A great follow-up to Anatomy of a Boyfriend, this book made me laugh and it made me swoon (a bit!) and it made me appreciate authors like Snadowsky, w...moreA great follow-up to Anatomy of a Boyfriend, this book made me laugh and it made me swoon (a bit!) and it made me appreciate authors like Snadowsky, who aren't afraid to talk about things in YA literature that should be talked about! (less)
I'm shaking. That was unbelievably incredible. I actually had tears in my eyes, which is a rare occurrence with books.... I just... I will be counting...moreI'm shaking. That was unbelievably incredible. I actually had tears in my eyes, which is a rare occurrence with books.... I just... I will be counting down the days until Rise & Ruin. Full review to come.(less)
OH MY GOD. THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. I am blown away by the awesomeness of this book! Full review to come!
GUYS. GUYS. GUYSSSSSSSSSSSS
...moreOH MY GOD. THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. I am blown away by the awesomeness of this book! Full review to come!
GUYS. GUYS. GUYSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.
OH. MY. GOD.
You know that feeling when you're in a reading slump and it seems like nothing can get you out of it? That's how I was before I read Shadow and Bone. I could not pick up a book and stay interested, until I picked up this one. Right from the start, with the haunting "Before" scene that then leads into full on epicness, I was hooked. I could. not. put. this. book. down.
Right off the bat, we are thrusted into a world of magic and intrigue as we read the short introduction that shows Alina and Mal in the orphanage, waiting to be tested by the mysterious Grisha. And then we jump several years forward, to the pair travelling with their army regiment into the dark and terrifying Shadow Fold. When a book starts off with a crazy amount of awesome like that, all I can say is:
Shadow and Bone was thrilling and captivating and it absolutely blew my mind. I was amazed at the way Bardugo executed her story in such a way that kept me wanting more and more, while her characters were so well-rounded and had me feeling so much for them. I loved Alina. She was a brilliant protagonist, with a bad-ass attitude, but she wasn't hard. She had feelings and she cried and she swooned... I felt like she was someone I could relate to, even though her world and situation was wholly different from my own. She got scared and sad and yet she also fought hard and stuck to what she believed in. Definitely a top protagonist on my list.
Then there was the Darkling...
I KNEW SOMETHING BAD WAS GOING TO HAPPEN BUT I TRIED TO CONVINCE MYSELF NOT TO AND YET IT DID AND AHHHHHHHHHHH HE IS SUCH AN EPIC VILLAIN OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND YET I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF HE'S BAD OR GOOD OR JUST SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN AND HE JUST NEEDS TO GET HIS ACT TOGETHER OR WHAT. I JUST AHHHHHHHHHHGHHHHHHHH
Okay, sorry about that. Ahem.
Usually with villains, I despise them. I don't feel much for them, because of their despicable behaviour and yet, with the Darkling... I just can't decide. I mean, I hate him. I do. His plan is horrible and he's not a nice person, at all. AT ALL. But at the same time, he just.... ahhh. I can't decide on how I feel about him! He had me swooning one minute and then freaked out the next and I just...
Okay, I'm going to move on before I combust.
Finally, there was Mal.
The thing with Mal was, at first, I didn't like him. He was just kind of... there. But then, BUT THEN he all of a sudden redeemed himself for me and I was hooked. Mal was a really interesting character for me and I'm so excited to see more of who he is and what his story will be like in the next book!
Okay, enough about the characters.
This review is getting pretty lengthy, but I'll just conclude by saying that this is one of the best books I've read in a long time. Shadow and Bone kept me guessing the whole way through and had me captivated from the very beginning. I was impressed by the detail and the history that Bardugo put into the story and the fact that the world was so well developed made me very happy. This was a well rounded story, filled with action, fantasy, romance and mystery. The Shadow Fold sounds like my ultimate nightmare and that intrigued me. Darknesss... as a place? With scary creatures running around inside? CREEPY.
