We Are Okay Review

31520111Title: We Are Okay

Author: Nina LaCour

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Date Published: February 14th, 2017

Rating: 4 Stars

Summary: “You go through life thinking there’s so much you need… Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.” 

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart. 

My Review:

Nina LaCour has been on my auto-buy list ever since I read Everything Leads to You. The worlds and characters she brings to life make me fall in love every single time. That’s why when I heard about her new book, I knew I had to get my hands on it somehow. So when Emma over at Miss Print offered it on her ARC Adoption I was so excited! We Are Okay is a beautiful story about love, loss, and family. Told in past and present this story delves deep into relationships and how bonds may be stronger than we think.

I don’t even know how to put into words what I felt about this book. Because I am in this weird state of knowing I loved it, and not being able to put into words what I loved about it exactly. I mean I’m gonna try but there’s no guarantee I’ll even be coherent.

First off, it’s Nina Lacour. Not only are her books beautiful, seriously Everything Leads to You is one of my favorite covers. But her writing is so flawless. She brings these characters to life. You’ve been these characters or you know these characters. I’ve been Marin. I’ve been lost and afraid and I’ve questioned the bonds I have with family and friends. Marin was real to me, it’s why this book was so hard to read but so hard to put down. After finishing it I wasn’t able to get it out of my mind.

Second, the relationships that Marin had, and the fact that the focus was not on romantic love but the love of family. Whether it’s the ones we’re born into or the ones we choose for ourselves. It’s something I wish to see more of in YA. I love the types of stories that show that families aren’t always what we think they will be. They’re unconventional but they work. And sometimes the best families come from the people who know us better than the ones we were born into.

Third, the feelings this book will give you. The setting, the characters they are done so well that the loneliness and pain just come off the pages and hit you hard. This book has a great ending but it’s still wrapped in this sadness that is so encompassing that you have to go watch some happy tv show right after to get out of the mood it puts you in. It honestly just shows the range that Nina has as an author. The fact that this book makes you feel so much and so intensely is just what makes Nina such a great author.

Overall, I recommend this to anyone, young and old. Great characters and an epically beautiful story full of love and hope, it’s one you will seriously need to pick up. I loved this book with all my heart and I know you will too!

 

 

October Wrap-Up & November TBR

Seriously these months have been just flying by! It’s almost the next year and I can’t believe how fast this year has flown, but with everything that’s been happening this entire year I for one can’t wait until it’s over! Anyways on to my wrap-up!!! You guys I completely KILLED this month! I read 13 books this month! That’s crazy I just was on a reading roll! So without further ado here are the books I read this month!

  1. Dragon Marked: Jaymin Eve
  2. Symptoms of Being Human: Jeff Garvin
  3. Sabriel: Garth Nix
  4. Goldenhand: Garth Nix
  5. Moon Chosen: P.C. Cast
  6. A Sliver of Stardust: Marissa Burt
  7. A Legend of Starfire: Marissa Burt
  8. The Best Possible Answer: E. Katherine Kottaras
  9. Rip: Rachel Van Dyken
  10. The Sun is Also a Star: Nicola Yoon
  11. Dead Girls Society: Michelle Krys
  12. Heartless: Marissa Meyer
  13. Illuminae: Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

This month was so badass reading and tv wise! I read 13 books and binge watched every season of Brooklyn Nine Nine! I was so surprised when I checked my Goodreads account to see how many books I read because I definitely was not keeping track! But heres hoping this month is just as good a reading wise as last month! That being said here is my TBR list for this month! A lot of these are ones I started awhile ago and put down and haven’t yet finished!

  1. The Adventure’s guide to Successful Escapes: Wade Albert White
  2. The Emerald Tablet: Dan Jolley 
  3. The Iron Trial: Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
  4. The Copper Gauntlet: Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
  5. The Bronze Key: Holly Black & Cassandra Clare
  6. Love Me Never: Sara Wolf
  7. Forget Me Always: Sara Wolf
  8. The Girl in the Picture: Alexandra Monir
  9. Gris Grimly’s Tales from the Brothers Grimm: Illustrated by Gris Grimly
  10. Carry On: Rainbow Rowell
  11. Passenger: Alexandra Bracken
  12. Three Dark Crowns: Kendare Blake
  13. In A World Just Right: Jen Brooks
  14. The Graces: Laure Eve
  15. A Shadow Bright and Burning: Jessica Cluess
  16. These Broken Stars: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  17. And I darken: Kiersten White
  18. Seeker: Arwen Elys Dayton

I kind of went overboard with my choices, but I like have a stack I can choose from because sometimes I tend to not stick to my list at all! Can you guys believe that I still have not finished Passenger! It’s crazy… To be honest I haven’t finished any of Alex’s books. Don’t yell at me! I know I need to. Maybe this month I’ll binge read every book I have of hers. Anyways… That is my October Wrap-up and my November TBR. Hope you guys enjoyed! If you’ve read any of these let me know, because I would love to know your thoughts!

