Love Me or Miss Me review

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20200702_174725-1Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on Love Me or Miss Me by Dream Jordan. The book actually contain two stories: Hot Girl and Bad Boy. Before we get into it I encourage you to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also make sure you follow my blog that way you don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

Kate is a fourteen year old foster kid who’s best friend is away for the summer. During that time, she befriends the “it girl” of the neighborhood and quickly falls under her influence which causes Kate to make bad decisions. Fast forward, a year later, Kate is forced into a group home and eventually meets Percy where she ends up in an abusive relationship.

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First things first, I fell in love with this book from the first page. Mainly because of the language. The black community has such a vast and colorful language and when I read it in this book I immediately found it relatable. The vernacular made me feel like I wasn’t reading the story of a stranger but that of just another homegirl.

The book did not unfold like I imagined it would. I imagined that Kate was 17 (17 is always the magic age for me) and after she befriends that “it girl” she starts neglecting her friend once the school year rolls around. Then she ends up with Percy who beats on her and she has a hard time getting out of the relationship. Well…it didn’t quite go down like that.

Kate is 14 going on 15 when she meets Naleejah is also 14 but acts like a grown woman. Even though she lives in a run-down house with neglectful parents she has men who buys her clothes and jewelry and purses whenever she wants. Pretty much she’s acting bougie. She also brags about how she’s always “getting some” and she tries to convince Kate to sleep with a man she hardly knows in order to gain experience in order to satisfy her crush. Chile….this girl is only 14! Every chapter I had to through my hands up in exasperation because this girl was getting on my nerves. But I will admit that even though I personally have never been in this type of situation before I know girls who have been. When you are 13, 14 years old you think you know everything (you don’t) and you think it’s cute when guys who are 18, 19, 20, 21 years old are trying to holla at you (it’s not). That’s another reason why I found this book so relatable because growing up I have seen girls act this way. However, we do get a peek into Naleejah’s home life and from that perspective we get a reason as to why she does what she does. As I said before, her parents are neglectful and I think Naleejah was just looking for love in the wrong places. Ironically, Kate faces a similar situation when she meets Percy. What was also interesting to me was that Kate was somewhat judging Naleejah for her taste in men but Kate wasn’t all that better when it came to Percy but I’ll get into that later. Even though Kate and Naleejah had a rocky friendship I do like how Naleejah helped Kate gain confidence in herself. I also liked how Kate stayed true to herself no matter what and kept it real when it mattered.

Now…Percy. As I said earlier, Kate unfortunately could not stay with her foster parents and then she meets Percy who immediately sweeps her off her feet. But as time goes on he pretty much starts becoming more controlling and paranoid and starts gaslighting Kate. And of course Kate kept giving him chance after chance because he does a lot of nice things for her and she felt wanted. Similar to Naleejah when it comes to men as I stated earlier. Similarly, Kate tried to school Naleejah on her relationships with men but of course the girl paid Kate no mind just like when Kate’s friend Felicia tried to school Kate on her relationship with Percy. And once again Kate could not see past the ugly side of Percy because she was in love. What’s funny is that you as the reader see all the signs of the abuse and you are yelling at the character in frustration (at least that’s what I was doing) because you’re on the outside looking in. You tell yourself “that could never be me”. But when a situation like that hits close to home you’re blinded.

What I didn’t like about the book was that at the end her friend/crush Charles kept trying to get with her. In the first book him and Kate started to have a relationship and he did something foul. Although she forgave him she didn’t forget it. Since then he’s claimed he’s a different person and that the two of them we meant to be together. Even after her relationship with Percy ended he still tried to put the moves on her. I felt as though the author should’ve had Charles respected her space a little more.

I really really liked this book mostly because I could relate to it. It also has great pacing and I breezed through it pretty quickly.

Overall, I give it a 4/5!

Until next time!

P.S. If you or anybody you know is in an abusive relationship please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1– 800-799-7233 or any other abuse hotline. 

