The Week's Entrée #84

Hey everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

I'm graduating this week! I'm having a graduation party! Yay!!!! This bookworm for once is going to dress up all pretty and have a "magical" night. *snort* Maybe not magical, but hopefully fun. Promise I'll share pics!


For now, let me just tell you that I have some fun bookish stuff planned for you all and I really hope you like it. I'll announce it on twitter today (and I'll of course will let you know here too).

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Book reviews in other sites:

I reviewed Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard at Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers

This book ruined my trust in characters. That is all. *weeps*

Here's the book's summary:

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart…

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{For review}
From Netgalley, authors, publishers, etc.


YAAAAAY! I'm so excited to read Thief of Lies! Thanks, Entangled Teen! ♥ And another huge thanks to Sky Pony Press for making Beyond The Red available for download on Edelweiss, it was a great book!

To Read This Week:

 

Assassins! Romance! Kick-butt heroine! This book is going to be good. :D
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading this week? :)

Book Review: Fire Falling by Elise Kova


Title: Fire Falling
Series: Air Awakens #2
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Published:  November 19th, 2015
Page Count:  378 pages
Format:  eBook
Source: Purchased


Summary:
Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

Fire Falling is the second book in the Air Awakens Series.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars

I DIED, YOU GUYS. THIS BOOK KILLED ME. IT'S AWFUL AND AMAZING AND I CAN'T EVEN BREATHE THROUGH ALL THE FEEEELS.


I just don't know what to do with myself anymore. I stayed up late thinking it would be a good idea to finish the book but I REGRET IT. I don't regret reading it because man, it was freaking fantastic, but I regret my weak heart. It's so hurt right now. I even had to bother Eileen from BookCatPin with my feels and she was so sweet (love yah!!!♥♥). She soothed and calmed me for a bit, reminding me a lot of Larel and aghhh.  I still cried myself to sleep, LOL.

I kind of feel evil recommending this series now because THE PAIN, but still, despite it all, it's so very worth it. Fire Falling, just like Air Awakens, is such an outstanding read and hands down one of the best sequels I've ever read. It gave me everything I wanted and craved to read after Air Awakens, including things I didn't because OUCH my heart. 

Fire Falling picks up right where Air Awakens left off and it shows us how Vhalla is struggling to come to terms with everything that happened, the heartbreak of losing one of her childhood friends, being sentenced to go to war, and the heavy weight on her shoulders of being the last Windwalker. Sorcerers are not well appreciated among normal humans, so you'd expect them to embrace Vhalla as one of their own, but no. They think she's a monster and are trying to turn her into one. 

Vhalla has grown into a fierce woman, but she has her moments of being the same weak and vulnerable girl we met in Air Awakens. I loved how realistic that is because NO ONE is truly strong at all times. But my girl is amazing and always picks herself up every time she falls down, and most of the times with the help of our dear Larel, fire sorcerer, mentor and best friend extraordinaire. I love her! Always. ♥♥♥

Friendship is one strong theme in Fire Falling. Vhalla is surrounded by great friends and I sincerely loved reading about them. Larel, Fritz, Daniel and Craig, thank you for protecting my friend and being there for her always! For being so understanding. Including Prince Baldair and Elecia, I learned to appreciate them both despite my distrust towards them. 

If you read my previous review, then you already know that my favorite things about this series is the romance and Prince Aldrik. I swooned SO HARD in Fire Falling and I even think that Elise was extremely generous with certain moments and scenes. 

"Do you think me naked under my armor?" - Aldrik


I loved to get more from Aldrik, to learn more about the good and the bad that makes him HIM. I loved his flyaway humor and those moments when he was the most vulnerable. My heart ached for him. He's not the greatest person, he may be a jerk and cold, including a heartless soldier, but he's a broken man with the weight of a whole empire on his shoulders. And how he cares for Vhalla, gosh, it's so beautiful. Frightening even. But I love it. I LOVE HIM. I need him in my life!


But I'm an empty shell right now. I lived in a beautiful bliss in the last quarter of the book until all hell broke loose. It was shocking and heart-wrenching, yet I have to admit so damn exciting. My feels where all over the place and despite the late hour, I could't hold it in.

