Book Review: They both die at the end by Adam Silvera

Look at this! Back again for another review within 3 days? It’s a miracle! But as you can tell from the title I’m reviewing They both die at the end by Adam Silvera!! It was quite the emotional book so I’m letting you guys know in advance that I am crying while writing this.

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Excuse my language.. but FUCK this whole book was an emotional trainwreck. From the title, you can obviously tell that they two main characters Mateo and Rufus are going to die in the end. But that doesn’t stop you from becoming attached.

To begin, I’m going to talk about how much I love Mateo and Rufus as characters. In contemporary novels, you usually have two sides. The completely perfect one who has no flaws and everything goes their way, or the pity party where literally EVERYTHING in their life is awful and nobody deserves that. I think Mateo and Rufus are a great combination of the two. Of course, there’s the whole part where they’re going to die at 18 and had both their families die/ get sick, but other than that they really lucked out with what was happening.

In a way, the two of them were the perfect match for each other. Mateo needed someone to edge him out of his comfort zone while Rufus needed someone to reign him in so that he would survive longer. In the end, both of the things they needed help with caused their demise.

Now that we’ve gone over the characters I’m going to mention one special thing. THE LOVE STORY! At the beginning of this book when Rufus was making his last friend profile, I saw that it said he was Bisexual. The moment I saw that I knew 100% that they would fall in love before the end of the book. Sure enough, right before they died Mateo realized his love and that was that. It was very subtle was to add the LGBTQ+ community into a book without making it horribly obvious like some others I’ve read try to do. It didn’t make it the biggest plot point of the book (which is something that the U.S. should learn from). It wasn’t fair that the two of them only had about 22 hours to love each other. Nobody should have to go through pain like that.

Before I move on to the plot and ending I want to mention a couple things about the supporting characters. It really made me so happy to see how dedicated all of their friends were. Even with getting arrested and having a child, they still cared so much for Rufus and Mateo. I just hope that in this fictional universe they were able to move on with their lives but not forget the ones they loved.

Now finally we get to the plot and the ending. I have to applaud Adam for being able to write such a long book about such a short amount of time. He kept me on edge for the entire book even with knowing the outcome in the end. The adventures they had, the people they met, how they would die. It was an experience from page one. Personally, my favorite part of the book was the small characters that were all connected to the two of them in their own special way. The person Rufus gave his shoes to who tried to kill him in the end, the actor that Mateo loved who died the same day, the journalist who was near Mateo and Rufus till the end (and technically caused Rufus’ death), and the list goes on and on. It was incredible how Adam included all these little details and created a one chapter story for all these people without ruining the plot.

All those things made for one incredible book. With all of the emotions I felt reading it I really wanted to die at the end. But here I am telling you to READ THIS BOOK RIGHT AWAY!!!!! It will destroy you in a good way and takes no time whatsoever to finish. So if you’re like me and live in an arctic wasteland (known as Massachusettes) spend the day curled up in bed and read it all in one sitting. It’s worth it.

Thank you so much for reading this post! If you like what you see be sure to check out some of my other reviews and more posts coming soon! I hope you’ve had a wonderful first week of 2018 and an even better day!

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Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Happy 2018 everyone! I’m back for the new year with a new book review! As you can tell from the title I’m reviewing Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo! Let’s get this review started!!

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Now, if you’re reading this you’ve probably heard of and read this book. From other reviews and every other person, I’ve ever seen read it people absolutely LOVE IT. But to be completely honest, I don’t. There are a couple reasons behind my opinion of it that I will get to later on. But to start let me tell you about what I loved about this book.

First, I want to talk about the many characters in this book.  The way that Leigh kept a consistent story while having 5 different perspectives.  If I was to write a novel I know for sure I would never be able to do that. Then on top of keeping a consistent plot she also was able to give everyone a decent backstory AND characterization! I did like some characters more than others so here is my list from 1-5 (1 being my favorite).

5. Matthias

Now, like I said earlier I DID like how his backstory was interesting but I’m just not a huge fan of HIM. If you’re not trustworthy from the beginning I don’t believe in trusting you at all. His past isn’t really his fault because that’s where he was born and taught to believe. But I feel like he could have been a much better character than he was.

