When the Moon was Ours -The story of how I fell in Love with Magical Realism

anna-marie-mclemore-when-the-moon-was-oursTitle : When the Moon was Ours

Author : Anna-Marie McLemore

Publication date : October 4th 2016

Publisher : Thomas Dunne

Genre : Young Adult | Magical Realism

Synopsis : When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.
To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.
But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.
It’s high seas adventure full of magic, secrets and feelings! 

Rating: 5 stars

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“He wanted to give her every light that ever hung in the night sky. He wanted to give her back what she thought she’d lost years ago.”

*I was provided an e-Arc of this book by the publishers in exchange of an honest review*

(No Spoilers)

Oh my! I don’t even know where to begin with this book. My thoughts are so scattered and I have SO MANY FEELINGS about it that I don’t even know how to form into coherent sentences. Well, what I can already tell you is that this book was a few firsts to me. First book with a transboy. First introduction to magical realism. And what an introduction indeed. I adored “When the Moon was Ours” more than I can even begin to express and I lowkey want to throw it at everyone’s face (or is that highkey?). Anyway, I’ll stop rambling here and try to do a proper review. But no promises.

Even at the beginning, when I was still deciding whether this book was for me or not, I immediately fell in love with the writing style. The prose is so so beautiful and has a whimsical vibe to it which adds a lot to the story as a whole, it almost feels like a whisper, I really don’t know how to explain it, it just relies so much on metaphors and the like that it makes the whole experience almost soothing, even though the events aren’t. It is written in Dual POV going back and forth between Sam and Miel and because this a heavily character driven story, that is crucial in understanding what they’re feeling at certain points as well as what goes through their minds as certain things happen.

The story broke my heart. Not that it was a sad ending or the like but it’s more about internal struggles that both main characters as well as some side ones go through, which shows that sometimes internal battles weigh as much as -if not more- than any other kind. It is also very settle. in my humble opinion, this book embodies the metaphor of secrets because each character had their own darkness to deal with, something that kept dragging them down and it is not before all of that was revealed that a certain problem was solved and all of that was ultimately related with them coming to terms with who they really were and that was made even more impactful with the setting of the book, it being a very old fashioned little town.

As I mentioned before, this was my very first immersion into Magical Realism and I only have one thing to say, WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG? I’m completely won over by this genre and all it took is this little jewel. I am just in awe in front of how the author was able to weave some “supernatural” elements into the story and still making it seem so real, because let me tell you,  I had no problem believing that a girl could grow roses out of her wrist, or that a woman could take lovesickness out of a body. Oh and how I adored all the magic !!

I am not saying that it is flawless, because I was bit bothered by how a certain person’s real identity was discovered by Miel because of how obvious it was all along BUT this is just the kind of book that makes you look through all the minor issues and doesn’t leave you any other choice but to give it full marks. A hundred stars for how many emotions it packs.

So, through the book the characters got through so much development that it is actually impressive, not only as people but also in their relationships with each other.

First of all, we have Miel. She is such a sweet and strong girl who’d do anything for the people she loves, going through hell and back just to protect them and their secrets (read: Sam), but here’s the thing, she has a past that she cannot escape no matter how hard she tries, a past that led her to being the orphan that came out of the water tower and seeing her finally being at peace with that while putting together the missing pieces was remarkable, such a raw and heartfelt Journey.

Oh and Sam! He was my favorite to be honest! It was so interesting to read about a trans character that was in denial, he kept making excuses for himself and hiding behind “Bacha Posh” which is a tradition found in Pakistan -among other places- in which families that have no male presence get one of their daughters to be the boy of the family (I suck at explaining things but that’s about it). And he did that for his mom, or he convinced himself that that was what he was doing while everyone around him knew him for who he really is. And what was the most heartwarming is how his mom knew it all along and let him come to the terms with it on his own timing and when he finally came out to her she had this “Do whatever suits you” attitude about it.

Let’s not forget about the other characters. Aracely for exemple was a huge one for me, I really liked how she was “the Wise one” which  made me forget more than once how young she was. Also, the Bonner Girls gave me the creeps, and they still do. Cold sweats I tell you!

At the end, I read the Author notes which is weird for me because I normally never do that but I didn’t regret it one single bit, because I realized that the story was inspired by the author’s own life which gave me a whole new kind of appreciation for it. I highly recommend and truly think that everyone should get their copy when it comes out.


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Top 5 Wednesday #16: Read the Book, Love the Genre

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So today is Wednesday, this means that it is time for me to do another T5W.  It is a weekly feature created By Lainey @ Gingerreadslainey with a different theme each week. It is hosted now by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes. For more information, you can check the Goodreads group.

This week’s theme is: GATEWAY BOOKS TO YOUR FAVORITE GENRES

I’m finally FINALLY posting another T5W, it has been a long time. 3 months to be precise (wait what?). You all know my reasons for that and if you don’t, here they are. Anyway. You know when a person asks for a recommendation to get into a certain genre and you just have a book or 2 you just want to throw at their faces, yeah, I thought so! Then, this is what this week is all about. And you know me, I can’t resist a cry for help -or recommendations. As you may or may not know, my 3 favorite genre are Fantasy, Contemporary and Historical fiction so here are my books/series:

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FANTASY:

SHADES OF MAGIC – V. E. SCHWAB

 

Duuuuh!! I’ll shove this series at anyone who mentions fantasy because this is the obvious choice to trick anyone into falling in love with it. There’s magic, thieves, princes, alternate universe, fights, what more can you ask for? It’s the perfect mix between all the elements that make a good fantasy series and this one is phenomenal. GO READ IT!

CONTEMPORARY

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN – JANDY NELSON

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You were expecting this one, weren’t you? There’s no way I could be more predictable than this, but you know me, and you know how much I adore this book. The unique writing, the adorable characters, the family drama, the feel good ending are everything I love in a book and I’d love everyone to read it so that I can rave with a maximum amount of people. OH!! AND THERE’S A BRITISH GUY !

