Hate Is Not Accepted Here

Hello booknerdigans,

The book community is the most amazing place to be. Its a wonderful community to be a part of. I smile every time I see my fellow blogger friends tweet or post something on their own magical blog. I’ve been in it for the past two years and I am not going to stop being a part of it. It is a magical wonderful places filled with such amazing unique people.

Yet now all I see is hate. Hate on diversity, hate on minorities, hate on human beings, and I cannot stand it. I keep quiet when it comes to my political stance but I’m done keeping quiet because now it is affecting the people I care about. Lately there has been a lot of 2017 books with homophobia, racism, whitewashing, and a lot of other crap. I ask my beloved publishers why? Why? Why are you publishing these types of books? We are living in a country filled with unnecessary hate that needs to be fixed and we read books to escape it not to go back in. If you are a writer that writes for teens, write it for all teens.

We as book bloggers write reviews for you, the readers. If we say we love a book, we love it. When we bash one, then we encourage readers not to read that one. I trust my blogger friends when it comes to their opinions on books, so when I hear about a book that is getting a lot of rave BUT it has some sort of hate in it you can make sure I am taking it off my TBR list and onto my Bash list. So when some readers see us bash on a topic that should be bashed upon they say “I don’t care, I’ll read it. You haven’t read it anyways. Give the book a chance.” Here me when I say that I as a reader and I as human being will not read a book that is racist, homophobic, or contains any sort of hate towards a human being. I promise you if you take that book out, there are tens of thousands of more books that you can read, that are amazing!

I will read diverse book and praise them, because they are meant to be praised.

I will not read problematic books because problems are meant to be erased.

I am a happy go lucky person. You see me like that on Twitter on the blog, but I get serious when it comes to this topic. It is ridiculous to me how some people can see this problem as not a problem. I see way too many good reviews on books where they shouldn’t even have been published! I am speaking to you, I am warning you, I am encouraging you to not promote these types of books.

To promote diversity instead.

Books is what brings us together. Don’t make books a reason to separate and divide us. Books are means of escape. Not a paper version of the harsh hell of reality. Because of books I’ve become an introvert with friends! Because of those kick-ass girls and those admirable characters I am more confident about myself! I don’t feel like that when I see a problematic book is about to be published and its being read. We need to support everyone, because we are all human beings. Human beings that share a passion for reading. So befriend them by not supporting problematic books. Books are magical and it shouldn’t be darkened by reality. Isn’t that what is really important?

Hate can not be, will not be, and must not be accepted here.

Discussing Endings and Beginnings

Why am I writing this? I don’t know.

I just find beginnings and endings so interesting. There are literally on opposite sides of the spectrum but they have a lot in common.

I love writing the middle of books but that is the effect of the beginning and the cause of the ending. Yet I don’t love writing the cause and effect. IT IS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT!

There are usually two options when it comes to the ending of a book. A sweet happy ending or an ending that will make you cry, throw your books, and/or go to therapy. When I read a book though and I think what might happen at the end…it is never happy. I’ve been reading intensely for the past two years and I think by now I’ve gotten used to the fact that authors just absolutely love to torture their readers. After a couple months of therapy and a lot of buckets filled with Gabi tears I began to catch on.

If the book is contemporary and/or a standalone then I don’t mind if it has a sad ending. I really don’t. I’m not deeply attached to the book, so I won’t freak out as much as I would if there was a sad ending in the end of a series. Which explains why I don’t cry when it comes to contemporary books. I don’t think I’ve ever cried in a stand alone or contemporary EXCEPT for one…it is to hard to talk about. For example, Fault In Our Stars…not one tear. AND I DIDN’T EVEN GET SPOILED! Sometimes I think I’m just a robot. Yet like I said before my opinion is different when it comes to series. Let’s just say that I’m reading a trilogy. I’m okay with reading the first two books with very sad and/or torturous endings BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE THIRD BOOK no. Absolutely not. One of the main reasons I didn’t like Allegiant…

Now are there two options when it comes to beginnings? Do you think there is? I don’t. I have never seen the same beginning twice. Which is why when I write I absolutely HATE writing the beginning. But just like endings, beginnings can also make or break a book. I’m pretty sure you all know that Obsidian is my favorite book of all time, and the beginning just just just *book forms a hand and brings my face closer to it* Yup. It is rare to see a sad beginning but that is why I love reading beginnings AND NOT WRITING THEM! It is a legit problem that all my beginnings are sad! It’s the only path I go! How does one write a happy beginning? I feel like if I ever published a book with a happy beginnings I would just feel bad that I didn’t torture my readers right away, you know?