 

Stranger Things Book Tag

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This book tag was created by youtube user Sarah Sunbeemz. I saw this on Pretty Deadly Blog and I knew I had to do it because Stranger Things is so freaking good!

1. Epic intro. The opening sequence of stranger things is amazing and really grabs your attention. Name a book that grabbed your attention from the first page.

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This is how I kill someone.”

I mean seriously! This book talks about some really tough topics, but it is very much worth the read!

2. Dungeons & Dragons. Name a fantasy world you would like to experience yourself.

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I would just really like to know Nina and Inej, and be friends with them!

3. Squad goals. When eleven met Mike, Dustin and Lucas it was a “mostly” perfect team. Name your favorite bookish group of friends.

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For me there really is no better team than Blue and her boys! I just love them all so much.

4. ABC’s & Christmas lights. Joyce Byers goes mad with grief after Will goes missing. Name your favorite mentally unhinged character.

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Honestly Mara is an awesome character buttttt she’s a little bit wacko.

5. The upside down. Name a book that was the opposite of what you expected.

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My sister kept telling me how good this book was, but it honestly sounded so boring and like the same thing I’ve read so many times before. So I was so happy when it turned out to be such a GREAT read.

6. Mad scientists. Dr. Brenner likes to get freaky with humanity. Name the freakiest dystopian government you can think of.

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After Hunger Games and Divergent took off and everyone seemed to be writing dystopian, I kind of stepped away from it. But I did read Pawn and anything that has hunting humans in it goes to the top of my list for creepiest world EVER.

7. Demogorgon. Name a scary bookish creature that you would not want to come through your walls.

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Please don’t ever let Naughty Johnny through my walls! He was so freaking creepy!

8. Cliffhanger ending. Name a book that left you wanting more.

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This book was so good, but that ending has me dying for more and I hate that I have to wait another year for the next one! Plus that cover is freaking beautiful.

I love book tags so much! If you guys participate, link me back to your lists! And tell me how you felt about Stranger Things?

 

Ten characters I’d name my child after

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is top ten characters you would name your child or pet after. Love this idea because there are several character names that I would name my kids! I’m going to list these in the order from most liked to least!

  1. Remy: This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen is one of my favorite books and ever since reading it I have loved the name Remy. It’s definitely tied with number 2 for favorite name.
  2. Millie: Technicallyyyyyy I first heard this name in the movie ‘Because I Said So’. But then I read it in The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly. And while I didn’t like the character I have always loved the name.
  3. Tinsley: I first read this name in The It-Girl by Cecily von Ziegsar. I don’t know why I always pick mean characters name, but I loved the name Tinsley when I first read it so I thought why not!
  4.  Hallie: How to Deal by Sarah Dessen This name was always so cute to me. I don’t know why I have a thing for ie names. But Sarah Dessen is the queen of cute names.
  5. Luna: When I first read Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling I didn’t even notice Luna at first, but then the movie came out and I fell in love with this character because she was so weird and strange and I loved that.
  6. Blue: Yes this is from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. This is one of my favorite characters, from one of my favorite series. I would totally name my kid Blue!
  7. Evie: I loved this name from The Diviners by Libba Bray. It was so cute and I fell in love with both the name and character!

Okay the two names are Bridget and Georgia butttt I can’t remember where I read these from so they will get mentioned, cause I loved them. Honestly I don’t know why but I only have girl names on my list. It’s the only ones I pay attention to. But there is my list! I hope you guys enjoy! Let me know what’s on your list!

 

 

 

 

September Wrap-Up and October TBR

I can not believe it’s October already! It just started to turn cold and I am so excited for wearing warm comfy clothes. Lots of sweaters and pants! Plus the change in weather and the hot drinks. SOOOO READY! Anyways on to the reason we’re here, I am doing my September Wrap-Up and my October TBR. Why not combine the two!

Without further ado here is what I read in September.

  1. Ninja Bunny: Sister vs. Brother by Jennifer Gray Olson
  2. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
  3. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  4. Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
  5. Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson
  6. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Six books ain’t bad! I truly enjoyed all of these books! They were amazing and oh so good! Now on to my October TBR! This one I have a lot of books lined up. So let’s hope I can get more read this month!

