Scarlet Playlist – May 20, 2019

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Hello, Lovers of Books!

Happy Monday! Whether reading, exercising, or just riding in the car, here’s the playlist of the week.

New Year’s Day – Taylor Swift

Take Me Home – Chord Overstreet

Safe – Nico Sanchez

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Your Song – Ellie Goulding

Eyes Open – Taylor Swift 

YOUTH – Troye Sivan

Heartbeat Song – Kelly Clarkson

Big Girls Don’t Cry – Fergie

If I’m Not the One – Daniel Beddingfield

No Promises – Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato

Alien – Thriving Ivory

What are some songs you put on repeat?

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Traveling Book Tag

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Heya, bookworms!

The book tag I want to do this month is a traveling one. Books take you to the best places! Also, summer is upon us. I know I’m just starting to get that nice weather. Summer means going places and getting that fun under the sun!

I also wanted to keep it short and sweet this month.

So, without further ado!

 

A book that takes place somewhere you’ve traveled to.

Love and Gelato

Author: Jenna Evans Welch

Love and Gelato

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 This book took place in Italy. While I could’ve picked another place, Italy was by far my favorite place. From the food to the architecture to the language. It was amazing and left me breathless. My favorite spot was the Boboli Gardens. They’re so incredibly lush and it’s a place I can get lost in easily.

 

A book taking place you want to travel to.

Wicked (The whole trilogy actually.)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

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 This trilogy takes place in New Orleans and it’s incredibly detailed of the city, making me yearn deeply to visit one day or possibly live there. L.A. is at the top of my list too, but this city has that magic feeling for me.

 

A book taking place in a fictional place you wish you could travel to.

There are so many places I’d go and that makes this one really hard, but off the top of my head, I would choose…

Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

 

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It would be wild and wicked and scary to get wrapped up in such a game. I’d probably lose, but I’d still want to experience this. The magic and risk is scary and would make my anxiety skyrocket, but I’m always up for an excuse to push myself a little. And this would definitely push me. While Caraval is more of an event than it is a place, I still want to go.

 

A fictional character you would pick to be your travel buddy.

Mad Sweeney of American Gods by the author, Neil Gaiman.

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He’s wild and crude and can have a good brawl. While I’m pretty sure he’d piss me off A LOT, I’d still find my adventure to be entertaining, which is good since I get bored easily. I also find his story to be chaotic and intriguing.

 

Every journey needs a playlist. Five bands on your playlist.
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Her Campus

CHVRCHES

Halsey

The Goo Goo Dolls

Kelly Clarkson

The Score

 

I’m not tagging anybody this time, but I am encouraging you to have a little fun and do this tag! It’s short, sweet, and fun! Where have you been? Where would you go?

 

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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The Lost & Found Princess (Daughter of Egypt – A Book Review)

Daughter of Egypt
Author: Constance O’Banyon
Published: 2008

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated R for rebellion against love because no one should choose who you love but you.

 

From the winding alleys of Rome to the shimmering dune of the Egyptian desert.

As a child, Thalia lived on the streets, always on the run, trying to survive. Then she’s swept away to Egypt, adopted by a royal family and it became all she ever knew. Breaching her eighteenth birthday, her mother is trying to help her find a suitor, but none of them move Thalia’s heart.

Ona night of a suitor’s ball, Thalia is kidnapped by a man deemed the Destroyer. A heartless killer and commander of men. She’s told that she’s the lost princess of a country that desperately needs her rule. He then vows to protect and love her, but she’s too stunned to understand and wishes nothing more than to go home to Egypt. As she comes to know who she is meant to be, her heart changes for her people and for the man who’s been sworn to her.

 

I’ve told you just how much I love ancient Egypt, right? It’s one of my favorite eras to study in history from the religion system to how they farm to their royalty to the architecture. I love it all!! Even the mummification process. That being said, the imagery and attention to details on that front were simple and warm. Lots of love.

I’m not one for typical lush romances. Really not, but I was pulled to this one. Thalia is a rebel and a young woman that follows only her heart and instincts. My kind of girl. She doesn’t bow down to anyone, but she does open her heart and that’s special. She didn’t cave like some damsel. Ashtyn is definitely her perfect match. The moment they connected it was blazing hot. He wasn’t just some piece of muscle. He was earnest, yet determined. He proved he was the one for Thalia. That development during their journey was so great. Loads of drama. I loved it.

