Thursday, November 24, 2016

Quotes (#32)

Morning Swooners!

It's Thanksgiving day and there are so many things I am thankful for this year. First, I have to say that I am so thankful to have made it this far in my nursing program. It's been an incredible journey so far and there are still times when I can't believe that i'm doing this and i've survived this long. I'm also incredibly thankful that I am currently passing all my classes this semester. It's been a rough semester and many of my classmates are not doing so well so I just want to say how thankful I am that i'm doing well enough not to worry as much. Another thing i'm so grateful for is the health of my grandparents. They have both gone through a lot of scary health issues this year and things were grim for quite some time. I'm just so happy that they were both strong enough to pull through and stick around for a little while longer. I can't imagine my life without them and I don't think I would have made it through this year if they weren't around. Of course there are so many more things that i'm grateful for, but those are the first few things that come to my mind while writing this. Let's get into some quotes for the week.

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Be thankful for everything that happens in your life; it’s all an experience.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”― Mother Teresa

“Maybe the truth is, there's a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn't having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it's about stringing together all the little things.”― Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

“There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.”― C. JoyBell C.

“I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.”― Drew Barrymore

“Happiness is not a's a by-product of a life well lived.”― Eleanor Roosevelt

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”― Louisa May Alcott

Monday, October 3, 2016

REVIEW: The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston

The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston
Publication Date: February 1, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Received from Publisher 
Buy it at: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

*This eARC was received from the publisher, but it did not influence this review in any way *

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Lie, torture, kill—there's nothing Chris and Derek wouldn't do for their younger brothers…

When Chris wakes up tied to a chair in a dark basement, he knows that he's trapped—and why. He shot and killed Derek's little brother. He had his reasons, but no matter how far Derek goes to uncover the truth about that night, Chris's story won't change. It can't. There is far too much at stake…

Derek is desperate to prove his brother didn't deserve to die. And if kidnapping his brother's killer is the only way to the truth, than he'll go to extremes. But Chris's truth is far more dangerous than Derek could have imagined, and knowing could cost both their lives…

When I started reading this book I was a little skeptical about how the author was going to handle this story, but I instantly fell into the rhythm and soon found that I couldn't put it down. This story is told through a combination of flashbacks and the present which I normally find a bit difficult to read, but this author made it flow naturally and beautifully. The story itself was told in reverse which I loved because it's such a different style to write and it kept me guessing until the very end!

The story is told from Chris's point of view while alternating between the present and flashbacks as Chris tells Derek his side of what happened. The entire time I was reading, I loved how unpredictable it all was! I never knew what was going to happen and the ending was such a perfect twist. It truly had me questioning everything I had learned while reading. That ending was perfect! There are no words for it!!

I think what makes "The Truth" so special is that it touches on realistic subjects and gives such a realistic feeling while reading it. The author turned this story into more than just a young adult book. He highlighted facets of human nature. He shows you that everyone is damaged in some shape or form and that corruption can drive people to do horrible things. He shows you that not everyone gets to have a happily ever after, no matter how much they deserve one and everyone has bad things happen to them, even good people. He also made me feel sad for the antagonist of the story. His love for his brother was truly heartfelt.

This book is a fast-paced story that will leave you wanting more as you turn the last page and wonder how you could have read it so fast without realizing.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Quotes (#31)

Morning Swooners!

So I know i've only been posting quotes lately and i'm really sorry for that, i've just been really busy with school work and haven't had the chance to work on any book reviews. I promise i'll get my act together soon though :) So let's get the day started with some quotes from one of my new favorite series (read: my new obsession)!

“It would not take a monster to destroy a monster - but light, light to drive out darkness.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“You didn't need a weapon at all when you were born one.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“As for Celaena," he said again, "you do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“Gods, he was brilliant. Cunning and wicked and brilliant.
Even when he beat the hell out of her. Every. Damn. Day.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“He'd known, since the moment he figured out who she was, that while Celaena would always pick him, Aelin would not.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“She had lied to him. She had wanted to save lives, yes. But she had gone out there with no intention of saving her own.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“But she didn't want to know - didn't want to think about the Sun Goddess and her agenda as she flung herself on Rowan, breathing in his scent, memorizing the feel of him. The first member of her court - the court that would change the world. The court that would rebuild it. Together.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“They had survived, when so many had not. And no one ­else could understand what it was like to bear it, unless they had lost as much.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“These days, I am very glad to be a mortal, and to only have to endure this life once. These days, I don't envy you at all."

"And before?"

It was her turn to stare toward the horizon. "I used to wish I had a chance to see it all- and hated that I never would.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

“He looked at his friend, perhaps for the last time, and said what he had always known, from the moment they’d met, when he’d understood that the prince was his brother in soul. “I love you.”
Sarah J. Maas, Heir of Fire

Monday, September 12, 2016

Quotes (#30)

Morning Swooners!

So I recently finished reading the Legend series by Marie Lu and I absolutely LOVED it! So to honor that new love that I can't seem to get over, here are some quotes from the three books. Hope you enjoy them!

