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Goodreads Monday (4/9/2018)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title:  The Sun is Also a Star 

Author: Nicola Yoon (Goodreads Author)

Published: November 1st 2016 by Delacorte Press

Goodreads Summary:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

This book has been on my TBR shelf since November 2016!! I recently watched Everything Everything and it almost makes me want to not read the book, but I know that books are 10 times better than the movies 9 out of 10 times. I’m hoping that I will like The Sun is Also a Star more than Everything Everything, but I’ve only really heard mix reviews about this author in general. You either love her or dislike her. Which category are you?

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The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things Book Review

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirrethequeenofbrightandshinythings

Published: April 7th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

“I’ve heard if you pretend long enough—or maybe wish hard enough—faking normal becomes real. I’m counting on that. Until then, I’ll carry on.” 

I picked up this as a whim off of my TBR shelf (okay shelves) because I needed something different than my normal genre. I just felt like I needed a break and wanted to branch out and read some contemporary (mainly because they are always typically stand alone books). This book was a fairly quick read, but it did leave something to be desired.

Sage is our main character who lives with her aunt and is always trying to be the perfect girl because if she doesn’t her aunt will send her back to the system. That is basically Sage in a nutshell, oh and that she can’t get mad because bad things happen when she does. This was hinted so many times throughout the book, which was the explanation as to why she leaves sticky notes on peoples lockers to brighten up their day. After this was brought up the first time, I really wanted to know what happened in Sage’s past to make her like this now. After the 5th or 6th time of it being brought up, I really didn’t care anymore and just wanted the book to be over already. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait long after and the book quickly came to an end.

Sage’s love interest in this book was Shane. The hot new guy who is mysterious and moody and not part of the popular crowd. Although Shane is a very typical male character, I liked him a lot. I felt like he was more relatable than Sage or at least more flushed out or maybe it was just because he wasn’t the main character so we didn’t have to know every single thing about him. Just like Sage, Shane comes from a very troubled past and doesn’t like it when people try to give him hand outs or help really. When Sage over steps her boundaries, Shane isn’t afraid to point it out and I liked that a lot. Of course, that created a lot of angst in Sage in a “does he still like me, does he hate me” phase that happened quite a few times.

The overall story wasn’t for me, but Aguirre’s writing style was amazing! I loved it a lot! Even though I was a little bit annoyed with Sage, I still cried and laughed when she did because the writing was that good. Reading other reviews of this book say that Aguirre’s other books are really good, so I will definitely check them out to see if I like them better!

 

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Goodreads Monday (3/12/2018)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title:  Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli (Goodreads Author)

Published: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray

Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

In honor of the movie coming out this Friday, I decided to highlight this book! I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet (I actually have to go purchase it first), but I do plan on going to go see the movie when it comes out! (Actually it’s a toss up between this and Tomb Raider) Even though I plan on seeing the movie first, I will definitely read the book one of these days! Seeing the movie doesn’t deter me from picking up the book.

Do you like to read the book first before going to see the movie or does it matter? For me, if I really didn’t like the movie I will always pick up the book to see if I would have liked it better or not. Did you know that Red Sparrow was a book to movie adaptation? I didn’t until I saw the credits after the movie! Okay, now I am rambling. I’ll stop for now =) Leave me your thoughts on books to movies in the comments!

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Waiting on Wednesday (2/21/2018)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  This Heart of Mine

Author: C.C. Hunter

Expected Publication: February 27th 2018

Publisher:  Wednesday Books

Goodreads Summary:

A new heart saved her life—but will it help her find out what really happened to its donor?

Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive. However, this route only offers her a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn’t likely. Living like you are dying isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she’s given a second chance at life. Except Leah discovers who the donor was — a boy from her school — and they’re saying he killed himself. Plagued with dreams since the transplant, she realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.

Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams and he’s certain it means something. While unraveling the secrets of his brother’s final moments, Leah and Matt find each other, and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don’t come with guarantees. Who knew living, took more courage than dying?

I’ve read a few books by C.C. Hunter and while I haven’t loved them, I did really enjoy reading them. This book sounds a lot different from the books that I typically read from this author, and who knows this might be the book that end up really loving!

What are you waiting for this week?

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Just Listen Book Review

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Published: April 6th 2006 by Viking Books for Young Readers

4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

Last year, Annabel was “the girl who has everything” — at least that’s the part she played in the television commercial for Kopf’s Department Store.

