I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You Book Review

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                       Title: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You                                          
                                 Author: Ally Carter                                        
Genre: Young adult fiction
                                               Pages: 284                                                      
                                                  Age: 12+                                                        
Rating: Three stars 
Synopsis: Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies.
Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Hello Bookworms!

About a week ago I finished I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have To Kill You by Ally Carter. It is the first book in the Gallagher Girl series, and I have some mixed feelings on it…

Let me start by saying that I went into this book knowing that it was going to be cheesy because come on, it’s a book about a school for spies. It did deliver in the cheesiness, but it had some good aspects.

I liked the first half of the book. I thought it was funny, cute and interesting, especially since I’ve never read a book about spies. The first half is a look at the school and the main characters. I really enjoyed this part of the book. I liked the main character and her friends. I even liked Macey McHenry, Cammie’s ‘frenemy.’ The school reminded me a lot of Harry Potter with all its hidden tunnels and passages. The first part of the book was about Macey’s relationship with our main character Cammie, and Macey adjusting to spy school. Then, when Cammie meets Josh  (an ordinary boy who likes Cammie,) the book started to go downhill. At first, their relationship was sweet and I enjoyed watching it develop, but by the time I had finished ¾ of the book it got boring and repetitive. I felt like the only content for a good chunk of the book was just Cammie sneaking out to see Josh. This area of the book lost me because you could read it and almost forget Cammie was a spy. I wish that the theme of the book was a little more consistent.

Towards the end of the book, there is an action scene where Cammie and her friends have to complete a spy school final, and It was a cool concept (spies having an interactive final in which they have to use their training to save something.) But I feel like it was poorly executed. I could not wrap my mind around the descriptions of the scene. I found it hard to follow.

That is a lot of negative stuff, but I actually am glad that I read this book. I’ve seen this book everywhere. My library has always had a million copies of this book and I had wondered what they were about. I am glad I read it just because I have always been curious, but I also liked this book. I obviously didn’t love it, but it wasn’t horrible, so it wasn’t a complete waste of my time.

The end of the book was a cliffhanger! It tied up some things but there is still one big mystery and because of this I could see myself reading the next book in the future. I don’t really want to read it… But I really do want to find out what happens! Perhaps if I am bored one day I’ll take it out from the library 😉

So, in conclusion, this book is a bit bland, but has some good aspects such as sweet friendships, humor, and all things spy! It’s a good read if you’re looking for something light and quick… Just don’t take it too seriously! 

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Have you read this book? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments!

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This entry was posted on March 13, 2017. 4 Comments

Updated Bookshelf Tour!

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Hello bookworms!

I recently realized after looking back through my old posts that my bookshelf tour was seriously outdated. Since August of 2016 I have acquired lots of books, and received new bookshelves! I figured now was a good time to do an updated bookshelf tour… So here you go!

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Ive dedicated this wall of my bedroom to my books. It’s my favorite part of my room! This picture is an overview of my shelves…

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…And this picture is of my shorter shelf. On top I have pictures and trinkets on display.

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This shelf has most of my hard-covers, arranged in the colors of the rainbow.

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This is my Harry Potter shelf!! This is probably my favorite part of this bookshelf. It holds my 11 Harry Potter books (+ my Harry Potter vocabulary book,) four movies, a time turner, a Hogwarts wax stamp, three Pop vinyls and a owl Beenie Baby.

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                                                                 A close up of my Pops 🙂

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This shelf holds some of my series’. I have the Selection series (minus the first book which I currently have loaned out,) The Mark of the Dragonfly series, The Face on the Milk Carton series, Keeper of the Lost Cities series, and some of my favorite series’ from when I was younger. These include the Poison Apple books, the Cupcake club series and the Disney Fairies series.

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                          This shelf is a continuation of the previous shelf. More series!!

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These are my second and third bookcases. The third is actually a CD shelf but I think its perfect for housing decor.

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The first shelf on this bookcase holds about half of my to-be-reads. This is my favorite shelf in this bookcase. Every time I look at it I become so excited to read these books!

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This next shelf is a bunch of middle grade books with no specific order. Plus a Peppa Pig 😄  I had her on top of my other shelf but my dog kept stealing her so now she guards my books!

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This shelf is pretty much the same thing, expect a lot of these are young adult books.

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These are just extra books that I threw onto this shelf. It holds everything from Pippi Longstocking to The Odyssey!

