I Moved To Los Angeles To Work In Animation Review

i moved to la to work in animation artHello!

Today I am bringing you a little review of I Moved To Los Angeles To Work In Animation.

This book is the graphic memoir of Tally Nourigat and how she moved to Los Angeles to become an animator. The book includes Tally’s history, tips for working in the trade, and even some interviews with other animators.

First of all I need to talk about the drawings. The colors and imagery in this book are so fun and happy. There is almost this theme with the color style to be mostly in these pink, tan, grey, blue, and purple colors which really intrigues me as it isn’t just in black and white or any colors willy nilly. The book does have other colors than just those four, but they are used sparingly. I really loved the drawings and how there is so much information packed into one graphic novel. The imagery is something that will bring nothing but smiles to your faces.

Another thing I appreciate about this book is the depth that it goes into. Rather than just telling readers about the animation business the book goes into details about everything from working your first job in animation to how to find the right area to move to. I don’t always see books that feature an in depth analysis of apartment hunting and living in a expensive area when talking about landing your dream job in a competitive industry. So it is nice to see something like it here.

I believe that Nourigat really knows what she is talking about her and talents and known how really shine on the pages of this memoir.

The only thing that I didn’t like in the book was the end interviews with other animators. While they were interesting to see, I felt they went on a little too long and dragged the ending a bit. I appreciate the sentiment regarding the featuring of various different animators, but I would have liked if each person’s feature had been shortened a little. This though is no reason to not read this book.

Overall, I enjoyed this story and appreciated reading about an industry that I feel we all grew up engaging in one way or another, but not all of us know much about. If you’re in the mood to learn more about the people that bring Dragons to life at DreamWorks, Toys to life at Pixar, Crystal Gems to life at Cartoon Network, etc. then you should definitely pick this book up.

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-Jessica

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nick and June Were Here Review

nick & june were here picNick and June Were Here is a book that I read 10 times faster than I thought I would, which is technically not a bad or good thing.

Nick and June are two kids from two different worlds in the same town. June is dealing with undiagnosed mental health issues and Nick is dealing with being in and out of juvie for car theft. However, they’ve been friends turned boyfriend and girlfriend for almost their whole lives. However soon Nick is on the run from the law and June comes along to help him not only escape this town, but with a mission to spread ashes for Nick’s relative. The question is will they succeed or is this a runaway adventure that will end badly for both Nick and June?

Something I really liked about the book is how June is able to get help for her undiagnosed mental illness more towards the beginning and end up of the first half of the book rather than the waiting until the end of the book. I also like the support she gets from her family and friends regarding it and how the author doesn’t try to keep with the trope of June refusing she has any problem or anything like that. We get to see June dealing with her illness alone and wanting her friends to not say anything about it, but later we do see June open up to a doctor and her parents once she is in the hospital. I was really worried we would have to wait until the end of the book for that, but I was happy we got to see some of the help June’s gets earlier than that.

Another thing I really like with the book is June and Nick’s relationship. While I had wanted there to be more content regarding it, I did enjoy what we got. I thought they were cute and I really loved their friends to lover romance that we got to know even though the book takes place after they’ve gotten together. I really liked the flashbacks and insight we got into their history and how they became who they were.

Finally, while the ending did come quickly is what a pretty good ending. I am someone who can sometimes favor a wrapped nicely in a bow ending rather than one that is a little more open ended. This book though manages to do both simultaneously in the best way. I can’t go into too much detail without spoilers, but I think the ending found a way to show readers the future of the characters while also leaving some intriguing mystery regarding the author’s writing and writing style. The last past of the book does this tremendously actually.

As I said before this book was a very fast read. I read it in honestly a few hours. I enjoyed how fast I was able to read the book. The story started off a little slow, but picked up the pace the farther I read into it. The only issues I had with this is 1) the story that I thought I was getting did not occur to over 1/2 way through the book and 2) I felt like I needed more content in the back half of the book instead of the first half. While I appreciated the back story and being able to see June not have to wait till the end of the book to get help regarding her mental health, I also wanted more for the runaway part of the story. As I said once we get to the 50 or 60% mark of the story we actually get to the runaway part of the novel. I really liked this part, but I had wished it had been longer and occurred a little earlier in the book than when it did.

