Spring Wrap-Up: Books That Kept Me Company During My Favorite Season

Hey Bookworms! I thought since I haven’t done the best with monthly reviews… I think I’ve maybe done one this year? I thought a seasonal wrap-up may make more sense until I figure out my next steps with blogging, writing, working, and traveling. I like sharing what I’ve read because it gives me a chance to look back on how my reading habits have grown change, how I’ve been called to read what I’ve read. So let’s get started!

Spring Wrap-Up: Books That Have Bloomed with Me this Spring

Now before I start, I want to clarify what I count as spring, because even though most go off a calendar. I think it goes more off of the climate of where you live, so for me (since I’ve lived in Vegas all my life) it starts in March and ends in May. These books will begin with books I began in March and the last one I finished in May which was a total of 19 books! I am slightly proud because I just realized that is how many I read in 3 months! Yay me!

1.  Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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My first audiobook of the season. I loved the friendship, and the essence behind the magic, but the world and what gave everyone their magic or who had what power tended to lose my attention a bit. I didn’t know if it was worth the hype it got entirely as the way I fell in and out some parts did seem a little erratic. I don’t know if I will be continuing it, but overall I gave this book a 3 out of 5 stars.

2. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins

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This book was exactly what I needed when I was in a slump. It kept my attention the whole time and I liked getting to know each of these characters. I loved knowing the royalty, but not knowing when the sequel came out it made me give it a 4 out of 5 stars. I definitely recommend this book to anyone in a reading slump that likes an adventurous tale.

3. The Wolf Boy is Mine Vol. 4 by Yoko Nogiri

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Oh my godI loved this series! It is my new favorite Manga for sure it is gorgeous artwork and for me a relatable series at least with the main love interest. I just finished this series and I already want to read it again! 5 out of 5 stars honestly I’d give it a 10 out of 5 if it was possible.

 

4. Front Lines by Michael Grant

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This was definitely an amazing going back in time seeing what would’ve changed if girls were allowed to fight in WWII. It also shows you what bravery looks like and that it isn’t always a simple thing.

5. Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce

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A reread to finish a series and I loved it as much as I did the first time. Tamora Pierce was one of my first examples of what a strong female should be, and Beka is no exception to that rule. Her books were also the first to show me love is love and to show that the LGBT is not something should ashamed or hidden.

6. We are Okay by Nina LaCour

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This book is written beyond goregously, it made me feel every emotion written. I really don’t have much to say besides READ IT! 5 out of 5 stars!!

7. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce

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Without spoiling all I have to say is damn this was an unexpected heartwrenching plot twists. My heart definitely was broken I am still healing over this… 5 out of 5 stars though!

8. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore

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As a lover of her movies I adored getting to know more about her life. If you’re listening to the audio book, be careful because there are times she gets loud at times. The only thing that I didn’t really love is that it was sporadic, I know it fits her personality it wasn’t my favorite as a reader. 4 out of 5 stars.

9.  Masquerade by Melissa De La Cruz

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Another comfort reread it was good to see more of the powers emerging as well as the flashbacks 4 out of 5 stars.

10. Saga Vol 7 by  Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)

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Really amazing the plot twist at the end though!!! I need volume 8! 4 out of 5 stars!

11.  A Mad, Wicked Folly by  Sharon Biggs Waller

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I loved this because it definitely introduced me to a period that isn’t touched much on in fiction. The period of the suffragette. I definitely recommend if you love historical fiction. 4 out of 5 stars.

12. The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern

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Another reread that I read as a pick me up. I love her books that use magical realism it makes you think outside of the box or even makes you take a step back to look at your own life. 4 out of 5 stars.

13. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

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Another reread and one of my favorite love stories and one I can definitely relate to. Whenever I feel reluctant to believe in love this is definitely one I turn to.

14.  Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

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I listened to this on the plane ride back from Vancouver. Her story for me was very inspiring her persistence and what she worked for until she made it is inspiring to any artist. The behind the scenes of Gilmore Girls was also a fun glimpse as well.

15. Up in Flames by Abbi Glines

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I know I don’t like to call things guilty pleasures, and these books aren’t exactly guilty pleasures. They are however simple reads that don’t require too much thought especially as I get older. It also bothers me that these books have to end in a pregnancy. I believe in the New Adult Genre, but I also like when it shows safe sex showing the couples pursuing finding other paths as well. I know not every one thinks like me, so I hope I’m not offending anyone by being honest. Anywho this was a 3 out of 5 stars for me.

16. Rebel by Amy Tintera

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I liked this book, but it didn’t meet what I loved in the first book. There was an overdone cliche near the end that I’ve read in 2 books this year, but this book did twist it to an unexpected way, so it did save it. This was a 3 out of 5 stars.

17. Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

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Again same feelings as the previous Abbi Glines book, but I did like some of the topics this touched. 3 out of 5 stars.

18. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

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I really love this book and how it’s not only about healing, but grieving and trying to change the world whether it’s for someone close to you or others. This is a great coming of age book that I adore and I recommend it to everyone. This one is also what got me back into historical fiction. 5 out of 5 stars!

19. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

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Rereading this took me back to high school and how I would just devour contemporary. Sarah Dessen let me know back then that you could come back from whatever broke you. Her books were often ones that kept me going. It was nice to reread and see how far I’ve come.

Well bookworms I’m finally done with this post. I’ve been working on and off on this today for a few hours. What books kept you company this spring? What ones kept a mark on you? Did you reread old favorites? What do you wish to see more of in a genre? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments, let’s chat! I hope you have a wonderful week, and Happy Reading!

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Book Retrospection aka Review: When I’m Gone by Abbi Glines

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When I’m Gone (A Rosemary Beach Novel #11) By Abbi Glines

Publisher: Atria Books

Publishing Date: 7 April 2015

Genre: New Adult, Contemporary (Mature Content)

Format: Ebook, Purchased on my Nook

My Rating: 3/5 Stars

 

My Review:

Hey Bookworms! I am finally summoning up the bravery to do another review… So I hope you all enjoy it, but it may sound a little like rambling since this is off the cuff. I read this book last week, so the thoughts are still fresh! As always the link is in the title for a synopsis on goodreads because I don’t want to make this post too long! I am going to try to break this up into section as best as I can, so I hope you guys can follow this okay… This may be a little spoilery though in the reasons I did not like it, so if you haven’t read it be warned!

Reasons Why I Picked it Up:

So if you have read some of my very first posts I think I mentioned Abbi Glines was my introduction to the genre of New Adult. I devoured her Fallen Too Far series and because of that I picked up her other stuff too.  When I found out that this series was going to follow the love stories of other characters I liked; I didn’t hesitate to buy those as well. This turned the series into what is known as The Rosemary Beach Series. Now each of the love stories in the series is a series within itself, so you don’t have to start with book one. So here are my reasons:

  1. Now I don’t know if I have mentioned this before, but if I start a series and don’t hate the first book I have to pick up the rest. I feel committed to know what will happen to these characters because by reading the first book I open the doors to their lives.
  2. I needed a quick read and I knew this had come out recently, and I knew the love scenes would fill the ache in my heart or make it worse either way I would feel
  3. I really had liked Mason in Harlow’s, (his little sister) story, and hoped to see his southern ways and hear a nice accent in my head
  4. Mason is a cowboy! Need I say more???

What I Didn’t Like:

  1. I have read this overall series since it first came out in 2012, so three years of reading Abbi Glines couples in this series… And what I realized is she’s created her own cliché:
  • For the guys: “I took in the longest damn legs I’ve ever seen” (10) I swear each one of her males have said something to this accord. There has to be some other way to put this compliment or another way to have them notice it. It is just getting repetitive at this point. Not saying there is another way to put this
  • For the girls: They notice their man’s thighs again it’s just the oddest time they notice them. This may be a personal thing though because I don’t see the turn on? I wish she would have each girl appreciate different things. All these girls are starting to blend. I mean not every girl is attracted to the same features
  1. The lack of Birth control for the girls: Being the 11th book and one of a couple that isn’t on the pill because she is a virgin really bothered me. I was on the pill when I was 18 with no plans of being sexually active, but it was a way of being in control of my body in a small way. Just because a girl is on the pill does not negate the fact she is innocent
  2. The lack of condoms with the males, although in the books the boys are clean of STD’s. It worries me that the girls take them at their word for it. Being a young parent can be a fear for some women and I feel she does not address this issue. (Please do not think I am a prude because yes the scenes themselves are still yummy, but the lack of protection nags at my back of my brain the whole time)

What I Did Like

  1. How patient Mase is with Reese especially when she is fragile and unconfident. He is gentle and coaxes her
  2. The pure emotions of this book in the case of Reese, maybe it is what I am going through personally, but I really connected with her.
  3. Jimmy! If you have read the other books you know what I mean. Every girl needs friends like him and he brings food he is AMAZING!
  4. Brings awareness to disabilities that are looked over too often
  5. Sense of humor throughout this book as always there were a few parts that make me giggle out loud.

Wrapping it Up

So overall I did really like the book, but this one being her 11th book in the series the clichés just were too much. There were more I could mention, but I didn’t want it to sound like a crusade (and I really hope it doesn’t). These are issues I think as part of the age group of these characters need to be brought to light. There needs to be awareness in this day and age. I wanted to quote a love scene, but realized it was long. I hope my review wasn’t too harsh. I commit to a series and finish it to the end, and I do love these couples even if I disagree with their choices at times. I hope I can write a happier review next time. This is my fourth review, so please feel free to tell me what I could do better on, or what you liked

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