THE MESSENGER – MARKUS ZUSAK

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This a whole other kind of contemporary. This is a slightly darker, more settle kind as the characters are very banal, the routine almost boring but it has a kind of mystery that keeps you going until the end. There’s a moral to get out of it all and I loved it even more for that specific reason.

HISTORICAL FICTION

THE BOOK THIEF – MARKUS ZUSAK

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Keeping up with the predictablity theme, this is one I think you saw coming. I recommend this book because that’s the one that got me into this genre in the first place so I want people to experience that same feeling. Especially of you people like the WWII period. Highly HIGHLY recommend.

WOLF BY WOLF – RYAN GRAUDIN

 

Can you tell WWII is my favorite to read about? Well, it is and even though this is alternate historical fiction, it still has the facts straight so it does count. And it also answers the question: “What if Hitler had one?” While I say that we’ll be in deep shit, this book while give you a more elaborate, detailed view on that.


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Reading/Blogging while drowning under School Work: A guide.

Hello guys !

By now, all of us have gotten back to school/college and things are starting to get serious. If you’re managing to do everything you want to do, keep-up with school AND not be stressed about it, GOOD FOR YOU (and also, I’m sure you don’t exist). I’m admirative and I’ll forever strive to be like you. I know last year was rough for me, I had a LOT of classes, I wasn’t organized and didn’t keep up with my lessons either because I was exhausted or because I procrastinated and let reading, blogging and everything else come first. So when I had to prepare for my exams it was one of the most traumatizing things I’ve ever experienced, I’m not even kidding, and despite the fact that I passed all my classes with no hick-ups, I promised myself never to do that again.

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What do I do and how do I do it? I spent quite sometime thinking up ways to balance everything and minimize the stress (because let’s face it, I will never get rid of it) and even though I still haven’t tested all these things for long, I still decided to share them. They may be of help to some of you. It will be a mix between studying/blogging/reading.

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I have no idea what I would do if I didn’t have a daily to-do list to work with. I would probably do nothing and freak-out, which is an art I mastered last year. This not only keeps you organized but it also gives you a goal to work toward, which is quite motivational. To me anyway. Being able to tick off each task as I do it has proven to give me quite a kick when I need it. So I’d suggest doing that. Having a planner, to-do lists and the like.

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I know that EVERYONE says that scheduling is the key but it’s like a myth to most of us. It used to be one to me up until recently when I realized that I can’t keep up with having my internship the morning, classes until 6 p.m., reading, working-out, socializing AND blogging everyday. I just can’t. And yes, I like to do a lot of things and I’m not giving up on anything anytime soon, so I found that this works best for me. I have an overview of my month’s posts and I write them up whenever I have sometimes which is generally on the weekends. Luckily this September, I have a week’s worth of holiday in which I wrote all of the month’s posts (this one included). Crazy, I know. I reached a level of organization I didn’t think myself capable of.

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This can be pretty helpful too. If you get a post idea when you can’t reach your laptop, put it on your phone right away, pour out everything that comes to mind on the topic right there and then so it’ll be easier to flush out and edit before posting. God knows how many ideas I’ve forgotten just because I got them at the wrong time and also because I never thought of using my phone to draft posts.

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This is a BIG one. It takes me quite sometime to make graphics from scratch, valuable time that I could be using on my school work, reading or even scheduling another post. So, by having premade graphics, it only takes me 2 minutes to change the background and/or text before using in my new post. I have my templates set for every kind of post I have and that definitely has made my post writing and editing process go by smoother.

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I know some people say “I am not a night reader” but if you train yourself, of course you can do it! To be honest, I’ve always done all my reading at night so it comes naturally to me. But if you don’t read at night and are not willing to try, you won’t get much reading done (unless you spend a decent amount of time in common transportations) because between all the other things, to most of us, night time is the only free time. That is why I dedicate at least 30 minutes of my time every night (which turns into 2 hours but shhh!!) to read. Plus, it’s better than to spend the night staring at a screen, scrolling to endless pages in social media – Don’t deny it, we’ve all done it.

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The teacher/professor is late to class? Read. You’re waiting for your friend to join you? Read. You’re waiting for your lunch order? Read. You’re in your doctor’s waiting room? Read. Waiting for your train/bus/bicycle/helicopter/camel? Read. You’ve got it, any spare time is an excuse to pick up that book where you left it off. May it be 10min, 20min or an hour. Just do it. Think of it for a second, if you have little breaks of 10min 4 or 5 times a day (which is average) by the time you get home you would have read 40 to 50 min which depending on your reading speed can make for 50 to 100 pages. Doesn’t seem so short now, does it?

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What I mean by that is to pick up the books you most excited about first. Ain’t nobody got time for meeh books. This way, you’re less likely to waste precious time because you’re less likely to dislike the book. Simple logic.

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Seems obvious, right? But how many of us actually do this? Probably 0.1% (Clearly making that up). The thing is we usually do school work when we’re pressed by time or just when we feel like it, and we almost never feel like it. So, dedicating, let’s say… 2 hours everyday to read through your notes and search for things you didn’t understand, start working on that essay that’s due in a comfortable amount of time, should be mendatory because it will make sucha huge difference in time and stress management. You’ll thank me later.

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This one’s my favorite to be honest. I’m that girl who has fun taking notes and making them pretty and colorful. I don’t know any other way. When I tried to study straight from the books, I struggled A LOT because not all of the information registered into my brain and I ended up redoing the same chapters more times than necessary. Plus, it has been proven that writing things helps with memorizing them, which means it’ll take you less time once you want to go over the chapters. And I SAY that having pops of color helps even more. AND since they are YOUR notes, they will have your own writing and thinking style to them which will be more familiar to you thus making it easier to retain.

