Lost in a Book: Review

 

Lost In a Book

4/5 Stars

“Love is not for cowards.”

This story focuses around the few days before and after Beast gives Belle the best gift of all, his library. When Belle comes across an enchanted book that just might give her everything she’s every dreamed of. Well, or so she thought.

I personally loved how there was two enchantress, Death, and Love. It had a similar feel The Beast Within did, but this was much better in my opinion. The story is what made it for me, I love how this retelling took Belle’s deepest desires and twisted it.

The main reason I didn’t give it 5/5 stars has nothing to do with the story. There were multiple errors in the story where words were just missing from sentences. And if I recall The Beast Within had some similar issues. So, the editing team at Disney Press need to step up their game. Normally, I’ll overlook one error, I understand things get missed. When multiple ones are found, though, you can just tell they rushed to get the book in stores.

SPOILERS:

Belle: I’m so glad they gave Belle more character. We get to see her make mistakes, give in to her desires, make some wrong choices. I loved it. No, a character should be portrayed as perfect. So, this made me very happy.

Beast: I just want to say I like how they portrayed Beast in this story more than in some other retellings I’ve read. I like how it stuck with his original character but deepened it a little without completely changing him.

Plot: The whole idea of Belle getting to go into a story was amazing. I loved how Death and love make this wager, in really helped show their sisterhood dynamics. A Death trickery way of using Belles deepest desires to win the bet, I was just a really great plot line.

Overall this was a good read, highly recommend to those who love retellings.

 

 

My Top 5 Couples

In light of the month I thought I would share with everybody my top 5 bookish couples and my top 5 on screen couples! So, lets get started.

clockwork1. Tess and Will

Through out the whole series really I was rooting for Will Herondale. These two made me feel some serious feels. Jem was too perfect…and who likes perfect? Not me. So, Will you will always have my heart.

 

 

november-92. Fallon and Ben

This was one that I found myself rushing to get to the next part just to know what happens. If you haven’t read this book or anything from Colleen Hoover she has a way of writing relationships I swear. There is always something that hits you from left field.

 

the-one3. Maxon and America

This series was my happy place at a time in my life when I was really struggling. The relationship between Maxon and America starts in one of the most awkward of ways. I mean Maxon was dating like 32 girls at one point. These two just made my heart feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and at the time that was a feeling I was longing for.

 

burning-water4. Jesse and Water

Really this story just broke me down really. I love K.A. Tuckers books so so much it is unreal that I haven’t bought and binge read all of them. Watching these too pretty much have to fall in love twice was not only breath taking but at times heart breaking!

 

the-last-song5. Ronnie and Will

In the book and on screen I loved Ronnie and Will. Its that perfect summer romance that everybody craves once in a while. Plus, this story just makes you ugly cry for days.

Ronnie and Will have that sassy, can’t stop arguing type of relationship I love. Not as annoying as The Notebook, but not all lovey dovey all the time either.

ON SCREEN:

one-tree-hill1. Lucas and Peyton

If you weren’t rooting for these two the WHOLE time, you are shunned from my life! Ha, just kidding but I was one of those people I’m sad to admit, watched this show three time through and that doesn’t include watching it here and there on actual cable. I’m so sad that it is over. THEY are the ones that should have done a revival not Gilmore Girls.

 

the-fosters2. Callie and Brandon

I’m not sure if I’ll get judged for this, but I just want them to be together. I don’t care that they “legally” have the same moms. GUHHHHHHHH. Am I the only one that feels this way? They are just, I don’t even have words to describe them. But, I am forever team Callie and Brandon.

 

this-is-us3. Jack and Rebecca

I love them as a couple. I love this show in general but these two are my favorite. I sometimes feel like we don’t get enough of them. I almost wish they had their own show if I’m being completely honest. These two just show what a relationship and marriage can be like, and show what it looks like to fight for each other

P.S. This picture is oddly long…. 😀

 

safe_haven_poster4. Katie and Alex

I like them in the book but these two on the big screen really brought the chemistry. PLUS, I love Julianne Hough. This is also one of my favorite movies when it comes to romance. Again this is a couple that comes together at a really hard time in each others lives and it just brings them that much closer.

 

Last but not least….

images5. Ali and Jack

Gosh I love this movie. I’ve watched it an easy 15+ times since it came out. First off Christina does an amazing job in the movie in my opinion. Second off look at these two and their steamy chemisty!                                                                   ∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨∨557243165ec60bcbf98243891bbef7c7

 

Anyways those are my favorite couples what are some of yours!!!!!!!!!

