Friday, December 30, 2016

The 100 by Kass Morgan | Review

17332969Title: The 100
Author: Kass Morgan
Series: The 100 #1
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Edition: audiobook (7 hours)

No one has set food on Earth in centuries--until now.
Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents--considered expendable by society--are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life.. or it could be a suicide mission.
CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves--but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.
Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.
warning: this review contains spoilers for the television show 

So, after marathoning seasons two and three of The 100 television show in two days, I knew that I had to check out the book series. I had heard that they were really different than the television show, which is completely fine. I just wanted more of the characters to hold me over until season four released! Clarke was just like she was in the show. Extremely caring and a kind of leader. Except her parents were both killed, instead of just her father. Yeah, I didn't see that coming!

I really liked that Wells was actually alive in the book series. I had always wondered what the story would've been like if he hadn't died within the second episode of the television series! I'm not the biggest fan of him, mainly because it was his fault that Clarke's parents were floated, but it it creates an interesting storyline with him still alive and well. It's also really cool that he and Clarke actually had a relationship in the book. As in, they dated. I felt like Wells was kind of selfish at times too. He kept mentioning how everything he did was for Clarke to the point where it wasn't really romantic at all, just annoying and creepy.

Octavia is so young now! I'm not sure if I'm recalling correctly, but I'm pretty sure that she wasn't fourteen in the television show. She is in the book! It definitely makes the relationship between Bellamy and Octavia slightly different, but in an okay way. I was a little annoyed that it was randomly thrown in that Octavia has drug issues. She did pretty well at hiding it because when it was revealed, it seemed so out-of-place.

Glass is a really interesting character. She is absolutely nonexistent in the television show, so it's interesting learning about a new character that was meant to be there! I think that she's pretty great because she is still on the ship, thus showing the reader what is happening there. In the television show, we see through Jaha on the spaceship.

Bellamy is my favorite, though he's my favorite in the show too. It seems like Bellamy and Clarke might actually get together in the books! I'd be so happy if they did, because I've been rooting for it through the television show endlessly. The only thing that bothered me about the book version of Bellamy is that he really wasn't much of a leader. He basically just kept trying to help Octavia.

In the end, I really liked The 100 and I'm excited to continue on with the series!

Notable quotes:

That was the thing about secrets-you had to carry them with you forever, no matter what the cost.

You couldn't expect anyone else to share your suffering. You had to carry your pain alone.

You need to let yourself be happy. Or else, what's the point of anything?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Everyday Magic by Emily Albright | Review

29894480Title: Everyday Magic
Author: Emily Albright
Release Date: December 2, 2016
Edition: Hardcover
Source: For Review
Publisher: Merit Press

For once, Maggie McKendrick just wants to control her own life. Her overbearing Hollywood director father has it all planned out for her: UCLA, law school, then working as an entertainment lawyer, preferably for him. But Maggie has other, more creative-spirit friendly, plans. Namely, Thrippletons School of Fashion and Design in England, and then onto becoming a designer, preferably a wildly successful one. The big snag in her plan? Getting it past her dad.
A movie shoot takes the family to the Scottish Highlands for the summer, and closer to Maggie's dream school. While there, she runs into the charming Preston Browne. Maggie is intrigued and decides to bend her no guys rule-instituted after her ex used her to get close to her dad. Forced to keep secrets from Preston in order to protect the future plans she's made, Maggie finds herself falling for the tall Brit. And for once in her life she knows that he's interested in her, not her Hollywood connections. When Maggie's father blackmails her into dating his lead actor, she isn't left with a choice. The biggest problem isn't having to date hunky, mega-hottie, Ben Chambers. No, it's praying she doesn't lose Preston in the process.
Excelling at her dream school, Maggie's personal life is a tangled mess. She needs to decide if living a lie is worth losing Preston or chance going against her father and facing his wrath. When the tabloids expose the truth of her fake relationship with Ben, Maggie's world is thrown into a tailspin. Ultimately, Maggie must find the courage to take risks and forge ahead on her own path.

**I received this book in exchange for an honest review!**

As soon as I heard that Emily Albright, the fantastic author behind one of my all-time favorite novels The Heir and the Spare, was writing another book, I knew that I was going to do anything to have the chance to read it. That's why I was so extremely excited when I was given the chance to review this lovely new novel of hers!

Everyday Magic follows a girl named Maggie whose father is a huge director in Hollywood. He kind of got famous overnight and ever since he has not been the same person. Her mother is a Director of Photography. She also has a brother named Marc who is a few years older than her. Maggie's family goes to Scotland for the summer in order to shoot her father's movie. In Scotland she meets a lovely British guy named Preston (who was in The Heir and the Spare!) and she and him start to hang out quite a bit. However, Maggie's father's leading actor, Ben, is starting to fall for Maggie too, and her father keeps pushing her into dating him and making him happy. 