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I’m guilty. You’re guilty. The neighbor’s guilty. The neighbor’s dog’s guilty. You got it, we all to this more often than not. That essay is due in a month? “I’ll do it in the last week” and then the last day comes by and you have to scribble down some mediocre thing that isn’t worthy of you, dropping your grades and making you have to work harder. If you refer to 8, you should be set to write a great essay and even have some time to spare. Same thing goes for blogging, winging a post in a rush will make for an average or even a less than average post, so if you have enough time on the posting day then that’s fine but if you have 30 minutes to scramble something together, then believe me, you’re better off without.

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This applies to EVERYTHING. Focus on studying one or two chapters a day and getting the most out of them instead of just rushing through 6 chapters and getting next to nothing stamped into your brain. This goes for the number of posts you do per week as well as the books you read. I know we sometimes get caught up in the amount of books we read, when we see how many some people are able to go through in one month (Read: 15-20) that makes us want to do the same, even if that means we don’t enjoy the story the way we should and that kind of competition can also make us neglect some other priorities and responsibilities to others, but primarily to ourselves.

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I can hear you saying “WHAT?” from here, followed by “What’s that gotta do with studying and reading?” but hear me out for a second. I must say that I love working out and that I do so 3+ times a week for 1hour or so but that’s not what I’m asking you to do here, because I know some people don’t like it and I’m not here to make you do anything. What I mean is, you should try to go for walks, just for 30 minutes and you’ll see a difference in your focus and energy levels. Sometimes we tire our brains to fry and keep on going nonetheless, which is useless because once your brain shuts down there’s no use in trying to do anything. When that happens get out of the house, get on that bike that has been sitting around for years, do some yoga, try some dance classes or any other physical activity you think you’d enjoy. It also helps immensely with stress management, to me, that’s the only thing that works and it is also scientifically proven because the body releases hormones that reduce stress and make the brain more alert.

Well that was a lengthy post, but I hope you enjoyed it and could get some use out of it.


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Do you do any of these? If not, what are some tips and tricks you apply on a day to day basis?

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The Marauders’ Island – When Pirates and Magic meet, I’m sold !

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Title : The Marauders’ Island 

Author : Tristan J. Tarwater

Publication date : July 1st 2016

Publisher : Back That Elf Up

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Synopsis : Azria is a mage of Miz, born with magic in her blood. When her mother, alleged pirate Apzana, offers to take her away on the HEN & CHICK, Azria jumps at the chance for adventure. But their first family outing proves to be more than Azria bargained for. Joined by a ragtag crew from all over the Floating Chain, Azria must do the impossible: raise The Marauders’ Island, an island sunk generations ago, from the bottom of the sea.
But the mage who sunk the island, Iyzani, wants the island and all the secrets it contains to remain under the waves. Can Azria figure out the mystery of her country’s past and be the mage her mother needs?
It’s high seas adventure full of magic, secrets and feelings! 

Rating: 4 stars

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“What we’re supposed to do isn’t always easily done”

*I was provided an e-Arc of this book by the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

(No Spoilers)

You know guys, how I said I wanted to read more diverse, well the more time passes the more that want becomes a need and I just keep on adding more books to my TBR that I just want to read all at once, and The Marauders’ Island was one of them. A few weeks back, as I was perusing Netgalley, I heard it calling out my name. So what do I do? I jump at the occasion, request it AND get it! YAY! Add to that the fact that it has pirates, treasures and magic, I couldn’t resist and I was right not too, I really loved this book.

For starters, the writing is gorgeous, I don’t know how to describe it other than I felt the magic seeping through it, really! It had this mystical resounding to it that I just couldn’t help but love. One thing though that was really disconcerting to me, is that it read like a Middle-grade. I don’t know if it is just me or other people have noticed, but that really is how I felt about it and I really got confused at time because I kept forgetting that it is a YA and I had to constantly stop and think about it for a second and THEN remind myself. Get your shit together, BRAIN!

I think this is the first story about pirates -that I can think of- I ever read. One thing that comes to mind when I think about that is: Why haven’t I? Pirates are totally awesome (In this book at least), add to that magic, a treasure hunt and a very diverse set of characters and I wonder where this book has been all my life. Let’s dive into more details, shall we?

I started off really confused by this book, a bunch of words and places etc… were introduced at the same time, without any explanation whatsoever that it felt like I started a book/series from its middle and it really annoyed me for the first chunk of the book, but then as I kept on reading all of these things started clearing themselves as the plot unfolded especially the Triumvirate that had me going mad, until it was explained and I realized why it couldn’t have been done earlier. Speaking about that, some connections between plot points and characters were made that I didn’t see coming which was really pleasant because who doesn’t love to be surprised by books? I wouldn’t call them plot twists but they come very close to that.

The magic system was really unique, in a sense where the author made it a personal thing, every mage perceives magic in a different way and that was really cool to read, for example Azria (the main character) sees magic in colors and each person has her own distinct color, her mentor Hiezh hears different sounds instead, though some other elements of this magic system are still fuzzy to me, overall it is nicely done.

Let’s visit the characters now. First of all, those names gave me a headache, don’t get me wrong I liked them, they’re unique and all, but THE PRONUNCIATION? I struggled with that greatly. How do you say Hiezh? huh? Now that that’s out of the way I want to congratulate the author for including such a wide cast of characters. Well, the main character is Black and queer I believe (I don’t know if she’s gay or bi), it wasn’t said explicitly but it was hinted to, other gay men, a trans woman and a disabled teenager. I just loved them so much even though the side characters were there just as that, fulfilling their most basic roles, supporting the main characters. Aside from one, that I sense an upcoming romance with because of all the profuse blushing she and the main character did around each other. By the way? What’s up with that? I didn’t know a person could blush as much, I didn’t mind it though, it made for some pretty funny scenes.

