July 2016 Book Haul

Hi everyone!

It’s quite hard to believe that July is over. This means that summer for me is just about halfway over, and it flew by so fast!

Anyway, today I’m going to be showing you all the books I bought, received, or borrowed this month. As always, all reviewed books will be linked.

So let’s get going!

Received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review:

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You can read my review for Extinction of All Children by pressing on its cover. For all the others, their reviews will be up around September-October.

Borrowed from the library:

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So that’s it for this haul! So tell me, have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What books did YOU haul this month? Tell me in the comments below😊.

Au revoir!💜

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Pokemon Go Book Tag

Hey everyone!😊

I have seen the Pokemon Go Book Tag floating around the blogosphere lately, so I decided to give it a go before all the craze ends!

In case you were wondering, no, I myself don’t play (or plan to play) this game. I’ve heard that it could get addicting and unsafe, so I’ve stayed away. But this tag has such adorable graphics and super cool questions, so I just had to do it!

So let’s get on with it, shall we?

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When I was little, my dad used to read me this book every night before bed, to the point where he memorized it. I don’t know if this is the book that started my immense love for reading, but it is definitely one of them, as I enjoyed it so much!

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Anne of Green Gables is just an amazing book. I know that I will always love this one, and Anne Shirley😝.

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If I hadn’t been spoiled for the ending of this book (who hasn’t been?), I probably would’ve read this a LONG time ago and really loved it. I don’t really enjoy reading books knowing what’s going to happen in the end, so I’ve passed up on reading this one.

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Two Summers does remind me of many other books such as Anna and the French Kiss, but it’s still unique in its very own way, and I love it!💘

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I have read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, but I haven’t started any of the other books in the series yet, because a) THERE ARE SO MANY OF THEM and b) some of them are SOOOOO LONG! I do plan to soon, though!

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I honestly don’t usually stay up really late to read a book, because I don’t like going to bed too late and waking up in the morning feeling grumpy. Any who, Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson did keep me up for a bit, because I just HAD to finish! (Otherwise I would’ve had to finish it at school and cry over the ending in public)

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Anna and Etienne from Anna and the French Kiss! Enough said😏💜

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I finished Dreamology by Lucy Keating in an evening, since it was very fast-paced and just SO GOOD!😍😍

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Hmmmm… maybe The Selection? I plan on reading all the novellas and the last two books of the series, plus probably some fan fiction.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was an amazing book! If you read my review, then you know that I had been reluctant to read it because it was all violent and such. It turned out to suck me into all the hype!

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I have heard both good and bad things about the Matched series by Ally Condie, so I can’t wait to dive in and form an opinion for myself.

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Umm….. I don’t really look at collector’s editions of books, so I’d like to give a pass on this one, sorry!

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Firstlife is Gena Showalter’s debut novel, and I’m so excited to read it! It looks so interesting!

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More like auto-read… Morgan Matson/Katie Finn, Stephanie Perkins, Robyn Levy (my aunt! Love and miss you so much💘!), R.J. Palacio, Lucy Keating, Kiera Cass, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, Kathy Kacer, Bella Thorne, Zoe Sugg, and more😊

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The third book of Girl Online is being released in November, and it’s been on my TBR ever since I heard about it!

So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What would be your answers to these questions? Have you played Pokemon Go, and if not, how come? Tell me in the comments below😊.

Au revoir!💜

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Museum of Heartbreak Review

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Title: The Museum of Heartbreak

Author: Meg Leder

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this ode to all the things we gain and lose and gain again, seventeen-year-old Penelope Marx curates her own mini-museum to deal with all the heartbreaks of love, friendship, and growing up.

Welcome to the Museum of Heartbreak.

Well, actually, to Penelope Marx’s personal museum. The one she creates after coming face to face with the devastating, lonely-making butt-kicking phenomenon known as heartbreak.

Heartbreak comes in all forms: There’s Keats, the charmingly handsome new guy who couldn’t be more perfect for her. There’s possibly the worst person in the world, Cherisse, whose mission in life is to make Penelope miserable. There’s Penelope’s increasingly distant best friend Audrey. And then there’s Penelope’s other best friend, the equal-parts-infuriating-and-yet-somehow-amazing Eph, who has been all kinds of confusing lately.

