WWW Wednesday March 9, 2016

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. So I decided to rewatch Degrassi The Next Generation. I ended up marathoning it, and it’s so dramatic. The first time I watched that show, I loved it. Now that I’m older, I’m not a fan of many characters that I used to love, especially Craig Manning. I might start watching another Korean drama real soon, but I don’t know which one to pick at the moment. Life is good so far!

The Three Ws are:

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

What are you currently reading?

Almost done reading Stars Above!!! I am enjoying what I am reading so far!

The Memory Book will be such a sad book. I have a gut feeling. I’ve only read two chapters so far, but I am liking what I am reading!

What did you recently finish reading?

wild swans

Not my favorite book so far. I really don’t like what I read! The writing was good, but the characters were terrible. Lots of eye rolling.

What do you think you’ll read next?

the new guy and other senior year distractions

I am hoping that this one will be funny and entertaining. My fingers are crossed.

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

“I guard the light-bringer,
And protect the dark-giver.
I live for the world-starte,
And die for the shadow-ender.
My blood, I offer freely.
My Threads, I offer wholly.
My eternal soul belongs to no one else.
Claim my Aether.
Guide my blade.
From now until the end.”

Goodreads Synopsis: In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Commentary: I’ve been meaning to post my review of Truthwitch for a couple of days now, but I’ve been really busy lately, that I hardly had any time to be my blog. I hope I can have a much better schedule, and learn how to improve my time management skills.

Anyways, I’ll start off with what I didn’t like about Truthwitch. There will be minor spoilers in my review. First off, I did not like the world building, which plays a major role in this book. There is a lack of world building, and it was very confusing in the beginning of the story. I would have loved the book a bit more if there was a glossary at the end of the book. There was none. It would have been very helpful for readers. There were many ideas that were put into this book, but not well executed. For example the Origin Wells or the myth of Cahr Awen. Then there is also cleaving…I don’t know how to quite describe it myself. It’s more like overexerting your power limit and destroying yourself physically and mentally…Well, there’s a lot of cleaving in this book. The cleaving reminded me a lot of Shin Sekai Yori (From The New World; an amazing anime that you should totally watch). Also, I would have loved it if there was an explanation of the different types of witches in that world. The powers did remind me of another book series: The Grisha Trilogy.

In addition, this book was very political. If only the world building was better executed, well then I would have liked it more. The book had bits and pieces of what the world was like before the Twenty Year Truce. I would have liked if the book elaborated to what had caused the nations to go against each other, and also what caused the war. Safi plays a crucial role, since she is a Truthwitch. She is wanted by almost every country in the world because her power is very rare. There are several hints here and there about the upcoming war, and Safi will play a much larger role when it comes to the fight. Hopefully, these issues can get resolved in the sequel.

Now, what I liked about Truthwitch was the friendship between Safi and Iseult. Safi is the loudmouth and emotional one, while Iseult is emotionless, and very tactical. Safi is usually the one to get them both into trouble. Though Safi manages to mess up a lot, Iseult never abandons her dear friend.

“Where’s your hair?” she shouted. “And what happened to your arm?”
“Cut my hair and got shot with an arrow!”
“Gods below, Iseult! A few hours away and your whole life tumbles through the hell-gates!”
“I might say the same to you,” Iseult shouted back—though it was getting hard to scream and ride. “Four opponents on your tail and a ruined dress!”

Initially, I didn’t like Safi at all, but by the end of the book I ended up loving her. She has a lot of character development and learns what she has to do for the people she loves even if it means sacrificing her freedom. I also like that there different povs in this book. Iseult has her own storyline, and I would like for it to get explored more. I want to know why her race is hated so much and why the leader of her clan wants her dead. I really liked reading her perspective a lot more than Safi’s. Also, I want to know how the Puppeteer is able to get in Iseult’s mind, which was really creepy.

Now as for the love interest, I really liked Prince Merik. He won my heart once I read that he was a pirate. Very swoon-worthy, but not as much as my precious Prince Nikolai Lanstov. I really liked his relationship with Safi. Lots of sexual tension between those two. One of my favorite moments had to be the dance off. I loved how cocky Merik was. Another character that I really liked was Aeduan, he’s a villain that you’re bound to love.

“Oh, the Bloodwitch named Aeduan was no longer bored. No longer bored at all. And now he had work to do.”

