Wild Swans "An Engrossing Contemporary" {ARC Review}

Monday, May 16, 2016
Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood Review

Wild Swans was a surprisingly quick read for me. Lately I've been in a sorta reading slump, as in starting a ton a books but not really finishing them. However I finished Wild Swans in a record two days. (at least a record for me lately)


Title: Wild Swans
Author: Jessica Spotswood
Series: Standalone
Genres: YAContemporary, Romance
Source: I received an arc from Sourcebooks for review consideration
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The summer before Ivy’s senior year is going to be golden; all bonfires, barbeques, and spending time with her best friends. For once, she will just get to be. No summer classes, none of Granddad’s intense expectations to live up to the family name. For generations, the Milbourn women have lead extraordinary lives—and died young and tragically. Granddad calls it a legacy, but Ivy considers it a curse. Why else would her mother have run off and abandoned her as a child?

But when her mother unexpectedly returns home with two young daughters in tow, all of the stories Ivy wove to protect her heart start to unravel. The very people she once trusted now speak in lies. And all of Ivy’s ambition and determination cannot defend her against the secrets of the Milbourn past….


Rating 

★★★★

Favorite Quote

Everybody freaks out at some point. It's how you patch yourself up that counts.


The story was engrossing and the main character, Ivy was so relatable. 


Her struggle in trying to live up to her grandfather's expectations really spoke to me. Once I got into the plot of Wild Swans I had a hard time putting it down..

I also liked the backstory about the Milbourn women, and how they were dazzling but then crashed and burned. I found that the parts of the book that talked about Ivy's ancestors were by far my favorite. The Milbourn women add an extra layer of mystery and intrigue to this contemporary.

I particularly liked how the book ended, not exactly a HEA (happily ever after) but at the same time everything felt liked it'd be all right.


If your looking for a contemporary read, I'd say Wild Swans is well worth the time.

Is Wild Swans on your TBR? And if you've read this already who's your favorite Milbourn Women? Mine is probably Dorothea.
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Love Charms & Other Catastrophes "Magic, Boys In Boxes And Charming Towns" {Book Tour + Review + Giveaway)

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Love Charms & Other Catastrophes Review

Love Charms and Other Catastrophes was just the book I needed after enduring so many frustratingly complicated, heartache inducing romantic plots. (Though this book itself also broke my heart a couple times)

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Title: Love Charms and Other Catastrophes
Author: Kimberly Karalius
Series: Grimbaud #2
Genres: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Contemporary
Source: I received an arc through Xpresso Book Tours in exchanged for an honest review

Aspiring love charm maker Hijiri Kitamura was excited to come back to Grimbaud for her sophomore year-until she learns about the upcoming charm making competition. Grimbaud has just started to recover from the tyranny of Zita's love fortunes and it would be too easy for the winning charm maker to take Zita's place. The only solution is for Hijiri, with the support of her friends and fellow rebels, to win the contest herself.

Unfortunately, that's easier said than done, especially when Love itself has decided to meddle in Hijiri's life. Concerned that it's favorite charm maker has given up on finding a boyfriend of her own, Love takes matters into its own hands and delivers the perfect boyfriend to her in a giftwrapped box...literally.

Get ready to be charmed by this magical, quirky sequel to Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius.


Rating

★★★★★

Favorite Quote

A boy stepped out of the box.


In the first book, Love Fortunes and Other Disasters we met Fallon Dupree, the daughter of two infamous Health Inspectors.

The sequel follows Hijiri Kitamura, an extremely talented love charm maker.


All the characters are fabulous, I don't believe there's one person in The Charm Theory Club that I haven't fallen in love with to a certain degree. Bram and Ms. Ward, while not in the club, are also among my favorite human's in the series.

Something I love in particular about the Grimbaud series is how refreshingly unique the basis of the novel is. 


The way magic is portrayed, the town, and especially the first book's villain, are the reasons I adore this series so much.

A lot of the time when I'm deciding on a rating I hesitate on whether to give a book 5 stars, but with this book there was simply no doubt.


I knew the second I'd finished the last page that Grimbaud and all it's citizens had earned a place in my heart.

The shipppssss!!!!! They are all so f**king adorable (excuse the foul mouth, no normal human word would be adequate to describe the cuteness radiating from this novel) Love Fortunes & Other Disasters spoilers First there's Fallon and Sebastian who are a beautifully darling couple. Nico and Martin are fantastic. And the newest ship to join Grimbaud's Shippys is box boy (Ken) and Hijiri.


You can read Love Charms before reading Love Fortunes, however I think you should read Love Fortunes first. 


As you might be a bit confused concerning the towns background, and it's nice to go into Love Charms already familiar with the characters.