I loved Everyday Magic! Maggie was a fierce character. She changed a lot throughout the book, which I really loved to see. She was struggling a lot with garnering up the courage to tell her father where she wants to go to College and also just standing up to her father in general in order to make herself happy. I also thought it was awesome that Maggie wanted to go into fashion design. When I was younger, that was definitely something that I wanted to do, so I find her incredibly relatable in that aspect. It was awesome to see more of Preston again. He was Edmund's best friend in The Heir and the Spare. I loved seeing him slowly fall for someone like Maggie. 

Compared to The Heir and the Spare, this novel went into a little bit of darker substances with the abusive relationship of Maggie's father. He was a huge bully to everyone in the family and they just hid it because of how popular and famous he was. He had so much money and respect in Hollywood that it would have been difficult to do anything, but the whole family is slowly learning to stand up to the father to do something about it. 

I also really liked that this book took place in Scotland. I have never actually read that many books that take place there, so it was awesome reading about such a lovely country. 

I was extremely impressed with Everyday Magic. I don't think that you have to read The Heir and the Spare first, because the two novels are companions, so even if you haven't read that one, I highly suggest checking out Everyday Magic today!

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography | Mini Review

24848328Title: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Author: Neil patrick Harris, David Javerbaum, Antony Hare
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Edition: Paperback
Source: Blogging for Books

Seeking an exciting read that puts the "u" back in "aUtobigraphy"? Look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this entertaining and innovative memoir, Neil Patrick Harris shares intimate and hilarious series about everything from his early days in LA, life on the How I Met Your Mother set, secrets from backstage at award shows, and family life with David, Harper, and Gideon. In a fresh spin on the typical celebrity narrative, he lets you, the reader, choose which path you want him to follow. All this plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from his time as a child actor, and even a closing song!

**I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review.**

I have been a fan of Neil Patrick Harris ever since I got the chance to watch How I Met Your Mother many years ago. It instantly became my favorite television show, so I was excited to be able to read more about him in an autobiography form!

I don't know about you, but I've always been a fan of those books as a kid that let you choose your own adventure. I think that's what made this autobiography so interesting. You actually got to make choices that chose what parts of the autobiography you read and in what order. I thought that was so awesome! I've never read an autobiography like that.

I really liked learning more about Neil and it even touched a bit on How I Met Your Mother. I'll for sure be recommending this book to many people!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Top Ten Books of 2016

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I picked this one up after seriously LOVING Illuminae last year. I'm so glad that I did. I really loved this one too! I didn't like it as much as Illuminae though, mainly because I'm a huge fan of Ezra and Kady. It was interesting to see the story in this world continue though through eyes of different characters!

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
I actually read this one for an online class that I took last spring on Young Adult Literature. I ended up seriously loving this one. It was hard to read at times because it deals with a school shooting, but it's one of those books that has a huge twist at the end that you honestly just don't see coming. 

Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
This one was on my most-anticipated list for a while, and I only just got around to reading it this year. The book absolutely blew me away. I knew that I was going to like it, but I loved it even more than I thought I would. I seriously loved the characters and it had such a bittersweet ending.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Wow, I'm already up to two adult books on this list! I picked this one up because I knew that the movie was going to be coming out. I was on the waitlist for what seemed like FOREVER at the library just to get my hands on this one. I ended up really liking it, even though I basically cried for the last one hundred pages.

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater
The Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie is one of my all-time favorites. That's why I finally got around to picking up Sinner, which follows one of my favorite characters of all-time: Cole St. Clair. I was really pleased with this book and I was so glad to read more about him!

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
I got this one for review and I absolutely ate it up because I'm a major geek. If you're into comics and superheroes, then this is the book for you, my friend!

Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour
I had been hearing really good things about this one but only just got around to reading it this year. I thought that it was so intriguing because the main character actually works on movie sets! It's definitely a unique read that will stick with you.

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
This was my first Morgan Matson book and I was so surprised. I ate it up. I loved how fun of a read it was, and the love interest was AMAZING.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
I picked this one up after hearing so many awesome things. Wow, I'm realizing that seems to be a pretty common theme for most of these books. This is why I love the blogging community. I get so many awesome recommendations! Anyways, I seriously loved Simon and the fact that this book included a whole lot of OREOS.

With Malice by Eileen Cook
This one was quite a pleasant surprise. I had requested it and expected not to love it as much as I did. It was one of the few thriller/mysteries that I couldn't guess what was happening!