I want to know more about his family’s history and how he ended up at the monastery. He is going to play a major role in the later books. He is one of the most interesting characters from this series. I also want to see how his relationship develops with Iseult as well. I didn’t really think of them as a couple because I was shipping Aeduan with Prince Leopald, since I really liked their misadventures together.

I really enjoyed reading Truthwitch, and it’s a bit diffucult to get into. Don’t give up on it, it’s really good! It’s very hyped up right now, but it wasn’t one of my favorite. I will love to continue reading the series!

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

Monthly TBR: March 2016

Hello everyone. I haven’t been online for a couple of days. I’ve been playing my 3DS a lot more lately since I recently bought Fire Emblem Conquest. Yes, I went for the prettier cover, and boy, I picked the harder game from the two that were released. Anyways, I’ve been catching up with shows. I finished watching Fuller House and I loved it. I really want a second season for it, and yes, it was definitely cheesy. Also, I’ve been watching a lot of Gilmore Girls.

Enough about me talking about shows. Here are the books that I read for the month of February:

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And finally, here are the books that I plan to read for this month! Pretty much most of the books I got for my book haul, and mostly contemporary books! I might add more, but I’ll stick with these books for now.

 

Me Before YouGoodreads Synopsis: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

 

stars above Goodreads Synopsis: The enchantment continues….

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories—and secrets—that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

With nine stories—five of which have never before been published—and an exclusive never-before-seen excerpt from Marissa Meyer’s upcoming novel, Heartless, about the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Stars Above is essential for fans of the bestselling and beloved Lunar Chronicles.


The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a game called The Princess
The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…

wild swans.jpg Goodreads Synopsis:The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….

Release Date: May 3rd 2016

the new guy and other senior year distractionsGoodreads SynopsisA ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It’s practically every girl’s dream.

But not Jules McCallister-Morgan’s.

I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn’t get to be the editor of my school’s long-revered newspaper by just showing up*. I have one main goal for my senior year-early acceptance into my first choice Ivy League college-and I will not be deterred by best friends, moms who think I could stand to “live a little,” or boys.

At least, that was the plan before I knew about Alex Powell**.

And before Alex Powell betrayed me***.

I know what you’re thinking: Calm down, Jules. But you don’t understand. This stuff matters. This is my life. And I’m not going down without a fight.

—-

* Okay, I sort of did. But it’s a sore subject.

** I mean, I guess everyone knows about Alex Powell? Two years ago, you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing about viral video boy band sensation Chaos 4 All. Two years ago, Alex Powell was famous.

***Some people think I’m overreacting. But this. Means. War.

Filled with romance, rivalry, and passive-aggressive dog walking, Amy Spalding delivers a hilariously relatable high school story that’s sure to have you falling for The New Guy.

Release Date: April 5th 2016

the memory book.jpgGoodreads Synopsis: They tell me that my memory will never be the same, that I’ll start forgetting things. At first just a little, and then a lot. So I’m writing to remember.

Sammie was always a girl with a plan: graduate at the top of her class and get out of her small town as soon as humanly possible. Nothing will stand in her way–not even a rare genetic disorder the doctors say will slowly start to steal her memories and then her health. What she needs is a new plan.

So the Memory Book is born: Sammie’s notes to her future self, a document of moments great and small. It’s where she’ll record every perfect detail of her first date with longtime crush, Stuart–a brilliant young writer who is home for the summer. And where she’ll admit how much she’s missed her childhood best friend, Cooper, and even take some of the blame for the fight that ended their friendship.

Through a mix of heartfelt journal entries, mementos, and guest posts from friends and family, readers will fall in love with Sammie, a brave and remarkable girl who learns to live and love life fully, even though it’s not the life she planned.

Release Date: July 5th 2016

 

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: Book Review

“You know the problem with heroes and saints, Nikolai…they always end up dead.”