4. Jesper

With Jesper, it’s basically the opposite of Matthias. I LOVE Jesper as a character but wasn’t really interested in his backstory.  His role in the story wasn’t as major as some of the other characters but I still really liked how he trusted his “friends” (except for Matthias) even though he has so many reasons not to trust them. But his backstory just doesn’t aid in his overall character. I guess I just wanted a little more from his past.

3. Kaz

I know, a shocker that he is as low on this list as he is. Out of all the backstories, I like Kaz’s the most. He went through so much during his childhood that no person should go through. Lost his parents, all his money, and his brother. I do think that his way of coping and continuing with his life WAS a little bit iffy for most people, but he moved on in a very strong way. His personality though has some things that I’m not a huge fan of (since you know he’s kind of an asshole).

2. Nina

Now we get to Nina, she is one of the most interesting characters since she is a Grisha and what she does throughout the book. She was pretty badass throughout the book and sacrificing herself for the group to succeed was one of the best things I’ve seen a woman do in a novel. The main thing that is keeping her from the top is her devotion to Matthias. As I’ve already said I’m not a fan of him in general, but THE WAY NINA IS IN LOVE WITH HIM EVEN THOUGH HE WANTED TO KILL HER WAS SO DUMB. She was so smart other than that.

1.  Inej

INEJ. SHE IS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER. I’m a sucker for badass ladies and Leigh is really good at incorporating them into her stories. Inej could have killed ANY guy in this because of her skills that weren’t magic or natural. She worked to become what she was and it shows. She’s the type of character that you would show your kids (besides the being a murderer part) and teach them that that’s what a strong independent woman is. But like every other character on this list, she does have a flaw. It’s ok to love people she’shes in love with Kaz… that seems like a bad choice when he will barely show her that he loves her. I hope in the next book either Kaz makes the right choice or Inej ditches him

Now that we went over all the characters I’m moving onto the plot. It was an interesting idea. I like the threat of a drug that could harm so many people and an adventure with a group of misfits to fight against the drug and save the world!!! Or at least I would have if that’s what happened. They were only in it for the money. Not even worrying about how this drug could potentially murder and destroy millions of people. THAT is why I ended up giving this book three stars. If I ever get to the second book in this duology I really hope that it redeems the characters and the world for me.

I hope you liked this review! Thank you so much for checking this post out and be sure to look at some of my other reviews while you’re at it! I hope you had a fantastic day and a Happy New Year!!!

Book Review: Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

Hello, everyone! I’m back after a very very long break (I’m really sorry about that) and I’m here to bring you an actual Book Review! Like any millennial these days I’m a huge fan of the musical Hamilton. So when I heard about a book that told the story of how Alex and Eliza fell in love I was really excited! But to tell you the truth I’m really disappointed.

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I hate to say it but this was actually a pretty boring book most of the time. When I think of a romance novel I think of a book with flirting and starting off dating and them falling in love (or at least having this described) so when most of the book was just them being awkward and thinking to themselves how much they love each other I was kinda upset. I wish that they would actually fall in love and get close enough to dating. Yes I understand that it was a completely different time period so dating back then was very different so I guess I had different expectations. It wasn’t until the last 4 chapters that it actually got interesting. So the only thing I suggest is to be prepared for a lot of lulls if you were expecting full on Love story.

Besides that, it was a really good book! That parts that there were sparks of romance were really well written. If the entire book was that way it would have 100% gotten 5 stars. The characters were also pretty well written and weren’t just helpless girl who giggled at the men of the book. They were actual independent women WHO DON’T NEED MEN THEIR PARENTS CHOOSE FOR THEM. Sorry, that made me really happy.

So in conclusion, this is was an ok book. It’s worth the read but you really need to be aware of the things I mentioned above. I hope you liked this review! If you’d like to see more be sure to check out the rest of my blog. While you’re at it be sure to check out my Instagram @bloggingbooknerd! I hope you’re reading a good book and having a great day!

April Wrap-Up

Am I the only one who thinks that this year is going by way too fast? I cannot believe it is already May! But yet again, that means I get to make another Wrap-Up! But I am horribly ashamed of this month. I finished 1 book…. 1. Here is the one book.

  • Night by Elie Wiesel

I have to say that that was an amazing book so I’m happy it was the one book I finished. Well, that’s all for now! Be sure to check out my TBR which may or may not be posted right after this! If you would like to see more from me be sure to check out my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd! I hope you’re having a great start to your May and are having a fantastic day!

