The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to discuss the second part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers. This is a high fantasy series centered around this ring, and it honestly is a little bit too complicated to sum up. Since this is the second part of the trilogy, I cannot guarantee that all or part of this review will not spoil you for the first book, so if you don’t want to be spoiled and have not read the first book, I encourage you to leave, come back and then we discuss this book together! But let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“The Company of the Ring is sundered. Frodo and Sam continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin – alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.”

My Thoughts:

Wow, this book was definitely a rollercoaster ride. From start to finish, it was action and danger and suspense. There was never a dull moment in this novel, and it was just really great. It really made me have more of an appreciation for some of the characters, such as Gandalf. He was just a super sassy character, and I never really noticed it before. He puts people in their place, and he does it so wonderfully. It was just my everything.

I also really loved my girl Arwen because she is badass, and I just really love her character. She wants the opportunity to go into battle and fight, and I absolutely loved that about her character. I really loved the relationship between Sam and Frodo, as always. Sam is just a precious little cinnamon roll that needs to be protected at all costs…

But a character that I really despised was, of course, Smeagol. He was annoyingly throughout the entirety of this novel because he was guiding Frodo and Sam on their journey. I never trusted him, and I never will trust him. All he cares about is that stupid ring. If he is telling you to do something, you likely should do the opposite because he doesn’t give a damn about anything other than that stupid ring. And I just hated every second of being in his presence.

The audiobook was absolutely fantastic, as always. It has a full cast with sound effects and music, and it literally sounds like I am listening to a movie, which I really loved. These audiobooks are my favorite audiobooks I have ever listened to, actually, and I highly recommend you get the BBC production audiobook of it because that specific version is what I listened to. Its nowhere near as long as the other ones because it cuts out the (s)he said/did and you just hear it. That really cut down on the time, so this audiobook was actually only about 4.5 hours long, and I just listened to this all the way through. It was just amazing.

I really enjoyed this second installment of the trilogy, and I am so excited to finally dive into the final part of this trilogy. I know it is going to be super epic and action-packed, and it is just going to be great!

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien. What are you currently reading? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am very excited, but also apprehensive about giving this review because I know that so many people are in love with this poetry collection. And I just wanted to say that my critiques are not on the life experiences that Rupi Kaur has gone through. It is simply about the structure and emotional value of the some of the poetry. I am also not trying to offend anyone. I am just sharing my feels. But with that out of the way, let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.”

My Thoughts:

I was originally going to give this 3.5 stars because I did not like her writing style and I thought the poetry wasn’t good, but I decided to increase my rating after reading the last section of the collection. I ended up really enjoying it, surprisingly. I wasn’t expecting to love this because it has received mixed reviews and poetry is either hit or miss with me, but I thought the first and last section of the book both were really good. However, I was not a fan of the middle two sections.

I really liked the first section because of how much I could really feel Rupi’s pain through her writing. It was deeply personal, and I really loved the writing. It was so hard to read, so I would give it a trigger warning for sexual assault, rape, and sexual abuse, but it did really make me feel things, which is kind of the whole reason for poetry.

I did not like the second and third sections. I just thought it was a step down from the first section of the poetry. I didn’t like the writing or the poems and I really just couldn’t relate to any of them, which was disappointing. It didn’t really share the emotional grip that the first section had, and it just was not my cup of tea.

I did really enjoy the last section as I definitely could relate to it because it was about femininity and staying strong through whatever you are going through, and I just really loved it. It definitely was a good way to end the collection, and ultimately what led me to enjoy this collection a lot more than I originally would have.

Overall, I liked some of the writing and found parts of this collection super relatable and had a powerful emotional grip that forced me to keep reading until the very end.

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey. What is your favorite poetry collection? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Happyland by Tes Mekonnen | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about a different sort of book than I usually review, and that is Happyland by Tes Mekonnen. This book was sent to me unsolicited by the author, so thank you for sending this my way because I really enjoyed it! I will say that if you have any interest at all, do not read the synopsis. It like spoils the entire book. But I am super excited to discuss this book, so let’s go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

“Would you like to court me to Happyland?” Prince Gobbledygook asks Lily Marshmallow and himself. Therein the journey begins to find Happyland. Follow him as he tries to define happiness with a little help from his friends, Big Wig Sophisticated Pig, Brutus Beaujolais and Cornelius Wordbook, an English gentleman with a book-for-a-head. Prince Gobbledygook duels, loses his ladylove, regains his original name and gains a friendship that will last for fourforevers. Will they make it to Happyland?”

