Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell

About (Goodreads)
A short story about waiting and believing — but mostly waiting — by the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On. All proceeds go to the ACLU Foundation.

When Elena decided to camp out for the next Star Wars movie, she was expecting a celebration, a communion — a line full of people who love Star Wars so much, they have to share it.

She wasn’t expecting this:  a freezing sidewalk, nowhere to pee, and three nights stuck with a boy who decided not to like her before they even met.

It’s enough to make a girl leave the line…

But Elena came here for Star Wars, and it will take more than bad weather and a dumb boy to squash her spirits.

My Thoughts

This was such a cute, quick, witty short story. I loved it! Rainbow Rowell doesn’t disappoint me in her writings so it was no surprise that 1. I loved this! and 2. I understood every word about Star Wars mentioned which made me LOVE her more because she wrote a short story about LOVING. STAR. WARS.

The nerd in me was like yesssss! And the reader in me was like, WHY IS THIS ENDING HERE?!! I really could do with more to this story. Especially when it comes to Elena and Gabe. They were just getting good.

I think it says something about an author that can develop such a great character like Elena in such a quick read. The humor in this story is amazing and her knowledge about Star Wars…I mean, just when you think you can’t love someone more..they nerd out on you.

5 out of 5 stars! Pick it up now!

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Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

About (Goodreads)

From Julie Murphy, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin’ and Side Effects May Vary, comes another fearless heroine, Ramona Blue, in a gorgeously evocative novel about family, friendship, and how sometimes love can be more fluid than you first think. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell and Morgan Matson.

Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever.

Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. Standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona is sure of three things: she likes girls, she’s fiercely devoted to her family, and she knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, responsibility weighs more heavily than ever.

The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool. But as Ramona falls in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift too, which is the last thing she expected. With her growing affection for Freddie making her question her sexual identity, Ramona begins to wonder if perhaps she likes girls and guys or if this new attraction is just a fluke. Either way, Ramona will discover that, for her, life and love are more fluid than they seem.

My Thoughts
I loved this book so much! I’m a big fan of Julie Murphy. Not only because her books are fun and unique, but also because of the Mississippi aspect. Mississippi, my home. When I find a book, or series, set in Mississippi I buy it, read it as fast as possible and then recommend it to anyone who will listen. Ramona Blue is a book that will go at the top of my Mississippi books list.

Set in Eulogy, MS Ramona Blue is a unique person. Tall with blue hair. Everyone knows who Ramona is. She’s hard to miss. In backwoods MS, being a super tall, dyed blue hair lesbian is something that wouldn’t go unnoticed. She knows who she is and isn’t ashamed. But things take a sharp turn when her childhood friend comes back to town. Ramona starts to question who she is and if she’s gay, straight, or bi.

I loved Ramona! She’s a strong, female character that I love reading about. I would for sure read another book about her adventures in college (hint hint lol). What I couldn’t get passed, was that she felt like her family and all their problems were her responsibility. She’s 17 and living like she’s 30. Working as many jobs as she can and worrying about who’s going to take care of her sister’s baby. Her sister is a whole other piece of work. Her sister is pregnant and selfish. I could not stand her. I really hoped she’d move away or something. I just can’t with her.

I was SO FREAKING HAPPY with the ending of this book. I know we all know people who deserve goodness in their lives. Ramona is one of those people. I know she’s a fictional character but seriously, the shit this child goes through is way more than most adults go through. Her dad works his ass off but still doesn’t make enough so Ramona and her sister pitch in. But somehow, Ramona has become the backbone of the family. Almost like she had to take the role of wife, or the other adult, so the family could eat, live, breathe. It broke my heart. She’s so young and no child should have to work harder than their parent to make lives better for those in the same house. Which I know kids do, but the world shouldn’t work that way. Her mom is also a POS (piece of shit), her sister and mom get along…wonder why (hmm).

Freddie comes along and Ramona’s whole world gets shook. I really like Freddie and Ramona together. They challenge each other, learn from each other, make each other better. Just like a relationship should. It’s nice to see how Murphy makes worlds collide, especially in a setting like MS. A white girl and black boy. Lesbian with a straight boy. It’s something only a creative, out of the box person could write.

I like that Ramona finally gets it. Her sister choosing her loser baby daddy over her finally breaks Ramona. And she decides to take her life into own hands. It’s great. I cheered for her! I was so proud of her for getting it.

It’s a great book to read. It explores sexuality, race, social classes, and life in general. It’s a refreshing story about a girl trying to find herself.

5 out of 5 stars!

Currently Reading

My currently reading list:

  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – So, I got about 20% through this and then stopped reading. And then it got automatically returned (reading on my Kindle). So I’m back on the wait list so I can make myself finish it.
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – I recently got it back from the library and am about half way through it and plan on finishing it this week. Come hell or high water.
  3. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – I’m listening to this via my Kindle and I may have to relisten to it again because it’s so interesting and well written but at the same time, I’m like what was that? It’s really good. So freaking, good and imaginative and I’m really liking it a lot!

So those are my top 3 books right now. I’m currently on hold for 10 books lol And I’m excited about all of them. So hopefully over the next few weeks, I’ll be updating my blog more. And hopefully, my kiddos will be cooperative so I can 1. read, and 2. review the books I read.

Have a great week! My birthday is this week so I’m hoping I do!

XOXO

M.

Moo by Sharon Creech

About
Fans of Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and Hate That Cat will love her newest tween novel, Moo. This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected bond develops between twelve-year-old Reena and one very ornery cow.

When Reena, her little brother, Luke, and their parents first move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches, blueberries, and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna—and that stubborn cow, Zora.

This heartwarming story, told in a blend of poetry and prose, reveals the bonds that emerge when we let others into our lives.

My Thoughts
I had a bit of a hard time with this book. Admittedly, I don’t normally enjoy books that are written in prose/poetry style. But, I enjoyed the simplicity of this book. The pureness of this book is what makes it so good. It’s about a cow. About how  young brother and sister learn to love a cow. And how an old lady softens just a bit because of these two kids. Once you get into the flow of the book it’s really good.

It’s really such a simple idea. Write a book about a cow. It’s definitely meant for young readers, 4th-6th grade. It reminded me of the old lady who swallowed the fly. Just because of all the animals this woman has roaming around her house. The whole book is one crazy adventure and then, the emotions happen at the end when the lady passes but her animals which consist of a wide range of beasts, which the cow is included, are taken care of and that’s all she wanted.

There’s not much wrong with this book. I mean..there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s for a younger audience and would make a great classroom read.

If I had a criticism I would say, the action takes a while to happen. But I think it’s just because it’s written in prose.

4 out of 4 stars.

 

XOXO

M.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

About (from Goodreads)

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

My Thoughts

I’m a huge fan of YA. A good majority of what I read is young adult. For some reason, I’m drawn to love stories. Maybe because I never dated in high school (probably, no shrink needed for that one). I believe in true love. I believe in love at first sight. I should, I knew I’d marry my husband when I met him. No lie. So, when I came across this book, I knew I needed to read it.

First off, love the name Hadley. It’s unique and pretty. I find it interesting that most books you read portray the child whose mother or father is getting remarried as not knowing the person very well therefore it’s okay for them not to like said person. Maybe that’s how remarriage works. I don’t know really. I’m blessed that my parents are still together so I never had to find this out. (If anyone wants to tell me otherwise, please leave a comment and let me know- a nice comment, not a rude one. I ain’t got time for rude asses. I have kids for that.)

Back to the book (my bad)…

Hadley is going to London to attend the wedding of her father to his new bride. And Hadley is not wanting to go. I think, if memory serves, she wants to miss her flight, or take a later one so she ends up missing it altogether. Sounds like a teenager. But then she sees the boy, meets the boy. Oliver. She’s infatuated from the start. They’re on the same flight. They talk, fall asleep, talk some more. She finds out he’s going home for his dad. But he doesn’t specify for what. She tells him all about her life, her dad, and why she dislikes the soon to be stepmom.

They arrive at the airport and in the midst of the chaos that is airports, they lose each other. After some other stories, and emotions, they see each other again.

It’s definitely about more than just love and teens. It’s about family and being there. And so much more. For a story that takes place in a span of 24 hours, it’s really good and fast paced and tells more in 24 hours than some books do that last a span of a few weeks (you know what I’m talking about).

5 out of 5 stars! Give it a read!

A Court of Mist and Fury ( A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

About (from Goodreads)

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Thoughts (spoilers)

I cannot believe that I didn’t immedietly review this book. Because, while I may always hold a torch for Sirius Black, the amount of love and respect and just ‘god i wish he were real life’ for Rhysand is so much. He is what men should be alllll about. My heart, y’all.

So let me tell ya what happens, (it’s been a few months since I devoured this book so I may leave out some important deets so that means you just NEED TO READ THIS BOOK FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! IT”S THE BEST!)

Feyre and Tamlin are set to get married. The thing that bothered me most about this is that Feyre let someone else, some other woman, plan her wedding. Her whole wedding. The most glorious day of your life- and she let some bitch plan the whole thing. She was so not interested in the details I wanted to smack the crap out of her and be like, look girl, something is clearly NOT Right if you don’t care. And then she was just so complacent about sex with Tamlin too. Like, yep, that’s how it happens- he keeps me out of the loop of every.thing. and then he comes at me like a wolf and I just bend to him…some girls, I swear.

