Monday, May 30, 2016

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash | Review

24832518Title: The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love
Author: Sarvenaz Tash
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley

John Hughes meets Comic Con in this hilarious, unabashedly romantic, coming of age novel about a teenager who is trying to get his best friend to fall in love with him from the author of Three Day Summer. 
Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy...
Archie and Veronica...
Althena and Noth...
... Graham and Roxy?
Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he'd be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.
But now they're sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever-moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.
When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year's New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He's got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and super villains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be... even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.
**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I don't know about you, but I'm a massive nerd. That's why I knew the moment that I saw The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love that it'd be a new favorite read.

The story follows a guy named Graham who is in love with his close friend Roxana. They are absolutely obsessed with this comic called The Chronicles of Althena, though one of the writers behind the comic has never made any appearances. That all changes one year at New York Comic Con, so Roxana and Graham know that they just have to go. Graham decides that would be the perfect opportunity to tell Roxana that he has feelings for her as well. The story unfolds as Graham is faced with so many obstacles! 

I absolutely loved all the geeky references in this book. Almost every page has a reference and it made me just love Graham even more. I also really loved how it was the classic best friend loves best friend story yet with an awesome twist because it takes place at NYCC. 

The characters were all so lovable. I really felt for Graham because all he wanted was for Roxana to know how he really felt. He would do absolutely anything possible in order to do this, even spending tons of money. It was really adorable. Roxana was pretty cool too. She and Graham would write comics together and the Roxana would be the artist for the comics. She was also super nerdy and she and Graham just got along so well... it was rather cute. 

I have to say that this is going to be one of my favorite reads of the year. I loved the epic adventures that happened during New York Comic Con with Graham, Devin, Casey, Felicia, and Roxana. They were honestly all characters that I'll never forget, along with the story itself. I can't wait to read more by Tash in the future!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (99)

For Review:
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

I got this one for review for a blog tour! Thank you so much to Penguin Random House!

What books did you get this week?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories | Review

25063781Title: Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories
Author: Edited by Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Source: Netgalley

Maybe it's the long, lazy days, or maybe it's the heat making everyone a little bit crazy. Whatever the reason, summer is the perfect time for love to bloom. Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories, written by twelve bestselling young adult writers and edited by the international bestselling author of Stephanie Perkins, will have you dreaming of sunset strolls by the lake. So set out your beach chair and grab your sunglasses. You have twelve reasons this summer to soak up the sun and fall in love.
Featuring stories by Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Brandy Colbert, Tim Federle, Lev Grossman, Nina LaCour, Stephanie Perkins, Veronica Roth, Jon Skovron, and Jennifer E. Smith.

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

Overall review:
This anthology is literally perfect for summer. The stories are all so interesting and it's awesome because some of them are very summery and fun yet others are dark and twisted. The wide variety of authors were great because each one wrote in their own genre. I'd highly suggest picking this one up if you'd like something different for the summer!

Reviews by story: 

Head, Scales, Tongue, Tale by Leigh Bardugo-5 stars
I haven't ever read anything by Leigh Bardugo, but I have heard nothing but good things about all of her novels. It was exciting to finally read something by her, even though it was just a short story! I thought this was a perfect introduction story, especially because it's about mermaids. It took me a while to figure that out, but I did eventually! I loved how creepy this one was at times, especially with that end twist.

The End of Love by Nina LaCour-3 stars
For some reason I didn't love this one that much, which was kind of sad for me because I have read and loved one of Nina's books in the past. It follows a girl named Flora who is taking a summer geometry class that she had already taken just because she wants to be out of her house for the summer. I didn't really connect with the characters much and therefore didn't enjoy this one much. 

Last Stand at the Cinegore by Libba Bray-5 stars
I was so pumped that there was a short story by Libba Bray! I absolutely love her writing style because she's so witty and hilarious. This short story as no exception! It takes place at a movie theater's last open night and creepy things start to go down. So awesome! It was definitely one of my favorites from the anthology. 

Sick Pleasures by Francesca Lia Block-2 stars
I didn't have the best of luck with this short story either. I had a hard time following the story because there were letters used instead of names, which was a bit confusing. By the time I finally could follow who all the characters were, the story was already over.

