geekerella by ashley poston

9781594749476Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Publication Date: 4 April 2017
Pages: 320 pages
Start Date: 6 June
Finish Date: 19 June
Rating: ★★

Geekerella is about Danielle (Elle) Wittimer, her mum and dad have both passed away and she is living with her evil step-mother and step-sisters. Before her dad passed away, he organised a fan convention called ExcelsiCon. Elle wants to go this year and enter the cosplay competition as her favourite character from her favourite tv show, Starfield. Her beloved tv show is being remade into a movie, and the main character is being played by Darien Freeman. Elle is not happy about this, because Darien is just in it for the money.. or so she thinks. Turns out Darien is just as big of a fan of the original tv series as Elle. Oh, and he’s judging the cosplay competitions she’s entering.

So if you don’t know by the title or the first sentence of the synopsis there, Geekerella is a fandom inspired retelling of the fairytale Cinderella. This is the first retelling I’ve ever read and to be honest, it didn’t really overwhelm me in any way. I don’t think this is because of the retelling parts though. I find the Cinderella inspired moments to be heavy in the storyline, they’re also very cheesy, but what else would you expect from a young-adult contemporary based off of Cinderella?

I gave this two stars. Throughout the entire novel I was just waiting for something to happen. I think because from the beginning of the novel we knew everything going on, and we were just waiting for the characters to figure it all out, I just got bored. I don’t care about the characters finding out something I already know, I want to be the one that’s surprised. The plot just didn’t interest me. I was so excited because it sounded so awesome but I WAS JUST SO BORED.

None of the characters were that amazing or developed in my opinion. The friendship between Sage and Elle was kind of cute but nothing that really made me feel much.

I don’t really have much to say about this to be honest. The writing was average, the characters were average and the plot was less than average. I was waiting for this to get good and it just never did.

So if all of that didn’t make it obvious that I didn’t enjoy this book, the fact that it took me nearly TWO WEEKS to read might let you know!! This book is only just over 300 pages and I took far too long to read a book that size. I’ve read books bigger than this in one sitting.

The only thing that boosted this to a two stars was the fact that it was a Cinderella retelling. I don’t recommend this, but I’m pretty sure this is an unpopular opinion and most people that read this really enjoyed it. So check out some other reviews and you might agree with them more!

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rock by anyta sunday

23153351Title: rock
Author: Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: 1 October 2014
Pages: 251 pages
Start Date: 5 June
Finish Date: 6 June
Rating: ★★★★

rock by Anyta Sunday was about Cooper and Jace. Cooper’s parents split up at the start of the book and his dad moves in with Jace’s mum, who he had been seeing. This follows Jace and Cooper’s relationship over a 12 year period and how they deal with their feelings for each other, since they’re technically step brothers.

When I picked this up, I had no idea what I was in the mood to read. This was exactly what I wanted. I wanted an easy-to-read, m/m contemporary.

I read this in under 24 hours, I loved just how quick it was to get through. It was almost addicting. I was sitting in class reading this! I enjoyed the writing in this story and for a new-adult I think it was well done. I enjoyed the characters and the plot and it was all really good.

I have no interest in rocks or geology of any sorts. But for some reason, that aspect to this book not only made it unique but added something extra and made me feel more connected to the characters.

I enjoy reading stories that push the boundaries a little. This was obviously controversial, and I knew that going in, since the main relationship was between two step brothers. But it was stepbrothers, and that didn’t bother me. They’re not actually related, so it wasn’t a big deal. But then, later on in the story, they come to think they may actually be brothers but they are too scared to open the results of the DNA test Jace ordered.

Basically, at the end of the book you never find out if they are related or not. This is why I knocked this book off a star. I just didn’t like the ending. The entire time I read this I was thinking that they weren’t actually brothers because why would an author make me ship the characters only to reveal it as incest? But in the end the characters decide it doesn’t matter to them. It’s a shame it matters to me..

