July TBR

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Hello lovelies!

I’m coming at you today with my July TBR! It’s a pretty ambition TBR. I’m actually kind of nervous for it. At least I have 31 days to finish these! ūüėÄ I’m reading my own physical copies, a library ebook, an ARC ebook, and a book a publisher asked me to read! (:

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne\\
I’m reading this with a book friend! So far I’m a little over 100 pages. It’s so freaking hilarious! I’m loving it so far! ūüėÄ

Meant to be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow\\
A publisher asked me if I’d be interested in reading this book! It just came out July 2nd. I’m just now starting it. So far the writing is good but I don’t like how the main character describes her moms anxiety.

Summer Days and Summer Nights by A Wide Variety of Authors\\
I like a majority of the authors that have a story in this novel! I hope it’s a great summer read. I wasn’t super into the winter one so I’m hoping I enjoy this one better!

Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg\\
This is the second book, more like a companion novel, to Openly Straight by Bill. I really enjoyed that book. I’m excited to see where the second book goes on a different character.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith\\
I’m a pretty big fan of Jennifer’s cute romance novels. I find myself really enjoying them even if they are super cheesy. I’m excited to read this one, too!

To All the¬†Boys¬† I’ve¬†Loved Before by Jenny Hann\\
For the longest time I didn’t find this book to sound even remotely interesting. People kept raving about it. I saw it under a buy two get one free sale so I said why not, and got it. I’m really hoping the hype doesn’t make me feel disappointed!


Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Cho\\
I’m renting this as an Ebook from my library. I’ve heard pretty decent things about it. I’m currently reading 3 books at the moment though so I’m not sure when I’ll get to it. At least I have 20 some days to read it! XD

Lost Boy by Shelley Hrdlitschka\\
I received this as an¬†ARC from Netgalley.¬†The book is kind¬†of…. strange. Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about it¬†right this minute. I’m hoping to be done soon because it’s a fairly short book.


Have you guys read any of these? Did you like them!? What are you planning on reading this month? (:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Brave Enough (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Brave Enough
Series: Standalone
Published by: North Star Editions
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
Pages: 280
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: August 21st, 2018
Rating: ✬✬✬✬
Synopsis:

Teenager Cason Martin is the youngest ballerina in the Atlanta Ballet Conservatory. She never really had a choice of whether she learned to dance or not. Her mother, the conservatory’s artistic director, has made all the decisions in Cason’s life. But that’s about to change. Cason has been hiding an injury, and it’s much worse than anyone imagines.

Davis Channing understands all too well what it’s like to give up control of your life. He’s survived cancer, but his drug addiction nearly killed him. Now he’s been sober for seven months and enjoying his community service at the hospital. But just when he thinks he’s got it together, Davis’s ex-girlfriend, who is still battling her addiction, barrels back into his life.

Cason and Davis are not friends. But, as their worlds collide, they will start to depend on one another. Can they both be brave enough to beat the odds?”

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Favorite Quote

“That he had been chosen for this honor despite being an addict helped him realize that his addiction didn’t define him. It was just one of his layers.”

Thoughts

Wow. Can we talk about this cover? Absolutely gorgeous. It was one of the reasons I decided to request this book. Well, that and the synopsis sounded pretty good! I love the white color and the water colors! It’s gorgeous.

I was a little bit shocked when I found out what the story was really about it. The book involves two different heavy topics. Although I appreciated reading about Cason and Davis’s stories, I found it hard to deal with two different heavy topics in one book. For me personally, it was a little hard to read about Cason’s life then switch over to Davis and his addiction and overcoming it. However, I did like how Kati intertwined their stories and showed the readers that the characters each come from very different backgrounds but yet the same. (I’d explain that better but I don’t want to spoil the book because it’s not mentioned in the synopsis).

The beginning of that book had me hooked. I wasn’t a fan of the immediate flirting between Cason and Davis. It felt a little instalovey for me. I wanted to learn about their own story and their own background. I found it hard to connect with the characters because the chapters were pretty short. I wanted the relationship between Cason and Davis to develop a little bit better because the book mentioned that the characters didn’t talk to each other prior to meeting.

I found myself rooting for the characters. I wanted to see them succeed. I wanted them to be happy, be brave, be a survivor of their own demons. Cason’s mom mad me extremely angry in the beginning of the book but as the story went on, I found myself having a soft spot for her.

