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Review: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold by Iain Reading

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SPOILER FREE (mostly, because I’m not quite sure what counts as a spoiler for some people, so I won’t say it is COMPLETELY spoiler free)

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations.

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty’s adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada and as the plot continues to unfold this spirited story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada’s Yukon, the harsh land made famous in the stories and poems of such writers as Jack London, Robert Service and Pierre Berton. It is a riveting tale that brings to glorious life the landscape and history of Alaska’s inside passage and Canada’s Yukon, as Kitty is caught up in an epic mystery set against the backdrop of the scenery of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves as Kitty prepares for her next adventure – flying around the world!

We’ve got this book from an author in exchange for an honest review and that is exactly what I am going to write.

I don’t know what kind of formats of this book are out there, but the one we got was a bit bigger (kind of like Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard) and the words were very small (like in Outlander by Diana Gabaldon or in Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin) so at times it felt a lot like reading a newspaper. Even though I felt the need to mention that, I didn’t find it a bother, because paragraphs were very nicely constructed.

Considering that letters are small, I like the fact that there are a lot of chapters and that chapters were quite short. Somehow it made me feel more accomplished after I finished reading page after page, chapter after chapter. It was easier to continue reading on knowing that chapters are short. Not that they were bad, its just that sometimes, especially late at night, it’s easier to convince myself to read ‘just one more chapter’ if I know that chapters are short.

Kitty Hawk is a very likeable and easy to relate to type of character. She’s a teenage girl who planned her summer very carefully and even though there was ‘a shortage of money’, that didn’t stop her. She passionately petitioned for what she cared about and eventually got her wish. Her summer didn’t went exactly as she planned, but I am sure she wouldn’t change it for the world (if you have read the book, no pun intended – accidental nod to the epilogue).

The fact that four brothers were considered villains, that didn’t stop me from liking them. Their dynamic and organisation skills are out of this world. I usually don’t use this phrase nor do I like it, but in this case I think it’s only right to use it – they are #brothergoals.

I am very glad for the plot twist near the end because it made the book a lot better and exciting!

It was very interesting to read about the gold rush, and even more exciting when I learned that it was actually based on real life as much as it could be. Very educating and nicely described!

I don’t know whether it was the book or just me being in a weird book funk, but somehow this book took me longer to finish than I am willing to admit.

I don’t know why, but I would kind of compare this series to Enid Blyton’s Famous Five series of books. Both are full of adventures and lovable characters.

To finish my review, it was an interesting and definitely one of a kind read. I would recommend it to young readers, especially fans of adventures and humpback whale lovers (you can learn many interesting things).

My Rating: 3.5/5

Post written by Anya Blackhart-Clark

jojo moyes · list of books · me before you · Uncategorized

Wrap Up – December 2016

As 2016 came to an end, so did the Goodreads’ Reading Challenge. In 2016 I set my goal to read 63 books and at the end I have managed to read 76. I am very proud of this little accomplishment so now I decided to aim higher and set my goal for 2017 Reading Challenge up to 100 books.
Are you participating in Goodreads’ 2017 Reading Challenge?

Anyhow, in December I managed to read 3 books, which is not a lot but it’s still something. Without further ado, let’s check it out.

1. THE KINGDOM OF OCEANA by Mitchell Charles

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SURFER SHARK TAMER FIRE WALKER EXPLORER TEENAGER HERO
Five Centuries Ago, On the Island Now Called Hawaii, There was a Kingdom Filled with Adventure, Beauty, and Magic.
When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise. As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt-just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano. With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell.
Can peace be restored to the kingdom?
Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana?
ONLY ONE CAN RULE.

We’ve been sent this book in exchange for an honest review, which I’ve written here.

