Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

If you haven't been living under a rock, you know who Anna Kendrick is. And if you've seen her interviews on the red carpet, talk shows, and in magazines, then you know that she is absolutely, certifiably HILARIOUS. And her novel, Scrappy Little Nobody, is no exception. It's hilarious. Kendrick has written a handful of personal essays about her childhood, trying to make it in L.A., auditions, movies, romance, sex, etc. 

Ever since this book was announced, I have been looking forward to reading it. Needless to say, I bought it the day that it came out. And I wasn't disappointed. I've always loved Anna as an entertainer, but I feel like, underneath that snarky comments and the hilarious remarks, I felt like I got to know Anna the person, not Anna the celebrity. And I have to say, I really, really, really like her. She has the personality of the kind of person that would be my closest friend. Despite the fact that, you know, she's 31 and I'm 16... 

I adored this book, and even though it's not directed at teens, I was able to relate to a lot of the stories she told. And also, with everything going on in our country right now, I was able to forget about all my worries and just allow myself to be entertained. 

Oh, and definitely read the discussion questions ;). 

4.5/5 Stars.

Check out Scrappy Little Nobody here!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

November TBR

The Amateurs (The Amateurs, #1) by Sara Shepard 

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1)

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Heartless by Marissa Meyer 

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan has added another spin-off series to the realm of Percy Jackson... and it's fantastic! Despite this being the second spin-off series, the world of Percy Jackson never gets old. I read the Heroes of Olympus books as they were coming out, when I was about 10, but now I'm 16, and I still really enjoy them!

The Hidden Oracle follows the disgraced god Apollo, who has been cast off from olympus and thrust into the world as a mortal teenager with no powers by his father, Zeus, as punishment for his role in the war with the Giants. This brings me to this: if you haven't read Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus, this book will spoil those ten books for you. 

I really enjoyed The Hidden Oracle. Apollo is hilarious, shallow, and vain, and it's a joy to see him attempt to navigate life- a mortal life- without the very things (i.e. his powers, his eight pack) that made him Apollo. The plot is fun, and Apollo as a narrator is very enjoyable. If you liked the Percy Jackson series at some point in you life, even if you're my age or older, you should definitely give The Hidden Oracle a read!

4.25/5 stars!

Check out The Hidden Oracle on Goodreads here!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

September Wrap-Up

During the month of September, I read a total of 6 books... and 3 of them were rereads.

I read an ARC of Glitter by Aprilynne Pike, which comes out October 25. And it was AMAZING!!! I can't wait for you all to read it. It's the premise of this book that makes it so phenomenal. It's modern day (the future, actually) but there is a society of people living in the Versailles palace, and they live, eat, talk, dress and act like it's the seventeenth century (with the exception of technology). So basically, everywhere else, modern day. Within the gates of Versailles, eighteenth century. The main character Dani's mother has blackmailed the king into marrying Dani. Dani is determined to not marry the king, and she plans on selling the drug Glitter to raise the funds needed to escape. 

I re-read The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee, this time as a hardcover copy (it's gorgeous!!!). I talk about how much I love this book here

I also re-read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which really needs no explanation. This time I read the illustrated edition, which is absolutely beautiful!

Because the movie came out in September, I chose to re-read Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs just to freshen my mind on the events that happened. I never finished Hollow City and I never read Library of Souls, so I plan on reading them both next month. I really, really liked this book, but I must say, in my opinion, it is not as good as Jessethereader claims. 

I also read Tales of the Peculiar, also by Ransom Riggs, which is a collection of short stories that take place in the peculiar world. And they were fantastic. 

... And I read Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. This is Tahereh Mafi's first middle grade novel, and I was honored to be a part of the Furthermore blog tour. You can read all about it here. I personally gave this book 4/5 stars. 

And these are the books I read in the month of September. Tell me in the comments below what you read in September! 

XOXO, Isabella 
OMG, it has been over a month since I have posted, but I promise that there will be a handful of posts coming your way!!!

XOXO, Isabella

Saturday, September 3, 2016

HUGE August Book Haul!!!

So... August happened. And I got A LOT of books. I turned 16 this month, and so I got a lot of books for my birthday. I've split the 18 (!!!) books I got into three categories: Books I bought, books publishers (and one magazine) sent to me, and books I got for my birthday.

Books I Bought:

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

Books Publishers sent to me:

Everyday Magic by Emily Albright (from Merit Press)
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (from Penguin Teen)
The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson (from Justine Magazine)

Books I got for my Birthday:

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer
Since You've Been Gone  by Morgan Matson
The Good Girls by Sara Shepard
Incriminated by M.G. Reyes
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, 10th Anniversary Edition by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone, Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Furthermore Blog Tour!

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places. 
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn't miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it's been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she's about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she'll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit--and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice's wits (and every limb she's got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself--and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss. 

For the Furthermore book look, I was inspired not only by Furthermore's vibrant color, but also by the detail described from within the story itself. From my love of fancy dresses and couture, I selected dresses from the newest seasonal haute couture dresses, many if which came from Elie Saab's (my personal favorite designer) Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture Collection. Furthermore reminded me of vibrant colors, floral patterns, and intricate detail! 

Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture 

Georges Hobeika Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture

Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture 

Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture 

Georges Hobeika Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture 

Elie Saab Fall/Winter 2016 Haute Couture