I originally titled this wrong my bad

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SO.

I’ve been doin’ some procrastinating (what’s new there), and during this time, I’ve done 0 reading (my brains been fried for the past year, I don’t even read restaurant menus anymore), until recently.

And by recently, I mean in the past week.

And by reading, I mean my good free friend Wattpad.

And here’s the deal.

I’ve been a good friend to Wattpad for far too many years (two), and during this time, I’ve seen some questionable things (that made me cringe), I’ve met some questionable people, and ultimately, I trolled someone (listen he was on Wattpad flirting with girls, am I proud? No. I should have reported him. Do I have regrets? No. It makes for a fabulous story).

All that aside, though, I’ve also read some quality stories that should be published, and met some incredible people. There are support systems for mental health, there are groups for every religion, it’s actually really cool

Now, ALL OF THAT aside, what Wattpad ranks, and some of the stories in the “Top Ranked” category, are just…

Not my taste?

Which I why I decided, hey, why not single-handedly take it upon myself to review Wattpad stories. (I’ve lost my mind).

I’ve configured a list of all the books I intend to review.

……

……

No, I haven’t, but I can tell you the first book you can expect a review on.

The Top Romance story (as of Current-3/27/2020), The Way We Were Before by Madzalalor.

I thought it’d be funny to have me cringe my way through the one genre I really struggle with.

However, upon further investigation; the book doesn’t look terrible (I’m actually really intrigued), and this might turn out to be less memey than I thought, and actually a really good experience?

Who knows.

(I’m also not trying to rag on any Wattpad stories-have you read mine? They’re a comedy act just because of how painful they are. I just think that After…got the blow-up that certain books should have, and maybe After should have come…after them?).

All this aside, I’ll be reviewing it like a normal book review, and I’m curious-have you read this Wattpad book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to know!

 

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Reading List (October Picks)

Well

Spooky Season’s around the corner, and I have a few books planned out for October, as I jump back into reading my books- let’s check out the seven on my list. Before I do-I know it’s early for October, but September packed up pretty quickly, so let’s aim for one heckuva book month with my favorite genre, eh?

  1. Stalking Jack the Ripper (Kerri Maniscalo)

It’s honestly been a while since I’ve read this beauty-and I find October to be my time for the heebie-jeebies, without getting too deep into the spiritual world of Demons and whatnot (unless it’s busting into a cult or something along those lines). This was my favorite book when I first read it, and when I got the book I was even more excited. It’s dark and creepy, but somehow is just a…perfect book to curl up under the covers with…a barely lit room…

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2. Dark Powers Book 1 (Bill Meyers)

DUDE.

Listen, creepy contemporary Christian is my jam, and this book-it’s what I love. It’s got the supernatural bits with a godly twist; it’s got a mystery, and yes, I’ve read this book too, but it’s been a bit, and I absolutely love it! I would definitely suggest this one, even just to find out why some teenagers are talking on the internet doing what a stranger tells them too (don’t do that).

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3. The Amateurs (Sarah Shepherd)

I’d like to start off by saying I got the authors last name wrong and came up with totally different search results on google, so um…I’m just going to avoid googling author names from here on out.

I digress, moving on.

I happened to have picked this mystery up at Barnes and Noble on clearance (those are where the OG gems live), and was pleasantly surprised by the description. It’s hard to find a good teen mystery–and while I haven’t read it, it definitely is giving me high hopes; and if anything, it’ll make for some good cozy reading (I’m going to continue to talk about this because my room is being fixed up and I got a little candle that won’t bug my Guinea Pig with smell…)

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4. PJ Sugar, Nothing But Trouble (Sarah May Warren)

I have something to confess.

I accidentally read the last book first, and now I’m just mad.

I was so excited, and I sat down, and I’m just like “What”, but I still read it. And then read it again. And then imagined some fan-fiction, because I was twelve when I first read it, and I was in the FanFic stage. But again, I read it at least once year-the characters are charming, and now that I have a job, I’ve decided to spring for the whole series, and let me tell you, I am excited for this one.

