Serafina and the Black Cloak Meets Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index Review

The problem with coming up with a TBR for a readathon is that now all I want to do is to read all of the books that I have chosen. Sadly, in this case, I cannot. I just don’t want the stress of having to come up with a replacement book. I still have some books that I need to finish reading, but I decided that I was due for some reviews. So let’s hope that this will not be a really long post.

I will start off with the books that I have read in Booktubeathon.

IMG_2542The first book that I got to finish in Booktubeathon was Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty. This book is about a girl who lives in the basement with her father. One night as she is going through the house she sees a little girl running away from a man in a black cloak. When she is following the duo, she sees that the girl gets swallowed up by the cloaked figure. This brings us to the adventure of our girl trying to figure out who this cloaked figure is while trying to save the people whom he has consumed.

I gave this book four out of five stars on Goodreads. If I was to be honest, I would have given the book four and a half stars out of five. I really love our main character Serafina. I not only love her sense of right from wrong, I really enjoyed how realistic she felt. I enjoyed her honesty. She was not afraid to admit how terrified she was going through some of her situations that she was in. The only issue that I had with our main character was that I felt she was a bit too mature for a 12-year-old. The other issue that I had about our main character is her success in interacting with the world for the first time. for the 12 years of her life, the world never knew that she existed. the only human interaction that she had was her father. I felt that she was too successful in being able to interact with people and her new surroundings. I am sorry, that was the one really unrealistic aspect of Serafina. In a way, I really wanted to see her develop and grow from this new experience. There was no growth, in which Phycology and science claim there is a need for.

As the story itself, I enjoyed it. There were parts of the book where there was little to no action, and the book did go back and forth with the action. I will admit that those slow parts are your most important parts because there is a lot of details hidden within those sections. There were a couple of times where I had to reread sections because I felt like I was missing something. The other thing that I enjoyed about the story was there were a couple of moments in which I was creeped out. Let me highlight the word couple. I can actually tell you there were two moments that I was creeped out. The story isn’t horror. I would say it is a mystery with a couple of thriller vibes.

I did do a combination of reading the book as well as listening to the audio. I will have to say that the audio performance was really good. Cassandra Campbell is a great voice actress, and I felt as though she gave Serafina more of that realistic feel. I also felt as though she brought the story to life.

In the end, I do recommend reading this book. I believe that everyone will enjoy it. If you do not have time to read it, I do recommend the audio. I know that you will love listening to Cassandra Campbell’s voice and how she brings the story to life with her words.

IMG_2539The second book that I read during Booktubeathon was Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel. This book is about Juniper coming to terms with the loss of her sister and dealing with the grief that comes with it. In addition, you also have her trying to find closure with finding this mysterious lover whom her sister wrote a love letter to.

This is the part where I will try not to divert too much, but I do wish that Goodreads allow partial ratings for books. If I am to be honest, this book is 3.5 stars out of five. Instead, I am going back and forth giving the book three to a four-star rating. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed the writing. I enjoyed the growth of our main character. It is just that I feel disappointed with this book. I just felt as though there should be more to this story. I am also disappointed in how this book ends (I am not going into details for a spoiler free review). I get why the author did what she did, but I still don’t feel the closure. I believe that a book should give you at least a different perspective, but should also fulfill you and inspire you. As much as this book does give you a new perspective and a different take on an experience, it did not fulfill me.

Before I recommend this book there are a few trigger warnings. In this book, there is abuse, talk of suicide, bullying, abandonment (from both a parent and friend), and a little bit of residual trauma from the accident. With that said, if you are triggered by any of these or just the talk of loss, don’t read this book. It is not worth it. I rather you be alive and safe than trying to read this book.

With that said, my recommendation for this book is to read it at your own choice. I do not feel confident in recommending this book to you (This is the other reason why I gave this book three stars on Goodreads). On one hand, I want you to read it for the sake of having a dialog about this book. I want to talk to you about who you think You might be, and about your thoughts on this book. On the other hand, I also do not want you to feel as disappointed about this book as much as I am feeling. As much as this book does give you a new perspective and a different take on an experience, I believe that when you finish a book you should be fulfilling.

