot wait to see how it ends.

Book Review: The Loop

The Loop by Ben Olivers hooked the reader at the start with the obscure setting of a futuristic prison called The Loop being controlled by an AI called Happy and the world controlled by one government. Luka has been there for quite a while struggling to stay sane. But something is wrong…

It’s a really good book, I highly recommend it.

The Fault In Our Stars

The book The fault In Our Stars follows the story of a teenager hazel who is living with cancer. Hazel doesn’t see her cancer as a battle to Hazel cancer is reality. The fault In our stars is a love story between too teenagers who have the constant reminder of death and loss always with them.

Gus and Hazel’s relationship (the two main characters) is so unique and special and it shows in the story. The book not only focusing on their love story but it focuses on bigger ideas and questions. On their journey they experience Loss, hopelessness, and illness while the story also questions everything. The word that Hazel would use to describe their time together would be simply “honest”. Honest is truly the perfect way to describe their lives. Even though these characters are fiction the story it follows is completely honest. Gus and hazel both know what it’s like to live with cancer but even though it is their story we also see how cancer has impacted the people around them.

I recommend this book. It was a really easy book to get into. It was entertaining and inspiring.

Today, Tonight, Tomorrow

Today, Tonight, Tomorrow is a story about a girl named Rowan Roth and it’s her last day of senior year and during the three years of high school she has tried to win against her other classmate Neil McNair after losing against him in freshman year for a school wide contest.

After three years she has finally finished senior year and while she thinks everything is going good for she gets into a car accident with her ex-boyfriend and in the process spills coffee on her dress that she wore for the the announcements for valedictorian which while on stage she doesn’t end up getting valedictorian sadly. Overall this a very good book so far and I feel actually bad for Rowan hopefully things look up for her but anyways this book is definitely worthwhile, see you next time my little lovelies xoxo

Six of Crows Book Review

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is a fantasy novel about greed, redemption, and trauma. The story hooks you from the start with its intricate setting and complicated characters. The story is about six teenagers who all have troubled pasts that are working together on a heist in order to get enough money to turn their lives around. They each have a unique background and set of skills to their advantage, and the novel leaves you wanting to know what happens next in this action packed yet thoughtful novel. However what really makes this novel so great is how it switches points of view each chapter and offers us a glimpse into each of their minds and past lives. Once you start reading it, it is hard to stop so I would definitely recommend giving it a try.