One True Loves Review

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Publication Date: June 7th 2016

Publisher: Atria

Genre: Adult Fiction

Edition: Paperback

Page Count: 327

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Goodreads:

“In her twenties, Emma Blair marries her high school sweetheart, Jesse. They build a life for themselves, far away from the expectations of their parents and the people of their hometown in Massachusetts. They travel the world together, living life to the fullest and seizing every opportunity for adventure.

On their first wedding anniversary, Jesse is on a helicopter over the Pacific when it goes missing. Just like that, Jesse is gone forever.

Emma quits her job and moves home in an effort to put her life back together. Years later, now in her thirties, Emma runs into an old friend, Sam, and finds herself falling in love again. When Emma and Sam get engaged, it feels like Emma’s second chance at happiness.

That is, until Jesse is found. He’s alive, and he’s been trying all these years to come home to her. With a husband and a fiancé, Emma has to now figure out who she is and what she wants, while trying to protect the ones she loves.

Who is her one true love? What does it mean to love truly?

Emma knows she has to listen to her heart. She’s just not sure what it’s saying.”

This is my first time reading Taylor Jenkins Reid, although I have heard her other works are definitely worth reading soon and don’t worry I had ordered her other books once I hit the half way point of One True Loves, because I was hooked.

At first though I was not sure if I was going to enjoy this book or not. This is a book that is completely out of my element and is now a genre that I am wanting to dive more into. I am usually one to read YA, but now I want to explore more of adult fiction. Once we were past the part where we introduce the characters I was invested and  ready to see where the story was going to go.

I felt like Emma was relatable, even though I have never been in her situation before I could relate to the turmoil that she was going through of moving on from a long relationship and stepping into a new one. I have recently ended my longest relationship, because things were sizzling out and we were growing to be two different people who didn’t blend together anymore like we did when we were younger. I also really loved her character development throughout the story with her parents, sister and really how she views things.

Even though the topic is pretty heavy in this book, I read this book quick and practically devoured it at any chance I could. One True Loves is a book that makes you question and think on your own life. It is a heartbreaking, moving and a book that will make you feel overwhelmed with love.

I cannot wait to read more from Taylor Jenkins Reid so that I can compare this one to her other books. Have you read anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid? If so which are your favourites?

The Sword of Summer Review

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What Courtney a review?!? What is this? Yes this is indeed a review that I am FINALLY posting. With a untrustworthy computer and an internet connection that wants to get knocked out every time it storms or that one time a person took down the pole that held up the cable that is our internet causing our neighborhood to not have internet and cable for two days… yeah that was a thing.

But alas I am back and a more of an excuse will come Sunday, which will be a little update on life and my reading. Really though I have not read a lot lately and it is making me sad/irritated I am not sure what is going this year, but I am having the worst of worst slumps. It is the slump to end all slumps, it’s that bad. Okay I might be a tad overdramatic, but not really. Anyways I will stop jabbering and get on with the review!

The Sword of Summer was everything I wanted and more from a book written by Rick Riordan! It was fun, the characters were complex, the humor was perfect. Everything was perfect!

The chapter headings really set the tone for the story. Something I have always loved about Rick is that he knows how to set up a story whether it is with chapter headings or with his first sentences. There is even a chapter heading that says, “Come to the dark side, we have Pop-Tarts!” I kind of paraphrased that because I don’t have my book with me.

The characters are so good! Magnus is witty and sarcastic and I loved reading out his POV. Also he is the family member that Annabeth mentions in I believe it was Blood of Olympus and it was so good to see her again! I also want to back track and take a second to share my love for the fact that each series is connected in some way or another. As always I enjoyed the side characters as well, especially Sam!

The Gods, where do I even start with them? Unlike the other series that Rick Riordan has done, the Gods in The Sword of Summer did not come across as arrogant Gods. Don’t get me wrong I love the other series, but in those the Gods acted like what you thought Gods would act. In The Sword of Summer they were more relaxed and down to earth.

As always Rick Riordan has created a story that is fun, fast paced and of course one epic adventure. I cannot wait to see where the series goes from here in The Hammer of Thor which comes out October 4, 2016.

