Forest of a Thousand Lanterns: Wait this is a Villainous Retelling!?

forest of 1000 lanterns-1I first heard about Forest of a Thousand Lanterns at BookCon this year when I had the amazing opportunity to chat with Julie C. Dao at Penguin Teen breakfast.  I loved the idea of another fairy-tale retelling, and lord knows we need more diverse characters, so the  Far East setting was a huge turn on.

Unfortunately I think I may have missed the memo that this was the a retelling of Snow White’s Evil Queen, not Snow White herself and oh my… when I finally realized what I was reading, I was… concerned.

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This is Really Happening – I Bet You Will LOL Too

I don’t often read books without reading the synopsis before hand, but that wasn’t the case with This is Really Happening.

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I had just gotten the book in the mail from Penguin, and the combination of the adorably fun cover, plus the short length of the book itself meant I dove right in without a second thought.

Probably shouldn’t have done that.

This is Really Happening is a collection of essays / stories of Erin Chack’s life.  She is a senior writer at Buzzfeed (awesomeness), is insanely weird (love it), and is also a cancer survivor (wasn’t expecting that).

The book opens with Erin discussing her cancer diagnosis which was the exact diagnosis I received myself almost four years ago.  The first essay was a fun and playful take on an extremely nonplayful topic, and Erin discusses how awkward it was for her to share her diagnosis with her friends and extended family.  I have consistently switched back and forth between the two extremes of being a cancer survivor: either the “I’M A SURVIVOR HEAR ME ROAR” or the “wow, I want to forget that ever happened to me“.  So, when I picked up TiRH, I couldn’t immediately decide which of these mentalities I was going to embrace, and it put me into a mild panic.

BUT.  I worked through the trigger, kept reading, and I am really glad I did.

I hard-core connected to Erin regarding our similar cancer experiences (and the morbid gallows sort of humor that goes along with that), and I laughed out loud on more than one occasion.  While I did think that a couple of the stories didn’t really serve a point, and there were a few instances of redundancy that probably would have gone unnoticed if the book was a bit longer, overall I really enjoyed the read.  Erin has a pretty distinct writing voice, and this was a great book to tackle while I was in the tub over a couple of days.

If you like essay style books but you are looking for something with a younger feel, I would definitely recommend picking up TiRH!  Big thanks to Penguin Teen for sending this book my way, the cover is so adorable too!

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Warcross – Read. Flail. Bask in Endless Colors.

Are you ready for a flailing review of one of my favorite books of the year so far?  Strap in kiddos, this is a wild ride (both the review and this freaking book!)warcross -1

I read Warcross in one sitting / walking / standing / peeing / cooking / bathing session because I legit did not put the book down for six straight hours.  From the moment I started reading, to the last turn of the page and subsequent toss across the room (BECAUSE THAT ENDING WUT),  I was so completely entranced by the world that Marie Lu threw me into, I had to know how everything plays out.

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Once and for All – Wedding Planning? Yes, Please!

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I am not usually a fan of YA contemporary, but I am so happy that Penguin Teen sent this book my way because this was one of the more addicting books I have thrown myself into this year.   The tag line had me hooked: As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.  The world of wedding planning?!  Sign me up, I’m sold.

The main character and narrator of Once and for All, Louana, is graduating high school.  Usually I steer clear of high school contemporary reads, but in this book, her age wasn’t as much of a turn off as usual YA contemporary leads tend to be for me.  Louana was extremely grounded, wise beyond her years, and has some serious personal growth throughout the story that really drew me to her.

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