Saturday, January 11, 2014

Mini Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

It's 1986 and two star-crossed teens are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love--and just how hard it pulled you under.

 A cross between the iconic '80s movie Sixteen Candles and the classic coming-of-age novel Looking for Alaska, Eleanor & Park is a brilliantly written young adult novel.

Rating Scale (1-10): 10

My Review: I'm writing this with tears in my eyes, so excuse me if I seem like I'm all over the place. Which I kind of am. Eleanor & Park was such a fantastic contemporary read and I'm so upset with myself for not picking it up sooner. This past year I had read--and loved--Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. So naturally, I just had to pick this one up next. I had not heard one bad thing about this book and I was really excited to start it. Rainbow Rowell is such an amazing writer that I'm having some trouble trying to explain how it made me feel. I will for sure read anything this woman puts out, because with this book I was already so invested in the book in the first 100 pages. That doesn't happen often with books.

Eleanor and Park's relationship was just so darn cute! It's one of those romances where all you could do is go, "Awwwwwwwww!" And believe me, most of the time, that's exactly what I did. It's not one of those insta-love contemporary reads either. Their relationship develops so cute and really believable. With all the comic books and mix tapes, it makes you want to have a relationship exactly like theirs.

I'm not sure there's more I can say without giving away most of the book. But yeah, I loved this book so much and it is a definite recommend.

No Character Discussions! Sorry!

My Randomness Moment: There was one line in the book that probably made me laugh way more than necessary, but I just found it so funny that I couldn't stop laughing. It was just after when Eleanor and Park held hands for the first time and Park was all nervous and wondering if it was possible if you could rape someone's hand with your own. It sounds weird, but trust me, it was pretty funny.

No Quotes! Sorry!

Did I like this book? Absolutely loved. It has a permanent place on my favorites shelf.
Would I reread it? Duh! I'm always going to need some more Park!
Would I recommend it? If you're into contemporary, then you should most definitely pick this one up. It's amazing. Even if you're not that into contemporary, pick it up.

--What did you think of this review? :D

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Book Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Rating Scale (1-10): 9

My Review: I'm trying to get myself together so I can write this review, because well . . . Wow! This book is fantastic. Angelfall is so unlike anything I've ever read that I'm having a hard time trying to describe how much I enjoyed it. Susan Ee is such a talented author. Throughout the entire book, I was able to picture everything perfectly. You know those books that are so clear and vivid and it feels like you're watching a movie? Yeah, this was like that.

Now the cover! The cover is just beautiful, but don't let it fool you. Sure the cover does make it look dark, but the angel wings make it look a lot lighter than it actually is. Angelfall is definitely dark, creepy, and intense, but it is sure worth the read.

Action & Plot! Okay, so in the beginning of the book, Penryn, her little sister, and her mother try to escape their apartment building, and while on the streets, stumble across angels. Well, they don't actually stumble across them, Penryn and her family just see the angels within the vicinity, and hide. Penryn witnesses Raffe getting his wings sliced off. When one of the angels notices Penryn's family, Penryn tries to help out Raffs by giving him back his angel sword. And for punishing Penryn for doing that, the angels take her sister. Now, like I said before, this book is intense. There are fight scenes, chase scenes, scenes with creepy crawlers, and scenes with a hot angel that lost his wings. Angelfall is one action-packed, fast-paced novel that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

The romance! The romance between Raffe and Penryn was both equally frustrating and almost-there adorable. I shipped them the second she slammed him into a wall (in her defense, he was trying to choke her). Ha, interested now? You should be. Anyways, back to talking about the romance. Most of the time, I felt bad for Penryn because she was just so confused when it came to their "relationship". Raffe is the kind of mixed signals. One second he would be protecting her and comforting her, and the next he would be telling her that he doesn't even like her. Then again, he's been against angels mixing with humans forever, so I guess I get why he's so hot and cold.

Character Discussions!

Penryn: Penryn has quickly become one of my favorite female characters of all time. She is so funny and snarky and sarcastic. And she definitely kicks some serious butt throughout the book. The way she would stop at nothing to save her little sister really touched my heart. Penryn is such a strong character and I'm really excited to see more of her in the next book.

