ARC REVIEW: All The Rage by Courtney Summers

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TITLE: All The Rage
AUTHOR: Courtney Summers
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: April 14th 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Mystery | Realistic Fiction
PAGES: 336pages (hardcover)
SOURCE: arc via publisher
RATING:

 

4 ★★★★

 

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The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear. 
With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

 

REVIEW:

 

“…and how do you get a girl to stop crying?
You cover her mouth.”

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I won’t tell you anything about this story because I want you guys to have the whole experience yourself. BUT. I would tell you how this story made me feel.

I am no wordsmith and this was one of those times that I wished I was so I can tell you guys how fantastic this book was for me. This freaking ripped my heart out in tiny pieces and then it wasn’t still satisfied so it stomped at it so many times after that.

This book made me angry for a lot of reasons. As I’m typing this, I’m shaking because I’m still freaking enraged. The people, God. I can’t believe this thing is happening right now but I sort of do, too, because that’s how messed-up this world is today. People blamed the victim of rape because maybe she liked it, maybe she brought all of this to herself, right?

“It doesn’t go down easy, this proof of being loved.”

Then, the victim started seeing the world in a wrong new light. She can’t even believe she’s worthy of being loved. She even hates that she has a body and a functioning heart because what good did it do to her? She feels she’s better off dead. And this was what hurt me the most.

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“You’re not better off dead.”

The writing was so engaging, so incredible that I feel like I couldn’t go to the next pages fast enough.I wish there was more though. I wish for a lot of things, mainly to know about what happens after everything. But I can’t really complain because this novel as it is was more than enough to gut me.

This book was phenomenal. I know I can’t give it enough praise that it so hugely deserved through my words but I guess making you guys read this wonderful masterpiece is enough. So bye guys, I’m going to gush about this now on Twitter.

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ARC REVIEW: Amity by Micol Ostow a.k.a amityville, why didn’t I heard of it before?!

 19141361TITLE: Amity
AUTHOR: Micol Ostow
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: August 26th 2014 by EgmontUSA
GENRE: YA > Horror | Paranormal | Retelling
PAGES: 368pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: ARC ebook from publisher (Netgalley)
RATING:  3★★
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For fans of Stephen King and American Horror Story, a gruesome thriller suggested by the events of the Amityville Horror.

Connor’s family moves to Amity to escape shady business deals. Ten years later, Gwen’s family moves to Amity for a fresh start after she’s recovered from a psychotic break.

But something is not right about this secluded house. Connor’s nights are plagued with gore-filled dreams of demons and destruction. Dreams he kind of likes. Gwen has lurid visions of corpses that aren’t there and bleeding blisters that disappear in the blink of an eye. She knows Amity is evil and she must get her family out, but who would ever believe her?

Amity isn’t just a house. She is a living force, bent on manipulating her inhabitants to her twisted will. She will use Connor and Gwen to bring about a bloody end as she’s done before. As she’ll do again.

Alternating between parallel narratives, Amity is a tense and terrifying tale suggested by true-crime events that will satisfy even the most demanding horror fan.

 

REVIEW:

I don’t know why I haven’t heard of this classic movie/novel called Amityille before (actually I know) but apparently, this is where the novel was based from. I haven’t read it, and I honestly don’t plan on reading it. (Unless, is it good?)

 

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I really want to LOVE this The book wasn’t bad. It’s just, it’s… slightly boring. Is boring bad? All I know is that  it doesn’t deserve a 2 or 1 star from ME.

Here’s the gist. Two Families. 10 years gap. One house that somehow conects their story.

 

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It’s a past and present narration. Connor’s POV in the past and Gwen’s POV  in present. And like I said, their stories are intertwined.

Look/read that blurb. Do you understand why I do not want to just ignore this book? Even though I’m not a big fan of Horror genre, I cannot miss that storyline. The first time I’ve read it, I was instantly intrigued and I just know that I have to read it. There were chapters where I got goosebumps. There was even some chapters where I have to stop because every darn noise in my environment is making me jump. I know, I know… I’M A SCAREDY CAT.  The writing is unbelievably vivid. You want the bloody, gory details? You’re gonna get that! You want to be inside a strange and slightly disturbed character? You’re gonna get that as well. The author doesn’t hold back when it comes to details. 

The storyline really appealed to me and from the first few chapters, I was scared and excited. I was actually excited to be scared! Does that even make sense. Anyway, the first part were captivating. Creepy phonecalls and all that. Seeing people who were really not there and all that. And then, I don’t know what happened, but it became dull. The author has this thing. She’s doing little things that will get you excited for what will happen in the next chapter and then… and then… when you FINALLY get to that chapter where you will SCREAM…

flop.