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These are my last two shelves! The first has two bibles and three textbooks. Kinda random… and the last has a bunch of notebooks, coloring books, and journals crammed in it. This shelf isn’t exactly pretty, but I didn’t know where else to put all of that 😄 Next to these are my ukulele, which is another one of my favorite parts of my shelves.

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I have this little chair to the left of my bookshelves and it holds more books that I haven’t read yet. These ones didn’t make it onto the shelf since (Besides To Kill A Mocking Bird and Emma,) they are all middle grade books so I probably won’t get around to reading them all. I bought them when I was still into MG books, but now I prefer young adult.

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 is just a bonus picture of the light up tree next to my shelves… I thought it was pretty!

So that is it for todays bookshelf tour! I hope you enjoyed seeing how I organize my books. How do you organize yours? Did you see any of your favorite books?

                                                        Tell me in the comments!

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This entry was posted on March 9, 2017. 8 Comments

Selection coloring pages

Hello bookworms!

Recently my grandmother gave me The Selection coloring book (thanks grandma!) Incase you didn’t know, The Selection is a series written by Keira Cass. It is such a good series, and it is really popular, so they came out with a coloring book! The coloring pages are so gorgeous, and I thought I’d share the ones I’ve done so far 🙂

This is my favorite page I’ve done so far. I colored this one with Staedtler rollerball pens. This scene in the book was so cute. I love Maxon and America!! “I am not your dear.” 

This is from one of the very first scenes from The Selection. This was really fun to color!  This picture was with Conte Color Collection pencils.


This one was also really fun to color. I love the detail in America’s dress. This was also done with Conte Color Collection pencils.

So tell me, which one was your favorite? Have you read the Selection? Let me know in the comments!!

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This entry was posted on January 27, 2017. 6 Comments

Girl Online Review

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Title: Girl Online
Author: Zoe Sugg
Genre: YA contemporary
Pages: 352
Age: 13+
My Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Hello bookworms! Today I will be reviewing Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, my first official book of 2o17!! Let me start off my saying that I did not read this book because Zoe Sugg wrote this. I have only watched one or two videos of hers on YouTube, and I would not consider myself a Zoella fan. This review is my unbiased opinion 🙂

I bought this book because:

  1. The cover is super cute.
  2. I just wanted a lighthearted easy story.

And a lighthearted easy story is what I got! I’ve been doing a lot of reading for school (all classics,) and I really wanted to read something for fun. I decided on this, and though it has flaws, I enjoyed it.

The story has a good premise. It’s about Penny, who has a blog where she anonymously writes about her life. She goes by Girl Online (hence the name of this book.) Penny receives advice from her viewers about everything, especially the panic attacks she starts suffering from. When things in Penny’s life get pretty bad, her family takes the opportunity to go to New York City for the Holidays. In New York, Penny meets Noah, a teenage musician who she falls hard for.

I liked Penny as a main character. I found her relatable and quirky. I liked how even though she was going through a hard time in the book she stood up for herself and made a conscious effort to change her life.

I have more mixed feelings about Noah. I think he was too old for Penny, and I definitely don’t think he should have kept such a secret from Penny! (You’ll have to read the book to learn more about that…) On the other hand, the adventure he whisks Penny on in NYC is super cute.

Elliot (Penny’s next door neighbor best friend,)  was a good character. He was slightly annoying, over dramatic, but very funny. Everyone needs a bestie like Elliot! Except maybe a little more loyal 😉

My favorite part of the book was watching Penny (from England,) come to America. I thought it was funny that she was confused about driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road. Also,the first day that Noah and Penny had in New York. Their developing relationship was pretty sweet but…..

What parents would let their fifteen year old run around New York with a stranger (who is three years older than her!?!!) And I get that people can be attracted to people at first sight, but it’s kinda unbelievable that a fifteen-year old girl thinks she found her soul mate after spending a few hours with him.

Also, I don’t understand how Penny had never heard of panic attacks. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure they’re a pretty well-known thing.

There were a few more little things that bothered me but the biggest thing is that Zoe Sugg didn’t actually write Girl Online. She hired someone to write it for her, and put her name on it because she knew it’d sell. This bothers me because I think that if you don’t know how to/ like to write, you shouldn’t have a book.

So there’s a lot of things I didn’t like, but the bottom line is although it wasn’t very realistic, I liked reading it, and although this probably won’t be a book I treasure and re-read, I think that it was worth while. Therefore I am awarding it 3 ½ stars!

Thanks so much for reading! Have you read this book? Do you want to? Tell me your thoughts below!