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5. Hangman’s Curse (Frank Peretti)

Again, a book I read out of order (I read Nightmare Academy first), but I did enjoy the book. It captivates you in a way you wouldn’t expect, and Frank Peretti writes the perfect psychological thriller (from what I can remember it’s been about two years), that just, makes you feel like you have to read it a time, or three to really grasp it.

I digress, I do remember that there was a scene with spiders, and that was my unraveling at that point in Hangman’s Curse. So, this, is definitely one I know will give me chills.

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6. A Study in Charlotte (Brittany Cavallaro)

This book just looks like fun, sort of a break up from the Hangman’s Curse and Stalking Jack the Ripper, but it has the mystery that I really enjoy. Watching the book trailer just made me…giddy, sir, I’m genuinely excited to read this book. Holy Hex is the trailer immersive. (Also, I may or may not have developed a crush on a book character again, and I just watched the trailer; so you know, that’s always nice).

CAN I INTERRUPT THIS POST FOR A RANT?

SOME BOOKS

SHOULD NOT BE ON KINDLE.

AND I AM SORRY TO SAY, THEY ARE TOO CLOSE TO WATTPAD.

I JUST.

WHY WOULD I PAY FOUR DOLLARS FOR A FANFICTION THAT I COULD READ ON WATTPAD?
No offense to the authors, it’s just confusing to me, I mean, hex yeah, if you’re writing’s bomb, absolutely man I’ll support you-it’s your own work, and the characters are your own creation (you know, not based off of anything incredibly noticeable)? Sign me up, I will support small authors.

But do not make a rip-off of Twilight or a Fan-Fiction, and charge me money.

7. The Hunger Games

I’m doing it, I’m diving into the fandom.

Recently, and I don’t know if you know this, Kindle Unlimited moved a butt-ton of books to their list that you can now read for free, even the entire Harry Potter Series, and the ever-popular Selection Series. I appreciate that, because when my family first got the subscription.

I read a lot of trash.

I still do.

But my parents spent ten dollars for me to read exactly what I was ranting about early. Now, I did find some gems, but boy, when Unlimited first launched, it was a mess.

I digress, the point is, I’m excited, and now that I can get my hands on it.

Years later.

After movies have been made and grammy’s awarded.

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So, my question for you is, have you read any of these books? Are you excited for fall, and what’s your reading list? I’d love to know!

Netflix Reviews; Gilmore Girls Reboot

Well

I’m late to the game, what can I say.

But also, I finally got to see the reboot, and after seeing this, I’m ready to try a variety of new shows.

I digress.

I wanted to give my two cents on what shook 2016.

What shook my world-but also not really.

But kind of.

So, Gilmore Girls, A Year in the Life

The short-series starts off following our favorite gals meeting up after the beloved father/grandfather’s death. The banter kicks off right away, and you feel instantly home.

Within thirty minutes half the story has been thrown at us in one Gilmore-girl swoop fashion.

We’re instantly hit with Rory’s struggle, and how she isn’t doing a great job of making one hexuva mark on the world, and she’s a homewrecker.

Again.

Now, I’ve always been a fan of Rory and Logan-Jess’s attitude just ticked me off, he was more of a jerk than not, and Rory and Jess just were too…Wattpad.

Anywho, Rory’s homewrecking again, she’s in an “open relationship”, she’s cheating on Paul, tap-dancing, and you know what, I understand that no matter how planned out your life might be-things are going to spiral out of control, but nobody informed me that your judgment and good nature would go with it too.

Still, I didn’t hate the storyline, because I’ve always personally related to Rory, and hated her for it all at the same time. I think it goes to show that being hard on yourself really just messes you up in the long run.

Anyway, Rory’s going through a hard time, but what I found the reviews failed to miss on this, was Lorelie. Like, the girl had heart, and while this time around the show seemed aware of how selfish she could be, they also showed signs of character growth, and she had even been going to therapy (but that went through the roof after a few sessions), which is a really good thing for somebody with her back story. She goes on a journey of self-discovery, similar to her daughters, only she tries to reenact a book, while Rory goes and hangs out with the best part of the whole show combined (The Life and Death Brigades). Rory lets that part of her life go and starts to try and find initiative, she’s got inspiration for something big, and overall, things are looking up at this point.

Lorelie finally does what we’ve been screaming about since season one, and the show ends on an overall good note.

