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Recommendations for New YA Readers

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So I feel like recently I have read a large amount of books which I think are perfect for you if you are just transitioning to YA. I remember when I first started reading YA I didn’t really know where to begin, so hopefully this post will help you out! The books below I’ve chosen based on a couple different factors mostly including:

Age Appropriate

  • There are quite a few young adult books that are geared more towards older teens and sometimes when you’re looking at the genre for the first time it’s hard to distinguish which is which.

Easy to Follow

  •  Generalizing a lot here, but most people I’ve found that start reading YA for the first time are coming out from the children’s genre. Children’s books tend to be very easy to understand, as the plot is geared for a younger audience. YA books on the other hand have a bit more depth to them and can be quite difficult to follow if you are not used to them.

 

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So this book (pictured above) is definitely a great one, especially if you want to make sense of what is called the dystopian genre. Dystopian books basically are usually written in the future and are centralized over the theme of a fallen society. Essentially, the opposite of the word utopia, and what that would mean for society. There are a ton of dystopian books in YA, and I personally think that The Selection is a great starting point because it is so easy to follow, yet is a simply great read in my opinion.

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I wrote a review on this book a while ago, so if you want to see my full thoughts on it check that out! Geek Girl is such a cute read and I would recommend it a million times over to new YA readers especially. It is a lovely introduction to the genre and it’s such a fun time.

 

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This book is quirky and unique. It is definitely an engaging read and the plot is adorable. The characters are super relatable and I think that you’ll find this book to be an excellent one!

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If you’re no stranger to my blog, you probably have seen this book in every other post that I publish. It was one of the very first YA books that I read and it is still one of my all time favorite reads. The storyline is amazing, the writing is fantastic and the book is phenomenal.

That’s all for now! If you have any suggestions for new YA readers, leave them in the comments!

Love,

Kiss 4

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I hated the Miss Peregrine’s Movie?

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Here’s a bit of a ranting post with spoilers for Miss Peregrine’s Home for the Peculiar Children the first book and movie. So recently, I finished the first novel in the series by: Ransom Riggs. I really enjoyed it!!! There were so many plot twists that I loved. For example that the psychologist was also the bad guy. It did creep me out that Jacob was pining after his grandfather’s ex but you know it was the olden days. That’s what I blame everything on. Oh there’s a bad decision being made in this movie or book? It was made over two years ago. Therefore, I blame history for this dumb choice. Anywho, I am still salty over the fact that they switched Olive’s and Emma’s peculiar abilities like what even was that? Also was it just me or did the movie go completely away fom the book plot? The ending I think bugged me the most. Like WHAT EVEN HAPPENED?????????????? UGH sorry I’m late on this train, but I thought I would vent. Have any of you seen this movie? What did you think and did I miss anything because maybe someone can enlighten me?

Have a Great Day,

Kiss 4

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Winter Wonderland Book Tag

Hi Friends,

Here is yet another episode of the “Kathy wasn’t tagged in this but thought it was cool, so she’s doing it anyway” book tag series. It’s currently snowing outside, so I decided it was the perfect time to do a winter book tag 🙂 I found this one on YA Book Reviews and thought it looked fun! Here we go:

QUESTIONS:
1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?

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This book is the perfect book for winter time like honestly it puts you in a cozy and heartwarming mood!
2. What is your favorite book with a white cover?

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So this book has many different versions of it, but it counts!
3. You’re sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER read are you reading?

Any Harry Potter book!
4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have the snowball fight with?

Clary from the amazing Cassandra Clare books!
5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?

The Lucy Variations

There were so many things I disliked about this book that I honestly would have no qualms about using this to build the fire.
6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift to someone this Christmas who hasn’t read before but wants to get into reading?

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I cannot recommend this book enough it is so amazing!

I tag:

Olivia@Olivia Chanel’s Galaxy of Books

Olivia @Brewing Up Books

Rose @Insights Into Books

Marine@Marine’s Books

Jordan@Young Adult Book Madness

Happy New Year,

Kiss 4

 

 

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2016: AKA the Year Kathy Changed Her Reading Goal

Hi Friends,

So 2016 brought a lot of change the biggest arguably being college. I had to adjust to a ton of new experiences, which definitely took a hit to my reading pace. For the past four years my reading goal has been 100 books, which I still have yet to reach. I began the majority of the year with the 100 book challlenge, yet realized that I needed to lower it. 100 books was too much of a stretch especially with college, so I came to the conclusion that making it more realistic would do wonders for my confidence and pride even if I didn’t reach the new one. I’m hoping that in this coming year, I read for myself and not for book count as I had done the past few years. I will post my 2017 reading challenges in the tab on my website as usual over the next few days! What have you done to change your reading style in 2016? What are your reading resolutions for the new year?

Have a Safe and Happy New Year,

Kiss 4

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Holiday Series 4

Hi Friends,

So here we are. The last post of this year’s holiday series! To see my last one go here.

Let’s hop right into it:

Picture Book Recomendation:

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This is definitely one of my favorite childhood books. It has cute illustrations and a lovely little story line!

Middle Grade Book Recommendation:

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Oh my goodness, this book is fabulous. I honestly cannot rave enough about this but it is such an amazing world and I read it over and over again as a child.

Young Adult Book Recommendation:

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Okay so I finished this book like a few hours ago. Yes I am about a million years late for it, but IT WAS SO ADORABLE. It’s also perfect for the holiday season. It’s a bit crude though so just take a peek through if that bothers you.

Adult Book Recommendation:

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If you have never read this book, PLEASE do so. I stayed awake until four in the morning reading it because I simply could not put it down.

