Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Reckoning of Noah Shaw Blog Tour | Review & Playlist

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

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


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

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





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









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

Monday, August 27, 2018

Phoebe Will Destroy You | Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday, August 24, 2018

Violent Ends | Review

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

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, August 20, 2018

#MurderTrending | Review

34521785Title: #MURDERTRENDING
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Freeform
Release Date: August 7, 2018
Source: Netgalley

WELCOME TO THE NEAR FUTURE, where good and honest 8/18 citizens can enjoy watching the executions of society's most infamous convicted felons, streaming live on The Postman app from the suburbanized prison island Alcatraz 2.0.
When eighteen-year-old Dee Guerrera wakes up in a haze, lying on the ground of a dimly lit warehouse, she realizes she's about to be the next victim of the app. Knowing hardened criminals are getting a taste of their own medicine in this place is one thing, but Dee refuses to roll over and die for a heinous crime she didn't commit. Can Dee and her newly formed posse, the Death Row Breakfast Club, prove she's innocent before she ends up wrongfully murdered for the world to see? Or will The Postman's cast of executioners kill them off one by one?

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


In the past, I've read and loved some of McNeil's other novels, like 3:59. That's why I had such high hopes for #murdertrending, plus it has a sort of science fiction/dystopian feel to it, which made me even more excited. 

what i liked
  • The concept. I loved the idea of there being an island where felons are sent to, yet they live a sort of normal life while there. They have jobs, they have a nice house, they get to hang out with friends. Yet, everything is broadcast through an app called The Postman where the entire world can watch and see who is going to be murdered next. It's sickening yet so intriguing. 
  • The cast of characters. I learned to love Dee and everyone she met, which kept me so interested and helped to keep my attention throughout the entire novel. I really couldn't put it down. Even the executioners were interesting, like Prince Slycer.
  • It was creepy! It was sort of a cross between a thriller and a dystopian, so there were definitely some parts that were creepier than I thought they would've been. I've also never been able to thoroughly enjoy thrillers that have a slight mystery to them, like #murdertrending does. Yet, I couldn't see the plot twist coming in this one which I definitely loved! It was a nice surprise for me. 
  • THE ENDING. I obviously don't want to go into it, but you'll be surprised!!
  • This would so easily make a great movie. I picture it like The Purge, but on a whole new level. 
what i disliked
  • It's not part of a series but I wish it was! I want to know what else is going to happen in this world that McNeil created!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do... But You Could've Done Better | Review

31944977Title: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do... But You Could've Done Better
Author: Hilary Campbell
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Animal Media Group LLC
Source: Netgalley

Anonymous break up stories from men and women, old and young, serious and silly and the cartoons that inspired them. Author and artist Hilary Campbell turns the painful into the hilarious, validating emotions from forgotten middle school tragedies to relationships that ended only hours ago.
Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and cartoonist. Her films have won top prizes at Slamdance, SF IndieFest, and more. She was the co-illustrator of Jessica Bennett's critically acclaimed Feminist Fight Club. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could've Done Better is her first book of cartoons.

**Thank you so much to Animal Media Group LLC for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • It's a funny read! I found myself laughing out loud at the different stories. Some of the breakups are just so weird and humorous that I can't help myself. My favorite was one story about a couple that broke up and then this guy threw a game boy at the girl and ran off. Like what?? And I'm pretty sure they weren't that young!
  • There are hilarious drawings that go along with every story. They really add to each breakup story and are funny to look at. 
  • There's even an email at the end of the book where you can submit your own breakup stories. It gives me hope that there will be a volume 2 of the book. 
what i disliked
  • It was such a fast read! I consider this partly what I liked about it, but at the same time, I wish there was more! I kept trying to swipe forward on my Kindle but then there wasn't anything else. 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Before I Let Go | Review

33918883Title: Before I Let Go
Author: Marieke Nijkamp
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Netgalley

Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the long, dark winter, and wait for her return.
Just days before Corey is to return home to visit, Kyra dies. Corey is devastated-and confused. The entire Lost community speaks in hushed tones about the town's lost daughter, saying her death was meant to be. And they push Corey away like she's a stranger.
Corey knows something is wrong. With every house, her suspicion grows. Lost is keeping secrets-chilling secrets. But piecing together the truth about what happened to her best friend may prove as difficult as lighting the sky in an Alaskan winter...

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


what i liked
  • There are a lot of flashbacks. We will be reading from the present and then jump back to the past to when Kyra was alive, which definitely gave her character more depth. 
  • It seems like it wasn't a suicide right off the bat. Why else would Corey be so confused as to why Kyra did it? This leads to a very interesting storyline as Corey tries to figure out what actually happened to her best friend. 
  • There are parts of the story that are just told through phone calls or letters. I loved those, especially because they were usually with Kyra. 
what i disliked
  • The whole town somehow liked Kyra as soon as Corey left. The flashbacks prove that Kyra was literally the talk of the town while Corey was there and she was constantly picked on. It didn't make sense that suddenly everyone loved Kyra and saw her for who she was while Corey was away. 
  • There was a lot of confusion for me surrounding the ending. It didn't make much sense, and I wish there was more explanation. However, I feel like it was supposed to be this way? I don't know, but it made me like the book less.
  • It was extremely slow until the last 10%. I wish it wasn't, but I felt like nothing happened until the very end. 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Thumped by Megan McCafferty | Review

12924279Title: Thumped
Author: Megan McCafferty
Series: Bumped #2
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 24, 2012

It's been thirty-five weeks since twin sisters Harmony and Melody went their separate ways. And now their story has become irresistible: twins separated at birth, each due to deliver twins... on the same day!
Married to Ram and living in Goodside, Harmony spends her time trying to fit back into the community she once believed in. But she can't forget about Jondoe, the guy she fell for under the strangest of circumstances.
To her adoring fans, Melody has achieved everything: a major contract and a coupling with the hottest bump prospect around. But this image is costing her the one guy she really wants.
The girls' every move is analyzed by millions of fans eagerly counting down to "Double Double Due Date." They're two of the most powerful teen girls on the planet, and they could do only one thing to make them even more famous:
Tell the truth.

 what i liked
  • I'm glad this series was only two books. I've never read a duology, but honestly I think I might like them more than trilogies now. It was the perfect length of a series. 
  • Harmony and Melody become much closer in this book. I loved reading about the two of them and seeing how their relationship grew as time went on. 
  • There was a lot more focus on the characters in this book, and I loved learning more about everyone. 
  • The plot to this one was way more interesting! I don't really want to get into it too much because I don't want to spoil, but it definitely kept me reading. 
what i disliked
  • I was hoping to get more of a history lesson about what happened and why adults can't have kids, but sadly that didn't happen. Guess I'll have to use my imagination!
  • It was interesting and I enjoyed this series, but I didn't think it was amazing. 
If you're looking for a different kind of dystopian series, then give this series a read. It's short and you'll breeze right through them.


Monday, August 6, 2018

This Is Probably The Weirdest Book I've Ever Read

18894760Title: Grasshopper Jungle
Author: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Electric Monkey
Release Date: February 1, 2014
Source: Won

In the small town of Ealing, Iowa, Austin and his best friend Robby have accidentally unleashed an unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry, six-foot-tall praying mantises that only want to do two things. This is the truth. This is history. It's the end of the world. And nobody knows anything about it.
Funny, intense, complex and brave, Grasshopper Jungle is a groundbreaking, genre-bending, coming-of-age stunner.

I remember wanting to pick this one up for years, and eventually I ended up winning a giveaway which let me book any book. I picked Grasshopper Jungle, and I even got the pretty UK version. Yet I never picked it up. On my shelf it sat as years passed by. Finally, this summer, I decided to pick it up and give it a shot.

what i liked
  • The whole book is written as if everything already happened. Austin is documenting everything that happened, which adds for a very interesting dimension to the story. 
  •  I was asking myself what I was reading about 80% of the time. This book was so freaking weird, so of course I had to keep reading. Sometimes I was questioning the fact that I was even reading this, that's how weird it was. 
  • The book and the characters are so humorous. The writing style was great, and I loved Austin. He was a pretty funny guy and I loved reading through him. He will be trying to tell you one interesting thing that happened and then he will randomly go into this really deep story about his grandfather or his Polish heritage. He also explains every single color in relation to food. 
  • The bromance/romance. There's a little bit of both, and I loved Robby and Austin. 


what i didn't like
  • It was kind of slow at times. I had to push through it a bit. 
I recommend picking this one up if you're okay with vulgar language. It's a very interesting story, and I really don't regret reading it. 



