Movie Monday (8)

Just a meme I came up with that should help me look forward to posting on Mondays because if there's anything I love more than books, it's movies :)

This weeks topic:
Top 5 Anticipated Movies

#5. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

#4. Robin Hood (2018)

#3. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

#2. Venom

#1.  Halloween (2018)

THEE movie I've been looking forward to sometime now is Halloween (eh, the new movie)... BUT I must admit, I'm a coward so I don't want to go alone. More than anything I want to take my little squad with me and assure that I have someone next to me whom I'm able to pinch and hold when the pop-ups occur because I'm sure they are inevitable. Thankfully it comes out this THR 

10 good things on a Tuesday

This is just a list of 10 good things on a Tuesday

Why do I do this?
I believe this used to be a meme back in the day (it was done on Monday's but same concept/idea) but it stopped, and I very much miss it. So I just felt like continuing it but on a different day of the   week(mostly because I do Movie Mondays). Every Tuesday I will have a list of 10 different things, doesn't necessarily have to be books. Anything that will help get me through the week. Feel like joining? Leave a link in the comments and I'll be sure to check it out!
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THIS WEEK:
Top 10 Book Covers

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China Travel Blog

Hi!
Here's a sneak peak at yet another travel blog. SUCH AN AMAZING ADVENTURE. Eventually I'll edit this page and write a full on post about my adventures in China. Mind you, this was my 2nd time visiting the country and I can honestly say I love everything about it! The culture, the people, and of course, the FOOD! My God... Delicacies everywhere you look. I don't think people will ever understand my love for travel.

So I came to the realization (and on this trip ironically) that the absolute BEST part about me is my personality. Like, there's no way around it. I'm not much to look at, but I'm an amazing person once you talk and converse with me (not trying to be conceited or anything). When I was in China I literally lost my ability to speak/communicate. I speak very little to no Mandarin, So every time someone turned to ask me something I'd just smile and wave. I felt so useless, yet it was a type of an epiphany.

Here are a few pics to keep you entertained. I apologize in advance with how I look haha... I was super tired because we were on the move 24/7. We literally had one rest day in 2 weeks.

Cities visited:
Hangzhou
Guangzhou
Xian
Lian
Beijing





    


    




      

    


   

  
    
  


Review: Carrier of the Mark (Carrier #1)

Title: Carrier of the Mark (Carrier #1)
Author: Leigh Burdugo 
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 342

My Rating:


When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she's surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRÍs. But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction. -goodreads.com

This book was my savior in 2018. To be honest I was debating on whether or not I'd keep the blog, re-vamp it or just shut it down. Once I finished Carrier I KNEW there was no way I could keep my love for this book all to myself. I had to sit down and VENT my feelings... even if it was to my un-updated blog. I was very fortunate that I read the book first before checking out the Goodreads page because MY GOD. People can be soooo evil. If you were to check out the goodreads page for Carrier, you will see people make direct similarities between Carrier and Twilight. Actually, no, not similarities, they accuse Carrier of being a cheap rip-off version of Twilight. And that kind of heart my hurt because I liked this book so much... I honest to God didn't think of Twilight ONCE when I was reading the book.

Now that I've finished it and made the comparison, I can somewhat see the similarities (adopted families, the council = the voltari) but it's nothing like people make it out to be. I read a review where someone said the sister's names both begin with the letter 'A' -_- Really?... come on, people are just looking for a way to be hateful. If I had to tell a friend what this book was about I would say it was a more mature young adult take on The Last Air Bender (but with Romance). In Carrier, Megan our main character (and she is nothing like Bella), can control air, that's her element.

Megan is awesome and very relatable. She's careful, calm, and strong. She has recently lost her mother and moved to Ireland with her father. Thats when she meets Adam. Oh. Em. Gee. They don't make them like Adam anymore... I did think that they kissed way too early (for my personal taste) but that didn't take anything away from the story or plot. The setting in this book is terrific! I've visited Ireland before and I could imagine myself there again with how vivid and complete Ms. Fallon's descriptions were. I honestly cannot wait to get my hands on book 2.