This book was a mixed bag for me. I really enjoyed the way the book diverted from some overused tropes and how interesting the main character’s and their relationships were. I also really liked the ending of the book being the perfect form of a happily ever after and a ending that leaves us wanting more. The only issue I had with the book is I would have liked more scenes of June and Nick’s relationship and the actual running away part instead of what we got. Regardless though, this book was a quick and sweet read that you’ll definitely be swept up in and one I am entirely glad I picked up.

4 out of 5 Stars

**** out of *****

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-Jessica

I received an digital ARC of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just For Clicks Review

jfcI knew I was going to enjoy this book ever since I heard the synopsis.
What I didn’t know was how much.

Just for Clicks is the story of two internet famous sisters named Claire and Poppy. Their mother was a famous mommy blogger who insisted her children start a vlog channel. As the years have gone by they’ve gone to fashion shows, dealt gained a big fanbase, done sponsorships, and more. Claire however is getting tired of the life unlike her sister and mother who adore it. Claire is determined to find a way to make it stop, but by doing so she might unlock a huge secret about herself and her family she never could have imagined.

I really enjoyed Just for Clicks. I really liked the identities of the sisters and how they both had their own taste and style. Claire was into coding and we got to go pretty in depth regarding her love of it and computers. I always appreciate women in STEM fields or who love STEM as female protagonists in YA books and I thought Claire was a great & complex character. You can feel for her and understand why she may feel scared or upset about being famous even if fame is something that many people would say is their dream.

I also really enjoyed the relationships in the book. The mother’s relationship with her daughters was interesting and I really liked how the book showed character development for her. I also really like how we see Poppy and Claire’s relationship evolve and how we get to see their contrasting viewpoints regarding their vlog channel. Claire has a really cute relationship with a boy named Rafael that you’ll be shipping the second they have to stare at each other in the eyes for a in class assignment (it makes more sense in context). They are an extremely cute couple and I loved the chemistry they had together. I also liked that Rafael was more than a love interest and we got to see him back story too and how he and Claire have contrasting family relationships and how that impacts them and their romance.

The multiples twists in this book are ones I don’t think anyone will see coming. I can’t say much, but you will be shocked to say the least at some of the turn of events that occur within the pages of this novel.

Finally, I really enjoyed the different fonts and formats used in this book to help tell the story. We get to see pages of texts, emails, message board comments, and more. I really liked how they used this to help move the story along and even when the pages were filled with things we already knew had happened from the previous chapter, it was still nice to see and helped to show us a more in depth look at what the characters (especially Claire) were dealing with in their everyday life.

If I had to say somethings I didn’t like in the book it was that I felt like the mother and daughter relationships could have been a little more in depth. I liked what we got, but a little more would’ve been appreciated. I also think that we could have used a little more information regarding what Poppy wanted to do with her life. While I enjoyed Claire’s narration we knew she liked coding, but we didn’t get as much regarding Poppy’s like and what she wanted for the future except for fame, power, and popularity. I think that if the author wrote a sequel to this novel I would love to see the girls at college and how their lives are now after the events at the ending of the book (no spoilers).

This book is a fun look at a family dynamic that I never really thought of much. I am glad I picked this book up and I hope you do too.

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-Jessica

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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5 Reasons To Read Finding Felicity

Finding-Felicity-Jpg-243x375.jpgFinding Felicity is a book that I recently picked up and fell in love with. The character of Caroline was so relatable in so many ways and I really loved seeing her experience regarding going to college.

So instead of a review I decided to do a 5 Reasons list and let you decide after reading if you’d like to pick up this book for yourself (the correct answer is yes).

This is not a top 5 list and the order of the reasons are not greater or less than other reasons. I just really liked this book and hope to encourage others to read it too.

 

  1. Mom and Daughter relationship

The relationship between Caroline and her mom in the book is extremely realistic and one you can feel for. I really enjoy how they show Caroline and her mother’s expressions and worries about Caroline and her future. Both are views and worries that you can understand and see in multiple ways. You can understand where both characters are coming from and what lead them to these views. Caroline and her mom’s relationship goes through an arc of its own and one that readers will especially enjoy.

