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 @ http://bookreviewsbydi.blogspot.com/
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHjpOzsQ9YI
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
Facebook

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

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Catalyst by Helena Coggan | Review

28814864
Title: The Catalyst
Author: Helena Coggan
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: October 11, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

In a thrilling debut by sixteen-year-old Helena Coggan, a girl with a terrible secret is tested to her limits as her fractured world teeters on the brink of war.
Eighteen years ago, a dimensional break ripped open the sky, drawing humans into an ancient conflict. Otherworldly souls rained down and fused with those of people, dividing the population into the green-eyed, magical Gifted and the dark-eyed, nonmagical Ashkind. A devastating war followed, and the Gifted have managed a fragile peace ever since, largely through a brutal law enforcement organization known as the Department. Fifteen-year-old Rose's father, David, has a leading role in the Department. Rose and David are Gifted, but they are also something else-something terrible. Their lives depend on keeping it secret. But when a mysterious murder threatens to tear Rose's world apart, forcing long-buried secrets into the open, her loyalties are put to the test. How much does Rose really know about her father's past? How far is the Department willing to go to maintain order? And, when the time comes, who will Rose choose to protect?

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

 I was so excited to start The Catalyst because the premise was absolutely mind boggling. The whole idea of Gifted people with magic just sounded so awesome!

The whole idea of the Gifted and the Ashkind was pretty awesome. I especially loved that the non-magical people had a name: Ashkind. I haven't read a book where the non-magical people had their own name like the magical folk since the muggles in Harry Potter.

The amount of mystery revolving around David and Rose was so intriguing. I know that the synopsis kind of says that they're different but they're gifted too. I don't really want to say too much-you'll have to read and find out for yourself!

The description kind of hides a big part of the novel, such as the fact that there are Angels. I haven't read that many books with angels besides Hush, Hush, so I thought that was so great. 

Rose was more than just Gifted and different. She was freaking intelligent. I was so surprised when I read that she was only fifteen! She just had such a put-together demeanor and she even had a job pretty much. It was practically incredible.

It takes place in London. I LOVE LONDON. Needless to say, the setting was spectacular.

The Catalyst was honestly such a surprising book. It ended up being one that I'll never forget!


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Meet Ronyell! | Blogger Interviews

Hey guys! Today I'm featuring Ronyell from Rabbit Ears Book Blog. 

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1. What's your favorite book and why? What song would you use to capture the essence of your favorite book?
Ooh boy, this is a toughie!  I would have to say my most favorite book of all time would be "The Fool and the Flying Ship" by Eric Metaxas!  The song I would use to capture the essence of this book would be "X-Defect" by BIS!

2. What is your dream career?
My dream career would be to start a business where I would sell books and do fashion clothing in the same type of store!

3. Where do you want to travel to?
There are so many places that I would love to travel to and they are Japan, France, Jamaica and Spain!


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?
I would choose: Harry Potter, Katniss, Peter Rasputin (Colossus), Kitty Pryde, Ororo (Storm), Logan (Wolverine) and Augustus Waters!


5. What's your favorite TV show? Movie?
My favorite TV shows are The Flash and Steven Universe and my favorite movies are The Avengers, the Lion King and The Nightmare Before Christmas!


6. You finally got your invite to Hogwarts! Which house do you get sorted into and who do you befriend?
I would be sorted into Gryffindor and be friends with Hermoine!


7. What song do you wish could be turned into a novel?
Street Symphony by Monica would be a pretty interesting song to turn into a novel!


8. Which TV series or movie do you wish could be continued through a book series?
I possibly wish for Young Justice and the new Thundercats cartoon be featured in comic books since they were both cancelled too soon.


9. What book do you wish had a sequel?
I would love to see a sequel to Susan Elizabeth Phillips' book "Kiss An Angel!" I just loved that book and I would love to see what happens to the main couple afterwards!

10. Why do you love books?
I love to read because it helps me explore other worlds that I wouldn't be able to explore in real life and it helps me keep my mind off some of the stress going on in my life.

Ronyell's Links:

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Thanks so much for taking the time to answer the questions Ronyell!

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay | Review

27969100Title: The Assassin Game
Author: Kirsty McKay
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Source: Netgalley

Who will be left after lights out? 
At Cate's isolated boarding school, Killer is more than a game-it's an elite secret society. Members must avoid being "Killed" during a series of thrilling pranks, and only the Game Master knows who the "Killer" is. When cate's finally invited to join the Assassin' Guild, she knows it's her ticket to finally feeling like she belongs.
But when the game becomes all too real, the school threatens to shut it down. Cate will do anything to keep playing and save the Guild. But can she find the real assassin before she's the next target?

