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-

 

 

 

 

Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

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It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

(You can check out my review of Snow Like Ashes here)

WHY did I wait so long to read this gorgeous book?! I loved Snow Like Ashes, yet I didn’t buy Ice Like Fire when it first came out. I bought it in January and STILL put it off and didn’t start it until March. I regret that so much, and I know I’m going to be preordering Frost Like Night so I can have it as soon as it comes out.

So I read a couple reviews of the book on Goodreads and I was very surprised to see so many negative reviews! I mean, I can slightly understand why they don’t like the book, but I can’t understand WHY they don’t like the book?!

So I absolutely loved the character development in the first novel, and I felt this one really lacked that. I mean, I guess you got to know Meira a little more, and you got to know her thoughts and struggles about being herself or being a queen. But, other than that I felt a lack of character development. I also felt an increase in characters. It had been awhile since I read Snow Like Ashes, but I still remembered a good chunk of it and I didn’t feel like re-reading it. But I totally forgot who like half the characters were! Some that were minor in the first book became major in this one. I eventually got all the characters straightened out (I think), but I totally recommend, if its your first time reading the series, to read them both back to back so you don’t forget anyone!

But the characters were quite possibly my favorite part of the whole book! Since the beginning, I’ve taken an immediate liking to Meira and Theron (OTP), and they’ve still stayed my favorite characters through the series!

I did love how this book was interesting from beginning to end. I was really looking for a book to grab me out of my mini-slump I was in, and this one did just that! It hooked me from beginning to end. It was full of action and really set the scene for what will hopefully be an epic finale. September 20th (Frost Like Night’s release date) can’t come soon enough!

I also love how quotable this series is. Seriously. So many of my favorite book quotes come from this series!! Here’s a few:

“That’s why literature is so fascinating. It’s always up for interpretation, and could be a hundred different things for a hundred different people. It’s never the same thing twice.” -Snow Like Ashes

“Even the strongest blizzard starts with a single snowflake.” -Snow Like Ashes

“Loving her was easy, a skill he had picked up methodically until one day he did it without thought.” -Ice Like Fire

As for cleanliness… It wasn’t too bad. The language was a little more than in the first book (especially with Mather), but it wasn’t overwhelming. The sexual content has still stayed surprisingly low, and I’m really happy about that. This is one of the cleanest YA fantasy-type series I’ve ever read, and it makes me very happy to see YA books that aren’t filled with inappropriate content.

Have you read Ice Like Fire? Do you plan on it? Let me know in the comments below!

-Lilian-

 

 

The Library Project + Childhood Books

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Today I’m taking a break from my normal reviews and writing about an organization I’ve had the pleasure of learning more about lately. I’ve partnered up with them to share about some of my favorite childhood books and introduce you to this organization! Plus, I’m gonna turn this into a little challenge;) Read on to learn what I mean!

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Here’s a little info about The Library Project from their website:

Our strategy to improve children’s literacy is to provide libraries, literacy and librarian training.

The Library Project donates libraries to improve children’s literacy. Children gain access to a beautiful school library providing fun and interesting children’s books that spark their imaginations and promote a lifelong love of reading.

Literacy Camp has one simple focus; to get children excited about reading. We see this as the second part to a library donation. Once a library is in place, it is essential to properly introduce children to a world filled with books.

The Library Project provides a quality librarian training course. Our librarian training course is created specifically for teachers and administrators on how to manage their library. We have found that this training course results in 94% of our libraries being effectively used on a daily-to-weekly basis after the first year.

So The Library Project contacted me and introduced me to their mission, and then they asked me to share about my favorite childhood books. I read a lot as a kid. I was constantly kicking my younger sister out of the room we shared so I could have some quiet to read. So below I’ll highlight some of the books I remember reading that have left an impact on my reading now.

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1. The Camp Club Girls

I read these when I was an older-kid and entering my tween years. My parents got me and my sister like the first 18 or so books for Christmas one year. Me and her both quickly devoured all these stories. We were absorbed in the mysteries, and I’m pretty sure these books caused me to start shipping people. Looking back, these books really shaped me into the reader I am now, and I think they grew my love of mysteries. Plus, they’re still good nowadays. If I had the time, I would honestly go back and reread all of these, and buy the last few books I never got to read:(

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2. Little Women

When I was in middle school, I went through this “phase” of reading only classics. In that phase, I ended up reading a young-readers edition of Little Women (I thought it was the full version at the time) and I fell in love. I’d already seen the movie and loved it, and the book just sealed the deal. This became my favorite classic and remains that way still today. This book was significant in my reading life because I realized classics weren’t just boring, old-people books. I could actually read and enjoy them. That mindset really shaped my love of classics today.

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3. Geronimo Stilton

These were MY BOOKS in elementary school. My family would go the library once a week, and I’d grab a basket and run to “my section” to see if the library had got any new Geronimo Stilton books. They didn’t have many, so I didn’t get to read many, but I still treasured them. I don’t know exactly how these really shaped me as a reader today. I think they helped me just grow as a reader in general, and I’ll always have those treasured library memories.

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4. Junie B. Jones

MY CHILDHOOD. I loved these books. I read them as a younger kid, and as I got older, I would still read them, just faster. I remember bragging to my mom how could read a whole book in a day, with these being my books of choice. I would love when my mom found a few more of these hidden away at a thrift store and brought them home to me. These really supported me and practically turned me into a reader. Well, these and another series I’m about name…

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5. Magic Tree House

Along with Junie B. Jones, these turned me into a reader. I would get any new ones from the library whenever Geronimo Stilton wasn’t available. I loved secretly learning about history while reading about all these wonderful adventures. Plus I remember when they had the education guide books that’d correspond with certain books. I’d get those and read all about the educational things I overlooked in the originals. But I wasn’t allowed to read the Merlin Mission editions. My mom said they had “too much magic” and stuff like that… *shrugs* The originals were okay with me.

