A Brief Review: A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd (Conception)
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 206 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Synopsis:
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

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The Waffle Book Tag

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A while ago, I came across this tag dedicated to everything waffles and I knew it would be fun to fill out the tag. I love waffles and prefer them over pancakes. I even have a waffle maker where I make my own waffles and stack them up for one, big, delicious breakfast. Anyhow, onto the tag!

THE RULES

  • Link back to the original creator, Kat @ Novels & Waffles
  • Tag as many people as you want (or don’t want) to. No pressure here, folks 🙂.

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Childhood Reads: Madeline

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Let it be known that this is the first time I am continuing the series as its own official category! The last few posts were were categories as discussion posts, but now Childhood Reads is its own and I am excited to continue!

Today, I want to talk about a book that I deeply loved as a child and held onto for the longest time. It was about a little girl in Paris that had some adventures and wore a complete outfit in yellow (or sometimes blue) with her class and their school trips. I hope you know it because this was one of the greatest children’s book of all time.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

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Book Review: Dragon Curse

Dragon Curse by Lisa McMann
Rating: 5 Stars
Series:  The Unwanteds Quests, #4
Length: 432 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Synopsis:
At last, after harrowing battles and devastating losses, the three Stowe siblings are reunited. Back in Artime, however, their joy at finding one another is short lived. Fifer loses her leadership position and struggles to find her place and purpose, while Thisbe is relentless in her determination to return to the land of the dragons and help Rohan rescue the other black-eyed children. Aaron fails to ward off increasing opposition from a resentful Frieda Stubbs and the dissenters, leading to a shocking and dangerous turn.

Meanwhile the Revinir pursues Thisbe and Drock all the way to the seven islands, putting the people of Artimé in peril. To save them, Thisbe makes an unthinkable sacrifice that leaves Fifer, Aaron, and the others to face political eruption and destruction in the formerly peaceful magical world.

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September Recap – Crash and Burn

 

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WHAT. HAPPENED.
I don’t even think ever I failed at this level before. I only read just 1 book for the entire month of October. I can’t even remember what happened. Was I busy the beginning of the month? Was I putting more effort in the blog rather than reading? I know there was some days where I opted to make posts rather than reading. I guess I just did not realize the trade off was going to be this. Well, hopefully this month, I’ll do better.

Read:

Dragon Curse (The Unwanteds Quests, #4)

Dragon Curse by Lisa McMann – ★★★★★

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Book Review: City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Cassidy Blake, #1
Length: 272 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Synopsis:
Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspecters, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspecters head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

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Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag Extension!

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Happy Halloween!

We’re BAAAAAAACK!
It’s finally October and that means it is finally Halloween again! Two years ago, the Halloween Creatures Book Tag was created, but there was also a lot of confusion and troubles with it. Last year, the 2.0 version of the tag was released where it was completed by over 125 bloggers! This year, I’m doing something different and releasing a tag extension with all new creatures! Instead of 13 creatures, this extension will only have 5.

Rules:

  • This extension can be completed with both 1.0 & 2.0 versions of the tag.
  • This extension can also be completed on its own.
  • Answer all prompts.
  • Answer honestly.
  • Tag 1-13 people.
  • Link back to this post.
  • Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)
  • Have fun!

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Book Review: You Asked For Perfect

You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman
Rating: 4 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 288 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

Synopsis:
Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray.

Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options.

Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

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