Monthly Archives: April 2016

NTTBF – 2016

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Yesterday, Nicole and I attended the North Texas Teen Book Festival (NTTBF) in Irving, Texas. This was our second year going. There were over 50 authors attending, as well as many booktubers. The place was packed, mostly with schoolchildren in field trips, though not all of them looked so thrilled to be there. Anyway, the event was an all-day thing, and it was as much fun as it was exhausting.

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Since there were multiple panels happening at the same time, Nicole and I split up. Some of my favorite panels were the “Reading the Rainbow” one, where authors discussed their lgbtqia books. It was a much larger panel than the one from last year, which we also attended (I really missed David Levithan this year). I also enjoyed the “All the Feels” one, which was all about books with emotions. My favorite type of books.

I was very excited to meet Gayle Forman, but unfortunately her line was closed by the time I went in to get my signature, so I didn’t get to meet her. The same thing happened with E. Lockhart. Nicole missed out on meeting Libba Bray.

But not everything went wrong.  I got the chance to meet one of my favorite new authors, Adam Silvera. He was so sweet and interesting, and he wrote me a very lovely message in my copy of More Happy Than Not. I seriously recommend this book, since I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since I read it last year. Adam has a new book coming out soon called History Is All You Left Me, and trust me, you’re going to want to get your hands on it. He’s one of my few auto-buy authors.

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I also met Alex Gino who is quite a gem. We talked about the lgbt panel, which was both of our favorites, and I got my copy of George signed. I also met Faith Erin Hicks who took the time to doodle something amazing on my copy of Friends With Boys. Nicole met Jonathan Maberry and he signed Rot & Ruin. And she also met Ruta Sepetys who signed Between Shades of Gray for her.

Another highlight was the booktube panel. I was really excited because Whitney from Whittynovels and Alberto from AbriendoLibros were there, and I love both of their channels. I got a chance to say hi to them, and I got a really cute bookmark from Whitney and a picture with Alberto.

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After the event, Nicole and I were completely drained. It was such a long day, but worth the lines and waiting and my horrible cold that kept getting in the way. I know I’ll definitely keep going back because, come on, books are the best thing in the world.

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T.V. Show Spotlight-12 Monkeys

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Name: 12 Monkeys

Seasons: 1 (Second season starts 4/18/16)

What It’s About: Based off of the 1995 movie, in post-apocalyptic future time travel is thought to be the only way to save everyone from the plague that wipes out seven million people. They send back James Cole to stop the virus before it can spread. He meets Dr. Cassandra Railly, a virologist, and convinces her to help him. But not everyone wants to stop the plague.

My Thoughts: I really like how they did the time travel in this show. They don’t have a lot of complicated explanations, and it is easy to follow along. That isn’t why I like the show though. Its strong point is the characters. They all get developed nicely. Their motivations and actions are all understandable and clear and well thought out. And I like them all. This show surprised me. In good ways.

Rating: 8/10

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

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             Fablehaven is the first book in a five book children‘s literature fantasy series. It’s a story about two siblings, thirteen-year old Kendra and eleven-year old Seth, and part of their summer at their grandparents’ magical sanctuary which they don’t know about, of course, until they are there and cause a bit of mischief.  It’s a story that involves fairies and naiads, witches and trolls, and many other creatures. For those who love it, you might be in for a movie since the rights were sold, though that was many years ago, but there is also a five book spinoff coming this year called Dragonwatch. So if you love magic, and family relationships, and long series this might be the book for you.

            Do I think it’s for me? Eh, maybe. I liked it well enough. There was a lot of description and background to find out and set up that I think will pay off well in the other books. It did make this one drag on a little bit though. How everything is revealed is a bit draining as well since it revolved around being told not to do something, and then immediately they, Seth mainly, went out and did it. Over and over again.

            I know some other reviewers could not stand Kendra and Seth, mainly Seth, but they were the high points of the book for me. I loved their sibling relationship, and I thought they behaved like children their age. I liked how they were so different from each other, and went about solving the problems that popped up in different ways that were true to their individual character. As for the other characters, I think I liked Lena the best. That might be because she was more fleshed out than the others though.

