Textrovert Review

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Title: Textrovert

Author: Lindsey Summers

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Can you fall in ♥ with someone you’ve never met?

Summer is nearly over and Keeley is about to start her senior year when disaster strikes: she picks up the wrong cell phone by mistake. 😞 Just her luck that it belongs to Talon, a totally arrogant jock 🏈 who’s just left for football camp—with her phone. Keeley doesn’t know him, but they’ll need to rely on each other to forward their messages for an entire week.

Talon is so full of himself, but Keeley quickly discovers he’s funny, too—at least his texts are. 😅 And he listens to Keeley—which is more than anyone else does. Texting Talon, she can be more than just the quiet twin sister of a popular boy. Texting Talon, she can be the outgoing person she’s always wanted to be. Soon the two are falling for each other, hard.

But when true identities are revealed and secrets are exposed, will Keeley’s feelings stay the same?

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Blogging

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I first heard about Textrovert when reading another blogger’s review for it, and I was hooked from the start. As many of you may know, I love reading books that incorporate technology such as cellphones and social media in the storyline, so naturally, I was ready and set to devour this book.

Although this book was, just as expected, fluffy and cute, there were quite a few minor setbacks that kept me from really loving it. Truthfully, I felt as if the whole premise was a bit confusing, and the characters were not any better.

Textrovert basically follows two teens named Keeley and Talon. One day, Keeley accidentally picks up a cellphone that does not belong to her but to football player Talon, and he has possession of hers. At first, the two aren’t necessarily fond of each other, but as they text through each others’ phones until they can exchange them, they discover that they have a great bond. But not all is as it seems… could it still work between them?

As it stood, Keeley and Talon were both bland and unmemorable. Both of them were honestly stuck up and full of themselves. In a couple months, I’ll barely remember them, and other than the fact that I wasn’t too fond of them, sparks did not fly between them, either. They were not the type of fictional couple I’d ship and squeal over. Just no!

Besides the premise about the phone swapping being slightly difficult to follow, the plot itself was nothing special. It was basically just, as you know, two bland characters who go through all the angst in the world. The characters complained about some petty stuff- I couldn’t stand it, and if I were physically near them and they were speaking face to face, I’d probably have to cover my ears.

All in all, unfortunately Textrovert disappointed me. I did enjoy it for its breezy writing style and fun vibe, but pushing that and its interesting mystery aspect aside, it didn’t do it for me, I’m sorry to say. I’d still recommend it for a fast and fun read, but just don’t expect it to become your favourite novel in the entire world.

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ARC Review: On the Spectrum

Title: On the Spectrum

Author: Jennifer Gold

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

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

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

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

I requested On the Spectrum with very high hopes. What drew me to request it was a) the fact that it took place in Paris, and b) the fact that one of its main characters had high-functioning autism, which some of my loved ones have. I was ultimately curious about its representation in this story, so I decided that I must dive in!

Despite the fact that in my opinion, the high-functioning autism piece was a bit over-represented, I found next to no other negatives about this book. It was such a sweet, heartwarming novel all about the bonds we make with family and how it is always right to keep them.💘

For a brief synopsis of the novel, it revolves around Clara, who is obsessed with eating healthily. She refuses to take a bite out of anything unhealthy, and she sticks with what she knows. This summer, she decides to go to Paris to stay with her dad and brother, Alastair. Alastair has an autism spectrum disorder, but in spite of that, the two set off together to explore the beautiful city of love.

The main character, Clara, was such a sweetheart! I felt so sorry for her regarding her circumstances at home and her eating disorder, but I feel like the whole experience with her family in Paris changed her for the better, making her a much stronger, more confident girl. The positive outlook on life that she gained was very evident while reading- it felt REAL, and I was very happy about that.

Despite the synopsis covering up any trace of romance in this book, there was still quite a bit of it between Clara and a swoon-worthy guy named Michel who, if I’m not mistaken, works at a bakery. Honestly, it was adorable, though uncalled for. This book could still have been amazing without the romance, but that’s just my opinion.

As for the high-functioning autism representation, I felt like it was a tiny bit overdone and exaggerated, if you get what I mean. I’m not saying it was bad, but it just wasn’t perfect. I know that every person on the spectrum functions a bit differently, but Alastair was given almost all of the traits that fall under it. I just found it unrealistic, is all. Also, unfortunately, I can’t really talk about the representation of the eating disorder that Clara had because I know nothing about it, but I’m guessing that it didn’t seem too bad.

For a contemporary, this book’s plot moved fairly quickly, but with my e-copy being about 200 pages long, that was totally fine with me! I’d prefer a short and sweet read over a long, slow read any day.☺️

One last thing I loved about On the Spectrum was its family ties. Clara’s budding relationship with Alastair was simply beautiful to watch, and Alastair was just so adorable! I also adored how Clara was able to re-bond with her father!

Overall, if you’re looking for a contemporary with a little bit of sparkle from everything, On the Spectrum is the book for you. Its characters were great, the plot was fast-paced, the romance and the family ties were amazing, and it was diverse. What more could you ask for?

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

 

Book Blogger Test

Hi everyone!👋

The incredible Jess @ Daring to Jess  has tagged me to take part in the Book Blogger Test. Thanks so much, Jess, and be sure to take a look at her super fun blog!💘

So let’s get on with it, shall we?


The Rules:

– Thank the person who nominated you and add a link to their blog

-Answer the ten questions asked on this post

-Nominate at least five people to do it also

-Let your nominees know you nominated them


The Questions:

What are your top 3 book pet peeves?

  • Dog-eared pages– I used to not mind them, but now they drive me crazy! How could one do that to a book?!

  • Love triangles– They are annoying as heck and I can’t stand them. They are usually instant turn-offs for me, but I have read a few books that can count as exceptions to this.

  • Characters with missing/abusive/deceased parents– This is the case in almost every YA contemporary novel I read. Just stop it already! I would guess that this is just to make readers experiencing these things feel more comfortable, but it is honestly so overdone. I want to see a happy family for a change!💜


Describe your favourite reading spot.

My favourite reading spot is in my room and on my bed, nestled up with a book. That’s pretty much it.❤️


Tell us 3 book confessions.

  • I haven’t read The Fault in our Stars yet. I know the basics of the story and how sad it is, so why even bother?

  • I know how awesome fantasy and action books are for some people, but they usually bore the heck out of me, I’m sorry. I prefer light, happy reads over dark, deep ones.

  • This isn’t about reading per se, but I dislike taking photos for Bookstagram. If you were to check mine out at this link, then you’ll see that I haven’t posted a bookish photo in forever. I just don’t have the patience or the time, guys!


When was the last time you cried during a book?

Oh gosh, I haven’t cried over a book in such a long time. It was all the way back in May 2016 for Eleanor & Park. The ending broke me!😭


How many books are on your bedside table?

I don’t keep any on it at the moment, but I do keep some books on the floor against the wall in front of my bed. Right now, there are 2 books from my TBR there.


What’s your favourite snack to eat while reading?

Something really weird about my reading habits is that if I’m reading fiction, I cannot eat and focus on the story at the same time, but if I’m reading non-fiction or articles, I enjoy eating while focusing. So if I’m reading non-fiction and non-fiction only, then I’d eat something light such as popcorn or pretzels.


Name 3 books you would recommend to anyone.


Show us a picture of your favourite book on your bookshelf.

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Describe how much books mean to you in 3 words.

Informative, special, escapism.💞


What is your biggest reading secret?

Like Jess, I don’t really have one. Just check out my answers to the bookish confessions if you’re really wondering.😉


I tag…

1.Rose @ Tea With Rose’s Tomes

2.Keri @ Books With Keri

3.Sarah @ Rebel Princess Reader

I could not find enough people for 5, so I only nominated 3! My apologies!

I am really looking forward to seeing your answers to the questions above, but it is completely fine by me if you are not up to participating right now.👍


So tell me, have you read any of the books mentioned? Opinions? Do you agree or disagree with any of my answers? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

When We Collided Review

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Title: When We Collided

Author: Emery Lord

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know…

Jonah never thought a girl like Vivi would come along.

Vivi didn’t know Jonah would light up her world.

Neither of them expected a summer like this…a summer that would rewrite their futures.

In an unflinching story about new love, old wounds, and forces beyond our control, two teens find that when you collide with the right person at just the right time, it will change you forever.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

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I can always trust Emery Lord to write books that are fun and fluffy, leaving me in such an awesome mood after I finish the last page. I really enjoyed Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and Youso I obviously had the highest hopes for When We Collided.

If someone asked me to describe this book using one word, then that one word I’d choose would probably be “cute.” Everything about this story was honestly adorable, from its characters to its upbeat writing style.

As it is the expected predictable summer fling contemporary, this story definitely blends into the crowd, but to sum it up, it follows the perspectives of teens Vivi and Jonah. Jonah has lived in his intimate town for his whole life, but Vivi is an outsider who comes to visit one summer, and the two form a remarkable, but unexpected bond. Can the summer fling last?