  1. Goldenhand by Garth Nix
  2. A Legend of Starfire by Marissa Burt
  3. Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast
  4. The Best Possible Answer by E. Katherine Kottaras
  5. In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks
  6. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
  7. Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff
  8. Endsinger by Jay Kristoff
  9. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  10. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman
  11. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  12. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  13. Their Fractured Light by Amie Kafman & Megan Spooner
  14. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

So that is my October TBR. I usually read about 7 books, but I am going to Jay and Amie’s event for Gemina at the end of the month and I have never read any Jay or Amie books. So hopefully I’ll be able to get through them all!

Tackle your TBR read-a-thon

Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2016

I am so excited to participate in this years Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon hosted by Wishful Endings! This event takes place from September 12th to the 26th. That is 15 days to read as many books off your TBR list as you can. And I know for me I have so many books on my TBR. Especially for these next few months and I need as much help as I can get. So this will definitely give me the motivation to get through my stack.

My Goals:
I plan on reading at least 8 books, maybe more. Maybe I’ll read one per day lol. I will also be posting reviews for each of the books I read. And I will try to participate in the each of the challenges!

If you guys want to sign up click the link up above to get more information! It’s going to be fun and hopefully I kick my TBR’s ass! Plus there will be fun challenges and prizes. And you get to read! Nothing better than that. I hope you guys join.

 

Furthermore review

furthermoreTitle: Furthermore

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: August 30, 2016

Rating: 4 Stars

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Summary: There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss. 

 

My Review:

 

Okay I don’t really know where to begin this review. I’ve restarted it so many times now. So I guess I am just going to jump into it. This will probably be a short review. Furthermore is actually really hard to explain. I enjoyed it which is how I went in to this story. I didn’t really have any ideas about this story or any expectations. Furthermore, like Tahereh’s other books, are rich in detail and inner dialogue. Yes at times it was a bit tedious but I found it really helped when I was trying to picture things in this world. For me Mafi’s books are very hit or miss. I liked Shatter Me, hated Unravel Me, and loved Ignite Me. Futhermore was enjoyable but I didn’t absolutely love it. I did like it enough to preorder it though.

 

 

What I liked:

Alice and her growth throughout this novel really got to me. I loved seeing how much she grows and changes as a person from her time in Furthermore. All she wants right now is to get her task and leave home and find father. After the disappearance of her father, her mother doesn’t have time and is always mad. It’s so sad to see how much she doesn’t think that her family wants her. It’s no wonder her and Oliver become best friends. Oliver is a kid whose talent causes him to get everything he wants. They both just want people who care about them and choose them over everyone else. I liked the dynamic between Oliver and Alice, even if Alice hated Oliver at first. It’s what made it work for me.

I also quite enjoyed the world. It was interesting to see Furthermore and how strange the world was. I thought it did a great job reminding you of the strangeness of Wonderland. The rules and the people who lived there were so strange. First off they ate people. WHAT? And the difference in worlds. Like the paper world or being able to stand on clouds and move downwards through the ground. Not to mention figuring out what the ruler has to do with the story. I loved how each bit of information was brought to light. How you kept figuring things our slowly. Also the mystery that the narrator brought to the story was awesome. There was always a comment from them that caused you to have more questions. I loved it. It was such an interesting way to tell the story and one I haven’t read before.

What left me wanting more:

I did really enjoy this story, but I do wish we got more background in to the kids talents. Why they had them. Where they got them from. It was so interesting to me, seeing that each kid had a special talent. I just would have liked to see more info on them. That being said I did like that they had talents. I thought it was a great touch to the story. And the last thing that bothered me a bit, was the ease with which they got out of Furthermore. They had such a struggle getting through Furthermore and come to find out that the high ups were keeping tabs and looking for them. And they just easily stepped through a door without having to go back the way they came, was a little to easy. Especially since I don’t know if this is a standalone or a series. I would be interested to see the repercussions of Alice and Oliver’s trip to Furthermore and if anyone comes after them. The ending does leave it a bit open to more if Tahereh is going to write more.

Overall, Furthermore was strange and creepy in the best possible way. I loved the characters and the voice this book had. It was a great read for those who want to be entertained. I really enjoyed myself when reading this one. Fans of Tahereh’s books or Alice in Wonderland will definitely enjoy Furthermore. Give it a try. And if you have read it let me know what you think about it.