What were your favorite books of 2016?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside Read-a-Thon Wrap Up (Day 7)

I ended up reading five books in total for this readathon, which I'm pretty impressed with! I had gone quite a few months without really reading much, so I think that I definitely met my goals in this readathon because I finally got back into reading! Here's what I read:

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (5 stars, of course)
Tandem by Anna Jarzab (2 stars, I think I had too high of hopes for this one)
The 100 by Kass Morgan (4 stars)
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (3 stars)
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin (4 stars)

My ratings were a little all over the place for these books, as you can see. My reviews for all of these will be coming up in the next month! 

Overall, I'm really glad that I participated in this readathon. It made me want to participate in more in the future!

Did you do this readathon? Did you meet your goals?

Book Haul (September-December)

Hey guys! I haven't done a book haul in the longest time. I have been super busy and actually haven't even purchased many books until a few weeks ago when I finally made it to the book store. Other than that, I did get sent a few books in the mail from publishers, and also got some books for review from Netgalley. Here's what I got the past few months!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (already read this one and LOVED IT)
Replica by Lauren Oliver

From publishers/Netgalley:
Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas (Bloomsbury)
Everyday Magic by Emily Albright (Thank you so much to Bethany!)
Frost Blood by Elly Blake (Little Brown)

The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon (Bloomsbury. I can't wait to read this one! I love this series.)
Pick Me Up by Adam J. Kurtz (Penguin Random House)

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (Random House Children's)

From the library:
The 100 by Kass Morgan 
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

All of the books that I got from the online library were audiobooks. I had never listened to audiobooks before, but for some reason they've all I've been listening to lately!

What books have you gotten recently? 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside Update (& Bingo!)

I'm back again today with some updates on the Baby It's Cold Outside Read-a-thon. I've read a lot so far!

Here's what I've successfully read: 
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin
Tandem by Anna Jarzab
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Most of The 100 by Kass Morgan (by midnight tonight I'll for sure have this one finished!)

There was also a bingo challenge for today so I thought I'd show you guys what I've successfully done!

I was so close to getting a bingo! Tandem is kind of silvery, but I don't think it's silvery enough to be counted as a silver/grey cover because it is slightly blue, too. :(

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside Readathon | Day 2

Hey guys! Today I'm here to participate ind ay two of the Baby It's Cold Outside read-a-thon hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat. 

Teaser Tidbits Challenge
-Grab the book you're currently reading (or recently read)
-Open to a random page
-Share two (2) "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. NO spoilers allowed! Choose passages void of spoilers. The goal is to entice, yet not ruin the book for others! 
-Share the title & author, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

So, the book that I'm currently reading is Tandem by Anna Jarzab.

Here are my two teaser sentences!

He had entered this universe through a door that wasn't there.

It was hard to get used to the sky without the aurora in it.

Page 99 Test Instructions: 
Pick a book you haven't read, turn to page 99 and read that page. Then give a synopsis of that page and tell us if, based only on that page, do you still want to read this book?

I picked up Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. The page that I turned to was a little confusing, since this was a book I hadn't even read! However, I guess that's the point of this challenge! The protagonist kept listing facts about someone named Queenie. Someone named von Linden showed up and the protagonist had to then translate what she had written during the day to him. She kept talking about how alone she was as well. 

I definitely still want to give this book a read! I'm really curious about all these characters and I want to know why the protagonist has to translate things. 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside Readathon

So, while visiting blogs today, I came across this awesome read-a-thon! Since I haven't been reading that much lately, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to jump back into the blogosphere and the reading world. Without further ado, here's what I'm hoping to read!

This read-a-thon is hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat.

On day 7 there is a bingo challenge, so I just planned out a book for every square and we will see what happens!

A sci-fi: Fear by Michael Grant
Last in series: Light by Michael Grant
sweater on cover (I have a few options for this): Made You Up by Francesca Zappia, Girl Online by Zoe Sugg, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Cover: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Just read this one today!
2016 Debut: The Girl From Everywhere by Helen Heilig
Illustrated cover: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Published in 2016: Replica by Lauren Oliver
Mystery/Thriller: The Girl With All The Gifts
Fantasy: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Romance:  Everyday Magic by Emily Albright
First in series: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Paranormal/Horror: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen
White Cover: Bumped by Megan McCafferty
Silver/Grey cover: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Historical: The Diviners by Libba Bray
Hat, gloves, or scarf on cover: My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors
LGBTQIA+ MC: Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
#OWNVOICES: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
"Winter" in title: Winter Town by Stephen Emond 
Black cover: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
"Cold" in the title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Novella: Never Never by Colleen Hoover

Are you participating in this readathon? What are you reading?

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Past Few Months

Hey guys! I am here to apologize for not posting the last few months. I recently started college (yes, I'm a freshman) and a lot has been going on! I've been super busy between working, playing sports, and doing homework. I have actually been too busy to even sit down and read a book! I haven't fully read a book that wasn't assigned since last August.

