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Book Review : The Smell of Other Peoples Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock

Hello Creatures !

We are back on that review train! I hope everyone is enjoying this weekend and their Sunday. Lets go !

Author : Bonnie Sue Hitchcock

Genre : Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Contemporary

Publisher : Wendy Lamb Books

My Copy : Hardcover

Book Outlet | Amazon

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My Rating : 

four stars

Synopsis

Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck suddenly comes her way. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.

Four very different lives are about to become entangled. This is a book about people who try to save each other—and how sometimes, when they least expect it, they succeed.

 

 

My Experience

I went into this book kinda blindly. I had taken interest in it a while back but since really kinda forgot what it was about. However I knew I wanted to read it so when I found it at the Book Outlet Box Sale, I grabbed it.

This book was super enjoyable. I loved so many things about it and I just adored it. These characters really did capture my heart and I felt for all of them. I think this is the first book to truly be able to leave me unable to pick a favourite character. This book is told in different perspectives and each of them is very different and you really can tell the difference from each character. No one gets lost in all the different views. There is also 19370304._SY475_good friendships in this book and bad family relationships. We all know I love a good book that show that family is not blood. Your built up family is just as important as your blood family, and this book captures it so well, especially with Dora.

I really enjoyed how every single character cross paths with each other in this book. Every one knows everyone, not in a super close best friend way, but enough to recognize each other and I really loved that.

This book really left me constantly thinking about. I would be thinking about it while not reading it and was very anxious to see what came next for whoever I was reading about next. In fact I still think about this book. I really enjoyed it.

If you are looking for a feel good emotional read, you need to pick up this book. Please let me know if you have read this book or plan to read this book, and what your thoughts were.

Love&Rockets

Shi

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Book Tag :Summer Lovin 2019

Hello Creatures !

Thought maybe we should take a break from reviews and do a nice simple tag. And since we are in the mids of summer, I am going to be doing the Summer Lovin Book Tag ! I was not tagged, so I am going to tag some people at the end of mine, but don’t let that stop you from doing it as well ! Lets dive on in !

1. Start of summer : Pick a book with an attention grabbing first sentence.

It would not be a welcome dawn

The Wrath and The Dawn

2. Too hot to go out : Pick a book for a day in.

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zippa

3. Summer road trip ! : Pick a book you would take with you on the road.

Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth

4. Iced tea goodness : Pick a book with a cold setting

The Smell of Other Peoples Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock. Takes place in Alaska

Honorable Mention : Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch – takes place (most of it) in the season of Winter.

5. Nasty Sunburn : A book you really disliked (this year) so far. 

A Haunting on Hill House by Shirley Jackson

6. Sizzling read : Recommend one of your favourite books.

Elevation by Stephen King. Highly recommend this book.

I hope you guys enjoyed this quick little tag, it was fun to do and simple ! I love a simple tag with under 10 questions sometimes.

Tag you’re it

Kristi @ Confessions of a ya reader – you have to check her out ! She also breeds GECKOS!! I have 2 geckos (each a different species of gecko) that I adore !

Arwa @ Ones Peculiar – she is another follow artist book lover !

Donna @ Moms Book Collection – shes a kick ass momma who is dedicated to her blog and is now venturing into the book tube world, check her out on both formats, shes awesome.

I hope you guys enjoyed this tag, and I hope those who were tagged put yours up soon !

Love&Rockets

Shi

 

 

 

 

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Book Review : Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch

Hello Creatures !

Yes! Again we are here for another book review ! This review is for the final book in the Snow Like Ashes Trilogy ! Lets get right into it.

Author : Sara Raasch

Series : Snow Like Ashes | Book 1 Review | Book 2 Review

Publisher : Balzer + Bray

My Copy : Hardcover

Book Outlet | Amazon

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Rating :

Synopsis

Please  DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE OTHER BOOKS.

Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, she jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control—and make the biggest sacrifice of all.

Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach.

Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left.

As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.

My Experience

I started this book in the physical copy, and then went on vacation so I listened the rest on audio during our 5 hour car ride. So I got a mix experince with this book which was actually really interesting and kinda added to it as well.

This is our goodbye book to this trilogy. And lets start off by saying, it was good. Over all I am happy with the ending. I will admit I was a little bored with it but over all I didn’t hate it !

