Remember by Eileen Cook (Book Review)

Title: Remember

Author: Eileen Cook

Release Date: February 24th, 2015

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

*Thank you Simon Pulse for an Advance Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review. *

An in-depth synopsis + My Thoughts:

In this novel you meet Harper, who adores horses and also does horseback riding, which leads Harper to also own a horse, whose name is Henry. In the first couple of chapters you get briefly introduced to the characters and slowly start getting attached to a few. Then, out of the blue, Harper loses someone very close to her (whom I prefer not to mention as I feel it would be better going in without knowing). Hence, she becomes devastated for her loss. She tried to get past the grief. However, just couldn’t.

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It’s A Whole New Year…

…which means it’s time to start on a brand new page.

Hello everyone and boi am I happy to say that I am officially back!

Yes, I am aware that I haven’t posted on my blog for quite some time now (actually for a really long time), and that is because for multiple reasons. However, the main reason I’m writing this post is not because I want share with you all a long list of excuses for my absence, but what it is I plan on doing on my blog as of now.

Over the course of months I haven’t updated my blog, I was going through a phase. A phase which included deep thinking and mixed emotions as to how I really feel about my blog overall. I asked myself questions such as: Am I really happy with what I am doing? Or Should I start posting more content based on other things I enjoy besides books? Thoughts such as these have occurred multiple times and have made me feel that blogging felt almost like a chore. Which the thought itself had made me feel terribly guilty afterwards. So, to clear my head, I thought the best idea was to take a break from blogging and continue with my everyday life. It wasn’t until around this month when things started to settle down. I’ve been able to wrap my head around as to what it is that I can do to make myself enjoy blogging and interacting with others, who share the same passion as I do, and not feel stressed about it.

So, here is the conclusion I finally came to.

I’ve decided to not make my blog strictly book related. *Gasps* I know, it’s a huge change for me as well however, I feel that the time has come for me to explore. Although majority of the content on this blog will remain to be focused on books, the rest will include snippets of “behind the scenes” of my life, such as things other than books that I am passionate about. *Whispers* Art, k-pop, and much more… 😉

Overall, I’ve learned that instead of restricting myself to do only things to a certain extent, I should be able to do anything that my heart desires.

I hope you will enjoy learning to know me better in the future so that we can connect and become closer than ever. 🙂

Until next time! ❤

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (Book Review)

 

   Title: Openly Straight

   Author: Bill Konigsberg

   Release Date: May 28th, 2013

   Publisher:  Arthur A. Levine Books

   Format: Hardcover

   Source: Library

 

Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn’t even know that love is possible.

This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate being different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.

My Thoughts:

I loved this book to pieces. When I first saw this book sitting on the shelves in my local library, it had definitely made me curious. After reading the synopsis I was immediately sold. A book based on an LGBT is a genre I’ve always been wanting to explore and learning more about and so I was glad I made the choice to start with this one.

We are first introduced to our main protagonist, Rafe, who has always been labeled as “the gay guy” by those around him. So when he decides to attend an all boys’ boarding school, he is determined to leave his label and start fresh and see what it’s like to be straight. However, it wasn’t as easy as he had though it’d be. When he starts growing strong feelings for someone who is the same gender as him in a place where his true identity is a secret, things start turning tables. He starts to realize that in order to fit in, he has to deny the truth more often. However, little does he know that one small lie may lead into something worse to the point where others are afflicted by his actions. It is now up to Rafe to muster up the courage to be honest not only with others, but to himself as well.

The characters were phenomenal in this book. You could definitely understand how they felt, as if you were the characters them selves. Rafe was a great protagonist and it was interesting to see him grow throughout the books, especially his relationship with the supporting cast. We not only get to see Rafe go through whats it’s like to be homosexual, but also straight. We see the struggles he face in tough situations such as denying the truth and hiding the “real” him. Slowly, Rafe learns more about himself, and what it means to be labeled as “gay”.

Despite the theme of this book being based on serious, real life issues, Bill Konigsberg overall balanced it out by adding a comedic tone to it, making it not necessarily a light read but definitely more entertaining to continue reading.

