Paper Soul

The way to my heart is not through diamond rings or expensive items. Lavishing me with flowers or cooking me a good meal. The road to my heart is paved with Paper Towns lined in Harry Potter and maintained by Aldous Huxley. Sometimes it can be dark like Gone Girl or full adventure like Percy Jackson. Find me in the stories that have helped define who I am. Understand me through the characters and see my world through their struggles. I will give any genre a try because i love discovering great new authors and books. I love to discuss anything literary, so feel free to comment on anything.


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10 Book Reviews




There is always a price to beauty

The Belles - Dhonielle Clayton

Want a smaller waist? A fuller bust or maybe a darker complexion. No longer do you have to go under the knife and have long recovery times. Instead of a surgeon doing alterations, the Belles are the artists. Every year there is a celebration to introduce all the coming of age Belles and to choose the Favorite, which will serve the royal family. Camellia is a Belle participating and hoping to become the Favorite. But be careful what you wish for because there is always a price for beauty and the standards are always moving. 




- Camellia is an amazing character. I loved her fierce determination and bold ideas. She wanted to create a path for herself that did not conform to others perspective. Even though sometimes these strong ideas and stubbornness would get her in trouble, she always tried to do whats best. Talking with others and checking her emotions to come to a clearer conclusion. Yet, she was made human by making mistakes and in turn trying to learn from her mistakes. I loved her resistance to the standards of beauty and the maintenance it required. She wanted to find the natural beauty in every person she tended to and met. 


- The idea of individuals manipulating features on a person was fascinating to me. How the Belles, through their gift, can change a person drastically in a small amount of time. They can change height, weight, skin color etc to what the person envisions. Clayton does a beautiful job of describing the process of manipulating beauty. Clayton also does an amazing job in displaying how the standards of beauty are constantly changing and the pressure of keeping up with the trends, the toll it takes on both the Belles, culture, and population. 


- This book I feel reflects the relationship we have with beauty presently. There is an impossible standard that is being set with the filters, social media and makeup that want to enhance, cover or correct. More is needed instead of less and the need to show the world how beautiful and perfect you are is reflected in the plot of this book. I have nothing against looking your best and wanting to put your best foot forward. It just seems instead of having conversations and learning we are replacing this with who has the most likes or the best contouring. 


_ I loved the mixture of relationships in the book. Although the alternative relationships were not accepted, Camellia had an open mind and saw past sexual preferences. This too reminded me of how our culture tends to be a don't ask don't tell society. The princesses ladies and the court had one life that was what the princess wanted but often that did not mirror their private lives. 




-Some of the twist and surprises were anticipated and I could guess early on. Maybe I have read a lot of YA to know the clues. 


- I would have liked to learn more about what the Belles learned before they came to court and their history. So when they go to their coming out celebration a stronger bond with each character and really cheer for Camellia. 




- Dreams remind us of who we are and how we feel about the things around us


- Lies are as dangerous as a sword. They can cut to the bone.


- No one is a prisoner... Even you have the power to make your own choices


- Love is when hearts beat together

"“You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.”

– Paul Sweeney"

10 #mustread books coming our today, February 20, 2018

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Don't know what to read next? Have a look at a collection of today's new releases! +Shelf and read on! What's on your TBR shelf?



Blood of a Thousand Stars - Rhoda BellezaBlood of a Thousand Stars by Rhoda Belleza  

YA Fantasy 

War tears the galaxy apart, power tests the limits of family, and violence gives way to freedom in this exhilarating sequel to Empress of a Thousand Skies.
With a revolution brewing, Rhee is faced with a choice: make a deal with her enemy, Nero, or denounce him and risk losing her crown.
Framed assassin Alyosha has one goal in mind: kill Nero. But to get his revenge, Aly may have to travel back to the very place he thought he’d left forever—home.
Kara knows that a single piece of technology located on the uninhabitable planet Wraeta may be the key to remembering—and erasing—the princess she once was.

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"“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”

– Marcel Proust"

Reading progress update: I've read 39%.

The Belles - Dhonielle Clayton

There is always drama with beauty

One Step Closer......

Recently I have been applying to Graduate programs to reach my dream of being a librarian. I finally choose three schools to apply to; American Studies and Education at UNM and Library Science at the University of Denver. While completing the required applications,  I have wondered why applications are so hard and time-consuming. Besides all the paperwork of demographics, there is the personal statement. which I love and hate at the same time.For me, it is always that first sentence to catch the readers attention.  Does anyone else have this same problem? The cursor just blinking at you... judging... always judging. 




Luckily, I submitted all my applications and have some really awesome news! I was accepted into the American Studies Program at UNM and have an interview for Denver. I'm super excited about visiting Denver and the possibilities in American Studies. Still waiting for my number 1 choice, which is the LLSS Educational program at UNM. I have to say by far the waiting sucks



So I'll just fill my time with reading, tea, and my cat Yuki. Hope you guys will join me in my journey to become a librarian. Can't wait to get back into talking with you all !! 


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The universal question

Windfall - Jennifer E. Smith

What would you do if you won the lottery?

When Liberal met Traditional

When Dimple Met Rishi - Sandhya Menon

Summary: Following tradition can be hard, especially if you're like Dimple and thinks tradition should stay in the past so as not to interfere with her future. But when the gods smile down on her and her parents allow her to attend Insomnia Con, she jumps at the chance to escape her traditional cage. Tradition is all Rishi has and it's a path he is willing to conform to make his parents happy. When he goes to Insomnia con to meet his future wife, will it work out the way he intends it to?




