Top Ten Thursday #54

Hi everyone!😊

Before we get to this week’s topic for Top Ten Thursday, today is my birthday! I can’t wait to experience lots of new things and make many new memories this year, and I’m hoping to have this blog grow as much as I do.🎉🎉

Anyway, since it is the start of summer, I’ve decided to make this week’s topic be about the best books to read during this season of fun. I also wrote a similar post to this last year, but I have read many fluffy books since then that I want to share with you all!!

Let’s get started!❤️❤️


1. Lying out Loud by Kody Keplinger🙊

Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend’s house every night because she has nowhere else to go.
Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with — secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross.
Ryder’s the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can’t stand — a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed.
But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there’s one small catch: he thinks he’s been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she’s the girl he’s really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?

This book, as well as all of Kody Keplinger’s other books, is quite fun and light. I would definitely recommend Lying out Loud for awesome character development and a plot that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat!


2. One Italian Summer by Keris Stainton🇮🇹

It’s been a year since Milly, Elyse and Leonie’s dad died, and a year since their last trip to Rome. Summer’s here again, and once again they are heading with their mum to Italy – but what’s it going to be like going without Dad? Rome still holds its familiar charms – the sun is still as warm, the gelato as delicious, the people as welcoming. But nothing is quite as it once was …

With grief still raw for all of them, Milly is facing the additional awfulness of having to see Luke again – gorgeous, gorgeous Luke, who she had a fling with last year, and who she made a total fool of herself with – or so she thinks. What’s going to happen this time? What’s more, things between Milly, her sisters and their mum are rocky – Leonie is being tempestuous and unpredictable, Elyse is caught up with her new boyfriend, and Milly feels like she just doesn’t know how she fits in any more.

Over one Italian summer, can Milly find a way back to the life she once had?

Though this book did revolve around a girl who grieved over her father, it takes place in Italy and otherwise is a very light read.☺️


3. Romancing the Throne by Nadine Jolie Courtney👑

Scandal, secrets, and heartbreak abound in this juicy, modern girl-meets-prince story—perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Jennifer E. Smith. “Maybe sisters aren’t supposed to fall for the same guy, but who can mess with chemistry? A divine romantic comedy” (Brightly.com).

For the first time ever, the Weston sisters are at the same boarding school. After an administration scandal at Libby’s all-girls school threatens her chances at a top university, she decides to join Charlotte at posh and picturesque Sussex Park. Social-climbing Charlotte considers it her sisterly duty to bring Libby into her circle: Britain’s young elites, glamorous teens who vacation in Hong Kong and the South of France and are just as comfortable at a polo match as they are at a party.

It’s a social circle that just so happens to include handsome seventeen-year-old Prince Edward, heir to Britain’s throne.

If there are any rules of sisterhood, “Don’t fall for the same guy” should be one of them. But sometimes chemistry—even love—grows where you least expect it. In the end, there may be a price to pay for romancing the throne…and more than one path to happily ever after.

This book has all the juiciness to be an amazing summer read! It wasn’t really a favourite of mine, but I can still see its appeal to others.


4. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon💑

A New York Times bestseller

The rom-com that everyone’s talking about! Eleanor & Park meets Bollywood in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about two Indian-American teens whose parents conspire to arrange their marriage.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

If you have dimples, then the reading of this book is going to make them go crazy as you smile so much!😃


5. Noteworthy by Riley Redgate🎧

A cappella just got a makeover.

Jordan Sun is embarking on her junior year at the Kensington-Blaine Boarding School for the Performing Arts, hopeful that this will be her time: the year she finally gets cast in the school musical. But when her low Alto 2 voice gets her shut out for the third straight year—threatening her future at Kensington-Blaine and jeopardizing her college applications—she’s forced to consider nontraditional options.

In Jordan’s case, really nontraditional. A spot has opened up in the Sharpshooters, Kensington’s elite a cappella octet. Worshipped…revered…all male. Desperate to prove herself, Jordan auditions in her most convincing drag, and it turns out that Jordan Sun, Tenor 1, is exactly what the Sharps are looking for.

