Monday, September 18, 2017

A Short History of the Girl Next Door

30040068Title: A Short History of the Girl Next Door
Author: Jared Reck
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Source: Netgalley

The unrequited love of the girl next door is the centerpiece of this fiercely funny, yet heart-breaking debut novel.
Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can't tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star and all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he's close to losing everything that matters most to him.
Humorous and heart-wrenching, A Short History of the Girl Next Door is perfect for readers who fell in love with All the Bright Places' Finch or Stargirl's Leo. 

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I'm going to start of this review by saying that this book is honestly perfect for fans of Jesse Andrews or John Green. Like the writing of this novel is literally on that level of greatness. After saying that, I'm not going to give a lot away in this review, because I think it's a whole lot of stuff that you've got to experience for yourself.

You'll absolutely fall in love with Matt. He goes through a lot of ups and downs and is falling for the girl across the street from him, Tabby. Matt also has his funny moments, and that's where he reminded me of some of Andrews' characters from Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

Throughout the whole book, you're going to experience so much heartbreak, and this book will make you feel a whole lot of feels, maybe some you didn't even know you had. 

FYI, this isn't a love story, but it is an amazing contemporary.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Invictus | Review

33152795Title: Invictus
Author: Ryan Graudin
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Source: Netgalley

Time flies when you're plundering history.
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.
But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seams.
In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space. 

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I had never read a book by Ryan Graudin before, so I was super pumped when Netgalley allowed this one as a read now option for the first 500 readers. Of course I jumped on the opportunity. 

This book is all about time travel, so that already caught my attention. I immediately got a few Doctor Who vibes throughout the book. Plus there's gladiators and the Titanic, etc. What's not to love?? 

Our main character was also born to two people from different times. It's so interesting. 

Despite the awesome time travel premise, I did find the book a little slow at times, but that may just be because I read it during summertime and I'm always in the mood for super fast-paced novels in the summer. Honestly, that's the only downside to this book. Sure, it was fast-paced at times, but it was a little slow sometimes. 

I know for sure that I'm going to check out Graudin's past books now!

Monday, September 4, 2017

MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK


27426044Title: Nyxia
Author: Scott Reintgen
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Source: Netgalley
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Series: The Nyxia Triad #1

Emmett Atwater isn't just leaving Detroit; he's leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.
Forever.
Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to ravel down to the planet of Eden-a planet that Babel has kept hidden-where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.
But Babel's ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won't forever compromise what it means to be human.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

 what i liked
  • Emmett. He was such an awesome main character, and I loved watching his character development throughout the entire book. He's come from a rough home life so he has been through some tough shit, which allows him to fight with everything he's got in this competition.
  • THERE'S A COMPETITION. I don't know why, but books with competitions always grab my attention, i.e. The Selection, Divergent, The Hunger Games, etc. Nyxia was no exception. In this book, the prize is to be able to go to Eden. The thing is, there are 10 people on the ship, but only 8 get to go. So there's fights/duels, team activities, brain games, and other activities and everyone's scored. At the end, the people with the top 8 scores get to go to Eden. 
  • Did I mention there's a spaceship?? YEAH. Eden is a planet that is now deemed habitable, so the spaceship is going there. 
  • Babel Corporation is fishy as hell. There's definitely something going on with them, because as we all know, most corporations in science fiction novels are corrupt. 
  • A romance blossoms in Nyxia. What's not to love about romance? 
  • A super awesome thing called nyxia exists. Basically, it's this element that you can form with your brain, and it's found on Eden, and all the competitors are trained to use it. When they get to Eden, they'll be mining for it since it's worth billions of bucks on Earth.
  • A crazy plot twist occurs, and boy did it spin the book around. I didn't see it coming, and it completely through me for a loop. But it definitely upped the suspense!
what i didn't like
  • The wait that I'm going to have to endure until book two!!
overall
Nyxia is going to be the book that brings back the popularity of young adult science fiction. Filled with suspense, clever characters, and a deadly corporation, Nyxia is sure to keep you guessing after the very last page.


Monday, August 28, 2017

An Ember in the Ashes | Review

20560137Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire's impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They've seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia's brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire's greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school's finest soldier-and secretly, it's most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he's been trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize their destinies are intertwined-and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. 

I had heard nothing but amazing things about An Ember in the Ashes, so I knew that it was a book that I had to check out. I bought the book back when it had first been released, but it just sat on my shelf for ages until I finally picked it up.

