Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between Review

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Title: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Author: Jennifer E. Smith

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Charming, bittersweet, and full of wisdom and heart, this irresistible novel from Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, explores the difficult choices that arise when life and love lead in different directions.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging

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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between was such an adorable story, which I was totally expecting after reading a couple of other very cute stories by Jennifer E. Smith. I can honestly tell you that I was drowned in feels and that I was super entertained by both its inner and outer beauty!

For a brief summary, this book revolves around a teenage couple, Clare and Aidan. They are just about to set off to college and are faced with the very hard decision of splitting up for good or staying together even as they go their separate ways. In the next twelve hours they still have, they revisit all the places they went together as a couple, and those landmarks help them decide: stay together? Or become single again?

Smith really has a knack for crafting 3D characters, which definitely showed in this instalment of hers. Aidan was very easy-going and soooo sweet to Clare, and even though I was admittedly not Clare’s biggest fan at first- she was quite whiny- I feel like I was able to warm up to her by the end of the story.

Jennifer E. Smith is also the absolute queen of creative plots. In every book of hers that I delve into, a new concept that I haven’t thought too much of before pops up, not to mention the addition of travel which I absolutely adore. Many contemporary romances I read have quite similar plots, but I love how Smith writes about common teenage topics in such interesting, never-thought-of-before ways.

I also loved the morals in this story, which include being able to do anything you set your mind to, especially keeping in touch with someone if you’re going to be apart. In a time full of social networking and connecting, it is now easier than ever to talk with someone halfway across the world in an instant, and for this reason, I liked how realistic this story was to current times. 

Overall, I really enjoyed my time reading this book, and I’m surprised it’s not talked about more often in the YA blogosphere! It had good characters, a unique premise, as well as valuable morals. Readers interested in fluffy romances with a hanging question to be answered by the end will definitely fall in love with Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between!

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ARC Review & Author Interview: The Kingdom of Oceana

Hi everyone!☺️

I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to read and review The Kingdom of Oceana as well as interview the author, Mitchell Charles. Thank you so much to the author and publicist Kelsey Butts!

Anyway, I hope you enjoy!💜


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Title: The Kingdom of Oceana

Author: Mitchell Charles

Genre & Age Group: Fantasy, mythology, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

SURFER SHARK TAMER FIRE WALKER EXPLORER TEENAGER HERO Five Centuries Ago, On the Island Now Called Hawaii, There was a Kingdom Filled with Adventure, Beauty, and Magic. When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise. As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt-just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano. With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell. Can peace be restored to the kingdom? Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana? ONLY ONE CAN RULE.

Source: Thanks so much to publicist Kelsey Butts and Mitchell Charles for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review!

How I Found Out About It: Email request

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I am not the biggest fantasy and mythology fan, but I just couldn’t resist taking a chance at this book when I received the publicist’s request- seriously, it takes place in Hawaii, someplace I’ve always wanted to go!

I did enjoy this book, and I was especially pleased to after reading so many other mediocre fantasies. Enjoying The Kingdom of Oceana has probably opened up a whole new door to other books of this type, and for that I am so happy!

For a brief synopsis, this story revolves around a prince named Ailani. On his Hawaiian island, he and his brother find a mysterious ancient tiki mask as well as a wicked curse that could cause a threat to their land. So, he decides that it’s time to take action. Thus, Prince Ailani gathers together many sidekicks, friends, and a potential love interest in order to overcome the curse and hopefully reign himself as the next king.

I liked Prince Ailani’s character a lot, as he was strong, brave, and never afraid to take risks. I also love the fact that he formed an alliance of so many diverse creatures to fight the curse, as well as how everyone came together and bonded. Even though he went through some sibling rivalry with his brother, he still seemed to me like he was a great one, as he was always, always there for him.

Like most fantasies I read, the plot took some time to speed up, but once it did, I was mesmerized. There was a lot of action in this book, definitely more than what I’m used to and enjoy, but it went quite well with the beautiful setting, and I definitely warmed up to it!

Lastly, I adored the descriptive writing style- it hooked me from the start and never let go. I was able to visualize the gorgeous state of Hawaii so well, and the writing made me all the more eager to take a nice, relaxing vacation there!