That’s it! I hope you all have a happy and safe holiday season!

Love,

Kiss 4

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Holiday Series 3

Hi Friends,

So finals are up and running which means celebrate! And by celebrate I really mean lay on the ground of the library grumbling into the air until someone calls security on you. That’s my version of a party! (I haven’t gotten there quite yet, but call me in a week)  But that isn’t stopping me from writing another holiday gift guide!

Let’s flashback to my last post shall we because I really couldn’t be bothered to retype this let’s be real:

” In my first post I explained I would come up with a series of book recommendations every Wednesday leading up to Christmas, which is the holiday I celebrate. As I said before, I completely understand that not everyone celebrates Christmas, so this will also be helpful I hope with any holiday gift if you’re not sure what to get someone.”

So yeah. Holidays.:

Picture Book Recommendation:

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This cute little tale is adorably told by the school as it is preparing to start a new year. I think this would be a great story for chidren who are maybe not so thrilled with school as well as a tool to teach empathy.

 

Middle-Grade Recommendation:

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This used to be one of my favorites and in fact I recently saw a middle schooler (I tutor) holding this book, so clearly it is so good that it is still popular. It is such a fun read and I have read it so many times over.

Young Adult Book Recommendation:

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Okay I love Sarah Dessan’s books and I think that all of them would be great gifts, but this one I read most recently and gave it five stars. It’s honestly so heart-warming and really does teach a lot of excellent lessons.

Adult Book Recommendation:

I don’t think I really have any super good ones right now, so if you have a good recommendation, post it below 🙂

Happy Holidays,

Kiss 4

 

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I asked my non-bookish friend to review a book for me

Hi Friends!

Before I get into the post, I want to apologize for not writing my holiday series this week! I’ve been swamped with finals!

So a long time ago, my buddy Olivia had her friend who did not care for reading (I know, I didn’t realize those people existed either) to review books purely on the cover and synopsis. You can find her first post of this here. I decided (with permission from Olivia of course) to do it too! So I will list the book cover and synopsis below then hand the computer to my friend Will!

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goodreads-synopsis

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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Kathy tells me this is one of her favorite books, so you know it’ll be a wholesome read. However, it was a little bit of a challenge to get through reading the first few sentences of the synopsis without laughing. I’m not sure how I feel about Layla’s ability to literally suck the soul out of any living thing with a kiss. Also, what’s up with Roth’s name? Is Layla trying to cash in her 401k? Do demon-gargoyle hybrids need 401k’s?

But back to Layla’s choice…

How come a half-demon, half-gargoyle girl has to choose between two hot guys who love her and I can barely get someone to look in my direction? She’s able to kill someone by kissing them and she has not one, but two sexy monster boys to choose between. How dare you Layla…

Also, how can someone not know they’re the reason for the end of the world? That’s like being a jerk to your friends and then wondering why no one wants to hang out with you. You’d think that Layla, being a demon/gargoyle, would know that being normal is not something that happens to neither demons, nor gargoyles.

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The story starts off with Layla sitting in her perfect gargoyle room thinking about dreamboat Zayne and how unfortunate it is she’s unable to kiss him with her perfect face. Layla is ripped from her personal soap opera by the sound of her Warden parents calling her downstairs for dinner. She floats down the steps and is greeted not by her parents, but by an unusually hot demon, standing over her parents’ dead bodies. “OH MY SATAN!” she screams, “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!” “I’m Roth…” he utters smoothly. “Oh…” Layla says, looking up and down Roth’s hot demon bod, ignoring the corpses of her recently deceased parents. “I know all your secrets” Roth says seductively. “That’s hot,” Layla thinks to herself, “I wonder if he has a soul…” “I don’t,” Roth responds, shocking Layla “that means you can kiss me.” “Okay!” Layla says mindlessly, locking lips with Roth in that instant.

Suddenly, the ground erupts, spilling out demons like pus from a month-old cyst growing behind an ear. “What’s going on?” Layla asks, shocked at this sudden turn of events. “Come on Layla, I’m a demon, but you’re half gargoyle. It never would’ve worked, especially with how much your family hates demons.” “But you’re the only thing I’ve been able to kiss without taking its soul!” Layla exclaims, begging the smokin hot demon that had just appeared in her life to not leave her. But of course, before she could say this, Roth had disappeared.

“NOOOO!!” Layla cries out, but Roth’s sexy silhouette is already swooping over the horizon, and further and further from her grasp. Then, Zayne appears in Layla’s dining room, “WHAT THE HEAVEN HAPPENED HERE?!” “Oh Zayne, it was horrible! This demon, Roth, came in here and killed my parents!” Layla cried. “I can’t believe this.” Zayne added on.

“OR CAN YOU?!” a voice came from the kitchen. It was Roth! Returning to the scene of the crime, to rescue his newly orphaned girlfriend. “You dirty demon!” Zayne yelled. “You grimy gargoyle!” Roth fired back. Then Roth and Zayne get into a brawl over who loves Layla more. “Please stop!” Layla cries out “Don’t fight over me!” However, the two sexy monsters continue fighting, much to Layla’s chagrin.

This fight then continues for all eternity and Layla patiently waits for one of the boys to emerge victorious. Sadly, this doesn’t happen. On the bright side, Layla can’t take any more souls through kisses.

Rating:

Rating for the real summary:

2 star kiss

2 kisses, because the original summary left more demon-gargoyle drama to be desired

Rating for my summary:

5 star kiss

I don’t mean to be boastful, but I feel like my summary fully delivered 0n the teen demon-gargoyle drama that the real summary promised

That’s all folks, have a great weekend,

Kiss 4