Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon – Book Review

Hey everyone, its Divya! Its FINALLY May, but for some reason, Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the memo, and the weather is 60*F FOR TODAY, and 51*F AND RAINY TOMORROW! WHERE IS THE LOGIC?!?

But anyways, here on my blog, we like to keep it chill and with the current book-related-news, and recently I’ve read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. In almost a week, Everything, Everything will also be coming out in theaters, starring Amandla Stenburg and Nick Robinson (and not gonna lie, this movie looks super cute). I’m going to try REALLY hard to make the non-spoiler section as ‘non-spoiler-y’ as possible, but this is a short book with a lot of really cute scenes. All my favorite parts are going to be hard to avoid.

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Summary (Courtesy of GoodReads)

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I don’t know much about Yoon’s other literary works, but judging from this book, she is a really strong author! I loved this book, and all the cutesy (but relate-able) moments that a person gets when crushing on a hot guy. Well, in this case, an extremely hot guy. Its short, its sweet, and its definitely memorable and different from the normal Young Adult books that are filling library shelves and are stacking up on tables at Barnes & Nobles. I give this book a 3.8/5 stars, and that concludes the non-spoiler section! Go do yourself a favor and READ it, then come back to thecookiecrumblr to discuss! See ya

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After seeing trailers for a movie that looks absolutely amazing, and hearing many of my friends rave about Everything, Everything, I did everything in my power to get this book in my hands ASAP.

And this book was good! Especially in the beginning and middle. The main character, Madeline, was funny and sweet, and her relationship with her mom basically embodied the relationship I wish I had with my mom. And of course, her relationship with the incredibly attractive (fictional ;( ) guy next door made me jealous beyond compare. (I’ve been exposed to the world outside my house for more than 16 years now, and I am unbearably shy and awkward around people. Especially guys.  How is Madeline so suave?).

The love story amidst all the craziness and excitement is what really made this book shine. I died a little bit every time Madeline and Olly secretly met up. I felt constantly on edge, each time thinking that Madeline’s mom would just walk in on them kissing, and forbid Madeline and Olly from ever seeing each other again. And when her mom did finally find out, I WANTED TO SLAP THE LADY. Though I knew that her mom had a good point, and that Madeline’s health should be above this crush on a guy, I still wanted them to be together. It killed me to see Madeline be forced to fit back into the neat schedule of the same nothingness that she’d been living her entire life. And beyond that, it killed me to see Madeline forgive her mom so easily when her mom was taking away the first bit of freedom Madeline had ever been granted. But at the same time, it made me smile to see her not want to cause her mom any unnecessary pain.

But then of course Madeline decides to go to HAWAII. I understand the reasoning behind the inner-workings of her mind; that actually living a few days and dying happy is better than waiting the rest of her days in essentially a super-clean fish tank to die one day. To me, it sounded like an extremely poetic way of saying she either stopped caring or was suicidal, but I was still super excited for it. The fact that she was about to go on a journey with a guy she loved, to a place she’d only dreamed of was crazy exciting and I was oblivious to the obvious danger in the situation.

This brings me to the part of this book that i did not really like all that much. For all its cutesy moments and excitement, I couldn’t bring myself to love it. My only problem with the entire book was the ending.

It wasn’t sad, but I might have almost preferred it if it were. This book left me feeling kinda annoyed. I’m not saying it was bad, because it really wasn’t! It just felt so unreal. The fact that Madeline had been living completely isolated from the world, believing she was plagued with a disease that would kill her if she left the confines of her home, but suddenly she’s actually completely fine at the end and she can live happily ever after; it felt sorta like a cheat ending. The fact that this is a real disease, and in the real world, no one is lucky enough to have this disease washed out of their lives with one simple discovery. At first I thought this book would be one to promote awareness for a disease that few people in this world are forced to live with, but then it kinda turned into an ideal I-broke-the-rules-and-now-I-can-live-happily-ever-after. On top of all that, the person she trusted the most, her mom, was the one who was to blame for the waste of her life? All of that just made this book so much weaker in my mind. And it was all discovered in the end, where the book should be its most powerful.

However, I love how Yoon made the story come full circle, back to books and connecting Olly’s and Madeline. Their reunion at the end was just so perfect. Not too detailed, but enough for the reader to fill in the blanks. I hated how Madeline shut Olly out, and it made me incredibly mad, as she tricked him, and Olly did nothing wrong. But at the end, its clear that it was all water under the bridge, and (as a book lover) I can appreciate the cuteness and romantic tension in that bookshop.

