Book Review #5: FANGIRL

Book Review #5: FANGIRL


Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it.

She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to. Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

To really be a nerd, she decided, you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one.

Rating: 4.5/5 Oh. My. God. This book is so shucking beautiful.

See, these are the kind of books I love. The kind that speak and reach out to you.

The Concept:

It’s genius. I’ve been waiting a long time for this. A beautifully written book that so perfectly describes the feeling of being a huge fan. A fan that doesn’t want to let go of her books, fanfiction, and head canons. You know what else? Romance. A fangirl somehow finds love by always being locked up in her room and by writing fanfiction. (We all know we’ve been waiting for something like this to happen to us *wink wink*)

The Writing:

Okay, first of all, I’ve read books wherein the main character is a “geek” or even a “gamer”, but seriously? Those books sounded like they were written by a geek or gamer wannabe. But Fangirl? Good. Better. I guess it’s one of the hardest parts if you were writing a book that focused on a geek or nerd. If your character doesn’t act like one, the real ones would take it as an insult. So I salute you, Rainbow Rowell.

The Story and Characters:

Cath is our main character 🙂

So Cather, Cath for short, is someone who grew up reading Simon Snow books with her twin sister, Wren. They grew up and were leaving for college. Wren got sick of always being stuck to Cath and she didn’t want them to be room mates in the dorm because she thinks they were two separate, independent women and she wanted to meet new people.

This was easy and more than okay for Wren since she was the social one. I really hated her when she started drifting away from Cath. Sometimes, she was just stubborn and irrational towards Cath. After she got her klunk together, that’s when I started to appreciate her. She motivated Cath, and was there for her, and that’s when I started falling for her character.

But was the change easy for Cath? Not so much. At first, she hardly ever goes out. She would just be up in her room writing fanfiction or at the library with one of her classmates, Nick. She didn’t attend any of the parties she was invited to, and was happy when most of the people in the dorm were out. She was insecure about a lot of stuff, and the way she showed it was so real. Others think that Cath’s character was too socially incompetent and it was kind of exaggerated. This might be true regarding some parts of the story, but still, a lot of parts were totally relatable.

So true, though:

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you. (And the ones you can’t google.) Like, where does the line start? What food can you take? Where are you supposed to stand, then where are you supposed to sit?”

Then there’s her family. Her mother left them when they were still pretty young. This also plays quite a big part in the story. Cath often goes home to check on her father. While reading the story, you can see how much her mother leaving her left quite an impact on her. When her mother wants to meet up with Cath and Wren to get to know them better, Cath pretty much loses it. Wren is totally fine with it, but Cath keeps going on and on about how it wasn’t right to leave their kids and suddenly wanting to show up. And I think it’s true. This causes rifts in the family, and they try to find ways to repair them, and it’s pretty heartwarming.

Levi is the perfect guy. He’s the kind that always smiles and is happy-go-lucky. He pretty much screams friendliness. He’s nice, loving, caring, and funny at the same time. I don’t know about you, but I would have fallen for him immediately.

So Levi and Cath’s relationship was so shucking adorable. It wasn’t cliche, and if there were a few parts that were cliche, I wouldn’t have noticed because of my constant squealing and screeching.  They were just so perfect for each other. But, as mentioned, in the book, they were so different from each other. Cath dreaded talking to people or making eye contact (so me), and Levi was the one who would talk to everyone and give away smiles for free.

Then I realized, that’s what makes them so perfect for each other. Think of the number 0 as perfect. Quiet is what Cath is, and loud is what Levi is. It’s basically adding a positive and negative number. So think of it this way: -1 + 1 = 0. They complete each other. It’s kind of like The Olive Theory (*cough* HIMYM *cough*). One is (insert word here) and the other is not, and in that way they complete each other and they’re perfect.

Do you get me? It’s okay if you don’t.

I’m terrible at explaining stuff.

In case you didn’t know, I love good character development. And this is more than good.

Read to find out more. 🙂

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Here’s the thing about book series

Here’s the thing about book series

Suzanne M Seidel

A few months ago I read The Maze Runner series (and saw the movie and wrote about it). I remember thinking (often) while reading the second and third books, I miss the good ol’ days when we were all back in the Glade and everything was familiar and nobody important was dead. You know, before Theresa showed up.

Sometimes when I read or listen to the sixth and seventh Harry Potter books (especially the seventh), I’m like, Remember when all we had to do was go to class and didn’t worry too much about Voldemort until the last quarter of the year? Remember Quidditch and Weasley twin shenanigans? Those were the days.

While reading Hunger Games, I at times, like Peeta, remember the cave and the first games and how innocent we all were (you know, besides the bloodshed). Those were simpler times.


Last month I read the…

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Her street name is Maybe. She lives with a tribe of homeless teens — runaways and throwaways, kids who have no place to go other than the cold city streets, and no family except for one another. Abused, abandoned, and forgotten, they struggle against the cold, hunger, and constant danger. With the frigid winds of January comes a new girl: Tears, a twelve-year-old whose mother doesn’t believe Tears’s stepfather abuses her. As the other kids start to disappear — victims of violence, addiction, and exposure — Maybe tries to help Tears get off the streets…if it’s not already too late.

Rated: 5/5 stars

“Here is where you are. There is where you want to be. But you can’t get there from here.”

The Concept: The concept of this is so unique. I picked this book up a few years ago, and I realized that until now, I haven’t found a book that has a similar concept to this one.

The Writing: Strasser’s writing is amazing. He amazingly depicts how a homeless teen could feel (without actually being one), the pain they could possibly be going through, and it traps you. The past few books that I reviewed have less than 5stars mainly because of the writing (it gets boring, repetitive, blah, blah). But not this one.

The Story: Heartbreaking. This is a story about a girl, Maybe, who ran away from home. She is a homeless girl who lives on the streets with other homeless teens who she considers family. This family composes of Maggot, 2Moro, Rainbow, OG, Jewel, and their dog, Pest.

Then comes Tears, a 12 year old girl who left home. Maybe tries to get her off the streets, and while doing so, she finds a . . . friend. Of course, nothing lasts forever. Especially when you’re living out in cold streets. This is where the story gets dark and when the tears come.

They do everything to survive in the streets, and while doing so (*drumroll*) RELATIONSHIP AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! As the story pulls through, we find out that almost every character in this book has a pretty dark past. It also shows the relationship between these teens, like how much they care for each other, and look after one another.

They were perfectly happy. But when you’re living on the streets? Something’s gonna take that away.

To find out what, read this oh-so-beautiful book.

Recommended for: Teens-Young Adults

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Liebster Award

Liebster Award


Hi, lovelies! Sending a lot of hugs and kisses to Katandkabookle for nominating me for the Liebster Award! Thank you so, so much! Go check out her blog! She does reviews like I do, and they’re really well-written. I only found out about this award now and I was really happy when KatandKabookle nominated me.

Rules 🙂

  • Thank the person/people who nominated you with a link to their blog.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the 11 questions from the blogger/s who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 other blogs who have less than or equal to 3000 followers.
  • Ask your nominees 11 questions.

11 Random Facts (*drumroll*)

  1. I am a 9gagger.
  2. I started reading a lot of novels when I was 5 years old.
  3. I have a huge crush on Thomas Brodie-Sangster.
  4. I am very sensitive about my books. If you so much as bend one of the corners of the cover, I will murder you.
  5. If a book I pick up does not have a summary on the back cover, I will immediately put it down and read a review.
  6. I hate the number 6.
  7. I also have a Tumblr blog.
  8. I have 3 tall bookshelves filled with all my books.
  9. I am an otaku.
  10. I read at least 3 books a week.
  11. I hate reading a pdf version of a book.

Questions from KatandKabookle

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

People who don’t take care of their books.

How long does it usually take you to finish a book?

If it is less than 450 pages, I can finish it in a day.

If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?

The Autobiography of *insert name here* (I guess??)

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Buy books, games, and fandom merchandise.

What is your least favourite book and why?

It would have to be Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. It’s still one of my favourites, but it’s not exactly on top. Why? Some parts ( a lot of parts) bored me to death.

Favourite book-to-movie adaptation?

Catching Fire. It’s one of those rare adaptations that stuck to the plot really well.

What book character is most like you?

Minho, my second baby from The Maze Runner, is the King of Sass. If we met, I could probably kick his butt off the throne.

Do you prefer hard-covers or paperbacks?

Hard-covers. The spines of  paperback books are very fragile, I really don’t like seeing them damaged.

Do you like buying books or borrowing them out?

Buying. I take care of my books, and I just feel a sense of pride surge through my body whenever I see my books in mint condition in my own bookshelf.

What was the last book you read?

The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom. I have a review up, actually!

What is your favourite book cover and why?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It’s just so cute :))

I nominate these 11 bloggers!!

  1. Azza Ezza Reviews
  2. Beka Bee Books
  3. bookboodle
  4. Books With Ems
  5. The Perks of Being a Book Girl
  6. Crazy Cat Reader
  7. The Book Geek
  8. Book, Line and Thinker
  9. Objects in Motion
  10. The Masculine Pen
  11. My patronus is a Dalek

Questions to be answered…

  1. Which do you prefer, stand-alones or books in a series?
  2. Who is your favourite author and why?
  3. What other hobbies do you have other than reading?
  4. What is your favourite book genre?
  5. Who is your favourite character?
  6. What are the books that made you cry? (If there are any.)
  7. Which do you do first, read the book or watch the movie?
  8. What is your OTP?
  9. When did you start blogging?
  10. Have you ever been emotionally attached to a character? If yes, who and from what book?
  11. What’s your favourite book/book series so far and why?

