Five Cry Worthy Books

  

So, crying in books. It’s something that happens to most of us (and if you haven’t shed a tear while reading an emotional scene in a book then, do you even have a heart…I mean wow how did you manage that??) and I’m a mood reader so when I’m choosing what book to read and I choose a sad book, chances are I’m going to cry/have tears in my eyes. It also doesn’t help that my favourite genre is young adult contemporary which most (but definitely not all) of the time tends to be more emotion triggering. Anyway, enough with the excuses reasons why I cry while reading books and onto my ‘Five Cry Worthy Books’ (in no particular order!)

 #1: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

  

First of all it’s a book about a young boy who’s mother is dying, so that to begin with is sad but putting that with Ness’s beautiful writing made me have a waterfall of tears flowing out of both my eyes.

#2: The Fault in our Stars by John Green

  

Okay, I know this is cliché but back when The Fault in our Stars wasn’t even popular and I was reading it for the first time, I hadn’t really read many YA contemporaries… so this one hit me hard. I feel like if I read it now for the first time it wouldn’t have been as emotional but man oh man Hazel and Augustus were my OTP and John Green literally ripped my heart out with the ending of this book.

#3: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan 

  

*HEROES OF OLYMPUS SPOILERS!!! DON’T READ IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE SERIES* When one of my very beloved OTPs got thrown into the depths of Tartarus at the end of this novel as a cliffhanger and I had to wait a whole year for the next book, I’m pretty sure my 11 year old self didnt know what to do other than cry. 

#4: Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

  

Any of them… well maybe not the first few books, but there are quite a few tear jerking/heart breaking (depending on who you are) deaths throughout the series that made me cry, as well as the end of the series in its entirety which also made me cry.

#5: Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira 

  

This book is a more recent read for me and I didn’t actually cry but I sure was using as my strength not to let those tears fall on the plane on my way back from Florida. Family book deaths + me = crying. (Click here for my full book review!)
I don’t know about you but when I hear that a book made someone cry I am even more interested in reading it, hearing that everyone loved and sobbed while reading A Monster Calls is actually what initially made me pick it up.  But enough about me, what about you!? Do you consider yourself an easy book crier and did any of these books make YOU cry?   

 

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira Book Review

  

Title: Love Letters to the Dead

Author: Ava Dellaira

Genre: Young Adult. Contemporary 

Pages: 336

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven’t forgiven? It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path. In a voice that’s as lyrical and as true as a favorite song, Ava Dellaira writes about one girl’s journey through life’s challenges with a haunting and often heartbreaking beauty. 

Spoiler Free Thoughts: Three words to describe this book would be, heart-wrenching (that counts as one right?), beautiful and real. I loved the plot line, it was kind of right up my ally, so I was happy that I ended up loving it. It was also a bit of a similar style to The Perks of being a Wallflower (which I loved as well). I was also very happy that I loved it because my favourite genre is contemporary, young adult, contemporary to be specific (which you probably could have guessed by now because I’ve mentioned it before and that’s the genre of most the books I read) but I’m seeing more and more trends in them and don’t love all of them that I read. Oh my goodness, the writing was absolutely beautiful and poetic, it seemed almost effortless. I feel like Ava just wrote, she didn’t think to much about it but it wasn’t careless. She made you feel Laurels grief for her sister May, the sadness of her mom leaving and the nervousness of Laurel staring high school, all through her writing. Love Letters to the Dead was also not all about love and romance, it was also about friendship. Laurels friends were such an important part in the story and they might not have been perfect but they were there for her and it was wonderful. This is a bit of a short review but overall if you like, sad but beautiful contemporaries then this is definitely a book for you. 

 

My Trip To The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

  So yesterday I got back from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida, and as some of you may know from my post ‘My Upcoming Trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’ I was VERY EXCITED. It was so magical and perfect, it exceeded all my expectations and overall I had an amazing time.