Jordan finds herself enmeshed in a precarious juggling act: making friends, alienating friends, crushing on a guy, crushing on a girl, and navigating decades-old rivalries. With her secret growing heavier every day, Jordan pushes beyond gender norms to confront what it means to be a girl (and a guy) in a male-dominated society, and—most importantly—what it means to be herself.

It’s funny, diverse, and it has awesome characters and messages. What more could you possibly WANT?!😉


6. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli💁

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Becky Albertalli’s books are both fabulously fluffy and they will make you smile like crazy! That obviously makes for great summery reads!💜


7. Just One Day by Gayle Forman🇫🇷

From the New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay

Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

Feeling wanderlust? Then Gayle Forman’s Just One Day is going to sweep you off your feet and bring you to France and back!💞🙈


8. The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts📖

True love can’t be strategized.

After book blogger Vivian Galdi’s longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart.

But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission and Vivian’s zing meter into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where Vivian works, Dallas wages a counter-mission.

Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf.

This book is such a perfect one for the summertime, especially for book bloggers as they will get to relate to protagonist Viv, who is also a book blogger! Such fluff!💙


9. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han☀️

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.

Pretty much any Jenny Han book would work, but this series is super adorable, heartfelt, and awesome for a nice day relaxing on the beach.⭐️


10. Girl out of Water by Laura Silverman🌊

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves

This book seriously has it all. I command you all to pick it up and use it to experience the glory of summer reading!👌


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

Au revoir!💜

ARC Review: Paintbrush

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Title: Paintbrush

Author: Hannah Bucchin

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren’t particularly close–at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.

But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future.

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

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

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The vibrant paints on the cover of Paintbrush really got my eye when I was browsing Netgalley one day. My natural instinct after seeing such a beautiful cover is to check out the book’s synopsis, so I did. I have to say that I was hooked, and I expected something great.

Paintbrush ended up being just mediocre. It wasn’t my favourite story ever, but I’ve read wayyyy worse books. As a girl who devours contemporaries almost 24/7, I was unable to find much originality in this book, which left me feeling bored.

To briefly summarize the story, Paintbrush revolves around the dual-POVs of teens Mitchell and Josie. They have never left their community village, but graduation is soon approaching and they still don’t know what they’d like to do with their lives. Mitchell would like to leave and go to college, and Josie wishes to stay in the community she’s always known and treasured. When an adult makes a surprising announcement, the two end up bonding and are forced to rethink all of their decisions.

Honestly, I don’t think that books with multiple POVs have been working much for me lately. Since this book had dual-POVs, I simply felt like Josie and Mitchell’s bland personalities were split into half, making then even duller than they already were. I truly cannot assign any traits to either of them- they literally felt like cut-outs of teenage romantic partners.

There also wasn’t much of a plot in this story. It’s nothing that the avid contemporary reader hasn’t seen before- enemies turned into lovers figuring out how to handle their relationship after they graduate from high school. I have read too many stories like this, and adding one in without a plot does not make things better. This book did not captivate me at all while reading, nor did it make me want more.

It may seem like all I’m doing in this review is complaining, but I do still want to cover the positives about Paintbrush. It’s a fluffy, exuberant, fast read, so if you’re looking for something that will save you from reading dark fantasies and other books of sorts, this one would be great for you. I just read this in the middle of what could be a contemporary binge, so all I really got out of it was clichéness.

All in all, Paintbrush did not blow me away like I was hoping it would. I appreciated the light weight of the story, but its characters and plot were underdeveloped. With that being said, I’d recommend this book for those searching for a fast story about a romance that blooms during the senior year of high school. It’s not the most original read, but cute enough to be enjoyed.