And I can't get over. Won't get over it until I read Earth's End. It's been such a long time since I've been so messed up by a book. I even reached that point where I thought "I Hate Reading" because man does it hurt so bad. 


*Le sigh* Fire Falling is fantastic, you guys. Leaving my hurt feelings aside,  I truly consider this book and the series one of the best around. The story keeps getting better and the world-building even more fantastic. I must once again implore you to pick up Air Awakens and start catching up with the series. You need it, you definitely need it in your life. 

That's What HE Said Thursday #59: Prince Aldrik from Fire Falling



That's what HE said Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at Chapter Break where you post a favorite line of a book boyfriend to his girl. It's the perfect meme to share all those awesome quotes!

                     Today's quote is once again from my new love Prince Aldrik, but now of the sequel to Air Awakens, Fire Falling by Elise Kova!

Quote:


"If you want to make the widely accepted appropriate decision, then leave now, have mercy and end this before you entice me further. Because I promise, this will never be easy--for either of us--and I refuse to love you halfway."




-Aldrik to Vhalla






I ALSO REFUSE TO LOVE YOU HALFWAY, MY LOVE!

Early Review: This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

Title: This Raging Light
Author: Estelle Laure
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publication Date:  December 22nd, 2015
Page Count:  288 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: Netgalley


Summary:
Can the best thing happen at the worst time?

Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she's about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend's brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure's soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars
I read This Raging Light back in the summer, when I was feeling slightly uninspired and in the mood for something that would rattle me to the core or make me feel. I wanted a thoughtful story. I wanted something that would stay with me. This Raging Light gave that to me beautifully.

This book shined (to me) because it's not really about the romance, but about family relationships and how far you'd go to take care of your loved ones. I loved Lucille's character and all her effort to keep things under control after her mom disappears and her dad goes berserk. It tugged my heartstrings how much she and her little sister, Wren, struggle to survive on their own for the first few days and then, to accept that life may never be the way it used to be. 

Lucille may not be the best person in the world, but she's a fighter. I don't think I will ever be half as strong as she is. Every time she would break I wanted to jump inside the book and hug her with all my might. I learned to care for her in such a short time, like if she were my best friend. Like Eden (her BFF), I may not have always agreed with her choices, but I always wanted what's best for her. 

I also wanted to make little Wren laugh and give her all the stars. She's one awesome kid and I loved her personality. Wish she were my little sister!

The romance in This Raging Light is messy and complicated. It's sort of unfair to certain parties and not the kind of love story you'd want for yourself. I felt bad about wanting Lucille and Digby (the love interest) together. They're good together, but the circumstances made it all look bad. However, I can't deny I always looked forward to their scenes together. If only things could have been better.

This Raging Light is a book that will leave it's mark on you. It certainly left it on me. It gives you great characters in a horrible circumstance that will make your heart ache for a while but will slowly heal once you realize good things CAN happen on the worst times. I certainly recommend it!

"Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid." - This Raging Light

The Week's Entrée #83

Hey everyone! Welcome to another edition of The Week's Entrée!

Wooow, it's been such a long time since I've last written one of these posts. Life has surely been crazy but not anymore because I'm FREEEEEEEEE!



That's right! Last Friday was my last day of College and I'm so amazingly free. I will be able to read and eat and sleep and read some more. I'm still doing my internship, but that's nothing compared to the heavy load that was College (plus I love the place where I do my internship!♥).

Anyways, I MISSED having time to blog. This last three months have been harsh but I'll make it up.


I PROMISE.

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Book reviews in other sites:



I reviewed Ashlynn's Dreams by Julie C. Gilbert at Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers

This book has one interesting concept and I love how the story is told (through letters!). It's not really action-packed or what I would call exciting, but it sure is intriguing.

Here's the book's summary:

Before she was kidnapped, Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was just an average bright, brave, headstrong child. She was excited for life in a new house with her Momma and new Daddy. Afterward, she’s all that … and so much more.

