2/28/18

Review: The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson


    This is actually my second book review done on this blog, and unlike my review of The Hate U Give, it’s not controversial! Yay!!

 Note: All photos in this post are mine, please ask before using them. <3                                          
    (from goodreads): All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but what if she is the only one who can truly see?

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear “normal,” she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.

Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man isn’t a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.










      When I bought this book I couldn’t wait for it to come in the mail, I mean, with a cover that beautiful there’s no way this book would let me down, right?

Usually this is the part where I say “WRONG” and precede to be a salty book dragon but today I am going to type “RIGHT”, because
OH

MY

WORD

THE EPIC COVER DIDN’T LIE.

Today I am not the girl who's parents didn't love her. Or the women who's crazy. Or the aunt who can't keep a job.

I am the girl who can see what no one else can.

I matter, At least this once.



 “Why would you give up your life from a world that doesn't even believe you exist?"
A cough wracks his body, but his grip on me remains strong.
"Because I believe everyone should have the chance to live.”



(Excuse me while I also post way too many pictures because the cover art is amazing).
 This book was super enjoyable to read!
The characters. Fern, Tristan, Elinor are so precious. *hugs them*
 
The concept. The whole idea of this book is just SUPER COOL. Before the story starts, Kara Swanson left a note that says that she was inspired by these two sentences to write this story: They say every child had an imaginary friend. Mine never left.
Like, how epic is that whole idea?? AMAZINGLY EPIC, MY FRIENDS.
The themes of friendship and family. Fern’s motherlike/old sister type of relationship with Elinore was amazing, I wish this was portrayed more often in books! I also loved Fern’s and Tristan’s relationship (it was so well written!!).

The aesthetics. I AM A VERY PETTY BOOK DRAGON, so seeing Playlist Script as the font for the beginning of chapters, a beautiful cover, and well-formatted pages, especially from an indie book makes me SO HAPPY.


It felt a bit rushed in some places. I do wish we had more time to get to know the characters a bit more, especially Fern and Elinore. While their relationship was sweet, it was more tell than show in the book, since we didn't get to see them interact a whole bunch.

The date hoping. I HAVE A GOLDFISH BRAIN AND THE MEMORY SPAN OF DORY. That being said, it really confused me at times because this book would switch from present to past tense every other chapter, so I had to go back once or twice because I forgot what day it was and what was happening. 

It felt a little bit unbelievable at times. The FBI scenes and the experimental scenes/flashbacks were great at times, other times though they felt a bit cheesy and stretched.    


-Fern's parents were druggies, and she experienced a lot of neglect in her childhood, which is touched on.  

-Fern was also kidnapped as a young child, and her therapist thinks she was trafficked, although something else is revealed later... *spoilers*

-One kissing scene, but not very detailed.











 One of my cats decided to grace us all by photobombing these pictures... you're welcome. XD  


      Over all, I am in love with this book! And if you have nine dollars to spare go here and do yourself a favor by ordering this amazing book if you haven't already!



Have you read this book? What did you think?
If not, do you plan on it?
Happy Writing,

Also small note: I plan on being at the Texas homeschool conference in Houston in May, so if any of my Texas homeschool readers are planning on being there, let me know! Maybe we could meet up or something. ^_^

2/26/18

I ACTUALLY BOUGHT MORE BOOKS?!?!?! ( a book haul)

 

Note: All photos in this post are mine, please ask before using them. <3

        YEP. This cheapskate bought more books. 5 more, to be exact! And if you think that five is a pretty low number of books to buy keep in mind that:

 1. I am a fairly cheap person, the only things I regularly spend money on is my makeup (once a month) and my phone bill (also once a month), so yeah!

2. Two of these books are indie books, which means they're kind of expensive, for me at least! XD

        But yes! I actually bought some more books, and y'all said y'all wanted a book haul, so here I am!  


*squeals* So pretty!!



