Why I Loathe Sterling Lane Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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Genre: Contemporary

Author: Ingrid Paulson

Publication: Published June 6th 2017 by Entangled: Teen

Pages: 287

Rating: 4/5

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Hello everyone! I hope you all are having a wonderful week! For today’s post I will be reviewing the new release from Entangled Teen entitled “Why I Loathe Sterling Lane” by Ingrid Paulson. Thank you to Entangled Teen this amazing opportunity! I was able to receive an e-ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Summary from GoodReads

“Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.

As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn’t entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.”

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My Thoughts

I absolutely love these types of books since they are quite refreshing and a breath of fresh air from the hardcore, dark and epic fantasies novels which I am usually swept up by. I really enjoyed reading about Harper as a character; she is very meticulous in everything she does and is pretty much a studious girl with very high grades. Sterling on the other hand is the complete opposite and is a trouble maker and I loved seeing the relationship between these two unfold. While the story is predictable in its plot that this is a hate to love type scenario, it was quite enjoyable to read. If you are looking for a read that will pick you up from your low spirits, this is the one! There were times were I was pretty much laughing at the quirky scenes between the two main characters. They truly did put a smile on my face! I also love how everything flowed together towards the ending, where Harper does grow through some character development where she learns not to live life by rules but with freedom and true happiness.

That’s all for now!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon with another post!

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172 Hours on the Moon Book Review (Spoiler Free)

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“In space, no one can hear you scream.”

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Supernatural, Horror

Author: Johan Harsbad

Published April 5th 2012 by Atom

Pages: 368

Rating: 4/5

Originally written and published in Norway, 172 Hours on the Moon is a Scandanavian thriller which is downright terrifying. Despite the extremely slow start to the novel, it quickly picks up pace by the second half of the book to the point where is it difficult to put down. The timing of when I read this book is something I have to point out since its quite hilarious . . . and embarrassing for me lol I actually started to read this before my first solo trip to Italy and the events in the book completely paralleled closely with what happened in my life which made it even more creepy. Because here, we have characters who are leaving their homes to a place where they are all alone and have no one else close to them which did resemble my situation so I ended up putting this book aside to give my heart a break. Not to mention I was reading this at night because I’m a crazy like that 🙂

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Summary:

172 Hours on the Moon is a science fiction thriller where three teenagers win a week long trip to the moon with NASA. This is the organization’s attempt to increase the public’s interest in space travel and also create some sponsors for the program. In terms of my criticism, I found the whole premise of the story line to be a bit far-fetched since the idea of placing kids in outer space seemed unbelievable. Even astronauts require years of training before they can fly to outer space but the kids had to undergo a couple of months. I find that a bit strange. And why did it have to be teenagers? I think it would have done well even if the characters were adults. I assume the age range for the three main characters was probably small since this was targeted to be a young adult book. I also did not find myself having any interest for any of the main characters since I did not find them to be relatable at all. There was also a small romance aspect within the book which I thought was completely unnecessary since it did not progress so there was no need.

Despite these flaws. the only reason as to why I kept reading was because I knew from other book reviewers that the plot does not become interesting until they land on the moon. With that being said, if I did not know anything with regards to the book when I picked it up, I probably would not have finished reading it. But once they do land on the moon, things start to escalate pretty fast and so much to the point where I thought I was reading a completely different book!

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Coming to the actual core plot of the novel – this was absolutely fantastic. I am not sure why the author prolonged everything just to come to the moon since I found the prologue to be quite dull. I have noticed that the author had done a bit of research for this novel and it was even more evident through his interview in the last few pages of the book. For example, I loved how he incorporated a bit of the Japanese folklore into the story since it ties in very well within book, especially towards the end. Oh my gawd . . . THAT ENDING THOUGH!!! Still get chills thinking about it!

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All in all, I think the entire thriller/suspense aspect of the story made up for the lackluster character development. I did manage to finish this book after my trip from Italy of course. Overall, in terms of ratings, I gave this book 4/5 stars!

