Always and Forever Lara Jean Book Review

I have finally finished reading this book but its been a while since I started this, which I think I started it back in March.. whoops. But I am finished with it so I am here to talk about it.

Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han 

35247769.jpg“Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?”

 

I honestly don’t know how to start this haha its been so long since I’ve read book 2 and this book came out a while back too so its been A WHILE GUYS. But lets start with the fact that I love Peter Kavinsky, Lara Jean, the Song/Covey family, and just these books in general. I love that these books have a sense of family and character development. This book is so much mature and real in a sense of that people the age can relate to or at least it felt that way.

I felt like I was watching a teen drama, in a good sense. The issues that Lara Jean was having or that presented to her felt real issues that I think teenaged go through when about to finish high school and start college. The family dynamics is something that brought my attention from the beginning with these books so there is no surprised I loved the family dynamics in this one. I loved the bond that the Song sisters have which makes me wish for sisters haha. Not that I don’t love my brothers but still. The only thing that I had struggle with was the whole “long distance relationship” subject matter. Im going through some hard times with that so it was just a trigger for me and it was frustrating how Lara Jean was handing it and Peter K too. But other than that I loved this book from beginning to end.

I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads!

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The Greatest Showman Book Tag

I AM FINALLY DOING THIS BOOK TAG AND I AM SO EXCITED (hence my caps)

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Moving on… this tag was created by Kevin at Irish Reader on booktube who is my best friend/twin. Please go and subscribe to him if you aren’t cause he is awesome and his content is really good. This book tag is related to the soundtrack of the movie, if you have not seen the movie or heard the soundtrack.. WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE GO DO THAT ASAP CAUSE ITS AMAZING.

NOW lets get started on this book tag!

  1. The Greatest Show – Pick a book that is the best book you’ve read and gave you all the feels.

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For this question I am going to pick something different because its a series that I LOVE a lot and its characters but mainly this couple and GUYS when I tell you that I waited WAITED around 4-5 books to read about this couple finally happening …is not joke haha.

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I know it may not be the best book out there but to me HOLY CRAP it was divine. I love this series so much and these characters but this couple has been through so much and to have gotten he chance to finally after so many books to read about them was glorious. It had its ups and downs but honestly it was real and good and UGH I just love it. This book is part of the addicted/calloway sister series which all of you should read and thats really all I can tell you since Ill spoil it.

2. A Million Dreams – Pick a book that left you dreaming about it after you finished it.

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I can’t pick a whole book because there is a series that comes to mind and that is

THE VAMPIRE ACADEMY BY RICHELLE MEADE!!!

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It is definitely one of my favorite series of all time. The series follows our female protagonist Rose Hathaway, a seventeen/eighteen-year-old Dhampir (half vampire, half human/guardians to Moroi)  girl, who is training to be a guardian of her Moroi (vampire royalty who can be in daylight for a bit) best friend, Lissa Dragomir. These two girls are best friends and they go through hell. They learn how to be strong and try to defeat the Strigoi (the bad vampires, can only be out at night) in St. Vladimir’s Academy. Rose also finds herself in love with her instructor but there is more than meets the eye to this series. I can’t recommend this series enough tbh. GO READ IT.

3. Come Alive – Pick a book where a character finally accepts themselves

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I am going to go with…

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Molly Peskin from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. I love this book so much, I love how diverse it is and I love how much I can relate to Molly. I was rooting for her from beginning to end and I just feel like its a book everyone should read. Its different.

4. The Other Side – A book/character that changed your opinion on themoriginal.gif

If you know me you are probably going to think that I am going to choose Rhys from A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy/series by Sarah J. Maas but… WRONG. I am going to pick Tamlin lol but A Court of Mist and Fury Tamlin! I have a love/hate relationship with this character but in other words, he is trash. I loved him in book 1 just like Feyre fell in love with him but oh boy that changed by this second book. If you read the books you’ll know why if not.. you need to read it.

5. Never Enough – An Author or book series you could never get enough of.

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Well I am going to probably be very predictable but as you may know or may not know I don’t even know…this doesn’t even make sense oh my god haha EITHER WAY. An author or book series I could never get enough of is going to be Cassandra Clare and probably Sarah J. Maas lol. You may hate me or them and their work but Im trash for their work. I am a HUGER Shadowhunter Chronicles fan, its the series that started it all for me and Sarah J. Maas well.. her characters man. I can’t let them go, I can’t shake them.

6. This is Me – A book you love despite everyone hating it. (I LOVE this song)

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Well I could think of a couple of books that everyone hates but I love….

