Monday, April 25, 2016

The Haters by Jesse Andrews | Review

26095121Title: The Haters
Author: Jesse Andrews
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Source: Publisher for Review
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Amulet Books

From Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and screenwriter of the Sundance award-winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope (but also doubt) they have in them.
Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews's road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.
For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It's pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It's three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they're in Ash's SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun.
In his second novel, Andrews again brings his brilliant and distinctive voice to YA, in the perfect book for music lovers, fans of The Commitments and High Fidelity, or anyone who has ever loved-and hated-a song or a band. This witty, funny coming-of-age novel is contemporary fiction at its best.
**Thank you so much to Amulet Books for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I have always been the biggest fan of music, so as soon as I heard about The Haters, I knew it was going to be something that I loved. In addition, it was written by none other than the amazing Jesse Andrews, who wrote Me and Earl and the Dying Girl which I read and loved a few years ago.

The Haters follows Wes and Corey who are two best friends. They're attending a jazz camp and they have to try out for which band they get in. Of course, they get put into a band where all the lowly music players go. They end up meeting a guitarist in their band named Ash, which is short for Ashley. The three of them end up jamming out together and find that they sound really good together. Therefore Ash comes up with the brilliant idea one night for all of them to leave camp and head down south to start a band and play at random places. 

I honestly have to say that The Haters had just as much humor as Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. I was always laughing which made me want to keep reading. There were also parts where the format changed a bit, like conversations looked like a screenplay which I really liked! However, be warned that some of the humor is a little mature!

I really loved all the characters. Wes was super awesome, as were Corey and Ash. The three of them just meshed really well together, which was cool. They were all very headstrong and I appreciated their really strong love for music. 

I can't wait to read more by Jesse Andrews in the future. Until then, I'll be recommending this one to many people!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Nightstruck by Jenna Black | Review

25659436Title: Nightstruck
Author: Jenna Black
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 304 pages

It starts with a cry in the night.
Becket, walking her dog one winter evening, fears it's an abandoned baby left out in the cold. But it is something else-something evil-and it tricks Becket into opening a doorway to another realm, letting a darkness into our world, a corruption that begins transforming Philadelphia into a sinister and menacing version of itself...but only at night.
The changes are subtle at first, causing Becket to doubt her sense and her sanity. But soon the nightmarish truth is impossible to deny: By day, the city is just a city, but at night it literally comes alive with malevolent purpose. Brick and steel become bone, streetlights turn into gallows, and hungry alleys wait to stare mortal victims. Terrified citizens huddle indoors after dusk, as others succumb to the siren song of the night, letting their darker sides run wild.
Once, Becket's biggest problems were living up to her police commissioner father's high expectations and a secret crush on her best friend's boyfriend. Now she must find a way to survive and protect her loved ones... before the darkness takes her as well. 
**I received this book in exchange for an honest review!**

As soon as I heard about Nightstruck, I knew that I was going to want to give it a read. I had read some of Jenna's books in the past and absolutely loved them, so I immediately new that this new book would be no exception. Boy was I right!

Nightstruck begins with a girl named Becket walking her dog. However, she hears a baby crying and goes to investigate. She ends up calling the police and realizing that nobody would believe what she was seeing, so she ended up hanging up only to get grounded by her father who is the police commissioner. However, as the days go on, more and more creepy things start happening at night in Philadelphia.

I loved this book so much! Becket was a really awesome character. I loved how caring she was and I really liked how much she grew throughout the novel as well. However, I think that my favorite character was definitely Luke. He was incredibly sweet and was also the boyfriend of Becket's best friend, Piper. I honestly don't know how he put up with a lot of the crap that Piper did, but he was still an awesome guy. Piper got on my nerves a bit, but I got over it. I also really liked Aleric at first. He was a mysterious guy that Becket ran into one day. He ends up playing a much bigger part in the story later on!

This book was both creepy and haunting. I really liked the whole idea of the nightstruck that Jenna came up with. If that happened in my town, I'd be freaking out so much! Plus, nighttime is my favorite time and I think if my town turned nightstruck it wouldn't be my favorite time anymore. Nightstruck is such a wonderful read; just remember not to read it at night or it will send shivers down your spine! I'll definitely be checking out more of Jenna's books in the future!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (96)

For Review: 
The Geeks Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster! This is one of my most anticipated reads for 2016 so I'm so pumped that I got this one! I'll probably move it up on my TBR pile so hopefully I get to read it soon. :) 


There was a big book sale in a town near mine so of course I went! I ended up leaving with 6 books for $9. 

Doomed by Tracy Deebs
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (This is my favorite classic; when I saw it only for $1, I couldn't pass it up!)
Identical by Ellen Hopkins
Four by Veronica Roth
The 100 by Kass Morgan
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

Which books did you get this week? 


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