Hi readers! It’s been quite a long time since I’ve posted, but then again, September was a hectic month full of new experiences. I had to settle into a new routine, a new school, and a new living situation. So unfortunately, I missed posting for the Around the World feature for September, BUT, luckily I hadn’t lined anyone up for October, so I will highlight Emma’s (@loveofboooks) gorgeous account today! As always, I’ve asked five questions ranging from the start of one’s bookstagram to the inspiration behind the photos! Continue reading “Loveofboooks [Sweden]”
ahem *delicately coughs into microphone* Well. Here I am with a ~unusual~ sort of blog post. Now, I don’t think I’d be banging my head (mentally) against a table as hard as I am if I wasn’t so close to my town’s library. And trust me, I am very close to the library. As in “I can actually see the library from my bedroom window” close.
Hi readers! One thing that I’m most proud of is being a writer. I’m not much of a “novel writer,” but I have been working to expand some smaller ideas of mine that I can see becoming novel length. So, I thought it would be fun to write up (and read) a little writer’s Q+A! The first few questions I got from Instagram stories because I saw these questions going around.
Hi readers! This month’s highlight on “Around the World” is Jasmine from @wordsbyjasmine who makes some of the cutest bookmarks I’ve ever seen! She also happens to be writing her very own diverse novel (actually multiple at this point!). I asked Jasmine about both her shop and designs as well as her novel. Continue reading “Words by Jasmine [Australia]”
summer is basically the best time to catch up on reading (that is…if you’re not trying to catch up on adulting, amirite)! so i’ve made yet another list to share some books that i believe would be perfect to read during the summertime! also, welcome to “sara feels like typing in all lower case today, screw correct grammar”. Continue reading “the best summer reads”
[ 4.75🌟 ]
*I received a free digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review*
Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect going in to read The Tower by Nicole Campbell. The blurb provided on Goodreads and Amazon only gave a little bit of information concerning some of the characters’ personalities. A brief synopsis that could give insight to readers would probably be something along the lines of:
Besides the fact that they’re witches and possess different powers, Rowyn, Reed, and Rose are like your average teenager. They fall in and out of love; they create an illusion of a tough exterior to hide a sensitive interior; they grow and learn as any other would. Then tragedy strikes and growing up doesn’t seem as easy as before.
I thought that the “witchy” part of this novel would be more prominent, but as I read (it’s pretty clear from the beginning), I realized that the characters were not defined by being “witches;” instead, their distinct personalities took the spotlight, as a reader always hopes for. Since The Tower is a character-driven story, there wasn’t much of a plot up until about a quarter of the way through. While this may feel slow to some, the big turn-around is worth waiting for. I think I almost teared up while reading some parts. I felt for the characters, especially since a similar situation had occurred in my life about a year ago.
My main issue (while minor) was the age of the characters. It is noted that they are incoming juniors in high school, but with the amount of under-aged drinking that goes down, I personally felt like it would be more appropriate if they were younger college students. But it wasn’t difficult to move on from this issue. Also, sometimes the dialogue felt unnatural, but nothing stood out too much. Besides, there were some conversations that were spot on.
What I enjoyed most about this novel (and surprised me the most) was the author’s take on tragedy and dealing with grief. It was refreshing–in a way–to read a contemporary that wasn’t light and fluffy. So if you’re looking for a read that rings true and pulls on your heart strings, whether it’s from watching two people fall in love or seeing how one life ended can impact so many, I’d definitely recommend The Tower to anyone who’s looking for a more serious kind of YA contemporary!
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Hi readers! Welcome to a little feature that I call “Meet Me at the Bookstore,” where I highlight some of the cool bookstores I go to! Some upcoming ones that I want to feature here on Lyrical Reads include The Strand and Books of Wonder (they have tons of signed books!). Continue reading “Meet Me at the Bookstore: The Voracious Reader”