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Just to name a few lol

7. Rewrite the Stars – A bookish OTP that overcome a lot to finally be together.

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I am going to go back to the first question from that book and its going to be from Hothouse Flower by Becca and Krista Ritchie.

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My otp.

8. Tightrope – An Author/book series that gives you trust issues.

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Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas. They love playing games with my heart.

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9. From Now On – A book you’ve ignored for so long and finally need to read.

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There are so many books that I’ve ignored and that I need to read but these are a few that I can come up with at the moment…

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Just to name a few.. oops.

 

WELL THAT IS THE TAG!!! Please feel free to do it if you have not already!

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Ready Player One Movie Review

So long time no see! But I am here with another book to movie adaptation review. NOW I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 2 years ago? If I am not mistaken and from what I remember is that it took me a while to get through the first couple of chapters. I don’t know why but I do remember that it just dragged for me or at least it felt that way and I just couldn’t get into the groove of things. I was flying out with my grandma and I remember reading it in the airplane and it just clicked, I couldn’t stop. Needless to say I loved the book at that time because I could relate to the pop references and just the whole vibe that Cline was going for so it was a good read for me.

NOW looking back on it, I don’t know if I’d feel the same about the book. I recently had my friend read it and she was SO mad about it. Like she told me she couldn’t get passed our main character Wade and his narration and how the author literally projected himself in certain scenes, WHICH I had not noticed and now I can’t unnoticed it haha. She also brought up pretty basic things on how the plot was developed, at least in the book and the dialogue and so on so on. I literally go on forever cause she really didn’t like it. ANYWAY…

7835365.6.jpgI saw the movie and the movie was AWESOME. I went with my brothers and a cousin and honestly I think they enjoyed it a lot more than me cause they are gamers. They got all the pop culture references, which I thought they wouldn’t get but they did and they made it a bit more modernize with the anime avatars or small references to other games such as Halo or even comic book characters like Harley Quinn. I didn’t expect the Oasis to look as it did but then again I don’t know what I was expecting. In all honestly I went to this movie with an open mind and not have any expectations whatsoever, which is ideally when it comes to book to movie adaptations because as I’ve said before it is never going to be like the book and that’s okay. The music was awesome, the animation was pretty cool as well, I mean I am no expert but I really enjoyed it. The characters were awesome as well. The only issue I have is that I really didn’t like movie Wade for some reason? I don’t know what it was but I just didn’t like him lol. I LOVED Sho, Daito and H omg. BEST. Just the whole second part of the movie was great for me. So overall I think I like the movie more than the book. It seemed like it had a stronger message than the book did, at least from me and it spoke a lot about how our society is relying on technology and now with all of these virtual reality gadgets coming on the market, seems like we are headed that way.

Would I recommend to read the book before the movie? No, the original premise is there so I don’t think you should read the book in order to watch the movie. If you want to read it go ahead but keep in mind its not the same as the book to its entirety. The book is alright haha.

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Did you watch the movie? If so, what did you think of it?

If you haven’t, Will you watch it?

Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

I’ve done this book tag in video form but like 2 years ago? So Im bringing it back in blog form and lets see if I have some new answers for these questions!

1. A Popular Book or series that you didn’t like.

I have a few book/series that I can come up with but this will always be my number one.

The Shatter Me Series (because it is not a trilogy anymore ugh) by Tahereh Mafi

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I read book 1 and 2 of the series it was all cool and dandy, well the second book gave me a sour taste but then I read the novellas.. OH BOY.  I read Warners, “Destroy Me” and I was still not faced by the fact that he did all of that crap cause of his sour ass story but alright he is a broken child but still not an excuse. THEN oh god then I read “Fracture Me” which I was so excited to read because it was in the POV of Adam and well I was disappointed. This novella was 40% Adam and 60% someone else. I understand that everything that he had  been through had definitely “toughed his personality” and that he went through a hard time. It must be exhausting to keep fighting for love, for family, and for peace all at the same time but Adam deserved to be developed and in a believable way not in a way that was gunna  make Warner look like the good guy.

The first thing that bothered me about “Fracture Me” was the way Adam regarded Juliette was so off. In the last two books he had always believed in the goodness of her powers and fought for her (there are even many quotes about this in the books), while in “Fracture Me” he kept treating her like a fragile vase ready to break any second. Also, how he just gave up on her?

What happened to

  • “It’s been me & you against the world forever”,
  • “I’d follow you anywhere, you’re the only good thing left in this world”
  • “You’re the only one I’ve ever wanted and that’s never going to change”

I get that Juliette hurt him, but he flipped 180 degrees.
The second thing is that I thought that in “Fracture Me” we’d get to know Adam. His past, his parents, his thoughts, what he likes..something about him. The whole novella was his POV about a war.