The characters in this book, really did leave a spot in my heart. I really liked Meria and Ceridwin. I liked those ladies from the start and they just kept growing and growing. However one character that did a full 360 for me is Mather. Im pretty sure I even mention this in one of my reviews for the other books, but Mather and I, we had a rough start. I did not like him at all. I thought he was selfish and just annoying, but low and behold we have made up. I really loved the character he grow into and I think Raasch did such a good job with character growth and making them all very layered and complex. I also really love the relationships and friendships in this book. Luka is married to another man and their mini family fills my heart to the brim. I also really loved the friendship between Nessa and Meria as well as Cerdiwen and Meria. Strong girl power, girl code friendships are what we need to see! Along with the relationships in this book I think the family dynamic is also important. There is such a lack of family structure in pretty much all these characters that they full force become each others family and I think that beautiful to showcase. I know many people say you can’t chose your family, but I disagree. I think your family is just the people who love and support you no matter what, and all these characters do that for one another and its something to hold on to.

The plot thickens in this book and its built up for the grand ending. There are twists and turns in this book where you find yourself biting you nails in suspense and that i haven’t had in a long time. When I put the audio down I would find myself still thinking about the book and almost worrying of what is going to come next. One thing that bothered me is that it wasn’t as heart wrenching as it was built up to be. Don’t get me wrong there were painful losses and I sobbed at some parts, but over all its a happy ending. I just have yet to see an author that will go as far as Veronica Roth did. But still a very good book and it did catch my attention and it held it tight.

I really look forward to Raasch future books and she is an author that did leave a lasting impression and Im excited to see more from her. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars, I think it was a rollercoaster of a book and a good ending, just wish it would have followed through on some parts in the book. Those parts I can’t say because of spoilers… so you’ll just have to read it!

I hope you enjoyed this review. If you read this book and agree or disagree let me know in the comments !

Love&Rockets

Shi

 

 

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Book Review : Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

Hello Creatures !

Today I am going to be doing a review. I will be reviewing Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler.

Author : Daniel Handler

Genre : Young Adult Contemporary

Publisher : Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Amazon | Bookoutlet

Rating : 

Synopsis

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

My Experience

This book I will say I had a hard time with. Theres a lot of mix feelings I have toward this book so it was really hard to come up with a rating. It also doesn’t help that I am writing this after a little bit as passed since I’ve read the book, but in all honesty I think it says more when you remember a book.  That being said, this will be a simple and smallish review.

I personally didn’t love any of the characters. I wasn’t crazy about them, didn’t find them relatable for me. However i didn’t despise them so they sit in the bracket of so-so. I think this book is well crafted and I really enjoyed the art work that came along with it just the personalities within it weren’t my favourite.

The story line in this book was again so-so it did give me high school flashbacks that did tug my heart strings and bring back the carless days feeling, so I really enjoyed those parts. However I also think it fed into the fantasy land the high school is often portrayed as in movies and well, young adult literature. Which is fine, books and movies are meant to be unrealistic but it just was a let down in a book that did a good job in bringing back old time feelings. does that make sense?

Over all this book didn’t wow me but it also didn’t have me bored, all in all its an okay book. If you are going through a break up it could be a good book to help you cope with the change, or if you’re looking for a book that makes you feel young again, this will defiantly give you those feels.

Hope you enjoyed this review, let me know if you have read this book and what your thoughts were on it.

Love&Rockets

Shi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Tag : Mid Year Book Freak Out

Hey guys !

Yes back from the dead, laptop still broken stole my sisters blah blah blah. Lets get to the reason we are here ! I am going to be doing the Mid Year Book Freak Out tag! I was not tagged but thought it would be a good way to come back from ghost lands. Lets go !

1. The best book you’ve read so far, in 2019

Elevation by Stephen King. I still find myself thinking about this book and it just gives me the warm and fuzzy feeling all over again. I really liked this one.

2. The Best Sequel You’ve Read in 2019

For this one I am going with Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch. I really enjoyed how this story ended, I gave the book 4/5 stars and there will be a review coming soon.

3. A New Release You Want to Read But Haven’t

The Mermaids Voice Returns In This One by Amanda Lovelace. I loved the first two books by her and am super excited to read that one as well.

4. A New Release Later In The Year, You Are Excited For

The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth. This is set to come out on October 1 2019! And I am so so excited. My favourite authors new book, during my favourite month ?! Its going to be a good time.

5. Biggest Disappointment

So for this one, I am still kinda currently reading it, don’t hate me ! But I am well more then half way into the book and am still feeling pretty underwhelmed, and that is The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry. Do not get me wrong I am enjoying it, but I think it is a little slow paced and the build up just isn’t there for me. Again I will be doing a full review once I have completed it.

6. Biggest Surprise

Okay so I kinda knew I would like this book, but I did not expect to like it as much as I did. And that is The Smell of Other Peoples Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock. I did not expect myself to fall in love with these characters the way I did, but I am glad I did.

7. Favourite New Author

Oh no!! I can’t say I have really ventured out that much as of this year, so hopefully I can change that by the other half of this year.

8. Newest Fictional Crush

Mather from the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. First two books, I was unsure of him, but my god does he claim a heart in the final book.