I thought the writing was simple and easy to read. The pacing was really well. Personally, I didn’t find myself getting bored at all while reading. I think my only critic was that Davis said how much he wanted to use a lot. It almost felt like the word because really repetitive.

Overall, I thought this was a really great read. The theme I took from the book was that even if something unexpected happens in life or we’re dealt the wrong cards, we still have the ability to overcome it. We just have to set our minds to it. It was pretty empowering to read. I really recommend this book! Not just for the cover, but for the themes in the story as well!

Book Review: Made You Up


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Published by: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Mental Illness, Young Adult
Pages: 428
Source: Gift, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬

 Synopsis: 

Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be‚ÄĒsometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson,¬†Silver Linings Playbook¬†and¬†Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She‚Äôs pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She‚Äôs not prepared for normal.

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.

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Favorite Quote

“The rest of the year, I wondered if the point of Christmas was just spending money and getting fat and opening gifts. Indulging.
But when Christmas finally comes, and that warm, tingly, mints-and-sweaters-and-fireplace-fires feeling gathers in the bottom of your stomach, and you’re lying on the floor with all the lights off but the ones on the Christmas tree, and listening to the silence of the snow falling outside, you see the point. For that one instance in time, everything is good in the world. It doesn’t matter if everything isn’t actually good. It’s the one time of the year when pretending is enough.‚Ä̬†

Thoughts

One thing I’m struggling about this book is it really a good representation of Schizophrenia? I have no idea because I’ve never dealt with it nor know anyone that is. However, I will say that I think it’s awesome that the author wrote a book about it. The world is filled with all kinds of different people. We all have our struggles. We all have a history. We all have stories that deserve to be told.

I struggled a little bit on what to rate this book. There was some mystery to it that I enjoyed. I liked the characters, but I also didn’t see myself connecting with any of them. I enjoyed the writing, but I didn’t think anything really fun and interested happened in the story.

At first I was a little put off by our main character, Alex. I thought she was kind of mean. She had a problem with name calling people and that bothered me. Eventually she started to grow on me. I also really enjoyed Miles. Miles is such a complex character and he made my heart smile. There were also fun side characters that I wish we could have gotten to know more of.

Over, I thought it was a neat story. It kept me engaged. It was also hard to put the book down. I think the things that bugged me most about this book were some of the events that took place and the ending. I thought the ending was perfect but then it kept going. I didn’t like that.

 

Book Review: Tess of the Road (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
tessSeries: Standalone
Published by: Random House
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: February 27th, 2018
Rating: DNFed @ 44%
Synopsis:

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.

Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.

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Thoughts

I feel bad that I had to DNF (did not finish) this book. Especially because Random House was kind enough to let me review it! For some reason I just couldn’t get into the story. There were too many words in the story that I didn’t know so I had no idea what was going on. After reading the book about 44% of the way through, the only thing I understood was that Tess was just walking. That’s about it. There didn’t seem to be much of a destination in mind and therefore, I felt like there wasn’t much of a plot.

I did really enjoy Tess’s character. I thought she was fun and sassy. Her mother, on the other hand, was a piece of work. I get she only wanted the best for Tess but she didn’t execute it well. I also found Tess’s friend, Pathka, to be super interesting but I didn’t know what they were exactly. I pictured them as a dragon shaped dog for some reason??

The cover is absolutely gorgeous. I’m very sad I couldn’t get into the story. However, I think other people would like it! Especially if they enjoyed Seraphina ūüôā

Book Review: 180 Seconds (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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Series: Standalone
Published by: Skyscape
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
Pages: 300
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: April 25th, 2017 (TODAY!)
Rating: ✬✬✬✬
 Synopsis: 

Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing‚ÄĒand if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

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Favorite Quote

“I wanted to do that social experiment because I thought it would be a great way to see how two strangers can communicate¬†and feel and maybe even find common ground, all without talking. How prejudgements about others sort of get washed away in the process, how a relationship of sorts happen in that short time.”

Thoughts

I’ll start off by saying that I was at first considering giving this book a 3/5 stars because I found the main character to be kind of bland and boring. However, as the story went on, Allison, our main character, started to develop a personality. I ended up loving her.

180 Seconds¬†took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting this book to move me in the ways that it did. It was super heart warming. All we ever hear on the news anymore is about the bad stuff and bad people. There is hardly any good. This book really showcased that there still are good people in this world. We might not always see them, but they’re always there and I really appreciated it. It made me tear up and cry more than I’d like to admit.

