DNF: August and Everything After

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Title: August and Everything After

Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Pages: 320

DNF at page: 83

Synopsis: A girl goes off to the shore to stay with her aunt for the summer. She’ll be a senior next year, and graduating, moving on with life. But she has no idea what to do with the rest of her life, let alone after graduation. She meets a musician at the beach, who is in somewhat of the same boat.

My Thoughts: I had to go look up the synopsis of this book. Of what I did read, I still couldn’t even think of single thing that happened…but for there was music involved. I’m not big on the music scene/musician plots, and it’s hard for me to get into this book. I made the mistake of looking at some other reviews, and heard that it’s pretty fast instalove, and those 2 combined I just couldn’t keep interested. I didn’t get very far before I found I hadn’t picked the book up in a week, nor could I remember anything I read.

I appreciate the chance to review this ARC copy from NetGalley.

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Bout of Books 22 – Day 3

Today’s challenge is Show Me Your Precious … Book, that is!

Everyone has a book that they love; now is your time to bring out your precious and shine. Share your favorite book (in whatever format you choose)! You know the one that has that beautifully illustrated map, or gorgeous writing, or whatever it is that draws you to it. Share with the world what makes that book your precious!

Thanks to Minx (@thegenreminx) for today’s challenge.

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I have 4 full sets of this book series, and working on the 5th (the illustrated editions). But I would have to say that this set is the one I’d pick, and this set over all the books on my shelves as the most precious! It is such a timeless story that can be enjoyed by any age, and it’s long enough, and full enough, to hold attention span. And THIS set is absolutely freaking gorgeous!! So yeah. LOVE IT SO MUCH.

Bout of Books 22 WrapUp

WRAPUP OF THE WEEK

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Started # of books, and finished # of books.

 

Read # pages, and completed # of challenges.

 

Day 1 – Monday, May 14, 2018

Started & Finished: The Raft, by S.A. Bodeen
*Read: 231 pages
Continued: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
*Read: 11 pages
Continued: Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*Read: 15 pages
Completed: Introduction #insixwords Challenge

Day 2 – Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Started: A Quiet Kind of Thunder, by Sara Bernard
Read: 1 page
Continued: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
*Read: 15 pages
Continued: Farmer Boy, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*Read: 11 pages
Completed: Year of You Challenge

Day 3 – Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Continued: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
*Read: 14 pages
Continued: The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S. Lewis
*Read: 27 pages
Completed: Show Me Your Precious Challenge

Day 4 – Thursday, May 17, 2018

Continued:
Continued: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
*Read: 18 pages
Continued: The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S. Lewis
*Read: 15 pages

Day 5 – Friday, May 18, 2018

Finished:
Continued: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
*Read: # pages
Continued: The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S. Lewis
*Read: # pages

Day 6 – Saturday, May 19, 2018

Started:
Read: # pages
Continued: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
*Read: # pages
Continued: The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S. Lewis
*Read: # pages
Completed:

Day 7 – Sunday, May 20, 2018

Finished:
Continued: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
*Read: # pages
Continued: The Magician’s Nephew, by C.S. Lewis
*Read: # pages

Bout of Books 22 – Day 2

Bout of Books Day 2 – Today’s Challenge:

Year of You

Share a book that was published the year you were born. If you don’t wish to disclose your age (that’s fine; you’ll get no judgment either way here), pick a book that was significant to your childhood.

Thanks to Courtney Lynn (@ceelynnreading) for today’s challenge!

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Pet Sematary by Stephen King was originally published in 1983 (this is a cover of the kindle book). I have never read this, but I did watch the movie…and I was YOUNG. I don’t find this movie very scary, but for the little boy, after he comes back. In the movie, he just has… *this laugh* …. and my mom has tortured me with it all my life!! lol Hence, I will probably never read the book.

Book Review: The Raft

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Author: S.A. Bodeen

Genre: YA Adventure/Survival

Release Date: August 21, 2012

Pages: 231

My Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis: A 15 year old girl who lives on an island of Hawaii jumps a flight home from the big island, a flight she has taken many, many times before. Only this time, something goes wrong, and the plane goes down. The co-pilot saves her, by throwing her out the door, and into a life raft. This is a harrowing story about the fight for survival on the open ocean.

