You guys are going to think I’m obsessed with her…but I saw this one over on Kristin Kraves (AGAIN). She’s just been very inspiring lately okay?
I could narrow it down to just 5 books, so instead, I’ll do 5 categories.
Macbeth was my first full-fledged introduction to his plays and my classmates and I were LIVING for the drama. Lady Macbeth was brutal but determined, which I could admire, but she and her husband needed to take it down a notch or ten. RELAX!
There was certainly a theme with Shakespeare’s plays, and especially the ones that my Literature teachers chose: a touch of madness. I really enjoyed this one, all the backstabbing and family drama. I think I’ll read this one again in the near future.
Much Ado About Nothing
Who doesn’t love a scandalous wedding drama? Nobody, that’s who! This one wasn’t my favorite but it was intriguing enough to keep me interested during those evening classes. I would recommend this one only if you have a high tolerance for poorly communicating characters.
Green Days by the River
Remember when I said that my Lit teachers lived for the drama? This one was nothing but clutch-your-pearls level drama. But it’s also relatable. Boy moves to a new neighborhood and falls for the girl next door. Except, her daddy isn’t here for it. If you can get your hands on this one, I highly recommend it.
A Separate Peace
This one was not a good experience for me. It was slow, and it wasn’t even a story that interested me in the least. On top of that when I read this one I wasn’t too fond of the teacher and the way she made Lit uninspired. I don’t think it’s a horrible book, but it just wasn’t for me.
When I read this one on my own I enjoyed it. When I read it in class it was torture. I have never had a book drag on for so bloody long! Good Lord, it was awful and it wasn’t helped by that MAJOR EVENT that happened.
This is a frustrating book to read because here was this little girl, determined to DO something, to honor the struggles of her ancestors, and she was being told that she couldn’t. This was one of the first moments that I truly saw myself in a book, that I fully connected with the main character and their message. Try it, you just might like it.
Death of a Salesman
Attention must be paid! Willy Loman is such a broken character and I think he birthed a love of broken characters in me. This is where it all began.
The Glass Menagerie
This one was interesting and sad. But honestly, I could only feel so sad for them, because they brought it on themselves. If they would just stop for two seconds and stop pushing things would work out. Instead, they used and manipulated and gah.
What books did you read in high school that have stayed with you?
As most of my followers know I am big into helping other bloggers gain more exposure. My goal has been to grow a community of like-minded people and I am part way to my goal. I am bringing back the open call to leave a link and I’ll share it for you!!
The basic rules are simple: leave me a link to your page. I’m not sure it gets much simpler. You can leave as many links as you want and I’ll cycle this post from day-to-day so more people can jump on board. The link post I’ll create will publish on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The first time I attempted to do this it went well and I said that I’d do it again for my 5 star shelf. Well…turns out the recommendations weren’t much different. So here I go again with a themed shelf instead: Graphic Novels.
Before I begin it’s worth noting that there is one thing all these books have in common: Manga Classics – Emma by Po Tse. The other recommendations (not included in this list) were all based on either A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness or Daniel X: Alien Hunter by James Patterson.
Bloom’s Discovery (Winx Club) by Iginio Straffi
A group of fairy friends learn to hone their magic while fighting evil and darkness!Reads L to R (Western Style) Meet the Winx Club, a group of beautiful fairies who fight evil using their unique magical powers! As they battle scary monsters and trouble-making witches, the girls become stronger fairies and closer friends. Bloom’s Discovery Before Bloom became part of the Winx Club, she was living a normal teenager’s life. All that changed one day when she discovered that she’s actually a fairy! Now Bloom’s life is anything but ordinary as she uses her magic to fight wicked villains.
Will I read it- Nope. Just…nope.
Kingdom Hearts II Vol 1 by Shiro Amano
A young boy named Roxas whiles away the last days of his summer vacation with his three best friends in their quiet little home of Twilight Town. But all is not as it should be in this hamlet nestled between night and day. Strange things keep happening around Roxas, which always seem to involve mysterious creatures…and he is plagued by dreams of a boy named Sora, whom he has never met. Bewildered, Roxas searches for answers . . . Will they lead him to Sora, Donald, and Goofy?
Will I read it- I’m confused…am I meant to have read Kingdom Hearts I? Is there a Kingdom Hearts I?
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together.