 

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

OMG three posts in a row! How is that even possible! But as you can tell my the title I am finally doing my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas! Its a longer review but I had a lot to say about this amazing book! So here it is!

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I NEVER THOUGHT THAT THIS BOOK COULD HAVE BEEN THIS GOOD! I WAS BLOWN AWAY! With the combination of it being a retelling of Beauty and the beast (Which is my FAVORITE Disney movie) and have an amazing love interest my lonely teenage heart couldn’t take it. But let’s start with the obvious, Feyre.

When I first started reading this book I didn’t think Feyre would be a character I love but I was proven wrong. She had the ushual bad backstory with her bad sitiuation and iffy family but that didn’t stop her from making the best of her situation. I even agree with her choice to kill Andres at the beginning when she had been fed lies that all faeries were cruel and deserved to be dead. Then there is TAMLIN.

I don’t know if it was just me but I really liked Tamlin from the moment he sat down at the dinner table. I kinda knew he was a good guy (and the him and Feyre would fall in love). I just didn’t think it would take that long for them to geet together cause I could feel the tension between them from the beginning. After finishing it I realized it was because Tamlin really wanted Feyre to fall in love with him to break the curse. WHICH is what I want to get to next.

THE CURSE, THE ENDING, EVERYTHING! I personally did not see the ending coming, once i got more than half way through I didn’t think they could fit in a decent ending like Sarah did. I admit it was a bit rushed and wish there was more time for everything to happen but it did keep me on the edge of my seat for all 150 pages. Maybe next time Sarah will make those three trials into a whole book, I beleive she could do it and make it interesting.

All in all I really really liked this book, I hope the sequel is just as good! I can’t wait to jump right back into this world and fall farther into the pit that I’m already tumbling down. Let me know what you guys thought of it and if you agree/disagree with anything I said!

Thats it! I hope you liked this review be sure to check out some of my other ones and my other posts! Also, be sure to check out my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd if you have the chance! I hope that your April is going great so far!

 

April TBR

Hey everyone! Since it is now time for my April TBR I thought I would explain what I’m doing this month. Instead of reading new books I’m going to be Re-Reading some books this month. So here are the books I’m going to be Re-reading in the month of April!

  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K.Rowling
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Since I’m only giving myself three books I want to read I better get through them this month! We’ll see how it goes! If you liked this post then be sure to go check out my other TBRs and posts! If you would like to see more from me be sure to go check out my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd! I Hope you’re having a great April Fools day and an even better start to your April.

March Wrap-Up

Here we are, the end of another month. I bet you can guess how many books I read? If you guessed not many you would be correct! Here are the books I finished in the month of March!

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them Original Screenplay by J.K.Rowling
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Thats it! Be sure to keep an eye out for my April TBR and maybe a review coming soon! If you liked this post be sure to check out some of my other wrap-ups and other posts. If you’d like to see more from me check out my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd! I hope you have an amazing weekend and start to your April.

My Life In Books Tag

Hello again everyone! Today as you can tell by the title I’m doing the My Life in Books Tag! If you would like to see the original be sure to check out @Dreamlandandbookblog’s original post. This is a long one so get ready!

1. Find a book for each of your initials

  1. E: Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
  2. L: Looking for Alaska by John Green
  3. L: Lord of the flies by William Golding
  4. A: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

2. Count your age along your bookshelf: What book is it?

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

I actually love this book so it makes sense it ended up being #15 on my shelf.

3. Pick a book set in your city/country

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The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

This doesn’t just take place in my country (U.S.A), it also takes place in my home town Boston Ma!

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K.Rowling

I mean, who wouldn’t’ want to go to Hogwarts! I know I’ve dreamed about it since I was a little kid.

5. Pick a book that’s your favorite color

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Yes, Green is my favorite color! It has been since I was a little kid

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Can I put Harry Potter again? Harry Potter was the first book I really appreciated and loved so it will always have a very special part of my heart.

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I HATED this book, I almost didn’t finish because I hated it that much. I’m not sure how anybody likes it.

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I’ve tried so many times to read this book and I really want to! I just can’t seem to get through it at all! Someday I will though.

And just like that, It’s done! If you liked this tag be sure to check out some of the other tags I’ve done! I hope you liked this post and be sure to check out some of my other ones. If you would like to see more from me be sure to check my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd. I hope you have a great rest of your night!