My thoughts: I loved this. I really love the survival type stories, though. It doesn’t get the highest of high ratings, and I can somewhat understand most of the comments on why someone doesn’t like this. She makes some stupid decisions. Really, though, nothing really jumped out at me, like, Okay that’s just stupid of her, except for one instance where she is literally starving to death, and she finds a dead seal, and is cooking a piece over a fire, and literally won’t eat it because “she doesn’t want to live that badly”. Like, really?! But otherwise, I mean, she’s a teenager, and who would expect them to know what to do when their PLANE CRASHES. haha Anyways, I felt her reactions and the depiction of floating along the ocean for days was pretty realistic, as far as my own meager experience can understand.

Book Review: Cascading Petals *Trigger Warnings*

CPTitle: Cascading Petals

Author: Jane C. Brady

Genre: YA? Romance

Release Date: December 7, 2017

Pages: 259

My Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: A senior in high school is a loner, bullied all her years of school. She has no friends, and no allies to turn to. The new boy proves not to be so shallow, and they become friends, showing Jewel that she is not alone, and even strong enough to help others that feel they’re in the same kind of place.

My Thoughts: By the end, I really loved this book. It took a bit at first to be hooked. I felt, at the beginning, that the situation we are dropped into, with a senior in high school being so severely bullied, for seemingly no reason, was a bit unrealistic.

Jewel is constantly bullied all her years of school. This is despite her being beautiful, smart, and coming from a good, healthy family, and a large enough school, that not everyone knows everyone else. In small schools, I can *maybe* see a situation like this (at the start of the book, Jewel’s status in school) happening, but I feel it’s very unlikely. There’s seemingly NO reason for anyone to not like this girl! She’s written this way purely to make the plot work. After the first quarter to third of the book, the cheesiness and unrealistic details are finally not so prominent, and it gets much better.

One thing that irks me a bit is this “insta friend/love-ship” desire. The new boy initially runs into her at a coffee shop by accidentally grabbing her coffee, instead of his own, and taking a drink of it. He immediately apologizes, buys her a new one, and while waiting, he asks a total of 4 questions, 2 of which concerned the coffee. The other 2 were about if she went to the local high school, and if he’d see her around later. All of which she was very stand offish, and answered with short, one word answers, and left. Anyone else would have written it completely off and figured nothing of it, but for some reason, he’s *enthralled with this gorgeous girl* and can’t stop thinking of her. Pah-lease. AND THEN, the barista just informs this random stranger of her full name!!! On the first day of school, when they run into each other, they make easy, joking conversation like they’re friends already. They just come into that easy friendship way too easily and quickly for reality. And I don’t know why, but I did not like it at all. ANYways…

There are **MAJOR TRIGGERS** for bullying and suicide, also a little self harm.

For my minimal knowledge in such subjects, I feel like this book does a really good job of showing how bullying can affect teenagers, and how that alone, just words or direct injury, can lead someone to committing suicide. It also covers, at least a little bit, how suicide is a selfish thing that doesn’t consider the pain of those on the outside goes through, afterwards.

I received this ARC from NetGalley for free, in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review: Summer Constellations

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Title: Summer Constellations

Author: Alisha Sevigny

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: May 1, 2018

Pages: 264

My Rating: 4.25 stars

Synopsis: A teenage girl growing up in a campground, with her single mom and little brother, is heartbroken when she finds out that they may have to sell their property due to hospital debt. Her little brother is now recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a very serious nerve disorder. She befriends the possible-future-developer’s son, who conspires against his father in order to try and help her save the campground. She’s not sure she can trust that his intentions are sincere, both with his opposition to his father, and her heart.

My Thoughts: This was so sweet. I really loved the setting of this story! It takes place in a campground, up in the mountains and forests. The story is a bit unlikely, as there is definitely instalove, and the whole, possible future-developer’s-son falling for the teenager (especially so quickly) thing is a bit unbelievable.

Also, his actions and behavior and being-able-to-do-everthing-ness at only, what, age 21? Nah. But it’s not in your face either…I still enjoyed the story!

I loved most of the plot, there’s a lot of facets that come together well in the end! Only starting at the second-to-last chapter did it get a bit cheesy. All lovey-dovey perfectness and everything came together just a *tad* too easily at the very end. Without spoiling: the whole helicopter thing? For real?! Like, why would his cousin even do that, at THAT moment. Cheese factor! Still debating on if it’s a 4 or 4.5…4.25 would be great, really.

I received this ebook for free, in exchange for a review, from NetGalley.