When the Sky Fell on Splendor Blog Tour feat. mood boards and squad goals

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Welcome to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I am super excited because I am apart of penguin teen’s; When the Sky Fell on Splendor Blog Tour! I cannot wait to share this thrilling and awesome book with you all!lets get started

When the Sky Fell on Splendor

Author: Emily Henry

Publisher: Penguin Teen

Publication Date: March 12th, 2019

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Almost everyone in the small town of Splendor, Ohio, was affected when the local steel mill exploded. If you weren’t a casualty of the accident yourself, chances are a loved one was. That’s the case for seventeen-year-old Franny, who, five years after the explosion, still has to stand by and do nothing as her brother lies in a coma.

In the wake of the tragedy, Franny found solace in a group of friends whose experiences mirrored her own. The group calls themselves The Ordinary, and they spend their free time investigating local ghost stories and legends, filming their exploits for their small following of YouTube fans. It’s silly, it’s fun, and it keeps them from dwelling on the sadness that surrounds them.

Until one evening, when the strange and dangerous thing they film isn’t fiction–it’s a bright light, something massive hurdling toward them from the sky. And when it crashes and the teens go to investigate…everything changes.

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Emily Henry is the author of the love that split the world. she is a full-time writer, proofreader, and donut connoisseur. she studied creative writing at hope college and the new york center for art & media studies and now spends most of her time in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the part of Kentucky just beneath it.

she tweets @emilyhenrywrite.

 

Before I get started on the review I just want to thank @penguinteen for letting me be a part of this blog tour! It has been an amazing experience and I hope to do this again 😀

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The Review

disclaimer: I received a physical copy from the publishers for free. This has in no way influenced my review. Everything that I am stating is my honest opinion.

First of all CAN, WE TALK ABOUT THE COVER? It is so gorgeous! I love how the alien space ship is coming down and there are all the stars on it. spoiler alert; there are no alien spaceships that actually come down. But it is still a really pretty cover.

I really liked this book! The quirky characters, the retro feel, and ALL THOSE BIKES. I thought it was so cute the way all the characters are like one big family.

Before we get further into the review I probably should introduce you to the amazingly weird and unique characters that make up the ordinary.

The ordinary is the characters kinda of this club where they make fake and not so good quality youtube videos about their adventures. It distracts them from there everyday struggles and the depressing thoughts of their past.

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Related image Franny: Franny is our young, narrator and kiddo of the group. She is 17 but I feel like she could be 13. I personally didn’t find her as interesting as the other characters and she seemed to have a little less depth than some of the other characters.

Related image Arthur. Arthur is Franny’s older brother. I really loved Arthurs dreamy personality and I could really relate to the way he bounced back and forth with current obsessions because I kind of do that too.

Related image Levi: Levi is the camera guy that films all the videos. He’s rich and cool and an okay character I guess.

Related image Sofia: She’s like the mom of the group. Very sensible and rational. I love how she is super smart and sporty at the same time.

Related imageRemy: Remy is a smol boy with stress issues and worries about Franny because he loves her. He has constant nightmares (poor boy) and His dad is also a sheriff and doesn’t always listen or pay attention to him.

Related imageNick: Nick Has a small (okay BIG) Lying issue and sometimes steals things. (what a bad boy XD) He also has to work full time to support his mentally ill mother.

What I loved the most about these friends is that they probably never would have ever thought of becoming friends, but grief brought them together.

They were the Ordinaries, kids who were alone in their sorrow after a Mill accident that killed someone close to them. But, then they all met and somehow became this quirky little family. I just thought that was really sweet.

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my not so favorite things

Even though I really enjoyed this book there were a few things I personally didn’t like about it.

Related image There were too many characters.

When I first started reading this it was a little confusing remembering who was who. I personally think six characters is a little too many main characters. I think the book might’ve been a better read for me if there were only four characters. (Franny, Remy, Sofia, and Arthur) After getting used to the characters I could understand it more, but It was a little hard to keep track of.

Related image Some parts were very confusing.

At some parts of the book, I didn’t really know what was going on and felt very confused. It took me a while to understand most of what was happening and even now there are still a few things I didn’t understand.

Related image The ending

The ending was kind of confusing for me and I didn’t really know what was going on and what happened. Even after rereading the end, I still was slightly confused.

 

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my favorite things

Related imageThe quirky characters.

Even though the number of characters was slightly overwhelming, I really liked how different there personalities were, and how they all had this sort of depth to them. I also love how they became friends while struggling through grief and how they all supported each other in their own different ways.

