This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

imgres-8First, the cover to this book is gorgeous! Also, the book, not just the cover, is gorgeous! This Raging Light tells the story of Lucille working her way through her senior year of high school after her mother left and her father went “crazy.” Lucille is left alone to fend for herself and her sister.

At first, I have to admit that I was a bit put off by the summary, I wanted to pick up the book because of the cover and I was worried that I would be in the mood for a much lighter read  but boy was I wrong.

This raging light was beautifully written  and was filled with heart and hope. The main character, Lucille, is one the of the strongest characters I have ever read from and Estelle Laure did a FANTASTIC job making sure that every detail, character, action, setting and more is as realistic and well described as possible. I have talked a lot about realistic characters recently but I think that Estelle Laure has become the queen at writing them.

I loved This Raging Light so much, there was a lot of character growth and surprises at every corner and I can not wait for the sequel! I want to point out an interesting part of the book is the main character’s thoughts, Lucille tends to think about what she wants to happen or what could happen sometimes and imagine it happening. I think those thoughts put a very interesting affect onto the book and her situation. Overall, I recommend this book to everyone and hope that you love it too! Thanks for reading! -Katherine

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WWW WEDNESDAY, April 27th 2016

I am so sorry that I have not put up any book reviews or any other posts this week! WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words or Samannelizabeth.wordpress.com. The three main questions are:

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What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

 

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I am currently reading… When We Collided by Emery Lord, which I am about halfway done reading and it is amazing! The characters and themes are so interesting to read about and I can’t put it down! A review for this book will be up later this week!

 

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I recently finished reading… This Raging Light by Estelle Laure which is a completely fabulous read! A review for this book will definitely be up ASAP! This Raging Light is about a girl named Lucille who is currently living with only her younger sister and is trying to keep their life together after her mother left and her father went crazy. This book had a really strong main character which I loved and covered many real difficult situations that were beautifully written.

 

I think next I will read… Lady Renegade by Rachel Hawkins! I finally bought it! I will also be reading The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh, the sequel to The Wrath and The Dawn which I really liked. Many new releases are also coming out next week like The Crown by Keira Cass, The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson! I will be reading all of these books next, although it will probably take me a few weeks to get to all of them. The must-read-immediately books are A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas, The Crown by Keira Cass, Lady Renegade by Rachel Hawkins and The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh. I will most likely be reading nonstop next week as these books are from some of my favorite authors and series!

 

Thanks for reading! -Katherine

WWW Wednesday, April 20th 2016

Last week I hadn’t made much reading progress so I didn’t write a WWW and I nearly forgot to do one this week! WWW is a weekly meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words or Samannelizabeth.wordpress.com. The three main questions are:img_1384-0

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

 

I am currently reading… Passenger by Alexandimgres-5.jpgra Bracken! I loveimgres-4
The Darkest Minds series, also by Alexandra Bracken, so I had to pick this up. When I picked this up, I read part of the beginning but became swept up in other new releases and the beginning of the book felt a bit slow so I put it down but I am picking it back up! I do like Passenger and I enjoy reading about the time travel. I am also reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and I am also really loving it, especially for a classic! I am reading To Kill a Mockingbird for school so I will be reading it for a while.

 

images-1imgres-3I recently finished reading… I am Princess X by Cherie Priest and Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Both books I gave four stars on goodreads and I really liked but I had a bit of a
hard time getting into both. I made a review for I am Princess X and will be making a review for Landline in the near future!

 

imgres-5imgres-4I think next I will read… Lady Renegade by Rachel Hawkins! I still haven’t bought it but it is one of the most pressing books I need to read! I am also next reading Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan which I technically started but I have other books that are more pressing to finish so it is being put to the side. From what I have read so far of Two Boys Kissing, I find it really interesting in the different relationships that it explores!

 

Thanks for reading! -Katherine

I am Princess X by Cherie Priest

imgres-3.jpg I am Princess X covers the story of May. May and Libby were best friends and created an amazing series of graphic novels surrounding a heroine named Princess X. When Libby dies in a car crash, Princess X disappears with her. Three years later, May comes back to her hometown and sees a sticker with Princess X and does everything she can to figure out why it is there.

