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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 11- Book that is most like your life

I’m sorry, folks. I promise this will be the only time I do this to you! But I just can’t choose.

My life is a combination of:

-Because my life is pretty normal. Wonderful, but normal. Full of normal girly things like Facebook, and nail polish, and thinking about cute guys. 😉 Of course, that stuff isn’t really in this book, but if it was in the 21st century I guarantee you that it would be! 🙂

-Because my friends are great! No, really. Just think about friendship in the Harry Potter books for a second.

– Because sometimes I feel like I’m waiting for a wolf to jump out and carry me into the woods, or a vampire to fall in love with me. Or even a large harry man-giant to come and tell me I’m a witch. I guess I read too much fiction as a kid. 🙂

– Because anyone who knows me personally knows that I am funny. Or, at least I think I am. 🙂 I’m not that annoying class comedian, but I’m the girl who tries to see how many puns you can fit into a single sentence with her best friend, who also happens to be quite the comedian (long-lost sisters!),even though they both are on the verge of puking (Thank you, gym class!). (best friend, you know who you are) 🙂

Basically, my life is both normal and fantastic. Boring and exciting. Romantic and lonely.  But life is all about the ups and downs. There is a reason that I couldn’t choose a single book that my life was like, and it’s because that book doesn’t exist!

What about you?

Oh, and I just can’t get Divergent out of my head! The quotes, FOUR, Tris, FOUR, the challenges, OH AND DID I MENTION FOUR!!! I will post the review tomorrow, sorry, still sick! 😦

Happy reading, guys and gals!


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Joint Review- Linger and Forever


I finished reading both Linger and Forever yesterday, and I tried to review them then, I just never got around to it.

To be honest, I won’t be able to summarize these. Since they are part of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater, I can’t ruin these books for anyone who is considering them! I’ll do my best to say what I think without ruining it for everyone! If you’d rather read my review on Shiver, which kind of encompasses the idea of the series, click here.


This is the middle book in the series.  It is a semi-long book, and it dragged a little at times.  There are some new characters introduced, and we also learn more about the real depth of Sam and Grace’s love. Also, this sounds a little tough, but it almost seemed like this book was an unnecessary part of the series. I mean, sure, the characters grow and we add 2 more points of views to the chapters, but nothing really happens.  The whole book was building up to a certain event, which, if you have more brains than a wedge of cheese, you totally saw coming. And wanted to get it over with.

However, this series is good and you couldn’t skip this book, you wouldn’t understand Forever. So if you are reading the series, go ahead with this one, but this isn’t my favorite.


I really liked this book! Not as much as I liked Shiver, but I am happy with the way this ended. The author did a nice job of tying up all of the loose ends. I was left with a happy, satisfied feeling and I really enjoy that in books. I recommend it as part of the series, and overall it is worth slugging through Linger’s slowness to get to Forever!

I hope you enjoyed this kind-of review!

Update- Being finished with this series, I was ready to go back to reading The White Queen.  But when I started reading this again, I just couldn’t get into it. So now I am reading the Princess of the Midnight Ball instead! I loved the original story, so I can’t wait for this! Thanks again, Cara, for the suggestion!

P.S.- Shout out to my friend Casey, who thanks to me is newly obsessed with The Hunger Games! 😉


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Book Review- Shiver

I finished reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater five minutes ago. Yes, five minutes ago! There is a reason that I jumped right on here to tell everyone about it, and that is because it is SO AMAZING! I have to tell the world! I loved this so much that I wanted to get the next one right away and start reading- but I figured I should take a break, seeing as I had been stationary, reading for the past 3 1/2 hours. 😉 Have you ever done that?

Anyway, I should probably give you a brief summary before I continue glowing about this book! This isn’t, as I previously thought, a book for young kids, it is a teen book, but I can never compare it to Twilight again. I kind of liked Twilight (and please don’t get mad at me, you Twi- haters!), and this changed how I thought about werewolf- fiction forever, I don’t even think I’ll read Twilight again after this. So, this book is about a girl named Grace.  When she was young, she was attacked by wolves but survived. She lived thanks to a particular wolf with yellow eyes.  Years later, as a junior in high school, she is very attached to seeing him and the other wolves in the woods behind her house.  Their disappearance in the spring and summer has always puzzled her, and when something happens one day, she finds out what she has suspected all along. The wolves are actually werewolves- and for a while she gets to be with the one she loves- the yellow eyed wolf- as a human.  But this isn’t an easy life….