But sometimes the biggest heartbreak of all is learning to let go of that wondrous time before you ever knew things could be broken.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

Review:

I had seen many ARC reviews of this book, some despising it and some loving it, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The cover is absolutely stunning, making me much more eager to pick it up. I’m just going to say that even though I did like this book, it didn’t woo me (at all).

The Museum of Heartbreak is about a teenage girl named Penelope. Recently, her heart has been broken a lot, mostly by break ups, friendship crisises, and family problems. There is a new dreamy guy in school named Keats, and all Penelope really wants is to snatch him up. So when she gets invited to his party, she can’t be more excited! Except here is the start to a whole lot of heartbreak…

I honestly had a hard time connecting with some of the characters. Penelope, though like most teenage girls she experiences heartbreak at some point, was a tiny bit relatable. Not really to my life, but I can see how her character would benefit in others’. I found her to be pretty whiny, and she never seemed satisfied with herself and others. She always seemed to want what she didn’t have, making her a tad selfish. That, my friends, is not a good way of being! There are too many female leads in YA that are like her, so Penelope just blends into the crowd.

Keats- why did Penelope even go after him in the first place? I didn’t like him at all. I could tell from the beginning that he wasn’t a very agreeable character, and somewhat iffy as well. Again, here we have another YA male love interest who is secretive and rude. Probably >75% of YA romance books I’ve read have these types of guys, which can get quite annoying. The romance was kind of cute, though, I’ll give you that!

Even though I disliked Keats, I thought that Penelope’s guy best friend, Eph, was amazing! (Ugh, I so want to spoil and rave about some stuff here, but I don’t want to ruin it for others!) He really seemed to care about Penelope, and help her whenever she needed it. Despite there being some conflict between the two, I just thought that he was a very loyal and trustworthy friend with a great listening ear. People like him are your friends forever, and I’m so glad he was in the book, supporting Penelope! He spiced things up a whole lot.

The writing style of this book was unique and fun, but again, it didn’t blow me away. I also expected there to be more mentions about the museum, but that didn’t come up until WAY later. Besides the fact of the museum of heartbreak, this is a cliche, normal YA contemporary romance, and I’m sure you’ve read a ton of books just like it.

If you don’t read YA contemporary very often, I’m sure you’ll love this one if you tried it, but if you do… maybe skip this book. It’s honestly nothing too special; with too many overused tropes and tales. There are many other fish in the sea, but too many like this one! But still, out of all those fish will be one that is much more original.

Rating: 3.25/5 Stars

 

Liebster Award 2.0

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Hey everyone!👋

Yes, I know, I’ve already done this, but I was nominated again, and since the questions I was given are different than last time, I figured, why not do it once more?

Thanks so much to the library lizard for your nomination. You’re the best!😊If you don’t follow her, make sure you do so now, because her blog is amazing!

Anyway, here are the rules…

  1. Acknowledge the person who nominated you for the award and post the award
  2. Answer the questions that were asked by the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Give 11 5 facts about yourself
  4. Ask 11 questions of your own
  5. Nominate 11 blogs for the award (or however many blogs you can nominate)
  6. Notify your nominees.

I will now be answering the questions provided for me:

  1. What is one of your favourite quotes from a book?

Hmm… (searches Goodreads) AHA!

“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what.
The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home.
And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.”

This is a quote from one of my favourite books, Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I think that this is so true!

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2. Favourite animal/creature from a book?

I don’t know if what I’m going to say will count, but I don’t read a lot of fantasy so…

Anyway, I would say Cinder, the main character from The Lunar Chronicles, who is a cyborg. I think that’s pretty cool, with all the technology and everything! (Fan art is linked to where I found it on Pinterest, it isn’t mine and I give credit to the creator.)

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3. Do you prefer to read at night or in the morning?