  • I always love reading books that incorporate a culture I am not familiar with. The infusion of Indian culture and American was a great change. I liked learning new traditions from another culture and learn a new language.
  • The family dynamics was interesting to read as well and see how they were different and the same as my own. The contrast between how traditional Rishi and Liberal Dimple reacted to their parents can be related to by every teenager. The awkward transition of being an adult but still feeling like a child when finishing high school. The book demonstrates how there is a delicate balance between tradition and venturing out on new paths.
  • I always appreciate strong characters, especially female leads. I could reflect myself in Dimple. Wanting to make a path for myself and pursue a career that may go against tradition.  I appreciated the honesty in how Dimple was portrayed in her confidence of coding and wanting to appear strong. Yet she showed weakness and tried to make herself stronger. Rishi was a breath of fresh air in his traditional beliefs and his love for Dimple. His attachment to his tradition did not feel fake or forced. The boy just wants to be loved!
  • It has been a while since I have read a book that has impressed me in the way Menon has. The way Menon describes emotions, situations and people are unique and vivid. Even though this book is geared toward a young age group, Menon trust the reader will be imaginative enough to visualize the descriptions she is giving. Several times I would re-read passages to experience what Menon wanted me to. 



  • As with reading about a different culture, the mix of dialects can be difficult. The book would combine Hindi and English as the parents talked to Dimple and Rishi. Often times there was no translation to the English version. If there was a translation, it wasn't clearly indicated which made reading the book a little hard and took from the flow of the book.
  • So I was really excited to see a female protagonist in a technology field. I loved how Dimple lived and breathed coding not to mention she was awesome at it. These types of female characters need to be in YA literature but saying that I felt the story lacked the coding theme. There was very little mention of the app Dimple and Rishi was creating.
  • Your spirits are already friends
  • Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same 
  • I thought you were the loveliest bookworm I had ever seen in my life
  • Love just makes idiots of people
Best Friends
Best Friends

Back to School




So it's that time again..... School. I've decided to go back to UNM and get a second bachelors in American Studies to further my path to becoming a librarian. It's taken me a while to figure out this was my calling even though my soul was made of literature. They always say do what you love and I love/live to read. 


This semester I'm taking two religion classes which involve how religious background and culture  affects the perspective of readers. I'm super excited about learning more about how western religions have shaped our mindset and used in literature. But that also means I have a ton of reading to do; about 75 pages worth each week. That doesn't leave a lot of time to do much pleasure reading. 


So forgive me if I'm not reviewing or participating as much as I have. I'll still be reading books during the semester but not as quickly. If any of you have suggestions on some good easy books to read while in school let me know!


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and food... because what goes better with a good book but a tamale
and food... because what goes better with a good book but a tamale

Winter has arrived

So I have finally dealt with the feels of this series being over and all that happened in the final book. This last installment picks up with all hell breaking loose and  Setrakus Ra about to take over the Earth. The Lorien clan are feeling stretched thin and hopeless. Can they bond together after everything they have lost? Do they even have anything to fight for?




- This book was a fast-paced rollercoaster that took my emotions on a crazy journey. With every turn of the page, the anticipation would build and build and build until the very last. I blew through this book so fast I didn't realize that hours had passed. There was not a slow part in the entire book and had my heart racing the whole time. In several parts, I looked up to make sure I wasn't in a battle or learning a new legacy. I was not prepared for this story to take a hold of me and never let go. 


- The battle.... THE BATTLES! I have to say that through the course of this series the battles have increased in vividness and have improved. The battles in this book took a much needed darker and maturer path. Which would make sense since it is the end of the world as we know it and there have been several heartbreaking and tragic casualties. Pittacus must have taken a page out of George RR Martin's Game of Thrones because some of those fight scenes were brutal. The detail that Lore described made the reader front and center in the action. I was totally immersed and sometimes would duck or gasp because I thought I was there with Four fighting the good fight. My heart beats faster just thinking about it. 


- Four..... John... I'll miss him. I enjoyed his journey to find who he really is. He had to deal with so much in this last book and losing people he was close to. I know that John was the main character out of this series but the point of view from the other characters only enhanced the understanding of the plot and made the connections deeper.  I did appreciate how each character dealt with the loss of individuals differently. Because from experience, not everyone has the same reaction at that moment nor the time following. It gave different views of how grieving can look and manifest. I would have like a little more detail overall from the characters but I mean its War and sometimes grieving does not have a place when there are people to defend. So I'll let it slide...... this time. 




-Sarah ..... I'll just leave that there.......


- I have come to realize I have one HUGE pet peeve and that's when the perspectives change but the chapters are not labeled to indicate this change. It drives me crazy, especially when the narrative is in the first-person. Because it is not apparent who point of view is coming from. So I spend the first couple of pages trying to figure out who is speaking. Then I figure out who it is and I have to go back a re-read the last pages. When all I want to do is see how the plot turns out. It's an awful cycle that must be broken! No more untitled chapters!!


- So I maybe the only one that didn't like the ending to this book. I always cringe a little when there is a semi-happy ending. Because its an all out galactic war and when everything turns out ok and a majority of the people walk away I feel that there could have been a better way to end things. I know I know that sounds kinda negative and I should want a happy and cheerful ending. But I can't let go of the fact that maybe someone should have gone down with the ship and dies a hero. Sometimes when an ending is left this way there are things left undone and it drives me crazy because I want to know what happens. But then again this could be a way for the author to do another book or spin off. Dear God, there better not be. I have dedicated 6 years to this series.....




- We aren't to blame for the actions of our enemies


-You have to embrace these moments not run from them. You never know when it might be your last chance


-It's not an easy thing, deciding how to sacrifice


-Discovery is born of desperation


-Overconfidence gets you dead



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2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Angelica has read 8 books toward her goal of 50 books.