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text 2015-03-31 14:28
March wrap-up

So March is already over! I can't believe it lol. Here are the books I've read this month (in order from top to bottom):

- Ignite by Lily Paradis 3/5 review

- The Picture by Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde 5/5 review

- Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren 5/5 

- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell 5/5 review

- A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf 5/5 review

- The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking trilogy #2) 3.5/5

- The Wide, Wide Sea by Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking trilogy, novella #2.5) 4/5 

- Insurgent (Divergent trilogy #2) by Veronica Roth 5/5 (of course) 

 

I haven't finish Insurgent yet, but it's a re-read and I have exams (I'm done with exams on Wednesday 10.30 AM, so I will be finishing that one that day) so technically I'll finish that one in April, but whatever haha. I actually can't believe I haven't done a review of Pippi Longstocking (but I loved it so much of course!). If you'd like me to do it: please leave it in the comments! Do you already see how much diversely I read? I honestly love reading different genres and exploring. If I have to read books from just one genre I'd probably drive crazy. Which genres do you read most from? Or are you just like me?! Haha. Oh and I'm going to do a full review of The Chaos Walking trilogy as soon as I've finished that series. 

 

What have you read in March?

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review 2015-03-28 18:04
Volition by Lily Paradis
Volition - Lily Paradis

"When you were dark and twisty inside, you learned to recognize those qualities in others.  You came together, like magnets, because you couldn't help it."

--Lily Paradis, Volition

 

Synopsis:

 

You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that stays with you, then tears you apart slowly at first, and all at once shreds every fiber of your being?

It’s because you’re contradicting the universe.

Everything lines up so perfectly that you couldn’t have imagined it to work out better, but then you have to go and do everything humanly possible to ruin it because you can’t stand to have it go right?

That’s what I did.

I did it because there’s a darkness that surrounds me, and I think I want it there.

My name is Tate McKenna, and my soul is blacker than my heart.

 

 

My Thoughts:

 

If your thinking that synopsis doesn't give you enough information about this book for you decide whether on not you want to read this, well then your not alone, because that is how I felt too. 

 

This is one of those books you need to go into blind and just trust it not to disappoint.  I did, and I wasn't disappointed in the least. 

 

I'll tell you this, Tate McKenna would get along swimmingly with Meredith and Christina from Grey's Anatomy.  This is not your usual girl meets boy, falls in love with boy and lives happily ever after kind of story. 

 

It's different.

 

And it worked.

 

Awesome story.

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review 2015-03-07 01:20
Volition by Lily Paradis
Volition - Lily Paradis

Published: February 6, 2015 by Empire Books

 

Goodreads Summary:

"You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach that stays with you, then tears you apart slowly at first, and all at once shreds every fiber of your being? 

It’s because you’re contradicting the universe. 

Everything lines up so perfectly that you couldn’t have imagined it to work out better, but then you have to go and do everything humanly possible to ruin it because you can’t stand to have it go right? 

That’s what I did. 

I did it because there’s a darkness that surrounds me, and I think I want it there. 

My name is Tate McKenna, and my soul is blacker than my heart."

 

Goodreads Page

 

*I received an advanced copy of this book from the author and publisher in return for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*

 

 This is one of those books where not knowing much about it before reading is probably the best way to go into it. One of the beauties of this story is watching it unfold before your eyes.

The book switches between past and present timelines, which I enjoyed. It kept me on my toes and kept me guessing. It is also the perfect way to tell the story of Tate McKenna's life, depicting the way her past affects her present and future.

 

Tate is not your normal main character. She has a darkness that will never leave her. She is haunted by her past and has experienced terrible things. In attempt to put her old life behind her, she jumps on a plane to New York City. She meets a handsome man on the plane, Hayden. Tate definitely does not need a new man in her life, but she is drawn to something in him.

 

Tate intrigued me and I loved reading her story. She is very unique and I've never read about a character like her. I truly grew to care for her. Tate is constantly struggling to let go of some of her darkness, but she also does not want to lose herself in the process. This made for a thought-provoking and engrossing read. Her struggle felt real and raw, and even though she is not always the nicest person, I was rooting for her. I wanted the best for her.

Hayden surprised me, and the connection between him and Tate pulled at my heartstrings. I love how dynamic their relationship is. I don't want to get too into it, but I really appreciated his character and the complex bond between him and Tate.

All of the side characters are very interesting as well and I am glad they are included in the story, especially Catherine, Tate's best friend. I even wish we saw more of her.

