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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For Anyone Who Is Curious

If anyone was curious about my writing that I do you can feel free to check it out if you would like. If you want, read my stories and tell me what you think of them :) you can email me your thoughts or if you have a Wattpad account, leave your thoughts on there :) you can find my writing HERE

 

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

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! :)

Sold by Patricia McCormick Review

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at “Happiness House” full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.

An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family’s debt—then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave.

Lakshmi’s life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother’s words— Simply to endure is to triumph—and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision—will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?


Well, this book was a very interesting book. Let me begin by saying that this is not a book that I would pick up at a bookstore simply because it’s not a book that I would typically read. I had to read this book for school and I was surprised at everything that happened in the book. Lakshmi is not a girl that the author based off of one person she met, but rather multiple women she met in Nepal who were forced into sex trafficking. Lakshmi is a young girl of the age thirteen. She is naive to the reality of what happens when girls are told they will work as maids, which is expected because she is a child. One day, Lakshmi’s stepfather takes her down to the local shop where she is told she will go to the city to work as a maid. Upon arriving in the city, Lakshmi is surprised to learn that everything there is not what she expected. Lakshmi is taken to the Happiness House, where she is forced into being with men. This book was a very emotional book for me and a challenging one for me to read, simply because this stuff happens to young girls in real life and that is the harsh reality of life. I found it extremely horrible that Lakshmi was forced into having sex with much older men and she was only thirteen years old. I felt that throughout everything that was happening to her, Lakshmi remained a very strong person. I, being only fifteen, cannot imagine what I would do if it were me in that situation, but I felt Lakshmi stayed strong and held onto hope when most girls would have given up long ago. Overall, this book is a very difficult book to read because of what happens to the girls in the Happiness House. I feel like every time one of the girls started to have hope, something horrible happened and things got even worse for them. I will say that I have to give this book five out of five coffee creamers because it was that good. I definitely recommend this to people looking for a tough and challenging read, but just be warned that the book is graphic and has some very mature themes.

The Mediator: Shadowland by Meg Cabot Review

themediator“Suze is a mediator — a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.

But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind … and Suze happens to be in the way.”

So I put aside Paper Towns by John Green and began reading Shadowland, the first book in The Mediator series by Meg Cabot. By the way, sorry I haven’t posted in so long! I started school and things got chaotic and didn’t have time to read, but I finally was able to re-read this book. This book is…different. Susannah Simon is an average sixteen year old girl; well as average a ghost whisperer can be. This book reminds me a lot of the show The Ghost Whisperer except the main character is a teenager. This book is really good actually. Suze can see, hear, touch, and speak to spirits. That’s kind of crazy, right? Anyway, Suze moves to Carmel, California all the way from New York City. Upon arriving in her new home, she encounters a spirit in her bedroom. Well, she encounters the very hot spirit of a dead cowboy; Jesse. Let me just say that Jesse is perfect! He is so sweet and caring towards Susannah and it’s just amazing. However, Suze doesn’t care for Jesse very much. The two of them get on each others nerves. Suze is a stubborn girl and doesn’t listen to anyone. Since I don’t want to spoil the book, I’ll just tell you that Suze does some pretty stupid things without thinking about them. At some points in the book, Suze annoyed me because she didn’t listen to anyone and just did whatever she wanted to. She didn’t think of the consequences or repercussions her actions may have. One thing I loved about Suze though is that she didn’t crap from anyone. She stood up for herself and what she believed in and I admire that. Overall, I give this book 4 coffee creamers. I give it four coffee creamers because I just felt the book didn’t have quite a very complex storyline and I felt the main character was kind of annoying. Regardless, this is still one of my favorite books and I will be reading the second one soon.

On another note, I recently finished reading the book Sold by Patricia McCormick for school and I will be posting my review of that either tomorrow (Friday) or Saturday, so be looking out for that because that book was something and I have a lot to say about it! Anywho, hope you enjoyed this review!

Legend by Marie Lu Review

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“What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.”

This book….oh my god this book was amazing! Before I actually bought this book, I had seen it at the bookstore every time I went there. I don’t remember why I never bought the book, but I’m so glad that I finally did!! Legend was full of so many twists that I just didn’t know what to expect. Usually when I read books I can predict what’s going to happen, but with this book I was thoroughly shocked. And the ending! I was so mad at the author! I literally was crying because of what happened. I won’t say anything other than that because I don’t want to give it away, but it just made me so upset.

The characters in this book were so amazingly written, it’s hard for me to even think that they’re book characters. When Metias was killed I wasn’t really affected by his death at first, but as the story progressed, I began to grow really upset that he had been killed. As June starts to discover things about the life she knows, I started to really become attached to the characters. I felt bad for June because she lost her brother who she was extremely close to. And Day was just…he’s Day. He’s a very different character, which I really liked. He’s been through some stuff and I really just liked him as a character.

The world of this book was insane! Like it was so realistic for me. I could actually picture the world being like that in the future. The story was really thought out and well written and it had me crying and laughing and it made me angry at times, too! But overall, the book was way better than I originally expected and I’m so happy that I bought it! Overall, I give this book 5 out of 5 creamers.