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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, by Matthew Quick

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Actual Rating: 3.5-4 Stars

Honestly, I’m actually quite disappointed that I didn’t like this book as much as I expected. But believe me, I wanted to like this book. I wanted to be sobbing in bed past midnight. Unfortunately, despite what I was promised by countless reviews on Goodreads, tears evaded me, I just didn’t get into this as much as I should have. I do recommend this book, however, this is a classic its-not-you-its-me situation, and it is a good book.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock is about Leonard Peacock, who, on his 18th birthday, decides to take his grandfather’s P-38 pistol to first kill his former best friend, and then himself. But first he says goodbye to those he cares about most, and reveals his story along the way.

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5 Series’ You Need To Read Next

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For some reason, it really irks me when someone says they love YA fiction when they’ve only the popular ones. The popular ones being, The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars, etc. To really get into YA fiction, you can’t just skim the surface, you’ve got to read some more. Well, friends, it’s your lucky day, because today I’m giving away Five Series That You Absolutely Need To Read Next.

1) The Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand

First Book: Unearthly

There are plenty of not-so-good angel books out there, but I can’t say the same for Unearthly. This series takes an interesting spin on angels and demons, and will leave you wanting more. This story follows the life of Clara Gardner, who just learned that she is part angel, and has to make the move from California to a small town in Wisconsin, along with her brother, Jeffrey, and her mother. The romance is one of my favorites, it never made me roll my eyes, and get this, it’s healthy! *gasp*! All in all, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this series, it will restore your faith in angel books!

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We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

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It’s true what everyone else says: Go into this book with no expectations.

In fact, you might want to stop reading this review right here. Just ignore everything else, and read this book. However, if you really, really want know about this book, by all means, continue.

We Were Liars is an exceptional piece of work. The whole book is subtly crafted with details that don’t make sense until the very end. It’s unique in every single way, and it will leave you sobbing in bed at 2 in the morning.

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If I Stay, by Gayle Forman

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Yay! Finally got around to reading this!

Had this book on my reading list for quite a while, but ever since the movie came out, I told myself I absolutely needed to get it in my hands! Thankfully, I did, in an ebook form.

Story: At first, I thought the present-to-flashback pattern would bother me, but fortunately it didn’t, and I actually found myself enjoying it. The story was a bit slow at times, but I was able to look past that. One thing I especially loved about the story, was how relatable it was. Not the characters, but the story. I’ll get to the characters later. Usually romance-dramas are really melodramatic and soap opera-ish, but this one actually seemed like real life. There were some exceptions though,and some parts were a bit cheesy, and …. unusual. The scene where Mia “played Adam like a cello,” really, really got to me. I just found it unnecessary and weird. Also the part where Adam and Kim brought their “punk-rock” friends to create a distraction seemed extremely unrealistic.

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Five Ways to Read More

Do you hate to read? Do you find it extremely boring? Do you want to read more but find yourself unable to find the time? If you agreed with any of these questions, you probably don’t read much. But what you don’t realize is that you are missing out on a very enjoyable hobby that everyone will like, if they put their minds to it. Reading expands our vocabulary and knowledge, is a fun and exciting experience outside of your life, and is a great hobby. By following these five steps, you can become a better reader.

  1.      Choose a book you think you’ll like. Chances are, if you like the book, you’ll spend more time reading it. Go to the library or a bookstore regularly for more choices. Pick a book based on what it’s about, whether it interests you, and what you know about it. Do some research. Gather information about the book through websites like Goodreads, which can give you feedback from other readers about the book. Don’t judge a book by its cover (Eslbee). Continue reading “Five Ways to Read More”
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The Kiss of Deception, by Mary E. Pearson

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Actual Rating: 3.5 stars-ish

Despite the somewhat-high rating, despite how this book was nominated for The Best Books of 2014 of GoodReads, I wouldn’t say I can recommend this book to anyone. It was well written, the concept and main character was well-developed, but it really lacked…uniqueness.

First of all, The Kiss of Deception is about Princess Lia, who runs away on her marriage day, and hides in a remote town, where soon, an assassin sent to kill her and the prince she was supposed to marry show up. Cliche love triangle? Of course.

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Partials, by Dan Wells

Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

This is one of those books where I wasn’t really able to focus on the world building, character developement, or plot, because I was just so caught up in the story. But I will try my best.

Story: Wow! Just wow. I wonder if I have said this before, but if I were to write a book, I would have written it this way! I was never really into hardcore science-fiction(which is exactly what this is), but this was one of the most addicting novels I had ever read! I don’t really understand all these bad reviews and ratings, because I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the plot, and everything. The writing didn’t have anything special about it, but something grabbed me.

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