Because I Love You by Tori Rigby (Book Review)

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Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Page Count
: 330

**I was provided with an eArc by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!**

Because I Love You was once more a Blogateers-buddy-read with Cristina and Cátia. It should come as no surprise that we were on the same wave-length in terms of what we thought about the book, but you should definitely make sure to check out their blogs in the near future to read their reviews!!

As of late, I’ve apparently read quite a couple of books with teen pregnancies and somehow I find they always end in a very similar way. However, even if I thought that the final decision was a little bit predictable, the book as a whole definitely wasn’t. You might think that there is a limited of twists and turns in a YA contemporary, but nope, there were so many surprises that I didn’t expect. People who were supposed to be friends either turned out to be backstabbers or cowards, yet the ones who I was wary and suspicious of were the greatest support. It’s not just the people though, the plot itself has quite a few things in store as well.

I am always having difficulties saying things about books I liked. First, I don’t want to spoil you in any way and second, I am not sure how much use simple fangirling is. Because I Love You flows really nicely from the beginning. It has relatable characters who will grow on you quickly and show you how important a good support system is. There’s also a swoon-worthy guy who would slay dragons for the people he loves and a girl who realises how good she has had it in life and how much she has always been cared for. The novel tackles surprisingly many themes aside from teen pregnancy and adoption, however, going further into this might reveal too much already.

If you do pick up Because I Love You one day, and I really hope you will, I want you to go into this with an open mind. There’s so much more to people than we are able to see at first glance, maybe even at second.

Fazit: 4.5/5 stars! A great emotional contemporary with twists that will surprise you!

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Have you read Because I Love You? Do you intend to?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Sep 19-25)

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It’s Sunday and I once again have scoured the depths of YouTube for some trailers. I don’t really have anything else to say today, so let’s get this started!

Movies

Passengers

So, here’s the deal. I still don’t know how I feel about it. Can Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt carry a movie pretty much all on their own? Probably … but do I want them to? In space? Not so sure …

The Bounce Back

It’s Shemar! Somehow it’s super difficult to imagine him outside of Criminal Minds, but that movie looks like light fun.

Trespass Against Us

If Fassbender was for real and he wants to work behind the camera in the future, I have to savour every movie he’s starring in from now on.

The Whole Truth

I hope that trailer is supposed to be misleading, otherwise the movie will be boring because you can already guess who really did it.

Fist Fight

Uhm, yeah, I think I saw somewhere that this is a remake. Just saying …

The Beat Beneath My Feet

Seems like there is always some kind of music movie each week.

Mean Dreams

I see that girl and I think Book Thief! This looks extremely sad as well though, but not in a way I want to see. This might be too dark for me.

Bad Santa 2

I can’t remember ever watching the first one … so, I couldn’t care less about this movie. I just wonder why the Christmas stuff is already starting. We haven’t even had Halloween yet!

Ghost in the Shell

Don’t ask me what that movie is about. I don’t know, but here is a mix of all the teasers they’ve released so far.

Documentary of the week – Human

TV Shows

Chicago Fire (Season 5)

I am weirdly not in the mood for the Chicagos at the moment, because PD and Med fell a little flat in my opinion. But I love Gabby and I would probably watch a show just for her.

Easy (Netflix)

I think it came out this week already, but I didn’t have time to watch it.

Is there anything you might fancy to watch one day? Tell me about it!

Writing Insights #3: Rants & Paranoia

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My original plan for Writing Insights was not to start a rant and get paranoid, you really have to believe me when I say that. I wanted to something along the lines of character development, common tropes, writer’s block and editing and I will do that at some point in the series. However, I feel like I have to get this off my chest before being able to move on. I hope this doesn’t get too long!

The internet is a weird place, we all know it. We have never been more connected than right now, but at the same time I feel more removed from some humans than I have before. You can get access to almost anything and the whole thing is so vast, there is no way to really ever see everything that’s on the web (Not that I want to. There is weird and there is batshit crazy and I don’t need the latter). It has happened before that my posts have been copied, and I really mean copied and not reblogged, with only a very hidden hint that I was the creator of said posts. A couple days ago though, I witnessed something even more terrible happening to a fellow blogger.

Many of us know Cait from Paperfury, and if you don’t, you should really change that. She is a force to be reckoned with, super creative and generally someone I would consider a real blogging and writing inspiration. See, there’s nothing wrong with admiring another person and maybe even aspiring to be/write like them (even though I would always encourage you to find your own voice). However, what happened to her is that a random person stole her blog posts and instagram pictures and claimed them to be their own. In some ways I think this is worse than catfishing. They didn’t just pretend to be someone else in terms of looks, they stole her personality, her essence that made her unique. The matter is resolved now, seen as that person has deleted or set all accounts to private. But what concerns me is how easily someone could just do that again. How is there any way to really know if someone is doing something like this, other than finding out by coincidence?