Raffe: I LOVED this guy! When I first started this book, I never expected an angel to be as sarcastic and snippy the way Raffe was. But I was so happy that he was unlike what i expected. Like many other guys in YA books, Raffe hides his feelings for Penryn from her. I hope he'll be a little more open with her in the next book.

Paige: This little girl just broke my heart. She was just so adorable and sweet and I just loved her.

Mom: This is Paige and Penryn's mom and I loved her. Susan Ee is brilliant for making the mom psychotic. It was the highlight of the book; it made situations pretty funny. Some situations. Not all.

My Randomness Moment: I love how the mom was the head thug at the angel hotel. It was so funny to read about her and her cattle prod. All the other thugs are like, "No! Please don't hit me with your cattle prod!"


"We now play a permanent game of I-am-crazier-and-scarier-than-you."

"Big words from a guy who's trussed up like a turkey. What are you going to do, wobble over here like an upside-down turtle to snap me in half?"

"Just my own personal demon, Mom. Don't worry. He's just a little weakling."

"When I was little, I always thought I'd be Cinderella, but I guess this makes me the wicked witch.
But then again, Cinderella didn't live in a post-apocalyptic world invaded by avenging angels."

"As an experiment, I call him all kinds of names in my head. When he doesn't respond, I come up with random images in my head to see if I can get him to give me a funny look."

"Anybody who ties you to a chair at gunpoint is a bad guy. Do I really need to explain this?"

""My friends call me Wrath," says Raffe. "My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What's your name, soldier boy?""

"What, and miss the fun of rattling their tiny little brains wondering what happened?"

"I have more than a few "eww" moments during the day."

"She turns back to Raffe, her face melting into a radiant smile. She puts her hand on his arm as he's about to take off his pants.
And that's all the excuse I need.
I grab a sudsy shirt out of the gray water and throw it at her.
It makes a plopping noise when it lands on her face, wrapping around her hair. Her perfect hair clumps into a stringy mass, and her mascara smears as the cloth slides wetly down her blouse. She emits a high-pitched squeal that turns every head within earshot.
"Oh, I'm sorry," I say in a sugary voice. "Did you not like that? I thought that's what you wanted. I mean, why else would you be getting all grabby with my man?""

"A little weird? That was freakin' Bizarroville."

""Not that . . . you didn't look right before. I mean, you always look . . . magnificent." Magnificent? I almost roll my eyes. What a dope. I don't know why I said that."

"One of the guards eyes us as though his Spidey sense is sending alarm signals about us."

"When a man in purple and screaming pink stares at you, you know it's time to change your appearance."

"My mother opens her arms wide as she walks toward me. Her cattle prod dangles from her wrist like an oversized charm bracelet for the insane."

"She's had a lot of practice sneaking around in the dark, avoiding Things-That-Chase-Her."

Did I like this book? Loved!
Would I reread it? Hell to the yes.
Would I recommend it? Go buy this now!

--What did you think of this review?! :D

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A to Z Book Blogger Survey

Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner created this awesome bookish survey. I've been seeing a lot of people completing this survey, so I thought I'd join in on the fun and participate, too!

Author You've Read the Most Books From:

Definitely Jennifer L. Armentrout! She's my favorite author, I seriously love her. I've read almost every book she's ever published. Altogether I've read 14 of her books and I'm excited to read more!

Best Sequel Ever:

Either Scarlet by Marissa Meyer or Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi. Hmmmmm . . . Can I pick both?

Currently Reading:

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare! Yes, people, I'm finally reading it!!

Drink of Choice While Reading:

Hmmmmm . . . I don't really drink anything while reading, but if I had to choose, it would have to be water. I'm not normally a spiller, but better safe than sorry with me.

E-reader or Physical Book:

Physical books all the way! I'll occasionally read on my Nook, but I prefer to have the actual book in my hands!

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated in High School:

Oh. Well, I'm in high school at the moment and I don't know if I would actually date them, but if I have to choose I'd say Simon Lewis from The Mortal Instruments.

Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:

Oh, this is too hard! Okay, let's see. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I didn't really want to read this at first, because, well, I didn't think I would like it. But then my friend Hailey bought it, and let me borrow it, and then BAM! Insta-love! So, yeah. Cinder. Cinder. Cindeeeerrrr.

Hidden Gem Book:

The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins. The first two books that are currently out are Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril. I don't think many people know about these books and that's a shame, because they're both really good.

Important Moment in Your Reading Life:

Starting this blog, for sure. Without Escape Reality Through Books, I most definitely would not have read so many amazing books.

Just Finished:

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson.

Kinds of Books You Won't Read:

Nonfiction books. Unless they're for school, of course. That's the only exception.

Longest Book You've Read:

Probably Breaking Dawn with 756 pages! Go me!

Major Book Hangover Because Of:

All of Jennifer Armentrout's books! That girl knows how to get to the feels!

Number of Bookcases You Own:

I have 3 bookcases! One big one next to my window, another next to my closet which has my TV on top of it, and one behind my bed!

One Book You've Read Multiple Times:

Probably Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger. I've read that baby, like, 5 times because I can't get enough of it.

Preferred Place to Read:

My couch! It's just so comfy!

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

"A sliver of hope sneaks past my walls and I slam every opening shut. Emotion is evil. People who make me feel are worse. I take comfort in the stone inside of me. If I don't feel, I don't hurt."
~Dare You To by Katie McGarry

I'm not sure why, but I really do love this quote.

Reading Regret:

Hmmmm . . . I don't think I have any reading regrets. The only thing I can think of is having so many book in my TBR pile and knowing that I probably won't be able to read them all.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):

I really want to finish the Soul Screamers series! I have all the book waiting for me on my shelf just begging me to read them! Tod. Enough said.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:

You want me to choose? Le sigh. Okay, here we go. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:

Jennifer L. Armentrout. I love absolutely everything she writes and . . . She's just awesome! I have a huge fangirl moment whenever I get my hands on one of her books.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:

I can't decide between Cress by Marissa Meyer and Let the Storms Break by Shannon Messenger. I need both of these, like, yesterday.

Worst Bookish Habit:

I don't do this anymore, but I used to dog-ear the pages in my books all the time. Now I can't do that anymore because I get anxiety over it! I'm hurting the books!

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:

What? Alright, here we go. *counts* And it is . . . Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Seriously, no lie. That's what it is.

Your latest book purchase:

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Dualed by Elsie Chapman. I'm really excited to start both of these soon!

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand. I stayed up until probably 3 a.m. finishing this. And it was worth it!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Each week, The Broke and the Bookish host a Top Ten Tuesday based on a certain bookish topic. Other bloggers are able to participate and post their own top ten list based on the topic.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is a Top Ten Favorite Books With X Setting. The setting I chose is School Settings!

1. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

2. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

4. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

5. The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston

6. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

7. Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

8. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

9. The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger

10. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

---Happy Top Ten Tuesday!!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Weekend Reads!

Weekend Reads

Weekend Reads is a brand new meme hosted by Alexis at Escape Reality Through Books and Liana at Bookaholic-ness! 

The guidelines are simple: Just grab our button and put it on a new blog post. Then, show us what you're reading and tell us what your goal is (how many pages) for the weekend! (This weekend, I'm reading: -insert book title/picture here-, and my goal is-- # of pages) And the last step: join the linky list, so others can have a link to your blog post!

This weekend I am reading:
Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

A Different Mirror For Young People: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki

My goal for this weekend is: 
Hopefully at least 500 pages! (Hmmmm . . . maybe more!)

Weekend Reads meme

Thanks so much for participating and getting this meme started. Please spread the word!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Book Review: A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorcé dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great.

Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

Filled with authenticity and raw emotion, Whitley is Kody Keplinger's most compelling character to date: a cynical Holden Caulfield-esque girl you will wholly care about.

Rating Scale (1-10): 8

My Review: Kody Keplinger has quickly become one of my automatic buy authors. I love her writing style and her hilarious characters. This book has definitely become one of my favorite summer reads.

Okay so this is one of those times where I'm not too crazy about the cover. Don't get wrong, I don't hate it. I don't like it or hate it. I don't know what it is with Kody Keplinger's books and all the close of the girls.

