The Education of Margot Sanchez | The Reviewing of Becca Stevenson 😉

Title: The Education of Margot Sanchez

Author: Lilliam Rivera

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, #OwnVoices

Published: February 21, 2017 by Simon & Schuster (who provided this delighted blogger with a review copy! Yay! This does not affect the honesty of my review.)

Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.

THINGS/PEOPLE MARGOT HATES:

Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
This supermarket
Everyone else

After “borrowing” her father’s credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot
Sanchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.

With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…

Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moises—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.

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Bible Verse or YA Book Quote? | Becca’s Bookish Guessing Game!

The Holy Bible and YA Literature are so remarkably different, you couldn’t possibly confuse the two, right? I mean, there’s just no way. Riiiiight???

Well. Play along, O yee of little faith, and we’ll see! They might not be as different as you think…

Let me break it down for ya:

  1. Quote is displayed magically
  2. You guess if the quote is from the Bible or a YA Book
  3. I give you answer
  4. You either die in murderous shock or giggle gleefully because MWAHA you are always right 

Sounds fun, right? It is. It’s fun. Let’s go.

“Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we shall die.”

Bible or YA Book? Guess guess guess!


Answer: Bible! I started off easy for ya. You’re very welcome.

“When the world brings you down, lift your voice up!”

Bible or YA Book? Are you guessing? Keep guessing!


Answer: It’s the Bible again! Did I get you? I got you, didn’t I???!! 


“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”

Bible or YA Book? Just keep guessing, just keep guessing, just keep guessing, guessing, guessing.


Answer: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde! That wasn’t too hard, was it?

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged.”

Bible or YA Book? C’mon. This one’s easy.


Answer: Yep. It’s the Bible!

“Child, no one is ever ready for anything. I would never doom you to that. What sort of adventureless life would that be?”

Bible or YA Book? You’re almost to the end of our guessing game, you’ve got to be a pro now!


Answer: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. You got that one, didn’t you? Of course you did, you’re so super smart!

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”

Bible or YA Book? This is it! This is the finish line! 


Answer: East of Eden by John Steinback. Sure, I’ve made this a little tricky. But you’re just too clever for me, you’ve gotten them right every time, haven’t you? 😉

Voila! You did it! How’d ya do? Calculate those score and tell me in the comments how many you got right! Compare and see who’s destined to be a scholar 🙂

Mosquitoland | Review

Title: Mosquitoland

Author: David Arnold

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating:

  

 

“I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.” 
After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland. 
So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane. 
Told in an unforgettable, kaleidoscopic voice, “Mosquitoland” is a modern American odyssey, as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.

THAT WAS AN ABSOLUTELY EPIC BOOK.

I have never felt so weirded out (in a way that couldn’t be any more amazing) by a character. I loved it.
The story starts with a character. This character goes on a journey. I mean, literally. Going on this journey with the character couldn’t give me more joy. The journey contains life-changing, heartbreaking events along with absolutely hilarious encounters.The character grows just as the number of miles left diminishes. She finds out so much about herself, and it’s the most satisfying thing.

And the book even had bombshells. Totally awesome ones, too.

The fascinating characters met along the way are so much fun to read about! They only add to the already amazing story. There is a true art to having so many dynamic characters, and David Arnold has certainly mastered it.

The writing was hilarious. Truly, perfectly hilarious. I can’t count how many times I laughed. Or cried. But it’s basically the same thing. (You’ll get it when you read it)

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also Elvis. 

Go. Read. It.

Cruel Beauty | Review

Title: Cruel Beauty

Author: Rosamund Hodge

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling

Rating:   

 

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.
Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love. 

Wow, what a ride! 

Cruel Beauty had an insanely intricate plot line. At every page it wove itself deeper and added to the amazing story. Though by the end, it was too complex. I couldn’t follow it anymore, I was just confused. I think if Rosamund Hodge had just eased up on the complexity a bit, it would have been a fantastic book. Intricate plots are awesome, but too much of anything is never good.

The writing was absolutely magical! I fell in love with how she wrote every sentence and how each sentence formed a paragraph! 

The characters were very dynamic, which is always a good thing! Through the book you could really get to know all the characters and feel their emotions. Each and every one developed, and it was insanely interesting to read!

The world building was great! It flowed throughout the story with perfect ease, and you felt like you had lived in the environment your entire life. This is definitely a talent, and I applaud the author for it.

I really enjoyed this book, though the ending had me totally confused. Overall, it was a great retelling!

Fell of Dark | Review

Title: Fell of Dark

Author: Patrick Downes

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary?