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I loved the cameo by Cleopatra and Antony so much. It was like getting to see one of my favorite celebrities. So wicked. All of the glam and air of the ruler was epic! It also etched this book into a very real part of history.

 

Overall

There was a lack of intensity for me when it came to character interactions. I loved the chemistry, but my breath didn’t hitch or halt. Lip-biting was a no. It was nice but didn’t get me there. Great action and a beautiful romance, but only a one-time read for me.

 

Quotables:

“Danger was stalking her, waiting for her to become careless.” (p. 34)

 

More to come soon…

  -K.   

 

P. S. Song today? Rock Bottom by Hailee Steinfeld ft. DNCE

 

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Scarlet Playlist – May 13, 2019

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My book readers!

Happy Monday! Hope you have an epic week! If not, well at least you have this playlist here. Listen to it, love it, hate it. Whatever you choose.

Wonder – Natalie Merchant

Big Yellow Taxi – Counting Crows ft. Vanessa Carlton

I Don’t Want To Be – Gavin DeGraw

Not Over You – Gavin DeGraw

Hey Soul Sister – Train

Respect – Train

WAsted – Carrie Underwood

First Time – Lifehouse

Boys Like You – Anna Clendening

Heartbeat – Carrie Underwood

Cups – Anna Kendrick

Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind

What are some of your favorite songs?

More to come soon…

  -K.

 

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A Rose, A Key (The Waste Lands – A Book Review)

The Waste Lands (The Dark Tower #3)
Author: Stephen King
Published: 1991

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltHalf bolt

Rated P for paradoxical twists that’ll leave you mind-bent.

 

Then he realized that it was not blood he was looking at, but roses…

Some time has passed and Roland, Eddie, and Susannah are well on their way toward the dark tower. There is conflict within Roland. He is struggling with two alternate realities since he saved Jake from getting shoved into traffic and run over by a car. Now, he can’t tell what’s real. Is Jake dead from him leaving him to die and go after the man in black or is Jake truly alive because he’d never been hit? Roland must fix himself before he completely comes unhinged. They cannot continue onward to the dark tower until he does.

 

The Dark Tower series is one of the series on my New Year’s resolution and this is book 3 of 7 (technically 8, but I’m not including The Wind Through the Keyhole, though I will be reading it.)

 

This book really picked up the series’s pace. There was much more action than in the books before it. Roland struggled to fix what he’d done to Jake in The Gunslinger and it put a great strain on the journey to the dark tower for him and his companions. Eddie and Susannah were very helpful in guiding him, though all three of them weren’t sure about where they were going. They followed ka-tet and their guts blindly. It’s really crazy but always keeps me guessing. Nothing about this series is predictable.

My hopes didn’t let me down! Jake returned. Granted it was touch-and-go for a good moment, but Jake is back and I’m so glad. While it’s hard to pick a favorite character, the crew feels complete with him a part of it. I got really giddy when Jake created a bond with Oy, a billy-bumbler. They’re very strange-looking creatures and very much in the so-ugly-they’re-cute category but incredibly brilliant. This one is no exception.

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Charlie Choo Choo made his debut in this book. In fact, he was one of the major points aside from Jake. It was the main destination of this book actually and without Jake, they wouldn’t have made it. Learning of Charlie led them to Blaine the Monorail. He helped Roland and crew get to Blaine the Mono. Both Charlie and Blaine are super creepy. The kid’s book unnerved me and when Charlie made his appearance I swear I shuddered.

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The world the crew was in this time is still crazy-wild. So desolate and dangerous. While they moved across the waste lands, there were strange doors, creatures, and crazy, psycho people. The detail is so deep and intricate. King didn’t spare a single sense useless. Sometimes the density made me slow down some, but I didn’t give up on it.

Also really admired the images created to help add to the story, such as Roland’s explanation of the dark tower and how it’s the pinnacle of all universes. It really does help and give better visuals for certain bits. Not only did it give me something better to go on, but I saw it how the characters did.

