HELLO MARCH! For some reason it’s still pretty chilly (well, as chilly as Florida can be haha) even though winter is over. Sorry for the semi-late monthly wrap-up! More details can be explained in the next section, but mainly I’ve been feeling like a bum because of a conference last weekend. NO WORRIES, because I have finally gotten back in the game and am commenting and drafting more posts as we speak! (or, as I type haha.) Without further ado, I give you One Way’s second wrap-up.
Okay so February was full of stress. I think my name is associated to stress, man. The other day I was saying in AP Lang how much I hate my life (but in the type of half-joking manner one does when one has tests and projects foisted upon one’s shoulders the period before) and my teacher goes “Don’t you say that every day?”
IT’S PRETTY BAD.
Luckily enough, I recently got an inspiration/motivation journal on sale from Michael’s to help me out on that. I’ve been lazy in writing it, but seeing it at least encourages me to be more positive.
On a fun note, I went to a Model UN conference last weekend, and am still recuperating from that. Basically we act as delegates to the UN and create resolutions for topics. So technically it’s still a lot of work, but fun work lol. We also met some Turkish students who were visiting America during the conference and they were interesting to talk to! My school won best delegation for the country of Cyprus (yay).
- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – A modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes, featuring his descendant Charlotte Holmes and her counterpart, Jamie Watson. The murder mystery is just intriguing from start to finish!
- The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury – A freakin’ awesome retelling of Aladdin with a girl as the genie, a hot street rat, and a kickass princess. I seriously fell in love with not only the lovely atmosphere on this book, but the delightful characters as well.
- Their Fractured Light by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – This stellar conclusion to the Starbound trilogy was just all the amazingness wrapped up in a book. The story of the characters draw to a close as we finally confront the mysterious things that plague our characters.
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – Desert setting, hot djinn, mysterious foreign strangers and a fierce girl who can shoot like no other – what more can a reader ask for? Definitely not to be missed out on.
- The Skylighter by Becky Wallace – The sequel of The Storyspinner, this book starts straight from where we left off in terms of action as the groups of characters, narrating with numerous POV’s, figure out how exactly to save the place they live in. I miss the characters already in this one.
- The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller – Elodie joins her father to China during the time of the Opium wars on the hunt for a famed orchid that will save her family. Along the way, we see some a sweet romance and friendship develop, all while Elodie discovers who she truly wants to be.
- Riders by Veronica Rossi – Although this was fun and fast-paced, I had an odd disconnect with the characters and how immature they acted. Gideon almost dies and wakes up to realize that he become a reincarnation of War, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
I also reviewed these books on Happy Indulgence:
- Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan – Featuring an intricate world featuring a made-up language that highlights the art of language and fully-developed characters that you can’t help but root for, this book now has a solid favorites place on my bookshelf.
- The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine – A Snow White retelling with all the greatest aspects of fantasy put in one book! While it had cliche elements, they were executed so nicely that this reader didn’t even care. AND I WANT MORE.
- Forbidden by Kimberley Little Griffith – While the romance in this book was heavy, I enjoyed it because of the lovable characters of Kadesh and Jayden. The Mesopotamian setting of Babylon also made it a delightful read.
- Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie – The main character Sonya could be a trifle annoying at times, but at least the plot was intricate and quick enough to keep me reading.
- Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie – “You are not a curse.” His brows lifted in earnestness. “You are a gift,” he said softly. “You are my gift. A savior to me.””
- Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – “His breath vibrated through me until I couldn’t feel anything anymore except want. More than want. Need.”
- 5 Popular Descriptions in YA Literature – In which I regale the different types of character descriptions that are SO POPULAR in young adult books. It’s like people without those features don’t exist as main characters.
- Indulgence Designs: Series Enders of Early 2016 – On Happy Indulgence I posted wallpaper for The Winner’s Kiss, The Mirror King, and The Raven King – all of which I am heavily anticipating for this year.
- Book Graphics Request – In which I ask you guys to send me some suggestions for my next graphic. The release date will be a surprise!
- Tsar’s Guard Parade: Top Destinations to Check Out in Russia – For my contribution to the parade celebrating The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye, I decided to post about the coolest places to see if you ever decide to stop by Russia.
- Your Guide To Being A Successful Pirate: The Girl From Everywhere Release Celebration – To celebrate the release of The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, I wrote this list on how you can become a successful pirate from the best of your abilities.
- Asian YA Recommendations: Happy Chinese New Year! – To celebrate Chinese New Year, I listed a bunch of YA books that feature either Asian main characters or an Asian setting (mostly both) that you guys should totally check out.
As you can see, this month was just GRAND in terms of books reviewed. I didn’t even realize I had so many 4-5 stars posted until I listed all of them! How are you guys doing for the past month?