Warner is an a+ complex character and a wonderfully complex villain character but like I know he had a crappy childhood and whatever but you can’t use that as an excuse for how he’s handled situations and things.

BUT the other thing that made me more angry lol about this novella was the tag line “I will not lose her.” or the commentary was ”In Fracture Me, Adam, Juliette’s first love, will do anything to get her back.” and none of that happened?!

So yeah I never finished the trilogy/series and have no plans to do so.

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2. A Popular Book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.

Im sorry I took so long to explain the first one but it really strikes a nerve haha I promise Ill keep the rest short.

So a popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but I love is The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I have no idea why people don’t like it haha honestly its a great story! I remember that reading this series I was so scared of the main character cause she was so powerful! She is an anti-hero and the story is very dark but I personally enjoyed it!

3. A Love Triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with (warn ppl for spoilers) OR an OTP that you don’t like.

Oh man don’t we all love a good love triangle….SAID NO ONE EVER. Im just gunna keep this one short cause its related to the first question.

Warner and Juliette from Shatter Me the series.
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4. A popular book Genre that you hardly reach for.

This one is easy, YA Contemporary. I am very picky with them and its very hard for me find one that I genuinely enjoyed.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

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6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

Lauren Oliver. I honestly don’t reach for her books.. I’ve only read two books by her and the first one that I read was Panic and that was a fail then I read Replica, which was good but not great to me so idk if Ill ever reach for her unless the premise interest me but for now ..Im good.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing. (examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

Girl’s-Life-Changes-Because-of-a-Boy trope.

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I’m tired of the idea that a girl’s story doesn’t start until she meets a cute boy, and then the story revolves around him. This usually happens with our main female character which is usually seen in every other YA Novel that has a boring or unfortunate life and that is, until they meet the boy that changes everything.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

I may get hate or be called out. I love the authors on their own but I am not interested in reading their book.

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9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

I HAVE a few I can think of from the top of my head at the moment…

  • The Maze Runner
  • Catching Fire
  • Divergent
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The Choice
  • Me Before You (I love both movie and book and I believe the movie did it justice to some extent)

AND I AM FINALLY DONE!

I am so sorry for the rant at the very beginning but I had to do it. It really strikes a nerve!   Feel free to do this tag and I would love know some of your answers to these questions!

Love, Simon Movie Review

I know this movie came out a few days ago but it just premiered yesterday, April 13th in México. If you guys did not know this is a book to movie ya adaptation. I read this book last year for the first time and it was the cutest book I’ve read in a while. It had me giggling so much and it really opened up my eyes to how much of an impact this book really is.

The movie is as much as important as the book. Now, we all know what we think about movies that are based on books. They can take out crucial scenes or just change everything from the original material but not with Love, Simon, or at least not that I think so.

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Love, Simon is a movie about a boy named Simon Spier who has everything he could ever ask for. He has a wonderful family who he gets along great, awesome friends and a pretty decent school life but he has been dealing with a secret that has been eating him up for a while and that is that he is gay. This story unfolds with someone from school blackmailing him to keep his secret IF he helps him get together with a friend of his. Simon is then caught between being a good friend or saving his own ass since he is not ready to come out just yet, to anyone really and that really is the whole premise of the story.

I’ve heard a lot of people loving it but I’ve also heard of people complaining that they took out parts of the book and so on and honestly we can never be satisfied. I personally think this movie was true to the book and kept the main idea of the book. I get it, you wanted to see a certain scene from a book that you enjoyed and it wasn’t included but honestly if you think about it, was it really relevant to the story as a whole?

I loved the casting. I think the casting did an amazing job with these characters. I was laughing and crying at the right moments because these characters felt real and felt right thanks to the casting.

I honestly have no complains about this movie so I will highly HIGHLY recommend you to watch this movie. It was a much needed movie this time around.

 

Rereads

I’ve been on vacation and I haven’t really read much but today for some reason I decided to pick up my kindle and reread Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. I don’t think I’ve said this but it’s my most read CoHo book. I always read it once a year or twice a year and for some reason, because of that I was inspired to write this blog post.

I used to think that re reading books was stupid. Yes, stupid, mostly because I’d say “Why would you re read a book when you already read it?” to me it just didn’t make sense. It wasn’t until I re read this book that I sort of understood why or at least from experience.