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The Waste Lands

 

Overall

This book left off on such a cliffhanger! I can’t wait to get to the next one. I’m really glad I didn’t give up on this series. Incredibly inventive and creative and dark. I’m so living for it! While it’s uber twisty and sometimes a struggle to get my brain to keep up with all of the overlapping time paradoxes, I just can’t get enough.

 

Quotables:

“We are ka-tet, which means a group of people bound together by fate. The philosophers of my land sad a ka-tet could only be broken by death or treachery…” (Roland, p. 422)

“You’re a long way from Forty-second Street, sweetheart—hope is a great thing, no matter what anyone says, but don’t hope so hard you lose sight of that one thought: you’re a long way from Forty-second Street…” (Eddie, p.460)

“Old ways are sometimes the best ways.” (Roland, p. 471)

 

More to come soon…

  – K.

 

P.S. Song today? Behind Blue Eyes by The Who.

 

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Fires Everywhere (The Outsiders – A Book Review)

The Outsiders
Author: S. E. Hinton
Published: 1997

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My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

Rated

 

A heroic story of friendship and belonging.

Ponyboy has been struggling of late between understanding right and wrong in a society that automatically decides it for him, his brothers, and friends: greasers. His thoughts pull him in one direction and his brothers and friends pull him in other directions. After Johnny saves him from being drowned by a soc, the result something dreadful. Murder. The two go on the lamb. Even doing the wrong thing for the right reason can have consequences, and they’ll stay with you for a very long time.

Ponyboy’s world crumbles around him and this not only affected him but everyone around him, and he soon learns that it doesn’t matter if you’re a greaser or a soc, pain hurts all the same.

 

This is a classic I’ve wanted to read for years. I don’t care that people usually read it back in middle school. For me, The Giver and The Cure were what was read. Classics are ageless and this a classic. It’s a dark and tragic story that proves that it doesn’t matter what social class you are put into, everyone bleeds the same and hurts the same.

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Actually, experiencing life from such an unexpected perspective is incredible and fresh. Greasers, like everyone else at the time, worked hard, fell in love, and felt heartbreak like everyone else, but because of where they live and what they look like they still get hassled horrendously. It made me fill pity, to be honest. Nobody understands what it’s like to struggle at the bottom unless they’ve been there and to have people that don’t understand or care add on to it is heavy. This book really gives readers a chance to experience that some. You fight for all that you have. In this case, it was for family, respect, and dignity.

The family dynamic is heart-wrenching. Sure, the decisions the boys make more often than not made me frown because they were quite the troublemakers but the way they supported each other was the true spirit of family. This book also reiterates that blood isn’t all that makes a family.

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The setting of the book really gives way to a time when society really was a bastard. Today, it’s still pretty bad and disturbing. What is so wrong with the human race that we beat each other because of status?

 

Overall

I’m really glad I read this. It really got me to think. No matter how old you are, a book doesn’t tell you that you can’t read it because you’re too old. They all have interesting lessons, stories, and/or emotions to give you, and for a reason. Now, I can’t wait to watch the movie to this and compare thoughts. This really is a valuable read.

 

Quotables:

“Suddenly, in the red glow and haze, I remembered wondering what it was like in a burning ember, and I thought: Now I know, it’s a red hell. Why aren’t I scared?” (Ponyboy, p. 92)

“I am a greaser. I am a JD and a hood. I blacken the name of our fair city. I beat up people. I rob gas stations. I am a menace to society. Man, do I have fun!” (Sodapop, p. 136)

“We’re greasers, but not hoods, and we don’t belong with this bunch of future convicts.” (Ponyboy, p. 141)

 

More to come soon…

  –K.

P.S. Song today? Surrender by Cheap Trick.

 

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Alcohol and Bipolars Don’t Mix (After – A Book Review)

After (After Series #1)
Author: Anna Todd
Published: 2014

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My Rating: Full boltFull bolt

Rated F for Freshmen that make those fresh-y mistakes and don’t learn from them.

 

There was a time before Tess met Hardin, and then there’s everything after.

Life will never be the same.

Tessa is a good girl. She’s always followed the rules, worked hard, and even has a great boyfriend and got into her first-choice college. The moment she steps foot on campus, everything changes. No, it’s the first time she meets Hardin that everything changes. Everybody warns her about him, but she can’t help that they keep being drawn together.  He’s cruel and reckless, always leaving her feeling hurt one second and sweet, telling her he cares and that wants nobody else but her the next. But, try as she might, she can’t seem to quit him and he can’t stay away from her.

Everything she’s worked hard for is in jeopardy and it may just crash and burn for Hardin. Is it worth it? To try and love someone who doesn’t seem to know how?

 

Where the hell do I start!? Oh man, no. Just this book is a no with a dash of yes. I was so bugging out!

I became interested in this series when I saw the movie trailer. It looked amazing. I’m still planning on watching it, only when it’s out on DVD/Digital though. The movie cover for the book is beautiful! I love how dramatic and intense it. And the summery, sunset color is mouthwatering.

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As for the book, well…

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OKAY! I didn’t like it, or rather, I didn’t like the writing. It was driving me insane how terrible it was. It just about ruined the story for me, and I really enjoyed the story itself. It was filled with the complicated heart-pulling of drama and desperation of exploration and needing to be wanted, which can be dangerous. It can lead one to make really bad decisions.

Hardin and Tessa are complicated. The two of them are so different, yet they are drawn together by a dangerous magnetic attraction. Everyone around it could see it, and they tried to warn Tessa more than once, but Tessa kept going back to Hardin. There wasn’t a logical reason behind it either except that I kept getting the notion that she got thrills off of being hurt a lot. It was aggravating on a major scale. She kept saying the same thing over and over, almost word for word whenever she’d be hurt by Hardin. The circle got old fast.

One character won the great award the of hatred all the way around in the book, and that honor goes to Tessa’s mother. Nothing about her was motherly. In fact, I’m pretty sure she’s Satan. LOL. Controlling and cruel, nearly crueler than Hardin, I can’t believe she’s a mother to begin with. My jaw kept dropping with the things that would roll out of her mouth, What mother told their daughter they’re a slut just because they wear mascara!? I was so disgusted with her

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More so, there were so many times I wished for the book to be more detailed. It was just too vague in many places and some bits could be omitted. They were parts I ended up skimming past because they weren’t important. I wish I wasn’t so bugged by things like this, but it disrupted my trying to enjoy this. It was as if Todd didn’t trust the reader to keep track of the story and characters and it came across as super basic, leaving nothing much to explore in the setting.

Side Note: Tessa is the only–ONLY college student I’ve met/read that can get her ducks in a damn row so fast and easy without a problem. Girl got a car, a nice paying internship in a dream spot and managed to stay on top of her studies. Like damn! I didn’t get that lucky in school and I worked my ass off. Real. Fricking. Hard. And the fact that she managed all of this like it was nothing off her back even though she blatantly says her mom worked paycheck to paycheck and she had to earn everything through grants and scholarships? Where the hell did she have the money to go shopping all the time and to get a car, let alone the time to do it?

 

Maybe the plot points and connections aren’t super important to some people out there that’s ve read the book, and that’s awesome. I mean that. Ride the wave if you can get past the illogical bits. But there was so much lacking. So much that was illogical and pointless. It drove me nuts. The emotions would’ve pulled me more if they were stronger, but the drama that Tess supposedly wanted to stay away from won out. I couldn’t register any emotions until the great ‘I love you’ came out and when it did I wondered where the hell the desire, passion, and crushing feelings were that come before it. Poor Tessa and Hardon just latched on and it was super awkward.

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Overall

Did I enjoy this book? It was majorly hit or miss. There were more parts I didn’t like, but yes, I’ll definitely be finishing it! It was the end that helped me make that decision. While it was nearly exactly like the peak moment of Cruel Intentions, I want to know what comes next. The cliffy was a good one that took my breath away. So much heartbreak (and naivety). There are pieces everywhere and I can’t sort them out between Hardin and Tessa.

 

Quotables:

“All that I’m certain of is that my life and my heart will never be the same, not after Harden crashed into them.” (Tessa, p. 2)

“You can’t end something that never began.” (Tessa to Hardin, p. 177)

“…You took my kindness for weakness and you were sadly mistaken.” (Tessa to Hardin, p. 325)

 

P.S. Song today? Love Me Harder by Ariana Grande.

 

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