I can really relate to Allison on a multitude of levels. She goes to college wanting a one room apartment because she doesn’t like people. This was literally me when I lived at a dorm. I was too scared to do anything by myself so I ate in my dorm room all the time. To be honest, I was a loser. I think the reason I disliked Allison at the beginning was because she reminded me of who I use to be. A part of me that I use to despise. Allison can get bad anxiety when it comes to people. She’s scared they’ll leave so she doesn’t want to get close to anyone. This is literally me. However, I loved watching Allison grow as a character. It made my heart super happy.

Allison has a best friend named Steffi that I came to adore. I loved their relationship and how close they were. I feel like so many books have a boy/girl friendship that turns into a lame love story. I love that this book shows a close friendship between two girls and how much they’ve over come.

Esben was also truly fantastic. He reminded me a lot of my boyfriend. He’s so patient with Allison’s anxiety and so kind. He’s always looking for the good in people. He was definitely a heartthrob. ¬†As well as Simon, Allison’s adoptive father. He was one of a kind.

I highly recommend this book. It blew me away. I was expecting a cute love story but this book was way more than that. Sure there is love, but it also highlights friendship and family and want it means to let people in.

Book Review: On the Spectrum (ARC)

Disclaimer** I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
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Series: Standalone
Published by: Second Story Press
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: ARC via Netgalley
Release Date: September 12th, 2017
Rating: ✬✬✬✬
 Synopsis: 

“Growing up in the shadow of a famous mother, Clara has never felt good about her body. Now, at sixteen, she has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. After a social media disaster, she decides to escape for the summer to Paris to stay with her estranged dad and her six-year-old brother, Alastair, who is on the autism spectrum. Charged with his care, Clara and Alastair set out to explore the city. Paris teaches Clara about first love and gives her a new love of food. And Alastair teaches Clara about patience, trust and the beauty of loving without judgment.

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Favorite Quote

“There’s only so much you can do to help someone. After that they need to help themselves”

Thoughts

Oh my goodness… This book was utterly fantastic. I’m very thankful that I was approved this book on Netgalley. At first I was a little skeptical to read this because I’ve never been good with ARC’s but this book blew me away. In the beginning of the story, the reader gets to know both Clara and her mother. Through this, the reader can really begin to understand where Clara’s eating disorder comes from. She doesn’t have the typical anorexia or bulimia. She has orthorexia, a term used to describe someone that has an obsession with healthy eating as well as exercise. Obsession with healthy eating meaning Clara know’s what ingredients comes in what foods, and what that ingredient does to the body, etc.

I loved this book right from the beginning. I thought the writing was very captivating. I also think Jennifer did a good job with all of the characters. Everyone in the story was so realistic and seemed “real”. I don’t know how to explain it. I hate when characters don’t seem to have a personality in a story, they’re just dull and boring. But my gosh, did I love these characters. I could really relate to Clara on some level. I still eat loads and loads of unhealthy food but there are times when I’d think like Clara when it came to eating something unhealthy. For example, sometime’s it makes me nauseous thinking about eating Chinese food because it’s so unhealthy… I’d get nauseous thinking about what it does to the body.

Alastair was also a fantastic character. I love how Jennifer explained his Autism.  Autism is different for everything. I think when some people think of Autism, they imagine someone that needs a lot of extra help. However, Alastair is described as being a little autistic where he likes certain topics, is super smart, but can have some trouble talking to people and connecting with them. I loved his relationship with Clara and how they both help each other.

One thing I disliked about the story was that I felt like it needed page breaks. I don’t know if it’s because it’s an ARC or if it’s how the book will be published but some spots got confusing. For example, in one paragraph Clara was talking about eating yogurt with her friend Bree then the next paragraph she was talking about packing with her mother. I don’t like that one paragraph was a topic then it switched to a different topic in the very next paragraph.

I also wish Bree was in the story a little more (Clara’s best friend). I felt like as soon as Clara left, her and Bree stopped talking to each other all together which made me sad. I love Bree. Lastly, I wasn’t too fond of the relationship in this book. I felt like it escalated too quickly for my liking. I love a slow-burning romance and this one felt rushed.

Overall, I did really enjoy the story. Plus this cover? GORGEOUS. I’d love to buy a copy for my shelves. I highly recommend this story. It gave me hope. I learned a few new things which I always appreciate. If you want to read a book that has a strong brother-sister relationship, this is your story!