All in all, I wasn’t disappointed by The Kingdom of Oceana, and I think this book has made me much more confident and eager to try some more mythologic fantasies. I’d recommend this story to those interested in reading something full of fantasy and magic with a strong protagonist in lovely Hawaii, because I believe that many more people should be reading this one.

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About the Author:

Mitchell Charles

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Here is some background information about him, which was directly taken from his page on Goodreads:

Mitchell Charles’ love of the ocean and its miraculous creatures began at the age of 12 when his father taught him to SCUBA dive. From his first adventure 50 feet (15 meters) beneath the Caribbean Sea he was hooked. He has been involved in the Oceanic Society, America’s first non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation, established in 1969.

Mitchell’s inspiration for The Kingdom of Oceana was born of exploring the spectacular coastline, lush valleys, and vibrant coral reefs of the Hawaiian Islands. On these excursions, he imagined what Hawaii was like hundreds of years ago. Before Captain Cook arrived from England. Before the golf courses and hotels. Before the ukulele and the Mai Tai became icons of Hawaiian culture. He dreamed of a time when the islands were an undiscovered magical paradise.

These days, Mitchell divides his time between Southern California and Hawaii. He has two teenage children and a dog named Magic.

Mitchell is currently working on the second book in the Kingdom of Oceana series, The Legend of the Nine Sacred Pearls. For more information, visit http://kingdomofoceana.com/

The Interview:

KK: How many times have you travelled to Hawaii, and what areas or attractions would you recommend for those wishing to go?

MC: I’ve probably made about 50 trips to Hawaii. On the Big Island, Kilauea National Park is a must-see because it’s an active volcano. For SCUBA divers, I recommend night diving off the Kona coast where you can swim with giant manta rays. On Maui, Hana is very beautiful and lush. It’s reminiscent of old Hawaii. I also recommend a trip to the top of Haleakala Crater. Everywhere on Kauai is so beautiful!

KK: Which character in The Kingdom of Oceana do you think is the most like you?

MC: I get asked this question a lot. I’d say as I teenager I was most like Prince Ailani. As an adult, I think I’m more like King Haga.

KK: What other authors and books have inspired you in your writing of The Kingdom of Oceana?

MC: The Alchemist was very inspirational for writing Prince Ailani’s personal journey.

KK: Were there any struggles you faced while writing your novel?

MC: I was fortunate not to experience writer’s block, but I did struggle early in the process making Ailani heroic. His character was rather whiny in the first draft. 

KK: If you had to recommend one young adult book for teenagers to read, which would it be and why? 

MC: That’s a really tough question. I think everyone needs to find that one book that resonates with them personally.

KK: What is your biggest piece of advice for those wishing to become writers in the future?

MC: Write every day. Pick a specific time and make yourself sit down and write. There’s no shortcut. I write early in the morning, often starting before sunrise.

KK: I hear you’ve been writing a sequel! What should readers expect?

MC: The sequel picks up the story about 25 years later when Ailani is king with three children of his own. Nahoa comes back and seeks his revenge.

Thanks so much, Mitchell, for answering my questions! I had a lot of fun reading and reviewing The Kingdom of Oceana! As well, here’s another thank you to Kelsey Butts for making this possible!😄


So tell me, have you read this book, or are you planning to now that you know a bit more about it as well as the author? Do you agree with anything Mitchell said? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

*I received a digital ARC of this book from publicist Kelsey Butts and author Mitchell Charles in exchange for an honest review.*

Mystery Blogger Award 5.0/6.0

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Hi everyone!☺️

Today I am back with 2 more Mystery Blogger Award nominations, this time from three amazing bloggers: Debby @ Always Booking as well as Meg & Leah @ Twin Reads. Thanks so much, guys!❤️ For those of you reading who haven’t yet checked out their blogs, you should definitely do so now!

Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
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The Rules:

1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.

2. List the rules.

3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog!

4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link to their blog as well.

5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.

6. You have to nominate 10-20 3 people.

7. Notify each of your nominees by commenting on their blog.

8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).