Even though I am mostly a morning person, I think I’d say night. Reading helps me calm down my nerves and makes it easier for me to fall asleep, which is very beneficial when night falls.🌙

4. What three adjectives/traits would you use to describe yourself?

Actually, I have a whole list of them! You can check it out here.

5. What’s your bookish pet peeve?

My bookish pet peeve would probably be those books with no synopsis on it whatsoever, so if I want to buy or borrow it, I’d have to search it up to see if it’s something I’d like. I hate when that happens, but luckily most books do have a summary somewhere on it!

6. You can only read one genre of book for the rest of your life: which genre would it be?

Definitely YA contemporary fiction. Contemporary has been my favourite genre ever since day 1, and I would hate to have to give it up! Two runners up are dystopia, which I only recently developed an interest in, and historical fiction.

7. Is there a book/series that you really liked but that had an ending you hated?

OMG YES! Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell definitely would’ve gotten 5 stars, but that ending made it lose half a star. I feel like things just weren’t explained or wrapped up enough, and what actually happened made me fume! Despite that, it’s such a sweet romance which I’d 100% recommend.💜

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8. What’s your Hogwarts house?

Good question! I’ve never found that out for myself, so one second as I look it up… fingers crossed I don’t get Slytherin!😁

Good news! I am a…

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Here’s the quiz I took! 

9. Do you have a favourite film or TV show?

As I’m a sucker for kids’ movies and shows😆, I think my favourite right now would be Inside Out. It’s just such a cool and adorable movie! Any child who hasn’t seen it is totally missing out on its awesomeness.

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10. What’s your favourite part of blogging?

AHHH! This question is like asking a mom who her favourite child is! I can’t think of just one good reason… which is why I’ve created a post stating 10 reasons why I ❤️ blogging. Enjoy👍😘!

Now for my 5 facts: (I put 11 facts in my last Liebster post, so these are just extra.)

  1. I really like being organized and keeping schedules. If I keep events in a calendar or planner, then I find that I am more likely to remember and be prepared for them once they come.
  2. In 2013, if you were to ask me the weekday of a specific date, say February 13th (Wednesday, this one I remember), I would be able to remember it spot on. Unfortunately, I have been focusing more on other things, so I don’t know if I would really be able to keep up with that.
  3. I am not scared of creepy crawlies! In fact, I’m completely fine with them. If I’m at camp and someone points out a bug crawling on their clothes and gets scared, I have no problem touching it with my bare hands and moving it off. Call me crazy, but I actually find them a bit cute!🐛🐜🐝🐞🐌
  4. My books are stored in a dollhouse. As I’ve acquired quite a few new books since I photographed this, my dollhouse right now looks slightly WAY more crowded than that, but I’m sure you get the idea.😆I hope to get new real bookshelves soon, because this will eventually overflow as I keep up my book collecting!img_5674-1.jpg
  5. I have an obsession with all things French, even though I haven’t actually been to France🇫🇷 (and probably won’t anytime soon because of the tragic events that have recently happened there). I own quite a few clothes and accessories with the Eiffel Tower on it, and I even have a beautiful Eiffel Tower jewelry holder, which is below.IMG_5901.JPG

I will be using the same 11 questions I’ve used before, as I really like them and I don’t really feel like thinking of more. So here they are:

  1. What are you doing this summer? (Or if your region is not in summertime, what did you do last summer/plan on doing next summer?)
  2. How many physical books do you own?
  3. Under what circumstances would you DNF a book?
  4. What was the last movie you saw in theatres? Did you enjoy it?
  5. Do you play video games? If so, what console do you have?
  6. What are your favourite and least favourite things about blogging?
  7. Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!
  8. What device do you use to write your blog posts (computer, phone, etc.)?
  9. Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.
  10. If you could travel anywhere in the world right this instant, where would you go, and why?
  11. What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)

Last but not least… my nominees!

  1. Umbreen @ Read by Umbreen
  2. Bookish Girl in a Boring World
  3. Amanda @ Vivalabooks
  4. Annelise @ annelisebooklife
  5. Andy @ Too Many Books Not Enough Shelves
  6. Elizabeth @ Miss Elizabeth
  7. Marissa @ That Crazy Book Lady
  8. Book Ninja
  9. Athena @ Everything Everything 
  10. Trisha @ The Bees Knees Bookish Korner
  11. Maddie @ Polaroid Books

If you don’t feel like doing this award, feel free to skip, it’s no problem👍. I would love to see your answers to my questions, though!