Unfortunately, Everything, Everything was only a stand-alone novel, which depresses me because it was so short and I want to see more!! But luckily for us, its movie is out in theaters on May 19th! So dont forget to catch it in theaters!

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Thanks for reading my review. Comment below if you have any book suggestions, or any ideas about what else you guys want me to post about. That’s all for today! BYE!

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Book Nerd Christmas Wish List

Hey everyone! It’s Divya, here to be not only your reliable source for book reviews and fangirl-ing, but also to be your source of relief. Christmas is right around the corner, and you know what that means. Its time to get the people that you care most about in your life some presents. Now if you are like 99% of the world, then you struggle with getting the perfect gift for your friends and family, especially if their niche of interest lies in a field you yourself are not interested( aka: mundanes/muggles to nerds of every kind). Luckily for you, I am in that group of nerd and fanigrls, and I know some of the most perfect gifts to get.

This is my list of the best gifts to get your fangirl/ book nerd friend for Christmas.

  1. Books – Duh. Now don’t just go about buying any book, or something that’s “popular amongst teens” because chances are the person you are buying for has already read it, or doesn’t like that style/ type of what book is popular. I remember when The Fault in our Stars was popular. While I thought it was ok, I didn’t love it or even care all that much at the sad ending that had pretty much everyone else in tears. The characters’ sense of humor didn’t translate well to me, and I didn’t really take a liking to the characters themselves either (I did, however, love Isaac). But because all my friends and family knew I liked reading, at least 4 or 5  people gifted me with a brand-new copy of The Fault in our Stars that year; a book I had already read and decided I didn’t like. My advice is to BE SUBTLE and ask your friend about their favorite authors and genres, and try to figure out what book they’d like based on that information.
  2. Money/Gift-Cards – If you’re really stressing out because you don’t know what to get a friend, why not just leave it up to them? money-giftMoney and gift-cards are the way to anyone’s heart really,  as it is up to them what they can get. It’s the less personal gift, which is why I try to avoid giving only gift-cards and money, but its still a great present for anyone. If you do decide to give your friend a gift-card or money for Christmas, try personalizing it by making a card with inside jokes or a small side gift, like lotion or fuzzy socks.
  3. Fan Merchandise – Nothing will make a fangirl or book lover happier than to strut around in their brand new fan merchandise. When you wear fan merchandise, whether it be a t-shirt with a quote or a bracelet with a symbol, you feel a special connection to the story you love so very much. And nothing is cooler than meeting other people who understand the reference from your fan merchandise and sharing your love for the book/show/movie. I wear my Teen Wolf hoodie practically every few days, and every time I do, I high five a new friend who sees me and understands. Its glorious.
  4.  Cute N’ Comfy Clothes – There is nothing I love more, especially on a colonsied winter day, than to cozily watch some Netflix in some snuggly sweatpants or chill with friends wearing cute soft sweaters. During this time of year, when it’s too cold to wear my normal lazy-day clothes, my soft, comfortable clothes have become my best friend. My favorite thing to wear around the house, or when I’m hanging around with my buds, is my onesie. I LOVE my onesie so much. Its cute and plush, making it totally Instagram-worthy. My friends and I hang out while all wearing our onesies, and we just feel so tumbler and cute, its the best feeling ever.
  5. Floating Bookshelf – So if your book loving friend is anything like me, then she struggles when it comes to storing and displaying her hundreds of belovefloating-bookshelfsd books. There is simply not enough room on one shelf to display all your books and keep them safe from the elements. A floating shelf is on my wish list too, as it is a small, not very visible shelf that you can attach to your wall and stack your books on, giving the illusion that they are floating on your wall. It offers more space for storage and looks really cute, making it an awesome gift for any book-lover in need of space.

That concludes my book nerd wish list. Sorry its so short, but I’m only human; I cant do all your work. Leave a comment if you have any suggestions as to what you want me to post next, or if you have any good book or TV show suggestion. Thanks. Merry Christmas, guys!

The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel -Book Review

Hey everyone! This is Divya, here to review Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. I have been a HUGE fan of Clare’s since I picked up The Mortal Instruments a few years ago. This book was a high-paced adventure, with extremely intense fight scenes and (hehehe) some romantic tension. If you have yet to read the Mortal Instruments, I suggest you backtrack and read those first, as Clare sets up the complex, yet fantastical shadow-world in those books. You probably wont be lost if you read this series without knowledge from the original series, but you will definitely enjoy it a lot more if you can see all the connections and relive the magic of this crazy world.

Summary (Courtesy of GoodReads): In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them… 

I rate this book a 4.8/5 stars. That’s it for the no-spoilers section, so if you have yet to read this book, GO READ IT and come back. BYEE!

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OK, lets get down to business. This book… oh my goodness. Where to start? As soon as I picked up this book, I told myself not to get too attached to any characters. Cassandra Clare does, after all, have the tendency to rip out the hearts and souls of her readers and crush it. However, from the very first sentence of the book, I could feel myself being drawn in and clinging to each character.

While I want to discuss every character, and every fine detail concering them, I really want to try and discuss the main few as well as all those crazy plot twists. I love Tessa with every fiber of my being, because she is literally living my dream. She is a book lover (the first of the fangirls) who is thrust into a world of magic and demons. I love how even though the time period demands that women need a man, to hold and be protected by, Tessa is pretty stong on her own. She’s brave and smart, and though she isn’t afraid to get help when she needs it, she can fend for herself, and she loves with the whole of her heart. However it is because of the love she has for others that she fails to see the monster in her own brother.

It was shocking enough for me to find out that Mortmain, the seemingly foolish and annoying mundane, was the villain all along. But when I realized that NATE was on the villain’s side, I was blown right over the edge. I literally wanted to wring Nate’s neck when we found out that he was part of Mortmain’s crew. Throughout the book, I was genuinely terrified for Nate, and what might’ve happened to him. And I felt like laughing for him when Jessamine was hard-core flirting-it-up with him (seriously, Jessamine annoyed me to an extent I couldn’t understand). Poor Tessa was doing everything in her power to save him, and out of no where, HE’S EVIL. Oh my goodness, I couldn’t even comprehend the intensity of that moment, because my mind was BLOWN. In other words: Best plot twist. EVER.

And that love triangle… Will and Jem just break my heart. I’m never sure who I ship her more with, and who is my favorite out of the two.  Jem is so kind to Tessa. Where Will takes all his issues  out on Tessa, and shames her *(cough, cough)* like their kiss at the end of the book *(cough, cough)*, Jem gives her a shoulder to lean on, and someone to smile with.  Not only is he good to Tessa, but he’s good to Will. He is Will’s parabati, and quite possibly one of the few people that Will loves equally, which makes Jem an interesting part of the love triangle. It’s so clear he likes her, but honestly Tessa is so daft sometimes, she doesn’t even see it. But even more heartbreaking that the unrequited affection Jem has for Tessa is the fact that Jem is literally dying. When I read Jem’s story of how he became sick, it made me want to curl up in a ball and cry. I was so shocked, but learning this bit of his backstory made me love him even more. Though living everyday is a constant struggle, with that demon-drug slowly leeching the life out of him, he’s still kind. I wonder if Clare will be expanding on that later, because I do not want Jem to die. This must be just the start, and I’m hoping that by the end, the will have found a cure or something.

Though they are parabati, Will and Jem could not be more opposite. Will is literally the epitome of all Herondales; sarcastic, EXTREMELY attractive, and clearly hiding from something dark in his past. Sometimes all you can see is his rudeness and jokes, but when he’s with Tessa or Jem,  you can almost see a softer side to him. He’s clearly hiding something, or struggling with something that makes him afraid to be with Tessa, because everytime she gets too close, the walls come down, and he shuts her out and it just breaks my heart. I’m probably just overanalyzing things, but I certainly hope there’s more to Will. The last scene where he’s standing in the rain, waiting for Magnus breaks my heart, because I just know its because of his kiss with Tessa. Whether he’s distraught about pushing Tessa away again, or because he doesn’t want to let her in. WHY CANT EVERYONE JUST BE HAPPY, WHAT THE HECK?!

And speaking of unhappy relationships; I can never tell if Charlotte is completely happy with Henry. She’s so smart, and she stuck with this guys whose constantly lost in his own head. That’s not to say she doesn’t care about him, because I can sense that they both genuinely care about each other, however we didn’t really expand on their relationship. Of course they care about each other, but what about LOVE? I’m hoping Clare expands a bit on that later, and decides to show the reader a little more of a reason to ship it.

Clockwork Prince is the next book in the Infernal Devices series, so keep an eye out for it. I have a feeling that this book was only the start of a truly amazing, crazy adventure.

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Thanks for reading my review. Comment below if you have any book suggestions, or any ideas about what else you guys want Kate and me to post about. That’s all for today! BYE