Five Summers Review

Five Summers by Una LaMarche

Although this book flashes from one perspective to another, and gives “heart stopping” plot twists (that serves no purpose since the reader has no context or connection to these secrets), the book DOES truly linger. It gave me an OVERWHELMING sense of nostalgia for these four girls… That ARE fictitious!!  
Emma, by far, was my favourite to read from. Then Jo. Then Maddie. Then Skylar [man, she was a big ol’ b*tch- I tell ya]. 
I didn’t really see the point of Maddie’s character. Her secret could’ve been developed a lot better and had more focus. Jo’s conflicting ideas on her identity and then leading to sexuality was fascinating and ground breaking simultaneously. It’s uncommon these days that four young feminists (which is discussed briefly in the first half of the book) to discuss such unique, individual struggles they went through. 
Albeit, some of there mantras were annoying and I wanted to stop reading the book, but this may have been more because I am living through the endless mantras of teen girl drama and this forces me to have an altered perspective. I see the four types of teenagers we choose to be, and which ones are so infuriating you can’t focus on the plot because of the personality. 
By the end of the book, I, like the campers, had the conflicting happiness and despair all at once. This was a wonderful story on coming of age, and the journey of the beginning of your youth to the last moments you don’t realise you grasp so desperately onto.
I guarantee each reader will find themselves hidden inside one of the characters, and when you do I challenge you to evaluate if this is the person you want or regret to be.
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The Infinitive Sea Review

The Infinitive Sea by Rick Yancey

I made it 3/4 of the way through and refused to go on anymore!! It was too painful to read…

It was well written, but I had no idea what was going on. There wasn’t really a recap on anything including the 12 million characters he expects us to track. Maybe it was just not my style, which is a shame because I enjoyed the 5th Wave. I may need to reread them at a much slower pace since I need to have professional skills in comprehension and translating to understand a fraction on what’s going on! If anybody has read it, please discuss it with me.

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We Were Liars Review

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

A perfect combination of the scandal in Gossip Girl and the heartbreak of John Green. This novel is truly a page turner! Although it is leaving you bland chapters in the middle, by the second half you can’t put it down. 

Like any coming of age YA novel, I expected not to be impacted much. But alas, this will scar me forever, and I’m glad. I’m not too sure what the moral was, but I will always remember the suspenseful tragedy and how it’s changed my perspective forever.

5/5 stars (a new favourite book of mine!! :])

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Passion (Fallen #3) Review

Passion by Lauren Kate

It wasn’t necessary to make a whole book out of, it was quite boring too. I’m going to continue on, but really, if you’re not overly obsessed with this series and just want to finish it- don’t bother with this one! It does have some (trying not to spoil) cute scenes but overall it was repetitive and left no questions answered.

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A Discovery of Witches Review

I’ve realised this isn’t a YA vampire literature, but adult vampire literature. It’s incredibly dull, and is basically a fantasy of the author, including being 15 years younger with her dream man. 

Basically a memory of her glory days in Oxford, aside from being a which. But she sure did study alchemy. I can’t read any more. It’s really dull and not suited for 15 year olds who want their does of YA.

1/5 stars

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Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares Review


The quirkiness of it all has you constantly giggling.

Amount of times I dropped the book because of a scene? 6. Which is a lot since I am immune to most corny YA reads. But this was different!

It had such a unique diversity to it, it’s officially one of my favourite books. The characters are written strongly, with good use of minor characters. They weren’t too “in your face that we take the attention away from the main plot” and the two perspectives were integrated beautifully. It never was repetitive and had an excellent pace to the progression. To top it all off; the ending was the most settling, satisfying thing in the whole book.

Questions I must ask (some spoilers):
1. Was Thibaud mentioned before the party? In Dash’s POV? Or did I miss that? (I know this is techically 3 questions but you’re just gonna have to deal with it)
2. Is it possible that Priya fancied Dash?
3. How old was Dash?

I truly recommend this book to all, so please, if you do or you have, comment below!

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Feed Review

I heard of this book while binge watching the vlog brothers. Hank talked it up so much, I knew I had to read it.

Unfortunately I hadn’t seen it in any of the book stores, and then suddenly there were 5 copies in my local library!

The book is set in a scifi dystopia, with a bunch of teenagers. As usual. Oh! With a corrupt system where everybody has a “feed” imbedded into their heads. Human’s were computerised. Titus, a conspicuous teen boy, meets a girl, Violet, and along with his friends they go hang out at a night club. The night takes a turn for the worst when a hacker fries all of their feeds. Glitching and making them ‘mal’ (malfunction). They all soon recover, aside from Violet. But it can’t be that bad, can it? It’s just a computer. Except it’s not. It’s the new central nervous system, the brain takes second in command. What’s Titus to do when his new girlfriend is dying? 

As tragic as Hazel in TFIOS, Violet’s malfunction is the cancer of their world.

The first half was a little bit hard to get into, but once Violet’s tragedy takes play, I couldn’t put it down. I hated Titus for the majority of the book, and how selfish and superficial he was offline- which really made me think about how am I offline? Would I like who I am offline? Anderson has made a wonderful masterpiece I will never forget!

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Gone Book Review and Update

Hello, my friends!

