Making Up For Monday [3/30]

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Today’s Question: Do you have an author who you refuse to read?

I don’t think that I do. I believe in giving second chances to authors if I hear enough good things from other people. With some of the recent stuff that has happened with so called book blogger stalking by an author makes me not inclined to pick up that specific book.

Are there any authors you refuse to read?

 

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma | Release Day

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THE WALLS AROUND US BY NOVA REN SUMA

“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

 My Review ♦ Goodreads ♦ Amazon

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Nova Ren Suma is the author of the YA novels THE WALLS AROUND US as well as the YA novels IMAGINARY GIRLS and 17 & GONE, which were both named 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound by YALSA. Her middle-grade novel, DANI NOIR, was reissued for a YA audience under the title FADE OUT. She has a BA in writing & photography from Antioch College and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and has been awarded fiction fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Millay Colony, and an NEA fellowship for a residency at the Hambidge Center. She worked for years behind the scenes in publishing, at places such as HarperCollins, Penguin, Marvel Comics, and RAW Books, and now she teaches writing workshops. She is from various small towns across the Hudson Valley and lives and writes in New York City.

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Making Up For Monday [3/23]

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Today’s Question: Do you have a favorite autobiographical or biographical book?

I have sadly not read many if any at all autobiographies/biographies. I recently read Bossypants by Tina Fey which I guess would fit into this category and I absolutely loved it! Tina Fey is hilarious. I would really like to read more autobiographies and biographies. I have one of Lewis Carroll sitting on my bookshelves that I would love to get to. I also wrote a paper in high school which was based on Katherine Hepburn (her life is not that exciting), but would love some recommendations for some must reads!

What are your favorite bios?

 

Wanderlust |Quotes

 

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“Wanderlust is like itchy feet. It’s when you can’t settle down. But Wanderlove is much deeper than that . . . it’s a compulsion. It’s the difference between lust and love.”
― Kirsten Hubbard, Wanderlove

“Francois Rabelais. He was a poet. And his last words were “I go to seek a Great Perhaps.” That’s why I’m going. So I don’t have to wait until I die to start seeking a Great Perhaps.”
― John Green, Looking for Alaska

“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.”
― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”
― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”
― Roald Dahl, Matilda

“Wanderlust is not unheard of in our kind; it comes upon us now and then. When you can live forever, staying in one place can come to seem a dull prison after many, many years.”
― Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

“He was suffering from wanderlust, complicated by the tension of knowing that he was rooted to this town by something as simple as his name.”
― Jodi Picoult, Mercy

“When you’re a kid all you want to do is be somewhere else.”
― John Scalzi, Lock In

Popular Books I’ll Never Read

While make posts and lists of different favorite books, books read, and books in certain categories, I have discovered that there are some popular books that I will most likely never read. I am not going to go into explanation of the reasons why for each of them. Some have bad reviews by many people, others I have absolutely no interest in reading, but if you would like to know my reasons on one or a few don’t be afraid to ask.

50 Shades of Grey by E.L James

The Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie

The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

House of Night Series by P.C Cast

The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Millennium Series by Stieg Larsson

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

♠ All of Ellen Hopkins books

What popular books will you never read?

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma | ARC Review

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Genre: YA, Paranormal, Mystery

Source: ARC from Algonquin Young Readers

Release Date: March 24, 2015 

” We were, all of us, the exact opposite of special. We were bad. Broken. It was up to the state to rehabilitate us into something worthy, if it even could. Maybe, long ago, we used to be good. Maybe all little girls are good in the beginning.”
– Nova Ren Suma, The Walls Around Us

Synopsis:
The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

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review

*I would like to thank Algonquin Young Readers for a copy of the book in return for an honest review*

I am still not exactly what it is I want to say about this book. I have such mixed feelings about it and can’t seem to put all my thoughts together to give an informative review, so bare with me. While sitting here trying to write this review I am looking back at the book and I feel like I missed something or that the book was missing something, but can’t figure out what it is.

This book is written from the perspective of two different characters (Amber and Violet). While you learn about both of the girls and their live you also are learning about their involvement, interactions and impact on their lives of another girl (Ori). For me it seemed like the story was suppose to be about telling Ori’s story and what really happened. At times there was just a lot going on and took awhile to put things together. (I mean it is a mystery so I guess in a way it was suppose to be that way)

I did prefer one of the narratives more than the other (Amber). At times Suma’s writing was so lyrical and poetic. She created a great dark atmosphere with a setting that was developed through great imagery and became so vivid. The book definitely plays with your mind a little and has a darker tone. The ending was for sure dark and twisty. I also found that I liked the way the two story lines intertwined. I found the characters to be quite intriguing. The two main characters Amber and Violet both had secrets and were very different from each other. It was interesting to learn about all the girls in the jail and what earned each of them a spot there as well as their issues while there. This was for sure one of those not everything/everyone is as it/they seem.

Overall this was a unique story that is on the darker side and was an intriguing read as my first from Nova Ren Suma. It was different than I expected, but I still enjoyed it and the dark and twisty, mess with my mind feel it portrayed. Although I do not complete agree with them selling it as Orange is the New Black meets Black Swan it does have some components and feel that those two give off. If you are a fan of mysteries that have twists, confusion, jail, ballet you should check this book out.  

