Tone Deaf Review

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Title: Tone Deaf

Author: Olivia Rivers

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

His world is music. Her world is silent.

Ali Collins was a child prodigy destined to become one of the greatest musicians of the twenty-first century—until she was diagnosed with a life-changing brain tumor. Now, at seventeen, Ali lives in a soundless world where she gets by with American Sign Language and lip-reading. She’s a constant disappointment to her father, a retired cop fighting his own demons, and the bruises are getting harder to hide.

When Ali accidentally wins a backstage tour with the chart-topping band Tone Deaf, she’s swept back into the world of music. Jace Beckett, the nineteen-year-old lead singer of the band, has a reputation. He’s a jerk and a player, and Ali wants nothing to do with him. But there’s more to Jace than the tabloids let on. When Jace notices Ali’s bruises and offers to help her escape to New York, Ali can’t turn down the chance at freedom and a fresh start. Soon she’s traveling cross-country, hidden away in Jace’s RV as the band finishes their nationwide tour. With the help of Jace, Ali sets out to reboot her life and rediscover the music she once loved.

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads

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In addition to reading books, I love listening to music. I find that both activities make me happy and I can thus never pass up on seeing the two of them together. A fluffy romance book all about music that is full of diversity? Please count me in!

Just like I anticipated, I loved Tone Deaf! Although at times it got more serious, it was happy and lighthearted enough to transmit those positive vibes to me. I am exuberant to read more from the amazing Olivia Rivers!

To synopsize, this story revolves around two teens named Ali and Jace. Because of a brain tumour, Ali has gone deaf, and this stops her from being passionate about music. She ends up winning a backstage pass to see a popular band called Tone Deaf, which Jace is a part of. Admittedly, his reputation isn’t the most positive, and Ali is turned off by him from the start. But Jace understands where she’s coming from, and so he decides to take her with him during the rest of the band’s tour. Will Ali warm up to Jace and learn to love music again?

The two protagonists of this story were very pleasant to read about, and they made the novel the gem that it honestly is. Ali was such a sweetheart! I felt so bad for her regarding all the obstacles that she’d had to go through at only 17 years old, but in retrospect, she was actually extremely lucky. How many average joe people get to meet and form relationships with celebrities? Not many, and even though at first she was notably reluctant to meet Jace, I loved how the two meshed. Speaking of Jace, he was super cool and hip and I just loved him, even in spite of all the controversy that there was regarding him in the novel.

I also feel like raving about this book’s premise and plot- both were amazingly crafted! I could hardly put this book down while reading; I was literally so mesmerized. The premise itself was also very unique and unlike that of most books in the world, and I really, really appreciated that.

If I were to compare Tone Deaf to one other book, then it would be Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. Both books are full of awesome music, friendship, cute romance, and great characters, so if you liked one of the two, you’ll for sure devour the other. To sum it all up, I loved pretty much everything about this book, and I can almost guarantee that anyone who gives it a try will have a lot of fun with it!

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Liebster Award 5.0

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Hi everyone!😊

The amazing Elizabeth @ Stellar Kitten Book Reviews has nominated me for my 5th Liebster Award. Thank you so much, Elizabeth, and for those who haven’t checked out her fabulous blog already, please be sure to do so!💘

So let’s get started!


The Rules:

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you should do the following:

•Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you.

•Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. You can download images for the award here

•Write a 150-300 word post about your favorite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.

•Answer your questions and provide 10 random facts about yourself.

•Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have less than 200 followers (because she broke the rules and tagged me even though I have almost 800 followers, I’m going to break this rule as well because I’M A REBEL😎) and ask them your own questions.

•List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or from this site)

•Don’t forget to inform the people/blogs you nominated about it.


The Questions:

Do you enjoy rereading books?

Hmm, it depends. I don’t usually reread YA books, but lately whenever I’ve been finding myself in the midst of a reading slump, I pick up a childhood favourite and reread it.


What’s something you keep just because it means a lot to you?

All my stuffed animals from when I was little. Oh gosh, I have hundreds, but I keep them anyway because they mean too much to me to let them go, haha.

Just to give you an idea of how many I have… I have 3 bins of them in my room (one by my window, two inside my closet) and another 2 HUGE bins of them in my basement. I was obsessed with them, I’ll admit that.😂

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(Very old picture, hence the quality, but I’ve put basically all of them away!)

What inspired you to start your blog?

Ugh, I get asked this every single time! It’s getting really annoying, honestly. Let me copy and paste from an old post because I don’t feel like writing it again and again:

I have always had a love for reading and writing. When I joined Goodreads, I came across the art of book reviews, and it opened up a whole new reading world for me. I started to write some reviews of my own, and then I discovered book blogs! The ones I read really fascinated me, and I thought that it was really cool that they got to interact and write for so many other fellow readers, and get to read and review books before everyone else. Since I loved books and writing, I decided, why not make a blog of my own? I don’t really like writing fictitious stories, so I thought that blogging about them would be perfect for me. And I was right! I have only been blogging for about a month, but I find so much pleasure in doing it! I hope to continue for a long time!


If you could choose, what book would you have turned into a movie/TV show?

The Lunar Chronicles series!


Tell us an unpopular opinion on a book, character, couple, etc. that you have.

I am SO SO sorry to all Raven Cycle fans, but I read the first two books in the series and they bored me to death! I have concluded that fantasy is just not my thing.🤷‍♀️


What’s the farthest you have traveled?

I haven’t been able to travel much yet, but the farthest I’ve traveled was to Jamaica!🌴

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(Picture isn’t mine, but this was the resort we stayed at)

Which book release are you most excited about this year?

I am HYPED for Turtles All the Way Down. I need it in my hands this very second!😩


How would a perfect day look like to you?

In my perfect day, I’d have time to do everything I need and want to do without any lolling around. I’d finish an amazing 5-star book, write a post or two for my blog, and then later go out and spend time with friends or family. A little bit of everything I love would be great!💜


Ten random facts:

1. A guilty pleasure of mine is watching bad auditions on America’s Got Talent and X Factor! They are hilarious.😂

2. Last year I really disliked science, but this year I have been starting to like it more because my teacher is amazing! She explains things very well and she always likes to make sure everyone understands everything 100% before moving on.

3. I quit dance this year– I just wasn’t feeling it anymore and I barely have time for it.

4. My fingernails are currently painted with a shade of dark purple, but unfortunately they’re chipping.💅😒

5. A few weeks ago, my iPad’s notification bar was stuck halfway down the screen and the home button was (and still is) broken, so I couldn’t restart it or do anything with it for 2 weeks until it died. I then recharged and restarted it, but it has been super laggy. This is why I’ve been procrastinating reading two digital ARCs!

6. I recently cleaned out my room and recycled hundreds of papers. I’m glad that my room is emptier now!

7. I’m starting to tire of my blog’s current graphics, so I’ve been thinking that I’ll be changing them up every year. By 2018, I want to give this blog a revamp.

8. I have never tried sushi.

9. My braces were SUPPOSED to come off in June… but I still have a couple really stubborn gaps from when I got some molars removed, so the orthodontist is saying that they’ll come off during the winter. Hopefully those gaps close soon!😡

10. I am not a big fan of denim.


A favourite blog of mine:

I am in love with Michelle @ A Thousand Lives Lived‘s blog! Much like me, she is a Canadian high schooler, and we agree about many of the same books! She is honestly such an inspiration not just to me, but most likely for many other bloggers as well. I first found her while looking for other users’ reviews on Goodreads, and the fact that she has read so many books at just 16 years old really fascinated me. Whenever I pick up a new book, it is her opinion on it that I trust the most because her reviews are so raw, engaging, and fun. I have found dozens of new reads from her blog and Goodreads profile and I really enjoyed them! I haven’t really interacted with her directly yet, but I would love to as she seems super nice and friendly! Michelle, your blog is absolutely amazing. I can’t wait to see what you read and post next!💜


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

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

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

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


I nominate…

1. Maygin @ Diversifying Perspective, One Book at a Time

2. Betty @ Betty Book Reviews

3. Delphine @ Delphine’s Babble on Some Good Reads

I understand it if you guys are not up to participating, but I would still love to hear your answers to my questions!💞


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

Congratulations on reading my ENTIRE post!🎉

Au revoir!💜

ARC Review: Top Ten

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Title: Top Ten

Author: Katie Cotugno

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Ryan McCullough and Gabby Hart are the unlikeliest of friends. Introverted, anxious Gabby would rather do literally anything than go to a party. Ryan is a star hockey player who can get any girl he wants—and does, frequently. But against all odds, they became not only friends, but each other’s favorite person. Now, as they face high school graduation, they can’t help but take a moment to reminisce and, in their signature tradition, make a top ten list—counting down the top ten moments of their friendship:

10. Where to begin? Maybe the night we met.
9. Then there was our awkward phase.
8. When you were in love with me but never told me…
7. Those five months we stopped talking were the hardest of my life.
6. Through terrible fights…
5. And emotional makeups.
4. You were there for me when I got my heart broken.
3. …but at times, you were also the one breaking it.
2. Above all, you helped me make sense of the world.
1. Now, as we head off to college—how am I possibly going to live without you?

Source: Thanks so much to Indigo Books & Music Inc. for providing me with a physical ARC of this book!

How I Found Out About It: Indigo newsletter

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Prior to sinking into this book, I had heard a lot about Katie Cotugno and her light, fun books. Eager to find out what makes everyone rave about her stories, I requested Top Ten right away when I saw it on Indigo’s ARC newsletter.

After having read this, I can totally see why people love her writing so much. I adored this book! Although it may not have been the most original of story topics, the two protagonists were fantastically written and the plot sailed very smoothly.

To summarize the plot of this story, Top Ten follows the perspectives of two very different teens named Gabby and Ryan. Despite how different they are from each other, they still found each other and became best friends- going no further than that. Since they are about to graduate and their time together is running out, the two decide to look back on their friendship using a list of the top ten things that represent it.

I can finally say that there was a multi-POV book that I truly enjoyed! Though the POVs were represented in third-person, they were definitely omniscient and full of depth.

I found myself easily able to see myself in Gabby– like me, she was introverted, intuitive, and shy. She suffered from a bit of social anxiety, but as I am not a doctor, I can’t say much about the way it was represented. The story does come from an author who suffers from it herself, though, so that is a good thing. Oh- and did I mention the fact that she was also bisexual? Two points for diversity!

I absolutely adored Ryan as well! I loved how he stayed positive, triumphant, and eager to always have a good time. He never wanted to stop playing hockey despite all of his concussions, and this makes him a great role model!

I loved the premise of this story as well, even in spite of it not being the most unique. There was almost NO romance between Gabby and Ryan- they stayed as friends and friends only. I am so thankful to have finally read a book with a boy and a girl just remaining friendly without a romantic relationship blooming between them. We really don’t see those enough in the YA genre. I also adored the top ten list format of this book– I myself love writing lists of all kinds of stuff. It was a win-win!

To sum it all up, Top Ten belongs within the top ten books on your TBRs. It was phenomenally written, and the characters and the plot were excellently created as well. The one thing that draws it back from getting 5 stars, though, is the fact that the morals were not very profound, but with that aside, I’d absolutely, 100% recommend this book to readers looking for a refreshing contemporary featuring a boy and a girl as friends and nothing more than that.

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*4.25 Stars*

*I received an advanced reader copy of this book via Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.*

ARC Review: Protected

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Title: Protected

Author: Claire Zorn

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

I have three months left to call Katie my older sister. Then the gap will close and I will pass her. I will get older. But Katie will always be fifteen, eleven months and twenty-one days old.

Hannah’s world is in pieces and she doesn’t need the school counsellor to tell her she has deep-seated psychological issues. With a seriously depressed mum, an injured dad and a dead sister, who wouldn’t have problems?

Hannah should feel terrible but for the first time in ages, she feels a glimmer of hope and isn’t afraid anymore. Is it because the elusive Josh is taking an interest in her? Or does it run deeper than that?

In a family torn apart by grief and guilt, one girl’s struggle to come to terms with years of torment shows just how long old wounds can take to heal.

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

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

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I was at first drawn to Protected because I am interested in family-oriented contemporaries that explore the bonds we have with our family members and how they are never truly lost. I have to say that this is a book that showcases that very clearly.

Hence, I enjoyed this story a lot and I am excited to read more from Claire Zorn in the future. Even though the protagonist wasn’t the most likeable, the plot was executed well and the morals given out by the reading of this book are great.

