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Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

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Title: Ghosts
Author: Raina Telgemeier
Published:
September 2016, Graphix
Genre: Young adult graphic novel
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary:

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn’t happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake – and her own.

My Review:

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I’ve read Smile and Drama by Raina Telgemeier and enjoyed both of those graphic novels a lot. When I found out she had come out with another, Ghosts, I was excited. I love Telgemeier, graphic novels, and ghosts (despite how easily spooked I get). So, I definitely had to pick this one up.

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We follow two sisters, Cat her little sister, Maya. Maya has cystic fibrosis so their family moved to a new town as the salty sea air would help Maya’s lungs. I absolutely loved both girls, Cat being the protective and worrisome older sister and Maya being a child, carefree and innocent, not bothering to let her illness stand in her way.

Both characters easily made this book enjoyable and they both developed quite nicely throughout the story, despite how short it is.

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Day of the Dead is approaching in their new town. Maya is intrigued, Cat is scared. Cat doesn’t like ghosts while Maya loves them. However, we don’t know the reason as to why until near the end of the story. The reason why brings the story full circle and really brings out both of their personalities.

Cat tries to keep the ghosts away while Maya keeps trying to speak to them. For spoiler reasons, I’ll let you speculate why that is, but you should just read the book for yourself.

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The pictures really make the story what it is. The dialogue is great, but I really do enjoy the pictures more so. There are many pages where there’s no dialogue at all. Pictures really are worth one thousand words and that’s true in this story.

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Ghosts is a super quick read being a little over 200 pages, but being a graphic novel I read it in 30 minutes. I laughed, I cried, I was intrigued by the whole ghost scene. It’s a sweet book about sisters and an interesting message about death. It’s definitely worth a read for everyone.

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier gets…
5-stars5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“I guess it’s hard not to feel good when you’re surrounded by so much life!” –Raina Telgemeier, Ghosts

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Cover Reveal: Frozen Flames by Lara Whatley

I’ve had the pleasure of helping author Lara Whatley with the cover reveal of her latest novel, Frozen Flames. This novel is a young adult science fiction and fantasy due for release in June 2017.

My Thoughts:

My favorite color is blue, so anything blue is appealing to me. I love the crack that extends in all directions of the cover showing that something is amiss or broken. According to the blurb (which is down below), things aren’t exactly “normal” anyway. This was a great way to show that.

Plus, the gold spiral symbol in the middle makes you question what that is, what it means, and what it does. It gives more meaning to the cover, to the book itself, making you question what the story is actually about.

Also, the title looks embedded in the ice. For example, the “F” in “Frozen” is staggered a bit as though it’s cracked as well, which I think is a cool effect.

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Blurb:

Lexi would give anything to have those minutes back-the minutes when she’d stood inside the fence, waiting for the clock to tick down on that stupid dare. If she hadn’t stayed-hadn’t gone in the first place-she wouldn’t be in this mess.

But she had, and she was. And now things were different.

Very different.

When you wake up one day with a whole range of new abilities, life gets interesting quick. You can fly, disappeared, and shoot deadly flames from your finger tips. Suddenly, being an orphan who’s forced to live at your high school seems like no big deal. Now your biggest worry is that people have started to notice. And they won’t seem to leave you alone.

For Lexi, navigating this new world is no easy task. Can she control her abilities? Whom can she trust? Has she said goodbye to ‘normal’ forever?

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About Lara Whatley:

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Born and raised in the rolling horse country of southern Ontario, Lara Whatley has always had a passion for reading. As soon as she could, she was writing short stories, and then her first novel. She published her debut novel in 2014, and is continuing to pursue her passion. When not writing or reading, Lara can be found in the great outdoors with her two dogs and imagination.

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The One by Kiera Cass

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Title: The One
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: 
May 2014, HarperTeen
Genre: Young adult dystopia
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary:

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon’s heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she’ll have to fight for the future she wants.

My Review:

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I bought this book along with the second novel, The Elite. As soon as I finished the second book of this main trilogy, I immediately picked up The One and quickly finished it in a day.

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America and Maxon still had a rocky relationship in this novel. It was beginning to get annoying again and then the truth came out about Aspen and America having a previous relationship before Maxon came into the picture. That gave some conflict between Maxon and America and it was awesome. Not that I liked seeing them fight, but it’s part of who we are.

