Sunday, January 3, 2021

Books You Have To Read ASAP


   There's a lot of books that Noel loves, these are all compiled on a list and titled: Forever Favorites. Here is a peek at some of those books, but these are ones that anyone should be able to pick up and enjoy!
 These are the heartfelt favorites that made me sob, laugh (which is actually very rare in a book for me), or just smile stupidly at my book when I was reading in a public place.

Some of these I do enjoy more than others, I'll let you know which one barely made the line as a favorite, and some I really want to reread soon!!


Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

  *As a writer myself, and as someone that used to write on Wattpad big time, this was an awesome book to read. Not only that though, it touched on a girl that was suffering from anxiety and trying to become stronger. 
Eliza was an amazing character, and the plot and story just helped seal the deal!*


Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.


GOODREADS



You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

*This read was almost a five star for me and one that I absolutely adored! It might hit really hard for some though, because it deals with depression and overcoming the trauma of losing a loved one. 

But it was real. The characters felt so real and each of them had a different flaw or something they realized about themselves and decided to combat and overcome it- some of them needed to lean on friends they hadn't let be there before, some of them needed to see the truth that they'd denied for years.

I'm not saying I loved all the characters by any means, but they all had a story that felt so real and like they were coming off the page!*


Grief turned Jaycee into a daredevil, but can she dare to deal with her past?

On the anniversary of her daredevil brother's death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake's favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother's exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind.

As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn't bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.





Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

   Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.

But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbidding Thornfield Hall. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?




All In Pieces by Suzanne Young

*This book specifically hit hard for me and I loved it so much because I connected with the main character about several things she was struggling with in her life. Not many people will have gone through these things and therefore be as touched by a book revolved around it, so this may not be for you. 

It absolutely was for me and I can't read it without sobbing through 78% of it.*


“Anger-management issues.”

That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.

The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.

Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own, a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself—except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.

And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.




Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

*Everyone needs to read this. Everyone. And then watch the movie too. That's all I have to say.*

Flipped is a romance told in two voices. The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. That's pretty much the pattern for these two neighbors until the eighth grade, when, just as Juli is realizing Bryce isn't as wonderful as she thought, Bryce is starting to see that Juli is pretty amazing. How these two teens manage to see beyond the surface of things and come together makes for a comic and poignant romance.



The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

    She was born with her eyes closed and a word on her tongue, a word she could not taste. Her name was Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, and she spent the first years of her life listening to her aunt’s stories and learning the language of the birds, especially the swans. And when she was older, she watched as a colt was born, and she heard the first word on his tongue, his name, Falada.

From the Grimm's fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original, and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can lead the people she has made her own.





Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

It's 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.





Divergent by Veronica Roth

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.



            The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and
their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

What are some books that are a must-read in your opinion?? 

Have you read or heard of any of these??


Please let me know & wishing you all the best!! (Stay safe and well!!)

Have a lovely day!!

~Noel Walker

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Assassin's Pride [Anime Discussion]



Title in English: Assassin's Pride

DUB or SUB?? Sub definitely!

Episodes: 12! It's a light novel series!

Where to watch it: Crunchyroll


[About the Anime:   Only those from noble families have the mana to be able to fight against monsters. Kufa is a noble born to a duke's family who is sent to tutor a young woman named Melida. If it turns out that Melida has no talent with mana, Kufa is secretly instructed to assassinate her.]


   This anime started off by introducing us to Kufa (....not sure if he's a protagonist or secretly going to kill everyone 😲) that's an unsettling assassin who looks a lot like Kirito from SAO. What's unsettling about him is one second he has a beaming smile and then when someone turns there back he's got a blank face and eyes screaming death at their back.


Kufa then goes on his new mission and meets Melida Angel, who he is supposed to kill if she doesn't prove that she has talent with mana. He is kinda pretending to be a tutor in order to get closer to her. 


You will not believe how much my brother and I screamed at the very end of the first episode, it caused us so much panic. We immediately had to start the next one to find out what had happened!

 
The thing is that Melida is such a cinnamon roll and strong character that you just- you love her! And then right off the bat you think Kufa tried to kill her and you-you just... scream at the TV for a bit....
There's so much worry over this one main character, and then this other main character... you NEVER know if he's just gonna start killing people or what!



So that's kinda a introduction to my thoughts on the anime, but don't worry there's more!

 

There's mystery and action throughout, plot twists and so many times you get to see the characters that are considered weak standing up and being strong!

 

I can't describe how much I love the romance either, at first I wasn't sure what was happening... again one of the characters is kinda hard to read, but as it progressed I found that I really really want them together!


 

My rating:

Have any of you heard of this anime or the light novels? 

What did you think of Kufa or Melida?


Hoping you're all well & having a lovely day!!

~Noel

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Ghosted In L.A. Vol. 1 | That's...yeah, that's basically it...

*I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion and thoughts!*


Ghosted in L.A. by Sina Grace


    {About: Daphne Walters moves to Los Angeles and finds that the only ones who can help her find love and live life to the fullest are the ghosts of her new home!

In Los Angeles, finding an apartment is killer—unless you live with the dead. Daphne Walters moves to Los Angeles for her boyfriend Ronnie, ready to live her happily ever after. But when happily ever after turns into happily for a month, she’s stuck in a strange city with no friends, family, or prospects for fun. Desperate to escape the lingering ghost of Ronnie’s presence everywhere, Daphne sets out to explore the city—and ends up encountering ghosts of a more literal kind! Rycroft Manor is abandoned, beautiful, and haunted. Will the dead be able to help Daphne find the life she’s been missing in the big city?}




     This graphic novel was more of a letdown for me but was equally unexpected. The main character has a fall out with her best friend and then as soon as she moves to a state she doesn’t know, enrolls in a college she didn’t really care for, the person she did all this for- dumps her. 
 Talk about sad and realistic.  
I felt for our pitiful main character, and couldn’t help but to keep turning the pages. 

What does she do? WHAT DOES SHE DO?? 
She finds a haunted mansion that everyone is terrified of that’s filled with ghosts, and begs to live with them.  
Questionable decisions, really.  
Especially seeing as some of the ghosts are straight up like demons and try to kill her later, though most of them were awesome side characters that made the story for me. The only highlight of the story. 

It really wasn’t for me, but I can see the enjoyable parts of it that others might really like. 

Our main character wasn’t eaten by ghosts, thankfully, and thenthat’s... yeah, that’s basically it. 

I really wished there’d been more to the plot than just that and a lot of backstories, but sadly that was literally it. I understand it’s quick and short and setting up for more, but it didn’t hook me or anything, especially not enough to read the next one.

Have you heard of this? What are your thoughts?

Bonus: If you had the option to live in a mansion with ghosts (that didn't want to kill you), would you?



Thanks for reading!! Also, super curious about your answers to that last question 👀
~Noel