2. Caroline’s love of fandoms/Introversion

Something I found relatable was Caroline’s views of fandom and how she feels safe in her fandom. While I do wish the book could have dove a little more into Caroline’s love of Felicity through fandom and possibly online interaction she would probably be able to find, I really enjoyed showing how invested Caroline is in the show and how it makes her feel happy and safe. Being an introverted TV geek is something I can especially relate to ( I spent my high school years watching Glee and FRIENDS re-runs rather than going to parties) and I know the feeling of happiness you get curling up in front of the TV to watch your favorite show with a bag of popcorn rather than going out and shudders…interacting with people (by the way I do enjoy interacting with people and my friends, but sometimes for us introverts it can be a lot and we just want to be able to binge watch of favorite show or read our favorite book in private instead of going out and partying). This book showcased that pretty well and is one of the many reasons I love it.

3. Felicity

I have never seen an episode or even a scene from the show Felicity. However I did enjoy the author’s description of the show and how Caroline feels about it  and incorporates it into her daily life (sometimes a little too much as we see at the beginning of the book). I like how those things are integrated throughout the story and how Felicity is almost the My Big Fat Greek Wedding of TV Shows for this book. By that I mean the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding is a film about a greek family, but one that almost anyone can relate to in regards to how their family acts especially in big traditional families. I think the use of Felicity in this book is perfect and can be almost substituted for almost any show a reader of this book may be a super fan of.

4. “Love Interest” & Friendships

At first glance I was disappointed in how things went with Caroline and the boy you think Caroline will be with. I was kind of shipping them and I thought they’d work out. What happens though in the story ended up actually making more sense by the end and is something I appreciated. This wasn’t about romance after all and I really like how it sort of paralleled the show Felicity. The friendships made in the book were great and I really liked seeing Caroline interact with so many people at the college make friends through various activities like knitting, movies/tv shows, and more. It really helped show that sometimes the best loves in your life can be from friends.

5. Caroline’s Arc

Seeing how Caroline is at the beginning of the book compared to the end is a great journey to see. I like that it isn’t a complete 180 and how Caroline still needs to work out somethings and has a therapist to help do it, but she is happier in her life and has true friends now. Caroline’s story is one that I and many other people I believe can relate to. She makes mistakes, but also really tries hard to do what she can to interact with others and build relationships in her life. I also like that Caroline doesn’t have to give up her love of Felicity in the end. I was a little worried that the book would have a message regarding giving up fandom life for “real life” things, but that doesn’t happen with Caroline. She still gets to love Felicity, but now has other activities and things in her life to look forward to. And that is just the kind of ending I wanted for this character.

 

This book was next to perfect and one that was one of the most relatable stories for me. I have never seen the show Felicity, but I may try to watch it someday now that I’ve read this book. And I hope now that you’ve read this post, all my readers will want to pick up a copy of Finding Felicity at their local book store, library, online, or wherever you can find this book.

 

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-Jessica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Song For A Whale Review

Song For a WhaleLynne Kelly’s Song For A Whale is a book that I knew I would adore the second I looked at the cover.

Song For A Whale is about a young Deaf girl named Iris who is not enjoying her school much and spends most of her time tinkering with electronics she gets from an antique shop and junk yard. Everything changes though when Iris learns about a whale called Blue 55 who is unable to communicate with the other whales. Iris hatches a plan to not only find a way to communicate with the whale, but see it for herself. With her Deaf grandmother in for the ride Iris plans a trip to see the whale and let it know it isn’t alone.

First off, I am not one to judge a book by its cover (cue A Cover Is Not The Book song from Mary Poppins Returns), but I have to say that this book has beautiful cover art & it was what drew me to look into this book. I have to give kudos to Leo Nickrolls who I believe designed this cover. It is gorgeous and actually one of the first things that intrigued me about this book.

Something else I really love about this book was the character of Iris. We get to learn not only about her life experiences in regards to being Deaf, but also her hobbies like tinkering with electronics. I really like how the Kelly showed the determination that Iris has for what she wants in life and how Iris doesn’t let anything get in her way. Iris is a great character and someone I can see many kids relating to.