My Thoughts:

This book was definitely different from other books I have read. I do believe some of the language in the beginning of the book threw me off and confused me, but after I got used to it, the story flowed right along with the unique writing style. I think it really fit the story because it is a very quirky story. I think that the story was super cute, and I really enjoyed it. But I had a couple of issues with it.

I am confused as to who the intended audience is. I don’t think adults would enjoy this book as much as children would, and I don’t think teenagers would either. I feel like its a story that fits the audience of children, but there are cuss words in this book that children do not need to be reading. The cuss words just felt super out of place and ended up pulling me out of the story when one of the characters cussed. Definitely wasn’t a fan of that aspect…

While I did say I really liked the quirky and different writing style, there were times where I thought it should have been dialed back just a little bit. It got to a point where I was trying to comprehend what was happening in one paragraph and I just could not understand it with the language that was used. But that is totally something that can be easily fixed.

I think my favorite thing about this book was definitely the illustrations. They really helped me to picture these characters as I was having trouble with the brief descriptions we are given in the story. I thought the illustrations were absolutely gorgeous, and its worth it to just read this for that alone. I think its some of my absolute favorite artwork I have seen ever, and I am so glad it was included in the novel.

Overall, I did really enjoy this book. I loved all of the quirky characters and the different writing style as well as the unique setting. I thought it was a super cute story, and I really enjoyed it.

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Happyland by Tes Mekonnen. What is your favorite fairytale? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Astonishing X-Men Vol. 1: Gifted by Joss Whedon | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about the first volume in the Astonishing X-Men series as I am a huge fan of X-Men in general. I wasn’t sure if I would like this, honestly. Nothing could really live up to the amazingness of the movies, but this was still pretty good! I really enjoyed it, surprisingly. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

” Cyclops and Emma Frost re-form the X-Men with the express purpose of “astonishing” the world. But when breaking news regarding the mutant gene unexpectedly hits the airwaves, will it derail their new plans before they even get started?”

My Thoughts:

I actually was surprised by this one. I really enjoyed it. I think the plot is going in an interesting direction, and it’s interesting to see the direction the characters are going in this story. Originally, I only read the first comic in this series, and I wasn’t a huge fan of it, but I really loved the entirety of this first volume. I really loved seeing the dynamics between all of the characters, and I became very invested very fast.

I do have one complaint, though. And I hate to say this. But I honestly find Logan (Wolverine) to be super freaking annoying. I really was not a huge fan of his character and his stupid obsession with Jean Grey. It was just annoying to see him arguing with Scott over Jean when the girl is dead. Like, come the fuck on. I just really didn’t like the scenes with him in them, which was super disappointing because he was my favorite character in the movies. This definitely makes it apparent they made him way more decent in the movies…

I do think I am missing parts of the backstory, but I really didn’t care because I fell in love with these characters anyway. I really loved Kitty Pryde and I actually did not know very much about her, but I am super in love with her character now. She ended up being the sensible one of the X-Men because the majority of the other ones had questionable morals, and I honestly thought they should listen to her more than they did.

But my God, I still hate freaking Emma Frost. Like I still think she’s a bitch. I can’t believe who she is sleeping with. I don’t understand why the fuck that person is sleeping with her. Like it makes me so heated because I just hate her character. And I know she is supposedly on the good side right now, but I don’t buy it, at all. I think she is a double agent who is still working for the bad guys, and until proven otherwise (with a ton of substantial proof), I will not change my mind about this. I still think she’s an evil bitch.

I also really loved the art style. It definitely fits the theme of X-Men. I liked the simplicity of it, and I honestly thought the portrayal of The Beast was actually really funny because he looks so adorable in the comics, but he is supposed to be like scary-looking, and I just thought it was super ironic. It had really accurate portrayals of the characters, which I really appreciated.

