Sectional Saturdays #7/ #fridayreads Absent?! Book haul?! [7/4/15]

So it has been exactly two weeks since I posted.

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I have a lot going on in my life right now. I will be going back and forth to places in the next few weeks, so I will still be busy. But… I will still be doing my best to do reviews at the least. I just won’t be doing many weekly memes and I may miss a Sectional Saturday and Sunday Showerthoughts here and there.

If you want to know what is going on in my life, you can look at my personal blog linked here. I will occasionally update what is going on.

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But, I do have some good news!

This happened:

I have many kindle books to haul and have a package from Amazon coming in with 4 more books with two other things I may show!

So… I may have a giant book haul I may video soon!!

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OH YEAAAAAHHH!!! WOULD YOU LIKE THAT?!

From the spines you see in the pictures, what should I read next?

Currently I am reading:

Because Patrick Ness.

Always because Patrick Ness.

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ANYONE WHO CAN WRITE LIKE THAT, AUTOMATICALLY GETS FAN GIRLED OVER.

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But yes!

I promise to update as much as I can. I love you guys, and miss you!

~ Rei’sa

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera BLOG TOUR

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Published by: Soho Press

Release date: 06/16/15

Genres: Fantasy/Magic, LGBQT, Young Adult, Romance

Pages: 304


“A brilliantly conceived page-turner.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review.
“Vividly written and intricately plotted.”-Publishers Weekly, starred review.

The Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-relief procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto — miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. But Aaron can’t forget how he’s grown up poor or how his friends aren’t always there for him. Like after his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. Aaron has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.

Then Thomas shows up. He has a sweet movie-watching setup on his roof, and he doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession with a popular fantasy series. There are nicknames, inside jokes. Most importantly, Thomas doesn’t mind talking about Aaron’s past. But Aaron’s newfound happiness isn’t welcome on his block. Since he’s can’t stay away from Thomas or suddenly stop being gay, Aaron must turn to Leteo to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he is.

Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.

“[A]n engrossing, intense narrative.”-School Library Journal, starred review.
“Thought provoking and imaginative.”-Booklist, starred review.


This book sounds amazing. I cannot wait to read it. Rarely do books captivate me so much to the point it makes me want to drop what I am reading and read something solo. I have a feeling this will be one of those magical books. 😀

Having paralells to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, just makes me wish I could reach through the screen and have it now! And kinda wanna watch the episode of Futurama where Leela tries to forget Fry.

Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

Title: Emmy and Oliver

Author: Robin Benway

Series: No.

Format: ARC provided by Heather Doss from HarperTeen (THANK YOU!!)

Page Count: 342

Publisher: HarperTeen

Age Range: 16+

Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Coming of Age

Description on Goodreads:

Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will tear through these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver’s father’s crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

Review:

I don’t normally review books DIRECTLY after finishing them. I don’t normally gush and ugly cry either. Emmy and Oliver is one of those books you HAVE to talk about after finishing. You need someone to talk to about it.

I started this book on a whim. I was wanting a fluffy, light hearted romance. I got that and so much more.

I don’t want to spoil anyone, so I will be as detailed yet not as I can.

I felt like I was there with the characters the whole time. Like I was a member of their group of friends. There with them as they surfed, talked and just confied into each other.

This story was heartbreaking, and worth every fracture along the way. The love and the friendship felt so genuine between more than just the main characters. I felt something for every single character. I love that the parents were so involved and just the fact that every character was so strong.

This is how contemporary should be written. This is a story that will be sticking with me for a long time. This is easily one of my favorite books of this year. It comes out on 5/23/15, my only regret is I have to wait til July to get a finished copy. ;_;

BUT! It will be well worth the wait.

My Rating: 5/5 all the way.

Would I/Who would I recommend it (too): Anyone who loves to ugly cry. Anyone who loves a good, well rounded love story.

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13132816-emmy-oliver


Shower Thoughts Sunday #1 : Preordering and Day 1 needing.

Shower Thoughts Sunday is just something I thought I would whip up to talk about different thought I have had about different things. Mostly the book community, but sometimes others. They will focus on one topic, but maybe diverge onto similar topic, but I will stay on the topic at hand.

Today my topic is something that might get me a lot of guff; but I have a lot of thoughts on.

