Etched On Me: Review

One if the biggest things I love about books is the lessons you can learn from them. Whether they’re just interesting facts, or valuable lessons instrumental to your daily life, you usually learn something.

I just recently read “Etched On Me” by Jenn Crowell, and, let me tell you: you definitely learn something in this book. The book is literally a roller coaster, making you laugh and cry and get angry. It’s amazing. It’s tragic. It’s beautiful. It’s full of surprises and suspense. It’s flawless. Oh, and I might as well fess up now: it’s tear-jerking.

 

From a victim of sexual abuse, to self-harmer, to PTSD, and the struggle to save her child, this book is the story about survival, the fight for happiness, and struggle for sanity. Jenn Crowell does an amazing job with this story.  From page one you’re hooked, refusing to put the novel down for any reason, until you’ve cried your last tear and turned the last page.

I don’t just recommend this book, I beg you to read it.

If you already have, comment below and tell me your thoughts. If you want more reviews, and book – related posts, follow me. …I may even follow back.

You know you’re a book nerd if…

I’m sure, as book nerds, we usually get labeled with that exact title. But, how do we know if we’re book nerds of not? I mean, come on! What is a book nerd? To answer to this question, I dug into my extremely nerdy mind, asked some friends, consulted with my mother (yeah, you read that right), and finally came up with a few things to help you know you’re a book nerd. Enjoy!

 

You know you’re a book nerd if…

 

 

  1. Your friends and family only give you books for your birthday
  2. No matter how many times you read the book or series, you go to the book store to buy it anyway because, hey, it looks great sitting there on your bookshelf… right?
  3. Your Christmas wishlist is filled with book titles
  4. You just can’t stop reading!
  5. Your friends just end up giving you a Barnes & Noble gift card because they know you read too much
  6. Every time you go to the movies you whisper the differences between the book and movie in your friend’s ear
  7. Your local public library is like your second home
  8. You’ve already read the book that you’re reading in your English class
  9. You can recite lines from your favorite books
  10. You can’t go anywhere without a book in your hand

 

I hope most of these (or all) are relateable. If they are, well, guess what: You’re a book nerd! Also, if you enjoyed any of these, and are indeed a book nerd, why don’t you like this post and follow me for more!

Until next time, nerds!

‘Tis the season for spooky reads!

Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve last written. And an even longer while since I’ve last created a “top ten” post. School has been crazy! Even though I’m a day late, (as always) I’ve decided to do one of those fancy shmancy top ten posts. What do I have for you this time, you ask? *insert evil laugh here* the horror genre.

Since Halloween is right around the corner, I decided to put my favorite thinking cap on and come up with my top ten favorite books in the horror genre. Considering that my favorite reads lie  in that genre, this may take a while. Nonetheless, I shall try to choose my top ten favorite books that are kind of… spooky…

 

10. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.

I really enjoyed this book when I read it. (Link to my book review here: https://nerdybookgirl13.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/the-replacement/) However, to me, it lacked something. I wished it was a little bit creepier. Although, it was still an amazing book, so I definitely recommend it.

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9. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is probably one of the most amazing books out there. (See how hard it is to choose? I think every book on this list is amazing.) The book begins when Jacob gets to move to this mysterious island, where he discovers Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children in ruins. I developed a huge obsession over this book for a while. The photography and the writing mixed to create an eerie, spooky tale that pulls you in and doesn’t spit you back out until the end.

 

8. Zom-B by Darren Shan

Yes, I’m absolutely obsessed with the works of Darren Shan, and this won’t be the last time you’ll see his name in this post. Let’s be honest, Shan is amazing. His writing is amazing. His books are amazing. He’s amazing. This book is set in a more of an apocalyptic time period, where B and a few of her friends have their first look at zombies. This book is number one in the Zom-B series, and it’s truly amazing.

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7. The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle

Set in a small Amish community, Katie is about to go out on Rumspringa, where she will get a taste of the Outside. However, rumors of unrest in the Outside has led to the doors of the community to close. But when Katie finds an injured young man at the fence, she provides him shelter in her barn, with a small cost. This book takes on a more dystopian fiction-style but is still enough to make you shiver. When I discovered this book I was at the state book fair, and the cover is what drew me to it, as well as the focus of the Amish culture. However, don’t let the setting of the plot fool you. You should definitely read this book. Especially if you’re wanting a thriller.

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6. Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

Alexis leads a normally dysfunctional life, with her anti-cheerleading ways, and trouble-making attitude. But a family fight leads to a discovery: dysfunctional is becoming more like dangerous. Her sister, Kasey, is acting different. This book may be the typical “ghost story” book, but, let’s just say, it’s also not. This book was one of the most amazing horror books I’ve read, and you should read it, too!

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5. Vampire Academy by Rachel Mead

In this book, the world of the undead consists of three parts: the strigoi, the moroi, and the dhampir. Each has a special part. The strigoi are the bad vampires. The moroi, the good. The dhampirs, assistants to the moroi, and protectors. Rose, a dhampir, is sworn to protect her moroi, Lissa, as the society of vampires start to untangle. Read this book! You won’t regret it.

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4. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

The monster in this book isn’t a typical monster. Yes, it shows up at midnight as they always do. Yes, it haunts you. But it’s not the monster that you’d expect. This book is a beautiful book, and even if it’s not a typical horror book, you should definitely read it.

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3. Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan

I can’t even describe to you how amazing the whole Cirque Du Freak series is. It was the first book I had ever read by one of my favorite authors: Darren Shan. This story is narrated by Shan himself, in the view of the main character, who steals a spider from a vampire, and gets adopted into the world of vampires and the freak show. This is one of my favorite books. It’s creepy, and beautiful, both at the same time. I definitely recommend it.

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2. A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

This book is a little different from all the rest. Based on Grimm’s Story Tales, Hansel and Gretel head out on a great adventure. I loved this book and read it in only a few days. I definitely recommend it.

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1. The Demonata: Lord Loss by Darren Shan

This is the second series that I had read by Darren Shan. The first book, Lord Loss, is written in the point of view of Grubbs, a teenage boy who witnessed his parents get murdered, then left to live with his uncle, who introduces him to the secret world of demons. Together, along with a few friends, they face the demons, and what they have to offer. I’m obsessed with this book. Not only do I recommend it, I beg you to read it. Shan’s gory details and beautiful writing makes for the best horror book ever written.

 

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Thank you guys for reading this post! I really hope you try out all of the books above and enjoy them. If you’ve already read a few, comment below and let me know what you think. Also, if you want more posts, follow me! …I may even follow back.

 

Happy reading!

 

Ellen Hopkins, you did it again.

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Almost two months after her most recent book, Rumble, was released, I finally got my hands on this book. It was definitely worth the wait.

The book itself justifies exactly why Ellen Hopkins is my favorite author. Her beautiful writing pulls you in, breaks your heart, then leaves you smiling or crying by the end. Her books are magnificent, and if you haven’t read at least one of them, you need to. And you need to read this one:

The story begins with Matt. It’s only a few months after his younger brother’s suicide. His relationship is falling apart, he’s losing his friends, his parents’ marriage is falling through the cracks, and life pretty much sucks. This story addresses pretty much everything a teen goes through: bullying, uncertainty about life, and well… you get the picture.

This is one of those books that you can’t possibly regret picking up. It. Is. Just. That. Perfect.

So, nerds, I challenge you to read this amazing book, then comment and tell me how you liked it. And if you want more book-related posts, follow!