Azria is such a brave character and very likeable as well, she can be socially awkward at times which made her even the more realistic as a teenager (as realistic as a mage in a mystical land can be, that is). What I really cherished here was the strong Mother-Daughter at the hard of the book, it is so heartwarming, I could feel the love they had for each other, and it had every last bit of a normal relationship, the girl respecting her mom, the mom getting on her nerves, fighting, making up, etc… What made it even more special is that instead of doing things behind her mom’s back -like in the typical YA- she actually went on adventures WITH her and that was amazing to read! I also love how Apsana (the mother) was this kickass pirate with a mysterious vibe surrounding her, but she softened around her daughter who was able to break her shell.

This is a definite case of would recommend. It is a short, quick read but it packs a lot of action, magic and funny moments too.


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TAG #20: The Diverse Books Tag

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It’s Wednesday again and do you know what it means? It’s time for another tag and it is the Diverse Books Tag. This one has been sitting around in my notebook for a few months simply for the reason that I haven’t read enough “diverse” books to complete it. Even though I have read a few since then, it is in no way enough to complete this whole list so instead of it being a mismatch of books I read and books I want to read, I’ll just use the book I’m excited to read most from each category, and OH MY GOD! The excitment is real!!

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The tag was originally created by Naz @ Read Diverse Books who, by the way, was the reason I opened my eyes to such a wide variety of books so thank you so much. And I want to thank Zenab @ Cinderzena Blogs as well for tagging me. Without further blabbers, let’s dive into this thing.

A book starring a lesbian character.

Juliet Takes a Breath – Gabby Rivera

Gabby Rivera - Juliet Takes a BreathJuliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.

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A book with a Muslim protagonist.

Written in the Stars – Aisha Saeed

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This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

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A book set in Latin America.

The House of the Spirits – Isabel Allende

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In one of the most important and beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century, Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family, revealing both triumphs and tragedies.

Here is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, a beautiful, ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

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A book about a person with a disability.

Wonder – R. J. Palacio

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You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

My name is August. I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman wants to be an ordinary ten-year-old. He does ordinary things. He eats ice cream. He plays on his Xbox. He feels ordinary – inside.

But Auggie is far from ordinary. Ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. Ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.

Born with a terrible facial abnormality, Auggie has been home-schooled by his parents his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, he’s being sent to a real school – and he’s dreading it. All he wants is to be accepted – but can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, underneath it all?

Narrated by Auggie and the people around him whose lives he touches forever, Wonder is a funny, frank, astonishingly moving debut to read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page.

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A Science-Fiction or Fantasy book with a POC protagonist.

Labyrinth Lost – Zoraida Cordova

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Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.

Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

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A book set in (or about) any country in Africa.

Akata Witch – Nnedi Okorafor

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What Sunny Saw in the Flames transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged in to the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality? 

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A book written by an Indigenous or Native author.

House of purple Cedar – Tim Tingle

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“The hour has come to speak of troubled times. It is time we spoke of Skullyville.” Thus begins Rose Goode’s story of her growing up in Indian Territory in pre-statehood Oklahoma. Skullyville, a once-thriving Choctaw community, was destroyed by land-grabbers, culminating in the arson on New Year’s Eve, 1896, of New Hope Academy for Girls. Twenty Choctaw girls died, but Rose escaped. She is blessed by the presence of her grandmother Pokoni and her grandfather Amafo, both respected elders who understand the old ways. Soon after the fire, the white sheriff beats Amafo in front of the town’s people, humiliating him. Instead of asking the Choctaw community to avenge the beating, her grandfather decides to follow the path of forgiveness. And so unwinds this tale of mystery, Indian-style magical realism, and deep wisdom. It’s a world where backwoods spiritualism and Bible-thumping Christianity mix with bad guys; a one-legged woman shop-keeper, her oaf of a husband, herbal potions, and shape-shifting panthers rendering justice. Tim Tingle—a scholar of his nation’s language, culture, and spirituality—tells Rose’s story of good and evil with understanding and even laugh-out-loud Choctaw humor.

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A book set in South Asia.

Saree – Su Dharmapala

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Nila wasn’t born beautiful and is destined to go through life unnoticed… until she becomes a saree maker. As she works, Nila weaves into the silk a pattern of love, hope and devotion, which will prove to be invaluable to more lives than her own.

From the lush beauty of Sri Lanka, ravaged by bloody civil war, to India and its eventual resting place in Australia, this is the story of a precious saree and the lives it changes forever. Nila must find peace, Mahinda yearns for his true calling, Pilar is haunted by a terrible choice, Sarojini doubts her ability to love, Madhav is a holy fraud and Marion’s understanding of the very meaning of love is challenged and transformed. Each teeters between joy and pain, and each is touched by the power and beauty of the saree.

A breathtaking story of beauty, oppression and freedom… and of an enduring love that can never be broken.

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A book with a biracial protagonist.

 Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

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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.

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A book starring a transgender character or transgender issues.

The Art of being Normal – Lisa Williamson

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David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl.

On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan.

When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…

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Author Interview: Tara St. Pierre (Just a Few Inches)

Hello guys !
Lately I reviewed a book called Just a Few Inches, the unique premise and the way body image issues were approached had me really intrigued. I wanted to know the woman behind the book a little bit more, add to that the fact that she seemed really cool through the few emails we exchanged, I just had to chat with her a bit more.
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Tara St. Pierre
Tara St. Pierre has been writing for over two decades, but her muse only sporadically provides inspiration. Her laptop is filled with incomplete manuscripts and other plot outlines, and she feels blessed when one finally pushes its way through to completion–no matter how long it takes!

She enjoys classic science fiction movies and television shows. When driving, she sings along with the radio loudly and off key. She prefers tea over coffee, spring over autumn, vanilla ice cream over chocolate, and caramel over hot fudge. Though she lives by herself, one of her two cats enjoys cuddling with her.

