Unique Blogger Award!

I was nominated by JessicaMarie493 to do this! Thank you, I love getting awards/doing book tags!

The Rules

  1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  4. Ask them three questions.

My Questions

Current Favorite Song/Album?

This is super hard because so many songs/albums are coming out now. I am stuck between Paramore’s After Laughter and Harry Styles’s “Harry Styles” (yeah I know SUCH a unique name for an album XD). I just really like certain songs on there, for example “Hard Times”, “Told You So”, “Sign of the Times”, and more Harry Styles songs that I cannot remember the name of for the life of me. I wasn’t a Directioner, I didn’t dislike their songs but I didn’t particularly love them either, but I do like Harry as a solo artist.

Other hobbies besides reading and blogging?

I occasionally enjoy playing video games. Recently I have had to choose between playing games or reading as with school I have just not been able to make time to do both and actually make progress in either. I also like to knit and crochet, but gosh I haven’t done that in almost a year now, again due to time constraints. If I had no time constraints I would split my time giving 60% of my waking day to reading, 20% to making crafts while watching movies or TV shows, 10% to playing video games, and 10% to cooking delicious food and eating.

Favorite book you’ve read in 2017 so far?

I am going to alter this slightly to favorite book that I have read that came out in 2017, simply because I have read 55 books so far this year and have loved almost all of them. At least by limiting the year I can limit the number. My favorites that came out in 2017 are Geekerella, The Hate U Give, Flame in the Mist, and….yeah! That’s about it!

Questions for YOU!

  1. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only bring 1 book series with you for the amount of time you would be stuck there, which book series would you bring? — For me I would definitely bring the Maximum Ride series. Simply because I need to reread it and what would be a better chance to do so than when on a deserted island?
  2. Who is your least favorite book character? — I don’t have a character right now that I just completely dislike.
  3. Who gave you your love for reading?—For me, my love for reading came from my parents who always encouraged me to read, even teaching me how to do so at 4 years old. Seeing my dad always reading made me want to copy him, and soon copying Dad just turned into doing my own thing.

Nominations

Mayah

Max

Fictionophile

Franklenstein

Aquaintrelleinthecity

Viking

YAloverandreader

Booksmashed

Thanks for reading!

I’ve Been Featured!

I am this week’s feature on Endever Publishing. To those who have come to my blog from there, welcome! I hope you enjoy your stay. And to those who follow me already, please go and show your love to Endever! They have been so helpful to me throughout these past weeks and I plan to collaborate more with them soon. Also, shoutout to J from amongotherthings, she works with them and was so nice throughout all of this, even making my new site graphic for me! Thank you!

Link to Feature

J’s site

Spring Break Announcement

I unfortunately will have to not post for most of next week as I will be away from home every day except Thursday. I won’t stop reading books or writing reviews on paper for them, but I just don’t want to try to type 500-700 words on my phone screen. Therefore, I won’t be posting reviews after Sunday until Thursday, maybe even later. I will try to post as much as possible from now until Sunday, but after that I will probably be posting 10-15 reviews at once.

On a high note, I am committing myself to watching book-related TV shows and movies, and reviewing them episode by episode instead of season by season.

Starting off with: Thirteen Reasons Why, Shadowhunters

Thanks for reading!

30 Followers!

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Thank you guys so much! When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure if anyone would be interested. Who wanted to read about what a teen girl had to say about random books and movies right? But in the 4 months that I have been using this site, I have changed my opinion completely. This blog has challenged me to read more, to complete more games, watch more movies, and do more of the stuff that I enjoy doing rather than simply wasting my time. I have been motivated to read 2-3 books per week instead of 1 per month, and I am even considering writing one of my own, either using Wattpad or some other source.

That being said, I love being able to communicate with you guys! So thanks to those who have been posting comments, and to those who have not I would love to hear your feedback, whether it is positive or negative.

Also, I am going to be tracking what I am reading on Goodreads, that way I don’t get sidetracked and start on other books before I finish the series that I have already started. My name is Briennai Jackson, and you can also contact me through there.

Furthermore, reading the Novice got me interested in the new talented authors starting up on Wattpad or Inkitt. So from now on, I will review one Wattpad book that I read on Monday, and one Inkitt book on Friday. If you want me to review one of yours, either comment or PM me on Goodreads.

Thank you again, and I will see you guys later!

April Update

Sorry for being fairly inactive throughout the month of March. I struggled with balancing schoolwork and extracurriculars, giving myself little to no time for reading or video games. However this month I have testing this upcoming week meaning I will have little to no homework, a week and a half of spring break, and a generally open schedule. So here are my plans for the month.