Friday, August 3, 2018

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King | Review

13069935Title: Ask the Passengers
Author: A.S. King
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Release Date: October 23, 2012
Source: Purchased

Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions-like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl.
As her secret relationship becomes more intense and her friends demand answers, Astrid has nowhere left to turn. She can't share the truth with anyone except the people at thirty thousand feet, and they don't even know she's there. But little does Astrid know just how much even the tiniest connection will affect these strangers' lives--and her own--for the better.
In this truly original portrayal of a girl struggling to break free of society's definitions, Printz Honor author A.S. King asks readers to question everything--and offers hope to those who will never stop seeking real love.

 -what i liked-
  • The writing style. I had read Reality Boy by A.S. King and really enjoyed it, so I was glad to be able to give this one a read. It had been sitting on my shelf for years. Who knew that such lovely writing was waiting for me!?
  • Astrid sends love up to passengers in the sky. I loved this about her. She always was sending little bits of love and then we got to see into the minds of the passengers in the sky that she was sending love to, each of whom were going through their own relationship struggles. 
  • Astrid was such a lovely character. I loved reading about her and I found her incredibly interesting.
  • The romance. She gets in a relationship with a hockey player from another school, who is already out as being openly in love with girls, which Astrid somewhat finds intimidating. Yet the two of them have the sweetest relationship, even though they are very different. They love each other and it's pretty evident.


-what i didn't like-
  • The book was very slow moving at times. I never felt like I had to push myself through the story, yet it did seem like there was a constant, steady slower pace throughout the story. 



Monday, July 30, 2018

The Road Between | Review

35489039
Title: The Road Between
Author: Courtney Peppernell
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Source: Purchased

The Road Between is poetry well-lived.
Poetry for the soul that walks the fine line between losing yourself in the world and finding yourself again, often in the smallest of moments. Courtney Peppernell is the bestselling author of Pillow Thoughts, a collection of poetry and prose about heartbreak, love, and emotion.
Make a cup of tea, find your place, and lose yourself in the pages.




I was so excited to finally pick this one up because I loved Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell. I didn't even know that she had written another book until I saw this one on the shelves at my local bookstore.

-what i liked-
  • Peppernell's writing style. There's just something about the way that she lets the words flow in her poems. 
  • The artwork. There are a lot of great pieces of art strewn throughout the poetry. 
  • It's a short read. Because it's poetry, the book can be read through extremely quickly.
  • There are a lot of relatable pieces. I think that's what I love most about Peppernell. She writes about a lot of things I can easily relate to, especially the second chapter of this book.

-what i disliked-
  • I didn't like this one as much as Pillow Thoughts. I think I liked Pillow Thoughts more because it was more about relationships than anything else. However, I still loved this one and am looking forward to Pillow Thoughts 2 which comes out this August!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Life's A Beach Book Tag | SBPT '18



Hey guys! This week for our SBPT post we are doing the Life's A Beach Tag! My answers are marked with a K, and Paige's are marked with a P!

The sand: a book that stuck with you long after you finished reading it
K: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. There was just something about all the characters that made them so memorable to me. It's definitely a book I'll be rereading soon. 
P: The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Percy and Monty wiggled their way into my heart and I want moreeeee.

The Sun: a book that burned you
K; I take this as meaning a book that left me upset, so in that case, I'm going to have to choose Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi, just because the ending left me so confused and upset. 
P: Uhhh I'm gonna go with something that I thought would be great but wasn't, so probably Umberland by Wendy Spinale. I thought it would be just as fun and magical as Everland, but I was so so wrong.

The Waves: a book that calms you down after a long day 
K; I am always calmed down by reading any sort of poetry book, like Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna, Please Don't Go Before I Get Better by Madisen Kuhn or Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell, which are some of my favorites. 
P: I have bad anxiety about driving a lot and when I was still doing my 1 1/2 commute to work one way I would listen to audiobooks. I think the calmest I felt was during a reading of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larson. The book was grusome but that narrator had a beautiful voice.

The Bathing Suit: A book with a pretty, summery cover 
K: I always think of The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. It has some serious summer vibes. 
P: When Dimple Met Rishi or From Twinkle With Love by Sandhya Menon. They look so fun and light hearted! I'm always excited when I see those covers.

The Birds: A book that is everywhere 
K: I immediately think of An Ember in the Ashes for some reason. I absolutely didn't enjoy this book, but I feel like I see books from this series all over the place lately. 
P: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. Like every.freaking.where. It's annoying.

The company: a book with wonderful characters
K: The Becoming of Noah Shaw. I felt like there was no plot, but I grew so much closer to the band of characters that Hodkin created. 
P: Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia had some amazing characters! My only complaint is Wallace for many reasons.