**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've always been a fan of books that seem somewhat creepy and thrilling. I think that's what originally drew me into The Assassin Game. I'm so glad that I got the chance to read it!

Most mysteries are novels that I end up hating, but that wasn't the case with this novel. I really liked the mystery and suspense in this novel. Basically, the Assassin Game is a game (obviously) where one person is a killer and they have to "kill" people off in the game until someone in the game can correctly guess who the killer is. So it's really all fake though someone ends up actually killing someone for real.

I honestly didn't know who the killer was. A lot of the times, I end up hating mysteries because I can guess how it's all going to be played out. That wasn't the case with this novel!

I really liked the setting. It took place on a little island near Wales that Cate's family actually owns. I just found that to be such an interesting setting because it was unlike any other setting that I've explored. Plus, an island for a murder story!? I mean, that's even better because it's even more hard to escape!

In the end, The Assassin Game was an extremely suspenseful and thrilling novel that I'd love to revisit again in the future. It's worth a read!


Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs | Review

28814848Title: The Light Fantastic
Author: Sarah Combs
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Source: Publisher

Seven tightly interwoven narratives. Three harrowing hours. One fateful day that changes everything. 
Delaware, the morning of April 19. Senior Skip Day, and April Donovan's eighteenth birthday. Four days after the Boston Marathon bombing, the country is still reeling, and April's rare memory condition has her recounting all the tragedies that have cursed her birth month. And just what was that mysterious gathering under the bleachers about? Meanwhile, in Nebraska, Lincoln Evans struggles to pay attention in Honors English, distracted by the enigmatic presence of Laura Echols, capturer of his heart. His teacher tries to hold her class's interest, but she can't keep her mind off what Adrian George told her earlier. Over in Idaho, Phoebe is having second thoughts about the Plan mere hours before the start of a cross-country ploy led by an Internet savant known as the Mastermind. Is all her heartache worth the cost of the Assassin's machinations? The Light Fantastic is a tense, shocking, and beautifully wrought exploration of the pain and pathos of a generation of teenagers not he brink-and the hope of moving from shame and isolation into the light of redemption.

**Thanks 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 huge fan of novels with multiple perspectives. That's a big part of why I chose to give The Light Fantastic a read.

So I know that the summary doesn't really give away much, so I really went into this novel not knowing what to expect. In the end, I was completely blown away.

This story is basically about a bunch of people who're part of an online society that's involved with school shootings. The main mission of this online group, called the "Assassins". They basically plan out school shootings for revenge and many other reasons. A lot of people online would drop out and decide not to participate. I think that this whole idea was very interesting because it goes to show that just because someone seems okay on the outside, they could be having much darker thoughts on the inside. Because of this, I think that this novel may be better for a maturer audience.

The whole story takes place within three hours. I don't know why, but novels like that are always so intriguing. It's like watching a movie.

It featured pretty interesting characters, such as April and the Mastermind. April actually has a perfect memory. As soon as the reader is introduced to her, she's spewing out all of these facts about what happened in April in the past. I never knew that April could honestly be such a dark month! The Mastermind was behind the Assassins online and you never found out who the Mastermind was until towards the end, which was pretty intense. 

The fact that there were multiple characters all in different locations made for a very interesting read. I loved that there were characters from different places because it was like jumping from scene to scene which was pretty interesting to read about. 

The Light Fantastic was an enjoyable read with a pretty dark and intense premise. I know it's a book you'll want to check out.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner | Review

23617206Title: Phantom Limbs
Author: Paula Garner
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Publisher: Candlewick
Source: Publisher
Genre: Contemporary

How do you move on from an irreplaceable loss? In a poignant debut, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn to swim against an undercurrent of grief-or be swept away by it.
Otis and Meg were inseparable until her family abruptly moved away after the terrible accident that left Otis's little brother dead and both of their families changed forever. Since then, it's been three years of radio silence, during which time Otis has become the unlikely protege of eighteen-year-old Dara-part drill sergeant, part friend-who's hell-bent on transforming Otis into the Olympic swimmer she can no longer be. But when Otis learns that Meg is coming back to town, he must face some difficult truths about the girl he's never forgotten and the brother he's never stopped grieving. As it becomes achingly clear that he and Meg are not the same people they were, Otis must decide what to hold on to and what to leave behind. Quietly affecting, this compulsively readable debut novel captures all the confusion, heartbreak, and fragile hope of three teens struggling to accept profound absences in their lives.