In Ninety Minutes, Turn North by Stephanie Perkins-5 stars
I love Stephanie's romantic contemporaries, so I was quite excited for a short story by her! This one was so cute and amazing. I really felt for the characters, North and Marigold. I was rooting for them the whole time and I loved how emotional the story was.

Souvenirs by Tim Federle-2 stars
I found this story to be alright, though I wasn't completely blown away. It's about Matty and Kieth, both of whom are dating. However, we meet them on their breakup day, which they had decided on a while ago. I really liked the message behind this one but didn't enjoy it all that much. 

Inertia by Veronica Roth-5 stars
SO THIS WAS MY FAVORITE SHORT STORY. I really loved how it was futuristic, especially since I'm a huge science fiction fan. It's about a girl named Claire whose ex-best friend Matthew was injured. In this future, people can choose others for their last visitation, which is basically their last chance to talk to their friends, but it's through memories. It's kind of hard to explain, but seriously, THIS ONE WAS AMAZING. 

Love is the Last Resort by Jon Skovron-4 stars
I enjoyed this one! It reminded me a lot of a romantic comedy which is perfect in the summer, at least in my opinion. It was kind of funny at times and I was just rooting for the different couples! It was great!

Good Luck and Farewell by Brandy Colbert-3 stars
This story took place in Chicago, which I found pretty awesome. I liked the romance, but this story didn't stick out too much to me. 

Brand New Attraction by Cassandra Clare-4 stars
I was so ecstatic for this story because I love City of Bones! This one happened at a carnival which was pretty awesome. I thought the story definitely had a Cassandra Clare touch. You'll understand when you get the chance to read this one! 

A Thousand Ways This Could All Go Wrong by Jennifer E. Smith-4 stars
This was a short story by yet another author that I had heard awesome things about! I still haven't read any of Jennifer's books, but I know that I for sure will after this. The short story was cute and I really liked it! I think this was your typical summery romance, but I ate it up.

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things by Lev Grossman-4 stars
I thought this story was very interesting. I liked how it had that special magical touch. This was my first read by Lev Grossman and I know that I'm going to be checking out The Magicians in the future! 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen | Review

26959141Title:  100 Days of Cake
Author: Shari Goldhagen
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley

Get well soon isn't going to cut it in this quirky and poignant debut novel about a girl, her depression, an aggressive amount of baked goods, and the struggle to simply stay afloat in an unpredictable, bittersweet life.
There are only three things that can get seventeen-year-old Molly Byrne out of bed these days: her job at FishTopia, the promise of endless episodes of Golden Girls, and some delicious lo mien. You see, for the past two years, Molly's been struggling with something more than your usual teenage angst. Her shrink, Dr. Brooks isn't helping much, and neither is her mom who is convinced that baking the perfect cake will cure Molly of her depression-as if cake can magically make her rejoin the swim team, get along with her promiscuous sister, or care about the SATs.
Um, no. Never going to happen.
But Molly plays along, stomaching her mother's failed culinary experiments, because, whatever-as long as it makes someone happy, right? Besides, as far as Molly's concerned, hanging out with Alex at the rundown exotic fish store makes life tolerable enough. Even if he does ask her out every... single... day. But-sarcastic drum roll, please-nothing can stay the same forever. When Molly finds out FishTopia is turning into a bleak country diner, her whole life seems to fall apart at once. Soon she has to figure out what-if anything-is worth fighting for. 

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

When I first saw this book, I got really excited because of the title. I'm a huge fan of anything that has to do with cake and baking! Of course, after reading the synopsis, I had to give this book a shot. 

100 Days of Cake is about a girl named Molly who spends most of her time working at her job at FishTopia. She works there with a guy named Alex, who so obviously has a huge crush on her, yet she doesn't exactly see that. However, Molly suffers from depression.

In my opinion, depression was excellently portrayed throughout this book. I took a psychology course last semester at school and learned that depression consists of both good and bad days, which were evident in this book. 

On the other hand, I wasn't the biggest fan of some other things throughout the book, which is why I'm giving this book three stars. I don't want to spoil, but there was a sort of romance that I was a little bit iffy about, mostly because of the age difference. I also didn't quite understand how making cake for someone could possibly cure depression. However, I still enjoyed this book and will be looking for Shari's future novels.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Stacking the Shelves (98)

Last weekend was the book festival in my town which is a huge book sale with tons of bargain prices. I got all my books 3 for $1!


