Any suggestions?

So, I was just wondering if you guys have any suggestions for what I do on my blog? I feel like just posting reviews can be boring and repetitive, however I’m struggling as to what else to do. I’m a bit nervous to just throw something out there so do guys suggest anything? Also, try to make it related to books because this is a book blog after all. Thanks guys!! :)

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Review

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“Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.”


Fahrenheit 451 was a rather interesting read. This whole book actually kind of confused me for the most part. Maybe it’s because it’s an older book; I don’t know. However, I struggled at times to understand what was going on in the book and that just confused me quite a bit. I couldn’t distinguish certain events in the book because of the wording that the author used and I just found myself highly confused most times. Despite that, I still understood the concept of the book.

The whole burning books thing made me feel…indifferent. I was angry towards the government of that world to allow people to just go in and burn the thought and creations of people like it were nothing. However, I understood why there did it. They wanted everyone to conform and to be the same. They couldn’t risk people being different because that meant that if people were different, there would be a lot more fights and war and disagreements.

Conformity plays a big piece in this book. Just like in almost any dystopian novel, the government wants the people to conform to their standard of normal. For example, in Divergent they want people to conform to one social group, either honest, selfless, brave, intelligent, or peaceful. I feel like Fahrenheit 451 was the book that started dystopian novels. I also feel like Fahrenheit 451 was what brought conformity in novels to light. To me, Fahrenheit 451 is one of those books that shaped literature and other genres.

Now, the storyline of Fahrenheit 451 is quite intriguing to me. I felt like the book was slightly rushed, however the concept of the book (the burning of books) made begin to wonder what it would be like if we lived in a world where burning books was normal. If that were the case, I don’t know what I would do because I read so much and it helps me to forget about things.

Clarisse’s character had to be my favorite character. Clarisse was one of those girls who was very outspoken and opinionated and I thought that she was rather admirable. She was wise and appeared well beyond her years and she caused Montag to take a look at himself and change who he was. I feel like without Clarisse, Montag would have never realized that he was unhappy with his life.

Montag’s character, on the other hand, kind of irritated me actually. One moment he thought books were horrible, the next he wanted to keep them all and read them and make a difference, but he just went about things carelessly. He spoke to his wife’s friends about books and didn’t even think about the repercussions of it. Then he went to Faber’s house when he was being chased and thought nothing of it.

Overall, I found this book to be actually quite boring. There wasn’t much action and when there was action, it didn’t make any sense and it was just weird and unexplained. The concept of this book was good and I feel like it was a breakthrough in the dystopian genre, however I just didn’t feel like it lived up to its full potential because it just felt really rushed to me and left me with unanswered questions. So, despite the things that I loved about the book, there were some thing I disliked about the book. I’m going to have to give this book 3.5 coffee creamers out of 5, just because I felt it was too rushed and was left unanswered.

For Anyone Who Is Curious

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Also, if I did a small giveaway just to start off what would you guys think of that? It probably wouldn’t be anything signed (not for the first couple giveaways at least) but I have a few books I’d put up for a giveaway :) I’m not sure; I’m fairly new to blogging, let alone doing giveaways.

Anywho, let me know what guys think! Thanks so much :)

~Ashley <3

Liebster Award!

Sooo I got nominated for a Liebster Award!! How exciting?!?! Well…I find it quite exciting :P I want to thank Shannon from “For the Love of Words” for nominating me for this award; that is seriously so nice and cool of you!!

I’m going to quote Shannon’s post because I cannot, for the life of me, put it into my own words xD

“The Liebster Award is targeted towards bloggers with less than 200 followers, in order for us to learn about each other and our wonderful community.”

This seems like something fun to do so I was like, hey why not?

Here are the questions (along with answers) that I was asked to answer!

1. Name one book that changed your perspective on life.

Hmm…one book that changed my perspective on life? I’m going to have to go with Fahrenheit 451. Although I’m not fully finished with the book, it has made me realize that not everyone reads and certainly not as many people as I thought read. It makes me think about how the world would be if books were actually burned and owning them was considered a crime. I think I would die. Literally. Books are a part of me and if that were to be taken away, I don’t know what I would do.

2. Who is your favorite superhero and why?

Batman. Because he is perfect. That is all.

3. What your ideal weather and why?

My ideal weather is cold and rainy because I absolutely loathe the heat. Living in Los Angeles doesn’t help that, but I would love for it to be cold and gloomy and rainy every single day.

4. Name the longest book series you’ve ever read.

Oh jeez…this is hard because I typically only read trilogies or sagas. However, I think the longest series has to be The Vampire Diaries. That has more than three books…right?!? xD

5. If you could spend the rest of your life in another, non-native language, country, where would you want to live? Why?

France or Italy because both of those countries are so pretty and the languages are beautiful. Although I’m wondering if I should stick to Spain or some place that speaks Spanish because at least I know enough Spanish to ask where the bathroom is…

6. What was the last show you binge watched?

Once Upon A Time

7. Name an author in which you’ve read all of their works (novels, novellas, poetry, etc.).

Micalea Smeltzer. Literally every single one of her books is amazingly perfect.

