Friday, January 27, 2017

My Clueless Broken Heart by Jennifer DiGiovanni RELEASE DAY BLITZ!

Title: My Clueless Broken Heart

Author: Jennifer DiGiovanni

Genre: YA Romance

Becca Thornton is clueless when it comes to love. Why else would she break up with Will Gamen, a boy at the top of the hottie short list for every other girl?

Because, if she’s being totally honest, Becca will admit the truth. Her heart belongs to someone else.

For as long as she can remember, Travis Brennen has been unavailable.

When Travis unexpectedly rolls back into town, Becca realizes for the first time that her feelings for him might be mutual. But Travis and Becca come from what he calls “different circumstances.”

Becca’s parents are world-famous scientists and Travis’s dad is the caretaker on the Thornton family’s estate. Still, Becca can’t change the way she feels about him, no matter how hard her parents try to keep them apart.

She’ll just need to find a way to prove to her parents that Travis isn’t the guy they’ve always assumed him to be. Becca’s earned the right to grow up, make her own choices, and fall in love, even if she ends up with a broken heart.

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 Jennifer DiGiovanni is a freelance writer and YA author of the School Dayz series. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, working on home design projects, or trying to meet the daily goals on her Fitbit. She also likes to try new sports and activities, from archery to ballroom dancing, with varying degrees of success.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller BOOK REVIEW!

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Title: The Song of Achilles

Author: Madeline Miller

This book is the retelling of the story of Achilles and the war of Troy.

In a world were the people are at the mercy of Kings and the Kings are at the mercy of the Gods, a young prince is just trying to become what his father wants in a prince. Patroclus isn't what you would call a typical prince. He hates fighting and he isn't much as far as physical strength goes making people fear his weakness. Patroclus spends his time alone mostly roaming the land when one day fate changed for him forever. After the death of a fellow child by the hand of Patroclus he is exiled to the land of the Greeks. Taken in by the local king Patroclus is just like the other orphans of the castle in the since that is just trained to be another soldier. Patroclus's lack of fighting ability makes him stand out to everyone including the prince of the castle Achilles. It doesn't take long for Achilles and Patroclus to become good friends, sharing everything with each other but the connection between the two seems to grow stronger to the point were they can't be without each other. A love sparks between the two that even time can't come between.

As they grow up together the bond between the two is stronger than ever and it would seem that a life in peace is in their future....until Helen is stolen and taken to Troy. The battle calls for a war hero to help with the rescue of the queen and Achilles is called upon. Patroclus not wanting to be left alone decides to follow even though he isn't much of a fighter.

Troy become torn apart with battle and raids for years they fight loosing much and gaining little. It would seem that the two will never return to the peaceful life they once lived. The weight of the war with the blood spilled threatens to tear the two apart but a love so deep can not be broken...or can it?


Thoughts: This book isn't what I thought it was going to be. I knew it was a retelling of Achilles and the war of Troy but I still expected there to be more history in the story. There was some history but most of the story is heaped with fantasy aspects complete with mythological creatures as well as Gods and Goddesses. I also wasn't expecting the whole book to be a love story but that is mostly what it was, a lot of love and not as much action. Never the less I did like the story I just gave it three stars because it isn't what I truly wanted it to be.


“He is more worth to you, perhaps. But the stranger is someone else's friend and brother. So which life is more important?”  - The Song of Achilles

 “I stopped watching for ridicule, the scorpion's tail hidden in his words. He said what he meant; he was puzzled if you did not. Some people might have mistaken this for simplicity. But is it not a sort of genius to cut always to the heart?”  - The Song of Achilles