I enjoyed I am Princess X a lot, I liked the mix of writing, the graphic novel and a few online chats. The comics/graphics in the book were very nicely done.

I am Princess X starts off quickly, only the first thirteen pages set up everything that happened, the creation of Princess X, basic background behind all of the characters and what happened in the car crash and just after it. I do like the quick beginning, I hate when books take forever to really start, but the beginning was almost too fast, I felt that I couldn’t connect to the characters and story as easily because we learned everything so quickly.

In I Am Princess X, all of the characters are really realistic, I could easily imagine them right next to me and none of them seemed perfect, everyone had issues, whether it was communication, patience, reckless-ness or lack of smarts.  The only character that I felt was a little bit glorified was Libby, the best friend, but I found that glorification really understandable because the main character hadn’t seen her best friend since she died, the background seemed to establish that May really had looked up to Libby and unspecified.jpghumans tend to glorify people that they miss or look up to all of the time.

I Am Princess X mainly consisted of mainly dialogue and action, making the book very fast paced, especially with its mystery/treasure hunt plot. I liked how fast paced it was but because it was very “show not tell” based, the emotions, feelings and sometimes even thoughts had to be inferred. Because there was so much dialogue and action, I also found the writing closer to middle-grade level.

What I most liked about the book, other than the gorgeous cover, was that it was a mystery book with a treasure hunt plot. I don’t want to spoil this book at all so I won’t explain everything but May looks for clues with the help of new a friend and I loved May’s proccess of putting everything together to solve the clues. Because the book was also very online based, this book really reminded me of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. If you liked this book, I would pick up Ready Player One and if you enjoyed Ready Player One, I would give this a try! Thanks for reading! -Katherine

Katniss vs Hermione Rap Battle

Not much to do with books but a friend showed me this video of a rap battle with Hermione and Katniss that is amazing! It’s not new at all but if you haven’t seen it, you should definitly check it out! It contains so many funny jabs at the two series and a few sad ones too! Thanks for reading! -Katherine

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Teaser Trailer

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The new teaser trailer just came out (20 hours ago) for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and it is fantastic!  It is packed with hints at what the movie will include and looks so amazing! There was so much more information that we can learn about this world from this trailer which creates so much more anticipation! It includes parts of the Harry Potter theme song and more amazing music! I love all of the little added details in the movie that we can see, from the spells to the magic wisps to the writing on the lock of the brief case!  There is even a reference to Dumbledore!

From what we can see so far, Nicholas Flammel was expelled from Hogwarts for having dangerous creatures and goes to America. He will meet two sisters and a no-Maj (muggle) and experience his adventures with them (based on other information than from just this trailer)! I am really interested to learn about how the culture of this world differs between countries and how that affects Nicholas Flammel’s experience. Through the trailer, we see bits and pieces of details like a collapsing brick wall for a wizarding town, like the one into diagon ally, a blue phoenix and what seems to be a whole different set of wizarding government issues! I won’t go spoil all of it for you! Here‘s the link, if you haven’t seen it! Thanks for reading! -Katherine

Writing Quotes

The third and most likely last (for now) post on quotes! These quotes are all about writing; the formation of ideas, the feelings that come out of it and more. Have fun reading!

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“The most important things are the hardest to say. They are the things you get ashamed of, because words diminish them — words shrink things that seemed limitless when they were in your head to no more than living size when they’re brought out. But it’s more than that, isn’t it? The most important things lie too close to wherever your secret heart is buried, like landmarks to a treasure your enemies would love to steal away. And you may make revelations that cost you dearly only to have people look at you in a funny way, not understanding what you’ve said at all, or why you thought it was so important that you almost cried while you were saying it. That’s the worst, I think. When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller but for want of an understanding ear.” ― Stephen King

 

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” ― E.L. Doctorow

 

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

 

“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” —George Orwell

 

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