Book Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Hey guys! I’m back with a book review finally. It’s been awhile..I kind of slacked off a bit with my reading but I’m back on the train for a little while again. Today, I’m going to share my opinion on Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid.

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Now, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve read this but I remember a good portion of this book..bare with me.

It starts off with us meeting a girl named Lelia. She has basically runaway from home for the summer and is going on a road-trip to see the northern lights. Along the way she meets 4 different people all in different scenarios but she comes to them right in their time of need.

She first meets Hudson. He works with his dad as a mechanic. Lelia ends up needing work done on her car when she winds up at Hudson’s shop. He gets working on her car, turns out liking her and talks her into letting him show her around Vicksburg, Mississippi..all night. Well, Hudson was suppose to be studying all night for college interview but that change when he was late the next morning. That left Lelia and Hudson on bad terms and she left.

Next, she met Bree. Bree was walking down the side of a highway basically running away from home as well. Lelia stopped her car and let Bree in. Lelia learned that Bree was having a rocky relationship with her sister and wanted to get away. Leila and Bree ended up doing very risky things and one landed them in jail. The only way for them to get bailed out was for Bree to call her sister. Peace was finally made and Lelia continued on her journey to the northern lights.

While driving through Minneapolis, Lelia came upon a figure in the middle of the road and nearly hit them. That’s when she met Elliot. He was going through rough time with a girl at prom. Him and Lelia ended up running all over town trying to track this girl down so Elliot could sing a song and confess his love to her..but it ended up turning all bad.

On her last stop, she met Sonia. This was a crazy adventure here. Sonia was sorta dating a guy named Jeremiah..but it was all a secret because she didn’t want her old boyfriend named Sam, family to be upset (he passed away). Sonia was suppose to be attending a wedding that her boyfriend was in..along with Sam’s sister. Sonia went to runaway from the wedding that’s when Lelia met her. Lelia and her were driving away..a long ways away back to the US from Canada..she was wearing Jeremiah’s tuxedo and the rings were in there. Leila and Sonia had to go back to Canada but neither had passports! They ended up getting there through a series of events..that ended up with Sonia & Jeremiah being able to be together after all.

Finally, after all the stops and friends that Lelia had met she made it to her destination. She went to a campground where she met another family that made her feel comfortable while being there. They had a daughter named Dee..she got real close with Lelia and they threw Lelia a birthday party because Lelia never remembered having one (her parents and sister both died in an accident). Dee got frustrated after the birthday party because it didn’t bring any memories back for Lelia and she ran away. After they found Dee..she pointed up and there were the northern lights, just for Lelia.

I really enjoyed this book and I was in tune the entire time! It was so hard to put down.

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  • Liz

Book Review: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick

Hey guys! I’m back with another book review..but this book is super quick. It’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brain Selznick. Let’s go.IMG_0941

More than 50% of this book is black and white pictures/illustrations that help tell the story. It is a 500 page book though but I still finished it within 2 days.

It happens to be about a boy named Hugo who lives in a train station. His father used to maintain and do maintenance on the clocks all the over the station but his father died in a fire..so now it’s just him. Hugo isn’t suppose to be living in the station alone, it’s total secret.

He doesn’t have money for food so he ends up stealing food and stealing from a toy maker/seller in the station. One day he gets caught by the man and he takes his notebook. That notebook was special to Hugo..it was his father’s and it has drawings for how to put together an automaton.

While walking outside the station one day, he noticed a girl up in the house where the old man lived. She came down and talked Hugo, he needed her to find the notebook..she sort of agreed too.

The next day when Hugo was in the station the old man, told him to start fixing the toys he had broken by stealing and maybe he would get the notebook back.

Throughout the book, the girl ends up finding the notebook..but then Hugo needed a key..the girl Isabella had the key around her neck so he stole it.

Between him and Isabella they end up getting the automaton working and it produces drawings..not a letter from his father like Hugo though it would.