I don’t want to read about incest and it would have just been so easy for the author to just say they weren’t related rather than making me feel uneasy about wanting the two characters to be together. I think not answering the question basically says that they are related and considering the indications in the book, it is a pretty high chance. Cooper’s mum saying that Jace looked like someone but not saying who, hinted at him looking like Cooper’s dad to me. Then when Jace’s mum was sick and she got caught out in the lie, it just seems too weird to me. I just don’t understand how being related doesn’t matter to both Cooper and Jace, because personally, it would sure as hell matter to me.

I know a lot of people had issues with the family dynamic as a whole, with what Cooper’s dad did and how it was handled, I didn’t personally feel too invested in that part of the story since it was only relevant at the beginning and I didn’t particularly love or hate the guy.

Anyway, if there hadn’t been implied incest, this would have been a 5/5 stars for me. I really enjoyed the story but a star had to be taken off for the uneasy feeling I had when i finished the book and my main question hadn’t been answered.

thirteen reasons why by jay asher

thirteen-reasons-whyTitle: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Publication Date: 18 October 2007
Pages: 352 pages
Start Date: 22 May
Finish Date: 28 May
Rating: ★★★★

Thirteen Reasons Why is about Clay Jenson, a boy who used to be friends with Hannah Baker. Hannah Baker killed herself. When Clay goes home one day there is a box of cassettes and when he listens to them he realises that Hannah has left a list of thirteen reasons why she killed herself. And Clay is one of them.

I know a lot of people see this as a revenge suicide story and think it is extremely harmful. And whilst I see where they are coming from I think that this is an important story and brings light to a lot of important issues that people may not have as much modern access to.

I think using a novel is a great way to convey a message to a large young adult audience. This book helps people to understand that every little thing you do matters. It seems like common sense but a lot of people need a reminder and this is an honest way of conveying that message.

I loved the two different perspectives between Clay’s perspective and Hannah tapes. Although I sometimes had some difficulty telling the difference just because of the italics used.

I do think from an outsiders point of view, that some of the reasons on the tapes were quite unfair on the characters involved but I suppose that a lot of little things do add up to large feelings and ultimately ended Hannah’s life.

There are better books in the world that handle depression and suicide but that isn’t to say that this story isn’t important and won’t help a lot of people.

Personally, I think this book will make you think about everything you’ve done or said to other people and how it could have affected their life. And I think a message as small as that is important and just what the author of the book would want.

The writing in this book wasn’t overly complicated but I think the story needed a simple writing style for such a hard-hitting plot.

There were only two main characters that you really get to know and that was Hannah and Clay. I really think the plot is the main focus of the book and getting to know the other characters above what they have done to Hannah would have taken away from the message of the book.

There was something missing. I don’t know what and I couldn’t come close to naming it but there was just something that kept me from really loving this book. Whatever it was, it kept me from giving this book a five-star rating. It was really enjoyable though.

I recommend this book to everyone. I think someone who has a more personal connection to suicide may find it quite difficult to read but everyone will have their own experience reading a book like this.

p.s. i like you by kasie west

psilikeyou_finalcvrTitle: P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: 26 July 2016
Pages: 330 pages
Start Date: 21 May
Finish Date: 22 May
Rating: ★★★★★

P.S. I Like You is about a girl named Lily, who writes a song lyric on her Chemistry desk when she is bored only to find out the next day that someone has carried on the lyrics, and written her a message. Lily and her pen pal start to write each other notes everyday, recommending music and telling each other secrets. Soon, Lily starts to have feelings towards her pen pal but is scared to find out who it is behind the letters.

So I have been in a bit of a reading slump recently, not a huge one because I’ve still been reading but I’ve just not been in the mood to read much. This book is something that I love to read in moods like this. I think it would suit anyone who loves an easy read or just loves contemporary in general.

I love the plot, it is so simple and yet somehow doesn’t get boring at any point. Although it was slightly predictable and I kind of knew who the secret pen pal was from the beginning, this didn’t dull my enjoyment. Although, it would have been nice to have been surprised.

