September BOTM: Emma in the Night

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

 

Synopsis:

One night, teenage sisters Cass and Emma disappear from their affluent, suburban home. Three years later, with just the clothes on her back and no evidence of where she’s been, Cass returns – without her sister. She talks of kidnapping and isolation, and a mysterious island where the two were held. But her story has holes – and it’s up to forensic psychologist Dr. Abby Winter to find the missing sister, Emma, and uncover what really happened in their tortured past. The truth will shock even Cass herself – a tale of fear, family and what it will take to survive her own past.”—wendywalkerbooks.com

Review:

This month, my BOTM choice was Emma in the Night. This book is different from anything I have read over the last few months. It is hard to describe my feelings towards this book—it was weird. I rolled my eyes a lot, I knew something was up but I was just a little off base, and the family dynamic is borderline absurd.

People believe what they want to believe. That is what Cass learned on the island and this is what she relays to Dr. Winter and Agent Strauss. This is also an important point in the book.

Judy Martin has narcissistic personality disorder. This disorder causes people to have an inflated send of their own importance with a deep need for the admiration of others. At the same time, this disorder causes a lack of empathy in others. Mrs. Martin is a prime example of how narcissistic personality disorder can control a person and bend their perceptions. From their childhood, Mrs. Martin sought the admiration of her children, Emma and Cass Tanner. From small moments of telling their mother how beautiful she is or confirming that their mother is the best mother, Mrs. Martin needed that validation. As the Tanner children grew older, a new issue arose. Emma was a beautiful girl, so much so that the attention given to Emma rivaled that of the attention given to Mrs. Martin. Soon, a war was waged between Emma and Mrs. Martin that would push both of them to their limits until the day Emma and Cass disappeared.

Mr. Martin and his son, Hunter, are also not perfect in this tale. Hunter competes for attention and ultimately does anything he can to make Emma jealous. While Mr. Martin has his own set of secrets to answer for.

Emma and Cass disappeared with little evidence. Emma’s car was found at the beach but there was no trace of Cass’ whereabouts. The story is a shifting point of view: the chapters go back and forth from Cass’ perspective, where it reads almost like a diary and Dr. Winter’s analysis which is from a third person’s point of view. However, both points of view are dire to figuring out what happened to the Tanner girls. And unraveling the past 15 years of the girl’s lives is just as important as learning what happened over the past 3 years since the Tanner girls disappeared.

As this story unfolds, keep an eye on the details. No thought or explanation is too small to ponder. This book is gripping. I could not put it down. While some part feel slow, the action is a mental race to discover what happened to Emma and Cass—not only on the island but in their past as well. How twisted are the Martins? Who can be trusted? This story will have you questioning at every turn.

Rating: 4/5

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Battle of the Book Sleeves

What is a book sleeve? Book sleeves are known by many names. Most of us used to put brown paper bags on our school textbooks and the ideas revolved from there. There are now stretchy book covers for school textbooks and kids these days will never know how to perfectly cut up a paper bag to fit your books. Books sleeves, however, are made to protect books when they’re not in use. Sleeves are a way to protect books in your bags or when you carry them so that pages do not get bent or dust jackets do not get damaged. Recently, book sleeves have swept etsy and the bookstagram community on instagram.

Do I need one? As mentioned above, books sleeves are a protective cover. If you would have told me six months ago that book sleeves are necessary and that I would own a dozen of them, I would have called you crazy. But truthfully, I do think book lovers need to protect their books. I am the kind of person who always carries a book with her. There is constantly at least one, but more than likely two, books in my purse. As a consequence, I have damaged a few books this way. Book sleeves protect your books. My paperbacks are free from lipsticks loosing their caps and I can keep the beautiful dust jackets on my hardbacks. Simply, book sleeves protect books. And if you carry books on you at all times, I would recommend buying a book sleeve.

There are a plethora of shapes, sizes, and colors of book sleeves. I do not claim to be an expert, but I own more than my fair share of sleeves. I thought it would be helpful to walk you through the sleeves I own and list the pros and cons of each. For reference and to compare sizes, I have chosen four books to demonstrate each sleeve’s capabilities. These books are: the mass market paperback version of The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin; A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas; Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo; and Cinder by Marissa Meyer.