A snappy overview I’ve just given, but one none the less.

Overall, I really enjoyed this and felt that the writers did a great job with this though I do feel like a few parts were just afterthoughts, like Rory running into Dean, Christopher showing up for all of ten minutes (less, really), and then there was Jess. Jess existed to give Rory advice, and then I don’t really understand why-like, okay, I get that he was an ex, but being Luke’s nephew, I personally felt like his story was a little too close. Suddenly the books he was reading really sank in, and he was Plato. Again, I’m not a major Jess fan, but I do love a comeback where they learn their lesson, or they show more than two emotions (possibly high or just really mood), and really, he seemed to be doing really well-so what happened? I’m not sure. Other characters that felt random was Sookie, which, I know why, but still, I feel like she was done dirty-like they wrote her to be Jackson instead of Sookie, and I don’t understand why. Babbette and the other townies don’t appear as much as I’d like, but there are only four episodes, so that’s marginally fair.

In conclusion, I did enjoy the reboot, it didn’t have all the elements the original did, but it did bring back the warm and fuzzies, and still is a re-watch type of show. (Just watch all the way from the beginning to the very end-makes for a pretty good week, I’d say). I wouldn’t rant about it and say beautiful, but I’m not mad about it. It reminds me of why I watched the show when I was sick/stressed-it’s stupid, you don’t have to think, and very rarely do you have to feel.

Overall, I’d give this show, a three out of five ginchies-it’s good for what it is, but it was definitely rushed.

Would I suggest the show? Hex yeah, again, all things considered, it wasn’t bad.

So, have you seen the reboot? What are your thoughts on it? Who was your favorite character? I’d love to know!

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BOOKSHOTS: BOOKS I HAVE MISSED

I grew up in a world of Fancy Nancy and Skippy Jon Jones, you know, the classics. Maybe a scattered Dr.Seuss, but to be honest I could never fully enjoy those stories like most people.

Anyway, I was also one of those annoyingly advanced kids who learned to read in 1st grade, and became a speed reader within a few months, so I would plow through every Junie B. Jones and Magic Tree House out there, and had moved onto The Baby Sitters Club in Third grade (I still have a decent portion of the books), and eventually Sweet Valley High, but somehow, along the way, I missed one of the greatest books out there, and under-rated the other.

So today, we’re going to be reviewing two children’s book (a possible nod to me getting closer to trying to publish my Children’s book?), both with a princess theme.

And first up to the batting ring we have…

Beth Moore’s “My Child, My Princess”.

Now perhaps, I might be a bit biased on this book, just because it was the only book I let my mom read to me once I actually learned how to read, and I genuinely enjoy the story line behind it, but how exactly does it hold up, six years after I last read it (and twelve years after I first read it).

So the story starts following our young Princess, who was commanded to clean her room by her dad-the king. Of course, because she’s a princess, and there is no way in the land of SUGAR COOKIES this girl is going to clean her room; she does the most logical thing- She Runs Away. Unlike every single one of us who has actually tried to run away (but actually just goes to our parents closet or the bathroom), she actually runs away-dressed up as a peasant-she goes to live like them. She get’s along fairly well, however, things get bad, and she watches as people taunts the King-her father, the only one who can recognize her. She feels horrible, and returns, promising to never again hurt him, and he basically calls her bluff, but tells her that it doesn’t matter, because his love for her will never end.

So what are my thoughts on this story?

Well, I will always love this story, for what it is, the parable, and the memories behind it. However, I did find a few flaws. I always thought that the book was long, whenever I, or somebody else read it, but in retrospect, when I picked it up just recently, the book didn’t feel nearly as long-and I quickly realized that it was the way that it was written (in loose “old English”, if you will), which made it a bit harder for younger me to understand. Not to mention, the placement of some of the words had current me re-reading to check and make sure I wasn’t going crazy.

So in conclusion, despite the slight confusion in the writing, I would still give this book four-out-of-five ginchies, especially if that was really the only flaw. Who do I suggest reading this (to)? Most likely someone ages Five and Up, considering I don’t think a three year old would have the ability to enjoy it as much. I do think that even adults should read it, because it transports you to a completely different time, with a sweet story/parable with this, that would genuinely make someone feel good.