9. Newest Favourite Character

I think I am gonna say Ruth from The Smell of Other Peoples Houses, just because she really gets a shit storm tossed at her, that she is forced to call a life, yet somehow she leaves feeling hopeful.

10. A Book That Made You Cry

I don’t wanna talk about it, but Frost Like Night.

11. A Book That Made You Happy

Made You Up by Francesca Zippa.

12. The Most Beautiful Book You Received This Year

Again, I haven’t gotten or bought many books so I don’t have one for this.

13. What Books Do You Need to Read by The End of The Year

My goal is set for 10, Ive read 6 so any 4 more would be good.

Well that is it for this tag ! I know it seems not too exciting but Ive been weird with reading lately. I really don’t keep up with many new releases or what’s going on in book tube I’ve just been under a rock. But hopefully coming out of there soon.

Love & Rockets

Shi

 

 

 

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Book Review : A Haunting On Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Hello Creatures !

I know its been a while. My laptop broke and so I have to go to the library to use a computer to blog and I just haven’t had the time. I know I can use the app but I don’t like placing pictures on the app. But I found my way there today and so I have a review for you guys.

Author : Shirley Jackson

Genre : Horror

Publisher : Arcturus Publishing Ltd

Copy : Hardcover

Rating : 2 stars

two stars

Synopses

“The house was vile. She shivered and thought, the words coming freely into her mind, Hill House is vile, it is diseased; get away from here at once.”

Rumors of psychic disturbances surround Hill House. Are they caused by a ghostly presence, or are the reasons for the building’s terrifying and mysterious reputation altogether more mundane?

When Eleanor Vance is invited to join a group of ghost hunters to assess the strange happenings at the house, she jumps at the chance. But what begins as a simple experiment soon turns into the stuff of nightmares.

Shirley Jackson’s chilling tale is one of the twentieth century’s most effective and unsettling ghost stories.

My Experience

This book really let me down. With all the great reviews for the show (which I did not watch before the book) the hype was high. However I still feel like even if the hype wasn’t as high, I still would have not liked this book.

I thought that the story and plot were supper dragged out and just overall not executed in a way that kept things entertaining. This whole book was anticipation for something that never happened. There were no parts in this book that made me get goosebumps or left me feeling eerie and looking over my shoulder, nothing. This book did none of that. For a novel that is supposed to be horror it was not. I recall a total of two parts in this book where things did get a little spooky and I thought that maybe this was the part where finally we get scared but it just drops and nothing came out of those moments. Those moments also made this book very frustrating to read. Wanting something so badly to ride off of those parts and just being let down when everything just stops and goes back to normal.

The plot I can often deal with being a bit grey and boring if there are characters that are likeable or just interesting. But guess what? This book lacked those as well. I personally found the characters to be rather annoying and over all they got on my nerves a lot. In the start I liked Eleanor and Theo but very quickly did I lose that like for them. Both got full of themselves in a very tacky way and it just got old. As far as Luke and the Doc go, there was very little to them so also very boring. I feel like my favourite character was the house.

This book also got predictable and I knew how the ending was going to go. But, yet again was written in the most boring way possible. I wish it would have went out with a bang. So over all I gave this book 2 stars, for the 2 parts I liked in it. I can’t say I would recommend it, but I will be watching the show !!

Love & Rockets

Shi

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Top 5 Wednesday

Top 5 Wednesday : Nostalgic Ships

Hello creatures!

It’s been forever since I’ve done one of these !! I was just scrolling along YouTube when I saw the video Thoughts on Tomes put out and was like “I can do that one!” So here we are. For those of you who don’t know what Top 5 Wednesday is, it is a top 5 count of your favourite whatever the topic is. This weeks topic is nostalgic ships. Now I didn’t really become a reader until a few years ago so some of these may be TV shows. But either way here we go !

5. Alyssa and Jeb from the Splintered series by A.G Howard. This is an unpopular opinion and one I wonder would change if I re read the series. Either way I loved these two together !!

4. Nastasya and Reyn from the Immortal Beloved series by Cate Tiernan. If I re read these I know I would find trobes and problems and all kinds of things. But when I read these I loved them and I loved this ship and will always stand behind it.

3. Matt and Elena from the Vampire dairies. Again I’m sure this is very disagreed on but I don’t think Elena’s character fit the vampire life style and stand behind that.

2. Stephen and Caroline from the vampire dairies. Two people just couldn’t be more perfect for each other.

1. And the one we all knew was coming Tris and Four from Divergent. Not gonna say much we all know my love for these two people.

Well there is my top 5 nostalgic ships! Let me know if you agree or disagree. If you participated in top 5 Wednesday link me to yours !!

Love&Rockets

Shi

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