This book features one of my favourite tropes, I can’t say what it is for spoilers but it is just one of my favourites. If you have read this then you’ll know what I mean. Hopefully.

Reading books over a day or two is always something that makes me feel accomplished, not only do I feel like I could read forever, but I know I have really enjoyed a book.

The characters in this book weren’t overwhelmingly memorable but when I was actually reading the book I did enjoy them. The main character wasn’t my favourite, but they never usually are when I read a story. I think that because I’m not particuarly musical I didn’t connect to any of the characters and their love for music.

I know this review hasn’t seemed exceptionally positive or anything, but to what may be your surprise, this has made its way on to my favourites shelf on goodreads. It was a simple YA contemporary with cute characters and a cute romance with one of my favourite tropes, and I will 100% be checking out all of Kasie West’s other works.

my life next door by huntley fitzpatrick

my-life-next-doorTitle: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: 14 June 2012
Pages: 394 pages
Start Date: 2 May
Finish Date: 17 May
Rating: ★★★★★

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick is about Samantha Reed, the daughter of a campaigning local senator. Her life is totally in order, not a speck of dust on the newly hoovered floor. One night when she’s sitting on her rooftop, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her. Jase is one of the eight children from the messy, noisy neighbours of her house. Jase and Sam start to fall for each other, and when someone happens that changes everyone’s lives, Sam has to choose what family will save her, and what one she will save too.

I read this for the first time in July 2016, and gave it 5 stars. When I read it then I started it early in the month, then my reading slump caught up on me and I didn’t read anything until I picked up this book at the end of the month. So it technically took me nearly a month to read it the first time around but I read it in two days.

This time around I picked this up on 2 May, right around my exam. I wanted something easy, and since I had already read this I figured it would be a good pick. Then I got into attempting to revise and I didn’t pick this up again to finish until the 15th.

I loved the characters in this novel. The Garrett’s are such a lovable family and Jase is definitely my favourite, not that that’s a surprise since he is the love interest of the book. He was so lovely and kind, generally and specifically to Sam.

I could see how Sam would be a relatable character to some people, not specifically to me but I can see how a lot of people would appreciate reading her point of view.

The plot of this book is really what I love about it. Not only is it an easy, fluffy YA contemporary but the ending is just SO GOOD.

I really recommend this to everyone, it is such a fast read, contrary to the amount of time it took me to read it.. both times.

snotgirl vol. one by bryan lee o’malley

619CgCCOHJL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Snotgirl, Volume One: Green Hair Don’t Care
Illustrator: Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung
Colourist: Mickey Quinn
Publication Date: 28 February 2017
Pages: 144 pages
Start Date: 8 May
Finish Date: 9 May
Rating: ★★★★

Snotgirl is about Lottie Person, a fashion blogger with a seemingly perfect life. But in reality her life is filled with snot, blood and tears with her awful allergies.

The synopsis of this isn’t overwhelmingly detailed but I think it’s a lot more fun to go into comics not knowing as much.

Overall, this is a kind of weird but really enjoyable story. I recommend it for a quick read, it’s not the best thing I’ve ever read but I’ll buy the next volume when it releases.

RCO001_w_1469073671Publication Date: 20 July 2016

This issue definitely hooked me in to the start of the volume!! I love the cover for this issue too!!

 

 

 

Snotgirl_02-1.pngPublication Date: 26 August 2016

This second issue really made me enjoy the simplicity of the story. The art is so gorgeous and it made me just want to keep reading.

 

 

 

STL017598Publication Date: 28 September 2016

This was a fun issue, but it really wasn’t my favourite plot wise.

 

 

 

OshZqYC.jpgPublication Date: 16 November 2016

Throughout the other issues I was getting confused between a couple characters buut this issue was more noticeable. This issue really made me interested to see what was going to happen in the fifth!

 

 

Snotgirl_05-1Publication Date: 28 December 2016

This wasn’t the best ending I’ve ever read from a series or volume or anything. But it was an interesting finish to this particular story and the next volume will be picked up from me!

