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Tricky | Kari Rust

Tricky is a very well written and entertaining story. This tale is rich with lessons. Namely, teaching us that even the worst people aren’t really that bad. It is an ARC. Thank you Owlkids Books for providing me with this amazing and exciting treasure! Continue reading Tricky | Kari Rust

The Hearts ♥ We Sold | Emily Lloyd-Jones

“She became her own knight; she collected those broken promises and whispered apologies and fashioned them into armor” 

Breakdown:

Synopsis:

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

Review:

So I got this book from the August 2017 Something Wicked This Way Comes Owlcrate book box. Annnd it was…. meh.

Before I delve into my review. I’d like to first point out that I’m loving this special, limited edition cover of the book. It’s an exclusive from owlcrate along with the authors signature (which I used as my personal bookmark). As well as, a special letter from the author. Moving on.

It wasn’t bad per se, but it wasn’t great either. I’m going through this trend lately where I don’t read the summary of the book so I can give myself the best possible reading experience.  I think it worked pretty well for this one. Namely because I feel like the ‘summary’  didn’t serve it well. Maybe to it’s advantage.

Unlike what the back of the book said, there was more to the story than just romance. There was a girl struggling through her abusive parents, uncaring family and lack of any certain future she might have. There was a girl who had to learn to trust, conquer her fear and fight through her upcoming battles. There was so much potential with the way the story was going.

So why did I give it a three? A generous three star rating if I might add. Simply because the characters were a little two dimensional.  The story and the writing was fairly easy to follow and the words just flowed through my eyes. However, I did not get attached to any of the characters at all. When *certain deaths happened, I didn’t so much as blink. The story could’ve been fleshed out a little more to include some background on the Daemon perhaps. Or maybe the abusive parents. A little back story and some action here and there. Finally, more people should’ve been held accountable for their actions, ehm, Cora. I’m looking at you.

Anyway, I recommend this book to a fairly younger age group. Perhaps the 12 to 18 young teens out there. If you’re looking for some out of this world action, then this is the book for you. To check out my thoughts on the second book that came with this box, Click >here<.

Wow, this entire post is bi-polar.

To check the accompanying book: Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories

 

Final Rating:

☆☆

“This was how normal people survived their own fairy tales. 
They became their own kind of monster.” 

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The Julian Chapter | R.J. Palacio

“I do not like to dwell on the past. Life is ahead of us. If we spend too much time looking backward, we can’t see where we are going!”

“One mistake does not define you.”

Breakdown:

  • Book: The Julian Chapter
  • Series: Wonder #1.5
  • Author: R.J. Palacio

Synopsis:

From the very first day Auggie and Julian met in the pages of the #1 New York Times bestseller Wonder, it was clear they were never going to be friends, with Julian treating Auggie like he had the plague. And while Wonder told Auggie’s story through six different viewpoints, Julian’s perspective was never shared.
Until now. The Julian Chapter will finally reveal the bully’s side of the story. Why is Julian so unkind to Auggie? And does he have a chance for redemption?

REVIEW + SPOILERS AHEAD:

I hadn’t intended to write a whole post for this ebook but since I went on quite a bit in the Wonder book review, it would’ve been too long to add both.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

I’m glad that Julian got his own “chapter.” Reading from the perspective of the bully was very educational. Everyone always has a story, a reason for behaving the way they do. Julian was no different. Obviously his reasons for doing so doesn’t excuse his actions but they make us understand it, even if just for a little bit.

Just like the book before it, Julian’s Chapter is filled with teachable moments. It shows us the flawed human nature and the blind love of parents that sometimes end up causing too much trouble. For reasons that are oblivious to us, but strong and important enough for them.

“That’s the thing about being scared, though. You can’t control it. When you’re scared, you’re scared. And when you’re scared, everything seems scarier than it ordinarily would be—even things that aren’t. Everything that scares you kind of mushes together to become this big, terrifying feeling. It’s like you’re covered in this blanket of fear,”

Even though I still don’t like Julian or his parents. Especially his parents. I still think this book should be read along with Wonder.

Main Book: Wonder


Final Rating:

““Life is ahead of us. If we spend too much time looking backward, we can’t see where we are going!”

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Wonder | R.J. Palacio

“MR. BROWNE’S SEPTEMBER PRECEPT:”

“When given the choice between being Right or being Kind, choose Kind.”

Breakdown:

Synopsis:

I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.”

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

REVIEW + SPOILERS AHEAD:

Auggie is such a sweetheart. I wish if I can just scoop him up and shower him with hugs and kisses. He is funny, kind and incredibly smart. Especially for a kid who has been homeschooled all his life. His mom did a good job teaching him all those years, so props for her being an awesome Super Mom.

It took me less than a day to finish this beautiful creation. I went into it expecting heart ache, sadness and anger to the world for August, but I didn’t. Instead, I felt happy for him. Life may have been cruel to him by giving him that condition but it gave him something else in return. In Justin’s words, (Olivia’s boyfriend, who is Auggie’s sister) he explains it, “no, no, it’s not all random, if it really was all random, the universe would abandon us completely. and the universe doesn’t. it takes care of its most fragile creations in ways we can’t see. like with parents who adore you blindly. and a big sister who feels guilty for being human over you. and a little gravelly-voiced kid whose friends have left him over you. and even a pink-haired girl who carries your picture in her wallet. maybe it is a lottery, but the universe makes it all even out in the end. the universe takes care of all its birds.” 

This book is filled with beautiful gems like this one. It was written with the intention of teaching valuable lessons, the most prominent one of all is Kindness. Something I must admit, the entire world seems to have lost.  This is the kind of book that you walk out of, changed, grown and different. At the very least, you walk out of it with a different view on the world, you walk out of it thinking.

“It’s like people you see sometimes, and you can’t imagine what it would be like to be that person, whether it’s somebody in a wheelchair or somebody who can’t talk. Only, I know that I’m that person to other people, maybe to every single person in that whole auditorium. 
To me, though, I’m just me. An ordinary kid.”

Not only does it show the world from August’s view but it also sheds the light on the people surrounding him. We get to live through the point of view of his friends, his sister and the different bystanders that have crossed paths with August. It shows us how their lives have also been affected by August and how they each struggle or grow from it in their own way. Which is makes this book all the more relatable to the readers.

Novella: The Julian Chapter


Final Rating:

“AUGUST PULLMAN’S PRECEPT-“
“Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all overcometh the world. –Auggie”

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