MOVING ON.

To a story I was not so lucky to have around when I was a kid, but would have totally loved-Just Princesses, by Crystal Velasquez.

So interestingly enough, I found this book shoved under one of the desks at moms book and found myself absorbed in it almost instantly. Which is weird, because I feel like the intended age group for this was actually 6-12, and also, I’ve enjoyed a few comic books in my life, however I’ve always been more drawn to people “drawing” with words (if you will).

So, for the summary?

Princess Katrina’s -one of our main squeezes- father has remarried an “evil” step mother (only Princess Katrina isn’t the type to be negative-kudos to the author for writing a positive princess who didn’t whine about life), who was actually a witch (but who could tell, she seemed like a wholesome family friendly lady), and had a moody daughter, who just didn’t really like anybody or anything. (A genuinely relatable character).

So the evil witch-step-mom has decided that kids should be old, and she should have youth, only, things don’t work out to plan, as she ends up…

BECOMINGANOLDHAGANDMAKINGALLTHEADULTSDISAPPEAR.

So this means that the two step-sisters (you know, moody daughter and Princess Katrina. I have the book, and could easily give you names, but then you wouldn’t fill compelled to read it as much), along with their gaggle of friends and animals (THE BEST PARTS) set out for a way to get the adults back, and turn the ha – step mother, normal again. This instills them on a journey that shows the independence, and the importance of making decisions.

Now usually, I’d try to describe the story more, but we’re about to go off on a tangent, and say this book’s take on Feminism, is something just about anyone could get behind

How?

Because the story had it’s Prince charming, but the characters themselves acknowledged that they didn’t actually need him, or his “masculinity”. Not to mention, the Prince himself had problems, so the Princesses weren’t the only ones whining about problems. I think the biggest enjoyable moment of this for me, wasn’t just the show of feminism in an enjoyable, clear-but-tasteful entrance, but the logical thought process of the characters themselves. They were relatable, and that is something that is very hard to find in fairy tale stories.

Just Princesses, written by Crystal Velasquez, is the one book that I would suggest that everyone read this book at least once. A fun childrens story, with a strong character set up and background. Usually I would list my flaws, however, I genuinely struggle to find some, perhaps because it was a story I enjoyed so much. I have read reviews online, where people find the open-ending frustrating, and few other concepts annoying, however the comedy aspect is what is really enjoyable. As I’ve stated (numerous) times before, it’s very hard to write characters that are relatable, not to mention adding strong characters with flaws, that don’t come off as painful illusions.

I would also like to give this book, Five out of Five ginchies, for the make-up, and concise storyline of the book (AND, since I haven’t mentioned this, the fourth wall breaking).

Before we move on to the ending, I want to quickly apologize for the sloppy review of Just Princesses, I am EXHAUSTED, and sick. I however really enjoyed these books, and was eager to suggest both to you all. I hope to eventually come back and revise this book review, but as for now, this “dying” (I’ve been a whiny one this week), teen is getting ready for bed.

Have you read these books? Did you enjoy them?

Remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!