The one thing I'd like to point out about this book is how slow it was. I don't know if it's just something I have against fantasy books or what, but I found this book to be so slow for at least almost 60% of the novel, which absolutely sucks. I am glad that I stuck it through, though. It really started to get better towards the end.

Now that I think about it, it may have been going slow because I knew that the two main characters were going to meet up at one point and I just expected that to happen way earlier than it actually did.

From the very beginning, I was a bigger fan of Elias than Laia. I just found his point of view to be way more interesting. Laia was really badass though, so she was a really respectable character, especially because she was going through a lot of tough stuff just to be back with her brother once again.

At the very end, there was a huge plot twist that I didn't see coming regarding Elias. I don't want to go into detail and ruin it for you, but honestly, I didn't see it coming!

I was also really drawn into this book because I had heard that it was a duology. I'm a little upset to find that now it's supposed to be a really long series. I don't know if I'll be able to stick it through all the way, especially if it continues being pretty slow.

I'm currently on the waitlist for the second book, so hopefully I get my hands on it soon!


Friday, August 25, 2017

Broken Prince | Review

29519514Title: Broken Prince
Author: Erin Watt
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Genre: Contemporary
Series: The Royals #2

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.
THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU...
Reed Royal has it all-looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.
What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father's new ward suffer turned into something else entirely-keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed's arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed's entire world begins to fall apart around him.
Ella doesn't want him anymore. She says they'll only destroy each other.
SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.
Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It's like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he's going to win back his princess, he'll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

Okay, I'm going to be honest. I only read this book because I had spent $15 on it when I bought Paper Princess since I was so sure I was going to like this series. Anyway, this one was only slightly better than the first. I still wasn't the biggest fan of the story, and probably won't continue on and read the next book, especially after the reviews I've seen.

It just sucks that this one had an even bigger cliffhanger than book one.


Monday, August 21, 2017

A Book For Alien Fans

Title: Zero Repeat Forever
Author: Gabrielle Prendergast
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Source: Netgalley

He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn't know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.
Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.
His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.
Until a human kills her...
Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.
Shelter in place.
Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn't like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?
Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.
Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other...

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** 

what i liked 
  • This book reminds me a lot of The 5th Wave, yet it's still different. It has its own characters, its own faults, its own plot, its own story and cliffhangers. I absolutely ate it up.
  • The tenseness throughout the novel--I literally couldn't stop reading at some points and didn't want to believe other parts of the novel because of how much it affected me. 
  • I literally loved the characters. Eighth and Raven were great. I loved reading through both of their perspectives, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would definitely be Eighth. 
  • THIS WORLD. It's all messed up and interesting and I just loved it.
what i didn't like
  • The pacing felt extremely slow at times. I felt like it dragged on at parts and it took me a little bit to get interested in the book in the beginning. Other than that, I found no faults!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

An Epic Fantasy Must-Read

29960675Title: Mask of Shadows
Author: Linsey Miller
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date; August 29, 2017

Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.
Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class-and the nobles who destroyed their home.
When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand-the Queen's personal assassins, named after the rings she wears-Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.
But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • The worldbuilding is amazing. Miller created a world that is a cross between Game of Thrones and Throne of Glass. I loved it. There's fighting to the death, there's a world ravaged by war, and there's a group of people vying to be the next Opal for the Queen. Plus, there's assassins. What's not to love?
  • Sal was lovely. I've not read many YA books with a gender-fluid character, and for those I have, they were all in contemporary novels. That's what makes Sal awesome--they is a main protagonist in a fantasy novel. 
  • The suspense in this novel kept me reading. It's been a long time since a book has kept me up late at night, and this book is the exception. I literally had to take a nap in order to make up for all the sleep I felt I lost during the night, which never happens!

what i disliked
  • Literally nothing!! Besides the fact that now I have to wait awhile for the next book, of course...

overall
Mask of Shadows is great for readers looking for a new epic fantasy to delve into.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Paper Princess | Review

28678119Title: Paper Princess
Author: Erin Watt
Release Date: April 4, 2016
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Purchased

From strip clubs, and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.
These Royals will ruin you...
Ella Harper is a survivor-a pragmatic optimist. She's spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she'll climb out of the gutter. And her mother's death, Ella is truly alone.
Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.
Reed doesn't want her. He says she doesn't belong with the Royals.
He might be right.
Wealth. Excess. Deception. It's like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she's going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she'll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

 Now honestly, when I first saw this book, I expected it to be some royalty book and after writing this post I realize I should've read the freaking synopsis. Anyway, I had originally found out about this book from a YouTuber, I don't really remember who. But it was a trusted BookTuber that I avidly watch, so I thought why the hell not, I should give this book a try.

