Moving my blog to a new spot!

Hey everyone! I want to say that its been a pleasure writing this blog however I’m moving to bigger and better things that I would like to share more with my readers. I started a whole new blog named Booksandlook.blog

With this new blog I will still be doing book reviews and all book related post the only new thing being added will be fashion along with it. I have a passion for fashion and books and wanted to put both together on one blog therefore I created Books & Looks! I hope to see you all over there and meet some new friends along the way. I also need to follow everyone over there so follow me over to the new blog and lets get this going!

 

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Dear Jackson Book Review

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Title: Dear Jackson

Series: Stand Alone

Author: Carynn Bohley

Publisher: Amazon

Pages: 116

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This story was absolutely touching and definitely reached a place in my heart. Carynn wrote the story with detail and was beautifully written. I look forward to reading future stories from this author.

The cover of the book is so beautiful! The cover immediately caught my eye. I’m a sucker for beautiful covers, I mean who isn’t, right!

You immediately get into the story with Malcolm Gibbs, the main character of the story is a sixteen-year-old boy who truly goes threw a life change in just a few months. His parents had just divorced and he and his younger sister Annie who can be your typical little sibling brat move to Kentucky with their mother to live with their grandmother.

The author truly put detail into the story where you feel the Kentucky warmth and country like in the story. I’m a city girl so reading the world set in this story made me feel like I was truly there with the characters.

Malcolm is adjusting his new life in the country while his younger sister Annie seems to have adjusted their new life very well. One day they received devastating news about Malcolms older sibling Jackson. Malcolm seems to be very close to his older brother who is a soldier serving the country. When the news of his brother passing Malcolm goes to a rather silent, dark mood where not only his parents divorced and having to move to a new environment and now his brother passing, he has a lot going on for a sixteen-year-old.

While Malcolm is trying to cope with his new surroundings and the news of his older brother passing his grandmother has neighbors who have a beautiful stallion which his younger sister Annie is obsessed with and wants to investigate the horse by going up to the fence petting the horse. The siblings meet the neighbor’s daughter who is the same age as Malcolm name Bella.

Bella shares with the siblings that her stallion name is Blue. Annie is fascinated with the horse. Malcolm and Bella become very close and have a special bond between the two over time. While everything seems to go good in Malcolm’s life something tragic hits his sister Annie. While it sets him off once again heading back into the darkness that seems like he can’t find the light in his life.

Malcolm pushes the people closes to him and struggles to find the light once more the author writes this story so beautifully to keep you interested and wanting more to know what will happen to young Malcolm and the ones he loves.

I truly loved the story and the characters. Beautifully written and the amazing character growth with Malcolm that I couldn’t put the story down and needed to know what would happen to him.

Ready to go to Kentucky with Malcolm?

All my reviews are my honest opinions and thoughts on the book. Thank you author for sending me the story for exchange for my honest review.

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The Queen Of Nothing Book Review

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Title: The Queen Of Nothing

Series: The Folk Of The Air #3

Author: Holly Black

Publisher: Little Brown

Pages: 300

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Book one ” The Cruel Prince” Book Review here

Book Two ” The Wicked King” Book Review here

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We finally made it to the very end of this amazing story. The way that Wicked King ended made me want more and I had to know what was going on with Jude and what was her destiny and where she was going to be left off in this crazy fairy world.

I definitely feel that this is my favorite book out of the series only because everything was coming together and the beginning to the end was beautiful. I was surprised at how some things turned out and there was definitely more action and more feelings in the story.

I love how we get right into it from the beginning of the book, right where we left off from the second book. Holly Black did not disappoint me in this! The cover of the book is beautiful and the title fits perfectly with the story.

We get a little back story of Cardan, also would like to say that I love Jude and Cardan! I won’t say any more of it but trust and understand that the two together are perfect. I love that type of story where its a love/ hate thing.

The ending of the story is everything to me and I’m happy how everything was left off. I was in a big book hangover when I finished the book realizing it was officially over. It was a great journey to follow these characters.

Ready to say goodbye to the Fae world?

 

 

 

The Ultimate Book Tag

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Happy Monday Book Worms! I found this book tag on Hunida’s blog! It has been some time since the last time I did a book tag, this one was fun to do and I enjoyed answering these questions.

Do you get sick while reading in the car?

No never! But I’m usually the one that has to drive anyways.

Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

There are some good ones out there but one that comes to mind would be Gregory Maguire. I love how detailed he is when writing his stories.

Harry Potter Series or Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

I never read books from both sides, however, I have seen the movies and I’m gonna go with the Harry Potter stories.

  • Harry Potter’s story is original and something you have not heard from another.
  • More intense and unique
  • Fell in love from the beginning of the story to the very end (In Twilight I hate the beginning but love the ending)

Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books…)?

I don’t carry a book bag, used to when I was in school. When I leave the house I just put my book in a book sleeve and carry it or if it fits in my purse.

Do you smell your books?

Yes, I’m guilty of doing this every day! I love the smell of fresh print paper.

Books with or without little illustrations?

I don’t have a preference for this, so either way, I’m fine with it.

What book did you love while reading but, discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

I don’t ever re-read books. (Unless its the Warrior series)

Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

The only thing that comes to mind was when I was in 5th grade this boy in my class threw a textbook from the back of the classroom to the front almost hitting the teacher, she jumped and turned around so quickly. I’m guilty of laughing out loud about it. The teacher knew who was responsible.

What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

Learning To Crochet for left-handers.

What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Star Wars The Han Solo Trilogy.

Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

I write just about every day, and I do see myself as an author one day.

When did you get into reading?

At a very young age. It was the number one thing I would do before bed.

What is your favorite classic book?