Books:

I have a stack of twenty plus books on my nightstand, none of which I own. I need to read all of them by the end of this month. Because of this, I will be reading like crazy and pouring out reviews multiple times a week in order to eat through the stack.

Video Games

I just bought a PsVita off a friend so many more modern PlayStation games will be joining my reviews. I plan to finish at least 2 full length games by the end of the month.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing you guys throughout the month!

We Were Liars Review

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What a whirlwind ride of a book.

Cadence, Mirren, Johnny are cousins, Gat is Johnny’s friend, all four of them spend their summers at the cousins’ grandfather’s private island with the cousins’ family. They all spend time at the Cuddledown house where they have fun and make up their own rules away from all the adults.

Before their 15th summer, Cadence’s father divorces her mom saying that he couldn’t pretend to be a Sinclair anymore. This quote seems confusing until the next actions of Cadence’s mother. When Cadence wants to cry and be visibly upset on the lawn like a girl whose father just walked out on her and her mother, her mother gets upset with her and tells her to act normal and go inside so they can start to get rid of the memories of her father. This type of attitude when bad things happen seems to be a family trait that is shown throughout the book.

When her and her mother get to the island, memories of the recently passed grandmother start to flood the family, including Gat, and seem to affect the grandfather especially harshly. Gat is more direct with his grief, talking about missing her at dinner and speaking about the random things that she used to do throughout the day. This rubs the family the wrong way because they are trying to act as if their grandmother never existed. Gat’s position as an outsider solidifies as he rubs the cousins the wrong way after he tries to convince them that they were being selfish by only caring about their summer private island and not about the less fortunate.

Gat becomes close to Cadence as she starts to take his thoughts seriously and thinks about her time on the island. Slowly their relationship builds as they believe that they are starting to fall in love, kissing innocently a few times. Everything seems to be going smoothly, but then an accident occurs.

Cadence is found half drowned and shivering on the beach, and in her hospital stay has been found to have received a brain injury during the process that causes her to have crippling migraines. For two years, she suffers and tries to contact her cousins and Gat, but no one is responding. Her mom tries to keep her from going to the island and succeeds for 2 years, but as her migraines are getting worse and worse she finally gets to go back once she has turned 17.

When she get to the island, her grandfather has deteriorated and has slight dementia as he keeps mixing her up with her cousin Mirren. Her aunts and their other children all stay at the renovated main house, but they are all acting strange. She goes to Cuddledown and all of the cousins and Gat are still there, looking perfectly healthy and everything seems to be all right for awhile, but something is still wrong.

I loved this book. If this is turned into a movie I will definitely try to see it and review it within the first week or so. The ending is definitely surprising and it is one of the most suspenseful books I have ever read. Very intriguing with interesting characters and I would recommend to anyone.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Plans for January 2017

Sorry for not updating but I am sick! For the second time in a single month XD. Either way, this is as good a time as any to write out some simple plans for you guys to look forward to in the next 16 days of this month.

Book Reviews:

Twilight Eclipse

Twilight Breaking Dawn

Lunar Chronicles: Scarlet

We Were Liars

Game Reviews:

Crashlands

The Rest of the Animal Crossing Series

Bully

Durango

Movie Reviews 

Hairspray

Hairspray Live

Hairspray 2007

Hidden Figures

Nintendo Switch

I am really excited about this console! As of now I am still trying to get a preorder of the neon one, but every time I seem to find one it goes out of stock. I am going to get it with some eshop cards instead of buying one of the preorder games. This is simply because I am not much of a Legend of Zelda person, so if it comes down to it I WILL force myself to play that, which may not be awful but it may be tedious. However, I would much rather buy a random 3rd Party or indie game that comes out on day one rather than the Zelda game. The games that I am really looking forward to on the Switch are Splatoon 2, Xenoblade 2, Skyrim, Minecraft, Shin Megami Tensei, Fire Emblem warriors, and whatever else decides to surprise me. I also hope that a new console Animal crossing game comes out, seeing that the last non handheld one was for the Wii, and that the 3DS one is already turning 5 years old this summer. I hope that the Wii U goes way down in price soon, simply because I never got it because I did not have the money at the time although I really wanted it. If I manage to snag it in the last couple of years of its life, I may be able to catch up on the games that I have missed.

That’s all for now, I am going to go back to sleeping and drinking water XD see you later and thanks for reading!