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The major plot of this one was for Maxon to finally choose a wife. And honestly, I thought America was actually going to lose for a while. Which was cool because I didn’t realize how much I rooted for her until I thought she wasn’t going to win. Also, I think it would be kind of cool if the protagonist didn’t get the guy in the end. However, with these kinds of novels, we all know how everything ends.

The final battle scene brought everything home. People died who I didn’t expect to get killed off and honestly, it hurt when they got killed. Due to spoilers, I don’t want to say too much on this matter, but it was nicely done.

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Kiera Cass, as I’ve said in my previous reviews, has such a way with words. The characters could have been stronger, but the ending was perfect for the series as was the final battle scene. Everything was so intense in the last few pages and I was on the edge of my seat for the majority of the book. I would read Cass’s work for the rest of the my life.

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While this book still wasn’t as good as the first one, The Selection, I still absolutely enjoyed the book as a whole. Everything was wrapped up neatly with a nice bow on top. The ending was perfect and each and every character throughout the trilogy had some sort of ending, which was nice to see.

The One by Kiera Cass gets…
5-stars5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“The best people all have some kind of scar.” –Kiera Cass, The One

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The Elite by Kiera Cass

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Title: The Elite
Author: Kiera Cass
Published:
HarperTeen, April 2013
Genre: Young adult dystopia
How I got the book: I bought it

Summary:

The Selection began with thirty-five girls.

Now with the group narrowed down to the six Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon’s heart is fiercer than ever—and America is still struggling to decide where her heart truly lies. Is it with Maxon, who could make her life a fairy tale? Or with her first love, Aspen?

America is desperate for more time. But the rest of the Elite know exactly what they want—and America’s chance to choose is about to slip away.

My Review:

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I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book as soon as I finished the first one, The Selection. I went out right away and bought this one and the third book.

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The characters disappointed me in this book, I have to admit. As much as I love Maxon, America, and Aspen, they all seemed to get on my nerves, America especially. America flip-flopped between Aspen, her first love, and Maxon, her current love. While I understand those feelings, they recurred throughout most of the novel and it got really old really fast. She egged both Aspen and Maxon on secretively, which wasn’t fair to either one of them. Aspen didn’t care about America’s situation and only cared about getting her back for himself which seemed selfish to me. Poor Maxon just has no idea what was going on behind his back the entire time. He only knew something was up because America was always moody towards him.

That’s another thing: America was a jerk to Maxon for most of the novel. She got jealous every time he hung out with the other girls from the selection as though he was cheating on her. However, she never told him she loved him and Maxon needs to do what’s best for him and what he feels is right. He wanted America, but she kept pushing him away. When she got jealous, she went crawling back to Aspen and would end up fighting with Maxon.

It was a vicious love triangle, one I didn’t care to follow.

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Maxon has narrowed 35 girls down to six. He has to keep eliminating them until he gets down to one, the one he wants to marry and become queen. Except, as I mentioned before, most of the book surrounded itself around the love triangle between Maxon, Aspen, and America. That, to me, seemed to be the main plot and it didn’t do anything for me. I’m all for love triangles, but I felt as though this was carried on for far too long.

 

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Kiera Cass has a wonderful writing style. The novel is told in first person through America. She really brings out America’s personality and you see the world through her eyes. The world Cass created is awesome and while I would never want to live there, it certainly is an interesting place to imagine. With that said, Cass has made such an interesting tale through a fictional world and beautiful writing.

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Between some of the characters and the writing, this was definitely a good book. I thought the first one was much better, but this book didn’t stop me from reading it in one sitting and then picking up the third book right away.

The Elite by Kiera Cass gets…
4-stars4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.” –Kiera Cass, The Elite

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February 2017 Goals

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Reading

I’ve gotten quite ahead in my reading, so the books I read this month will not necessarily be reviewed this month.

Books to be reviewed this month:

1. The Elite by Kiera Cass
2. The One by Kiera Cass
3. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Books to be read this month:

1. Deceived by Heena Rathore P.
2. Gatecrashing Europe by Kris Mole
3. The Aqueous Transmission by Mike Eye
4. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

Be sure to check out my Reading List to stay up to date on my book reviews!