(Sorry if this is a confusing and unhelpful review. I really had a hard time writing this. I feel like I would have to reread the book. There were parts I really enjoyed and others that confused me.)

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Ashley’ Adventures on the Internet | #3 [Spoiler Edition]

 

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*disclaimer: I have not altered these phrases. They are exactly as they appear on my stats page. These are search terms of real people*


“Second Chance Summer spoilers”

How does Sanctum by Roux end spoiler

Breathing series spoilers Donovan

Well in this edition in Ashley’s Adventures on the internet we deal with people searching for book spoilers on the inter-webs. And my question for them is WHY???? That is like searching in your parents room for your Christmas presents. It ruins absolutely everything. If you care enough to know how the book ends why don’t you read it. When I get spoiled for books it is the most devastating thing ever so why would anyone seek that kind of sadness out? But if you really want to know I will tell you (if you haven’t read these books do not continue on):

*SPOILER WARNING*

In Second Chance Summer Taylor’s father dies at the end.

In Sanctum they find out about the Scarlets, some people die and Dan, Abby and Jordan get away.

For the Breathing series, first Emma almost dies from her abusive aunt, than her mother is horrible and she witnesses a murder, than she gets hooked on drinking and makes some horrible choices only to end up back with Evan.

Top Ten Tuesday|Ten Books For Readers Who Like To Cry

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Ten Books For Readers Who Like To Cry. I thought this would be a fun topic to address. I have made a list before about books that have made me cry, but thought it would be interesting to create a list of a variety of books that are sad for many different reasons. I feel like when people recommend sad books they usually tend to deal with those books concerning death, cancer, illness and although some of these books have that there are also some that deal with other topics just as heartbreaking and sad.

♠ Breathing Trilogy by Rebecca Donovan

This deals with abuse, alcoholism, relationships. It is hard to handle at time and is very heartbreaking.

♠ A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls is dark and heartbreaking. A young boy is dealing with his mother being sick and has a monster that comes to visit and help him with his struggle.

♠ Left Drowning by Jessica Park

This is a new adult book that deals with loss, guilt, regret and abuse. It is very intense and times and can be hard to take. You fall in love with the characters and its so hard to see them in such pain.

♠ I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

I just recently read this book and couldn’t believe the emotions and feels it created. I had such a close connection to Skylar the main character and have struggled with some problems she has. It deals with the struggle of money, alcholism, loss and the affects of war. The main love interest and male character Josh. He has come home from the war and is dealing with the struggle of flashbacks, the loss of his friends and loss of his leg. Make sure to have the tissues ready.

♠ Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander

This book is quirky and cute, but also deals with illness, loss and first love. I think fans of TFIOS will really enjoy this one although it may cause some tears!

♠ Volition by Lily Paradis

Now I did not necessarily cry while reading this book, but there was some close calls. This is a dark and slightly twisted story that carries a lot of emotions and feels. It deals with relationships, loss, and the mark carried by those affected by death.

♠ Ensnared by A.G Howard

This was a beautiful finale to an amazing trilogy. This is another that won’t cause everyone tears but there are some very emotional parts and a fantastic ending.

♠ Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

I did have some problems with this book, but one thing it did was cause all the feels. This family is spending a summer at their lake house which may be the dad’s last because he was diagnosed with cancer and doesn’t have much time left. Cue to tears and feels.

♠ Messanger by Lois Lowry

I may the only one who was moved to tears by this book. I really got attached to the main character and so was made to feel all the feels.

♠ Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

Mortal Danger deals with suicide, loss and the affects that bullying has on a person. It was hard not to get teared up while reading this book.

What are some books you would recommend to make people cry? Have you read any of these? Did you feel the feels?

Making Up For Monday [3/9]

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Today’s Question: Have you ever read a book that changed your opinion on a topic?

I do not know if there is a specific book that has really changed my opinion. I am pretty open minded and have been able to see things in a new light and understand different things, but no book has completely changed my opinion on a topic. There have been books like The Giver by Lois Lowry and Brave New World by Alduos Huxley that have really made me think about things and our society.

Have you read a book that has affected your thinking?

 

How Do You Rate? | Discussion

So while looking back through my review posts and ratings on Goodreads I have discovered something strange. Although it can be quite difficult to say a 4 star contemporary book is the same as a 4 star fantasy novel, they have the same star rating.

I have discovered that while rating series I tend to compare and rate the books against each other. So where I gave Spirit Bound #5 in the Vampire Academy a 3.5 star rating in reality is was probably closer to a 4/4.5 star rating, but in comparison to the other books in the series it was my least favorite. Is that fair to do?

How do you step back and assign a rating to a book based solely on that one book. How do you not compare it to another in the same series. Do you try and rate the book on a set of criteria regardless of its genre. Do you rate on what the author presented and accomplished in the story they were telling?

I haven’t really ever sat down and thought about this and realize now that rating books is such a struggle. I gave The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre both 4 star ratings, but there is no way I could compare these two to each other. To say I liked one more the other would be a correct statement too, but I gave them both the same rating.

I guess what I would really like to know is How Do You Rate? How do you approach this situation and what are the things that affect your ratings?