I was completely taken aback by this book. I don't want to go into too much detail, but basically every single review on Goodreads talks about what I had issues with. I don't feel the need to completely repeat myself. But at parts this book was utterly repulsive, yet I couldn't stop reading just because I wanted to know what was happening.

Give this book a read if you want, but I don't think you'd be missing out if you decided to skip out on this one.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell | Review

23734628
Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Genre: Fantasy

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who's ever been chosen.
That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right.
Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here, it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.
Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you'd expect from a Rainbow Rowell story-but far, far more monsters.

So, after finishing Fangirl a few years ago, I knew that I'd have to read Carry On at some point. I mean, come on, that book was literally amazing and I had to know what the huge fuss was about Simon Snow. It may have taken me a few years, but I finally read Carry On and I have to say that it was quite the experience. Plus, there was a shit ton of feels.

First of all, I absolutely loved Simon Snow. I mean, sure, he's got a lot of the same qualities as Harry Potter, but he's just so different at the same time, and that's what makes him awesome. Plus, there's Baz, who I also loved. Then there's Baz and Simon, together, which I loved even more.

I remember when this book first came out, I had heard quite a bit about it being way too similar to Harry Potter and that's why it got some negative reviews. In my opinion, personally, you have to read this as an addition to Fangirl and fully know that yeah, there are gonna be similarities, but that doesn't mean that it's the same story. This one was really different, and there were a crap ton of adventures all in one book versus the one adventure per story in Harry Potter. There are also completely different characters and issues.

I really don't want to explain too much because I don't want to ruin the whole story for you, but honestly, even if you haven't read Fangirl, I suggest giving this one a try. As soon as I finished it, I knew that it was one I'd never forget. Plus, that ending was crazy.

I kinda wish that Rowell would write more about Simon and his adventures in the future.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Omega by Jus Accardo | Review

33509081Title: Omega
Author: Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Source: Netgalley

The second book in the Infinity time travel series is full of action, romance, and an intricately designed roller coaster plot.
One mistake can change everything. Ashlyn Calvert finds that out the hard way when a bad decision leads to the death of her best friend, Noah Anderson.
Only Noah isn't really gone. Thanks to his parents' company, the Infinity Division, there is a version of him skipping from one dimension to another, set on revenge for the death of his sister, Kori. When a chance encounter brings him face-to-face with Ash, he's determined to resist the magnetic pull he's felt for her time and time again. Because falling for Ash puts his mission-and their lives-in danger.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

After reading book one, I immediately picked up book two. This one follows characters from book one, but now we see through the eyes of Noah and Ashlyn, who are best friends. I love it when books follow more than one character and have dual perspectives, so this was a huge perk to me.

Ash's best friend, Noah, died in her world, though of course she ends up stumbling across the other Noah, who is trying to bring justice to Dylan. 

One thing I liked about this sequel was the world. It is way different than the world from book one, which was incredibly clever on Accardo's part. The dimensions are all very unique and distinct. 

 The entire time I read this book I just wanted to know what was going to happen next. I was constantly flipping through the pages and I'm sure I'll be doing the same with book three.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Sleeper by Mackenzie Cadenhead | Review

26059415Title: Sleeper
Author: MacKenzie Cadenhead
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Source: Netgalley

As if surviving high school wasn't hard enough, Sarah Reyes suffers from REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, a parasomnia that causes her to physically act out her dreams. When she almost snaps her friend's neck at a sleepover, Sarah and her nocturnal habits are thrust into the spotlight and she becomes a social pariah, complete with public humiliation.
When an experimental drug comes onto the market that promises nighttime normalcy, Sarah agrees to participate in the trial. At first, she seems to be cured. Then the side effects kick in. Why does a guy from her nightmare show up at school? Are the eerily similar dreams she's sharing with her classmates' coincidence or of her making? Is she losing her mind or does this drug offer way more than sleep?

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • The premise of this book completely caught my eye. I didn't think that the cover was very eye-catching, but as soon as I read the premise I knew that it was something I had to read.
  • The book was a thriller! I've been trying to read more thrillers because for some reason I'm a sucker for them in the summertime.


what i disliked 
  • The pacing was really slow. It took me quite a while to even get into the novel; I really had to push through. 
  • There seemed to be a lot going on throughout the whole book, like there was more than one plot at times. I never really knew what part to pay attention to. 