Owlcrate-a-thon TBR

Owlcrate-a-thon

February 11th-25th.

Challanges:

  • Read an owlcrate featured book that you’ve had the longest
  • Read a fantasy
  • Read a contemporary

So, I have not been subscribed long enough to be able to completely follow exactly everything for this owlcrate-a-thon. I would still like to participate though. That being said here are the books I hope to read during this read-a-thon!

**Note: Pictures hyperlink to amazon if you want to buy, and titles hyperlink to Goodreads to see review and ratings!

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1.RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Clearly. I would want to read the one book I have from an Owlcrate subscription.

This is a modern retelling based around the Phantom of the Opera. Rune our main character is sent to send her senior year at what was know to be an opera house affiliated with The Phantom of the Opera. Rune turns to the masked violinist, Thorn, for friendship sending her to leave her senior year in destruction.

So excited to read this!!

shadowhunters-codex2. The Shadowhunter’s Codex  by Cassandra Clare & Joshua Lewis 

This is going to fill the fantasy portion the the challenge. At least I’m counting it toward that. 😀

This is the manual that Jace hands to Clary and that later Clary hands to Simon. This manual is one that is seen used at the Shadow Hunter Academy.

So far I love the little notes left behind!

 

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3. The Moon and More by Sara Dessen 

I am currently reading this one!!

Emaline has what everybody believe the perfect boyfriend Luke. It’s the summer before college begins and Emaline is forced to face some serious bump in the road before she gets there. He dad’s in town, her relationship and on the edge of failing, and a mysterious boy named Theo is pushed into her life. Can Emaline keep from repeating her mother’s history?

Those are the three I hope to finish by the 25th! What is everybody else reading???

-Kayla

5 Reasons I’m NOT ashamed of my T.B.R. (To Be Read) pile!

I am so tired of people saying these things.

  • “You’re wasting your money.”
  • “You haven’t even read the ones you have.”
  • “Why don’t you just go to the Library.”
  • “You’re a little too old for young adult books.”

Disclaimer: I have no problem with the library. In fact I get books there I don’t know if I’ll like. I DO SUPPORT LIBRARIES.

1.It’s MY Money.

Stop telling me I’m wasting my money. I don’t buy books if I can’t afford it. And lets be honest I could be ‘wasting my money’ on drugs, or god knows what. So, lets take a step back from telling me I can’t spend my money on things that, um I don’t know, build my imagination and is actually healthy for my brain.

2.Stop telling me I can’t read something because of my age.

I don’t sit around judging others for what they do in their free time. So, stop doing it to me and people like me. I love young adult books, in fact I want to someday write my own young adult books. I love middle grade, paranormal, romance, classics, and much more. All I’m saying is stop judging because most of my books target market is for teenagers.

3.Guess what? I’m supporting somebody.

As somebody who wants to be an author someday, maybe. I strongly believe in going out and buying other author’s books. In fact if I read a book I don’t own and I really loved it, I buy it for myself. I want to support others the way someday I hope others will support me.

4.I’m not afraid to admit I no longer what to read a book.

There are many times when I will see I’ve bought a book and a few years later it is still unread and I no longer have a desire to read it. So, I sell it to someone, I donate it to a library. I give it to someone who wants to read it. And, no, I don’t feel at that point I wasted my money because in my eyes I’ll end up gifting it or giving it away to someone else who can’t afford to by books.

And taking part in being able to give something that allows someone who loves to read but doesn’t have the means to buy their own books is a great feeling.

5. I’m Proud of what I love.

So, all that being said I’m proud of my love for reading and writing. It’s been my escape since I was little and it will continue to be.  I hope to someday share my love of reading with my children. It gives me joy thinking about someday handing my teenager the same copy of a story or stories that have touched me.(or they will think I’m crazy but eh.)

Well, thats my thoughts for today. Have an amazing day everybody!

-Kayla

 

January Wrap UP!

 

Hello Everybody,

I am here to share with you my January wrap up! Enjoy!

