One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus Review!

Started: April 2, 2018

Finished: April 9, 2018

Rating: 4.5 stars

Summary: On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brainis Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?


This novel has been on my TBR since it came out last year, and I’m so glad that I finally got to read it.

When I started reading it, I was really scared that I had hyped this book up too much in my head and it was going to turn out to be terrible. Turns out, I didn’t have to worry because this book lived up to the hype.

I get really nervous when anything is marketed as Pretty Little Liars meets something else because PLL became such a big hit and sensation that marketing teams can put that on any mystery/suspense book just to get customers to pick it up.

I feel like One of Us Is Lying actually deserved that tagline.

The first thing that stood out to me was the flow of this book. The different points of view had very distinct voices. I could tell Bronwyn apart from Addy and I could tell Cooper apart from Nate. It wasn’t only that I could tell a difference in the gender of the character, I could actually tell the different girls apart and the different boys apart. There aren’t many novels where I feel that the multiple POV model works well with, but this one was one where I felt that it did work.

After the POVs, the story itself really stood out to me. I’ve read a lot of YA mystery/suspense, and none of them really took me by surprise like this one. The “whodunit” story is growing to be an overused trope in YA lit (and all lit, if I’m being honest), but the “whodunit” in this one took me completely by surprise. I didn’t suspect it, and I didn’t have a guess for nearly the whole book about who actually killed Simon.

Finally, I found myself getting really attached to the characters. I’m having trouble deciding who my favorite character is because I loved all of them so much. Their dynamic with each other was interesting, and there wasn’t a POV that I just could not stand to read.

The character development was also amazing. Addy stood out the most to me in terms of character development, but all of the characters changed so much over the course of the book, and it happened so subtly that it was so interesting to watch the characters make decisions that they wouldn’t have made at the beginning of the novel.

Overall, this novel was a really interesting read, and I don’t really have any complaints about it. I highly recommend it if you want a really engaging YA suspense novel to read.

P.S. Bronwyn/Nate is one of my forever OTPs now, thank you, goodbye.

Thanks for reading!

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Top Books of 2017!

Hello, readers!

Welcome to 2018!

I’ve been meaning to return to this blog for a while now, but it never really worked out. One of resolutions for this year though is to keep a somewhat regular schedule for this blog and produce the kind of content that I want to produce.

Even if it means only posting once a month, I plan to get at least one post on this blog a month, and I’m starting on New Year’s Day with my top books of 2017!

I read 49 books this year, which is a lot more than I’ve read in previous years. I reread a few beloved series, but there were certain books that stood out among all the rest that I read.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

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There was really no contest for the top spot on this list. 2017 was the year I finally gave in and read a Sarah J. Maas book, and I fell completely in love with not only one book but all three in the series. I loved the characters, I loved the story, and I even loved all of the fantasy elements even though fantasy isn’t really my genre. One of my most anticipated books of 2018 is A Court of Frost and Starlight, so this series isn’t fading for me anytime soon.

2. Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo

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I started off the year with this series, and if I hadn’t read the ACOTAR series, these books would have easily taken number one. Kaz Brekker was probably my number one character of 2017, and these books were just so captivating. I want to reread them at some point this year, but that might interfere with my 2018 reading goal. Even without rereading them, I know without a doubt that Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are two of my favorite books of 2017, if not all time.

3. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

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2017 was the year where I didn’t read that many contemporaries, but the ones that I did were all amazing. Out of all those great contemporaries, this one still stood out. This book was dark, gritty, and emotionally raw. The characters were interesting to read about, and I wanted to know more about them. I nearly cried at the end, and I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a contemporary that has a seriously dark undertone to it.

4. The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

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This one was a last minute add-on, because I read it on my Kindle that I got for Christmas. It’s also the only four star book on this list, but in terms of enjoyment, it was pretty much on par with the three that come after it. I love YA books about cults and dark experiences like that, and this one delivered. It was very reminiscent of All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry, which I read in 2016 and didn’t wholeheartedly enjoy. Sacred Lies did everything right that Julie Berry’s novel did wrong, I think. For that reason, Sacred Lies takes the number four spot on my list.

5. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

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How could I not include Laini Taylor’s newest novel on my top books of 2017? I love Laini Taylor’s writing, and Strange the Dreamer didn’t disappoint. It was very different from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, but in a way that it still felt familiar to me. I could recognize Laini’s writing style throughout the novel, and I felt an instant connection to the characters just like in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. I loved the setting, and everything else about this book, and I can’t wait to read more from Laini Taylor in the new year.

6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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This book was inevitable for this list because it hit every single one of my favorite tropes, especially the fake dating trope. Usually I get tired of contemporaries that fall closer to the light romance side of the spectrum than the dark and gritty side, but this one hit every mark for me and I just loved every second of it.

7. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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This book was emotional and riveting, and it didn’t take me long to read it because of all the characters. They were interesting and fun to read about even in this sad story. It was a great contemporary read that I will probably return to some time in the future.


Thank you all for reading, and I wish you all a very happy New Year!

See you next time!

The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi Review!

Hello, readers!

I’m back!

So I’ve been taking a break from reviews for quite a while because I felt like I was reading books more for the purpose of reviewing them instead of reading them because I wanted to, so I needed to get out of my reading slump and get back into the swing of reading. My reviews are going to change a little bit, because I’m only going to write as much as I feel about each book, so some reviews may be shorter, some may be longer, and some books may not get reviews because I just don’t feel like I have anything to say about them.

Now I feel like I’ve had a long enough break, so I’m back for a review!  This one is a bit on the shorter side, so I hope you enjoy it!

Let’s get started!


The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

Started: October 25, 2017

Finished: October 30, 2017

Rating: 2 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Before Matt, Ella had a plan. Get over a no-good ex-boyfriend. Graduate from high school without any more distractions. Move away from Orlando, Florida, where she’s lived her entire life. But Matt—the cute, shy, bespectacled bass player who just moved to town—was never part of that plan. And neither was attending a party that was crashed by the cops just minutes after they arrived. Or spending an entire night saying “yes” to every crazy, fun thing they could think of.
Then Matt abruptly left town, and he broke not only Ella’s heart but those of their best friends, too. So when he shows up a year later with a plan of his own—to relive the night that brought them together—Ella isn’t sure whether Matt’s worth a second chance. Or if re-creating the past can help them create a different future. 


I really tried to enjoy this book, but I just couldn’t.

I love contemporaries, but the longer that I read contemporaries, the more cliche they all seem. This book may have been the best contemporary to middle-school Hannah, but college-age Hannah really didn’t like it.

I found myself rolling my eyes at the characters and how dramatic they were. Their reactions were ridiculous and not suited well to the situations. Some of them were normal reactions of teenagers, but then they would cross a line into over the top that I just couldn’t see as realistic.

I had some trouble with Meg and Jake’s relationship as well. I thought it was extremely stereotypical with the back and forth, on- and off-again relationship and I couldn’t take it as a realistic portrayal of a teenage relationship.

I liked the premise of the book, the idea of saying yes to everything for a night. I hadn’t read that in a contemporary, and I was really excited about this premise. I kind of feel like it was underutilized in this story, but overall, I think it’s an interesting concept.

I liked Ella and Matt’s relationship, it didn’t feel as stereotypical as Meg and Jake’s relationship to me, and I thought they worked well together. I really don’t have much more to say about it other than I liked it.

Those are really all my thoughts on The Night We Said Yes, I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone, but if you want a quick read and you like contemporaries, I would give it a try.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time!

Series I’m Not Going to Finish!

Hello, readers!

It’s been a while.

I’ve been trying to decide how I want to continue with this blog, because I’ve been very uninspired with my reviews lately, but I want to continue making book-related posts.

So I decided to come back and just go with the flow and decide where this blog goes as my mood changes.

I’ve been trimming down my TBR lists for quite a while now, and I’ve come across several series that I have no intention or desire of finishing.

Small disclaimer: these are based on my opinions and how I felt about the series, so if your favorite series made it onto this list, don’t be offended, it’s just my opinion.

So without further ado, here’s the list of the series that I don’t plan on finishing!


1. The Caster Chronicles series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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I really liked the first novel, Beautiful Creatures, and I’ve had every intention of reading the rest, but right now, it’s just not realistic for me to move on with this series when there are so many more books that I want to read. I’ve heard a few bad things about the rest of the series, so I just don’t have any plans to finish it.

2. It Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar 

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I LOVED this series when I first read it, and I read probably the first five or six books back in middle school. The problem is, I haven’t read any of them since I first read them. So I would have to reread every book that I’ve already read, and at this point in time, I just have no desire to do that.

3. Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar

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Gossip Girl is one of my favorite TV series, but the book just completely fell flat for me. I really didn’t like it. So for this one, I’ll just stick to the TV show and leave the books at the library for someone else to read.

4. Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter

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I read the first book for a book report in fifth grade and I haven’t read any of them since. I think that says enough.

5. The Maze Runner series by James Dashner

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Unpopular opinion: I really don’t like The Maze Runner. It just fell completely flat for me. I tried to read the second book and I was so bored with it, so I have no plan to try again.

6. Bright Young Things series by Anna Godbersen

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I love Anna Godbersen’s The Luxe series, and I really liked the first book in this series, but I just haven’t picked up the second book and I don’t remember anything that happened in the first book. So for now, this book is on the list of series that I won’t be finishing.

7. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan

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This is one of those rare series, where I feel like The Sword of Summer told me everything I needed to know about the story, and I felt like it was wrapped up. I don’t need the other books to feel satisfied about this story, because I really liked the first book and I think it was a satisfying story in and of itself, so I don’t plan on reading any of the other books.


Those are the series that I don’t plan on finishing and my reasoning for it! If you love these series, good for you, I’m glad they struck the right cord for you. For me, most of them just fell flat and I’ll spend my reading time reading series that I genuinely want to read.

See you next time!

April Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

So I had a pretty okay reading month, I read 4 books and bought 1. The four books I read were all for school, but I enjoyed them regardless, so let’s get started!


1. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

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Series: Warm Bodies, #1

Rating: 2 stars

Time I Read: 5 days

Synopsis: R is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization. And then he meets a girl. First as his captive, then his reluctant guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.

2. Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

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Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read:  5 days

Synopsis: Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair… Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell. Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter. With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 6 days

Synopsis: Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

4. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

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Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 5 days

Synopsis: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.


BOOKS I BOUGHT

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1

Length: 421 pages

Have I Read It: No


Thanks for reading! See you next time!

April TBR!

Hello, readers!

Wow, this is late.

But better late than never!

I’m only going for three books this month, and who knows if I’ll actually even stick to this TBR, but hopefully I will!

Let’s get started!


1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Synopsis: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

2. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

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Synopsis: Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

3. Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa

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Synopsis: Rowan is a second child in a world where population control measures make her an outlaw, marked for death. She can never go to school, make friends, or get the eye implants that will mark her as a true member of Eden. Her kaleidoscope eyes will give her away to the ruthless Center government. Outside of Eden, Earth is poisoned and dead. All animals and most plants have been destroyed by a man-made catastrophe. Long ago, the brilliant scientist Aaron Al-Baz saved a pocket of civilization by designing the EcoPanopticon, a massive computer program that hijacked all global technology and put it to use preserving the last vestiges of mankind. Humans will wait for thousands of years in Eden until the EcoPan heals the world. As an illegal second child, Rowan has been hidden away in her family’s compound for sixteen years. Now, restless and desperate to see the world, she recklessly escapes for what she swears will be only one night of adventure. Though she finds an exotic world, and even a friend, the night leads to tragedy. Soon Rowan becomes a renegade on the run.


See you next time!

March Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

Better eight days late than never!

I read three books this past month and bought       , so let’s get started!


BOOKS I READ:

1. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

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Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 9 days

Synopsis: For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire. Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined. 

2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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Series: Time Quintet, #1

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 4 days

Synopsis: Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

3. Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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Series: N/A

Rating: 4 stars

Time I Read: 13 days

Read my review here.

Synopsis: Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. This is a story about: 1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who does not talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.

4. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Series: N/A

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 8 days

Read my review here.

Synopsis: When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.


BOOKS I BOUGHT:

1. A World Without You by Beth Revis

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Series: N/A

Length: 384 pages

Have I Read It: No

2. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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Series: N/A

Length: 294 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

3. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

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Series: N/A

Length: 336 pages

Have I Read It: No

4. How to Love by Katie Cotugno

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Series: N/A

Length: 416 pages

Have I Read It: No

5. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

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Series: N/A

Length: 320 pages

Have I Read It: No


I’ll be back soon with my (very late) April TBR!

See you then!

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera Review!

Started: March 18, 2017

Finished: March 25, 2017

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course. To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart. If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.


I have fallen in love with Adam Silvera’s writing.

I picked up this book at SE-YA 2017, and I also met Adam Silvera when I attended a panel that he spoke at. I’ve wanted to read this book since I heard Kat O’Keefe talk about it on her YouTube channel, and I finally picked it up while I was at SE-YA.

I really, really liked this book.

The plot was so incredibly paced. I love contemporaries because their pacing is typically really well done, but this one was just phenomenal. There weren’t any slow parts, because Adam wrote this book in a way that makes it seem like every single part was important.

One thing about the plot that I really loved and pushed this book to a five star rating was the way that I fell in and out of love with Theo right along with Griffin. At the beginning of the book, I loved Theo. I thought he was an amazing character and an amazing person, and then as the book continued on, I grew angry with Theo and realized how flawed he was right along with Griffin realizing the same things and growing angry about the same thing. I went on Griffin’s journey with him, and even though I can’t relate to Griffin’s story (since I am a straight female), Adam Silvera wrote this book so well that I felt like I went on this seemingly unrelatable journey with these fantastic characters.

