Favorite Quotes of May

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May reading went by pretty quickly. Unfortunately I didn’t get as many books in as I would have liked, to be honest, I think the reading might start to slow down a bit which is really unfortunate. Anyway, here are the best quotes from the books I read.

“I am different from what my world demands I be. And I am not worse for it.”
Victoria Aveyard, War Storm

 

 

“It is strange, I thought, how we always recognize our best memories in hindsight.”
Tanaz Bhathena, A Girl Like That
 
“ I think my heart knew you were mine long before I ever realized it.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Frost and Starlight

 

“Nothing is ever quite right, is it, after a parent dies? No matter how well things go, something always feels slightly off…”
Jenna Blum, Those Who Save Us
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Favorite Quotes of April 2018 Books

I read alot of books in April. I honestly didn’t think it was going to happen but I surprised myself. Here’s a list of my favorite quotes from each book read. Hopefully it will give you a reason to pick up the book!
Remember this Ren. Sadness alone can’t harm anyone. It’s what you do when you’re sad that can hurt you and those around you.” – Rainbirds

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“I understand that forgiveness is utilitarian, that it is likely even the missing piece in my life, the keystone that will allow me to balance and stabilize and keep the bricks of my life from tumbling down. But I can’t do it. To me it feels false” – The Girl Who Smiled Beads

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“I cannot tell you what to decide, what is best,” he stated. “That is for your heart to choose, Brienna. But I will say this: no matter which path you choose, I will follow you, even unto darkness.”- The Queen’s Rising

“In the silence, Leni wondered if one person could ever really save another, or if it was the kind of thing you had to do for yourself.” – The Great Alone

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“That’s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It’s geometrically progressive – all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.”- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Girl Who Smiled Beads

Author: Clemantine Wamariya

Pages: 288

Book of The Month Synopsis: “Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent the next six years migrating through seven African countries, searching for safety—perpetually hungry, imprisoned and abused, enduring and escaping refugee camps, finding unexpected kindness, witnessing inhuman cruelty. They did not know whether their parents were IMG_20180423_184704_576.jpgdead or alive.

When Clemantine was twelve, she and her sister were granted refugee status in the United States; there, in Chicago, their lives diverged. Though their bond remained unbreakable, Claire, who had for so long protected and provided for Clemantine, was a single mother struggling to make ends meet, while Clemantine was taken in by a family who raised her as their own. She seemed to live the American dream: attending private school, taking up cheerleading, and, ultimately, graduating from Yale. Yet the years of being treated as less than human, of going hungry and seeing death, could not be erased. She felt at the same time six years old and one hundred years old.”

Review: I don’t normally like Memoirs, they always seem either dry or the writing style just isn’t what I want. In short, I never feel like I’m emotionally invested in Memoirs (except for The Testament of Youth). But The Girl Who Smiled Beads did in fact have me emotionally invested. In fact, I was in awe not only by the courage of both Clemantine and Claire but the way in which Clemantine put herself out there for all of us to read. We were able to see the good, the bad and how even when everything should be good you might still not feel completely at ease. While not many can say they have gone through the struggles of Clemantine and her family, they can take solace in the fact that you just have to keep trying. What I loved so much about this story wasn’t just that it was about the strength and endurance these young girls faced when migrating but what came after. How they had to try to pick themselves up again, learn who they were in a different country and find a way to accept and cope with what happened to them. I definitely recommend this one.

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

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Book Review: The Queen’s Rising

Author: Rebecca Ross

The Queen’s Rising #1

Pages: 464

Goodreads Synopsis: “When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown.”

Review: This was just the book I needed. I had been a bit of a reading slump and didn’t have a fantasy book on the horizon until A Court of Frost and Starlight but this story totally helped me out my slump. I even sent a tweet to Rebecca Ross herself telling her so! This was such a fun read and quick partly because I couldn’t put it down (finished in 3 days).

I love Brienna, she’s struggling to identify herself and truly understand not only who she is but where comes from. At the same time she’s strong and she is her own woman — she makes decisions for herself and she’s smart. Then there is Cartier, her Master who only wants the best for her, her friends who are more like sisters and the strangers she meets on her journey.

The story also really encompasses love — both romantically and platonic-ally. While there was some romance, there wasn’t too much — the story stuck to the core values strength, determination, love and loyalty while also depicting a time-travel esque level that brings forth the truth from the past on what really happened and why a Queen no longer sits on the Throne.

If you need something to hold you over while you wait for A Court of Frost and Starlight or The Red Queen Series, I recommend picking this one up!

Overall Rating: 4/5 stars