Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Heir by Kiera Cass Review!

The Heir by Kiera Cass
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 342
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Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she'd put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess's life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can't escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn't expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn's heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.
     no. nope. no. nope. nah. no. I did not enjoy this. Princess Eadlyndhjffhkds (whatever the fuck her name is) is a little bitch. She has been spoiled her whole life and needs an attitude check. While I did have a love/hate relationship with The Selection, The Elite and The One, I simply just hated this book. If you read the first three books and felt the same as I did (check out my review here) then I recommend that you just skip The Heir all together. Personally I hated her snooty attitude and how she thought she was the most important person in the world. lol bitch you ain't. 
     I would have personally been find with stopping with The One. You are not missing out on anything if you do not read this book. While it is interesting to see the selection process from the other side, Princess Whateverthefuck is so unbearable and every word that comes out of her mouth is awful, that she just ruins it for me. I do not care to read the next book in this series. I will just find out who wins by reading spoilers because I am not spending money nor wasting my time reading that nonsense. 1/5 stars.
Did you like this book? Do you think the story should have went on? Let me know!
Thanks Hons,
Lee Chand

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare Review!

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: April 5th 2011
Source: Purchased
Format: Paperback
Pages: 424
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The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
     I am slowly writing reviews of every Cassandra Clare book I have read and now we have come to City of Fallen Angels. Now if you have not read this series, please go do so. The Mortal Instruments series is one of my favorites. Cassandra Clare created this world that I am just enthralled by and somehow managed to perfectly intertwine it with the world we all know. If you have not read City of Bones you can read my review here and see if this series is right for you.

WARNING! Spoilers for the first three books below!

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur Review

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
Release Date: November 4th 2014
Source: Purchase
Format: Paperback
Pages: 204
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milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look. 
     When it comes to Milk and Honey, I seem to be in the minority. I have been seeing people ranting and raving about this book on both tumblr and twitter and I find it to be nothing special. This collection of poetry is nothing more than what can be found on tumblr from a high school girl letting out her emotions (but sometimes that is even better than this.) It is not profound in any way, shape or form. The language is simplistic and not original.
     As someone who has gone through similar things in my life, I would not turn to Milk and Honey to help me express my feelings towards such topics. I find that there are maybe a handful of decent poems in there but overall, the collection is just ascetically pleasing to me and that is all. The "poetry" in this book just seems to be sentences that have random breaks in the lines and all I could think about was this scene from 22 Jump Street that I have on this page.

I was really just underwhelmed by the whole thing. 2/5 stars.

What did you think of Milk and Honey? Do you disagree with me like most people do?
Thanks Hons,
Lee Chand
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why Netflix's 13 Reasons Why Gets a Hard NO! From a Girl Who Was Suicidal

     I know I am a little late to the party in making this post, but I would just like to vocalize my issues with this show since it is a topic very near and dear to my heart. I have been dealing with suicide for a long time. I have seen depression come into the lives of many people including my own. I have seen some defeat it, and I have seen some fall to it. It is a hard subject for anyone to deal with no matter who you are and what you feel inside.
     When I was in 4th grade my best friend's brother committed suicide. Eventually that best friend became my boyfriend and I watched him struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide. Then my senior year of high school I went through that same struggle. There was a darkness that came over me and I could not express that feeling to anyone. I stayed in, closed myself off and almost did not graduate high school.
     See depression and suicide are more than just someone saying mean things about you. It is a mental disease that needs to be treated which the show did not touch upon enough. This show turned suicide into a dramatic love story that young people are watching and fantasizing about. This show glorified suicide and made it seem like suicide is a way of getting people to talk about you and feel sorry for you. While external factors do contribute to depression a lot of the work is done internally. It is a chemical imbalance that messes with how you think and how you function. It is not just simply because Jimmy did not text you back.
     Now, I read this book when I was in 7th grade and I do not remember a lot of it, but I know it did not cause this much of an uproar. I do not know if times are changing or what but the TV show just did not do a good job.
     The TV show turned the message into a love story that little middle schoolers are now begging to have. A relationship ending in suicide is not ideal ladies and gents. And Clay then goes on and on about how he was afraid to love her and that is why she did it and then saying that he is going to try to love her back to life. Do not make this about yourself. This is someones internal struggle so do not put the blame just because you did not say hi to her in the hallway. They are all sitting there thinking that they are the reason for her killing herself, but she had issues and she had a problem. If someone does not share those feelings with you how could you know that they were going to kill themselves. Just because she did not get coffee with you does not mean that is the reason why she killed herself. She needed to see a doctor and get some type of help.
     The show also turned this into one big court case and you have these 13 teenagers withholding evidence which is a crime already! They might get in trouble if they give the police the tapes, so lets just keep passing them on and playing this little game and actually commit a crime.
     Additionally, the fact that they showed Hannah killing herself in such detail. I could not watch any part of that scene. Not her mother finding her. None of that. To show her actually committing suicide was unbelievable. I had a physical panic attack after watching just part of it. That just seemed to take it too far.
     I just did not like the show. It glorified suicide and made so that suicide was talked about in the wrong way. As if it is a dramatic experience instead of a medical issue that needs treatment.

Lee Chand

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A Court of Mist and Fury By Sarah J. Maas Review

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Source: Publisher
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 626
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Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
     Now for those of you who have not read A Court of Thorns and Roses, (which is the first book in the series) I have a review which can be found right here and I recommend that you read that first before you decide to read the whole series.
     While many say that they enjoyed this book more than ACOTAR, I would have to disagree. This book is phenomenal in every sense of the word, but personally I would have liked things to turn out differently. The story arced beautifully from beginning to end filled with passion, romance and drama with a mix of contemporary themes spilled in from time to time. Sarah J. Maas did an incredible job of mixing fantasy and contemporary themes which is a rarity.
     Overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I do love this book, but I wish things would have played out differently.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

long time no see

     After a very long break so that I could graduate high school and start college, I am back! It has been a while but I have not stopped reading or receiving book from publishers! Expect giveaways and reviews to come in the next few weeks! (there will be plenty)
     I have grown a lot in the past year and I have learned so many new things as transitioned to college life at Ohio State. I have enjoyed every second of it, but now that I am home it is time to get back to doing what I love. I am going to spend my days reading, blogging and improving my skills (also working from time to time) and I am hoping that you guys will come along for the ride! This summer is about to be amazing! Thank you for your endless support! Love you always!
Thanks Hons!
Lee Chand