Using my NetGalley Account

I have some news to share!!!

First, I need to apologize for my lack of updating the blog throughout November but I swear, November was just a different kind of busy. I just want to let my Pals know that you can keep up with the blog on Instagram, because I try to update that atleast on a daily basis.

Second, I finally updated and began using my NetGalley account!! NetGalley is a place for authors to send and have their book, which is yet to be released, reviewed by “professional readers” (like myself ๐Ÿ˜) and some editors also use it as well. It is a great system to have and it helps both the reviewers as well as the review-ee, (Totally doubt if that’s an actual word).

Why I’m using it again: I’ve been so busy with school work and figured to start putting some things in place for the blog with school break coming up. NetGalley is something I’ve wanted to continue doing and this will be the perfect time to start. It would safe me lots of money on books I’d have to buy because I’ll be sending requests for books that I have interest in and if I’m approved, that’s a free book right there! I’ve already been approved to review 4 out of the 7 books that I requested for. Another reason is that it’s a great way to influence what books are getting released and giving honest feedback on why something works or not in the book.

NetGalley is very easy to navigate for anyone who is interested. The copies you’ll receive are e-copy. I use my Kindle account to receive mine but there are other sources if you don’t use Kindle.

I also have many things I want to implement on the blog to make sure I’m reaching my goals in regards to the blog. So, be on the look out for more updates and changes real soon!

Happy Holiday’s,
โค

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Book Review: Tiny Pretty Things

Tiny Pretty Things byย Sona Charaipotra & Dhionielle Clayton

Rated: โคโคโคโคโค

One Word: Shattered

I was seriously shattered when I was done with this book. Why didn’t I pick this up before now? Where have I been?

Gigi, June and Bette are prima ballerina at the ABC school looking to get the lead soloist in the school show. Gigi is a new student that earned the role but June and Bette will do anything to ensure they take it from her. The girls embark on a wild school year and with secrets getting out, scare tactics and budding romance growing, we, the audience are in for a wild and awesome show.

Gigi has a heart condition that she is keeping as a secret, June is battling an eating disorder and Bette pops pills to handle all the stress from her psychological abusive mother. All three girls must not let their guard down as their future hinges on how the role they’re playing. Who’s going to rise to the top?

I love this book! It is culturally diverse with witty characters, crazy scenes and expected teenage drama. Gigi is the only black girl at the school and the authors touch on the lack of diversity in the ballet works, the pressure to be perfect ย and how certain ethnicities are only casted in stereotypical roles. This book is a way to break barriers and show the ugly and beauty of the dance world.

As an outsider, I am given the rigorous life of what it means to be a ballerina and striving to be the best. Each character does what they have to do to be at the top, some take more drastic measures than others but as a reader, we’re left to see and understand why they make certain decisions. The story is expressed through all three girls perspective and we get each girls story first hand.

My favorite character is Gigi. I liked her optimistic outlook and how she didn’t give up. I think that her character played victim sometimes and hopefully she changes that in the sequel. The boys in the book are minor characters but important.

We’re left off with a cliffhanger and the sequel was released earlier this summer. I have ordered my copy and I’m waiting impatiently for it to come. (Updated… Received it and can’t wait.)

Interested in a diverse, ambitious group, mystery, drama and romance? Tiny Pretty Things is for you.

Happy Reading,

โค

September TBR List

Happy September!!!

Summer is coming to an end very soon ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ญ but that means Fall will be here soon ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜. Fall is my favorite season especially since it coincide with my Birthday. What’s your fav season?

I have my September TBR list and let me tell you, its quite ambitious. The readings are not difficult but I will also have my school work load with it, so wish me luck guys! But I think I can do it.

1. Shiny Broken Pieces by Clayton and Charaipotra

2. When by Victoria Laurie

3. The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen

4. Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

5. Everyday Is For The Thief by Teju Cole

6. Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

7. Through To You by Lauren Barnholdt

What are you reading this month? See any you’ve read or would like to read?

Happy Reading,

โค

New Books Alert: August TBR

It’s first of August 2016! We’re over half of the year peoples! I’m grateful to be living, aren’t you as well?

Check out my Aug tbr. Its quite impressive cause the image doesn’t include the books I’ve yet to receive in the mail.

I’ll keep y’all posted of the books as they arrive.

See any you’ve read or want to read?

Happy Reading,

โค๐Ÿ“š

 

July Book Wrap Up

Hey peoples, here is a recap of all my July reads. July have been oh so good to me with some amazing story plots, unforgettable characters and stunning writers with a few new promising writers as well.