I am not sure exactly the accuracy of the Deaf rep ( it isn’t own voice, but I believe that the author is a interpreter), but I did enjoy what we did get to see in the book regarding Iris dealing with her deafness. One of my favorite parts of the book is how Iris has to deal with a classmate who is not deaf and is learning sign language, but is not doing so correctly when she tries to communicate with Iris. There are so many “Jim staring into the camerea in The Office ” moments in regards to Iris and this character’s interactions it is kind of humorous and also a little sad seeing as the girl doesn’t respect Iris’s personal space or understand that she isn’t signing correctly. I really liked how they incorporated this in as it sort of relates to the difference between a good and bad ally & how just because you intentions are good doesn’t always mean that you’re doing the right thing. I also enjoyed the family interaction and how they show Iris struggling to make her mother understand she wants to go to a different school that has a majority of Deaf students in it rather than the school she is currently going to or planning to go to in the future. The interaction between the family, especially Iris’s mom and dad toward Iris and vice versa felt extremely realistic and understandable. You get to see both their sides and in the end see why each parent is the way they are and why Iris wants what she wants. It doesn’t mean one side is exactly right or wrong in their intentions. It just means that each have their own reasons to why they struggle with certain things as a family and being able to see that in a middle grade book is particularly welcoming.

Something else I liked about this novel is the science we get to learn regarding the whale. I didn’t have any knowledge of this whale beforehand and I really liked how they show Iris’s interest in it and how we get to learn more about marine biology and Blue 55 along with Iris. The book mentions a certain job that I can really imagine Iris wanting to pursue in the future regarding sound and marine life. If we ever get a sequel to this book I hope that they show that.

The only issue I had with the story was that throughout the book we get small 1-2.5 page chapters from Blue 55’s point of view. These were well done & nice to see, but after a certain part of the book we don’t get them anymore and I really wished that the book would have ended with Blue 55’s point of view chapter (especially after the climax & resolution of the story).  This is just a small nit pick though and in no way means I discourage people from reading this fantastic story.

I really enjoyed this story and how it shows determination can pay off and that there can be more to people than what one may think. I think that everyone can relate to this story and, though I can’t be certain, I hope the deafness rep is accurate and will be relatable to any Deaf readers.

4 out of 5 Stars

**** out of *****

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-Jessica

 

I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Internment Review

Interment photoOne of the last books I read for 2018 was Samira Ahmed’s Internment. I knew this story would be sad, but I can’t emphasize enough the beauty and hope that the books gives you as well as be heartbreaking. And all aspects are fantastically done.

Internment is a novel that is about a young teen named Layla who is living in a future where there is not just a muslim ban, but internment camps for people who are muslim living in America. Layla and her parents are one night taken to one and Layla decides to fight back not just for her family, but for everyone in and out of the camp.

First of this book is sad and heartbreaking. Not just due to the subject matter, but the experiences you see from the view of a teen. The different events and horrific things she sees in the camp are sadly somewhat based in US & German history in regards to internment and concentration camps. Which does make me really admire Ahmed’s research and how she featured past events in history into this book. There is a sad beauty though is tragedy and I think the writing of this book really showcases that. When certain scenes in this book showed the violence, death, and terrible actions that were being done to people in the camp you almost wanted to turn away or skim the pages. But the important lesson here is that you can’t and should not ignore it because it is something that could happen and acknowledging that is the first step to helping fix the problem (also this is not directed at people who may not want to read the subject matter due to mental health and if that is the case there is no shame in putting a book down or skimming pages if you need to as long as you can acknowledge the actions of the US in the book are not good to say the least).

Something else I enjoyed about the book was the education it gives. Now I know that authors and fiction are not always in charge of educating other people about cultures or why somethings is or is not racist, but I really do admire Ahmed’s interrelation of past and presents events in history to create this world and also her incorporation of muslim cultures and traditions in those cultures being impacted by the future laws (as well as daily life in general).  I even learned something that I never knew about regarding concentration camps and how they tricked certain government agencies into thinking that everything going on in them was perfectly legal. I think that Ahmed did amazing in bringing this story to life and mixing in fiction and nonfiction to create a story about a terrible future that I really hope we avoid.