       Unread:
 
     Yes, I actually took a giant leap of faith and bought some books I have never read before! *gasps* BUT a lot of readers I really like/look up to said they were good, so I HAVE GREAT FAITH!!!



      However, I did read The Girl Who Could See last night, and it was amazing!! Hopefully my review will be up this Wednesday!




Have you read any of these books?
What did you think?

 (sorry this post is so short!)

Happy Writing,

2/22/18

Update (Ramblings) on Life

 
      Ahaha... I have nothing to post so I'm just going to ramble and hope that none of y'all notices, do you think that will work? (It probably won't if I keep this intro... let's call it a 50% chance).
 

        By the way, I do have more content coming up! I just purchased a few books and I plan on doing a book haul when they come in, I'm also planning on reviewing a few of the books on here because they are indie books I've been wanting to get my hands on for quite some time.


      




     
      So, life. That messy, horrible, draining, beautiful thing that fills our lungs.

       I think it's safe to say that I'm learning lots of important lessons this year, from working on my learner's permit to more spiritual and emotional lessons.
     
     The biggest thing I'm learning and struggling with right now is that it's okay to be vulnerable  in front of people. I'm one of those people who will listen to other's problems and do their best to comfort them, but won't really share my own that much.






    
       I'm honestly a walking, living paradox. I have no filter or shame when it comes to a lot of things but on things like my present day struggles I'm more silent.

      I just don't want to force my struggles on others and be a bother. But recently I've been breaking down in public, and that's hard. Crying in front of people is hard. Admitting that I'm not always happy and sure about everything is hard.

      But through this I've realized how amazing some of my friends are and I also hope that going through this time of darkness and doubt that I will someday be able to encourage and help someone going through it.

      This season of my life is just really draining, and I just have to remember to trust that night doesn't always last forever and that my sunrise is coming soon, if that makes sense...
 
^^Photo credit to yours truly a.k.a me.
 
     Onto a little bit less emotional things!

     Although I haven't been writing as much as I'd like, I have been reading... a lot.

      As I mentioned in my last post I am currently reading The Raven Cycle, which is AMAZING.
^^^Me after reading the first three books.
 
      I'm also reading Stray by Elissa Sussman, I decided to take a slight break from TRC, although The Raven King is sitting on my shelf calling my name.
 
     
     But yeah. I expected something much more cliché when I picked up this book, but I'm glad I gave it a shot because I'm halfway through and it's very interesting.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    

       I've also had pretty interesting conversations this month online and offline... We'll start with the ones I have pictures of...
 
^^My friend and I talking about food because #priorities  
 
 
^^Gotta love random texts, but same, girl, same.
 
 
 
MY FRIEND'S ESSAY WON A CONTEST! This isn't really weird, I'm just super happy for her, you go, girl!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
      Guy at my teen advisory board meeting for my library (yes, we have a teen board): Okay, okay, guys. Since we can't bring peanut butter cookies to the party can we get a jar of peanut butter and some cookies and spread it on the cookies for the kids who want them?
 
      The rest of us:.... ew, no.
 
      Guy: But, guys...
 
     Girl: NO, JAMES (fake name).
 
     Librarian *walks up*: Have y'all decided on the food for our Harry Potter party?
 
     Me and other girl: Yes, we have butter beer (cream soda with fancy labels), jelly beans...
 
    James *raises hand*: I HAVE AN IDEA!!
 
     Teens: NO, JAMES.
 
     Librarian: Now, come on y'all, everyone gets to pitch in! Now, what ideas do you have, James?
 
    James: Can we get a jar of peanut butter and some cookies and spread it on the cookies for the kids who want them?
 
     Teens: *laughter* *groans* *shaking of heads*

     My little brother who is new to the board: *looks like he's about to give up on life*
 
     Librarian: ..... that is really gross, James.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

       *At Sunday school after taking the Love Language test*
 
     Me: My results were quality time and words of affirmation!
 
    Guy sitting next to me: Same, I like it when people take the time to tell me how amazing I am, even though I already know.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    

       New foster sister, who is six years old: Gray, why are you always in your room? Why don't you go outside?
 