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

Before I begin my review, I just have to comment on that cover. Of course, it's different than the placeholder one that was on my ARC copy, but I honestly want to buy a hardcover copy now because it's so beautiful. 

Though this novel was a contemporary, I loved that there was a sort of mysterious vibe that came off through the chapters. There's the mystery as to why Meg's family left, why Meg's family split up, why Meg never talked to Otis until she returned many years later, what happened to Dara's arm, and what happened to Otis's brother. Yes, that seems like a lot of things to be curious about, but I loved waiting to find out the answers. 

I really liked how driven Otis was when it came to his swimming. I love doing sports, so I really liked how even though Otis thought that he'd never make it to the Olympics like Dara wanted him to, he went to practice swimming so many times a day. 

I liked that there were parts of the story that were texts. I don't know why, but I love it when book format changes slightly like that, even if it is only for a page or two. 

I really loved the depth that all of the characters had. They all seemed very realistic to me, which is great because sometimes characters seem kind of fake in YA. All of these characters had real issues and were doing their best to deal with them, day by day.

Phantom Limbs was such an awesome debut and I can't wait to read more by Paula Garner in the future.



Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron | Review

28691932Title: The Forgetting
Author: Sharon Cameron
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: September 13, 2016
Source: Goodreads Giveaway

What isn't written, isn't remembered. Even your crimes.
Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person's memories-of parents, children, love, life, and self-are lost. Unless they have been written.
In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn't written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.
But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence-before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

I had heard good things about Rook and The Dark Unwinding, so I was so completely excited to win this novel through a Goodreads giveaway.

The entire idea of the Forgetting is honestly so interesting. Basically, Canaan has this thing called The Forgetting which occurs every twelve years. Everyone pretty much writes down their memories in a book because after the Forgetting everyone forgets all of their memories. However, our main character Nadia remembers everything and she knows that her memory book has been switched out.

I'd describe the novel as science fiction. I'm a massive science fiction fan, so obviously this book was one that I was going to love.

It's a standalone! I was so excited about this. That means that you get a complete story in an entire novel and you don't have to go out and buy more books. I loved that about The Forgetting!

I loved Cameron's writing style. It really made me wonder why I hadn't checked our Cameron's past novels. I know for sure that I'm going to have to check them out now.

The Forgetting was such an original novel with such an interesting premise! 


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

It Looks Like This by Rafi Mittlefehldt | Review

24755394Title: It Looks Like This
Author: Rafi Mittlefehldt
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Candlewick
Genre: Contemporary


A new state, a new city, a new high school. Mike's father has already found a new evangelical church for the family to attend, even if Mike and his plainspoken little sister, Toby, don't want to go. Dad wants Mike to ditch art for sports, to toughen up, but there's something uneasy behind his demands.
Then Mike meets Sean, the new kid, and "hey" becomes games of basketball, partnering on a French project, hanging out after school. A night at the beach. The fierce colors of sunrise. But Mike's father is always watching. And so is Victor from school, cell phone in hand.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book!**

I was really excited to finally start reading It Looks Like This. Sadly, at the end, I was a little disappointed. 

I really loved the beginning of the novel. It starts with this really short two page chapter that immediately gives you the feeling that something went down. Mike is remembering something of the past even though he basically says that he lives in a world of darkness now. 

The lack of quotation marks really got to me. Sometimes having no quotation marks just adds to the overall story, but I honestly felt like it didn't in this situation. I get that the whole story was him looking back on things that already happened, so I guess that quotations weren't really necessary, but, for me at least, I wish there were quotation marks. Sometimes it was hard to tell between inner commentary and actual conversations because of the lack of quotes. 

I did like that it was LGBT. YA can never have enough of this genre in my opinion. 

I loved how well-written the characters were. Especially Toby, Mike's little sister. She was pretty funny at times. 

It Looks Like This was a great addition to the YA LGBT universe, though the lack of quotes got to me at times. If you can overlook that, then I really think you'll enjoy this novel.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts | Review

28220968Title: The Replacement Crush
Author: Lisa Brown Roberts
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Genre: Contemporary

True love can't be strategized.
After book blogger Vivian Galdi's longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.
But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian's zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.
Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.

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

I was originally drawn into The Replacement Crush because of the gorgeous cover. Sometimes, it's okay to judge a book by its cover because the book is just as amazing!

The Replacement Crush featured a mother and daughter who both love books. I mean, the synopsis even says it: Vivian is a book blogger! That instantly makes her a relatable character to so many readers out there. Plus, Vivian's mom actually owns a bookstore and she also writes novels. I mean, how awesome is that!?