I do hope that you enjoyed the reviews. If you have any questions or concerns or you just want to talk about the two books leave me a message down below.

Until next time.

Happy reading!

Bout of Books Day 3

I first want to apologize for not updating frequently. This week has been weird. Between four jobs, homework, and this readathon, I have not been able to update until today. Even today was weird. I had a training that went over time for one job and was almost late for the second. But even with all the craziness, I still got some reading done.

So far I have read only one book. I have started Dance Upon the Air, by Nora Roberts, on Monday and finished it yesterday. I have also started Heaven and Earth. I am hoping to finish that book by tomorrow. My goal is to get The three Sister’s Island Trilogy completed for this readathon. I have also started reading Flunked by Jen Calonita. This book looks promising since I am 35.6% done with it. I do feel as though I am flying through it.

Moving on to the challenge for the day. Today’s challenge is called Five favorites. The rules are…

Pick the topic of your choice and share your 5 favorite books that fit. Topics could be a favorite genre, a favorite trope, book boyfriends, or ANYTHING. There’s no limit to where you can take this!

The topic that I am going to choose is favorite series.

  1. 80AD by Aiki Flinthart – For some strange reason, this book is still unknown with only 389 ratings on Goodreads. Which is sad since it is so good. On top of it, the series is still free at Barnes and Nobel.
  2. The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica By James A. Owen – I know that I have probably mentioned this series before, elsewhere on my blog. Let me reiterate my point on the epicness of this series. Great classic authors + the discovery of their inspiration of their stories+tons of mythology from around the world. Come on, read the series and join me in knowing and experiencing this epic journey.
  3. Circle Trilogy by Nora Roberts – I realize that this is my only adult series on this list. However, I do need to claim that this trilogy is more than the romance that Roberts is known for. The story is just epic and the growth that the characters go through is amazing. Romance is just a bonus.
  4. Unwanteds by Lisa McMann – I have yet to finish the series, but I now own the books. I do plan on finishing the series, but what I have read is amazing and fun.
  5. The Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi – This series is still in the works on being completed, however, the artwork is amazing. I could not have this list complete without it. I will admit that the first two books are a little slow, but they are important as they are for world and character building/ development. Once you get to the main story, it is awesome and epic. Even if you do not want to read it for the story, at least go through the books for the artwork.

That is the challenge. It was hard to just keep it down to five series. I do hope that you will check out some of these series and read them.

Right now, it is time for me to get back to reading. I am hoping to give another update tomorrow. Until then. Happy reading!

Hours before Dewey’s 24 hour readathon 2016

I will admit, I am a bit scared and yet a bit excited. I have never hosted a challenge before.I am not sure what to expect. I realize that I have not even gotten a chance to try the challenge out. With my past experience in teaching, I know that is not a good idea. However, I do believe that the challenge is doable. I am really glad that I got some positive feedback about the challenge.

Throughout the course of my day, it has come to my attention that my day will be pretty packed. Between reading, working two jobs, and hosting this challenge, I decided that I needed to make a schedule, or least create a TBR

My TBR is very simple. I have picked some books that are either small or that I need to finish. I decided to not pick a large list of books, just because I do want to feel somewhat successful. So here is the TBR.

  1. Explorer The Mystery Boxes by Kazu Kibuishi – this is a graphic novel
  2. Explorer The Lost Island by Kazu Kibuishi – this is a graphic novel
  3. Explorer The Hidden Doors by Kazu Kibuishi – this is a graphic novel
  4. Finish Scarlet by Marissa Mayers
  5. Finish The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  6. Finish Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  7. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  8. The List by Siobhan Vivian

My schedule is a little weird. My start time is at 5AM, but I do need some rest for work tomorrow. This is my general plan.

5:30 – 6:30 I will get ready for work

6:30 – 8:30 I plan on reading the three graphic novels and to finish Jekyll and Hyde.

