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Friday, September 23, 2016

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon ARC Review

The Sun Is Also a Star
The Sun is Also a Star ARC Review
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delcorate Press
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? ~Goodreads
I love, love, LOVED Nicola’s first novel, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING so I had VERY high expectations for The Sun is Also a Star; I did happened to enjoy the it, however, it left me feeling just a tad bit underwhelmed.

Natasha is an illegal immigrant from Jamaica trying to stop the deportation of herself and her family. Daniel is a want-to-be poet trying to figure out how to be his own person. A very unlikely pair and by chance, or fate, they meet and the rest is history.

Natasha is a sassy, matter-of-fact, incredibly driven, spunky girl. She’s strong as EFF! Her entire situation is less than ideal, but she keeps pushing and trying and fighting for a solution. I admired her for that. Daniel is a sweet, overly romantic, insanely smart, adorable boy. Since the book takes place over the course of, like, 12hours there was a dash of insta-love…especially on Daniel’s part. Nevertheless, they were super cute together! Also, ehem…can you say sexy make out scene? Thank you Nicola ;)

Oh! And talk about some unique narration! I’ve never read a book quite like it, you get snippets into multiple character’s points of view. Not just main characters either, I’m talking anywhere from Nat’s dad all the way to a security guard, to a random guy driving his car. It was kind of awesome!

Yoon’s writing, as always, flows seamlessly, keeps you intrigued, and of course, wanting more. The Sun is Also a Star is a fairly quick read about family, love and loss. You should definitely give it a shot!


Now, when’s Nicola’s next book come out!?


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine! And this week i am waiting on:
Car Crash HeartsWhen 19-year-old Luc Argent’s body begins to reject his new heart, he knows he doesn't have a lot of time left. Which means he’s pushing everyone away more than he usually does in order to minimize the collateral damage when he finally kicks the bucket.

Then Evelyn comes back to town.

Evelyn left California—and her best friend Luc—three years ago. When she returns and he shows up at her doorstep with an insane idea for an impromptu road trip, she doesn't know what to think. Running away with a guy is something her mother does. Not her. 

But even after all this time she doesn’t known how to tell Luc no. Just like Luc hasn’t learned how to tell Evelyn about his illness and how serious it really is. He has a destination in mind, he has a plan, and it all revolves around him and Evelyn and what little time he has left.~Goodreads

Um!?! Does this not sound just absolutely amazing? Cute and sad and just everything?! Yes please, wants, wants, WANTS! 

What are YOU waiting on this week? 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Girls Like Me by Lola St. Vil


Girls Like MeGirls Like Me ARC
Author: Lola St. Vil
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Fifteen-year-old Shay Summers is trying to cope with the death of her father, being overweight, and threats from a girl bully in school.  When she falls in love with Blake, a mysterious boy online, insecure Shay doesn't want to tell him who she is.   But with the help of her two best friends, as well as an assist by Kermit and Miss Piggy, ultimately Shay and Blake’s love prevails. 
     Girls Like Me is a fun and fresh poetic take on teen angst, social media and online anonymity, and high school romance.~Goodreads

How freakin’ adorable is this cover?! When I saw it I was like, “OMG! That is so me! When did they take that picture of me with my phone?” :P

Girls Like Me is a quick, yet satisfying read. From the very first verse to the last I was hooked!

I absolutely LOVED Shay. She was both a smart-ass and just plain smart, a reader, an eater, just plain real and raw. This girl has to deal with so much during the course of this novel. She has to learn to cope and move on from a major loss, she has to figure out how to connect (and not murder) her step-mom, she has to not let a bully at school get the best of her, all while struggling with her appearance. But what I loved about Shay is that she doesn’t back down from a challenge. She doesn’t conform. And she stays her sassy self throughout the book.

Shay ends up connecting to a random stranger, or so she thinks, online and the rest is history. Godot (said stranger) is flirty and funny and Shay can’t help falling for him. Turns out, he’s also the most popular guy at Shay’s school. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “how cliché” but oh my goodness gracious, their interactions are so FREAKIN’ adorable! They basically fall for each other over emails and texts. I just! GAH! I can’t even describe to you how sexy, funny and sweet Shay and Godot’s cyber conversations were! ALL THE HEARTS!

Of course, I can NOT forget get to mention how freakin’ awesome her friends are! I want to join the group. Dash and Boots are freakin’ amazing friends. Also, I completely loved how Lola gave them a story. They were just as detailed and emotionally complex as Shay. The snippets we get of them? Omg, they both need their own book!

Girls Like Me is a heartwarming read about a girl finding love, learning life lessons and letting go of things she can’t control. I would ABSOLUTELY recommend this one.

I can’t wait to read more from Lola!


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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gordall


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Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gordall
Publisher: Clarion Books
Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.
 ~Goodreads

Okay. That tagline alone completely hooked me with this book. Like how freaking amazing does that sound? And then the synopsis? Like YES. PLEASE. This sounds SUPER freaking good.

I really enjoyed reading from Norah’s point of view. Not only is she quirky and sweet, she is honest and real about the everyday struggles that she faces. The way Louise touched on what it’s like to live with anxiety, OCD, and agoraphobia was spot on; I felt frustrated, confused, and anxious—right alongside Nora.

Nora’s mom was also just a doll. I’d totally read an adult spin-off about her! She's supportive and understanding and funny. I like when YA features good parents. A++ job!

As for Luke, I wanted to love him. I really did. If you know me, you know, I’m a fictional boy whore and I’ll jump on almost any fictional boy train and I will ride basically any YA ship into any YA shit storm or YA sunset. But for some reason, Luke was just different to me. I liked him, he was interesting….he was, there….but I feel like I never truly connected with him.

Overall, the plot was unique and fairly strong, lots of adorable and important moments sprinkled throughout! I do have to say that about ¾ of the way through the story started to drag a bit for me. I felt as though there was a lot of repetition and no more story line enhancements.


With all of that being said, I think that Under Rose-Tainted Skies was a cute little debut and I definitely look forward to reading more from Louise in the future!