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.

city of ashes by cassandra clare

81I73aZsCBLTitle: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: 25 March 2008
Pages: 416 pages
Start Date: 16 April
Finish Date: 25 April
Rating: ★★★★

This is the second book in The Mortal Instruments series, it continues on from City of Bones, where Clary is first introduced to the Shadow world and her life is turned around. At the beginning of this novel, the Lightwood’s mother, Maryse, has returned from Alicante, angry with Jace and saying she believes he is working for Valentine. We have some Simon and Clary love we have some angry Jace and we have a werewolf murder. Maryse has called the Inquisitor, a member of the Clave who is there to put Jace under trial by the soul sword, one of the mortal instruments of the shadowhunters. The gang from the first book are back again and think Valentine is preparing the killings of downworlder children in order to change the alliance of the soul sword and gain more power. There is a steamy brother/sister kiss in the Faerie land, some special powers introduced, oh, and Simon’s a vampire now?

Like the first book in the series, I read City of Ashes for the first time in April 2016, in 5 days. I loved it and was incredibly excited to see where all the character arcs were going. Like I mentioned in my review of the previous book in the series, I was caught up in the hype. It took me a while to read this, and I think I’m just not loving the series as much as I did last time.

I had the same reading experience for the majority of the novel as I did rereading the first book. I would pick up the book and read a chapter or maybe half a chapter and then put it down and go and do something else. It was only when I got around 75% through I really started to enjoy the story more and I sped through the last 25% in a day.

The relationship between Clary and Jace in this novel made me feel uncomfortable. In this novel, the characters are aware that they’re brother and sister and they still act towards each other in a way that I’m just not okay with. I can vaguely understand that it wouldn’t exactly be easy to turn off feelings for someone, since Jace and Clary weren’t aware they were related at the start of City of Bones, but reading it just wasn’t exactly helpful in making me want them together.

Jace’s witty and sarcastic lines are still here and are just as funny as they always have been. Clary is still the same non-memorable slightly irritating main character who never listens to anyone. Alec is cute and funny, the scene at Luke’s with the fearless rune and so funny and I think my heart actually broke the first time I read the scene on the boat after Izzie gets hurt. Izzie is the same loyal and fierce character I’ve always loved. I still love Magnus too.

The plot in this book was good, it wasn’t overly amazing but I didn’t think about putting it down or anything. I loved Simon’s arc in this book as well as the hints we got about Magnus and Alec. The abilities revealed in this book excite me, they add drama and tension to the arc in this story but makes me more excited to just pick up the next few books because I know what happens next since I’ve read them all.

I feel like this has been a pretty sad review for a four star story, and honestly I think I would have been a three star read if it wasn’t for the ending. Since I read it in a day, it shows that that was my favourite part of the story. The battle on the ship was really dramatic and all the moments with Simon and Jace and Alec and Izzie and just everyone. The ending just saved this story for me.

So I recommend this story if you haven’t read it before. It was a five-star read for me the first time round. It is a fun and enjoyable urban fantasy. The reveals and twists and turns in this are fun to find out but I think the reread just ruined it since I knew everything that was going to happen.

dreamology by lucy keating

WceGgDUNlCA8RPHOz66AbHHs4RI12Vqg+OoBRGBrKx2plCphEkAr3aizNSRpuGHkIoDZcS4gLRs3LNNbucM2t1akSQ57d2QayYcYsAsr1FVQ5iDKyCBWtzAWMsmQ+7PKTitle: Dreamology
Author: Lucy Keating
Publication Date: 12 April 2016
Pages: 336 pages
Start Date: 13 April
Finish Date: 16 April
Rating: ★★★

Dreamology is about Alice Rowe, for as long as she can remember she has dreamt about Max. In her dreams, they have gone on crazy, wonderful adventures and fallen in love. Max is the boy of her dreams, and only her dreams, because he isn’t real. Then Alice is sitting in class on her first day at a new school and Max walks into the room. He is real. But he is not the Max of her dreams, in fact real-life Max is nothing like dream Max. Once Max starts to let his guard down, the pair realise their dreams are starting to become their reality. Impossible things are happening and the pair need to find a way to stop it before they can’t tell the difference between real life and dreaming.

I picked this book up around about September 2016 if I remember right, although I don’t have the best memory so don’t count on me being right! I put it down around 100 pages or so, but it was just because I was still in a huge reading slump and this just wasn’t the right book for me to get me out of it.

I wasn’t planning on reading this any time soon but I finished my last book and I just picked it up out of nowhere. It was an enjoyable read so I’m glad I read it.

