I honestly wish that I could tell you that I finished my whole TBR of 5 books during this Readathon, but I didn’t. I only managed to finish 2 books , one of which was a graphic novel. I also did vlog during the week, so hopefully that will be up when this post goes live.
The first book that I finished was Teen Titans Raven by Kami Garcia. This reimagines the character Raven as a teenager in modern times trying to deal with the loss of her mother and recover her memory after she lost it in a car accident. Along the way, she not only has to deal with the trappings of high school, but also the fact that she may have super powers that she might not know about. I love the fact that thanks to Matt I am starting to get into graphic novels. I have enjoyed the ones I have read so far and hope to read a bit more in the future, so look forward to reading those.
The second book that I officially finished for the Readathon was Souless by Gail Carriger. This book was also the group read for the Readathon. I was not able to finish this book during the readathon since I easily got distracted by enjoying the week and also I found the book slow in the beginning, it does pick up after the first 100 pages which is good. Though I finished the book intrigued I’m not sure that I was impressed enough to continue the series, I guess we will see what happens in the future.
Thanks to Paige and the rest of the Creating & Co Community for creating the Discover New Worlds Readathon and for allowing me to participate. I enjoy all the Readathons created by the Creating & Co book club because it gets me out of my comfort zone for reading and challenges me to read books I wouldn’t normally read. Hope to see you soon in another post 🙂
Hey! I know that I have been promising real posts for some time, but that time isn’t yet so please enjoy the plethora for book reviews that are coming your way. I finally finished this book after starting and stopping this book for months. The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll was the Paper & Glam Book Club read for April simply because of the umbrella on the cover.
The short synopsis of the book is that it is told through the eyes of several of people jumping through their points of view. The main points of view are that of Brett, a gay woman that has made her million on being on reality tv and then developing an exercise company called SPOKE. Kelly, is Brett’s older sister that is a single mom and doesn’t approve of Brett’s life choices. The book also talks through other characters, which are only minor to the story. In the story, we go behind the scene to the makings of a season of a reality show in which Brett is killed during the filming.
I apologize that this review will not be as in-depth as my reviews usually are, but I found the book rather dull and uninteresting which is why I kept putting it down throughout reading it. If you like reality tv and are interested some of the stories behind the scenes of a fictional reality tv show this book is for you. Honestly this book being marketed as a mystery thriller is a bit of a joke, since though we find out that Brett is dead in the beginning of the book we don’t even really touch on why she might be dead throughout the book and don’t come back to that topic until the end of the book.
I’ll be back soon with more reviews and hopefully a surprise in the future that will bring you back to reading the blog once more. Happy Reading!
Hello! I’m back again with yet another book review. Yes, my intensity for reading and catching up on my Goodreads goal has been rather intense in the past couple of posts, but I’m glad that it’s happening. I am official finished with the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series with this review. If you want to read my other reviews on the series you can read them here and here. This is the final book in the main series although there are a few books that are off shots that Ann Brashares also wrote that involve sisterhood and friendships as well.
The last book of the series is marketed as an adult book simply because it takes place 10 years later and the characters are now just about to hit 30 and have learned to swear. Here’s a quick summary of the book with no spoilers:
It has been 10 years since we last caught up with the Sisterhood. The Traveling Pants were never found, but that’s okay. The Sisterhood spent a good 6 months living together after college in a New York apartment and then parted ways because life came at them rather quickly. Carmen is a supporting actress on a tv show with a douche boyfriend, Lena is a art professor at the college where she got her degree. Bridget is wandering through life in San Francisco with Eric, who still loves her all the same. Tibby is still with Brian and last we hear she is living in Australia. Each of the girls feels dramatically alone and can’t seem to make the time to bridge the distance until one day Tibby sends them plane tickets to Greece to relive their fateful trip from 10 years ago. Before the trip even really takes off tragedy strikes and the group is left with the feeling of what to do.
To be honest aside from the twist in the book, I thought that book was rather bland and uneventful. I felt that in some ways I was reliving the same problems that came up in the final book of the original series. I also felt as if the characters never grew up and didn’t deal with their problems very well. Overall, though I do adore the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares I would give this novel a hard pass. It would just be easier to imagine Tibby, Lena, Carmen, and Bridget living their lives as grownups rather than read this novel.
Let me know if you have read this novel or any of the other books in this series and what you thought of it. Would you recommend revisiting any of your favorite series? Hope to see you soon in another post.