The Bookish Box unboxing

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Hello, everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. I am very excited because yesterday I received my first subscription box from the Book(ish) Box! The Book(ish) Box is a monthly literary subscription where you can get fabulous items from your favorite books sent directly to you. A lot of the items are even designed by many up and coming artists. This month’s theme was A Court of Seasons which was inspired by Sarah J. Maas’ series A Court of Thorns and Roses.20200627_142229

ACOTAR is one of my favorite books series so of course I was very happy with my purchase! I especially liked the necklace. It’s very feminine and dainty and may be my favorite item in the box.20200627_140144

Now let’s say that for whatever reason you don’t want a full subscription, you can opt to buy a one-time box. Which is perfect for if you just want to try it out and not make any commitments. If you choose to do so, I would recommend buying it right away because those boxes tend to run out quickly. You can also browse the Book(ish) Box online store. They have joggers, T-shirts, jewelry, candles, bookmarks, etc. 

This post is not sponsored by the Book(ish) Box. I just wanted to share with you my excitement!

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Bad Moon Rising review

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stockvault-night-sky210009-01Hello, everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. I hope everyone is doing well. Even though the quarantine is slowly being lifted in some states I hope everyone is still being safe. For me personally I went back to work last week and I have to say that I was a little nervous. With that being said, I don’t think I’ll be going to restaurants and parties or anything like that anytime soon. For those of you who are going to restaurants, hair salons, nail salons and such I hope you all are taking the same safety precautions as before. But enough about that. Today we are going to be doing a review on Bad Moon Rising by Jonathan Maberry. It is the third and final book to the Pine Deep series. If you have not read my review on Ghost Road Blues or Dead Man’s Song (the first two book of the series respectively) then I suggest you read those first here and here. Before we get into it I encourage you to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you follow my blog so you don’t miss any reviews in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.

With Halloween literally around the corner Val, Crow and their friends must work together to figure out what is going on in Pine Deep once and for all. Meanwhile, the Red Wave is gaining traction and is set to bring bloodshed to Pine Deep the likes of which the town have never seen.

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First off, like with Dead Man’s Song, Bad Moon Rising recaps everything from the last book in great detail. I mostly liked how the author recapped the first two books through news articles in the beginning. I thought that was creative. I also liked how the author combined certain aspects with being a vampire with aspects of being a werewolf. I thought that was creative as well. Then the story shifted a little to ley lines which I thought was not really necessary. However, when evil is involved it needs a place of great energy so I guess it makes sense to include ley lines in the story. I will say the further the book got the weirder the supernatural bit got as well. Like I said before, the author combined vampire and werwolf folklore into one unique storyline but I thought it was a little much at times. I mean, some of the folklore was confusing and didn’t always make sense.

Speaking of weird, we finally understand Mike’s background and why Ubel Griswold wants him killed. Long story short Mike has two fathers; a biological one (who is not Big John Sweeney as everyone thought) and a spiritual one (if you could call him that). Turns out Mike is a special type of vampire known as a dhamphyr. I did not see any of that coming. To be honest, I thought all of that was a bit much as well. I felt it was an eerie way of tying all of the main characters together. There was a scene towards the end that reminded me of many scenes from the movie “Blade”. There was so much body explosions I couldn’t help but think of that.

I found the pacing to be a little slow especially towards the end. I feel as though the author could’ve wrapped up the story a little faster. I did appreciate the epilogue and that the author left a few questions go unanswered.

I didn’t hate the book but I didn’t like it as much as the others. It was a little too long in certain parts and it got weird (or weirder) after a certain point.

Overall I give it a 2.5/5.

Until next time!

Ghost Road Blues review

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stockvault-burry-smoke-on-black98202-01Hello, everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are doing to be doing a review on Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry. Before we do I encourage you to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you follow my blog so you don’t miss any of my reviews coming up. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

Back in 1976, madman Ubel Griswold killed several people in the small Pennsylvania town of Pine Deep. 30 years later, supernatural occurrences start to happen in connection with Griswolds death. Not to mention a trio of criminals from Philly have become stranded in Pine Deep thanks to a car accident. Was the crash an accident or were more sinister things at work?

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First and foremost… I read the second book, Dead Man’s Song, back in January by mistake. It was on the shelf at the library, I thought it had a cool promise so I read it not knowing that it was part of a trilogy. I will say, however, that the second book reinterates everthing that happened in the first book down to the last detail. So luckily I didn’t feel as though I missed out on anything. When you’re done with this review head here to see my review on Dead Man’s Song. With that being said, I knew what was going to happen in Ghost Road Blues and everything that happened in Dead Man’s Song made more sense.