Rating: 2.5/5 stars

A book that challenges the word “powerful” and obliterates it
Written in searing prose, this is the story of two boys: Erik, who performs miracles, and Thorn, who hears voices. The book chronicles their lives as their minds devolve into hallucinations, and shows the way their worlds intersect, culminating in a final stand-off.
This debut novel offer a raw, insightful look at the forces that compel us to act against our will. Even more so, it captivates and dares us to look away, knowing full well we can’t.

I have no idea where to start. 

Let’s begin with the writing style. This was absolutely my favorite part of the book. The best moment is when an author describes something so perfectly that you just think, ‘Yes! Exactly!’ That, my friend, is a talent.

Yet the story arc was weak, flimsy, and all over the place. The plot wasn’t really there. Maybe it was just too “subtle” for my “unrefined taste” but honestly I couldn’t see how there was even the hint of a plot, except for the fact that it all came together in the end. I think what the point of the book was just giving backstory and being inside the characters’ heads until they meet in the last 15 pages in the book.

I’m sorry, but that is not a real plot line for me.

I did enjoy the main characters—sort of. I couldn’t really help but sort of like them, even Thorn, despite how dark he was. 

Speaking of darkness, this book is bathed in it. I weirdly enjoyed it at points, yet not so much at others. I do know that a lot of people wouldn’t be able to stand any darkness whatsoever, and if you’re among them, I wouldn’t recommend this book for you.

There are a lot of questions surrounding this book. By questions, I mean confusion. I can appreciate that, yet just the right amount. I felt overwhelmed in it, which I know is often not a bad thing for many people, but it certainly isn’t right for me.

Would I recommend this? Meh. It was okay overall. I at the very least needed a real plot line. This is all I require. Is that too much to ask?

The Ultimate Book Tag!

A big thank you to Shannon and Briana for tagging me! 

  

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

Yes…

*sigh*

If I could read in the car I would finish books much, much faster.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is, to me, so unique and poetic and absolutely addicting.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

I haven’t read Twilight so…
But even then, Harry Potter because:

  1. Hagrid
  2. The Weasley Twins
  3. Magic

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

Yep! Basically homework, pencils, ballet shoes, notebooks, etc.

5. Do you smell your books?

What, why would you think that?
*sniffs book*

6. Books with or without little illustrations.

I can appreciate some illustration, but I prefer to use my own imagination.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

To be honest, I’ve never really experienced this. 

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

Actually, yes! When I was little (5 or 6), me and my family would always go to the Politics and Prose bookstore, and there was this one picture book, Eat Your Peas, that I wanted so desperately. Every time we went there, my mom said she would get it for me the next time. Then, one day we just didn’t go there again. I still don’t have that book.
Okay, that sounded funnier in my head

9. What is the tinniest book on your shelf?

I have a lot of Indian comic books that are really thin.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

The Bible.☺️

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
Yes, I LOVE writing. I can see myself as an author, but I think I would work in publishing while writing.

12. When did you get into reading?

As soon as I learned to read!

13. What is your favourite classic book?

Pride and Prejudice or Little Women.❤️

14. In school what was your best subject? Language Arts/English?
I think my best subject is English. Or Literature. Basically just writing essays.

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

I would graciously accept, but mention I’d read the book before. People will usually offer a gift receipt and tell me to buy one I’d never read before. If they don’t, I’ll just remark on how I thought the book was unique or interesting and keep it.

16. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
When I get busy, I just don’t have time to blog, which isn’t necessarily a bad habit, but it does happen.

17. What is your favorite word?
Flapdoodle. It makes me so insanely happy that that is a word. Also dashing, especially when British people say it.

18. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?
A nerd. A full on nerd.

19. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Okay, I absolutely despise vampires, but even then, totally fairies. If I could be a faerie or a human, I’d probably pick faerie.

20. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Angels because Angelfall. Susan Ee. DUH.

21. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?
Werewolves, spirits scare me. Then again, half men half wolf people scare me too.

22. Zombies or Vampires? Why?
Vampires, because zombies give me nightmares.

23. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Forbidden love because I find it much more heart wrenching and much less overused than love triangles.

24. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Well, I enjoy both. It really depends on the mood I’m in, but usually I’m more for those action-packed scenes with a few love scenes mixed in.

Okay! I tag:

ALL OF YOU! 

Mwah!😘

The Glass Arrow | Review

Title: The Glass Arrow

Author: Kristen Simmons

Genre: Young Adult, Dysopian

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis:

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning. 