9. Share your link to your best post(s) I’ve already done this, oops!

My Facts:

  1. I have an over 700 day streak on Duolingo! It is so fun to play and I love strengthening my French skills on the app.
  2. I have been trying to get into reading more sci-fi and fantasy books lately, but they have all been mediocre (I’m talking 3 star ratings, possibly even 4 if I’m lucky). I need recommendations, guys! Please tell me some good sci-fi or fantasy reads for contemporary romance lovers like me!💗
  3. I have probably already answered at least 75% of these questions below somewhere on my blog, but I’ll answer them again out of respect, haha!

Debby’s Questions:

Who are some of your auto-buy authors?

I don’t buy too many books, so I will be changing this to auto-read authors. Morgan Matson, R.J. Palacio, Lucy Keating, Kiera Cass, Zoe Sugg, and of course my amazing Aunty Robyn Levy are some of the authors whose books I can always count on for a good time!💜

If you could live in one book/series, which would it be and why?

I would love to live in the world of Harry Potter and experience Hogwarts for myself!

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What book have you bought strictly because the cover was amazing and the book turned out to be equally amazing??

I always, always, ALWAYS read summaries before picking up a book, no matter how beautiful its cover is. But two amazing books that I could not resist adding to my shelves are:

Shout out your favourite best buddy blogger😄(Not really a question but… eh)

I have so many, including Maddie, Lola, Stephanie, Diana, and Kelly, and I know I’m forgetting a multitude of people, but honestly, you guys are all my blogging besties.💗

Silly question:  Could you please share you favorite funny meme or GIF ??  Thanks!!

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I cannot look at this meme without hearing the song blast inside my head!😂

Meg & Leah’s Questions:

What is your favourite way to spend your free time?

Reading and blogging of course, DUH!😉

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What is your favourite subject in school?

Since I love to read and write and all, you’d probably presume that my favourite subject is English, but NOPE! I absolutely love French. The language, the culture, everything.🇫🇷

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What is your favorite book or TV show?

For books, it is SO HARD to choose between all my favourite babies. But if I had to choose just one, I… ugh. I can’t, sorry. But some of my absolute favourites include Looking for Alaska, Since You’ve Been Gone, Second Chance Summer, Wonder, The Selection, A List of Cages, Everything Everything, Dreamology, and this list could go on for miles, I tell you!

As for TV shows, I don’t currently watch any, so😛.

If you could be anyone else for a day, who would it be and what would you do? (this is the weird one)

Honestly, I know this probably isn’t what is being looked for, but I wouldn’t want to be anyone but myself. I can’t think of a person whose body I’d rather be in, as I could mess things up badly for them, and I am fine with being and staying myself.☺️

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If you could describe yourself as a character from a book, which character would it be?

Penny from Girl Online!

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My questions:

  1. Where was the last place you travelled, and when was it?
  2. Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!
  3. What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)
  4. Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?
  5. Silly: Share your favourite meme or GIF!

I nominate…

  1. Emma @ The YA Hunt
  2. Shouni @ Through the Book Portal
  3. Sarah @ Reviews & Read-a-Thons

No worries, you guys have no obligations to participate, but I’d still love to see your answers!☺️

So tell me, have you read any of the books mentioned? Opinions? Would you (dis)agree with any of my answers? How would you answer my questions or the ones given to me? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Top Ten Thursday #44

Hi everyone!☺️

For this week’s Top Ten Thursday, I wanted to list some books that have strong family aspects.

In many of the YA (and middle grade) books I read, the protagonist experiences some family issues- whether it be with missing, deceased, or divorced parents, absent family members, and more, so in this post, I will be recommending some books with just sweet family fluff.💜

So let’s get on with it, shall we?

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It’s a summer for first love, last wishes, and letting go.

Maddie has big plans to spend the last months before college tying up high school “loose ends” alongside her best friends. Then her beloved grandmother drops two bombshells: (1) Gram is dying. (2) She’s taking her entire family on a round-the-world cruise of dreams come true—but at the end, Gram won’t be returning home.

With a promise to live in the now without regrets, Maddie boards the Wishwell determined to make every moment count. She finds new friends in her fellow Wishwellians, takes advantage of the trip’s many luxuries, gets even closer to her quirky family, and falls for painfully gorgeous Enzo. But despite the copious laughter, headiness of first love, and wonder of the glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram, and she struggles to find the strength to let go in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, grief, and laughter.