Hey! I’m back again with yet another book review. This book took me a while to read, which actually may be all well and good since the sequel doesn’t come out for ANOTHER YEAR! Ugh….Now I will have to wait forever to continue this story.
In case you haven’t figured it out yet, today we are going to be talking about Anna Bright’s The Beholder. This was yet another book that was chosen for a Readathon for the Creating & Co book club that I didn’t get to finish. It’s finished now though….I don’t hate that the group picked it since it was a newer book that most of the members including myself hadn’t read yet, but the fact that it’s part of a duology is the annoying part.
A quick synopsis of the book is that after Selah, daughter to the Sensechal is rejected at her proposal party by a boy she adored. Her stepmother sets her up with a crew and several appointments for courtships throughout Europe. Knowing that her father has become gravely ill in the last few months and not wanting her stepmother to win, Selah agrees to go on these courtships date through Europe. At first, Selah feels as if she is alone in her quest to quickly find a match and return to her father, but she then discovers that she is not alone in her quest and then is let in on the secret mission of the trip that has nothing to do with her courtship appointments.
I found Selah beautifully refreshing compared to other princess type characters that I have read about in the past. She knows exactly what she wants and who she is for the most part. I was annoyed that she kept allowing herself to keep falling for her suitors and her heart to get broken over and over knowing that she just needed to pick one before heading home and not facing the unknown, which she dreads so much. I was amazed at all the twists and turns in the book, which made me want to keep reading although the slow start in the beginning made me almost want to put it down.
I would definitely recommend this book as a read, but I would have rather read this closer to the sequel release so that I wouldn’t have to wait so long in between books and living in the world of Selah and her adventures in Europe. I will definitely be letting you know my thoughts on the Beholder sequel after it releases next year.
Let me know what you have been reading lately and what you would recommend. I would love to hear your thoughts if you have read the book.
I know it has been a bit since I had written here, but life got in the way and I’m finally getting to a very normal place.I already talked about my thoughts on the first book in the series as well as the movie here. Well, here are more thoughts on the series from books 2-4.
Once I finished the first book I quickly jumped into the second book, which takes place the following summer after the first book. In this book, we find Bridget still dealing with the effects of last summer, as well as finding out that her mother’s parents still live in Alabama and has been trying to get in contact with her and her brother for years. Bridget impulsively heads to Alabama to rekindle the relationship with the her grandmother as well as find herself. Tibby sets off for a summer film program and also finds that she can’t shake the effects of last summer with losing Bailey and Mimi and becoming a bit more than friends with Brian. As if it weren’t enough, it appears that Lena is also haunted by last summer still being in love with Kostos and then discovering that her heart can be broken in a million more ways than she knows how to deal with. Carmen appears to have her summer together baby- sitting for a neighborhood family and finally being asked out by her crush. Slowly, her summer begins to unravel when her mother begins to date and her step sister shows up on her doorstep wanting to be like her.
In book three Girls in Pants, we find the Sisterhood in their last summer officially together before they start college and it seems that everything is about to change in their lives and not everyone is ready for that change. Tibby is afraid of change and new things and after a scary experience with her sister, she discovers that she needs to find a way to face the future. Lena determined to become an artist has to confronts some realities that she has been hiding from since last summer. Bridget, while she is the only one going away for the summer runs straight into someone from her past which brings up old memories and things she wasn’t quite ready to face and the reality that everything may not be as set in stone as she once thought she had them. Carmen has to deal with the biggest change of all with her mom getting married and finding out that her mother is pregnant with her half sibling.
In the final book of the original series, we catch up with the Septembers right as their first year of college has past and they starting to come into their own as adults. At first the summer starts off strange when there is no normal kick off party at Gilda’s for the pants this year. Carmen has spent the better part of the year feeling lost and becoming a stagehand to a popular actress at school only to find that she may have been hiding from herself all along. Bridget goes an archeological dig to Turkey only to discover that she has been not missing and missing everything at the same time including her new boyfriend Eric. Tibby discovers that growing up is more challenging than she realizes and that she just wants everything to stay the same. Lena while taking an art class during summer school realizes that everything is changing and she isn’t so sure that she is ready for that change.
I’m really glad that I was finally able to finish this series even though it has taken me a while to do so. I also found that it brought back wonderful memories of reading the start of the series at the beginning of college and feeling a bit of the same emotions. While, there are a few inappropriate moments throughout the book series, we see the girls grow and come into their own as adults. I would definitely recommend this series if you love stories about friendship and growing up.