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Review: Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill

17332542 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: October 1, 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Length: 320 Pages
Source: Balzer + Bray (ARC)

An all-consuming love affair.

A family torn apart by scandal.

A young author on the brink of greatness.

Hideous Love is the fascinating story of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teen girl fled her restrictive home only to find herself in the shadow of a brilliant but moody boyfriend, famed poet Percy Shelley. It is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature: a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.

Mary wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen, but inspiration for the monster came from her life-the atmospheric European settings she visited, the dramas swirling around her, and the stimulating philosophical discussions with the greatest minds of the period, like her close friend, Lord Byron.

This luminous verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.

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Not gonna lie, when I found out this book was written in verse, it kind of turned me off because it’s out of my comfort zone. I decided to pick it up from my shelf anyways and WOW. It is such a beautifully written book! The words just flowed smoothly and it was like I was with Mary Shelley the whole time. It was interesting to learn more about her and what she went through.

Mary Shelley is hard to not like. She’s very confident, loving, and determined. No matter how many times her father shunned her, she still looked up to him and hoped that one day, she and her father will reunite. I also like how she’s so devoted to her husband even though there are nasty rumors spreading about him cheating on her. I also love how she’s determined to finish her book, Frankenstein. It was so interesting to read how she thought of the idea and what made her write it!

I really wish I read this sooner, preferably when I was still a senior in high school because that’s when we dissected the works of Lord Byron and all the other authors mentioned in this book. Since it is written in verse, it was a very fast read (took me less than a day to finish it). One thing though, this book focuses more on scandal and drama than Mary’s works. Overall I recommend this to anyone. If you’re looking for a light read, or a book to read after finishing up a classic, then this is for you.

4 of 5

My Blogging Schedule {Discuss #21}

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I’ve been blogging for 3 years, and let’s be honest, my blogging schedule has changed A LOT. Compared to my bubbly, excited, noob self when I first started blogging (meaning posting like 3-4 times a week), I don’t post much these days. I have decided to just post twice a week, and I couldn’t be happier. I just think posting frequently takes too much of my time and it’s taking away my enjoyment.

Let me show you my ways, and you can show me your ways because that’s what discussions are all about.

So I use this handy dandy blue planner that I got from Target. This planner runs from July 2015 to June 2016 and has monthly + daily pages. I use the monthly pages to write the title of the posts that I’ve scheduled in black ink with blue stripes.

I think posting twice a week has helped me enjoy blogging more. I do not feel forced to post everyday, or every other day. With this kind of schedule, I can comment on other blogs often and interact on Twitter frequently. It has also let me read more books! If I had to blog everyday, then it would consume my reading time. It’s also easier to schedule posts! This post was actually written way back in August :P.

So, my question for you is, do you have a blogging/post schedule? If so, how has it helped you?

Review: Need by Joelle Charbonneau

20550148 Genre: YA Contemporary/Thriller
Published: November 3, 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Length: 352 pages
Source: HMH Books for Young Readers (ARC)

“No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better.”

Teenagers at Wisconsin’s Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need . . . regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises. In this chilling YA thriller, the author of the best-selling Testing trilogy examines not only the dark side of social media, but the dark side of human nature.”

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I’m happy to say, this book was 10x better than Joelle’s debut book, The Testing. Guys, I despised The Testing so much. I think this author’s forte is definitely contemporary / thriller books and not dystopia.

Anyways, Need was a fantastic novel about Kaylee who will go through anything in order to find a kidney donor for her little brother. Lucky her (or not), there is a new social media just for their school called Need. TA-DA. But, there is something shady about it because it grants your “need” by doing a simple task such as inviting 5 other classmates to this website. But the website gets creepier and creepier because the task gets harder and just way out of the line.

I really need to talk about Kaylee’s mom. GOODNESS GRACIOUS this woman was annoying as hell. She was the irresponsible one, and I hated how she won’t listen to her daughter! So frustrating. But props to the author for making me “all the negative feels” for Kaylee’s mom! I love it when authors make me feel so much passion to a character even though it’s negative.

The only thing that prevented me from rating this 5 stars is because it switches from Kaylee’s 1st person point of view to other characters’ point of views in 3rd person. It was hard to remember characters since there was a lot, but for the most part it helped the book balance out. It was interesting to see the effect of Need to other people’s lives. Overall, if you are a fan of thrillers and mysteries, I suggest you pick this up!

4 of 5


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