#HypeYour5 Underhyped Reads!

Hello, readers!

I have a very big issue in my reading life. Every time I try to recommend books to people, I always end up recommending them hyped-up books that they might have heard of.

I don’t know why I do this, but it always happens. I think of the perfect book, then I doubt in my head if the person will ever read it because they haven’t heard of it, and then I recommend a popular book.

Many of my favorite books are ones that other people have never heard of. They’re not popular, they don’t have massive fandoms, and there is approximately zero chance of them ever getting movie adaptations.

So in 2019, I want to hype up more of these underhyped books by recommending them to people. The #HypeYour5 tag was created by Mackenzi Lee on Instagram to do just that: hype up your favorite underhyped books.

Let’s get started with my favorite five underhyped books!

1. The Everafter by Amy Huntley


If I had to choose one book that influenced my life more than any other, it would The Everafter by Amy Huntley. I read this book as an ARC when I was in seventh grade, and it completely changed my reading career. It’s beautiful, and haunting, and sad, and has an amazing plot twist that I never saw coming. I’ve spent the past nine (almost ten!) years since I first read this looking for a book that comes close to being similar to this one, but I haven’t found one. I’m not even sure I ever will.

It’s a crime to me that more people don’t know about this book, so it is definitely my number one underhyped book.

2. Renegade by  J.A. Souders


While dystopian fiction as a genre is overhyped (in my opinion), Renegade is certainly a lost gem in that genre. With an underwater world that focuses on genetic perfection, it stands out from the crowd of other dystopian books.

3. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler


This book, which tells the story of Min and Ed’s break-up through objects that Min returns to Ed, is absolutely beautiful. This is one of my favorite contemporaries ever, and everything about it is just gorgeous. The writing, the illustrations, the story–all of it is just absolutely beautiful.

I need more people to read this book because I just think it’s one of the most realistic contemporaries out there. There isn’t really any fluff to the break-up experience. It’s rough, and it’s raw, and it’s completely compelling. If you get a chance, you should give this book a try.

4. Reality Check by Jen Calonita


This is a book that I have reread every year since 7th grade. There’s something about this book that just keeps me coming back. It’s got pretty much every element of a vapid, tween-oriented contemporary, except it takes it all and flips it around. It was really important to me growing up to see what’s behind the glitz and glamour of reality TV, and this book was absolutely a game-changer to me.

I’ll keep rereading this book every year until it stops being one of the most well-written contemporaries and until it stops being an important story to share with young, tween girls.

5. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart


I absolutely l o v e The Boyfriend List. For me, it really doesn’t have any underlying reason except that it’s fun. It’s a fun contemporary series, and I have fun every time I read it. It has a good message, and it actually has a very good representation of mental illness through Ruby Oliver. Most of the contemporaries I read are dark and cover very serious topics. The Boyfriend List is really just a fun contemporary for me, but it’s one that I always come back to. It’s definitely worth the read, and at only 229 pages, it’s worth the time, too.

Those are my #HypeYour5 underhyped reads! I’m making it a goal of mine to recommend them more often to people, since they’re some of my all-time favorites.

What are some of your favorite underhyped reads? #HypeYour5 in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Next Post: Winter Reading Playlist

CR: White as Silence, Red as Song by Alessandro D’Avenia; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Lightwarden by J.L. Ricketts; The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


Best Books of 2018!

Hello, readers!

It’s been quite a while, hasn’t it?

2018 has been an eventful year. I’ve had a lot of ups and a lot of downs, but one thing I really started to figure out was my identity as a reader. I joined a book club this year, and beat my Goodreads goal by over ten books. But one thing was still lacking in my reading life.

I still really want to be a book blogger.

I missed this blog, and I missed my bookstagram. So for 2019, I’m making these a priority. I’ve planned posts for the next few months, and I’m really excited about revamping the content that I post on here.

So without further ado, let’s start on the new and improved Reviews by Hannah with my Best Books of 2018!

1.) They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera


By far my favorite book that I read this year was They Both Die at the End. I love Adam Silvera with all my heart, and he’s one of my auto-buy authors. I bought this book at this year’s SE-YA (where I met Adam for a second time – yay!), and I read it almost instantly.