Plot! Okay, so Whitley's just graduated from high school and she's spending the summer with her dad. But then she finds out that everything is changing. Her dad is engaged and the fiancée's kid happens to be the one-night stand from that graduation party. So, like it says above, Whitley parties hard. And eventually, she realizes all the great things she has in this new life. Like, an awesome best friend, an adorable little stepsister, and a hot new--to-be--stepbrother.


Whitley: I was super annoyed with her during the entire first half of the book. I'll admit, at times she had me laughing with her snarkiness, but other than that, no. She goes through a lot of character development, and I'm so glad she did, because otherwise I don't think I would've liked the book as much. By the end of the book, she's still her snarky, cynical self, but she's a lot better about it.

Nathan: He was just so darn cute! Okay, maybe cute isn't the right word. Sexy, smoking hot, gorgeous, sizzling . . . Okay, okay. I'm done. You get my point anyway. Nathan's one of those really hot nerdy guys who sleeps on Star Wars sheets and is definitely not ashamed about it.

Harrison: Oh God, this guy was my favorite character throughout the entire book! He was hilarious and had me laughing every time he was in a scene. I would love this guy as my best friend. It doesn't hurt that he's smokin' hot either.

Bailey: She was so cute! Just that adorable little sister you can never say no to.

My Randomness Moment: I loved that Nathan had a Darth Vader bobblehead in this room! It was so funny and just shows how nerdy he is! I want a Darth Vader bobblehead. Hmmmm . . . I wonder if that shows how nerdy I am.

My Favorite Quotes:

"She could bitch to a houseplant just as well as she could to me."

"It was like a bad made-for-TV movie. Poor little widow meets successful local celebrity. Then it's all flowers and sunshine in suburbia. Ew."

"Of course I'm not comfortable, you Stepford Wife. This is, like, my worst nightmare."

"What the hell? Okay. It was time for a subject change."

"If her man was eye-raping teenagers, he ought to be doing the hard labor. Pervert."

"Somehow, though, Nathan didn't strike me as the type. Maybe it was the Spider-Man comforter on his bed or the Darth Vader bobblehead on his shelf, but he seemed to be more needy than pervy."

"Yeah, that's my name, I thought. Get to the point."

"I tried to think of something else, something disgusting. Anything that would be a major turnoff.
Like dead kittens.
Or spinach.
Yeah. None of that worked."

They're real troublemakers."

"Like a ghost. Gone, but not gone."

"I forced a smile. "Okay. But I'm not watching Bring It On again."
"Damn. I am just so heartbroken by that," he joked."

""You look--"
"Like a giant stick of bubble gum. Yeah, I know."

"When you say epic, are you describing the movies or your shocking level of nerdiness?"

"I want to see that cute little ass shaking right now. You can't fight the music, baby!"

Did I like this book? Yes.
Would I reread it? Probably.
Would I recommend it? If you like Kody Keplinger, then yes. If you like summer contemporaries that aren't cutesy and clichéd, then yes.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Review: Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals--well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she's crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn't her biggest problem--staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

Rating Scale (1-10): 9

My Review: So, I've heard from so many reviews and from a lot of people that Half-Blood is really similar to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. To be honest, when I first read this, I didn't see the similarities; probably because I hadn't read V.A. for a while. But when it was pointed out, I was like, "Oh yeah." Nevertheless, I am still very much in love with this series. I mean, come on! It's Jennifer Armentrout! How can you not love her books?

The cover is so gorgeous and just purple! The flower is so beautiful and when when I read about it in the book, I just about stared at that flower! Definitely one my favorite covers of all time!

So, let's talk about some plot and action! Half-Blood definitely doesn't disappoint in the action department. There are so many kickass scenes There are two different species in the Covenant world. There are the Hematoi, also known as the pure bloods, who are born from Gods and mortals. The half-bloods are the children of pure bloods and mortals. Alex is a half. For three years she's been away from the Covenant and when she comes back, she dreams to become a Sentinel. Now that she's back at the Covenant, she needs to be on her best behavior and not break any rules. But the rule she's having trouble with is Rule #1: You can never be romantically involved with a pure blood.