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– Hello, Tara! Thank you for joining me on the blog today! Tell us a bit about yourself, what do you like to do when not writing?
When not writing, I enjoy baking, reading, and going to the theater. I wanted to get back into bike riding this past summer, but it didn’t happen. There’s still a little time left before it gets too cold or dark too early, or maybe I’ll try again next spring.
– Has writing always been part of your life?
Creating stories has definitely been part of my life for a long time. I first started keep track of (really short) stories I wrote back in high school. I laugh when I look back at how silly and one-dimensional they are now. As I grew older, I was able to write longer, more complex pieces. I have more than a handful of partially written manuscripts and even more story outlines. It’s all about finding the time to site down and write without being distracted by television and the internet. Oh look, a cat video… 😉
– So, what finally made you take a leap of faith and publish this particular work?
First off, it was something that I finished. But more importantly, it had a message I wanted to tell in a unique way of telling it. I probably could have attempted the traditional publishing route and queried literary agents (which I had done for about a year, with no success, with another manuscript several years ago), but many of the benefits of self-publishing appealed to me. Writing is more of a fun activity for me to destress from my actual career, and I’m not expecting to sell millions of copies (though that would be cool), so it’s more about the accomplishment of having a book published than anything else. Also, I get to tell the story I want to tell in the way I want to tell it.
– “Just a few Inches” is your first published book and it is about a girl shrinking, what sparked this idea?

A few different pieces of inspiration sparked the idea. I was in the checkout line at a supermarket or drugstore sometime in the mid-1990s. On one of the magazines, there was a cover story about a new diet that could “shrink” your waistline. The usage of the word shrink intrigued me, and my mind jumped to the 1980s movie The Incredible Shrinking Woman (loosely based on the 1950s classic The Incredible Shrinking Man). Why couldn’t there be a similar young adult story? Though the idea of someone shrinking is the same–and is nothing new, since that goes back beyond Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland–I would be tackling a very different theme with it than those movies.

I started twenty years ago, but after six or so chapters, it really wasn’t coming together. I was a less experienced writer and didn’t have a plot outline. A few years ago, however, I picked back up the manuscript and went with it, incorporate social media and blogging into the story. And my reason for conceiving the story back then still holds true today. Those stories are still on the covers of magazines in checkout lines, and I fear the messages they send to young women aren’t the right messages.

– With the story heavily based on scientific theories, tell us a bit about your research process. And how much time did it take?
Science was one of my favorite subjects in high school, and I was blessed to have some exceptional, dynamic teachers. I actually didn’t do much research on the scientific theories presented in the story, instead using my basic science knowledge. I didn’t want Carrie’s shrinking to be magical because that would undermine the real-world issue being tackled. On the flip side, I didn’t want to go too deep into scientific explanations because as far as we know, no one can shrink the way Carrie did. I think I found a happy medium where there’s enough factual science mentioned to make it sound plausible enough–with a willing dose of the reader’s suspension of disbelief. But I did run it by a few friends in the medical field just to make sure the believability was there.
Where I did more research is trying to imagine what the world looked like to Carrie as she got smaller. This involved kneeling, crouching, and even lying down on the ground to understand her perspective.
– “Just a Few Inches” is kind of a mixture between contemporary and fantasy, does that make these two genres your favorites to read?
Absolutely! I find that my favorite stories to read are ones that are set in our world but with one speculative (either fantasy or sci-fi) element. Books that tackle their message with a simple “What if?” kind of question. In my book, it would be “What if a diet pill made a girl shrink?” In a book like Jurassic Park, which is contemporarily set, the question is “What if dinosaurs could be cloned?” There’s less time in the book dedicated to world-building because it’s a familiar world, so the reader can jump right into the plot. I have a lot of respect for authors who create really intricate fantasy worlds, but I fear if I tried, there’d be big holes.
– Are you working on something new at the moment? Is it a mix between these two genres too?
I’ve got a few different projects in various stages of incompleteness. 😉 One of them is contemporary with no fantasy elements at all. Another is contemporary, but with a character who often imagines herself in a fantasy world. And the third–which I only recently conceived–is definitely a genre mix between contemporary and fantasy. I’m excited about all three of them, and I’m waiting for one of them to really jump forward instead of me dabbling a little in each.
– “Just a Few Inches” carries such a strong message about body image issues, did you always want to write about that? And is your next book perhaps tackling another problem our society faces?
Once I came up with the idea for Just a Few Inches, I knew body image issues was going to be the underlying theme. Because the idea was with me for twenty years, I don’t really remember if I was specifically looking to write a book on that topic or if the topic/plot were a package deal.
As for what topics my other projects tackle, they’re kind of all over the place, but they do deal with. One of them is about a girl coping with her parents’ divorce. Another is about dealing with an undeserved bad reputation. And another is about facing your own guilt–the consequences of poor decisions. They may not all be problems that “society” as a whole face, but they certainly are topics that readers can relate to.
– Family and friends are a big part of the story, are any of them inspired by people in your life?
Oh, definitely! I won’t name any names to protect the innocent…or not-so-innocent. I really tried to make the characters relatable, and the way to do that is base them off real people. Interestingly, Carrie is the character least based on any one person from my real life. I tried to make her an “every-girl” kind of character. Meanwhile, the two characters based closely on myself are Carrie’s mother and Evan (he’s my sweet, nerdy side).
– To finish off, what are 3 things you’d like to advise your readers?
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1. Take care of yourself
2. Be true to yourself
3. Always look up!
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Title : Just a Few Inches

Author : Tara St. Pierre

Publication date : May 31st 2015

Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary/Fantasy

Synopsis : All Carrie Roberts wants is to be a little bit smaller.