Baby My Book (Etsy Shop)


There are two sleeve options for Baby My Book—paperback (10” x 7.5”) and hardback (11.5” x 9’). Some of these sleeves come with pockets and others do not. You can also customize and add on a strap or vinyl lettering to your sleeves.

I chose a blue swirl pattern hardback sleeve with a Velcro closure and pocket. I also decided to add on a book strap in white. The foam is stiff, meaning it will hold it’s shape, but there is also some “give” when trying to put in larger books. The pocket is perfect for a small journal, post-it flags, and a pen. The strap is also long enough that you can wear it as a cross body, if need be. The inside lining is a white felt-like material, and seems to protect my books well. This size can fit most of my larger books—both hardback and paperbacks.


Book Besties UK (Etsy Shop)

These sleeves come in one general size and are approximately 10” x 7”. I chose an Australian Shepard and donut print from this shop. This sleeve is deceivingly small. It can only fit smaller paperbacks and works perfectly for mass-market paperbacks. 


Book Keeper Boutique (Etsy Shop)

Book Keeper offers sleeves in three sizes: baby, mama, and papa. Baby keepers are designed to fit kindles and some small paperbacks. Mama keepers fit paperbacks and smaller hardback books. The papa keepers protect larger hardback books. I have purchased two sleeves from Book Keeper Boutique—a baby sushi keeper and a papa Velaris/Night Court/galaxy sleeve. The baby size fits mass-market paperbacks and other small books. I use it to hold my journals and small notebooks. The papa size is huge in comparison. It fits all of my large hardback books and is beautiful. The foam in both of these sleeves are harder so that the sleeves keep their shape when not in use.


Book Biff (Etsy Shop)

Book Biffs come in two sizes: paperback (7.5” x 9”) and regular (8” x 10”). I have the regular size in a Harry Potter print. The foam in this sleeve is firm and not quite as forgiving as other sleeves and because of this only fits small hardback books and paperbacks. But, this sleeve is well made and adorable.


The Bookshelf Quest (Etsy Shop)

The Bookshelf Quest offers two-sized book sleeves: one for paperbacks and one for hardback books. I picked up one of each size: a Night Court/purple star hardback size and a “Not all those who wander” paperback sleeve. I love both of these sleeves. These sleeves look like they can’t hold much, but they can. The paperback can hold small hardback and larger paperback books. The hardback sleeve can hold two average-sized hardback books. I also requested an add-on button closure and I love it!


The Cozy Life Shop (Etsy Shop)

Cozy life has three book sleeve sizes: sapling, pine, and redwood. Saplings are the smallest and protect kindles or small paperbacks. Pines are the prefect size for general paperbacks. Redwoods, the largest, fit large paperbacks and hardback books. I chose a redwood Jane Austen inspired cozy. This sleeve is wonderful, I love the pattern on it, and holds large paperbacks and hardback books.


Kathy’s Kovers (Etsy Shop)

These covers come in either large or small sizes. I have purchased one of each. The large sleeve is whiskey themed and the small one is Nightmare Before Christmas themed. The shipping for both of these sleeves was incredibly fast, within 48 hours. There are some slight imperfections on the small sleeve as the top seam is not completely straight. The small sleeve fits paperback books only; it’s too short for hardback books.


Thingimabobs A Plenty (Etsy Shop)

This shop sells “bookimabobs” and reversible bookimabobs. These come in one general size of 8” x 10”. These sleeves fit paperback books as well as some small hardback books.

This is one of my favorite shops and shop owners on etsy/instagram. The sleeves are well made and I have no fear of them falling apart or fraying. The first sleeve I purchased is a dragon scale/mermaid scale sleeve. The fabric of this specific sleeve is stretchy and there are some imperfections on the top, but I was warned of this before I bought it. The colors on this sleeve are amazing. It is generally green, but in the light there is a purple shift. The second sleeve I purchased is a Game of Thrones fabric. This sleeve is just as wonderful as the other one. Both of these sleeves shipped fast—I believe within 24 hours of purchase.


