May Wrap Up

I only read four books this month. I read them pretty quickly and then went into a little bit of a slump at the end of the month. Hopefully June will be better for me.

Diva by Alex Flinn. This is the companion to Breathing Underwater and I will have a review of the duology posted soon.

The Last Star by Rick Yancey. This is the final book in The 5th Wave trilogy. I was expecting  to do a review of the trilogy when I finished this book, but then I finished this book! I gave it 4 stars but I didn’t like how it ended at all so I’m not sure if I’m going to review it or not. Maybe sometime down the line.

Just Breathe by Heather Allen. This is a mermaid romance story and the first book in a trilogy. I really enjoyed this one and once I’m off my book buying ban I’m going to read the other two.

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. This is a Peter Pan retelling. I’m not done this book yet but by the time this post goes up I will be. I will probably have a review up in the next couple weeks.

That’s what I read this month. How did everyone else do? Hopefully I’ll have a better June!

Keep reading…Lola

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Rapunzel Collection

Rapunzel is my favorite Disney Princess and Tangled is my favorite Disney movie so I have several books and Funko POPS in my Rapunzel collection. Here it is…

This version of Rapunzel is by Paul O. Zelinsky. It’s a Caldecott Medal winner and the pictures are stunning. I also have the Rumblestiltskin one as well because these versions are so beautiful. 

This one is by John Cech and illustrated by Fiona Sansom. The inside end pages are my favorite part of this book. It’s Rapunzel’s braid covering both sides.

This is Rapunzel as well as other fairy tales by The Brothers Grimm. I just fell in love with the cover.

I love this version of Rapunzel. I think it’s so different from the other versions. It’s not even the prettiest to me but there is just something about it that I love.

This is Tangled, the Disney version of Rapunzel. I love the artwork in this. It goes by the story of the movie but the characters are slightly different in appearance. 

This is The Art Of Tangled. I think this is my favorite. It has pictures of the beginning stages of the movie, sketches and ideas, set designs, etc. I also love the cover under the dust jacket of the floating lantern sun design.

This is also a Tangled edition. This one follows the movie as well and the artwork is absolutely beautiful, it’s just like watching the movie in book form.

This version is just The Brothers Grimm Story. It’s very short and the pictures aren’t that pretry but I wanted a copy of just Rapunzel alone so I had to add this to my collection.

These are the Funko POPS that I have. Rapunzel with her hair down and Pascal, Maximus and Rapunzel with a braid and flowers, which is my favorite one.

That’s my Rapunzel collection, and although I have many, I can’t wait to add to it!

Thanks for reading…Lola

Geekerella Spoiler Free Review (ARC)

Geekerella by Ashley Poston is a YA Cinderella retelling set in the modern world.

I received an ARC of this from Netgalley and then mixed it up with another book so I didn’t read it before it came out but I read it last month and I really enjoyed it.

This novel had all the Cinderella vibes, the evil step mother, the two step sisters, the ball where she meets her prince, the curfew, even the pumpkin dequised as a food truck! 

There were also some modern day twists on the classic as well. The prince, Darien is an actor who has taken on the lead roll of a film based on a popular TV show (Starfield) from back in the day. Elle works on a food truck and hopes to win a cosplay contest so she can get an invitation to ExcelsiCon and meet the actor playing Federation Prince Carmindor.

I loved the Starfield fandom within the book. Elle is a die hard fan of the show that she watched with her father when she was younger. Now as a teenager she even has a blog dedicated to the fandom. I also thought it was cool that her step sisters had a vlog channel. I loved how the author brought modern technology into it. I enjoyed the romance in the story as well, even though it was a bit predictable. I found myself laughing out loud during some of the texting conversations Elle had with Carmindor. I also really liked the friendship that developed between Elle and Sage. It was fun to see what they became after how they started out.

I hated Darien’s father. He was more interested in making money then he was about his  sons’ feelings. I also really hated Darien’s friend, I think his name might have been Scott but I just did not care for him and didn’t even memorize his name. 

The writing was very well done and I loved how everything came together in the end. I only wish we had a little more of the romance. 

I gave Geekerella 4 stars on Goodreads and really think everyone should check it out.

Keep reading…Lola

Rip It Or Ship It?

Today I’m doing the Rip It or Ship It tag. I’ve been seeing it around BookTube and it looks like fun. I wrote the names of ten couples from ten different books, put them in a cup and took two out at a time. I then thought about whether or not they would make a good couple. If they do, I ship them and if they don’t, I rip them. I did this for five couples. 

Autumn from By Your Side by Kasie West & Cameron from Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman. I think I SHIP these two. I love them with their partners but I also think they could work together as well. They are also around the same age and both have some things going on in their lives.

Scarlet & Wolf both from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I DID NOT do this on purpose I promise! I SHIP these two so much. Scarlet is my favorite book of the series and I’ve always loved Wolf and Scarlet best of all! This just proves that they are really meant to be 🙂

Garrick from Losing It by Cora Carmack & Anna from Someone Else’s Summer by Rachel Bateman. I am going to RIP this pair. Anna is a teenager and Garrick is teaching college. I just think the age difference is too big here.