Shadow and Bone surpassed my expectations and I would highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it. Now, I'm going to tuck myself into bed and start Siege and Storm! YAY!
Also, I just want to shout out a huge thank you, again, to Brad and Macmillan Kids for the awesome giveaway!
As soon as I started this book, I knew it was going to be good. I absolutely loved the style and voice of the writing. It charmed...moreActual rating: 4.5/5
As soon as I started this book, I knew it was going to be good. I absolutely loved the style and voice of the writing. It charmed me right away and I was pulled in to this really cool world. Jump When Ready is a book that you would think would be kind of sad and depressing, as it's about a boy who dies and tries to help his family from the "in between" but the author does an excellent job of incorporating humour into it and keeps the story with a lightness to it. Here's a quote from the beginning that I liked:
"I’d drowned, met a bunch of kids in a tree, slept in a hammock that had turned into a house which had disappeared again, then gone to my own funeral. Now I basically had an apartment in a house the size of Texas with an arcade, food court and inside pool."
I thought the writing was really well done and I was never bored with the story. The characters were all very distinct, which is one thing that always sticks out to me in a book, and they were very well developed as well. Another plus to this book was the pacing. It was fast-paced and exciting, because even though it was an 'after-life story,' it was still suspenseful and the story was always moving. My heart ached for Henry as he watched his sister's kidnapping take place and the fact that he couldn't do anything about it... I was constantly guessing how it would turn out and I couldn't stop reading until I found out.
Overall, Jump When Ready was an impressive debut that I would recommend to anyone, really. I loved this book and am looking forward to seeing what the author will come up with next!(less)
Once again, Katherine Longshore blew me away with a story filled with friendship, romance, betrayal and secrecy. I was captivated by Anne's world and...moreOnce again, Katherine Longshore blew me away with a story filled with friendship, romance, betrayal and secrecy. I was captivated by Anne's world and her voice and would recommend this book to not just historical fiction fans, but to fans of books that keep you guessing, even if you already know the outcome. Full review to come. (less)
This book is one of a kind. There are two different perspectives, set 20 years apart, as Chelsea is searching for her mother, Catherine, who disappear...more This book is one of a kind. There are two different perspectives, set 20 years apart, as Chelsea is searching for her mother, Catherine, who disappeared and was thought dead until Chelsea found a letter. The author did a great job in keeping the chapters distinct and clear... I didn't have a difficult time switching from one POV to another and that made a huge difference in the story.
I have yet to read Wuthering Heights so it's impossible for me to compare Catherine with the original story, however, I enjoyed the retelling immensely and am looking forward to reading the classic this summer. As I said before, I really liked the different perspectives. Catherine's POV is more focused on her teenage life and her relationship with Hence, but Chelsea's is a bit more suspenseful as she is trying to find her mother whom she believed to be dead until she discovered a letter, written to her when she was three years old. I liked the fact that we knew Catherine disappeared in the end and with everyone we meet in her story, we had to wonder if they played a part in her disappearance. It was really interesting and quite chilling.
Overall, I found this book to be very well written and it captivated me and kept me wanting more. The pacing was good and I was never lost. From what I know of Wuthering Heights, it's not exactly filled with the most pleasant characters in the world. I think Lindner did a good job of making this her own story while still taking inspiration from the classic. I'm really looking forward to reading Wuthering Heights this summer and to compare it to this retelling!(less)
While I really liked the new perspective and that we got to learn more about Four and how his mind works, I wish there had been more! I read this in a...moreWhile I really liked the new perspective and that we got to learn more about Four and how his mind works, I wish there had been more! I read this in about ten minutes, if that, and while I liked this short story, I was kind of expecting more. I'm dying for Allegiant and was hoping Free Four would tide me over for a while for the Divergent world, if that makes sense. But it just left me wanting more. I'm going to do a reread of the series shortly before Allegiant is released and am so excited! I almost want to do it now, but I know that will absolutely kill me. (less)
I was so excited to hear that Janet is Canadian! I love reading books by Canadians, because I almost feel like I can connect with them more and they a...moreI was so excited to hear that Janet is Canadian! I love reading books by Canadians, because I almost feel like I can connect with them more and they always have little Canadian jokes in there, which I find so cute and funny. I adored How I Lost You and am so thankful I had the chance to read it! Thank you Book Nerd Tours and Janet Gurtler!
Gurtler really knows how to tell a story. How I Lost You is strong on the characters and the reader can really feel for the characters in the story. I loved Grace. She was relatable and easy to like, but still a typical teen. Her hormones around Levi, the guy from Vancouver (BONUS POINTS FOR THAT), were sometimes really funny, just because of how she reacted to him and I loved her protectiveness of Kya. Grace kind of reminds me of my best friend in some ways, so I loved her a lot! I loved that the main focus of this book was friendship. I've never really read a book like that, so it was kind of cool!
I also loved the fact that their hobby was paintball! That was such a unique element to the book and I really appreciated that Gurtler didn't have their sport be something typical like soccer or basketball. I've never read anything about paintball, so it was really neat!
This was a very powerful book about friendship and how much one friend will do for the other and I really and truly loved it. It was well written, cute but intense and it had a few little Canadian jokes that made my day. (I do not say oot instead of out, thank you very much!)
I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read for the spring time, to do with friends and a really cute romance!(less)
This was a really cute book. It wasn't too fluffy, but it was definitely leaning towards it. Corny but cute, that's how I'd describe it. Corny in a go...moreThis was a really cute book. It wasn't too fluffy, but it was definitely leaning towards it. Corny but cute, that's how I'd describe it. Corny in a good way. Mostly.
There are quite a few things that I liked about Click to Subscribe. One was that the protagonist was a male and he has a vlog channel! I've never really read about anyone who does something like that on the internet. Obviously, I watch vloggers on YouTube and all that, but I've never read a fictional book about a person who does that. It was kind of cool. I also liked the dialogue between West and Cat. They were awkward and weird and reminded me a lot of my friends and I. They were quite cute. The thing is, I also found this book to be pretty predictable. I knew what was going to happen, it just took a while for it to get there. West, c'mon man. YOU'RE IN LOVE WITH HER. GO GET HER BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
I also really liked the fact that there was a more serious side to the book, involving West's father. He was an alcoholic and didn't work or do much of anything. The interactions between West and his father were tense and there was one scene where it was very powerful. I thought the writing was, while yes a little cheesy, pretty good and I really enjoyed the story. It was a quick read and it's a good book for a day when you need something light. (less)
This is a great book to read if you're in the mood for a fun book. It's light and funny and cute with a unique aspect to it that is really entertainin...moreThis is a great book to read if you're in the mood for a fun book. It's light and funny and cute with a unique aspect to it that is really entertaining. Sadly, How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True didn't meet my expectations, but I still enjoyed it.
This was a very... overly dramatic book. The theme park took the fairy tale character thing to the extreme! ESPECIALLY the queen. She was extremely needy and bossy, but she also grew to care for Zoe and that was really nice to see. As a main character, I liked Zoe. She was kind and loyal and smart but also knew how to have fun. I really enjoyed watching her grow and interact with the other characters. I also really liked the romance between Zoe and Ian. It was so cute! There was one point where I just couldn't stop... I don't know how to describe it other than this:
I also really liked the plot. It started with Zoe and her cousin going to Fairyland Kingdom for summer interns and it turned into this huge story of betrayal and secrets and it really played on how far one will go to win the big prize. There were lots of things I really liked about this book, but something about it didn't make it perfect for me. It was cute and funny but I also got a bit bored and it was quite predictable at times. But, it entertained me and I was looking for a fun, light book and that's what I got! I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes books that are fun and quick that also touches on betrayal and back-stabbing. AND with a super bossy, crazy boss with a dog that eats caviar!(less)
The Book of Broken Hearts fits its name well. It broke my heart and put it back together and I loved every part of it.