Related imageThe retro kiddo feel.

This book feels like it was set in the 90s and the characters are just kiddos riding bikes, using walkie talkies and finding suspicious things and I think that is just really adorable.

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fields and mysterious houses are really cool

Related imageThe unique plot

I recently haven’t seen a lot of YA Sci-Fi books published in a while and I think this is a really great one.

Related imageThe Cover

the cover is really pretty and I love it so much! Even though it is slightly misleading because no alien spaceship falls down it is really great.

Final Thoughts

This was an amazing and unique book and I am so happy that I got a chance to read it!

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mood boards

I along with the review I made some mood boards! I really love how they turned out.

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remy aesthetic

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Thank you so much @penguinteen for giving me a copy of this amazing book! It was such an amazing book!

I really recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction, adventure, strong friendships, or anyone who is looking for a new favorite book!

Also, make sure you check out the other blogger’s posts too! They are really cool!

March 4 – Butter my Books – Moodboard

March 5 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Author Q&A

March 6 – Margie’s Must Reads – Playlist

March 7 – Flying Paperbacks – Review

March 11 – BookCrushin – Pop Culture Alien Invasions

March 12 – Elysian Artiste – Review + Moodboard

March 13 – The Midnight Society – Author Guest Post

March 14 – Morganreadsalot – Creative Instagram Picture

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my top five favorite female book characters

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Happy international women’s day! If you are a girl then YOU GO! Welcome to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web!

In honor of international women’s day, I am going to be sharing some of my favorite female book characters! It was quite hard to narrow them all down to five, but i am happy with my choices!

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1. Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is the intelligent and witty heroine featured in Charlotte Bronte’s; Jane Eyre.

I love Jane so much! She is such an incredible character and this is why. She was tough, smart and quite independent, but what shocked me was how she held her tongue. Jane Eyre is set in an era where women were considered less than men. Women were not allowed to do many things that we women can do now. What I loved about Jane was how she knew how to be bold and still respectful. She could tell any man off with class, which is really cool.

Here are some examples of her witty remarks.

“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”

“’I am not an angel,’ I asserted; ‘and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.”

“I am no bird, and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will.”

2. Anne Shirley

Anne Shirly is the bright and spunky kindred spirit from Anne of Green Gables.

Anne has always been one of my favorite characters! She is clever, fun and so imaginative. I can relate to her so much. Here are some of my favorite quotes from her books.

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” 

she is so adorable and just a sweet smol character.

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” 

“People laugh at me because I use big words. But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?”

YES ANNE THAT IS SO TRUE haha

3.Scout Finch

Scout ( Jean Lousie) Is the amazing narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird. She is such a bright young girl and its really cool seeing the setting and era through her eyes. Scout is bold and such an interesting character. She is intelligent and, by the standards of her time and place, a tomboy. Scout has a combative streak and a basic faith in the goodness of the people in her community. As the novel progresses, this faith is tested by the hatred and prejudice that emerge during Tom Robinson’s trial. Scout eventually develops a more grown-up perspective that enables her to appreciate human goodness without ignoring human evil. Here are some of scouts best quotes:

Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed.

4. Cress

Cress is the adorable damsel in distress from the lunar chronicles who is waiting for her prince in shining armor to save her. CRESS IS SO PRECIOUS. I love cress, because sometimes in really good books it is hard to see girly girls represented fairly. In many books, I read the heroine is usually a tomboyish, bold girl who doesn’t want love. But cress is the opposite. Cress is a coding genius that loves opera and romance. AND SHE IS SUCH A CUTE CHARACTER! I really love her sooo much! Later in the book, Cress learns the truth about love and she lives happily ever after with her dashing hero until the next book comes and there’s a whole war. 😉

quotes:

“Maybe there isn’t such a thing as fate. Maybe it’s just the opportunities we’re given, and what we do with them. I’m beginning to think that may be great, epic romances don’t just happen. We have to make them ourselves.” 

5. Jo March

Jo is the bright, aspiring writer in Little Women. is based on Louisa May Alcott herself, which makes the story semi-autobiographical. Jo has a temper and a quick tongue, although she works hard to control both. She is a tomboy and reacts with impatience to the many limitations placed on women and girls. She hates romance in her real life and wants nothing more than to hold her family together.

Quotes:

“I like good strong words that mean something…” 

“I’ll try and be what he loves to call me, ‘a little woman,’ and not be rough and wild, but do my duty here instead of wanting to be somewhere else,”

“I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle, something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it, and mean to astonish you all someday. I think I shall write books, and get rich and famous, that would suit me, so that is my favorite dream.”