 

 

I know this is the shortest and weirdest review ever, but I really didn’t know what to say. This was my first comic I’ve ever read and I think I just need a few time to help me sort out my review structure for this type of read.

 

the bermudez triangle by maureen johnson

270363Title: The Bermudez Triangle
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publication Date: 17 May 2007
Pages: 384 pages
Start Date: 27 April
Finish Date: 1 May
Rating: ★★

The Bermudez Triangle is about Nina, Avery and Mel – three best friends. Whilst Nina is away for the summer, Avery and Mel fall for each other. When Nina returns home and finds sees them kissing in a changing room at a shop, everything changes for the three of them. Avery and Mel are figuring out their sexuality and Nina is dealing with what it like to have her two best friends dating.

I’m just going to give a basic overview of my thoughts before I get into my main issue with this novel.

Nina, Mel and Avery all had their own distinct personalities and I liked that. Since there are three main characters who are all female and all the same age, it was sometimes difficult to tell them apart. At the start of this novel, I have to admit that I got confused when the point of view changed and I would miss the character name mentioned at the start then be wondering why they were doing something completely irrelevant, when I noticed the point of view had changed I had to go back to the start of the chapter and read it again. But this stopped being an issue as I got further into the book and got used to it. Sometimes the point of view would change in the middle of the chapter which was quite jarring. I think it would have just been better to only change it at the start of each chapter.

The plot was what drove me to pick this book up. I saw it on goodreads and was intrigued with the idea of a f/f romance between two of three best friends. The plot was alright, and I think if it had been written by someone else I might have enjoyed it. The idea was good but the execution just wasn’t.

Okay. So my main issue here is the blatant biphobia in this novel. I will include quotes from here on and discuss them and just let you all know my opinion. I would just like to add here that I, myself, identify as bisexual (not that my sexuality is relevant to the fact that these quotes are still biphobic).

So I didn’t personally notice much issues until Nina saw Avery and Mel in the changing room at the shop. From then on there were just so many lines and I just thought really ??

I was feeling uncomfortable with some of the language used in this book before but decided it might just have been my own personal experience and that I was just sensitive to some language. But the first time I decided something was bad enough that I had to tab it with a post-it was on page 121. So to give some context, Avery is in the canteen and is looking at a table of uncloseted lgbt+ students and is describing some of the people who are sitting there.

“Or Felicia Clark, the out-spoken “If you have a pulse, I’m interested” bisexual sex addict.”

So this is obviously biphobic. And an extremely harmful bisexual stereotype to include. I don’t even have words to explain my anger and disgust at the stereotyping and language used around bisexuals in this novel. I’m just going to put a block of quotes used throughout this novel down below and you can see for yourself that this author is clearly biphobic.

“The bi girls, they go back and forth.”


“You like guys too?” Nina asked.
Avery felt her skin flushing. Something about that question made her feel like . . . a glutton. Like she wanted everyone. Guys girls, dogs, cats, populations of whole cities.”


“She had guys on the brain. She’d eyed up every single one of her male customers at work.”

So all I basically want to say about what’s above is that it is just stereotyping bisexuals as greedy. Which they’re obviously not, straight people don’t want to be with every one of the opposite gender just like gay people don’t want to be with every one of the opposite gender. Bisexuals still have standards.

The fact that Avery cheated on Mel with Gaz is also just stereotyping bisexuals as greedy and cheaters. There is also an instance in the book where Avery is with Gaz and it says “Gaz has something she needed right now.” This is referencing the fact that Gaz just had something that Mel didn’t and Avery needed a male at that point in time even thought she wanted to be with Mel.

There are other issues in this book that I’ll get into. There were points where Nina worried about being homophobic for reasons that seemed weird to me. Like when she was at the dance with Mel, as friends, and someone asked her to dance. Nina said yes because she didn’t want to seem homophobic and because it was only dancing. There were other times this sort of thing happened in the book too. I just feel that she worried about being homophobic all the time instead of just treating the lgbt+ characters like normal people. The lgbt+ characters still get rejected by other lgbt+ people and straight people, it happens and it just seemed to be such a big issue over the smallest things with Nina.

Let’s also talk about the fact that Parker went straight out and just asked Mel if she was gay. Like excuse me? Since when was just straight out asking someone if they were gay an okay thing to do? He says that it isn’t an issue to him but he just wanted to know from her but it’s not really information that he is entitled to want to know from her. Mel’s sexuality is nothing to do with Parker and I just think it’s rude.

There was also the quote “Short hair was predominant, and it came in every style-spiked, slicked, buzzed, swept back.” This is a quote from Mel’s point of view when she is at the lgbt+ dance with Nina. Because apparently all lgbt+ people have short hair!!!

Another part that I really just didn’t agree with, was when Avery’s parents are supportive of her when they think she is a lesbian and Avery tells them that she isn’t. This is from Avery’s point of view.

“She [Avery’s mum] almost seemed disappointed – nearly as disappointed as Avery was that her resolutely normal mother was all too ready to accept her as a lesbian. No fuss, no look of shock or dismay. It was profoundly irritating.”

So Avery was annoyed that her mum would have supported her as a lesbian. Avery wanted her mum to fuss about it and make a big deal out of it? She found it “profoundly irritating”. Wow, okay? Well there are many people in the world who would love their parents to support their sexuality and Avery is just irritated that her mum would have supported her.

There are two other quotes I want to bring light to in this review. They’re not about lgbt+ situations but mental health areas. I personally don’t suffer from the two mental health issues mentioned but still find their use problematic.

“I have all these good ideas for restaurants. I want to open one for bulimics called The Fork and Bucket.”

EXCUSE ME? WHAT? SINCE WHEN WERE JOKES ABOUT BULIMIA FUNNY? MAKING FUN OF SOMEONES MENTAL HEALTH IS NOT FUNNY. MENTAL HEALTH IS NOT A JOKE.

“I dare you to make Mel stop OCDing around the room”

Just want to say that there is a difference between having OCD and acting weird or being organised. These jokes make OCD less valid and the subject of stupid jokes when people actually suffer from this illness.

So to finish off I just want to say that I am aware that this is ‘just fiction’, but that isn’t an excuse. The use of all these problematic quotes and situations allow people to think it is okay to do in real life. I am also aware that this book was published ten years ago and that society has changed in their acceptance of these quotes, but my opinion on the issue is still the same. I’m not going to adjust my feelings towards these problems just because it was written a few years ago. The quotes were still problematic then, they just weren’t spoken about as much.

So if you didn’t notice, I wasn’t a fan of this book. The only reason it wasn’t a one star is because I enjoyed the idea of the plot and I think that if this book had been written by a different author, it could have been good. I wouldn’t recommend this book and I definitely won’t be picking up any of this author’s other work.

april 2017 book haul

So when I looked back to all the books I thought I had bought in April I didn’t really think that I had bought that many, however I think I have bought over 15 books, which is quite a lot for me. I think I’m just going to do a quick run through of all the books and give the basic information I have been doing for my wrap ups and my reviews as well as a link to the goodreads page so that if you want to see a synopsis you can go over and check it out there!


91Dz0CVeJyLTitle: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Bought: 4 April 2017
Publication Date: 27 March 2007
Pages: 510 pages
Rating: ★★★
Full review: city of bones by cassandra clare
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/YizKhH


81I73aZsCBLTitle: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Bought: 4 April 2017
Publication Date: 25 March 2008
Pages: 416 pages
Rating: ★★★★
Full review: city of ashes by cassandra clare
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/YizKhH


2017021312231349599Title: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Bought: 4 April 2017
Publication Date: 5 April 2011
Pages: 424 pages
Rating: ★★★★
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/TIIM4H


51anMWgLi4L._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Title: City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Bought: 4 April 2017
Publication Date: 8 May 2012
Pages: 535 pages
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/AbGoIK