HaziWords

Book Shots: CopyCat

Remember the simple days, when we could fan girl in the safety of our own lives, and didn’t have to worry about psycho killers?
I don’t, not after reading Copycat, which, might I say has emotionally messed me up, and in some forms, made me weary to make any more blog posts.
But here I am, your loyal and faithful blogger, willing to sacrifice everything for you.
Feel honored.
I feel honored, actually, because I get to give something at the front of this review that I’ve never given before:
SPOILER WARNING.
That’s right, a book that yours truly, genuinely found surprising.
Now interestingly enough, I’m the type of person that’s a quick-witt, but a slow brain (surprised?), so this book really blew my mind.
Just when I thought I knew who the psycho was, the end of the book threw me through a loop.
The story follows our main character, Addie, and her adoration for the ever-popular, Gap Lake Mystery series, written by R.J Rossen (mind you the book itself, CopyCat, was written by Jane Hannah, who I give ten thumbs up for this story). Outside of her fictional world, Addie has a best friend, Maya, Colton, a quirky friend, and a dad who may or may not have been a loaded big-deal business man getting away with a crime. (I’ll leave you to read up on her dad). Not to mention a job, and a Lousia (we all need a Lousia, get’s rat poisoned, and still comes back to work-BOMB lady).
It seems life can be a little boring (I mean, you know, boring in terms of the world compared to Gap Lake), that is until the popular girl is killed, and she is the one to discover the body.
I’m going to skip a few parts, but to give you an idea of what happens toward the end:
In the original book, it’s made to seem like the boyfriend is the killer, even though he isn’t…
That being said, I’m actually really impressed with this book. I’d like to say I was impressed from the start, however I did find the beginning a little slow.
Once I got half-way through, I forgot that I was reading, and became absorbed in the story line, and trying to guess who was the perpetrator.
HOWEVER, as I mentioned before it took me a bit to get into the book (however that might be on me because I was in a mood when I first started reading it), and while everybody had sound characters, I didn’t feel particularly connected with our main girl, Addie, the story was great in mentioning how she felt, but I feel as if there was a lack of character building, like something was missing.
Would I still recommend this book? Hex Yes.
It’s the first decent book I’ve read in about a year (let’s acknowledge my poor start of last year’s book shots), and I’m actually really interested in reading more of the authors books.
Who would I say the target recommendation is for? Anybody age ranging 14+, who’s looking for a good physiological thriller. 14+ because the book does have swearing(A decent sprinkling of the “f-bomb”). It’s the type of book that you probably shouldn’t read at night before bed, but if your like me, and addicted to something that makes you uncomfortable (in a good way), loopy, then I’d say pop this bad boy out before read, and get your creeps on.
Total Rating: Eight of Ten Ginchies.
Have you read Copy Cat? Would you read Copy Cat? Do you have any book review suggestions? I’d love to hear!
Remember to live your life like the ginchy story that it is!
HaziWords

Book Shots: Skinny

Before I jump into this book review, I need to put a disclaimer. If you have struggled with, or are struggling with Anorexia, I need to warn you that this book does cover Anorexia, and the last thing I want is someone to relapse, or be leaning toward the edge, and this be the trigger.

Warning out of the way, let’s roll into the Book Shot.

Laura L. Smith brings us an interesting tale, of Melissa, a young Christian teen who struggles with Bulimia and Anorexia.

Melissa is what one might consider a “Perfect” teenager, the type of girl that just about everyone wants to be, the girl on the dance team, the girl with the decent scores, the girl with that killer figure. She’s almost a good two-shoes, except one problem: Melissa suffers from Bulimia/Anorexia.

And see, here’s the thing, I read this book religiously as a middle schooler, but for the life of me, I cannot get myself to write a review/sypnosis.

In personal opinions, I find the book to a be a fairly accurate representation of a Christian Teen girl, who has problems. She’s not perfect, she’s flawed.

But it’s almost a forced flawed, if that makes since.

I am a firm believer, that every teenager has problems of some sort. I don’t care what their religion is, how close to God, or whomever they worship, they are, I think we’re all pretty screwed up.

It’s clearly stated in the book that Melissa has an eating problem, no beating around the bush, which I’m a big fan of. No offense, but don’t beat around the bush for the climax, I want it at the beginning, I don’t want to wait, I want all the emotions all at the beginning. Laura Smith even goes into detail about why Melissa has an eating disorder (alot of it is due to lack of control- I relate, alot. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll pray, but I’ll also put myself in an incredibly depressive state, and try to control something else in my life, that could potentially hurt myself (usually I run myself past exhaustion).

And granted, the book has misspelling errors, and is it always accurate? No. I also believe that several of the characters are there, but you could either spice up, or do without.

Book review aside, I need a rant.

When reading reviews, I found some so frustrating, and here’s why:

They seemed so uneducated when writing the reviews.

One of them made me very frustrated, mainly because I knew this comment all to well.

In general terms, saying the MC, wasn’t a very good Christian because she was Bulimic.

Oh honey, why?

Just because someone struggles with something, doesn’t make them a bad Christian.

For the love of all things sane, and insane, I hate these comments and remarks.