PREORDERING & DAY ONE PURCHASING

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Now, don’t get me wrong! I love preordering. I do it for a few auto buy authors. There are a few that I NEED to have on day 1.

But preordering in the book community is slowly becoming as bad as the preordering epidemic in the gaming community!

My husband and I were actually talking about this today. He is a avid lover of games, from Sony, to PC [master race], to where his true gaming heart lies; Nintendo. For the past few years, he has picked up a few preorder/day 1 things; Mass Effect 2 and 3, Borderlands 2, Dark Souls 1 and 2(special edition with statue), Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and etc, only to be massively dissappointed by most.

The game play was solid in a few of them, but he always felt like it wasn’t worth it. The small ‘perks’ that he got for it (that sometimes ended up being given to the public anyways for free or under 5$), the immediate access, the knick knacks he got… It just feels like a waste to him now. Granted, he doesn’t fully regret all of them, but some he wishes he would have waited on them after playing them.

The same could be said for books. I had the same and similar dilemmas with a few books I preordered/got day one/could not wait due to hype and asked for ARCs for.

Let’s take Becca Fitzpatrick’s Black Ice. I still have to do a full review on this; but… I really hated it. I won’t sugar coat it. I really hated it.

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Now before any of you Hush, Hush fangirls attack me, please do understand: I had never read a Becca Fitzpatrick book before this (and maybe the Hush, Hush series is great!), and I know some people love it. I did not. I am in no way bashing it. To each their own loves! 😀

With this one, I pretty much gave into hype. With how much praise her books had (I only ever had seen the good at the time), I decided. “Well fudge. It’s only $2.99 on kindle for preorder, why the hell not!?”

I even read part of it on Day 1! …. and was ultimately dissatisfied. I liked the style, but not the story. I won’t go into detail why, but it’s why I decided against preordering SUPER CHEAP preorder kindle books. I even passed on the deal they had for Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver due to this. This book really jaded me. I really wish I had waited, and done my research. Sure, it was only 3ish bucks, but I still wish I waited on this one.

This also influenced another thing. Preordering things from authors I know NOTHING about/debut authors. Sure, the ARC’s from reviewers might be great, but I never really get an honest feeling for a book, if I will like it until maybe a week or two after it’s released.

And I know this kind of makes me look bad, since trusted reviewers get ARCs (self included) to review before release and we should trust them. But like I said, sometimes hype gets to be well, huge. I have even seen people I trust retract their reviews months later and downing the book a bit!

Sure, books are hit or miss with everyone. You can’t always guarantee a great story or writer. And yes, there are books I am chomping at the bit for.

(I’m looking at you, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.)

Now, some authors give us a reason to preorder or want too. Free swag or extra bits. Like with:

  • The lovely Miss Jennifer L. Armentrout (Author of Half Blood, The Lux Series, Wait For You Companion Series),
  • Sarah J Maas, (Author of the Throne of Glass Series, A Court of Thorns and Roses and The Starkillers Cycle with Miss Susan Dennard)
  • And my wonderful friend Eric Smith (Author of INKED, The Geek’s Guide To Dating, Textual Healing)

Who offer preorder bonuses like extra info on the story/characters/side stories, signed items and the like. Normally, even with special things like this anymore, I would say no; unless I know I like the authors writing and style is something I know I will or do like. I do not mind supporting them if they are someone I know I can trust my little book lover heart too.

I love supporting new authors by reviewing their books, but if it’s something I am unsure about… I wait. I keep my trigger finger online still until a week or two later. I used to have a really bad problem preordering all the things. Needed them now cause Reviewer A said it was AMAZING. BEST BOOK EVER! and so did Reviewer B, and they said I need to preorder nownownownownownownownownownownownow.

My heart can’t take the pain anymore from this.

It’s been broken too much.

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There is only a few things that will keep me from preordering/day 1 or week 1 buying:

  • I do not know the authors writing/style.
  • I have not read anything by them before the new book (assuming they are a well known author.)
  • It’s being overly hyped before it’s release.
  • It’s someone I trust, but the preorder date is after the 10th, cause monies.