I have recently decided that I really enjoy contemporary books that have a small science fiction twist to them. The other book I read recently that was like this is More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (if you want another recommendation!!)

Alice was the main character, the book was written from her perspective, and I liked her. I didn’t find her anything special, it wasn’t overwhelmingly amazing reading her as a main character but I didn’t hate her. She had real-life problems that I think a lot of people could relate to, I just couldn’t.

However, I really liked Max! He was cute and exactly what you would expect to read in a YA contemporary romance. Dream Max was so cute, so was real-life Max, but dream Max just knocked it up a notch.

Max and Alice were cute together, I didn’t initially like the fact that Max kissed Alice and acted the way he did towards her when he was still with Celeste, but when that storyline finished up I began to ship the characters together more. I wanted them to end up together but they’re not an otp or anything.

The plot of this book was what initially drove me to picking this up and it was what kept me reading. Like I said before, I have a new found love for contemporary books with a sci-fi twist and I think I could pretty much read any book in this sub-genre. The idea of these two people dreaming of each other for as long as they can remember and then realising that each other are real. It just sounds so amazing and it definitely was. The plot was my favourite part of this novel. Characters are usually my favourite part of a novel and even when a plot is good, I usually end up not enjoying the story much, but there as just something different about this one.

I enjoyed the writing in this, there wasn’t too much description in this, which is something I like. I also really like the chapters in this book that told us about the dreams that Max and Alice were having. They were cute and funny and I really liked seeing them like they had no cares in the world and only thought of each other. I know it wasn’t real but it was so cute and I loved dream Max- like I said above.

The ending was slightly odd, I felt it was slightly cliché but in a way I didn’t really love. It’s like Max and Alice liked each other then they didn’t then they did again. I know it’s YA, but I don’t usually read books where characters go on and off of each other so often. I just got a bit bored at the end.

Anyway, this was a three star read for me, I originally had it down as a four stars but after thinking about it I put it down to three since the only thing I truly loved was the plot/genre. Hopefully my next review will be the second book in The Mortal Instruments!

us by elle kennedy and sarina bowen

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: ★★★★★

Us is the sequel to Him by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen. It takes place eight months after the ending of Him. Wes and Jamie are living together in Toronto. Their relationship is still a secret and they are planning on keeping it that way until Wes finishes his rookie season in the NHL. Jamie’s coaching job is also keeping him busy and it’s putting a strain on their relationship because they aren’t getting to see each other as much. Earlier than they planned, their relationship gets shown to the public and both Wes and Jamie have to deal with how it affects their relationships with not only each other, but their teammates and co-workers.

DEFINITELY 5 STARS. I READ THIS BOOK IN ONE SITTING. I LOVED IT! I read both Him and Us in under 48 hours!

I felt like this novel had it’s own storyline and wasn’t just a continuation from the first book, which I always enjoy.  It is dealing with their relationship as well as their chemistry and their complicated situation.

A lot of people felt like the lack of communication between the characters in this book was a down fall but I think that it’s true and real, some people do find it hard to communicate in situations like Wes and Jamie are in.

The hockey was still a large part of the novel, which I still loved. It wasn’t all about their relationship (don’t worry, their relationship is still the main focus on the story).

I still loved Wes and Jamie, their chemistry is still undeniably real and totally believable. There was some very cute scenes between them in this book, not as many as the first book but I understand that since the plot is more focused on the strains of their relationship than their figuring out their feelings for each other.

I loved Jamie’s mum in this book, she is such a lovely and understanding character. She had a lovely relationship with Wes as well as Jamie.

A character that was introduced in this novel, Blake, was interesting to say the least. He annoyed me slightly at the start of the story, he honestly just seemed kind of rude. But as the story went on we got to see his friendship with Wes and Jamie evolve and by the end of the book I started to really like him.

Obviously I have to mention that I loved the representation. There is a gay main character and a bisexual main character. There is also a main character dealing with mental health issues.

slight spoiler ahead !!
In this book there is a medical emergency used as a plot twist (?) in the story. This is not an issue for me as I love this trope/cliché. It allows the reader to see a different part of Wes and Jamie’s relationship.

I 100% shipped Jamie and Wes throughout the entire story, which did not surprise me at all considering how much I loved the first book. I cried multiple times reading this and I laughed out loud to myself multiple times as well. This story was very emotional for me and not just some steamy new adult story. I loved these characters and I’m sad that my journey with them is finished.

I will 100% be rereading this book and the first one multiple times throughout my reading life. I definitely recommend the duology of books and think it was a brilliant and unforgettable introduction to new adult for me.