Review: 13 Reasons Why – Jay Asher

WARNING: This post does contain spoilers, but I will specify when I mention them.

13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

4/5 starsImage result for 13 reasons why book cover

You can’t stop the future.
You can’t rewind the past.
The only way to learn the secret . . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.

Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

So as I stated in a recent post, I mentioned that I wanted to read this book because it was becoming a Netflix series. I loved the idea for the plot of this book. Explanation for suicide and what impacted the decision. Hannah Baker kills herself, and leaves behind a series of tapes explaining why she did what she did, and how a bunch of people influenced her decision. I just had such respect for Hannah for having the guts to tell the people how they helped in her decision to kill her self.

Minor spoiler ahead!

 

 

However, I didn’t like the relationship between Clay and Hannah. It makes sense there wasn’t much of a relationship because Hannah dies, but I still feel like there wasn’t anything really. Clay fawned over her from a distance and they made out at a party but that was it. It never explained how Clay felt about her. It lacked his actual feelings and what he liked about her other than he thought she was beautiful.

Other than that, I really enjoyed this book! If you’ve read this book let me know how you felt about it! Also, I started The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine today. Friend me on Goodreads to see what I plan on reading next!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

411 Update

Hello darlings! As I had posted in recent blogs, I wasn’t a fan of Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me. I just couldn’t get attached to Juliette as I wanted to. In my opinion she was annoying and I couldn’t handle the writing style. Maybe I’ll try reading it again later in the year, but for now I’ll move on to 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Have any of you read either of these books?? If you have, let me know in the comments!

Happy readings,

Bri

Reader Confession Book Tag!

Hello again darlings! For this post I’ve decided to do a book tag, but my best friend, Mykenna, is also going to do it with me.

Have you ever damaged a book?

Mykenna: Uh, yea. (One of mine)

Me: No, not that I can think of.

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Mykenna: Nope.

Bri: Yes. Unintentionally, but yes. (It was in like 4th grade, okay?)

How long does it take you to read a book?

Mykenna: 1-3 days with no distractions, but normally a week with distractions, depending on the genre.

Bri: Depends on how into the book I am.  If I’m super into it, I will read everywhere. If I’m not, it’ll probably take me forever.

Books you haven’t finished?

Mykenna: The Lost Hero, Rebel Spring, The Bane Chronicles, and The Rose and the Dagger.Image result for rebel spring

Bri: Birthmarked, and very possibly Shatter Me.Image result for birthmarked caragh obrien book cover

Hyped/popular books you didn’t like?

Mykenna: The Iron Trial, Sweet Evil, Girl Online, Paper Towns, Just One Night, and Glass Sword.Image result for iron trial

Bri: Shatter Me so far, Twilight, and Paper Towns.Image result for paper towns

Any books you wouldn’t tell someone you were reading?

Mykenna: Any overly sexy books.

Bri: Any super erotic book or a super juvenile re-read.

How many books do you own?

Mykenna: Roughly 300… lol

Bri: 196

Are you a fast or slow reader?

Mykenna: Fast, medium when busy.

Bri: Normally fast.

Do you like to buddy read?

Mykenna & Bri: Yes, but we suck.

Do you read better in head or out loud?

Mykenna: Fiction- in my head. Nonfiction- out loud.

Bri: In my head, but I enjoy reading out loud.

If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

Mykenna: The Deathly Hallows for obvious reasons.Image result for the deathly hallows

Bri: The Grimm’s Tales.

 

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Thank you for reading lovelies, and let me know your opinions in the comments!

 

 

 

 

Review: Pulse- Patrick Carman

WARNING: This post does contain spoilers.

Pulse, Tremor, and Quake by Patrick Carman

2.5/5 stars

Pulse cover

With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a “pulse,” and Dylan has the talent, too.

In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters who are so powerful they can flatten their enemies by uprooting streetlights, throwing boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with her unusual talent, the mind–and the heart–can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.

Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy is a stunning and epic triumph about the power of the mind–and of love.

Okay so I read this series a few weeks ago, about the middle of February, and I must say I wasn’t that pleased. I enjoyed the idea of Carman’s idea of being able to move things with the mind (who doesn’t?) but I didn’t like that he tried connecting the pulse to the actual body. Being a med student, I was excited to find out what Carman had planned for the second pulse, but then it just never happened. It talked about Faith discovering her second pulse and feeling it in her neck behind her first one, but it never explained how that worked, which was disappointing to me.

I also felt that Carman switched character views so frequently I couldn’t get attached to Faith until the last book. The point of views were so inconsistent I found myself being confused at frequent times. In one page I would be with Dylan and Faith during her training, and a few lines down I would being reading about Hawk doing some tech-geek things. Then before I knew it I was reading about Clara Quinn and all her evil thoughts. It got annoying I felt and I was never able to connect to Faith on the level I wanted to.

I also felt that Dylan and Faith’s relationship had no build up. They began with casting doe-eyes at each other while training and then all of a sudden they were in a relationship and completely in love with each other. If there is going to be a love connection in the book I want to be able to feel it and relate to it.

 

Well readers, that all for this series. Sorry I sound so negative about it, I was sad that this series was more of a disappointment. If you’ve read this series and agree or disagree with me, let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear your opinions!

Plans for March

How has 2017 been going for you so far? For this month I plan on finishing Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Has anyone read this series? And if you did what did you think? It’s taking me forever to get into it, and I’ve fallen asleep while reading it twice now. After I finish Shatter Me I’m going to read 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. This book is now becoming a Netflix Series so I want to check it out before the series is released. This month I also want to read JLA’s new release Till Death. Who doesn’t love serial killer stories? Spring break starts for me next week as well, so hopefully I can get a few books in before this month draws to an end. Let me know what you plan on reading this month, and send any recommendations you have my way!

Happy readings,

Bri

First blog post

This is the post excerpt.

Hello darlings! As my first blog post I figured I would state some things about myself. I’m 18 years old and living in Southern Utah. I will be attending college in the fall and I have 3 dogs. I love reading all genres of books, but fantasy tends to catch my attention most. Some of my favorite authors currently include: Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Colleen Hoover, and  Cassandra Clare. I have just been introduced to Hoover and Armentrout, but I have enjoyed their books a lot in recent reads. In the reviews I post on this blog, I will tag spoilers in the header. I also would love to hear back from you as my adventure with this website continues. My email is open to anyone and I would love to hear from you.

Happy readings,

Bri