Oh man, is this a good book. Most teen fiction nowadays(excepting The Hunger Games and a few special others) is frivolous, superficial trash.  Just take a walk through the Teen Fiction section of any Barnes and Noble and you’ll see- vampires, werewolves, and all forms of undead.  This book totally exceeded my expectations, I wouldn’t even count it as a werewolf-type book anymore.  The romance between Grace and Sam (the yellow-eyed wolf) is very sweet and heart-warming.

I would recommend this to anyone and everyone! Even though it seems to be written by teens, I believe an adult would enjoy this as much as a teen would!

Have you read this? Tell me what you think! And feel free to recommend to me any book you think I would like!

P.S.- Please don’t read this book unless you have the sequel available. Trust me. After reading this, you will want more!

Olivia 🙂


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Book Review- The Rescue

Once I started reading “The Rescue” by Nicholas Sparks, I couldn’t stop. I can’t compare this to any of his other books, because I haven’t read any other books of his, but from what I see on Goodreads it isn’t his best one.  However, I quite enjoyed this. Once I started this, I laid in my bed for 4 straight hours and read. When I finally put it down, with puffy eyes due to my excessive crying, it was 1 AM. Greeaattt. On a school night. When I have to wake up at 6 AM the next day. Perfect. But it was worth it!

This book is about a woman named Denise who has a child named Kyle. Kyle has a speech problem- he is 5, but he talks like he is 2- or younger, depending on who he is talking to. She gets into a car accident, and several things happen. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but the man who rescues her is Taylor McAden, a volunteer fireman. Many things happen (and once again, I can’t tell you what!) but they fall in love! The question is- will Taylor break his bad habits of the past so that he can be with the perfect girl for him?

This is a very easy beach romance- type of book.  Like I said before, it took me about 5 hours of straight reading to finish this.  That is like nothing-  this book is 352 pages.  If you are looking for a book that is a quick read and a little bit of a tearjerker, yet still a romance that leaves you feeling satisfied, this is for you!

I am now reading both The White Queen and Shiver- from my Library Awesomeness Haul, and I am really enjoying them both. I hope everyone had a great weekend and a better than the usual terrible Monday!

I would love to read more Nicholas Sparks books! Give me your suggestions of his best!

Thanks for reading!

Olivia 🙂


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Library Awesomeness- Haul

Can you even call books you got from the library a “haul”? I’m not sure, but I’ll do it anyway. 😀 Yesterday I ordered some books that I wanted to my local library, and picked them up a few hours ago. Man, there is nothing like a brand new, shiny book. But it makes me sad that I can’t keep these forever! Maybe I’m irrational. That or I like books. 🙂

Anyway, I got 6 books today. That might seem like a lot, especially considering the fact that I am already in the middle of a book. I don’t care.

Goodreads’ Description- “Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.”

One Day was inadvertently recommended to me by Chew Your Lipstick in her day 4 of the 30 day book challenge (a book that makes you cry). I say inadvertently because I don’t know her personally, I just read her post and knew I wanted to read this book. I also saw it at a local used bookstore, so I know if I love it I can buy it for cheap.  I am almost always interested in books that have movies of them, so I’d be excited to see the movie after I read this.

This is similar to Phillipa Gregory’s other books in that she is writing again about the kings and queens of old England. This one in particular is about Queen Elizabeth, and her rise to power. I am interested in this one even more after reading The Other Queen-  because it makes Elizabeth seem like a nasty person. Her point of view will be refreshing.

Those of you who have read my last few posts know I have wanted to read this book for a long time. I have already read a sample of it on my Kindle and fallen in love, so this is most likely the one I will read first.

The Princess of the Midnight Ball is a new version of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. If you haven’t read this, it is about a handsome man who has to rescue 12 princesses from a curse- every night they must enter an underground kingdom and dance the night away.  I really enjoyed the original version as a little girl, and I look forward to reading this version. This was recommended to me by Cara, and it seems like we have similar tastes! I can’t wait! 🙂 Thanks, Cara!

This is another one of those werewolf series’. Unfortunately, I am a sucker for those. 🙂 These seem to be better than the other stereotypical sagas though. I think maybe because so many people dislike Twilight, they give all other romantic fantasy werewolf/vampire type books a bad rap. Yes, I realize these are meant for preteens, but after reading a chapter or two in target, I was hooked.

OK, so if you have read any of these books, comment and tell me what you think! I will hopefully review all of these once I am finished! Also, I LOVE recommendations, and as you can tell, most of the time I read what you recommend! So please tell me what you would suggest!

Spread the love, my fellow bookworms!!



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