This series is definitely worth a look at, and if you've already read the first book then definitely check out the sequel.

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Do you plan on reading the series? And if you have who's your favorite character?
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When The World Is Extremely On Fire Cause It Turns Out You've Been Pronouncing A Character Name Wrong

Monday, May 9, 2016
Saying Character Names Wrong

We all know that moment when you find out that a character's name isn't pronounced how you thought it was. It's a relatively small thing, but at the same time it can be a huge surprise.

This happens to me a lot as I'm terrible at figuring out pronunciations. (I also have terrible spelling, writing this post forced be to learn how to spell character) I often don't say the names right, especially the ones that are foreign (Ex: Hijiri Kitamura from the Grimbaud series, I still have no idea how to say her name honestly)

Ways to find out you've been saying a character's name terribly wrong...

  • The Friend will inform you of your sin when you fangirl with them and land on the character you can't say right (you will be corrected or you guys could end up in an argument)
  • The Author whether it's an interview, a face to face meeting, or something else, the author says the character's name and you realize you've been calling said fictional human the wrong combination of sounds. (There is no argument here cause the author is the overlord of the world in which this character lives, there simply is no arguing with them)
  • The Audiobook you've decided you'd like to listen to the audiobook of one of the books in the series (or the only book if it's a standalone) and the audiobook narrator say's the dreaded name and your world self-combusts (This is of course totally logical, and is exactly what happens)

Is it pronounced IKO or EKO? (we're talking about the sassy Lunar Chronicles android chick) 


Okay here's the details. Marissa Meyer says Eko. The audiobook narrator say Iko. (I know my opinion doesn't really count but) I say Iko. Technically it's Eko as Marissa Meyer did create the name, however most people I've met say Iko. I'm probably not gonna change my pronunciation cause well I like Iko. *shrugs*

What names have you pronounced wrong in your bookish journey? Do you say Eko or Iko?
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Lilo & Stitch "Oh So Cute And Fluffy" {Movie Review}

Monday, May 2, 2016
Lilo and Stitch Review

Lilo & Stitch was oh so cute and fluffy. I know, I know. I can't believe that it took me so long to see this movie either. It's so adorable!!!!! But like I mean how could I not love this TERRIBLY CHARMING movie. (I'm writing this at 12 in the morning. Oops)


Title: Lilo & Stitch
Directed By: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Movie Studio: Walt Disney
Genres: Adventure, Sci-Fi

A tale of a young girl's close encounter with the galaxy's most wanted extraterrestrial.
Lilo is a lonely Hawaiian girl who adopts a small ugly "dog," whom she names Stitch.

Stitch would be the perfect pet if he weren't in reality a genetic experiment who has escaped from an alien planet and crash-landed on Earth.

Through her love, faith and unwavering belief in ohana, the Hawaiian concept of family, Lilo helps unlock Stitch's heart and gives him the ability to care for someone else.


Rating

★★★★

Favorite Quote

Pleakley: Oh, good! I was hoping to add theft, endangerment, and INSANITY to my list of things I did today! Jumba: Ha ha! You too? Lilo and Stitch


First off, Stitch is like the cutest thing ever (second only to Toothless of course)


Like he's so freaking cute. His voice, that naughtiness, his soft moments, so endearing. His character is fantastic. Also Stitch looks like Toothless (okay technically Toothless looks like Stitch cause Stitch came first, but blah details) and ahhhhh, so darn darling.


Second, this movie was directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders.


(the directors of the first HTTYD) so of course I adore it. Like I mean they are my favorite directors of all time.

Side Note: I do wish Dean and Chris were directing HTTYD 3 together, it's not that I don't like Dean (he's amazingly fantastic) I just love Sanders and Dean directing together. A lot.

Also the story is so heartfelt, while it didn't bring me to my knees sobbing like *cough* HTTYD 2 (still getting over that one. Also if you're wondering HTTYD stand for How To Train Your Dragon) It was super warm and fuzzy and still hit the emotions. And I did tear up, but only a little, I'm not a crybaby or anything.


I love the endangered mosquitoes thing *dies laughing* This movie is like so funny and silly, yet at the same time heart touching. 


Also I loved how even though I was thoroughly convinced their was no possible way to tie up that plot, they did! And so well too. I literally have nothing bad to say (okay maybe I still don't get how Stitch wasn't immediately identified as an alien thingie, but this is a child's movie, plus it is meant to be mostly humorous and not realistic) I adore this movie tenfold, I seriously love it. (If you can't already tell)

Have You Seen Lilo & Stitch? If So Give Me Your Thoughts? Also Do You Like Movie Reviews?
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