Review:

A big thanks to Tor Teen Publishing for sending me this book! This in no way affects my review.

The Glass Arrow is one big ride of intense adrenaline and emotions. I loved it!

The world-building flowed really well, but there were points in the beginning where I was still intrigued, but it was a little slow. Though it is a dystopian setting, a lot of things felt more like fantasy, which I LOVED.

Okay, Kristen Simmons’ writing style is amazing! It’s simple, but packs in all those metaphors and details. I could see every scene perfectly in my head.

The second half of the book was full of even more cliffhangers than the first, leaving me at the end of every chapter like this:

 
I am so SO happy that Kristen Simmons avoided a chliche romance that would have been so easy in this setting. Instead, she opted for a sweeter, more unexpected one.

The way everything was wrapped up in the last 10 pages was BRILLIANT. I had no idea how it was going to happen, but it worked out perfectly!

Overall, this was an amazing book with heart stopping moments, emotional roller coasters, and intriguing world-building, and an addicting writing style. Though I am disappointed there’s only one book…

 

    

We Were Liars | Review

Title: We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart 

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Rating: 4.5/5

Synopsis:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE. 

Review:

I started off the book liking it, but not being OBSESSED. There’s a bit of a mystery that does keep you reading, and the writing style is very poetic and unique. But like I said, I was liking it, but not really grasping for more.

Then. The end. It was incredible! Don’t worry, no spoilers, but there’s definetly an insane plot twist and sort of OHHHHHH moment. The way everything came together, IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

Even if you’re completely into the beginning , you need to read to the end so you can have your mind blown.

GO READ IT.

  

Comment if you’ve read it because I NEED TO FANGIRL!!!!!

Becca💕

Top Ten Prettiest Book Covers

Welcome to the post where we judge books by their covers. 


The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski 

Pretty dress. ‘Nuff said.

These Broken Stars by Amid Kaufman and Meghan Spooner

The colors, and the dress, and the stars…IT’S SO PRETTY. 

The Shatter Me Trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

All of the covers in this trilogy are perfect. The eyes, and just, everything. Perfect.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Welcome to the most tumblr book cover ever. I LOVE IT.


Mosquito land by David Arnold

I LOVE THIS. I really love the fun colors and quirky artwork. ❤️


A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

“I don’t care what this book is about, I need to own it. Now.” Said every book lover ever.


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Pastel colors. Adorable room. Tumblr scheme. I NEED IT.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

THIS COVER. Not only is it gorgeous, it gives you a pretty good idea of what the book is about.


Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

The old covers were horrendous, but now the covers are BEAUTIFUL. Because Paris. It’s Paris.

And yes, I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t read this book yet.


All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The happy title and adorable colors almost convince you that this might be an uplifting book. Almost.

There ya go! Did I miss any? Tell me down below! Also let me know if you’ve read any of these books so we can fangirl!!!

Mwah!😘

Read-O-Rama Readathon TBR

Read-O-Rama is a Readathon created by a few booktubers. I thought it looked swankified (Wicked reference in case you musical newbies didn’t know) and fun, so I decided I would join in!

It takes place from midnight, March 8 to 11:59, March 15. Ergo, it starts tomorrow!

There are 7 challenges that you try to complete, and the goal is to read 7 books. I’m not sure if it’ll happen, since I do have school, buuut I’ll do my best!

Read a book from your TBR Jar, or a book someone else picked out for you.

Since I don’t have a TBR jar, I asked my sister to pick out a book for me. I have no idea what The Alchemist is about, but I know it’ll be a quick read, since it’s less than 200 pages.

Read a book with green on the cover



Okay, there are greenish lights reflecting off the water. It counts. Right?

Read a book with the letters RAMA in the title/author name

As you can see, there are 2 As, 1 R, and 1 M. So excited to read this! I’ve been in a real fantasy kick lately.

Read a diverse book

I don’t have one picked out yet, I think I’ll go to the library and pick one out. After all, it’s free!

Read a book with flowers on it

Well, there’s one flower. It counts. I think.

Read a Contemporary 

Both We Were Liars and All The Bright Places are contemporaries, so I think I’ve got this challenge covered.

Finish a series


I’m so excited to read this! The Grisha Trilogy is so GOOOOOD!

I’m also going to try to get to another book so that I’ll have read 7 books, though I’m not sure what I’m going to get yet. I’m also not sure if I’ll read all these books, I might read other books to complete the challenges instead of the books I have listed here. We’ll find out in a week!

Comment below if you’re going to take part of this Readathon, I’d love to know if other bloggers are going to take part!

Happy Reading!❤️