9:00 to 2:00 I work

2:15 – 2:30 read some Scarlet

2:30 to 4:00 I will host the event. I need to do some preparations before I host the event

4:00 – 5:00 I will read – I plan on being able to finish Scarlet

5:00 – 6:00 Dinner

6:00 – 5AM Reading! I want to finish Uprooted and tackle This is Where it Ends and The List.

That is my general plan. Some of it might change. I do not know, but I am looking forward to the readathon. I cannot wait to see who will participate and I do hope to see you at the challenge. I will mainly be hosting the challenge on Facebook. See you in a few hours.

Happy reading!

2016 Reading Challenge

There is a wonderful group in Goodreads called the Around the Year in 52 Books. They did the 2015 reading challenge, which I did not complete. I am hoping the 2016 will be better and the list will be a bit more complete than last year. The list below contains the categories of 52 books challenges that we need to complete in 2016. Please join me in the fun and craziness of the 2016 reading challenge!

The 2016 List
1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn’t
2. A book set in a different continent
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated)
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name
6. The highest rated on your TBR
7. A book about books
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages
9. A book that was mentioned in another book
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge
12. A childhood classic
13. Reader’s Choice
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How)
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago)
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels
17. A book with a beautiful cover
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list
19. A non-fiction book
20. A book with a first name in the title
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page
22. The first book in a new to you series
23. The next book in a series you are reading
24. A “between the numbers” book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.)
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you
26. A book everyone is talking about
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion)
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own
31. A work of young adult fiction
32. A historical fiction book
33. The 16th book on your TBR
34. A book about mental illness
35. An award winning book
36. An identity book – a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation
37. A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read
38. A book about an anti hero
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list
40. A novella from your favorite genre
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction)
42. A top 100 fantasy novel
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night
44. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have
46. A crime story
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title: Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge
48. A dystopia
49. A book with a great opening line
50. A book originally written in a language other than English
51. A short story from a well-known author
52. A book published in 2016

2016 Book Recommendations

I would like to thank Iamabloggertoo for making a comment in my about my page asking for some book recommendations. I have about 20 books that I would love to recommend in four different categories.

Series – Because one is just not enough. 

  1. 80 AD Series by Aiki Flinthart – I absolutely love this series. When I got it, I got it for free on Barnes and Nobel as an ebook for free. The Whole Series. That was way back in 2013, I and it is still free today! Amazon also has the series (5), but you have to pay 99 cents for the last few books in the series. This series is about two present day teenagers who gets transported back in time (80 AD) through a video game to save the universe through different quests. The series is super fun and the characters are amazing!
  2. The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica by James A. Owen – What is better than a quest to save two worlds? How about a quest with some of your favorite classic authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Jules Vern?
  3. The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann – This book is a little bit complicated to summarize. However, the book does have an amazing magic system that I complete love. This books looks at a society where creativity is rejected and being creative will place you as an unwanted (automatic death). However, we follow some young Unwanteds as they discover that they will not die but are given a chance to live and to learn magic through their art. 
  4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians & Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan – I personally love the Blood of Olympus over the Percy Jackson series, however it would benefit you to read the Percy Jackson Series before the Blood of Olympus. Both series takes you on amazing journey of the demigods who help save the world using Greek and Roman mythology.

Young Adult Stand Alones – Sometimes you just need to visit a world once as an adult.

  1. I am Princess X by Cherie Priest – This book is part story part graphic novel. However, I heard it through audible so I cannot tell you anything about the graphic picture, but I can tell you that this story is amazing. It is about two best friends finding each other after a horrific event occurred.
  2. Finding Audrey by Sphie Kinsella – This is about a 14 year old’s over coming her anxiety.
  3. Aramda and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – It is interesting since both books received interesting ratings. I myself prefer Armada over Ready Player One, but both are good books to read. If you are a fan of the 80 these two books are for you to geek out on. Armada looks at a young hero saving the world through video games while Ready Player One is about a young man who goes through different challenges to receive an inheritance.
  4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – This was an amazing book, and part of it was the Harry Potter reference through Simon Snow. The book is about Cath a freshman in college learning about life and growing up.
  5. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – Another book that deals with anxiety and depression as well as the growth in friendship and growing up through the mind of a freshman boy.
  6. The Help by Kathryn Stockett -Looking at the life of one young woman through the 1950’s and dealing with racism as she writes a book inspired by her favorite person.
  7. I Killed the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora – If you are a fan of To Kill A Mockingbird, than you will love this book. If not, I have heard that this book is so-so. This book looks at three teenagers as they try to bring back the hype on an old classic that they will have to read for school.

