Let It Snow – A Book List

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My bookworms,

Let’s cuddle up in our favorite sweats. Cocoon in a favorite blanket. The snow is falling outside. It’s coming down so hard and so much that you’re shocked it’s so silent. That white fluffy stuff has blocked in the car, so you’re not going anywhere. Make some hot cocoa. Overfill it with marshmallows. The big ones. And pull out a good book or series to keep you company.

Here’s some good snowy days reads. Got a little bit of everything. Not one is the same. Like snowflakes.

 

Lord of the Rings trilogy
Author: J. R. R. Tolkien

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A classic journey of adventure, friendship, and bravery. All because of a ring.

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Stealing Snow
Author: Danielle Paige

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Snow White locked up in the psychiatric unit…but she isn’t crazy. Her kiss just turned her boyfriend psycho and he’s taken away before

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The Lunar Chronicles series
Author: Marissa Meyer

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Fairytales take a modern, tech twist in this action-packed series where Cinder aka Cinderella is a badass cyborg mechanic.

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Fracture
Author: Megan Miranda

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By the time Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy cold water, her heart stopped beating. But somehow…she survived.

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Dear Evan Hansen
Author: Val Emmich

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A letter meant to never be read puts a boy in the middle of a family’s grief and soon he’s too far in and the damage is done.

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Cruel Prince
Author: Holly Black
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To earn a place among the High Court of Faerie, Jude will have to defy a cruel prince and face the consequences along with it. Can she bear it?

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Red Queen series
Author: Victoria Aveyard

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Divided by blood and power—red and silver. Reds are the commoners. Silvers are the gods. When a red possesses the god-like powers of a silver, she’s swept away into the elite life, but she must be careful. One misstep could mean her death.

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To All the Boys I’ve Love Before trilogy
Author: Jenny Han

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Love letters have been mailed. When they get answered all kinds of craziness breaks out for Lara Jean Covey.

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Dead to You
Author: Lisa McMann
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When a boy is abducted at seven years old and then returned at sixteen it’s a miracle…at first.

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The Book Thief
Author: Markus Zusak

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Stealing a The Gravedigger’s Handbook is the first act of thievery. The start of an affair with books and words in this intense book taking place during Nazi Germany.

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-K.

 

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You’re Not You (The Darkest Star – A Book Review)

The Darkest Star (Origin #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2018

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In the world of the Lux

secrets thrive

lies shatter

and love is undeniable.

Evie Dasher knows the devastating consequences of war between humanity and the otherworldly Luxen. The world has been forever changed. Both humans and Luxen struggle to live in harmony. Fellow classmates are protesting Luxen. Luxen are disappearing everywhere. Laws are threatening to segregate them.

When Evie meets Luc at a club known for its partying with Luxen and humans, she decides she can’t stand him. He tells her he isn’t human, but isn’t Luxen either. Then her life is threatened by someone from his past? She discovers that he’s hiding something…about her? It doesn’t add up since he’d never met her before. Her mind is overloading with endless questions and her growing feelings for Luc leave her in a tailspin. The most complicated one yet: Who is she really?

Everyone seems to know but her.

This is a spin-off series from LUX. It’s not a series you have to read in order to understand this one, but I do HIGHLY recommend it because one, it’s really good, and two, there are throwbacks to it in the book. Many made me ridiculously giddy. There were character cameos that I was squealing like a moron about. So good to have a throwback.

Armentrout’s style and vocabulary is fun and spunky. I loved it! I also found it eerie like I did with her LUX series, because a little over ¾ of it is how I really speak. It was loco nuts. There were some lines I had to reread because I couldn’t believe words and phrases that I use every day were actually in this book. I’m sure many people are mind blown with an author that captures you like a Pokémon in a pokeball. It’s like meeting your book doppelgänger.

The book reflects on weirdness and that good ol’fashioned teenage drama and is clear and present and that’s always enticing.

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Much like its predecessor, the story takes place in a smallish town with close-knit friends. One of the great things about this, is that if you’ve read LUX, you already have the lowdown on the thrifty-nifty abilities these luscious Luxen have as well as the abilities of the mysterious Origins. If not, it’s an awesome surprise. Everything is original and unique. I was pretty shocked as I got further and further into the book because I didn’t know what to expect. Diving back into the LUX universe was exactly what I hoped for. Fresh, yet reminiscent. Completely new, yet you know nothing’s truly changed in a kind of satisfying way. mindblown

I really enjoyed getting an in-depth look at a storyline I had always been curious about. Luc and his best friend. The struggle between species is at the forefront of themes as is revenge and identity crisis. Each are pretty big issues today, though a couple are more personal and others are worldwide. Each broke my heart in different ways. These themes broke into my emotions and really got them pouring out into the real world, especially Evie’s great struggle with everything she thought she knew. Truth bombshells hurt no matter what and figuring out that you’re not really you is a nuclear mushroom-cloud-sized one.

