Review: Dare to Be You

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Rating: ★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

This book is basically a collection of quotes from famous women and a few men. The book is divided into short little chapters based on themes like being yourself and caring for the planet.

The selection of women featured was expansive. You had everyone from politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Stacey Abrams to actresses like Jane Fonda and Amy Poehler. 

At the end of the book there are short biographies of all the people who were quoted. I kind of wished that these bios were incorporated throughout the book to help break up all the quotes. It got a little tiring reading a bunch of quotes without anything there to mix it up. Having the biographies intermixed would help with that. It would also help give the quotes some context because I’m sure there are some people who read this book who won’t know who everyone is. Also, a lot of quotes would be more impactful if you knew the story behind the woman saying it. 

Overall, I would recommend this book to young girls and teens. I think this book would really resonate with them and would make a great gift. 

November 2019 wrap-up

Hi beauties! Where has the time gone? November went by so fast. November was sort of a crazy month for me since finals begin right away in December. That means more studying and less reading. I still managed to read quite a bit and even finished book that I had been reading for over a month. I read 6 book in total.

Here is what I read:

Overall, I am happy with the amount of books I managed to read this month. My finals are all 3 days a row in early December so I’m hoping to read even more in December!

How did you do in November? Let me know in the comments!

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Review: When the Stars Lead to You

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Rating: ★★★★

I received this book for free from The NOVL in exchange for an honest review. 

First and foremost, I want to start off with a massive trigger warning for depression and suicide. These topics are heavily discussed in this book.

This was a very heartfelt and touching book.

The depression representation was really well done. It showed what depression looked like and how it affects not only the person with it, but also their loved ones. After reading the author’s note at the end, you can tell just how personal this story was for the author. 

A lot of reviewers have mentioned that the romance in this book is very insta-lovey and obsessive. There is merit to that, however, that was kind of the point of the book. Towards the end, the nature of their relationship gets discussed. This book isn’t necessarily supposed to be one of those cutesy YA romances. 

I loved the biracial (main character is half white and half black) representation. I liked that it didn’t shy away from showing the racism that is still prevalent today. I also liked that classism and elitism was also explored in conjunction with her race. It’s interesting to see how race, class, and gender all intersect. This book is so sex-positive which is so refreshing to see in YA.

Lastly, I thought the ending was perfect for the story. It seemed realistic and I liked that it was more ope-ended. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this #OwnVoices debut. 

October 2019 wrap-up

Hi beauties! Time for my October wrap-up. After reading only 3 books in August and then rocking it in September with 10 books, I ended up reading . . . 3 books. Not a great month. Life got kind of crazy and I lost motivation to read. I was planning on reading more spooky books this month but I got kind of burned out since I read so many last month.

Here’s what I did manage to read:

Overall, this wasn’t a great month but I am hopeful for November (and my Christmas TBR which I will be starting soon)!

How was your October? Did you read any spooky books?

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Review: Undead Girl Gang

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Rating: ★★★★

I’ve been wanting to read this book for the longest time. I finally got around to reading it as part of my Spooky TBR. 

I thought this was a fun book! 

The premise is awesome. A teen witch bringing three dead girls back to life to uncover the truth about their deaths is perfect for Halloween. 

I liked the interactions between the three dead girls and Mila. It was especially interesting to see Mila, the school outsider, interact with June and Dayton, the two popular girls. I liked seeing the relationship between the four girls grow and develop into a friendship. 

I also loved that Mila was a plus sized Latina because yay for diversity! 

The reveal of what actually happened to the girls was a little underwhelming for me. I wasn’t shocked or anything. I thought it was going to be more dramatic and have more twists and turns. 

Lastly, I loved that Riley was wearing a SF Giants hat throughout the book as part of her disguise. The Giants are my favorite baseball team and also their colors are orange and black, making it even more perfect for the Halloween season. 

Overall, if you’re looking for a YA read for spooky season, then check out this book. There’s witchcraft, zombie girls, and a creepy old abandoned house. What more could you want?

Review: The World is Ours

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Rating: ★★★★½

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

This book took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions and I loved every minute of it. 

I was reminded a lot of the TV show, Andi Mack, while reading this. In case you don’t know, Andi Mack was this amazing show on Disney Channel that featured the network’s first gay main character, Cyrus. I was obsessed with the show until Disney Channel canceled it (but that’s a discussion for another day). Riley’s journey and who he ended up with reminded me of Cyrus. I was very happy with who Riley ended up with at the end. It gave me similar feels to the Cyrus storyline. From the very beginning I was rooting for Riley and that person to get together but I didn’t know if it would happen. So when it did happen I was ecstatic and had a mini freak out over it. 

I loved Riley’s journey in discovering his sexuality. It was so heartwarming to see him become more confident in who he is. 

I also liked Riley’s friend group and how supportive they were. They also reminded a little of the friend group in Andi Mack. 

Overall, this was an amazing LGBT read. If you are a fan of Andi Mack or Love, Simon (I haven’t read the book but have seen the movie), you’ll like this one. 

Review: Bill Marriott

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Rating: ★★★★½

I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

Initially, I thought this book might be on the dull side since it’s nonfiction, but I was wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

First off, I’m a big fan of Marriott hotels. Whenever I stay in a hotel, it’s usually a Marriott. However, I had no idea just how big the Marriott company actually is. 

This book is jammed packed with information. I could tell that the author did a tremendous amount of research. I learned so much about Bill Marriott and the company. Like I had no idea that Marriott built Great America, which is an amusement park in my hometown. I also did not know that Marriott almost bought Disney. Or that the Marriotts were friends with the Romneys (Mitt Romney is actually named after Bill’s father). My mind was blown. 

The book also discusses Bill Marriott’s faith. Bill belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The discussion o his religion never gets too overpowering or preachy, but instead gets woven throughout the book. It was interesting to see how his faith influenced his business decisions and his way of life. 

Overall, this was an insightful book about an incredible man and his company. I’m so glad I read this book because now I love staying at Marriotts even more since I know all the history behind it.