Will I read it- Do you see how cute this cover is? Have you read that tooth-aching summary? Of course, I will!
My Little Pony by Alex de Campi
Introducing four tales dedicated to exploring the magic of friendship. First, Applejack and Pinkie Pie enter a baking contest! Then, The Cutie Mark Crusaders team up with Discord, Spike enlists Princess Celestia to help him find a birthday present, and finally, Twilight Sparkle and Shining Armor chase down a mysterious ghost.
Will I read it- God, no.
Suki-tte Ii na yo, Volume 1 by Kanae Hazuki
Mei Tachibana has spent her 16 years without making either boyfriend or friends. One day, she injures a popular boy in school, Yamato Kurosawa, because of a misunderstanding but for some reason it seems that he takes a liking to her and one-sidedly claims that they’re friends. Furthermore, he not only protects Mei from a stalker, he does it with a kiss…?!!
Will I read it- yup. Sounds fluffy enough to be a quick read.
I think it’s safe to say this is more miss than it is hit. Yikes!
Have any of you gone through your Goodreads recommendations and found some gems? Tell me about it.
Art Style – The art style perfectly matched the theme. It’s exactly what I would expect of a sci-fi/fantasy artwork, and so it didn’t distract from the story in any way.
Overall: In the beginning, I wasn’t very sure what I was reading. I didn’t look too hard into this one because it’s been recommended to me so many times that I figured I go on blind faith this time around. It grows on you though, I just wish the backstory was clearer from the start. Like, why are the two factions so against each other?
It eventually grew on me though, the little snippets of information at a time. So I can definitely see why so many people recommended it to me.
I don’t know if you all remember me mentioning that I was starting a new job from today…but it’s happening!
Day one of training is over and done – and you know what, it was a lot more fun than I was expecting. Actually, that’s a lie. I didn’t know what I was expecting.
I had to be up and out of the house by six a.m in order to get there by eight. Let me tell you, that early wake-up time is entirely worth it, any later and well…my first day wouldn’t have been off to a great start. But now I’m exhausted…gah.
What I wasn’t expecting, was for me to get home at FIVE p.m. How am I going to get posts out to you guys? These updates aren’t going to cut it for very long…
aka remember that time I asked you to hold me accountable? Ha!
I’m such a flop, I sweaaaar!
I’ve been distracted all month long, by things that are not books. I’ve betrayed my first love…
My latest obsessions have been:
Black Lightning – This show has me all in my feelings, the actors are wonderful to look at, and the action is the icing on top. If you haven’t seen this Netflix/CW masterpiece yet, I suggest you get on that.
Would recommend for: fans of Marvel superheroes (especially Luke Cage and Jessica Jones) or anyone out for a little (lot) bit of eye candy.
Watching Twitch streams – This one goes hand in hand with watching YouTube gameplay. It’s oftentimes soothing to have on while I clean or just don’t want to think about real life too hard.
Would recommend for: anyone looking for background noise while they do something else.
Playing The Sims 4 (which I’ve found a renewed love for) – Usually what would happen is that I would watch Simmers playing the game and I’d become immediately inspired to create some fun builds of my own.
Would recommend for: anyone looking for low commitment fun that somehow sucks hours of your life without your noticing.
An Android game called My Shelf – Similar to a longstanding game called Episodes/Choices, this is a story based game that has all of the drama, and every option you choose affects the outcome for your character.
Would recommend for: more mindless clicking with an aside of messy, messy drama.
Aside from that, this month I’ve been spending lots of time with family. Noone can really begrudge me this one right? I mean, come on!
I have the biggest review backlog that I’ve ever had, and yet I cannot find it in myself to finish the books let alone write the review. What’s worse, some of the books I haven’t even started! And it’s nothing against the books either, it’s all on me this time.
How do I make myself sit down and get these reviews done when there are so many amazing new releases or favorites to reread…and new movies and tv shows and…gah!
So…here’s what I’m asking of you, every time you see me on twitter (deereadsforfood) or insta (deereadsforfood) or goodreads (Dee Dee deereadsforfood) doing anything other than updating progress ask me how my review backlog is going. Please?
Maybe the added pressure might help.
How do you all cope with reading when there are so many distractions around?
aka the series that keeps you coming back for more.
It starts off crazy(!), with our main character being attacked by a rogue alpha. Oh child, I was hooked from there! Every paranormal/shifter story that starts with a rogue alpha never ends well for the rest of the townsfolk, and this one was no exception.
