Book Review: On The Come Up

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
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Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Published: 02/05/19
Borrow or Buy: Buy

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Briโ€™s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Briโ€™s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make itโ€”she has to make it -GoodReads

On The Come Up (OTCU) is Angie Thomas follow up to her astonishing debut novel, The Hate U Give. OTCU is a relatable story for many readers, especially black families. To avoid spoilers, I won’t mention all the struggles that Bri and her family experience, but I have experienced similar situations and to have a book show such things makes you feel less alone. We see Bri throughout the book trying to “make it”, so her family can be okay and although she is trying to make it as a rapper, there are young women and men just like her who are trying to make it either as a rapper, basketball player, accountant, stylist, nurse, lawyers or engineer and that is why this book will resonate with a lot of people. The songs included reminded me of when rappers actually stood for something and it felt like an ode.

Many readers have compared OTCU to T.H.U.G and I believe that’s not fair. T.H.U.G was a completely different story while OTCU pays homage to Angie Thomas love for rapping, the black culture and day to day struggle of an average black family. Both books has a strong plotline and shows that Thomas isnt afraid to speak her mind on concerning matters.

Bri was a character was lively and although her decision making skills needed more work, it added to the overall coming of age story line. There were alot of likeable characters that different people will relate to.

A great read and looking forward to her next release !
Leave a comment if you’re going to read or what you think of the book!


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Book Review: Everything Everything

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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QuickThought:: Everything Everything is that subtle reminder that “ifs” and “I wish” are barriers, and it is not until we grab hold of life and experience every facet-with its risks and pleasures- that we start to live.ย 

Meet Madeleine. She is half Japanese half African-American, eighteen, allergic to the world, stays indoors 24/7 and her only direct human interactions are her mother and nurse.
Meet Oliver aka Olly. He moves next door to Madeline with his family and becomes intrigued by the girl who never leaves her house.
Madeline becomes Maddy once she and Olly begins to IM and become “fast friends” (One of my favorite terms since I’ve read Renรฉe Carlino’s Before We Were Strangers). Now, Maddy’s routine life is no longer enough and she wants to risk it all. Including her life.
Can she risk her life so that she starts to actually LIVE and will she be able tell the tale afterwards?

Nicola Yoon sets Everything Everything up for the reader to fall for Maddy and Olly. I read through the book imagining myself as Maddy. Can I live indoors 24/7, not being able to feel the sun shine on my skin? Not able to feel the wetness of the rain under my boots? Not able to feel the season changing outdoors and I’m only living by looking from my windows?
No. Its unimaginable and I wanted Maddy to defy the rules and run out from the house from the second chapter of the book!
Crazy, I know, but life is all about risks right?

Everything Everything is literally, everything. We see a young, fragile relationship become stronger with everyday that passes. We get to see the bond between a mother and her daughter and how far she will protect her own. We also get to see people go out and take risks, how each family deal with their own baggage and how serious we must take care of our mental and emotional health. Its vital to help make us healthy and productive members of our society so we can be a better role model for our children and even ourselves.

Yoon’s writing is refreshing. It was very true in giving an accurate reflection of the story. When an author can be authentic to the story, no matter the genre or topic, it makes me fall in love with the work. The overall story is also very true to the present time. There is the teenage acts that is very common in present time teens, the issue of mental health, as well as finding one self after spending too much time in the darkness. I honestly cannot find something I’d change about this book because everything was literally placed at the right time with the right tone. It’s a book I’d consider a very inclusive “coming of age” book.

I am telling you, go and grab your own copy because you don’t want to miss the lessons that Everything Everything is about to teach you!

Happy Reading,

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Book Review: When

When by Laurie

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One Word: Intrigued

Maddie can see the death date of anyone she comes across; as long as she can see their forehead clearly. With her gift, she and her mother charges customers to have their death date read to earn extra income for their household. Maddie can only relay the date, she cannot tell how the person will die, why they are dying or where they are going to die.

When one customer disagrees with Maddie’s revelation, and her prediction comes true, Maddie falls under an intense FBI investigation for committing murder. The same thing happens again and the targets are teenagers around their community that Maddie have had interactions with indirectly. Her whole life is affected, including those around her when the investigation gets longer and harder. Maddie knows she must try to clear her name as well as those that are getting implicated to ensure that she doesn’t spend the rest of her life behind bars. Who is commiting the murder? Why are they implicating Maddie? Will she be successful in her pursuit to clear her name?