So, it got me thinking. I don’t mind sharing my stories and writing with you. Heck, I even feel like I need to share it most of the time, but now there is also that little voice in my head saying that I should be careful, because I never know who might get silly ideas and take away what I have created. Even big time authors get allegations of having stolen or copied material. It’s difficult to tell where one person’s idea comes from and whether it was created at the same time with someone else or later on. As I said, I often get inspired by other people’s work, but I want the result to be my own and my creation alone. So, right now I am trying to figure out how to share my stories with you in a safer way. Maybe I will upload it to wattpad instead of the blog, where it is so much easier to just copy it. Would you still read it if I just provided a link for that?

Sorry about those ramblings, but it was something I had to get off my chest. It’s weird, because it didn’t even really happen to me, but I still felt like it could and that made me angry and sad. Did something like that ever happen to you? Do you have any ideas of how I could share Kasia and Dyson’s story better?

Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Peñaflor (Book Review)

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Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Page Count
: 224

If you know me, you know that I studied film in university. I’ve been working in TV for a bit and generally love to just hang around set, go to movie premieres and such. Therefore, it should not come as a surprise that I was really, really excited about this book. I am so happy that it really portrays life on set the way I remember it and I haven’t even been on a real Hollywood-esque set. That was the most important part to me, because it’s something I can just really connect to.

However, as for the rest of the book, it was quite different from what I thought it would be. This is in no way a bad thing, I just wasn’t fully prepared for how emotionally intense it would get. Joss is quite young (12 years old if I am not mistaken) and somehow Lygia managed to make her sound wise beyond her years, yet exactly her age at the same time. Am I making sense? Because honestly, I was often not sure if this book was Middle Grade or Young Adult or simply a mix of both. Sometimes the lines just really blur and you can’t define something like that clearly. Everybody was just expecting Joss to act very adult, so she did, even though she was still a kid at heart. It made me so sad to see what all Joss sometimes had to deal with without any support from the so-called “real” adults. Especially her mother, Viva, drove me nuts. A parent’s job is it to protect their child, put their needs first, but I don’t think that Viva was capable of that. She was way too much of a mess to really be there for her daughter the way she should have been.

I am not saying that all adults were bad in this book (my heart goes out to Damon and Norah), but there was a real lack of role models. And I think that’s also why it isn’t a 5-star-read for me entirely. While I definitely enjoyed the themes of the book, Joss handling everything that was thrown her way and to explore the different relationships, I wish there would have been some sort of lesson or betterment in the end from certain people. I guess I am an idealist in that department, but I really wanted there to be a change in some of the adults, but that is not really what I got.

Weirdly, I think I could see this turning into a series and seeing Joss grow up with each movie she does, because despite what certain people in the industry say, I don’t think that all child actors are doomed. I would definitely like to see her again when she’s older and to find out if she’s living a good life or not.

Fazit: 4/5 stars! A wonderful piece about a child actress and various struggles she already faces at a young age.

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Have you read Unscripted Joss Byrd? Would you like to? I just love myself some film industry books!

T5W: Characters I WOULDN’T Trade Places With

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It’s time for Top 5 Wednesdays, a weekly meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to know more or join as well, just go to the Goodreads group by clicking here. I haven’t done this in the past couple of weeks, because the topics felt like something I had done before. But here we are today with Characters I would NOT want to trade places with! We always talk about the cool people we want to be alike, but there is also hardship and loss, so here are some characters that have had it tough or that I simply wouldn’t want to be.

Darrow – Red Rising

Bildergebnis für red risingDarrow has so much responsibilities and his friends and family are basically dying left and right. I don’t know how he can bear it and keep the eyes on the prize. I probably would have crumbled right in the beginning, but that guy is in it for the long game. I admire him in so many ways, but never ever would I want to be him.

Juliette – Shatter Me

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)I am not talking about Juliette from the end of the series, but how terrible must it have been to not be able to control that power? To always have to fear that you would hurt someone. It seems like such a lonely existence.

Mark Watney – The Martian

The MartianSpeaking of lonely! Mark is the man! I adore him and want someone like him in my life, but I would have DIED on Mars. It’s not just that I am crappy at growing potatoes (which I actually tried and almost all the plants died), but I mean, that man is basically indestructible.

James Moriarty – Lock & Mori

Lock & Mori (Lock & Mori, #1)Mori is such a strong character, but I wouldn’t want to have her problems at home. I am not surprised her morals get twisted in the process. A romance with Sherlock on the other hand … I might be up for that.