 

The plot isn't heart-pounding and it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat, but it kept me reading. There are not a ton of crazy twists or anything, but there are some surprising developments with the plot and characters. I think the writing style and the switching of timelines really help move the plot along. 

 

I couldn't give the book 5 stars because I didn't feel completely connected to it. I have never experienced anything that Tate is going through and there are some things that didn't really click with me. Obviously, that's a personal thing, and not the fault of the writer. I think if you can identify with Tate or you have experienced similar things, you will form a strong bond with this story. That just was not the case for me. Although I appreciate Tate's character and her journey, I felt removed from it in a way. 

 

This is a dark story and I love that aspect of it. I love that the author was not afraid to go into those dark parts of Tate's mind and soul. With that said, I also love that this is a story of Tate learning to let go, and learning to accept positivity and happiness without losing who she is. This along with the twisting of the past, present, and future made for a very unique and moving read.

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review 2015-03-04 17:04
Review: Ignite by Lily Paradis
Ignite - Lily Paradis

*I received a free copy in return for an honest review* 

Summary:

After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.

Lauren's first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she's always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?

Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?

 

Opinion:

Overall I have to say that I liked this book. I've never read a New Adult book before and I was kinda sceptical (read: boy drama and unnecessary things) but it was good! It was a really gret debut novel.

I just didn't connect that much with the characters and I didn't had mind blowing moments, so that's why I gave it 3 stars. I also wish that there were more scenes about Lauren and the kids (so that she thought more about them and the decission) than that she got distraced by the boy. I felt like some parts in the book were missing and I wish there was more about her life after that (you know what that means if you've read it) big decission. 

 

If you want to read something that's not a classic or hard to understand I recommend this book. You can also read it when you're under 16 years old. 

 

Edit: Lily talked to me and said there's going to be a sequel called Arc Light from the boy's perspective! She hasn't finished it yet so we also don't know the release date yet, but I'm curious! 

 

Are you going to read Ignite? 

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review 2015-02-13 00:00
Volition
Volition - Lily Paradis “I was always going to do terrible things because it was in my nature.”

This is Tate McKenna. She doesn’t hold back, and she is a hurricane.

Tate McKenna isn’t a good girl. She is very bad, and she likes it that way. Tate has run away from her past, her future, and her fortune to stay in her best friend’s grad school dorm in New York City. NYC is Tate’s favorite place in the world, and she’s going to start fresh, even if it kills her.

Tate meets Hayden Rockefeller, an NYC celebrity, on the flight to New York. Pure chance, or something more? Regardless, they connect, and Tate can’t seem to escape their connection. This is Tate’s story, how she overcomes the darkness in her past and embraces the darkness in her present. Behind her is Jesse, a boy back in Charleston who she grew up with, and is a part of her very soul. In her future is Hayden, a rich businessman with a heart of gold and who may be hiding his own darkness.

Choice. Destiny. Fate. Volition. Willpower.

While Tate and Hayden dance around each other in the New York lights, Jesse’s shadow lingers in their memories. Who will Tate decide to be with? Or will she destroy all of her relationships?

The storytelling is fantastic. Alternating chapters told from Tate’s perspective in the past and present show the reader who she has become, and why she is this way. Stories from Tate’s past, in high school and early college, showcase the defining moments in her life.

“I hate this version of myself because although I think I have all the power, I have none. I am not rational here.”

Tate has family issues. Don’t we all? I can really relate to Tate’s complications with her family. She doesn’t love them. She doesn’t want to see them, and runs instead of sticking around for her big sister’s wedding rehearsal.

I get this, down to the very core of my being. When I am with my family, this is what happens to me. My power drains from me, my volition dies, and I am sapped of what makes me me. Tate having to deal with this during her sister’s wedding, with Hayden Rockefeller on her arm, is absolute torture. She deals with it in the only way she knows how – by being terrible.

“I’ve won, and Hayden is my weapon.”

At this moment Tate has embraced her own nature, her strength, and isn’t holding back. She knew what would happen, that she would use Hayden against her family, and she tried to fight it, but couldn’t stop it. Tate is a powerhouse of darkness and crazy. Now she’s embracing the power, and I love her for that. I love this crazy girl for grabbing her own insanity by the reins and steering her own way.

The verdict: VOLITION is the story of a crazy, scarred girl who tends to bring out the darkness in others. Tate McKenna’s story is not for everyone, but if your soul aches for someone in your past, while your fingers itch for adventure, try VOLITION.
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