{#TBT} Sammy Keyes Series

Hey guys! I just finished Serpent King and it was awesome. A review might be coming but I’m not making any false promises. I will most likely not post this weekend since I will be at a retreat. I hope you guys enjoy this #TBT!


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This mystery series is perfect for high school and middle school girls! And it’s for all you Nancy Drew lovers!

I just love the main character Sammy Keyes! She is a really relatable character. While she is solving all these mysteries, she also has problems at home, crushes at school, and all the shenanigans that everybody deals with in high school. All through the obstacles in her way, she manages to keep an upbeat spunky attitude about life and situations in a way that really makes you want to laugh out loud. I mean just look at the titles! Moustache Mary, The Runaway Elf, Power of Justice Jack. Hehee. 😛 Things can get a little creepy in Van Draanen books, (but don’t take my word cuz I’m a scaredy cat) but it creates an interesting environment where you feel scared out of your wits while you are laughing hard enough to burst your little tummy.

There are 18 books so once you fall in love with the series (cause you will) there is plenty to read if you have plenty of time. So this is a great read for this upcoming summer!

If you still don’t believe me ): then check out Van Draanen’s books on Goodreads! Her books average a rating around 4 stars out of five. Impressive. Goodreads can be savage.

I hope you guys enjoy reading these books as much as I did in Middle School. This was my favorite series. 😀 ❤

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{A Bookish Excursion} Pasadena High School Book Fair 2016

Hey guys I’m sorry, I know I promised to do this post awhile ago and then I got busy :p BUT I’m here now ❤


So guys back on May 14  I went to a book fair! I was really upset that I didn’t get to go to Julie Berry’s book release party for The Passion of Dolssa so my wonderful mother wanted to make it up to me 😀 ❤ To be honest, I was not expecting much! I was just there based on a recommendation from a friend. BOY WAS I SUPRISED! I met Pseudonymous Bosch (THE REAL DEAL) and I finally got my long coveted photo with JULIE BERRY!!! (BTW go read her books, they are BOMB) Did I mention there were a CRAP TON of FREE BOOKS!!! HOLY MOLY!!! Literally best day ever. I would like to thank my mother who took the afternoon to drive me and my sister there even though she doesn’t like books. So without further ado, here is a mini slide show documenting so parts of the trip 😀

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*My sister hair is a perfect ombre because of swimming and in that photo she looks so photogenic because the wind just blew perfectly for her to fly like a model while my glasses slid and made me look like a noob.

**Absolutely the worst selfie ever taken but it really accurately describes how I felt when I saw the book on my desk: O__O

{Book Review} A Study In Charlotte

AIYAH~
its been awhile since I posted! However, I have been really consistent on my bookstagram 😀 so I’m pretty excited about that! I post every day on my Instagram, so if you are interested in stalking me there feel free 😉 @jirehreads I love you all!
So let’s get on to the review!!


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Title: A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (March 1, 2016)
Age Range: 14+
Pages: 336 pages (hardcover)
Buy at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | Google Play | iBooks


 

 

 

Summary

Jamie Watson is given a scholarship to attend a Connecticut prep school, Sherringford. The situation is far from ideal, the school is close to his father whom he hasn’t seen in years, and he shares the campus with the infamous Charlotte Holmes. (But hey, it’s free.) He’s dreamed of meeting Charlotte Holmes from the moment he heard her name, and his mother’s warnings only spurred on his imagination. Their first meeting dashes away his dreams of working together. Charlotte is every bit brilliant like her ancestor and aloof. However, they are suddenly pushed together after a series of murders point to the duo. It becomes a race against time to clear their names and to find the killer before they strike again.

10/10

What I loved:

I loved reading mysteries in Middle School, especially Sammy Keyes, Enola Holmes, and Ruby Redfort! Go female detectives!!! I think with this books I rediscovered my love for mysteries and Sherlock Holmes adaptions.

I love how this book is deeply physiological. Jamie Watson is the reliable one out of the two. Completely unmysterious, simple, and amiable. Charlotte Holmes is the complete opposite. The whole mystery surrounds details from her past that she refuses to reveal and she is often times enigmatic and antisocial. Throughout the novel, the two characters are compared to each other, their differences and how they complement each other. Holmes is undoubtedly the sharper of the two but suffers from drug addiction like her famous predecessor. Watson is always there to help her even when she is too proud to admit her weakness. In many parts, I found myself getting emotional seeing Jamie care so much for Charlotte when her strong veneer cracks showing her brokenness. This isn’t the most romantic book compared to say Nicholas Sparks, but I was so emotionally invested in these characters.

PEOPLE DIE. Okay so I was really deceived by the cover, it didn’t look very mysterious and there was a cool kind of color scheme. I thought “oh this is gonna be a chill nice book”, BUT NO! People die, someone was raped, there is a fist fight. Just warning yall. It’s a little dark but not Steven King scary. I wouldn’t advocate letting middle schoolers reading this.