“'You're brilliant,' he says. 'But you're a fool to stay with someone like me.' I close my eyes at the touch of his hand. 'Then we are both fools.'”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“Brave thoughts, but am I ready to follow through on them?”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“Dust everywhere... and out of that emerged this beautiful boy with the bluest eyes I'd ever seen, holding his hand out to help me to my feet.”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“It's strange being here with you. I hardly know you. But...sometimes it feels like we're the same person born into two different worlds.”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“Someday I’ll see him again, and we’ll tell our stories to each other…but for now, I lock him safely away, in a place where I can draw on his strength.”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“Her sadness makes her impossibly beautiful, like snow blanketing a barren landscape.”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“I can see her intelligence in every question she asks me and every observation she makes. But at the same time, there's an innocence that makes her completely different from most of the people I've met. She's not cynical or jaded. The streets haven't broken her. They've made her stronger instead.”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“She's pretty in a way that distracts me just like she did in the Skiz ring. No, pretty's not the right word. Beautiful.”  ― Marie Lu, Legend

“Day, the boy from the streets with nothing except the clothes on his back and the earnestness in his eyes, owns my heart. He is beauty, inside and out. He is the silver lining in a world of darkness. He is my light.”  ― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“I want to run. To do what I always do, have always done, for the last five years of my life. Escape, flee into the shadows. But this time, I stand my ground. I'm tired of running.”  ― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“I turn even more flustered when I remember that I have actually pistol-whipped him in the face before. Romantic.”  ― Marie Lu, Prodigy

“Sometimes, the sun sets earlier. Days don’t last forever, you know. But I’ll fight as hard as I can. I can promise you that.”  ― Marie Lu, Champion

“I’ve been searching a long time for something I think I lost. I felt like I found something when I saw you back there.”  ― Marie Lu, Champion

“He loves you, really he does. He'd love you even if it destroyed him. He matches you.”  ― Marie Lu, Champion

“Where I come from, we're more about efficiency,' he replies. 'A knife like this'll skewer food, smear butter, and slit throats all at the same time.” ― Marie Lu, Champion

“I'm so tired. I don't know if I can ever outrun how I used to be.”  ― Marie Lu, Champion

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

REVIEW: Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Viking Books
Source: Miami Dade Public Library
Buy it at: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Sydney's handsome, charismatic older brother, Peyton, has always dominated the family, demanding and receiving the lion's share of their parents' attention. And when Peyton's involvement in a drunk driving episode sends him to jail, Sydney feels increasingly rootless and invisible, worried that her parents are unconcerned about the real victim: the boy Peyton hit and seriously injured. Meanwhile, Sydney becomes friends with the Chathams, a warm, close-knit, eccentric family, and their friendship helps her understand that she is not responsible for Peyton's mistakes. Once again, the hugely popular Sarah Dessen tells an engrossing story of a girl discovering friendship, love, and herself.

Holy cow, guys! I hate that Sarah Dessen always makes me love all of her books. Especially this one. I seriously couldn't put it down. We start with a little bit of back story about Sydney and her brother Peyton's criminal background. As can be expected, her brother's history has detrimental effects on more than just him. It has left lasting effects on his entire family, including Sydney. She finds herself feeling ostracized and wanting to get away. This is where the story starts to take off. Once she meets the Chathoms, they slowly begin to change her views on herself, the situation with her brother, and her life in general. 

Sydney has a really hard time adjusting to the devastating actions of her older brother, Peyton. She feels left out and ignored by her parents and blames her brother and his actions for that feeling. She also has a hard time dealing with the fact that her parents have seemingly forgotten and ignored the little boy that was severely injured and paralyzed due to Peyton's actions. This gives Sydney a feeling of guilt because she feels that someone should care about the boy that had his life changed forever. 

I was a bit iffy with my feelings about Sydney's parents, particularly her mother. I had a hard time relating to her because I had the same feeling that Sydney had: they shouldn't forget about the little boy who was injured. I felt like she was being so selfish by ignoring the event and ignoring Peyton's role in everything. On the other hand, I also understood that was just her way of coping with the whole situation which makes me feel for her a bit. I didn't really care for her father at all. He seemed kind of insignificant and wimpy throughout the book.

The real MVP of this story is the Chatham family! From the moment we meet Layla we know that she is someone important in Sydney's life. She's such a free spirit and never judges Sydney for any of the things that Sydney judges herself on and it's so beautiful to see their friendship bloom. Then there's Layla's older brother Mac...can you say swooooooonnnnn!!! Anyway, Mac is the perfect older brother to Layla and and even more perfect boyfriend to Sydney! He's so kind and caring to everyone he meets it's refreshing to see. Mrs. Chatham plays a pretty large role in Sydney's life too but on a much smaller scope. Although her scenes are small in comparison to Layla and Mac's, her role is pivotal in allowing Sydney to release all the guilt she feels because of her brother, and helps her to reconcile her relationship with her brother in a way her parents could never do. Can I just say I freakin' love that family!!

So overall, I have to say that of all the Sarah Dessen books i've read, this one was by far my absolute favorite and I think everyone should get there hands on a copy and read it! I'm 1000% sure you'll love it as much as I did!