BOOK REVIEW | hush, hush by BECCA FITZPATRICK (SPOILER FREE)

November 25, 2017


Disclaimer: This is my first book review in like 3 months so bear with me. I'm trying to get back into the groove of things.

Synopsis
"A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL
A FORBIDDEN LOVE
Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life" - Goodreads.

Plot
Overall, I found the plot to hush, hush to be very intriguing and engaging. I say this because I never found myself bored or struggling to read throughout the novel. Instead, I found myself glued onto every page, wanting to know all the answers to the mysteries. For being a fantasy/paranormal novel, I found it to be very much realistic. For instance, I did not perceive anything to be too far-fetched, such as Nora's discovery and reactions to Patch, him being a fallen angel, and the supernatural elements beyond that.

This is the first book I have read about fallen angels, and I loved it. I think it did a good job describing that type of supernatural world without overwhelming the reader, or making them feel like their out of the loop.

The pacing was perfect for me, because a lot was going on and the author never dragged a scene. Fitzpatrick did a good job with giving the readers as little information as possible, but enough to keep us enthralled in the story until the very end. hush, hush to me was very suspenseful because as the reader, I knew just as much as Nora, which was literally nothing lol. Although some things were predictable, there was still that element of shock for me, especially towards the end. It is the little things that are placed throughout the story that you don't expect to play such a huge role.

I was satisfied with the ending, but a lot of questions were still unanswered, and I know that there is still so much more to be uncovered about the characters.

Characters (The main ones without giving too much away)
Nora. Surprisingly, I found Nora's character to be very much likeable. I can see why some people would not be too fond of her. Her thoughts and actions are kind of all over the place, and are never in sync. I think Nora has a lot to learn as a character, and she has a lot of room to grow into a stronger bad-ass woman. With that being said, there are a few things that I admire from her character that I want to make note of. For starters, she is an amazing friend and daughter, and I could tell how much she cares for other people. There were multiple instances where she put her safety at risk for the well-being of others, and although this can be seen as stupid, I admired her selfless attitude regardless. Another thing I loved about Nora was how she dealt with Patch. I'm not gonna lie, from the second Patch was introduced I was already falling for him. What can I say, I'm a sucker for bad and mysterious boys! Anyways, Nora's approach to Patch was pretty realistic, meaning that she was suspicious of him, but still interested. She never threw herself at him or fell for him too quickly.

Patch. I love him. I just love him. I don't know what it is about him, his charming looks or smart ass mouth, but this guy draws me in. I was a little skeptical of him because I read a few reviews, and they weren't so fond of him, but the second he was introduced, all hanging perceptions of him vanished. One thing I liked a lot about his character was his humor and how he never came on too strong to Nora. Even though the attraction and tension between the two was SO strong and SO prevalent, I do think it was Patch's approach to the whole situation that did not make it awkward or uncomfortable to read. Just like Nora, I knew he was dangerous and I hated myself for how much I was attracted to him.

Vee. I felt that Vee's character was exactly what was needed in the story. Whereas Nora is pretty simple and conservative, Vee is spontaneous and giddy. She added a light-heartened feel to the overall story because of her attitude. I know in the story, Nora and Vee are referred to as best friends, but it wasn't until the end when I felt that to be true. With all the positives to Vee's character, midway in the plot, I found her to be quite naive and a little bit annoying. I still love her character, don't get me wrong, but at times her spontaneous actions caused more trouble than intended.

Writing
I found the writing to be very descriptive, which was great for me because I could picture everything happening in my head. There wasn't any part of the book where I felt confused because of the wording or style. However, there is one thing I want to talk about, which I found to be very cool honestly. There were so many surprises that happened, and the way some of them were handled, writing style wise, kind of threw me off. For instance, a sentence would start with someone doing something casual, and then at the very end of that sentence something crazy happens, and I'm just like WAIT WHAT. I loved it though because it added a wow factor, and it stood as an element of surprise because I did not see it coming.

Does that make sense?

Final Thoughts
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. I was putting  it off because I kept hearing mixed reviews about it, but I saw it in my school library one day and decided to pick it up. I loved how everything kept me intrigued, and how all the small pieces came together in the end, for the most part at least. I can't wait to read the next book!!!!

Rating
4 OUT OF 5 STARS


Until next time,

k.m.


INTRODUCING PAGES OF SATURN | LET'S PLAY CATCH UP

November 19, 2017


Hey loves! 

It's been a while since you've last seen me huh? I've taken quite the break from blogging, and I'm here to tell you that I'm back and better than ever. A lot has gone on since the last time you guys have heard from me, so let me catch you up.

I started my freshmen year of college about 4 months ago and I'd be lying to you guys if I told you I'm having the time of my life. The semester started off really well because of all the excitement and my new found freedom, but the past couple of weeks have been extremely hard for me. I don't want to get too much into my personal thoughts, but I've been in this terrible funk for a while. I'm hoping that getting back into blogging will help alleviate a portion of that feeling.

Speaking of blogging, I bet you're wondering why this blog is called Pages of Saturn instead of Kathlyn's Korner. With the epic fail of my YouTube channel, I decided to join bookstagram a few months ago, and I've fallen in love with the community. Bookstagram is something that I look forward to everyday, and I'm extremely thankful for how welcoming and sweet everyone is within the community. It feels like I've finally found somewhere I belong. 

Kathlyn's Korner has been through multiple transitions and this is just another one of them. The URL is still going to stay the same for now until I take the time and funds to switch it over. I know the conflicting titles might confuse you, but think of Pages of Saturn as a part or extension of Kathlyn's Korner. As far as what Pages of Saturn will consist of content wise, it will primarily be a book blog. I will be posting book reviews, book tags, book hauls, book discussions, and anything book related that I can think of. Alongside with that, I still have my "thoughts" section up where I will share more personal things about my everyday life in general. It won't be as frequent as my book posts, but it will be quality content that I think you guys will love. I re-read my self love| the journey post and was so happy with how it turned out. I want to continue making posts like that for you guys and myself.

Let me take a few moments to talk about my BookTube channel. I'm not completely giving up on it, but I am going to put it on hold for now. BookTube is a huge commitment that I don't think I can take on right now. Plus, I don't want to put out half ass content. 

To sum everything up, I'm back. I'm getting back into the groove of things. I read a couple of my old posts and was moved by how consistent and happy I was when I was writing them. This blog means everything to me and I'm not ready to let it go. 

Stay tuned for more <3

Until next time,

k.m

BOOKS IM BRINGING WITH ME TO COLLEGE

August 7, 2017


I literally move into my college dorm this weekend. THIS WEEKEND. I'm not going to lie, I have been excited for college since I got my acceptance letter. Now I'm just counting down the days before I say goodbye to my home and hello to my college campus.

One of the things that I've been so excited for is collecting the books that I plan on bringing with me to college. After a lot of thinking, I decided to bring 11 books with me(for now) to college. To some this might be nothing and to others, this might be a lot. But I didn't want to over due it and bring a bunch of books and clutter my dorm, plus I only live 30 minutes away from home, so if I need to switch out a few books, I can.

To see what books I'm bringing with me to college, go ahead and watch the video down below. I'm trying my best to be consistent with this whole YouTube thing, and so far, I'm proud of myself for not quitting, yet.


Make sure to like, comment, and subscribe!

Until next time,

k.m.

BOOK REVIEW | IF YOU DARE BY A.R. TORRE (SPOILER FREE)

August 2, 2017


Disclaimer: I don't how informative and helpful this review is going to be because I'm still SHOOKETH.

Synopsis
The rules are the same. I can't open the door. I can't leave. I can't kill anyone.

The only difference is, I don't set the rules anymore. Guards in grey uniforms do. It is everything I never wanted and everything I always deserved. I write to you now, from a prison cell. My home for the next twenty to thirty years.

That's the going term for murder. - Goodreads

Plot
A.R. Torre knows how to grab the readers attention within the first few lines. What makes her stand out to me is the way she writes her stories and how each book in the Deanna Madden series never feels redundant, but unique in it's own way. Without a doubt, the plot of If You Dare is my favorite by far. The story is told in two tenses, past and present, which at first threw me off, but I quickly got the hang of it. It also picks up a couple months after the last book, Do Not Disturb.