But overall, I really enjoyed the storyline, the characters, the world, and the art style as well as the writing. I am super excited to read the next volume, and I definitely recommend you check this out!

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of the first volume in the Astonishing X-Men series by Joss Whedon. Who is your favorite X-Men character? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters & Grace Ellis | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to discuss another graphic novel, one I really loved, which is a rare commodity for me, and that is the first novel to the Lumberjanes series! I went into it with no expectations. I just knew it was something super quick I could get through before the end of the year, and I am so glad I decided to pick this one up because it was absolutely fabulous. But let’s go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here. ”

My Thoughts:

I did not want this to finish! I just kept reading it, and it was giving me such joy because the characters are precious, and I swear two of them have to be gay, and they were women and just…I was so into this story. I was just having a good time, and then it was over, and I was like, “What? There has to be more!” And then I got all sad when there wasn’t anymore…But I really enjoyed this.

I loved the art style. I thought it was super cute and really fit the tone and style of the story. I thought it went well with the text and what was going on, and I just really loved it. I loved the colors that were used and just how this book was designed as well! I just thought it was really adorable and beautiful, and I really enjoyed it.

I also just really loved the characters. They were literally my heart and soul. All of them were super likable, even Jen. I didn’t find her annoying, even when she didn’t believe the others about what had been going on, and I really loved that. I don’t think there was a single character that I disliked, and I just really loved all of them and all of the relationships we got to see throughout this story. It was really beautiful just to be reading a story about a friendship between all of these girls!

I also really loved the premise. I don’t normally read books that have a camp setting, and it was even better because it was a camp for girls and the backbone of it was about these girls who could survive and do all of these outdoors things without a man’s help. This book really appreciated women, and I really loved that!

Overall, I really loved the writing, the story, the characters, the world, and the gorgeous artwork. I have to get my hands on the next volume because it will probably be just as good as this volume, and I am looking forward to exploring more of these characters!

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of the first volume of Lumberjanes. What is your favorite graphic novel? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Favorite TV Shows | 2017 Edition

Hey, guys! I cannot believe that 2017 is practically over, but as per usual, I have to break down my favorite TV shows that I have watched this year, and some of these may surprise you. I think most people wouldn’t expect me to be into a couple of the shows on this list, but I do love each of these shows very dearly. They are just absolutely fabulous, and I really want to gush about them, so let’s go ahead and jump right in!

Coming in at number ten on my list is Orange is the New Black.

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This is a Netflix Original show that I really love, but if you are a young person, you definitely should not watch it. It is an adult show with adult content. There are explicit lesbian sex scenes in this show, and they are not afraid to show everything, so if you are not 18 or older, do not watch this show. However, if you are a part of the adult world, I think this show is absolutely fabulous. It is just so addicting. It’s so gritty and real, and I just love the characters and the relationships between all of them because this is definitely a character-driven show. The characters are what make the show so interesting, and I just love it so much. But if lesbian sex makes you uncomfortable, you probably shouldn’t watch this show. If there is one thing this show has a lot of, its lesbian sex. And its explicit. I honestly think you can’t just skip through the sex scenes because there is at least one in every single episode, and you would honestly be skipping through a lot of the show. I mean, is it really Orange Is the New Black if there isn’t at least one sex scene per episode?

The next TV show on this list is Thirteen Reasons Why.

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This is definitely a more controversial one on this list because this show definitely has had some backlash. I think it definitely has some issues, but I really enjoyed it overall. This is a Netflix Original show based on the novel by Jay Asher, and I think it is a really great adaptation. Where that book is kind of short, this show definitely dives more deeply into the overall story and all of the characters. It really helped them to become super complex and three-dimensional. I loved how it tackled some difficult topics like suicide and sexual assault among others, but I do recognize that this show has harmed others in that it doesn’t address the problem of depression more head-on that is present in the story, and it has raced concerns about it glorifying suicide, which I don’t agree with, but since some felt that way, I felt I should mention. But I did really love the story and see it come to life on the screen, and I think it is still a well-rounded show that I really enjoyed.

Coming in at number six on my list is Riverdale.