This book is absolutely heartbreaking. You think you’ll be prepared for the ending (I mean, it’s in the title) but you’re not. There’s no way to prepare yourself for how heart-wrenching this novel is.

Overall, it was beautifully written and Adam Silvera is still one of my favorite authors and it 100% deserves the top spot on this list.

(Honestly, don’t be surprised if What If It’s Us is on this list next year, I’m so blinded by love for Adam Silvera)

2.) The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


The second one on my list was a bit of an unexpected one. I had never read a Becky Albertalli book (not even Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda), but I picked this one up at 2017 Yallfest, and thought I would give it a try.

I was really surprised by how much I liked this book.

The thing that struck me most about this book was how much I related to the main character, Molly. I have never had a boyfriend, or been in love, but I’ve had my fair share of crushes. Becky Albertalli wrote that experience so well, I felt that I was in Molly’s story.

The story of the novel itself wasn’t anything unique, but it was a really fun contemporary,  and it made me want to read more of Albertalli’s work (especially since all of them apparently have references to each other).

I will most likely be picking up Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and Leah on the Offbeat in the very near future, but The Upside of Unrequited is definitely always going to have a special place in my heart.

3.) Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson


My third best book of 2018 is Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I had never read a Morgan Matson book before, but I picked this one up in a sale at Barnes and Noble. I absolutely LOVED this novel, and the whole friendship concept behind it. Emily and Sloane’s friendship was so interesting that it held my attention through the whole 464 page book. The romance wasn’t too bad either, but the real focus of the book for me was friendship. This is one of my favorite contemporaries ever and I now recommend it to everyone who wants a nice, wholesome read.

4.) Coco: A Story About Music, Shoes, and Family by Diana Lopez


Okay, so Coco was definitely my favorite movie that came out in 2017, so I read this book waaaaay back at the beginning of 2018. It was actually my first read of 2018, but I still remember how much I loved it. I can’t lie; my enjoyment of this book stems purely from how much I love the movie. This book really only retells the movie in novel form (except for a few scenes and snippets added in), but I just love the story and the characters so much. It made me cry just as much as the movie did, and I will most likely reread this in the future.

Those were my four favorite books of 2018! I didn’t have a ton of top-rated books this year, but I did read a lot of other really good books that didn’t quite make my favorites.

My “honorable mentions” (those books that don’t quite make my favorites but I still thoroughly enjoyed) are:

One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

What were your favorite books of 2018? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Next Post: Underhyped Reads

CR: White as Silence, Red as Song by Alessandro D’Avenia; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Lightwarden by J.L. Ricketts

Anticipated January Releases 2019!

Hello, readers!

One of my favorite things to do at the start of the new year is to look at upcoming YA releases and write out my most anticipated ones in my planner. I like to stay up to date with what’s out and which of the new releases that I really want to read.

In 2017, I did a similar post of anticipated releases, but this year I’m going to break them up by month. Every month I’ll be posting my anticipated YA releases, with release dates and summaries for each.

Let’s get started with January!

1. When the Truth Unravels by RuthAnne Snow


Release Date: January 1, 2019

Summary: Last month, Elin tried to kill herself. She knows she’s lucky that her parents found her in time. Lucky to be going to prom with her three best friends, like any other teen. Like it never happened. And if she has anything to say about it, no one but her best friends will ever know it did. Jenna, Rosie, and Ket will do anything to keep Elin’s secret—and to make sure it never happens again. That’s why they’re determined to make prom the perfect night. The night that convinces Elin that life is worth living. Except, at prom, Elin goes missing. Now it’s up to her friends to find her. But each of the girls has her own demons to face. Ket is being blackmailed by an ex. Rosie is falling in love for the first time. And Jenna . . .Jenna is falling apart. And no one, not even her best friends, knows why.

2. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus


Release Date: January 8, 2019

Summary: Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows. The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone’s declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing. Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous–and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

3. Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson


Release Date: January 8, 2019

Summary: A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. Brooke and her family became social pariahs, broken and unable to console one another. Brooke’s only solace remains the ice-skating rink, where she works but no longer lets herself dream about a future skating professionally. When Brooke encounters Calvin’s younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. She needs someone to talk to…and so does Heath. No one else understands what it’s like. Her brother, alive but gone; his brother, dead but everywhere. Soon, they’re meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. In the place of his anger and her guilt, something frighteningly tender begins to develop, drawing them ever closer together. But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain she’s willing to live with—her family’s or Heath’s. Because she can’t heal one without hurting the other.

4. A Sky For Us Alone by Kristin Russell


Release Date: January 8, 2019

Summary: In Strickland County, there isn’t a lot of anything to go around. But when eighteen-year-old Harlowe Compton’s brother is killed by the Praters—the family who controls everything, from the mines to the law—he wonders if the future will ever hold more than loss. Until he meets Tennessee Moore. With Tennessee, Harlowe feels for the first time that something good might happen, that he might’ve found the rarest thing of all: hope. Even as she struggles with the worst of the cards she’s been dealt, Tennessee makes Harlowe believe that they can dare to forge their own path—if they only give it a shot. But as Harlowe searches for the answers behind his brother’s death, his town’s decay, and his family’s dysfunction, he discovers truths about the people he loves—and himself—that are darker than he ever expected. Now, Harlowe realizes, there’s no turning back.

5. In Paris With You by Clementine Beauvais


Release Date: January 8, 2019

Summary: Eugene and Tatiana had fallen in love that summer ten years ago. But certain events stopped them from getting to truly know each other and they separated never knowing what could have been. But one busy morning on the Paris metro, Eugene and Tatiana meet again, no longer the same teenagers they once were. What happened during that summer? Does meeting again now change everything? With their lives ahead of them, can Eugene and Tatiana find a way to be together after everything?

6. Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills


Release Date: January 15, 2019

Summary: For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. She has the Yum Yum Shoppe, with its famous fourteen flavors of ice cream; her beloved marching band, the pride and joy of Acadia High (even if the football team disagrees); and her four best friends, loving and infuriating, wonderfully weird and all she could ever ask for. Then August moves in next door. A quiet guy with a magnetic smile, August seems determined to keep everyone at arm’s length. Sophie in particular. Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.

7. Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry


Release Date: January 22, 2019

Summary: Jesse Lachlin is cursed. So the town folklore says, but while Jesse’s had his fair share of tragedy, the only curse he believes is in his grandmother’s will: in order to inherit his family farm he must win the approval of his childhood best friend, the girl he froze out his freshman year, Scarlett Copeland. Scarlett Copeland is psychic. Glory Gardner tells Scarlett she has hidden psychic abilities, but Scarlett thinks Glory is delusional. What is real is Scarlett’s father’s irrational fears, controlling attitude, and the dark secrets at home. Scarlett may have a way to escape, but there’s a hitch: she’ll have to rely on the one person she used to trust, the same boy who broke her heart, Jesse Lachlin. Each midnight meeting pushes Jesse and Scarlett to confront their secrets and their feelings for each other. But as love blooms, the curse rears its ugly head…

8. Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell


Release Date: January 29, 2019

Summary: Mommy blogs are great . . . unless the blog happens to belong to your mom.
Twin sisters Claire & Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they’re expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a NY fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as “just Claire”? And what should Claire do about Mom’s old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don’t sound like Mom’s perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham . . .

Those are my eight anticipated releases of January 2019!

What are your most anticipated releases this month? Do we have any of the same? Leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Next Post: Best Books of 2019

CR: White as Silence, Red as Song by Alessandro D’Avenia; To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; Lightwarden by J.L. Ricketts

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!

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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


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.


1. A World Without You by Beth Revis


Series: N/A

Length: 384 pages

Have I Read It: No

2. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera


Series: N/A

Length: 294 pages

Have I Read It: Yes

3. Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens


Series: N/A

Length: 336 pages

Have I Read It: No

4. How to Love by Katie Cotugno


Series: N/A

Length: 416 pages

Have I Read It: No

5. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi


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