Granted, this rant comes from deep within, where I spent alot of time around “Mental Health Disorders are wrong in Christians-they don’t believe in God”, and eventually, that wore down on me, because that was both an uneducated remark, and also, incredibly judgemental, because how dare you claim that someone’s imperfections make them a bad person.

Because my dudes, let’s be clear, we all have a mental illness in the end, and maybe for some of us, it might just be pride.

Right, getting back on track, how would I rate Skinny?

Three out of Five Ginchies, a decent book, but as you can tell, I couldn’t report much on it, and it didn’t have enough passion for me to put my enthusiasm into the review.

Who would I suggest it to?

Everyone, because even though the book wasn’t incredible, I say that it might help us with the general mindset of a young woman who is trying to keep her walk with God, but has her down falls.

Anyway, sorry this review was so out there, and short. I had something I had to get off my chest, and I think there might be a rant post comming.

Stay tuned for the next post, to hear Hazi say:

Remember to live you’re life like the ginchy story that it is!

HaziWords

Book Shots: Grasping At Eternity

Can we just acknowledge how I somehow managed to read THREE books this year. Wow.

I’ve never been more disappointed in myself.

But jumping back into it, I thought I’d review an old familiar of mine- Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper.

And as I’ve always felt toward the three times I’ve read the book, I felt the train wreck comming in the first page.

The story starts off with our MAIN Main character, Maryah, who has just had an uncomfortable run in with her parents, basically about her being “average”.

Oh my gosh, you don’t have good lucky or a big chest, woah-es me.

Sounds like every book? The complaints are.

But you know what, I’ll give it to the author, girls are pretty sensitive, and being told that you’re not exactly like your attractive smart brother would hurt (I should know), and if your parents say it, I’m so sorry (Can’t relate, my mother does everything but slap me when I make a remark comparing myself to others).

So she’s pouting in her boat, has her brother come up and try to console her, she feels a little better, and things will be perfect, she’ll eat snikerdoodles and listen to old classics, and her dad will apologise.

Except they won’t be perfect, because then a bit of a freak accident happens, and long story short, she ends up with a broke leg and a piece of wood shoved in her abdomen.

Due to the accident, her parents and brother (who’s her twin, by the way), passed away, leaving her an orphaned kid, who was either to live with her aunt and uncle, or her God parents that she’s never…actually met.

But she did meet them, because during the book, the twist is introduced, which you pick up between our kinda-annoying MAIN MC, and very annoying, MC dude, who is actually a total rotten Snicker doodle himself, and is whiny, and completely stuck on living for this girl and being weird about it, while she’s clueless,(but not really). I’m not going to lie, the Main Characters, they were total crap, like I get them, but also, the idea that they’ve spent centuries together, and never really had a break, would clearly acknowledge that they both needed a break.

And once again, the dude, the MC, Nathaniel is really whiny, for a dude, and acts nothing like a guy who’s seen some shingles, and rather a guy who’s playing the “nice guys finish last”.

That being said, the side cast was bomb, they were well structured, and had a less whiny attitude then the MC’s did. They had quarks, and gave me major Fast and Furious “Family” vibes.

The storyline that is important, but not, but also yeah kinda, important, is there, but not completely there, since the storyline is very

“I hate you, but I love you, and God help my ragging teenage hormones even though I’ve been around for CENTURIES.” (Yes, centuries, go read the book, I’m not giving spoilers).

In conclusion, you’re probably wondering why I read the same book three times-and the answer is simple.

The side cast is the main cast, and I love them.

Also I might be a massocist.

When it comes to suggesting the story, in general, would I?

No. But for my romance readers, and those who do enjoy their sides over the main course, yes. For my younger ones, or those who aren’t into completely Sexual references, probably not.

It’s not a lemon, thank the good Lord (I wouldn’t have read it), but it’s too edgy to be fluff, so basically, my current standing as a teenager.

For age, maybe someone who was fifteen, when I first read the book, or older, I’d say this book should be something you should check out, at the very least because the author loved her characters, you can tell, and that’s admirable.

For total rating, I’d give it two out of five ginchies, just because of the over-fluff, and the characters being very, very annoying.

I want to hear from you guys! Have you read this book? What did you think? How would you rate it? Are there any more books you want me to review?

Remember to live your life like the ginchy story it is!

HaziWords