Have any of you read 172 Hours on the Moon? What were your thoughts on it? Let me know below!

Until next time, keep reading and I will see you all soon!

 

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The Blogger Aesthetic Award

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Hello everyone!! I have been in artistic mood lately so I thought it would be a perfect time to create this post. I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this but I saw this award at ChicNerdReads and I absolutely loved it! This is a great way for me to learn more about my fellow bloggers!

The Blogger Aesthetic Award was created by Liam @ Hey Ashers!

The Rules:

  • Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favorite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  • Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  • Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  • Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesomeness.”
  • Share these rules (and maybe the below tips, if you’re feeling helpful).

Tips:

My Aesthetic:

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And anyone else who would like to do it! Have fun everyone!  🙂

~Ash

The Doon Series Review (Spoiler Free)

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“I was his nightmare and my destiny his ultimate destruction.”

Author: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon

Publication: First Book on August 20th 2013 by Zondervan

Pages: About 360 per book

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Rating: 4.5/5

Doon was definitely a light read compared to the other novels I have read this past month but sometimes its nice to take a break from a heavy dense book and move to something more lighter. Doon was the exact break I needed.

Doon follows two best friends, Veronica and MacKenna who travel to Scotland for a vacation and end up discovering another Kingdom/World which can only be accessed through a special bridge using two rings from MacKenna’s great aunt. Veronica also experiences the Calling where she sees a mysterious Scottish man who actually ends up being the Prince of the enchanted land they discover. The girls, along with the two princes of the land discover a dark secret of Doon and together they work together in order to break the evil enchantment.

Characters

  1. Veronica – Calm, Patient, Loves to Read – Veronica, also known by MacKenna as Vee, yearns to escape from her domestic life and the only one way she does that is through reading books and this is what makes her a believer and also quite a dreamer as well. Her motives are solely romance oriented in the first book but it is understandable why due to her past; however, once we move past the first book she grows to become a leader and voice for the people of Doon. Her character growth was truly remarkable.
  2. MacKenna – Bold, Daring, Rash – MacKenna is quite the opposite of Veronica but she still admires Vee and values her friendship which is one of the reasons I absolutely love this book. We do not have a lot of YA novels which focus on female friendship but this series executed this theme beautifully. I really admired how the two girls were able to support one another despite the overwhelming obstacles thrown at them.
  3. Jamie -Determined, A bit Cold, Leader – When we first meet Jamie, he is not how he first appears as in Veronica’s Calling and that made him more intriguing. Over the course of the novel we do see different sides to him and the struggles he is facing and I personally loved seeing his character develop throughout the series (although my heart nearly died a bit at the last book – those who have read it, know what I am talking about lol)
  4. Duncan – Lively, Kind, Captain of the Guard – Duncan is an interesting character since he is not in line for the throne since he is not first born, however, he has such a strong support and commitment to his brother which is quite admirable.

I have to admit the last book was my favorite since it really did heighten the stakes and we see characters pushed to their limits. Overall, I really enjoyed this series and I highly recommend it if you love Scotland, magical realms, magic/sorcery, friendship, romance and adventure.

 

 

 

Beauty and the Beast Book Tag!

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Thanks to the wonderful, the lovely, the incredible icebreaker694! Please check out her blog, It’s amazing! And to the creator, Kristy and the Cat Read!!

1. “TALE AS OLD AS TIME” – A POPULAR THEME, TROPE OR SETTING YOU WILL NEVER GET BORED OF READING.

I think for me it will probably be the “misunderstood bad boy”. Now this isn’t a person who mistreats the female lead, but maybe acts cold, mysterious or kind of shut off from the world due to their back story or bad past. An extreme example would be Kaz Brekker from Six of Crows and Warner from Shatter Me  and a lesser extreme may be Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles and Four from Divergent. I do  understand that sometimes this is over done, but when authors can incorporate a “bad boy” character with a lot of character depth and development while simultaneously making them relateable, then we as readers are able to feel for them. And as we see them reform with the female lead’s interactions and relationship, it makes them quite intriguing.