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Intriguing plotline and Creative writing, what’s not to like? I’ll tell you what. The characters. They’re not annoying or frustrating or anything like that. Honestly, they are not anything at all. They’re too… bland. Weak, if you ask me. Not powerful enough to keep me interested.  I did not even connect, to any of them, even for a second. Like I mentioned above, they are kind of disturbing and strange but I don’t know about you, but that is not an excuse. I’m actually a little strange too, so.. I wonder why. Maybe because I’m the good and adorable (lol, who’s gonna compliment me but me) kind of strange.

Amity lacked… something. I didn’t get the trembling and creepy read that I was expecting BUT I was enthralled at some parts. Amity may have boring characters and I may have struggled because of it, but the storytelling was a little spine chilling. If you’re one of those people who LOVE scary and creepy stuff, maybe you should just hold off reading this. Because I’m pretty sure you’ll just laugh at this. But if you’re like me who get scared easily, like even your own shadow scares you, then have at it!

Oh hey, any of you have read/seen the Amity movie or novel? How was it?

ARC REVIEW: Every Ugly Word by Aimee L. Salter a.k.a #Stopthehate

TITLE:22818100 Every Ugly Word
AUTHOR:Aimee L. Salter
PUBLICATION: Published July 17th, 2014 by Mark My Words Publicity
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Supernatural
PAGES: 257pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: e-arc by publisher (Netgalley)
RATING: 4★★★★
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When seventeen-year-old Ashley Watson walks through the halls of her high school bullies taunt and shove her. She can’t go a day without fighting with her mother. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t make her best friend, Matt, fall in love with her. But Ashley also has something no one else does: a literal glimpse into the future. When Ashley looks into the mirror, she can see her twenty-three-year-old self.

Her older self has been through it all already—she endured the bullying, survived the heartbreak, and heard every ugly word her classmates threw at her. But her older self is also keeping a dark secret: Something terrible is about to happen to Ashley. Something that will change her life forever. Something even her older self is powerless to stop.

 

REVIEW:

 

WHERE DO I EVEN START?! First of all, I want to give thanks to the ladies over Mark My Words PR for the ARC, you guys rock! And of course, to the author herself, Aimee, for writing such a masterpiece! Her latest book gets nothing from me but admiration!

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I started reading Every Ugly Word without any clue of what’s it about (not unusual for me). And yes, I personally think that the first chapter was so gripping enough that I have to sit and finish it on one sitting.  When I started the second chapter, It was then revealed that our protagonist, Ashley, is on therapy session. Her therapist is making her re-hash everything that happened until that ‘incident’ (which is the reason why she’s doing therapy in the first place) It’s a past/present narration. It’s like Ashley is just having a back flash. And let me tell you, the narration is impressive! It’s compelling and as soon as you’re on track, it will not let you go. You will find yourself hanging on every word that Ashley is going to say.

You see, Ashley was bullied. And she has an honest and open voice as a protagonist that she’s literally breaking me inside every time she tells a scene from her past. There are no even tears, it just aches, inside. Because I know that all that kind of stuff happens in real life and it’s painful to think that someone out there is being bullied and no one is being there for her/him. Just like Ashley. I’ve never wanted to hug a fictional character so bad. There’s also a lot of rage inside me. These people, these cruel and ruthless people, I  can’t believe that they exist in this world. But we’re all being real here, right? We all know that in this world, people like them exist.

Though Ashley thinks she’s alone and isolated, she’s neglecting the one true person that cares for her, Matt. I’m not going to say  that I’m a fan of this friendship. Because first of all, it’s one of the many reasons that Ashley is the way she is. And Matt has flaws too. I love how the author made a guy that is authentic. Yes, he’s swoony and Ashley is totally in love with him, but he’s… not perfect. He can be a douche. He still cares about his rep. And he’s stupid. See? A normal high school boy.

But the most interesting part here is that Ashley talks to herself. OKAY. So we all talk to our self. But Ashley actually sees her Older self. In the mirror. And they’re having normal conversations. It’s a fascinating thought to think about. Imagine your older self giving your present self advices, and talk you out about stuff that you should not do. Pretty cool if you ask me. But Ashley and her Older Self have a complicated situation, first, it shouldn’t be known by anyone and second, Ashley is convinced that her Older Self is keeping something from her. Which I tell you, dear readers, is right. So I’m going to stop here because this is the part where I got mind blogged (is that even a word?)

ANYWAY, I really don’t know what I… felt. It’s just, I got mind blown. SERIOUSLY. LIKE,

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Yeah, I’m sorry, only a gif can explain it. It’s such a plausible and incredible concept and I don’t know, maybe I’m stupid for not figuring it out, but I was really astonished. It was a total WHOAH moment.

Every Ugly Word has a powerful grip on me. I felt everything Ashley has been through. Aimee Salter made a moving novel with a set of bona fide and memorable characters. It’s haunting, provocative and touching. I highly recommend it!

