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2 years ago • 0 notes

This is the one I’ve been waiting to post all night. Drum roll, please.. 

Title: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Page Count: My personal (and very well loved, highlighted, and underlined) copy has 313.

Summary: (provided by goodreads.com) Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Personal opinions: Okay, guys. I know, I know, everyone is talking about this book. It’s all over everywhere and, yes, everyone is writing reviews on it. I can’t say that mine will be any more spectacular than someone else’s but let me just say this:

I read this book on the bus today, on the way to school. I finished it on the way back to my car.

I fucking cried my goddamned heart out as I drove home.

Bawling.

I could not contain it because this book hit me so hard. This book is so impactful, so fucking personal and amazing and inspiring and heartwrenching and, Jesus Fucking Christ, it is officially my all-time favorite book. This book is to me what An Imperial Affliction is to Hazel. I just.. I love it so much. I will reread it over and over and memorize the words on every page.

There are so many quotes that are monumental in this book, the characters are so fucking real its absolutely horrifying and mindfucking and GOD.

I have so many emotions for this book.

I am crying and I type this, as I am simply remembering what it going on. I just.. guys, please. Do me a favor and go out and buy this book.

Own it.

Love it.

Read it.

Jesus, please. This book is so amazing, my life has entirely shifted. Entirely.

I just..

I lost my ability to can.

g dngalkfkldsng

Rate: 4985785903837950388/10

(not exaggerating in the slightest, okay)

 

—Ash

Title: Looking for Alaska

Author: John Green

Page Count: My personal copy has 221.

Summary: (provided by goodreads.com) Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another. A stunning debut, it marks John Green’s arrival as an important new voice in contemporary fiction.

Personal opinions: Okay. This book, like with any other John Green novel (all of which will be on here eventually), has completely opened my eyes to something new. There is always something new to learn from Mr. Green and there is a reason why he is, to this day, my all-time favorite author.

This novel is fantastic. It’s written so very well, Green has this style, this voice, that I am in love with and he makes you fall in love with his characters, too. Alaska is quirky and badass and random and damaged and perfect. Miles is head over heels for her and it’s to be expected, right?

I refuse to give away anything truly related to the plot where twists are concerened by I can certainly promise this book will make you laugh, cry, smile, and hate your existence because it hurts so good.

I highly recommend this book.

Rate: 9.5/10

 

—Ash

Title: Flowers for Algernon

Author: Daniel Keyes

Page Count: My personal copy has 311 pages.

Summary: (provided by goodreads.com) In this classic story that inspired the hit movie by the same name. Charlie Gordon, a mentally disabled adult who cleans floors and toilets, becomes a genius through an experimental operation.

Personal opinions: Jesus, this book is so wonderful and life changing. I read an experpt of this book in seventh grade of high school and I remember very well being one of the only people in the class who cried as I read along. For some reason, I became so attached to Charlie and to Algernon and to the plot line. As I grew older, I vowed to find this entire book and read it from beginning to end and I did just that.

This is certainly an emotional journey. It is inspiring and you wish the absolute best for Charlie and Algernon: you seriously cheer them on through the entire story. I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who haven’t read it but you finish the book and set it down with a heavy heart and wet eyes. It is a seriously amazing read, I finished it from cover to cover in about two hours.

The writing is hard to read, at first, because he is severely disabled and has no idea how to spell some of the words he’s trying to say. Sometimes he even says the wrong word but man, it definitely plays to the character and the novel is incredibly well written.

I just love this book so much.

I seriously recommend it.

Rate: 10/10

 

—Ash

2 years ago • 0 notes

Hey, so, um.
I am going to post a few book reviews tonight.
THEY ARE SO PERFECT.


okay.

I’m going back to class now.

Until tonight, my darlings!
—Ash

2 years ago • 0 notes
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Hey, guys, Ashley here! 

I kind of want to do a poll style thingy. But there is a catch: you won’t know what books you’re voting for. (;

There are three groups (1, 2, and 3). One group = three books.

Depending on which group gets more votes, those are the books I will make reviews of first. (:

Not like anyone will do this but I thought I’d give it a shot.

2 years ago • 0 notes

just fyi, i changed my url, okay, guys? (: --Ash 

2 years ago • 0 notes

Hey, guys! Ashley here. I’m sorry for the lack of posting, I have been crazy busy as of late, working a lot and getting ready for school to start up. I did have the opportunity to read a book that I had been wanting to for a while now, though, and I felt the need to immediately post a recommendation on here the second I was finished.