I loved both Jonah and the humongous family he lived with- he was somewhere in the middle of 6 siblings, including himself! Even though his family did follow the trope of a missing parent (his dad had passed away), I really loved how all of the siblings were different, yet alike at the same time, if you get what I’m saying. Jonah himself was a sweetie pie as well! I am totally a sucker for characters and people who love their family- it definitely shows that they have big hearts. Also, I just loved adorable little Leah; she made the book 10 times better!

Viv was definitely a unique, eccentric character. I’ve never read about anyone like her. She did have bipolar disorder and I can’t tell you too much about the way it was represented, but I appreciated her quirkiness and loyalty to Jonah throughout the story.

In spite of the romance being a tiny bit rushed, I did think that this book had a strong plot. It followed the basic storyline of “girl visits boy’s hometown, then meets and falls in love with said boy,” but there was a lot of unique flair added to it such as appearances made by Jonah’s large family and amazing character development. I loved it!

I said it once, but I’ll say it again- When We Collided is super cute. It is the perfect light romance to read during the summertime, and even though this book is part of quite a few tropes, you’ll for sure find yourself smiling about it afterwards.

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ARC Review: The Agony of Bun O’Keefe

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Title: The Agony of Bun O’Keefe

Author: Heather Smith

Genre & Age Group: Historical fiction, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Set in 1980s Newfoundland, The Agony of Bun O’Keefe is the story of a 14-year-old girl who runs away to the city and is taken in by a street musician who lives with an eclectic cast of characters: a pot smoking dishwasher with culinary dreams; a drag queen with a tragic past; a Catholic school girl desperately trying to reinvent herself; and a man who Bun is told to avoid at all cost.

Source: Thanks so much to Penguin Random House Canada for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

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Upon first finding The Agony of Bun O’ Keefe on Netgalley, I knew I was in for a quirky, fun read. I love reading about the 1980’s and finding out how it was like to live back then, and plus, I love celebrating my country by reading Canadian books. Put the two together, and here is the awesome book you get!

This book totally met those expectations of a vibrant, quirky read. I LOVED the protagonist, and even though this book had a lacklustre plot, I still felt gripped to it.

The Agony of Bun O’ Keefe, as you would likely guess, is about a young girl named Bun. She feels mistreated at home, so she runs away and decides to live with a street musician she meets and his other friends and family members. For the first time in a while, she feels as if she belongs. But do her parents care enough to come searching for her?

I loved Bun. LOVED her! She was so naïve and innocent, and right from the first page, I found myself loving her quirks and relatability (not that that’s a word…)– I could truly relate to every second thing she said. I feel like if I got the chance to meet Bun in real life, we would make great friends.👌

Even though it may have been a tad immature for Bun to run away from home on impulse, her adaptability to new situations is simply amazing. She was taken in by such a welcoming, jolly crowd, and it was a blast to read about!

The plot of this book, as I said before, was lacking, to say the least. For a book like this one, that’s actually not such a bad thing as the maximum spotlight is put on the strong, interesting, fun characters and their development by the end of the story.

In conclusion, I absolutely adored The Agony of Bun O’ Keefe, although there were some very minor flaws. The characters were some of the most developed ones that I’ve read about in such a long time, especially the main character, Bun. For those wanting to get their hands on a quirky novel taking place in the 1980’s, mark your calendars for September 5th, as that is when this beauty can enter your hands!

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(4.25 Stars)

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

The Awesome Blogger Award

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(Credit: Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala)

Hey readers!👋

The amazing TJ @ Books and Other Pursuits has nominated me for the Awesome Blogger Award. Thanks so much TJ, I really appreciate it!💜 Her blog is gorgeous, so all of you must go check it out before continuing on with reading this post!

Let’s not forget to thank Maggie @ Dreaming of Guatemala for creating this award! This is her reason:

“This is an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger”

So let us start!


The Rules:

1.Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Include the reason behind the award.
3. Include the banner in your post.
4. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
5. Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
6. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
7. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
8. Let your nominees know that they’ve been nominated.


The Questions:

Name one thing that you are most proud of?

This may sound cliché, but I am very proud of my friends and family. They have all done remarkable things for me (and in general) and I adore them all so much. So, if you are a friend or a family member of mine who is reading this right now, then hi! I love you all tons!💞


Why did you decide to start a blog?