 


Note: Hey! Do you know that Alloy Entertainment and Amazon Publishing announced a digital-first imprint that will focus on young adult, new adult and commercial fiction. The new imprint, named Alloy Entertainment, will be part of Amazon Publishing’s Powered by Amazon program. Powered by Amazon enables publishers and authors to leverage Amazon’s global distribution and personalized, targeted marketing reach. Every Ugly Word is one of the THREE books that was published on July 29th. Visit Aimee’s blog here when she announced it. And if you wanna read more of this, read this article from New York Times HERE.

You can stalk Aimee here because she’s awesome: TWITTER | WEBSITE | FACEBOOKAnd check out her moving essay HERE .

 

Remember, #Stopthehate


 

ARC REVIEW: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani a.k.a let’s talk about the V word

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AUTHOR: Radhika Sanghani
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: August 5th 2014 by Berkley
GENRE: NA/A > Humor | Womens Fiction
PAGES: 304pages (KIndle Edition)
SOURCE: e-arc via Publisher (Netgalley)
RATING:  4★★★★
 
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Okay I admit it… I didn’t do it.

Yet..

This is normal, right? I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth… right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses.Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right- do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooo.. Anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.

Hey, what have I got to lose?

Besides the obvious.

REVIEW:

“The rumor about boys finding virgins sexy was a LIE. It was just some medieval bullshit that old people said to try and make their daughters keep their legs crossed and not get pregnant”

First of all, Virgin is not Erotica. And honestly, I wonder why it wasn’t shelved as Erotica. I mean, yeah, it wasn’t really focused on sex scenes but the language…. and there’s actually a chapter dedicated on teaching someone how to give a proper Blow.. gift (If you’ll read the book, you’ll get this joke) Anyway, I’m not an expert when it comes to this thing so I’m just going to say that Virgin is not for everybody. That’s for sure. Some might get offended or get turned off, but some (like me) will be totally surprised and will like it  because despite of its crude and malicious language and content… It’s honest. And it’s freaking hilarious! Okay, so there’s  a lot of cringe worthy moments like.. MINI SPOILERS! SKIP THE GIF’s!

 

SHE ACCIDENTALLY CUT HER CLITORIS.

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SHE SLIPPED ON A… SEMEN (that is not her own)

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SHE TRIED TO BREAK HER OWN HYMEN WITH A BOTTLE

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  and she also..  ACCIDENTALLY BIT A GUY’S thing while doing a blow-gift.

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Ellie, a 20 year-old virgin is a Riot! I love her, but she frustrates me a lot of times. Her last senior in UNI is all about one thing: losing her virginity. She doesn’t even care to whom! She just want it gone. Being a virgin is like a disease to her, she can’t really be a ‘normal’ person and she doesn’t feel like she ‘belong’ when she’s still a virgin. So I guess you can see why I’m frustrated here. Okay.. maybe not. It’s just, Ellie is so consumed with the idea that she’s an embarrassment to humanity just because she was a virgin. And because of that, she became miserable and desperate and pathetic.. Even her bestfriend confronted her for it.

“You have your friends, you’re doing well at uni—but you’re just obsessed  with finding a guy and losing your virginity. If you forgot about that for one second, you might actually enjoy your final year instead of freaking out the whole time”

See? I personally believe that being a virgin isn’t something to made fun of. And being NOT A VIRGIN is alsonot something you should be ashamed about . It’s every girls personal decision. This is why I’m sick of girls bringing down other girls. WE BELONG IN THE SAME SPECIES. Stop with the shaming! Of any kind.

“Life as an adult virgin is more complicated than you might think. Obviously it is normal, there are thousands of us, and there is  absolutely nothing wrong with it. Choosing when to have sex is  a completely individual decision, and everyone is different. Some people choose to wait till marriage, and some just want to wait  for the right person. Others are religious, and others are just too busy being successful in every other area of their lives to worry  about something as minor as intercourse.”

Other than my little frustration there at Ellie, I have nothing but fascination for this book. Ellie is… US, or we all have been her at one point of our lives. Gosh, I think I’m still in that stage. When I say that stage, it’s when you’re figuring out things.. uhm, I think you know what things I’m talking about. Anyway, I AM 18. I’m not saying I’m innocent and doesn’t know anything, but, I’m not an expert either. All I know about sex and dildos and vibrators and blow…gift are from books! Okay, now I want to stop typing. I’m laughing so hard now at my realizations. All I want to say is, I LEARNED A LOT FROM THIS BOOK. Though there are some things that I’d rather not learn, I’m still grateful. I just noticed that in our society now that we have all this magazine for GUYS and it’s informative for them, but how about for Women? Sure, we still have Cosmo.. But seriously, Cosmo have like, a gazillion advice that (in personal experience and from others) didn’t work quite well.