If you're thinking about checking this book out, do it! Don't let negative reviews ever stop you from picking up a book. Or maybe you're like one of my students who said, "I loved twilight so the fact that you loved it and say people compare it to Twilight only makes me want to pick it up even more!" So whatever side you take, just do me a fav and give this book a try. You won't regret it. 

Updates and more

FINALLY bought a new layout and read a book that got me out of my slump (Carrier #1-- Click here to check out my review). New posts on their way as we speak.

I finally purchased a new laptop, my last one was beginning to have hardrive failure

I visited a few new countries. The Galapagos Islands was my most recent trip and I LOVED everything about it. New travel blog to come soon. Here are some pictures to give you a sneak peek

gloomy day @ Isla Santa Fe. We didn't get sun until 2hrs after this pic

Such an amazing day @ Isla Isabel

Teaching is going superbly. I never thought I'd love teaching so much. Everything about my job makes me happy (well, maybe not waking up at 6AM everyday, but you get the main idea... haha!). This year I've got some great kids and we have a weekly YA book club. Man... life is grreatttt!

Review: The Collector (Dante Walker #1)

Title: The Collector (Dante Walker #1)
Author: Victoria Scott
Publisher:
Pages: 352

My Rating:


Dante Walker is flippin’ awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence have made him one of hell’s best—a soul collector. His job is simple: weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag. Sealing souls is nothing personal. Dante’s an equal-opportunity collector and doesn't want it any other way. But he’ll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment: Collect Charlie Cooper’s soul within ten days.
Dante doesn't know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that’s a permanent ticket out of hell. But after Dante meets the quirky Nerd Alert chick he’s come to collect, he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector…and uncover emotions deeply buried. -goodreads.com

This is honestly the perfect read for halloween. It's fast paced, unique and it's got a bit of a creep factor... There were some instances where I didn't know where the hell the story was going. I would find myself thinking, "WHAT DID SHE DO?"... With that being said, I think the author took a big risk in having an "ugly" mc, but to be honest that was one of the things I loved most about this book. I didn't fully understand the whole Collector story and how there's only 6 in the whole world, but the story kept me very intrigued until the very end.

I loved Charlie as our main character. She's loyal and kind from the inside out. Dante?... Well, let's just say I wasn't his biggest fan in the beginning. I will admit he grew on me towards the end but there were certain moments where he was TOO much of a jerk. It was as if the author was trying too hard for him to be a "bod boy with a heart of gold". My favorite scene was the party/corn field scene. It wasn't Charlie's best night, but that was when I realized Dante was alright in my book.

Overall, the story itself was unique and kept me interested until the very end. A few plot holes, but this is a trilogy so I'm sure more things will be explained later on.

Review: Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Title: Dreamology
Author: Lucy Keating
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 336

My Rating:


For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have travelled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.  But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.  Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough? -goodreads.com

This was such a dreamingly magical read! I'm honestly having a very hard time accepting the fact that this is a stand alone novel. Reading this book makes you feel like your floating/bouncing up in the clouds. The main story revolves around Alice and Max. Two teens whom literally have been dreaming of each other since they were kids. Alice, our mc, is completely in love with Max, even though he isn't real... Or so she thought. After moving HS's Alice is terrified the day she see's Max (HER Max, the one from her dreams) walk in to class. Later on they discovered the reason they dream of each other was because [spoiler-- highlight to read] they attended a dream study center as kids, and then went their separate ways BUT they continued to dream of each other. [end spoiler]. Although there were a few unanswered questions about the story, overall I'm kinda wishing there was a book two.

Although Alice was a bit whiny at times, I liked her. The only thing that was a big no-no in my book was how she practically stole Max from his gf. The only character that kind of drove me mad was Max... Don't get me wrong, I really liked Max BUT he could be really rude at times, and he was always confused about his feelings... like come on, get your shit together!

In my honest opinion, the best thing about this book is how realistic the dreams were. Dreams hardly ever make sense and they don't always reflect things you have on your mind. The dreams in this book are the most realistic I have ever come across; they're random, colorful and all over the place. I loved Alice's dreams.

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