Next Door to a Star, by Krysten Lindsay Hager

DISCLAIMER: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way.

I also asked, but not required, the author(s) to subscribe and help publicize the blog. Some authors I request for signed bookplates and swag. These requests are not in exchange for a review.Hey, guys!! Lilly again!! This week I have been reading Next Door to a Star by Krysten Lindsay Hager. I have had a copy of this book for quite some time, and just haven’t put it at the top of my “must read” list. BUT, it exceded my expectations!! This book was excellent!!
Summary:

Hadley seems to think that everything in her life is going badly. After her best friend, Lexi Irvin, moves away, Hadley goes to visit her grandparents in Grand Haven for the summer. She meets the next door neighbor, Simone Hendrickson, who happens to have been a TV star. Throughout the book, Hadley meets boys and potential friends. She experiences drama, love, friendship, and fun.

Review:

Such a good book!! It only took me a couple of days to read because it was interesting throughout. It’s a good story, fun characters, and a good plot. My only complaint is that there wasn’t more!!! There is a sequel to this book, Competing with the Star, which I can’t wait to read!! This book truly is one of my favorites. I don’t have a very long review of it because there isn’t much else to say besides it’s a good book!! I can see this being a good one to take on vacation with you this summer, to read by the pool, or to read while you lay on the couch. Anything, really : )

Who would I reccomend to?

I would definitly say this is geared toward females/teens. I would only reccomend if you like realistic fiction/girly type books.

Overall Rating:

9/10

Want to purchase it? 

It can be found on Barnes and Nobles website. Still can’t figure out how to link. Please send help ;(

Happy reading,

Lilly

 

 

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Corridors of My Mind, by Angel M. B. Chadwick

Kester here with another book review, requested by an author!

DISCLAIMER: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way.

I also asked, but not required, the author(s) to subscribe and help publicize the blog. Some authors I requested for signed bookplates and swag. These requests are not in exchange for a review.
Rating: 10/10 stars
“Corridors of My Mind” is a dark, haunting collection of poems by Angel M. B. Chadwick. Featuring heartbreak, redemption, and many spine-chilling topics and themes, this book unlocks the thoughts and feelings from the deepest part of the author’s mind. 
Wow. This book is so powerful. I got hooked by the first few poems. It’s so haunting and spine-chilling that it’s unforgettable.
Now, it is hard to write a review for this collection. Why? Firstly, this is comprised of 132 poems. To critique each and everyone of these poems will be strenuous and tiring, but each poem is amazing in its own way. There were poems I liked more than others, but they were enjoyable nonetheless. Secondly, poetry is very subjective. There are poems that can be interpreted to show sex, lust, and erotica, but the author (I talked with her) did not intend for this to happen. Yet, poetry can be interpreted in many different ways, which makes it sometimes fun to read and discuss.
This did not feel like a collection of poems to me. It felt like a story, a diary, a novel. Like Anne Frank meets Jacqueline Woodson and Maya Angelou in a dark way. With love, loss, heartbreak, and other themes prominent in many poems, I read it as if it were a novel, a story that shows the different sides of the relationships between the author and her loved ones. 
I would like to add that I loved many of the allusions in the poems. Although the author herself is not Catholic, I loved many of the references that related to both mine and her faiths. I could really relate with allusions to purgatory, penance, scrupules, and such. 
The emotion was nice, too. Combined with the author’s writing style, you could really feel what the author felt when writing these poems. Her flowery, descript language along with a ton of repetition made her poems come to life. They sound like ones that she could recite in a poetry meeting in a dim room with soft jazz music going on in the background (wouldn’t you want to go to one?).
Now, there were poems that were hard for me to interpret. I could get at what the author was trying to say, but then again, I couldn’t get what many poets are trying to say. And the one thing that bugged in her writing (sorry, I’m a little of a Grammar Nazi) is the use of a comma after the word but. That was the only thing I found that I didn’t like. Plus, I wish there was more punctuation at the end of each line, though.
Recommendation: Definitely! This book is a wonderful collection of poetry that can be savored by anyone!
If you want to buy her book, click here to go to the Amazon page!

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Review Requests

Hi guys! This is Kester, and I’m going to talk to you about requests for book reviews. We are starting to accept requests to review books! If you are an author and wanting reviews for your finished copy or ARC, please see the Review Guidelines page for the rules about requests and the Contact page to communicate with either Lilly or me. We are happy to review (and interview, if that’s what you want) your book! We will accept blog tours, also.

I am going to limit the number of books I get for review, sadly though. There simply isn’t enough time to read as many books as I want to. Especially with some spiritual Catholic readings and books that are coming my way, there isn’t enough time, but I can still try to read as many as I can. We are going to accept the first however-so-many (it’s undecided) books, but we will cut-off afterwards, but we will make exceptions for books that are really interesting to either of us. It’s going to be first come, first serve, so contact us now!

I’ve already gotten three requests from authors, and I’m planning to read them soon! Shout-outs to Tom Twitchel (author of the “Benjamin Brown” series), Melanie Ifield (author of the “Fiona Page” series and the “Chronicles of Novarmere: Dark Wizard” quartet), and Angel M. B. Chadwick (author of “Corridors of My Mind”). If you have the chance, please support the authors. I’m in the process of reading their books for review

If you are reading this right now, please subscribe to and publicize LILbooKlovers to your friends, family, and fellow readers! And also if you know an author who has a book in need of a review, please have them contact LILbooKlovers. It will be a great help for the growth of Lilly and my blog! Thank you for reading this.

Review from Lilly: Saving Hamlet, by Molly Booth!

DISCLAIMER: I received a free physical copy of this book that I had to send back to the publisher from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review in any way.

Hey, guys!! It’s Lilly!! I have read the book “Saving Hamlet,” by Molly Booth over the last couple days in my free time!! This book was fun to read and quite interesting!! I have also done an interview with the author, Molly Booth, in my last post, so check that out if you haven’t seen it yet!!

Summary:

Emma Allen, a sophomore in highschool, is starting her year of with a bang. With her new haircut and her role as assisstant stage manager in her school production, Hamlet, she’s sure to get the attention of the director and her crush, Brandon. But when things stop going right and Emma’s best friend, LuLu gets angry with her, the show doesn’t go as great as planned, and things seem to be falling apart, it’s up to Emma to fix it. One night, when Emma stays after rehersal, she falls through the stage’s trapdoor. She has landed in an unfamiliar place. Emma soon discovers she has landed in London, in the Globe Theatre. She meets Shakespere himself, and a boy named Alex who might cach Emma’s eye. Traveling through time, things get difficult for Emma. Will LuLu ever forgive her? Will the production turn out terribly?

 

This fictional story of friendship, relationships, and drama is sure to be one you’ll love. Typically, “fantisy” type stories aren’t really my favorite, but I did really enjoy this book!!! I thought it had a great amount of humor, relationships, and drama to make a good book. I really liked the fact that there was always something going on in the book and there was never a dull moment. The way that the time traveling switched throughout chapters was really easy to follow along with and easy to understand. Another thing I really liked about this book was how it demonstrated some modern day lifestyles and was pretty realisitc (besides the time traveling, of course), like LuLu’s parents not being ok her sexuality, and how it showed the reality of chaos, drama, and friendships in a teenagers life.

Overall, this was a really great book and I am so glad I got to read it a little before it goes on sale!!

Who would I suggest this book to?

This book is probably best suited toward young adults/teen from ages around 12-16, or anyone who really enjoys fantasy, fiction, or drama. But, I think that people who like any types of books would like this, because it does show so many aspects of diffrent genres.

Pros:

Interesting

Easy to understand

Many diffrent Genre aspects

Cons:

For people that don’t like historical things, the parts about Shakespere and London might be a little boring/hard to follow.

Overall rating: 9/10

Again, thank you so much to Molly Booth and Molly’s editor, Kieran Viola, for giving me the oppurtunity to read Saving Hamlet a little early!!

If you would like to pre-order Saving Hamlet (available Nov. 1) then it can be found on Barnes and Nobles website. Once again, can’t figure out how to put a link!! I’ll try to figure that out for my next post!!

Happy reading!!