Goodreads Synopsis: Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Commentary: Oh my gosh, the second book in the Grisha trilogy was amazing. I loved Shadow and Bone, but Siege and Storm is my new favorite book so far in this amazing series. The book started off fast paced. You have Alina and Mal trying to hide their true identities. Alina is weak again because she has not been using her powers, she feels broken and guilty for what happened in the fold, while Mal is adjusting more to his new life. They couldn’t hide forever because they are captured by the Darkling and his minions. I really had not expected the Darkling to find them quickly. Remembering the first book, Grisha can have one amplifier, but I was shocked that the Darkling wanted to put another amplifier on Alina. The Darkling is betrayed by the privateer, Sturmhond and his crew. They save Alina and Mal, and Sturmhond later reveals that he is the Prince Nikolai, second son to the King and Queen. I loved Nikolai so much in this book. He was sarcastic, funny, but at the same time, very courageous. He got all the best lines in the book. He liked to joke around a lot and he was not shy of pointing out Mal’s insecurities. “You know, for two people with a love eternal, you’re awfully insecure”, this was my favorite quotes from Nikolai. I loved Mal, but his place in my heart has been replaced by Nikolai. I really want Nikolai and Alina to be a couple more than her and Mal, or her and the Darkling. Nikolai was very bold in asking her to marry him. The scene where Nikolai told Alina that he wanted to kiss her, I wanted it to happen, but sadly it didn’t.  I really see Nikolai and Alina as a power couple, I really felt that Alina was more of herself around him than with Mal. I hope he gets to become King, despite that fact that he isn’t an illegitimate heir to the throne. I’m excited to read the final book to the Grisha trilogy, and I am hoping to see more of Prince Nikolai in the last book. I am sure that he survived, but if he didn’t, I would be crushed. The twins, Tamar and Tolya, were my favorite. I was not expecting that they were in the Apparat’s cult, but I liked how the author connected the many storylines in the ending of the book. Alina and Mal had a lot of miscommunication in this book. In the first book, Alina and Mal are finally together despite everything they have gone through. In Siege and Storm, they have their happy moments, but I felt that their arguments were more prevalent. I really liked Mal, but I wanted to slap him multiple times. He wanted Alina to focus more on him, than the nation. He felt jealously towards the Darkling and Nikolai, even though Alina has told him that he is the one she loves. He becomes remote and ignores Alina, and at one point he kisses Zoya. Now, I couldn’t blame Mal for their problems, Alina could have tried telling him that she kept seeing the Darkling, maybe they could have avoided most of their arguments if she had told him from the start. Despite their relationship problems, they still love each other deeply and I want to see what happens in the final installment. The Darkling had less scenes than I imagined. Siege and Storm focused more on Alina and Nikolai trying to come up with strategies on how to defeat the Darkling. I hope that in the final book, the Darkling gets more scenes and hopefully a backstory. My only issue with the book was that the Darkling appeared in little bit scenes, but he got the throne in the end. I really felt sorry for Genya. In the beginning of the book, Alina gave her the chance to come with her, but Genya refused. Near the end, Genya’s beauty was gone. It was really horrifying what the Darkling did to her. I liked Alina much more in this book. She was learning to become a leader at the same time she tried not to let greed overtake her. She was trying to keep her relationship healthy, and was trying to be the hope of the nation. I loved the battle she had with the Darkling. She tried to sacrifice herself just to protect Mal and the others. The ending was amazing! I had so much fun reading this book. I can’t wait to see what happens! I want to see Alina get the last amplifier and become stronger, and hoping that Nikolai gets with Alina.

Quotes: 

“Promise not to kick me again, and I’ll promise not to kiss you again,” he said. “I only kicked you because you kissed me!”

“I want to kiss you,” Nikolai said. “But I won’t. Not until you’re thinking of me instead of trying to forget him.”

“I have loved you all my life, Mal,” I whispered through my tears. “There is no end to our story.”

“You heard Prince Perfect,” Mal said, and joined us at the table. Nikolai grinned. “I’ve had a lot of nicknames, but that one is easily the most accurate.”

“Watch yourself, Nikolai,” Mal said softly. “Princes bleed just like other men.” Nikolai plucked an invisible piece of dust from his sleeve. “Yes,” he said. “They just do it in better clothes.”

“She would rise.”

Final Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater: Book Review

“My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.”