Lord Of The Flies by William Golding

In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

It was definitely English!

If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I would keep it and put it on my bookshelf.

What is a lesser-known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Nothing really comes to mind. Both those book series are original and very good. For The Hunger Games I would say Lord Of The Flies is a little and I mean very little similar to it but not really.

What is your favorite word?

Cake.

Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Nerd, reading books, playing video games, computer games once in a while is cool.

Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Fairies, attitude, glitter, and small creatures who are adorable.

Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels, because they are so holy! Also, they are a good lookout for the ones on Earth still.

Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Werewolves, I have always loved werewolf stories! I’m so fascinated with them that I used to be obsessed with reading any book about them. I really don’t have a main reason why.

Zombies or Vampires?

Vampires, Well you didn’t give me much a choice and I was never a fan of zombies.

Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

All about the forbidden love! Those are the best stories.

AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

It really depends here for me but I tend to go for the action-packed with few love scenes in the story, a good example would be Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

If you made it this far thank you for reading, Happy Reading!

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Re-Reading My Favorite Book Series

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Sixteen years ago I picked up a book that had an orange cat on the front cover with the title Warriors. I was obsessed with going to Barnes & Noble getting books and when I saw this book cover I had to get this book. I didn’t read what the book was about, I just knew I would love it just because there was a cat on the front cover and I grew up with having cats. I was eleven years old when I took home the very first Warrior book “Into The Wild”

With the seventh series “The Broken Code” coming out right now I had made the decision to stop reading YA novels for the moment and to re-read my favorite story of all time. Unfortunately, when I got older I had other books that I would pick up to read and never continue to finish the series. I only got as far as to series three “Power Of Three” So I know I have a lot to catch up on and finally get some closure as to what happens to my favorite characters in the story.

What this means by re-reading the series is I won’t be posting YA book reviews for some time until I catch up on the Warrior series, which won’t take long at all. Happy Reading!

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Small Fry Book Review

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Title: Small Fry

Series: Stand Alone

Author: Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Publisher: Grove Press

Pages: 383

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This is the best memoir I have ever read! Lisa’s writing is so beautiful and so detailed that it makes you not want to put the book down. I was hooked in from the very beginning of the first sentence…

“Three months before he died, I began to steal things from my father’s house.” 

If you are asking yourself who is Lisa Brennan-Jobs, she is the first daughter of Steve Jobs and just in case you don’t know who that is he is the genius who created Apple and one of the founders of Pixar animation company. This is Lisa’s story and how she grew up having Steve Jobs as a father.

I knew this story was going to be a rough one meaning that Lisa’s story and how she grew up emotionally were not going to be the easiest. All she wanted was to be accepted by her father. It seems to me that Steve was in his own world and didn’t accept Lisa as his daughter from the beginning. Lisa’s mother, Chrisann Brennan was Steve Jobs’s high school sweetheart and soon after Lisa was born. When Lisa was a baby Steve was not around and even denied that Lisa was his daughter for the longest time.

Chrisann Brennan, Lisa’s mother, was someone I can sometimes relate to and also question the things she did when Lisa was a child. One part of the story I personally can relate was when Lisa’s mother went to the store with just $20…

“Twenty dollars for food and diapers; my mother used it to buy food and diapers, and also a bouquet of daisies and a small pack of patterned origami paper. Money, when we had it, was quick-burning bright, like kindling. We had just a little or not enough. My mother was not good at saving or making money, but she loved beauty.”

Before I became a mother myself I was that person that would go to the store with just little money I had and get one item to feed myself and flowers for the house knowing that I shouldn’t be buying that when I could get something that I really need but the flowers are what made me feel happy to walk into my house with them there on the table to let go of stress for one second to stare at beauty that I had in my home.

There was one time in the book that I had to put it down because I just couldn’t believe the action Steve did sometimes and this one section of the book Steve did something I could not believe that it was the most petty thing I ever heard of, and I just don’t understand why he would do something like this, Lisa’s mother wanted a house that was for sale and told Steve about it however they are not together but not only did this man looked at the house but he did buy the house…for himself and not for his daughter who is living in certain conditions and while he has money and could do what he wants he keeps for himself. I understand buying a house for the mother of your child that you’re not together is a bit too much but for you to actually buy the house she wanted and not let her move in it…

Steve was coming around when he wants to see Lisa and her mother at some point in her life when she was a teenager Lisa was able to move in with Steve, which was not all that glamorous for her. With restrictions and rules but not normal rules like not able to see your mother for six months for whatever reasons, maybe the health reasons? Lisa’s parents are something else, the decisions they make in life, and how they treated Lisa was shocking.

All Lisa wanted was to fit in with her father and be recognize as his daughter. Steve was no ordinary man and the relationship he had with Lisa and everyone was bizarre. I really enjoyed this book so much, Lisa did a fabulous job writing her story, it wasn’t gossip or talking negative about anyone, she told her story and she did a wonderful job doing so.

All I know is I would never go out to eat with Steve Jobs!

Ready to take a look through Lisa’s eyes?

 

WWW Wednesday

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Hosted by Taking On A World Of Words

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you finish recently reading
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

(Links are to Goodreads)

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I’m currently reading right now Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs and hope to finish this amazing memoir today. I’m so in love with Lisa’s writing and how detailed the story is so far.

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The book I recently finished was I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal. It was a wonderful book and adore the story. You can catch my review on the book here.

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What I think I’ll read next is Havenfall by Sara Holland. I receive the ARC and look forward to this read very much. I have yet to read a book from Sara Holland but I have some other books on my TBR list that I have yet to get to so I know I’m overdue to read a book from her and look forward to this book. The cover of this book looks amazing and the blurp sounds good.

Happy Reading!

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