51qjNwXW2YL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Title: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Bought: 4 April 2017
Publication Date: 27 May 2014
Pages: 725 pages
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/C03hyr


51arPt61WqL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Date Bought: 6 April 2017
Publication Date: 24 March 2009
Pages: 541 pages
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/8wDD77


Okay so quick note just to add that I already owned the Mortal Instruments series before this month, which is why in my full reviews I have available for the first two books in the series I say that it was a reread. I also have ratings available for all the books in the series because I read them all last year but I don’t have full reviews because I haven’t reread them since I started my blog! I wanted to change my editions to matte versions and I found them on a good deal, I also bought City of Glass for my kindle because I wanted to read it on there when I reread this book soon!


F16_FemaleSpeciesTitle: The Female of the Species
Author: Mindy McGinnis
Date Bought: 7 April 2017
Publication Date: 20 September 2016
Pages: 352 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/gdNm8J


270363Title: The Bermudez Triangle
Author: Maureen Johnson
Date Bought: 8 April 2017
Publication Date: 17 May 2007
Pages: 384 pages
Rating: ★★
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/7XUqQX


23395680Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Date Bought: 10 April 2017
Publication Date: 20 October 2015
Pages: 599 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/0EUo8p


businessman working on laptop  in black suit

Title: Him
Author: Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Date Bought: 10 April 2017
Publication Date: 28 July 2015
Pages: 361 pages
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: him by elle kennedy and sarina bowen
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/RgiUeu


Cover+US+Sarina+Bowen+Elle+KennedyTitle: Us
Author: Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Date Bought: 11 April 2017
Publication Date: 8 March 2016
Pages: 328 pages
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: us by elle kennedy and sarina bowen
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/zdil60


Cover-Reveal-The-Upside-Of-Unrequited-LargeTitle: The Upside of Unrequited
Author: Becky Albertalli
Date Bought: 11 April 2017
Publication Date: 11 April 2017
Pages: 336 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/HK6inf


Cinder_(Official_Book_Cover)_by_Marissa_MeyerTitle: Cinder
Author: Marissa Meyer
Date Bought: 12 April 2017
Publication Date: 3 January 2012
Pages: 387 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/wMKfwJ


9781594749476Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Date Bought: 25 April 2017
Publication Date: 4 April 2017
Pages: 320 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/iQWHaR


23153351Title: rock
Author: Anyta Sunday
Date Bought: 27 April 2017
Publication Date: 1 October 2014
Pages: 251 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/gYcSi6


41UJ2ZJLpFL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Note To Self
Author: Connor Franta
Date Bought: 30 April 2017
Publication Date: 18 April 2017
Pages: 320 pages
Rating: not read
Full review: not available
Goodreads Link: goo.gl/h1iunG


So that is all the books that I bought in April 2017, I think I could have done a lot better at saving some money but hopefully I won’t have as many books next month!

 

 

april 2017 wrap up

So in April 2017 I read five books, which I’m pretty happy with, I was kind of wishing I could have finished my current read too, but hopefully that’ll be done in a couple of days and you can see it in my May wrap up!

I also have a full review for every book I read this month, so I’ll link to each one down below! This is just a smaller version of every review I posted and just a quick overview of everything I read this month.


91Dz0CVeJyLTitle: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: 27 March 2007
Pages: 510 pages
Start Date: 1 April
Finish Date: 10 April
Rating: ★★★
Full review: city of bones by cassandra clare

This book took me quite a while to read this time around, I read it for the first time last year and gave it a higher rating then. I didn’t particularly love any of the characters, the plot was good though, I felt it was constructed in a way that made me want to finish the chapter. The world building was what really built this book up for me and that was the part I enjoyed the most.


businessman working on laptop  in black suit

Title: Him
Author: Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: 28 July 2015
Pages: 361 pages
Start Date: 10 April
Finish Date: 11 April
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: him by elle kennedy and sarina bowen

LOVED THIS STORY! I loved the characters and I loved the plot and I loved how real it all felt. I don’t read much new adult but this has made me want to pick up so much more of the genre! I started this on the night of 10 April and stayed up until 3am reading, which hasn’t happened to me in so long, I read this in 24 hours. This was easily my favourite book of the month and I recommend it a lot.


