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The Five People You Meet In Heaven Non-Spoiler Review

Average Rating – 3.91 stars 

Genre – Contempoarary 

Format – Hardback 

Length – 196 pages 

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Synopsis (Goodreads) 

From the author of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, a novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and the idea that heaven is more than a place; it’s an answer. 

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It’s a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?”

 

Thoughts 

Pros 

  • It was a re-read for me and loved it even more. I first read this book in my Grade 8 year and it has stuck with me ever since. 
  • Such a beautiful and powerful story. 
  • Ed is such a lovable character. 
  • Thee writing was pure magic. 
  • Loved how protective Ed was with the little girl. 
  • Loved following the different people that Ed has touched in Heaven. 
  • At the end of the book I felt like Ed was my friend. 

Cons 

  • No cons. This book was amazing!! 

 

Rating 

Plot – 5 stars 

Characters – 5 stars 

Writing – 5 stars 

Pacing – 5 stars 

Narrator – 5 stars 

Enjoyment – 5 stars 

Overall – 5 stars 

 

I would absolutely recommend this book. 

 

“No story sits by itself, Sometimes stories meet at corners and sometimes they cover one another completely, like stones beneath a river.” 

― Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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Anne of Green Gables Review

Hello lovelies. How are you? Today’s blog post is all about my review on the book Anne of Green Gables. I read this book for the first time in grade 5 and I remember really enjoying it. I since have forgotten most of the plot. I wanted to continue the series, so I decided to reread the first book. Please let me know if you have read this book and your thoughts on it. Hope you have a great day. 

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Average Rating – 4. 24 stars

Genre – Classic Fiction

Format – Audiobook

Length – 10 hrs and 19 mins

Synopsis (Goodreads)

As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever . . . but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she’s not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she’ll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special—a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.

 

Thoughts 

Pros

  • I loved this book. 
  • I loved how atmospheric it was. I have never been to P.E.I. before, but I could visualize it completely. 
  • Anne is such a wonderful, smart and magical little girl. 
  • Anne is mischievous, but she does it because she is curious. 
  • I loved how imaginative Anne was. 
  • I loved her relationship with Marilla and Matthew. It was so special.
  • Anne and Diana’s friendship was beautiful to watch. They are total opposites, but that’s what makes them work. 
  • Gilbert is one of my new favourite love interests. He is a peach. 
  • I loved how the second half of the book we got to see how smart Anne was while she was at Queen’s University. She is so inspiring. 

Cons

  • I have no cons. This story was perfection. 

 

Rating 

Plot – 5 stars 

Characters – 5 stars

Writing – 5 stars

Pacing – 5 stars

Narrator – 5 stars 

Enjoyment – 5 stars 

Overall – 5 stars 

 

I 100% recommend this book. 

 

“Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it.” 

Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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Everything You Want Me To Be Review

Hello lovelies. How are you? Today’s blog is my review on the Book Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia. Please leave me a comment down below letting me know if you have read this boom and if so what are your thoughts on this book. Hope you have a great day.

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Average Rating: 3.84 stars

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Format: Audiobook

Narrator: Various Narrators

Length: 10 hours and 44 minutes

Synopsis (GoodReads)

No one knows who she really is…

Hattie Hoffman has spent her whole life playing many parts: the good student, the good daughter, the good girlfriend. But Hattie wants something more, something bigger, and ultimately something that turns out to be exceedingly dangerous. When she’s found brutally stabbed to death, the tragedy rips right through the fabric of her small-town community.

It soon comes to light that Hattie was engaged in a highly compromising and potentially explosive secret online relationship. The question is: Did anyone else know? And to what lengths might they have gone to end it? Hattie’s boyfriend seems distraught over her death, but had he fallen so deeply in love with her that she had become an obsession? Or did Hattie’s impulsive, daredevil nature simply put her in the wrong place at the wrong time, leading her to a violent death at the hands of a stranger?

Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Bereconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to death.

Evocative and razor-sharp, Everything You Want Me to Bechallenges you to test the lines between innocence and culpability, identity and deception. Does love lead to self-discovery—or destruction?

Thoughts

Pros

  • Entertaining read. 
  • Hooked me from the start. 
  • I like how there was multiple perspectives so you get a lot of character aspect. 
  • I really liked the story as a hole. About a teenage girl playing a bunch of different parts for people. 
  • The writing was well done. 
  • I loved the narrators for all of the different characters. 
  • I loved how the main character Hattie was morally grey. It makes her relatable. 

Cons 

  • I guessed who the murderer was. I wanted it to be a little bit more unpredictable. 
  • The romance in this book made me feel very uncomfortable. 

 

Rating 

Characters – 4 stars 

Writing – 4 stars 

Pacing – 4 stars 

Narrator – 4 stars 

Enjoyment – 4 stars 

Overall – 4 stars 

 

I would recommend this book.

 

“Every book changes you in some way, whether it’s your perspective on the world or how you define yourself in relation to the world.”
― Mindy Mejia, Everything You Want Me to Be

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My Plain Jane Book Review

Hello lovelies! How are you? Today’s blog post is all about my review on My Plain Jane by     Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. Please leave me a comment down below letting me know if you have read the book and your thoughts on it. Hope you have a great day.

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Average Rating – 3.89 stars 

Genre – Historical retelling 

Format – Hardback 

Length – 452 pages 

Synopsis (From GoodReads)

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.

Thoughts

Pros 

  • Tells the story from three different perspectives. 
  • Such a fun read.
  • Super funny.
  • Love the concept of Jane Eyre being best friends with Charlotte Bronte (author of the novel) and that Jane can see ghosts. 
  • Loved how the character of Jane Eyre compared Mr. Rochester to Mr. Darcy. 
  • Loved how every so often that the narrator would talk to us the reader throughout the story. For example “excuse me, dear reader.”