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

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag (2017 Edition🎉)

(Credit: Shouni)

Hi everyone!👋

Shouni @ Through the Book Portal has tagged me to take part in the Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag. Thank you so much, Shouni! Be sure to check out her blog- it rocks!👌💗

I also participated in this tag last year, and you can view that post here.

So let’s start freaking out!😱


1. Best books you’ve read so far in 2017?

Here are some favourites so far!💟


2. Best sequel of 2017 so far?

Girl Online Going Solo was the PERFECT ending to the Girl Online series.👌


3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

I STILL haven’t gotten my hands on The Hate U Give and it’s been killing me! I want to read it so badly, so somebody please place it in my grabby hands!😩


4. Most anticipated release for the second half of 2017?

I can’t wait to see what goodness Kasie West has to offer in this new book. It looks like so much fun!🎉🎉


5. Biggest disappointment?

I was expecting Literally to literally be awesome since Dreamology was, but even though I did like it, it still wasn’t as good as I thought it would be.😟


6. Biggest surprise?

When I received the publicist’s request to read this book, it wasn’t really up my alley, but I decided to accept it anyway. It turned out to be very interesting!☺️


7. Favourite new author? (Debut or new to you)

I only started reading Kody Keplinger’s books this year, but I have really been enjoying them! Reviews:

Run

The DUFF

Lying Out Loud


8. Newest fictional crush?

Dev from Bookishly Ever After is the only one I can think of at the moment.😛💜


9. Newest favourite character?

Hmm. I can’t really think of anyone that sticks out, which is saying something…😕


10. Book that made you cry?

Nothing has actually made me cry thus far, but one book that moved me so much was A List of Cages by Robin Roe. (Y’ALL SHOULD READ IT, IT’S AMAZING!!💗)


11. Book that made you happy?

To steal Shouni’s answer (sorry!🙊), When Dimple Met Rishi also made me smile from ear to ear with its pure awesomeness!😃


12. Favourite book to movie adaptation you’ve seen this year?

I’ll have to pass on this- I haven’t watched any so far!😂


13. Favourite review you’ve written this year?

Honestly, I am proud of all of the reviews that I’ve been writing this year. They have all become much more coherent and unique than they were when I first started blogging. So, I’ll have to give this title to all of them!💘


14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year?

I just bought Love & Gelato (YES, I FINALLY DID!), and its cover is so adorable that I want to pet it all day long!😍


15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I have no specifics for this question, honestly. Pretty much just anything on my TBR that I can get my hands on will be my answer, I guess.


I tag…

  1. Liv @ Curlyhairbibliophile
  2. Peregrine Grace @ Books and Beauties
  3. Aria @ Blue Lily and Blue
  4. Breeny @ Breeny’s Books
  5. Katie @ Read with Katie

I would love to see how you guys answer these questions, but if you don’t feel like participating, then you are totally welcome to skip.😊

Even if I haven’t tagged you, also feel free to participate if you’d like!😃


So tell me, how has 2017 been for you in terms of reading and blogging? What have been some of your favourite reads so far? What else are you hoping to read by the end of the year? And do you agree with any of my answers? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Hi guys! I’m back!👋🙈💗

Hi everyone!😃

It’s hard to believe that I’ve dropped off the face of the blogosphere (and I guess read-o-sphere) for almost a month now. It sucked! But today I did my last exam, which was math, and besides next Wednesday when we get our results back, I am officially done school for the summer! Woo-hoo!🎉

So, let’s talk about this blog. With the exception of this month, I’d been trying my very hardest to post daily. I’m afraid that I will be switching that from now on to 2-3 times a week, or maybe even 4 if I’m feeling nice. Do you know how long it takes me to write up all my blog posts and read close to 20 books a month? If not, it takes a super long time, believe me. I want to have time to do things besides reading and blogging all weekend long, and this is why I’ll be posting a bit less.