Cover+US+Sarina+Bowen+Elle+KennedyTitle: Us
Author: Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Publication Date: 8 March 2016
Pages: 328 pages
Start Date: 11 April
Finish Date: 11 April
Rating: ★★★★★
Full review: us by elle kennedy and sarina bowen

This series is just so good. I read this book in one sitting, I loved it just as much as the first book, so it’s definitely a joint first place for favourite of the month. I loved how this book had a separate storyline from the first book. I would honestly reread them now, even though it hasn’t even been a month since I finished it. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!


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Author: Lucy Keating
Publication Date: 12 April 2016
Pages: 336 pages
Start Date: 13 April
Finish Date: 16 April
Rating: ★★★
Full review: dreamology by lucy keating

The plot of this book was what initially drove me to picking this up and it was what kept me reading. It is a contemporary novel with a sci-fi twist, which is definitely a favourite subgenre of mine! The characters weren’t anything spectacular, although I did really like Max. I picked it up in September 2016 but put it down because I just wasn’t in the mood, I just picked this up in April out of nowhere. It was good but nothing I would reread in the near future. Beautiful cover though, would definitely thank the designer for that!


81I73aZsCBLTitle: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: 25 March 2008
Pages: 416 pages
Start Date: 16 April
Finish Date: 25 April
Rating: ★★★★
Full review: city of ashes by cassandra clare

This was also a reread for me, I read it a year ago and the hype really affected my experience. I just didn’t enjoy it as much the second time around. It dropped a star from the last reading. The only reason it got a four-star and not a five-star rating is because the ending really bumped it up for me. This, just like City of Bones, just took me so long to read and I just got bored to be honest.


So that’s all I read this month. It was a pretty decent reading month, nothing below three-stars but the two Mortal Instruments books both dropped a star from the rating since I first read it so I was slightly let down. Here’s to a better May reading month!

top 5 favourite contemporaries

So in the grand scheme of everyone who has ever read books or started blogs, I probably haven’t read a lot in comparison. I can imagine this list is going to change over and over and over again. These are also not in any particular order, it’s just my top five!

The Hate U Give
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Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publication Date: 28 February 2017
Pages: 444 pages
Start Date: 26 March 2017
Finish Date: 28 March 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

The Hate U Give is about Starr Carter, a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in a dominantly black, poor neighborhood but attends a posh suburban prep school. Starr is driving home from a party with her childhood best friend, Khalil when they get pulled over by a white police officer. Khalil ends up getting shot and killed when he is unarmed. Khalil’s death makes headlines and protests break out all around Starr’s neighberhood. Starr is deciding between staying silent and only talking to the police or dealing with joining on the public outrage at the decisions of all the authorities around her.

I loved the issues that this book addressed, it is based on the black lives matter movement. Police brutality needs to be spoken about more and is a huge issue in America. I think this novel should be read by everyone to see the aspect from Starr’s point of view.

I loved the family dynamic in this novel so much and the character’s and relationships just felt so real. I will 100% reread this book multiple times in my life and Angie Thomas has been an auto-buy author from the moment I started to read this novel!


More Happy Than Not
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Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Publication Date: 2 June 2015
Pages: 304 pages
Start Date: 24 February 2017
Finish Date: 25 February 2017
Rating: ★★★★★

More Happy Than Not is about 16-year-old Aaron Soto. Aaron’s father committed suicide in the previous months to when this novel takes place and Aaron is finding it hard to be happy. His girlfriend and his mum are trying to help him and he’s slowly seeing progress, but with his smile-shaped scar on his wrist, it is proving difficult. But when his girlfriend leaves for a few weeks, Aaron meets a new guy, Thomas.   Aaron is starting to feeling something for Thomas, and he is thinking about getting a memory-alteration procedure from the Leteo Institute to get rid of his feelings for this new guy.