Dallas worked in a bookstore. He was actually working at Vivian's mom's bookstore. Therefore, he was pretty awesome and amazing. Vivian and Dallas had the cutest chemistry. Also, the book was just so nerdy in general. What's not to love!? Plus, a big chunk of the book actually took place at the aforementioned bookstore. Seriously, this book is a book blogger's dream.

If you like nerdy contemporary novels with an amazingly relatable main character and an even better love interest, then The Replacement Crush is the novel for you.


Top Ten Shows I Want to Binge on Netflix

Hey guys! Today's theme is TV related, so I thought that I'd do the top ten shows that I want to watch on Netflix! Let's get started!

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Gotham // So, I'm a huge superhero fan and I'm pretty sure that you're going to see tons of superhero shows that I HAVEN'T watched on this list. Anyway, this one is all about James Gordon who is basically trying to avenge the murder of Bruce Wayne's parents so that sounds pretty awesome.


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Scandal // There's just something about shows with lawyers that I absolutely love. How To Get Away With Murder, anyone?


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The Flash // So I don't know if this one should count since I've seen the first episode. However, I really liked it and I don't know why I haven't continued yet!

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Heroes // I love that this one is basically everyday people who find out that they have powers. 

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Agents of Shield // Okay, so I'm a huge Marvel fan, yet I haven't checked this one out.

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Arrow // WHY HAVE I NOT WATCHED THIS.

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Sense 8 // This one is a Netflix original that honestly looked so interesting.


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Friends // This is another one that I've technically started, though it was over a year ago. I've only seen about 4 episodes. However, there are always references to this show and I never get them because I don't know the show!

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Daredevil // Since Deadpool was rated MA and it was amazing, I definitely want to check out Daredevil.

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Jessica Jones // I just realized that I have tons of Netflix originals on here. ANYWAYS. This one sounds pretty interesting and I have a friend who really enjoyed it.

What Netflix shows do you want to watch?

Monday, September 5, 2016

Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally | Review

22846823Title: Defending Taylor
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Release Date: July 5, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Contemporary
Source: Netgalley

Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor's always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that's what is expected of a senator's daughter. But one impulsive decision-one lie to cover for her boyfriend-and Taylor's kicked out of private school. Everything she's worked so hard for is gone, and now she's starting over at Hundred Oaks High.
Soccer has always been Taylor's escape from the pressures of school and family, but it's hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she's going through is her older brother's best friend, Ezra. Taylor's had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it's hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?

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

Last year I finally read one of Miranda Kenneally's novels and I absolutely loved it. That's why I was so pumped up when I found out that another novel by Kenneally was coming out. 

Defending Taylor follows Taylor who recently got kicked out of her private school with tons of opportunities because she took the blame for something that her boyfriend did. Of course, nobody knows that she took the blame because everyone believed her when she said that she was using drugs to help her get through studying. Now she's going to Hundred Oaks High and nothing will ever quite be the same.

I loved how determined Taylor was. She knew that she wanted to go to Yale and worked hard her whole life. She was very strong with her decisions as well. I also loved that she liked soccer a lot because I also love playing sports.

Ezra was a pretty great love interest. Because he was taking a break from Cornell, he seemed like a much older and mature character than Taylor which I liked. He had been through more so I really liked him.

I liked how there were snippets of what went on in the past. It wasn't all directly laid out. There were little snippets about Taylor's past, such as the whole situation with her ex-boyfriend, Ben. About that--I still can't believe that Taylor completely took the blame for her boyfriend's drugs just because he was there on a scholarship. He deserved to be reprimanded for what he had done.

In the end, I thought that Defending Taylor was an enjoyable book. I'm excited to read even more by Kenneally in the future.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Meet Joyce! | Blogger Interviews

Hey guys! Today on blogger interviews I'm featuring Joyce from Completely Booked! 

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Let's get on with the questions!

1. What's your favorite book and why? What song would you use to capture the essence of your favorite book?
My favorite book is Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. I love the different characters and how their threads all come together, plus the twists and turns the novel takes you through are some of my favorite from any book. Not to mention the fact that I love description and Erin Morgenstern masterfully describes every aspect of The Night Circus, so much so that you eagerly spend all of the time afterwards waiting for an invitation. I think the song I most associate with The Night Circus is either something classical, or more specifically (and also very strangely), “Notes in Constellations” by Chiodos. It is all I listened to while I read the book so it has a strange association for reasons that I can’t precisely put a finger on. 