Goodreads Challenge: 7/52

  • 4 Novels
  • 3 Graphic Novels

Bookish Goals Completed:

  • Read One Classic

Bookstagram: @dreamwriteread

  • 14 Photos Uploaded
  • 155 Followers
  • Started doing actual Photoshoots ❤

The Bookz:

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1.Burn For Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Rating: 4/5 Stars

This story was a guilty pleasure. It very much reminds you of Mean Girls but not so evil Regina. I liked the characters a lot, and I look forward to picking up the other books in this series. Revenge never tasted so good, at least that was what Kat, Mary, and Lillia had thought it would taste like.

2. Saga Volume 2, 3, and 4

Rating: 4.75/5

     This graphic novel series is stunning, and bad ass. It follows two people who are stuck in a star-crossed lovers nightmare. They’re on the run with their new born trying to simply make a life for themselves and stay alive. There is a lot of adult content in this series I would advise 18+.

3. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Rating: 4.25/5

Light read, full of romance and friendship, perfect to get out of a reading slump. I very much enjoyed these characters, and the relationships between the characters.Reagan is tagging along with her best friend Lilah on her concert tour. While expanding her love for photography along the way, Reagan it faced with some very challenging self growth.

4. Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Rating: 4.75/5

“If ever a song was written for Libby and me, it’s this one. Two broken, lonely people who maybe aren’t so broken or lonely anymore.” -Jake

Coming from someone who has always had self image issues, I’m so happy to have gotten the chance to read Libby’s story.This was a very good and insightful story showing the struggles high school brings when you’re just trying to find yourself.

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rating: 3/5

This is a story set in the 20’s following a group of people who are crude, selfish, and ironically poetic with their actions. This classic read wasn’t my favorite of reads. But, it did leave me appreciating the type of story it told.

Watched:

  • Criminal Minds Seasons 2 and 3
    • Rating 4/5

Keeping Up with:

  • This is Us
    • Rating 5/5
  • Shadowhunters
    • 4/5
  • The Batchelor (God, please get rid of Corinne and Taylor) 
    • 3/5

Started:

  • Crafted a T.B.R Jar (To Be Read Jar)
  • Excel sheet of all the books I own
  • Outlining my Novel Ideas
    • Wrote Prologue and started Chapter One
    • Possible Title: The History that Makes Us

 

2017 Bookish Goals

I hope I can seriously check all these goals off my overambitious, list of bookish goals this year!

  1. Read 52 books this year. A book a week is obtainable but when comparing my previous yearly reading goals to this one, this may be a challenge!
  2.  Less NETFLIX more BOOKS!netflix-old-logo
  3. Find some bookish friends on the many groups I’m involved in!
  4. Blog more……..obviously. I don’t blog enough.
  5. Write more reviews. I don’t mean just rating and leaving a one-liner, but a full on review!
  6. Start a booktube account. And not let how odd I think I look on camera stop me!booktube-1
  7. Don’t force myself to read. Let myself be in the mood to not read, and not feel bad about it!
  8. Lower my TBR pile to less than 25% of my overall books owned.
  9. Share love over as many new comers to our communities as possible.
  10. Write more of my own book. Stick with it! Lets go for 70,000 words this year!

 

No Hashtags Required

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Let’s Be One Again!

How sad is it that society now has to make hashtags to let the world know we’re not okay with murder. How sad is it that our country thinks violence makes their voice heard.

If you want a change in this world you have to start with yourself.

You have to start being open minded, and most importantly you have to open your heart. We should all be proud of who we are, and we should be proud of our community, and our country.

The normal of the past is no more, and I’m sorry but we all need to just accept it.

The hate needs to stop, the pointing fingers needs to stop. One bad cop doesn’t make all cops bad. One bad black person doesn’t make them all bad.One racist white person doesn’t make all white people racist.

But, people stereotype everything now.

What makes this all worse is that the media eats it up like pudding! They show all the stories on the many shootings going on and it just glorifies the assumption that if you use violence the world is going to hear what you have to say.

Then you have all these arguments going around social media, “#bluelivesmatter, #blacklivesmatter, #allpeoplematter,” and so on.

COME ON! Do we all seriously need a huge slap in the face? Of course all lives matter! I love and respect the cops in this world. I love and accept the many races, religions, and sexualities that fill our world. I respect our soldiers, and the families that sacrifice their loved ones. I respect women, AND men. We all should!

Where has the respect gone?

I don’t want to see hashtags filling my newsfeed.