To fit into the perfect dress for the Valentine’s Day Dance. To look beautiful for her boyfriend, the school’s star basketball player. To keep his jealous ex-girlfriend, a rival cheerleader, away from him. And to be noticed by her classmates.
Exercising and dieting don’t work, but an advertisement for weight loss pills promises a quicker solution to her problem. As time runs out, she takes more than the recommended dose until she’s just a few inches slimmer. Heads turn when she arrives at the dance, and the wonderful night with her boyfriend is beyond what she dreamed it would be.
Days later, Carrie discovers that her body is changing in ways that should be impossible. While her doctor searches for a cure, she desperately turns to her friends and family for support. Everyone is noticing her now whether she likes it or not, and even the media is intrigued by her incredible story. Getting everything she once wanted has created new problems—problems that are growing more terrifying every day.
Because Carrie Roberts is shrinking.
“Just a Few Inches” is a Young Adult novel that deals with issues of body image, self-esteem, and teenage relationships. It is intended for readers age 13 and up.  


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The Movie Version – Misleading blurbs should be a Crime

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Title : The Movie Version 

Author : Emma Wunsch

Publication date : October 11th 2016

Publisher : Amulet Books

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Synopsis : In the movie version of Amelia’s life, the roles have always been clear. Her older brother, Toby: definitely the Star. As popular with the stoners as he is with the cheerleaders, Toby is someone you’d pay ten bucks to watch sweep Battle of the Bands and build a “beach party” in the bathroom. As for Amelia? She’s Toby Anderson’s Younger Sister. She’s perfectly happy to watch Toby’s hijinks from the sidelines, when she’s not engrossed in one of her elaborately themed Netflix movie marathons.

But recently Toby’s been acting in a very non-movie-version way. He’s stopped hanging out with his horde of friends and started obsessively journaling and disappearing for days at a time. Amelia doesn’t know what’s happened to her awesome older brother, or who this strange actor is that’s taken his place. And there’s someone else pulling at her attention: a smart, cute new boyfriend who wants to know the real Amelia—not Toby’s Sidekick. Amelia feels adrift without her star, but to best help Toby—and herself—it might be time to cast a new role: Amelia Anderson, leading lady.

Rating: 2 stars

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 “- What’s the movie version?

– It’s the better vesrsion”

*I was provided an e-Arc of this book by the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*

(No Spoilers)

What I was led to believe -and actually believed- and what this book actually was are 2 things on different ends of a spectrum, which in this case was a big issue. When I read the blurb for this book and requested it I expected to read a fun, cute contemporary with a strong sibling bond as well as a little romance maybe? What I got was a book about mental illness. And not the kind I like.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind reading about mental illness, I even like books tackling the matter when they’re done right but the problem with this book is that it wasn’t announced. Some people may want to steer clear from these books because of their own reasons and they have the right to a heads up. Now that this is out of the way, let’s start the actual review.

I really liked the writing style. It is simple and easy to follow. It might not be to everyone’s taste but I appreciated how different it is. It is blunt and explicit, everything is just put the way is actually is. You know how in most YAs sex scenes are brushed over or are written in this overly romanticized way (especially first times)? Well this is not like that. At all. I know some people might say that this is YA so it shouldn’t be like that but let’s be honest every young adult now knows how these things go and this actually shows sex as something that can be awkward and it doesn’t always work out the way it’s imagined to be, and I want to thank the author for that. I also liked how many movie references were included in the book, they were EVERYWHERE and even though I didn’t get some of them, I enjoyed them nonetheless.

Sadly, this was one of the only things I liked. The story in itself made me cringe endless amounts of times and it was very depressing. Though, not because of the mental illness itself, it was because of the Main character’s outlook on things. Her reaction to her brother -Toby-‘s diagnosis is basically everything I wouldn’t want to see in a book, nor in real life for that matter. Amelia’s initial shock was to be expected and understood but then it dragged on forever and she was so fatalistic about it that it truly felt like the guy had died. Add to that the fact that the romance was weird and had no real chemistry, it felt like it had no business being there, I would’ve liked it better if there was no love interest. This book was sadly not for me.

Amelia is as dull as a main character as they come, she was passive and lacked personality and reading from her voice often felt gloomy and boring, I didn’t like her right off the bat but when she turned selfish, self-centered and ASHAMED I just couldn’t stand her, she was actually embarrassed of how her brother’s illness affected him and kept saying over and over again “I wish people knew how cool he was before” and she also endangered him many times making excuses for herself and actually BELIEVING that she was “protecting” him.

What bothered me even more is that once the diagnosis was made all Toby was defined as is mentally ill (I won’t say what the illness is because it may be considered a spoiler). He wasn’t this fun, cool guy who’s mental illness made things difficult for him. No. He was this ill person that once was all those things. And that, my friends, is wrong.

The other aspect of this book I really enjoyed is the family. It felt real, I liked how close they were (especially Amelia and Toby before) and how they loved each other deeply but could be at each other’s throats as easily. I loved the little twin brothers a little more than the rest because they were these two innocent tornados that actually made me smile more than ones with their fights and all.

All in all, this wasn’t a book for me because I felt like it dealt with mental illness in all the wrong ways.


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Award #11: We All have a Book Bond

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This is one of the two last awards that are still sitting around and then I will finally be all caught up. It only took me a gazillion months, no biggie. In succession with Monday’s post and to #SpreadtheLove a bit more (I swear it wasn’t planned, just realized that they kind of fit together huh!), let’s do the Siblinghood of the World Award. I was tagged by the wonderful Sammie @ Boookshelves and Biros, thank you so much ! And the rest of you should definitely go check her blog out because she’s the sweetest and her blog rocks!

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The rules :

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.
  • Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
  • Nominate ten other bloggers (or up to 10).
  • Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations.

The Questions :

1. What’s your favourite thing to cook? (soz, got food on the brain)

Ahaha! Well, this is a fair question because let’s be honest, when do I NOT have food on the brain? With books, that’s all that haunts my mind. Mmm… I like to cook quite a lot, that’s a thing I really enjoy doing but I’ve never actually thought of something specific I like to cook. *My brain drains from all food thoughts* . OH! I like to do this chicken in the oven with potatoes and a yummy creamy sauce with mushrooms. IT. IS. HEAVEN.