What books have you gotten in the last week? 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Draw the Line by Laurent Linn | Review

Title: Draw the Line
Author: Laurent Linn
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Publisher

Adrian Piper is used to blending into the background at his Texas high school. He may be a talented artist, a sci-fi geek, and gay, but those traits only bring him the worst kind of attention.
In fact, the only place he feels free to express himself is at his drawing table, crafting a secret world through his own Renaissance art-inspired superhero, Graphite.
But in real life, when a shocking hate crime flips his world upside-down, Adrian must decide what kind of person he wants to be. Maybe it's time to not be so invisible after all-no matter how dangerous the risk.
In Draw the Line, Laurent Linn's debut novel, he writes a charged story-illustrated with his own extraordinary drawings-about discovering your own superpowers, deciding how to use them, and where to draw the line. 

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

The second I laid eyes on this book, I knew that it was going to be amazing. Draw the Line follows the story of Adrian. He likes to try to stay under the radar with his friends Audrey and Trent. He spends a lot of his time working on his comic about Graphite, who seems to be his alter-ego. Soon enough after witnessing a bully, the lines between Adrian's comic book and his real life begin to blur.

Before I even get started on how awesome the story is, I thought I'd talk about the amazing art that's throughout this book. There's legit pages from Adrian's Graphite comics! Every few chapters or so there will be quite a few pages from the comic. The art is so great in those pages! It was really fun to get a look into what Adrian spends so much of his time creating as well. This made me even happier because I'm a huge fan of superheroes and comics. It's awesome to find a character with similar passions. 

In addition, there are so many geeky references throughout his book! Trust me, if you're a Star Wars or science fiction fan, this book is going to be your paradise. I loved all the references because they made me feel even more connected to Adrian!

I absolutely love the strong bond of friendship that was evident throughout this book with Adrian and his friends. Trent was extremely awesome. He was always wearing black and was extremely all, so he stuck out like a sore thumb all the time. Audrey, on the other hand, was extremely fashionable and even swooped in and helped Adrian out in the beginning after a hair mishap. The characters were extremely developed from the beginning of the novel as well, which I really adored. It didn't take me long to get used to their quirks. Within the first chapter, I already felt like I knew them all. 

I can gladly say that Draw the Line will be one of my favorite books of the year. 

Winging It by Cate Cameron | Review

29284789Title: Winging It
Author: Cate Cameron
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Source: Netgalley

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, ice-melting kisses, and a swoon-worthy hero. This fake relationship romance will have you wishing for a hockey player of your own...
Natalie West and Toby Cooper were best friends growing up, on and off the ice. But when Toby's hockey career took off, their friendship was left behind. Now Natalie has a crazy plan to land her crush-Toby's biggest rival-and she needs Toby's help to pull it off.
When Nat asks Toby to be her fake boyfriend, he can't say no. Not when it means getting his best friend back. But Natalie is all grown up now, and spending time with her-even when it's just playing hockey together-stirs up a lot of feelings, old and new. Suddenly pretending to be interested in her isn't hard at all... if only she wanted him and not his enemy.
Hockey tore them apart. Can it put them back together? 

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

I was so excited to see that there was going to be another book in this companion series. One of my favorite things about it is that you can read the books in any order that you want. You can even just read one book in the companion series if you want to! Each even works as a standalone! It's just so awesome.

I was so excited to meet two new awesome characters, Natalie and Toby. I was rooting for them throughout the whole book. The two of them were so cute together and I just hoped throughout the whole book that they'd finally get together. 

Some characters from other books in the companion series were mentioned too, which I loved! It's always great to see old characters that you've had to say goodbye to show up again. It made me really happy and excited to know that their lives are still going on!

The only character that really bothered me were Scott. Scott is a guy that Natalie actually wants to date. He got on my nerves a bit because he wasn't the greatest, but I'm pretty sure the reader wasn't supposed to like him much. 

I'm honestly so glad that I got the chance to read this one. I'll never stop recommending this series because it's just so enjoyable and fun to read. The novels are so easy to fly by too because of how light and fluffy they are!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Paper Girls, Volume 1 | Review

29890100Title: Paper Girls, Volume 1
Author: Cliff K. Chiang, Brian K. Vaughan, Matt Wilson (Illustrations)
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors
Source: Netgalley

From Brian K. Vaughan, #1 New York Times bestselling writer of SAGA, and Cliff Chiang, legendary artist of WONDER WOMAN, comes the first volume of an all-new ongoing adventure. In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood. 