The Ice cold drinks: a book you absolutely gulped down 
K: I completely ate up They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera recently. It was such a great read and I couldn't put it down. 
P: OMG They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera had me bawling! It was an audiobook read for me and I literally would sit in my car an extra two hours just to hear more about this book. It was fantastic and I need to discuss the ending!!

The fun memories: a book you can't wait to return to 
K: So, I'm going to go with Winter by Marissa Meyer for this one. Yes, I started reading it and I never finished it, but that's not because I wasn't enjoying it. In fact, it's the complete opposite-I was getting upset because the series was coming to a close. I'm excited to pick it back up again and fall for the characters once more. 
P: I don't return to books a lot. I'm not a huge re-reader. However, I did make an exception for Illuminae by Amie Kaufman/Jay Kristoff and Caraval by Stephanie Garber and out of those two I want to return to the whole Illuminae series so so bad.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Adultolescence by Gabbie Hanna | Review

34828719Title: Adultolescence
Author: Gabbie Hanna
Publisher: Atria/Keywords Press
Release Date: September 9, 2017

Comedian Gabbie Hanna brings levity to the twists and turns of modern adulthood in this exhilarating debut collection of illustrated poetry.
In poems ranging from the singsong rhythms of children's verses to a sophisticated confessional style, Gabbie explores what it means to feel like a kid and an adult all at once, revealing her own longings, obsessions, and insecurities along the way. Adultolescence announces the arrival of a brilliant new voice with a magical ability to connect through alienation, cut to the profound with interest slang, and detonate wickedly funny jokes between moments of existential dread. You'll turn to the last page because you get her, and you'll return to the first because she gets you.
 -what i liked-
  • It's poetry! I'm a huge poetry fan lately, and this poetry was even accompanied by awesome illustrations from Gabbie Hanna herself.
  • It's written by TheGabbieShow from YouTube. I love watching her videos. She's extremely funny, relatable, and down-to-earth. It was fun getting to see inside her mind, and to be honest, she writes some pretty great poems. 
  • There are lots of relatable pieces. I found myself being able to relate to more of the poems than I thought I would.
  • It's an easy, quick read. Because it's poetry, it can be read through pretty fast. I definitely know it's one that I'm going to pick up again eventually. 


-what i disliked-
  • I wish there was more! I hope that she writes more in the future.

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin | Review

25548744Title: The Becoming of Noah Shaw
Author: Michelle Hodkin
Series: The Shaw Confessions #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: November 7, 2017

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.
Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.
They're wrong.
Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.
He shouldn't.
And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.
They're right.

I was so pumped to finally read this one! I have to say, it did not disappoint.

-what i liked-
  • We get to read through Noah's point of view! This made me so excited. He was my favorite character in the Mara Dyer trilogy, so I loved being inside his head. If anything, it made me like him even more. 
  • It was hard to put down. I honestly just had to keep reading because I loved reading about the characters again.
  • MARA. God, did I miss her. She's one of my favorite YA characters for a reason. She's a total badass.
  • The romance. It never gets old between Mara and Noah. I love them to bits.

-what i disliked-
  • I felt like it was very character-driven. Not much was going on with the plot whatsoever, which was kind of annoying, however it still made for a great read.

 

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet | Review

Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to MeetTitle: Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet
Author: multiple authors
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 2, 2018

Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of "how they first met" from some of today's most popular YA authors.
Readers will experience Nina LaCour's beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard's glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon's imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno's story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick's charming love story that begins over iced teas at dinner. There's futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emory Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls suck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

-what i liked-
  • It's all about people meeting for the first time! They were all romances, and it was great to think about how some people meet for the first time and their lives are changed from that moment forward. I definitely feel that way about some of my closest friends, which made a lot of these pretty relatable.
  • It's written by so many awesome YA writers. I love anthologies for this very reason. You get to see a different side of so many authors that you don't see through their books, especially the science fiction writers like Kass Morgan. 
  • This is an easy read! Since it's an anthology, it was easy to pick up and put down. 

-what i disliked-
  •  nothing!
If you're looking for an easy summer read, I highly suggest picking this one up!