Middle Grade Stand Alones –  Don’t discredit this genre. Sometimes you just need to visit a world once as a kid.

  1. Fish in A Tree by Lynda Mullay Hunt – This is a cute book about an 11 year old girl with Dyslexia trying to get by in school.
  2. Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper – This books looks at a 10 year old with Cerebral Palsy and trying to get by in school.
  3. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine – This books take a look at a 10 year old girl with autism having to deal with loss and finding closure after the tragic death of her brother. I will have to put a trigger warning on this book since the brother died from a school shooting.
  4. Ungifted by Gordon Korman – This hilarious book looks at Max a 13 year old boy who seems to be gifted in getting into trouble. When he accidentally destroyed the school’s gym with a stick and a bronze statue he realize that he is in a lot of trouble with the district, but they somehow lost him when they shipped him to a school filled with gifted geniuses.
  5. The Angel Tree by Daphine Bendis-Grab – This books looks at friendship and community when four kids work together to solve the mystery of who is behind their town’s greatest tradition.
  6. Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass – I actually recommended this book to my sister’s elementary school librarian, and she sadly had to turn the book down because it was not in hardback. UGH! Though I am recommending this book now. This book focuses on three middle schoolers as they grow and learn from one another while waiting for a solar eclipse. This book is amazing and I know that I am not doing it any justice, so please just pick up this book and read it!

Graphic Novels – A fast quick read with pictures, what is better than that?

  1. In Real Life by Cory Doctorow – This book is amazing as it looks behind the art of video games and the economic industry of gaming, through both the high school girl who plays the game and the young boy in China working in the industry. Both lives are changed with the two meet.
  2. Amulet Series by Kazu Kibuishi- Looks at a family who gets transported into an alternative reality and how they not only try to survive the new land but also save both their new reality as well as their old one.
  3. The Woods by James Tynion IV – This is an interesting series about a whole entire high school being transported onto another planet into a distant galaxy.
  4. Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley – This graphic novel looks into the life of an aspiring chef who wants to own her own restaurant. When she is given the chance to change her life through some magic wishing mushrooms, she learns of the consequences that life offers.

I do hope that this list is helpful in being able to pick out some great reads for the new year. See you next time. Happy reading!

Bookish Academy Awards 2015!

Last year I did a tag awarding all the good books that I have read. You may check out the previous post here.  It was so much fun, I thought that a great way to look back and the multitudes of books that I have read, I will be doing the same thing. This time I am only focusing on books that I have read during the year 2015. There are 15 categories and the bonus challenge of not using the same book twice. So let us begin.