Sorry, I don’t want to scare anyone from reading this. This is a great adaption, I loved it! On the violence scale its about the same as the original Sherlock Holmes books.

I LOVE BRITS. (need I say more?)

So read this book! It’s definitely good for any age range from high school and above and especially good for all the girls who love mysteries! I  hope that you all are having a fantastic week!!! I can’t wait for the second book in this series to come out!

love,

Ji

My 16th Birthday! (and a TBR list and a new bookshelf)

Hey guys so recently it was my 16th birthday (yippee :D) it was pretty rad and some other stuff happened which was super cool!


For my birthday, I ate dinner with a close friend and my family! I am a very simple person so nothing super special for my birthday just lots of takeout food! Yum! I had sushi, pastries, cider, salad. California rolls and LOTS OF LOTS OF DUMPLINGS!

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My sister bought me balloons for my birthday along with Red Rising by Pierce Brown! ❤ My sister is beautiful and very sweet and caring.

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If y’all follow me on my Instagram @bookish_blogger you can see I just got a new old bookshelf! New because it’s new to my room but old because it’s been in our house for awhile! How do you guys like this look? I definitely LOVE this! It really helps my books stand out more on a white bookshelf and it works well for bookstagram photos!

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End of the Year Dilemma is that there are too many books at our library that I haven’t read yet and I have to return all my books in just TWO WEEKS! So below are the books that I want to read before the school year ends!

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One a side note, I just went to a book fair today at Pasadena High School so a new post about it will be up soon! It was cool I met Julie Berry and also Pseudonymous Bosch. :DD anddd I got a bunch of books recently that I will be showing you guys! Sorry that this post came so late! I love you all!!!

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I finished all of my homework at school so I am gonna catch some ZZZ’s. I will be posting soon about my new old bookshelf and my end of the year dilema. See you guys soon 😉❤️❤️❤️ 💤💤💤💤

{A Bookish Excursion} The Last Book Store

Last weekend was pretty awesome, I got to visit The Last Book Store in Downtown LA. I wasn’t sure what to expect besides a ton of good reviews on Yelp so I thought why not? Below are my thoughts on this place also a slideshow highlighting some cool stuff that I saw there.


I really loved this bookstore. Now I love all bookstores but this place is pretty wacky. It was more than just a bookstore because there were curios and art all over this place!

Once you walk in its like BOOM. There is so much to see. Books are crammed into every nook and cranny, pointed but funny warning signs glare at you from atop bookshelves, a weird wooly mammoth head stares at you from the second story (couldn’t get a picture because it was too dark), and the whole place like my brother points out is just “HUGE”. The random things around this shop complement the books in this shop, in a way representing the variety of books they have. Like each little knickknack is pulled straight out of a book.

Some people complained that this store makes it hard to find books because they don’t have their books cataloged online. I can see how that can be a problem for some people but books are not too difficult to find because everything is organized by genre. But this type of organization fits this shop. Readers are here to explore genres that they like, maybe find a book and stare at the baubles hanging everywhere. This is a place to meander and wander around one where you can get lost amongst the shelves. If you are looking for a specific book fast. No. Please just order from Amazon or B&N. (Link is there for you) They might even send your books via drones. No, I am serious. If you are complaining about disorganization then you should just leave because you are missing the whole point of this bookstore.

The people here are pretty cool. They are mostly adults. White people actually. Sorry, I have to be blunt, it’s a little weird cuz I am a tiny 15-year-old Chinese girl staring up at 6ft tall people and bookshelves. I felt short.

XD, I digress.

I found it just a little sad that I was one of the few teenagers exploring this place. Because this place IS THE BOMB. Maybe not enough teenagers know about this place. Well, also I would rather think that people don’t know this place than to consider that I might be too old for my age. 😥

What also really cool is that they have an event each night on a stage that is in the center of the ground floor. It just turns out that Kemper Donovan was introducing his book that night, The Decent Proposal. I was very starstruck, excited and then very stupid because even though I bought a book and got him to sign it, I didn’t think to interview him for this blog. *smack head for the umpteenth time* So if you are planning to go there in the evening check out their website for an evening schedule to be PREPARED!

I regret that I didn’t get to explore much of the second story. It’s definitely a different feel than the ground floor. It’s quiet for one thing, besides the occasional car from the traffic outside, and there is art on display from local painters. (I didn’t take pictures because I am cool and I respect the rules) The second floor is for the people who want to break away from the noise below and explore a sort of gallery with books and art.

So do I recommend this place YES! There is so much to look at here and it really exudes a feeling of hominess for bookish worms. You probably will get lost in the maze of books here so plan for a few hours for your visit. I really hope that I can visit this place again so I can see more of the second level. My sister, “Didn’t you like it? Can we go again?!”