Gia from The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West & Kyle from The Hazards Of Sleeping With A Friend by Alyssa Rose Ivy. Gia is in high school and Kyle is in college and although there isn’t much of an age difference (her bf in the beginning of the book was also in college) I just think that Gia is a bit immature for an older guy so I have to RIP these two.

Bliss from Losing It by Cora Carmack & Jackson from Finding It by Cora Carmack. I also SHIP these two. I do love Bliss with Garrick and Jackson with Kelsey but I also think that they could make it as a couple as well. I think Jackson is romantic and would be good for Bliss.

I realize I probably should have chosen more characters from different books considering that a lot show up twice. Oh well, there’s always next time!

Keep reading…Lola

May Bookcase.Club Box

These are the books that I got in the May BookCase.Club YA box.

EditSea Of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong. This is a book about twin sisters who are tasked with quieted the souls of the damned that reside in the first of the dead. I believe this is also a series. It sounds interesting and I might give it a try when I finish up some of my other series.

The Diviners by Libba Bray. This book takes place in the roaring 20s. It follows a girl who has the ability to read objects and she uses that ability to help solve a series of murders. I’ve heard about this book a lot on BookTube and wasn’t going to pick it up but now that I have it, I think I’m going to give it a chance when I’ve read some series on my shelf because if I like it then I’m going to want to reat the second book right away and I’m on a book buying ban right now.

Next month I’m getting the thriller box and I’m excited about that.

Keep reading…Lola

May Book Of The Month

Last month there weren’t any books that I was interested in and this month there were too many that I wanted. Here are the three that I chose.

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich. This is a YA novel that follows a good boy and a bad boy who are both competing to win the same girl. The losing guy has to be killed but then unexpected feelings get involved and threaten them both.

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane. I read Shutter Island and loved it so I was excited to see Dennis Lehane as a choice this month. This is a psychological thriller and it follows Rachel who is a former journalist, who now lives as a virtual shut-in after having a mental breakdown. Now she enjoys an ideal life with her ideal husband but then one day something happens and her ideal life starts to frey.

And We’re Off by Dan Schwartz. I believe this is a YA novel. It’s about a teenage girl who is an artist and enjoys everything about the arts, just like her grandfather, who offers her an all-expenses-paid summer trip to Europe and all she has to do is create an original piece of work at every place she goes and send it back home to him. She’s in but her mother is less than thrilled and in the weeks leading up to the trip they are very disconnected with each other. When saying goodbye at the airport terminal, Alice, Nora’s mother decides to go on the trip with her.

Those are the books I got and I’m very excited to read them all. And We’re Off is going to be the perfect summer read.

Keep reading…Lola

13 Reasons Why Netflix Show Review (contains some spoilers)

13 Reasons Why is a Netflix series based on the book Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher. It follows Clay as he listens to tapes left behind by Hannah, a classmate who has committed suicide. The tapes tell the reasons that led to her decision.

I really enjoyed the book and I have a review of that up if you want to read it and it’s spoiler free.

*SPOILERS*

The Netflix show was good. There were things that I liked and things that I didn’t like, which happens with any film I’ve watched based on a book. I liked the actors, they really chose good people to play the characters and the acting was great as well. I enjoyed all the parts of the novel that they kept for the show. They did a good job of keeping the seriousness of the subject matter and I really liked the flashback’s. Those for me were the best part. I also liked some of the things they changed. I liked that Tony had a bigger role in the show and I loved the actor that portrayed him. I also enjoyed the relationship between him and Clay. I also liked seeing how everyone reacted after Hannah’s suicide, especially her parents. Another thing they changed was that Tony gave a copy of the tapes to Hannah’s parents and Clay didn’t send the tapes on, but instead gave them to the guidance counselor, Mr.Porter. This worked because they changed the order in which Clay got the tapes (he was number 9 in the novel and number 11 in the show) so Bryce was the only one who didn’t hear them. I liked this because now there is a chance for justice, a chance for the people who need to take responsibility, to pay for their actions.