  1. Best Actor (Best Male Protagonist): I am giving this award to Mathew from Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. Mathew was a great lead, who always tries to do his best. I loved seeing how he grew and tries to over come his OCD.
  2. Best Actress (Best Female Protagonist): This award is going to Celena Sardothien from Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Mass. I enjoyed seeing her strength and playing out all the different odd for her advantage. Even with all the negativity, Celena is still positive and holds onto light and good that is still in her world.
  3. Best Cinematography (Best Plot Twist): This is going to Daughter Of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. If I even gave you an inkling of what the plot twist is I would be spoiling the book. Trust me. It is good and gets you hooked onto the rest of the series.
  4. Best Costume Design (Best Book Cover): I have two books for this category. The first is The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgordoff. The cover was so beautiful that it alone made me want to read the book. However, the story itself, as well as the artwork inside was not what I expected. Let’s just say that I regretted that I judged this book by its cover. The second book that is getting this award is Soundless by Richelle Mead. The book was good. I gave it three out of five stars. he cover is amazing and give it this epic feel.
  5. Best Supporting Actress (Best Female Sidekick): I am giving this award to Keisha from Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullay Hunt. She is a very supporting friend who helps our character grow.
  6. Best Supporting Actor (Best Male Sidekick): I have to give this award to Jack the talking sword from Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan. I love Jack. He is so funny, but at the same time is supportive to Magnus and guides him through his battles. Personally Jack is the inspiration for the desire of wanting a flying, talking sword. I don’t know how I am going to us it, but I want one.
  7. Best Original Screenplay (Most Unique Plot/World): If you have been reading my blog for the past year, especially since July, I believe that you have already guessed which book earned this award. This world was amazing and my favorite part of it was its unique magic system of art being magic. It almost replaced my desire for going to Hogwarts, since its magic system is something that I could work with. The book that has won this award is The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann.
  8. Best Adapted Screenplay (Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation): I have only watch one book to film adaptation this year, in which I have read the book. So the automatic award goes to Mocking Jay Part 2.
  9. Best Animated Feature (A book that would work well in animated format): I am giving this award to a graphic novel. I know that most people would feel like it is already done in animated format and most of the work would be done, but I still feel like there is so much potential in this series that I would love to see in either on the big screen or on television/computer. It is the story line that is intriguing and I feel that it would be great to the switch. I would love for the artwork to stay consistent between the two formats. In the end, I do believe that the switch would work well. The series that I have chosen for this award is The Amulet by Kazu Kbuishi.
  10. Best Director (A writer you discovered for the first time): This book has become my new obsession since I finished reading it as an audiobook. I have never heard of this author until I saw this book on audible. Trust me this book is amazing. Part of me wished that I actually read the book and not listen to it. The author that is receiving this award is Cherie Priest with her book I am Princess X.
  11. Best Visual Effects (Best Action in a Book): I do not know if I gave this book an award last year, but I did reread it in 2015. I am giving this book the award for its epic battle scene. I not giving the award for just its bloods and guts during the battle, but for the symbolism that happens throughout the battle. The book that won this award is The Valley of Silence (The Circle Trilogy #3) by Nora Roberts.
  12. Best Musical Score (Best Music in a book-to-movie adaptation): I will admit that the musical score in Mocking Jay Part 2 is amazing however, not amazing enough to give it another award. I am giving this award to a book that is completely inspired by an 80’s soundtrack. Let’s just say that I am a little upset that I could not download the soundtrack as an album anywhere, but I could recreate it (let’s be real, that takes up to much time and effort). Armadby Ernest Cline, won this award for some pretty awesome music that goes not only great with video games but with the book as well. I was listening to 80’s music for a few months, which was annoying my sisters.
  13. Best Short Film(Best Novella or Short Book): Rick Riordan wins again. Are we at all surprised by that? No? Good. I am giving this award to his Percy Jackson and Kane Chronicle crossover novella series. They were fun and adventurous. Long enough to get the story and enjoy it, but short enough that you still want more.
  14. Best Picture (Best Stand-Alone): I am giving this particular book this award because I was not only obsess with this book but upset that it was a stand a lone. I am still wanting more. That, in and of itself is a good reason to give this award to The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black.
  15. Best Documentary (Best Historical Fiction or Non-Fiction): Again, I am putting up another reread. However I realize that I lacked a lot of historical fiction and non fiction books. This particular book is a shoe in for this award. Not only was the writing amazing, but the story itself is beautiful and its meaning amazing. The winner of the Best Documentary goes to To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

That is it everyone. That is the Bookish Academy Awards for 2015. I do hope that your new year is going great and that you are having a lot of fun with friends and family. I hope to see you later.

Happy reading!

September Reads and Reviews

September has been a great month. I was able to read 14 books this month. Six of these book I have read aloud to the students in the class that I am working in and eight of these books I have personally read for my enjoyment. I will separate the books I have read in class and the books I have read personally for myself. Only one of the books this month I have read previously before, but I have never done a review.