The Rides:

Me and my dad (who I went with) went on all the Harry Potter rides 3 or more times each except for Flight of the Hippagriff (because the actual ride was so short and the line was always 45+ minutes long) and my favourite one was definitely Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (which was the ride in the castle). I loved how while you were waiting in line for the rides it was still so entertaining, like in The Forbidden Journey ride you went through Hogwarts and saw all the moving paintings and the Gryffindor common room and Dumbledore’s office and the defence against the dark arts classroom, it was all so cool. The Forbidden Journey ride itself was awesome. I love roller coasters a lot but this one was like a roller coaster and simulation ride all at once, you flew around Hogwarts with Harry and Ron who were on broomsticks and you flew around the Quidditch pitch and it was really cool how they did that but also at one part you went into the forbidden forest and saw Aragog and all the spiders and came out of the whomping willow and it swung it’s arm at you and you were thrusted into the next part of the ride. Overall it was just awesome and I’m pretty sure me and my dad rode it 6 or 7 times over the course of the 3 days we were there, I just loved it to much. I also loved the Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts ride. The line up for this ride was also super cool you actually got to walk into Gringotts and they had the big chandeliers and the goblins (which moved!!) and it was awesome! The ride itself was AWESOME! It was 3D and at one point Bellatrix does and curses your cart and the tracks it’s on drops forward making you on a steep hill and you just drop, it is so fun. Also at one point trolls come and since its 3D it looks like they are grabbing your cart and they shake it and then throw you to the side, it was pretty cool. Each day we were there, my dad and I would get up early to go to the park for opening and them we’d go on The Forbidden Jounrey ride right away while the line was still short and then we’d go on the Dragon Challenge roller coaster a few times because the line was always 5-10 minutes in the morning. IT WAS AWESOME. In line it was like you were going through the tents of the Triwizard Champions and you saw the Goblet of Fire and the Triwizard Cup. You could choose to ride either the Chinese Firebolt or the Hungarian Horntail (my personal favourite was the Chinese Firebolt) and you could either go in any row, or wait in a separate line for the front. Let me tell you, it was definitely worth it to wait in line for the front. In the front you saw everything coming which made it even more exhilarating and the wind hit your face so are I had tears streaming out of my eyes, it was awesome. ( HAHAHAH I think I’ve said “It was awesome” 20+ time oops) We also went on some other non-Harry Potter rides like the huge Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket or whatever it was called (whic was so fun)  and the E.T. ride (which was a nice relaxing-for-your-feet ride) and the Shrek 4D and Transformers ride and others as well. Universal does a very good job with their rides, especially adding the simulations and 3D stuff to make them not just rides or roller coasters but it’s like you are in the movie for whatever ride you are riding.

  
   

     

The Hogwarts Express:

Ahhhh finally I got to ride the Hogwarts express! It was like a ride but not really, more like an experience so I didn’t add it into the “rides” section. It also was different going both ways, going from Kings Cross to Hogwarts was different then coming from Hogwarts. To start of I WENT THROUGH PLATFORMS 9 AND 10 TO PLATFORM 9 3/4!!! My dad took a video while I went through, it was so cool and real. It was so awesome standing in line and seeing the Hogwarts express come into the station and getting on it and sitting it it. Also when you looked out the window you saw Mad Eye Moody waving to you as you left Kings Cross station and then you say London and then the countryside and then at the doors some dementors came!!! An then Harry came along and you saw his silhouette through the door and he cast his patronus to make them go away and the out the window again you saw Malfoy Manor and then finally Hogwarts!  It was beautiful and as you pulled into Hogsmeade station Hagrid was ther waiting for you, on the back looking out the window was slightly different and no dementors came but Ron, Harry and Hermione passed by and Ron looked through the glass and said “Looks like a bunch of first years.” It was so funny. Also at one point the silhouette of the trolley lady passed by the door and she said “Aanything from the trolley dear?” I loved the Hogwarts Express and went on it many times, it was so amazing. 

     
    
    
 

The Food/Drinks (aka BUTTERBEER):

SO I LOVED THE BUTTERBEER. I had a feeling I would because I love sweet things and caramel/ butterscotch and such. I tried bothe the normal butterbeer and also the frozen butterbeer (which was my favourite!!). I also got pumpkin juice which was very sweet, I didn’t love it as much as thebutterbeer but the bottle it came in was so cute!! If you bought water it also didn’t just come in a normal bottle, it was Gillywater. We ate at both The Leaky Cauldron and The Tree Broomsticks, both had very Harry Potterish food and it was delicious, if you are going to Universalsoon I definitely recommend that you eat at both of those places!