Au revoir!💜

ARC Review: You Before Anyone Else

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

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Title: You Before Anyone Else

Authors: Julie Cross & Mark Perini

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Model Finley needs someone to help her shed her “good girl” persona, so she’ll try Eddie on for size.

New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the “good girl” stamp from her resume if she wants to launch to stardom.

Enter Eddie Wells. He’s shallow, predictable…and just as lost as Finley feels. Deep down, Finley is drawn to Eddie’s bravado, his intensity. Except Eddie is hiding something. A big something. And when it surfaces, both loving and leaving Finley will become so much harder.

Source: Thanks so much to SOURCEBOOKS Fire for providing me with an e-ARC via Netgalley!

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

Review:

This book was very interesting and realistic, and I enjoyed it a lot! I found the characters to be deeply developed and just so amazing, and the collaborating authors did a GREAT job on making their stories collide!

For a brief summary of the book, teenagers Finley and Eddie are both models, but their personal lives aren’t the best, which has been shining out onto their modelling careers. When they meet at a party, they immediately click and start going out together, but shocking news on Eddie’s side puts their relationship at risk.

I thought Finley was just so relatable. She was so nice and agreeable, and when the surprise occurred, she was really accepting of Eddie, and only wanted to give him all the help she possibly could. It was so sweet that she wanted to re-open her late mom’s dance studio in her memory! It takes a lot of guts and determination to do that, and for that I really admired her. She also had the cutest little brothers, Connor and Braden! I loved reading about them, as they were just sooooo adorable and funny and really lit up the story! Her dad, Sam, was amazing, too. He was super helpful and supportive, and overall just an awesome, easy-going guy! Eddie though… there’s just something iffy about him. I don’t know if it’s his background, his family, his personality, or something else, I just can’t place my finger on it. I think he should’ve gone right out and told Finley about the secret, but I understand that if he had done that, the story would’ve been much less interesting. Nevertheless, Finley and Eddie seemed to bond really well and they were such a cute couple!

The one thing I disliked about this book though, which is keeping me from giving it a full 5 stars, is the ending. I don’t want to give it away, but I just thought that things were a bit rushed and not wrapped up enough. I feel like the authors could’ve made it just a little longer, despite the length the book already was (almost 400 pages!). I would recommend this book to any teen (no one younger, because the content would probably fly right over their heads) who is interested in a romance with realistic and relatable characters, because I know that you will devour this book once it releases on August 1st! Get your wallets and library cards ready!

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars!

Dreamology Review

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Title: Dreamology

Author: Lucy Keating

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

When their dreams start to bleed dangerously into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

Review:

If you have been reading my blog posts for a while, then you know that I had been dying to read this book for the longest time. And my hold finally came in for it at the library- I was SO excited to finally get my hands on it! Oh boy, was it worth the wait, because it was amazing, just as I’d predicted it would be, and even more. I gulped up this 322 page book in about three hours WITH breaks- it was that mesmerizing!

For a synopsis, Dreamology centres around a teenage girl named Alice, who has been dreaming about a boy named Max ever since she could remember. He was literally her dream boy, and the twosome went on lots of cool, romantic adventures together. One day, Alice moves and starts a brand new school, only to find Max- the boy who supposedly only existed in her dreams-right there in her class, looking right at her. Dream Max and Real Max may look exactly the same, but they act completely different from each other. As he and Alice get to know each other, their dreams start to bleed into reality, to the point when Alice knows it needs to stop. Will she be okay with losing the dream Max now that she has the real Max right there? Or will her life completely change as her dreams of him are gotten rid of? And here’s another question: how did they even start dreaming about each other in the first place?