2. Snog, marry, throw off a cliff: Will Herondale, Julian Blackthorn, Magnus Bane.

This is surprisingly fairly easy. I still haven’t read Lady Midnight so the obvious choice is to thrown Julian off a cliff. Sorry man, nothing personal. Then, I would snog Magnus because I see myself spending the rest of my life with him as my best friend and not any other way. And THEN I’ll marry pretty swoony Will because I love him way too much to choose anyone else. Though if Jem was on this list, he would definitely overthrow Will, just saying.

3. Coffee or tea?

Moroccan Mint Tea, no doubt. I drink that for breakfast every morning so duh! If you’ve never had it, YOU’RE MISSING OUT! All my foreigner friends love it and now that they’re back to their home countries, have been complaining to me that all tea now tastes dull to them (No offense to other teas but I’m just reporting what they said). I still like coffee though.

4. What’s the best quote you’ve recently come across in a book?

Well, I have been rereading almost exclusively Harry Potter for the past month and a half so that quote is bound to be from there, I’ll choose one from the Order of the Phoenix because it’s the last one I read.

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”  

5. Name three things you couldn’t live without?

Food, Oxygen and Books? Well, I think that I personally could do without Oxygen but eh! I’ll be humble and join you humans in your addiction to that thing. But FOOD and BOOKS though, I can’t imagine my life without them and when I say food I mean all the delicious things that melt my stone heart. And books, well… ALL THE BOOKS.

6. If you had to get rid of all but one of the apps on your phone, which one would you keep?

My e-reader for sure. I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THAT THING. As I said before I read mostly e-books and since I can’t live without books, I would literally die without it.

7. Do you have any WordPress pet peeves/annoyances?

Oh yes I do. There’s the fact that editing options are pretty limited, like how I cannot make a single word in a paragraph  a different size than the others. Sometimes I like to scream -most of the time- and I feel like Caps are not enough. I can’t think of anything else at the moment because my blog has been behaving itself lately, but I’m sure there are more.

8. Describe your ideal Saturday morning.

Oh man! I would wake up and stay in bed reading for around an hour. Get up have breakfast and go for a nice long walk in a beautiful park (sort-of) close to my house. I’ll go back have a shower, or maybe a relaxing bath, afterwards I would have lunch and blog for a few hours and then dinner and read until I fall asleep. Pretty achievable you say? Not when you have to study your brains out for the next week’s classes. And as you can see, my Sunday doesn’t involve socializing, because it is my break day from people.

9. Open the book closest to your laptop/computer/tablet to page 54: what does the first line say?

Well, the closest physical book to my laptop right now is Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell and the first line on page 54 says:

“Something strange happened at 6 a.m. Darth Vader got in line.”

That definitely is an interesting sentence.

10. What’s your favorite cocktail?

Uuuum, I don’t drink alcohol, so I wouldn’t know haha.

My questions :

  1. Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
  2. If you are in a bad mood, do you prefer to be left alone or have someone to cheer you up?
  3. How would your friends describe you?
  4. Do you judge a book by its cover?
  5. Are you organized? If so, what are your top 3 tips.
  6. If a genie granted you 3 wishes right now, what would you wish for?
  7. What was your dream job growing-up?
  8. What book has had the most impact on you?
  9. What character would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?
  10. If you could interview any author dead or alive, who would it be?

My Nominees:

Amanda @ Cover 2 Cover Mom –  Kate @ The Nerdy Novelty – Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews – Melissa @ Book Nerd Momo – Niraja @ Fantastic Books annd Where to Find Them – Kat @ Life and Other Disasters – Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books

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Where’s All the Love ?

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Today I’m in kind of in a ranty mood over all the negative vibes I’ve been sensing going around the community lately. Now, bare with me if I ramble and stop me if I’m out of line because this is going to be a post where I say things the way I feel them and if you know me, you know I have a LOT of opinions so I hope to get them across the right way.

I first joined this community for my love of books and because I have been looking at it from the outside for quite some while and it seemed like such a positive, loving and peaceful community. And it is. For the most part. Being the kind of person who likes to stay as far away from drama as possible, I haven’t been part of any feuds first hand and in almost 8 months of blogging, I’ve had 0 trolls. That doesn’t mean though that I haven’t noticed anything, it’s just that I’ve been brushing it off until now. Because I just have to say something, even if my voice is only a small one in an ocean of others.

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For the past couple of months, I’ve seen alarmingly increasing amounts of hate going around. People hating on Fandoms, Fandoms hating on people, Fandoms hating on Fandoms, people hating on people because of divergent opinions, people hating on authors because of diversity, people hating on authors because of the lack of diversity and so on and so forth. Calm your hormones! Books are not supposed to attract this much hate because at the end of the day, books are just books (Yes I dare say so!) and there are much bigger problems in the world to be fighting over which character is better, who got the idea from where, what kind of topics should be discussed etcetera etcetera…

To me, and to most sane people out there, books are supposed to bring us together, to be inclusive, to spread love, to make us happy even if the topic itself isn’t that happy, to open our eyes to new things therefore making us more open-minded, to expend our knowledge and give us new things to talk about and while all of this is still standing, it’s being overshadowed by immature reactions to matters that should again, BRING EVERYONE TOGETHER. I don’t know about you, but these petty fights make it harder for me to find the motivation to share anything, and to be honest, the last couple of weeks, I really have been lacking that little spark that kept me going for 6-7 months. It is just mentally exhausting to be seeing shade thrown every damn time I log into Twitter.

Don’t get me wrong I’m not cutting my blogging journey anytime soon, I still love the community endlessly and I still am appreciative of everything it has brought me, from new friends to a new kind of confidence and even just the fact that it helped me practice my English BUT I’m just saying that hate is making it harder.