I do want to apologize, I feel as though this will be a long read, so I will try to keep everything short and simple and down to a paragraph, if that is possible. Let’s begin…

Read Aloud Books

  1. MatildaMatilda by Roald Dahl – This book is about a remarkable little girl with extraordinary powers in a very horrible setting with evil principals and horrible parents. I gave this book three out of five stars. I did like the characters and I was surprised with how much the movie followed the book, but was upset that the movie embellished/created a few scenes that I was looking forward to reading, such as the night Matilda scared Trunchbul with her powers. The movie also changed with how Matilda ended up with Ms. Honey at the end of the book, which made the book ending a bit unbelievable that the main character would be surprised about the turn of events. Other than that, the book is enjoyable and I would recommend for parents to read to children between the ages of 7 to 12.
  2. D. W The Picky Eater by Mark Brown – The book focus on how D.W is a picky eater and how she overcomes her pickiness. I was not a huge fan of this book. The problem itself I believe is relatable to kids but it is such a boring read. I was done with the book before I even started it. I ended up giving this book three out of five stars. I could not give it two, but it is a really low three. This is defiantly a book to read to a lower age audience around 2 to 6 years of age.
  3. New Friends (Disney Fairies)New Friends by Katyy Richards – Our best Disney Fairies, Tinkerbell and her gang, meet the winter fairies, and the problems in being able to bring two worlds together. This book was cute and adorable. I gave it a four out of five stars. It was definitely fun to read, and I enjoyed the message of making new friends and working together to make a friendship last. The kids enjoyed this book and I ended up reading this multiple times. It also has its Disney Magic feel. I would recommend people to read this book to kids between the ages of 3 to 8.
  4. Henry and Mudge Take the Big Test (Henry and Mudge, #10)Henry and Mudge: The Big Test by Cynthia Rylant – Henry and Mudge goes to obedience school and is tested to see if Mudge can be obedient. I really enjoyed reading this book as well. I gave it four out of five stars because there was some humor that as an adult I got but the kids were not able to understand the little jokes, such as buying tons of paper towels. The book is written for children to be able to read it, but I do believe that Rylant also wrote it in mind that adults would be reading and added those fun little jokes. Henry and Mudge is also near and dear to my heart and it is always fun to see them and their little adventures. I would recommend people to read this book to kids between the ages of 4 to 8.
  5. Runaway Ponies! (Pony Scouts)Runaway Ponies by Catherine Hapka – Meg goes to a friend’s house and accidently leaves the horses stables unlock and they have escaped and Meg and her friends have to go and rescue the horses. I gave this book a three out of five stars. I did not enjoy the book but the kids did. I thought that the book was boring and pointless, but the kids enjoyed the story. The characters are a bit predictable as well as the story. The is book can she shared with children between the ages of 3 to 6 ½.
  6. Once Upon a Marigold (Upon a Marigold, #1)Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris – This book is about two people finding their fate in helping their kingdoms by helping those around them and ending the corrupt plan of a queen trying to kill her daughter. I gave this book four out of five stars. When I first read this book, I was happy about the ending and just felt joy. I loved the characters and the plot.  It was fun and entertaining to see the bridge between the medieval world and the modern in terms of technology, and daily living. I would recommend everyone to read this book, either personal or to share with kids. It is a fun book with quirky characters and an exciting plot.

