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!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Quotes (#29)

We made it through the week guys! I'm so excited because this is the calmest weekend i've had in a while and even though I have finals coming up in two weeks and I should be studying this week i'm going to enjoy my freedom and go hard starting Monday! You know, because I think i'll lose my mind if I don't lol So let's get some quotes started and just know that these quotes do not reflect my current mood but I just love this book so much and haven't quite moved on yet. So here we go :)

“The future was one thing that could never be broken, because it had not yet had the chance to be anything.”  ― Sarah Dessen, Saint Anything

“You only really fall apart in front of the people you know can piece you back together.”  ― Sarah Dessen, Saint Anything

“I’d done the right thing. I always did. It just would have been nice if someone had noticed.”  ― Sarah Dessen, Saint Anything

“Just because a person isn't talking about something doesn't mean it's not on their mind. Often, in fact, it's why they won't speak of it.”  ― Sarah Dessen, Saint Anything

“It was a weird kind of loneliness, feeling that some of my closest friends didn’t actually know I existed.”  ― Sarah Dessen, Saint Anything

“That’s the thing, though. You always think you want to be noticed. Until you are.”  ― Sarah Dessen, Saint Anything

“It didn't matter that I'd done none of those things. With shame, like horseshoes, proximity counts.” ― Sarah Dessen, Saint Anything

Happy Friday, Swooners!

Monday, July 25, 2016

COVER REVEAL: Alpha (Mackenzie Grey #3) by Karina Espinosa

SHIFT (book 1):
CAGED (book 2):
ALPHA (book 3): TBA

About the Author:
Karina Espinosa is the Urban Fantasy author of the Sins of the Fallen series and the Mackenzie Grey novels, and a Senior Contributor for Infatuated with travel, pop culture, and the need to write everything down, she spends much of her days in front of a computer working on her next book, shopping online, and listening to music. With nomadic tendencies, she is currently resting her head in South Florida until the itch to move strikes again. You can usually catch her on Facebook, Instagram, and live-tweeting during episodes of The Walking Dead and Orphan Black. Follow her on social media!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Quotes (#28)

Morning Swooners!

I'm feeling so exhausted today and I didn't have any time to have my coffee this morning. Looks like it's going to be a looooooonnnnggg day! Let's get into these quotes.

“Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.” —Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” —Anne Frank

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” —Maya Angelou

“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. "I'm okay" we say. "I'm alright". But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can't get it off. That's when you realize that sometimes it isn't even an answer--it's a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.”—Markus Zusak

“So he tasted the deep pain that is reserved only for the strong, just as he had tasted for a little while the deep happiness.” ― F. Scott FitzgeraldAll the Sad Young Men

“I felt her absence. It was like waking up one day with no teeth in your mouth, you wouldn't need to run to the mirror to know they were gone” ― James DashnerThe Scorch Trials

“The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere.” ― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea