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Review: Never Mind My Thigh Gap – Sarah Newton and Miss Bronte Huskinson


Never Mind My Thigh Gap – Sarah Newton and Miss Bronte Huskinson

Never Mind My Thigh Gap

Title: Never Mind My Thigh Gap

Author: Sarah Newton and Bronte Huskinson

Release Date: January 21, 2016

Publisher: Createspace

Format: eBook

Page Number: 198

Source: Shannon A. Thompson

“One ordinary girl, one extraordinary moment” There are three things everyone notices about Alice. 1. Her super-hot rugby boyfriend. 2. Her sophisticated, totally gorgeous best friend. 3. Her very noticeable 38-inch long legs.

Alice is tall – just under six feet to be exact – but her self-esteem couldn’t be smaller. When her relationship starts wavering, Alice’s perfectly beautiful best friend somehow convinces her to join a modelling competition, “for a confidence boost.” But Alice is just a normal girl; she loves ice cream too much, has an unhealthy addiction to American TV and lusts after the elusive thigh gap. She can’t even walk in heels, let alone in a bikini, but she finds herself joining Runway Models anyway.

The finale is only a few months away.

Will Alice catwalk her way to self-confidence or fail, proving everyone right? People can surprise you.


2 out of 5 stars

Shannon A. Thompson sent me this book because she thought I would enjoy reading it, so huge thank you! I have to say, though, that I really didn’t like this book that much. The specific thing that made me not like it was the unrealistic friendships and relationships. Alice is a pretty sweet girl who has some self-esteem issues, but that’s only because she has a bitchy friend and an awful boyfriend. Her friend wanted her to do this catwalk show thing and the only reason she did it was because her boyfriend didn’t want her to. He was rude and didn’t help her with her self-esteem. He was always tearing her down and making fun of her for wanting to do things because they were things she “wouldn’t normally do

Alice meets some new friends whom she becomes close with after everyone at school makes fun of her for trying out for this modeling gig. Oscar and Maddie become her best friends, and eventually she falls for Oscar. A lot of this book is misinterpretation and miscommunication. Oscar freaked out in the end because he saw Alice hugging her ex. Ugh.

The only way the “thigh gap” ties into this book is at the beginning when Alice wants a thigh gap. It talked about how much she ate, but she was still super skinny. Um. So the whole thigh gap idea that the book was named after didn’t even play a part in the story. I don’t understand why there was even mention of it in the title.

Overall, I don’t really understand the plot of this story. There wasn’t much of an actual story beside the fact that she broke up with her boyfriend and best friend and found some real friends.

Thank you for sending me this book, but it wasn’t really my cup of tea!

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This Week in Books #2


I saw this on ChrissiReads, and I think I would like to start doing these weekly. Now, if I am currently reading multiple books, I will only put the one I read most recently during my day in each post to keep it condensed. In theses posts I will be talking about what I read then, now, and what I will read next!

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THEN: I just finished Lady Midnight yesterday and OMG IT WAS AMAZING! The review will be up on Friday! I loved all the characters, and the character development was perfection. I feel traumatized, but in a good way because of it. The ending was perfect for the situation in the book, but the situation was not ideal. I highly suggest reading anything by Cassandra Clare. So good.

NOW: Looking For Alaska is the book that I just started today, actually! Have to read it for my Young Adult Literature college class, and I’m 32 pages in right now. I like it, it’s not super great yet, but I’ve enjoyed what I read. I like Miles and Alaska is a pretty cool bad apple. I’m excited to see where the story goes. I’ve heard a lot of mixed feelings about this book, so…

NEXT: Glass Sword still takes this position. I’m really excited to read it, but I just haven’t gotten around to it. I loved the first book in this series, and I loved the novella that I read, so I don’t know why I’m so hesitant to read this! I promise I’ll start it soon.

What books are on your list of then, now, and next?

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Review: Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld


Uglies (Uglies #1) – Scott Westerfeld

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Title: Uglies (Uglies #1)

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Release Date: February 8, 2005

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 425

Source: Friend

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…

4 out of 5 stars


This book was completely different than I thought it was going to be. I don’t really ever know what books are about before I read them, so it was really cool to jump into this one blindly. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this series, but I just have never gotten around to reading it until now. My friend loaned me this book because she enjoyed it when she read it a few years ago, and I’m glad that I read this.

It took me quite a while to get into this book; I’ve not read a dystopian in quite a while, so the world building was hard to get used to at first. I really enjoyed this book despite some of my annoyances with it. The world building was really awesome throughout the book, and it felt like I was right there with the characters.

The main thing that I had a problem with was fricking Tally not telling the Smokies the reason that she came there in the first place. The only way that she would have gotten them to trust her for real was if she told them the truth. Huh, weird right? SHE WAITED UNTIL THE LAST POSSIBLE TIME TO TELL THEM. wth. Why did you wait that long? David, the love interest, would have trusted you and not been backstabbed if you would have told him right away. And for real, she could have just gotten rid of the necklace. I completely saw what was coming before she did it. Ugh; typical YA.

I am really excited to read the rest of this series! I will definitely be purchasing a box set of this series in the near future. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next books!

UPON THE RE-READ:

I really enjoyed this the second time. I’m still leaving this as a 4/5 stars just because it wasn’t amazing, but it was fun to read. I listened to this on audiobook this time around, and it was a really nice book to listen to while driving home from college. I like Tally even though she was a little annoying. I stand by my statement of being annoyed that she waited to the last possible second to give them away. Ugh.

I don’t understand why she didn’t just put the fricking necklace by the river by the flowers or just leave it somewhere. Literally no one would have found them if she just put it somewhere BEFORE getting into the Smoke, or putting it somewhere outside of the Smoke after she decided to not be a horrible person and give everyone away. But it’s whatever.

Series:

Pretties (Uglies #2)

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June Wrapup + July TBR


Read:

  1. The Darkest Part of the Forest – Holly Black *review*
  2. The 100 (The Hundred #1) – Kass Morgan *review*
  3. Day 21 (The Hundred #2) – Kass Morgan *review*
  4. The Far House – William Lowrey *review*
  5. The Ables – Jeremy Scott *review*

TBR: (this does not include BookTubeAThon. I will be taking part in the readathon, though!)

  1. Death Before Daylight (The Timely Death Trilogy #3) – Shannon A. Thompson
  2. Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) – Cassandra Clare
  3. True Love Project: How the Gospel Defines Your Purity – Clayton King
  4. City of Dark Magic (City of Dark Magic #1) – Magnus Flyte
  5. Shelter (Mickey Blolitar #1) – Harlan Coben
  6. Ruined (Ruined #1) – Paula Morris
  7. The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen

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Review: Red Queen (Red Queen #1) – Victoria Aveyard


Red Queen (Red Queen #1) – Victoria Aveyard

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Title: Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Author: Victoria Aveyard Release Date: February 10, 2015

Publisher: Orion

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 320

Source: Book Store

The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

There are Reds and there are Silvers. Both human, some non-distinctly human. Reds are commons folk with red blood, and Silvers have abilities along with silver blood. The Silvers and the Reds go to a war that’s been going on for one hundred years; Reds are forced to fight, Silvers have the choice. The main character, Mare, lives in a small, very poor, Red village with her family. Her three older brothers were sent to war; her sister is the only chance for Mare and her family because of her special embroidery skills. Mare is almost to the age where she’ll be sent to war, just like her brothers. Mare’s best friend, Kilorn, is safe from being sent away because of his apprenticeship. He’s completely safe until his master takes a fatal fall. Mare tries to find a way to save him, just like she always does, and actually does find a way. She needs to get enough money to send him away in secret with the black market workers. She steals directly from people’s pockets but she’s interrupted by a boy that tells her pick pocketing is rude. He throws a coin worth a fortune her way any way, though. Soon she finds herself as a server in the Silver palace. She goes through the motions she’s supposed to, but finds something out that freaks her out. Mare is different from most of the Reds. She has an ability just like one of the Silvers. Why is she so special? What makes her so different?

It is so refreshing to read a good book. This was so good, and I loved it. The cover is gorgeous and it really does represent the book quite well. The reason this didn’t get 5 stars was because it was very predictable. There were a lot of things very similar to The Hunger Games and Divergent. I understand that it is a dystopian world, so some things will be quite similar, but there was a lot that was the same. There were a lot of things that were completely different, though. I loved that the Silvers had powers and that the blood type differentiated the people. I loved (and hated) the characters; the world building was beautiful. Aveyard really is a fantastic writer. I don’t know if I can wait however long it is for the next book to come out!

Characters:

Mare was the main character, and I liked her. She was powerful and vulnerable, and very sassy. She couldn’t really hold her tongue a lot of the time, but I liked that about her. She was the perfect mixture of everything. I don’t know what I would have done with myself if I were just thrown into the mix with a bunch of Silvers. I would definitely freak out. A lot. She was calm a lot of the time and she rolled with the punches. I would have had a mental breakdown, more than likely. Maven and Cal. Oh man. They were perfect, well mostly perfect. *cough cough*

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Mare because she was very strong when she probably could have been a baby. I would have freaked out and gotten very cold, but she still opened her heart up. I loved that she was different, not just characteristic-wise. Some of her choices were questionable, but she really knows how to pick the guy. *cough* Maven. I just. I really love(d) him. I highly suggest this book! You will get hooked.

