Remember to Forget by Ashley Royer

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In Remember to Forget from Watty Award-winning author Ashley Royer, Levi has refused to speak since the tragic death of his girlfriend, Delia, and can’t seem to come out of his depression and hindering self-doubt. Desperate to make some positive change in Levi’s life, his mother sends him to live with his father in Maine. Though the idea of moving from Australia to America seems completely daunting, Levi passively accepts his fate, but once he lands faces personal struggles and self-doubt at the same time he and his dad battle through resentment and misunderstanding. And then, while at therapy, Levi meets Delilah, a girl who eerily reminds him of someone he lost.

I don’t even know what to think about this book. I absolutely despised the beginning. Levi was so freaking annoying, I couldn’t handle it. Ask my family and my goodreads friends, and they’ll tell you how much I talked about how I didn’t want to read it. But, I finally pushed through and got through the book. The second half was better, I’ll admit. Levi wasn’t AS annoying. I still don’t love him, but I hate him less.

I feel like the portrayal of losing someone you love wasn’t super accurate. I’ve never lost a boyfriend or even best friend, like Levi did. But I have lost my father, and I’ve felt grief, and I feel like the portrayal of grief wasn’t as accurate as it could have been. I totally know and understand that everyone grieves differently, and I’m not saying grief like Levi’s isn’t possible, but I do think, in my personal opinion, that the grief Levia was facing and his attitude and character in general was poorly written and unaccurate.

I do think this book had some good writing and moments, specifically in the second half. So, my feelings for this book are very mixed. I’m very unattached to any characters and I don’t think I’ll ever reread it, but there were some good moments and I must commend Ashley Royer for writing and publishing a book at 17! I can say I don’t hate it, but I don’t love it. It’s kinda one of those ‘in-between’ books.

As far as I remember, this book was clean!

-Lilian-

 

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Fan Casting Female Protagonists: Part 1

Today, I am going to fan cast some YA book protagonists. This will just be my personal opinion and how I picture the characters, but I’d love to know if you agree or disagree with any of these!! I love seeing how other people perceive fictional characters to look!

Meira from Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

Ksenia Solo

Just imagine Ksenia Solo with a white wig! Her eyes and the wig combined would make her the perfect Meira, ready to take over a kingdom and choose between Mather and Theron! Plus, for some crazy reason I always pictured Meira as being shorter, and Ksenia is 5’4! So it fits perfectly!

Laia from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Freida Pinto

I always pictured Laia a little tanner and, er, not white? I don’t exactly know what race I pictured her, but I think Freida Pinto fits my picture of her perfectly! I think Freida would be a perfect Laia, both mild and submissive, strong and courageous!

Kady from Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

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Ashleigh Brewer looks just as I imagine Kady. Kady is so sarcastic, beautiful, and strong and I feel like Ashleigh would really portray her amazingly. Plus, since Illuminae has been optioned for a movie, this is the perfect time to put in our acting suggestions!

Addy from Pivot Point by Kasie West

Indiana Evans

I grew up watching Indiana Evans in H20: Just Add Water, and I think she would be an amazing Addy! Plus, I feel like her Australian accent would make it that much more interesting.

That’s all for Part 1! Do you agree? Do you have anyone else in mind for these protagonists? Do you have a suggestion for my next round of fan-casting? Comment and let me know!

-Lilian-

 

Macbeth #killingit by Courtney Carbone

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Macbeth, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!
 
Imagine: What if that tragic couple, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
 
A prophecy from three witches.
A social-climbing couple committing a murder most foul.
A cover-up that spins way out of control.

 and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. 😉

tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, posting photos, checking in at locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.

By the way, for those of you who somehow know nothing about Macbeth, this book was also written by William Shakespeare.

This book is the definition of a short-read. I read this last month in a few hours. I was super sick and yucky, I needed something easy for me to understand. And I just happened to have this book lying around, so I picked it up and I was done with it pretty quickly.

I really did enjoy the book, and it makes me want to read the original. But I tried reading Romeo and Juliet last year and I couldn’t get more than a few pages in, so I may need a simplified version of Macbeth. Since this book is so short, they cram a lot in it at once, and it can get kinda confusing. My main struggle with this book was it had SO many characters. I kept getting them all confused with each other, I couldn’t keep them all clear.

I really do love the modern take on these Shakespearean classics, and I feel they set a good base for my generation and possibly generations to come to grow a love for Shakespeare. I mean, after reading this one book, I already want to read some Shakespeare. I can’t imagine how many others probably feel the same way after reading this. And this could totally be used as an outline for reading the original, considering I’ll probably get confused many, many times.

