Looking for Alaska

Rating: 3.5
Published: 2005
Pages: 283
Genre: YA fiction
Topics: death, love, suffering, school
Time It took Me to Read: Two days (reading little pieces at a time)
Favorite Quote: “We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken.”

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Goodreads Summary:

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.

Opinion:

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Plot –

The idea behind this story was amazingly beautiful. Green wrote this story in a way that made the story unpredictable. If you have seen any previews of this book or read any reviews EVER, you pretty much know what is going to happen in the story, but Green makes sure you have no idea when it’s going to happen by having unpredictable characters. The plot was light and easy enough to make this a quick read, yet packed full of deep concepts one could spend years pondering. The concepts, such as the labyrinth of suffering and the Great Perhaps, remind me of ones presented in the book, “All the Bright Places”. They are a wonderful addition to the story and ensure that while it is a quick read, it is certainly not a boring one. I feel like some great Greek philosopher after reading the first few pages. However, I had a few dislikes here. For one, I strongly believe this much cursing was not needed. I knocked off one whole star because of it. I usually don’t like much cursing in any story, but especially in ones where the characters are children. And they weren’t little ones like hell. There was a wide myriad of them. This was a wonderful story and did not need that many curse words. Also, I knocked off another half star simply because of a few bones I had to pick with the actual story. Mainly, the “big prank” at the end, honestly sucked to me. They made a huge deal about it and how it was going to be the greatest prank of ever, but it lasted like five seconds, and wasn’t even that extreme. I have even seen similar things at my small-town high school on a regular basis. It just felt like Alaska deserved better. But PLEASE, do not let those little things stop you from reading it; even though it wasn’t my favorite, it certainly deserves to be read. (:

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Setting –

The whole “boarding school” thing has been done many times and is not that original, but I am a sucker for it every time. Boarding schools never disappoint, because they allow the characters to get into things they could never get into in a normal home setting. Also, the school is in Alabama. It is always cool to see a book based in the South like that. Being in Arkansas, I relate more to them. Like the part where they said they have six months of summer, two hours of spring, and six months of winter – that is so accurate down here. Most stories I read are either in a really hot place, a really cold place, or they never even mention it. I feel like it brings a unique twist to novels when they are set in places like this, and Green used the setting to its full potential.

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Characters –

The characters were my absolute favorite thing about this book. Each one has so much of their own personality, and after reading the book, I feel like I knew each one of them in real life. Alaska, as probably intended, had my favorite personality. She was so full of energy and life and experiences and knowledge and desire and passion. She was so raw, and I loved it. Pudge was another favorite. Half of the time, he was like, “What in the world is going on?” and that is how I feel 97% of the time. I really enjoyed his quirk of memorizing last words. Some of them were so interesting that it made me want to do it. He was just so precious and sweet, and I know he’s fictional, but I really want him to find happiness later in life. The Colonel, Lara, Takumi, the Eagle, and even characters that were rarely seen were also very well developed.

Overall, despite a few rough patches, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend everyone to read it at least once!

Have you read this book? What are your opinions? If not, do you want to read it now? Comment below, read a book, and have a day as lovely as you are. ♥

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Sunshine Blogger Award!

Hey guys! Many of you probably know what the Sunshine Blogger is, but for those of you (like me) who had no clue, here’s what it is: an award for bloggers who are positive, inspiring, and just bring sunshine into people’s lives. Surprisingly, I was nominated by the wonderful Jess & Teagan @ Fictionnochaser ! I am very shocked, and very honored and humbled by this nomination, since I am a very new blogger. I just want to take a moment and thank them for being so sweet and so supportive.

Now, for the details:

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog
  2. Answer the questions
  3. Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
  4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post

Q & A:

Q1: What’s your biggest book related pet peeve?

A: This is kinda more like a complaint than a peeve, but I HATE when I open a hardback and the spine creaks. I feel like I’m breaking the book in a thousand tiny little places, and I don’t even want to open the book anymore. Which is awful, because I love the nonbendableness (and let’s be real here – the aesthetic) of a hardcover, but most of my books are paperback for that reason.

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Q2: Who’s your book crush and why?

A: FINN. From the Annika Brisby series. I can create a whole list of reasons why. These are only a few though.

  1. He loves books
  2. He has the whole ‘old and wise’ thing going for him
  3. He is so kind and gentle
  4. But he can be smoldering hot when he wants to
  5. He is genuinely compassionate for the other characters in the book
  6. He gets VERY territorial VERY fast
  7. He’s extremely patient, in a steamy way

Q3: Coffee, tea, or wine?

A: Wine. My favorite thing to do is to read while having a tray of cheese cubes and a bottle of wine. Occasionally though, I’ll prefer creamer and sugar with a hint of coffee.

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Q4: What’s your go-to relaxation strategy?

A: If I’m at home, a book. But, in situations where I can’t have that luxury, I breathe. 10 seconds in, hold 10 seconds, 10 seconds out. I read somewhere that there’s some smart person biology thing behind it; I don’t know, but, it works.

Q5: Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Honestly, I don’t watch movies, so I’m going to pretend for a moment that book characters count. Lisa from the Vampire Academy series. She usually stands in the back, but she still has her own personality. She is considerate for all living creatures, she has a healing quality that draws people to her but makes her go silently insane… That got real dark, real fast. Next question.