Joss Byrd – Unscripted Joss Byrd

Unscripted Joss ByrdI am in the first third of the book and I would LOVE to have the acting talent of Joss, but her mom is one of the worst mothers I have read about. That kid does not have an easy life in so many ways and that makes me sad. On the one hand they expect her to be all grown up and on the other hand treat her like a stupid kid. How is that supposed to make her feel?

Who are some characters you wouldn’t want to trade places with? Tell me all about it!

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Sep 12-18)

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I have had a great week – I finally got out of my reading/blogging slump, we surpassed 800 followers on WordPress and you guys were simply the sweetest and best when it came to the prologue of my new WIP (which you can check out here). I hope you had a great week too and can go into this week’s trailer post with as many happy thoughts as me!

Movies

Moana

I cannot wait for this one, but I am afraid there won’t be nearly enough of that cute pig.

Nocturnal Animals

I think it looks intense and drama-filled and dark, but what did they do to Aaron? He looks nothing like himself.

Fifty Shades Darker

Okay … so how can I put this? I KNOW that this movie is terrible, but if you look at it more like a comedy, it’s actually hilarious. Cringe-worthy hilarity all the way.

Miss Sloane

I just saw at least 2 people from the Newsroom and that alone made me quite happy.

Bastards

Hmmm … I think I will pass this time.

Flock of Dudes

Wow, there are so many faces I know, but I don’t even know what to think about the movie. I like that it’s about friendship I guess …

Ordinary World

Is it just me or is it still weird to see Armstrong in movies now?

Christine

Rebecca Hall looks crazy in this one, meaning I find her eyes unsettling …

London Town

This might work for a rainy Sunday afternoon one day.

Documentary of the week: Harry & Snowman

Because who doesn’t like a cute human-animal-story. (But if you’d rather watch a creepy and gross one about rats, you can also click here)

TV Shows

Dark Matter (Season 3)

Can I just say that I am so not cool with anything that happened in this season finale? How are there people still alive?

The Librarians (Season 3)

Absolutely cannot wait for that show to continue. It’s the light and entertaining break I sometimes need.

Agents of SHIELD (Season 4)

I haven’t even finished Season 3 yet … I don’t know. It’s one of those shows that’s brilliant one second and then I can barely stand to watch it for the other half of the season.

Full Out (Netflix)

I usually like gymnastics shows, but I am undecided about that one. I still miss Make it or Break it …

Mascots (Netflix)

Who on earth thought about this?

Is there something you would watch? Let’s chat about it!

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West (Book Review)

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Publisher: Point
Page Count
: 330

For all of you who don’t know, P.S. I Like You was included in the August OwlCrate box. You can find my full unboxing post here. A couple years back, regular contemporaries were all I ever seemed to pick up, but nowadays Fantasy mostly rules my shelves This in no way should mean that I don’t still enjoy the genre. In fact, I like reading it very much, I just don’t seem to buy them as often. However, after my massive reading slump the past weeks, this was the PERFECT book to read.

P.S. I Like You is pretty much what you would expect it to be: fluff-galore, laugh-out-loud-funny, relatable and super fast-paced. This was my first Kasie West book, but I regret absolutely nothing. At first the anonymous-note-writing reminded me a little of Simon vs. the Homo-Sapiens Agenda, but it definitely is a story all of its own. In the beginning you try to figure out who Lily, the main character, is exchanging letters with and I think it’s not that difficult to figure out. At least I wasn’t surprised, because it is never the person the main character wants it to be … that’s like a universal law to not make it that easy.

Generally I really liked Lily, even though she could have a tendency to get annoying when she doubted herself to much. Quite frankly I thought what she called “awkwardness” was a brilliant sense of humour … but then again I am also more on the awkward-spectrum of human beings. I sort of expected there to be more conflict between her and her best friend at some point, but then again I am also very glad that wasn’t the case. I feel like there are often very toxic friendships in books, where things never get talked through and it slowly sours the relationship, which is probably why I expected some sort of explosion at one point or another here. As I said, they are super cute though and it never happened, which is a nice change.

Lastly, I enjoyed how much of a focus there was on family. As we have all discussed numerous times in the past, there is a real lack of involved parents in YA, but not here. The parents were present, annoying and did not let their children do whatever they pleased at whatever time of night they wanted – which seems realistic to me. There was also the opposite spectrum of parenting. So, I liked how they showed all kinds of relationships a kid could have with their parents and siblings and other relatives.

So, the plot might have been a tad predictable, but it was still done in such an enjoyable way. The characters were very likable and fun to be on the journey with.

Fazit: 5/5 stars! It was exactly what I needed when I needed it, so no complaints from me.

5starsI am really happy that all my OwlCrate-books were 5-star-reads so far! Keep it up! Did you read this one as well? Do you have a favourite Kasie West book?