THIS BOOK WAS SOOO SWEET ASDFGHJKL!!💜

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

This fluffy book about sisterly relationships will for sure leave you wanting more!👭

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Teva goes to school, studies for her exams, and spends time with her friends. To the rest of the world, she’s a normal teenager. But when she goes home, she’s anything but normal. Due to a genetic abnormality, Teva unwillingly clones herself every year. And lately, home has become a battleground. When boys are at stake, friends are lost, and lives are snatched away, Teva has a fight on her hands—a fight with herself. As her birthday rolls around, Teva is all too aware that time is running out. She knows that the next clone will soon seize everything she holds dear. Desperate to hang on to her life, Teva decides to find out more about her past . . . and uncovers lies that could either destroy her or set her free.

The main character, Teva, has many clones in this book who are basically like sisters to her. This was a pretty cool read which I’d totally recommend!👍

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Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

Belly has close relationships with both family members and friends in this book- it’s a real gem.💙

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From the Flying Start author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, a powerful novel about hope in the face of heartbreak.

Taylor Edwards’ family might not be the closest-knit—everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled—but for the most part, they get along just fine. Then Taylor’s dad gets devastating news, and her parents decide that the family will spend one last summer all together at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former best friend is still around, as is her first boyfriend…and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses and the Edwards become more of a family, they’re more aware than ever that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance—with family, with friends, and with love.

Second Chance Summer had me laughing, smiling, as well as COMPLETELY BAWLING by the end- if you pick this one up, please be warned to feel the most feels you have ever felt from a book!

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The first day of senior year:

Everything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American family. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts him, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief.

Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is—but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

Just READ this beautiful book, OKAY?! Enough said! *throws you the book*

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A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

This radiant novel from the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.

I didn’t give this book the highest of high ratings, but the family ties were still absolutely stunning to see.💞

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Eleanor & Park.

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

“Touching and utterly real.” —  Publisher’s Weekly

Fangirl was about a whole bunch of different things, once of which was the sisterly bond between Cath and Wren. It wasn’t the greatest at first, but it definitely shaped up by the end of the story.💘

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Boys don’t keep diaries—or do they?

The launch of an exciting and innovatively illustrated new series narrated by an unforgettable kid every family can relate to

It’s a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. The hazards of growing up before you’re ready are uniquely revealed through words and drawings as Greg records them in his diary.

In book one of this debut series, Greg is happy to have Rowley, his sidekick, along for the ride. But when Rowley’s star starts to rise, Greg tries to use his best friend’s newfound popularity to his own advantage, kicking off a chain of events that will test their friendship in hilarious fashion.

Author/illustrator Jeff Kinney recalls the growing pains of school life and introduces a new kind of hero who epitomizes the challenges of being a kid. As Greg says in his diary, “Just don’t expect me to be all ‘Dear Diary’ this and ‘Dear Diary’ that.” Luckily for us, what Greg Heffley says he won’t do and what he actually does are two very different things.

Since its launch in May 2004 on Funbrain.com, the Web version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid has been viewed by 20 million unique online readers. This year, it is averaging 70,000 readers a day.

F&P level: T

Diary of a Wimpy Kid protagonist Greg, I have to say, doesn’t appreciate his family nearly as much as he should, but the ways his family bonds and spends time together is still great!👌

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Wild meets The Breakfast Club in this story of a girl who must survive an extreme wilderness experience to prove to her mother that she has the strength to pursue her dreams.

Then
Ingrid traveled all over Europe with her opera star mother, Margot-Sophia. Life was beautiful and bright, and every day soared with music.

Now
Ingrid is on a summertime wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens: addicts, runaways, and her. She’s fighting to survive crushing humiliations, physical challenges that push her to her limits, and mind games that threaten to break her.

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When the curtain fell on Margot-Sophia’s singing career, they buried the past and settled into a small, painfully normal life. But Ingrid longed to let the music soar again. She wanted it so much that, for a while, nothing else mattered.