I got some odd looks and even the occasional, “Are you okay?” from people while reading. I get very into books.

Luc and Evie, the main characters, are such opposites, except that they aren’t. Armentrout playing around with that was so much fun. She’s paranoid, kind, and loyal. He’s sarcastic, bold, and determined. Both are extremely caring and have this undeniable magnetism toward each other. I enjoyed their banter, and especially loved when Evie would start talking to herself. She’s pretty funny. The tension between the two of them could vary and only from the reader’s POV honestly. It all depends on if you read LUX (so you probably should). If you have, you already know about EVERYTHING and therefore their chemistry is far more intense. And I biting my nails, waiting anxiously for that epic moment. If not however, it’s possible that they come off as overdramatic.

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Overall

I won’t say this story reached some deep level, thought-provoking spot with me. It didn’t. It touched on some real world issues that are important, sure. Rather, this brought some phenomenal entertainment and spectacular sci-fi and fantasy and adventure with a decent sized side of sweet and sour romance. That’s okay. Not every book has to propel me into super intense issues. I’ve once again been swept away into the LUX world and am quite okay with that. This was fresh and brand new. I really enjoyed this and look forward to rereading it in the future. I can’t WAIT to read the next installment!

Side Note: I’m still hoping a television show gets made for LUX.

Quotables:

“You just took creepy to a creeptastic level of unknown proportions.” (Evie to Luc, p. 33)

“Sometimes the truth is worse than the lie.” (Sylvia, p. 101)

“The world is your oyster and I’m your pearl.” (Luc to Evie, p. 136)

“Good people do terrible things when they believe in what they’re doing.” (Luc, p. 178)

“Sometimes the truth is hidden as a form of protection.” (Zoe, p. 335)

More to come soon…

-K.

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Speedy Quote Sunday

Speedy Quote Sunday

Bookworms!!

I am so sorry I’ve missed a Sunday. Life took a turn for the busy, but here’s a fresh Speedy Quote Sunday.

Some quotes stick to our lives, allowing our hearts to expand and make room for meaning and dreams. At least that’s how it is for me from time to time. Here are a few quotes for you.

 

“If you ask me if I’m okay again, I’m going to smack myself in the face just to punish you.” (Midnight Alley, Rachel Caine)

I’ve read the Morganville Vampires series so MANY TIMES that I’ve had to buy new copies. It filled with wit, sarcasm, and the occasional ‘oh shit, I’m going to die’. This line is one that always makes me burst out laughing because we all have that person that you know this would work on. This is a special kind of relationship.

 

“Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?” (The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien)

Such a logical question, especially if you’ve just woken up and haven’t had your coffee or breakfast yet, or your second breakfast. But then again, if you’re like me, you tend to skip a good part of the morning so that you don’t have to think about such a complex question.

 

“The right thing and the easy thing are never the same.” (Beautiful Creatures, Kami Garcia)

For the right thing is not always easy and the wrong this is not always difficult.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Mind Over Phobias…and Curses (A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares – A Book Review)

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
Author: Krystal Sutherland
Published: 2017

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A family.

A curse.

A greatest fear.

Esther’s family has been haunted by a curse. See, each family member dies from their fear. Dad is agoraphobic. Mom is terrified of bad luck. And her twin cannot be in the dark. All of this leads to Esther living an interesting life.Esther is searching for hers and has an ever-growing list of phobias that might be what she’s cursed with.

When Esther is pickpocketed by Jonah Smallwood, a boy she used to know, she is left stranded at a bus stop. He took everything down to the fruit roll-up and that list of possible fears. They make a strange pair, but Jonah is determined to help Esther through her list. Turns out, she may be afraid of the one thing she didn’t even think about. Love.

This book started out curious and intriguing and snowballed into me loving it a LOT. This was upbeat, yet personally heavy. An incredibly unique story not only about fears and approaching fear, but also dealing with anxiety and other mental illnesses. This book made them so vivid real. For people who don’t fully understand what it’s like, they’ll get a close up

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There are so many more phobias than I have ever thought about. (Here’s a site where you can have a look for yourself-here.)My best friend has countless. I love her to pieces and always ALWAYS support her and encourage her that it’s okay. It’s no joke to make fun of a person who has them whether they are rational or not. They give people some serious anxiety. I always try to help her work on them, but it’s easier said than done. Mostly, I try be the comic relief. It’s not dumb or ridiculous. I worry about her, but I know she’s a toughie. There are just some things that affect us. I have a fear of spiders sometimes, but that’s because they think I’m a jungle gym. My fight with the dark is worse than an on again off again relationship. More than anything, failure and the thought that I am greatly unneeded, are what often haunts me. By unneeded I don’t mean being a needy human. No, I mean that I have no purpose on this planet and am useless. These fears and matched anxieties are ones I am working on overcoming every day. We should all work on overcoming our fears. Oh, and heights. Heights are tricky because I’m not afraid of climbing them. It’s the idea of falling from them. And I certainly WON’T divulge on my clown fear. They eat people, people! *shivers*

