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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Review: SRSLY Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Courtney Carbone

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I received this book for free from Random House Children's Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: SRSLY Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Courtney CarboneSRSLY Hamlet by Courtney Carbone, William Skakespeare
Published by Random House BFYR on May 26th 2015
Genres: Classics, Comedy, Retellings, YA
Source: Random House Children's Books
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Hamlet, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!

Imagine: What if Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, and the tragic Ophelia had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!

A kingdom on the brink of war.
A stolen throne.
A boy seeking revenge.

and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. 😉

tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, checking in at certain locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens.

A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.

This book was all sorts of fun!! Another book from the OMG Shakespeare line and it’s full of OMG’s WTF’s and tons of emoji’s to make the story interesting. Like the previous book I reviewed, YOLO Juliet, it’s not a replacement for this classic, but a fun way to get people interested who might not be to begin with. I vaguely remember reading Hamlet in high school and I liked it well enough, but this made me want to pick it up and read it again. This tells the story well enough, though not completely. It’s a good start for those who don’t get Shakespeare, or find the writing hard to follow. I mean, it really is like another language. But so is this. A language that is modernized in such a digital and social networking world.

Hamlet was a character that I don’t remember whether I liked or hated when I read it the first time around. I liked him when I read this though. He’s got personality and snark. He’s fun to read. Some of the texts between him and others were hilarious. This poor dude lost his dad, then his mom goes and marries his fathers brother. Not to mention, he see’s his fathers ghost and finds out that he was murdered by said brother. What’s a boy to do but uncover the truth for everyone to know right? Oh, so fun in text speak.

There’s not really much else to say about this book. I breezed through it quickly since it’s very short. I also couldn’t put it down because of the enjoyment I got out of reading it. I admit, there were times I was a little lost wondering what a certain emoji meant, but I figured it out okay. There’s also a handy part in the back that has the 411 on some of them. I think these are great for anyone who is looking for a bit of entertainment, and a good way to get some knowledge of the stories of Shakespeare. I would still recommend reading the original classics, but these are a great addition to them. I hope that we get many more of these OMG Shakespeare books. I will have to buy them all.


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Audiobook Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Audiobook Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Posted by on 06/29/2015 • 2 Comments

I don’t really know to say about this book since I didn’t really care for it much. The only reason I finished it was because I was listening to the audiobook on the train home from NYC and I decided I might as well finish since I got that far. I don’t really know why I even wanted to read it really. Maybe because I really liked her first book, but I hate cheating so I was bound to not like this one. It wasn’t just that though. Some of the characters besides Molly just really irritated me. Then the romance was just not something I could get behind. The one thing I did enjoy about this was the narrator though. Allyson Ryan did really well at bringing emotion to…

Audiobook Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Audiobook Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Posted by on 06/26/2015 • 5 Comments

This is the second book that I have read that covers the topic of intersex, and it was very good. I love learning new things, and though I already had a small bit of knowledge, I did learn many new things. What I really enjoyed about this was that you are discovering things along with the MC. It was interesting to see her discovering this about herself at her age, not knowing that there was anything different her whole life up until that point. There were some great side characters, then some not so great ones too. I wish it had been a bit more deep and packed more emotion into it, but in general I was very pleased with it.

Kristin is a pretty popular girl, and a…

Review: YOLO Juliet by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Review: YOLO Juliet by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Posted by on 06/23/2015 • 5 Comments

I admit, I loved reading the original Romeo and Juliet in school, but I know that for some people it isn’t something they enjoyed. I think that this was a fun way to get people interested in the basics of the story in a modern way. I thought the group texts and messages were entertaining. I especially loved all the emojis in it. I do have to say though, this is not a replacement for the original, but it was fun to read.

Everyone knows how the story goes. Star-crossed lovers ending in tragic death, but this book tells the story in a less morbid way. This is a kind of hard review to write since it’s not a typical book. I do think that for kids in school who…

Amy’s Stacking the Shelves – BEA Edition

Amy’s Stacking the Shelves – BEA Edition

Posted by on 06/14/2015 • 11 Comments

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews featuring the books we got this week

Hello loves!! It’s been forever since I’ve done one of these. I really like to do videos and I like to do them outside, so during the winter I got lazy with it. This one is a special one since it’s my BEA book haul!! I am not going to list the books with links since it will take up a lot of space. And a lot of linking lol! I will post a pic of the books though, and I have a vlog that is ridiculously long. I don’t really expect anyone to watch it, but I wanted to make it. Anyways, on with it I guess.

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BEA Recap

BEA Recap

Posted by on 06/10/2015 • 35 Comments

Hello everyone! Today I am going to do my best to recap the awesomeness that was BEA! This was my first time going, and it was both amazing and overwhelming. Luckily, I was with some pros, so it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.

So off I go to NYC by train on Wednesday, while those already there enjoyed their first day atBEA. It was actually a pretty good trip. I just listened to an audiobook and enjoyed the ride. I got into NYC around 6:30pm and headed to the hotel to join Giselle from Xpresso Reads, Micheline from Lunar Rainbows, and Rashika from The Social Potato. We had so much fun! We had dinner and settled in for the…

Review: Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler

Review: Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler

Posted by on 06/04/2015 • 3 Comments

Going into this, I thought it would be a typical story about the sweet looking celebrity who is really a nightmare, and in a way it was, but it was so much more than that. I loved that it is told from Holly’s POV, who is ghostwriting Daisy’s book. I did find it to drag a bit, but I really did end up enjoying it. I admit that I did almost give up a few times early on, but I am happy that I continued on. It really goes inside the life of a young star and what happens all around them. We  see that even if Daisy is horrible, it’s because of her fame and how everyone treats her. She’s not really all that bad of a person. And…

Review: Blood Will Tell by April Henry

Review: Blood Will Tell by April Henry

Posted by on 06/01/2015 • 0 Comments

I love a good mystery, and I did enjoy the first book in this series. I guess it’s not really a series as much as companion novels, but whatever. This was actually a really cool one since you actually know rather quickly who the killer is, but all evidence points to the wrong person. So instead of trying to figure out who did it, you are trying to find out how it all points to someone who is innocent. Much like the first book, this is told in numerous POV’s, which took me a bit away from the story, but it also gives you a full picture of what is going on. I have to say, I had no clue how in the world the evidence could be possible until…