My Rating: 3/5

2. SENSE AND SENSIBILITY by Jane Austen

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‘The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!’
Marianne Dashwood wears her heart on her sleeve, and when she falls in love with the dashing but unsuitable John Willoughby she ignores her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. Meanwhile Elinor, always sensitive to social convention, is struggling to conceal her own romantic disappointment, even from those closest to her. Through their parallel experience of love—and its threatened loss—the sisters learn that sense must mix with sensibility if they are to find personal happiness in a society where status and money govern the rules of love.
This edition includes explanatory notes, textual variants between the first and second editions, and Tony Tanner’s introduction to the original Penguin Classic edition.

I’ve read this book as part of a Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge I am still participating in.
I don’t know why, but I expected a bit more. It had a satisfying ending though.

My Rating: 3/5

3. AFTER YOU (Me Before You, #2) by Jojo Moyes

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“You’re going to feel uncomfortable in your new world for a bit. But I hope you feel a bit exhilarated too. Live boldly. Push yourself. Don’t settle. Just live well. Just live. Love, Will.”
How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future…
For Lou Clark, life after Will Traynor means learning to fall in love again, with all the risks that brings. But here Jojo Moyes gives us two families, as real as our own, whose joys and sorrows will touch you deeply, and where both changes and surprises await.

Not as good as Me Before You but still quite good.

My Rating: 4/5

Post by Anya Blackhart-Clark

My Life · Uncategorized

HOLIDAY POST + End of The Year Update

Dear fellow readers!

This year I started co-running this blog with my sister Desirae. We had a lot of fun talking about what we wanted to write and we have a lot of ideas for our future posts. At times it might seem that most of the posts come from me, but that is only because Desi is currently 100% focused on her books and has little time for anything else (she finished SPRING BREAK yesterday!!!)

Our blog went through a couple of makeovers and it will go through a few more in the future because we still don’t think this is the look we want.

Our future posts will become more diverse and hopefully even more interesting to read. I will not spoil you what we have planned, but  I will tell you that it will be good.

I also joined managing Desi’s Instagram account yabookprincess. I am not as skillful at taking photos as Desi is, but hopefully I wasn’t too bad and you liked having me around.

The blog and Instagram went through a lot this year just like Desi and I. I hope we didn’t make it worse, but that we peeked just enough of your interest to keep on following us.

The biggest announcement I have is that I AM STARTING MY OWN YOUTUBE CHANNEL. I will start posting videos at the beginning of the year. It will be mostly about books, occasional vlog and random things that I can’t think of now, but will probably in the future.
You can subscribe on my YouTube channel – thebookacademy – now and be the first one to see Introduction video and an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Desi now that she is a published author!

This year was a whirlwind of emotions (mostly because of all the books I’ve read) and looking at it coming to an end now, I feel content. I am happy that it’s over and that another year will get a chance to be even better.

I have a good feeling about 2017 and I hope you do as well!

This will probably be our last post this year, so I will end it with wishing you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Post by Anya Blackhart-Clark

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Review: The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

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SURFER SHARK TAMER FIRE WALKER EXPLORER TEENAGER HERO
Five Centuries Ago, On the Island Now Called Hawaii, There was a Kingdom Filled with Adventure, Beauty, and Magic.
When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise. As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt-just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano.
With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell.
Can peace be restored to the kingdom?
Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana?
ONLY ONE CAN RULE.

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We were sent this book in exchange for an honest review. I will try to keep it spoiler free.

Ailani was a great character. I felt he was easy to relate to, especially with all the sibling rivalry that was going on. He had a couple of insecurities, but I believe that makes it even better, especially when we follow him on his journey to overcome them.

Main character was likeable enough, although his brother was written as a bit too obvious sort of villain. Nahoa was the complete opposite of Ailani (I really like this name!).

However, I didn’t feel that the characters were real. I felt that the characters were missing some deepness and as much as the writer tried to get some sort of character development going on, he succeeded only partly.

On the other hand, story was so random, fresh and new to me that it kept me guessing until the very end. I had no idea what exactly the curse was, who was responsible for it and how to get rid of it. It was quite entertaining to be honest.