2. BELLE – A BOOK YOU BOUGHT FOR IT’S BEAUTIFUL COVER THAT’S JUST AS BEAUTIFUL INSIDE TOO

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Now isn’t this cover just gorgeous? The best part of it all, is that the actual story is beyond beautiful. I have heard so many people talk about the Lunar Chronicles and I was hesitant to pick it up since it was a 4 part series. However, I did decide to give this a chance since the sci-fi twist to fairy tale re-tellings sounded quite intriguing to me and I am happy to say that this series has become one of my favorite series of all time!

3. BEAST – A BOOK YOU DIDN’T EXPECT MUCH FROM BUT PLEASANTLY SURPRISED YOU.

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When I first picked up this book, I honestly was not expecting much since this was classified under a post-apocalyptic genre and I  believed it would follow a similar route that other dystopian books do. However, I was surprised at the interesting twist the author added to this story. It does not follow the same plot line of most dystopian books such as a plague destroying the earth or corrupt individuals overtaking the government. Instead a natural disaster serves as an “awakening” to the evil within individuals. It goes to question humanity itself – Are we either good or bad? Or despite how good a person may seem, will there always be a bit of evil inside them?

4. GASTON – A BOOK EVERYONE LOVES THAT YOU DON’T

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Now, it is not that I didn’t like this book. I actually enjoyed the setting and the set up but I found it to be too predictable in the end. Since I was able to guess the plot twist, it ended up falling flat for me. However, I am planning to continue on with the series to see the direction the plot moves in 🙂

5. LEFOU – A LOYAL SIDEKICK YOU CAN’T HELP BUT LOVE MORE THAN THEIR COUNTER PART.

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KENJI FOREVER ❤

I absolutely adored Kenji in the Shatter Me series! He is definitely one of the characters who you can’t help but admire. At first he did seem a bit goofy and silly but he really did help the main character, Juliette, through her difficult times and the advice he gave her when she was falling apart really made me admire him even more. A loyal character indeed.

6. MRS POTTS, CHIP, LUMIER & COGSWORTH – A BOOK THAT HELPED YOU THROUGH A DIFFICULT TIME OR THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING VALUABLE

I actually have two series for this one. I read both of them during two different but very difficult moments in my life but while reading these books, they offered some valuable messages which I still carry with me to this day.

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The Maze Runner: There is nothing more valuable than friendship. When I went through the most difficult part of life, my friends were there for me to recover mentally and emotionally. As an introvert, I am not quite comfortable expressing myself but I found that when you do, you can really grow from the care and comfort of others.

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The Lunar Chronicles: Always have hope. Let’s face it. Life sucks. You are going to be thrown in situations you don’t want to be in and faced with prejudice and judgement from members of society. Time is never going to stop for you so the only thing you can so is just pick yourself up and keep going.  And sometimes, its not a terrible thing to hit rock bottom since there is only way left to go and that’s UP!

7. “SOMETHING THERE” – A BOOK OR A SERIES THAT YOU WEREN’T INTO AT FIRST BUT PICKED UP TOWARDS THE END.

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The Raven Cycle was one of the series that I had on my TBR for very long time. I guess the reason I didn’t pick up the first book was because when I read the summary, it sounded as if it would be solely romance oriented. However, I found out that this was not the case and that there was a lot more complexity added to the plot with the diverse characters. This series was unlike anything I have ever read and I am so glad I decided to give it a shot!

8. “BE OUR GUEST” – A FICTIONAL CHARACTER YOU’D LOVE TO HAVE OVER FOR DINNER

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When I first read the Harry Potter books, the character that I automatically connected with was Hermione Granger. Growing up in an Asian household, I took my studies very seriously when I was young and seeing a studious character like her made me realize that knowledge is power and with it, you can conquer the world 🙂

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Have fun everyone! 🙂