The characters… YAS the characters! I loved them with all my heart.❤️I NEED more stories about them, because I seriously couldn’t get enough of them. Our protagonist, Alice, is one of the sweetest girls ever, and not really one of those cliche whiny ones you often see in young adult stories. She seemed to be pretty introverted (and as I am one myself, I could easily relate to her), thus making her a loyal friend and an amazing listener. She is also pretty brave… but it’s kind of hard to expand on this without spilling some things. You’ll have to read the book to find out what I’m referring to.😊

Max was one of the most gorgeous guys I have ever read about. I know I have been expanding my list of ‘book crushes’ quite a lot lately, but I’ve just been getting my hands on a lot of amazingly sweet romance reads.💘 I know that he did some sketchy, ‘cheaty’ things with Alice since he had already had a girlfriend, Celeste, but I believe that he really didn’t mean to hurt anyone, and that he was just going with his instincts. I wouldn’t often say that, but with a guy with such a personality like Max’s, it’s hard not to! Even though he wasn’t the most agreeable person, I still found him to be really witty, and that any mistake he made was definitely not on purpose. He was only trying to protect and follow his heart.

I found the plot to be really interesting. I had no idea that it was possible for two different people to have the exact same dreams at the exact same time. Are you sure this is real? Because that would be pretty cool to experience! As I love learning about the fascinating human brain, the scientific facts mentioned in the book by Alice’s father, a brain scientist, really appealed to me as well. The romance also made me really jealous and now I wish I was a part of it! It’s literally to die for, and I have yet to hear anyone say otherwise.

I’d recommend this story to any teenager wanting a romance that is literally dreamy. This is your book. It’s beautiful, inside and out.😍I just know that you’ll devour it as much as I did, and probably dream about it afterwards!😊(throws you the book)

Rating: 5/5 Stars!

 

Summer Reader Book Tag

Hi everyone!

Sean @ Kingdom Book Blog has tagged me to participate in the Summer Reader Book Tag. Thanks so much for the tag, Sean!😄

I have to admit that I’d never heard of this tag before I was actually tagged, but I thought it was interesting, so I decided to give it a go! Besides, it is summer (at least where I am😏). All books I’ve reviewed will be linked on their covers!

So let’s get going, shall we?

Lemonade: Pick a book that started off bitter but got better

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For this one, I’ll have to say My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. It was very slow and dull at the beginning, but when it sped up, it was much better!

Golden Sun: Pick a book that made you smile beyond compare

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12 Hours in Paradise by Kathryn Berla left me with a big smile after I finished, as it was such a swoonful, light read!

Tropical Flowers: Pick a book set in a foreign country

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Haha, I literally JUST did a post about this! You can read it here. Anyway, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins obviously takes place in France, and it was amazing!💜

Tree Shade: Pick a book in which a mysterious or shady character was first introduced

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The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti had a very shady character, Enzo, who was thought to have murdered his girlfriend, Lizzie. When Hawthorn tries to investigate and makes an effort with him in order to find out the truth, I just thought that he seemed really iffy and secretive. Review to be posted in December!

Beach Sand: Pick a book that was grainy, and the plot barely developed

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Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry is the sequel/companion to The Giver, and it was soooooo boring and dull! I found myself almost wanting to fall asleep while reading it, but I was able to manage as it wasn’t a long book. But it sure seemed like it😫

Green Grass: Pick a character that was full of life, making you smile😊

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Two Summers by Aimee Friedman had a great protagonist, Summer. From what I remember, she seemed to be always smiling and looking towards the bright side of things😄.

Watermelon: Pick a book that had some juicy secrets

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Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn had secrets and plot twists all over the place. Even one of the main ideas of the plot was revolving around a secret!

Sun Hat: Pick a book that had a vast, big universe/setting (for this one I’m actually doing books with good world-building)

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I loved the world-building in Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I felt like I was very easily able to visualize the worlds the characters were in🌍.

Barbecue: Pick a book in which a character was portrayed as a hunk

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Peeta from The Hunger Games was absolutely described as a hunk, as I could visualize just how handsome he was!❤️

I tag…

  1. Harlee @ Harlee Reads
  2. Allie @ Whispers of Reverie
  3. Kirsty @ Kirsty’s Book Reviews
  4. Batool’s Book Feels
  5. Fiona @ Booklighting

If I haven’t tagged you but you still want to do it, pretend I added you to the list and feel free to participate😊! Also, as always, if you don’t feel like doing it or if you’ve already done it, it’s 100% fine with me👍.