Goals for the Holiday:

  • a book a day
  • go for a run once a day
  • eating healthy
  • eventually doing my assignments, probably the last week of it

I haven’t read a book a day, but I have finished 2. I have 4 more books to read, and I will be reading them before my friend comes to visit for a week. I also want to have read them all so I can return them when it’s the monthly YA book club. I’m going to bring my friend along to that.

This week’s read was Gone by Michael Grant. It was a really enjoyable novel, it had a captivating plot line for the entire book, with 2 main perspectives: The Good (kid’s from the FAYZ, who help people) and the Evil (from Coate’s Academy, the children who are sent there have usually been out of place). Sam, the main protagonist for the Good, was in history when his teacher just “poofed” from the class. Skeptically, he and his classmates searched the class. Half the kids, who turned 15, were missing from the room too. After realising this isn’t a practical joke, they begin calling their parents and searching the town. All while this is happening, there is a miscellaneous count down. Over the next week, children begin to discover their “powers”. Some heal, some destroy. Very “Lord of the Flies” for this YA generation. 

My running habits have been excellent! If I had to grade it, I’d give myself a B. Plus an improvement award. Because the first day I did it I was focusing on having a break every big tree I go buy (roughly 30m apart). Now I can get up and do 2km (in 10mins) without thinking about those breaks! Yesterday it rained, so I’ve done all but 1 running day this week. I tried different times for when I run; 9, 9:30, 10:30 and 11. By far 9am is my favourite time to run. It’s cooler, the sun isn’t in my face, and my main concern of people; there is none! Woo. I even went for a run after sleeping over somebody’s place- I’m pretty pleased with myself. 

Eating healthy has been hard but I haven’t broken it yet. My snack is a plastic bag of marshmallows for when I crave sugar. I went out to a cafe with plenty of tempting treats, and I didn’t order one. I thought for sure I would have broken my streak. I ordered green tea- thank god for marshmallows and green tea to help me through this health kick, I swear. I haven’t weighed myself yet, tomorrow is the day we’ll see how the progress is going. 

On Tuesday, I went to the library. Rather than reading, I pulled out my biology textbook and my english text. For 3 hours I worked on these assignments. It was quite difficult as some seniors next to me would nonstop talk and then complain about the HSC. They were worried about not being smart enough, and let me tell you; they should be. They sounded absolutely stupid. OH WELL! I found nothing for my biology assignment, so instead I’ll go to the library and study the entire textbook. For english I made a paragraph and realised I didn’t know my themes. I emailed my teacher, let’s just hope she checks her work email on the holidays…

I’m going to start reading Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, and go for a run. Lately I’ve been addicted to That ’70’s Show- which is hilarious and gorgeous and wonderful and asdfghjkl. 

Until next time,

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Catch-22 (Ch 1-4)

“Men went mad and were rewarded with medals. All over the world, boys on every side of the bomb line were laying down their lives for what they had been told was their country and no one seemed to mind, least of all the boys who were laying down their young lives.”

Reading only the first 4 chapter’s of Catch-22, I’m already effected. The writing is beautiful, the narration is witty (and a little cynical),  and there’s so many messages portrayed that I don’t understand why nobody else is crazing over it. Sure, it’s been 50 year’s since the first publish, but the youth of today needs to read about this. 

It’s been decades since the Vietnam War, and yet, men are still choosing to go made for a medal. Humanity is still searching for the resolution and recognition they desire for the meaning of their existence. The question isn’t why. But how? How are we not realising our own faults? How do we stop this paradoxical meaningless [while searching for meaning]? 

Is it worth it?

To answer briefly along the lines of Catch-22, no. It’s casual and thoughtless, just like the young lives in the war. 

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Read More

Hello my fellow readers,It has come to my attention that everybody is not reading enough. Sure there’s fanatic book reader’s like myself, unfortunately, that’s not enough. Every morning, recess and lunch I go to the library, and I am one of the only people in there reading.Reading is so different compared to other forms of entertainment. Here’s some fact’s that I googled;

Children and young people who do not achieve expected levels of literacy are likely to be from disadvantaged backgrounds.14% of children in lower income homes rarely or never read books for pleasure.Only 1 in 5 parents easily find the opportunity to read to their children.Parents are the most important reading role models for children and young people. (National Literacy Trust, Reaching Out with Role Models, April 2009)10 to 16 year-olds who read for pleasure do better at school. (2013 research by Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown from the Institute of Education)Reading for pleasure is more important for children’s cognitive development than their parents’ level of education. (2013 research by Dr Alice Sullivan and Matt Brown from the Institute of Education)1 in 4 children cannot read well by the time they leave primary school (Save the Children, Read On. Get On.), September 2014
Television doesn’t engage your brain unlike books. Books can help with learning, which is vital for children (and by children I mean YA). Books can teach you so much more than a TV show, it’s up to how you perceive it, and it makes you think of all the underlying meanings. You discover what your interests are, and it shapes your global view. You can take a book anywhere and it will be there anytime you come back. Television has been around for not even a century. Look at books! They’ve been around for centuries. Book’s know what they’re doing, alright? Book’s are more impacting in your life than any screen thrilling content you saw that you vaguely remember. It doesn’t matter how you read, whether slow, fast, tablet, hardcover, paperback, in the snow, under a blanket, or with tea. All that counts is that you read!I encourage you to introduce reading to five people this week, and see how it goes. Recommend them something from your collection, or take them to the library. There’s so much significance in reading, and just not enough appreciating it. Technology has advanced us to a unlimited amount of it, so let’s get cracking!

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