The characters were phenomenal. Seriously. BRAVA. complex, diverse, and opposite of each other. Esther was extremely awesome. From being determined to face her fears even though some of them are pretty scary to dressing up as inspiring characters, both real and fiction, she was brave, strong, and human. Whether she realized it or not, people were drawn to her. Jonah Smallwood, for example. Funny and kind, he was the hot sauce on her ice cream. Sounds gross, but trust me, it’s so GOOD! So spicy and sweet. A fantastic combination if there ever was one. He supports her with no cruelty or frustration or impatience that could be normally received from somebody who doesn’t have any understanding of what it’s like to feel an uncontrollable amount of fear that just squeezes tightly around you like a boa constrictor, taking the air right out of you. He’s even kind to her whole family, not judging or distancing himself just because they have their beliefs with their phobias. I completely melted.

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The style of story was buoyant, like floating in an air balloon, or so I imagine-the balloon part. All floaty, though there’s that bit of nervousness because all you’re in is a human-sized picnic basket with a massive balloon and a blazing torch keeping it up. So, a little nerve-shaking. But, the view is impeccable. Completely breathtaking and totally worth it. This book is definitely breathtaking. Invigorating even, but I can relate to it so much. The rule-breaking, risk-taking, and life-changing moments were unbelievable. Lighthearted, yet intense and heartbreaking. Just magical with so many emotions so perfectly placed and written.

The ending left me with my jaw on the floor. While the exploration of mental illness was quite serious, I was still left shocked because there was a twist! I was guessing on and off throughout the book about Esther’s serious need to face-off with Death and by the end I was breathless. I had to read it twice. I can’t give too much away, but I was stunned.

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Overall

Tackling a real world issue in a light of bravery and determination. This wasn’t about love conquering all. It was about overcoming an all-consuming struggle. It encourages understanding for those who face not only fears, but actual illnesses that most people don’t believe

Quotables:

“God, so basic. I can’t decide what would be more tragic, dying at seventeen, or having the most cliché funeral ever.” (Esther, p. 9)

“Fears can’t become full-blown phobias if you avoid them, and phobias can’t kill you if you don’t have them.” (Esther, p. 60)

“Tolkien knew a lot of stuff, but he knew nothing about the dark souls of moths. No way a moth would’ve helped Gandalf. Least believable part of Middle-earth.” (Esther, p. 94)

“Murals were a well-known-gateway drug to feelings, and she couldn’t have any of that.” (Esther, p. 101)

“Depression was a real sneaky asshole.” (Esther, p. 147)

“Love was a trap, a sticky trap of molasses meant to bind two people together. It was a thing that couldn’t be escaped, a weight that people strapped to their own legs before they waded into the water and wondered why they drowned.” (Esther, p. 268)

“Everyone we let into our lives has the power to hurt us. Sometimes they will and sometimes they won’t, but that’s not a reflection of us, or our strength. Loving someone who hurts you doesn’t make you weak.” (Eugene, p.315)

More to come soon…

-K.

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Speedy Quote Sunday

Speedy Quote Sunday

Hello, loves!

Today is a special day for me. It’s the magical day in which I go from number 25 to 26. I’m excited to spend it with my mum. I hope you all are having a special day as well! If the 21st is your day of birth as well then happy birthday!

Now, for some beautiful quotes and deep, meaningful, totally humorous (because let’s be honest some of the best book quotes are so great you nearly pee yourself) book quotes!

There are special quotes, moments, feelings that stick with you after reading. They leave fingerprints in your mind for you to remember and carry with you.

 

“As soon as you admitted to loving someone, you suddenly had a lot to lose. You freely gave them a way to hurt you.” (A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, Krystal Sutherland)

Falling in love is a scary idea. I am 26 years old and have yet to have a first love. I have no idea what it’s like, but I’ve seen it with other people and it is terrifying. That doesn’t mean I’ll push it away if it comes my way, but I am skittish. I’m careful. I don’t want to fuck it the fuck up. I’ve messed around, sure, but the love part is still out there and when it happens I am scared of being hurt. It’s something I’ll have no control over.

 

“I’d built a wall around myself the first day we’d met, but she used a sledgehammer to smash it down and made me care for her.” (Awake, Natasha Preston)

To manage a feat, it’s impeccable. This reached me because I have my own walls. I’m cautious and protective of myself. My wall is named Sarcasm. It’s a comfort zone and I think we all have walls and that they can be important to have if only to have them broken down.