1: To All the Boyโ€™s Iโ€™ve Loved Before &ย P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han. (โคโคโคโค)

2: Looking for Alaskaย by John Green (โคโคโคโค)

3: Just Listenย by Sarah Dessen (โคโคโคโคโค)

4: Dreamologyย by Lucy Keating (โคโคโคโค)

5: My Life Next Doorย by Huntley Fitzpatrick (โคโคโคโคโค)

6: Saint Anythingย by Sarah Dessen (โคโคโคโค)

7: Melodyโ€™s Keyย by Dallas Coryell (โคโคโคโค)

8: A la Carteย by Tanita S. Davis (โคโคโคโค)

Check out the links for full reviews of each of the books. I really enjoyed reading all of them, learning something new and understanding myself better through the eyes of the characters and their unique situations.

Have or would you read any of them? What did you think? I’ll be posting my August Book haul very soon even though all the books I ordered have not been delivered yet. Waiting impatiently โค๐Ÿ“š

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Happy Reading,

โค๐Ÿ“š

Book Review: Saint Anything

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Rated: โคโคโคโค
One Word: Incredible

Can I just say that the amount of pizza consumed and mentioned in this book made me very hungry? I had to stop reading just because the pizza was described many times as “delicious” “the best” and the garlic knots? Dont get me started.

What I should start on is this book review!

Sydney just watched her once full of life and fierce brother, Peyton, got sentenced to jail for drunk driving, injuring someone and she doesn’t know where to begin after. Her house was not welcoming with parents that was very distracted with the issues of Peyton and she felt neglected. Then shhe met the Chatham, and was welcomed in with no judgement. Layla and Sydney became fast friends but it was her brother, Mac, and his protectiveness and awarenesses that resonated with her the most.

Saint Anything goes over the issues of picking yourself and people around you up after a fall, how to deal with the downfall and that sometimes parents are only doing what they believe is best even if they can’t see past their own judgement. Dessen tackles the issue of friendship been very important through Layla and Sydney and Mac and Sydney. The girl and girl friendship is crucial to show in a time when teenagers are evolving the most and I think it is needed in life.

I liked Sydney a lot because she just wanted to be noticed by her parents. Layla is an unforgettable character with some of the wittiest comebacks. This is a very heavily family centered book like many of Dessens book and she didn’t disappoint.

This book ties many issues into one and I think one very important factor is to be present and aware. Take note of your surrounding, the people around and look beyond the surface. It can make a world of difference.

If you haven’t read the book, what are you waiting for?

Happy Reading,

โค

Book Review: Dreamology

Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Rated : โคโคโคโค
 One Word: Fantasy

I went into this book with alot of caution as I had previously mentioned in my CR : Dreamology post. I had read many reviews that said alot about the fluffy writing and fantasy state of this book, I didn’t know if it was worth it.

But I did and I’m glad I didn’t judge it solely on what others have said. I usually dislike overly sweet descriptive writing and for this particularly book, it just worked. There was no doubt whether it was fluffy, it just was and it had to be fluffy to get the idea of the plot and what was going on with the characters.

For as long as Alice has known, she always dreams of Max. In all her dreams, no matter the changes, she can always guarantee that Max will be there with her. Then Alice and her father moves back to Boston, where she was born and lived till she was 6 years old. With her move, she didn’t anticipate to see Max, in the real world, in her Psych class, at her new school. She was excited and eager to know if he knew her like she did him.

But Max didn’t recognize her or so she thought. As we read further into the book, Alice is put through a wild roller coaster of trying to figure out real life Max and the Max she always dreamed of. She continues to dream and the dream are included in great details in the book.

Along with her quest, her dreams have started to bleed into the real world. She sees things that are not real and she must figure out what is happening to her before its too late.

Keating did a great job of bringing this concept to life! The style of writing was superb with great characters. I love Oliver, he is probably my favorite character. He was funny, down to earth and just misunderstood. And he was totally down for Alice from the get go! Max was amazing as well in tbe perfect teen book character type of way. He was sweet, smart and focused which complemented Alice sunny, hyper and fantasy land mood completely.

The circumstances where Max was crass toward Alice at times was not his finest moments but I understood his behavior because he was stuck between a rock and a hard place. The book truly was about figuring out who you were, the people you wanted around and making the best choices under the circumstances.

I loved the book as whole but some technical problems was up. Keating rushed the ending of the book. After we got the climax, she just pushed us down the hill and said “bye, happily ever after!” Some more explanation was needed, a scene and better description of the event that followed after the solution was found to the problem was necessary to complete this book.

Alice and Max were great characters to know and I enjoyed reading this novel.

Check out Dreamology if you have not and let me know what you think!

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Happy Reading,

โค