Goodreads Synopsis: “There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Commentary: I considered dropping this book, I really did. I really tried reading through this book and my mind kept wandering from start to finish. I have no idea how I finished either, but anyways, this book had a very good plot. I did not enjoy the author’s writing style, that was my main problem. I have to say that the book started to get interesting once I read past 100 pages or so. This story was told in multiple perspectives. The main protagonist is Blue Sargent that lives in a house full of physics, except she isn’t one. Instead, she is more like a battery and she helps the psychics get a better reading. Then there is also Gansey who is Blue’s true love and comes from a wealthy family. He doesn’t show off his wealth and luxuries, instead he prefers the supernatural and is on a quest to search for Glendower. I kept imagining a really huge Hugh Grant whenever I read Gansey’s perspective. What I appreciated about this book was that Blue didn’t immediately fall for Gansey, instead the book focused on their friendship. As a reader, it’s a given that Gansey and Blue will at some point develop romantic feelings for each other. It was interesting that Blue and Adam got together. I didn’t sense any chemistry between them; I felt that they should have been friends rather than be in a relationship. Blue kept rejecting his romantic advances (ex: Adam wanting to kiss her) even though she already knew that Gansey is her true love and not Adam. I’m not sure how it is going to be in the second book. Will it become a love triangle or not? I’m hoping that it won’t become a love triangle. I hope that Blue and Adam just break up without any drama. One of my favorite scenes from the book was discovering that Noah was a ghost. I had a feeling that there was something supernatural about him since I felt he was the least mentioned from the boys, and also because he would never talk about school with them. It was really sad knowing that he has been dead all along, and what is sadder is that none of his friends realized it. I like how it was revealed that his best friend at the time, Barrington Whelk, killed him in order to awaken the ley line, but it didn’t work. Barrington Whelk was wealthy when he was an Aglionby student until his family became broke. The best way to describe Whelk is that he is a man-child. He was spoiled and wanted to be rich again even if it meant sacrificing Noah. The sacrifice ritual did not work for him seven years prior to present. Once he discovered that Gansey was searching for the ley lines, he wanted attempt to awaken the ley lines again. I thought he was a perfect villain for the first book. He is the perfect representation of an Aglionby boy according to how Blue used to see them as. Ronan grew on me because at first I thought he was violent and had anger issues, and needed therapy, but later on its revealed that he cares deeply for his friends and would do anything for them. Now near the ending of the book had me shocked when he says to his friends that he pulled Chainsaw, the raven, from his dreams. What?! I wanted to know more about Ronan’s power, and hopefully there’s more to him in the second book. Lastly, there’s Adam. I liked him, I really did, but then towards the ending of the book I was like “Adam why?” I felt that he was the opposite of Whelk, Adam felt that he had to work hard in order to be successful. He was very prideful and stubborn to accept help coming from Gansey. There was so much going on the book that I can’t even describe it all in one review. It was creepy and scary, but I couldn’t get over how descriptive the author’s writing style was. I did like the plot, and I might continue reading this series just because there are still many unanswered questions such as what happened to Ronan’s father, does Blue’s father have psychic abilities, will Neeve return, what happens to Adam now that he has sacrificed his free will, and so on.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5)

Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav: Book Review

Time Travelers

In all our wrongs

I want to write to him,

in a time where

I can find him.

Before the tears

that tore us.

When our history was

before us.

Goodreads Synopsis: Lang Leav is a poet and internationally exhibiting artist. Awarded a coveted Churchill Fellowship, her work expresses the intricacies of love and loss.

Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair- from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights- through to the devastating plunge. Lang Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

Commentary: I picked up this beauty because of the beautiful book cover. I haven’t read a poetry book in such a long time. I was really excited until I started reading. I kept seeing her poetry all over tumblr, another reason that  convinced me to read her book. After finishing the book, I had no idea what I had just read. Seriously. The poetry was terrible for the most part, only a few pieces were good. I was very disappointed with the book. Lang Leav tried to rhyme a lot, and most of the poems felt childish. I felt that I could write better poetry and that’s saying a lot. I read this book in less than thirty minutes. Some of the poems felt very incomplete as well. Do I find her poetry memorable? No. Would I pick up this book again? Doubt it. If I had read this poetry book as a young teenager, maybe I would have given this book a higher score. Lastly, I can’t believe how this book has high ratings on Goodreads.

Examples One

A Dangerous Recipe

To love him

is something

I hold highly suspicious.

Like having something,

so very delicious –

then being told,

to do the dishes

Example Two

An Impossible Task

To try

or untry

to forget you not,

may be related

somewhat –

To typing,

then trying

to untie,

a complicated knot.

Example Three

Mornings with You

I slowly wake

as day is dawning

to fingerprints

and lips imploring.

The sheets against my skin,

he says,

like wrapping paper

on Christmas morning.

