“I’m a Red girl in a sea of Silvers and I can’t afford to feel sorry for anyone, least of all the son of a snake.”
― Victoria Aveyard,
We recently finished reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and we’re currently reading A Court of Mist and Fury, which is also by Sarah J. Maas and I have to say that so far this series is amazing. We have been wanting to read Sarah’s books for a while and we decided to start reading now, since we were starting to fall into a reading slump and thought that a genre change would help us get out of that reading slump. A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first out of three books in this series. ACOTAR is a very loose retelling of beauty and the beast.
Feyre lives in the human realm in Prythian close to the faerie wall, which divides the immortal faeries from the humans. Feyre is only 19, but she has had to take on the role of sole provider for her family. She had to sacrifice her “childhood” in order to fulfill the promise she made to her mother on her deathbed, when she was young. She lives in a small, old cottage with her two sisters and her father. Her family depends on them for everything, after they lost their good name and fortune. Feyre went hunting in the forest and did something that got her taken from her family to live in the faerie realm.
In the faerie realm she was treated like royalty, despite her hatred towards faeries. She protested staying in the faerie realm, but eventually her opinions changed and she fell in love with the faerie realm and when she had to go back to the human realm she could not find a way to be happy. She returned to the faerie realm, but when she returned it was not the same as when she left. When Ferye returns she has to earn her freedom and she fights for something bigger than her will to stay alive. She fights for love. She has to fight for freedom. She has to risk everything to save everyone.
I loved this book so much I wish I didn’t read it so quickly. I’m trying not to rush through A Court of Mist and Fury because so far it is simply amazing and I expect for it to get better and I don’t want it to end. The next installment in this series will not be released until next year and that’s a really long time to wait for the next book. This series is amazing I highly recommend reading it. You may not usually read fantasy, but I urge you to give it a try, you might just fall in love with it.
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A Couple of weeks ago Barnes and Nobles held a nation wide book festival throughout their stores. I went to two stores during that weekend. I went to one closer to where I live and I picked up some of the free sneak peeks and some of the cute little bookish merchandise. I was not expecting to receive so many different sneak peeks. I can’t wait to read them all, from what I read some of the books coming out later on are going to be good and I might be purchasing some of them, maybe all of them, who knows.
The other Barnes & Noble that I went to, this time with Melissa, was a little farther away, the only reason we decided to go to that one was because there were holding a book signing/book release party for Julie Esbaugh; her debut book Ivory and Bone is on sale now and we will be reading soon, and Sarah J. Maas, a friend of Julie was going to be helping Julie through her first book Q&A/signing. It was really inspiring to learn the story behind how Julie sold her book after a couple of rejections, she never gave up and I think that’s something we all admire.
This was our third book signing and I have to say that each signing gets a little bit better, although the waiting to actually get the book signed takes, what seems to be like an eternity, it was a really great event and I’m glad that we decided to go. We haven’t read Julie’s book yet, but we’re excited to start and we can’t wait to review it for you guys!
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“You know how sometimes you tell yourself that you have a choice, but really you don’t have a choice? Just because there are alternatives doesn’t mean they apply to you.”
― Rick Yancey,
Earlier this month, on June 3rd, the movie Me Before You came out. We both wanted to see it that day, but we had previously made plans with one of the programs we belong to, before we knew the date of the event, so we felt bad if we ditched the event and went to go see the movie (the thought did cross our minds a couple of times, but we couldn’t bring ourselves to do it). The next day, we weren’t really sure if we were going to go or not, but we went and we don’t regret it.
I loved the book and we both gave it 5 stars on Goodreads, we were happy, we were sad, we were conflicted, and we were also very angry. The book was beautifully written, but I didn’t cry as much as I thought I would have. The movie on the other hand, had me in tears like half way through the movie, I didn’t know what to do or how to handle all the different emotions I was feeling, I was literally a mess, well we both were. Like after the movie was over we couldn’t not get up from our seats, we would try, but then we would fall back into our seats and continue crying. Going down the stairs to exit the theater was another disaster, we kept on bumping into each other and had to stop mid way on a platform landing to catch our balance to make sure we wouldn’t go tumbling down the stairs. We were just so upset at how the movie ended, even though we knew what was going to happen, since we read the books prior to going.