Black Violet NYC

Black Violet offered large and extra large book sleeves. I save this one for last because this is the only shop that I would not recommend. I had a horrible experience with my shop and it seems like I was not the only one. First, the etsy shop has been taken down. I don’t know if the owner did this or it was for some other reason, but I will not speculate.

I purchased a large Supernatural themed book sleeve from this shop. I purchased this sleeve on 6/5 of this year, but did not receive it until 7/12. The sleeve was supposed to be delivered by 6/12, but was not shipped until 6/30. My biggest problem was not that the sleeve arrived late, but that the shop owner lied to me. When the initial ship date passed, I didn’t do anything. I understand people run late. When the initial delivery date passed, I contacted the shop. The owner told me she would ship it out the next day and it should be there by 6/20. I waited and understood. At the end of June, I contacted the owner again. I didn’t hear anything until I threatened to open a case on etsy. Sure enough, the same day, a printing label was finally made. But it still didn’t ship out for 3 more days. I have no problem if a shop or a business gets busy, I understand that handmade products take time. I just did not appreciate being lied to.

Second, the quality of this sleeve is the worst out of all of the ones I own. For a “large” it barely fits most of my paperback books. Cinder sits very snuggly and I have had covers bending while trying to put books inside. The inside of the sleeve is also fraying. I’m afraid that it will all come unraveled at the seams.

 

 

**I am not sponsored by any of the above named companies or brands. I bought all of these on my own. All links are not affiliate links, they will take you directly to each shop owner’s site**

The Mountain Between Us

The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

 

“…[S]omwhere between 11,000 feet and sea level, the picture began taking shape. Dim at first, then clearer. Not yet clear. But these things take time.”

The Mountain Between Us is a captivating story of two people facing near-impossible odds and learning to overcome something harder than a snow-covered mountain-range: themselves.

The novel opens in Salt Lake City airport where Dr. Benjamin Payne and columnist Ashley Knox are awaiting the next flight out of Utah. With an impending storm, flights out of Salt Lake are quickly canceled. Not deterred, Ben finds a private airport and a pilot, Grover, willing to fly him to Denver. Ben knows Ashley is anxious to get home and get married to her fiancé, and invites her to fly to Denver with him. Instead of a short flight and wedding bells, Ben and Ashley face below-zero temperatures, howling winds, injuries, and the unknown.

For twenty-eight days, Ben and Ashley struggle to stay alive in the Mountains of Utah. Ashley faced a broken leg when the small plane crashed and cannot move on her own. She cannot do anything alone and relies heavily on Ben’s strength, speed, and medical knowledge to carry her to safety.

I would not consider this a traditional “romance novel.” But, there are themes of love scattered through this book, but the true romance focuses on Ben and Rachel’s relationship through memories and a series of recordings from Ben to Rachel. Ben accounts what is happening on the mountain and relives his relationship with his wife by talking to her. Ashley, despite being engaged, does not talk much about her fiancé. Being a columnist who writes about love and advice, she’s skeptical until she hears the way Ben talks to and about Rachel. Grover, the pilot, also talks about the love he has for his wife and how after years together, there is a spark that has never faded.

This story is gripping. Ben and Ashley are constantly faced with the decision of whether to give up or move forward. Ben calculates the risk and has a general idea of which way to head. But along the road, neither knows what dangers they may face. Alone in the wilderness, Ben and Ashley can only depend on each other. While there are brief moments of doubt, the resolve never fades.

The Mountain Between Us is a tough story to read. Sometimes chapters are slow and envisioning the surroundings can be difficult for someone who is unfamiliar with mountain climbing. But it is still a phenomenal story. Not only are Ben and Ashley changed after their twenty-eight day experience, but you will be too after reading this book!

Rating: 4/5

 

If you would like more information about this book or to learn more about the author, please follow the links provided.

I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.