I have yet to implement a long-term plan for this, but I’m thinking that I’ll post 1 review and Top Ten Thursday per week, and then for my third post, I’ll alternate between posting another review or a tag. Depends on how much I read and want to review.🙈

Anyway… the moral of the story is that I’m back! I’ll just have to get back into the reading and blogging groove that I’ve lost over the past month, and then I’ll be set! Looking forward to interacting with you guys again!💗💗

~Kayla💞

Hiatus (Exams…😟)

Hi everyone!☺️

I just wanted to let you all know that since my exams are coming up at the end of the month, I will be taking a hiatus through to the end of June so I can focus on my studies. I will try to schedule as many posts as possible for this block of time, but I can’t make any promises.

Please still don’t be afraid to leave comments- I will get to responding to them whenever I have time. I may be quite slow to reply, but know that I definitely will as soon as I have some free time.

Thank you so much for understanding, guys! Once the bell goes on the last day of exams, I will be running right back to you all!

Au revoir!💜

In Which I Discover the Ways People Have Found Me…?

Hi everyone!☺️

Since I am going through a bit of a reading slump right now due to having so many tests and assignments this week and plus exams coming up, I decided that it would be fun to move away from the books today and focus more on my blog, moreover, some of the search terms that have led people to this very blog. (I’m honoured, by the way…🙈 )

I got this idea from quite a few other bloggers who I’ve seen do this, and it looks so fun!

So let’s get to it!👌


cheating lessons – info on nan willard cappo

I read this book a while ago for Netgalley, and you can find its review by clicking on its cover.

Since this searcher wanted some information about the author, this is what I found on Goodreads:


My first published novel was CHEATING LESSONS (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2002), in which a teenage girl must finesse a cheating scandal in her school. It won an Edgar nomination for Best YA mystery, and has been republished in print, ebook and audio in 2016.
My latest book is UNACCOUNTED FOR, also Young Adult but a bit edgier–suitable for mature teens and adults (has a male hero this time).
These novels are set in Michigan. I’ve since moved to Pittsburgh, and am working a book set there.

Hope that satisfies you, anonymous searcher!😂🙈


how to add netgalley badge to wordpress

Okay, so I know that there is a way to do it by copying and pasting a string of code into a widget on your blog, but all I did was save the image onto my Mac’s desktop and drag it onto my “Review Policy” page.

Or if you prefer the official coding way, then I hope this article is at least somewhat helpful?


book tag

I do a lot of those! Head on over to this page to view a FULL LIST of all the book tags and awards that I’ve participated in, and feel free to tag me in yours and I’ll get to it ASAP (that is, if I haven’t already done it).💜


the inexplicable logic of my life synopsis

If you haven’t read my review in which I gush over this book, then press on the cover to do so!

Anywho, the searcher asked for the synopsis of this book. Let’s give them that synopsis.

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?


you’re welcome universe review

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I’m not going to post my entire review here, so here’s just a snippet:

“…this book was quite unique, so I want to point out a few things that made it this way. First, the fact that there was little romance. There was a tiny bit between Julia’s best friend Jordyn and another minor character, but it makes almost no impact on the plot. It was refreshing to read a contemporary book without a major romantic relationship for a change– there really don’t seem to be too many of those!”

To view the rest, press on the cover!☺️


briefly summarize the wizard of oz

Um, how do you not know the story? I thought it was universally known…?

Anyway, The Wizard of Oz is a great movie and book about a Kansas girl named Dorothy who gets whirled up in a tornado and finds herself in the land of Oz wanting to go back home, in which she meets many new friends such as a lion looking for courage, a scarecrow looking for a brain, and a tin man looking for a heart. All of them take a journey to go to the Wizard of Oz in hopes of receiving everything they want.


 sean griswold’s head what happens in the book

Firstly, that is improper grammar. The correct way to say it is “What happens in the book Sean Griswold’s Head?”