Monday, July 31, 2017

Infinity by Jus Accardo | Review

28220742Title: Infinity
Author: Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Source: Netgalley

Nobody said being the daughter of an army general was easy. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he's away... That's taking it a step too far.
Cade, as beautiful as he is deadly, watches Kori with more than just interest. He looks at her like he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, well, that's when things get weird.
Turns out, Kori's dad isn't just an army general-he's the head of a secret government project that has invented a way to travel between parallel dimensions. Dimensions where there are infinite Koris, infinite Cades... and apparently, on every other Earth, they're madly in love.
Falling for a soldier is the last thing on Kori's mind. Especially when she finds herself in a deadly crossfire, and someone from another Earth is hell-bent on revenge...

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME. I'm a sucker for parallel dimension books, and I ate this one right up. Tie in a romance that always ends poorly in different worlds, and you've got me hooked.

Accardo completely got my attention in this book. Kori is definitely one of my favorite protagonists of all time. She's freaking hilarious and literally always says what's on her mind, no matter the outcome. I gotta hand it to her--she's ballsy. I loved it. Plus, the romance was awesome. I loved both Cade and Noah, though I may have liked Cade a little more. 

If you're a lover of parallel dimensions like me, then definitely give this one a try. You honestly won't regret it.

I know that for sure I can't wait to read book two. Luckily I read this one and have an ARC of book two waiting for me!


Friday, July 28, 2017

Kissing Max Holden: The Perfect Summer Read

31145039Title: Kissing Max Holden
Author: Katy Upperman
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Source: Netgalley

Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...
After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.
With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • The relationship between Max and Jillian. They've known each other for a very long time--I mean, that's what happens when you grow up as someone's next door neighbor. Jillian has always been there for Max and vice-versa, which has allowed them to grow close over the years. They had something that many people strive to have in this world, and I loved watching their relationship grow and change throughout the novel. 
  • The development in the relationship between Jillian and her step-mother. It definitely changed throughout the novel. 
  • How fast paced this novel was--I HATE it when novels are super slow, and luckily, this one flew right by time-wise. I wish all books were this fast-paced!!
  • This novel read like the perfect summer read. It's definitely one you'll want to read by the poolside.
what i disliked
  • I felt like at times I didn't really know that much about Max. I mean sure, he was extremely intriguing and I loved his character, I just felt like I only knew the Max that he was now with random other tidbits thrown in that I got throughout the book. 
  • The slowness towards the end of the novel got me. The book was so fast paced for the longest time, though it did slow down a bit at the end which threw me off.
overall
Kissing Max Holden is a fast-paced romance novel perfect for fans of Anna and the French Kiss. 


Monday, July 24, 2017

First We Were IV

32259911Title: First We Were IV
Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Source: Netgalley

It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.
A secret society-for the four of us.
The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.
We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that.
Nothing could break the four of us apart-I thought.
But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets.
History.
We wanted revenge.
We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren't supposed to.
Our invention ratcheted out of control.
What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • There were a shit ton of twists and turns in this book, and I honestly didn't see any of them coming. A lot of times, I end up hating a book because I see the plot twists coming, but this book was different. 
  • The premise was extremely intriguing. It's not often that a premise is as awesome as this one.
  • The entire band of characters was great. Sometimes, books with a lot of characters can get pretty confusing, but each one was very distinct which allowed me to easily know who each character was. 
  • Sirowy's writing style is breathtaking. This was my first read by her, and I know for sure I want to check out more by her in the future.

what i disliked
  • The book felt very slow moving at times, especially in the beginning. It took me quite a while to actually get into the book, but I kept pushing through.  

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Blind Item

31145129Title: Blind Item
Authors: Kevin Dickson, Jack Ketsoyan
Publisher: Imprint
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Source: Publisher for Review

No one knows her name, but now everyone wants to.
As an assistant publicist in Hollywood, Nicola spends her days (and nights) sweeping up the scandals of singers, movie stars, and TV actors. Fresh from Ohio, she's rapidly discovering the real Hollywood is rotten under its glittering skin. Everyone is a hustler with a hard bottom line and a soap opera sob story.
When she breaks her own rules and starts dating a movie star, the Los Angeles scene starts to spill into her own life. As the paparazzi begin the hunt for sexy star Seamus O'Riordan's new mystery girl, Nicola's best friend Billy has her back while he prowls parties for the latest scoop to sell to the tabloids. Her roommate Kara keeps tabs on things too-in between befriending a former child star and transforming herself from stylist to reality TV sensation.
As the scandals pile up behind them, their pasts will be exposed... And every secret can be sold.
Written by two Hollywood insiders, the jaw-dropping scandals are real, but the names are not. And they'll never tell.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • The premise! I mean, who doesn't want to read a book that's all about juicy Hollywood? This book really gives you an inside look on what it's like, and honestly, there seems to be a lot more to it than meets the eye.
  • THE SETTING. It takes place in LA, obviously, so what's not to love? 
  • This book read very quickly which makes it an awesome poolside read. It was light, fluffy, and of course touched upon some other topics. 
  • Blind Item read more like a New Adult book, so I'd be wary of that going in if you're a younger reader!
  • There were some undertones of The Devil Wears Prada which is one of my favorite movies.

what i disliked
  • I wish it were longer!

overall
If you're interested in following publicists in Hollywood, then definitely give this one a read. I wouldn't go into expecting a whole lot, you definitely have to be in the mood for a read like this!
 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Paper Hearts

33584564Title: Paper Hearts
Author: Ali Novak
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Source: Netgalley

"I'm sorry," he said, slowly untying the ribbon that held his mask in place. "It's just-I didn't want you to think of me differently."
Somehow I kept my mouth from falling open. I knew his face, but my mind couldn't accept that he was the person looking down at me.
"My real name is Alec."
Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she'd had the full weight of her mother's expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college. Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he'd flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he'd turn out to be a member of the world-famous Heartbreakers band, Alec.
Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity's missing sister. And she's about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be...

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.**

Another Ali Novak book was a huge success for me! I loved this book. There's just something about books with bandmates that I seriously adore. 

This time, we get to follow Alec from the Heartbreakers. He meets Felicity at a ball where everyone's wearing masks, and he tries to fool her by saying that his name is Aaron. By the end of the night. she finds out who she really is, and she is completely stunned but seems okay with it anyway. 

This book was filled with swoon-worthy moments and super cute romance. I don't want to say too much about it because I want you to go and experience it all for yourself. I would say that you don't have to read the first book in this series before reading this one, because they do follow different characters, but if you have the time, definitely check them both out!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow | Review

Title: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Source: Netgalley

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi's dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth's corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth's Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi's the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she's convinced he's been taken to the ice-planet.
Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.
For Miguel, Earth's charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight's bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he's a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** 

what i liked
  •  This book has VIDEO GAMES. I'm a huge gamer; I love playing video games whenever I can. That's why I was so pumped about this novel in the first place.
  • Mary Weber is an excellent author. I absolutely adored her other trilogy, and this book was absolutely no exception. There's just something about her books that I really enjoy.
  • There's also aliens. Did I mention that?? ALIENS.
  • Sofi is extremely smart. I love it when there's really intelligent characters. 
  • The pacing of this novel is fantastic. I didn't find it slow at any part.


what i didn't like
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING


Monday, July 17, 2017

The Last Magician | Review

The Last MagicianTitle: The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Source: Netgalley

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.
In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic-the Mageus-live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power-and often their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she's there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order-and the Brink-before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • I feel like I start off every review lately by saying I liked the worldbuilding, but it's true again with this one!! Plus, there's time travel, and I feel like young adult novels have been lacking in the time travel department lately. Mix in fantasy and that's even better. 
  • The entire plot of this novel was so intense. Esta has to go back in time to find an ancient book artifact before the Magician gets to it, but she gets stuck in the past and ends up finding a crew which helps her in the hunt. Literally, it's a whirlwind.
  • Esta was such a lovable main character. I really liked her and she never got on my nerves, which was great.

what i didn't like
  • The size was the only thing I didn't like, but that's a personal thing. I just hate reading super long ebooks! However, it allowed me to spend more time in this awesome world with all the characters, so honestly, it's a good thing.