“Magazines are just hypocritical. They’re meant to tackle female issues but none of them write  about how awkward it is to shave your vagina. They don’t even  rate hair removal products for how well they work on the bikini zone. They just focus on the safe zones like legs and underarms. It drives me crazy.” Emma’s eyes lit up in excitement. “Oh, my God. We need to  publicize this to the world. We need to be the new teenage agony aunts to help all those thirteen-year-olds figure out how to de-hair their vaginas”

I’m going to focus on the characters in this review because it’s just plain phenomenal. I’ve never been so close at female characters like this before and I feel like I’m always part of their conversation. These girls might be your bestfriend or your neighbor or YOU. They’re dynamic. Authentic. And I think I have an eight pack now because of laughing so hard because of them. When Ellie had a little argument with her bestfriend, Lara, she found herself getting close to Emma, who always have stories about her sex life. Which, by the way, Ellie envied

“One of us is a virgin and one of us is a slut. The two are not mutually exclusive and regardless of our experiences, we both have very similar views on the world of sex, virginity, and vaginas.”

Then this two had a lightbulb moment and decided to make Vlog. No, it’s not a Video-Blog, it’s a Vagina-Blog.. like, a blog for Vaginas. Vagina problems and all that.

Ellie’s journey from a being a Virgin to being not anymore is comical but very real and helpful and this book is like guide for clueless girls out there. No, it’s not gonna turn you into some sex genius or expert but it’ll help you understand and be prepared for some feminine issues that we are going to face.. You know, like, waxing (what am i gonna get? what the hell is a brazillian? wait someones going to wax my vagina for me?) or giving someone a blo- NO I AM SORRY I DON’T THINK I AM READY YET FOR THIS CONVERSATION. Haha! Radhika is a witty and brilliant writer and her book is a gem! Well written and straightforward. I’m gonna leave you a quote from Ellie, that i really loved:

“I only accepted my virginity after I lost it. I wish  I had done it earlier, but either way, I’m glad I finally  have. So whoever you are, whether you lost your virginity twenty years ago or you still have it, just accept it. Embrace any STDs you may or may not have, along with the regrets, the disastrous stories, the heartbreak, the pain and the regret. Because if it weren’t… Life would be dull”

 

ARC REVIEW: John Dreamer by Elise Celine a.k.a everyone need a trip to the Great White Room

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TITLE: John Dreamer (John Dreamer #1)

AUTHOR: Elise Celine

PUBLICATION: Published February 12th 2014 by AuthorBuzz

GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Contemporary | Paranormal

PAGES: 203pages (Kindle Edition)

SOURCE: e-Arc from Publisher (Netgalley)

RATING: 4 ★★★★

 

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Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her. 

When a man calling himself the Guardian appeared and said they had come to make their deepest dreams come true, they embark on an adventure none of them ever imagined, and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.

“John Dreamer” is the first in a series of books set in the confines of the Great White Room.

 

REVIEW:

“Suddenly everything went dark and we couldn’t see anymore”


Hands down, one of the most unique book I’ve read this year! It’s original, inspiring and it will make you think. About your life, dreams and fears.

The story started a little confusing but I found it very easy to read after the first chapter. Andy found herself in a great white room with no recollection on how and why she’s there. The great white room consists of 7 chairs with names of Andy, John, Olivia, Matthew, Marcus, Roy and Linda and one by one, those chairs got filled. Each one of them has their different stories, each one of them has their own fear to conquer and a dream that they want to happen. 

Now you think I’ll get confused by their different POV’s but we’re only in Andy’s head. There’ll be some chapters that it’ll change but I still figured out whose head it is since they’re all original. This is why I love the book so much, I feel connected to them all. And I do feel that everyone can relate to at least one of the characters in the book. Yes, there’s an Insta-Love. It’s even the kind that doesn’t make sense.. at first (nothing really makes sense in GreatWhiteRoom) but as the story progresses, I was rooting for them. And I know, I JUST KNOW that they belong to each other. I love how the readers are aware the there’s something between them but they’re not acting on it annoyingly. 

The plot and the writing is just plain beautiful. I love how simple the writing is, it’s perfect for the compelling and unique plot of the story. No exaggerations or overwhelming metaphors, just simple and easy. 

I CANNOT WAIT for the sequel. I love that all of them made their dreams come true and some of them conqured their fears (with the help of the jolly Guardian) but really, the ending kind of broke my heart. I understand that it has to end that way, buy my heart can’t help but cry OKAY!

John Dreamer is, as I said above, inspirational, thought provoking and beautiful. The story is woven wonderfully and I adore the author for writing a book like this. It’s perfect for every reader!