The final reason I really loved this story is because it leaves people with hope. With so much ongoing tragedy and terror that we see in the world, it is always nice to leave people with a message of hope and triumph. While I have read books that ended sadly (those are important too of course), I really love when a book shows readers that they can make a difference and that an even bleaker future can be avoided and doesn’t have to be inevitable. I think it is also important to show teen readers that they can make a difference. Layla is a fantastic character who works as hard as she can and even looks death in the eyes at one point just to fight for what she believes in. She is strong willed, brave, and is a great role model for every reader of this book. Without giving too much away I did enjoy the ending giving people hope for the future rather than having it be as bleak as the beginning of the story (story wise not writing wise).

I feel like there is so many positives I could list for this story and how appreciative I am of all the various aspects incorporated into it. It shows how the future can change in a second and we have to do what we can to stop a future like this from happening (though some may argue it already has). I really enjoyed this book and can’t recommend it enough. I finished it in 1 day and am glad that one of the last books I read for 2018 was this one. I usually take he time to go into what I disliked about the book and honestly besides a few times I felt it was too text heavy when it should have been more dialouge heavy, I really can’t think of much to say in terms of dislikes regarding this story & that’s is no reason to not read this book. It’s honestly just a small nitpick of mine if I really needed to say a negative.

The only thing left I can say is that if you want to read a well written, fantastic, heartbreaking, beautiful, and almost perfect story please pick up Interment in March when it is released.

4 out of 5 Stars

**** out of *****

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-Jessica

 

 

I received an ARC of this book from NOVL and Little Brown as part of the Book Squad in exchange for an honest review. 

 

 

 

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Mini Book Reviews

Hey Everyone.

So I decided to do some mini book reviews for a few books I’ve read lately that I either don’t have a large enough opinion on to do full reviews for or that I just would rather write a mini review for.

 

The Quiet You Carry 

This book was nothing like I ever read. I really enjoyed the way the author tackled the subject matter. I do believe it was a little slow at times, but it still gave a me a good story.I was on the edge of my seat most of the time reading this book. The emotions, characters, and relationships all felt real and genuine. We get a few instances of “don’t judge a book by its cover” which I also appreciated and found fit well in this story. If you’re looking for a story that will have you hooked from the beginning than this is the book for you.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 Stars

Dear Evan Hansen

I have not been able to see the musical yet, but if it is anything like this book I may just have to do that. This book was engaging and emotional. I really love the way the songs were incorporated into the book. It was almost like an interactive experience. I definitely recommend reading the book along with listening to the soundtrack. I had some issues with the pacing and I wasn’t too thrilled about the lying plot line of the story, but overall I thought this was a good read and worth my time.

4 Stars out of 5 Stars

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Puddin 

I have have read two other Julie Murphy books: Dumplin and Ramona Blue. I have to say that I liked this book more than Ramona Blue, but less than Dumplin. However, that doesn’t make this book a bad book. Quite the opposite actually. I found Puddin extremely enjoyable and entertaining. At first I was not sure I’d want to read a duel POV story especially when I can be wary to books with multiple points of view. This book I did not have an issue with in that regards. I was just as engaged with Millie’s story as I was with Callie’s. I liked the character development of the girls and seeing characters from Dumplin as well. The challenges that each of these girls has to go through are intriguing and powerful. I think that even if you have not read Dumplin, you should pick up this book because it is a story you’ll regret not reading.

4 out of 5 Stars

Just a Normal Tuesday

This book is one that dives right into the story without a moment’s notice. The emotional details are extremely strong and the look into grief and how people deal with different loses is exceptional. I found this story to be a nice read. It is not one of my favorite books, but it does what it sets out to do which is tell and good and emotional story. I think that if you’re in the mood for a book about dealing with grief this short and sweet tale is for you.

3 out of 5 Stars

That is all for now. I may do a part two later or post a full book review of one of my recent reads (not these) soon.

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-Jessica

Best Books I Read in 2018

With the year coming to an end soon I wanted to look back on the books I’ve read in 2018. While I may get a few books in before January 2019, I feel like I won’t probably be finding any of my best books before the year is over.

So without further ado here are my top 5 books of 2018. Also I wanted to note that some of these books may not have been published in 2018, but were books I read during that year. So basically not all of these books were 2018 releases. Another note is this list is in no particular order. So just because a book is labeled a certain number doesn’t mean it is #3 or #1.

5. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)

I am not a huge fantasy or science fiction fan. I like some science fiction books I’ve read in the past, but fantasy is especially tricky for me. So I wasn’t so sure when I picked up Shatter Me. I gave it a chance though and I am glad I did. The writing is exquisite, the characters were fleshed out, and just so much more. I have the 3rd book on my TBR shelf and will hopefully get to it in 2019.

4. Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss

Paperback Crush

I may be a little biased here (due to my relationship with Quirk), but I love Quirk Books. I especially love the nonfiction books that they publish. This book was everything I hoped for and more. It gave me backstories to series I loved, new information and book recommendations, and just simultaneously introduced and reintroduced me to a world of books I had not been a part of since I was in middle school. I loved the nostalgic feeling that this book gave me and I think you will too.

3. Sadie by: Courtney Summers

Sadie

If you’re a fan of true crime this book is the YA book you will adore. It has action, suspense, and a partial formatting of a true crime podcast that you’re bound to find intriguing and entertaining. Sadie is the kind of book that you will want to read in one sitting and wish it would never end.

2. A Very Large Expanse At Sea by: Tahereh Mafi

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

One of the last books I read this year and certainly one of the best. I was intrigued by the author of Shatter Me writing a contemporary/historical YA fiction story instead of fantasy. And I am happy to report I was not disappointed. This story is from the point of view of a young Muslim teen in 2002, a year after 9/11. I really loved reading this point of view and the romance between Shirin and Ocean was one of my favorite book romances. Whether you’re a fan of Tahereh Mafi’s other work or have never picked up any of the Shatter Me books, this is a book that should be on everyone’s reading list.

  1. What If It’s Us by: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

 

What do you get when 2 of your favorite authors write a book together and fill it with meet cutes, fun characters, broadway references, adorable romances, loving families and friends, and more? You get What It It’s Us. Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera created an adorable romantic comedy of a book that you will not want to put down. I was a little worried about the ending and if it would be a “Becky” ending or “Adam” ending, but I am happy to report that the ending was just the right amount of realistic and hopeful that you will definitely feel satisfied. If you haven’t picked up this instant classic yet then what are you waiting for?

Thank you for this great reading year. All my readers of this blog made a great difference. Can’t wait to see what awesome books I will be reading in 2019.

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-Jessica

Honorable Mentions

These are books that I just wasn’t able to add to the list, but definitely recommend.

  • Mammoth by: Jill Baguchinsky
  • Starry Eyes by: Jenn Bennett
  • Pulp by: Robin Talley
  •  Brightly Burning by: Alexa Donne
  • From Twinkle With Love by: Sandhya Menon
  • The Last Wish of Sasha Cade by: Cheyanne Young
  • P.S. I Miss You by: Jen Petro-Roy
  • The Summer I Wasn’t Me by: Jessica Verdi
  • Chaotic Good by: Whitney Gardner
  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy by: Kathryn Ormsbee
  • Turtles All The Way Down by: John Green

 

 

 

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Shatter Me Book Cover

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Sadie

Paperback Crush 

What If It’s Us

 

Lake Effects Blog Tour: Books4Jessica 10/26

Book Cover JPGDear Readers,

I am so happy to be able to say that I have been chosen to be apart of the Lake Effects blog tour. Lake Effects is a book that I think you will all enjoy. I am here today to bring you a summary of that book from Chapter 18. I have also attached below some information about the book, author, ways you can purchase the book for yourself or follow the author on social media, and a giveaway link.

 

 

Lake Effect

By Nicole Tone

Publisher Pen Name Publishing

Published September 25th

Pages 308

Lake Effect is a raw exploration of human emotion and what it takes to save your own life.

After the death of her fiance, Sophie Daniels is struggling to keep herself together. Painting is the only way she’s able to clear her head and stay grounded. For her art isn’t a hobby—it’s her religion.

With a semester away from finishing graduate school, she knows that, despite her loss, things are going to get better. In fact, her thesis advisor has even taken a special interest in her. Sophie’s convinced that she’s found the mentor that she’s been looking for. When he shows he’s interested in her in more than just a student/teacher way, she obliges him. Until his wife leaves him.