    Me: It's because... I'm a vampire.
 
    Sister: *whispers* I knew it! *slinks away*

 
     Six yr foster sister *puts sparkly heart glasses on me as I'm leaving youth group and walking her to the car*: There, now you look real pretty. 
 
      Me: *walks past guy friend in the parking lot who starts laughing*: DO YOU THINK I CARE, DUDE?
 
     Friend: I do think you care, just a little! *still laughing*
 
    Me (this was valentines day btw): HAVE FUN BEING FOREVER ALONE.
 
    Friend: I'll find someone one day!
 
    Me: IN YOUR DREAMS.
 
    Friend: IN YOUR DREAMS TOO, AFTER ALL YOU'RE THE ONE WEARING HEART GLASSES.
 
    Sister: Tell your little boyfriend to stop shouting like a crazy man.
 
 

 
       S O , yep. That's my life!
 
 Are you excited for my book haul (bet you can't guess what I bought!)?
What funny conversations have you had with your friends?
What books are you currently reading?
How's life treating you?
I want the details, fam. XD
 
Happy Writing,
 

2/17/18

Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

 
Why do seagulls fly over the sea?
 
Because if they flew over the bay they would be called bagels…. 
 
       I didn’t have an intro for this post, so that was an awful pun from the internet… I REGRET NOTHING.   
 
         DRAGONS (and other mythical creatures). I’m not even a big fan of fantasy, but if I see a dragon, unicorn, wrym, or griffin on the book’s cover or mentioned in the blurb, you better believe that book is coming home with me!

  Pretty covers/aesthetically pleasing covers. I know covers aren’t everything, but I AM A PETTY BOOK DRAGON. I still pick up books with ugly covers and end up enjoying them, but I definitely notice pretty books first and suddenly want them for my own….


  
       Helloooo, beautiful ones! I like to think of my pettiness towards book covers as people’s pettiness for people; we all know that it’s the inside that really matters, but that doesn’t stop us from sitting back and thinking, “dang, that’s fine” when we see one that looks like a super model.






     


     Peer pressure. If any of my friends online or offline keep bringing up a book, chances are I’m going to read it.
 
     I’m currently reading The Raven Boys because of some of my friends on gr and I don’t know what my life is anymore… *melts into a pile of feels* Gansey, Adam, Noah, and Ronan are MY CHILDREN NOW, OKAY?? I’m adopting Noah Czerny because he is just a precious little cinnamon roll and YOU BETTER NOT HURT HIM, MAGGIE!!! *ahem* Moving on….
 
      Controversy.  I’m the kind of person who sees a Don’t Touch sign and immediately wants to poke whatever I shouldn't  touch, so if I see a book that has low ratings or that my friends dislike it, or if it's super political, I’m probably going to read it, because I’m stupid because I am awesome like that and possibly hardheaded….possibly.








      Platonic !!! relationships !!! Although I do like romance now and then and I enjoy shipping characters, I also love, love, LOVE books that focus on other kinds of relationships other than love or the typical YA puppy-love/lust. We especially need more guy and girl platonic friendships in the media!

     Even a few days ago a girl told me that there is no way I could remain “just friends” with a friend of mine because, “guys and girls can’t be just friends”…. I do hope people that are under that impression are aware of the fact that most peeps have more than one friend of the opposite gender… I can barely even support my emotions right now not to mention my ten + other guy friends’ hardships, yikes, no.
 

      Beautiful writing style. I positively ADORE stories with a more poetic or gothic style. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness wasn’t only heart-shattering, it was so gorgeously and painfully written, that I fell in love immediately.   












      Coffee shops/aesthetic. We need more coffee shop scenes in books because they are just precious and who doesn’t love the whole quaint coffee shop vibe for goodness sakes?! (Also I love coffee so I love reading/writing about it).
 

 What makes you pick up a book?

 
Happy Writing,
 

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