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.

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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!


WceGgDUNlCA8RPHOz66AbHHs4RI12Vqg+OoBRGBrKx2plCphEkAr3aizNSRpuGHkIoDZcS4gLRs3LNNbucM2t1akSQ57d2QayYcYsAsr1FVQ5iDKyCBWtzAWMsmQ+7PKTitle: Dreamology
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!