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This entry was posted on January 26, 2017. 2 Comments

Best Books I’ve Read In 2o16

2009          Hello Bookworms!

Today I will be sharing five of the best books I read in 2016, as well as giving a brief description, so perhaps they will become some of your favorite books in 2017!

My favorite book that I read in 2016  is The One by Keira Cass.

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I read the entire Selection series in 2016 and I absolutely LOVED all of the books. My favorite of the seven books was The One, and it is the third installment of the series.

The Selection series follows the main character, America Singer on her journey into the heart of Prince Maxon, of Illea. The country of Illea (which is a district of the United  States in the future) hosts selections, to marry off their princes. When it comes time for Prince Maxon’s selection, America Singer enters, even though she has a decent home life and a boyfriend she had always planned to marry. In The One, America is running out of time to choose between Aspen (her boyfriend back home) and Prince Maxon, who has fallen for America. It is sweet, suspenseful read, and I totally recommend it to anyone looking for a light romance or a quick read (just be sure to start at the first book, The Selection!)

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Another book that I enjoyed is Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger. I actually read this book twice this year!

This book is definitely a Middle Grade book, and I would say it’s targeted age group is 9-13. Because its a MG book the writing wasn’t that great… but the story is so original and unlike any other book I’ve read, so it definitely gets a spot on my 2016 list.

Keeper of the Lost Cities follows a 12 year old girl Sophie Foster, who has been a telepath since she was five. Even though she acquires telepathic abilities, she always thought she was human… But it turns out she’s an elf! She goes on an epic journey through the lost cities, where she faces trials and meets new friends. I became totally smitten with Sophie Foster and her friend group, that it felt like coming home when I read it for a second time.

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The next book is Anyone But Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp. This book. Ivy Pocket. So much love for this story. I especially love Ivy’s manner of speaking. She is quite honestly very rude, but it only makes her more lovable.

In Anyone But Ivy Pocket, Ivy is responsible for delivering a very valuable and very mysterious clock diamond necklace. Throughout the story the clock diamond is the reason for several bizarre occurrences,  bizarre and  absolutely hilarious occurrences! This book is a mystery and a comedy all wrapped up in one… with just a touch of Alice in Wonderland.

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price is my fourth book. I really enjoyed walking through Harry Potter’s Sixth year of Hogwarts along with him. It had a perfect amount of suspense, magic, darkness, and the typical Hogwarts coziness.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price is the sixth installment of the Harry Potter series. This particular book has a certain theme, and that is memories. Throughout the book, Albus Dumbledoor tells Harry a story (a story that may be crucial to Harry’s very existence,) through memories. While reading this book, I became so immersed in the story. I loved it!! You can read my full book vs. movie review here.

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My final book I’m featuring in this post is Taking Flight by Michaela DePrince. This auto-biography is an inspirational tale of the hardships we sometimes go through to reach success.

Michaela Deprince (formally named Mabinty Bangura,) was born and raised in Seirra Leone. She grew up surrounded by war.  Eventually her parents were killed as a result of the civil war. In an orphanage, two things bring provide hope for Michaela; a friend and a tattered picture of a ballerina from a magazine. Michaela’s life in Africa is extremely difficult, but things get better when she and her best friend Mia, are adopted by an American couple. While in America, Michaela pursues her dream of becoming a professional ballerina, and the book discusses the trials she occurs along the way. You can see my full review here.

So there you have it! Those are five of my favorite books I read in 2016! So tell me, have you read any of these books? What is your opinion of them? What were your favorite books of 2016? Let me know in the comments!!

Happy New Year Bookworms!!

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This entry was posted on December 31, 2016. 5 Comments

The Liebster Award!

 

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Yay! I’ve been nominated for the Leibster award by Hannah! Thank you so much Hannah!

These are the rules for the Leibster award:
Thank the person that nominated you and link back to his/her blog.
Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
Nominate 10 new bloggers with less than 200 followers.
Answer the 10 questions that the person who nominated you asked.
Then create 10 new questions for the bloggers that you are nominating.
Notify the bloggers that you have nominated by leaving a comment on their blog.

Here are Hannah’s questions:

1.Curly fries or french fries

French fries (yum!)

2. Do you watch Youtube? If so, who do you like to watch?

I watch Gillian Bower, and also just other DIY videos. Does anybody have any book-related Youtube channels you can recommend to me? I would love to start getting into book-tube… If thats a thing.. 😄

3. Name one thing you are most likely to binge.

I’m not a huge T.V watcher, but I do enjoy binge watching Gilmore girls, and The Middle.