Geekerella Review

**Spoilers**

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella is a modern-day twist on a classic fairytale. It is a cute story that has many similarities to the Cinderella fairytale, while adding “geeky” variations. I do like how this is a story about a fandom without being a fan-fiction. There is a subculture of fandoms where fan girls and boys can live out their fantasies by attending comic-cons or immersing themselves in a world while being surrounded by people interested in the same fandom. It is entertaining to see this come to life in a new way without being cliché.

The book is well written. I think Poston did a phenomenal job bringing the characters to life and making them people that we can fall in love with. It is difficult to do a retelling of a classic fairytale. It is harder still to give that classic story a new twist, but I think that Poston succeeded in bridging the original fairytale to this new story—with a few exceptions.

Elle is your classic Cinderella. She has an evil stepmother who doesn’t really care for her because her father passed and she kind of reminds him too much of her father. In fact Elle’s stepmother Catherine calls her immature just because she’s obsessed with the fake world that is Starfield. Typically, you have a “gold-digger” stepmother come in and ruin the girl’s life. There is some resentment that Catherine holds towards Elle for being so much like her father. Catherine is frustrated because she is being a “child” for having such a strong interest in the fantasy world of Starfield the same way Elle’s parents did. Elle also she has two stepsisters both of them seem very catty and fixated on themselves. In fact they run a beauty blog and they are obsessed with getting new followers. They do a lot of typical teenage stuff—they get consumed by the latest craze, are infatuated with a teenage heartthrob, and do anything they can be become more popular. However, it is really interesting to see that one of the twins isn’t super bitchy and falls outside of the stereotypical role. One of them actually does stick up for her stepsister, Elle, and I love that. It is something that is a little bit different then your classic Cinderella tale. The stepsister ends up being in a same-sex relationship with one of Elle’s best friends, Sage. Sage is a quirky character: she comes with brightly colored hair, she is a fashion designer or aspiring to be a fashion designer, and she helps Elle create a costume for the cosplay competition. I think that Sage is Elle’s fairy godmother in a sense because she does everything that she can in order to get Elle to the cosplay competition to Excelsicon in general. She takes the food truck, which is a pumpkin themed food truck and drives it all the way to Atlanta, she sews Elle’s initial costume, ensures that Elle has a back-up and fixes everything when it get destroyed. Elle’s time clock is not at midnight like the fairytale dictates, but is instead 8 PM, and of course she runs late and traditional loses her glass slipper. When we first meet Darien, he seems like a conceded movie star. But, he hates his diet and his insured abs. He is a fan of Starfield and is afraid of disappointing true fans.

The first half of the book does not feel very Cinderella-like. There is a build up of the relationship between Elle and Darien that it is like your modern day romance. You have these two people that meet virtually and they end up both falling for each other but they still haven’t met yet. There are a lot of things that each has yet to discover about the other person. They are both hiding things, for instance that Darien is a movie star, and Elle had a father that created Excelsicon. But it is fascinating to see and get to learn about the characters personally before they actually meet. Both are extraordinary people and they come together in such a quirky little way. And that is where the Cinderella story comes in.

The second half of the book is kind of cliché I really prefer the first half (really it’s the last 1/3 that suffers). I felt like the second half of the story was rushed because Poston wanted to fit her story into the traditional Cinderella ideal. This is where this story suffered. The romance between Darien and Elle could have flourished without sticking so close to the Cinderella story. The characters are people that you would like to get to know. They are people that we relate too, that can even be you. They seem like normal teenagers for the most part. Each does not fit in in their own worlds, but they all hope to fit in to some bigger part of the world (i.e. the Starfield fandom). These characters are what makes this story relatable and not seem so far fetched. But the rushed sense of “boy discovers he met the girl he loves and goes to the ends of the earth to track her down, and in a huge display shows her how much he loves her” was not the greatest ending for this story. Thankfully, this version is less of a “woe is me” Cinderella tale, which made it more tolerable. The last 1/3 of the book really killed my love of this one. I am left a little disappointed.

