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review 2018-08-01 03:11
Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined
Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined - Danielle Younge-Ullman
This book was a beauty. I thought I was getting a novel about a teen on a camping survival excursion but I got way more than that. This novel was more than survival, it was about living and loving.
 
Ingrid grew up under the lights of the opera house, her mom was a star and she enjoyed being the center of attention. The glamorous life suited Margot-Sophia until her voice stopped working for her. Now, Margot-Sophia was on a downhill spiral and she was taking Ingrid with her.
 
Ingrid was now forced to avoid music, forced to avoid anything that had to do with music for in doing so, this was one area where tranquility was felt in the household. This evading was hard on Ingrid as she loved music yet, keeping her mother calm had been worth it for many years.
 
There aren’t many years of school left for Ingrid so she secretly decides to try out for the school play. When she surprisingly gets a part, I cringed to think what her mother would do. They’re both strong-willed individuals at this point in the novel but someone has to compromise here. They both held on tight as Ingrid breaks the news. Adjusting to this new routine, they each tried to hold their own ground while tensions ran high. Wow, this section of the novel was intense and the pages were flying.
 
Currently, we find Ingrid frustrated again with her mother. Mother signed Ingrid up for a 3-week summer camp which was okay with Ingrid. This camp is another one of mother’s devises and as Ingrid discovers, this camp is not the same camp on the brochure Ingrid had. This is a 3-week survival camp that will push Ingrid abilities, strengthening her physically and mentally until the very end. Ingrid will spend 3-weeks with teens who are struggling with a variety of issues and at first, Ingrid feels like an outsider as she feels she has nothing in common with them. As the days pass, Ingrid begins to see things differently.
 
After a couple chapters, I realized I couldn’t put this novel down. I liked how the novel flashed back and forth from Ingrid childhood to present day. I enjoyed reading about the challenges the group had the 3-weeks at camp. The assault in the novel threw a whole new set of emotions and thoughts through me. I really enjoyed the ending, I thought it was fantastic.
 
This is a novel that you’ll be glad that you picked up as I’m sure glad that I did. It’s one that I’ll definitely be rereading in the future.

 

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review 2018-07-10 20:17
Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined
Everything Beautiful Is Not Ruined - Danielle Younge-Ullman

When Ingrid was younger she traveled all over Europe with her opera star mother, Margot-Sophia. They were so happy. But then Margot-Sophia could no longer sing and they no longer acknowledged the past. They settled into a small, normal life but Ingrid desperately wanted their old life back. Now Ingrid is on a summer wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens. She has no idea why her mother sent her here. It's grueling and every day she feels as though she's going to break. But she has to figure out why she's here and why the music really stopped.

I don't think there's anything I disliked. Ingrid had a magical childhood. Then things went downhill and fast. I liked her very much. She was a strong person. She was self-aware. She didn't give up. She was sarcastic. I liked the setting. The wilderness survival thing was fun to read. Ingrid went through a lot - physically, emotionally, mentally. She would write letters to her mother telling her about all the fun she was not having. It goes back and forth between Ingrid's childhood and present day during her three weeks of hell. I enjoyed both story lines. I felt all the secondary characters were important, had their own personalities and made the book feel real. There was one part in the book where everything just came together for me and made me feel for Ingrid and there was absolutely no coming down from five stars after that. This was such a great read.

I won a copy through LibraryThing. Thank you to Penguin Teen for my physical copy.

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text 2018-02-28 02:42
No Ordinary Star Book Trailer!
No Ordinary Star - Frank M. Turner
No Plain Rebel (No Ordinary Star) (Volume 2) - M.C. Frank
No Vain Loss - M.C. Frank

It's here! It's finally here! The beautiful trailer for the amazing No Ordinary Star series by M.C. Frank! 

 

 

First, check out the trailer HERE and then read an excerpt of my spoiler free review below! 

 

A fairy in the Arctic, a tin solider in the future, and a mysterious clock that keeps the world balanced; what exactly is this story about? That's what I ventured to find out as I began my read of No Ordinary Star - or NOS - by M.C. Frank. 