Held in a scientific facility, Jillian discovers her past-a family she never knew and a power she doesn’t understand. With her ability now activated, she can enter and even shape a person’s dreams. Jillian’s been kidnapped, and her Gift has been triggered, so she can locate and save Benjamin Connelly, a brother she never even knew she had. She’d better master this strange ability quickly, though, because her life isn’t the only one at stake. Her babysitter, Danielle Matheson, is being held as a hostage to ensure Jillian’s full cooperation. Slowly, Jillian begins to learn more about her captor and the other genetically altered children held at the facility.

Join Jillian as she tries to survive the training being forced upon her, find her unknown brother, escape with Danielle, and work her way back to a normal life once more.

*****
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Thanks to the publisher for this book!

{Won}


Huge thanks to the lovely Kate Ormand for sending me this book twice after the ARC getting lost in the mail. Can't wait to read it soon!


Won this audiobook from the author on Twitter! :D

{Purchased}


Audiobooks:

 



To Read This Week:


I'm reading Fire Falling first by Elise Kova because I'm hooked with the storyline! And up next I think I'm reading Scarlet AND Cress by Marissa Meyer. Hopefully I'll be getting Winter soon!
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And that's it for The Week's Entrée! What are you all reading this week? :)

#HolidayCramathon!


Hi guys! I'm joining the Holiday Cram-a-Thon hosted by the wonderful Jessica L. Brooks of Let Me Tell You A Story! The idea behind this read-a-thon is to read all those books you've been meaning to before the year ends, to spread the book love, complete your reading challenges (and boy, am I behind on the Goodreads one) and of course, to have FUN.

These are the books I'm reading:


The Elite by Kiera Cass
Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers
Chemistry by Jodi Lamm
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Uriel by Angie Anomalous
The Wanderers by Kate Ormand
Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Fire Falling by Elise Kova

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Cress by Marissa Meyer
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nihkamp
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Damn! 12 books before Dec 13th. Cheer me on you guys! :D You can also join the Holiday Cram-a-thon whenever you want, just remember to use #holidaycramathon so we can follow your posts!


Book Review: Air Awakens by Elise Kova

Title: Air Awakens
Series: Air Awakens #1
Author: Elise Kova
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Silver Wing Press
Published:  August 27th, 2015
Page Count:  377 pages
Format:  eBook
Source: Purchased


Summary:
A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond...

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars

Lovely readers! This book is a MUST. A MUST I TELL YAH! If you love magic and princes and action and libraries and romance and amazing characters, then this book will no doubt be your next favorite read. I just love how it has everything I LOVE and then more. It's such a fantastic read and everyone who has read Air Awakens will surely back me up on this.

Air Awakens gives us one strong heroine who starts off as a library apprentice but isn't aware of her true abilities. I really liked that when the time comes to discover who she truly is, Vhalla has a hard time accepting like any normal person would (except us fantasy lovers who would say YES in a heartbeat LOL). She questions and researches, weighs in the pros and cons of leaving the "normal" life she thought she would lead working at the castle's library to the vast unknown as a sorcerer. Such a wise thing to do, kudos to Vhalla!

But guys, I HAVE A NEW PRINCE BOYFRIEND. His name is Aldrik and he's haaaaaaawt. He's tall, dark, and handsome, with black hair and one infuriating personality. Just how I like them. Aldrik is one interesting character and I think you all will love him. ♥♥♥

NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT ROMANCE. 

Haha, couldn't hold it in any longer. I LOVE Air Awakens for several reasons, but I think the romance has got to be one of the main reasons (it having book princes being the top thing!). I ADORE books with slow-burn romance. I seriously dig the anticipation and almost kisses and those heart-stopping moments. 

Me in those times when Aldrik and Vhalla were practicing magic:


ME IN THAT SCENE AFTER THE BALL/PARTY:


And me basically every other time:


I LOVED IT. I high five Elise Kova for how she played with my heart. Not only with the romance, but with the rest of the things that happen in this book. Some things made me shake my fist at the book, at the sky, at my serious masochistic tendencies of loving books that end up messing with my feels and so on. 

There's lots more to talk about Air Awakens but I'll let you see that for yourself when you read this amazing debut. You'll want to read the sequel as soon as your done with it and the following books which you won't have to wait long for since Elise Kova is amazing and releases them pretty quickly (like 3 months apart each). YAY!