Okay so the first thing I want to say is this story has a lovely science-fiction aspect to it. It isn’t overwhelming, and coming from someone who doesn’t usually gravitate towards science-fiction storylines, I loved this aspect to the plot.

So as it says above, I read this in about a day and I just loved it so much. Adam has a way with words that just makes me love everything I’m reading. I have his second novel on my tbr just now and I’m planning on reading it soon but I am waiting for his third novel to release later on this year and I want to space them out so I can enjoy his writing!


My Life Next Door
my-life-next-doorTitle: My Life Next Door
Author: Huntley Fitzpatrick
Publication Date: 14 June 2012
Pages: 394 pages
Start Date: 3 July 2016
Finish Date: 21 July 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

My Life Next Door is about Samantha Reed and her noisy, messy neighbours, the Garretts. The Garrett’s are the opposite of  Samantha’s family and they don’t speak, Samantha just watches. That’s until one night when Jase Garrett climbs up next to her on her rooftop perch. The two start to fall for each other but Samantha has to keep it a secret from her family and their judgements. Then one night everything changes and Samantha is forced to make a decision on what family she should choose, her own or the Garretts?

 

The only reason this book took me so long to read is because I was in the biggest reading slump ever. I read a couple of chapters the first day, didn’t read anything for about two weeks then read the rest of this in one sitting!

I really loved the family dynamic with the Garretts and think that Jase was such a good character to read about. I bought a couple more Huntley Fitzpatrick books after reading this but just haven’t gotten round to reading them yet, I’m definitely excited though!


Fangirl
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Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: 10 September 2013
Pages: 445 pages
Start Date: 20 March 2016
Finish Date: 24 March 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Fangirl is about Cath, the biggest fan of the Simon Snow series. Along with her twin sister, Wren, they used to dress up as the characters, reread the books and write fan fiction. Wren has grown out of her Simon Snow loving phase as the twins go to college but Cath doesn’t want to let it go. Wren has told Cath that she doesn’t want to share a room when they go to college and that means Cath is on her own dealing with this experience that is completely out of her comfort zone. Cath’s surly roommate has a charming friend, Levi, who Cath becomes fond of. She has a professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the world, when Cath’s Simon Snow fan fiction is something she loves to do. She is also worrying about her sister and dad. Cath is all around stuck in a situation totally out of her comfort zone and this is all about her dealing with her first year at college and everything that comes along with it.

This is a fun book with a main character that deals with anxiety. This is a really popular novel with people who want to get into reading or just want a quick and easy read. It was definitely a novel I read when I was first getting back into reading and it totally helped me want to read more. Rainbow’s writing was so much fun and the characters were really relatable.


Faceless
PrintTitle: Faceless
Author: Alyssa Sheinmel
Publication Date: 29 September 2015
Pages: 352 pages
Start Date: 3 June 2016
Finish Date: 4 June 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Faceless is about Maisie Winters, when she is out for a run in her neighbourhood a storm gathers and lightning hits a powerline when she is running past. The burning electrical fire consumes her and leaves her without nose, cheeks and a chin. Everyone around Maisie is telling her she is lucky as she qualifies for a face transplant, but she doesn’t feel lucky. She feels like someone else is staring back at her in the mirror. Nothing in her life feels normal, she can’t even live the life she used to have, the life that she was promised by the doctors. Maisie was someone who ran track, loved her boyfriend and her best friend and now she can’t even recognise herself in the mirror.

I read this book in a day. Maisie’s story captivated me and just made me read more and more. I felt for her and her situation and I cared about what happened to her. I loved all of the characters and Maisie was a truly inspiring character to read from. This story was truly amazing, unique and an honour to read, even though it is fictional.


So that is my top 5 favourite contemporaries right now! I can imagine this list will change multiple times throughout my life but I highly recommend all of these stories! I am very much in a contemporary mood right now so will probably be rereading some of these soon!