When it comes to Sarah Ockler, i...moreThe Book of Broken Hearts fits its name well. It broke my heart and put it back together and I loved every part of it.
When it comes to Sarah Ockler, it only takes one book to know that her books aren't all sunshine and unicorn fluffy. There is a deeper part to her books and they are really touching. In this book, Jude, our MC, decides to restore her father's old motorcycle to try and see if it will help his Alzheimer's. She hires a mechanic and realises that he is Emilio Vargas, the youngest brother of the family she swore to her sisters she would never get involved with.
The thing with this book is, I'm kind of biased towards a few aspects of it. I am a huge sucker for motorcycles. My dad has one and I remember growing up with him working on it in the shop and me taking rides in the side-car on sunny days. I LOVE motorcycles. If I can convince my parents/when I turn 18, I definitely want to one day own one. So, with this book having a lot to do with motorcycles, it drew me in and kept me there. Also, I know someone with Alzheimer's and I know how tough it can be to see a loved one forgetting things so quickly and stuff like that.
The summary makes this book sound a lot more boy-related and a lot less than what it's really about. Yes, there's a boy and yes he's adorable and charming, but this book really focuses on family. There's a lot to do with Jude and her sisters and their relationship, as well as with her father. Her sisters kind of annoyed me at times, as they were kind of controlling of Jude, but I also understood, I guess. With Jude's Papi, it was different. I loved his sass and his attitude, but his meltdowns were quite sad and definitely broke my heart. That was one thing I loved about this book. It wasn't just about the broken hearts you get from the boy/girl who breaks your heart. It's about all the relationships and how they can all break your heart. Yes it's rough and yes it's painful, but maybe that broken heart will bring someone into your life to help mend it.
I really liked Jude as a protagonist. It took me about 50 pages to really enjoy her voice, but once I got into the book, I really connected with her. She's witty and sassy and totally awesome but also scared and emotional and it was nice to see two different sides of her. Then there was Emilio. At first I was kind of thinking he was another typical bad boy, ugh, but I realised, with Jude, that he was a lot more than that. He had many layers to him and wasn't as simple as I thought.
In all honesty, I cannot describe my love for this book enough. It was filled with the character's culture (Argentinian-American) and infused with emotion and humour. Yes, that's right, it was also funny, to put the cherry on top. Do not be fooled by the synopsis. The Book of Broken Hearts is touching and compelling and poignant. Yes it made me cry (just a little, I swear!) but it also made me laugh and that's my type of book. I highly recommend picking this book up.(less)
Geek Girl was a really cute book about accepting yourself for who you are and learning that even the smallest of lies can turn into a huge...more3.5/5 stars
Geek Girl was a really cute book about accepting yourself for who you are and learning that even the smallest of lies can turn into a huge mess. A light read that I enjoyed a lot!
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this book is set in England! It's kind of rare to find a YA contemporary set anywhere other than the USA, so it was a nice change of scenery. The slang and some of the vocabulary was different from what I am used to and I loved it! I also really liked Harriet. She was an uber smart teenager, tired of everyone hating her for no reason other than the fact that she's smart. So, she becomes a model. I will admit, I found this aspect to the book a bit outlandish, but who knows, maybe that's what really happens. I wouldn't know!
This book focuses a lot on lies and how when you tell too many, there will be consequences. It's a good lesson book but it's also a lot of fun. I think my favourite part of this book was the fact that I learned that cats have 32 muscles in each ear! SO RANDOM BUT SO COOL!!! I didn't mind most of the characters, but I did find Toby, Harriet's "stalker" to be a bit... odd. I suppose that's to be expected as he's a stalker, but it was outrageous how comfortable Harriet was with him just having a hiding spot in her yard or knowing what happens with her a minute after it happens. It was a little much, in my opinion, but entertaining none the less. That's what most of the book was for me. I felt it to be a bit too much at some times, with rushed scenes and super prolonged scenes, but I still found it fun and cute. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the sequel!(less)