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

What Goes Up

31450696Title: What Goes Up
Author: Katie Kennedy
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Source: Publisher for Review

Action-packed and wildly funny, this near-future sci-fi features three teens on an inter-dimensional mission to save the world. 
Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA's mysterious Multi-World Agency. After rounds of crazy-competitive testing they are appointed to Team 3, along with an alternate, just in case Eddie screws up (as everyone expects he will). What they don't expect is that aliens will arrive from another dimension, and look just like us. And no one could even imagine that Team 3 would be the only hope of saving our world from their Earth-destroying plans. The teens steal the spacecraft (it would be great if they knew how to fly it) and head to Earth2, where the aliens' world and people are just like ours. With a few notable exceptions.
There, the teens will find more than their alternate selves: they'll face existential questions and high-stakes adventure, with comedy that's out of this world.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I decided to try out a bullet review!
  • After reading and loving Kennedy's last novel, I knew for sure that this one was a book that I had to get my hands on. 
  • There is a whole lot of humor in Kennedy's writing style, especially in this book with the scientists.
  • This book starts out with a competition, and Rosa and Eddie are of course chosen. Then it turns into an awesome adventure right from there. 
  • Did I mention I loved Rosa and Eddie? Because I seriously did.
  • Of course the book also involves NASA, which I'm always really interested in. So that was a huge perk. 
  • While saying all of that, I'm definitely going to read more books by Kennedy in the future. Her writing just sucks me in and makes me laugh the whole time, even if it involves a mission to save the world!



Friday, July 14, 2017

Tash Hearts Tolstoy | Review

29414576Title: Tash Hearts Tolstoy
Author: Kathryn Ormsbee
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Source: Netgalley

After a shout-out from one of the internet's superstar vloggers, Natasha "Tash" Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She's gone viral.
Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina-written by Tash's literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich "Leo" Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.
And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash's cyber-fliration with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL-if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she's romantic asexual.
Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • It's always been a dream of mine to get involved with YouTube. I've always been interested in creative ventures, and YouTube is one platform that I've barely dipped my toes into. Sure, I always watch the videos, but I've only made and uploaded a few. I know it's something I'd be really into, but I always put it off. That's why I think it's awesome that Tash and her friends have a YouTube channel. I absolutely ate that part of the book up. 
  • I also loved the friendships in this book. The friends were just always there for each other and got along well.
  • Tash is asexual. There are not a lot of books in young adult with asexual characters. Actually, now that I think about it, this is the only one I've read!
what i didn't like
  • Tash actually got on my nerves a bit. I was okay with her at first, but even from the very beginning, I could tell that she really liked to take charge of situations. There's not anything wrong with that, but by the end, I didn't like her as much.
  • Parts of the book seemed slow to me. I always tend to like it when books are paced a little quicker.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I'm Not in the Band | Review

35157301Title: I'm Not in the Band
Author: Amber Garza
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: June 12, 2017
Source: Netgalley

I like Kassidy Milton. There, I said it. She's funny, beautiful-even though she doesn't know it-and my favorite kind of weird. But I can't tell if she's into me or just trying to get close to me for a chance with my famous twin brother instead. I mean, it has to be me. I'm the better-looking one.
But Kassidy has some demons, and she's not good at letting people in. That happens when you've been hurt by someone close to you. I can relate. Trust is a funny thing; it's hard to gain but easy to lose. I might just learn that the hard way.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book includes a snarky heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, crazy best friends, your favorite music, and lots of feels.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** 

what i liked
  • Parts of the story include text messages and updates on social media, which is an aspect from books that I always love. It's very different and changes the pace of the storytelling a little bit, which is great.
  • Archer isn't the one in the band, which I found to be very different. A lot of times, books with bands include a main character from the band, but this was unique. Instead, it featured a twin brother of one of the bandmates. 
  • This book was a really easy read. That's why I am a sucker for Entangled Crush books.


what i disliked
  • It may just be that I've been reading a lot of contemporary novels lately, but at times I found the romance to be a little childish and immature. That may just be a personal issue though!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Perfectly Imperfect Read

35404649Title: The Perfectly Imperfect Match
Author: Kendra C. Highley
Publisher: Entangled Teen (Crush)
Release Date: July 10, 2017
Source: Netgalley
Series: Suttonville Sentinels #3
Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up from the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he's twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict "no girls" policy, so be it.
Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp... at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she's a hot mess. Too bad he's cute, because he's so not her type.
Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan's future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken...
Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I had read Finding Perfect by Highley a while ago and I really loved it, so I knew that I had to read The Perfectly Imperfect Match. Little did I know, it's actually the third book in a series. However, I believe that each book follows different characters, so I completely understood what was going on in this book without reading the others--that's a huge plus!

