Fans Of The Impossible Life

Hi guys! I am back to review another book that I got for my birthday which is called “Fans Of The Impossible Life” by Kate Scelsa.

Whole Summary for:

It’s got three points of view- first is from a girl named Mina who is our main character who is trying to start over at St Francis Prep and promises herself that she would at least try to pretend that she’s a normal girl. Next is her gay best friend Sebby who was raised in a home with other kids like him and has a complicated life and keeps dropping out of schools and keeps getting into trouble. Last is a shy boy named Jeremy who is an art nerd and doesn’t have many friends until he meets Mina and Sebby on his first day back.

This book revolves around mostly Mira, Sebby, and Jeremy who gets drawn into Mira and Sebby’s world and how they act around other people and to each other. He becomes very close to them and there is a major emotional event that the three of them get sucked into and it’s got such an interesting ending to it. 

My book review for Book 2:

  • This was a really interesting book to read and the cover is really nice for the paperback version. 
  • The characters were compelling to read and their individual personalities contrasting with each other. 
  • I liked the POV of Sebby as it was written in a second-person view and we could see into his thoughts and feelings. 
  • It was fun to read into Mira’s hobby of thrift shopping with Sebby and the troubles they have in the mall.
  • It was really deep for this book to dive into dark themes such as self-harm, the possibility of homelessness, drugs, etc. 
  • It was fascinating to see a glimpse of a possible relationship between Sebby and Jeremy. 
  • I love how Mira, Sebby, and Jeremy get closer throughout the book and that Mira and Jeremy stay friends at the end.
  • The other characters’ interactions with the main characters were amusing to read and added to the development of the plot of the book.  

Overall this book was great and I really liked the close friendship of Mira, Sebby, and Jeremy and the other friendships they had with other people and enemies. 

Comment down below which characters you love the most!!

A Place Called Perfect

Hi guys! I am back to review a book that I got for my birthday which is called “A Place Called Perfect” by Helena Duggan.

Whole Summary:

It’s about this girl named Violet who moves into a town called Perfect because her dad has found an opportunity for his optometry business there. At first, Violet senses something that doesn’t feel right because her mom is getting strange each day, she is hearing voices in the town, she has to wear glasses to prevent going blind and she has to be perfect and there are rules to being perfect at her school and everywhere else in town. Then there are the 2 optometry brothers named Mr. Edward and George Archer. There’s something strange about the brothers that Violet immediately notices. She also meets another person named Boy who can’t remember his own name. Together they find out dark secrets about the town and what the brothers are doing to the people. Then they get help from a person who knows the secrets but lives as a hermit. 

Then they build a machine that will help the people in the town get back to normal and then they pursue the brothers but they get away. 

My book review for:

  • I loved the concept of the book. It’s very interesting to see what the brothers were doing to the people of the town and how Violet’s mum was affected by this too. 
  • I liked the friendship between Violet and Boy and how they trusted each other with their weaknesses and strengths. 
  • It was awful to read how Boy couldn’t remember his name and there was a whole society of ‘shadow’ people that were hidden away from the rest of the town because they knew too much about the brothers’ secrets. 
  • The cover is really nice for the paperback version.

Overall this book was great to read and I hope they make a second book to conclude if they caught the Archer brothers or not. 

Comment down below which character you love the most and whether you would like a second book or not!

The Magic Misfits 3

Hi guys, back again! Today I will be talking about the 3rd book in The Magic Misfits series- The Magic Misfits 3 The Minor Third.

In this one, we also get 2 plots- one is a glimpse into another misfit named Theo Stein-Meyer and the other is the Misfits investigating a ventriloquist named 

Whole Summary:

1st plot- Wendel Whispers And His Darling Dummy, Darling Daniel

The Magic Misfits were improving their magic routine for the talent show and they get interrupted by news that a creepy ventriloquist named Wendel Whispers is coming to Mineral Wells for a show at the hotel. They get suspicious, think he is a bad guy, a part of the Emerald Ring and they go on an adventure to accuse the guy. Instead, they find out they’re wrong and he’s innocent. However, from this, they find out that Kalagan will soon be coming for them and they have to be prepared and they might have to break up for their protection. 