However, that's all about to change in a few days! I will be getting back into blogging over winter break and will also be reading tons! I'm so excited to get back into this because I've been missing all my fellow book nerds so much.

Besides all that, I want to hear about you guys! What have you been reading? Are there any good books that have come out in the past few months that I've missed out on?

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!

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! 

Monday, September 26, 2016

You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini | Review

27969076Title: You Before Anyone Else
Author: Julie Cross and Mark Perini
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Netgalley

Model Finley needs someone to help her shed her "good girl" persona, so she'll try Eddie on for size.
New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the "good girl" stamp from her resume if she wants to launch the stardom.
Enter Eddie Wells. He's shallow, predictable... and just as long as Finley feels. Deep down, Finley is drawn to Eddie's bravado, his intensity. Except Eddie is hiding something. A big something. And when it surfaces, both loving and leaving Finley will become so much harder.

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

Last year I got the chance to read Halfway Perfect by Julie Cross and Mark Perini, so I was extremely pumped to finally have another novel by the both of them! I loved Halfway Perfect so I had pretty high hopes for You Before Anyone Else.

This novel mainly took place in apartments, which I found to be pretty different and awesome. The apartments were filled with other young people because they were owned by the modeling agency.

There's dual perspectives which is awesome because I honestly loved both Eddie and Finley. They're both coming from different places. Finley is basically always seen as the "good girl" and she actually gets rejected from modeling jobs for not being bolder and edgier. The two of them had a pretty realistic love story in my opinion, which was great.

Of course, there was a pretty big twist because of Eddie. I know that it could be a predictable twist for some people, but I didn't think it was. I didn't see it coming at all!

Eddie got famous pretty fast which I didn't find all that realistic. I guess it probably does happen in the modeling agency, but seriously, it just happened so fast.

You Before Anyone Else was an amazing read and I can't wait for more by Julie Cross and Mark Perini!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Meet Diana! | Blogger Interviews

Today I'm featuring Di from Book Reviews by Di on my blogger interviews feature! 

About Di:
Hi there! My name is Di and I love reading. I also love talking about books and I’ve recently started a Book Blog @
I’ve really enjoyed connecting with fellow bibliophiles and interacting on various memes etc. and this interview sounded like a lot of fun too.

The Interview:

1. What's your favorite book and why? What song would you use to capture the essence of your favorite book?

Oh my word - you have started off with the absolute toughest question for any bibliophile! To quote another book lover, "I could no sooner choose a favourite star in the heavens".

This year however I have absolutely LOVED books my Sarah J Maas with A Court of Mist and Fury being my favourite read this year so far.

If I could only choose one song to use I would have to go with Crystallise by Lindsey Stirling - YouTube link here:
The other song that stands out for me is Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls.

2. What is your dream career?

Something to do with reading and travelling. I'll let you know when I figure it out!

3. Where do you want to travel to?

I'd still love to travel some more of Europe. I also want to go to Finland at Christmas! Who doesn't want to see the home of Father Christmas?

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?

Matilda Wormwood/Honey from Matilda - She has to be one of my favourite literary characters EVER. She loves books, is adventurous and kind and would do anything to help her friends.

Hermione Granger from Harry Potter - who wouldn't want a friend like this? Loyal and fierce and a crazy amazing witch.

Daenerys Targaryen from ASoIaF - She has DRAGONS! Enough said.

Rhysand from ACoMaF - Can I just keep him? ;)

5. What's your favorite TV show? Movie?

Oooh. So many favourites again. Right now my answers would have to be Game of Thrones and Suits for TV Shows. Movies I'm going with A Knight's Tale and Ever After.

6. You finally got your invite to Hogwarts! Which house do you get sorted into and who do you befriend?

My invite finally arrived! I've been waiting for this forever!
Obviously I want to be a Gryffindor, but we can't all belong to this great house so I think I might be a Ravenclaw. Obviously I'm going to befriend Luna because she's awesome!

7. What song do you wish could be turned into a novel?
I'm Not Dead - P!nk
I just think that this song has so much meaning and could really inspire something great.

8. Which TV series or movie do you wish could be continued through a book series?

I am not a fan of movie interpretations, so this is a really tough one. And what I like to read differs greatly from what I like to watch on a screen. Maybe a spinoff of something like Maleficent - that feeling of fantasy, fairytales and darkness and yet goodness still being in the world.

9. What book do you wish had a sequel?

Off this year's shelf I'd have to say Uprooted - and Novik actually tweeted about this the other day... So I wonder if it might be a possibility????

10. Why do you love books?

There are so many reasons to love books. There's just something magical about reading, something that takes away all limitations and constraints of the world. We can slip into another mind, another place; we can become a part of an adventure; we can see deep into someone else's soul. There's nothing quite like it.

Diana's Links:
Twitter: @DiHewlett


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