Moving Day

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To where you ask? To Blogspot!

I figured since i’m still in my early book blogging days its the best time to move. My layout isn’t exactly the way i wanted my blog to look and WordPress, for free, doesn’t allow me to do many things with it so i decided to move to Blogspot/Blogger where i could execute the kind of design i want. It’s not perfect but oh well. So come and check me out at

MeBooksAndTheInternet.Blogspot.com

Definitely will be missing WordPress to be honest because it’s very easy to use but sometimes i just gotta go my own way.

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BLOG OLYMPICS DAY 1 // Sally Green Giveaway

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Hello athletes! We’re back again, after our ongoing discussion post from earlier in the day, with the first giveaway (and the first giveaway I’ve ever run!). As it’s the first giveaway, we’ve made it a bumper one: the lovely people at Penguin Random House are kindly offering

3 copies of Sally Green’s ‘Half Bad’, and 3 of ‘Half Wild’!

There you go, six chances to win – well worth entering! However, this giveaway is UK only…sorry non-British people! Keep your eyes peeled in the future, as there are a number of international and US-only giveaways coming up!

So, enter here:

GIVEAWAY!

The giveaway is open for one week…get entering!

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Half Bad by Sally Green review

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Lately i don’t have much to say about books probably because most books i’ve read have been average. Half Bad by Sally Green has fallen into that category. It wasn’t what i expected to be honest and thats probably why u found it average. However it was good and did get me deeply interested at some points. And so i gave it 3.2 stars.

Description
The story of a teenage boy named Nathan who was born to a white witch mother and a black witch father(who neither are in his life anymore). Because black witches are the “bad” kind of witches, especially since his father is the biggest and baddest witch and because he’s a half black witch all he faces discrimination and have been limited and restrained by the white witch council. The white witch council’s restraint becomes tighter and tighter until he’s in their “custody” (which is actually a cage.) From there the story goes on including his escape and search for his father and many things in between.

The Good
It really had me on edge during his escape. Not just that but i really love Nathan. He’s not just representing the lack of bisexual (I’m 90% sure he is but i cannot be 100% due to all that happens in the end) characters out there but he’s smart, dedicated and very charming. The story basically makes you feel kind of sympathetic for the black witches that are deemed evil and kind of hate white witches that are suppose to be the good ones.

The Bad
I really really didn’t like the You perspective (e.g “You watch her….You don’t know what to think….You..”). I don’t know if its because during my Justin Bieber obsession days i use to read that kind of POV in fan fictions but it really does the opposite of getting me emerged in the story. In addition, the ending was meh and because of that i was just not very immersed in the book and cared enough to continue.

The You POV really did stop me from really getting my mind into the book and so it just felt very..average.

Still want to check it for yourself?

Check the goodreads page for it right here!
If you want to it buy here are three links.
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Paper Towns by John Green review

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I don’t know if its because The Fault In Our Stars set this invisible bar for all John Green books but..i didn’t enjoy Paper Towns that much. Maybe because it was less extraordinaire like TFIOS which had two kids battling cancer and traveling and saying deep love quotes but Paper Towns was more like an everyday but not quite, normal book about teens. Either way it was good. Good enough to get 3.3 stars.

Description

The story is about the almost graduate Quentin Jacobsen who is content with having a boring life until Margo Roth Spiegelman climbs in his window, convinces him to use his car and go prank people who have wrong’d Margo and him and then sneak into sea world. After that day Margo is missing and the story is about him doing whatever it takes and whenever it takes to find her.

The Good

Theres not much to say on the good and thats because my good points basically cover the whole book. The Main characters and minor characters were very likably. I loved that John Green put some diversity in it by including Angela and Radar however, would’ve been a bit better if Angela was more included in the group. I love the humor and friendship between Quentin, Radar and Ben. You could tell from the atmosphere between them that they really have known each other for a while.

The book gave a sense of realism and very deep thoughts. Especially since i live in Florida and could understand a lot more of the idea of Paper Towns.