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I love books, and I love these amazing and inspiring female characters! I hope you all enjoyed this post!

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What are your favorite female book characters? What women inspire you?

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darius the great is not okay and neither am i// book review

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Welcome to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! Before we get started on today’s post, I just want to thank you all for 245 followers! It means a whole lot!

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So today I am going to talk about this awesome book I read. Its called; Darius The Great is Not Okay. IT IS SO SWEET AND JUST O MI GOODNESS. It is such an amazing book.

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genre: YA, Mental Health, Coming of Age, Bildungsroman, Travel

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“It’s okay not to be okay.”

The first thing you should know about Darius the Great is Not Okay is that it actually made me cry.  This book is a touching story about friendship, family, and learning that being not okay is okay. The characters, the settings, the feels. I felt as if I was right there with Darius.

my favorite characters

Darius-  a smol tea loving boy that struggles with depression and anxiety. I loved Darius so much, he is such a relatable boyo and I just want to give him a whole bunch of hugs. His personality is just incredible and HE TALKS ABOUT TEA ALL THE TIME ITS SO CUTE ADSKSJS.

Sohrab- ANOTHER SMOL BOYO THAT NEEDS HUGS. O my goodness they are both just beautiful and pure smol bois that need hugs. I love sorabs bubbly personality he is just such a sweet and caring guy. HE IS ALWAYS SMILING. He is just adorable and positive and just a great character

laleh- she is just such a sweet little sister that needs cookies. SHES SO CUTE SUCH A GOOD LIL SISTEER. I think she is so cute and has such a cute personality.

writing style

the writing style is SO A M A Z I N G! I mean I literally felt every feeling and emotion (did I tell you that I cried?) THE AUTHOR IS SUCH A GOOD WRITER I LOVE HIS STYLE SO MUCH. ITs ASHJDIJKDK I cannot even explain it JUST READ THE BOOK PLEASE.

what I didn’t like

the only thing I really didn’t like was the beginning. I almost didn’t read the book. The beginning makes the book seem horrible but PLEASE KEEP ON READING BECAUSE IT TURNS OUT REALLY GOOD!!

i also did not like the bullies that picked on my smol boyo Darius IF YOU WANNA HURT DARIUS FITE ME FIRST!!

what i did like

basically the whole book

darius and sohrab- THEY ARE MY SMOL BOYOS IF YOU WANT THEM F I T E  M O I

the tea references (THEY WERE SO BOOTIFUL)

the story setting

   literally almost everything

final rating

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE AND BEAUTIFUL PLEASE READ IT!! Yes I loved this book so much and I really think you will too!

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Have you read this book before (IF NOT GO READ IT :)) What have you read recently?

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january recap (Fiverr, bookstagram and fave reads)

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Welcome back to my itsy-bitsy corner of the web! I am so shocked by how fast January went. I feel like the whole year will disappear if I blink!

January was a crazy-fast month. It was fun, sometimes stressful and an exciting start to 2019! I am so excited about February and the rest of the year to come!

Also, guys, I am so sorry about not being consistent with blogging. I always plan to write and post my posts on certain days but something always keeps me away from it! So yeah I am sorry I haven’t been blogging as frequently. Life really has been crazy (I feel like I always say that!) 

Anyways, let’s get started!

books I want to read

The Austen Escape by Katherine ReaySpinning Silver by Naomi NovikCinder by Marissa MeyerThe Brontë Plot by Katherine ReayLizzy and Jane by Katherine ReayManga Classics by Stacy King
The Selection by Kiera CassDarius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib KhorramAnne of Green Gables by L.M. MontgomeryThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee StewartThe Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee StewartThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee StewartMy Lady Jane by Cynthia HandLove & War by Melissa de la CruzFront Desk by Kelly YangDear Mr. Knightley by Katherine ReayFull Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
I feel like I read more but yeah!
 My favorite book I read I think is Darius The great is Not okay.
*sobbing* It was such a sweet relatable book! I am definitely going to review it soon! (when I am done crying in the corner)
I am trying to read 150 books this year and according to Goodreads I am five books ahead of schedule, and I think that’s good…?
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Last month I accomplished two things I really wanted to do.
One I started a bookstagram! Yes! I have been wanting to do this ever since I started book blogging and it is so much fun! If you have a bookstagram I would love if you follow me! @elysianartiste
I also have started a fiverr!
Fiverr is an online marketplace for freelance services. I have posted some blog design gigs that I would love for you to purchase. And for a limited time, anyone who signs up to buy on Fiverr, clicking this affiliate link will get 20% off there first purchase! (this will give a small commission to me which I would really appreciate!) I would love if you buy one of my gigs!