On their wedding day, Feyre is just screaming for someone to save her. And who saves her but, Rhysand. This man. Thinking about him, ooh yes!! He saves her from what I can only assume would be awful, jealous, and eventual loveless marriage. He saves her because they have the connection of the tattoo on her arm. So he pops up and takes her to his castle in the Night Court. Just imagine how pissed off Tamlin is for a moment, won’t you? Super PISSED.

I think what makes you fall for Rhysand is even though he’s this supposed awful, ruthless man, he’s gentle at heart. And he’s NOTHING like Tamlin. From the very start, he only wants Feyre to be happy. No matter what that is. And all the effort he puts into showing her that’s all he wants, is so sweet. Simple, and sweet. Their conversing is natural, energetic, and flirtatious- simply delicious. Whereas in the beginning with Tamlin you could definitely get a sense their relationship was forced, breaking, and superficial.

Being hunted by Tamlin at every turn. Feyre and Rhysand are training her to learn all about her powers so she can defend herself and those she loves. They get to put her powers to the test a few times. Narrowly missing being shot…narrowly missing being taken back to Tamlin. Then things get truly difficult. But not before Feyre figures out who she is truly meant to be with, who her life mate is. And the reader gets to finally be like, “Geez Feyre! took you long enough, you stupid girl.” I’ll prepare you, it’s the man you fall in love with while reading.

Read this book please. Well, read the first one then read this one. I swear to goodness you won’t be disappointed. And be warned, Rhysand will ruin all mortal men for you.

XOXO

M.

Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

About

And you thought the stepsisters were wicked….

I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Because then they won’t suspect what I’m really up to.

The ball, the prince – it’s all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don’t know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can’t see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.

They’re about to find out.

Book Details Length: Approx. 150 pages Genre: Fractured Fairy Tale Mood: Dark / Humorous Content: Moderate violence. A few mild sexual references. No sex scenes or erotica. Audience: Teens and Adults Author’s Note: For anyone who enjoys a dark fairy tale retelling. This Cinderella book has all the elements of the original story: beauty, magic, glass slippers, and a handsome prince. But like any “Grimm” fairy tale it gets twisted into dark places. Sinful Cinderella is the first book in the Dark Fairy Tale Queen Series.

And you thought the stepsisters were wicked….

I’m not who they think I am. A docile girl who meekly obeys her stepmother and stepsisters. Some kind of sick angel who cheerfully bears their mistreatment. That’s what I WANT them to think. Because then they won’t suspect what I’m really up to.

The ball, the prince – it’s all part of my plan to come out on top. Stepmother and her demented daughters will pay for every floor I have scoured, every sneer I have borne. They don’t know about the white magic, how I use it to enhance myself. They can’t see that my heart is black as midnight, rotten as a poisoned apple.

They’re about to find out

My Thoughts

I love fairytale retellings. It’s one of my favorite things to read. I love to see how an author takes what most people know, and give it a good twist.

I love it even more when it’s a dark twist.

I think you can tell from the title and cover that this is a dark retelling of Cinderella. It’s a short retell, but it’s SO GOOD, IT’S GREAT.

We all know Cinderella is supposed to be sweet, innocent, and naiive. But this Cinderella. She’s so much better. She’s dark, sinful, evil. Her only thoughts revolve around getting more magic. She has to be good for more magic to form in her decanter. But on-board being good, when you’re born to be bad. When the Prince sends out a royal invite,inviting all single females to come to a ball, Cindy knows she must go. But first, she must help her ugly, dumb stepsisters.

Cinderella gets to  the ball with help from her fairy godmother. She has 2 hours. Stroke of midnight. Upon arrival, Cindy is clearly the most beautiful, the most everything. The Prince finds her to be exactly what he wants. But, she runs away. Leaving behind a tiny glass slipper.

What makes this story different, since as you can see it’s quite the same story, is the devil in it. Everyone it seems is evil. Her godnutter isn’t evil per say, but fairies are. The Prince is evil, and abusive, which i don’t like but it does add a new level of toxic to Cinderella’s reasons for being bad. Cinderella has an evil heart and wicked soul. All her thoughts are sinful. The stepmother is evil, vindictive, unloving, as are the stepsisters.

When the Prince finds Cinderella, Cinderella does try and escape. But her Stepmother breaks her magical decanter which causes Cinderella to lose her shit. She stabs her Stepmother, killing her. She then agrees to marriage so she isn’t hung for murder. And her revenge on her sisters is to throw them in prison.

Then…y’all…then we find out the Prince’s daughters name is, Snow White.

And Cinderella becomes an evil stepmother herself. Or as she refers to herself, the Evil Queen.

Tell me , this isn’t good! I dare you.

5 out of 5 stars! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