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This is a show that I never planned on watching. It’s on the CW, and the entire first season is on Netflix, so I binged the first season, and I absolutely loved it! I honestly wasn’t expecting much. I didn’t know anything about it, but I knew that everyone was raving about it, so I figured the least I could do was see what all the hype was about, and oh man. This show is absolutely fanfreakingtastic. I love it so much. Its such a dark show, but its also so addicting, and I just love it so much. The characters are amazing, its got a super interesting story line, and it just keeps going to places you don’t expect it to go. Its just my favorite, and I love it so much!

Up next on my favorites list is The Runaways.

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This is a Hulu Original show based on the comics by Brian K. Vaughan, and this is actually super recent. This show was released on Hulu on November 21, and it premieres on a weekly basis. It’s just absolutely fabulous. It has a super addicting storyline, interesting characters, and it’s just so good. Like every episode has me going, “What the hell just happened?” It is just so epic, so well casted and directed and written, and I just love it so much, and I highly recommend you check it out!

Next up on my list is The Gifted.

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This is a show on FX, and it is a spin-off of the X-Men franchise and its freaking fantastic. This show is just so epic. The special effects are super freaking amazing. They are like movie special effects, and they just make the show look so great! But the characters are super complex and interesting, as X-Men character tend to be, and I really love the storyline. I obviously also love the world because I am a huge fan of X-Men, and I just think it is super interesting, has a great cast, the writing is on point, and it is just a really well-rounded show. If you love X-Men, then I definitely think you will like this show because it is just absolutely fantastic!

Coming in at number three on my list is Blindspot.

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This is a show on NBC, and it is so freaking epic. This is a show that I had been considering watching for a while, but I ended up just going ahead and watching it because all the episodes were on Hulu, and I quickly became super obsessed with this show. The characters are super interesting, and I am super invested in them as well as with the addicting storyline. I am not really going to say much on that front because saying anything would be a spoiler, and you should go into this show knowing nothing, but the show is centered around this girl who wakes up with no memories, her entire body covered in tattoos, and those tattoos help the FBI solve criminal cases, and its just so interesting. I love it so much, and I highly recommend you all check it out because it is just so fantastic!

My second favorite television show is Stranger Things.

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This is a Netflix Original show that everyone, and I mean literally everyone, is completely and utterly obsessed with. This is super hyped, but it totally deserves the hype. It’s just so freaking amazing that it is kind of hard to put it into words. The cast is absolutely amazing, the writing is spectacular, the special effects are out of this world, the storyline is just super complex and intricate, and the characters are my everything. It is just an absolutely amazing show that I love so much. It actually changed my mind about this one character I did not like first season who turned into one of my favorites in the second season. These characters just really grow and develop over the course of the show, and it is absolutely amazing to see. I highly recommend you all check this one out because it is absolutely amazing!

And finally, my number one favorite TV show that I watched in 2017 is The Vampire Diaries.

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Is anyone really surprised? Truth be told, I debated on whether I should put this in my number one spot or move it farther down on the list, but I ultimately decided to make this my number one favorite show of 2017 (and while we are at it, it is my favorite show of all time). I just had to put this in my number one spot because the final season aired in 2017, and I reviewed the series finale. This show has been my life since I was eleven years old, and I was so emotional while watching the final season, especially the final episode ever. I just have so much love in my heart for this show and these characters, and I just still love it so much, and I always will. The show may no longer be airing, but it is and always will be in my heart.

And there you have it! Those were my favorite TV shows of 2017. What is one of your favorite shows you watched this year? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about a book I had been meaning to read for forever, and that is The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I enjoyed this even more than I originally thought I would. I thought the story was super original, I loved the writing and the world, and it was just really fabulous. But I am really excited to get into my thoughts, so let’s go ahead and jump right in!

Synopsis:

“Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.”

My Thoughts:

Wow, this book was definitely not what I was expecting. I’m not sure what I was expecting exactly, but this definitely was not it. It was weird for me because I originally thought this was magical realism for a hot minute until I came to realize it was actually dark fantasy, which I am totally okay with. Fantasy is my favorite genre, but it was just surprising to me is all. I was hoping to like this because it is one of my girlfriend’s favorite books, and I am so glad I did enjoy this.