Now
Ingrid is never going to make it through this summer if she can’t figure out why she’s here . . . and why the music really stopped.

Despite the fact that Ingrid’s mom is gone, she still looks up to her as a role model and knows to still try to impress her in her actions.

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What are some of your favourite reads centring around family ties? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

ARC Review: The Last Thing You Said

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Title: The Last Thing You Said

Author: Sara Biren

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

Source: Thanks so much to ABRAMS Kids/Amulet Books for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

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Coming across The Last Thing You Said on Netgalley, I was immediately attracted to that wondrous cover. Just LOOK at it! Yum!😍 When I pressed on the book and read the synopsis, I knew I had to read itI really enjoy coming-of-age romances, so it was no surprise to me that I really enjoyed this story.

This book follows the dual perspectives of teens Lucy and Ben. The summer before, as the two were on a raft about to ask each other out, Ben’s sister and Lucy’s best friend Trixie’s heart stopped and killed her while swimming, which scarred them. This grief of someone so dear to them made them both drift away from each other, as well as wallow around in pity. But then the year anniversary of Trixie’s death rolls around, and the two realize that their grief can bring them back together again.

Books with dual POVs tend to be hit or miss for me, but for this one, I think I can safely say that the two characters had unique voices which set them apart, and I was easily able to tell who was speaking by flipping to any random page. If I don’t like a multiple POV book, it is because all the perspectives confuse me, and I can honestly say that I wasn’t confused at all while flipping between the two.

I found that both Lucy and Ben were able to develop immensely throughout the story. At first, they were wretchedly grieving over Trixie and blaming themselves for unexplainable reasons, but once they bonded again, it was quite easy to tell that they were slowly- but surely- reaching the upward turn of their sorrow. Also, this relates to Lucy especially, but they were both very strong and resilient characters, able to bounce back rather quickly after having trouble. Also, can I just mention how adorable little Emily was? Like AWWW!💞

I really liked the morals that this book entailed, which showed that life is what you make it, so you must make the best of what you have and the people you love. Nobody was expecting Trixie’s heart to fail while she was swimming- she was a trained, experienced swimmer with nothing to lose- but she ended up losing it all that one day. This just goes to show that you shouldn’t take anything for granted- every so often you should stop and think about what makes you thankful, because like Trixie, you could find it all taken away from you in the blink of an eye.

All in all, The Last Thing You Said was a great story. I have to admit that it does blend into the crowd with a lot of other YA books, but I know I will still remember it for its great characters and lessons. Anyway, this book is a great pick for those who are into coming-of-age romance stories which pull two lovers together because of grief, because the last thing I’m going to say is when April 4th comes, READ IT! *throws you the book*

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*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

ARC Review: Zenn Diagram

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Title: Zenn Diagram

Author: Wendy Brant

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them — from clothes to textbooks to cell phones — she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she’s a clean freak — with the emphasis on freak — but it’s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues.

Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart.

Zenn Diagram, Wendy Brant’s sparkling debut novel, offers an irresistible combination of math and romance, with just a hint of the paranormal. Readers will swoon over Zenn and connect instantly with Eva, the most fully drawn prodigy in teen fiction today.

Source: Thanks so much to Kids Can Press for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

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Ohhhhh my goodness. This book rocked. It was fluffy, unique, swoon-worthy, adorable, plot-twisty… and it was basically everything I could ever want out of a romance book! If I had the choice, I’d probably read it over and over and over again.

The deciding factor that made me read this book had to have been that cover- can’t go wrong with math equations!- and the super intriguing synopsis. I basically knew right away that I would devour this book, and I think I could go even farther to say that I fell in love❤️.

For a brief synopsis, Zenn Diagram centres around 17-year old Eva, who is what one would call a typical ‘math geek.’ She gets straight As, she’s near the top of the class, but she isn’t really popular, and whenever she touches someone else or their belongings, she sees their emotions and thoughts, and it keeps her from gaining close relationships with anyone. That is, until she meets Zenn, from when she tutors him for math. By touching his jacket, Eva knows that his home life is down in the dumps, yet she’s falling for him, and hard. But this is where Eva’s inability to touch comes in- will it keep her from getting the guy she wants?

