Where Have I Been!!!

As most of you guys probably know I haven’t posted anything in awhile. I have a good excuse for why too. I’m moving my blog to Blogger. That was always my plan to move it back to blogger. Not to mention I have horrible issues with wordpress.  So these past few months I been working on planning and redesigning my blog. I really want to make my blog better to show growth.

What’s in store for Once Upon A Time A Review? I am combining reading and writing. I will be posting way more frequently. I’m exploring different types of posts to put on a blog. I just not want to show the growth from where I came from, but show that I’m still growing as reader and writer. My blogs new debut will be on June 1st 2016 so I would love to see you guys come follow me on my journey.

I’m also doing a Q+A and need some questions so you can comment on here, Facebook, or even Tweet me. I will let you know when the post goes live so you can see if I answered your question. Here is the new link for Once Upon A Time A Reivew .

 

Blog Tour:A Study In Charlotte Review+Dream Cast

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Title: A Study In Charlotte

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Pages: 336

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Date: March 1st 2016

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Summary: The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.”

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Body Positivty

I don’t like being personal online for many different reasons mostly because of privacy, but I just feel like I have to right this post just to vent. I don’t want any hate I’m not trying to bringing attention to myself at all I just feel really crappy after hearing about a second part to this particular video. Stupid me I gave this person another view.

The first part  of this video came out around July of 2015 and now there is a second part. It deals with fat shaming and I think the large idea that body shamming doesn’t exist. That fat people are disgusting. Body shamming does exist and targeting a certain body size is wrong. The biggest factor is that you don’t know what other people’s situations are. For all you know the person could be skinny and have self-esteem issues and think they’re fat.

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Mini February TBR

I was debating on if I should do this or not and I have post coming up on TBRs Monday or Tuesday so look out for that. Anyways here is what I will be reading the rest of the month of February.

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
  3. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
  4. Goblet of Fire by J.K  Rowling
  5. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

This is what I will be reading for the rest of the month. What will you be reading the rest of the month? Have you read any of these book?

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Favorite YA Bloggers

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One of things I wanted to do is start a sort of a discussion post series talking about my favorite things. I have 6 favorite posts planed so far and I would to have feedback on what you want to see so comment below to do that. Well as the title states I will be talking about my favorite YA bloggers these are the blogs that I really enjoy reading. Disclaimers all of these are my own opinion you may like different blogs. I do however recommend them so  you should go check them out.

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Where Have I Been?!

Hi guys it has been forever since I wrote blog post and not by choice either. So basically WordPress crashed on my school’s laptop, and then my laptop crashed. Anyways I got a late Christmas present which was a hot pink laptop and I’m so thankful that parents bought me this. I’m hoping this last’s me a long time. This means I will be posting a lot more and I can’t wait.

 

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Libby Day was just seven years old when her evidence put her fifteen-year-old brother behind bars.

Since then, she has been drifting. But when she is contacted by a group who are convinced of Ben’s innocence, Libby starts to ask questions she never dared to before. Was the voice she heard her borther’s? Ben was a misfit in their small town, but was he capable of murder? Are there secrets to uncover at the family farm or is Libby deluding herself because she wants her brother back?

She begins to realise that everyone in her family had something to hide that day… especially Ben. Now, twenty-four years later, the truth is going to be even harder to find.

Who did massacre the Day family?

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Dark Places

Writing
This woman is seriously amazing. In case you don’t know, she’s the author of Gone Girl, which was probably my number one read of last year. So I was super excited to pick this up and get back into her amazing writing style! Every single sentence had me on the edge of my seat, desperate to know what was happening next. She writes with a brutal honesty that, no matter how strange the situation, makes you identify with everyone. Yes, there’s a lot of swearing. With some writers, that can be annoying, and there just for the sake of being there. With Flynn, it makes her books more real. I can’t explain it properly until you’ve read one of her books – just trust me, her writing will have you thrown brutally into whatever dark, twisted thing she’s trying to show you.

Plot
Just like Gone Girl, this was dark, gritty, and violent. I was in love. I’m not a big fan of mysteries, but this wasn’t at all your typical mystery. Libby, our main character, had such a personal connection to the deaths, since she almost witnessed her family’s deaths. Plus, there was already someone in jail for it – Libby’s brother, Ben. So Libby was a lot more involved in trying to solve this case than a regular person might be, or even the people from the Kill Club that she met. It wasn’t at all professionally done, and there were a lot of scenes full of emotion.

There were also a lot of flashbacks, which I think really helped. I couldn’t work out who was guilty, but I could work out who wasn’t guilty. I got furious at everyone who believed it was Ben (not a spoiler – we can assume that pretty early on). I got furious at all the maddening evidence pointing at Ben. I got mad at Ben for being so stupid, and not realising how terribly all his actions were going to blow up in his face. Basically, there was a lot of anger going on. BUT, good anger. The kind of anger that left me dying (bad choice of words?) to know who had done it!

Ultimately, I wasn’t happy with the ending. I was happy with half of the mystery being solved. The other half… I don’t know, I like the option to be able to work it out. This was basically impossible to solve. I almost got it, but very near the end, and I wasn’t entirely right anyway. With Gone Girl, I put down the book, and almost instantly wanted to pick it up again to find all the little clues that had been scattered through the book now that it all made sense. With Dark Places, I knew there was nothing there to find. If anyone guessed it, please let me know – I want to know how you did it!

Characters
Ben - Dark PlacesNone of the characters were lovable, but that wasn’t what this book was about. Libby, our protagonist, had ‘witnessed’ her family dying, like I said before. So, as you’d expect, this was one messed up adult. She acted like a kid a lot of the time, being spoiled, having tantrums, having the attitude that there would always be someone there to fix her mistakes. There wasn’t, of course, and I think she knew that, but it meant that so many things were left undone. She never had someone to teach her how to be a grown-up, and it really showed. This would usually make me hate a character, but it made so much sense with Libby. No, I didn’t like her, but I wouldn’t have her any other way.

Ben was a whole different kind of person to read about. You were never exactly sure where you stood with Ben, because everyone had some sort of strong opinion on him. He was a Devil worshiper, an innocent, a murderer… Even reading from his point of view, it was hard to work out how you should feel about him. Like I said, he didn’t exactly make himself look innocent. Just like Libby, though, the story wouldn’t have been right if he was any other way. The plot wouldn’t have worked if Ben was a nice character! Again, he wasn’t likeable, but I wouldn’t change a thing about him for the sake of the story

Have any of you read this book? What did you think? How did it compare to Gone Girl for you?