The 5th Wave: Review

Aliens have never been my thing… Alien books, movies, and shows just don’t appeal to me, so you could say I was pretty nervous to pick up The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. To be honest, the sole reason I picked it up after sitting on my bookshelf for years, is that the movie is coming out next week and I’m a diehard read the book before watching the movie kind of girl. Spoiler alert: I LOVED it.Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 7.02.26 PM

Cassie Sullivan had an average life: she had great family and friends and her greatest worry was that Ben Parrish would never notice her. But that was before there was a UFO hovering over Earth. Before anyone knew what was coming. Before four waves of panic struck. The 1st wave hits: all power goes out. The 2nd wave attacks: widespread natural disasters destroy the earth. The 3rd wave strikes: a disease cuts the population in half. The 4th wave hits: the last of the surviving are slaughtered by beings that seem human. Cassie was one of the “lucky” who survived all four waves by the alien invaders she calls the Others. With nothing and no one but her little brother’s teddy bear he gave to her before he was taken and her trusty M-16, Cassie has to use extreme survival skills to make it day by day. Then she meets Evan Walker, a supposed farm boy who takes Cassie in and helps her on her mission to find her brother. But with the Others always looming overhead and all the while looking human, can Cassie truly trust Evan? And when will the 5th wave strike and what will it entail?

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January Wrap Up #1

It’s been ten days since I’ve last posted.. Oh, how I’ve missed you, lovely reader. But seriously, when I don’t post for over a week I feel LOST. Blogging is life, right?

For today’s post I will be discussing the books I read in the first half of January. I read a total of 5 books, which is less than I normally read but still a pretty good amount. Let’s get on to it…

  1. Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie (4.5/5)Screen Shot 2016-01-15 at 7.00.15 PM
    After reading a ton of fantasy in December, I knew I needed a little bit of a break, so I picked up Addicted to You which is the first book in a new adult series. New adult can be iffy for me so I was nervous picking up this book, but I was pleasantly surprised! If you haven’t heard of Addicted to You, it follows two young adults who have been friends their whole lives. They both have addictions they’re hiding from their families so they decide to fake a relationship to avoid having to explain their addictions. But of course since this is a romance, they start to fall in love blah blah blah!
    I loved this book, there was a ton of girl power and emphasis on healthy relationships. Also, it was completely realistic; people in real life have addictions that are extremely harmful towards themselves and others, and this book didn’t hide the reality of that. Krista and Becca Ritchie are absolutely beautiful writers and I can’t wait to continue on in this series!
    Sidenote: This book is NOT for kids (it’s new adult, duh). Read more

Top 10 Books of 2015

It’s the best time of year! The time when book bloggers everywhere talk about their favorite books they read this year. I decided to choose my ten favorite books I read this year out of the 108 I read total. It was so hard to narrow this list down, so hard in fact that I have several honorable mentions! I will be counting down from my tenth favorite to my first favorite, enjoy!

10. Rebel Belle by Rachel HawkinsScreen Shot 2015-09-03 at 9.20.33 PM
If you’re looking to delve into fantasy for the first time, this is your book. It’s about a high school girl who discovers she’s a Paladin, meaning her she has to dedicate her life to protecting one person, and this person turns out to be her worst enemy. Rebel Belle is everything I hoped it would be: cute, funny, and action-packed. It stuck with me all year-long with its unique storyline, therefore gaining its number 10 spot. Check out my review here for more in-depth thoughts.

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Review

Screen Shot 2016-01-02 at 10.24.48 PMPercy Jackson is your ordinary twelve-year-old boy. Well… maybe not so ordinary: Percy has attended six schools (all of which he was kicked out of), is always finding trouble, and sometimes has to attack strange mythical creatures. His life is flipped upside down when he learns he is a demi-god. Percy soon heads off to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp filled with other children of gods and mortals. Here, Percy wastes no time finding trouble: he’s attacked by a Minotaur, provokes Clarisse, daughter of Ares (the war god), and finds out he’s the son of Poseidon. In the Olympian world, there is a war brewing; Zeus’s lightning bolt was stolen and his brother Poseidon is his main suspect. Percy takes it upon himself to save his father from Zeus’s wrath and pursue the missing lightning bolt. Percy soon learns that not everything is as it seems for his mission, there’s something mysterious going on with the Olympians, and war may be inevitable.

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series is one of the most popular middle-grade series. I read the first two or three when I was Percy’s age, but never finished the series. Five years later, I decided it was time to submerge myself into the world of Olympians again and pick up this series. As a seventeen year old, I may seem too old to enjoy a fantastical story about a twelve-year-old boy, but you would be surprised by the amount of adoration I have towards this story. Read more

What I Read in 2015

It is the end of another fantastic reading year! I read 108 books this year, all of which are listed below with their star rating. The pictures on the side indicate some of my favorite books I read this year, though a full post on that topic is to come! I hope you enjoy looking through my list; we may have some favorite books in common. Rereads have asterisks next to the ratings.

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  1. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (3.5/5)
  2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (5/5)
  3. Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, & Maureen Johnson (5/5)
  4. The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle (3.5/5)
  5. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (4/5)
  6. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour (5/5)
  7. Crash by Nicole Williams (1/5)
  8. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith (4/5)

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