Title: The Song of Achilles

Author: Madeline Miller

Page Count: My personal copy has 369, excluding the character glossary, which is a nice touch.

Summary: (Provided by GoodReads.com) Greece in the age of Heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia. Here he is nobody, just another unwanted boy living in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles.

Achilles, ‘best of all the Greeks’, is everything Patroclus is not — strong, beautiful, the child of a goddess — and by all rights their paths should never cross. Yet one day, Achilles takes the shamed prince under his wing and soon their tentative companionship gives way to a steadfast friendship. As they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something far deeper — despite the displeasure of Achilles’s mother Thetis, a cruel and deathly pale sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

Fate is never far from the heels of Achilles. When word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows Achilles into war, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they have learned, everything they hold dear. And that, before he is ready, he will be forced to surrender his friend to the hands of Fate.

Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart

Personal opinions: Okay, first things first. This book is more “gay” than the summary provided by Good Reads leads you to believe so if that type of story is not to your liking, I wouldn’t recommend this book. The love between Patroclus and Achilles is very sweet, pure, and honest. They know each other through and through and that is the type of love that I hope I am lucky enough to come across one day.

I read this entire book in a little less than three hours. I could not put it down, for some reason. If you’re looking for a book with an underlying meaning that rocks you to your core (John Green, Jonathan Safran Foer, etc.), this book is probably not one you should go digging through. Sure, some peoplemayactually find a life changing moral in this story but I personally did not. The writing is not flawless and it’s not overly complicated but that only makes it better for pleasure reading. The story itself is entertaining, for sure. There is never really a dull moment and the moments that could be were cut short, something I am thankful for.

Another thing: if you love Greek mythology, I recommend reading this because, even if some of the myths or stories are innaccurate (which, I’m not an expert, they very well could be), it still makes you want to research these characters and learn more about them.

Or, at least, that’s what it made me want to do.

Rate: 7/10

—Ash

Howdy, guys! 

So, we’re officially open! I’m just now getting around to making the first post because I’ve been crazy busy at work but it has finally arrived. To start this blog off, I wanted to make a review over one of my favorite books ever, The Sight, by David Clement-Davies.

Title: The Sight

Author: David Clement-Davies

Page Count: My personal copy has 464 pages

Summary: (Provided by goodreads.com) In the shadow of an abandoned castle, a wolf pack seeks shelter. the she-wolf ‘s pups will not be able to survive the harsh transylvanian winter. And they are being stalked by a lone wolf, Morgra, possessed of a mysterious and terrifying power known as the sight. Morgra knows that one of the pups born beneath the castle holds a key to power even stronger than her own—power that could give her control of this world and the next. but the pack she hunts will do anything to protect their own, even if it means setting in motion a battle that will involve all of nature, including the creature the wolves fear the most—: Man.

Personal opinions: I absolutely love this book for a few reasons:

  1.  It’s about wolves. That in itself was enough for me to pick up this book and, let me tell you, as soon as I did, I was completely entranced. I’ve read a lot of negative reviews on this book and everyone’s main reason for bitching is “the wolves’ behaviors aren’t accurate, he failed to do research! blah, blah, bitch, bitch.” However, in my opinion, if you’re going to read a piece of fiction, expect fiction and nothing else. This is his world. The magic mentioned in this book is certainly not “accurate” behavior for anything, right? 
  2. It was a quick read for me since I actually enjoyed it and could not put it down! It’s highly entertaining!
  3. There is an actual plot that develops with each page read. The story is thought out and there are little twists that you don’t expect that keep you on your toes the entire time.

The characters are developed and you certainly fall in love with each one in their own way. You hate the ones you’re supposed to, cry for the one’s he means for you to, and love the ones he wants you to. There is character death involved. A LOT of it. There is a curse placed upon the pack and it trails each wolf until there are none left. To escape the curse, they journey to find the curse-r and hunt her down when other mishaps happen. New friends are made and old friends are lost.

It’s a fantastic read and if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend at least reading an excerpt online to test it out!

Rate:9/10

Let us know what you thought!

—Ash

Anonymous asked:
When r u opening,!?!,!,

O.O Soon, I hope! -D

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