This book was quite interesting to read. If I didn’t have so much school work, I would probably have read it in one sitting. Story was enticing. It was simple, quick and enjoyable read. It was remarkably fast paced. At times made me thought that it was maybe a bit hastily written, because some scenes felt a little rushed.

The book mentioned so many places and islands, I can’t help but think that a map would be useful.

Also, the story was a bit confusing at times, making it hard for me to follow. But that could be because the writer used so many foreign words, which were explained, but made it a bit difficult to get into the story and paint its picture in my head, because I had to constantly scroll toward the end of the page and look for translation.

I also feel that the story didn’t have a real ending and I hope that a sequel is in the works as we speak, because I would like to know what journey lies ahead of Ailani, Momi, Puhi and even Nahoa.

I would especially recommend this book to younger readers, because overall it is an easy story to read and I believe they would enjoy it and possibly don’t even see its faults.

The greater the challenge, the bigger the reward.

My Rating: 3/5

Post written by Anya Blackhart-Clark

sarah j. maas · Throne of Glass · Uncategorized

Wrap Up – November 2016

This month I mostly swore off all of my favorite TV shows and reserved evenings for reading only. Because of that, I managed to read 10 books and I am very, very proud of it!

1. EMPIRE OF STORMS (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J. Maas

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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

I loved this book!
I’ve posted a review, which you can read here.

My Rating: 5/5

2. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen

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In this historic romance, young Elizabeth Bennet strives for love, independence and honesty in the vapid high society of 19th century England.

To be completely honest, I haven’t expected that I would like this book as much as I had.Mr Darcy is everything he was said to be.
The book was really great and I can see why it is a classic.

I’ve read this book as a part of my Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge. I doubt I would pick up a classic sometime soon.

I am glad I’ve read this book, because it made me feel smarter and more sophisticated. I know this seems silly, but reading a classic or even picking up a classic on my own made me feel really good. I am looking forward to decide for december which book I will read from before mentioned challenge.

My Rating: 5/5

3. S.E.C.R.E.T. (Secret, #1) by L. Marie Adeline

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No judgments. No limits. No shame.
Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately. Equal parts enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T is a world where fantasy becomes reality.

Interesting and easy read.

My Rating: 4/5

4. S.E.C.R.E.T. Shared (Secret, #2) by L. Marie Adeline

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“I, Cassie Robichaud, solemnly swear to serve S.E.C.R.E.T. to the best of my abilities. I will do what is necessary, what is right and what is within my power to assist in the execution of sexual fantasies for our participant(s)…”
And so begins S.E.C.R.E.T. II, which opens with Cassie’s initiation into this mysterious organization, one that helps women experience their most potent sexual fantasies. Cassie spends the next year as a “S.E.C.R.E.T. member-at-large,” not quite a guide, she’ll assist Committee members (including two new ones, Kit DeMarco and Angela Rejean) in recruiting men and helping to execute a new inductee’s fantasies.
After a false start with the first potential inductee, Cassie makes the acquaintance of Dauphine Gray, a 31-year old who works at the Funky Monkey vintage clothing store on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Geeky, gawky and easily distracted, Dauphine has no idea how attractive she really is because her face is forever in a book. Reading is her passion, music is her pleasure, and Dauphine’s all but given up on sex, especially after a painful rejection that still haunts her. Then Cassie and the women from S.E.C.R.E.T. show her it’s possible to reignite that flame.
Meanwhile, Cassie must work through her resentment over losing Will to Tracina and their future baby. But when paternity questions surface, Tracina threatens to expose Cassie’s S.E.C.R.E.T. membership to the one man both women love. Will Tracina expose Cassie to Will, and if she does, what will he make of his secret love’s S.E.C.R.E.T. life?

Easy, quick and enjoyable read. I will definitely check out the rest of the series.