Personal Reading

  1. Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism (Molly Moon, #1)Molly Moon: Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia Byng – An orphan girl loses her best friend and lives in an environment where everyone picks on her and treats like trash. She finds the book on hypnotism and learns the art of hypnotism and her world is flipped upside-down. I gave this book four out of five stars. It was a fun book with interesting and fun characters and quirky problems and solutions. I would recommend this book to those who want a fun quirky adventure. You can read this book aloud to children between 7 and 11 years of age.
  2. After Math (Off the Subject, #1)After Math by Denise Grover Swank – Swank’s book is about an extremely shy female math major who is given the task of tutoring the star soccer player in math and how they fell in love with each other. I gave this book four out of five stars. I loved the main character, Scarlett, and was able to easily able to connect with her. I also enjoyed seeing the growth of both of our main leads and how learned to open up and grow beyond their past experiences and move on from the horrors of their past. It was also a nice quick read. I do recommend this book who enjoys contemporary and are over the age of 13. There is not a lot of risky content, but there are a lot of personal horror drama that both of our main leads share with each other that I don’t feel that anyone who is not mature enough to read.
  3. The Next Always (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1)The Next Always by Nora Roberts – This is part of the Boonsboro Trilogy. It is the first of three in which it focus on Beckett and Clare and their relationship, while Beckett and his brothers are fixing the Inn. I gave this book four out of five stars. I really enjoyed the characters and the setting and was drawn in with the different elements that Roberts played in the story. It was really fun to see the growth of these two characters and how they helped each other out.  I enjoyed the setting and the personal map that Roberts provided and wished to be there to actually see it.   I will recommend this series to anyone who loves romance. It was really nice to see a romance book that did not have a lot of sex, but a lot more character growth and development.
  4. The Last Boyfriend (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #2)The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts – This part of the trilogy focuses on Owen and Avery and their relationship. She also heavily adds in the ghost and starts bringing up the Inn’s resident ghost Lizzy, and her past and everyone’s quest to find her lover. I gave this book a four out of five stars, but it is a low four out of five. I ended up being more interested in Lizzy’s history and her quest of finding her boyfriend than the relationship that was growing between Owen and Avery. However, this book is really important in order to understand what is happening in the following book of the trilogy, especially with Lizzy’s past.
  5. The Perfect Hope (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #3)The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts – It is the final book of the Inns Boonsboro Trilogy. It focuses on Riley and Hope and their relationship, as well as finalizing Lizzy’s story. I gave this book five out of five stars. I really enjoyed how the trilogy concluded itself. I did not feel like there were any loose ends, and the book ended on a positive happy note. I do not want to give too much away, but I was really glad to not only see this relationship work, but to see a happy ending for Lizzy. As I have mentioned before, I will recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romance.
  6. The Color of My WordsThe Color of My Words by Lynn Joseph – Ana Rose inspires to be a writer where writing is forbidden during a time of great turmoil in her little hometown. I gave this book four out of five stars. It was a wonderful short quick read that got you involved in the life of your character as well as emotionally bringing you in through all the good and bad times. I also enjoyed the mixture of the format between poems and the story. However, I was not happy with how the book ended. I felt as though it was a bit rushed and should have been given a few more pages. In all, I would recommend this book to everyone. The book is really great to experience, as well as the perspective of this child.
  7. The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, #3)The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – This is book three out of five for the House of Olympus series. This book focuses on our seven heroes journey to Rome to find Nico and the lost relic to help bridge the two camps. I gave this book a five out of five stars, even with the cliff hanger at the end of the book. The book was amazing and fun. I enjoyed seeing how these seven heroes working together for a common cause trying to help each other and to save the world from Dirt Woman (Gaea). I recommend this series to everyone.  However, it does help to read the Percy Jackson and the Olympian first to help you better understand this world.
  8. The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus, #4)The House of Hades by Rick Riordan – This is the fourth book of the House of Olympus series. This book focuses on two separate journeys. The first one is Annabeth and Percy going through Tartarus and the second one is our five heroes plus Nico going to the house of Hades to help save the world from Gaea. I gave this book five out of five stars. This book has made me really excited to read the last book of the series and interested to see what will happen next. It is great to start seeing how all the pieces are starting to fit together and our heroes working together. I know it sounds vague, but I do not want to give too much of the series away. It is definitely a fun book to read, and I enjoy reading in all the different perspectives. I do recommend everyone to read this series. It is so much fun to read and I enjoy the humor that Riordan has put throughout the series. Each character is fun and unique, and they are so easy to get attach to.

I do hope that you enjoyed my reviews of all the books that I have read for the month of September. Happy Reading!