            It wasn’t a thrilling, fast paced book for me, not even at the end. I wasn’t that hooked on any of the characters, so I wasn’t on the edge of my seat hoping everyone would be okay. I’m not going to run out and get the next book because I can’t wait to see what happens. However, I wouldn’t mind reading the others either. I think this is a solid three out of five stars. Not bad but not in any way mind blowing.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Book Review

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I’m so conflicted. I’ve been obsessively thinking about this book, and its meaning. I’ve been trying to figure out whether I’m angry at the reality of the situation, or if it’s simply problematic on its own. I’ve tried to analyze every aspect of this story, along with its characters, over and over again.

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The truth is, I don’t know. I’m entirely confused, possibly because I feel too many emotions over this book. And trust me, I wish I didn’t. I wish I was an emotionless robot so I couldn’t feel a damned thing.

This story follows Louisa Clark as she takes on the responsibilities of caregiver to a quadriplegic man, Will Traynor. The two don’t hit it off at first, but soon they form a sweet friendship. At one point, Louisa makes it her duty to take Will on many adventures to lift up his spirits and show him that life is worth living.

I loved the dynamic between the two main characters. They were both very witty and they shared a lot of interesting conversations. I liked the way their friendship evolved, how they grew to trust each other. I liked so many things about them. Louisa dealt with her family, most of all her sister. She tried to figure out what she wanted to do with her life. She had so many relatable things going on, and I really felt for her. I wanted her to overcome everything.

And Will? I adored Will. His humor and wit were just perfect, and every time he spoke my whole face lit up. I worried for him, for his well-being, for his peace of mind. I was hopeful when it came to him, because this is fiction and great, unimaginable things can happen in fiction. Right?

Now, I’m not so sure. I don’t mean to sound bitter, but my life has gone to shit lately. I’ve lost many family members recently, and at times it feels as though the only thing I need is to get struck by lightning to wrap it all up in a bow. So I turn to fiction, hoping that things will turn out better and brighter for fictional characters. I always want the best for them.

That, my friends, is not what I found in this book. But oddly enough, I get it. I understand why everything happened. I don’t know if it’s right, but I don’t know many things lately. I definitely enjoyed this book, and do not regret reading it. I was completely immersed in the story, the characters, the beautiful friendship, and the love. I have seen the movie trailer countless times, and I plan on watching the film as soon as it comes out.

But I will probably never read it again. I wouldn’t willingly put myself through this misery again. My head’s a mess, still analyzing what all happened here. This is the most heart-wrenching book I’ve ever read.

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Rainy Day Book Tag

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-Where do you like to read when it’s raining?

My bedroom.
Doesn’t matter where in the house as long as I have a blanket with me.

-Best book to read on a rainy day?

 Station Eleven
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. There’s nothing better than reading from the comforts of your home about a book in which civilization collapses. 
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We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas. A good, homey type of book to get lost in.

-Book with rain? (In the book, or on the cover)

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. 
“Boys like me belong to the rain.”
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The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.
“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.”

-Book that made you cry?

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I will never move on from this heartache.
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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling. Not a lot of books make me cry obviously since I read this in middle school.

-Least favorite book?

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Edge of Darkness by Travis McBee. Totally misogynistic. It was a complete waste of time. 
 Return of the Mothman
Return of the Mothman by Michael Knost. An overall poorly done book.

-Favorite drink for a rainy day?

Milk tea!!!
Hot chocolate

Character Spotlight #9

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Name: Lucifer Morningstar

Book TV Show: Lucifer

Get to Know Him:  Lucifer is a wealthy bar owner living in Los Angeles. He plays the piano, and he’s an adviser to a certain detective who may or may not be his friend. He punishes the guilty. He’s just a typical guy trying to figure himself out in a world full of confusing humans. He has major daddy issues–because he’s the devil, and he is sick and tired of torturing souls in Hell.

Why I Love Him: I love–and hear me out here–his innocence. Yes, Lucifer is innocent. He is constantly amazed by humans because he’s learning to be one. He constantly trusts people, and they usually die, and he gets crushed by that. I love how he has faith. He seriously has faith. Maybe not in his father, but he certainly believes in people. He believes in his beloved detective, and in his priest friend, and in Maze. I mean, this guy is really complex, and I love discovering his many layers. Not to mention his humor. Lucifer is hilarious, and he never fails to make devil puns. He’s lovely.

Favorite Quote: “These emotions are bloody inconvenient.”