I’m also planning on reading the rest of the series! They have YOLO Juliet, A Midsummer Night #nofilter, srsly Hamlet, and the newest addition Scrooge #worstgiftever!

It did have a little language and a little suggestive content, but most of it was told in the form of modern abbreviations. It wasn’t overwhelming at all.

What do you think about retellings of classics like this?

-Lilian-

Apollycon Lineup!?

A book convention is finally coming to Orlando (aka the closest major city to me) and the lineup has some GREAT authors! Its a mix of YA, NA, and Adult authors and the YA ones are great! Here’s the full list:

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GUYS. KASIE WEST. I love her books and AGH I NEED TO MEET HER! Also, Sarah J. Maas, CJ Redwine, Rachel Harris, Jessica Khoury,Veronica Rossi, and Melissa Landers all have books at the top of my TBR, and I’ll definitely have to read the books before the convention! It’s not official that I’ll be able to go, but there’s a high chance I’ll be able to!

Which of these authors would like to meet?

Also, a bunch of blogs are giving away “Front of the Line” passes for the Meet and Greets! I really hope I win one, and I’ll link to one of the blogs here so you can enter for yourself. Go here for the full website and more information!

Let me know if you’re planning on attending below!

-Lilian-

 

 

Seven of Seven by Scott Ralph

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A boy wakes up on the shores of an unknown river, his face bruised, his body starving, and his memory gone. He doesn’t know his own reflection in the water. His hands, however, have been marked with an indelible symbol that he immediately recognizes. This clue starts the boy on a quest across oceans and continents in search of the symbol’s meaning. Unraveling the mystery of his marks may be the one thing that will lead him to his own origins. The journey to discover the answer is a daunting one, and the boy finds himself and his companions battling tribal warlords, slave traders and The British East India Company in this adventure set in the world of the 18th century.

Wow, I loved this way more than I was expecting. I mean, I didn’t know what to expect, because I forgot what it was about when I started reading it. But I did really enjoy this unique story. I thought it was a sci-fi novella, and I didn’t expect the history aspect.

This book is the first in a series of nine novellas, but I’m sad cause the the rest of the novellas were never published. But I’m actually friends with the author IRL, so I’ll have to ask him if he plans on continuing the series! But I really hope he does. I feel like, as a full book, this would be especially great for middle-grade readers!

I really enjoyed the writing in this book. It was clean and fresh and kept you interested throughout the whole story.

There were a few parts I didn’t like, but they all revolve around this being a novella. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, because the book was too short. But I didn’t hate the characters, either. And I found the plot was a little messy, but if it were a longer story, I felt like I would understand more. If the rest of the novellas were published and I had read them, then I think I wouldn’t have these problems. Overall, I think this story would be even better as a full-length novel, and I hope the author turns it into one someday.

This book is totally clean for any age, but I feel like middle-grade readers would enjoy it most!

Check out this book on Gooodreads HERE!

-Lilian-

The Hamilton Book Tag

If you know me or follow my instagram, you probably know I’m obsessed with Hamilton. Guys, its amazing. I listen to it every day and I’m in LOVE with these songs and the characters and at the story and UGH. Just go listen to it if you haven’t.

Here’s the original tag video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-x6u9aFZC8 I’ve seen this tag going around youtube, and even a few bloggers have done it, and I knew I just HAD to do it! So let’s just get started!

PSA: Just because I’m in love with Hamilton and encourage you to check it out, there are some songs with content I don’t agree with, including language and sexual material. Some songs mentioned will have content I don’t agree with. If you’re interesting in listening to the songs but you only want to hear the clean ones, just comment below and I can tell you which ones are clean!

The Room Where it Happens: A book world you would put yourself into

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Of course I’d love to put myself into the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren! It’s no secret it’s my favorite series EVER, and I feel like I could last a good amount of time, until I’d probably die from the black plague… *shrugs* It’d be worth it, cause I’d steal Luca for myself and then I’d live happily until I eventually die. But it’d be a good life. Check out Book 1 here.

Right Hand Man: Favorite BROTP

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NEWT AND MINHO from The Maze Runner series. They’re the BEST of friends and I love them so much! I want a friendship like theirs! Check out book 1 here.

The Schuyler Sisters: An underrated female character

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The ‘and Peggy’ of the book world is definitely Thalli from the Anomaly Trilogy by Krista McGee! The whole series is underrated, but especially Thalli! She’s such a strong protagonist, and I admire her so much. She stay’s strong through her hard life, and she’s such an amazing girl. I don’t understand why more people don’t read these books! Check out Book 1 here.