Cons 

  • predictable 
  • Charlotte and Jane annoyed the hell out of me. 
  • There is so much female and female hating in this book. 
    • “‘She’s not even that pretty,’ Jane said ‘who needs glossy hair, anyways? And her neck…’ ‘swanlike,’ Charlotte said.”
    • Throughout the book Charlotte constantly put down Jane who was suppose to be her best friend. 

Rating 

Plot – 3 stars 

Writing – 4 stars 

Pacing – 3 stars 

Cover – 3 stars 

Enjoyment – 4 stars 

Overall – 3 stars 

 

If you want a funny and quick read I would recommend this book. 

 

“I would always rather be happy than dignified”

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows, My Plain Jane 

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Sleeping Giants Review

Hello lovelies. How are you? Today’s blog post is my review for the novel Sleeping Giants.  Please leave me a comment down below letting me know if you have read this book and if so what were your thoughts. Have a great day.

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Average Rating – 3.84 stars 

Genre – Science Fiction

Format – Audiobook

Narrator – Various narrators 

Lengths – 8 hours and 29 minutes 

 

Synopsis (GoodReads)

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved—its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history’s most perplexing discovery—and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by a quest for truth—and a fight for control of earthshaking power.

 

Thoughts

Pros 

  • Was such a fun ride.
  • Reminded me of an adult version of the movie the Iron Giant.  
  • Told in interviews and journal entries. 
  • Loved how there were various narrators. 
  • Enjoyed the banter between the characters. 
  • Loved the political intrigued.
  • Kept me engaged the whole time. 

Cons 

  • Felt like I didn’t connect with the characters because you only get snippets of their story at a time throughout this novel. 

 

Rating 

Plot – 5 stars 

Characters – 4 stars 

Writing – 4 stars 

Pacing – 4 stars 

Narrator – 5 stars 

Enjoyment – 4 stars 

Overall – 4 stars 

 

I would recommend this book!

 

“Stories are there to entertain, preserve history, or serve a societal purpose of some kind.”
Sylvain Neuvel, Sleeping Giants

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Love and Other Words Review

Hello lovelies! Today’s blog post is all about my thoughts about the book Love and Other Words by Christina Lauren. I really enjoyed this book. Please comment down below if you have read this book. Hope you have a great day.

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Average Rating- 4.3 / 5

Genre – Contemporary Romance

Format – Audiobook

Narrator– Erin Mallon

Length – 8 hrs and 21 mins

Synopsis (GoodReads) 

The story of the heart can never be unwritten.

Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.

But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother…only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.

Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love

Thoughts 

Pros

  • I really enjoyed this book. 
  • It was beautiful and heartbreaking. 
  • Loved the father and daughter dynamic. Their relationship was funny and sweet. 
  • Loved the romantic relationship in this book. 
  • They bonded over reading which I fell in love with. 
  • It wasn’t insta love which I really appreciated. They fell in love over a couple of years which was realistic. 
  • I also appreciated how the main girl character Macy broke things off with her current boyfriend Brayden before she got together with Elliott because I feel like in other books the main character would have cheated on the current boyfriend. 
  • Throughout the novel Macy and Elliot had a lot of sexual tension and it was really satisfying as a reader when they finally got together. 
  • Enjoyed the family dynamic of this book. 

Cons 

  • Did not like the reason that Macy and Elliot broke up. I felt like it was really out of character for Elliott to do what ultimately tore them a part. 

Rating 

Plot – 4 stars 

Characters – 5 stars 

Writing – 4 stars 

Pacing – 4 stars 

Narrator – 5 stars 

Enjoyment – 5 stars 

Overall – 4 stars 

I would highly recommend this book. 

“I never got to fall out of love. I just had to move on.” 

– Christina Lauren, Love and Other Words

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The Outsiders Review (Spoilers)

Hi lovelies. How are you? Today’s blog post is about my review on the novel the Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. This reviews does contain spoilers. Please leave me a comment down below what your thoughts are on this classic work of fiction. hope you have a great day.

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Average Rating (GoodReads) – 4.7 / 5

Genre – Classic Fiction

Format – Audiobook

Narrator – Jim Fyfe

Length – 5 hrs

Synopsis (GoodReads) 

The Outsiders is about two weeks in the life of a 14-year-old boy. The novel tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis and his struggles with right and wrong in a society in which he believes that he is an outsider. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his bifurcated world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser. 

Thoughts 

Pros 

  • I did not have to read this book in grade school. 
  • One of my Best Friends loves this book and has been wanting me to read this book forever. I am so happy I listened to her. 
  • Cross between the movies Stand by Me and West Side Story. Both are my favourite movies. 
  • Loved the aspect of friendship and family that this novel portrayed.
  • The novel is easy to get into and keeps your attention. 
  • Enjoyed Pony Boy as a narrator. 
  • Offers a theme of everyone is different, yet everyone is the same. 
  • Favourite character was Johnny. He was such a lovable and broken character. All throughout the book I rooted for this character. I was so upset when he died at the end. 
  • Everyone needs to read this book because everyone will get something out of it no matter the age. 

Cons 

  •  I have no cons to this novel.  

Rating

Plot – 5 stars 

Characters  5 stars 

Writing – 5 stars 

Pacing – 5 stars 

Narrator – 5 stars 

Enjoyment – 5 stars 

Overall – 5 stars 

I highly recommend this novel. 

“It seemed funny to me that the sunset she saw from her patio and the one I saw from the back steps was the same one. Maybe the two different worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.” 

S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders