Noteworthy by Riley Redgate // light + fun + completely hilarious!!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

hey people :) i can't even believe that april is nearly over.

that means that i have about two weeks of school left!! :))

i read this book a loonnggg time ago in january back when i still was a wee nugget (kidding). i was kind of shocked when i was approved for Noteworthy on Netgalley. i'm pretty sure i remember what this book is about, but i've read about thirty books since then, so take what i say below with a tiny grain of salt. i'm sure that my reading habits/preferences have changed since then, but i'm also 90% sure that i would still enjoy this book if i read it in the present day. i might even reread this book sometime-- that's how much i liked it.

moral of the story: kids, wait just a little longer before reading ARCs so that you can remember what you read.*

*i just got overexcited about reading this book ok?!


by Riley Redgate
release date: May 2, 2017

It’s the start of Jordan Sun’s junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts. Unfortunately, she’s an Alto 2, which—in the musical theatre world—is sort of like being a vulture in the wild: She has a spot in the ecosystem, but nobody’s falling over themselves to express their appreciation. So it’s no surprise when she gets shut out of the fall musical for the third year straight. Then the school gets a mass email: A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshiped ... revered ... all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

thanks to Amulet Books on Netgalley for approving me for this e-galley!!

- in a nutshell, i would describe this book as She's the Man mixed with a gender-bent Pitch Perfect. yes, you heard me correctly. i know! doesn't that sound like the best idea ever??

- THE CHARACTERSSSS. there was so much diversity in the characters of this book!

first of all, we have Jordan Sun who is not only a person of color but also an LGBT main character. she doesn't quite fit in with many of the girls at the Kensington School, which is one of the main premises on which the story was built.

 and then we have (my favorites) the Sharpshooters, aka the a cappella-squad-goals. my personal favorite by far (and one of the only Sharpshooters i remember tbh) is Nihal, a Sheikh art student. i loved Jordan and his friendship so. freaking. much. they are so cute together in a totally platonic way.

of course, the rest of the Sharpshooters including Isaac, Mama, Trav, etc are also completely darling, but i remember less about them if i'm being honest...STILL REALLY GREAT CHARACTERS THOUGH.

- i love books set in boarding schools to the moon and back. (*cough* The Raven Boys *cough*) i guess that's a trope maybe, but if so, it's one i love and will continue to read shamelessly <3 something about the school atmosphere i just love.

- HILARIOUS hilarious hilarious. i know that humor is subjective, but this book just tickled me. to those around me at the track meet in january: i know that you heard me laughing out loud to myself, but i swear i'm not crazy! ex: Jordan has to hide her period from the guys. #thestruggleisreal

- it was a light and fun read. don't get me wrong-- there were some heavy topics in this book (examining gender identity, wealth, and race), but overall, this was a fluffy and humorous book. it was good to read this in the midst of all that dark epic fantasy. even i need a break sometimes lol.

Noteworthy had the perfect amounts of fluffiness and social commentary.

- romance was not the main focus of the book. enough said there.

- i did think the book could have examined gender identity and sexuality a little bit more thoroughly. the fact that Jordan is bisexual was touched on briefly, but i think that there was more room for commentary on this topic. the book is more focused on the topic of a cappella rather than social issues if i'm being completely honest.

this is my only beef with the book, and it is a very, very small issue. overall, the book commentated on social issues very effectively. 

rating: ★★★★★

reading this book was really a great experience. i was expecting something written in a cheerful, joking manner, and while it did have its many hilarious moments, i felt that this book was more about growing up and figuring out who you are as a person. that was one of my favorite aspects of it.

i would recommend this book with flying colors! (does that make sense??) please go read it when it releases!!

anyone read this book yet?? please please obsess in the comments with me if you have! would you consider reading Noteworthy when it releases? do you have any light/fun book recommendations for me?

xoxo, madeline

a love letter to the amazingness that is victoria schwab's books

Saturday, April 22, 2017

dear victoria schwab,

i still can't believe that i didn't pick up one of your books until the end of last year. that book that started it all was This Savage Song (a book that i definitely need to reread before the release of Our Dark Duet). it was one of the best written books that i had read in a long, long time. i'm pretty sure that i read it in one sitting!

and then i read A Darker Shade of Magic, a book that was even more well written than TSS (if that's even possible?!). i fell hopelessly in love with kell (with his adorable frowning) and lila and the fantastic world that you had created so carefully. although it did not have much plot, A Gathering of Shadows still stole my heart. A Conjuring of Light wrapped the series up with utter perfection. PERFECTION. ahh my feelings! have not! recovered! since!

finally, i read Vicious, which made me love anti-heroes even more than i already did. (*cough* Six of Crows *cough*)  i found one of my favorite quotes of all time, if not my favorite:

"Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human."   - Victor Vale

what i love even more is that you used the quote to introduce This Savage Song.

your complex characters are what i love most about your works. from kell to victor to august (and all the others), they are all so utterly real. they are all so snarky and a bit tragic (but not too self-pitying), which i find makes for the best characters.

your books were and still are a bright spot in the stress of everyday life. they are worlds that i can escape to for just a little while at least. i can confidently say that, right now, you are my favorite author of all time. it's such a big statement that it almost scares me to say so. picking a favorite author is a hard thing for me!

i can't wait to read Our Dark Duet when it comes out later this spring, and i'll probably end up buying The Archived somewhere along the way. don't even get me started on Vengeful!! 

a final brief list of things i love about your books:

  • kell's coat
  • dol (thank goodness he lived. i always end up far too attached to dogs, even more so than characters)
  • ilsa and her magicalness
  • white london&the dane twins
  • the writing style of ADSOM
  • anti-heroes
  • mitch (and his cinnamon roll-ness)
  • the fact that a collector's edition of ADSOM is coming out (!!!)

and that's just scratching the surface. i could talk all day about how much i love your books :) thank you so much for writing.

xoxo, madeline

(hey guys! a little bit of a weird post today. i just wasn't feeling a discussion or book review post. i finally finished Vicious about a week ago, and i needed to vent really hard about it. i thought that Vicious was excellent and it solidified the fact that V.E. Schwab is probably my favorite author. thanks for reading! hope that you're all having a good april xx)

The Raven Boys // wowowow i enjoyed this so immensely much

Saturday, April 15, 2017
the hype was real when i read this (and i was slightly very nervous), but for once, the hype was totally real, guys! (!!!)

changing my blog's name // introducing a paper reverie!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
i've been thinking about this for a long while now.

since a couple months ago, in fact. this blog was meant to be something totally different when i started it (fashion and books and whatnot). after i actually started posting, books totally took over my blog. i didn't feel that my name fit my blog very well anymore, but i didn't want to change it. #lazy. i rushed into starting a blog without putting very much thought into my name, and well, that's what i get for being impulsive. the one time i'm impulsive !! (i'm an intj just so you know. i'm not usually this impulsive)

so yeah. the name i picked the first time for my blog never felt right, ya know? i wanted to change my name before my blog grows any more. it took me forever to come up with a perfect name, but....

the new name of my blog is going to be a paper reverie. i am the most horrible person of ever at naming things, but i'm so happy with this blog name. eeeppp !!

i've always loved the word "reverie." i think it's a beautiful word (we all know my blog is about the aesthetic), and it perfectly describes the reason why i love reading. escaping reality for just a moment and losing myself in a daydream. the "paper" part of the name is pretty obvious i guess. (books = paper, yes??)

let me tell you, it has been a stressful ride to get here to a new name. do yourselves a favor and don't do what i did lol. pick your perfect name the first time (even if it takes you awhile to come up with a name)!! i'm still in a fine tuning stage of changing everything to my new name and trying to get bloglovin to merge my old name with my new name... #strugglebus

i'm sorry to be annoying, but to those of you who swapped buttons on my button swap page (<-- click there), could you pretty please replace the old one with my new button (if it's not too much trouble?) prettyyy pleaseee?

love you guys. thanks for making the months at a chic bookworm great, but it's time for a new era of a paper reverie. i'm so excited for what's to come!! for right now, my email is still at achicbookworm[at]gmail[dot]com (again #lazy).

xoxo, madeline

my top 10 bookish pet peeves

Saturday, April 8, 2017
hey peeps! april already seems like it's moving so fast.