That’s my opinion on beginnings and endings! I really was in the mood for a discussion, so I want to hear your opinions when it comes to beginnings and endings. If it is reading them or writing them!

By the way! I’m currently looking for a co-blogger! I didn’t want to make a whole blog post about it but if you are interested tweet me or email me! I’ll love for any of you to be a Reader In the Rain 🙂

Am I Excited For the Beauty and Beast Movie? SWEEPSTAKES!

Duh.

Duh is literally the answer.

When I was a kid Beauty and the Beast was my favorite Disney princess movie ever.

Why you might ask?

THE MUSIC MAN!
MUSIC WAS INCREDIBLE!

Not to mention that I was literally Belle. Quite literally. Still am! Every single book nerd in the world is Belle!

Plus Emma is really incredibly and an amazing actress and her just being Belle has made me so happy SO YOU KNOW that I am very excited for the move.

The story itself is just so lovely. About how it does not matter what you look like on the outside but what is on the inside that is really what counts in life. Something that to this day some people have not learned, but really should!

BUT ENOUGH OF ALL THE “BE YOURSELF” THINGY! I have excitement!

Why am I talking about this amazing wonderful fantabulous movie?

Well…

HomeAway is having a sweepstakes! Where you enter and YOU CAN WIN a trip to Dunn’s castle WITH GUESTS! PEOPLE! THE AMOUNT OF INSTA PICTURES YOU COULD TAKE!

Plus if even if you don’t win! 5 runner ups will get a trip from HomeAway!

I am crossing my fingers that its me but I would be so happy if ANY of you got the opportunity to take insta pictures  see such history. Hehehe.

SO ENTER MY LOVELIES!

And may the odds be ever in your favor 😉

(link to contest on picture and below picture!)

GOOD LUCK!

Review Mashup | Contemporary ARCs

Hello booknerdigans!

Today I got THREE review from THREE contemporary books that are coming out in May/June

The reason I’m doing a Mashup Review is because I read all three of these books in the time of three days so…YEAH! Let’s get on with the reviews

Review Mashup | Contemporary ARCsWindfall by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Delacorte Press on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.
At first, it seems like a dream come true, especially since the two of them are no strangers to misfortune. As a kid, Alice won the worst kind of lottery possible when her parents died just over a year apart from each other. And Teddy’s father abandoned his family not long after that, leaving them to grapple with his gambling debts. Through it all, Teddy and Alice have leaned on each other. But now, as they negotiate the ripple effects of Teddy’s newfound wealth, a gulf opens between them. And soon, the money starts to feel like more of a curse than a windfall.
As they try to find their way back to each other, Alice learns more about herself than she ever could have imagined . . . and about the unexpected ways in which luck and love sometimes intersect.

I love Jennifer’s novels. Every single book I’ve read from her I ended up liking, and the same thing goes for this one. I did have a few problems with it and it mostly had to do with once certain character BUT the problem I had for this characters are what eventually got developed throughout the entire books and YES I SEE WHAT JENNIFER WHAT WAS DOING but I don’t know the character’s words and feelings are what really made me rate this book 3 and a half hearts.

Yet there are other characters that I absolutely freaking loved like Alice and her cousin. They were what made me love the book, and I am very glad for it. Alice’s story was so unique and intriguing and I really love how genuinely nice she is.

Would I recommend this book?

If you have patience then yes I do! But for someone like me who doesn’t have the patience then *shrugs*

Review Mashup | Contemporary ARCsAntisocial by Jillian Blake
Published by Delacorte Press on May 16th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Drama
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Alexandria Prep is hacked in this exhilarating whodunit set in the age of social media and the cloud—Pretty Little Liars meets WikiLeaks.
Senior spring at Alexandria Prep was supposed to be for sleeping through class and partying with friends. But for Anna Soler, it’s going to be a lonely road. She’s just been dumped by her gorgeous basketball star boyfriend—with no explanation. Anna’s closest friends, the real ones she abandoned while dating him, are ignoring her. The endearing boy she’s always had a complicated friendship with is almost too sympathetic.
But suddenly Anna isn’t the only one whose life has been upended. Someone is determined to knock the kings and queens of the school off their thrones: one by one, their phones get hacked and their personal messages and photos are leaked. At first it’s funny—people love watching the dirty private lives of those they envy become all too public.
Then the hacks escalate. Dark secrets are exposed, and lives are shattered. Chaos erupts at school. As Anna tries to save those she cares about most and to protect her own secrets, she begins to understand the reality of our always-connected lives:
Sometimes we share too much.

