Friday, July 20, 2018

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin | Review

25548744Title: The Becoming of Noah Shaw
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: The Shaw Confessions #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: November 7, 2017

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.
Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.
They're wrong.
Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.
He shouldn't.
And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.
They're right.

I was so pumped to finally read this one! I have to say, it did not disappoint.

-what i liked-
  • We get to read through Noah's point of view! This made me so excited. He was my favorite character in the Mara Dyer trilogy, so I loved being inside his head. If anything, it made me like him even more. 
  • It was hard to put down. I honestly just had to keep reading because I loved reading about the characters again.
  • MARA. God, did I miss her. She's one of my favorite YA characters for a reason. She's a total badass.
  • The romance. It never gets old between Mara and Noah. I love them to bits.

-what i disliked-
  • I felt like it was very character-driven. Not much was going on with the plot whatsoever, which was kind of annoying, however it still made for a great read.


Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet | Review

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to MeetTitle: Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet
Author: multiple authors
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 2, 2018

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of "how they first met" from some of today's most popular YA authors.
Readers will experience Nina LaCour's beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard's glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon's imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno's story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick's charming love story that begins over iced teas at dinner. There's futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emory Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls suck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

-what i liked-
  • It's all about people meeting for the first time! They were all romances, and it was great to think about how some people meet for the first time and their lives are changed from that moment forward. I definitely feel that way about some of my closest friends, which made a lot of these pretty relatable.
  • It's written by so many awesome YA writers. I love anthologies for this very reason. You get to see a different side of so many authors that you don't see through their books, especially the science fiction writers like Kass Morgan. 
  • This is an easy read! Since it's an anthology, it was easy to pick up and put down. 

-what i disliked-
  •  nothing!
If you're looking for an easy summer read, I highly suggest picking this one up!

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Black Key by Amy Ewing | Review

28512427Title: The Black Key
Author: Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City #3
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 4, 2016

For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived a life of servitude, controlled and manipulated by the royalty of the Jewel. But now, the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power and knock down the walls dividing each circle.
And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it-for her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return, to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.

-what i liked-

  • The romance. I actually didn't mind it in this book. Ash kind of got on my nerves in the other books, but he finally grew on me, I guess!
  • Violet. She annoyed me for so many books, but I liked that she was finally about to do the fighting. She even came up with the big plan by herself, which I loved. 
  • The setting shifted back to the Jewel. I kind of missed this place, even though it was messed up. 
  • There was a good ending. I feel like the characters got what they all deserved.
 -what i disliked-
  • I feel like there was so much buildup only for nothing to really happen at the end. The whole book focused on this one main event happening at the end of the book, and I feel like it happened so quickly. I expected more. 
Overall, I wasn't the biggest fan of this series. Sure, it's a quick read, but it was too much like other dystopian series I've read, so I wouldn't exactly recommend checking it out if you're a huge dystopian fan. If you're not as used to reading dystopians, then definitely check it out.