The Bad

I firstly will say is i did not like how quickly Quentin was ready to throw away school essentially to search for Margo. I understand he felt obligated and complied to because he has strong feelings for her but it still unnerved me. Though i am happy that he did get some good and exciting memories that he will remember years later because he did live a boring life until Margo enter the picture.

It was an easy read. Kind of boring and it was also really detailed about everything but i think John Green was making this realistic and so i won’t really penalize him for that. Real people don’t have exciting adventures and drama every minute of their lives but something interesting could’ve happened during those extremely detailed scenes because some of those scenes he didn’t find any clues. If i was in his position i would be so mad cause i wasted all that time and no clue? Margo better search for her own self cause i would’ve given up. But the story isn’t about me. It’s about Quentin and his goal to find the missing margo.

It was great and i think if you’re going to watch the movie do read the book before it cause they’re bound to take out something. (Though they could probably take out something and it wouldn’t be a big deal cause not much happened except at the beginning and end.)

Still want to check it for yourself?

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If you want to it buy here are three links.

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The School For Good And Evil by Soman Chainani review

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Hello people of the blogging world i’ve returned to give you my review of The School Of Good And Evil by . I honestly was very iffy about this book in terms of ratings because when i was done i didn’t know what kind of book this was. Meaning, i didn’t know how to rate it. So i waited a couple days when i gathered my thoughts and finally decided to give it 2.8 stars. Before i go on and on about what i liked and didn’t like let me give you a brief synopsis.

This is the story about two characters a pretty flowery girl named Sophie and a supposedly gothic girl named Agatha. Sophie befriends Agatha as a good deed to be chosen by the head master to get into the school of good. However when this giant bird (i’m not sure if it was a bird but it flew so i’m guessing its a kind of bird) comes to take Sophie away Agatha intervenes causing the bird to drop Agatha in the school of  good and Sophie in the school of evil.

The Good Points

I really loved the idea of this book. It basically gave a “behind-the-scenes” to how fairytales are created and who gets chosen to be a princess and a villain. It’s different and ver unique. Whats also great is the the two main characters. Now i do not like Sophie, at all but she does have some few good qualities. She’s persistent and doesn’t give up which can actually be seen as a bad quality in terms of what she does in the book but i’m looking at it in a better light. Agatha however all round has great qualities. She’s also very driven, smart and loyal to a fault. Literally. To a fault. Which brings me to what i really didn’t like about this book.

The Bad Points

I can’t count how many times Sophie has looked down upon and mistreats Agatha but it is just one of the unhealthiest and one-sided friendship i have seen. Though it did point out how nice Agatha truly was it was just annoying see how quickly and easily Agatha took back Sophie. I’m really really not feeling this friendship.

Now i’m really not sure what the book was trying to do with Tedros, the main “love” interest. (i suppose?) He’s sometimes an ass but then there are these random times where they give him like a backstory of his father and he treats Sophie kind and then treats Agatha like crap then treats Agatha kindly then treats Sophie badly. And then there was a lot of pushing him towards Agatha but there are times when its pushing him away from her. I just felt very confused with what kind of person is Tedros suppose to be. Like by the end of it i was wondering if i was suppose to hate him or like him. Either way, i don’t care for him because his character just wasn’t written well.

This book had quite a confusing ending and i’ve read it three times. Are Sophie and Agatha are friends? Enemies? Frenemies? Lovers? So much happened at the end in the last three pages that i barely understood what happened. This book has such a unique storyline but i’m confused as to where everything stands. Its just when i think about the characters, their personality is everywhere. And its not even in a realistic sense where people have different aspects of their personality yet it fits them and comes together to make that person but in this book’s case Tedros and Sophie’s personalities just doesn’t make much sense.

That is all for The School Of Good And Evil review thank you for reading and let me know if you’ve read it and what you’ve thought about it!

Still want to check it for yourself?

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Summer On The Short Bus by Bethany Crandell review

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Hello people of blogging world and all who inhabits it. I have returned. (Not as if i entirely disappeared but still.) Theres so many books i’ve read between my last review and this one so i’m going to try to be more punctual with these since there are so many. Any how, lets get on with the review.