 

“The dead are so close they can hear us.” (The Witching Hour, Anne Rice)

Since we are rearing up on Halloween, has anybody ever thought about this? Ever imagine, or just get that feeling with hair standing on end, that you’re not alone? I’m a believer in ghosties and other supernatural nifties. I’ve had my fair share experiences with ghosts, so I’m always curious to hear from other people about them.

Have a ghost story? Tell me about it!

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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There are always those quotes that stick with you.

 

“Real love is an investment of yourself. You drop every natural defense you possess and replace it too soon with trust and dependence. Love, or the feelings you will come to call love, can be very, very dangerous.” (The Mirror Sisters, V.C. Andrews)

Love is so complicated and simple at the same time. It takes control when we think we have control of it. Or so I’ve observed.

 

“Free yourself. Have the courage.” (Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, A.S. King)

Powerful and relatable to many possibilities from politics to religion to yourself in only just five words. For me, stand up for what you believe in and feel free.

 

“The Latin Club is totally evil.” (The Poison Eaters-In Vodka Veritas, Holly Black)

If you’ve ever taken a Latin class you get it. LOL. Feels like you’re summoning the devil.

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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Keep a Light On (Nightlight – a Book Review)

Nightlight (a parody)
Author: The Harvard Lampoon
Published: 2009

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About three things I was absolutely certain.

First, Edwart was most likely my soul mate, maybe

Second, there was a vampire part of him—which I assumed was wildly out of his control—that wanted me dead.

And third, I unconditionally, irrevocably, impenetrably, heterogeneously, gynecologically, and disreputably wished he had kissed me.

In a self-appointed exile, Belle Goose come to live with her window washer of a father in Switchblade, Oregon. There, this vampire obsessed teenager becomes instantly popular and is pretty sure she’s got all the guys’ attention, just not Edwart Mullen.

Strange and quiet, Belle must know him. He rushes off at the sight of her, doesn’t eat his tater tots, and has an uncontrollable rage about computer games. He even saves Bell from a flying snowball, which cements Belle’s feelings for him, and one other thing. With all of these strange things about Edwart, Belle knows he must be a vampire. Now she just has to figure out how to get him to bite her so they can be together forever, but how will that happen when he seems to find girls repulsive?

 

Okay, I swear somebody handed The Harvard Lampoon a Twilight themed Mad Libs and said, “Okay, let’s publish this.”. I cringed, I laughed, and there was possibly a lot of eye-rolling. I couldn’t believe this book! I wasn’t blown away, but I was shocked. Having read the Twilight series and seeing the movies, this parody was really something. The entire book was a fun non-sense story.

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There were vampires! Sort of. His name was Josh and he wasn’t very cordial. LOL. Josh actually came off as sarcastic, which is understandable since he’d been trying to get Belle’s attention the whole time and she only has eyes for storm chasing, computer nerding Edwart.

All of the characters were strange. I don’t know how else to explain it. Completely laughable and a good time. Belle’s POV of throughout the book showed them under quite the dramatic light as she ended up dragging them into her obsessive life. One thing I really did love about Belle though, was how confident she was and that she never let anyone get to her. Granted, she sounded like her brain flew the coop, but she didn’t let anything negative that anyone had to say get to her. I admire that quality. I’m still working on it with myself and it’s a struggle some days.

I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to the style of this book. It was crazier than a crazy straw. At one point, the biology class is asked to give blood, not for a blood type test, but so the teacher’s son can possibly have one of their kidneys, leading Belle to faint and then wiggle like a worm on the floor out of the classroom. I must say, that I love that Belle drives a U-HAUL. She’s not moving anywhere. That’s her regular vehicle she drives to school.

With how the book is written, it does skip around a lot. It was at times, confusing. There was nothing definite amongst all of this silliness.

 

Overall

This was a fun read. Definitely read in one sitting. You’ll laugh, you’ll question what you just read, and you’ll probably donate this book for some other poor soul to read. Lol. It’s not a book that’ll stick with me, but it was hilarious. If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to have a parody movie done a book, this is it.

 

Quotables:

“None of us were very good at saying good-bye. For some reason, it always came out good-BUH.” (Belle, p. 5)

“It was like when you sip an energy drink with a skull on it, even though your mom said not to, and your brain kind of speeds up as you sip and then goes slower as you swallow then speeds up and goes slower until you throw up. And then you drink another one on a dare.” (Belle, p. 28)

“We walked together, our pointer fingers romantically linked. The cemetery loomed ahead of us covered in a dark haze of night, lit only by a sliver of moon. Twilight! I mean, Nightlight!” (Belle, p. 101)

 

More to come soon…

-K.

 

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