My Rating: 4/5

5. Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friends by Jenny Colgan

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What does an It girl do if she loses all her money?
Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town – she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But deep down she suspects that her best friends are actually rather nasty, and that her lifestyle doesn’t really amount to much. Her father wants her to make her own way in the world. to make him proud. But after one shocking evening her life is changed for ever.
Scraping a living as an assistant to a ‘glamour’ photographer; living in a hovel on the Old Kent Road with four smelly boys; eating baked beans from the can – this is one spectacular fall from grace. Sophie is desperate to get her life back – but does a girl really need diamonds to be happy?
Full of warmth and humour, Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend is the charming new comedy from the wonderful Jenny Colgan.

Truly entertaining read!

My Rating: 3.5/5

6. The New Hunger (Warm Bodies, #2) by Isaac Marion

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The end of the world didn’t happen overnight.
After years of societal breakdowns, wars and quakes and rising tides, humanity was already near the edge. Then came a final blow no one could have expected: all the world’s corpses rising up to make more.
Born into this bleak and bloody landscape, twelve-year-old Julie struggles to hold on to hope as she and her parents drive across the wastelands of America, a nightmarish road trip in search of a new home.
Hungry, lost, and scared, sixteen-year-old Nora finds herself her brother’s sole guardian after her parents abandon them in the not-quite-empty ruins of Seattle.
And in the darkness of a forest, a dead man opens his eyes. Who is he? What is he? With no clues beyond a red tie and the letter “R,” he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence—right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the monster howling in his belly. The New Hunger is a glimpse of the past and a path to an astonishing future…

I think this is a must read for fans of Warm Bodies. That prequel makes us appreciate and understand some of the characters.

My Rating: 3/5

7. LIBRARY OF SOULS (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #3) by Ransom Riggs

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A boy with extraordinary powers. An army of deadly monsters. An epic battle for the future of peculiardom.
The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.
They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

This book is best to be read immediately after you’ve finished the Hollow City.

I was ready to start ranting about how I didn’t like the ending, but luckily that wasn’t necessary.
It was perfect.

Perfect.

My Rating: 4/5

8. HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (Harry Potter, #1) by J. K. Rowling

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Harry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After a lifetime of bottling up his magical powers, Harry finally feels like a normal kid. But even within the Wizarding community, he is special. He is the boy who lived: the only person to have ever survived a killing curse inflicted by the evil Lord Voldemort, who launched a brutal takeover of the Wizarding world, only to vanish after failing to kill Harry.
Though Harry’s first year at Hogwarts is the best of his life, not everything is perfect. There is a dangerous secret object hidden within the castle walls, and Harry believes it’s his responsibility to prevent it from falling into evil hands. But doing so will bring him into contact with forces more terrifying than he ever could have imagined.
Full of sympathetic characters, wildly imaginative situations, and countless exciting details, the first installment in the series assembles an unforgettable magical world and sets the stage for many high-stakes adventures to come.

This was a re-read for me. Is it possible for a book to get better every time you read it?

My Rating: 5/5

9. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (Harry Potter, #2) by J. K. Rowling

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The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike.
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny. But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone, or something, starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects: Harry Potter himself?

I just love Harry Potter. I wanted to get back into Harry Potter world before watching Fantastic Beasts (I loved the movie, by the way).

My Rating: 5/5

10. PLAYING AGAINST THE SISTER (Valentine Sisters, #2) by Desirae Clark

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Alyssa and Dana were twins but they were nothing alike.
Alyssa: popular soccer player and team captain, doesn’t need anyone to tell her what she wants.
Dana: head cheerleader and beauty queen, insecure and afraid of everyone’s opinions.
Both: searching for themselves while trying to survive high school.
But this story is about Alyssa. The girl who never cared much for makeup or boys. The girl who was overshadowed by her sister. She didn’t mind it until one day, when her first crush told her he preferred Dana over her. Let’s skip all that cliche stuff and the arch nemesis to when Alyssa was finally figuring out a lesson of her lifetime.
Something an actor Jamie Campbell Bower said a long time ago: “Who you are will always be sexier than who you pretend to be.”