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

As of recently, I've been really into graphic novels. There's just something about them that makes them so incredibly fun to read!

Paper Girls follows the story of some 12-year-old girls in the 1980's, all of whom deliver papers. The story begins with a girl named Erin who is very new to the job. She runs into another group of girls who also deliver newspapers while she's being attacked by older guys. She's with these girls when she finds out that her town is not the same town that she thought she was in.

To start off, I thought I'd talk about the artwork. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. It was so pretty to look at! I really liked how it looked slightly cartoony but realistic at the same time. I also really liked the colors. They were very bright just like the 1980's themselves. It really adds to the story overall.

The story itself was very interesting. I thought the pacing was great and I never found myself bored, especially because I was so fascinated with the artwork. I also loved the idea of a whole town disappearing and creepy aliens showing up. It was just so intriguing!

I know for sure that I'll be picking up the next installment of this new series!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Klickitat by Peter Rock | Review

26240655Title: Klickitat
Author: Peter Rock
Release Date: April 12, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre: Mystery

Vivian feels left behind when her older sister, Audra, runs away from home. She believes that Audra will return and pays careful attention to the clues around her. Then, inexplicably, writing begins to appear in a blank notebook.
When Audra does come back for Vivian, she's in the company of a strange man. The three of them run away together and practice wilderness survival. While Audra plans for the future, Vivian continues to gather evidence: Who is this mysterious man, and does he have any connection to the words appearing in her notebook?
Klickitat is a haunting story, full of atmosphere and awakening, crafted by one of today's most startling literary talents.
**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

 Klickitat follows Vivian, whose older sister ran away. The story begins when Audra is still at home, though she likes talking about a guy while leaving out many details. It's also evident that Audra is a very different girl who wants to live in a different way. She also never wears shoes. When she leaves, Vivian's life is completely different. 

I read Klickitat fairly quickly once I finally sat down to read it. Though the pages had a lot of space around the writing, the story itself was just so incredibly intriguing. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, especially because our narrator herself seemed to be pretty unreliable. I never knew for sure if what she was saying was actually true, especially because people kept asking her if she was taking her pills. 

I really liked the amount of creepiness that was evident in this book. Most of it was because of the notebook that Vivian had. It seemed like someone else was writing in it because Vivian did not recognize the handwriting. It was just very sketchy but I loved it!

I honestly enjoyed this book very much. I'm excited to read more by Peter Rock in the future!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Season of You & Me Blog Tour!

The Season of You & Me
by Robin Constantine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: May 10th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Disability

Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.
Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.
Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love.

The Season of You & Me was my very first Robin Constantine novel and I have to say that it honestly blew me away. I have heard of Robin's other novels, The Promise of Everything and The Secrets of Attraction and I knew that I had to check out her books. I'm so glad that I finally got the chance to do so!

The story follows a girl named Cassidy. She recently broke up with her boyfriend Gavin and is spending the summer with her father at the Jersey Shore. She and her father hadn't really talked much with one another though she stays with him for the summer anyway and decides to work at a summer camp. The story also follows Bryan's point of view. He's an ex-surfer as he was in an accident and is now in a wheelchair. Of course, the two of them cross paths.

I really liked Cassidy and Bryan as characters. They were both wonderful and honestly had a lot of depth. Of course, I thought it was awesome that there were dual perspectives. I've always been a fan of books that you give you more than one side to a story!

Besides characters, I was a huge fan of the family dynamic that was in this novel. Cassidy ends up getting along great with her step-brother Hunter which I really liked. He seemed to like hanging out with her too. What's even better is that Cassidy gets along with her step-mom! I found that to be really interesting because I've not actually read a book where a person likes their step-parent. It was a nice change to see in YA!

Another thing that I liked was that the pace was perfect. For me, some contemporary novels seem to drag on, but I really didn't feel that way with this novel. That's what causes me to recommend this one to many people who are looking for a great summer read! I'm for sure going to be checking out Robin's past novels too!

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Robin Constantine is the author of The Promise of Amazing and The Secrets of Attraction. A born-and-raised Jersey girl, Robin likes to spend her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, eventually, but not without a lot of peril, angst, and the occasional kissing scene. She loves swoony books, flip-flops, dark chocolate and the full moon.