   
    
 

Everything Else:

Walking into both Hogsmeade and Diagon Ally and seeing the castle for the first time was like 😍😭😱. Everything was absolutly perfect. Down to the last detail. I actually wish I could live there and never leave. It was so cool how as you came out of Kings Cross Diagon Ally was hidden and it was like you were in London. I also LOVED how they  played Harry Potter music EVERYWHERE, it was perfect!!!! The people who worked there were awesome too, I bought and wore my Hufflepuff scarf everywhere and when a worker was a Hufflepuff as well they’d say something like “Ehhh Hufflepuff!” And give me and high five or something, it was so fun. Inside all the shops was amazing, especially Ollivanders and Weasleys Wizard Weezes and Quality Quidditch Supplies. Every the little touches like the dragon on top of Gringotts breathing fire and Kreacher would peak out of the window 12 Grimmauld Place. Also having The Knight Bus outside of Diagon Ally was cool, everything was just so well done. ANOTHER THING was I obviously got a wand, it chose me, and THE INTERACTIVE SPELLS ALL AROUND HOGSMEADE AND DIAGON ALLY WAS AWESOME!! I cast tons of spells, week because I’m actually a witch duh.

   
    
    

What I Bought:
I got my wand, a Hogwarts sweater with the crest on it (I wore it to school today!), a Hufflepuff scarf (my house!!), a mug to add to my slow growing bookish mug collection, also a love potion and fudge ( which I can’t remember the name of and I also can’t find it in my house, but it was from Weasleys Wizards Weezes) and 2 minion Funko pops for my little brother and  sister and a mug that says “Mother of all things” on it with Thing One and Thing Two on it as well for my mom. My dad also got a Gryfindor tie. I already had Bretie Botts which my friend got for my when he went a few years back. I’m so hap with everyhing I got and I don’t have pictures of it all but here’s a few:

   

One really funny thing that happened was when we were buying some of the stuff there were two older ladies helping us check out and they were super nice and we were chatting about how much I loved it there and one of the ladies was saying how some people have weddings there and my dad said “Dont give her any ideas!” ( meaning me because I would be 100% okay with having my wedding there) And then when we were done checking out one of the ladies said bye and the other said “See you at your wedding?” Which I found so funny!

Overall I had such an amazing time! (I know I’ve said “amazing” too many times in this post!!) it was so magical and perfect and just what I imagined it to be! I will definitely go back in the future!! If any of you are debating on going to Universal or not PLEASE GO, if you are a die hard Harry Potter fan like me or not, the rides, food and overall experience is great, even if you aren’t obsessed. AND IF YOU DO LOVE HARRY POTTER AND HAVEN’T GONE YET… YOU MUST GOOOOOOO ITS AMAZING!!! 

Anywhy, thanks for reading this post, I took like a hour and a half writing it because I really wanted to share with you all what I did on my trip, so I hope you enjoyed it! Have a good rest of your day! 

  

My Upcoming Trip To The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

 
I mentioned breifly in my Merry Christmas post that one of the things I got for Christmas was a trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!! And guess what??? I’m leaving in two days (Tursday night) and I COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED! I have never been before and over the past 6 years since it opened I have been dying to go. Over the years many attractions have been added and my list of things I want to do there has got bigger and bigger. Here are just a few things I can’t wait to experience! (In no particular order!) #1: Butterbeer!
Throughout the series Butterbeer is mentioned numerous times and I’m pretty sure it’s every fans dream to taste some for themselves.  

  

#2: Getting a wand!! 
Again, every fan wants their own wand, am I right??

“The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter.”

#3: WALKING DOWN DIAGON ALLY

IT IS GOING TO BE AMAZING I CAN’T EVEN WAIT. I’ve heard it’s amazing, I know it’s going to be amazing, it’ll just be perfect, perfect, perfect, PERFECT!!!

#4: Seeing Hogwarts

  

I am 1 million percent sure that half of my phones camera roll will be pictures of Hogwarts by the time I leave the WWoHP, every time I look at it or walk by it I will probably take a picture because when I was 11 and my Hogwarts letter didn’t come I was pretty upset so this’ll be the closest I’ll ever get to going there so I’ve got to capture every moment of it.

#5: JUST EVERYTHING!!

I’m just REALLY EXCITED FOR EVERYTHING! The plane ride there (lots of time to read), hot, sunny Florida and most of all EVERYTHING HARRY POTTER! 

As you can probably tell I am very excited and this post is sort or rambly but I just had to write a post about it and share my excitment. I will probably write a post every day I am there telling you guys what I did and what got and I’ll take lots of pictures, I can’t wait to show them to you all!!! Now, let me know in the comments, have you been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? If yes, what were some of the best things that you did or something that I should definitely do/a ride I should definitely go on? I hope you have a great rest of your day! 