I absolutely ate this book up. There's something about swoon-worthy baseball guys. They'll always have a special place in my heart. I really loved Dylan and Lucy's relationship. Lucy was super nerdy and into needlepoint and she just wanted to help fix up Dylan because she could tell he'd been through something.

In the end, I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for more by Highley in the future. If I can, I'm definitely going to check out the other books in this series because I loved this one. 


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Artificial Sweethearts | Review

34389398Title: Artificial Sweethearts
Author: Julie Hammerle
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: July 10, 2017
Series: North Pole, Minnesota #2

It's not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying student golf coach, and intentionally single Sam's family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother's wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer.
So it's not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone they're both taken. Definitely not. And it's not butterflies that make a kiss for appearances during the lake party go on way too long-so long that Sam wishes it were real.
But Tinka keeps people at arm's length-she's always been second best, even to her parents. And her relationship-for-show could crush everything when she realizes she's done with fake, pretend, and second-best.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains bikinis at the lake, a lot of making out in dark theaters, and a meet-cute you'll read twice.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • I'm a sucker for stories with fake boyfriends because it always ends up turning into a romance. I mean, what's not to love?
  • Sam was a total nerd. He was hilarious and I really liked him. I also loved how much he was into movies.
  • I didn't even know that this book was part of a series, which means that you can definitely read this one without reading the first because I did! Each book in the series seems to follow different characters, so it's all good! Just the setting stays the same (I think).
  • Artificial Sweethearts was an incredibly easy read. I mean sure, you get to see what dark things the characters have been through, but for the most part, it's a fluffy contemporary.
  • I really felt for Tinka. She just left for boarding school for the year only to return and find out that her entire house was sold and now she's been uprooted from Minneapolis to North Pole, Minnesota. It's all very different for her. Even her parents have completely changed!! I recently just got back from my first year of college so I understand what it's like, though the changes that I had to figure out weren't as drastic.

what i disliked
  • The only thing I disliked was the name Tinka, which is more of a personal thing. At one point, it was said that it was a nickname for the name Christina, but I don't understand why or how??
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

You'll WANT to Read Want by Cindy Pon

32333174Title: Want
Author: Cindy Pon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Source: Netgalley
Series: Want #1

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city's corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.
With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.
Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Crop's CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

 what i liked
  • The world that Pon created. I absolutely ate it up. It's a futuristic Taiwan--I mean, what's not to love? Most dystopians take place in America, so it was nice to have a change of setting. There is also extreme pollution in this world--a very real possibility for our future. It was interesting to see how this pollution could be handled.
  • The characters. I absolutely loved Zhou and his friends, as well as Daiyu. They were just so fun to read about and I honestly couldn't get enough. 
  • Corporations. I don't know why, but there's something about a science fiction book with a messed-up corporation. I just love them, and this book was no exception with the Jin Corporation, which has been causing a lot of issues. 
what i disliked
  • The book didn't really end in a cliffhanger. However, I still will read the next book!

Read This Book & Other Truths

Title: Trusting You & Other Lies
Author: Nicole Williams
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Source: Netgalley

USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Nicole Williams delivers a seductive summer romance worth swooning over. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins.
Phoenix can't imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years-do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better?
On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum-the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he's impossible to figure out-and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgement, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he's promising Phoenix a summer she'll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?

**Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • The relationship between Phoenix and Callum. There was definitely something going on between them from the moment they met, and I loved how easy it was to tell from a reader's standpoint that they were going to be good for each other.
  • The sibling love. Phoenix was always looking out for her little brother and I loved that. It was so cute and showed how much she cared for him! 
  • The ending. The book was pretty slow for a while though I thought that it really picked up the pace towards the end, which I appreciated. I wish it was a little faster the whole way through though!
  • THERE WAS NO INSTA-LOVE. It's about damn time an author got this right!
what i didn't like
  • The way that Phoenix kept pushing Callum to go to college. I don't even think it's that big of a deal, but at times I was getting aggravated with her. It just seemed like she was forcing him to look at schools and consider colleges because that was her life plan too. 
  • Callum's attitude towards Phoenix. At times, he seemed a little immature. I liked him as a person, sure, but sometimes he was a little weird towards Phoenix and it got on my nerves.
  • The pace. I know I mentioned this already, but it did seem pretty slow for a big chunk of time.
overall

If you're looking for an easy-to-read summer novel to read on the beach, this is the one for you. However, be prepared for the slow pacing!