I do want to note how gorgeous the book itself is. The cover is beautiful. There is a contrast between Elle and her life on the front from Darien and his life on the back. Under the dust jacket is a beautiful shade of blue with the Starfield insignia. On the inside covers are what you would likely find inside someone’s bag or pockets—there are headphones, cellphones, a VIP pass to Excelsicon, and other miscellaneous items. I think this is adorable. I love when there are details on inside covers that are just as thoughtful as what is on the outside.

Rating 3/5

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

**Spoilers***

“I had been terrified once…of being given a crown. Had dreaded it. And I supposed that I indeed never fretted over it when it came to Rhys. As if some small part of me had always known that this was where I was meant to be: at his side, as his equal. His queen.”

Emotional Devastation: ✓

Badass Female Power: ✓

Adorable Love Stories: ✓

The third installment in this series was great, but it did not ruin me the way ACOMAF did. Feyre still wants to protect the human lands and there are plenty of twists and turns that may get in her way. But, we know Feyre is resilient and her sisters are a force of their own. Together and as a united front, the Archeon sisters and the Night Court rally other courts and leaders to take a stand against evil.

We’re introduced to more Courts and key players in Prythian. Autumn is a beautiful court filled with vibrant colors—like those found in a jewel box, according to Feyre. Dawn seems to be crafted from sunstone, with glimmers of gold, even in its peoples. Dawn Court is truly a castle in the clouds. Winter Court is full of towering palaces with ornate hearths and evergreens everywhere. Their preferred method of transportation is by sleigh. When on the battlefield, every soldier has a purpose. Each of the new courts we’re introduced to helps to pain a better picture of Prythian. Slowly, the continent and the island become more real and a place that I want to set foot in.

 

Quick Notes & Thoughts:

  • I like that we get a little more history of Prythian. Specifically, we’re introduced to the Nephelle Philosophy. And every year, there’s a Nephelle Run to honor her flight and what happened in a show of resilience.
  • Elain is a badass blade wielder! And I love watching her open up and become filled with purpose.
  • Nesta + Cassian FOREVER! I ship them so hard. Nesta is sarcastic and rigid while Cassian is a fighter. This development is slow, but it warms my heart to think it could go somewhere and truly become something. Most of the signs start out small; such as the way Cassian takes Nesta’s hand before flight or the way he glances at her. Then, it slowly builds until Nesta acknowledges that she cares and worries for Cassian—such as Cassian getting hurt in battle.
  • There’s an underlying theme of choice. Rhys always ensures that Feyre is making a choice of her own. She’s never required to make a decision. Rhys never pressures or tries to sway her and instead he lets her decide. In turn, Feyre is the same way towards her sisters. While she hopes that her sisters will assist and join in the fight against the enemy, she lets them choose.
  • I’m still on the fence about Tamlin. He comes off as wishy-washy but he constantly makes you guess about him. Which side is he on? Where are his best interests? I’m about as confused as Feyre is about Tamlin.
  • Mor’s sexuality: throughout the books we are casually introduced to High Lords and Fae that are in same-sex relationships. Most of them are nonchalantly mentioned. But Mor finally tells Feyre why she has not given into Azriel’s advances after all of these years. I was getting frustrated with what was happening between Mor and Azriel, but now that we have an explanation, I understand it. Mor may not be ready to tell everyone about her true feelings, but telling Feyre is a huge step.

 

Big Revelations:

  • Elain is something—changed and different. She senses things-and while it doesn’t always make sense she has been right thus far.
  • Rhys is different than the other High Lords. Feyre compares the difference to that of Fae and humans.
  • We learn more about Armen and how she escaped the prison—becoming more mortal than she had been.
  • Nesta is a force to be reckoned with. She refuses to be a coward and speaks her mind, even when it’s not always appropriate. The cauldron also changed her, but we are never made clear on who or what she has become. She possesses some power and works closely with Armen to figure out the best way to destroy the cauldron and take down Hybren.