8. Who is your hero? Why? (can be anyone from your mom to george washington)

My hero is grandmother because even though she isn’t here with me physically, she still continues to inspire me to challenge myself and to do more with my life.

9. What are your favorite words of wisdom?

My favorite words of wisdom are, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

10. If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why?

Oh man…not this question…this is too harddddd. Okayyy, I think I’d have to be Sophie from Outsider by Micalea Smeltzer because she is such a brave character and she is so strong. Plus she has the hottest husband and is a shifter so that’s a bonus ;)

11. Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog purely for fun. I love to read so I figured why not just make my own blog and review the books that I read? So I started it for fun and my happiness and yeah :)

 My 11 nominees are as follows:

1. Girl meets Books

2. A Tattered Copy

3. Book Sense

4. Enchanted Tales of the Romantic Kind

5. Read A Lot Reviews

6. Purple Pen Book Reviews

7. Cupcakes and Popcorn

8. The Black Lion

9. bookwanderer

10. Thoughts on the Edge of Forever

11. Into the Written Word

Every single one of these blogs are amazing! Check them out! :)


These are the questions for my nominees:

1. What book has influenced your life the most?

2. What is your favorite hobby?

3. What is something that no one would ever guess is true about you?

4. Favorite quote of yours?

5. Why did you start blogging?

6. If you could spend the day with any person of your choice, who would it be and why?

7. If you had only three wishes and you can’t wish for more wishes, what would they be?

8. Who inspires you?

9. Can you read multiple books at a time or can you only read one?

10. What would be your dream super power?

11. What is the one thing you want to accomplish before you die?

It’s not required for you to answer these, but it’ll be fun so at least think about it! :)

Dead Is The New Black by Marlene Perez Review

“Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the psychic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom-shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case!

Teenage girls are being mysteriously attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy Giordano is a junior. When Daisy discovers that a vampire may be the culprit, she can’t help but suspect head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” Samantha appears a little . . . well, dead, and all the most popular kids at school are copying her style.

Is looking dead just another fashion trend for Samantha, or is there something more sinister going on? To find out, Daisy joins the cheerleading squad.”


Okay let me start off by saying that this is the second time I have read this book c: However, this is the first time that I have written a review on the book. So, the first time I read this book, I was probably 12 or 13, so I read it about 2-3 years ago. And let me just say that at that age, I loved just about every book I read. I still do most times, however I now tend to notice the good and the bad things about books that I read. So let me start off with the good!

For one, I absolutely love this book and the series. Despite it being a short and easy read, I still fell in love with all of the characters and they are just amazing. For me, this book and the next three in the series, will always be one of my favorites.

Secondly, the relationship between Daisy, Poppy, Rose, and their mother is just the greatest! The three sisters are really funny and goof around with each other, but at the same time they still are there for each other. Their mom may not be around all of the time because of her job, but she still loves her daughters more than anything. Also, I thought that it was really interesting how the author named all of the sisters after flowers :)

And thirdly; Ryan. Freaking. Mendez. Ryan is just so asdfghjkl!! He is the sweetest guy ever and he is soo funny. Throughout the first four books (don’t worry I’m not spoiling anything for those of you haven’t read it lol), Daisy and Ryan are just the sweetest and cutest couple ever!

Some other good things I liked about the book was how creative the author was when she created the world of Nightshade. The plot may be slightly cliche, but I feel like the author did put her own twist on all things supernatural in this book.

Now, I’m not going to call these things “bad things” because as a writer myself, I wouldn’t like if somebody said something in my book was “bad” or “terrible.” I would prefer them to use constructive criticism when writing a review, so that’s what I will be doing myself.

One thing that I did not particularly care for was the lack of depth. Despite how much I love this book, I felt like the book did not have very much depth and substance. For example, the character Samantha was a cheerleader but the way she was portrayed to be was bitchy, mean, and rude. I felt that she was a very dry character because one minute she was all nice to Daisy, and the next she was bossing her around and the author never explains to us (at least not in this book guys) why Samantha has went through such a drastic change and why she is the way she is now.

Another thing was that I would have liked more background as to what Daisy’s father did and how her family got all of their physic abilities, rather than having things explained later in the series. I felt that this makes first-time readers not want to continue the series because there is not much detail in the first book.

Overall, I really do love this book, despite some of the minor issues with it. It’s short, cute, funny, and entertaining. I think the reason I really love this book is because of how cliche it is c: i’m giving this book 4.5 out of 5 coffee creamers because of the lack of detail and depth.

This book is really cute and if you’re looking for a quick and light read, I totally recommend it! :)