Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Book Review: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

AUTHOR: Jennifer Mathieu
Roaring Books Press
PAGES: 209
SOURCE: Bought

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It's true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.

I thought that since this book was short that it would be an easy read, and things would go smoothly.

After reading it now I wish that could have been true for Alice's sake.

High school will be high school and you will always have the cliques. It takes a strong character to stand out and be different.

The Truth About Alice is set in Healy, a small town that you either want to live in forever, or get the hell out of when high school is out. Just like in most small towns everyone knows everybody and their business so it's no surprise to anyone when the town quarterback says he slept with Alice and so did some college guy in the same night. Then the quarterback dies in accident a few days later. Guess who everyone blames? I mean it has to be the last person he was "with" right? So freaking typical!

I grew up in a small town in Texas so I know that feeling of everyone knows everyone. (I can't say it's small anymore though with time comes growth and changes.) I'm not sayin my town ever had these kinds of things happen, but I can imagine how it would be.

I enjoyed the small town feel. I can't say I don't agree with the characters when some want to leave it behind because I felt the same way. You want to get away from what you know, you want to go where no one knows your life story. Maybe, you want to be that little fish in the big sea. I left mine behind, but in the end it's still home.

This story is told in 4 and 1/2 POVS. I will explain the 1/2 POV in a moment.
The 4  and 1/2 POVS are basically the main characters. The ones who share their experiences with us.
I will start with the 1/2 POV which is Alice. Alice is the girl that everyone knows to have slept with two boys at a party and then caused the death of one of them. She's the one that takes constant criticism for being a slut, a murderer, a bad friend, and so many more things that as a girl, as a teenager could really  do damage to her. No one wants to be blacklisted by people who are supposedly your friends, to be pushed aside as the black sheep of the town. These are times when a girl, or anybody could use their best friend, but instead this is what Alice's Best Friend is like...
Kelsie's POV is that of a former BF to Alice. I know characters have flaws, but Kelsie is the one character in this story who I couldn't stand, and that's saying something because a few others were ignorant and rude. I would have thought at some point Kelsie would have been like Alice is my BF and this shit talking has got to stop, but no it didn't. Kelsie stayed this selfish, wanting to please the popular group person. She may have thought about talking to Alice, but actions speak louder than words. I get that something bad happened to her, but if you're that ashamed about it, and no one knows think about how someone else feels when you tell everyone about her problems. Kelsie was a bitch--point blank.
Elaine's the queen Bee of Healy High so I didn't expect much from her. I knew she was going to be this girl who would be this stereotypical bitch, and I was right. That's okay though because she has these flaws and that's what makes her. I honestly thought I would hate her from beginning to end, but unlike the supposed best friend of Alice, Elaine grew a small bit true, but even a bit is more than nothing at all. 
Kurt was one of the characters you just instantly adore. A typical nerd. He was definitely a sweet, kind-hearted guy. When no one else cared to nice and be nice to Alice..there was dear Kurt.  The one person who knew the truth about Alice. (I didn't even mean to go there with that statement.) It hurt a little inside when things happened later on in the book, but we know that Kurt will not let us down. You keep being your awesome self Kurt.
I think Kelsie and Josh were the two characters I wasn't very fond of for the simple fact that both were cowards in my mind. Kelsie for obvious reasons stated above, and Josh because he led everyone to believe in other rumors surrounding Alice. Maybe, even starting one himself. Own up to your

I also called Alice 1/2 a POV because in the end we get to hear her side of the story we get to see how she feels about situations. She gets the final chapter. The final say.

I hated all the slut shaming, and everything these kids did to Alice. The Slut stall...Really? I know it's part of high school, but this is why some many girls and boys have low self-esteem. This is real life and it sucks.

“How much did it hurt? It was like a million paper cuts on my heart.” 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Hearty Covers

Hi everybody! How's everyone's week been going? 
 If you want to see all the other top ten post head on over to The Broke and the Bookish.

This week the topic is  Valentine's Day is next week...let's do a Valentine's Day themed freebie! Top Ten Books That Would Make Great Valentine's Day Reads (or anti-Valentine's day reads), Top Ten OTPs, Top 10 fictional crushes, top ten great love declarations in fiction, swoony quotes from books etc. Get creative!

I picked Covers that have hearts on them. :) I went a different route.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Book Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

AUTHOR: Richelle Mead
PAGES: 272
SOURCE: Bought

In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

This is VERY different then Richelle's other books. If you get one thing from this review, it's this don't go into this thinking it will be a typical Mead book. IT'S NOT! I can't stress this enough. I love how Mead portrayed the soundless-ness of the village in the book by letting us know when they were talking. I loved the concept of the idea, and I believe up until the end it was an interesting idea. I would of loved if this was maybe a duolgy or something because we're left with some many un-answered questions I think.

I love that this takes place someplace very different then most books I read. I love the tiny village feel, and how everyone knows everyone. Mead did a good job at this setting and place she created.

I really loved Fei. I think Mead does an excellent job with her main characters, and making them enjoyable and kick-ass. I know that Fei and Rose are WAY different, and they come from VERY different backgrounds but they have a lot of the same qualities I love when reading. I love that these girls can be kick-ass and yet still have this heart of gold. The family connection between Fei and her sister is one of the qualities I loved. Fei would do anything for her sister and it shows through show much in this story. Fei tries to keep her sister from becoming something less.
Then we have Li Wei, who is a miner and going by their social standing is at the bottom of the chain. He was Fei's friend when they were little, and you could tell that they has chemistry from the start, but Fei kept denying her feelings because she was promised to someone else, but we all know how stories change, and once both them were in situations that they could be killed things change. I'm pretty happy that this was one of those stories where we know the love situation. Sometimes it better to have one love than many. :)

It was way to easily tied up with a bow, and just seemed to quick and thrown together. There isn't much I can say without giving away the ending, but something about it kinda says cheesy. I kind of wish it had another story coming because I would have loved to see what happens with the characters more.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sharing with the Group: The end of 2015 Haul

(Forgive all the adjusting I do.)

Hilary Clinton Pop-up Book
Titans by Victoria Scott (Poster)
Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Glass Arrow by Kirsten Simmons
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab
Sirensong by Jenna Black
The Story Spinner by Becky Wallace
The Dead House by Dawn
Waterfell by Amalia Howard
Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong
Shards and Ashes by Various Authors
The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salsibury
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Book Subscription Box: Owlcrate box for January

This is all the stuff in Januarys box

Artwork by Bookish Evie

I've never heard of the book, but it sounds good.

I love that we got a full size funko pop and it's one I don't 
have so now I'm going to have to collect the Harry Potter ones.

I love the way this lip balm smells.

Book Subscription Box: Lit Cube unveiling for January

Lit cube is another bookish subscription box that I decided I would try out for a few months.

Book Subscription Box: Uppercase box for January

From the Uppercase Website
"Uppercase is a young adult book subscription box. Simply put: You sign up and receive a YA book and a bookish goody every month! Plus the subscription comes with online access to extras like a live book discussion & recommendations for similar books."
Everything that came in the box this month was awesome.

I was so excited to see this book in the package this month.

The book is even signed (although you can barely see it)

This is a little coloring book.

This is a map of the truthwitch world.

This is the note that is always sent with the box.

And these adorable socks that say 'Sup Nerd

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