I was thinking about creating a blog about something for a while before I created my own, but I didn’t know what to make one about. Then, I started reading a lot again and so my aunt introduced me to Goodreads. By reading others’ reviews and seeing the reviewers’ pages, I often saw that there was a blog attached to them. After visiting a few of them, I decided to start my own to share my love of reading with the world and so teen readers, whether reluctant or avid, are able to find books that fit their interests and needs. It’s been quite a success so far!👍


What’s your favourite TV show and movie?

Favourite TV show:

Favourite movie:

(Haven’t watched this one recently, though)

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?


Physical books or eBooks?

(Just a confession: I STILL have not read TFIOS!😂)

Favourite social media platform?

Right now, Snapchat!👻


If you couldn’t blog about books, what subject would you choose instead?

Oh gosh, I don’t even know. Probably just a lifestyle blog of some sort, but I am a pretty private person for the most part, so I don’t know what I’d write about.😬


Microsoft or Apple?

  


What’s your favourite holiday destination?

Jamaica!🌴

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What’s your favourite breakfast food?


I nominate…

1.Rhea @ Bookchanted

2.Savannah @ The Book Prophet

3.Fangirling Young Adult Reader

4.Aditi @ A Thousand Words a Million Books

5.Londera @ Young Adult Book Review

Please don’t feel pressured into doing this award- although I would absolutely love to see your answers to my questions, you have no obligations and I understand if you don’t feel like participating.👍


My questions:

1.Where was the last place you travelled, and when was it?

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.Share your favourite meme or GIF!😂

6.Tell me a teaser sentence from the book you’re currently reading!

7.What device do you use to write your blog posts (computer, phone, etc.)?

8.Tell me a little known fact about you that no other bloggers know.

9.If you could travel anywhere in the world right this instant, where would you go, and why?

10.What song is stuck in your head right now? (if any)


So tell me, what would your answers be for TJ’s or my questions? Do you agree (or disagree) with anything I said? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

The Bone Sparrow Review

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Title: The Bone Sparrow

Author: Zana Fraillon

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, middle grade

Goodreads Synopsis:

Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention center after his mother and sister fled the violence of a distant homeland, Subhi has only ever known life behind the fences. But his world is far bigger than that—every night, the magical Night Sea from his mother’s stories brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories. And as he grows, his imagination threatens to burst beyond the limits of his containment.
The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night in the form of Jimmie—a scruffy, impatient girl who appears on the other side of the wire fence and brings with her a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it herself, she relies on Subhi to unravel her family’s love songs and tragedies.
Subhi and Jimmie might both find comfort—and maybe even freedom—as their tales unfold. But not until each has been braver than ever before.

Source: Bought

How I Found Out About It: Blogging

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Upon first hearing about The Bone Sparrow, I thought, “Oh, this sounds like such an important book to read!” So, I added it onto my Goodreads TBR and never looked back. When I was spending a weekend at my cottage and went to the local independent bookstore, I got super excited when I found this book. I knew it would be awesome!

My initial thoughts? Yep, definitely a very important read. Though it is technically branded as a middle grade book, I believe that everyone, regardless of age, should have the chance to get their hands on this book. Though there were still some tiny things about this book that bothered me, they will not stop me from recommending it.

To give a summary of The Bone Sparrow, it revolves around a young boy named Subhi. So far, he has spent his life entirely within the Australian detention centre he was born in. In spite of this, every night his mom tells him stories that help him imagine the wonders of the outside world. When Subhi meets a girl named Jimmie across the fence, she asks him to help her read a special journal that once belonged to her mom. Little do they know what is beneath the writing inside of it.

I adored both Subhi and Jimmie, but for this review, I am going to be focusing more on Subhi, as Jimmie slipped out of mind rather quickly. Anyway, first things first- the way Subhi lives is absolutely horrible. While reading, my heart broke into pieces for him. In spite of everything, though, Subhi was a great role model as he was a wise, knowledgeable character who made the best out of every situation. I can’t say this too often, but I know he is going to be a character I actually remember for a long time.

The Bone Sparrow is a novel that is very diverse in its themes and cultures, and I am thankful that the author decided to spread awareness about these themes with us. Though it is terrible, it is reality and it is something that some people unfortunately still face today. The more we know about it, the more we are able to help.

To conclude, even though subjectively I couldn’t really relate to the story, The Bone Sparrow is objectively an amazing novel that should be known about.  The morals about being able to accept and appreciate change and to not trust everyone’s opinions were spectacular, and overall, this book has the potential to become a favourite of SO MANY. Would I recommend it? Most definitely- it’s a must-read!