 2. What is your dream career?
My dream career is something that has to do with books. I want to be a writer. I want to continue to write about books. A few weeks ago, I participated in the #RBWL tag and looking at everything in the #OwnVoices tag, I would also like to do something that would allow me to help put books into the world, be it a librarian, a publisher, an editor, an agent, etc. I want to, one day, open up a bookstore myself with a little cafĂ© and everything. Maybe a bar. I have lots of dreams and they’ve almost always been book related. Books are something that I’m very passionate about.

3. Where do you want to travel to?
I have a lot of places on my travel bucket list, mostly because I’ve never really gone anywhere. I’m from California and I’ve lived there my whole life but I’ve never even been to San Francisco. I go to school in Massachusetts and I’ve never been to Boston. I really want to explore. My top three destinations right now are The UK, Japan and Prague, which is more specific than the other two but I really want to visit the city one day.

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?
My literary #squadgoals probably include Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone, every member of the team in Six of Crows, but mostly Inej, and, Weetzie Bat from The Weetzie Bat books. There are probably more but I’m really behind in books I should be reading, especially in YA, so I’m trying to play catch-up. I’m sure this will change later.

5. What's your favorite TV show? Movie?
Right now, my favorite show on TV is Preacher on AMC. It has one of the best examples of a strong but flawed female character and they made her black, which is incredibly important to me. My favorite movie is probably Kiki’s Delivery Service. I mean, I love any and all things Studio Ghibli, but that’s my favorite.

6. You finally got your invite to Hogwarts! Which house do you get sorted into and who do you befriend?
Umm, the Sorting Hat quiz on Pottermore has sorted me into Ravenclaw and Slytherin, but Slytherin was more recent. I’d want to befriend Fred and George, but the books seem to have a strict anti-Slytherin policy, so I don’t think they’d be too partial to Slytherins. I guess I’d just spend most of my time reading by myself?

7. What song do you wish could be turned into a novel?
 If I could turn any song into a novel, it would be “Iron” by Woodkid. I don’t know why but I could see a lot you could do with that one. It’s more mood than anything else so it gives you a lot of options for types of stories. If I had to pick something more narrative based, I think I’d pick “Woman King” by Iron and Wine. I’d vote for BeyoncĂ©’s Lemonade but that’s more of a visual story. 

8. Which TV series or movie do you wish could be continued through a book series? 
Okay, so don’t think I’m weird but I would love it if Daria was a book. I think the humor would work really well and be relatable to a subset of people. But since they’re doing superhero YA novels, I’d also like to see a YA Agent Carter series, since they cancelled the TV series and all. I want to see what Peggy was up to in the MCU with Steve gone.

9. What book do you wish had a sequel?
I really wish that The Night Circus had a sequel because I’d love to return to that world. I think there’s more story left to tell, I mean, the universe is so vast. I would also like a sequel to certain parts of Helen Oyeyemi’s What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours because I have a lot of unanswered questions. 

10. Why do you love books?
Books, quite literally, have saved my life. I turn to them when things get tough and they’ve taught me a lot about people and about myself. When I felt like I needed to give up and that there was nothing left, books showed me that I was not alone and I have needed that more times in my life than I’d like to admit. They are entertainment, but they are my lifeline. I don’t know what I’d do without them. They give me comfort and security and though some decisions are questionable, I love them. They’re like music: there is a book for everyone, for every mood. I believe in bibliotherapy and books are my therapy.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando | Review

26073074Title: The Leaving
Author: Tara Altebrando
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Edition: earc
Source: Netgalley

Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back--with no idea of where they've been.
Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.
Until today. Today five of those kids return. They're sixteen, and they are... fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn't really recognize the person she's supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett too, except they're entirely unable to recall where they've been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn't come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max's sister Avery, who needs to find her brother--dead or alive--and isn't buying this whole memory-loss story.

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

Have you ever read something and felt like you'd read it or experienced it before? That's how I felt when I read The Leaving by Tara Altebrando.

I absolutely loved the whole concept. Six kids go missing at a very young age, yet only five of them return eleven years older. What could get more mysterious than that? Exactly. NOTHING.

Despite loving the concept, upon reading the novel, I felt like it had been done before. I recently watched a show on Netflix called "The Returned" and the concept was kind of similar. Perhaps that's what detracted from my overall enjoyment of this novel. I'm not the biggest fan of experiencing something that's already been experienced by me at an earlier time, unless I loved it the first time. 

There were a lot of characters which got a bit confusing at times. For some reason, the only character that really stuck with me was Lucas. It was hard to keep track of all the kids that went missing and their stories. However, there were only three points of view.

Despite all this, I know that I'll be checking out Tara's next novel. This one may not have lived up to my expectations, but the issue was personal. If the premise sounds interesting to you, definitely check it out!