 

Things I Want Answered:

  • What is going to happen between Elain and Lucien?
  • Is Helion truly Lucien’s father? If so, what are the implications of this!
  • Can we have some more information about Feyre’s father? How did he become Prince of Merchants and how did he 1) get involved in the war and 2) recruit so many people to fight alongside him?
  • If the mirror shows you who you truly are, what did Feyre see? And how was she able to accept it?

 

Often, I’m asked whether this series is “graphic” or truly suitable for young adults. In this novel, there is not much sex, but there is a fair share of death, destruction, and violence. Honestly, I’ve seen worse things in videogames than I have in the ACOTAR series.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. There’s another war, new love stories, and groundwork for the spin offs to go interesting places. Sarah J Maas is a phenomenal writer and I can’t wait to see what comes next!

RATING: 4/5

Book Jar

Do you have an overwhelming to be read (TBR) list? Do you have a stack of books to read but no idea where to start? Then maybe a simple solution is creating your own book jar.

Last year, I stumbled upon a friend of mine making a book jar. At first, I hated the idea. I thought it would take too much time and I hated feeling restricted in what I was reading. But now, I have found a more reasonable and manageable way to use my book jar.

What’s Needed:

  • Jar (or other container)
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Stack of Books
  • Ribbon (or other decorating accessories)

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Instructions:

First, you have the difficult task of gathering the names of every book that you want to read. I have over 60 books on my TBR list that I have yet to get around to. You can even add books you don’t own (i.e. books you want to buy or check-out from the library).

Next, write down every book title on a new piece of paper. I found it easier to use post-it notes and to write on the reverse side so that each post-it can seal itself. The different colors don’t mean anything to me, I just wanted to change up the colors. But I have seen people use a different color for each genre, or a book that’s part of a series is a different color than stand alone novels. Or you could make every single book a different color. I just went back and forth between blue and pink while writing out book titles.Titles

Finally, pick a title from the jar and read!

Now, I mentioned that I found a more reasonable way to use the book jar. I have multiple TBR lists. All of the book titles I put in the jar are general books I want to read, but am not in any rush to get around to reading. Another TBR—those books that I want to read immediately are left out of the jar. This way, I can pick a book out of the jar whenever I want to. This helps for reading slumps. And I don’t feel like I’m obligated to read every book title that’s pulled from the jar. You can be as liberal or as strict as you want—you can keep picking a title until you’ve found one you like, or you can stick to the luck of the draw every time.

Happy reading!

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IT Review

**Spoiler Free!**

Caveat: I have not read the book by Stephen King and I have not seen the original movie. 

If you’re going into this movie like me, you have no idea what to expect. The movie takes place in the town of Derry, ME. Children slowly start disappearing one by one. But, there’s a pattern. This seems to happen every 27 years and the incidents date back for centuries. A group of young kids team up to discover who is behind the disappearances and what happens to the children that have vanished.

IT has been called a “horror film” and a “horror drama.” The remake of IT is not a scary monster movie. While there are some scary moments, I would not call this a horror film. There are some humor aspects, the band of kids make jokes that are pretty crude. But, this story is an emotional one. It plays on your heartstrings and general fears. What happens when your little brother, friends, or someone you care for disappears? How far would you go to find out the truth?

The kids are relatable. It’s very realistic that you were in this bank of misfits–the “loser’s club,” or you knew these kids growing up.

While not terrifying, the story is gripping. There are elements for everyone to stay consumed. There are some terrifying moments. The director, Andy Muschietti, chose to continue to play on many traditional fears that have followed many of us into adulthood. I think I laughed more during this movie than I was “scared.” The humor is not overpowering, but it helps solidify the characters’ relationships. The band of kids feels real. And because of this, we can relate to and understand their fears.

Overall, I liked this movie. It was cinematically beautiful. Specifically looking at the house/sewer system the latter part of the movie takes place in, there are so many details that make you not want to look away from the screen. The house truly feels disturbed haunted by despair; while the sewer is a breeding ground for fear. I don’t think that this movie will be a huge blockbuster hit, but I do think it’s worth viewing.