I was surprised with how fast I was hooked and affected by this book. I went into the book with reservations because I shy away from suspense novels, especially YA suspense but I was not disappointed. Maddie was a character you get to like alot because her struggles will affect you as well as those around her. ย She was vulnerable and strong in making sure she could prove her innocence.

This book lay on the suspense side more thanย romance with how very subtle the author placed Maddie’s crush on the back burner of the story and just popped up when absolutely necessary. Friendship is promoted as well and it ย was mainly a platonic male and female friendship that didn’t build into a romantic one. This type of messages are important for our teens who read because it shows that friendship can occur among boys and girls without it always leading to a relationship. Enjoyed the book and glad I didn’t judge it too early.

Check out When by V. Laurie if you haven’t!

Happy Reading,

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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,

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New Book Alert: Fair To Hope

Hey guys, I have this new book from Sam Reed, Fair To Hope that I received from the author!ย It’s release date is August 30th and I’d be writing a review once I’ve finished it. The book is an exchange for an unbiased review.ย 

Its a fantasy YA book about a young girl named Velma. She had a tough upbringing through the foster care and another in a secret order. She was chosen as Kachina along side her best friend who she will have to kill to save the world in the last battle. She runs out of time and must decide what fate to chose from, save the world that have always been difficult or bring it down?

I can’t wait to dive in and see what Velma and Josh is all about!

Happy Reading,

โค

Book Review: Glass Sword

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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One Word: Fierce

If you have read the first book in the series, Red Queen, or my review on it (Click her for Red Queen review)ย then I still have some of the same qualms I had in the first one in Glass Sword. But let me tell you what I loved first.ย Glass Sword was fierce. Certain scenes throughout the book left me stunned because of the danger and actions that occurred. The last quarter of the book was my favorite with so much happening in such little time and then was left hanging in the epilogue. Aveyard, why ???? ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ๐Ÿ˜ฃ.

Glass Sword picked up right where RQ left off at. The SG must fight for their life, Mare must try to to find the remaining Newbloods like herself and her brother before King Maven gets to them. Mare have not had time to heal from her betrayal from Maven and they both start a crazy, twisted and revengeful dance with each other. Who will come out victorious?

Many of the old characters where better developed in GS than in RQ, which is the point of a sequel. Mare Burrow was an enigma that I just couldn’t fully understand as many times through the book, she didnt understand herself either. Idk if I liked her character development better in GS or RQ… Still up for debate. But I do know that as much as she was cocky, arrogant and ruthless in certain parts, she was also sensitive, hurt and humble in others. Itย goes to show that as humans &(women) we are not only one character but have multiple layers. We evolve accordingly to our situations. It just happens that when Mare chooses to be a rude and merciless gal, it does more harm than good. She still has some growing up to do and hopefully it’s done in King’s Cage.

Cal is my favorite character because he was very relatable in the most common human ways. He was great to the kids, stood by Made through all her tantrums and still loved her no matter what. Trust me, there where times that Cal could have just walked away from her but he never did. I think Cal is one of the best parts of Mare and she needs him a lot. He had his flaws but they made him become a better person. Slade also stole my heart with his jovial but calm attitude. He was big brother personified.You’ll fall in love with him as well. Farley and Kirlorn also had more to say and contribute in GS and we found that there was way more about the Scarlet Guard than meet the eyes.ย I enjoyed the additional characters that helped the revolution as well. ย A revolution brewed in GS and I’m looking forward to Kings Cage for how it will all happens.

Aveyard, I liked all the details on the newbloods, the revolution and background story but it just felt too much at times. It left the story just dry in certain areas, especially in the middle and made me wonder if I’d finish the series at times. You have the beginning and ending down, making sure we’d want to know what happens next. Your writing is superb and I loved how you made sure the soldiers (Made, Cal, Farley, Slade etc ) not forget what they have done or went through. Mare has her nightmares, she constantly battles the coldness that surround and avoid becoming the monster she’s fighting. All these flaws makes them relatable to me and that’s why I’d continue on with King’s Cage.

Are you reading the series? What did you think? Will you be reading the next book?

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Happy Reading,

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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,

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