The characters were very real to me. I wanted to be friends with these characters because they seemed so realistic. Griffin’s grief hit me like it was my own, and his confusion about the events of the novel really made me feel like I knew him and the other characters in the story.

All in all, this was a fantastic novel that was well worth the hype surrounding it. I plan to read Adam Silvera’s other work, More Happy Than Not, and the book that he’s releasing this fall, so hopefully I get to those this year as well!

See you next time!


NEXT READ: A World Without You by Beth Revis

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold Review!

Started: March 6, 2017

Finished: March 18, 2017

Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. This is a story about: 1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who does not talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.


I had really high hopes for this book, but I can’t really say that it lived up to all of them.

I’m a big fan of David Arnold’s work. Mosquitoland was one of my favorite reads last year. So I was really excited to get my hands of Kids of Appetite because I was anticipating another really great story. But something about this one just felt off to me.

I don’t know if it was the characters, or the plot, or the setting but this whole story didn’t feel right to me. So I’m going to break down what exactly didn’t sit right with me and then get into what made this book enjoyable, because I did enjoy it (especially the end).

Typically I don’t like when books feel like they’re trying to be “different” or “special”. That’s the big reason why I don’t like John Green’s books. If something feels like it’s trying to be different, or edgy, or special, then it doesn’t feel genuine. This book felt like that. It felt like it was trying to create an image for itself from the very first page, but it was trying too hard. As much as I loved Mad, she and Vic just didn’t feel real.

When characters don’t feel real, I find it very hard to connect to them. Mad and Vic didn’t feel like people I would meet in real life. Even though they were very round characters, they felt entirely two-dimensional. They weren’t characters that I felt attached to, and I just couldn’t fully get into the story because of that.

The story was another thing that simply didn’t sit right. Half of the time, the narrative didn’t make sense until certain things that kept being repeated were explained. I understand that that works in many narratives, but in this one it just felt weird.

Now that I’ve explained my main complaint with this book, let me tell you what I liked: the ending.

I’m noticing a pattern with books that I don’t particularly enjoy, and it’s that they have great endings. This story had one of those endings where it felt like everything simply fell and locked into place. I can’t give details because of spoilers, but it was the perfect ending to what felt like a very haphazard story.

All in all, I enjoyed David Arnold’s writing in this book, but I wish that the story and characters had felt a little bit more genuine. I may revisit this book in the future, but for now I’m off to other worlds.

See you next time!


NEXT READ: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

 

 

March TBR!

Hello, readers!

So March is a pretty busy month for me, but I’m not planning on letting that interfere with my reading!

I’ve already one book on this list, so my goal is to get the other three done as well!

I have to work over spring break, but I’ll still be trying to get my reading done during that time.

I’ve planned four books for this month, so let’s get started!


1. The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

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Synopsis: For as long as she can remember, it’s been just Ariel and Dad. Ariel’s mom disappeared when she was a baby. Dad says home is wherever the two of them are, but Ariel is now seventeen and after years of new apartments, new schools, and new faces, all she wants is to put down some roots. Complicating things are Monica and Gabe, both of whom have stirred a different kind of desire. Maya’s a teenager who’s run from an abusive mother right into the arms of an older man she thinks she can trust. But now she’s isolated with a baby on the way, and life’s getting more complicated than Maya ever could have imagined.

(There’s more to this story than just this, but this is all I can put without spoilers because the synopsis spoils the entire book.)

2.) Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

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Synopsis: Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell. It begins with the death of Vic’s father. It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle. The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it. But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between. This is a story about: 1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey. 2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter. 3. One dormant submarine. 4. Two songs about flowers. 5. Being cool in the traditional sense. 6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards. 7. Simultaneous extreme opposites. 8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country. 9. A story collector. 10. How to listen to someone who does not talk. 11. Falling in love with a painting. 12. Falling in love with a song. 13. Falling in love.

3.) The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron

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Synopsis: What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes. Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written. In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten. But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

4.) Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Synopsis: It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others. But this isn’t a story about the shooting itself. This isn’t about recounting that one unforgettable day. This is about Kirby and how one boy—who had friends, enjoyed reading, played saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before—became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing on his classmates. Each chapter is told from a different victim’s viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he’d become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties.  This is a book of perspectives—with one character and one event drawing them all together—from the minds of some of YA’s most recognizable names.


I’ll be back soon with a review of Ellen Hopkins’s The You I’ve Never Known!

See you then!