So the romance was cute and frustrating and steamy! I love Alex and Aiden. They've both been through horrible tragedies. Alex's mom was murdered by daimons right in front of her and it was basically the same case with Aiden. When he was a kid, both of his parents were murdered by daimons, but luckily, him and his brother Deacon survived. They both have such strength that the other needs.

Character Discussions!

Alexandria Andros (Alex): Alex is definitely my favorite female protagonist of all time. She's funny, snarky, sarcastic, and so kickass! I've never loved a character more. Despite everything she's gone through, she's still so strong and she's the type of person that's easily put down.

Aiden St. Delphi: Oh, I definitely this sexy guy is descended from the gods. He was so cute, and sweet, and even funny! Aiden is what Alex has always wanted to be. A Sentinel. I definitely wouldn't mind Aiden being my trainer. He is hot hot hot!!

Caleb Nicolo: Caleb is Alex's best friend and he is hilarious! He was another favorite character of mine throughout the book.

Marcus Andros: This is Alex's uncle that is now the Dean of the Covenant. He grew on me towards the end of the book.

Seth: At first, he's a huge douchecanoe, but he . . . almost . . . grew on me.

My Randomness Moment: I loved the scene where Alex pulls out some of Lea's hair! It was so funny!

My Favorite Quotes:

"I'd be super pissed in the afterlife if I died a virgin in this craphole."

"Blah. Blah. You're gonna kill me. Blah. I know."

"Only titanium would kill a daimon, but I felt confident that being burned alive didn't feel too good."

"Suddenly I entertained a wild idea. I wondered if his lips felt as good as they looked. . . because they looked awesome."

"Would be what---a Cyclops?"

"I rolled my eyes. He made me sound like a cunning criminal about to bring down the entire Covenant."

"You better have had a baby, killed someone, or slept with a pure. Those are your three options. Anything less is totally unacceptable."

"You don't have to. And besides, I don't think I want you shopping for me. I'd end up looking like a stripper."

"I don't want to find out in the morning you burnt down a village while I slept."

"So, what am I learning today? I think we should start with anything that doesn't involve you kicking my ass."

"Try to refrain? As if I has uncontrollable animalistic urges and jumped every half in sight?"

"And don't worry about the shopping. I got some hot chicks to try clothes on for me. Trust me, mutually beneficial day for me."

"One thing I wasn't good at was talking about how I felt. Hell, I wasn't even good at thinking about how I felt."

"Friends don't let friends act like ho-bags."

"'Oh, yes. Please. Can we talk about another hot guy?' Caleb snorted. 'Exactly the thing I want to talk about.'"

"Come to think of it, where in hell is that little ho?"

"I looked down at my own and noted that my legs looked nowhere near as good as hers did. Bitch."

"Illogical? Distraught? Pissed off? Those were a few things I was feeling right now."

"Pissing off the Apollyon probably wasn't the smartest thing to do, but my mood was somewhere between crappy and really crappy."

"Then you would not be upset if I said he was a pompous ass?"

"Oh . . . I'm just saving all of this up for years of therapy later."

"Wow. I have the fingers of death."

"I'm the kung fu master."

"I already had excuses ready if I ran into one of those nurses. I had killer cramps. I'd broken my toe. I'd even say I needed a pregnancy test if it meant I could get to where they had Kain, but I didn't need any of my excuses."

"Alex, you're stating to worry me. Insult me . . . or something."

"I don't care if you can shoot lightning from your hand. I will kick you in the face."

"'If you ever say something that stupid again, I will smother you in your sleep.'
His golden brows rose. 'Little Alex, are you suggesting that we sleep together?'
Stunned by how he came to that conclusion, I lowered the towel. 'What? No!'
'Then how could you smother me in my sleep unless you were in bed with me?' He gave a sly grin. 'Think about it.'
'Oh, shut up.'"

"Rules could suck it."

"Look. What are friends for if they can't share a few hours with psychotic daimons? We can look at it as a bonding experience."

"Try telling me when I don't look like I went to third base with a vampire."

Did I like this book? Really loved!
Would I reread this book? I've already read this book, like, 5 times! What does that tell ya?
Would I recommend it? If you're a fan of Jennifer Armentrout, then I definitely would recommend this one!