  

Movie Game by Michael Ebner Book Review

  

Title: Movie Game

Author: Michael Ebner

Genre: Young Adult

Pages: 302

Format: Kindle

Rating: 1.5/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: It’s been three years since Joe’s father vanished. Now seventeen, he is unaware that government agents are watching him in case his dad makes contact. Joe is too distracted by his secret girlfriend, midnight swims in the pools of strangers, free drinks from his buddies at the movie game and the glamorous college student, Felicity. But his movie-esque existence and addiction to fiction is set to collide with a heavy dose of reality this summer when he discovers everything is not what it seems: his secret girlfriend wants to be the real thing. His college fling may have ulterior motives. And the government agents want co-operation to catch his missing father. All this and the three year old death of Joe’s first girlfriend Alice are going to cause him to face some dark truths.

My Non-Spoilery Thoughts: I honestly knew from very early on that I didn’t like this book. But I have a problem where I can’t put books down without finishing them, I just like finishing all the books I start to give them all a fair chance before I criticize them. Movie Game just was so incredibly boring, and I don’t say that to be rude I’m just saying how it is. All you did was follow the main character Joe, everyday of the summer doing ordinary things like watching movies and swimming. There was no movement in the plot until probably 85% of the novel was over and the event that happened in the end wasn’t even big and/or interesting enough to change/make me forget about the beginning. None of the characters where at a all fleshed very much and non of them really even had a personality. At one point in the book, Loren, Joe’s sister, was deciding whether or not she should go to Paris and at that point I wanted the story to change to follow her life and experiences in Paris because it would be way more interesting than Joe’s life which we were actually following. The only part I like was when you got to read the chapters where it was ‘3 Years Ago’. Those were actually pretty interesting and I would have loved to read about Joe’s life then rather than when he was 17. I guess one other good part was that the book lived up to the name ‘Movie Game’ because Joe would go to a bad and play a movie naming game with some friends but that wasn’t a very prominent part of the story and didn’t really add anything except tying in the novels name. The writing style wasn’t bad but it didn’t really stand out to me either. Although I didn’t like Movie Game, I am glad I read it because things I do and don’t like in a book are definitely starting to stand out more and to know that I don’t like every book and that’s okay. Overall I gave it 1.5/5 stars and even though I know I will never read it again or recommend it to anyone, I still felt like the writing wasn’t bad and I could see the potential.

January 2016 Wrap Up

 January is over already, I can’t believe it! I read a total of four books this month and I am so proud of that considering I had so many projects to do and papers to write this month and exams, I never even though I would finish more than 2 books! That does put me one book behind on my Goodreads challenge but I’m not worried, I usually read 5+ books a month but 7+ in the summer so there’s pleanty of room to catch up, especially since it’s only one books. But out of the books I read I only really loved one of them but that book was AMAZING so it made up for the okay/not good books I read. 

  

 

I started the month off by reading The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness and I was soooo excited to read this book because so many people love Ness’s books but it ended up falling flat for me and I gave it 3/5 stars. If you want to read all the details of my likes and dislikes for this book check out my review here.

  

Then I picked up Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy and sped through it fairly quickly. It had a very inspirational idea to it and I definitely enjoyed it while I was reading it but it didn’t really blow me away or anything so I gave it 4/5 stars. (Click here for my full review.)

  

Next I read decided to try out another Patrick Ness book and read A Monster Calls. THIS BOOOOOOK ripped my hear out and tore it into a million pieces, it was amazing. I’m so happy that I read I, if you want to read in detail everything I liked, check out my review here, and I gave it 5/5 stars. It’s only a month into 2016 and I already know it’ll be on my favourites list at the end of the year.

  

And lastly, I ended off this month with Movie Game by Michale Ebner which I was kindly sent to for review through Net Galley. Now, I don’t actually know when/or if this book has come out yet because I got it sent to me in November and then on Net Galley the release day keeps getting pushed  back but on Goodreads and Amazon it says it came out on September 15th, the original release date so I have no clue if this book is actually out yet or not but bottom line I didn’t really enjoy it. The whole book, you just followed around the main character Joe who just did pretty ordinary stuff, it was just so bland. Nothing happened in the ploy until the end and I literally had to force myself to keep reading because 1) I wanted to see if it got better and 2) I don’t like DNFing books so I couldn’t stop reading it. In the end I gave it 1.5/5 stars and I’ll be putting a review for it up in the next few days. 

Overall it wasn’t too bad of a start to my 2016 reading year. Did you guys have a good reading month?  Are there any books that you read that completely blew you away? Let me know in the comments I’d love to chat!