  1. It gives me comfort. I like revisiting favorite scenes or favorite quotes because it makes you feel good, happy or even safe at some point. For me its like picking up your favorite outfit even though you wear it every chance you get or your favorite shoes etc.
  2. It helps me escape. It’s really what happens when you read any book really but this one is different because its your favorite and its your happy place and nothing is unexpected or unmanageable.
  3. Age. We are humans and we are evolutionary. Every day we are changing, grow and experience new things. We learn about each other as we reread a book. We discover new things in an authors words and at the same time enlightens you about yourself.
  4. I don’t think I need to explain this haha its pretty straight forward.

So those are a few reasons why I reread books, so, my question to you guys is…

Why do YOU reread books? and If you don’t, why not?

Hope you are all having an amazing start of the week.

 

 

What have I been reading?

Hello there! Thought you never see me again? Well think again. I was serious when I said I wanted to take this a bit more seriously, either way I am going to talk to you about the books that I’ve read so far this year which are not a lot but HEY Im reading which is saying a lot compared to last year where I started strong and just ended reading nothing or barely anything.

  1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

I read this book right at the beginning of the year and I can honestly say that I really enjoyed it. I had 35498621.jpgnot read a John Green book ever since An Abundance of Katherines and that was a WHILE back. This story begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. The book is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara.  Aza Holmes, who is our main character is very strong willed and has a great character depth. John Green’s style has grown and matured a lot if I compared it to his previous novels but it is very balance at the same time. You have dark parts, hilarious, and achingly real parts. Plus, the dialogue is amazing. Something that I was not expecting was the topic of mental health. I got educated on such a vast array of topics, without ever feeling like I was lectured.

I gave this book 5/5 stars and I will recommend 100% to read it.

 2. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

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OH BOY where to begin. I read this book fairly recent actually. I started reading it back when it came out which was in May last year (2017) but when I picked it up I just couldn’t get through with it and it wasn’t the books fault it was my own. I was in a HUGE reading slump! A friend recently started reading the Shadowhunter’s Chronicles and her excitement while reading it reminded me why and how I fell in love with reading and the series so we decided to “buddy” read it. I put “” because well she went ahead and she finished it first but EITHER WAY. I finally read this after almost 1 year and HOLY DAMN WHY DIDN’T I READ IT SOONER WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME. I can’t really tell you much because its the second book of a trilogy and it basically happens after The Mortal Instruments series but what I can tell you is that it did not disappoint, it hurt but it didn’t disappoint. I think Cassandra Clare’s writing has come a long way and comparing it to her previous books The Dark Artifices are at her peak. I love the characters and I am truly invested in every single one of them. I MEAN I BASICALLY CRIED A LOT. My best friend Kevin can testify to this cause I called him right after I finished it.

I obviously gave this book 5/5 stars.

3.  Swear on This Life by Renée Carlino 

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I’ve had this book on my shelf for over a year and I needed something with a lighter mood after reading Lord of Shadows, there was also that small detail. This book was interesting to me. I have read other books by Carlino and honestly sometimes I feel like Im missing something with her. She isn’t bad or anything but maybe its the plot and the way her characters make decisions based on their situations and it frustrates me or I just don’t get it and its unnecessary pain haha. This book follows our main character Emerson who is trying to publish her writing but something isn’t right, she isn’t connecting with writing at all and people around her make sure she is aware. It isn’t until she starts reading this book that she then realizes that her first love, her first everything, Jase wrote a book about her and their painful childhood. AND thats all Im going to say cause I feel like Ill give out things. Overall, I enjoyed it and the story was really painful to read because it was so sad but it was entertaining but I think that what I missed out on this was resolution for our main character and she took FOREVER but other than that I think it was a great read, not the best but great and just what I needed.

I gave this book 3/5 stars.

4. Maybe Now by Colleen Hoover 

thumbnail_MaybeNow_Wattpad.jpgThis book? I don’t know what to call it but I am also currently still in progress of reading this, mostly because Colleen is writing it on wattpad and she is just writing as she goes. This is basically a “sequel” to Maybe Someday, which I LOVED. It follows the same characters plus other side characters perspectives which I am extremely pleased about. I really can’t tell you much because Ill be spoiling Maybe Someday but it really follows right after the events of that book. I really hope she publishes this just like Too Late which is another of her books that she wrote as she went on wattpad. Its a little bit more mature but still so good! So yeah I can’t give you much of a rating or any final thoughts but so far I am really enjoying it and I had missed these characters so much!

So those are all the books that I’ve read so far this year! I am extremely proud of myself compared to the second half of last year. I am currently Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han which is the third book in the To All the Boys I’ve loved Before trilogy? companion books? Idk but you’ve probably heard about them. They are extremely cute so there is that.

PLEASE let know what have you been reading so far this year?!