Lilly

 

Congrats to Author Jennifer DiGiovanni!

Hey guys! This is Kester! 

Earlier, I had an interview with Jennifer DiGiovanni about her and her book “My Senior Year of Awesome” (which is now one of my favorite books), and I saw that her book is now available in paperback on Amazon! I’m a physical book reader, so this is great news!
Woo hoo! Congrats Jennifer on this accomplishment! I hope that your book and your future books will sell well! I’ll be looking forward to the rest of the School Dayz series!
If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, you can buy it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble! Please support her by buying one of her books!

Purchase your copy here!

Amazon 

Barnes & Noble
Til then, read on! This is a great summer read to bring on the beach, in the car, wherever your travels may go!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW!! Molly Booth, author of “Saving Hamlet”

Hi!! It’s Lilly!!

molly boothOver the last few weeks, I found some authors that I thought would be fun to interview!! I received a couple replies, and you guys can expect some fun interviews/reviews over books in my next few posts. One of the authors that I reached out to was Molly Booth, author of “Saving Hamlet” and these are the questions I asked her.. Hope you enjoy!!

1- What is your book “Saving Hamlet” about?

Saving Hamlet is about Emma Allen, a teenage stage manager working on her high school’s disastrous production of Hamlet. One night after rehearsal, Emma falls through the stage’s trapdoor and lands in the basement of The Globe Theatre, in London, 1601, and gets thrown into working on the original Hamlet with Shakespeare’s company. It turns out that production is a mess too, so she time travels back and forth, trying to save both shows! 

 

2-What inspired you to write your book?
In college, I fell in love with Shakespeare’s plays, and started studying the history of Shakespeare’s theatre company and the Globe playhouse. Around the same time, I got into writing fiction, and one day it hit me that I wanted to write about a character truly experiencing Shakespeare for the first time. And of course, time travel just makes everything better! Also, I was a drama kid in high school and college, and stage managed for a bunch of different community theatres. I worked backstage for so long that writing about that part of working in theatre was my first instinct. 
3-From start to finish, about how long did “Saving Hamlet” take?
Whoosh! I wrote my first draft almost four years ago.
4-Any advice for writers block? Do you experience it?
I definitely experience it! Writer’s block is so tough. I wrote a piece about it for HelloGiggles.com, which has most of my best advice. Reading a good book is usually my fool-proof technique. I just read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, which was amazing, and it got my brain all fired up to write again.
5- Have you always loved to write?
Yes! Not always always, but my love for writing started in middle school when I wrote a play/screenplay for my friends and I to perform. It was a soap opera called Everyone Loves Bernard, and all I remember from the plot was that a woman died dramatically from a bee sting. And one of the characters was named “Stanley,” and that name made it into Saving Hamlet too! My friends and I filmed it, playing all the different parts ourselves. After that I wrote more plays and screenplays, before starting to write fiction in college.
6- Do you have any other works? Are you working on any new works?
Saving Hamlet is my first book, but I’ve written quite a few nonfiction pieces for HelloGiggles and The Mary Sue. I’m currently working on my second book, Nothing Happened, which will come out from Disney Hyperion spring 2018. It’s a YA retelling of Shakespeare’s hilarious rom com, Much Ado About Nothing, set at summer camp! And with a lot of twists.
7- Do you have any favorite authors? If so have they inspired your work?
Shakespeare! Almost all my book ideas start with Shakespeare plays. But other than that old guy, I love Meg Cabot, David Clement-Davies, Sarah Dessen, Jasper Fforde, Laurie Halse Anderson, Eva Ibbotson, Melina Marchetta,  Tamora Pierce, Terry Pratchett, Rick Riordan, Rainbow Rowell, Diana Wynn-Jones, Jane Yolen… I could go on and on. All of their books have inspired the kind of stories I want to tell.
8- What are your favorite genres to read/write?
Ooooh! I like magic realism, fantasy, and contemporary too. But magic and time travel make me pretty happy. And Shakespeare adaptations and retellings, or any work that incorporates or spins classic literature.
9- Do you have any all time favorite books?
Which Witch? by Eva Ibottson is my all time favorite book. Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness quartet too.
10- Do you have a favorite character in “Saving Hamlet”? One you had the most fun writing about?
That’s so hard! I’ve known them all for so long, it’s like picking a best friend among best friends. I guess I had the most fun writing Emma, Stanley, and Cooke. But I love Lulu too, even if her scenes aren’t all “fun” ones.
11- What do you do when you aren’t writing? Is writing a part-time or full-time job for you?
Writing has been my full-time job this past year. But doing that, I found out that I don’t want to be a full time writer, which I wasn’t expecting! For me, it was pretty isolating. So I started substitute teaching and volunteering, and felt a lot happier. I’m pursuing more teaching opportunities now, and I’m directing a student production of Twelfth Night this coming school year, which I’m SO excited to do.
12- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Read what you love to read, and write the stories that you find when you look in your heart.
13- What audience would you recommend your book to?
I would recommend Saving Hamlet for people who want to read about any of the following: theatre, time travel, gender-bending, best friendship, LGBTQ characters, creativity, and first kisses.
14- Describe “Saving Hamlet” in 5 or fewer words.
Teenager Struggles With Shakespeare. Literally.
Thanks, Molly, for letting me interview you!!

