Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Reckoning of Noah Shaw Blog Tour | Review & Playlist

Title: The Reckoning of Noah Shaw
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: The Shaw Confessions #2
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: November 13, 2018

In this sequel to The Becoming of Noah Shaw, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, legacies are revealed, lips are unraveled, and old alliances are forged. Noah's reckoning is here.
Noah Shaw wants nothing more than to escape the consequences of his choices.
He can't.
He's sure the memories that haunt him are merely proof of a broken heart.
They aren't.
He thinks he can move forward without first confronting his past.
He's wrong. 

**Thank you to Simon & Schuster for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review as a part of the blog tour!** 

what i liked
  • It's another freaking book about Noah Shaw, aka my favorite male character ever, aka my book boyfriend. I honestly just can't get enough of Noah's point of view. He's just such an interesting character and I love him to death. It's still interesting viewing his and Mara's relationship through his eyes instead of hers. 
  • It's not your average second book in a trilogy that suffers from second book syndrome. There's actually some meat to the story in here! Plus, we are back in England. A good amount of stuff happens in this book, and it didn't leave me bored.
  • This book is such a quick read. Yes, I get that it's 500ish pages, but I couldn't put it down.
  • Goose! We get more of Goose. 
what i disliked
  • Now I have to wait again for book 3!! I'm guessing it will come out sometime next year in 2019. I'm definitely going to have to do a reread of the whole series before then.
I do think it's worth noting as well that this book touches on suicide, depression, and alcohol and substance abuse.

About the author
Michelle Hodkin grew up in Florida, went to college in New York, and studied law in Michigan. She is the author of the Mara Dyer trilogy, including The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, and The Retribution of Mara Dyer. Visit her online at

Playlist for The Reckoning of Noah Shaw
1. Come Together by The Beatles
2. Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger
3. Born to Die by Lana Del Rey
4. Simple Song by The Shins 
5. Waves by Dean Lewis
6. I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab for Cutie
7. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
8. Show Me What I'm Looking For by Carolina Liar

Monday, August 27, 2018

Phoebe Will Destroy You | Review

36373488Title: Phoebe Will Destroy You
Author: Blake Nelson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Source: Netgalley

The summer I was seventeen I met this girl...
Nick has the best of moms and the worst of moms. On the upside, she's a distinguished professor and bestselling author. On the downside, she's a serious alcoholic, with no clue how to relate to her son or husband.
Nick, meanwhile, has finished his junior year and needs a break from his stressful home life. What better place to spend the summer than Seaside, Oregon, a sleepy beach town where he can chill out, meet girls, and work at his Uncle's car wash.
Enter local legend, Phoebe Garnet. She's funny, sexy, but dangerously self-destructive. Suddenly Nick is more in love, more obsessed, more heartsick than he's ever been in his life.
Why does Nick love her so much? Will he survive this obsession? And who can he turn to for help?

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

I had been in the mood for a good contemporary for a while, so I was excited to get the chance to read this one!

what i liked
  • It's a good summer setting. Nick goes to stay with his Uncle just for the summer, which makes for a perfect summer read.
  • It was a super easy read. It wasn't too heavy of a book to read, which was nice. 
  • Nick was an interesting character. I actually liked reading about him, which isn't always the case for me when I read contemporaries!

what i disliked
  • The title of the book is literally Phoebe Will Destroy You, yet Phoebe was barely a side character in this book. She was probably in it for about 30 pages. It was upsetting, because I thought it was going to be a little more of a romance, but it wasn't. The title was very misleading. 
  • There was nothing that really stuck out about this book. It didn't really have anything interesting to me that made it different from many other contemporaries. 


Friday, August 24, 2018

Violent Ends | Review

23341259Title: Violent Ends
Author: Shaun David Hutchinson
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Source: Library

In a one-of-a-kind collaboration, seventeen of the most recognizable YA writers-including Shaun David Hutchinson, Neal and Brandon Shusterman, and Beth Revis-come together to share the viewpoints of a group of students affected by a school shooting.
It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto the school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others.
But this isn't a story about the shooting itself. This isn't about recounting that one unforgettable day.
This is about one boy-who had friends, enjoyed reading, playing saxophone in the band, and had never been in trouble before-became a monster capable of entering his school with a loaded gun and firing bullets at his classmates.
Each chapter is told from a different victim's viewpoint, giving insight into who Kirby was and who he'd become. Some are sweet, some are dark; some are seemingly unrelated, about fights or first kisses or late-night parties. This is a book told from multiple perspectives-with one character and one event drawing them all together-by some of YA's most recognizable names.

Violent Ends is about a school shooting, which is why I picked it up. These have been occurring way too often across the United States recently, and it's a topic that's being talked about often. This story is also an anthology, yet each chapter is told from a different perspective of someone in regards to what happened at the school. Some of the characters are from the other school, some were friends of the shooter, and some were ones that ended up murdered.

My favorite chapter of all was written by  Neal and Brendan Shusterman and was called "Presumed Destroyed". This chapter was a change from the rest of the characters and POVs throughout the story, as it was actually through the point of view of the gun that Kirby used. It was very interesting and different.

Part of me is upset that there wasn't a chapter told through Kirby's point of view. We get perspectives from people who know of him or who were even his friend, but because the reader never gets his point of view, we never actually get to know him. We only really know what other people say about him, which I guess is how it ends up being anyway in real life.

I would suggest picking this one up if you're interested. It was a very different read, but there were some parts that were very chilling.