Mention Monday: Red Riding Hood

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The blacksmith would marry her.
The woodcutter would run away with her.
The werewolf would turn her into one of its own.

Valerie’s sister was beautiful, kind, and sweet. Now she is dead. Henry, the handsome son of the blacksmith, tries to console Valerie, but her wild heart beats fast for another: the outcast woodcutter, Peter, who offers Valerie another life far from home.

After her sister’s violent death, Valerie’s world begins to spiral out of control. For generations, the Wolf has been kept at bay with a monthly sacrifice. But now no one is safe. When an expert Wolf hunter arrives, the villagers learn that the creature lives among them–it could be anyone in town.

It soon becomes clear that Valerie is the only one who can hear the voice of the creature. The Wolf says she must surrender herself before the blood moon wanes…or everyone she loves will die.

Based on a screenplay written by David Leslie Johnson.-Goodreads summary

After reading this book I was extremely dumbfounded with how to rate and review it.  One one hand the book frustrated me.  The beginning was a tad slow.  The plot summary ruins a huge plot twist.  The book was a piece of advertisement for the then upcoming movie.  And, yes, it involves a stereotypical love triangle with paranormal elements to complicate matters.  

Beyond this I was hooked.  I adored all of the characters; since there was a huge mystery element in this book, I found myself questioning every character and his or her motive.  Since every character fell under suspicion, their life stories became imperative to solving the mystery.  Not only did this generate interest in the characters, it also gave the characters depth-something I believe is imperative in successful character development.

Additionally, I enjoyed how the overall mystery was completely unpredictable; it left me with my jaw dropped and the inability to read for a few days.

While not many people like the complete novel, I enjoyed these elements of the story.  For some reason these aspects enabled me to look beyond the “typical frustrations” and appreciate its good portions.  No it is not a groundbreaking YA novel, but it is an enjoyable read-one that I read in one sitting, and for these reasons I would recommend this book.

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Mention Monday: The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Happy Monday and welcome to Mention Monday, in which I recommend a book that I really enjoyed.  Mention Mondays are a part of my Daily Post; to learn more about it, click here.

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Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.-Goodreads summary

For most of my Mention Mondays, I like to avoid overly hyped books for many reasons: one, they’ve been hyped, and we all understand that we “need” to read them; two, they tend to be not worth its recognition; and three, I prefer recommending lesser hyped books.  However, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of the few insanely hyped books that completely shocked me.

Most importantly, I adored our main character, Charlie.  Frequently, books’ protagonists are nervy and fearless individuals, who do not even blink at the thought of danger.  While I think these characters are admirable, they can be extremely unrelatable to me, the reader.  You see, I’m quite shy and introverted.  The thought of being in a dangerous situation makes my heart race faster than an Olympic runner’s.  However, Charlie was a breath of fresh air in the character department.  Like me, he is introverted.  Due to his quiet demeanor, he begins noticing how this debilitates many opportunities in his life.  With the help of friends, Charlie comprehends that while being a wallflower does have its perks, its okay to occasionally live life on the dance floor.

Overall, I adore how alike Charlie and me are.  A person once said, “We read to know that we are not alone.”  While I have had countless individuals jab at my demeanor, Charlie (and Chbosky) reminded me that I’m okay!

I truly think this book is fantastic and would recommend it to anyone struggling with the acceptance of themselves.

I apologize for being like every other wallflower claiming that you need to read this book; but you really need to!

*What are some books that you’d recommend?*

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Mention Monday: Wicked Girls

Today is Mention Monday, in which I recommend a book that I really enjoyed.  Mention Mondays are a part of my Daily Post; to learn more about it, click here!

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From Printz Honor winner and Your Own, Sylvia author Stephanie Hemphill comes this fictionalized account of the Salem Witch trials from three of the real young women living in Salem in 1692.

Ann Putnam Jr. is the queen bee. When her father suggests a spate of illnesses in the village is the result of witchcraft, she puts in motion a chain of events that will change Salem forever.

Mercy Lewis is the beautiful servant in Ann’s house who inspires adulation in some and envy in others. With her troubled past, she seizes her only chance at safety.

Margaret Walcott, Ann’s cousin, is desperately in love. She is torn between staying loyal to her friends and pursuing a life with her betrothed.

