Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | Review

28763485Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: eARC

Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and fact. 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 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?

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

 I had heard of Everything, Everything because of all the rave reviews that it was getting. That's why I was extremely excited when I received the opportunity to read The Sun is Also a Star. How could I not accept that opportunity?!

The Sun is Also a Star follows Natasha and Daniel who are two very different people. Natasha found out that she is being deported in less than 24 hours. She originally moved to America without becoming an American immigrant because her father had moved there to try to make a living in New York City. His plan was to become a famous actor though that kind of fell through. Now her whole family is gonna have to go back to Jamaica unless Natasha can stop that from happening.

Daniel's family is from Asia and his parents have special plans for him. Since his older brother, Charles, recently had to leave Harvard, the stress levels are even higher. They plan on him going to Yale which is only the second best school according to them. He has to become a doctor even though his true passion lies in English and writing poetry. 

One day, the two of them cross paths and nothing is ever the same.

I loved how unique both Natasha and Daniel were. Natasha's true passion lied in music while Daniel wanted to be a poet. It was pretty awesome because I love music and writing too, so I had connections with each of them separately. 

One cool thing about this book is that it actually takes place over a span of 24 hours. You literally get to see Daniel and Natasha meet and slowly fall in love. The chapters are also pretty awesome. There are alternating perspectives but every once in a while there are chapters that suddenly switch perspectives to a bystander or even just include pages of information pertaining to what's being talked about in either Natasha or Daniel's perspective. It was just amazing. 

The writing in this novel was extremely beautiful as well. It was almost lyrical in a way and was kind of reminiscent to Lauren Oliver's in my opinion, which is pretty awesome because I love Oliver's writing style. I know for sure that I can add Nicola Yoon to my list of favorite authors now.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike | Review

24033058Title: Glitter
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Edition: eARC
Source: Netgalley

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike comes a truly original new novel-Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it's the eighteenth century and an almost-queen turns to drug dealing to save her own life.
Outside the palace of Versailles, it's modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it's the eighteenth century-with the added bonus of technology to make the court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it's about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witness an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play... blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money thanks he ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret-falling for a drug dealer outsider the palace walls-is one risk she has to take.

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

 Glitter by Aprilynne Pike originally caught my eye because of the idea that it takes place in an eighteenth-century castle yet it's also in the future. How awesome is that!?!

The setting is seriously amazing. I know I just mentioned it, but seriously, I need to say more about it. Basically the castle of Versailles is where the royals live in the future, yet everyone inside the castle acts and dresses like it's the eighteenth-century. That whole idea literally just blows my mind because it's genius. How has no author thought of this before?! 

There's so much intrigue around every single corner. There's all this mystery about how Dani ended up being the betrothed of the king and then there's also all this mystery surrounding why Dani wants to leave the castle so badly. Also, her mother is just so interesting. I always thought there was something up with her. 

I've never watched Breaking Bad, but I definitely get the reference. Dani decides to sell a drug called Glitter that her father is hooked on so that she can get facial surgery in order to leave Versailles once and for all. She never wanted the life that she's living now. Honestly, it kind of makes me want to watch Breaking Bad. 

Did I mention that there's futuristic technology in this world? It's pretty awesome. I don't want to get too into it because I kind of want you to explore these gadgets yourself through reading.

If you couldn't tell already, I loved Glitter. I can't wait for more!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven | Review

Title: Holding Up the Universe
Author: Jennifer Niven
Release Date: October 4, 2016
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher
Edition: ARC

From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone-and love someone-for who they truly are.
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 hey 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 in new and bad-ass ways, 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.
Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who's is you for who you are-and seeing them right back.

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

I've heard so many good things about Jennifer Niven's last novel, All the Bright Places. That's why when I had the opportunity to read and review Holding Up the Universe, I took it!

I absolutely loved the characters in this novel, especially Jack.  Jack is basically suffering from prosopagnosia, which means that he can't exactly remember what people look like. Everytime he sees someone it's like he's seeing them for the first time. That's why he remembers people by identifiers, such as smiles and hair. Libby was okay. She was once known as "America's Fattest Teen" and has since lost quite a bit of weight. Her story was mainly about gaining confidence. 

The romance was quirky and cute. Going into the novel, you could tell that the two of them were going to get together, though it took quite a while for that to actually happen. It probably didn't happen until about 50% through the book, which was quite a bit of a waiting game. But once it actually happened, I loved it.

I felt like a lot of the time I was reading the story for the characters because I loved them so much. They literally both went through so much that ultimately changed them into better people. They had so many ups and downs and at the end of the day they still had each other. 

One more thing about the characters: there were different perspectives. I always love alternating perspectives, so that definitely added to my overall enjoyment of the story.

I can't wait until I finally get my hands on All the Bright Places because I know that I want to read it after reading this novel!