Anna is then thrust into a world within her world, with no time to adjust to this new reality because someone is going around killing innocent townsfolk. Is this plotline new? No, but the execution is done well enough that that doesn’t matter.
In the beginning, I was not sure that I liked any of the characters, but as the story progressed I became so invested in the investigation that I didn’t care if I didn’t have a favorite.
Why were these very specific people targetted? Could the killer be someone we’d already met? A part of Ryder’s inner circle, or some unnamed townie? Will Anna ever learn to be one with her wolf?
Then bam! Cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers.
*name redacted* is a predator (sexual and emotional, among others). That’s all I’ll say about that. Oh, and all adults in these books are incompetent. UGH!
Now that that’s off of my chest, let’s talk about book 2. So, we’ve found our killer’s real target: Anna. Still no clue whodunnit though.
The angst between Anna and Silver was understandable I guess: two hormonal teenage girls focused on the same boy, one booted out for the other. Yikes. I wished that it didn’t have to be like that, but…such is life sometimes. If this isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry, it doesn’t get much pagetime as Anna is so focused on learning how to control her wolf and find out who killed her mother that she barely looks Silver’s way. Plus Silver is pretty good at pulling disappearing acts, only being mentioned when someone notices that she’s not around.
Child, when we got confirmation of who the killer and rogue Alpha is/are, I was fistpumping because I had figured it out. Yes, I’m one of those weird people that get happy when they figure out the plotline (it’s even better when I have to work for it though). Now, it was time for Team Anna to prove it.
Big fight scene, a death and a major injury. Plus there’s a character introduction. But, bam! Cliffhanger bishes.
TW: rape, talk about suicidal/depressive episodes, physical/emotional abuse.
We now know for sure who the killer is, but still no way to prove their guilt. Gah! I felt Anna’s frustration in this situation. Especially since Ryder and Max insisted on treating her like a fragile flower, not giving her the chance to defend herself or even letting her in on the plan. Obviously, that works out well…right?
I personally would not have let *name redacted* leave my sight, especially not so soon after discovering their treachery.
I don’t know if I agree with Alice’s decision to shut Mark out. Yes, he was an absent parent, but he deserves to know what happened to his wife. He’s bound to find out anyway, why not be the one to tell him? Be hurt, but don’t lose sight of rationality. Like, now is the PERFECT time to find out why he left, which she always wondered, and yet…
A lot of the time I couldn’t relate to the characters’ reactions. Things that I would let slide causes a huge blowout, and then times when I would throw down, nothing. This is especially true for Alice. I did finally understand why Silver became the person that she did. A tragic situation only made worse by poor decisions.
The last 75 pages or so weren’t my favorite, the feud between Max and Ryder became tiresome. Plus Alice gets mad at the wolves for not listening to Max’s side of the story, yet it’s what she’s doing with Mark. Girl!
Buuuuut, the final fight scene redeems it for me. And that cliffhanger!!!! Hello! It made me count the weeks until I could read book 4. (The mark of a good series in my honest opinion. It has staying power.)
Truth starts off exactly where Chasing the Alpha ends off and I’m even more confused this time around. Like, where did homegirl’s memories go? Or is this some kind of ruse to catch Max off-guard? What’s happening here?! Am I right to be worried for Max? All these questions had me fighting myself because all I wanted to do was skip ahead to get some clarity. It also made me wonder if this was Jessica’s way of introducing new mythical characters (witches/fairies) maybe?
What I did discover in book four was the fact that Ryder’s parents are awful! Even more so than when we learned that they blamed him for Anna’s death and basically disowned him. What kind of people could do something like that? Well the kind that we see here ( when you get to that point you’ll understand).
And, if you guessed cliffhanger, you’d be right! Gaaaah! What even?!!
What I can definitely add as a positive to Edwards’ series is the fact that the characters have stayed true to themselves all throughout. I can appreciate the continuity because logically a person doesn’t change drastically over such a short time span (the books take place over a series of weeks).
Alice wasn’t my favorite character, but what surprised me was the fact that Max, who I started off hating and mistrusting, ended up being my most liked. I wanted more of his story/POV, which I got with book four (where is part two Jessica???? Don’t rush, but…hurry!) Unfortunately, he ends up making the same types of questionable decisions as Alice. Why won’t these characters learn to communicate? Quit withholding information and your lives would be so much easier.