I never try to give too much information about the plot of A.R. Torre's books because I feel like going in without knowing a lot makes the reading experience better. All I can say is that it's not nothing like the first two books in the series *wink wink*.

Characters
Deanna. I cannot tell you how emotionally attached I am to this character. Deanna Madden is a mess, and I'm addicted to her. If You Dare brings a side of Deanna that I haven't seen before. Deanna was vulnerable and personal with the readers. We got to see a little bit more of her character and watched her explore the feelings that she's been suppressing since the beginning of the series. In this book, we got a little less Jessica Reilly and a lot more Deanna Madden. She's not an easy character to love. She's broken inside. She struggles with the dream of being normal and the reality of being a monster.

Jeremy. I'm so happy we got to see a lot more of Jeremy in this third book than we did in the first two. Jeremy is such a huge part of Deanna life and sanity, whether she wants to admit it or not. The readers can see the way he makes her feel. However, I did get annoyed with Jeremy in this book just the slightest because I think that he sometimes forgets that Deanna is not a normal girl and he can't mold her into the person he wants her to be. But towards the end, I just wanted to hold him lol. He's a good guy, I can't ignore that.

Mike. Mike made a few appearances in this novel, not as many as I would've liked, but whenever we did get to visit his character, I was nothing more than excited. I've found a new appreciation for Mike. At first, I was put off by him, but I think he's growing on me. His relationship with Deanna is one of the strongest that I've seen in books. It's not your typical friendship, but that's what makes it unique. There's a level of understanding that is shared between the two and as someone looking in, I just know that the relationship is nothing but pure, even if it is sexually induced sometimes.

Simon. I'm only mentioning his character because he does have a significant role in this book, compared to the first two. With everything surrounding him, I only pity the dude. Drugs have made him absolutely mental.

Writing
I've said this before and I'll say it again, Torre's writing is addicting. She makes you so engrossed in the story that you can't help but stay up til 3 AM reading because you just can't put the book down.

The Deanna Madden series has a lot of mature content, and compared to the first two books, this one is a little toned down. Because we get a lot more of Deanna's feelings and thoughts, we don't read about her camming almost every chapter. I actually don't even remember reading more than 2 full and detailed cam sessions in this book.

Final Thoughts


If You Dare is my favorite in the Deanna Madden series, hands down. One thing that makes it stand out is how different it is from the first two books. In The Girl in 6E and Do Not Disturb, there was always something happening in the world outside of Deanna's and somehow, both worlds intertwined and it played out with blood being shed. This book however, we're only in Deanna's world and that alone makes it 100% more personal and intimate. This book is nothing but an emotional journey, and towards the end, you will cry.

I cannot rave about this book enough. It is written so beautifully and wonderfully. Even though there is not a fourth book to purchase right now, I know this isn't going to be the last in the series. I know that there is so much more to know and uncover about Deanna Madden. I would love nothing more than to dive into her past full on and unravel the secrets that I know she's hiding from us.

So A.R. Torre, I'll be waiting.

Rating
5 OUT OF 5 MOTHERFUCKING STARS!!!!!!


Until next time,

k.m.

MY FIRST EVER YOUTUBE VIDEO

July 26, 2017


Y'all, I did something.

I took a leap and filmed my first ever YouTube video. Well, technically my second because I filmed one almost 2 years ago, but we're not going to get into that because embarrassing.

I can't tell you guys how excited I am to share this with you. I've been blogging off and on for roughly 2 years now and it's brought me nothing but happiness and confidence. I'm way more comfortable with myself and my thoughts now, and I owe that all to blogging.

I used my blog as a way to express myself and over the past few years, I did that. This isn't a goodbye post and I'm not going to quit blogging, matter of fact, I'm going to blog more and be more consistent with my content. This YouTube channel is nothing but an extension to blog because there are just some things that I can convey way better through talking than I can through writing, and vice versa.

So although overdo, here is my first ever YouTube video!


Drop a comment, give it a like, and subscribe if you want.

Thank you guys for reading my blog and I appreciate your support more than anything. Here's to a new journey, hope to see you guys along the way <3

Until next time,

k.m.
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