If you would like to purchase “Saving Hamlet,” it can be found on Barnes and Noble’s website. (I tried to include a link but couldn’t figure out how.. 😦 )

Lilly

 

 

Tuesday Newsday

With Hillary Clinton clinching the Democratic nomination, today’s Tuesday Newsday will feature a special political book poll!
If you were to read either one of Trump’s or Clinton’s political memoirs, which would you choose to read?

  • A. “Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again” by Donald Trump
  • B. “Hard Choices” by Hillary Clinton
  • C. Another candidate’s political memoir!

Comment below to answer today’s Tuesday Newsday question!

All the Bright Places, by Jennifer Niven

Kester here again! Here’s a review on a new favorite, “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven!
Rating: 10/10 stars
“All the Bright Places” is a dual-POV that revolves around two teenagers who have lost their happy outlook on life. The two meet when Theodore Finch, often called Theodore Freak, sees Violet Market on the same ledge on the belltower, and both were contemplating suicide. Later, they are assigned as partners to visit landmarks in the state of Indiana, so they visit many non-ordinary sites throughout the state. They form an unexpected, intimate relationship, but when it becomes too intimate, everything changes. Violet and Finch must decide whether life is worth living for again.
Man, this book was powerful. Too powerful. So powerful that it (almost) made me cry, and I only cried during two other books. I never thought the YA romance genre would be this good! Once I reached the ending (no spoilers!), I felt so sad, like I was watching one of those romance sob-stories. It was so amazing! This is a new favorite!
I loved the emotion regarding the book. I could feel Violet’s and Finch’s thoughts. The suicidal thoughts and such were very authentic, too. Their backstories were really sad. I wish Eleanor was still alive, but that wouldn’t make the book happen.
The dual-POV was great, too. It told the story from two different sides, which patched up all the holes if this was a single-POV. The characters’ roundness were nice. I didn’t expect those things for Amanda and Ryan.
The only things I cringed at were the profanity and the sexual content. Yes, they are common for teenagers, but it was something I didn’t like. I skipped every section, even though it wasn’t graphic. In addition, there should be more backstory with Finch’s “Awake and Asleep.” I’m unsure what medical condition it is and how he can still stay up for that long (unless he actually slept or napped in that time).
Overall, I really enjoyed “All the Bright Places”! I wished I was able to see Jennifer Niven here in the Philippines, but I’m on a different island!
Pros:

  • Emotion
  • Authenticity of Suicide
  • Dual-POV
  • Characterization
  • Backstories

Cons:

  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content
  • Needs More Clarification on the Asleep

Recommendation: Yes! Read this book!
If you are or you know someone who is contemplating suicide, please get help! There is always someone who can help. You are not alone. People will know what you are feeling if you will tell them. Don’t assume they’re okay. Get help! Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Please don’t take away your life if you are thinking about it. The pain will go away! Always remember to confide in somebody and to confide in the Lord! You can get through it with the guidance of Him and others!