5 Quotes from 5 Books

These are five of my favourite quotes from the last 5 books that I have completed!

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes

“Sometimes, to regain sanity, one had to acknowledge and embrace the madness.”

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The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

“Trust is won in years. Not words.”

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House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

“Nights like this were meant to be shared, remembers, and talked about for years. Skies like this were meant to be kissed under.”

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All These Beautiful Strangers by Elizabeth Klehfoth

“In many ways, my mother, my father—the people I was closest to, the people who meant the most to me—were strangers. Beautiful strangers.”

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Paper Towns by John Green

“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”

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WWW Wednesday

I thought it was about time for another WWW Wednesday1 copy

I am currently reading Gathering Darkness which is the third book in the Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes.

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2 copyThe last book I finished was Paper Towns by John Green. Kind of a mediocre read for me!

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3 copyI am hoping to either pick up Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo or Supernova by Marissa Meyer

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My Favorite Bookmark

This may be a little polarizing…. when I seen the prompt for this week’s Top 10 Tuesday was to pick out my favourite bookmarks, I couldn’t help but cringe a little as I honestly don’t really use bookmarks at all, I dog-ear a lot of my books. I do have quite a collection of bookmarks that get sent when I purchase books but I never use them. I will either dog ear my books or I just lay the book down wherever I am on the page I’m currently on and then leave it there until I come back to it. I know some people are quite funny about dog earring books and trying to keep their editions pristine, but the way I see it books are meant to be read, and a little wear and tear doesn’t affect me at all. I just think it shows how well loved a book is!

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Paper Towns Review

6442769Paper Towns is a YA Contemporary following Quentin Jacobson a high school senior living in Florida and his neighbour Margo Roth Spiegelman whom he has had a crush on his entire life. Margo enlists Quentin’s help in a series of late night pranks and when she goes missing the following day Quentin finds clues he thinks Margo has left him to find her whereabouts.

Quentin’s character at times felt a little unrealistic to me. His obsession for Margo and figuring out her clues just seemed a little improbable. He seemed like the kind of student who would not let anything get in the way of his studies and school and a few times over the course of the storyline we see him missing school and even skipping his graduation ceremony in order to find Margo.

I just thought what did Margo really do to deserve this kind of spotlight? I kind of found her to be a little spiteful and vindictive right from the get go and she seemed the kind of person who would manipulate people in order to get what she wants. I think maybe Quentin is seeing her with some rose coloured glasses and is projecting his own feelings onto her personality. Even at the end when they travel all that way because they were so worried she may have killed herself only for her to tell them to wait a sec. It just left a bad taste in my mouth.

I liked the pacing of the book, it did keep me entertained and I was invested in figuring out the clues alongside Quentin. I found the characters to be quite distinct and diverse and they all complimented each other well.

It wasn’t a favourite of mine but there really wasn’t anything inherently wrong with the story either. I just found at times I was thinking what the purpose of this book is, was it about Quentin’s growth over the course of the story or the fact that sometimes his expectations don’t match the outcome?

⭐️3/5 a little unremarkable

All These Beautiful Strangers Review

36381099All These Beautiful Strangers follows multiple perspectives with the main being Charlie a 17 year old girl who is attending a prestigious prep school for the elite called Knollwood Academy. She is struggling to overcome the dark legacy of her family and is trying to become a member of the school’s elite secret society called the A’s.

I liked the multiple perspectives and the way we time jumped from present day back to the summer that Grace went missing; slowly piecing together all the details really made me engaged in the story and eager to read on to find out what was going to happen. Is Grace alive, did Alistair kill her, did something else happen? Having this story woven into the present day situations that Charlie has to deal with kept the anticipation at an all time high!

I actually really liked Charlie’s character. I think her being one of the rich kids and getting that perspective was quite refreshing for me. Her not really having to worry about money and blending in so well with the other wealthy kids at the school and seeing how they function was fascinating and a point of view that really isn’t explored a whole lot in YA. I like that she is so unaware of how much she really does manipulate those around her to get what she wants and the fact that it is thrown back in her face unexpectedly was gratifying!

I liked the pace of the book, there was definitely tension built up throughout the story line. Mixing in the initiation process for the A’s and having that come full circle was really entertaining. All of the characters are very morally ambiguous and you really can’t predict what anyone is going to do next as they all have the means to be able to pretty much get away with anything!

School setting are always a favourite of mine and even though I never went to somewhere as prestigious as Knollwood it did bring around feelings of nostalgia for me.

⭐️4/5 stars Suspenseful, unexpected, tragic!