Rating: 5/5 stars

December’s Owl Crate Review

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I wanted to do this review a while ago, but I wanted to really enjoy the products that came in this months box before doing my review. I am so glad that I decided to go back to Owl Crate, because December’s box was so good! Although I have not finished the book that came last month, but I have started it.

What was inside:

  • Reading Journal
  • Frostbeard Candle Reading at the Cafe
  • Boy Girl Party To Do List Notepad
  • Magnet by Sandra Vargas (it is super pretty)
  • Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliot

I was so excited when I opened my box this month. The reading journal is now in constant use and along with Goodreads it is helping me keep my thoughts and what I have read so far this year in order. It is definetly helping me keep organized this year, which was something I wanted to do this year. I love the quotes inside and how there are pages for you to write down books that you want to buy (not that I need to buy anymore). It is also pocket sized so I carry it with me everywhere so I jot down my thoughts on books or write down books I want to read this year.

Frostbeards candle in Reading at the Cafe is perfect. It is the perfect blend of coffee and chocolate. When I light my candle at home it feels like I am at a cafe, except for I am cuddled up in mounds of blankets sitting by the fire at home reading. It also came with a discount code and I cannot wait to use it to buy more from Frostbeard.

Boy Girl Party To Do List notepad is the cutest thing I have laid my eyes on so far. What is cuter than an octupos reading books and drinking coffee? Nothing, that is what I thought. I did not want to write on this notepad because it is so cute. But it is helping me plan out blogs and books that I am reading and keeping me on track. Again another item that is helping me with my New Years resolution. I wanted to blog more this year and I am using this little notepad to my advantage. If I ever run out there is a coupon code that goes came with it, I am also curious what else they offer.

I love the magnet that is made by Sandra Vargas. It is so pretty to look at it and bonus points for the inspiration of the print being from The Little Prince, which is one of my favorite stories. It definetly added some beauty to my otherwise boring fridge.

Last but not least is the book that came last month. Da Vinci’s Tiger by L.M. Elliot. To be honest I have yet to finish the boook, but I have started and so far I am enjoying it. I have been on a historical kick this month and this book is just perfect for that mood I am in. Da Vinci’s Tiger is about a girl named Ginerva de’ Benci who loves poetry and wants to join the artstic ferment of Renaissance Florence instead though she is trapped in an arrange marriage. Bernardo Bembo introduces her to a cirlce of artist, patrons and philosophers. Bernardo commissions her portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Ginerva grows close to da Vinci and she beings to struggle with her voice, artistic companionship and love that desires categoriazation. In the end though it is a battle of powerful families that she and Leonardo face.

Overall I give this box an A+ rating. Everything was so perfect and so right. If you have not subscribed to Owl Crate, I suggest you do. You really can’t go wrong with a new book every month and some fun bookish themed items as well.

I hope everyone has a great day and happy reading,

Courtney

Shadowhunters Premire Review

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It is finally here! Shadowhunters has finally aired and I was not exactly dissappointed but I was not over the moon for it. I will continue watching just to see what happens and where they go with it. But lets break things down.

Clary- I like Katherine McNamara. I really felt for her when she came into the loft after her mom was taken. Although I think she has room to grow as an actress and some of her lines were super cheesy. Can they please get better writers?

Jace- Dominic Sherwood looks like Jace, but nothing he did made me believe that he was Jace. Jace is my favourite character and this is what I get? He felt disconnected when he was delievering his lines. I know that he is British and it is probably hard to speak in an American accent, but it was boderline Robert Pattison in Twilight in the first movie the way he talked.

Simon- Why is Simon so attractive? Alberto Rosende is the perfect Simon hands down. Simon was flawless and  his lines were so funny. I wanted more out of Simon, because I am falling in love with him. Also am I the only one who noticed Simon had a six pack when he changed his shirt? That is something I did not expect Simon to have. I have always pictured him scrawny and nerdy looking.

Alec- Matthew Daddario is so perfect as Alec. To me I pictured Alec to look something like this. But again the lines were cheesy, which is not their fault I just want new writers! Also their is no bromance between Jace and Alec. I hope as the season goes that they grow some kind of bond.

