Month: August 2015

[ARC Review] Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, EverythingEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Series: None
Publication: September 1st 2015 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 320
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Netgalley
Rating: ★★★

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This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


[Review] Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #1
Publication: August 7th, 2012 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Number of Pages: 404
Genre: High fantasy, YA, Romance
Source: Public library
Rating: ★★★

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In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.


Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That I’d Put On My Syllabus

Top Ten Tuesday Attempt #1 pic versionTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

This Week’s Topic: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101)

Hahh I’m going to suck at this topic. I don’t think I’d be a good teacher at all. I have the patience for little kids but I definitely don’t have the patience for careless, dumb high schoolers. I know that I’m a high school kid but that doesn’t mean I have to be able to stand some of my classmates! I don’t like people that are lazy and don’t do their work. I don’t like it when they disregard school as if it’s something trivial.

So if I were in a fantasy land and taught a class….. I think I would end up fangirling (or ranting) all over the place about my recent book and making every class one where we just sat around and read books. I think I’d be able to realistically make a class about tough-issue topics and preach about why we should all develop confidence though. I love the feeling of having confidence and having the strength to overcome your problems!

The official name would be…. *drumroll*

Developing Bookish Confidence 101

Just kidding. That’s a terrible bookish class name and half of the books below aren’t even going to match it. (more…)

Dancing Through the Pages is One Year Old~!

So it’s been a year.

I just need to calm down and think about that statement. I’ve always been incredibly dedicated to the things I’ve done (Okay maybe not always. I didn’t know how to do it when I was a kid) but it’s still amazing that I’ve been able to keep this thing chugging along for so long. I’m hoping that I’ll eventually be able to keep it going until I’m hitting my second, third, fourth, TENTH (okay that’s a bit ambitious) anniversary! I started this when I was 14 and now I’m 15 (that comparison doesn’t work when it’s only been one year) and I absolutely love how much my blog has grown.

My earliest posts are the ugliest things ever. I was so proud of my first reviews and how much I gushed over Jellicoe Road. But now that I look back on it, I’m actually very horrified with the disorganization of my reviews. I can even see improvement by looking at reviews from half a year ago. I thought that I had to post every day and the stress was so real guys. I made the dumb decision to make a blog in my freshman year of high school. WHO DOES THAT? me, obviously

I’m always hoping to improve and better my blog so honestly, seeing any improvement makes me really happy! Slowly, I’m seeing my posts become more consistent in quality, less forced, with a little more color!

As always, I couldn’t have continued blogging if I hadn’t been able to meet so many amazing people! I hit 200 followers this morning (amazing like omg why are you even interested in my word vomit???) and for some reason, forty-something twitter followers (Seriously though. Why is anyone following me there? I rarely tweet anything!)! I’ve had some ups and downs with my blogging (that month-long hiatus though jeez) and have, for the most part, established some type of “schedule” with the blogging.

In this year, I’ve published around 200 posts! I’ve learned so much in this one year of blogging and I’m happy to learn even more in the future. I have a couple of ideas and things that I want to add on to my blog soon but it’s taking a little longer for me to actually find time to implement them.

Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to host a giveaway (much as I want to) because I’m broke and I don’t want my parents to have to fund my blog. I mean, I already ask them to buy me $1 books from Goodwill and Half-Price Books! It’s technically a hobby….. so maybe one day in the future, when I actually can fund my own blog, I’ll have a fabulous book giveaway! How’s that sound?

So in conclusion, while I’m not as huge and famous as some other well-known book bloggers, I’m happy with what growth I’ve had! It’s rewarding to blog and meet other people.

So yeah, this is a super rushed post (I need to go back and do homework and study for a Spanish quiz like asap UGH SCHOOL) and I’m sorry that I couldn’t make this more eloquent or even properly edited but I just wanted to say thanks for supporting me with what I’ve done on my blog so far! 🙂

[ARC Review] Another Day by David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day, #2)Another Day  by David Levithan
Series: Every Day #2
Publication: August 25th 2015 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 300
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Sci-fi/Fantasy???
Source: Netgalley
Rating: ★★

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The eagerly anticipated companion to David Levithan’s New York Times bestseller Every Day
In this enthralling companion to his New York Times bestseller Every Day, David Levithan (co-author of Will Grayson, Will Grayson with John Green) tells Rhiannon’s side of the story as she seeks to discover the truth about love and how it can change you.
Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She has accepted her life, convinced herself that she deserves her distant, temperamental boyfriend, Justin, even established guidelines by which to live: Don’t be too needy. Avoid upsetting him. Never get your hopes up.
Until the morning everything changes. Justin seems to see her, to want to be with her for the first time, and they share a perfect day—a perfect day Justin doesn’t remember the next morning. Confused, depressed, and desperate for another day as great as that one, Rhiannon starts questioning everything. Then, one day, a stranger tells her that the Justin she spent that day with, the one who made her feel like a real person . . . wasn’t Justin at all.