With new accusations mounting against the men and women of the community, the girls will have to decide: Is it too late to tell the truth?-Goodreads summary

For some reason I have always found  the Salem Witch Trials to be one of the most fascinating moments in US history.  I’m an avid The Crucible fan, so when I saw this book I knew that I absolutely had to read it!  This book is extremely similar to The Crucible  in that it tries to offer a solution to the Salem Witch Trials. I absolutely love historical eerie mysteries that society can’t offer any sort of reasonable explanations (Roanoke Island, crazy insane asylums that nowadays wouldn’t pass health codes, haunted battle grounds, etc.) Anyway, I completely loved how Stephanie Hemphill offered a theory for the Salem Witch Trials. It really encourages people to think.

I’m so happy that she did extensive research before going into writing this book. In her “Author’s Note” she commented how ridiculously hard it was to find information that coincided with other sources because the whole Salem Witch Trials is a complete mystery. Therefore, she wrote about the solid facts and allowed her creativity to be the fillers for what is not known at all.

I loved how she focused on three girls who were pivotal components to the trials. It was great that we saw three different perspectives on what was happening before, during, and after the trials. I especially love how we can see into their thoughts. With The Crucible, it is just straight forward dialogue that follows more of those accused, and we don’t really see much into the plannings and actions taken by the “accuser girls.” Therefore, it was interesting seeing how the girls individually reacted to the situations.

At the end of the book, Stephanie included mini bios on all of the “accuser girls” and those that they accused. So, once the story ends, you get to find out the endings of all the characters—ranging from marriages, recanting their accusations, having “bastard” children (funny coincidence, because one of the first women the girls accused had a child out of wedlock so they claimed this woman was obviously a witch…ironic, huh?!). I studied this in high school, so it was a nice refresher to read about what happened to these characters again!

It is a delightful quick read, as it is told in verse.  It offers such a unique perspective and will have you captivated from the beginning!

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Happy reading!

Katie

Currently Reading: The End Games and am 7% into it.

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Mention Monday: Stargirl

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From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, hallways hum “Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her – normal.-Goodreads summary

I have always been a fan of Jerry Spinelli, but this book has to be my favorite!  Many YA books encourage individuality, but none of them are quite as effective in their message like Stargirl.  The actual character of Stargirl is charming and encourages her peers to break the conformity and just be themselves.

Therefore, I think this book’s overall message is perfect for anyone.  Whether you’re carrying your pet rat and playing your ukulele, like crazy Stargirl or reading upstairs in your room, like me, just be yourself.  Stargirl proves that there can be only one you!  Live your life!

This book is a super quick read and perfect for summer.  This is the first book in the Stargirl duology.  I look forward to reading the second one!

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Mention Monday: 7 Souls

 

 

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            “Mary expected her seventeenth birthday to be a blowout to remember, courtesy of her best friends, fellow New York City prepsters Amy and Joon, and her doting boyfriend, Trick.
            Instead, the day starts badly and gets worse. After waking up in a mortifying place with a massive, unexplainable hangover, Mary soon discovers that nobody at school is even aware that it’s her birthday. As evening approaches, paranoia sets in. Mary just can’t shake the feeling that someone is out to get her—and, as it turns out, she’s right. Before the night is over, she’s been killed in cold blood.
            But murder is just the beginning of Mary’s ordeal. Her soul gets trapped in a strange limbo, and she must relive the day of her death through the eyes of seven people—each of whom, she finds, had plenty of reasons to hate her. As Mary explores the mysteries of her world, discovering secrets that were hidden in plain sight while she was alive, she clings desperately to the hope that she can solve her own murder, change the past, and—just maybe—save her own life.
            With its blend of suspense, horror, fantasy, and realism, 7 Souls is an adrenaline rush of a thriller.” –Goodreads summary

This book is probably the most underrated book I have ever encountered.  Seriously.  According to Goodreads, this book has a 3.55/5 stars average.  In my opinion that is a total rip off.  It is 5-star worthy.

As is evident in the summary, this book’s plot is a unique concept.  Honestly, I was hesitant to initially read this novel; I feared that this was a huge task for the authors to undertake, and I did not have confidence in their abilities due to the fact that I had never heard of them.  However, they blew me out of the water.  The characters are insanely developed.  At first they seem like one dimensional teenagers; however as the book continues, the characters’ “true colors shine,” and it’s awesome.  Additionally, the plot flourishes in this novel.  With twists and turns, every reader is guaranteed minor heart attacks.

7 Souls has everything a reader could possibly desire-action, suspense, betrayal, mystery, and so much more.  You seriously need to read this book!

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