Showing posts with label the sound of us. Show all posts
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Monday, June 12, 2017

10 Beach Reads For People Who Don't Like Beach Reads feat. Sophie Kinsella, Julie Hammerle & more






I'm one of those dreadful people who are easily bored by straight up romance books unless they are absolutely extraordinarily excellent. 

Here are some of the books that I would bring to the beach.




THE REPLACEMENT CRUSH - Lisa Brown Roberts
A really cute story about a girl looking for a rebound crush. Especially recommended for trekkies.

TALON - Julie Kagawa
Okay, listen, hear me out - this may be about shapeshifting dragons turning into humans but it's totally a summery beach romance. Sounds weird, is weird.

KEEPING THE MOON - Sarah Dessen
In terms of beach reads you can never go wrong with a Dessen book. This is a super light contemporary with a great protagonist!



PLUS ONE - Elizabeth Fama
As a dystopian novel this really isn't a regular pick for a beach read, but listen: This book is so light and easy and pretty much about people stealing babies. It's a weird fairytale-feeling kinda thing.

WEDDING NIGHT - Sophie Kinsella
This is partially set at the beach and kinsella, what more can you want!

FATED - S.G. Browne
The personified fate falls in love and it's absolutely hilarious!



THE PRINCESS DIARIES - Meg Cabot
I love this book so much if there is one light, funny book that I have and can read over and over again, it's this.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE - Jennifer E. Smith
Such a pleasant surprise!

THE SOUND OF US - Julie Hammerle
A sweet contemporary that's equal parts hilarious and unique. Also classic music!





WE AWAKEN - Calista Lynne
I think dreamy, magical books are always excellent pics for beach reads! This one features two lesbian asexuals and dreaming!

What are your favorite beach reads?

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Emotional Investment, Coolest Book Families, Characters Come to Life | Pixar Book TAG




Here's another lovely book tag, this time focusing on pixar movie inspired questions! Hope you enjoy!


Toy StoryA book where you wanted the characters to come to life.

VAMPIRE ACADEMY by Richelle Mead. How I love, love, love this world.



A Bugs LifeA character who goes through a transformation.

THE SOUND OF US by Julie Hammerle! If you love books about music, you'll adore this.

UpA book that quickly made you become emotionally invested.

THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember. I love this world and the characters. Bisexual mermaids!

Finding Nemo“P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney” A book that has an address or quote that’s burned into your memory forever.

I think I'll have to pass on this one, haha.

The Incredibles Coolest Book Family.

Um... probably The Thermopolis-Renaldos from THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot. I grew up with those weirdos, they're basically my extended family.

Monsters Inc.A strong character develops a soft side for someone.

Damon Black from the lovely LUX Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. My favorite alien jerk.

Cars 1, 2, 3A book that keeps getting sequels you feel are not needed.

GRACELING by Kristin Cashore. The sequels really aren't necessary. I mean, they're not even direct sequels but some weird kind of spin-off, why?!

Ratatouille A book featuring a non-human/humanoid.

ALIVE by Scott Sigler. Can't tell you what the protagonist is exactly because I need everyone to read this fantastic dystopian mystery thingy.


BraveName a book with a strong mother/daughter relationship.

ANGELFALL by Susan Ee. I know this might be a little weird because they aren't all love-y dove-y because of the mother's mental illness and the actual apocalypse happening, but this is truly one of my favorite mother/daughter relationships. I dig weird stuff.

Inside OutName a book that could be one of your core memories.

EVERY DAY by David Levithan. C'mon here. My favorite.


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top 10 Books Released in 2016 that I Loved feat. Louise Gornall, Tara Sim & more



2016 was a fabulous year for my shelves, I discovered a lot of new favorite books and I hope you'll add a couple of those to your tbr as well!






BECAUSE I LOVE YOU - Tori Rigby
Teen pregnancy and so many tears while reading this. (May 2016, Blaze Publishing) Goodreads

THE SOUND OF US - Julie Hammerle
If you love a good contemporary and like Camp Rock, this is your pick. (Jun 2016, Entangled Teen) Goodreads




LABYRINTH LOST - Zoraida Cordova
Of course there's no best of 2016 list without my lovely Latinx witches. (Sep 2016, Sourcebooks Fire)   Goodreads


WE AWAKEN - Calista Lynne
Asexual girl loving girls in the dreamiest novel of the year. Swoon. (Jul 2016, Harmony Ink) Goodreads



                               
NICE GIRLS ENDURE - Chris Struyk-Bonn
This is such a fantastic novel about a fat girl with anxiety #owning it. (Aug 2016, Switch Press) Goodreads

WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT - April Genevieve Tucholke
A magical contemporary with fantastic unreliable narrators. (Mar 2016, DialBooks) Goodreads





UNNATURAL DEEDS - Cyn Balog
Told in second person this is a murder mystery with a side of the best romances I've read this year. (Nov 1st, Sourcebooks Fire) Goodreads

TIMEKEEPER - Tara Sim
A steampunky delight featuring a boy falling in love with a clock spirit. Fresh and fun, this is such an original little gem! (Nov 1st 2016, Sky Pony Press) Goodreads

WRECKED - Maria Padian
This one chronicles sexual assault from the perspective of different people who have had something to do with the assaulted. (Oct 4th 2016, Algonquin) Goodreads

UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES - Louise Gornall
Invisible illness, agoraphobia and being house-
bound. All my love to this one. (Jul 7th 2016, Chicken House) Goodreads


What were your 2016 favorites?