But for today, I’ll be nice and let it slide.☺️

Here is your synopsis:

According to her guidance counselor, fifteen-year-old Payton Gritas needs a focus object-an item to concentrate her emotions on. It’s supposed to be something inanimate, but Payton decides to use the thing she stares at during class: Sean Griswold’s head. They’ve been linked since third grade (Griswold-Gritas-it’s an alphabetical order thing), but she’s never really known him.

The focus object is intended to help Payton deal with her father’s newly diagnosed multiple sclerosis. And it’s working. With the help of her boy-crazy best friend Jac, Payton starts stalking-er, focusing on-Sean Griswold . . . all of him! He’s cute, he shares her Seinfeld obsession (nobody else gets it!) and he may have a secret or two of his own.

In this sweet story of first love, Lindsey Leavitt seamlessly balances heartfelt family moments, spot-on sarcastic humor, and a budding young romance.


tess character traits the uquiet past

Don’t you mean The Unquiet Past…?😏

Tess was a pretty good character, I must say. She was intuitive, determined, positive, upbeat, passionate, courageous, relatable, and more. Read my review of the book itself by clicking on the cover!😃


So that’s a wrap! Thank you guys for reading! If I compile enough of these search terms in the future, I’ll write up a Part 2!😛

So tell me, what search terms have led people to your blog? Any weird ones? Were YOU the culprit of any of these searches?😏 Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Tithe Review

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Title: Tithe

Author: Holly Black

Genre & Age Group: Fantasy, paranormal, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Welcome to the realm of very scary faeries!

Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms – a struggle that could very well mean her death.

Source: School library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

Honestly, I think I should give up with reading fantasy books. I’ve tried so many times already, but I am always left feeling so disappointed.

Since I am *somewhat* interested in fairies, I thought this book would be a win for me. I hadn’t given many novels about fairies a try, so in reading this book, I was hoping to gain more of an appreciation for the paranormal genre. Well, that almost failed.

Tithe is basically about a girl named Kaye who often travels with her mom and her rock band, but now under unforeseen circumstances, she is forced to live in her New Jersey hometown again, where there are many intimidating fairies. Kaye finds herself tangled up between two teams of fairies… which one will she choose?

I don’t have much to say about the characters other than the fact that they were bland. Kaye had next to no personality and she was super forgettable, and since I finished this book almost two weeks ago, the only other character that I can remember is the one I mentioned in my Goodreads mini-review; one of the leading fairies named Roiben. He was unmemorable as well, truthfully, but while reading I really liked his character. I guess not quite enough to contain him inside my brain, though…

Story-wise, I appreciated the interesting premise of this novel, but I didn’t feel wowed or gripped. I enjoyed reading this book at first as I got to learn all about the city and how full of fairies it was, but as the action increased, I turned out to dislike it quite a bit. If you read my reviews regularly, then you know that I am not particularly an action fan. Go figure with this book.

Overall, although I liked the writing style of this book and still feel compelled to continue on with the series (eventually), Tithe ultimately just lacked so much for me. The characters were as dull as the dullest shade of grey, the storyline turned out to be boring, and the ending was so weird. If you know that you can trust paranormal novels to give you a good time, then by all means, try this one out, and I’m sure you’ll love it to pieces! But contemporary lovers, maybe take a pass. 

My Life Before Me Review

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Title: My Life Before Me

Author: Norah McClintock

Genre & Age Group: Historical fiction, mystery, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Nothing worth fighting for comes easy.

Cady has always wanted to be a reporter, like her hero Nellie Bly, so after a fire burns down the orphanage she lives in, she’s ready to leave small-town Ontario and make her mark as a newspaperwoman. A crumbling newspaper clipping leads her to Orrenstown, Indiana, where her investigation into a long-ago murder earns her a hard lesson in race relations. Smart and determined, and more than a little headstrong, Cady pokes a stick into a wasp’s nest of lies, dirty politics, corrupt law enforcement and racial tension—and ends up fearing for her life as she closes in on something she’s never cared about before—the truth about her own origins.

Source: Birthday present

How I Found Out About It: Kathy Kacer, the author of another book in the series called Stones on a Grave, visited my school and talked about the series!