This story in one word is definitely unexpected. I was not expecting the story to go in the direction that it did. I honestly went into this blind, which I am super happy about, and it just went to really dark places, which I was not expecting, but I really loved. I just really became immersed in this story, in the world and the characters and the mystery of it all. I just really loved seeing the limits that Neil Gaiman was willing to push, how far he was willing to go in terms of the impossibility of this plausible and dark fantasy tale about what really happened when this man was a young boy.

The characters also just seemed super real and tangible while also having this aura of mystery and intrigue and just impossibility. They had this magical and whimsical feel to them, which I thought was super interesting. I loved the mystery of only knowing the names of the Hemstock family while not knowing our main protagonist’s name or his family. It really showcased that the story might be told through the eyes of that boy, but its the story of the Hemstock family that is really the central focus, and I really loved how Neil Gaiman portrayed that.

This story overall was just really intriguing and interesting, and I just really enjoyed it. I absolutely adored the writing and I thought it was super interesting in regards to the characters we meet and the intense, gripping world we are introduced to. I think it was a solid read, and I highly recommend you check it out if you haven’t already.

4-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of The Ocean At the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. What is one of your favorite dark fantasy tales? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Favorite Movies | 2017 Edition

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about my favorite movies of 2017. I did not see a whole lot of movies, but I did enjoy the majority of the movies I did see. There were a lot of great movies coming out, but I just never got the chance to see all of them in between University and trying to keep up with my social life and my blog and just needing money, so I am super excited about the movies I did get to see. But let’s go ahead and get into it.

The first movie on the list is, of course, Wonder Woman.

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This is my favorite movie of the entire year. It was just a fantastic movie. It was super well written, the acting was phenomenal, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is my new favorite thing. She just really brought this strong, female character to life. This movie just really empowered me. It made me feel like I could do anything. It was just so inspiring! Wonder Woman is the bisexual icon and the Feminist icon, so it was so amazing to see a powerful, strong woman kick ass without needing a man to help her. It just was an absolutely amazing movie, and I am so glad I got to see it!

The next one on this list is Power Rangers.

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I absolutely loved this movie. It was such a pleasant surprise for me because I knew I would like it, but I didn’t know how much I would love this movie. I am still completely obsessed with this movie, even now. I loved the storyline, the characters, and just everything about it. It just brought me great joy, and I just absolutely freaking loved it. It really is about the power of friendship and I just really love this movie, and I highly recommend you check it out!

The next movie on this list is one that I was so excited to see, and it definitely did not disappoint, and that is Beauty and the Beast.

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This is actually a movie I was forbidden to see by my parents because they said there was a gay scene it (I know; conservative people are super dumb sometimes), which was not even a gay scene. It was literally like a second long, and if you had blinked, you would have missed it. But anyway, the acting was great, I loved Emma’s singing voice. It was absolutely freaking hilarious, and I just really loved it! I highly recommend it because it was just absolutely fantastic.

And the last movie on this list is Everything, Everything.

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This is an adaptation of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, and it was such a good and faithful adaptation. The acting was on point, the characters were on point, the storyline was just as amazing on screen as it was in the book, and I just loved it so much. It is now one of my all-time favorite book-to-movie adaptations, and if you love this book, you will definitely love this movie. It was just super heartwarming and cute and amazing, and I just love this movie so much, and I highly recommend it!

And there you have it! Those were my favorite movies of 2017. What is your favorite movie you saw this year? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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Unlearned by Haley Pierce | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about a book that I personally really enjoyed, and that is Unlearned by Haley Pierce. This is a book that was sent to me for review by the author, so thank you so much, Haley, for sending this my way! I loved this book so much more than I thought I was going to. Its just absolutely amazing, and if you can handle adult content, I highly recommend you check this out. But let’s go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

“I shouldn’t want Addison this much. Or at all.

She’s my student, for god’s sake.

But she’s so sweet, so innocent, and so, so, bendable to my every whim.

Her mother wants her to be a doctor, but Addison? She has no idea what she wants.