I would really appreciate if you support me on both of those platforms!

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scrunchies- THEY ARE SO CUTE AND JUST 90s 

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clips and barrettes- Okay I am kinda turning into a 90s kid and I love these

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jumper dresses and mum jeans- 

sunflowers

stars

literally anything vintage and aesthetic

oh also I really have become a band and theatre kid. I play clarinet and I like musicals. I am trying to audition for Matilda the musical which sounds adorable because Matilda is basically every bookworm

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January was a great month! I am so excited about what February! Thanks so much for reading!

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What books did you read last month? What are your January favorites? Do you have a bookstagram or fiverr?

Thanks for reading!

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my lady jane-book review

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My Lady Jane

genre: Fantasy, Humor, Historical Fiction, Fractured retelling?

rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/5

“Very funny, my lady. And that reminds me”

—he pointed a finger at her—

“no horse jokes.”

He was making it too easy.

“Ah, my lord, why the long face?”
“That’s it!”

Being Queen can’t be that bad right? Well, it is for sixteen-year-old Lady Jane Grey. Jane prefers books over romance, and would rather be reading then kissing her groom. But little does she know that her groom is a horse. Yes, a horse. And her cousin- the king- is dying and giving the throne to her. Join Jane, her horse and her king on a humorous quest in a medieval world full of shapeshifting people.

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This was probably the funniest book I’ve ever read.

The characters, the plot, EVERYTHING was extraordinarily creative and quite hilarious.

This book is the “true story” of Lady Jane in the Tudor time period. England is divided between Verities and Eðians. Eðians can shapeshift into animals, while Verities cannot and there has been a lot of tension and war between these two. 16-year-old King Edward is dying and gets his cousin, Lady Jane, married to a stranger to secure the throne and keep peace in England. Little do they know that there are people out there plotting against Edward and trying to steal the throne for themselves.

Characters

Edward-the king. Edward is a dying sixteen-year-old king. He would rather be planning his first kiss then who to inherit his crown. I kinda like him, but, uh *cough* He’s not really my favorite. But still has an interesting character design.

Lady Jane is pretty much all of us bookish nerds. She LOVES books and treats them like her children and would rather read a book at her own wedding. I love her feistiness and she IS SO ADORABLEEEE. o my GOODNESS I LOVE HER SO MUCH. She has such a cute character design and she’s so relatable!

Gifford Dudly my horse boi. *squealing* SO GIFFORD (he prefers G) IS AN ARTSY POETIC SWEET SMOL BOY THAT I LOVE SO MUCH. HEEEEEEEELP. he writes adorable little poems. ILYSM G! he’s sad and needs hugs because his dad is mean (FITE GIFFORDS’ DAD) he spends his days in the fields as a horse and stays up at night writing sonnets as a human. please give him cookies and journals so he can keep writing poems

romance

(the whole point of the book)

Jane and G are so cute. At first, they kinda hate each other (because they were forced to marry each other) BUt as the story develops so does there love.  AWWWWWWWWWWW

my favorite quotes

( because there are so many beautiful ones)

“I love you more than I love books.”

(*claps loudly, tears dripping down my face*)

“On everyone’s lap rested a book. Any book. In case the wedding got boring.” 

“Because he was English and that’s what the English do under stress: they drink tea.”

“I’m so hungry I could eat a horse. Oh. Sorry, G. Not you, of course.”

The authors are amazing IM CRYING EVERYTHING IS JUST so funny! I had loud outbursts of laughter while reading.

what I didn’t like

*DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN*

The story was somewhat confusing, and I had to reread certain parts over to understand it.

I didn’t like Edward that much. (IM SORRY). He just kind of…. annoyed me… (again IM SORRY) He was very sexist and boooooooooooriiiiiiiiiing (sorry and sorryyyyy)

what I did like

I loved the world the authors built. I loved how the world was created and like the cool shapeshifting part.

Jane and G. (so ship worthy! should we call it gane?) They were so cute and a perfect couple. Their character designs were amazing and I love G SO MUCH (he’s my smol poetic bean)

overall

This is a funny and great read. If you are a fan of fantasy, historical fiction, retellings or comedy then this book is for you! I recommend it to anyone who likes a fun clean read!

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Have you read My Lady Jane? Do you want to read it? What books have you recently read?

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