So tell me! Do you agree with any of my answers? What would be your answers to some of these questions? Have you read any of these books, and what did you think about them? Tell me in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

 

 

 

Top Ten Thursday #13

Hi everyone!👋

As inspired by this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post from The Broke and the Bookish, I will be listing 10 books that take place in a country outside of the US. I live in Canada, but I still want to do the US as most books (especially contemporaries) seem to take place somewhere down there!

Without further ado…

  1. Unknown.jpegThe Secrets series takes place in Canada, with the exception of Stones on a Gravewhich mostly happens in Germany. If you want to read some great YA historical fiction, definitely check these books out!
  2. 11235712.jpg The books in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series all take place in different countries. I’ve only read the first two; Cinder and Scarlet, and their settings are in China and France respectively.
  3. 22522076.jpg The Truth Commission by Susan Juby takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, which is in Canada. I felt like the author did an amazing job describing the setting in such a memorable way!
  4. 21523103.jpg I know you all know that the Harry Potter books are staged in the UK, but I still wanted to add it just because😉.
  5. 2998.jpg The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett takes place in the UK as well, in Yorkshire Moors. I feel like so many classics take place outside of the US, but that’s just my opinion, as I’m sure there are still tons of them that are staged there!
  6. 39999.jpg The Boy in the Striped Pajamas took place during the events of WW||, first in Germany and then in Poland, where the protagonist’s family moves. This was a really good book which I feel isn’t very discussed in the YA blogosphere. WHY?!?!?!
  7. 6936382.jpg This one is so obvious, as it’s Anna and the French Kiss! I’ll let you guess where it happens here😏.
  8. 16280081.jpg I believe that The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B takes place in Toronto, which is in Canada. This was an awesome OCD love story that I think way more people should read and discuss!
  9. 23305614.jpg Finding Audrey was an AMAZING read that takes place in the UK, but not much emphasis is put on that as Audrey, our protagonist, can unfortunately barely leave her house!😫
  10. 456918.jpg I don’t remember the exact country that Behind the Bedroom Wall was staged in, but as it is a Holocaust story, that means it’s somewhere in Europe. Anyway, this book is too good to be missed!

That’s it folks! So tell me, have you read any of these books? If so, what were your opinions? Have you read any good books lately that take place outside of the US? Tell me in the comments below!

Au revoir!💜

 

 

My Life Next Door Review

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Title: My Life Next Door

Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.

As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

Review:

I had heard such good reviews of this book, so I decided to finally jump on the bandwagon! And I have to say, I was not at all disappointed by this book. It was really slow in the beginning, to the point where I was about to fall asleep, but when it eventually picked up near the middle, it was fantastic!

Basically, this book centres around a 17-year old girl named Samantha, whose mom is a local senator. She’s lived right next door to the Garretts, a huge family of ten for ages, but she doesn’t really know any of them, as her mom doesn’t approve of their customs and values. The Garretts were a messy, noisy, and loving family, which was the total opposite of Samantha’s- small, quiet, organized, and a bit distant. When one of the Garrett boys closest to her age, Jase, jumps up onto the roof to sit with Samantha, they instantly bond and form a relationship, one that would have huge risks if her mom knew about it. When an accident happens and secrets are at risk, will Samantha be able to successfully stay with Jase? Or will all bonds be broken?

I thought that Samantha was a really great character! She was very wise and definitely knew her boundaries, but was still not afraid to take risks and be daunting. Even though she jeopardized a lot by getting together with Jase, whose family her mom wasn’t keen with, she was still absolutely willing to get to know (and love) him, despite whatever obstacles came her way in the process. She was just a really accepting and friendly character, which is the type of protagonist I most enjoy reading about in YA.