This year, she’s the girl who has nothing: no best friend because mean-but-exciting Sophie dropped her, no peace at home since her older sister became anorexic, and no one to sit with at lunch. Until she meets Owen Armstrong.

Tall, dark, and music-obsessed, Owen is a reformed bad boy with a commitment to truth-telling. With Owen’s help, maybe Annabel can face what happened the night she and Sophie stopped being friends.

Just Listen
Don’t think or judge, just listen
This was the book I read last week during Banned Books Week 2017. I wasn’t aware that it was even on the frequently challenged list until I actually looked up the list in order to pick a book from it. I was amazed at how many challenged books were on there that I read in my high school English classes. This review might have some spoilers so please read with caution if you haven’t read this book yet!
There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying
This book begins at the start of a new school year, Annabel was one of the popular girls last year and this year she is an outcast. We learn pretty early on that an incident happened at a party that caused Annabel to basically fall from grace and her shutting everyone out didn’t help her situation. Throughout the book we get flashback chapters of the night in question, how Annabel became friends with Sophie, and how she lost Clarke as a friend. With these flashbacks it did seem that the plot kind of dragged a little bit, but at the end it was worth it.
Not only do we slowly learn about what happened to Annabel, the book focuses on her sister Whitney and her eating disorder. Because of what is going on with her sister, Annabel feels that if she tells her mom anything (like what happened to her or that she wants to quit modeling) that it will destroy her. So what does Annabel do? She just stays quiet and keeps everything in.
Silence is so freaking loud
Annabel as the MC was alright in my opinion. She didn’t really have that baby of the family attitude that I am used to seeing in my family or in books in general. But understanding what happened to her, her current personality makes sense. She does remind me of a bunch of other Dessen’s main characters, but Annabels story itself is unique to the Lakeview world (community?).
Just like Annabel is a typical MC for Dessen, Owen our “bad boy” is kind of just the same. It seems as if there are two different types of guys that the main character falls for. We have the silent, sometimes moody bad boy vibe, or the quirky, all over the place but still kind of cute somehow guy. Owen is the first type, and honestly he isn’t very rememberable amongst all the other bad boy types. His “quirk”, I guess you could say, was that he is obsessed with music. Every conversation that he has with anyone has to deal with music. It’s like he eat, breathes, and sleeps music.
I wondered which was harder, in the end. The act of telling, or who you told it to. Or maybe if, when you finally got it out, the story was really all that mattered
In typical Dessen fashion, her novels focus on a theme of friendship and then somehow a guy fits in to make the main character see that there is more than one way to view things. In Just Listen, I felt that Dessen went a little deeper and focused also on some harder themes, such as eating disorders and rape. This whole book (for Annabel) was to figure out how to live with oneself after such a traumatic experience and get the help that she needed. In her case it was finally listening to herself, finally telling her family, and then talking to the lawyer to help make sure this didn’t happen again. I’m glad that Annabel finally stood up to her attacker (it did take basically the whole book though) and she was able to move on and even mend friendships along the way.
I understood now. This voice, the one that had been trying to get my attention all this time, calling out to me, begging me to hear it — it wan’t Will’s. It was mine
Overall, this wasn’t may favorite Sarah Dessen novel but it is in the top 5! Even though it was slow in the beginning, it did pick up around the middle. I liked that Dessen focused more on stronger themes in this book than she has previously, and I hope that in future books that she continues to do so.

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Once and for All Book Review

onceandforallOnce and for All by Sarah Dessen

Published: June 6th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself. 

Once and for All

First off, I just want to say that I love Sarah Dessen and all of her books! When I first heard about this book coming out last year, I circled the date in my calendar and counted down the days. Well, okay, almost but I did circle the date so that I could remember to pick up a copy!

Isn’t that the way everything begins? A night, a love, a once and for all.

As much as I love Dessen’s books, I couldn’t help but think about her other books as I read this one and how similar they are. It’s almost like a formula: you have the cynical main character who doesn’t believe in love, then there is the happy go lucky boy who is determined to make the cynical girl live a little, and then there is typically only one parent in the picture. Now not all of her books follows these guidelines, but most do. Even though I know the formula after reading almost all of her books, I still couldn’t help but be sucked in after page one! This one even made me tear up several times (okay there is a point in every one of her novels that makes me tear up, but this one made me tear at least twice more than usual)!