 I was intrigued from the start. I wanted to find out more about our characters, about the year they lived in, about the mysteriously Clockmaster, and about how the world go so screwed up in the first place. I'll just say, which the answers I was provided with in this book I was not disappointed. 

 

Psst! Don't forget to check out the ongoing giveaway HERE for $15 to the Book Depository!!

 

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text 2018-02-06 18:52
M.C. Frank's Couples Giveaway!

Its February and that means its the time for love and couples and GIVEAWAYS! Do you want to win $15 to the Book Depository? Of course you do! Read below about how to enter! 

 

 

This giveaway is hosted by the amazing couples from M.C. Frank's books: Ari and Wes from Lose Me (see above), Astra and Felix from No Ordinary Star and Beatrice and Dominic from Ruined

 

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY CLICK HERE

 

Want to know who these couples are? Read some of my review of Lose Me below! 

 

 

...Ari is a stunt double in a new adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, which is actually pretty dang cool. Ladies, you don't have to be the leading actress. You can kick-ass by jumping off cliffs and driving cars around sick bends. Ari is an enigma the moment you meet her repeating “today is not the day I die” over and over again. Something’s amiss, obvious by the gentle cues from the writings, but you don't know what it is.

Wes is the leading man in the movie, literally the Darcy. And he’s just as you would picture as described by Ari before she meets him. But Wes isn't just a two-dimensional characters, smiling at the camera. He has feelings and demons that will haunt him throughout the novel....

 

Click here to continue reading my review! 

 

Aaaand that's it! Good luck everyone! 

 

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text 2018-01-31 23:01
January Recap
Avenged (Ruined) - Amy Tintera
Shattered Minds - Laura Lam
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys
The Dead List - Jennifer L. Armentrout
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild - Diana Rowland
Infinity + One - Amy Harmon
When I Am Through with You - Stephanie Kuehn
Our Kind of Cruelty: A Novel - Araminta Hall
Keep Her Safe: A Novel - K.A. Tucker,Roger Casey,Wendy Tremont King,Will Damron,Robin Eller,Simon & Schuster Audio
Cinder & Ella - Kelly Oram

A new year with new reads...and it's off to a good start.  Only one book under 3 stars and 1 DNF.  9 books rated 4☆ and above.  I changed up my review format this past month, I decided I wanted my process more simplified.  Who knows, maybe this one will stick.

 

 

 

 

(Audiobook) Avenged by Amy Tintera

Finish Date:  01/05

☆4.3☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Kindle eBook) Shattered Minds by Laura Lam

Finish Date:  01/09

☆4.2☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Audiobook) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Finish Date:  01/12

☆5☆Stars - Grade=A

 

(Kobo eBook) The Dead List by Jennifer L Armentrout

Finish Date:  01/14

☆4.5☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Audible Audiobook) White Trash Zombie Gone Wild by Diana Rowland

Finish Date:  01/19

☆4.5☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

(Kindle eBook & Audiobook) Infinity+ One by Amy Harmon

Finish Date:  01/21

☆4.8☆Stars - Grade=A

 

(Audiobook) When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn

Finish Date:  01/23

☆3.2☆Stars - Grade=C

 

(Netgalley eARC) Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall

Finish Date:  01/26

☆4☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Audiobook) Keep Her Safe by KA Tucker

Finish Date:  01/29

☆4.2☆Stars - Grade=B+

 

(Kindle eBook) Cinder + Ella by Kelly Oram

Finish Date:  01/31

 ☆4.3☆Stars - Grade=A-

 

Plus 1 DNF...

Renegades by Marissa Meyer - This just had too many characters to keep track of and I had no idea what was going on, so I gave up at 28%.

 

11 books total, 5 Audiobooks, 3 eBooks, 1 combo audio/eBook, 1 eARC, and 1 DNF'd Audiobook.

3,483 Pages (including Audios)

 

 

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