The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly By Stephanie Oakes (Book Review)

17185496Book Title: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Author: Stephanie Oakes

Pages: 396 (Hardcover)

Published By: Dial/Penguin

Goodreads Description: The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Review: I brought this book with me on a road trip to New Orleans over the weekend as me, my husband, and two of our friends went down south for a concert at the House of Blues! The bands were Akadia, Toothgrinder, and Trivium!

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Let’s just say we had a great time… now onto the review!

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly was a spellbinding, heart smashing, soul crushing story, exactly what I wanted for the drive all the way down to New Orleans and back home!

This story was completely different than any contemporary I’ve ever read and I’m happy I came across this book and Minnow’s story. This story IS NOT based on a true story, it’s actually a retelling of “The Handless Maiden” by Brothers Grimm. Stephanie Oakes even said you don’t have to read the original version to understand The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly, which is great because I didn’t even realize it was a retelling until I began writing my review.

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All in all, I truly loved this story and I’m very happy I made the decision to order a copy of this beautiful book but… there were a few things I didn’t like as to why it received the rating it did. I can’t go into much detail as that’s where you get into the spoilers but I will say this book started out strong. The backstory of Minnow was honestly my favorite part of the entire book and the ending left me… well, empty. We come to know so much but left wondering why? What happened after? It’s just a lot of questions we never seemed to get the answers to. Maybe this means we’ll get another? (Just a dream.)

Well everyone, this is about all I can say about The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes! If you have read the book, please leave me a comment down below of your favorite part of this novel! Please don’t forget to like, comment, and follow! Thank you guys so much for taking time out of your day to read my review!

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon Review!

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Book Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

Pages: 307 (Hardcover)

Published By: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Description: My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.”

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Review: You guys… I don’t think I ever finished a book so quickly in my life! Well… maybe besides New Moon… irrelevant, besides the point. So! For anyone who doesn’t know me, I’m actually not the biggest fan of contemporary but… sometimes you just need a good romance and boy did Nicola Yoon provide just that!

I finished this novel in less than 12 hours which is insane to me as I have never read a book in one day before. But it was such an easy read! Due to the situation in the story, a ton of the pages were filled with IMs and emails, making it extremely easy to fly through. The illustrations throughout this story were jaw dropping. It made it fun to view and also brought you into the book along with the characters as you actually witness the same things as Madeline and Olly did.

To actually think I would enjoy a contemporary… I guess you just need a little romance every now and then.

With most contemporary novels, I find some hard to engage with the characters or with the story as most of them give unrealistic expectations of relationships, school life, and even just boys in general. But I didn’t feel this way with Madeline and Olly! They were so easy to get to know, to love them, to connect to their story on a rather personal level. To feel like you’re not truly alone.

All in all, I absolutely loved this story and I so wish we could see these beautiful characters once again! Madeline and Olly have definitely left an impression on me to try out more contemporary novels and not judge them so quickly.

Well, that is all I have for you guys today! I wish I could have went into more detail about the story but I don’t want to ruin any spicy details so I’m just going to shut my mouth (or just stop typing.) Thank you guys so much for reading my review on Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon! Please don’t forget to like, follow, and share!

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Pottermore Sorting Quiz! (Answers and Results)

I’m very excited to be experiencing this with you guys as I take the Pottermore, the official, Harry Potter Sorting Quiz! I’ve taken the test in the past and have always gotten Slytherin… now to see if that remains true… Let’s get into it!

 

1) Forest or River?

Answer: Forest.

Reason: I find comfort in walking among the grass, the shade, especially the flowers! It’s quite peaceful.

2) Which of the follow would you most like to study?

Answer: Vampires.

Reason: I had an extremely hard time choosing on this one but in the end I chose Vampires. I remember when I was in 8th grade, we were given the choice to participate in a history fair (like a science fair) where you could present your project in front of judges and my emo self chose the subject: Vampires of New Orleans! The questions made me think about this memory.

3) Late at night, walking alone down the street, you hear a peculiar cry that you believe to have a magical source. Do you:

Answer: Withdraw into the shadows to await developments, while mentally reviewing the most appropriate defensive and offensive spells, should trouble occur?

Reason: If caught off guard, I can have a very slow reaction time. So to possibly have the upper hand is a go to option for me.