The Secret Life of a Book Blogger

secret life of a book blogger

I was tagged by Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts to do this tag! Thanks!

This tag seems to be a small peek behind-the-scenes of me writing and managing this blog. I guess could reveal some of my secrets to you and I can only hope that they don’t make me look too bad XD

I actually think is one of my favorite tags. It’s slightly different and it’s more personal than a lot of the other ones I’ve done. So read on! (more…)

Discussion Personal Reading | I’ve Grown Out of Middle Grade

Growing Out of Middle Grade Books

I’ve been reading a lot of different genres of books but I’ve noticed that I’ve essentially stuck to YA with the occasional adult novel.

A while ago I tried to pick up a book that was pretty much geared towards middle schoolers (and younger) and I realized that all the characters felt much too young for me. It was before my blog grew and it was one of the very first DNF reviews I’d ever written. That book was the first Copernicus Legacy novel, The Forbidden Stone. I remember that a lot of my complaints had to do with how young the characters were.

Looking back, I think I should’ve realized right then that I had grown out of MG novels. But it took a few more attempts for me to realize it.

After reading The Forbidden Stone, I picked up about three more MG novels. Those were The Blood of Olympus, The Rithmatist, and The School for Good and Evil. While I didn’t mind reading the last one, the other two were very difficult for me to enjoy.

I loved the Percy Jackson series. It was one of my favorite series back while I was in middle school. I followed Rick Riordan’s writing like he was a god (bad pun sorry xD). But by the time Mark of Athena came out, things were changing for me. I’ll be the first to admit that MOA was my least favorite book in the second series. I was starting to realize that I didn’t actually like his writing style or humor all that much. And when I read Blood of Olympus, the things that I originally found funny had devolved into something that I found… definitely not. I have some unpopular opinions regarding his series and maybe I’ll make a post about it someday but for now, I can just say that I probably won’t be following his upcoming Norse mythology series.

For Sanderson, I really need to read some of his books for older readers. The Rithmatist had one of the most juvenile romances I have ever read and made me cringe. It just screamed “little kid” to me.

By the time I really began to critically review every book I read, I had long since grown out of MG novels. The humor, relationships, and characters were written for people much younger than I. Sometimes I can get over that but other times, it becomes overwhelming to the point that I can’t.

What really gets me is when I am no longer able to enjoy the plot. I’m pretty logical when it comes to reading and I am definitely capable of suspending my disbelief. However, with MG novels, a lot of them don’t have logic. I can’t make myself read it without thinking that it’s dumb.

I know that there are a lot of adults that enjoy MG novels and maybe one day I’ll grow back into it. But for now, I like reading YA because a lot of times I’m at a similar age as the characters and I can relate to them. I think that a huge reason that I’m not super into MG anymore is because of how big a difference there is with YA.

One of the hardest things that I’ve had to do with growing out of MG is that I don’t even know if I consider my old favorite books as favorites. When I read them, I had adored them and instantly labelled them as favorites. Now, I’m hesitant to do so because I know that if I go back and read them again, I might not enjoy them as much.

I’m also scared that once I get older, I’ll end up growing out of YA and I really don’t want that to happen. I started reading YA back in seventh to eighth grade before I even knew what it was. Right now I love YA a lot. I don’t want that to change. Becoming interested in YA and the online book world was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself and I know that if I end up losing interest in YA, staying active in the blogging community and with other bloggers will become more difficult. On top of that, I love the amount of emotion and how every book I pick up can have so many opinions attached to it.

So this was pretty much just unorganized word vomit that unintentionally ended up being about me. The original purpose was to talk about growing out of certain books. Oops. I’ll rewrite this post to be less about me sometime haha!

Anyways, it obviously happened with me but have any of you guys grown out of MG, a genre, or anything else?

The Summertime Madness Book Tag

Summertime Madness Book Tag

Woooo! Summer is ending and school has already started.

Cue ugly sobbing.

Kim Soohyun CryingSo I figured I should probably get this Summertime Madness Tag out of the way because I don’t really wanna post it in the dead of winter three months from now. That would just depress me because it’d be cold outside. Actually I prefer the cold to the hot so maybe it wouldn’t? I’m starting to get off track don’t mind me XD

I was tagged by Analee at Book Snacks to do this tag! Thanks, girl~

Edit: I was also tagged a few days ago by Summer at Xingsings!

Both of these bloggers have great blogs, so be sure to check them out! (more…)

[Review] The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

The Summer of Chasing MermaidsThe Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Series: None
Publication : June 2nd, 2015 by Simon Pulse
Number of Pages: 399
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: PulseIt’s Weekly Full Read
Rating: ★★★★

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From the bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, a talented singer loses her ability to speak after a tragic accident, leading her to a postcard-perfect seaside town to find romance.
The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.
Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.
Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.
When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them…