I have to admit, this was like a contemporary version of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. This is by no means a bad thing (at all!), but I just wanted to point that out, as Eva and Juliette are both unable to touch others and both have special talents to use to their advantages.

Anyway, I really loved and was able to relate to the characters in this story, notably Eva. I was easily able to find a kindred spirit in her as we both adore math, and as well are quite shy and introverted. She wasn’t afraid of being true to herself, and she almost never whined, which is unlike most teenage protagonists I read about😊. Eva also had a great sense of humour; I smiled so much because of things she said and did! If I were to make another list of characters I was able to relate to the most, she’d be going right on, without a single doubt!

I’d have to say that Zenn has just become yet another gorgeous new book crush of mine. He was adorable, and I absolutely loved his passion for art; we don’t see that very often in YA fiction! I also thought that he and Eva were very cute together, and I 100000% ship them. I’d love to read more about their story!❤️

The plot twist that occurred at about 2/3 of the book was totally unpredictable. Like, I didn’t see that coming at all, and my mouth hung open. After it was revealed, I basically sat on the edge of my seat for the rest of the book; I just couldn’t put it down!

All in all, this book was mesmerizing and addicting, and I adored it with all my might. I do think that the author could have weaved the not being able to touch part a bit more into the plot, because I didn’t really get why it was necessary. That absolutely didn’t ruin the book for me, though, it’s just that if it was explored a tiny bit more, this book would’ve received .5 more stars from me😉.

I’d recommend this awesome book to any teen looking for a relatable protagonist, great writing, and a swoon-worthy romance, because you will not want to miss Zenn Diagram! Mark your calendars for April 4th, then go and rush to your local bookstore or library to pick this up!😊

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*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours Tag

Hi everyone!☺️

I am back with another tag today, specifically the This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours tag that the awesome Raven @ Dreamy Addictions has tagged me in. Thank you so much for thinking of me, Raven! If you haven’t done so yet, please go check out her fabulous, fun blog!💘

The Rules:

  • Credit  Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to my blog.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Tag as many people as you want.

Les Questions:

What is your favourite genre?

If you have been reading my blog for all of maybe 2 seconds, you probably already know what it is- young adult contemporary!

Who is your favourite author from that genre?

Oh, I have way too many to count, but the one that sticks out the most is the amazing Morgan Matson! She is best known for her books Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Second Chance Summer, Since You’ve Been Gone, and The Unexpected Everything, ALL ultimate favourites of mine.💜

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What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

Lots of things, including:

  • The relatableness (not that that’s a word…🙊): I just LOVE being able to relate to a character or a situation in a book!
  • Learning about the world: in fantasy books, you can’t necessarily learn about life and the problems that are faced by society today, which is why I turn to contemporaries to learn more about general current events.
  • The fluffiness: For me, books are an escapism and I like them to make me feel good. Dark fantasies bore me, honestly, and they usually take much longer to read which I don’t like, and since contemporaries are generally happier and shorter, I feel much better after finishing one, and they are short enough for me to read entirely in a day.
  • Their covers: Okay, this may be kind of a bad reason and some people may have different opinions, but covers of contemporary books are just much prettier to my eyes than those of fantasies or dystopians are.

What is the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

I’ve sort of always gravitated to contemporary or realistic fiction books. Something about other genres just never appealed to me when I was younger, so I whipped up realistic fiction book after realistic fiction book. So, I don’t currently have a ‘first ever’ contemporary book in mind, but the first contemporary YA book I read was:

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This book that is full of adorableness, Geek Girl by Holly Smale!

If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start that genre, what book would you choose and why?

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Looking for Alaska is not the lightest of reads, but I loved it with all my heart and I just know that others will, too.💘

Why do you read?

Why do I read? What a question! It’s like asking me why I breathe!😂

Anyway, I read because it’s fun and I like to escape from the stresses of my daily life such as schoolwork, social media, and other such things. I like to analyze characters and stories (hence this blog) and find situations and characters in books that relate to me and my life, and see what they did in their places and see how I can apply that into my own life.

