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!

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!

February Wrap-Up and Haul!

Hello, readers!

The month of February has come and gone, and I read one book for fun and one book for class in the span of the month, and I only bought one book, so let’s just jump right in!

Let’s get started!


1.) Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

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Series: Six of Crows, #2

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 38 days

Read my review here.

Synopsis: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.

2. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Series: N/A

Rating: 5 stars

Time I Read: 6 days


BOOKS I BOUGHT

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

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Series: N/A

Length: 608 pages

Have I Read It: No


I’ll be back soon with my March TBR!

See you then!

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Review!

SPOILER ALERT: This is the second and final book in the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo. There are spoilers in this review, so if you have not read the first book of the series, go and read it! This review will be here when you come back!

Started: January 18, 2017

Finished: February 24, 2017

Rating: 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.


Well.

I made it through.

And I already miss it.

Six of Crows was amazingly good. And while this book didn’t beat it in terms of how much I enjoyed it, it came pretty damn close.

love this world. I desperately want more of this series, but sadly it’s only a duology. Leigh Bardugo’s world building is second to none. I don’t have much interest  in the Grisha trilogy, but I may just read it for Leigh’s writing and world. She takes her complex world and writes it beautifully to create vivid pictures in a reader’s mind. I had such a complete mental picture of Ketterdam that I was completely immersed in the world from the beginning.

The story of this novel was riveting. It took me a long time to read it, but that doesn’t mean it was any less exciting and enthralling than the first one. This novel was gorgeous storytelling and gorgeous writing and it had me hooked. The story of this gang of outcasts taking on the person who wronged them was so completely entrancing to me. I felt like I was there watching it all take place.

Another thing that had me hooked was the characters.

Oh my goodness, the characters.

Every character was extraordinarily written. I felt like I understood them, I felt like I knew them, at some points I felt like I was them. I felt every emotion they felt and I can’t believe how well written every single on of them is. But there’s one in particular that I still have to mention specifically.

Come on, you all know that I have to talk about Kaz Brekker.

Kaz Brekker may be the Bastard of the Barrel, but he’s also the love of my life. I can’t handle how much I love Kaz, and this book just amplified that love. His character arc, his actions, the way he speaks. Everything had me hanging on to every word that Leigh writes about him. I need more Kaz Brekker, please.

All in all, this book made me laugh and it made me cry. I loved it, and I love this series, and that’s really all I can say. I need more of the Dregs. I need more Kaz Brekker. Please. Anything, Leigh. I’ll take anything.


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