Writing

Due to what I got done in January, here’s what I plan on working on this month:

1. Edit George Florence
2. Go through Kris’s edits on The Lost Girl
3. Begin plans for Wattpad story
4. Submit to two contests

Blogging

1. Continue reading and commenting on followed blogs and new blogs every day
2. Finish February posts
3. Get a head start on March posts

Overall

I’m hoping to keep the trend of productivity from January and carry it through February. If I manage my time wisely, I’m sure I’ll be able to get a lot accomplished.

What are your plans for February? Do you have a lot of writing and reading planned? Let me know in the comments below!

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January 2017 Wrap Up

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Reading

I read a total of 7 books this month. This has been my best month in a while as I stuck pretty well to reading for an hour each night. Plus, I read a few books that I just wasn’t able to put down.

I haven’t posted reviews for all these books since I only do reviews once a week, but you can check out my Reading List as that will be updated as I go along. Here are the books I read this month, links go to reviews posted on this blog:

1. Guy In Real Life by Steve Brezenoff
2. When We Go Missing by Kristen Twardowski
3. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
4. The Piper’s Price by Audrey Greathouse
5. The Elite by Kiera Cass
6. The One by Kiera Cass
7. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Writing

I got a lot of writing done. I edited Kris’s novel for her and I’ve been editing my mystery novel. Kris was kind to edit The Lost Girl, so I’ll be getting back to that novel as well.

I also entered three writing contests and thought of two novel (novella?) ideas to finally post on Wattpad. One is a little more in-depth than the other, so I’m sure I’ll be working on the “easier” one first. However, I hope to have both of them up and running this year.

(In case any of you are wondering, the more in-depth story is a continuation of my Short Story Sunday, Three Days. I’ve had a lot of requests to keep going with it, so look forward to that!)

I also started writing content for a video game website, Now Loading. So, if you’re interested in that, feel free to check out some of my articles.

One of my goals for 2017 is to finally get my writing career off the ground and I think I’m headed in the right direction!

Blogging

I’m patting myself on the back because I can’t get over how well I did with blogging this month. I commented and shared on blogs that I follow as well as at least five new blogs every single day. I’ve read a lot of great articles and found a lot of cool new blogs to follow and made some new friends.

Reading and commenting on other blogs was always a struggle for me because I would just forget or I would want to get my own blog written first, but now I think I’m in a good routine and I’m finally giving other bloggers the attention they deserve.

The main theme for this month was all about Characters. We covered a wide range of topics, such as protagonists and antagonists, just to name a few.

I’ve gotten myself into a pretty good routine with planning out my blog posts, too. Every Sunday, my sister and I have been working on our blogs all day, our writing blogs, and Double Jump. It’s been great and fun. As of right now, I have most of February done and almost all of my graphics done for the whole year! Yeah, this is productivity at its finest.

I also started a bookstagram, RachelP_Reads. And while I don’t post very often, I’m trying to rack up a queue of ideas and pictures and find a schedule and routine to keep up with it. Then again, this is mainly just for fun.

Overall

January was such a productive month. If I could do it over again, I would just so I could continue the trend. However, February is a new month and I bet it’ll be just as productive. I think I had a great start to the new year!

Posts to Remember

1. January/February 2017 Writing Contests
2. Creating Characters: What’s Your Favorite Part?
3. How To Write Diverse Characters and Why You Should Include Them

How did January treat you? Did you have a good start to the new year? Let me know in the comments below!

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Blog Round-Up: January 2017

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Here are some of my favorite posts published this past month from bloggers that I follow. I hope you find these posts enjoyable and helpful and check out these awesome blogs.

Writing

Bo’s Cafe Life
10 Reasons Why You Should Not Write For Fame And Fortune
Seminar Life: The 10 Characters Found In A Lecture Hall
Character Meme – Adventure Party
Blue As Oceans
6 Writing Tools You Can’t Live Without In 2017
Is ‘One Note’ A Writer’s Tool?
World Building Is Overwhelming
Why I Don’t Outline
Little Horoscopes for January
The Monster of the Swamp

Reading

Review: Circus Mirandus
How The Ink Born Series Came About
Lovely Graphic, But How’s The Story?
Bookmark Monday #55
The Killer Next Door: A Novel
Book Review: Sister Sister by Sue Fortin
2017 Reading Challenge

Do you have any blog posts you absolutely loved from January? Which one of these posts did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments below!

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