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A Conspiracy of Stars

Hello, folks! Happy Monday… is that an oxymoron? 🙂

So A Conspiracy of Stars is a… well, I’m not too sure what I would call this. I know it’s YA, but it’s kind of a dystopian, science fiction-y hybrid.

This is one of the novels I got from Uppercase, so it came with several goodies. I do enjoy Uppercase, since I receive books that I probably wouldn’t have picked up. Again, this is not a sponsored post; I just think it’s awesome!

This novel is about humans on another planet and everyone seems to be a scientist except like two people who are drivers. Now with science, things become corrupt and now Octavia, the main character, has to figure things out and try to fix everything. Octavia is different than her fellow humans – I won’t go into too much detail, but I will say that this difference is the reason she kind of knows the corruption.

Are you apprehensive to read this? I was. Was it good? It was okay. The thing that I didn’t like was how long it took for me to get back into the world, so reading the novel became laborious, since I was trying to jump back into this world. It was a very quick read, and I wish I hadn’t started and stopped so many times and just read it all in one sitting.Also, I’m almost positive that there is going to be a series which was a little disheartening, because that means this novel (not all novels that are series) didn’t have much closure. The ending was plotting their next move. I’m honestly not too sure if I’d read the sequel, well, never mind. I probably will since these non-ending endings bother me, and I’m too curious not to see how it ends.

I hope you guys have a fantastic Monday (once again, oxymoron?) and a great week! You’ll probably hear from me one more time than normal, since Valentine’s Day is Wednesday and I’ll be doing a special post! I will see you all on Wednesday! Oh, and if you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation, have a happy Galentine’s Day tomorrow! 😁

Alexander Hamilton: Graphic Novel

“The ten dollar founding father without a father got a lot farther by working a lot harder, by being a lot smarter, by being a self-starter…”

Any Hamilton fans?! One of my personal favorites – although my favorite character/historical figure isn’t Hamilton (yes, I know he’s done a lot great things! And he is great!); my favorite is Hercules Mulligan. When the story of Alexander Hamilton is told, Mulligan occasionally gets mentioned, but look him up! He was AWESOME! I could type an entire article about Mulligan, but the novel was about Hamilton.

Now, I don’t know where you are in your opinion of “is a graphic novel literature?” My vote is that it can be. There is a difference between a graphic novel and a comic book. One of the distinguishing features (remember, all of this is my opinion!) is colors; graphic novels are typically muted colors or even black and white. Comic books tend to have pretty bright colors. I wanted to point this out because I’ll probably be reading another graphic novel soon – seriously, if you have any suggestions, let me know!

After his musical came out, Alexander Hamilton has become all of the rage in historical figures, which is understandable since he created so. many. things. There have been many, many biographies about him lately, but when I saw that there was a graphic novel, I was so excited!

However, this novel was pretty confusing at times. The images of the characters aren’t very distinguishable; the author does way more telling than showing – what I mean by this is that the characters’ dialogue wasn’t necessary to read, and there were paragraphs of tiny text to fill you in on the history. The novel definitely should have been at least a hundred more pages – cramming an entire life into a graphic novel with less than 200 pages is insanity! So I guess my biggest complaint is that there weren’t enough pages… and I wouldn’t have minded more of Hamilton’s victories!

And Then There Were None

I know I’ve already praised the words of Agatha Christie, but I will praise her again and again (yes, so that means there’s another one of her novels coming up on the posts).

This one, although fantastic, was not one that is simple language – I say this because a lot of the things I read have a pretty low Lexile (can you tell I used to teach English?).

For those of you who haven’t read this classic, the story is based on a poem by Frank Green, “Ten Little Soldier Boys”. The poem has gone by many different names – several of them are pretty controversial. Ah, literature, one of the most historic controversial tools, but I digress. This poem is the outline of the novel. I’d say I’m giving things away, but 1. Agatha Christie already does that by putting the poem into the novel and 2. the way people die is still a matter of mystery, which is why you should definitely read it.

really enjoyed the ending, and, have I told you how picky I am about endings? It’s Kelsie approved!

I plan on reading a few more of her Novels, particularly the Hercule Poirot series. Did you see they are making another of his books a movie? Speaking of movies, Little Brown just announced Goldfinch is in the process of production for its movie! I will say that following publishing companies on Instagram is one of the better choices I’ve made recently. Speaking of Instagram, if you want to follow me on Instagram, it’s @kelsie.leeann – if you’re a dog person you’ll see my new puppy about four times. Try reading and writing with that goofball around!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Today turned out to be a snow day for me, so my afternoon will involve a blanket, tea, Netflix, and a book. Have a great Monday!

