Review: Everything, Everything | Love – Eternally, Everlastingly Everything

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Rating: 5 Stars

 

It’s a hard concept to hold on to–the idea that there was a time before us. A time before time.

In the beginning there was nothing. And then there was everything.

Dear fellow Babblers,

As my blog and contacts within the book industry continues to grow I’ve become more and more of a Young Adult junkie. That being said, I’ve been reading more and more books on young love, teenage depression, and self-discovery. So you better believe it when I tell you that Everything, Everything makes it onto the 5 Star category! This beautiful debut novel from Nicola Yoon has earned a place alongside my shelf next to Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch and Lang Leav’s Sad Girls. These are the only three books which I have every given five stars to, which means they are in every way, shape and form a magnificently wonderful read! Any book that has me holding my breath at each page, holding a knot in my throat, and cringing at unlikely turns of events is a masterpiece in my book. Everything, Everything is beautifully written, evocatively vivid, and altogether the epitome of Young Adult.  Continue reading “Review: Everything, Everything | Love – Eternally, Everlastingly Everything”

New BFF: Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads

I recently took part in a Q&A with, yup, our very favorite Inge at The Belgian Reviewer. A big ‘ole panda hug to one of my newest blogging BFF’s. You made my week blossom and shine like sun rays on a stormy day doll face! (okay, perhaps I’ll never be Shakespeare, but y’all gotta admit that verse was pretty crafty).

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Today on the blog I’d like to welcome Delphine who is the babbler on Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads. If you don’t know her yet, you are going to be so impressed with this girl! She is so clever, she reads all kinds of genres, I mean she knows all the classics, she’s a fan of Alice,… she has great (and expensive) taste in shoes, she loves to use sarcasm, she likes books over movie adaptations (because movies wouldn’t even be there without the books), she loves pearls, not diamonds, and has 4 tattoos, and one of them are words in French. Yeah she has a thing for France and even wants to live there ;-). If you want to see her tattoos (go on, I know you do) or read more fun facts go on over to her blog and give her a like and a follow…

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Blogger Recognition Award

Dear fellow Babblers,

Well hey there my lovelies. What’s craka ‘lackin in your hood. Wanna hear about mine? You say no? Then why you reading this you dolt? Jkjk. But seriously, what gives ? Not much is happening here in Los Angeles other than the news I’ve just received over at Twitter. Ready for this? The hottie tottie author of They Both Die at the End, Adam Silvera, is going to be on tour at The Grove on September 8th. I am so stoked to see this man in person – oh yeah, buy the book too *wink * wink * Give me them digits Adam).

Any-whooz-it I’m here as nominee of the Blogger Recognition Award. My nominator: Laura Beth at Hot Shot Headlines. I just met her a couple weeks here on wordpress and I’m sure glad that I did as she is not only an amazing writer and blogger, but such a delight to babble with. On her blog you can find a number of book reviews, chats, as well as writing updates – I swear this gal is haulin’ mules on her blog – I’m so jealous, is that obvious yet? If you haven’t yet followed her then allow me to wag the naughty finger at you as you are missing out on some very insightful and fun and beautifully written posts.  Continue reading “Blogger Recognition Award”

Review: The Bear and the Nightingale | Fear the Fairytale

Title: The Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden

Publisher: Del Rey Books

Publication Date: January 10, 2017

Rating: 4.5 Stars

 

“But the rip in her blouse was large, her hunger vast, and her patience negligible even under better circumstances.”

Dear fellow Babblers,

The Bear and the Nightingale tells the story of a fairy tale come true. So we expect a beautiful maiden riding out to her castle in the sunset with her prince charming – happily ever after, right? Not in the least bit correct. This novel cradles the dangers that lurk behind old time Russian fairytales. This book is at once suspenseful and surreal. I was carried away by Arden’s lyrical prose from the very first page. Arden shows us the dark hidden secrets behind the folktales we grow up with through a young girls fight both for the peace and harmony of her people, and against the fierce winds of evil lurking around it at midwinter.  Continue reading “Review: The Bear and the Nightingale | Fear the Fairytale”

ARC Review: Girl in Snow | Where’d the Story Go?