I really liked this book!! Like really did! I’m not the drama type of reader, I’m not about that life BUT with this book I freaking loved it. The characters and the backstories and the plot itself was just so UNIQUE and really eye-catching. You really did not want to close the book and stop reading.

It is one of the most unrealistic realistic high school book I have ever read. The plot itself with the hacking and the spilling of people secret’s is unrealistic but very nicely done.

The realistic part was the actual drama with boyfriend and friendship and losing friendship. It really reminded me of my high school and some of the relationships I had with people.

THE CHARACTERS! Even the supposed “bad” characters I liked! The character were really what made this book the way it is SO GOOD JOB JILLIAN!

Review Mashup | Contemporary ARCsAftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin
Published by Flatiron on June 27th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, Young Adult
Pages: 265
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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In the tradition of Jandy Nelson and Rainbow Rowell, a big-hearted journey of furious friendship, crazy love, and unexpected hope after a teen's decision to end an unwanted pregnancy

“Troubled.” That’s seventeen-year-old Genesis according to her small New Jersey town. She finds refuge and stability in her relationship with her boyfriend, Peter—until he abandons her at a Planned Parenthood clinic during their appointment to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. The betrayal causes Gen to question everything.

As Gen pushes herself forward to find her new identity without Peter, she must also confront her most painful memories. Through the lens of an ongoing four act play within the novel, the fantasy of their undying love unravels line by line, scene by scene. Digging deeper into her past while exploring the underground theater world of New York City, she rediscovers a long-forgotten dream. But it’s when Gen lets go of her history, the one she thinks she knows, that she’s finally able to embrace the complicated, chaotic true story of her life, and take center stage.

This powerfully immersive and format-crushing debut follows Gen from dorm rooms to diners to house parties to auditions—and ultimately, right into readers’ hearts.

One word.

Brave.

This book was brave.

It went through so much stuff that really is brave to put out in the world

The only real complain I have about this book is how short it was. I wish the ending was wrapped a little more slowly and I got to see more from some certain characters. And even though I am making a “review” of this book I really really recommend you go through this book without knowing anything. That is what I did and I loved reading it that way.

Series I Haven’t Finished Yet

This post is just a huge “monkey hiding behind hands” emoji

So there are some series that I have no finished yet. Some of them begin widely popular and you people will shun me for not finishing it.


The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Okay you guys already know I freaking love Six of Crows which takes place in the Grisha world as well but it is completely different from the trilogy. The thing about the trilogy that made me not continue it was that the only character that I enjoyed reading was the villain. He was literally the only person I liked in the book. By not finishing the series I mean I have only finished the first book. I started the second and then just never ended up finishing it. Will I go back to it? Oh yeah. I will read this series one day. I just do not know when.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

The thing about this book was it is difficult to read. I read the first book in a matter of two weeks and I ended up loving it. I really did. Then I waited a while before starting the second book and when I actually did start the second book, I completely forgot what happened in the first book. You need to read all three books at once. When it comes to this series you cannot take breaks between books. So when I have the time to actually do that I will of course read all three books.

The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’m shunned. I know I am! Jennifer is my favorite author in the entire freaking world and I haven’t finished the Covenant series. The series reminded me too much of Vampire Academy which you guys know I am not a huge fan of. I promise I will read this series one day ONE DAY!

Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

I am not a fan of this series. nothing against it, I just wasn’t a huge fan of the characters or the plot line so I don’t think I’ll ever continue this series. Doesn’t mean you guys shouldn’t try it out. Solely my opinion.

Peculiar Children Trilogy

LITERALLY HAVE NOT FINISHED IT BECAUSE I DO NOT OWN IT! I refuse to buy on ebook and I just can never find hardcovers in my local bookstores. I will read it for sure. I loved the first book, and I really cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

Fallen Series by Lauren Kate

Really do not see the big deal with this book. It didn’t catch my eye in the first book so I do not plan on continuing the rest of the series.

To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han Trilogy

I loved the first book so much. I loved it so much that I thought it ended just the right way. I did not want to continue this series because I thought it was a great first book and great ending.