Again, thank you so much, KatandKabookle!




Rated: 4.5 stars

“There are two stories for every life; the one you live and the one others tell.”

The Concept:

Mitch Albom has outdone himself yet again. I loved the concept. I know that there really are people who can’t get over the death of their loved ones as normally as others. This book just gives you hope. It’s inspirational and it so beautifully states the feeling of losing a loved one, and it’s as inspirational and emotional as all the other books Albom has written.

The Writing:

This was very beautifully written, and it feels like it was just ripped out of a heart. I loved the beginning and the ending. They were both very touching and in a way . . . heart-breaking. The middle was not so much. It was kind of hard to get through, and it would get boring at some point, but it’s still a beautiful book, nonetheless.

The Story:

This is about how a small town on Lake Michigan suddenly starts receiving phone calls from their deceased loved ones, and they supposedly come from Heaven. Our main character, Sully Harding, who lost his wife before our story starts, believes that this is all a hoax. He is determined to find out if it is. Of course, I won’t tell you if it is, because that’s where it gets interesting.

So, multiple people get these phone calls that are supposedly from Heaven, and the these deceased loved ones keep telling the ones receiving the calls that they’re in Heaven, that everything’s alright and that they shouldn’t worry anymore. And it just really makes you feel all the love and hurt and it’s amazing.

It just pulls on your heart strings, you know? And as Sully tries to find out what this phenomenon actually is, he and the people who received phone calls find new stuff about themselves.

All of it was thought-provoking, and it also shows how people reacted to this. Some embraced it as a miracle, a proof of Heaven, and others were extremely skeptical. It just shows how much people actually believe, how much you should believe, and it just tests your faith in a way. This book drags you through the feeling of people who still hope that they can see their loved ones again. This book just screams inspiration and miracles.

Like every book of Albom, there is always one miracle or one unanswered question that just leaves you hanging, and the one in this book is just amazing. 

Warning: This book is gonna be imprinted in your brain for at least a few days.

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Book Review #2: THE MAZE RUNNER

Book Review #2: THE MAZE RUNNER



Rated: 4 stars

The Concept:

I thought it was great. Waking up in a place surrounded by a maze with absolutely no memories? Strange, but it’s what makes it intriguing, unique, and really enjoyable. The fact that Thomas (main character) and Teresa could communicate telepathically was particularly interesting. There were a lot of unanswered questions, but those are what will keep me going with this series.

Also, I can’t be the only one who’s in love with their grader slang, right?

The Writing:

It was amazing. It just pulls you in, like every great book does. This has a lot of potential. Dashner’s way of writing was good, but sometimes it would get a bit juvenile and repetitive. So keep that in mind when you start the series. I really would recommend this book to ages 13 and above.

The Story:

I thought it was very compelling. Though, I was kind of annoyed with the way some of the characters acted, some of them made it to the list of my favourite characters, nonetheless (*cough* Newt *cough* Minho *cough*).

I think it was very well thought of and (spoiler alert) “The maze is a code” thing just blew me away. Like, all this time, the runners were looking for a way out. A way to finish the maze, but boom! That’s not how you do it (spoiler out).

The way these characters talked about the glade and the maze was kind of intense and dramatic for me, and it’s what kept me hooked. Of course, what’s an adventure book supposed to be without something that kills? And in comes the griever. A mechanical-ish bug that can kill or sting you. Being “stung” means you need to go through The Changing, wherein you get fragments of your memories (not the good ones).

I just loved how the story unfolded. It all started with a greenie who was far too curious for anyone’s taste. When Thomas starts doing everything wrong, starts breaking all the rules, that’s when the actual answers start to surface. And I like that.

Can we just talk about the forming bromance of Thomas, Newt, and Minho? I like to think that this is great character development. The budding romance between Teresa and Thomas is also nice, and it’s another thing that kept me hanging.

I just found this story kind of… dark beneath all that. They’re a bunch of teenagers who were thrown into a place surrounded by a maze that you can get killed in. To add to this, they don’t remember anything other than their first names or nicknames. Heck, they don’t even know what they look like, exactly. They don’t know their family. They don’t know if they had siblings, who their friends were, if they had a pet for a best friend. They don’t know if they were in love with someone. I mean, just imagine somebody loving you and you just get thrown into the maze and they’re just there. Waiting (or dead).

And that just hits me hard.

The plot is really, really interesting and it’s gonna keep you going. I swear. Give it a chance.

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