Once and for All is told from Louna’s point of view in the present and then we get flashback chapters of her and Ethan spread throughout. We get a sense pretty early on that Louna is I wouldn’t really say jaded, but turned off on love and that whatever happened had to have been pretty bad (basically she comes with a lot of baggage). As we learn her story and what happened almost a year earlier, it becomes clear and you can’t help but feel for her. When Ambrose comes into the picture, I couldn’t help but wonder how Dessen was going to weave him into Louna’s story.

In contrast to Louna, Ambrose is very social and outgoing. He has a dating philosophy of no commitment and only enjoying the firsts of any relationship. When he starts to work for Louna’s mom, they make a bet basically to date using each others philosophy. They continue working at her mom’s wedding planning business and partaking of the bet. It becomes obvious early on that they both like each other, but doesn’t want to admit it to each other until one of them finally does. After that happens, the book kind of slows down for me until near the very end when we get our happy ending.

Other than Louna and Ambrose, we really get to know the secondary characters as well. Normally, I don’t really care for them or I forget about them as soon as the book is over, but this time Dessen made me remember them! I hope in her future books, she does the same thing.

Ambrose would again reach out a hand, asking me to dance. And this time, I’d say yes.

Overall, this was a very quick read because I didn’t want to put the book down! I loved going back to Lakeview and seeing how Dessen was able to weave in some of her past characters into this one. As much as I enjoyed it, I wouldn’t put it as my favorite (that will probably be This Lullaby or The Truth About Forever tbh). If you love contemporary novels and haven’t picked up a Sarah Dessen book, definitely do! She is probably one of my favorite (she used to be my only until recently when I discovered Kasie West) ya contemporary authors.

 

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Goodreads Monday (8/14/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: Once and For All

Author: Sarah Dessen

Published: June 6th 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers

Goodreads Summary:

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

Once and for All

I have loved every single Sarah Dessen novel that I have read so far, and I have read almost all of them! I typically read a lot of fantasy, so sometimes it’s nice to dive into another genre for a change. Dessen is one of my favorite contemporary authors, and I wish she would come to south Texas sometime in the near future!

What’s on your TBR shelf this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday (6/28/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Lucky in Love

Author: Kasie West

Expected Publication:  July 25th 2017

Publisher:  Scholastic

Goodreads Summary:

In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

Lucky in Love

I am now a huge fan of Kasie West and her books! I am really excited for a new book by her. Although it seems as if she is publishing a new book every few months! I still have By Your Side on my TBR shelf and that was published in January!

What book are you waiting for this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday (6/21/2017)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by  Jill from Breaking The Spine that shows the upcoming books that many of us are anticipating! This week, I’m waiting for…


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Title:  Hearts are Like Ballons

Author: Candace Robinson

Expected Publication:  June 30th 2017

Publisher:  CreateSpace

Goodreads Summary:

May Falkner’s past two years have been a rough road. When her father suddenly passes away, May needs to find a job to help out her mom and regain some control over her life. Working at the bookstore helps her heal, laugh, and hope again. It also leads her to cross paths with Nico Evitts, who begins as just a co-worker, but becomes so much more

When it all becomes perfect, because there is no perfect, life steps in to prove once again that it all can crash down harder than before. This is a story about finding yourself, love, and the things in life that are still here.

Hearts are like balloons. Sometimes they inflate… Sometimes they deflate…

Hearts Are Like Balloons

I first discovered Candace Robinson on NetGalley earlier this month, and I really enjoyed that book. If the writing style of this book is anything like the last book, I am sure that this will be a great book!

What are you looking forward to this week?

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Goodreads Monday (6/19/2017)

Goodreads Monday is a meme hosted by Lauren @Page Turner,  and the idea is to post a book that’s on your TBR pile and show it off. This is a great way to show off books I have not yet managed to read!


This week I have chosen:

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Title: By Your Side

Author: Kasie West

Published: January 31st 2017 by Harper Teen

Goodreads Summary:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

By Your Side

Kasie West has slowly become one of my new favorite contemporary romance authors, but just behind Sarah Dessen (who shall always remain #1 for me). This is my second West book, and I’ve had it on my shelves since February. I actually forgot I had it until about last week when I opened my Uppercase box again, and it was sitting inside. I have a list of books I need to finish first, but as soon as they are done this is going straight to the top of the pile!

What is on your TBR shelf this week?