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College: Take Two

Posted in About Me, Anxiety, Mental Health
on October 19, 2018
college, anxiety, social anxiety, mental health, mental illness

Last month I started college at the age of twenty-four. This may not seem like such a big deal for some people, but, for me, it’s a huge achievement. I never, ever thought the day would come where I would step foot back into an educational environment. It hasn’t been the easiest but it sure has been a ride.

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Children of Blood and Bone

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Fantasy, Fiction, YA
on October 12, 2018
children of blood and bone, tomi adeyemi, book review

Synopsis: Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and srike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Scythe

Posted in Book Reviews, Books, Fantasy, YA
on October 7, 2018
scythe, neal shusterman, book review, paperbackadventures

Synopsis: In a world where disease, war and crime have been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional scythes.

Citra and Rowan are teenagers who have been selected to be scythe apprentices, and despite wanting nothing to do with the vocation, they must learn the art of killing and understand the necessity of what they do.

Only one of them will be chosen as a scythe’s apprentice and as Citra and Rowan come up against a terrifyingly corrupt Scythedom, it becomes clear that the winning apprentice’s first task will be to glean the loser.

Author: Neal Shusterman

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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September Wrap-Up and October Goals

Posted in Books, TBR, Wrap Up
on October 3, 2018
september wrap-up, october goals

It doesn’t feel like an entire month has gone since I posted my September TBR… but it has.

September was a bad month, like a really bad month for reading. I managed to read two books.

Yes, TWO!

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House on Fire

Posted in ARC, Book Reviews, Books, Fiction, Suspense
on October 1, 2018
HOUSE ON FIRE, BONNIE KISTLER

Synopsis: Divorce lawyer Leigh Huyett knows all too well that most second marriages are doomed to fail. But five years in, she and Pete Conley have a perfectly blended family of her children and his. To celebrate their anniversary, they grab some precious moments of alone time and leave Pete’s son Kip, a high school senior, in charge of Leigh’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Chrissy, at their home.

Driving back on a rainy Friday night, their cell phones start ringing. After a raucous party celebrating his college acceptance to Duke and his upcoming birthday, Kip was arrested for drunk driving after his truck crashed into a tree. And he wasn’t alone – Chrissy was with him.

Twelve hours later, Chrissy is dead, and Kip is charged with manslaughter.

Author: Bonnie Kistler

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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From Page to Screen: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Posted in From Page to Screen
on September 17, 2018
to all the boys i've loved before, tatbilb, lara jean covey, peter kavinsky

This is a series I’ve been wanting to do for a while now – a comparison between a book and its movie. I’m going to compare the two together, to highlight what remains the same and what differs from the source material and let you know what I did and didn’t like about those changes, and then I’ll let you know whether I preferred the book or the film. It’s important to remember that while the book is the source material, the movie is an adaptation and doesn’t necessarily have to remain the same as the book. There could be a number of reasons for this, from budget to time constraints to actor capabilities. Certain things in a book might not translate well on screen.

Movie adaptations are becoming increasingly popular and there are so many that I have planned for this series, but what better way to kick it off than one of the hottest movies to hit this summer – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. My last post was a review of the book, so if you haven’t read it yet then you can find it here.

Warning: this will contain spoilers.

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