Title: Girl in Snow

Author: Danya Kukafka

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

I received an ARC copy of Girl in Snow in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Thanks goes to NetGalley as well as Simon & Schuster for this advanced copy which has recently been published on August 1, 2017.

“Nostalgia is my favorite emotion. It’s like, you think you know how to deal with the passage of time, but nostalgia will prove you wrong. You’ll press your fact into an old sweat shirt, or you’ll look at a familiar shade of paint on a front door, and you’ll be reminded of all the time that got away from you.”

Dear fellow Babblers,

Girl in Snow is Danya Kukafka’s first novel which was recently released just four days ago, on August 1st. Despite it being now in book stores, I somehow fell behind on my review schedule and have foregone posting the review, despite my having received the ARC over a month ago. Although I had a hard time putting this novel down and finished it in less than two days, I’m not exactly one hundred percent how I feel about it; whether it was a page turner because it was so unpredictable or simply because I was irritated that narration would abruptly change to a different character and tell a seemingly different story altogether. The premise itself, a thriller about a girl who is mysteriously found dead one morning one morning has potential in term of narration, but the way in which the novel was written stylistically leaves me a bit disheartened and, to be blunt, disappointed.  Continue reading “ARC Review: Girl in Snow | Where’d the Story Go?”

The Sunshine Blogger Award | 3

Dear fellow Babblers,

I return for another round of cynical questionnaires, also know as Sunshine Blogger part 3 brought to you by our very own James @thisismytruthnow. Thank you James for this nomination and for all y’all who haven’t yet clicked on his page I shake my tail feathers at you in disgust – how dare you even read this very line without first visiting James blog! You call yourself a bibliophile? A book reviewer? A book blogger? Again, I look down on you with utter contempt. You are not a book anything until you have visited this blog for some of the best book recommendations, memes, tags, awards, and even some wonderfully creative stories written by the blogger himself!  Continue reading “The Sunshine Blogger Award | 3”

Review: Thirteen Reasons Why | 13 Moments Leading Up to One Timely Suicide

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

Author: Jay Asher

Publisher: Razorbill

Publication Date: June 14, 2011

Rating: 4 Stars


” For the longest time, from almost day one at this school, it seemed that I was the only one who cared about me.

Put all of your heart into getting that first kiss…only to have it thrown back in your face.
Have the only two people you truly trust turn against you. Have one of them use you to get back at the other, and then be accused of betrayal.”

Dear fellow Babblers,

Tell me: is it possible that a single stack of pages onto which patterns of letters, forming fluid and meaningful sentences, could be capable of touching my heart in a way that not even a person has ever managed to accomplish before? This is exactly how I feel upon finishing 13 Reasons Why. From beginning to end of this raw, perhaps romanticized, novel about a victimized girl, Hannah Baker, recounting the 13 individuals who, in one way or another, served as catalyst for her fatal decision, my throat was in knots and tears were on the verge of flooding my eyes. And let me tell you why…  Continue reading “Review: Thirteen Reasons Why | 13 Moments Leading Up to One Timely Suicide”

The Sunshine Blogger Award | 1

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Dear fellow Babblers,

Jee golly whoot whoot! Two months blogging and I’m hauling mules through these awards. I’m sure y’all are pretty down in the dumps bored about falling into the nitty gritty about my meaninglessly banal life, but, I mean, complain to my fellow babbling nominators!

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To express the happiness I feel this time around allow us to compare it to a bright fart of sunlight shining upon my frizzy head of curly hair as I skip through meadows of rainbows and daisies…. Thank you so much to my pretty chica Melanie over at MNBernardBooks for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award – I”m definitely feelin’ the warmth of our toasty summer here now! Don’t be a lazy tushy and breeze through this post without visiting Melanie’s blog for some of the best book reviews and even writing that the infinite blogosphere has to offer… and you’re welcome fellow bloggers for my introducing you to her amazing site.  Continue reading “The Sunshine Blogger Award | 1”