Final Rating: 💔

The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause: Book Review

At the heart of night

Watch for the lone boy

Waiting in the pale moon’s light

Eyes forever changing ice to cloud

Stars

Upon jaded jeans

Upon silver hair

Black leather shines

Half wild

Bewildered by time

Chained to the night

As he stalks

He might hear a sound

Shift into a moonbeam

And be gone.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Zoe is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful yet frightening Simon comes to her house.  Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoe’s brooding thoughts of her dying mother.
Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before.  Does Simon dare ask Zoe to help free him from this lifeless chase and its insufferable loneliness?

Commentary: When I was in high school, I thought this book was excellent, but I made the wrong choice by rereading it again. When I first read it, I loved Simon and hated how Zoe didn’t persuade Simon to stay with her. I wanted them to be together, and I was disappointed when I reached the end. Since rereading The Silver Kiss, I don’t like the author’s style of writing. I kept falling asleep and I felt that there was more description than dialogue. Zoe and Simon fell in love too quickly. I was not impressed by their relationship at all. Simon was practically stalking her before they started talking. The kiss scene did not impress me; I felt that it was too rushed. One moment the main protagonists are strangers, and the next moment they are lovers. I kept rolling my eyes whenever the protagonists longed for each other. I did like the antagonist, Christopher; he was Simon’s older brother. Simon has spent centuries trying to kill Christopher, but has failed several times. Zoe agrees to help him trap Christopher (the book started getting exciting at this part). Sadly, the fight between Simon and Christopher was not as epic as I was expecting. As I mentioned before, I hated the ending when I was younger, but now I ended up loving the ending. I loved how Simon saw no purpose to continue living once Christopher was gone. I loved how he ended up dying, which was staying up to see the sunrise with Zoe. Another scene that I loved was when Zoe’s mother told her to take care of herself and her father once she dies. I liked how Zoe accepted her mother and Simon’s fate. Is this book memorable? Not at all, it’s a fast read, but it is not entertaining as I thought it would be. I can’t believe I am saying this, but I felt that Twilight was better than the Silver Kiss. At least, she wasn’t begging Simon to become a vampire.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Duff by Kody Keplinger: Book Review

Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls, but I’m chasing you.

Goodreads Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Commentary: This book was a guilty pleasure. I really thought this was going to be a stereotypical book, but it wasn’t. Bianca is such a relatable character, and it is quite refreshing to know that she is snarky, moody, and sassy. Bianca had her faults, and she wasn’t afraid of being herself. She had a lot of chemistry with Wesley, since their first meeting. I was not expecting her to kiss Wesley, nor have sex with him. I was not bothered by the sex, and I loved how it was not described in an explicit way. In a way I did relate to Bianca though I did not distract myself like she did. Bianca needed a way to distract herself from her problems. Now, the problems that Bianca faced were really sad. Her family was breaking apart and she did not know what to do. She tried to keep the balance in her family, but it was too much for her. I did find it sad how she tried to keep her father’s drinking problems to herself. She was breaking apart and Wesley was the only form of stimulation that could take her away from her conflict. Secondly, I just found it so hilarious how she kept denying that she had no feelings for Wesley. She tried telling everyone how much she despised him, when in fact she was starting to develop feelings for him. As much as I loved Bianca, I just have to say that she was a terrible friend. Her friends, especially Casey, were constantly worrying about her, but she found it easier to hid and avoid reality without telling them. Casey was constantly reaching out towards Bianca, and she did have her reasons to be angry at her. Luckily, their friendship was saved once Bianca confessed to her what was really happening. I really liked the overall message that everyone is a duff, and I was glad that the name was embraced by the end of the book.  In addition, I liked how Bianca was a regular average girl instead of being gorgeous like her friends. When Bianca finally got with Toby, how both of them used each other in order to move on from their ex partners. I knew that Toby wasn’t over his ex-girlfriend, and I was glad that he and Bianca ended their short relationship in happy terms cause I did like Toby. I also liked how there wasn’t really a love triangle. Lastly, Wesley was a lovable jerk that was changed his ways because of Bianca. I loved how they didn’t have to impress each other just to be happy. I enjoyed their love-hate relationship and the letter that Wesley wrote to her was very sweet and authentic. I was so happy I picked up this book. It was funny, and the characters were relatable. I am excited to watch the movie adaptation. I heard that the book and the movie are nothing alike, but nonetheless, I heard really good reviews! I hope to see it soon and maybe I’ll do a review.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5)