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

9 Must-Read Books with Less Than 2,000 Goodreads Ratings | Top Ten Tuesday





There are a lot books to choose from and so many to recommend, but today I'll shine some spotlight on the underrated gems I've encountered so far! 

I tried to mix it up and include both Adult and YA recs, there should be something for everybody!





THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James 
| Genre: YA / Time Travel
If you like time travel, internet humor, and epic love stories, you have to read this.

THE SOUND OF US by Julie Hammerle
| Genre: YA / Contemporary
One of my favorite contemporaries of the year and so quirky and lovely that you just can't resist. If you like college settings, artsy characters, and music, this is a must-read

LABYRINTH LOST by Zoraida C√≥rdova 
| Genre: YA / Wizards and Witches
A matriarchy of badass Latina witches. That pretty much sells it, right? It doesn't come out til later this year, but it's already one of my absolute favorites.




THE OTHER CHILD by Charlotte Link 
| Genre: Adult / Crime
I love her books! I don't read crime mysteries often, but when I do, it's only Charlotte Link. This is one of my favorites that was translated in English, it freaked me the hell out.

LOVING by Katrin Bongard 
| Genre: YA / Romance
The cutest romance ever with a book blogging protagonist.

COULD IT BE MAGIC? by Melanie Rose 
| Genre: Adult / Chick-Lit
This is one of my favorite books ever, about a woman that lives the lives of two different people by day and night respectively, after she gets struck by lightning.




THE DEVIL'S INTERN by Donna Hosie 
| Genre: YA /  Time Travel
The afterlife, fantastic girl friendships, time travel, and sass. A must-read.

LIFE'S THAT WAY: A Memoir by Jim Beaver 
| Genre: Non-Fiction / Biographies and Memoirs
Gosh, this book. It's a nonfiction memoir in which a man tells about his last months with his dying wife in epistolary form. This is heartbreaking.

YESTERDAY'S CHILD by Barbara Wood 
| Genre: Adult / Paranormal
A super creepy, almost surrealist story about a romance from beyond the grave.


What are your favorite underrated reads?

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Recommendation: The Sound of Us - Julie Hammerle: Classical Music, University, and a Mystery






In THE SOUND OF US, Kiki is determined to get into the classical music program of a renowned university.

What intrigued me: A mixture of that gorgeous cover and curiosity about the premise

Fun, relatable, and unique

THE SOUND OF US immediately sucked me in. Hammerle has a fantastically relatable narrative voice that throws you right into the story. I couldn't put this down, every time I tried I kept thinking about Kiki and what would happen next. This is how you make your contemporary pop. THE SOUND OF US amazes with a very simple story that's so fantastically well executed that you just have to continue reading this even if that means you have you stay up past your bedtime. 

One of my biggest worries was that THE SOUND OF US may not be able to translate the magic of Pitch Perfect in a written medium. It's not like you can exactly write down what music sounds like. Egh, you know what I mean. Anyway, I don't know how, but Ms. Hammerle did it. It feels like you're actually hearing the music while reading this. Paired with an unforgettable protagonist, this is just a delight and I'd recommend this to all contemporary lovers!

It plays in your typical university setting, but Hammerle cleverly chooses to only use the university atmosphere and to not give the reader lots and lots of boring class scenes. We learn a lot about the kind of people that go to the university and about Kiki's experiences. Essentially, this is a coming-of-age story, Kiki goes through so much character development in this novel that you can almost say she becomes a whole new person at the end of it. 

Pop culture references and a mystery

THE SOUND OF US is filled with pop culture references of the past two decades, some you'll recognize, some are stand-ins, and it's a delight to read. I especially loved Kiki's tendency to compare every new person she meets to some character from a TV show. Her love for twitter and the fictional TV show Project Earth are only small factors that contribute to making Kiki an insanely relatable character. I rooted for her from the first page. I loved reading about her experience. Hammerle writes about university with pizzazz. She makes it exciting.

What really got me hooked is the mystery of the traitor. I just loved that twist to the story, because on its own the music program storyline is entertaining, but maybe not really enough for a recommendation. Hammerle turns the novel around halfway in and make it read like a fast-paced mystery, while still being true to that university feel that I love so much about the novel. 

Rating:

★★★★★

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?


THE SOUND OF US has something for everyone - there's romance, there's singing, there are relatable university experiences, and there's a mystery. What more could you want from a contemporary?



Additional Info

Published: June 7th 2016
Pages: 304
Publisher: Entangled
Genre: YA / Contemporary
ISBN: 9781633755031

Synopsis:
"Kiki Nichols might not survive music camp.

She’s put her TV-loving, nerdy self aside for one summer to prove she’s got what it takes: she can be cool enough to make friends, she can earn that music scholarship, and she can get into Krause University’s music program.

Except camp has rigid conduct rules—which means her thrilling late-night jam session with the hot drummer can’t happen again, even though they love all the same TV shows, and fifteen minutes making music with him meant more than every aria she’s ever sung.

But when someone starts snitching on rule breakers and getting them kicked out, music camp turns into survival of the fittest. If Kiki’s going to get that scholarship, her chance to make true friends—and her chance with the drummer guy—might cost her the future she wants more than anything."(Source: Goodreads)

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