The adults could use some work, Ryder could use a chill pill and Kellan could get some more airtime. Bane too, I guess.
These books were fast reads, that kept me engaged and constantly ready to reach for the next book in the series. The plot wasn’t overinvolved, so you don’t need to think too hard about what’s happening, but that’s perfectly okay. The fact that you needed to solve a murder and find a way to get justice for all those dead people was more than enough.
There were the typical pitfalls of self-publishing which can be forgiven because when we’re our own editors we tend to miss things: specifically pacing and grammatical errors.
You know that trope where characters fail to communicate and thus causes everything to escalate beyond all control? This is that in series form, so if you cannot stand that trope please bear that in mind.
What I’m hoping for in TRUTH Part 2: Closure.
If you love paranormal romances, a bit of a whodunnit mystery and teens saving their own damn selves, pick these books up. If you can’t stand poor communication between your characters and sometimes questionable decision making, maybe give the first one a peek and decide if it’s worth it.
Also, before I get too far into this…there are going to have to be some more changes over here. I’m going to be starting a new job in two weeks, with more fixed (and longer) hours. I’ll need to figure out how to adjust my posting schedule with this new development. As soon as I have it figured out, you’ll all be the first to know, but for now it’ll remain as two days a week.
Okay, now for the real reason you’re all here. WRAP UP TIME!
In Search of Peter Pan
What I liked: The art and linkages between Peter Pan and our main character’s deceased brother were the best parts of this graphic novel. I also wouldn’t have minded more of Baptistin, a secondary character who was cloaked in mystery and danger.
What I could have lived without: There was some nudity that didn’t really make sense to me. It didn’t feel necessary in the least, and I didn’t particularly care for the romance. I wish that more time was spent focusing on the mystery of the brother rather than the pursuit of the mystery goal. It was like, the moment he saw her, his objective became skewed.
What I liked: You guys, the first time I read this one I wasn’t very impressed (I gave it 3 stars). Something about this second time around made me fall in love with this story. Where before I couldn’t bond with our main character, I understood and could appreciate her strength for what it was. I still haven’t seen the movie. WHAT IS WRONG WITH MEEEEE????! It was fantastical and perfectly suited for the age range (and above)
What I could have lived without: The way the adults on Earth (with the exception of her mother) treated Meg after her father disappeared. More care was needed.
What I liked: In this case, my favorite stories of the anthology were Nicola Yoon’s The Department of Dead Love and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s Say Everything. These were the types of stories that I expected when I picked this book up. Fitzpatrick’s couple was perfect together, from beginning to end and Yoon’s couple gave me heart eyes all the way through.
What I could have lived without: Most of the other stories were just meh for me. I didn’t care for the characters or their love enough to move past a three.
Again!! Vol. 1
This one got me at: From the co-creator of Yuri! On Ice. God, I miss that show. Victuri foreverrrr!
What I liked: It wasn’t as heart-tugging as Yuri, but our main character is reminiscent of the self-doubt and self-deprecation that was synonymous with YOI. So I was sufficiently invested.
What I could have lived without: Another trademark YOI characteristic is brutal cliffhangers. I wish Kubo hadn’t carried that over…but I’ll live. I guess. I also didn’t completely understand why Kinichiro is an outcast in the first place. The reasons for shunning him did not make sense to me.
Spectacle Vol. 1
What I liked: All of the pretty, pretty art! It was soothing and yet mystical at the same time. The idea of the whole thing was also intriguing. Imagine going about your life conning people, only to realize you’ve somehow gained the very gift that you were pretending you had all along. Imagine! And to have to use it to solve your twin sister’s murder? Child!
What I could have lived without: Ugh. Bloody cliffhangers!
But also, more time needed to be spent on mystery solving. That sub-plot was a major distraction. Interesting yes, but still, distracting.
I’ll miss this series, but the duo are writing another series together sooooo…
What I liked: Everything was tied up. Nothing was left unresolved and I could appreciate that. No, I wonder whatever happened with xyz. Nope. I KNOW ALLLLLL!
What I could have lived without: That ONE death. It gutted me, and I know it worked in the favor of our heroes but, jeeze.
P.S who do I petition to get a companion story of just AIDAN?
What did you read in March? Anything good? Any of these sound good to you?