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ARC Review: The Artsy Mistake Mystery

Title: The Artsy Mistake Mystery

Author: Sylvia McNicoll

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, mystery, middle grade

Goodreads Synopsis:

They say he’s been stealing art. But is Attila being framed?

Outdoor art is disappearing all over the neighbourhood! From elaborate Halloween decorations to the Stream of Dreams fish display across the fence at Stephen and Renée’s school, it seems no art is safe. Renée’s brother, Attila, has been cursing those model fish since he first had to make them as part of his community service. So everyone thinks Attila is behind it when they disappear. But, grumpy teen though he is, Attila can do no wrong in Renée’s eyes, so she enlists Stephen’s help to catch the real criminal.

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

How I Found Out About It: I read the first book of the series!

If you don’t remember or if you weren’t following my blog at the time, I also reviewed the prequel to this book, The Best Mistake Mystery, through Netgalley as well as interviewed author Sylvia McNicoll. During the interview, Sylvia mentioned that she was extending the series to at least three books. When she told me what this one would be about, I became ecstatic! I am not really an artist myself, but I definitely love reading about art. And so when I saw The Artsy Mistake Mystery all ready to go on Netgalley, I downloaded it right away!

I enjoyed this book just as much as its prequel! I once again fell in love with the characters, the dogs, and the mystery of this series. I will definitely be reading on once more book(s) are ready!

This book is the second instalment in the Great Mistake Mysteries series, but in my opinion, it could definitely be read as a standalone. It’s a completely different storyline- it’s just set in the same place with the same characters.

For a brief synopsis, this book follows our favourite characters from The Best Mistake Mystery, Stephen and Renée. Renée’s brother Attila is being accused of stealing many outdoor artworks from around their neighbourhood. The two do not believe that he should be the one who is to be blamed, so they set off to find the culprit.

Once again, Stephen was the strong, inquisitive character that he was in the previous story. As always, I loved reading about him and his adventures. I mentioned in the review for the last book that I found Renée to be slightly dull, but in this story, she is given much more of a personality. Renée is such a smart, sweet girl, and I adored finally getting to know more about her in this story.

The plot of this novel impressed me as well! Here we have another riveting mystery that keeps readers on their toes guessing, as well as cuteness and excitement all over the place. I barely wanted to put my iPad down!☺️

Overall, if you are a tween or teen looking for an adorable, interesting, and quick read, then I would absolutely recommend devouring the books in the Great Mistake Mystery series. Read this before or after reading The Best Mistake Mystery; I don’t think it matters too much. All that matters is that you will be getting an artsy, fun, mysterious ride out of The Artsy Mistake Mystery. 

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

OMG This Song Book Tag🎵

Hey everyone!💘

Ann @ Ann’s Reading Corner has once again tagged me in something- and this time it’s the “OMG This Song” book tag. Thanks so much, Ann! I am personally in love with her blog, so please do take some time to check it out!

So let’s get on with it!💞


MY JAM:
A SONG YOU MUST LISTEN TO EVERY TIME IT COMES ON, NO MATTER HOW OLD OR HOW MANY TIMES YOU’VE LISTENED TO IT / A BOOK YOU’LL NEVER GET SICK OF

The Book: I don’t normally reread books, but a book that I have happily reread is Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

The Song: Honestly, I get sick of all songs eventually, so I don’t have an answer for this one. Sorry!


THROWBACK:
A SONG THAT REMINDS YOU OF THE CRINGIEST TIME OF YOUR LIFE / A BOOK THAT ALSO REMINDS YOU OF THIS TIME (OR JUST SOMETHING YOU WOULDN’T LIKE AS MUCH IF YOU PICKED IT UP FOR THE FIRST TIME NOW)

The Book: I loved The Babysitters’ Club, I really did, but the person I was when I read them in around grade 5 or 6 was super cringey. Enough said.🙈

The Song: Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke was all over the place around this time, as well. The song as well makes me cringe- I was never a fan of it.🙅


REPLAY:
A RECENT SONG YOU HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW / A RECENT FAVORITE BOOK

The Book: Recently, I read and loved Internet Famous by Danika Stone, and you can see my review of it by pressing on its cover below.

The Song: My favourite song changes all the time. In fact, I almost never have just one. Right now, though, one of my favoruites is Handclap by Fitz and the Tantrums. It’s so upbeat and fun!