Protected is basically about a teenage girl named Hannah. A while ago, her sister had died in a car crash, leaving her and her parents emotionally wounded. Her family has since drifted away from each other and cannot experience the joy they would if Katie had still been around. When Hannah gets to know Josh, she feels the best she’s ever did since her sister’s death. But is that enough to help her get through her grief?

As stated before, Hannah is very, very far from being the best protagonist I’ve ever read about. To be fair, I saw many good traits in her, but she was for sure flawed as well. She complained and sulked very often, which I understand because of her ongoing grief, but at times she refused to accept help offered to her, and that is what I disliked. In spite of this, Hannah’s character grows immensely by the end of the novel as she becomes much more appreciative of what she has and learns to open up to others and talk to them about her troubles instead of storing it all in. Even so, it was quite evident that she still had a ways to go in developing a bit more afterwards.

As you would expect since this is by all means a contemporary story, there was romance involved. Was it good romance, though? Meh. I just found it to be unnecessary and forced- I feel like if Hannah hadn’t lost her sister, the two would have never bonded like they did in the book. Josh, the love interest, only first showed up at about 2/3s of the book and he was honestly so bland! I am telling you that I did not see many sparks fly between the two.

All in all, I definitely liked Protected and would be willing to try out more books by this author. The characters were a little rusty, but I believe that this book should be read by more people once it comes out because of its messages about appreciating what you have and being able to get help if you need it. It’s not the happiest of contemporaries, I’ll say that, but if you are looking for a book that has powerful messages, I’d recommend this one in a heartbeat.

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

Sunshine Blogger Award 13.0

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(All photos, other than the ones of my dog, do not belong to me and I give credit to their owners)

Hi everyone!😊

Welcome to my 13th Sunshine Blogger Award! (They’re not over yet… I still have a couple more on the way afterwards😂)

I’d like to give a sincere thank you to the awesome Sydney @ Scripturient for thinking of me! I only just discovered her blog but I absolutely love it, so be sure to check it out!💜

So let’s get on with it!


The Rules:

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring.  Once nominated, the blogger is required to write a post in which they:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated them and link back to their blog.

2. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blogger who nominated them.

3. Nominate 11 3 other blogs and give them 11 new questions to answer.

4. Notify your nominees and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.


The Questions:

How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for almost a year and a half now, since April 10th, 2016. Wow, time does fly by fast!


Who is your favourite villain?

That would have to be Queen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles. At first I despised her, but when I read about her backstory in Fairest, my opinion softened a little bit and I became slightly more fond of her.


What is the first book you remember reading?

I’ve been an avid reader since I was 18 months old. I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t remember anything from when I was that age. Anyway, I’m *guessing* that the first book I have memory of is…

My parents always used to read this to me at bedtime- my dad read it so much that he even memorized it!


How do you manage blogging and other aspects of your life?

I get asked this a lot. To be completely honest, I have no idea. I think I’m just naturally good at managing my time, but there have been roadblocks every once in a while when I have had to take some little hiatuses.


Where do you see your blog in five years?

That’s a bit of a ways away, but here are some things that I’m hoping for:

  • To have over 1000 followers
  • To have FINALLY changed my cringey, fetal name😂
  • To have implemented a sleeker, more professional design
  • And I know that this doesn’t really have to do with blogging, but it has to do with reading, and that is to have logged at least 1000 books under my Goodreads “read” shelf!

What is your favourite part of blogging?

I get asked this question too much, and I have too many answers for it. So, I’d love for you to check out this post!


List your top three favourite movies.

Well, here are the *two* I could think of in no particular order…

I’m sorry I couldn’t think of a third one, I am just not the biggest fan of movies!


What are your interests outside of blogging?

Like so many of these other questions, I’ve answered this one a million times. Anyway, here goes again:

  • Reading, of course!
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Technology
  • Languages
  • Math
  • America’s Got Talent (I’ve been following this season closely! I hope Angelica Hale or Darci Lynne wins!)

And lots more!


Do you have any pets? What kind(s)?

I have a Cockapoo dog named Max, but truthfully, I tend to call him Maxie more than his actual name! He is 4 1/2 years old and I just adore him so much!💜


Paperback or hardcover?

I think I’ll have to say paperback because a) my overflowing “bookshelf” has virtually no space for hardbacks, and b) they are simply easier to read from and carry around than a hardcover book. Though hardcovers are objectively prettier, paperbacks are more my style!✌️


What is your favourite book you’ve read this year?

How to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat was absolutely amazing. You’ll be seeing my review for it in October!😃


I nominate…

1. Katie @ Katie Judges Books

2. Claudia & Diana @ The Bookish Sisters

3. Melting Pots and Other Calamities

It is totally fine with me if you guys are not into participating, but I have willingly done it 13 times and I would love to see your answers to my questions below!💘


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)

11. Give a shoutout to 5 awesome bloggers, and spread the love like confetti!😊


So tell me, do you agree with any of my answers? Disagree? What would your answers be to my or Sydney’s questions? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

The Catastrophic History of You and Me Review

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Title: The Catastrophic History of You and Me

Author: Jess Rothenberg

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, paranormal, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning…. Welcome to forever.

Brie’s life ends at sixteen: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn’t love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally.

But now that she’s D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there’s Patrick, Brie’s mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after.

With Patrick’s help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she’s ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Goodreads/Blogging

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It is not very often that I enjoy there being paranormal elements in my books. Sure, I adore magical realism, but paranormal books themselves usually irk me. But when I first read the synopsis and some raving reviews of this book, I absolutely couldn’t resist checking it out.

I turned out to really enjoy The Catastrophic History of You and Me! I found its concept and its execution to be very interesting, and I as well loved the writing style and the protagonist, although she may be a tad forgettable.

To briefly synopsize, this book is about a teenage girl named Brie whose boyfriend breaks up with her and tells her that he doesn’t love her, and this literally shatters her heart, and thus she unfortunately passes on. As she looks down from above, she realizes that not everything in her life was as seemed.

As I said in a previous paragraph, Brie for me was a little bit unmemorable, but that’s okay. I was still able to pinpoint her traits, which is a good thing. I loved how she was given the chance to look back at her life and everyone in it to re-evaluate her decisions and learn to let go of everything- she was very wise for this reason and many others.

If someone were to go into this book blind with no knowledge whatsoever of the premise, then they would possibly deem it unrealistic. I would understand that because the majority of teens do not die the way Brie did, and there aren’t too many YA books exploring afterlife. It was all for the purpose of the intriguing premise, though, and I found that it was displayed amazingly. Despite the fact that some of the looks back at Brie’s life confused me (where was she even supposed to be? Was she a ghost? Invisible?), it was very captivating to read as a whole.

All in all, The Catastrophic History of You and Me was a great novel that explored the values of living life to the fullest and appreciating what you have in the now. I know that those who enjoy contemporaries with a bit of paranormal themes will devour this story- the protagonist, plot, writing, and morals were fantastic. I can’t wait to see where Jess Rothenberg goes next with her writing!

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None of the Above Review

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Title: None of the Above

Author: I.W. Gregorio

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, LGBTQ+, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

Source: Public library

How I Found Out About It: Blogging

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Over the past few months, I have been vowing to read more diverse books such as this one. I believe that they are very important reads showcasing many morals, so I try to find as many of them as possible at my public library. Since I have never read about being intersex before and since I’d heard many good things about None of the Above, I decided to check it out.

None of the Above was a very inspiring, moving story. Honestly, I am quite surprised that not as many people are talking about it, because I think everyone should be devouring it and discussing its themes.

For a quick synopsis, this book follows a teen named Kristin. When she decides to go all the way with her boyfriend, she discovers that something is messed up. Determined to get it examined, she goes to the doctor and discovers that she is intersex- meaning that although she is a girl on the outside, the chromosomes she was born with say that she is male. Will she learn to accept her new identity?

Protagonist Kristin was very triumphant, which makes her an amazing role model for all readers. For a lot of the time she just wanted to be like everyone else and fit in, which is absolutely normal, but I also liked her character development into becoming proud of her unique self. I honestly have to say that the struggles she faced during the course of the novel were unbearable, but her attitude was the exact opposite of that. 

I love the fact that this book explored how a person’s gender identity is not always the same as that person’s assigned gender. Although Kristin may have been intersex, she was proud and confident to call herself a female and be into males. I feel like people themselves should always be able to control who they are and what they want in life, whether it’s their gender, religion, or personal interests.