Sophie learns the hard way what happens when a man cannot take responsibility for his own actions.

Now she’s back to square one in pulling herself back together.

She hasn’t just lost her fiancé anymore: she’s lost parts of herself she’s not sure she’ll ever get back.

 

Like her ability to create.

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Nicole Tone has always had a passion for writing. She has her BA in Creative Writing and Literature and an MFA in Writing. Nicole is a freelance writer and editor with pieces in Heels Down Magazine, Hello Giggles, Femsplain, and more. She is also the editor-in-chief of Pen Name Publishing.

When she isn’t writing, she likes to dabble in photography, horseback riding, and traveling. She has a deep love for herbal tea, craft beer, and good coffee.

Nicole lives in Buffalo, NY, with her husband, three cats, and two very large dogs.

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Excerpt from Chapter Eighteen

     By Nicole Tone                 

                                               

 

“Are you okay?”

 

A man’s whispered voice reached out, causing her to jump.

 

“What? Oh. Yeah. I’m fine. Sorry.”

 

Sophie looked over at Liam, liking how he didn’t remind her of Franz or Oliver. His face was soft and compassionate where age had not yet touched.

 

“It’s cool. Just wanted to make sure because of, well, the crying.”

 

Sophie wiped her face, embarrassed. She hadn’t realized she had been crying. On the small platform, Abby had just finished her poem to clapping, snapping, and whistles from the crowd. Sophie felt bad she had daydreamed through the rest.

                                                                       

“Sorry.” She did her best to brush off tears, ignoring how momentous the occasion actually was. When she had wanted to cry, she couldn’t: Adam’s funeral, in the weeks after Franz attacked her. But now, in a sea of strangers, she couldn’t control herself.

                                                                       

“Hey, what did you think? Was it terrible?” Abby’s questions came out in a hushed tidal wave, rushing past Sophie and dragging her back out to sea.

                                                                       

“You were good. I liked it.” Sophie was sure that was what she was supposed to say. What parts she had caught didn’t sound like what she thought they would but saying anything else would have hurt Abby’s feelings. Sophie couldn’t afford to alienate herself even more than she had already.

                                                                       

“Awesome. I was so nervous. But come with me.”

 

Abby pulled Sophie away, leaving Liam and the other poets behind.

 

Sophie looked over at Abby, her arm wrapped through Sophie’s, as they walked towards the restroom sign. In a way, Abby reminded Sophie of someone she would have been friends with in high school. She was different, but not so different that she turned people’s heads when she walked through the room. Her happiness, her optimism about even a bleak future in Port Townsend, was just as infectious as her cynicism about the world outside the city limits. She would be the one to never move away and still make a name for herself.

                                                                       

“So what did you think of the poem? Really think of it?” Abby asked as she closed herself in a bathroom stall.                                                                       

 

“I thought it was good. Sort of a representation of everything I’ve been feeling lately.”

 

“This is that age, isn’t it? The age of our discontent, our loss of innocence, or whatever.” Sophie could hear Abby peeing even over her loud voice. The nostalgia for high school she had been fighting back all day surged forward. But there were no hand-dryers to drown out basic human function here. Instead, they would converse.

                                                                       

“Yeah, but it was good. A lot of people seemed to like it.”

 

“Did Liam like it?”

 

Abby flushed and came out of the stall. She looked over at Sophie as she washed her hands.

 

“I think so. Why?”

                                                                       

Abby shrugged as she dried her hands off with a paper towel.

                                                                       

“He’s just a writer type. He’s into good literature and poetry. His opinion on that stuff matters to me. When I’m working through new stuff I always have him critique it. He’s really helped me.”

                                                                                                                       

“Kryptonite to girls like us, huh?” Sophie forced a laugh.

                                                                       

“I know, but his opinion is an educated one. I mean, we probably won’t work out because of how nice he is. Like, the dude stayed back from joining the military for his mom. She was sick, ended up dying a little while after his buddies all left for boot camp. But he’s still here. And he seems to have taken an interest into you, which doesn’t surprise me.”

                                                                       

“Why?” Her stomach churned, nerves on edge. She wanted to make friends here, not enemies.

                                                                       

“Well, you’re sort of a damsel in distress, aren’t you? Came out here all broken, in need of fixing or something.”