Usually I get upset when I see a book to movie adaptation in the theaters, since they usually cut out large sections of the text, that us readers find very important, but the screenwriters don’t. The screenplay for Me Before You was written by Jojo Moyes, who was also the author of the book. Me Before You is like my favorite book to movie adaptation because it mirrors the novel so closely, it’s nearly identical to the book. I am absolutely going to buy this film when it comes out in DVD format.
I definitely recommend this movie to everyone. Like I loved it so much and I would love to go see it again, I was angry at it, but I still love it. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I would probably recommend that you read the book before you watch the movie (because books are always better). I would also recommend that you go to see the movie like right after finishing the book, you might talk yourself out of going to the theater. But, please don’t talk yourself out of going the movie was absolutely wonderful and the book was amazing, so I highly recommend reading and seeing Me Before You.
Remember to wear your stripy legs with confidence and have an ALMIGHTY Day!
“Doubt everything at least once. What you decide to keep, you’ll be able to be confident of. And what you decide to ditch, you will replace with what your instincts tell you is true.”
―Amy Plum, After the End
About two weeks ago I finished reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I originally decided to read the book because one of the youtubers I watch recommended the book in one of her videos and said that it was becoming a movie. Afterwards I looked the movie trailer up and decided that
I wanted to read the book before the movie came out. Besides the recommendation of the youtuber I watch, I decided to read the book because I taught that the theme was very interesting and I had never read anything before that was anywhere similar to Me Before You.
Me Before You is about a woman called Louisa Clark who has lived her entire life in the same town, living with her parents, grandfather, sister, and nephew. Louisa is quite content with her life, working at a Cafe near the castle, dating her fitness obsessed boyfriend. Louisa has worked at the same place for years but one day her boss fires her because he has to move away and Louisa is left without a job. Louisa’s family depends on the movie that she brings in so she goes searching for a job and does not find any that she likes. Eventually she ends up finding a job caring for a disabled man who ends up being Will Traynor.
Will Traynor is a man that lived a very adventurous life up until one day while he’s on his way to work, he gets hits by a motorcycle and becomes a quadriplegic. After Will’s accident happens, he’s no longer able to continue with his very successful career and he distances himself from his friends and girlfriend. Will becomes quite bitter after his accident because he was use to living a crazy life and is now stuck in a wheelchair, unable to do anything for himself. When Louisa becomes her caretaker, they do not get along at first but eventually find an understanding for each other and become close. Later on a secret of Will’s is revealed to Louisa and she makes it her job to take Will on adventures and make his life worthwhile again. On her journey to helping Will, she falls in love with him and Will falls in love with her as well. The two are an unlikely pair and Will decides that he cannot be with her because he wants her to go out and explore the possibilities that the world offers and leave her hometown. (I would say more on what the story is about but I don’t want to give any spoilers.)
I really enjoyed reading Me Before You because I had never read anything quite like this book. I had heard many great things about the book and it did not disappoint. The story is very emotional but I didn’t cry as much as I thought that I would. I only ended up crying at the end of the book but the ending really killed me and I couldn’t believe what happened. I had so many different emotions throughout the entire book and even though I really liked the book, I was so angry and heartbroken by the end. I felt as though Will was being stupid and selfish even though I understand why he did certain things. While I felt anger I also felt like Will and Louisa’s story was told in such a beautiful way because they really brought out the best in each other.
Have an ALMIGHTY Day!
P.S. We’ll be posting a blog about the film adaptation of Me Before You and what we felt about it.