I tag…

  1. Rae @ Bookmark Chronicles
  2. Lacey & Shirley @ Booklovers For Life
  3. Lucy @ Lucy’s Literature

If you guys don’t participate in tags, have already done this, or just aren’t up to it, feel free to ignore me, haha! You have no obligations to do this, but I’d still love to see your answers!😊

So tell me, what is your favourite genre and why? Do you agree with any of the things I said? How would you answer some of these questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

 

Run Review

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Title: Run

Author: Kody Keplinger

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Bo Dickinson is a girl with a wild reputation, a deadbeat dad, and a mama who’s not exactly sober most of the time. Everyone in town knows the Dickinsons are a bad lot, but Bo doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

Agnes Atwood has never gone on a date, never even stayed out past ten, and never broken any of her parents’ overbearing rules. Rules that are meant to protect their legally blind daughter—protect her from what, Agnes isn’t quite sure.

Despite everything, Bo and Agnes become best friends. And it’s the sort of friendship that runs truer and deeper than anything else.

So when Bo shows up in the middle of the night, with police sirens wailing in the distance, desperate to get out of town, Agnes doesn’t hesitate to take off with her. But running away and not getting caught will require stealing a car, tracking down Bo’s dad, staying ahead of the authorities, and—worst of all—confronting some ugly secrets.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Blogging

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Kody Keplinger is quite a well-known author in the YA genre… whose work I have only picked up for the first time now. Wow, I can’t believe I waited for this long! I have to say that Run definitely did not disappoint!

For a quick synopsis, this book follows the dual POVs of two teenage girls named Bo and Agnes, who are polar opposites- Bo is the wild, rowdy one, and Agnes is the innocent, quiet one. In spite of their differences, the two bond right away and hold each other tight, and this is basically the story of how their friendship grows and blossoms even during the hardest of times.

The characters in Run were more three-dimensional and memorable than most characters I read about, which amazes me, especially as this book has two POVs! This just goes to show that Kody Keplinger put lots of effort into making their perspectives sound completely different from each other, just like the characters are themselves.

Bo went through many family and internal troubles over the span of the read, but I loved how she was still be able to be the boisterous, unique person she was meant to be.  I could relate to Agnes much more, though, with her warm, loving heart and desire to always do the right thing. Like Bo, Agnes also went through a lot in the novel, and my heart honestly broke for both of them!😞

When I first started this book, it was so slow and I thought that it would end up with a 3-star rating, tops. I’m very glad I read on, though, since as the story completely unfolded, I found myself hooked.❤️

There are definitely controversial opinions on this book’s ending, but even though it was quite open-ended, I still believe that it worked well with its context, wrapping up the story nicely. I liked seeing that things could go in different directions after the book was closed, and it was definitely fun to imagine where the characters would find themselves in 10-20 years!

Overall, Run was a raw, touching, unforgettable story that I know I’ll remember for a long time. I really enjoyed there being more of a focus on friendship and family ties rather than romance, and I definitely think that Bo and Agnes would be great role models of what a true friendship should look like. For those wanting a refreshing story about true friendship, you must run to your bookstore right this instant and snatch this book off the shelves!💗

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On the Road to Find Out Review

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Title: On the Road to Find Out

Author: Rachel Toor

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

On New Year’s Day, Alice Davis goes for a run. Her first ever. It’s painful and embarrassing, but so was getting denied by the only college she cares about. Alice knows she has to stop sitting around and complaining to her best friend, Jenni, and her pet rat, Walter, about what a loser she is. But what she doesn’t know is that by taking those first steps out the door, she is setting off down a road filled with new challenges—including vicious side stitches, chafing in unmentionable places, and race-paced first love—and strengthening herself to endure when the going suddenly gets tougher than she ever imagined, in On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: By browsing through books at the library

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Like many contemporaries, what ultimately drew me to this book was its cover. I just love the colours and how fluffy it looked, so after reading its synopsis and deciding that it would be a good fit, I borrowed it from my library.

On the Road to Find Out definitely met my expectations for a light, happy read. I enjoyed it quite a lot, but to be fair, it did have its tiny flaws to be fixed in order for it to deserve a full star rating.

This book is basically about a high schooler named Alice, who was turned down by her dream college. To feel better, she starts going on runs around her neighbourhood. The runs turn out to not only boost her up, but to also leave her with many new experiences and skills, such as running marathons, improving her endurance, and maybe even a new love.