Now, I have mixed reviews about this book. Let’s start with the positive. The opening chapter was misleading but in a good way. I thought the book was jumping right into the chaos but actually it wasn’t. I have to say that I was impressed with the way the beginning was written. I also liked how the author does a lot of exposition. Meaning that the reader would be put in a situation with a character and then the author will give background information about said character. I enjoy that kind of writing and often use it in my own writing. Now on to the negative.

Even though I like expositional writing I didn’t like the fact that some of the exposition was reiterated. That happened quite a few times with each character. There were also a lot of moving parts in this book; a lot of POVs. I said the same thing about the second book and I can only assume the same thing will be said about the third. One thing that did made sense was Mike Sweeney’s involvement in this whole supernatural adventure and why his stepfather, Vic, hates him so much. Also, it explains why Tow-Truck Eddie is so obsessed with him. I couldn’t quite understand it while I was reading the second book but now I do. I still don’t understand, however, how Vic got involved in this whole sordid thing in the first place. Has says he’s been apart of Griswold’s “big plan” for the last thirty years but why? I mean, how was he convinced? Did it take a lot of convincing or not a lot because he’s that big of a pyscho? Also, this “big plan”…how did it come about? What’s the point? I mean, I guess evil doesn’t really have to have a point but still. Hopefully, these questions will be answered in the last book.

I did notice some grammatical errors. There’s this one scene where the author used the word “wood” instead of “would” twice. There was also a scene where the author had a character perfom a certain act not realizing the character had already performed said act a few sentences ago. These are minor details though.

It’s a little weird rating this book because I read the trilogy out of order and I thought the second was not only a stand alone book, but a murder mystery. That is to say I was disappointed when it wasn’t. This first book, however, I did somewhat enjoy. It has a good premise although it had a lot of moving parts. The pacing was pretty decent. Although I had some issues with it, it is not a bad read.

I give it a 3/5.

Until next time!

Eliza and Her Monsters review

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Night Sky - Starry Sky Over the HorizonHello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. This book has been on my TBR list for a while and I finally got around to reading it. Before we get started I encourage you to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, go ahead and follow my blog. That way you don’t miss any of my reviews coming up in the future. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

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Eliza Mirk is the anti-social creator of the most popular webcomic on the internet, “Monstrous Sea.” However, nobody knows that she created the comic and she wants to keep it that way. That is until she meets Wallace; the new kid at school who writes “Monstrous Sea” fanfiction. Eliza has spent years keeping her identity a secret but the closer her and Wallace gets the more she realizes that maybe she doesn’t have to be so alone anymore.

First off, I just want to say how much I admire Eliza’s dedication to her craft and how she managed to create a whole business out of a hobby. The money that she made from her comic was enough to put her through college! As I was reading, the book reminded me of FanGirl by Rainbow Rowell. In both books the main characters are creators who at point or another become obsessed with their work. But as time goes on they start to expand their horizons and become open to different things. Even though Eliza is a teenager and full of her own teenage angst I found her attitude towards her family to be annoying and somewhat disrespectful. I know that if I ever talked to me mom like that…well. Let’s just say things would not end well. To be fair, however, I can somewhat understand her attitude towards her parents. Especially since they never took the time to fully understand her and her love for “Monstrous Sea.” Instead they kept pushing her to do the things that they wanted her to do and I, as well as other people, can relate to that.

Towards the end of the book, though, she does reevaluate himself and becomes more involved with her family after the climax of the story. With that being said I do like how Zappia included mental health into the story. I think a lot of time we as people become so obsessed with something we don’t see how it affects our mental health. We think that we are unworthy and that our art, work or hobbies are the only things that define us as people. We are afraid of letting people down that we don’t take the time out for ourselves. I appreciate Zappia taking the time to bring all this up towards the end.

I thought her relationship with Wallace was cute and well put together. I also like how at first glance Wallace seemed like your typically jock but he was really sweet and sensitive. I did think he was being a selfish towards the end when Eliza was going through her crisis but the author rectified that later on.

I thought the book was a little slow in the first few chapters but it picked up speed. I also liked how the chapters weren’t long. Even though there were 44 chapters it didn’t take me long to get through the book. I really enjoyed how Zappia put in a few scenes from “Monstrous Sea” throughout the book. It gave the reader a peak of what Elizabeth lived so much. Overall, it was nice little read.

I guve it a 3/5

Until next time!