All in all, None of the Above really impressed me and I just loved it! I am not giving it a full 5 stars because it didn’t blow me out of the park like all other 5 star reads do, but if my reviews were more objective, then this book would for sure deserve that rating. If you are in the mood to read a diverse novel with LGBTQIA+ themes and are willing to learn more about being intersex, then this story is perfect for you!

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*4.25 Stars*

Wonder Woman Book Tag

Hi superheroes!💜

The super awesome Bookfandom1001 has tagged me to take part in the Wonder Woman book tag, which was originally created by BookTuber Amber’s Books and More. Thanks so much for the tag, Bookfandom1001, and I highly recommend that you soar over to her blog with your mighty superpowers!💫

So let’s get on with it, shall we?


Wonder Woman: Your favourite bad*** female book character?

I don’t know if Tris objectively counts as being bad***, but she had such amazing perseverance and she was so daring and willing to take risks. To me and likely to others as well, that is what the term means!✌️


Fantasy Island: A book setting you want to escape to?

The magical world of Hogwarts… need I say more?😂


London: A hyped book that let you down?

Unfortunately, the tale that has garnered so many fans of all ages, Alice in Wonderland, did not really amuse me. I felt so bad after reading it to not have enjoyed it, but it honestly bored the heck out of me, I’m sorry guys.😩


Steve Trevor: A book that has a beautiful cover and a great story (i.e. great personality)?

For the record, I know next to nothing about Wonder Woman, so I have no idea who Steve Trevor is.🙈

Anyway, I have said this so many times, but I’ll tell you all again that Everything, Everything has both an amazingly crafted story and cover!😍😍


Lasso of Truth: A book you hated?

I couldn’t stand a thing about this book, and I rated it 1.5 stars because I’m afraid that I disliked it too much.😒


Wonder Woman’s Shield: A book so sad you need a shield?

This one made me cry buckets!😭😭


No Man’s Land: A book you want to send through No Man’s Land (i.e. shoot it to death)?

I have not read this and I would NEVER want to do so. This book is absolutely disgusting and homophobic and I don’t know how anyone would have the heart to let it be published.


Ares: A villain that is scary, but you can’t seem to hate?

Queen Levana is definitely intimidating, but after hearing her backstory in Fairest, I’m tempted not to have anything against her.


Dr, Poison: A villain that has no reason to exist?

I can’t think of any answers right now, so my apologies!


The Amazons: A book you wish had more/better LGBTQ+ representation?

Mentioning this book again- its LGBTQ+ representation was, in my opinion, terrible.


Justice League: What superhero book friends do you tag?

1.Mischenko @ ReadRantRock&Roll

2.Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books

3.Jess @ Daring to Jess

I am really looking forward to seeing your picks for these prompts, but it is completely fine by me if you are not up to joining in or if you’ve already participated.👍


So tell me, have you read any of these books? Opinions? Do you like Wonder Woman? Do you dis/agree with any of my picks? Let me know in the comments below.

Au revoir!💜

Whatever Review

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Title: Whatever.

Author: S.J. Goslee

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, LGBTQ+, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Hilarity ensues when a slacker teen boy discovers he’s gay, in this unforgettably funny YA debut.

Mike Tate is a normal dude. He and his friends have a crappy band (an excuse to drink cheap beer and rock out to the Lemonheads) and hang out in parking lots doing stupid board tricks. But when Mike’s girlfriend Lisa, who knows him better than he does, breaks up with him, he realizes he’s about to have a major epiphany that will blow his mind. And worse–he gets elected to homecoming court.

It’s like the apocalypse came, only instead of nuclear bombs and zombies, Mike gets school participation, gay thoughts, and mother-effin’ cheerleaders.

With the free spirit of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the raw voice of Winger, and characters reminiscent of Freaks & Geeks, this debut YA offers a standout voice and a fresh, modern take on the coming-out story.

Source: Public library

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

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I must say that the only reason why I picked up this book was because I was out of books to read, and so I was in search of some fluffy and fast contemporaries to whip up. That’s it. I went in blind without any expectations, and I was shocked, in a negative way, at the outcome.