Jase… He’s so dreamy. Despite the hugeness and rowdiness of his family, I thought that he was such an amazing guy, whose relationship with Samantha I totally ship (hmm… what should I call it… Jasemantha?❤️). He was a great listener, and seemed to really care about Samantha. Since he was a middle child in a family of eight kids, he seemed to have learned lots of great values from both his older and younger siblings, which he definitely uses in the book. He’s a really honest guy and doesn’t hide much, seemingly unlike many young adult book boyfriends. Jase is always straight to the point and sincere, which just makes him so likeable! His 4 year old brother George was just adorable, I love him💜. But having met a lot of 4 year olds as a camp counsellor and sometimes a kindergarten volunteer, I thought he sounded way older than he actually was, maybe like a 7 year old. Maybe that’s just because he had so many older siblings who influenced him, I have no idea. He also had an adorable baby sister named Patsy, and I just thought that it was so sweet that she wanted to read If You Give A Mouse A Cookie over and over again!😆I really liked that book as a child too, and I’m glad to see babies in YA fiction who willingly read😉.

I have to admit that this isn’t the lightest of contemporaries, so if you’re looking for a bubbly, happy read, this isn’t it. The romance is to die for, but the book still covers some more serious issues such as politics, family troubles, and characters who smoke. If you’re fine with that, then I would 100% recommend this book to you! It would make a great read for the summer, as I know I really enjoyed being curled up on the couch at my cottage reading this.😄

Rating: 4/5 Stars!

The Shawn Mendes Book Tag

Hi everyone!

Today I’m back with another tag for you guys. I’ve been tagged by Maddie @ Polaroid Books to do the Shawn Mendes book tag! This was actually her original idea, and I am delighted to be one of the first to be able to participate! Thanks so much for the tag, Maddie, and be sure to give her blog a follow, as it is not to be missed!❤️

If you don’t know who Shawn Mendes is, he is a famous teen singer with lots of popular songs, many of which will be paired with books in this tag. He looks like this:

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I am not the biggest fan of his music, as I only really like a couple of his songs. But since I was tagged and I thought this looked like fun, I decided to do it! So let’s get started!

Stitches: A book that left you really sad and left you in pieces

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My answer for this one is without a doubt Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. I was BAWLING at the end of this one. If you want to read it, just warning you, make sure to have tissues with you if you’re nearing the end!

Something Big: A book with a huge plot twist or surprise

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For this one, I choose Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn. This book had interesting plot twists all over the place, and if I was to predict something that I thought was going to happen, I would always be wrong!

Treat You Better: A character you would treat better than the author

SPOILERS FOR MOCKINGJAY AHEAD!!!! PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU’VE READ THE BOOK!

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Guys, I feel so bad that I have to spoil something, but for this question I felt like it was my only choice. And I know that many of you have already read the whole series or know anyway, so it wouldn’t be too bad. Trust me, I was spoiled as well before I completed the series!

Anyway, Suzanne Collins, why did you HAVE to kill Prim?!😡 She was the sweetest little sister Katniss could ever have. I just loved her so much; you should’ve killed off Gale instead!😫

Spoilery rant over. Moving on…

Life of the Party: A character whom would be your best friend if he/she were real

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Either Harriet Manners from Geek Girl or Penny Porter from Girl OnlineI honestly don’t even know.😝

Never Be Alone: A book that makes you feel like you are not alone

I don’t really have any specific book for this one, sorry! I just believe that when I read, the book is my company, and thus I am not alone😊.

Show You: An underrated/unpopular book you’d show everyone

Again, I don’t have just one book for this question. But I’ve created a list of underrated books I really like, so you are welcome to check out the post here!😀

I tag:

  1. Christina Marie @ LuLo Fangirl
  2. Savannah @ All Things YA
  3. Brigit @ Escape Inside the Pages
  4. Claire, Duane, and Em @ Wandering the Pages
  5. Meredith @ All ‘Bout Them Books and Stuff

If you don’t feel like doing this tag, it’s okay, no pressure✋. I really enjoy these blogs, and I know you will, too! Also, as always, feel free to take this tag on even if you aren’t tagged and want to😊.

Au revoir!💜