I’ll help her find out, on one condition: I’m sure as hell going to be a part of it. Because I need her. I need to touch her, to taste her, to invade her soul the way she’s invaded mine.

Shakespeare said it best. I am her slave, with no choice to tend to her desires. Whatever they may be. ”

My Thoughts:

I don’t think I can properly put into words how this book made me feel. It was just everything I wanted and more. I loved the romance and I totally was not expecting for abuse to be a topic in this book, but I absolutely loved that it was in there. This is the kind of book I wanted and needed. I loved the characters and the storyline, and it was just absolutely freaking fantastic!

I think the writing for this book is so superior to so many other writers in this particular genre that I have read. I would personally classify this as both romance and erotica under the umbrella genre of New Adult. I have read my fair share of erotica, and the writing of this book just absolutely blew all other books out of the water for me. It is such an addicting writing style. I just could not stop reading. I just am obsessed with Haley Pierce’s writing style, and I just want to read more works by her.

I also really enjoyed the romance. It did not seem like instalove at all. I really enjoyed seeing their unconventional relationship expand and grow over the course of the novel. Usually, you will see a relationship begin with like dating and such and end with sex while this really reversed that. It was very much about the sexual attraction between these two and then it developed into a real relationship. It was so beautiful to read about, and I just loved it so much.

I think the abuse was super interesting to read about. This is a topic that some writers tend to shy away from, but Haley definitely did not do that. I think she really represented it well. It was also really interesting to see Cain’s perspective on this because I just kept waiting for it to finally click in his brain that she doesn’t have an abusive boyfriend. It is not who you would normally expect it to be. I liked seeing the process of him finally figuring it out and how angry he was at the person who was abusing her (that is a major spoiler, so I am definitely not revealing that). I just really liked the way it was presented in the novel, even if I do think that the abuser had a rapid evolution in her character at the end of the novel.

I also just really loved the way writing was presented in this novel. I loved seeing Cain explaining it and just seeing how passionate he was about the written word. It was just so amazing and inspiring to see, and it actually inspired me even more because I am also a writer who appreciates the written word and just the writing process. It was just an aspect I loved seeing, and it really added to the story, in my opinion.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I loved the writing, the complex and intricate storyline, the characters, and just everything about it. The writing was absolutely stunning and addicting as well, and I just really loved this book. I am super excited to read more works by Haley Pierce, and I highly recommend you all pick this book up because it was absolutely bloody fantastic!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. As always, all thoughts, opinions, and feels are my own.

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of Unlearned by Haley Pierce. What book are you currently reading? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am super pumped to talk to you about The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. This is a book I have been wanting to read all year, and I finally read it. I am so glad that I did because I absolutely loved it. This is definitely one of my favorite books of this year, and it is one of my favorite books of all time. I highly recommend you read this book because it is absolutely fabulous, and I think everyone should read this. But let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!

Synopsis:

“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.”

My Thoughts:

This book was absolutely phenomenal. This is such an important book that everyone needs to read. It really blew me away with how amazing it was. It was such a captivating story on the power of speaking out against oppression in general, but with a focus on police brutality. This was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, which I fully support and think is super important, and it just tackles several different topics, like racism and trauma among other things.

This book was super well rounded in the portrayal of the characters and the poor, black neighborhood of Garden Heights, in my opinion. I can’t speak to the representations as I am white, but it seemed super accurate. We really felt like we were in that neighborhood. We felt that we were with those characters, experiencing everything. It felt super authentic, which was super important in my opinion.

I loved seeing a biracial couple, especially given the subject matter. I think it was super important that we got to see something like that, and it also gave us the opportunity to see racism from both sides. Racism is a double-edged sword sometimes. Black people can be racist towards white people, though not nearly as much as white people are racist towards black people. This story just really talked about race in a very realistic way, which I loved, and it focused on the importance of having your voice heard.

Overall, this was a super powerful story that I am so glad I got the chance to read. I think it was phenomenal, and it is a book everyone needs to read. This is definitely one of my favorite books of this year, and I am looking forward to reading more works by Angie Thomas!

5stars

And there you have it! That was my review of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. What is one of your favorite books you have read this year? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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