A summer On The Short Bus is a 272 page contemporary young adult novel that follows the story of Cricket Montgomery a spoiled seventeen year old that had planned to spend her summer with her best friend in some amazing place but is shipped off by her dad to be a counselor at a summer camp for disabled children.There she meets a very smexy guy that resembles Zac Efron and she tries to get through her period of time there by trying to hook up with him even though she very much hates the disabled. I gave this book a 3.2 stars.

Likes

I liked this book and actually got through this book because of the disabled kids. They made this book worth wild. They’re funny, they’re talented and they’re basically like any other human being. Cricket doesn’t see this at first because she’s creeped out by them. Which i don’t know how because i loved them the minute they were introduced. I also liked the other counselors, they’re a diverse group containing a hispanic girl, a black guy and chef that i think has a phobia or mental illness of some sort. I also really loved how real Quinn (the zac efron look a like) was and so much more than looks. The author did a fantastic job pointing out his flaws. You usually don’t get that from ya books directly, its usually more indirectly. I just really loved this book and its focus on not just disabled people but disabled children and the average reaction or even thoughts towards them.

Dislikes

I enjoyed the main character Cricket..to an extent. Her reaction and out right personality was too much for me but I can’t say that it’s unrealistic since there are people like that in this world. Still, that doesn’t mean i have to like her character. I also did not enjoy the “turning point” or “big reveal” of the story to give it conflict and progression. I thought it was too weak compared to its build up. The book had the potential of being four stars but the result was meh.

I really loved the ending though and it actually reminded me of Camp Confidential in a way too. It’s a satisfying read if you have nothing on your to be read shelf and/or if you want to pick up something light. Thank you for reading and let your readings continue 🙂

Still want to check it for yourself?

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If you want to it buy here are three links.
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A Little Something Different By Sandy Hall review

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First summer read goes to A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall. I really enjoyed this book and it’s definitely pulling me into the reading vibes so i’m glad its my first book for the summer. I gave this book 3.5 stars for it’s creativity in point of views (which are awesome), it’s diversity (i had no clue so i’m pretty darn happy to pick up a diverse book unintentionally) and creativity in how they turned a cliche love story into something different (you see what i did there?).

To sum up the story it’s basically about two freshman college kids, Gabe and Lea that are meant to be according to everyone around them and so are pushed together but unfortunately obstacles come up and stand in their way.

Likes

What makes this stand alone romance so unique is that the story is not from the povs(point of views) of the main characters but the pops of people that encounter the main characters. From the starbucks barista and passive aggressive classmate to a campus squirrel and bench. It would’ve definitely been nice to be inside their heads but something about reading from others perspectives on these people gives you ideas of how these people are personality wise. Other than refreshing, it made the story fun too.

In my last review i praised The Iron Trial for diversity but i went into that book already knowing some characters were not white which is fine. But i just love picking up a book and seeing diversity in it because for me its rare for that to happen. In this book theres not just an amazing lead character thats asian but also gay and bisexual characters. Hopefully it becomes the norm to have diverse characters.

Moving onto the aspect of cliche love stories. Not many people like that which is fine. But i definitely enjoy them as long as its written well and this book is not only written well but also takes a cliche love story (boy meets girl, girl meets boy, they like each other but can’t tell each other) and puts it differently through point of views of others as i mentioned above. So it really does change the feel of the story and how you look on it too.

Dislikes

Not much dislikes for this book, as usual, but i should point out something that i experienced reading this book. While reading i did get a little bored due to not conflict being minor things. The only major conflict was his secret and that itself wasn’t even big. I also got a little frustrated with how they had all these opportunities to get together which i get is suppose to be apart of the book but it was getting really tedious and tiring. When i look back on it it just made the book seem stretched out. I really felt like there was something else that could’ve been added. Something big. In dispute of that, the book was a light romance and great for the start of summer. That is all for this review and… let your readings continue!

Still want to check it for yourself?

Check the goodreads page for it right here!
If you want to it buy here are three links.
Amazon
Barnes And Nobles
BooksDepository *ships free worldwide*