Clementine Cane

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Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today I want to do something I haven’t done in a while. So mostly I do book reviews and some movie adaptations. But every so often I will post some of my own personal poems or stories. Since we have been quarantined for so long I have been trying to keep busy by reading (of course), cleaning my room and watching YouTube videos to boost my moral. Then I decided that since I have so much time on my hands I should get back into writing. Which I have done.

Whenever I have a new idea for a book I always rush to the computer to start typing. However, after a week or so I get bored and give up, never to return. But this time I have been consistent in my writing. For the past few weeks I have been dedicating six hours a week to writing. And I must say I am proud of myself for sticking to that schedule.

Now, as some of you may know feedback is important and vital in making any story, big or small a success. I say all of this to say that I would like some of you to read what I have so far and provide feedback.

Feedback coming from people who enjoy many different genres of books would help me get a feel for what my story needs and doesn’t need. I would greatly appreciate it. So, without further ado you can click my link below and start reading. Have fun!

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Crooked Kingdom review

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20200610_092819Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are finally going to be doing a review on Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. It is the second book to the Six of Crows duology. I have heard great things about Six of Crows so I finally got a chance to read it back in March (read my review here) and I have been pining to read the second book since then. Before we get into it make sure you comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also follow my blog so don’t miss any of my reviews in the future. So, without further ado let’s get started.

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After being double crossed Kaz Brekker and his team are once again scheming, lying and cheating in order to obtain what was rightfully theirs. Alliances are formed, friendships are tested and, if the team doesn’t pull off this job, the small island of Ketterdam could be plunged into war.

Let’s talk about what I liked about this book. First off, the POVs. I loved how the author smoothly blended all of the POVs together into one solid story. It wasn’t choppy or nonsense. Everything flowed beautifully. I very much enjoyed seeing each part of the job from different POVs. It made the story more interesting. I also liked how during Wylan’s chapters we got to see more of his background and what exactly led him to the island of Ketterdam in the first place. Now that I think about it, Wylan has to be one of favorite characters because out all the characters I think Wylan had the most morals (Matthias would be second). Even though he spent a long time around criminals he never loss his sense of morality. I’ll admit that I was waiting for Wylan to succumb to the lesser values of the other team members but he never did. I also liked how the author didn’t put everyone in a relationship just for the sake of putting everyone together. Everyone’s relationship was built on friendship first and that paved the way for each relationship to blossom. Speaking of relationships, I appreciate the author pushing Inej and Kaz’ relationship forward one step at a time. Both of them have been traumatized previously in their lives so human contact is not always readily accepted by them. But towards the end they made strides to be better people.

Now, on to what I didn’t like. There was this one part at the end that I did not see coming and it was upsetting. I thought it was a cheap way of adding drama right when you thought everything was okay. Even though I didn’t like it I can understand why the author did it. This is not the type of story that has a happy ending no matter how hard you root for the characters. I just wish that the author went about it in a different way.

Overall, I didn’t find Crooked Kingdom to be as good as Six of Crows. The main reason being that you didn’t know what to expect with Six of Crows whereas with Crooked Kingdom you are more prepared and you know things are not what they seem. I still enjoyed the book I just enjoyed Six of Crows a little better.

I give it a 3/5.

Until next time!

The Testaments Review

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Screenshot_2020-06-04-18-07-00-1-1Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to the Book Nook. The past few days have been so hectic with the protesting, rioting and looting that’s been going on everywhere. I would just like to say that I hope all non-black individuals can understand why these protests are happening and why it is important. As for looting, I personally don’t condone it but I understand why people are doing it. Even if you are not protesting, I sincerely hope many of you are taking part in other ways such as donating, becoming a member of certain organizations and even using your platforms to help the cause. I also hope that many of you are taking the opportunity to become more educated with what’s going on right now in our society.

Today we are going to be doing a review on The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. Many of you know her as the author of The Haidmaid’s Tale which is a popular show on Hulu. I have read The Haidmaid’s Tale a few years ago and you can read my review of that here. Before we get into it you make sure you comment down below and tell me your thoughts and also follow my blog so you don’t miss any of my reviews coming up. So, without further ado, let’s get into it.

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The Testaments is set 15 years after The Handmaid’s Tale following the story of three women, two who were raised during the rise of the Republic of Gilead and one who was born before then. Each story intertwines with the others and each woman has had a hand in bringing down Gilead once and for all.