                                                                       

Sophie looked over at Abby, eyes narrowed, annoyed.

                                                                       

“I’m just saying, he loves your type. Most guys don’t want to marry the girl that keeps them up until four debating the merits of best-selling literature versus the obscure. He wants the girl who cleans up well and who wants to have kids. That’s not me. It’s just fun for now. That’s why we’re not exclusive.”

                                                                       

“With as much as I don’t know about myself right now, the idea of someone else fixing me isn’t what I want. I need friends. But I’m not interested in someone who is just looking to try and fix me.”

 

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-Jessica

YA Books That I’d Like To See Become Movies

I have read a multitude of books over the years. And as of late I have noticed that we have gotten a lot of YA books being adapted for the big screen. Some of these book to film adaptations include The Fault In Our Stars, Love Simon, The Hate U Give, To All The Boys I Loved Before, Everything Everything, The Darkest Minds, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, etc.

That got me thinking about the books that I would love to see on the big screen if we were lucky enough to get good adaptations of them.

Here are 5 books that I would love to see as films.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

This book is actually probably my favorite book ever. It is also the first time I read a book that had as far as I could tell accurate OCD representation. I was shocked and kinda ashamed that reading this book is what made me learn after all these years that I had been mistaken about what OCD really was and how it impacted those who had it. I wished I hadn’t just thought it was extreme cleanliness or needing everything in a neat order. It is actually mostly different than what is seen in TV and film. And I think we need a film to show accurate representation of OCD. Every Last Word is a book that has good OCD and mental health rep, friendship, romance, poetry, and even a twist that I didn’t see coming. While the twist in the film may seem a little cliche, I think if done correctly it could be really good and just make the film even stronger. I don’t know if they will ever make this a film, but I hope they do.

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCouer

I remember reading this book around 11th or 12th grade and loving it. It had a great f/f romance, a Hollywood mystery, and cool information about set design. I think that with the success of Love Simon we could really use a cute f/f story that doesn’t end in dying or breaking up. I can think of very few stories with gay characters that have a happy ending and having a teen romantic comedy/mystery feature two girls in love would be a great treat. While The Miseducation of Cameron Post is out in select theaters, I would love to see a happy story featuring a lesbian main character that doesn’t have much to do with not being accepted or having to go to conversion therapy. While I do agree those stories can be important it is always fun to see a cute teen romantic comedy. And one featuring two girls in love could be even better.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Speaking of mysteries this book is an excellent one with relatable characters, a gruesome mystery, and so much potential when it comes to sequels. I read this book a while back and fell in love with it. The main character of Stevie Bell was so relatable to me on so many levels. Her disagreement with her parents, her anxiety (which brought up parts of anxiety that I have never seen in even the best representation anxiety disorder), her love of true crime, and more are all reasons I loved this character and could relate to her. I think other people can relate to Stevie too or at least enjoy the mystery parts of the book. I think this book would have really cool potential in regards to becoming a film and I’d love to see it on the big screen.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

With the success of Love Simon, I think seeing another book by the amazing Becky Albertalli  on the big screen would be awesome. While an obvious sequel/companion choice to Love Simon/Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda would be Leah On The Offbeat, I think I would first love to see The Upside of Unrequited (I may have a small bias because I enjoyed Upside a little more than Leah). Besides having great fat and queer rep in regards to multiple characters in the story, I also think Upside has a cute romance, fun jokes, cool characters, and even a opportunity for a cameo with a character or two from Love Simon. I think we all need a little more cute romantic teen comedies in our life and I think The Upside of Unrequited would be the perfect book to movie adaptation for that job.

A Shadow of Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

As you all know I am not a huge fantasy reader. So when I got this book and was told to give it a chance I was a little skeptical to say the least. However, I am so glad I did read it because this book is one of the few fantasy books that I really love. If done wrong this book to film adaptation could be seen as some kind of knock off/female version of Harry Potter. And yes…while there are a few HP similarities I think this book can be more than that. I loved the writing of this book and the literal and figurative magic that it shares with the reader. I think with the right writer, director, and cast this book could make fun and excellent movie adaption.

 

What are some of your dream YA book to movie adaptations? Please let me know in the comments below.

 

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-Jessica