2nd plot- A glimpse into Theo Stein-Meyer’s life

In this book, we enter Theo’s story as we see him go through his everyday life. We see him as a child of a prodigious family of musicians which includes his mom( Mrs.Stein-Meyer) and dad (Mr.Stein-Meyer), and his older siblings (Cleopatra, Giovanni, Leonard, and Fiona). We see that he feels a lot of pressure to live up to his family’s accomplishments and we see that they do not approve of his magic talents and only want him to practice his music. 

We also see his interactions with Emily Meridian who seems to intrigue him. 

My book review:

1st plot-

  •  I liked the beginning of the book with all of the Misfits improving their acts for the talent show. It was quite surprising that the bullies made a comeback to disturb them but it was awesome that Emily fought against them. The ventriloquist’s dummy was quite okay but a dummy in real life would be really creepy.

2nd plot- 

  • It was quite intriguing to see the interactions between Theo and his family and his family with each other.

I quite liked that they all had really cool names and nicknames and they all had a different musical talent- 

  1. Leo/the oldest who played cello in an orchestra in New York City. 
  2. Gio/second oldest who was the bass guitarist in a popular wedding band outside San Fransico. 
  3. Cleo /middle sibling. She taught piano at a prestigious music school in Boston.
  4. Fiona/ the youngest. She sang mezzo-soprano in operas all around the world. 
  • I love the part where Theo comes home to find his family playing together as an orchestra and he joins in too. Such a cute family moment!
  • I can relate to Theo trying to live up to his family’s accomplishments and him not wanting to be a failure. I can relate to him listing out his sibling’s accomplishments and trying to be like them. 
  • I can also relate to Theo feeling warm inside when he’s with Emily but I cannot relate to him speaking without any difficulty around her. 
  • I think Ridley was jealous when Theo invited Emily into the group because she’s been close with Theo for a long time before all the Misfits met each other.  I guess I can relate to her like you would get a bit jealous when your friend has found a new friend and talking with them more often.
  • I like that in the end they decide its better for them to separate so they’re better protected from Kalagan when he comes soon. I also liked that they kept in touch with each other through letters so they can keep up to date with each other. 
  • I was quite sad that Emily had to leave town with her dad but he probably did it to protect her which I understand. 

Overall this was a good book with a mostly friendship and family aspect to it. I can’t wait for the next book!

Comment down below which part of the book was your favourite!

The Magic Misfits 2

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Hey guys! Back again, today I am going to give you a book review of the next part of The Magic Misfits series- The Magic Misfits 2 The Second Story. In this one, we get Leila’s backstory before The Magic Misfits happened and it introduces another Emerald Ring member, Madame Esmeralda, or aka Sandra Santos.

WHOLE SUMMARY:

1st Plot-Madame Esmeralda

The Magic Misfits get a mysterious visit from a Madame Esmeralda, also known as Sandra Santos who is a stage psychic. They learn that Sandra was one of Dante’s friends and that she was a member of the Emerald Ring which was Leila’s dad Dante Vernon’s childhood magical club along with Lyle Locke (Carter’s dad), Bobby Boscowitz (B.B Bosso) and other members.

 She claims to be a clairvoyant, which The Magic Misfits are intrigued by, but Ridley isn’t as fascinated as them as she repeatedly tries to prove that she isn’t a real psychic but a fraud. She claims to be in Mineral Wells for a show in the hotel and The Magic Misfits want to watch her but they also want to investigate an incident in the hotel that they overhear from Mr. Vernon. 

They discover a few memories of the Emerald Ring such as etchings of initials and the incident that was caused by one of the members, Kalagan. By discovering this, they now realise that Kalagan, is getting dangerous and may be coming after them soon.

^I like these kinds of plot tropes where there is a group of people with a special trait and there is one person who gets a bit extreme about it and is then cast off from the group and the whole group goes off in their separate directions before an event in the future puts the extreme person back into the group.

2nd plot- Leila’s past

Another plot that occurs in this book is Leila trying to remember her past before she was in Mother Margaret’s Home for Children. A flashback back to her life in the home starts at the beginning of the book. Her name wasn’t always Leila Vernon and she didn’t always live in Mineral Wells. In fact, she was first named Leila Doe because nobody knew who her family was before Dante Vernon and The Other Mr. Vernon adopted her. 

My book review for this is that this second part was really good at explaining Leila’s past before she became a Magic Misfit and telling more background on the members of the Emerald Ring especially the introduction of Madame Esmeralda. I love that they gave a description of Madame Esmeralda which gave the viewers a sense of who she was as a person and her mysterious personality. I also love her magic skill which is claimed to be clairvoyance, as it adds to her mystical personality.

Some parts of the book that I elaborated on –

I was, however, sad that she was apart of B.B Bosso’s gang but she did seem guilty about it afterward which is relieving because she knew what she did was wrong and didn’t want to do it at times, for example at her show itself when they wanted her to say something she didn’t want to, she had to ask for several audience members to come up on stage, which was the frown clowns themselves and, she uses her magical skill to present the spirits of the audience members’ families which was all fake at the end.

^When Sandra ‘claimed’ that Leila’s parents were here looking for her, at first I was shocked that they came to Mineral Wells to look for Leila but I was kinda suspicious because after all this time they suddenly want to look for her, but I went along with it and then when we got introduced to the parents, I was glad that Leila wasn’t as gullible to believe that her parents had come to see her, after all this time, and she was still close to her current family, The Vernons.

She knew that the only way to check if the people were her real birth parents, she would ask them if they know anything about the key that she wore as a necklace around her neck. Unfortunately, when the birth parents want Leila, Carter and The Vernons to come to a meeting with 2 lawyers to finalise decisions about getting her back, it’s revealed that the birth parents don’t know anything about Leila’s key necklace and suspiciously Carter recognises the song that 1 of the lawyers was humming to be the song that the frown clowns used to sing in the first book.

^I was shocked by this but not too shocked as I kinda thought that the frown clowns from the first book would come back for them but this was a good twist in the book.

He discusses his suspicions with Leila who agrees with him through morse code and their suspicions are confirmed when The Vernons disagree with Leila going back to her birth family and want to leave the meeting. They are stopped by the lawyers and birth parents who are all revealed to be the frown clowns. I wasn’t surprised but it was cruel to make Leila think that her birth parents would come to see her. When they lock Leila, Carter and The Vernons up in a basement cellar room, they see a similar door that they found back at the hotel with the other Misfits but still couldn’t figure how to open it, Dante gives them a hint and they finally open the door to a tunnel. 

^I loved this part of the book as it surprised me but not too much. It was captivating when we got an insight into Leila’s mind about her struggle between choosing to get back with her birth parents or her current parents now.

That’s it for the second book. 

Comment down below who do you want to see more of and/or who do you want to see from the Emerald Ring that hasn’t appeared yet?

Also, comment on what were your favourite parts of the book?

The Magic Misfits

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Hi guys, back again! Today I’m going to tell you about a book series called The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris, who you probably know from movies and tv shows. The recap of the 1st book is that this boy named Carter who’s a street magician who lives with his greedy and mean uncle, Uncle Sly who cons people with his tricks but then Carter runs away and discovers a circus where he meets a great magician named Mr. Dante Vernon but also discovers that an evil ringleader named B.B Bosso is planning to steal anything and everything that he and his crew can get their hands on. Carter then takes a trip to a town called Mineral Wells and meets 5 kids who are like him and through teamwork, friendship and magic they work together to stop B.B Bosso for good. In the end, they defeat him, they stay good friends and Carter realises that he and another misfit named Leila are cousins and her new father is Dante Vernon himself and her other poppa, another Mr. Vernon.

My review for this is that it’s a really entertaining book, there are puzzles that you can solve and magic tricks that you can try out right in this book alongside reading. It teaches you valuable lessons that are implied in the story such as friendship but also taught by Mr. Vernon and the other Mr. Vernon themselves.

The pictures are amazing and they show the story well. The plot to me is the perfect way to introduce the characters one by one and when they’re interacting with each other. 

As for the characters, I think it’s interesting that each character has a unique personality and a magic persona that resonates with their personality for example- Theo Stein-Meyer is an impeccably dressed person and his magical skill is using his violin to levitate objects and using his pet doves in magic shows. His skill reflects his personality as a neatly dressed and intellectual person in the group because, in my opinion, the violin is a classical instrument and is considered a fancy instrument and he is usually seen in his fancy tuxedo. 

I like how at the end of the first book they create their own hideout in Mr. Vernon’s magic shop by locating it in a hidden bookcase and Carter and Leila themselves have rooms of their own besides Mr. Vernon and the other Mr. Vernon.

The parrot Presto is a hilarious character in the book and throughout the series. The fact that he is a talking parrot and he shouts out peculiar outbursts or phrases makes the story have a sense of goofiness and fun. 

The magic shop itself is a wonderful aspect of the story and is considered home by all the Misfits. The atmosphere is magical like the shop itself. When you see it by reading it through the misfit’s eyes you can tell that there a lot of fun tricks and toys lying around and you can feel how the misfits’ get a sense of warmth every time they walk into the shop and this contributes perfectly to the story. 

This is my recap for the first book. 

Comment which character is your favourite!! Mine’s Leila- I love her style and her magic skills.

Also, comment on what was your favourite parts of the book?

Five Feet Apart (FFA)

Five Feet Apart

Hi guys! Today I’m going to talk about a recently released book and movie called Five Feet Apart aka FFA and its amazing! The basic synopsis (on the internet) is about this seventeen-year-old named Stella who spends most of her time in the hospital as a cystic fibrosis patient. Her life is full of strict routines, boundaries and self-control – all of which get put to the test when she meets Will, an impossibly charming teen who has the same illness. There’s an instant flirtation, though restrictions dictate that they must maintain a safe distance between them. As their connection intensifies, so does the temptation to throw the rules out the window and embrace that attraction.

This is the book version- “Stella Grant likes to be in control – even though her totally out of control lungs have sent her in and out of the hospital most of her life. What Stella needs to control most is her distance from anyone or anything that might pass along an infection and jeopardise the possibility of a lung transplant. Six feet apart. No exceptions.

The only thing Will Newman wants to be in control of is getting out of this hospital. In one week he’ll turn eighteen, and then he’ll be able to unplug himself from all these machines and actually go see the world.

Wills exactly what Stella needs to stay away from. But now six feet doesn’t feel like safety. It feels like punishment. What if they could steal back just a little bit of the space their broken lungs have stolen from them? Would five feet apart really be so dangerous if it stops their hearts from breaking too?

I found the paperback copy of this book, but if you find the hardback, good for you but if you prefer the paperback then that’s fine too.

The design for the book cover is amazing. It’s got a plain black background and an illustration of lungs decorated with different kinds of flowers and leaves. In the middle of the lungs there are two people- a girl and a boy and they are apart from each other and the title “Five Feet Apart” is between them suggesting the barrier that separates them. It is written by Rachael Lippincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis.

I believe this is based on a true story.

My review for this book is that it’s light and funny, it doesn’t romanticise the illness it actually informs you what the illness is, the conditions of it and many other stuff. The characters are fun to read and have their own personalities which are kinda opposite from each other. Also from the book each characters personality rubs off on the other person and it’s interesting.

My review for the movie is that it’s amazing. The girl Stella played by Haley Lu Richardson plays the character perfectly. A phenomenal actress! The boy played by Cole Sprouse also plays the character perfectly. A phenomenal actor! The other characters played the other actors and actresses are amazing also. The soundtrack for the movie is so good. I listen to it on my Spotify playlist and added the whole track from the movie. Although I wish we could see the whole movie with the deleted scenes and ending. It’s just amazing.

Okay that’s all I’m gonna say for this book and movie review because I don’t wanna spoil too much if you haven’t read or watched it yet. Thx guys for reading!

See you guys on my next post!

Comment down below which scenes from the book or movie you liked the most!

Also comment down how much you love it and if you have read or seen it yet.

The Land Of Stories: Book Reviews

Hey guys, back with another post, I wanna talk about my opinions about the whole The Land of Stories series.

Disclaimer- all images seen here are from the internet and not me

1. The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

The first book in the series was an amazing book. The author Chris Colfer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a Golden Globe-winning actor, who I guess the majority of you know was previously on the famous musical hit show Glee. He also wrote other books such as Struck By Lightning and etc.

Here is the full blurb of the book-

Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, the twins Alex and Conner leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.”

“Alex and Conner Baileys World Is About To Change

When the twins’ grandmother gives them a treasured fairytale book, they have no idea they’re about to enter a land beyond all imagining: the Land Of Stories, where fairy tales are real.

But as Alex and Conner soon discover, the stories they know so well haven’t ended in this magical land—Goldilocks is a wanted fugitive, Red Riding Hood has her own kingdom, and Queen Cinderella is about to become a mother! The twins want to get back home. But with the legendary Evil Queen hot on their trail, will they ever find the way?”

Now to the actual book review. I loved all the characters in the fairytales and how they were changed and their quirky personalities. I like how the twists and turns were unexpected. I got this book randomly at the bookstore and I was interested in the title, book cover and the blurb on the back. I bought it immediately and as soon as I got home, I read it. When I always buy a book I read it wherever I go so I read this in my room, my living room and etc. My overall opinion on this is its a great book and I highly recommend it if you love fairytales or fantasy books in general.

A cool addition inside the book is this colored map of the fairytale world so you can see and imagine the teens journey through the world. Another reason why I highly recommend this.

Ratings: 10/10

2. The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns

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The second book in the series is obviously the continuation of the first book and the full blurb goes like this:

“After decades of hiding, the evil Enchantress who cursed Sleeping Beauty is back with a vengeance.

Alex and Conner Bailey have not been back to the magical Land of Stories since their adventures in The Wishing Spell ended. But one night, they learn the famed Enchantress has kidnapped their mother! Against the will of their grandmother, the twins must find their own way into the Land of Stories to rescue their mother and save the fairy-tale world from the greatest threat it’s ever faced.”

My review for this book is that the plot is still super good and follows the Bailey kids on another adventure.

Ratings- 10/10

3. The Land Of Stories: A Grimm Warning

The full blurb for the third book goes like this:

The Brothers Grimm have a warning for The Land Of Stories.”

“Connor Bailey thinks his fairy-tale adventures are behind him—until he discovers a mysterious clue left by the famous Brothers Grimm. With help from his classmate Bree and the outlandish Mother Goose, Conner sets off on a mission across Europe to crack a 200-year-old code.”

“Meanwhile, Alex Bailey is training to become the next Fairy Godmother… but her attempts at granting wishes never go as planned. Will she ever be truly ready to lead the Fairy Council?”

“When all signs point to disaster for the Land of Stories, Conner and Alex must join forces with their friends and enemies to save the day. But nothing can prepare them for the coming battle… or for the secret that will change the twins’ lives forever.”

My review for this one is that the plot gets moving and like it gets you pumped up for like the action coming later at the end of the book. (If that’s not a spoiler)

Ratings- 10/10

4. The Land Of Stories: Beyond The Kingdoms

The full blurb for this one is:

Fairy tales are just the beginning.

The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it’s up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him…except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they’re in danger. 

With only the help of the ragtag group of Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, and Mother Goose and her gander, Lester, the Bailey twins discover the Masked Man’s secret scheme: He possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature’s greatest villains!

So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can Alex and Conner catch up to the Masked Man, or will they be one step behind until it’s too late?”

This book is really good and the blurb tells you a couple things that are gonna happen and that’s all I’m going to say for this review.

Ratings- 10/10

5. The Land Of Stories: An Authors Odyssey

The full blurb:

The Masked Man has captured all the royal families from The Land Of Stories with the help of his army of literature‘s greatest villains. Alex and Connor know they are no match against the Masked Man’s legion of villains, but they realise they may be in possession of the greatest weapon of all: their imaginations! So begins the twins’ journey into Conner’s very own stories to gather an army for the ultimate fight against the Masked Man.

Meanwhile, an even more dangerous plan is brewing- one that could change the fates of the fairytale world and the Otherworld forever…..

For this one, I love seeing all of Connors stories come to life and I don’t want to say anymore.

Ratings10/10

6. The Land Of Stories: Worlds Collide

The full blurb:

Now they must brave the impossible…

Alex and Conner’s biggest fear has come true. The land of Stories fairy-tale characters – both heroes and villains- are no longer confined to their world! With sinister lans being put into motion by Morina, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Queen of Hearts, Captain Hook and the rest of their evil literary army, Conner doesn’t think the situation can get any worse. That is, until Alex goes missing!

While mayhem brews in the Big Apple, Conner and his friends will have to fight their biggest battle yet. But without Alex by his side, Conner doesn’t know how he will win the war and keep everyone he loves safe. Can Conner find Alex before it’s too late? And can the twins restore order between the human and fairy-tale worlds?

Embark on this final thrilling adventure with Alex, Conner and the rest of the gang – a breathtaking, bittersweet conclusion to the beloved #1 bestselling Land of Stories series.

My review is that this book is epic and has an epic ending. That’s all I got to say.

Ratings- 10/10

My final review for this series is that I really love the individual color scheme for each book like the green for the first book, the purple for the second book and so on. I think my favorite books in this series is the first one, the fifth one and last one. Also I bought this books one by one but I suggest you buy it altogether in one book case if you want to. Thx for reading!!

See you on my next post!

Comment below if you loved this series and what books you loved the most and comment below what would you like me to review next!

My Favourite Childhood Books

Hey guys.  Today I’m gonna talk about my favorite childhood books when I was little. Let’s go back to the books we loved so much as kids!

Disclaimer: All images are from the internet and not owned by me.

The Adventures Of The Wishing Chair By Enid Blyton

This was one of the first books I read in my childhood. I loved all the characters especially the main characters called Peter and Mollie along with their pixie friend Chinky as they explore wonderful places and meet new people/creatures. It was fun to read about their cool adventures and their personalities.

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Ratings: 10/10

Dork Diaries By Rachel Renee Russell

I loved this series!! Especially when I really related to them. The having a crush part, bullies part,(well that part ended thank god) .I loved it. I got so excited when they had more books in the series and I WOULD JUST LOVE TO SIT DOWN AND JUST READ. THE GOOD OLD DAYS. (Excuse for the caps, just love this series) Also I love the comic kind of layout as it was a fun way to read it.

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Ratings: 10/10

Would totally recommend this!!

Matilda By Roald Dahl

Ahh Matilda, one of the classics from Roald Dahl, I absolutely love love love this book. This was actually one of the books that got me reading. Ironically this is a book about a girl who loves to read even though her parents hated it. Just to say, my parents never hated the fact that I loved to read, they encouraged me to keep on reading. (Shoutout to my parents,I love you guys).

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Rating: 10/10

The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle

Do you guys remember the nostalgia from this book, because I do!! I loved this book when I was a little girl. It was so good with the colourful art and the words were fun to read.

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Rating: 10/10

Thats all the books I can remember for now but comment down below which one is your favourite and comment down below, other books I have forgotten and any suggestions for any posts in the upcoming weeks. Also leave me any suggestions in the comments below about what I can do to improve my posts for you guys.

Bye guys. Thinking about all of this makes me want to go back to the simpler times.

Introduction Post- The Bookaholic

Introducing my blog- The Bookaholic

Hi guys, I’m Alya, you can call me Als for short, new to the book blogging community. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now. I’m still getting the kicks of it and will try my best to create good content for you all.

Ill try to post a variety of posts and try to get in some frequent posting like on the weekends.

Bye and see you next time on my next post!