4) If you were attending Hogwarts, which pet would you choose to take with you?

Answer: Ginger Cat.

Reason: I have a sweet ginger cat named Spencer so of course I would want to take him to Hogwarts with me!

5) After you have died, what would you most like people to do when they hear your name?

Answer: I don’t care what people think of me after I’m dead; it’s what they think of me while I’m alive that counts

Reason: Okay, I know this answer alone with a very Slytherin answer but it’s the truth. If you didn’t notice or care about me when I was alive, I’d rather you didn’t make up stories about how we were friends or how much you cared about me when you really didn’t.

6) Which would you rather be:

Answer: Imitated?

Reason: Okay, I didn’t really know which one to choose on this one. I’ve been told I’m truthful but they always put it into the context as if it was a bad thing due to how blunt I can be. I honestly just went with the first one I remembered after scrolling through the answers.

7) You enter an enchanted garden. What would you be most curious to examine first?

Answer: The fat red toadstools that appear to be talking to each other.

Reason: Alice in Wonderland anyone?

8) Black or white?

Answer: Black.

Reason: Black is my favorite color!

 

Now for the result… I am… SLYTHERIN!

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Thank you guys so much for taking the time to read over my test! Now the questions remains… What are your guys Hogwarts house? Would you like me to do the Patronus test, the wand test, and the Ilvermorny house test?

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Book Blog Newbie Tag! <3

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! My name is Paige, I’m 22 years old, I’m from Louisiana (Who Dat!), and I’m just your average fangirl who loves books, anime, video games, and especially… Harry Potter!

I decided that what better way for you guys to get to know me than through the Book Blog Newbie Tag! I discovered this tag through Google under another blog called: Book Blog Newbie Tag

Without further ado… lets get into it!

 

1) Why did you start this blog?

I started this blog mainly to make new friends! I know that sounds like mostly everybody’s answer, but it’s true. I don’t have many friends in real life and the friends I do have don’t have the passion for reading (and Harry Potter) as I do, so I thought it would be nice to meet new people who have the same interest’s as myself.

2) What are some fun and unique things that you can bring to book blogging?

I don’t really know how to go about answering this one to be quite honest. What I find fun may not be considered fun by someone else or what makes me unique to me, could be something as normal or natural to others, so honestly at this point all I can say is to just stick around and if you like what you see or hear, then stay, if you don’t then my blog just might not be for you.

3) What are you most excited for about this new blog?

Like the first question, I would definitely have to say it’s meeting you guys and having conversations with fellow geeks about what makes us happy and if one or the other hasn’t seen or read about what were completely losing our minds over, maybe we could check it out and become fans as well and enjoy those moments together.

4) Why do you love reading?

I want to say my love for reading began when I was in high school when I decided to pick up a book called A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers. It had action, romance, history, drama, name it, this book had it. It was a fairly large book which for me is quite challenging as I tend to be a very slow reader. But I flew through this book in like two days and I went back until I finished all three books! Ever since then my passion for books has stayed and I haven’t turned back since.

5) What book or series got you into reading?

Okay, truth be told, I have only ever finished three books series and they were The Mark of the Lion series, Harry Potter, and the Monsters of Verity Duology. But the two that got me into reading is The Mark of the Lion Series and Harry Potter.

6) What questions would you ask your favorite authors?

Mainly I would ask them why they would harm those precious beans?!

7) What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?

I’m the worlds worst at staying consistent! I’m usually forgetful or I tend procrastinate until the very last second. I tend to lose myself in something else from time to time instead of staying on one subject for a period of time. I’m hoping that with you guys and being as excited to begin this journey, maybe it won’t be so hard. Fingers crossed.

8) When did you start reading?

I didn’t start reading until, I believe it was my junior year of high school. Junior or sophomore year, I can’t really remember. As a kid, I had trouble with staying focused on really anything let alone reading.

9) Where do you read?

I read either on my bed or in the living room in my recliner. I’m an old lady what can I say?

10) What kind of books do you like to read?

My favorite genre of books is Fantasy but I read just about anything! One minute I could want a story that’s filled with nothing but action, or I could want something romantic, dystopian, historical. I never tend to stay within the same genre, I love to branch out and give everything a chance.

Alright everyone, that’s all the questions! Thank you guys so much for reading and I hope you stick around!

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