4. When and why did you start a blog?

I started Lilah’s Bookshelf April 2016, because I was loosing interest in my old blog. I had had it for close to six years and I thought it was time for something fresh centered around one subject, books.

5. Any blog goals?

Just more viewers, I guess. I am actually one away from Twenty followers! I would one day like to reach fifty followers.

6. Preferred hot beverage?

Hot chocolate is actually the only hot drink I like!

7. One place in the world you could travel to?

Oh boy… I’ve always wanted to go to Tokyo, But then there is Bora Bora, California, Hawaii, The Caribbean.. It’s too hard to choose just one place!

8. Describe your ideal day.

Oooh. It would be around Christmas time, and there would be a light snow falling outside, and a fire in the fireplace. I would be baking cookies, while listening to christmas music. While the cookies are in the oven I would settle on the couch with a blanket and some chocolate and read a good christmas book. Then, I would play a bit of Star Stable (my favorite video game,) and finish the day by watching a movie. My family would be there and it would be fabulous.

9. What is your favorite season?

My favorite season is autumn. I love carving pumpkins, drinking hot chocolate, crunchy leaves, but most of all I love fall fashion! I live in jeans and comfy sweaters.

10. Any blogging tips to those just starting out?

I am by no means a professional or well known blogger, so I can’t really tell you how to make your blog famous, but I can tell you this: have fun! Write about what you love! If you’re really passionate about something, people will be able to see it in your writing. And also, I know that having lots of followers reading your posts can seem like the most important thing, but think: If you only have one follower, that is one person reading your words. You might affect that one person. Something you write might make them smile, or cause them to think about something differently. You might inspire that one person, and I think that’s pretty cool.

So now I have to leave my questions. I made mine mostly about books but I also threw in some fun ones, since it isn’t a book tag 😛

  1. What is a book you’ve re-read more than once?
  2. What motivated you to start a blog?
  3. What is one novel that you think doesn’t get enough recognition?
  4. What is your favorite movie that is based off of a book?
  5. If you could have any pet what would it be?
  6. What is your favorite holiday, and why?
  7. What is your favorite song at the moment?
  8. What is one fictional character that you relate to?
  9. What is one interesting thing about you?
  10. Do you have a book that has special meaning to you (i.e. autographed, special addition, a gift, etc.)

I tag Olivia , Emily , and Bella , and anybody else who has under 200 followers!

Hope you enjoyed reading!

Have a great day bookworms 😉

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This entry was posted on November 7, 2016. 3 Comments

Spooky books for Halloween!

Hello bookworms *evil laughter*

Welcome to Lilah’s Bookshelf! Today I am going to show you some of my favorite spooky books that are perfect for Halloween…..img_6088

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Coraline is a really creepy book about a girl who enters an alternate world, where her life is very similar to her old life, but she soon realizes that she prefers her old life better…. Dun dun dun…

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Behind the Bookcase by Mark Steensland. I read this book when I was about nine or ten years old, and I remember loving it. I also remember it being creepy, but I don’t recall enough details to give a summary. Perhaps I will re-read this one soon.

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I know Harry Potter isn’t typically considered a Halloween book, but it does have witches and wizards! I totally recommend Harry Potter for Halloween, and all year round!

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Aahhh, The Shadows (Jacqueline West…) The book that started my love for fantasy. I actually re-read this book this summer, and I still enjoyed it, even though I first read it when I was eight or nine. It is a spooky tale of Olive Dunwoody and her creepy house with talking cats, and it is perfect for Halloween.

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Rose (Holly Webb) is actually quite scary for a middle grade book. The end really comes out of nowhere and it really surprised me!

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The Courage of Cat Campbell is up next on my re-read list. I really hope I can find the time soon, because this is such a cute book about Cat, who is disappointed she didn’t inherit her families witch genes… or did she? You’ll have to read to find out!

 

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I added this book into the mix for my younger readers out there. The Poison Apple Books were my absolute favorites books when I was about eight years old. They have girl power, and just the right amount of creepiness. These books bring back so many memories!

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Anyone But Ivy Pocket. This book isn’t really scary… Its just plain weird. Like honestly this book has the most bizarre main character, and peculiar storyline, so it’s no wonder I love it. It does have some spooky themes, so I decided to include it.

So that wraps up this post! I hope you enjoyed reading it, and Happy (early) Halloween! What are some of your favorite October books? Oh, and are you dressing up for Halloween? What are you being? Let me know in the comments!!

 

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This entry was posted on October 28, 2016. 2 Comments