This book was easy and fun read. It has one of my favorite characters ever!

That’s what I’ve read this month. Which books have you read? Have you read any books on this list?

Post written by Anya Blackhart-Clark

Uncategorized · Wattpad

5 Wattpad Books I Couldn’t Stop Thinking Of

We’ve all read a book that has caught our attention so fiercely that we couldn’t stop thinking about it. When we were in school, at work or maybe in the car. All we would do is keep thinking about that one great book and wonder what’s going to happen next. Or maybe if we’ve already finished it and the book made us think.

Today, what I’ve got for you is a list of Wattpad books that made me feel that way (in no particular order)

#1 The Cell Phone Swap by DoNotMicrowave

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Recently published as Textrovert, The Cell Phone Swap is a book every veteran Wattpadder has heard of at least once during their time on the site. It is full of spunk, battles of wit and unique situations.

What made me unable to put this book down – or when I was forced to, what made me unable to stop thinking about it was the ongoing need to know what happens next. The characters are incredibly easy to love and incredibly hard to forget.

So if you’re looking for an easy, amusing read then this is the book you’re looking for.

#2 The Benefits of Sexting by Peyton Novak

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Now, I’ve been a bit hesitant when picking this book up because (maybe this is just me) I’ve never been a fan of sexting and the whole idea of it is just unnecessary. But this book gives a fresh perspective on a sext-gone-wrong situation – in a way that won’t leave you cringing but rather laughing your guts out. It’s not as painful as it sounds.

It is a hilarious read that’s not yet finished but it’s one I can’t help but love. The storyline itself draws my attention and I often find myself on a bus to school, thinking about it. Even during class, I kind of stop listening and daydream in anticipation as to what’s going to happen next. Truly, a wonderful book I recommend everybody to read.

Hope it keeps you on the edge of your seat like it does with me. Oh, the wait for the next chapter *sighs*

#3 Pillow Talks by Em Slough

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This Watty 2015 Award Winner is as good as they say it is. While the book was interesting and incredibly well-written, what made me remember it most was that after the end, it made me think.

Somehow, I could relate to the main character because I’ll be going off to College soon – abroad, that is. And it inspired me, the book itself has given me motivation and courage to spread my wings and fly.

But it’s not just that. Pillow Talks is about a girl who suffers from insomnia and needs help falling asleep. It’s a perfect book for when you feel like you’re stuck in life and need a push in the right direction.

Like I said, it will make you think.

Plus, the story itself is awesome.

#4 My Brother’s Best Friend by knightsrachel

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It would be a sin not to include this book. You see, this book not only tackles the issues teens face but also includes more serious topics such as eating disorders.

I personally admire the author to have the courage to write about this because most authors on Wattpad get a shit-load of hate (sorry for the language) when it comes to this topic or other taboos. It’s like, it exists but you shouldn’t acknowledge it.

And so Rachel did something bold and wasn’t afraid to get into the gory details of the main character’s (Emily’s) life and the struggles she has to face when she comes home after being in London for a year.

She comes to find the apartment she was supposed to live at not as empty as she might have thought. Her brother, Emmet, has offered Parker Adams – a guy Emily just can’t stand.

The author not only does that but she includes struggles of Parker Adams, her brother’s best friend as he and Emily try to get along (as much as they can).

It’s really a book that makes you think and not take life for granted. The whole storyline made me gasp for air and I couldn’t put the book down – even my fellow Wattpad writers saw my regular votes on the book and laughed when I mentioned I was obsessed with it.

#5 Once Upon a Bathroom Stall by hyrule

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I don’t know what drawn me to this book or how I decided to read it out of 679 books in my library. But I did and though the chapters are short, they’re amusing and keep you wanting more.

I couldn’t stop reading and I couldn’t stop waiting for more. The story is told through phone conversations and it is highly  – and I mean highly amusing. The conversations between two main characters in the book will leave you gasping for air as you try to stop yourself from laughing.