In the end, this book concluded with an important message that the author is trying to get through to the readers. That is to “accept who you are”. It doesn’t matter whether you are homosexual or straight, because in order to survive a world where you are judged and labeled by others, you have to embrace who you are as a whole. So be proud of who you are, as there is only one of you and will only ever be one of you in this entire universe. (As cheesy as it may sound, I’m only speaking the truth here.)

A book full of such raw and realistic characters experiencing real life situations, Bill Konigsberg  created a powerful novel that has touched my heart.

Blog Tour: Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton (Book Review)

Tortured Souls Book Cover

Title: Tortured Souls (The Orion Circle #1)

Author: Kimber Leigh Wheaton

Release Date: June 29th, 2014

Publisher: Sea Dragon Press

Format: e-ARC

Source: Author

*An e-ARC was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

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Sometimes Rest in Peace isn’t an option.

Kacie Ramsey sees ghosts—and it’s ruining her life. Her mother left, her father blames her, and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t keep the ghosts away. Now a new power has emerged. Nightly visions of grisly murders and a relentless predator draw her to the brink of insanity.

When the phantom appears at a party, Kacie’s longtime crush, Logan, saves her. He invites her to join the Orion Circle, a group of supernatural hunters with chapters in schools all over the country. Through the Circle, Kacie learns to embrace her spiritual powers, and for the first time in her life she feels in control rather than a victim.

But the Foxblood Demon will not give up so easily. A demented serial killer in life who trapped the souls of the thirteen children he murdered, imprisoning them within the walls of his mansion. Now in death, he plots his return while drawing power from the pure souls of the children. He recognizes something in Kacie he’s never seen before—a medium powerful enough to provide a vessel for his tainted soul.

Kacie can’t ignore the tortured souls of the children crying out to her every night. With Logan at her side, she will fight the Foxblood Demon. But can they banish this powerful phantom, or will Kacie lose not only her body, but her eternal soul to the monster.

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My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan when it comes to reading about ghosts, demons, etc. Whether there is horror included or not, doesn’t matter, I’ll still read it. Tortured souls had a very interesting paranormal concept to it. Before I read this book I was mostly reading fantasy and contemporary. I thought it was time for a change and I needed some paranormal in my life. So I gladly picked this one up and was not disappointed.

I like how the story instantly picks up from the start and that it didn’t have a beginning where it dragged on through out the book. In just a few chapters it gets right to the point, and we are introduced to the main characters, a secret society, and a hint as to what the main problem could possibly be.

Told from a point of view of what may seem like your typical teenage girl, Kacie, who actually holds a deep, dark secret, that normal humans just won’t understand. Things that the naked eye cannot see, with the exception of only those who have specials powers, including Kacie. It was not hard to feel sympathy for Kacie. She’s been living a tough life, not being able to tell anyone about her strange powers, and even if she did, who was there to believe her? That changed when she learns that there may actually be people who share the kind of power she has, or even believe in it, when she is invited to a secret society club at her school called “The Orion Circle”, by a boy named Logan, who recently had discovered about Kacie’s secret, and may know a thing or two about it. Though Kacie was a great character, there were times when she cried and got scared over things easily, but that soon changed near the end of the book when she grow out of that shell, and becomes more of a stronger person.

I thought the fact that is a secret society club no one knows about with the exception of those who are a part of it called “The Orion Circle” to be really cool. The members who are a part of the club, are investigators who do research on strange paranormal activities that occur. Those characters had definitely added depth to the plot, and them trying to solve a case had me intrigued to read on, as I love mystery.

Oh, and I almost forgot, Logan. Ah~Logan. All I’m going to say about him is that I instantly fell for him from the start, as he was such a sweet heart, always being supportive to Kacie during the most toughest times. Honestly, how you can not like a guy like Logan? Seriously.

This book did have its dark moments full of action which I really loved, and the pacing went very smoothly to a point where it was just right, that I didn’t find my self getting bored or wanting to stop reading.

I am looking forward to see what will happen next in this series as Tortured Souls overall, was such an enjoyable book to read. I recommend you check it out including those who love anything ghost related, paranormal, or even feel like trying something new.