GETS ME:
THIS SONG IS ME / THIS BOOK IS ME IN BOOK FORM

The Book: I feel like Viv from The Replacement Crush is basically me as a book character- she reads and blogs just like me, what else can I say?😉

The Song: I don’t really relate myself to songs- I just listen to them if I enjoy them and not really for the deeper meaning behind them, so I don’t have an answer for this one today, sorry!


WUT:
WEIRD BUT I LIKE IT? – A UNIQUE BOOK THAT STUCK OUT TO YOU FOR WHATEVER REASON

The Book: As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti still hasn’t been released, but I received a Netgalley ARC of it and it was wondrously amazing, not to mention how unique it was. Once it comes out in January 2018, you all must devour it!

The Song: Slide by Calvin Harris is definitely a weird song, but it’s fun to listen to and I like it!

P.S. I misheard, like, half of its lyrics, so I can always get a good laugh from it!


LET’S GO:
BEST PUMP UP SONG (FOR WORKOUTS OR JUST LIFE) – A BOOK THAT INSPIRED YOU

The Book: Maya Van Wagenen’s memoir, Popular, inspired me to look at being popular in a completely different way. I would recommend it to every tween or teen trying to find themselves within the realms of their school’s popularity- you will be wowed!

The Song: I can literally listen to Handclap anytime and feel happy, so I’ll be choosing that one again because I’m a rebel!😎


CHILL:
FAVORITE CHILL, RELAXING SONG / A BOOK YOU’D CURL UP WITH AND READ ON A RAINY DAY

The Book: I probably won’t be getting to it anytime soon, but I think it would be fun to curl up with the rest of the Harry Potter series on a rainy day. Ugh, it’s so intimidating, though!😩

The Song: Bad Liar by Selena Gomez is a rather relaxing song, as are most of hers. I’m getting a bit sick of it, but I still really like it!


ADDICTING:
GUILTY PLEASURE SONG – ONE THAT’S CATCHY AND ADDICTING BUT NOT A WHOLE LOT OF SUBSTANCE / GUILTY PLEASURE/TRASHY/FAST/LIGHT READ

The Book: Hehehe… I still read Junie B. Jones books from time to time as fillers when I am about to fall behind on my reading challenge.😂

The Song: There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back by Shawn Mendes is catchy and fun, but I don’t think that there’s too much depth to it.


I tag…

1.Kristi @ Confessions of a YA Reader

2.Marija @ Inside My Library Mind

3.Des @ Des’ Random Thoughts

I would love to see your picks for these questions, but if you’re not into participating, then I 100% understand and respect that.💜


So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? Do you like any of these songs if you know them? What would your answers be? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Burn for Burn Review

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Title: Burn for Burn

Authors: Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.

KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.

LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.

MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.

None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.

With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently…” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging

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I am a big fan of Jenny Han’s books, and even though I’d only read only one of Siobhan Vivian’s books before this one, it was pretty good as well. So, I was naturally expecting great things to come out of this book, especially after reading so many rave reviews.

I tried with this book, I really did. As much as I wanted to adore and devour it, it ended up falling short for me. I think it’s the multiple POVs that annoyed me- I really shouldn’t be trusted with books that have more than two perspectives!

For a synopsis, Burn for Burn follows the POVs of three teenage girls named Mary, Lillia, and Kat. They all have very different personalities, and frankly, the only thing they have in common is that they call Jar Island home. Or so they think. The trio, despite being very different from one another, decides to come together and plot revenge on the people who have done them wrong in the past. Will they be successful?

The one character from this story that I liked was Mary. She was studious and hard-working, but at the same time, she was flawed and still traumatized from a past event. I could definitely see myself in her, not to mention that her character development was the most evident out of the three girls.

Kat and Lillia both developed throughout the novel for sure, but again, I couldn’t see that as much as I did in Mary. I did not feel as intimate with these girls while reading the story, and that says tons.

Plot-wise, I felt like the storyline was kind of bland. I enjoyed the idea of the girls getting revenge on others, but I wish the authors could have explored it just a little more. I know this is a trilogy, so I’m thinking (and hoping) that it will be looked at more in the next two books. In spite of my thinking that this book was only okay, I definitely want to continue on with the series– that cliffhanger ending though!

To sum it all up, I could easily see both the good and not-so-good sides of this novel. For the good, I liked one of the protagonists, the writing style, and the juicy revenge, but for the not-so-good, a couple of the characters could have been developed a bit more and the plot was a little dull. If you are a fan of juicy drama, revenge, and, well, slightly plotless but fun adventures, then I would recommend Burn for Burn. 

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