Thursday, May 25, 2017

We Are Still Tornadoes


 Scott and Cath have been friends (and neighbors) their entire lives. Cath would help Scott with school and Scott would entertain her with music and dirty jokes. Any fight they had would be quickly forgotten and put in the past, but then  the unimaginable happens, they grow up. Cath goes away for college and Scott stays in their hometown lacking the grades that would take him away.

     During their first year apart these two best friends communicate through letters and phone calls. These letter help them through he daily challenges of adulthood; jobs, roommates, money, deaths, etc. After going through so much these friends soon learn that the only one they want to turn to is each other. What will this mean? Will their friendship become something more? 
        Hilarious, heart-warming, and imaginative this novel navigates through the struggles of becoming an adult, first love, and finding your passions- all set on an 80's soundtrack- answering that beautifully confusing question, what does it mean to be an adult?

The really unique thing about this novel is that it is all told through Scott and Cath's letter's to each other. While some lesser writers would have been unable to use this format and create and understandable book, Michael Kun and Susan Mullen  were more than up to the task. They also managed to create one of the best fictional friendships I have seen yet. Scott and Cath are by no means perfect but they do stand by each other especially when times get tough. I truthfully adored this book its a beautiful unique book that everyone should read.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Witch Hunter: Book Discussion With Guest


Q&A Book Discussions With A Guest

What did you think of the story overall?

Me: I thought it was well written and very entertaining. It kept me up until midnight finishing the last page, because it just couldn't wait for morning. There is magic, romance, character development, and plenty of action/adventure. What more could a girl ask for? 

Her: It was a powerful page turner that kept you guessing until the very end. With a strong female lead that slowly but surely discovers herself as the story progresses.

Favorite part about the novel?

Me: That it managed to incorporate so many different ideas. Character development, strong females, magic, romance, justice, mystery, etc.

Her: That the main character was strong and quick thinking, someone that I could relate to.

How did you feel reading it?

Me: I went through a range of emotions. That strongly correlated with what the main character seemed to be feeling at the time. I felt a little frustrated when she was slow on the uptake or to trust those who obviously meant her: well but I was happy when she found love and embraced the truth, and her new way of life. I was relieved when she managed to avoid death yet again and come out victorious. I felt her sadness when she had to leave her old life and when her old friends disappointed her. But mainly I felt on the edge of my seat while reading this novel, always anxious to see what happens next

Her: I also went through a range of emotions as I made my way through this novel. I was angry every time she came into contact with her old boss Blackwell, he's just a very despicable character. I was hooked on the parts where Elizabeth's and John's relationship blooms and on edge whenever they had to fight.

What seemed to be the theme carried throughout this book?

Me: Change is the theme I see repeated most in this book. Mainly changes in the main character (Elizabeth); All of her beliefs, in magic, life, who to trust, etc. change throughout the course of this novel. I see a change in her physical appearance, she loses some of her hard earned muscles and begins to soften a little, gain some curves. Elizabeth's love life also goes through some drastic changes. She starts off infatuated with her best friend Caleb but she is forced into being the kings lover and then she ends up falling for John when her nurses her back to health. 

Her: The theme that I noticed was self-discovery. She was lied to most of her life and based her entire lifestyle on what she has been told. Now she has to peer past the lies and discover what she believes, turning on everything she has ever known, and act on her new discoveries.

What did you think of the book ending?

Me: I liked it because it did draw the novel to a conclusion of sorts but made you ready for the next one. 

Her: I was so ready to read the next one right afterwards. It leaves you in suspense. Now she has something to lose where she didn't before and you know that the people who can take it from her are still out there. You know that this novel was only the beginning. 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Girl In Pieces

Charlie Davis is in pieces. At the young age of seventeen she has already experienced more sadness than most people do in a lifetime. Losing her home, family, and best friend leaves her empty so she decides to leave this world. Charlie tries to end her own life but someone discovers her and rushes her to the hospital. After recovering from her injuries, the state sends her to a place for troubled girls, where she meets some great counselors and learns how to control her self-harm urges. Until she is released early after being told her family cannot afford it anymore. Left with some new advice but nothing else, Charlie follows an old friend to the small desert town of Tucson, Arizona, and there she rediscovers herself. She has to figure out the hard way, who she is, what she wants, and if she really wants to keep on living.

This novel was a tough read for me; I laughed, I cried, and cried some more. Going through someone's journey full of self-harm and bad decisions isn't easy, but after finishing it I was glad that I had . Now I have a deeper understanding of what can drive people to suicide and I feel for those who aren't as fortunate as I am. As Charlie quotes in the book "You can spot the girl who have it easy. I don't even have to describe them for you. You can spot the girls who will get because they are tough or athletic... And then there is me" I believe that all of you should read this and delve into a novel that will only show up once in your literary lifetime.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Choosing a Blogging Platform

Since I've been doing a lot of Book Reviews I figured that I should switch it up and give you guys some new kind of content. Today I am going to discuss my favorite blogging platforms, the best free blogging platforms, and what would work for you.

First off I doubt that any of you reading this are coding/computer/tech geniuses, so I'm going to stick with the easy platforms that require no coding skills.

Second, you guys need to think about just what kind of blog you want to make. This will greatly impact the platform you should choose.