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My Life Before Me is the last of the 7 books in the Secrets series that I decided to read. My friend had told me that it wasn’t the best book in the series, so I saved it for last with relatively low expectations. 

It turned out to be that I am in agreement with my friend- in my opinion, it was the worst book in the series. I lost interest in it rather quickly and I did not find myself relating to the protagonist.

First, I am going to tell you guys all about the series in case you haven’t read my reviews for any of the other books yet. Basically, they each follow a different teenage girl and their journeys after their orphanage burns down in 1964. You may choose to read only one book in the series or all of them- it ultimately doesn’t matter how many of them you read and in what order. They are all written by different authors with different storylines, so there is at least one of them for suited for any reader to enjoy.

This book in particular revolves around Cady. Since her orphanage has just burned down, she decides to pursue her dream of being a reporter by moving to Indiana and investigating a murder. Unlike all of the other girls, she isn’t really interested in where she’d come from, but will that information still approach her?

Cady was an average, mediocre character. Just an ordinary Joe, to put it that way. She was quite brave and very determined to help out with the murder mystery, but I found her to be a bit aloof and cold. All characters do have flaws, but Cady’s closed personality did not allow me to relate to her very easily.

This story boasted a smooth-sailing plot, but I wasn’t too intrigued by the mystery that it offered. As I said before, this book couldn’t capture too much of my interest and I got bored of it quickly. I wasn’t bored enough to not finish it, but bored enough to not focus as much while reading it, if you get what I’m saying.

Overall, My Life Before Me was a satisfactory read. It may not have been my cup of tea, but I can still see myself recommending it to other readers with different interests. Are you interested in historical murder mysteries? If so, then I think that you will get the most out of this book.

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Stones on a Grave review here

Innocent review here

The Unquiet Past review here

Top Ten Thursday #53

Hi everyone!😄

Magical realism is one of my favourite book genres. Along with my love of the contemporary genre, I adore being able to experience some magic within it as well. So this week, I decided to incorporate that into my Top Ten Thursday!

So let’s get on with the magic, shall we?😉


1. As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

What if you could ask for anything- and get it?

In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.

Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.

This post was actually inspired by this Netgalley ARC that I recently read. It is all about a small town where everyone gets to make a wish on their 18th birthday, and it was the best book I’ve read in a very long time. Since it comes out in January, you guys won’t be seeing my review for it on here until December, but once I write the full review, it’ll be on my Goodreads for you to check out!☺️

2. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha van Leer

Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.
And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.
A romantic and charming story, this companion novel to Off the Page will make every reader believe in the fantastical power of fairy tales.

This book is all about a girl who loves a specific fairy tale book, so the characters come to life and reel her into their story. It’s absolutely perfect for the reader who wishes to join their favourite book characters in on their journeys!👌

3. Lucky Jonah by Richard Scrimger

What if you could escape your life with just one click?

Bullied by his brother and living in the shadow of his athletic best friend, Jonah is crippled by self-loathing and insecurity. Then a mysterious stranger hands him a disposable camera with the power to transport him into someone else’s body—and someone else’s life. But with a limited number of shots and trouble mounting click by click, will this unhappy boy find a new life? Or will the secret he’s been keeping follow him wherever he goes? Richard Scrimger’s Lucky Jonah is a hilarious take on a Freaky Friday-esque switcheroo with a major identity crisis.

This story is severely underrated. It is pretty much a middle grade version of Every Day by David Levithan, which I will mention later on in this post, but it’s about a boy named Jonah who changes identities whenever he snaps a picture. It was a fabulous story about finding your identity and your passions.❤️

4. Literally by Lucy Keating

A girl realizes her life is being written for her in this unique, smart love story that is Stranger Than Fiction for fans of Stephanie Perkins.

Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.

It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her.

But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?