Now on to the things that I didn’t like about the show. I didn’t like much of anything that they changed to be honest. The biggest issue I had was with the second to last episode. The person who shoots himself at the end, that never happened in the book and I just didn’t really think that the change added anything to the series except the potential for a possible second season. I also didn’t like how they had Hanah kill herself. In the book she takes pills but she cuts her wrists in the show. I understand that it probably was more graphic and would have a bigger impact but I think having her take pills and then her parents walking in and finding her would have left a big enough impact. I know that just reading about her taking pills and her parents finding her was enough to tug at my heart strings and the author didn’t even go into much detail about her suicide itself. I also didn’t like what they did with the character of Justin. They made him an ass in the show but he was an even bigger ass in the book. He allowed the rape of Jessica to happen because Bryce was “working the night shift and only had a few minutes before he had to leave.” In the show he fights him off and cries and you can tell that he felt bad about it. Another issue I had was with Bruce.  Yes he was an ass and a rapist but in the show I didn’t like how they handled his scene with Hannah. In the book Bryce does things to her but she doesn’t say no. She doesn’t try to fight him off. She says on her tapes that she was using him because she needed him do she could let go of herself. She says that she didn’t say no or push his hand away. She says that she turned her head, clenched her teeth and fought back tears. She also says that he saw but he told her to relax. Reading this I interpreted it as Hannah being done with life. At this point she was done, she had given up, she just didn’t care anymore. She was numb. She didn’t want to be with Bryce but she didn’t try to stop it either because she had already made up her mind. I do think that it was sexual assault. Although she didn’t say no or try to push him away, she didn’t really respond to him in a romantic way and she was crying. He saw that and he knew that she obviously wasn’t into it, but he told her to relax and kept going anyway. In the show, it was a more graphic rape scene which I didn’t really think they needed. I know that it had a greater impact but I just didn’t really care for the scene. One other thing that I didn’t like was the role of the guidance counselor. I didn’t like his part in the novel or the show. He just basically tells her to do something about it or move on with her life. I just hope that there aren’t real school counselors that are like that because it’s not OK.

My favorite episode was definitely Clay’s tape. I loved the little bit of romance that we got between Clay and Hannah. Also I cried like a baby during this episode, especially after he finishes the tape. The part where he imagines what would have happened if he had stayed with her at the party. OMG! I cried during a couple of episodes but that one was by far the worst. 

There is a line in the novel and the show that Hannah says that stayed with me long after reading the book and watching the show and it was something like “some of you cared, but nobody cared enough.” That stayed with me. She knew that people cared about her but she felt like it wasn’t enough. She felt alone and felt like she had nobody to turn to. There is also a line in the show that I love, when Clay is talking to the counselor and he says something like “I cost a girl her life because I was too afraid to love her.” That was so heartbreaking and I really felt for him in that moment. I just fell in love with Clay right then and there.

This review is a lot longer then I intended for it to be so it am going to end it but definitely go and read the book and watch the showhole. I highly recommend them both.

Also if you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal there is help. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255. You can also go to their website at suicidepreventionlifeline.org where there is also an online chat option. Know that you are not alone.

Keep reading…Lola

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Th1rteen R3asons Why Spoiler Free Review

Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher is a YA novel about a teenage girl, Hannah who commits suicide and leaves behind tapes telling her reasons.

The novel opens with Clay, finding a package by his door when he gets home from school. He opens the package to find tapes, when he presses play on the first one he is shocked to find that it’s Hannah, a classmate that committed suicide a couple weeks prior. She says that the rules are to listen to them all the way through in order and then pass them on to the next person. She warns that someone else has another set and will release them in a more public way if the tapes don’t make it through each of the 13 people. Each of the tapes is dedicated to a person who lead to her decision and if you get the tapes you are one of the reasons.

I heard about this book years ago but was never thinking of reading it, then I saw the Netflix show preview and thought it looked good so I decided to pick it up and I loved it.

This book was definitely a difficult read at times, how could it not be when it’s about a teenager who kills herself? Going into it you know that she has committed suicide, but it’s hearing her reasons that really gets you.

I liked the way the book was set up. Each chapter was a side of a tape so it was like you were listening right along with Clay and finding things out at the same time as him. I found it hard to put down because I wanted to know who was next and I was anticipating Clay’s tape, as I’m sure he was.

I read some comments on Goodreads after finishing it and I found that a lot of people who didn’t care for the book were saying that it was because they had a hard time believing that Hannah would commit suicide for the reasons that she gave. I agree to an extent. One of those reasons may not be enough, but when you add all of them up, she was overwhelmed and ending her life was the only way she saw to put an end to it. At the same time, although this is a work of fiction, who are we to say that something isn’t enough to make someone commit suicide? Something that seems simple or not a big deal to one person can seem like it’s the end of the world for someone else. Some people deal with hard things differently and some people can brush stuff off easily then others and some people just get so overwhelmed and depressed that ending their life seems like it’s the only option for them.

This was sort of a hard review to write because there are things I want to talk about but they would definitely be spoilers so I’m going to end it here but I recommend people read the book. 

My next post is going to be a review of the Netflix show and if you haven’t read the book or seen the show there will be spoilers in that post if you’d rather just find stuff out before reading or watching.

Also if you or anyone you know is ever considering suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Help is available 24 hours a day. You can also go online at SuicidePreventionLifeline.org where there is also an online chat option.

Keep reading…Lola


May TBR

These are the books that I want to get to in May.

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel. This is a Peter Pan retelling and I’m so excited to read it.

Diva by Alex Flinn. This is the conclusion to the Breathing Underwater duology. 

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. I loved the movie and I can’t wait to dive into the book. It’s been a while since I read a classic so I’m excited.

The Last Star by Rick Yancey. I can not wait to finish this series. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to pick this up.

That’s what I want to read. What’s everyone else reading? 

Keep reading…Lola