Unfortunately, this book was not written with sensitive readers like me in mind. To be brutally honest, I hated it and could not stand to read it. If it wasn’t under 300 pages, then I would have DNF’ed it. I did not care for the characters, it pretty much had no trace of a plot, and the writing style was too juvenile and immature for my taste.

Basically, Whatever revolves around a teenage boy named Mike. When his girlfriend dumps him, he is still quite disappointed even after he gets nominated to be homecoming king,. Soon enough, he finds out that he is suddenly interested in a guy… does this make him gay, and if so, will he find comfort in coming out?

I really, really, really disliked Mike. Apparently he was 16, but his decision-making skills and maturity were equal to those of a 6 year old and he went out and did things that 26 year olds would do. He also complained on every single page– this was basically a book all about his whining. Unbelievable.

Continuing on what I said before, this story had no plot whatsoever. Heck, why am I even calling it a story? It is certainly not one of those, it’s just a bunch of complaints from a male character who obviously hates his life. That is all I have to say about that piece of the novel.

Lastly, the writing. Oy vey. It seemed like this book was written by a child. It was so immature, weird, and juvenile that I can’t place my finger on what made it that way. If you are like me and are not a fan of swearing in books, then it’s a definite no- there was lots of it. I am usually not too picky with writing styles, but I couldn’t stand it in this book.

To sum it all up, I couldn’t find any redeeming qualities about this book, and thus I am finding it very hard to recommend to others. Perhaps if there’s someone out there who likes whiny protagonists, immature writing and no plot, then this book would be a good fit for them. The one good thing about this book was that it had LGBTQ+ themes, but even those were flawed and inappropriate at times. In a few words, stay away from this extremely negative book that is Whatever.


Rating:

 

🌟.5/5 Stars

ARC Review: Water in May

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Title: Water in May

Author: Ismée Amiel Williams

Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult

Goodreads Synopsis:

Fifteen-year-old Mari Pujols believes that the baby she’s carrying will finally mean she’ll have a family member who will love her deeply and won’t ever leave her—not like her mama, who took off when she was eight; or her papi, who’s in jail; or her abuela, who wants as little to do with her as possible. But when doctors discover a potentially fatal heart defect in the fetus, Mari faces choices she never could have imagined.

Surrounded by her loyal girl crew, her off-and-on boyfriend, and a dedicated doctor, Mari navigates a decision that could emotionally cripple the bravest of women. But both Mari and the broken-hearted baby inside her are fighters; and it doesn’t take long to discover that this sick baby has the strength to heal an entire family.

Inspired by true events, this gorgeous debut has been called “heartfelt, heartbreaking and—yes!—even a little heart-healing, too” by bestselling YA novelist Carolyn Mackler.

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

How I Found Out About It: Netgalley

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Truthfully, I often avoid contemporaries like this. They can tend to be saddening, so I usually stick to the fluffier ones. But the synopsis of this book got me curious, so I knew that I had to read it to see what happens.

Water in May ended up being fabulous! It both broke and touched my heart in all the best ways, and I felt like I could really feel a raw emotional connection to this story.

For a brief synopsis, this book follows the perspective of a girl named Mari. She is only fifteen, but has gotten pregnant with the help of her boyfriend in the hopes of finally feeling appreciated by a family member. For Mari, all is good until she finds out that her baby has a heart defect that could affect its life in the most negative of ways. How will she deal with this so everyone in her life benefits?

Protagonist Mari was honestly such a good character. She was so triumphant and always pushed through her struggles, and instead of feeling ashamed that she was pregnant with an unhealthy fetus at 15, she learned to embrace and appreciate it. Even though it is not typically accepted to become pregnant at such a young age, I was able to sense that Mari only had the best intentions in doing so. The one fault I had with this book, though, was that her family members were unrealistically happy for her when she became pregnant. Shouldn’t we expect anger?

The plot was pretty average, but that’s okay. It was definitely existent with smoothly executed events that pulled my heartstrings, and I don’t expect much more than that.

To conclude, Water in May was absolutely unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It made me feel the kind of strong emotional connection that I almost never feel when reading books. If you are the type of reader who enjoys contemporaries that shatter your heart and then mend it back together again, then this book is for sure the best match for you!

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