The Raven Boys Series by Maggie Stiefvater

Almost like the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, you need to read all these books at once. Or else you will get confused. Kinda like I did. I read the first two books and then took a really long time before reading the third book and once I go started with the third book I was extremely confused. I will read this series. It is an amazing series. I just need the time to read them all at once.


There is probably a million more from where that came from but these are just the ones that are popping in my head. Tell me whatb series you guys haven’t finished! Maybe we can buddy read 😉

A Love Letter…

My Dear Love,

Ever since the moment I laid my eyes on you I knew we would be together for the rest of eternity. I knew I found what I have always been looking for. If someone ever asked me what I thought was the definition of perfection I would show a picture of you. I don’t care what your shape and size is, you’re still absolutely beautiful to me. The way you wear clothes, the way you make me laugh and smile, and at times cry. All your features are outstanding and I wouldn’t have you any other way.

Look at us now, I still can’t believe we stayed together. Together for four years. I always had a thing for you, you know? Always. Ever since Kindergarten and I saw you standing there looking perfect. And I never felt so lucky when we finally made things official. You keep me awake at night when I should be sleeping. My brain is flooded my thoughts of you and the things you say. I am totally one hundred percent devoted to you. Nothing can ever break us apart. I promise you that. Since you have come to my life I have become a better person and I cannot thank you enough. I just want you to know that I love you even more than the day we first met. I remember the way you made me feel.

The thought of you brings light to my darkest times. And when I am away all I could think about is how I can’t wait to get home just to see you. We do fight. What couple doesn’t? You make me angry constantly with your constant swings and sometimes I’ll be watching a movie instead of being with you. Yet these fight don’t change the fact that I love you with all of my heart. You break that heart sometimes but it keeps on fixing itself cause you are worth it. Completely and utterly worth it.

You have me completely in your power. The best times of my life are with you. And I’m like a puppy seeing a treat whenever I see you wearing a different outfit. You’re just beautiful like that. You make me laugh, cry, smile, and love, and I love you for that.

I love you so much my dearest…

Books.

Books, you are amazing to me. When I first laid my eyes on you at the bookstore I was yours. Your ability to make me feel things is magical. Your words astonish me, and I wish I could say such amazing things as you do. I can’t wait for what the future has in store for us. All I know is that its going to be wonderful.

Literally the best post I’ve ever written. KACHOW!

Hunted by Meagen Spooner

Hunted by Meagen SpoonerHunted by Meagan Spooner
Published by HarperTeen on March 14th 2017
Genres: Retellings, Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

My Thoughts

Throughout the entire book I was listening to the Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 OG Cast Recording COMPLETELY ACCIDENTAL and now I’m pretty proud of myself cause that takes place in Russia and this takes place in Russia and *hand movement* yeah.

The thing about Hunted is that it ends at a point where you think “yeah this is a standalone” it has that type of finish. But you don’t want it to end. And not because you loved it (even though I did) Its because it was too short, too fast. Literally the reason I didn’t give this book five hearts was because EVEN THOUGH IT ENDED ON A REALLY GOOD NOTE I still wanted more because it was too fast. Beauty was a really fascinating character. She loves to hunt. Yet she loves her family more. Especially her father. I didn’t hate her father but it did make me sad how he was. He is the type who didn’t want to spend time with his daughter after they moved. I think that his one and only failure was ultimately the death of him, which made me extremely sad. All Beauty wanted to do was hunt with her father. Provide for her family with her father. But he never let her, just pushed her away. *sigh*

Then we meet the “Beast” of the story. Beast is literally a cutie. A serious cutie. The most beastly cutie there is. I loved how he TRIED to hide his look to Beauty but nuh-uh and instead he teachers her how to hunt. I really wish there were more hunting lessons. I know that there lessons went on for almost half a year but we only got three or four scenes of them hunting together, and I just wish I got a little more of that.

I really liked the side characters in this book. The sisters were what I wish I had. Very supportive for Beauty but still would protect her no matter what. I hope one day we get a novella or something about the sisters and what they did when Beauty was away. I mean it says exactly what happens 😉 but I hope for the full story.

I loved the story that Beauty told Beast about the prince. It fit in perfectly with the whole story and I loved that story. One day I’m going to tell my kids that 😛

So as you can tell I really did like Hunted and I do recommend it to those fantasy lovers and those fairy tale retelling lovers ESPECIALLY if you are a first time readers in those genres.