Now, time to make things interesting.

I really enjoyed digging up fun memories of my childhood, and I think a few others would, too. Plus, I enjoyed raising awareness about The Library Project and their awesome mission. So, I’ve decided to turn this into a challenge. I want to challenge you, a few of my fellow bloggers, to share about The Library Project and your favorite childhood books. If you write a post about your childhood reads and share about The Library Project, email a link of it to me at liliansbooks@gmail.com! If I get, say, 10 people to share about it, I’ll make a donation to The Library Project! Plus, I encourage you to donate yourself, or run a similar challenge to your blog followers! That’s all it is! It’s so simple. I look forward to seeing your blog posts!

Happy Reading,

-Lilian-

 

Wicked by Gregory Maguire

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn’t so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

Ughhhh ahhhh ughhhh ahhh whaaaa ughhh ahhh uh. Those are my thoughts while reading this giant book. I didn’t know what to expect, so I didn’t really expect much, but it still was somehow different than what I wasn’t expecting.

I’ll stop it with the riddles now.

This is the story of Elphaba. That iconic wicked witch of the west in a land called Oz. When I first heard of the musical about a year ago, I was intrigued. Then I learned that its based off of a BOOK?! I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Alas, I finally did read it, even if it took me what felt like forever to read.

So, you’re probably expecting a book about why Elphaba is green, why she’s wicked, and why she wants the shoes. Instead, you get a book about Elphaba’s stupid family, people contemplating the difference between animals and Animals, some deaths, and Elphaba going crazy.

Even with all its imperfections, this book is still pretty enjoyable. I loved Gregory Maguire’s writing. In the end, he pulled things together and ended it in a satisfying way that I liked. I don’t even know how to describe it. But it was good.

I thought that the book would have a lot more of Glinda in it, but I was surprised to see Glinda wasn’t in half the book. But I did really connect to Elphaba a lot more than I was expecting. I’m more of a Glinda personality, but I can see parts of Elphaba in me, too.

I enjoyed trying to find where the songs from the musical would fit into the book. I haven’t seen the musical, yet, but I listen to the music often, and I think I’m a bigger fan of the musical than the book.

I agree with lots of the goodreads reviews I read: Maguire was trying way too hard to make this an adult book. There are many unnecessary sexual scenes, foul words, and just overall inappropriateness. So much could have been easily left out, and you’d have the same story. Or at least it could have had less detail. I had heard there as sexual stuff in the book, but I didn’t realize to what extent it goes to. From the very beginning, inappropriateness is prominent. It eases in the last 3/4 of the book, but by then I’m already “scarred” by what I’ve read. This book is not kid-friendly, and I do not recommend it to young teens and under. Even for an older teen like me (I’m 16) , it can be too much. Some skimming may be necessary and probably recommended.

Overall, this was an enjoyable but not great book. I’ll probably skim it in the future, and I will be continuing on with the series eventually (cause I already own the second book).

-Lilian-

Three Wishes by Lisa T. Bergren

I received a beta-copy to read and review. This does not affect my review in any way.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. BECAUSE YOU JUST MIGHT GET IT.

Zara Ruiz is a normal California girl on the verge of graduating high school and thinking about her dawning future. But when dusk brings a shattering loss—and she discovers a priceless object in the shallows of a tide pool—she is thrust a hundred-and-eighty years into the past. There she meets handsome ranchero Javier de la Ventura—who has big dreams and bigger secrets—along with his enchanting family, in a land that is at once familiar, and yet utterly foreign.

Between cattle rustlers, pirates and a growing call for statehood, it is not a peaceful time to be a Mexican settler in young Alta California. But it is in that time and place that Zara must decide if she can find what she longs for most in the past, or if her heart’s THREE WISHES can only be resolved in the present.

This is it, River Tribe. We’ve been waiting for this book since the second it was announced, and it’s finally here.

I was so happy to have received an e-copy to beta read last month. When I read it, I knew you were all going to love it. Plus, I’ve heard the ending I originally read was cut, because it was too big of a cliffhanger. So count yourselves lucky that you didn’t have the giant cliffhanger to end with like I did!

So onto my review.

I was so very worried to start Three Wishes. I am such a mega-fan of the original series, and I had such high expectations for this book that I was scared Three Wishes would fall short. But, I’d have to say it didn’t.

Zara is such a head-strong, determined protagonist. She faces every situation with an admirable spirit, and she’s a great role-model.

Javier is a pretty great guy. There are a few stereotypical qualities about him, but I couldn’t help but like him in the end. I don’t love him yet, but I might love him in the next book. I think he has some good in him, it’s just hidden under some angst.

Zara and Javier remind me a lot of Gabriella and Marcello from the original River of Time books. Fans of them from the originals should love Zara and Javier’s relationship.

I loved Lisa’s writing, like always. This book was so beautifully written. It has many quotable lines and the story is artistically created.

This book isn’t perfect, though. I do feel there was just… something missing. I’m not sure what, and I’m hoping whatever it is, it’s in the second book. But this is still such an enjoyable book, I can’t help but give it 5 stars. It’s not better than the originals, though, in my opinion.

Have you read Three Wishes yet? Do you plan on it? Let me know in the comments below!

-Lilian-