And last of all do you want one that has a free option so you can try it out first, or do you want to go ahead and spend some money right away?

1. is the world's most popular blogging software. might be easy to confuse with but they are very different. is an opensource program that allows you to build your own blog or website this version of WordPress requires a little more tech savvy than the other.

The Pro's

  • You have more control over every aspect of your website/blog.
  • You can add more extra features like online store, forums, etc.
  • Thousands of available themes so that you blog can look just how you want it to.

 The Con's

  • Managing your own website can be a bit difficult.
  • You will have to manage your own security and backups.
  • It's a bit more work. 

2. offers a very basic blog blog hosting service for free, but I find that to get a nice, professional-looking blog you need to pay for the premium services. I also find that Blogger shows up better in online searches than WordPress and has advertising options.

The Pro's

  • Easy to use.
  • Easy to manage.
  • No set-up required.

The Con's

  • Limited options to improve your site.
  • No advertising options
  • You do not own your blog.

3. Blogger

Blogger is completely free and it is very easy to use no tech savvy required.

The Pro's

  • Completely free
  • Easy to use
  • Has Google's security and reliability

The Con's

  • Limited to basic blogging tools
  • The design option is pretty limited

4. Tumblr

Tumblr is a bit different from other platforms because it is a micro-blog with many social networking features like follow other blogs, reblogging, etc.

The Pro's

  • Free.
  • Easy to use.
  • As a microblogging tool, Tumblr makes it easy to quickly blog videos, GIFs, images, and audio.

The Con's

  • Very limited.
  • No additional features.
  • Importing it can be a bit difficult.

5. Squarespace

Squarespace has some of the most beautiful themes out of all of the Blogging Platforms I have tried so far, but it will cost you at least 12 dollars a month. 

The Pro's

  • Easy to use.
  • Very visually appealing.
  • Has an eCommerce store.

The Con's

  • Pricey.
  • Limited features.
  • Limited pages, contributors, and blogs.

6. Wix

Wix is easy to use with it's drag and drop tools, but it is mostly geared towards websites and not blogs. 

The Pro's

  • It offers a lot of customization options.
  • Easy to make.
  • No coding or computer savvy required.

The Con's

  • Free account is limited.
  • Third Party apps are limited.
  • The free account shows adds on your site.
  • You cannot change your template.

On this blog post I only talked about the platforms that I have experience with. If you don't find the blogging platform you were looking for in here don't worry there are many others, I just didn't want to talk about platforms that I had no experience with.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Icy Sparks


     Set in the late 1950's this book follows the struggles of a young girl with tourettes. Back in these days no one really knew what tourettes was. All of the small minded townsfolk start believing that she was crazy or possessed by some sort of devil. Icy has to fight with accepting who she is, she has to figure out how to live with her condition, and she finally has to figure out what exactly this condition is. Through her life she experiences many ups and downs, discovers new friends, and loses some of her old ones. This novel follows her as she lives out her extraordinary life with a very strange condition. Before reading this book I had a very basic comprehension of what tourettes was and how it affected the people who were afflicted with it. This novel does a spectacular job of drawing you in and showing you exactly what these people have to live with and how it affects everything that they do.
   This is a must-read, and another one of my favorite books. It holds a special place on my bookcase and in my heart. Everyone should peruse this tome and open their mind to the mystery that is tourettes. The best way to understanding others is to walk a mile in their shoes; I do this through literature.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mary The Summoning

     This novel is about the ghost story that everybody know.. Bloody Mary. Except it's not quite like the ghost tale you grew up with. There is a right and a wrong way to summon Bloody Mary, let's just say these girls figure that out really quickly. Summoning requirements: four young woman, a dark room, a mirror, a line of salt against the mirror and a single candle. Bloody Mary arrives soon after they start the first chants of Bloody Mary... Bloody Mary... BLOODY MARY, scaring the girls out of their wits. They quickly end the summoning and scurry away from the mirror. One of the girls though was not satisfied with just that brief glimpse of the afterlife. She convinces her reluctant friends to try again, except this time Mary is ready for them, and the girls are not as careful as they should have been. Let's just say they have not seen the last of that particular bloodthirsty ghost.
    This is an awesome novel that every horror-lover should read. No matter how many times I have read this novel I still feel the need to cover my mirrors days after finishing it. Recommended for lovers of the paranormal and horror novels.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

How I Live Now

This book is one of my absolute favorites. I have read it probably five times. It definitely changes your perspective on who it is okay to love, what you will do for them, and what the future wars will look like.
The main character Daisy is sent away from New-York to England to live with her Aunt and cousins on their farm- none of whom she has ever met before. Her Aunt is a little crazy but Daisy gets along well with the two boys near her age and their little sister. Soon her Aunt has to leave on business and then everything in England starts going crazy. A bomb goes off and London is taken by an unknown enemy; The power starts to fail along with England's army and the governments control. For a long time this doesn't affect the children living on their isolated farm. They have the time of their lives and start to form unbreakable bonds with each other. But the war is everywhere and the farm cannot remain untouched forever.
Winning up to two highly coveted book awards this is a must-read. An astonishing story that stays with you long after you turn the last page.

The Edge Of Everything

By JEFF GILES      Zoe is not your average seventeen-year-old teenage girl. This year has set her apart from the rest; she is still ree...