Now go read and meet my new love! Meanwhile, I'm off to read Fire Falling (book two)! ♥

Sidekick Blog Tour: Review, Discussion & Giveaway!


Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the last of Sidekick's blog tour hosted by Oops! I Read Again Tours. Scroll down to check out my thoughts about this great book, including an awesome discussion with my friend Jessica L. Brooks from Let Me Tell You A Story (also hosting a stop today, check out her blog!) and an international giveaway! Thanks so much for stopping by and please, enjoy. :)
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About The Book:

Name: Sidekick
Author: Natalie Whipple
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Whipple House
Published: November 10th 2015
Page Count: 356 pages
Source: Tour host in exchange for my honest review.


Goodreads Blurb:
Russ is tired of coming in second to his best friend, Garret. Whether it's in sports, in school, or with girls, he can never get ahead. Something has to change, and when a new girl comes to town he sees his chance. He has to win her over before Garret does, but proving he's not second best won't be easy when Garret is a pro.

Russ will do anything to beat Garret, including using his little sister to get closer to the new girl. He has to be careful, though, because if anyone at school finds out he attends anime night (and he might even enjoy it), it would ruin his reputation, just like his secret love for cooking and James Taylor.

But pretending to be something he isn't will catch up to him eventually, and Russ can only get away with living two lives for so long. As more than one friend reveals they aren't who they seem, Russ must figure out what and who he really wants in his life. And more than that, he needs to find the courage to make it happen.
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*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars

Sidekick turned out to be not only a great read but also an excellent book for discussion. There are several topics dealt inside this book that I think many readers will find relatable, and thus, will greatly connect with some of the characters, specially with Russ.

Sidekick is a book about friendships, popularity and pretending to be something else for the sake of fitting in. How you can only fool yourself for a while but eventually will tire of keeping up face, and that despite your best efforts, you'll only end up hurting the people you love, the ones that really care about the "real you". 

I loved that for once, this book is set in places I've visited before (Fresno and Clovis, California), and although I don't remember much of them, I feel this certain connection. Like if this story really did happen and I might bump into Russ or Garret or any of the other cast of characters. Or buy a BURGER at Parker's. Yes, bucketlist! Must find a burger joint like this one.

Like I said before, friendship is one of the most important themes about Sidekick and it all had to do with the amazing characters found here. I loved how quirky and diverse they all were. Everyone had their own little secrets and insecurities, and that's what made them even more awesome. Except for one *shakes fist*. There's Izzy (Russ' younger sister), Daphne (favorite and most awesomest of the bunch!), Trent (great side character) and Garret (confused bestie). 

I loved the romance that sprouts between Russ and a certain girl I liked to read about. It was so sweet. Definitely thumbs up for this!

Hehe, and here I thought I was writing a mini review! As you can see, I really liked Sidekick and I do recommend it if you are looking for a fun contemporary. But be warned, you might get hungry with all the talk of food.  BURGERS. Yum! 

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Sidekick Discussion

And now, the lovely Jessica L. Brooks from Let Me Tell You A Story and I discussed Sidekick! It was so much fun, I loved having someone to share my thoughts with and I'm happy to share it with you all. Hope you enjoy!
SIDEKICK


I shall write in RED.Bold red. *taps mic*


testing


haha


Okay, so Russ. What are your thoughts?


Russ. I think I liked him as a character but he was always so contradicting. And he made things harder than they really were.


Right. Like, at first, I was really frustrated with the guy. Hello, senior stud, you’re obviously absolutely clueless to everything. How can that happen? A jock, clueless? So it annoyed me a bit. But then I thought, hmmm, if this was the exact same scenario but a GIRL, would I be reacting this way? That calmed me a little.


Yes! In reality, that’s why I think I tolerated Russ more. It’s normal to come across a girl MC that doesn’t really have a clue about how awesome she is, but with a male mc? Not that common. Sort of reminded me why Stephenie Meyer wrote Life after Death.

Hmmm I have to admit I haven’t gotten to that one yet. *cries* But I get what you mean. And it’s true. It’s less common. Me neither, but I read that on an interview hehe. OH! LOL

I think what got to me (you know, those little character traits that pick at you) most was how he was so adamant about hiding everything about himself. And then, even though I still found it frustrating, I had to remember that there ARE clicks and people ARE judgmental like that. In fact, there was a quote I highlighted about that. Let me find it…

People are waiting for you to screw up, so you have to make sure they never have a chance to realize what a loser you really are. That’s all popularity is--pretending to be cool. No one is actually cool.
Which is somewhat true, though I think many people are cool, I think it boils down to the fact that everyone has their own definition of “cool”.


I loved that quote! There are many cool quotes like this one in here. I highlighted one when he was talking about Chefs, sent that to my sister since she always gets “shunned” for choosing that career.

:/ That’s sad. *sends hugs to your sis*


You know, putting Russ a bit aside, I was actually surprised to have the secondary characters turn into important ones as the story progressed.

Totally agree with you. I loved the secondary characters. (Well, except for one… *shakes head*)


Ohemgee. That character was CRAZY. Like, what the muffins?! Unexpected. I mean, I was expecting some misunderstandings and jealousy and well, normal stuff. But then this character turns out to be just sick.


Here’s what got me: the fact that she had no conscience about what she was doing. That bothered me more than anything. Talk about messing with people’s heads.
The nerve. And she never learns. She never feels guilt and I’m really curious to know what happens to her in the end. The other guy sort of like saunters towards her and that’s it. That part was darker than the rest of the book.

I don’t want to get into details, because spoilers, but this made me laugh (when they go into Parker’s and Russ says): Are you sure you don’t want two? You could always save the other one for later...

O.0


LOL. That was funny! Right there was when I stopped thinking badly of Russ. He didn’t sound like a Sidekick to me at all. Wish I had awesome comebacks like him.

What I enjoyed about Sidekick was how that kind of began to slip away as he began to prioritize. Took the guy long enough, but still. He went from, This is like turning the world upside down and declaring anarchy… Garret’s calling me over to the freak table. to deciding who stinking cares about that, because I care for someone, and if anybody thinks they can hurt that person, well… BAM.


They aren’t worth his time. so BYE. (we can forget that LOL). Anyway, what frustrated me a bit was how Garret seemed to have this BIG secret at the beginning, and well, it’s not that big. It’s just self-harm because of jealousy and popularity. I was expecting something more from him as a character. He was weak, to me at least.


I agree. And that all did annoy me, don’t get me wrong. But the more I think about it, the more I think that’s a LOT of guys in high school. No matter what sport or extracurricular activity. I see it daily. Trying to fit in. Not sure where you work in the overall scheme of high school groups. So the weakness, in my opinion, was actually a lack of self-esteem. Which almost all teens have. Some show it outwardly (say, overly obnoxious so they appear confident; or always knocking compliments even though they’re the best looking because they truly do think they’re ugly); others take on things they don’t even like just to fit in. Daphne definitely did that. She hid her favorite things at times just like Russ did. (Obviously not *all* kids who are considered popular think they aren’t--but I think most of that crowd is also insecure. Like LANCE. WAIT WHAT WAS HIS NAME AGAIN?)

DALLAS

hahaha WHERE DID I GET LANCE?  

bahahaha
beats me, I was like WHAT LANCE o.o


Speaking of Lance (hahahaha kidding!) :Dallas, he wasn’t actually a bad character. He just wanted to be like Garret. The most popular guy’s bestie.The sidekick. Still a jerk though.

YAS! Exactly!

And I knew it! Told you about Daphne. hehehehe

I LOVE DAPHNE, DAPHNE’S MY FAVORITE. *insert Elf emoji here*


She was truly the coolest. Eccentric, smart, and overall COOL. Not like Izzy. I liked her and thought she was a cool sister at first but dude, what a crazy girl! She at times came off as REALLY mean.


I liked how Russ was able to talk to her (and make amends WITH PANCAKES). That was a great sibling thing. That’s one thing Natalie writes well, I think: those heartfelt interactions.


Oh, he was a really great brother (if we forget all those times calling her and her friends freak in public haha). Another funny thing was how everybody was like: “oh, you look sexy/hot when cooking” and he was always like “I look like a pansy”.


As an outsider looking in, yeah, that was annoying. But somewhere, somehow, we all get those ideas in our minds, sometimes. I mean, I know authors even do. “I’m lame. I’m not good enough. I’m so below so and so.” (Now if we could just get people to walk around telling us WE’RE HOT hahaha)

Hehehe we should…. B-) Trent. Wait, it is Trent, right? I liked that boy and his family’s business. Does it really exist in Clovis?


Yes! And not that I know of. I’ve never heard of it. But I enjoyed reading about Riverpark (shout out to the bestest Barnes and Noble, BTW) and other Fresno/Clovis related things. In fact, we went to Clovis yesterday (used bookstore called A Book Barn--check it out, locals!) and after all of that burger talk, I HAD to get one while we were there!

Yum! I’ve never visited Riverpark, only a Hometown Buffet, a theater right besides a mall (watched New Moon with dad and UGH) and that’s it. Can’t remember much of Fresno. But next time I shall visit those places!




It’s food, shopping, and the big Edwards theater. You could go there and hang out all day just fine. :)


Overall, I have to agree with the author (read the acknowledgements!) that Sidekick is indeed a book about friendships and then, misunderstandings. A lot of things that happen may seem a bit too much or too middle grade (?) but think it nailed how sometimes, like you said, even the most popular person in the whole world has lots of insecurities and may even think of himself/herself as a sidekick. Or not know how much they are worth or who the real friends are.


True. Though I wish I could say it’s only a middle grade thing, with having three daughters currently in high school, I see/hear about this sort of thing often. (Not a kid like Russ specifically, but that struggle for people to find their place, to be able to step out and do different things, and be comfortable with it, ect.) For some reason, our human tendency is to fall back on labels and we have a hard time being cool with NOT giving them to people and accepting them if they have a little bit of a few labels instead of one specific one. That’s not only a teen struggle, but a human one.
Is US High School really that tough? I don’t recall as many labels here in Mexico. Sure, we have the popular ones and all, but not that much. I don’t even remember which label I fell upon, or if I had one. o.o UNPOPULAR LOL

But to WHOSE standard of popular? That’s what I mean. In every school (watch every YA movie and you’ll see the same thing… Clueless, Mean Girls, and so on), there’s groups. The ASB (student body) kids, the artsy kids, the smart (or AP or this or that club) kids, the jocks… I could go on and on. I’m not saying that those groups don’t have individuals who step out and do things outside of their little bubbles… but there IS a struggle to feel accepted (by certain people) at times when one does belong to a few different groups. I’d say there’s a lot of embracing one another here, as well… but it all boils back to the whole security vs. insecurity thing. At the end of the day, Russ was insecure because of the way he PERCEIVED everything. When he saw things differently, look at how the situations changed.


When he realized HE was the popular one, more like the one everybody wanted to be, he embraced his singularity and realized he didn’t need to fit anywhere else except with the people he wanted to be with. I liked that. And it didn’t mean he was the best person ever, but he realized that’s who he was and accepted it.

EXACTLY! EMBRACE YOUR INNER BACON LOVER!

I mean…


I’M EMBRACING IT. What was the name of the place again? I feel like I’d die if I ever ate one of those burgers. But I’d totally want to try one LOL.

It was Lance’s.

HEHEHEHE

Parker’s.
HAHAA. Will never forget Lance ♥
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About The Author:
Natalie Whipple grew up in the Bay Area and relocated to Utah for high school, which was quite the culture shock for her anime-loving teen self. But the Rocky Mountains eventually won her over, and she stuck around to earn her degree in English linguistics at BYU, with a minor in editing. Natalie still lives in Utah with her husband and three kids, and keeps the local Asian market in business with all her attempts to cook.

She is the author of the TRANSPARENT series, HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW, the I'M A NINJA series, FISH OUT OF WATER, and MY LITTLE BRONY (under K.M. Hayes). In addition to that, she is on the writing team for the cRPG Torment: Tides of Numenera that should be out sometime in 2015.
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