The real Lucy Keating’s delightful contemporary romance blurs the line between reality and fiction, and is the perfect follow-up for readers who loved her debut Dreamology, which SLJ called, “a sweet, quirky romance with appealing characters.”

I enjoyed Lucy Keating’s Dreamology a lot more, but Literally follows a girl whose life is literally being written for her! Although I didn’t think the execution was the best, I’d still recommend it for a fluffy, refreshing read.🍭

5. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

With this stunning debut novel, New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver emerged as one of today’s foremost authors of young adult fiction. Like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Before I Fall raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others.

For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night.

However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

Named to numerous state reading lists, this novel was also recognized as a Best Book of the Year by Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Daily Beast, NPR, and Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Before I Fall was a pretty good book all about a girl who relives the day she dies 7 times. It teaches readers to always think before making decisions, and I’d definitely recommend it!

6. Every Day by David Levithan

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

OMG, I adored this one! It is all about A, who switches bodies every day, hence the title. The concept and the execution is A+!

7. Dreamology by Lucy Keating

Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.

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. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed 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?

Here’s another one of my favourite books, Dreamology! It follows a girl who dreams about a special guy and he ends up turning up in real life, and it’s amazing!

8. Two Summers by Aimee Friedman

ONE SUMMER in the French countryside, among sun-kissed fields of lavender . . .

ANOTHER SUMMER in upstate New York, along familiar roads that lead to surprises . . .

When Summer Everett makes a split-second decision, her summer divides into two parallel worlds. In one, she travels to France, where she’s dreamed of going: a land of chocolate croissants, handsome boys, and art museums. In the other, she remains home, in her ordinary suburb, where she expects her ordinary life to continue — but nothing is as it seems.

In both summers, she will fall in love and discover new sides of herself. What may break her, though, is a terrible family secret, one she can’t hide from anywhere. In the end, it may just be the truth she needs the most.

From New York Times bestselling author Aimee Friedman comes an irresistible, inventive novel that takes readers around the world and back again, and asks us what matters more: the journey or the destination.

Ahhh, what a fun read! Two Summers is about a girl who spends her summer in two different dimensions. It’s kind of difficult to explain, but I’d totally recommend that you pick up the book if you are into summery, light reads.☺️

9. The Autumn Falls series by Bella Thorne

New friends, new enemies . . . can a magical journal change Autumn’s crazy life?

With her fiery red hair, new-girl outsider status, and tendency to be a total klutz, Autumn Falls definitely isn’t flying below the radar at Aventura High. Luckily, she makes some genuine friends who take her under their wing. But she also manages to get on the wrong side of the school’s queen bee, and then finds out the guy she’s started to like, funny and sweet Sean, hangs with the mean crowd. Now her rep and her potential love life are at stake.

When Autumn vents her feelings in a journal that belonged to her late father, suddenly her wildest wishes start coming true. Is it coincidence? Or can writing in the journal solve all her problems? And if the journal doesn’t work that way,  is there a bigger purpose for it—and for her?

Filled with personal elements from Bella’s own life, AUTUMN FALLS is the first book in Bella Thorne’s new series! It has everything readers will love and relate to: a real girl trying to find her own inner strength and be the best she can be, with a hint of magic and mystery, and a steady stream of OMG-I-can’t-believe-that-just-happened fun.

Books written by celebrities like Bella Thorne are often controversially viewed, but if you trust my opinion, this series was amazingly written. In every book, there is something brand new and magical! In the first book, protagonist Autumn gets a journal that grants all her wishes, a map that can take her anywhere in the second, and lastly, a locket that can help her time travel.💜

10. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long—at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. And they’re looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.

By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right—and wrong—in the present.

Lastly, I’m not too sure if this book classifies as magical realism, but The Future of Us was an astonishing novel about two teens in 1996 who find themselves on Facebook in the current days. They were forced to rethink all of their decisions and weigh everything that is special to them.


So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? What are some of your favourite magical realism reads? Any you’d like to recommend (I 100% appreciate recommendations!)? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