Alice, I have to say, wasn’t particularly the most likeable character. I found her to be very close-minded and fixated on getting into that one college that declined her, not opening her eyes to other schools that could be better for her. She also complained a ton and was quite self-absorbed, which I also disliked. I do think that these traits improved by the end of the book once she realizes that it wasn’t worth it for her to fret over her issues- albeit only a tiny bit.

Aside from the bothersome character that Alice was, I really appreciated the morals that this book held. I think I can absolutely say that this story is full of them, from being able to take chances, being able to accept failure and move on, trying new things and seeing what’s out there, and even more!

This story was plotted nicely and smoothly and I was able to follow it with ease. I liked the ending as well, and even though it could be considered as being open-ended, in this case, it worked very well!

All in all, On the Road to Find Out was a great story which I believe deserves much more love- it’s both under-read and under-hyped. Sure, the topic isn’t one we haven’t seen before, but the way it is delivered in this book is amazing! So, anyone wanting a light, fast read with cute romance and coming-of-age morals should definitely get on the road now and drive right to their local bookstore or library, pick this one up, and devour it!

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Horror Movie Book Tag

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Hi everyone!😄

Laura @ thebookcorps has tagged me to participate in the Horror Movie Book Tag. Thanks so much for thinking of me, Laura!💕 Her fabulous blog definitely deserves a follow, so be sure to hop at it!

First, let me get this straight- I do NOT like horror movies. I also do not like horror books. I like fluff in my books and movies, thank you very much.💁

The Rules:

  1. Please credit and link Princess @RoyalReader (or just Royal Reader), as the creator of this tag, and add the rules.
  2. You can use the graphics provided in your post, or you’re welcome to make your own!
  3. Thank the person(s) who tagged you and let others know of their fabulous blogs.
  4. Tag as many people as you want, be it 1 or 20, it’s entirely up to you!

Les Questions:

The Zombie Apocalypse: A book you would save when civilization ends.

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If civilization ends, then the amazing Wonder would be the first book I would grab off my bookshelf!

The vampire: A book you thought would stake through the heart (in whatever sense).

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Now here’s my latest disappointment: Literally by Lucy Keating. Since I loved her debut, I thought this book would tear through my heart and break it into pieces, but it didn’t really do that. It was still a solid four-star read, but I REALLY wanted to give it five!

The haunted house: A book that still haunts you.

Once again, I am not a horror book reader. So, I will be skipping this question for now, sorry!

The psychological thriller: A book with a twist you did not see coming.

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I was going to say my cliché answer of Everything, Everything, but I decided to mention this one since I haven’t in a while. Definitely lots of plot twists in this story!👌

The creepy doll: A book that seems innocent but isn’t.

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You Before Anyone Else was a very fluffy, light book… with a catch at about two-thirds of the way in when a big secret is revealed.🙅

The monster: A book you could barely tackle/defeat (in whatever sense).

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Basically, Skybreaker defeated me, as I had to read it for school a couple years ago and I disliked it so much. It defeated my grade for that round of lit circles, that’s for sure!😂

The comedy-horror: A book with mixed genres that worked (or didn’t).

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More of Me by Kathryn Evans was a recent read that was a good bridge between the contemporary and sci-fi genres. I’d definitely recommend it!👍

The (cliched) teen horror: a book you found super cliched/stereotypical:

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Hung Up by Kristen Tracy: the QUEEN of cliché YA books!💁👑

The demonic possession: A book so gripping you needed an exorcist to escape it:

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It’s been a while since I completed this series, but it was definitely just SO gripping!😉

The science fiction: a precious book you would permanently give to the aliens for the good of mankind: 

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Because mankind needs to know about Looking for Alaska for sure!👌

I tag…

  1. Sarah & Faith @ Sublime Reads
  2. Ikram @ Ikram Reads a Lot
  3. Candice @ The Grown-Up YA

It is completely fine with me if you guys don’t feel like doing this tag- you have no obligations to, but I’d still love to see your answers!👍

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What do you think about horror books and movies? What would be your picks for these prompts? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