Isabelle- Emeraude Toubia is seriously gorgeous and she looks like Isabelle. My ownly problem with her is that she is not the badass that she is in the books! Isabelle doesn’t take crap and she is not used as a distraction.

If I did every character this review would be so long. I do not like Clary’s mom she feels generic and just another ABC Family mom. I felt no emotion from her and everything she did was flat. Valentine is perfect! I am so in love with the actor who was wonderful as King Henry in Regin. I also love that he still respects Jocelyn and does not want to harm her anymore than what was already done (although she did it to herself).

The CGI was cheesy, but this is probably a low budget so that was something I expected, the writing is often times corny but I have already said that a few times. I am hoping that with time the show grows stronger and gets better each episode. Usually first episodes are a little shaky so I am excited to see where this goes. I also giggled at the demons, what was going on with that?

Overall the first episodes gets a 3.5/5 stars. It was not terrible, but it was not great. I am also excited for Lady Midnight to come out, I thought I would throw that one out there. Have you guys seen the show? If so what are your thoughts on it?

Happy Reading,

Courtney

 

 

 

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 1 Review

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Author: Sui Ishida

Genre: Horror, Paranormal

Edition: Paperback

Pages: 224

My Rating: 5/5 stars

 

 

 

I made it part of my reading new years resolution to include more manga, back in high school that was all that I really read and high fantasy books. For some reason as I got older I kind of stopped reading them, but I never stopped watching anime. I have been interested in Tokyo Ghoul and since Barnes & Noble was having a buy 2 get 1 deal on all manga, well how was a girl supposed to say no to that?

Tokyo Ghoul is about a boy named Ken Kaneki who is just your average shy freshmen in college studying literature. That is until he goes on a date with his crush, Rize who turns out to be a ghoul. An accident occurs that ultimately ends up saving Kaneki’s life but also changing it forever. Kaneki becomes the first half-human half-ghoul.

The first volume is fast paced, thrilling and exciting. I could not put down the book for more than 20 minutes. I am hoping the rest of the volumes explore more about the ghouls and how they came to be since it was not talked about in this book. This volume was about Kaneki coming to terms with his new lifestyle and the struggles of figuring out who he is and where he belongs. I also liked Kaneki’s best friend Hide, I thought he was a great aspect to the story and he was a great comedic relief to a dark story.

I cannot wait to continue on with this manga, so far I am in love with it and I give this a 5 star rating! Also the covers are to die for!

Happy Reading,

Courtney

A Monster Calls Book Review

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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary

Page Count: 205

My Edition: Paperback

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

So we are only on the second day of October and I have already knocked out a book that was on my TBR. I knew A Monster Calls was short, what I didn’t know that once I started reading the book that I would not be able to set it down or that I would loose track of time and not realize that when I started reading in the morning with my cup or two of coffee that I would be finished by the afternoon where my dog looked at me impatiently wondering when we were going to go on our walk.

I am going to keep this review short and simple mainly due to the fact that I will giveaway the book. One of the things that I will say is the writing is well done. Patrick Ness is a natural story teller, and his writing style is beautiful. That is really the only way to describe it, its just beautiful. This is the first book by Patrick Ness that I have read and I must say that I am now a fan of his work and I will start collecting his books from now on.

The characters in this story are well drawn out, even characters that are only in one or two pages are well thought out and you can tell there was a wealth of time and attention focused on them. Nothing in this story seemed like it was not supposed to be there or that it was a filler. I will say based off the title and the cover I was suprised by the contemporary atsmophere, but it only added to my intrigue to the story.

Not only was the writing beautiful and well done, the illustrations enhanced the story, letting you see what was happening in the story. I liked that the illustrations were not on every page, and that sometimes they took up two pages so you can get the full imagery of what you just read. Like I said earlier everthing was part of the story for a reason and things floated together so wonderfully creating a truly remarkable story.

A Monster Calls will be a story that I will never forget any time soon, in fact I cannot stop thinking about it now, even though I have been trying to move on after I sobbed for a solid hour after finishing. If you have not read this book yet, I highly suggest you pick it up and give it a go. You will not regre it, I promise you that.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and happy reading!