Hi guys, we recently started a book club on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/191036-bookalmighty-book-club) and we would really love it if you guys would join us in discussing everything and anything bookish. We would love to start doing buddy reads with you guys. We just want to talk about the things we think about while reading, the things that we don’t put into our review posts. Please join us and invite your book loving friends to join us as well.
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“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”
—David Levithan, Every Day
So I have been wanting to read the Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard for about a year now. I first saw the book on the Barnes & Noble website, it was under upcoming releases tab. I had no idea what the book was about, I am like a major cover buyer so when the book was released I purchased it from the Barnes & Noble website (I prefer to buy my books online because of the privileges B&N members get). I wasn’t going to read it as soon as I got it because I was reading a different book at the time and when I was planning to read it, my co-owner was planning on buying the book, so I didn’t start. We usually co-read almost all of our books together now, anyways, so I waited for her to get it, but then we both kept putting it off until just recently.
Red Queen is a four book dystopian society series, only two of the books have been released and there are two short stories in the series. We both have recently finished reading Glass Sword, which is the second book in the series, but currently Red Queen is my favorite between the two. This book kind of reminded me of The Selection because of the separation between the people, in The Selection the separation occurs because of the caste system and in Red Queen it occurs because of the color of their blood. I honestly love books like this, like I would say my favorite books to read are contemporaries, but I also have a passion for reading dystopian books like these.
Red Queen takes place in a fictional land called Norta, where their form of government is a monarchy. While reading it you might think it is like a typical fairy tale, like the ones we grew up reading or watching film adaptations on tv, where the prince: soon-to-be king, falls in love with a poor “peasant” girl, but this story is so much more. In this story the poor peasant-like girl learns that she isn’t as weak as everyone made her put to be, she is stronger than those who looked down upon her. Mare is just a girl who loves her family and is trying to avoid being separated and sent to the war front. In Mare’s attempt to save herself and the ones she loves she ends up meeting two very different people, who will play very different, but very important parts in her life.
At first I wasn’t sure what to think of Farley: she is one of the people Mare meets, and she is one of the leaders of the Scarlet Guard, because she seemed cold and uncaring, but later on and in Cruel Crown we learn who she truly is. The Scarlet Guard are a Red run organization that secretly operates in Norta, trying to gain equality between the different bloods. The Reds are treated poorly and in most cases are servants to Silvers. The other person she ends up meeting is (you might have guessed it by now) the oldest prince, Cal. Let me just saw that you will end up having mixed feelings for him at some point (if you decide to pick up a copy of Red Queen or if you decide to finally pick it up out of your TBR pile, which I highly recommend), but you just have to remember how you felt when you first meet him. I instantly wanted them together, but that’s just me. I don’t want to give too much away, but I have to say that this book did give me the feels and I definitely ship some of the characters together. I won’t say who, but if you have read it you probably know who I’m talking about, and if you haven’t read it yet you will know when you read it.
Mare can be complicated to understand and it doesn’t get any easier in Glass Sword (the sequel to the Red Queen Series) and you may find yourself upset with Mare. Anyways, Mare doesn’t understand why her life was changed, but she does know that she must fight in order to have a chance to create equality among the different bloods: Silvers, the high and mighty, Reds, the small and powerless, and now the Newbloods, the different and powerful. Mare fights for this cause with her life and she has the help of the Scarlet Guard and of a member of the royal family. Mare learns that she can’t trust everyone, but it’s too late because someone betrayed her before she could discover what was happening. The betrayal causes Mare to become a wanted person and she escapes Norta, after almost being killed by the Silvers, who were being commanded by the king.
The story following Mare’s escape is told in Glass Sword. Like I mentioned earlier we co-read Glass Sword, so hopefully we can get a review up soon. I’m not sure what I’m expecting to happen in the other books in this story, but I have to wait for them to come out. I have a feeling that something extremely drastic is going to happen. I’m just really hoping that Mare doesn’t do anything to crazy.
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