BTW, people who are worried about books being too expensive, I found a book for four dollars there. It was the first book in the Ruby Redfort series which by the way is an awesome detective series for girls who liked Nancy Drew or Sammy Keyes. My sister LOVES it. Hehe, I bought it for her. She now believes me when I recommend books to her. (Now I’m thinking I need to do a detective book post) Now granted you won’t find a plethora books for a low price but try looking around and you might get lucky like me. And btw I need to state that it isn’t a bookstore’s fault that they have to sell books at a certain price, they need to make enough profit so that they can stay alive. France protects bookstores by making sure that online booksellers (ex: Amazon) cannot sell ridiculously low prices. This makes sure that their bookstores are healthy. (I need a post to rant about this)


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I took some photos of some of the things I saw but there was art that we were not allowed to photograph. That is actually one of my pet peeves. People who take pictures when they are not supposed too. RESPECT THE ART PEOPLE!

And ty to all you nice people who were ok with me being geeky and taking photos all over the place.

NO BOOKS. A NIGHTMARE.

Because of AP testing the library is closed for two whole weeks. 😒 

I am not a happy reader. I’m like a druggie with no drugs. A cat with no mouse. A pitcher with no ball. A swimmer with no googles. A runner with no shoes. 

Random fun fact: I run without shoes on, it’s better for your feet and makes sure you strike the floor ball first instead of heel first. And also I do this because I’m too lazy to bring running shoes to school to run after swim. Don’t be alarmed I have developed calluses on my feet.

I wish I was warned in advance that the library was going to quarantined so that I could have checked out a bunch of books before I got kicked out from my home. They have signs and posters in a 10 foot radius around the library like someone has leprosy or Ebola. But I mean if you could catch AP testing from being near the library I can see why all the precautions.

For now I am reading the The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan but once that is over I am dead. My birthday is coming up soon so my brother bought the 3rd book in the Red Rising series but he won’t let me read it because it’s not my birthday yet! *sigh* It is going to be a long 2 weeks.

On a happier note, The Decent Proposal is a pretty awesome book and I am really enjoying so far despite the low reviews on Goodreads. YOU L.A. HATERS (referencing the book) Truth be told I  rarely buy books. You will also be horrified to know that I eat while I read, so right now I have happy finger grease marks on my book :))  

So have you guys ever been kicked out of your bookish home? What are your current reads right now?

P.S. Mrs. Wang if you are reading this can you sneak me into the library to grab some books? 😦

{Book Review} The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Hello all! I finished this book recently and I thought it was wonderful! Hope you enjoy this spoiler free review!


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Title: The Kiss of Deception
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2015)
Age Range: 12+
Pages: 416 pages (Hardcover)
Buy at: Amazon | Barnes and Noble |Book Depository | Google Play | iBooks

 

As the First Daughter of the Royal Family, Lia according to tradition, is to have the gift of seeing. Everything in her life is ingrained with duty and responsibility. And she is to marry a prince in a neighboring country to seal diplomatic relations. But Lia doesn’t have the gift, and what she wants more than anything is her freedom. Unwilling to participate in this sham, she runs off on her wedding day to a far village. She settles into her new life, and even becomes romantically interested with 2 mysterious men in town. While Lia is blissfully falling in love, she doesn’t know that one is an assassin sent to kill, and the other is the prince.

7.5/10

I was actually told by a friend that this book was not well written, (I vehemently disagree!) but against her warnings, this book seemed too enticing to pass. (The cover did everything, isn’t the cover so cool?) It just goes to show that everybody has different tastes and it is always good to go with your own instincts. Now on to why I thought this book was so awesome.

There is a really weird albeit cute love triangle. Rafe and Kaden, both either the prince or assassin know that Lia is the princess. (we don’t know) Both, of course, fall in love with her and from there the trouble ensues. (haha if you guys have already read this comment below #teamrafe or #teamkaden to show support XD) The prince and assassin have two completely different agendas in mind coupled with their love for Lia create struggles within both of their minds.

I don’t completely agree with how the characters are portrayed. Lia is really selfish in the beginning the way she completely disregards her responsibilities. Ok, I get it. Freedom and all. Wahoo. But you are gonna get yourself and your friends killed not to mention ruin diplomatic relations between two countries that really need the peace. Also, Rafe and Kaden sound too much alike. Both are falling for Lia obviously. Both are physically fit. Both are hot tempered and strong willed. There is not much to compare between the two.

What I really like is Lia’s stolen time in Terravin. It’s very interesting this whole new city that Lia experiences and the traditions and beautiful landscape that make up this quaint peaceful village. I also love the new characters in town that are introduced. Berdi and Gwenyth are women who are both very strong and vibrant characters that bring a lot to the story. Lia also has fun playing the barmaid at the local tavern which Berdi runs!

There is some really weird magical stuff about Lia’s gift that is briefly mentioned in the book and then explained more in-depth in the second book in this series.

I give this a five star out of five for originality, but 3.5 out of 5 for writing and character building.

I just finished the 2nd book this weekend btw, and it is ok… I feel that there is a lot less action than I would have hoped for. Interestingly enough I loved the 1st book which my friend hated and hated the second book which my friend loved???

Anyways, I definitely think this is a fun read so please go check it out. 😀

Thanks, Guys I love yall for being so patient with me. ❤

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