Tuesday, October 23, 2018

5 Second Review: "The World Breaks Everyone" by Lauren Clark

9:30:00 AM


Book: The World Breaks Everyone

Author: Lauren Clark

My Rating: ★★1/2

Synopsis: Every day, I wake up certain of only three things: I am responsible for my mother's death. My father has vanished. Someone wants me dead. I'm on the run. It's me against the world. I cannot let it break me. When sixteen-year-old Olivia Jacobs and her celebrity chef father are brutally attacked after his French Quarter restaurant opening, the shell-shocked Olivia finds herself on the run on the streets of New Orleans. Who wants her dead? And why?

Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy by the author for an honest review.

      What really hurt this book was there were a lot of errors and inconsistencies with plot and especially characters. Gosh there were so many issues with the actual characters themselves and the characterization. It's like this book wasn't edited properly because a lot of things were clearly overlooked. As far as plot, it was basic, highly predictable, and not at all plausible. The whole scenario surrounding the character Olivia being on the run doesn't make any sense. Kate's whole plot and background could have been removed honestly as it added nothing. Overall I feel like the story has potential, but there need to be some real edits and reworking done to the plot and characters.

Monday, October 22, 2018

I've Got a Post-Graduation Job!

2:33:00 PM


      Hey you guys! This is not at all book related, but I just wanted to give you an update on my personal life. As some of you may know, I finish undergrad in December (less than 50 days!) and recently decided I needed to take a gap year (or 2...) before going on to pursue a PhD. So, I started job searching in September and I am excited to say I have a job for after I graduate!

     I'm so pumped to have this job. It's for a cancer research company in downtown Chicago. I'm so excited to live in Chicago with my best friend since childhood and explore a city that I have visited many a time in my life. That being said, if any of y'all live in Chicago and would like to link up, I would love that! I don't have any friends there, so it's going to be a struggle making friends outside of work cause I'm not good at connecting with people.

     Anyway, I just finished my midterms and am currently on fall break. I probably won't be back posting regular book stuff and reviews until after I move in December, so thank you for sticking through this transition period in my life.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

I'm Still Alive (But I'm Barely Breathing)

2:52:00 PM

      So as the title says, I'm still alive but I'm barely breathing. I haven't posted anything on here since June, which now that I think about it, that might a record for the longest time I haven't posted anything on here. I'm going to be honest, I high-key even forgot I had a blog. I've been wrapped up in enjoying my summer, the hell that is research, and focusing on my last semester of undergrad, that I haven't really had time to read or blog. But the thing is, I'm not sorry.

      For the first time in years, I've truly enjoyed myself out in the real world. I have friends that I've been lucky enough to spend time with and actually open up to. I've had experiences that I only dreamed of happening. I've made life choices that have scared the hell out of me, but I'm so glad I made them because if I didn't, I don't know if I would still be here, or at least my sanity would be long gone. 

      As I mentioned in the first paragraph, it's my last semester of college, and I want to go out doing everything I need and want to do. I want to excel in my classes and research, and I'm in charge of several clubs, so all of that takes up quite a bit of my time. Reading for fun isn't in the picture right now, but that's okay, for now. I'm growing and changing, something I mistakenly thought I was done doing when I graduated high school (silly me). 

      In a few months, I will be done with college, and after lots of thinking and stressing, I've decided to take a break from academia before I go to grad school, and get a job out in the real world. I've also decided to move with my best friend since childhood to one of the cities of our dreams and test the limitations of our friendship, just like we always planned. 

     All of this is to say, right now my life is pretty good, and I'm not quite ready to come back to blogging. Blogging was my crutch, my safety from the world. But at the moment, I don't need it. When I'm no longer in college, I'm sure I'll be back because transitions are not the best time for me. And that's not to say that I won't post on here at all within the next 3 months, it's just the likelihood is very small and the posts if there are any, will be pretty infrequent.

      To those of you that have stuck with me this long, I thank you, and can only hope you'll stick around when I transition to the next stage of my life.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

"Cursed" by Jennifer L. Armentrout

10:30:00 AM


Book: Cursed

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

My Rating: ★★1/2

Synopsis: Dying sucks
...and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. 

After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things--including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he's a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she's more than interested. There's just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden's adopted father, a man she's sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she's willing to do anything to hold her sister's hand again. And hell, she'd also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn't?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not've been an accident at all, she's not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life.

For real this time.

      I want to preface this by saying that Jennifer L. Armentrout is probably one of my favorite authors. Her characters, writing, and romance have always drawn me and and really stuck with me. That being said, I did not like this book. Like, at all.

      This book really disappointed me, though I guess I shouldn't have been surprised considering this is probably one of her least talked about books. I've actually not come across another booksphere person who has talked about this book. It's a shame because the premise for this book is something that Jennifer could have really drove home, but for me, it just fell flat.

      Nothing about this book was redeemable, which is really strange cause there is at least one thing that should have been done write, but wasn't. The writing and plot fell really flat for me. Nothing really happened until the last 15% of the book, and everything before was just unnecessary drama and padding. Jennifer tried to cram all the action, drama, climax, and resolution in a short amount of time, and it just didn't work. If this book wasn't written by her, I probably would have just straight up DNFed it.

      Now let's get to the most disappointing part of the book: the romance. If there is one thing Jennifer L. Armentrout can do write, it's romance, but this was not one of those cases. This relationship was so unhealthy, creepy, and in my opinion, quite toxic. Hayden, the main love interest, has been STALKING Ember, the main character, for damn near two years before they even fucking meet each other ! Then, when they get together, he's possessive, creepy, and just everything come off of him screams ISSUES. He does some pretty shady shit and Ember just glosses over it and forgives him, like the whole stalking thing.

      Overall, I'm sad that I didn't enjoy the book, but I don't regret reading it. It just goes to show that everything your favorite authors put out aren't going to necessarily be good.

      Have you read "Cursed"? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts about it down below in the comments. If not, have you read Jennifer L. Armentrout's other books? What are your thoughts on her works?

My Rating System

★★★★★ This book is a gift from the literary gods
★★★★ This book was pretty damn good
★★★ This book had potential but missed the bar
★★ I probably didn't finish this book or it was god awful
★ Why does this book exist?