Q6: What fictional world would you choose to live in and why?

A: Hogwarts. I want to talk to paintings, experience their amazing holiday feasts, and play with the moving staircases.

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Q7: Pick three books you would like to see made into a movie.

  1. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
  2. Fates by Lanie Bross
  3. Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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Q8: What’s your most played song on your phone/iTunes/spotify?

A: Reckless Love/Death Was Arrested mashup cover by Anthem Lights. Fun fact, I love Jesus.

Q9: What book can you read over and over again?

A: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. The concepts were really poetically beautiful.

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Q10: What’s your favorite blog post you’ve ever written?

A: Well, this is only my third blog post, but it has already been so much fun that I’m gonna have to go with it.

Q11: What made you decide to start a book blog?

A: Funny story. At first, I was just bored, and decided this could be cool since it would give me something to do and I could get free books from it. Now, I am in love with the whole thing and will continue to do it no matter how busy I am, or even if free books weren’t a thing. The community is so amazing, and I feel so privileged to be a part of it. ♥

I nominate the lovely:

  1. Bethany @ Beth and Books
  2. Kayla @ Books and Blends
  3. Jasmine @ Novel Thoughts
  4. Tiffany @ Beyond the Stars
  5. Amanda @ Science in Fantasy
  6. Abbie @ Boneseasonofglass
  7. Amy @ All Things Amy
  8. Anne @ A Dance With Books
  9. Louise @ A Little Fool Reads
  10. Courtney @ Curly Book Owl
  11. Amanda @ Peaks and Pages

Your Questions:

  1. What is one book you just could not finish?
  2. If you were going to an island and could only take three things, what would they be?
  3. Would you rather be deaf or blind and why?
  4. Is there any movie you thought was better than the book?
  5. What’s your favorite thing about reading?
  6. What is your favorite setting to read in?
  7. Do you read multiple books or one book at a time?
  8. Who has inspired you in life the most?
  9. What is your favorite part of blogging?
  10. Do you have any hobbies other than books?
  11. Who is your favorite book protagonist?

Until Next Time, ♥

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The Flame and the Arrow

Rating: 5 stars
Published: 2010
Pages: 418
Genre: YA/ Paranormal Romance/ Fantasy
Topics: Elves, wood nymphs, romance, parallel world, danger
Time It took Me To Read: A few days with several breaks

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Goodreads Summary:

“Don’t do it, Annika,” he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?

Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a realm of fairies, vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it’s repaired, she’s rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she’ll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi’s already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there’s a mountain of secrets that he’s not telling her, and Annika can’t help wondering who’s really in danger.

Opinion:

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Plot –

I absolutely love this book! I am getting so tired of seeing the same plots in books over and over again, or the exact opposite of normal, which makes it predictable too. This book has none of that. Just when you think you know what’s about to happen… PLOT TWIST. It keeps you on your toes with all the suspense of a cliff-hanger, except the author keeps giving you more of what you want instead of making you wait. I would say more, but I don’t want to spoil it so anyone reading this can experience the book in all its glory!Image result for new world gif

Setting –

This book takes place in two places – the human world, and a co-existing world, where Talvi, the love interest, is from. Cannaday does a wonderful job of depicting the locations they wind up in with the human world, and an even better job developing her own world. When I read the pages, I feel like I am transported to this other world, experiencing things right along with the characters. The settings are described vividly without being too boring. I hate when places are described taking up four or five pages. This story manages to describe the places perfectly without the lengthiness taking away from the story.

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Characters –

The characters are constantly doing unexpected things, and they are unusual characters. I mean, come on, when’s the last time the main character was a female lead singer of a band? The only problem I could see some people having is the fact that her love interest is kind of stereotypical – bad boy, smoldering gaze, dark hair, secretive, yeah, you know the type. However, his personality is consistently being developed, allowing you to see more sides of him that eliminate that stereotype. I also hate seeing the same paranormal characters constantly – vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, etc. Elves are ones that have not been overly played, and the author manages to add so many creatures to their world that there is bound to be something new and refreshing for everyone.

 

Have you read this book? What are your opinions? If not, do you want to read it now? Comment below, read a book, and have a day as lovely as you are. ♥

All About Me!

So, in my first post, I figured I’d give you guys some information about me, so we can actually connect instead of being just a bunch of words on the internet. ♥

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I will be doing book reviews here, but that’s not all. I plan on occasionally having other topics too, such as poetry, Q and A sessions with you guys, and sharing some cool book activities I’m currently working on. I’m also open to any suggestions, and you can comment them below, or send them to my email in the Contact tab.

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My favorite genres include: YA fiction, paranormal romance, fantasy, and adventure.

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#3

I am a big cat person. I relate to them a lot. Frequent naps, love food, is intrigued by various strange objects, etc.

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I am 19 years old,  I am an Elementary Education major at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and I want to teach 1st grade, since children begin their love of reading at that age.

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My friends play a huge part in my life.

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#6

I’m a photographer. I love people, and I love taking pictures of them.

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That’s all for right now; I really hope you enjoyed getting to learn a little bit about me and see some of my pictures. Feel free to comment below and introduce yourself! 🙂