The Way I Used to Be
by Amber Smith
March 22, 2016 | Margaret K. McElderry Books
Status: Complete
         Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.
         What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved-who she once loved-she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.


You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes
Publish Date: September 25, 2014
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Status: Finished
         When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.
         There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight-the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.
         As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way-even if it means murder.


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Adapted from the novel by Jesse Andrews
Release Date: June 12, 2015
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Rating: 4/5

I read the book before watching the movie. The movie is somewhat similar to the book but so much better. I really didn't like the book because the writing / styling / formatting of the book was very irritating and distracted my comprehension of the text. Wow, that sentence sounds so pretentious. I suggest you watch the movie instead of reading the book. If you want to read the book, watch the movie first. This is the only time where a book to movie adaptation was done well and the only time you should read the book before watching the movie.


So, I'm reviewing a picture book...
Tongue Twisters: For Girls
Written by: Honeysuckle Hale
Illustrated by: Aline Jorge
Publishing information: February 6, 2016

The cover is assaulting my senses, and not in a good way. The lime, electric, fluorescent green with this Bloody-Mary red... *shiver* It contrasts each other but it's so harsh. The drawing and its color do not compliment the background and the rest of the cover. I looked at the artist's work and most of her backgrounds are pastel and compliment her drawings. 

I really like the artist's vibe and her style. The pictures in this book were different, in style, compared to the ones on her website, but I still really liked them. The shape and colors were different. I think, the artist was somewhat restricted and limited artistically. The author showed her the tongue twisters, which aren't really tongue twisters because they're rather simple (more on that later), and the artist drew whatever the tongue twister depicted/drew the best representation they could. It didn't seem seamless to me. I really want to read a Patricia Polacco book now.


I love bookmarks. I have no grievances towards them because they keep books in such nice conditions. Spines don't break from facing books down and no dog ear pages! Dog eared pages are the Antichrist to book lovers everywhere. 

Here are some the the cool bookmarks I found online. I'm not sponsored by any of these shops, I wish.

If you didn't like the last shop because you don't like the colors of the rainbow and you're minimalistic (me), you'll like this shop. The bookmarks are black or white and the store also has foil-ing. They're incredibly chic. The bookmarks start at $4.11 each.

UM... WHY?

The Blood of the Hydra (Elementals #2)
by Michelle Madow
Publishing Info: April 18, 2016 | Dreamscape Publishing
Status: Complete
        A demigod who can kill with a touch. It's an ability that must be kept secret from everyone, even from those trusted most.
        Finding out that her new school had her in a special homeroom for witches was strange enough, but now Nicole must face the realization that she has the rare power to kill with just a touch. It’s a secret she needs to keep not only from the Head Elders, but from the super-sexy witch Blake, who she’s had undeniable chemistry with even before he broke up with his long-term girlfriend, the vengeful witch Danielle.
        Now Nicole and the four others gifted with powers over the elements, including Blake and Danielle, must stop a series of monsters that they previously believed to be dead from rising once again and destroying the mortal world. Three magical items are needed, including the blood of the slain hydra – ingredients that they must journey to the dangerous, mystical islands in Greece to retrieve.
        The monsters they face on this journey will be more threatening than anything they’ve encountered yet. But with the fate of the world on their shoulders, it’s up to the Elementals to return home victorious. Will they find the ingredients they need? Can Nicole and her friends pull off this mission while the tension between her, Blake, and Danielle threatens to ruin everything? And how long will it be until Nicole is forced to use her ability to kill in front of everyone, revealing the true darkness of her powers?


I recently bought a box of thin mints from my friend (who's a Girl Scout if you didn't put two and two together) and I decided to create this tag because it seemed right. It's also amusing me.
If you're not giggling already...
Look how happy Leo is with his cookies.
Google search it and just zoom into his face.

I'm not tagging anyone, as usual. Same rules apply. If you're doing the tag, use the picture of Leo and link back to this post. You can tag as many people you want. I hope this tag amuses you because it's so incredibly ridiculous.

I made these questions based on the cookies' name, ingredients, or description on the girl scout website. I purposely made it ridiculously stupid.


The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love
by Sarvenaz Tash
Publishing Info: June 14, 2016 | Simon & Schuster
Status: Finished
         John Hughes meets Comic Con in this hilarious, unabashedly romantic, coming-of-age novel about a teenager who is trying to get his best friend to fall in love with him.
         Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy.
         Archie and Veronica.
         Althena and Noth.
         Graham and Roxy?
         Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.
         But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever-moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.
         When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be...even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.