Manhattan Beach

Welcome, or welcome back, folks!

This book. I honestly don’t know how to feel about this book. The plot was so great in theory: a girl whose dad disappears out of nowhere and set during World War II. Both of these mentioned in the summary had me so excited for the book. The first, oh, 150 were pretty solid, and then, out of nowhere, the book slowly becomes just okay. Once again, I was very sad because of the promising plot.

I never really felt any certain way about the main character, Anna. She was likable, but I didn’t think she was lovable.

I’ll be honest; I have very high standards of two things: 1. Characterization (which is definitely from being an ex-English teacher) and 2. Ending.

Characterization was there, but not on a personal level.

Ending. Well ending is a different story. If you ask anyone remotely close to me how particular I am about endings, you’d get an eye roll and an irritated tone. (It took me a literal week to figure out how I felt about the ending of the newest Great Gatsby movie). So the ending: were things resolved? Yes. Were they to my satisfaction? Not really. And I honestly don’t know why because it’s not a “happy ever after” (zero spoiler!) which is what I like. But it was also a happy ever after. Basically, everything gets somewhat resolved. I just wasn’t a huge fan.

If you can’t tell, It’s been over a week since I’ve finished it, and I’m still going back and forth!

Honestly, I can’t recommend it or not recommend it. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads (if we aren’t friends on Goodreads, let’s be friends!) and I’m sticking to staying right in the middle. This is a novel that you will have to read yourself to decide.

Murder on The Orient Express

I know most (and by most I mean all) of the books I talk about are fairly new releases, but I haven’t really experienced a lot of modern literature; there weren’t many classes for that at my university.

So I recently read my first Agatha Christie novel: Murder on The Orient Express. I know what I’m saying isn’t really new news, but goodness what an amazing writer!

I love the way she sets up this novel. And if you haven’t seen the new movie, it’s okay, but, as always, the book was better.

This year one of my goals as a reader is to experience way more genres than I’m use to. There’s many worlds out there, and if I’m picky, I might miss the best ones!

I Only Wanted the New Year to Start My Resolution

I wouldn’t say that this post has the longest title ever, because it’s not. But I wanted to convey my excitement for some of the books that will be released this year! Lately, while looking at publishing companies’ social media, they’ll post about a new book and I’d get all excited, only to find out I had to wait! This year, I decided I’m going to attempt to read 50 books! I know, it’s pretty lame that I haven’t ever hit it, but this is my year!

So the first book is Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. It’s from December’s UpperCase Box, so that means it was signed and came with a whole bunch of goodies!

This book took me awhile to read because of the holidays, but I’m so glad I finished! This is a YA novel. Mills does a FANTASTIC job creating characters – seriously, I want them as my best friends. My two favorite characters are supporting ones, but the narrator is okay as well. I definitely chuckled once or twice while reading.

The story was set around a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Mills does an excellent job paralleling the play to the storyline with out it being overly obvious, and it benefitted the main character because of her knowledge, she’s able to help out and almost force herself (in a good way!) into everyone’s life.

I don’t know if it’s just because I, personally, am awkward, but some of the social aspects were awkward! Not like Michael Scott awkward, but slightly cringeworthy.

Take some time to look into the novel! It was great!

What was your first book of 2018? What’s your reading goals?!

One of Us is Lying

As the holidays get closer and closer, my free time is dedicated to driving seven hours back home to visit family. I had to go this weekend and I have to go next weekend! Oh yes. Lots of driving. Because this book has went through travel, this poor book has been lost and coffee got spilled on it!


One of Us is Lying is a YA novel about an allergic reaction that actually turns out to be… a murder?!

It is told in four different perspectives; each of the four characters narrating are the suspects. Karen McManus sticks to the high school stereotypes: the jock, the prom queen, the “nerd”, and the burnout. The kid who dies is the kid that runs the school gossip site. It turns out that he knows all of their secrets, and as far as the cops know, that’s their motive!

The story has a lot of twists and turns and you end up trusting no one! With the constant change in narration, there’s always a cliff hanger and the end of each character’s turn.

Recommendation: If you like YA, read it. It’s pretty good! It’s a fun concept (maybe I shouldn’t use the word fun about a murder…); no, enjoyable, yeah, let’s say enjoyable.