I won’t start hating on haters because that’s just pointless and you can’t fight fire with fire, but I just have a few things to say. How can a person asking for more representation bother you? How can a person’s respectful opinion bother you? How can people loving a certain book bother you? I just don’t understand how anyone can be ticked off so badly just by someone else’s tastes, wishes and hopes. I JUST DON’T. It’s like being bothered by someone else’s happiness, it’s ridiculous and we should all be better humans than this, because if we’re still fighting over books and we ARE the future, how are we supposed to fight hunger, end wars, live peacefully? I know you think it’s just a small thing and I’m overreacting but you should look at the bigger picture. Trashing someone because they just want more PoCs, Muslims, Buddhists, Gays, Trans, etc… in their books (just to give an exemple), JUST in books, may seem harmless to some, but it’s like saying you’re meaningless and don’t deserve to be heard, so if that’s not discrimination at its finest I don’t know what is.

Here’s a piece of quick advice. If you don’t like a person’s view on things, the unfollow button exists for a reason. If you don’t agree with an author’s works, don’t read them. If you don’t like a certain fandom ignore it. If you don’t want to read diverse books, don’t buy them. If you see someone advocating for more representation, leave them be. Let people be happy and do whatever does it for them. As long as they don’t attack you, why go out of your way to hurt them? You may think it’s insignificant, you may not be affected by trolls, I know I definitely am not but there are some people who take every little thing to heart and that may be way more affected by your words than you can ever imagine.

So please, be more tolerant. Spread positive vibes. Spread the love.


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Just a Few Inches – Sometimes one “little” mistake is all it takes

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Title : Just a Few Inches

Author : Tara St. Pierre

Publication date : May 31st 2015

Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary (?)

Synopsis : All Carrie Roberts wants is to be a little bit smaller.

To fit into the perfect dress for the Valentine’s Day Dance. To look beautiful for her boyfriend, the school’s star basketball player. To keep his jealous ex-girlfriend, a rival cheerleader, away from him. And to be noticed by her classmates.
Exercising and dieting don’t work, but an advertisement for weight loss pills promises a quicker solution to her problem. As time runs out, she takes more than the recommended dose until she’s just a few inches slimmer. Heads turn when she arrives at the dance, and the wonderful night with her boyfriend is beyond what she dreamed it would be.
Days later, Carrie discovers that her body is changing in ways that should be impossible. While her doctor searches for a cure, she desperately turns to her friends and family for support. Everyone is noticing her now whether she likes it or not, and even the media is intrigued by her incredible story. Getting everything she once wanted has created new problems—problems that are growing more terrifying every day.
Because Carrie Roberts is shrinking.
“Just a Few Inches” is a Young Adult novel that deals with issues of body image, self-esteem, and teenage relationships. It is intended for readers age 13 and up.  

Rating : 4 stars

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“Funny how desperation allows you to bend the rules a little bit to suit your own purposes.”

*I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange of an honest review*

(No Spoilers)

THIS is what I call a pleasant surprise. Before receiving this book, I saw it going around and getting mainly good reviews and as much as the unique premise intrigued me, I still was shying away from it, scared that it would be some soppy story that would fail to get the message across. But then when I was contacted I thought eeh what the hell? I might as well try it. And I’m SO glad I did, I turned out enjoying it so much that any fear that I had before seemed ridiculous.

To start off, the writing is very simple and easy to follow, and fits the story quite perfectly, balancing all the scientific and medical talk, making it simple to understand. The story is told in first person, from Carrie’s point of view (the MC) and it wouldn’t have worked any other way, the narration also had this kind of remorseful tone to it as it was told as one long chronological flashback, it felt like sitting down with a friend a listening to her crazy adventure during a long period of time out of touch.

Here’s the thing, when picking this book up, I was afraid the shrinking’s explanation would be skimmed over or explained as some “magical” event or something and I was very greatful when it wasn’t. It’s all scientific theories and logical esplanations and very well thought which made the medical student in me very happy. All of this made everything seem so real, everything that was happening to her was so believable and I found myself invested in her fate and caring for her life as everything around her became gradually and increasingly dangerous, which was really interesting, I could slowly see every change happening as it happened, trying to imagine what it would be like to be 4ft , 2ft , 6 inches etc…

Aside from the actual plot line, this book delivers such a strong message. It deals with body image issues that, let’s face it, we’ve all had at some point. I personally have had them a few years back, but since overcoming them I’ve rarely thought about them and this book served as a reminder about what’s going on around me and that I’m not seeing; internal battles that people have, pressure that society puts on people and how far they would go in the hopes of fitting in, which is sad. What happened to Carrie is crazy and what she did to herself was unhealthy and even though I don’t see anyone shrinking anytime soon, young people are doing things as bad if not worse to themselves just because media/society/someone says that they’re not good enough.

By the time this book wrapped up, it not only did so nicely without leaving anything unanswered but it also held a positive message and I loved it all the more for that. It was kind of a fairytale ending but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I started off really annoyed with Carrie because it was just too much self-degradation too soon in the book, but as the story progressed I was tricked into liking her (YES TRICKED !!). She was this really funny, brave and optimistic girl who was always looking up despite shrinking to oblivion. She also drew a good lesson out of her experience and came out of it stronger and more confident out of it. So it wasn’t all bad right?

Can we just talk about the family and friends for a second? They were SO involved. Especially the family. I loved their dynamic, even though Amy started off as a bitch, I liked how her own bad behavior served as a maturing factor, and that little sweet Kylie was so freaking cute despite the fact that, let’s be honest, she went full one dangerous at time,  but she always meant good. Also, how much the mom cared and all her coping mechanisms were very realistic which added a lot to the book’s impact. Also, I was so appreciative of her bestfriends because while being flawed they never failed to be by her side and support her, the friendship was well rounded and relatable.

Overall, I would strongly recommend picking this book up because it was REALLY enjoyable and it is impactful while still being light and funny.


That’s it until next time.

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