It’s quite a thrilling read and with each new update, I was anticipating their meeting. Since it’s only written through phone conversations, you can’t be really introduced to the characters and their life. But with each new chapter, you get to find out more and more as, just like they are to you, the two main characters are strangers to each other.

It really pulls you through different stages of an unusual friendship between a girl with a shit boyfriend and a guy whose girlfriend just dumped him for his brother.

Seriously, give this book a chance.

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So here it is. I don’t read much on Wattpad but I thought I’d write this in case you needed new books to read or were just curious. I hope you enjoy and leave a comment which book you recommend me to read on Wattpad or which Wattpad books made you think about them.

Also, if you have any suggestion what I should write next, let me know.

Post written by Desirae Clark

madeleine roux · review

Review: Asylum by Madeleine Roux

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For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm – formerly a psychiatric hospital.
As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline’s twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here … secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum’s dark past. Because it turn out Brookline was no ordinary psych ward. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.”

This book was a bit different from my usual reads, but still very entertaining. I liked the photographs which made the book more alluring. The structure of the text was good. It made you feel like you are a fast reader because you were sailing through the book with an ease. Format of the book was perfect – easy to hold, small enough to take with you anywhere and different, exciting to the touch.

The book sucked me in with the first chapter. Story began in the first chapter. Sometimes there are so called fill-in chapters to keep the story going, but I didn’t feel like this book had those chapters. With every chapter the book sucked me in deeper.

My favorite character was probably Abby. She had many so called mood swings, but she was still very cool and poised. She was braver than she seemed. I like a strong female character that is not depending on boys, but can get herself out of trouble if she needs to.

Characters at times didn’t feel real to me, but I still liked them well enough to continue. Characters didn’t really develop through the story, but I have high hopes they will through the next books.

Story kept me guessing through the whole book. I had to stop reading a couple of time to form a new theory in my head before continuing. From the very beginning I thought that I had the ending figured out, but it still managed to elude me and caught me by surprise. Story was good. Plot twists were more than satisfying.

My favorite parts of the book had to be the ones that happened in the old wing. I liked the mystery and kept on guessing what they are going to find, what secret they will uncover next. Scary scenes were written quite well for my taste.

The book didn’t make me laugh nor cry. It did, however, make me caught my breath for a sentence or two, before realizing what was going on.

Story had it’s claws deep inside me and I had no will to fight it. I kept on reading even though it was late. I kept saying one more chapter before I finally convinced myself that I will continue the book first thing in the morning, which I did. And I finished it in a heartbeat.

The ending was awesome. I don’t mind if an ending is a cliffhanger, when I have a sequel laying around. But sadly this was not the case here, so I was very frustrated.

At times I was angry at Dan, because he didn’t share his life story with Jordan or Abby … but hey, there are still two more books for him to do so.

I found the theme very interesting and compelling. I love watching horror movies and always wanted to read a horror book. Of course I was not as scared as I am when I watch the movies, but not because I wouldn’t like the story, but because there were no special effects and loud music. A contemporary story happening in an old, remodeled Asylum … I was so excited to start reading it!

I saw a lot of people didn’t like the story. Some didn’t even finish it. I think that is because before they started reading it, they created a little image (expectations) in their head of what the story will be and what will happen, and obviously when things didn’t happen that way and they got frustrated.

Yes, the story wasn’t very scary, but it was still good. They started reading it expecting to get scared as hell, but that didn’t happen. Books are not movies.

Honestly, I don’t know for sure why they didn’t like the book. I just know that I am not sorry for reading it and will be picking up the sequel in the near future.

If you decide to read this book, don’t have high expectations to begin with or don’t have any expectations at all. Let yourself be surprised by the book and it’s story. Read every book with low expectations or none at all and you won’t be disappointed (as much).

I heard a lot of people comparing this book to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, but honestly besides the picture, I don’t see any other similarities.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Review by Anya Blackhart-Clark

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