So, if you haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale allow me to give a little background. The United States has been overthrown by a totalitarian group know as the Sons of Jacob. As a result, parts of the US have been changed into a dictatorship where women have no rights. As I said before Atwood’s new book takes place years after the end of her first. Originally, I  didn’t think it was necessary to read the first book but once I continued reading I do think that it would be helpful. I also liked the different points of views and how each story smoothly blended in with each other.

I also liked how the author got right to the point of things and didn’t drag the story out which I think helped with the pacing. I also liked how majority of the story was written as flashbacks. I will admit I felt as though the ending was a little rushed and that the story ended a little too neatly. With that being said the ending was a little anticlimactic. The story in general is not all that thrilling; its an account of stuff that took place in each of the characters lives so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. There is a bit of an epilogue where at first I wasn’t sure it was necessary but once I finished reading it I saw how it made sense and it wrapped up the story.

Overall, it was a nice read. As I said before the whole plot is an account of the characters’ lives so it wasn’t thrilling but there was some drama. It wasn’t very exciting but I still liked it.

I give it a 3/5.

Until next time!

Black Midnight review

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Screenshot_2020-05-29-11-30-29-1Hello, everybody! Welcome to The Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on “Black Midnight” by Kathleen Y’Barbo. Recently I made an account with NetGalley.com. It’s a website that gives bloggers an opportunity to promote books for new authors. If you are interested in learning more click the link here. Before we get started make sure you comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you follow my blog so you don’t miss any reviews in the future. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

A few years before Jack the Ripper terrorized the streets of London, a madman know as the Midnight Assassin terrorized the town of Austin, Texas. Pinkerton detectives, Annie Walters and Isaiah Joplin were on the original case. Four years later, Annie invites Isaiah to help her try and catch the London killer.

The first half of the book starts off giving background of Annie and Isaiah’s relationship and how they originally came together to become partners on the Midnight Assassin case. I enjoyed how the author presented the reader with this background information first as opposed to bringing up flashbacks throughout the book. I also like how the author combined fiction with history. Before I read this book I knew nothing about the Midnight Assassin.

Despite the fact that the story involved crime and detective work it didn’t have a lot of action in it, however, it was written in such a way that I was engaged for hours. The pacing was great which also contributed to that. 

Overall, I don’t have anything bad to say about this book. It gave a unique spin on a real life situation, the pacing was smooth and I would recommend it to anybody who is into history or even crime novels.

Overall, I give it a 4/5

Until next time!

The Hand Bringer review

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Screenshot_2020-05-24-23-28-39-1Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. I hope everyone is still being safe out there during this pandemic. Today we are going to be doing a review on Christopher J. Penington’s book “The Hand Bringer.” I have read one of Penington’s other books entitled “Masters and Bastards” but I didn’t really enjoy it. However, I decided to give the author another chance and I liked this book better. Before we get into it make sure you comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also make sure you follow my blog so that you don’t miss any of reviews in the future. So, without further ado let’s get into it.

Peter Hadrian is a cop that was injured in the line of duty. Instead of being taken to the hospital, Peter and fellow officer Luke are instead taken to an undercover military operation where the two men discover that Peter has been bitten by a vampire and proves to immune to vampirism. Peter and Luke are then recruited to travel back in time to kill Vlad the Impaler whom is believed to be the first vampire. By killing him the military hopes to rid the world of vampirism.

When I first read the synopsis I knew I was going to like it better than “Masters and Bastards.” Both books are sci-fi fantasy, however, “Masters and Bastards” had aliens which I am not too big a fan of. Vampires on the other hand, I love. I found the plot to be intriguing. It incorporated time travel and vampires; something that you don’t see everyday. If I’m to be honest I am not the biggest fan of time travel, mostly because it gives me headache but I still wanted to read this story because as I said before it was an interesting combination of themes.
I like how the story got right to the point and it had good pacing. It made more sense than Penington’s other book. With “Masters and Bastards” I found myself being very confused at times. With “The Hand Bringer” I wasn’t as lost. With that being said, even though the author combined time travel, vampires and even history together the story still flowed well.

There were still some unanswered questions that remained; like what happened to the one character, Elizabeth after everything was said and done, did history change after Peter’s encounter with Vlad. But those are the types of time travel questions that confuse me so I don’t think to hard on them.

All in all it was a very pleasant read. The combination of themes made for an interesting plot, it had comedy, adventure and nice pacing.

I give it a 4/5.

Untile next time!