Book Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling

Hello everyone! It’s a miracle that I’m posting two reviews in two days! But as you can tell from the title I am doing a review of the Fantastic Bests and where to Find Them Screenplay by J.K. Rowling.

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This review is going to be kinda hard to write cause It is literally just the movie in a book. But If I was going to review the movie there are so many things I could say! First, I thought that I wouldn’t really like the characters but OMG they were all amazing! Newt was such a nerd and him being portrayed by Eddie Redmayne made him 100 times better (and him being attractive helps also). The other characters like Tina and Jacob were both amazing but I didn’t love them as much as Newt.

Next, we have the whole story in general. I thought that Rowling did an amazing job writing this movie while staying in the Harry Potter universe AND using the Grindelwald part to help explain Newt’s Journey of writing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them. I hope the Rowling will be able to extend the Harry Potter Universe as she is in the future (Minus Harry Potter and the Cursed Child).

Now, let’s get into the actual Screenplay. Since I had already seen the movie I also knew everything that happened. But it was really nice seeing the illustrations that were included in between each scene. There was also some things I didn’t even notice when I watched the movie (which happens a lot actually) so it was a really great experience being read the screenplay while I wait for the movie to come out on DVD (Which is actually this month!).

Now if you haven’t seen the movie DON’T READ THIS BOOK. It is better to experience the magic of the movie before reading the script. For most books, I say read the book first (Which you should do if you haven’t read the Novella Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them) but it just doesn’t make sense reading the script if you don’t want to spoil the whole movie for yourself.

Well, that’s my review! Be sure to check out some of my other reviews in the Review tab and maybe check out some of the other posts I have! If you’d like to see more from me be sure to check out my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd. I hope that you are having a fantastic Monday and you have a great rest of your week.

Book Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Hello everyone! As you can tell by the title I am finally doing my review of Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard!

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As always I go straight to the thing that killed me the most, and I bet anyone who has read the book can guess what that is. MAVEN. I hate to say it but I really really loved Maven more than Cal in the first book so having him become the villain and be a terrible person in this book destroyed me. To be completely honest I hoped (and still kinda hope) that Maven will change and Mare will get back together with Maven in the end. I feel terrible that I like Maven still. It’s similar to how I feel about Loki in the Avengers franchise.

Second, Victoria if you ever see this I have an important message from anyone who has read this series. STOP KILLING OFF CHARACTERS LIKE SHADE ALL THE TIME. First, he was killed while in the army then BAM END OF BOOK ONE AND HES BACK. Then during the second book, you get attached to him as a brother you wish you had (and Farley liked him a lot also) but NO HE HAS TO DIE AGAIN. When I found out Shade had died I was pissed and wished that Mare had died instead. I know Mare is the main character and all but I really started to hate her in the end.

I understand that anyone who went through what Mare went through would be a little messed up but that doesn’t mean you PUS EVERYONE YOU LOVE AWAY. First, it was her family when she left them to find all the newbloods. Then she goes a bit crazy about getting to the other newbloods before Maven does and she treats her friends like shit. THEN BY THE END, SHE PUSHES CAL THE ONLY PERSON WHO WOULD STAY WITH HER AND THEN SHE ENDS UP BASICALLY ALONE.  I personally think she deserved ending up alone the way she was but nooooOOOoo SHE HAD TO GET ON THE PLANE AND CAL HAD TO STILL CARE ABOUT HER. As you can tell I’m still very mad about the ending. I’m happy that she realized what she had turned into and sacrificed herself for Cal and everyone else. I’m even surprised that Maven left Cal be. If it were me and If I was the dictator he is trying to be I would have taken Cal AND Mare. But It’s obvious that Maven actually did love Mare even though his mother was creating the monster he is. I have a feeling that when this series ends Maven will either get killed or fall for Mare like he should have already.

There is always one thing in every book I have a problem with. For this book, it is simply that it was very slow. By the end, there was so much going on that it turned out great! But the first 200 pages were SOOOOOOOOO long. I’m praying that King’s Cage moves faster cause if it doesn’t I don’t know if I’ll be able to finish it.

There you go! My review of Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard! If you would like to see more reviews from me be sure to check out the Reviews tab! While you’re at it check out my Instagram @Bloggingbooknerd! I hope that you are having a fantastic Sunday and have a fantastic week!