Series:

Queen Song (Red Queen #0.1)

Steel Scars (Red Queen #0.2)

Glass Sword (Red Queen #2)

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Pointe Taken Newsletter (8)


Happy Sunday! This week has been a really horrible reading week and I even “participated” in the 24 in 48 Readathon. I tried. I honestly did, but I was so busy this weekend. I had a lot going on so I read a total of…. 3 HOURS! Lol I failed so so badly. Besides the failed attempt at the Readathon, I set up a bullet journal. I am very excited about this because I used a journal that I had lying around my house. The purpose behind the bullet journal is to have to-do lists all in one place, basically a more efficient to-do list. I am always making to-do lists and can’t wait until I actually get the hang of it. You have different symbols for different tasks. All the information is found on the bullet journal website. If you’re interested just look up bullet journal setup on YouTube. I have an Erin Condren Life Planner for 2015 and cannot wait to use it, but this bullet journal will be carried in my purse instead of my backpack for school. I will transfer things like homework and school events to my bullet journal from my planner, and transfer necessary to-do lists to my planner. Seems a little redundant, but I’m still excited. I highly suggest looking up bullet journaling if you like having a set to-do list that you cross off. Other than my exciting paper goods, I have watched a lot of YouTube this week… mostly about planners and bullet journals. #SorryNotSorry. Anyway, I plan to finish The Book of Charlie soon, I will read tonight. I will start Take Me Tomorrow after that, and I am so excited to read it because Shannon A. Thompson is one of my all time favorite authors.

Posts on the Blog:

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Pointe Taken Newsletter (6)


Happy Sunday! Today was a very good reading day for me! I think I’m finally on my way out of this couple-month-long reading slump. I just sat down and read and it really felt relaxing. Reading hasn’t felt relaxing to me in a while and I missed it. There will be a lot of posts up on the blog this week because I will be finishing A Discovery of Witches tomorrow, King Dork within the next week for book club, and Of Mice and Men for novel. On top of all of those posts I will be starting a Blogger Spotlight featuring new bloggers that I think need a bigger audience. I also got tagged in the Liebster Blog Award so that post will be up this week as well. I am trying to be more active as things have slowed down a bit. No more marching band (sad, but glad to be done for the season) and football is almost over. Slacking so much on posting lately! Going to change that :)

Posts on the Blog:

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National Day of Writing


National Day of Writing is a day where you try and have as many people writing as possible. Any writing is writing. It can be sending a letter to someone, making a blog post, writing down a story, or putting an entry in your journal. Everyone can write. My addition to the National Day of Writing is this blog post. I want everyone reading this to write a letter, write down a note in a coffee shop on a napkin, or just write things down. Take this challenge and grow from it. Make it part of your daily life. Everyone loves getting a handwritten letter in the mail, send one! Write a note to that girl you think is pretty and tell her that. Write on your hands. Write on a poster. Let this National Day of Writing spark something amazing. Moral of the story, (if you didn’t pick up on it already) just write!

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Yet another update…


I HAVE INTERNET! Hello, my lovely book people. I officially have internet at my house again! Woooooo. Anyway, I have read one book this month…one. Yes, only one. That book was a book I had to read for school. I hated everything about the book. It’s called A Separate Peace. It sucked so much. No plot. No character development. Nothing. I am still reading A Discovery of Witches (The All Souls Trilogy #1) – Deborah Harkness. I am in a horrible reading slump. It’s honestly so bad. I am reading Fahrenheit 451 and Lord of the Flies for school as well, and I am really enjoying Fahrenheit 451 at the moment. It’s a really cool concept and it reminds me of The Giver. Lord of the Flies is so so so weird. A Discovery of Witches is definitely not my favorite thing ever. It’s kind of a really long book and I don’t like it so I’m reading it really slow. I have been a really sucky blogger, so sorry about that. I will be better at posting more consistently now that I have internet :)

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BookTubeAThon Wrapup


“Aubrey, where have you been?” Well. I’ve been lazy and at home along with two weeks of band camp, but I’ve had no internet. We had Verizon for our internet provider and then halfway through the month all our data got used but we had no idea why. So my mom called the Verizon store and cancelled our internet. I thought we would have it back by the beginning of August, like my mother said, but no. Of course that didn’t happen. So, I haven’t been intentionally neglecting my blog, I promise. Now for the wrapup :) For BookTubeAThon I read 5 books! I’m honestly really proud of myself. I mean I know you were supposed to read 7, but I got 5 finished. I read The Giver (The Giver Quartet #1) – Lois Lowry, The Reptile Room (A Series of Unfortunate Events #2) – Lemony Snicket, Gathering Blue (The Giver Quartet #2) – Lois Lowry, The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald, and finally Messenger (The Giver Quartet #3) – Lois Lowry. I loved being able to participate in BookTubeAThon! It was so much fun :) I plan to do it again next summer. Thank you to all of you who have stuck around for the last couple of weeks in my wifi-free time ;) It means a lot to have this big of an audience :)

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