I want to see a white man holding open the door for a black man. I want to see a teenager helping their elders. I want to see two men holding hands in the park without people staring with disgust. I want to see a women getting equal pay. I want to see a five year old boy who loves his dolls and the color pink not getting singled out. I want so many things for this world.

Do you?

Would you hold my hand?

-Kayla

 

 

Motivation VS Stress

Lately I’ve struggled. I’ve struggled to get out of bed, or to do my laundry before I’m stuck re-wearing a shirt. Worst of all, I’m struggling to do the things I love. I haven’t picked up a book in a good month. I haven’t sat down strumming away at my keyboard to finish my short stories. And sadly enough I haven’t worked hard enough to get off the couch and spend time with my beautiful friends.

 

No motivation, just irritation.

 

I’ve felt nothing but this huge weight on my shoulders for a good two months, and it’s finally torn me down enough my knees are stuck to the ground. Stress is like this evil, continuously lurking thing, that just waits for the perfect moment to engulf you.

 

Stress won, for a hot minute or two.

 

I’ve spent the past few months wondering what needed to change. Something had to change. I couldn’t take the stress, the unhappiness. Life is stressful, I know it is for everybody. But, there is stress you choose and stress you have no control over.

 

My mother getting sick was out of my control. The job I had was my choice though. I chose the promotion, but what I didn’t choose was being mistreated. For a while I dealt with it. I dealt with the drama, and the unrealistic expectations they had of me. It’s embarrassing that I only lasted four months into my promotion but I wasn’t happy.

 

I hated going to work, and I dreaded coming back after a day off. That just wasn’t me. I’m quote on quote what some would call a workaholic. I’m the sort of person who doesn’t say no to coming in on my day off. I’m one that after a long vacation is actually ready to go back to work. Not anymore though, not there.

 

So, finally I took a chance after three years I began looking for a different job. And I got one. I haven’t started yet but since I put my notice in, just the thought of soon being finished has slowly changed the way I act.

 

I no longer get grumpy with my significant other because I have to go into work. I started this blog. I started reading again, doing crafts, planning things with my friends, and even playing with my dog more.

My advice to you is if you’re in the same spot as I was, leave.

 

Quit.

 

Start over.

 

Find what it is making you so unhappy, and do something about it.

 

Whatever the case may be search for your happiness, because when you die what sort of life do you want to have left behind? A happy one filled with beautiful memories, or a miserable one filled with darkness?

-Kayla

Tattoos…and SpongeBob

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Today I got my third tattoo. It was across my forearm of three simple words “Love you more” written in my mothers impeccable handwriting.  Originally it was supposed to also have “-Mom” below it. But, literally in the 20 minutes it took for the tattoo artist to set up, with cleaning and what not as he hummed to the creepy alternative music playing, I freakin’ changed my mind.

Changing my mind wasn’t what bothered me. The reason I changed it was.

In fact I’m very happy with having not added the tag. But sitting there, listening to his oddly on beat hum, I pictured SpongeBob. Yes, that’s right SpongeBob. Remembering the episode with the meathead who had Mom tattooed on his shoulder with a heart around it. Being eight I found it so hilarious that this character had the word mom tattooed on his body. Slowly, thoughts turned into images of others snickering and laughing at my tattoo. I panicked.

“Will I look as stupid as the meathead off SpongeBob?”

“Am I stupid to put a silly little dash with mom written next to it?”

It’s crazy how many thoughts go through your head when you’re sitting in a waiting area about to put something on your body that will forever be there. My anxiety got me, it slapped me in the face and said, “Worry! Worry about what everybody around you thinks.”

I personally hate how much I care. But, I cared.

So, when he was finally ready I quickly told him I’d changed my mind I didn’t want “-Mom”  included. And I was scared with this odd anxiety fluttering in my chest, that he was going to be angry and ask why. Then I would have to explain my stupid SpongeBob theory to him and he would think I was an idiot who was just wasting his time.

He didn’t though. He simply said okay and apologized for my wait.

Something a ‘normal’ adult would do and say.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t overthink things. Life’s too short to worry about if people will make fun of you the way I did to the meathead on SpongeBob when I was 8 years old.

I love my tattoo, and all the meaning that follows it. I couldn’t stop looking at it the rest of the evening. And looking back I feel silly for even thinking these thought in the first place. Every day I learn to worry a little less, or try to. I have to be me, and do what make me happy. And you have to be you, and not let some washed up theory pull you away.

-Kayla