Now, I know this might get a bit of hate, but I had to be honest. I want to know I atleast have a fighting chance to like the book, the game or what have you. I hate feeling like I sunk my hopes into something, then feel like what was offered was a chocolate fountain and what I really got was a rough piece of cocoa shaped like a fountain.

Now, I know I sound mean, and I should be nicer. Don’t get me wrong, if I do get a good feeling from a book and author, I sometimes still do give in and sometimes am very pleasently surprised!

(Looking at you so far, The Sin-Eaters Daughter. :D)

But you can’t blame me for being cautious… can you?

Leave me a message in the comments with your thoughts! I would love to discuss this!

Anyways, over and out! 😀

Breaking 1k…

HOLY HELL.

WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN!?

I had no idea that I had over 1k followers! Thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I know I have been absent quite a bit this last year, but even so..!

I promise to be more diligent this upcoming year! Words cannot express how much I appreciate this, you and everything!

Thank you for joining me on this wonderful journey! 🙂

– Rei’sa al Ghul

First there is books, and then their is life somewhere, I think.

So, I have been diving in and out of a lot of books lately.

 

I can’t seem to focus on just one. I mean, I am still on chapter 12 of Divergent. D: 

 

TWELVE!!!

 

I don’t know how to get out of this funk. It’s really eating me apart. I am just happy it didn’t affect Fangirl. 

 

 

I have so many I want to read, so many I cannot read and so many I am just bleh with.

 

I love the stories, but I just cannot stick to one. It’s like there is a rainfall of so many good books!

 

 

Do you ever have the same problem that I do? Just the inability to finish a book before you start another?

 

I feel like a bad reader. D:

 

 

I mean, I should have atleast 14 books done by now. Do I? Nooooo. 

 

 

I also have been downloading quite a few freebies…

 

And I almost screamed when I got The Testing for free on Kindle. 

 

 

It was like, magic.

 

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Sooo… I thought that I might give a small insight in what I am reading!!

 

 

 

THIS MONTH:

 

 

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

 

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

 

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The Diviners by Libba Bray

 

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Starters and Enders by Lissa Price

 

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I also finished an ARC of Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral by Justin W. Patchin and Sameer Hinduja

 

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It was very informative, and something I really do believe that should be used in all schools. Cyber bullying is slowly becoming a huge thing, nd like they say.. Once it’s on the internet, its there forever. It’s really sad how mean kids and parent can be to other kids.

 

 

Anyways, other than wishing you a happy holidays, I think I am gonna jet for now!

 

Loootss of reading to do. 

 

 

Please, if you don’t mind, drop me some suggestions for books, reading habits or just to chat!

 

 

Peace and Love!

 

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– Reisa 

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

First review since coming back!!

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Title: Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck

Series: No.

Age Range: 14 and up.

Genre: Classic, Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Would I recommend it to anyone?: Yes. A million times yes.

Description on Goodreads:

The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to rein in his immense physical strength. 

Review:

This is a classic. Something I read a long time ago, but one of my absolute favorite reads.

The story follows Lennie and George.

Lennie is a lovable, but slow oaf who is always getting in trouble just trying to be himself.

George is a short, and even short tempered man who protects Lennie from life and others.

The story follows them both from being chased out of the first town, to their new adventure, new job and new troubles!

There they meet Candy and his dog, who both are a precursor to the whole story. Candy is an aged man, who still works his hardest despite only having one hand, and his only love in life is his dog. Old, smelly and just wanting to make his master smile.

Then there is Curly and his wife. A protective and jealous man, even shorter tempered than George, with a wife who in every sense of a tart, Always angering him my flirting with the farm hands.

The book shows the beauty of a strong male bond, companionship and what we are willing to do for our friends. What we will do when given the choice of hard or harder. Pain or true suffering. What is to be gently touched, and what we should avoid. Temptations hard and searing.

This book, at its core is something I am glad I read growing up. It taught me there isn’t always rainbow and sunshine, there sometimes isn’t a happy ending, but a needed ending. Something to grow on.

Lennie and George will always have a place in my heart, and I promise not to pet the puppies to hard on my road of life. 🙂

My Rating: 10/10

Goodreads link:

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/890.Of_Mice_and_Men?ac=1

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An added thank you to Ashley and her husband for making this possible. You two are simply amazing. I love you both immensely,