Mini Reviews: Love & Misadventures and The Creeps

TITLE: Love & Misadventure Related image
AUTHOR: Lang Leav
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Poetry about love sprinkled with the author’s artwork.
GENRE: Poetry
RATING: 2/5
GOODREADS BLURB

I did not like this book. I thought I would, but halfway through the book I couldn’t stop cringing. Overall, the poetry is pretty bad, there’s nothing special about. They’re super short poems in case you have a short attention span and like to waste paper. The poems are generic love poems without much substance so it feels like you can relate, however, and maybe it’s just me, but I like seeing some vulnerability and intimacy in poetry. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say a fourteen year old girl who has fallen in love for the first time wrote this. I have nothing against teenage girls because I was one, but because I was one (with her own poetry phase) I know how bad poetry writing can be.

TITLE: The Creeps: A Dark Deep Collection 
AUTHOR: Fran Krause
ILLUSTRATOR: Fran Krause
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: A collection of comic strips and stories about fears.
GENRE: Graphic Novel | Non-Fiction
RATING: 3/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.
GOODREADS BLURB

I decided to get this book because I wanted a collection of scary stories to get ready for Halloween next October, but I’m not sure this is what I was looking for.

I was expecting truly creepy and scary stories, and while they were all valid fears, it’s not what I was looking for. I would say that these were odd fears people have, but because they were so specific, I couldn’t relate to all them, and therefore not as scary as I was hoping for.

So, these are not the ghost stories I was looking forward to, but they’re fun nonetheless. The illustrations were also more on the fun side than the creepy side, but it was good. It’s a quick read and fun, but not that creepy.

Follow Me On: Instagram | Goodreads

Advertisements

Review: I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin

TITLE: I Hate Everyone But YouImage result for i hate everyone but you book
AUTHORS: Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Ava and Gen are best friends going off to their first semester in college, but stay in touch with emails and texts, discussing roommates, significant others, among other serious issues.
GENRE: LGBT+| New Adult | Young Adult | Contemporary | Fiction | Mental Illness
RATING: 3/5
WARNING: Lots of sex and trigger warnings for mental illness
NOTE: I received an ARC from Wednesday Books in exchange for an honest opinion. The authors are the stars of the YouTube channel, Just Between Us.
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017
GOODREADS BLURB Continue reading

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

TITLE: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Image result for to all the boys i've loved before
AUTHOR: Jenny Han
SUMMARY: Lara Jean’s old love letters are sent out to all the boys she as ever loved, including her neighbor, Josh.
GENRE: Romance | Young Adult | Contemporary
RATING: 4.5 / 5
NOTES: This is the first book in a trilogy
GOODREADS BLURB Continue reading

Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

TITLE: Dreamology Image result for dreamology
AUTHOR: Lucy Keating
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Alice literally meets the boy of her dreams but things get worse when reality and dreaming start to bleed into each other.
GENRE: Science Fiction | Contemporary | Young Adult | Romance
RATING: 4/5
GOODREADS BLURB Continue reading

Mini Reviews: The Story Cure & Room

TITLE: The Story Cure Related image
AUTHOR: Dinty W. Moore
GENRE: Non Fiction / Self Help
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Moore diagnoses the different ailments writers suffer from and and offer a solution.
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review

As an inspiring writer, I looked forward to reading this book and Moore didn’t disappoint. He takes his role of writing doctor seriously, but he also does it with humor. He not only takes you back to the origin of what a story is but he also offers plenty of examples of the dos and don’ts of what to do with your writing. He goes over plot, characters, dialogue, voice, setting, and so on. If there’s something you’re struggling when writing, Moore probably knows what to do about it.

 

TITLE: Room Image result for room book
AUTHOR: Emma Donoghue
GENRE: Crime / Contemporary / Adult Fiction / Fiction
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Jack has spent his whole life in Room along with his Ma, but soon discovers there’s a bigger world than Room.
RATING: 4/5
NOTE: It was adapted into a movie 2015

I read this months ago and realized I never talked about it on the blog. I have no idea why because I adored this book and it’s gripping tale of survival.

The first thing that instantly caught my attention was the fact that the ENTIRE book is told from 5 year old Jack’s point of view. It’s Jack at age five telling his story instead of a grown-up Jack telling this story, so the language is incredibly playful. For example, he says “waterfall the milk” when he’s serving milk and cereal. I think this was my favorite aspect of the story, and I can only imagine the fun Donoghue had with it.

Although the story is from Jack’s perspective, it doesn’t shy away from horrible predicament they’re in, even if he’s unaware of it. Apart from ugliness of captivity, it’s also about the returning to a life of normalcy when you were born without knowing what normal was. That was so jarring for me to read about and equally fascinating.

Overall, I recommend the book and the movie.

Follow Me On: Instagram | Goodreads

Review: The Haters by Jesse Andrews

TITLE: The Haters Related image
AUTHOR: Jesse Andrews
SUMMARY: Wes and Cory go to Jazz camp when an unexpected band tour with their new friend Ash, which takes them across the American South.
GENRE: Young Adult | Coming of Age | Contemporary | Music
RATING: 2.5/5
NOTE: Warning for explicit (teenage boy) language.

Continue reading

Review: We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

TITLE: We Are Okay

we-are-okay.png

None of the online pictures did this beautiful over justice, so here’s one of my pictures from my Instagram (@readingturtleduck


AUTHOR: Nina Lacour
SUMMARY: Marin went off to college in the hope of forgetting what happened at the end of last summer, but when her best friend Mabel comes to visit her, the past comes rushing back into her life.
GENRE: Young Adult | LGBT+ | Contemporary | Realistic Fiction
RATING: 5/5 Continue reading