What’d I Miss: A book or series you were late to reading

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The Selection. I’d wanted to read it for awhile but I didn’t actually start it until January. Boy, I wish I had read them sooner. And I still haven’t read The Heir, Selection Stories, or The Crown… I know I should, I just don’t. Check out book 1 here.

My Shot: A character that goes after what they want and doesn’t let anything stop them

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For this, I have to pick Kady from Illuminae (aka one of my favorite reads of 2015). She definitely goes after what she wants and lets nothing stop her. She’s so strong and determined. She takes risks and does everything she can to try and make everything end well. I wish the sequel was focused on her, but I’m glad she’s at least gonna make an appearance. Check out Illuminae here.

What Comes Next: A series you wish had more books

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I wish the Pivot Point/Spit Second duology was a trilogy! I need more closure and more books in that awesome series. Seriously, they’re so good and they deserve another book! Check out book 1 here.

Burn: The most heartbreaking end to a relationship you’ve ever read

 

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GAH THIS IS LIKE MY FAVORITE HAMILTON SONG EVER. IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL.

WARNING. SPOILERS FOR THE BOOK THIEF AHEAD. SKIP TO THE NEXT SONG IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED.

I couldn’t dare choose any relationship other than Liesel and Rudy for this. I just couldn’t. When I read this book, I wasn’t expecting it to end like this. Rudy’s death hit me so hard and I bawled. It’s by far the saddest ending to their relationship possible, and I will never, ever recover. Ever. I’ll always love the boy with hair the color of lemons. Check out The Book Thief here.

You’ll Be Back: Sassiest villain

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MINOR SPOILERS FOR A TIME TO DIE BY NADINE BRANDES.

I don’t know if I’d count it as sassy, exactly, but I think the closest person to this description is Skelley Chase from the Out of Time series by Nadine Brandes. I haven’t read the second book yet, so I don’t know exactly how Skelley will be in that book, but in the first book he’s manipulative and I feel like he’d be a generally sassy person. I also wanna knock that stupid green fedora off of his head. Check out Book 1 here.

Ten Duel Commandments: Favorite fight scene

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Literally any fight scene in the Remnants series by Lisa T. Bergren. I especially love the Season of Glory ones, but they’re all good. Check out book 1 here.

The Reynolds Pamphlet: A book with a twist that you didn’t see coming

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SPOILERS FOR SEE HOW THEY RUN BY ALLY CARTER.

That book *sigh* IT BROKE MY HEART. Just… the whole thing. The whole ending broke me. I didn’t see the whole ‘lost princess’ twist or the whole Alexei situation coming. They surprised me and I need the next book NOW! Check out Book 1 here.

Non-Stop: A series you marathoned

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The last series I completely marathoned was The River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren! I’d already read it once, but I re-read it all last summer, and I’ll probably do the same thing this summer! I love it so much, but I honestly forget what happens in each book individually, cause they all blend together!

Say No to This: Guilty Pleasure read

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The Katie Parker Productions series by Jenny B. Jones is 100% a guilty pleasure. It’s not amazing or profound or anything, and its kinda predictable, it’s just so funny and addicting that I love to re-read those books every once in awhile. Check out book 1 here.

Satisfied: Favorite book with multiple POV’s

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I have to choose Remnants: Season of Glory by Lisa T. Bergren! I loved how it added a POV for Keallach, who’s one of my favorite characters ever. I loved all the POV’s in this book and it’s just so good and sad and UGH GO READ IT. Check out Book 1 here.

Helpless: A relationship you were pulling for from the start

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I guess I’ll have to say America and Maxon from The Selection series. I mean, they each had their faults, but I thought they’d be good for each other, and they are. Check out book 1 here.

Stay Alive: A character you wish was still alive

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SPOILERS FOR MOCKINGJAY BY SUZANNE COLLINS.

Finnick. Just Finnick. I wish he was still alive with Annie and his child and just AH I love him so much *sobs*. I don’t even know what to say except I wish he was still here. That’s all I can say. Check out book 1 here.

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: A book/series you feel like will be remembered throughout history

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Hands-down, The Hunger Games. I always say that I think it’ll become a classic and I stand by my word. Generations from now, I think kids and teens and adults will still be reading this book, and I’m glad to have been part of the ‘original generation’ of it.

I had so much fun doing this tag! I don’t have anyone to tag, but if you do it, let me know and I’ll check out your answers! I hope you enjoyed my answers and that maybe I inspired you to listen to Hamilton. You won’t be disappointed.

-Lilian-