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!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Meet Erin! | Blogger Interviews

Hey guys! Today I'm featuring Erin from The Hardcover Lover!

About Erin: (taken from Erin's blog)
Erin is a twenty-something-year-old lover of words and fictional worlds. When she's not reading or reviewing YA, she can be found teaching or fangirling about Star Wars, Harry Potter, and The Hunger Games. Her other interests include the Pittsburgh Penguins, sewing, and exploring her hometown.

The Interview:

1. What's your favorite book and why? What song would you use to capture the essence of your favorite book? 
I think my favorite book would have to be The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but my favorite series is Harry Potter. As for the song for Perks, I agree with Charlie… “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac always comes to my mind when I think of the book.

2. What is your dream career? 
Now that I’m through with the majority of my education (just a master’s to go…), I’m still going to go with English teacher. There’s nothing quite like seeing the look on the face of a child when they understand something.

3. Where do you want to travel to? 
Ireland… Yes, I’d love to go to other places, but right now, Ireland is the only place that I need to get to. I want to experience the land, the culture, and just see everything the island has to offer. I also really need to see the ruins of the castle that my ancestors built.

4. If you could have your own friend squad made up of book characters, which characters would you choose to be part of the squad? 
Oh man… I’m so bad with questions like this. I’d obviously have a girl squad, and I would fill it with Hermione, Katniss, Tris, Lara Jean, Eleanor, and Cath and Wren. 

5. What's your favorite TV show? Movie? 
Again with the impossible questions! Right now I’m really into Reign on the CW. I know it’s a highly fictionalized account of Mary, Queen of Scots, but it’s addictive! As far as movies go, there are so many, but I think Titanic will always have a spot in my heart.

6. You finally got your invite to Hogwarts! Which house do you get sorted into and who do you befriend? 
I always thought I would end up in Ravenclaw, but apparently (and I mean after taking multiple quizzes and the Pottermore sorting quiz twice!), I’m a Gryffindor. I think the first person I would befriend would be Hermione because she’s brilliant and I think we’d understand each other.

7. What song do you wish could be turned into a novel? 
Ummm… anything by Taylor Swift! I think I’d go with “Love Story” just because it would be really interesting to see a historical fiction book, complete with forbidden love and beautiful costumes. 

8. Which TV series or movie do you wish could be continued through a book series? 
I don’t know… I know I read a lot of book series that were based on old TV shows, and to be honest, I wasn’t a fan of them.

9. What book do you wish had a sequel? 
Fangirl. I liked Carry On, but I really want to see more about Cath and her sister.

10. Why do you love books? 
Honestly, I just do. As a kid, I loved when my mom would read to me, and then I grew to love reading on my own. After reading A Little Princess, I was sold, and I’ve been reading ever since. I guess it just comes with the territory of being an English teacher. 

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Thanks so much for taking the time to answer all the questions Erin!