May Wrap Up

I read a total of 8 books this month! I enjoyed everything I read this month.

The Darkest minds: 4 out of 5 stars.
Four: 4 out of 5 stars
The Heir: 4 out of 5 stars
What my Mother Doesn’t Know: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Ignite Me: 5 out of 5 stars
The Queen of the Tearling: 4 out of 5 stars
The Realm of Possibilities: 5 out of 5 stars
What my Girlfriend Doesn’t Know: 4 out of 5 stars

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Review: One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies

I read this book when I was a tween. And I remember loving it. Recently I decided to start buying some of the books that I had loved when I was a tween ( I know I know I am on a book buying ban and I am still honoring it ) and that includes all the books that Soyna Sones wrote. If you are a fan of Ellen Hopkins I think you will love Soyna Sones as well.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. This book is written in verse so it was a quick read. In fact I read in a day. This story follows Ruby after her mother passes as she is sent of to meet her biological father for the first time. Turns out her father is a famous actor. And she hates him.

This book is about family and coming together as one. I love this story. I had actually forgot the ending from when I had read it previously and it came as a shock to me. I kinda predicted the ending but kept thinking that maybe I was wrong and so the ending was a great conclusion to this story. If you are looking for a fast read I highly recommended diving into this book.

Review: Branded

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This book has been floating slowly around booktube and I love dystopian so naturally I picked it up. We follow the story of Lexi who is taken to be branded. Each brand is a different sin represents by a tattoo around the persons neck in a certain color. Lexi is accused of the sin lust. Therefore she is branded with a blue band and sent to the Hole, where sinners go after they are branded.

I gave this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I had a lot of issues with it but I still really liked the story.

I love this first half of the book. Though there is insta-love which you can tell the authors where trying not to do, the story started off strong. It even made me tear up. But half way threw I got so confused. I feel like the wording and sentences where missing things. It’s hard to explain. It was like saying “I wanted the ice cream,” but it read as “I want cream.” You as a reader had to fill in the holes that where not explained which made it so confusing.

Lexi makes a 360 degree change. I love the Lexi in the beginning of this book. But then she just froze up. She became a different person with a change of the page.

The worst part was the second half’s plot was interesting but I couldn’t believe it with the lack of descriptions. It just didn’t seem realistic. And it was even hard to follow.

It took me a week to get threw the second half of the book where it only took me a day to get half way through.

The good news is the last chapter picked up. Though it was predicable for the ending, it was a good conclusion for this book. And even though I had issues I do plan on reading the next book in this series. In fact I am part of the street team for this series so plan on seeing some updates for that!

If you like dystopian I think you will like this book. Just push through the ending because it is worth the story.

Small Readathon TBR

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Since it is Thanksgiving week which means no school! I decided I wanted to read read read read read! So on Instagram I am hosting a small readathon. The readathon is nothing big. Basically all you need is to pick a pie f books you want to read!

I will be posting reading sprints on my Instagram which you can find here.

Good luck and happy reading! 😀

Review: Dark Days

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From the moment I watched a review video on YouTube I was dying to have this book. So last week I bought a bunch of new books and finally got my hands on Dark Days by Kate Ormand.

This book was everything that I though it was going to be and so much more. I have Dark Days 4.5 out of 5 stars.

To start I do not like this cover. I think the background is hard to see and the pink in over powering. BUT PLEASE DO NOT JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER. Especially not this book!

Now I think with all dystopian type books, people who have read The Hunger Games always seek out hunger games like similarities. And yes there are some in this book but this book is completely different than the Hunger Games.

We are introduced to Sia. And she has 15 days left until a cyborg army comes and kills everyone in her sector. Everyone in this sector lives in the same types of houses with the same types of furniture. No one is allowed to be unique and different. The only people in her sector that are not being killed are being taken to the New World. They are being picked because they bring something more into this world than normal people and Sia already knows that here family will not be picked.

I read this book within 24 hours. It was fast paced and gripping. I was shocked at some of the plot twists and the directions they went.

I honestly think this book could have been longer. It could have been a series but in a way I like it as a short book. It is only 250 pages long. If you are looking for a fast dystopian that will engage you this book is for you.

Now like I mentioned before this book does have a few Hunger Games like aspects to it but what I liked the most is one of the characters you meet reminds me of Effie. But this Effie like character goes bad. It kind of makes me image if Effie ever snapped in Mockingjay this would have been her. I couldn’t stop laughing at the image,

I really loved this book. Now I took off .5 stars on it because I felt like there was some repeating paragraphs throughout the book but other than that it was a awesome adventure and I really wish/hope there will be another book like this by Kate Ormand!

Review: Rainbow Boys

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I read Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez in high school which was almost 8 years ago. Holy cow! Now I do not normally reread books. I don’t like to know what’s going to happen or I lose interest in the book. But when my best friend asked me to read Rainbow Boys with him I said yes.

I gave this book originally 5 out of 5 stars and I kept it 5 out of 5 stars the second time I read it. The story follows Nelson, Jason, and Kyle. Three gay students who are trying to discover themselves. Nelson has embrace his inner gay and is out. Meaning everyone knows he is gay. Kyle is in the closet so to speak. Then we have Jason who has always dated girls but recently is having thoughts about guys.

Rainbow boys shows the bulling that happens in schools and also how hard families take to the news that their child is gay. I love the different points of views we get to see between Jason, Kyle, and Nelson. I also love how Alex Sanchez was not afraid to add in the issue of HIV.

I have read many gay and lesbian books in my life time and one subject that not a lot of authors like to add on is HIV and AIDS. I know because I read all the books in this series that the thought of HIV and AIDS is not just in Rainbow boys but it is also a hot topic in the other two books; Rainbow High and Rainbow Road. And even though HIV/AIDS is a touchy subject I think that Alex Sanchez hit it on the nail. He didn’t make the whole book about it but he didn’t leave the issue out. Instead he gave his best way to tell the readers about how serious safe sex is, male or female.

This is one of my favorite coming of age stories. I think anyone would love this book and I highly recommend it. I think this not only helped me understand my gay friends better and what they were going through but it also touches on some hard topics.