At the end of the book, it turns out the draws the automaton produced were the old mans from movies that old man made but gave up on and never wanted them to be part of them again.

This was a very interesting book. I liked how the pictures told the story as well and not just all words. It’s a little tricky reviewing this book though be of the pictures..and I didn’t want to give much away because it’s a quick read.

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  • Liz

 

 

Book Review: The Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene

Hi guys! It’s time for another book review. This week’s book happens to be an oldie but a goodie. It’s The Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene.IMG_0868

I’ve always been instead in Nancy Drew books but I read them so quickly because I get locked into them. I wish I had more of the collection but I only have a few.

For those of you that have not read any Nancy Drew books, Nancy is a young women, her father Mr. Drew is a lawyer..Nancy always gets her head wrapped around different cases that her Father encounters..just like this one.

Mr. Drew ends up giving the go-ahead for the Blairs, who are actresses to adopt a set of twins. Not too soon after he does, he receives a letter from the babies mother saying ‘do not let the Blairs adopted my babies’. Nancy gets right on the case.

She ends up going to the Blairs estate several times throughout the book to get clues as to way the Blairs even adopted children sense they are so busy already. She meets with their maid, cook, and chafferer all who say they shouldn’t have the children..they are just using them to look good as actresses.

Nancy finds clues one after other trying to connect the mother with her babies and to get them out of the Blairs hands.

This book was so good. I was hooked throughout the entire book..I just wanted to get to the end and get the mystery solved just as much as Nancy. I highly recommend Nancy Drew books to anyone especially young girls!

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  • Liz

 

SPOILER – Nancy does reunite the babies with their biological mother & father!

 

Book Review: I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Hi guys! I’m back with another book review, this time it’s by one of my favorite authors..I Was Here by Gayle Forman. It just came out 2 years ago and I recently picked it up.IMG_0939

It’s about a girl who unfortunately commits suicide..now I’m not typically the person to read books about that but I just grabbed it.

The girls name is Meg. She went off to college in Seattle..while she was there she planned it all outta by figuring out all the details and what she would need to do to commit suicide without anyone noticing.

Now her friend Cody had to go to Seattle to bring all of her stuff back home. While Cody was there she met with Meg’s friends and slept in Meg’s bed..once she got back home Meg’s parents gave Cody her laptop. That was a pretty wrong idea.

Cody went digging to find out why Meg did what she did..and how she did it. There had to be someone who forced her too or something.

Throughout the book..Cody has one of Meg’s friends hack into the laptop to access files and emails to try and get clues. She also pairs up with one of Meg’s friends (I believe) named Ben to help..but he doesn’t always like to get into what was Meg’s personal business.

Cody figures out that Meg was in an online forum that talked all about how to commit suicide and the easy ways too. There was one guy in particular that caught Cody’s eye and she thought that’s who got Meg into the state she was.

Cody and Ben end up locating the guy and tracking him down but it wasn’t really worth it in the end.

This book was a fairly good read. I was hooked to it as normal and enjoyed pretty much every part.

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  • Liz

Book Review: Memoirs

Hi guys! Today’s post is going to be a little different than my typical book review..I’ve read 2 non-fiction or memoirs this past week or so and thought I would share my opinion but not really a ‘review’ on them.

  1. Raising a Soul Surfer by Cheri Hamilton & Rick Bundschuh: I love the movie Soul Surfer which is about Bethany Hamiltion. She is such an inspiration to me, being that we are sort of in the same boat. I was not attacked by a shark but I did have scoliosis surgery which limits me on what I can/cannot do..sort of similar to Bethany’s story. Anyhow, she is inspires me. I saw this book which was written by her mother and I had to read it. It’s basically a story that tells how Cheri (her mom) met her dad Tom, and all the struggles they went through in life and how God had helped them..and then she shared about the shark attacked..how God helped strengthen them and get through. It was great book, very inspiring. We should never let our troubles outweigh us but sometimes we do.
  2. Happy Happy Happy by Phil Robertson & Mark Schlabach: I used to be a big fan of the tv show Duck Dynasty..I really got into because they are a really close knit family and have strong Christian beliefs. I’m trying to work on being a positive person and turn to God when things get rough. This book really inspired me also. I didn’t realize Phil and Kay had such a rocky relationship/marriage at first but it shows that when you work through your troubles and turn to God things will get better. Reading this also helped me realize that I want to re-explore the bible and re-connect with my past Christian beliefs.