Rating: 3.5/5

The Start of Me and You

**Spoiler Free**

Synopsis:

“I told myself I may still be stumbling through these steps, but at least I’m stumbling forward.” Last year, Paige lost her high school boyfriend. While they weren’t together for long, his drowning greatly affected her. Everyone in town gives her that look—the one where they look at Paige like she’s a fragile doll about to break. But Paige has vowed to live again and she’s even created a checklist of things to do during her junior year of high school: 1) Go to parties/social events; 2) Join a new group; 3) Date; 4) Travel; and 5) Swim. This list is how Paige wants to begin again. As Paige starts her junior year she grows and learns what it takes to move on begin again.

Review:

Paige has a crush on Ryan Chase. Paige has a few encounters and feels connected to Ryan because they both know grief and that sympathetic look that everyone gives them. Ryan’s little sister was diagnosed with cancer, she has since recovered, but everyone treated Ryan like something fragile. Number 3 on Paige’s list is to specifically date Ryan Chase. Paige is close to three friends—Tessa, Kayleigh, and Morgan. This group of friends is tight-knit and helped Paige through the last year. Paige is known as “Grammar Girl” and is a literary nerd. Her connection of literature makes her closer to Max.

Max is Ryan’s cousin. They grew up together and Max is used to being in Ryan’s shadow. He’s the Quiz Bowl Captain and obsessed with airplanes. He has models all over his room and is fascinated by them. Max is also the only person who does not treat Paige like a fragile doll. While Max wasn’t around for the incident last year, he’s aware of what Paige is going through. But instead, strives to treat her like an ordinary teenager.

Emery Lord has slayed me yet again. I LOVE Paige and Max! This story is adorable. It’s a tale of love, friendship, family, and overcoming fears. This is the most adorable story I have read all year. This is the perfect read! It is beautifully written and relatable. This book will hold a piece of my heart.

RATING: 5/5

September TBR

This month, my tbr list is a little different. I was going through my small bookshelf in my room and realized I have so many books I’ve started but never finished. This month, I want to finish three books I’ve started over the last couple of months but forgot about. They are: The Beast is an Animal, My Own Words, and Geekerella.

 

The Beast is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

Synopsis:Alys was seven the first time she saw the soul eaters. These soul eaters are twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly grew into something not quite human. And they feed off of human souls. When her village was attacked, Alys was spared and sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think he is. And neither is Alys. Inside, Alys feels connected to the soul eaters, and maybe even to the Beast itself. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she longs for the freedom of the forest. And she has a gift she can tell no one, for fear they will call her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world. A journey that will take her through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside—and from within her own heart and soul.” —amazon.com 

I started reading this book when I first picked it up back in March. I have only read the first 25 pages or so. I stopped because it felt slow, but I am intrigued by the premise of this book. I want to finish it! But I think of the three I started, this will be the last one I finish because I haven’t read much of this one.

 

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Synopsis: “My Own Words offers Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. Throughout her life Justice Ginsburg has been (and continues to be) a prolific writer and public speaker. This book’s sampling is selected by Justice Ginsburg and her authorized biographers Mary Hartnett and Wendy W. Williams. Justice Ginsburg has written an introduction to the book, and Hartnett and Williams introduce each chapter, giving biographical context and quotes gleaned from hundreds of interviews they have conducted. This is a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of America’s most influential women.”–simonandschuster.com

I started this book in early March–it looks like March was a month of unfinished books! But I’ve had this book since its release date of October last year. I have always been a fan of RBG’s work and opinions, especially after writing an analysis of RBG’s opinions during my last semester of law school. I’m about 1/3 of the way through this book. While it is dense reading material–a collection of Supreme Court opinions and past speeches/writings–I do love reading it. I think I’ll start my September reading with this book.

 

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Synopsis: “Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfieldmovie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.”–goodreads.com 

I picked this book up in July after seeing all the Internet hype surrounding the book. However, as I have learned in my years of reading, I am not going into this book with high expectations. I have found that a low bar means I’m rarely disappointed with what I read. I’m only 75 pages into this book, but I already think it’s cutesy but not too juvenile. And I am excited to finish this one!

 

What are you reading this month?

 

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