Monday, July 16, 2018

The Black Key by Amy Ewing | Review

28512427Title: The Black Key
Author: Amy Ewing
Series: The Lone City #3
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 4, 2016

For too long, Violet and the people of the outer circles of the Lone City have lived a life of servitude, controlled and manipulated by the royalty of the Jewel. But now, the secret society known as the Black Key is preparing to seize power and knock down the walls dividing each circle.
And while Violet knows she is at the center of this rebellion, she has a more personal stake in it-for her sister, Hazel, has been taken by the Duchess of the Lake. Now, after fighting so hard to escape the Jewel, Violet must do everything in her power to return, to save not only Hazel, but the future of the Lone City.




-what i liked-

  • The romance. I actually didn't mind it in this book. Ash kind of got on my nerves in the other books, but he finally grew on me, I guess!
  • Violet. She annoyed me for so many books, but I liked that she was finally about to do the fighting. She even came up with the big plan by herself, which I loved. 
  • The setting shifted back to the Jewel. I kind of missed this place, even though it was messed up. 
  • There was a good ending. I feel like the characters got what they all deserved.
 -what i disliked-
  • I feel like there was so much buildup only for nothing to really happen at the end. The whole book focused on this one main event happening at the end of the book, and I feel like it happened so quickly. I expected more. 
Overall, I wasn't the biggest fan of this series. Sure, it's a quick read, but it was too much like other dystopian series I've read, so I wouldn't exactly recommend checking it out if you're a huge dystopian fan. If you're not as used to reading dystopians, then definitely check it out. 


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Bookstagram/Blogging Tips & Tricks! | SBPT '18


This week, I thought it would be helpful to share some tips and tricks about blogging and bookstagram!

My blogging tips:
1. Schedule posts! I am writing this as I'm working on scheduling this very post, haha. It's extremely helpful to do this because you never know if life will get in the way. It also makes blogging way less stressful to know that you have things scheduled ahead of time. Along with this, invest in using a planner or a calendar! I just use Google Calendar to help know when I'm scheduling posts, and it works wonders. 
2. Participate in weekly features or memes! It's a great way to meet other bloggers and get involved in the book community. I always find new awesome blogs to follow through weekly features like Top Ten Tuesday and Stacking the Shelves. 
3. Love what you do! If you love reading and you love posting your thoughts, then you're already doing this. 
4. Don't obsess over numbers. It's never good to constantly check your pageviews or your follower count. I used to do this when I just started blogging, but now I don't even pay attention to it. I just love that people take the time to check out my blog and I focus on enjoying everything I post!
5. Don't be afraid to write a negative review. I used to just not write reviews for books I didn't enjoy, but now I've finally got the guts to say when there are things I don't enjoy about books. We all have different opinions, and publishers and authors know that. It's important to be honest and share your thoughts, even if other people don't agree!

Paige's bookstagram tips: 
1) If anyone proclaims to have insider tips on how the algorithm works, DO NOT BELIEVE THEM. They're in it for the views. The only thing you need to know about the algorithm is that it sucks and the best way to deal with it is to make sure you have a group (or four, no judging) of friends that you can share your photos to and they'll comment and like them. Make sure to reciprocate.
2) Network. If you stay within your group the whole time, how do you plan to reach new people? Networking can help you get new followers and new ideas. Network by going to new tags and commenting/liking a few photos, joining photo challenges, and by exploring that suggested feed you keep seeing in your activities section and your search section.
3) Reciprocate, reciprocate, reciprocate. You cannot expect to gain thousands of followers by just posting pictures. You have to appreciate others hard work too and let them know about it. And that doesn't mean like every photo in your feed. I do that, but it takes about 2-3 hours (and that's without Instagram acting out and blocking me). You can reciprocate the love you see on your photos by sharing pictures of some of your followers or some newbies to bookstagram. You can also host or participate in shoutout-for-shoutouts occasionally, go through a tag and like some photos, and commenting. Commenting has been shown to improve your photos visibility so it's a big deal. Nothing less than five words (not counting emojis) and that will boost that photo in the algorithm.
4) As I've stated before join a group (or pod as they're sometimes called) of friends or new people that you will share your photos to and who will comment and like them. They're not only tools against the algorithm, but they are also good for other tips and tricks to bookstagram. If you get a good one they'll also tell you what you need to do to improve your photography skill and when the best time to post is.
5) And finally hashtags. I can't tell you how many photos I see with no hashtags or just one or two. You get a chance to put up to 30 for one photo, USE THEM ALL. And there should always be a healthy balance between large, medium, and small hashtags you use. Use #bookstagram or #bookish for those large ones, #bookstagramallstar or #bookshelfenvy for those medium ones, and photo challenge ones for the small ones. And never stick to the same ones for long. You won't attract new people by keeping the same hashtags. Change it up every once in awhile or swap hashtags with your pod members.