These two books were amazing and so inspirational! I highly recommend them if you need a pick me up to show you that things may get rough but we can always work through them and grow with God’s help.

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  • Liz

Books I Want To Purchase

Hey guys! I’m back with another book related post.

There’s quite a few books I would like to purchase within the next few month..at least I hope to read them by the end of the year.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – I’ve seen this book pop up a few different blogs and on my goodreads app. I read Elenor & Park and enjoyed that so I’m hoping this will be just as good. It seems to be about a girl who’s just trying to fit in..like coming of age.

Hollow City & Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs – I just finished up the first one, Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children, it was so good! These are the next few in the series which I plan on continuing.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – I’ve seen this one many times at my local store and I always debate getting it and haven’t yet..but one day! It seems like it could be an inspiring story maybe? It’s about a girl who committed suicide because of a boy..and she left him thirteen reasons why she did.

Since You’ve Been Gone & Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson – Ever since reading, The Unexpected Everything..I’ve been wanting to read her other books. She seems like such a good author. I believe both are about boy problems or drama.

The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines – I love watching ‘Fixer Upper’..I’m so into watching DIY home improvement shows and I love how real Chip & Joanna are. I can’t wait to get my hands on the book and learn more about them.

I Do It With the Lights On by Whitney Way Thore – Whitney is such an inspiration to others and I love her personality. She has daily struggles just like we all do and she’s not afraid to share it.

Pride over Pity by Kailyn Lowry & Never Too Late by Amber Portwood – I’ve watched all the Teen Moms & 16 and Pregnant episodes, I own a few books by some of the cast but not these 2. They both seem inspiring especially Amber’s story.

Of course I have a ton more books I would like to buy and read but I can’t nearly remember them all let alone write a post..it would be a mile long, haha. These are just a few. What are some that are on your list? Any recommendations?

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  • Liz

 

7 books – 2 months

hey guys! Today I thought I would share with you how my reading is going..so like an update. My overall goal for the year is to read 50 books..so far I’ve read 4. But since I got back into reading in December I’ve read 7 total in 2 months. Yeah, I know 3 don’t count for towards the 50 but still..I’m proud of myself. This month I’ve already read 1 month than the last month, wowza. Anyhow, I’m going to list below the ones I’ve read and I did reviews on all of them, here’s the link to them.img_0979

  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – This is a love story but not an intense one. I was locked in most of the time, there were a few parts here and there that seemed drag a little but still great book!
  • Forever Summer by Alyson Noel– 2 book in 1. Both books were okay..I was slightly bored, possibly because they could be out of my age range but I never read the book so I told myself to get through it. Young teens could probably learn a little about friendships with this book.
  • Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle  – 3 books in 1. All three are love story that are based around Christmas. I enjoyed them all and each time I finished one I figured out the character in each book were tied together..made it interesting!
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares – This is a book for a younger teen but I also never read this when I was younger and wanted to figure out if it was any good. I read it quickly and I have to say it wasn’t bad.
  • Spoiled by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan – This was a good read and had sibling rivalry in it. Being I don’t have siblings I found it interesting and I was hooked. I started off a little tricky but once I got past the first few chapters I was in.
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – I picked this book up randomly at the store and had no clue if it was going to be any good..but turns out it was great!
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman – I read this a year or so ago and just recently read it again. It’s such a good book..a little mysterious at times. I read it again so I could read the 2nd one, Where She Went..needed a refresher. Stay tuned for a review of the pair.

Just thought I’d share them with you and give a little update. How are you doing on your reading goal for the year?

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  • Liz