Bonus: 6) If you really want to win rep searches you need to show interest before the rep search. That means following the shop, sharing their posts occasionally, liking the photos, and commenting. Don't expect you can just appear out of nowhere and become a rep. While that rarely works for some people, most people will have been friends or at least acquaintances to the shop owner before then. Be a visible, reliable force for that shop owner before the rep searches that way when they open one up and see your entry, they'll definitely remember you. Also, make sure you read the whole caption through and follow their instructions to a T. Remember that if you don't win a rep search it's not the end of the world. Don't unfollow the shop out of revenge. Show them you would have been a better rep than those they chose. If you can't afford the product, use photoshop to crop them into your pictures.

Friday, July 13, 2018

July Book Haul (2)


For review:
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Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
Salt by Hannah Moskowitz
Art Boss by Kayla Cagan

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The Future Will Be BS Free by Will McIntosh
The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse
Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black

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Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
The Orphan's Wish by Melanie Dickerson
White as Silence, Red as Song by Alessandro D'avenia 

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The Lantern's Ember by Colleen Houck
The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas
Body Swap by Sylvia McNicoll

What books have you gotten this week?

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | Review

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Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 5, 2017

Adam Silvera reminds us that there's no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today.
Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure-to live a lifetime in a single day.

So, I had been hearing great things about Adam Silvera's novels. Therefore, I just had to finally buy one. I decided to go with They Both Die at the End, and I don't regret it one bit.

~what i liked~
  • THE TITLE. I legit picked this book up and my first thought was there is no way that this author wrote a book and literally spoils the reader in the title. It would be such a bold move. I'll leave it up to you to decide if it was actually a spoiler or not, but let's just say I couldn't help but let out a laugh at the end. 
  • There are literally people who call you to tell you when it's your last day alive. I've been contemplating if I'd be okay with this happening. I mean, it would be nice to actually know when your last day is, so that you can say goodbyes and prepare a little bit, but at the same time, I'd almost not want to know so that I can go about my last day alive normally. It's just crazy to think of a world where there is technology that allows you to know such things. 
  • The characters. This story is told in dual perspectives, which I loved. I ended up falling for both characters, and enjoyed reading each of their perspectives equally, which was nice for once! Rufus has a rougher past and kind of helps Mateo loosen up a bit on their so-called last day alive.  
  • The Last Friend app. Mateo and Rufus both had some funny connections on this app, yet they ended up finding each other, and I'm sure they were both really grateful. 
  • The romance. I didn't see it coming, but I am so glad that it happened. It all made perfect sense when everything finally slid into place.
~what i didn't like~
  • The ending. I loved it, but I hated it at the same time. It left me feeling unfulfilled, which was definitely on purpose. 

Monday, July 9, 2018

A Strange Yet Addicting Book

Title: Bumped
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Series: Bumped #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 26, 2011

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society. Girls sport fake baby bumps and the school cafeteria stocks folic-acid-infused food.
Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and have never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody's doorstep. Up to now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend, Zen, who is way too short for the job.
Harmony has spent her whole life in Goodside, a religious community, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to convince Melody that pregging for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.
When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls' lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.
From New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty comes a strikingly original look at friendship, love, and sisterhood-in a future that is eerily believable.

what i liked
  • The characters. I really enjoyed reading from Harmony's and Melody's perspectives; I found them to be pretty interesting characters. I liked how different they were too; they provided very differing perspectives from the same messed-up world. However, I definitely liked Melody more.
  • The idea behind the story. I found it to be pretty intriguing how only teenagers could have children. It's crazy, especially with the rates of teen pregnancy in real life. 
  • The ending. It definitely left me wanting more, and now I really want to know what's going to happen next!

what i disliked

  • The way some of the characters talked. They talked like annoying valley girls at times! 
If you're looking for a different spin on a dystopian world, definitely give this one a go. It definitely isn't the book for everyone, so keep that in mind while reading! 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

July Book Haul (1)


For Review:
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The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell
Garrison Girl by Rachel Aaron
Once A King by Erin Summerill

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The Cerulean by Amy Ewing
The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler

Won:
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Please Don't Go Before I Get Better by Madisen Kuhn

What books have you gotten this week?